Senator Rachel Siewert has announced the Australian Greens commitment to the Redfern Statement, which sets out a plan for addressing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage in the 45th Parliament.
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.
The Australian Greens have welcomed the dismissal of the Northern Territory's Corrections Minister and the decision to establish a Royal Commission in response to the Four Corners report into abuse in youth detention facilities.
"This Royal Commission needs wide terms of reference to determine the full extent of abuse both in the Northern Territory and elsewhere," said Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale.
Time, money and effort must be immediately poured into the Kimberley region to address tragic suicide rates that are amongst the highest in the world, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
“The Kimberley community have been trying to tell the broader community about these tragic suicide rates in the region for a long time with no real action from Government.
The Greens have welcomed a shift towards considering treaty by the Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, and have called on the Coalition to make clear their plans for reconciliation if re-elected into Government on July 2.
“Last night Bill Shorten made his strongest indication he would consider treaty alongside constitutional recognition”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
The Australian Greens have today announced a package that would double funding to the Indigenous Rangers program and ensure extend funding commitments for up to 15 years.
“I am pleased to announce today that the Australian Greens have committed to extending the highly successful Indigenous Rangers Program to 15 year contracts, as well as doubling funding for the program”, said Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale.
The Australian Greens have today launched a package specifically aimed to Close the Gap on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ health.
“Despite teary eyes and rhetoric from the old parties who talk regularly of Closing the Gap, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to experience poorer health outcomes than non-Indigenous Australians”, Greens leader Richard Di Natale said today.
The Greens have committed $12m to fund the first Aboriginal residential rehabilitation service in the South West of Western Australia.
“The establishment of such a service in the South West has been a long standing priority for the community sector in WA, who say it is desperately needed in the region”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
About Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues
The Australian Greens acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as Australia’s first peoples and recognise their strong cultural and spiritual connection with the land, and their rights and obligations as owners and custodians. We are committed to seeing these rights reflected in our laws and our society. All Australians, including those living in remote communities, have an equal right to essential government services such as health, education, training, housing, community infrastructure, employment support, and policing.
We recognise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people must be partners in the development and implementation of policies, programs and services that affect them.
The Greens are concerned that Governments continue to overlook the important international agreements that recognise the rights of indigenous peoples and do not invest enough in efforts to bridge the gaps in many areas of our society. We are committed to seeing an end to the Northern Territory Intervention and Stronger Futures Legislation, delivering Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, compensating the Stolen Generations and improving the Native Title system.
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