Australian reporter hounds deportees as they're bundled on flight to NZ, MP Peter Dutton calls them 'trash'

A planeload of New Zealanders, one a convicted murderer, has been filmed on the tarmac prior to their deportation from Australia.

Australia's deportation programme has resumed for the year, with the first flight carrying criminals from Brisbane to Auckland.

Broadcaster 9 News filmed the deportees as they were escorted on to the plane this week. 

A reporter said to one female deportee, "our country doesn't want you, are you excited to go home?" The woman replied: "f**k off". 

One of the men on the plane was Grant David Mitchell, who strangled his girlfriend to death in New South Wales in 1987 and spent over 20 years on the run, 9 News said. 

"It's taking the trash out, then we can make Australia a safer place," said Australia's Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton.

In July, it was revealed a managed isolation facility had been set up for New Zealanders returning from Australia. 

"Where appropriate, extra security arrangements will be put in place to manage the return of deportees during their time in managed isolation, in accordance with the assessed risk and the conditions they have in place if any," a COVID-19 Response spokesperson said at the time.  

"The risk assessment of deportees is carried out by police and Corrections with other agencies as necessary, in accordance with the usual returning deportees process."

Australian deportees, known as '501s', are named after the character section of the Australian Migration Act that allows the cancellation of their visa. The majority have lived in Australia for most of their lives and have criminal records. 

Any non-citizen sentenced to 12 months in an Australian prison is subject to deportation, even if they completed their time behind bars years ago.