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Greens to move motion condemning policy of separating mothers from babies



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Friday, 15 November 2013

Greens to move motion condemning policy of separating mothers from babies

The Australian Greens have announced today that they will move a motion calling on the Senate to condemn the government’s practice of separating mothers and fathers from their newborn babies.

“Forcefully separating a mother from her newborn baby is one of the lowest, most inhumane acts a government could do,” the Greens’ immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said today.

“Australians are becoming increasingly horrified at the viciousness of this Abbott government.

“No mother should be treated like this.

“In moving this motion, I’m appealing to the conscience of every member of the Parliament. The vast majority of MPs, across all parties, would feel a deep sense of shame about this cruel policy of forced separation.

“The Abbott Government's blind cruelty for the sake of politics is an attack on Australia's generous heart and is trashing the value we place on family.”

The text of the motion is listed below.

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Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

I move:

That the Senate calls on the Minister for Immigration to give mothers and fathers of newborn babies unrestricted access to their children.