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Dutton must be sacked over DIBP maladministration

Peter Dutton must be sacked and his department cleaned out because of ongoing and serious human rights abuses and financial maladministration, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"The latest audit has uncovered years of maladministration at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, and the Minister needs to take responsibility," Senator McKim said.

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Eric Abetz costs Tasmania a seat in Cabinet

Nick McKim 18 Jan 2017

The blame for Tasmania missing out on a seat in the federal Cabinet lies squarely on the shoulders of Senator Eric Abetz, Greens Senator for Tasmania Nick McKim says.

"If Senator Abetz had not used his de facto leadership of the Tasmanian Liberals to knife Richard Colbeck so brutally in the Liberal preselection battle, Tasmania would still have a voice at the Cabinet table."

"Not only has Senator Abetz managed to oversee a massive decline in the number of Tasmanian federal Liberal MPs, but he continues to undermine Malcolm Turnbull."

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Audit Office confirms Dutton's department has gone rogue

The release of another scathing audit of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection confirms Peter Dutton has lost control of his portfolio and its budget, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"What a bloody shambles," Senator McKim said.

"This audit confirms that $1.1 billion of taxpayers' money was spent without proper authority, while there is no record of who authorised the spending of a further $1.1 billion." 

"This is yet another indictment on Minister Dutton's capacity to manage the taxpayer dollars he has been entrusted with."

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Australia must protect territorial waters from illegal whaling

Prime Minister Turnbull needs to take far stronger action to protect Australia’s territorial waters from illegal whaling, Greens Senator for Tasmania Nick McKim says.

"Mr Turnbull should stop sitting on his hands and immediately send Border Force vessels to the Southern Ocean to restore the integrity of the our territorial waters including the Australian Whale Sanctuary," Senator McKim said.

“They should be prepared to run Japan’s illegal whalers out of the Whale Sanctuary, and gather evidence for further international legal actions."

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Turnbull bottles it over illegal whaling

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has bottled it once again by refusing to confront Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over illegal whaling, Greens Senator for Tasmania Nick McKim says.

"Mr Turnbull has again shown he does not have the courage to speak up for the magnificent marine creatures being illegally slaughtered by Japan," Senator McKim said. 

"If only Mr Turnbull's politically driven obsession with border control extended to defending Australian waters from illegal whalers."

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Pauline Hanson should apologise to Tasmanians

Nick McKim 16 Jan 2017

Pauline Hanson must personally apologise to Tasmanians for endorsing a candidate who believes the Port Arthur massacre was a fabrication, Australian Greens Senator for Tasmania Nick McKim says.

"Senator Hanson owes the people of Tasmania an apology for the reprehensible post that appeared on a One Nation candidate's website," Senator McKim said.

"These comments are breathtaking in their insensitivity and risk unneccesarily causing further trauma to people who have already suffered too much."

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Turnbull needs to confront Abe over illegal whaling

Malcolm Turnbull must confront Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about illegal whaling when the two leaders meet tomorrow, Greens Senator for Tasmania Nick McKim says.

"Prime Minster Turnbull needs to demand an immediate halt to Japan's illegal slaughter of these magnificent marine creatures," Senator McKim said.

"He should also demand the payment of the $1 million in Federal Court fines that Japan owes Australia."

"In opposition, the Liberals promised tough action against illegal whaling, but in government they've been completely missing in action."

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Companies risk reputational damage with offshore contracts

The four companies that have expressed an interest in multibillion-dollar government contracts for detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru should be aware of the reputational harm  of being associated with policies of cruelty and harm.

A Senate estimates question on notice from Australian Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim revealed Serco, Decmil Services, Canstruct and Ostwald Bros have expressed interest in taking over the major contract for Australia's offshore detention centres.

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Greens welcome recommendations on Tasmanian bushfires

The Australian Greens welcome a Senate committee report calling for better preparedness for bushfires in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

"What we saw earlier this year in Tasmania is a dangerous warning of the future we face in a warming climate," Greens Senator for Tasmania Nick McKim, who chaired the inquiry, said.

"This report makes recommendations that if implemented would allow for Tasmania's precious World Heritage Area to be better defended from the threat of fire."

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