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      Aboriginal Peoples and the impact of the 2014 Federal Budget

      Newsletter date: 20 May 2014

      This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2014/05/19/wgar-news-aboriginal-peoples-and-the-impact-of-the-2014-federal-budget

      Contents:

      * Amy McQuire, The Guardian: Cash for jails: Tony Abbott's budget for Indigenous Australia

      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: "Warren Mundine, show your face," Tauto Sansbury [Featuring Tauto Sansbury]

      * Let's Talk's Tiga Bayles interviews Chris Graham speaking about and breaking down the recently announced Australian Budget
      * Let's Talk's Tiga Bayles interviews Mary Graham & Monica Morgan about the upcoming Budget announcement

      * NACCHO: CONGRESS 2014 Budget Response: Concern over impact of the Budget on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
      * NACCHO: NACCHO Budget Response: Pressure on Indigenous health outcomes

      * Statement by SNAICC Chairperson, Sharron Williams: Budget cuts will hurt Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families
      * SNAICC Media Release: End the damaging stalemate NOW on funding for Aboriginal Children and Family Centres

      * Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT): ALS News: An update on our services

      * IAHA Media Release - Allied Health Flies Under Budget Radar

      * ANTaR: A shocking Budget for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
      * ANTaR: New National Director says budget cuts must not come from those most in need - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
      * ANTaR: Government must explain how Indigenous policy overhaul will close the gap

      * Reconciliation Australia: 2014-15 Federal Budget Summary

      * NIRS: Weekly News In Review: 2014 Budget Special [Featuring Justin Mohamed, Nigel Scullion, Kirstie Parker, Shayne Neumann and Shane Duffy]

      * Tom Angley, The Wire: Indigenous leaders respond to budget pain [Featuring Joe Hockey, Kirstie Parker and Mick Gooda]

      * ABC The World Today: Indigenous groups fear impact of budget cuts [Featuring Kirstie Parker]
      * Michael Coggan, ABC News: Budget 2014: $534 million cut to Indigenous programs
      * ABC News: Budget 2014: fuel excise, cuts to Indigenous programs will hurt regional WA, say farmers and welfare groups

      * Greens Senator Rachel Siewert: Budget cuts make a mockery of Abbott's promise to be Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

      * Karen Ashford, SBS News: Funding cut jeopardises innovative Aboriginal learning program
      * Darren Mara, SBS News: Indigenous affairs hit by 'savage budget cuts'
      * Myles Morgan, NITV: Government to dramatically reduce Indigenous programs

      * Gareth Hutchens and Jonathan Swan, SMH: GP co-payment to hit indigenous population hard

      * CAAMA Radio: Clive Palmer Speaks Out! "We're all Australians you shouldn't just pick out people based on ethnicity"
      * Mikaela Simpson, The Wire: Clive Palmer hits out at indigenous treatment in Budget

      * Other News and Audio about the 2014 Federal Budget and Aboriginal Peoples

      * SNAICC Media Release: The skills, knowledge and experience of Indigenous people make our communities and families


      * AMY MCQUIRE, THE GUARDIAN:
      CASH FOR JAILS:
      TONY ABBOTT'S BUDGET FOR INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIA



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Guardian: Cash for jails: Tony Abbott's budget for Indigenous Australia
      http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/may/16/cash-for-gaols-tony-abbotts-budget-for-indigenous-australia
      16 May 14: "With its budget, the Abbott government has made
      clear what it means by Indigenous 'advancement': fewer
      services, and more funding for lockups ... Put simply, you
      don’t make communities safer by locking up their men, in
      many cases for the "victimless crime" of driving
      unregistered or unlicensed. You make them safer by
      investing in adequate health, housing, employment and
      education opportunities – measures which aren’t explained
      in these budget papers. ... " Amy McQuire,
      a Darumbal and South sea islander journalist;
      editor of Tracker Magazine;
      a researcher on John Pilger's Utopia documentary


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      "WARREN MUNDINE, SHOW YOUR FACE," TAUTO SANSBURY
      [FEATURING TAUTO SANSBURY]



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer: "Warren Mundine, show your face," Tauto Sansbury
      http://thestringer.com.au/warren-mundine-show-your-face-tauto-sansbury/
      14 May 14: "Budget 2014 is a nightmare for First Peoples
      according to a former long serving health manager and the
      Chair of South Australia’s Narungga’s Peoples. Mr Sansbury
      said that the Budget outcomes compound disadvantage and that
      "the budget cuts will cost lives." But he said it is now
      time for the Prime Minister’s adviser on Indigenous issues,
      Warren Mundine, to front the nation, to front First Peoples,
      "to show his face and explain to us how $534 million can be
      taken away from one of the most disadvantaged peoples on
      this earth." "I am wondering where Mr Mundine is, why he has
      not said a word about the $534 million cuts, why he has not
      explained to us how it will all work from here?""
      By Gerry Georgatos,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner


      * LET'S TALK'S TIGA BAYLES INTERVIEWS CHRIS GRAHAM
      SPEAKING ABOUT AND BREAKING DOWN THE RECENTLY ANNOUNCED AUSTRALIAN BUDGET



      - Audio Interview

      Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
      Let's Talk - Chris Graham

      http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/lets-talk/
      14 May 14: "Freelance Journalist and editor of Tracker
      Magazine. Speaking about and breaking down the recently
      announced Australian Budget."
      Listen to this interview on-line:
      http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/chris-graham-78/


      * LET'S TALK'S TIGA BAYLES INTERVIEWS MARY GRAHAM & MONICA MORGAN
      ABOUT THE UPCOMING BUDGET ANNOUNCEMENT



      - Audio Interview

      Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
      Let's Talk - Mary Graham & Monica Morgan

      http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/lets-talk/
      13 May 14: "Mary Graham & Monica Morgan speaking about the
      upcoming Budget announcement, Self Determination and Treaties."
      Listen to this interview on-line:
      http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/mary-graham-monica-morgan/


      * NACCHO:
      CONGRESS 2014 BUDGET RESPONSE:
      CONCERN OVER IMPACT OF THE BUDGET ON ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLES


      - Media Release

      NACCHO: CONGRESS 2014 Budget Response:
      Concern over impact of the Budget on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

      [NACCHO: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation]
      [Congress: National Congress of Australia's First Peoples]

      NACCHO: http://nacchocommunique.com/2014/05/16/congress-2014-budget-response/
      Congress: http://nationalcongress.com.au/congress-2014-budget-response/
      IAHA: http://iaha.com.au/concern-over-impact-of-the-budget-on-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-peoples/
      15 May 14: "Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples will
      suffer disproportionately under the 2014 Federal Budget,
      according to the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples.
      "General and specific Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
      measures in the Budget are already causing considerable
      anxiety amongst our peoples," said Congress Co-Chair
      Kirstie Parker
      .
      "Our people are amongst the sickest, poorest and most
      marginalised Australians, so the pain of some measures
      will be felt especially hard by us.
      "These include the introduction of GP co-payments and
      raising of the pension age, coupled with a cut of more than
      half a billion dollars to Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander programs over the next five years. Yet another
      major overhaul of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
      programs, no long-term funding certainty for our health and
      legal services or clarity around measures to Close the Gap,
      and undermining of Congress as the only national independent
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative body." ... "


      * NACCHO:
      NACCHO BUDGET RESPONSE:
      PRESSURE ON INDIGENOUS HEALTH OUTCOMES


      - News

      NACCHO: NACCHO Budget Response: Pressure on Indigenous health outcomes
      [NACCHO: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation]
      http://nacchocommunique.com/2014/05/14/naccho-budget-response-pressure-on-indigenous-health-outcomes/
      14 May 14: "The National Aboriginal Community Controlled
      Health Organisation (NACCHO) has welcomed continued funding
      for the 150 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services
      around Australia announced/confirmed in Budget 2014. Justin
      Mohamed
      , Chair of the National Aboriginal Community
      Controlled Health Organisation, said the Aboriginal
      population is growing and demand for services is increasing
      at more than 6% per year. "The 2014 Budget funding means we
      can continue to provide high quality, culturally
      appropriate health care to our people for another year,"
      Mr Mohamed said today. "However, we also need long-term
      planning and budget resources to build on recent health
      gains and create lasting improvements to the health of
      Aboriginal people. ... ""


      * STATEMENT BY SNAICC CHAIRPERSON, SHARRON WILLIAMS:
      BUDGET CUTS WILL HURT ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CHILDREN AND FAMILIES


      - Media Release

      SNAICC News: Media Release 15 May 2014
      - Budget cuts will hurt Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families
      Statement by SNAICC Chairperson, Sharron Williams

      [SNAICC: Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care]
      http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1436
      http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/dsp-default-e.cfm?loadref=86&txnid=1603&txnctype=resource&txncstype=document
      15 May 14: "Cuts announced in the Federal Budget on Tuesday
      will place even more pressure on some of the most
      disadvantaged citizens in Australia - Aboriginal and Torres
      Strait Islander children and their families - and reduce
      their access to some crucial services.
      SNAICC believes the cuts to Indigenous early childhood
      education and care, health and legal services seriously
      compromise the Abbott Government’s Closing the Gap efforts
      and will inflict even more stress on our families and
      communities.
      SNAICC is extremely disappointed that the Australian
      Government will not fund the 38 Aboriginal Children and
      Family Centres beyond June 2014. The Government’s decision
      to turn its back on these critically important services
      means their funding and future is now in the hands of state
      and territory governments - many of whom say they cannot
      feasibly fund them over the long-term. This is a serious
      setback for our children, families and communities. ...
      The Australian Government has also announced a $3.7m cut to
      the Budget Based Funding program, under which the vast
      majority of Indigenous community-controlled early childhood
      services are funded. ... "


      * SNAICC MEDIA RELEASE:
      END THE DAMAGING STALEMATE NOW ON FUNDING FOR ABORIGINAL CHILDREN AND FAMILY CENTRES



      - Media Release

      SNAICC News: Media Release 12 May 2014
      - End the damaging stalemate NOW on funding for Aboriginal Children and Family Centres

      [SNAICC: Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care]
      http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1429
      12 May 14: "The national peak body for Indigenous children
      and families, SNAICC, has called on the Australian
      Government and state-territory governments to end the
      damaging stalemate over funding of the 38 new Aboriginal
      and Torres Strait Islander Children and Family Centres
      (ACFCs) across Australia.
      The 38 ACFCs represent a $300m investment by COAG under the
      National Partnership Agreement on Indigenous Early Childhood
      Development between the Australian Government and
      state-territory governments.
      The centres were created to deliver integrated services,
      including health, parenting, family support, and early
      childhood education and development to Aboriginal and Torres
      Strait Islander children families living in disadvantaged
      areas across Australia.
      Funding under the agreement ends on 30 June 2014 and ACFCs
      are yet to be advised about funding arrangements beyond this
      date - only seven weeks away. The Australian Government has
      indicated that funding for the centres should become a state
      responsibility, but no state-territory government has
      accepted that this is the case (although Queensland and WA
      have put in place interim arrangements).
      SNAICC Chairperson Sharron Williams said the stand-off
      between the two levels of government was a totally
      unacceptable situation. ... "


      * ABORIGINAL LEGAL SERVICE (NSW/ACT):
      ALS NEWS:
      AN UPDATE ON OUR SERVICES


      - Analysis / Opinion

      Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT): ALS News: An update on our services
      http://www.alsnswact.org.au/news_items/110
      http://www.alsnswact.org.au/wasup
      14 May 14: "The 2014 Federal Budget was delivered to the
      Australian public this week. ... Aboriginal Legal Services
      and three other federally funded legal services were already
      cut by $43.1 million over four years when the mid-year
      Budget was announced in December 2013. That translated to a
      cut of $13.4 million over four years for Aboriginal and
      Torres Strait Islander Legal Services around the country,
      or locally, a 4.5% cut to our ALS budget. Following the
      December 2013 announcement, ALS began making some
      adjustments to absorb the cuts, ... "


      * IAHA MEDIA RELEASE
      - ALLIED HEALTH FLIES UNDER BUDGET RADAR



      - Media Release

      IAHA Media Release - Allied Health Flies Under Budget Radar
      [IAHA: Indigenous Allied Health Australia]
      http://iaha.com.au/iaha-media-release-allied-health-flies-under-budget-radar/
      14 May 14: "Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA), the
      national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied
      health peak body, hopes that the minimal mention of allied
      health in recent Australian government budget announcements
      does not reflect the importance the government places on
      allied health in meeting the holistic health and wellbeing
      needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
      "IAHA supports the government’s commitment to building a
      sustainable health workforce that is well distributed and
      equipped to meet the diverse needs of all Australians,
      including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and
      those living in rural and remote communities," said Ms Faye
      McMillan
      , IAHA Chairperson. "However the health workforce
      comprises more than doctors."
      "Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing
      outcomes are strongly influenced by complex and interrelated
      factors including social, historical, political and cultural
      determinants," said Ms Donna Murray, CEO of IAHA. "Allied
      health professionals are ideally placed to impact on these
      determinants as they operate within widely diverse settings
      across health, education, justice and community sectors. It
      will be essential the government recognises the potential
      negative health impact of cuts across these sectors as it
      reviews all Indigenous programmes." ... "


      * ANTaR:
      A SHOCKING BUDGET FOR ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLE



      - Analysis

      ANTaR: A shocking Budget for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
      http://antar.org.au/news/a-shocking-budget-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-people
      16 May 14: "See our info graphic on the shocking budget
      cuts and impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
      people."


      * ANTaR:
      NEW NATIONAL DIRECTOR SAYS BUDGET CUTS MUST NOT COME FROM THOSE MOST IN NEED
      - ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLE


      - Media Release

      ANTaR: New National Director says budget cuts must not come from those most in need
      - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

      http://antar.org.au/reports/budget-cuts-must-not-come-those-most-need-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-people
      http://antar.org.au/sites/default/files/antar_pre-budget_release_final.pdf
      12 May 14: "New National Director for ANTaR, Mr Andrew Meehan
      today said that government should not be cutting investment to
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs, communities and
      organisations in the budget tomorrow.
      He said that across every social and economic indicator,
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as a group are
      the most disadvantaged in the country.
      "Investing less in Aboriginal programs, communities and
      organisations would mean government would be less likely to
      meet the commitments it has made to closing the gap and
      addressing Indigenous disadvantage." Mr Meehan said.
      "The Prime Minister has made some strong commitments to
      closing the gap and placing Indigenous affairs at the heart
      of his government, but some of the recommendations in the
      Commission of Audit Report would make meeting these
      commitments harder." He said.
      Mr Meehan said that the Medicare Co-payment would have a
      disproportionate effect on Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander people, who, on average, are poorer and unhealthier. ...
      Working together in genuine partnership with, and supporting,
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations like
      Congress, NATSILS, NACCHO and other organisations is what
      government needs to do."


      * ANTaR:
      GOVERNMENT MUST EXPLAIN HOW INDIGENOUS POLICY OVERHAUL WILL CLOSE THE GAP


      - Media Release

      ANTaR: government must explain how Indigenous policy overhaul will close the gap
      http://antar.org.au/reports/government-must-explain-how-indigenous-policy-overhaul-will-close-gap
      http://antar.org.au/sites/default/files/antar_budget_release_14may14_final.pdf
      14 May 14: "ANTaR today called on government to show how
      the budget measures in Indigenous affairs will close the
      gap in Indigenous disadvantage.
      National Director Mr Andrew Meehan said that there are
      sweeping changes to the way government will be working in
      Indigenous affairs contained in the budget, including a
      $534 million cut and a new ‘Indigenous Advancement Strategy’
      approach.
      "This consolidation is a big change that appears to move
      away from closing the gap." He said.
      "The government has made strong commitments to closing the
      gap but it is unclear how the changes will meet them." He
      said.
      "Government needs to explain this and how they will engage
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their
      representatives on the overhaul which will see the 150
      Indigenous programs consolidated into just five." He said.
      He said that while ANTaR supported changes that ensured
      more investment reached Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander people through reduced red tap, there was real
      concern at the $165 million to be cut from Indigenous
      health and the absence of detail around how the cut would
      be made. ... "


      - Related News

      ANTaR: 2014 - 2015 Federal Budget
      - Government must explain how Indigenous policy overhaul will close the gap

      http://antar.org.au/news/2014-2015-federal-budget-government-must-explain-how-indigenous-policy-overhaul-will-close-gap
      14 May 14: "ANTaR today called on government to show how
      the budget measures in Indigenous affairs will close the
      gap in Indigenous disadvantage. "Government needs to
      explain how the changes will meet their committments to
      closing the gap and how they will engage Aboriginal and
      Torres Strait Islander people and their representatives on
      the overhall to Indigenous Affairs.""


      * RECONCILIATION AUSTRALIA:
      2014-15 FEDERAL BUDGET SUMMARY



      - Analysis

      Reconciliation Australia: 2014-15 Federal Budget Summary
      http://www.reconciliation.org.au/news/2014-15-federal-budget-summary/
      13 May 14: "* The 2014-15 Federal Budget outlines a total
      of $549.4 million of savings from Indigenous programs. This
      includes $15m from Congress and $534.4m from program
      consolidation within Prime Minister & Cabinet (PM&C).
      * It is not clear from the Budget what programs will be cut
      or consolidated as part of the changes within PM&C. There is
      very little detail on the savings within PM&C outlined in
      the Budget Papers. ... "


      * NIRS:
      WEEKLY NEWS IN REVIEW:
      2014 BUDGET SPECIAL
      [FEATURING JUSTIN MOHAMED, NIGEL SCULLION, KIRSTIE PARKER, SHAYNE NEUMANN AND SHANE DUFFY]



      - Audio

      NIRS: Weekly News In Review Episode 16 - 2014 BUDGET Special
      Please find attached a drop box link to the
      National Indigenous Radio Services
      ‘Weekly News In Review -  2014 BUDGET’ Special.

      https://www.dropbox.com/sh/smsbd9pv1p5sqm0/AAA8EAMD78gZOYtY-35_m9Gxa
      15 May 14: "It features interviews with:
      * NACCHO Chair Justin Mohamed;
      * Federal Indigenous Affairs Minster Nigel Scullion;
      * Congress Co-Chair Kirstie Parker;
      * Opposition Labor Minister for Indigenous Affairs Shayne Neumann; and
      * Chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
      Legal Service Shane Duffy."


      * TOM ANGLEY, THE WIRE:
      INDIGENOUS LEADERS RESPOND TO BUDGET PAIN
      [FEATURING JOE HOCKEY, KIRSTIE PARKER AND MICK GOODA]



      - Audio

      The Wire: Indigenous leaders respond to budget pain
      Produced by Tom Angley
      http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=11534
      14 May 14: "Indigenous affairs were hit hard in last night's
      budget, with more than half a billion dollars in cuts. The
      government will slash 500-plus programs and services down to
      five, claiming the current system is inefficient and
      encourages duplication. But Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander leaders fear cuts will only widen the gap between
      Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. ...
      Featured in story:
      * Joe Hockey, Treasurer
      * Kirstie Parker, National Congress of Australia’s First People Co-Chair
      * Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner"


      * ABC THE WORLD TODAY:
      INDIGENOUS GROUPS FEAR IMPACT OF BUDGET CUTS
      [FEATURING KIRSTIE PARKER]



      - Audio

      ABC The World Today: Indigenous groups fear impact of budget cuts
      http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2014/s4005113.htm
      15 May 14: "KIRSTIE PARKER: We think our people will suffer
      disproportionately under budget measures, not just general
      measures such as the Medicare co-payment and the raising of
      the pension age, given that we are amongst the sickest and
      the most marginalised and poorest of Australians, but also
      the specific measures around Indigenous affairs are of
      serious concern to us.
      MICHAEL COGGAN: Kirstie Parker, from the representative body
      the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, says
      without more detail the cuts will create policy confusion."


      * MICHAEL COGGAN, ABC NEWS:
      BUDGET 2014:
      $534 MILLION CUT TO INDIGENOUS PROGRAMS



      - News

      ABC News: Budget 2014: $534 million cut to Indigenous programs
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-13/budget-2014-534-cut-to-indigenous-programs-and-health/5451144
      16 May 14: "Over the next five years $534 million will be
      cut from Indigenous programs administered by the Prime
      Minister and Cabinet and Health portfolios. ... Opposition
      Indigenous affairs spokesman Shayne Neumann says Tony
      Abbott can no longer be considered the Prime Minister for
      Indigenous Australia ... Mr Neumann has also criticised
      the Government for failing to make any commitment to the
      National Partnership Agreement for Indigenous Early
      Childhood Development. Mr Neumann says without extra funding
      it is likely that 38 Indigenous childhood development
      centres across the country will close."
      By the National Reporting Team's Michael Coggan,
      reporting on Northern Territory issues since 1996


      * ABC NEWS:
      BUDGET 2014:
      FUEL EXCISE, CUTS TO INDIGENOUS PROGRAMS WILL HURT REGIONAL WA,
      SAY FARMERS AND WELFARE GROUPS



      - News

      ABC News: Budget 2014: fuel excise, cuts to Indigenous programs will hurt regional WA,
      say farmers and welfare groups

      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-14/fuel-excise-and-cuts-to-indigenous-programs-will-hurt-regional-/5453126
      15 May 14: "The increase in the fuel excise levy and deep
      cuts to Indigenous funding announced in last night's federal
      budget will hit regional Western Australia hard, interest
      groups say. ... One of the biggest cuts announced was a $500
      million reduction in Indigenous spending. The Government
      confirmed 150 programs would be streamlined into five,
      targeting increased Aboriginal employment, school attendance
      and community safety. ... Labor Senator Nova Peris said the
      cuts target some of Australia's most vulnerable."


      * GREENS SENATOR RACHEL SIEWERT:
      BUDGET CUTS MAKE A MOCKERY OF ABBOTT'S PROMISE
      TO BE PRIME MINISTER FOR ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS



      - Media Release

      Greens Senator Rachel Siewert:
      Budget cuts make a mockery of Abbott's promise to be Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

      http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/budget-cuts-make-mockery-abbott%E2%80%99s-promise-be-prime-minister-aboriginal-affa-0
      14 May 14: "The Australian Greens said today that the
      self-proclaimed Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs has
      failed the very people he said he was going to be there for
      and support.
      "I hold grave fears for our ability to Close the Gap in life
      expectancy and health outcomes within a generation when more
      than half a billion dollars is being taken out of the
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples portfolio,"
      Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues said today.
      "Tony Abbott's budget has stripped $534 million from the
      portfolio as is consolidates 150 programs for Aboriginal and
      Torres Strait Islander people into five. This appears to
      include a significant cut of $165.8 in of health programs,
      which is very disturbing.
      "There is a great deal of confusion about which programs will
      be affected. The Government has sent letters to community
      organisations who are just two months away from the end of
      their funding, saying some may be extended, but offering no
      certainty. This is unacceptable so close to the new financial
      year.
      "The Government cuts and changes have been made with no
      proper consultation with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
      people, which is a very disturbing sign given Tony Abbott's
      commitment to be the Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. ... ""


      * KAREN ASHFORD, SBS NEWS:
      FUNDING CUT JEOPARDISES INNOVATIVE ABORIGINAL LEARNING PROGRAM



      - Analysis / Opinion and Audio

      SBS News: Funding cut jeopardises innovative Aboriginal learning program
      Source: World News Radio
      http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/05/12/funding-cut-jeopardises-innovative-aboriginal-learning-program
      12 May 14: "A small-scale but ground breaking program on
      South Australia's APY Lands is producing stunning results in
      early childhood education, in a region with amongst the
      poorest educational outcomes in the nation. Instead of
      waiting until pre-school to begin lessons, Aboriginal
      children are getting learning from birth - and by the time
      they reach school age they're surpassing children years
      ahead of them. However, as Karen Ashford reports, those
      involved in the project have been told no further funding's
      available to keep it going." By Karen Ashford


      * DARREN MARA, SBS NEWS:
      INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS HIT BY 'SAVAGE BUDGET CUTS'



      - Video and Audio

      SBS News: Indigenous affairs hit by 'savage budget cuts'
      http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/05/14/indigenous-affairs-hit-savage-budget-cuts
      14 May 14: "Indigenous affairs have taken some of the most
      savage budget cuts. ... Before his election last September,
      Tony Abbott claimed he'd be a Prime Minister for Indigenous
      affairs. But in his government's first budget, Indigenous
      affairs have taken some of the most savage cuts. The budget
      will see cuts to Indigenous spending by more than
      half-a-billion dollars over five years in a significant
      shake-up. The chairman of the National Aboriginal Community
      Controlled Health Organisation, Justin Mohamed, says he
      believes as much as $90 million could come out of Indigenous
      health services. ... " By Darren Mara


      * MYLES MORGAN, NITV:
      GOVERNMENT TO DRAMATICALLY REDUCE INDIGENOUS PROGRAMS



      - Video and Audio

      NITV: Government to dramatically reduce Indigenous programs
      http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/05/13/government-dramatically-reduce-indigenous-programs
      13 May 14: "It appears the Indigenous Advancement Strategy
      will have to operate without the country's peak body for
      Indigenous people. The Labor government promised $15 million
      to the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples in its
      Budget last year. The Coalition's budget shows that funding
      will cease almost immediately from July. Legal aid services
      and the National Tobacco Campaign will also take a hit,
      losing $15 million and $3 million respectively."
      By Myles Morgan


      * GARETH HUTCHENS AND JONATHAN SWAN, SMH:
      GP CO-PAYMENT TO HIT INDIGENOUS POPULATION HARD


      - Analysis / Opinion

      SMH: GP co-payment to hit indigenous population hard
      http://www.smh.com.au/national/gp-copayment-to-hit-indigenous-population-hard-20140517-38gwa.html
      18 May 14: "The largest Aboriginal medical service in the
      Northern Territory has slammed the Abbott government's $7 GP
      co-payment policy. And medical experts say the policy could
      widen the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous health.
      On another front, the nation's peak body for Aboriginal
      health - the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health
      Organisation (NACCHO) - says it is unsure if some of its 150
      medical centres will lose tax-exempt status when the
      co-payment policy is introduced in July next year."
      Gareth Hutchens and Jonathan Swan


      * CAAMA RADIO:
      CLIVE PALMER SPEAKS OUT!
      "WE'RE ALL AUSTRALIANS YOU SHOULDN'T JUST PICK OUT PEOPLE BASED ON ETHNICITY"



      - Audio Interview

      Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
      Clive Palmer Speaks Out! "We're all Australians you shouldn't just pick out people based on ethnicity"

      http://caama.com.au/palmer-were-all-australians-you-shouldnt-just-pick-out-people-based-on-ethnicity
      15 May 14: "The Budget fall out continues and as reported
      Aboriginal people will worse off under the Abbott
      government’s budget. Treasurer Joe Hockey handed down $534
      Million Dollars worth of cuts from Aboriginal programs
      across the country. ... However, other parties have said we
      cannot stand by idly and let the government deliver a budget
      based on lies and deceit. Member for Fairfax Clive Palmer
      has criticised Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey for their decision
      to scrap funding for the Indigenous sector."


      * MIKAELA SIMPSON, THE WIRE:
      CLIVE PALMER HITS OUT AT INDIGENOUS TREATMENT IN BUDGET



      - Audio Interview

      The Wire: Clive Palmer hits out at indigenous treatment in Budget
      Produced by Mikaela Simpson
      http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=11541
      15 May 14: "Indigenous Australia has big changes ahead
      after the May budget. The government has deicided to
      streamline 150 indigenous organsations into six, with a
      saving of over 500 million, and mining entrepreneur and
      newly minted politician Clive Palmer is not happy."


      * OTHER NEWS AND AUDIO
      ABOUT THE 2014 FEDERAL BUDGET AND ABORIGINAL PEOPLES



      - News

      Pro Bono News: Indigenous Health Budget Slashed
      http://www.probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2014/05/indigenous-health-budget-slashed#
      14 May 14: "Indigenous Not for Profit Reconciliation
      Australia has asked what programs will need go to make the
      $165 million savings as part of the Federal Budget’s cuts to
      Indigenous health. ... "While we agree that consolidation
      can deliver greater efficiency and effectiveness any
      consolidation must be informed by evidence and a proper
      evaluation of existing programs," Reconciliation Australia
      co-chairs Dr Tom Calma and Melinda Cilento said. ...
      "The time for evidence-based decision making and policy
      development is long overdue. ... ""


      - News

      Daily Telegraph: Cuts will hit indigenous people hard
      http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/cuts-will-hit-indigenous-people-hard/story-fni0xqi3-1226917894155
      14 May 14: "INDIGENOUS groups aren't buying government
      assurances that planned cuts won't hit frontline services,
      warning more jails will be needed to cope with the fall-out.
      They believe they have taken a disproportionate blow in the
      budget, with consolidation of 150 dedicated programs, and
      mainstream changes like co-payments for GP visits. The
      pension age will be lifted to 70, higher than the average
      life expectancy of indigenous men and just three years lower
      than for women."


      - News

      The Australian: The remote 'can ill afford co-payment', says Tom Calma
      http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/budget-2014/the-remote-can-ill-afford-copayment-says-tom-calma/story-fnmbxudx-1226919398206#
      16 May 14: "THE indigenous leader who helped trigger the
      government’s Closing the Gap response says Aborigines and
      Torres Strait Islanders should be exempt from the Medicare
      co-payment until their health is on a par with other
      Australians. Canberra University chancellor Tom Calma,
      whose landmark 2005 report laid the foundations for the
      Closing the Gap campaign and the Council of Australian
      Governments’ Closing the Gap response, has expressed serious
      concerns about how the GP co-payment will play out in remote
      towns and communities." Victoria Laurie


      - Audio Interview

      Living Black Radio: Indigenous Affairs Minister says no frontline job cuts
      http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/335717/t/Indigenous-Affairs-Minister-says-no-frontline-job-cuts/in/english
      14 May 14: "Nigel Scullion speaks on Budget 2014 ... The
      Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion is
      adamant that frontline services, including frontline jobs,
      will not be affected by cuts within his portfolio of
      Indigneous Affairs. More than half a billion dollars has
      been slashed from overall Indigenous spending, including
      235 million from Indigenous Affairs directly, and
      343-million coming from other areas including from the
      Health area. ... Nigel Scullion is speaking with Marc Tong"
      By Michelle Aleksandrovics Lovegrove


      * SNAICC MEDIA RELEASE:
      THE SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
      MAKE OUR COMMUNITIES AND FAMILIES



      - Media Release

      SNAICC News: Media Release 15 May 2014
      - The skills, knowledge and experience of Indigenous people make our communities and families

      [SNAICC: Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care]
      http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1433
      15 May 14: "Today marks the start of National Families Week,
      the annual event held by Families Australia to recognise the
      fundamental importance of families. This year’s theme is
      Stronger Families: Stronger Communities.
      The theme highlights the important role families play in our
      communities and that community wellbeing is enhanced by
      family wellbeing. ...
      It is a timely opportunity to remind governments that - in
      their critical role to promote the economic, social and
      cultural wellbeing of families and communities — it’s not
      just about expenditure, it’s also about the strengths and
      values embedded in Indigenous policies and programs,
      including the benefits of community control.
      Governments and non-government organisations can support
      our families and communities by encouraging the meaningful
      engagement and partnership of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander citizens in the design and delivery of policies
      and programs that affect their lives. ... "

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