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Pretty speeches abroad, human rights violations at home

The Prime Minister's pitch for UN Human Rights Council Membership appears to be operating in a parallel universe, the Australian Greens said today.

"Australia's own record of human rights violations is facing international condemnation like never before, and until the bipartisan race to the bottom ceases, the Government has no hope of making a persuasive case for Membership," Acting Greens leader Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Full scrutiny missing from review of citizenship bill

Senator WRIGHT (South Australia) (13:08):  I want to express the great disappointment of the Australian Greens on the vote that just took place, when the government and the opposition and a significant number of the crossbenchers voted not to refer the citizenship bill, also known as the Allegiance to Australia bill, to the full scrutiny of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee of the Senate.

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Abbott’s citizenship laws more about posturing than protection

The Australian Greens say the Abbott Government's citizenship laws outlined today are a cynical attempt to bypass the courts yet again, but will not make Australians any safer.

Spokesperson for Legal Affairs Senator Penny Wright said the Prime Minister had made it clear the power to determine who would lose citizenship still rested with the Immigration Minister, who would decide which terrorist organisations are proscribed under the Citizenship Act.

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Greens call for new safeguards to protect against the death penalty

Greens Leader Christine Milne has proposed further actions in response to the Bali Nine executions and says the Australian Parliament must demonstrate its cross-party opposition to the death penalty with better safeguards to protect Australian citizens from state-sanctioned execution overseas.

"What happened to Myuran Sukumaran, Andrew Chan and other Australians before them must not happen again. We have a responsibility to do all we can to oppose the death penalty and protect people from it, wherever it exists," said Senator Milne.

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Statement from Greens Leader Christine Milne on the execution of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran

On behalf of the Australian Greens I express my deepest sympathies to the families and friends of Andrew Chan, Myuran Sukumaran, and the six other people who have been executed in Indonesia overnight.

Myuran and Andrew will be remembered for overcoming their past to live meaningful lives, even from prison, not just for the way they died.

Their actions over the past ten years were testament to their remorse, and have given many of their fellow prisoners an opportunity to live better lives.

It is a tragedy Andrew and Myuran were denied their own second chance.

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Remembering Malcolm Fraser

Penny Wright 24 Mar 2015

Senator WRIGHT (South Australia) (14:25):  I too stand today to offer a personal reflection on the life and legacy of former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, and to offer my sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.

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