Category Archives: Aboriginal

Introduction

Introduction Aborigines are a dignified race, with a sustainable, spiritual culture that enabled their people to become wiser as they grew older, and keep things on a balanced, even keel over tens of thousands of years, whilst living in a … Continue reading

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Basic Principles

Part One: Basic Principles 1. Background CDEP is a low-cost, part-time, labour-intensive, multi-purpose work scheme designed to empower selected Aboriginal communities and their participants. According to the ATSIC Annual Report (1993-94), the objectives of CDEP are to provide employment opportunities … Continue reading

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Fully-Functioning Sustainable Communities

Fully-Functioning Sustainable Communities Personal and Community Fulfilment Sustainable communities are created so their members can live with all of the advantages not yet available in mainstream living – inexpensive, non-wasteful, non-destructive, non-harmful, healthy, wholesome, sustainable, nurturing, inspiring, healing, etc. These … Continue reading

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Private Enterprise

Private Enterprise The underlying principle of community economics is produce for local community consumption first, then for the surrounding area, then for further away. This enriches the producer, the purchaser, the community and the surrounding area, and enables prices to … Continue reading

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Settlement

Settlement A race of hunter gatherers, Their weapons were made for hunting creatures in the wild, and not designed for war Living not for riches that others must acquire to fill a sense of emptiness which keeps them feeling dire … Continue reading

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FUNDING ISSUES

Part Two: FUNDING ISSUES The Dept. of Finance controls levels of ATSIC funding to the CDEP program. Dept. of Finance determines the per participant Weekly Wage allocations, Recurrent proportions, and the level of Capital to the program. Dept. of Finance … Continue reading

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Becoming Whole-Brain People

Becoming Whole-Brain People Traditional Aborigines are an intuitive, naturally artistic, predominantly right-brain people. This enables them to attune to nature, and to have many important skills on tap that left-brain dominant people are unable to access from within themselves, but … Continue reading

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Early Ad Hoc Settlements

Early Ad Hoc Settlements Traditional History Aborigines are a dignified race, with a sustainable, spiritual culture that enabled their people to become wiser as they grew older, and keep things on a balanced, even keel over tens of thousands of … Continue reading

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CDEP Performance Issues

Part Three: CDEP Performance  Issues CDEP, which is ATSIC’s largest funding program, has come under considerable criticism over recent years, resulting in a number of measures aimed at effecting improvements. These include: conducting reviews of individual CDEPs; a national review … Continue reading

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Whole-Brain Manifestations

Whole-Brain Manifestations Confluence Whole-brain people find that their natural self-awareness automatically sorts their thinking processes, to become more tidy and orderly, and reconnecting in ways that gave sense and meaning to past events. With the addition of their right-hemisphere, creative … Continue reading

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Missions

Missions Eventually, after much devastation, slaughter and extermination, various churches became involved in the establishment of missions as the accepted solution to a people who had been reduced to a wretched and precarious existence. Effectively, missions involved the formalised concentrating … Continue reading

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AREAS WHERE ATSIC MAY ASSIST

Part Four: AREAS WHERE ATSIC MAY ASSIST 1. Guiding CDEP Organisations to secure Sales Tax Exemption Sales Tax adds, typically, an extra 22%, onto the price of many items to be purchased. This means that an organisation which has been … Continue reading

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Growing Nutritious Food Easily

Growing Nutritious Food Easily Low Cost, Low Maintenance, Organic, Sustainable Agricultural Systems Today, following many widespread, serious and intractable problems associated with the farming industry in virtually all nations as they have adopted the western model, the world is seeing … Continue reading

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The Earth Charter

The Earth Charter The Earth Charter was created as an initiative of global civil society in what has been called the most open and participatory worldwide consultation process ever associated with the drafting of an international declaration. Many thousands of … Continue reading

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Transition to Permanent Settlements

Transition to Permanent Settlements The transition from religious missions to remote settlements began during the 1950s and 1960s, and gained momentum following the 1967 referendum, which extended voting rights and acknowledged Aborigines to be Australian citizens. This obliged both State … Continue reading

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Preventative Medicine

Preventative Medicine Taking Charge of Our Health Despite numerous surveys, promotions and programs, the state of Aboriginal health is well below that of the general population, and remains a curiously elusive commodity. It is well known that: Aborigines suffer a … Continue reading

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SUMMARY and Conclusions

Part Five: SUMMARY and Conclusions Basic Design CDEP, in its basic design, is a simple, elegant and exceedingly low-cost work scheme that has the potential to uplift and transform Aboriginal Communities throughout Australia. Many CDEPs are highly successful, confirming that … Continue reading

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Sustainable Farming

Sustainable Farming Sustainable gardening and farming are particularly suited to sustainable communities, and can make the community more of an ecological wonderland, where the soil will stay fertile, the creeks, rivers and dams will remain unpolluted, the organisation will not … Continue reading

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Earth Transformation Declaration

Earth Transformation Declaration Personal Transformation and Wellness 1. Recognize that transformation begins with the wholeness created by right relationships with oneself, that extends to other persons, other cultures, other life, our planet, and the larger whole of which all are … Continue reading

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CEOs

CEOS The CEO is responsible for the day to day running of the settlement, as well as implementing long term improvements, and crucial to the well running and the success, or alternatively the failure of remote Aboriginal settlements. CEOs have … Continue reading

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