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Greens introduce bill to stop government holding children in detention

The Australian Greens have today introduced a Private Members Bill into the Senate that would end the government's practice of locking children up in immigration detention.

By ensuring that children can't be held for more than 30 days, the Bill would force the Immigration Minister to place children and their families into the community, so that they can rebuild their lives.

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Labor and Liberal vote against Greens move to keep Australian born babies safe

A move by the Australian Greens that would have allowed babies who were born in Australia to stay here, rather than be sent to Nauru, has been denied in the Senate.

"These babies should be cared for, not sent to a life of abuse on Nauru," Senator Hanson-Young said.

"The Labor and Liberal parties ganged up to stop this move because of their obsession with offshore detention and the cruelty that comes with it.

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Question - Baby Asha

Senator HANSON-YOUNG

My question is to the Minister representing the Prime Minister, Senator Brandis. Senator Brandis, right now, 'Baby Asha' and her family, along with dozens of other families, are living in Australia with the threat of imminent return to Nauru hanging over their heads. Will the government let these families stay here so that they can rebuild their lives or will you continue to disregard advice of medical experts and send these families back to the prison island of Nauru as soon as you can?

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Dutton’s ‘blackmail’, ‘self-harm’ comments a disgrace: Greens

The Immigration Minister's claims that he is being held to ransom and blackmailed by a one-year-old girl are inexcusable, the Australian Greens have said. Minister Dutton made these comments in response to a question from Greens Federal Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt in Question Time today.

"For Peter Dutton to claim that the government is being held to ransom by Baby Asha is appalling," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Nauru visa ban shows Prison Island’s paranoia

The reported ban on all Australian and New Zealand visitor visas to Nauru shows the paranoia of the remote Pacific nation, the Australian Greens have said.

"The Australian and Nauruan governments are desperate to hide what's really going on there," the Greens' immigration spokesperson asked today.

"This is a paranoid overreaction and it shows why it's so important that the island be opened up to the media."

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Greens support Lady Cilento Hospital staff stopping government cruelty

The Australian Greens have congratulated the doctors and nurses at the Lady Cilento Hospital in Queensland who are standing up to the government's cruel plans to return a one-year-old baby girl to Nauru.

"The idea that the Turnbull government is trying to remove a 12-month-old baby girl from an Australian hospital to detention on Nauru is cruel madness," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Hanson-Young said.

"All strength to the medical professionals at the Brisbane hospital for acting in the best interests of this child. 

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PM must condemn Dutton’s racist dog-whistle

The draft cabinet briefing, reportedly prepared for the Immigration Minister and leaked to the media today, proposing a radical overhaul of the nation's visa and citizenship systems is an embarrassment to the nation, the Australian Greens have said.

"This extreme document shows that the government is ramping up to a dog-whistle election campaign and that's very concerning," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Turnbull ‘mum’ on fate of refugee babies & children

In response to his first question since yesterday’s High Court decision concerning the fate of the 37 babies and 90 children living in Australia, directed to him in Question Time by Greens MP Adam Bandt, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull refused to commit to not sending these children currently living in Australia to Nauru.

“It is devastating that Malcolm Turnbull will not commit to letting these children, including 37 babies, stay in Australia,” Mr Bandt said.

“The Prime Minister seems on track to authorise child abuse by sending them to the hellhole of Nauru.”

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