Reports today that children are being verbally and physically assaulted by local security staff at the Nauru Detention Centre are extremely concerning and must be addressed immediately, the Australian Greens have said.
"The Abbott Government cannot continue to snub its nose at the United Nations and shirk its responsibility to refugee families in need," said Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Australian Greens spokesperson for immigration.
The Australian Greens are today calling on Minister Scott Morrison to release the interim report into the Manus Island incident following the release new video footage, which shows Papua New Guinean guards attacking asylum seekers just 24 hours before the tragic death of Reza Barati.
The Australian Government must clarify the situation regarding tow-backs on the Indian Ocean and be up front with the Australian people about its dangerous and costly policies, the Australian Greens have said.
The Immigration Minister's request that our closest neighbours strengthen their response to people seeking asylum is an embarrassing next step in the Abbott Government's war on refugees, the Australian Greens have said.
The Immigration Minister's confirmation that Cambodia is being considered as a resettlement option is further proof that the Nauru and Manus Island deals are unravelling, the Australian Greens have said.
The Australian Greens have called on the Government to halt a series of transfers of refugees who are involved in legal proceedings from the Villawood detention centre following the Government's significant data breach in February.
The failure of the Australian Government and G4S contractors to cooperate with the PNG investigation into the Manus Island attacks points to a dangerous, coordinated attempt to hide the truth, the Australian Greens have said.
It seems the Australian Government is doing all it can to frustrate the investigations into Reza Barati's death, the Australian Greens have said, following revelations that the AFP will not be assisting in the PNG investigation.