Sonny Bill Williams has asked Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to send asylum seekers to detention centers in New Zealand. Photo / Twitter
Two-time World Cup rugby winner and NRL star Sonny Bill Williams has asked Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to send asylum seekers to detention centers in New Zealand.
On Wednesday, Williams called on the Australian government to “give them fair treatment” and accept New Zealand’s offer of refuge for refugees on the islands of Nauru and Manus.
After appearing in parliament Wednesday with former Fairkur Craig Foster, Williams said: “Brother Scotty just needs to sign that paper and whoever it is, we just need to finish it.
“These people are people just like us. I feel like we should have human views and think that like any well-meaning Aussie, we just need to give them an honest outcome.
“Scotty, just use them.”
Williams submitted a petition to Amnesty International with 65,000 signatures urging the government to remove asylum seekers from the islands.
“We came to Canberra to call on the Australian Government to finally accept New Zealand’s offer to relocate 150 refugees a year,” Foster said.
“There are still just under 300 people trapped in PNG and Nauru, and because the agreement with the United States is coming to an end, it is more urgent than ever, we are fleeing these refugees as soon as possible.”
Williams likened the refugee situation to how people struggle to cope with the Covid-19 quarantine conditions imposed around the world.
“We were in the hands of quarantine for two weeks, imagine doing it for seven more years – but with no end in sight.
“There is a solution – New Zealand wants to take them … we just need the people in power to say yes and let them go,” he said in a Twitter video with Foster.
“New Zealand has a proud history of resettlement. Since World War II, it has deployed over 35,000 refugees. It is not about politics, it is about the hundreds of refugees who have suffered too long and need a solution. New Zealand has offered to provide that “Australia has to accept a solution,” Williams said.