Vaccine misinformation used to ‘injure Aboriginal people intentionally’ in region with lowest rates

Date Published: 07/09/2021 Category: News

Just seven per cent of Indigenous people in a vast Western Australian region are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the lowest rate in the country.  Read the full story here:

Federal government’s 1,000 Jobs Package delivers fewer than 350 jobs

Date Published: 01/04/2021 Category: News

A generous federal government payment worth tens of thousands of dollars has only created a third of the jobs promised in remote parts of Australia.  The 1,000 Jobs Package offers employers wage subsidies of up to $57,000 to hire participants in the government’s controversial work for the dole program in full-time jobs in places like the Northern…

Indigenous communities slapped with more fines under Government work-for-the-dole scheme

Date Published: 04/10/2018 Category: News Data shows Exclusive by political reporter Dan Conifer, Andrew Kesper and FOI editor Michael McKinnon Disturbing new data reveals the impact Australia’s flagship remote employment program is having on Indigenous people across the country, prompting claims it is worsening poverty in communities. Key points: CDP work-for-the-dole program compulsory for unemployed people in remote areas,…

Indigenous workers begin unionising to fight ‘racist’ Community Development Program

Date Published: 02/07/2018 Category: News

A group of Alice Springs Community Development Program workers have released a powerfully worded statement calling the CDP a ‘racist scheme’ that keeps Indigenous people in poverty. The statement was drawn up after workers expressed their frustrations at a meeting of the First Nations Workers Alliance which was set up to help unionise Indigenous people on the…

Community Development Program ‘racist, punitive, and expensive’, report says

Date Published: 02/07/2018 Category: News

The report released today has found that the remote aspect of the Turnbull Government’s controversial program is racially discriminating, punitive, ineffective and expensive compared to the metropolitan program. A new report by the Australia Institute has slammed the Community Development Program (CDP), also known as ‘work for the dole’, which costs $360 million per year. The…

Controversial work-for-the-dole scheme taking a toll on young Indigenous people

Date Published: 30/09/2017 Category: News

Eighteen-year-old Mel Inkamala is strolling around the Santa Teresa community garden with his left hand tucked inside a grey vest. He is holding a cordless phone, occasionally bringing it to his ear, checking he is still on hold. “Just waiting … I’m on participation,” he says, referring to Centrelink’s hotline for people breached under the…

NT families go hungry under the Community Development Program

Date Published: 27/06/2017 Category: News

The federal government’s work-for-the-dole scheme is denying Aboriginal people in remote communities basic rights, equal treatment and fair payment for work, legal and human rights advocates have told a Senate inquiry. The government is revamping its controversial Community Development Programme, which covers about 35,000 people, mostly from Aboriginal communities. The North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency…

Remote Job Scheme ‘doing harm’

Date Published: 28/02/2017 Category: News

Remote Job Scheme ‘doing harm’ More than 200,000 fines were imposed on just 34,000 mainly indigenous jobseekers in the first 15 months of the federal government’s jobs scheme. The figures prompted experts to say the unpopular Community Development Program is being rejected by indigenous communities and creating resistance to outside intervention. The latest data, for…

Sit-down to stand-up: ACTU backs welfare

Date Published: 25/08/2016 Category: News

The ACTU was there at the start of the land rights movement, supporting the walk-off by Aboriginal stockmen at Wave Hill in August 1966, 50 years ago. And now, at the end, the ACTU is there again. I say at the end because Wave Hill never made it as an economically viable Aboriginal-run property. In…

A ‘flash mob’ style protest against Indigenous wage discrimination takes social media by storm

Date Published: 12/08/2016 Category: News

About 100 people attended the ‪#‎WageJusticeNow‬ protest, an ‘art-installation’ action organised in Darwin by the Australian Council of Trade Unions on Monday.   By NITV Staff Writer Source: NITV News 15 AUG 2016 – 4:18 PM  UPDATED 16 AUG 2016 – 4:21 PM   Event organizer Kara Keys told NITV the action was “against the Community Development Program”, an Indigenous-specific Work…