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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State & Territory Governments fail on UN mandatory sentencing recommendations

11 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens have called on the WA and NT Governments to respect a United Nations committee's recommendation that they review mandatory sentencing laws which disproportionately affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as new ABS data shows a 84% increase in the incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the last ten years.

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Leaked work for the dole report exposes flawed ideology

09 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens said today that leaked briefing documents for the Government's work for the dole plans in remote communities proves their approach is underpinned by flawed ideology and is clearly discriminatory.

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A long way to go for the Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

08 Dec 2014

Tony Abbott has made much of his concern for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ advancement, declaring himself the Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.

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Greens reject discriminatory work for the dole plans

06 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens have rejected a discriminatory Government plan to make different rules for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote communities in order to access income support. 

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Prime Minister lacks commitment to reducing incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

05 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the Prime Minister should abandon budget cuts and commit to justice targets if he is serious about addressing growing incarceration rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

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Government refuses to release critical income management evaluation

04 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens said today the Government was defying the will of the Senate by refusing to comply with an order for the production of documents and table a crucial evaluation of income management.

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Government refuses to release key IM evaluation

03 Dec 2014

The Government has refused to release the 'Evaluating new income management in the Northern Territory' final report.

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Your Words - Why we need a national inquiry into the abuse of people with disability

03 Dec 2014

Rachel shares the messages and letters received this week about the importance of a national inquiry into abuse against people with disability in residential, institutional and home care settings.

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Attorney General fails to address human rights issues over detention of four Aboriginal men with cognitive impairment

02 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the Attorney General has totally failed to address serious findings made by the Australian Human Rights Commission against the Commonwealth in regards to the detention of four Aboriginal men with cognitive impairment.

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Human Rights report into imprisonment of people with a cognitive impairment

02 Dec 2014

Senator Siewert speaks to the Senate about a new report from the Human Rights Commission, which finds the Government has failed in its obligations to four Aboriginal men with cognitive impairments held in maximum security prison in the Northern Territory.

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