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Draconian refugee bill must be defeated: Greens

A draconian government bill, that includes the removal of the Refugee Convention from Australian law, has been universally condemned by leading Australian legal experts in a Senate inquiry hearing today.

"These changes, that will see the very definition of what it means to be a refugee changed, are the most extreme example of Tony Abbott's war against refugees to date," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Refugees released on Manus will be put in danger

Any refugees that are temporarily resettled in PNG will face unacceptable danger, the Australian Greens have said.

"They were attacked in the camp and they'll be attacked on the outside," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"It's ludicrous, and dangerous in the extreme, to dump these men in the Manus community. They will be targeted in the same way that refugees on Nauru have been.

"The fact that PNG's Immigration Minister has himself refused to guarantee their safety is extremely concerning.

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Refugees hit by data breach need protection

Following the release of the Privacy Commissioner's report into an incident, where the personal details of thousands of refugees was exposed by the Immigration Department, the government must take action to guarantee the safety of those involved, the Australian Greens have said.

"The damage has been done and now the government has to explain how it will keep these people safe," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Immigration detention oversight body must report to Parliament: Greens

A new oversight body, set up to supervise the immigration network, should report directly to Parliament, not just the Immigration Minister, the Australian Greens have said.

"Independent scrutiny of these centres, which operate under a cloud of secrecy, has been needed for some time," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"While I welcome the government's announcement today, the devil will be in the detail when it comes to how the group will operate in the long term.

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Manus murder investigation compromised

Allegations that refugees are being pressured into changing witness statements in relation to the murder of Reza Barati are extremely serious and must be investigated, the Australian Greens have said.

"The Minister has flatly refuted these allegations, but he has been caught lying before when it comes to Manus Island," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Julian Burnside has raised important allegations and the Minister has refused to take them seriously.

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Don’t play politics with preschool in SA: Greens

South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has urged the state and federal governments to end their spat on preschool funding and work together to guarantee a minimum of 15 hours of preschool per week for every South Australian child.

"Preschool is extremely important and it shouldn't get caught up in a political spat like this," the Greens' early childhood education spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Temporary visas spell danger for refugees on Manus

The failure of permanent resettlement deals in Papua New Guinea and Nauru will have disastrous, long-term effects on the people who have bene dumped there, the Australian Greens have said.

"The resettlement deal on Manus has fallen apart, just like on Nauru, and it's the refugees who are going to suffer," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Refugees on Manus were attacked and killed inside the centre this year. They'll be even more vulnerable when they're on the outside.

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Asylum report a step in the right direction, refugee intake must be increased: Greens

The Australian Greens have welcomed the release of Beyond the Boats: building an asylum and refugee policy for the long term, and called for cross-party support for a bill that would increase Australia's refugee intake.

"This report has some crucial, and very welcome, recommendations," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Brutal Nauru assaults continue on resettled refugees

The Australian Greens have called for an end to the doomed policy of resettlement on Nauru following a series of attacks that have put the lives of refugees, including children, at risk. 

"The Minister's callous blame shifting has been appalling," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Children are being beaten on the streets in Nauru and the Minister who put them there couldn't care less. 

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Human rights committee slams refugee bill

The Parliament's human rights committee has highlighted a range of serious breaches of Australia's human rights obligations that would result from the passage of the Abbott government's cruel TPV and refugee assessment fast-tracking bill.

"This report is bad news for the Abbott government, who were trying to sneak these cruel measures past the Senate cross-bench," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"This bill is in clear contravention of Australia's human rights responsibilities.

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