15 Sep 2011
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown and Immigration spokesperson Sarah Hanson-Young today met with Immigration Secretary Andrew Metcalfe, department officials and Senator Kate Lundy.
"A robust discussion ensued," Senator Brown said in Canberra. "I explained that comments as reported had been very damaging."
While Mr Metcalfe asserted that he had been misrepresented by the media following his briefing with journalists on 7/09/2011, Senator Brown made it abundantly clear that his own comments still stand and did not resile from them. A reference to Europe was raised during the briefing on 7/09/2011.
"The Government requested the department to brief the media. This was unwise, particularly as it preceded the briefing with the Leader of the Opposition and, within days, the Government's policy announcement on plans to legislate to legalise offshore processing in Malaysia," Senator Brown said.
"The Government should desist in putting public servants in a situation which might be seen as part of a political strategy," Senator Brown said.
12 Sep 2011
Today's decision marks a new day of shame in Australia's history of mistreatment of asylum seekers, Greens Leader Bob Brown said.
"Offshore processing was the wrong answer under John Howard and it is wrong answer now," Senator Brown told reporters in Canberra.
"Treating asylum seekers humanely by processing their claims in Australia is the best answer.
"It is the humane solution; it is the cost effective solution; it is the international legal solution and it is the popular solution - with 54% backing according to today's opinion poll.
"The Greens will oppose the Government's legislation at every stage.
"We urge the Government to rethink its approach and adopt onshore processing - the Australian solution."
12 Sep 2011
Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown and Immigration spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young held a press conference to discuss the government's decision to pursue changes in legislation to allow offshore processing of asylum seekers' claims.
11 Sep 2011
The Gillard Government and Abbott Opposition are edging towards an unholy alliance aimed at agreeing on legislation for offshore processing of refugees in breach of international law, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.
"The High Court's decision was based on the global refugee convention but now there's an emerging big party consensus to circumvent it. The Greens will not," Senator Brown said in Hobart.
"Our policy for onshore processing is legal, humane and saves billions of dollars - and it is backed by public opinion," Senator Brown said.
08 Sep 2011
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown, at a press conference in Hobart today, rejects the mining industry's rhetoric about its impact on the economy and calls for humane, legal, cost-effective onshore processing of asylum seekers
08 Sep 2011
Bob Brown on the mining boom, processing asylum seekers onshore, and Gunns dispute holding up the intergovernmental forest agreement progress.
06 Sep 2011
Bob Brown spoke to ABC Radio National’s Fran Kelly today about asylum seekers and the latest Newspoll.
06 Sep 2011
Bob Brown spoke to ABC NewsRadio’s Marius Benson today about onshore processing of asylum seekers as the Greens continue to advocate a legal, humane and cheaper approach than the major parties.
05 Sep 2011
The Greens are offering the Gillard government help to implement the most popular option on asylum seekers which is to process them in Australia, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.
"We already have a Senate bill for 30-day processing of asylum seekers, to match best process overseas. The bill also repeals offshore processing," Senator Brown said in Hobart.
"I think it would be a real pity if the government used the High Court and the Solicitor-General as an excuse to cave in to the Coalition and to cave in to the right generally."
"I have written to the Prime Minister today to welcome talks with the government aimed at facilitating processing asylum seekers in Australia. In particular, noting that the Greens have legislation already in parliament that covers some of the matters that would be covered by such a policy."
"We need an Australian solution - one that is legal, humane, saves taxpayers' money and is backed by the Australian people. A recent poll showed 53 percent preferred onshore processing [Fairfax, 16/08/2011]," Senator Brown said.