New Zealand nationals have hit back at a Nine News report after it likened criminals being deported from Australia to "taking out the trash".
The exclusive report by Nine News Queensland reporter Jordan Fabris aired on Monday after he attained access through the Australian Border Force to a "secret prisoner plane".
The plane was being used to fly New Zealand nationals home who had been convicted of crimes in Australia.
Host Melissa Downes introduced the segment saying, "taking out the trash".
"Tonight, we’re revealing the secret prisoner plane booting foreign criminals out of Australia. From murderers to child abusers, these people have no place in our country," Downes said.
As those leaving Australia were escorted in handcuffs across the tarmac towards the aircraft, Fabris approached with a microphone asking them questions like, "how does it feel to get kicked out Australia?".
"Our country doesn't want you, are you excited to go home?" he asked one person.
Home Affairs Minister Pete Dutton said those being deported were among the most "serious offenders".
"Our country's safer for having deported them," he said, before also using the unsavoury slur.
"It's taking the trash out, then we can make Australia a safer place."
In the past year, more than 700 criminals have been deported from cities across Australia to their home countries, according to Mr Dutton.
The report has since been described "disgraceful", with the New Zealand Herald quoting a woman who works with deportees saying the ratio of Kiwis being deported for minor charges was misrepresented.
At least one recent returnee who saw the report was "really upset" by it, according to Aimee Reardon from the Prisoners’ Aid and Rehabilitation Society.
Network 'should be ashamed'
Deported Kiwis already struggled enough to "see themselves as people" after returning from a stint in overseas prison, according to the publication.
Twitter users were also unimpressed by the report, saying the network should be "ashamed" of itself.
"This is absolutely disgraceful reporting. You should be profoundly ashamed of yourself of baiting and humiliating people as they are being deported to a country they may have no real connection with," one person wrote.
"Disgraceful, sickening and humiliating behaviour," someone else said.
Another sarcastically called the reporter a "hero" for "humiliating these people even more when they are being taken away from their families".
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