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The Australian Greens welcome the case filed in the High Court yesterday challenging the lawfulness of offshore detention.

"It is costing taxpayers billions of dollars to keep children locked up in Nauru's squalid tent prison.

"This week's budget shows the government is spending half a million dollars per person, per year, to detain men, women and children on Nauru.

"The case involving ten families, including a 4 month old baby and a pregnant woman, transferred from Nauru to Australia for medical assistance and fearful of being returned to Nauru is just one example of Australia's horrific treatment of refugees", Greens immigration spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Manus Island and Nauru are not viable solutions, are an international blight on Australia, and rather than taking a responsible regional lead in this matter the government continues to ignore international human rights obligations.

"Physical and sexual abuse is rife in Australia's offshore detention centres and no one, especially women and children, should be sent to them.


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