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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The Government should immediately reinstate funding for Aboriginal arts and music festival that maintains connection to culture: Greens

10 Sep 2015

The Senate has supported my motion calling for the Federal Government to reinstate funding for the Pilbara’s only Aboriginal music and arts festival that was due to take place last weekend.  

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Senate urges Federal Government to keep finger on the pulse with Constitutional Recognition

07 Sep 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed Senate support for a motion calling on the Federal Government to keep up momentum in achieving substantive Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  

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National report on Acute kidney injury should prompt further funding for dialysis and prevention

07 Sep 2015

Today’s release of Australia’s first national report on Acute kidney injury should prompt increased investment in prevention and dialysis services for remote Australia, says Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert comments on PM’s backflip on Aboriginal conferences

20 Aug 2015

"It is great to see reports that the Prime Minister has flipped on his Captains call rejecting calls for Aboriginal conferences as part of the process leading to the referendum on Constitutional Recognition.

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Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert comments on Senate support for Dialysis in the NT motion

13 Aug 2015

The Senate has supported a motion that welcomes long awaited dialysis funding over three years to develop accommodation in in Tennant Creek and Alice Springs.

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Motion for one year since Ms Dhu’s death in custody supported by Senate

12 Aug 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed Senate support on a motion that notes one year since the death of a young Aboriginal woman in custody in WA, Ms Julieka Dhu.

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Senator Siewert writes to PM urging for Aboriginal conventions in lead up to Constitutional Recognition

10 Aug 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has written to the Prime Minister urging him to reconsider conventions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to discuss Constitutional Recognition as part of the national conferences on Constitutional Recognition.

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Tony Abbott must abandon captains call on Constitutional Recognition and allow discussions with Aboriginal peoples before going to general public

03 Aug 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert says it is bitterly disappointing the Prime Minister has rejected the proposal for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander conventions on Constitutional Recognition, saying ‘once again the Prime Minister is majorly missing the mark, he just doesn't understand that for Constitutional Recognition to be achieved it must have the support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

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Government must learn from the past and abandon top-down healthy welfare card

24 Jul 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today that it is disappointing the Federal Government is pressing on with the healthy welfare card despite overwhelming evidence that income management is ineffective and that this measure is just as likely to be ineffective.

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We must not give up on addressing discrimination in an attempt to speed up Constitutional Recognition

11 Jul 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today that we should not abandon addressing discrimination in the Constitution in a rushed attempt to achieve Constitutional Recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by 2017.

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