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 welcome news that Rose Anne Fulton will head home

26 Jun 2014

The Australian Greens have welcomed reports that Rose Anne Fulton, who has been held in custody without conviction for 21 months, will be released from jail next week.

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More must be done to meet Closing the Gap outcomes, with budget cuts set to take their toll

26 Jun 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the Federal Budget would jeopardise Closing the Gap outcomes, with cuts to payments, the defunding of programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the GP Co-payment all combining to reduce access to essential supports and services and increase inequality.

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Greens announce Bill to strengthen ILC & Land Account

24 Jun 2014

The Australian Greens will today introduce a Private Member's Bill to the Senate to strengthen the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account and the Indigenous Land Corporation.

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Greens mark Mabo anniversary

03 Jun 2014

The Australian Greens have marked the 22nd Anniversary of the landmark Mabo High Court ruling.

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Government needs to drive procurement from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses

28 May 2014

The Australian Greens said today Government needs to do more to drive more procurement from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses, taking action to give effect to their words.

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PMC job cuts to affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services

27 May 2014

The Australian Greens said today that Indigenous Affairs staffing cuts within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PMC) will affect the service delivery and support provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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Commitments needed to build on the National Apology to the Stolen Generations

26 May 2014

The Australian Greens have marked National Sorry Day, committing to ongoing work towards delivering on the spirit of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations and the recommendations of the ‘Bringing Them Home' report.

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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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