The Redfern Statement

This is a call for urgent Government action.

In the last 25 years, Australia has had seven Prime Ministers and seven different Ministers for Indigenous Affairs. With this has come countless policies, policy changes, funding promises and funding cuts - all for this country's most disenfranchised peoples.

"We stand here as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peak representative organisations with a deep concern:

that in 2016 First Peoples continue to experience unacceptable disadvantage;

that the challenges confronting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to be isolated to the margins of the national debate;

that Federal Government policies continue to be made for and to, rather than with, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; and

that the transformative opportunities for Government action are yet to be grasped. 

Stand with us to let this statement and call for Government action be heard and acted upon by our nation’s leaders."

Self-determination is key to Closing the Gap.

Below are three things you can do right now!!

  1. Read National Congress' full statement from June 9.
  2. Download a copy of the Redfern Statement.
  3. Sign the petition to support the Redfern Statement.