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 urge cautious approach to developing Northern Australia

04 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens said today that we need to take a cautious approach to development in Northern Australia, saying a priority must be placed on protecting the region's people, environment and diverse economy.

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Senate calls on Government to guarantee funding for Family and Early Learning Centres

01 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to guarantee funding for Family and Early Learning Centres after the Senate today supported a motion moved by Senator Rachel Siewert, recognising the essential services they provide to communities.

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New investigation highlights fundamental flaws in income management

01 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to abandon income management, as an ABC investigation highlights long-standing flaws in the scheme.

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Greens reject truancy expansion and the targeting of family payments

29 Aug 2014

The Australian Greens said today the Federal Government's move to continue and expand truancy programs that deny parents access to income support and family payments is another example of the recklessness of their policy approach.

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Senate backs Greens motion on Hearing Awareness Week

28 Aug 2014

The Senate has supported an Australian Greens motion recognising Hearing Awareness Week and has called on the Federal Government to make Aboriginal ear disease a national priority.

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Forrest wish-list overlooks action needed to end disadvantage

01 Aug 2014

The Australian Greens said today the Forrest review is more a wish list of a multi-millionaire than an evidenced-based analysis of the action needed to overcome disadvantage faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

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Long term strategies needed in remote communities

19 Jul 2014

The Australian Greens said today that longer term strategies are needed to deliver permanent improvements in education and employment outcomes in remote communities, rather than moves to expand measures that punish people by cutting income support.

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Senate calls on Government to implement vision roadmap

17 Jul 2014

The Senate has backed a motion urging the Federal Government to address the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal eye health as a matter of priority.

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Greens pay tribute to Gavin Jones

16 Jul 2014

The Australian Greens have paid tribute to Deadly Awards founder Gavin Jones.

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Greens welcome release of interim report from Joint Committee on Constitutional Recognition

15 Jul 2014

The Australian Greens have welcomed the release of the interim report of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, saying it provides a foundation for upcoming public consultation, beginning in northern Western Australia next week.

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