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Greens call on Turnbull to get behind Redfern Statement

The Australian Greens have recommitted to the Redfern Statement presented to political leaders today and call on the Federal Government to urgently commit to the recommendations and engagement approach outlined.

 “The Government is notorious in using rhetoric when talking about reducing disadvantage for our First Peoples – the Redfern Statement offers Aboriginal-led solutions to closing the gap in a timely manner rather than going backwards”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

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Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert responds to news that Brandis will change the Native Title Act

“The news that Attorney General Brandis will hurriedly push through changes to the Native Title Act smacks of knee jerk reaction to a significant situation because they want to protect the Adani coal mine project”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“This could have profound implications for native title and native title holders that will need careful consideration and consultation.  People need the opportunity to look at the native title legislation very carefully.

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Senate supports Greens motion calling for justice targets

The Senate has supported a Greens motion calling on the Government to implement justice targets to help with efforts to reduce Aboriginal incarceration.

 “The Senate has spoken, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community has spoken, I urge Prime Minister Turnbull to listen to all these voices and announce justice targets as part of efforts to close the gap on Tuesday”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert responds to news that the Government is tying social safety net cuts to the NDIS:

“Treasurer Morrison, stop robbing Peter to pay Paul. We should not be hacking billions from the social safety net to pay for the NDIS and you know it.

“The Treasurer is trying to pressure the Senate to support their cuts - this is a cheap trick".

“People with disability would no doubt be outraged that a young person had to wait five weeks in poverty to pay for the NDIS. 

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Greens write to PM calling for justice targets

In the lead up to the Redfern Statement and Closing the Gap address by the Prime Minister, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has written to the PM urging him to implement justice targets.

"The Redfern Statement and Closing the Gap report is just around the corner, and rather than speak with rhetoric about efforts to reduce  disadvantage, the Prime Minister should set targets to help reduce Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' incarceration.

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Senate calls on Cardinal Pell to return to Australia

A Greens motion calling on Cardinal George Pell to return to Australia to assist Victorian police in investigating his alleged criminal conduct has been supported by the Senate.

“The evidence to the Royal Commission on child sex abuse has been harrowing and showed a systemic problem far worse than many could imagine. My thoughts are with the survivors and their families who were brave enough to testify and are now trying to process the evidence that has rocked the nation.

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Deal with crossbench tries to sneak through four week wait and other nasties

The secret deal between the Government and crossbenchers on the family tax benefit sneaks through nasty cuts to the social safety net that hurts families, young people and aged pensioners.

“Nick Xenaphon and other crossbenchers should think long and hard before getting behind the legislation”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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DSP assessment is heartless and is having real impacts on the ground: Greens

The latest example of the way people with disability are being treated when attempting to access the Disability Support Pension (DSP) is heartless and shameful, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“The assessment and reassessment of people on the Disability Support Pension is throwing people onto the lower Newstart payment even while they appeal the decision. This is poor practice and is unfair.

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