Refugees

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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)

media-releases

UNHCR report puts Australia’s asylum seeker numbers into perspective

18 Oct 2011

The UNHCR'S last Asylum Levels and Trends in Industrialized Countries First Half 2011 report shows what a lack of perspective our political leaders have about the small number of people who reach Australia seeking asylum, the Australian Greens said today.

The UNHCR'S last Asylum Levels and Trends in Industrialized Countries First Half 2011 report shows what a lack of perspective our political leaders have about the small number of people who reach Australia seeking asylum, the Australian Greens said today.

news-stories

It costs less to be humane

18 Oct 2011

Last week there was an important, positive step in asylum seeker policy for progressive Australians and those who have long-yearned for a better use of their taxpayer dollars.

Last week there was an important, positive step in asylum seeker policy for progressive Australians and those who have long-yearned for a better use of their taxpayer dollars.

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Bob Brown speaks to Jon Faine, live in Melbourne, 14/10/2011

14 Oct 2011

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown joined 774 ABC's Jon Faine live in Melbourne today to discuss the effectiveness of minority government, pokie reforms, asylum seekers, the Commonwealth Ombudsman, the Qantas strike, and Tony Abbott's plan to wreck the carbon package.

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown joined 774 ABC's Jon Faine live in Melbourne today to discuss the effectiveness of minority government, pokie reforms, asylum seekers, the Commonwealth Ombudsman, the Qantas strike, and Tony Abbott's plan to wreck the carbon package.

media-releases

Greens have the answers to streamline onshore assessment constraints

14 Oct 2011

The Australian Greens have urged the Gillard government to grasp the moment and adopt a new, humane approach toward asylum seekers now that claims for protection will be assessed on the mainland.

The Australian Greens have urged the Gillard government to grasp the moment and adopt a new, humane approach toward asylum seekers now that claims for protection will be assessed on the mainland.

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Bob Brown and Sarah Hanson-Young Press Conference Asylum Seekers response - 13-10-2011

13 Oct 2011

Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown and Immigration Spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-young respond to the government's asylum seekers announcement.

Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown and Immigration Spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-young respond to the government's asylum seekers announcement.

media-releases

Greens welcome Crook’s decision to vote down Migration Act amendments

13 Oct 2011

The Australian Greens say the decision by West Australian MP, Tony Crook, to not support the government’s proposed amendments to the Migration Act is an opportunity for the government to return to onshore assessments.
“This is a hideous piece of legislation which should be opposed by all members because it strips away protections the Act offers asylum seekers,” Greens’ immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.
“The government should now withdraw the bill from a vote in the House today and its impending defeat in the Senate, and drop its Malaysian people swap deal.
“The government should use this as a chance to restore Australia’s dignity by treating asylum seekers compassionately and lawfully, here on Australian soil.”
The onshore assessment of asylum seekers is the cheapest and most humane policy and has strong support from the community, Sen. Hanson-Young added.

The Australian Greens say the decision by West Australian MP, Tony Crook, to not support the government’s proposed amendments to the Migration Act is an opportunity for the government to return to onshore assessments.


“This is a hideous piece of legislation which should be opposed by all members because it strips away protections the Act offers asylum seekers,” Greens’ immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.


“The government should now withdraw the bill from a vote in the House today and its impending defeat in the Senate, and drop its Malaysian people swap deal.


“The government should use this as a chance to restore Australia’s dignity by treating asylum seekers compassionately and lawfully, here on Australian soil.”


The onshore assessment of asylum seekers is the cheapest and most humane policy and has strong support from the community, Sen. Hanson-Young added.

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Bob Brown and Sarah Hanson-Young Press Conference - 13/10/2011

13 Oct 2011

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown and Immigration spokesperson Sarah Hanson-Young spoke to journalists in Canberra today about the Commonwealth Ombudsman and the public’s right to information, Migration Act amendments, and the passage yesterday of the carbon package legislation.

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown and Immigration spokesperson Sarah Hanson-Young spoke to journalists in Canberra today about the Commonwealth Ombudsman and the public’s right to information, Migration Act amendments, and the passage yesterday of the carbon package legislation.

motions

SIEV X Tragedy

12 Oct 2011

Senator MILNE: I, and also on behalf of Senator Hansen-Young, move the motion as amended:
That the Senate- (a) recalls, with regret, that on 19 October 2001, the SIEV X carrying approximately 400 asylum seekers sank on its way to Australia, resulting in the drowning of 146 children, 142 women and 65 men and only 41 people survived; and (b) notes that: (i) in interviews with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, survivors told of the involvement of the Indonesian military in the boarding and organising of the voyage, (ii) survivors reported that they saw two military vessels appear, shine lights on the water and sail away, (iii) HMAS Arunta stood 4 hours away, (iv) Australia maintained a People Smuggling Disruption Program in the region at the time, (v) the Australian listening station at Shoal Bay was operational at the time, and (vi) many outstanding serious questions remain about the failure to rescue desperate people in the water and must be answered in the interest of justice and humanity; and (c) calls on the Government to establish a judicial inquiry into the SIEV X, subsequent investigations in the SIEV X tragedy and all circumstances pertaining to its voyage, loss and rescue of survivors. Question put.
The Senate divided. [15:49] (The Deputy President-Senator Parry) Ayes ...................... 10 Noes ...................... 36 Majority ................ 26
 

Senator MILNE: I, and also on behalf of Senator Hansen-Young, move the motion as amended:


That the Senate- (a) recalls, with regret, that on 19 October 2001, the SIEV X carrying approximately 400 asylum seekers sank on its way to Australia, resulting in the drowning of 146 children, 142 women and 65 men and only 41 people survived; and (b) notes that: (i) in interviews with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, survivors told of the involvement of the Indonesian military in the boarding and organising of the voyage, (ii) survivors reported that they saw two military vessels appear, shine lights on the water and sail away, (iii) HMAS Arunta stood 4 hours away, (iv) Australia maintained a People Smuggling Disruption Program in the region at the time, (v) the Australian listening station at Shoal Bay was operational at the time, and (vi) many outstanding serious questions remain about the failure to rescue desperate people in the water and must be answered in the interest of justice and humanity; and (c) calls on the Government to establish a judicial inquiry into the SIEV X, subsequent investigations in the SIEV X tragedy and all circumstances pertaining to its voyage, loss and rescue of survivors.
Question put.


The Senate divided. [15:49]
(The Deputy President-Senator Parry)
Ayes ...................... 10
Noes ...................... 36
Majority ................ 26


 

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