Manus Island: Turnbull declines New Zealand refugee offer

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07 November, 2017

'We do accept and we thank New Zealand for their generosity should be asking the Americans to expedite the U.S. resettlement arrangement and they should be accepting this offer from New Zealand, ' he said.

"We of course do not have the circumstances that Australia is operating under, but we also can not ignore the human face of what Australia is dealing with".

Turnbull held bilateral talks with New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern at Kirribilli House in Sydney this morning.

New Zealand first said it would take 150 of the asylum seekers in 2013, but the offer has been repeatedly rejected by Australia, the BBC reported.

The meeting comes as roughly 600 asylum seekers on Manus Island have been left without power, food and water in an attempt by the government to encourage them to seek refuge on the island proper.

He said the USA refugee resettlement deal, which will take up to 1250 people, was the priority. They feared for their safety if they had to leave the compound.

So far 54 refugees have been resettled in the US.

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"If we do find that the reforms that have been proposed do come through and New Zealanders are unable to access domestic fee rates in Australia, then we will have a similar policy in New Zealand", she said.

Take a look at what some of our readers had to say about Mr Turnbull not taking up Ms Ardern's offer.

"We should give consideration to what New Zealand is offering", former immigration minister Kevin Andrews told Sky News on Sunday.

"Equally of course, any nation where actually we want to ensure we have a depth of relationship", Ms Ardern said.

It has been rejected a few times on the grounds it would give asylum seekers a backdoor into Australia and become a marketing opportunity for people smugglers.

Australia withdrew from the Manus Island centre on Tuesday, following a PNG court ruling that the centre was unconstitutional.

Overnight, one refugee on Manus Island was reportedly experiencing heart problems.


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