Newsletter date: 1 June 2015
* News Analysis: Claire Campbell, The Murray Valley Standard: Raukkan community short-changed
* Petition: Sr Michele Madigan, Chairperson Kaurna/ Narungga Elder Dr Alitya Rigney & Josephite SA Reconciliation Circle: Petition: Restore Funding Needed for South Australian Aboriginal Communities' Survival
* News Analysis: Michele Madigan, Sisters of Saint Joseph: Sorry Day - But Are We?
* WGAR Background: Aboriginal Peoples and the impact of the Federal Budget
* WGAR Background: Plans to close Aboriginal homelands / remote communities in WA and SA (and NT?)
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WGAR News - Working Group for Aboriginal Rights (Australia)
- News Analysis
The Murray Valley Standard: Raukkan community short-changed
28 May 15: "Raukkan is a proud Ngarrindjeri community on the banks of Lake Alexandrina, whose historical church takes pride of place on the Australian $50 note. But the town’s jobs, education initiatives and health services are now under threat. Individual Aboriginal communities in South Australia have received less than 10 per cent of the funding they need, with most of the $4.9 billion Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) funds allocated to non-indigenous organisations. Raukkan manager Clyde Rigney Senior said the community only received 7pc of the IAS funding it applied for: ... " By Claire Campbell
Petition: Restore Funding Needed for SA Aboriginal Communities' Survival
Sisters of Saint Joseph: http://www.sosj.org.au/news-events/view_article.cfm?id=2413&loadref=7
14 May 15: "How can SA Aboriginal Communities remain open with 90% slashed off the required funding? This is the question that needs asking of the Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion who has repeatedly said of late that he ‘has no intention of closing Aboriginal Communities.’
No organisation, no small business and certainly no Community can stay open when it loses most of its income! SA Aboriginal Communities have been successfully running essential and effective programs for years providing opportunities for training, support, activities for children and youth, employment for local people, and many other types of community programs designed and run for the Communities by the Communities. With no funds for programs and administration /governance, how can Communities remain open? ...
Sign the petition below to restore the IAS [Indigenous Advancement Strategy] funding that South Australian Aboriginal communities require to stay open and sustainable. ... "
Sr Michele Madigan, Chairperson Kaurna/ Narungga Elder Dr Alitya Rigney & Josephite SA Reconciliation Circle
- News Analysis
Sisters of Saint Joseph: Sorry Day - But Are We?
26 May 15: " ... Raukkan is just one of the South Australian Aboriginal communities which heard in late March of the upcoming cuts under the IAS [Indigenous Advancement Strategy]. The people are shocked funds have been diverted to well endowed organisations including the AFL.‘There’s been an assumption we don’t know how to manage our own issues.’ ... The Yalata Community CEO concluded from a meeting with the Federal Aboriginal Minister in April and after the IAS cuts were announced: "It was quite clear that the impacts and consequences of the decisions, they hadn’t anticipated, they hadn’t foreseen." ... " Sr Michele Madigan
About Us - Sisters of Saint Joseph
" ... We are about 886 Sisters living and ministering throughout Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Peru, East Timor, Scotland and Brazil. ... We were founded in Penola, South Australia in 1866 by an Australian woman Mary MacKillop, and an English priest Reverend Julian E Tenison Woods. ... "
WGAR Background: Aboriginal Peoples and the impact of the Federal Budget
(last updated: 29 May 2015)
WGAR Background: Plans to close Aboriginal homelands / remote communities in WA and SA (and NT?)
(last updated: 27 May 2015)
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WGAR: Working Group for Aboriginal Rights (Australia)
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