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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PM needs clarity on European settlement comments

24 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens said today that Tony Abbott seems confused in his opinions on the impact of European settlement of Australia on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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Greens remain committed to Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

17 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens said today that they supported efforts to hold a referendum on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples at or before the next federal election, reflecting the view of the Joint Select Committee.

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School attendance figures show the need for a comprehensive approach to reducing truancy

17 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens said today that it was inevitable that the school truancy program would not be effective in the long term, saying a reported drop in the effectiveness of the Government's measures shows the need for a holistic, comprehensive approach to improving education outcomes.

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Cashless welfare card another sign of the Government’s policy recklessness

16 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens said today that plans for a cashless welfare card are essentially a pumped up BasicsCard, continuing and expanding income management.

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Greens call for PM Abbott to address funding concerns over Aboriginal programs

15 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens have called on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to address extensive concerns about changes to funding for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs.

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New funding process for Aboriginal programs sees doubt continue for vital services

08 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens said today that they are concerned the Government's newly announced changes to funding application processes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs will be used to deliver more of their unjustified budget cuts and will significantly disrupt the delivery of services to Aboriginal communities.

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Life expectancy gap shows danger in cuts to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs

05 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens said today that new figures on health and life expectancy show the risks associated with the Abbott Government's half a billion dollar budget cuts to programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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Greens urge cautious approach to developing Northern Australia

04 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens said today that we need to take a cautious approach to development in Northern Australia, saying a priority must be placed on protecting the region's people, environment and diverse economy.

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Senate calls on Government to guarantee funding for Family and Early Learning Centres

01 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to guarantee funding for Family and Early Learning Centres after the Senate today supported a motion moved by Senator Rachel Siewert, recognising the essential services they provide to communities.

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