Greens Expect Australian Government To Stay Silent About Nauru

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Foreign Minister considered political challenges a ‘domestic issue’

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, July 10, 2015) – Australian Greens Senator, Sarah Hanson-Young, is not expecting the Australian Government to speak out over the political unravelling in Nauru.

Pacific foreign ministers are meeting in Sydney and include Nauru President, Baron Waqa.

The New Zealand Government wants assurances from Mr Waqa about rule of law concerns and human rights issues with 3 Opposition MPs facing charges and a fourth barred from leaving the country.

Australia's Julie Bishop has already said it is essentially a domestic issue for Nauru, though she says she has conveyed her concerns.

But Ms Hanson-Young says the asylum seeker camps into which Canberra has poured millions, leave it hopelessly compromised.

"It suits the Australia Government at the moment for Nauru to be a bit of a mess, for the justice system not to work properly and of course for no proper access for journalists. It suits the Australian Government."

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