Like our supporters, we won’t accept the life of an Aboriginal child born today being a decade shorter than other Australian children.
The National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health Outcomes has not been renewed, $170 million has been cut from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, and preventive health funding has been cut in this year's federal budget.
There’s a serious risk that these measures will mean we can’t close the gap!
Today marks the 47th anniversary since Australia's most successful referendum where Australians voted YES for Aboriginal rights. Today's generation have an opportunity to finally recognise the First Australians in a referendum - find out more and get involved here
Headline results of the COAG Reform Council’s latest report on the closing the gap reform agenda.
Close the Gap Campaign Co-Chair, Kirstie Parker, said the report shows some progress in reducing the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. However, Ms Parker said the pace of change has to accelerate if we are to achieve the 2030 target of equal life expectancy for all Australians.
- See our info graphic showing the impacts of cuts to Indigenous Affairs in the Federal Budget.
ANTaR today called on government to show how the budget measures in Indigenous affairs will close the gap in Indigenous disadvantage.
“Government needs to explain how the changes will meet their committments to closing the gap and how they will engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their representatives on the overhall to Indigenous Affairs.”
ANTaR's media response to the 2014 budget can be read here
ANTaR has submitted its response to the "Freedom of Speech (repeal of s.18C) Bill 2014" Exposure Draft realeased by Attorney General George Brandis on March 25 2014.
The Exposure Draft proposes to alter the Racial Discrimination Act (1975) by removing the prohibitions on hate speech contained in section 18C.
Last week the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, announced that the Australian Government has established a panel to review public support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander constitutional recognition.
The review follows on from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Act 2013, which passed unanimously through the Australian Parliament last year, and is the Government’s next step towards a referendum on the issue.
Addressing supporters at ANTaR’s National Close the Gap Day Picnic at Prince Alfred Park, Sydney, Kirstie Parker – Co-Chair of the Close the Gap Committee and Co-Chair of the National Congress – spoke about her vision of Australia becoming “a big and courageous nation” and overcoming Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health inequality.
ANTaR supporters joined the expected 150,000 people gathering around the country today to show their support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality on National Close the Gap Day.
The Annual National Close the Gap Day Picnic at Prince Alfred Park, coordinated by ANTaR in partnership with Oxfam, was one of the record 1250 events taking place across the country.
Thanks to Close the Gap Campaign Co-Chair Kirstie Parker for speaking at the picnic and to Michael West for his Welcome to Country.