Australia Responsible for Dire Conditions of Refugees

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Jacinda Ardern wants to have a "substantive" discussion with Malcolm Turnbull at the East Asia Summit about the situation on Manus Island.

Papua New Guinea began dismantling a shuttered Australian-run immigration detention center on Thursday and warned it will use force if necessary to evict almost 600 men if they refuse to leave within two days, according to a notice posted at the camp.

"We made the offer because we saw a great need".

Activists have chained themselves to the gates of the Australian high commission in Wellington to highlight the plight of refugees and asylum-seekers on Manus Island.

Ardern again reiterated New Zealand's desire to resettle 150 of the men now held in Australia's offshore detention centres despite Malcolm Turnbull turning down her offer a week prior. No matter what label you put on it there is absolute need and there is harm being done, ' she said on Sunday.

"I see the human face of this issue. I think it's clear that we don't think what's happening there is acceptable, that's why the offer is there".

Ardern said she would not offer a deal where refugees who resettled in New Zealand would be barred from going to Australia.

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Papua New Guinea's Minister for Immigration and Border Security Petrus Thomas said on Sunday he expected the remaining men at the Manus Island detention centre to leave the site by Monday so they can access, "food, water, medical care and security".

"That would not be our intent to do that - we treat citizens as citizens and residents as residents". Australia has consistently rejected the offer, saying it represents a "back door" to Australia, something it will not abide.

Australian authorities are continuing to refuse refugees' requests to be allowed to settle in New Zealand.

But National's foreign affairs spokesman Gerry Brownlee said it was "surprising she's chose to go so hard on the Australians".

Papua New Guinea's High Court ruled a year ago that the Manus center, first opened in 2001, was illegal and the camp closed on October 31, when Australian-funded security staff withdrew.

According to an Australian journalist, Ardern and Turnbull "chatted informally" early Monday morning (NZT) following her remarks, although it was unclear whether Manus had been mentioned.

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