Aboriginal Affairs NSW
Within many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities there are issues with establishing good health, good employment paths and good social justice outcomes. There is also an expectation, by some, to be treated differently to other non-indigenous Australians, some unfortunately, possibly due to chronic and historical poverty, displayed family violence and historical antisocial behaviour are often brought before the courts and other tribunals.
Most of the current programs are not assisting the indigenous community to become a vital part of mainstream Australia, but rather tend to isolate this community from mainstream Australian communities. We do not want to lose the diversity that this community can deliver to the whole Australian community; but we need some robust and strong meaningful dialogue so this community can become an inclusive part of all the communities in Australia. We believe over time that we will need to retune the Community Affairs Department, so that the newly revamped department will work with all in the community in such a way that any disadvantaged groups can receive targeted aid to relieve the particular issues that their community is facing, without placing any assumed stigma on either the persons assisted or the community to which they belong.
We will revamp the Department of Community Services so this department can deliver effective aid to all disaffected communities as it is required so that personal self-determination and self-worth can be established in every disadvantaged community. All areas where there is chronic poverty, chronic unemployment, chronic social disadvantage, chronic socially disruptive behaviour we will deliver effective assistance in a culturally sensitive way so that we will change the culture towards a community of one that is a positive community where restructuring responsibilities will become self-evident within the community. Care and responsibility towards one another will become the buzzword concerning that community.
There will be no reduction in the assistance given but it will be given in such a way to deliver intentionally positive outcomes not only to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in each community; but to all ethnic and culture groups suffering disadvantage in any community.
This policy is a unifying game changer so as to endeavour to remove racism of any sort from our communities