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  • Budget fails Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

    Last published: 10 May 2017

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights organisation ANTaR today expressed dismay at the lack of urgency and substance in the Federal Budget to address the ongoing disadvantage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Read more in ANTaR's Media Release.

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  • Race hate protections must remain

    Last published: 1 March 2017

    ANTaR National Director Andrew Meehan said that the Inquiry was unnecessary given that the RDA underwent a similar inquiry in 2014, but welcomed the fact that the Committee had not recommended changing race hate protections.

    Read more in ANTaR's media release

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  • Rod Little Speech to the Redfern Statement Breakfast 14 February 2017

    Last published: 16 February 2017

    Read Rod Little, Co-Chair of National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, speech at the Redfern Statement Breakfast at Parliament House Canberra on 14 February 2017.

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  • Dr Jackie Huggins Speech at the Redfern Statement Breakfast 14 February 2017

    Last published: 14 February 2017

    Read Dr Jackie Huggins, Co-Chair of National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, speech at the Redfern Statement Breakfast at Parliament House Canberra on 14 February 2017.

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  • Reconciliation Barometer shows need to keep protections against racism

    Last published: 9 February 2017
    National advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights ANTaR, today called on government to start looking at First Peoples’ lived experience of racism, and leave the RDA protections untouched.The call came as the National Reconciliation Barometer was released, showing an increase of racism experienced by First Peoples.Read more in our media release
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  • Nation must find a more inclusive date for our national day

    Last published: 25 January 2017

    Tomorrow on 26 January, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and many other Australians will be honouring the resilience of First People in surviving the legacy of invasion, instead of celebrating Australia’s national holiday.

    Read more in our Media Release.

     

     
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  • Extraordinary systemic and individual failure at the heart of Ms Dhu tragedy

    Last published: 16 December 2016

    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.

    ANTaR National Director Andrew Meehan, said he was deeply disturbed by the video footage showing the inhumane treatment of Ms Dhu, and that the findings of the Inquiry demonstrate that urgent action is required to prevent such cases occurring again.

    Read more in ANTaR's Media Release

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  • Submission to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights Inquiry into Free Speech in Australia

    Last published: 15 December 2016
    ANTaR is deeply concerned that the Government is seeking to weaken protections against racial discrimination at a time when it may be increasing, and threatening what Australia prides itself on – a vibrant and open multicultural society.

     

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  • ALHR Fact Sheet on the Racial Discrimination Act

    Last published: 6 December 2016

    The Australian Lawyers for Human Rights have created a detailed fact sheet on the Racial Discrimination Act and have permitted ANTaR to share it on its website.

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  • Renewed attack on race hate protections pure ideology

    Last published: 9 November 2016

    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.

    Learn more from ANTaR's full media release.

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  • Inquiry into over­-incarceration of First Peoples a welcome step

    Last published: 27 October 2016
    ANTaR, today welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of an inquiry into the appalling incarceration levels forFirst Peoples in Australia.The inquiry has been tasked to the Australian Law Reform Commission which will examine the factors leading to the over representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the prison system, and consider reforms to reduce that representation.ANTaR National Director Andrew Meehan said that the announcement is welcome but he emphasised the need to engage with First Peoples representatives on the terms of reference, including to consider extending them to look at prevention of family violence.  Learn more from ANTaR's full media release.

     

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  • Justice Reinvestment - Giving kids a life not life in prison

    Last published: 20 September 2016

    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.” 

     

    “Its about time governments started to listen,” she said. 

     

    Last night’s episode of ABC’s Four Corners featuring one of the first Justice Reinvestment trial sites in Australia, highlighted the common sense approach that Justice Reinvestment supports.  

     

    Learn more from ANTaR's full media release.

     

     

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  • PM must engage with and listen to First Peoples

    Last published: 30 August 2016Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR, national advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights today called for the Prime Minister and his government to reset the relationship with First Peoples.

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  • Meeting Your Local MP

    Last published: 26 August 2016Author: ANTaR

    A guide to meeting with your local member. 

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  • Cleveland Youth Detention Centre shows abuse of youth in detention is a national issue

    Last published: 18 August 2016
    National Advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, ANTaR, tonight called for the Royal Commission into the Child Protection and Youth Detention Systems of the Northern Territory to be expanded to cover all jurisdictions across the country, and for the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) to be urgently ratified by the Australian Government.
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  • Publication of racist cartoon in The Australian a hurtful act

    Last published: 4 August 2016Author: ANTaR

    National advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, ANTaR, today expressed outrage at the publication of a racist cartoon in the Australian newspaper.

    Bill Leak's cartoon relates to the Royal Commission into the shocking treatment of children in the Northern Territory juvenile justice system, and depicts an Aboriginal father drinking alcohol who doesn’t know the name of his son who is being held by a police officer.

    ANTaR National Director Andrew Meehan said that the cartoon demeans Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and will cause enormous hurt after what has been a traumatic time for many First Peoples following the frightening footage of mistreatment of young Aboriginal people shown on Four Corners last week. 

     

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  • ANTaR acknowledges Mick Gooda’s work as Social Justice Commissioner

    Last published: 2 August 2016Author: ANTaR
    National advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, ANTaR, today recognised the work of Mr Mick Gooda as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner over the past six and a half years. 
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  • PM, engage with First Peoples from the start

    Last published: 1 August 2016Author: ANTaR

    National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights advocacy organisation, ANTaR today called for the Prime Minister and Federal Government to start engaging with, and listening to First Peoples before making decisions.

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  • Prime Minister hasn’t listened to First Peoples on Royal Commission

    Last published: 29 July 2016Author: ANTaR

    National advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, today expressed dismay that the Federal Government hadn’t listened to Aboriginal and Torres Strait organisations on the Royal Commission in the Northern Territory.

    ANTaR National Director Andrew Meehan said that the Prime Minister had disappointed the sector following what was initially a positive response to the horrific scenes showing abuse at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in the Northern Territory.

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  • Over 100 organisations release statement calling for Royal Commission to be independent, and broader in scope.

    Last published: 28 July 2016Author: ANTaR

    Today over 100 organisations, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peak representative bodies, have released an Open Statement welcoming Prime Minister Turnbull’s Royal Commission into the horrific abuse of children in the Northern Territory, but calling for it to be conducted independently from the NT Government and for a broader inquiry into the youth justice system as a whole.

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  • Over 100 organisations release statement calling for Royal Commission to be independent, and broader in scope.

    Last published: 28 July 2016Author: Change the Record

    Call for the Royal Commission to be conducted completely independently from the Northern Territory Government and for a broader inquiry into the youth justice system.

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  • Time for Aboriginal youth incarceration to be of interest to the Federal Government

    Last published: 27 July 2016Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR, national advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, today called for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth incarceration across the country to become a priority for the Federal Government.

    ANTaR National Director Andrew Meehan said that he was astounded at reports that the Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs had commented that his ‘interest wasn’t piqued’ prior to Monday’s Four Corners program on youth detention in the Northern Territory.

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  • Horrific abuse of young people in Northern Territory must lead to real change

    Last published: 26 July 2016Author: ANTaR

    National advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, ANTaR today called for the sacking of Northern Territory Minister for Corrective Services, Justice, Families and Children, John Elferink following harrowing footage of abuse of young people in detention at Don Dale youth detention centre.

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  • New Government must ensure addressing First Peoples' disadvantage is a national priority

    Last published: 12 July 2016Author: ANTaR

    National advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights - ANTaR, today congratulated the Coalition on its election win and called for it to ensure addressing First Peoples' disadvantage is a national priority for this term of government.

    ANTaR National Director, Andrew Meehan said that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people fare the worst across almost every social and economic indicator.

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  • Summary of Election 2016 Political Party Positions on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues

    Last published: 24 June 2016

    National Congress of Australia's First Peoples have released this Summary of Election 2016 Political Party Positions on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues

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  • Election 2016: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders unite

    Last published: 24 June 2016Author: National Congress

    National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership organisations met today to map out the first steps towards a new relationship between Australia’s First Peoples and the Federal Government, this Communique outlines proposed steps for the incoming Federal Government. 

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  • Sustained focus needed to address violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women

    Last published: 20 June 2016

    National advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights - ANTaR, today welcomed announcements from all parties on violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, but called for sustained, longer term investment.

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  • Labor policy announcement a step towards 'Redfern Statement' calls

    Last published: 16 June 2016Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR - national advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, has today welcomed the release of Labor’s Closing the Gap policy platform in Redfern.

     

    National Director Andrew Meehan said that it appeared that Labor had heard and responded to the historic ‘Redfern Statement’ made by 16 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peak representative organisations, supported by more than 50 other organisations and three national campaign.

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  • We can and must do better

    Last published: 10 June 2016Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR 2016 Election Statement on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs

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  • Meeting with your local candidate

    Last published: 10 June 2016Author: ANTaR

    A guide to meeting with your local candidate.

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  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations Unite

    Last published: 9 June 2016Author: Aboriginal Peak Bodies

    The Redfern Statement

    An urgent call for a more just approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs

    "We are here today, the 9th of June 2016, in Redfern where in 1992 Prime Minister Paul Keating spoke truth about this nation – that the disadvantage faced by First Peoples affects and is the responsibility of all Australians."

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  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations Unite

    Last published: 9 June 2016Author: ANTaR

    Today, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peak representative bodies delivered an historic statement and call for all political parties to listen to them to address the appalling disadvantage faced by First Peoples.

     

    ANTaR, as a supporting organisation to the statement, calls on all political parties to commit to the clear policy platform set out, and for the incoming government and parliament to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their representatives to fully implement it.

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  • Sea of Hands at Barangaroo

    Last published: 13 May 2016Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR, the national organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reconciliation and rights, is partnering with the Barangaroo Delivery Authority to bring its interactive symbol of reconciliation, the Sea of Hands, to Barangaroo Reserve for National Reconciliation Week 2016. The Sea of Hands event begins with a free Opening Night Concert on Friday, 27 May (5:00pm- 8:30pm) featuring live performances by Christine Anu and Casey Donovan on Barangaroo Reserve’s Walumil Lawns, where the first part of the installation will be illuminated. 

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  • National voice for First Peoples must be funded by government

    Last published: 11 May 2016Author: ANTaR

    National advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, ANTaR, today expressed dismay that the Indigenous Affairs Minister is refusing to fund National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples after the Election. 

    Andrew Meehan, National Director ANTaR said it would be unacceptable if the Coalition went to the Election with a policy to discontinue funding for a national voice for First Peoples. 

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  • 2015 Annual Report

    Last published: 10 May 2016Author: ANTaR

    Download our Annual Report for 2014-15

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  • Indigenous Affairs forgotten in the Budget

    Last published: 4 May 2016
    National advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights ANTaR has today expressed deep concern at the lack of funding and focus in the budget for Indigenous Affairs.  National Director of ANTaR Andrew Meehan said that no budget could be fair that didn’t place Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage at the heart of it, and this Budget had failed to do that. 
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  • State of Reconciliation Report

    Last published: 28 April 2016Author: Reconciliation Australia

    Twenty-five years after the establishment of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation (CAR), this report examines the state of reconciliation in Australia today. The report uses a five dimensional framework of reconciliation to measure and analyse Australia’s progress over this time and set out a roadmap for a reconciled Australia. The intention is to spark a renewed national conversation about how, over the next 25 years, we can move towards becoming a reconciled, just and equitable Australia.

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  • Close the Gap Position Paper on Federal Budget 2016

    Last published: 27 April 2016Author: Close The Gap

    The Government, with bipartisan support across Parliament, should prove its ongoing obligation to closing the gap by 2030 with a well-considered and appropriate budget commitment for the following priorities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.

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  • 25 years of abject government failure must stop here

    Last published: 14 April 2016Author: ANTaR

    Today, on the 25th anniversary of the release of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Report, national advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights – ANTaR, called for an end to government indifference to addressing the nationwide incarceration crisis facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

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  • Royal Commission into Family Violence: An Important focus on Aboriginal women

    Last published: 31 March 2016Author: Change the Record

    Today the Change the Record Coalition welcomed the release of the report and recommendations of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence (Royal Commission). The report provides 227 recommendations aimed at addressing and preventing family violence, and includes an important focus on the disproportionate impact of family violence on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children. 

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  • Huge election year people power pushes the need to close the gap

    Last published: 17 March 2016Author: ANTaR

    Over 1600 hundred community and corporate events across the country will today signal the need for a recommitment to health equality this election year. 

    National advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, ANTaR, today welcomed the groundswell of support and called on the government to recommit to closing the health equality gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians

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  • Nation needs more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members of parliament

    Last published: 2 March 2016Author: ANTaR
    National advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, ANTaR, today welcomed this week’s announcement of two Aboriginal leaders’ intention to run for election to Federal Parliament.
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  • PM failing his own test while not meeting with national representative body for First Peoples

    Last published: 1 March 2016Author: ANTaR

    National advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights – ANTaR, today called on the Prime Minister to meet with the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples as a matter of urgency or risk failing his own test. 

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  • “The Things That Must Be Done…” **

    Last published: 24 February 2016Author: Bob Debus

    Bob Debus highlights the incarceration crisis in the Second Frank Walker Memorial Lecture - “The Things That Must Be Done…” ** Some Genuine Decision-Making Power: Dealing with the over-representation of Aboriginal people in the prison system

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  • Government at risk of failing on close the gap without renewed commitment and an address to racism in the health system

    Last published: 10 February 2016

    National advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights – ANTaR, today expressed concern that government’s closing the gap strategy would not work without dedicated funding of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan, new targets, and stamping out racism in the health system. 

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  • Close the Gap - Progress and Priorities Report 2016

    Last published: 9 February 2016Author: Close the Gap Campaign

    The message from the Close the Gap Campaign is clear. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health inequality is an issue of growing national concern. We can and want to be the generation that closes the gap but we must stay the course and keep our attention and resources focused on this goal. The health gap has rightfully been described as a stain on our nation, and this generation has the opportunity and responsibility to remove it. 

     

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  • Statement on video depicting excessive force by police towards Aboriginal woman

    Last published: 20 January 2016

    ANTaR is a signatory to an open letter calling for an independent investigation into distressing reports excessive force was used by a QLD police office against on Aboriginal mother in January 2016. Read the statement for more information.

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  • COAG must now set targets to reduce incarceration and violence experienced by First Peoples

    Last published: 14 December 2015Author: ANTaR

    Following the meeting of the Council of Australian Governments on Friday, national advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights – ANTaR, today expressed frustration at the absence of any focus on lowering rates of violence and incarceration experienced by First Peoples. 

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  • Referendum Council an opportunity to drive a clearer process towards constitutional recognition

    Last published: 7 December 2015Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR, national advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, today welcomed the announcement of the establishment of a Referendum Council.

    The role of the Referendum Council is to advise on progress and next steps towards a referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution, including overseeing community consultations on finalising the proposed changes to the Constitution.

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  • A Blueprint for Change

    Last published: 30 November 2015Author: Change the Record

    This Blueprint is the result of more than two years of collaboration between 16 leading peak Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander bodies, legal organisations and human rights groups. It urges a whole of government strategy, the setting of justice targets, and a commitment to work in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, their organisations and representatives to drive solutions.

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  • 16 organisations release Blueprint for Change on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander imprisonment and violence rates

    Last published: 30 November 2015Author: Change the Record

    The Change the Record Coalition will today meet in Canberra to launch the ‘Blueprint for Change’. This is the first time a broad range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous organisations have come together with a concrete plan for Federal, State and Territory Governments to change the record on soaring Aboriginal imprisonment rates and high levels of experienced violence.

     

    The Blueprint urges a whole of government strategy, the setting of justice targets, and a commitment to work in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, their organisations and representatives to drive solutions.

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  • Time for all sides of politics to come together on what First Peoples are calling for on justice

    Last published: 19 November 2015Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR, national advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, today called on all sides of politics to listen and act on what First Peoples have called for on justice.

     

    The call comes after the Opposition Leader Bill Shorten delivered a speech in Melbourne last night outlining the Labor Party’s approach to justice, including committing to setting targets to close the justice gap. 

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  • UN Review makes clear that it’s time Australia got serious about reducing First Peoples’ incarceration

    Last published: 10 November 2015Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR, national advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, today called on government to demonstrate its commitment to First Peoples’ human rights by acting on the recommendations of the Universal Periodic Review. 

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  • Governments urged to change the record, as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander imprisonment gap widens

    Last published: 3 November 2015Author: Change the Record
     

    Today the Change the Record Coalition urged Governments to take critical leadership to address the rising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander imprisonment crisis.

    The call for action has come with the release yesterday of the most recent NSW custody statistics which show a staggering increase in the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander in prisons, with an 18 per cent increase since October last year and a 20 per cent increase over the last two years.

    Coalition Co-Chair Shane Duffy said the report shows that not only are the rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people incarceration at crisis levels, the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians is growing in NSW.

     

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  • Genuine partnership based on trust and respect is a must

    Last published: 21 September 2015Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR, national advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, supports calls made by the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and its member organisations for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his Ministry to establish a sound relationship based on trust and respect. 

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  • Strategic Plan

    Last published: 18 September 2015

    ANTaR Strategic Plan 2015 - 2017

    Download ANTaR's current Stategic Plan which contains our vision and goals for the three years from 2015 to 2017.

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  • Reconciliation in Parliament

    Last published: 16 September 2015Author: ANTaR NSW and NSW Reconciliation in Parliament

    Now in its 9th year, Reconciliation in Parliament is a joint initiative of the NSW Reconciliation Council and ANTaR NSW to bring together parliamentarians from across the political spectrum in a bipartisan commitment to reconciliation. This years forum focuses on Aboriginal healing through languages and culture.  

     

    ANTaR NSW President Kate Aubrey-Poiner said “Culturally strong and community led healing is essential in improving the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal peoples in NSW. This seminar in Parliament looks at the importance of languages and culture in healing in NSW and shares knowledge of healing with communities and the NSW Parliament.

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  • “Australia must and can be better than this”

    Last published: 31 July 2015Author: Joint

    Joint Statement on racism directed at Adam Goodes

    “Australia must and can be better than this”

     

    Following the weekend’s events when prominent Aboriginal AFL player and former Australian of the Year, Adam Goodes was booed at every turn during the Swans v West Coast Eagles AFL match.

     

    Today in advance of the weekend round of AFL, 150 organisations (listed overleaf) join together to call for renewed efforts to stamp out racism in sport and everyday life.

     

    For too long, we have witnessed the poor treatment of Sydney Swans star and dual Brownlow medallist Adam Goodes at the hands of fans during AFL matches. A proud Ambassador of the “Racism. It Stops with Me” Campaign, Goodes is a strong advocate for standing up against racism and for issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

    Learn more in ANTaR's media release.

     

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  • Put your hand up for equality and respect

    Last published: 27 July 2015

    ANTaR is looking to build on our team with a Sea of Hands Program Officer to work on engaging with the Australian community to talk about what we do, some of the issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and seek their support for our work.

     

    The Sea of Hands Program Officer role will support the recruitment and coordination of volunteer fundraisers and inspire them to grow the number of partners who make regular monthly donations. Conversations with potential supporters about the issues, our campaigns and the Sea of Hands Partnership at festivals and markets will drive the success of this program.

     

    The successful applicant will be part of the exciting expansion of the program and grow in the role as new opportunities arise.

     

    Click read to download the position description.

     
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  • Statement presented by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander attendees following meeting held with the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader on Constitutional Recognition

    Last published: 7 July 2015Author: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Attendees

    Joint Statement following historic discussion between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives, the Prime Minister, and the Opposition Leader on recognising the First Australians in the Constitution. 

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  • A week to respect and honour First Peoples spiritual and cultural connection to land and sea

    Last published: 6 July 2015Author: ANTaR

    National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights organisation ANTaR today honours and pays its respects to the connection to land and sea of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people - the oldest continuing cultures on the planet.

    National Director Andrew Meehan said the week was a great opportunity for all Australians to pause, learn about, and pay respects to the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander country, particularly that on which we walk and live each day, or travel through on a regular basis.

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  • Historic meeting agrees to engagement for constitutional recognition proposal

    Last published: 6 July 2015Author: ANTaR

    National advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights today welcomed the agreement between the Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition, and First Peoples representatives to progress engagement on a proposal for constitutional recognition.

     

    ANTaR National Director Andrew Meehan said the meeting was historic, and provided a pathway towards finalising the form recognition of the First Australians in the nations founding document might take.  

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  • Report an important step towards a referendum to recognise First Peoples

    Last published: 25 June 2015Author: ANTaR

    Advocacy organisation ANTaR said the tabling of the Final Report of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was another milestone in moves towards a referendum. 

    National Director Mr Andrew Meehan said the Report formed an important part of the national conversation needed to finalise a proposal to put to a referendum.  

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  • Campaigns Officer Position Description

    Last published: 20 May 2015

    ANTaR is looking to build our team with a Campaigns Officer on a part-time, short-term contract and are currently seeking expressions of interest.   

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  • Close the Gap - Media Release

    Last published: 13 May 2015Author: Close the Gap

    The Close the Gap Campaign has welcomed the quarantining of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programmes from further cuts in the 2015–16 Budget but says the pain and uncertainty around last year’s Budget cuts still linger.

     

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  • Change the Record Media Release

    Last published: 13 May 2015Author: Change the Record

    The National Justice Coalition today expressed concern that the Budget failed to include the targeted investment needed to change the record on the crisis levels of imprisonment and violence currently being experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

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  • ANTaR - Media Release - Unfair Budget has left Indigenous Affairs adrift

    Last published: 12 May 2015

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights advocacy organisation ANTaR said that tonight’s Budget failed the test of addressing the uncertainty, upheaval and cuts in Indigenous Affairs from the past 12 months. 

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  • Close the Gap Position Paper on Federal Budget

    Last published: 10 May 2015Author: Close the Gap

     The Close the Gap Campaign believes that the Federal Budget 2015-16 should quarantine the Close the Gap funding against any further reductions and contain the following: 

    1) Address the measures creating a potential negative impact on Closing the Gap from the Federal Budget 2014-15. 

    2) Implementation of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 

    3) Building the capability of the ACCHS sector 

    4) Funding national and jurisdictional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations 

    5) Agreements with the states and territories 

    6) The Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) should reinstate the $534.4million over five years cut from last years budget.

    7) A commitment not to close remote communities   

    8) Maintain five year census schedule 

    9) Review of contract mechanisms moving to preferred rather than competitive.  

    10) Adequately resource the National Disability Insurance Scheme 

    11) Quarantine National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy from any further budget cuts. 

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  • All Australians should be shocked at Aboriginal community closures

    Last published: 1 May 2015Author: ANTaR

    National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights advocacy organisation ANTaR today joined the rallies to add its voice to the shocking prospect of forced remote Aboriginal community closures in WA.   

    National Director Andrew Meehan said that when governments don’t listen to reasonable requests for decency, its time to show government what the community thinks.

     

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  • Submission to the Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee Inquiry on the Commonwealth Indigenous Advancement Strategy tendering processes

    Last published: 1 May 2015Author: ANTaR

    In this submission ANTaR outlines concerns regarding engagement in the development of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) and the ensuing competitive tendering process was absent. 

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  • Record must be changed to turn crisis around

    Last published: 30 April 2015Author: ANTaR

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights organisation ANTaR joined with coalition partners today to launch a new campaign to change the appalling rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ imprisonment and experience of violence. 

     

    The ‘Change the Record’ campaign is calling for a new approach that focuses on early intervention, prevention, and diversion strategies that address the root causes of violence and imprisonment. 

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  • How do we change the record

    Last published: 29 April 2015Author: Change the Record

    To Change the Record, we need to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communi-ties to invest in holistic early intervention, prevention and diversion strategies. These are smarter, evidence-based and more cost-effective solutions that increase safety, address the root causes of violence against women and children, cut reoffending and imprisonment rates, and build stronger communities. 

    Here is our list of what needs to be done. 

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  • Reversal of Aboriginal Legal Services cuts welcome but more needed

    Last published: 26 March 2015Author: Andrew Meehan

    ANTaR today welcomed the reversal of funding cuts to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS) and called for longer term certainty for the vital sector. 

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  • OPEN LETTER: Cuts to legal services will have disastrous impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

    Last published: 25 March 2015Author: Andrew Meehan

     

    26 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, health, community, and legal peak organisations write an open letter to the PM to request an urgent reversal of the proposed funding cuts to legal assistance services under the Attorney General’s portfolio, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS), its peak body National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS), Community Legal Centres (CLCs) and the Legal Aid Commissions (LAC). 

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  • Time to reverse decision to defund Aboriginal legal services

    Last published: 23 March 2015Author: Andrew Meehan

    National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights advocacy organisation ANTaR today welcomed the referral of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) process to a Senate Committee and called for decisions to cut funding to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services to be reversed as a matter of urgency. 

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  • The only way to close the gap is to listen to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

    Last published: 19 March 2015Author: ANTaR

    Today, more than 150,000 Australians will gather in over 1500 community events to mark National Close the Gap Day and show their support for closing the appalling health equality gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. 

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  • Record numbers register in support of National Close the Gap Day

    Last published: 17 March 2015Author: Australian Human Rights Commission

    The call to end to health inequality between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other Australians continues to get louder, with a record number of events being held nationwide on Thursday 19 March to mark National Close the Gap Day. If you haven't got an event to go to, join ANTaR, National Congress of Australia's First Peoples and Oxfam at the National Close the Gap Day Picnic in Redfern Park at 12pm until 2pm.

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  • Government needs to close respect gap with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

    Last published: 11 March 2015Author: Andrew Meehan

    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 the government could not fund ‘lifestyle choices ’.

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  • Uncertainty and confusion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations with Indigenous Advancement Strategy funding round

    Last published: 6 March 2015Author: ANTaR

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights advocacy organisation ANTaR today called for greater transparency, clarity and engagement in the approach to funding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services, programs and organisations. 

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  • Recognition proposal must accord with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wishes

    Last published: 4 March 2015Author: Andrew Meehan

    National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights advocacy organisation, ANTaR,  today called for government to urgently start consulting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on a proposal for constitutional recognition.

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  • ANTaR NSW Policy Platform 2015 Election

    Last published: 27 February 2015Author: ANTaR NSW
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  • Opening Statement to the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

    Last published: 20 February 2015Author: ANTaR

    Opening statement delivered by Andrew Meehan appearing before the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples at their Sydney hearing February 20, 2015.

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  • Smarter, safer approach to justice critical to closing the gap

    Last published: 13 February 2015Author: National Justice Coalition
    A group of leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, community and human rights organisations meeting in Sydney today have called for national leadership to address the crisis levels of incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and create safer communities.
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  • Close the Gap Campaign - Progress and Priorities Report 2015

    Last published: 10 February 2015Author: Close the Gap Campaign

    The Campaign Steering Committee welcomes the absolute gains in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life expectancy from 2005–2007 to 2010–2012. Over that five-year period, life expectancy is estimated to have increased by 1.6 years for males and by 0.6 of a year for females. But a life expectancy gap of around ten years remains for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people when compared with non-Indigenous people. Continued comittment and ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality is a priority is required if we are to Close the Gap by 2030. 

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  • Government must match commitments with investment to close the gap

    Last published: 10 February 2015Author: ANTaR

    As the Prime Minister delivers his closing the gap address to parliament today, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights advocacy organisation ANTaR is calling for increased investment and certainty for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs and organisations. 

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  • 2014 Annual Report

    Last published: 12 December 2014Author: ANTaR

    Download our Annual Report for 2013-14

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  • ANTaR welcomes reappointment of Mick Gooda as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner

    Last published: 11 December 2014Author: ANTaR

    National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Rights Advocacy organisation ANTaR today warmly welcomed the reappointment of Mick Gooda as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner.

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  • Government must heed the calls of the Productivity Commission and Social Justice Commissioner reports and act on incarceration rates

    Last published: 8 December 2014Author: ANTaR

    National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights advocacy organisation ANTaR today called on government to act on unacceptable incarceration rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

     

    National Director Andrew Meehan said that there had been report after report highlighting the urgent need to address incarceration, and government couldn’t bury its head in the sand on the issue. 

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  • ANTaR welcomes New South Wales support for constitutional recognition

    Last published: 2 December 2014Author: ANTaR

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights advocacy organisation ANTaR today welcomed the formal backing from the New South Wales for constitutional recognition of the First Australians.

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  • Social Justice Commissioner’s Report a call to action on justice issues for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

    Last published: 27 November 2014Author: ANTaR

    National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights advocacy organisation ANTaR today welcomed the tabling of the Social Justice Commissioner’s Report in Parliament and called for government to implement its recommendations.

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  • Justice Campaign

    Last published: 14 November 2014Author: ANTaR

    The over representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the criminal justice system is one of the most significant social justice issues facing Australia. Read more about it. Download our fact sheet. 

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  • NGOs: clear path to a referendum held no later than 2016 is needed, racial non-discrimination must stay

    Last published: 17 October 2014Author: ANTaR

    A group of leading NGOs have called for a renewed sense of urgency to move towards a referendum to recognise the First Australians in our Constitution.

    The group, which coordinates a constitutional recognition network of 40 non-government organisations, called for a much clearer pathway to a referendum that should be held at or before the 2016 Federal Election.

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  • Government must act now to meet its commitment on justice targets

    Last published: 10 September 2014

    It’s now time government acted on its commitment to set a destination and chart the course to get us there in relation to incarceration and to do so with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

     

    Government should put this issue on the COAG agenda as a matter of urgency and work towards the development of justice targets. It must meet its commitment on setting targets to reduce incarceration. 

    By Andrew Meehan, ANTaR National Director

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  • ANTaR backs calls for PM to fix Indigenous Affairs policy and budget chaos

    Last published: 3 September 2014Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR today supported calls made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community leaders yesterday for the PM to fix the Indigenous affairs policy and funding chaos. 

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  • Time for a re-think on Budget Cuts to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Anti-smoking Programs

    Last published: 1 September 2014Author: Close the Gap Campaign

    “Lives may be lost or at best severely shortened by budget austerity measures that cuts Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander anti-smoking campaigns,” Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner and Co-Chair of the Close the Gap Campaign Steering Committee said today. 

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  • Cabinet must rethink Indigenous budget cuts

    Last published: 18 August 2014Author: ANTaR

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advocacy organisation ANTaR today called on the Cabinet to rethink the suite of budget cuts to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs and services.

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  • Dumping of changes to the Racial Discrimination Act a credit to people power

    Last published: 5 August 2014Author: ANTaR

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights agency ANTaR today expressed relief that government has now abandoned proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act.

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  • Government must deliver on its assurances not to cut Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander frontline services

    Last published: 18 June 2014Author: ANTaR

     

     

    Government must deliver on its assurances not to cut Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander frontline services

     

    National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights organisation ANTaR today called for government to provide certainty for ongoing funding of frontline services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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  • Submission to Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

    Last published: 13 June 2014

    ANTaR believes that through a carefully managed process that speaks to the aspirations and identity of all Australians, we can achieve support for constitutional recognition that is lasting, meaningful and substantive.

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  • Reconciliation in Parliament event showcases a new approach to reducing incarceration rates

    Last published: 28 May 2014Author: ANTaR

    Parliamentarians, Aboriginal leaders, and community members will gather in the NSW Parliament House on Wednesday evening to discuss a new approach to reducing Aboriginal incarceration rates. 

    The Reconciliation in Parliament event is a yearly forum hosted by ANTaR and the NSW Reconciliation Council to engage parliamentarians from across the political spectrum on reconciliation and addressing Aboriginal disadvantage in NSW

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  • Budget 2014 Infographic

    Last published: 16 May 2014Author: jane

    Our info graphic on the shocking budget cuts and impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


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  • Government must explain how Indigenous policy overhaul will close the gap

    Last published: 14 May 2014Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR today called on government to show how the budget measures in Indigenous affairs will close the gap in Indigenous disadvantage.

    “Government needs to explain how the changes will meet their commitments to closing the gap and how they will engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their representatives on the overhaul to Indigenous Affairs" said National Director, Andrew Meehan.

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  • Budget cuts must not come from those most in need - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

    Last published: 12 May 2014Author: ANTaR

    New National Director for ANTaR, Mr Andrew Meehan today said that government should not be cutting investment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait programs, communities and organisation in the budget tomorrow.   

     

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  • No compelling reason to amend the Racial Discrimination Act

    Last published: 1 May 2014Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR has recommended that the Australian Government does not proceed with introducing the proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act.

    In a submission to the Attorney General on the proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act, ANTaR concludes that on balance there is no compelling reason to amend the Act.

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  • ANTaR Submission to the Attorney General on the Freedom of Speech Exposure Draft

    Last published: 30 April 2014Author: ANTaR

    In this submission, ANTaR comments on the proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act, in particular the repeal of section 18C, along with 18B, 18D and 18E. We raise serious concerns that the suggested changes will permit offensive, insulting and humiliating behaviour based on race and have the potential to lead to a less tolerant and less cohesive society. 

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  • Changes to the Racial Discrimination Act could lead to disharmony

    Last published: 26 March 2014Author: ANTaR
    ANTaR today expressed serious concern about the governments proposed changes to the RDA, saying they could lead to a less tolerant and harmonious country.   
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  • ANTaR supporters remind the Government that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Equality is a National Priority

    Last published: 20 March 2014Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR supporters will join the expected 150,000 people gathering around the country today to show their support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality on National Close the Gap Day.

    The Annual National Close the Gap Day Picnic at Prince Alfred Park, coordinated by ANTaR in partnership with Oxfam, will be one of the record 1250 events taking place across the country.

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  • Justice Targets are needed for action on Aboriginal Jobs and Education

    Last published: 3 March 2014Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR supports the calls made today by the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS) and the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples for the Governments of Australia to adopt Justice Targets.

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  • Close the Gap Progress and Priorities Report

    Last published: 12 February 2014Author: Close the Gap Campaign Steering Committee

    Close the Gap Progress and Priorities Report 2014

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  • Government must build on the Close the Gap platform

    Last published: 12 February 2014Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR has today welcomed the delivery of closing the gap report by the Prime Minister and called for strong action to build on a nationally coordinated effort to Close the Gap.

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  • ANTaR National Director

    Last published: 16 January 2014Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR is excited to announce the appointment of Andrew Meehan as the new National Director after a recruitment process that attracted a very strong field of candidates for the position.
     

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  • Assistant Campaigns Offficer Position Description

    Last published: 14 January 2014Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR is seeking an Assistant Campaigns Officer to join our team on a part-time, short-term contract. The Assistant Campaigns Officer will assist in the coordination of campaign activity relating to our three key campaigns - constitutional recognition, justice and health equality.

     

    The person we are looking for will have experience in campaigning and event management, will be committed to the realisation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples rights and will be available for an immediate start.

     

    Click the read button to the right to download the position description.

     

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

     

    Shortlisted candidates will be required for an interview on Thursday 30 January 2014. 

     

    Should you have any queries contact Jane Powles on 92800060

     

    Applications must address the selection criteria and be sent to ANTaR Acting National Director Jane Powles  at [email protected], by 5pm on Monday 27 January 2014.

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  • Cuts to Aboriginal Legal Services will undermine action on Aboriginal jobs and education

    Last published: 17 December 2013Author: ANTaR

    The proposed defunding of the peak body for Aboriginal Legal Services would undermine the Abbott Government’s efforts to improve education and employment for Aboriginal people, according to ANTaR.
     
    ANTaR National Director, Gary Highland said that defunding the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS) would lead to more Aboriginal people going to prison and undermine efforts to improve Aboriginal community safety.

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  • 2013 Annual Report

    Last published: 27 November 2013

    Download our Annual Report for 2012-13

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  • Finance Officer - Position Description

    Last published: 26 November 2013Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR is seeking a part time Finance Officer to assist the National Director with the day-to-day financial management of the organisation.

     

    Click the read button to the right to download the position description. 

     

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

     

    For further information contact Gary Highland:  [email protected] phone: 0418 476 940

     

    Applications should address the selection criteria and be sent to ANTaR National Director, Gary Highland care of [email protected] by Friday 13 December 2013.

     

    Shortlisted candidates will be required for an interview on Tuesday 17 December 2013.

     

    This is a permanent, 2 days per week position based in Sydney

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  • Incoming government brief prepared by the Close the Gap Steering Committee.

    Last published: 28 August 2013Author: Close the Gap Campaign Committee

    The Close the Gap Campaign Committee have released their briefing paper, calling for an incoming government to priortise a renewed COAG National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap and action on the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan to ensure progress on closing the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other Australians.

     

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  • Call for incoming government to commit to Close the Gap

    Last published: 28 August 2013Author: Close the Gap Campaign Steering Committee

    The Close the Gap Campaign Committee have released their briefing paper, calling for an incoming government to priortise a renewed COAG National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap and action on the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan to ensure progress on closing the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other Australians.

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  • Joint Select Committee on the Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples Progress Report

    Last published: 1 August 2013Author: Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

    This progress report by the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples provides an overview of recent developments, reflects on the roundtable discussion that took place on the 30th April 2013  with key stakeholders including ANTaR's National Director Gary Highland and discusses the committees role in the next steps towards Constitutional Recognition.

     

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  • Submission to the Northern Territory Government on the Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Bill 2013

    Last published: 1 August 2013Author: ANTaR NT

    In this submission ANTaR argues that the Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Bill 2013 fails in multiple ways to constitute an appropriate, evidence-based response to the need to address the unacceptably high numbers of chronically alcohol dependent adults in the Northern Territory.

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  • Spread the Word

    Last published: 7 June 2013Author: ANTaR

    At its heart, Constitutional recognition goes to our values as a nation – how should we reflect the history, culturesand continuing contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our defining document? How do we articulate the standards of equality, non-discrimination and inclusiveness to which we aspire.

    The lessons learnt from successful referendums is that political support across all parties is important, and that awareness and ownership by the Australian people is essential.

    Our political leaders are partners and collaborators in this historic move towards unity.

    The path to success now requires reaching the hearts and minds of the Australian people.  

    Help us grow the movement with our spread the word flyer

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  • Federal Budget: Aboriginal Health funding welcomed but Closing the Gap still under threat

    Last published: 17 May 2013Author: ANTaR

    Last night’s budget maintained the Federal Government’s commitment to close the 10-17 year life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.

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  • Ian Thorpe Open Letter

    Last published: 14 May 2013Author: Close The Gap

    In an open letter Close the Gap patron Ian Thorpe called for all state and territory governments to contribute their fair share and commit to renewing the ‘National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health Outcomes’.

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  • Submission to Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Round Table

    Last published: 6 May 2013Author: ANTaR

    In this submission we commend the Expert Panel’s processes and report to the Committee suggesting that the recommendations of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians should form the basis of any constitutional amendment put to the Australian people at a referendum.

     

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  • Senate Inquiry into the value of a Justice Reinvestment approach to criminal justice in Australia

    Last published: 1 March 2013Author: ANTaR

    In this submission ANTaR discusses the unacceptable over representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our prison system and the drivers of this imprisonment rate. We raise serious questions about the economic and social cost of imprisonment in the face of what appears to be an ineffective measure to reduce crime and make safer communities. We put forward Justice Reinvestment as a positive policy solution, defining this approach and the purported economic and social benefits of reinvesting justice funds using examples in the US and the UK to support these claims. We support the recommendations put forward by the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services to progress the implementation of a justice reinvestment approach in Australia.

     

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  • National Director - Position Description

    Last published: 20 February 2013

    ANTaR is seeking a new National Director to provide leadership and management expertise to assist it to achieve justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

     

    Click the read button to the right to download the position description. 

     

    For further information contact Gary Highland:  [email protected] phone: 0418 476 940

     

    Applications should address the selection criteria and be sent to ANTaR National President Dr Peter Lewis care of the above email, by Monday 9 December 2013.

     

    Shortlisted candidates will be required for an interview on Thursday 12 December 2013.

     

    The position is based in Sydney.

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  • Unity and goodwill must be maintained until polling day

    Last published: 13 February 2013Author: ANTaR

    Marking the fifth anniversary of the historic National Apology, ANTaR welcomes the passage of the Act of Recognition as another important act of reconciliation and an expression of goodwill by the Parliament to lead the journey ahead.

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  • Close the Gap Shadow Report 2013

    Last published: 6 February 2013Author: Close the Gap Campaign Steering Committee

    Close the Gap Shadow Report 2013

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  • ANTaR submission to Inquiry into Native Title Amendment Bill 2012

    Last published: 4 February 2013Author: ANTaR

    In this submission, we focus on the procedural and technical amendments contained in the
    Bill. In our separate submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee inquiry
    into the Bill and future reform of the native title system, we highlight the need for more farreaching
    reforms as an urgent priority.

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  • Opening Statement to the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

    Last published: 22 January 2013Author: ANTaR

    Jacqui Phillips appeared before the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples at their Sydney hearing today.

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  • Strategic Plan

    Last published: 1 January 2013

    ANTaR Strategic Plan 2013 - 2015

    Download ANTaR's current Stategic Plan which contains our vision and goals for the three years from 2013 to 2015.

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  • ANTaR Pre-Budget Submission 2013-14

    Last published: 21 December 2012Author: ANTaR National

     

    In this submission, ANTaR outlines key expenditure priorities for the 2013-14 Federal Budget. These recommendations are designed to promote community and economic development, advance human rights and address the disadvantage experienced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.

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  • ANTaR Submission to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Equality Plan

    Last published: 21 December 2012Author: ANTaR National

    This submission is intended to complement the Close the Gap Steering Committee submission. It includes some brief comments on the Health Plan Discussion Paper before emphasising some additional priorities that should be addressed in the Health Plan. Due to capacity constraints, we engage principally with the areas that are within ANTaR’s current strategic agenda. 

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  • Submission to Inquiry into Draft Act of Recognition

    Last published: 21 December 2012Author: ANTaR National

    In this submission, ANTaR comments on the draft Act of Recognition being considered by the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. While we welcome this next step on the road to referendum, we urge all Parliamentarians to remain focused on the end goal and ensure the Act of Recognition expresses their support for meaningful and substantive reform.

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  • Bill of recognition marks next step on the road to referendum

    Last published: 28 November 2012Author: ANTaR

    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.

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  • Senate inquiry to explore smarter approach to crime

    Last published: 27 November 2012Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR welcomes the passage of a motion for a parliamentary inquiry into Justice Reinvestment as a milestone in the campaign to reduce Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander imprisonment rates.

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  • 2012 Annual Report

    Last published: 1 November 2012Author: ANTaR

    Download our Annual Report for 2011-12

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  • ANTaR backs call for Justice Reinvestment inquiry

    Last published: 30 October 2012

    ANTaR supports the call for a parliamentary inquiry to explore the potential for Justice
    Reinvestment to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
    people in prisons and create safer communities.

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  • ANTaR Rights Stuff 2012/13 Product Catalogue

    Last published: 18 October 2012

    ANTaR's Rights Stuff Program works to generate economic, cultural and social benefits for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by offering a range of vibrant and thoughtful products.

    In doing so, ANTaR actively promotes a more just and equitable Australia.

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  • Comment on Native Title Amendment Bill 2012 Exposure Draft

    Last published: 1 October 2012Author: ANTaR

    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).

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  • Another step forward but keep end goal in sight

    Last published: 20 September 2012Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR welcomes today’s commitment to passage of an Act of Recognition as a step on the road to Constitutional Recognition of Australia’s First Peoples, but insists that the end goal must remain firmly in sight.

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  • Joint Media Release: Coronial report highlights systemic flaws

    Last published: 19 September 2012Author: ANTaR

    Responding to the release of the coronial report into the death of Kwementyaye Briscoe, ANTaR and the National Police Accountability Network highlight the need for major changes to prevent future deaths in custody.

     

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  • ANTaR backs call for urgent action on languages

    Last published: 17 September 2012Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR has today welcomed the release of a Parliamentary Report recommending urgent national action to preserve, maintain and revitalise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.

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  • Paul Keating's Redfern speech

    Last published: 6 September 2012

    Redfern Speech (Year for the World's Indigenous People) – Delivered in Redfern Park by Prime Minister Paul Keating, 10 December 1992.

     

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  • 20 years since Mabo: The Facts on Native Title

    Last published: 23 August 2012

    Wondering what the impact of Native Title has been 20 years on?

    Read our fact sheet 20 years since Mabo: The Facts on Native Title

     

     

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  • Stronger Futures defies Aboriginal community aspirations

    Last published: 29 June 2012Author: ANTaR

    “The passage of the Stronger Futures bills through Parliament defies the aspirations of Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory for more control over their lives and represents a  failure of political leadership”, said Ms Jacqueline Phillips, National Director of ANTaR.

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  • ANTaR urges all Australians to “talk recognition”

    Last published: 31 May 2012Author: ANTaR

    This National Reconciliation Week, Australia marks two historic anniversaries - 45 years since the 1967 referendum and 20 years since the Mabo decision. To mark this year’s theme, ANTaR urges all Australians to reflect on the importance of recognising the First Peoples in our nation’s founding document. 

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  • 8 ways to take action for Constitutional change

    Last published: 12 May 2012

    8 ways to get more involved and take action to support Constitutional change.

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  • Event hints and tips

    Last published: 12 May 2012

    Passionate about enshrining recognition and equality in our Constitution but don’t know where to start? Download these great ideas and helpful hints for organising your own events and activities.

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  • Budget delivers investment in remote communities

    Last published: 9 May 2012Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR has welcomed long-term funding delivered by the Budget for essential services in remote communities, along with new governance and leadership programs.

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  • Submission in Response to the Anti-Racism Strategy Discussion Paper

    Last published: 1 May 2012Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR welcomes the Government and the Australian Human Rights Commission’s commitment to the development and implementation of such a national anti-racism strategy. In this brief submission, we focus on a number of successful initiatives that have been used to prevent or reduce racism at the individual, community and institutional/ systemic level. We believe that any strategy to prevent and reduce racism must challenge popular myths by identifying and addressing the various forms and manifestations of racism that exist at all levels of society.  Such a campaign must move the discussion of racism beyond ‘accusations or denials of individual racism’/

     
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  • 33,000 Australians oppose Stronger Futures bills

    Last published: 20 March 2012Author: ANTaR

    The Stand For Freedom campaign, created by Our Generation in partnership with ANTaR, will on Wednesday deliver a petition to the Senate signed by 33,000 Australians. The petition urges the Australian Government to withdraw the controversial Stronger Futures legislation, expected to be debated in the Senate this week.

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  • Musicians join campaign against Stronger Futures

    Last published: 8 March 2012Author: ANTaR

    Earlier this week, Our Generation Media, in partnership with ANTaR, launched a major online campaign, Stand For Freedom, to demand the withdrawal of the controversial Stronger Futures legislation.

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  • Senate Committee approves Stronger Futures despite growing opposition

    Last published: 5 March 2012Author: ANTaR

    The Senate Committee charged with reviewing the Stronger Futures Bills has supported the passage of the controversial legislation despite widespread community concern about its coercive measures.

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  • New laws would entrench coercive measures for another ten years

    Last published: 28 February 2012Author: ANTaR

    The Stronger Futures legislation passed the House of Representatives yesterday, weeks before the completion of a Senate inquiry into the bills which would entrench coercive measures for a further 10 years

     

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  • Symbolic and practical actions must go hand in hand

    Last published: 15 February 2012Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR has today welcomed the Prime Minister’s recognition that practical and symbolic actions to advance reconciliation are “inextricably linked” and welcomes the announcement of funding to continue building community support for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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  • Submission to the Senate Community Affairs Committee Inquiry into Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Bill 2011 and two related bills

    Last published: 1 February 2012Author: ANTaR

    In this submission, ANTaR outlines a number of significant concerns about the Stronger Futures bills before Parliament and argues that, in order to achieve successful, long-lasting improvements to the health, safety and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, the Commonwealth Government must engage with the principles that lie at the heart of its international and domestic commitments: self-determination of Aboriginal peoples, community-led development and evidence-based policy.

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  • Close the Gap Shadow Report 2012

    Last published: 1 February 2012Author: Close the Gap Campaign Steering Committee

    Close the Gap Shadow Report 2012

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  • 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSY: TIME FOR CHANGE

    Last published: 26 January 2012Author: ANTaR

    On the 40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, ANTaR urges consideration of a more inclusive national holiday.

     

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  • Australia Day an opportunity to start rethinking the nation

    Last published: 25 January 2012Author: ANTaR

    This Australia Day, ANTaR urges all Australians to seize the opportunity in 2011 to participate in community debate about how best to recognise the unique place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our Constitution and our nation.

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  • An historic step towards recognition and equality

    Last published: 19 January 2012Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR congratulates the Expert Panel on its extensive community consultation and detailed report and endorses its recommendations for recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in Australia’s Constitution.

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  • Report of the Expert Panel on recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution

    Last published: 19 January 2012Author: Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians

    In 2011 the Expert Panel was tasked with reporting to Government on the options for constitutional change and approaches to a referendum that would be most likely to obtain widespread support across the Australian community. They engaged with fellow Australians in conversations that took place in communities, towns and cities across the country and which, gave the Panel invaluable insights into how people from many backgrounds and walks of life want to see their sense of nationhood and citizenship reflected in the Constitution.  This report outlines recommendations that includes substantive change to the Constitution, that recognises the true status of First Australians and that removes racial discrimination from the document.    

     

     

     

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  • Pre-Budget Submission 2012-13

    Last published: 1 January 2012Author: ANTaR

    In this submission, ANTaR outlines key expenditure priorities for the 2012-13 Federal Budget. These recommendations are designed to promote community and economic development, advance human rights and address the disadvantage experienced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

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  • Time to modernise our Constitution

    Last published: 18 December 2011Author: ANTaR

    Responding to media comments about proposed changes to the race power, ANTaR today urged all political parties to await the Expert Panel’s final Report in January before ruling out particular reform options.

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  • Missed opportunity to reset policy direction and relationships with NT communities

    Last published: 14 November 2011Author: ANTaR

    The Federal Government’s announcement today of plans to extend its intervention in the NT reflects a missed opportunity to build a genuine partnership with Aboriginal communities in planning for their future.

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  • Genuine partnership essential for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

    Last published: 3 November 2011Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR today welcomed the Government's commitment to work in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to develop a national plan to improve health equality.

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  • Human rights in the spotlight at CHOGM

    Last published: 25 October 2011Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR is concerned that security arrangements in place for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) are impacting disproportionately on Aboriginal people in Perth and will only exacerbate the crisis of over-imprisonment.

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  • Annual Report 2010-11

    Last published: 1 October 2011

    Download our Annual Report for 2010-11

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  • NRL Grand Final plants a hand for recognition

    Last published: 30 September 2011Author: ANTaR

    Reconciliation Australia and ANTaR are encouraging ‘footy fans’ at this Sunday’s NRL Grand Final to plant a hand to recognise the contributions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples make in sport—and the broader community.

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  • ANTaR welcomes Bolt decision

    Last published: 28 September 2011Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR has today welcomed today’s finding by the Federal Court that journalist and commentator Andrew Bolt breached the Racial Discrimination Act in articles published in 2009.

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  • Submission to the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition

    Last published: 11 September 2011

    Read ANTaR's submission to the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

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  • Support NT communities to shape their own development

    Last published: 8 September 2011Author: ANTaR

    Releasing its submission on the future of Northern Territory Aboriginal communities today, ANTaR calls on both major parties to learn from the international development experience and work with Aboriginal people to plan the transition from intervention to sustainable futures.

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  • Practical action needed now to address ‘national shame’ of Aboriginal imprisonment

    Last published: 8 September 2011Author: ANTaR

    Delivering the 25th Lionel Murphy lecture last night, the Attorney-General Robert McClelland acknowledged that over-imprisonment causes more crime than it prevents and affirmed the need for all governments to work together to address the social causes of crime.

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  • A Better Way: Building healthy, safe and sustainable communities in the Northern Territory through a community development approach

    Last published: 1 September 2011Author: ANTaR

    Informed by the failures of the existing policy settings, the paper argues for an alternative framework (‘A Better Way’) to create safe, healthy and sustainable communities through a community development approach. In making the case for such an approach, the paper draws on lessons from international development and the Harvard Project to highlight the connection between governance, empowerment, community development and economic development. Key principles which underpin a community development approach are then identified based on these lessons and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, endorsed by the Australian Government. The potential of a community development approach to create social, economic and cultural benefits in NT communities is then explored. Finally, the paper analyses the directions outlined in the Government’s Stronger Futures paper against community development principles. It makes a series of recommendations for a longer-term community development future for NT remote communities, drawing on the work and recommendations of a range of Aboriginal organisations and research bodies.

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  • ANTaR backs calls to support homeland communities

    Last published: 9 August 2011Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR supports Amnesty International Australia’s call for governments to support the right of Aboriginal people to live on their traditional homelands.

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  • Language Learning in Indigenous Communities Submission to the Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs

    Last published: 1 August 2011Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR notes that the Inquiry comes at a time when many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages are critically endangered.  Traditional languages provide speakers with a connection to their culture and their past, and a sense of identity and belonging. Conversely, language loss, and its resulting impact on culture and identity, has wide ranging implications for the health, economic opportunities and social welfare of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  The revitalisation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages is therefore closely connected with ANTaR’s efforts both to promote respect and affirmation for the rights and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and to advocate for practical measures to improve social, economic and health outcomes (such as the Close the Gap campaign). 

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  • Submission to Inquiry into the Native Title Amendment (Reform) Bill 2011

    Last published: 1 July 2011Author: ANTaR

    In this submission, ANTaR indicates its broad support for the overall objectives of the bill, to create a fairer native title system for recognising and adjudicating the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We encourage the Committee to ensure thorough consideration is given both to the overall objectives of the legislation and the specific measures proposed within it. While the submission notes that the Act could be improved to enable it to better achieve its objectives, ANTaR encourages this Committee to urge that the current Bill be used as a vehicle to make such improvements.

     

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  • Sorry Day: A reminder of unfinished business

    Last published: 26 May 2011Author: ANTaR

    National Sorry Day is a reminder of the personal pain and ongoing damage caused by our nation's failure to respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as equals.
     

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  • Report confirms reducing over-imprisonment is critical to close the gap

    Last published: 5 May 2011Author: ANTaR

    The National Director of ANTaR says a report released today confirms the urgent need for governments to reduce the disproportionate number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people being imprisoned.

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  • ANTaR Welcomes Elected Co-Chairs of National Congress

    Last published: 19 April 2011Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR has today congratulated Ms Jody Broun and Mr Les Malezer for their election as co-Chairs of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples.

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  • National Call to Action

    Last published: 15 April 2011

    Read ANTaR's National Call to Action, issued on the 20th anniversary of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody handing their Final Report to the Governor-General.

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  • Broad support for Call to Action to reduce Indigenous imprisonment

    Last published: 15 April 2011Author: ANTaR

    A wide range of community organisations have endorsed a Call to Action aimed at dramatically reducing the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our jails.

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  • People power must persist for Gap to Close

    Last published: 23 March 2011Author: ANTaR

    The National Director of ANTaR, Jacqueline Phillips, says the large gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in life expectancy and life opportunities will only close if the public pressure on politicians persists for many more years.

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  • Native Title reforms needed to create fairer and more sustainable system

    Last published: 22 March 2011Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR has welcomed the introduction yesterday by Greens Senator Rachel Siewert of a Private Members Bill to deliver improved outcomes for native title claimants.

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  • Barometer cause for optimism but we need to build trust

    Last published: 14 February 2011Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR is heartened by the findings in the most recent Reconciliation Barometer report that relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians are perceived to be improving and that this relationship is viewed as important by the majority of Australians.

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  • Social Justice Commissioner reports show governments the way forward

    Last published: 11 February 2011Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR welcomes the reports being launched this morning by the Social Justice Commissioner, Mr Mick Gooda, which offer government a roadmap to working more effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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  • ANTaR welcomes ongoing commitment to deliver on Closing the Gap targets

    Last published: 9 February 2011Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR has welcomed the Prime Minister’s release today of the third annual Closing the Gap report. Acknowledging its commitment to stay the course to close the gap in Indigenous life expectancy, ANTaR said that progress to date shows how essential it is for governments to sustain investment towards achieving these goals.

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  • Push for Budget surplus must not impede increasing investment in Closing the Gap

    Last published: 4 February 2011Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR has called on the federal Treasurer to make sure that necessary funding increases to address the unmet needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are not sacrificed in the push to quickly return the Budget to surplus.

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  • Close the Gap Shadow Report 2011

    Last published: 1 February 2011Author: Close the Gap Campaign Steering Committee

    Close the Gap Shadow Report 2011

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  • Inquiry into Indigenous economic development in Queensland and review of the Wild Rivers (Environmental Management) Bill 2010

    Last published: 1 February 2011Author: ANTaR

    In this submission, ANTaR emphasises the central importance of enabling Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to have a genuine and ongoing say on and involvement in the development and implementation of policies, programs and laws which directly affect them. This is required by the right to  free, prior and informed consent contained in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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  • ANTaR Welcomes Coalition Openness on Constitutional Recognition

    Last published: 28 January 2011Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR today welcomed the comments of Ken Wyatt, the Coalition’s representative on the Expert Panel looking into Constitutional Recognition for Australia’s First Peoples, that his party would be open to considering recognition beyond a mere change to the Constitutions’ preamble.

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  • ANTaR pays tribute to Pete Postlethwaite’s support for Aboriginal reconciliation

    Last published: 4 January 2011Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR wishes to add its voice to the many tributes being paid to Pete Postlethwaite following the death of the British actor.

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  • Submission to Inquiry into the high level of involvement of Indigenous juveniles and young adults in the criminal justice system

    Last published: 1 January 2011Author: ANTaR

    In this submission, ANTaR makes a series of recommendations designed to achieve a reduction in the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in custody and build the strength and capacity of local communities, including a national justice reinvestment approach.

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  • A Better Way: Success Stories in Aboriginal Community Control in the Northern Territory

    Last published: 1 January 2011Author: ANTaR

    Showcasing Success Stories in Aboriginal Community Control in the Northern Territory

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  • ANTaR, Submission to Federal Budget 2011-12

    Last published: 1 January 2011Author: ANTaR

    In this submission, ANTaR outlines key priorities for the 2011-12 Federal Budget. The funding and expenditure recommendations in this submission are designed to address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage, promote community and economic development and advance human rights.

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  • Expert Panel announcement an important step on the road to Reconciliation

    Last published: 23 December 2010Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR has welcomed the Federal Government's announcement of an expert panel to help progress the Constitutional Recognition of Australia's First Peoples.

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  • Submission to the Draft Indigenous Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan

    Last published: 1 December 2010Author: ANTaR

    In this submission, ANTaR responds to the draft strategy by focussing on a number of priority issues, including: the relationship between human rights and economic development; resetting relationships: the need for genuine partnership with Indigenous communities; the importance of a community development approach to Indigenous economic development; the relationship between governance and economic development; the relationship between native title, land rights and economic development; the potential for an expanded role for the non-profit sector in Indigenous economic development; and learning from and building on success stories. 

     

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  • Are we there yet? A Reconciliation Progress Report 2010

    Last published: 1 November 2010Author: ANTaR

    This Reconciliation Progress Report assesses progress in the ten years since the December 2000 Final Report of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation. The report calls on governments to advance their commitment to ‘resetting’ the relationship with Indigenous Australians by developing a clear reconciliation agenda. It makes a number of recommendations aimed at resetting relationships, respecting rights and resourcing reconciliation activities and groups. These include a proposed process for negotiated agreement-making, a broad and consultative constitutional reform process and a plan to close the Indigenous health gap.

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  • Submission to Native Title Leading Practice Agreements and Tax Reform Discussion Papers

    Last published: 1 November 2010Author: ANTaR

    In this submission, ANTaR responds to options proposed in the Leading Practice Discussion Paper relating to governance, the new statutory function and the leading practice toolkit. The paper also considers three reform options designed to clarify the tax status of native title payments including an income tax exemption, a new tax exempt vehicle and a native title withholding tax. The paper also discusses the use of deductible gift recipient categories to deliver benefits for communities, ‘consistent with the Government’s commitment to closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage’.

     

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  • Aboriginal community organisations show governments A Better Way

    Last published: 26 October 2010Author: ANTaR

    Launching A Better Way: Success stories in Aboriginal community-control in the Northern Territory in Darwin today, ANTaR calls on governments to empower Aboriginal organisations and communities to drive solutions to the challenges they face.

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  • ANTaR launch: ‘A Better Way: Success stories in Aboriginal community control in the NT’

    Last published: 22 October 2010Author: ANTaR

    Community-control and genuine engagement must at the heart of a long-term sustainable community development strategy if governments are to partner effectively with Aboriginal people and successfully respond to the challenges facing Northern Territory communities.

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  • Annual Report 2009-10

    Last published: 1 October 2010

    Download our Annual Report for 2009-10

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  • Opinion Piece: Aboriginal health restored to its proper priority

    Last published: 16 September 2010Author: ANTaR

    The Prime Minister’s announcement of her new Ministry last Saturday provoked an anxious response from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector. Without explanation, the Indigenous Health Ministry had dropped off the list.

    The sector was left wondering whether this signaled a downgrade in the priority accorded to Aboriginal health under the new Gillard Government.

    A number of organisations, including ANTaR, publicly expressed their concerns about this change and the shift it seemed to signal.

     

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  • ANTaR welcomes change of heart on Indigenous Health Minister

    Last published: 14 September 2010Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR is delighted that the Prime Minister has decided to retain The Hon Warren Snowdon MP as dedicated Indigenous Health Minister to work in collaboration with the Health Minister, Nicola Roxon.

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  • Indigenous health must remain key focus

    Last published: 13 September 2010Author: ANTaR

    Responding to the announcement of the new Labor Government Ministry, ANTaR has expressed concern at the loss of a dedicated minister for Indigenous health.

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  • ANTaR welcomes renewed focus on Indigenous Australia

    Last published: 8 September 2010Author: ANTaR

    Welcoming the formation of the new Government, ANTaR hopes that minority Government will lead to better outcomes for Indigenous Australians, wherever they live.

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  • Wyatt’s victory an historic result

    Last published: 1 September 2010Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR congratulates Professor Ken Wyatt AM on becoming the first Indigenous person to be elected to the Federal House of Representatives after claiming the seat of Hasluck.

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  • Election 2010: Towards justice, rights and reconciliation?

    Last published: 1 September 2010Author: ANTaR

    In this Election Analysis, ANTaR argues that Indigenous issues scarcely rated a mention until the release of Indigenous election statements late in the campaign, which received limited media coverage. Due to the lateness of their release, Aboriginal people in many remote areas had started voting well before the major parties’ policies on Indigenous issues were known. The highlight of the campaign was the affirmation by all major parties of their support for constitutional recognition of Indigenous peoples with firm steps towards its achievement proposed. ANTaR warmly welcomed these commitments.

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  • Success Stories in Indigenous Health - A showcase of successful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health projects

    Last published: 1 September 2010Author: ANTaR

    Success Stories in Indigenous Health -  A showcase of successful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health projects was released in 2007, in the early days of the Close the Gap campaign, to demonstrate that positive change was possible in the area of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

     

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  • NRL shows leadership to Close the Gap

    Last published: 20 August 2010Author: ANTaR

    As the NRL’s Close the Gap round kicks off this weekend, ANTaR congratulates the code for walking the talk to achieve health equality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

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  • Constitutional commitments a highlight in election campaign with little focus on Indigenous issues

    Last published: 19 August 2010Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR’s election analysis, released today, concludes that the cross-party commitment to constitutional reform to recognise Indigenous peoples was the highlight of a campaign which otherwise largely overlooked Indigenous Australians.

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  • ANTaR welcomes the Coalition’s commitment to Constitutional recognition of First Australians

    Last published: 10 August 2010Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR welcomes the Coalition’s commitment to recognise Indigenous people in the preamble of the Australian Constitution.

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  • ANTaR welcomes Greens ‘Justice Reinvestment’ initiative

    Last published: 5 August 2010Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR welcomes the Greens launch today of its ‘Justice Reinvestment’ initiative and challenges all major parties to commit to the national rollout of Justice Reinvestment strategies in cooperation with State and Territory Governments.

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  • ANTaR Election Priorities 2010

    Last published: 1 August 2010Author: ANTaR

    In this paper, ANTaR outlines key policy priorities affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and calls on all parties to commit to reforms, programs and funding designed to advance justice, rights and reconciliation.

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  • Constitution Day call for election commitment to reform

    Last published: 9 July 2010Author: ANTaR

    On National Constitution Day, ANTaR calls on all major parties to make an election commitment to seek reform of the Australian Constitution to recognise the specific status and rights of Indigenous peoples.

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  • Submission to Inquiry into the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Bill 2010 and the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2010

    Last published: 1 July 2010Author: ANTaR

    In this submission, ANTaR indicates its support for an effective human rights parliamentary scrutiny committee, and makes a number of recommendations to ensure the effectiveness of this committee. In particular, the submission argues that, for the sake of clarity, the UN Declaration should be included as a relevant international instrument or scheduled as an interpretive tool to provide a comprehensive statement of Australia’s human rights obligations to Indigenous peoples for consideration by the Joint Committee. 

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  • Intervention changes fail to deliver required reform

    Last published: 22 June 2010Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR has today cautiously welcomed improved protections against racial discrimination in the Northern Territory but argues there is a long way to go in the transition from intervention to sustained investment in community development.

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  • Opinion piece: Let Aboriginal communities have a say over Intervention

    Last published: 22 June 2010Author: ANTaR

    Three years on and the Northern Territory Intervention remains an unnecessarily blunt and coercive response to the complex social problems in remote Aboriginal communities.

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  • Close the Gap Partnership Paper 2010

    Last published: 1 June 2010Author: Close the Gap Campaign Steering Committee

    Genuine partnership exists when two or more parties join together to work toward a common goal; it is a process of shared decision making, of negotiated outcomes, and of mutual respect. It is an ongoing process, and one that requires sustained effort to maintain over time. At its heart, working in partnership means that both parties have genuine influence - not only in identifying issues and developing solutions, but also in determining the form of partnership.

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  • Comment on Draft Policy Outlines for New Model of Income Management

    Last published: 1 June 2010Author: ANTaR

    In this submission, ANTaR reiterates its opposition to the Government’s compulsory income management scheme and highlights concerns that it will affect broad categories of social security recipients, is not cost-effective and does not respect the rights and dignity of Indigenous or non-Indigenous social security recipients. The submission then analyses the draft guidelines and makes recommendations for change to ensure that the negative impacts of the policy are minimised.

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  • ANTaR welcomes new Indigenous body

    Last published: 3 May 2010Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR has today welcomed the establishment of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples as a significant development.

     

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  • Submission to Inquiry into NTER Legislation Amendments, including Welfare Reform and Reinstatement of the Racial Discrimination Act.

    Last published: 1 February 2010Author: ANTaR

    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.

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  • ANTaR Makes Australia Day Call for A Year of Re-commitment to Addressing the Unfinished Business of ‘Reconciliation’

    Last published: 22 January 2010Author: ANTaR

    Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR) called on governments and community organisations to revisit the reconciliation process and in particular address the unfinished business.

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  • Annual Report 2008-09

    Last published: 1 October 2009

    Download our Annual Report for 2008-09

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  • Annual Report 2007-08

    Last published: 1 January 2009

    Download our Annual Report for 2007-08

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