NZ offers help as Australia asylum protesters struggle in PNG camp

NZ offers help as Australia asylum protesters struggle in PNG camp

Russell Crowe has faced questions by the Department of Immigration after he offered to house and employ six refugees from the now-closed Manus Island detention centre.

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.

"New Zealand's offer comes from within our existing refugee quota and applies to refugees on both Manus Island and Nauru", Ms Ardern said.

"Australia remains responsible for the well-being of all those moved to Papua New Guinea", they added.

Meanwhile, PMG Immigrations Minister, Petrus Thomas, said PNG Authorities will not use force to move the refugees out of the centre.

Some of the refugees on Manus have appealed directly to Ardern, saying they are begging her to help them. Lives held in limbo.

In a response to another user's challenge that Crowe should house them if he felt "so ashamed" the Oscar victor tweeted: "I've thought about this".

"I expect the situation on Manus Island will be discussed in my meeting with Prime Minister Turnbull on Sunday", Arden said in an emailed statement.

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Mr Shorten said his advocacy for a resettlement deal with New Zealand should not be seen as putting "people smugglers back in business". "I intend to reaffirm our offer when we meet".

Electricity and running water have been cut off at the Manus Island camp since Tuesday, when it was officially closed and control turned over to the PNG military.

Sure, robbing people of water in a place that's averaging 31 degrees every day and forcing them to dig wells is degrading and inhumane, but the United Nations is also referencing to the woefully inadequate mental health support on the island.

Ms Ardern is set to have her first sit down meeting with the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull this Sunday in Sydney.

The Lombrum centre was forced to close after the court ruled previous year that Australia's detention of refugees and asylum seekers there was illegal and unconstitutional.

The reality is if people are saying that after nearly five years at a detention centre, they would rather be shot than move to another one, it's time to listen.

Last October then-Labour leader Andrew Little said Prime Minister John Key should "cause worldwide embarrassment" to Australia if it do not accept the offer for New Zealand to take up to 150 people a year from offshore detention centres.

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