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Media Release: Wilson’s Evacuation Shows Offshore Detention Untenable

Wilson Security’s decision to withdraw from Australian offshore detention centres shows that the Government’s mandatory detention regime is becoming more untenable by the day, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“Wilson’s decision to pull out of offshore detention is a belated but welcome response to a strong campaign against them,” Senator McKim said.

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Media Release: Labor and Liberals vote down immigration detention Royal Commission

Labor and the Coalition have voted together to reject a Royal Commission into Australia's detention centres including Manus Island and Nauru.

Greens spokesperson for Immigration Nick McKim said the abuse and cover-ups in immigration detention centres, and the government’s failure to adequately respond, needed investigation at the highest possible level.

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Greens call for inquiry as Immigration corruption festers

Reports of a culture of corruption inside the government's Border Force department show how politicisation has undermined the agency, the Australian Greens have said.

The Australian Greens will move for a Parliamentary inquiry into the business and skilled visa streams after the election.

"Border Force has been used as a politicised 'stop the boats' propaganda machine, at the expense of the agency's integrity," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Ghost of Abbott appears with Malcolm’s ‘Stop The Boats’ scare campaign

Malcolm Turnbull has revived Tony Abbott's 'stop the boats' scare campaign on the eve of the Federal Election, to the disappointment of moderate and progressive voters across the country, the Australian Greens have said.

"The Prime Minister is getting desperate and is breathing life back into Tony Abbott's favourite scare campaign," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"It's disappointing to watch Malcolm Turnbull pull the rip-cord and deploy a 'stop the boats' scare campaign on the eve of this election.

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Greens call for refugees to be brought to Australia safely

The Australian Greens have said that the people on a boat that is stranded off of Indonesia should have their claims for protection assessed fairly and efficiently before being brought to Australia safely, if they are in need of protection.

"Australia should engage with Indonesia and the UNHCR on the stranded boat in Aceh. These people must be allowed to put their claims forward in a safe location, so that they can be assessed fairly and efficiently, and Australia needs to play a role in that," the Greens' Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Greens bill to give media access to detention centres

The Australian Greens have announced that they will introduce a Private Members Bill into the Parliament, allowing media to gain access to Australian detention centres, following the election. The 'Transparency Guarantee Bill' would mandate a reasonable level of access for media to detention centres and amend the migration act to make it illegal for the government to fund offshore detention centres where media are not allowed regular access.

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World Refugee Day: Greens push for Royal Commission into children in detention

On World Refugee Day, the Australian Greens have announced that they will push for a Royal Commission into the history of children in immigration detention at this election.

"Thousands of children have been damaged by the practice of mandatory, indefinite detention and it's time they were listened to," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Children are the most vulnerable, voiceless and all too often invisible victims of these cruel detention policies.

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