Newsclips Friday May 28, 2004
- Friday May 28, 2004
M31163 Hardgrave, Gary. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission
Amendment Bill 2004 : second reading. Canberra : House Hansard. 27 May 2004.
[Aust - ATSIC; legislation] Speech supporting the Bill to abolish ATSIC
M31161 Snowdon, Warren. Celebration becomes a dark day. Canberra : Shadow
Parliamentary Secretary for Reconciliation. 27 May 2004.
[Aust - ATSIC; government policy] Media release - on the anniversary of the
referendum that recognised Indigenous Australians' rights, the Howard
Government has introduced legislation that will end Indigenous
M31156 Vanstone, Amanda. Ministerial Taskforce on Indigenous Affairs.
Canberra : Minister for Indigenous Affairs. 28 May 2004.
[Aust - government policy; service delivery] Media release - Minister for
Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, Amanda Vanstone, today
announced the membership of the new Ministerial Taskforce on Indigenous
M31109 . ATSIC review cost $1.4m. The Age. 27 May 2004.
[Aust - ATSIC] A Senate estimates committee was told the final bill for the
review, which the government has never publicly released, was $1.39 million
M31110 . Aboriginal leaders criticise end of ATSIC. SBS News. 27 May 2004.
[Aust - ATSIC; government policy] Aboriginal leaders have criticised the
Federal Government's decision to formally start closing down the Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander Commission today
M31119 . ATSIC changes to go ahead despite Senate block. ABC Online. 27 May
[Aust - ATSIC; government policy] Programs delivering services to Indigenous
Australians will be 'mainstreamed', even if the Senate blocks a Bill to
abolish the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission and its
administrative wing, ATSIS
M31127 Dodson, Pat. Goodbye, ATSIC. Another door opens. Sydney Morning
Herald. 28 May 2004.
[Aust - ATSIC; government policy; political representation] Edited version
of his National Reconciliation Week speech. By removing our national voice
in shutting down the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Commission
(ATSIC), the Federal Government has unwittingly opened a new opportunity for
M31145 Phillips, Mark. Aborigines furious over timing of ATSIC axing.
Mercury. 28 May 2004.
[Aust - ATSIC; government policy] The Federal Government will go ahead with
plans to 'mainstream' more than $1.3 billion of indigenous services
regardless of whether legislation to axe the board of the Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Commission is passed
M31144 . Regional ATSIC council prepares for services handover. ABC Online.
28 May 2004.
[Aust - ATSIC; government policy; service delivery] Western Victoria
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) chairman Tim
Chatfield hopes mainstream agencies adopt the commission's regional plan,
when they take over service delivery for Aboriginal people
M31143 . ATSIC leader disappointed over bill's timing. ABC Online. 28 May
[Aust - ATSIC; government policy] Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Commission (ATSIC) regional chairman for north-west Queensland and the Gulf
Steve Hirvonen says the introduction of a bill to Federal Parliament to
abolish the commission has come at an inopportune time
M31138 . Govt plan to scrap ATSIC an act of revenge : Robinson. ABC Online.
28 May 2004.
[Aust - ATSIC; government policy; Ray Robinson] Aboriginal leaders say the
Howard Government's motivation for scrapping ATSIC has absolutely nothing to
do with the body's performance and is more about revenge
M31131 Dodson, Patrick. Travelling a road paved with tears. The Age. 28 May
[Aust - government policy; political representation] Edited extract from his
National Reconciliation Week address, delivered in the Great Hall of the
Federal Parliament on Tuesday night; Australia is a shared land. Aborigines
accept this. It's time governments did too
M31129 Metherell, Mark. Beyond axing ATSIC, there is no plan. Sydney Morning
Herald. 28 May 2004.
[Aust - ATSIC; government policy] The Federal Government has introduced its
legislation to scrap Australia's main Indigenous organisation with no
immediate plans to appoint a replacement
M31124 . Indigenous regional groups urged to lobby Govt. ABC Online. 27 May
[Aust - ATSIC; government policy; lobbying] The head of one of the Northern
Territory's local ATSIC councils says it is essential the regional groups
continue to lobby the Federal Government hard to ensure the needs of
Indigenous people are met
M31123 . ATSIC considers legal challenge. SBS News. 27 May 2004.
[Aust - ATSIC; government policy] ATSIC commissioners may challenge the
abolition of their peak Indigenous body in the High Court
M31122 . ATSIC laws timing 'salt into wound'. The Age. 27 May 2004.
[Aust - ATSIC; government policy] New laws to abolish ATSIC were introduced
to parliament, as Indigenous people marked the anniversary of their right to
vote and mourned the death of a respected leader
M31152 Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. Great advocate for
Indigenous affairs mourned . Sydney : HREOC. 27 May 2004.
[Aust - ATSIC] Media release - Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Social
Justice Commissioner Dr Bill Jonas today expressed sadness at the death of
one of Australia's most prominent Indigenous leaders, Mr Djerrkura
M31106 Ridgeway, Aden. Mr Djerrkura - statesman, leader, lawman. Canberra :
Australian Democrats. 27 May 2004.
[Aust - ATSIC] Media release - the passing of a senior elder of the Wangurri
clan and former ATSIC Chair, Mr Djerrkura, has added an extra level of
poignancy to Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week say the Australian Democrats
M31108 . PM slips up at Djerrkura tribute. National Nine News. 27 May 2004.
[Aust - ATSIC; protocol] Prime Minister John Howard apologised for a mistake
made while paying tribute to Aboriginal leader Mr Djerrkura, who died on
M31142 . Djerrkura, 54, led Aboriginal rights group, dies. New York Times.
28 May 2004.
[Aust - ATSIC] Djerrkura, a prominent Aboriginal leader who was born into
traditional tribal life in northern Australia and rose to lead an elected
Indigenous group that helped allocate government funds, died on Wednesday
M31135 Adlam, Nigel. Djerrkura tributes. Northern Territory News. 28 May
[Aust - ATSIC] An Aboriginal leader who died suddenly should be given a
state funeral, Opposition Leader Terry Mills said. He said Mr Djerrkura
would be remembered for his contribution to the betterment of Aboriginal
M31134 Rintoul, Stuart. Reconciliation dreaming. Australian. 28 May 2004.
[Aust - ATSIC] Obituary for Indigenous leader Mr Djerrkura
M31165 Grierson, Sharon. Indigenous Affairs : Reconciliation. Canberra :
House Hansard. 27 May 2004.
[Aust - reconciliation] Adjournment speech registering her continuing
support for Indigenous Australians and pay respects to them as the original
owners and carers of this land we share
M31157 Vanstone, Amanda. New Reconciliation Place artworks recognise
leadership and separated families. Canberra : Minister for Indigenous
Affairs. 28 May 2004.
[ACT, Canberra - Stolen Generations; commemorations] Media release - Amanda
Vanstone, will today dedicate three new artworks in Reconciliation Place
M31105 Ridgeway, Aden. Budget funds can help revive reconciliation. Canberra
: Australian Democrats. 27 May 2004.
[Aust - reconciliation; finance] Media release - the Australian Democrats
today called on Reconciliation Australia, to distribute its new Federal
budget money through the local reconciliation networks to help boost
reconciliation in the community
M31107 Hildebrand, Joe. Reconciliation has stalled : Deane. Australian. 27
[Aust - reconciliation; government policy] Former governor-general William
Deane has issued a thinly veiled criticism of the Federal Government's
policy of 'practical reconciliation', saying a lack of national cohesion had
stalled the movement for years
M31112 . Amnesty sees lack of progress on reconciliation. ABC Online. 27 May
[Aust - reconciliation; government policy] Amnesty International says the
Federal Government must be held accountable for its commitments to
M31115 Vanstone, Amanda. National Reconciliation Week 2004 - building
pathways to reconciliation. Canberra : Minister for Indigenous Affairs. 27
[Aust - National Reconciliation Week] Media release - Amanda Vanstone today
encouraged all Australians to become involved in National Reconciliation
M31120 . Reconciliation stalled says Deane. ABC Online. 27 May 2004.
[Aust - reconciliation; government policy] Former governor-general Sir
William Deane says the process of Aboriginal reconciliation has stalled
since the historic walk across the Sydney harbour bridge four years ago
M31146 Bolt, Andrew. So sorry it's Sorry Day. Herald Day. 28 May 2004.
[Aust - Sorry Day] Sorry Day has become a celebration of myth-making -- of
treating facts as racist poison
M31141 . Why not fly flag?. Manning River Times. 28 May 2004.
[NSW, Taree - local government; reconciliation; flags] Greater Taree City
Mayor Eddie Loftus has had to defend his council's decision not to fly the
Aboriginal flag during several Reconciliation Week events
M31139 . Aboriginal leaders turn out for sculpture dedication. ABC Online.
28 May 2004.
[ACT, Canberra - reconciliation; commemorations; Stolen Generations] Leaders
of the Aboriginal community will attend the dedication by Indigenous Affairs
Minister Amanda Vanstone of a new sculpture this morning at Reconciliation
M31137 . Memorial to stolen generation. Daily Telegraph. 28 May 2004.
[ACT, Canberra - Stolen Generations; commemorations; ATSIC; government
policy] A memorial will be dedicated to Australia's stolen generation today
as the Government works towards the abolition of ATSIC. The memorial, at
Reconciliation Place in Canberra, recognises thousands of Indigenous
children taken from their parents
M31136 White, Debbie. Redlands joins spirit of reconciliation. Bayside
Bulletin. 28 May 2004.
[Qld, Redland - reconciliation; Sorry Day] For the first time in the
Redlands, Indigenous and non-Indigenous people joined in the spirit of
reconciliation to commemorate National Sorry Day
M31130 Fraser, Malcolm. Where is the political will to help Aborigines?. The
Age. 28 May 2004.
[Aust - Indigenous rights; government policy] Edited extract from Malcolm
Fraser's 'Sorry Day' speech, delivered at the Sydney Opera House on
Wednesday night; just $300 million a year would make a huge difference. Yet
the budget helped the wealthy
M31128 Stephens, Tony. Advocates regroup for last leg of the journey. Sydney
Morning Herald. 28 May 2004.
[NSW, Sydney - reconciliation; commemorations] Four years after thousands
walked across the Harbour Bridge in support of reconciliation, attempts are
being made to put the issue firmly back on the national agenda
M31121 . Reconciliation campaign launched. SBS News. 27 May 2004.
[Aust - reconciliation] The 'Pathways to Reconciliation : together we're
doing it' campaign was launched on the Sydney Harbour Bridge and at the
Opera House by Reconciliation Australia patrons Sir William Deane and Evonne
M31154 Hulls, Rob. Hulls outlines major overhaul of justice system.
Melbourne : Attorney-General. 27 May 2004.
[Vic - justice; courts; sentencing; juvenile delinquency] Media release -
moving 17-year-olds out of the adult criminal justice system and initiating
debate on a human rights and responsibilities charter are part of a major
overhaul of the justice system
M31118 Patterson, Kay. National Elimination of Violence Against Women
Campaign to be launched in two weeks. Canberra : Minister for Family and
Community Services. 27 May 2004.
[Aust - women; family violence] Media release - the Australian Government's
National Elimination of Violence Against Women campaign will be launched on
Sunday, June 6, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of
Women, Senator Kay Patterson, announced today
M31113 . Rally highlights concerns over legal aid. ABC Online. 27 May 2004.
[NT - legal services; outsourcing] The director of the North Australia
Aboriginal Legal Aid Service (NAALAS) says the outsourcing of the
organisation's services could lead to more Indigenous people in prison
M31151 . Balancing act in Redfern. Sydney Morning Herald. 28 May 2004.
[NSW, Sydney - drug abuse; police-Aboriginal relations] Editorial - it is
not too soon to say the Redfern inquiry's recommendations need to balance
two important approaches - harm minimisation policies for users and zero
tolerance of dealers
M31150 Akerman. Piers. Message in a bottle - Redfern residents oppose
injecting room plan. Daily Telegraph. 28 May 2004.
[NSW, Sydney - drug abuse] Lord Mayor Clover Moore might want a heroin
injection room for Redfern but local residents say the idea appals them
M31132 . Backing away from Redfern . Daily Telegraph. 28 May 2004.
[NSW, Sydney - violence; police-Aboriginal relations] Editorial - the Upper
House inquiry into the February 15 Redfern riot - notable for its
irrelevancy and its interminable cross-examination of police rather than
perpetrators - descended deeper into farce this week
M31126 . Aboriginals of Australia : Amnesty International report 2004.
Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (Netherlands). 27 May 2004.
[Aust - family violence; Indigenous rights; government policy] Domestic
violence against Aboriginal women and children and indefinite detention of
child asylum-seekers were prominent themes in the domestic human rights
M31149 . Compo hint to 'stolen' blacks. Mercury. 28 May 2004.
[Tas - Stolen Generations; compensation] Premier Paul Lennon has left the
door open to pay compensation to Tasmanian members of the 'Stolen
M31147 Koch, Tony. Insurer cuts Aboriginal house values. Courier-Mail. 28
[Aust - housing; insurance] Aboriginal housing organisations throughout
Australia have been sold fire insurance policies with exclusive clauses
stating their homes depreciate in value by 8 per cent a year, and a minimum
$20,000 excess applies to any claims
M31125 . Mixed response for Indigenous funding. ABC Online. 27 May 2004.
[SA - remote areas; budgets] Aboriginal groups have welcomed the $13 million
funding boost for the Anangu-Pitjanjatjara lands, in the state's far
M31162 . Indigenous health, budget on doctors' agenda. SBS News. 28 May
[Aust - health] The Australian Medical Association's (AMA) national
conference starting in Brisbane today will push for a bipartisan approach to
M31160 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Commonwealth Rent
Assistance program profiled in new report. Canberra : AIHW. 28 May 2004.
[Aust - rental accommodation; pensions and benefits] Media release -
recipients of Commonwealth Rent Assistance and the program's effects on
housing affordability for people on low income are profiled in the latest
publication released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
M31159 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Commonwealth Rent
Assistance, June 2002 : a profile of recipients. Canberra : AIHW. 28 May
[Aust - rental accommodation; pensions and benefits] Addresses the
characteristics of CRA recipients; the accommodation used by recipients; the
Centrelink client groups receiving CRA; comparison of recipients with
Centrelink clients living in public housing; and housing affordability
M31153 McGinty, Jim. Better access to dialysis services for Goldfields and
North-West residents. Perth : Minister for Health. 27 May 2004.
[WA - kidney diseases] Media release - country patients requiring dialysis
will be treated closer to home from July 1 this year following a boost to
the Port Hedland and Kalgoorlie dialysis units
M31114 Vanstone, Amanda. Safeguarding the records of Australia's Indigenous
heritage. Canberra : Minister for Indigenous Affairs. 27 May 2004.
[Aust - research; cultural heritage] Media release - the Australian
Government today announced a $1.5 million grant to the Australia Institute
of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), to protect
Indigenous research and cultural materials
M31148 Maynard, Ricky. Back to school . Mercury. 28 May 2004.
[Tas - education; curriculum] Letter saying he is not surprised by the RSL's
call on both state and federal governments to address what it believes to be
an over-emphasis on Aboriginal culture being taught in schools
M31158 Baldwin, Tim. Govt may have to step in to repair Daly River Crossing
road . Darwin : CLP Member for Daly. 25 May 2004.
[NT, Daly River - roads; communities] Media release - some 4 000 people from
four major Aboriginal communities, outstations and local business
enterprises have been cut off for many months because the Daly River
Crossing has been closed by Wet season flooding
M31117 Australian Communications Authority. Telecommunications services in
remote Indigenous communities to be monitored. Canberra : ACA. 27 May 2004.
[Aust - remote areas; telecommunications] Media release - the Australian
Communications Authority (ACA) has called for comment on its proposal for
monitoring and reporting on provision of telecommunications services to
remote Indigenous communities
M31164 Baird, Bruce. Indigenous Affairs : Kurnell Peninsula. Canberra :
House Hansard. 27 May 2004.
[NSW, Sydney - cultural heritage] Adjournment speech drawing the attention
of the House to the protection of the Kurnell Peninsula
M31116 Latham, Mark. Labor and the environment. Canberra : Opposition
Leader. 27 May 2004.
[Aust - environment; natural resource conservation; ALP policy] Speech
transcript - 2004 Fraser Lecture, Canberra - 27 May 2004
M31140 . Moree councillor urges Indigenous people to vote. ABC Online. 28
[NSW, Moree - elections; voting] Moree Plains Shire councillor and
Aboriginal leader Tony Dennison has urged Indigenous people to enrol to vote
M31155 . New guide helps trace Indigenous family history. ABC Online. 28 May
[WA - family; genealogy] Indigenous Western Australians who suffered as a
result of 'family dislocation' will be able to trace their history with the
help of a new guide 'Looking West'
M31111 McHale, Sheila. New one-stop guide for tracing Aboriginal history.
Perth : Minister for Community Development and Culture and the Arts . 27 May
[WA - family; genealogy] Media release - Aboriginal people tracing their
family history will get help from a new book released today by Community
Development and Culture and the Arts Minister Sheila McHale
M31133 Albert, Jane. Indigenous art 'better understood in Europe'.
Australian. 28 May 2004.
[Aust - arts] It comes as a surprise to learn that Marc Despallieres, a
passionate advocate and collector of Aboriginal art and craft, is a futures
trader by profession; he was shocked by the general lack of understanding in
Australia of Aboriginal art and culture
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