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Greens move today to remove children from detention centres by Christmas.

The Australia Greens have moved amendments to a migration bill in the Senate today to bring about an end to the government’s practice of locking up children in immigration detention.

Senator Sarah Hanson-Young  has shared “Children don’t belong behind bars and they should all be released by Christmas.”

“The Turnbull government must chart a new course and show that it is not willing to lock up innocent children indefinitely.”

The Greens will move amendments to the ‘Migration and Maritime Powers Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2015′ in the Senate today that would, among other things;

– See children removed from immigration detention in Australia and,

– Make the reporting of abuse, including child abuse, within detention centres mandatory.

“The Australian Government has failed these children and the sooner we can get them out, the better,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

“We can no longer sit idly by while these children’s lives are destroyed.

“It’s high time this Parliament made the reporting of child abuse in detention centres mandatory. The fact that the Labor and Liberal Parties have ganged up in the past to block this essential move is shameful. I urge them to make sure it doesn’t happen again today.”

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  • i hope that this worked out. is there an up-date?

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  • These poor children. Hope they can find a better life in the long run.

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  • Detention centres are inhuman for adults let alone these young traumatised children. Good on greens for fighting for their rights.

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  • yes seems like no one knows much about what happens with the kids. very tough for them anyway….

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  • I don’t understand why people are kept in detention for so long. Surely it doesn’t take years to check out someone’s credentials. If bureaucracy can’t move any faster, then why not make these detention centres more livable for parents and their children?

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  • Lke zd

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  • Not so good if the parents aren’t released with their children

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  • Wish the parents wouldn’t put the kids in this position.

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  • I also agree with you moms .. children should not be taken away from their parents.
    This is simply removing one problem to create another.

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  • I’m not sure about what to think either. The children are released from the detention centres, but where do they go?

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  • What about the parents? Are they bring released with their children? If not, I have to ask if this isn’t just as damaging as being locked up, being taken away from their parents. And if they are, is that right? Releasing these refugees in to Australia just because they gave children, without the usual security checks?


    • Its not as easy as it seems – these are complicated issues that need to be looked at and assessed properly, trying to make these issues emotional at this time of year doesn’t help find a suitable long term and functional solution.

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