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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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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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Western Australians unite to welcome refugees

The City of Fremantle and community-based refugee agencies in Perth have united with the Fremantle Greens to hold a welcome party as part of Refugee Week.

Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said the event on Saturday, June 25th would "inject some much-needed compassion, community spirit and sense of civic duty into the refugee debate".

South Metropolitan MLC Lynn MacLaren said the Government and Opposition needs to remember that there is nothing illegal about seeking refuge.

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Urgent action needed on Burma's humanitarian crisis

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to do everything it can to help the 20,000 Burmese refugees being forced back into Burma by the Thai Government.

"Australia is considering boosting the aid it sends to the Thai-Burma border where thousands of people are seeking refuge. We should bring forward this aid funding now to partner organisations in the area, rather than waiting for the emergency to get any worse," said Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam.

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Full trade embargo on Burma needed now

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to take a strong stand against the ruling Burmese junta's violent repression of its own people.

"Having completed their sham election, the dictators of Burma are concentrating on brutalising ethnic minorities and anyone it suspects of supporting democratic groups within the country," said Senator Scott Ludlam. "Many people have been killed and about 10,000 refugees have fled from Burma into Thailand as the Burmese army moves to crush any resistance to its bloody rule."

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