Malcolm Turnbull: I don't owe Donald Trump any favours
PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he doesn't owe US president Donald Trump any favours in return for his refugee deal - but has also not ruled out deploying extra troops to support the fight against Islamic State or to the South China Sea.
There are claims President Trump will demand increased military commitments in return for taking 1250 refugees currently detained by Australia.
Speaking to Laurie Oakes on 60 Minutes, Mr Turnbull denied any link between the refugee deal and future military deployments.
But he said requests for extra help will be considered.
"At the end of the day our two military establishments work very, very closely together, seamlessly, extremely closely together," he said.
"Now, any further or varied or different military engagement is something that we assess on its merits."
Greens Senator Nick McKim said today Australians deserved to know whether there were any trade-offs tied to the agreement and urged Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to release details of the refugee resettlement deal.
Senator McKim will this week give a notice of motion calling for all documents related to the deal - which would see America take in refugees currently held on Manus Island and Nauru - to be laid on the table in parliament. "The Australian people deserve to know the details of the arrangement, and what has been traded away to get it done," he said.
Last night, Mr Turnbull also refused to reveal further details of his now infamous telephone conversation with Mr Trump, in which the President reportedly branded the refugee deal the "worst ever".
Mr Trump has since denied the phone call was tense. And last night Mr Turnbull insisted Australia came out of the diplomatic attention smelling of roses.
"I don't think there has ever been more public support for Australia than there has been this week," Mr Turnbull continued.
"We have seen dozens and dozens of congressmen and senators talking about the importance of the Australian alliance and talking about what a great friend we have always been to the United States. So this has been a very good week for Australia."
The PM, addressing his $1.75 million personal donation to the Liberals during the last election, also revealed the party had so little money in 2015 people were working for free.
Mr Turnbull insisted the Liberals are at a "massive disadvantage" to the union-funded Labor Party.
He also brushed off concerns the government would bend to the demands of a small number of Liberal MPs demanding a free vote on same-sex marriage.
"The government's position is that which we took to the election which is that this issue should be determined by a vote of every Australian in a plebiscite," he added.