Australian news, and some related international items

Australia’s First People to the UN: govt statements are ‘hypocritical in the extreme’

By Jackie Huggins • 24/04/2018 

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples Co-Chair Jackie Huggins
delivered an intervention at the United Nations in New York on April 19
during the 17th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII).

‘Last week, National Congress Co-Chair Rod Little emphasised the need for
the Australian government to implement UNDRIP during his
engagement with the Commonwealth People’s Forum in London.. …

‘ … we have reached a crisis point in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs.

‘The recent Closing the Gap report reveals that only three of the seven targets are on track to be met.
Despite making up 3% of the population, First Peoples comprise 27% of the nation’s prison population,
making Australia’s Indigenous incarceration rates the worst in the world. ….

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are 32 times more likely to be hospitalised
due to family violence than their non-Indigenous counterparts.

‘The most recent statistics on life expectancy reveal the gap between
First Peoples and non-Indigenous Australians is at 10.6 years for males
and 9.5 years for females. …

‘The national rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out of home care
is 9.8 times the national average. 50% of our people have a disability.

‘Despite widespread criticism, the paternalistic Northern Territory Intervention is continuing …
It has led to … quarantining of 50% of welfare,
the forced participation in work for the dole schemes which pay individuals
far less than an average reward rate …

‘Recently, after commissioning extensive consultations with First People’s
across the nation on constitutional reform, the government flatly rejected
our recommendations in The Statement from The Heart, from Uluru. … ‘

Read more of Jackie‘s comprehensive, informative & insightful article here:

April 26, 2018 - Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL

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