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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Government avoids scrutiny by cutting Coordinator-General for Remote Indigenous Services

17 Dec 2013

The Australian Greens say the Federal Government is avoiding scrutiny for its policy making and implementation by cutting the position of Coordinator-General for Remote Indigenous Services.

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Federal Government needs to engage on NT alcohol policies

17 Dec 2013

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to become more engaged with measures to reduce alcohol related harm in the NT.

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Abbott’s legal aid cuts a bad sign for justice in WA

17 Dec 2013

More Aboriginal Australians will end up in jail because of the Abbott Government's cuts to indigenous legal aid, say the Australian Greens.

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Senate calls on Government to deliver $10 million for Central Australia renal services

10 Dec 2013

The Senate has backed an Australian Greens motion calling for urgent action to deliver $10 million earmarked for renal services in Central Australia.

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WA’s Aboriginal youth detention rate requires urgent action

10 Dec 2013

The Australian Greens said today that the alarmingly high rate of Aboriginal youth detention is a disgrace, and called on the WA Government to urgently invest in in Justice Reinvestment.

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Greens support calls to reduce alcohol related harm in the NT

03 Dec 2013

The Australian Greens have welcomed the release of the Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT report ‘Grog in the Territory', arising from the Central Australian Grog Summit held in July 2013.

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Perth welcomes the Journey to Recognition

01 Dec 2013

The Australian Greens have joined with supporters of Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our Constitution to welcome the Journey to Recognition at Cottesloe Beach in Perth today.

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PM needs to take the lead on National Partnership Agreement negotiations

28 Nov 2013

The Australian Greens have called on the Prime Minister to expedite negotiations with the states and territories over the National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health Outcomes, with ABS data showing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples still face significant health challenges and gaps in life expectancy.

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Aboriginal culture takes centre stage at Buckingham Palace

28 Nov 2013

The Australian Greens have welcomed news that Australia's rich Aboriginal culture has taken centre stage at Buckingham Palace with Lenie and Kevin Namatjira, the grandchildren of renowned Central Australian artist Albert Namatjira, attending a private audience with The Queen.

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Bus dispute undermines efforts to close the education gap

27 Nov 2013

The Australian Greens said today that it is unbelievable that the Federal and NT Governments are fighting over who funds transport to get kids school, while at the same time considering spending millions of dollars on truancy officers.

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