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Labor's adoption of Abbott's refugee policy is short-sighted and unsafe: Greens

The Greens have today expressed dismay at Labor's decision to adopt Tony Abbott's refugee "turn-back" policies and the keep the Nauru and Manus Island camps open.

"Labor had an opportunity today to stand up against the cruelty of turn-backs and the suffering of refugees on Nauru and Manus Island, but sadly they failed. Many Australians will be heartbroken and gutted," Greens Immigration Spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said today.

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Flinders University should reject cash for dodgy Lomborg scheme

South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has written to the Flinders University Council and Chancellor urging them to follow the University of Western Australia and reject the Abbott government’s desperate bid to find a host for climate sceptic Bjorn Lomborg.

"Flinders University should reject the Abbott Governments bribery of research money in exchange for hosting the climate sceptic Bjorn Lomborg," South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said today.

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Minister needs to come clean on boat arrival

The Australian Greens are calling on the Immigration Minister to come clean about whether an asylum boat has been seen and intercepted off the coast of Western Australia.

“We have seen reports today that indicate a boat has been found close to the coast of Australia, and in response, Minister Dutton has refused to confirm or deny if it exists,” Greens Immigration Spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said today.

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Sarah Hanson-Young joins Mediterranean search & rescue operation

Greens spokesperson for Immigration Senator Sarah Hanson-Young will be joining the Migration Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) in one of their search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea.

“The United Nations estimates that there is currently more refugees looking for safety around the world than ever before on record,” Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“People seeking asylum and families fleeing war and violence is a global problem.

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Greens will move on mandatory reporting and lift gag clauses for detention staff

From today, the new Border Force laws make it a crime for staff and contractors who work within Australia's immigration detention centres to speak out against wrong-doing, abuse and suffering.

The Australian Greens will move to amend this by reinstating the public interest test into these laws and pushing again for mandatory reporting of child abuse and harm when the Senate resumes in August. 

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Labor supports detention bill giving government unfettered power to run offshore detention with no oversight

Labor supports detention bill giving government unfettered power to run offshore detention with no oversight.

The Abbott Government and Labor Party have voted together to ram through laws that will keep asylum seekers and refugees indefinitely detained in centres on Nauru and Manus Island despite serious concerns about the inhumane conditions inside the camps.

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Make an urgent call

Thank you for agreeing to make a call to the Labor Party to urge them to stand up to the Abbott Government, and for the rights of asylum seekers and the rule of law, today.

The Senate is debating the Government's bill as we speak - so we don't have long.

Call - Opposition Leader Bill Shorten on (02) 6277 4022

Call - Richard Marles, MP on (02) 6277 4330

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