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Greens MPs join with Walkatjurra Walkabout participants to reject uranium mine

The Greens (WA) have doubled down on calls for the proposed Yeelirrie uranium mine to be scrapped, citing environmental concerns for endangered species and a lack of approval from local Aboriginal people.

Traditional owners, Nuclear Free campaigners and activists participating in the anti-nuclear Walkatjurra Walkabout event will complete their month long trek from Wiluna to Leonora on Saturday, to protest the proposed mine.

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407 deaths of First Nations People in Custody is our National Shame

The Guardian Australia’s Deaths inside database released today is an incredibly important initiative that shines a light on this devastating issue.  

“I am really concerned that this issue is not being addressed with the urgency required, Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“It has been almost 30 years since the Royal Commission into deaths in custody and things are not improving. First Nations peoples have been desperate for action for years and years now and they have been systemically ignored, passed over and let down.

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Senate supports motion for national reparations scheme for survivors of the Stolen Generations and their families

I am pleased that the Senate has today supported the Greens motion calling for a national reparations scheme for survivors of the Stolen Generations and their families.

“We know that members of the Stolen Generations face long-term disadvantage including poorer health and social outcomes, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

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Continued funding for Indigenous Protected Areas welcome but we must ensure it is properly supported by Departments: Greens

The Australian Greens have welcomed the Government pressing ahead with funding for Indigenous Protected Areas, and have welcomed the renewing of contracts, but will be chasing up the role that the Department of Environment plays in the critically important programme. 

“It is good the Government is getting on with funding for Indigenous Protected Areas but I note funding was announced last year and contracts could have been signed, sealed and delivered a year ago. The stalling has created unnecessary stress and things could have moved quicker. 

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Three days until remote Aboriginal housing funding expires and the Government must act: Greens

The uncertainty about funding for remote Aboriginal housing past 30 June 2018 (three days from now) has become farcical and must urgently be resolved, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

“This weekend the ten year agreement on delivering remote Aboriginal housing wraps up and the Government has failed to resolve the current impasse, which will have an impact on Aboriginal communities in remote Western Australia. 

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Disgraceful stat showing 100% of children in NT youth detention are Aboriginal should prompt action

Heartbreaking revelations that 100% of kids in Northern Territory Youth Detention are Aboriginal shows a completely broken justice system that is still not addressing systemic racism that has purveyed for so long. 

“There’s no other way to put it, the fact that there are no non-indigenous kids in NT youth detention at the moment is a result of a broken system that disproportionately incarcerates First Peoples youth. 

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We need real action by the Government this Sorry Day

In the lead up to National Sorry Day and ten years since the National Apology, the Australian Greens are calling for the Turnbull Government to ensure healing and justice for the Stolen Generations, whilst also working to reduce the appalling number of Aboriginal children disproportionately entering out of home care.

“There is a link between failure of Government to ensure healing, justice and reparations for the Stolen Generations and more Aboriginal children in the out of home care system.

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WA police who knocked down Aboriginal man should be stood down and a full independent investigation must take place: Greens

Footage showing WA police knocking down an Aboriginal man is extremely distressing and should trigger a full independent investigation, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert today. 

“The second tranche of footage that shows WA police veering into the path of an Aboriginal man and knocking him on to the footpath is extremely distressing. 

“I believe this is indicative of a broader problem within the WA police in regards to some officers' attitude and treatment of our First Peoples and should be taken very seriously. 

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CDP hurting remote Australians, it is time the for the Minister to act

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has called on the Federal Government to urgently overhaul the Community Development Program (CDP) in light of more evidence that the program is hurting vulnerable people in remote communities.

“More and more people in remote communities, most of whom are Aboriginal, are being slugged with fines because the program if failing to meet their needs. This is having a dire impact on individuals, families and the whole community.

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Too precious to lose: Burrup Peninsula World Heritage Listing 

The Australian Greens welcome the tabling of the report into the Protection of Aboriginal rock art of the Burrup Peninsula which was referred to inquiry over one year ago. 
“The Burrup Peninsula is the most incredible living art gallery containing millions of petroglyphs that record human occupation of this area for up to 40,000 years, Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens Senator for Western Australia said today. 

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