Newsletter date: 1 April 2015
* Audio: Natalie Whiting, ABC PM: SA Indigenous leaders seek urgent meeting over community closure concerns [Featuring Haydyn Bromley, SA Aboriginal Lands Trust & Tammy Franks, SA Greens MLC]
* Audio Interview: Karen Ashford, SBS News: Emergency summit held over SA Aboriginal community closures [Featuring Haydyn Bromley]
* News: ABC News: Indigenous elders meet at Port Augusta as federal funding cuts threaten to close remote communities [Featuring Elder Mima Smart]
* Video: NITV News - 30 March 2015: Threats to close Aboriginal homelands / remote communities in SA
* Video: NITV News: Remote Closures - SA Communities Call Emergency Summit to Fight 'Cultural Genocide'
* Poster: Stop the Forced Closure of Aboriginal Communities in Australia, facebook: "We would like to confirm that that 2nd National Call of Action will be held Friday 1st May 2015."
* Facebook: Stop the Forced Closure of Aboriginal Communities in Australia
* WGAR Background: Plans to close Aboriginal homelands / remote communities in WA and SA
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ABC PM: SA Indigenous leaders seek urgent meeting over community closure concerns
[Featuring Haydyn Bromley, SA Aboriginal Lands Trust & Tammy Franks, SA Greens MLC]
"Natalie Whiting reported this story on Monday, March 30, 2015 18:20:00"
30 Mar 15: "MARK COLVIN: Indigenous leaders in South Australia are calling for a guarantee that remote communities in the state won't close as a result of funding cuts. Crisis meetings were held in the state over the weekend, and leaders are calling for an urgent meeting with the State Government. The West Australian Government has suggested closing some communities as a result of Federal Government funding cuts. The South Australian Government says it's pushing the Commonwealth to change its decision, but Indigenous groups say the lack of a plan B is causing anxiety. In Adelaide, Natalie Whiting reports."
- Audio Interview
SBS News: Emergency summit held over SA Aboriginal community closures
31 Mar 15: "Leaders from remote Aboriginal communities in South Australia have held an emergency summit to try to stop funding cuts that could force the closure of their communities - a move they've labelled cultural genocide. Representatives from every regional and remote community in the state are uniting to call for a long term bilateral funding agreement between federal and state governments. Karen Ashford reports. ... The presiding member of South Australia Aboriginal Lands Trust, Haydyn Bromley describes it as a crisis. ... " By Karen Ashford, Adelaide-based reporter, SBS World News. Karen has expanded her repertoire to take in radio, television and online as an award-winning reporter, camerawoman, and producer in News and Current Affairs, with a strong affinity for indigenous affairs.
ABC News: Indigenous elders meet at Port Augusta as federal funding cuts threaten to close remote communities
28 Mar 15: "Aboriginal elders have gathered at Port Augusta in South Australia for a rare show of solidarity as their communities fight federal funding cuts they fear could close some outback towns. ... Elder Mima Smart is worried people will be forced to move from their homelands. She said, if that happened, there would be nowhere appropriate for Indigenous people to connect with their beliefs. "I want the people, the community people, to stay in the country," she said. "There will be no place for us to practice our culture." ... "
NITV News - 30 March 2015: Threats to close Aboriginal homelands / remote communities in SA
"Published on 30 March 2015 on NITV; Expires on 6 April 2015, 4:30pm."
[Ed. note: South Australia closures starts 10 minutes into the NITV News video.]
NITV News: Remote Closures - SA Communities Call Emergency Summit to Fight 'Cultural Genocide'
27 Mar 15: "Remote Aboriginal communities in South Australia are holding an emergency summit this weekend in a bid to stop funding cuts that could force the closure of communities, in a move labelled "cultural genocide". Representatives from every regional and remote community are uniting... to call for long term bilateral agreement between Federal and State governments. Karen Ashford reports."
Stop the Forced Closure of Aboriginal Communities in Australia, facebook
24 Mar 15: "We would like to confirm that that 2nd National Call of Action will be held Friday 1st May 2015. Actions will begin at 10am in the Kimberley but there will be other times for other states behind this and we will promote the information specific to the locations when confirmed. Any communities wishing to organise an action on this day, please contact us so that we can support you and provide resources. (contact details for official sites are on the image below)"
Stop the Forced Closure of Aboriginal Communities in Australia
WGAR Background: Plans to close Aboriginal homelands / remote communities in WA and SA
(last updated: 31 March 2015)
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