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ANAO report shows Home Affairs must be broken up

The Liberal Government’s disastrous handling of citizenship cases shows the Department of Home Affairs must be broken up, Greens Immigration and Citizenship spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“As the Australian National Audit Office has today made clear, the Liberals have dragged their feet on citizenship timeframes since the Department of Home Affairs was created,” Senator McKim said.

“This is borne out of the Liberals’ fundamental disrespect for migrants, and obsession with kicking people out of our society, and that culture has clearly infected the department.”

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Labor locks in cruelty to refugees

Labor’s commitment to the cruelty of offshore detention and boat turnbacks is disappointing, but not surprising, Greens immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“Labor cannot call themselves progressive while they continue to support these inhumane measures” Senator McKim said.

“Indefinite detention on Manus Island and Nauru, which began under Labor, has destroyed so many lives.”

“The tide has turned on offshore detention – the Australian people want it to end.”

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Liberals turn their back on the world's displaced people

The Liberals’ decision to refuse to sign the United Nations Global Compact for Migration is an admission that their refugee policies are in breach of international law, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.
“There is nothing remotely controversial in the document, and the Liberals are once again undermining global collaboration on refugees,” Senator McKim said.
“Ensuring that migrants are not arbitrarily detained, and that decisions to detain are based on law should not pose any kind of challenge to a government which supports the rule of law.”

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Kids need to be brought off Nauru now

Reports that the Australian Government plans to bring the children it is detaining on Nauru to Australia by Christmas removes any excuse to keep people in offshore detention, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“The warped logic of offshore detention is crumbling around the major parties. There is now no excuse not to end offshore detention and conclude this dark chapter in our country’s history,” Senator McKim said. 

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Nauru crisis

The deportation of Australia's chief medical officer from Nauru shows the entire regime of offshore detention is crumbling, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"This is a humanitarian emergency, and Scott Morrison has lost control of his detention centres," Senator McKim said.

"His entire offshore regime is crumbling before our eyes."

"This deportation confirms that there is no way for Australia's prisoners on Nauru to receive proper medical support."

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Cross-party Bill to get kids off Nauru

The Greens will co-sponsor a Bill to get children and their families off Nauru to receive medical treatment in Australia.

“This Bill is a direct, urgent intervention to provide children with the medical and psychological support they so desperately need,” Greens Immigration Spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

“A wide range of experts, including around 6,000 Australian doctors and the United Nations have made the urgency of this situation clear.”

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Humanitarian crisis on Nauru

Medecins Sans Frontiers' revelations about the conditions of the people Australia is detaining on Nauru have laid bare the truly despearte situation, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"MSF have made it clear that they have never seen such traumatised people and that every refugee presented with suicidal symptoms," Senator McKim said.

"These are stomach turning revelations which confirm yet again that offshore detention is destroying innocent lives." 

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Greens to move to overturn Byron citizenship ban

The Greens will move in the Senate to disallow the draconian ban on Byron Council conducting citizenship ceremonies.

“Councils have the right to conduct citizenship ceremonies at times which respect all people, including First Nations peoples, without being bullied by the Liberals,” Greens Immigration and Citizenship spokesperson Nick McKim said.

“The people of Byron, just like the people of Darebin and Yarra, should have the right to welcome people to their communities.”

“That should never come under threat because of the paranoid jingoism of the Liberals.”

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Bipartisan cruelty toward people seeking asylum continues

Labor and Liberal MPs voting together to retrospectively validate the unlawful detention of up to 1600 people seeking asylum confirms that business as usual has resumed, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“This is the Labor and Liberal parties trying to rewrite history because their detention of up to 1600 people seeking asylum was based on a legal fiction,” Senator McKim said.

“Bipartisan support for the Migration (Validation of Port Appointment) Bill 2018 resumes the cosy arrangement of arbitrary cruelty towards refugees and people seeking asylum.”

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