Opposition dugong/turtle policy to stop cruelty, not ban hunting (LNP)

Posted on Sunday, 11 March, 2012

THE Opposition’s policy in protecting dugong and turtle populations focuses on stopping the needless cruelty towards the animals, not preventing hunting for cultural reasons, Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch says.


His comments come as self-proclaimed activists, including failed Federal election candidate Yodie Batzke, try to misinform people in the Torres Strait and on Cape York about their policy.


“I have serious concerns about Yodi Batzke and a small number of other individuals in the Torres Strait who, in pushing their own agendas, are grossly misrepresenting the LNP’s policy on the controversial turtle and dugong issue with suggestions that an LNP government would extinguish Native Title rights with regards to the traditional hunting of turtles and dugongs,” Mr Entsch said.


Click HERE to view more on Mr Warren Entsch's (Federal member for Leichardt) statement

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders recognition in the Constitution

Time is right to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our Constitution @

Says who we ask, there is a number of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who would disagree with this concept.


There are Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who believe that the change to the constitution will not change the effect of what they are enduring on a day to day basis. Take for example Torres Strait Islanders, how will this change affect the policies in all State and Territories of Australia in the governance of their lives? Torres Strait Islanders are a separate Indigenous race, and where they reside throughout Australia no policy to govern their well-being has been adequately addressed.


In fact, States and Territories of Australia have grossly neglected their social and emotional well-being thus socially excluding them from many of the policies that should determine from a human rights perspective what this race should be receiving.


As a public health clinician and a member of the Torres Strait Islander community, I have personally experienced this form of neglect from a livid perspective on mainland Australia.  The areas of this human rights neglect include health, education, law and judicial, housing, employment, etc and I am not the only one of my Indigenous race that endures this form of neglect.


So my question to those of you who think you can formulate and enact gammin policies on the behalf of me and my people...when will you seriously consider the human rights of Torres Strait Islanders?  We may be a minority but this does not mean that our opinions should be oppressed or not adequately addressed by the majority Indgenous Australian race and the Australian governments


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Public Health Journal  (CEO) - Elvianna Dorante-Day (Member of the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community), Bachelor of Nursing, Masters of Arts (Aboriginal Issues), Graduate Diploma in Public Health, Doctorate of Public Health Candidate;


Funding and its unfair distribution within the Indigenous Australian community

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Public Health has not been funded by any Australian government funding bodies, and we are amazed at what we have been able to achieve to date with no government funding. In our funding research as an organisation we have discovered that there is very little funding available for privately owned public health and research Indigenous Australian businesses. This arises to us as an Indigenous based organisation questions such as - not only is this discriminatory in action, where is the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander funding money being allocated, and the appropriateness and transparency of its allocation by the funding bodies in particular the Australian government. There is not enough clear distinction between how much of the budget is allocated separately to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population (both in the Torres Straits and on mainland Australia) in all State and Territory governments.......Mrs Elvianna Dorante-Day (Member of the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community), Bachelor of Nursing, Masters of Arts (Aboriginal Issues), Graduate Diploma in Public Health, Doctorate of Public Health Candidate; CEO/Founder of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Public Health e-Journal


Aboriginality Statement

We are constantly asked and constantly hear about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people having trouble, or not understanding the process of obtaining an Aboriginality Statement. Additionally, why this is neccesary and the general rules about who can ask for one.

Firstly lets clarify a few things:

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Definition of Indigenous Australia and its application into Policies and Services

The term Indigenous Australians is used when referring to both Indigenous races of Australia,

These being:-
(i) Australian Aboriginal people and;
(ii) Torres Strait Islander people

To understand and apply this terminology means that you also understand that these Australians are two separate races, and policies devised on behalf of these races should clearly be highlighted. In fact it is not enough to understand this term but it is also important that the people from these two races are properly represented on organisations, boards etc who use the word Indigenous Australian in promoting their service delivery.

There are many Indigenous Australian organisations, and  non-Indigenous Australian organisations that are using the term "Indigenous Australian", however in operation these organisations mainly focus on the Aboriginal people of Australia, and often you will find very little Torres Strait Islander representation and input. Even the Artwork used reflects only one of the Indigenous races, the Aboriginal race. This is definitely a form of discrimination, as the human rights issues confronting the Torres Strait Islanders are not adequately addressed if addressed at all.  

You will also find that only a few of the Australian universities have involved Torres Strait Islanders in the organisations, and have accepted that the Aboriginal race speaks also on behalf of the Torres Strait Islander race.  This is discriminatory and violates the human rights of the Torres Strait Islander people.

For those bodies who are accessing funding from government bodies, who from the funder is assessing if the these organisations are actually meeting the needs of the population they claim the funds for.  What's even worse is currently a number of State and Territory governments continue to fail to adequately make clear their policies in regards to how the Torres Strait Islanders will be catered for within their State or Territory, and how they will spend the funds on the delivery of services to the Torres Strait Islander population.  

The Torres Strait Islander population is a minority in comparison to the Australian Aboriginal population, and this is a real concern when you don't see the Torres Strait Islander people representing themselves as they should. How culturally appropriate can these services be when they have very little understanding or working knowledge of dealing with the Torres Strait Islander people.
In fact what is even worse is that a number of people who are employed in the health, Law/legal, and education disciplines have real problems in trying to grasp how you spell Torres Strait ...too often they write Straight instead of Strait.

Is your Organisation using the term Indigenous to promote your service delivery:-

1 Have you included both Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander input
2 Have you got the right genders for the business you are wanting to deliver
3 Are Elders from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait population involved
4 Is the community you claim to represent aware of the service you are delivering on their behalf
5 Is your service culturally appropriate to the Indigenous races you want to deliver your services
6 Monitoring the effectiveness of your services to both Indigenous Australian races
7 If you are going to add Indigenous Artwork to your organisation logo, make sure that both races are equally represented.


Article by Elvianna Dorante-Day ~ (Member of the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community), Bachelor of Nursing, Masters of Arts (Aboriginal Issues), Graduate Diploma in Public Health, Doctorate of Public Health Candidate


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