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Greens support Committee recommendations to Close the Gap for people with disability and stop racism in health care

Recommendations by the Close the Gap Steering Committee that call for a national inquiry into racism in healthcare and Close the Gap targets for Aboriginal people with disability and imprisonment rates have been welcomed by the Australian Greens.  

“It is that time of the year again where we assess progress on Closing the Gap. Once again it doesn’t seem to be looking good”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said.

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Greens pen letter to PM on Close the Gap and the need to address unfinished business

On the eve of the Closing the Gap report, Senator Siewert has written to the Prime Minister outlining concerns that Australia will struggle to Close the Gap whilst the issues of unfinished business such as Constitutional Recognition, Sovereignty, Treaties, and self-determination go unaddressed.

 “I have written an open letter to Malcolm Turnbull calling on increased efforts to Close the Gap whilst highlighting that it is difficult to reduce disadvantage while Australia has unfinished business.

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Government must abandon failed paternalistic approach to Closing the Gap

Failure to meet five out of six Closing the Gap targets shows failed measures of successive Government’s aimed at reducing Aboriginal disadvantage should be abandoned, said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

“Despite their rhetoric, successive Governments have continued to take a top-down approach to reducing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples disadvantage.

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Australian Greens Senator responds to $1.8m in funding for NSW Custody Notification Service

“Today I withdrew a motion in the Senate I have had on the notice paper for some weeks calling for the Government to provide full funding for the Custody Notification Service (CNS) that operates in New South Wales (NSW).

“This was in response to Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion committing $1.8 million to ensure certainty for the service that has been integral to stopping deaths in custody in the State.

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