Australian PM stresses US deal is the priority in meeting with Jacinda Ardern, despite being urged by backbencher Kevin Andrews to accept NZ offer

Malcolm Turnbull says he will “consider” New Zealand’s offer to take refugees from the Manus Island detention centre, but only once the government has completed its refugee transfer arrangement with the US.

The Australian prime minister met with his New Zealand counterpart at Kirribilli House in Sydney on Sunday, and Jacinda Ardern confirmed she had restated her country’s offer to accept 150 refugees from among the almost 600 still holding out on Manus Island.

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