Issue: Aborigines' plight
DARWIN - THE plight of Australia's Aborigines emerged as an electoral issue on Sunday, with the government pledging to tackle school truancy and back a constitutional change to recognise indigenous people.
Australia's 455,000 Aboriginal people lag significantly behind other Australians in terms of education, health and life expectancy in a community often plagued by problems such as substance abuse and school truancy.
SYDNEY, Sunday 8 August 2010 (AFP) -- Despite its Aboriginal roots and a large Asian population, Australia's politics are almost exclusively white with just a handful of ethnic minority candidates in this month's elections.
Australia's diversity -- from Outback townships to Sydney's Chinatown and growing numbers of South and Southeast Asians -- is poorly reflected in its leaders, who remain typically Caucasian, middle-aged and male.
The Australian Greens want Federal intervention in to the controversial Brighton bypass.
The Tasmanian Aboriginal community held a public rally in Hobart yesterday calling for the Jordan River Levee site to be protected.
The Department of Infrastructure is pushing ahead with its planned $12 million bridge over the area.
Greens Senator Christine Milne says the State Government has left those against the proposal with no choice but to go over its head to the Federal Government.
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Thereís a new paper in AJHG out, Whole-Genome Genetic Diversity in a Sample of Australians with Deep Aboriginal Ancestry, which Iíll hit later. It doesnít have anything too surprising, but in the supplements they have a figure which shows frappe and Structure plots for the HGDP populations as well as their Australian Aboriginal sample. These methods take an individualís genome and assign elements to one of K ancestral populations. For African Americans this is highly illuminating, as K = 2 simply breaks down along European/African ancestral lines. The mean turns out to be ~20% for the minority quantum, exactly what had previously been ascertained through genealogy, classical autosomal markers (e.g., Duffy), and the average of uniparental lineages for European ancestry (African Americans tend to be enriched for European Y chromosomal markers, and have less than the expected European mtDNA markers. Again, totally intelligible in light of the history of relations in the old South).