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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National Partnership Agreement essential for closing the gap

12 Feb 2014

The Australian Greens said today that Federal Government leadership to deliver the new National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap on Indigenous Health Outcomes is essential to closing the gap in life expectancy.

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Fracking will further industrialise the Kimberley - Greens

30 Dec 2013

The Australian Greens said today that shale gas fracking would further industrialise the Kimberley, despite serious and ongoing community and environmental concerns.

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School attendance issues need comprehensive solutions

20 Dec 2013

The Australian Greens have raised concerns over plans to send truancy officers into remote communities, saying the complex issues which prevent kids going to school need broader and more comprehensive solutions.

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Government set to repeat past mistakes with remote truancy policies

18 Dec 2013

The Australian Greens said today the Government was on the verge of repeating past mistakes in remote Aboriginal communities by investing in policies that go against the advice of experts.

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Government avoids scrutiny by cutting Coordinator-General for Remote Indigenous Services

17 Dec 2013

The Australian Greens say the Federal Government is avoiding scrutiny for its policy making and implementation by cutting the position of Coordinator-General for Remote Indigenous Services.

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Federal Government needs to engage on NT alcohol policies

17 Dec 2013

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to become more engaged with measures to reduce alcohol related harm in the NT.

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Abbott’s legal aid cuts a bad sign for justice in WA

17 Dec 2013

More Aboriginal Australians will end up in jail because of the Abbott Government's cuts to indigenous legal aid, say the Australian Greens.

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Senate calls on Government to deliver $10 million for Central Australia renal services

10 Dec 2013

The Senate has backed an Australian Greens motion calling for urgent action to deliver $10 million earmarked for renal services in Central Australia.

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WA’s Aboriginal youth detention rate requires urgent action

10 Dec 2013

The Australian Greens said today that the alarmingly high rate of Aboriginal youth detention is a disgrace, and called on the WA Government to urgently invest in in Justice Reinvestment.

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Greens support calls to reduce alcohol related harm in the NT

03 Dec 2013

The Australian Greens have welcomed the release of the Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT report ‘Grog in the Territory', arising from the Central Australian Grog Summit held in July 2013.

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