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Greens move to restore Racial Discrimination Act in NT

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 18 Sep 2008

The Australian Greens today tabled a petition of 4156 signatures, expressing concern about the suspension of the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) in the Northern Territory Intervention and calling for its reinstatement.

"This community outcry sends a very clear message to the Government about the treatment of Indigenous Australian through the Northern Territory Intervention," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

"We do not need to wait for a review to tell us that suspending the Racial Discrimination Act is wrong - it is a simple question about basic human rights," she said.

"If the NT Emergency Response measures are to the benefit of Aboriginal communities then the Government has nothing to fear from restoring the RDA."

"The Greens will be moving amendments to the NT Emergency Response Consolidation Bill in the Senate to restore the Racial Discrimination Act," said Senator Siewert.

"Given that the ALP objected to the suspension of the RDA when they were in Opposition , we expect their support for these amendments," she concluded.

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