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Chocolate fairtrade move opens way for more ethical consumer goods

The Australian Greens today welcomed reports that Cadbury Australia plans to achieve Fairtrade certification for their main chocolate line by mid 2010, but pointed to the need for adequate Government-mandated labelling systems.

"Whilst this is certainly good news for ethical producers of cocoa, milk and other ingredients sourced by Cadbury, it does show the need for Government to step up to the plate with proper, certified food labels," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Greens will move to protect women’s right to choose safe homebirth

The Greens will move in the Senate to protect the rights of women to choose safe homebirths if the Government does not change its proposed legislation, Australian Greens health spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

The Greens will move amendments to legislation on midwife services when it comes into the Senate in the coming weeks to ensure that mothers continue to have the option of a homebirth with the assistance of a registered midwife, without incurring huge financial penalties.

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Crucial questions on gaps in NTER consultation paper go unanswered

FaHCSIA today avoided answering important questions about the omission of key facts on racial discrimination from a Government discussion paper, say the Australian Greens.

"The discussion paper "Future Directions for the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER)" released by Minister Jenny Macklin last month is meant to form the basis of the Government's commitment to 'reset the relationship' with Aboriginal communities," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

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Greens question Macklin's sincerity over intervention reform

A paper released today by the Federal Government which proposes to "re-set" its relationship with the Aboriginal people of the Northern Territory is missing key information, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert says.

"I am concerned that this lack of full and frank disclosure indicates insincerity on behalf of the Government," Senator Siewert said.

"Jenny Macklin's 'Future Directions for the Northern Territory Emergency Response' discussion paper is designed to reform the NT intervention so that the Government can reinstate the Racial Discrimination Act.

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Greens support Fair Trade Fortnight

The Australian Greens have put their support behind the Fair Trade Fortnight (2-17 May), encouraging Australians to take part in events occurring around the country.

"Fair trade enables consumers to make an ethical choice when purchasing products, enabling even the simplest of transactions to have huge, global impact," said Australian Greens industrial rights spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert.

"The movement advocates the payment of a ‘fair price' as well as social and environmental standards in areas related to the production of a wide variety of goods."

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Tom Calma's final Social Justice report a 'blueprint for action' on the Apology

The Australian Greens today welcomed the launch of the Social Justice report by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma, describing the report as a 'blueprint' for converting Kevin Rudd's apology to the stolen generations into action.

"Tom Calma's report sets out clearly the key steps the Federal Government needs to follow between now and the next election to deliver on its promises on Indigenous health, education and healing," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

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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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