Labor to support US refugee deal: Shorten

Lucy Hughes Jones
AAP
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Labor to support US-Australia refugee deal

Labor would welcome an asylum seeker deal between Australia and the United States.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten says Labor would support an asylum seeker deal between Australia and the United States.

There are reports Canberra and Washington will soon announce an immigration arrangement that could clear up to 1800 refugees from Nauru and Manus Island.

Mr Shorten welcomed the idea "in principle" while at a Remembrance Day farewell in Darwin on Friday evening for 400 ANZAC diggers about to deploy to Iraq.

"We obviously need to see the detail but I think that our strong bipartisan commitment to stop the scourge of people smuggling does not mean that people need to be kept in indefinite detention," Mr Shorten said.

"We need strong borders but fair treatment as well."