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National Congress right in highlighting failed government approach to Close the Gap

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has congratulated National Congress co-chair Jackie Huggins for highlighting failing Government policies on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues.

“Jackie Huggins is one of the countries champions for reducing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples disadvantage and she is right in pointing to Australia's failures to Close the Gap.

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Aboriginal funding barely budges as Government fails to act on Close the Gap rhetoric

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people got just one mention in Treasurer Scott Morrison’s budget speech and only marginally increased funding to Close the Gap, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“Scott Morrison used the word ‘indigenous’ just once in his budget speech and that’s a pretty accurate reflection of the attention Aboriginal people got in the budget papers.

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Turnbull, ensure longevity and double funding for Indigenous Rangers

In the lead up to the budget the Greens have written to Prime Minister Turnbull urging him to double funding for the Indigenous Rangers program and ensure longevity by committing to the program for the next 15 years.

“The Indigenous Rangers program is a textbook example of how to do things properly when it comes to Closing the Gap on Aboriginal disadvantage”, Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale said today.

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Senate supports motion calling on the Government to act on Aboriginal deaths in custody

The Senate has supported a Greens motion calling on the Governments around Australia to act on the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody made 25 years ago.

“It really is quite astounding that successive Governments have basically sat and watched Aboriginal deaths in custody and incarceration grow for 25 years”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“It is a national shame that deaths continue and incarceration rates climb.

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Quarter of a century since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody, we must act urgently to Close the Gap on incarceration

“It has been 25 years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody and Aboriginal people are still disproportionately dying whilst in incarceration", Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 


"The Government continues to ignore the majority of recommendations by the Royal Commission, there is no doubt that has costed lives unnecessarily. 

 

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Government must listen to committee recommendations on how to improve the IAS: Greens

A committee report into the chaotic rollout of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) and its impacts on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples has been tabled in the Senate.

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert initiated the year-long inquiry and said that many Aboriginal service providers will be glad to see the report tabled with recommendations on how to improve the delivery of the strategy.  

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Coalition and Labor knock back Greens call to ditch income management

The Coalition and Labor party have knocked back a Greens motion calling on the Government to ditch paternalistic income management that doesn’t work.

“The Government is rolling out cashless welfare card trials in Ceduna and the East Kimberley, despite evidence a top-down approach to alcohol and drug abuse, gambling doesn’t work. This is what prompted the motion today.

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Community Development Programme is discriminatory and pushes Aboriginal people into working for below minimum wage: Greens

The Australian Greens have today indicated their opposition to the Community Development Programme (CDP) legislation, tabling a dissenting report as part of the inquiry into the Bill.

“There is a host of negative aspects to the CDP that raise alarm bells for the Greens and key stakeholders. We are particularly concerned that these are fundamental changes to our social security system, there is also a concern that the measure is discriminatory.

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