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Another baby born into indefinite detention

A young mother named Ranjini who is facing indefinite detention in Australia has given birth to her third child; another innocent new-born who will be detained despite having committed no crime.

“What should be a joyous time for Ranjini and her family is no doubt tinged with despair as she knows her children face unreasonable and lengthy detention,” the Greens immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Australia should choose an ethical path, not be forced down it

The Australian Government should choose to do the right thing and shut down its offshore detention centres, instead of running the risk of being forced to do so by the PNG legal system, the Australian Greens said today.

“The indefinite and arbitrary detention of refugee children is beyond moral comprehension and the Australian Government must act to bring these children back to Australia before any more damage is done,” the Greens’ immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said today.

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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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Australia’s rights and wrongs highlighted on Human Rights Day

Sarah Hanson-Young 10 Dec 2012

Human rights groups in Australia are making themselves heard every day to the betterment of our society, but the Australian Government needs to follow their lead if real change is to be achieved, the Australian Greens said today.

"International Human Rights Day gives us all a chance to recognise the efforts of people around Australia who work tirelessly to defend the rights of the less powerful," the Greens' Human Rights spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Spiralling costs mirror spiral of despair

The controversial cost of offshore processing needs to be recognised for what it is; billions of dollars spent to needlessly punish vulnerable people in an attempt to make a political point, the Greens said today.

 “Labor and Liberals’ race to the bottom is costing billions of dollars,” the Greens’ immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 “Shutting down these expensive and cruel camps and having time limits on detention would save the Australian tax payer billions.

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Dangerous returns to Sri Lanka must stop

The Government has been forced to acknowledge it has been using shadowy processes to deport Tamil refugees to Sri Lanka where they face torture, imprisonment and worse, the Australian Greens said today.

“The Government must change the law to ensure that genuine refugees are not deported back to danger,” the Greens’ immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Government halts Sri Lankan deportations after High Court challenge

The Government has agreed to actually look into the asylum claims of 56 Sri Lankan refugees after they lodged a High Court challenge, appealing their forced removal from Australia.

“This is an important step in recognising the rights of these 56 people to have their claims for asylum assessed, but what about the 600 others we have already sent back?” the Greens’ immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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