Submission to Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
Australia has been waiting for a long time now to have this issue addressed. The First Nations Peoples have been waiting for recognition for 230 years.Read(pdf 277.76 KB)
Extraordinary bad will in government rejection of Voice to Parliament
National advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights ANTaR, today expressed dismay at the Prime Minister’s outright rejection of the Referendum Council’s proposal for a First Peoples Voice to parliament.
National Director Andrew Meehan said that the Prime Minister had not stayed true to his promise of ‘doing things with Aboriginal people, not do things to them’ with this unilateral decision of him and his cabinet.Read(pdf 159.32 KB)
Uluru Statement from the Heart
The Statement From the Heart was made on the 26 May 2017 by delegates at the Referendum Convention at Uluru.Read(pdf 5.68 MB)
Statement presented by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander attendees following meeting held with the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader on Constitutional Recognition
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.Read(pdf 308.27 KB)
Opening Statement to the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
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.Read(pdf 129.99 KB)
Submission to Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
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.Read(pdf 145.54 KB)
Joint Select Committee on the Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples Progress Report
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.Read(pdf 1.03 MB)
Spread the Word
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 flyerRead(pdf 1.39 MB)
Submission to Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Round Table
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.Read(pdf 205.96 KB)
Submission to Inquiry into Draft Act of Recognition
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.Read(pdf 118.51 KB)
ANTaR urges all Australians to “talk recognition”
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.Read(pdf 75.54 KB)
8 ways to take action for Constitutional change
8 ways to get more involved and take action to support Constitutional change.Read(pdf 132.19 KB)
Event hints and tips
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.Read(pdf 210.23 KB)
Report of the Expert Panel on recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution
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.Read(pdf 14.35 MB)
Submission to the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition
Read ANTaR's submission to the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.Read(pdf 271.96 KB)
Referendum Council an opportunity to drive a clearer process towards constitutional recognitionArchive
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.Read(pdf 1.08 MB)
A week to respect and honour First Peoples spiritual and cultural connection to land and seaArchive
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.Read(pdf 76.77 KB)
Historic meeting agrees to engagement for constitutional recognition proposalArchive
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.Read(pdf 79.9 KB)
Report an important step towards a referendum to recognise First PeoplesArchive
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.Read(pdf 76.49 KB)
Recognition proposal must accord with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wishesArchive
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.Read(pdf 107.03 KB)
NGOs: clear path to a referendum held no later than 2016 is needed, racial non-discrimination must stayArchive
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.Read(pdf 37.31 KB)
Unity and goodwill must be maintained until polling dayArchive
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.Read(pdf 91.98 KB)
Opening Statement to the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PeoplesArchive
Jacqui Phillips appeared before the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples at their Sydney hearing today.Read(pdf 54.75 KB)
Bill of recognition marks next step on the road to referendumArchive
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.Read(pdf 86.64 KB)
Another step forward but keep end goal in sightArchive
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.Read(pdf 85.29 KB)
40TH ANNIVERSARY OF ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSY: TIME FOR CHANGEArchive
On the 40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, ANTaR urges consideration of a more inclusive national holiday.Read(pdf 49.53 KB)
Australia Day an opportunity to start rethinking the nationArchive
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.Read(pdf 59.45 KB)
An historic step towards recognition and equalityArchive
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.Read(pdf 43.53 KB)
Time to modernise our ConstitutionArchive
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.Read(pdf 41.75 KB)
NRL Grand Final plants a hand for recognitionArchive
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.Read(pdf 215.97 KB)
ANTaR Welcomes Coalition Openness on Constitutional RecognitionArchive
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.Read(pdf 48.84 KB)
Expert Panel announcement an important step on the road to ReconciliationArchive
ANTaR has welcomed the Federal Government's announcement of an expert panel to help progress the Constitutional Recognition of Australia's First Peoples.Read(pdf 44.88 KB)
Constitutional commitments a highlight in election campaign with little focus on Indigenous issuesArchive
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.Read(pdf 27.02 KB)
ANTaR welcomes the Coalition’s commitment to Constitutional recognition of First AustraliansArchive
ANTaR welcomes the Coalition’s commitment to recognise Indigenous people in the preamble of the Australian Constitution.Read(pdf 90.46 KB)
Constitution Day call for election commitment to reformArchive
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.Read(pdf 261.9 KB)