Welcome to our 59th Quarterly Newsletter!
This newsletter focuses on what the Anangu Lands Paper Tracker Project of Uniting Communities has been up to since the end of December 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.
The Anangu Lands Paper Tracker would welcome any suggestions you might have about topics you’d like us to cover in our advocacy work or for our weekly radio show. We’d also like to receive any feedback that you’d like to share with us. Feel free to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or post a comment or private message on our Facebook page or give us a call on (08) 8202 5867.
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:
- The Anangu Lands Paper Tracker and Uniting Communities prepared a submission to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee about the ParentsNext program, including its trial and subsequent broader rollout. You can read our submission here. The Senate Committee has released its report, which you can read here.
- We drafted a submission to the House of Representatives’ Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs about the Social Security Commission Bill 2018. Uniting Communities supported this Bill, which calls for the establishment of a Social Security Commission that is to provide the Parliament with independent advice on the minimum levels for social security payments, so that everyone who receives income support payments can have a decent standard of living. You can read our submission here.
- 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. As yet, there is no clarity about whether further funding for South Australia 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 real this release here.
- The Anangu Lands Paper Tracker and Uniting Communities had prepared a submission to the House of Representatives’ Select Committee on Intergenerational Welfare Dependence. You can read our submission here. The Select Committee has now released its report – Living on the Edge: Inquiry into Intergenerational Welfare Dependence. You can read this report here.
Paper Tracker Radio Shows
As part of our advocacy work to provide Anangu tjuta with information about government programs and policies and to share ideas about how Anangu can get involved in taking up key issues that affect your communities, since our last newsletter earlier this year, we have recorded and broadcast 8 new radio shows. If you’d like to listen to any of these programs, click on the links below. If you’d like to listen to any of our previous shows, please visit our website at www.papertracker.com.au
In this radio program we chat with Jade Wilson, Acting Coordinator of “On the Right Track”, a Road Safety and Driver Licencing program run by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.
In this program, we hear about how things are going with the upgrading of the APY Road. We talk with Jon Whelan, General Manager – Infrastructure, at the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.
We find out about the new position recently created in South Australia – the Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People. We chat with the new Commissioner, April Lawrie.
We talk with John Paterson, CEO of Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT, about the 11th Closing the Gap Report and about a proposal that offers an alternative model to the existing Community Development Program (CDP).
In this week’s program, 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 with the Premier about.
We find out about the Ceduna Youth Hub and chat with the Youth Hub Co-ordinator, Peter Jericho, and with two of the Youth Hub workers, Anderson and Stanley Willis. (Photo courtesy of Ceduna Youth Hub.)
In this program, we find out about the Ngankari Health Program that is connected to a number of SA Health public hospitals and clinics. We talk with Mr Kurt Towers, Executive Director, Watto Paruna Aboriginal Health for the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network. (Photo courtesy of NIT News.)
We talk about some of the issues that have been highlighted in the Banking Royal Commission. We chat with Carolyn Cartwright who is the Managing Director of MoneyMob Talkabout.
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.