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PostPosted: 11.09.2007, 12:22 
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Randin, what's your view on the thing? Are people at Buku Larrnggay Mulka affected by this?

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Federal Minister for Workforce Participation Sharman Stone denies hundreds of jobs in the Indigenous art community are at risk with the scrapping of the Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) program in the Northern Territory.

Northern Territory Chief Minister Clare Martin says around 400 Indigenous jobs at Aboriginal art centres could go if the program is axed.

But Dr Sharman Stone says suggesting art workers will be transferred from CDEP to Work For The Dole program is a deliberate lie.

"Where there's an art community in a particular settlement, then we will look very carefully at where there are support jobs like administrators [and] perhaps marketers - people who are very important to the artists themselves," she said.

"Most importantly we believe these art communities need to be able stand commercially and succeed commercially."


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Hi there

What is the CDEP program compare to the Dole ....cutting in the goverment expenses for the CDEP ?

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The CDEP programm is (citing from the munanga linguist blog)

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CDEP is an employment program subsidised by the Government. It is similar to work for the dole, but slightly different in that the wage is a little higher, it isn't compulsory, it is easy for employees to receive top-up wages or do work extra work and you actually have a supervisor and manager and can build training and employment pathways into your job. CDEP has been working really well here for the past year or more providing employment to over 120 people. More than just provide employment, it helps Ngukurr provide services that we wouldn't otherwise be able to fund. The areas that rely heavily on support from CDEP employment are: creche, art centre, language centre, aged care, mechanic's workshop, builder's workshop, garbage collection, swimming pool/sport'n'rec/after school care, ranger program and more.


Read more about "Working for the Dole" here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Work_for_the_Dole

The way I read it, it means that the Government cuts the money for community development, kicks the mostly native people that work on these programs out of their job and makes them work in "unemployment programs" for probably less money. The reason is probably that the Government pretends that the CDEP programs have been inefficient.

Am I the only one who asks himself what the hell this has to do with the alleged child abuse?


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Am I the only one who asks himself what the hell this has to do with the alleged child abuse?


Certainly not! I've been reading these happenings with some interest, and it is all coming under the thinly veiled guise of 'child abuse' in NT communities. The government is trying to dismantle the CDEP, putting Yolngu and other Arnhemlanders out of work AND taking away a sense of fulfillment through working towards some goal, effectively pushing them into the towns where alcohol and drugs can take a deeper hold. What is of course happening as a result is that local authority can be be weakened because traditional landowners are absent and the 5 year leases can then be used as an excuse for mining operations of diamonds and bauxite.


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