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Greens push for 10,000 more family reunion visa places

With the family reunion visa system struggling due to limited places, long waiting lists and excessive fees, the Australian Greens have outlined a plan to restore integrity to the beleaguered program.

The Greens plan would immediately make 10,000 more family reunion places available each year and then initiate a detailed review of the family reunion program.

"The family reunion program simply isn't working anymore and we need to get it back on track," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Dutton’s ‘blackmail’, ‘self-harm’ comments a disgrace: Greens

The Immigration Minister's claims that he is being held to ransom and blackmailed by a one-year-old girl are inexcusable, the Australian Greens have said. Minister Dutton made these comments in response to a question from Greens Federal Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt in Question Time today.

"For Peter Dutton to claim that the government is being held to ransom by Baby Asha is appalling," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Turnbull ‘mum’ on fate of refugee babies & children

In response to his first question since yesterday’s High Court decision concerning the fate of the 37 babies and 90 children living in Australia, directed to him in Question Time by Greens MP Adam Bandt, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull refused to commit to not sending these children currently living in Australia to Nauru.

“It is devastating that Malcolm Turnbull will not commit to letting these children, including 37 babies, stay in Australia,” Mr Bandt said.

“The Prime Minister seems on track to authorise child abuse by sending them to the hellhole of Nauru.”

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Senate report backs Greens on EMAs and s457 visas: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader and workplace spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, has welcomed the tabling of a Senate Inquiry into section 457 visas and the Greens' bill to regulate Enterprise Migration Agreements.

While the Labor majority stopped short of calling for protections to be enshrined in law, the report accepted the principles underlying the bill and recommended much stronger government action on 457s and EMAs, including advertising jobs locally before approving EMAs.

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PM fight on overseas workers a show: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader and workplace relations spokesperson Adam Bandt says the PM's fight with Tony Abbott on overseas workers is a show with no substance.

Mr Bandt says Labor is not even requiring employers to advertise to local workers before recruiting overseas workers on s.457 visas.

"The PM is putting on a show but is not really putting local workers first," Mr Bandt said.

"If Labor was serious about protecting local jobs it would make employers advertise locally before being allowed to employ people on s.457 visas."

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PM overseas worker promise rings hollow: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader and workplace relations spokesperson Adam Bandt says the PM's promise on s457 visas rings hollow, given the failure of the government to require jobs to be advertised locally first.

Allowing the big miners to use secret Enterprise Migration Agreements also showed the Labor government wasn't really serious about putting locals first, Mr Bandt said.

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