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Jacinda Ardern to focus on Australia deportations in talks with Scott Morrison

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern delivers a speech entitled "Why Does Good Government Matter?" at Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia July 18, 2019.

"We have seen cases where there is also nearly no connection of an individual to New Zealand who have been deported", she said.

"New Zealanders look at this policy and just think it is not fair dinkum".

Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern will discuss deportations and online security when they meet on Friday.

On Friday morning, Australia's Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said he understands Ardern's concerns but saw no reason to reconsider the deportation laws.

"Where we have Australian citizens who are falling victim in certain circumstances where people are sexually offending against children for example, we have had a big push to try to deport those paedophiles and people who have committed those crimes", he told the Nine Network.

There was laughter and banter for the cameras and reference to Australia's support for NZ in the final of the recent Cricket World Cup.

The couple did not bring baby Neve on the trip, leaving her with family in New Zealand.

"I don't think just because we haven't seen movement, it's an issue we should drop".

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been left high and dry in Australia after the air force jet which was going to fly her home broke down.

Ms Ardern addressed her response to the Christchurch mosque shootings in March, where 51 people were killed.

Ms Ardern also heard from Australian investors at a lunch in Melbourne this afternoon focused on ways of improving business between the two countries.

"You are helping New Zealand to thrive", she said.

Ardern said those issues were not raised by Morrison or herself in the meeting.

She also spoke about the second tranche of reforms to the Overseas Investment Act, assuring the crowd that the introduction of a national interest test for foreign investors would merely put New Zealand in line with Australia and other like-minded partners.

"We need to stand up for Australians and the New Zealand Prime Minister is rightly doing that for her people", Dutton told Today.

The issue has become a long-term irritant in the normally cordial relationship, attracting strong criticism from both the conservative administration of former prime minister John Key and Ms Ardern's progressive government. "It shouldn't have been noteworthy", Ms Ardern said.

But Ardern told the event, organised by the Australian and New Zealand School of Government, that fear and blame was an "easy political out".

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