11/04/2010: WELFARE QUARANTINING & THE RDA; UNRESTRICTED RDA PETITION

Contents:
* STICS Forum (29 Mar): Welfare Quarantining and the Racial Discrimination Act
* Petition for reinstatement of an Unrestricted Racial Discrimination Act
* Intervention Rollback Action Group April bush tour funding appeal
* Other Aboriginal Articles

STICS FORUM (29 MAR):
WELFARE QUARANTINING AND THE RACIAL DISCRIMINATION ACT:

[STICS: Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney: http://stoptheintervention.org/]

– Special STICS Compilation

STICS Public Forum:
Welfare Quarantining and the Racial Discrimination Act
– what will Macklin’s new Intervention laws mean?
Monday, 29th March 2010, 6pm
http://stoptheintervention.org/forum-welfare-quarantining-and-the-rda
[Includes background info, media coverage, videos and more]

– News of Forum

National Indigenous Times:
Nicholson, Siewert slam Rudd govt over ‘disgraceful’ RDA laws
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=19631
1 Apr 10: “A former Family Court Chief Justice has
delivered a damning assessment of the Rudd government’s
attempt to reinstate the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA),
saying the fight should be kept up against the
“disgraceful” laws even if they are passed. Professor
Alastair Nicholson, who launched a report based on the Rudd
government’s NT community consultations last year, joined
Greens Senator Rachel Siewert at a forum on the RDA in
Sydney on Monday night.”

– Videos of Forum Speeches

Stop the Intervention – Videos:
http://stoptheintervention.org/forum-welfare-quarantining-and-the-rda/videos
“* Professor the Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC,
former Chief Justice of the Family Court
* Senator Rachel Siewert,
Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal issues”

– Edited transcript of Forum Speech

National Indigenous Times:
THE BIG READ: Tired of being ashamed
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=19603
1 Apr 10: “This is disgraceful legislation which
perpetuates the paternalism and racial discrimination
inherent in the Intervention. 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 than what one
would expect of a Labor government. The real issue that
troubles me is as to why this government, which was elected
with such expectation of change, is behaving in this way
towards Aboriginal people. … I urge all of you to
continue the fight against this legislation and to maintain
that fight even if it is passed.” Professor Alastair
Nicholson, former Chief Justice of the Family Court of
Australia

– Opinion

National Indigenous Times:
EDITORIAL OPINION: Shame over intervention laws
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/story.aspx?id=19596
1 Apr 10: “The last paragraph of former Family Court Chief
Justice Alastair Nicholson’s speech, published in this
fortnight’s Big Read, is compelling. “I urge all of you to
continue the fight against this legislation and to maintain
that fight even if it is passed,” he said. “As an
Australian I am tired of my country being subjected by its
governments to classification as racist and white
supremacist and I am tired of being ashamed of my country
as I have been since the advent of the Howard government
and now its successor.”” Amy McQuire, editor

PETITION FOR REINSTATEMENT OF AN UNRESTRICTED RACIAL DISCRIMINATION ACT:

– Online Petition

Go Petition: An Unrestricted Racial Discrimination Act
for the Northern Territory
http://www.gopetition.com/online/35341.html
6 Apr 10: “Background (Preamble):
Legislation currently before the Commonwealth Government
includes plans to reinstate the Racial Discrimination Act
which was suspended when the Intervention was introduced
into the Northern Territory in June, 2007.
However, this new Act will be a very restricted version to
the one which was suspended in 2007. It will NOT have the
powers to protect Aboriginal people from the consequences
of so-called special measures.
For example, when the RDA was suspended, Aboriginal people
had no means of appeal against compulsory acquisition of
their land by government on 5-year leases. When this new
Act is reinstated, NOTHING WILL CHANGE. There will be no
legal avenue to address this issue, or any other issue
related to the measures. …
Petition:
To the Secretary of the Committee for the Elimination of
Racial Discrimination
We, the undersigned, call upon the Committee for the
Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) at the UN to
press for the Reinstatement of an UNRESTRICTED and
UNCONDITIONAL Racial Discrimination Act that will provide
FULL protection for Aboriginal people in the Northern
Territory.”

– Petitions to print off and distribute

ANTaR Victoria: Government ignores calls to reinstate an
uncompromised Racial Discrimination Act
[scroll down page] http://www.antarvictoria.org.au/
“The RDA that the Australian Government is planning to
reinstate has heavily restricted powers and will not
protect Aboriginal people from discriminatory ‘special
measures’. Concerned Australians calls on community support
to press for the reinstatement of an unrestricted RDA.
Download and sign the petition here
http://www.antarvictoria.org.au/downloads/flyer-petition%20RDA%20%202%20April.pdf

INTERVENTION ROLLBACK ACTION GROUP APRIL BUSH TOUR FUNDING APPEAL:

Rollback the Intervention:
URGENT FUNDING APPEAL
Intervention Rollback Action Group April bush tour funding appeal
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/
“IRAG is planning a tour of remote NT communities this
month to get feedback about the ongoing effects of the
Intervention and help communities participate in the
national campaign demanding change. $3000 is required to
cover food, camping, fuel and other vehicle costs over this
period. This tour comes at a critical time. … “

OTHER ABORIGINAL ARTICLES:

– News

National Indigenous Times:
White and black Australian victims of nuclear testing sue UK
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=19637
6 Apr 10: “Now, Aboriginal groups and veterans affected by
the blasts plan to have their day in court. A group, so far
consisting of 250 people, are suing the British Ministry of
Defence for the range of cancers, deformities and trauma
that has been caused by radiation exposure.”

Age: Rudd blasted over apology
http://www.theage.com.au/national/rudd-blasted-over-apology-20100402-rjuv.html
3 Apr 10: “The Rudd government has provided a “pittance” to
the stolen generations and has failed to do anything
practical to help Aboriginal people removed from their
families, says the former head of the intervention
taskforce.”

– Analysis

Countercurrents.org:
Ongoing Aboriginal Genocide In Apartheid Australia
http://www.countercurrents.org/polya030410.htm
3 Apr 10: “A key term in the UN Genocide Convention
definition of “genocide” is “intent” which can be
ascertained either by (a) confession (most unlikely even if
the genocidists are arraigned before the International
Criminal Court) or (b) evidence of sustained action or
inaction leading to excess deaths (avoidable deaths).
Australia is clearly guilty of sustained, remorseless
“intent”, in relation to Indigenous (Aboriginal) Australia,
to “bring about its physical destruction in whole or in
part” by sustained inaction.” Dr Gideon Polya

– Videos

YouTube: “Sorry” seems to be the easiest word…
because Human Rights are Unconditional
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MOiutekjks
3 Apr 10: “Righting the wrongs of the past, Kevin Rudd?
“Sorry” seems to be the easiest word! Racial Discrimination
Act is not conditional because Human Rights are
Unconditional.” GenocideCentre

YouTube: Tis Better To be Racist or Racist Hypocrites ?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXVjTHAlXUU
1 Apr 10: “Two-headed beast of Genocide, Executive and
Judiciary; the Australian government and the judiciary have
conspired to perpetrate genocide and crimes against
humanity on the defenseless Indigenous peoples of
Australia. All for land theft and apartheid.”


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