Greens push for Manus Island Inquiry

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THE Australian Greens said they will move for a Parliamentary Inquiry tomorrow (Mar 4) into the Manus Island Detention Centre incident last month.

Iranian refugee Reza Berati, 23, was killed at the detention centre during two-days of unrest on the island.

Greens' immigration spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said the public deserved to know the sequence of events that led to Mr Berati's death.

"Senate inquiry hearings will give the workers who were in the centre on that night the legal protection that they need to tell their stories freely," she said.

"The Department's review simply is not good enough; they have just contracted someone to write a report.

"The fact is that a young man who was in Australia's care has been killed and we should have a rigorous, independent inquiry to find out what happened."

An estimated 1000 asylum seekers perished at sea under the former Labor government since it relaxed policies in 2008.

The Australian Greens formed an alliance with the Australian Labor Party allowing them to form a minority government after the 2010 federal election.



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