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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Aboriginal culture takes centre stage at Buckingham Palace

28 Nov 2013

The Australian Greens have welcomed news that Australia's rich Aboriginal culture has taken centre stage at Buckingham Palace with Lenie and Kevin Namatjira, the grandchildren of renowned Central Australian artist Albert Namatjira, attending a private audience with The Queen.

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Bus dispute undermines efforts to close the education gap

27 Nov 2013

The Australian Greens said today that it is unbelievable that the Federal and NT Governments are fighting over who funds transport to get kids school, while at the same time considering spending millions of dollars on truancy officers.

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Indigenous legal aid cuts must not go ahead

19 Nov 2013

Prime Minister Tony Abbott must urgently clarify if he intends to reverse his party's election promise to make multi-million dollar cuts to indigenous legal aid, say the Australian Greens.

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Policy change needed to close the gap

06 Nov 2013

The Australian Greens said today it is very disappointing that stronger progress has not been made towards reaching closing the gap targets and that efforts need to reach the goal by 2031.

 

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Murru Album Launch: In Memory of John Pat

29 Aug 2013 | 7:00 pm
Thu, 2013-08-29 19:00

Big hART and the community of Ieramugadu (Roebourne) proudly present the Album Launch of Murru - a music collaboration between John Bennett, Shellie Morris, Emma Donovan, Archie Roach, Lucky Oceans, Harry Hookey, Bill Chambers, the Last Kinection, Trevor Jamieson, David Hyams and the Roebourne community.

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Greens: Save the Children report demonstrates that Justice Reinvestment is essential

19 Sep 2013

The Australian Greens have welcomed the new report by Save the Children, saying it highlights the critical need for a justice reinvestment approach in metropolitan areas of high need.

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Lack of a Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health a disappointment

17 Sep 2013

The Australian Greens said today that it was disappointing the Abbott ministry didn't include a dedicated Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

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Abbott cuts to Indigenous legal services hypocritical

06 Sep 2013

The Australian Greens have condemned Tony Abbott’s cuts to the  Indigenous Legal Assistance and Policy Reform Program, saying it goes against all his past rhetoric and will exacerbate the shameful incarceration rates for Indigenous Australians.

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Greens call for cooperative, community driven approach to closing the gap

28 Aug 2013

The Greens today welcomed the Close the Gap Campaign's election statement for 2013 and called for the old parties to commit to a cooperative, community driven approach to improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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Closing the Hearing Gap

26 Aug 2013

The Greens' plan to address the crisis in ear and hearing health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

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