Australian Aboriginal News & Current Affairs

The most up-to-date and relevant news stories regarding Aboriginal culture


Do you want to be the owner of this superb concert class Didj? Just answer our Questionnaire

Win a Concert Class Didj!

Visit The Didjshop - the largest and most extensive virtual didjeridu shop

Have a read of the comments left by visitors to the didjshop

Now to the story...


Report suggests shifting Redfern's needle van

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 2 August 2004


A New South Wales parliamentary committee has recommended a needle van be moved off the area known as The Block in Sydney's Redfern.

It is one of 22 recommendations made in the interim report from the upper house inquiry into the Redfern riots in February.

The interim report calls for a needle exchange van to be moved away from its position on The Block.

It says it should go around the corner on Hudson Street in an industrial area.

The committee says federal and state funding should be provided to redevelop The Block and build the housing that is planned by the Aboriginal Housing Company.

On the issue of policing, there are recommendations for better monitoring of violence against police.

Seventeen of the 22 recommendations are unanimous.

There is a dissenting report from Democrat MLC Arthur Chesterfield Evans, calling for a medically supervised injecting room for Redfern.

The NSW Opposition has labelled the report a whitewash.

Opposition Leader John Brogden says it contains no new recommendations and no way to fix the problem.

"The sad fact is that 190 pages in this report and hardly anything new - more or less this report says move the drug van and more of the same," he said.

"I would have hoped for a lot more, particularly considering the expectations of the public, that we would begin to fix the problems that hurt people on a daily basis on The Block."


Return to Top


Return to The Didjshop's Aboriginal News Web Log


Links to other web sites about Aboriginal Australia


Visit The Didjshop

  Check out the world's coolest shop for didgeridoos

Click here to receive occasional email Newsletters from The Didjshop

The Didgeridoo Specialist - founder of