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. 


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.


Greens Opal Fuel Bill passes the Senate

27 Nov 2012

The Australian Greens Low Aromatic Fuel Bill 2012 has passed the Senate this evening, with a commitment from Government that existing problem spots will be addressed by mid year 2013.


Greens work to reduce petrol sniffing

22 Nov 2012

The Australian Greens have welcomed Government support for the Low Aromatic Fuel Bill, saying the legislation closes a hole in strategies to reduce petrol sniffing.


Low Aromatic Fuel Bill - Debate

22 Nov 2012

I am very pleased that this chamber is finally able to debate the Low Aromatic Fuel Bill 2012 because unfortunately, despite the very serious and sustained efforts to end it, petrol sniffing is still persistent in some areas of Australia.


FMG actions warrant further investigation

21 Nov 2012

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to investigate serious claims made about Fortescue Metals Group and their influence on the Native Title and heritage processes in the Pilbara.


Action needed to protect Yindjibarndi heritage

19 Nov 2012

The Australian Greens say the Federal Government should give some teeth to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act in light of reports of raising concerns around the heritage and Native Title processes associated with FMG’s Firetail Solomon site.


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.


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.


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.


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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