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.
08 Aug 2007
With the ramming through the parliament this week of what are arguably the biggest changes to the nature of our social security system, combined with a major transformation of our relationship with our first peoples that effectively winds the clock back to the days when the mission bosses oversaw every aspect of their day and their lives as wards of the state, this chamber and our democratic tradi
06 Aug 2007
The Australian Greens will be referring the NT intervention Bills for Senate committee inquiry.
10 Jul 2007
The Australian Greens welcome the release of a plan to tackle child abuse by the Combined Aboriginal Organisations of the Northern Territory, applauding it as "a comprehensive and considered response."
"This is the kind of analysis and planning that the government should have done," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.
06 Jul 2007
"The compulsory health checks were illegal from the outset. Now the government is trying to fix its mistake by using the threat of stringent welfare checks to coerce parents who refuse health checks for their children," Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens Indigenous Affairs spokesperson said in Alice Springs today.
06 Jul 2007
The federal government must immediately commit funding for rehabilitation services, detox support and counselling services for people coming off alcohol in aboriginal communities and regional centres, Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens Indigenous Affairs spokesperson said in Alice Springs today.
05 Jul 2007
The Howard government should be supporting successful community-led programs, Greens spokesperson for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Rachel Siewert said in Alice Springs today.
"Tangentyere council has been running a voluntary food voucher program, based on quarantining a portion of Centrelink payments, successfully for 25 years," Senator Siewert said.
03 Jul 2007
The decision by the Minister for the Environment to give National Heritage listing to the rock art of the Burrup Peninsula and Dampier Archipelago is overdue, insufficient, and lacks courage.
Greens Senator Rachel Siewert, Labor's Dr Carmen Lawrence and Independent Peter Andren welcome the listing, but say:
27 Jun 2007
"John Howard may have admitted a little more than he intended when he described the Federal Government's plan to intervene in Aboriginal communities as "Australia's hurricane Katrina," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.
26 Jun 2007
The Australian Greens support and congratulate the community organisations for their response to the Government's 'emergency' intervention in the Northern Territory.
22 Jun 2007
The Greens say the Prime Minister's omission of major centres such as Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine, and Elliott from his alcohol ban plans fails long-time Aboriginal calls to block the biggest sales outlets and deal with the major centres of child sexual abuse.