Aboriginal Injustice


Social justice is grounded in the practical, day-to-day realities of life. It’s about waking up in a house with running water and proper sanitation; offering one’s children an education that helps them develop their potential and respect their culture. It is the prospect of satisfying employment and good health. However, this is not the case for indigenous Australians. They continue today to be disadvantaged. It is these aspects which will be addressed in our presentation today.


I myself will discuss with you how Aboriginals experience socio-cultural, political and economic inequality and injustice.


Angela will deal with how the institutions of education, law and work have historically responded to Aboriginals


Renee will cover how the supportive organisations deal with the injustice and inequality.


Lastly, Nazy will discuss how a community welfare worker can achieve greater justice and fairness.


Play video- this is just a short snippit of the Australian film ‘rabbit proof fence’. While watching it I would like you to consider, how much has changed, between then and now..


Inspite of significant reform and politicising of Aboriginal communities it is a sad testament that Aboriginals still represent lower health, income, housing and education to name a few.


I have decided to divide my section into categories. These include:


· The governments accountability for reconciliation


· Indigenous Peoples participation in discussion making


· Family violence


· Lastly, Statistics in terms of the progress in addressing Indigenous disadvantage


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RECONCILIATION


During 2003, the government’s approach to reconciliation has continued to be restricted to measures that fail within its practical reconciliation approach.


It was been reported that there has been limited progress over the past 5 years in achieving the central reason of reconciliation, namely improved Aboriginal well being. Of particular concern are the differences that exist between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians. Many suggest that this gap many have indeed widened over the past 5 and 10 years. The gap is so much that the indigenous Australians according the social Justice report, presently experience health standards worse than those in so called third world countries.


2003 saw the development of reconciliation within the framework of the Council of Australia Governments (COAG). Write this up with chalk The national reporting framework on indigenous disadvantage is in fledgling stages and there are a number of issues that remain unaddressed before success is assured.


Overall, COAG offers much potential for reforming inter-government approaches to service and delivery to indigenous Australians. However long- term success is another issue. Success will become depend on how the trials promote structural change, in terms of how the government goes about delivering these so called services to the Aboriginals. Reform is also necessary in terms of how these services will be monitored and evaluated. Or how else will success be achieved if current methods are failing?


There also remains a national absence of commitment to redressing the issues of reconciliation. It needs to start with people such as our selves in this very room today. Why should reconciliation lie solely on the government, in enacting legislation? Which may I add are only “words”.


Ultimately, the process of practical reconciliation is hampered by its lack of substantial action plan for overcoming indigenous disadvantage in the longer term, with short term objectives to indicate the rate of progress towards its goal is sufficient.


Such deficiencies in monitoring and evaluating process for reconciliation indicate that there are problems of accountability within the government itself. This lack of accountability allows governments to establish the boundaries of issue that they will address in the first place and to avoid public scrutiny when aboriginal justice is not achieved or sustained.


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DECISION MAKING


There has been an increase attention over the years to the nature of the relationship between the Aboriginals and the government. Indigenous peoples seek to challenge the underlying basis of their relationship to governments in Australia. Indigenous peoples have come to realise that the current system perpetuates a cycle of dependency and is also not contributing to or promoting sustainable improvements in indigenous communities and individual well being. This accompanies the concern that the service delivery model is not delivering long-term improvements. The current system is said to reduce the idea of the development to one of community development and provide little