Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta says Australian Minister Peter Dutton “only serves to trash his own reputation” by insulting New Zealand deportees by calling them “trash”.
Dutton, the Australian home affairs minister, was interviewed for a channel Nine News report about criminal deportees to New Zealand earlier this week, and said, “It’s taking out the trash, then we can make Australia a safer place”.
A personal attack on an Australian Minister isn’t exactly the diplomacy you expect from the Foreign Minister.
But here’s mu questions. If the Government will so vigorously criticise Australian Ministers for their statements and/or policies, why won;’t they be just as forceful with China’s Ministers over their genocide of Uighurs? Surely that should have Mahuta proclaiming they are trashing their reputatons?