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Another Médecins Sans Frontières hospital tragedy

The Australian government should focus on diplomatic and humanitarian efforts in Syria, in the wake of the tragic Médecins Sans Frontières hospital bombing in Aleppo, the Australian Greens said today.

"We should withdraw our forces immediately, and dedicate our considerable diplomatic capacity and our resources to a humanitarian response. The last thing we should be doing is further adding to the chaos in Syria", Australian Greens Co-Deputy Leader and Foreign Affairs spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Greens welcome East Timor conciliation proceedings

The Australian Greens have welcomed moves by East Timor to commence United Nations conciliation proceedings related to the maritime boundary in the Timor Sea.

“Negotiations over this border have not been conducted in good faith, with the Australian Government more interested in bullying and self-interest than in securing a fair outcome. We welcome these proceedings as an opportunity for the boundary to be fairly and finally resolved,” said Greens Senator Scott Ludlam.

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Greens statement on Lahore bombing

Our hearts go out to those impacted by the devastating attack on families celebrating Easter at a public park in Lahore this weekend.

The killing of around 65 innocent people and the wounding of many more, mostly women and children, is an atrocity.

For the international community it is an almost overwhelming tragedy, coming so soon after the senseless violence that killed at least 28 people in Brussels and 41 in Baghdad.

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Gantz discussion silenced in Senate

The government has today refused a formal Senate vote on the war record of former Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defence Force, the Australian Greens said today. 

"The Minister for Immigration has set a precedent for intervening in specific cases in recent times, but this one apparently can't even be discussed," Australian Greens Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Turnbull must follow Trudeau’s Lead

Australia must take the opportunity to follow the example set by Canada and withdraw our Air Force from the chaos in Syria, the Australian Greens said today.

"This Air Force deployment is a legacy of Tony Abbott's desperation to have a war of his own. As well as even further destabilising the region, it's a huge disservice to our military personnel. Each day of Malcolm Turnbull's indifference is another day of danger for these men and women," Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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What Assistance did the Australian Government provide to the Sri Lankan Criminal Investigation Department (CID)?

Senator Scott Ludlam: asked the Attorney-General on 20 November 2015:

With reference to Australian Government assistance provided to the Sri Lankan Criminal Investigation Department (CID) :

(1) Can the Attorney-General confirm that Australia, via the Australian Federal Police (AFP) , has provided the CID with equipment, as revealed in an ABC 7.30 report on 3 August 2015; if so:

(a) on what date did the assistance begin;

(b) what kind of equipment has been provided by the Australian Government to the CID; and

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