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. 

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.

 

news-stories

Make your voice heard on the nuclear waste dump!

02 Mar 2010

The Federal Government has finally announced it will repeal the Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management Act. But it has left Muckaty Station outside Tenant Creek in the NT as the most likely target for the national radioactive waste dump.The repeal legislation is, if anything, more coercive and predatory than the bill it replaces. For more information click here.The attached fact sheet provides some background about the Bill and provides information about how to make a submission to the inquiry. Submissions are still being accepted (just include a cover note requesting that it be accepted late).Make a submission to the Senate Inquiry...

The Federal Government has finally announced it will repeal the Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management Act. But it has left Muckaty Station outside Tenant Creek in the NT as the most likely target for the national radioactive waste dump.

The repeal legislation is, if anything, more coercive and predatory than the bill it replaces. For more information click here.

The attached fact sheet provides some background about the Bill and provides information about how to make a submission to the inquiry. Submissions are still being accepted (just include a cover note requesting that it be accepted late).

Make a submission to the Senate Inquiry...

video

Muckaty Station nuclear waste site

02 Mar 2010

Source: Stateline NTPublished: Friday, February 26, 2010 9:35 AEDTExpires: Thursday, May 27, 2010 9:35 AEDTWill a nuclear waste facility be built near Tennant Creek?MELINDA JAMES, PRESENTER: More than two years after coming to power, Federal Labor this week honoured an election promise and moved to repeal a law that would have forced the Territory to accept a nuclear waste dump. Many who fought against the facility thought it would be welcome news. But a close reading of Labor's new laws reveals the Territory government is still powerless to stop a dump being built at the only site being considered - Muckaty Station near Tennant Creek. In a moment we'll hear from the Chief Minister, but first a look back at how Muckaty Station has become the likely site for the waste facility.

news-stories

Greens to fight NT nuclear waste dump

23 Feb 2010

The Federal Government has finally announced it will repeal the Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management Act. But it has left Muckaty Station outside Tenant Creek in the NT as the most likely target for the national radioactive waste dump.The repeal legislation is, if anything, more coercive than the bill it replaces. Section 11 of the bill explicitly overrides any state or territory laws that would hinder site selection. Section 12 then eliminates Aboriginal interests (the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984) and green interests (the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999) from the process of choosing a site. Section 13 eliminates the property rights of any individual unlucky enough to be in the path of the dump or its access corridors.The remaining provisions in the bill vest total discretion in the hands of the Minister to pursue the sole current nomination at Muckaty Station.The Greens will use all means at our disposal in the Parliament and the community to make sure that the radioactive waste management debate moves past these dismal arguments over which disadvantaged Aboriginal community should be targeted for cash payments in exchange for eternally toxic radioactive waste.We will stand with the people who have put up a spirited defence of their country since this unwelcome proposal first saw the light of day.This bill will be subjected to the scrutiny of a Senate inquiry.  This could be the first step toward getting an honest process in place after 20 years of coercive false starts. Submissions are due by 15 March to find out more about how to have your say click here.For more information:                 • Make a submission to the Inquiry.                 • Read Scott's media statements on the issue (23 February and 24 February 2010)                • National Radioactive Waste Management Bill 2010                 • Watch or read Scott's Question in Senate question time                • Brief senate speech on the waste dump                 • The 2008 senate inquiry into radioactive waste legislation                 • The Beyond Nuclear Initiative                • ACF No waste campaign                 • Inhabited Exhibition

The Federal Government has finally announced it will repeal the Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management Act. But it has left Muckaty Station outside Tenant Creek in the NT as the most likely target for the national radioactive waste dump.

The repeal legislation is, if anything, more coercive than the bill it replaces.

Section 11 of the bill explicitly overrides any state or territory laws that would hinder site selection. Section 12 then eliminates Aboriginal interests (the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984) and green interests (the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999) from the process of choosing a site. Section 13 eliminates the property rights of any individual unlucky enough to be in the path of the dump or its access corridors.

The remaining provisions in the bill vest total discretion in the hands of the Minister to pursue the sole current nomination at Muckaty Station.

The Greens will use all means at our disposal in the Parliament and the community to make sure that the radioactive waste management debate moves past these dismal arguments over which disadvantaged Aboriginal community should be targeted for cash payments in exchange for eternally toxic radioactive waste.

We will stand with the people who have put up a spirited defence of their country since this unwelcome proposal first saw the light of day.

This bill will be subjected to the scrutiny of a Senate inquiry.  This could be the first step toward getting an honest process in place after 20 years of coercive false starts. Submissions are due by 15 March to find out more about how to have your say click here.

For more information:

                • Make a submission to the Inquiry.
                • Read Scott's media statements on the issue (23 February and 24 February 2010)
                • National Radioactive Waste Management Bill 2010
                • Watch or read Scott's Question in Senate question time
                • Brief senate speech on the waste dump
                • The 2008 senate inquiry into radioactive waste legislation
                • The Beyond Nuclear Initiative
                • ACF No waste campaign
                • Inhabited Exhibition

video

Question on the nuclear waste dump

23 Feb 2010

Senator Ludlam's question without notice on the proposed nuclear waste dump at Mukaty Station in the Northern Territory. 

Senator Ludlam's question without notice on the proposed nuclear waste dump at Mukaty Station in the Northern Territory.

 

media-releases

Greens to address Perth rally to oppose the NT Intervention

12 Feb 2010

Greens Senator WA Scott Ludlam will tell a rally in Perth tomorrow (SAT 13 Feb) that the Greens will continue opposing Northern Territory Intervention measures introduced by former prime minister John Howard and since extended across the nation under Kevin Rudd.
The rally, organised by the Aboriginal Rights Coalition, is calling for an end to the Intervention and the restoration of the Racial Discrimination Act, suspended by the Federal Government to enable it to conduct actions that constitute racial discrimination.

Greens Senator WA Scott Ludlam will tell a rally in Perth tomorrow (SAT 13 Feb) that the Greens will continue opposing Northern Territory Intervention measures introduced by former prime minister John Howard and since extended across the nation under Kevin Rudd.


The rally, organised by the Aboriginal Rights Coalition, is calling for an end to the Intervention and the restoration of the Racial Discrimination Act, suspended by the Federal Government to enable it to conduct actions that constitute racial discrimination.


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