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Child care sector needs more money, direct funding and higher wages

The federal government should make extra money available to directly fund childcare services and increase wages for staff, the Australian Greens said today.

"The Greens want these reforms to proceed because they represent some of the best ways to improve educating our youngest Australians," Greens' spokesperson for Early Childhood Education and Care, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

"The federal government also ought to listen and act on the childcare union's comments on direct funding, extra spending and higher wages.

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Move 18 Indonesian children out of adult prisons now

The Australian Government must urgently move 18 Indonesians who claim they are minors out of adult prisons and into appropriate facilities while their cases are being reviewed, the Australian Greens said today.

"If you think they might be children, get on with it and get them out of adult prisons now and into facilities appropriate for children," Greens' immigration and youth affairs spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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Directly funding childcare services would help make centres more affordable

Now the Prime Minister's childcare summit has concluded, the Gillard government ought to be taking steps to directly fund childcare centres and examine raising the wages of centre staff, the Australian Greens said today.

"These measures are vital to ensure that our childcare centres give high quality, affordable services to parents and that staff don't leave the industry," Greens' spokesperson for Early Childhood Education and Care Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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All Indonesian children should be removed immediately from adult jails and detention facilities

The Australian Greens have today called on the government remove all young Indonesians from adult facilities until the review is completed or their correct ages are determined.

"The risk of further damage to at least 22 children whose cases are being reviewed is far too great," Greens' immigration and youth affairs spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

"The revelations by Fairfax that another boy has been prosecuted and convicted as an adult is but the latest example in this international scandal involving Australia's treatment of Indonesian children

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High Court challenge to ASIO Act needed to restore justice; new Greens' bill makes the necessary reforms for a fair-go

The Australian Greens have backed a High Court challenge to the indefinite detention of refugees who have been issued with adverse security assessments by ASIO, a move the party says supports the Greens announcement this week to amend the ASIO act to allow for appeal rights and review mechanisms for refugees and asylum seekers.

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New Children's Commissioner means at-risk people finally get a national voice

Legislation for an Australian Greens' proposal to create a National Children's Commissioner will be introduced today by the federal government and will finally give children and young people, particularly those at risk, a voice.

"We support this legislation based on a Greens' idea that finally gives Australian children and young people national representation," Greens' youth affairs spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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Greens to amend ASIO Act so refugees and their children can challenge indefinite detention

The Australian Greens said today they will seek to amend the ASIO Act so refugees, including children, are no longer detained for the rest of their lives because of adverse security assessments which cannot be challenged.

"There is a problem with the current law that allows for a young mother and her children to be detained indefinitely, effectively for the rest of their lives without explanation or ability to challenge," Greens' immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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