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'It is wrong': Jacinda Ardern slams Australia in furious speech

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‘Tired of Australia exporting its problems’: Ardern denounces Morrison over detainee in Turkey

On February 28 past year Jacinda Ardern stood right next to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on his home turf in Sydney and warned him to stop deporting "your people and your problems" to New Zealand.

But in what Ardern described as a "race to revoke people's citizenship" - Morrison got the jump on his trans-Tasman mate by secretly ditching the woman and her legal ties to Australia.

Aden was born in New Zealand and spent most of her childhood in Australia, where she grew up.

He says Welch's account means that Australia should reconsider her stance.

At one time up to 66 Australians, including 44 children, were believed to be in the camps, though the Australian government repatriated eight children in June 2019, and others may have escaped.

Turkish authorities said on Monday that three New Zealanders, including a woman alleged to be a member of Islamic State, have been caught trying to enter Turkey illegally from Syria.

Local media reported the woman had been taken to a Turkish court in the southeastern province of Hatay for interrogation.

"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, has resided in Australia since that time, has her family in Australia and left for Syria from Australia on her Australian passport", Ardern said.

Scott Morrison told reporters on Tuesday that his job is to "put Australia's national security first".

"We do not want to see terrorists who fought with terrorism organisations enjoying privileges of citizenship which I think they forfeit the second they engage as an enemy of our country".

But Morrison added that he would speak with Ardern further, saying: "There is still a lot more unknown about this case and where it sits and where it may go to next".

In a corresponding statement, Ardern called on the Australian government to comply with its global obligations and consider the welfare of children involved. "We know that young children thrive best when surrounded by people who love them".

About 1,500 Kiwis have been caught in the dragnet - nearly half the total of 4,000 - and Wellington has raised concerns some of those deported allegedly grew up in Australia and have no ties to New Zealand.

Since 2014, around 3,000 New Zealanders in Australia have had their visas cancelled "on character grounds" - which does not always require a criminal conviction.

The language and delivery from Ardern that day was like nothing ever seen before and she was visibly on an adrenaline-fuelled high when mingling with the press pack on the plane trip back to New Zealand shortly after.

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