Archive for March, 2010


Posted in NEWSLETTER on 28/03/2010 by D

Nuclear Waste Dump in NT, Australia
Close the Gap day
NT Intervention Articles
Other Aboriginal Articles


– Background

Beyond Nuclear Initiative’s weblog:
“This site is a snapshot of current nuclear free campaigns
in Australia, particularly focusing on the proposal for a
federal radioactive waste dump in the Northern Territory.”

WGAR News: Nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory (2 Mar 10)

WGAR News: Muckaty Station Nuclear Waste Dump (20 Mar 10)

– Funding Appeal

Beyond Nuclear Initiative’s weblog:
Funding appeal: Support needed for Muckaty Traditional
Owners to attend Senate Inquiry.
24 Mar 10: “A public appeal is being launched to raise
funds for Muckaty Traditional Owners to attend a Senate
Inquiry hearing in Darwin on April 12. The Legal and
Constitutional Affairs Committee is considering the
recently tabled National Radioactive Waste Management Bill
2010, which identifies an area in the Muckaty Land Trust as
the only site to be initially considered for a radioactive
waste dump. The Senate Inquiry has decided it will not take
evidence in Tennant Creek, despite the town being home to
many Muckaty Traditional Owners and concerned community
[Includes details of how people can make tax deductible

CAAMA Radio News
(Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association):
25 Mar 10: “Public appeal against the proposed Muckaty
waste dump.”

Koori Mail: Funds needed for Muckaty TOs
[scroll down page]
24 Mar 10: “DONATIONS are being sought to help Muckaty
Traditional Owners attend a Senate Inquiry hearing in
Darwin on April 12. The inquiry is examining the National
Radioactive Waste Management Bill 2010, which identifies an
area in the Muckaty Land Trust for a radioactive waste
dump. Donations can be made through the Arid Lands
Environment Centre in Alice Springs.”

– Opinion

National Indigenous Times:
TERRITORY TALKIN’:Dumping on Muckaty station
18 Mar 10: “Muckaty station, the proposed site for
Australia’s first purpose-built radioactive storage
facility is located 120 kilometres north of Tennant Creek
in what turns out to be a very interesting geo-political
position. Although situated a good deal closer to the
Central Land Council (CLC) base of operations in Alice
Springs, this country is managed on behalf of the
traditional owners by the Darwin-based Northern Land
Council (NLC).” Graham Ring, an NIT columnist based in Darwin

– News

ABC: ETU slams nuclear waste dump plan
27 Mar 10: “The Electrical Trades Union is seeking to ban
its members from contributing to the proposed nuclear waste
dump in Central Australia. The ETU used its Northern
Territory delegates conference in Darwin yesterday to
discuss the union’s concerns about the proposed nuclear
waste site.”

The Guardian – The Worker’s Weekly: N-dump anger
24 Mar 10: “Opposition is mounting against a proposal to
site a national radioactive dump at Muckaty Station in the
Northern Territory despite the Northern Land Council (NLC)
insisting it has the support of traditional owners.
Meetings, protests and angry statements have been the
fall-out since a recent announcement by Federal Resources
Minister Martin Ferguson … ” Darren Coyne

ABC: Dump hearing snub a ‘slap in the face’
22 Mar 10: “Tennant Creek residents are angry with the
decision not to hold local public hearings on the proposed
nuclear waste dump for Muckaty Station. The Senate
committee in charge of the inquiry into the Federal
Government’s proposed site has opted to conduct hearings in
Darwin and Canberra.”

National Indigenous Times:
No sacred sites harmed by nuke dump: NLC
18 Mar 10: “A Northern Land Council (NLC) report into the
proposed Northern Territory nuclear waste dump says there
are no sacred sites involved and the traditional owners
overwhelmingly agree to its use as a nuclear repository.”


– News

National Indigenous Times:
Rudd has to make right approach to health
on Close the Gap day: Indigenous leaders
25 Mar 10: “Aboriginal leaders are calling on the Rudd
government not to take its foot off the pedal in the drive
to improve health outcomes for Indigenous Australians. The
Close the Gap coalition has organised hundreds of events in
workplaces and schools on Thursday to “celebrate” progress
in closing the life expectancy gap between black and white

ABC: Day focuses on closing Indigenous health gap
25 Mar 10: “One of the leaders of the campaign to ‘Close
the Gap’ on Indigenous disadvantage says progress has been
made over the past few years. More than 30,000 people are
expected to take part in the fourth annual national Close
the Gap Day, focusing on improving health outcomes for
Indigenous people.”

ABC: Australia starting to Close the Gap: Calma
25 Mar 10: “Campaign co-chairman Tom Calma acknowledges
there have been funding boosts for Indigenous health
services in recent years, but says more is needed. “We’re
all starting to face in the right direction and starting to
walk in the right direction,” he said.”

IBTHealth: Indigenous health must stay a top priority
25 Mar 10: “Rudd government has been called by Aboriginal
leaders, to make health improvements for Indigenous
Australians, a top priority. On Thurday, the Close the Gap
coalition, – made up of 40 health and advocacy groups – has
organized hundreds of events in schools and workplaces to
“celebrate” progress in closing the life expectancy gap
between black and white Australia.”

ABC: Indigenous issues in the spotlight
24 Mar 10: “The Berri Barmera Council is hosting an event
in Berri tomorrow as part of National Close the Gap Day,
aimed at raising awareness about Indigenous issues,
including life expectancy.”

Coff’s Coast Advocate: Pledge to close the gap
22 Mar 10: “GALAMBILA Aboriginal Health Services and Coffs
Harbour City Council are hosting a Close the Gap
information day. The Health Service staff is alarmed at the
17-year life expectancy gap between indigenous and Torres
Straight Islanders and other Australians.”

– Media Release

Greens: Govt must make Aboriginal health a top priority
to Close the Gap
25 Mar 10: “The Australian Greens believe National Close
the Gap Day is a good opportunity for the federal
government to put Aboriginal health at the centre of its
health plan for the nation, saying this must happen if we
are ever going to close the gap between Aboriginal and
non-Aboriginal Australians. “Aboriginal health was
glaringly absent from this weeks’ health debate between
Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott, and is also missing from the
PM’s plans to reshape the health system,” said Senator
Rachel Siewert, Greens health & Aboriginal issues

– Opinion

Medical News Today:
Closing The Indigenous Health Gap
– Time To Get It Right, Australia
25 Mar 10: “AMA President, Dr Andrew Pesce, said today that
Close the Gap Day is a timely reminder for the Government
to get active in developing a comprehensive national plan
to achieve Indigenous health equality within a generation.
Close the Gap Day is this year highlighting the urgent need
for the Government’s plan to close the Indigenous health
gap in genuine partnership with Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander peoples.”

Online Opinion: The Gap we really need to close
25 Mar 10: “Today marks National Close the Gap day.
Thousands of Australians will come together to show support
for Closing the Gap. As we do this, and reflect on the
day’s theme “Let’s Get it Right”, we need to ask ourselves,
what does it really mean to “Close the Gap”?” Brigid Trenerry

Croakey – the Crikey health blog:
Tens of thousands predicted for Close the Gap Day events
23 Mar 10: “Strangely enough, Indigenous health didn’t
feature much, if at all, in today’s Rudd Vs Abbott debate.
Meanwhile, Thursday is National Close the Gap Day, and
thanks to Tom Calma, Co-Chair of the Close the Gap Steering
Committee, for this report.”

National Indigenous Times:
YOUR SAY: A letter to the PM
18 Mar 10: “Dear Mr Rudd, I invite you to close your own
people’s gap; the one called racism. I invite you to talk
earnestly, sincerely and effectively to them and tell them
that the racial divide in our country of Australia must and
will come to an end. … Phill Moncrieff”

National Indigenous Times:
THE BIG READ: The grass is always greener…
18 Mar 10: “After spending several months travelling around
Central Australia, CHRIS GRAHAM* is convinced that the way
to “Close the Gap” is to get rid of government.”

– Radio

CAAMA Radio News
(Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association):
26 Mar 10: “Peak health bodies are calling on new services
from the Rudd Government to ‘Close the Gap’.”


– Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Northern Territory National Emergency Response

STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney):

Intervention walk-off’s Blog:

IRAG (Intervention Rollback Action Group):

WGAR (Working Group for Aboriginal Rights):

– News

Indigenous Groups Still Say No to Gov’t ‘Help’
25 Mar 10: “”We don’t want to have any part of this. We
want to move out of it so we have a bit of freedom and be
able to determine our own future,” says Richard Downs, an
elder of the Alyawarra people of central Australia.”

NT News: Success at last for troubled program
23 Mar 10: “THE troubled SIHIP program has had its first
successes on the Tiwi Islands, with three families moving
in to their new houses. The three new homes join two houses
at Wadeye as the only new houses completed in more than two
years of the $672 million Strategic Indigenous Housing and
Infrastructure Program.”

ABC: New cards for people on welfare restrictions
22 Mar 10: “Welfare recipients who have their payments
quarantined will not be able to spend the money unless they
have a new card by the beginning of July. Basics cards are
being used among Indigenous welfare recipients in parts of
the Northern Territory, Queensland’s Cape York and areas of
Western and South Australia.”

SMH: Not helping them back on their feet
20 Mar 10: “Many say Labor’s plan to introduce compulsory
income management will do more harm than good, writes
Adele Horin.”

National Indigenous Times:
Nothing has changed in NT: Straight Talk
18 Mar 10: “Not much has changed in Jocelyn Uibo’s remote
Northern Territory community over the past few years except
an increase in the price of milk. In fact, the 30-year-old
from the Numbulwar community in southeast Arnhem Land says
the federal intervention has stalled progress in areas like


– News

National Indigenous Times:
Court dismisses SA government appeal against Trevorrow case
22 Mar 10: “The South Australian government has been urged
to set up a scheme to compensate properly members of the
Stolen Generations after a court rejected an appeal against
the first payout. The Full Court of the Supreme Court today
unanimously dismissed the government’s appeal against the
$775,000 compensation judgment … “

– Opinion

National Indigenous Times:
BLACK CURRENT: Cruel intentions disguised as good
18 Mar 10: “AMY MCQUIRE* reports on how good intentions are
perhaps the most dangerous of all. … I don’t think “good
intentions” can be used to excuse policies that created the
Stolen Generations or the British child migrants. If past
Australian governments truly had the best intentions for
the welfare of these children in mind, they would have
stopped and taken time to reassess whether it was doing

– Radio

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane
Let’s Talk – Indigenous presented talkback:
23 Mar 10: “Maurie Ryan – Karen Dorante spoke with First
Nations Political Party Founder, Maurie Ryan. They spoke
about Aboriginal People in Political Parties, Indigenous
Rep Body and on Indigenous Affairs Issues.”
Listen to this interview on-line:


Posted in NEWSLETTER on 20/03/2010 by D

– Background
– Audio from Public meeting
– Senate Submissions
– Media Releases
– Senate Debates
– Analysis and/or Opinion
– News

– Background

Beyond Nuclear Initiative’s weblog:
“This site is a snapshot of current nuclear free campaigns
in Australia, particularly focusing on the proposal for a
federal radioactive waste dump in the Northern Territory.”

WGAR News: Nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory (2 Mar 10)

– Audio from Public meeting

Beyond Nuclear Initiative’s weblog: New audio uploaded
6 Mar 10: “Audio from the public meeting in Tennant Creek
(held Wednesday March 3) about the Muckaty radioactive
waste dump is now uploaded on the audio page- click here”
[Includes audio of:
* Bunny Napurula-Muckaty Traditional Owner,
* Doris Nakamarra Kelly-Muckaty Traditional Owner,
* Minister Gerry McCarthy-MLA Barkly (NT Government),
* Senator Scott Ludlam,
* Richard Downs-Alyawarr Walk Off Spokesperson,
* Barbara Shaw-Intervention Rollback Action Group,
* Dianne Nampin Stokes-Muckaty Traditional Owner]

– Senate Submissions

Parliament of Australia: Senate:
Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee:
National Radioactive Waste Management Bill 2010
Submissions received by the Committee

– Media Releases

Greens MPs:
Government rediscovers secret report on Muckaty waste dump
15 Mar 10: “The Federal Government has admitted it has
possession of a secret anthropological report which
provides the foundation and sole basis for the nomination
of Muckaty Station, near Tennant Creek, as the most likely
site for a radioactive waste dump.”

Greens MPs:
D-Day for Ferguson to produce Muckaty waste dump documents
11 Mar 10: “The Senate has ordered the Federal Government
to finally release documents relating to the secret
contract which paved the way for a radioactive waste dump
to be built at Muckaty Station near Tennant Creek.”

Statement from the Alyawarr walk-off camp
re NLC support for a Nuclear Waste Dump at Muckaty
4 Mar 10: “To Kim Hill, Chairman of the NLC: In your recent
press statements, you say consultation has been carried out
with traditional leaders of Muckaty station who approve of
a nuclear waste dump site to go ahead. Yet there are other
Aboriginal leaders, elders and family’s voices who are
against the proposal not being heard. They have been
completely shut out of any consultation.”

Northern Land Council:
Ngapa traditional owner Amy Lauder welcomes new legislation
3 Mar 10: “Muckaty Station traditional owner Amy Lauder has
welcomed last week’s tabling of the National Radioactive
Waste Management Bill in Federal Parliament. … Ngapa
Elder Ms Lauder today met with Federal Resources Minister
Martin Ferguson in Darwin, re-iterating her wish that Ngapa
land at Muckaty Station be considered as a potential site
for a nuclear waste repository.”

Northern Land Council:
NLC welcome Radioactive Waste Management law
23 Feb 10: “The Northern Land Council (NLC) welcomes
Minister Ferguson’s announcement today that the National
Radioactive Waste Management Bill 2010 will be tabled in
Federal Parliament later this week. The NLC also welcomes
the Minister’s announcement that the Ngapa nomination of
land at Muckaty Station will be preserved and the existing
site nomination deed honoured.”

– Senate Debates Muckaty Station: 15 Mar 2010: Senate debates
15 Mar 10: “This is not some obscure document; this is the
foundation upon which the entire case of the Muckaty
nomination rests. It is an anthropological study conducted
on behalf of the Northern Land Council that identifies a
number of people as the only ones who are able to comment
in regard to the Muckaty lands, where the Commonwealth
still proposes to dump radioactive waste. We are not able
to review those ideas or any of the material that is
contained there because it has never been made public.”
Scott Ludlam (WA, Australian Greens)

– Analysis and/or Opinion

NT News: Political cowardice
17 Mar 10: “THE decision by the Senate to hold hearings
into the nuclear waste dump in Canberra and Darwin but not
Tennant Creek is an act of political cowardice. Muckaty
Station, 120km north of the Outback town, may – or may not
be – as good a place as any to build the depository. But
the people who live in Tennant and nearby surely have a
right to have their say.”

Tennant & District Times: Time to make a stand
12 Mar 10: “Last week Richard Downs, spokesperson for the
Alyawarr Walk Off Camp, wrote to the Northern Land Council
Chairman, Kim Hill, regarding the consultation process
which eventuated in the nomination of Muckaty Station as
the site for a nuclear dump. This is what he wrote: … “

ABC Darwin: What will be stored at Muckaty?
10 Mar 10: “We’ve heard that medical waste will be stored
at an Australian radioactive waste dump, either at Muckaty
station or wherever else a site is chosen. But spent
nuclear fuel rods, which are of a higher level of
radioactivity, will also be stored in any waste dump that’s

Chris White Online: Oppose nuclear dump
8 Mar 10: “Minister Ferguson is going ahead despite the
nomination of the Muckaty site is highly contested. The
Senate is now receiving submissions. It is essential that
the Senate Committee pay due respects to the Traditional
Owners by travelling to Tennant Creek to take evidence from
them directly. The nomination of the Muckaty site by the
Northern Land Council was highly controversial and is
strongly contested by many Traditional Owners.”

anthropologyworks: A heresy is occurring in Australia
6 Mar 10: “Muckaty station sits above an ancient aquifer
which is used by both the aborigines for drinking water and
white station owners to water their cattle. … Long-lived
carcinogenic isotopes will inevitably leak into underground
water systems, bio-concentrate in food chains and over
generations induce cancer, genetic disease and congenital
deformities in humans, animals and plants. A dismal prospect
indeed for Australia’s future.” Helen Caldicott

NT News Editorial: Shafted over nuke dump
5 Mar 10: “TRADITIONAL owners have finally woken up to the
fact that they are being shafted by the Federal Government
over the nuclear waste dump.”

– News

ABC: Waste dump debate a ‘health issue’
18 Mar 10: “The Senate committee in charge of the inquiry
into the Federal Government’s proposed nuclear waste dump
legislation is expected to decide today whether to visit
Tennant Creek. The inquiry has received more than 200

Trading Room:
NT Labor MP opposes Muckaty station for nuclear dump
18 Mar 10: “A Northern Territory Labor MP has broken ranks
to oppose the use of the NT’s Muckaty Station to store
nuclear waste. Damian Hale, the Labor member for Solomon,
says he does not want the nuclear waste dump to be located
at Muckaty Station, 120km north of Tennant Creek.”

ABC Rural: Senate inquiry should go to Tennant Creek: pastoralist
16 Mar 10: “The inquiry will host hearings in Darwin and
Canberra, but not Tennant Creek which is only 120
kilometres south of Muckaty Station, currently the only
site on the table for a waste dump.”

ABC: Release study on Muckaty: Greens
16 Mar 10: “The Greens say they are puzzled as to why the
Federal Government tried to claim it had not seen an
anthropological study for a region that is the likely site
for a proposed national nuclear waste dump.”

ABC: Senators urged to visit planned waste dump site
15 Mar 10: “The Greens say a Senate inquiry into the
Federal Government’s proposed radioactive waste management
legislation will not visit the site of the proposed dump.”

NT News: Long trek for locals to be at dump talks
15 Mar 10: “TENNANT Creek locals and traditional owners
will have to travel to Darwin or Canberra if they want to
appear at the Senate Inquiry into new laws for a
radioactive waste dump.”

new media: tony serve blogs: Australian Greens blast Labor
over no waste dump hearing in Central Australia
14 Mar 10: “Greens blast Labor over no waste dump hearing
in Central Australia. The Federal Government is trying to
silence the Tennant Creek community with its decision not
to bring a radioactive waste dump inquiry to Central
Australia, the Australian Greens say.”

ABC: Earthquake fears over nuclear dump site
12 Mar 10: “Reports into the suitability of the site chosen
by the Federal Government for a nuclear waste dump say more
scientific investigation is needed into the threat of
earthquakes around the Tennant Creek region. A Greens
Senate motion has forced the Federal Government to release
eight reports and two reviews into the possible sites for a
nuclear waste dump.”

Weekly Times Now: Nuclear waste dump likely
9 Mar 10: “THE Northern Territory is set to house a
national radioactive waste dump, after the federal
coalition resolved to support government legislation.”

ABC: Coalition to support nuclear waste dump
9 Mar 10: “The Federal Opposition has confirmed it will
support the Government’s plan for a nuclear waste dump in
the Northern Territory. Muckaty Station, about 100
kilometres north of Tennant Creek, is the only site under
consideration for the proposed national radioactive waste

SBS World News Australia: Nuclear waste dump plan for NT
9 Mar 10: “The Northern Territory is set to house a
national radioactive waste dump, after the federal
coalition resolved to support government legislation.
Opposition energy spokesman Nick Minchin said the coalition
had long recognised the need for a central repository, but
when in government, had its efforts frustrated by state
Labor governments.”

Solidarity: Radioactive racism: Labor’s NT waste dump
Mar 10: “On Wednesday March 3, 150 people packed a
community hall in Tennant Creek for a protest meeting
against the imposition of a nuclear waste dump on the
Muckaty Aboriginal Land Trust, 100 kilometres north of the
town. There was a strong mood of defiance. Local people
feel deeply betrayed by the Rudd government.” Paddy Gibson

Tennant & District Times:
Federal minister snubs nuke dump resistance
5 Mar 10: ““YOU know I’m not going to Tennant Creek,”
Federal Resources Minister Martin Ferguson snorted through
the airwaves. … “

NT News: Tennant Creek locals gather to talk nuclear waste
5 Mar 10: “SPEAKERS travelled thousands of kilometres to
address residents of the Territory town at the centre of
the national nuclear waste dump debate this week. The
Tennant Creek public meeting at the CWA Hall was attended
by more than 150 people on Wednesday night.”

ABC: Snowdon confirms pro-nuclear dump vote
5 Mar 10: “The federal Labor Member for Lingiari, Warren
Snowdon, says he will vote for new legislation which will
override the Northern Territory’s power to block a nuclear
waste dump.”

ABC Alice Springs: ‘Dismayed’: nuclear dump concerns raised
4 Mar 10: “More than 100 people have attended a public
meeting in Tennant Creek about a proposed nuclear waste
dump near the Northern Territory town.”


Posted in NEWSLETTER on 19/03/2010 by D

New NT Intervention laws that extend income management
Speeches from Opening of Protest House
Damaging Health impacts of NT Intervention
Other NT Intervention Articles


– Background

Parliament of Australia: Senate Community Affairs Committee
Inquiry into Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment …
[Includes: Submissions received by the Committee;
Documents Tabled at hearings; Additional Information received]

Stop the Intervention: Racial Discrimination Act – New Legislation

WGAR News: New NT Intervention laws that extend welfare quarantining (12 Feb 10)

– Public Forum

Stop the Intervention: STICS Public Forum:
Welfare Quarantining and the Racial Discrimination Act
– what will Macklin’s new Intervention laws mean?
[scroll down page]
“Monday, 29th March 2010, 6pm
Teachers Club, Ground Floor, Teachers Federation,
22-33 Mary St, Surry Hills [Sydney]
Speakers include:
* Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson for
Aboriginal affairs.
* The Hon Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC, former Chief Justice
of the Family Court, who prepared the “Will they be heard?”
Report which exposed the government’s so-called
“consultation process” with ‘prescribed’ Aboriginal
communities in the NT.”

– Analysis and/or Opinion

Stop the Intervention:
Notes and Comment by Prof. Nicholson
“Conclusion: This is disappointing legislation which
perpetuates the paternalism and racial discrimination
inherent in the NTER. It is a disturbing extension of
bureaucratic powers and the power of the executive over
welfare recipients and seems to reflect a philosophy more
in tune with that of the previous Government that what one
would expect of a Labor Government.” Professor Alastair
Nicholson, former Chief Justice of the Family Court of

Stop the Intervention:
Briefing on the legislation for the extension of income
quarantining to welfare recipients across Australia
“There is legislation in front of the senate that, if passed,
will massively change the nature of the Australian income
security system. It requires wide debate and scrutiny as
the bills will impose new levels of control on vulnerable
people throughout Australia.” Eva Cox, Women for Wik

Australian: Macklin’s welfare fight is only the beginning
17 Mar 10: “WELFARE in Australia will enter a new phase of
ideological struggle with the Rudd government, spearheaded
by Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin, embracing and
extending the income management principle.” Paul Kelly,

Australian: Useful consensus on tough love
17 Mar 10: “Extending income management is good policy
TONY Abbott has made the correct call in supporting the
Rudd government’s move to extend income management to
eligible welfare recipients across the Northern Territory,
regardless of race. Not that any liberal or conservative
leader worth his salt had an alternative.” [anonymous]

Women’s Electoral Lobby Australia Inc.:
Summary of problems for women if current Bills to extend
the Income Management to a wider population are passed
14 Mar 10: “The income quarantining program has
consistently been justified by Minister Macklin by claiming
it is supported by women and protects them from violence.
This is echoed in the majority (ALP Senators) report on the
senate inquiry released last week. However, the evidence
does not support these claims and both the original actions
against prescribed communities and the proposed extension
to the NT, and then to the rest of Australia, have serious
implications for women.” Eva Cox for WEL Australia and
Jumbunna UTS

Stop the Intervention:
Jayne Weepers, Central Land Council 10-3-10
10 Mar 10: “Leaving aside the complexities of income
management for the moment, there is one fundamental problem
with the Government Bill – it does not meet the
Government’s commitment to reinstate the RDA. The Bill
fails to provide for a full reinstatement of the RDA, and
at best, achieves only a partial reinstatement of the RDA.”

Stop the Intervention:
Chris Twomey, The Greens 10-3-10
Senate Inquiry report on NTER reforms and reinstating the RDA
10 Mar 10: “The report of the Community Affairs committee’s
inquiry into the changes proposed to the NT emergency
response legislation was tabled in the Senate late this
afternoon. The Greens tabled a dissenting report where they
argue that approach taken by the govt is deeply flawed – it
is not possible to reconcile their commitment to restore
the RDA and their election policy platform of social
inclusion with the continuation of the negative and
discriminatory aspects of the intervention, and with the
desire to extend punitive conditional welfare measures

Australian: Income control a measure too far
9 Mar 10: “THE federal government is set to take
unprecedented control over the finances of low-income
Australians in a scheme at present being considered by
parliament. Most Australians have heard little about these
major reforms that could see the government dictate minor
purchasing decisions, like where someone can purchase a
carton of milk or buy oranges.” Clare Martin

Solidarity: More lies exposed:
Intervention laws won’t restore Racial Discrimination Act
Mar 10: “According to Minister Jenny Macklin, the new
Intervention legislation would restore the Racial
Discrimination Act (RDA), fulfilling a key Labor’s election
promise. It’s a lie. Submissions to the Senate enquiry,
including the Australian Human Rights Commission’s report,
have revealed that Aboriginal people will not be able to
use the RDA to challenge the Intervention.” Paddy Gibson

Amnesty International:
Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs:
Reinstating the RDA in the NTER legislation
11 Feb 10: “The bill appears – although it is arguable – to
largely deliver on reinstatement of the RDA, although there
are problems there. But does it deliver on meeting our
international obligations? In this context whether the NTER
measures can be considered special measures is therefore

– Radio

ABC Radio National Breakfast: Income quarantining
17 Mar 10: “The government’s move to extend compulsory
income management to more welfare recipients, including
white families, in the Northern Territory is likely to pass
the Senate after the Coalition dumped its opposition to the
bill. Welfare quarantining was first introduced as part of
the Northern Territory Intervention.”
[Includes Guest Jenny Macklin]

CAAMA Radio Morning News
(Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association):
17 Mar 10: “Australia’s Race Discrimination commissioner
and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social
justice commissioner have called on the Australian
Parliament to ensure that residents of the 73 prescribe
communities in the Territory have the same protections
against discrimination as other Australian’s”

– Media Releases

Australian Human Rights Commission: NT communities must
have same protections as the rest of Australia
15 Mar 10: “Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner
and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice
Commissioner have today called on the Australian Parliament
to ensure that residents of the 73 prescribed communities
in the Northern Territory have the same protections against
discrimination as the rest of Australia. Making the call
ahead of the Senate’s scheduled debate this week of the
government’s Welfare Reform and Reinstatement of Racial
Discrimination Act Bill 2009 and other Bills, Commissioners
Graeme Innes and Mick Gooda said while the government’s
proposed amendments should be passed, it was just the
beginning of restoring full protections.”

Greens vow to continue fight against regressive welfare changes
10 Mar 10: “The Australian Greens have expressed deep
disappointment at a Senate committee report which goes to
great lengths to back the Federal government’s regressive
welfare changes that would extend income quarantining
across the country. “The approach pursued appears to be one
where the legislation will be supported come what may,
despite all the evidence to the contrary,” said Greens
Aboriginal Issues spokesperson, Senator Rachel Siewert.
“The report seeks to make the case for government policies
and commitments for which there is neither compelling
evidence nor a convincing argument.”

– News

Koori Mail: ‘Racism as usual’, says IRAG
[scroll down page]
17 Mar 10: “THE Intervention Rollback Action Group (IRAG)
in Alice Springs has condemned the Rudd Government’s
proposed legislative changes to the NT Intervention. The
Government says extension of income management beyond
prescribed NT communities to other welfare recipients will
effectively re-instate the Racial Discrimination Act but
IRAG disagrees, insisting the policy is still
discriminatory because it will affect Indigenous people

Koori Mail: Opposition ‘on-balance’ decision on welfare reforms
[scroll down page]
17 Mar 10: “THE Federal Opposition will not oppose
Government plans to extend compulsory income management to
welfare recipients around the country, moving only a minor
amendment around recipient qualifying time periods.
Opposition human services spokesman Kevin Andrews’ office
said the Government’s bill, currently before the Senate,
was not perfect but the ‘on balance’ decision not to oppose
it reflected the Opposition’s broad support for income

Australia: Tony Abbott backs ALP welfare management bill
16 Mar 10: “IN a policy reversal by the Opposition Leader,
Tony Abbott, the shadow cabinet decided yesterday to
support the Rudd government’s embrace of the principle of
income management on a national basis.”

Koori Mail: Welfare reforms look set to pass
[scroll down page]
16 Mar 10: “THE Federal Government’s proposal to extend
comulsory income management to welfare recipients
nationwide looks set to happen after the Federal Opposition
signalled support for the changes. Indigenous Affairs
Minister Jenny Macklin says she now expects the Senate to
pass related legislation this week and the changes could be
in place throughout the NT by the end of the year, and
elsewhere after a review.”

Catholic Leader: Plea for ‘action’ on income plan
14 Mar 10: “THE Federal Government’s plan to introduce
forced income management for welfare recipients across
Australia has been described by a national Catholic welfare
body as a “move towards a meaner social safety net” and
“likely to be counter-productive”.”

ABC: Report gives green light to welfare changes
11 Mar 10: “A Senate report has endorsed plans to expand
income management from Indigenous communities in the
Northern Territory to selected welfare recipients across
the country. The main report written by the Labor members
of the Senate committee supports the Indigenous Affairs
Minister Jenny Macklin’s plan to expand welfare
quarantining … “

UQ News: UQ legal experts question Federal Government’s
NT social welfare reforms
9 Mar 10: “Two UQ law academics have raised serious
concerns regarding proposed Federal Government legislation
to extend aspects of the NT emergency response and to
reinstate the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 in the
Northern Territory.”


– Background

Intervention walk-off’s Blog:

WGAR News: Protest House at the Alyawarr people’s walk-off camp (16 Feb 10)

– Video

[Protest House is a demonstration of how a community can
build a house in two weeks, whereas the NT intervention
(SIHIP program) could only build two houses in two years
while spending at least $34 million.]

[These videos are also on the Intervention walk-off’s Blog
and the WGAR website: ]

Opening Protest House Ampilatwatja Walk-off NT
5 Mar 10: “Welcome to Country by Frank Holmes, Edith
Tranter and Banjo Morton. Speeches by Richard Ningel Reid,
Kukitja, SA and Geoff Scott, CEO NSW Aboriginal Land

YouTube: Part 2 Speeches: Opening Protest House
Ampilatwatja Walk-off, NT
5 Mar 10: “Speeches by Barbara Shaw and Paul Mcaleer, MUA,
Maritime Union of Australia”

YouTube: Part 3 Speeches: Opening Protest House
Ampilatwatja Walk-off, NT
5 Mar 10: “Speeches by Harry Jakamarra Nelson from
Yuendumu, Walpiri Country, NT; Murray George APY Lands, SA;
Valerie Napaljarri Martin from Yuendumu, Walpiri Country”

YouTube: Part 4 Ways Forward Speeches: Opening Protest House
Ampilatwatja Walk-off
6 Mar 10: “Speeches by Prof Larissa Behrendt and visions
for the way forward from Richard Downs”

YouTube: Part 5 Men’s Corroboree: Opening Protest House
Ampilatwatja Walk-off, NT
6 Mar 10: “Emu Corroboree – songman Frank Holmes Alyawarr.
Seven Sisters by Murray George APY Lands SA, Speech by
Richard Ningel Reid, Kukitja, SA”

YouTube: Part 6 Women’s Dances: Opening Protest House,
Ampilatwatja Walk-off, NT
6 Mar 10: “Angelina Luck and Eileen Bonney, Alyawarr dance
for opening of Protest House at Arurrnga Soak.”

– News

Green Left: Good news stories from the desert country
13 Mar 10: “Green Left Weekly readers will know about the
“protest house” built by Aboriginal people, trade unionists
and other supporters at Ampilatwatja and launched on
February 14. This showed that grassroots cooperative
community action is more efficient than government
bureaucracy, but it’s not the first time this has happened
on these lands.”

Green Left: SA elders discuss Alyawarr walk-off
12 Mar 10: “The stand taken by elders at the Alyawarr
walk-off has generated discussion across Aboriginal
communities about how they can support the protest and
strengthen culture in their own communities. Murray and
Kanginy plan to travel to communities in the coming months
to help facilitate a large gathering for Aboriginal rights
later this year in central Australia.”

Green Left: ‘It’s like working for rations all over again’
6 Mar 10: “Changes to Aboriginal employment, infrastructure
and welfare programs have stripped remote Aboriginal
communities of resources and left many Aboriginal people,
in effect, working for rations.” Adam Leeman & Peter Robson

– Interview

The Northern Myth: The Ampilatwatja walk-off –
Richard Downs on the new ‘dog-licenses’ and more
24 Feb 10: “The weekend before I last joined a few hundred
others and drove 300 kilometres along muddy roads to the
north-east from Alice Springs to the Ampilatwatja walk-off
camp at Honeymoon Bore to attend the hand-over ceremony for
a new house, one of the few that have been built on
Aboriginal communities in the NT in recent years. While
there I sat down under a shady tree with Richard Downs,
the spokesman for the group of senior Alyawarr men and
women that walked away from the nearby township of
Ampilatwatja to camp on Aboriginal freehold land a few
kilometres away. … ” Bob Gosford in the NT


– The Report

Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association [AIDA]
Health Impact Assessment of the Northern Territory
Emergency Response
12 Mar 10: “AIDA has conducted a health impact assessment
of the Northern Territory Emergency Response in
collaboration with the University of New South Wales’
Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation,
and with assistance and financial support from the Fred
Hollows Foundation. The report was launched by Ms Pat
Anderson, co-author of the 2007 report Little Children Are
Sacred, on Friday 12 March 2010.”

– News

Croakey: Some insights from the health impact assessment of
the NT Intervention
15 Mar 10: “On Friday, the Australian Indigenous Doctors
Association released the long-awaited health impact
assessment of the NT Emergency Response. … this is a
Crikey article about it. Below are some extracts from the
report which give a flavour of its contents: … “

Crikey: Federal NT intervention will cause more harm than
good: new report
12 Mar 10: “The federal intervention into indigenous
communities in the NT – started by the Howard government
and continued under Rudd’s watch – is likely to cause more
health problems than it fixes. That is the damning
assessment of an exhaustive health impact assessment (HIA),
due to be launched in Canberra today by the Australian
Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA).” Melissa Sweet

National Indigenous Times:
Intervention ‘psychologically damaging’: Indigenous doctors
12 Mar 10: “Indigenous doctors [Australian Indigenous
Doctors’ Association] have released a damning report card
on the Northern Territory intervention and its health
impacts. The report, released today, suggests improvements
to physical health will likely be outweighed by the
intervention’s negative impact on psychological health,
spirituality and cultural integrity.”

Koori Mail: NT Intervention could ‘damage profoundly’
[scroll down page]
12 Mar 10: “A REPORT by the Australian Indigenous Doctors’
Association (AIDA) has found that the NT Intervention could
profoundly damage the long-term psychological and social
health and wellbeing of affected Aboriginal families and
children, as well as cultural integrity – outweighing any
potential physical benefits. AIDA President Associate Prof
Peter O’Mara said the report found increasing levels of
mistrust surrounding the Intervention were compromising


– Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Northern Territory National Emergency Response

STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney):

IRAG (Intervention Rollback Action Group):

Intervention walk-off’s Blog:

WGAR (Working Group for Aboriginal Rights):

– Radio

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane
Let’s Talk – Indigenous presented talkback:
16 Mar 10: “Chris Graham – Tiga Bayles spoke with Chris
Graham, editor of The National Indigenous Times. They spoke
about the poverty and racism in Alice Springs, and the
Northern Territory intervention. … “
Listen to this interview on-line:

– News

Koori Mail: SIHIP building alliance off the job
[scroll down page]
18 Mar 10: “THE Federal and NT Governments have dropped one
of three building alliances undertaking work under the
Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program
(SIHIP). In a joint statement, they said Earth Connect
Alliance’s operations on Groote Eylandt, Gunbalanya,
Belyuen and Acacia Larrakia would cease and a new alliance
partnership would negotiated for the work. No reason was
given for the decision but Anindilyakwa Land Council has
welcomed it.”

ABC: Company sacked from Indigenous housing program
18 Mar 10: “One of the groups building houses in the
Northern Territory as part of the multi-million dollar
Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program has
been sacked. The alliance partner, Earth Connect, which
operates in Groote Eylandt and Gunbalanya has been removed
from housing projects there.”

ABC: Macklin must seize control of housing program: MLA
18 Mar 10: “A Northern Territory independent politician is
appealing for the Federal Government to completely take
over a multi-million dollar Aboriginal housing program. …
Independent MLA, Alison Anderson, says the Territory
Government has mismanaged the program and it cannot be

Koori Mail: Independent team to assess SIHIP
[scroll down page]
17 Mar 10: “THE Federal and NT Governments say a new
independent, expert quality assurance team will ensure new
houses and refurbishments delivered under the Strategic
Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program (SIHIP) are
up to scratch. Amidst Opposition criticisms and calls for a
breakdown of $45 million spent under SIHIP so far, the
governments say the administration and delivery of SIHIP
have already improved following a 2009 review of the

ABC Alice Springs: SIHIP gagging workers: Scullion
16 Mar 10: “The Federal Opposition says the Government must
reveal how much money has been spent on the NT Indigenous
housing program.”

ABC: Land council wants shires alternative
12 Mar 10: “The Central Land Council (CLC) says the Northern
Territory shires system has disenfranchised Aboriginal
people living in communities.”

– Opinion

Solidarity: ACTU backs BasicsCard workers
Mar 10: “The attack on Community Development Employment
Projects (CDEP) that has gone along with the NT
Intervention has cost thousands of Aboriginal jobs. People
still on CDEP—some working up to 40 hours a week—are now
mostly being paid only their Centrelink entitlements, but
50 per cent of this is quarantined on a “BasicsCard’’.”

Australian: Remote housing initiative at crisis point
12 Mar 10: “THE future of the nation’s biggest remote
housing project is hanging in the balance at Groote
Eylandt, where the Rudd government is considering sacking
the building consortium carrying out housing works.”
Natasha Robinson and Lex Hall

t r u t h o u t: Sorry About the Intervention
10 Mar 10: “As Australia marks two years since its
historic apology to the indigenous population, the
emergency measures in the Northern Territory may be giving
the government something else for which to say sorry.”
Sarah Keenan

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