Wanted: Aboriginal interpreters
THE State Government has pledged more than half a million dollars towards providing more Aboriginal interpreters in the state’s court system.
The money will be spent over the next four years to recruit new interpreters from within the South Australian public service. Attorney-General Michael Atkinson said that only 70 percent of court requests for Aboriginal interpreters were filled between July last year and February.Mr Atkinson said the figure compared to 97 percent for other languages such as Italian and Vietnamese.”Extra Aboriginal language interpreters in our court rooms means that cases can be dealt with more swiftly and with less stress for everyone involved,” Mr Atkinson said.
“This will make a real difference to the efficiency of our justice system and ensure the courts are easier to navigate for Aboriginal-speaking people.”Under the plan, Aboriginal people currently employed as nurses, social workers or teachers will be encouraged to make extra money through performing interpreting work.