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Nauru mother and baby critical

Following an emergency medical evacuation after a caesarean birth, all families including women and children on Nauru need to be brought back to Australia, the Australian Greens have said.

"This woman was sent to Nauru against her will and now she and her baby are in a critical condition," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Once the rules were changed and complex pregnancies were kept on Nauru, doctors knew it was only a matter of time before something like this happened.

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QLD families to be slugged $287m by childcare delay

The Australian Greens have expressed concern for the thousands of Queensland families who will be disadvantaged by the government's decision to delay the implementation of childcare reforms by one year, as revealed in the May Budget.

While the government's package still has to be improved, it was set to save average families $30 a week and be introduced in 2017. With 188,950 Queensland families accessing childcare, the one year delay in rolling out the reforms represents a potential $287 million hit on family budgets.

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Nauru death needs independent investigation

With the death of yet another person in Australia's care on Nauru, the Australian Greens have again expressed their condolences and called for an independent review into the circumstances of this young man's death.

"There needs to be an independent investigation into this man's death," the Green's immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"There are questions to answer about the length of time it took for this man to get sufficient care and what exactly led to this deterioration in his condition.

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SA’s future in renewables, not ‘fatally flawed’ nuclear waste dumps

The Australian Greens have cautioned the South Australian Labor Government against rushing to a point of no return on international radioactive waste, with the release today of the final report of the SA Royal Commission into the expansion of the nuclear industry. 

"The proposal to dump international nuclear waste into an 'interim' store in South Australia is fatally flawed. Nuclear waste is an intergenerational liability, not a short-term asset," the Greens' nuclear spokesperson, Senator Scott Ludlam said.

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'Sorry' the hardest word for Scott Morrison

Today Scott Morrison, the former Immigration Minister, refused to apologise to Save the Children for the baseless and inaccurate accusations that he levelled at their employees, who were subsequently sacked on Nauru.

"Scott Morrison lied about these workers and, while Australian tax-payers have had to shell out to cover compensation, he still refuses to apologise," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Sorry truly is the hardest word for Scott Morrison, but it's high time he said it to Save the Children and their staff.

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Court ruling: Minister must provide safe, lawful abortion for Nauru rape victim

The Australian Greens have welcomed the decision of the Federal Court, which has this evening ruled in favour of a Nauru rape victim who the Turnbull Government sent to Papua New Guinea for a termination instead of bringing her to Australia.

"This woman has been through enough and it's time she was brought to Australia," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Save the Children compensation exposes government’s refugee advocates lies

The government's attempts to blame advocates and support workers for the horrendous situation on Nauru has backfired, with the Immigration Department being forced to pay compensation to Save the Children Australia after accusing its workers of coaching self-harm on the island.

"The situation on Nauru is no one's fault but the government's," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"The shameful practice of the government, which is to blame the victims and those advocating for them, has backfired.

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Childcare delay to hit families hard

The Australian Greens have expressed regret at the government's decision to delay implementing seriously overdue changes to the early education and care sector for another year.

"Early education and care clearly isn't a priority for the Turnbull government," the Greens' early education and care spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"The Liberal Party promised, before the last election, to tackle the rising cost of childcare.

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Second self-immolation as tragedy unfolds on Nauru

A young Somali woman who set herself on fire on Nauru was driven to despair after being forcibly returned to Nauru just days ago, the Australian Greens have said.

"There is a tragedy unfolding on Nauru and we can't just stand by and watch," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"This young woman has been driven to despair by her treatment on the island and Malcolm Turnbull needs to intervene.

"The situation on Nauru is spiralling dangerously out of control.

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