New Australia PM defends Kiwi crackdown on maiden trip

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (C) inspects the New Zealand Navy guard of honour at Government House in Auckland on October 17, 2015Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull faced a grilling about his country’s harsh immigration policies Saturday while visiting New Zealand on his first overseas trip since seizing power. Turnbull, who ousted Liberal predecessor Tony Abbott in a party-room coup last month, would normally expect a warm reception in New Zealand, Canberra’s closest ally. Tightened rules allowing deportation of foreign nationals who have served 12 months or more in an Australian jail have left hundreds of Kiwis facing an enforced return to New Zealand.

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