Archive for March, 2009

“The intervention has made no health difference”: GP

Posted in OPINION with tags on 31/03/2009 by D

Crikey:12 Mar 09:
“Earlier this year, I spent three weeks working
in the remote NT community of Oenepelli, writes Melbourne
GP Di Marchant.”
http://www.crikey.com.au/Politics/20090312-The-intervention-has-made-no-health-difference-GP.html


On questioning the “viability” of remote Aboriginal settlements

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Crikey:19 Mar 09:
“World Vision Australia and the University of
Queensland’s Mark Moran writes: “Remoteness” alone is not
the core problem for Indigenous Australians”
http://www.crikey.com.au/Politics/20090318-On-Questioning-the-Viability-of-Remote-Aboriginal-Settlements-.html


The Pointed View: No debate on what keeps kids in school

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NIT:19 Mar 09:
“Punishing parents to keep kids in school is a
short-sighted and knee jerk reaction that simply won’t see
Indigenous students return to the classroom, writes PROF
LARISSA BEHRENDT. Professor Mick Dodson’s recent call for
better education outcomes for Aboriginal children should
have provoked more discussion. The mainstream media focused
merely on more rhetoric by the welfare reform-obsessed to
continue to punish parents – and punish them more onerously
– if their children to not attend school.”
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/story.aspx?id=17346


How the NT intervention is harming children

Posted in OPINION with tags , on 31/03/2009 by D

Crikey:23 Mar 09:
“Sunrise Health Service Aboriginal Corporation
CEO Irene Fisher writes from Katherine, NT: Income
management shames those who live under it and takes us back
to the days of the mission. It sets Aboriginal people apart
from their fellow Australians,”
http://www.crikey.com.au/Politics/20090323-How-the-NT-intervention-is-harming-children-.html


Some critical issues in Aboriginal health and education

Posted in OPINION with tags on 31/03/2009 by D

Crikey:23 Mar 09:
“John Greatorex, a Darwin-based academic who has
previously worked as a teacher in north-east Arnhem Land
for 30 years, has written the following detailed response
to the Inside Story article on media reporting of Aboriginal
health: “I remember when the NT Intervention was announced,
many families rang asking why the government was sending the
army to take their children. … “
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/croakey/2009/03/23/some-critical-issues-in-aboriginal-health-and-education/


‘Bureaucratic bungle’ leads to interference artificer hale condition scare

Posted in OPINION with tags on 31/03/2009 by D

27 Mar 09:
“Indigenous and non-Indigenous people working
as part of the federal intervention are suffering because
of a lack of cross-cultural training, a Northern Territory
community development organisation [Aboriginal Resource and
Development Services] says. … He [Richard Trudgen] says
some federal intervention staff are unprepared for the
culture shock they experience.”
http://martincraft.blogvis.com/2009/03/27/%E2%80%98bureaucratic-bungle%E2%80%99-leads-to-interference-artificer-hale-condition-scare-%C2%AB-icnn/


Deceit and hypocrisy—Rudd’s sorry reportcard

Posted in OPINION with tags , , on 31/03/2009 by D

Solidarity:March 2009:
“Apart from the Intervention, Rudd relied
largely on funding announcements to demonstrate his
commitment to “closing the gap”. But many of these
announcements—in areas like health, education and housing—
were not commitments to Indigenous specific funding, but
rather general spending programs “that Indigenous people
will benefit from”. Government plans for housing reveal
clearly how “mainstreaming”—breaking up Aboriginal control
of organisations and land—has become their central strategy
for “closing the gap”.” Paddy Gibson
http://www.solidarity.net.au/highlights/deceit-and-hypocrisy-rudds-sorry-reportcard/