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This World Mental Health Day the Government should announce strong plan to reduce suicide rates

On World Mental Health Day Australian Greens Mental Health spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert is calling on the Government to make clear its plan to reduce climbing suicide rates.

“Today Government should reflect on how to reduce increasing suicides rates in this country. We recently learned that suicide rates are at a ten year high, this should urgently jolt the Government into action.

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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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Paternalistic CDP program is entrenching disadvantage and should be dumped: Greens

A draft report by Jobs Australia detailing the failures of the paternalistic Community Development Program (CDP) should prompt the Government to dump the program, and abandon the legislation that will entrench it, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“Unfortunately I'm not surprised to hear that the program is increasing disadvantage and families are worse off. The design of CDP was flawed and meant it was more than likely to fail."

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Anti-marriage equality material at Perth Royal Show shows why the plebiscite should not go ahead

Rachel Siewert 30 Sep 2016
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Suicide rates at ten year high shows more work to do and should prompt a national suicide prevention target: Greens

Suicide rates hitting a devastating ten year high should jolt the Government into implementing a national suicide prevention target whilst addressing what else we need to be doing, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“At a time when so many people are working hard to focus on mental health and suicide rates, it is devastating that suicide rates have hit a ten year high.

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Australia should not ignore UN Committee, laws should be amended to stop the indefinite detention of people with cognitive impairment

Australia and Western Australia should not ignore the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) call for Mr Marlon Noble to have the conditions of his release lifted after serving more than ten years in prison without a charge, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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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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Government must act on committee recommendations to stop abuse, violence and neglect of people with disability: Greens

News of a six year old boy with autism allegedly restrained with a weighted vest, belt and ankle straps whilst at school are of huge concern, and an investigation by the Department of Education is welcome, Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“Allegations that this young boy with autism was restrained will no doubt be stressful for the family and also other members of the community who have children with disability who they are sending to school each day.

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