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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NT Emergency Response is racist and discriminatory

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

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

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Greens will refer NT plan to Senate committee

06 Aug 2007

The Australian Greens will be referring the NT intervention Bills for Senate committee inquiry.

The Australian Greens will be referring the NT intervention Bills for Senate committee inquiry.

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Greens welcome bold new Aboriginal plan for NT

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.

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.

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Government using welfare to 'coerce' parents on health checks – Greens

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.

"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.

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Howard must give more money for alcohol rehab - Greens

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.

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.

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Brough should abolish fees for Tangentyere food voucher program – Greens

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.

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.

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Too little, too late for the Burrup

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:

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:

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Aboriginal crisis is Australia's hurricane Katrina

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.

"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.

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Greens back community groups on Indigenous action

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.

The Australian Greens support and congratulate the community organisations for their response to the Government's 'emergency' intervention in the Northern Territory.

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Greens challenge Howard's neglect on grog, sex abuse

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.

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.

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