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. 

media-releases

Senate calls for Government to address high rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids in out of home care

22 Feb 2016

Senator Siewert’s motion calling on the Government to address the unacceptably high rates of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care has been supported by the Senate. It went through on the voices.

media-releases

Greens will seek to table petition calling on Malcolm Turnbull to address hurtful Alan Jones comments

17 Feb 2016

Upon return to Parliament next week the Australian Greens will seek to table a petition urging Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to show leadership and stand against Alan Jones' 'Stolen Generation' comments.

media-releases

Dear Alan Jones, kids are still being taken away from families at a disproportionate rate

15 Feb 2016

“Alan Jones said this morning on radio that ‘we need Stolen Generations’. I have news for him, a huge number of children including Aboriginal kids are being taken from families around Australia as we speak.

media-releases

Greens: Minister should not call Justice Targets ‘nonsense’ if he genuinely wants to Close the Gap on incarceration

12 Feb 2016

In the same week Malcolm Turnbull promised to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to Close the Gap, the Minister for Indigenous Affairs has referred to broadly supported Justice Targets as ‘nonsense’.

media-releases

Malcolm should cut the innovation buzzwords and genuinely move to Close the Gap

10 Feb 2016

The bitterly disappointing Prime Minister’s report on Closing the Gap shows there are many areas with next to no change in cutting Aboriginal disadvantage across the key areas, Senator Rachel Siewert has said today.

media-releases

Greens support Committee recommendations to Close the Gap for people with disability and stop racism in health care

10 Feb 2016

Recommendations by the Close the Gap Steering Committee that call for a national inquiry into racism in healthcare and Close the Gap targets for Aboriginal people with disability and imprisonment rates have been welcomed by the Australian Greens.  

transcripts

Open Letter to Prime Minister Turnbull on recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

09 Feb 2016

Dear Prime Minister Turnbull

 

In a few days, you will be tabling your first Closing the Gap report in Parliament. It’s an important day for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and for our nation.

media-releases

Greens welcome report on reconciliation

09 Feb 2016

Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed the launch of a Reconciliation Australia report that lists seven key recommendations aimed at achieving a reconciled, just and equitable Australia.

media-releases

Report finds NT intervention failed to Close the Gap and meet international human rights obligations

09 Feb 2016

The independent report by Monash University showing the NT intervention simultaneously failed to meet Close the Gap targets and international human rights obligations is further proof that the measures should be abandoned, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

media-releases

Greens pen letter to PM on Close the Gap and the need to address unfinished business

09 Feb 2016

On the eve of the Closing the Gap report, Senator Siewert has written to the Prime Minister outlining concerns that Australia will struggle to Close the Gap whilst the issues of unfinished business such as Constitutional Recognition, Sovereignty, Treaties, and self-determination go unaddressed.

Syndicate content