Aboriginal Affairs

Aboriginal Affairs

New South Wales was invaded and Aboriginal peoples have never ceded sovereignty, ownership or control of their land and waters and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples to self-determination must be supported and actively implemented

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a unique relationship with land and water, and their rights and obligations as traditional custodians must be respected. 

The Greens NSW will:

  • Support amendments to the Australian Constitution to recognise the original and ongoing occupation of Australia by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples and support efforts to adopt a treaty or treaties with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,

  • Work towards ensuring that all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples have equitable and appropriate access to essential government services such as health, education, training, housing, community infrastructure, welfare and policing,

  • Strongly advocate that policies and programs affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples must:

    a. be developed in consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities and based on appropriate and effective research;

    b. deliver culturally appropriate services and resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people and communities that respect each community’s priorities;

    c. be consistent with the provisions of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 and Australia’s international human rights obligations, including under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination; and

    d. support skills, leadership and capacity development among members of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities who wish to work in, manage or run community services and/or serve on representative bodies.


DAWN WALKER CALLS FOR GREATER ABORIGINAL REPRESENTATION

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