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Greens call for inquiry as Immigration corruption festers

Reports of a culture of corruption inside the government's Border Force department show how politicisation has undermined the agency, the Australian Greens have said.

The Australian Greens will move for a Parliamentary inquiry into the business and skilled visa streams after the election.

"Border Force has been used as a politicised 'stop the boats' propaganda machine, at the expense of the agency's integrity," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Ghost of Abbott appears with Malcolm’s ‘Stop The Boats’ scare campaign

Malcolm Turnbull has revived Tony Abbott's 'stop the boats' scare campaign on the eve of the Federal Election, to the disappointment of moderate and progressive voters across the country, the Australian Greens have said.

"The Prime Minister is getting desperate and is breathing life back into Tony Abbott's favourite scare campaign," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"It's disappointing to watch Malcolm Turnbull pull the rip-cord and deploy a 'stop the boats' scare campaign on the eve of this election.

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Greens call for refugees to be brought to Australia safely

The Australian Greens have said that the people on a boat that is stranded off of Indonesia should have their claims for protection assessed fairly and efficiently before being brought to Australia safely, if they are in need of protection.

"Australia should engage with Indonesia and the UNHCR on the stranded boat in Aceh. These people must be allowed to put their claims forward in a safe location, so that they can be assessed fairly and efficiently, and Australia needs to play a role in that," the Greens' Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Greens bill to give media access to detention centres

The Australian Greens have announced that they will introduce a Private Members Bill into the Parliament, allowing media to gain access to Australian detention centres, following the election. The 'Transparency Guarantee Bill' would mandate a reasonable level of access for media to detention centres and amend the migration act to make it illegal for the government to fund offshore detention centres where media are not allowed regular access.

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World Refugee Day: Greens push for Royal Commission into children in detention

On World Refugee Day, the Australian Greens have announced that they will push for a Royal Commission into the history of children in immigration detention at this election.

"Thousands of children have been damaged by the practice of mandatory, indefinite detention and it's time they were listened to," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Children are the most vulnerable, voiceless and all too often invisible victims of these cruel detention policies.

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Young Australians need jobs, not just training

The Australian Greens have called on the Labor and Liberal Parties to properly invest in renewable energy and infrastructure projects to make sure that there are jobs for young people across the country.

"You can have all the training in the world, but if there aren't jobs waiting for young people at the end of it, it won't mean anything," the Greens' youth affairs spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Dutton does Turnbull’s dirty work with TPV tirade

The Australian Greens have reaffirmed their commitment to scrapping Temporary Protection Visas, which leave people living in an interminable limbo, following the Government's attack on refugees today.

"This isn't about the Labor Party, this is about attacking people who have been found to be refugees and deserve protection," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Rather than letting vulnerable people get on with rebuilding their lives, the Liberals want them to suffer needlessly so that they can be used for political gain.

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Labor and Liberal childcare policies fall short

The Australian Greens have expressed their disappointment at the inability of either Labor or the Liberals to adequately address the current crisis in childcare.

"The Liberal Party's policy would leave hundreds of thousands of families worse off while Labor just want to pump billions of dollars into a failing system," the Greens' early childhood education and care spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"The big parties have squibbed it on childcare reform.

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Greens push for 10,000 more family reunion visa places

With the family reunion visa system struggling due to limited places, long waiting lists and excessive fees, the Australian Greens have outlined a plan to restore integrity to the beleaguered program.

The Greens plan would immediately make 10,000 more family reunion places available each year and then initiate a detailed review of the family reunion program.

"The family reunion program simply isn't working anymore and we need to get it back on track," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Cambodia: one refugee left as situation deteriorates

The government's deal with Cambodia has failed, with just one refugee remaining in the country, and should be ended immediately the Australian Greens have said.

"Malcolm Turnbull must officially scrap this disastrous deal with Cambodia, before more people are put in harms' way," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Cambodia is already struggling to care for its people and is facing its own political and security crises. We shouldn't be dumping vulnerable people there.

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