Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues

The Australian Greens acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as Australia’s first peoples and recognise their strong cultural and spiritual connection with the land, and their rights and obligations as owners and custodians. We are committed to seeing these rights reflected in our laws and our society. All Australians, including those living in remote communities, have an equal right to essential government services such as health, education, training, housing, community infrastructure, employment support, and policing. We recognise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people must be partners in the development and implementation of policies, programs and services that affect them.

The Greens are concerned that Governments continue to overlook the important international agreements that recognise the rights of indigenous peoples and do not invest enough in efforts to bridge the gaps in many areas of our society. We are committed to seeing an end to the Northern Territory Intervention and Stronger Futures Legislation, delivering Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, compensating the Stolen Generations and improving the Native Title system. 


Investments in community programs vital to address suicide rates

15 Apr 2014

The Australian Greens are calling on the Federal Government to support community driven and delivered programs to address self harm and youth suicide, saying that funding for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical and mental health services must be protected from cuts in the upcoming budget.


Senate marks National Close the Gap Day

20 Mar 2014

The Senate has marked National Close the Gap Day by urging federal, state and territory Governments to continue to work together to achieve important outcomes in health and life expectancy.


Arnhem Land Traditional Owners bring message to Canberra

19 Mar 2014

The Australian Greens have hosted Traditional Owners from Arnhem Land in Parliament House today, to discuss their opposition to oil & gas exploration and the need for sea rights.


Senate backs Greens motion for federal action to help Rose Anne Fulton

18 Mar 2014

The Senate has backed an Australian Greens motion calling on the Federal Government to assist in the case of Rose Anne Fulton, who has been held in custody in Kalgoorlie, WA for 18 months without a trial or conviction.


Federal leadership needed to end indefinite incarceration

13 Mar 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the Federal Government needs to work with the states and territories to address the number of people with a cognitive impairment subjected to indefinite incarceration, a situation that overwhelmingly affects Aboriginal people.


Senator Ludlam's speech on Closing the Gap

13 Feb 2014

Scott reflects on the Closing the Gap report and acknowledges the great work of Robert Eggington and Selina Eggington from the Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation.


Indigenous consultation needed for Woomera mining proposal

13 Feb 2014

Senator Wright's speech on the proposal to open the Woomera Protected Area to mining and the appalling lack of consultation with the traditional owners of the land.


National Partnership Agreement essential for closing the gap

12 Feb 2014

The Australian Greens said today that Federal Government leadership to deliver the new National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap on Indigenous Health Outcomes is essential to closing the gap in life expectancy.


Burrup Industrial Emissions Mistaken as Rain

06 Feb 2014

Industrial emissions on the Burrup are being recorded as rain on the Bureau of Meteorology's weather radar. Why is this happening, and is is the department doing anything to follow this up?


Question on Notice - Sewage treatment at Ranger uranium mine site

30 Jan 2014

Ranger uranium mine - not just generating toxic nuclear waste but generating and disposing human sewage on site 

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