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      Date: 23 December 2013 09:26
      Subject: [WGAR-news] Australia: First Peoples Voice will Not be Silenced: Statement from Congress National Board
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      First Peoples Voice will Not be Silenced:
      Statement from Congress National Board


      Newsletter date: 23 December 2013

      This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/12/22/wgar-news-first-peoples-voice-will-not-be-silenced-statement-from-congress-national-board

      Contents:

      * National Congress of Australia's First Peoples: First Peoples Voice will not be Silenced - Statement from Congress National Board
      * National Congress of Australia's First Peoples: Congress Condemns Cuts
      * NATSILS - National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services: Government cuts support for National Congress
      * Dan Harrison, SMH: Indigenous organisation to defy Tony Abbott funding cut
      * Kaye Lee, The Australian Independent Media Network: Putting our First People last
      * Mid North Coast Greens: The Government has proposed cuts to the funding for Aboriginal legal services and the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
      * Patricia Karvelas, The Australian: Aboriginal congress told funding will go
      * Patricia Karvelas, The Australian: First Peoples body vows to continue despite funding cut
      * Background to National Congress of Australia's First Peoples

      * WGAR News: NATSILS Factsheet: funding cuts to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (22 Dec 13)


      * NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AUSTRALIA'S FIRST PEOPLES:
      FIRST PEOPLES VOICE WILL NOT BE SILENCED
      - STATEMENT FROM CONGRESS NATIONAL BOARD



      - Statement

      National Congress of Australia's First Peoples:
      First Peoples Voice will not be Silenced
      Statement from Congress National Board

      http://nationalcongress.com.au/first-peoples-voice-will-not-be-silenced/
      19 Dec 13: "The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
      (Congress) promised its members and supporters today that it
      will continue as a strong, fearless national representative
      body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
      Congress Co-Chairs Kirstie Parker and Les Malezer met with
      Congress Board Directors to assess the Government’s
      announcement that it will, in all likelihood, renege on an
      official $15 million funding commitment in the 2013 Budget.
      Our founders protected Congress from the whims of Government
      by ensuring we were established as an independent company
      owned and operated by our Peoples – not as a construct of
      the Government.
      Congress was also established based on the right to make
      decisions for ourselves. This is clearly articulated in the
      UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Article 18:
      Indigenous peoples have the right to participate in
      decision-making in matters which would affect their rights,
      through representatives chosen by themselves in accordance
      with their own procedures, as well as to maintain and develop
      their own indigenous decision-making institutions.
      We will continue to fight for the issues that are important to
      us as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. ... "


      - Related Audio Interview

      National Indigenous Radio Service's 'Weekly News In Review'
      Download: https://www.dropbox.com/s/9tp8dzesf56veau/MASTER%20WNIR%20201213.mp3
      20 Dec 13: "It includes interviews with -
      * Congress Co-Chair Les Malezer,
      * ATSILS Chair Shane Duffy,
      * Australian Green’s Senator Penny Wright,
      * Dr Mark McMillan and
      * Professor Gillian Triggs."

      [The NIRS WNIR may expire after about a week,
      so if you want to listen to these interviews
      you will need to download them soon.]


      * NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AUSTRALIA'S FIRST PEOPLES:
      CONGRESS CONDEMNS CUTS



      - News

      National Congress of Australia's First Peoples: Congress Condemns Cuts
      http://nationalcongress.com.au/congress-condemns-cuts/
      17 Dec 13: "The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
      (Congress) strongly opposes the decision by the Federal
      Government to cut funding to community controlled
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations. The
      government’s ‘hit or miss’ funding cuts to our
      organisations, at the beginning of their term and before
      the completion of their highly-publicised inquiries,
      endangers the collaborative approach offered by the Prime
      Minister. ... "


      * NATSILS - NATIONAL ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER LEGAL SERVICES:
      GOVERNMENT CUTS SUPPORT FOR NATIONAL CONGRESS



      - Media Release

      NATSILS - National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services:
      Government cuts support for National Congress
      - 20 December 2013
      http://www.natsils.org.au/News/MediaReleases.aspx
      http://www.natsils.org.au/portals/natsils/Media%20Releases/20-12-13%20NATSILS%20MR%20Government%20cuts%20support%20for%20National%20Congress.pdf
      20 Dec 13: "Today the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander Legal Services (NATSILS) express concern at the
      Australian Government’s announcement that it will, in all
      likelihood, renege on an official $15 million funding
      commitment in the 2013 Budget towards the National Congress
      of Australia’s First Peoples (Congress).
      NATSILS Chairperson, Shane Duffy, said that Congress
      fulfils a vital role in representing the rights of
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
      "Congress was created in respect of the fundamental right
      of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to
      participate in decision-making in relation to matters which
      affect them," Mr Duffy said.
      "The  Government’s announcement that it will be withdrawing
      support for Congress calls into question whether the
      Government is committed to working with Aboriginal and
      Torres Strait Islander peoples and listening to what they
      have to say." ... "


      * DAN HARRISON, SMH:
      INDIGENOUS ORGANISATION TO DEFY TONY ABBOTT FUNDING CUT



      - News

      SMH: Indigenous organisation to defy Tony Abbott funding cut
      SMH: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/indigenous-organisation-to-defy-tony-abbott-funding-cut-20131219-2znr4.html
      NACCHO: http://nacchocommunique.com/2013/12/20/naccho-political-news-aboriginal-organisation-to-defy-tony-abbott-funding-cut/
      19 Dec 13: "The leaders of the national representative body
      for indigenous people have vowed to continue as a
      "fearless" voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
      peoples, despite the Abbott government indicating it is
      likely to cut its funding. The National Congress of
      Australia’s First Peoples was set up in 2010 with an
      initial Commonwealth funding allocation of $29.2 million
      over five years. While it was envisaged that the
      organisation would become financially self-sufficient over
      time, it is yet to reach this stage." Dan Harrison,
      Health and Indigenous Affairs Correspondent for Fairfax Media,
      based in Canberra


      * KAYE LEE, THE AUSTRALIAN INDEPENDENT MEDIA NETWORK:
      PUTTING OUR FIRST PEOPLE LAST



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Australian Independent Media Network: Putting our First People last.
      http://theaimn.com/2013/12/20/putting-our-first-people-last/comment-page-1/
      20 Dec 13: " ... So I was somewhat surprised to hear Mr
      Mundine, in response to the funding cuts to the National
      Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, state that his
      committee was not intended to be a representative body, but
      was created to provide policy advice to government. Does
      that imply that policy should not represent what the
      people want and that the committee will tell the people
      what they need? Labor’s spokesman on indigenous affairs,
      Shayne Neumann, said the move brought into question Tony
      Abbott’s promise to be a Prime Minister for Indigenous
      Affairs. ... " By Kaye Lee


      * MID NORTH COAST GREENS:
      THE GOVERNMENT HAS PROPOSED CUTS TO THE FUNDING FOR
      ABORIGINAL LEGAL SERVICES AND THE
      NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AUSTRALIA'S FIRST PEOPLES



      - News

      Mid North Coast Greens: The Government has proposed cuts to the funding
      for Aboriginal legal services and the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples

      http://mncgreens.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/the-government-has-proposed-cuts-to.html
      20 Dec 13: "The Government has proposed cuts to the funding
      for Aboriginal legal services and the National Congress of
      Australia’s First Peoples – this makes a complete mockery
      of the Abbott Government’s ‘commitment’ to Aboriginal and
      Torres Strait Islander peoples. The Congress is an
      important voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
      peoples. We need to let Tony Abbott know that he can't
      defund this group." Greens Senator Rachel Siewart


      * PATRICIA KARVELAS, THE AUSTRALIAN:
      ABORIGINAL CONGRESS TOLD FUNDING WILL GO



      - News

      ISX: Aboriginal congress told funding will go
      - Patricia Karvelas, The Australian

      The Australian: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/policy/aboriginal-congress-told-funding-will-go/story-fn9hm1pm-1226786220338
      ISX: http://www.isx.org.au/forums/read.php?18,11990,11991,quote=1
      NACCHO: http://nacchocommunique.com/2013/12/19/naccho-political-news-aboriginal-national-congress-told-funding-will-go-next-july/
      19 Dec 13: "THE peak Aboriginal body has been told it must
      prepare to lose its federal funding from next July and find
      another way to support itself. Labor had promised to keep
      the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples funded
      with $15 million for another three years in this year's May
      budget. Since the election, the congress has hoped the
      Coalition would honour Labor's pledge. But Indigenous
      Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion said he had met the group's
      co-chairs yesterday to warn them that was highly unlikely
      and they must look beyond the government for means of
      survival."


      * PATRICIA KARVELAS, THE AUSTRALIAN:
      FIRST PEOPLES BODY VOWS TO CONTINUE DESPITE FUNDING CUT



      - News

      ISX: First Peoples body vows to continue despite funding cut
      - Patricia Karvelas, The Australian

      The Australian: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/policy/first-peoples-body-vows-to-continue-despite-funding-cut/story-fn9hm1pm-1226786976051
      ISX: [scroll down page] http://www.isx.org.au/forums/read.php?18,11990,11991,quote=1
      20 Dec 13: "THE nation's peak Aboriginal body has promised
      its members and supporters that it will continue as a
      national advocate despite losing its federal funding from
      next July. The National Congress of Australia's First
      Peoples said the new "government has shown that they do not
      support real decision-making for our families and
      communities through a national representative body chosen
      by our peoples, for our peoples"."


      * BACKGROUND TO NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AUSTRALIA'S FIRST PEOPLES:

      Last updated: 16 December 2013

      http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/05/background-to-the-national-congress-of-australia%E2%80%99s-first-peoples


      * WGAR NEWS:
      NATSILS FACTSHEET:
      FUNDING CUTS TO ABORIGINAL & TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER LEGAL SERVICES
      (22 DEC 13)



      - Compilation

      WGAR News: NATSILS Factsheet: funding cuts to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (22 Dec 13)
      http://indymedia.org.au/2013/12/21/wgar-news-natsils-factsheet-funding-cuts-to-aboriginal-torres-strait-islander-legal-servi
      "Contents:
      * NATSILS - National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services: Government to defund Aboriginal Legal Services Peak Body and all Law Reform and Policy Positions
      * NATSILS Factsheet: funding cuts to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Legal Services
      * CAALAS - Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service: Cuts to Aboriginal legal aid will silence Aboriginal communities
      * NACCHO political health news: Abbott Government cuts to impact on Aboriginal health
      * SNAICC News: Media Release 18 December 2013 - Cuts to Aboriginal Legal Services
      * ANTaR: Cuts to Aboriginal Legal Services will undermine action on Aboriginal jobs and education
      * ANTaR: Take Action: Abbott Government delivers a blow to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice ... "
      [NACCHO: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation]
      [SNAICC: Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care]
      [ANTaR: a grassroots movement of Australians in support of justice, rights and respect for Australia’s First Peoples]

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