Accept NZ's Offer To Take 150 Refugees

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New Zealand has offered to resettle 150 certified refugees who remain locked up in Australian offshore detention centres. In the short term, NZ's offer is the best hope for some on Manus to escape the extreme inhumane conditions they are currently subjected to. It is frankly embarrassing that NZ has to step in to help settle people who are our responsibility. In the press announcement Turnbull states that Australia plans to conclude the US refugee deal before considering NZ's offer but gives zero reason why accepting NZ's offer should be dependent on finishing the US deal. For Malcolm Turnbull to turn down the NZ offer on such spurious grounds is disgusting.

For more information see ABC's article on the rejection (note the ABC use the term "asylum seekers" but the offer is actually about people found to be refugees). There is also another petition you should go sign calling NZ's PM Jacinda Ardern to just go ahead and help the Manus regfugees without Australian's say so (PNG has ruled that legally refugees on Manus Island are PNG's responsibility so NZ could make a deal directly with PNG).

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