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      "call for action to reduce high number of Aboriginal Children in out-of-home care"

      Newsletter date: 9 June 2013

      This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/06/08/wgar-news-call-for-action-to-reduce-high-number-of-aboriginal-children-in-out-of-home-car

      Contents:

      * SNAICC News: Delegates call for action to reduce high number of Aboriginal Children in out-of-home care
      * SBS Radionews: Remove harm, not children: Indigenous advocates
      * Northern Territory (NT) Forced Aboriginal Adoption Media Coverage
      * Vimeo: Adam Giles, Child Protection from CAAMA

      * SNAICC News: Our governments have failed Indigenous children Canadian First Nations advocate tells SNAICC
      * Pro Bono News: Governments Have Failed Indigenous Children
      * SBS Radionews: Australia failing Indigenous child rights obligations

      * NACCHO: Download the Closing the Gap progress report: small steps make ongoing commitment vital
      * Greens Senator Rachel Siewert: WA's gap in Aboriginal mortality is the nation's worst
      * Greens Senator Rachel Siewert: Government cooperation needed to deliver better closing the gap outcomes
      * Sydney eScholarship Repository: Closing the Gap on Indigenous Disadvantage
      * John Lawrence, ABC: Incarceration 'cancer' blamed on disadvantage


      * SNAICC NEWS:
      DELEGATES CALL FOR ACTION TO REDUCE HIGH NUMBER OF
      ABORIGINAL CHILDREN IN OUT-OF-HOME CARE


      - Media Release

      SNAICC News: Media Release 6 June 2013
      Delegates call for action to reduce high number of
      Aboriginal Children in out-of-home care

      [SNAICC: Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care]
      http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1094
      6 Jun 13: "Delegates at SNAICC’s Fifth National Conference
      in Cairns today unanimously endorsed a national campaign to
      halve the dramatically high number of Aboriginal and Torres
      Strait Islander children in out-of-home care by 2018.
      In an emotionally-charged atmosphere, delegates at the
      children’s conference - the biggest forum of its type ever
      held - committed to support the national campaign and take
      action to achieve its objective by 2018.
      SNAICC will partner a number of agencies (see background
      information) in running the campaign, which will seek to
      create a groundswell of support from the Australian community
      to change what one conference speaker described as "our
      national shame".
      In mid-2012, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
      accounted for over one third of the 39,900 children in
      out-of-home care across Australia. Indigenous children are
      being removed from their families at rates higher than at
      any time during the Stolen Generations eras."


      - Past 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


      * SBS RADIONEWS:
      REMOVE HARM, NOT CHILDREN:
      INDIGENOUS ADVOCATES



      - Audio

      SBS Radionews: Remove harm, not children: Indigenous advocates
      By Hannah Sinclair
      http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/270781/Remove-harm-not-children-Indigenous-advocates
      5 Jun 13: "Advocacy groups for Indigenous and Torres Strait
      Islander children say governments need to do more to
      prevent family disruption in Indigenous communities. ...
      The high number of Indigenous children in out-of-home care
      has been put under the spotlight at a national conference
      in Cairns. Advocates are urging federal and local
      governments to adopt a holistic approach to child welfare
      and protection. Hannah Sinclair reports."


      * NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) FORCED ABORIGINAL ADOPTION
      MEDIA COVERAGE



      - Campaign

      Keeping Them Home Campaign
      'concerned Australians': http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/
      Respect and Listen: http://www.respectandlisten.org/
      STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney): [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/


      - Compilations

      Respect and Listen: Keeping Them Home: Media Coverage
      [scroll down page] http://www.respectandlisten.org/

      WGAR News: Do forced adoptions mean forced assimilation?:
      Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney
      (5 Jun 13)
      http://indymedia.org.au/2013/06/04/wgar-news-do-forced-adoptions-mean-forced-assimilation-stop-the-intervention-collective-s

      WGAR News: Keeping Them Home
      - Stop the forced removal of Aboriginal children from their families
      (Sorry Day - 26 May 13)
      http://indymedia.org.au/2013/05/26/wgar-news-keeping-them-home-stop-the-forced-removal-of-aboriginal-children-from-their-fam

      WGAR News: Keeping them Home
      - What have we learnt from Bringing them Home?: ACM Sydney
      (23 May 13)
      http://indymedia.org.au/2013/05/22/wgar-news-keeping-them-home-what-have-we-learnt-from-bringing-them-home-acm-sydney

      WGAR News: Indigenous adoption push prompts Stolen Generation fears:
      ABC Radio Australia Video
      (18 May 13)
      http://indymedia.org.au/2013/05/17/wgar-news-indigenous-adoption-push-prompts-stolen-generation-fears-abc-radio-australia-vi


      - Audio

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Intervention hasn't made kids safer: STICS

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29350/Intervention-hasn%27t-made-kids-safer%3A-STICS.html
      5 Jun 13: "A group campaigning against the Northern
      Territory Intervention says it hasn’t resulted in safer
      conditions for children. Sue Gillett, from Stop the
      Intervention Collective, Sydney (STICS), is a former child
      protection policy worker. Ms. Gillett has slammed the NT
      Chief Minister for suggesting the Government could move to
      put more neglected Aboriginal children up for adoption."


      * VIMEO:
      ADAM GILES, CHILD PROTECTION
      FROM CAAMA



      - Video

      Vimeo: Adam Giles, Child Protection from CAAMA
      http://vimeo.com/67543820
      4 Jun 13


      * SNAICC NEWS:
      OUR GOVERNMENTS HAVE FAILED INDIGENOUS CHILDREN
      CANADIAN FIRST NATIONS ADVOCATE TELLS SNAICC



      - Media Release

      SNAICC News: Media Release 4 June 2013
      - Our governments have failed Indigenous children
      Canadian First Nations advocate tells SNAICC

      [SNAICC: Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care]
      http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1093
      4 Jun 13: "Canadian children’s rights advocate Cindy
      Blackstock has told the largest-ever conference on
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children that
      children are powerful advocates for their own rights - and
      governments in Canada and Australia have failed their most
      vulnerable children.
      Professor Blackstock, Director of The Caring Society of
      Canada and Associate Professor at the University of
      Alberta, told delegates at the fifth SNAICC National
      Conference that the key to progress was greater engagement
      and participation by children themselves in programs and
      services that affected them.
      "We work for children - so we need to work with children to
      ensure we are doing right by them and their families,"
      Cindy said.
      "Similar to Aboriginal children in Australia, First Nations
      children in Canada are overrepresented in child welfare
      care due to neglect driven by poverty, poor housing and
      substance misuse."
      "Governments are simply not doing all they can." ... "


      - Related News

      Australian: Call to arms for indigenous kids
      http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/call-to-arms-for-indigenous-kids/story-fn59niix-1226657348337
      5 Jun 13: "FORMER New Zealand Children's Commissioner Cindy
      Kiro will today call for Australia governments to combine
      education, justice, housing and health responsibilities to
      address the plight of indigenous children. In a speech to
      the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child
      Care conference in Cairns, Dr Kiro says the lack of a
      united approach can no longer be tolerated."
      Patricia Karvelas


      * PRO BONO NEWS:
      GOVERNMENTS HAVE FAILED INDIGENOUS CHILDREN



      - News

      Pro Bono News: Governments Have Failed Indigenous Children
      http://www.probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2013/06/governments-have-failed-indigenous-children
      4 Jun 13: " A Canadian children’s rights advocate has told
      a major conference on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
      children that children are powerful advocates for their own
      rights - and governments in Canada and Australia have
      failed their most vulnerable children. Professor Cindy
      Blackstock, ... told delegates at the fifth Secretariat of
      National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC)
      National Conference in Cairns that the key to progress was
      greater engagement and participation by children themselves
      in programs and services that affected them."


      * SBS RADIONEWS:
      AUSTRALIA FAILING INDIGENOUS CHILD RIGHTS OBLIGATIONS



      - Audio Interview

      SBS Radionews:
      Australia failing Indigenous child rights obligations

      By Stefan Armbruster
      http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/270691/Australia-failing-Indigenous-child-rights-obligations
      5 Jun 13: "A United Nations official says Australia is not
      meeting its international treaty obligations over the
      treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander children.
      The recently retired vice-president of the Committee for
      the Rights of the Child, Marta Mauras last year oversaw a
      critical UN review of Australia. Speaking for the committee
      at the National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care
      conference in Cairns, she said indigenous children suffered
      widespread discrimination in government services. Ms Mauras
      spoke to Queensland correspondent Stefan Armbruster about
      how the committee views Australia's record."


      * NACCHO:
      DOWNLOAD THE CLOSING THE GAP PROGRESS REPORT:
      SMALL STEPS MAKE ONGOING COMMITMENT VITAL



      - Media Release

      NACCHO Aboriginal Health News Alerts:
      NACCHO press release:
      Download the Closing the Gap progress report:
      small steps make ongoing commitment vital

      [NACCHO: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation]
      http://nacchocommunique.com/2013/06/05/naccho-press-release-download-the-closing-the-gap-progress-report-small-steps-make-ongoing-commitment-vital/
      5 Jun 13: "Closing the Gap on track: but more to be done
      The National Community Controlled Health Organisation
      (NACCHO) today welcomed the Closing the Gap Progress Report
      findings as confirmation that the program is working, but
      that there is still more to be done to ensure that the gap
      between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and other
      Australians does not widen. ...
      NACCHO Chair, Justin Mohamed (pictured above), said that it
      was imperative to continue the good progress made in halving
      the gap in child death rates, improving early childhood
      education and year 12 or equivalent attainment. ...
      "The Close The Gap programs are working towards achieving
      their goal, and improving the health and life expectancy of
      Aboriginal Australians," said Mr Mohamed.
      "The 150 Aboriginal community controlled health organisations
      (ACCHOs) that NACCHO represents continue to work to improve
      Aboriginal health and wellbeing across the board at a local
      community level, providing over 75 per cent of the work
      on-the-ground to Close The Gap. ... " said Mr Mohamed."


      - Related Audio

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Peak health group: Life expectancy is a long-term issue

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29348/Peak-health-group%3A-Life-expectancy-is-a-long-term-issue.html
      5 Jun 13: "The peak Aboriginal community health group,
      NACCHO, says it’s still too early to see if Closing the Gap
      targets on life expectancy are working or not. ... NACCHO
      boss Justin Mohamed says turning around high smoking rates,
      poor diets and a lack of exercise may take decades. Mr.
      Mohamed wants a long-term commitment from governments, not
      just three or four year funding investments."


      - Related News

      newsTracker: Progress lagging on life expectancy gap
      http://tracker.org.au/2013/06/progress-lagging-on-life-expectancy-gap/
      5 Jun 13: "NATIONAL: More action is needed to close the
      life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous
      Australians to meet the 2031 target, a national report
      warns. The life expectancy gap is 11.5 years for men and
      9.7 years for women. In 2008, federal, state and territory
      governments agreed on six targets to tackle indigenous
      disadvantage in life expectancy, health, education and
      employment."


      * GREENS SENATOR RACHEL SIEWERT:
      WA'S GAP IN ABORIGINAL MORTALITY IS THE NATION'S WORST



      - Media Release

      Greens Senator Rachel Siewert:
      WA's gap in Aboriginal mortality is the nation's worst

      http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/was-gap-aboriginal-mortality-nations-worst
      5 Jun 13: "The Australian Greens have expressed very
      serious concerns that the WA Government has reportedly not
      entered into negotiations with the Federal Government on a
      new funding agreement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander health.
      "Today's COAG Reform Council report shows that WA has the
      nation's biggest discrepancy in mortality rates for
      Aboriginal people compared to non-Aboriginal people,"
      Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues said today.
      "Aboriginal people in our state are dying at the rate of
      1322.1 per 100,000; whereas for non-Aboriginal people,
      the rate is 582.4.
      "The difference itself is 783.7 people per 100,000 - the
      highest in the nation. While this gap is reducing, there
      is no published target for WA, so we cannot measure the
      progress being made.
      "The mortality rate for Aboriginal children in WA is three
      and a half times that of other kids. ... " [Senator Siewert
      said]"


      * GREENS SENATOR RACHEL SIEWERT:
      GOVERNMENT COOPERATION NEEDED TO DELIVER BETTER
      CLOSING THE GAP OUTCOMES



      - Media Release

      Greens Senator Rachel Siewert:
      Government cooperation needed to deliver better
      closing the gap outcomes

      http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/government-cooperation-needed-deliver-better-closing-gap-outcomes
      5 Jun 13: "The Australian Greens say more cooperation is
      needed between the states, territories and federal
      government to deliver better closing the gap outcomes for
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
      "Today's COAG Reform Council report shows areas of
      improvement in some closing the gap targets, but not the
      broad improvement that we need," Senator Rachel Siewert,
      Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres
      Strait Islander Issues said today.
      "I am pleased to see figures to suggest child mortality
      rates are on track to be halved and that goals around year
      12 education and early childhood education are also looking
      better. However, in regards to outcomes especially in
      relation to numeracy, clearly some work is still needed in
      the education system.
      "In spite of this, mortality rates are double those of
      non-indigenous children, and the rate is triple in the
      Northern Territory. This is unacceptable in a supposedly
      first world nation, and shows there is still much work to
      be done.
      "Efforts to improve closing the gap outcomes require
      strong, long term investment and cooperation between our
      governments that goes beyond politicking, beyond party
      lines and beyond state and federal bickering. " [Senator
      Siewert said]"


      * SYDNEY ESCHOLARSHIP REPOSITORY:
      CLOSING THE GAP ON INDIGENOUS DISADVANTAGE



      - Analysis / Opinion

      Sydney eScholarship Repository:
      Closing the Gap on Indigenous Disadvantage

      An analysis of provisions in the 2013-14 Budget and
      implementation of the Indigenous Chronic Disease Package

      SES: http://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/handle/2123/9115
      NACCHO: http://nacchocommunique.com/2013/05/31/naccho-closing-the-gap-report-analysis-of-provisions-in-the-2013-14-budget-of-the-indigenous-chronic-disease-package/
      29 May 13: "Abstract: This paper presents the author’s
      analysis of the Indigenous provisions in the Australian
      Government’s 2013-14 Budget in the context of current and
      past strategies, policies, programs and funding support. It
      also looks at the implementation and impact of the
      Commonwealth’s Indigenous Chronic Disease Package. This
      work has been done using only materials and data that are
      publicly available. The opinions expressed are solely those
      of the author who takes responsibility for them and for any
      inadvertent errors. ... " Lesley Russell,
      Menzies Centre for Health Policy


      * JOHN LAWRENCE, ABC:
      INCARCERATION 'CANCER' BLAMED ON DISADVANTAGE



      - News

      ABC: Incarceration 'cancer' blamed on disadvantage
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-06-06/nt-bar-association-on-indigenous-incarceration-coag-council-rep/4736794
      6 Jun 13: "The Northern Territory Bar Association says the
      latest Closing the Gap report suggests Indigenous
      disadvantage is still contributing to a "cancer" of high
      Aboriginal incarceration rates in Australia. The Association
      says that in the last 20 years the Aboriginal prisoner
      population has increased by 268 per cent nationally, and in
      the last six years by 80 per cent in the Territory.
      Association president John Lawrence says it appears
      Australian governments have learned nothing from the Royal
      Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody 25 years ago."
      By John Lawrence

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