Turnbull rejects NZ offer

Turnbull rejects New Zealand offer to take 150 refugees from detention

The Guardian – 29 April 2016

Malcolm Turnbull says Australia cannot afford to let empathy for asylum seekers ‘cloud our judgment’.

Malcolm Turnbull has again rejected an offer from New Zealand to take 150 refugees from Australia’s offshore detention centres saying: “Settlement in a country like New Zealand would be used by the people smugglers as a marketing opportunity.”

A spokeswoman for the New Zealand immigration minister, Michael Woodhouse, said on Thursday that an old offer to take 150 asylum seekers a year remained on the table, but he had not been approached by the Australian government.

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