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Greens send clear message on deaths in custody – enough is enough

The Australian Greens have called for effective justice reinvestment to become a key initiative in reducing the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia’s prisons.

In acknowledging the passing of 20 years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues has today called for a concerted effort to lower the disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people, particularly youth, in custody.

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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 Human Rights Commission Reports on Native Title and Social Justice

The Australian Greens welcome the release today of the Australian Human Rights Commission's Native Title and Social Justice Reports - saying that they provide confirmation of the party's ongoing stance on the Federal Government's recent changes to the Native Title Act and the Northern Territory Intervention.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Issues, says both reports highlight the need for more effective engagement between government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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Greens call for national redress scheme

The Australian Greens are recommending the development of a national standard for redress schemes for those adversely affected by past government policies and practices.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson for Community Services says a national scheme would offer a universal, consistent and equitable support for those seeking compensation or redress from Australian Governments.

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Forced Adoption - Community Affairs References Committee Reference

Community Affairs References Committee Reference

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia)(3.34 pm)—I move:

(1)    That the Senate:  (a)    acknowledges the recent apology given by the Western Australian Parliament to those mothers whose children were removed and given up for adoption from the late 1940s to the 1980s; and (b)    notes that policies and practices resulting in forced adoptions were widespread throughout Australia during that time.

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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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Greens welcome call for a ten year poverty plan

The Australian Greens today welcomed a call by the major church providers for the next government of Australia to work with community services to develop a 10 year plan to tackle poverty.

“There is a pressing need for a long-term and comprehensive approach to reducing disadvantage in the Australian community,” said Greens social inclusion spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert today.

“The Greens welcome this initiative and are keen to work with welfare groups and whichever party forms government to make this vision a reality.

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UN racism hearing an election embarrassment for Gillard government

Rachel Siewert 10 Aug 2010

The Australian Government is appearing before the United Nations today to explain its failure to protect and promote the human right to equality and freedom from racial discrimination.

"Quite frankly this is a big embarrassment for the Gillard government, which is being called to account by the UN Committee on Racial Discrimination for its backwards steps on the rights and well-being of Indigenous Australians and asylum seekers," said Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal issues today.

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