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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Finally, an apology…

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.

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.

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Saying Sorry to the Stolen Generation

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.

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.

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Convergence on Canberra

12 Feb 2008

Australian Greens Senators Bob Brown & Rachel Siewert speak at the Convergence on Canberra rally

Australian Greens Senators Bob Brown & Rachel Siewert speak at the Convergence on Canberra rally

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Convergence on Canberra

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.

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.

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Convergence on Canberra Rally

11 Feb 2008

Australian Greens Senators Bob Brown & Rachel Siewert speak at the Convergence on Canberra rally.

Australian Greens Senators Bob Brown & Rachel Siewert speak at the Convergence on Canberra rally.

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Apology must be unreserved

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.

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.

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Greens support an unreserved apology

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."

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."

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Greens disappointed by lack of stolen generation fund

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."

"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."

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Time to close the gap on Aboriginal life expectancy

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.

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.

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Australia's duty of care

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.

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.

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