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Motion: Sri Lanka

Lee Rhiannon 21 Mar 2013

Senator MADIGAN (Victoria) (15:27): I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 1211 standing in my name by removing the name of Senator Rhiannon and adding the name of Senator Xenophon.

Leave granted.

Senator MADIGAN: I, and also on behalf of Senator Xenophon, move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

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Greens call for moratorium on Afghan deportations after Federal Court ruling

The Greens are calling for an immediate moratorium on the deportation of Hazaras back to Afghanistan in light of the Federal Court’s ruling today.

“Now that the Federal Court has intervened the government must instantly commit to not sending any Afghan Hazaras back to Kabul,” Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said today.

“There are 120 Hazaras who have been saved by this ruling after the Minister’s unlawful decision to earmark them for deportation.

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Copper mine conflict shows need for vigilance on Burma

The Australian Government's hunger for trade ties with Burma ignores the ongoing dominance of the military and undermines the reform movement, the Australian Greens warned today.

Greens spokesperson for Burma Senator Scott Ludlam said "Foreign Minister Carr has been urging European governments to make the suspension of their sanctions on Burma permanent, but the conflict around Wet Hmay copper mine is just one of many examples of why it is far too soon to end our vigilance".

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Media must get access to offshore detention as suicide attempts continue

It is clear that the media must be granted greater access to Australia’s offshore detention centres, the Australian Greens said today after reports emerged from the Department of Immigration regarding regular suicide attempts in the Nauru facility.

"The government’s policy is all about being cruel and mean and it has nothing to do with saving lives," the Greens’ immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said today.

“The reports we’ve heard about today are truly shocking.

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Children's Commissioner a win for our kids

After paving the way for the creation of the position, the Australian Greens have today welcomed the appointment of Megan Mitchell as the National Children’s Commissioner.

“Children are some of the most vulnerable people in our society,” the Greens’ youth and early childhood spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“It is only right that we created the essential role of National Children’s Commissioner.

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