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UNHCR says Australia is undermining global refugee system

The UNHCR has told an inquiry into allegations of abuse in Australia's offshore detention centres that the government's policies are undermining the global refugee system.

"The UNHCR have made it clear that by denying refugees access to Australia, the government is weakening the international framework to resettle refugees," Greens Immigration spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

"They have submitted that Australia has deliberately exposed people to harm, and failed to meet our legal obligations."

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Immigration Department reveals gaping holes in US "Deal"

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has confirmed that the US is not obliged to accept a particular number of refugees, or indeed any, under the terms of its "deal" with the Australian government.

"We  learned today that the agreement provides no certainty whatsoever for the men, women and children that Australia has detained on Manus Island and Nauru," Greens Immigration spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

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Time for Turnbull to come clean on US deal

The federal government's must end its secrecy over its "deal" with the United States to resettle refugees from Manus Island and Nauru.

"The government's lack of information about this arrangement is causing significant anxiety to people detained on Manus Island and Nauru," Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim said.

"Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull needs to reveal how many people will be resettled in the United States, under what conditions, and how long will it take."

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Government admits offshore detention a dead-end

The federal government's announcement of a deal with the United States is an admission that offshore detention has to end, but still leaves people on Manus Island and Nauru facing an uncertain future.

"After three years, the government has finally admitted that offshore detention is a dead-end, but has offered no certainty that people will not be left behind to languish on Manus Island and Nauru," Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim said.

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Labor's first steps on a compassionate approach to refugees

Labor's crawl towards a more compassionate approach to refugees does not change their continued support for cruel and ineffective policies, Greens Spokesperson for Immigration Nick McKim says.

"These are baby steps only, and Australia needs this to be the beginning of a more compassionate and humane approach to people seeking Australia's protection," Senator McKim said.

"It’s time for Labor to add some vertebrae to their newly formed spine and reject offshore detention and boat turnbacks."

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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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