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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Senate supports motion calling for Tony Abbott to apologise for ‘lifestyle choice’ remarks, also calls for Barnett to abandon plans to close remote communities

17 Mar 2015

Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed support of a Senate motion that calls on the WA Government to abandon the closure of remote aboriginal communities whilst reinstating Federal funding.

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Greens motion calls for apology for Tony Abbott’s insensitive ‘lifestyle choice’ comments

17 Mar 2015

Remarks by the Prime Minister that remote Aboriginal communities are a ‘lifestyle choice’ will today be brought to account by a motion introduced by Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Greens: Remote indigenous communities are not a ‘lifestyle choice’ and should not be treated as such

10 Mar 2015

Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has slammed comments by Tony Abbott referring to remote indigenous communities in Western Australia as a ‘lifestyle choice’, referring to the comments as  ‘unbelievably racist and completely out of touch with reality’.

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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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Greens: Fear mongering Intergenerational Report does nothing to reduce intergenerational poverty whilst ignoring First Australians

05 Mar 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has blasted the Intergenerational Report which scaremongers the Australian community about growing inequality whilst implementing policies that exacerbate it.

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Greens condemn failure to meet targets for Close the Gap

11 Feb 2015

Senator Siewert, Australian Greens Spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues has referred to poor results from the Close the Gap report as ‘anticipated but disastrous for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community’ .

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Community Forums with Rachel & Scott

10 Feb 2015

Creating Freedom Australia are hosting a number of community discussion on ideas and actions to create a better world for us and our future generations.

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Greens condemn National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee abolition

19 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens have condemned the Federal Government's abolition of the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee saying it shows a lack of commitment to closing the gap and addressing disadvantage.

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MYEFO further weakens our social safety net

15 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens said today that MYEFO shows the Federal Government's ongoing commitment to flawed, unfair policies that weaken our social safety net.

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Greens call on Government to release key evaluation as opposition to healthy welfare card grows

13 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the Government must release the Evaluation of New Income Management in the Northern Territory final report as opposition to the so-called healthy welfare card continues to grow.

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