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Prohibited Items Bill

Media Release
Nick McKim 14 May 2020

The Government’s latest attempt to prohibit items in immigration detention centres is a massive overreach, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“This is a transparent attempt to cut people in immigration detention off from the outside world,” Senator McKim said.

“Phones in immigration detention are absolutely essential.”

“They allow people to stay in touch with friends and family, and they also help shine the disinfectant of sunlight on abuses which are all too common.”

“There are many people in immigration detention who have no criminal history. These facilities are not prisons, despite the Government’s attempts to make them such."

“This is massive overreach and must be defeated in the Senate.”

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