20/07/09: ATTEMPT TO TAKEOVER ALICE SPRINGS ABORIGINAL TOWN CAMPS

Contents:
Attempt to Takeover Alice Springs Aboriginal Town Camps
UN Human Rights Rapporteur to visit Australia,
examining the situation of Indigenous Peoples
Anti-Intervention sit-in at Centrelink in Melbourne
30 Aboriginal Elders Walk-off to Protest NT Intervention
Delegates to Communities in Control Conference express outrage
Other Aboriginal articles

ATTEMPT TO TAKEOVER ALICE SPRINGS ABORIGINAL TOWN CAMPS:

– Request for support & Statement for endorsement

Rollback the Intervention: Town camp housing takeover
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/town-camp-housing-takeover/
Jul 09: “Please find below … a request to speak out
against the Federal Government’s impending compulsory
acquisition of the Alice Springs Aboriginal town camps,
signed by Barbara Shaw from Mt Nancy town camp and Larissa
Behrendt, who has just been named Indigenous Person of the
Year by the national NAIDOC committee. The Stop the
Intervention Collective in Sydney is supporting the call
for a statement against the compulsory acquisition to be
published in a national newspaper at the end of this month.
We are urging all supporters to get behind this initiative,
donate generously and spread the call far and wide. A copy
of the statement for endorsement is also included, below
the request letter.”

– Tangentyere Background Briefing

Rollback the Intervention:
Background to the threatened Commonwealth acquisition of
Alice Springs town camps
http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/tangentyere-background-briefing2.pdf
July 09: “Contents
– Introduction to Tangentyere Council
– Brief history of recent housing and lease negotiations
– Concerns of town camp residents about the Territory
Housing takeover
– Article: “The Other Side of the Alice”,
Sydney Morning Herald, August 21, 2007.
Outline of the struggle for resources in the town camps
– Article: “Leaked advice reveals Macklin’s deception”,
National Indigenous Times, July 6, 2009”

– Further Background Info

WGAR News:
Takeover of Aboriginal Land in Alice Springs (26 May 09):
http://sydney.indymedia.org.au/story/wgar-news-takeover-aboriginal-land-alice-springs-26-may-09

WGAR News:
Compulsory Acquisition of Alice Springs Town Camps (30 May 09):
http://sydney.indymedia.org.au/story/wgar-news-compulsory-acquisition-alice-springs-town-camps-30-may-09

WGAR News:
National support for Tangentyere Council (3 June 09):
http://sydney.indymedia.org.au/story/wgar-news-national-support-tangentyere-council-3-june-09

WGAR News:
Alice Springs town camps takeover (6 Jun 09):
[scroll down page] http://sydney.indymedia.org.au/story/wgar-news-marion-scrymgour-resigns-labor-party-alice-springs-town-camps-takeover-6-jun-09

WGAR News:
Alice Springs town camps takeover (12 Jun 09):
[scroll down page]
http://sydney.indymedia.org.au/story/wgar-news-darwin-town-camps-takeover-12-jun-09

WGAR News:
Alice Springs Town Camps (19 Jun 09):
[scroll down page]
http://wgar.info/190609-northern-territory-intervention-two-years-on/

National Indigenous Times:
The Boxed Seat: A pox on all their houses (25 Jun 09)
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/story.aspx?id=18076

WGAR News:
Alice Springs Town Camps (6 Jul 09)
[scroll down page]
http://wgar.info/060709-indigenous-gap-widens/

National Indigenous Times: Special NIT Investigation:
Leaked advice reveals Rudd government’s deceit on NT
intervention consultations and Alice Springs town camps
land grab (6 Jul 09)
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=18137

Age:
NT council slams town camps plan (11 Jul 09)
http://www.theage.com.au/national/nt-council-slams-town-camps-plan-20090710-dg4e.html?skin=text-only

UN HUMAN RIGHTS RAPPORTEUR TO VISIT AUSTRALIA,
EXAMINING THE SITUATION OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES:

Message to UN regarding Racial Discrimination Act (RDA)
http://perth.indymedia.org/index.php?action=newswire&parentview=144796
16 Jul 09: “Professor James Anaya, UN Human Rights
Rapporteur [Special Rapporteur on the Situation of the
Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Indigenous Peoples]
will be visiting Australia during the second half of
August. As a group of concerned Australians for human
rights we have decided to send to him the letter set out
below. It will be sent to Prof. Anaya by email and provided
to him in hard copy when he is in Australia. It is hoped
that Professor Anaya will bring pressure to bear on
government to ensure that the planned reinstatement of the
Racial Discrimination Act will be an authentic
reinstatement of human rights for all Aboriginal people in
the Northern Territory.”

ANTI-INTERVENTION SIT-IN AT CENTRELINK IN MELBOURNE:

– Video

Vimeo: Basic Rights -v- Police Brutality
(Australian style re NT Intervention)
http://www.vimeo.com/5606464
15 Jul 09: “Anti Northern Territory Intervention protest
from Minister Jenny Macklin’s Electorate office in
Heidleberg, Victoria round the corner to the Centrelink
office where Barbara Shaw from Mt Nancy Town Camp, Alice
Springs in the Northern Territory is unable to access her
low income due to the racially discriminatory welfare
quarantining of Aboriginal Peoples’ income in the NT. The
Melbourne Anti-intervention Collective and SOS Students of
Sustainability demonstrate with Barbara Shaw in support of
Aboriginal Peoples living under the racist NT Intervention.
Victorian police brutality breaks up the non violent sit-in
at the Heidleberg Centrelink … ”

– Radio

RTRfm Indymedia: Restream from Monday 13th July
http://www.rtrfm.com.au/restream/7652
13 Jul 09: [Third interview is with Paddy Gibson re
Centrelink demonstration]

– News

Heidelberg Leader: Arrest at Heidelberg protest
http://heidelberg-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/arrest-at-heidelberg-protest/
9 Jul 09: “A group of about 50 Aboriginal rights activists
converged on Jaga Jaga federal Labor MP Jenny Macklin’s
office on Burgundy St about noon to campaign against the
Northern Territory intervention. Several protestors climbed
the roof of the Indigenous Ministers’ office and unfurled a
banner before they made their way to the Burgundy St
Centrelink office. A Police Media spokeswoman said the
group then staged a peaceful sit in inside Centrelink
before police were called at about 3.40pm.”

30 ABORIGINAL ELDERS WALK-OFF TO PROTEST NT INTERVENTION:

– News

Green Left: Elders walk off gov’t-controlled community
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2009/803/41320
19 Jul 09: ” “Under your intervention team’s poor
management, my people and community is in disarray”, said
Ampilatwatja community spokesperson Richard Downs, reported
the July 16 Sydney Morning Herald. Under the NT
intervention into Aboriginal communities, introduced by the
previous Howard government and continued by Labor, the
federal government can “acquire” communities on five-year
leases, leaving otherwise community-controlled services
such as housing under government control. Ampilatwatja is
one community that has been converted into a five-year
lease to the government.”

National Indigenous Times: Ampilatwaja elders threaten to
abandon community because of intervention
http://www.nit.com.au/story.aspx?id=18224
17 Jul 09: “A group of 30 Indigenous leaders from
Ampilatwaja have set up a protest camp three kilometres
from the township, about 300km north-east of Alice Springs.
They say the federal intervention into remote communities
has left them demoralised and sick, and they are
threatening to build a new community on traditional lands
not subject to government control. “Under your intervention
team’s poor management, my people and community is in
disarray,” said community spokesman Richard Downs.”

ABC: ‘Welcome to the real world’:
Aboriginal desert protest continues
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/17/2628621.htm?section=australia
17 Jul 09: “Nestled between sand hills about five
kilometres from their homes, about 150 residents from a
remote Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory are
continuing to protest at a makeshift camp against poor
housing conditions and the federal intervention. The
community of Ampilatwatja, about 300 kilometres north-east
of Alice Springs, is frustrated about overflowing septic
tanks in their government-owned, overcrowded houses.”

Koori Mail: Walk-off protests NT intervention
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
16 Jul 09: “ABOUT 30 people from Ampilatwaja, 350kms
north-east of Alice Springs, have walked off their
community in protest at the Federal Government’s Northern
Territory intervention. They say they’ll camp elsewhere on
traditional lands until control of a community-run store is
returned and the government does something about poor
conditions in the community.”

ABC: ‘Ankle-deep’ sewage sparks Indigenous walk-off
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/16/2627363.htm
16 Jul 09: “Residents of a Central Australian Indigenous
community have left the area in protest because they say
they are becoming sick from living in government-managed
tin houses with ankle-deep sewage. … A spokesman for the
community, Richard Downs, says about 30 people have set up
a camp about three kilometres away from the community to
protest against ongoing issues he says are related to the
federal intervention in the Northern Territory.”

– Radio

Breaking News CAAMA Radio Exclusive 15-07-09
(Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association)
http://caama.com.au/radio/breaking-news-caama-radio-exclusive-15-07-09/
15 Jul 09: “Ampilitwaja Community moving back to their homelands”

DELEGATES TO COMMUNITIES IN CONTROL CONFERENCE EXPRESS OUTRAGE

– Statement

A message from the delegates of the
Communities in Control Conference 2009 to
* The Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon Kevin Rudd, MP
* The Minister for Social Inclusion,The Hon Julia Gillard, MP
* The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, The Hon Jenny Macklin, MP
* The Leader of the Opposition, The Hon Malcolm Turnbull, MP
* The Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs, The Hon Tony Abbott, MP
http://www.ourcommunity.com.au/control/control_article.jsp?articleId=4224
Jun 09: “The 2009 Communities in Control conference in
Melbourne on June 15 and 16 was attended by more than 1000
individuals representing community organisations from
across Australia. We, the delegates to the Communities in
Control conference, were privileged to have heard a
significant presentation from the Australian of the Year,
Professor Mick Dodson AM, delivering the 2009 Community
Leadership Oration. We wish to express our collective
outrage about the manner in which the continuing Northern
Territory Intervention has wrested control from Indigenous
communities and has institutionalised continuing breaches
of international human rights obligations and principles.”

OTHER ABORIGINAL ARTICLES:

– Media Releases

Central Land Council:
Time for Labor to stand by its promise
http://www.clc.org.au/Media/releases/2009/waste_dump_anniversary.html
15 Jul 09: “The CLC’s director David Ross said attempts to
force a dump on the Territory have been characterised by a
series of broken promises. … Two of the proposed waste
dump sites, Mount Everard and country adjoining Alcoota,
are in the CLC’s region and traditional owners of those
areas remain opposed to a waste dump being established on
their country. The third at Muckaty is outside the CLC’s
region but affects CLC constituents.”

Central Land Council:
If only for safety’s sake close the climb
http://www.clc.org.au/Media/releases/2009/Uluru_climb.html
10 Jul 09: “The Central Land Council says if people can’t
find it within themselves to respect the wishes of
traditional owners of Uluru and support the closure of its
climb, then perhaps they should consider it on safety
grounds.”

– Radio

SBS Aboriginal program:
Legal services’ chronic underfunding
http://www20.sbs.com.au/podcasting/index.php?action=feeddetails&feedid=65&id=38202
15 Jul 09: “Some very disturbing revelations from the
Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement in South Australia – on
federal funding cuts, following a complaint made to the
United Nations last year. ALRM’s Chief Executive Officer
Neil Gillespie says he is now sending two letters to the
Federal Government – one to the Prime Minister’s office
requesting that the Indigenous Affairs Minister be censured
for not consulting openly with communities in the Northern
Territory. The other is to the Attorney General’s office on
chronic underfunding of legal aid for Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander people. … “

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