My art is my culture, my culture is my art: Indigenous women on the experiences of making art in a contemporary context

Indig women in artsA recent Vivid ideas talk organised by Women in the Arts in Sydney gathered together contemporary Aboriginal women who are innovators in the arts to reflect on their experiences as Indigenous women practicing in a contemporary context. They say Aboriginal art and culture shouldn’t only be celebrated in NAIDOC week.


Greater consultation needed to lift Aboriginal people out of poverty

“Poor communities, which are often already in a situation of disempowerment, should not simply be treated as the passive recipients of plans or strategies developed nationally and imposed upon them from above.”
Those are the words of Robyn Layton QC. The South Australian of the Year will be delivering this year’s Anti-Poverty Week Oration, ‘Empowering poor communities – good practices’, in Adelaide.
A former Judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia, Robyn Layton has championed human rights, from representing refugees to assisting Aboriginal people involved in legal issues and providing judicial education on human rights in various countries.
Robyn speaks exclusively with Catherine Zengerer about the poverty issues facing Aboriginal people, and why in particular, she believes the Intervention and the introduction of the Basics Card is not helping.
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New report highlights cost of income management in the NT

A report issued by the Northern Territory Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services has sparked renewed calls for the scrapping of compulsory income management. It’s the 5th Report on Remote Indigenous Services, but the first by new Co-ordinator General, Olga Havnen and aims to track how services in Indigenous communities are helping both the NT and federal government’s work towards Closing the Gap.
 But after $1 billion has been spent on income management in the NT and more than $225 million spent on Government Business Managers to take control of community administration, the Stop the Intervention Collective says the report highlights government waste, while Aboriginal people are still living in poverty.
Catherine Zengerer speaks with Paddy Gibson from the Stop the Intervention Collective
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Claims Fortescue Metals destroying sacred Aboriginal sites

Earlier this year Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue Metals Group or FMG, was granted an exploration license in the Pilbara in Australia’s mineral rich northwest. Native title is held by the Yindjibarndi people – and the exploration area contains a number of verified sacred sites. The license was granted to FMG on the basis that sacred sites are protected by local heritage legislation. Now the Yindjibarndi people are saying those sites are being destroyed.

They held a peaceful vigil outside FMG’s AGM in Perth this morning, after a request by CEO of the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal corporation, Michael Woodley, to address the meeting was rejected by Mr Forrest.



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