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Australia Boochani lashes Labor, Kristina Keneally

21:41  15 november  2019
21:41  15 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Kurdish-Iranian refugee Behrouz Boochani has hit back at "shameful" comments by Labor Senator Kirstina Keneally after she welcomed the news he had arrived in New Zealand following six years on Manus Island.

Mr Boochani pointed out a Labor government sent him to Manus in 2013 after the opposition home affairs spokesperson on Friday said the party welcomed his departure from Papua New Guinea.

He described Senator Keneally's statement as "rediclilius (sic) and unacceptable".

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"You exiled me to Manus and you have supported this exile policy for years. I don't need you to welcome resttlement (sic) for me in a third country," the author and journalist tweeted.

"I'm in a third country now and dont (sic) need you."

Kurdish-Iranian author and Manus Island detainee Behrouz Boochani has lashed out at Labor over its support of the government's offshore processing system. © AAP Image/Amnesty International, Jason Garman Kurdish-Iranian author and Manus Island detainee Behrouz Boochani has lashed out at Labor over its support of the government's offshore processing system. He urged the senator to do something for the refugees who remain in Papua New Guinea and Nauru.

"In my view anyone who supports this barbaric policy is criminal and terrorist. Such a shameful statement by Labor Party," he tweeted.

He arrived in Auckland on Thursday night after being invited to speak at a writers' festival, ending his long detention in Australia's offshore processing system.

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In a statement, Senator Keneally blamed Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton for Mr Boochani's six years on Manus.

"We look forward for Mr Boochani having the opportunity to permanently resettle in a third country as soon as possible, wherever that may be," she said on Friday.

"Refugees have been languishing in indefinite detention for six years because of Peter Dutton's incompetence to negotiate practical and durable third-country resettlement options."

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Boochani not allowed in Australia: Dutton .
Peter Dutton won't be drawn on whether he is concerned refugee Behrouz Boochani, who spent years in offshore detention, could seek asylum in New Zealand.The home affairs minister was reluctant to comment on speculation the former Manus Island detainee might seek protection after arriving in Christchurch last week.

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