17 August 2009 The Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) act as JUDGE, JURY and EXECUTIONER in treatment of the Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (SA) Inc (ADAC). ADAC was dealt another blow via the telephone on Thursday 13th August when we rang the Departmental Liaison Officer for the Tender we had submitted according to the Indigenous Coordinating Centres (ICC) national funding round that closed on the 28th February 2009. ADAC had submitted a range of applications under the ICC cultural and sporting round of funding, to host the South Australian Aboriginal Sports Carnival that ADAC had successfully hosted for the past 2 years. The Carnival is the largest gathering of Aboriginal people in the state and is held over the October Long weekend. We had been told since March that the ICC had received over 200 applications (although only 1 for the Carnival from ADAC) and were yet to make a decision. On the 17th July we received an email from the Departmental Liaison Officer and told again that applications were under consideration and successful applicants would be announced at the end of July or early August. As the only organisation that had tendered, on behalf of the SA Aboriginal Community we had every right to be confident, as we had been funded to host the event over the past 2 years. BUT unbeknownst to us, DOHA had sent a letter on the 18th June to a range of State and Federal government agencies telling them and I quote “that ADAC is technically insolvent and it is highly unlikely that they will continue as a going concern” THIS WAS 5 WEEKS BEFORE ADAC WAS GIVEN A COPY OF THE INTERIM AUDIT REPORT AND A COPY OF THE LETTER DoHA HAD SENT OUT. SINCE THIS LETTER WAS SENT OUT WITHOUT OUR KNOWLEDGE AND BEFORE WE COULD RESPOND TO THE INTERIM AUDIT REPORT ADAC HAS NOW LOST OVER $750,000 WORTH OF FUNDING. IS THIS FAIR AND REASONABLE IF WE WERE A BUSINESS THIS WOULD BE ILLIGAL UNDER THE TRADE PRACTICES ACT. If you would still want an organisation like ADAC and will support us in our ongoing battle for social justice and equity with OATSIH send, letters of support to ADAC at 54 King William Street, Kent Town SA 5067 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Or send letters of support to; The Hon Nicola Roxon MP, Minister for Health and Ageing, PO Box 6022 House of Representatives, Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600, or fax (02) 6273 4146 The Hon Jenny Macklin MP, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs PO Box 6022 House of Representatives, Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600, or fax (02) 6273 4122 And The Hon Warren Snowden MP, Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Services Delivery. PO Box 6022 House of Representatives, Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600, or fax (02) 6273 4117 If you want further information or would like the ADAC Director to come to your community and discuss the issues please do not hesitate to contact me on 08 8362 7540. Yours in the Struggle Scott Wilson ADAC Director Sign ADAC's Petition http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/help-save-ADAC.
DoHA JUDGE, JURY and EXECUTIONER