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National discussion needed on Australia Day

“Australia has never undertaken a serious national discussion that would enable us - and our governments - to acknowledge the history of what has happened and its contemporary consequences.
“This is a conversation we need to have - it’s long past time. It is about recognising the reality of our history and ensuring it is not ignored or airbrushed over.

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Royal Commission into youth detention should be national: Greens

 The Royal Commission into youth detention should be national, with evidence of abuse in other states deserving of investigation, say the Australian Greens.

"The Greens have welcomed the Prime Minister’s commitment to a Royal Commission following the horrifying report on ABC’s Four Corners program on Monday about violence and abuse in the Don Dale detention facility,” Greens leader Richard Di Natale said today.

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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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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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