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Greens put SIHIP concerns to Government


The Australian Greens have taken concerns about the Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program (SIHIP) to the Senate, questioning the Government over reports that Aboriginal workers are being underpaid and unfairly treated.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson for Aboriginal Issues raised the issue in Question Time today after reports that CDEP participants are being used in preference to providing real job opportunities in local communities.

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Australian National Preventive Health Agency Bill 2010

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (1.14 pm)—The Greens believe that the real challenge for our health system, now and into the future, is managing illness in a way that keeps people out of hospital and well. We believe the evidence is overwhelming that our health policies should focus on keeping people well, preventing illness and better managing illness in the community. We very strongly believe in preventative health measures—and, of course, helping to keep people well is where preventative health comes in.

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Mental Health Motion response

Mental Health Motion moved by Senator FIERRAVANTI-WELLS.

Senator SIEWERT—The Greens did not support this motion—and I had already signalled to Senator Fierravanti-Wells that we would not—because there was no costing associated with the proposal.

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