U.S. deal a lie, choose NZ - Manus refugee

Refugees protest on Manus Island with Australian Senator Nick McKim

"So it is clear that they are playing with us under this fake deal".

Australia has brokered a deal with the U.S., which will resettle 1250 refugees, subject to the Trump administration's "extreme vetting".

Australia has struggled to move the refugees to third countries such as Cambodia or PNG.

"There's new facilities that have been built and it's a much better facility than where people are at the moment and I'd just say to the advocates here who are telling people not to move, to resist moving centres; that they're not doing those people any favours", Mr Dutton told Channel Nine.

He further clarified that when he took office in 2002, there was already an arrangement in place on Manus Island for boat people who had fled their homeland destined for Australia.

Greens senator Nick McKim left the island on Thursday after joining the refugees in their protest and highlighted their issues in numerous global media interviews.

Australian Greens senator Nick McKim visited the camp this week and on Thursday called on Dutton to end the impasse, saying the men were in an "impossible situation with danger everywhere they turn".

Lam added that while he had been in contact with PNG authorities, who assured him the detainees would not be forcibly transferred, he had not heard from Australian officials, who had mostly left the area. "It makes a very hard situation even worse", Mr Dutton said on Thursday.

The relocation of the men is designed as a temporary measure, allowing the United States time to complete vetting of asylum seekers as part of a refugee swap deal, agreed on past year, under which Australia will accept refugees from Central America.

Recorded messages from detainees on Manus Island have been played to a rally of hundreds of supporters in Melbourne's CBD.

"As I have said in New Zealand, we of course do not have the circumstances that Australia is operating under, but we also can not ignore the human face of what Australia is dealing with either", she said.

"If all 600 individuals were to leave immediately, many would not find adequate or sufficient accommodation elsewhere".

"There is no security fence at West Lorengau Haus or Hillside Haus in the Ward 1 area of Lorengau".

Within the camp, they were storing water in garbage bins to sustain themselves, UNHCR said. Fear of attack from local communities also prevents refugees from leaving the camp.

Extra police are on standby on the island but have not attempted to remove the men. "They force us to starve".

"We respect their human rights, even though they are foreigners, they are still subject to one rule of law".

The men's plight has attracted the attention of Hollywood, with Australian star Russell Crowe describing the situation as "disgraceful".

Around 500 of the men have still not had their asylum claims processed, he said.

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