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Dutton and Shorten - two sides of the same coin

Labor’s refusal to even discuss a more humane approach to refugees shows the party leadership has learned nothing from five years of death and misery on Manus Island and Nauru, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“Bill Shorten and the factional bosses have decided yet again to lock in behind Peter Dutton’s campaign of misery,” Senator McKim said.

“This is a crackdown on compassion and hugely disappointing to the millions of Australians who don’t support what is being done in their names.”

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Death on Manus

The death of a Rohingyan refugee who was in Australia’s care on Manus Island is another preventable tragedy that is a direct result of the bipartisan policy of cruelty, Greens Immigration Senator Nick McKim says.

“This man sought Australia’s help, and suffered years of deprivation for daring to ask,” Senator McKim said.

“His death is a direct result of political decisions of the Labor and Liberal parties.”

“He faced the impossible choice of indefinite detention, or returning to face ethnic cleansing in Myanmar.”

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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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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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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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Dutton's escalation of Manus Island crisis

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has again escalated the Manus Island humanitarian emergency by ordering the use of force against innocent people.

"Dutton tried to starve and dehydrate the men out of his prison, now he's using violence to try to force them out," Greens Immigration Spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

"What is happening on Manus Island is an blatant abuse of people's rights by a minister who has abandoned all sense of human decency."

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Threats of force against Manus prisoners

Threats of using force against detainees at the Manus Island detention centre are unprecedented and potentially highly dangerous, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“The instructions for this threat have no doubt come directly from Dutton’s office,” Senator McKim, who is in Papua New Guinea, said.

“These men are Australia’s responsibility and remain so. They are in Maclolm Turnbull’s care as he proved when he knocked back New Zealand’s offer to resettle some of the men.”

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Dutton has no choice but to end his humanitarian crisis

Peter Dutton has no choice but to immediately end the humanitarian crisis he has created on Manus Island, Greens Immigration Spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“There are hundreds of men in Dutton’s care who are suffering greatly because of his decisions,” Senator McKim, who is in Papua New Guinea, said.

“They have had their basic rights removed and have been placed in an impossible situation with danger everywhere they turn.”

“Dutton must evacuate these men to safety and restore the basic necessities of life to them.”

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