Labor says it's ready to consent to NZ travel ban to obtain children off Nauru

Labor says it's ready to consent to NZ travel ban to obtain children off Nauru

Shadow immigration minister says ALP shall support Coalition’s bill if government guarantees relocation of most children and families

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Children from the asylum and refugee seeker community on Nauru be a part of a protest in 2016

Children from the refugee and asylum seeker community on Nauru be a part of a protest in 2016

Labor has outlined its conditions for supporting the Morrison government’s legislation imposing a ban on resettled asylum seekers arriving at Australia ever, in order to break the existing political deadlock also to get children and their own families taken off Nauru.

With pressure intensifying from the crossbench for the Coalition and Labor to strike a deal to get rid of what the Australian Medical Association has referred to as an “humanitarian emergency requiring urgent intervention” – the shadow immigration minister, Shayne Neumann, monday night wrote to his government counterpart on, David Coleman, nominating three areas necessary to bring the ALP to the table.

Scott Morrison has put resettlement in New Zealand up for grabs provided the parliament supports government legislation shutting the so-called “door&rdquo back; entry to Australia for folks transferred from Nauru.

Neumann says Labor is ready to countenance the bill however the national government must first guarantee acceptance of New Zealand’s longstanding offer to resettle asylum seekers “and removing all small children and their own families from Nauru to New Zealand”.

“We trust you have already been engaging already with the New Zealand government on arrangements to go vulnerable asylum seekers when it becomes possible to take action,” the shadow minister says in the correspondence.

Neumann says another condition is making certain any lifetime ban “is applicable to the cohort used in New Zealand”.

“Your government has argued consistently and continues to argue that the problem of concern is specific to New Zealand as a result of unique trans-Tasman travel arrangements we’ve set up.”

He says if the federal government is concerned to ensure asylum seekers resettled in Nauru don’t relocate to Australia, “limiting the legislation to New Zealand will accomplish that outcome&rdquo then;.

Neumann says the result of the government’s legislation has to be limited by the special category visa (subclass 444), which enables open travel of New Zealand citizens into Australia.

“Doing this would effectively set up a framework that mirrors the agreement reached with america that is already set up and contains seen over 400 refugees used in america without the concerns raised on the prospect of back door entry into Australia.”

Neumann says Labor has managed to get clear it shall support the government’ s legislation through the Senate as as you possibly can &ldquo soon;if you seek to consult and negotiate with New Zealand appropriate conditions”.

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“We urge one to take this offer as important and fully utilise any offer created by New Zealand.”

Pressure is mounting on the federal government to provide a breakthrough that could see children and families taken off offshore detention, with the independents Cathy McGowan and Rebekha Sharkie creating a public demand action on Monday because the Coalition braces for the chance of another hung parliament.

The putative member for Wentworth, Kerryn Phelps, told Guardian Australia on Monday that evacuating children from Nauru was something she’d raise with Morrison within a discussion about future guarantees on supply and confidence, assuming she found its way to Canberra towards the end of the existing count.

“I believe the Liberal Scott and party Morrison will undoubtedly be judged by how quickly they do something on this,” Phelps said. She said children would have to be evacuated “as a matter of urgency”.

The Greens have signalled they’re ready to negotiate on the government&rsquo also;s proposed travel ban on refugees and asylum seekers arriving at Australia from New Zealand if it helped achieve an urgent resettlement deal to take people off Nauru.

Richard Di Natale said the Greens “will think about the New Zealand option” provided vulnerable children and their own families arrived at Australia for medical assessment now and a travel ban isn’t imposed on other people who aren’t resettled in New Zealand.

With a public campaign by refugee advocates escalating, sufficient reason for medical groups sounding the alarm on the wellbeing of children – with a cohort of minors now ill &ndash dangerously; the federal government has been quietly removing children and their own families from Nauru in the last little while.

Both Bill and Morrison Shorten face internal pressure from concerned MPs, along with demands from crossbenchers who’ll play a kingmaking role after the Liberals lose their majority in the low house.


On, the Greens MP Adam Bandt and the crossbenchers Andrew Wilkie and Sharkie introduced a bill that could require every child and their family to be brought from Nauru to Australia for medical assessment.

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