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Dutton backs down on secrecy provisions

Peter Dutton's amendments to secrecy provisions of the Border Force Act are a humiliating back down, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"The secrecy provisions were a draconian measure designed to keep secret the horrors of offshore detention," Senator McKim said. 

"It is telling that a High Court challenge has made the government realise that these provisions were never lawful."

"The Liberals and Labor should never have conspired to bring in this awful piece of legislation."

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Independent autopsy needed for Manus Island death

An independent autopsy is needed into the death of of Hamed Shamshiripour on Manus Island, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"It's important that people, including Hamed's fellow detainees, have confidence in the autopsy's findings," Senator McKim said.

"Hamed was Australia's prisoner, and it is the Australian government's responsibility to determine exactly how he died."

"Unfortunately, Hamed's death has shown how volatile and desperate the situation is in Australia's offshore detention centres."

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Manus Island death at Dutton's feet

The death of a man on Manus Island represents an abhorrent failure by Peter Dutton and Malcolm Turnbull, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"This death can be laid squarely at the feet of the man who should have looked after him - Peter Dutton," Senator McKim said.

"This man repeatedly sought Australia's help. The Liberals ignored his pleas and now must bear responsibility for what happened."

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Greens announce plans for a Charter of Rights

As Australians, we pride ourselves on enjoying so many freedoms, yet our laws do not adequately reflect, or protect them. Today the Australian Greens Leader, Dr Richard Di Natale and Attorney General Spokesperson, Senator Nick McKim announced their plan to table, debate and vote on Charter of Rights legislation in this term of parliament.  

Australia is the only western democracy that does not protect the basic rights and freedoms of its people in either legislation or the constitution, said Senator Di Natale.

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Dutton's new department an attack on freedom

The creation of a new supersized department of Australia’s security and immigration agencies led by Peter Dutton would move Australia closer to becoming a police state, Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“Labor and the Liberals have spent the last 15 years trying to frighten Australians to justify eroding our fundamental freedoms and liberties," Senator McKim said.

"This is another step down that terrifying road.”

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Dutton's illegal detention of Australians

Peter Dutton must accept responsibility and come clean about his illegal detention of at least two Australian citizens, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"Peter Dutton wrongfully robbed these Australians of their freedom," Senator McKim said.

"He is running an offshore detention regime that has deprived thousands of refugees and asylum seekers of their liberty and deliberately harmed men, women and children."

"Whether through incompetence or design, the focus of Peter Dutton's cruel regime has now been trained on Australian citizens."

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Tudge, Hunt and Sukkar should pay for their own defence

The government ministers at the centre of the contempt of court proceedings should pay for their own legal defence, Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"Mr Hunt's Mr Sukkar's and Mr Tudge's comments had nothing to do with their portfolio responsibilities. They should pay for their own defence," Senator McKim said.

"If they are foolish enough to try to bring the court into disrepute for base political purposes, then they should stick their hands into their own pockets."

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Peter Dutton's anti-immigration measures

Peter Dutton's plans to radically redefine citizenship are anti-immigration and will destabilise thousands of families, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"There are thousands of people who are working, studying and raising families in Australia who will have their lives destabilised," Senator McKim said.

"These are men, women and children who are proud to be in this country, but now face roadblocks because of Peter Dutton's anti-immigration agenda."

"Peter Dutton is trying to remake Australia in his own narrow-minded and fearful image."

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Dutton accepts responsibility for Manus Island harm

Settlement in the Manus Island class action is an admission by Peter Dutton that he is responsible for the illegal detention and deliberate harm of people seeking asylum in Australia, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"These 1900 men who sought safety in Australia have lost their freedoms, their families and their futures because of Peter Dutton's decisions," Senator McKim said.

"No amount of money can compensate for this."

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