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Greens call for urgent investigation into saving lives at sea and rescue protocols

The Australian Greens today expressed their sorrow at the recent loss of lives and called for a thorough investigation into improving safety at sea practices and clarifying rescue obligations in law.

"There must be an urgent investigation into the continued delays in responding to distress calls from asylum seeker boats" said Greens' spokesperson for immigration Senator Sarah Hanson-Young in Adelaide today.

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Grave injustices against Indonesian minors but who is taking responsibility?

The Australian Greens have called on the government to make reparations to Indonesian children wrongly imprisoned as adults and bring in urgent legislative safeguards to stop such injustices happening again, after Senator Hanson-Young participated in the Detention of Indonesian Minors in Australia Senate inquiry in Canberra today.

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Senate Speech, Migration Legislation Amendment Bill 2012, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, 16 August 2012

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (09:31):  I rise today to speak to the bill currently before this chamber, the Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing and Other Measures) Bill 2012, that proposes to dump vulnerable men, women and children anywhere but here-a proposal put forward by this government that trashes Australia's obligations under international law and, of course, our obligations under the refugee convention.

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Greens: For how many decades will children be locked up on the island prisons?

The Australian Greens today expressed deep concern that the Prime Minister has picked up the phone to call the President of Nauru but has not called the UNHCR, the organisation the government claims will be advising on welfare protections for people cast offshore for indefinite detention.

"The Prime Minister must inform the Parliament whether she agrees with Mr Abbott that ten years of detention on Nauru is appropriate and how long children will be dumped on the island under the government's new laws.

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Greens to move for time limits on offshore processing

The Australian Greens will move an amendment in the House of Representatives today to establish a one year time limit on the government's cruel offshore processing bill.

"There must be a limit to the cruelty that the Australian government can inflict on refugees, so a time limit would be one simple way of minimising the damage that offshore processing has on refugees and vulnerable children.

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