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Attempts to broaden failed, discriminatory Intervention through Cashless Debit Card Expansion in the NT must be rejected

The Greens are calling on the Parliament to reject the Government’s attempt to introduce the Cashless Debit Card to the Northern Territory with legislation introduced into the House today.
 
“The Intervention and income management was a failure that caused harm to communities in the NT, and did not meet its objectives”, Australian Greens spokesperson on First Nations issues Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
 

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Greens “puzzled” as to why Mr Morrison keeps flogging a dead horse

The Greens are totally “puzzled” that Mr Morrison is pursing drug testing measures despite overwhelming evidence to two senate inquiries by drug and alcohol experts that the measure would not meet any desired objectives and could have adverse impacts.
 
“The drug testing legislation was sent to committee twice during the last Parliament and the evidence from experts was clear, this approach does not work, that drug addiction is a health issue and should be treated as such”, Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said.
 

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Cashless Debit Card expansion ideological, punitive and discriminatory  

The Greens have called Mr Morrison’s plans to expand the Cashless Debit Card ideologically motivated and discriminatory.
 
“There is no evidence to support the expansion of the Cashless Debit Card so the Government relies on spin and fudged figures to tell us about how great the card is”, Australian Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said.
 

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Greens say the PM should have met with Alwyn Doolan and accepted Message Sticks 

The Greens have said the Prime Minister’s refusal to meet with Alwyn Doolan and accept the message sticks he carried for 8,500km is out of touch.

“It’s disheartening that the Prime Minister continues to show just how out of touch he is with First Nations peoples, most recently when he refused to meet with Alwyn Doolan," Australian Greens spokesperson on First Nations issues Senator Rachel Siewert said.

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Greens express concern with Minister Wyatt’s direction on Voice and Constitutional Recognition

The Australian Greens have expressed deep concern on Minister Wyatt’s comments regarding the movement away from a constitutionally enshrined Voice to Parliament.
 
“It is clear from the First Nations Regional Dialogues and the Statement from the Heart that there is a lot of support for a Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution,” Greens spokesperson on First Nations issues Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
 

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Greens urge Coalition to back the full Uluru Statement from the Heart and Voice to Parliament

The Australian Greens are today urging the Coalition to implement the Uluru Statement of the Heart in its entirety. This includes the establishment of a First Nations Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution, a truth-telling process and Treaty/Treaties.
 
"We are deeply disappointed that some members of the Coalition want to shut down and limit debate on the Voice to Parliament," Australian Greens spokesperson on First Nations issues Senator Rachel Siewert said.
 

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Details missing from Minister Wyatt's address on Constitutional Recognition

Minister Wyatt’s National Press Club address today provided little clarity on his vision for constitutional recognition.
 
“It is clear from the First Nations Regional Dialogues and Uluru Statement from the Heart that the community wants a Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution,” Australian Greens spokesperson on First Nations issues Senator Rachel Siewert said.
 

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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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