World

The Manus Island refugee deal that Ardern has offered Turnbull

The Manus Island refugee deal that Ardern has offered Turnbull

Ardern again reiterated New Zealand's desire to resettle 150 of the men now held in Australia's offshore detention centres despite Malcolm Turnbull turning down her offer a week prior.

The U.N. Human Rights Committee said on Thursday Australia should bring its migration laws into line with global standards.

The U.N. has allegedly warned the stand-off is a "looming humanitarian crisis".

"We made the offer because we saw a great need".

"Australia has illegally detained these asylum-seekers for years now, and now they've essentially abandoned them and they've got no food, no water, no medicine, and no power".

"It seems like a PR stunt from the New Zealand prime minister to try and focus on one group of refugees which there is a process for, including settlement in the United States", he said.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was expected to have a more substantive meeting with her Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull about the offer in the Philippines this week, where they are both attending the East Asia Summit.

Ardern, who previously reiterated NZ's offer, criticised Australia's unyielding stance on Sunday.

More news: Padmavati: Members Of Rajput Community Protests Outside Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Office
More news: Iran quake survivors plead for help as toll rises
More news: Outrage mounts over Meek Mill's prison sentence

PNG authorities have moved into the centre yesterday and destroyed shelters' and storage water tanks built by the refugees who are refusing to leave the decommissioned, Australian-run detention centre on Manus Island, but have avoided using force to forcibly evict anyone in their efforts to move people on.

"I see the human face of this and I see the need and the role New Zealand needs to play".

These have raised human right issues until it was ruled as illegal and ordered to be shut down by the PNG Supreme Court. "I think it's clear that we don't think what's happening there is acceptable, that's why the offer is there".

Refugees held on the island have asked why Australia is refusing to allow New Zealand to deal directly with PNG in resettling the men if, as Australia claims, the issue of the men's resettlement, is a "matter for the government of PNG".

Newshub has also learned that New Zealand is upset at the Australian media's leaking of official intelligence on how boats have been stopped from coming to New Zealand.

Australia pays for and maintains effective control of the PNG detention centre, according to the United Nations, apex courts in both countries and independent observers.

But by the end of the day in Australia it was unclear what steps authorities would take next.