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Greens win joint inquiry into mandatory detention

The Australian Greens have achieved a strong victory by winning approval for a wide-ranging inquiry by both houses of parliament this morning into Australia’s mandatory detention network.

Greens MP, Adam Bandt, successfully moved amendments to a Coalition motion shifting the focus to the policy of mandatory detention.

“I welcome the support of the House for the Greens’ preferred inquiry into mandatory detention,” Mr Bandt said.

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Bandt moves motion condemning Malaysia refugee deal

Greens MP Adam Bandt will move a motion today condemning the government's deal to expel asylum seekers to Malaysia.

If passed the motion will be the first time both houses of parliament have condemned a Gillard government policy.

"I don't make this move lightly, but the Malaysia deal is unacceptable. It breaches our obligations and will violate human rights," Mr Bandt said today.

"The Greens support an increase to our humanitarian migration but it should not occur by swapping the human rights of one group of people for another."

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Budget quick fix on skills wrong: Bandt

Budget quick fix on skills wrong: Bandt

The Greens MP and spokesperson for Employment and Workplace Relations Adam Bandt has raised concerns that the Government is ignoring the skills and potential of local workers, including migrants, in its plans to fast-track skilled migration.

Mr Bandt also said the quick fix solution comes as unemployment amongst qualified migrants permanently settled in Australia is too high.

"Workers should share in the prosperity of the boom by getting trained and learning new skills," Mr Bandt said.

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First Speech in the House of Representatives

Australian Greens Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt gave his first speech in the House of Representatives on Thursday September 30. A draft transcript is after the break, or you can watch the video below. You can also download a pdf of the Hansard transcript.

I am enormously proud to be here as the first member of the Australian Greens elected at a general election and especially to be representing the electorate of Melbourne.

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