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Greens call for genuine strength in Syrian response

The Australian Greens have today called on the Abbott Government not to mistake the use of force with showing genuine strength when it comes to helping the four million people fleeing Syria.

“Four million people are fleeing war in Syria at a time when there are record numbers of displaced people around the world. We are strong enough to give a home to 20,000 extra refugees without trading one vulnerable fleeing family for another,” said Australian Greens Leader, Dr Richard Di Natale.

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As Gaza moves towards collapse, Australia remains silently complicit

Australian Greens foreign affairs spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam has accused the Australian government of unforgivable silence over the blockade of Gaza, in light of a UN statement today that the area will become uninhabitable by 2020 if the current economic conditions there continue.

"Ordinary Palestinians have been caught up in this political siege for too long," Senator Ludlam said.

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Greens condemn miscarriage of justice

Australian Greens foreign affairs spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam today condemned the conviction of Peter Greste.

 “Journalism is not a crime,” said Senator Ludlam.

“This entire situation has been one injustice after another and this verdict ensures that Peter and his fellow journalists will carry the stain of that injustice for the rest of their lives.

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Parliament should decide on Syria bombing, not Abbott or US

Greens Leader Richard Di Natale says it shouldn't be up to Tony Abbott or the United States to decide if Australia will join air strikes in Syria.

"Australia needs to have its own independent foreign policy, and the Parliament should decide whether or not we send Australians into harm's way," Senator Di Natale said.

"Ultimately it doesn't matter if the request to bomb Syria came from Mr Abbott or the US - the only way to be sure that political self-interest doesn't determine whether our troops are put in danger is for the Parliament to decide.

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Australian Greens' statement on Sri Lankan elections

"The Australian Greens welcome the outcome of the Sri Lankan election, which has seen former president Mahinda Rajapaksa fail to return to power as the country's prime minister," Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

"I hope that this signals a new chapter for this nation which has been plagued by horrific civil war, war crimes and crimes against humanity, forced disappearances and ongoing human rights abuses that are currently under investigation by the United Nations.

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Susiya must stand: Australia must break its silence

The Greens have urged Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop to join with her counterparts in the United States and the EU in calling on Israeli authorities to not proceed with the wholesale demolition of the Palestinian village of Kirbet Susiya in the southern West Bank.

"The proposed destruction of this village is unjustifiable. It has sparked international attention and outrage, and it is time the Australian Government broke its silence," Greens foreign affairs spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said.

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Greens statement on the anniversary of the MH17 disaster

A year ago today, the world was shocked when a passenger plane was shot out of the sky over eastern Ukraine.

The MH17 tragedy cost the lives of 283 passengers and 15 crew. 38 Australians were amongst those who lost their lives.

Our thoughts today are with the families in Australia and around the world whose lives were so terribly impacted by this event, and whose grief must be all too fresh.

The Greens continue to urge and hope for a peaceful resolution to the conflict, so that other families may be spared the pain and loss caused by this senseless act.

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