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Turnbull & Trump: There is a Better Way

The leaked transcript of a phone call between US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull confirms that this Liberal Government has one of the cruellest refugee policies in the world.

The lack of empathy or compassion for people who are suffering and the callous disregard for their fate is deeply shocking.

If either Trump or Turnbull cared as much about finding a solution to the problems generating the global refugee crisis as they did about saving their own hides, we might be able to find a lasting solution.

Malcolm Turnbull confirmed to Donald Trump that the US is not obliged to accept a single refugee, which leaves the people Australia has imprisoned on Manus Island and Nauru in a terrible limbo.

In 2017, we'll show them that there is a Better Way.

For over a decade, Labor and Liberal have said the best way to save lives is to lock people up. But, we’ve got a bold, new approach that shows there is a better way to welcome those seeking a safe home.

The Greens' plan will shut the detention camps on Manus Island and Nauru and abolish the practice of offshore detention. We will give $500 million to assessment and support organisations in our region to speed up the process and give people access to education and work rights while they wait. We will abolish temporary protection visas and provide permanent protection to people seeking safety.

Every person should be treated with dignity and respect. The Greens will introduce a 30 day time limit for people held in on-shore immigration detention. This is ample time to conduct the necessary checks and to assess their claims for asylum.