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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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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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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'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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Government confirms $20 million immigration jail being built on PNG

The Federal government has today confirmed it is spending $20 million building a new immigration jail in Papua New Guinea to open by the end of next year.

"The Australian government is spending millions of dollars on new offshore jails, all the while claiming that their policies are working," Greens Immigration spokesperson Senator Nick McKim says.

"This is on top of the $4 billion plus the government has confirmed has been spent on Manus Island and Nauru in the last three years."

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Nauru - More Evidence of Serious Abuse

The Immigration Department's release of its internal review into the Nauru Files provides yet more evidence of frequent and serious abuse in the Australian run camp, and exposes the Nauruan government as derelict in its duties to prosecute the crimes.
"The scale of the human crisis is staggering," said Greens Immigration spokesperson Senator Nick McKim.
"It is sickening that people are being deliberately exposed to this level of suffering by culpable governments in Australia and Nauru."

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