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Australia continues to disappoint on migration policy

The Greens will not support the Gillard Government in their race to the bottom on immigration policy, as they plan to annexe the entire continent of Australia from the migration zone for refugees who arrive by boat.

 “This is a shameful piece of legislation that discriminates against some of the most vulnerable people in our region, based on the way in which they arrive in Australia,” Greens immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Government must not take any chances on deporting people to danger or death

The Australian Government must ensure the safety of a Tamil man they are sending back to Sri Lanka at the same time as the British High Court has chosen to halt similar deportations, the Australian Greens said today.

 “The British High Court is aware of the persecution that awaits these people when they return home, but the Australian Government is still deporting them," Greens spokesperson for immigration, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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False surplus delivered as immigration costs kept hidden

The huge cost of the Gillard Government’s offshore detention policy, which remains a mystery because of the deliberate obfuscation of the total expense, hasn’t been solved in today’s MYEFO announcement according to the Australian Greens.

 “Despite the Government admitting to a $1.2 billion blowout in the cost of implementing their immigration policy, the actual expense to the Australian tax payer remains a mystery,” Greens immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Labor and Coalition in race to the bottom on immigration policy

The Labor Party and Tony Abbott’s coalition are auctioning off the lives off refugees in a bid to implement the most inhumane immigration policies, the Australian Greens said.

 “The Government refuses to say what ‘no advantage’ means, but we now know that the Opposition plans to destroy people by sending them to Nauru and Manus Island for at least five years,” Greens immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Legislation needed to legitimise ASIO reviews

Parliament needs to change the law to ensure that a recently announced independent review function for refugees with adverse security assessments achieves its aims, the Australian Greens said.

 “Today I have written to the Attorney General’s office offering the Greens’ assistance in passing legislation that would enshrine the independent review process for refugees with adverse ASIO assessments in law” Australian Greens spokesperson for immigration, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Reprieve for refugees as Govt. heeds Greens concerns

The announcement of a review mechanism for adverse ASIO assessments is the first step to closing a legal black hole that has swallowed up almost 60 refugees in previous years, the Australian Greens said.

 “The Greens called for this and finally the Government has acted,” Greens spokesperson for immigration Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 “The review mechanism will give almost 60 refugees, including families with vulnerable children, the right to challenge their adverse security assessments.

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