Newsletter date: 14 March 2015
* News Analysis & Video: Heeni Brown, Maori Television: NZ MP's support Aboriginal protest over proposed closure of indigenous communities
* Audio Interview: Paul Wiles, CAAMA Radio: Going backward is the problem - Rosalie Kunoth Monks
* Audio Interview: CAAMA Radio: Support growing for for displaced community mob ... [Featuring Gerry Georgatos]
* Media Release: NAACHO: Closure of WA Aboriginal communities repeats historic failures
* News Analysis: NAACHO News: Will closing Aboriginal communities be detrimental to future health and wellbeing?
* Audio Interview: Sarah Martin, The Wire: Connection to country essential for Aboriginal culture [Featuring Glen Kelly, CEO, SWALSC]
* Analysis / Opinion: Joe Morrison NLC, SMH: Remote communities aren't a utopian lifestyle choice but they are good for our people
* Analysis / Opinion: Michelle Dunne Breen, The Conversation: For the real story on Indigenous Australia, social beats old media
* Analysis / Opinion: Corinne Grant, The Hoopla: Why Can't Black People Live More Like White People?
* Audio Interview: CAAMA Radio: PM's comments a bone for the right wing... Shadow Minister Shane Neumann
* Background: Helen Davidson, The Guardian: Explainer: the facts behind the outrage over Tony Abbott's Indigenous 'lifestyle choice' remarks
* WGAR Background: Plans to close Aboriginal homelands / remote communities in WA and SA
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WGAR News - Working Group for Aboriginal Rights (Australia)
- News Analysis & Video
Maori Television: NZ MP's support Aboriginal protest over proposed closure of indigenous communities
12 Mar 15: " ... Here in New Zealand, Tamaki Makaurau MP says he's not surprised with the Australian government's motives. Peeni Henare says, "If aboriginal communities are ripped from their communities, and look at us Maori, we're the example of people being ripped from their communities, they'll be lost. That's what'll happen to those in Australia if the Prime Minister there goes through with it." Here in New Zealand, the Maori Party says Maori politicians need to stand together on this issue and support the Aboriginal communities affected. ... " Heeni Brown, a graduate of Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Rangi Aniwaniwa and spent her first tertiary years at Auckland and Waikato universities studying Bachelors in Science and Maori. She also loves covering treaty settlements as she is fascinated by the details and stories in historical accounts.
- Audio Interview
CAAMA Radio: Going backward is the problem - Rosalie Kunoth Monks
11 Mar 15: "Respected Anmatjera/Arrente Elder Rosalie Kunoth Monks made a nation sit up and take notice when she made the comment "I am not the problem". Ms Kunoth Monks shares her thoughts on Prime Minister Tony Abbott's comment that taxpayers shouldn't have to fund the lifestyle choice of Aboriginal people." Paul Wiles
- Audio Interview
CAAMA Radio: Support growing for for displaced community mob ... [Featuring Gerry Georgatos]
12 Mar 15: "A Western Australian researcher and writer says the establishment of a refugee camp on Matagarup Heirisson Island for displaced Aboriginal people represents underlying issues in state affairs. Gerry Georgatos openly supports the refugee camp calling it a respite for the dispossessed and displaced Aboriginal Australians. and moving the self proclaimed refugees will not solve the problem."
- Media Release
NAACHO: Closure of WA Aboriginal communities repeats historic failures
12 Mar 15: " ... National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) Chairperson Matthew Cooke said the physical, emotional and spiritual health of Aboriginal people is tied to their connection to Country. Dispossession is one of the key reasons we have for the existing health gap between Aboriginal and other Australians.
"Time and again we see evidence showing that when you remove Aboriginal people from their land, they lose their sense of identity which has profound impacts on their health and wellbeing.
"Aboriginal people are suiciding at alarming rates, almost a third of Australia’s jail population is Aboriginal and as a People we can expect to die 10-17 years younger than other Australians.
"This is primarily due to the historic dispossession of Aboriginal people from their land, generations of racism and entrenched poverty and disadvantage. ...
Mr Cooke said he was astonished that the Federal government could talk about reconciliation and promote constitutional recognition for Aboriginal people whilst closing remote communities. ... "
- News Analysis
NAACHO News: Will closing Aboriginal communities be detrimental to future health and wellbeing?
13 Mar 15: "Closing small indigenous communities would increase fringe populations of "displaced and depressed Aboriginal people around towns", which "is likely to be extremely detrimental to their health and wellbeing and really costly for governments, both now and in the future"." Epidemiologist and child health expert Fiona Stanley, a former Australian of the Year
"It seems we are a long way off reconciliation if even our Prime Minister doesn’t know that Aboriginal people living on country is not a ‘lifestyle choice’ but an integral part of identity and culture." Matthew Cooke, the head of peak indigenous health group the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
- Audio Interview
The Wire: Connection to country essential for Aboriginal culture
12 Mar 15: "The news that some of WA's remote Aboriginal communities will be closed down has left people worried they will be disconnected from their ancestral land. Noongar people from South Western Australia experienced removal from their lands in the 1950s and have had to work hard to maintain connection to country and the direct link to their culture." Produced by Sarah Martin
"Featured in story: Glen Kelly, CEO of the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council"
- Analysis / Opinion
SMH: Remote communities aren't a utopian lifestyle choice but they are good for our people
Aborigines live in outstations to give their families a better chance of survival.
11 Mar 15: " ... These are places ... where services are increasingly sparse as government's retreat from fundamental obligations. But, whatever the vicissitudes of outstation living, they're healthy out there with potential. The evidence has been in for a long time now: Aboriginal people who live on outstations are much healthier than those who don't. That's a fact, Prime Minister. Real connection to country is not only culturally sustaining, it's good for people, and what could be wrong with that?" Joe Morrison, of Dagoman and Torres Strait Islander descent, chief executive of the Northern Land Council
- Analysis / Opinion
The Conversation: For the real story on Indigenous Australia, social beats old media
12 Mar 15: "Prime Minister Tony Abbott said earlier this week that the WA government’s plan to close up to 150 remote Indigenous communities is a good idea, ... His argument has since been demolished by Indigenous and other commentators, notably on social media. ... The Australian, ... has published two articles ... defending the policy and deriding any opposition to Abbott’s remarks. ... digital-only news site The Guardian Australia has provided a sharp contrast in its coverage of Indigenous affairs, as has a relaunched New Matilda under editor Chris Graham." Michelle Dunne Breen, Researcher and Lecturer in Journalism Practice at University of Canberra
- Analysis / Opinion
The Hoopla: Why Can't Black People Live More Like White People?
11 Mar 15: " ... Clearly, living wherever you want is for rich white people who can afford clever accountants to reap them enormous tax benefits and government handouts. To call Abbott’s comments old fashioned is too cute. To call him a colonialist is too polite. To label him as flat out racist is far more accurate. Abbott has little desire to protect or promote Indigenous Australians’ culture or heritage. In the last few months alone, Abbott declared Australia to be "nothing but bush" until the English arrived, and slashed funding to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal services. ... " By Corinne Grant, a stand-up comedian, MC, presenter, writer and broadcaster and has performed both nationally and internationally
- Audio Interview
CAAMA Radio: PM's comments a bone for the right wing... Shadow Minister Shane Neumann
11 Mar 15: "Prime Minister Tony Abbott has triggered a avalanche of criticism following his claim that taxpayers shouldn’t have to fund the lifestyle choice of Aboriginal people who choose to live in remote communities. The Shadow Minister for Aboriginal and Islander Affairs, Qld MP Shane Neumann is highly critical of the Prime Ministers comments and said they indicate that Mr Abbott has little understanding of connection to country."
The Guardian: Explainer: the facts behind the outrage over Tony Abbott's Indigenous 'lifestyle choice' remarks
12 Mar 15: "Australia’s PM says taxpayers should not ‘subsidise lifestyle choices’ of Indigenous communities living in remote rural areas. His remarks caused uproar, and here’s why ... What do Indigenous leaders say? Groups representing people in Fitzroy Crossing and 35 surrounding communities said they were "appalled" by the proposed closures, and that it was the "biggest threat to our people" since the 1960s, when the equal wage case saw Aboriginal people move off stations and into townships, resulting in devastating social impacts. ... " Helen Davidson, a reporter for Guardian Australia
WGAR Background: Plans to close Aboriginal homelands / remote communities in WA and SA
(last updated: 11 March 2015)
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