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Record whale numbers show why we must ‘Fight for the Bight’

Astounding results from a Curtin University study, showing 172 southern right whales using the Great Australian Bight calving sanctuary in just one July day, show why the area must be protected from BP's plans to drill for oil there.

"This essential ecosystem must be protected," Senator Hanson-Young said.

"The extremely vulnerable southern right whale population is only just starting to rebound and for BP to be given clearance to drill for oil in the Bight would be an absolute disaster.

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Greens lead charge for ‘free’ trade scrutiny with Senate inquiry

South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has said that she will focus on reigning in and scrutinising so called 'free' trade deals, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, in her new role as the party's spokesperson on Trade.

"I want to make sure that these deals, which seem to only help big business, are given the maximum possible scrutiny by the Federal Parliament," the Greens' Trade spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Greens pledge support for ARENA and renewables in SA

The Greens will support renewable energy projects in South Australia by voting against the Coalition's proposed billion dollar cuts to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency in the Senate.

"We will vote to protect our state's renewable energy future and I call on my South Australian Senate colleagues to do the same," South Australian Greens' Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Gutting ARENA will have a devastating effect on jobs in South Australia. The Labor Party and the Nick Xenophon Team should immediately rule out supporting these regressive cuts.

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Greens call for inquiry as Immigration corruption festers

Reports of a culture of corruption inside the government's Border Force department show how politicisation has undermined the agency, the Australian Greens have said.

The Australian Greens will move for a Parliamentary inquiry into the business and skilled visa streams after the election.

"Border Force has been used as a politicised 'stop the boats' propaganda machine, at the expense of the agency's integrity," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Ghost of Abbott appears with Malcolm’s ‘Stop The Boats’ scare campaign

Malcolm Turnbull has revived Tony Abbott's 'stop the boats' scare campaign on the eve of the Federal Election, to the disappointment of moderate and progressive voters across the country, the Australian Greens have said.

"The Prime Minister is getting desperate and is breathing life back into Tony Abbott's favourite scare campaign," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"It's disappointing to watch Malcolm Turnbull pull the rip-cord and deploy a 'stop the boats' scare campaign on the eve of this election.

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Greens call for refugees to be brought to Australia safely

The Australian Greens have said that the people on a boat that is stranded off of Indonesia should have their claims for protection assessed fairly and efficiently before being brought to Australia safely, if they are in need of protection.

"Australia should engage with Indonesia and the UNHCR on the stranded boat in Aceh. These people must be allowed to put their claims forward in a safe location, so that they can be assessed fairly and efficiently, and Australia needs to play a role in that," the Greens' Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Greens bill to give media access to detention centres

The Australian Greens have announced that they will introduce a Private Members Bill into the Parliament, allowing media to gain access to Australian detention centres, following the election. The 'Transparency Guarantee Bill' would mandate a reasonable level of access for media to detention centres and amend the migration act to make it illegal for the government to fund offshore detention centres where media are not allowed regular access.

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World Refugee Day: Greens push for Royal Commission into children in detention

On World Refugee Day, the Australian Greens have announced that they will push for a Royal Commission into the history of children in immigration detention at this election.

"Thousands of children have been damaged by the practice of mandatory, indefinite detention and it's time they were listened to," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Children are the most vulnerable, voiceless and all too often invisible victims of these cruel detention policies.

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Young Australians need jobs, not just training

The Australian Greens have called on the Labor and Liberal Parties to properly invest in renewable energy and infrastructure projects to make sure that there are jobs for young people across the country.

"You can have all the training in the world, but if there aren't jobs waiting for young people at the end of it, it won't mean anything," the Greens' youth affairs spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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