Welcome to our 50th Newsletter and our last one for 2016!
This newsletter focuses on what the Anangu Lands Paper Tracker Project of Uniting Communities has been up to since September 2016. We give an update on the key areas that we have been advocating and lobbying about, and provide links to all the recent Paper Tracker radio shows that have been broadcast since our last newsletter.
The Anangu Lands Paper Tracker wins an award!
The Anangu Lands Paper Tracker radio show won an award at the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia’s national radio awards, in the category of ‘Excellence in spoken word, news and current affairs programming’!
The Paper Tracker would like to thank everyone who has been a part of and contributed to the radio show over the years, in particular, Rosemary Lester, Karina Lester, Jonathan Nicholls, Peter McDonald, Uniting Communities, friends at Radio Adelaide, all our listeners, and the radio guests who’ve been interviewed on the more than 256 shows that we’ve produced. Thank you to you all.
Key developments in advocacy and lobbying
In the past few months, the Anangu Lands Paper Tracker has been advocating and lobbying about a number of issues and government policies, programs and services that affect Anangu communities. In particular, we have focused on:
- the amendments to the APY Land Rights Act, with the introduction of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2016. You can click here for background information about the Review of the APY Land Rights Act 1981 and here for more information about the draft legislation that was initially introduced to Parliament;
- the changes to the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 and the rushed process that was undertaken to introduce the Aboriginal Heritage (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2016. You can click here for more information about the amendments to the Aboriginal Heritage Act.
- having a permanent community-based dialysis facility in Ernabella/Pukatja Anangu Community on the APY Lands. After many years of collaborating with a range of organisations and communities to advocate for a permanent community-based dialysis facility on the Lands, the Federal Government provided funding in 2015, then in 2016 the SA Minister for Health stated in Parliament that his Department supports the establishment of a permanent dialysis facility in Ernabella/Pukatja. Even though SA Health has agreed to support the establishment of the facility, it will not be providing financial support during the first year of operation and Western Desert Dialysis (The Purple House) has undertaken to fundraise for the first 12 months of running the facility ($250,000). For additional background information about the campaign for community-based dialysis click here; and
- a range of other issues, such as community swimming pools; the response of police to community call-outs; the use of Aboriginal language interpreters and translators; funding for Aboriginal programs and services; inappropriate practices (such as book-up and high ATM transaction fees) in stores; income management; housing availability; training and the lack of available jobs; the safety of children; school attendance; the availability of healthy and affordable food; the response of Anangu communities to the Royal Commission into the Nuclear Fuel Cycle and proposals for nuclear waste dumps; and changes to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS); amongst others.
Paper Tracker Radio Shows
Since our last e-newsletter, the Anangu Lands Paper Tracker has broadcast ten new radio shows. If you’d like to listen to any of these programs, you can click on the links below.
Program 247: Electoral Commissioner on APY Act
The focus of this radio show is on the changes to the APY Lands Rights Act and how these will affect elections for the APY Executive Board. The South Australian Acting Electoral Commissioner, David Gully, explains these changes.
Program 248: Colleen Rosas – NT Aboriginal Interpreting Service
In this show we talk about the importance of using language interpreters if we want to understand each other and communicate clearly in situations where we don’t speak a common language. We reflect on the SA Policy Framework, the Reference Group and whether government agencies are using interpreters.
Program 249: Prof Carapetis on Rheumatic Heart Disease
We chat with Professor Jonathan Carapetis to find out about Rheumatic Heart Disease, which affects a lot of people living in regional and remote communities.
In this program, we chat with Steven Harrison, a sculptor who has created artworks about how country and people are affected by the effects of nuclear energy and the atomic bomb tests across Maralinga and Central Australia in the 1950’s.
Program 251: Update from Housing SA
In this show, we talk with Jude Allen, the Senior Manager for Remote Aboriginal Housing, Strategy and Services at Housing SA.
Program 252: Progress report on Cashless Debit Card
This radio show focuses on the Cashless Debit Card that is being trialled in communities in the West Coast of South Australia. We talk with the Federal Minister for Human Services, the Hon Alan Tudge MP.
Program 253: Community views on Cashless Debit Card
This radio show focuses on the Cashless Debit Card, and we hear from Pas Forgione and David Pav, who comment on community experiences of the Card.
This program is about the work that’s being done by MoneyMob Talkabout. We find out about ‘book-up’ in the Mintabie Township, on APY Land, and about the recent Federal Court ruling about this bad practice.
Program 255: APY Umuwa Trade Training Centre
This program is about the Trade Training Centre in Umuwa on the APY Lands. We chat with Mark Connelly, the Manager of the Centre.
Program 256: Aboriginal Affairs on key legislation
The focus is on two key pieces of legislation that have recently been reviewed and amended – the South Australian Aboriginal Heritage Act and the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Land Rights Act. We talk with Nerida Saunders, Executive Director of Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation in the Department of State Development.
If you’d like to listen to previous radio shows, you can visit the Paper Tracker website at http://www.papertracker.com.au/category/radio-programs/, and then click on the program or interview you’d like to listen to.
During the holidays, the Paper Tracker Radio Show will be hosting its ‘Summer Season’, which will include repeats of shows that we broadcast during the year.
Facebook and website
Our Facebook page is gaining more support and people’s interest every week! We currently have 1,529 ‘friends’ and our reach per week ranges from 3,000 to 15,000!
We’re enjoying this increased level of Facebook interaction, so please ask your friends to ‘like’ our page and keep posting your comments – we’d love to hear from you!
During 2016, the Anangu Lands Paper Tracker website has been visited by 8,310 individual users and included 10,655 sessions.
The Anangu Lands Paper Tracker would like to thank you for your interest and participation in the work that we’ve done during 2016. We hope that you have a relaxing holiday break and that 2017 is a really good year for you, your family and your community!
The Anangu Lands Paper Tracker office will be closed from 22nd December until 13th January 2017.