The ANA argued that an individual of “Aboriginal” heritage cannot be considered Australian because they believe “Australia” as a nation is fundamentally a creation of European origin.

According to their viewpoint, being recognized as an “Australian” is not a matter of residing within this territory; rather, it is intricately tied to the English-speaking European descent communities who settled this land, molding a distinctive cultural and ethnic identity. From their perspective, individuals of Asian, African, or Pacific Islander descent, while they may reside on this soil, can never genuinely identify as Australians. The ANA posits that our sense of identity is intrinsically linked to our historical background, culture, and ancestry.