Minister for Immigration Peter Dutton during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday, April 18, 2016.
Minister for Immigration Peter Dutton during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday, April 18, 2016. AAP Image - Mick Tsikas

Dutton still refusing to release refugees despite ruling

IMMIGRATION Minister Peter Dutton is talking to the Papua New Guinean Government over the future of 850 asylum seekers detained on Manus Island, but has rejected calls for them to be released into Australia.

Mr Dutton said yesterday that the detainees at the offshore detention centre, which on Tuesday was ruled unlawful by PNG's highest court, would not be resettled in Australia.

He said Australia was not bound by a court in another country, despite the PNG centre being funded by Australia.

In another interview on Channel Seven, Defence Minister Marise Payne appeared to be at odds with Coalition policy on refugees, saying the detainees could be assessed on a "case by case basis".

Australian Lawyers Alliance spokesman Greg Barns said the detainees could potentially lodge compensation claims with Australian courts as a result of the PNG ruling.

Mr Barns said despite the ruling being in a different nation, it related to international laws on indefinite detention.


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