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. 

news-stories

The debate on the Radioactive Waste Management Act

14 Jun 2011

The Senate is debating the National Radioactive Waste Management Act. The Greens oppose this deeply flawed Bill that has been strongly criticised and has no place on the Australian statute books. The government has not delivered on its promise or its own party platform to "establish a consensual process of site selection, which looks to agreed scientific grounds for determining suitability and the centrality of community consultation and support." Instead it has set itself up for a divisive and entirely avoidable confrontation with a community unwilling to host the nation's radioactive waste.
Watch part two of Scott's speech here.
See the banner from the people of Muckaty, which Scott tabled in the Senate here.
View the press conference here. Read the Transcript here.
What others said: Australian Greens Senators | Rachel Siewert and Bob Brown 


The Senate is debating the National Radioactive Waste Management Act. The Greens oppose this deeply flawed Bill that has been strongly criticised and has no place on the Australian statute books. The government has not delivered on its promise or its own party platform to "establish a consensual process of site selection, which looks to agreed scientific grounds for determining suitability and the centrality of community consultation and support." Instead it has set itself up for a divisive and entirely avoidable confrontation with a community unwilling to host the nation's radioactive waste.


Watch part two of Scott's speech here.


See the banner from the people of Muckaty, which Scott tabled in the Senate here.


View the press conference here. Read the Transcript here.


What others said: Australian Greens Senators | Rachel Siewert and Bob Brown 

estimates

ABC on-air time dedicated to Indigenous content

20 May 2011

Senate Standing Committee on Environment and CommunicationsAnswers to Senate Estimates Questions on NoticeAdditional Estimates Hearings February 2011Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy PortfolioQuestion No: 61Senator Ludlam asked:Senator LUDLAM-I might ask you to take the next question on notice because I do not know if you will have it in front of you. Can you tell us what percentage of ABC 1 on-air time is currently dedicated to first-run Indigenous content?

Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications
Answers to Senate Estimates Questions on Notice
Additional Estimates Hearings February 2011
Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Portfolio
Question No: 61

Senator Ludlam asked:
Senator LUDLAM-I might ask you to take the next question on notice because I do not know if you will have it in front of you. Can you tell us what percentage of ABC 1 on-air time is currently dedicated to first-run Indigenous content?

media-releases

Greens secure emergency Burrup Peninsula heritage assessment

02 Mar 2011

The Australian Greens have won agreement from the Federal Government to conduct an emergency heritage assessment of the Burrup Peninsula in Western Australia. "We are pleased that the Government has responded in this way. This is a site of extraordinary environmental and heritage importance," he said. Senator Ludlam and fellow Greens Senator for Western Australia Rachel Siewert moved a motion in the Senate calling for the emergency assessment, winning the support of the Government and the cross benches.

video

Take Note - Radioactive waste dump at Muckaty

01 Mar 2011

After a dismissive response from the government to his Question Without Notice on the lack of consultation with the traditional owners of the proposed site for the radioactive waste dump at Muckaty, Senator Ludlam let his feelings be known.

After a dismissive response from the government to his Question Without Notice on the lack of consultation with the traditional owners of the proposed site for the radioactive waste dump at Muckaty, Senator Ludlam let his feelings be known.

video

Question Without Notice on Muckaty Waste Dump

01 Mar 2011

Senator Ludlam's question without notice on the site for the radioacrtive waste dump and why the Minister has not met with the traditional owners of the land.

Senator Ludlam's question without notice on the site for the radioacrtive waste dump and why the Minister has not met with the traditional owners of the land.

media-releases

Government sells out Traditional Owners and the Northern Territory while Coalition splits on nuclear waste dump vote

22 Feb 2011

The Australian Greens today condemned the Government for passing a bill to force a radioactive waste dump onto the Northern Territory, despite the Opposition refusing to vote and Coalition MP Natasha Griggs crossing the floor to oppose the bill. Greens MP Adam Bandt and Greens nuclear affairs spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam congratulated Ms Griggs for her courage in voting against the radioactive waste dump bill while the Coalition took the extremely unusual step of removing all but one member from the Chamber during the vote.

The Australian Greens today condemned the Government for passing a bill to force a radioactive waste dump onto the Northern Territory, despite the Opposition refusing to vote and Coalition MP Natasha Griggs crossing the floor to oppose the bill.

Greens MP Adam Bandt and Greens nuclear affairs spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam congratulated Ms Griggs for her courage in voting against the radioactive waste dump bill while the Coalition took the extremely unusual step of removing all but one member from the Chamber during the vote.

media-releases

Funding cut to national affordable housing scheme needs a rethink

08 Feb 2011

The Australian Greens have joined six major housing and welfare groups and a leading economist in urging the Federal Government to reconsider plans to slash funding to the National Rental Affordability Scheme. The Australian Council of Social Service, National Shelter, the National Affordable Housing Summit, the Housing Industry Association, the Community Housing Federation of Australia, the Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association and former ANZ Chief Economist Saul Eslake have condemned the cut.

The Australian Greens have joined six major housing and welfare groups and a leading economist in urging the Federal Government to reconsider plans to slash funding to the National Rental Affordability Scheme.

The Australian Council of Social Service, National Shelter, the National Affordable Housing Summit, the Housing Industry Association, the Community Housing Federation of Australia, the Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association and former ANZ Chief Economist Saul Eslake have condemned the cut.

estimates

Maralinga nuclear tests

22 Oct 2010

FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE LEGISLATION COMMITTEETUESDAY, 19 OCTOBER 2010Department of DefenceSenator LUDLAM-I have a couple of issues that I would to raise that relate to issues that I have raised in here before regarding British nuclear testing in South Australia. The test series that I particularly want to address tonight was, I think, referred to at the same time as the Totem series of nuclear weapons tests that occurred at Emu Fields between 15 and 27 October 1953, and they directly affected the Woomera township. Is it the case that, after those tests, ordnance, aircraft, clothing and earthmoving equipment and some other debris from the Totem series were sent back to Woomera for decontamination and disposal?

FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE LEGISLATION COMMITTEE
TUESDAY, 19 OCTOBER 2010
Department of Defence

Senator LUDLAM-I have a couple of issues that I would to raise that relate to issues that I have raised in here before regarding British nuclear testing in South Australia. The test series that I particularly want to address tonight was, I think, referred to at the same time as the Totem series of nuclear weapons tests that occurred at Emu Fields between 15 and 27 October 1953, and they directly affected the Woomera township. Is it the case that, after those tests, ordnance, aircraft, clothing and earthmoving equipment and some other debris from the Totem series were sent back to Woomera for decontamination and disposal?

estimates

Closing the Gap - breakdown of services provided

06 Jul 2010

Senator Ludlam asked the following question at the hearing on 25 May 2010:What is the breakdown of services under the $29.1 million to be provided in 2010-11 for Closingthe Gap? If there are forward estimates for the years beyond that, please provide those.

Senator Ludlam asked the following question at the hearing on 25 May 2010:

What is the breakdown of services under the $29.1 million to be provided in 2010-11 for Closing
the Gap? If there are forward estimates for the years beyond that, please provide those.

photo-galleries

Scott's visit to Muckaty Station

05 Mar 2010

In early March 2010, Scott travelled to Muckaty Station and Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory to meet with traditional owners and attend a packed public meeting about the proposed nuclear waste dump.Voice your opposition to the dump by making a submission before 15 March! More info here. 

In early March 2010, Scott travelled to Muckaty Station and Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory to meet with traditional owners and attend a packed public meeting about the proposed nuclear waste dump.

Voice your opposition to the dump by making a submission before 15 March!

More info here.

 

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