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Australia plans referendum on Aboriginal recognition

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Prime minister Julia Gillard says Australia must acknowledge that 'first people of our nation have a unique and special place'
Australia's government plans to hold a referendum within three years on whether to amend its constitution to acknowledge the Aborigines as the first Australians, the prime minister said today.

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Australia plans to change 'racist' policy that restricts how Outback Aborigines spend welfare

Categorías: Australia

CANBERRA, Australia - Australia plans to reform a policy criticized as racist for restricting how Outback Aborigines spend their welfare checks by applying it to recipients regardless of ethnicity, the prime minister said Wednesday.

The government introduced so-called "income management" into Aboriginal settlements in the remote Northern Territory three years ago. The policy aims to reduce alcohol and drug abuse by withholding part of Aborigines' welfare checks so the money can only be spent on essentials such as food, clothing and rent.

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AUSTRALIA. Indigenous Policy and Dialogue: New Relationships, New Possibilities 18-19 November 2010 University of New South Wales

Categories: Australia

Australia’s colonial history has left us a challenging legacy, where contrasting worldviews continue to frame struggle and contestation between Indigenous people and the state.

Our philosophical and institutional frameworks are not suited to dealing with this legacy, and Indigenous policy remains problematic and contentious. As a consequence there is no process for reflection or re-examination of the relationship between Indigenous people and the Australian nation.

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AUSTRALIA. New online network launched to protect Indigenous human rights

Categories: Australia

A new website being launched today will bring together human rights advocates in an online network to share advice and best practice, and provide a one-stop-shop for information on international human rights treaties relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


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Australian Indigenous Art Code Protecting Buyers and Artists

Categories: Australia

Both art investors and artists benefit from the newly-released Indigenous Australian Art Commercial Code of Conduct, designed to stamp out shysters.

An Indigenous Perspective on the Standardisation of Restorative Justice in New Zealand and Canada

Categories: Australia, New Zealand

By: Juan Marcellus Tauri | Vol. XX, No. 3 (Fall 2009) | Uploaded 04 marzo 2010


The development and implementation of restorative justice policies and initiatives has increased dramatically in western jurisdictions, including New Zealand and Canada, since the early 1990s (Jantzi, 2001). This rise in activity has instigated a drive by state officials, supported by some practitioners, to standardise the design and delivery of restorative justice initiatives (Cormier, 2002; Ministry of Justice, 2007; Roach, 2000).

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Mainstreaming Indigeneity by Indigenizing Policymaking: Towards an Indigenous Grounded Analysis Framework as Policy Paradigm

Categories: Australia

By Roger Maaka Dean and Augie Fleras
Vol. XX, No. 3 (Fall 2009) | Uploaded 04 marzo 2010

Introduction: Indigeneity Agenda as a Policy Paradox

Conflicting narratives contest the politics of indigeneity.1 A prevailing narrative is that of poverty and powerlessness. Indigenous peoples2 worldwide remain structurally excluded and culturally marginalized because of a pervasive (neo-)colonialism3(Maybury-Lewis, 2002; Maaka, and Andersen 2006). The systemic discrimination that dominates political and policymaking spheres through inaction, silence, and indifference generates both misery and marginalization at individual or group levels (Battiste 2009). Even in seemingly progressive settler societies like Canada and New Zealand, Indigenous peoples continue to experience punishing levels of poverty and disempowerments whose sources (and solutions) are systemic and foundational rather than attitudinal and incidental (Maaka and Fleras 2005). Nevertheless, formal initiatives to address systemic barriers and neo-colonialist mindsets by incorporating an indigenous centered policymaking agenda are rarely tested or theorized.

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AUSTRALIA. Celebrities, politicians unite to end Indigenous inequality

Categories: Pobreza, Australia

NATIONAL, March 22, 2010: The handprints of Cate Blanchett, Ernie Dingo and Kevin Rudd have been plastered over the Sydney Opera House for a campaign to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians.

A cast of political and celebrity heavyweights, including Russell Crowe, turned out in Sydney on Friday to support GenerationOne, created to boost Aboriginal employment, literacy, and year 12 completion rates in Indigenous communities.

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AUSTRALIA. Diabetes number one health issue for indigenous Australians

Categories: Salud, Australia

Aboriginal leaders say diabetes is the number one health issue affecting indigenous Australians. Half of all Australia's indigenous people either have type 2 diabetes or a condition known as pre-diabetes. An Indigenous Diabetes forum begins in Melbourne this morning, which aims to get corporate Australia engaged in new ways to prevent the disease.

Presenter: Bronwyn Herbert
Speakers: Warren Mundine, chairman Australian Indigenous Chamber of Commerce; Professor Paul Zimmet, director of the Baker International Diabetes Insitute in Melbourne

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AUSTRALIA. An Indigenous Water Policy Statement for North Australia launched at Parliament House, Darwin, 24 March 2010

Categories: Aguas, Australia


Indigenous water experts from across northern Australia convened at Parliament House in Darwin on the 24th March and launched a policy statement on water.


The policy statement has been developed by NAILSMA through the Indigenous Water Policy Group. This group was initiated in 2006 to enhance Indigenous water policy outcomes across state and territory jurisdictions.

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AUSTRALIA. Aboriginal summit calls for new way

The New Way Summit on Aboriginal rights was held at the Australian National University, Canberra from January 30 to February 1. It was attended by 150 people, plus around 600 who hooked in via phone and internet links.

Convened by Michael Anderson, the sole survivor of the original group of men who founded the 1972 Aboriginal Tent Embassy, the summit called on Aboriginal leaders and communities to discuss a “new way” for the Aboriginal rights movement.
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