June 2010


Chris Graham – founder of the National Indigenous Times has a few words to say about Rudd’s emotional farewell speech last week.

Read the full article on the ABC  http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/stories/s2937488.htm

“There’s nothing more Australian than meat pies, Holden cars and Hey, Hey It’s Saturday. And maybe racism. And, as it turns out, ex-prime ministers having a bit of a cry.

Bob Hawke, of course, wept for his children. And Tiananmen Square. Rudd, by contrast wept for himself.

The former Prime Minister’s concession speech last week was, I’ll concede, emotional and heartfelt. It was hard to watch. It’s even harder to condemn. But I’m going to anyway, primarily because everything he had to say about his achievements in Aboriginal affairs are complete rubbish.” excerpt fromm his article http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/stories/s2937488.htm

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A very interesting talk from Djon Mundine, OAM, recently delivered at the Interfaith Symposium on death and dying.

(I can’t upload the MP3 so follow the link, Djon’s talk can be downloaded about half way down the page).

http://www.eic.cam.org.au/interfaith-symposium-on-death-and-dying-program-and-presentations.html

The ABS has recently released statistics on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander labour force. Despite many promises and programs to support employment in fact there seems to have been a backwards step. For example, the unemployment rate increased 4%. Unemployment is 19% in major cities, 20% in regional areas and 10% in remote areas (this last figure is problematic according to the ABS and does not include the number of people who are not even looking for work due to the limited number of opportunities in remote areas).

An interesting analysis of these figures can be read at Crikey.com http://www.crikey.com.au/2010/06/04/closing-the-gap-rudd-overpromised-on-indigenous-unemployment/?source=cmailer

More stories of life under the intervention and changes to policies such as CDEP.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/06/02/2915831.htm?section=justin

This article highlights the detrimental impact that the Intervention has had on many people in the NT.

http://www.theage.com.au/national/for-some-workers-the-struggle-will-never-end-20100615-yd9p.html