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. 


Funding demand shows flaws in Indigenous Advancement Strategy

06 Nov 2014

The Australian Greens said today the Government needs to listen to community concern over funding and the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services.


Greens voice concerns over work for the dole measures

30 Oct 2014

The Australian Greens have deep concerns about the Government’s mooted increase to sanctions, mutual obligations and expanded for the work for the dole scheme, saying the unjustified measures appear likely to affect remote communities first, and then be extended to jobseekers across the country.


Greens welcome Joint Committee report on Constitutional Recognition

27 Oct 2014

The Australian Greens have welcomed the tabling of the Progress Report of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and are encouraging all MPs to engage in a full debate of the recommendations presented.


Greens support Justice for Julieka

23 Oct 2014

On behalf of the Australian Greens, I offer heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Julieka Dhu’s family, friends and community. 


Environmental and Heritage Impacts of Airport Extension on Munday Swamp Questioned

09 Oct 2014

In which Minister Hunt refuses to admit any general impact on the environment, because he can't yet detail the specifics; and then denies the significance of a possible site of aboriginal occupation, up to 35 000 years old, because artefacts recovered from the site indicated "little change through time in terms of technology or raw materials".


Federal Senate calls for action to stop ongoing Stolen Generations

03 Oct 2014

The Australian Senate today passed a Greens' motion recognising that the ongoing rate of removal of Aboriginal children from their families in NSW risks creating another Stolen Generations.


Motion: Stop a new Stolen Generation from happening in NSW

02 Oct 2014

Aboriginal children in New South Wales are still being removed by the New South Wales Department of Children’s Services at an unprecedented rate.  Lee successfully motions to have the Senate take note of this unconscionable activity and also note the formation of a community-based group which seeks to highlight the removal process used by the Department.



Serious concern over Federal plans to hand off responsibility for services in Aboriginal communities

26 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens have expressed serious concerns that services for Aboriginal communities will be compromised by a deal which will see the Federal Government move responsibility for their municipal and essential services to the states.


Senate recognises 10th anniversary of The Purple House

25 Sep 2014

The Senate has today backed an Australian Greens motion recognising the 10th anniversary of Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (aka The Purple House) and their continuous provision of dialysis during that time.


Greens remain committed to Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

17 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens said today that they supported efforts to hold a referendum on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples at or before the next federal election, reflecting the view of the Joint Select Committee.

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