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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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Mr Turnbull, Bring Them Here

The federal government should be resettling people detained in camps on Manus Island and Nauru in Australia.

"Of course our hearts would lift to see people out of the camps, but they are Australia's responsibility and should be brought here," Greens Immigration spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

"Reports of a deal with the US lack any detail whatsoever, but the idea of sending Muslim refugees to Donald Trump's USA raises some concerns."

"We also have no idea what would happen to people detained in the camps who have not been found to be genuine refugees."

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Brandis concedes defeat on Legal Services Direction

Attorney-General George Brandis has conceded defeat in his attempt to control the office of the Solicitor-General, Greens Justice Spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"By repealing his flawed Legal Services Direction today, Senator Brandis has sought to avoid the embarrassment of a disallowance motion, but only confirmed his own incompetence and unworthiness to hold his position," Senator McKim said.

"This is too little, too late. It does not change the fact that Senator Brandis misled the Senate over the direction."

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