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Motion: Monument to Captain James Cook

Wednesday 6 September

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:44): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) the plaque on the statue of Captain James Cook in Hyde Park, Sydney, states that Cook "discovered this territory – 1770", and

   (ii) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples had lived in Australia for at least 65 000 years before the arrival of Captain Cook; and

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Estimates: Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee: Attorney-General's Portfolio: Attorney-General's Department

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Senator RHIANNON: In estimates on Monday of this week, Senator Brandis, you argued that Senate order 20C, for rolling disclosure of meetings with former ministers, is potentially invalid on the basis of advice from the Clerk of the House of Representatives. The Greens have obtained today advice from the Acting Clerk of the Senate, Mr Richard Pye, which confirms that the order is valid.

Senator Brandis: That does not surprise me, Senator Rhiannon.

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Speech: Indigenous Communities

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (00:24): On another matter, when I visited Alice Springs earlier this year I witnessed apartheid. The first time was outside a local bottle shop. I was with colleagues from the Alice Springs Greens; we were walking across town to the venue for our evening event. As we cut through a shopping centre we saw the Northern Territory apartheid laws in action: two men were stopped by police just as they came out of the shopping centre's bottle shop. I was with my colleague, Greens member and former federal candidate Barbara Shaw.

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Federal Senate calls for action to stop ongoing Stolen Generations

The Australian Senate today passed a Greens' motion recognising that the ongoing rate of removal of Aboriginal children from their families in NSW risks creating another Stolen Generations.

Federal Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon said: "This is an important acknowledgment from the Australian Parliament that the Stolen Generations aren't just history, they continue to this day.

"As we get more detail of the extent of Aboriginal child removals there is an ever clearer case for urgent action to keep communities and families together.

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Adjournment speech: A tribute to Neville 'Chappy' Williams

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (21:47): I would like to move on to another issue. I would like to take this opportunity in the Australian Senate to pay tribute to Neville 'Chappy' Williams, an Aboriginal elder from western New South Wales. He has made an enormous contribution to Australia. As a former bantamweight boxer, Chappy knows a thing or two about a tough fight. After knocking out the official Australian bantamweight contender, Billy Booth, at the Golden Gloves in New South Wales, he nearly made it to the Tokyo Olympics in 1964.

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