Archive for July, 2009

29/07/09: CHALLENGE TO TAKEOVER OF ALICE SPRINGS ABORIGINAL TOWN CAMPS

Posted in NEWS on 29/07/2009 by D

Contents:
Challenge to Takeover of Alice Springs Aboriginal Town Camps
Will the NT Indigenous Policy Minister quit Labor?
Update on Aboriginal housing in the Northern Territory
Other NT Intervention articles
Other Aboriginal articles

CHALLENGE TO TAKEOVER OF ALICE SPRINGS ABORIGINAL TOWN CAMPS:

– Special Investigation

National Indigenous Times:
NIT Special Investigation: Macklin botches Alice Springs
town camp compulsory acquisition… again
http://www.nit.com.au/story.aspx?id=18236
27 Jul 09: “Jenny Macklin has botched the compulsory
acquisition of the Alice Springs town camps for the second
time in as many months, and now faces the prospect of
having to cut a deal with Tangentyere Council – an
organisation she has been publicly flogging for two months
– or delay the government takeover until at least October,
documents obtained by the National Indigenous Times reveal.
The latest blunder relates to the period of notice that must
be provided by the Commonwealth to anyone whose interest in
the town camp land is affected by the proposed compulsory
acquisition.” Chris Graham

– Radio

ABC Radio Australia: Connect Asia: Australian government
set to take control of ‘appalling’ town camps
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/connectasia/stories/200907/s2637270.htm
27 Jul 09: “The Australian Government has described living
conditions in Aboriginal communities on the fringe of Alice
Springs in central Australia, as appalling and in need of
urgent change. But government plans to take over the camps
looks set to be delayed even further. Solicitors acting for
one town camp resident are threatening a legal challenge to
the takeover on the grounds that the Australian Government
hasn’t given the camps’ Indigenous residents enough notice.
But not all camp residents support the legal action and some
say they’re desperate for change.
Presenter: Sara Everingham.
Speakers: Mark Lockyer, resident of the Hidden Valley town
camp; George Newhouse, lawyer for a town camp resident”

– News

ABC: Macklin notified of Federal Court injunction
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/28/2638841.htm?section=justin
28 Jul 09: “Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny
Macklin has been officially notified about legal action
against her. Alice Springs resident Barbara Shaw has made
an application for a Federal Court injunction claiming the
Minister’s notification process for the compulsory
acquisition of town camps is flawed and unfair.”

ABC: Legal action launched over town camps takeover
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/27/2637023.htm?site=news
27 Jul 09: “An Alice Springs resident has commenced legal
proceedings in an attempt to stop the Federal Government
taking over town camps. Lawyers have submitted an
application for a Federal Court injunction claiming
Aboriginal Affairs Minister, Jenny Macklin, has not
consulted directly with over 200 residents about the
compulsory acquisition of the camps.”

Australian: Takeover of camps faces new obstacle
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25839603-5006790,00.html
27 Jul 09: “THE federal government’s proposed takeover of
the squalid and violent Alice Springs town camps faces
further delays, with lawyers representing a camp resident
threatening to seek a Federal Court injunction. … An
injunction could force the minister to strike an agreement
with the Tangentyere Council or extend the consultation
period by another 60 days.”

ABC: Town camps takeover could be averted: Tangentyere
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/24/2635429.htm?section=australia
24 Jul 09: “The Tangentyere Council says it is confident it
can reach an agreement with the Commonwealth that will
avert a planned takeover of the Alice Springs town camps
next month. … A Tangentyere spokesman says while town
camp residents do not want to become public housing
tenants, they would be likely to accept the deal if
Territory Housing contracted the council to continue some
tenancy services, such as rent collection.”

– 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

Tangentyere Council, Alice Springs:
Resolution on Lease Negotiations Close (22 May 09)
http://www.tangentyere.org.au/publications/documents/TangentyereLeaseNegn.pdf

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

WGAR News:
Attempt to Takeover Alice Springs Aboriginal Town Camps (20 Jul 09)
http://wgar.info/2009/07/20/200709-attempt-to-takeover-alice-springs-aboriginal-town-camps/

WGAR News:
Attempt to Takeover Alice Springs Aboriginal Town Camps (24 Jul 09)
[scroll down page]
http://perth.indymedia.org/index.php?action=newswire&parentview=144879

WILL THE NT INDIGENOUS POLICY MINISTER QUIT LABOR?:

– Of Related Interest

WGAR News: Marion Scrymgour resigns from Labor Party (6 Jun 09)
http://wgar.info/06062009-marion-scrymgour-resigns-from-labor-party-alice-springs-town-camps-takeover/

– News

Australian: Minister may quit over NT housing
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25826888-5006790,00.html
24 Jul 09: “NORTHERN Territory Aboriginal Affairs Minister
Alison Anerson has threatened to quit the Labor party in
protest over the Rudd government’s “appalling” handling of
a $700million remote housing package that she labelled a
“big farce”.”

Northern Territory News: Anderson threatens walk-out
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2009/07/24/69631_ntnews.html
24 Jul 09: “ANOTHER Territory Labor Government politician
has threatened to leave the party over the handling of
indigenous affairs. … Ms Anderson told The Australian
that a briefing last week warned that the Commonwealth’s
$672 million housing program would only deliver 300 houses.
“It was quite openly told to us that there will be 15 per
cent administrative costs going to government, 40 per cent
for the alliance (building) partners and another 15 per
cent for indirect costs, whatever that is,” she said. “That
leaves 30 per cent that will hit the ground.” “

ABC: Chief Minister dismisses walk-out threat
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/24/2635537.htm?site=news
24 Jul 09: “The Northern Territory Chief Minister, Paul
Henderson, says his Minister for Indigenous Policy, Alison
Anderson, will not be leaving the Labor Party despite a
newspaper report saying she was threatening to do so. The
report in The Australian said Ms Anderson was willing to
walk away from the party over its $672 million remote
housing program for Indigenous communities, which has come
under fire after it was revealed no houses had been built
after more than a year.”

news.com.au: Indigenous housing figures ‘are wrong’
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,25828651-29277,00.html?from=public_rss
24 Jul 09: “NORTHERN Territory Chief Minister Paul
Henderson is adamant damning figures on the progress of a
remote indigenous housing program are wrong. He has also
played down talk of divisions within his party, and says
he’s confident Labor will hold onto power in the NT.”

Northern Territory News:
Govt crisis with second minister’s threat to quit
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2009/07/25/69741_ntnews.html
25 Jul 09: “THE Northern Territory Government is again on
the verge of collapse after another Labor politician
threatened to leave the party over the handling of
indigenous affairs. The possible defection of Indigenous
Affairs Minister Alison Anderson would leave Labor and the
Country Liberals with 11 members each in parliament.”

Australian: Minister adds fuel to house fee anger
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25839604-5006790,00.html
27 Jul 09: “A SECOND indigenous minister in the Northern
Territory has demanded an explanation from his government
on how $800million in public funds for Aboriginal housing
will be spent. The Territory’s Minister for Central
Australia, Karl Hampton, has backed the concerns of
Indigenous Affairs Minister Alison Anderson, who last week
labelled Labor’s handling of the program as a “big farce”.”

ABC: Cabinet to meet after walk-out threat
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/28/2638335.htm
28 Jul 09: “Northern Territory Government ministers are due
to meet today for the first time since a senior member
threatened to resign over allegations Indigenous housing
money is being wasted. Indigenous Policy Minister, Alison
Anderson, has been on leave since threatening to resign
last week, but she is planning to attend today’s Cabinet
meeting.”

Northern Territory News: Cabinet to talk or Alison walks
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2009/07/28/70251_ntnews.html
28 Jul 09: “INDIGENOUS Affairs Minister Alison Anderson is
set to face her Labor colleagues for the first time since
she publicly threatened to walk out on the party and bring
down the NT Government. … If she [Anderson] is not
satisfied, Ms Anderson could carry out her threat to leave
the party – which could lead to a change in government or
trigger an election.”

UPDATE ON ABORIGINAL HOUSING IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY:

– Background on NT Housing

WGAR News:
No new Aboriginal houses under Northern Territory Intervention (12 Jul 09)
http://wgar.info/120709-no-new-aboriginal-houses-under-northern-territory-intervention/

WGAR News:
Government failure over NT Aboriginal housing (24 Jul 09)
http://perth.indymedia.org/index.php?action=newswire&parentview=144879

– Background on Aboriginal Elders Walk-off

WGAR News:
30 Aboriginal Elders Walk-off to Protest NT Intervention (20 Jul 09)
[scroll down page]
http://wgar.info/2009/07/20/200709-attempt-to-takeover-alice-springs-aboriginal-town-camps/

WGAR News:
Aboriginal Elders Walk-off, challenging the NT Intervention (24 Jul 09)
[scroll down page]
http://wgar.info/2009/07/24/240709-government-failure-over-northern-territory-aboriginal-housing/

– Radio

CAAMA Radio News AM
(Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association):
http://caama.com.au/radio/caama-radio-news-am-24-07-09/
24 Jul 09:
“* Things go from bad to worse for the Federal Labor
Governement Aboriginal housing policy
* Macklin Claims she will get back with the figures
* Aboriginal people affraid to take part in NTER
Consultations”

CAAMA News Radio: Breaking News
(Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association):
http://caama.com.au/radio/breaking-news-24-07-09/
24 Jul 09: “Northern Territory Minister for Central
Australia Karl Hampton speaks exclusively with CAAMA Radio
about the growing fiasco surrounding the Rudd Labor
Governments Aboriginal housing plan.”

CAAMA News Radio:
Calls for more communities to follow Ampilitwatja Walk Off
(Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association):
http://caama.com.au/radio/calls-for-more-communities-to-follow-ampilitwatja-walk-off/
23 Jul 09: “Elders and leaders from Ampilitwatja
(Um-blood-a-wich) are urging other communities across the
NT to join them in taking strong action to restore
Indigenous rights following some community members movement
away from the community to outstations.”

– Video

ABC Lateline: SIHIP ‘hasn’t delivered single house’
http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2008/s2634893.htm
23 Jul 09: “It’s part of the most expensive
Indigenous-housing project Australia’s ever seen. But
almost two years after it started, the program known as
SIHIP has yet to deliver a single house. The Federal
Government says everything’s on track and has reacted
angrily to allegations the money is being wasted.”
[includes comments by Nigel Scullion, Jenny Macklin,
Kim Hill and Rob Knight]

– Opinion

Green Left: No new houses: Labor’s Aboriginal housing plan
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2009/804/41372
26 Jul 09: “On July 15, elders left the remote Aboriginal
community of Ampilatwatja for more remote ancestral lands.
They were protesting a dire lack of basic services in their
community, despite repeated government promises to “close
the gap” and end Aboriginal disadvantage. The elders left
the 150-strong Ampilatwatja community, outraged that after
three years of the Northern Territory intervention, nothing
had improved in their community.” Peter Robson

National Indigenous Times:
Editorial: Time for action
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/story.aspx?id=18279
23 Jul 09: “Even for those who don’t care about black
suffering, the revelations that Minister for Indigenous
Affairs Jenny Macklin is poised to waste hundreds of
millions of dollars of taxpayer’s funds should outrage all
Australians.”

National Indigenous Times:
Ringy’s Ramblings: Cut the crap, close the gap
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/story.aspx?id=18276
23 Jul 09: “Earlier this month, COAG met in Darwin to help
‘close the gap’ and generated more of the hot air that is
already available in abundance here in Darwin, writes
GRAHAM RING*. … Consider for example a recent joint
offering from federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs,
Jenny Macklin and Northern Territory Housing Minister, Rob
Knight entitled ‘SIHIP upgrades underway in the Territory’.”

National Indigenous Times:
The Pointed View: More hope goes down the drain
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/story.aspx?id=18275
23 Jul 09: “On the Rudd government’s repeated claims of a
focus on closing the gap, PROF LARISSA BEHRENDT smells a
rat. The community of Ampilatwatja smells something even
worse. A protest in the Northern Territory in recent days
has highlighted why the government cannot shift the
disparity in living conditions between black and white
Australians.”

– News

Northern Territory News: ‘Open’ book closes on Jack’s pay
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2009/07/28/70261_ntnews.html
28 Jul 09: “TERRITORIANS are not allowed to know how much a
former Labor Government minister is being paid to advise on
the roll-out of a $672 million housing program.”

National Indigenous Times:
NT govt can’t be trusted to deliver indigenous housing: oppn
http://www.nit.com.au/breakingNews/story.aspx?id=18309
27 Jul 09: “The fact no houses have been built in remote
Indigenous communities under a new scheme shows the
Northern Territory government isn’t up to the task, the
opposition says.”

ABC: CLP demands answers over Indigenous housing
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/27/2637068.htm?site=news
27 Jul 09: “The Northern Territory Opposition says the
Territory Government must produce a breakdown of how money
is being spent under the $672 million Strategic Indigenous
Housing and Infrastructure Program.”

Australian: Vow to explain cost of remote housing plan
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25832117-5006790,00.html
25 Jul 09: “Following reports that millions in funding
under the Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure
Program was being squandered in bureaucratic and
administrative costs, NT Chief Minister Paul Henderson
vowed yesterday to “get to the bottom” of how the $672m
package was being spent.”

ABC: Aboriginal housing program concerns us: HIA
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/24/2635269.htm?section=australia
24 Jul 09: “The Housing Industry Association says many
contractors continue to believe an Indigenous housing
program in the Northern Territory will not meet its
targets. … The program has been criticised for being
inefficient because it has been operating for 15 months but
at this stage no new houses have been built.”

ABC: Sewage crisis reveals appalling housing: NT Shelter
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/24/2635396.htm
24 Jul 09: “The Northern Territory’s peak housing group [NT
Shelter] says a mass walk-out from a Central Australian
community highlights the appalling housing conditions in
remote Aboriginal areas. Some residents in Ampilatwatja,
325 kilometres north-east of Alice Springs, walked out of
their community last week, saying ageing infrastructure was
to blame for raw sewage flowing into houses.”

ABC: No new houses for Ampilatwatja: Macklin
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/24/2635463.htm?site=news
24 Jul 09: “The federal Indigenous Affairs Minister says no
new houses will be built in the remote central Australian
community of Ampilatwatja. Residents walked off the
community two weeks ago protesting against housing
conditions and the federal intervention. One of their
demands was new houses to replace tin sheds in the
community.”

ABC: Abbott ‘derelict in his duty’: Brough
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/24/2635147.htm?site=news
24 Jul 09: “The former Indigenous affairs minister, Mal
Brough, has criticised fellow Liberal Tony Abbott for
refusing to comment on a controversial Aboriginal housing
scheme because of a book deal.”

Northern Territory News: Labor denies housing failure
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2009/07/24/69551_ntnews.html
24 Jul 09: “THE Territory Government yesterday denied
reports it was wasting 70 per cent of the Commonwealth’s
$672 million housing program on various administrative
costs.”

National Indigenous Times:
Ticking Boxes: Pt II
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=18264
23 Jul 09: “Indigenous affairs minister Jenny Macklin was
warned more than a year ago that the Rudd government’s
Northern Territory intervention housing program would not
build any new homes before 2011, could lead to high-level
corruption and needed to be reviewed before “too much more
money was wasted”, leaked government documents reveal.”

National Indigenous Times:
Greens quiz FaHCSIA on SIHIP
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=18263
23 Jul 09: “Jenny Macklin’s department refused to disclose
to parliament whether the minister had been advised against
the $700 million Strategic Indigenous Housing and
Infrastructure Program (SIHIP), after being quizzed by a
Greens Senator.”

National Indigenous Times:
Unanswered questions: Macklin’s office stonewalls on SIHIP woes
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=18262
23 Jul 09: “Last week the National Indigenous Times
provided a series of written questions to the Minister for
Indigenous Affairs about the government’s handling of the
SIHIP program. Most of our questions were ignored.
Following are some of the questions sent by NIT.”

ABC: Barkly Shire demands $5m for Utopia housing
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/23/2634360.htm?site=news
23 Jul 09: “The Barkly Shire president has called for an
immediate injection of $5 million for housing in her
community. Rosalie Kunoth Monks says the Utopia region has
been left out of plans for new housing under the Strategic
Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program.”

National Indigenous Times:
Macklin denies Indigenous housing project not spent on homes
http://www.nit.com.au/breakingNews/story.aspx?id=18234
23 Jul 09: “Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny
Macklin says reports only 30 per cent of funds set aside to
built remote Indigenous houses will be spent on new homes
are “completely wrong”.”

ABC: Macklin defends admin costs for Indigenous housing
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/23/2634538.htm?site=news
23 Jul 09: “The federal Indigenous Affairs Minister, Jenny
Macklin, has defended the amount of money spent on
administering the Aboriginal housing program in the
Northern Territory.”

– Government Response

The Hon Jenny Macklin MP &
Paul Henderson MLA, NT Chief Minister:
Media Releases: Driving Indigenous housing in the NT
http://www.jennymacklin.fahcsia.gov.au/internet/jennymacklin.nsf/content/indig_housing_24jul09.htm
24 Jul 09: “The Australian and Northern Territory
Governments are determined to achieve the ambitious targets
they have set in housing reform to deliver long-overdue
housing to Indigenous Australians in the NT. Over the next
5 years, the Australian and NT Governments have committed
$672 million to the Strategic Indigenous Housing and
Infrastructure Program (SIHIP). This program will see the
construction of around 750 new houses, 230 rebuilds of
existing houses and 2500 upgrades plus essential
infrastructure including power, water and sewage.”

OTHER NT INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– Background to Northern Territory Intervention

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Territory_intervention

Stop the Intervention website:
http://stoptheintervention.org/

Rollback the Intervention website:
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/

Working Group for Aboriginal Rights website:
http://wgar.info/
[see WGAR NT Intervention e-newsletter archive]

– Opinion

National Indigenous Times:
Opinion: Ticking Boxes Pt 1 Update: A not-so-united nation
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/story.aspx?id=18278
23 Jul 09: “In ‘Ticking Boxes’ Part I we brought you
revelations that Jenny Macklin was advised by her
department against formally consulting with Aboriginal
people on the compulsory acquisition of their land under
the NT intervention. Human Rights Medal winner LES MALEZER*
predicts more damage for Australia’s reputation on the
international stage.”

– News

Socialist Alternative:
Aboriginal rights protest targets centrelink
http://www.sa.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2057&Itemid=125
July 09: ” “Basic Rights, not Basics Cards!” That was the
chant as around a hundred protesters converged on the
Centrelink office in Heidelberg (Melbourne) on July 10. We
had been protesting against the Northern Territory
Intervention outside the office of Jenny Macklin, the
Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister. … We were generally
well received by both Centrelink clients and staff; many
took our leaflet with a smile. The Heidelberg police,
however, were not so pleased to see us. Even though people
were still being served, the police insisted in clearing
the office.” Jerome Small

National Indigenous Times:
A violent end to NT intervention Centrelink protest
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=18261
23 Jul 09: “A disabled man was pulled from his wheelchair
and dragged along the ground by Victorian police in a
violent end to an NT intervention protest at a Centrelink
branch, a few blocks from the office of Indigenous affairs
minister Jenny Macklin.”

See:

Vimeo: Basic Rights -v- Police Brutality
(Australian style re NT Intervention)
http://www.vimeo.com/5606464

WGAR News:
Anti-Intervention sit-in at Centrelink in Melbourne (20 Jul 09)
[scroll down page]
http://wgar.info/200709-attempt-to-takeover-alice-springs-aboriginal-town-camps/

OTHER ABORIGINAL ARTICLES:

– Media Release

Global Day of Action Against Open-Pit Mining
& Lake Cowal goldmine
http://savelakecowal.org/
22 Jul 09: “Neville Chappy Williams, who has consistently
opposed the open-pit mine at Lake Cowal in the middle of
the Murray-Darling Basin, is delivering documents to the
Canadian High Commissioner and the Minerals Council of
Australia in Canberra as part of the Global Day of Action
against open-pit mining. Neville Chappy Williams is a
Traditional Owner of Lake Cowal and has fought many court
cases against mining at Lake Cowal. “It is my sacred duty
to protect Lake Cowal and our ancient cultural heritage.
We will never give up. I will fight to the bitter end.”
Currently, he has halted the proposed expansion of the gold
mine in Barrick v Williams in the NSW Court of Appeal.”

– Speech

Crikey: Ian Thorpe: Australia’s dirty little secret
http://www.crikey.com.au/2009/07/23/ian-thorpe-australias-dirty-little-secret/
23 Jul 09: “Once more an Australian government has claimed
it is doing its best for Aboriginal Australians by taking
over their communities, appointing white managers, more
government bureaucrats, promising all kinds of things, if
Aboriginal people will just sign over their communities
under forty year leases to the Federal Government. And
politicians wonder why Aboriginal people do not trust
them.” Ian Thorpe

– Opinion

National Indigenous Times:
Blackcurrent: Getting blood from our stone
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/story.aspx?id=18274
23 Jul 09: “In the designated week for celebrating
Aboriginal culture, we saw white Australia’s willingness to
disrespect it, writes AMY McQUIRE. … NAIDOC was a
celebration of culture that was transmitted from the blue
waters of the Torres Strait and the high peaks of the
Kimberleys, from the urban homes of Redfern right to the
heart of the red centre. It was a pity though, that during
this week a cloud shrouded iconic Uluru – a symbol of the
Anangu’s ongoing spirituality.”

See: WGAR News: Attempts to restrict Aboriginal languages
in Northern Territory schools (15 Jul 09)
http://wgar.info/150709-attempts-to-restrict-aboriginal-languages-in-northern-territory-schools/

National Indigenous Times: Opinion:
NIT coverage of bi-lingual debate a disgrace: Scrymgour
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/story.aspx?id=18270
23 Jul 09: “In the past few editions of the National
Indigenous Times, we’ve included extensive coverage of the
decision by the Northern Territory government to
effectively axe bi-lingual education in Aboriginal schools.
That coverage has been the subject of a detailed complaint
by the former Minister for Education in the NT, Marion
Scrymgour.”

National Indigenous Times:
Opinion: A reply in writing from Scrymgour
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/story.aspx?id=18269
23 Jul 09: “Last month, as part of our coverage of the NT
bi-lingual debate, we sent former Minister for Education,
Marion Scrymgour a list of questions. The reply was lengthy
and, as is standard practice, we published excerpts which
summarised Ms Scrymgour’s view. However, Ms Scrymgour has
complained the quoting was selective, and misrepresented
her position. NIT stands by its reporting and rejects the
assertions made by Ms Scrymgour. However, in the interests
of fairness, following are the questions and responses in
full.”

National Indigenous Times:
Opinion: Scrymgour outlines her position
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/story.aspx?id=18268
23 Jul 09: “On June 26, Marion Scrymgour issued the
following written statement in response to media articles
criticising her decision over the future of bi-lingual
education in the Northern Territory.”

See: WGAR News: Attempts to restrict Aboriginal languages
in Northern Territory schools (15 Jul 09)
http://wgar.info/150709-attempts-to-restrict-aboriginal-languages-in-northern-territory-schools/


Hiroshima Day Anniversary NO MINES/NO WEAPONS/NO REACTORS/NO WAR

Posted in EVENTS on 29/07/2009 by D

On the evening of the 64th anniversary of the dropping of the Atomic Bomb –

a gathering to reflect upon the legacy of the Nuclear cycle.

At the ANU Food Co-op (Cnr Barry Drive and Kingsley St, Acton)
5th August 2009
6 30pm

Gold Coin Donation Entry

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Posted in EVENTS on 24/07/2009 by D

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24/07/09: GOVERNMENT FAILURE OVER NORTHERN TERRITORY ABORIGINAL HOUSING

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 24/07/2009 by D

Contents:
Government failure over NT Aboriginal housing
Aboriginal Elders Walk-off, challenging the NT Intervention
Community Consultations on NT Intervention
Attempt to Takeover Alice Springs Aboriginal Town Camps
Other NT Intervention articles
Other Aboriginal articles

GOVERNMENT FAILURE OVER NT ABORIGINAL HOUSING:

– Special Investigation

National Indigenous Times:
NIT Special Investigation:
Macklin sets a cracking pace building public housing…
in the Brisbane electorate of her boss
http://www.nit.com.au/story.aspx?id=18227
22 Jul 09: “The federal Minister for Housing, Jenny Macklin
has boasted that her government has begun construction on
its 1000th home in just three months, as part of the Rudd
government’s $6.4 billion national social housing stimulus
package. … Now here’s the bad news. The Rudd government’s
mainstream public housing success comes amid revelations
that the pace in Macklin’s other portfolio – Indigenous
Affairs – is nowhere near as frenetic. Construction has
begun on zero homes under the NT intervention’s housing
program, despite federal Labor supporting the declaration
of a ‘national emergency’ in remote NT communities more
than two years ago. But Macklin shouldn’t be surprised –
leaked government documents obtained by the National
Indigenous Times reveal that she was warned in early 2008
that the Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure
Program (SIHIP) – which the Rudd government inherited from
the previous administration – had major flaws, and that if
the $700 million program proceeded it would not deliver
any black housing in the Northern Territory until 2011,
at the earliest.” Chris Graham

– News

ABC: Macklin under fire over Indigenous housing ‘failure’
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/23/2633977.htm?section=justin
23 Jul 09: “Federal Indigenous Minister Jenny Macklin is
under fire over a $672 million Indigenous housing program
under which not one home has yet been built. The ABC
yesterday obtained documents which suggests that Ms Macklin
was warned more than a year ago that the five-year
Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program
(SIHIP) had problems and would not result in any houses
being built by 2011.”

Australian: Costs erode 70pc of indigenous housing fund
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25822445-5006790,00.html
23 Jul 09: “NORTHERN Territory government ministers have
been warned that the federal government’s $673 million
remote housing package is likely to deliver as few as 300
houses – less than half the number originally promised.”

Age: Macklin approved housing scheme despite warning
http://www.theage.com.au/national/macklin-approved-housing-scheme-despite-warning-20090722-dtl8.html
23 Jul 09: “INDIGENOUS Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin
ignored a warning that a $700 million indigenous housing
program was flawed and would inflate the cost of homes in
remote black settlements. Despite the warning, in a
briefing memo written by parliamentary secretary Ursula
Stephens that was obtained by the National Indigenous
Times, Ms Macklin approved the scheme.”

Canberra Times:
Indigenous housing program too slow, Brough says
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/national/national/general/indigenous-housing-program-too-slow-brough-says/1576116.aspx?src=rss
23 Jul 09: “The lack of progress in a $672 million housing
program in the Northern Territory proves successive
governments have failed indigenous people, former Howard
government minister Mal Brough says.”

ABC: $672m Aboriginal housing plan ‘shoddy’: memo
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/22/2633093.htm
22 Jul 09: “The federal Indigenous Affairs Minister, Jenny
Macklin, was warned more than a year ago that a $672
million Indigenous housing policy had major problems,
leaked documents obtained by the ABC suggest. … A private
briefing memo from April last year, obtained by the ABC
this week, advises Ms Macklin that the program would not
result in any houses being built until 2011.”

Koori Mail: Govt takes heat over leaked housing memo
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
22 Jul 09: “OPPOSITION MPs have called on the Rudd
Government to explain why it ignored apparent advice from
within its own ranks that fundamental flaws in the $672
million Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure
Program (SIHIP) would delay much needed housing in the
Territory for at last three years.”

– Opinion

Australian: End remote rip-offs
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25821646-16382,00.html
23 Jul 09: “Indigenous people deserve better value for
taxpayers’ money. EVEN allowing for the tyranny of distance
and the high costs of building in remote areas, indigenous
people in the Northern Territory and taxpayers are being
badly shortchanged over housing.”

– Radio

ABC The World Today:
Not one house built out of $700m Fed Govt fund
http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2009/s2634218.htm
23 Jul 09: “For decades politicians have been promising to
tackle the seemingly intractable problem of Indigenous
housing. Now the Rudd Government has been forced to defend
claims that the largest ever investment in new homes in the
Northern Territory has failed to deliver. Seven-hundred
million dollars in housing program was announced by the
Howard government and adopted by Kevin Rudd. But two years
on not even one new house has been built.”
[includes comments by Jenny Macklin, Nigel Scullion and
Mal Brough]

ABC AM: $700 million available for remote housing scheme
and no houses built
http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2009/s2633912.htm
23 Jul 09: “The Federal Government has made some big
commitments to Indigenous Australians but one of its
largest, a $700 million remote housing scheme, has failed
to come up with the goods. Not one house has yet been built
under the program that was brought in by the Howard
government under its Northern Territory intervention. There
are also reports that the program has been mired in red
tape and that much of the money will be spent on
administration.”
[includes interview with Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin]

– Background

WGAR News:
No new Aboriginal houses under Northern Territory Intervention (12 Jul 09)
http://wgar.info/120709-no-new-aboriginal-houses-under-northern-territory-intervention/

ABORIGINAL ELDERS WALK-OFF, CHALLENGING THE NT INTERVENTION:

– Background

WGAR News:
30 Aboriginal Elders Walk-off to Protest NT Intervention (20 Jul 09)
[scroll down page] http://wgar.info/2009/07/20/200709-attempt-to-takeover-alice-springs-aboriginal-town-camps/

– Radio

ABC AM:
Indigenous leader says it’s time for buck passing to stop
http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2009/s2633921.htm
23 Jul 09: “While politicians will argue the toss, those in
remote Indigenous communities are struggling. Three-hundred
kilometres from Alice Springs they’ve left their homes in
protest at the Government’s housing program. A spokesman
for the Ampilatwatja community Richard Downs says they are
becoming sick from living in tin houses which are
ankle-deep in sewage.”
[includes comments Richard Downs]

– News

Solidarity: Walk off protest challenges intervention
http://www.solidarity.net.au/highlights/walk-off-protest-challenges-intervention/
July 09: “Echoing the dramatic land rights struggle of the
1960s and 70s, elders at the Ampilatwatja community, 300
kms north-east of Alice Springs, have walked off their
community demanding an end to the Intervention and
immediate action to address shocking housing conditions.
More than 150 of the 300 residents have joined the protest,
3kms from the township. They are threatening to take the
entire community to set up camp on ancestoral lands unless
their demands are met.” Jean Parker

ABC: Tin shed rent is ‘unacceptable’: minister
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/21/2631772.htm?site=idx-nt
21 Jul 09: “The Minister for Central Australia, Karl
Hampton, says his own Government’s remote public housing
policy, which sees Aboriginal people charged $25 per
fortnight to live, in some cases, in tin sheds, is
unacceptable. Mr Hampton’s comments follow last week’s
walk-out staged by residents of the Ampilatwatja community,
325 kilometres north-east of Alice Springs.”

COMMUNITY CONSULTATIONS ON NT INTERVENTION:

Community Consults on Intervention
– Important Information for all community people
http://lists.ntne.ws/pipermail/talk/2009-July/000006.html
18 Jul 09: “Attached are a number of documents related to
the Federal Governments current Consultations about the
Intervention (NTER). These are very important consultations
that the government needs to do so they can reinstate the
Racial Discrimination Act. … Please print out and read
all this information BEFORE your community consult. This
way your community will be prepared for telling the
government exactly what aboriginal people want.”
[to read the attached documents, click on the above link,
then click on links at bottom of the web-page]

– Background

Future Directions for the Northern Territory Emergency Response
http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/sa/indigenous/progserv/ntresponse/future_directions/Pages/default.aspx
“From June to September 2009, the Australian Government
will be consulting with Indigenous people in the Northern
Territory about future directions for the Northern Territory
Emergency Response (NTER). In its interim response to the
NTER Review, the Government said it would introduce
legislation into the Parliament in October 2009 to remove
the provisions in the current NTER Acts that exclude the
operation of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (RDA).”

Community visits/meetings schedule:
http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/sa/indigenous/progserv/ntresponse/future_directions/Pages/NTERVisits_alice_springs.aspx

WGAR News: NT Intervention Consultations (19 Jun 09):
[scroll down page] http://sydney.indymedia.org.au/story/wgar-news-nt-intervention-two-years-19-jun-09

WGAR News: NT Intervention ‘Consultations’ (23 Jun 09):
[scroll down page] http://sydney.indymedia.org.au/story/wgar-news-attempts-phase-out-bilingual-education-northern-territory-23-jun-09

WGAR News: NT Intervention ‘Consultations’ (30 Jun 09):
[scroll down page] http://wgar.info/300609-united-nations-concerned-over-northern-territory-intervention/

Northern Territory Prescribed Area Peoples’ Alliance Statement:
Stop the intervention: self-determination, not assimilation (18-19 Jun 09):
http://linksunten.indymedia.org/de/node/8158

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

ATTEMPT TO TAKEOVER ALICE SPRINGS ABORIGINAL TOWN CAMPS:

– Video

Rollback the Intervention: Video
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/video/
“Women speaking up for Tangentyere Council to maintain
control of town camp housing”

– News

Solidarity:
Macklin moves to take over Alice Springs town camps
http://www.solidarity.net.au/16/macklin-moves-to-take-over-alice-springs-town-camps/
July 09: “Communities are being held to ransom—told that no
funding will be released for housing until they sign 40-90
year leases with government. Tangentyere Council, which
represent Alice Springs town camp residents, has said they
will not sign any lease which hands the government total
control over land and housing. Desperate to prove she is
“taking action”, Minister Jenny Macklin is threatening to
use Intervention powers and compulsorily acquire the town
camps. This is a drastic move that threatens all
Aboriginal organisations across the country.” Jean Parker

– 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

Tangentyere Council, Alice Springs:
Resolution on Lease Negotiations Close (22 May 09)
http://www.tangentyere.org.au/publications/documents/TangentyereLeaseNegn.pdf

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

WGAR News:
Attempt to Takeover Alice Springs Aboriginal Town Camps (20 Jul 09)
http://wgar.info/2009/07/20/200709-attempt-to-takeover-alice-springs-aboriginal-town-camps/

OTHER NT INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– Background to Northern Territory Intervention

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Territory_intervention

Stop the Intervention website:
http://stoptheintervention.org/

Rollback the Intervention website:
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/

Working Group for Aboriginal Rights website:
http://wgar.info/
[see WGAR NT Intervention e-newsletter archive]

– News

Crikey:
No fairy floss, no show, for NT kids under income management
http://www.crikey.com.au/2009/07/23/no-fairy-floss-no-show-for-nt-kids-under-income-management/
23 Jul 09: ” “The showbags have been filled and the dagwood
dogs are on the cooker for the opening of the Royal Darwin
Show today” shouts The Northern Territory News. Yes, it’s
showtime in the Top End again – for those who can afford
it. The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services
and Indigenous Affairs (FAHCSIA) has ruled that Aboriginal
Territorians whose income is controlled through income
management under the intervention won’t be able to use
their Basic Cards to get into the Show.” Sophie Black

Koori Mail: Basics Card decision threatens show treat
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
23 Jul 09: “THE North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency
(NAAJA) says a Department of Families, Housing, Community
Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHSCIA) decision to knock
back the Darwin Show Society as a temporary Basics Card
merchant will stop some people on income management under
the NT intervention from attending the popular annual event
this weekend.”

ABC: Tasmanian breaches NT intervention laws
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/21/2632332.htm?site=alicesprings
21 Jul 09: “A 28-year-old Tasmanian woman working in a
remote Northern Territory store has been convicted of
bringing alcohol into an area prescribed under the Northern
Territory Emergency Response. … She was fined $2040.”

ABC: No new homes for Tennant town camps
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/20/2630549.htm?site=news
20 Jul 09: “The Northern Territory’s Housing Minister says
any new houses to be built in Tennant Creek will not be
built in the town camps. The Julalikari council signed a
$30 million deal with the Commonwealth last year to upgrade
infrastructure in the camps in exchange for three 20-year
leases.”

ABC: ACPO of the Year praises intervention
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/20/2630590.htm
20 Jul 09: “The Northern Territory’s Aboriginal Community
Police Officer of the Year says more young Indigenous
people should consider taking on the career. … The
father-of-three says the federal intervention in the
Northern Territory has been good for his community and
policing as takeaway alcohol restrictions have cut down
consumption. … “It’s like if you start dropping the grog
down then there’ll be more drugs.” “

Green Left: NT intervention: ‘Where are the arrests?’
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2009/803/41333
19 Jul 09: “Aboriginal leaders have questioned the motives
behind the NT intervention policy after the Australian
Crime Commission (ACC) failed to find evidence of organised
pedophile rings — a key motivation of the policy produced
by then-Aboriginal affairs minister Mal Brough in 2007.”
Kerry Smith

– Radio

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane
Let’s Talk – Indigenous presented talkback:
http://989fm.com.au/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29
14 Jul 09: “Tiga Bayles spoke with The National Indigenous
Times Editor, Chris Graham. They spoke about NAIDOC week,
Indigenous issues & affairs and whats some of the story’s
are in this fortnights National Indigenous Times newspaper.”
[includes discussion of leaked documents concerning the NT
intervention]
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasting/get.php?web=98fm-podcast-2009-07-14-74697.mp3

See:
WGAR News:
Leaked documents concerning NT Intervention (12 Jul 09)
[scroll down page] http://perth.indymedia.org/index.php?action=newswire&parentview=144730

See:
WGAR News:
Leaked documents concerning NT Intervention (15 Jul 09)
[scroll down page] http://wgar.info/2009/07/16/150709-attempts-to-restrict-aboriginal-languages-in-northern-territory-schools/

OTHER ABORIGINAL ARTICLES:

– Opinion

Solidarity: Racist paternalism is widening the gap
http://www.solidarity.net.au/16/racist-paternalism-is-widening-the-gap/
July 09: “A Productivity Commission report into Indigenous
disadvantage was released in July. Examining the period
2000 – 2008, it demonstrates the horrific human toll of
Howard’s assault on Aboriginal self-determination. … But
in the same week the report was released, the government
closed down Community Development Employment Projects
(CDEPs) across the country, putting more than 30,000
Aboriginal people onto the dole queue.” Paddy Gibson

See: WGAR News: Indigenous Gap Widens (6 Jul 09)
http://wgar.info/060709-indigenous-gap-widens/

– Review

Solidarity:
Confronting the myths used to justify dispossession
http://www.solidarity.net.au/16/confronting-the-myths-used-to-justify-dispossession/
July 09: “Review: Possession
By Bain Atwood, Melbourne University Press, $54.99
Throughout Australia’s history, the argument that
Aboriginal people have no rights to land has been a
crucial element in establishing the legitimacy of the
settler government. The current Northern Territory
Intervention, for example, has seen Aboriginal land
compulsorily acquired by the Australian government. …
With Rudd continuing a new wave of colonisation in the NT
and across Australia, Possession is a timely reminder that
the living legacy of Aboriginal dispossession and the
unsettled question of stolen land cannot be apologised
away.” Paddy Gibson

– Radio

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane
Let’s Talk – Indigenous presented talkback:
http://989fm.com.au/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29
20 Jul 09: “Tiga Bayles spoke with Western Australia’s
Deaths in Custody Watch Committee Chair, Marc Newhouse.
They spoke about Deaths in Custody in particular the death
of Mr Ward a respected Warburton Aboriginal community
elder.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasting/get.php?web=98fm-podcast-2009-07-20-72735.mp3

– News

Solidarity: Justice, not jail—stop black deaths in custody
http://www.solidarity.net.au/16/justice-not-jail%E2%80%94stop-black-deaths-in-custody/
July 09: “On June 20, coinciding with national
mobilisations against the NT Intervention, more than 1000
people marched in Perth demanding justice for Mr Ward, an
Aboriginal leader from the remote community of Warburton in
WA. … Since the NT Intervention, incarceration rates have
increased more than 10 per cent.” Paddy Gibson

Koori Mail: Proposed fines ‘beggar belief’
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
23 Jul 09: “THE Northern Territory Council of Social
Service (NTCOSS) says it is dismayed by an Alice Springs
Town Council proposal to impose fines of $130 on people who
are begging. It says the proposed fine system is draconian,
discriminatory, and will be difficult to enforce.”

Koori Mail: Death illustrates breaches, says Amnesty
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
21 Jul 09: “AMNESTY International says Australia is in
‘serious and grave’ breach of its international human
rights obligations with regards to treatment of people in
custody. The rights watchdog says the death of a WA Elder
in custody last year was shameful and preventable, and
government must act to prevent future violations.”

Koori Mail: Church vote acknowledges black history
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
21 Jul 09: “THE Uniting Church in Australia has voted for a
new preamble to its constitution, acknowledging Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander Islander people as the First
Australians and the church’s troubled history with them.
“We’ve started to talk about ourselves and our history in a
more honest way,” said Reverend Dr Chris Budden.”

National Indigenous Times:
Stand by election promise to scrap NT nuke dumps: groups
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=18219
15 Jul 09: “Indigenous communities are demanding the
federal government stand by its election promise to scrap
legislation which lays the groundwork for a nuclear waste
dump in the Northern Territory.”

– Video

ABC: Behind the News: Uluru Uproar
http://www.abc.net.au/news/btn/story/s2627617.htm
21 Jul 09: “It’s the rock in the middle of the desert that
attracts 350,000 people each year, but soon those visiting
Uluru, in the centre of Australia, might not get to see as
much of it as they’d like. A plan has recommended closing
the rock to all climbers. That’s got a lot of people fired
up… so let’s take a look at those on each side of this
ascending argument.”


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

Posted in NEWS, NEWSLETTER on 20/07/2009 by D

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. … “

Basic Rights -v- Police Brutality (Australian style re NT Intervention)

Posted in EVENTS, NEWS on 16/07/2009 by D

15/07/09: ATTEMPTS TO RESTRICT ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES IN NORTHERN TERRITORY SCHOOLS

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 16/07/2009 by D

Contents:
Attempts to restrict Aboriginal languages in NT schools
Indigenous Gap Widens
Leaked documents concerning NT Intervention
Other NT Intervention articles
Other Aboriginal Articles

ATTEMPTS TO RESTRICT ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES IN NT SCHOOLS:

– Memo

Friends of Bilingual Learning:
Alternative Q and A memo re English Policy
by Greg Dickson
[download memo]
http://foblmail.googlegroups.com/web/Alternative+Q+and+A+memo+re+English+Policy+090710.doc?gda=U0sQ6GcAAACvCLB-PR_omkP4jQl0EsFcdf5Fi6BXQW0vgYoGWkC5BzKwUZ2zAgCxoFfl_nIFI7GuTu5vU-ABHr56aF5ASp6rwBR8oWRATxzCoLD_48GC8N1c7U-vCZ5O0GVCYZoXMkp5Xh26_qkMwaGGFl2NCU0D
9 Jul 09: “Dear Mr Barnes,
I have recently attended the Bilingual Education Symposium
in Canberra, hosted by AIATSIS, and read their Research
Discussion Paper, “Gaps in Australia’s Indigenous Language
Policy: dismantling bilingual education in the Northern
Territory”.
I have utilised the question and answer format of your
recent memo to outline some messages stemming from the
Symposium and Research Paper that your Department may also
seek to address in order to deliver informed,
evidence-based, ethical policy that will enhance outcomes
for remote Indigenous students and their communities. … ”

– News Features

National Indigenous Times:
News Feature:
In a word, Northern Territory bilingual axeing was wrong
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=18185
9 Jul 09: “A host of Indigenous and non-Indigenous experts
have called on the government to reverse its decision to
dismantle bilingual education in remote Aboriginal
communities. The call came from Canberra late last month at
a forum hosted by the Australian Institute for Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). Community
members and experts from around the nation attending the
symposium on June 26 voiced their concerns and discussed
evidence-based research in the field.” Madelaine Sealey

National Indigenous Times:
News Feature: Experts ‘shocked’ by bilingual scrap
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=18184
9 Jul 09: “A new report has expressed shock at government
failure to acknowledge national and international studies
which show that bilingual education in remote Aboriginal
communities leads to better literacy outcomes for
Indigenous students. The researchers of a new discussion
paper which focuses on the dismantling of bilingual
education in the Northern Territory told a forum in
Canberra recently they were not surprised some of the first
people to express their concern to ministers were English
teachers. Jane Simpson, a linguistics lecturer at the
University of Sydney and one of the authors of the paper
told the forum they were stunned by the NT decision last
year.” Madelaine Sealey

National Indigenous Times:
News Feature: No regrets over bilingual scrapping
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=18186
9 Jul 09: “Northern Territory independent, Marion Scrymgour
does not regret her decision while a minister in the NT
government to scrap bilingual education in remote
Aboriginal communities, saying that evidence supporting
bilingual education is not applicable to remote Aboriginal
schools. The former NT Minister for Education introduced
the policy early last year, which requires that lessons be
taught in English for the first four hours of every school
day.” Madelaine Sealey

– Speech

National Indigenous Times:
NIT Forum: These are our children, our community
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/story.aspx?id=18169
9 Jul 09: “The key to building healthy, happy, resilient
children lies in bilingual education, writes TOM CALMA*.
The title of this presentation: “They are our children,
this is our community” is a quote from Yolngu parents and
community members – spoken in response to the government
policy aimed at dismantling bilingual education. “They are
our children, this is our community” is a powerful
statement of self-determination – as well as a commitment
to take responsibility for the health and well-being of the
next generation, and, in fact, all generations of people in
the community.” Tom Calma, Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Human Rights Commission

– Background

For up-to-date info on the issue, see:

Friends of Bilingual Learning – Discussion Group
http://groups.google.com.au/group/foblmail
“Supporters of Bilingual & Multilingual education,
living and learning in the Northern Territory.
Recognising the importance of language in
human development, identity and wellbeing.”

For background on the issue, see:

WGAR News:
Restrictions on Aboriginal Languages in NT schools (20 Nov 08)
http://sydney.indymedia.org.au/story/restrictions-aboriginal-languages-nt-schools

WGAR News:
NT Aboriginal Languages Policy (25 Nov 08)
http://sydney.indymedia.org.au/story/wgar-news-nt-aboriginal-languages-policy-cont

WGAR News:
Restrictions on NT Bilingual Education (30 Nov 08)
http://sydney.indymedia.org.au/story/wgar-news-restrictions-nt-bilingual-education-30-nov-2008

WGAR News:
Restrictions on Aboriginal Languages in NT schools (4 Dec 08)
http://sydney.indymedia.org.au/story/wgar-news-restrictions-aboriginal-languages-nt-schools-4-dec-08

WGAR News:
Restrictions on NT Bilingual Education (15 Dec 08)
http://sydney.indymedia.org.au/story/wgar-news-restrictions-nt-bilingual-education-15-dec-08

WGAR News:
NT Aboriginal languages restrictions delayed one year (18 Dec 08)
http://sydney.indymedia.org.au/story/nt-aboriginal-languages-restrictions-delayed-one-year-18-dec-08

WGAR News:
Attempts to phase out Bilingual Education in the NT (23 Jun 09)
http://sydney.indymedia.org.au/story/wgar-news-attempts-phase-out-bilingual-education-northern-territory-23-jun-09

WGAR News:
Bilingual Education in the Northern Territory (30 Jun 09)
[scroll down page] http://wgar.info/2009/07/01/300609-united-nations-concerned-over-northern-territory-intervention/

WGAR News:
Bilingual Education in the Northern Territory (6 Jul 09)
[scroll down page] http://perth.indymedia.org/index.php?action=newswire&parentview=144662

WGAR News:
Bilingual Education in the Northern Territory (12 Jul 09)
[scroll down page] http://perth.indymedia.org/index.php?action=newswire&parentview=144730

INDIGENOUS GAP WIDENS:

– Background

WGAR News: Indigenous Gap Widens (6 Jul 09)
http://perth.indymedia.org/index.php?action=newswire&parentview=144662

WGAR News: Indigenous Gap Widens (12 Jul 09)
[scroll down page] http://perth.indymedia.org/index.php?action=newswire&parentview=144730

– Opinion

National Indigenous Times:
The Box Seat: Dream on Galarrwuy, dream on
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/story.aspx?id=18174
9 Jul 09: “The gap has become a gulf and will remain so
until government puts power in the hands of Aboriginal
Australia. But, writes BRIAN JOHNSTONE*, that has always
been a pipe dream. Who could possibly be surprised by the
depressing picture painted by the latest report on
Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage from the Productivity
Commission?” Brian Johnstone, Walkley Award winning journalist

National Indigenous Times:
The Pointed View: Labor lacks the delivery
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/story.aspx?id=18173
9 Jul 09: ” ‘Redoubling and trebling’ efforts to close the
gap is all very well, writes PROF LARISSA BEHRENDT* but not
if you’re pushing the failed policies of the past. … This
intervention – and Aboriginal policy in general under Rudd
– has embraced the same ideologies that haven’t worked
before: mainstreaming, assimilation, shared responsibility,
mutual obligation. And in doing so, the government has
failed to build a relationship of trust with most Aboriginal
communities.” Larissa Behrendt, Professor of Law,
University of Technology, Sydney

National Indigenous Times:
Blackcurrent: Lost in a sea of d-words
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/story.aspx?id=18170
9 Jul 09: “AMY MCQUIRE laments that Australian governments
keep swimming in circles when it comes to Indigenous
affairs. … The Rudd government says it is going to ‘reset
the relationship’ with Indigenous Australians, but its
insistence on the NT intervention; on compulsorily
acquiring the Alice Springs town camps; on linking welfare
quarantines to school attendance; on refusing to boost
Aboriginal legal aid wile incarceration rates sky-rocket; on
refusing to provide reparations to the Stolen Generations;
on scrapping CDEP regionally; on linking housing reform to
land tenure while opposing against it in Opposition; on
axing bilingual education; on refusing to properly support
the homelands and outstations; shows that Mr Rudd is not
being truthful when he says he will ‘double’ or ‘treble’
his government’s efforts.” Amy McQuire, current National
NAIDOC Young Apprentice of the Year

– News

Age: Indigenous gap not closing
http://www.theage.com.au/national/indigenous-gap-not-closing-20090713-ditg.html
14 Jul 09: “INDIGENOUS students have made no educational
progress in almost a decade and initiatives to bridge the
gap have made little difference, a report shows. More than
a third of Australian indigenous students do not meet the
basic proficiency levels in maths, reading and science
considered necessary to face the challenges of life beyond
school. This represented a gap of around two years between
indigenous and non-indigenous students, the Australian
Council for Education Research found.”

LEAKED DOCUMENTS CONCERNING NT INTERVENTION:

– Background

WGAR News:
Leaked documents concerning NT Intervention (12 Jul 09)
[scroll down page] http://perth.indymedia.org/index.php?action=newswire&parentview=144730

– Special report

National Indigenous Times:
The Big Read: Ticking all the boxes
A SPECIAL NIT INVESTIGATION
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=18204
9 Jul 09: “Leaked documents reveal Rudd government’s deceit
on NT intervention consultations and town camp land grab.”
Chris Graham

– News

National Indigenous Times:
PM should censure Macklin over consultations: ALRM
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=18201
9 Jul 09: “Jenny Macklin has no right to act as Indigenous
affairs minister and should be censured, the head of the
South Australian-based Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement
(ALRM) has said amid revelations that Ms Macklin had
deceived Aboriginal communities over the NT intervention
consultations.”

OTHER NT INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– Background to Northern Territory Intervention

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Territory_intervention

Stop the Intervention website:
http://stoptheintervention.org/

Rollback the Intervention website:
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/

Working Group for Aboriginal Rights website:
http://wgar.info/
[see WGAR NT Intervention e-newsletter archive]

– Opinion

National Indigenous Times:
Ringy’s Ramblings: Time to say the hardest word…again
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/story.aspx?id=18172
9 Jul 09: “The ever-helpful GRAHAM RING* has prepared a
draft text for the Prime Minister for another sorely needed
apology. Some of the words may seem familiar…. the same
man [the Prime Minister] continues to pursue a raft of
pernicious policies in the Northern Territory which offend
many of the fundamental principles cited in his earlier
apology. Fine sentiments about how “the injustices of the
past must never happen again” and that sort of thing. The
true ugliness of the NT intervention will eventually become
better understood. When that happens, another apology will
be necessary. And thus, another speech.”
Graham Ring, based in Darwin

– News

ABC Alice Springs: Welfare quarantining ‘is degrading us’
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/14/2625656.htm?site=alicesprings
14 Jul 09: “An Aboriginal woman has told a workshop on the
future of the federal intervention in the Northern
Territory that she has been made to feel ashamed because of
welfare quarantining. … Elaine Peckham lives on a
homeland west of Alice Springs and says she has half of her
disability pension quarantined. She says welfare
quarantining should be made voluntary.”

Age: NT council slams town camps plan
http://www.theage.com.au/national/nt-council-slams-town-camps-plan-20090710-dg4e.html?skin=text-only
11 Jul 09: “THE embattled Tangentyere Council has strongly
criticised Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin’s
decision to seize control of the Alice Springs town camps,
claiming the move was unjustified. Executive director
William Tilmouth said the council had been an effective,
responsible and transparent manager.”

National Indigenous Times:
CDEP scrap will have dire impact on Cape, mayors say
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=18195
9 Jul 09: “A delegation of Queensland Aboriginal community
leaders were in Canberra late last month to voice their
concerns over the planned abolition of Community
Development and Employment Programs (CDEP), saying there
will be dire social consequences as a result. Community
leaders from far north Queensland communities met with the
federal minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin to
discuss the government’s plan to scrap CDEP by June 30.
They urged the government to reconsider its decision.”
Madelaine Sealey

OTHER ABORIGINAL ARTICLES:

– Opinion

National Indigenous Times:
Editorial: Deafening silence
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/story.aspx?id=18175
9 Jul 09: “A fortnight ago, the federal government helped
launch a paper entitled Bridges and Barriers: Addressing
Indigenous Incarceration and Health. It was prepared by the
National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) and
calls for new efforts to improve Indigenous health, and
thereby reduce Indigenous incarceration. Prime Minister
Kevin Rudd, Indigenous affairs minister Jenny Macklin,
health minister Nicola Roxon and Attorney General Robert
McClelland all gave the event a wide berth. Which is not
all that surprising when you consider it was the Rudd
government that this year (and last) slashed Aboriginal
legal aid funding despite promising prior to the election
to “strengthen funding to Aboriginal Legal Aid agencies”.”
Chris Graham, editor

National Indigenous Times:
BLACK&WHITE: A matter of criminal neglect
http://www.nit.com.au/community/story.aspx?id=18165
9 Jul 09: “In Darwin, GRAHAM RING has a yarn with NT
Criminal Lawyers Association president, John Lawrence,
about the unconscionable rate of Indigenous incarceration
in the Northern Territory. … “Eighty percent of the
criminal list and eighty percent of the jail population
will be Indigenous,” says Lawrence of the situation in the
NT.”

– News

ABC: Marchers condemn Indigenous policies
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/10/2622512.htm?site=news
10 Jul 09: “A public event in Darwin to mark NAIDOC week
has heard criticism of both the Commonwealth and the
Northern Territory Governments’ approach to Indigenous
affairs. About 300 people marched through Darwin city
streets with some holding placards calling for compensation
for the Stolen Generations.”

Age: Anti-nuclear protesters take on BHP
http://business.theage.com.au/business/antinuclear-protesters-take-on-bhp-20090708-ddee.html
9 Jul 09: “ABOUT 150 protesters, including traditional
landowners, rallied yesterday outside BHP Billiton’s
Melbourne headquarters calling on Australia’s largest miner
to cease mining uranium in South Australia. The protesters,
largely made up of members of the annual Students of
Sustainability conference, then marched to the office of
Resources Minister Martin Ferguson to call on him to block
plans for a nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory.”