01 Nov 2011
The Australian Greens have expressed their condolences after at least seven asylum seekers drowned off the Indonesian island of Java earlier today.
30 Oct 2011
Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (14:27): My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice, Minister Joe Ludwig. Can the government confirm that the Indonesian consulate is currently investigating 40 cases of alleged minors being held in relation to people smuggling in Australian adult jails: 16 cases in Western Australia, two cases in Victoria, 14 in New South Wales, one in the Northern Territory and seven in Queensland? In connection with this, can the government inform the Senate exactly how many minors are being held in Australian adult jails?
28 Oct 2011
Reports today that the ambulance called to Villawood to attend the suicide of a detainee on Tuesday night was phoned by a member of the public outside the facility is another reason why there must be 24-hour medical care at all detention centres, the Greens said today.
27 Oct 2011
Sarah appeared on 774 ABC Melbourne this morning with Rafael Epstein talking the latest suicide at the Villawood detention centre.
26 Oct 2011
Audio from Sarah's door stop in Adelaide about the suicide overnight of a 27-year-old Sri Lankan man at the Villawood immigration detention centre.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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."