After four decades, Redfern’s dream in tatters

It has been 40 years since a group of idealistic, young Aboriginal men and women got fed up with living in “slums and pig sties” and formed a housing association in the heart of Sydney.The early 1970s were heady times for the Indigenous rights movement in Australia and Redfern was its home ground – arguably the birthplace of land rights, dedicated legal services, and Aboriginal healthcare.But after just four decades, the dreams of a disparate nation carried by those pioneering activists are on the brink of collapse.On Saturday morning, the ranks of a newly-established tent embassy, pitched in the heart of The Block, will be bolstered with a rally by the community against their own – the modern-day Aboriginal Housing Company headed by Mick Mundine.The organisation, which started in 1973 with a grant from the Whitlam government to cover the cost of 41 terrace houses for Sydney’s growing and dispossessed urban Indigenous population, has mutated into a private company with plans to soon turn the sod on a massive residential and commercial complex.The company has a membership capped at 100 and says it cannot afford to provide housing for Aboriginal people on The Block.

via After four decades, Redfern’s dream in tatters.

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