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 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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Greens support Justice for Julieka

23 Oct 2014

On behalf of the Australian Greens, I offer heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Julieka Dhu’s family, friends and community. 

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Senate motion condemns Oombulgurri demolition

02 Oct 2014

The Senate has backed an Australian Greens motion condemning the demolition of the remote community of Oombulgurri in Western Australia.

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Serious concern over Federal plans to hand off responsibility for services in Aboriginal communities

26 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens have expressed serious concerns that services for Aboriginal communities will be compromised by a deal which will see the Federal Government move responsibility for their municipal and essential services to the states.

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Senate recognises 10th anniversary of The Purple House

25 Sep 2014

The Senate has today backed an Australian Greens motion recognising the 10th anniversary of Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (aka The Purple House) and their continuous provision of dialysis during that time.

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PM needs clarity on European settlement comments

24 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens said today that Tony Abbott seems confused in his opinions on the impact of European settlement of Australia on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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