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Children in detention – it has to end now

The shocking Australian Human Rights Commission report into children in detention must be the turning point that ends the cruel practice of locking children in detention camps, the Australian Greens have said.

"This vile, institutionalised child abuse has to end," The Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"No longer can we turn a blind eye to the sexual, physical and psychological abuse that these policies of indefinite detention are inflicting on children.

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High Court rules in favour of refugee over Abbott government arrogance

Today's ruling from the High Court has slated the Abbott government's arrogance and showed that it cannot use the 'National Interest' test to withhold protection visas from refugees, the Australian Greens have said.

"The arrogance of the Abbott government and the former Immigration Minister means they have once again fallen foul of the law," Senator Hanson-Young said.

"The Immigration Minister is not above the law, despite his consistent efforts to undermine the Parliament and the High Court.

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Senate orders government to release Nauru abuse report

The Senate has voted to support a Green's motion, forcing the government to release the report of the Moss Review into accusations of systemic abuse in the detention camp on Nauru.

"The secretive Abbott government wants the abuse on Nauru to be swept under the carpet," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"The Senate has spoken and, with the support of Labor and the cross benchers, the Greens will force this report into the public.

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Childcare funding must be guaranteed along with levy on big business

The Australian Greens have called on Tony Abbott not to drop the 1.5% levy on big business and guarantee a significant funding increase to the struggling childcare sector.

"Tony Abbott must commit to keeping the 1.5% levy on big business and increasing funding to childcare," the Greens' early education and childcare spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Dutton dodges Manus Island in PNG visit

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's should have gone to the Manus Island detention camp when he was in Papua New Guinea yesterday, the Australian Greens have said.

"Despite going all the way to PNG, Peter Dutton has avoided the toxic Manus Island camp," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"It's only by actually going into these camps, as I have, that you gain an understanding of the living hell that refugees are forced to endure.

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High Court challenge exposes government’s refugee secrecy

The Abbott government's obsession with secrecy has been exposed by today's High Court challenge of its on-water detention practices, the Australian Greens have said.

"The arrogance of the Abbott government has been on full display in this case," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"The level of secrecy around this shameful prison ship was extremely disturbing. It was only this challenge that forced the government to come clean with the Australian people about what they were up to.

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Another broken promise; refugee children still in detention despite Christmas pledge

"Despite blackmailing the Senate and using children as hostages to pass their harsh refugee laws, hundreds of children remain locked up," Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said today.

"Hundreds of children are still in immigration detention.

"Every day lived in detention is another day of damage inflicted on these children.

"The Government held these children as hostages to get the votes they wanted in the Senate and now they've failed to release them.

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Greens will move to grant media access to immigration detention centres

"Australians have the right to know what is being done in their names and with their taxpayer dollars," Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“The government cannot be trusted to tell the truth about what is really going on inside the Manus Island detention camp.  

“The Minister has been caught lying to the Australian public and he must be held to account. 

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