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Government, ALP, One Nation vote to reduce civil liberties

The Federal government, Labor and One Nation have banded together to vote in further reductions in civil liberties in the name of 'national security'.

"It is very worrying that control orders will now apply to children as young as 14, and we have been given no evidence that this measure will make Australians any safer," Greens Justice spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

"As they have done far too often in recent years, Labor has waved this legislation through Parliament for fear of being seen as 'weak' on national security."

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Labor's first steps on a compassionate approach to refugees

Labor's crawl towards a more compassionate approach to refugees does not change their continued support for cruel and ineffective policies, Greens Spokesperson for Immigration Nick McKim says.

"These are baby steps only, and Australia needs this to be the beginning of a more compassionate and humane approach to people seeking Australia's protection," Senator McKim said.

"It’s time for Labor to add some vertebrae to their newly formed spine and reject offshore detention and boat turnbacks."

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Campaign Against 18C a War on Multiculturalism

The government's campaign against 18C is nothing more than the latest front in the extreme right's attack on multiculturalism, Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"This is a culture war masquerading as a free speech crusade," Senator McKim said.

"Yet again, the prime minister looks like bowing to the extreme right of his party and their mates in Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party, rather than standing up for multiculturalism."

"This is not about freedom of speech, it's about freedom from consequence."

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Time for Labor to find a spine and reject refugee cruelty

It's time for Labor to grow a spine and reject the government's latest deliberate cruelty against refugees, Australian Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"Labor should not need to wait for the legislation to land before deciding whether it has the strength to take a principled stand," Senator McKim said.

“They need to decide whether they are going to line up with the Coalition and One Nation, or whether they have the compassion and strength to vote this hateful legislation down.”

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Government hits new lows in asylum seeker politics

The Government has sunk to a new low in its latest attempt to punish innocent people seeking asylum, Australian Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"The proposed new laws are an escalation of the cynical race to the bottom which sees our fellow human beings again used as a tool to seek domestic political advantage," Senator McKim said.

"This is about absorbing nothing more than One Nation votes."

"People are languishing on Manus Island and Nauru because of the government's incompetence and refusal to find a solution."

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Government needs to withdraw Legal Services Direction

The Government needs to withdraw its flawed Legal Services Direction before starting the process to appoint a new Solicitor-General, the Australian Greens say.

"No self-respecting lawyer with the capacity to become Solicitor-General would want to be a lapdog to Attorney-General George Brandis," Greens Justice spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

"If we want the best possible field of applicants and the best person to fill the role, we need to make sure that the independence of the office is paramount."

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Resignation of the Solicitor-General

Justin Gleeson SC has been run out of office by a government with no regard for proper process or the rule of law, Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"Mr Gleeson's resignation letter makes it clear that he is sticking to his guns," Senator McKim said.

"There was no doubt a breakdown in trust between the Solicitor-General and the Attorney-General, but this can be laid squarely at the feet of Senator Brandis."

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Government's backdown on doctors' Border Force gag

The Greens have welcomed the removal of the Border Force Act gag on doctors, but have called for it to be removed from all other detention centre workers and contractors.

"This is a humiliating backdown by the Government and an admission that all departmental workers and contractors were in fact gagged by Section 42 of the Border Force Act," Australian Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale said.

"This gives the lie to the government's claim that workers and contractors are protected as whistle-blowers."

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Amnesty International's report demands a response

Amnesty International's Island of Despair report should force members of the government and Labor Party to publicly renounce Australia's deliberately cruel offshore detention regime.

Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale said the report was an indictment on successive governments. 

“This is a policy that systematically tears families apart, robs kids of any hope and deprives them of a future," Senator Di Natale said.

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Amnesty International's Damning Assessment of Nauru

Amnesty International's comprehensive report of the Nauru detention centre paints a damning picture of the human cost of  indefinite detention and Australia's flagrant breaches of the Refugee Convention.

"The Island of Despair report tells the world what we have long known - that Australia is flouting the Refugee Convention and deliberately subjecting the men, women and children we are responsible for to terrible harm," Greens Immigration spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

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