Constitutional Recognition an Important Step Forward, But Not Enough

National Congress has made a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition calling for the implementation of the Statement from the Heart delivered at Uluru. Concrete action is needed to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities to decide the direction of our own lives. “National Congress strongly supports the…

National Congress calls on Governments to Increase Newstart Immediately

National Congress urges governments to immediately raise the single rate of Newstart, which has not increased in real terms in 24 years while the cost of living and essentials has risen dramatically. This disproportionately impacts Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as approximately 20% of First Peoples receive Newstart. A single person on Newstart Allowance…

National Congress Congratulates Andrea Mason on receiving an Order of Australia Medal

National Congress congratulates Ms Andrea Mason, former National Congress delegate, on receiving an Order of Australia medal in recognition of her services to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community of the Northern Territory. Ms Mason is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council, which supports more than 3000…

Jackie Huggins Humanitarian Scholarship Announced at LaTrobe University’s 10th Iftar Dinner

6th June 2018 The Jackie Huggins Humanitarian Scholarship was officially announced last night at LaTrobe University’s 10th Iftar Dinner in Melbourne, where National Congress Co-Chair Dr Jackie Huggins AM was a keynote speaker. The scholarship, jointly funded by the Islamic Council of Victoria and LaTrobe University, is for a refugee student to undertake tertiary education…

National Congress Advocates Against the Extension of the Cashless Debit Card Trial to Queensland

5th June 2018 Later this week National Congress Co-Chair Dr Jackie Huggins AM will participate in a panel discussion on Cashless Debit Cards (‘CDCs’) at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne, where she will advocate against the legislation introduced last week by the Federal Minister for Social Services, Dan Tehan, seeking to expand the Government’s CDC…

Australia Lags Behind World in Incarcerating 10 Year Old Children

1st June 2018 Australia is lagging far behind the rest of the world in incarcerating children as young as 10, according to a roundtable of experts including National Congress, with Shadow Assistant for Indigenous Affairs Senator Pat Dodson and Shadow Attorney General Mark Dreyfus in Canberra yesterday in Canberra. Representatives from the Australian Indigenous Doctors’…