Self Determination

Church calls for discussions about First Nations sovereignty and Treaty

Video of Survival Day message by President of the Uniting Church in Australia Stuart McMillan

Uniting Church in Australia Assembly
25 January 2016

Media Release

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Noel Pearson's 'social experiments' in North Queensland are failing

Noel Pearson's 'social experiments' are failing

A main shortcoming of all the social experiments promoted and funded under the motto of "self determination" are implemented rather paternalistically, basically rules which inhibit a person's ability to make choices and suffer subsequent consequences. His paternalistic policy ignores people's right to fail, which is one of the key steps in achieving growth and capability, hence it truly ignores people's right to succeed as well ... the Welfare Reform Triials are fundamentally flawed as remote townships find it extremely almost impossible to venture into any meaningful economic opportunities given the constraints of land tenure and blanket conservation. Read more about Noel Pearson's 'social experiments' in North Queensland are failing

APY Lands artists push for Alice Springs studio for protection from 'carpetbaggers'

Senior artists from South Australia's APY Lands want to set up a permanent art centre in Alice Springs to protect people from being exploited by unscrupulous dealers known as carpetbaggers.

Prominent artist Nyurpaya Kaika said, "We've been watching over the years how so many of our people are getting stuck in Alice Springs, particularly those who are now on dialysis regime that can't leave; their families comes in and join them and they're stuck there for years and years." Read more about APY Lands artists push for Alice Springs studio for protection from 'carpetbaggers'

'Treaties of Unity' - Alice Springs meeting September 2015 - 7 Videos

Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture 2015

Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture 2015

The complete transcript of Jeff McMullen's Lecture at Charles Darwin University on 6 Augus 2015 - Vincent Lingiari knew who he was and that this land held him close to its heart. "You can keep your gold. We just want our land back." The Old Man knew that the answer was in the hearts of good men and women who stood together as the best of mates. He never doubted what was right, no matter how long it took or how many tried to buy him off. The Old Man outlasted all the naysayers because he lived his value system and he led good people with him on the long road towards equality. Read more about Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture 2015

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