Senator Sarah Hanson-Young

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Australian Greens statement on asylum boat tragedy

The sinking of an asylum seeker boat north of Christmas Island yesterday is a tragedy, the Australian Greens said this morning. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by this awful tragedy, and we hope that as the rescue operation continues more survivors will be found,” Greens’ immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said. “We express our support for the brave efforts of all Australian and Indonesian personnel involved in the rescue effort. “The Australian Greens reaffirm our…

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Hanson-Young among thousands rallying around Australia this weekend* urging fairer go for refugees

Australians will attend rallies across the country today and tomorrow for World Refugee Day (officially June 20) in support of a fairer go for refugees. “The Australian Greens are working to put time limits on detention into legislation, because we know the current system is causing easily preventable mental and physical damage to already fragile people,” Greens’ immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said. “We’ve legislation before parliament which sets time limits – as recommended by the recent parliamentary inquiry into…

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Move 18 Indonesian children out of adult prisons now: Greens

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. “The Attorney-General’s department has conceded the age claims of the Indonesians have merit,…

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

The Australian Greens on May 26, 2012 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…

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Blaming refugees for people smugglers’ tricks not the solution: Greens

Desperate people will keep risking everything they have and flee for Australia via leaky boats if they feel they have no other alternative because of limited protection options, the Australian Greens said today. “In the rush to punish people smugglers, we mustn’t lose sight of the bigger picture and the causes that force people to run for their lives,” Greens’ immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said. “People will continue fleeing from war, torture or persecution and will always take their…

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