121228 – “Genuine Participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in Child Protection Decision-making”

* SNAICC News:
Genuine Participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Peoples in Child Protection Decision-making

* Leah Talbot & Dave Sweeney, ACF:
Looking to the mining industry to empower Indigenous
communities is a dangerous and fraught path

* Chris Graham At Large:
Is our children learning and are you’re politician’s listening?

* Gerry Georgatos, Indymedia Australia:
Is non-sniffable fuel really the answer?

* Sean Kerins, Crikey:
No room at the inn for Aboriginal customers in Borroloola
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention

* NIRS:
Fears of long-term effect from Northern Territory budget cuts

* CAAMA: Aboriginal young people in detention
* Background to Aboriginal imprisonment and Deaths in Custody

* SNAICC NEWS:
GENUINE PARTICIPATION OF ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT
ISLANDER PEOPLES IN CHILD PROTECTION DECISION-MAKING

– News

Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care:
SNAICC News: Genuine Participation of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Peoples in Child Protection Decision-making
http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=953
19 Dec 12: “The Participation Framework forms part of
SNAICC’s continuing work to promote self-determination for
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in child
protection decision-making. SNAICC believes that through
increased self-determination better outcomes can be
achieved for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
and families who come into contact with the child protection
system. Genuine participation is also key to effective
implementation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Child Placement Principle.”

See:

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.”

* LEAH TALBOT & DAVE SWEENEY, THE ACF:
LOOKING TO THE MINING INDUSTRY TO EMPOWER INDIGENOUS
COMMUNITIES IS A DANGEROUS AND FRAUGHT PATH

– Analysis / Opinion

The ACF: Looking to the mining industry to empower
Indigenous communities is a dangerous and fraught path
The Age: Green movement is here to help, not hinder, Aborigines
ACF: http://www.acfonline.org.au/news-media/acf-opinion/looking-mining-industry-empower-indigenous-communities-dangerous-and-fraught
Age: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/green-movement-is-here-to-help-not-hinder-aborigines-20121220-2bpim.html
21 Dec 12: “A CONSISTENT theme running through Professor
Marcia Langton’s recent Boyer Lectures is the idea that the
environment movement is standing in the way of indigenous
empowerment and that conservationists are ”new colonisers
under a green flag”. The accusation is way off the mark.
Long ago, the Australian Conservation Foundation recognised
that the best way to protect the environment in this
country was in partnership with those who have done this
for thousands of years, the Aboriginal traditional owners.
We have a positive vision for northern Australia … ”
By Leah Talbot and Dave Sweeney
* Leah Talbot, a Kuku Yalanji woman,
works for the Australian Conservation Foundation
* Dave Sweeney, works on nuclear, resource and Indigenous
issues with the Australian Conservation Foundation

See:

ACF – Australian Conservation Foundation
About us
http://www.acfonline.org.au/about-us
“ACF’s vision is a prosperous society in which the
principles of ecological sustainability, social justice and
human wellbeing are embedded in Australia’s decision-making
processes, in government, in business practices and in our
cultures.”

ABC Radio National: 2012 Boyer Lectures
The Quiet Revolution: Indigenous People and the Resources Boom
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/boyerlectures/
“The 53rd Boyer Lectures will be presented by Professor
Marcia Langton AM, Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies
at The University of Melbourne. The lectures’ subject will
be The Quiet Revolution: Indigenous People and the
Resources Boom. Prof Langton will look at the dependency
of Aboriginal businesses and not-for-profit corporations
on the resources industry and their resultant
vulnerability to economic downturns.”

Indymedia Australia:
Researcher argues new generation of deals can finally
empower Aboriginal communities
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/23/researcher-argues-new-generation-of-deals-can-finally-empower-aboriginal-communities
23 Dec 12: “Lily O’Neill is a PhD student with the
Agreements, Treaties and Negotiated Settlements Project, an
Australian Research project at the University of Melbourne
and she argues the case that agreements such as the
Kimberley LNG deal are the way forward for Aboriginal
communities otherwise languishing in poverty. … Human
Rights Alliance Indigenous spokeswoman Natalie Flower said
the Agreements, Treaties and Negotiated Settlements
Project run a defeatist argument of “get what you can and
work with it and not what you are entitled to.””
By Gerry Georgatos

* CHRIS GRAHAM AT LARGE:
IS OUR CHILDREN LEARNING AND ARE YOU’RE POLITICIAN’S LISTENING?

– Analysis / Opinion

Chris Graham At Large:
Is our children learning and are you’re politician’s listening?
http://chrisgrahamatlarge.com/2012/12/20/is-our-children-learning-and-are-youre-politicians-listening/
20 Dec 12: “ONE of the great ironies of the latest round of
hand-wringing over the results in the National Assessment
Program - Literacy and Numeracy (or NAPLAN) tests is that
while we flog our black kids for not learning fast enough 
- and the schools for not lifting their results - as a
nation we continue to fail to learn the lessons of our own
past. … And therein lies the solution. While there are a
host of factors that affect Aboriginal learning - poverty,
poor housing, home life - the core principle remains:
Aboriginal communities must determine Aboriginal
educational priorities.” By Chris Graham,
former managing editor of Tracker magazine,
founding editor of the National Indigenous Times,
a freelance writer based in Sydney

See:

Chris Graham At Large
http://chrisgrahamatlarge.com/

* GERRY GEORGATOS, INDYMEDIA AUSTRALIA:
IS NON-SNIFFABLE FUEL REALLY THE ANSWER?

– Analysis / Opinion

Indymedia Australia: Is non-sniffable fuel really the answer?
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/23/is-non-sniffable-fuel-really-the-answer
23 Dec 12: “The Human Rights Alliance Indigenous
spokeswoman Natalie Flower said if the best a Government
could do to try and reduce solvent abuse was to switch to
low aromatic fuels then they had not done their job. “It’s
certainly good to remove access to a substance that people
will abuse however the problem is still there, the problem
that someone who is prepared to petrol sniff, well they
will be prepared to find some other abuse to oneself to
stampede their mind into aberration, find relief from their
poverty, hopelessness, and lonesomeness. … ” said Ms
Flower.” By Gerry Georgatos

See:

WGAR News: Greens Senator Rachel Siewert:
Greens Opal Fuel Bill passes the Senate (30 Nov 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/30/wgar-news-grog-summit-outcomes-apo-nt-aboriginal-peak-organisations-northern-territory

Gerry Georgatos – Indymedia Australia
http://indymedia.org.au/users/gerry-georgatos

About Indymedia Australia
http://indymedia.org.au/about
“Indymedia is a collective providing a platform for
grassroots media-makers to create radical, accurate, and
passionate coverage of struggles and movements working for
social, environmental and economic justice.
Everyone is a witness. Everyone is a journalist.”

* SEAN KERINS, CRIKEY:
NO ROOM AT THE INN FOR ABORIGINAL CUSTOMERS IN BORROLOOLA

– News

Crikey:
No room at the inn for Aboriginal customers in Borroloola
http://www.crikey.com.au/2012/12/24/no-room-at-the-inn-for-aboriginal-customers-in-borroloola/
24 Dec 12: “Many Aboriginal people support booze bans in
local communities. But a raid on Chrisco hampers in the
Northern Territory left a bad taste. Sean Kerins of ANU’s
Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy reports from
Borroloola. … This type of activity has the look of
entrapment. It reeks of punishment. Aboriginal people see
it as deeply unfair. … Who is accountable for this
debacle? Perhaps it’s the Aboriginal drinkers, on the
lookout for grog to feed that constant desire, to numb
the pain of existence. But we know that Borroloola has
no dry-out place, no counselling services.” By Sean Kerins

See:

About Crikey
http://www.crikey.com.au/about/
“Crikey is Australian for independent journalism.
Crikey’s aim is very simple: to bring its readers the
inside word on what’s really going on in politics,
government, media, business, the arts, sport and other
aspects of public life in Australia.”

* BACKGROUND TO ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ NEW NT INTERVENTION LAWS:

Last updated: 22 December 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-stronger-futures-new-nt-intervention-laws

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Last updated: 19 December 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-northern-territory-nt-intervention

* NIRS:
FEARS OF LONG-TERM EFFECT FROM NORTHERN TERRITORY BUDGET CUTS

– News Analysis

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Fears of long-term effect from Northern Territory budget cuts
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/features/7714-fears-of-long-term-effect-from-nt-budget-cuts-
21 Dec 12: “The Northern Territory Government is being
warned cutting funds for programs for Aboriginal people
will have a long-term negative effect. … A number of
programs directly affecting Aboriginal people have also
had their funding slashed. Child care organisation Stronger
Aboriginal Families, Together (SAF,T) has lost half its
funding and is now having to restructure in order reduce
the scope of the services it provides. A spokesperson for
the group says it’s now expected to be an out-of-home care
provider and not more involved in prevention of children
being removed from their families.”

See:

WGAR News: Government cuts a major blow to the territory’s
vulnerable children and families: SNAICC (19 Dec 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/19/wgar-news-government-cuts-a-major-blow-to-the-territorys-vulnerable-children-and-families
[SNAICC:
Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care]

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

About the National Indigenous Radio Service
http://www.nirs.org.au/about-us/about-nirs
“The National Indigenous Radio Service Limited (NIRS) is a
national service provided from a hub station residing in
Brisbane. It networks material for Indigenous media
organisations that don’t have the staffing or capital
requirements to provide a 24-hour high quality broadcast
to their audience.”

* CAAMA: ABORIGINAL YOUNG PEOPLE IN DETENTION

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6

24 Dec 12: “A new report says just over half of all young
people being held in detention on an average June night in
Australia were Aboriginal.”

See:

About CAAMA
http://caama.com.au/
“The Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA)
began operations in 1980 and was the first Aboriginal
group to be allocated a broadcasting license.
The Aboriginal people of Central Australia own CAAMA
through an association regulated under the Incorporations
Act, and its objectives focus on the social, cultural and
economic advancement of Aboriginal peoples. … ”

* BACKGROUND TO ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT AND DEATHS IN CUSTODY:

Last updated: 21 December 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-aboriginal-imprisonment-and-deaths-in-custody

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