NZ not alone on ISDS clauses: Ardern

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"I think New Zealanders would expect that", Ms Ardern said, during a post-Cabinet press conference on Monday.

"The matter is already before the International Criminal Court (ICC), and of course New Zealand is a signatory to the Rome Statute so we have jurisdiction to take action against perpetrators of crimes against humanity and war crimes".

Turnbull held bilateral talks with New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern at Kirribilli House in Sydney this morning.

In her first overseas trip since becoming leader, Ardern reiterated New Zealand's offer from 2013 to take 150 asylum seekers and refugees from Australian offshore detention centres.

Prime Minister Turnbull said that the Government intends to complete its arrangement with the U.S., which will see 1250 refugees resettled, before it pursues any further arrangements with different countries.

The group says they are afraid of being attacked by locals if they leave.

"What we are seeking to do is ensure there are opportunities for resettlement for the people on Manus Island and Nauru", he said.

However, Mr Turnbull declined the offer, saying: "We thank New Zealand for making an offer, we are not taking it up at this time".


The issue of resettling refugees and asylum seekers has plagued Australia for years now.

"In that wake of that arrangement we can consider other ones".

It comes after a government backbencher broke ranks to support sending refugees to New Zealand to help end the stand-off on Manus Island.

"The reality is, we have an intractable problem at the present time", he told Sky News.

The stand-off at the Manus Island detention centre prompted Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to issue a statement on Friday, calling on Mr Turnbull to accept the offer, describing it as not dissimilar to the U.S. deal.

Jacinda Ardern was also expected to seek backing from Australia to renegotiate part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership to remove investor-state dispute settlement clauses, which allow foreign investors to sue governments.

The rights of Kiwis living in Australia were also expected to come up in the discussions.

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