Welcome to our 56th Quarterly Newsletter and our second one for 2018!
This newsletter focuses on what the Anangu Lands Paper Tracker Project of Uniting Communities has been up to since the end of March 2018. It gives an update on the key areas that we have been advocating and lobbying about, and provides links to our recent radio shows.
Key developments in advocacy and lobbying
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 following:
- We have continued to lobby on the urgent issue of funding for remote housing. The National Partnership Agreement on Remote Housing came to an end on 30 June 2018 and, as yet, there is not clarity about whether further funding has been secured or not. Uniting Communities has written to the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Nigel Scullion, and has forwarded our letter to the Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull, and all relevant State government departments and agencies. You can read the letter here. You can also find out more about remote housing by clicking on this link to our website. We have not yet heard back from Minister Scullion or the Prime Minister on this issue.
- We have continued our focus on income management and on the Cashless Debit Card. We presented a paper on the evaluation of the trial of the Cashless Debit Card at a symposium held in February at the University of Melbourne. You can read this paper here. We also presented at a seminar in Sydney about data justice. Our presentation was on income management and the ways in which welfare services are becoming automated and how people’s private data is being used.
- Our focus on advocating for improvements in ear and eye health has continued. Ear and eye diseases continue to limit the lives of children. We’ve focused on the elimination of Trachoma, which has been eradicated in countries such as Morocco, Ghana, Iran, Mexico, Nepal, China and Cambodia but persists in remote communities in Australia; and we continue to highlight the fact that 75% of children fail standard hearing tests due to middle ear infections and eardrum perforations.
Paper Tracker Radio Shows
We’ve recorded and broadcast 13 new radio shows since our last e-newsletter. If you’d like to listen to any of these programs, click on the links below.
We talk about ways to manage money, loans and the cost of having a mobile phone. We talk with Deanne Gibbs, a Community Engagement Officer at MoneyMob Talkabout.
Program 311: Kanggawodli – The Caring House
In this show, we find out about an Aboriginal-managed service that’s run by SA Health, called Kanggawodli – meaning the Caring House. We talk with Mr Kurt Towers, the Director of Aboriginal Health for the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network.
We find out about services that are provided by Aboriginal Community Services. We talk with Graham Aitken, CEO of Aboriginal Community Services, and Trevor Buzzacott, a Trachoma education specialist.
In this program, we get an update on the ‘Empowered Communities’ initiative. We talk with Andrea Mason, CEO of the NPY Women’s Council, and Peter Riley, Executive Manager of Empowered Communities Secretariat for the NPY region.
In this radio show, we find out about the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir. We talk with the Choir’s conductor, Mr Morris Stuart.
We hear about a very exciting development – the changes to Medicare so that remote dialysis treatments will be funded. We talk with Sarah Brown from Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku, the Purple House.
In this program, we talk with Mr Keith Peters from the Far West Coast community of Yalata about his thoughts on a number of developments that are affecting his community.
We talk about the Newstart allowance with Frances Bedford who is the Independent State MP for Florey in Adelaide’s north-east and who has been campaigning to increase Newstart.
In this program, we talk about Income Management and also about the Newstart allowance. We chat with Pas Forgione from the Anti-Poverty Network.
We find out about superannuation. We talk with Nathan Boyle from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s Indigenous Outreach Program, which has recently visited the APY Lands.
We talk about changes to the service provider that will be managing the Community Development Program and talk with Mark Jackman and Madonna Tomes from RASAC.
We find out about the National Aboriginal Controlled Health Organisation, NACCHO, and the focus of its work. We talk with Mr John Singer, Chairperson of NACCHO and Executive Director of the Nganampa Health Council.
In this show we hear about how things are travelling with the APY Lands Community Patrols Program and we talk with Bob Smith and Arshaan Khan.
If you’d like to listen to previous Paper Tracker radio shows, you can visit our 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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