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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24 years on and no further forward, Government must act on Aboriginal disadvantage

15 Apr 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today that the Australian Government should be ashamed that incarceration rates continue to climb and that deaths in custody are still occurring as we make the 24th year of the tabling of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody report in federal parliament.

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Greens: Federal funding for SA remote aboriginal communities secured, WA must receive funding rethink

13 Apr 2015

Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, Senator Rachel Siewert, has welcomed news of Federal funding that will allow remote aboriginal communities in South Australia to remain, but says the news must be quickly followed up with a rethink of funding for remote communities in Western Australia.

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Already flawed work for the dole policy thrown into further disarray with unclear rollout

08 Apr 2015

In view of the evidence that past work for the dole systems have been unsuccessful, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert says ‘it comes as a further concern that the Minister for Indigenous Affairs has reportedly told stakeholders in the Northern Territory that the already punitive program is set to be overhauled, becoming potentially more opaque and confusing in the process’.

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IAS funding remains opaque in releasing list of recipients with no figures included

24 Mar 2015

The Government has released a full list of recipients of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) yet continue to withhold essential information that details the amount and duration of funding.

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Paternalistic healthy welfare card must be dropped for more cooperative programs that genuinely help disadvantaged communities

22 Mar 2015

Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has slammed news today that the Government will press on with a Healthy Welfare Card as a form of income management for struggling communities, despite the release of an evaluation in December that proved the system to be largely unsuccessful. 

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Greens secure senate support for inquiry into Indigenous Advancement Strategy funding

19 Mar 2015


On the national day of action, and Close the Gap Day Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has secured support from the Senate for an inquiry into the fractured rollout of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) funding that was announced two weeks ago.

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Greens to move for inquiry into Indigenous Advancement Strategy funding during National Day of Action

19 Mar 2015

In line with a national day of action, Greens Senator Rachel Siewert will move a motion in the Senate calling for an inquiry into the fractured rollout of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) funding that was announced two weeks ago.

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Elderly and sick aboriginal group turned away from essential services during tropical cyclone

18 Mar 2015

Greens MLC Robin Chapple and Senator Rachel Siewert have condemned emerging news that five mostly elderly Aboriginal people with medical conditions were declined access for up to seven hours from the Carnarvon cyclone shelter and hospital, ahead of the impact of Severe Tropical Cyclone Olwyn.

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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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