Submission to Inquiry into NTER Legislation Amendments, including Welfare Reform and Reinstatement of the Racial Discrimination Act.
In this submission, ANTaR advocates for an evidence-based approach to addressing the issues of Aboriginal disadvantage. We have stressed that such an approach requires that measures aimed at closing the gap must take account of the social and cultural determinants of health, particularly in the areas of individual and community control. For Aboriginal people this is, in essence, about empowerment – the ability to take responsibility for their lives and for the development of their communities.
ANTaR submits that the Government’s proposed legislative amendments are not evidence-based and consistently err towards substituting individual and community control with control by the Minister and Government Departments, increasingly through inaccessible mechanisms such as regulations and Ministerial declaration.