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Reveal Beijing’s campaign on Uighurs – Brown to Rudd

The Australian government should make public Beijing's pressure campaign to stop Australia taking Guantanamo Bay inmates, who are Uighurs, found totally innocent of any charge, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

The Australian foreign ministry says ‘it is not our practice to divulge the content of discussions with foreign governments', but China's government is publicly demanding that the Uighurs are sent back to trial in China and, no doubt, further ill-treatment.

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Howard should reverse Papua blunder

Prime Minister John Howard should reverse the blunder of legislating for West Papuan refugees to be banned from Australian soil, Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Sydney today.
"There is no common ground between a Nauruan solution and processing refugees in Australia. That given, the PM should look at how to allay Indonesian anxiety that Australia will simply be a receptacle for West Papuans activists," Senator Brown said.

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Poll shows Vanstone on wrong tack, say Greens

 Today's Newspoll showing that three quarters of Australians disagree with changes to our immigration laws should make the government change tack, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.
"The widespread public opposition to these laws is because they are shaped to appease Jakarta and specifically aimed against West Papuans fleeing to Australia. The laws are racist and indecent," Senator Brown said.

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Greens Reject Zero-net Immigration

Greens Victorian Senate Candidate Charmaine Clarke today launched the Australian Greens immigration and population policies in Melbourne with ethnic Green candidates.

"The Greens are putting forward a humanitarian and far sighted immigration policy that celebrates Australia"s migrant identity," said Ms Clarke

"In a year when immigration has been such a controversial issue the Greens are championing the rights of migrants. The Greens believe that the presence in Australia of people of many cultural backgrounds enriches our society.

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'Put One Nation Last' Protests

The Greens are sponsoring community "Put One National Last" protests on

Sunday, June 7, 1998.


11am, Rally starts King George Square.


11.30 am Queensland Travel Centre 156 Castlereagh St, City.


11am, Wall of Friendship Garden, 188 Collins St, City

Speakers from various community groups threatened by the policies of One Nation will address the protests in each state.

Greens Senator Bob Brown will address the rally in Brisbane.

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