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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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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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