The Australian Greens will move to oppose Stronger Futures legislation expanding the Northern Territory Intervention in the Senate today.
“It has been made clear to me by so many people that they simply don’t want the Intervention,” Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
“It is poor judgement from the Government to bring this on for debate with such little time remaining before the winter recess.
“The Greens are listening to the individuals, communities and experts who are calling on the Senate to reject this legislation. Defeating the legislation extending the Intervention should be a first step in ensuring a new approach and the delivery of better outcomes to people in the Northern Territory.
“Clearly, the intervention is hurtful and has failed to deliver on it’s promises. A new approach is essential.
“If the Government and Coalition continue their unfortunate track record of supporting poor social policy and combine to support Stronger Futures, we will seek to amend the legislation in some key areas, reducing the harm it will cause to Aboriginal people.
“Our main amendments seek to reduce the term of this legislation from ten years down to five years. We are also looking to introduce a review clause after three years,” Senator Siewert concluded.