Australian Minister Calls Nauru Abuse Report ‘All Hype’

Dutton accuse asylum seekers of making up claims of sexual assault

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, August 12, 2016) – The Australian Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, has accused some asylum seekers detained by Canberra on Nauru of making false claims of sexual assault.

Mr Dutton's comments follow the publication of more than two-thousand leaked documents, outlining allegations of assault and cruelty at the centre.

The minister said he won't tolerate any sexual abuse whatsoever but described the Nauru papers as "hype".

"If people have done the wrong thing, whether it's security guards, whether it's people in our employ directly or elsewhere then there's a price to pay for that," he said.

"But bear in mind that some people do have a motivation to make a false complaint and we have had instances where people have self harmed in an effort to get to Australia and I'm not going to tolerate that behaviour either."

In response, the Refugee Action Coalition said Mr Dutton had again shamed himself and disgraced his office with unsubstantiated, ill-considered and offensive claims about refugees.

It said he should resign.

While there had been renewed calls for Australia to close its detention centres abroad, Australia insisted that none of the people seeking asylum after arriving by boat would be allowed to enter Australia.

Anyone arriving without authorisation in Australia, including children, is put into mandatory detention.

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