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Government's backdown on doctors' Border Force gag

The Greens have welcomed the removal of the Border Force Act gag on doctors, but have called for it to be removed from all other detention centre workers and contractors.

"This is a humiliating backdown by the Government and an admission that all departmental workers and contractors were in fact gagged by Section 42 of the Border Force Act," Australian Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale said.

"This gives the lie to the government's claim that workers and contractors are protected as whistle-blowers."

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Amnesty International's report demands a response

Amnesty International's Island of Despair report should force members of the government and Labor Party to publicly renounce Australia's deliberately cruel offshore detention regime.

Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale said the report was an indictment on successive governments. 

“This is a policy that systematically tears families apart, robs kids of any hope and deprives them of a future," Senator Di Natale said.

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Amnesty International's Damning Assessment of Nauru

Amnesty International's comprehensive report of the Nauru detention centre paints a damning picture of the human cost of  indefinite detention and Australia's flagrant breaches of the Refugee Convention.

"The Island of Despair report tells the world what we have long known - that Australia is flouting the Refugee Convention and deliberately subjecting the men, women and children we are responsible for to terrible harm," Greens Immigration spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

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Government confirms $20 million immigration jail being built on PNG

The Federal government has today confirmed it is spending $20 million building a new immigration jail in Papua New Guinea to open by the end of next year.

"The Australian government is spending millions of dollars on new offshore jails, all the while claiming that their policies are working," Greens Immigration spokesperson Senator Nick McKim says.

"This is on top of the $4 billion plus the government has confirmed has been spent on Manus Island and Nauru in the last three years."

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Attorney-General Questions Still Unanswered

The Attorney-General's attempt today to justify his conduct was thoroughly unconvincing, Australian Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"He is relying on a semantic defence to the charge of misleading parliament which leaves significant questions unanswered."

"The Solicitor-General, who gave calm and considered evidence in the face of oafish intimidation from Senators MacDonald and O'Sullivan, made it clear that he regards the Legal Services Direction issued by Senator Brandis as unlawful."

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Nauru - More Evidence of Serious Abuse

The Immigration Department's release of its internal review into the Nauru Files provides yet more evidence of frequent and serious abuse in the Australian run camp, and exposes the Nauruan government as derelict in its duties to prosecute the crimes.
"The scale of the human crisis is staggering," said Greens Immigration spokesperson Senator Nick McKim.
"It is sickening that people are being deliberately exposed to this level of suffering by culpable governments in Australia and Nauru."

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Media Release: It's on again as Liberals target Tasmania's High Conservation Value forests

Nick McKim 12 Oct 2016

The announcement by Tasmanian Forests Minister Guy Barnett that he will allow logging in Tasmania's high conservation value forests will re-open the community division that have held Tasmania back for too long.

"This signals an appalling attack on Tasmania’s forests and an appalling waste of taxpayer money," Australian Greens Forests spokesperson Janet Rice said.

"It’s clear that the Tasmanian Government is ignoring the carbon value of these significant forests."

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George Brandis' position looking more untenable by the day

Attorney-General George Brandis' disregard for the rule of law and abuse of process calls into question his suitability for the role, Australian Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"Senator Brandis has basically been caught out shopping around for politically convenient legal advice on some of the most contentious issues facing the government," Senator McKim said.

"For the Attorney General to have sidelined the Solicitor General when considering the constitutionality of contentious legislation is an extraordinary development."

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Government stalls on resolution to Manus Island impasse

The Government continues to flail about with no solution for the stranded people in Australia's care on Manus Island, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"Two months ago, the Government pledged that the illegal Manus Island detention centre would close, and the men there would be resettled," Senator McKim said.

"It now appears that the Government is trying to weasel out of this commitment and the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court decision."

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Wyatt's excursion could fall foul of counter-terrorism laws

War tourist Wyatt Roy's trip to Iraq could have breached the counter-terrorism laws he helped to pass, Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"While Mr Roy's excursion to Iraq was reckless, dangerous and stupid, he doesn't deserve to go to jail for up to ten years," Senator McKim said.

"But under the Foreign Fighters amendment to the Criminal Code Act, which Mr Roy voted for, he could soon find himself with very serious questions to answer."

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