DAY AND NIGHT PATROL
This week on Living Black, video journalist Tani Crotty goes on patrol with the dedicated members of the Tangentyere Day and Night Patrols.
For more than a decade, the Tangentyere Council has looked after Aboriginal people in central Australia. The Day and Night Patrols employ 17 patrollers who, from dawn til dusk five days a week, patrol the 19 town camps that surround Alice Springs, and the streets of the town itself.
While they operate without police powers, their job is to help keep the peace and their work is often difficult. They deal with illegal campers, antisocial behaviour, intoxication and petrol sniffing on a daily basis.
As Tani Crotty discovers, this unique system wouldn’t work with without the goodwill from Aboriginal residents and a strong collaboration with the local police. But, survival of the Day and Night Patrols is dependent on integrated future funding and the continued support of the state and federal governments.
April 25 is a day to remember the contributions made by all Australian servicemen and women. On Living Black, Kris Flanders talks to Indigenous veteran David Williams about his wartime experiences and Australian War Memorial Historian John Connor about the contributions made by Indigenous people and the lack of recognition for their efforts.
Recently, their contributions have been recognised through the Indigenous War Memorial in Canberra. However, for the first time this year, a separate ANZAC Day march will take place in Redfern, a predominantly indigenous suburb of Sydney, especially for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander diggers.
It’s a controversial idea, initially the RSL National President Bill Crews was critical about the need for a separate march but has now given his support. March organiser Pastor Ray Minniecon tells Living Black why he thinks it’s a good idea.
LINDA BURNEY INTERVIEW
Linda Burney is one happy woman. The first Aboriginal member of the NSW parliament recently retained her seat in the NSW state election. Now, she’s the state’s first Aboriginal government minister, having been appointed Minister of Fair Trading, Youth and Volunteering.
Linda Burney tells Living Black host Karla Grant about her new role, why she didn’t want to take on the Aboriginal Affairs portfolio and reflects on how far she’s come from a young girl growing up in country NSW.