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Australia's fair-go under threat with PNG deal

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Friday, 26 July 2013

Australia’s fair-go under threat with PNG deal

The old parties’ race to the bottom on refugees is damaging Australia’s reputation as a fair and caring country, the Australian Greens have said.

“Australia’s generous heart is under attack,” the Greens immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“The very thing that we feel the most pride in, Australia’s willingness to give people a fair-go, has been severely undermined by Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott.

“Locking families in Australia’s gulag on Manus Island is unthinkable, but this government has even committed to sending unaccompanied children to the terrible conditions there.

“It’s no wonder that the UNHCR has slammed the disgraceful PNG deal Labor has entered into.

“No one believes the conditions on Manus Island are appropriate. The UNHCR doesn’t, Amnesty International doesn’t and even the guards who work there don’t.

“The Minster is the only person who thinks the conditions there are acceptable, and no one else believes him.

“This deal is a new low point in the history of Australia’s treatment of refugees and there will be many long-time Labor supporters shaking their heads today.

“The rush to the election on the back of refugee cruelty is threatening Australia’s reputation as an upstanding global citizen.”

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