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Child mortality no longer on track as Government continues rhetoric to close the gap

The Close the Gap report now showing that child mortality rates are not on track is a dismal reflection on the Government’s half-hearted and under-funded attempts to end Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage.

“One of the targets is on track to Close the Gap for our First Peoples. Just one. How has the Government let it get to this stage?

“I have witnessed many Closing the Gap reports in my time as a Senator but this year’s report is particularly devastating. Unfortunately it is not surprising.  

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Letter to Frydenberg - breaches of conditions at Beeliar

Senator Ludlam wrote to Environment Minister Frydenberg to urgently report and seek a meeting regarding compelling evidence of non-
compliance with EPBC approval conditions, specifically with the Fauna Management Plan (FMP) and the Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) occurring almost daily since construction commenced.

All breaches outlined in the letter have been reported to the WA Office of the Environmental Protection Authority (OEPA), with no written response to date.

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Greens take action in the Senate to make it easier to access medicinal cannabis

As Parliament returns for the first sitting fortnight of the year, the Australian Greens have lodged a motion to stop the Government’s proposed restrictions medicinal cannabis

Dr Richard Di Natale, Greens Leader and Health Spokesperson, said today, “With this latest round of regulations, the Government has tried to add unnecessary time, stress, and difficulty for terminally ill patients to access medicinal cannabis. This is something the Australian Greens will not accept.

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Greens call on Turnbull to get behind Redfern Statement

The Australian Greens have recommitted to the Redfern Statement presented to political leaders today and call on the Federal Government to urgently commit to the recommendations and engagement approach outlined.

 “The Government is notorious in using rhetoric when talking about reducing disadvantage for our First Peoples – the Redfern Statement offers Aboriginal-led solutions to closing the gap in a timely manner rather than going backwards”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

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Senate calls on govt to take responsibility for homelessness distress

Janet Rice 14 Feb 2017

I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

    (i) Melbourne is currently facing a housing crisis, with record numbers of people experiencing homelessness and sleeping rough in streets and parks,

    (ii) over 100 people are turned away from crisis accommodation every night in Victoria, and there are 32,000 people on the public housing waiting list,

    (iii) emergency housing services and other frontline services are operating above their capacity, and

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Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert responds to news that Brandis will change the Native Title Act

“The news that Attorney General Brandis will hurriedly push through changes to the Native Title Act smacks of knee jerk reaction to a significant situation because they want to protect the Adani coal mine project”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“This could have profound implications for native title and native title holders that will need careful consideration and consultation.  People need the opportunity to look at the native title legislation very carefully.

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“Ask Someone Else” Minister defies his own Act

Rather than present evidence that crucial surveys of endangered species in the path of the Roe Highway project have been conducted, Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg has said go ask someone else.

As a result, the Senate unanimously passed Greens’ Senator Scott Ludlam’s Order for Production of Documents to compel the Minister to provide evidence of completed environmental surveys by 5pm today.

“We’ve been asking for proof these surveys were even done for more than a month.

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Energy deceit Turnbull’s ‘children overboard' moment: Bandt

Greens Climate Change & Energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s blaming last year’s South Australian energy blackout on renewables was his ‘children overboard’ moment, where he knew the facts but chose to deceive.

“This is Malcom Turnbull’s ‘children overboard’ moment. Malcolm Turnbull knew the truth, but decided to lie to the Australian public,” Mr Bandt said.

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