Calls grow for Jacinda Ardern to label Australia a ‘rogue nation’

There is growing clamour within New Zealand to name Australia a “rogue nation” due to its policy on deportation of non-citizens who fail a stringent “character test” that civil rights groups have condemned as “racist and populist.”

Golriz Ghahraman, a human rights lawyer and member of New Zealand’s parliament, said Australia’s “hardline policies have gone from torturing refugees, detaining Kiwis on prison islands, to making a 15-year-old homeless here.”

A person in Australia can fail the so-called character test due to several reasons, including having a substantial criminal record or posing danger to the Australian community.

“It’s time to treat this the way we would if it was anon western country gone rogue – raise it at the UN,” tweeted Ghahraman on Tuesday while stating that it’s time for the international community to treat Australia as any rogue nation that persistently flouts human rights laws for its racist populist politics.

The outburst came after Australia recently reported a 15-year-old boy to New Zealand under its Migration Act 1958.

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