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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Greens support calls to reject Arnhem Land oil and gas exploration

12 Aug 2013

The Australian Greens today expressed their support of the calls by Clan Leaders and community members of Maningrida and Arnhem Land for the NT Government to reject applications for oil and gas exploration off the coast of Arnhem Land.

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National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day calls for the rights of kids to be protected

03 Aug 2013

The Australian Greens say tomorrow's National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day (NAICD), reminds us that the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children is still a long way behind that of other kids.

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SMARTER, SAFER, STRONGER: The Greens’ plan for a more effective approach to criminal justice

30 Jul 2013

We can pour billions of dollars into dealing with the consequences of crime or save billions by addressing the underlining causes.

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Greens call for abandonment of income management

29 Jul 2013

The Australian Greens have called for the expensive and wasteful regime of income management to be abandoned as a new Monash University report questions the evaluations that have been used to justify the policy's expansion.

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Reflecting on 50 years of land rights activism since the tabling of Bark Petitions

10 Jul 2013

"As we reflect on this first recognition, we are also looking ahead to the future referendum on recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our Constitution," said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Greens welcome NAIDOC Week celebrations

07 Jul 2013

The Australian Greens said today that this year's NAIDOC Week theme, 'We value the vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963', emphasises the importance of the ongoing campaign to build support for Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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Old parties unite to extend income management

27 Jun 2013

The old parties have today united in the Senate to vote in favour of extending the unproven income management regime to some of Australia's most vulnerable people.

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Minister's answer on WELA raises more questions

25 Jun 2013

The Australian Greens today expressed great concern that the Wyndham Early Learning Activity Centre (WELA) will lose most of its staff and have to significantly cut its activities because its funding is running out.

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Greens call for government cooperation as NACCHO outlines ten point plan for enhancing Closing the Gap efforts

19 Jun 2013

The Australian Greens have today welcomed the release of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation's (NACCHO) ten point plan for enhancing the work being done to close the gap in health and life expectancy rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and called on the states and territories to urgently renew the National Partnership on Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health.

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Government doesn't have the answers as the Wyndham Early Learning Activity Centre faces an uncertain future

19 Jun 2013

The Federal Government has today avoided Australian Greens questions about the future of the WELA Centre in Wyndham, compounding concerns it may be forced to drastically reduce staffing levels after June 30th due to lack of funding.

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