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Human rights for asylum seekers: public forum in Leichhardt

Lee Rhiannon will be co-hosting a public forum on human rights for asylum seekers along with Member for Balmain Jamie Parker at Leichhardt Town Hall. Prominent barrister Julian Burnside QC will also be speaking.

When: Tuesday 1 November, 7:30pm
Where: Italian Forum Cultural Centre, 23 Norton Street Leichhardt

For more information contact Senator Rhiannon's office by calling 02 9241 6966 or emailing senator.rhiannon@aph.gov.au.

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Detention – no place for a one year old

Blog post by Senator Lee Rhiannon

Balloons and streamers bobbing in the wind showed us the way to the birthday house. These days this is not an unusual weekend sight in suburban Sydney. The Villawood home of the Ragavan family may look like a regular suburban house but it is effectively a prison, behind massive wire fences and heavy security checks.

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Greens call on Serco to release Villawood staffing rosters

Commenting on reports of reduced staffing levels at Villawood Immigration Detention Centre (Guards to be cut at Villawood: union, Sydney Morning Herald, 8 June 2011) Greens NSW Senator-elect Lee Rhiannon said she remains concerned that Serco management are putting their company’s financial interests before those of its workforce and detained asylum seekers.

“Staffing levels at Villawood Detention Centre should not be cut,” Ms Rhiannon said.

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Off-shore processing and detention of children must stop

Lee Rhiannon, widely tipped to win a NSW Senate seat for the Greens NSW, congratulated those bringing a High Court case, which begins today, testing the lawfulness of current off-shore processing arrangements on Christmas Island. She also called on the Federal government to abide by its international obligations with regards to refugees and asylum seekers.

“Labor and the Coalition are arguing about which of our neighbours should bear Australia’s responsibility for processing refugees and asylum seekers,” Ms Rhiannon said.

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