The Australian Greens have today welcomed the federal government's financial assistance to Libyan students and their dependents who are undertaking courses in Australia.
"We are very pleased the Commonwealth has moved to help end the financial limbo faced by 650 students and their dependents following international sanctions against Libya," Greens' immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.
"The money is timely and will go a long way to easing the anxiety these future leaders of Libya and their families are experiencing.
"The Greens asked the Immigration and Foreign Ministers last month to help Libyans and students from other Arab countries presently experiencing unrest.
"Also last month, the Greens' successfully moved a Senate motion calling on the Australian government to help Libyan students as have the governments of Canada and the US.
"We hope the government will continue to help students from all restive Arab countries so they can safely return to help build their nations once the violence ceases.
"The Greens also thank Universities Australia which is liaising between government and Australian institutions to ensure students are supported."