Labor recognises and understands the unique circumstances and particular needs of residents of the Indian Ocean Territories (IOTs) as part of Northern Australia. There is a need for special arrangements between the Commonwealth and the IOTs to suit the needs of islanders.
Labor believes the potential of citizens who live in Australia’s External Territories access to:
- Fair and equitable opportunities similar to that in Australian states and mainland territories;
- economic, social and cultural development strategies that appropriately address the needs and circumstances of each territory including environmental protection and dealing with climate change;
A Shorten Labor Government is committed to a clear strategy for the enduring security of the IOTs, based on consultation with the community, to improve the future for all residents of this unique part of Australia.