[ View the story "Marginalised minority?" on Storify] Marginalised minority? What is the biggest issue facing Aboriginal Australians today?
The Stream· Tue, Nov 12 2013 10:50:00
Australians rank as the
people in the world, but the Aboriginal communities continue to struggle socially and economically. Although indigenous rights have seen several changes in recent years, a UN report released in
states that living standards continue to differ significantly between indigenous and non-indigenous communities. Concerns especially revolve around
Australia's indigenous population- the Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders- have a younger age distribution than the non-indigenous population, which is
of higher fertility and lower life expectancy.
The life expectancy is about 10 years
than that of non-indigenous people, yet they only make up three per cent of Australia's population. The health gap between the indigenous and non-indigenous population has been linked to malnutrition. Dialysis and
are among the most common diseases affecting the aboriginal communities.
@AJStream 1.Australia hasn't moved on from racism 2. Socially isolated 3. Drug/alcohol-influenced behaviour causes further tension.Abdul-Malek
Education barriers are another factor affecting Australia's Aboriginals. Education Minister Adrian Piccoli recently said that the students are "
treated like rubbish
" and described the school he visited of being in "a poor state of decay".
School attendance in the Northern Territory of Australia is the
in the nation, with just 55 per cent of indigenous children in Year 10 going to school.
High incarceration rates among the Aboriginal communities have been compared to South Africa's
. A study by the
Australian Institute of Criminology
found indigenous inmates make up one quarter of the prison population.
@AJStream Australia is another and still an Apartheid's land. Nothing has been done for the aboriginals. They need people like Malema there!Dydy Yvon De Brunell
Some oppose the comparison of Australia to apartheid South Africa:
Im not sure if the treatment of Aboriginal's in Australia is intentionally modeled on Apartheid. I think alot of it is a lack of understanding and compassion for what these beautiful people need.facebook.com
A controversial Intervention
by the Howard government in 2007 into Northern Territory indigenous communities was deemed '
' after no evidence were found on allegations of pedophilia. The documentary below by Al Jazeera English examines the impact of the 'Intervention' policy:
Witness - The Interventionaljazeeraenglish
Australian officials have attempted to address some of the concerns in the Aboriginal communities, but the government continues to receive criticism that their actions have only been symbolic. Most recently, Tony Abbott became the first Australian prime minister to form an Indigenous Advisory Council for
affairs, which attracted mixed feelings online:
@AJStream If its anything like the Dept of Indian Affairs in Canada its almost completely useless. Its only there for pol. strategic reasonsZahira
This is a solid step in the right direction for indigenous affairs in Australia.reddit.com
In 2008, then Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd conveyed what many considered an
apology to Australia's Aborigines. In the video below from 2008, Rudd promised a new chapter for Australia's indigenous communities. Some
the apology was merely a symbolic promise that lacked action.
National Apology to the Stolen Generationskevinruddmp
@AJStream Govt. actions have been merely symbolic. Community interaction is a necessary element, which gov't dsnt acknowledge.Abdul-Malek
We asked our community what more the Australian government can do to help its Aboriginal community:
By having them become more involved in the government and provide an infrastructure for them to get educated and build their community.facebook.com
Pls bring them up to speed with education & technology for sustainable living.facebook.com