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Dutton’s “papers please” plans must be resisted

Peter Dutton’s plans to demand documents from people at airports without justification must be resisted, Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“People should be free to live without arbitrary harassment and being forced to carry ID wherever they go,” Senator McKim said.

“Demanding people produce documents on the spot is a hallmark of police states.”

“This is the slow march of authoritarianism. It starts in airports – how long until it’s random checks on the streets or in people’s homes?”

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Greens will move to disallow unfair family reunion changes

The Greens will move in the Senate to overturn recent changes to the Assurance of Support scheme, which drastically increase the income people need to earn before applying for a number of family reunion visas.

"These changes are unfair and punitive, and will put family reunions out of the reach of too many people living and working in Australia,” Greens Immigration spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

"It is already too expensive and takes too long for families to be reunified in Australia."

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Families to suffer because of visa changes

Changes to family reunion visa requirements are an attack on families and a cut to Australia’s immigration levels by stealth, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“It is already too expensive and takes too long for families to be reunited through Australia’s visa system,” Senator McKim said.

“By more than doubling the financial requirements for family reunion visas, Peter Dutton is robbing families of the chance to be together unless they are very well off.”

“It is a slap in the face for migrant families, and a cut to immigration levels by stealth.”

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Cuts to support payment for people seeking asylum

Peter Dutton’s cuts to support payments for people seeking asylum are cruel, punitive and unfair, Greens Immigration Spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“This is a deeply unfair decision which could force people into poverty, homelessness and exploitative jobs,” Senator McKim said.

“It is a continuation of Dutton’s determination to punish migrants and undermine multiculturalism.”

“Many people affected by these cuts are studying, and all of them are trying to rebuild their lives.”

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Dutton's contempt for judicial independence and the rule of law

Peter Dutton's latest potshot at the judiciary shows an alarming contempt for the rule of law, Greens Justice spokesperson Senator Nick McKim says.

"Dutton's suggestion of 'public reflection' is a step towards the direct election of judges - an alarming proposition for someone with as much unchecked power as him."

"Judges and magistrates should be independent experts in the law, not populist politicians."

"This is a dangerous erosion of the rule of law, and Malcolm Turnbull should finally bring his out of control minister to heel."

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Liberals game laws to deliberately harm people owed protection

Leaked cabinet documents show the extent to which the Liberals have undermined the law to deliberately cause harm to people they know are owed protection.

"Scott Morrison and his successor Peter Dutton have gamed this country's laws in order to deliberately harm refugees," Greens Immigration Spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

"Morrison and his department deliberately slowed applications down and put artificial barriers in the way of people whom he knew were owed protection in Australia."

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Foreign interference laws

The Greens share the deep concerns of civil liberties groups and media organisations about the scale and scope of the Government's foreign interference and espionage laws.

"This legislation risks criminalising a wide range of actions which are not only legitimate, but for the common good," Greens Justice spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

“These include medical and other academic research and public interest journalism.”

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Manus Island crisis re-escalates

The federal government's neglect of refugees and people seeking asylum on Manus Island has led to a re-escalation of tension and danger, Greens Immigration Spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"For the last few days access to two facilities where more than 250 refugees and people seeking asylum are living has been blocked by the landowners who are in dispute with the PNG Immigration department and contractors," Senator McKim said.

 

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OPCAT ratification must include offshore detention

The government's ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment is welcome but the inspection regime must include Australia's offshore detention system, Greens Justice Spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"The government's decision to ratify OPCAT is an important and welcome human rights decision," Senator McKim said.

"It has the potential to improve conditions in, and oversight of, prisons and places of detention across Australia."

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