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The Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP) provides whole-of-government leadership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander policy, coordination and monitoring, and the delivery of services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders. This includes key policy and program initiatives in the areas of: employment and business development land tenure resolution, housing and land development in remote communities integrated infrastructure coordination and delivery in remote communities cultural heritage cultural capability and engagement Welfare Reform community participation retailing services in six remote locations community and personal histories services.   https://www.datsip.qld.gov.au/about-us



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ResearchCrowd is committed to closing the gap. Closing the gap refers to a long-term framework that builds on the foundation of respect and unity provided by the 2008 National Apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It acknowledges that improving opportunities for Indigenous Australians requires intensive and sustained effort from all levels of government, as well as the private and not-for-profit sectors, communities and individuals. In 2008, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) endorsed the National Indigenous Reform Agreement (NIRA) (PDF), which included 6 key targets: close the gap in life expectancy within a generation by 2031 halve the gap in mortality rates for Indigenous children under five by 2018 ensure access to early childhood education for all Indigenous four year olds in remote communities by 2013 halve the gap in reading, writing and numeracy achievements for children by 2018 halve the gap for Indigenous students in Year 12 (or equivalent) attainment rates by 2020 halve the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and other Australians by 2018.    



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Thanks South East Queensland Indigenous Chamber of Commerce for promoting the work we do through your Feature of ResearchCrowd on your website! We know what great work you guys do, and really appreciate all of the great support you give us. Check out our Member Feature online!  

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National Anthem

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Thanks Saul, from Roundhouse Creative, for helping ResearchCrowd to get back online after being hacked! And, happy new year everyone 😉 Our last post was about Australia’s National Anthem, which is a topic that continues to spark interest. Check out Stan Grant’s speech, which journalist Mike Carlton tweeted was “Australia’s Martin Luther King’s moment”. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/stan-grant-speech-aboriginal-experience-surgically-targeted-at-national-psyche-20160130-gmhnac#ixzz3ysAHpRWI http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/stan-grant-speech-aboriginal-experience-surgically-targeted-at-national-psyche-20160130-gmhnac And check out the editorial by Stan Grant Snr in the First Nations Telegraph, http://www.firstnationstelegraph.com/#!1-feb-2016-latest-news/cqka    

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We Are Not ‘Young and Free’

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Why did Deborah Cheetham, Yorta Yorta woman, soprano and composer, turn down the opportunity to sing the National Anthem at the 2015 AFL Grand Final? She explains, “as an Indigenous leader I simply can no longer sing the words “we are young and free”. For that matter, as an Australian with a strong desire to deepen our nation’s understanding of identity and our place in the world, I believe we can and must do better.’ In 2009, Deborah helped launch alternative lyrics written by Judith Durham in consultation with Muti Muti singer songwriter Kutcha Edwards. According to Deborah, “the words are as inclusive as they are beautiful”. She goes on to say, “I believe one day we will sing these words at grand finals and other important events and that they will serve to bring us together. Australia, it’s time to sing a new song.” Australia, celebrate as one, with peace and harmony. Our precious water, soil and sun, grant life for you and me. Our land abounds in nature’s gifts to love, respect and share, And honouring the Dreaming, advance Australia fair. With joyful hearts then let us sing, advance Australia fair. Australia, let us stand as one, upon …

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Elimination of Violence Against Women

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It’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and White Ribbon Day. Starting today, 25 November, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign invites you to “Orange the world: End violence against women and girls.” Everyone is invited to join the UNiTE campaign and organize “Orange Events” between 25 November and 10 December 2015. Violence against women is a human rights violation Violence against women is a consequence of discrimination against women, in law and also in practice, and of persisting inequalities between men and women Violence against women impacts on, and impedes, progress in many areas, including poverty eradication, combating HIV/AIDS, and peace and security Violence against women and girls is not inevitable. Prevention is possible and essential Violence against women continues to be a global pandemic. We walk besides our sisters, mothers, aunties, daughters, grandmothers, nieces as we move forward in the struggle against ending violence against women. And, we walk besides all victims of violence, female and male and other genders. We stand for the elimination of all violence against all people. Violence is never okay!  

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Missing Persons

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I was so sad to read about the young girl who went missing late last month. I remember staring at her picture on my Flipboard for a long time, and praying that she would be found alive and well. But, a few days later, I read that her body had been found on the banks of a Gold Coast river; a beautiful girl, gone forever. I can’t image the devastation that her loved ones are feeling. My heart goes out to them. And, while Queensland Police are out in force searching for clues around the young girl’s disappearance and murder, they are also investigating another case. Two young boys, aged 10 and 13, have been missing for nearly three days. Since going missing, they have been said to have made contact with their families, but they have not been seen. We hope they are found safe, like the young 8 year-old that went missing from Inala on Tuesday evening and was found safe and sound the next morning. Whenever I read about a young person going missing, I remember the families that I spoke with when I was involved in the missing persons project with the NSW Attorney General’s Department. …

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Women in IR

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We were really happy to be invited to speak at the Women in IR Lunch in Brisbane today. The event was co-hosted by the Industrial Relations Society of Queensland and Queensland Working Women’s Service Inc/Working Women Queensland. It brought together some great women (and men), who are at the forefront of industrial relations in Queensland. The annual event typically provides an opportunity for attendees to network with like minded colleagues and hear from guest speakers on relevant IR topics. This year’s guest speakers included: Senator Claire Moore, Labor Senator for Queensland, Terri Butler MP, Labor Member for Griffith, Rosslyn Monroe, CEO, Women’s Legal Services, Kerriann Dear, Director, Working Women Queensland, and our very own, home grown Dr-girl, Catherine Demosthenous!  The topic was “Domestic Violence: What happens when it doesn’t stay at home“. Beginning on a hip hip hooray note, a big, bold CONGRATS to Kerriann Dear and all of the workers at Queensland Working Women’s Service (QWWS) on 20 Years of support to Queensland working women, and best of luck for the future! And a special thank you to the women from Aboriginal Family Legal Services Southern Queensland who drove down from Roma to attend. While some workplaces have implemented (or are implementing) strategies to support …

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Congratulations Congress

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Congratulations to the newly elected co-chairs of the Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, Dr Jackie Huggins and Rod Little.

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DATSIP Business Procurement Workshops

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It’s not easy running a research business.  How do you submit a conforming tender to bid for government contracts? How do you differentiate your business from your competitors? What are the programs available that can help your business? Lots of questions – and even more answers at the DATSIP Business Procurement Workshop for owners and operators of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses! It was great to have an opportunity to learn from experts in the field, who could draw any crowd, not just ResearchCrowd lol. A big THANKS to DATSIP, who ran the night in partnership with the Department of State Development. It was also great to be able to reconnect, network and meet new people, and share the experience with them.

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