Welcome to our 58th Quarterly Newsletter!
This newsletter focuses on what the Anangu Lands Paper Tracker Project of Uniting Communities has been up to since the end of September 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 and have written to all the relevant Ministers. 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.
- Our focus on compulsory income management and on the Cashless Debit Card has been ongoing. 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. Joining the Accountable Income Management Network, we distributed a media release about the extension and expansion of the Cashless Debit Card. You can read this release here.
- The Anangu Lands Paper Tracker and Uniting Communities prepared a submission to the House of Representatives’ Select Committee on Intergenerational Welfare Dependence. You can read our submission here.
- We have put out various media releases including one on the outcomes of the State budget for First Nation South Australians.
Paper Tracker Radio Shows
In addition to our ‘Summer Season’ of repeat shows over the holidays, we recorded and broadcast 10 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 show, we find out about the ‘Building Better Schools’ project that is being led by the Department for Education. To find out about this project and the planning for Fregon Anangu School, we talk with Ross Treadwell, Executive Director of Infrastructure in the Department for Education.
In this show, we chat with Sharron Williams, the Chief Executive Officer of Aboriginal Family Support Services.
We talk with the Honourable Ken Wyatt AM, MP – the Federal Minister for Indigenous Health, and the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care.
In this radio show, we talk with Lisa Fowkes about the Community Development Program (CDP), the work-for-the-dole program in remote communities.
In this show, we focus on how compulsory income management and the Cashless Debit Card are affecting people’s lives. We talk with Hayden Patterson from the Australian Unemployed Workers’ Union who tells us about the Union’s visit to Ceduna to talk with people about their experiences of being on the Cashless Debit Card.
We find out about recent developments involving the Native Title Claimant Group – the Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation – and the Far West Coast Community Trust. We talk with Ian Westley who is the Executive General Manager, Trustee and Wealth Services, at Equity Trustees.
In this program, we talk about eye health and ways to keep our eyes healthy and strong, and ‘The Roadmap to Close the Gap for Vision’. We talk with Professor Hugh Taylor.
In this show, we hear from Nyunmiti Burton, an artist who is also one of the Directors of the APY Art Centre Collective, and from Skye O’Meara who’s the Manager of the Collective.
We listen to the first part of an interview with Mark Jackman and Madonna Tomes from the Regional Anangu Services Aboriginal Corporation. We get an update from them about RASAC’s activities across all the communities.
In this program, we listen to the second part of an interview with Mark Jackman and Madonna Tomes from the Regional Anangu Services Aboriginal Corporation. We ask Mark and Madonna about their views on some of the proposed changes to the CDP that are currently before the Federal Parliament.
Facebook and website
Our Facebook page is gaining more support and people’s interest every week! Please ask your friends to ‘like’ our page and keep posting your comments – we love hearing from you!
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.