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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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  • 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...
  • A Review of the Report from the NSW Independent Bushfire Inquiry.Paul Wright and Poppy SouthernWhat was the Inquiry? On 30 January 2020, New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian called for an Independent Inquiry into the unprecedented 2019-20 bush fire season to make recommendations in relation to bushfire preparedness and response and to report by 31 July 2020. The aim of the inquiry was to understand what occurred during the 2019-20 bushfires  and why it differed to seasons before in its size and intensity. It then made recommendations on how NSW needs to plan and...

Submissions

  • 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 to the NSW Bushfire Inquiry

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

    In this submission we support the development of future bushfire management practices should consider: The importance of engaging with First Nations Peoples in this inquiry and beyond; The value in using traditional and cultural fire management; and Understanding the vulnerability of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in high
    bushfire risk zones.

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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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