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Manus Island activists locked to gates of Australian high commission in Wellington

Manus Island activists locked to gates of Australian high commission in Wellington

In this Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 image supplied by Hass Hassaballa, asylum seekers sit on the ground as they refuse to leave the Manus Island detention center in Papua New Guinea.

The Prime Minister acknowledges she could be seen as an irritant to the Australians over her persistence on resettling the Manus Island refugees.

Whether that meeting will go ahead is now in question, after she revealed she'd had another brief chat with Mr Turnbull in passing on Monday morning (local time) but refused to say when any further talks would happen.

The U.N. Human Rights Committee said on Thursday Australia should bring its migration laws into line with global standards.

The offer to take in 150 refugees from Manus Island and Nauru has been on the table since 2013 but is an issue Ms Ardern has gone hard on since becoming prime minister.

The situation inside the detention centre is a "humanitarian emergency", the UN's refugee agency has said, for which Australia holds responsibility.

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

Newshub has also learned that New Zealand is upset at the Australian media's leaking of official intelligence on how boats have been stopped from coming to New Zealand.

"People will die when that happens".

But Ms Adern's criticism of Australia's handling of the refugee crisis on the island - which she has described as unacceptable - has prompted a warning from New Zealand's opposition for her to tread carefully.

John Key first made it to then Australian leader Julia Gillard in 2013.

Approximately 420 asylum seekers are refusing to leave the Papua New Guinea detention centre over fears for their safety from locals.

Mr Trump has called it a "dumb deal" but Mr Turnbull said it is Australia's priority over New Zealand's offer.

Protests in support of asylum seekers and against the immigration policy, which has been criticised by rights groups including Amnesty International and the UNHCR, have been planned across Australia. The crowd were watched by a dozen police but their demonstration ended peacefully.

A lawmaker said the Australian government is responsible for the deteriorating conditions facing refugees in a camp in Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, saying Canberra must provide consular access for those wishing to return to their countries.