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Dutton tours Nauru while children are left at risk

The Immigration Minister's fly-in-fly-out visit to Nauru is nothing but window dressing to distract from the shocking Forgotten Children report and the government's own Moss review into allegations of abuse, the Australian Greens have said.

"The Nauru camp is in crisis and an unconvincing PR visit from the Minister isn't going to fix it," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"When I was on Nauru, I spent days meeting with the children and families who are locked up in that hellhole and it was a shocking experience. The pervasive culture of neglect and abuse hangs heavy over the camp.

"Did Minister Dutton see the showers without proper doors where mothers are forced to strip for water to wash their children? Did he speak to the children who are too scared to leave their tents at night because of what the guards might do to them?

"Months of accusations and first-hand accounts of abuse in the centre cannot be dismissed by a photo op and a half day visit.

"The government is refusing to release a report that looked into accusations of abuse in the Nauru centre. The Moss report needs to be released now, before more children are put at risk."

 

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