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Australian and New Zealand Green parties call for deportation halt

The Green parties of New Zealand and Australia are jointly calling on the Australian Government to halt the indiscriminate deportation of New Zealanders, and people from other countries, and are raising concerns about their continued detention in off-shore detention centres.

"This policy needs to be halted. We are worried that people are being deported without their individual circumstances and rights being properly accessed," said New Zealand Green Party human rights spokesperson Catherine Delahunty.

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Government cannot ignore rape and assault on Nauru: Greens

The Australia Greens have called on the new Turnbull government to step in and remove children and their families from Nauru following the publication of more allegations of rape and assault on the ABC's 7.30 last night.

"We cannot force these women and children to live in terror any longer. Something must be done," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Turnbull Government blocking UN access to detention centres

The Australian Government should give the United Nations free and unfettered access to Australian run detention centres, the Australian Greens have said, after the independent observer's Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants was forced to cancel an official visit due to lack of government cooperation.

"I am dismayed to see the Turnbull Government blocking the UN's access like this," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Turnbull must show compassion, release children from Nauru

The new Prime Minister must show leadership and compassion by releasing all children and families from the Nauru detention camp, the Australian Greens have said.

"Australia is ready for compassion and it's time children were taken off of Nauru, once and for all," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"The detention of children is harmful and it's time to end the suffering. We must give sanctuary to the children who have suffered so much as they fled from war and persecution.

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Syrian air strikes: PM Abbott throws Australia onto the wrong side of history

The Australian Greens have condemned the Abbott Government's decision to commence airstrikes in Syria, warning it will worsen the refugee crisis and aggravate extremism.

"At a time when our community is desperate to show compassion to people fleeing war in Syria, Tony Abbott is dropping bombs," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"I'm so proud of the way Australians have told the government loud and clear that we are strong enough to offer protection to people seeking refuge from war.

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Greens call for emergency intake of 20,000 Syrian refugees

Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale is calling on the Australian government to initiate an emergency intake of 20,000 refugees fleeing sectarian violence in Syria's ongoing civil war, where over 250,000 men, women and children have already died.

"Four million people are fleeing war in Syria. Two million of those are children. To welcome 20,000 of them into our community would be such an honourable and dignified response from Australia," Senator Di Natale said.

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Europe doesn’t need Australia’s cruelty

Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten's comments, suggesting that Europe should follow Australia's lead on towing refugees back to danger, are embarrassing and have disgraced Australia on the international stage, the Australian Greens have said.

"It is shameful that, while the rest of the world is doing all it can to help Syrian people who are searching for safety, Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten want to see them towed back to danger," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Nauru not fit for Australian funding

Following New Zealand's decision to suspend all justice funding being given to Nauru, the Australian Greens have called on the Abbott government to do the same.

"As long as the Abbott government keeps sending cash to Nauru, Australian tax payers' money is being wasted," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Gripped in the throes of a systemic legal collapse, the Nauruan government should not be receiving kickbacks from Australia.

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Nauru cannot continue, Inquiry report reveals

Children are being assaulted, women are unsafe and the detention camp on Nauru cannot be allowed to continue in its current form, a Senate Inquiry report has said today.

"It can't be made any clearer that locking children up with the guards on Nauru is exposing them to abuse," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"The government's head-in-the-sand approach to mounting evidence of systemic child abuse is causing immeasurable harm.

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Abbott duped in 55 million dollar Cambodia sham

The Cambodian refugee deal has always been an expensive and cruel sham, the Australian Greens have said.

"The Cambodia deal has been a spectacular, 55 million dollar failure from the Abbott government," The Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Dealing in cruelty with a corrupt regime is a costly business and, in this case, the Abbott government has simply been duped.

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