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Senator Kerry Nettle Australian Greens Senator for New South Wales

Andrews goes back to Tampa with Sri Lankan refugee decision

12th Sep 07

Andrews goes back to Tampa with Sri Lankan refugee decision

12.09.07

The Immigration Department’s decision to grant asylum to 72 out of 83

refugees but refuse them settlement in Australia is a disgrace equal to the

Tampa affair, the Greens spokesperson for Immigration Senator Kerry Nettle

said today.

“This decision to grant refugee status to these people but refuse them

settlement on the Australian mainland is Tampa without the ship”, Senator

Nettle said.

“Either Australia accepts its international obligations or it doesn’t. Asylum

seekers must be able to live here if they are found to be refugees.

"The Government’s 'Pacific Solution' is an international embarrassment that

must be relegated to the dustbin of history along with the Howard

Government.

“What part of the word “refugee” doesn’t Minister Andrews understand?

“The Howard Government should not leave these refugees in limbo like it has

with so many refugees before.

"Kevin Andrews must begin to take Australia’s international obligations

seriously by quitting his election driven agenda," Senator Nettle said.

More information: Kristian Bolwell 0411638320