24 Jan 2014

Niue scraps plan to house Australia's asylum seekers

6:27 am on 24 January 2014

Niue's parliament has rejected last month's proposal by its Premier Toke Talagi to house Australia's asylum seekers.

The assembly passed a motion with a 10-3 vote, deciding not to consider the plan.

A number of MPs and cabinet ministers in the 20-member parliament abstained.

Mr Talagi had said his offer for Niue to take in vulnerable children and women from the refugees was made from a sense of responsibility as a Pacific neighbour.

Since Australia revived its policy of processing asylum seekers abroad in 2012, Canberra has re-opened detention centres in Papua New Guinea and Nauru.

Last year, Australia decided that asylum applicants arriving by boat who are found to be refugees would be refused settlement in Australia.