Labor is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a unique place in our nation as Australia’s first peoples and as custodians of the oldest continuing cultures in the world.

Australia’s Constitution needs to change to recognise the history, language and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and reflect our nation’s fundamental belief in the importance of equality and non-discrimination.

Labor wants meaningful and substantive change, change that unites the nation and reflects the hopes and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Politicians don’t pass referendums; people do. That’s why Labor is working to build public support for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

We understand that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples experience particular disadvantage, evidenced by the gap in life expectancy, employment and education outcomes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians.

Ending more than 200 years of disadvantage among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is a goal Labor is committed to.

But the Liberal Government has cut funding for municipal and essential services in remote communities, for the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee and for the Indigenous and Remote Eye Health Service.

Over the past 40 years, Labor has fought alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for land rights, passed the Native Title Act and made an historic National Apology to the victims of the Stolen Generations.

Labor is committed to working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to achieve the change that they aspire to, for themselves and for their children, including Closing the Gap on Indigenous disadvantage in Australia.

 

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