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  • Today is 20 years since our first iconic Sea of Hands installation

    The Sea of Hands came on the back of a Citizen’s Statement on Native Title which was a petition circulated by ANTaR to mobilise non-Indigenous support for native title and reconciliation.

    The installation involved hundreds of volunteers planting 50,000 hands planted in the colours of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags directly in front of the nation’s parliament. It was a powerful statement of support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

  • Anniversary of Ms Dhu's death

    Three years ago tomorrow, a 22 year old Aboriginal woman with her whole life ahead of her - Ms Dhu, died in a Western Australian Police lock up from a fatal infection stemming from a cracked rib arising from a family violence injury.

    Ms Dhu had been locked up for unpaid fines for three days, and as the WA Coroner found, had been treated inhumanely by police. This tragic death was inhumane, avoidable and preventable.    

  • The System is Broken

    It’s been 12 months today since the ABC’s Four Corners program shocked the nation when it shone light on the horrific abuse of children at the NT’s Don Dale youth detention centre.

    Few people would forget the sickening image of a young Aboriginal child Dylan Voller hooded and shackled to a chair at Don Dale.

  • Budget fails First Peoples

    Last night we witnessed a complete lack of urgency and substance in the Federal Budget to address the ongoing disadvantage faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

    The Budget is all about priorities, and the government has failed to prioritise the health and wellbeing of the nation’s First Peoples.

  • Budget must invest in First Peoples

    Tomorrow night, Treasurer Scott Morrison will stand in front of the nation and deliver the 2017 Federal Budget. It will lay out the priorities for investment and cuts, and we’ll be watching closely.

    In meetings with the government, and with the help of our supporters who have tirelessly written to MPs, we’ve made it clear time and time again that you can’t cut from those most in need.

  • History in the Making

    On 14 February 2017 we witnessed history. Dr Jackie Huggins, Co-Chair of National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, handed the Prime Minister the Redfern Statement in a landmark ceremony in the Great Hall of Parliament House, Canberra.

  • A year all hope almost vanished

    I can’t remember a year when the challenges of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have so forcefully thrust themselves into the public consciousness.

    It was a year that saw numerous high profile cases of racism against First Peoples emerge, in a nation that should have stared down and ended such discrimination long ago.