New Zealand

No increased risk of boat people in NZ

Dear Prime Minister,

Your government's stance forbidding New Zealand from saving refugees from Manus and Nauru is indefensible. Minister Dutton, with his usual deliberately inaccurate innuendo, waffles about 'chatter' and 'incentives' to people smugglers. New Zealand's head of Immigration disagrees. He is in no doubt about the scale of people smuggling but says, categorically, that 'there has been no increase in the risk of people smugglers making trips [to NZ]'. If Australia had accepted NZ's offer of taking 150 refugees per year most of the men from Manus would be safe and free by now.

Amnesty now for all refugees and asylum seekers on Manus and Nauru.