Greens push for inquiry into detention violence

THE Greens will try to establish an inquiry into a violent clash at the Manus Island detention centre in October last year, after reports of serious problems responding to the riot.

Fairfax Media on Sunday reported documents showed a breakdown in communication, lack of an emergency response plan and other problems during the clash.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison declined to comment on the clash, but Greens immigration spokeswoman Senator Sarah Hanson-Young hit out at the response.

While the clash occurred on Papua New Guinean soil, Sen Hanson-Young said the Australian government was trying to pull the "wool over the Australian public's eyes".

She said the incident put refugees and staff at risk, and the public deserved a "full explanation" on what is happening at the detention centre.

To that end, the minor party will move to establish a Senate inquiry when parliament resumes, but it will need wider political support for such an investigation.