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Greens condemn Government failure to meet its own deadline for sex and gender inclusion on documents

Janet Rice 30 May 2017

The Department of the Attorney General has revealed in Senate Estimate that they do not know whether Departments have implemented guidelines on the recognition of sex and gender which were introduced in 2013 and which should have been rolled out by 2016.

Questioned by Senator Janet Rice, Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson, the Department admitted that ten months after the guidelines should have been implemented, they didn’t know whether the Department of Human Services’ failure to do so was an isolated incident, or indicative of more widespread lack of compliance.

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Greens caution Government on locking in bank levy rate

Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following comments on reports that the Government plans to lock in a six basis point levy into legislation.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Locking the levy in at six basis points means potentially locking in a revenue shortfall, money much needed for schools and hospitals in this country.

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20 years later and we are facing another Stolen Generation: Greens

On the 20 year anniversary of the Bringing them Home report, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert is warning that another Stolen Generation is underway, and is urging the Government to act on recommendations made by a senate inquiry into Out of Home Care.

“Nearly two years ago, I tabled a senate inquiry report into out-of-home care that made 39 recommendations on how to improve the system. This has been totally ignored by the Turnbull Government.

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Estimates raises human rights concern and lack of consultation on drug testing income support recipients

Questioning in estimates has revealed that the Disability Discrimination Commissioner has some concerns for the potential for human rights in relation to drug testing of income support applicants, and that the Government did not seek any advice from the Australian Human Rights Commission on the matter. 

“A lot of people in the community share the concerns of the Commissioner”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

“He has taken on notice the question about more details of his concerns. I have deep concerns that this measure is discriminatory.

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Youth detention Royal Commission extension welcome, but we need it nationwide: Greens

Greens respond to the Attorney General’s announcement that the Royal Commission into Northern Territory youth detention will be extended by eight weeks, Senator Rachel Siewert said:

“We welcome this extension. Clearly it sends a signal that more deliberations need to occur.

“So far the evidence presented has been distressing. Clearly youth detention in this country is setting up troubled kids to fail.

“I urge the Prime Minister to consider extending the investigation beyond Northern Territory borders. Clearly systemic problems in youth detention are nationwide.

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Government must put a floor under the bank levy

The Australian Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, today called on the government to guarantee that the bank levy will meet budgeted forecasts for revenue.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The big four banks have all been briefed on the bank levy and have all estimated that it will bring in less than what the government has budgeted for.

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Key steps for healing for the Stolen Generations must be implemented by the Government including reparations: Greens

A report released by the Healing Foundation today outlines four key priorities for healing for the Stolen Generations and must be considered by Prime Minister Turnbull, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“The remaining Aboriginal people who are part of the Stolen Generations deserve to be supported through a healing process, until that is done properly the impacts will continue through intergenerational trauma and entrenching disadvantage.

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Seven years on from Greens’ first National ICAC proposal- time for talk is over

Lee Rhiannon 23 May 2017

Greens spokesperson for Democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon has welcomed Labor’s support for a National Integrity Commission in light of the ATO tax fraud scandal.

“Mr Turnbull thinks this case demonstrates the system is working, but it’s astounding that $165 million has already been allegedly defrauded before charges were laid,” said Senator Rhiannon.

“Without a National ICAC, the public will still be wondering if charges could have been laid earlier and if existing bodies have all the necessary powers of deterrence and investigation.

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Dutton's latest attack on natural justice

Peter Dutton placing unreasonable deadlines on claims for asylum is an attack on some of Australia's most vulnerable people and undermines natural justice and the rule of law, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"By setting an arbitrary deadline Mr Dutton is deliberately setting desperate people up to fail," Senator McKim said.

"There is simply not enough time for 7500 people to receive the legal advice they need and submit their applications on time."

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Greens call on government to protect the rights of Australian journalist

The Australian Greens today called on the Turnbull government to finally stand up for Julian Assange, an Australian citizen and journalist persecuted for publishing.

"For seven years the Australian Greens have protested the inaccurate and prejudicial statement made about WikiLeaks and Mr Assange by the Gillard government, as well as the inaction of the Rudd, Abbott and Turnbull governments," Australian Greens Co-deputy leader and communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said.

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