The Greens have called on the Abbott Government to commit quickly and to fairly processes the asylum claims of 157 Tamils who will reach the Australian mainland.
Greens’ immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said “The Immigration Minister is a spectacular failure by his own measure, as well as the measure of the international community and decent, caring Australians, The Abbott Government has created this debacle themselves by acting illegally and failing to treat refugees as human beings with dignity.”
“This shameful spectacle, that has seen the government making up cruel policy on the run, will continue until the people on this boat are offered genuine and permanent protection.” Ms Hanson continued.
“After the traumatic experience that the children on this boat have been put through, the Abbott Government must give assurances that they won’t be sent to Nauru or Christmas Island.
“The Abbott Government must guarantee that the people on this boat will be given access to their lawyers.
“The protection claims of all 157 Tamil asylum seekers on this boat must now be processed fairly and quickly on the Australian mainland.”
The Abbott Government has spent weeks showing nothing but contempt for the Parliament, the courts, the asylum seekers on this boat and the Australian people’s right to know.