NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION RALLY, Two years on from the NT Intervention and WGAR website launch.

1pm Friday 19 June 2009
Garema Place, Civic, Canberra
other events are being held around Australia at this time for the NDA

Here’s a recent testimony from Santa Theresa, NT highlighting that ‘consultation’ is a very far cry from negotiation or consent:

Imelda Palmer is a teacher and community leader in Santa Teresa, where
consultations were held today. She says that no notice was given for
the meeting.

“Not many people know about this meeting. I only found out about the
meeting when the ABC jounalists came to interview me. I walked up and
there were maybe 12 or 17 people sitting around the table. That’s not
good enough. It should have been a public meeting out in the open, for
the whole community, not behind closed doors. It needs to be one voice
out there in the open if this is proper consultation”.

Ms Palmer is angry that the government has already decided to continue
with compulsory Income Management.

“Why did she send out a team from her government bodies with their
discussion paper to talk about the Intervention and ask us how its
going? What’s that for when behind our back she’s on the media saying
its going to keep being compulsory. That’s not fair. That’s not right,
to be controlled like that.When they first went ahead, they didn’t
think of consulting with communities in the NT. Now this time, they
are coming in a different way. When the people write down that we
don’t want that basics card, or anything like this Intervention, are
they going to listen to them?”

“We are all Australians, we are all in one country. Why treat the
indigenous people like that, with the Basics Card? Its outright
discrimination. The whole Intervention isn’t working in communities
anyway, the community has just been going down since they started.
People are confused. We are suffering because the government is taking
the power away”.


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