ANTaR Opening Statement to the Senate Select Committee on the Aboriginal Flag, 23 September 2020.
Thank you for this opportunity to speak to the Senate Select Committee.
There is no single or simple way to define what it means to grow up Aboriginal in Australia, but this anthology is an attempt to showcase as many of the diverse voices, experiences and stories together as possible.
Dr Anita Heiss
On Saturday 15 June, I attended Exchanging Ideas: First Nations Consensus in Constitutional Reform, Nation Building and Treaty Making Processes held at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.
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.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights advocacy organisation ANTaR today called on government to engage more and listen to First Peoples to develop a better understanding of culture, connection to land, and health and wellbeing. The call comes following the Prime Minister’s comments yesterday about plans to close more than 150 communities in Western Australia where he said that government could not fund ‘lifestylechoices ’.