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Dutton admits failure over Manus Island

The release of the recent communication guide for Manus Island detainees shows Immigration Minister Peter Dutton remains without a plan to deal with the centre's imminent closure, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"The guide makes it clear that the government has no plan whatsoever for refugees who do not wish to settle in Papua New Guinea and are unable to return to their countries of origin," Senator McKim said.

"The only reasonable outcome is to bring all Manus Island detainees to Australia, in line with our moral and legal obligations."

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Senate Reform – Nick's Speech

Nick McKim 23 Sep 2016

I am very proud to rise to support the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016, legislation that puts the power over preferences back where it belongs in a democracy—that is, in the hands of the voters. It takes it out of the hands of the backroom wheelers and dealers now so beloved of the Labor Party and returns it to where it should be in our great democracy of Australia: in the hands of the voters. It is actually impossible to argue against this reform in a democracy whilst still maintaining any integrity whatsoever.

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Pretty speeches abroad, human rights violations at home

The Prime Minister's pitch for UN Human Rights Council Membership appears to be operating in a parallel universe, the Australian Greens said today.

"Australia's own record of human rights violations is facing international condemnation like never before, and until the bipartisan race to the bottom ceases, the Government has no hope of making a persuasive case for Membership," Acting Greens leader Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Australia's Humanitarian Intake

Prime Minister Turnbull has confirmed overnight that Australia’s humanitarian intake will remain below 2012-13 levels, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“All Mr Turnbull has done is confirm the government will lock in a reduction to Australia’s Humanitarian Program from 2012-13 levels,” Senator McKim said.

“Of course his silence on a resolution for people detained indefinitely on Manus Island and Nauru remains absolutely deafening.”

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Government hubris can’t hide shameful reality of offshore detention

The government’s international bragging about its policies towards refugees and people seeking asylum cannot hide the shameful reality of offshore detention from the rest of the world, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“As Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Dutton try to convince the international community that everything is going just fine, people on Manus Island and Nauru are at breaking point,” Senator McKim said.

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Intelligence review should encompass entire counter-terrorism framework

A review of intelligence services should be broadened to consider the entirety of Australia’s counter-terrorism framework, Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“Any review of the role of our intelligence services is welcome, but Australia is long overdue for a broad inquiry into our approach to combatting violent extremism,” Senator McKim said.

“The development of ‘counter-terrorism’ laws has been politicised, ad hoc and almost completely devoid of evidence.”

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The staggering financial cost of Australia’s inhumanity

A report from the Australian National Audit Office has revealed that it costs $573,000 per person per year to keep people in offshore detention on Manus Island and Nauru.

The audit revealed “serious and persistent deficiencies” which fell “well short of effective procurement practice”, and also revealed that Department of Immigration and Border Protection “used approaches that reduced competitive pressure and significantly increased the price of the services without government authority to do so”.

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Greens condemn Government’s response to Tasmanian RFA Review

Janet Rice 12 Sep 2016

The Government’s response to the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement is an endorsement of the industry’s unsustainability and unviability, the Greens say.

“This weasel-worded response completely ignores the fact that native forest logging is an industry stuck in the 19th and 20th Centuries at the behest of vested interests,” said Senator Janet Rice, forest spokesperson for the Australian Greens.

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