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      Date: 25 November 2013 09:05
      Subject: [WGAR-news] Australia: Indigenous legal aid cuts must not go ahead: Greens Senators Rachel Siewert & Penny Wright
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      Indigenous legal aid cuts must not go ahead:
      Greens Senators Rachel Siewert & Penny Wright


      Newsletter date: 25 November 2013

      This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/11/24/wgar-news-indigenous-legal-aid-cuts-must-not-go-ahead-greens-senators-rachel-siewert-penn

      Contents:

      * Greens Senators Rachel Siewert & Penny Wright: Indigenous legal aid cuts must not go ahead
      * Amy McQuire, Tracker: Come clean on Indigenous legal aid cuts: Greens
      * Brooke Boney, NITV News: Nova Peris questions Indigenous legal aid cuts
      * WGAR News: Coalition's proposed cuts 'a heartless decision' says ALSWA: Aboriginal Legal Service WA (9 Sep 13)
      * Background to Justice Reinvestment, Aboriginal imprisonment and Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

      * Amy McQuire, Tracker: White justice crippling a community
      * Amy McQuire, Tracker: The ghosts of Bowraville
      * Amy McQuire, Tracker: Compounding a community's ongoing grief
      * Matt Deans, Coffs Coast Advocate: Lands Council joins the march for Bowraville justice

      * North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA): The evidence on alcohol is in - again
      * Andrea Nierhoff, SBS Radionews: Concerns over NT alcohol control plans
      * 9 News: APOs will disadvantage Aboriginal people
      * Ildi Amon, SBS Radionews: FASD higher in NT's Indigenous: study
      * Background to the NT Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Bill

      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Tragedy of two Yamatji deaths lead to calls for equality
      * The Stringer: Hundreds emotional in Geraldton rally


      * GREENS SENATORS RACHEL SIEWERT & PENNY WRIGHT:
      INDIGENOUS LEGAL AID CUTS MUST NOT GO AHEAD



      - Media Release

      Greens Senators Rachel Siewert & Penny Wright:
      Indigenous legal aid cuts must not go ahead

      Rachel Siewert: http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/indigenous-legal-aid-cuts-must-not-go-ahead
      Penny Wright: http://penny-wright.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/indigenous-legal-aid-cuts-must-not-go-ahead
      19 Nov 13: "Prime Minister Tony Abbott must urgently
      clarify if he intends to reverse his party's election
      promise to make multi-million dollar cuts to indigenous
      legal aid, say the Australian Greens.
      The Attorney General's Department last night confirmed
      frontline services could not be isolated from the $42
      million cut to indigenous legal aid funding under
      questioning from Senator Rachel Siewert and Senator Penny
      Wright.
      "If these cuts go ahead, it's a sure thing more Aboriginal
      and Torres Strait Islander people will end up in jail
      because they won't be getting quality advice," said
      Senator Siewert, Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and
      Torres Strait Islander Issues. ...
      Australian Greens Legal Affairs spokesperson Senator
      Wright said the Government was creating confusion in the
      legal aid sector by continually changing their story.
      "The Coalition originally tried to claim this money would
      only affect advocacy services, now they're creating huge
      uncertainty by saying it may not happen at all and it's all
      still part of the budget process," Senator Wright said. ... ""


      * AMY MCQUIRE, TRACKER:
      COME CLEAN ON INDIGENOUS LEGAL AID CUTS:
      GREENS



      - News

      newsTracker: Come clean on Indigenous legal aid cuts: Greens
      http://tracker.org.au/2013/11/come-clean-on-indigenous-legal-aid-cuts-siewert/
      19 Nov 13: "NATIONAL: The Australian Greens have called on
      Prime Minister Tony Abbott to clarify whether he will make
      cuts to Aboriginal legal aid. The Coalition announced it
      would slash $42 million over four years from the Indigenous
      Policy Reform Program during the election campaign. Eight
      Aboriginal legal aid organisations from across Australia
      are funded under the program. The Coalition claims the
      funding cuts will only affect the organisations at an
      administrative and policy level. But those in the sector
      claim it will have an impact on service delivery ... "
      By Amy McQuire, editor of Tracker; a Darumbal and South Sea
      Islander woman who hails from Rockhampton in Queensland


      * BROOKE BONEY, NITV NEWS:
      NOVA PERIS QUESTIONS INDIGENOUS LEGAL AID CUTS



      - Video

      NITV News: Nova Peris questions Indigenous legal aid cuts
      By Brooke Boney; Source NITV News
      http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2013/11/19/attorney-general-cut-42-million-dollars-indigenous-legal-aide
      19 Nov 13: "It had been announced that funding would be
      reduced by $42 million but the Government now says it might
      reverse that decision. In the Senate Estimates Hearing on
      Legal Affairs today, the Government conceded there's no way
      of knowing if cutting that funding will affect frontline
      services in Indigenous communities. "It would be impossible
      for us to estimate exactly how much effort goes into
      precisely that issue, because the program now is fused
      there's no separate allocation for that," says Kym Duggan
      from the  Attorney-General's Department. ... " By Brooke Boney


      * WGAR NEWS:
      COALITION'S PROPOSED CUTS 'A HEARTLESS DECISION' SAYS ALSWA:
      ABORIGINAL LEGAL SERVICE WA
      (9 SEP 13)



      - Compilation

      WGAR News: Coalition's proposed cuts 'a heartless decision' says ALSWA: Aboriginal Legal Service WA (9 Sep 13)
      http://indymedia.org.au/2013/09/08/wgar-news-coalitions-proposed-cuts-a-heartless-decision-says-alswa-aboriginal-legal-servi
      "Contents:
      * Coalition's proposed cuts 'a heartless decision' says ALSWA
      * Amy McQuire, Tracker: WA Aboriginal legal aid service hits out at Coalition's "heartless" cuts
      * NATSILS: Coalition signals 20 per cent funding cut to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Legal Services
      * ALRM - Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement: Shame!!Shame!!Shame!!
      * Jane Lee, The Age: Coalition cuts to indigenous legal aid under fire
      * Jane Lee, The Age: Jail risk 'higher for indigenous' under Coalition tenure
      * Patricia Karvelas, The Australian: 'Not a good start for PM for indigenous Australians'
      * ABC News: Coalition caned over claims of cash cuts
      * ACOSS concerned by proposed cuts to Aboriginal legal services and foreign aid"


      * BACKGROUND TO JUSTICE REINVESTMENT,
      ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT AND
      ABORIGINAL DEATHS IN CUSTODY:


      Last updated: 10 November 2013

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


      * AMY MCQUIRE, TRACKER:
      WHITE JUSTICE CRIPPLING A COMMUNITY



      - Analysis / Opinion

      agendaTracker: White justice crippling a community
      http://tracker.org.au/2013/11/white-justice-crippling-a-community/
      20 Nov 13: "NATIONAL: ... In no way do I want to take away
      from the tragedy of these two cases, and the overwhelming
      sense of pain their families feel. But I do want to make
      the point that, just as Australians rose up for justice for
      them, just as newspapers placed it on their front pages,
      and politicians marched in solidarity, the same concern
      should be afforded to three Aboriginal children who were
      murdered on the mid-north coast more than two decades ago. ... "
      By Amy McQuire, a Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman
      who hails from Rockhampton in Queensland; editor of Tracker


      * AMY MCQUIRE, TRACKER:
      THE GHOSTS OF BOWRAVILLE



      - Analysis / Opinion

      agendaTracker: The ghosts of Bowraville
      http://tracker.org.au/2013/11/the-ghosts-of-bowraville/
      12 Nov 13: "NATIONAL: Three children were murdered on the
      Bowraville mission within five months of each other in 1990
      to 1991. Only one man stands accused of these crimes, but
      thanks to a series of spectacular failures in the original
      police investigation – and a racist and apathetic justice
      system – he has never been convicted, writes AMY McQUIRE*."
      By Amy McQuire, a Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman
      who hails from Rockhampton in Queensland; editor of Tracker


      * AMY MCQUIRE, TRACKER:
      COMPOUNDING A COMMUNITY'S ONGOING GRIEF



      - News

      newsTracker: Compounding a community's ongoing grief
      http://tracker.org.au/2013/11/compounding-a-communitys-ongoing-grief/
      12 Nov 13: "NATIONAL: In 1997, the investigation into the
      murders of Colleen Walker, Evelyn Greenup and Clinton
      Speedy Duroux was re-opened, led by Detective Inspector
      Gary Jubelin and former Detective Sergeant Jason Evers.
      It took them over a decade and countless visits to rebuild
      the trust of the community. In 2011, Det Sgt Evers told ABC
      Four Corners the identity of the killer was patently obvious.
      "I could make a cop show out of this and it wouldn’t get to
      the first ad break because it’d all be over, because the
      summation is that quick. There’s no challenge to it." ... "
      By Amy McQuire, a Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman
      who hails from Rockhampton in Queensland; editor of Tracker


      * MATT DEANS, COFFS COAST ADVOCATE:
      LANDS COUNCIL JOINS THE MARCH FOR BOWRAVILLE JUSTICE



      - News

      Coffs Coast Advocate: Lands Council joins the march for Bowraville justice
      http://www.coffscoastadvocate.com.au/news/aboriginal-lands-council-joins-the-march-for-bowra/2091270/
      21 Nov 13: " AUSTRALIA'S largest Aboriginal member-based
      organisation has called on the NSW Government to show
      compassion to the families of the three murdered Bowraville
      children. The NSW Aboriginal Lands Council has added its
      support to the protest in Sydney's Hyde Park today where
      the families of Colleen Craig-Walker, 16, Evelyn Greenup,
      4, and Clinton Speedy-Duroux, 16, and their supporters will
      march on Macquarie Street. Despite several trials, the
      acquittal of a police suspect and a coronial inquest, no
      person has been convicted of the children's murders at
      Bowraville mission between 1990 and 1991." Matt Deans


      * NORTH AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL JUSTICE AGENCY (NAAJA):
      THE EVIDENCE ON ALCOHOL IS IN - AGAIN



      - Media Release

      North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency: The evidence on alcohol is in - again
      http://www.naaja.org.au/index.php/component/attachments/download/149.html
      http://www.naaja.org.au/index.php/news/media-releases.html
      20 Nov 13: "The North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency
      (NAAJA) has called for the NT Government to act on the
      evidence and take real steps to address alcohol-related
      harm in the NT.
      The Australian National Council on Drugs report released
      today highlights that 60% of all police attendances
      (including 90% of late-night calls) involve alcohol and
      one in 5 hospitalisations of people under 25 are due to
      alcohol.
      The report calls for urgent action on:
      1. Availability - the amount of venues we have and licensing hours;
      2. Price, where some wine costs less than bottled water; and
      3. Promotion- to regulate the advertising of alcohol.
      ‘The NT Government needs to get serious about tackling
      alcohol supply instead of relying on police and prisons to
      respond to a complicated health and social issue’ said
      NAAJA CEO Priscilla Collins. ... "


      * ANDREA NIERHOFF, SBS RADIONEWS:
      CONCERNS OVER NT ALCOHOL CONTROL PLANS



      - Audio

      SBS Radionews: Concerns over NT alcohol control plans
      By Andrea Nierhoff
      http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/301769/Concerns-over-NT-alcohol-control-plans
      21 Nov 13: "Critics describe the Northern Territory's
      Alcohol Protection Orders as 'misguided'. ...  The
      Melbourne-based Human Rights Law Centre is also critical of
      the proposals. Spokesman Ben Schokman says the new scheme is
      unlikely to succeed. And he worries it will lead to further
      discrimination against the Territory's large Indigenous
      population. "One of the concerns that always emerges from
      powers that are quite broadly drafted and where there is
      large discretion that is given to police to enforce them is
      that it ends up being particular communities that are
      disproportionately affected. ... "" By Andrea Nierhoff


      * 9 NEWS:
      APOS WILL DISADVANTAGE ABORIGINAL PEOPLE



      - News

      9 News: APOs will disadvantage Aboriginal people
      http://news.ninemsn.com.au/health/2013/11/21/17/46/apos-will-disadvantage-aboriginal-people
      21 Nov 13: "Alcohol protection orders being rushed through
      the Northern Territory's Parliament will disadvantage
      Aboriginal people and criminalise alcoholism, an Aboriginal
      legal aid agency says. Alcohol Protection Orders (APOs) are
      set to be introduced to parliament next week, and have not
      been subject to a consultation process, the North
      Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) says. It is
      concerned the bill will be passed with little scrutiny, and
      it has far-reaching consequences, chief executive Priscilla
      Collins says."


      * ILDI AMON, SBS RADIONEWS:
      FASD HIGHER IN NT'S INDIGENOUS: STUDY



      - Audio

      SBS Radionews: FASD higher in NT's Indigenous: study
      By Ildi Amon
      http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/301731/FASD-higher-in-NT-s-Indigenous-study
      20 Nov 13: "New research in the Northern Territory
      indicates higher levels of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
      among Indigenous children. ... The research commissioned by
      the Northern Territory government shows the disorders are
      particularly common in communities where there's generally
      a high level of problematic alcohol use. Researcher Pruce
      Walker says a lack of education about the risk is partly to
      blame for the number of Indigenous children with
      alcohol-related health issues." By Ildi Amon


      * BACKGROUND TO THE NT ALCOHOL MANDATORY TREATMENT BILL

      Last updated: 10 November 2013

      http://indymedia.org.au/2013/07/03/background-to-the-nt-alcohol-mandatory-treatment-bill-northern-territory-government-austr


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      TRAGEDY OF TWO YAMATJI DEATHS LEAD TO CALLS FOR EQUALITY



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer: Tragedy of two Yamatji deaths lead to calls for equality
      http://thestringer.com.au/tragedy-of-two-yamatji-deaths-lead-to-calls-for-equality/
      1 Nov 13: "The racial tensions that boiled over in the
      Western Australian coastal town of Geraldton after the hit
      and run deaths of two 40-year-old Yamatjis who were walking
      their children, has led to calls for equality and justice
      before the law - for Aboriginal peoples. The father of one
      of the victims, Wayne Warner has said that the driver had
      compassion shown to him that would not have been shown to
      an Aboriginal person. "What is the difference between a
      black life and a white life? Are we worth less?" said Mr
      Warner." By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      * THE STRINGER:
      HUNDREDS EMOTIONAL IN GERALDTON RALLY


      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer: Hundreds emotional in Geraldton rally
      http://thestringer.com.au/hundreds-emotional-in-geraldton-rally/
      8 Nov 13: "Yesterday, a crowd of more than 500, the majority
      Yamatjis, surrounded the court house of the West Australian
      coastal town of Geraldton as emotions boiled over the hit
      and run death of two 40-year-old Yamatjis early last month.
      Some of the protesters stormed the court house, allegedly
      breaking down a door and smashing a window. They were upset
      after the 27-year-old hit and run driver was granted bail.
      The crowd of 500 subsided to a five-hour-long rally in the
      town centre, calling for justice before the law and in
      general in society for Aboriginal peoples, ... " The Stringer

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