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Sending children to Nauru would be child abuse on the PM’s watch

Following today's High Court's decision on offshore detention on Nauru, the Australian Greens have called on the Prime Minister to rule out sending children and their families back there.

"Sending these children to Nauru would be child abuse and Malcolm Turnbull needs to decide whether he is willing to authorise that." the Green's immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"The evidence is clear and it's undeniable that Nauru is unsafe for women and children and sending them back would be torture.

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Babies should not be sent to Nauru

The Australian Greens have called on Malcolm Turnbull to guarantee that no children will be sent back to Nauru, regardless of the outcome of tomorrow's High Court challenge against offshore detention.

"Regardless of what the court decides tomorrow, the fate of these 90 children and their families sits with Malcolm Turnbull and they should be allowed to stay," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Turnbull must heed advice of Govt doctors, release all children from detention

It has been revealed that the Government has been ignoring medical advice from its own healthcare provider, IHMS, and putting hundreds of children at risk of lifelong mental health damage. The Australian Greens have called on the government to remove all children from detention and return those who are on Nauru to Australia.

"These children have been locked up for far too long and it's time the government got them out," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Epidemic of self-harm in detention must be addressed: Greens

The Australian Greens have called on the government and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to address a growing epidemic of self-harm within Australian immigration detention centres.

With 949 incidents of self-harm reported across Australia, Nauru and Manus Island detention centres in the 2014-15 financial year, it's clear something must change, the Australian Greens said.

"The current situation is unacceptable and, as a strong and compassionate people, we could be doing so much better," Senator Hanson-Young said.

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Dutton delays as detention drags on

The extended delays in processing people's claims for asylum have resulted in unacceptably long detention times, the Australian Greens have said.

"The government's repeated promises that it would process people's claims for asylum quickly have been exposed as a lie," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Thousands of men, women and children are locked up, facing longer processing times than ever before."

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Govt should take up NZ resettlement offer: Greens

If the government were serious about finding sustainable third-country resettlement options for the people on Manus Island and Nauru, it would take up the offer for resettlement from New Zealand, the Australian Greens have said.

"New Zealand has offered to help and the Australian Government should take them up on that," the Green's immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Christmas Toy Drive 2015

When you're doing your Christmas shopping this year, please spare a thought for the children who won't be celebrating because they're locked in immigration detention.

This year we're asking you to, once again, buy an extra toy for one of these children who need your help. Right now there are 4500 children who are either locked in detention centres in Australia, languishing on Nauru or living in limbo in the community.Please send the toys, unwrapped, to:

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Children out of detention - FAQs

On November 23rd, the Senate voted to pass four key amendments to the Migration and Maritime Powers Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2015 put forward by The Australian Greens' Immigration spokesperson Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young.

They were:

1.   Children out of detention

All children currently in closed immigration detention within Australia must be released and placed in the community with their parents.

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