Recently I have been contemplating Australian values which I know can be applied pragmatically to Aboriginal people. Clearly the current Aboriginal funding model has failed my people.
If it fails one group, it fails all Australians. I also understand one efficient way to make a difference, is to encourage electors to make their vote count which is not easy in our complex preferential voting system. I am committed to ending the manipulative and elite political agenda which have been polluting Aboriginal communities and taking advantage of my people and their vulnerable natures. I am committed to encouraging networks led by Australians, especially those with an Aboriginal background, to go into Aboriginal communities and ensure democracy is taught, understood and practised. I want to encourage and support political participation, community involvement, knowledge sharing and engagement in representative governments which place Australian interests first. These programs are for all Australians. It will focus on Aboriginal communities in the first instance but it has not been exclusively designed for them. Many Australians do not know the relevance of their voting power because our complicated preferential system has so often failed them.
I aim to instigate Aboriginal funding reforms, designed to ensure Aboriginal people are given the opportunity to purchase a home, own land and participate in outcomes with the power to generate economic independence and healthy lifestyles. The time is ripe.
- Josephine Cashnman
We are committed to empowering Aboriginal Australians to engage with pathways out of impoverishment.
Practical solutions are needed. It is doubtful whether the Federal Aboriginal Affairs Department would be able to answer a simple question about individual community resources.
Obstacles to achieving economic independence include law and order, social control, native title and substandard housing