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Manus documents show torture is government policy

Documents showing a plan to make conditions worse for people in Australia's Manus Island detention centre are proof that the torture of innocent people seeking asylum is Australian government policy.

"Punishing people and subjecting them to degradation to coerce an outcome fits squarely within the definition of torture," Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim said.

"The Australian government, and the private contractors it has employed, are in clear breach of their legal and moral obligations."

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Dutton and Turnbull abandon the men of Manus Island

The Australian government is preparing to completely wash its hands of the men it has detained for four years on Manus Island.

"After four years of hell overseen by the Australian government, these men have now have to make an impossible choice," Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim said.

"The walls of the detention centre were the only thing between asylum seekers and heavy gunfire last month – now Peter Dutton wants to knock down the walls."

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Manus Island report reveals Dutton's neglect and lies

Amnesty International's report on the Manus Island shooting and concessions from PNG police have made clear Peter Dutton's catastrophic failure to keep people safe as well as his disgraceful dishonesty.

"The report and PNG police have made it clear that bullets were fired upon the detention centre, contrary to Dutton's claims," Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim said.

"People in his care are being shot at and he has not lifted a finger to keep them safe. This is an appalling act of neglect."

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Visa fees will only entrench disadvantage

Exorbitant fees for parental visas are deeply unfair and will entrench disadvantage, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"The government has finally acknowledged the problems caused by the massive fees in place for parental solution, but this new class of visa won't go anywhere near fixing it," Senator McKim said.

"A $10,000 visa fee will be a huge burden to migrant families, especially when they will be forced to pay for private health insurance on top of that."

"Those who can't afford to pay such exorbitant costs will be left in the lurch."

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Manus Island Detention Centre ban

Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says the decision to bar him from visiting Australia's Manus Island detention centre continues the disgraceful secrecy of the Australian government's policies.

"This is a deeply disappointing decision that shows the utter determination to keep a veil of secrecy around Australia’s detention centres and the Good Friday attacks," Senator McKim said.

"People are being warehoused as far from scrutiny as the Australian government can hide them."

"It would not surprise if Peter Dutton has his fingerprints on the decision."

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Community legal funding backdown a welcome first step

The government's backdown on community legal centre funding should be the first step to properly funding the sector, Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"Attorney-General George Brandis has finally bowed to community pressure and reinstated the funding to CLCs that his government stripped away," Senator McKim said.

"This is a welcome step that will prevent thousands more people in need of legal assistance from being turned away."

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Community legal funding backdown a welcome first step

The government's backdown on community legal centre funding should be the first step to properly funding the sector, Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"Attorney-General George Brandis has finally bowed to community pressure and reinstated the funding to CLCs that his government stripped away," Senator McKim said.

"This is a welcome step that will prevent thousands more people in need of legal assistance from being turned away."

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Community legal funding backdown a welcome first step

The government's backdown on community legal centre funding should be the first step to properly funding the sector, Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"Attorney-General George Brandis has finally bowed to community pressure and reinstated the funding to CLCs that his government stripped away," Senator McKim said.

"This is a welcome step that will prevent thousands more people in need of legal assistance from being turned away."

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