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Families divided by Labor's cruelty



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Thursday 29 August 2013

Families divided by Labor's cruelty

The Labor Party's decision to separate pregnant mothers from their families is yet another sign of the old parties' race to the bottom on refugee cruelty, the Australian Greens have said.

"Labor's obsession with refugee cruelty has divided the electorate and now it's dividing vulnerable families", the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said today.

"Separating mothers from their families won't save lives at sea. It's time for the Labor Party to give up the charade and admit to the Australian public that its hard-line refugee policy is actually about winning votes not stopping boats.

"Reports of family separations have come a day after we heard that a child had attempted to take his own life on Christmas Island.

"Pregnant women are being separated from their families and children are being driven to attempt suicide. This is the harsh reality of what Labor's 'hard-line' asylum policy actually looks like.

"The Greens are standing up for refugees and trying to offer them the fair-go that Australia is famous for.

"A genuine regional solution of assessment and resettlement is the only way that we can save lives at sea, but the old parties are locked in a race to the bottom that is making that impossible.

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