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Nauru not fit for Australian funding

Following New Zealand's decision to suspend all justice funding being given to Nauru, the Australian Greens have called on the Abbott government to do the same.

"As long as the Abbott government keeps sending cash to Nauru, Australian tax payers' money is being wasted," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Gripped in the throes of a systemic legal collapse, the Nauruan government should not be receiving kickbacks from Australia.

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Nauru cannot continue, Inquiry report reveals

Children are being assaulted, women are unsafe and the detention camp on Nauru cannot be allowed to continue in its current form, a Senate Inquiry report has said today.

"It can't be made any clearer that locking children up with the guards on Nauru is exposing them to abuse," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"The government's head-in-the-sand approach to mounting evidence of systemic child abuse is causing immeasurable harm.

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Abbott duped in 55 million dollar Cambodia sham

The Cambodian refugee deal has always been an expensive and cruel sham, the Australian Greens have said.

"The Cambodia deal has been a spectacular, 55 million dollar failure from the Abbott government," The Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Dealing in cruelty with a corrupt regime is a costly business and, in this case, the Abbott government has simply been duped.

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Greens congratulate HESTA for divesting from cruelty

 HESTA owned a 3 per cent stake in Transfield, valued in excess of $18 million. 

“We welcome HESTA’s corporate leadership on this issue and congratulate HESTA CEO Debby Blakey for taking this step,” Greens Spokesperson for Immigration Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said today.

“The mounting evidence of abuse and neglect inside the Manus and Nauru camps can no longer be ignored.  The culture of incident cover-ups and lack of transparency has diminished both public and business confidence in the how the camps are operated.

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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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$19,000 fast track visa fees to hurt most vulnerable refugees

The Greens have called on the Australian Government to explain why they have proposed to allow fast-tracking of refugee visa applications for a cost of $19,000 when there are already refugees waiting for decades to have their claims processed.

"Giving refugee protection to people based on whether they can afford $19,000 is more cynical politics from the Abbott government," Greens Immigration Spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said today.

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Truth must be told over brutal attacks on Manus Island

The Greens have expressed concern over allegations of violence including murder and rape on Manus Island involving detention centre staff and have called on the Australian Government to give a full explanation of what has occurred.

"Reports of a young woman being raped by ex-pat security guards, along with the horrific news that one man was murdered and another lost his hand in a machete attack over the weekend are alarming,” 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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