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.
16 Jun 2011
This banner is from the Ngapa people of Tennant Creek - it reads "no waste dump at Muckaty" - signed with handprints from all the family groups represented on the Muckaty Land Trust. Tabled in Parliament and now recorded in Hansard on Tuesday 14 June 2011.
15 Jun 2011
Part two of Scott's Muckaty speech
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.
14 Jun 2011
Senator Siewert's heartfelt speech on the proposed radioactive waste dump at Muckaty station.
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.
20 May 2011
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?
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.
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.