Welcome to our 42nd newsletter and the last one for 2013.
Election 2014 and key Anangu issues
As the next State Election draws near, understanding the policy platforms of the main political parties becomes increasingly important. To that end, we’ve lined up interviews with five politicians who have agreed to answer a set of questions on important Anangu issues. Read more…
APY governance: review report released
This month, the South Australian Government released an interim report on possible changes to the APY Executive Board. The report makes a series of recommendations, albeit on the basis of limited consultation with Anangu. Read more…
Child protection protocols under review
Two months after a review of the APY Lands child protection protocols began, its Terms of Reference have not been finalised. Read more…
Recent radio shows
Since our last newsletter, we’ve recorded seven interviews for our weekly radio show that gets information out to Anangu in Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara.
As well as interviewing Australia’s new Minister for Indigenous Affairs (Senator Nigel Scullion), we’ve explored current and future governance arrangements on Anangu lands.
Other shows have examined:
- how recent changes to the Motor Vehicles Act should make it easier for Anangu to get their driver’s licence,
- what went on at this year’s Anangu Work Expo, and
- HF radio’s role in the struggle for Anangu land rights and empowerment.
Over the next month, as part of a ‘summer season’ of shows, we’ll be revisiting some of the interviews we recorded this year. But before that kicks off, we managed to squeeze in a ‘long view’ conversation with Mike Last, someone whose ongoing connection with Anangu stretches back to the late 1960s.
Our Facebook page is continuing to be a great way to get word out quickly to Anangu communities and beyond and to gather insights and feedback from people with passion.
After almost seven years at the helm of the Paper Tracker project, Jonathan Nicholls has decided to move on early next year. Uniting Communities is committed to keeping the project going and looking for someone to replace Jonathan as its Manager of Aboriginal Policy and Advocacy. More info here.
Thanks and best wishes
A big heartfelt ‘thank you’ to everyone who has supported the Paper Tracker project this year. We’re looking forward to working with you again in 2014.
Finally – like everyone at Amata’s amazing Tjala Arts – we want to wish you and yours a safe and happy Christmas.