Turnbull refuses NZ Offer

Malcolm Turnbull not accepting Jacinda Ardern’s offer to resettle asylum seekers in NZ ‘at this time’

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he will not accept an offer to resettle asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru in New Zealand at this stage.

Key points:

  • Malcolm Turnbull says Australia has an arrangement with the US
  • “We cannot ignore the human face of what Australia is dealing with,” Jacinda Ardern says
  • Bill Shorten earlier called on Mr Turnbull to accept the offer

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern discussed the offer with Mr Turnbull today, as close to 600 men refuse to leave the now closed centre, despite water, food and power being cut off.

Many of the 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 (PNG) naval base.

Mr Turnbull thanked Ms Ardern for the offer, which was first made by former prime minister John Key, and said his Government remained focused on a refugee resettlement deal with the United States.

“The offer has been restated, we thank New Zealand for making that offer, we are not taking it up at this time,” Mr Turnbull said.

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