Detention of 17-year-old in adult facility in Melbourne prompts accusation that Australia is not acting like a friend to NZ

A deepening row over the deportation of New Zealand citizens from Australia has pushed relations between the neighbours to new lows, with politicians in Wellington branding their counterparts in Canberra “venal” and calling into question the long-standing friendship between the two nations.

Australia has deported more than 1,000 New Zealand citizens in the past two years but the recent detention of a 17-year-old New Zealander in an adult detention facility in Melbourne prompted politicians to speak more bluntly than ever before.

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