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18C retention a great win for multicultural Australia

The Australian Greens congratulate multicultural Australia for uniting and standing strong to defend 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
 
"It was so inspiring to see people from right across multicultural Australia come together and fight to protect their communities from racism," Australian Greens spokesperson for Justice Senator Nick McKim said.
 
"It is thanks to these strong communities that the Senate was able to stand against the governments divisive legislation."
 

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Media Release: Multicultural Australia says leave 18C alone

The Greens have hosted a roundtable with representatives of a number of multicultural communities who are concerned about the Government watering down protections against racist hate speech.

Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale and Greens Justice Spokesperson Senator Nick McKim listened to concerns about the rise of racism across Australia.

"Representatives from across multicultural Australia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders were very clear - we must not make it easier to be racist," Senator McKim said.

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Funding cuts to Community Legal Centres must be reversed

The federal government must act immediately to restore funding it has stripped from community legal centres to ensure tens of thousands of people don't lose access to justice.

Greens' justice spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said the cuts, which are due to take effect from July 1, would deny tens of  thousands of Australians legal advice.

"These cuts will mean more than $840,000 is ripped out of Tasmanian community legal centres in the next three years," Senator McKim said.

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Dutton must guarantee health services for Manus Island

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton must immediately clarify the status of medical care available to people seeking asylum on Manus Island.

"We are hearing that there are no doctors working today in the detention centres on PNG due to International Health and Medical Service failing to properly register its medical practitioners with the Papua New Guinean government," Greens Immigration spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

"If this is true, Mr Dutton must take urgent action to ensure proper medical care is available to people who remain Australia's responsibility." 

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Greens defend protections against hate speech

The Greens will always defend protections against hate speech, and resist any weakening of the Racial Discrimination Act.

Greens leader Dr Richard Di Natale said that we have a responsibility as leaders to protect the values of equality, diversity and multiculturalism that make our society so great.

"Malcolm Turnbull has an opportunity here to stand up for the values of inclusion and diversity that we all thought he believed in before he came under such unrelenting pressure from the far-right wing of his party.

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Australian Border Force's use of coercive powers

The government's improper management of Australian Border Force's statutory powers is squarely the fault of Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.

"This government has grabbed for itself a massive range of new powers in its process of militarising the Department of Immigration and Border Protection," Greens Immigration spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

"The failure of the Department to ensure that these powers are being used legally falls squarely on the shoulders of the incompetent Peter Dutton." 

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US deal chaos causing uncertainty for people seeking asylum

The government's confusion over the US refugee “deal" is creating further anxiety and uncertainty for people who have already suffered for far too long, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"While the government argues with itself over whether or not this is a people swap, there are men, women and children suffering in Australia's inhumane detention centres due to the ongoing uncertainty," Senator McKim said.

"This 'deal' was apparently signed more than three months ago, yet not a single person has been resettled in the United States."

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Liberals and ALP silent on Manus Island forced deportations

The Labor and Liberal Parties have voted down a Greens motion which opposed the forced deportations of people seeking asylum on Manus Island.

"Labor and Coalition Senators have today washed their collective hands of responsibility for people seeking asylum who have not had their applications for refugee status assessed in line with the Refugee Convention," Greens Immigration spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

"This was a motion supporting basic human rights for those who have already suffered too greatly at Australia’s hands."

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Media Release: Greens to stand against Dutton's power grab

The Greens will stand against the government's discriminatory anti-immigration agenda, and specifically against Minister Dutton's power grab through the Visa Revalidation Bill.

"This government has made it clear that they want to see an end to multicultural Australia," Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim said.

"Peter Dutton, our anti-immigration minister, is seeking a further expansion of his powers so he can create two classes of Australian citizens, and undermine the security of all migrants living in Australia."

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