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All Indonesian children should be removed immediately from adult jails and detention facilities

The Australian Greens have today called on the government remove all young Indonesians from adult facilities until the review is completed or their correct ages are determined.

"The risk of further damage to at least 22 children whose cases are being reviewed is far too great," Greens' immigration and youth affairs spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

"The revelations by Fairfax that another boy has been prosecuted and convicted as an adult is but the latest example in this international scandal involving Australia's treatment of Indonesian children

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High Court challenge to ASIO Act needed to restore justice; new Greens' bill makes the necessary reforms for a fair-go

The Australian Greens have backed a High Court challenge to the indefinite detention of refugees who have been issued with adverse security assessments by ASIO, a move the party says supports the Greens announcement this week to amend the ASIO act to allow for appeal rights and review mechanisms for refugees and asylum seekers.

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New Children's Commissioner means at-risk people finally get a national voice

Legislation for an Australian Greens' proposal to create a National Children's Commissioner will be introduced today by the federal government and will finally give children and young people, particularly those at risk, a voice.

"We support this legislation based on a Greens' idea that finally gives Australian children and young people national representation," Greens' youth affairs spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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Greens to amend ASIO Act so refugees and their children can challenge indefinite detention

The Australian Greens said today they will seek to amend the ASIO Act so refugees, including children, are no longer detained for the rest of their lives because of adverse security assessments which cannot be challenged.

"There is a problem with the current law that allows for a young mother and her children to be detained indefinitely, effectively for the rest of their lives without explanation or ability to challenge," Greens' immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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Government should look to fund childcare services directly

The Greens have today urged the federal government to find options for funding childcare and early education services directly, rather relying on parents having to foot the bills up front in an attempt to curb fee hikes.

"After weeks of dodging the issue it is good to see the government finally talking about finding better ways to fund childcare services that meet the needs of families," Greens' Early Education and Care spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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Indonesian children going home welcome start but years lost cannot be returned

The Australian Greens say it is a positive step that three Indonesian children detained in Australian adult prisons have been confirmed as minors and are now going home, but their incarceration should never have happened.

"We welcome the Attorney-General's decision to free three Indonesians but they shouldn't have been convicted and jailed with potentially dangerous adult offenders," Greens' immigration and youth affairs spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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