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      Subject: [WGAR-news] Congress Urges Caution on Commission of Audit: National Congress of Australia's First Peoples
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      Congress Urges Caution on Commission of Audit:
      National Congress of Australia's First Peoples


      Newsletter date: 8 May 2014

      This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2014/05/07/wgar-news-congress-urges-caution-on-commission-of-audit-national-congress-of-australias-f

      Contents:

      * National Congress of Australia's First Peoples: Congress Urges Caution on Commission of Audit
      * Background to National Congress of Australia's First Peoples

      * SNAICC News: Government must reject push towards mainstreaming in Indigenous Affairs
      * SNAICC News: Health co-payment would be a setback for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: NAACHO

      * NACCHO 2014 budget funding news: Aboriginal controlled health services get 12 month funding lifeline
      * NACCHO: NACCHO welcomes 12-month funding commitment to Aboriginal services: now need to move to long-term funding model
      * WGAR News: Commission of Audit: Aboriginal health would suffer: NACCHO political alert (4 May 14)

      * Lisa Thorpe, New Matilda: Aboriginal Learning Centres Are Working

      * NIRS: Calma calls for budget commitment to closing the gap

      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Where is the Indigenous Advisory Council on Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme?

      * SBS News: Fears cuts could harm indigenous programs

      * Oliver Laughland, The Guardian: Indigenous programs should be 'consolidated', audit report says


      * NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AUSTRALIA'S FIRST PEOPLES:
      CONGRESS URGES CAUTION ON COMMISSION OF AUDIT



      - Media Release

      National Congress of Australia's First Peoples:
      Congress Urges Caution on Commission of Audit

      http://nationalcongress.com.au/congress-urges-caution-on-commission-of-audit/
      http://nationalcongress.com.au/news-pics/
      http://www.nationalcongress.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/CongressNational-Commission-of-AuditSubmission.pdf
      7 May 14: "The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
      is deeply concerned at what it considers to be flawed and
      shallow recommendations by the National Commission of Audit
      in relation to Indigenous expenditure, and urges the Abbott
      Government to proceed with caution in its response.
      "This is solely an accounting exercise. This process counts
      dollars and ignores the people. It’s about cutting
      expenditure. And there appears little rigour or evidence to
      justify the recommendations," said Co-Chairs Les Malezer
      and Kirstie Parker.
      Congress notes the Government is not obliged to implement
      the Commission’s recommendations and calls for talks
      between the Government and Congress, as the national
      representative body of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander Peoples.
      "The Commission report quoted a Department of Finance’s
      Strategic Review of Indigenous Expenditure in 2010
      observation that ‘The history of Commonwealth policy for
      Indigenous Australians over the past 40 years is largely
      a story of good intentions, flawed policies, unrealistic
      assumptions, poor implementation, unintended consequences
      and dashed hopes’," Mr Malezer said.
      "We couldn’t agree more. Unfortunately, the Commission’s
      recommendations look to perpetuate that sorry tale. ... "


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

      Last updated: 3 May 2014

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


      * SNAICC NEWS:
      GOVERNMENT MUST REJECT PUSH TOWARDS MAINSTREAMING IN INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS



      - Media Release

      SNAICC News: Media Release 6 May 2014
      - Government must reject push towards mainstreaming in Indigenous Affairs

      [SNAICC: Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care]
      http://snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1428
      http://www.snaicc.org.au/_uploads/rsfil/03289.pdf
      6 May 14: "SNAICC calls on the Australian Government to
      completely reject the Commission of Audit’s recommendation
      to implement a voucher-based program to assist Aboriginal
      and Torres Strait Islander children with the costs of
      education.
      The proposed change - and the Commission’s push for a
      greater role for mainstream early childhood services
      -would steer the delivery of services to Aboriginal and
      Torres Strait Islander citizens away from community
      control.
      If accepted, the recommendations would again assign a
      passive role to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
      communities in planning and delivering services to improve
      their quality of life - a lack of engagement that is at
      the heart of the major policy failures in Indigenous
      affairs since the 1970s.
      The voucher system being touted is a simplistic and
      paternalistic idea totally lacking in social context.
      Family finances is not the only issue that is hampering
      access to and participation in quality education services
      by our children and families. There are many factors
      inhibiting education outcomes, including a lack of basic
      services, particularly in remote communities. ... "


      * SNAICC NEWS:
      HEALTH CO-PAYMENT WOULD BE A SETBACK
      FOR ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLE:
      NAACHO



      - News

      SNAICC News: Health co-payment would be a setback for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: NAACHO
      [SNAICC: Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care]
      http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1427
      5 May 14: "The National Aboriginal Community Controlled
      Health Organisation (NACCHO)
      has called for Aboriginal and
      Torres Strait Islander people to be exempt from any health
      co-payments to prevent any backward steps in Aboriginal
      health. 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."


      * NACCHO 2014 BUDGET FUNDING NEWS:
      ABORIGINAL CONTROLLED HEALTH SERVICES GET 12 MONTH FUNDING LIFELINE



      - News

      NACCHO 2014 budget funding news:
      Aboriginal controlled health services get 12 month funding lifeline

      [NACCHO: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation]
      http://nacchocommunique.com/2014/05/07/naccho-2014-budget-funding-news-aboriginal-controlled-health-services-get-12-month-funding-lifeline/
      7 May 14: "The extension recognised the significant
      contribution Aboriginal-run health services were making to
      closing the health gap between Aboriginal and
      non-Aboriginal people. This means we will be able to
      continue to provide high quality, culturally appropriate
      health care to our people for another 12 months," NACCHO
      chairman Justin Mohamed
      "INDIGENOUS-run health services will receive a 12-month
      lifeline in next week’s federal budget and a further five
      programs will be funded until June next year at a total
      cost of $431 million. The Australian can reveal Health
      Minister Peter Dutton has approved funding of $333m for
      2014-15 for the 150 National ­Aboriginal Community
      Controlled Health Organisations across the nation."


      * NACCHO:
      NACCHO WELCOMES 12-MONTH FUNDING COMMITMENT TO ABORIGINAL SERVICES:
      NOW NEED TO MOVE TO LONG-TERM FUNDING MODEL



      - Media Release

      NACCHO:
      NACCHO welcomes 12-month funding commitment to Aboriginal services:
      now need to move to long-term funding model

      [NACCHO: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation]
      http://www.naccho.org.au/download/media-press-releases/NACCHO%20Press%20Release%20NACCHO%20welcomes%2012%20months%20Funding.pdf
      7 May 14: "Aboriginal people around Australia will welcome
      the Federal Government’s announcement that primary health
      funding for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services
      has been extended for twelve months, said the National
      Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
      (NACCHO) today.
      Justin Mohamed, NACCHO Chair, said the announcement
      recognised the significant contribution Aboriginal run
      health services are making to closing the appalling health
      gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.
      "NACCHO welcomes the extension of funding for the 150
      Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services around
      Australia," Mr Mohamed said.
      "This means we will be able to continue to provide high
      quality, culturally appropriate health care to our people
      for another twelve months.
      "Yet there remains a level of uncertainty about what we
      will be able to continue to provide after the 2014/15
      financial year. ... ""


      * WGAR NEWS:
      COMMISSION OF AUDIT:
      ABORIGINAL HEALTH WOULD SUFFER:
      NACCHO POLITICAL ALERT
      (4 MAY 14)



      - Compilation

      WGAR News: Commission of Audit: Aboriginal health would suffer: NACCHO political alert (4 May 14)
      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 ... "


      * LISA THORPE, NEW MATILDA:
      ABORIGINAL LEARNING CENTRES ARE WORKING



      - Analysis / Opinion

      New Matilda: Aboriginal Learning Centres Are Working
      https://newmatilda.com/2014/05/06/aboriginal-learning-centres-are-working
      6 May 14: "Indigenous early childhood development centres
      must be kept from the Coalition's budget wrecking ball. The
      CEO of one of those centres, Lisa Thorpe, explains why. In
      2009, all states and territories signed a national
      partnership agreement with the Federal Government on
      Indigenous early childhood development - part of which was
      a four-year federal funding commitment to establish
      Aboriginal early learning centres in 38 disadvantaged
      communities across Australia. Staff at the centres are now
      nervously awaiting next week’s federal budget ... "
      By Lisa Thorpe,
      CEO of the Bubup Wilam Early Learning Aboriginal Children
      and Family Centre in Melbourne


      * NIRS:
      CALMA CALLS FOR BUDGET COMMITMENT TO CLOSING THE GAP



      - Audio

      NIRS: Calma calls for budget commitment to closing the gap
      [NIRS: National Indigenous Radio Service]
      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/33720/Calma-calls-for-budget-commitment-to-closing-the-gap.html
      7 May 14: "Dr Tom Calma (pictured), a long-time health and
      human rights campaigner, is Co-Chair of Reconciliation
      Australia and Chancellor of the University of Canberra. He
      told Bumma Bippera Media the Government must keep its
      commitment to closing the gap a priority, which means
      working with First Nations communities."
      By Warren Barnsley/Bumma Bippera Media


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      WHERE IS THE INDIGENOUS ADVISORY COUNCIL ON PHARMACEUTICAL BENEFITS SCHEME?



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer: Where is the Indigenous Advisory Council on Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme?
      http://thestringer.com.au/where-is-the-indigenous-advisory-council-on-pharmaceutical-benefits-scheme/
      2 May 14: "The head of South Australia’s Narrunga People,
      former long serving health manager, Tauto Sansbury is
      concerned that the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme will be
      hit in the May 13 Budget and in turn slate hardship on
      extremely vulnerable First Peoples communities. Mr Sansbury
      is critical of Warren Mundine’s pre-empting of a slash and
      burn Budget and that First Peoples should in effect be
      prepared to accept it. The Chair of the Prime Minister’s
      Indigenous Advisory Council, Warren Mundine, has warned
      his fellow councillors "to be prepared to be among the most
      hated people in Australia" after next month’s Federal Budget."
      By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      - Related Media Releases

      Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA):
      Commission of Audit wrong in approach to pharmacists

      http://iaha.com.au/commission-of-audit-wrong-in-approach-to-pharmacists/

      Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA):
      Audit Commission recommendations would decimate pharmacy and the PBS

      http://iaha.com.au/audit-commission-recommendations-would-decimate-pharmacy-and-the-pbs/


      * SBS NEWS:
      FEARS CUTS COULD HARM INDIGENOUS PROGRAMS



      - News

      SBS News: Fears cuts could harm indigenous programs
      http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/05/07/fears-cuts-could-harm-indigenous-programs
      7 May 14: "It's likely some indigenous affairs programs
      will be consolidated or cut in Tuesday's federal budget.
      ... The National Congress of Australia's First People says
      some communities are still feeling the pinch from the
      Howard government's razor gang in 1996. "At the local level
      now there are no longer resources to deal with community
      dysfunction problems," chairman Les Maleze said, citing
      cuts to organisations working with women and youth as an
      example. He's concerned about cuts already announced that
      will hit organisations doing indigenous advocacy work.
      "It's a recipe for disaster," he said." Source: AAP


      * OLIVER LAUGHLAND, THE GUARDIAN:
      INDIGENOUS PROGRAMS SHOULD BE 'CONSOLIDATED',
      AUDIT REPORT SAYS



      - News

      The Guardian: Indigenous programs should be 'consolidated', audit report says
      http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/01/indigenous-programs-should-be-consolidated-audit-report
      1 May 14: " ... The recommendation was blasted by Labor’s
      shadow Indigenous affairs minister Shayne Neumann who told
      Guardian Australia he worried this voucher program could
      mean a move towards an "American-style" outsourcing
      education service for Indigenous children and moving them
      away from their communities. Neumann said the
      recommendation to consolidate programs contained "no
      evidence and no specificity" on how to deem a program
      successful or not. "You can’t cut your way to closing the
      gap," Neumann said. ... "
      Oliver Laughland, a journalist for Guardian Australia

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