Welcome to our 60th Quarterly Newsletter!
This newsletter focuses on what the Anangu Lands Paper Tracker Project of Uniting Communities has been up to since the end of March 2019. 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 welcomes any suggestions you might have about topics you’d like us to cover in our advocacy work. 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.
End of an era
Uniting Communities has taken the decision to no longer produce the Anangu Lands Paper Tracker Radio Show because the organisation wants to ensure its advocacy is more connected to the work of the organisation’s staff and experience of its clients. With the closing of the radio show, Uniting Communities will be distributing its resources to address other areas of public policy that the organisation and its services are engaged in.
The Anangu Lands Paper Tracker Project of Uniting Communities was set up in 2007 – to track government commitments and programs that affect Anangu communities. Later on, as part of tracking this work, the Anangu Lands Paper Tracker Radio Show was set up in 2011 – this let us share information with Anangu tjuta in Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara.
Over the eight years of the radio show, we’ve produced 366 shows and have covered a range of issues that affect Anangu, including community-based dialysis; ear and eye health; government policies and legislation; infrastructure and housing; keeping children safe and the Mullighan Commission of Inquiry; income management, jobs and unemployment, including a focus on the CDEP, CDP, BasicsCard and Cashless Debit Card; the importance of art centres and their contribution to income generation; access to healthy and affordable food, as well as a number of other important issues.
We’re glad that the Paper Tracker website and Facebook page will continue, and we invite you to send us ideas or issues that you’d like us to focus on through our ongoing advocacy work.
Dialysis Centre opening in Ernabella Pukatja!
The Purple House is planning to start providing dialysis treatments in July in the brand new dialysis centre in Ernabella Pukatja. Once everything’s up and running, the Purple House will be planning a big celebration and launch of the new centre.
If you’d like to know more about the plans for the Centre, you can listen to our Paper Tracker radio interview with Sarah Brown from The Purple House.
This is a photo of the Centre, while it was under construction. Even the donkey approves!
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:
- Housing: The National Partnership Agreement on Remote Housing came to an end on 30 June 2018. In early April this year, the SA Minister for Social Housing, Minister Lensink MLC, announced that a new Remote Aboriginal Housing Agreement had been formalised between the State and Federal Governments.Under the previous agreement, South Australia received approximately $26 million each year for remote housing. The new allocation of $75 million over five years equates to approximately $15 million each year for five years. We interviewed Minister Lensink on our radio show to find out about this funding and how and where it will be spent. You can listen to the interview here.A new Aboriginal Housing Advisory Committee has been established. Its task is to assist in the development of the State Government’s homelessness and housing strategy and Aboriginal housing strategy. The strategy is due at the end of the year. This 10-member committee is to develop strategic priorities and assist in direct engagement with Aboriginal communities. We also find out about this Committee in the Paper Tracker radio interview.
- Income management: Our focus on compulsory income management and on the Cashless Debit Card has been ongoing. In addition to making submissions to the various Senate Committees about the expansion of the Cashless Debit Card, we made a submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, for the United Nations General Assembly. Our submission was about the ways in which digital technology is being used and how the privatisation of income support payment mechanisms is affecting communities and their human rights. You can read our submission here.
- SA Poverty Hearing: Uniting Communities made a submission to the Select Committee on Poverty in South Australia. You can read the submission here. Mark Henley, Manager Advocacy and Communications at Uniting Communities, and Sue Tilley from the Anangu Lands Paper Tracker Project were invited to present to the Select Committee. We talked about the key things that could be done to improve the lives of people who are experiencing poverty. The Committee was particularly interested in the ways in which overcrowded housing, the remote work-for-the-dole (CDP), and the Cashless Debit Card were affecting people.
- Book-up: We have continued to track what has been happening with book-up. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) went to the High Court and asked it to find the practice of ‘book-up’ unconscionable in a case against the owner of Nobby’s General store in Mintabie in South Australia. The High Court said that the ‘bookup’ system of credit in Aboriginal communities has been ruled a valid practice. However, three of the judges in the High Court did not agree. Justice James Edelman said the system would not be accepted in mainstream Australia. “It is made less acceptable because it was the only form of credit offered and thus accepted in remote communities of highly vulnerable person in need of credit,” he said.Sue Tilley from the Anangu Lands Paper Tracker was interviewed on ABC Radio about the High Court’s ruling on book-up. You can listen to the interview here (the segment about book-up starts after approximately one minute into the program).
- Policing: We have continued to track the issue of policing and the number of Community Constables employed on the APY Lands. The recent South Australia Budget included an announcement about changes to policing, including policing being provided on a fly-in fly-out basis, as part of the SA Government’s $1 million budget cut. Here is an article about the changes to policing that includes comments from the Anangu Lands Paper Tracker.
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 in March, we have recorded and broadcast 13 new radio shows. If you’d like to listen to any of these programs, click on the links below.
The Anangu Lands Paper Tracker Radio Show is no longer going to be produced but you can access the podcasts of all our previous shows by clicking here.
Here are the links to the show we’ve produced since March 2019:
In this program, we find out about the work of Vision 2020 Australia and talk with its CEO, Judith Abbott, about the plan for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health and vision – called Strong Eyes, Strong Communities.
In this Paper Tracker radio show, we talk with Joey Fagan from ‘Bikes Palya’ and their involvement in Zibeon Fielding’s 700 km fundraiser bicycle ride across the APY Lands. The ride was to raise money for a community gym and to spread messages about keeping active and healthy.
In this Anangu Lands Paper Tracker radio show, we get an update from Dora and John Dallwitz who are involved in the Ara Irititja Project – meaning, ‘Stories from a long time ago’.
In this show, we hear about a new app that has been developed by the NPY Women’s Council – the Uti Kulintjaku mindfulness and meditation app. We talk with Ms Rene Kulitja and Ms Wanatjura Lewis.
In this radio program, we talk with David Jedrzejczyk, the Community Engagement Officer at MoneyMob Talkabout. David will be talking about handling Telstra mobile phone contracts and bills, some of the hidden extra costs in mobile contracts, and things to think about if you’re wanting to get a mobile phone.
This Paper Tracker radio interview is with Cheryl Axleby, Chief Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement (ALRM) and Co-Chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSIL).
In this Paper Tracker radio program, we find out about and get an update from the Mai Wiru Regional Stores Council Aboriginal Corporation. We talk with the Chief Executive Officer, Dennis Bate.
We find out about the Aboriginal Pathway Program, which is run by the University of South Australia College. We talk with Tanya Weiler who is the Program Director at the UniSA College, and Lorraine Garay who is a graduate of the Program.
We talk with Sarah Brown from the Purple House. We ask Sarah to tell us the full story of how we’ve finally arrived at having a dialysis centre on the APY Lands, in Ernabella Pukatja.
In this program, we talk with Skye O’Meara, General Manager of the APY Art Centre Collective, and Mrs Leah Brady, one of the Directors of the Collective. We find out about the new APY Gallery in Adelaide.
In this Anangu Lands Paper Tracker radio program, we focus on housing. We talk with Minister Michelle Lensink MLC, Mr Gary Storkey, Chairperson of SA Housing Trust Board, and Ms Belinda Hallsworth, General Manager of Strategy and Performance in the South Australia Housing Authority.
In this program, we find out about oral health and keeping our teeth strong and healthy. We talk with Tarnlee Butler, a Project Officer in the Aboriginal Oral Health Program at SA Dental Services.
This is our last Anangu Lands Paper Tracker Radio Show. Jonathan Nicholls, Karina Lester and Rose Lester join with Sue Tilley to share their memories and thoughts about the Anangu Lands Paper Tracker radio show and the impact the show has had over the years.
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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.