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Senate backs Greens’ Motion on Deaths in Custody


The Senate today formally acknowledged that this year marks twenty years since of the release of the Report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, supporting a motion put by Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues.

Senator Siewert said the Senate has drawn attention to the continuing high rate of incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – a rate that continues to rise in an alarming fashion.

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Greens welcome family law changes

The Australian Greens have welcomed Attorney-General Robert McClelland’s announcement that the Federal Government intends to amend the family law system to place a greater focus on child safety.

Senator Rachel Siewert said today The Greens strongly opposed some of the changes to the Family Law Act introduced by the Howard Government in 2006, saying the changes were not in the best interests of the child.

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Government’s health spend must go further: Greens

Australian Greens Health spokesperson, Senator Rachel Siewert says the Government’s announcement of $96 million to increase the workforce for emergency departments is welcomed but will be ineffective in fixing the issue of patient flow and the access block to essential services.

“Patient presentations are increasing to our emergency departments, but without having significantly more beds upstairs to put these patients into, extra money for nurses and doctors won’t change patient flows,” Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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WA hospitals face $350 million budget lockout

WA’s hospitals will not receive more than $350 million of new health measures announced in this week’s Budget unless the Commonwealth and WA Governments reach an agreement on the national health reforms, the Australian Greens revealed today.

“The Budget’s forward estimates show WA will not be eligible to receive over $350 million of the Government’s promised initiatives, which will only be given to states who have signed on to the $7.3 billion National Health and Hospitals Network Package,” Australian Greens Health Spokesperson Rachel Siewert said today.

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Greens Call for Amendments to Family Law

Rachel Siewert 29 Jan 2010

The Australian Greens are calling on the Attorney-General Robert McClelland to amend the Family Law Act as a matter of priority in light of the findings of the Chisholm report - highlighting that the Greens opposed the Howard Government's amendments at the time because of these very concerns.

"The Greens said at the time the Howard Government was forcing the changes through the Senate that the amendments would put women and children at risk," said Senator Rachel Siewert Australian Greens spokesperson on Family Law today.

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Renal services in Central Australia

Senator SIEWERT (2.31 pm)-My question is to Senator Ludwig, the Minister representing the Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Service Delivery. My question concerns the recent announcement that the Commonwealth will make a transportable dialysis facility available in Alice Springs to address the current crisis in renal services. Will new interstate patients such as Patrick Tjungurrayi be able to access this Commonwealth dialysis facility or will they be prevented from doing so?

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Cross-border patients denied access to Commonwealth facilities in NT

"The Rudd government is failing in its responsibilities to Aboriginal Australians by failing to ensure the health facilities it provides to the Northern Territory government are accessible to all on the basis of need," said Australian Greens health spokesperson, Senator Rachel Siewert today.

"It is simply not good enough that someone living just on the wrong side of a state or territory border should be denied access to facilities provided by our national government for the good of all Australian citizens."

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Greenpeace activist’s human rights still under threat

The Australian Greens today renewed calls for the Australian Government to intervene in the treatment by Japanese authorities of two Greenpeace activists.

"News that Greenpeace activists Junichi Sato and Toru Suzuki's bail conditions have finally been relaxed is welcome, but their ongoing fight for justice still continues," said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Government should abide by Haneef Decision

The Australian Greens today said they expect the Federal Government to abide by the decision of the Full Bench of the Federal Court to uphold an earlier decision to reinstate Mohammed Haneef's work visa.
"Mr Haneef has been through enough and should be allowed to get on with his life" said Senator Rachel Siewert.

"Instead of challenging the Federal Court decision in the High Court the Federal Government would be better reviewing the laws and process that lead to this travesty and ensure that such a thing doesn't happen again."

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