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Government must listen to committee recommendations on how to improve the IAS: Greens

A committee report into the chaotic rollout of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) and its impacts on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples has been tabled in the Senate.

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert initiated the year-long inquiry and said that many Aboriginal service providers will be glad to see the report tabled with recommendations on how to improve the delivery of the strategy.  

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Coalition and Labor knock back Greens call to ditch income management

The Coalition and Labor party have knocked back a Greens motion calling on the Government to ditch paternalistic income management that doesn’t work.

“The Government is rolling out cashless welfare card trials in Ceduna and the East Kimberley, despite evidence a top-down approach to alcohol and drug abuse, gambling doesn’t work. This is what prompted the motion today.

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Community Development Programme is discriminatory and pushes Aboriginal people into working for below minimum wage: Greens

The Australian Greens have today indicated their opposition to the Community Development Programme (CDP) legislation, tabling a dissenting report as part of the inquiry into the Bill.

“There is a host of negative aspects to the CDP that raise alarm bells for the Greens and key stakeholders. We are particularly concerned that these are fundamental changes to our social security system, there is also a concern that the measure is discriminatory.

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Dear Alan Jones, kids are still being taken away from families at a disproportionate rate

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert responds to news that shock jock radio Alan Jones has claimed we need more ‘Stolen Generations’ to protect kids:

“Alan Jones said this morning on radio that ‘we need Stolen Generations’. I have news for him, a huge number of children including Aboriginal kids are being taken from families around Australia as we speak.

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Greens: Minister should not call Justice Targets ‘nonsense’ if he genuinely wants to Close the Gap on incarceration

In the same week Malcolm Turnbull promised to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to Close the Gap, the Minister for Indigenous Affairs has referred to broadly supported Justice Targets as ‘nonsense’.

“Despite making grand statements about working with the Aboriginal communities to reduce incarceration and close the gap, the Government still refuses to introduce justice targets which have been consistently called for by Aboriginal organisations.

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