New polls suggests 58 per cent of Australians back NZ refugee offer

A new poll shows a majority of voters back New Zealand's offer to take 150 refugees from offshore detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton

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Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says Australia won't be doing anything to encourage people smugglers after a new poll found support for New Zealand's offer to resettle refugees on Manus Island and Nauru.

The Sky News/ReachTel poll found 58 per cent of Australians backed NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's offer to take 150 of the refugees.

Just 19 per cent rejected the idea.

But Ms Bishop said Australians also wanted strong borders.

"We don't want to encourage people smugglers to put people on unseaworthy boats as we have seen in the past, causing deaths at sea and untold misery as they seek to get to New Zealand and/or Australia," Ms Bishop told Sky News on Monday.

While Australia does have a deal with the US to take refugees presently in offshore detention, Ms Bishop said the immigration relationship between Australia and New Zealand was obviously far closer.

Published 29 January 2018 at 9:56am, updated 29 January 2018 at 10:07am