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Greens mark Sorry Day and join the Journey to Recognition

The Australian Greens say this year's National Sorry Day provides Australians with the opportunity to both reflect on the past and look forward to important new campaigns to deliver on the spirit and intent of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues and Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt, MP for Melbourne are commemorating Sorry Day in Melbourne today.

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Abbott should move on: Bandt

Greens MP Adam Bandt says he will not support a censure motion on the Aboriginal tent embassy issue.

Mr Bandt says Tony Abbott should be focused on Aboriginal disadvantage not political point scoring.

"On this issue, Tony Abbott needs to pack up and move on" Mr Bandt said.

"I will not be supporting spending Parliament's time debating a politically opportunist censure motion. I hope my crossbench colleagues feel the same way."

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Australian Greens National Conference Press Conference - November 6, 2011

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown, Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters, Senators for Western Australia Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam, and Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt spoke to the media about the Australian Greens National Conference in Fremantle, WA.

Topics included the allocation of preferences, the environmental threats posed by developments in the Kimberley, and the Nationals' call for a "discussion paper" on coal seam gas. 

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Baillieu going backwards on indigenous acknowledgement: Bandt

Greens MP Adam Bandt has condemned the Baillieu government's decision to scrap a requirement for Ministers and Departmental staff to acknowledge traditional owners.

This is a step backwards at a time when we are moving towards a national agreement on recognition of indigenous people in the Constitution, Mr Bandt said

"This is a backward step, that will be rejected by the community," Mr Bandt said.

"Mr Baillieu will be and deserves to be roundly condemned for this decision."

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Government sells out Traditional Owners and the Northern Territory while Coalition splits on nuclear waste dump vote

The Australian Greens today condemned the Government for passing a bill to force a radioactive waste dump onto the Northern Territory, despite the Opposition refusing to vote and Coalition MP Natasha Griggs crossing the floor to oppose the bill.

Greens MP Adam Bandt and Greens nuclear affairs spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam congratulated Ms Griggs for her courage in voting against the radioactive waste dump bill while the Coalition took the extremely unusual step of removing all but one member from the Chamber during the vote.

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