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Speech - The Attorney General's response to asylum seekers

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale) moved—That the Senate take note of the answer given by the Attorney-General (Senator Brandis) to a question without notice asked by Senator Di Natale today relating to the offshore processing of asylum seekers.

I rise to take note of an answer given to a question I asked of Senator Brandis, the Minister representing the Prime Minister. It relates to the great tragedy that is our offshore detention centre network, and the deaths that are occurring in those prison camps offshore.

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Question – Self harm of asylum seekers

Richard Di Natale

My question is to the minister representing the Prime Minister, Senator Brandis, and relates to offshore processing. I refer to Omid, the case of the young man who self-immolated on Nauru and later died in a Brisbane hospital who was denied adequate medical care, including immediate access to health professionals to adequate pain relief. It is a case that mirrors the tragic situation of Hamid Khazaei on Manus Island, who died after a simple cut on his leg became infected. There were extensive delays in receiving adequate medical treatment.

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Greens call on other companies to follow Ferrovial and dump offshore detention

The Australian Greens have called on all other companies that are profiting from the Australian Government's detention camps on Manus Island and Nauru to get out of offshore detention.

"Making millions from the suffering of men, women and children on Manus Island and Nauru is clearly unsustainable," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Now that Ferrovial and Westpac Bank have seen the writing on the wall and withdrawn their businesses from Nauru and Manus Island, I call on all other companies still there to do the same.

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Nation ‘misty-eyed’ as Omid declared dead

The Australian Greens have expressed their condolences to the friends, family and wife of a young man named Omid who has died after self-immolating on Nauru.

"Today my thoughts are with Omid's family, his friends and his grieving wife Nana," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Sadly, Omid is yet another victim of the cruel detention camps on Manus Island and Nauru, which are a strain on our national conscience.

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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


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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