LNP Government bullying refugees with Cambodia deal

The deal between the Australian and Cambodian governments will put the lives of women and young girls at extreme risk and should not go ahead, the Australian Greens have said.

"It is shameful that the Abbott government is forcing refugees to choose between cruelty on Nauru and cruelty in Cambodia," The Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"There is nothing optional about this deal. It's like the bully in the schoolyard, asking if you want a punch to the face or a kick in the guts.

"The cost of cruelty is extremely high and now the Australian tax payer is being signed up to an open-ended deal with one of the most corrupt nations on Earth.

"The government has already blown billions on detention camps in the Pacific and now they're giving more tax payer dollars to Cambodia.

"My primary concern is for the young, unaccompanied girls on Nauru who simply won't be safe in Cambodia.

"Human rights organisations have said the incidence of rape and sexual exploitation is on the rise in Cambodia, especially for girls and young women. The moment these girls step off the plane, they will be put at risk."