Russell Broadbent says it is time ‘to resolve the situation’ and bring refugees to mainland once US deal runs its course

The Victorian Liberal moderate Russell Broadbent has called for “genuine refugees” in offshore detention to be settled permanently on the Australian mainland once the US resettlement deal has run its course.

Broadbent signalled his intention to break ranks with government policy in a short speech to parliament just before question time on Wednesday, saying it was “time for this parliament to act to resolve the situation on Manus and Nauru”.

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