Tuesday, 14 November 2017
That the Senate—
(a) notes that:
(ii) New Zealand Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern, has confirmed New Zealand's commitment to resettle 150 refugees sent by Australia to Manus Island and Nauru, stating that the offer remains "firmly on the table", and
(iii) Prime Minister Ardern will again raise her country's offer to accept 150 refugees sent by Australia to Manus Island and Nauru when she meets Prime Minister Turnbull at the East Asia Summit in the Philippines this week; and
(b) calls on Prime Minister Turnbull to accept New Zealand's offer to resettle 150 refugees sent by Australia to Manus Island and Nauru.
The coalition government will not weaken Australia's border protection measures. Senators will recall the tragic consequences of the last time the Australian Greens dictated border policy in this country, where 1,200 men, women and children drowned at sea and 8,000 children were placed in detention. No-one would be on Manus Island or Nauru if it were not for the disastrous policies of the Greens. If Senator McKim truly cared about the welfare of those on Manus and Nauru, he would get behind the government's US resettlement arrangement and stop counselling asylum seekers to act against their own best interests.