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Highest level of complaints to Human Rights Commission is on disability discrimination

The Australian Human Rights Commission has confirmed in Senate Estimates that disability discrimination continues to be the highest level of complaints received across the board to the Commission.

“Almost two thirds of complaints received to the commission are either related to employment or goods and services. This percentage is reflected in the disability space, but the numbers are much higher than other cohorts, with no signs of decreasing. This must be urgently addressed”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Estimates confirms that federal funding for Roe 8 in limbo

 

The Department of Infrastructure has today confirmed in senate estimates that Federal Government funding for Roe 8 will be withheld until stage one and two Project Proposal Reports are completed and assessed.

“Today the Federal Government has confirmed that for funding to be provided, both Project Proposal Reports for stages one and two of the project must be completed and assessed”, Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Government needs to address hearing loss for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids: Greens

Widespread hearing loss amongst Aboriginal kids in Northern Territory should be urgently resolved with increased funding that closes the gap in hearing health, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.  

“Unaddressed hearing loss in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is entrenching disadvantage and worsening life outcomes for those effected. This has been known for a long time yet Governments have failed to act, despite a Senate committee report in 2010 on the issue.

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Years of eroding the social security system has hurt our children, it is time to stop harsh cuts

New figures released at the start of Anti-Poverty Week showing 730,000 Australian kids are living below the poverty line should send a clear message to Government that cuts to funding, and harsh, demonising, paternalistic approaches to social security is not working,  Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“After years of successive governments eroding different income support recipient payments and services, how can we not expect more children to be worse off and living under the poverty line?

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Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert responds to the review of the Stronger Future Act in the Northern Territory

 “It is hugely concerning that a review of Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory claims the Act has been largely successful despite a lack of evidence and availability of data.

“To review an Act that we know largely takes away autonomy for vulnerable Aboriginal communities without proper consultation is not good enough. 

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Greens call for justice targets, repealing of mandatory sentencing laws following Senate inquiry into Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples' experience of accessing law services.

The Australian Greens have made additional comments to a senate inquiry that investigated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experience of access to legal services.

“Despite evidence that justice targets were needed to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples, the majority committee report did not recommend their national implementation. Additional comments by the Greens call for justice targets to be implemented and included in Closing the Gap targets.

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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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