CRANAplus Congratulates Minister on RDA Action

5 Jul 2010

CRANAplus is thrilled that the Racial Dis­crim­i­na­tion Act in the North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry will be rein­stat­ed by Jan­u­ary 2011. CRANAplus also wel­comes the news that the income man­age­ment strat­e­gy will now be applied equal­ly to all Ter­ri­to­ri­ans in need, regard­less of their race.

Car­ole Tay­lor, CEO of CRANAplus, explained that there is lit­tle doubt that income man­age­ment has had pos­i­tive ben­e­fits for some indi­vid­u­als, where­as for oth­ers it has made life very difficult.

CRANAplus did not sup­port the sus­pen­sion of the Racial Dis­crim­i­na­tion Act in the NT and was appalled that the Abo­rig­i­nal pop­u­la­tion of the North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry was not giv­en the dig­ni­ty of being treat­ed equal to their non-Indige­nous coun­ter­parts. CRANAplus mem­bers, many of whom work with­in Indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties or are Abo­rig­i­nal and/​or Tor­res Strait Islander them­selves saw first hand the incor­rect neg­a­tive stereo­types that blos­som in an envi­ron­ment where social jus­tices are withdrawn.

Jo Appoo, mem­ber of the CRANAplus board of direc­tors, said in regards to the announce­ment, This is a good day and long over­due, sus­pend­ing the RDA gave approval for behav­ior that should nev­er be tol­er­at­ed in mod­ern Aus­tralia. I just hope that this part of our his­to­ry will not reflect on those of us who feel proud to live and work along­side those of the first Nation of Australia.”

Well done Min­is­ter for re-instat­ing this most basic of human rights, let’s all move for­ward together.