Welcome to our 61st Quarterly Newsletter!
There have been a number of exciting highlights for Anangu communities in the past months.
These have included the opening of the Kinyin McKenzie Dialysis Centre in Ernabella/Pukatja, and the announcement of a new Remote Aboriginal Housing Funding Agreement between the State and Federal Governments.
Lobbying and advocacy activities
The Paper Tracker has been advocating about the number of Community Constables that have been employed across the APY Lands, the low rate of the Newstart Allowance that affects most Anangu tjuta who receive income support payments, and about compulsory income management in the form of the Community development Program (CDP), the BasicsCard and the Cashless Debit Card.
We prepared submissions to: the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, and to various Senate Committee Inquiries about raising the rate of Newstart, the compliance framework used by Centrelink, and the proposed Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Income Management to Cashless Debit Card Transition) Bill 2019, which aims to roll out the Cashless Debit Card to everyone in the Northern Territory and Cape York who is on the BasicsCard.
In response to our submission about the low rate of the Newstart Allowance, we were invited to present to the Senate Inquiry Committee during its hearings that were held in Elizabeth, South Australia. We also presented to the Senate Inquiry Committee about the Cashless Debit Card Transition Bill.
If you’d like to read any of our submissions, click on the links below:
- Submission calling on a raise to Newstart
- Submission to Senate inquiry on Cashless Card Transition Bill
- Submission on impact of the failed compliance program at Centrelink
- Briefing paper on the impact of the Community Development Program on APY
- Submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.
The Paper Tracker was also interviewed by ABC Radio, SBS News, The Advertiser and InDaily about a range of these and other issues that affect Anangu communities.
Let us know your ideas for issues to focus on in 2020
The Anangu Lands Paper Tracker welcomes any suggestions you might have about issues you’d like us to cover in our advocacy work during 2020. We’d also like to receive any feedback that you’d like to share with us. Feel free to contact us at email@example.com or post a comment or private message on our Facebook page or give us a call on (08) 8202 5867.
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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.