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 call for end to Stronger Futures

24 May 2014

 

The Australian Greens have called for the Stronger Futures regime to be abandoned and for the Government to work with Aboriginal communities to develop effective and cooperative programs that are delivered in partnership with communities.

 

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Budget cuts threaten future Closing the Gap outcomes

23 May 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the COAG Reform Council's final report on the nation's Closing the Gap targets highlights the serious threat posed by the Abbott Government's budget cuts to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs.

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Budget cuts to undermine Kimberley health programs

20 May 2014

The Australian Greens have expressed concern over the future of Aboriginal health programs in the Kimberley, saying the federal budget is a huge setback to commitments to close the gap.

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Alice aerosol outbreak highlights risk of budget cuts

20 May 2014

The Australian Greens said today that funding cuts across programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples will undermine the ability for serious community health issues, such as the recently seen outbreaks of aerosol sniffing in Alice Springs, to be addressed.

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Budget cuts make a mockery of Abbott’s promise to be Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

14 May 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the self-proclaimed Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs has failed the very people he said he was going to be there for and support.

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Traditional Owners of the Muckaty Nuclear Waste Site

14 May 2014

The traditional owners of Muckaty nuclear waste site are still waiting for the Minister for Industry to visit and discuss their concerns. Will the Minister fulfil his promise to visit?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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