- Malcolm TurnbullPrime Minister
- Bill ShortenOpposition Leader
- Nigel ScullionIndigenous Affairs Minister
- Shayne NeumanShadow Indigenous Affairs Minister
- Rachel SiewertAustralian Greens spokesperson on Indigenous Affairs
- Richard Di NataleLeader of the Australian Greens
A more just approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs
In the last 25 years we have seen eight Federal election cycles come and go. Seven Prime Ministers, seven Ministers for Indigenous Affairs, countless speeches, policy changes, funding promises and cuts – all for the most marginalised people in Australia.
We have had countless national reports, Royal Commissions, Coroner and Social Justice Reports into the state of affairs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. These reports have made over 400 recommendations, most of which have either been partially implemented for short term periods or ignored altogether.
It's time to make a stand.
We have seen repeated emphasis that Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people need to have a genuine say in their own lives and decisions that affect their peoples and communities. This is the key to closing the gap in outcomes for the First Peoples of these lands and waters.
The next Federal Government of Australia will take power with our First Peoples facing the same struggles as they were 25 years ago. But this next Government also has an unprecedented nation-building opportunity to meaningfully address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage. They have the mandate to act.
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander leaders came together in June 2016 to announce the Redfern Statement - a powerful list of clear policy asks of our political leaders. Read the Redfern Statement in full.
It's time to support their call.
- Prime Minister
- Opposition Leader
- Indigenous Affairs Minister
- Shadow Indigenous Affairs Minister
- Australian Greens spokesperson on Indigenous Affairs
- Leader of the Australian Greens
Richard Di Natale
It’s time to address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage.
I stand here in support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and share their deep concerns.
In 2016, First Peoples continue to experience unacceptable disadvantage.
The challenges confronting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to be isolated to the margins of the national debate.
Federal Government policies continue to be made for and to, rather than with, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The transformative opportunities for Government action are yet to be grasped.
I urge you to respond to the policies outlined by Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander leaders in the Redfern Statement of June 2016.
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