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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: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-05/vaccine-misinformation-injures-aboriginal-people-intentionally/100430378?utm_campaign=abc_news_web&utm_content=link&utm_medium=content_shared&utm_source=abc_news_web

https://fnwa.org.au/2021/09/07/vaccine-misinformation-used-to-injure-aboriginal-people-intentionally-in-region-with-lowest-rates/

Australian South Sea Islander Recognition Day

Date Published: 25/08/2021 Category: Blog Post

Today is Australian South Sea Islander Recognition Day. On this day in 1994 the Australian South Sea Island Community were formally recognised by the Federal Government as a ‘distinct cultural group’. We remember the over 60,000 Islanders who were blackbirded from over 80 Pacific Islands during a period of four decades from 1863–1904. The Australian…

https://fnwa.org.au/2021/08/25/australian-south-sea-islander-recognition-day/

National Indigenous Australians Agency

Date Published: 06/06/2021 Category: General Information

The National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) is committed to improving the lives of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. For further information: https://www.niaa.gov.au/

https://fnwa.org.au/2021/06/06/national-indigenous-australians-agency/

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…

https://fnwa.org.au/2021/04/01/federal-governments-1000-jobs-package-delivers-fewer-than-350-jobs/

FNWA Fact Sheet

Date Published: 31/03/2021 Category: Media Release

All Australians deserve the opportunity to have a good, steady job and the dignity of work. The Turnbull Government’s Community Development Program (CDP) is depriving tens of thousands of people of that opportunity. It’s punitive, heavy-handed, racially discriminatory, and the Union movement is determined to see it removed.

https://fnwa.org.au/2021/03/31/fnwa-fact-sheet/

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

Date Published: 04/10/2018 Category: News

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-04/cdp-community-development-program-region-penalties-map/10329118 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,…

https://fnwa.org.au/2018/10/04/indigenous-communities-slapped-with-more-fines-under-government-work-for-the-dole-scheme-2/

The rights of Indigenous workers are under attack.

Date Published: 26/09/2018 Category: Blog Post

The Liberal Government are backing laws that force Indigenous people into work, not for wages, only welfare. Indigenous workers are: Forced to work 25 hours a week and earn $11.20/hour Not entitled to superannuation Not entitled to our workplace employment standards Are excluded from Federal OHS & Workers Comp laws Able to be exploited as…

https://fnwa.org.au/2018/09/26/the-rights-of-indigenous-workers-are-under-attack/

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…

https://fnwa.org.au/2018/07/02/indigenous-workers-begin-unionising-to-fight-racist-community-development-program/

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…

https://fnwa.org.au/2018/07/02/community-development-program-racist-punitive-and-expensive-report-says/