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Another Médecins Sans Frontières hospital tragedy

The Australian government should focus on diplomatic and humanitarian efforts in Syria, in the wake of the tragic Médecins Sans Frontières hospital bombing in Aleppo, the Australian Greens said today.

"We should withdraw our forces immediately, and dedicate our considerable diplomatic capacity and our resources to a humanitarian response. The last thing we should be doing is further adding to the chaos in Syria", Australian Greens Co-Deputy Leader and Foreign Affairs spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Greens join call for independent investigation into MSF bombing

An independent investigation into the appalling Médecins Sans Frontières hospital bombing in Kunduz is an absolute necessity, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

"MSF perform a vital humanitarian role in conflict regions around the world. Medical professionals, at great risk to themselves, step up to treat victims of armed conflict. They don't choose sides, they just treat the victim right in front of them. Every effort must be made to ensure that they can do so in safety.

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Greens honour service of ADF in Afghanistan

The Australian Greens today join the community in honouring the service of the men and women who served in Afghanistan as part of Operation Slipper and welcome them home.

"Around Australia today people have come together to say thank you to all those who put their lives on the line in Afghanistan, and to honour their service, and I join them," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

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Coalition urged to retain aid in post-war Afghanistan

Greens aid and development spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has urged the Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to publicly commit to continuing Australia’s aid program to Afghanistan following today’s report of a possible wind down of assistance to that country. (AFR page 1)

“After more than a decade of war and destruction of infrastructure and the associated social dislocation, any reduction in Australian aid to Afghanistan would bring hardship, suffering and a setback for women,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Don't put Aussie troops at mercy of US diplomacy - Greens

The Australian Greens have renewed calls for an accelerated withdrawal of Australian defence personnel from Afghanistan following news of ‪increased tensions between President Obama and President Karsai. 

"It's clear these tensions are making the situation for troops in Afghanistan more precarious and dangerous, and that's why I again call for Australian troops to be brought home as quickly as is safely possible," Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.‪

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Greens welcome visas for Afghan interpreters

After introducing a bill and appealing to both the Government and the opposition to establish a special visa class for Afghan interpreters, the Greens welcome the establishment of a program that recognises the important contribution of Afghan personnel who are at risk because of their work for our defence force.

“It is essential that we recognise the contribution of these brave people and I am glad to hear that the Government has followed the Greens’ lead on this issue,” the Greens’ immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said today.

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