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PM Abbott must sack Scott Morrison and close Manus Island - Greens

Media Release
Christine Milne 23 Feb 2014

The Australian Greens have called for Scott Morrison to be sacked from the Ministry following revelations that the violent attacks on Manus Island took place inside the refugee prison camp, resulting in the death of asylum seeker Reza Berati.

"The Prime Minister must sack the Minister and close his cruel refugee prisons immediately," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

"Tony Abbott must take personal responsibility for the failure of the morally bankrupt and cruel offshore processing regime that was started by Labor and embraced by his government.

"Tony Abbott had a direct line of duty of care to Reza Berati and he is now dead. He must take personal responsibility. Blaming the victims of this tragedy is cowardice.

"We will continue to see tragedy, cruelty and unrest in these refugee prison camps until Tony Abbott shuts them down."

Greens immigration spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said: "It is clear that the government are trying to cover up how brutal the attacks on refugees inside the Manus Island camp really were. This is an appalling abuse of government power, and Scott Morrison should be forced to resign.

"The Greens will move for a Parliamentary inquiry into the incident as soon as the Senate resumes because we all know that the government's internal investigation will be a white wash.

"Keeping the gulags open is untenable. They must be closed, they must be closed now.

"The security of refugees and staff can not be guaranteed, even inside the camp. There must be an immediate halt to all further deportations of refugees to Manus Island."

 

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