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Dear Alan Jones, kids are still being taken away from families at a disproportionate rate



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Senator Rachel Siewert - Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues

15 February 2016

Dear Alan Jones, kids are still being taken away from families at a disproportionate rate

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert responds to news that shock jock radio Alan Jones has claimed *¡****v********u*}*Ã¥****Z^*ö*}*o***v*'***v***Ã¥***ö*]*}*v*ê*[**ö*}**â*Ã¥*}*ö*****ö**l*]***ê*W*

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Nadine Walker

Media Adviser Office of Rachel Siewert | Australian Greens Senator for Western Australia

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