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Greens express serious concerns over NT mandatory rehabilitation

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 28 May 2013

The Australian Greens said today that they are extremely concerned about the mandatory rehabilitation legislation proposed by the NT Government.

"Alcohol management is an ongoing problem in the NT, but forcing people into a detention centre is in violation of basic human rights, and is not the solution to this very significant problem" Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

"I have been receiving letters from people and organisations in the NT expressing their concern about this legislation, and calling for it to be abandoned.

"Organisations have flagged a range of concerns with me, including their belief that the legislation overlooks recommendations of the 1991 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

"This is a very serious situation, and the NT Government should be focusing on approaches which address the underlying causes of alcohol abuse and build safe communities.

"Instead, the people of the NT are getting more of the same top-down approach to policy making that has failed to deliver in the past.

"I will pursue this issue in Senate Estimates in order to ascertain the extent to which any Federal Government decisions may be required, and for possible breaches of our obligations under international conventions," Senator Siewert concluded.


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