It is a lot easier for Opposition parties to talk about elections in friendly countries than governing parties.

Jacinda Ardern and Winston Peters may have views about the campaign and the upset result of the Australian election, as Labour leader and New Zealand First leader respectively but their views should remain private.

Their first duty as Prime Minister and Foreign Minister is to maintain and improve New Zealand's relationship with our closest friend, not to dive into their domestic politics.

Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern at Government House, Auckland in February. Photo / Audrey Young
Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern at Government House, Auckland in February. Photo / Audrey Young

On the other hand National leader Simon Bridges has the freedom to wallow in the vicarious victory of a sister

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