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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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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Turnbull must allocate resources to conventions and show true commitment to Constitutional Recognition

09 Nov 2015

To progress the issue of Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples it is essential they have the opportunity to come together discuss the issues and determine what form of recognition they would support, said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Government chaotically rolls out seminars for feedback on chaotic IAS

30 Oct 2015

The Federal Government has only offered six days’ notice for the first round of seminars that supposedly enable the community to review the rollout of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS).

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Senator calls on the Government to Close the Gap on Aboriginal eye health for World Sight Day

08 Oct 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has called for further investment in Aboriginal eye health as part of World Sight Day 2015.

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Aboriginal eye health funding is welcome but more is needed to Close the Gap

17 Sep 2015

The Senate has supported my motion calling for the Government to Close the Gap on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

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The Government should immediately reinstate funding for Aboriginal arts and music festival that maintains connection to culture: Greens

10 Sep 2015

The Senate has supported my motion calling for the Federal Government to reinstate funding for the Pilbara’s only Aboriginal music and arts festival that was due to take place last weekend.  

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Senate urges Federal Government to keep finger on the pulse with Constitutional Recognition

07 Sep 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed Senate support for a motion calling on the Federal Government to keep up momentum in achieving substantive Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  

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National report on Acute kidney injury should prompt further funding for dialysis and prevention

07 Sep 2015

Today’s release of Australia’s first national report on Acute kidney injury should prompt increased investment in prevention and dialysis services for remote Australia, says Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert comments on PM’s backflip on Aboriginal conferences

20 Aug 2015

"It is great to see reports that the Prime Minister has flipped on his Captains call rejecting calls for Aboriginal conferences as part of the process leading to the referendum on Constitutional Recognition.

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