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.
22 Mar 2012
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.
07 Nov 2011
Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown appeared on ABC News Breakfast to discuss the political budget surplus, the Afghanistan conflict, dental care, preferencing of votes, and the Australian Greens National Conference.
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.
01 Sep 2011
1 September marks one year since the Australian Greens signed an historic agreement with Prime Minister Julia Gillard's Labor Government.
The Gillard agreement has achieved outcomes for Australians in terms of passage of bills and lack of confrontation between the houses. We have consultation instead of confrontation.
The agreement was reached after the Greens secured a breakthrough win with Adam Bandt in the lower house seat of Melbourne and a record number of senators, and contains detailed policy and accountability mechanisms.
One year on many of these are now in place.
29 Jun 2011
Transcript is after the break
15 Jun 2011
Bob Brown's Senate speech on the proposed radioactive waste dump proposed for Muckaty Station, near Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory.