Australia Responsible for Dire Conditions of Refugees

Marquee being dismantled inside the Manus Island detention centre

Turnbull this month rejected the refugee resettlement offer from his New Zealand counterpart, Jacinda Ardern, preferring instead to work through an existing refugee swap deal he negotiated with former U.S. President Barack Obama past year.

The National leader was asked why Malcolm Turnbull would stand by it's agreement for the U.S. to resettle 1,250 refugees in its offshore detention centres, and not take up New Zealand's similar offer. "I think it's clear that we don't see what's happening there as acceptable, that's why the offer's there", she said.

Ardern said she raised the issue with Turnbull in passing, but they have not discussed it further.

"That's their issue, the point I'm simply making is the New Zeland Prime Minister knows they won't take up the offer, no Australain politician would take it up".

"Ultimately there are a group of people that do need to be resettled", she said.

Earlier on Monday two Australian politicians spoke out against New Zealand's offer.

With the situation worsening by the day, the PNG government is demanding a solution while Australia is denying responsibility.

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Ms Ardern will be pressing Mr Turnbull again to accept New Zealand's offer to take 150 refugees from both Manus Island and Nauru.

Government frontbencher Matt Canavan criticised the genuineness of the offer.

Two motions introduced in Australia's parliament by the Labor and Green parties, and passed in the upper house on Tuesday, call on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to approve the New Zealand proposal.

John Key first made it to then Australian leader Julia Gillard in 2013.

DESPITE setting another deadline for the 379 refugees and asylum seekers at the Manus Island regional processing centre to leave yesterday or face forcible eviction, Manus police commander David Yapu says force will not be used to move them.

But Ms Adern's criticism of Australia's handling of the refugee crisis on the island - which she has described as unacceptable - has prompted a warning from New Zealand's opposition for her to tread carefully.

"What Australia is doing is inhumane. the people on Manus Island need our help, they have committed no crime and shouldn't be locked up for exercising their right to seek asylum", she said.

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