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Four deaths in a fortnight - Blak deaths in custody a national crisis: Greens

 

The Greens have again called on the Government to act urgently to end Blak deaths in custody, following reports today of yet another death of a First Nations man in custody  - the fourth in the past fortnight.

The Aboriginal Legal Service of NSW and ACT today reports that Barkindji man Anzac Sullivan, 37, died during a police pursuit in Broken Hill on Thursday 18 March

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Far-right Hate Attack Shows Extremists Emboldened

The Greens have responded to sickening reports of a violent assault by a man with a swastika on a First Nations woman and her daughter in Western Australia.

Senator Mehreen Faruqi, Greens Anti-racism spokesperson, said:

“This is a horrendous act of racist violence and I hope the perpetrator is identified and prosecuted without delay.

“Far-right extremists and neo-Nazis are feeling emboldened. This is the crisis the government refuses to take seriously.

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History-denying Prime Minister unfit to lead: Greens

A Prime Minister that denies this country’s true history is a Prime Minister unfit to lead.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has today refused to acknowledge 26 January as a Day of Mourning for First Nations people of this country, instead describing the First Fleet’s arrival “as not a particularly flash day for the people on those vessels.”

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Federal Court decision welcomed as fight to protect sacred DjubWurrung trees continues

In a stark rebuke to Minister for Environment Sussan Ley, the Australian Greens today welcomed the Federal Court decision to uphold an appeal regarding the sacred Djab Wurrung trees.

Overnight the Federal Court overturned Minister Ley's decision to reject an appeal for the protection of six trees in the path of a highway upgrade on Djab Wurrung Country in western Victoria.

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Voices of grassroots people must be heard as Treaty back on the national agenda: Greens

After urging Treaty be put back on the national agenda as recently as her first speech to the Senate last week, Australian Greens First Nations spokesperson Senator Lidia Thorpe today welcomed a motion from Senator Dodson to establish a Joint Select Committee to inquire into and report on the truth telling and treaty making elements of Makarrata.

“This country needs truth-telling. We need justice. First Nations peoples have called for decades for a treaty to be realised in this country,” Senator Thorpe said today.

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With first speech, Senator Thorpe puts Treaty back on the national agenda

 

In her first speech to the Senate, Greens Senator for Victoria Lidia Thorpe will bring Aboriginal people’s calls for Treaty to the national parliament. 

“To truly bring this country together, we must not only treat the symptoms of disadvantage, but the cause. We do this with a Treaty,” Senator Thorpe said today.

“First Nations people have long called for a Treaty to be negotiated in this country. In taking my seat as a Senator, I’m bringing those voices to this Parliament.

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