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.
National advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, ANTaR, expressed disbelief that government has established an inquiry to try to undermine protections against race hate.
Andrew Meehan, ANTaR National Director, said that the community had spoken very clearly in 2014 the last time government tried to wind back race hate protections, and government should take heed.
Today National Congress of Australia's First Peoples and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Bodies met with Minister Scullion to workshop progressing the Redfern Statement. The meeting provided an opportunity to develop a greater degree of understanding and mutual appreciation of the complexity of the Indigenous Portfolio which requires a whole of government approach.
First Peoples called on the next steps to include:
ANTaR supported the voices of National Congress of Australia's First Peoples and peak Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations today as MPs arrived at Parliament House for the opening of the 45th Parliament.
We are outraged at the publication of a racist cartoon in the Australian newspaper. The cartoon demeans Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and will cause enormous hurt after what has been a traumatic time for many First Peoples following the frightening footage of mistreatment of young Aboriginal people shown on Four Corners last week.
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership organisations met today to map out the first steps towards a new relationship between Australia’s First Peoples and the Federal Government.
The following First steps for a new relationship have been called for
1) A meeting between the Prime Minister and a coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders within a month of forming government
"National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership organisations will gather together today to map out the first steps towards a new relationship between Australia’s First Peoples and the Federal Government. The meeting follows a previous gathering on 9 June, when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations jointly signed the historic ‘Redfern Statement’."
National advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights - ANTaR, today welcomed announcements from all parties on violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, but called for sustained, longer term investment. Read our Media Release here.
We are calling on our supporters to become a Sea of Hands Campaigner and actively engage with their local politicians this election to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs is not forgotten.
You can take action with the tools below.
1. Familiarise yourself with our election policy platform
2. Review meeting with your local candidates form.
3. Set up a meeting and speak with your local candidates
4. You can also report back to us to support our campaign work