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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Human Rights report into imprisonment of people with a cognitive impairment

02 Dec 2014

Senator Siewert speaks to the Senate about a new report from the Human Rights Commission, which finds the Government has failed in its obligations to four Aboriginal men with cognitive impairments held in maximum security prison in the Northern Territory.

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Social Justice and Native Title Report 2014

01 Dec 2014

Rachel speaks on the tabling of the Human Rights Commission Social Justice and Native Title Report 2014.

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Senate orders Government to table income management evaluation

01 Dec 2014

The Senate has ordered the Government to table the Evaluation of New Income Management in the Northern Territory final report by Wednesday this week.

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The Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs?

27 Nov 2014

Rachel speaks to the Senate about the failure of the Government and Prime Minister on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues.

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Prime Minister needs to reflect on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues following Social Justice Commissioner's report

27 Nov 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the Prime Minister needs to reflect on his Government's approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues following today's release of the Social Justice Commissioner's Social Justice and Native Title Report 2014.

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Senate calls for Government action on justice targets and the Kimberley Interpretation Service

24 Nov 2014

The Senate has backed two Australian Greens motions calling for action to address the increasing rate of incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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Equality, Capacity and Disability in Commonwealth Laws

24 Nov 2014

Rachel speaks on the tabling of the ALRC Report Equality, Capacity and Disability in Commonwealth Laws.

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Funding extension ‘inevitable’ given grants system flaws

24 Nov 2014

The Australian Greens said today the extension of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy funding applications confirmed their fears about the process.

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Greens call for justice target and reversal of cuts to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander funding

19 Nov 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the Productivity Commission's report Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage should send a clear signal to the Federal Government that they must reverse their budget cuts and put in place a justice target.

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Senate calls for cross-Government action on deaths in custody

17 Nov 2014

The Senate has backed an Australian Greens motion on deaths in custody, calling on all levels of Governments to address the issue.

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