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The Centralian advocate Fri 5 Nov 2010



The Centralian advocate Fri 5 Nov 2010


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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 64 no. 46

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Centralian Advocate, Friday, November 5, 2010 19 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 5 -N O V -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 1 9 C O L O R : C M Y K NEWS Bush jobs are like slavery Sarah Aitken Protesters gather at an anti-intervention rally in Alice Springs WORKERS from Ti Tree claim they are being treated like slaves, having to work for low wages since the intervention changed the way the Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) works. In a video posted on YouTube, some of the men said they now earned significantly less than they used to, despite doing the same work as before. Others said there were less jobs in the community in general. Herman Presley, a municipal worker for the Central Desert Shire, said he worked for 32 hours a fortnight and got about $200 in his bank account. Another $200 is quarantined on his basics card, which can only be used on priority items in government-approved stores. He said this equals about $13 an hour. I just want to do normal work, like in CDEP, a real job like before, he said. Community councils were abolished and replaced by shires and CDEP modified as a result of the intervention. Under the new CDEP, many Aboriginal people working for the shires have their income quarantined. The men said it felt like slave labour, and that a simple thing like a drivers licence was difficult to save for because they cannot use their basics card money. At an anti-intervention rally in Alice Springs last week, speakers told a crowd of about 40 people that the intervention had further decreased equality for Aboriginal people in the job sector. Scott McConnell, the General M a n a g e r o f I n g k e r r e k e Outstations Resource Services, said it was a lie that Aboriginal people did not want to work. The reason Aboriginal people are not engaging in the workforce in remote indigenous communities is there is no equity for them, he said. Why should people be on income management while they are doing a meaningful task in the community? Its a grossly unfair, segregationist policy, and its just not necessary. Mr McConnell has run CDEP for many years, and said while he did not support the old CDEP, the new income management system was new paternalism. I personally think CDEP is crap, he said. I think it gave an excuse to governments to have Aboriginal people working for them for not much. I am concerned we needed a new and better model, but we ended up with a new, worse model. Amnesty Internationals Monica Morgan told the Alice Springs crowd the intervention was racist. Its taking us back to the days of the old welfare acts and assimilation policies, she said. We support peoples rights to self-determination and to be able to control their own destinies. The Intervention Rollback Action Group held rallies in Alice Springs, Sydney and Melbourne. Earlier this year Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin announced income management would be rolled out across the Territory to cover indigenous and non-indigenous welfare recipients. Theatre benefit Erin Jones LOCAL cancer support group, Bosom Buddies received much-needed donations to help Central Australian women and their families who are affected by breast cancer. Proceeds from the theatre production Four Funerals in one day shown in Alice Springs in October were donated by General Practice Network NT (GPNNT). 5 4 1 9 0 5 /1 1 2 Gregory Tce Alice Springs 8952 2224421 9 0 5 /0 9 SEWING CENTRE Phone Elizabeth or Liz on: 20% STOREWIDE OFF E XC E P T S E W I N G M AC H I N E S SALE STARTS 5 th -12 th Nov Sat 13th Nov 2pm 4 pm with Qs after , finishi ng at 5p m Sun 14th Nov 10am 12noon with Qs after, finishin g at 1pm Essential Oil Playshops! Both playshops will be different, so feel free to come to both!!! Venue: Eastside Pilates Studio (15 Lindsay Ave) NO CHARGE, but bookings are essential as seats are limited. Your friends are also welcome! To book: phone or text Reyna on 0437 060 314 4 1 1 9 0 5 / 1 1 Two inspirational and fun Playshops with Artemis Learn to use Vibrational Essential Oils in your daily life

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