Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Ardern admits she may be seen as "an irritant" over Manus Island

Ardern admits she may be seen as

A lawmaker said the Australian government is responsible for the deteriorating conditions facing refugees in a camp in Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, saying Canberra must provide consular access for those wishing to return to their countries.

Ardern again reiterated New Zealand's desire to resettle 150 of the men now held in Australia's offshore detention centres despite Malcolm Turnbull turning down her offer a week prior.

Almost 600 men have barricaded themselves inside the Manus island center for more than 10 days, despite having no regular food or running water, defying attempts by Australia and Papua New Guinea to close the camp in what the United Nations describes as a "looming humanitarian crisis".

The lawyer Ben Lomai, who is bringing the case on behalf of Behrouz Boochani, an Iranian refugee inside the camp, said the the proposed takeover of the detention centre brought with it the risk of extreme violence.

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'We made the offer because we saw a great need.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has criticised Australia's handling of the escalating refugee crisis as the situation on Manus Island reaches fever pitch. "No matter what label you put on it there is absolute need and there is harm being done", Ardern said.

"We see that we have a role to play here, we're very eager to play that role and as I say I'll be having another conversation with the Prime Minister in the Philippines".

Speaking at the APEC Summit in Vietnam on Saturday local time, the Prime Minister of New Zealand said the unfolding stand-off between refugees and PNG immigration officials was unacceptable.

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Newshub has been briefed on the deal and can reveal that Ms Ardern is happy for Australia to place an order on any refugees that they can never travel there.

DESPITE setting another deadline for the 379 refugees and asylum seekers at the Manus Island regional processing centre to leave yesterday or face forcible eviction, Manus police commander David Yapu says force will not be used to move them. "I think it's clear that we don't think what's happening there is acceptable, that's why the offer is there". "We don't want to go to Australia, let us go to NZ".

But by the end of the day in Australia it was unclear what steps authorities would take next.

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