Stop tinkering with unilateral reforms to CDP!

On Wednesday 23 January 2019, a media release from the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Nigel Scullion, outlined changes to the Community Development Program (CDP) which he states will be implemented from March this year. The bulk of these changes had been included in the Social Secutiry Legislation Amendment (Community Development Program) Bill 2018 which… 

Compulsory income management should be repealed, not extended

On Thursday 13 December 2018, the Minister for Families and Social Services, Mr Paul Fletcher, announced the Liberal-National Coalition Government’s decision to extend the Cashless Debit Card trials and Income Management program across all existing sites for a further 12 months. All compulsory income management measures in Australia have now been extended until 30 June… 

Briefing paper on the impact of the Community Development Program on APY

This briefing paper provides an overview of the Community Development Program (CDP), with a particular focus on the impact of the CDP in the remote Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) communities in the north west of South Australia.  The Paper then provides commentary on the proposed reforms to the CDP – announced on 8 May 2018 by the Minister for… 

APY Lands Rights Act amended without negotiation!

Today, the SA Parliament passed the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill, which allows the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation to dismiss the community-elected APY Executive Board for any reason he deems fit. Existing provisions under the original APY Land Rights Act provided for procedural arrangements and conditions under which the APY…