Give Them The Power to Decide May 26, 2006 23:01:02 GMT -5
Post by ppyenews on May 26, 2006 23:01:02 GMT -5
---Give them the Power to Decide.
The malady of the well-being of Australia’s Indigenous Community is in tatters. Prominent South Australian Aboriginal Elder and, former ATSIC leader ‘Lowitja O’Donoghue’ has spoken out for the first time about the violence and abuse in Indigenous Communities and says “the spirit of the Aboriginal people has been broken”. She told ABC News – “Their spirits are broken, they don’t know where to turn, they don’t know who to talk to, they don’t understand the programs, they don’t understand the mainstream, whole of Government approach that is the new way of doing things”- “They understand that it’s all being run by White People” she said.
Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister, ‘Mal Brough’ has invited State and Territory Leaders to a Summit to address the issue but has not invited representatives from Indigenous Communities saying that the Indigenous Community has already said what it needs, and it is up to the Politicians to make it happen. ‘Lowitja O’Donoghue’ claims that the Summit will not work without the involvement of Aboriginal Leaders. She also criticized South Australian Premier ‘Mike Rann’ in saying that he is not up to the job of helping Aboriginal People and was not half the man that Former South Australian Premier ‘Don Dunstan’ was. She said that Premier Mike Rann needed to do more than get himself in front of Camera’s all the time.
Meanwhile ‘Mal Brough’ has rejected a call from the Australian Medical Association (AMA) for an inquiry into the living conditions at remote Aboriginal Communities. The ‘AMA’ say’s an investigation is needed to assess why education and health standards are so low in many remote indigenous communities. ‘AMA’ President ‘Dr Mukesh Haikerwal’ says that an inquiry is needed to find out why Government programs are not working and the question as to whether the money spent has gone in the wrong direction.
Wagga Wagga Indigenous Development Officer ‘Shane Atkinson’ has welcomed the National Spotlight on violence in Aboriginal Communities and say’s that the problem is not unique to the Country’s North. He says that the problem is not new and that Aboriginal Leaders have been attempting to bring it to the Governments attention for a long time.
The kind of stupidity that still arises in mainstream Australia is evident in a new Alcohol Awareness Kit that is being made available to Indigenous Communities across Western Australia. It contains a booklet which aims to help people deal with alcohol related problems. The ‘Right to Object’ package includes advice on how to make formal complaints about liquor licenses and disturbances resulting from licensed venues.
The whole situation has got out of hand and all Governments in Australia must take the blame. For all too long the Indigenous Communities in Australia have been placed in an ‘Out of Sight – Out of Mind’ category with White People in Parliament making decisions for them. Now is the time for the Aboriginal People in Australia to have a much greater voice in Parliament. We need to give them the power to decide.
I’m Phillip Pye