The Australian Greens have called upon the Abbott Government to provide immediate technical, financial and humanitarian assistance to the reported 8,000 Rohingyan asylum seeking refugees currently adrift in South-East Asian seas.
"The UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration have called for an international search and rescue mission to save the asylum seekers and Australia is best placed to provide such assistance, Greens spokesperson for Immigration Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said
"Australia must do everything we can to help in this urgent search and rescue operation. Turning a blind eye is simply not acceptable.
"The asylum seekers, many suffering from starvation, are in desperate need of assistance and Australia, as a regional leader, has an international responsibility to provide leadership and provide immediate assistance.
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