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Syrian air strikes: PM Abbott throws Australia onto the wrong side of history

The Australian Greens have condemned the Abbott Government's decision to commence airstrikes in Syria, warning it will worsen the refugee crisis and aggravate extremism.

"At a time when our community is desperate to show compassion to people fleeing war in Syria, Tony Abbott is dropping bombs," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"I'm so proud of the way Australians have told the government loud and clear that we are strong enough to offer protection to people seeking refuge from war.

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Mr Edward Snowden - a person of interest?

Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs

Notice given 17 June 2013

Senator Scott Ludlam: asked the Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs on 17 June 2013:

Is United States citizen Mr Edward Snowden listed on the passenger assessment clearance and evaluation system to alert Customs and Border Protection that he is a person of interest and may be subject to intervention.

 

In the absence of Senate representation arrangements - The Minister for Home Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

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West Aussies to defy the winter with warm Welcome

The Greens, Amnesty International, the Anglican Church, Refugee Rights Action Network and many others have joined together to host the Refugee Welcome Fiesta in Fremantle tomorrow.

The all-inclusive community event marks the end of World Refugee Week and also commemorates Welcome To Australia's national Walk Together.

Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said "the dangerous trend of politicians exploiting refugees for political advantage is toxic for all immigrants, and indeed toxic for all Australians. We are gathering to take a stand for tolerance and humanity".

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Speech on the Migration Legislation Amendment (The Bali Process) Bill 2012

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (16:08): I rise to add some comments to this debate on the Migration Legislation Amendment (The Bali Process) Bill 2012. It has been interesting, having spent most of the day in here, that despite the fact that this parliament is bitterly divided on this issue, there is a striking degree of agreement across the chamber about what we are seeking to prevent.

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