PM dismisses fears of refugees too afraid to leave compound and says people smugglers would take advantage of New Zealand’s offer to take refugees

Malcolm Turnbull has dismissed the fears of refugees who are too scared to leave Australia’s now-abandoned detention centre in Papua New Guinea, instead claiming they are being encouraged to stay there by refugee advocates and the Greens.

He has also rejected New Zealand’s offer to take 150 refugees off Australia’s hands, saying he would like the Australia-United States resettlement deal to be exhausted before considering that option.

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