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Petitioning Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten and 8 others

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.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Prime Minister
    Malcolm Turnbull
  • Opposition Leader
    Bill Shorten
  • Indigenous Affairs Minister
    Nigel Scullion
  • Shadow Indigenous Affairs Minister
    Shayne Neuman
  • Australian Greens spokesperson on Indigenous Affairs
    Rachel Siewert
  • Leader of the Australian Greens
    Richard Di Natale

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