"In a major turnaround, the Morrison government has accepted New Zealand’s
long-standing offer to resettle annually 150 refugees who came by boat.
The Coalition government previously refused to take up the offer, which goes
back to 2013, on the ground that it could provide an incentive for people to
get on boats to try to come to Australia. The government said sending refugees
to New Zealand would provide a “pull factor”.
The agreement appears part of removing political “barnacles” before the May
election. Shadow minister for home affairs, Kristina Keneally, said it “is just
another pre-election promise to protect inner-city Liberal seats”.
The decision was announced in a joint statement by the federal Home Affairs
Minister Karen Andrews and New Zealand’s Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi.
Under the agreement, up to 150 refugees will be settled annually for each of
three years. They will be from Australia’s regional processing cohort."
Too little, too late.
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