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  • Chelsie Collard There’s a lot to think about following the recent announcement at the Garma Festival in Arnhem Land, where PM Anthony Albanese posed the draft question that will be asked to all Australians in a referendum to be held during Labor’s first term;“Do you support an alteration to the Constitution that establishes an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice?”The Australian Institute’s national survey of 1,000 Australians between June and July 2022 found that support for a constitutionally enshrined Voice is increasing. However, a successful referendum is no easy...
  • Phaedra Engel-HarrisonPrime Minister Anthony Albanese has announced – at Garma Festival on Yolngu Country no less – draft wording for the referendum question to enshrine a First Nations Voice to Parliament in Australia’s Constitution. It was a moment of immense hope and pride, after five long years of Government rejection of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, to hear words that could potentially change the nation and lead us towards a fairer future for First Nations people and all Australians. While Labor party rhetoric on enshrining the Voice has been strong, and 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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