The Indigenous Leadership Group of the Close the Gap Campaign this morning met with the Prime Minister before she tabled her annual report on progress in Closing the Gap.
They discussed critical developments for the 2013 year, these being;
* The development of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan
* The need for future commitment of funds as the National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health Outcomes comes to a close mid 2013.
A significant step along the road to Constitutional Recognition is fast approaching. The Bill of Recognition introduced to Federal Parliament in November is expected to be voted on next Wednesday 13 February.
The Joint Select Committee met with key stakeholders in Sydney today.
Jacqui Phillips reiterated ANTaR's strong support for Constitutional reform to recognise Australia's First Peoples and to remove racially discriminatory aspects from Australia's founding document.
Read Jacqui's opening statement here
The ANTaR office will be closed from December 24 reopening on January 7.
The online shop will remain open.
Wishing you all a safe and happy festive season.
ANTaR welcomes the introduction of a bill to establish an Act of Recognition and the establishment of a Parliamentary Joint Select Committee as significant advances on the road to a referendum to recognise Australia’s First Peoples.
ANTaR's media release supporting these developments is available here.
On the 17th September, the Northern Territory Coroner handed down his findings into the death of Kwementyaye Briscoe. The Coroner’s report made strong findings of “multiple failings” by NT Police, including an ‘utter dereliction of duty’ which resulted in Kwementyaye Briscoe’s death.
In this submission we highlight the need for more far-reaching reforms as an urgent priority,
informed by the inequities in the current system, the fact that time is running out for many
Community Elders to see land justice in their life times and the obligations imposed on the
Australian Government by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples (UNDRIP). Due to capacity constraints and the tight timeframe for submission, we