Three Libs want asylum seekers off Nauru


Three Liberal MPs want Scott Morrison to get asylum seeker children off Nauru, and the prime minister says he's listening.

Russell Broadbent, Craig Laundy and Julia Banks have taken the extraordinary step of speaking out against the harsh conditions on the Pacific Island.

In an explosive intervention, they told the Herald Sun conditions on Nauru are at a "tipping point" and called for the children to be evacuated to Australia for medical care.

Almost 6000 Australian doctors signed an open letter, which was delivered to Mr Morrison on Monday, demanding children and their families be immediately evacuated.

"I have been meeting with those colleagues as have the relevant ministers and we have been acting on those issues," Mr Morrison told reporters on Tuesday.

"We haven't been doing it by making public statements about it every day but we will always consider each and every case on its merits, and in the interests of the child and we will continue to do."

Refugee advocates say the fate of children being held on Nauru now rests squarely with the prime minister.

"He must act now to transfer children and their families to Australia immediately to safety for proper medical care," Asylum Seeker Resource Centre chief executive Kon Karapanagiotidis said on Tuesday.

"This is a tipping point and the prime minister needs to act accordingly and get all kids and their families off Nauru."

Mr Morrison said there is a bill sitting in the Senate that would allow asylum seekers to go to New Zealand but be prevented from ever going to Australia.

"(It) is opposed by the Labor party and the Greens and cross bench senators, which is preventing that protection being put in place and I would urge them to reconsider their position on that," Mr Morrison said.

Labor frontbencher Brendan O'Connor said a Labor government would bring people to Australia if they need medical care.

"It will be a priority of a Labor government if elected to ensure that people don't languish, as they have," he told Sky News.

Dave Sharma, Liberal Party candidate for the Wentworth by-election, said if elected on Saturday he wants to see refugee resettlement deals with third countries, akin to an existing agreement struck with the United States.

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