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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Federal leadership needed to end indefinite incarceration

13 Mar 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the Federal Government needs to work with the states and territories to address the number of people with a cognitive impairment subjected to indefinite incarceration, a situation that overwhelmingly affects Aboriginal people.

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Greens express 'deep sadness' over loss of Goolarabooloo law man

27 Feb 2014

The Australian Greens have expressed deep sadness at the passing of a prominent Goolarabooloo law man yesterday.

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Concerns continue over cuts to Aboriginal legal services

24 Feb 2014

The Australian Greens said today it is clear the Government is trying to downplay the impact of cuts to Aboriginal legal services, with evidence at estimates contradicting the Government's line that cuts to funding will have no impact.

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