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Dutton's new department an attack on freedom

The creation of a new supersized department of Australia’s security and immigration agencies led by Peter Dutton would move Australia closer to becoming a police state, Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“Labor and the Liberals have spent the last 15 years trying to frighten Australians to justify eroding our fundamental freedoms and liberties," Senator McKim said.

"This is another step down that terrifying road.”

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Dutton's illegal detention of Australians

Peter Dutton must accept responsibility and come clean about his illegal detention of at least two Australian citizens, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"Peter Dutton wrongfully robbed these Australians of their freedom," Senator McKim said.

"He is running an offshore detention regime that has deprived thousands of refugees and asylum seekers of their liberty and deliberately harmed men, women and children."

"Whether through incompetence or design, the focus of Peter Dutton's cruel regime has now been trained on Australian citizens."

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Dutton accepts responsibility for Manus Island harm

Settlement in the Manus Island class action is an admission by Peter Dutton that he is responsible for the illegal detention and deliberate harm of people seeking asylum in Australia, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"These 1900 men who sought safety in Australia have lost their freedoms, their families and their futures because of Peter Dutton's decisions," Senator McKim said.

"No amount of money can compensate for this."

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Dutton and Turnbull abandon the men of Manus Island

The Australian government is preparing to completely wash its hands of the men it has detained for four years on Manus Island.

"After four years of hell overseen by the Australian government, these men have now have to make an impossible choice," Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim said.

"The walls of the detention centre were the only thing between asylum seekers and heavy gunfire last month – now Peter Dutton wants to knock down the walls."

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Peter Dutton's values are not Australian values

Peter Dutton and Malcolm Turnbull's rolling citizenship announcements are a transparently desperate attempt to win back votes from Pauline Hanson and appease the far right of the Liberal Party, Greens Immigration and Citizenship spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"We should be bringing people together, not dividing them through patronising citizenship tests and unnecessary waits for permanent residency and citizenship," Senator McKim said.

"The real problem here is that Peter Dutton's values are not mainstream Australian values. 

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Manus Island detainees must be brought to Australia

All of Australia's detainees on Manus Island must be brought to Australia, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"The people the Australian government have locked up on Manus Island have suffered immense physical and psychological harm," Senator McKim said.

"Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's plan to just leave them to languish on Manus Island is unfair and unconscionable, and shows his determination to extend the humanitarian crisis for as long as he can."

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Dutton must intervene to help pregnant woman on Nauru

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton must immediately intervene so a pregnant woman on Nauru suffering serious health problems can receive medical assistance, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"I have today written to Mr Dutton seeking his urgent intervention in this case," Senator McKim said.

"Medical specialists have demanded that she be immediately brought to Australia to receive the care she so desperately needs."

"It is really sad that we need to ask the Immigration Minister to show basic humanity to people who are in his care."

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Time for Labor to find a spine and reject refugee cruelty

It's time for Labor to grow a spine and reject the government's latest deliberate cruelty against refugees, Australian Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"Labor should not need to wait for the legislation to land before deciding whether it has the strength to take a principled stand," Senator McKim said.

“They need to decide whether they are going to line up with the Coalition and One Nation, or whether they have the compassion and strength to vote this hateful legislation down.”

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Government hits new lows in asylum seeker politics

The Government has sunk to a new low in its latest attempt to punish innocent people seeking asylum, Australian Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"The proposed new laws are an escalation of the cynical race to the bottom which sees our fellow human beings again used as a tool to seek domestic political advantage," Senator McKim said.

"This is about absorbing nothing more than One Nation votes."

"People are languishing on Manus Island and Nauru because of the government's incompetence and refusal to find a solution."

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