Increasing over-representation of Indigenous youth in juvenile detention shows the drastic need for a new approach to justice in Australia, say Australian Greens Senators Penny Wright and Rachel Siewert.
The Australian Greens said today the 20th Anniversary of Paul Keating’s landmark Redfern speech should serve as an opportunity for today’s politicians to reflect on what still needs to be done to deliver better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
The Federal Government has today announced their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Bill and are in the process of establishing a Joint Parliamentary Select Committee to examine the Bill.
I am very pleased that this chamber is finally able to debate the Low Aromatic Fuel Bill 2012 because unfortunately, despite the very serious and sustained efforts to end it, petrol sniffing is still persistent in some areas of Australia.
The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to investigate serious claims made about Fortescue Metals Group and their influence on the Native Title and heritage processes in the Pilbara.
The Australian Greens say the Federal Government should give some teeth to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act in light of reports of raising concerns around the heritage and Native Title processes associated with FMG’s Firetail Solomon site.
Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert, spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, says investment in holistic, community driven programs is needed to address the alarming impacts of foteal alcohol spectrum disorder throughout Aboriginal communities.