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Greens support for R U OK? Day

In the lead up to tomorrow's R U OK Day Australian Greens Mental Health spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert is urging the community to ask their friends, families and colleagues ‘are you okay?’

“On R U OK? Day, we should ask our loved ones and colleagues if they are okay and be prepared and supportive if the person they ask says no, or struggles to answer. This is a very important question, it’s important we reach out and help those who aren't OK.

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Greens welcome WA coroner reopening application for the release of Ms Dhu CCTV footage

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed the Western Australia coroner reopening an application to release CCTV footage of Ms Dhu in the lead up to her death in custody.

“This is a good development for the family who have been calling for the CCTV footage of Ms Dhu in custody to be released.

“This comes just days after the Senate supported the motion by myself and Senator Lines for the release of the footage, it is good to see the family’s campaign progressing.

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Government must not use our most vulnerable to plug up the budget: Greens

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said there is a moral obligation not to use the proposed investment approach to income support to push people off the Carers Allowance.

“When we first heard that the Government wanted to implement the actuarial approach to income support as seen in New Zealand, I had a little hope tempered with cynicism.  Now it appears there is a clear intention to drive down the number of people on carers allowance just to balance the books.

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Senate calls on WA Government to release CCTV footage of Ms Dhu

The Senate has supported a motion calling on the WA Government to publicly release the CCTV footage of Ms Dhu in police custody.

“Over and over again, Ms Dhu’s family has called for footage of Ms Dhu in police custody to be publicly released. At the rally marking two years since Ms Dhu's death myself and Senator Lines committed to pursuing this matter in the Senate with this motion.

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Greens will oppose cuts to Newstart in the budget

The Turnbull Government should abandon cuts to income support and keep the clean energy supplement before Parliament resumes tomorrow, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“For years I have been calling for successive Governments to substantially increase the Newstart allowance, which is woefully low and results in people living below the poverty line.

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Royal Commission into youth detention should be national: Greens

The latest report of alleged abuse in a Queensland youth detention facility demonstrate that the Royal Commission into such abuse should be national, with evidence of alleged abuse in other states deserving of investigation, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.  

 “I urgently ask the Prime Minister to expand the Royal Commission to investigate youth detention beyond the Northern Territory.

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Greens welcome ACTU commitment to mobilise against CDP

The ACTU’s commitment today to mobilise against the Government’s discriminatory Community Development Program has been welcomed by the Australian Greens.

“Just yesterday the ACTU made it clear they were taking steps to address the CDP, which is discriminatory and disproportionately hurts remote Aboriginal communities, as of today that commitment is formalised with a resolution.  

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Legislate to protect dairy farmers: Greens

The Australian Greens are calling on the government to act to prevent retrospective price decreases in the dairy industry, while the ACCC investigates. The Greens outlined this proposal in a letter to the Deputy Prime Minister and Shadow Minister for Agriculture in June.

"Dairy farmers are hurting now and swift action is required from the government and ACCC," said Senator Richard Di Natale, Australian Greens Leader.

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