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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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Government loses - Bandt's Manus motion passes house

Government loses - Bandt's Manus motion passes house

Greens MP for Melbourne, Adam Bandt MP, provides the following comment on the government losing a vote on the floor of the house. The motion that passed the Senate last week (moved by the Greens’ Nick McKim and supported by Labor and a majority of the Senate) called on the government to support New Zealand's offer to accept 150 men from Manus Island.

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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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Media Release: Senator Rhiannon congratulates Opera House refugee protesters

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has given the strongest support to Whistleblowers, Activists and Citizens Alliance, the group that organised the Opera House banner drop calling for the Manus Island refugees to be evacuated to Australia.

“The WACA Opera House action is an incredibly important protest as it has amplified to the world that the Turnbull government has abandoned refugees on Manus Island,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“The Turnbull government’s abusive treatment of the Manus Island refugees should be investigated as crimes against humanity.

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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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Dutton must intervene to end Manus Island crisis

Peter Dutton must intervene to end the humanitarian crisis he has created on Manus Island, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"Peter Dutton must not go ahead with his plan to cut off water, food and electricity to force people out of his Manus Island prison," said Senator McKim, who is currently on Manus Island.

"This situation could become violent because of his creation and escalation of this humanitarian crisis."

"There is nowhere safe in Papua New Guinea for these men to go – they must be evacuated to Australia."

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Senate rejects Dutton’s divisive Citizenship Bill

The Senate’s rejection of Peter Dutton’s divisive and hateful changes to citizenship laws is a huge win for multicultural Australia, Greens Immigration and Citizenship spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“Today, the people of Australia have shown what we can achieve when we stand together,” Senator McKim said.

“People who are working, studying and raising families in Australia can now get on with their lives and make choices about their future after they were so unfairly put on hold for months.”

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Dutton shifts his prisoners between islands

Peter Dutton trying to move his Manus Island prisoners to Nauru is a cruel and unfair move which reeks of panic and desperation, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“The men on Manus Island have suffered long enough, yet Dutton wants to take them out of one frying pan and straight into another one,” Senator McKim said.

“Amnesty International says the conditions in Dutton’s Nauru prison amount to torture – it is clearly not a suitable place for people seeking asylum.”

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Death on Manus Island

The death of a sixth man on Manus Island is another indictment on the Labor and Liberal policy of deliberately harming people on Manus and Nauru, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“This is a case of catastrophic neglect by Peter Dutton,” Senator McKim said.

“The policy of deliberately harming people seeking asylum– which is shared by the Labor and Liberal parties - appears to have taken yet another life.”

“This man had suffered for years in a system that Australia’s Labor and Liberal parties deliberately designed and operated to cause mental harm.”

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