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Senate demands Morrison's visa ban advice

The Senate has supported a Greens' Order for Production of Documents, demanding that the Immigration Minister table any expert advice he received before announcing his blanket ban on West African refugees.

"This cruel, senseless ban is embarrassing Australia on a global scale and the Minister has to explain himself," the Greens immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"The Parliament deserves to know what advice, if any, the Minister received before making this shameful announcement."

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Tony Abbott must overturn Morrison’s West African refugee snub

The Immigration Minister's announcement that no refugees will be accepted from West Africa due to the ongoing Ebola crisis must be overturned by the Prime Minister, the Australian Greens have said.

"While the government drags its feet in responding to the Ebola crisis, Scott Morrison has slammed the door on West African refugees," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young asked.

"The Immigration Minister's crusade against those in need has spread to West Africa and is simply unacceptable.

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Tow-backs cost lives and now Labor wants in

The Labor Party's eagerness to adopt Tony Abbott's tow backs shows that they are happy to send refugees home to face death and torture in exchange for cheap political points, the Australian Greens have said.

"Tow-backs are dangerous and, by stopping people from fleeing their war torn homelands, they cost lives," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Labor have gone to water in the face of Tony Abbott's cheap, politically motivated cruelty campaign.

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Resettlement deal with PNG has collapsed

The Abbott government's untenable resettlement deal with PNG has fallen apart, with the Pacific nation's government confirming that public opposition to the plan is too strong to proceed at present.

"The PNG deal is dead," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"The policy is inhumane and clearly unworkable. The continued failure in rolling it out has been like watching a train-wreck in slow motion.

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Australian born babies should not be deported to Nauru

Babies born to refugee parents in Australia should not be deported to Nauru while any appeal to today's ruling in the Federal Circuit Court is being heard, the Australian Greens have said.

"The Abbott government mustn't jump the gun and use today's ruling to start dumping these babies on Nauru," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Any appeal to today's ruling must be respected and I call on the government to let that happen before it removes any children from Australia.

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Abbott government in court on back of grave injustices

A High Court case being heard today regarding the 157 Sri Lankan asylum seekers, who were detained on the high seas for a month, is a result of the government's arrogance and its obsession with cruelty, the Australian Greens have said.

"The government has gotten itself into a legal mess," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"It's being dragged before the courts, over and over again, because of its obsession with cruelty.

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Returned to torture and death: Greens push for an end to forced Afghan repatriation

The Australian Greens will move a motion in the Parliament calling for a moratorium on forced refugee returns to Afghanistan and asking for a team of experts to be deployed on a fact-finding mission, after disturbing revelations surfaced that Hazara men have been tortured and killed by the Taliban in recent weeks.

"We're fighting extremism in Iraq while forcing refugees into the arms of the Taliban in Afghanistan. It just doesn't make sense," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Nauru accusations dismissed before investigation starts

It is extremely concerning to hear the Immigration Minister dismissing claims of sexual abuse of children in the Nauru detention centre before an independent investigation has even begun, the Australian Greens have said.

"This is a Minister that blames the victim and then shoots the messenger," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Reports of the toxic situation on Nauru have circulated for months and have come from multiple sources.

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Government bullying refugees with Cambodia deal

The deal between the Australian and Cambodian governments will put the lives of women and young girls at extreme risk and should not go ahead, the Australian Greens have said.

"It is shameful that the Abbott government is forcing refugees to choose between cruelty on Nauru and cruelty in Cambodia," The Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"There is nothing optional about this deal. It's like the bully in the schoolyard, asking if you want a punch to the face or a kick in the guts.

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TPVs lock refugees into life of limbo

The TPV deal struck between the Coalition and the Palmer United Party will see thousands of refugees doomed to a life of permanent limbo and many more families and children left to languish in the offshore gulags on Nauru and Manus Island, the Australian Greens have said.

"This deal has seen Palmer being played by the ruthless Abbott government," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Temporary Protection Visas leave refugees living in a permanent limbo without family reunion.

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