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Amnesty International's report demands a response

Amnesty International's Island of Despair report should force members of the government and Labor Party to publicly renounce Australia's deliberately cruel offshore detention regime.

Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale said the report was an indictment on successive governments. 

“This is a policy that systematically tears families apart, robs kids of any hope and deprives them of a future," Senator Di Natale said.

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Government confirms $20 million immigration jail being built on PNG

The Federal government has today confirmed it is spending $20 million building a new immigration jail in Papua New Guinea to open by the end of next year.

"The Australian government is spending millions of dollars on new offshore jails, all the while claiming that their policies are working," Greens Immigration spokesperson Senator Nick McKim says.

"This is on top of the $4 billion plus the government has confirmed has been spent on Manus Island and Nauru in the last three years."

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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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Dutton admits failure over Manus Island

The release of the recent communication guide for Manus Island detainees shows Immigration Minister Peter Dutton remains without a plan to deal with the centre's imminent closure, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"The guide makes it clear that the government has no plan whatsoever for refugees who do not wish to settle in Papua New Guinea and are unable to return to their countries of origin," Senator McKim said.

"The only reasonable outcome is to bring all Manus Island detainees to Australia, in line with our moral and legal obligations."

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Pretty speeches abroad, human rights violations at home

The Prime Minister's pitch for UN Human Rights Council Membership appears to be operating in a parallel universe, the Australian Greens said today.

"Australia's own record of human rights violations is facing international condemnation like never before, and until the bipartisan race to the bottom ceases, the Government has no hope of making a persuasive case for Membership," Acting Greens leader Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Australia's Humanitarian Intake

Prime Minister Turnbull has confirmed overnight that Australia’s humanitarian intake will remain below 2012-13 levels, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“All Mr Turnbull has done is confirm the government will lock in a reduction to Australia’s Humanitarian Program from 2012-13 levels,” Senator McKim said.

“Of course his silence on a resolution for people detained indefinitely on Manus Island and Nauru remains absolutely deafening.”

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Government hubris can’t hide shameful reality of offshore detention

The government’s international bragging about its policies towards refugees and people seeking asylum cannot hide the shameful reality of offshore detention from the rest of the world, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“As Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Dutton try to convince the international community that everything is going just fine, people on Manus Island and Nauru are at breaking point,” Senator McKim said.

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The staggering financial cost of Australia’s inhumanity

A report from the Australian National Audit Office has revealed that it costs $573,000 per person per year to keep people in offshore detention on Manus Island and Nauru.

The audit revealed “serious and persistent deficiencies” which fell “well short of effective procurement practice”, and also revealed that Department of Immigration and Border Protection “used approaches that reduced competitive pressure and significantly increased the price of the services without government authority to do so”.

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Media Release: Senate Inquiry established into abuse in Australia’s detention centres

The Greens and Labor have co-sponsored a motion to establish a Senate inquiry into the allegations of abuse and self-harm on Manus Island and Nauru.

“There have been horrendous allegations of assaults, sexual abuse and evidence of widespread cover-ups at high levels,” Greens Spokesperson for Immigration Senator Nick McKim said.

“The Government’s only responses have been denial, dismissiveness and disinterest.”

“We need to close the camps and bring the people there to Australia.”

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