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APY MEDIA RELEASE 8th November, 2015 Print
Sunday, 08 November 2015 00:00

Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) held a Special General Meeting (SGM), on Friday 6th November, 2015 at 11am.

The meeting was well attended by 60 Anangu from the APY communities. The member communities and outstation were 80% represented at the Special General Meeting.

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SA GOVERNMENT RAMS THROUGH LAWS TO ALLOW AN INTERVENTION ON APY LANDS Print E-mail

SA GOVERNMENT RAMS THROUGH LAWS TO ALLOW AN INTERVENTION ON APY LANDS

The South Australian Labor Government has succeeded in pushing through discriminatory legislation through the upper house, which will mean Minister Hunter can stage an intervention on the APY Lands.

If the Bill is endorsed by the lower house, it will mean Minister Hunter can suspend the board and appoint an Administrator, who will have complete control over APY.

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ABORIGINAL LEGAL RIGHTS MOVEMENT (ALRM) EXPRESSES SUPPORT FOR THE APY LAND RIGHTS ACT Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 00:00
ABORIGINAL LEGAL RIGHTS MOVEMENT (ALRM) EXPRESSES SUPPORT FOR THE APY LAND RIGHTS ACT


The Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement has a long history of supporting land rights legislation in South Australia. Not only do ALRM give assistance to the Pitjantjatjara Council in the formation of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act in its original form, but the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement has consistently made submissions to government supporting the APY Land Rights Act through the various amendments which have taken place over the years.

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Comment on the Proposed Changes to the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act 1981 Print E-mail

There is legislation proposed for tomorrow (Tuesday 2 December 2014) in the South Australian Parliament to make major changes to the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act 1981 (APY Land Rights Act). This Act is the legacy of the Don Dunstan reformist government.

The effect of these changes is that the Minister will be able to suspend the democratically elected APY Executive Board for ‘any reason, he or she thinks fit’ and appoint an Administrator. It means that the state government can seize control of the APY Lands at any time and without regard to the wishes of Anangu, who own the land. These changes will reduce the self-determination for Anangu embedded in the original Act, to a toothless tiger, effectively turning the clock back 30 years to the days of “…the Aboriginal Superintendent.”

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