Report finds Indigenous blindness preventable

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A new report from the University of Melbourne and the PwC shows that a future 32,000 cases of Indigenous blindness can be prevented. The report looks at the cost of preventing and treating long and short-sightedness, old-age vision degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and the communicable disease, trachoma. I spoke to Professor Hugh Taylor, Chair of the University of Melbourne Eye Health, about the report, and the impact of vision disorders on the economy.

Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy ‘trespassing’ on Aboriginal land

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The Block in Redfern, Sydney was one of the first parts of urban Australia to be formally returned to Aboriginal people. The NSW Supreme Court has now ruled that the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy is trespassing on Aboriginal land, after it was established on The Block last year, after the Aboriginal Housing Company put forward a planning proposal for a $70 million dollar commercial development on the site. I spoke to Greens NSW spokesperson for Aboriginal Justice, David Shoebridge, who is calling on all levels of government to step up and ensure Aboriginal housing is funded on The Block.

Greens call for indigenous conferences on constitutional recognition

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott is facing criticism following his decision to reject plans for Indigenous led talks on constitutional recognition. Mr Abbott said he is in favour of building a national consensus rather than simply an Indigenous one, to avoid producing a ‘log of claims’. I spoke to Rachel Siewart, the Greens senator for Western Australia, and spokesperson for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, about this.

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