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Turnbull rules out NZ resettlement for Manus refugees

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AAP, Newstalk ZB Staff,
Publish Date
Fri, 29 Apr 2016, 11:59am
Detainees at the Manus Island camp in 2014 (AAP)
Detainees at the Manus Island camp in 2014 (AAP)

Turnbull rules out NZ resettlement for Manus refugees

Author
AAP, Newstalk ZB Staff,
Publish Date
Fri, 29 Apr 2016, 11:59am

UPDATED 12.37PM: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has ruled out doing a deal with New Zealand to resettle hundreds of asylum seekers who are on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.

MORE: Australian govt in quandary over Manus detainees

Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court has ruled the detention centre there is unlawful, and has ordered it to close immediately.

Rights groups have insisted the camp treats detainees harshly, and breaches their human rights. 

Settling the inhabitants in New Zealand would send the wrong signal to people smugglers, Turnbull said.

"It would be used as a marketing opportunity," he told radio 3AW.

A spokesperson for NZ Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse said yesterday that the minister has not heard from Australia on the closure, but New Zealand's offer to take 150 refugees each year was still open.

In January, a group of Nauru refugees wrote to Prime Minister John Key asking to be re-settled in New Zealand.