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Peter Dutton's values are not Australian values

Peter Dutton and Malcolm Turnbull's rolling citizenship announcements are a transparently desperate attempt to win back votes from Pauline Hanson and appease the far right of the Liberal Party, Greens Immigration and Citizenship spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"We should be bringing people together, not dividing them through patronising citizenship tests and unnecessary waits for permanent residency and citizenship," Senator McKim said.

"The real problem here is that Peter Dutton's values are not mainstream Australian values. 

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Gunshots on Manus Island

The Manus Island detention centre is unsafe and should be closed with all detainees immediately brought to Australia.

"We have responsibility for the lives and safety of detainees and staff alike. Prime Minister Turnbull must act," Greens Immigration spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

"Some of the shots fired last night hit accomodation buildings. It is blindingly obvious that it's an unstable and dangerous environment and Australia has to step in."

"We created the problem. We have to solve it."

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Time to make big businesses pay on time

The Greens welcome the Small Business Ombudsman's report on late payments and call on the government to take strong action against unfair practices by big corporations.

"Big businesses are basically treating smaller traders and freelancers like piggy banks," Greens Small Business spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

"As the report shows, payment times by Australian big businesses are the worst in the developed world."

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Time to make small businesses pay on time

The Greens welcome the Small Business Ombudsman's report on late payments and call on the government to take strong action against unfair practices by big corporations.

"Big businesses are basically treating smaller traders and freelancers like piggy banks," Greens Small Business spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

"As the report shows, payment times by Australian big businesses are the worst in the developed world."

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Time to make big businesses pay on time

The Greens welcome the Small Business Ombudsman's report on late payments and call on the government to take strong action against unfair practices by big corporations.

"Big businesses are basically treating smaller traders and freelancers like piggy banks," Greens Small Business spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

"As the report shows, payment times by Australian big businesses are the worst in the developed world."

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Manus Island detainees must be brought to Australia

All of Australia's detainees on Manus Island must be brought to Australia, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"The people the Australian government have locked up on Manus Island have suffered immense physical and psychological harm," Senator McKim said.

"Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's plan to just leave them to languish on Manus Island is unfair and unconscionable, and shows his determination to extend the humanitarian crisis for as long as he can."

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Report reveals companies profiteering from torture

Amnesty International's report on the profit-making of Broadspectrum from Australia's detention centres on Nauru is a warning to companies considering bidding for contracts that they do so at considerable risk to their brand and reputation.

"Any companies who sign contracts to run the camps will immediately become complicit in torture," Greens Immigration spokesperson Senator McKim said.

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Turnbull must not send Hazara people back to Afghanistan

The Australian Government must immediately rule out sending persecuted Hazara people back to Afghanistan, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"The Hazaras are one of the most persecuted peoples on earth, and continue to be targeted across Afghanistan," Senator McKim said.

"There are several thousand Hazara people currently in Australia who have a legitimate fear of persecution if they are forcibly returned to Afghanistan."

"Malcolm Turnbull must rule out sending Hazaras to Afghanistan."    

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18C retention a great win for multicultural Australia

The Australian Greens congratulate multicultural Australia for uniting and standing strong to defend 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
 
"It was so inspiring to see people from right across multicultural Australia come together and fight to protect their communities from racism," Australian Greens spokesperson for Justice Senator Nick McKim said.
 
"It is thanks to these strong communities that the Senate was able to stand against the governments divisive legislation."
 

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Media Release: Multicultural Australia says leave 18C alone

The Greens have hosted a roundtable with representatives of a number of multicultural communities who are concerned about the Government watering down protections against racist hate speech.

Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale and Greens Justice Spokesperson Senator Nick McKim listened to concerns about the rise of racism across Australia.

"Representatives from across multicultural Australia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders were very clear - we must not make it easier to be racist," Senator McKim said.

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