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Greens express condolences over latest Villawood suicide; urge immediate end to mandatory detention

26 Oct 2011

The Australian Greens have expressed their sympathy for the Sri Lankan man who has taken his own life at the Villawood detention centre overnight and are thinking of his friends and family.

The Australian Greens have expressed their sympathy for the Sri Lankan man who has taken his own life at the Villawood detention centre overnight and are thinking of his friends and family.

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Ten Years On and Still No Answers

25 Oct 2011

On 19th October 2001, at the height of the Howard government's election campaign based on the mantra, "We will decide who comes to this country.." the SIEV X sank on its way to Australia with the shocking loss of 353 lives including 142 women and 146 children. 41 adults and three children survived. The truth about what happened to the SIEV X has never been told as no judicial inquiry or coroner's inquiry was ever held because the ship apparently did not sink in Australian waters. Huge questions remain:Why were the asylum seekers on the SIEV X transported to the boat in buses with blacked out windows and forced to board by Indonesian police carrying guns?What did Australian authorities know about the SIEV X before it departed given that Australia was involved in or knew about "disruption" activities in Indonesian ports at that time?Did the Shoal Bay tracking station know where the SIEV X was and where it was sinking? Was a tracking device on the ship?

On 19th October 2001, at the height of the Howard government's election campaign based on the mantra, "We will decide who comes to this country.." the SIEV X sank on its way to Australia with the shocking loss of 353 lives including 142 women and 146 children. 41 adults and three children survived. The truth about what happened to the SIEV X has never been told as no judicial inquiry or coroner's inquiry was ever held because the ship apparently did not sink in Australian waters. Huge questions remain:
Why were the asylum seekers on the SIEV X transported to the boat in buses with blacked out windows and forced to board by Indonesian police carrying guns?
What did Australian authorities know about the SIEV X before it departed given that Australia was involved in or knew about "disruption" activities in Indonesian ports at that time?
Did the Shoal Bay tracking station know where the SIEV X was and where it was sinking? Was a tracking device on the ship?

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Four Corners exposes detention network which dehumanises damaged people

24 Oct 2011

The Four Corners report tonight shows that the immigration detention system is making sick the very people Australia should be protecting, the Greens said today.

The Four Corners report tonight shows that the immigration detention system is making sick the very people Australia should be protecting, the Greens said today.

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Time limits would stop illegal detentions

24 Oct 2011

The Australian Greens say putting time limits on detention would prevent a repeat of incidents such the unlawful detention of Indian student, Prashant Cherkupalli, who was inside Villawood for 18 months.

The Australian Greens say putting time limits on detention would prevent a repeat of incidents such the unlawful detention of Indian student, Prashant Cherkupalli, who was inside Villawood for 18 months.

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Ombudsman ‘assassinated’

20 Oct 2011

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown says that the ombudsman, a decent man working in the public interest, has been politically assassinated.
"The Government went after this good man, egged on by the Liberals. His ‘crime' was to supply non-political questions - rather than answers - to Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, as a means of getting information on the public record," Senator Brown said in Brisbane.
"This unfair, nasty outcome shows that an apology for a mistake, far from being encouraged as part of political life in Canberra, will seal your fate."
"The message is out there for future applicants for the job of ombudsman: forget the public interest, keep your head down, make no waves and listen carefully for the dog whistle of political obedience."
"The Greens will move to provide that office with a proper report-back structure to protect it from future suppression."
"When Parliament resumes, the Greens will move to give the Commonwealth Ombudsman the same access as the Auditor-General to the Public Accounts and Audit Committee to ensure that future holders of that office can overcome the roadblock on reporting back to Parliament on performance."
 
 

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown says that the ombudsman, a decent man working in the public interest, has been politically assassinated.


"The Government went after this good man, egged on by the Liberals. His ‘crime' was to supply non-political questions - rather than answers - to Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, as a means of getting information on the public record," Senator Brown said in Brisbane.


"This unfair, nasty outcome shows that an apology for a mistake, far from being encouraged as part of political life in Canberra, will seal your fate."


"The message is out there for future applicants for the job of ombudsman: forget the public interest, keep your head down, make no waves and listen carefully for the dog whistle of political obedience."


"The Greens will move to provide that office with a proper report-back structure to protect it from future suppression."


"When Parliament resumes, the Greens will move to give the Commonwealth Ombudsman the same access as the Auditor-General to the Public Accounts and Audit Committee to ensure that future holders of that office can overcome the roadblock on reporting back to Parliament on performance."


 


 

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Senator Bob Brown on 774 ABC Mornings with Jon Faine - October 20, 2011

20 Oct 2011

Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown was on 774 ABC Mornings with Jon Faine to discuss the attempts by the government to silence the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown was on 774 ABC Mornings with Jon Faine to discuss the attempts by the government to silence the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

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10 years since the SIEV X tragedy, how far have we come?

19 Oct 2011

Ten years to the day a boat carrying asylum seekers sank with the loss of 353 lives, another boat has been intercepted with the passengers again seeking Australia's protection.

Ten years to the day a boat carrying asylum seekers sank with the loss of 353 lives, another boat has been intercepted with the passengers again seeking Australia's protection.

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Senator Bob Brown press conference - October 19, 2011

19 Oct 2011

Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown held a press conference to discuss giving the Commonwealth Ombudsman the same access as the Auditor-General to the Publc Accounts and Audit Committee to overcome the roadblock on the Ombudsman reporting back to parliament.

Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown held a press conference to discuss giving the Commonwealth Ombudsman the same access as the Auditor-General to the Publc Accounts and Audit Committee to overcome the roadblock on the Ombudsman reporting back to parliament.

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Senator Bob Brown press conference - October 19, 2011

19 Oct 2011

Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown held a press conference to discuss giving the Commonwealth Ombudsman the same access as the Auditor-General to the Publc Accounts and Audit Committee to overcome the roadblock on the Ombudsman reporting back to parliament.

Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown held a press conference to discuss giving the Commonwealth Ombudsman the same access as the Auditor-General to the Publc Accounts and Audit Committee to overcome the roadblock on the Ombudsman reporting back to parliament.

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Commonwealth Ombudsman at Senate Estimates

18 Oct 2011

Commonwealth Ombudsman Allan Asher gives evidence to the Finance & Public Administration Legislation Committee (Senate Estimates)

Commonwealth Ombudsman Allan Asher gives evidence to the Finance & Public Administration Legislation Committee (Senate Estimates)

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