Pres­sure mounts to get kids off Nauru

Sunday Herald Sun - - News - ANNIKA SMETHURST

TEN­SION within the Mor­ri­son Gov­ern­ment is build­ing to fast-track the re­moval of chil­dren from Nauru af­ter rev­e­la­tions it ex­pects all asy­lum seeker chil­dren to be off the is­land by the end of the year.

Sev­eral se­nior min­is­ters told the Sun­day Her­ald Sun that a Christ­mas dead­line could be too late for the sick­est chil­dren.

“If they can do it by Christ­mas then why not bring them here now. It might be too late,” one min­is­ter said.

One min­is­ter was also very crit­i­cal of Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter Peter Dut­ton, who had ad­mit­ted he wanted to do more to get kids out of de­ten­tion when try­ing to soften his im­age dur­ing the lead­er­ship spill.

Last week, Aus­tralia’s High Com­mis­sioner to the UK Ge­orge Bran­dis told Bri­tish ra­dio sta­tion, “there are hardly any chil­dren in Nauru and in New Guinea”.

“We ex­pect that by the end of this year there’ll be none,” he told ra­dio sta­tion LBC.

Last week a News Lim­ited poll re­vealed 79 per cent of Aus­tralians want the gov­ern­ment to ac­cept an of­fer from New Zealand to re­set­tle them.

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