Greens "Rudd must fulfil election promise on UN Declaration of Indigenous Rights"

Greens Media Release | Spokesperson Rachel Siewert Saturday 13th September 2008, 1:00pm

The Rudd Government should immediately sign the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, according to the Victorian Greens annual conference today.

“It is time the Rudd Government put some substance to the apology to the stolen generations and showed their true commitment to righting the wrongs of successive administrations,” said Australian Greens spokesperson on Indigenous Issues, Senator Rachel Siewert to today’s conference in Melbourne.

Senator Siewert called on the Australian Government to deliver on its election promise to sign the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as quickly as possible.

“The Declaration is a historically important document that sets out ideals and benchmarks for the treatment and future of Indigenous peoples. There is no reason to delay.”

At their State Conference today, the Victorian Greens unanimously passed a motion calling on the Prime Minister to immediately sign the UN Declaration on behalf of the Australian people.

“This Declaration is an important point of reference for the 370 million Indigenous Peoples around the world struggling to get the legal and political traction to facilitate much needed change,” concluded Senator Siewert.