An attack on New Zealand by Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party is being brushed off.
LISTEN ABOVE: Australian Senator Malcolm Roberts and New Zealand Labour Party's Kelvin Davis spoke to Tim Dower on Summer Breakfast
It's stemmed from our co-sponsoring of a United Nations resolution condemning Israel's continued settlements.
Senator Malcolm Roberts has been reported as saying Australia should make immigration tougher for New Zealanders, as a punishment.
Mr Roberts told Tim Dower the resolution shows New Zealand is trying to undermine peace in the Middle East.
"The real message in this is to our federal government in Canberra. You need to closely with the Kiwi Government to prevent them from doing this type of thing that undermines Israel's existence."
Senator Roberts said his government could have applied pressure on New Zealand and "the new (Bill) English government would have thought twice before stabbing our ally in the front".
The anti-Islam One Nation, which holds four of 76 seats in the Australian senate, has said Australia should never again support New Zealand gaining anything like a Security Council seat.
"This is why New Zealanders can't have nice things," Senator Roberts said.
Labour's Kelvin Davis told Tim Dower Mr Roberts' comments are "nuts".
"We shouldn't be surprised at One Nation's low IQ politics. New Zealand at the UN stood up for what they believe is right. One Nation stands for hate and division and brighter people than Malcolm Roberts have decided the way to peace is not to engage in conflict."
Mr Davis, who as Labour’s Corrections spokesman has campaigned against deportations of New Zealand citizens from Australia, said Mr Roberts was “a bit simple” whose time in politics is “denying a village somewhere in Australia of its idiot”.
Additional reporting by NZ Newswire