Iranian refugee Ellie Shakiba — who left Nauru for the United States a few weeks ago, said refugees who worked to remove asbestos were almost certainly exposed to asbestos, and they should be flown to Australia immediately for health checks. Read more.
The offer to take in 150 refugees was made by New Zealand’s previous government in 2013, but Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has repeatedly pushed for the deal since taking office. Read more.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday he was willing to brief non-government senators on the travel ban bill. “There is no support for that bill at present,” Morrison told reporters.