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Wednesday, 1 December 2004
Page: 91

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Chapman)—I inform the Senate that the President has received the following letter, dated 1 December, from Senator Ridgeway:

Dear Mr President,

Pursuant to standing order 75, I give notice that today I propose to move:

“That, in the opinion of the Senate, the following is a matter of urgency:

The need for the Commonwealth government to take responsibility for leadership at a national level to reduce incarceration rates of Indigenous Australians and address the continuing problem of Indigenous deaths in custody—made especially visible by the Redfern and Palm Island race riots in 2004—in particular, the need for the Commonwealth Government to re-instigate the requirements of the first recommendation of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, including annual reporting by state, territory and federal governments on the implementation of the recommendations of the Royal Commission.”

Yours sincerely,

Senator Aden Ridgeway

Australian Democrats Senator for NSW

Is the proposal supported?

More than the number of senators required by the standing orders having risen in their places—

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT —I understand that informal arrangements have been made to allocate specific times to each of the speakers in today's debate. With the concurrence of the Senate, I shall ask the clerks to set the clock accordingly.