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Media Release: Senate Inquiry established into abuse in Australia’s detention centres

The Greens and Labor have co-sponsored a motion to establish a Senate inquiry into the allegations of abuse and self-harm on Manus Island and Nauru.

“There have been horrendous allegations of assaults, sexual abuse and evidence of widespread cover-ups at high levels,” Greens Spokesperson for Immigration Senator Nick McKim said.

“The Government’s only responses have been denial, dismissiveness and disinterest.”

“We need to close the camps and bring the people there to Australia.”

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Denial of medical care allegations demand urgent action

Allegations that the Government has denied medical care to a family of asylum seekers, including a 12-year-old with a badly broken arm, are extremely serious and demand urgent action, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“It’s time that Minister Dutton take seriously his responsibility to care for the men, women and especially children seeking asylum in Australia,” Senator McKim said.

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Media Release: Wilson’s Evacuation Shows Offshore Detention Untenable

Wilson Security’s decision to withdraw from Australian offshore detention centres shows that the Government’s mandatory detention regime is becoming more untenable by the day, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“Wilson’s decision to pull out of offshore detention is a belated but welcome response to a strong campaign against them,” Senator McKim said.

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Media Release: Labor and Liberals vote down immigration detention Royal Commission

Labor and the Coalition have voted together to reject a Royal Commission into Australia's detention centres including Manus Island and Nauru.

Greens spokesperson for Immigration Nick McKim said the abuse and cover-ups in immigration detention centres, and the government’s failure to adequately respond, needed investigation at the highest possible level.

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Greens pledge to protect 18C as many times as it takes

The Australian Greens say they will keep standing with the community to protect Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, in the face of revelations Prime Minister Turnbull promised yet another attempt at changing it to win his leadership coup over Tony Abbott.

"In his rush to become Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull sold out those who would face discrimination to secure power for himself. It's disgraceful," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"Once again the far Right of the Liberal Party is leading Malcolm Turnbull, instead of the other way around.

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Time to pull the plug on second Basslink

Warwick Smith’s sudden resignation from the viability study of a second Basslink cable should prompt an urgent rethink of the proposal, Greens Senator for Tasmania Nick McKim says.

“Mr Smith’s departure while halfway through a study into the second interconnector gives state and commonwealth governments an opportunity to reconsider their approach,” Senator McKim said.

“They should take off the blinkers and look at all options rather than limiting their thinking to old solutions that have failed Tasmania in the past.”

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