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Dutton's push for White Australia Policy Mark II

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's proposed visa changes are deeply xenophobic and a continuation of his attack on multiculturalism in Australia.

"This nothing less than a blueprint to return our country to the divisive days of the White Australia Policy," Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim said.

"As the Department of Social Services noted, this proposal will 'undermine Australia's social cohesion' and create a two-tiered society."

"This will increase the risk factors that cause violent extremism."

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Brandis to face Senate inquiry over WA deal

The Senate has voted to establish an inquiry that will investigate the deal between the Western Australian government and the Commonwealth regarding the Bell Act, and the involvement of Attorney-General George Brandis and former Treasurer Joe Hockey.

"This motion passed today compels Senator Brandis and Senator Mathias Cormann to appear before the inquiry to answer questions about their involvement in this deal," Greens Justice spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

"The Greens believe that former Treasurer Joe Hockey should also be called to give evidence."

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George Brandis fails to address allegations against him

Attorney-General George Brandis has repeatedly failed to answer the central allegation against him in the Bell Act affair, and should resign or at least stand down until the matter is examined at a Senate inquiry.

"By failing to tell the Parliament whether he instructed the former Solicitor-General to not run a particular argument, Senator Brandis has effectively confessed his guilt," Australian Greens Justice spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

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Greens to push for Senate inquiry into Brandis' deal

The Greens will tomorrow move to refer matters associated with the Bell Group Companies Act (WA) to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee.

"The allegation that Senator Brandis instructed the Solicitor General to effectively run dead in the High Court are the most serious he has faced in a career that is strewn with misconduct," Greens Justice spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

"We need to get Senator Brandis out of witness protection and into an inquiry where he can be questioned about these extraordinary allegations."

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George Brandis must resign or be sacked

If reports of George Brandis instructing the former Solicitor-General to act in a political way and ignore the rule of law are true, he should immediately resign or be sacked as Attorney-General.

"It appears Senator Brandis was trying to interfere with the Solicitor-General to stitch up a politically cosy deal for the Western Australian Liberal Government," Australian Greens Justice spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

"If it looks like corruption and smells like corruption, then it probably is corruption."

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UNHCR says Australia is undermining global refugee system

The UNHCR has told an inquiry into allegations of abuse in Australia's offshore detention centres that the government's policies are undermining the global refugee system.

"The UNHCR have made it clear that by denying refugees access to Australia, the government is weakening the international framework to resettle refugees," Greens Immigration spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

"They have submitted that Australia has deliberately exposed people to harm, and failed to meet our legal obligations."

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The government's vendetta against Gillian Triggs

The prime minister's confirmation that Gillian Triggs will not be reappointed as President of the Human Rights Commission is the final indignity in a sustained campaign against an eminent Australian.

"Professor Triggs has faced a series of deliberate, politically motivated attacks for nothing more than doing her job," Greens Justice spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

"Having failed to induce Professor Triggs to resign, the government has resorted to sacking her."

"She should regard the way she has been treated as a badge of honour."

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Immigration Department reveals gaping holes in US "Deal"

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has confirmed that the US is not obliged to accept a particular number of refugees, or indeed any, under the terms of its "deal" with the Australian government.

"We  learned today that the agreement provides no certainty whatsoever for the men, women and children that Australia has detained on Manus Island and Nauru," Greens Immigration spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

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Time for Turnbull to come clean on US deal

The federal government's must end its secrecy over its "deal" with the United States to resettle refugees from Manus Island and Nauru.

"The government's lack of information about this arrangement is causing significant anxiety to people detained on Manus Island and Nauru," Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim said.

"Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull needs to reveal how many people will be resettled in the United States, under what conditions, and how long will it take."

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Government admits offshore detention a dead-end

The federal government's announcement of a deal with the United States is an admission that offshore detention has to end, but still leaves people on Manus Island and Nauru facing an uncertain future.

"After three years, the government has finally admitted that offshore detention is a dead-end, but has offered no certainty that people will not be left behind to languish on Manus Island and Nauru," Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim said.

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