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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Minister's answer on WELA raises more questions

25 Jun 2013

The Australian Greens today expressed great concern that the Wyndham Early Learning Activity Centre (WELA) will lose most of its staff and have to significantly cut its activities because its funding is running out.

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Greens call for government cooperation as NACCHO outlines ten point plan for enhancing Closing the Gap efforts

19 Jun 2013

The Australian Greens have today welcomed the release of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation's (NACCHO) ten point plan for enhancing the work being done to close the gap in health and life expectancy rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and called on the states and territories to urgently renew the National Partnership on Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health.

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Government doesn't have the answers as the Wyndham Early Learning Activity Centre faces an uncertain future

19 Jun 2013

The Federal Government has today avoided Australian Greens questions about the future of the WELA Centre in Wyndham, compounding concerns it may be forced to drastically reduce staffing levels after June 30th due to lack of funding.

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WA's gap in Aboriginal mortality is the nation's worst

05 Jun 2013

The Australian Greens have expressed very serious concerns that the WA Government has reportedly not entered into negotiations with the Federal Government on a new funding agreement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

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Government cooperation needed to deliver better closing the gap outcomes

05 Jun 2013

The Australian Greens say more cooperation is needed between the states, territories and federal government to deliver better closing the gap outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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Greens express serious concerns over NT mandatory rehabilitation

28 May 2013

The Australian Greens said today that they are extremely concerned about the mandatory rehabilitation legislation proposed by the NT Government.

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Greens mark Sorry Day and join the Journey to Recognition

26 May 2013

The Australian Greens say this year's National Sorry Day provides Australians with the opportunity to both reflect on the past and look forward to important new campaigns to deliver on the spirit and intent of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations.

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Greens welcome important announcements for suicide prevention & Healing Foundation

23 May 2013

The Australian Greens have welcomed the announcement of two key funding investments- the suicide prevention strategy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the Healing Foundation.

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National Close the Gap Day

21 Mar 2013

Thursday is National Close the Gap Day. I would like to acknowledge all of those who have supported and participated in this event, which will happen around the country.

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Onus of proof reversal is essential to native title reform

18 Mar 2013

The Australian Greens have reaffirmed their commitment to improving native title as part of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee Inquiry into the Government’s Native Title Amendment Bill 2012.

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