Category: Indigenous Affairs

Indigenous groups call for investigation into Scullion fund stoush | Australia news | The Guardian

Nigel Scullion has been accused of behaving ‘totally against the rules’.

Indigenous groups are calling for a full investigation into Nigel Scullion’s “totally inappropriate use of Aboriginal-earmarked funds”, following revelations that as minister he approved grants to NT lobby groups to argue against land claims.

Former NT Indigenous affairs minister, Dr Jak Ah Kit, told Guardian Australia the decision to fund these groups with money set aside for addressing Indigenous disadvantage was “totally immoral and totally against the normal rules that apply”.

via Indigenous groups call for investigation into Scullion fund stoush | Australia news | The Guardian

The Indigenous employment gap is widening and we don’t know how to fix it

Tony Abbott special envoy says Education comes first change their Culture and the Economics will follow. Surely Jobs and economic opportunity come first when families are concerned? Social Welfare and Churches have spent generations removing children for “education” and have accomplished nothing but successfully destroyed families and culture leaving many indigenous without opportunity impoverished and fully aware they aren’t equal in Australian eyes. Sending the Mad Monk as special envoy is fraught with danger for the indigenous not Abbott. (ODT)

The Closing the Gap framework sought to halve the employment gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, among other targets. But the employment target expired unmet this year.

In remote parts of Australia, the gap has actually widened since 2011.

Governments have relied on a series of employment programs to tackle the employment gap, but these have not yielded positive outcomes. Before the new program starts in 2019 we need more evidence of what does and doesn’t work.

There has been no robust evaluation of the last two employment programs. Evidence of what does work might help us finally start closing the gap.

via The Indigenous employment gap is widening and we don’t know how to fix it

Tony Abbott ‘not retiring’ and calls Peter Dutton a ‘reluctant challenger’ | Australia news | The Guardian

Former prime minister Tony Abbott

Insulting Indigenous Australia. If he’d been made special envoy to women there’d be an out cry. What about special envoy to the Muslim Community. What would that have done. This no step to Reconciliation at all. Let’s face it Indigenous Australia requested a special council established of their democratic choosing and were refused recognition. Instead they have been appointed Abbott. (ODT)

Labor’s shadow Indigenous affairs minister, Pat Dodson, said that Abbott had a track record that shows he is “ignorant, hopeless and frankly offensive” on Indigenous issues.

“The suggestion that Tony Abbott could act as some kind of messenger or representative for First Nations people is condescending to the overwhelming number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who support the calls for a voice to parliament and a Makarrata commission to oversee truth-telling and agreement-making – both of which Mr Abbott has not supported.”

 Tony Abbott ‘not retiring’ and calls Peter Dutton a ‘reluctant challenger’ | Australia news | The Guardian

Tony Abbott accepts job as special envoy on Indigenous affairs

Government’s institutional brutality (Part 1) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

‘Correctional Services’ is a euphemism often used in Australia. Don Dale Youth Centre revealed itself in time as a place of torture. The Centre had been built in 1991 to detain young male and female offenders from across the Northern Territory. It provided ‘medium and high level’ detention, usually in single cells.

via Government’s institutional brutality (Part 1) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Uluru talks: Indigenous Australians reject ‘symbolic’ recognition in favour of treaty | Australia news | The Guardian

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples say they will also push for constitutionally enshrined voice to parliament

Source: Uluru talks: Indigenous Australians reject ‘symbolic’ recognition in favour of treaty | Australia news | The Guardian

Poverty must stop being used as a political weapon to separate Indigenous families | Natalie Cromb | Opinion | The Guardian

The rate of Indigenous children being removed from has increased in the past 20 years and the government’s language is still far from reality

Source: Poverty must stop being used as a political weapon to separate Indigenous families | Natalie Cromb | Opinion | The Guardian

Cashless Cards And Rising Crime: An Intervention That Keeps On Giving – New Matilda

Facing electoral annihilation and media pressure, the Howard Government launched an unprecedented assault on Aboriginal rights and communities. A decade on, Senator Rachel Siewert says the federal government is still hiding behind its failures. I’ll never forget the day the Government announced the Northern Territory Intervention. It was a decade ago and I had beenMore

Source: Cashless Cards And Rising Crime: An Intervention That Keeps On Giving – New Matilda

Remote work-for-the-dole scheme ‘devastating Indigenous communities’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The Federal Government’s remote work-for-the-dole scheme is devastating Indigenous communities, with financial penalties causing insurmountable debt and social division, a report finds.

Source: Remote work-for-the-dole scheme ‘devastating Indigenous communities’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Treaty holds the key to robust environmental law – Eureka Street

When I read this week that Tony Abbott and John Howard will hear no talk of a Treaty with Aboriginal Australia, my first thought was ‘Who listens to these blokes from ancient political history?’ Abbott conceded that it is important to recognise Indigenous Australians were here first, ‘But once it goes beyond that I think you open up all sorts of other things.’ That is true, and those other things to be opened up are incredibly legally exciting and relevant to our times. By Bronwyn Lay

Source: Treaty holds the key to robust environmental law – Eureka Street

The advocate: On Stan Grant’s radical hope | The Monthly

Stan Grant strides towards me. It is easy to see why the television camera so loves his face. We meet at the plush Sofitel Hotel in Melbourne, where tea is poured from an elegant pot. Halfway through our conversation, the NSW honorary consul for Mongolia comes up for a chat. He seems in awe of Grant and tells him that his children are great fans: they’ve watched his speeches on YouTube. He thanks Grant for appearing on TV with him once. “Give my regards to President Elbegdorj,” Grant tells him.

Source: The advocate: On Stan Grant’s radical hope | The Monthly

Jet-setting, funding-cutting Tony – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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By Vanessa Kairies Watching the Abbott publicity machine in action this week has been sickening. Visiting cows in his freshly pressed suit was just the beginning. Clueless! Off he jetted to his annual ‘community visit”. “While I’m here” he thought, “I’ll visit Eddie Mabo’s grave site on Murray Island”. It was abhorrent. Eddie Koiki Mabo…

Source: Jet-setting, funding-cutting Tony – » The Australian Independent Media Network

WA Government Deregisters World’s Oldest Rock Art Collection As Sacred Site | newmatilda.com

The world’s oldest and largest collection of rock art – the Burrup Peninsula, or Murujuga, on the Dampier Archipelago – has been deregistered as a sacred site under new guidelines to the Western Australia’s weak Aboriginal heritage laws, which state there must be evidence of religious activity to qualify it as a ‘sacred site’. The change has led to questions about whether the art will be reinstated to the cultural heritage register following a successful Supreme Court decision that ruled against the WA government’s definition of a ‘sacred site’.

Source: WA Government Deregisters World’s Oldest Rock Art Collection As Sacred Site | newmatilda.com

Remote Communities

The connection which Aboriginal people have to the land is not simply a ‘lifestyle choice’, but rather its the very thing which connects us to our ancestors, land and culture. The unbelievable notion to close aboriginal communities in WA shows a complete disrespect for First Nation People.

We call on the Western Australian Government to reconsider this decision!

A national summit on Constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians meets in Sydney today, however Natalie Cromb says First Australians have grave reservations about this Abbott Government initiative.

Recognise and the Government agenda

87% of Indigenous people do not agree on recognition. You’d know if you listened