One of the Australian Greens’ core principles is that universal human rights must be respected and protected in all countries. Many of the Greens’ policies are geared towards protecting and strengthening includes economic, social, cultural, environmental and political rights in Australia and overseas.
The Greens advocate for reforms in the areas of anti-discrimination, international obligations under human rights treaties, funding of human rights commissioners and consideration of human rights issues in international diplomacy and trade. In Australia the Greens are advocating for human rights in areas including refugee protection, counter-terrorism, marriage equality and anti-discrimination reforms.
14 Feb 2012
The Australian Greens have today emphasised the need to ensure airline passengers with a disability are not disadvantaged by budget airline policies which limit the number of passengers requiring wheelchair assistance on flights.
30 Nov 2011
The Government needs to improve its approach to the support and assistance being provided for people living with a disability, the Australian Greens said today.
06 Nov 2011
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown, Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters, Senators for Western Australia Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam, and Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt spoke to the media about the Australian Greens National Conference in Fremantle, WA.
Topics included the allocation of preferences, the environmental threats posed by developments in the Kimberley, and the Nationals' call for a "discussion paper" on coal seam gas.
10 Aug 2011
Greens spokesperson for Community & Disability Services, Senator Rachel Siewert, held a press conference to discuss the government's announcement of a National Disability Insurance Scheme.
09 Aug 2011
The Australian Greens have vowed to continue fighting for Aboriginal communities after an Amnesty International report condemned the Federal Government’s abandonment of remote communities in the NT in favour of ‘growth towns’.
The Amnesty report comes just one day after another highly critical report revealed the expensive gap between policy intent and implementation.
“I welcome the spotlight being returned to examine the state of Aboriginal housing, health, education and disadvantage in this country,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens Spokesperson for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues said today.
“While these reports highlight major deficiencies in the current delivery of services, the Australian Greens have already been making significant inroads on some of these issues.
Senator Siewert has recently introduced pieces of legislation aimed at reforming the Native Title and re-instating the Racial Discrimination Act in the NT.
“Now that the evidence is beginning to stack up against the past policies of both the Labor Government and the previous Liberal Government, it is impossible for the two old parties to ignore the need for communities to gain control over their own lives.
“The Northern Territory Intervention and compulsory income management was a terrible violation of those principles of self-determination, consultation and partnership, and it is time to unwind these policies and start returning control to communities,” Senator Siewert concluded.
30 Jul 2011
The Australian Greens said today that the Government's new disability impairment tables will disadvantage many people with a disability.
"This is about Government trying to save money not helping people into employment" said Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson on disabilities.
"People who should be on a disability support pension will end up on Newstart, meaning they will be over a hundred and twenty dollars a week worse off. People already struggling with a disability will be struggling financially while trying to find a job with a disability.
"I will be carefully reviewing the tables and legislation introducing these changes" concluded Senator Siewert.
27 Jul 2011
Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has accused the Government and Centrelink of deliberately setting out to demonise people with disabilities, after it emerged that videos of income support recipients are routinely sent to media outlets.
06 Jul 2011
Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia—Australian Greens Whip) (17:10): I present the final report of the Community Affairs References Committee, Disability and ageing: lifelong planning for a better future, together with the Hansard record of proceedings and documents presented to the committee.