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New tenders for Manus and Nauru to cost taxpayers billions while private companies make huge profits

Media reports have revealed the Abbott Government is planning to sign new five to seven year contracts to keep Manus Island and Nauru detention camps open, costing billions in taxpayers dollars and continuing Australia’s cruel offshore detention program.

"These offshore hellholes are costing taxpayers billions, and now the Government wants to give even more money to the companies who make big profits from locking up children," Greens Immigration Spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Labor's adoption of Abbott's refugee policy is short-sighted and unsafe: Greens

The Greens have today expressed dismay at Labor's decision to adopt Tony Abbott's refugee "turn-back" policies and the keep the Nauru and Manus Island camps open.

"Labor had an opportunity today to stand up against the cruelty of turn-backs and the suffering of refugees on Nauru and Manus Island, but sadly they failed. Many Australians will be heartbroken and gutted," Greens Immigration Spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said today.

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Minister needs to come clean on boat arrival

The Australian Greens are calling on the Immigration Minister to come clean about whether an asylum boat has been seen and intercepted off the coast of Western Australia.

“We have seen reports today that indicate a boat has been found close to the coast of Australia, and in response, Minister Dutton has refused to confirm or deny if it exists,” Greens Immigration Spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said today.

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Sarah Hanson-Young joins Mediterranean search & rescue operation

Greens spokesperson for Immigration Senator Sarah Hanson-Young will be joining the Migration Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) in one of their search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea.

“The United Nations estimates that there is currently more refugees looking for safety around the world than ever before on record,” Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“People seeking asylum and families fleeing war and violence is a global problem.

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