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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.  FCAFC 10.
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.
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.
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.