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Government has no refugee plan beyond fear-mongering election politics

The Australian Greens have accused the government of having no plan for people seeking asylum, besides using them as the basis for a divisive fear-mongering election campaign.

"The Australian Greens have a plan. We want to process people's claims and fly those who are in need of protection to Australia safely," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"While the Greens have a plan, the Liberals only have fear-mongering politics.

"Today, the Immigration Minister has sought to conflate people seeking asylum with terrorism.

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Manus Island illegal; time to close the camp and bring the people to Australia

The Australian Greens have welcomed the PNG Supreme Court's decision, declaring the Manus Island camp to be illegal, and have called on Malcolm Turnbull to bring the people who have been locked up there to Australia.

"The game is up. The government has got to shut the Manus Island detention camp and bring these people here," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"This is an important decision and I welcome it. It shows that the Australian Government has been illegally detaining refugees on Manus Island for years.

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Order for the Production of Asylum Seekers

Senator HANSON-YOUNG

I move:

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Prime Minister, no later than 9.30 am on Thursday, 21 April 2016:

(a) any, and all, documents in the Australian Government's possession, including, and in relation to:

(i) any contracts between Broadspectrum (formerly known as Transfield Services) and its subcontractor Wilson Security in relation to operations on Nauru and Manus Island, Papua New Guinea,

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Senate demands government’s Wilson documents

The Senate has supported a Greens motion ordering the government to table all contracts that it holds with Wilson Security and any information relating to the due diligence process that was undertaken before those contracts were awarded.

"There is a major shadow hanging over the government's dealings with Wilson Security," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Labor and Liberal vote against SA jobs and Whyalla Steel

The Labor and Liberal parties combined to defeat a motion* from SA Green Senators Robert Simms and Sarah Hanson-Young in support of the steel industry in Whyalla and South Australian jobs.

"The impact of the Trans Pacific Partnership on SA jobs is clear to see in Whyalla. Our motion today sought to highlight the impact of free trade agreements on preventing national procurement and called for this to be dumped so that we can look after local jobs," said Greens Senator Robert Simms.

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A Better Way – Greens announce plan to welcome 50,000 refugees a year

The Australian Greens have unveiled a bold yet fiscally responsible vision to harness the nation building capacity that people seeking asylum represent, ahead of the 2016 Federal Election*.

By closing the detention camps on Manus Island and Nauru while welcoming 50,000 people seeking asylum per year, which includes 40,000 under the humanitarian intake and 10,000 under a new 'Skilled Refugee' programme, the plan would create a safe way for people in our region to seek asylum in Australia.

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Nauru rape victim must be transferred to Australia

The Australian Greens have called on Malcolm Turnbull to offer a woman, allegedly raped on Nauru while suffering an epileptic seizure, safe passage to Australia for a termination.

"My heart breaks for this young woman and the government should be offering her every level of possible care, not dumping her in Port Moresby," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"The trauma that this woman has been put through must be unimaginable. This is happening over and over again on Nauru and it must be stopped immediately.

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Gov must strip Wilson Security of contracts

Wilson Security should be stripped of their contracts for the offshore detention camps on Manus Island and Nauru after its poor corporate governance practices were revealed in the Panama Papers leak, the Australian Greens have said.

"Wilson Security should be stripped of their contracts and the government should get on with closing the Manus and Nauru camps," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Dutton's deception 'deplorable': Greens

The Australian Greens have called on the Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to rule out sending any children currently in Australia back to Nauru.

"Peter Dutton's sleight of hand and his willingness to use children as political pawns is deplorable," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"While it's good to see the government being forced into releasing children from detention, it means nothing while the Minister plans to send them back to Nauru.

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