Furious Jacinda Ardern slams Scott Morrison for cancelling the citizenship of a Kiwi dual-citizen alleged ISIS terrorist who hasn’t lived in New Zealand since she was six
- The alleged ISIS terrorist went to Syria with her kids on her Australian passport
- During that time, the Morrison government revoked her Australian citizenship
- An irate Ms Ardern unleashed on Scott Morrison in the press gallery on Tuesday
Jacinda Ardern has been left fuming after the Morrison government cancelled the citizenship of a Kiwi dual-citizen who hasn’t lived in New Zealand since she was six.
The alleged ISIS terrorist travelled to Syria with her Australian passport and was detained in Turkey with her two children.
During that time, the Australian government revoked her citizenship and she is now legally only considered a New Zealand citizen.
On Tuesday, Ms Ardern unleashed on Scott Morrison claiming it is ‘wrong that New Zealand should shoulder the responsibility for a situation involving a woman who has not lived in New Zealand since she was six’.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to media during a press conference at Parliament on February 15
‘I never believe that the right response was to simply have a race to revoke people’s citizenship … We will put our hands up when we need to own the situation, we expected the same of Australia,’ she said.
‘They did not act in good faith.’
Reporters in the press gallery said the normally even-tempered leader was ‘visibly furious’.
AAP’s New Zealand correspondent Ben McKay quoted a NZ press gallery veteran and said it was ‘the angriest I’ve ever seen her’.
Ms Ardern said she has ‘repeatedly’ told Australian authorities that the woman has family in Australia and should return there.
‘Any fair minded person would consider this person an Australian and that is my view too.’
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during House of Representatives Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, February 16
Reporters in the press gallery said the normally even-tempered leader was ‘visibly furious’ (pictured)
The leader said she had personally told Prime Minister Scott Morrison that Australia had ‘abdicated its responsibilities in relation to this person’.
She added that the children had been born into a conflict zone ‘through no fault of their own’ and that going to New Zealand would not be in their best interests.
‘New Zealand, frankly, is tired of having Australia export its problems,’ she said.
Scott Morrison told reporters on Tuesday that his job is to ‘put Australia’s national security first’.
Australia has a policy to strip anyone with dual-citizenship who has been involved with terrorist activity.
‘There is still a lot more unknown about this case and where it sits and where it may go next,’ Mr Morrison said, adding that the two leaders would speak about the issue later on Tuesday.