We rate the major parties’ policies on First Nations issues
In this 2019 Federal Election Scorecard, ANTaR has provided a guide to the policies of the Liberal-National Coalition, the Labor and Greens parties, in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs.
In early April 2019, ANTaR wrote to the Prime Minister, Minister of Indigenous Affairs, and the Minister for Indigenous Health; the Labor Opposition Leader and shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs; and the Leader of The Greens seeking their parties’ policies and election commitments relating to:
- Closing the Gap in health outcomes and life-expectancy, and addressing the social determinants of health such as housing and systemic racism;
- Addressing the injustice of shameful, heavily disproportionate incarceration rates; and
- Constitutional Reform – including the implementation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
Only Labor and the Greens have responded to our request, and these responses are available on our website in full at antar.org.au. If the Coalition write to us in the last week of the Campaign, we’ll be sure to also post their response on the website.
ANTaR recommends close consideration of the policies of the major parties contesting the Federal Election – and particularly the policies relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We believe that justice, rights and respect for Australia’s First Peoples should be a top order priority for the next Federal Government and the 46th Parliament of Australia.
The Australian Labor Party
Policy information received from the Australian Labor Party’s response:
The Australian Greens
Policy information received from the Australian Green’s response:
- Response from the Australian Greens
- Greens 2019 Policy Platform - Justice for First Nations Peoples
- Stakeholder Statement First Nations Youth Justice
- Stakeholder Statement First Nations Family Violence
- Stakeholder Statement First Nations Health