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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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Senate supports motion calling on the Government to act on Aboriginal deaths in custody

The Senate has supported a Greens motion calling on the Governments around Australia to act on the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody made 25 years ago.

“It really is quite astounding that successive Governments have basically sat and watched Aboriginal deaths in custody and incarceration grow for 25 years”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“It is a national shame that deaths continue and incarceration rates climb.

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Quarter of a century since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody, we must act urgently to Close the Gap on incarceration

“It has been 25 years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody and Aboriginal people are still disproportionately dying whilst in incarceration", Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 


"The Government continues to ignore the majority of recommendations by the Royal Commission, there is no doubt that has costed lives unnecessarily. 

 

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