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.
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.
13 Nov 2007
The Australian Greens today launched their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health initiative.
08 Nov 2007
The Government's current top-down approach in the Northern Territory simply will not succeed. But John Howard doesn't seem to want to listen.
Join groups around Australia and the world on November 17th - an International Day of Action on the NT Invasion.
05 Nov 2007
The Australian Greens today expressed disappointment at the indications that a Rudd Labor government would do little more to help Indigenous Australians.
"This is a bit of a poor effort from the ALP. They had to do very little to do better than the Coalition and that is precisely all they have done," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.
28 Oct 2007
The National Rural Heath Alliance has issued its updated election scorecard, placing the Australian Greens ahead of all other political parties.
"The Greens have been calling for priority funding for Indigenous health and advocating a strategy to 'close the gap' on life expectancy within a generation," said Senator Rachel Siewert.
28 Oct 2007
The Australian Greens today welcomed the report 'The Obligation is Mutual' from the Catholic Social Services group.
23 Oct 2007
"The release of the latest figures today on Indigenous education highlights the need for a radical change of strategy to tackle this pressing problem," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.
18 Oct 2007
The Federal Government needs to rethink its approach to alcohol control in light of the report released today by the National Drug Research Institute.
"The Government's Northern Territory intervention has missed the mark on effective strategies to combat harmful alcohol consumption," said Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson on Indigenous issues.
12 Oct 2007
Last night John Howard yet again demonstrated his canny knack for pulling an issue out of the hat and setting a new political (and media) agenda. The big surprise for many of us was the choice of reconciliation ... by proposing constitutional recognition for Australia's first people.So far all the Prime Minister has offered is a half-way house to true reconciliation. It will not succeed in being anything but an empty symbolic gesture if he does not also move to address underlying disadvantage.
He needs to try to truly understand and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture.
While we have welcomed the PM's announcement of a referendum as ‘better late than never,' we remain sceptical about whether this truly reflects a change of heart.