Politics

Jacinda Ardern Roasted Scott Morrison To His Face And It Was Glorious

"In the face of politics, the New Zealand and Australia relationship is being tested."

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New Zealand’s Prime Minister has called Scott Morrison out in the absolute best way possible — right to his face, in the middle of a press conference, where he had nowhere to hide.

While Scott Morrison stood awkwardly beside her, our favourite world leader absolutely skewered him for testing the friendship between their two countries with our shitty immigration policies.

“We have a simple request. Send back Kiwis, genuine Kiwis. Do not deport your people and your problems,” she said.

Jacinda was referencing the government’s policy of deporting anyone who was not born in Australia if they commit a crime, regardless of how long they’ve lived here. As a result, many people who moved to Australia as children and now have no ties to New Zealand have been forced to leave the country they call home.

She also scolded him for our treatment of law-abiding New Zealanders, who noted they aren’t allowed simple rights like NDIS assistance, join the defence force or become a civil servant.

“Not every Kiwi migrant will be perfect, but evidence shows that the vast majority are providing a net benefit to Australia … they are Australia’s best migrants,” she said. “But rather than them being given security to keep contributing in return their rights are being eroded.”

She also shadily pointed out that New Zealanders are more likely to be employed and pay more tax than their Aussie counterparts.

It’s not the first time Jacinda has criticised our policies, but to see her do it while standing in front of the Sydney Opera House while ScoMo smiled blandly beside her was glorious to watch.

It truly was the antipodean version of that iconic Love Actually scene, and people loved it.

Scott was up to the podium next and tried to shut things down by saying Australia would always send non-citizens who commit crimes home.

But Jacinda fired back, pointing out NZ takes a common sense approach to these thorny matters.

“The Prime Minister used a key word in his reference just now — he said that after they have served their time he sends them ‘home’,” she said.

“The example I used demonstrates that we have countless who have no home in New Zealand, they have no network, they have grown up in Australia. That is their home. And that is where they should stay.”