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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We must not give up on addressing discrimination in an attempt to speed up Constitutional Recognition

11 Jul 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today that we should not abandon addressing discrimination in the Constitution in a rushed attempt to achieve Constitutional Recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by 2017.

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Auditor General Report shows we must do more to bolster Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses

09 Jul 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today further work is needed on approaches to stimulate and engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses in Government following a damning Auditor General Report showing that the participation of Indigenous businesses in government procurement has remained low.

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Australian Greens: Report serves as huge milestone towards recognising our First Peoples in the Constitution

25 Jun 2015

 Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today the tabling of the Constitutional Recognition report by the Joint Select Committee is an exciting milestone in recognising our First Peoples in the Constitution once and for all.  

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Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert comments on healthy welfare card trials

04 Jun 2015

The extension of funding to ‘facilitate consultation and engagement with communities’  regarding the healthy welfare card shows a complete disregard for a recent evaluation that demonstrated the measure had failed.  

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Government presses on with work for the dole in remote communities

03 Jun 2015

The Australian Greens said today the Government is making a mistake pushing ahead with a 1 July start on the roll out of their Work for the Dole program in remote communities.

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Federal Government must lead new approach to tackle Aboriginal incarceration

02 Jun 2015

The Australian Greens say the release of an Amnesty International report into Indigenous incarceration should restart a national conversation about Justice Reinvestment as an alternative to "lock 'em up" prison culture.

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Greens: Scott Morrison should stop demonising people on income support

29 May 2015

 Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today Scott Morrison’s comments saying that people shouldn't treat income support like an ‘IKEA’ catalogue are a deliberate strategy that demonises people on income support.

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State Government ignores its own report and moves further away from Closing the Gap

29 May 2015

A leaked report to the WA Department of Health shows the State Government completely disregarded findings when it made huge cuts to the Aboriginal health sector in the state budget.

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This Sorry Day Tony Abbott must recommit to truly being the ‘Prime Minister for Indigenous Affairs’

26 May 2015

Today is National Sorry Day and we should not only reflect on progress made in reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, but also how far we have to go, said Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues, Senator Rachel Siewert.

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