Australia's election day is just around the corner and with the Labor Party slightly ahead in the polls, what would it mean for New Zealand if Anthony Albanese were to come into power?
Albanese has hinted he wants to improve trans-Tasman ties and changing the controversial 501 migrations could do just that.
While Albanese said he would continue deportations under section 501 of the Migration Act which is currently in force, The Guardian reported the ministerial direction would be likely adjusted to ensure decisions will take into account how long a person has been in Australia.
Newshub revealed in March 96 percent of deportations to New Zealand are from Australia, and those deportees - known as 501s - have committed thousands of serious crimes since being sent back.
Thousands of Kiwis living in Australia for several years have been sent back to New Zealand since 2015 after controversial changes were made to its Migration Act, causing deportees separated from families and contributing to New Zealand's gang problems.
The proposal would aim to address the policy that is deporting people who have lived in Australia for most of their lives.
The changes would not require legislation to go through Parliament.
"Section 501 applies for breaches of people who are on visas, and if people commit serious offences then action should be taken in Australia’s national interests," Albanese said.
"Jacinda Ardern is someone who I've met with here in Australia and also in Wellington and in Auckland. I think she is an outstanding Prime Minister and I'm sure that we would have a very warm and cordial relationship."