Espresso Martinis and Impact
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
NEWS  | 

Amnesty Head Criticises Conditions for Australia’s Indigenous


Monday, 10th October 2011 at 10:55 am
Staff Reporter
Conditions in remote Aboriginal communities are among the worst in the world according to the international head of Amnesty International.

Monday, 10th October 2011
at 10:55 am
Staff Reporter


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
Amnesty Head Criticises Conditions for Australia’s Indigenous
Monday, 10th October 2011 at 10:55 am

Conditions in remote Aboriginal communities are among the worst in the world according to the international head of Amnesty International.

Secretary-general Salil Shetty went to communities such as Utopia north-east of Alice Springs and expressed dismay at housing and health of the locals.

"I've been to many places in bad shape in Africa, Asia and Latin America, but what makes it stark here is when you remind yourself you're actually in one of the richest countries in the world," he told the ABC.

"I can't believe I'm actually in one the richest countries in the world and you have people, Aboriginal communities here who are living in conditions which are really almost inhumane," he said.

He was shocked to see 15 people living in a two-bedroom house.

He is planning to meet with Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Jenny Macklin, this week to discuss poverty of Australia’s indigenous people.

In the NT News Indigenous Affairs Department defended their record of building new houses in remote communities saying – that as of June 30 this year, 324 new houses had been completed and that 191 houses were underway with a total of 1592 houses rebuilt or refurbished.




Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers?

Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Government pledges to extend ‘racist and punitive’ cashless welfare card

Luke Michael

Tuesday, 26th March 2019 at 4:57 pm

Where Are All the Women? Campaign Questions Lack of Female NGO Leaders

Maggie Coggan

Friday, 8th March 2019 at 5:39 pm

‘Toxic’ Amnesty Workplace Sparks Criticism of Australian Social Sector Culture

Maggie Coggan

Wednesday, 13th February 2019 at 5:29 pm

Indigenous Groups Call for Cross-sector Support to Change the Date

Maggie Coggan

Friday, 25th January 2019 at 5:08 pm

POPULAR

‘They don't see eye-to-eye’: Leadership turmoil engulfs the ACNC

Luke Michael

Tuesday, 16th April 2019 at 8:24 am

Disability groups call for conflicting commissioners to step down

Maggie Coggan

Monday, 8th April 2019 at 4:47 pm

An (unlikely) friend in need

Maggie Coggan

Saturday, 6th April 2019 at 12:00 pm

Charity merger set to strengthen advocacy for blind and low vision people

Luke Michael

Thursday, 4th April 2019 at 4:32 pm

Espresso Martinis and Impact
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

Get the social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!