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 Federal Government needs to recognise that our First Peoples facing the same struggles as they were 25 years ago. But this could also serve as an unprecedented nation-building opportunity to meaningfully address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage. We just need to see the will of our national leaders 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.