The Australian Greens have vowed to oppose the Bankstown trial of income management following last night's release of the Senate Inquiry into the Stronger Futures legislation report and evidence given to the committee questioning whether the government consulted with locals before announcing the Bankstown trial.
Bankstown is one of five locations nationally where the government is set to trial compulsory income management from 1 July 2012.
Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon met with members of the Bankstown Council's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee today to discuss a proposed trial of income management in Bankstown from 1 July 2012. The Australian Greens are calling on the Government to abandon compulsory income management in the face of an ever-growing body of evidence highlighting the detrimental effect of the policy.
Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens community services spokesperson said:
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.
Authorised by D. Lawson, Australian Greens, Parliament House, Canberra 2600