3 Oct 2017

Amnesty critical of Australia immigration minister's comments

From , 6:03 am on 3 October 2017

Amnesty International says recent comments by Australia's immigration minister, Peter Dutton, are irresponsible and show a complete lack of understanding of refugee conventions.

In an interview with a Sydney radio station last week, Peter Dutton labelled those detained on Manus Island and Nauru wealthy "economic refugees," saying Nauru had the biggest collection of Armani jeans.

But Amnesty International's Graham Thom says the refugees have escaped horrors from around the world, and have been subjected to four years of further suffering by Australia in its detention centres.

He told Don Wiseman that Mr Dutton's claims are absolute nonsense.

 Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, June 23, 2015.

Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton Photo: AAP