Newsletter date: 8 April 2013
* CAAMA: Money for Aboriginal disadvantage being chewed up by white bureaucrats!
* Emma Murphy, Green Left: NT minister blames welfare dependence for violence
* NITV News: Indigenous children to learn native language
* SBS Radionews Audio: Indigenous languages to be taught in NSW schools
* SBS Radionews Audio: Support for NSW school Indigenous language plan
* Darug Tribal Aboriginal Corporation - Language
* Greg Dickson, Fully (sic), Crikey: Creative Australia lends extra support to Indigenous languages, but is it enough?
* Background to the use of Aboriginal languages in NT schools
* NITV News: Indigenous expert welcomes Royal Commission
* Background: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander responses to Royal Commission into child sexual abuse
* The Stringer: Welfare payments quarantining for WA desert
* Tracker: Basics Cards for parts of WA Pilbara
* NIRS: Income management for WA communities
* Background to 'Stronger Futures' new NT Intervention laws
* Other articles
* CAAMA: MONEY FOR ABORIGINAL DISADVANTAGE BEING CHEWED UP BY WHITE BUREAUCRATS!
- Audio Interview
Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: Money for Aboriginal disadvantage being chewed up by white bureaucrats !
5 Apr 13: "Veteran Queensland Aboriginal rights campaigner Gracelyn Smallwood says that nothing will change for her people unless they are empowered through culturally safe, bilingual, community controlled programs. Professor Smallwood who has worked in nursing for nearly four decades says although billions of dollars has been put into closing the gap... most of the money has been spent on white administration...with only a quarter reaching the grass-roots level. Professor Smallwood chats with Paul Wiles."
* EMMA MURPHY, GREEN LEFT: NT MINISTER BLAMES WELFARE DEPENDENCE FOR VIOLENCE
- Analysis / Opinion
Green Left: NT minister blames welfare dependence for violence
6 Apr 13: "The Northern Territory women’s policy minister, Alison Anderson, told a gathering at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne that "domestic violence has reached a crisis point", the ABC reported on April 4. It is unclear when Anderson thinks this crisis started. Certainly it is not new. The 2007 Little Children are Sacred report, which the then Coalition government used to justify the NT intervention, found "combined effects of poor health, alcohol and drug abuse, unemployment … poor education and housing, and a general loss of identity and control have contributed to violence and sexual abuse in many forms"." By Emma Murphy
* NITV NEWS: INDIGENOUS CHILDREN TO LEARN NATIVE LANGUAGE
SBS World News: Indigenous children to learn native language
Source: Matthew Sadler, NITV News
6 Apr 13: "A new plan which aims to overhaul Indigenous affairs in New South Wales is working on keeping Indigenous children at school and providing stronger career prospects. OCHRE will focus on the link between learning Indigenous languages and improvements in other aspects of life. Professor Shane Houston from Sydney University says the new plan will help young Aboriginals to engage more effectively with schooling and the workplace. ... The new plan will see five of these, Gamilaraay, Gumbaynggir, Bundjalung, Paarkintji/Barkindji and Wiradjuri taught in schools."
* SBS RADIONEWS AUDIO: INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES TO BE TAUGHT IN NSW SCHOOLS
- Audio Interview
SBS Radionews Podcasts: Indigenous languages to be taught in NSW schools
By Hannah Sinclair
5 Apr 13: "Five endangered Aboriginal languages will be taught in New South Wales schools, in the hope that the strategy will help Indigenous students secure employment. The initiative will create so-called cultural nests in communities that will be chosen in consultation with Aboriginal peak organisations. The Ministerial Taskforce on Aboriginal Affairs found children who speak their native language are less likely to be involved with drugs and violence, and more likely to have promising futures. ... Victor Dominello told Hannah Sinclair language and identity are closely linked."
* SBS RADIONEWS AUDIO: SUPPORT FOR NSW SCHOOL INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE PLAN
SBS Radionews Podcasts: Support for NSW school Indigenous language plan
By Matthew Sadler
5 Apr 13: "Indigenous groups are welcoming a plan to teach endangered Indigenous languages in NSW schools. ... The teaching of five endangered languages in New South Wales schools is the focus of a new plan to overhaul Indigenous affairs in the state. The plan aims to keep Indigenous children at school and give them more concrete steps on a career path. Kristina Kukolja with this report by Matthew Sadler of NITV News. The new plan is being called OCHRE. It stands for Opportunity, Choice, Healing, Responsibility and Empowerment."
* DARUG TRIBAL ABORIGINAL CORPORATION - LANGUAGE
Darug Tribal Aboriginal Corporation - Language
"The Darug Language is the defining reference for the Darug people. Identification of the Darug Country is defined by the language usage of the people who lived in the Sydney Basin. Likewise other tribal groups are identified by their language usage. Click here for a list of place names with corresponding Darug language including translations. Take a look at The Rosetta Project. This site is great for recording languages."
Darug Tribal Aboriginal Corporation - Warami Wellamabami
"It's good to see you, where-ever you've come from. The Darug Tribal Aboriginal Corporation and the Darug People, welcome you to our website. This site is a resource for the preservation of the history, as well as the development of the future of the Darug People. We are in the process of building a website which we believe will become a vital asset to our People, as well as to anyone whom is interested in the Darug People the Darug Language and our Traditions. ... Yanu - Goodbye"
* GREG DICKSON, FULLY (SIC), CRIKEY: CREATIVE AUSTRALIA LENDS EXTRA SUPPORT TO INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES, BUT IS IT ENOUGH?
- Analysis / Opinion
Fully (sic), Crikey's language blog: Creative Australia lends extra support to Indigenous languages, but is it enough?
13 Mar 13: "The Federal Government’s new Creative Australia policy includes an announcement of nearly $14 million in new funding for Indigenous languages support, over four years. While it’s a welcome announcement, Greg Dickson isn’t quite jumping up and down about it. ... So while I, like many others who devote time and energy into supporting Indigenous languages, will appreciate this increase in funding, I believe it falls short of being afforded the label 'significant'." Greg Dickson
* BACKGROUND TO THE USE OF ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES IN NT SCHOOLS:
Last updated: 5 January 2013
* NITV NEWS: INDIGENOUS EXPERT WELCOMES ROYAL COMMISSION
SBS World News: Indigenous expert welcomes Royal Commission
Source: Malarndirri McCarthy, NITV News
4 Apr 13: "Indigenous expert, Professor Muriel Bamblett has welcomed Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse's call for information from previous reports on child abuse. Ms Bamblett, head of the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency, advocates for the rights of Indigenous children and hopes the calls prompt Aboriginal people to speak up to the Royal Commission. "I think we need to expose how bad it is that's impacted on Aboriginal people, we know there's an over represntation of women in the criminal justice system who have a history of being abused. ... " Ms Bamblett said."
* BACKGROUND: ABORIGINAL & TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER RESPONSES TO ROYAL COMMISSION INTO CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
Last updated: 8 February 2013
* THE STRINGER: WELFARE PAYMENTS QUARANTINING FOR WA DESERT
- News Analysis
The Stringer: Welfare payments quarantining for WA desert
4 Apr 13: "Aboriginal peoples in the Gibson Desert of Western Australia will be subjected to income management measures as the Federal Government continues its promise to expand income management. ... most of the communities where income management has been imposed, the State, Territory and Federal Governments have not invested funds in grafting in layers of community development, employment and adequate access to education and health and furthermore most of these towns and regions are still lacking the full suite of services and utilities that should be available to every Australian."
* TRACKER: BASICS CARDS FOR PARTS OF WA PILBARA
newsTracker: Basics Cards for parts of WA Pilbara
5 Apr 13: "From April 15 income management will be introduced to Laverton and the Ngaanyatjarra Lands. ... Compulsory income management has been used in remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory since 2007. Income management has also been introduced to the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands in South Australia and trial sites in Bankstown (NSW), Playford (South Australia), Shepparton (Victoria), and Rockhampton and Logan (Queensland). Last year, a preliminary evaluation of income management in the NT said it was a disempowering control measure ... "
- Related News
Australian: Indigenous income management extended
4 Apr 13: "ABOUT 2000 people living in the Western Desert's Ngaanyatjarra lands will join those in neighbouring remote South Australian Aboriginal lands under the federal government's income management scheme from Monday week. The program will be introduced in Ngaanyatjarra communities, as well as the West Australian Goldfields town of Laverton, following consultations with residents last October."
* NIRS: INCOME MANAGEMENT FOR WA COMMUNITIES
National Indigenous Radio Service: Income management for WA communities
5 Apr 13: "The Federal Government says it’ll introduce income management in Laverton and the Ngaanyatjarra Lands, including Kiwirrkurra, in Western Australia. The Government says the scheme will quarantine up to 70 per cent of a person’s welfare payments for essential goods and services."
- Related Audio
Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
5 Apr 13: "The Gillard Labor government is set to introduce income management into the Western Australian goldfields town of Laverton and the Ngaanyatjarra Lands, including Kiwirrkurra, to ensure welfare payments are spent in the best interests of children."
* BACKGROUND TO 'STRONGER FUTURES' NEW NT INTERVENTION LAWS:
Last updated: 24 March 2013
* OTHER ARTICLES:
- Audio Interviews
Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: NT Chief Minister wants to hear from the mob !
5 Apr 13: "The Northern Territory Chief Minister ADAM GILES has shared his vision for the creation of new industries which he believes will allow Aborignal people escape welfare dependency. Speaking on CAAMA Radio Mr Giles has urged communities to approach his Governmemnt with their ideas to help create jobs. The Chief Minister chats with Paul Wiles."
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