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Government must freeze all transfers of children to Nauru

In the light of serious claims of sexual abuse on Nauru and the Department of Immigration's admission that 68 more children will be sent there soon, the Australian Greens have called on the government to immediate suspend transfers to the island camp.

"The government has to put a freeze on these transfers immediately," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Knowingly sending more than 60 children into harm's way on Nauru is a wretchedly cruel move from the Abbott government."

There are currently 116 children in the detention centre on Nauru and the Immigration Department confirmed in Senate Estimates on Monday that 68 more children are due to be transferred there from the mainland.

"The government is currently sitting on the Moss report, which looks into serious claims of child sexual abuse on Nauru. The cover up has to end and the government needs to release the Moss report, in full, immediately," Senator Hanson-Young said.

"Shooting the messenger of the Forgotten Children report and hiding the results of the Moss Review from the public won't protect children from abuse. This government should be ashamed of its hyper aggressive and political response to the sexual assault of children in detention."

 

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