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. 



26 Jan 2016 | 11:00 am

Yabun is Sydney's premiere one-day festival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, presenting a diverse and vibrant lineup of Indigenous music, dance, oration, sport and much more. Yabun is a family friendly, alcohol-free event that increasingly draws interest from people from all nations around the world, and also features a wide range of food and arts stalls.


Minister announces regular fuel ban on Palm Island

08 Dec 2015

The Government has mandated low-aromatic fuel on Palm Island to combat the scourge of petrol sniffing in the community. This is the first time the Government has exercised Senator Rachel Siewert’s private members bill on Opal Fuels.  


Government should listen to Mick Gooda’s healthy welfare card concerns

07 Dec 2015

The Government should listen to concerns expressed in the Social Justice and Native Title Report 2015 and reconsider the rollout of the cashless welfare card, which is scheduled to roll out in three trial zones next year.


Government must abandon failed paternalistic approach to Closing the Gap

03 Dec 2015

Failure to meet five out of six Closing the Gap targets shows failed measures of successive Government’s aimed at reducing Aboriginal disadvantage should be abandoned, said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.


Government must consider Change the Record report and Close the Gap on incarceration and violence

02 Dec 2015

Questions without Notice today have revealed the Government is still not planning to introduce Justice Targets despite evidence it could reduce Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander incarceration rates, said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.


Australian Greens Senator responds to $1.8m in funding for NSW Custody Notification Service

02 Dec 2015

“Today I withdrew a motion in the Senate I have had on the notice paper for some weeks calling for the Government to provide full funding for the Custody Notification Service (CNS) that operates in New South Wales (NSW).


Greens welcome the start of the inquest into Ms Dhu’s death in custody

23 Nov 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert and WA Greens MLC Robin Chapple have welcomed the start of the coronial inquest into Ms Dhu’s death in Western Australia and hope it leads to changes so urgently needed whilst providing some answers to bereaved family and friends.


WA Greens: Addressing Aboriginal incarceration must be a matter of priority for State Government

14 Nov 2015

The WA Greens have written to Premier Barnett calling on the state government to address Aboriginal incarceration as a matter of priority following another death in custody at Casuarina State on 2 November 2015.


Greens support the growth and longevity of Indigenous Rangers

12 Nov 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has today congratulated the work of Indigenous Rangers across the country and supported calls for the Government to ensure the longevity of the Aboriginal Land and Sea Management program that has benefited so many.


Increased support for Constitutional Recognition should be met with action by Malcolm Turnbull

10 Nov 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has said today that ‘it makes no sense for the path to Constitutional Reform to slow whilst community support increases’, with a poll today showing that eight out of ten Australians support constitutional change to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

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