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INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS

Senator Siewert, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 288—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) that it has been 4 years since the Northern Territory Emergency Response began,

  (ii) that investment in the program now exceeds $1.5 billion,

  (iii) that the Closing the Gap report indicated that incarceration rates have risen, and that school attendance and child nutrition have not improved, and

  (iv) the growing crisis in Alice Springs as many people move from community into Alice Springs;


 (b) draws attention to:

  (i) the statement being launched in Darwin, `Rebuilding from the ground up - an alternative to the Northern Territory Intervention' which calls for a new approach based on principles of self-determination, community control and a commitment to land rights, and

  (ii) the serious concern raised by the United Nations' Universal Periodic Review and the United Nations' Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination over Australia's failure to eliminate discrimination; and

 (c) calls for:

  (i) the repeal of the Northern Territory Emergency Response legislation, and

  (ii) the development of a long-term plan in partnership with Aboriginal communities to equalise life opportunities and outcomes, backed up with a sustained investment of resources, particularly in community-based organisations.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 4

Senators—

Brown, Bob

Hanson-Young

Milne

Siewert (Teller)

NOES, 33

Senators—

Abetz

Arbib

Barnett

Bilyk

Boswell

Brown, Carol

Bushby

Carr

Colbeck

Cormann

Crossin

Farrell

Faulkner

Feeney

Fielding

Fifield

Hurley

Hutchins

Lundy

Marshall

McEwen

McGauran

McLucas

Moore

O'Brien

Parry (Teller)

Polley

Pratt

Stephens

Trood

Wong

Wortley

Xenophon

Question negatived.