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  • This Saturday, Northern Territorians will be going to the polls from the central deserts to the Top End and everywhere in between to decide the next Government of the Territory.Paul Wright and Eddie CubilloThe Gunner Labor Government, elected four years ago in a landslide and under the shadow of the revelations coming out of the Don Dale Detention Centre, after a promising start has been underwhelming to say the least. The NT’s Country Liberal Party has been even more listless after the drubbing it received in the 2016 Election. In 2020, the Territory has a new party –...
  • Talk presented at ‘Behind the Mic: Treaty! Let’s Get It Right!’ for NAIDOC Week, 2001.  Tony McAvoyATSIC and the NSW Aboriginal Land Council have been pushing discussions in the Indigenous Community and more broadly on the possibilities a treaty might hold. The Prime Minister has adopted the view that treaties will be ‘divisive’.The approach from both sides appears to be some attempted analysis of what affect a treaty will have. The analysis is occurring before the negotiations have commenced.To my mind the question is not if Indigenous peoples and Government should negotiate a...
  • 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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