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Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin announced the establishment of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Alliance during her opening address at Straight Talk 2010 on 9 March 2010. Straight Talk is organised by Oxfam Australia, and is a gathering of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, providing them with the opportunity to develop their understanding of the Australian political system and build relationships with women in Federal Parliament.
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Alliance will work closely with the national representative body for Indigenous people which will be formed early next year. The aim of the alliance is to allow Indigenous women from different parts of Australia to come together to discuss and influence change on major issues of importance to them and their communities.