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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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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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Senate supports Greens motion calling for justice targets

The Senate has supported a Greens motion calling on the Government to implement justice targets to help with efforts to reduce Aboriginal incarceration.

 “The Senate has spoken, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community has spoken, I urge Prime Minister Turnbull to listen to all these voices and announce justice targets as part of efforts to close the gap on Tuesday”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Greens write to PM calling for justice targets

In the lead up to the Redfern Statement and Closing the Gap address by the Prime Minister, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has written to the PM urging him to implement justice targets.

"The Redfern Statement and Closing the Gap report is just around the corner, and rather than speak with rhetoric about efforts to reduce  disadvantage, the Prime Minister should set targets to help reduce Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' incarceration.

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Damning findings by Audit office on implementation of Indigenous Advancement Strategy

A carefully worded report by the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) is basically damning of the implementation of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS), confirming the many criticisms from community from the time the IAS was introduced, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“Read through the report by the ANAO and you have a long list of fundamental failures by the Government to properly implement the IAS. The problems are so many that it will be extremely difficult to establish if the IAS meets its objectives.

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PM must fold National Congress into Indigenous Advisory Council mix

If the Government has in fact dissolved the Indigenous Advisory Council to appoint a new head and members, they should seek advice from National Congress of Australia’s First People, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“National Congress is a representative body of elected members, they are an incredibly valuable peak body, and are doing important work across the board on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, particularly with the Redfern Statement.

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Release of CCTV footage of Ms Dhu a welcome development, Govt must now stop jail for non-payment of fines

Findings by the WA Coroner that Ms Dhu’s death could have been prevented as early as the day before she died should jolt the Government into acting on Aboriginal deaths in custody, particularly the practice of jail time for non-payment of fines.

“The coroner’s findings are no doubt incredibly distressing for the family and friends of Ms Dhu, but the coroner’s decision to release the CCTV footage is testament to immense determination from Ms Dhu’s family who wanted it released”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Human Rights Commission report on Social Justice and Native Title should not be ignored like many other reports into addressing Aboriginal disadvantage: Greens

The Australian Greens said today that they hoped the Government would act on the latest Social Justice and Native Title report by the Australian Human Rights Commission, fearing it would be added to the largely ignored pile of reports that outline policy failings and make recommendations to address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage.

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