SBS News – 22 May 2018
Australia is free to stop any detained asylum seekers relocated to New Zealand from hopping over the Tasman, New Zealand’s immigration minister says.
Australian Home Affairs secretary Michael Pezzullo had on Monday left the door slightly ajar to one day accepting New Zealand’s long-standing offer to take in 150 detainees from Manus Island and Nauru as refugees – but with a caveat.
“Unless and until that question of on-travel can be addressed and resolved … once we’re in a position to do that, it might be more possible to take up that offer,” he told a Senate committee in Canberra.
Ultimately, responsibility for who can come into any sovereign nation is the responsibility of that nation,” he told reporters in Wellington.
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