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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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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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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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Greens support Triple J moving date of Hottest 100

With calls becoming louder every year to respect those for whom January 26 represents a tragedy, not a celebration, the Greens strongly support the suggestion that Triple J move the Hottest 100 to a more appropriate date to mark national unity and diversity, Australian Greens Spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Greens pen letter to PM explaining how Royal Commission into youth detention can be national yet timely

Following more revelations of mistreatment of young people and Amnesty’s report on Queensland detention Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has written to the Prime Minister about the Royal Commission into youth detention in Don Dale and the Northern Territory.

The letter urgently requests that the Royal Commission be expanded, pointing to a two-tiered approach to remedy concerns that a national Royal Commission would take too long.

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Australia’s First Peoples are talking about Constitutional Recognition AND Sovereignty and Treaties: Greens

Tony Abbott opposing the movement to achieve sovereignty and treaty with First Australians indicates he is out of touch when it comes to reconciliation, Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“Someone should remind the former Prime Minister that many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are moving beyond the sole aim of Constitutional Recognition, there is now a much wider call to also achieve sovereignty and treaties.

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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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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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