The Traditional Owners of this land are those who identify as
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Sovereignty was never ceded.

ANTAR pays respect to Elders past, present, and emerging through our dedicated advocacy for First Nations Peoples’ justice and rights.

ANTAR acknowledges the responsibility of committing to a truth-telling process that promotes an honest and respectful path forward for future generations to build upon.

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Last edited: October 6, 2022

Key events since colonisation in the fight for First Nations Voices to be heard, for recognition and constitutional reform.

  • After 111 years of British colonisation, the six colonies federated into the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. The Federation was founded on the Australian Constitution which set out the division of powers between the former colonies (now states) and the new Commonwealth government. The Constitution was silent about the First Nations of the continent, it was silent about the dispossession of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and it was silent on how it would reconcile the formation of the Australian state with the truth of its origins.
  • In the 120 years since Federation, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have been fighting for recognition of their prior and continuing sovereignty.
  • Since 2000, there have been numerous Parliamentary processes to address the conspicuous silence in the Constitution. But consecutive Commonwealth governments have failed to take the next steps in recognition and constitutional reform.
  • Since 2017, the presentation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart has elevated the debate about recognition and constitutional reform, centred around the enshrinement of a First Nations Voice in the Constitution to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have Voice in the halls of of power that make laws affecting the lives of First Nations people across the country.

Minister for Indigenous Australians Linda Burney is driving the Albanese Government’s work to deliver on the campaign promise to bring a referendum on First Nations Voice to the Australian people.

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