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Police uniforms to be kept in the closet

The Australian Greens are urging Police Commissioner Gary Burns to allow South Australian police to wear their uniforms while marching in the Adelaide Pride Parade this Saturday.

 “South Australian police shouldn’t be forced to keep their uniforms in the closet at this year’s Adelaide Pride Parade,” Greens spokesperson for Human Rights, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 “I will be writing to South Australia’s Police Commissioner, Gary Burns, urging him to reverse his decision.

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HR Commissioner’s comments discredit offshore processing regime

The Human Rights Commissioner’s comments regarding offshore processing on Nauru have shown just how unacceptable the situation there is, the Australian Greens said.

 “The top expert on human rights in Australia has recognised that the human rights breaches that are happening on Nauru are totally unacceptable,” Greens’ spokesperson for immigration, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Helping those who help our troops in Afghanistan

The Australian Greens have announced they will introduce a bill into the Senate that would create a special visa class enabling the permanent resettlement in Australia for Afghan interpreters and other at-risk employees who worked for the Coalition forces, along with their families.

 “Australia is indebted to the brave Afghan men and women who risk their lives by working with the Coalition armed forces in their home country,” Greens spokesperson for human rights, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Australia continues to disappoint on migration policy

The Greens will not support the Gillard Government in their race to the bottom on immigration policy, as they plan to annexe the entire continent of Australia from the migration zone for refugees who arrive by boat.

 “This is a shameful piece of legislation that discriminates against some of the most vulnerable people in our region, based on the way in which they arrive in Australia,” Greens immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Government must not take any chances on deporting people to danger or death

The Australian Government must ensure the safety of a Tamil man they are sending back to Sri Lanka at the same time as the British High Court has chosen to halt similar deportations, the Australian Greens said today.

 “The British High Court is aware of the persecution that awaits these people when they return home, but the Australian Government is still deporting them," Greens spokesperson for immigration, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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False surplus delivered as immigration costs kept hidden

The huge cost of the Gillard Government’s offshore detention policy, which remains a mystery because of the deliberate obfuscation of the total expense, hasn’t been solved in today’s MYEFO announcement according to the Australian Greens.

 “Despite the Government admitting to a $1.2 billion blowout in the cost of implementing their immigration policy, the actual expense to the Australian tax payer remains a mystery,” Greens immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Labor and Coalition in race to the bottom on immigration policy

The Labor Party and Tony Abbott’s coalition are auctioning off the lives off refugees in a bid to implement the most inhumane immigration policies, the Australian Greens said.

 “The Government refuses to say what ‘no advantage’ means, but we now know that the Opposition plans to destroy people by sending them to Nauru and Manus Island for at least five years,” Greens immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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