Category Archives: Permanent Settlements

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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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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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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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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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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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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Atsic

Atsic ATSIC was created around 1990 by the Labour Govt, to give Aboriginals greater self-determination. The basic design of ATSIC was to have a bureaucratic arm, which DAA and ADC more or less folded into, and an elected, executive arm … Continue reading

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Remote CDEP

Remote CDEP Original Intent One of the greatest opportunities ever offered for Aboriginal empowerment and advancement was the Community Development Employment Program. CDEP was created by the Frazer Coalition Govt in 1977, for remote community members: as an alternative to … Continue reading

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Report Findings

Report Findings After reviewing numerous remote settlement CDEPs, this author wrote a major investigative report that analysed the reasons for sub-performance of the entire CDEP program, and made 47 recommendations for improved performance. Recommendations addressed existing, serious problems that affected … Continue reading

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The Limitations of Bureaucracy

The Limitations of Bureaucracy What is a Bureaucracy? Functionally, a bureaucracy is an organisation charged with providing certain services or other responsibilities that: relies on rules, regulations, methods, procedures, etc, to ensure that decisions made by the bureaucracy will always … Continue reading

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Some Types of Persisting Problems

Some Types of Persisting Problems Some problems have persisted for several decades, despite being widely known about, well described, written and complained about, and solutions proffered. Housing Insufficient housing for community populations is a major problem. Whole families living in … Continue reading

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Underlying Issues

Underlying Issues Wrong Role Models One of the greatest problems for traditional remote Aborigines today is that they have been exposed and subjected to some of the worst aspects of western society from earliest contact. Too often, some of our … Continue reading

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Implications for Remote Aboriginal Settlements

Implications for Remote Aboriginal Settlements Destroying Aboriginal Culture Settlers destroyed their sustainable nomadic lifestyle; churches destroyed their traditional spirituality; ATSIC disempowered their initiated elders system, bureaucracies cut across their community structures; and the last Govt attempted to take them to … Continue reading

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Denial, Guilt and Racism

Denial, Guilt and Racism Aborigines are a dignified people, 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 … Continue reading

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