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Commitments needed to build on the National Apology to the Stolen Generations

The Australian Greens have marked National Sorry Day, committing to ongoing work towards delivering on the spirit of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations and the recommendations of the ‘Bringing Them Home' report.

"National Sorry Day is a significant occasion that reminds us of the strength and struggles of many thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by forcible removal," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues said today.

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Greens call for end to Stronger Futures

The Australian Greens have called for the Stronger Futures regime to be abandoned and for the Government to work with Aboriginal communities to develop effective and cooperative programs that are delivered in partnership with communities.

"The NT Intervention and Stronger Futures policies have been expensive, wasteful and ineffective, they have not delivered the health, social, education and employment outcomes we need," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues said today.

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Budget cuts make a mockery of Abbott’s promise to be Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

The Australian Greens said today that the self-proclaimed Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs has failed the very people he said he was going to be there for and support.

"I hold grave fears for our ability to Close the Gap in life expectancy and health outcomes within a generation when more than half a billion dollars is being taken out of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples portfolio," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues said today.

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Budget cuts make a mockery of Abbott’s promise to be Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

The Australian Greens said today that the self-proclaimed Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs has failed the very people he said he was going to be there for and support.

"I hold grave fears for our ability to Close the Gap in life expectancy and health outcomes within a generation when more than half a billion dollars is being taken out of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples portfolio," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues said today.

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Greens launch new plan to implement the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The Australian Greens have launched a new plan to implement the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Australia, marking the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.

"Australia is a signatory to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, but this is not being reflected in the policy making of the old parties," Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Greens call for abandonment of income management

The Australian Greens have called for the expensive and wasteful regime of income management to be abandoned as a new Monash University report questions the evaluations that have been used to justify the policy's expansion.

"Reports such as this provide us with an insight into income management that the Government is unable or unwilling to provide," Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

"By its nature, income management targets deeply vulnerable people, and there are serious doubts about its long term effectiveness.

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Old parties unite to extend income management

The old parties have today united in the Senate to vote in favour of extending the unproven income management regime to some of Australia's most vulnerable people.

The Government can expand income management at will through powers contained in the Stronger Futures legislation, which passed last year, again with the support Tony Abbott's Coalition.

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Greens express serious concerns over NT mandatory rehabilitation

The Australian Greens said today that they are extremely concerned about the mandatory rehabilitation legislation proposed by the NT Government.

"Alcohol management is an ongoing problem in the NT, but forcing people into a detention centre is in violation of basic human rights, and is not the solution to this very significant problem" Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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