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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Indigenous advocate takes top job

Date posted: 24 January 2014

Oxfam policy advisor Andrew Meehan has been appointed as National Director of ANTaR - a national advocacy organisation dedicated specifically to the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Mr Meehan will come to ANTaR from Oxfam Australia, where he leads its Indigenous rights advocacy and policy. He will commence his role at ANTaR in May.

ANTaR National President Dr Peter Lewis, said Mr Meehan has a wealth of experience and passion for campaigning for Indigenous rights. He had played a central role in national campaigns for First Peoples' rights including Close the Gap, constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and an emerging national campaign to address the high incarceration rates. 

Mr Meehan will focus his attention to building a strong national movement, to support a better deal for Indigenous Australians. He said, 'We should not tolerate a health equality gap of up to 17 years, incarceration rates 14 times that of other Australians, exclusion from the Constitution, or the disadvantage across the board that our First Peoples face.'

Source: ProBono News 

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Last updated: 24 January 2014
 
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