Welcome to our 51st Quarterly Newsletter and our first one for 2017!
This newsletter focuses on what the Anangu Lands Paper Tracker Project of Uniting Communities has been up to since 1st January 2017. 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 in December.
An important event is coming up: The APY Executive Board elections!
The APY Executive Board elections are being held on 5th April 2017, following amendments to the APY Land Rights Act that included changes to the number of electorates; each electorate being required to elect two members (one female and one male); the eligibility criteria for nominating and voting; and changes to the actual process of voting. The nominations of candidates have been finalised. Supplementary elections will need to be held in the two electorates of Mimili and of Iwantja/Amuruna/Railway Bore/Witjintitja/Wallatinna because no women candidates nominated in those electorates. These supplementary elections will be held after 5th April.
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 use and availability of Aboriginal languages interpreter services and the ongoing concerns about the lack of access to and co-ordination of these services. As part of this focus, the Anangu Lands Paper Tracker interviewed a representative of the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s Office about its report on Aboriginal Language Interpreter Services and the importance of using interpreters: Accessibility of Indigenous Language Interpreters- Talking in Language Follow-up Investigation, December 2016. You can read a copy of the report here.
- The SA Aboriginal Heritage Act: The Anangu Lands Paper Tracker prepared a submission to the Department of State Development’s Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation (DSD-AAR) on the draft Regulations and Guidelines under the SA Aboriginal Heritage Act.The Paper Tracker also produced a media release about the need to use the provisions of the Aboriginal Heritage Act in relation to dealing with the discovery of human remains on the APY Lands.
- The impact of Centrelink automated debt letters and concerns that community members have in accessing Centrelink services. Two Paper Tracker radio interviews addressed these issues: These can be accessed here and here.
- The trial of the Cashless Debit Card in the Ceduna area and in Western Australia has been extended on a permanent basis. The Federal Government extended the use of the Card prior to the final evaluation report on the Trial having been provided (it is only due in mid-2017). A media release about the Cashless Debit Card was circulated.
- The elections for the APY Executive Board are to be held on 5th April 2017. These elections followed the changes made to the APY Land Rights Act in 2016, many of which affected the eligibility criteria and process for conducting the APY elections. The Paper Tracker interviewed the Deputy Commissioner of the Electoral Commission of South Australia about the changes to the Act and the current status of the APY elections.
- The Anangu Lands Paper Tracker has been interviewed on public radio about a number of issues, including the increase in the use of pay-day lenders, more particularly since the trial of the Cashless Debit Card in Ceduna (ABC Radio North and West); and the Federal Government’s report indicating that the Closing the Gap targets are not being met (ABC News Radio).
Paper Tracker Radio Shows
Since our last e-newsletter, the Anangu Lands Paper Tracker has broadcast ten new radio shows in addition to the Summer Season repeat shows that were broadcast in early January. If you’d like to listen to any of these programs, you can click on the links below.
Program 261: Update from the Purple House
In this program, we talk with Sarah Brown, the Chief Executive Officer of Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku, also called the Purple House. We find out about how the plans are going for setting up a permanent dialysis facility in Ernabella Pukatja… read on
Program 262: Centrelink Debt Letters
This program focuses on Centrelink and how people on income benefits have been affected by automated debt letters. We chat with Carolyn Cartwright from MoneyMob Talkabout, and Amanda Tsoundarou from the Welfare Rights Centre… read on
Program 263: Reviews of Centrelink Decisions – Administrative Appeals Tribunal
In this program, we find out about the work of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and we chat with Roula Karzis-Wyatt, the Team Leader/Outreach Coordinator at the Tribunal… read on
Program 264: Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs
In this program, we interview the leader of the South Australian Liberal Party and Leader of the Opposition, Mr Steven Marshall, who has recently also become the Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation. He shares his thoughts about the key issues that he plans to focus on as the Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation… read on
Program 265: National Indigenous Youth Parliament
In this program, we find out about the 2017 National Indigenous Youth Parliament. We invited Arrin Hazelbane to tell us more about the Youth Parliament. Arrin is a Taskforce Member for the National Indigenous Youth Parliament for 2017 and was also a participant in a previous Indigenous Youth Parliament. Arrin lets us know all about the Youth Parliament, how young people can get involved and the aims of this national initiative… read on
In this program, we find out about the work of the Commonwealth Ombudsman and, in particular, the focus of the Social Services, Indigenous and Disability Branch. We talk with Louise MacLeod about what people need to do if they want to make a complaint about a government service in their community, and we find out about the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s report on Aboriginal Language Interpreter Services… read on
In this program, we talk about the difference in the rate of incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples when compared to the rate of non-Aboriginal peoples. We interview the Honourable Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia, Chris Kourakis… read on
We talk about Rheumatic Heart Disease which is an illness that is 100% preventable, and that has mostly been eliminated from developed countries. However, Australia still has the highest rate of this disease in the world. To find out more, we chat with Vicki Wade and Eddie Masina… read on
In this program, we talk about a national initiative called ‘Empowered Communities’. We chat with Peter Riley, Executive Manager of Empowered Communities Secretariat for the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands, and Sandy Marty, Acting Deputy CEO of the NPY Women’s Council… read on
This program focuses on the upcoming elections for the APY Executive Board which will be held on 5th April this year. We talk with the Deputy Electoral Commissioner of the Electoral Commission of South Australia, Mr David Gully… read on
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.
Facebook and website
Our Facebook page is gaining more support and people’s interest every week! We currently have 1,552 ‘friends’ and our reach per week ranges from 3,000 to 15,000!
Please ask your friends to ‘like’ our page and keep posting your comments – we love hearing from you!
During the first three months of 2017, the Anangu Lands Paper Tracker website has been visited by 1,826 individual users and included 2,159 sessions and 4,500 page views.