16 Nov 2017

Aus senator urges NZ to offer to take all Manus refugees

4:20 pm on 16 November 2017

An Australian senator who has been supporting the refugees on Manus Island says a New Zealand offer of aid is welcome but even better would be to take all the refugees.

An image from the 106th day of protest o nManus Island, 14-11-17

Photo: supplied

New Zealand's Prime Minister has offered $US2 million to Papua New Guinea and aid agencies to help care for the refugees holed up in the decommissioned camp on the island.

Jacinda Ardern has also reiterated an offer to Australia, who has sent the refugees to Manus for processing since 2013, to take 150 of them.

Tasmanian Greens Senator Nick McKim said it reflected well on New Zealand, and poorly on Australia.

But he urged Ms Ardern to increase her offer.

"And accept all of the people who are currently on Manus Island, because we've got a situation, what's been described as an emerging humanitarian crisis by the United Nations refugee agency, and I have grave fears not only for the health and wellbeing of the people in the Manus Island detention centre but also for their very lives."

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