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Hamid Kehazaei care not ‘outstanding’, Manus must close

It is absurd of the Immigration Minister to claim that 24 year old asylum seeker Hamid Kehazaei received 'outstanding' care while his family grapple with the question of when to turn off his life support machines, the Australian Greens have said.

"This is a dreadful decision for any family to have to make and my thoughts are with them at this difficult time," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Labor and Liberal refuse to vote on Iraqi refugees

The Labor and Liberal parties have refused to allow the Greens to move a motion in the Senate, calling for a moratorium on returning refugees to Iraq and Syria.

"Refusing to deal with this issue isn't good enough when people are fleeing for their lives," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"The situation in Iraq is extremely unstable and the government should place a halt on sending refugees back there.

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Tragic consequences of government’s Manus Island negligence unacceptable

Reports that a 24 year old Iranian man named Hamid has been declared brain dead in a Brisbane hospital because of reckless government negligence on Manus Island are extremely concerning, the Australian Greens have said.

"This is a tragedy that could and should have been avoided," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Our thoughts are with Hamid, his friends and his family.

"There is something seriously wrong when a minor injury such as a cut foot can result in a tragedy like this.

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TPVs and offshore detention: government cruelty going too far

The government's attempts to reintroduce Temporary Protection Visas while leaving hundreds of children to suffer on Nauru are extremely concerning, the Australian Greens have said.

"Neither offshore detention or TPVs have any place in a modern, caring society but the Abbott government is desperately pursuing both," the Greens immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Doing a dirty deal with the cross bench, that would leave hundreds of children locked up and thousands living in limbo on TPVs, would be a disaster.

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Manus refugee in critical condition, independent medical team must investigate

Reports that a 24 year old Iranian refugee has been evacuated from Manus Island in a critical condition are extremely concerning and an independent team must be allowed to investigate, the Australian Greens have said.

"Our thoughts are with this young man who simply shouldn't have been put in this position," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"An expert medical team must be sent to Manus Island immediately so that they can carry out an independent investigation into the conditions there.

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Christmas Island compensation case shows extent of suffering

A claim for compensation that was lodged in the Victorian Supreme Court today on behalf of refugees locked up on Christmas Island shows that the government's cruelty has gone too far, the Australian Greens have said.

"Instead of destroying children and being forced to pay compensation, the Abbott government should release them into the community immediately," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Spending years behind bars damages children beyond repair and this case should be the wakeup call that the government needs.

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Morrison’s dismissal of harm to children concerning: Greens

The Australian Greens have expressed concern regarding the Immigration Minister's dismissal of expert evidence at the AHRC inquiry into children in detention today.

"In the hearing today, the Immigration Minister explained that he is willing for children to be harmed for his own political gain," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"This government is going to leave close to 800 children languishing in detention centres. These policies are destroying hundreds of children and the Minister showed today that he's happy for that to continue.

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Increase refugee intake to account for Iraq crisis, Greens

The Abbott government's plan to quarantine refugee places for those fleeing Iraq and Syria is meaningless, unless the government also increases the overall intake, the Australian Greens have said.

"When it comes to the crisis in Iraq, any humanitarian effort is welcome, but will mean very little if the overall number of refugee places isn't increased," the Green's immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Disappointingly, the government's announcement doesn't increase Australia's refugee intake at all.

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Greens announce bill to restore Australia’s refugee intake to 20,000

The Australian Greens have announced that they will introduce a bill into the Senate that would reverse the Abbott government's cuts and restore Australia's humanitarian intake to 20,000 people per annum.

"Slashing the refugee program by more than 6,000 places a year was a short-sighted move from the Abbott government," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"The Greens want to see the number of refugees that Australia is willing to take restored to 20,000 a year.

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