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Greens call for justice targets, repealing of mandatory sentencing laws following Senate inquiry into Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples' experience of accessing law services.

The Australian Greens have made additional comments to a senate inquiry that investigated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experience of access to legal services.

“Despite evidence that justice targets were needed to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples, the majority committee report did not recommend their national implementation. Additional comments by the Greens call for justice targets to be implemented and included in Closing the Gap targets.

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Coalition and Labor reject Greens motion calling on WA Government to lift conditions on Marlon Noble’s release

The Coalition and the ALP have voted down a motion calling on the WA government to lift the conditions on Mr Marlon Noble’s release.

“Mr Noble lives with intellectual disability and despite not being found guilty of a crime, was imprisoned for a decade. This represents a massive flaw in our judicial system that must be resolved. Mr Noble still has conditions to his release.

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Government should listen to Aboriginal stakeholders who have repeatedly explained how to reduce suicide rates in remote communities: Greens

The report calling for a radical rethink in Aboriginal mental health policy should be immediately taken on board by the Government, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“Unfortunately, Aboriginal suicide rates in Australia – particularly in remote areas such as the Kimberley – are cripplingly high and getting worse.  

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Senate supports return of Gweagal shield

The Senate has supported a motion supporting the repatriation of important artefacts to rightful  owners – the Gweagal people – from the British Museum.

“Centuries ago, in 1770, two members of the Gweagal people stood on the shore of Botany Bay and attempted to warn off a boat containing James Cook as it approached shore. What followed was one of the men, Cooman, running for cover and losing his shield after a bullet to the leg.  

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Government must act to stop another Stolen Generation: Greens

News today that Australia is heading towards Aboriginal out of home care rates similar to the assimilation era must jolt the Government into action, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“Time and time again we have been warned that we are at risk of creating a second Stolen Generation, it must be addressed. We must reduce the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids going into out of home care.

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Paternalistic CDP program is entrenching disadvantage and should be dumped: Greens

A draft report by Jobs Australia detailing the failures of the paternalistic Community Development Program (CDP) should prompt the Government to dump the program, and abandon the legislation that will entrench it, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“Unfortunately I'm not surprised to hear that the program is increasing disadvantage and families are worse off. The design of CDP was flawed and meant it was more than likely to fail."

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Greens hope wait for Coroner's decision not too long

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has expressed continued support for the family of Ms Dhu after the WA state coroner’s reserved her decision to release the CCTV footage until a later date. 

“The coroner reserving her decision will be difficult for the family of Ms Dhu who feel they have waited two years to get to this point.

“I have no doubt that this will be an agonising wait for the family who have campaigned for so long.

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SA death in custody needs independent investigation

The Australian Greens have called for an independent investigation into the death of a young Aboriginal man in a South Australian prison while demanding strong action be taken to reduce the rate of Aboriginal incarceration in the state.

"Our thoughts are with this young man's family and friends," South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"This case is tragic and requires more than an internal police investigation. What we need is a rigorous independent investigation to get to the bottom of exactly what happened here.

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Greens support Triple J moving date of Hottest 100

With calls becoming louder every year to respect those for whom January 26 represents a tragedy, not a celebration, the Greens strongly support the suggestion that Triple J move the Hottest 100 to a more appropriate date to mark national unity and diversity, Australian Greens Spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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