Prime Minister renews offer to take offshore refugees

Refugees protest on Manus Island with Australian Senator Nick McKim

Refugees protest on Manus Island with Australian Senator Nick McKim

Ardern said she expected the situation on Manus Island to be discussed during her meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Sunday, adding that she meant to reaffirm the offer when they met.

"Sometimes they've already been staying in that new facility and returning at a later stage to the traditional Manus Island facility where they've been more permanently based for the last little while".

Mr Shorten said his advocacy for a resettlement deal with New Zealand should not be seen as putting "people smugglers back in business".

The offer to take 150 refugees now detained on Manus Island and Nauru stands, the Prime Minister says.

New Zealand's new Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, renewed her predecessor, John Key's, offer to resettle 150 asylum seekers now in Australia's offshore detention centres.

"I acknowledge that, while New Zealand has not had to contend with these issues on our shores, it's hard to ignore the human face of this situation and nor should it be ignored".

"The current mood of the men is they are really distraught and depressed", Manus detainee and Sudanese refugee Abdul Aziz Adam told AFP.

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One of the detainees, an Iranian who identified himself as Behrouz Boochani, posted on Twitter that the refugees are digging deep holes in the ground to find water.

The 94th day of protest in the Manus Island detention centre.

'At the same time, they were struggling with tropical mosquitoes.

Students have briefly occupied the Department of Immigration and Border Protection building in Sydney's CBD and then stormed the offices of Labor frontbencher Tanya Plibersek demanding authorities bring refugees stuck on Manus Island to Australia.

It called on Australia to urgently put a stop to the unfolding crisis. The policy has come under fire from the United Nations and human rights groups over the indefinite detention of the refugees, who have reportedly suffered abuse and emotional stress. It doesn't help when you have got the Greens telling people not to engage and move.

He had filed an application to delay the transferral and is waiting for the Chief Justice to appoint a single judge to hear the case.

Australia scheduled the Manus camp for closure after Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court ruled past year that the detention center was unconstitutional, as it violated the detainees right of personal liberty.

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