La­bor to push for Se­nate in­quiry into Nauru leaks

Fiji Sun - - World News -

Can­berra: The Fed­eral Op­po­si­tion be­lieves it has enough sup­port to es­tab­lish a Se­nate in­quiry into abuse at the Nauru off­shore de­ten­tion cen­tre, fol­low­ing the leak­ing of thou­sands of in­ci­dent re­ports from the cen­tre last week. The doc­u­ments were leaked to The Guardian, a num­ber of which de­tail al­le­ga­tions of abuse at the cen­tre — some in­volv­ing chil­dren. Dur­ing the week, Im­mi­gra­tion Min­is­ter Peter Dut­ton stressed a sig­nif­i­cant pro­por­tion of the claims would re­late to mi­nor mat­ters such as com­plaints over the cen­tres food and chil­dren not go­ing to school. How­ever, he said se­ri­ous claims of abuse would be prop­erly in­ves­ti­gated by Nau­ruan au­thor­i­ties. Op­po­si­tion Leader Bill Shorten said that re­sponse was not good enough. “What we see in Nauru re­quires the at­ten­tion of the Par­lia­ment,” Mr Shorten said.

“I sup­port re­gional pro­cess­ing, but I don’t be­lieve you should have re­gional pro­cess­ing at the price of in­def­i­nite de­ten­tion. Man­ager of Op­po­si­tion Busi­ness in the Se­nate Sam Dast­yari said the in­quiry would find “what it will find” when ques­tioned as to whether the de­ci­sions by the for­mer La­bor govern­ment could be un­der scru­tiny. But he in­sisted the fo­cus would be on the Coali­tion.

“At the heart of this is this se­crecy fetish that’s been run by this Govern­ment, and this idea that says that we can cover this up and hide it,” Sen­a­tor Dast­yari told ABC’s In­sid­ers.

“The bit that I just can’t com­pre­hend is why the sim­ple idea that was pre­sented by Bill Shorten this year, hav­ing an in­de­pen­dent child advocate, wasn’t leapt upon by the Govern­ment. ABC

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