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.
13 Feb 2008
To the new Rudd Labor government - I thank you for this day.
I am very pleased to finally hear an Australian Prime Minister say ‘Sorry' on behalf of the nation. It means a great deal to many, many Australians. Thank you also for opening the 42nd Parliament yesterday with a welcome to country.
12 Feb 2008
I acknowledge the Ngunnawal, the traditional owners of the land on which we meet. I pay respect to their elders, their culture and their law. This always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land. I also wish to acknowledge the people who have come to Canberra this week from all over this country as this issue is being discussed in parliament.
11 Feb 2008
On Tuesday 12th February 2008, people from all around Australia came together for “Convergence on Canberra”, calling for an immediate review of the NT Intervention, restoration of the Racial Discrimination Act, Aboriginal control of Aboriginal affairs, and implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples.
11 Feb 2008
Australian Greens Senators Bob Brown & Rachel Siewert speak at the Convergence on Canberra rally.
01 Feb 2008
The Australian Greens have always supported an unreserved apology to the stolen generations, and the recent activity by the Rudd Government on the topic is most welcome. However, it's clear that Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin is moving with undue haste to rule out reparations.
31 Jan 2008
The Australian Greens today indicated they support an unreserved apology to the stolen generations, and criticised the Government for moving with 'undue haste' to rule out reparations.
"Bob Brown gave the Australian Greens' unreserved apology in the Senate in 1997."
06 Jan 2008
"I am surprised and concerned that the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin has ruled out a compensation fund for the stolen generation," said Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson on Indigenous Affairs today.
"Reparations, including monetary compensation, are key recommendations of the Bringing them Home report," she said.
"I am disappointed that the new Minister moved so quickly to rule out reparations."
03 Jan 2008
As the new Federal Minister for Ageing today lauded a new report showing Australians have the highest life expectancy rates in the world, the Greens today called on the Rudd government to commit to closing the gap on the life expectancy of Aboriginal Australians - which remains one of the worst in the world.
19 Nov 2007
Right now for every dollar of Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) or Medical Benefits Scheme (MBS) spent on other Australians, only 40 cents is spent on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders' health.