The St Vincent de Paul Society joins in national celebrations to mark NAIDOC Week (July 6 to 13). This year NAIDOC Week honours all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) men and women who have fought in defence of our country.
Serving Country: Centenary & Beyond
As the 100th anniversary of the First World War approaches, a research project titled ‘Serving Our Country’ is helping to share the wartime stories of ATSI people that have been relatively overlooked in Australian historical narratives despite fighting in all major conflicts and serving in peacekeeping and defence support roles.
Vinnies believes there are many lessons to be learnt from the past treatment of ATSI veterans and also wishes to draw attention to the following, current-day policies and practices that overlook or deny the rights and needs of ATSI people:
- Income Management: Vinnies has consistently opposed compulsory income management on the basis that it is a punitive welfare policy that pathologises people in poverty and fails to take into account the complexity of their lives. Read our submission on the Stronger Futures Legislation in the Northern Territory.
- Constitutional Recognition: Vinnies principally supports recognition of the first Australians in our founding document of law and government. As such, we support moves to establish a referendum, leading to ultimate Constitutional recognition. Read our submission on the Constitutional Recognition Bill.