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.
Tomorrow night, Treasurer Scott Morrison will stand in front of the nation and deliver the 2017 Federal Budget. It will lay out the priorities for investment and cuts, and we’ll be watching closely.
In meetings with the government, and with the help of our supporters who have tirelessly written to MPs, we’ve made it clear time and time again that you can’t cut from those most in need.
On 14 February 2017 we witnessed history. Dr Jackie Huggins, Co-Chair of National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, handed the Prime Minister the Redfern Statement in a landmark ceremony in the Great Hall of Parliament House, Canberra.
- 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.
National advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, ANTaR, today called for immediate action to address the systemic and individual failures in the justice system, in light of the Ms Dhu Coronial Inquest findings.
I can’t remember a year when the challenges of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have so forcefully thrust themselves into the public consciousness.
It was a year that saw numerous high profile cases of racism against First Peoples emerge, in a nation that should have stared down and ended such discrimination long ago.
National advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, ANTaR, expressed disbelief that government has established an inquiry to try to undermine protections against race hate.
Andrew Meehan, ANTaR National Director, said that the community had spoken very clearly in 2014 the last time government tried to wind back race hate protections, and government should take heed.
Today National Congress of Australia's First Peoples and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Bodies met with Minister Scullion to workshop progressing the Redfern Statement. The meeting provided an opportunity to develop a greater degree of understanding and mutual appreciation of the complexity of the Indigenous Portfolio which requires a whole of government approach.
First Peoples called on the next steps to include:
ANTaR, national advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, today called on all governments to listen to First Peoples in order to address crisis levels of incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.
National Campaigns Manager, Ms Jane Powles said that “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders have been calling for the implementation of Justice Reinvestment since 2009 to address high incarceration rates.”
“It's about time governments started to listen”
ANTaR supported the voices of National Congress of Australia's First Peoples and peak Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations today as MPs arrived at Parliament House for the opening of the 45th Parliament.