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Latest Darwin lip-sewing protest more evidence to stop indefinite mandatory detention

The latest act of self-harm by asylum seekers in Darwin again demonstrates why alternatives to indefinite mandatory detention are urgently needed, the Australian Greens said today.
"We are sadly seeing more long-term damage with Faili Kurds in Darwin sewing their lips together to protest being detained for up to 22 months," Greens' immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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Sarah's urgent motion on amending the Marriage Act to achieve marriage equality

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (15:43): At the request of Senator Siewert, I move:
That, in the opinion of the Senate, the following is a matter of urgency:

The recognition that an increasing majority of the Australian community supports marriage equality and believes it is time for the federal parliament to amend the Marriage Act to provide for this.

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Greens’ bill to keep Indonesian children out of Australian adult prisons

The Greens will in the Senate this week introduce a bill which seeks to stop any more Indonesian children accused of people smuggling from being detained in Australian adult prisons.

"At least 34 Indonesian children have been freed by Australian courts and returned home after months of unnecessary anguish and detention," Greens' immigration and children spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

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Mental health expert confirms detention providers not following immigration department protocols

An expert advising the federal government has told an inquiry there is confusion between detention contractors and the Immigration Department about protocols for handling detainees with mental illnesses, the Australian Greens said today.

"Professor Louise Newman has confirmed what we had long suspected - that decisions and protocols made by staff in detention centres on the welfare and health of fragile detainees is not in line with best practice or well-understood medical standards," Greens' immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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Greens back Jakarta’s call for all Indonesian children to be released from Australian jails

The Australian Greens have today welcomed the news another Indonesian boy, Dion Domun, has been released by a Melbourne court after people smuggling charges against him were dropped.

"Children such as Dion should never be held in adult prisons, whether that's here in Australia or Indonesia or elsewhere," Greens' spokesperson for immigration and children, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

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Greens demand independent inquiry into detained Indonesian children

All Indonesians who are detained in Australian adult jails should be immediately released while they undergo processes to determine their ages, the Australian Greens said today.

"The Gillard government should urgently commission an independent inquiry into why these Indonesian children are being imprisoned in Australian jails," Greens' immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

"This unacceptable policy breaches Australia's obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and also breaches appropriate standards under our domestic laws.

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People smuggling bill misleads Australian public

The government's hastily-drafted Deterring People Smuggling Bill 2011 misleads Australians because it does nothing to disrupt smuggling or stop the trade's kingpins from exploiting asylum seekers and poor Indonesian fishermen, the Australian Greens said today.

"This Bill, and the Commonwealth charges it seeks to amend, fails to address the fact the people smuggling organisers deem the Indonesian crew as expendable as the leaky boats," Greens' immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

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Urgent reviews needed for immigration detention centre contracts

Persistent problems within detention centres such as detainees harming themselves, staff who lack adequate qualifications and abysmal mental health services are compelling reasons why the Immigration Minister must urgently review the operating contracts, the Australian Greens said today.

"The Greens have long argued that contracting to a private company is an inappropriate way to run the detention network in the first place," Greens' immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

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