'No thanks': Malcolm Turnbull rejects NZ refugee offer

'No thanks': Malcolm Turnbull rejects NZ refugee offer

'No thanks': Malcolm Turnbull rejects NZ refugee offer

He said the United States refugee resettlement deal, which will take up to 1250 people, was the priority.

So far, 54 refugees have been resettled in the US.

However, Mr Turnbull declined the offer, saying: "We thank New Zealand for making an offer, we are not taking it up at this time".

"We have an arrangement with the United States where a substantial number - 1,250 - can, subject to the USA rigours vetting, be resettled in the United States".

"We want to pursue those, conclude those arrangements, and then in the wake of that obviously we can consider other ones".

But fronting the media at Kirribilli House on Sunday, both Mr Turnbull and Ms Ardern said they had been engaged in "strong talks" and were confident of building a strong relationship.

Ms Ardern's relationship with Australia has been controversial since her election with deputy PM Julie Bishop labeling the 37-year-old New Zealand leader "untrustworthy".

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Under a policy, Australia refuses to take in any asylum seekers trying to reach its territories unofficially by boat.

"Of course, there would need to be conditions", Shorten said. The United Nations has called on Australia to urgently restore support to those on Manus Island, at the very least.

Earlier today, a government backbencher broke ranks and said Australia should consider accepting NZ help.

"We should give consideration to what New Zealand is offering", former immigration minister Kevin Andrews told Sky News on Sunday.

Mr Andrews said any deal would need to ensure people smugglers were not encouraged to restart risky voyages to Australia.

While the framework of the bill hasn't been released in detail yet, it has been revealed that buying a house in New Zealand will be more expensive and complicated, and that non-Kiwis and speculators looking to buy houses in New Zealand will be required to buy vacant land and build houses themselves.

"They have said they are prepared to shelter some of these people and they are showing the decency and compassion that this Australian government is so lacking".

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