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. 

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Senate backs Greens motion on Hearing Awareness Week

28 Aug 2014

The Senate has supported an Australian Greens motion recognising Hearing Awareness Week and has called on the Federal Government to make Aboriginal ear disease a national priority.

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Forrest wish-list overlooks action needed to end disadvantage

01 Aug 2014

The Australian Greens said today the Forrest review is more a wish list of a multi-millionaire than an evidenced-based analysis of the action needed to overcome disadvantage faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

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Senate calls on Government to implement vision roadmap

17 Jul 2014

The Senate has backed a motion urging the Federal Government to address the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal eye health as a matter of priority.

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Greens welcome release of interim report from Joint Committee on Constitutional Recognition

15 Jul 2014

The Australian Greens have welcomed the release of the interim report of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, saying it provides a foundation for upcoming public consultation, beginning in northern Western Australia next week.

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Abolishing the carbon price will impact Traditional Owners

11 Jul 2014

The Australian Greens have called on the cross bench Senators to recognise the wide ranging negative consequences of repealing the carbon price, amid reports Traditional Owners in the Kimberley will lose millions if the package is abolished.

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Tony Abbott's "unsettled" comments offensive and insensitive

06 Jul 2014

The Australian Greens have rejected Tony Abbott’s comments that Australia was 'unsettled' before the arrival of the First Fleet.

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Pyne picks wrong approach to fix remote schools

01 Jul 2014

The Abbott Government's huge cuts to education and indigenous programs and will hold back students in remote schools despite Education Minister Christopher Pyne's Direct Instruction plan, say the Australian Greens.

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More must be done to meet Closing the Gap outcomes, with budget cuts set to take their toll

26 Jun 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the Federal Budget would jeopardise Closing the Gap outcomes, with cuts to payments, the defunding of programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the GP Co-payment all combining to reduce access to essential supports and services and increase inequality.

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Adjournment speech: A tribute to Neville 'Chappy' Williams

24 Jun 2014

Lee pays tribute to Chappy Williams, an elder of the Wiradjuri people, for a decade of fighting to protect Lake Cowal against the ravages of mining by Barrick Gold. 

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Greens announce Bill to strengthen ILC & Land Account

24 Jun 2014

The Australian Greens will today introduce a Private Member's Bill to the Senate to strengthen the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account and the Indigenous Land Corporation.

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