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New ‘asylum seeker syndrome’ is avoidable with time limits on detention: Greens

A new psychological condition diagnosed among asylum seekers held in indefinite detention is further evidence of the need to put time-limits on detention and close remote and isolated detention centres, the Australian Greens said today. “The discovery of this new mental illness syndrome is nothing for Australia to be proud of,” Greens’ immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said. “It is saddening to learn that this new condition is being created because of the long-term and indefinite detention of vulnerable people…

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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. “No one with…

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Greens urge govt stop destroying families and change ASIO Act

The Australian Greens have today urged the federal government to change the ASIO Act after revelations another family has been torn apart and faces indefinite detention even though they have been granted refugee protection. “The Greens were deeply upset by last night’s Lateline story on a young Sri Lankan woman and her two sons who have been removed from Melbourne to Villawood detention centre,” Greens’ immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said. “Australia authorities found they were refugees and gave them…

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Greens successfully create inquiry into Indonesian children held in Australian adult prisons

The Australian Greens today announce they’ve successfully created a parliamentary inquiry to examine whether Indonesian children are being held in facilities such as prisons and remand centres where adults are also kept. “There are at least two dozen Indonesians who may be children who have been convicted and jailed alongside Australian adult offenders,” Greens’ immigration and youth affairs spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said. “The Attorney-General has announced these 24 cases will be reviewed, and while we welcome that, parliament must…

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Immigration Dept’s budget blow out was avoidable with time limits and more community release places: Greens

The blow out of more than $1 billion dollars in the Immigration Department’s budget was avoidable had the government finally put time limits on detention and increased community release places, the Australian Greens said today. “The annual average cost of a community release programme is $10,400 per person, compared to more than $137,000 if an asylum seeker is kept indefinitely in a detention centre,” Greens’ immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said. “Detention centre operating costs are of course higher for…

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