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2013 an achievable and necessary target for constitutional recognition

The Australian Greens said today claims that the deadline for a referendum on constitutional recognition had shifted were misleading.

"The Expert Panel did not set a timeline for holding a referendum but neither did they recommend a delay," said Senator Rachel Siewert, spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues, and a Panel member.

"We should build on the momentum generated by the Expert Panel process and develop a timeline for a referendum.

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Australian Greens National Conference Press Conference - November 6, 2011

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown, Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters, Senators for Western Australia Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam, and Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt spoke to the media about the Australian Greens National Conference in Fremantle, WA.

Topics included the allocation of preferences, the environmental threats posed by developments in the Kimberley, and the Nationals' call for a "discussion paper" on coal seam gas. 

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Joint Press Conference - Australian Greens Leader, Senator Bob Brown, and Greens health spokesperson, Senator Rachel Siewert – in Canberra today

Senator Bob Brown and Senator Rachel Siewert urge state and federal leaders to boost mental health services and work towards a national, universal public dental care scheme.

Senator Brown also vows to take on Rio Tinto, whose profit bonanza will benefit its more than 70-percent foreign shareholders, and other heavyweights as companies prepare to fight efforts to develop an alternative to coal and the Greens’ push to put an effective price on carbon.

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Greens call for national redress scheme

The Australian Greens are recommending the development of a national standard for redress schemes for those adversely affected by past government policies and practices.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson for Community Services says a national scheme would offer a universal, consistent and equitable support for those seeking compensation or redress from Australian Governments.

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Senate backs Greens call for forced adoption inquiry

The Senate has supported an Australian Greens motion for the Community Affairs Reference Committee to examine the Commonwealth Government’s role in forced adoption polices from the late 1940s to the 1980s.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson for Community Services says the Committee’s inquiry is an important step in addressing the issue of forced adoption and comes in the wake of the WA Parliament’s formal apology to those affected by the policies.

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How can International tobacco try to buy an Australian Election?

The Greens are extremely concerned by revelations that international tobacco companies spent $5 million on advertising during the recent federal election.

"International tobacco companies (Phillip Morris, British American Tobacco Australia and Imperial Tobacco) used a front organisation - the Alliance of Australian Retailers - in an attempt to prevent the introduction of plain packaging laws, which are supported by the ALP and Greens," said Greens health spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert today.

"We believe these matters need to be referred to the ACCC immediately."

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Greens secure ALP agreement on Indigenous constitutional recognition

A referendum on the recognition of Australia's first nations in the Australian Constitution will happen within the next three years or at the next federal election if the ALP forms Government – thanks to an agreement negotiated by the Australian Greens.

"I'm very excited that we have taken this significant step towards the proper recognition of Indigenous Australians in our constitution," said Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal Issues today.

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