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      From: WGAR News <wgar.news@...>
      Date: 4 May 2014 12:08
      Subject: [WGAR-news] Australia: Commission of Audit: Aboriginal health would suffer: NACCHO political alert
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      Commission of Audit:
      Aboriginal health would suffer:
      NACCHO political alert


      Newsletter date: 4 May 2014

      This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2014/05/03/wgar-news-commission-of-audit-aboriginal-health-would-suffer-naccho-political-alert

      Contents:

      * NACCHO political alert: Commission of Audit: Aboriginal health would suffer
      * NACCHO breaking news: Federal government Commission of Audit Indigenous programmes

      * Tim Soutphommasane, Australian Human Rights Commission: No case for changing race laws, says Race Discrimination Commissioner
      * Australian Human Rights Commission: Racial Discrimination: Commission responds to Exposure Draft
      * Chris Slee, Green Left: Meeting discusses Racial Discrimination Act changes
      * Delia Lawrie, Territory Labor: Territory Law Plan to Tackle Racism
      * John Ferguson, The Australian: Liberal states' blow to Brandis race bid
      * Background: Opposition to proposed Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) changes


      * NACCHO POLITICAL ALERT:
      COMMISSION OF AUDIT:
      ABORIGINAL HEALTH WOULD SUFFER



      - News

      NACCHO political alert: Commission of Audit: Aboriginal health would suffer
      [NACCHO: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation]
      http://nacchocommunique.com/2014/05/02/naccho-political-alert-commission-of-audit-aboriginal-health-would-suffer/
      2 May 14: "Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
      should be exempt from any health co-payments to prevent any
      backward steps in Aboriginal health, said the National
      Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
      (NACCHO) today. NACCHO Chair Justin Mohamed said the
      introduction of co-payments for basic health care such as
      GP visits and medicines, as recommended by the Commission
      of Audit, would increase barriers for many Aboriginal
      people to look after their own health. ... "I urge the
      government to carefully consider the implications before
      implementing this recommendation ... " [Mr Mohamed said.]"


      * NACCHO BREAKING NEWS:
      FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COMMISSION OF AUDIT INDIGENOUS PROGRAMMES



      - News

      NACCHO breaking news: Federal government Commission of Audit Indigenous programmes
      [NACCHO: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation]
      http://nacchocommunique.com/2014/05/01/naccho-breaking-news-federal-government-commission-of-audit-indigenous-programmes/
      1 May 14: "Commonwealth and State governments all direct
      significant amounts of funding towards Indigenous affairs,
      through both mainstream and Indigenous specific programmes
      and services. ... The Commission considers there is
      significant scope to improve the effectiveness of
      Indigenous expenditure by consolidating programmes,
      redirecting funding to Indigenous education, reducing
      overlap with the States and improving accountability."


      * TIM SOUTPHOMMASANE, AUSTRALIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION:
      NO CASE FOR CHANGING RACE LAWS,
      SAYS RACE DISCRIMINATION COMMISSIONER



      - News

      Australian Human Rights Commission:
      No case for changing race laws, says Race Discrimination Commissioner

      AHRC: https://www.humanrights.gov.au/news/stories/no-case-changing-race-laws-says-race-discrimination-commmissioner
      ABC The Drum: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-29/soutphommasane-no-case-for-changing-race-laws/5417076
      30 Apr 14: "At the Human Rights Commission we have serious
      concerns about the proposed changes to the Racial
      Discrimination Act. Now is not the time to be weakening
      legal protections against racism, writes Australia's Race
      Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane, in an
      opinion piece first published in The Drum. ...
      Multicultural and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
      communities, legal and human rights experts,
      psychologists and public health professionals, and the
      community at large have been united in their support for
      current laws against racial vilification."


      * AUSTRALIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION:
      RACIAL DISCRIMINATION:
      COMMISSION RESPONDS TO EXPOSURE DRAFT



      - News

      Australian Human Rights Commission:
      Racial Discrimination: Commission responds to Exposure Draft

      https://www.humanrights.gov.au/news/stories/racial-discrimination-commission-responds-exposure-draft
      29 Apr 14: "The Australian Human Rights Commission has made
      a submission to the Attorney-General's Department about the
      proposed changes to the racial hatred provisions of the
      Racial Discrimination Act 1975. The Commission considers
      that the exposure Bill as drafted should not proceed. The
      Commission’s submission sets out concerns that any future
      draft Bill would need to address. The Commission looks
      forward to engaging with any future proposal. Any proposal
      to amend the law should involve extensive public
      consultation as it has the capacity to affect the human
      rights of all Australians, ... "

      Read the Commission's submission:
      https://www.humanrights.gov.au/submissions/amendments-part-iia-racial-discrimination-act-1975


      * CHRIS SLEE, GREEN LEFT:
      MEETING DISCUSSES RACIAL DISCRIMINATION ACT CHANGES



      - Reportback

      Green Left: Meeting discusses Racial Discrimination Act changes
      https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/56381
      https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/56338
      3 May 14: "More than 100 people attended a forum on the
      federal government’s proposed amendments to the Racial
      Discrimination Act. The meeting, called by the Darebin
      Ethnic Communities Council, was held in Northcote Town Hall
      on April 24. Attorney-general George Brandis was invited to
      attend, but did not show up. Shadow attorney-general Mark
      Dreyfus told the meeting the government’s planned changes
      amount to scrapping the existing law against racial
      vilification. He said this would give a "green light for
      racism"." By GLW author Chris Slee


      * DELIA LAWRIE, TERRITORY LABOR:
      TERRITORY LAW PLAN TO TACKLE RACISM



      - News

      Territory Labor: Territory Law Plan to Tackle Racism
      http://territorylabor.com.au/territory-law-plan-to-tackle-racism/
      30 Apr 14: "Leader of the Opposition, Delia Lawrie, has
      today said she will seek bi-partisan support for a private
      member’s bill to provide protection for Territorians
      following the Federal Government’s move to repeal section
      18C of the federal Racial Discrimination Act. "There is no
      place for racial discrimination in today’s society, but the
      unfortunate truth is that racial discrimination and
      vilification occurs," Ms Lawrie said."
      Delia Lawrie, Leader of the Opposition


      * JOHN FERGUSON, THE AUSTRALIAN:
      LIBERAL STATES' BLOW TO BRANDIS RACE BID



      - News

      The Australian: Liberal states' blow to Brandis race bid
      http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/liberal-states-blow-to-brandis-race-bid/story-fn59niix-1226903821035#
      3 May 14: "NSW and Victoria have combined to pressure the
      commonwealth to dump proposed reforms of the national race-
      hate laws, warning it will lead to an increase in racial
      intolerance and Holocaust denial. The outspoken opposition
      from the two most powerful states will be a significant
      blow to federal Attorney-General George Brandis and his
      plan to repeal section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act."
      John Ferguson


      * BACKGROUND:
      OPPOSITION TO PROPOSED RACIAL DISCRIMINATION ACT (RDA) CHANGES


      Last updated: 3 May 2014

      http://indymedia.org.au/2014/03/27/background-opposition-to-proposed-racial-discrimination-act-rda-changes

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