Andrew Little reinforces Labour’s penchant for cuddling crims

Andrew Little got the bum’s rush from Australia’s government with his little jaunt to Australia to stick up for Kiwis who abandoned their country.

Now he is reinforcing the electorate’s belief that Labour only cares about criminals and bludgers by going to visit some of them in detention.

Kiwis locked up in a Sydney detention centre are today being visited by Labour leader Andrew Little – in the strongest signal yet of his party’s concern at Australia’s tough new stance.

Mr Little and MP Phil Goff are touring the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre in Sydney to see conditions themselves and speak with New Zealanders who are being kept there.   

Labour has been strongly critical of the National Government’s response to an Australian law change last December, which has seen non-Australians sentenced to a year or more in jail, or those judged to fail a character test, detained and deported.

This morning’s visit comes after Mr Little yesterday met Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and was told there would be no change in policy.

He asked for better discretion to be exercised at the point of revoking a visa.

The only concession made by Mr Dutton – who has refused repeated interview requests from New Zealand media – was that he would look into any individual cases brought to him by Labour.

There has been little domestic pressure put on the Australian Government over its deportation policy – the Australian Labor Party also support the tougher law.

I wonder how many rapists and murderers he will be visiting in Villawood?

Andrew Little is more concerned about Kiwi criminals’ rights than the rights of victims of their crime. I hope he keeps playing this card right up until the election.

Perhaps Labour might like to declare a crisis of sorts, that will solve the ‘problem’ for real.


– NZ Herald

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