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Wednesday, 2 December 2015
Page: 9676


Senator SIEWERT (Western AustraliaAustralian Greens Whip) (15:51): Before moving this motion, I would like to add the names of Senator Peris and Senator Lines to the motion.

The PRESIDENT: So added.

Senator SIEWERT: I, and also on behalf of Senator Peris and Senator Lines, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the report from the Change the Record Coalition, Blueprint for change: Changing the record on the disproportionate imprisonment rates, and rates of violence experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and

(ii) That the Change the Record Coalition is a significant group of leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, human rights, legal and community organisations;

(b) acknowledges that:

(i) in the past 10 years we have seen an 88 per cent increase in the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in prison,

(ii) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are 13 times more likely to be in prison than non-Indigenous Australians, and

(iii) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are 34 times more likely to be hospitalised as a result of family violence than non-Indigenous women; and

(c) calls for:

(i) Commonwealth, state and territory governments to work together to close the gap in imprisonment rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and cut disproportionate rates of violence experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly women and children, and

(ii) urgent and coordinated national action to close the gap in imprisonment rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and cut disproportionate rates of violence experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly women and children.