Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters is keen to see the Christchurch mosque shooter serve his sentence in Australia.
If the shooter is deported to Australia, he will be a free man. There is no provision for him to serve time in an Australian prison for crimes done in New Zealand.
So when Winston says deport him, that actually means free him.
Documents released in recent days show that the shooter is costing the corrections system almost $5000 a day, 14 times more than it costs to house an average prisoner.
An insane amount of money. But the solution is not to set him free. The solution is to not give him platinum plated security.