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Greens call for Royal Commission to reach beyond Northern Territory

The Australian Greens have welcomed the dismissal of the Northern Territory's Corrections Minister and the decision to establish a Royal Commission in response to the Four Corners report into abuse in youth detention facilities.

"This Royal Commission needs wide terms of reference to determine the full extent of abuse both in the Northern Territory and elsewhere," said Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale.

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Greens act on Aboriginal health and launch comprehensive package

The Australian Greens have today launched a package specifically aimed to Close the Gap on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ health.

 

“Despite teary eyes and rhetoric from the old parties who talk regularly of Closing the Gap, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to experience poorer health outcomes than non-Indigenous Australians”, Greens leader Richard Di Natale said today.

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Richard's Closing The Gap Statement

Firstly, let me acknowledge the traditional owners, the Ngunnawal people. I want to pay my respect to their elders, past and present. The official Closing the Gap report and the civil society reports are very clear-we have a long way to go when it comes to achieving equal health, social and economic outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Of course, the statistics tell the story-they are damning-but there is no substitute for seeing and experiencing.

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Focus On Hearing Health

1 in 6 Australians suffer from some degree of hearing loss, expected to increase to 1 in 4 by 2050. Hearing loss hurts people in education, employment and social situations, and costs Australia almost $12 billion a year.

A Parliamentary inquiry found in 2009 that hearing health was not a national priority. The Greens want to change that. That's why we're announcing our $368.2 million hearing health plan, to put it on the agenda this Hearing Awareness Week.

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Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Senator DI NATALE

I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 917 standing in my name for today relating to foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

Leave granted.

Senator DI NATALE

I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is the leading preventable cause of non-genetic, developmental disorder in Australia,

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