Category: Politics

Waste in Wadeye: COAG.. crisis, what crisis?

Originally published in the National Indigenous Times, November 2006.

NATIONAL: The government report which exposes the gap between rhetoric and reality, writes CHRIS GRAHAM and BRIAN JOHNSTONE.

An endemic social and health crisis in the remote Northern Territory community of Wadeye is worse today than it was almost four years ago, when the federal government launched a “bold experiment” to improve the delivery of government services to Aboriginal communities, a leaked independent report has found. Continue reading

THE HOUSE THAT MAL BUILT

Originally published in the National Indigenous Times, March 2007.

NATIONAL: The federal government is stepping up its campaign to ‘reform’ government service delivery to Indigenous Australia. At the top of the chopping block is Indigenous housing in urban areas. But the Minister’s argument in favour of the plan is hardly compelling. CHRIS GRAHAM reports. Continue reading

Brough’s law on order while towns kept waiting

Originally published in the National Indigenous Times, February 22 2007.

By Amy McQuire
NATIONAL

THE Howard Government has not spent any of the $4.467 million allocated to improving law and violence services in Indigenous communities, eight months after it was promised in a law and order summit called by Minister for Indigenous Affairs Mal Brough. Continue reading