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Communities given false hope on Cashless Debit Card exit by Government and ALP

The Australian Greens have expressed concern for the people of Ceduna, East Kimberley, the Goldfields and Hinkler regions who were given false hope that it would become easier to get an exemption from the Cashless Debit Card from today.

“Unfortunately, the concerns I raised regarding the exemption process back in April have come to pass and there are a lot of people who are very frustrated right now,” Australian Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said.

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Genuine representation and self-determination is key to a reconciled nation

This Reconciliation Week the Australian Greens are calling on the Government to begin their term with a commitment to First Nations peoples to address Australia’s unfinished business, close the gap and achieve justice for First Nations peoples.

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said a commitment to self-determination must be at the heart of closing the gap, and that this approach has been sadly lacking.

“I congratulate Minister Wyatt on being appointed Minister for Indigenous Australians.

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Uranium mine approval reeks of political interference: Greens (WA)

The Australian Greens have slammed the 11th hour approval of the Yeelirie Uranium Mine proposal in WA, labelling the decision as purely political and a slap in the face to traditional owners.

The mine had been recommended against by the West Australian EPA, a recommendation that was overruled by the then WA Liberal Government in 2017, shortly before losing power. The approval is currently being fought in the Supreme Court.

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Greens join Law Council in calls for Don Dale to be shut down and launch youth justice policy

The Australian Greens have today reaffirmed their commitment to work with First Nations peoples to take urgent action on youth justice issues in Australia.

“What has been done to young people in Don Dale and other youth detention facilities is shameful and both state and federal Governments have failed to act, despite the devastating evidence we heard at the Royal Commission and the continued problems at the facility,” Australian Greens spokesperson on First Nations issues Senator Rachel Siewert said.

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