Since the Redfern Statement was released in June of last year pressure has been mounting on Prime Minister Macolm Turnbull to explain his stance on the future of Australia's First Peoples. The statement implores the federal government to support Aboriginal organisations and communities with more understanding for better results. It was created from the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples and signed by 17 organiations. On Tuesday these organisations met to witness the Turnbull receiving and acknowledging the Redfern Statement.
The statement includes restoring the $500 million to Indigenous affairs which was cut in 2014, redirecting money to address underlying causes of crime in order to push down the over representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australian prisons and creating a standalone department for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs. The statemente recalled the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, the Bringing them home Report and Reconciliation: Australia’s Challenge: the final report of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, all of which were largely ignored or poorly implemented.
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