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PM Abbott must sack Scott Morrison and close Manus Island - Greens

The Australian Greens have called for Scott Morrison to be sacked from the Ministry following revelations that the violent attacks on Manus Island took place inside the refugee prison camp, resulting in the death of asylum seeker Reza Berati.

"The Prime Minister must sack the Minister and close his cruel refugee prisons immediately," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

"Tony Abbott must take personal responsibility for the failure of the morally bankrupt and cruel offshore processing regime that was started by Labor and embraced by his government.

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Greens call for Royal Commission into offshore detention incidents and death

The Australian Greens have called on Tony Abbott to initiate a Royal Commission into the conditions and management of Australia's offshore detention camps, which led to the death of an Iranian refugee while in Australia's care on Manus Island.

"The tragedy of a refugee killed while in Australia's care should be the final nail in the coffin for Labor and the Abbott government's morally bankrupt and cruel offshore processing regime," Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne said.

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Australian Greens on Indonesian suspension of cooperation

The Australian Greens are deeply concerned about implications of the diplomatic crisis that continues with Indonesia.

"I am deeply disappointed and alarmed at the rate of deterioration in the relationship between Indonesia and Australia," Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

"Australia and Indonesia should be building and deepening our friendship but instead Tony Abbott has allowed his cheap domestic politics of ‘stop the boats' to undermine the long-term interest of the nation.

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Refugee Independent Health Advisory Panel

The Greens plan for an expert panel to monitor the health of refugees in offshore detention.

Conditions in Australia’s offshore refugee camps are harsh and dangerously inadequate, with no safeguards or oversight for medical and mental health, and no transparency. The old parties are risking the health and wellbeing of thousands of refugees, including children, by dumping them in appalling conditions in Nauru and Papua New Guinea. A caring nation looks after people fleeing persecution and their physical and mental health.

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Children and families will suffer the most in Rudd’s latest cruel and absurd Nauru proposition

The Australian Greens have condemned Kevin Rudd's latest cruel manoeuvring and bribery of Nauru.

Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said: "The Prime Minister is caught out by his own rush to cruelty.

"Kevin Rudd said there would be no exceptions, but when it became clear he couldn't send children under seven or pregnant women because of malaria, he had to hurriedly cobble together a new cruel punishment for them.

"Kevin Rudd has come up with Nauru not only as a place of punishment, but as a place of resettlement. It is cruel and absurd.

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Australian Greens invest in refugee safety

The Australian Greens have launched a new plan to give refugees a safer pathway to protection.

The plan includes increasing the government's humanitarian intake to 30,000 a year, providing an extra $70 million per annum in emergency funding to help fast track the processing of refugee claims in Indonesia and shutting down all detention camps in Nauru and Papua New Guinea.

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Another Way For Refugees

The Greens’ approach to refugees will save lives by offering a safe, legal and humane alternative to dangerous boats – instead of the major parties’ escalating arms race of cruel deterrence measures.

Kevin Rudd’s decision to dump every refugee in Papua New Guinea, one of the world’s most impoverished countries, is shameful. It is no wonder Tony Abbott has welcomed it.

Not to be outdone by Labor, the Coalition has adopted Labor’s indefinite offshore dumping policy and also promised to open up a detention camp for refugees in a slum in Nauru.

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Australia's Day of Refugee Shame

Prime Minister Rudd's refugee announcement is Australia's day of refugee shame, Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

"A rich country like Australia paying off a poor country to take our desperate refugees is passing the buck and an abrogation of our responsibilities to people and the international community," Senator Milne said.

"It's not a regional solution, but a radical, right-wing, hard-line response. Manus Island will be Australia's gulag in PNG.

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Failure of cruel asylum policy on display

The arrival of refugees in Geraldton, WA, is a clear sign that the government’s harsh treatment of refugees isn’t stopping people from coming by boat or making them safer. The Australian Greens are calling for an urgent boost in the number of refugees being resettled in Australia.

“The government’s policy of cruelty has entirely failed,” the Greens’ immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“Offering a secure path to safety means refugees won’t be forced to take dangerous boat journeys.

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Offshore centres must be closed as asylum policy continues to harm

Criticism of the Manus Island detention centre from a member of the government’s own expert panel on asylum seekers shows that Labor’s unravelling Pacific Solution needs to be shut down immediately and children and families need to be brought to the mainland.

“Labor’s policy of offshore detention is hanging in tatters and it’s clear that these island prisons need to be shut down,” the Greens immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“Children do not belong in detention.

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