Policy Submission

  • Submission to Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

    Last published: 13 June 2014

    ANTaR believes that through a carefully managed process that speaks to the aspirations and identity of all Australians, we can achieve support for constitutional recognition that is lasting, meaningful and substantive.

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  • ANTaR Submission to the Attorney General on the Freedom of Speech Exposure Draft

    Last published: 30 April 2014Author: ANTaR

    In this submission, ANTaR comments on the proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act, in particular the repeal of section 18C, along with 18B, 18D and 18E. We raise serious concerns that the suggested changes will permit offensive, insulting and humiliating behaviour based on race and have the potential to lead to a less tolerant and less cohesive society. 

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  • Submission to the Northern Territory Government on the Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Bill 2013

    Last published: 1 August 2013Author: ANTaR NT

    In this submission ANTaR argues that the Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Bill 2013 fails in multiple ways to constitute an appropriate, evidence-based response to the need to address the unacceptably high numbers of chronically alcohol dependent adults in the Northern Territory.

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  • Submission to Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Round Table

    Last published: 6 May 2013Author: ANTaR

    In this submission we commend the Expert Panel’s processes and report to the Committee suggesting that the recommendations of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians should form the basis of any constitutional amendment put to the Australian people at a referendum.

     

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  • Senate Inquiry into the value of a Justice Reinvestment approach to criminal justice in Australia

    Last published: 1 March 2013Author: ANTaR

    In this submission ANTaR discusses the unacceptable over representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our prison system and the drivers of this imprisonment rate. We raise serious questions about the economic and social cost of imprisonment in the face of what appears to be an ineffective measure to reduce crime and make safer communities. We put forward Justice Reinvestment as a positive policy solution, defining this approach and the purported economic and social benefits of reinvesting justice funds using examples in the US and the UK to support these claims. We support the recommendations put forward by the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services to progress the implementation of a justice reinvestment approach in Australia.

     

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  • ANTaR submission to Inquiry into Native Title Amendment Bill 2012

    Last published: 4 February 2013Author: ANTaR

    In this submission, we focus on the procedural and technical amendments contained in the
    Bill. In our separate submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee inquiry
    into the Bill and future reform of the native title system, we highlight the need for more farreaching
    reforms as an urgent priority.

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  • ANTaR Pre-Budget Submission 2013-14

    Last published: 21 December 2012Author: ANTaR National

     

    In this submission, ANTaR outlines key expenditure priorities for the 2013-14 Federal Budget. These recommendations are designed to promote community and economic development, advance human rights and address the disadvantage experienced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.

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  • ANTaR Submission to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Equality Plan

    Last published: 21 December 2012Author: ANTaR National

    This submission is intended to complement the Close the Gap Steering Committee submission. It includes some brief comments on the Health Plan Discussion Paper before emphasising some additional priorities that should be addressed in the Health Plan. Due to capacity constraints, we engage principally with the areas that are within ANTaR’s current strategic agenda. 

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  • Submission to Inquiry into Draft Act of Recognition

    Last published: 21 December 2012Author: ANTaR National

    In this submission, ANTaR comments on the draft Act of Recognition being considered by the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. While we welcome this next step on the road to referendum, we urge all Parliamentarians to remain focused on the end goal and ensure the Act of Recognition expresses their support for meaningful and substantive reform.

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  • Comment on Native Title Amendment Bill 2012 Exposure Draft

    Last published: 1 October 2012Author: ANTaR

    In this submission we highlight the need for more far-reaching reforms as an urgent priority,
    informed by the inequities in the current system, the fact that time is running out for many
    Community Elders to see land justice in their life times and the obligations imposed on the
    Australian Government by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
    Peoples (UNDRIP).

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  • Submission in Response to the Anti-Racism Strategy Discussion Paper

    Last published: 1 May 2012Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR welcomes the Government and the Australian Human Rights Commission’s commitment to the development and implementation of such a national anti-racism strategy. In this brief submission, we focus on a number of successful initiatives that have been used to prevent or reduce racism at the individual, community and institutional/ systemic level. We believe that any strategy to prevent and reduce racism must challenge popular myths by identifying and addressing the various forms and manifestations of racism that exist at all levels of society.  Such a campaign must move the discussion of racism beyond ‘accusations or denials of individual racism’/

     
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  • Submission to the Senate Community Affairs Committee Inquiry into Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Bill 2011 and two related bills

    Last published: 1 February 2012Author: ANTaR

    In this submission, ANTaR outlines a number of significant concerns about the Stronger Futures bills before Parliament and argues that, in order to achieve successful, long-lasting improvements to the health, safety and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, the Commonwealth Government must engage with the principles that lie at the heart of its international and domestic commitments: self-determination of Aboriginal peoples, community-led development and evidence-based policy.

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  • Pre-Budget Submission 2012-13

    Last published: 1 January 2012Author: ANTaR

    In this submission, ANTaR outlines key expenditure priorities for the 2012-13 Federal Budget. These recommendations are designed to promote community and economic development, advance human rights and address the disadvantage experienced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

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  • Submission to the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition

    Last published: 11 September 2011

    Read ANTaR's submission to the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

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  • Language Learning in Indigenous Communities Submission to the Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs

    Last published: 1 August 2011Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR notes that the Inquiry comes at a time when many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages are critically endangered.  Traditional languages provide speakers with a connection to their culture and their past, and a sense of identity and belonging. Conversely, language loss, and its resulting impact on culture and identity, has wide ranging implications for the health, economic opportunities and social welfare of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  The revitalisation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages is therefore closely connected with ANTaR’s efforts both to promote respect and affirmation for the rights and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and to advocate for practical measures to improve social, economic and health outcomes (such as the Close the Gap campaign). 

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  • Submission to Inquiry into the Native Title Amendment (Reform) Bill 2011

    Last published: 1 July 2011Author: ANTaR

    In this submission, ANTaR indicates its broad support for the overall objectives of the bill, to create a fairer native title system for recognising and adjudicating the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We encourage the Committee to ensure thorough consideration is given both to the overall objectives of the legislation and the specific measures proposed within it. While the submission notes that the Act could be improved to enable it to better achieve its objectives, ANTaR encourages this Committee to urge that the current Bill be used as a vehicle to make such improvements.

     

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  • Inquiry into Indigenous economic development in Queensland and review of the Wild Rivers (Environmental Management) Bill 2010

    Last published: 1 February 2011Author: ANTaR

    In this submission, ANTaR emphasises the central importance of enabling Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to have a genuine and ongoing say on and involvement in the development and implementation of policies, programs and laws which directly affect them. This is required by the right to  free, prior and informed consent contained in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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  • Submission to Inquiry into the high level of involvement of Indigenous juveniles and young adults in the criminal justice system

    Last published: 1 January 2011Author: ANTaR

    In this submission, ANTaR makes a series of recommendations designed to achieve a reduction in the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in custody and build the strength and capacity of local communities, including a national justice reinvestment approach.

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  • ANTaR, Submission to Federal Budget 2011-12

    Last published: 1 January 2011Author: ANTaR

    In this submission, ANTaR outlines key priorities for the 2011-12 Federal Budget. The funding and expenditure recommendations in this submission are designed to address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage, promote community and economic development and advance human rights.

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  • Submission to the Draft Indigenous Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan

    Last published: 1 December 2010Author: ANTaR

    In this submission, ANTaR responds to the draft strategy by focussing on a number of priority issues, including: the relationship between human rights and economic development; resetting relationships: the need for genuine partnership with Indigenous communities; the importance of a community development approach to Indigenous economic development; the relationship between governance and economic development; the relationship between native title, land rights and economic development; the potential for an expanded role for the non-profit sector in Indigenous economic development; and learning from and building on success stories. 

     

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  • Submission to Native Title Leading Practice Agreements and Tax Reform Discussion Papers

    Last published: 1 November 2010Author: ANTaR

    In this submission, ANTaR responds to options proposed in the Leading Practice Discussion Paper relating to governance, the new statutory function and the leading practice toolkit. The paper also considers three reform options designed to clarify the tax status of native title payments including an income tax exemption, a new tax exempt vehicle and a native title withholding tax. The paper also discusses the use of deductible gift recipient categories to deliver benefits for communities, ‘consistent with the Government’s commitment to closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage’.

     

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  • Submission to Inquiry into the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Bill 2010 and the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2010

    Last published: 1 July 2010Author: ANTaR

    In this submission, ANTaR indicates its support for an effective human rights parliamentary scrutiny committee, and makes a number of recommendations to ensure the effectiveness of this committee. In particular, the submission argues that, for the sake of clarity, the UN Declaration should be included as a relevant international instrument or scheduled as an interpretive tool to provide a comprehensive statement of Australia’s human rights obligations to Indigenous peoples for consideration by the Joint Committee. 

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  • Comment on Draft Policy Outlines for New Model of Income Management

    Last published: 1 June 2010Author: ANTaR

    In this submission, ANTaR reiterates its opposition to the Government’s compulsory income management scheme and highlights concerns that it will affect broad categories of social security recipients, is not cost-effective and does not respect the rights and dignity of Indigenous or non-Indigenous social security recipients. The submission then analyses the draft guidelines and makes recommendations for change to ensure that the negative impacts of the policy are minimised.

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  • Submission to Inquiry into NTER Legislation Amendments, including Welfare Reform and Reinstatement of the Racial Discrimination Act.

    Last published: 1 February 2010Author: ANTaR

    In this submission, ANTaR advocates for an evidence-based approach to addressing the issues of Aboriginal disadvantage. We have stressed that such an approach requires that measures aimed at closing the gap must take account of the social and cultural determinants of health, particularly in the areas of individual and community control. For Aboriginal people this is, in essence, about empowerment – the ability to take responsibility for their lives and for the development of their communities.

    ANTaR submits that the Government’s proposed legislative amendments are not evidence-based and consistently err towards substituting individual and community control with control by the Minister and Government Departments, increasingly through inaccessible mechanisms such as regulations and Ministerial declaration.

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