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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Equality, Capacity and Disability in Commonwealth Laws

24 Nov 2014

Rachel speaks on the tabling of the ALRC Report Equality, Capacity and Disability in Commonwealth Laws.

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Funding extension ‘inevitable’ given grants system flaws

24 Nov 2014

The Australian Greens said today the extension of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy funding applications confirmed their fears about the process.

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Greens call for justice target and reversal of cuts to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander funding

19 Nov 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the Productivity Commission's report Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage should send a clear signal to the Federal Government that they must reverse their budget cuts and put in place a justice target.

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Senate calls for cross-Government action on deaths in custody

17 Nov 2014

The Senate has backed an Australian Greens motion on deaths in custody, calling on all levels of Governments to address the issue.

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PM Abbott wrong again on European settlement

14 Nov 2014

The Australian Greens said today that Tony Abbott continues to send mixed messages about European settlement of Australia.

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Greens urge Colin Barnett to engage on Constitutional Recognition

13 Nov 2014

The Australian Greens have urged Colin Barnett to fully engage and support recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in both the State and Australian Constitutions.

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Income support crackdown not the answer for alcohol related harm

07 Nov 2014

The Australian Greens said today that Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and alcohol related harm need to be addressed through community driven, holistic approaches, that include addressing their underlying causes, rather than a further crackdown on income support.

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Funding demand shows flaws in Indigenous Advancement Strategy

06 Nov 2014

The Australian Greens said today the Government needs to listen to community concern over funding and the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services.

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Greens voice concerns over work for the dole measures

30 Oct 2014

The Australian Greens have deep concerns about the Government’s mooted increase to sanctions, mutual obligations and expanded for the work for the dole scheme, saying the unjustified measures appear likely to affect remote communities first, and then be extended to jobseekers across the country.

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Greens welcome Joint Committee report on Constitutional Recognition

27 Oct 2014

The Australian Greens have welcomed the tabling of the Progress Report of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and are encouraging all MPs to engage in a full debate of the recommendations presented.

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