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. 

media-releases

Cashless welfare card another sign of the Government’s policy recklessness

16 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens said today that plans for a cashless welfare card are essentially a pumped up BasicsCard, continuing and expanding income management.

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Greens call for PM Abbott to address funding concerns over Aboriginal programs

15 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens have called on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to address extensive concerns about changes to funding for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs.

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New funding process for Aboriginal programs sees doubt continue for vital services

08 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens said today that they are concerned the Government's newly announced changes to funding application processes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs will be used to deliver more of their unjustified budget cuts and will significantly disrupt the delivery of services to Aboriginal communities.

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Life expectancy gap shows danger in cuts to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs

05 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens said today that new figures on health and life expectancy show the risks associated with the Abbott Government's half a billion dollar budget cuts to programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

estimates

Minister Fails to Visit Muckaty Locals, 6 Months On

04 Sep 2014

The Muckaty saga around the unwanted uranium dump lasted over 8 years, during which the locals wished to have the Minister see the site in person. Ian MacFarlane agreed to it in the election, we confirmed in in March and kept getting told that it would happen when the schedules aligned. 6 months on from that confirmation, and the whole fiasco has collapsed, and the Minister STILL hasn't visited.

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Muckaty questions that are now, thankfully, unneccessary

04 Sep 2014

Early in June Scott was trying to find out if the Government would proceed with a dump at Muckaty station if the High Court ruled against the Northern Land Council. As their case fell apart, the government caved to the combined pressure of the people and the law- retracting the plan for the nuclear dump.

media-releases

Greens urge cautious approach to developing Northern Australia

04 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens said today that we need to take a cautious approach to development in Northern Australia, saying a priority must be placed on protecting the region's people, environment and diverse economy.

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Senate calls on Government to guarantee funding for Family and Early Learning Centres

01 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to guarantee funding for Family and Early Learning Centres after the Senate today supported a motion moved by Senator Rachel Siewert, recognising the essential services they provide to communities.

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New investigation highlights fundamental flaws in income management

01 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to abandon income management, as an ABC investigation highlights long-standing flaws in the scheme.

media-releases

Greens reject truancy expansion and the targeting of family payments

29 Aug 2014

The Australian Greens said today the Federal Government's move to continue and expand truancy programs that deny parents access to income support and family payments is another example of the recklessness of their policy approach.

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