QUEENSLAND: The federal and Queensland governments earlier this month announced they will extend a radical welfare reform scheme in four Cape York communities. But a state opposition MP has raised concerns taxpayers aren’t getting bang for their buck, writes AMY MCQUIRE*.
NEW SOUTH WALES: The nation’s largest Aboriginal land rights organisation has backed calls for the Tasmanian government to establish a comprehensive land rights regime – including a community fund – to assist Aboriginal people in that state towards self-determination.
NATIONAL: A Traditional Owner and Aboriginal conservationist has expressed concerns over the federal government’s new Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI), stating it is unlikely to lead to economic benefits for Aboriginal communities on the ground.
PERU: The country’s congress has voted unanimously to pass an “historic” new land rights law which gives Indigenous Peruvians the right to free, prior and informed consent over operations on their lands.
NATIONAL: For decades, government report after government report has chronicled the continual failure of bureaucracies to lift Aboriginal people out of the mire of poverty and disadvantage. And for decades, Aboriginal people have been offering the same solution, as yet untried. Self-determination.
NATIONAL: This month, a troubling report was released into government expenditure in Indigenous affairs. It didn’t come without a fight though. BRIAN JOHNSTONE* details how the government tried to keep it in the “family”.