WA govt’s “mean-spirited” refusal to extend Stolen Wages deadline

BY AMY MCQUIRE, NOVEMBER 29, 2012 Originally published in Tracker Magazine. WA premier Colin Barnett (AAP IMAGE/JOSH JERGA) WESTERN AUSTRALIA:Hundreds of Aboriginal Western Australians who had their wages withheld from successive state governments could miss out on a reparations payment, after the Barnett government refused to extend the deadline. The Stolen Wages Reparations Scheme was announced earlier […]

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Ausgrid will get off with “modest” fine over Cromer damage: Greens

BY AMY MCQUIRE, DECEMBER 5, 2012  Originally published in Tracker Magazine. Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council CEO Paul Morris with legal advisor Michael Vassilli at the damaged site at Cromer. NEW SOUTH WALES: Ausgrid, formerly Energy Australia, will most likely “get off with a modest fine” over the destruction of a significant Aboriginal site on Sydney’s north shore, […]

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Greens: get serious about culture and heritage

BY AMY MCQUIRE, FEBRUARY 11, 2013 Originally published in Tracker Magazine. NSW Aboriginal affairs minister Victor Dominello (L) and NSW Environment Minister Robyn Parker have committed to standalone Aboriginal culture and heritage laws (AAP IMAGE/ TRACY Nearmy) NEW SOUTH WALES: The NSW Greens have called on the state government to publicly release a report into Aboriginal culture and […]

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Save our island homes: Newman govt urged to commit funds

BY AMY MCQUIRE, AUGUST 21, 2012 Originally published in Tracker Magazine. TSIRC Mayor Fred Gela (centre) with Regional Development Minister Simon Crean on Badu Island earlier this year. NATIONAL: The Torres Strait Island Regional Council has won a small victory in the fight to protect their islands against rising king tides. But now they need the Newman government […]

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Slash-burn Newman finds fresh funds for Pearson trials

BY AMY MCQUIRE, OCTOBER 2, 2012  Originally published in Tracker magazine. The Cape York Institute’s Noel Pearson (AAP IMAGE/DEAN LEWINS) QUEENSLAND: The Newman government has renewed funding for a controversial and expensive trial in Cape York, designed to cut down on truancy and welfare dependency, despite ongoing concerns about its outcomes. The Noel Pearson-lead Families and Responsibilities Commission […]

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No longer flora and fauna: NSW govt commits to heritage legislation

BY AMY MCQUIRE, NOVEMBER 6, 2012 Originally published in Tracker Magazine. NSW Aboriginal affairs minister Victor Dominello (L) and NSW Environment Minister Robyn Parker have committed to standalone Aboriginal culture and heritage laws (AAP IMAGE/ TRACY Nearmy) NEW SOUTH WALES: The O’Farrell government says it is committed to fulfilling a 30-year-old Labor promise – to enact stand alone […]

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Stronger Futures is a “war on democracy”: Gondarra

BY AMY MCQUIRE, JUNE 29, 2012 Originally published in Tracker Magazine. Dhurili leader Reverend Djiniyini Gondarra is an outspoken opponent of the Gillard government’s controversial Stronger Futures policy. (AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL) NATIONAL: A respected Yolngu leader has slammed both major parties for passing the Stronger Futures laws, stating they have both “stolen the authority and responsibility of Aboriginal […]

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CDEP: A timeline of destruction

BY AMY MCQUIRE, JULY 4, 2012  Originally published in Tracker Magazine. NATIONAL: A timeline of the rise and fall of CDEP. 1977:  The Fraser government rolls out the Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) to a small number of discrete remote Aboriginal communities. It’s run by the federal Department of Aboriginal Affairs amid concerns over the increasing amount spent […]

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