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Dutton deals with Cambodia while Christian refugees persecuted

The Abbott government shouldn't proceed with its doomed Cambodian refugee deal, especially considering the recent illegal forced return of Vietnamese refugees, the Australian Greens have said.

"The Abbott government is turning a blind eye to appalling human rights abuses, just to get this dirty deal done," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

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Senate backs Gillian Triggs and the Human Rights Commission

The Australian Senate has voted to support a cross-party motion expressing confidence in the Australian Human Rights Commission and its President, Professor Gillian Triggs.

"Protecting children from abuse should be above politics," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Many Australians have been appalled by the Abbott government's hysterical attack on the Human Rights Commission and now the Senate has taken a stand.

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Government must freeze all transfers of children to Nauru

In the light of serious claims of sexual abuse on Nauru and the Department of Immigration's admission that 68 more children will be sent there soon, the Australian Greens have called on the government to immediate suspend transfers to the island camp.

"The government has to put a freeze on these transfers immediately," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Knowingly sending more than 60 children into harm's way on Nauru is a wretchedly cruel move from the Abbott government."

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Greens: Devil will be in the detail on childcare

The Australian Greens want to see the government's childcare reforms used to improve the affordability of childcare while maintaining high quality standards and access for all Australian families.

"It's clear that the devil will be in the detail when it comes to the government's childcare package," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Improving affordability can't come at the cost of high quality care and access for all families.

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Dutton tours Nauru while children are left at risk

The Immigration Minister's fly-in-fly-out visit to Nauru is nothing but window dressing to distract from the shocking Forgotten Children report and the government's own Moss review into allegations of abuse, the Australian Greens have said.

"The Nauru camp is in crisis and an unconvincing PR visit from the Minister isn't going to fix it," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Government sends more children to Nauru despite abuse report

Children are still being sent to the Nauru detention camp, including transfers on the Friday and Saturday after the shocking Forgotten Children report was released, the Australian Greens have said.

"The government's response to this damning report was to send more children to face abuse on Nauru," Senator Hanson-Young said.

"Just days after the report was handed down the Abbott government has transferred children, some as young as four, to the hellhole on Nauru.

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No justice one year after refugee Reza Barati's tragic death

Tuesday marks one year since the tragic death of Reza Barati, a refugee in the care of the Australian Government.

"A year on and we still have no answers and a government that refuses to accept any responsibility for the death of a refugee in its care," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

"People imprisoned on Manus Island continue to suffer but Reza Barati paid the ultimate price for the Coalition's cruel policy encapsulated in the election slogan to 'stop the boats'.

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Children in detention – it has to end now

The shocking Australian Human Rights Commission report into children in detention must be the turning point that ends the cruel practice of locking children in detention camps, the Australian Greens have said.

"This vile, institutionalised child abuse has to end," The Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"No longer can we turn a blind eye to the sexual, physical and psychological abuse that these policies of indefinite detention are inflicting on children.

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High Court rules in favour of refugee over Abbott government arrogance

Today's ruling from the High Court has slated the Abbott government's arrogance and showed that it cannot use the 'National Interest' test to withhold protection visas from refugees, the Australian Greens have said.

"The arrogance of the Abbott government and the former Immigration Minister means they have once again fallen foul of the law," Senator Hanson-Young said.

"The Immigration Minister is not above the law, despite his consistent efforts to undermine the Parliament and the High Court.

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