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Greens act on Aboriginal health and launch comprehensive package

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.

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Greens: The South West needs its first Aboriginal residential rehabilitation service

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.

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Greens announce package to create a better future for Australia’s First Peoples

The Australian Greens have announced a comprehensive package that aims to reduce Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples disadvantage, move towards meaningful reconciliation, and reduce suicide and incarceration rates around the nation.

“I am very excited to announce today’s package that offers a path to addressing a wide range of issues that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples disadvantage”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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National Congress right in highlighting failed government approach to Close the Gap

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has congratulated National Congress co-chair Jackie Huggins for highlighting failing Government policies on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues.

“Jackie Huggins is one of the countries champions for reducing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples disadvantage and she is right in pointing to Australia's failures to Close the Gap.

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Aboriginal funding barely budges as Government fails to act on Close the Gap rhetoric

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people got just one mention in Treasurer Scott Morrison’s budget speech and only marginally increased funding to Close the Gap, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“Scott Morrison used the word ‘indigenous’ just once in his budget speech and that’s a pretty accurate reflection of the attention Aboriginal people got in the budget papers.

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Turnbull, ensure longevity and double funding for Indigenous Rangers

In the lead up to the budget the Greens have written to Prime Minister Turnbull urging him to double funding for the Indigenous Rangers program and ensure longevity by committing to the program for the next 15 years.

“The Indigenous Rangers program is a textbook example of how to do things properly when it comes to Closing the Gap on Aboriginal disadvantage”, Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale said today.

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