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: Scott Morrison should stop demonising people on income support

29 May 2015

 Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today Scott Morrison’s comments saying that people shouldn't treat income support like an ‘IKEA’ catalogue are a deliberate strategy that demonises people on income support.

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State Government ignores its own report and moves further away from Closing the Gap

29 May 2015

A leaked report to the WA Department of Health shows the State Government completely disregarded findings when it made huge cuts to the Aboriginal health sector in the state budget.

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This Sorry Day Tony Abbott must recommit to truly being the ‘Prime Minister for Indigenous Affairs’

26 May 2015

Today is National Sorry Day and we should not only reflect on progress made in reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, but also how far we have to go, said Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues, Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Greens: Minister Scullion must provide list of service providers defunded under the IAS

18 May 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today that Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion should immediately fund the Djarindjin safe house and come clean on gaps in services across the country under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) following news that the women’s domestic violence shelter on the Dampier Peninsula has not been funded.

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State Government is far too late to try and ‘consult’ with remote Aboriginal communities about their closures

08 May 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has today slammed the State Government for being two years late in promising faux-consultation in the lead up to the closure of remote Aboriginal communities.

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Less than half of the successful applicants to receive IAS are Aboriginal, this must be resolved

04 May 2015

Confirmation that less than half of the nearly 1000  successful applicants under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) were actually Aboriginal has been referred to as ‘predictable but totally outrageous’ by Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues, Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Shifting small remote communities into larger ones is still closing them, Colin

04 May 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today the Premier should be ashamed of his attempts to play down the forced closure of remote aboriginal communities.

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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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