‘I’m going to talk about Jake Briggs, who refused to accept the disadvantaged label that has been placed upon, seemingly, the whole of the First Australians and also people with disabilities. Most Aboriginal and Torres Strait leaders dream of being treated as being full citizens of this country, with full access to education. But if we allow Indigenous people to think that they can’t do anything, or that the system is against us, what is the point of learning? No ifs or buts, every Indigenous child needs to attend school. One day I dream of many Aboriginal doctors, accountants and public servants. Now we live in a world full of possibilities, of people who are victorious and refuse to accept the disadvantaged label. Jake shows this to us. I’m pleased to say there are many examples of Indigenous leaders who are victorious. They do not accept the left’s intellectual racism and the disadvantaged label. They are the Aussie battlers who are working hard in the community to lift their people, create hope and let them believe that anything is possible. They have a humbleness and a real sense and connection to their country and their land. This is where they draw their strength from, as proud Aboriginal Australians.’
MANAGING DIRECTOR, RIVERVIEW GLOBAL PARTNERS
MEMBER, PRIME MINISTER’S INDIGENOUS ADVISORY COUNCIL
Josie Cashman is the Managing Director of Riverview Global Partners, a company she established to identify and nurture the key relationships that drive and create rapid wealth opportunities for the benefit of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and the wider business community. Josephine has more than 16 years’ professional experience in urban, rural and remote Aboriginal communities. She spent 2 years as a senior solicitor and practice manager in remote Northern Territory communities of East Arnhem
Land, and has 8 years’ experience as a practising advocate in Australian courts. Josephine is also a member of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council.
Research published in The Health and Welfare of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, 2010 indicates that in 2008, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were twice as likely as non-Indigenous Australians to require care, services and assistance to meet their self-care, mobility or communication needs in 2008. Around 1 in 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people required support with everyday activities at this time. 258,500 (50%) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years or over had a disability or a long-term health conditionPhysical disabilities, such as paraplegia and quadriplegia are common, with more than 105,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people had a physical disability in 2008. Research from the 2008 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey shows a gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous health outcomes in Australia-with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people being more likely than non-Indigenous people to have disabilities of all types. Specifically, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are:
•more than 3 times as likely to have an intellectual disability
•more than twice as likely to have a long-term condition or disability requiring support meeting self-care, communication or mobility needs
•more than twice as likely to have a psychological disability.