Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues
27 Feb 2012
22 Feb 2012
The Australian Greens said today that the Government needs to rethink it’s Stronger Futures legislation in light of evidence and testimony presented to a Senate Inquiry into the Bills.
17 Feb 2012
The Australian Greens say the Government’s planned expansion and extension of income management will see more money wasted on an unproven and unpopular policy.
15 Feb 2012
The commitment of $10 million for community conversations and engagement on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples has been welcomed by the Australian Greens.
15 Feb 2012
13 Feb 2012
The Australian Greens have today reflected on the fourth anniversary of the Apology to the Stolen Generations, saying work still needs to be done to bring about true reconciliation in Australia.
21 Jan 2012
The Australian Greens said today claims that the deadline for a referendum on constitutional recognition had shifted were misleading.
"The Expert Panel did not set a timeline for holding a referendum but neither did they recommend a delay," said Senator Rachel Siewert, spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues, and a Panel member.
"We should build on the momentum generated by the Expert Panel process and develop a timeline for a referendum.
"The national discussion has started and needs to keep going with a view to holding a referendum either in the first half of 2013 or with the election.
"This is an important opportunity for the development of our nation and we mustn't waste it," Senator Siewert said.
You can link here to the Greens-Labor agreement signed on 1 September 2010.
Greens call for Referendum on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
19 Jan 2012
The Australian Greens are calling for cross-party support for the recommendations for constitutional change to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and urging the Government to take the next steps towards holding a referendum on the issue.
Senator Rachel Siewert, the Australian Greens Spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues joined with fellow members of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to present the Panel’s final, unanimous recommendations to the Prime Minister today.
18 Jan 2012
The Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples has now delivered its recommendations.
In late 2010, the Prime Minister appointed a 20 member Expert Panel to provide advice on the Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as part of the agreement with the Australian Greens.
The final recommendations are the product of a comprehensive national consultation, meetings with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities, public submissions, advice from respected constitutional lawyers, discussion among panel members and extensive research.
The next step towards Constitutional Recognition is a referendum.
22 Dec 2011
The Australian Greens are calling on the Government to reassess the latest version of the NT Intervention, Stronger Futures, with evaluations conducted by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations showing key aspects of the policy are ineffective.