We’re making progress, let’s increase the pressure

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Next week we are working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations to take the Redfern Statement to Parliament House and hand it directly to the Prime Minister.

The Statement, the development of which was supported by ANTaR, represents the considered views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.

It was, and is, an entreaty to prospective governments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be listened to, engaged with, and to be equal partners in decisions made about their lives.

Let’s increase the pressure on government to act on the Redfern Statement

Thanks to supporters ANTaR’s supporters, our First Peoples, First Hundred Days campaign succeeded in helping to deliver a meeting between the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and the Prime Minister. A commitment to a series of workshops with government to discuss the Redfern Statement was also agreed.

We’ve been successful in the first steps of our campaign, but we must do all we can to ensure that what follows is a genuine partnership between government and Australia’s First Peoples.

Help secure meaningful, ongoing engagement with First Peoples.

ANTaR will be in the Great Hall in Parliament House on Tuesday, supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders to deliver the Redfern Statement directly to the Prime Minister and his government.

It will be an historic occasion, and one that with your support can usher in a new relationship between government and First Peoples.

In solidarity,

Andrew Meehan

ANTaR National Director

Other recent developments

The National Reconciliation Barometer was released yesterday. It is a national research study conducted every two years to measure and compare attitudes and perceptions towards reconciliation in both the general Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Disturbingly it found that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experiences of racism had increased from 39% in 2014 to 46% 2016. ANTaR will continue our campaign to save the protections against discrimination contained in the RDA.

The Australian National Audit Office last week released its assessment of the disastrous Indigenous Advancement Strategy implemented by this government. ANTaR has been speaking out on its impact since it was introduced two years ago. The ANAO report confirmed what we have been saying. It found the Strategy was not effectively implemented, the timeframes were too short for consultation and risk management, transitional arrangements with the significant changes to funding were not developed nor needs of Indigenous communities properly taken into account, that the processes were insufficient to manage a billion dollars of Commonwealth funding. 

The Prime Minister yesterday announced new members for the Indigenous Advisory Council.The Council is intended to provide advice to the Government on Indigenous affairs, and will focus on practical changes to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. While the members are respected leaders in their field, government must also engage meaningfully with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative bodies - with decades of experience working in their areas, and leaders elected by their communities. We are seeking such engagement through the Redfern Statement