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Submissions and Reports

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Critical to our advocacy is supporting the voice of First Nations people and their rights in submissions to the public inquiries of governments, parliaments, royal commissions and other public commissions.

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  • On 1 May 2021, Tasmanians will head to the polls to decide which party will hold state government for the next four years.  The State Liberal Premier, Peter Gutwein, has called the election a year early to try and take advantage of the apparent electoral benefit for incumbent governments handling the crisis of Covid-19. While there has been limited polling in the State over the last 12 months, there has been a significant tightening of the polls since the last poll in February this year… the outcome is much harder to predict now (and every vote counts). Paul Wright and Ashleigh ...
  • So unless you’ve been off the grid or in a bunker since January, the 2020 Budget has been offered up by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg last night (5 months late) with the historic backdrop being the cold, hard economic reality of living with a global pandemic. In May last year, the Treasurer guaranteed a surplus… now we are looking at nudging up over $1 trillion in public debt over the next few years.Our Budget analysis last year was underwhelmed (to say the least) with the Government’s response to the ongoing, significant needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples – with their...

Submissions

  • SUBMISSION: Territories Stolen Generations Redress Scheme

    Last published: 14 September 2021Author: Paul Wright, ANTaR National Director

    ANTaR commends the Federal Government for introducing the Stolen Generations Redress Scheme for the First Nations Peoples of the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory. Compensation for the generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, both children and their parents and families, is long overdue after the already all too slow formal Apology given in 2008.

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  • SUBMISSION: ACT Raising the minimum age of criminal responsibility

    Last published: 5 August 2021Author: Paul Wright, ANTaR National Director

    ANTaR commends the ACT Government for being the leading jurisdiction in Australia to pursue this legislative change. We appreciate the need to weigh up the best way to protect young children from adverse and damaging interaction with the justice system, and particularly incarceration and the need to continue serving and protecting the wider community.

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  • SUBMISSION: Beetaloo Basin

    Last published: 4 August 2021Author: Paul Wright, ANTaR National Director

    In this submission, ANTaR briefly recaps the environmental, social, cultural and economic objections commonly levelled against both Federal and Territory governments’ pursuit of this industry in the NT before addressing two specific concerns related to due process: adherence to all recommendations of the Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing in the Northern Territory 2018 Final Report; and recognition of the principle of informed prior consent to the Traditional Owners of the sites in question.

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  • SUBMISSION: PROTECTING FITZROY RIVER

    Last published: 1 May 2021Author: Paul Wright, ANTaR National Director

    Acknowledges the research and stakeholder consultations undertaken to date, sets out options to find a pathway to meet the twofold goal of protecting the Fitzroy River in WA, and supporting sustainable economic development in its catchment area. Includes concerned feedback from our First Nations partners and stakeholders, about some ‘serious absences’ in the Discussion Paper.

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  • SUBMISSION: INDIGENOUS VOICE PROCESS

    Last published: 6 April 2021Author: Paul Wright, ANTaR National Director

    Fundamentally, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples must have a Voice that speaks for their communities and that Voice must be heard in the chambers of Parliament Federally and in each State and Territory jurisdiction. The Voice must have agency, be respected for its authority and be quarantined from the political and financial undermining that have plagued previous national representative voices like the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) and more recently the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples.

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  • Submission: 2021 AHRC Native Title Report

    Last published: 3 March 2021Author: Paul Wright, ANTaR National Director

    This submission, to inform the Australian Human Rights Commission's Social Justice Commissioner in her preparation of the 2021 Native Title Report. The ANTaR submission covers: Accountability & Legislation; Heritage & Environmental Protection; and, Treaty & Truth as they relate to the Native Title space in Australia.

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  • Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia

    Last published: 31 July 2020Author: Paul Wright, ANTaR National Director

    This submission comments on: The interaction, of state indigenous heritage regulations with Commonwealth laws; The effectiveness and adequacy of state and federal laws in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage in each of the Australian
    jurisdictions; How Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage laws might be improved to guarantee the protection of culturally and historically significant sites; and related matters.

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  • Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

    Last published: 1 July 2020Author: Paul Wright, ANTaR National Director

    This submission comments on: The impact of systemic racism as evidenced by the disproportionate rates of incarceration. The need for solutions that are fundamentally conceived and led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that are consistent with Australia’s international human rights obligations and draws on the strength and resilience of First Nations culture. Australian governments need also take appropriate and urgent actions to protect the lives of Australians with disability, especially in the context of COVID-19.

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  • Submission on Native Title Legislation Amendment Bill 2019

    Last published: 3 December 2019Author: Paul Wright, ANTaR National Director

    This submissions advocates against proposed amedments to Native Title legistation in the following areas: De-registration of an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA); Commonwealth Intervention in native title proceedings; Amendments affecting RNTBCs and the CATSI Act – the power of the ORIC Registrar; Membership of PBCs and common law holders.

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  • Nationhood, National Identity and Democracy Submission to Senate

    Last published: 4 October 2019Author: Paul Wright, ANTaR National Director

    This submission comments on how the Uluru Statement from the Heart and it's pillars of Voice, Treaty and Truth interact with nationhood, national identity and democracy in Australia.

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  • Submission on Exposure Draft Native Title Reform

    Last published: 11 December 2018Author: Paul Wright, ANTaR National Director

    This submission comments on: Streamlining claims resolution and agreement-making processes; Supporting the capacity of native title holders through greater flexibility around internal decision-making; Increasing the transparency and accountability of prescribed bodies corporate (the corporations set up to manage native title) to the native title holders; Improving pathways for dispute resolution following a determination of native title; and Ensuring the validity of section 31 agreements in light of the Full Federal Court of Australia’s decision in McGlade v Native Title Registrar & Ors. [2017] FCAFC 10.

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  • Review of the Indigenous Legal Assistance Program (ILAP)

    Last published: 24 September 2018Author: Paul Wright, ANTaR National Director

    This submission by letter calls for the Indigenous Legal Assistance Program to: Start properly resourcing ATSILS; Map unmet legal need; and that NATSILS must be funded to expand.

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  • Submission to the ‘Refresh’ process of the Closing the Gap Strategy

    Last published: 1 April 2018Author: Paul Wright, ANTaR National Director

    This submission calls for the refresh of the Closing the Gap Strategy to be developed with the following principles in mind:

    Based on a genuine partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; the core commitments made in the 2008 Close the Gap Statement of Intent; and a human rights-based approach

    Commit the Federal, State and Territory governments to providing annual reports that give account to their specific responsibilities

    Retain the existing national targets, but with State and Territory level targets and the introduction of new targets in the areas of justice, disability and racism
    Be supported by a comprehensive plan that outlines roles, responsibilities, timeframes and resourcing.

     

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Election Scorecards

At times of state or federal elections in Australia ANTaR often asseses how well the policies political parties are putting to the electorate actually assist or impact First Nations peoples.