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Senate establishes inquiry into Nauru detention camp

The Senate has voted to establish a Senate Select Committee inquiry into the Nauru detention camp and the ongoing allegations of abuse against women and children, the Australian Greens have said.

"There are some very dark corners in the detention camp on Nauru and now, finally, the truth can be revealed," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said

"This is about keeping the women and children on Nauru safe from abuse.

"The Moss Report was truly shocking but, without the legal powers of a parliamentary inquiry, it raised as many questions as it answered.

"This inquiry is the only way that we can give centre employees the legal protection that they need to tell their stories. These employees have been under the government's oppressive gag clauses for long enough.

"There is a blanket of secrecy lying over the entire detention network and we are only starting to get an idea of just how bad things have gotten.

"The government wants to sweep the situation on Nauru under the carpet but the Senate won't let that happen."


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