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SA death in custody needs independent investigation

The Australian Greens have called for an independent investigation into the death of a young Aboriginal man in a South Australian prison while demanding strong action be taken to reduce the rate of Aboriginal incarceration in the state.

"Our thoughts are with this young man's family and friends," South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"This case is tragic and requires more than an internal police investigation. What we need is a rigorous independent investigation to get to the bottom of exactly what happened here.

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Greens saddened to hear SA outback dialysis patients continue to suffer

The Australian Greens are saddened to hear more cases of South Australian outback renal patients being knocked back for long-term dialysis treatment in Alice Springs.

"I am extremely disappointed that after repeated calls and much media attention, the situation remains unresolved," said Greens Health Spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert.

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United Nations International Literacy Day

That the Senate—
(a) notes that:
(i) 8 September is United Nations International Literacy Day,
(ii) literacy is integral to individual empowerment, civic and social development and global peace and harmony, and
(iii) in the international literacy decade, much work is still needed to realise the goal of increasing global literacy rates by 50 per cent by 2015;
(b) recognises that:
(i) one in five adults worldwide are not literate and  two-thirds of these are women,
(ii) 75 million children are not enrolled in school, and

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Greens ‘New Century’ Australia Senate Agenda

The Australian Greens today outlined their vision for Australia in the new century ahead of the opening of the Balance-of-Power Senate.

Australian Greens Leader, Senator Bob Brown, said a record 1.17 million people voted Greens at the last election, and the five Greens Senators were ready to work constructively with all parties to respond to the challenges of the new century.

"Pollution, poverty, discrimination and the destruction of Australia's forests and precious environments are the legacy of the last century and decades of greed and inaction."

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Greens call for action on Indigenous rights

“We need to make a new beginning in the struggle for justice and
rights for Indigenous Australians,” said Sarah Hanson-Young, Greens
Senate candidate for South Australia, today in Adelaide.

Ms Hanson-Young attended the rally on the steps of Parliament House
as part of today’s National Day of Action against the NT Intervention
legislation, calling for a fresh approach to tackling the issues of
justice and inequality for Indigenous Australians.

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