Thanks to everyone who braved the weather this morning to join us for the Annual National Close the Gap Day Picnic. Big thanks to Close the Gap Co-Chair Jackie Huggins from National Congress of Australia's First Peoples who spoke about the unacceptable 10 year life expectancy gap that must be closed.
ANTaR will again be co-hosting the Annual National Close the Gap Day Picnic with Close the Gap campaign partners National Congress of Australia's First Peoples and Oxfam Australia. This National Close the Gap Day we will be joined by City of Sydney through Redfern Community Centre. Come along and hear from Jackie Huggins, Close the Gap Campaign Co-chair, have a yarn with community members and plant a hand for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Equality.
Bob Debus highlights the incarceration crisis in the Second Frank Walker Memorial Lecture - “The Things That Must Be Done…” ** Some Genuine Decision-Making Power: Dealing with the over-representation of Aboriginal people in the prison system. Read the full speech here.
Sign our Change.Org petition and stand with us to stand up to racism https://www.change.org/p/help-stop-racism-in-our-health-system The petition supports the Close the Gap Campaign's call for the Senate Select Committee on Health to establish an inquiry into racism and institutional racism in health care settings.
Koori Mail reports ANTaR's call for action on violence and the over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- NITV journalist and Wirradjuri man Stan Grant made profound remarks about racism that challenge the fabric of the Australian Dream. He was participating in a debate hosted by the Ethics Centre in 2015. Watch the clip here.
Following the meeting of the Council of Australian Governments on Friday, national advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights – ANTaR, today expressed frustration at the absence of any focus on lowering rates of violence and incarceration experienced by First Peoples.
Professor Patrick Dodson and Mr Mark Leibler AC will be the Co-Chairs of the Referendum Council.
Professor Dodson and Mr Leibler were the Co-Chairs of the former Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians.