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Deal with Iran will put many lives in danger

Deporting Iranian asylum seekers against their will put lives in danger, the Australian Greens have said today.

The party has called on the Abbott Government to outline the principles of any deal to forcibly return asylum seekers back to Iran ahead of Foreign Minister Bishop's visit next week.

"Forced deportations to Iran is like a death sentence for many Iranians and their families," Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said today.

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Government wasting taxpayer money on asylum seeker propaganda film

The Australian Greens have slammed the Abbott Government for planning to use $4 million of taxpayer money to fund a new telemovie that seeks to deter asylum seekers coming to Australia, telling them instead to remain in warzones.  

“This is more Abbott Government propaganda paid for by the Australian taxpayer,” Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“This is a shameless abuse of tax payer funds.

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Greens request allegations of sexual abuse be investigated by Royal Commission

The Australian Greens have today written to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to request that allegations of sexual abuse in Australia’s immigration detention centres be investigated.

“Overnight we have heard further allegations of sexual abuse against women and children in the Nauru detention centre, these reports are shocking and must be investigated, Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Government must remove women and children from Nauru immediately to prevent further abuse

The Australian Government was aware of incidents of abuse against women and children on Nauru long before the Moss review was instigated, yet the Minister continued to detain people on the island, the Australian Greens have said.

“It is abhorrent that despite knowing that women and children were subjected to sexual abuse and harassment both the former and current Immigration Ministers continued to lock people up there”, Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Government must show compassion toward dying asylum seeker

“It is truly tragic that a young man has been driven to such despair that he is willing to forgo his life rather than return to his homeland”, Greens’ immigration spokesperson, Senator Hanson-Young said.

“What kind of country have we become when people would rather starve themselves to death than remain in detention or be deported?

“One has to ask why this young man was driven to such lengths, he clearly believes that he has no other option and that is extremely sad.

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Incompetent Government can’t be trusted with sensitive personal information

The Australian Greens have today said that Department of Immigration has a lot to answer for following the ‘accidental’ release of several world leaders’ personal details.

"The level of incompetency of this government is startling, first the leak and then to have not even notified those implicated is bad form. You've got to wonder if the Abbott Government could be trusted to organise a bun fight in a bakery, Greens’ spokesperson for immigration, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said." 

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Government must review asylum seeker case to prevent death in immigration detention

The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection must direct his Department to review the case of Iranian asylum seeker, Saeed Hassanloo, the Australian Greens have said today.

“It is simply horrifying that a young man is prepared to starve himself to death so that he doesn’t have to spend another day in detention. This is a devastating indictment on the Governments refugee policy and raises serious questions about how people are being treated in detention", Greens immigration spokesperson, Senator Hanson-Young said.   

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Government must show compassion toward dying asylum seeker

The Australian Greens are today calling on the government to show some compassion toward a 25 year old Iranian asylum seeker who is close to death after 38 days of hunger striking.

“It is truly tragic that a young man has been driven to such despair that he is willing to forgo his life rather than return to his homeland”, Greens’ immigration spokesperson, Senator Hanson-Young said.

“What kind of country have we become when people would rather starve themselves to death than remain in detention or be deported?

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Incompetent Government can’t be trusted with sensitive personal information

The Australian Greens have today said that Department of Immigration has a lot to answer for following the ‘accidental’ release of several world leaders’ personal details.

"The level of incompetency of this government is startling, first the leak and then to have not even notified those implicated is bad form. You've got to wonder if the Abbott Government could be trusted to organise a bun fight in a bakery, Greens’ spokesperson for immigration, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said." 

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Senate establishes inquiry into Nauru detention camp

The Senate has voted to establish a Senate Select Committee inquiry into the Nauru detention camp and the ongoing allegations of abuse against women and children, the Australian Greens have said.

"There are some very dark corners in the detention camp on Nauru and now, finally, the truth can be revealed," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said

"This is about keeping the women and children on Nauru safe from abuse.

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