4 Dec 2017

Turnbull govt revokes temporarily passed refugee motion

10:46 pm on 4 December 2017

Two Australian MPs' absence from the House of Representatives temporarily allowed a Greens motion - to accept New Zealand's offer to take Manus Island refugees - to pass.

The 119th daily protest on Manus Island, West Lorengau centre, 29-11-17

Refugees on Manus Island protest at the centre in late November. They have since been removed. Photo: supplied

The Green Party motion calling on the government to accept New Zealand's offer to resettle 150 refugees, was initially passed by 73 votes to 72 because two government MPs were absent.

Melbourne Green MP, who put the motion, tweeted his disappointment that the goverment was able to rescind the passed motion.

"One gov MP just said he missed a vote on Manus because he was 'detained'. Try going to Manus, Minister, and find out what detention looks like. If you can't be bothered to turn up and vote for liberty, then get out of Parliament," he wrote.

The Guardian reported manager of government business Christopher Pyne had to scramble to re-stage the vote once the missing pair returned to the chamber.

A refugee on Manus Island today told RNZ detainees were still living in harsh conditions more than a week after they were forcibly removed from the shut-down detention centre.

Kurdish journalist and refugee, Behrouz Boochani, said conditions were worse than at the old centre.

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