Immigration & Citizenship
Australia has been enriched by an immigration programme that has welcomed people of different cultural backgrounds. Our immigration programme must be non-discriminatory on the grounds of nationality, ethnic origin, religion, language, gender, disability, sexuality, age or socioeconomic background. Asylum seekers and refugees are a humanitarian problem, not a national security one.
Australia must abide by its obligations under the 1951 Refugee Convention – which Australia helped draft – and assess in good faith all asylum seekers who arrive on our mainland or any of our islands. This must be done without discrimination based on the method of arrival.
The Greens’ immigration policies for asylum seekers include limiting detention to a maximum of 30 days for health, identity and security checks, instituting automatic judicial review for further detention, and ensuring that no child is ever held in detention.
02 Apr 2013
Christine Milne, Larissa Waters and Sarah Hanson-Young held a joint press conference in Melboure to talk about coal seam gas an...
06 Mar 2013
The Prime Minister should cease her offensive rhetoric on the issue of 457 visas
04 Feb 2013
Christine Milne and Sarah Hanson-Young commented on the UNHCR report on detention conditions at Manus Island, Senator Sarah Han...
22 Nov 2012
Christine Milne and Sarah Hanson-Young responded to the Government's Murray Darling Basin Plan, and responded to questions on a...
21 Nov 2012
Christine Milne and Sarah Hanson-Young addressed the pressto comment on the Government's punitive asylum seeker policy and the ...
07 Nov 2012
The Human Rights Commissioner’s comments regarding offshore processing on Nauru have shown just how unacceptable the situ...
23 Aug 2012
The Greens held a joint press conference to discuss mining royalties, the MRRT, environmental protections and increasing the hu...
23 Aug 2012
Christine Milne was interviewed this morning by Fran Kelly on ABC Radio National Breakfast.
20 Aug 2012
Senator Christine Milne, leader of the Australian Greens, stood up in the Senate last Wednesday to defend the right of vulnerab...
15 Aug 2012
Senator Christine Milne speech to the Senate on the asylum seeker legislation debate.