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many. This week the UN delivered a scathing report into Nauru and Australia's failure to help children in detention centres. It cited failures to properly investigate children attempting suicide and self-harm, as well as corporal punishment. And a lack of clean drinking water. South Australian senator Sarah Hanson-Young held the immigration portfolio for the Greens for nine years. And she joins us now to talk about these latest developments, as well as the week that was in politics. Thank you for coming in.Thank you for having me.Your reaction to this report from the UN.It is damning it is is one in a long line. What this report says and the fact it comes with the authority of the UN is significant, particularly given global leaders are talking about the Australian model, what it means, is it good, is it bad? We are effectively torturing children. Degrading treatment is an offence under the torture agreement. The denial of plan drinking water. These are basic denials. Let alone to a child who has fled a war zone. It beggars belief that we still have in this country political leaders to justify that treatment of children as border policy response. Australia has to change its way with how we are dealing with people. The world is watching. The new UN head, formerly from the refugee agency, I do not think he will look kindly to Australia going or what. It was never in pressed. -- going forward. Is the challenge with this arrangement that the onus is blurred in terms of the role Nauru has to play and the role Australia has to play?We have effectively tried to outsource the treatment and brutality of these people, these children. International law says you cannot do that. You cannot pay the money, pay the contracts and say it is not your responsibility any more. There is very squarely the responsibility of the Australian government. Of course, the Nauru nation should consider their role. Do they really only ever want to be known as the prison island that tortured children? As time goes on history will look at this period very poorly.Papua New Guinea, Manus Island, was found guilty. Deportation may begin but the question remains, where do these people go?It is Australia's responsibility to overtake them find somewhere else. -- either take them. These are people, they are not commodities. They have been stuck in detention camps for nearly four years. Some are broken. It is time we cut our losses. If they have family elsewhere, perhaps we find a way for them to be reunited in other countries but just forcing them away, saying they are not our responsibility is not going to cut it.P&G is still going to keep one detention centre open despite the ruling?On a Manus Island there are to facilities. The detention camp and an area, the transiting refugees. Effectively they are both detention camps and you would have to imagine that under the reading of the rule of law from the Supreme Court decision, the second will not be able to stay open either.In other news this week, we had the Parliamentary hearings into the banking sector and we heard from the leaders of the big banks and the amount of contrition has been hurt among what has been said this week. We had the proposal for a tribunal. We doing enough that scrutiny is exercised?The same public know well and truly they are being done over and screwed by the big four banks. They are sick of paying fees and given a raw deal when it comes to credit cards. You go to the ATM and you get charged ridiculous amounts of money out of the bank because they have closed down their branches. Everybody knows that the banks are getting the good end of the deal. The biggest profits in the OECD and the public are losing out. They did nothing to alleviate concerns. It gave the CEOs of those banks to have a bit of a PR stunt and some of the public trust issues but I do not think they have done a good job. The tribunal... The fact the banks want it says everything you need to know. The calls for a broader inquiry or commission type inquiry is still live on the table. What we saw for the banks -- from the banks this week is they have an scripless behaviour with no consequences. -- unscrupulous. A bill needs to be introduced that will establish a parliamentary commission of inquiry is because the Government will not move on a Royal Commission said the Parliament has the power to step in and establish something very similar. We will be putting that to the Parliament and there is a chance we can get it through the Senate. Many people are very concerned about this and not impressed about how the banks have behaved during the week and then the pressure will be on what happens in the House of Representatives. The Government only has a one seat majority there and we know that people are nervous about how this is playing out in the electorate. Every MP, whether Liberal, Labor, Coalition, green, everybody knows the public is not happy.I do want to get you on one other topic which involves your state, South Australia.It is a great state. Remember that slogan, heaps good (LAUGHTER).The blackout. Huge political stout. Security now back on the agenda.Firstly, let me say, it has been a pathetic display of politicking over this issue. We saw our state plunged into darkness and in the missed where we had volunteers and services trying to help, some politicians, like Nick Xenophon and other members, use this as an opportunity to attack renewable energy and of course it wasn't wind farms or solar panels and that created this, it was a massive storm, the biggest in 50 years and so the aftermath has been fascinating to watch. Very disappointed from Malcolm Turnbull. People thought that he would be much stronger in defending renewable energy, in understanding that is where we need to go not just in the near future that long-term. We have to re-energise the energy sector and deal with global warming. People are sitting there thinking, I thought he believed in climate change and now here is kicking renewable energy. We are at the end of the agreed system, the National grid system and we need to tackle that. We need more investment in storage, back to storage and another project that has been begging for support four months, the thermal plant in Port Agusta. It is the power of the future. $100 million from the Government would get the project off the ground. They want to talk about