Speech of prominent Aboriginal Territorian Olga Havnen:
Healing the Fault Lines
Newsletter date: 4 June 2013
This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/06/03/wgar-news-speech-of-prominent-aboriginal-territorian-olga-havnen-healing-the-fault-lines
* NACCHO health news: Healing the Fault Lines:
uniting politicians, bureaucrats and NGOs for improved outcomes in Aboriginal Health
[Speech of prominent Aboriginal Territorian Olga Havnen]
* Debra Jopson, Global Mail: You Call That Racism?
[Northern Territory Aboriginal activist Olga Havnen]
* Triple R - Melbourne Independent Radio:
Audio: Kulja and Donna talk to Chips Mackinolty about the Northern Territory Intervention
* Nine News: Let us take charge, indigenous NGOs say
* Alison Anderson, NT Minister for Regional Development: Stronger Futures Agreed
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Background to 'Stronger Futures' new NT Intervention laws
* SNAICC News: Child protection issues a major focus at SNAICC National Conference (4 to 6 June 13)
* SNAICC News: Visiting United Nations official Ms Marta Mauras Perez, calls for urgent attention
* SNAICC News: Funding of early childhood education and care services a critical issue at SNAICC Conference (4 to 6 June 13)
* Other articles* NACCHO HEALTH NEWS:
HEALING THE FAULT LINES:
UNITING POLITICIANS, BUREAUCRATS AND NGOS
FOR IMPROVED OUTCOMES IN ABORIGINAL HEALTH
- Analysis / OpinionNACCHO health news: Healing the Fault Lines:
uniting politicians, bureaucrats and NGOs
for improved outcomes in Aboriginal Health
[National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation]http://nacchocommunique.com/2013/05/29/naccho-health-newshealing-the-fault-lines-uniting-politicians-bureaucrats-and-ngos-for-improved-outcomes-in-aboriginal-health/
29 May 13: "Prominent Aboriginal Territorian and the
current CEO of Danila Dilba Health Service Olga Havnen
argues that the "fault lines" between politicians,
bureaucrats and NGOs and the Aboriginal Community
Controlled Health sector must unite to make a real
difference. ... However, while we have been making some
advances in the Northern Territory, we face the potential
for a "race to the bottom" in Aboriginal health where the
interests of politicians, bureaucrats and NGOs potentially
outweigh the evidence of Aboriginal community control."
- Related NewsAustralian:
Risk intolerance killing local services in indigenous communtieshttp://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/risk-intolerance-killing-local-services-in-indigenous-communties/story-fn9hm1pm-1226652572060
29 May 13: "REMOTE indigenous communities are suffering
from a government culture of "risk intolerance" which has
diverted funding from community-led organisations, a
leading Aboriginal figure has said. Olga Havnen
Northern Territory's former co-ordinator general for remote
services, last night attacked successive governments for
choosing large non-government organisations for service
delivery ahead of smaller indigenous-led organisations."
Sarah Martin* DEBRA JOPSON, GLOBAL MAIL:
YOU CALL THAT RACISM?
- Analysis / OpinionGlobal Mail: You Call That Racism?http://www.theglobalmail.org/blog/you-call-that-racism/627/
"But who is going to apologise for Australia’s covert
racism? That’s the racism that Northern Territory
Aboriginal activist Olga Havnen
described in her Lowitja
O’Donoghue oration on Tuesday night in Adelaide. ... Havnen
was showing us what covert racism looks like. She spoke of
how misguided politicians and public servants have used the
Ginger Bread Men, ... to wrest control from indigenous
organisations in the Northern Territory." By Debra Jopson* TRIPLE R - MELBOURNE INDEPENDENT RADIO: AUDIO:
KULJA AND DONNA TALK TO CHIPS MACKINOLTY
ABOUT THE NORTHERN TERRITORY INTERVENTION
- Audio InterviewTriple R - Melbourne Independent Radio: Audio:
Kulja and Donna talk to Chips Mackinolty
about the Northern Territory Interventionhttp://www.rrr.org.au/whats-going-on/news/audio-kulja-and-donna-talk-to-chips-mackinolty-about-the-northern-territory-intervention/
28 May 13: "Audio: On Grapevine, Kulja and Donna talk to
Chips Mackinolty about the 2007 Northern Territory
Intervention, and the exhibition at the Counihan Gallery
'Ghost Citizens: Witnessing the Intervention'. Mackinolty
describes his personal reaction to government policy, and
the lasting effects that the Intervention has had upon
people living in the Territory."
- Current Event
Event: 17 May to 16 June 2013: Brunswick, Melbourne, VicExhibition: Ghost Citizens: Witnessing the Intervention
Opening Thu 16 May 2013
Counihan Gallery In Brunswick: http://www.moreland.vic.gov.au/arts-and-festivals/counihan-gallery.html
"Ghost Citizens: Witnessing the Intervention is about the
removal of citizen rights by the Federal government’s 'intervention',
(2007 - 2012) in the Northern Territory, seen through the
practices of Aboriginal and non-Indigenous artists."
"Using a range of media, the artists look at the return
to protectionist policy and the diminishing of an
Indigenous participatory voice: the loss of citizenship
rights, of the right to homelands and self-determination."
"Alison Alder, Bindi Cole, Fiona Foley, Dan Jones,
Vernon Ah Kee, Sally M. Mulda, Chips Mackinolty,
Fiona MacDonald, Amy Napurulla, Brendan Penzer,
Therese Ritchie, Deborah Vaughan, Jason Wing"
Curated by Jo Holder & Djon Mundine OAM
Event details: http://www.crossart.com.au/index.php/witnessing-the-intervention-counihan-gallery-melbourne-17-may-to-16-june-2013.html
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.moreland.vic.gov.au/arts-and-festivals/counihan-gallery/exhibition-program-counihan.html
WGAR Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-northern-territory-nt-intervention* NINE NEWS:
LET US TAKE CHARGE INDIGENOUS NGOS SAY
- NewsNine News: Let us take charge, indigenous NGOs sayhttp://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2013/05/30/19/59/let-us-take-charge-indigenous-ngos-say
30 May 13: "Indigenous people want to take charge of
development programs in the Northern Territory, because
they know how to work with their own people. Non-indigenous
groups have a tendency to rush in to "rescue" Aboriginal
people, but know very little about their ways of working,
a conference in Darwin has been told. Frank Hytten
, CEO of
the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child
Care, said there was a problem with working
cross-culturally in Australia."* ALISON ANDERSON, NT MINISTER FOR REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT:
STRONGER FUTURES AGREED
- News MediaAlison Anderson, Minister for Regional Development:
Stronger Futures Agreedhttp://newsroom.nt.gov.au/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewRelease&id=10914&d=5
31 May 13: "Today the Northern Territory Government put
pen-to-paper and signed off on the last of the nine
Implementation Plans for the Stronger Futures National
Partnership Agreement with the Federal Government. This
agreement will ensure that $3.5 billion in Commonwealth
funding will flow through to the Territory over 10 years.
Minister for Regional Development, Alison Anderson, said
this is great news for the Territory and will ensure the
continuation of many important programs and works that
were announced in Budget 2013. ... "* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:
Last updated: 23 May 2013http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-northern-territory-nt-intervention* BACKGROUND TO 'STRONGER FUTURES' NEW NT INTERVENTION LAWS:
Last updated: 23 May 2013http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-stronger-futures-new-nt-intervention-laws* SNAICC NEWS:
CHILD PROTECTION ISSUES A MAJOR FOCUS AT SNAICC NATIONAL CONFERENCE
- Media ReleaseSNAICC News: Media Release 30 May 2013
- Child protection issues a major focus at SNAICC National Conference
[Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care]http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1088
30 May 13: "How do we reduce the dramatically high and
increasing number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
children in out-home-home care in Australia?
And how do we ensure that the right of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander children in out-home-care to remain
connected to their family, their community and their
culture is respected?
The complex issues around these questions will be a major
focus of discussions at SNAICC’s Fifth National Conference
in Cairns from 4 to 6 June.
According to the latest figures, more than one third of the
39,600 children in out-of-home care are Aboriginal and-or
Torres Strait Islander - although they comprise only 4.6
per cent of the national child population - and they are
eight times more likely to be the subject of substantiated
child abuse and neglect.
"It is a totally unacceptable situation - far too many of
our children are being separated from their family at a
great human cost to those children and families," SNAICC
Chairperson Sharron Williams said.
"Clearly we need to find different solutions. There must be
a greater focus on early intervention and prevention, and
on boosting healing and family support services.
"We need to remove the harm and not the children.""
- Current Event
Event: 4 to 6 June 2013: Cairns, QldSNAICC’s Fifth National Conference
For Our Children: Living and Learning Together
Organised by SNAICC:
Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care
* Marta Maurás Perez (Chile)
* Cindy Blackstock (Canada)
* Assoc. Prof. Cynthia Kiro (New Zealand) - of Maori descent
* Prof. Judy Atkinson - a Jiman and Bundjalung woman
* Kathy Guthadjaka (Gotha) - a Gatjirrk Warramiri woman
living at Gawa (north-east Arnhem Land)
"The SNAICC National Conference is the largest
conference of its type in the southern hemisphere
and provides the opportunity for Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander organisations, policy makers,
researchers, government representatives, other
non-government organisations and industry
representatives to gather and make renewed
commitments to Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Keynote Speakers: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=931
Event details: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/dsp-default.cfm?loadref=67
Event details: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=965
SNAICC News: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1088
SNAICC News: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1087
SNAICC News: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1053
SNAICC News: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1044
SNAICC News: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1032
NIRS News: http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29184/Peak-child-care-group-to-hold-fifth-conference.html* SNAICC NEWS:
VISITING UNITED NATIONS OFFICIAL MS MARTA MAURAS PEREZ,
CALLS FOR URGENT ATTENTION
- Media ReleaseSNAICC News: Media Release 31 May 2013
- Visiting United Nations official Ms Marta Mauras Perez,
calls for urgent attentionhttp://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1089
31 May 13: "The recently retired Vice President of the UN
Committee on the Rights of the Child, Ms Marta Mauras
Perez, has called on the Australian Government to urgently
improve its efforts to redress persistent discrimination
against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
Ms Mauras Perez, who is visiting Australia next week and
speaking on behalf of the UN committee, said this
discrimination was particularly evident in Indigenous
children’s lack of access to basic services, and their very
high numbers in the juvenile justice system and
“Collective effort is needed to ensure that all children
have the same opportunities for a healthy and fulfilling
life. Evidence before the Committee in mid 2012 showed that
this is still not the case for Australia’s Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander children,” Ms Mauras Perez said. ... "* SNAICC NEWS:
FUNDING OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE SERVICES
A CRITICAL ISSUE AT SNAICC CONFERENCE
- Media ReleaseSNAICC News: Media Release 27 May 2013
- Funding of early childhood education and care services
a critical issue at SNAICC Conferencehttp://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1087
29 May 13: "The long-term funding and sustainability of
vital Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander integrated
early childhood and family support services will be a major
issue for discussion at SNAICC’s Fifth National Conference
in Cairns from 4 to 6 June.
SNAICC Deputy Chairperson (Early Childhood), Geraldine
Atkinson, said the uncertainty about the future of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services was reaching
a crisis point.
"Our services are central in efforts to give our children a
strong start and to close the gap on intergenerational
disadvantage," Ms Atkinson said.
"However, despite their proven worth, Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander early childhood and family support services
have been underfunded for years and face an uncertain
The Australian Government is currently reviewing the Budget
Based Funding Program, which funds 269 Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander early childhood services nationally, ...
"These centres have been providing culturally strong,
strengths based services to our communities most in need for
decades. Many of the services will be featured at the
conference for the amazing work they do for our children,"
Ms Atkinson said."
* OTHER ARTICLES:
- VideoABC iview: Head First - Episode 5 The Lost Boyshttp://www.abc.net.au/iview/#/program/39316
29 May 13: "Sabour heads to Arnhem Land to live under the
rules of the Intervention but ends up discovering a
generation of lost boys."
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