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West Papua

Senator DI NATALE

I ask that general business notice of motion No. 960 standing in my name for today relating to West Papua be taken as a formal motion.

The PRESIDENT

Is there any objection to this motion being taken as formal? Formality has been denied.

Senator DI NATALE

I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT

Leave is granted for one minute.

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Statement on the tragic events in Paris

Australian Greens Leader Dr Richard Di Natale has this morning expressed his deepest sympathies for the people of Paris.

"On behalf of the Australian Greens, our thoughts are with the people of Paris who have lost loved ones in this horrendous and senseless violence," said Senator Di Natale.

"It now appears that these coordinated attacks were a brutal act of terrorism and the perpetrators must be brought to justice.

"Australia should do whatever it can to assist France in this time of tragedy and heartbreak."

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Al-Sisi must pardon Greste

Greens Foreign Affairs spokesperson Scott Ludlam says it is great news that jailed Al Jazeera journalists Mohamad Fahmy and Baher Mohamed have been pardoned by Egyptian President al-Sisi, but is dismayed that this clemency has not yet been extended to their Australian colleague Peter Greste.

"We are thrilled for Mohamad and Baher and their families, who have been so strong throughout this drawn out injustice of 21 months in prison for doing their jobs," said Senator Ludlam.

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Syrian air strikes: PM Abbott throws Australia onto the wrong side of history

The Australian Greens have condemned the Abbott Government's decision to commence airstrikes in Syria, warning it will worsen the refugee crisis and aggravate extremism.

"At a time when our community is desperate to show compassion to people fleeing war in Syria, Tony Abbott is dropping bombs," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"I'm so proud of the way Australians have told the government loud and clear that we are strong enough to offer protection to people seeking refuge from war.

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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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