11 We want kids off Nauru


VOT­ERS back the Coali­tion’s bor­der poli­cies but want the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to trans­fer chil­dren from de­ten­tion on Nauru to New Zealand, a poll has found.

The YouGov Galaxy poll, com­mis­sioned by the Sun­day Her­ald Sun, re­veals 79 per cent of Aus­tralians want the gov­ern­ment to ac­cept a long­stand­ing of­fer from NZ to re­set­tle refugee chil­dren and their fam­i­lies; 13 per cent were op­posed. While more than 60 per cent of peo­ple back the gov­ern­ment’s strong bor­der­pro­tec­tion poli­cies, half of those polled be­lieve re­set­tling the fam­i­lies would be a step in the right di­rec­tion and wouldn’t “open the flood­gates” to new waves of refugees.

The Mor­ri­son Gov­ern­ment has been un­der mount­ing po­lit­i­cal pres­sure to re­move chil­dren from Nauru af­ter doc­tors raised fears for their wel­fare.

Last week, La­bor agreed to pass leg­is­la­tion that would al­low refugees to move to NZ, as long as the life­time ban on com­ing to Aus­tralia was lim­ited to the co­hort of refugees in Nauru. The gov­ern­ment says it needs the ban to en­sure refugees wouldn’t use NZ as a back­door to Aus­tralia.

The Op­po­si­tion also wanted a guar­an­tee from the gov­ern­ment that it would ac­cept the long­stand­ing of­fer by NZ to take in 150 de­tainees from Manus Is­land and Nauru.

Prime Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son said he wouldn’t do “horse trad­ing” over the is­sue, and the gov­ern­ment was work­ing on a deal to get chil­dren off Nauru with cross­bench MPs.

But the poll found the Coali­tion could boost its elec­tion chances by ac­cept­ing the Kiwi deal. About one in four vot­ers said they would be more likely to vote for the Coali­tion.

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