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First plane lands in Nauru, but there is still no 'solution'

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Friday, 14 September 2012

Media Release

First plane lands in Nauru, but there is still no ‘solution’

The first planeload of refugees touched down on Nauru this morning but there is still uncertainty regarding how long they will be detained on the island and who will process their claims for asylum.

“We’ve seen a plane go to Nauru today and the question to the government is ‘when is the first plane of refugees from Indonesia and Malaysia going to arrive on Australian soil?’” said Greens immigration spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young today.

“As the experts and the Greens know, the only way to save lives is by bringing refugees to Australia safely from where they are in our region. Until there is a safer pathway and people in the camps in Malaysia and Indonesia know they don’t have to board a boat, people will keep coming in desperation.

“We need clarity from the Australian Government regarding just how long refugees will be made to suffer in detention in Nauru.

“The government has refused to put a humane time limit on how long refugees will be held on Nauru even though the ‘No Advantage’ rule has been discredited by the UNHCR.

“The Houston Report detailed a number of things that needed to be in place before anyone was sent to Nauru and they’re simply not there. These include appropriate accommodation, clarity over who will assess refugee claims, legal advice for asylum seekers and fair review of decisions for refugees.”

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