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Thank you. Thanks. The Greens are

calling for the Prime Minister to

end the 'Oceanic Viking' saga by

bringing the ship and the Sri

Lankan asylum seekers it's carrying

to Christmas Island. Greens senator

Sarah Hanson-Young joins us now

live from Canberra.

To sort fact from fiction on this,

these refugees were picked up in Indonesia's search-and-rescue area

at Indonesia's request. Why is it

now so much our problem? Well, we

know these 78 asylum seekers are

now on board the Australian ship

and they've been in there for over

a week, nearly two weeks now. And

circling around the ocean. It's

Australia about the responsibility that

Australia has in our region as a

developed nation, as a first world

nation, a nation that prides itself

on showing compassion to people

seeking protection. And they are

now on board the Australian ship.

It hasn't been as simple as the

Prime Minister wanted us to believe

a week ago. It's time for the ship

to be brought back to Australia so

we can assess these people's claims.

If, of course, they are refugees,

they can setle here and stay here

and if they're not, they can be

sent home. We need to end this

debacle that is continuing. There's

women and children on this boat and

I don't think there's any

Australian who wants to see this go

on much longer. Yes. But to take it

back to the very first question -

officially, why is it Australia's

problem, apart from our good

nature? Well, it's interesting,

suspect it? It's not a situation

that usually occurs, that there's

an Australian ship holding refugees

in international waters and in

Indonesian waters, as the case is

at the moment. But this is the

situation we're in. And we would

have liked to have seen the boat

come back to Australia a week ago.

That's what I called for then.

Indonesia is not a signatory to the

UN convention. So these people

cannot seek protection from

Indonesia themselves. They can seek

protection from Australia. So this

is the safest, most humane and

quickest way to have their claims

processed. Bring them back to Australia. Let's see if they're

refugees and hopefully let's try

and end this saga that is tpg on

and on without much resolution from

the Indonesian government. either Australian governments or

Well, it is already claimed that

the reason we're getting this flood

of refugees is largely as a result

of the Rudd Government's open-door

policy on this very issue. Isn't

this just sending that same signal

yet again? What we know is going on

is that there is an increased

number of refugees around the world

seeking protection, as there was in

2001, as there was in the 1970s -

Senator, there are official avenues

that these people can make

application to have their refugee

status recognised and make moves

through official channels. This is

just ad hoc. One of the things that

these people are seeking for is

protection because in the Sri

Lankan refugee camps they have no

avenue to be able to put in an

application. The UNHCR are not

allowed in. That's something the

Australian Government need to work

on. It's not illegal to seek asylum

in Australia. It's not illegal to

put up your hand and ask for your

claim to be process. If you are a

refugee, please take you. This is something Australia has a proud

history of doing and it seems that

in this case we've got political

leaders playing a game of politics leaders playing a game of politics

with the lives of inspect people

and vulnerable people, women and

children on board this boat. We

need to come back to basics and

understand why Australia is a

signatory to the convention and

it's because we do believe that

people who are refugees do have a

right to safety. Senator, thank you