Turnbull Expected To Reject New Zealand's Lifeline To 150 Manus Refugees

06 November, 2017, 00:10 | Author: Essie Rivera
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About 600 men are refusing to leave a de-commissioned Australian centre on Manus Island saying they fear attacks from locals, reports the BBC.

Ms Ardern insisted the offer remained "firmly on the table" but said she understood Mr Turnbull's reasoning.

Numerous men say they are too afraid to resettle in alternative accommodation and are refusing to leave the detention centre, which is also a Papua New Guinea naval base.

He said the USA refugee resettlement deal, which will take up to 1250 people, was the priority.

"What we are seeking to do is ensure there are opportunities for resettlement for the people on Manus Island and Nauru".

Ms Ardern's relationship with Australia has been controversial since her election with deputy PM Julie Bishop labeling the 37-year-old New Zealand leader "untrustworthy".

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten U-turned on Labor's stance on Friday, saying the plan had similarities to the USA resettlement deal to take 1250 people.

Turnbull noted that he had shelved the offer in part due to prioritising dealings with the United States - which may settle up to 1250 asylum seekers, if they pass the United States' high vetting standards.

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"In that wake of that arrangement we can consider other ones".

The issue was raised by Ms Ardern with her Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull in a meeting in Sydney on Sunday.

The PNG Supreme Court ruled the detention of asylum seekers was illegal and the PNG government says it is Australia's responsibility to deal with those who do not want to resettle in the country. The United Nations has called on Australia to urgently restore support to those on Manus Island, at the very least.

"Of course, there would need to be conditions", Shorten said.

Earlier today, a government backbencher broke ranks and said Australia should consider accepting NZ help.

More than 600 refugees have barricaded themselves on Manus Island.

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

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