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Malcolm Turnbull promises to speed up NZ deportation appeals

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has promised to speed up the appeals process for New Zealanders facing deportation from Australia, saying he is "empathetic" and "alert" to the country's concerns about the issue.

An average of one Kiwi is being deported a day under tough new immigration laws targeting foreign nationals who have served a year or more in prison.

The hot-button issue has threatened to overshadow Mr Turnbull's first prime ministerial visit across the Tasman, but he has tried to allay concerns by promising to devote "considerable additional resources" to ensure those affected can appeal the deportations more quickly.

"That process of appeal will be made much faster, it'll be expedited, that is essentially giving more administrative resources to it," Mr Turnbull said.

The Prime Minister acknowledged the large number of Kiwis being deported, but said he expected numbers to decline once the Immigration Department worked through a backlog of cases.

Read more on the ABC.

Topics:  deportation john key malcolm turnbull new zealand


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