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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Greens condemn National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee abolition

19 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens have condemned the Federal Government's abolition of the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee saying it shows a lack of commitment to closing the gap and addressing disadvantage.

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MYEFO further weakens our social safety net

15 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens said today that MYEFO shows the Federal Government's ongoing commitment to flawed, unfair policies that weaken our social safety net.

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Greens call on Government to release key evaluation as opposition to healthy welfare card grows

13 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the Government must release the Evaluation of New Income Management in the Northern Territory final report as opposition to the so-called healthy welfare card continues to grow.

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Greens call on Government to take new funding approach

12 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens have called on the Government to move away from wasteful policies like income management and the chaotic Indigenous Advancement Strategy funding process and focus on building new, cooperative agreements with communities.

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Recognise Gala shows groundswell of support for constitutional recognition

12 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens said today the energy for constitutional recognition at the Recognise Gala last night was palpable, and have urged the Government to build on that energy and finalise the question to be put and set a date for the referendum.

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State & Territory Governments fail on UN mandatory sentencing recommendations

11 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens have called on the WA and NT Governments to respect a United Nations committee's recommendation that they review mandatory sentencing laws which disproportionately affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as new ABS data shows a 84% increase in the incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the last ten years.

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Leaked work for the dole report exposes flawed ideology

09 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens said today that leaked briefing documents for the Government's work for the dole plans in remote communities proves their approach is underpinned by flawed ideology and is clearly discriminatory.

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Greens reject discriminatory work for the dole plans

06 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens have rejected a discriminatory Government plan to make different rules for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote communities in order to access income support. 

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Prime Minister lacks commitment to reducing incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

05 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the Prime Minister should abandon budget cuts and commit to justice targets if he is serious about addressing growing incarceration rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

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Government refuses to release critical income management evaluation

04 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens said today the Government was defying the will of the Senate by refusing to comply with an order for the production of documents and table a crucial evaluation of income management.

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