Last Week's Media Releases


Tony Abbott, do you know what the word ‘sanctuary’ means?

16 Apr 2015

Australian Greens spokesperson on Marine issues has labelled Tony Abbott quietly granting exploration permits on marine sanctuaries as ‘yet another shameless example of his Government prioritising the dirty fuel industry over the environment".


24 years on and no further forward, Government must act on Aboriginal disadvantage

15 Apr 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today that the Australian Government should be ashamed that incarceration rates continue to climb and that deaths in custody are still occurring as we make the 24th year of the tabling of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody report in federal parliament.


Evidence of disability abuse must not be ignored

14 Apr 2015

After harrowing evidence of disability abuse in institutional and residential settings revealed in Perth on Friday, Australian Greens spokesperson for disabilities and Committee Chair Senator Rachel Siewert said Minister Morton’s defence of the WA’s system for protecting people with disability is ‘conflicting with utterly distressing evidence delivered just last week’.


Preventative biosecurity measures must be increased to stop future outbreaks

14 Apr 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed increased emergency funding to handle further detection of Panama disease, Tropical Race 4 (Fusarium wilt) in Queensland, but said more must be done to quickly establish the origins of the disease and increase preventative measures.


Greens: Federal funding for SA remote aboriginal communities secured, WA must receive funding rethink

13 Apr 2015

Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, Senator Rachel Siewert, has welcomed news of Federal funding that will allow remote aboriginal communities in South Australia to remain, but says the news must be quickly followed up with a rethink of funding for remote communities in Western Australia.

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Inquiry into disability abuse kicks starts today in Perth

10 Apr 2015

A much anticipated national inquiry into abuse of people with disability in institutional and residential settings in Australia will kick-off today in Perth. Greens spokesperson on Disability and Committee Chair, Senator Rachel Siewert, initiated the inquiry and said people with disability and disability groups will be relieved that the inquiry is now underway.

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