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Government should release "secret" Centrelink report

The Australian Greens have deep concerns about the outsourcing of call centre workers in Brisbane, basically privatising Centrelink. The jobs that have been cut from the Department of Human Services by successive Governments should be reinstated including the 1200 jobs cut in the 2017-18 Budget. 

“Centrelink missed nearly 48 million calls last year and employing Serco is not an answer to their woes, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Deaths in Custody Audit: Governments had decades to act  

The Government has tabled their audit of the implementation of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody, complying with an order for the production of documents from the Australian Greens passed by the Senate.

“Successive Governments have had almost thirty years to get this right, but we now see that incarceration rates have in fact doubled since the completion of the Royal Commission, Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on First Nations issues said today.

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Greens to move to overturn Byron citizenship ban

The Greens will move in the Senate to disallow the draconian ban on Byron Council conducting citizenship ceremonies.

“Councils have the right to conduct citizenship ceremonies at times which respect all people, including First Nations peoples, without being bullied by the Liberals,” Greens Immigration and Citizenship spokesperson Nick McKim said.

“The people of Byron, just like the people of Darebin and Yarra, should have the right to welcome people to their communities.”

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Greens MPS will hold citizenship ceremonies for councils stripped of their power 

Australian Greens MPs have offered to officiate citizenship ceremonies for councils that have been stripped of their power and still want to hold ceremonies. All Australian federal MPs have the power to conduct citizenship ceremonies within their own electorate.

“I commend the Byron Bay Council for taking this important step towards truth, justice and healing, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues Senator Rachel Siewert said.

“Having a “separate day for Indigenous people” is something out of an apartheid regime.

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Calls for new national day of recognition shows depth of ignorance in our Government: Greens

Scott Morrisons dismissal of First Nations’ calls to celebrate our country on a date other than January 26 demonstrates the disconnect with, and contempt held by our Government for First Nations communities, Senator Rachel Siewert said today.  

“The fact that our Prime Minister Scott Morrison has labelled First Nations calls for a date of celebration other than January 26 as “indulgent self-loathing” is simply disgusting, and demonstrates this Government’s ignorance of what this date really means to First Nations peoples,” Senator Siewert said.

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Robo-debt debacle could now stop people travelling overseas: Greens

Banning people from travelling overseas if they have a social security debt is a further example of the Government exercising control over peoples lives and any attempt to use the flawed robo-debt process for this would be deeply unfair, Australian Greens spokesperson on Family & Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“A lot of the debts the Government claims are owed will be from the deeply flawed robo-debt debacle.

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Dutton stoops even lower by attempting to deport Murri man, Mr Daniel Love

Peter Dutton’s attempts to deport Murri man Daniel Love to PNG is yet another disgraceful move by this Government.

Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, Senator Rachel Siewert said:

“First Nations peoples are the traditional owners of this land, how deeply insulting, how disrespectful that Mr Dutton thinks that he should deport Mr Love.

“Mr Love has lived in Australia since he was 5 years old, he is a First Nations person. If anyone has the right to be here, it’s him.

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Senate supports urgent action on First Nations Peoples deaths in custody

The Senate has today supported the Greens motion calling for the Government to take urgent action to address the shameful rates of First Nations Peoples deaths in custody since the Royal Commission.

“It is appalling that we haven’t had comprehensive monitoring of deaths in custody since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, Senator Rachel Siewert, spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues said today.

“This issue is not being addressed with the urgency required. 

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