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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National Close the Gap Day

17 Sep 2007

The need to act to 'Close the Gap' to achieve health equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders within a generation.Tomorrow is, in fact, National Close the Gap Day, a day on which Australians across the nation will come together at a range of events and forums to show their support for closing the 17-year life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and other Austra

The need to act to 'Close the Gap' to achieve health equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders within a generation.Tomorrow is, in fact, National Close the Gap Day, a day on which Australians across the nation will come together at a range of events and forums to show their support for closing the 17-year life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and other Austra

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Senate debates the Aboriginal health gap

17 Sep 2007

The Australian Greens today called upon the Government to take the immediate steps required to Close The Gap on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and life expectancy.

"Australia's lack of progress on Indigenous health is an international disgrace," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

The Australian Greens today called upon the Government to take the immediate steps required to Close The Gap on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and life expectancy.


"Australia's lack of progress on Indigenous health is an international disgrace," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

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Australia ignores Indigenous rights

13 Sep 2007

The Greens representative on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Senator Rachel Siewert today called on the Government to reconsider its position on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

"Australia should be strongly supporting this declaration" said Senator Rachel Siewert.

The Greens representative on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Senator Rachel Siewert today called on the Government to reconsider its position on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.


"Australia should be strongly supporting this declaration" said Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Greens demand answers on Burrup

12 Sep 2007

Senator Rachel Siewert, today called on the Government to ensure that the priceless cultural heritage of the Burrup peninsula was protected.

"We understand the WA EPA has given the go ahead for preparatory work on the Pluto Area B site on the Burrup, and that this work could start at anytime. We are very concerned that this may affect the cultural values of the area" said Senator Siewert.

Senator Rachel Siewert, today called on the Government to ensure that the priceless cultural heritage of the Burrup peninsula was protected.

"We understand the WA EPA has given the go ahead for preparatory work on the Pluto Area B site on the Burrup, and that this work could start at anytime. We are very concerned that this may affect the cultural values of the area" said Senator Siewert.

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Alcohol Restrictions in NT

11 Sep 2007

We are seeing here the first cracks in this legislation. Unfortunately, many of us predicted that this would occur when legislation is rushed through and when you do not adequately consult with the community or adequately subject it to the proper review processes of this place.

We are seeing here the first cracks in this legislation. Unfortunately, many of us predicted that this would occur when legislation is rushed through and when you do not adequately consult with the community or adequately subject it to the proper review processes of this place.

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Green amendments tackle NT grog problem

11 Sep 2007

"It didn't take long for the cracks to appeal in the NT Emergency Response legislation," said Senator Siewert today.

"The problems we're seeing with the Government's attempts to address alcohol abuse in the Territory are a direct result of rushing through legislation without proper consultation."

"It didn't take long for the cracks to appeal in the NT Emergency Response legislation," said Senator Siewert today.


"The problems we're seeing with the Government's attempts to address alcohol abuse in the Territory are a direct result of rushing through legislation without proper consultation."

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United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

10 Sep 2007

The Greens also support this motion and note in today's paper Amnesty International's ad, which is addressed to the Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, and to the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper. They ask the respective governments to support this declaration. The ad says:

The Greens also support this motion and note in today's paper Amnesty International's ad, which is addressed to the Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, and to the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper. They ask the respective governments to support this declaration. The ad says:

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Citizenship test a grave insult

27 Aug 2007

Prime Minister Howard's new citizenship test is an insult to Aboriginal Australians and to the hundreds of thousands of committed, hard-working Australians who do not claim British ancestry.

Prime Minister Howard's new citizenship test is an insult to Aboriginal Australians and to the hundreds of thousands of committed, hard-working Australians who do not claim British ancestry.

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NT seizure powers

16 Aug 2007

Community organisations looking to help out in Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory are likely to think twice once they learn that Mal Brough is giving himself the power to seize their assets and appoint spies to their governing boards.

In an extraordinary admission yesterday during the debate on the NT Intervention Bills, the Government confirmed it is giving itself the powers to direct any community service providers in prescribed areas and seize or give away their assets. These are astonishing powers for the government to wield. Caring organisations providing services in prescribed Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory will not want to risk their limited assets.

Community organisations looking to help out in Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory are likely to think twice once they learn that Mal Brough is giving himself the power to seize their assets and appoint spies to their governing boards.

In an extraordinary admission yesterday during the debate on the NT Intervention Bills, the Government confirmed it is giving itself the powers to direct any community service providers in prescribed areas and seize or give away their assets. These are astonishing powers for the government to wield. Caring organisations providing services in prescribed Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory will not want to risk their limited assets.

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Charities will baulk at NT seizure powers

16 Aug 2007

"Community organisations looking to help out in Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory are likely to think twice once they learn that Mal Brough is giving himself the power to seize their assets and appoint spies to their governing boards," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

"Community organisations looking to help out in Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory are likely to think twice once they learn that Mal Brough is giving himself the power to seize their assets and appoint spies to their governing boards," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

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