The Anangu Lands Paper Tracker E-Newsletter No. 2

First posted on 31 August 2007 under Newsletters.
This article has been updated and archived.

31 August 2007

Welcome to the second Anangu Lands Paper Tracker e-newsletter.

Messages of support

Thanks to everyone who responded so positively to our first newsletter and/or forwarded it on to friends and colleagues. We were especially pleased to receive strong messages of support from Professor Lowitja O’Donoghue and Commissioner Tom Calma. Read more…

Yalata: a community-based response to petrol sniffing

More positive news arrived this month from Yalata. With strong support from local police, the community is tackling a long-standing petrol sniffing problem.  Read more…

Changes to Northern Territory legislation

Of course it has not all been good news. This month the Federal Government rolled back the rights of Aboriginal communities across the Northern Territory. The Paper Tracker – through UnitingCare Wesley Adelaide – condemned those moves and questioned the lack of transparency surrounding the process. Read our media release …

Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody: access to interpreters

This month, three judges of the Supreme Court of SA highlighted serious problems caused by the lack of qualified interpreters for Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara people. Governments have been aware of this problem for many years. Their failure to address the situation is leading to serious miscarriages of justice. Read more…

APY Lands: the permit system

Over the last year, the Federal Government has put pressure on Anangu and the South Australian Government to weaken the permit system that controls access to the APY Lands. The proposed changes – which are not supported by Anangu – cut to the heart of land rights.  Read more…

APY Lands: inquiry into child sexual abuse

On 29 May 2007, the State Government announced a $3.2 million inquiry into child sexual abuse on the APY Lands. The inquiry is expected to report by the end of the year. Read more…

Pukatja: restoration of the church building

Over many years the old church at Pukatja has fallen into dangerous disrepair. With help from the State Government, the process of restoring this significant building is about to begin. Read more…

APY Lands: recurrent funding for the Ara Irititja Project

The South Australian Government has announced recurrent funding for the Ara Irititja Project. Read more…

UPDATES

In our first newsletter, we highlighted a number of concerns and unfulfilled commitments. A brief update on subsequent developments will help you stay informed. Read more…

As always, the Paper Tracker welcomes feedback on the issues raised in this newsletter.

Best wishes

Jonathan Nicholls
UnitingCare Wesley Adelaide
10 Pitt Street, Adelaide, 5000
T: 8202 5867  F: 8202 5842
E: jonathan.nicholls@ucwesleyadelaide.org.au

 

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.