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. 


Burrup Air Pollution and the BOM

07 May 2014

There are instances where industrial pollution at the Burrup Peninsula is so bad it shows up as rain and cloud cover on Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) radars. The Senator asks the government if they're going to look into it, let alone do anything about it.


Commonwealth Heritage Council and the application of it's work

07 May 2014

The Commonwealth Heritage Council makes findings regarding the heritage value of important Australian places, which state governments are then meant to act upon. The Senator asks exactly how many recommendations state governments are delaying action upon, or even straight up ignoring.


Government needs to rethink ILC and IBA merger - Greens

05 May 2014

The Australian Greens today expressed concern about the Government's plans to merge IBA and ILC saying that the Government should not proceed with their plans given the Ernst and Young (EY) report.


Questions on lack of progress for Burrup World Heritage listing

30 Apr 2014

Two years since an emergency assessment of the outstanding heritage values of the Dampier Archipelago, under possible threat by industrial pollution, and when questioned about it we are told the federal government is still waiting to act 'at an appropriate time' and is yet to even 'determine the timing and design of research for the assessment of possible additional National Heritage values.'


Bureau of Meteorology uninterested in Burrup Pollution Clouds

23 Apr 2014

The people of the Burrup Peninsula are suffering some quite extreme events of air pollution from time to time, and as a result of community pressure Woodside has collected data on it. Yet, it doesn't seem to concern the BOM


Investments in community programs vital to address suicide rates

15 Apr 2014

The Australian Greens are calling on the Federal Government to support community driven and delivered programs to address self harm and youth suicide, saying that funding for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical and mental health services must be protected from cuts in the upcoming budget.


Senate marks National Close the Gap Day

20 Mar 2014

The Senate has marked National Close the Gap Day by urging federal, state and territory Governments to continue to work together to achieve important outcomes in health and life expectancy.


Arnhem Land Traditional Owners bring message to Canberra

19 Mar 2014

The Australian Greens have hosted Traditional Owners from Arnhem Land in Parliament House today, to discuss their opposition to oil & gas exploration and the need for sea rights.


Senate backs Greens motion for federal action to help Rose Anne Fulton

18 Mar 2014

The Senate has backed an Australian Greens motion calling on the Federal Government to assist in the case of Rose Anne Fulton, who has been held in custody in Kalgoorlie, WA for 18 months without a trial or conviction.

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