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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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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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Australia’s First Peoples are talking about Constitutional Recognition AND Sovereignty and Treaties: Greens

Tony Abbott opposing the movement to achieve sovereignty and treaty with First Australians indicates he is out of touch when it comes to reconciliation, Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“Someone should remind the former Prime Minister that many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are moving beyond the sole aim of Constitutional Recognition, there is now a much wider call to also achieve sovereignty and treaties.

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