Welcome to our 57th Quarterly Newsletter and our third 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 June 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:
- Our focus on advocating for improvements in ear and eye health has continued. We continue to highlight the fact that 75% of children fail standard hearing tests due to middle ear infections and eardrum perforations. We wrote to the Federal Minister for Indigenous Health and to the State Minister for Health and Wellbeing about the incidence of hearing loss amongst Anangu children. Both Ministers responded to our letters. You can read these letters on our website here.
- We have continued to lobby on the urgent issue of funding for remote housing. In addition to writing letters to the Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Nigel Scullion, and the South Australia Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Premier Steven Marshall, we have more recently written to the SA Minister for Human Services, Michelle Lensink, who is responsible for the Social Housing portfolio.
We have not yet heard back from Minister Scullion but have heard from the Premier who stated in his letter that he had written to the Prime Minister ‘seeking a renewed Commonwealth Government commitment to the funding of remote housing in partnership with the South Australian Government’. He wrote: ‘We will continue to make representations seeking an extension to the National Partnership on Remote Housing’.
The National Partnership Agreement on Remote Housing came to an end on 30 June 2018. As yet, there is no clarity about whether further funding has been secured or not. You can find out more about remote housing by clicking on this link to our website.
- We have continued our focus on compulsory income management and on the Cashless Debit Card and the proposed changes to the Community Development Program (CDP remote work-for-the-dole program). We prepared a submission on the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card Trial Expansion) Bill 2018, which proposed to expand the roll-out of the Cashless Debit Card to Bundaberg and Hervey Bay in Queensland. You can read our submission here. We prepared a briefing paper on the changes to the CDP, which was sent to all South Australian Senators who will be debating the draft legislation in October/November.
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.
In this radio program, we talk with Maria Comino who worked for many years as a registered nurse and health educator in remote communities across South Australia.
We talk about eye health and keeping our eyes strong, with Dr Kristopher Rallah-Baker, the first First Nations ophthalmologist in Australia.
We talk about unemployment and issues that affect people who are unemployed. Our radio guest is Hayden Patterson from the Australian Unemployed Workers’ Union.
In this radio program, we talk about songs and music and remembering the past through stories that have been told through song and passed down from generation to generation. We talk with Jessie Lloyd about the Mission Songs Project.
We find out about the Northern Territory Aboriginal Justice Agreement and talk with Leanne Liddle, the Director of the Aboriginal Justice Unit in the Northern Territory Department of the Attorney-General and Justice.
In this program, we find out about the situation in Mintabie on the APY Lands. We talk with the Minister responsible for the Mintabie lease, the Minister for Mining and Energy, the Honorable Dan van Holst Pellekaan.
We talk with the Premier of South Australia, the Hon Steven Marshall MP, who is also the South Australia Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation. We talk about the Government’s plans to address a number of important issues that affect remote communities.
In this program, we find out about the Aboriginal Education Strategy for South Australia. We talk with Professor Peter Buckskin, Dean of Aboriginal Engagement and Strategic Projects at UniSA.
In this Anangu Lands Paper Tracker radio program, we find out about the Law Council of Australia’s Justice Project and its final report. We talk with the Law Council’s President, Mr Morry Bailes.
In this program, we find out about the SA Native Title Services and the work that it’s been doing over the past ten years. We talk with the SANTS Chief Executive Officer, Mr Keith Thomas.
This radio show is about the SA Aboriginal Education Strategy and the importance of children being able to learn in their own languages. We talk with Karina Lester, who has been involved in facilitating the APY consultations about the development of the Strategy.
In this program, we find out about the work of the South Australian Commissioner for Children and Young People. We talk with the Commissioner, Helen Connolly.
As part of our focus on Anti-Poverty Week, which is being held from 14th to the 20th of October, this week’s program includes an interview with Tammy Headon and Joel Reynolds from the Anti-Poverty Network of South Australia, as well as some great music that highlights the experiences of people living in poverty.
If you’d like to listen to previous Paper Tracker radio shows, you can visit our website at http://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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If you’d like more information about the Anangu Lands Paper Tracker Project, please visit our website at www.papertracker.com.au or give us a call on (08) 8202 5867.