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Royal Commission into youth detention should be national: Greens

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.

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Change in Referendum time frame means it can be done right: Greens

Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, Senator Rachel Siewert, responds to the changing time frame for a referendum on constitutional recognition.

“Although some may find it frustrating that the time frame for the referendum has shifted, it is important we get it right. There is clear evidence of the need for further consultation.

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Greens call for Royal Commission to reach beyond 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.

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Urgent action needed to address rates of suicide in the Kimberley: Greens

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.

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Coalition should tell Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voters whether they will pursue treaty after July 2

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.

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Greens announce package that ensures longevity and expansion of Indigenous Rangers program

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. 

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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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