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Jacinda Ardern’s partner Clarke Gayford takes a brutal swipe at Anthony Albanese’s gift

Jacinda Ardern’s partner lashes out at Anthony Albanese’s gift to the Prime Minister of New Zealand, who was given vinyl records by Midnight Oil, Spiderbait and Powderfinger upon her arrival in Sydney

  • Jacinda Ardern visits Sydney for a one day trip to spend time with new PM
  • The couple had a casual dinner on Thursday night and exchanged their gifts
  • Both leaders gave each other vinyl records of bands from the 90s and 2000s
  • Ms Ardern’s partner Clarke Gayford commented on the bands’ age

Jacinda Ardern’s partner has mocked Anthony Albanese over his gifts to the visiting New Zealand Prime Minister.

Mr Albanese, 59, handed Ms Ardern vinyl records of Midnight Oil, Spiderbait and Powderfinger when she arrived in Sydney on Thursday evening.

She posted a photo of the two Labor leaders together on Instagram and mentioned the gifts in the caption, prompting Clarke Gayford to comment on the age of the bands.

He wrote: ‘Midnight Oil, Spiderbait and The Finger????!!!! What is this, 2004???’

The two leaders were photographed together in Sydney on Thursday evening after Mrs Ardern arrived

The two leaders were photographed together in Sydney on Thursday evening after Mrs Ardern arrived

Mr. Albanese, 59, gave Mrs. Ardern vinyl records from Midnight Oil, Spiderbait and Powderfinger and she gave him some tracks from record label Flying Nun

Mr. Albanese, 59, gave Mrs. Ardern vinyl records from Midnight Oil, Spiderbait and Powderfinger and she gave him some tracks from record label Flying Nun

Clarke Gayford commented on the age of the bands.  He wrote: 'Midnight Oil, Spiderbait and The Finger????!!!!  What is this, 2004???'

Clarke Gayford commented on the age of the bands. He wrote: ‘Midnight Oil, Spiderbait and The Finger????!!!! What is this, 2004???’

Ms Ardern, 42, said she had given Mr Albanese a few songs from New Zealand indie record label Flying Nun.

The New Zealand leader is the first to visit Mr Albanian domestically after his election victory on May 21.

Mr Albanese said she was the first leader to call him after the results while he was on his way to deliver his victory speech.

Not surprisingly, Prime Minister Ardern was the first to call me. I was still in the car. We have each other’s cell phones,” he said on Tuesday.

“Jacinda was kind enough to call me when I was on my way to the Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL.

“She’s been a friend of mine for a while. I look forward to meeting her informally on Thursday evening and then we have a meeting on Friday. We are good friends, Australia and New Zealand.

“We can work together much better and build stronger relationships, and I’m sure me and Jacinda will achieve that.”

Mrs Ardern and Mr Gayford pictured together at the ASB Rugby Awards in Auckland in 2018

Mrs Ardern and Mr Gayford pictured together at the ASB Rugby Awards in Auckland in 2018

At their first official meeting on Friday morning, the couple will discuss Australia’s harsh immigration policy, deporting non-citizens who commit serious crimes, even if they have spent most of their lives in Australia.

It has resulted in dozens of criminals being deported to New Zealand, even though they have no ties to the country other than their kiwi passport.

Ms Ardern mentioned that issue on Friday morning’s Today show but said she would not demand immediate changes.

“As a general rule, we have never asked for deportations to stop. We won’t be hypocritical about it, because we do.

“It’s only those extraordinary cases that worry us,” she said.

“I want to give the Prime Minister a moment to think about that. It’s been a specter of ours for a long time, so I’d like to see some movement on it.”

Ms Ardern said she was angry at people being evicted for having spent ‘all of their formative years’ in Australia and being ‘essentially Australian’.

“Sending them back to New Zealand, that’s where we got the complaint,” she said.

On her last trip to Australia in 2020, Ms Ardern criticized Scott Morrison over the policy, saying ‘Don’t deport your people and your problems’.

Scott Morrison receives a traditional 'hongi' greeting from New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Queenstown in 2021

Scott Morrison receives a traditional ‘hongi’ greeting from New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Queenstown in 2021

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