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 launch package to stop another Stolen Generation

26 May 2016

The Greens have launched a policy on Sorry Day that if implemented would work towards ‘stopping another Stolen Generation that we may be apologising for in years to come’, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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National Congress right in highlighting failed government approach to Close the Gap

20 May 2016

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has congratulated National Congress co-chair Jackie Huggins for highlighting failing Government policies on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues.

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Aboriginal funding barely budges as Government fails to act on Close the Gap rhetoric

04 May 2016

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people got just one mention in Treasurer Scott Morrison’s budget speech and only marginally increased funding to Close the Gap, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Turnbull, ensure longevity and double funding for Indigenous Rangers

21 Apr 2016

In the lead up to the budget the Greens have written to Prime Minister Turnbull urging him to double funding for the Indigenous Rangers program and ensure longevity by committing to the program for the next 15 years.

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Senate supports motion calling on the Government to act on Aboriginal deaths in custody

19 Apr 2016

The Senate has supported a Greens motion calling on the Governments around Australia to act on the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody made 25 years ago.

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Quarter of a century since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody, we must act urgently to Close the Gap on incarceration

15 Apr 2016

“It has been 25 years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody and Aboriginal people are still disproportionately dying whilst in incarceration", Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

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Government must listen to committee recommendations on how to improve the IAS: Greens

17 Mar 2016

A committee report into the chaotic rollout of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) and its impacts on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples has been tabled in the Senate.

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Scullion should implement justice targets to stop Aboriginal kids landing in detention at hugely disproportionate rates

17 Mar 2016

Figures reported today showing Indigenous youth are 26 times more likely to be incarcerated than non-Indigenous youth should prompt immediate action from the Federal Government, Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Coalition and Labor knock back Greens call to ditch income management

16 Mar 2016

The Coalition and Labor party have knocked back a Greens motion calling on the Government to ditch paternalistic income management that doesn’t work.

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Community Development Programme is discriminatory and pushes Aboriginal people into working for below minimum wage: Greens

02 Mar 2016

The Australian Greens have today indicated their opposition to the Community Development Programme (CDP) legislation, tabling a dissenting report as part of the inquiry into the Bill.

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