Daily News - Wednesday 18 February

Posted 18 February 2015 1:35pm
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Aboriginal communities to close: WA Government shutdown plans already driving people out

Caitlyn Gribbin - ABC News

Aboriginal leaders say a government plan to close communities is already driving people out of some of the most remote parts of Australia.

The West Australian Government last year announced as many as 150 of the state's 274 communities would be closed in the next three years because of a funding shortfall.

No decisions have been made on which communities will shut, but the announcement is already causing fear.

The remote Aboriginal community of Mulan, home to about 100 people, sits at the top of the Tanami Desert.

Mobiles do not work and phones at the local post office are used to communicate with the rest of the world, but it has not taken long for the word to spread to locals that some Aboriginal communities may be closed.

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Anger over 'whitefella way' advice

Karen Ashford - SBS

A South Australian peak housing organisation is under fire for a pamphlet that advises Aboriginal people how to care for their houses the "whitefella way".

The brochure, which was produced by Shelter SA, contains advice including 'always pay your rent', 'look after your garden', 'put out your rubbish bins' and 'don’t let friends or family drink or argue in the street'.

Pitjantjatjara woman Keima Forbes told SBS she was so outraged by the brochure that she called Shelter SA to complain.

"I told them that pamphlet which you got is racist," she said. "No matter which way you look at it.

"Half the things in there are derogatory, half the things in there are very discriminative, and for you to be putting it out as a 'whitefella way' in itself is very discriminative."

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Code of behaviour for Catholic teachers in NSW, ACT could affect private lives, union says

Bridget Brennan - ABC News

A code of behaviour proposed by Catholic employers in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory could put teachers at risk of being disciplined for choices in their private lives, the Independent Education Union says.

The union has argued the code, contained in a clause in a new enterprise bargaining agreement put forward by the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations, is intrusive and will govern the lives of teachers outside of the classroom.

It is concerned that scrutinizing the private lives of teachers could put them at risk of suspension.

The union, which represents teachers in Catholic school, has been in negotiations with the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations for almost a year.

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Housing agency Haven Home Safe worried about homeless children rates in central Victoria

ABC Local

Central Victoria's emergency housing agency says demand for its help is increasing, including from people trying to care for children.

Homelessness is on the national agenda as various groups lobby the Federal Government to continue funding a national agreement that helps support agencies.

Haven Home Safe's Ken Marchingo said he believed more than 1,000 children in Bendigo depended on parents without permanent accommodation.

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