The Anangu Lands Paper Tracker E-Newsletter No. 56

Posted on 4 July 2018 under Newsletters.

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.

Deanne Gibbs, Moneymob Talkabout

Program 310: Managing loans and phones

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.

Trevor Buzzacott & Graham Aitken

Program 312: Aboriginal Community Services and eliminating Trachoma

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.


Peter Riley and Andrea Mason

Program 313: Update on Empowered Communities

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.

Program 314: Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir

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.

Program 315: Remote dialysis now on Medicare!

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.


Mr Keith Peters

Program 316: Update from Mr Keith Peters of Yalata

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.


Frances Bedford MP, Independent, Florey

Program 317: Frances Bedford MP on raising Newstart

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.


Pas Forgione, Anti-Poverty Network SA

Program 318: Anti-Poverty Network On Raising 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.


Nathan Boyle, Indigenous Outreach Program, ASIC

Program 319: ASIC’s Indigenous Outreach Program visits APY Lands

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.


Mark Jackman & Madonna Tomes, RASAC

Program 320: RASAC and the CDP

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.


Mr John Singer, NACCHO Chairperson and Exec Director of Nganampa Health Council

Program 321: John Singer on NACCHO & community health

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.


Bob Smith, Community Programs Manager

Program 322: Update on Community Patrols

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, and then click on the program or interview you’d like to listen to.

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The Paper Tracker works hard to provide accurate and up-to-date information. We will correct any inaccurate information as soon as it is brought to our attention. Please contact us if you have additional information or can provide us with an update.