‘It starts with one child’: white-hot anger in New Zealand as Australia deports 15-year-old

‘It starts with one child’: white-hot anger in New Zealand as Australia deports 15-year-old

The Guardian

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Rising resentment over the treatment of New Zealanders only intensified when Peter Dutton called forced removals ‘taking the trash out’

In New Zealand, a long-simmering resentment is burning into white-hot anger over Australia’s secretive deportation of a 15-year-old boy, alone, to a country he barely knows.

“The abuse that is occurring under Australia’s system, now the abuse of children, is horrific,” says Filipa Payne, the co-founder of Route 501, an advocacy organisation that assists people forcibly deported by Australia’s adamantine immigration policies. “New Zealanders are growing outraged by this – especially the deportation of a 15-year-old boy – people are beginning to understand just how draconian these laws actually are.”

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