Thanks, but no thanks: Malcolm Turnbull spurns Jacinda Ardern's refugee offer

06 November, 2017, 00:29 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull after a visit to Borough Market in central London

By Sunday afternoon, about 600 refugees and asylum seekers remained at the Manus Island site, which closed on October 31 following a PNG Supreme Court decision. They want us to be resettled in Papua new Guinea where even the people of Papua New Guinea they do not want us to resettle in their country.

"We repeat our overall concerns about Australian offshore processing centres which are unsustainable, inhumane and contradictory to its human rights obligations", Colville said.

New Zealand citizens are typically allowed to work and live in Australia, a pathway that Australia fears could be used by the refugees to move to Australia. "We did it on an understanding that Australia was looking for a place".

Greens senator Nick McKim left the island on Thursday after joining the refugees in their protest and highlighted their issues in numerous worldwide media interviews. "It's clear the Greens do", Mr Dutton told ABC radio.

Senator McKim responded saying Mr Dutton "is a racist, a proven liar, a fascist, a serial human rights abuser and it's a badge of honour to be personally attacked by Petter Dutton". "I'm sure there'd be other Australians who would do the same". "It makes a very hard situation even worse", Mr Dutton said on Thursday.

UNHCR said it "observed" on Monday, a day before the closure of the centre, the "West Lorengau Haus" construction is incomplete and has no electricity or water.

However, Turnbull declined, saying he preferred to pursue an existing refugee deal negotiated earlier with former U.S. President Barack Obama which sends 1,250 refugees to the United States and in turn requires Australia to accept Central American asylum seekers. However, the refugees fear for their safety from locals and have refused to leave.

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"As the days go by where they have no water and no electricity, I think the tensions will just go up higher", UNHCR representative Lam Nai Jit told AFP from Manus Island, adding that the weather was "extremely hot and humid".

"As I have said in New Zealand, 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 either", she said.

Extra police are on standby on the island but have not attempted to remove the men. Doesn't change that what Australia has done to these men on Manus is appalling, ' Crowe said.

Around 500 of the men have still not had their asylum claims processed, he said.

The latest incarnation was reopened under the governments of prime ministers Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd with a Memorandum of Understanding with PNG's prime minister Peter O'Neill.

The founding father of the nation has come out in statement to say that acts of violence have been perpetrated with impunity and worse still, lives have been lost.



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