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Greens introduce Bill to stop babies being sent offshore



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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Greens introduce Bill to stop babies being sent offshore

The Greens have introduced a Bill in the Senate today that prevents the Government from deporting vulnerable newborn babies to offshore centres like Nauru.

“This Bill rules out the possibility of the Government sending babies offshore into conditions that are unsuitable for new born babies," Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“The Bill will ensure that the rights of children who are born in Australia to asylum seeker parents are upheld and protected.”

“Nauru is not an appropriate place for these babies to grow and be cared for; I have seen these conditions for myself, and it is no place for a child to be raised.

“They are here, these children were born in Australia, and they deserve to be cared for and protected from harm.”

“These children and their families are already here in Australia, so the argument of deterrence doesn't affect them.”

“Waking up pregnant women and children in the middle of the night and sending them to Nauru, or Christmas Island, is no way to treat people who have sought help from our country.”

“In years to come, we will look back on this period of Australian history with shame and disbelief.”

“Children are our future and I hope my Parliamentary colleagues will see the value in giving these children a better start in life.”

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