Cannabis cultivation in Australia is still relatively small and the government hopes domestic medicinal use, legalised last year, and exports will rapidly boost production.
Hundreds of men have barricaded themselves into the Manus Island centre for more than 13 days without regular food or water supplies, defying attempts by Australia and Papua New Guinea to close the facility.
The court rejected the application because it said power, water and food were available at the three transit centres where the 600 men are refusing to be moved.
Australia and PNG are trying to close the Manus Island centre, one of two remote Pacific camps that Canberra uses to detain asylum seekers who arrive by boat. The camps have drawn widespread international condemnation.
Lawyers for some of the 600 men have filed a last-minute lawsuit in PNG seeking an injunction to prevent the camp’s closure and the relocation of the men to a third country.
The Australian dollar fell a quarter of a US cent after the court announced its ruling and ordered that Joyce must seek a new mandate in his rural New South Wales state electorate.
Australia refuses to allow asylum seekers arriving by boat to reach its shores, detaining them in offshore centres on Manus and the South Pacific island nation of Nauru instead.
The three-month amnesty was the first in 20 years in Australia and the weapons collected will be destroyed.
Vanuatu, a sprawling cluster of more than 80 islands and 260,000 people, is on the geologically active Pacific Ring of Fire and its Tana island active volcano is a major tourist attraction.
Despite overwhelming public support, the issue of same-sex marriages has faced a political deadlock, with the Australian high court stepping in recently to give a go-ahead for the vote.
China claims most of the energy-rich sea where neighbours Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims.
Canberra pledged to take an unspecified number of Central American refugees under a deal struck with former US president Barack Obama late last year.
James Clapper said that the alleged ties between Trump and Russia present a situation more serious than the most famous political scandal in the US.
A spokesman for New South Wales police declined to make immediate comment but suggested that police would hold a new conference later in the day.
The US said that the agreement to offer refuge to up to 1,250 asylum seekers in the centres would progress only if refugees satisfied strict checks.
Turnbull has seen his poll numbers slide to their lowest levels since he assumed the leadership in September 2015, and his future as the prime minister has been questioned by political commentators as public confidence in the country’s fourth leader in the last six years erodes.
Should Trump veto the deal with Australia, the detainees would be left with the choice of returning to their home countries or remaining in Nauru or Papua New Guinea.
Turnbull will still need the support of independents to pass key legislation, which raises doubts over his government’s long-term functioning.
Scientists said UNESCO may reconsider its decision not to put the World Heritage Site on its endangered list.