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.
ANTaR will be marking National Close the Gap Day with our Annual National Close the Gap Day Picnic at Prince Alfred Park, Surry Hills, Sydney on Thursday, 20 March.
Join us in sending a powerful message to all Members of Parliament that we are committed for the long-term and they should be too.
Let's send a strong visual image to Canberra that now is not the time to walk away from this generational commitment to closing the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality.
Rock for Recognition has teamed up with the Canberra and District NAIDOC Committee to bring you some more Rock for Recognition at the National Multi-Cultural Festival Saturday February 8.
ANTaR is excited to announce the appointment of Andrew Meehan as the new National Director after a recruitment process that attracted a very strong field of candidates for the position.
Read our Media Release for further details.
ANTaR is seeking an Assistant Campaigns Officer to join our team on a part-time, short-term contract.
The Assistant Campaigns Officer will assist in the coordination of campaign activity relating to our three key campaigns - constitutional recognition, justice and health equality.
The person we are looking for will have experience in campaigning and event management, will be committed to the realisation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples rights and will be available for an immediate start.
The data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Friday November 15 are the latest official estimates of life expectancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The data reveals a slight narrowing of the gap in life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.
The ABS found that over the past five years the gap has been reduced by 0.08 years for men and 0.1 years for women.
Make no mistake - There is still a long way to go.
The Close the Gap Campaign Committee has released its briefing paper, calling for an incoming government to priortise a renewed COAG National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap and action on the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan to ensure progress on closing the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other Australians.
Read the media release here