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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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Abbott Government must come clean on Cambodia deal

The Australian government must release the full details of the dodgy deal with Cambodia, the Australian Greens have said.

 “Australia’s dodgy deal to dump refugees in Cambodia is inhumane and will cost Australian taxpayers millions of dollars”, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 “Minister Dutton’s comments today that the Cambodian government are “credible to deal with” are naive and misinformed.

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Greens call for independent team of mediators to be sent to Manus Island

The Australian Greens are today calling for an independent team of mediators to be sent to the Manus Island detention centre immediately. 

"It is clear that all trust has broken down between asylum seekers and staff in the centre and that a new approach is desperately needed”, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said. 

"Things on the island are only getting worse. Refugees are continuing to self harm in an act of desperation. 

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Government must release report into Children in Immigration Detention: Greens

The Abbott Government is on an ideological witch hunt against the Australian Human Rights Commission ahead of the release of its report into children in immigration detention, the Australian Greens have said.

“This is a dirty attempt by the Government to discredit Professor Gillian Triggs before releasing the Commission’s report, which will no doubt uncover the systematic abuse of refugee children”, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Desperation leads to Manus Island hunger strike

The protest and hunger strikes at the Manus Island detention centre are a desperate call for help, the Australian Greens have said.

“Refugees inside the Manus Island detention camp are clearly suffering and have resorted to self-harm in an act of desperation, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“Eye witness reports from staff inside the camp contradict comments made by the Department of Immigration. These are serious allegations and the Minister must explain what is really going on.

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Morrison’s “work rights for refugees” a cruel joke

Revelations that refugees in the community on Bridging Visas won't be given work rights automatically are concerning and expose the fact that the Immigration Minister's deal with the cross bench on TPVs is a joke, the Australian Greens have said.

"Scott Morrison's cruel trick will see thousands of refugees left without the right to work and support themselves," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Damning Manus Island report: government failure led to Reza Barati tragedy

The final report from a Senate inquiry into the violence at the Manus Island detention centre in February has slammed the government for failing to protect asylum seekers that were in its care.

"This damning report clearly shows that the Abbott government has ultimate responsibility for the centre and for the people held there," Senator Hanson-Young said.

"The committee has said that the victims of this attack deserve to be compensated. It's now up to the government to do the right thing.

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Minister wrong on Hamid Kehazaei’s medical treatment

The Immigration Minister's assertion that Hamid Kehazaei received 'outstanding' medical attention before he died from a cut foot on Manus Island has been contradicted by the Australian Medical Association and was plainly false, the Australian Greens have said.

"Scott Morrison should apologies for his false and misleading statement," the Greens' immigration spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Death by neglect: Hamid's Manus Island tragedy

Leaked medical documents show that Hamid Kehazaei died of wilful neglect at the hands of the Immigration Minister who should be sacked as a result, the Australian Greens have said.

"Hamid died of culpable neglect at the hands of a cruel and uncaring Minister," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"The details of Hamid's case, and the length of the delay in getting him off of the island, are shocking.

"When Hamid died, Scott Morrison called the level of care he received 'outstanding'. These documents show that it was anything but.

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Teenage girls assaulted on Nauru, refugees not safe: Greens

Reports that a group of teenage girls who have been resettled on Nauru have been assaulted, with threats of worse to come, show why refugees should not be sent there, the Australian Greens have said.

"These young girls aren't safe on Nauru and the Abbott government just doesn't care," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"It's clear that there is no future for these refugees, either on Nauru or in Cambodia. The girls aren't even safe in their school, let alone on the streets in Phnom Penh.

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