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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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Attorney-General Questions Still Unanswered

The Attorney-General's attempt today to justify his conduct was thoroughly unconvincing, Australian Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"He is relying on a semantic defence to the charge of misleading parliament which leaves significant questions unanswered."

"The Solicitor-General, who gave calm and considered evidence in the face of oafish intimidation from Senators MacDonald and O'Sullivan, made it clear that he regards the Legal Services Direction issued by Senator Brandis as unlawful."

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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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Media Release: It's on again as Liberals target Tasmania's High Conservation Value forests

Nick McKim 12 Oct 2016

The announcement by Tasmanian Forests Minister Guy Barnett that he will allow logging in Tasmania's high conservation value forests will re-open the community division that have held Tasmania back for too long.

"This signals an appalling attack on Tasmania’s forests and an appalling waste of taxpayer money," Australian Greens Forests spokesperson Janet Rice said.

"It’s clear that the Tasmanian Government is ignoring the carbon value of these significant forests."

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George Brandis' position looking more untenable by the day

Attorney-General George Brandis' disregard for the rule of law and abuse of process calls into question his suitability for the role, Australian Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"Senator Brandis has basically been caught out shopping around for politically convenient legal advice on some of the most contentious issues facing the government," Senator McKim said.

"For the Attorney General to have sidelined the Solicitor General when considering the constitutionality of contentious legislation is an extraordinary development."

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Government stalls on resolution to Manus Island impasse

The Government continues to flail about with no solution for the stranded people in Australia's care on Manus Island, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"Two months ago, the Government pledged that the illegal Manus Island detention centre would close, and the men there would be resettled," Senator McKim said.

"It now appears that the Government is trying to weasel out of this commitment and the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court decision."

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Wyatt's excursion could fall foul of counter-terrorism laws

War tourist Wyatt Roy's trip to Iraq could have breached the counter-terrorism laws he helped to pass, Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"While Mr Roy's excursion to Iraq was reckless, dangerous and stupid, he doesn't deserve to go to jail for up to ten years," Senator McKim said.

"But under the Foreign Fighters amendment to the Criminal Code Act, which Mr Roy voted for, he could soon find himself with very serious questions to answer."

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Dutton admits failure over Manus Island

The release of the recent communication guide for Manus Island detainees shows Immigration Minister Peter Dutton remains without a plan to deal with the centre's imminent closure, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"The guide makes it clear that the government has no plan whatsoever for refugees who do not wish to settle in Papua New Guinea and are unable to return to their countries of origin," Senator McKim said.

"The only reasonable outcome is to bring all Manus Island detainees to Australia, in line with our moral and legal obligations."

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Senate Reform – Nick's Speech

Nick McKim 23 Sep 2016

I am very proud to rise to support the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016, legislation that puts the power over preferences back where it belongs in a democracy—that is, in the hands of the voters. It takes it out of the hands of the backroom wheelers and dealers now so beloved of the Labor Party and returns it to where it should be in our great democracy of Australia: in the hands of the voters. It is actually impossible to argue against this reform in a democracy whilst still maintaining any integrity whatsoever.

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Pretty speeches abroad, human rights violations at home

The Prime Minister's pitch for UN Human Rights Council Membership appears to be operating in a parallel universe, the Australian Greens said today.

"Australia's own record of human rights violations is facing international condemnation like never before, and until the bipartisan race to the bottom ceases, the Government has no hope of making a persuasive case for Membership," Acting Greens leader Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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