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Christmas Toy Drive 2015

When you're doing your Christmas shopping this year, please spare a thought for the children who won't be celebrating because they're locked in immigration detention.

This year we're asking you to, once again, buy an extra toy for one of these children who need your help. Right now there are 4500 children who are either locked in detention centres in Australia, languishing on Nauru or living in limbo in the community.Please send the toys, unwrapped, to:

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CHILDREN OUT BY CHRISTMAS

Today the Greens are moving amendments to a government migration bill to free children from detention. Over recent weeks and months we have heard horrifying stories of violence, abuse and trauma endured by children and their families. It must end – and the Labor Party and crossbenchers can end it today.

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Greens say Paris attacks should inspire empathy with asylum seekers

The Australian Greens have welcomed the Syrian refugees beginning to arrive under Australia's emergency intake, cautioning the world against lashing out in anger over the horrific attacks in Paris.

"A united Australian community is much stronger in helping to defeat these threats than one that's divided. Hate is the problem here, it's not the answer," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"As a community we need to recognise that the people seeking refuge in Australia are fleeing the kind of violence and barbarism that we've seen in Paris.

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Greens congratulate medical professionals standing up for children in detention

The Australian Greens have congratulated doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals for taking a strong stand against children in detention today.

"I left medicine to go into politics for the exact same reason that these health workers are making a stand today: we've got to fix the factors that make people sick. By locking up innocent people, denying them decent medical care and stripping them of all hope we are actively creating harm," said Greens Leader Dr Richard Di Natale.

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Turnbull must take action on Amnesty report

The Greens are calling on the Australian Government to formally take action on a report, compiled by Amnesty International, which claims Australian officials may have been engaged in committing transnational crimes.

“This report is serious and the government can’t just sweep it under the carpet or attack the messenger like it’s done so many times in the past on this issue,” said Australian Greens Leader, Senator Richard Di Natale.

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Greens welcome Robert Simms as new Senator for South Australia

Robert Simms has been sworn in this morning as the Australian Greens' new Senator for South Australia, replacing Penny Wright who stood down for personal reasons earlier this year. Senator Simms will make his first speech to the Senate at 5pm on Tuesday 13 October.

"It's a great privilege to be able to represent my state of South Australia and carry on the good work that Penny Wright did as Senator," said Senator Simms.

"I am excited to be part of such a strong team and look forward to working closely with my new Greens colleagues.

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Minister must act now to allow Nauru rape victim access to safe and legal abortion

The Australian Greens have urged the Prime Minister and his Immigration Minister to act urgently to bring a young refugee woman allegedly raped on Nauru to Australia so she can terminate her unwanted pregnancy.

"Mr Turnbull needs to pull his Immigration Minister into line and get this woman they help and care she urgently needs," Greens Immigration spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said today.

"Abortion is illegal on Nauru and the only option this young woman has for a safe and legal termination is to be brought to Australia.

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Syrian air strikes: PM Abbott throws Australia onto the wrong side of history

The Australian Greens have condemned the Abbott Government's decision to commence airstrikes in Syria, warning it will worsen the refugee crisis and aggravate extremism.

"At a time when our community is desperate to show compassion to people fleeing war in Syria, Tony Abbott is dropping bombs," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"I'm so proud of the way Australians have told the government loud and clear that we are strong enough to offer protection to people seeking refuge from war.

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Greens call for genuine strength in Syrian response

The Australian Greens have today called on the Abbott Government not to mistake the use of force with showing genuine strength when it comes to helping the four million people fleeing Syria.

“Four million people are fleeing war in Syria at a time when there are record numbers of displaced people around the world. We are strong enough to give a home to 20,000 extra refugees without trading one vulnerable fleeing family for another,” said Australian Greens Leader, Dr Richard Di Natale.

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Greens call for emergency intake of 20,000 Syrian refugees

Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale is calling on the Australian government to initiate an emergency intake of 20,000 refugees fleeing sectarian violence in Syria's ongoing civil war, where over 250,000 men, women and children have already died.

"Four million people are fleeing war in Syria. Two million of those are children. To welcome 20,000 of them into our community would be such an honourable and dignified response from Australia," Senator Di Natale said.

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