The Anangu Lands Paper Tracker E-Newsletter No. 16

First posted on 1 December 2008 under Newsletters.
This article has been updated and archived.

1 December 2008

Welcome to the 16th Paper Tracker e-newsletter and our final issue for 2008.

Mullighan Inquiry: the Full Response
In late October, the State Government released its Full Response to the Mullighan Inquiry into child sexual abuse on the APY Lands. To date, the quality of that response has not been debated in State Parliament or scrutinised by the media. Read more…

APY Lands: employment and training in housing construction
State and Federal Governments have promised to train and employ Anangu as part of a $25 million housing construction program. It is not yet clear how this will be done. Read more…

APY Lands: comprehensive review of land rights Act
Three years ago, the State Government announced that the final part of a comprehensive review of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act 1981 would be completed in 2006. It has not yet happened. Read more…

Coronial Inquest: death of man at Yalata
Last month, the State Coroner began an inquest into the 2005 death of an Anangu man at Yalata. Read more…

This month’s Updates page begins with welcome news of a long-promised review of the Aboriginal Lands Trust Act 1966. It also includes updates on:

  • family centres and homemaker programs on the APY Lands
  • the delivery of CDEP programs to APY communities
  • the forthcoming APY Executive Board election
  • the establishment of a safe house at Umuwa
  • the APY Lands’ public bus service
  • the growing number of Anangu employed in the State public sector
  • service delivery and associated governance on the APY Lands
  • women’s representation on the APY Executive Board
  • the appointment of a panel of conciliators for the APY Lands
  • the construction of police stations in three Anangu communities
    Read more …

Looking ahead
The first e-newsletter for 2009 will be sent out in early February. In the meantime, we will continue to post new information and updates on the website. Over summer, we’ll also be sketching out plans for another year of tracking. As always, we’d welcome your thoughts and suggestions on the direction of our work and how it can be improved.

Finally, Rev Peter McDonald and I want to offer our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported the Paper Tracker project in 2008. We couldn’t do it without you.

Best wishes

Jonathan Nicholls
UnitingCare Wesley Adelaide
10 Pitt Street, Adelaide, 5000
T: 8202 5867 F: 8202 5842

The Anangu Lands Paper Tracker is an online project of UnitingCare Wesley Adelaide that tracks government commitments to South Australia’s Anangu communities. On our website you can find accurate, up-to-date information on projects and services that are important to Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara people. Each month we send out a free e-newsletter spotlighting some specific government commitments and actions. To receive our e-newsletter, please subscribe online. We strive to provide accurate and up-to-date information. We will remove any inaccurate information as soon as it is brought to our attention. Please contact us if you have additional information on any of the issues highlighted in this newsletter or can provide us with an update.


The Paper Tracker works hard to provide accurate and up-to-date information. We will correct any inaccurate information as soon as it is brought to our attention. Please contact us if you have additional information or can provide us with an update.