Remote Aboriginal communities are under threat to be closed
Will You Help to Prevent a Crisis?
The Commonwealth’s commitment to Homelands and Outstations was surely sealed by the 1967 Referendum. How can it be then that the federal government can consider abandoning their long-held responsibilities by cutting essential funding to these especially vulnerable areas?
What is clear is that the Commonwealth knows full well that the consequences of the cuts will fall with brute force onto Aboriginal communities least able to defend themselves. Such behaviour is contemptible.
It is quite clear that state governments do not have the resources to simply replace Federal funding. Mr. Barnett in Western Australia has responded by indicating that he will close up to 150 remote Aboriginal communities by simply cutting off their essential services – water, power etc. Arrangements with the South Australia government are still to be determined but at this stage the outstations fear their fate will be similar to those in the West.
The results of such actions are perhaps too great to contemplate, just as there is no real attempt to understand the cultural implications of moving people from their traditional homelands.
For the full article by 'concerned Australians': please click here
WGAR News: Urgent Action - Remote Homelands and Outstations in WA - Will You Help to Prevent a Crisis? - 12 March 2015
Amnesty International - WA Government must abandon “traumatic” plans to close Aboriginal Homelands communities - 12 Nov 2014
Amnesty International has urged the WA Government to drop plans to forcibly evict Aboriginal peoples from up to 150 homelands communities, saying that demolishing homes and denying Indigenous peoples their right to practise their culture would be an illogical move, in breach of international law.
Stop the closure of the homelands. State and Federal governments must fund services in remote Aboriginal communities.
Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett has announced the state will close 100 to 150 of the 274 remote communities in WA. He has stated that the WA government will not pick up the shortfall once Federal funding ends in July 2015.
The Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands in South Australia are also under threat due to the withdrawal of federal funding.
Communities in the Northern Territory have already been closed, having devastating consequences on those who have been removed from their lands. ...
For the petition: please click here
JEFF McMULLEN’S THOUGHTS ON LAND RIGHTS AND LAND GRABS: please click here
Published on Jan 27, 2015
Social Justice campaigner and former journalist Jeff McMullen ... says 2015 will be a watershed year for Indigenous Australia and warns that 2015 will see land grabs in both South and Western Australia.
WGAR Background: Plans to close Aboriginal homelands / remote communities in WA and SA
For info about the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976: please click here
John Pilger at the second National Day of Action (1 May 2015) in Sydney