21/11/2009: VISIT TO AUSTRALIA BY AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL SECRETARY GENERAL IRENE KHAN

Contents:
Visit to Australia by Amnesty International Secretary General
Government progress report on the NT Intervention
Upcoming NT Intervention Protests
Other NT Intervention Articles
Other Aboriginal Articles

VISIT TO AUSTRALIA BY AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL SECRETARY GENERAL:

– News

National Indigenous Times: Indigenous poverty as
‘morally outrageous’ as torture: Amnesty head
http://www.nit.com.au/story.aspx?id=19020
19 Nov 09: “The poverty experienced by many Aboriginal
people is as morally reprehensible as torture and must be
eradicated, Amnesty International secretary-general Irene
Khan says. In Australia for a week-long visit, Ms Khan has
also called on the Rudd government to end the
discriminatory measures of the Northern Territory
intervention into remote Indigenous communities. They were
“stigmatising and disempowering an already marginalised
people”, she said.”

Koori Mail: Amnesty criticises intervention
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
18 Nov 09: “AMNESTY International says it’s ‘morally
repugnant’ that many Indigenous people live in poverty in a
country as rich as Australia. In Canberra today, the human
rights agency’s Secretary General Irene Khan described
compulsory income quarantining under the NT intervention as
‘a blunt instrument’ that unnecessarily pitted one set of
human rights against another, and said the Federal
Government was not genuinely engaging with Indigenous
people.”

ABC: ‘Tide of human tragedy’ affecting Aborigines
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/11/18/2746678.htm
18 Nov 09: “The Secretary-General of Amnesty International
has criticised the Federal Government for its failure to
lift Aboriginal people out of dire poverty. Irene Khan says
she is appalled by conditions in the remote Aboriginal
communities she recently visited in the Northern Territory.
She says the human rights of Aboriginal people are being
violated.”

Rollback the Intervention: Latest News
[scroll down page] http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/
16 Nov 09: “Members of IRAG [Intervention Rollback Action
Group] met with Irene Khan, Secretary General of Amnesty
International, and the Amnesty team. Ms Khan was presented
with a book of the statements collected over the past year
from Aboriginal people attending convergences and
gatherings, from individual Aboriginal people, and other
relevant statements. Information was also given verbally on
people’s experiences under the NT Intervention. Amnesty has
a strong commitment to ensuring the Racial Discrimination
Act is reinstated and that any special measures comply with
Australia’s international obligations.”

National Indigenous Times: INTERVENTION TALES:
Amnesty head shocked by conditions in Central Australia
http://www.nit.com.au/story.aspx?id=19003
16 Nov 09: “The Secretary General of Amnesty International
[Irene Khan] has likened conditions in Central Australia to
the poorest parts of Africa and Asia, and described the gap
between rich and poor in this country as the most stark
she’s even seen. … The 2006 Sydney Peace Prize winner is
in Australia this week as part of a campaign by Amnesty
International to urge the Rudd government to reinstate the
Racial Discrimination Act to the Northern Territory
emergency intervention legislation. Her trip includes a
meeting with the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny
Macklin in Canberra tomorrow (Tuesday), and an address to
the National Press Club later in the week.”

ABC: Shocking conditions in Utopia: Amnesty
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/11/16/2744056.htm?section=australia
16 Nov 09: “Irene Khan visited the Utopia region yesterday
to assess the impact of government policies, such as the
Northern Territory Emergency Response. She says
intervention policies such as the suspension of the Racial
Discrimination Act are contributing to Aboriginal poverty
in Central Australia.”

– Audio

ABC PM: Amnesty condemns NT intervention
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2009/s2746696.htm
18 Nov 09: “The Secretary General of Amnesty International
[Irene Khan] has met the Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny
Macklin in Canberra to tell her of Amnesty’s condemnation
of the Northern Territory intervention. … From our
Canberra studio this afternoon, Irene Khan told me that
she’d seen Jenny Macklin after visiting the Aboriginal
community at Utopia in the Northern Territory.”

Rollback the Intervention: Audio
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/audio-recordings/
“November 15 2009: Barkly Shire President Rosalie
Kunoth-Monks opens session with Amnesty International
secretary general Irene Khan at Utopia , NT (5 mins)”

– Action

Amnesty International Australia:
The unheard truth in the heart of Australia
http://www.amnesty.org.au/action/action/22132/
19 Nov 09: ” “In the heart of this first world I found
scenes more reminiscent of the third world. That Indigenous
peoples experience human rights violations on a continent
of such privilege is not merely disheartening, it is
morally outrageous. The moral imperative to eradicate such
poverty is no less an imperative on government than to
eliminate torture.” Irene Khan … This was the reaction of
Amnesty International Secretary General Irene Khan upon her
visit to the Utopia Homelands last week.”

GOVERNMENT PROGRESS REPORT ON THE NT INTERVENTION:

– Background

WGAR News: NT Intervention:
Government progress report on the NT Intervention (15 Nov 09)
[scroll down page] http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=148730

– Opinion

Green Left: Gov’t report condemns NT intervention
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2009/818/42045
18 Nov 09: “The Northern Territory Emergency Response, a
“tough love” government intervention into remote NT
Aboriginal communities, has been renamed by the federal ALP
government. Its official name is now “Closing the Gap NT”.
However, a new government progress report on the
intervention has revealed it’s causing the huge gap between
Aboriginal people and non-Aboriginal people to widen.”
Peter Robson

National Indigenous Times:
THE POINTED VIEW: Spin over substance in intervention report
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/story.aspx?id=18967
12 Nov 09: “The Minister for Indigenous Affair’s take on
“evidence-based” policy is concerning, writes LARISSA
BEHRENDT*. There is no doubt that this Minister of
Indigenous Affairs is good at spin. She has deflected all
range of policy failures with the trite phrase, “I just
care about women and children”. … The Minister has a
tendency to spin what she claims are positive outcomes from
the Northern Territory intervention.” Larissa Behrendt,
Professor of Law at the University of Technology, Sydney

National Indigenous Times:
TERRITORY TALKIN’: News from a flailed state
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/story.aspx?id=18961
12 Nov 09: “It’s unlike Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny
Macklin to hide her light under a bushel, but TT can’t help
noticing that an intervention review report has been posted
on the FaHCSIA website without the usual drum-roll and
fanfare of trumpets. And it’s not even called the
‘intervention review’ anymore, having morphed into the
warmer and cuddlier title of ‘Closing the Gap in the
Northern Territory’. “Why is it so?” Julius Sumner Miller
would doubtless have wanted to know.” Graham Ring

UPCOMING NT INTERVENTION PROTESTS:

Stop the Intervention
[scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
“Ralley Thursday, 26 November 2009
12:30 pm @ FaHCSIA office, 280 Elizabeth Street, Sydney
(near Central)
Unconditionally restore the Racial Discrimination Act:
Racism is not a special measure”

Rollback the Intervention: Upcoming Events
[scroll down page] http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/
“13 February 2010 “SORRY IS NOT ENOUGH”
National Day of Action
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Byron Bay,
Alice Springs, Darwin, Perth
2nd Anniversary of the Apology to the Stolen Generations
Still no compensation
Still a racist NT Intervention
Still Deaths in Custody
Less jobs, more imprisonment for Aboriginal people”

Stop the Intervention
[scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
“Request for endorsement of protests on February 13, 2010
On the 13th of February 2010, Stop the Intervention
Collective Sydney (STICS) is organising a protest as part
of a national day of action against the NT Intervention and
for Aboriginal rights.”

Stop the Intervention
[scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
“Statement by representatives from “prescribed communities”
A call for protests on February 13, 2010
Macklin breaks another promise – Racism is not a “special
measure” “

OTHER NT INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– Background on the Northern Territory Intervention

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Northern Territory National Emergency Response
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Territory_intervention

interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com
stoptheintervention.org
rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com
wgar.info

– Radio

CAAMA Radio News AM
(Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association):
http://caama.com.au/radio/caama-radio-news-am-19-11-09/
19 Nov 09: “The Racial Discrimination act will not be
reinstated in the Northern Territory this year.”

– News

ABC Alice Springs: 2010 vote for Racial Discrimination Act
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/11/19/2747046.htm?site=alicesprings
19 Nov 09: “The Federal Government will not reinstate the
Racial Discrimination Act in the Northern Territory this
year. The former government suspended the laws as part of
the Northern Territory intervention. Indigenous Affairs
Minister Jenny Macklin plans to introduce legislation next
week to reinstate the Racial Discrimination Act – but it
will not be voted on until next year.”

National Indigenous Times:
Aboriginal woman appointed NT anti-discrimination commissioner
http://www.nit.com.au/breakingNews/story.aspx?id=19015
18 Nov 09: “An Aboriginal woman will serve as
Anti-Discrimination Commissioner of the Northern Territory
for the first time. NT Attorney-General Delia Lawrie on
Tuesday named Patricia Miller to the position, after several
days of controversy and speculation surrounding the
appointment. … In the role, Dr Miller said she would play
an important part in the reinstatement and enforcement of
the national Racial Discrimination Act.”

National Indigenous Times:
Dodson wants an end to income management
http://www.nit.com.au/breakingNews/story.aspx?id=19016
18 Nov 09: “COMPULSORY income management is doing nothing
to improve the wellbeing of Aborigines in Northern
Territory communities, indigenous leader Mick Dodson says.
The Australian of the Year says the measure, one of the
more extreme elements of Federal intervention, has the
capacity to do enormous damage. “Especially when it’s
targeted at Aboriginal people,” he told a national welfare
conference in Canberra on Tuesday.”

Australian: Housing reviews remain secret
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/in-depth/aboriginal-australia/housing-reviews-remain-secret/story-e6frgd9f-1225798395092
17 Nov 09: “THE Northern Territory government has rejected
the need for public scrutiny of the crisis-plagued
Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Project,
refusing to release its external reviews into the first
stage of the Aboriginal housing program.”

Australian: Home scheme falling short
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/home-scheme-falling-short/story-e6frg6nf-1225798010325
16 Nov 09: “FOUR out of five proposed renovations to houses
in several central Australian communities have been
scrapped because of cost blowouts in the crisis-ridden $672
million Aboriginal housing program, which is yet to build a
single house.”

ABC: Indigenous kids’ lung problems ‘not followed-up’
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/11/16/2743718.htm
16 Nov 09: “A senior Northern Territory doctor says the
federal intervention documented serious lung problems in
thousands of Indigenous children but not enough resources
have been provided to follow-up the issue.”

National Indigenous Times:
TWO WORLDS: Power to the forgotten people
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=19001
12 Nov 09: “NIT editor-at-large CHRIS GRAHAM* has been
travelling through Central Australia, reporting on the NT
intervention. You won’t believe what he found.”

OTHER ABORIGINAL ARTICLES:

– Research Monograph

Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research:
Power, Culture, Economy: Indigenous Australians and Mining
http://www.anu.edu.au/caepr/Publications/mono/2009RM30.php
“Jon Altman and David Martin (Eds)
Research Monograph 30 / 2009″

– Opinion

National Indigenous Times:
NIT FORUMS: Restoring identity before it’s too late
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/story.aspx?id=18966
12 Nov 09: “Governments must get serious about providing
proper reparations to members of the Stolen Generations,
writes VAVAA MAWULI*.” Vavaa Mawuli, a senior solicitor in
the Indigenous Justice Program at the Public Interest
Advocacy Centre

– News

National Indigenous Times:
Last bomb testing land to be returned to traditional owners
http://www.nit.com.au/breakingNews/story.aspx?id=19013
18 Nov 09: “The final section of the former British
Maralinga nuclear test site in South Australia is to be
handed back to its traditional owners. The state government
on Tuesday introduced legislation to parliament to allow
for Section 400, an area of 3,100 square kilometres, to be
returned to the Maralinga Tjarutja people.”

National Indigenous Times: Freddo charges against
Aboriginal 12-year-old likely to be dropped
http://www.nit.com.au/story.aspx?id=19011
18 Nov 09: “A 12-year-old Aboriginal boy charged with
receiving a chocolate Freddo Frog is almost certain to have
charges against him withdrawn following the intervention of
the West Australian police commissioner. The boy, who
appeared on Monday in Northam Children’s Court, east of
Perth, has indicated he will plead not guilty to counts of
receiving a Freddo Frog and a novelty sign, allegedly
stolen from stores in the area.”

National Indigenous Times:
Healthy food needed on outback shelves: report finds
http://www.nit.com.au/breakingNews/story.aspx?id=19010
17 Nov 09: “More can and must be done to ensure community
stores in remote Aboriginal communities are providing fresh
and healthy food at a reasonable cost, an inquiry has
found. Heart disease, diabetes, kidney failure and obesity
are major problems in Indigenous communities nationwide.
But a federal inquiry into outback stores, tabled in
federal parliament on Monday, has found fresh produce in
remote locations is 20 per cent more expensive than in
cities.”

Croakey: Is the NT leading the way in primary health care
reform and Indigenous health partnerships?
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/croakey/2009/11/11/is-nt-leading-the-way-in-primary-health-care-reform-and-indigenous-health-partnerships/
11 Nov 09: “The launch on Remembrance Day of Pathways to
community control was a poignant moment for Stephanie Bell,
chairperson of AMSANT [Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance
Northern Territory]. For the first time, the Commonwealth
and a “state” government—the Northern Territory—had reached
an agreement with the Aboriginal Community Controlled
health sector to expand community-controlled primary health
care across a whole jurisdiction.”


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