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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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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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