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Richard's Closing The Gap Statement

Firstly, let me acknowledge the traditional owners, the Ngunnawal people. I want to pay my respect to their elders, past and present. The official Closing the Gap report and the civil society reports are very clear-we have a long way to go when it comes to achieving equal health, social and economic outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Of course, the statistics tell the story-they are damning-but there is no substitute for seeing and experiencing.

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Dear Alan Jones, kids are still being taken away from families at a disproportionate rate

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert responds to news that shock jock radio Alan Jones has claimed we need more ‘Stolen Generations’ to protect kids:

“Alan Jones said this morning on radio that ‘we need Stolen Generations’. I have news for him, a huge number of children including Aboriginal kids are being taken from families around Australia as we speak.

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Greens: Minister should not call Justice Targets ‘nonsense’ if he genuinely wants to Close the Gap on incarceration

In the same week Malcolm Turnbull promised to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to Close the Gap, the Minister for Indigenous Affairs has referred to broadly supported Justice Targets as ‘nonsense’.

“Despite making grand statements about working with the Aboriginal communities to reduce incarceration and close the gap, the Government still refuses to introduce justice targets which have been consistently called for by Aboriginal organisations.

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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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