In this week’s interview, we get an update from Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation in the Department of State Development. We talk with Nerida Saunders, the Executive Director of DSD-AAR.
We get an update on the Review of the APY Land Rights Act. (Note: At the time of recording this interview, the draft legislation under discussion was the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yakunytjatjara Land Rights (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2015. It is noted that the 2016 version of this Bill includes different information and was finalised and introduced to the Legislative Council of the South Australia Parliament after this interview was recorded.)
We ask Nerida about the next steps in the implementation of the Aboriginal Heritage (Miscellaneous) Amendment Act that was passed in Parliament on 22nd March 2016. We find out whether the guidelines and regulations for this Act have been published yet, and the implications of the amended legislation for the case of Starkey and others who had requested the Minister to delegate his/her powers to the traditional owners and who had received a ruling from the High Court but who have yet to enjoy the benefits of the Court’s ruling.
We find out whether progress has been made with the implementation of the South Australian Policy Framework for Aboriginal Languages Interpreters and Translators. The Reference Group that was set up to monitor and support the implementation of the Policy has not met in the past 12 months – it seems that this Group will now only meet on an ‘as-needs’ basis. If an organisation or individual has concerns about the implementation of the Policy, they should contact DSD-AAR.
Nerida talks about what’s been happening with the APY Lands Steering Committee and its responsibility for the ongoing monitoring of the implementation of the recommendations from the APY Mullighan Commission of Inquiry. This Committee met on 26th November 2015, at which discussion was held about setting up sub-committees. At the Steering Committee’s meeting on 25 February 2016, it was agreed that the Child Safety and Wellbeing Sub-committee would be established. This Sub-committee held its first meeting on 21st April 2016 and is coordinated by the Department for Education and Child Development. This Sub-Committee’s next scheduled meeting was set for 23rd June 2016.