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22/09/09: AMPILATWATJA ANTI-INTERVENTION WALK-OFF SPEAKING TOUR

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 23/09/2009 by D

Contents:
Ampilatwatja Anti-Intervention Walk-off Speaking Tour
Restrictions on Bilingual Education in the NT
NT Intervention Chief removed
Call for Stolen Generations Compensation
Homelands / Outstations Policy
Proposed National Indigenous Representative Body
Aboriginal Housing in the NT
Other Aboriginal articles

AMPILATWATJA ANTI-INTERVENTION WALK-OFF SPEAKING TOUR:

– Background

Intervention walkoff’s Blog
http://interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com/

WGAR News:
Intervention Walk-off community seeks UN support (26 Aug 09)
http://indymedia.org.au/2009/08/26/wgar-news-intervention-walk-off-community-seeks-un-support-26-aug-09

WGAR News:
Alyawarra people seek UN refugee status (29 Aug 09)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2009/08/29/wgar-news-un-expert-calls-nt-intervention-discriminatory-29-aug-09

– Top Story

National Indigenous Times:
Dreaming of a new Utopia
http://www.nit.com.au/story.aspx?id=18642
18 Sep 09: “SICK of having your welfare entitlements
compulsorily controlled by the Rudd government? Tired of
being treated like a third class citizen with no human
rights? Frustrated that you no longer enjoy the protection
of the Racial Discrimination Act? Well, why not do what
Richard Downs and about 200 of his countrymen and women
have done. Walk off your community, and start a new one…
outside the reach of the racist Northern Territory
intervention.” Chris Graham

– National Speaking Tour

Intervention walkoff’s Blog:
October 2009 – Speaking Tour – Sydney~Canberra~Melbourne~Brisbane
http://interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com/events/
“Richard Downs will be visiting Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra
and Melbourne in October to spread the message of the
Alyawarra Elders and to rally support for the walk-off and
the campaign to stop the intervention.”

– Videos

YouTube: Ampilatwatja Anti-Intervention Walk off
Short film by Eleanor Gilbert
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BkB_bj5PPE
15 Sep 09: “From October 6 – 20, Richard Downs will be
speaking in major capital cities across Australia. Richard
is a spokesperson for the Alyawarr people, who have walked
off their community at Ampilatwatja against the NT
Intervention and established a protest camp outside the
boundaries of the “Prescribed Area”.”

Intervention walkoff’s Blog: Ampilatwatja Walk off
[scroll down page] http://interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com/video/

– 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 Sep 09: “Richard Downs – Tiga Bayles spoke with Richard
Downs, spokesperson for the Ampilatwatja Community
Walk-Off. They spoke about Northern Territory Intervention
and the Walk-Off.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasting/get.php?web=98fm-podcast-2009-09-14-95884.mp3

– Statement

Intervention walkoff’s Blog: Appeal to Indigenous leaders
http://interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com/statements/
14 Sep 09: ” … I urge that we, as leaders, show true
leadership in Aboriginal ways to bring our people together
as one, or are we too far assimilated that we cannot put
aside our differences and can no longer think in the
traditional way? … Let us stand united against the
federal governments’ Northern Territory Emergency Response
legislation and other racist policies, and the Northern
Territory governments’ homeland policies by (sending
statements to govt and media, walking off communities,
signing on to support groups, attend a gathering) don’t let
the flame die down” Richard Downs, Alyawarr Spokesperson

– News

National Indigenous Times:
Downs calls on nation’s elders to lead more black walk-offs
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=18674
17 Sep 09: “The man who led the community of Ampilatwatja
in a walk-off is urging Aboriginal leaders around the
nation to get behind the protest action.”

RESTRICTIONS ON BILINGUAL EDUCATION IN THE NT:

– Extended Interviews and Video; Reports and Resources; News

ABC Four Corners TV: “Going Back to Lajamanu”
http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/special_eds/20090914/language/
14 Sep 09: “Should Aboriginal children in remote schools be
taught in their own language or in English? … Reporter
Debbie Whitmont travels to the Top End to discover what
will happen following a government move to scrap a
controversial 35 year-old experiment in bilingual
education.”

– Program Transcript

ABC Four Corners TV: “Going Back to Lajamanu”
http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/content/2009/s2685585.htm
“Read the program transcript for Debbie Whitmont’s report
“Going Back to Lajamanu”, first broadcast 14 September
2009.”

– Further Reading

ABC Four Corners TV: Further Reading
http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/content/2009/s2685541.htm
14 Sep 09: “View key reports, statistics and news related
to indigenous education in the Northern Territory. Includes
a detailed chronology of the government’s bilingual
education policy.”

– Related Video
(Coming up on Friday September 25 2009, 6:00 PM ABC TV)

ABC Message Stick: Many Tongues One Voice
http://www.abc.net.au/tv/messagestick/stories/s2690210.htm
20 Sep 09: “Looks at how communities are retrieving their
dormant languages and maintaining these languages through
promoting and teaching not only Aboriginal youth but all
Australians.”

– News

ABC: Bilingual education changes hit roadblock
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/09/14/2684855.htm
14 Sep 09: “The chairman of a remote Aboriginal school says
he is going to ignore the Northern Territory Government’s
edict to slash bilingual education. The Government is
making it mandatory for lessons to be taught in English for
the first four hours of every school day. Tonight’s Four
Corners program has been told that that is in direct
contravention of an agreement the Government signed with a
Top End community which guaranteed bilingual education
would continue.”

ABC: Bilingual debate rages in NT
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/09/14/2685205.htm
14 Sep 09: “Last week, national literacy and numeracy test
results showed the Northern Territory once again lagged
behind the rest of the country. And the Northern Territory
Government has been accused of plunging Indigenous children
into further disadvantage through a mandatory policy for
teachers to speak English in remote classrooms.”

– 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

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

NT INTERVENTION CHIEF REMOVED:

– Background on the appointment of Mike Zissler

Canberra Times:
Silent servant: NT intervention’s new chief kept quiet
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/national/national/general/silent-servant-nt-interventions-new-chief-kept-quiet/1473973.aspx
31 Mar 09: “The new Northern Territory intervention boss
has been gagged after only four weeks in the job. Former
Canberra bureaucrat Mike Zissler was appointed head of the
emergency response into Aboriginal communities on March 2,
replacing Major-General Dave Chalmers.”

ABC Lateline: New NT intervention head feels community anger
http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2008/s2531521.htm
31 Mar 09: “Mike Zissler has just taken over as the head of
the federal intervention in the Northern Terrortiy and
already he is feeling the wrath of a central Australian
Aboriginal community.”

ABC PM: Territory community leaders offended by Federal action
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2008/s2531371.htm
31 Mar 09: “He’s the new man in charge of the Northern
Territory intervention but he’s keeping silent on its
future. Former Canberra bureaucrat Mike Zissler has been
gagged from speaking to the media. PM though was able to
join him as he visited the isolated community of Utopia a
couple of hundred kilometres from Alice Springs. There,
community leaders are frustrated and offended by some of
the Federal Government’s actions.”
[Includes comments by Mike Zissler and Rosalie Kunoth-Monks]

ABC: ‘Immoral’ to charge people to live on their own land:
Aboriginal leader
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/03/31/2531288.htm?site=alicesprings
31 Mar 09: “A Central Australian Aboriginal community
leader [Rosalie Kunoth Monks] has told the new head of the
federal intervention it is immoral to charge rent to people
who are living in humpies on their own land. Mike Zissler
has met residents from the 16 homelands that make up Utopia,
north-east of Alice Springs.”

– News related to the removal of Mike Zissler

ABC: Role of NT Intervention chief quietly scrapped
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/09/16/2687296.htm?site=news
16 Sep 09: “The Federal Government has today confirmed that
Mike Zissler left his role as Operational Commander of the
Northern Territory Emergency Response in June, despite only
being appointed to the job in March. … Barbara Shaw, from
the Rollback the Intervention group in Alice Springs, says
the Government’s move will make the intervention less
transparent.”

ABC: Intervention changed by stealth: Greens
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/09/16/2687618.htm?site=news
16 Sep 09: “The Federal Government’s decision not to renew
the contract of the head of the Northern Territory
Emergency Response is another sign the intervention is
being changed by stealth, the Australian Greens say. The
Government has decided to axe the position, which was held
by Mike Zissler, and give control to the Indigenous Affairs
Minister, Jenny Macklin’s department.”

Australian: Opposition says intervention is over
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,26081616-26103,00.html
16 Sep 09: “THE Federal Government has been accused of
burying the Northern Territory intervention by quietly
abolishing the position of operational commander. “It
effectively means the intervention is over,” the
Opposition’s indigenous affairs spokesman Tony Abbott said,
adding it was a “very sad day” for Australia.”

Australian: Government abandoned NT intervention, says
opposition indigenous affairs spokesman Tony Abbott
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,26081612-5006790,00.html
16 Sep 09: “THE government has abandoned the Northern
Territory intervention for business as usual, the
opposition has claimed. It has been confirmed today that the
head of the intervention, Mike Zissler, left in June. The
Government has said today his appointment was always only
ever for a fixed term.”

ABC: Intervention ‘tragedy’: Abbott slams job axing
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/09/16/2687946.htm?site=news
16 Sep 09: “The Government’s decision not to re-appoint the
head of the Northern Territory intervention shows it is
quietly killing off the policy, the federal Opposition’s
Indigenous affairs spokesman, Tony Abbott, says.”

National Indigenous Times:
Labor says intervention not dead but shifting
http://www.nit.com.au/breakingNews/story.aspx?id=18632
17 Sep 09: “Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny
Macklin has categorically denied Labor is quietly killing
off the Northern Territory intervention. On the contrary,
she says it’s moving into a stage where Aboriginal people
will take more control. … No announcement was made when
the head of the intervention, Mike Zissler, stepped down in
June after only three months in the top job.”

See also: Koori Mail: Intervention not dead: Macklin
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php

ABC: Henderson silent on intervention job
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/09/16/2687840.htm?site=news
16 Sep 09: “The Northern Territory Chief Minister, Paul
Henderson, says he has no comment to make on the departure
of the head of the Northern Territory Emergency Response.”

– Opinion

Australian: PM cuts and runs in NT
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,,26088076-5014047,00.html
20 Sep 09: “THE Labor Party never really supported the
Northern Territory intervention and now the Rudd government
has killed it. The replacement in March of Dave Chalmers as
the operational commander with a Canberra-based bureaucrat
was a sign of bad faith.” Tony Abbott

CALL FOR STOLEN GENERATIONS COMPENSATION:

– News

National Indigenous Times:
Greens table calico petition for Stolen Generations reparations
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=18637
17 Sep 09: “A Greens Senator has tabled a petition made of
calico in Parliament, calling on the government to go one
step further from its apology to the Stolen Generations and
provide full reparations.”

Koori Mail: Stolen Generation petition tabled
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
17 Sep 09: “A PETITION calling on the Federal Government to
implement the recommendations of the Bringing Them Home
report was tabled in the Senate today. The calico petition,
which was organized by the Bringing Them Home committee in
Western Australia at last year’s Sorry Day event, demands
that all recommendations be Implemented, including
reparations.”

HOMELANDS / OUTSTATIONS POLICY:

– Background

GetUp! Blogs: Benefits of homeland communities
http://www.getup.org.au/blogs/view.php?id=1874
2 Sep 09: “Homelands play a key role in the
self-determination and preservation of Indigenous culture.
These areas are important for Indigenous Australians and
the broader Australian community as a whole, as they create
valuable benefits for the environment, Indigenous health,
culture, and education.”

WGAR News:
Northern Territory Government’s new Homelands policy (4 Jun 09):
http://sydney.indymedia.org.au/story/wgar-news-northern-territory-governments-new-homelands-policy-4-jun-09

WGAR News:
Marion Scrymgour resigns from Labor Party (6 Jun 09):
http://sydney.indymedia.org.au/story/wgar-news-marion-scrymgour-resigns-labor-party-alice-springs-town-camps-takeover-6-jun-09

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

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

WGAR News:
NT Government Homelands / Outstations Policy (30 Jun 09):
[scroll down page]
http://wgar.info/300609-united-nations-concerned-over-northern-territory-intervention/

– Ongoing Petition

GetUp! Action for Australia: Save the homelands
http://www.getup.org.au/campaign/Homelands&id=735
“UPDATE: Thanks to GetUp members’ support, the delegation
traveled to Canberra to meet with key politicians during
the week of the 7th September. You can see how it went by
watching the video here. The campaign continues so keep
your signatures coming in!”

– News

National Indigenous Times: Labor paid Indigenous
organisations to roll-out homelands policy: Henderson
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=18622
14 Sep 09: “Labor has admitted it paid half a million
dollars to two powerful Indigenous organisations to smooth
the roll-out of controversial policies. But Northern
Territory Chief Minister Paul Henderson has denied it was
“hush money” or an attempt to buy community support.”

PROPOSED NATIONAL INDIGENOUS REPRESENTATIVE BODY:

– Background

WGAR News:
Proposed national Indigenous body (29 Aug 09)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2009/08/29/wgar-news-un-expert-calls-nt-intervention-discriminatory-29-aug-09

WGAR News:
More media responses to proposed national Indigenous body (31 Aug 09)
[scroll down page] http://wgar.info/310809-more-media-responses-to-un-expert-james-anaya/

WGAR News:
Still more media responses to proposed national Indigenous body
[scroll down page] http://wgar.info/2009/09/03/3-sep-2009-governments-review-of-aboriginal-housing-scheme-in-the-nt/

– Opinion

National Indigenous Times:
The Pointed View: Debating a black body
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/story.aspx?id=18680
17 Sep 09: “For the first time in modern politics, the
Australian Government is without an Indigenous advisory
body – elected or otherwise. Which is why we must debate
the new national rep body model, writes PROF LARISSA
BEHRENDT*.”

National Indigenous Times:
At Large: Suffering from electile dysfunction?
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/story.aspx?id=18679
17 Sep 09: “Black rep bodies don’t have a monopoly on
political problems, writes CHRIS GRAHAM*. Jesus Christ
himself could have descended from the heavens to announce
to the world that the new National Representative Body
proposed to replace ATSIC was the perfect model, and The
Australian newspaper would have still bagged it.”

Green Left: A new Aboriginal peak body?
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2009/810/41665
13 Sep 09: “Aboriginal Social Justice Commissioner Tom
Calma released the Our Future in Our Hands report to the
National Press Club on August 27. It outlined a proposed
structure for a new national body to represent Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander people. However, the federal
government has already said it will not adequately fund it.
The proposal has also come under fire from some Indigenous
leaders.” Peter Robson

– Radio

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane
Let’s Talk – Indigenous presented talkback:
http://989fm.com.au/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29
7 Sep 09: “Professor Larissa Behrendt – Tiga Bayles spoke
with Professor of Law & Director of Research at the
Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at UTS in Sydney,
Larissa Behrendt. They spoke about Northern Territory
Intervention and National Rep Body.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasting/get.php?web=98fm-podcast-2009-09-07-71910.mp3

ABORIGINAL HOUSING IN THE NT:

– Background

WGAR News:
Government failure over Northern Territory Aboriginal housing (24 July 09)
http://wgar.info/240709-government-failure-over-northern-territory-aboriginal-housing/

WGAR News:
Governments’ review of Aboriginal housing scheme in the NT (3 Sep 09)
http://wgar.info/2009/09/03/3-sep-2009-governments-review-of-aboriginal-housing-scheme-in-the-nt/

WGAR News:
Alice Springs Aboriginal Town Camps Takeover Delayed (8 Aug 09)
http://wgar.info/080809-aboriginal-town-camps-takeover-delayed/

– Opinion

On Line Opinion: Manufacturing Indigenous homes
http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=9438
17 Sep 09: “After reading various reports about the
Strategic Indigenous Housing Infrastructure Program (SIHIP)
in the Northern Territory, the project designed to build
750 houses for Aboriginal people and refurbish older
housing stock, I concluded the program was retreating
rather than advancing.” Don Allan

– News

ABC: Wanted: new boss for Indigenous housing
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/09/21/2691481.htm?site=news
21 Sep 09: “The Federal Government has created a new role
within the controversial $672 million Strategic Indigenous
Housing and Infrastructure Program (SIHIP). The Department
of Indigenous Affairs is advertising nationally for an
executive director to run the overall strategy for the
program, which is charged with building 750 new houses in
Aboriginal communities by 2013.”

ABC: Town camp issues ‘not just bricks and mortar’
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/09/21/2691517.htm
21 Sep 09: “Indigenous residents of Alice Springs say the
Federal Government’s plan to address chronic overcrowding
and violence in town camps will not be enough to fix the
problem. … But the Indigenous residents in the camps say
their problems run deeper than just bricks and mortar. And
the deal has been stalled because of a legal challenge by a
camp resident, who says the lease deal isn’t fair.”

ABC: Indigenous housing policy ‘haemorrhaging money’
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/09/17/2688268.htm?site=news
17 Sep 09: “The Federal Opposition says the Government’s
$672 million Strategic Indigenous Housing and
Infrastructure Program is “haemorrhaging money” because the
program did not have a solid foundation.”

National Indigenous Times:
Housing failures have underminded NT intervention: Coalition
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=18629
16 Sep 09: “The Rudd government has undermined the
intervention into remote Indigenous communities in the
Northern Territory by bungling its $672 million housing
scheme, the federal coalition says. Opposition housing
spokesman Scott Morrison has told parliament the Strategic
Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program (SIHIP) was a
national disgrace and Labor had let down Aboriginal
Australia.”

– Radio

ABC AM: Towns camp residents want more than houses
http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2009/s2691360.htm
21 Sep 09: “The town camps of Alice Springs are notorious
for chronic overcrowding. The Federal Government is
promising to fix up the camps by building 85 new houses and
bringing infrastructure up to the same standard as that in
other parts of Alice Springs. But the Indigenous residents
in the camps say that their problems run far deeper.”
[includes comments by Kevin Wirri and Bob Durnan]

OTHER ABORIGINAL ARTICLES:

– Radio

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane
Let’s Talk – Indigenous presented talkback:
http://989fm.com.au/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29
10 Sep 09: “Les Malezer – Tiga Bayles spoke with
Chairperson of the Foundation for Aboriginal and Islander
Research Action (FAIRA), Les Malezer. They spoke about
Northern Territory Intervention and Suspension of the Racial
Discrimination Act.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasting/get.php?web=98fm-podcast-2009-09-10-69152.mp3

– Media Release

Indymedia Australia:
Melbourne attacks on Indians “reflect Australian racism”
http://indymedia.org.au/2009/09/17/melbourne-attacks-on-indians-%E2%80%9Creflect-australian-racism%E2%80%9D
17 Sep 09: “A northwest NSW Aboriginal political activist
says the assault on four Indian men outside a bar in
Melbourne this week is representative of the hidden racism
that exists in Australia. Michael Anderson, last survivor
of the four Black Power activists who set up the Aboriginal
Embassy outside Parliament House in Canberra in 1972, says
politicians remaining mute on these racist attacks reflects
badly on Australia as a nation.”

– Opinion

New Matilda:
Does International Law Matter On Remote Communities?
http://newmatilda.com/2009/09/21/does-international-law-matter-remote-communities
21 Sep 09: “Supporters of the NT Intervention can’t deny
that it contravenes our international human rights
commitments, writes Michel Streich. The real question is:
why does that matter?” Michel Streich

National Indigenous Times:
EDITORIAL Perceiving racism
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/story.aspx?id=18683
17 Sep 09: “For Aboriginal people, tales of racism are
nothing new. Whether it has happened to their grandparents,
their parents, their cousins, their friends, or themselves,
I would bet that the majority of Aboriginal Australians
could recount a story where they have been belittled on the
basis of their ethnicity.” Amy McQuire, acting editor

National Indigenous Times:
The Big Read: Trust or Treachery?
http://www.nit.com.au/story.aspx?id=18676
17 Sep 09: “When the ALP was ushered into power in 2007,
there were many who held out great hope they would see a
change in the way government engaged with Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander people. But has it? Many have
doubted the ALP’s commitment. Federal, territory and state
Labor have all implemented controversial policies that will
be detrimental to the very people supposed to benefit. The
truth is a change of government has not brought a change of
life chances for Indigenous Australians. JEFF MCMULLEN, one
of Australia’s most respected journalists, argues in this
special NIT feature that there needs to be a partnership
built on trust, rather than on the past record of
treachery.”

– News

ABC: Aborigines don’t want ‘sit-down money’
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/09/17/2688750.htm
17 Sep 09: “An Alice Springs town camp community leader
says the Federal Government needs to increase its economic
development efforts in Indigenous communities. Barbara Shaw
says the need is more urgent since the Federal Government
started moving people away from Community Development
Employment Projects (CDEP) onto Work for the Dole in July.”

Australian IT: Tech to prevent welfare cheats
http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,25197,26085640-15306,00.html
17 Sep 09: “More than 18,000 welfare recipients have been
issued with a BasicsCard in the past 12 months, … But
these restrictions are seemingly not sufficient, with the
government now seeking ways to automate “product level
compliance” – essentially ensuring merchants don’t bend
the rules by supplying alcohol, cigarettes or other banned
items in the absence of audits.”

Australian: Union slams NT teacher staffing
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,26079955-5006790,00.html
16 Sep 09: “ABOUT one in five students in the Northern
Territory is not assigned a teacher as a result of
government policy to staff schools based on attendance
rates rather than the number of students enrolled at a
school. … The policy runs counter to federal and
territory efforts to encourage students, particularly in
indigenous communities, to attend school regularly, … “

Koori Mail: Native Title laws set to pass
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
14 Sep 09: “DRAFT laws that aim to speed up the resolution
of native title claims are set to be passed by Federal
Parliament. The amendments to the Native Title Act propose
to give the Federal Court the power to manage the mediation
of land claims by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island
people.”

Green Left:
Activists confront Pearson on support for NT intervention
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2009/810/41669
13 Sep 09: “Aboriginal rights supporters and environmental
activists protested at the opening of the Brisbane Writers’
Festival on September 9, where the keynote speaker was
conservative Aboriginal figure Noel Pearson. Local Murri
leader and Socialist Alliance member Sam Watson organised
the protest. He said that while the UN human rights
rapporteur had recently denounced the Northern Territory
intervention as “racist”, Pearson championed the policy.”


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AMPILATWATJA ANTI-INTERVENTION WALKOFF

Posted in NEWS on 22/09/2009 by D

STATEMENT ON THE OCCASION OF THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF THE ADOPTION OF THE DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

Posted in OPINION on 15/09/2009 by D

by Les Malezer

Former Chairperson of the Global Indigenous Peoples Caucus on the Declaration

Issued for 13 September 2009

AFFIRMING HUMAN RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

Exactly two years ago, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, we held our breaths as the inter governmental global authority considered the ballot to extricate 500 years of global prejudice against Indigenous populations.

As the votes were cast, the large and diverse observer delegations of Indigenous Peoples searched the voting screen in the hope that the time to celebrate had finally arrived.

It had.

One hundred and forty-four (144) governments realised the need to set in place a definitive international standard to protect the human rights of Indigenous Peoples, and a paltry four (4) governments remained fixed to recalcitrant political opposition.

By embracing the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples the United Nations issued unambiguous confirmation that Indigenous Peoples are collective, structured civilisations, entitled to the same human rights that all other peoples enjoy.

This simple but highly significant development in human rights, to concede the existence of Indigenous Peoples, and to confirm our human identity, ultimately will have a sweeping effect on the application of human rights law.

At the global level, it is as significant as the condemnation of slavery, as heralded by the Slavery Abolition Act in Britain in 1833.

Three countries – USA, New Zealand and Canada – remain opposed today to the Declaration.

Australia issued a strong statement of support for the Declaration on 3 April 2009, reversing its negative vote from two years ago.

New Zealand is on the verge of accepting the Declaration and public discussions are keeping the pressure upon the government to revise its opposition.

But as New Zealand grapples with the politics of supporting the Declaration, the persistent voices of opposition to Indigenous rights continue to cast hoary concerns within the New Zealand society.

‘Maori are not Indigenous Peoples.’

‘The Declaration winds back progress in the country.’

‘Maori will kick us out of New Zealand.’

Many of us recognise such miserable sentiments from the decades of extensive debate during the drafting stages of the Declaration.

A few years ago these viewpoints were very threatening and upsetting for us as we reasoned that human rights applied equally to Indigenous Peoples.

Now, following the strong support at the international level for equality and justice, these sentiments are not only redundant, regressive sentiments, they are droll.

In reality New Zealand has every reason to be proud of the Maori and to embrace the Declaration.

It is hard to conjure thoughts or recognition of New Zealand without leaning towards strong imagery of Maori identity and presence.

New Zealand is, so far as I know, the only nation in the world where the national anthem is sung in the Indigenous language, and if you do not know of the haka as a mode of New Zealand cultural reception then you do not know New Zealand at all.

Throughout the world we are waiting for USA, New Zealand and Canada to emerge from their ignobal dark stance rooted in empire dogma.

Time marches on and the Declaration is increasingly being used as the ethical gauge for Indigenous issues.

However, two years on, we are also witnessing the negative reactions following the attainment of a standard on the rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Indigenous Peoples are being targeted by political groups who now feel the weight of tolerance and equality against their position of power and control.

Political insurgents are resorting to physical intimidations including killings to defy the Indigenous Peoples and their rights to their territories and resources.

In Latin America, particularly, there are recent cases of violent threats being made against Indigenous Peoples and their rightful place in the political life of the State.

In Columbia and Peru, we lament the recent murders of Indigenous leaders and the bullying of the Indigenous Peoples, victimised because they now claim, with the authority of the international voice for justice, the same rights as all other peoples.

In such countries, the government and the people must come to terms with the real meaning of the Declaration and the historical change represented by 13 September 2007.

In Peru and Columbia, as lives are lost and freedoms are threatened, we must believe that it is the ‘Wind of Change’ that blows around the world and that justice and strength for Indigenous Peoples are the only acceptable outcomes.

During the past year we have seen the spirit of the Declaration escalate in the workings of the United Nations.

The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, taking up the challenge of Article 42 of the Declaration, has now provided a assessment on legal standing of the rights of Indigenous Peoples and focussed the attention of governments, jurists and Indigenous representatives on the obligations that exist in international law to promote and protect those rights.

The Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples has requested the Human Rights Council to ‘pay particular attention’ to the protection of Indigenous rights in its regular sessions, as well as to ensure the Universal Periodic Review procedures and examination of the periodic reports by the treaty bodies are adequately focussed upon Indigenous Peoples situations.

The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of Indigenous People has given notice of his intention to emphasise the significance of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and exhorted the successful implementation by States through ‘good faith engagement of indigenous peoples with States and the broader political and societal structures’.

The High Commissioner for Human Rights has stressed that eliminating discrimination is a duty of the highest order and is giving priority to discrimination-free societies and a world of equal treatment for all. The fundamental principle of non-discrimination is the leading theme of a sustained outreach effort.

The High Commissioner has pointed out in her report to the Human Rights Council that Indigenous Peoples in many countries endure age-old discrimination and exclusion, including land grabs, the suppression of traditional customs, and outright violence.

The Durban Review Conference, held in April 2009, has given clear and unambiguous support to the implementation of the rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The Outcome Document from the conference welcomed the adoption of the Declaration – a major priority of the Programme of Action from the Durban Conference in 2000 – and urged States to implement the rights.

But the main concern for the implementation of the Declaration lies with the role and responsibilities of States.

Implementation of the Declaration can only really be achieved if States and Indigenous Peoples work in cooperation and partnership to identify the challenges and agree upon the actions to be taken.

However States must accept that historical injustices and unequal treatment cannot remain unaddressed or be forgotten.

The States must be prepared to review their charters, laws and institutions to remove entrenched prejudices.

They must be committed to the restitution of lands and territories or where that cannot be fairly achieved, be prepared for compensation in an acceptable form.

Unquestionably, States must agree, with the consent of Indigenous Peoples, to the establishment of independent, objective and fair procedures and tribunals to resolve conflicts and disputes between States and Indigenous Peoples.

Without these fundamental approaches the situation of Indigenous Peoples may be trapped by the historically-derived disadvantages that they have suffered since colonisation or domination.

Ultimately, it is time for Indigenous Peoples to organise for change, by revising our relationships with the States to find solutions to long-standing problems and by healing any existing divisions within our communities that might impair our capacity to govern for our future well-being.

Two years ago the governments of the world accepted an international standard by which the rights and freedoms of the Indigenous Peoples are now to be adjudicated.

As another year passes we look for progressive change, and it is there.

But after centuries we are also impatient, so we want to do more than just read the Declaration; we want to live it.

So let us concentrate in the year ahead on the elimination of racial discrimination and the implementation of self-determination, and expect that next year our communities have experienced the positive elements of those winds of change.

ENDS


03/09/09: GOVERNMENTS’ REVIEW OF ABORIGINAL HOUSING SCHEME IN THE NT

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 03/09/2009 by D

Contents:
Governments’ review of Aboriginal housing scheme in the NT
Responses to the backlash against James Anaya’s statement
Intervention Walk-Off
Still more media responses to proposed national Indigenous body

GOVERNMENTS’ REVIEW OF ABORIGINAL HOUSING SCHEME IN THE NT:

– Background

WGAR News:
Government failure over Northern Territory Aboriginal housing (24 July 09)
http://wgar.info/240709-government-failure-over-northern-territory-aboriginal-housing/

– Review of SIHIP

Australian Government / Northern Territory Government:
Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program
– Review of Program Performance.
http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/sa/indigenous/progserv/housing/Documents/sihip_review.pdf
28 August 2009

– Media Release

Hon Jenny Macklin MP with Hon Paul Henderson MLA:
Improving Indigenous housing in the NT
http://www.jennymacklin.fahcsia.gov.au/internet/jennymacklin.nsf/content/sihip_31aug09.htm
31 Aug 09: “The Australian and Northern Territory
Governments today released the report of the review into
improving the delivery of the Strategic Indigenous Housing
and Infrastructure Program (SIHIP) in the Northern
Territory (NT). SIHIP represents the largest investment
ever made in Indigenous housing in the NT. The Australian
and NT Governments accept all the findings and
recommendations of the review and urgent action is already
underway to implement necessary program reforms.”

– Radio

CAAMA Radio morning News
(Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association):
http://caama.com.au/radio/caama-radio-news-1st-of-september-2009/
1 Sep 09: “* N.T. Indigenous housing still behind schedule
* $450,000 for the cost of a remote house”

ABC PM: Problems found with NT Aboriginal housing program
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2009/s2672299.htm
31 Aug 09: “The Federal Government’s program to build
houses for Aborigines in the Northern Territory was
announced 18 months ago, but still hasn’t resulted in one
completed home. Yet a review found today that despite the
cost blow-outs, governance problems and delays – the
program is sound. The Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister,
Jenny Macklin has been under fire over the program.”
[includes comments by Jenny Macklin, Jim Davidson and
Nigel Scullion]

– News

ABC: Public wants Indigenous housing fix: Amnesty
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/09/02/2673786.htm
2 Sep 09: “A new opinion poll shows 70 per cent of
Australians believe improving the living conditions of
Indigenous people should be a high or very high priority
for the Federal Government. The Nielsen survey coincides
with a review of the $672 million Strategic Indigenous
Housing and Infrastructure Program, which has failed to
build a single house since it was announced in April last
year.”

Australian: Call to axe Macklin over red-tape cost
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,26015523-5006790,00.html
2 Sep 09: “INDIGENOUS Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin should
resign or be sacked over the federal government’s
management of a $672 million Aboriginal housing initiative,
according to Aboriginal politician Alison Anderson.”

ABC: Housing review forces renegotiations
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/09/01/2672940.htm?site=news
2 Sep 09: “Indigenous communities that did not secure
signed contracts for new houses will have to have more
discussions with the Northern Territory Government because
of forced changes to the Strategic Indigenous Housing and
Infrastructure Program.”

ABC: Labor rejects housing ‘incompetence’ claim
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/09/01/2673063.htm?site=news
2 Sep 09: “The Northern Territory’s Housing Minister, Rob
Knight, has rejected the Opposition’s view that a $672
million Indigenous housing program has been so badly
managed the Commonwealth is taking it over.”

ABC: Housing blow-out: kingmaker backs Govt
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/09/01/2673571.htm?site=news
2 Sep 09: “The Northern Territory Government is blaming the
Commonwealth Government for massive overspending on the
$672 million remote Indigenous housing project.”

National Indigenous Times:
Labor underestimated lack of infrastructure: Housing minister
http://www.nit.com.au/story.aspx?id=18522
1 Sep 09: “Infrastructure has become the hot topic in the
Northern Territory’s Indigenous housing saga, after a
government minister admitted Labor had little idea of the
magnitude of the problem. NT Housing Minister Rob Knight
said it was only after work had started in remote
communities that the government realised the extent of the
needs on the ground.”

National Indigenous Times: Intervention housing scheme
wouldn’t have met targets, report finds
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=18518
1 Sep 09: “A report into a remote Aboriginal housing scheme
in the Northern Territory has found it was behind schedule
and over budget. Outrage over the lack of progress of the
$672 million Strategic Indigenous Housing and
Infrastructure Program (SIHIP) prompted the NT and federal
governments to review the scheme.”

WA today: Heat on Macklin over indigenous housing
http://www.watoday.com.au/breaking-news-national/heat-on-macklin-over-indigenous-housing-20090901-f5tf.html
1 Sep 09: “Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny
Macklin has faced renewed calls to step down following the
bungling of a $672 million indigenous housing scheme in the
Northern Territory. Former NT government minister Alison
Anderson, who quit the Labor party in protest over the
troubled project last month, believes Ms Macklin should be
held to account for its failure.”

Koori Mail: CLC: Accountability a two-way street
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
1 Sep 09: “THE Central Land Council has called for greater
accountability to be enshrined in any leases the Federal
Government wants to take over Aboriginal communities. While
welcoming a greater federal role in Strategic Indigenous
Housing and Infrastructure Program (SIHIP), CLC Director
David Ross said that, once attention moved elsewhere,
governments often slackened off or diverted Indigenous
funds elsewhere.”

SMH: Review damns indigenous housing program
http://www.smh.com.au/national/review-damns-indigenous-housing-program-20090831-f5cy.html?skin=text-only
1 Sep 09: “THE Federal Government’s $672 million indigenous
housing program was running three months behind schedule
and was overly optimistic in its plan to build 750 houses
cheaply, a review says.”

Australian: Some bitter, others sweet over housing
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,26008619-5019180,00.html
1 Sep 09: “IN the first three Northern Territory
communities to receive new houses and refurbishments under
the $672 million Strategic Indigenous Housing and
Infrastructure Program, a mixture of gratitude and
resentment greeted the release of yesterday’s review into
the program.”

Australian: Macklin’s intervention avoids wreck
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,26008613-7583,00.html
1 Sep 09: “IF anyone needed further evidence of the
Northern Territory government’s ongoing failure in
indigenous policy, here it is. Almost $50 million has
already been spent, consultants have been well paid and
Aborigines who are receiving a free house to live in have
been given the comfort of choosing the colour of their
loungeroom walls.”

Australian: Jenny Macklin’s housing ultimatum
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,26009551-601,00.html
1 Sep 09: “THE federal government has given the Northern
Territory four months to lift its game on Aboriginal
housing after confirming $45 million was spent on a housing
program without a single house being built.”

Koori Mail: Remote housing scheme struggling: report
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
31 Aug 09: “A REPORT into a $672 million scheme to build
houses for Indigenous people in the Northern Territory has
found it was behind schedule, over-administered and
unlikely to produce the promised number of houses. Federal
Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin released the
review of the Strategic Indigenous Housing and
Infrastructure Program (SIHIP) today, saying improvements
were already underway.”

Australian:
Macklin slashes red tape to rebuild Aboriginal housing scheme
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,24897,26006313-601,00.html
31 Aug 09: “THE Rudd Government has stepped in to save its
$672 million flagship Aboriginal housing program, slashing
bureaucracy and taking a more hands-on role. Fears were
expressed earlier this month that the cost of the program
could blow out to more than $1 billion.”

– Opinion

Australian: Editorial: Labor’s character test
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,26014152-7583,00.html
2 Sep 09: “THE Rudd government has entered a new phase
where it is being judged by its own pledges, benchmarks and
expectations: witness the documented defects in the
Aboriginal remote housing program, a pledge that goes to
the legitimacy of Kevin Rudd’s February 2008 apology. …
Jenny Macklin now faces a documented crisis of governance
in the Northern Territory over indigenous housing.”
Paul Kelly

RESPONSES TO THE BACKLASH AGAINST JAMES ANAYA’S STATEMENT:

– Audio recording of James Anaya’s statement and press
conference of 27 Aug 09

WGAR: UN Special Rapporteur James Anaya Speaks at National
Library Australia 27/08/2009
http://wgar.info/2009/08/30/un-special-rapporteur-james-anaya-speaks-at-national-library-australia-28092009/

– Text of James Anaya’s statement of 27 Aug 09

http://www.un.org.au/files/files/Press%20Release%20-%20Australia%20JA%20final.pdf

– Media Release

Intervention walkoff’s Blog:
Statement – Press Release from Richard Downs
http://interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com/media-releases/
“Warren Mundine – On behalf of my people I am calling on
you to heed the advice of the UN Special Rapporteur on
Indigenous rights and support your people demanding an end
to the NT Intervention. In your statement against the
rapporteur you say the Intervention is protecting of women
against sexual assault, physical assault. But this is not
true – you need to focus on the big picture of what is
happening to us. Your governments so called measures under
the intervention go far beyond this to take away our
dignity, our self esteem, and land control, disempowerment,
human and indigenous rights.”

– Discussion

Crikey Blog:
From Ampilatwatja to Warren Mundine: focus on the big picture!
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/northern/2009/09/03/from-ampilatwatja-to-warren-mundine-focus-on-the-big-picture/
3 Sep 09: “Late last week Warren Mundine, billed as an
“Aboriginal leader”, gave Samantha Hawley of the ABC
Radio’s PM program his views of the report by UN’s Special
Rapporteur on Indigenous Human Rights, Professor James
Anaya and his findings that give a damning assessment of
the Federal Government’s Intervention in the Northern
Territory.” Bob Gosford in the NT

– Radio

CAAMA Radio AM News
(Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association):
http://caama.com.au/radio/caama-radio-am-news-020909/
2 Sep 09: “Warren Mundine has been told to wake up and
represent Aboriginal people better by a Central Australian
Aboriginal people better.”

CAAMA Radio afternoon News
(Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association):
http://caama.com.au/radio/caama-radio-afternoon-news-1st-of-september-2009/
1 Sep 09: “* A central Australian Aboriginal spokesman has
told a former President of the Labour party to wake up and
represent Aboriginal people better. * Growing support for
the United Nations on criticism of the N.T. Intervention.”

– News

National Indigenous Times:
Mundine slammed for dismissing UN expert’s comments
http://www.nit.com.au/breakingNews/story.aspx?id=18523
2 Sep 09: “High profile Aboriginal leader Warren Mundine
has been slammed for dismissing the findings of a UN expert
and told to get out of his air-conditioned office and visit
people on the ground. Richard Downs, spokesman for the
Alyawarra Nation in central Australia, made the comments on
Tuesday in response to Mr Mundine’s criticism of the UN’s
special rapporteur James Anaya.”

National Indigenous Times:
Church leaders call on Rudd govt to act on UN’s findings
http://www.nit.com.au/breakingNews/story.aspx?id=18521
1 Sep 09: “Church leaders in the Northern Territory are
calling on Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to act on the damning
criticisms of a UN expert on Indigenous rights. … The
professor’s findings have prompted the Anglican Bishop of
the Northern Territory, Greg Thompson, to call on the Rudd
government to reform the controversial measures. …
Michelle Harris, a spokeswoman for the activist group
Concerned Australians, said the commonwealth needed to act
to save the nation’s international reputation. “The world
is watching,” she said.”

Koori Mail: Bishop joins UN criticisms of intervention
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
1 Sep 09: “THE Anglican Bishop of Darwin Greg Thompson has
joined calls for the Federal Government to amend the
Northern Territory intervention in response to criticisms
by UN human rights envoy James Anaya. Mr Anaya described
the intervention as overtly discriminatory and railed
against the blanket application of measures such as welfare
quarantining.”

Islands Business [Pacific islands]: Australia can do more
to improve situation of indigenous peoples – UN expert
http://www.islandsbusiness.com/news/index_dynamic/containerNameToReplace=MiddleMiddle/focusModuleID=130/focusContentID=16574/tableName=mediaRelease/overideSkinName=newsArticle-full.tpl
28 Aug 09: “James Anaya, the Special Rapporteur on the
situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of
indigenous people, said that during his 11-day visit to
Australia, which wrapped up today, he was “impressed with
demonstrations of strong and vibrant indigenous cultures.” “

ToTheCenter [US]:
Aboriginal Policy in Australia: Human Rights v. Hum
http://www.tothecenter.com/news.php?readmore=11028
28 Aug 09: “The government says that the intervention has
created jobs and reduced violence. But Barbara Shaw, an
Aboriginal leader who led a campaign to get the U.N. to
examine the program, says that Aboriginal struggles have
worsened since the intervention. Welfare restrictions have
forced more people to beg in the streets and racism has
increased, she said.”

– Opinion

Australian: Dos and don’ts of discrimination
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,26014154-7583,00.html
2 Sep 09: “Unfortunately, the UN’s assumption that
discrimination is always a dirty word enters more dangerous
territory closer to home. Last week a UN special rapporteur
on indigenous human rights completed an 11-day fact-finding
mission of the Australian government’s intervention in
Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory.”
Janet Albrechtsen

– Background

WGAR News:
UN Expert visits Australia to report on Aboriginal Human Rights (18 Aug 09)
http://perth.indymedia.org/index.php?action=newswire&parentview=145907

WGAR News:
UN Expert James Anaya to examine NT Intervention (19 Aug 09)
http://perth.indymedia.org/index.php?action=newswire&parentview=145947

WGAR News:
UN Rapporteur visits Aboriginal communities (23 Aug 09)
http://indymedia.org.au/2009/08/23/wgar-news-un-rapporteur-visits-aboriginal-communities-23-aug-09

WGAR News:
Visit by UN Expert, James Anaya (26 Aug 09)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2009/08/26/wgar-news-intervention-walk-off-community-seeks-un-support-26-aug-09

WGAR News:
UN Expert calls NT Intervention “discriminatory” (29 Aug 09)
http://indymedia.org.au/2009/08/29/wgar-news-un-expert-calls-nt-intervention-discriminatory-29-aug-09

WGAR News:
More media responses to UN Expert, James Anaya (31 Aug 09)
http://wgar.info/2009/09/01/310809-more-media-responses-to-un-expert-james-anaya/

INTERVENTION WALK-OFF:

– Background

Intervention walkoff’s Blog
http://interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com/

WGAR News:
Intervention Walk-off community seeks UN support (26 Aug 09)
http://indymedia.org.au/2009/08/26/wgar-news-intervention-walk-off-community-seeks-un-support-26-aug-09

WGAR News:
Alyawarra people seek UN refugee status (29 Aug 09)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2009/08/29/wgar-news-un-expert-calls-nt-intervention-discriminatory-29-aug-09

WGAR News:
Intervention Walk-off (31 Aug 09)
[scroll down page] http://wgar.info/310809-more-media-responses-to-un-expert-james-anaya/

– Interview

Crikey Blog: The Ampilatwatja Walkoff and the “wake-up
call” for Alison Anderson – an interview with Richard Downs
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/northern/2009/08/31/the-ampilatwatja-walkoff-and-the-wake-up-call-for-alison-anderson-an-interview-with-richard-north/
31 Aug 09: “Richard has been a vocal spokesman for the
Alyawarra people living at the township of Ampilatwatcha,
350km north-east of Alice Springs. … I asked him if he
had heard back from Jenny Macklin … Richard and his
people weren’t very impressed with the no-show of his local
member, Alison Anderson, up until recently a Minister in
the NT Government and now an independent MLA. But that has
all changed since Anderson visited late last week … I
asked Richard what the group of himself, Roslaie
Kunoth-Monks and Alison Anderson would be doing. … ”
Bob Gosford in the NT

– Discussion

Crikey Blog: Alison Anderson HAS finally seen the light,
gone bush and joined with the “anti-interventionistas”!!
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/northern/2009/08/28/alison-anderson-finally-sees-the-light-goes-bush-and-joins-the-anti-interventionistas/
28 Aug 09: “Update – Monday 31st August – I have now been
able to establish that the media release considered below
is in fact genuine. … Yesterday – according to the Media
Release attached below – Anderson joined the widely
respected and outspoken Chairperson of the Barkly Shire
Council, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks (who would be more familiar
to many Australians as the female lead in the ’50’s film
Jedda) and Richard Downs, a spokesperson for the hundred or
so residents of Ampilatwatja that walked off from their
township to a remote bush camp a months ago.” Bob Gosford

STILL MORE MEDIA RESPONSES TO PROPOSED NATIONAL INDIGENOUS BODY:

– Background

WGAR News:
Proposed national Indigenous body (29 Aug 09)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2009/08/29/wgar-news-un-expert-calls-nt-intervention-discriminatory-29-aug-09

WGAR News:
More media responses to proposed national Indigenous body (31 Aug 09)
[scroll down page] http://wgar.info/310809-more-media-responses-to-un-expert-james-anaya/

– News

ABC: Independence ‘to save Indigenous body from ATSIC fate’
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/08/31/2671490.htm?site=news
31 Aug 09: “A western New South Wales Aboriginal leader,
Sam Jeffries, says a new national Indigenous representative
body will be protected from the same fate as ATSIC, if it
is independent of government.”

ABC: Doubt cast over planned Indigenous body
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/08/31/2671466.htm?site=news
31 Aug 09: “A Wiradjuri elder is cautioning against a new
Aboriginal representative body being comprised of elected
members. … Narrandera elder Stan Grant Senior says elected
members may only be concerned about their own area and it
may be better to appoint the body.”


31/08/09: MORE MEDIA RESPONSES TO UN EXPERT, JAMES ANAYA

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 01/09/2009 by D

Contents:
More media responses to James Anaya’s statement & press conference
Call to Aboriginal nations, from across the Territory, to unite
More media responses to proposed national Indigenous body
Intervention Walk-off

MORE MEDIA RESPONSES TO JAMES ANAYA’S STATEMENT & PRESS CONFERENCE:

– Background

WGAR News:
UN Expert visits Australia to report on Aboriginal Human Rights (18 Aug 09)
http://perth.indymedia.org/index.php?action=newswire&parentview=145907

WGAR News:
UN Expert James Anaya to examine NT Intervention (19 Aug 09)
http://perth.indymedia.org/index.php?action=newswire&parentview=145947

WGAR News:
UN Rapporteur visits Aboriginal communities (23 Aug 09)
http://indymedia.org.au/2009/08/23/wgar-news-un-rapporteur-visits-aboriginal-communities-23-aug-09

WGAR News:
Visit by UN Expert, James Anaya (26 Aug 09)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2009/08/26/wgar-news-intervention-walk-off-community-seeks-un-support-26-aug-09

WGAR News:
UN Expert calls NT Intervention “discriminatory” (29 Aug 09)
http://indymedia.org.au/2009/08/29/wgar-news-un-expert-calls-nt-intervention-discriminatory-29-aug-09

– Audio recording of James Anaya’s statement and
press conference of 27 Aug 09

WGAR: UN Special Rapporteur James Anaya Speaks at
National Library Australia 27/08/2009
http://wgar.info/2009/08/30/un-special-rapporteur-james-anaya-speaks-at-national-library-australia-28092009/

– Text of James Anaya’s statement of 27 Aug 09

http://www.un.org.au/files/files/Press%20Release%20-%20Australia%20JA%20final.pdf

– Media Releases

PM Rudd urged to accept UN criticism of ‘racist’ NT Intervention
[download document] http://www.socialpolicyconnections.com.au/Portals/3/docs/Anaya%20media%20release%2030%20August%202009.doc
30 Aug 09: “Church leaders and other concerned Australians
today called on the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, to
demonstrate his Government’s support for the United Nations
role in protecting human rights by accepting its criticism
of the Northern Territory Intervention as ‘racist’ and in
need of significant reform. The criticisms were made by
Prof. James Anaya, the UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous
Human Rights, who left Australia today after an eleven day
tour which gave considerable focus to the Intervention in
the Northern Territory and resulted in his declaring it
racist. His time spent in the Northern Territory included
visits to the Aboriginal communities of Alice Springs,
Yuendumu, Darwin, Yirrkala, Ramangirr, Groote Eylandt and
Bagot providing the Rapporteur with opportunities to sit
with, and listen to the concerns of, local peoples and
their elders.”

Greens:
UN Special Rapporteur vindicates Greens opposition to NTER
http://greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/un-special-rapporteur-vindicates-greens-opposition-nter
28 Aug 09: “The Australian Greens were not surprised by
comments from the United Nations Special Rapporteur on
Indigenous rights condemning the discriminatory and
paternalistic elements of the Northern Territory Emergency
Response (NTER), claiming they affirmed the Greens strong
opposition to the introduction of these measures. “I met
with Professor Anaya during his visit to Australia and was
impressed by the thoughtful way he engaged with issues
concerning the rights of indigenous Australians. I am not
the least bit surprised by his comments and findings,”
said Australian Greens indigenous spokesperson Senator
Rachel Siewert.”

ANTaR: Indigenous rights organisation welcomes UN report
on Northern Territory
http://www.antar.org.au/media/ANTaR-welcomes-UN-report
28 Aug 09: “The report on the Northern Territory Emergency
Response (NTER) by UN Special Rapporteur Professor James
Anaya has been welcomed by ANTaR, … ANTaR supports
Professor Anaya’s moderate and measured approach and agrees
with Anaya’s criticism of the Australian Government’s NTER,
which “overtly discriminates against Aboriginal peoples,
infringing their right of self-determination and
stigmatizes already stigmatized communities”.”

– News

Indigenous Peoples Issues & Resources: Australia Can Do
More To Improve Situation Of Indigenous Peoples – UN Expert
http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1665%3Aaustralia-can-do-more-to-improve-situation-of-indigenous-peoples–un-expert&catid=54%3Aaustralia-indigenous-peoples&Itemid=76〈=en
27 Aug 09: “Despite strides in improving the situation of
indigenous people in Australia, an independent United
Nations expert today called on the country to build on that
momentum to close the gap of “indigenous disadvantage.” …
The Rapporteur, who reports to the Geneva-based UN Human
Rights Council, serves in his role in an unpaid and
independent capacity.”

Fiji Daily Post Editorial: Respect is a two – way street
http://fijidailypost.com/editorial.php?date=20090829
29 Aug 09: “Pacific peoples would take more note of
Australia’s moral leadership in the region if they could
see and sense more consistency in that great neighbour’s
dealing with its own indigenous people. A new report by the
UN Special Rapporteur on indigenous human rights, Professor
James Anaya, has castigated Australia’s treatment of its
Aboriginal people.”

NZ Herald: Treatment of Aborigines is abusive – UN
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10593892&ref=rss
29 Aug 09: “The continuing federal intervention in the
Northern Territory’s Aboriginal communities has been
criticised by the United Nations’ special rapporteur on
indigenous human rights and freedoms. Professor James Anaya
said the intervention breached basic human rights and was
incompatible with international treaties ratified by
Australia.”

SMH: UN finds ray of hope in ‘racist’ Australia
http://www.smh.com.au/national/un-finds-ray-of-hope-in-racist-australia-20090828-f2im.html
29 Aug 09: “AN ELDERLY Yuendumu woman yesterday went about
her business, unaware she had moved a United Nations
official to condemn as ”overtly racist” Australia’s
treatment of indigenous people. The memory of Peggy Brown’s
extraordinary success in stamping out petrol sniffing in
her community on the edge of the Tanami Desert weighed
heavy on the mind of the UN’s special rapporteur … ”
Yuko Narushima

Australian:
Jenny Macklin defends Northern Territory intervention
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25996774-5013871,00.html
29 Aug 09: “PROTECTING the rights of Aboriginal children,
women and the elderly are the most important human rights,
Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin has declared,
brushing aside criticism of the Northern Territory
intervention by a UN special delegate on indigenous rights.”

Koori Mail: Amnesty: Govt must address criticism
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
28 Aug 09: “AMNESTY International has backed United Nations
calls for an immediate end to discriminatory practices
under the NT intervention. Amnesty’s Indigenous Rights
Campaigner Rodney Dillon says reinstating the Racial
Discrimination Act and ending intervention measures such as
blanket welfare quarantining must now be a top priority for
the Federal Government.”

chanthy96.com [Cambodia]: Gov’t intervention in Australian
aboriginal groups worrisome: UN rapporteur
http://www.chanthy96.com/govt-intervention-in-australian-aboriginal-groups-worrisome-un-rapporteur.html
“The United Nations special rapporteur on indigenous rights
said here Thursday the intervention into remote Aboriginal
communities in the Northern Territory in Australia is
discriminatory.”

National Post [Canada]:
UN condemns Australia’s policy on Aboriginals as discriminatory
http://www.nationalpost.com/related/topics/story.html?id=1939031
28 Aug 09: “A United Nations envoy slammed Australia’s
military-led intervention in remote Aboriginal communities
and said racism was “entrenched” in the country, in a
damning assessment yesterday.”

National Indigenous Times:
NT intervention is not discriminatory: Macklin
http://www.nit.com.au/breakingNews/story.aspx?id=18511
28 Aug 09: “Protecting the most vulnerable members of the
Northern Territory’s Indigenous communities must be
balanced against other human rights, says Indigenous
Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin. In Melbourne to launch the
Essendon Football Club Reconciliation Action Plan, Ms
Macklin told reporters she will not be swayed by criticism
that the Northern Territory intervention is discriminatory.”

Bangkok Post [Thailand]:
Australia defends ‘discriminatory’ Aboriginal plan
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/152919/australia-defends-discriminatory-aboriginal-plan
28 Aug 09: “Australia on Friday defended its controversial
“intervention” in remote Aboriginal communities after a UN
representative said it discriminated against the
impoverished ethnic group.”

Gulf News: Government defends restrictions on Aborigines
http://archive.gulfnews.com/world/Australia/10344398.html
28 Aug 09: “Australia’s government defended yesterday a
programme aimed at stamping out child sex abuse among
Aborigines after a United Nations expert said the radical
restrictions it imposed on minority communities amounted to
human rights violations.”

China Human Rights:
Australian state gov’t defends ‘racist’ intervention
http://www.chinahumanrights.org/Messages/World/t20090830_487460.htm
28 Aug 09: “Australia’s Northern Territory (NT) government
on Friday rejected claims that it is failing people in
remote Aboriginal communities despite criticisms of the
intervention policy by a United Nations (UN) expert. The
UN’s special rapporteur on indigenous rights, James Anaya,
on Thursday described the controversial measures as
“overtly discriminatory”.”

ABC Radio Australia:
UN rights expert criticises ‘racist’ Australia
http://www.radioaustralianews.net.au/stories/200908/2669514.htm?desktop
28 Aug 09: “Former ministers in a government that
introduced a controversial “intervention” into Aboriginal
settlements in Australia have rejected criticism by the
United Nations. A visiting UN human rights expert says the
measures are overtly racist. Measures include compulsory
income management and direct government control of
Aboriginal land and housing.”

ABC: Intervention report ‘should be binned’
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/08/28/2670343.htm
28 Aug 09: “High-profile Aboriginal leader Warren Mundine
says yesterday’s finding by a United Nations representative
that the Northern Territory intervention was overtly racist
is bizarre and should be chucked in the bin.”

SMH: Macklin, Libs defend NT intervention
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/macklin-libs-defend-nt-intervention-20090828-f1j9.html
28 Aug 09: “United Nations special rapporteur James Anaya’s
criticism of the Northern Territory intervention showed he
was a nonsense-spouting armchair critic prepared to
pontificate on human rights while indigenous children lived
in squalor, past and present Liberal MPs say.”

News Times [India]: UN says racism entrenched in Australia
http://newstimes.in/world-news/un-says-racism-entrenched-in-australia/
27 Aug 09: “THE United Nations special rapporteur on
indigenous rights has said there is “entrenched” racism in
Australia.”
[This news item also posted on four other websites from India]

Koori Mail: Bad rap for NT Intervention
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
27 Aug 09: “THE NT intervention is discriminatory,
disproportionate and breaches Australia’s international
obligations, according to UN Special Rapporteur on
Indigenous human rights James Anaya. After touring
Aboriginal communities, Mr Anaya said the Australian
Government should reinstate the Racial Discrimination Act in
the NT ‘right away’, and review all its legislation,
policies, and programmes affecting Indigenous Australians.”

– Opinion

Public Opinion: UN judgment on NT intervention
http://www.sauer-thompson.com/archives/opinion/2009/08/un-judgment-on.php
31 Aug 09: “James Anaya, the Special Rapporteur on the
situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of
indigenous people, visited Australia between 17 to 28
August. … Anaya’s judgement was forthright. He points his
finger on indigenous people having endured tremendous
suffering at the hands of historical forces and entrenched
racism and the way that these historical forces continue to
make their presence known today, … “

Dinkum Democrats:
Abbott, Brough and Macklin know racism and squalor better
than UN Rapporteur James Anaya. Really!
http://www.dinkumdemocrats.com/abbott-brough-and-macklin-know-racism-and-squalor-better-than-un-rapporteur-james-anaya-really/
31 Aug 09: “The diversionary rhetoric used by Brough and
Macklin implies that to criticise the Intervention is to
condone the sexual abuse of children and the squalid living
conditions of indigenous Australians. … Implicit in these
comments, too, is the notion that Professor Anaya knows
nothing, should say nothing unless he can say something
nice, and that the UN should keep its nose out of our
business …”

Woolly Days: Australian politicians and media show no
interest in learning UN lessons on Indigenous affairs
http://nebuchadnezzarwoollyd.blogspot.com/2009/08/australian-politicians-and-media-show.html
30 Aug 09: “Australian politicians and media have adopted a
typically hostile and defensive pose in response to the UN
High Commissioner for Human Rights’ considered statement on
Indigenous issues released on Thursday. The hostility was
uncalled for.” Derek Barry

slackbastard: Warren Mundine ~versus~ James Anaya
http://slackbastard.anarchobase.com/?p=6610
29 Aug 09: “Mundine has stated that Anaya’s reportage
should be regarded in the same manner as all reports
produced by United Nations Special Rapporteurs: “I think
this Rapporteur’s report should be dealt with the same as
every other Rapporteur’s report; just drop it in the bin
and actually get on with the job.” … given Mundine’s
commitments to the ALP, his reaction is entirely
predictable, … “

Daily Telegraph Piers Akerman Blog:
Right to a future free of UN meddling
http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/piersakerman/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/right_to_a_future_free_of_un_meddling/
29 Aug 09: “AUSTRALIANS should be grateful to United
Nations special rapporteur on indigenous human rights James
Anaya for the totally unrealistic picture he has painted of
Australia’s Aborigines.” Piers Akerman

Associated Press:
Australia debates whether Aboriginal policy racist
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5i8ZESAVTztWWj05AXc1IyvnL_ALQD9ABV8900
28 Aug 09: “A U.N. expert’s harsh criticism of Australia’s
Aboriginal policy reopened a national debate Friday on a
decades-old issue: how best to help the country’s original
settlers and most disadvantaged minority.” Kristen Gelineau

– Radio

CAAMA Radio AM News
(Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association):
http://caama.com.au/radio/caama-radio-am-news-310809/
31 Aug 09: “Warren Mundine says findings by a UN
Representative that the NT intervention was overtly racist
should be chucked in the bin.”

CAAMA News am-28-08-09
(Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association):
[scroll down page] http://caama.com.au/category/radio/
28 Aug 09: “* Mal Brough criticises U.N.
* U.N. says aspects of Intervention are racist.”

ABC PM: UN’s claims that NT intervention is overtly racist
are widely condemned
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2009/s2670233.htm
28 Aug 09: “There’s been a barrage of criticism today for
yesterday’s finding by a UN representative that the
Northern Territory intervention was overtly racist. The
UN’s Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Human Rights gave a
damning assessment of the intervention, saying it
discriminated against Aboriginal people. But both the
Federal Government and Opposition have now rejected the
findings. … “
[includes comments by Jenny Macklin, Tony Abbott,
Mal Brough, Rachael Siewert and Warren Mundine]

CAAMA Radio afternoon news
(Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association):
http://caama.com.au/radio/caama-radio-afternoon-news-27th-of-august-2009/
27 Aug 09: “* Federal Intervention claimed as racist by the
U.N. * A Kamilaro elder says the Government is covering up
the U.N. visit to Australia”

– Video

ABC Lateline: NT intervention discriminatory: UN Rapporteur
http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2008/s2670434.htm
28 Aug 09: “It’s a diplomatic slap on the wrist and it’s
been met with a diplomatic brush-off. A United Nations
Rapporteur has found the Northern Territory Intervention is
discriminatory and breaches Australia’s international
obligations. But the Federal Government says it has other
priorities.”
[includes comments by James Anaya, Kim Hill, Jenny Macklin
and Delia Lawrie]

CALL TO ABORIGINAL NATIONS, FROM ACROSS THE TERRITORY, TO UNITE:

– Media Release

The First Australians call for an end to oppression
http://interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com/media-releases/
27 Aug 09: “Aboriginal people are standing up and calling
on all the leaders from all the Aboriginal nations, to
stand united against oppression and dictatorship. … This
is a very significant day…on this day, Richard Downs,
community elders and members from Ampilatwatja, and Rosalie
Kunoth-Monks met with Alison Anderson, Independent member
for Macdonnell. A resolution was made to call together the
Aboriginal nations, from across the Territory, to unite
under one banner to stand up against the absolute racist
oppression, forced assimilation and attempts to destroy
Aboriginal people being caused by the intervention
measures.”

MORE MEDIA RESPONSES TO PROPOSED NATIONAL INDIGENOUS BODY:

– Background

WGAR News:
Proposed national Indigenous body (29 Aug 09)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2009/08/29/wgar-news-un-expert-calls-nt-intervention-discriminatory-29-aug-09

– Media Release

Greens: National Indigenous Representative Body a step in
the right direction
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/national-indigenous-representative-body-a-step-right-direction-greens
28 Aug 09: “The Greens today welcomed the release of the
proposed model for a national Indigenous representative by
the Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma. … [Senator
Rachel Siewert said] “Certainly the idea of ensuring the
body is independent from Government is essential. …
However, a national consultative body, with no real
decision making authority or access to resources is a long
way from the principles of self-determination as advocated
by the United Nations declaration of Indigenous rights,” “

– Radio

CAAMA Radio afternoon news
(Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association):
http://caama.com.au/radio/caama-radio-afternoon-news-26th-of-august-2009/
26 Aug 09: “A new Aboriginal representative body reportedly
may have flaws”

– News

ABC: Remove government shackles, former ATSIC leader says
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/08/29/2670531.htm?site=news
29 Aug 09: “A former ATSIC leader says any national
indigenous organisation needs to be removed from government
control and funding. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma has proposed
a new Indigenous body would be set up as a company and
include a 128-member council. But Ray Robinson has warned
Indigenous people to carefully study the proposal before
supporting it.”

Australian: ‘Spare us a wailing wall’: Noel Pearson
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25996771-2702,00.html
29 Aug 09: “THE national Aboriginal representative body
proposed by Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma would not
tackle the real crises in Aboriginal affairs, and would be
little more than “a blackfellows’ wailing wall”.”

ABC: Independent Indigenous body ‘won’t suffer ATSIC fate’
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/08/28/2669740.htm?site=news
28 Aug 09: “Brewarrina-based Aboriginal leader Sam Jeffries
says a new national Indigenous representative body will be
protected from the same fate as ATSIC if it is independent
of Government.”

ABC: Abbott pans planned Aboriginal body
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/08/28/2669512.htm?site=news
28 Aug 09: “Opposition Indigenous affairs spokesman, Tony
Abbott, has panned the new proposal for an Indigenous
representative body as being a blend of “the worst
features” of previous Aboriginal organisations.”

– Opinion

Australian: Calma approach proves too timid
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25995487-7583,00.html
29 Aug 09: “Calma’s model for indigenous Australian
representation is a tragically wrong-headed outcome of what
was clearly a hopeful exercise involving many indigenous
people earnestly trying to find a way to a better future.”
Noel Pearson

INTERVENTION WALK-OFF:

– Background

Intervention walkoff’s Blog
http://interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com/

WGAR News:
Intervention Walk-off community seeks UN support (26 Aug 09)
http://indymedia.org.au/2009/08/26/wgar-news-intervention-walk-off-community-seeks-un-support-26-aug-09

WGAR News:
Alyawarra people seek UN refugee status (29 Aug 09)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2009/08/29/wgar-news-un-expert-calls-nt-intervention-discriminatory-29-aug-09

– News

Indigenous Peoples Issues & Resources:
Alyawarra People Ask United Nations For Refugee Status
http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1677%3Aalyawarra-people-ask-united-nations-for-refugee-status&catid=54%3Aaustralia-indigenous-peoples&Itemid=76〈=en
“A GROUP of Australian Aborigines has asked the United
Nations for refugee status, claiming special emergency laws
to curb alcohol and sexual abuse in the remote outback have
turned them into outcasts at home. Richard Downs, a
spokesperson for the 4000-strong Alyawarra people in
central Australia, said the request was given to James
Anaya, the United Nations special rapporteur on indigenous
human rights, during a fact-finding tour to Australia.”

– Radio

CAAMA Radio morning news
(Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association):
http://caama.com.au/radio/caama-radio-morning-news-26th-of-august-2009/
26 Aug 09: “A N.T. Aboriginal community is claiming refugee
status.”

– Photos

Intervention walkoff’s Blog: Photos
http://interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com/photos/


29/08/09: UN EXPERT CALLS NT INTERVENTION “DISCRIMINATORY”

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 01/09/2009 by D

Contents:
Statement by UN Rapporteur, James Anaya
Alyawarra people seek UN refugee status
Proposed national Indigenous body
Other Aboriginal articles

STATEMENT BY UN RAPPORTEUR, JAMES ANAYA:

– Statement at Press Conference

[Ed. note: I have chosen the quote below as I think it will
be of interest to readers. However, may I encourage you to
click on the link below and read all of James Anaya’s
statement for a more complete understanding of his views.]

Statement of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of
human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people,
James Anaya, as he concludes his visit to Australia
http://www.un.org.au/files/files/Press%20Release%20-%20Australia%20JA%20final.pdf
“Canberra/Geneva, 27 August 2009: … Aspects of the
Government’s initiatives to remedy situations of indigenous
disadvantage, however, raise concerns. Of particular
concern is the Northern Territory Emergency Response, which
by the Government’s own account is an extraordinary
measure, especially in its income management regime,
imposition of compulsory leases, and community-wide bans on
alcohol consumption and pornography. These measures overtly
discriminate against aboriginal peoples, infringe their
right of self-determination and stigmatize already
stigmatized communities. … I urge the Government to act
swiftly to reinstate the protections of the Racial
Discrimination Act in regard to the indigenous peoples of
the Northern Territory. … government initiatives to
address the housing needs of indigenous peoples, should
avoid imposing leasing or other arrangements that would
undermine indigenous peoples’ control over their lands.
… “

– Radio

ABC Radio Australia:
UN urges Australia to pay reparations to indigenous communities
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/pacbeat/stories/200908/s2669225.htm
28 Aug 09: ” … The UN’s special rapporteur on indigenous
rights and freedoms is American law expert Professor James
Anaya, and he’s given his initial findings, after a 12-day
tour of urban and remote Australia. He also says Canberra
should pay reparations to the country’s indigenous people,
something the Labor government has previously ruled out.
… “

ABC PM: UN official slams NT intervention
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2009/s2669042.htm
27 Aug 09: “A senior United Nations official has slammed
the Northern Territory intervention. Professor James Anaya
is the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the rights and freedoms
of Indigenous peoples. After 11 days touring Aboriginal
communities, he says Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders
are experiencing entrenched racism. Professor Anaya says
the intervention breaches a number of international
treaties.”
[includes comments by James Anaya]

– Opinion

National Indigenous Times:
Facing up to our racism:
A UN perspective on the Northern Territory intervention
http://www.nit.com.au/story.aspx?id=18509
28 Aug 09: “Prof Anaya brings within him a big reputation.
Or, in the words of Indigenous affairs minister Jenny
Macklin, who greeted Anaya at a function when he arrived a
fortnight ago: “Professor Anaya is recognised as one of the
world’s leading human rights advocates and legal scholars,”
Macklin enthused. “His advocacy and legal work on behalf of
Indigenous communities command worldwide attention. This is
an extraordinary opportunity for an honest and open
exchange of views and experiences.” ” Chris Graham

– News

National Indigenous Times:
UN Indigenous rights experts slams intervention as
“overtly discriminatory”
http://www.nit.com.au/story.aspx?id=18502
28 Aug 09: “A UN expert on Indigenous rights says the
ongoing intervention into remote Aboriginal communities in
the Northern Territory is overtly discriminatory and
Australia must tackle its “entrenched” racism. … He
[Professor Anaya] says NT intervention measures, including
compulsory income management and blanket bans on alcohol
and pornography, are “overtly discriminatory” and further
stigmatise already stigmatised communities. They’re
incompatible with various international conventions,
covenants, treaties and declarations, he said. … Prof
Anaya was also scathing of Labor’s insistence that housing
funds would only flow if Indigenous communities leased
their land to the government for 40 years.”

SMH: End culture of racism, says UN inspector
http://www.smh.com.au/national/end-culture-of-racism-says-un-inspector-20090827-f18d.html?skin=text-only
28 Aug 09: “COMPULSORY land takeovers, welfare quarantining
and forced alcohol and pornography bans must cease if
Australia’s ”broad-sweep” intervention is to comply with
international law, the United Nations says. The UN special
rapporteur on indigenous human rights, James Anaya,
yesterday gave a damning assessment of entrenched racism
that persisted in Australia, specifying measures in the
Northern Territory intervention.”

Canberra Times: UN flays ‘discriminatory’ NT intervention
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/national/national/general/un-flays-discriminatory-nt-intervention/1608368.aspx
28 Aug 09: “The UN’s special rapporteur on Indigenous
Rights, James Anaya, has savaged the Northern Territory
intervention as “clearly discriminatory” and “demeaning” to
indigenous people. … He said the Northern Territory
intervention breached two United Nations rights charters to
which Australia was a signatory, and the UN Declaration on
the Rights of Indigenous People.”

ABC: Intervention protects vulnerable: Macklin
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/08/28/2670036.htm?section=australia
28 Aug 09: “Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin has
defended the Northern Territory intervention as necessary
to protect the rights of vulnerable people, following
United Nations criticism it is racist.”

ABC: NT Govt brushes off UN’s intervention blast
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/08/28/2669997.htm
28 Aug 09: “The Northern Territory’s Acting Chief Minister,
Delia Lawrie, has rejected criticism of the intervention by
the United Nations special rapporteur. … Meanwhile,
Indigenous activist Barbara Shaw says the Federal
Government must stop the practice of income management in
Territory Indigenous communities.”

National Indigenous Times:
Abbott dubs Anaya an “armchair critic”
http://www.nit.com.au/breakingnews/story.aspx?id=18508
28 Aug 09: “A United Nations expert who described
intervention into remote Aboriginal communities in the
Northern Territory as discriminatory is an “armchair
critic”, opposition Indigenous affairs spokesman Tony
Abbott says.”

ABC: Brough dismisses UN intervention criticism
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/08/28/2669212.htm
28 Aug 09: “Mal Brough, the minister who oversaw the
Northern Territory intervention, has angrily dismissed
claims by a United Nations human rights expert that the
measures are overtly racist.”

Australian: Brough slams UN indigenous expert
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25992646-12377,00.html
28 Aug 09: “THE Howard Government minister who designed the
Northern Territory intervention policy in remote indigenous
communities has slammed a UN expert for suggesting the
program is overtly discriminatory.”

Australian: Howard ministers accuse UN observer Anaya of
putting rights before living standards
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25993055-5013871,00.html
28 Aug 09: “TWO former Howard government ministers have
accused a United Nations observer of putting rights before
living standards by alleging that the intervention into
remote Northern Territory communities is discriminatory.”

BBC: UN condemns Aboriginal treatment
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8223881.stm
27 Aug 09: “A senior United Nations human rights official
has criticised Australia’s measures to fight child abuse
and alcoholism in Aboriginal communities. Prof James Anaya
said the measures were discriminatory and stigmatised
indigenous people. He spoke after a tour of Aboriginal
townships prompted by complaints that the government
intervention was racist.”
[The same news item appeared in this Nigeria blog:
http://www.nigerianbestforum.com/blog/?p=22356 ]

New York Times:
U.N. Condemns ’07 Policy in Aboriginal Communities
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/28/world/asia/28briefs-Australiabrf.html?_r=1
27 Aug 09: “A senior United Nations official on Thursday
condemned Australia’s intervention in remote Aboriginal
communities in 2007, describing the measures as
discriminatory.”

Bloomberg: UN Says Indigenous Rights Undermined in Australia
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601081&sid=aB4oRJiGK6OA
27 Aug 09: “James Anaya, the UN special rapporteur on
indigenous human rights, called on the government to scrap
the so-called intervention policy in the Northern
Territory, under which welfare payments to Aborigines are
held by officials to ensure money is spent on food instead
of alcohol. “There is entrenched racism in Australia,”
Anaya told reporters in the capital, Canberra, after
visiting several Aboriginal townships in the past week.”

Reuters [US]: UN critical of Australian Aboriginal intervention
http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSTRE57Q16I20090827
27 Aug 09: “A senior United Nations official condemned on
Thursday Australia’s controversial intervention into remote
Aboriginal communities, describing the measures as
discriminatory and finding entrenched racism in Australia.”

VOANews.com [US]: UN Representative Criticizes Australia’s
Aboriginal Policies as Racist
http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-08-27-voa10.cfm
27 Aug 09: “A U.N. representative says Australia’s
intervention in dozens of troubled Aboriginal communities
is discriminatory and breaches the country’s international
human-rights obligations. The U.N. special investigator on
indigenous people, James Anaya, says that Aborigines in
Australia face entrenched racism.”

ABC: Indigenous intervention discriminatory: UN
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/08/27/2668915.htm?site=news
27 Aug 09: “The United Nations says Australia is breaching
its international human rights obligations by continuing
the Northern Territory intervention. The UN’s special
rapporteur on human rights and fundamental freedoms of
Indigenous people, Professor James Anaya, says the
intervention is also discriminatory and has urged the
Government to reinstate the Racial Discrimination Act.”

Breaking News 24/7: UN says racism entrenched in Australia
http://blog.taragana.com/n/un-says-racism-entrenched-in-australia-151103/
27 Aug 09: “James Anaya didn’t pull any punches after his
two-week visit of the country, saying the Rudd Government
should reinstate the Racial Discrimination Act in the
Northern Territory “right away” because the intervention
into remote Aboriginal communities is clearly
discriminatory.”

Breaking News 24/7: UN expert says Australia breached
Aborigines’ rights with measures mean to curb child abuse
http://blog.taragana.com/n/un-expert-says-australia-breached-aborigines-rights-with-measures-mean-to-curb-child-abuse-151056/
27 Aug 09: “Australia breached international obligations on
human and indigenous rights by imposing radical
restrictions on Aborigines during a crackdown on child
abuse in Outback communities, a United Nations expert said
Thursday.”

– Video

SBS World News: Intervention Attacked
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1078867/Brough-slams-UN-indigenous-expert#
28 Aug 09

ABC Lateline: UN labels Indigenous intervention racist
http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2008/s2669184.htm
27 Aug 09: “The United Nations has called the
Commonwealth’s intervention into Northern Territory
Indigenous communities racist, and says it breaches a
number of international treaties. At the same time,
Australia’s Social Justice Commissioner has unveiled his
proposal for a new Indigenous advisory body, a model that
attracted criticism of its own.”

– Background

WGAR News:
UN Expert visits Australia to report on Aboriginal Human Rights (18 Aug 09)
http://perth.indymedia.org/index.php?action=newswire&parentview=145907

WGAR News:
UN Expert James Anaya to examine NT Intervention (19 Aug 09)
http://perth.indymedia.org/index.php?action=newswire&parentview=145947

WGAR News:
UN Rapporteur visits Aboriginal communities (23 Aug 09)
http://indymedia.org.au/2009/08/23/wgar-news-un-rapporteur-visits-aboriginal-communities-23-aug-09

WGAR News:
Visit by UN Expert, James Anaya (26 Aug 09)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2009/08/26/wgar-news-intervention-walk-off-community-seeks-un-support-26-aug-09

ALYAWARRA PEOPLE SEEK UN REFUGEE STATUS:

– Background

Intervention walkoff’s Blog
http://interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com/

WGAR News:
Intervention Walk-off community seeks UN support (26 Aug 09)
http://indymedia.org.au/2009/08/26/wgar-news-intervention-walk-off-community-seeks-un-support-26-aug-09

– News

Asia One: Australian Aborigines seek ‘refugee’ status
http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20090826-163620.html
26 Aug 09: “A group of Aborigines from Australia’s desert
Outback have asked the United Nations to declare them
refugees in their own country, saying a military-led
crackdown has left them powerless.”

News Times [India]:
Australian aborigines demand UN refugee status
http://newstimes.in/world-news/australian-aborigines-demand-un-refugee-status/
26 Aug 09: “A group of Australian aborigines has requested
the United Nations to grant them refugee status. …
Richard Downs, a spokesman of the 4000-member Alyawarra
community in central Australia, said the request for
refugee status had been forwarded to James Anaya, the
United Nations special rapporteur on indigenous human
rights, when he was visiting Australia on a fact-finding
mission.”

AOL News Canada: Australia’s Aborigines request refugee status
http://news.aol.ca/article/australias-aborigines-request-refugee-status/697999/
26 Aug 09: “A group of 4,000 Australian Aborigines asked
the United Nations to grant them refugee status Wednesday,
saying that government-imposed measures to curb alcohol and
sexual abuse in their communities have made them outcasts
in their own country, according to Reuters.”

9 News: NT Aborigines seek UN refugee status
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/854674/nt-aborigines-seek-un-refugee-status
26 Aug 09: “Aborigines from central Australia are seeking
refugee status from the United Nations, claiming they have
been forced off their land and made to feel “helpless,
hopeless and worthless”. They say the federal intervention
into remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern
Territory has deprived them of basic human rights and
violated their ties to country.”

ABC: Aboriginal refugee claim ‘unlikely to succeed’
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/08/27/2668239.htm
27 Aug 09: “An expert in refugee and human rights law says
a group of Aboriginal people who have asked the United
Nations to register them as refugees within Australia are
unlikely to be successful.”

Reuters [US]: Australia Aborigines ask U.N. for refugee status
http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSTRE57P0BW20090826
25 Aug 09: “A group of Australian Aborigines asked the
United Nations Wednesday for refugee status, claiming
special emergency laws to curb alcohol and sexual abuse in
the remote outback have turned them into outcasts at home.”

PROPOSED NATIONAL INDIGENOUS BODY:

– Video

ABC 7.30 Report: Tom Calma joins The 7.30 Report
http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2009/s2669141.htm
27 Aug 09: “Australia may soon have a new peak Aboriginal
advisory body, a Congress of 128 members drawn from
communities and organisations around the nation to replace
ATSIC, which was discredited and axed by the Howard
government. Unlike ATSIC, the new congress with its own
ethics council would have no power to implement policy or
provide direct services to Aboriginal communities. The
body has been proposed by a review process headed by
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice
Commissioner Tom Calma, and was unveiled ironically on the
same day as a special UN rapporteur visited Australia has
trenchantly criticise the Northern Territory
intervention.”

SBS World News: Intervention Attacked
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1078867/Brough-slams-UN-indigenous-expert#
28 Aug 09
[Play video. Midway through there are comments by Tom Calma
and Michael Anderson on the proposed Indigenous body.]

– News

ABC Darwin: Anderson sceptical about post-ATSIC body
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/08/28/2669505.htm?site=darwin
28 Aug 09: “The former Northern Territory Indigenous policy
minister, Alison Anderson, says a plan for a new body to
represent Aboriginal people will have board members who do
not really understand the problems of people in remote
communities.”

ABC: Calma urges support for ATSIC replacement
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/08/27/2668710.htm?site=news
27 Aug 09: “A new organisation to represent Indigenous
people should be an independent private body headed by
elected representatives, the Federal Government has been
told.”

ABC: Fears of ATSIC ghost in new Indigenous body
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/08/27/2669178.htm?site=news
27 Aug 09: “Members of the Indigenous community have given
mixed reviews to a proposed national Indigenous body, with
many hoping the new council will usher in an era of
self-determination. But despite the Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Justice Commissioner Tom Calma’s promise
that the new body will be “radically different” from
anything seen in the past, the ghost of ATSIC still lurks.”

Australian: Cracks already in new indigenous council
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25987324-601,00.html
27 Aug 09: “MANY of the nation’s most recognised Aboriginal
leaders have had no input into the creation of a national
indigenous body, raising concerns that the new council will
fail to bridge the divide between urban and remote
indigenous communities.”

– Opinion

Coober Pedy Regional Times:
UN Visit – Tom Calma criticised by NSW Aboriginal leader
http://cooberpedyregionaltimes.wordpress.com/2009/08/27/un-visit-calma-criticised-by-nsw-aboriginal-leader/
27 Aug 09: “A NSW Aboriginal leader suggests that an
address by Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Social
Justice Commissioner, Tom Calma, today is timed to draw
attention away from one just after it by James Anaya, UN
Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights and
Fundamental Freedoms of Indigenous Peoples, to report on
his recent findings in Aboriginal communities.”

Australian: Indigenous body is not the main game
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25990685-16741,00.html
28 Aug 09: “Tom Calma’s proposed body ignores the real
challenges. TOM Calma’s blueprint for a new national
indigenous body is a victory for structure over substance.
The report presented to the federal government yesterday by
the Social Justice Commissioner has considerable detail
about how the body will be set up. But the missing piece
is what exactly this institution would really achieve at
this moment in Australian politics.”

Australian: Probity check for ‘new ATSIC’ as minister
fails to commit to seed money
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25991970-2702,00.html
28 Aug 09: “But plans for the body to be independent of the
government hit an early stumbling block, with Indigenous
Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin declining to commit funding
that would allow it to become financially self-sufficient.”
Nicola Berkovic and Stuart Rintoul

Australian: Body devoid of power and purpose
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25991987-7583,00.html
28 Aug 09: “AMIDST clouds of dewy rhetoric, Social Justice
Commissioner Tom Calma yesterday proposed, from the podium
of the National Press Club, what the Labor federal
government will happily accept – a national Aboriginal
representative body without power, without obvious purpose,
full of modish features and non-traditional aspects.”
Nicolas Rothwell

OTHER ABORIGINAL ARTICLES:

– News

ABC: Release Aboriginal housing report now: CLP
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/08/27/2668397.htm?site=news
27 Aug 09: “The Northern Territory Opposition says the
Government must immediately release a report into a major
Indigenous housing program. The report into the Strategic
Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program is now
overdue. The authors are looking into concerns much of the
$672 million allocated is being sucked up by
administrative and ancillary costs.”