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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United approach needed to tackle effects of alcohol abuse

12 Nov 2012

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert, spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, says investment in holistic, community driven programs is needed to address the alarming impacts of foteal alcohol spectrum disorder throughout Aboriginal communities.

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Greens urge full and proper examination of alcohol management plans

04 Oct 2012

The Australian Greens have urged the Queensland Government to ensure the review of the state’s alcohol management plans examines all aspects of alcohol control and fully consults with the community.

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Green to continue with Opal Fuel Bill

26 Sep 2012

The Australian Greens will use the findings of a Senate Inquiry to improve their proposed legislation to help the rollout of low aromatic fuel in areas affected by petrol sniffing.

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Joint press conference

20 Sep 2012

Christine Milne and Rachel Siewert addressed the press to speak on the constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and also on the low $2.90 increase in Newstart

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Greens won’t allow Constitutional Recognition to be pushed off the agenda

20 Sep 2012

The Australian Greens remain committed to a referendum on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Islander peoples, viewing proposed legislation as a stepping stone to a successful vote.

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Literacy & Numeracy Week a time to consider Aboriginal hearing health

01 Sep 2012

The Australian Greens are using National Literacy and Numeracy Week to emphasise the need for investments which deliver strong learning outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children affected by disproportionately high rates of hearing loss.

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Senate backs Greens call for commitment to otitis media

21 Aug 2012

The Senate has today recognised Hearing Awareness Week, acknowledging the need to tackle poor hearing health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

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Greens to examine funding for petrol sniffing programs

15 Aug 2012

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert will examine a federal government decision to end the provision of funding to three petrol sniffing programs during tomorrow’s Senate Inquiry into the Greens’ Low Aromatic Fuel Bill.

 

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Overwhelming support for Low Aromatic Fuel at Alice Springs Inquiry Hearing

26 Jul 2012

The Australian Greens said today that there is overwhelming support for their Low Aromatic Fuel Bill which enables the Federal Government to mandate the supply of non sniffable fuel in declared areas.

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The draft National Food Plan fails vulnerable Australians

23 Jul 2012

The Australian Greens said today the draft National Food Plan fails vulnerable Australians and does not address nutritional poverty and food stress.

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