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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Press conference: Christine Milne and Rachel Siewert: Act of Recognition

13 Feb 2013

 

Christine Milne and Rachel Siewert held a press conference on the Act of Recognition, an important step towards recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution, and an integral part of the Greens' agreement with Labor to form government.

The Greens call on the Government to make this change happen in the next election cycle.

 

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Act of Recognition an important marker on the road to constitutional change

13 Feb 2013

The Australian Greens welcome the passage of the Act of Recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as a major stepping stone towards a referendum on the Constitutional Recognition of Australia's First Peoples.

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1st Congress Briefing

13 Feb 2013 | 7:00 pm

Congress is the National voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and will hold a special briefing for Parliamentarians on its policy and advocacy agenda for 2013. Hear presentations and ask questions on key issues including health, justice, education and Constitutional recognition and reform.

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Opal Fuel Bill passes Federal Parliament

06 Feb 2013

Through our work in Parliament we've finally been able to give the Government the power to regulate the supply of fuel in certain affected areas. This is the third piece of Greens legislation to pass into law, and is the culmination of many, many years work.

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Government commitment to flawed policies clouds efforts to close the gap

06 Feb 2013

The Australian Greens say the Prime Minister’s Closing the Gap speech shows up some of the Government’s flawed priorities in improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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Drug and alcohol treatments to reduce crime, boost health

04 Feb 2013

The Australian Greens have backed calls to divert non-violent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders with substance use problems into rehabilitation or treatment programs in place of prison terms.

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Time for a new approach to juvenile justice

20 Dec 2012

Increasing over-representation of Indigenous youth in juvenile detention shows the drastic need for a new approach to justice in Australia, say Australian Greens Senators Penny Wright and Rachel Siewert.

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Redfern anniversary a time for action

10 Dec 2012

The Australian Greens said today the 20th Anniversary of Paul Keating’s landmark Redfern speech should serve as an opportunity for today’s politicians to reflect on what still needs to be done to deliver better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

 

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Wasteful income management policy based on perception, not evidence

01 Dec 2012

The Australian Greens said today the Government is making policy decisions on the basis of perceptions, not evidence, as they continue the wasteful and ineffective regime of income management.

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Greens remain committed to Constitutional Recognition

28 Nov 2012

The Federal Government has today announced their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Bill and are in the process of establishing a Joint Parliamentary Select Committee to examine the Bill.

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