keywords: Remote Communities

  • AUSTRALIA

    "One true Church" lessons for John Howard

    • Michael Mullins
    • 11 July 2007
    2 Comments

    The largely Protestant World Council of Churches reacted favourably to this week's perceived "one true Church" declaration by the Roman Catholic Church, calling it an honest sharing of divergences that helps the cause of unity. There are lessons for the Federal Government, which should declare its alleged Northern Territory "land grab" to be such, and in the national interest.

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  • RELIGION

    Suspect motivations behind stark Government rhetoric

    • Frank Brennan
    • 27 June 2007
    45 Comments

    The Prime Minister has said, “We are dealing with children of the tenderest age who have been exposed to the most terrible abuse”. He asks, “What matters more: the constitutional niceties, or the care and protection of young children?" It is not a choice of one or the other.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Boots on the ground cannot replace faces in a community

    • Jack Waterford
    • 27 June 2007
    5 Comments

    Three decades ago, a task force was commissioned by the Commonwealth to tackle a national disaster among Aborigines. Today's is much more problematic, with cops, then with army officers, then some doctors not yet consulted or organised, and no sense of engagement with the service providers on the ground, let alone the objects of the attention.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Rabbit proof fence not Jigalong's only barrier

    • Jack Waterford
    • 13 June 2007
    2 Comments

    Jigalong is a remote community in WA, best known for its association with the Rabbit Proof Fence. Remote Aboriginal communities suffer greatly from undeveloped nature of their economies, and the institutional barriers created to prevent them developing.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Tough times ahead

    • Jack Waterford
    • 18 May 2007

    It couldn’t make it as an issue in the federal election campaign, but the Howard Government is now embarked on radical change in Aboriginal affairs.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Urban identity

    • Bronwyn Fredericks
    • 18 May 2007
    3 Comments

    Bronwyn Fredericks argues for the identity of urban Indigenous Australians

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  • CONTRIBUTORS

    Jonathan Hill

    • Jonathan Hill
    • 17 May 2007

    Jonathan is a qualified teacher who was based in Ngukurr late last year, and Minyerri for the first two terms of this year. He has also worked as a boarding school supervisor in Darwin, with teenage boys from remote communities. In Sydney, he has worked with urban Aboriginies, facilitating an after school activities program at The Block in Redfern. He was last year's winner of Eureka Street's Margaret Dooley Award for Young Writers.

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  • RELIGION

    Stark contrasts on Aboriginal Rights in Pope's Alice Springs address

    • Laraine Crowe RSJ
    • 27 February 2007

    On 29 November this year, many Australians call to mind the most fondly remembered Address given by Pope John Paul II during his 1986 visit to Australia. Most striking is the depth and decisiveness of the Address, and both Indigenous and non-Indigenous men and women who work to alleviate the disadvantage of Aboriginal people.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Why change Aborigines into images of ourselves?

    • Brian McCoy
    • 24 December 2006
    2 Comments

    It was one thing for some of our politicians to reveal that they clearly misunderstand Aboriginal people and their culture. It is quite another thing when a reporter goes to live in a community for ten days and thinks she got the measure of 'the cultural and social issues at play'. From 22 August 2006.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Arnhem Land vision for sanity in the city

    • Jonathan Hill
    • 23 December 2006
    10 Comments

    After a visit to Ngukurr in Arnhem Land, a return home to Sydney and the horrifying reality of a culture that measures progress by the extent to which humans can destroy the land.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Giving Anangu women a say on child protection

    • Joan Healy
    • 04 September 2006

    Four Josephite sisters and a child protection expert visit the western desert of South Australia. They hear that when parents cannot care for their children properly due to petrol sniffing and other factors, the 'Anangu way' is for grandmothers and aunties to step in. But they need financial support.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Why change Aborigines into images of ourselves?

    • Brian McCoy
    • 21 August 2006
    12 Comments

    It was one thing for some of our politicians to reveal that they clearly misunderstand Aboriginal people and their culture. It is quite another thing when a reporter goes to live in a community for ten days and thinks she got the measure of 'the cultural and social issues at play'.

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