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At today's Rohingya crisis meeting in Bangkok Australia has an opportunity to provide leadership and initiate practical steps to assist in humanitarian efforts to save lives.  

"As one of the wealthiest countries in the region Australia needs to play a leading role at the Rohingya crisis talks and not rely solely on our neighbours to help and resettle refugees stranded in the South East Asian waters", Greens spokesperson for Immigration Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Royal Commission to consider investigating the abuse of children inside Australia's immigration detention centres.


After writing to the Commissioner in relation to  child abuse claims in Australian immigration detention centres, The Australian Greens welcome news that the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is considering allegations of abuse against children within the detention network.

"Refugee children are already extremely vulnerable and the fact that some of them have been subjected to further abuse and assault is sickening and must be exposed" Greens spokesperson on Immigration, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said. 

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Response to the Governments so called humanitarian assistance to Burma


"Last week the  government cut 28 million dollars of aid to Burma. A week later they want a 'pat on the back' for restoring less than a quarter of that" Greens spokesperson for Immigration Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"It's time Australia was genuine with the humanitarian assistance we give our regional neighbours. Australia should restore all foreign aid cuts to Burma and apply diplomatic action focused on addressing human rights abuses against the Rohingyan people.

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The Australian Greens call for the Prime Minister to attend Rohingyan refugee crisis talks

The Australian Greens call for the Prime Minister to provide regional leadership by attending the Rohingyan refugee crisis talks scheduled to be held in Thailand on May 29.

"I'm calling on the Prime Minister today to show up and do something to help. It's time he provided leadership in the region. It's time to show that Australia does care about the lives of people stranded on these boats and care about our regional neighbours struggling with the influx of people who are fleeing persecution" " the Greens immigration spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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The Australian Greens welcome the case filed in the High Court yesterday challenging the lawfulness of offshore detention.

"It is costing taxpayers billions of dollars to keep children locked up in Nauru's squalid tent prison.

"This week's budget shows the government is spending half a million dollars per person, per year, to detain men, women and children on Nauru.

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The Australian Greens have called upon the Abbott Government to provide immediate technical, financial and humanitarian assistance to the reported 8,000 Rohingyan asylum seeking refugees currently adrift in South-East Asian seas.

"The UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration have called for an international search and rescue mission to save the asylum seekers and Australia is best placed to provide such assistance, Greens spokesperson for Immigration Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said

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"The Abbott Government's significant cuts in foreign aid are short sighted and self-serving and will further damage Australia's poor global reputation on immigration" Greens spokesperson on Immigration Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has said.

"With effectively no cuts to aid in Nauru, PNG and Cambodia the government is blatantly paying off these nations to do Australia's dirty work on asylum seeker detention.

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Abbott government must take international obligations toward asylum seekers seriously: Greens

 “Unlike Tony Abbott, EU members understand that you can't just turn women and children around and send them back to a war zone’, Greens spokesperson for immigration, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“The EU is completely right, The Abbott Government has no respect for international law or its non-refoulement obligations.

“Cutting Australia’s humanitarian intake and refusing to accept UN registered refugees from Indonesia does nothing to support the international community.” 

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Giving asylum seekers work rights while they wait 3+ years is a no-brainer

Giving asylum seekers already living in the community work rights, while they wait at least three years for their refugee applications to be processed, must be a priority for the Immigration Minister, the Australia Greens have said today. 

"Asylum seekers living in the community should have the right to work and study, allowing them to provide for themselves and contribute to the economy,’ Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said. 

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Deal with Iran will put many lives in danger

Deporting Iranian asylum seekers against their will put lives in danger, the Australian Greens have said today.

The party has called on the Abbott Government to outline the principles of any deal to forcibly return asylum seekers back to Iran ahead of Foreign Minister Bishop's visit next week.

"Forced deportations to Iran is like a death sentence for many Iranians and their families," Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said today.

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