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AUSTRALIA PAYS MILLIONS FOR OTHER COUNTRIES TO DO ITS DIRTY WORK

The cloak and dagger secrecy of the Australian Government continues after the arrival of four refugees in Cambodia from Nauru.  

"Australia has bribed Cambodia to take these poor people. There is no assurance any of this money will go to those who need it," Greens spokesperson on Immigration Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"It is clear that the Australian-Cambodian deal is an expensive flop. Only four people have agreed to go at a huge cost of $55.5 million Australian dollars

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Refugee boat, turned back by the Australian Navy, crashes onto reef.

The Australian government continues to its secret operations on the high seas while ignoring its regional responsibilities after a boat carrying 65 asylum seekers, including three toddlers, crashes onto a reef after being turned away by the Australian Navy.

"The Abbott Government's heavy handed secrecy continues as Australians find more out from Indonesian authorities than we do our own Government," Greens spokesperson for Immigration Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Refugees who take up work visas should be able to stay: Greens

The Greens have today renewed calls to give people found to be refugees permanent visas. In responding to reports today that the NSW Government has agreed to work with the Federal Government to place refugees in country areas for work, Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has called for a proper work-to-permanency pathway. 

"Under the current rules there is no clear pathway for permanency under the Government's new Safe Haven Enterprise Visas, this needs fixing," Greens Immigration Spokesperson Sarah Hanson-Young said today.  

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AUSTRALIA’S CHANCE TO PROVIDE REGIONAL LEADERSHIP ON ROHINGYA CRISIS

At today's Rohingya crisis meeting in Bangkok Australia has an opportunity to provide leadership and initiate practical steps to assist in humanitarian efforts to save lives.  

"As one of the wealthiest countries in the region Australia needs to play a leading role at the Rohingya crisis talks and not rely solely on our neighbours to help and resettle refugees stranded in the South East Asian waters", Greens spokesperson for Immigration Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Royal Commission to consider investigating the abuse of children inside Australia's immigration detention centres.

 

After writing to the Commissioner in relation to  child abuse claims in Australian immigration detention centres, The Australian Greens welcome news that the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is considering allegations of abuse against children within the detention network.

"Refugee children are already extremely vulnerable and the fact that some of them have been subjected to further abuse and assault is sickening and must be exposed" Greens spokesperson on Immigration, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said. 

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Greens say Australia should take Rohingyan refugees

Greens Leader Richard Di Natale says it's time for Australia to step up and help huge numbers of people fleeing persecution in our region.

"These people are in desperate need of help. They are refugees and they deserve a home in Australia," said Senator Di Natale.

"Instead of turning our backs and turning back the boats, we should welcome these people with open arms.

"They will make an enormous contribution to our nation, as have generations of refugees and other migrants before them.

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Response to the Governments so called humanitarian assistance to Burma

 

"Last week the  government cut 28 million dollars of aid to Burma. A week later they want a 'pat on the back' for restoring less than a quarter of that" Greens spokesperson for Immigration Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"It's time Australia was genuine with the humanitarian assistance we give our regional neighbours. Australia should restore all foreign aid cuts to Burma and apply diplomatic action focused on addressing human rights abuses against the Rohingyan people.

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The Australian Greens call for the Prime Minister to attend Rohingyan refugee crisis talks

The Australian Greens call for the Prime Minister to provide regional leadership by attending the Rohingyan refugee crisis talks scheduled to be held in Thailand on May 29.

"I'm calling on the Prime Minister today to show up and do something to help. It's time he provided leadership in the region. It's time to show that Australia does care about the lives of people stranded on these boats and care about our regional neighbours struggling with the influx of people who are fleeing persecution" " the Greens immigration spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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