Nation News: Tuesday 31 March 2015

The Australian for Tuesday 31 March 2015 carried little ethnic news or comment. Much of the overseas news concerned ethnic and religious issues in Yemen, Palestine, Israel, Britain and France (on p. 9). However, this was of only indirect relevance to Australia.

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Andrew Burrell. “Race act cited in bid to save communities.” News. 37 col. cms. A legal challenge is being considered to oppose plans by the Liberal government of Western Australia to withdraw services from 150 of 274 remote outback communities. Nolan Hunter, chief executive of the peak indigenous body in the Kimberley region, the Kimberley Land Council, suggested that the plans were in violation of the Racial Discrimination Act because they targeted only Aboriginal settlements. “It’s not their fault that they live in a location that doesn’t have all of these services”, Hunter said. The state Aboriginal Affairs Minister, Peter Collier, stated that government plans did not breach the Act.

Summary. This issue of The Australian (31 March 2015) carried only 37 column centimetres of ethnic stories of direct relevance to Australia, making up about 0.5 per cent of the 18 page news section, including advertisements.

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