10 Oct 2015

Aus minister denies Christmas Island allegations

2:19 pm on 10 October 2015

Australian immigration minister Peter Dutton denies the New Zealand government is being kept in the dark about people being held on Christmas Island.

A file photo of the jetty on Christmas Island (August 2013)

Photo: AAP

Australia is holding 200 New Zealanders pending deportation because of new visa restrictions in Australia for those with criminal convictions.

The Iwi n Aus group said about 100 were on Christmas Island and it had been contacted by their families, desperate for information and help.

Speaking after a visit to the centre, Mr Dutton said anybody could return to New Zealand tomorrow if they want, but those appealing against visa cancellation would be held for a prolonged period.

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