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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Liberal, Labor knock back urgent bid to save community legal services

26 Mar 2015

The Labor and Liberal parties have today voted against a Senate motion to increase funding for community legal services, as centres across the country turn clients away amid funding uncertainty.

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Cuts to legal sector must be stopped

26 Mar 2015

Senator Wright's motion calling on the Federal Government to immediately address the funding uncertainty and include increased funding for the legal assistance sector in the 2015/16 Federal Budget. 

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Indigenous legal cuts a national embarrassment

06 Mar 2015

The Australian Greens have condemned the funding cuts to indigenous legal aid services, which will see the peak body NATSILS close its doors in June.

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Closing the gap in mental health and justice

12 Feb 2015

Senator Wright speaks to the  Close the gap: progress and priorities report 2014 and the need to improve mental health and justice outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

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Time to rally community behind constitutional recognition

26 Jan 2015

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says 2015 is the year Australia should recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Constitution, with a referendum that is fully understood and supported by the community.

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Greens condemn National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee abolition

19 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens have condemned the Federal Government's abolition of the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee saying it shows a lack of commitment to closing the gap and addressing disadvantage.

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MYEFO further weakens our social safety net

15 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens said today that MYEFO shows the Federal Government's ongoing commitment to flawed, unfair policies that weaken our social safety net.

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Greens call on Government to release key evaluation as opposition to healthy welfare card grows

13 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the Government must release the Evaluation of New Income Management in the Northern Territory final report as opposition to the so-called healthy welfare card continues to grow.

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Recognise Gala shows groundswell of support for constitutional recognition

12 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens said today the energy for constitutional recognition at the Recognise Gala last night was palpable, and have urged the Government to build on that energy and finalise the question to be put and set a date for the referendum.

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State & Territory Governments fail on UN mandatory sentencing recommendations

11 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens have called on the WA and NT Governments to respect a United Nations committee's recommendation that they review mandatory sentencing laws which disproportionately affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as new ABS data shows a 84% increase in the incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the last ten years.

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