Article – Green groups keep Aboriginal people in poverty

by 4 July 2014

2 July 2014 Nyunggai Warren Mundine Australian Financial Review

It was great to see Cape York traditional owners defeat Queensland’s Wild Rivers legislation in the Federal Court last month.

In 2009, the Bligh Labor government declared three major Cape York rivers as “wild rivers”. It was a politically motivated decision to secure Greens preferences in a close state election. It locked up major areas of Queensland’s far north making it impossible for traditional owners to [...]

Article – GG visits Ord irrigation scheme

by 24 June 2014

22 June 2014 Nine News

Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove is hoping to shine a light on economic opportunities in agriculture and progress being made on indigenous issues during a tour of northern Australia.

Sir Peter said the second phase of the Ord irrigation scheme near Kununurra was beginning to come to fruition, largely due to Chinese investment.

“It’s now possible to see, not just its future potential, but its present importance,” he told reporters after [...]

Article – NT minister says Land Rights Act should go

by 23 June 2014

16 June 2014 Sky News

The Land Rights Act is holding Aboriginal people back from achieving their full economic potential, Northern Territory minister Bess Price says.

Speaking at a Developing the Territory conference in Darwin on Monday, the minister for community services said jobs would break the current spate of dependency in communities.

“It is well known that my people have become addicted to sit-down money,” Ms Price said.

“Welfare has become the reason for [...]

Article – CSIRO’s dam hunt helps plan for north

by 13 June 2014

10 June 2014 Sid Maher The Australian

The CSIRO will conduct a “rapid’’ study of all water catchments across northern Australia to identify potential new dam sites as part of the Coalition’s plan to dramatically increase the development of the region.

Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss will today launch a green paper on developing northern Australia that will examine special economic zones, changes to indigenous land tenure to allow communities greater economic use of their [...]

Article – Indigenous pastoralists unite in bid to woo China

by 12 June 2014

6 June 2014 Ginny Stein ABC News

In northern Australia, Aboriginal landowners are looking to China to help revive their pastoral industry.

Ten of Australia’s largest Aboriginal pastoral stations are joining forces in the hope of winning foreign investment and creating jobs.

“We do have a vision and it’s the same vision of running a profitable cattle station and we just need that support towards getting it to that stage,” said Anthony Watson, a senior [...]

Article – As Northern Territory tourist numbers double, Indigenous operators prepare

by 27 May 2014

22 May 2014 Mark Di Stefano ABC News

With Asian holidaymakers flocking to Australia’s north, Indigenous tour operators in the Top End are readying to reap the rewards.

Tourist numbers in the Northern Territory have doubled over the past three years, with visitors from China and its Asian neighbours leading the charge.

On the western edge of Arnhem Land, Neville Namarnyilk is selling his tour to operators new to the Territory, offering small groups time [...]

Article – The only path to advancement is via the bush bloc

by 14 April 2014

12 April 2014 Alison Anderson The Australian

Powerful factions in the major political parties have failed Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory. That failure can be attributed almost wholly to a poor understanding of the aspir­ations of remote Aboriginal ­people. It’s simple — the people in power do not want to take the time to sit in the dirt and communicate with the most dis­advantaged people, even if those same people gave them their power [...]