Welcome to our 48th Newsletter!
This Newsletter focuses on what the Anangu Lands Paper Tracker Project of Uniting Communities has been up to since March this year. It includes information about the key issues that affect Anangu communities that have been raised in Parliament, and we give an update on key areas that we have been advocating and lobbying about. We also provide links to all the recent Paper Tracker radio shows that have been broadcast since our last newsletter went out.
Key developments in advocacy and lobbying
The Anangu Lands Paper Tracker has been advocating and lobbying about a number of issues and government services that affect Anangu communities.
Changes to the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act 1981
The Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2016 was introduced into the Legislative Council of the South Australia Parliament on 22nd June 2016.
The Bill was introduced by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, the Hon. Kyam Maher MLC. Click here for the Hansard transcript of the first and second readings.
The 2016 version of the Bill that was introduced into Parliament is not the same as the 2015 version that was discussed during the consultation process. This final version of the Bill is very different and was not taken back to communities and their organisations for their final consideration and approval before it was introduced to Parliament.
Community-based dialysis in Ernabella
In July 2015, the Federal Government committed funding to Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (The Purple House) to establish a permanent community-based dialysis facility in Pukatja/Ernabella. The Purple House submitted a business plan to SA Health in October 2015 but the Department has yet to indicate whether it will support the initiative.
In the absence of financial support from SA Health for the running costs of the Ernabella dialysis facility, Western Desert Dialysis has undertaken to fundraise these running costs for the first 12 months of operation ($250,000). A collaborative effort involving all organisations who have been committed to community-based dialysis on the APY Lands resulted in a planned launch of the Pukatja Dialysis Fund at the Ernabella Church on 22nd June 2016. Sadly, this event was postponed due to the loss of a senior person in the community.
Questions were asked in both the House of Assembly and the Legislative Council of the SA Parliament regarding the provision of renal dialysis services on the APY Lands and the lack of a public response from SA Health to the business case provided by Western Desert Dialysis. You can read the Hansard transcripts here and here.
Cuts to Aboriginal community legal services
Funding to the Legal Services Commission to enable duty solicitors to attend the APY Lands Court Circuit has been cut. This leaves the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement (ALRM) as the only legal service available to Anangu on the Lands. However, Federal funding cuts to community legal services mean that ALRM may be forced to reduce staff and may be unable to provide legal services on the APY Lands.
The Paper Tracker has raised this issue in various Paper Tracker radio shows, Facebook posts and in an interview with ABC Radio News. We will continue to lobby and advocate for equal access to legal representation and justice for people living in remote communities.
Changes to the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988
On 25th February 2016, the Aboriginal Heritage (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2016 to amend the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (SA) – was introduced into Parliament by the South Australian Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation.
On 10th March 2016, the Bill was read a third time in the Legislative Council and passed. On 22nd March 2016, the House of Assembly agreed to the Bill without any amendment. The Aboriginal Heritage (Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 2016 has since been enacted by the Governor of South Australia and came into operation on 24th March 2016.
The guidelines and regulations for this Act have not yet been published – these guidelines should include important information about how the Recognised Aboriginal Registered Bodies and the SA Aboriginal Heritage Committee will be resourced and supported.
You can click here for more information about the changes to the Aboriginal Heritage Act.
Paper Tracker Radio Shows
Since our last e-newsletter, the Anangu Lands Paper Tracker has broadcast ten radio shows. If you’d like to listen to any of these programs, you can click on the links below.
Program 223: More from Mai Wiru about Healthy food
We continue our talk with the General Manager of the Mai Wiru Regional Stores Council Aboriginal Corporation, David Schomburgk. This program includes the second part of the interview and focuses on Mai Wiru’s achievements and challenges.
In this Paper Tracker radio program, we talk with the Honourable Tammy Franks MLC from the SA Greens Party. Tammy shares her thoughts on the recent changes to the SA Aboriginal Heritage Act, community-based dialysis, the Royal Commission into the Nuclear Fuel Cycle, and community street lighting.
This Paper Tracker radio program includes an interview with the President of the Law Society of South Australia, Mr David Caruso. We hear about his views on proposed cut backs in funding for regional and remote courts and community legal services in South Australia and about the process that was followed for making changes to the SA Aboriginal Heritage Act.
Program 226: Reflections from Duncan McFetridge
This program focuses on the activities of the Aboriginal Lands Parliamentary Standing Committee; community-based dialysis; hearing loss among Anangu children; and the changes to the South Australia Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988. We talk about these issues with the Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Dr Duncan McFetridge.
This program is about the supply of electricity to remote Anangu communities. It is the first program in a series that focuses on the supply of power and the effects of power outages on Anangu communities. The interview is with the Chief Executive Officer of the Essential Services Commission of South Australia (ESCOSA), Mr Adam Wilson.
Program 228: Vince Duffy (DSD) on remote power supply
This program is the second interview in our series about the supply of electricity to remote Anangu communities. The interview is with Mr Vince Duffy, Executive Director of the Energy Markets and Programs Division of the Department of State Development. We look at the next level of responsibility for the supply and management of electricity to remote Aboriginal communities.
Program 229: Ernabella Arts on Power Outages
This week’s program is the third and final interview in our series about the supply of electricity to remote Anangu communities. The interview is with Mr Pepai Jangala Carroll and Ms Vivian Thompson from Ernabella Arts.
This program is about community-based dialysis and includes interviews with Sarah Brown, the Chief Executive Officer of Western Desert Dialysis Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku, and Philip Price who is helping Western Desert Dialysis to raise funds for the running costs of the Ernabella/Pukatja Dialysis Centre.
Program 231: Steven Marshall on SA Liberals ‘2036 Manifesto’
This program is about the South Australia Liberal Party’s “2036 Manifesto”. We interview Mr Steven Marshall, Leader of the SA Liberals and Leader of the Opposition in South Australia.
In this program, we get an update from Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation in the Department of State Development. We talk with Nerida Saunders, the Executive Director of DSD-AAR.
If you’d like to listen to previous radio shows, you can visit the Paper Tracker website at https://www.papertracker.com.au/category/radio-programs/, and then click on the program or interview you’d like to listen to.
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