Australian Greens' plan for a fairer, more equal community

Justice

From the Greens' website - Self-determination is key to justice and healing for First Nations Peoples. Any plan for justice must be led by them. They must be the key decision makers in policies and programs that affect their communities.

The Australian Greens acknowledge that First Nations Peoples are the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land we call Australia. We know this land was stolen, that sovereignty was never ceded and that Australia has unfinished business. We pay our respects to elders, past, present and future.

Despite living in a wealthy nation, First Nations Peoples still experience entrenched disadvantage with health, education and life expectancy outcomes more common in the developing world. Coalition and Labor governments have not listened to First Nations Peoples and their paternalistic, punitive approaches have failed First Nations communities.

A path towards treaties

Self-determination is a key part of justice and healing for First Nations Peoples and to closing the gap and addressing intergenerational trauma. Any plan for justice must be led by First Nations Peoples.

First Nations Peoples must be the key decisions makers in policies and programs that affect their communities.

We must start by addressing Australia’s unfinished business through implementing a constitutionally enshrined Voice to Parliament and establishing a path to treaties. The Australian Greens support the Uluru Statement from the Heart in full.

Address indigenous incarceration rates

Twenty-seven years after the final report into the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, there are still too many First Nations Peoples incarcerated and over 407 First Nations peoples have died in custody since the release of the Royal Commission report.

Australia-wide First Nations Peoples are eleven times more likely to be imprisoned than non-indigenous Australians.

The Greens will adopt the Change the Record campaign recommendations to reduce the rate of incarceration of First Nations Peoples as well as promoting a Justice Reinvestment approach that prioritises the services that we know keep people out of jail.

Fewer First Nations kids in out-of-home care

There are also currently more than 15,000 First Nations children in out-of-home care across Australia. The Greens will fund a system that focuses on keeping children out of the care system in the first place and focuses on early intervention and support for children and their families including trauma and healing services.

The benefits of our plan:

  • Addressing unfinished business through truth, justice and healing
  • Genuine treaty or treaties
  • Justice reinvestment, not jails
  • First Nations Peoples voices to parliament
  • Strong First Nations families
  • Longer lives, healthier outcomes

DOWNLOAD OUR PLAN JUSTICE FOR FIRST NATIONS PEOPLES

Other issues listed on the website

Close the offshore refugee camps - Supporting multicultural Australia - Extend the national anti-racism campaign - Deliver the Federal Multicultural Act - Promoting diversity in Federal Parliament - More family reunion visas - Equality for women - Tackling racism and far-right extremism - Stop politicians speaking hate - Counter violent extremism - Make hate speech illegal - Strengthen gun control - Disability policy and law - LGBTIQ+ equality - A Charter of Rights - Australia: a good global citizen -

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