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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Intervention funding could be stripped from existing programs: Greens

10 May 2012

The Australian Greens have raised concerns that announcements for increased funding to the NT through Stronger Futures are being partly delivered through cuts to national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs.

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Greens set for debate on NT Intervention expansion

09 May 2012

The Australian Greens will today vote ‘No’ if the Government brings on the Strong Futures Legislation in the Senate to extend and expand the NT Intervention.

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Greens set for debate on NT Intervention expansion

09 May 2012

The Australian Greens will today vote ‘No’ if the Government brings on the Strong Futures Legislation in the Senate to extend and expand the NT Intervention.

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Suicide prevention funding a welcome step

07 May 2012

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed reports that $6 million will be invested in WA's Kimberley region to tackle high suicide rates in Aboriginal communities.

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Petrol sniffing outbreak demonstrates the need for legislation

12 Apr 2012

An outbreak of petrol sniffing in Katherine demonstrates the need for legislation to support the rollout of non sniffable fuel, the Australian Greens said today.

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SEAM undermines education investments

02 Apr 2012

Important education investments in the NT are at risk of being undermined by a continuation of the much maligned SEAM program, the Australian Greens said today.

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Funding shouldn’t be tied to Intervention legislation

28 Mar 2012

The Australian Greens said today that while the funding announcement for homelands, police, night patrols and legal services in the Northern Territory was welcomed, the services should not be linked to the Government’s continuation of the NT Intervention.

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Senate reaffirms commitment to Closing the Gap

22 Mar 2012

The Senate today backed an Australian Greens motion calling on all parties to reaffirm their commitment to the objectives of the Closing the Gap Statement of Intent signed in 2008.

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Greens make a stand against the NT Intervention

21 Mar 2012

The Australian Greens have today taken a stand – literally – against the NT Intervention, helping Stand for Freedom launch the next phase of their online campaign.

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Greens speak out against ‘offensive and untrue’ claims about Stronger Futures

16 Mar 2012

The Australian Greens have condemned attempts to mislead organisations into supporting the Stronger Futures legislation, which extends and expands the NT Intervention.

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