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  • In the next two weeks the Federal Senate will be voting on a Bill to indefinitely extend the Cashless Debit Card (CDC) program and apply it to the entire Northern Territory and Cape York.Janet HuntThe commitment the Prime Minister made earlier this year to listen to Aboriginal voices and work in partnership with them seems to have gone out the window already, as this rushed Bill faces strong opposition from NT Aboriginal voices. How the five cross bench Senators (Jackie Lambie, Pauline Hanson, Malcolm Roberts, Rebekah Sharkie and Rex Patrick) vote will be critical to the fate of...
  • A number of Australian states and territories have embarked on a process of making formal agreements or treaties with First Nations Peoples. Paul Wright and Katrina HallWith the upcoming election in Queensland, ANTaR is looking at the tentative steps made towards treaty so far in that State and the pathway forward.Tracks to TreatyIn July 2019, the Queensland government established Tracks to Treaty – an initiative aimed at reframing the relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders. As part of that initiative, an Eminent Panel was established to...
  • Last week, the Rio Tinto Board dismissed CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques, and two other senior executives (Australian iron ore head, Chris Salisbury, and the corporate affairs boss, Simone Niven)  for the premeditated destruction of the cultural heritage of the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura people, that rested for thousands of years in the Juukan Caves. ANTaR welcomes Rio Tinto finally taking this action and we hope it sends a message to other executives and boards of the big mining companies that this wanton destruction of Australia’s history is an unacceptable horror that should never be...
  • The Australian Dream premiered at opening night of the Melbourne International Film Festival last week. It’s a powerful and deeply personal account of Adam Goodes' journey from defying on-field, and very public, racial attacks to speaking out against racism as captain of the Sydney Swans and Australian of the Year.Thanks to Madman Films ANTaR is pleased to be able to host two special advanced screenings of the film in Melbourne and Sydney! This is your chance to see this documentary and support ANTaR's work.Both screenings will have some light after work nibbles and an introduction to the...

About ANTaR

ANTaR is a national advocacy organisation dedicated specifically to the rights - and overcoming the disadvantage - of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

ANTaR has been working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and leaders on rights and reconciliation issues since 1997. ANTaR is an independent, national network of organisations and individuals working in support of justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia.

ANTaR is an independent non-government organisation and is non-party-political.

ANTaR has a close and unique working relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders.

ANTaR's purpose has always been to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people speaking for themselves, rather than to speak for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

ANTaR's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reference Group, comprising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders and prominent individuals from around Australia, provides ANTaR with direction and feedback.

Central to ANTaR's activities has been the Sea of Hands. Over 300,000 Australians have put their signatures on a hand in the Sea of Hands and helped in its installation in locations around Australia.

ANTaR works on many levels to achieve its goals. This includes maintaining close liaison with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaderships and communities and assisting them to communicate their aspirations and concerns to the wider community; conducting national education and awareness campaigns on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs issues, as well as training, advice and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders.

Much of ANTaR's work is carried out by peak state and territory ANTaRs and by numerous local groups. This includes activities focused at a grass-roots level - local reconciliation initiatives which are carried out in conjunction with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups and other members of the local community. There are in excess of 200 local ANTaR groups.

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