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Protect Indonesian children by banning x-ray use

The Home Affairs Minister should have told the Indonesian government that Australian authorities were immediately scrapping wrist x-rays to determine the ages of asylum seeker boat crew, the Greens said today.

"The Greens have a bill before parliament to change the laws so children are not detained and wrist x-rays cannot be used," Greens' immigration and children spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

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Pressure on Abbott over marriage equality

The Australian Greens say remarks by Malcolm Turnbull and Barry O'Farrell on a conscience vote for marriage equality is further proof Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, should allow a free vote.

"If the Coalition sticks with Tony Abbott's outdated policy of marriage being between a man and a woman, opposition members should be allowed a conscience vote," Greens' marriage equality spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

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Labor lurches to the right and loses touch

Opening the Labor Party conference, Julia Gillard told her party faithful she wanted the ALP to be the party that says "yes to the future".

Yet the Prime Minister spent the next three days advocating for the resurrection of the old, tired conservative policies of John Howard. On policies covering asylum seekers, uranium and same-sex marriage, Labor's leader backed the stance of the former ultra-conservative Liberal prime minister.

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New survey shows 80% want Abbott to give Coalition MPs a conscience vote on marriage equality

The Australian Greens say the unstoppable drive for marriage equality continues with a new Galaxy poll showing 80 percent of respondents want the Coalition to have a free vote on it in parliament.

The survey conducted for Australians for Marriage Equality also shows 76 percent of Coalition supporters would back their MPs having a conscience vote.

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Greens to seize momentum on marriage equality

The Australian Greens have announced today they will reintroduce their marriage equality bill into both houses of parliament when sittings resume in early 2012.

Seizing on the momentum of the ALP's decision on marriage equality, Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young invited both Labor and Liberal members to co-sign her bill.

"Marriage equality and fairness for all is about love and should be above politics," the Greens' marriage equality spokesperson said.

"With support from members from all sides, I believe these bills can pass in time for the spring wedding season."

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Scherger leg of immigration network inquiry hears more stories of damaged people

Members of the ongoing immigration detention network inquiry have seen and heard more graphic examples of damaged asylum seekers, this time at the Scherger detention centre in far north Queensland.

"This morning we've heard from a psychiatrist who, like other mental health experts before him, confirmed inadequate support services are available for detainees," inquiry deputy chair and Greens' immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

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Community release for most fragile detainees a positive step

The government's decision to begin transferring asylum seekers out of detention and into the community is a positive one, the Australian Greens said today.

"This decision should be a matter of course for the Immigration Department, rather than detaining them indefinitely," Greens' immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

"There's no use waiting until a person has been damaged by their time in detention before considering they are ready for a bridging visa.

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Australian Greens move on Russian anti-gay law, but major parties reject it

Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has today spoken out against a bill before the St Petersburg Legislature in Russia that will criminalise public discussion of LGBTI issues.

"The bill before the St Petersburg parliament represents an appalling infringement on human rights for LGBTI people," the Greens' spokesperson for sexual orientation and gender identity said.

"The bill is being presented by the ruling party in Russia. This is a party that has some history when it comes to the persecution of LGBTI people.

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