Congress Disappointed with Closing the Gap Statistics but Offers a Way Forward by Implementation of the Redfern Statement

The ninth annual Closing the Gap report delivered in Parliament this week confirmed that there is a crisis in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs – six of the seven targets are not on track, and the divide between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and non-Indigenous Australians is widening in some areas. … To…

Aboriginal leaders seek new relationship with government through historic Redfern Statement

Aboriginal leaders seek new relationship with government through historic Redfern Statement Australia’s leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peaks will today demand a new relationship with government as they deliver the historic Redfern Statement direct to the Prime Minister at Parliament House. In the lead up to today’s 9th Closing the Gap Report to Parliament,…

Congress welcomes the appointment of new Social Justice Commissioner

The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples welcomes the appointment of June Oscar AO to the appointment of Social Justice Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission. “This appointment has been a long time coming,” said Mr Rod Little, Congress Co-Chair. “Whilst we have been waiting, the gap between health, education and justice outcomes has…

Congress urges the Queensland Government to drop its appeal of the Palm Island decision

The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples is staunchly opposed to the decision by the Queensland Attorney General’s Office to appeal last month’s federal court ruling that police unlawfully discriminated against the Palm Island’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents during a death in custody investigation and their handling of the subsequent riots in 2004……