Sunday 10th December marked 25 years since the landmark Keating Redfern Speech. It was a speech that told the truth.
Coming from a Prime Minister, it was a truth that could not be unsaid, a truth that formed the foundation for moving forward together on the journey towards a reconciled nation. He said:
Earlier today in Canberra we stood with peak Aboriginal organisations in front of Parliament House to launch the Change the Record: Free To Be Kids Action Plan.
We then took our message inside Parliament in a series of meetings with MPs.
Our message: The over-imprisonment and abuse of Aboriginal children is happening all over the country and urgently requires national leadership.
The Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory Report has been released following months of inquiring into the failings of the child protection and youth detention systems in the Northern Territory.
Few who saw the images could forget the trigger for the establishment of the Royal Commission on Four Corners - Aboriginal child Dylan Voller hooded and shackled to a chair in Don Dale Detention Centre in Darwin.
The Prime Minister and his government outright rejected the Referendum Council proposal for constitutional reform.
The decision was made without a single meeting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative bodies or other First Nations leaders following the delivery of the Referendum Council Report.
We’re heading to Canberra, as we did 20 years ago this month, and we need your help.
There were two events that marked the start of ANTaR 20 years ago.
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.
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.
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.
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.