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Senate votes to remove all children from detention by Christmas, enforce mandatory reporting of abuse

The Senate has voted in support of Greens amendments to the Migration and Maritime Powers Amendment Bill (No. 1), in a move to legislate the removal of children form immigration detention.

"These children have had their childhood taken from them, at least now they can have a real Christmas," Senator Hanson-Young said.

"The government has to recognise the will of the Senate on this and begin to remove these children as soon as possible."

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Greens move today to remove children from detention by Christmas

The Australia Greens will move amendments to a migration bill in the Senate today to bring about an end to the government's practice of locking up children in immigration detention.

"Children don't belong behind bars and they should all be released by Christmas," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"The Turnbull government must chart a new course and show that it is not willing to lock up innocent children indefinitely."

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CHILDREN OUT BY CHRISTMAS

Today the Greens are moving amendments to a government migration bill to free children from detention. Over recent weeks and months we have heard horrifying stories of violence, abuse and trauma endured by children and their families. It must end – and the Labor Party and crossbenchers can end it today.

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Greens say Paris attacks should inspire empathy with asylum seekers

The Australian Greens have welcomed the Syrian refugees beginning to arrive under Australia's emergency intake, cautioning the world against lashing out in anger over the horrific attacks in Paris.

"A united Australian community is much stronger in helping to defeat these threats than one that's divided. Hate is the problem here, it's not the answer," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"As a community we need to recognise that the people seeking refuge in Australia are fleeing the kind of violence and barbarism that we've seen in Paris.

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Christmas Island in meltdown: detention network review required

Following the death of an Iranian refugee on Christmas Island, the Australian Greens have urged the government to explain exactly what is going on in the detention centre and to exercise restraint in responding to the current situation.

"Christmas Island is in meltdown and I urge the government to do everything they can to keep everyone safe," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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High risk pregnancies on Nauru must be transferred to Australia: Greens

The Australian Government should offer appropriate medical care to at least three women on Nauru who are in the late stages of high risk pregnancies and bring them to Australia for treatment immediately, the Australian Greens have said.

"These women and their babies are not safe on Nauru and they should be brought back to Australia immediately," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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NGO booted from Nauru while government looks to Kyrgyzstan

The women and children on Nauru will be at even greater risk now that Save the Children have been removed from the island and Transfield Services have been given full responsibility to care for them, the Australian Greens have said.

"As a company, Transfield has shown a complete disregard for the safety of women and children on Nauru," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Hanson-Young said.

"Transfield have repeatedly ignored evidence of abuse and refused to recognise the Australian people's right to know what is going on.

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Greens congratulate medical professionals standing up for children in detention

The Australian Greens have congratulated doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals for taking a strong stand against children in detention today.

"I left medicine to go into politics for the exact same reason that these health workers are making a stand today: we've got to fix the factors that make people sick. By locking up innocent people, denying them decent medical care and stripping them of all hope we are actively creating harm," said Greens Leader Dr Richard Di Natale.

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Turnbull must take action on Amnesty report

The Greens are calling on the Australian Government to formally take action on a report, compiled by Amnesty International, which claims Australian officials may have been engaged in committing transnational crimes.

“This report is serious and the government can’t just sweep it under the carpet or attack the messenger like it’s done so many times in the past on this issue,” said Australian Greens Leader, Senator Richard Di Natale.

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Abyan’s return welcomed but an independent advocate must be appointed

The Australian Greens have welcomed the transfer of Abyan back to Australia so that she can undergo the termination that she has consistently asked for and have called for an independent advocate to be with her at all times while she is here.

"My thoughts are with Abyan at this incredibly difficult time," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"This poor young woman has been through an unbelievable ordeal and it's time she was given the support that she needs.

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