121219 – Government cuts a major blow to the territory’s vulnerable children and families: SNAICC

* SNAICC News:
Government cuts a major blow to the territory’s
vulnerable children and families

* Jon Altman and Susie Russell, Evidence Base Journal:
Too much ‘Dreaming’: Evaluations of the Northern Territory
National Emergency Response Intervention 2007-2012
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention

* 2012 National Congress meeting in Alice Springs:
Speeches, Videos and Photos
* Background to National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples

* Claire Mallinson, Amnesty:
Talking human rights with the Prime Minister of Australia

* Elizabeth Watt, ABC The Drum Opinion:
Is it racist to ban alcohol from some Aboriginal communities?

* Other articles

* SNAICC NEWS:
GOVERNMENT CUTS A MAJOR BLOW TO THE TERRITORY’S
VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

– Media Release

Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care:
SNAICC News: SNAICC Media Release
– Government cuts a major blow to the territory’s
vulnerable children and families
http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=952
17 Dec 12: “The NT Government’s decision to halve the
budget of the peak body SAF,T (Strong Aboriginal Families,
Together) – set up only a year ago – is a backward step
and a major blow for the territory’s vulnerable Aboriginal
children and families.
Statement by SNAICC chairperson Sharron Williams
The cuts to SAF,T are part of the Government’s decision to
reduce funding in the community sector by nearly $5m,
including the NT Council of Social Service and NAPCAN NT.
SNAICC shares the deep concerns of the Australian Council
of Social Service that these measures will severely
impact on the lives of the most vulnerable territorians.
SAF,T represents something the Northern Territory has never
had before: an Aboriginal voice to advocate on behalf of
our children, families and communities.
In slashing SAF,T’s budget, the NT Government has weakened
that voice, at the same time weakening an important link
between Aboriginal communities and government and greatly
reducing the agency’s capacity to deliver much-needed and
culturally-appropriate family support services. … ”

– Related News

Koori Mail: SNAICC: Cut ‘a backward step’
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
17 Dec 12: “THE Secretariat of National Aboriginal and
Islander Child Care (SNAICC) says an NT Government decision
to halve the budget of the peak body SAF,T (Strong
Aboriginal Families, Together) is ‘a backward step’ and ‘a
major blow’ that will stall progress in child protection
reforms. SAF,T was established just a year ago and SNAICC
chairperson Sharron Williams says the cut will affect the
agency’s capacity to deliver much-needed and
culturally-appropriate family support services. She says
Indigenous Territorians ‘who were instrumental in the CLP
gaining office’ deserved better.”

– About SNAICC

Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care:
SNAICC Background
http://www.snaicc.org.au/about/dsp-default.cfm?loadref=1
“The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child
Care (SNAICC) is the national non government peak body in
Australia representing the interests of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander children and families. … SNAICC
has a membership base of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander community-based child care agencies,
Multi-functional Aboriginal Children’s Services, creches,
long day care child care services, pre schools, early
childhood education services, early childhood support
organisations, family support services, foster care
agencies, link up and family reunification services,
family group homes, community groups and voluntary
associations, and services for young people at risk. … ”

See:

WGAR News:
APO NT: Mini-budget cuts to Aboriginal services will increase
harm and cost more -especially in the Bush (18 Dec 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/18/wgar-news-brisbane-aboriginal-sovereign-embassy-to-charge-graham-quirk-media-release

WGAR News:
Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition has condemned the CLP’s
mini-budget cuts to vital Aboriginal services: Media Release
(18 Dec 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/18/wgar-news-brisbane-aboriginal-sovereign-embassy-to-charge-graham-quirk-media-release

* JON ALTMAN AND SUSIE RUSSELL, EVIDENCE BASE JOURNAL:
TOO MUCH ‘DREAMING’: EVALUATIONS OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
NATIONAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE INTERVENTION 2007-2012

– Article

Too much ‘Dreaming’: Evaluations of the Northern Territory
National Emergency Response Intervention 2007–2012
Jon Altman and Susie Russell
Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
The Australian National University
http://journal.anzsog.edu.au/userfiles/files/2012Issue3Final.pdf

– Abstract

Abstract:
Too much ‘Dreaming’: Evaluations of the Northern Territory
National Emergency Response Intervention 2007-2012
Jon Altman and Susie Russell
Evidence Base 2012, Issue 3
http://journal.anzsog.edu.au/abstract3

– Journal

Evidence Base Journal:
the Australia and New Zealand School of Government
EVIDENCE BASE:
A journal of evidence reviews in key policy areas
http://journal.anzsog.edu.au/
“Welcome to ANZSOG’s newest journal – Evidence Base.
The journal publishes reviews of the evidence informing
decision-making in specific policy areas. The focus of
these reviews is to determine ‘what works?’, based on the
evidence. Designed for public sector decision-makers, this
journal is a ‘broker’ between the public sector, academics
and other policy specialists.”

* 2012 NATIONAL CONGRESS MEETING IN ALICE SPRINGS:
SPEECHES, VIDEOS AND PHOTOS

– Compilation

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
National Congress NC 12 – Alice Springs Convention Centre
http://nationalcongress.com.au/nc12/
“The 2012 National Congress meeting, the annual meeting of
our Delegates and the National Board was held at the Alice
Springs Convention Centre 24-28 September 2012.”

* BACKGROUND TO NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AUSTRALIA’S FIRST PEOPLES:

Last updated: 5 May 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/05/background-to-the-national-congress-of-australia%E2%80%99s-first-peoples

* CLAIRE MALLINSON, AMNESTY:
TALKING HUMAN RIGHTS WITH THE PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA

– Advocacy

Amnesty International Australia:
Talking human rights with the Prime Minister of Australia
http://www.amnesty.org.au/features/comments/30699/
11 Dec 12: “I marked the day [World Human Rights Day] by
having a one to one with Prime Minister Julia Gillard to
discuss Australia’s human rights and responsibilities
record both at home and abroad. … We finished by
discussing why it’s important for the Australian Government
to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples. This includes prioritising the shocking
overrepresentation of Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander
People in Australia’s prisons. Genuine consultation needs
to occur with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Peoples communities to address the systemic disadvantage
they face.” By Claire Mallinson,
National Director for Amnesty International Australia

* ELIZABETH WATT, ABC THE DRUM OPINION:
IS IT RACIST TO BAN ALCOHOL FROM SOME ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES?

– Analysis / Opinion

ABC The Drum Opinion:
Is it racist to ban alcohol from some Aboriginal communities?
http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/4433434.html
18 Dec 12: “A case in the High Court will test whether
banning alcohol from some Aboriginal communities is racist.
Elizabeth Watt argues it’s the ‘best bad idea we have’.
The great grog battle of Queensland is having its day in
High Court. After being charged with possessing a bottle of
bourbon and rum in a proscribed area in 2010, Palm Island
woman Joan Maloney brought her case before the full bench:
claiming that the Alcohol Management Plans (AMPs), which
have been in place in 19 remote Aboriginal communities
across the state, violated the 1975 Racial Discrimination
Act.” By Elizabeth Watt, a PhD Candidate in
Development Studies, Australian National University

See:

WGAR News: “High Court gives Congress chance to argue
equality before the law” (15 Dec 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/15/wgar-news-high-court-gives-congress-chance-to-argue-equality-before-the-law
[Congress: National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples]

WGAR News: Human Rights Law Centre:
High Court to hear landmark case on race discrimination
and “special measures” (15 Dec 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/15/wgar-news-high-court-gives-congress-chance-to-argue-equality-before-the-law

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– News

Australian: The Lowitja Institute is at risk of closure
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/the-lowitja-institute-is-at-risk-of-closure/story-fn9hm1pm-1226538657036
18 Dec 12: “THE Lowitja Institute, Australia’s only
national research body committed to Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander health, is at risk of closure. Despite the
Gillard government’s commitment to close the gap in health
by 2030, it has not yet committed to fund the institute
beyond June 30, 2014, putting at risk its research program.”

Koori Mail: Inquiry into Native Title Bill
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
17 Dec 12: “THE House of Representatives Standing Committee
on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs will
inquire into the Federal Government’s Native Title
Amendment Bill 2012. Labor MP Shayne Neumann, who chairs
the committee, said the Government was currently working on
improving the native title process and the present Bill had
been through an extensive consultation process. The
committee would consider if a progressive and fair balance
has been struck, Mr Neumann said. Submissions close on 31
January. The committee’s first hearing is scheduled for
Redfern, Sydney, on 8 February.”

Koori Mail: Islands handed over to Meriam people
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
17 Dec 12: “THE traditional island home of the late Eddie
‘Koiki’ Mabo has been returned to his people. On Friday,
the Queensland Government handed ownership of the islands
of Mer, Dauar and Waier -known as the Murray Islands – to
the Meriam people. It was the first Queensland Indigenous
land transfer to include a township. While the Meriam
people have held native title to the islands since 1992, a
Deed of Grant handed to the native title holders provides
them with inalienable freehold ownership.”

– Videos

SBS World News: Mer Island celebrates freehold title win
Source: Nancia Guivarra, NITV
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1721313/Mer-Island-celebrates-freehold-title-win
17 Dec 12: “Celebrations are continuing in the Torres
Strait, for many Meriam people, after the Queensland
government handed them freehold title to the rest of Mer
Island on Friday. It came twenty years after the historic
Mabo High Court decision set the ball rolling for native
title claims. … Three days earlier a group of Meriam
Elders tried to stop it going ahead by seeking an
injunction in the Supreme Court of Queensland. Michael
Passi is a member of the group which submitted the
application. They say not enough consultation occurred
with all Meriam people.”

SBS World News: Cultural tourism to replace Uluru climbing
Source: Ryan Liddle, NITV
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1721281/Cultural-tourism-to-replace-Uluru-climbing
17 Dec 12: “With climbing being gradually phased out at
Uluru, Parks Australia and Tourism Australia are working
with locals to establish new cultural tourism ventures,
NITV News reports. The Uluru climb has been a contentious
topic, but in 2010 the board of management decided access
would be phased out when climbing rates fell below the 20
per cent mark. The number of climbers has fallen since
tourism surveys began in the mid-90s. “Most people say it’s
out of respect for our traditional owners that they choose
not to climb,” said Park Resources Manager, Kerry Benison.”

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