NZ not alone on ISDS clauses: Ardern

06 November, 2017, 02:17 | Author: Manuel Hopkins
  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern talks to Martin van Beynen in the front seat of the Holden Kingswood on the campaign trail

The Australian government has long held the hard-line position that operating the ceaselessly cruel offshore detention centres will serve as a deterrent to would-be asylum seekers, and that relenting to any extent would encourage further arrivals.

More than 600 refugees and asylum seekers have barricaded themselves inside the detention centre, which closed on Thursday.

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 (PNG) naval base.

"I did renew, again, New Zealand's offer to take 150 refugees from both Manus [Island] and Nauru", New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.

Despite the offer to take 150 refugees from the Manus Island and Naura centres back on the table, Mr Turnbull said his government would not be accepting it.

"Whilst it has not been taken up immediately, the Prime Minister thanked New Zealand for the offer, acknowledged it and it is something that still remains in place".

"This is a very genuine offer", she said.

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The Prime Minister says TPP11 talks are walking a tightrope between signing the deal, and not undermining New Zealand's interests.

Australia withdrew from the Manus Island centre on Tuesday, following a PNG court ruling that the centre was unconstitutional.

That was dismissed by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, who said Mr Shorten was trying to appease the left of his party with "cheap political stunts and mealy-mouthed words".

A federal government backbencher, Kevin Andrews, today broke ranks to support sending refugees to New Zealand to help end the stand-off on Manus Island.

"We have an arrangement with the United States where a substantial number - 1,250 - can, subject to the U.S. rigours vetting, be resettled in the United States".

"We have serious concerns about the welfare, safety and wellbeing of the roughly 600 men who remain in the accommodation compound, who are too frightened to leave", spokesman Rupert Colville said. "It is now an acute situation that Australia is dealing with".

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