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      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

      Contents:

      * 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 / Opinion

      NACCHO 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 News

      Australian:
      Risk intolerance killing local services in indigenous communties

      http://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, the
      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 / Opinion

      Global 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 Interview

      Triple R - Melbourne Independent Radio: Audio:
      Kulja and Donna talk to Chips Mackinolty
      about the Northern Territory Intervention

      http://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, Vic
      Exhibition: 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
      Video: http://vimeo.com/44793237
      Analysis: https://melbourneartcritic.wordpress.com/tag/nt-intervention/
      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



      - News

      Nine News: Let us take charge, indigenous NGOs say
      http://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 Media

      Alison Anderson, Minister for Regional Development:
      Stronger Futures Agreed

      http://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 2013

      http://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 2013

      http://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 Release

      SNAICC 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, Qld
      SNAICC’s Fifth National Conference
      For Our Children: Living and Learning Together

      Organised by SNAICC:
      Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care
      Keynote Speakers:
      * 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
      Islander children."
      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 Release

      SNAICC News: Media Release 31 May 2013
      - Visiting United Nations official Ms Marta Mauras Perez,
      calls for urgent attention

      http://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
      out-of-home care.
      “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 Release

      SNAICC News: Media Release 27 May 2013
      - Funding of early childhood education and care services
      a critical issue at SNAICC Conference

      http://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
      long-term future."
      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:


      - Video

      ABC iview: Head First - Episode 5 The Lost Boys
      http://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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