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...
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.” “This...
Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has called bullshit on Tony Abbott’s continued climate change denialism saying that every time he opens his mouth he deliberately insults the world class efforts of Australia’s climate science community. Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Almost half the Great Barrier Reef is dead from mass coral bleaching, summer after summer we have unprecedented heatwaves and bushfire risk, and yet Australia’s worst ever Prime...
On behalf of the Australian Greens, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, who is attending today's ceremony, welcomes the return of Kings Run to Aboriginal ownership and congratulates everyone involved. Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The return of Kings Run to Aboriginal ownership and management is an exceptional achievement on so many levels. Not only does it provide an example of what meaningful redress for two centuries of dispossession for local Aboriginal people can look like, but also...
Labor and Liberal leaders have abjectly failed to make the case for today’s COAG decision to sign away yet another tranche of hard-won rights and freedoms, Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim says. “Police and security agencies already have abundant powers to do their job and to arrest, interview and charge suspects,” Senator McKim said. “The rights that the Labor and Liberal parties have eroded today are a crucial part of what set Australia apart from authoritarian regimes." “This...
State and territory governments should push back against Malcolm Turnbull’s latest attack on fundamental rights and liberties, Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim says. “The massive expansion of police and detention powers being proposed by the Prime Minister is yet another erosion of Australians’ basic freedoms,” Senator McKim said. “Detention without charge is completely unjustified and incompatible with the rule of law and basic freedoms.” “The wider use of facial recognition...
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...
Australian Greens Spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has travelled to Japan in a private capacity to meet with Japanese MPs, stakeholder groups, and the press gallery to discuss whaling in the Southern Ocean. "Japan recently passed some legislation, effectively legalising their whaling efforts and providing more resources for whaling, including unfortunately potentially providing military assistance with their fleet as they go to the Southern Ocean."...
Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, welcomes the move by Commbank to scrap ‘foreign ATM fees’ and calls upon other banks to immediately follow. Senator Whish-Wilson said, “There is no way that Commbank ever would have made this move without the public pressure on them over multiple scandals and the threat of an impending Royal Commission or Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry. “I am calling on other banks to follow immediately and scrap these foreign ATM fees...
Malcolm Turnbull urgently needs to show stronger leadership over the humanitarian disaster in Myanmar, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says. "This is the biggest refugee crisis in our region for decades, and Australia is failing to step up," Senator McKim said. "Hundreds of thousands of men, women and children have been displaced, and the UN has described what is happening as ethnic cleansing." "There is a range of obvious steps that Mr Turnbull could be taking but he is...