By Stephanie Anderson
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he is confident the Government’s refugee resettlement deal with the US will go ahead despite concessions from senior cabinet ministers that the arrangement is not set in stone.
US President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order this week to impose a multi-month ban on allowing refugees into the US, as well as an additional measure blocking visas for people from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
Senior government sources are confident the orders will not impact the deal to resettle refugees currently on Manus Island and Nauru,entered into late last year with former president Barack Obama.
Mr Turnbull said the Government was pushing ahead with the deal, but conceded it needed to be revisited in the wake of Mr Trump’s election.
“All of these issues are ones that you have to revisit with the incoming administration, and we have done that,” he said.
“I am confident we will maintain the arrangements we have entered into with the previous administration.
“They are in the interests of both parties.”
Mr Turnbull would not be drawn on whether the Government was seeking alternative options, instead citing “extensive continuous discussions with our friends in Washington”.
‘It’s a decision for President Trump’: Dutton.
Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said it would not be the end of the world if the deal did not go ahead.
When asked by Sydney radio station 2GB if the deal would proceed, Mr Joyce responded: “Let’s see.”
“I hope that this, which has been well planned and well thought out, goes forward,” he said.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said the order would not affect the deal, but added it would ultimately be a decision for the US.
He told 2GB the Government’s work was continuing with US officials and he had personally spoken with Mr Trump’s pick for Homeland Security Secretary, John Kelly.
“Obviously we entered into an arrangement with the previous administration, we would like for that to continue with the Trump administration,” he said.
“We’re keen to work with the US, but ultimately it’s a new administration.
“They’ll make decisions that affect their administration and we respect that.
“Ultimately, we respect the fact that it’s a decision for President Trump.”
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