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27/05/2010: Calls for compensation for the Stolen Generations

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 28/05/2010 by D

Contents:
Background
Calls for compensation for the Stolen Generations
Compensation and Reparations Petition
Stolen Generation legal action
Stolen Generations Working Partnership announced

BACKGROUND:

NSDC National Sorry Day Committee: http://www.nsdc.org.au/home/

Stolen Generations Alliance: http://www.sgalliance.org.au/

CALLS FOR COMPENSATION FOR THE STOLEN GENERATIONS:

– Radio

666 ABC Canberra: Afternoons with Genevieve Jacobs
Sorry Day
http://blogs.abc.net.au/canberra/2010/05/sorry-day.html
26 May 10: “Wiradjuri woman Helen Moran says the day is
incredibly important. “Sorry Day is a day to remember and
commemorate the stolen generations. We will walk across
bridges all over Australia to acknowledge that. We need
more than an apology. We need reparations and compensation.””

– Media Releases

Australian Human Rights Commission:
New partnership with Stolen Generations members welcomed
http://www.hreoc.gov.au/about/media/media_releases/2010/50_10.html
26 May 10: ““While I welcome the Stolen Generations’
Working Partnership and its commitment to reviewing the
recommendations of the 1997 Bringing them home Report, I
urge the Government to introduce, as a matter of urgency, a
reparations package that provides monetary compensation,
guarantees against repetition and provides restitution and
rehabilitation to the Stolen Generations,” he [Commissioner
Gooda] said. “The majority of Stolen Generations members
are now over 45,” he said. “We have no time to waste and
must move quickly to provide the help and support that is
needed before Stolen Generations members get too old or
die.””

Greens: Australian Greens call for action
to match words on National Sorry Day
http://greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/australian-greens-call-action-match-words-national-sorry-day
26 May 10: “The Australian Greens today join with fellow
Australians to recognise National Sorry Day, acknowledging
the past hurt caused to Aboriginal people and renewing
calls for their Stolen Generations Repatriation Bill to
receive multilateral support in the Senate. “Today we
recognise and remember a tragic part of Australia’s history
and hope future Australian Governments will continue to
move away from past mistakes,” Australian Greens Indigenous
Affairs Spokesperson Rachel Siewert said today. … “The
Greens’ Bill to deliver reparations to the Stolen
Generations remains available to be acted upon by any
Government with the political will to right the wrongs of
the past and move forward.””

– News

Australian: Stolen Generations compensation still a sore point
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/stolen-generations-compensation-still-a-sore-point/story-e6frg6nf-1225871772507
27 May 10: “Mrs [Kathy] Mills feels, however, that the 2008
apology to the Stolen Generations by Prime Minister Kevin
Rudd was an empty gesture. “The apology was empty because
in the same breath Rudd took all the goodness out of the
intention by saying there will be no compensation,” Mrs
Mills said. … Stolen Generations Alliance chief executive
Rosie Baird says most of the 500 members in the Northern
Territory want financial compensation.”

ABC: Sorry Day march calls for compensation
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/05/27/2910493.htm
27 May 10: “Indigenous and non-Indigenous people marked
National Sorry Day in Canberra yesterday by marching in
support of compensation for the Stolen Generations. …
They marched across Commonwealth Avenue Bridge to
Parliament House. But the group stopped at the halfway mark
and sat down, symbolising their belief that the Federal
Government’s apology to the Stolen Generations two years
ago did not go far enough.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Stolen Generations Alliance renews call for fair compensation
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3690:stolen-generations-alliance-renews-call-for-fair-compensation&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=65
26 May 10: “Peak advocacy group for Stolen Generations asks
the nation to fully implement recommendations of ‘Bringing
them home’ report … In a joint statement just released by
co-chairs Jim Morrison and Tina Louise the SGA called on
the nation to commit to full implementation of the findings
of the Royal Commission.”

Koori Mail: A step in the right direction, says SGA
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
26 May 10: “THE Stolen Generations Alliance (SGA) has
called on Australia to fully implement the recommendations
of the 1997 Bringing them Home report in order to bring
justice and healing to Stolen Generations survivors ‘before
it’s too late’. The Alliance welcomed a Federal Government
commitment to work with advocacy groups on policies,
programs and initiatives to meet the needs of Stolen
Generations survivors but said it would still pursue fair
financial compensation for them.”

Koori Mail: Greens call to ‘match words with action’
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
26 May 10: “THE Australian Greens have acknowledged
National Sorry Day and urged the Federal Government to
match its sentiments around Indigenous disadvantage with
action. Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said Indigenous
people’s basic needs around housing, access to health
services and employment opportunities were not being met,
and the continuing NT intervention and planned expansion of
punitive income management showed the Government lacked
vision.”

Koori Mail: Full reparation the answer, says Gooda
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
26 May 10: “ABORIGINAL and Torres Strait Islander Social
Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda has welcomed the new Stolen
Generations Working Partnership but says the Federal
Government must urgently introduce a reparations package
encompassing monetary compensation, guarantees against
repetition of past removal practices, and restitution and
rehabilitation for the Stolen Generations. Mr Gooda said
most survivors were now aged over 45 and couldn’t wait long
for help and support.”

ABC: Sorry Day a hollow gesture
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/05/26/2909609.htm
26 May 10: “Zita Wallace from the Central Australian Stolen
Generations and Families Aboriginal Corporation says
National Sorry Day celebrations feel like a hollow gesture.
Ms Wallace told ABC Local Radio that the Prime Minister’s
apology speech in 2008 and the annual Sorry Day events are
not being backed up by progress on compensation for the
Northern Territory Stolen Generations.”

9 News: Sorry Day brings fresh calls for compo
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/1058590/sorry-day-brings-fresh-calls-for-compo
26 May 10: “The Rudd government says it wants to work more
closely with indigenous people to support members of the
stolen generations. But a leading Aboriginal advocate says
if Labor is serious about righting past wrongs it needs
urgently to pay compensation to people who were forcibly
removed from their families.”

COMPENSATION AND REPARATIONS PETITION:

NSDC National Sorry Day Committee:
Compensation and Reparations Petition
http://www.nsdc.org.au/home/index.php?option=com_phocaguestbook&view=phocaguestbook&id=6&Itemid=38
“Unfortunately, the Rudd Government’s conception of
‘Closing the Gap’ does not define nor encompass the journey
for the members of the Stolen Generations – the ones who
the Apology and the Journey of Healing matter most. Their
journey is defined in the recommendations of the Bringing
Them Home report, including the recommendation for
reparations which includes ‘monetary compensation’ for
damage caused to the lives of individuals and families.”

STOLEN GENERATION LEGAL ACTION:

– A previous successful claim

Age: Stolen generation payout
http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/stolen-generation-payout/2007/08/01/1185647978562.html
2 Aug 07: “An aboriginal man who was taken from his mother
as a baby has been awarded $525,000 compensation, in
Australia’s first successful stolen generation court claim.
A decade after the Bringing Them Home report elevated the
issue of “stolen” Aboriginal children to national
prominence, South Australia’s Supreme Court has become the
first jurisdiction in the country to recognise it as a
basis for legal compensation.”

– News about a current claim

SMH: WA faces stolen generation legal action
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/wa-faces-stolen-generation-legal-action-20100526-wdsr.html
26 May 10: “An Aboriginal family split up by the West
Australian government’s past policy of forcibly removing
indigenous children has launched legal action in the
Supreme Court seeking compensation. A writ was lodged in
the court in Perth on Wednesday by Lavan Legal on behalf of
nine members of the Collard family.”

West Australian: Stolen Generation landmark action launched
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/mp/7298292/stolen-generation-landmark-action-launched/
26 May 10: “Seven siblings who are members of WA’s Stolen
Generation have launched landmark legal action against the
State Government for their forced removal from their
parents – who are also plaintiffs in the case. The
Aboriginal Legal Service said the writ, lodged in the
Supreme Court today by Lavan Legal, could become a test
case for thousands of other West Australians who had been
forcibly removed.”

Koori Mail: Sorry Day launch for landmark writ
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
26 May 10: “A WRIT was issued in the West Australian
Supreme Court today seeking damages and compensation on
behalf of nine Indigenous people taken from their families
as children. Aboriginal Legal Service of WA CEO Dennis
Eggington says the case, which Perth firm Lavan Legal has
taken on pro bono, could become a test case for thousands
of other Western Australians who suffered the same
treatment.”

STOLEN GENERATIONS WORKING PARTERSHIP ANNOUNCED:

– Media Releases

National Sorry Day Committee Inc.:
Stolen Generations Working Partnership Announced
http://www.nsdc.org.au/home/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=291&Itemid=99
26 May 10: “The National Sorry Day Committee welcomes the
Australian Government’s invitation to participate in a
working partnership to address the needs of the Stolen
Generations. … The NSDC believes the proposed working
partnership offers us the opportunity to act together with
governments and key stakeholders to address the critical
needs of the Stolen Generations now and as they age. It
also acknowledges the ongoing effects of the removals on
current generations and communities, and the need for
action to address those needs, too. “Most importantly, and
as the Minister has said, the partnership acknowledges
that the Stolen Generations have the capacity to lead the
development of their own solutions” said Ms [Helen] Moran.”

Australian Human Rights Commission:
New partnership with Stolen Generations members welcomed
http://www.hreoc.gov.au/about/media/media_releases/2010/50_10.html
26 May 10: “The Stolen Generations’ Working Partnership
announced today by the Federal Government is a welcome move
that should go some way towards addressing the immediate
and practical needs of Stolen Generations members,
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice
Commissioner Mick Gooda, said today on National Sorry Day.
Commissioner Gooda said this new commitment by Government
to engage with Stolen Generations members and to work in
partnership with them and service providers had the real
potential to improve lives.”

– News

Koori Mail: NSDC: Stolen Generations must lead solutions
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
26 May 10: “THE National Sorry Day Committee says it will
work with the Federal Government and other non-government
organisations to address the critical needs of the Stolen
Generations now and as they age. NSDC co-chair Helen Moran
said the most important part of a new cooperative approach
announced in Canberra this morning was the Government’s
acknowledgment that Stolen Generations survivors had the
capacity to lead the development of their own solutions.”


23/05/2010: NEW LAWS THAT EXTEND INCOME MANAGEMENT (IM) AUSTRALIA-WIDE

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 24/05/2010 by D

Contents:
New Laws that extend Income Management (IM) Australia-wide
“Muckaty Voices”: radioactive waste concerns go global
Background to Muckaty Station nuclear waste dump
Articles on the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention

NEW LAWS THAT EXTEND INCOME MANAGEMENT (IM) AUSTRALIA-WIDE:

– Greens Special Feature

Rachel Siewert: Income Management
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/income-management
Updated since 12 May 10: “The Rudd Government’s new laws
give them the power to extend Income Management across
Australia to people on many kinds of Centrelink payments.
These laws could affect your family. … The Rudd
Government’s new laws to give it the power to extend income
management across Australia are still before the Senate.
They were listed to be voted on in the Senate on Wednesday
12 May, but were put off at the last minute. They are still
likely to be voted through at the next sitting of the
Senate sometime between 15th and 24th June. So we have a
few more weeks to increase the pressure and convince the
major parties not to push through these unfair laws.”

– Jumbunna Research Project

Jumbunna Indigenouse House of Learning:
A response to the Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment
(Welfare Reform and Reinstatement of Racial Discrimination Act) Bill 2009
Why the proposed bill should be delayed
Researched and written by Terry Priest with Eva Cox
for Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning – May 2010
http://www.whatsworking.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/extension-of-income-management-final-6-may.pdf
Also, What’s Working: http://www.whatsworking.com.au/what-now/response-to-reform-bill/

– Greens Dissenting Report

Senator Siewert has written a dissenting report as part of
the Inquiry into the provisions of the Social Security and
Other Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform and
Reinstatement of the Racial Discrimination Act) Bill 2009
and related legislation.
To download the 92.5 kb Word document, click on this link:
http://greensmps.org.au/webfm_send/358

– Action

Stop the Intervention: What can I do?
http://stoptheintervention.org/rda-new-legislation/what-can-i-do
“The combined legislation is now likely to come back in the
week of 15th June before the Senate which greatly weakens
the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) in regard to the NT
Intervention and which also begins the national rollout of
Income Management to non-Aboriginal – and of course in the
process to many more Aboriginal people – under Centrelink.”

– Background

Parliament of Australia: Senate Community Affairs Committee
Inquiry into Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment …
http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/committee/clac_ctte/soc_sec_welfare_reform_racial_discrim_09/submissions/sublist.htm
[Includes:
Submissions received by the Committee;
Documents Tabled at hearings;
Additional Information received]

WGAR News: New NT Intervention laws that extend welfare quarantining (12 Feb 10)
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/02/11/wgar-news-new-nt-intervention-laws-that-extend-welfare-quarantining-12-feb-10

WGAR News: New NT Intervention laws that extend income management (19 Mar 10)
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/03/19/wgar-news-new-nt-intervention-laws-that-extend-income-management-19-mar-10

Stop the Intervention: Racial Discrimination Act – New Legislation
http://stoptheintervention.org/rda-new-legislation

“MUCKATY VOICES”: RADIOACTIVE WASTE CONCERNS GO GLOBAL:

– Media Release

Beyond Nuclear Initiative’s weblog:
From the campfire to cyberspace:
Radioactive waste concerns go global
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.wordpress.com/2010/05/09/muckaty-voices-launch/
17 May 10: “Aboriginal Traditional Owners opposed to a
radioactive waste dump at Muckaty Station in the Northern
Territory of Australia have taken their campaign to a
global online audience. The short film “Muckaty Voices” has
now been uploaded to youtube, documenting the story and
concerns of people directly affected by the controversial
federal government plan. … Traditional Owners are
increasing their efforts against the nuclear dump plan and
their campaign is the focus of a growing national fight.”

– News

Tennant & District Times: Muckaty concerns go global
http://tennantcreek.yourguide.com.au/news/local/news/general/muckaty-concerns-go-global/1836348.aspx?src=rss
21 May 10: ““We made the film to show we are the
Traditional Owners for our Grandmothers and Grandfathers,”
Muckaty Traditional Owner Doris Kelly Nakamarra said. “We
want to be even with people, even talking about who is on
the right and wrong. We want people to sit down and see the
picture properly, to look at it and see how things should
be.””

BACKGROUND TO MUCKATY STATION NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

Beyond Nuclear Initiative’s weblog:
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.wordpress.com/
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.wordpress.com/audio/

WGAR News: Nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory (2 Mar 10)
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/03/02/wgar-news-nuclear-waste-dump-in-the-northern-territory-2-mar-10

WGAR News: Muckaty Station Nuclear Waste Dump (20 Mar 10)
http://groups.google.com.au/group/foblmail/browse_thread/thread/ddc393bb66205849

WGAR News: Nuclear Waste Dump … (28 Mar 10)
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/03/28/wgar-news-nuclear-waste-dump-close-the-gap-day-28-mar-10

WGAR News: Muckaty Radioactive Waste Dump … (4 Apr 10)
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/04/03/wgar-news-muckaty-radioactive-waste-dump-welfare-quarantining-4-apr-10

WGAR News: National day of action against Muckaty nuclear waste dump: 12th April!
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/04/10/wgar-news-national-day-of-action-against-muckaty-nuclear-waste-dump-12th-april

WGAR News: Nuclear Waste Dump: Senate inquiry in Darwin; Nationwide protests (17 Apr 10)
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/04/16/wgar-news-nuclear-waste-dump-senate-inquiry-in-darwin-nationwide-protests-17-apr-10

WGAR News: … Update: Muckaty Station Nuclear Waste Dump (23 Apr 10)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2010/04/22/wgar-news-raw-sewage-dumped-in-ampilatwatja-aboriginal-worker-dismissed-23-apr-10

WGAR News: Update on Muckaty Station Nuclear Waste Dump (2 May 10)
https://wgar.wordpress.com/2010/05/02/02052010-update-on-muckaty-station-nuclear-waste-dump/

WGAR News: “Muckaty Voices” film; Senate Report into nuclear waste dump plan (16 May 10)
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/05/16/wgar-news-muckaty-voices-film-senate-report-into-nuclear-waste-dump-plan-16-may-10

ARTICLES ON THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

– Opinion/Analysis

On Line Opinion: Labor complacent as Indigenous gap widens
http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=10450
21 May 10: “Seven houses – that’s not bad for three and a
half years work and expenditure in the hundreds of
millions. At that rate the gap will be closed in about
7,000 years. It’s good to see Labor on the job. A paragraph
later, Macklin remarks that a recent review of the program
had shown that everything was on track. This is a measure
of her complacency about the worsening disaster over which
she presides.” Jack Waterford

Comment by Marion Scrymgour MLA
[scroll down to end of article to read comments]
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/croakey/2010/05/17/does-macklins-office-have-any-shame-more-on-the-income-mgt-study/
18 May 10: “The [Income Management] researchers are well
qualified, the study is based on concrete sales data (not
subjective anecdotal reporting like the Federal Governments
own commissioned study) and it has the imprimatur of the
highly respected Menzies School of Health Research. The
stated conclusion is “income management independent of the
government stimilus payment appears to have had no
beneficial effect on tobacco and cigarette sales, soft
drink or fruit and vegetable sales”.”

See: WGAR News: New research questions the effectiveness of NT income management (19 May 10)
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/05/19/wgar-news-new-research-questions-the-effectiveness-of-nt-income-management-19-may-10

– News

Medical News Today: NT Intervention Unlikely To Improve
Long-term Health Of Aboriginal People, Australia
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/188943.php
17 May 10: “A health impact assessment undertaken by the
Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA), using
methods endorsed by the World Health Organization, predicts
potential health outcomes for Aboriginal communities of the
Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER). … “The
health impact assessment findings speak for themselves and
show that the intervention does more harm than good,” Prof
O’Mara said.”

See: eMJA – The Medical Journal of Australia:
Health impacts of the Northern Territory intervention
http://www.mja.com.au/public/issues/192_10_170510/oma10307_fm.html

See: Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association [AIDA]:
Health Impact Assessment of the Northern Territory Emergency Response
http://www.aida.org.au/hia.aspx

Green Left: Alyawarr Protest House film draws crowds
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/44105
15 May 10: “More than 60 people attended Brisbane’s
premiere screening of a new documentary by Sydney’s Actively
Radical TV about the construction of the Alyawarr people’s
Protest House at their walk-off camp near Ampilatwatja in
the Northern Territory. The film has interviews with
unionists from across the country who worked with the
community to build the house. It also features community
members and leaders.”

See: Intervention walk-off’s Blog: http://interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com/

BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN (NT) INTERVENTION:

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

STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney):
http://stoptheintervention.org/

IRAG (Intervention Rollback Action Group):
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/

Intervention walk-off’s Blog:
http://interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com/

WGAR (Working Group for Aboriginal Rights):
http://wgar.info/

19/05/2010: NEW RESEARCH QUESTIONS NT INCOME MANAGEMENT

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 20/05/2010 by D

Contents:
Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
Research on the impact of income management on store sales
Health impacts of the Northern Territory intervention
New National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
Other Aboriginal Articles

BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

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

STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney):
http://stoptheintervention.org/

IRAG (Intervention Rollback Action Group):
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/

Intervention walk-off’s Blog:
http://interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com/

WGAR (Working Group for Aboriginal Rights):
http://wgar.info/

RESEARCH INTO THE IMPACT OF INCOME MANAGEMENT ON STORE SALES:

– The Research

eMJA – The Medical Journal of Australia:
Impact of income management on store sales in the Northern Territory
Julie K Brimblecombe, Joseph McDonnell, Adam Barnes,
Joanne Garnggulkpuy Dhurrkay, David P Thomas and Ross S Bailie
http://www.mja.com.au/public/issues/192_10_170510/bri10090_fm.html
17 May 10: “Conclusion: Income management independent of
the government stimulus payment appears to have had no
beneficial effect on tobacco and cigarette sales, soft
drink or fruit and vegetable sales. … Discussion … The
government’s aim in introducing income management is to
ensure that people receiving welfare payments use this
money in a government-prescribed “socially responsible”
way, and in a way that makes money available to “feed,
clothe, house and provide for the education of their
children”. Our findings suggest that income management may
not be associated with healthier food and drink purchases,
and may be having no effect on tobacco sales.”

– News about the research

Menzies School of Health Research:
Welfare Quarantining Fails to Prompt Healthier Purchases
in Indigenous Community Stores
http://www.menzies.edu.au/research/research-news/welfare-quarantining-fails-prompt-healthier-purchases-indigenous-community-st
“A new publication by Menzies School of Health Research
raises doubts about the effectiveness of income management
on improving Indigenous health outcomes. … Menzies’
Researchers examined store sales data from 10 remote
Indigenous communities from the 18 months before the
legislation was introduced and for 18 months after it was
brought in.”

SMH: NT spending controls fail to improve eating habits
http://www.smh.com.au/national/nt-spending-controls-fail-to-improve-eating-habits-20100516-v6fi.html?skin=text-only
17 May 10: “Controls imposed on how indigenous people in
remote communities could spend their welfare payments had
no lasting impact on junk food and tobacco sales, research
has shown. … But the [income management] scheme failed to
lead to healthy purchases because fruit and vegetables were
too expensive, forcing residents to opt for cheaper
calorie-dense, nutrient-poor foods, … “

Canberra Times: Indigenous spending curbs fail in NT
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/national/national/general/indigenous-spending-curbs-fail-in-nt/1831518.aspx
17 May 10: “Darwin Menzies School of Health Research’s
Julie Brimblecombe said it was a similar story for tobacco
sales. ”Over time, [indigenous] people adjusted and found
alternative means to purchase restricted items. These
findings do not support official government reports of
improved health food and drink purchases in association
with income management,” she said.”

ABC AM: Government expands income management
http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2010/s2900988.htm
17 May 10: “The Federal Government is determined to expand
the program which limits how Indigenous people in remote
communities spend their welfare payments. They can pay for
essentials such as food, clothing and rent but can’t use
the payments for alcohol and tobacco, pornography or
gambling. But as Lindy Kerin reports, the Darwin-based
Menzies School of Health Research, has raised serious
doubts about the benefits of the policy.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Intervention doing more harm than good: new report
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3563:intervention-doing-more-harm-than-good-new-report&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=65
17 May 10: “A group of leading academics from across the
nation says the Federal Intervention is doing more harm
than good in the Northern Territory.”

Medindia:
Income Management In NT Has Little Impact on Tobacco Sales: MJA
http://www.medindia.net/news/Income-Management-In-NT-Has-Little-Impact-on-Tobacco-Sales-MJA-68988-1.htm
16 May 10: “[Dr Brimblecombe said] “The findings challenge
a central tenet of income management – that people’s
spending habits will be modified in a positive way with
mandatory restrictions on expenditure alone.” Dr
Brimblecombe said it was unlikely that mandatory management
of people’s income would lead to purchasing of more fruit
and vegetables when issues of availability, quality,
affordability and home storage remained key issues.”

9 News: Intervention has no impact on junk food
http://currentaffairs.ninemsn.com.au/health/1053034/intervention-has-no-impact-on-junk-food
16 May 10: “Welfare spending curbs imposed on indigenous
families in the Northern Territory have had no lasting
impact on sales of junk food and tobacco, research shows.
… she [Dr Brimblecombe] said monitoring showed that
within six months of the move to income management,
tobacco, soft drink and confectionary sales had returned at
least to historic sales levels.”

ABC: Study questions indigenous welfare management
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/05/16/2900701.htm?site=indigenous&topic=latest
16 May 10: “A group of leading academics from across the
nation says the Federal Intervention is doing more harm
than good in the Northern Territory. … according to new
research published in the Medical Journal of Australia,
income management has not resulted in more healthy food
being bought and eaten by many Aborigines.”

– Responses to the research by the Australian Greens

Rachel Siewert:
Australian Greens Call on Government to Abandon Income Management
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/australian-greens-call-government-abandon-income-management
17 May 10: “The Australian Greens have called on the
Federal Government to abandon its plans to extend income
management, saying the approach is flawed. “The latest
research by the Menzies School of Health Research showing
that income management hasn’t modified purchasing behaviour
should be well and truly ringing the Government’s alarm
bells” said Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens
spokesperson on community services. “Not only is there no
hard evidence that income quarantining is working, but
there is now compelling evidence that income quarantining
has a negative effect on people.””

Efficient Farming: Greens rail against welfare quarantining
http://www.efarming.com.au/News/general/18/05/2010/98467/greens-rail-against-welfare-quarantining.html
18 May 10: “Greens Senator Rachel Siewert says the study is
proof income management has failed. “We’ve never been
supportive of income management. We think it causes more
harm than good,” she said. “It doesn’t address the
underlying causes of disadvantage and we believe it should
be scrapped by the Government. … She [Rachel Siewert]
says welfare recipients will be shocked when they hear
about plans to roll out compulsory income management across
the country.”

See: Rachel Siewert – Income Management
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/im

– Responses to the research by Jenny Macklin and Warren Snowdon

News.com.au: NT soft drink sales on Rudd’s agenda
http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/national/nt-soft-drink-sales-on-rudds-agenda/story-e6frfku9-1225867433120
16 May 10: “THE Federal Government will look at new ways to
cut down soft drink consumption in remote Northern
Territory communities. … The Government response follows
a study from the Darwin-based Menzies School of Health
Research, released today, that found income management in
the NT had done little to dampen soft-drink sales.”

The Hon Jenny Macklin MP: Media Releases
Reducing high sugar drink consumption in remote communities
http://www.jennymacklin.fahcsia.gov.au/internet/jennymacklin.nsf/content/reducing_sugar_consumption_16may10.htm
16 May 10: “The Australian Government is requesting an
urgent report from key departments on policy options to
help reduce the consumption of high sugar drinks in remote
communities. A new study from the Menzies School of Health
Research has highlighted the need to lower the consumption
of high sugar drinks in remote Indigenous Northern
Territory communities.”

The Hon Jenny Macklin MP: Transcripts
Menzies School of Health Research report on income
management in the Northern Territory …
ABC2 News Breakfast with Virginia Trioli and Michael Rowland
http://www.jennymacklin.fahcsia.gov.au/internet/jennymacklin.nsf/content/health_research_report_17may10.htm_.htm
17 May 10: “JENNY MACKLIN: It’s very important to look at
all of the information that’s available to us. Last year we
published a study that had been done on 66 stores – not the
10 stores of this study, but 66 stores across the Northern
Territory, and it was found that more than two-thirds of
the store owners did see an increase in the amount of fresh
fruit and veggies being purchased, dairy products, meat
products.”

– Response to Jenny Macklin by co-authors of the research study

Crikey: Macklin’s twisting the truth on income management
http://www.crikey.com.au/2010/05/17/income-management-isnt-working-and-macklins-twisting-the-truth/
17 May 10: “We are the co-authors of a study published
today in the Medical Journal of Australia, … We are
concerned that indigenous affairs minister Jenny Macklin
has responded to our study by highlighting the results of
the government’s evaluation. She has told journalists that
the government intends to press ahead with plans to roll
out income management more broadly, and has appeared to
dismiss our findings.” Dr Julie Brimblecombe & Associate
Professor David Thomas, Menzies School of Health Research

– Responses to Jenny Macklin by other commentators

The Stump – a Crikey group blog:
Evidence Trivialised in a Lemonade solution
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/thestump/2010/05/17/evidence-trivialised-in-a-lemonade-solution/
17 May 10: “Minister Macklin’s response to the latest
evidence that Income Management doesn’t work, from the
newly released Menzies Health Centre study, is only the
latest example of anti-evidence based decisions in the
welfare system. Jumbunna, the UTS Indigenous research unit,
released a report last week summarising the earlier
evidence for and against the proposed changes. … ” Eva Cox

Croakey – the Crikey health blog:
Does Macklin’s office have no shame? More on the income management study…
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/croakey/2010/05/17/does-macklins-office-have-any-shame-more-on-the-income-mgt-study/
17 May 10: “This email landed at Croakey today. “Macklin’s
office really has no shame!” My correspondent* was
commenting on the response from Indigenous Affairs Minister
Jenny Macklin to a study published today in the Medical
Journal of Australia showing that the federal government’s
income management policy is not making an impact on tobacco
and healthy food sales in remote community shops in the NT.”

– Other response

Comment by Jon Altman
[scroll down page to comments at bottom of article]
http://www.crikey.com.au/2010/05/17/income-management-isnt-working-and-macklins-twisting-the-truth/
17 May 10: “I have carefully read the Brimblecombe et al.
piece in MJA ‘Impact of income management on store sales in
the Northern Territory’ and find it the most comprehensive
and scholarly quantitative research available to date on
the food and tobacco expenditure impacts of income
quarantining before and after the Intervention. … it is
quite inappropriate to compare this research undertaken by
academic experts at arms-length from government from
research undertaken by federal bureaucrats or their paid
consultants; … “

HEALTH IMPACTS OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY INTERVENTION:

– Editorial

eMJA – The Medical Journal of Australia:
Health impacts of the Northern Territory intervention
http://www.mja.com.au/public/issues/192_10_170510/oma10307_fm.html
17 May 10: “The introduction of the NTER and, in
particular, the lack of community consultation, was a cause
for deep concern. In response, AIDA chose to undertake a
health impact assessment to give voice to affected
communities and, as doctors, to facilitate discussion with
policymakers and program leaders on ways to improve the
NTER and reduce negative impacts on health and wellbeing.
… The health impact assessment findings speak for
themselves and show that the intervention does more harm
than good.” Peter O’Mara, President, Australian Indigenous
Doctors’ Association (AIDA)

NEW NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AUSTRALIA’S FIRST PEOPLES:

– Opinion/Analysis

National Indigenous Times:
THE BOX SEAT: National rep body… here we go again!
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/story.aspx?id=19788
13 May 10: “The National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples has officially been born… but will it do anything
to further the cause, asks BRIAN JOHNSTONE*. … No real
power will ever be transferred. The establishment of a
compromised national representative body with no powers, no
independent funding and no forward political agenda is,
unfortunately, just the latest evidence that this will
always be the case.” Brian Johnstone, Walkley-award winning
journalist and columnist at NIT

National Indigenous Times:
RINGY’S RAMBLINGS: Don’t kick a gift horse in the teeth
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/story.aspx?id=19787
13 May 10: “In Darwin, GRAHAM RING* writes that the new
National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples shouldn’t be
cut down before it has had a chance to grow up.” Graham Ring,
fortnightly writer and columnist with NIT

National Indigenous Times:
NIT FORUMS: Hailing a new voice
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/story.aspx?id=19786
13 May 10: “The formation of the National Congress of
Australia’s First Peoples will finally give Indigenous
Australians a voice in the capital, writes SHARAN BURROW*.
… From today, Indigenous Australians have a progressive
and dynamic new voice.” Sharan Burrow, president,
Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)

– Background

WGAR News: … Proposed national Indigenous body (29 Aug 09)
[scroll down page] https://wgar.wordpress.com/2009/09/01/290809-un-expert-calls-nt-intervention-discriminatory/

WGAR News: … More media responses to proposed national Indigenous body (31 Aug 09)
[scroll down page] https://wgar.wordpress.com/2009/09/01/310809-more-media-responses-to-un-expert-james-anaya/

WGAR News: … Still more media responses to proposed national Indigenous body (3 Sep 09)
[scroll down page] https://wgar.wordpress.com/2009/09/03/3-sep-2009-governments-review-of-aboriginal-housing-scheme-in-the-nt/

WGAR News: … Proposed National Indigenous Representative Body (22 Sep 09)
[scroll down page] https://wgar.wordpress.com/2009/09/23/22-sep-2009-ampilatwatja-anti-intervention-walk-off-speaking-tour/

WGAR: New Way Summit delegates unanimously reject government sponsored Rep body (31 Jan 10)
https://wgar.wordpress.com/2010/02/01/new-way-summit-delegates-unanimously-reject-government-sponsored-rep-body/

WGAR News: … Proposed National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples (2 Feb 10)
[scroll down page] https://wgar.wordpress.com/2010/02/02/02022010-national-day-of-action-saturday-13-february-2010-2/

WGAR News: New National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples (9 May 10)
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/05/08/wgar-news-new-national-congress-of-australias-first-peoples-9-may-10

OTHER ABORIGINAL ARTICLES:

– Letter

eMJA – The Medical Journal of Australia:
The Northern Territory Emergency Response and cannabis use
in remote Indigenous communities
http://www.mja.com.au/public/issues/192_10_170510/gra%2010131_fm.html
17 May 10: “Thus, while there may have been some
substitution of cannabis for alcohol following introduction
of the NTER restrictions and Alcohol Management Plans, it
seems clear that the increase in use of cannabis cannot be
attributed primarily to these interventions. The problem,
regardless of the cause, needs to be addressed, but it will
not be addressed simply by relaxing alcohol restrictions.”
Dennis A Gray, Deputy Director, National Drug Research
Institute, Curtin University of Technology


17/05/2010: RACIAL DISCRIMINATION ACT – NEW LEGISLATION

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 17/05/2010 by D

Contents:
Racial Discrimination Act – New Legislation
Extension of Income Management Australia-wide
Documentary by Sinem Saban about the NT Intervention
Aboriginal housing in the Northern Territory
Aboriginal unemployment and the NT Intervention
NT Government policy marginalises Aboriginal languages
Second New Way Aboriginal summit
Other Aboriginal Articles

RACIAL DISCRIMINATION ACT – NEW LEGISLATION:

– Special STICS compilation

Stop the Intervention:
Racial Discrimination Act – New Legislation
http://stoptheintervention.org/rda-new-legislation

– Media Releases

Stop the Intervention: Les Malezer 12-5-10
FAIRA Calls for Adjudication on Racist Laws
http://stoptheintervention.org/rda-new-legislation/media-releases/les-malezer-12-5-10
12 May 10: “The Brisbane-based Foundation for Aboriginal
and Islander Research Action (FAIRA) warns the government
that amendment laws that are being considered in the Senate
today are just as racist as the original intervention laws
and will only widen and compound Australia’s international
reputation as a racist country. FAIRA wants the government
to review its position and choose either to re-introduce,
without delay and without qualification, the Racial
Discrimination Act (RDA) or to first appear before the
international Committee on the Elimination of Racial
Discrimination (CERD) in August 2010 and seek a ruling on
the validity of the proposed new laws.”

Stop the Intervention: ‘concerned Australians’ 10-5-10
Senate to Debate Racist Legislation
http://stoptheintervention.org/rda-new-legislation/media-releases/concerned-australians-10-5-10
10 May 10: “On Wednesday morning, hiding behind the
post-budget hype, Senators will debate the legislation that
will re-instate, what will ultimately be, a restricted
Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) into the Northern Territory
… ‘concerned Australians’ believes the Government is
misleading the public by implying that the Act, when
re-instated, will have the capacity to protect Aboriginal
people from racist measures. At the same moment as the Act
is re-instated, the new legislation introduced will have
the effect of restricting the powers of the RDA. …
‘concerned Australians’ calls upon Government to delay
reaching a decision on this legislation until a genuine
process of negotiation, and not flawed consultations, has
been entered into with elders and community leaders from
the Northern Territory.”

Leaders of the Congregations and Provinces of the
Sisters of St Joseph, Australia
The Re-instated Racial Discrimination Act needs to go further
http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/RDA-New-Legislation/MR-Sisters-of-St-Joseph-11-5-10.pdf
10 May 10: “The Leaders of the Australian Congregations and
Provinces of the Sisters of St Joseph have asked the
Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and
Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, to ensure that the
legislation currently before parliament re-instating the
Racial Discrimination Act in relation to the Northern
Territory Intervention does so with more than minimalist
compliance. … ‘We call on the members of the Senate, as
the house of review for legislation, to ensure that the
bill currently before them goes beyond a mere minimal
compliance with the requirements of the Racial
Discrimination Act and in fact restores to Aboriginal
people the rights they ought to enjoy as citizens of this
nation.’ Sr Anne [Derwin] concluded.”

– Dissenting report by Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens

Inquiry into the provisions of the Social Security and
Other Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform and
Reinstatement of the Racial Discrimination Act) Bill 2009
and related legislation
Click on link to download word document: http://greensmps.org.au/webfm_send/358

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Moves to reinstate RDA are a smoke screen: Siewert
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3523:federal-govts-move-to-reinstate-rda-are-a-smoke-screen-rachel-siewert-&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=65
12 May 10: “Greens Indigenous Affairs spokesman, Rachel
Siewert says the Federal governments moves to reinstate the
Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) into the Northern Territory
are a smoke screen.”

Koori Mail: Delay RDA, NTER bills debate, says group
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
11 May 10: “A GROUP of ‘concerned Australians’ has called
on the Federal Government to defer Senate debate on
legislation amending the NT Intervention and introducing
far-reaching welfare reforms until after hype surrounding
tonight’s Federal Budget dissipates. The group says that,
if passed, the legislation will reinstate only a restricted
version of the Racial Discrimination Act, preventing
challenges to racist measures under the NT Intervention.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Calls to delay reinstatement of RDA
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3512:calls-to-delay-reinstatement-of-rda-until-genuine-negotiation-with-nt-community-&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=65
11 May 10: “Alastair Nicholson QC is calling on the federal
government to delay the reinstatement of the Racial
Discrimination Act (RDA).”

Koori Mail: Senate prepares to debate welfare reforms
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
11 May 10: “LEGISLATION proposed by the Federal Government
to reinstate the Racial Discrimination Act in the Northern
Territory and extend income quarantining to welfare
recipients nationwide is expected to pass through Federal
Parliament later this week. The Federal Opposition isn’t
opposing the changes but the Australian Greens say the
welfare reforms are draconian and are maintaining their
opposition.”

EXTENSION OF INCOME MANAGEMENT AUSTRALIA-WIDE:

– Greens Special Feature

Rachel Siewert: Income Management
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/im
10 May 10: “The Rudd Government has legislation currently
before the Senate which would give it to power to introduce
income management for people on many kinds of Centrelink
payments. These laws could be extended Australia-wide and
they could affect your family.”

DOCUMENTARY BY SINEM SABAN ABOUT THE NT INTERVENTION:

– Event

Stop the Intervention:
Documentary by Sinem Saban about the NT Intervention
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/films-and-literature/doco-by-sinem-about-nt-intervention
Also, NSW Reconciliation Council: http://www.nswreconciliation.org.au/_webapp_475104/Our_Generation_Screening
“Preview Fundraiser Screening of the ground-breaking new
documentary on Aboriginal Rights “OUR GENERATION”
www.ourgeneration.org.au
“This is a very important film that everyone needs to see….
It will change your life” – John Butler, of John Butler Trio
Date: Thursday 20th May
Place: Footbridge Theatre, Parramatta Road, University of Sydney
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm”

ABORIGINAL HOUSING IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY:

– Video

ABC Lateline: Indigenous housing program under fire
http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2010/s2900234.htm
14 May 10: “The Northern Territory’s embattled Indigenous
housing program is once again under fire. The $672 million
initiative has so far delivered only seven of the 750 new
houses promised and may now come under the scrutiny of the
auditor-general.”

– News

ABC: Senate calls for audit of Indigenous housing
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/05/14/2899673.htm?section=justin
14 May 10: “The Senate has passed a motion calling for the
Auditor General to conduct an audit of the controversial
$672 million Strategic Indigenous Housing and
Infrastructure Program [SIHIP]. It has done so after a call
by the Country Liberals Senator Nigel Scullion for an
urgent investigation into alleged waste and mismanagement.”

ABC: Aborigines ‘second rate citizens’ under SIHIP
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/05/13/2898214.htm
13 May 10: “The Federal Government must double the funding
for Aboriginal housing refurbishments or risk creating
substandard housing, the chairman of the Council of
Territory Cooperation says. The council, headed by
independent MLA Gerry Wood, has been touring
newly-refurbished homes in remote communities and says some
are simply not up to scratch.”

ABC: Budget falls short on Indigenous housing: CLP
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/05/12/2897137.htm
12 May 10: “The Northern Territory Opposition says the
federal budget will not help the Strategic Indigenous
Housing and Infrastructure Program [SIHIP] meet its
deadlines and promises.”

ABC: New SIHIP house stands idle as community waits
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/05/11/2895773.htm?site=indigenous&topic=latest
11 May 10: “Indigenous people in the remote community of
Gunbalanya say they cannot understand why homes under the
Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program are
taking so long to build. The Chief Minister visited the
Arnhem Land community yesterday but one of the houses he
visited was locked and no one had moved in, months after it
was completed.”

Australian: Little to show for $170m
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/in-depth/aboriginal-australia/little-to-show-for-170m/story-e6frgd9f-1225863378269
7 May 10: “NEARLY $170 million has been spent on a total of
seven new houses and 155 refurbishments for Aboriginal
homes in the Northern Territory, according to budget
papers.”

ABC: Indigenous housing has $110m black hole: CLP
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/05/07/2893080.htm
7 May 10: “The Northern Territory Opposition says there is
a $110 million black hole in a Government-run Aboriginal
housing program. The controversial $672 million Strategic
Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program aims to build
750 new homes in remote Indigenous communities in the
Territory.”

ABORIGINAL UNEMPLOYMENT AND THE NT INTERVENTION:

– Media Release

Rollback the Intervention: Media Releases
Fund jobs not a new ration system, says campaign group and union.
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/media/
14 May 10: “The Intervention Rollback Action Group (IRAG)
and the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union
(LHMU) NT Branch have today condemned a recent announcement
that $18 million in federal funding will be invested in the
Central Desert Shire’s Community Development and Employment
Project (CDEP). The groups say that the new CDEP scheme is
incredibly exploitative, forcing Aboriginal people to work
for quarantined Centrelink payments, and that the money
should be invested in fulltime jobs for local Aboriginal
workers to provide Shire services. In the past month, 86
Aboriginal workers have joined up unions as part of a ‘jobs
with justice’ campaign to press these demands.”

– News

Green Left: Aboriginal people fighting against unemployment
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/44007
9 May 10: “In late April, activists from the Intervention
Rollback Action Group (IRAG) toured several communities
affected by the NT intervention. In particular, they looked
at how employment patterns had changed. The results were
the same everywhere they went: This is as bad as it has
ever been.”

– Interview

Solidarity: Aboriginal communities say:
‘We need jobs and services not the Intervention’
http://www.solidarity.net.au/issue-24-may/aboriginal-communities-say-%E2%80%98we-need-jobs-and-services-not-the-intervention/
May 10: “Solidarity spoke to Mark Fordham, until recently
the works manager for the Barkly Shire Council who service
Ampilatwatja, a “prescribed community” under the NT
Intervention, about the failure in providing basic services
there – and the failure to employ any Aboriginal people to
provide them. Alongside the Intervention, mega-Shires like
the BSC have taken over from locally run Aboriginal
community councils, acquiring all of their assets and
laying off staff.”

NT GOVERNMENT POLICY MARGINALISES ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES:

– News

ABC: Schools boss seeks solution to bilingual anger
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/05/12/2897553.htm
12 May 10: “The head of the Northern Territory Education
Department [Gary Barnes] is preparing to meet with parents
who are angry about the Government’s bilingual policy in
remote schools. Indigenous residents from the community of
Areyonga, south-west of Alice Springs, have lodged a
complaint with the Human Rights Commission about a
Territory Government policy that requires remote schools to
teach in English every morning.”

– Opinion/Analysis

Fully (sic) – Crikey’s language blog:
Speak your home language but do it in English please!
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/fullysic/2010/05/13/speak-your-home-language-but-do-it-in-english-please/
13 May 10: “What sort of fool is capable of saying
something as ridiculous as this?: “We want people to speak
their home language for the first four hours but we want it
predominantly done in English.” Only the CEO of the
Northern Territory Education Department, Gary Barnes (as
quoted on the ABC News website). He’s referring to a
draconian policy he oversees which excludes Aboriginal
languages from being the language of instruction in all NT
classrooms for the first four hours of every school day.”
Greg Dickson

SECOND NEW WAY ABORIGINAL SUMMIT:

– Reportback

Indymedia Australia: Second New Way Aboriginal summit:
“Reject the names invaders gave us”
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/05/15/second-new-way-aboriginal-summit-%E2%80%9Creject-the-names-invaders-gave-us%E2%80%9D
15 May 10: “Aboriginal political activist Michael Anderson
(pictured) said today that the second New Way Summit held
over the weekend of the 8-9th May at the Sydney University
was very successful. While it was very difficult for many
people to attend, the internet is very effective at getting
to a large audience, Mr Anderson said. … The next New Way
summit will be at the Melbourne University during the June
Queen’s Birthday weekend, when the lead topic will be the
British genocide of Aboriginal people and the ongoing war
against Aboriginal people through assimilation and
absorption. Another key topic to be discussed is the
‘Treaty’.”

– Background

Indymedia Australia: Next Aboriginal summit in Sydney in May
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/04/26/next-aboriginal-summit-in-sydney-in-may

OTHER ABORIGINAL ARTICLES:

– Opinion/Analysis

Australia.to:
No Frills, No Strategy in Aboriginal Health Budget: NACCHO
http://australia.to/2010/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2675:no-frills-no-strategy-in-aboriginal-health-budget-naccho&catid=97:news-media-releases&Itemid=161
13 May 10: “There were no frills and no clear strategy to
embrace the opportunities in Aboriginal health in last
night’s budget says Mr Justin Mohamed, Chair of National
Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
(NACCHO). “The budget’s largest overall health investment
has been chewed up in the hospitals deal. … ” Mr Mohamed
said.”

TRANSCEND Media Service: Apartheid Is Alive and Well
http://www.transcend.org/tms/2010/04/apartheid-is-alive-and-well/
“There is a place where indigenous blacks are still being
shunted off their land into reservations; where work is
rewarded not with wages but with ration cards, to spend in
white-owned supermarkets; where public services are
lavished on the already wealthy but denied to the poorest
unless they agree to hand over their birthright.” Associate
Professor Jake Lynch, Director, Centre for Peace and
Conflict Studies, University of Sydney

– News

ABC: Study questions indigenous welfare management
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/05/16/2900701.htm?site=indigenous&topic=latest
16 May 10: “A group of leading academics from across the
nation says the Federal Intervention is doing more harm
than good in the Northern Territory. … according to new
research published in the Medical Journal of Australia,
income management has not resulted in more healthy food
being bought and eaten by many Aborigines.”


16/05/2010: “MUCKATY VOICES” FILM; SENATE REPORT INTO NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP PLAN

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 16/05/2010 by D

Contents:
“Muckaty Voices”: a film of resistance to nuclear waste dump plan
Senate Report into plan to establish national nuclear waste dump
Other Muckaty Station nuclear waste dump articles
Background to Muckaty Station nuclear waste dump

“MUCKATY VOICES”: A FILM OF RESISTANCE TO NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP PLAN:

Beyond Nuclear Initiative’s weblog: Muckaty Voices
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.wordpress.com/
Also, YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcuNpT84Ovo
9 May 10: “”Muckaty Voices” is a short film capturing
community resistance to an Australian government plan to
dump radioactive waste at Muckaty Station, 120 kilometres
north of Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory. …
Traditional Owner and dump critic Dianne Stokes told a
Senate Inquiry in April 2010, “We made the video throughout
the Warlmanpa land. It is all of the Milwayi story. We
wanted to show this DVD to the public and the people here
in this Senate Inquiry because of the place where the
proposed dump site area is going to be sited… Along with
that, we have some songs and dances to represent the
country”. The film was produced for the Muckaty Traditional
Owners by Enlightning Productions, with the support of the
Beyond Nuclear Initiative.”

SENATE REPORT INTO PLAN TO ESTABLISH NATIONAL NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

– Senate Report

http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/committee/legcon_ctte/radioactivewaste/report/index.htm

– Dissenting Report by Australian Greens

http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/committee/legcon_ctte/radioactivewaste/report/d02.htm

– Update by Nat Wasley, Beyond Nuclear Initiative

Indymedia Australia:
Muckaty radioactive waste bill to be voted on tomorrow
– opposition update 12 May 2010
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/05/12/muckaty-radioactive-waste-bill-to-be-voted-on-tomorrow-opposition-update-12-may-2010
12 May 10: “With the National Radioactive Waste Management
Bill scheduled to be voted on in the Senate on Thursday
(May 13), the campaign against a radioactive waste dump at
Muckaty, 120 kms north of Tennant Creek in the NT, is at a
very important stage and there are lots of opportunities
for people to support Traditional Owners and the Barkly
community and make this a national issue and embarrassment
for the Rudd Government.”

– Media Releases

Beyond Nuclear Initiative’s weblog:
Senate report increases determination to fight Muckaty nuclear dump
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.wordpress.com/media-releases/
Also, Indymedia Australia: http://indymedia.org.au/2010/05/11/senate-report-increases-determination-to-fight-muckaty-nuclear-dump
12 May 10: “The Beyond Nuclear Initiative (BNI) says a
Senate report on the National Radioactive Waste Management
Bill released on May 7 is deplorable and will invigorate
efforts to oppose a dump at Muckaty Station in the Northern
Territory. … The Legislative and Constitutional Affairs
Committee report suggests only minor alterations to the
waste dump legislation, despite strong criticism by legal
experts, the NT Chief Minister, Muckaty Traditional Owners
and the Central Land Council.”

Greens: Govt’s radioactive whitewash makes a mockery of Senate scrutiny
http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/govt%E2%80%99s-radioactive-whitewash-makes-mockery-senate-scrutiny-greens
7 May 10: “The Federal Government has used a Labor led
Senate committee to whitewash a report into its plan to
establish Australia’s first ever national radioactive waste
dump, the Australian Greens say. “This makes a mockery of
the Senate’s role to scrutinise important legislation,”
Australian Greens nuclear spokesperson Scott Ludlam said
today. “Labor had to be dragged kicking and screaming to
actually hold an inquiry and refused to hold a hearing at
Tennant Creek, the major town near the only nominated site,
Muckaty Station. Now it’s used its Labor majority committee
to ignore the overwhelming evidence from over 230
submissions to rubber stamp its plan to impose this
controversial waste dump on an unwilling community. We are
extremely dismayed the committee chose to snub many
sensible and considered Greens suggestions to make the
report reflective of the actual evidence heard throughout
the inquiry.”

– Opinion/Analysis

Brisbane Times: Labor reneges on nuclear waste promise
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/opinion/politics/labor-reneges-on-nuclear-waste-promise-20100513-v12d.html
13 May 10: “Before the 2007 election, federal Labor
promised a new approach to the management of radioactive
waste, characterised by international best practice, full
community consultation and consent. It promised to restore
transparency, accountability, procedural fairness and legal
redress.” Dave Sweeney

Australian Conservation Foundation:
Senate radioactive dump inquiry deeply flawed
http://www.acfonline.org.au/articles/news.asp?news_id=2825
7 May 10: “A Senate report into laws to authorise a
controversial planned nuclear waste in the Northern
Territory has failed to make any progress towards
responsible radioactive waste management in Australia, the
Australian Conservation Foundation said today. … “This
proposed legislation remains controversial and contested.
Minister Ferguson’s legislation is a bad deal, not a done
deal.” [said ACF nuclear free campaigner Dave Sweeney]”

– News

Tennant & District Times: Report paves way for Muckaty dump
http://tennantcreek.yourguide.com.au/news/local/news/general/report-paves-way-for-muckaty-dump/1830061.aspx
14 May 10: “A SENATE inquiry report into the National
Radioactive Waste Management Bill has strengthened the
Federal Government’s resolve to build a nuclear waste dump
at Muckaty. The committee, which refused to hold a hearing
in Tennant Creek, recommended the Bill should pass. Five
minor amendments were recommended.”

ABC Alice Springs: Lawyers step in as waste dump gets nod
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/05/11/2895781.htm?site=alicesprings
11 May 10: “A team of solicitors will travel to Tennant
Creek today to prepare their case against the Federal
Government’s plan to build a nuclear waste dump north of
the town. The Darwin based legal team will speak to
traditional owners as part of a push to challenge the
nomination of the site at Muckaty Station. A Senate
committee has endorsed it as a suitable site for the
facility.”

ABC: Senate inquiry endorses NT nuclear waste dump
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/05/07/2893652.htm
7 May 10: “A Senate inquiry report has endorsed the Federal
Government’s plan to site a nuclear waste dump at Muckaty
Station in the Northern Territory. … However, the report
does recognise that there could still be a legal problem
for the Commonwealth. It says the inquiry was not able to
establish whether traditional owners had the authority to
sign the Muckaty deal, or whether other traditional owners
who oppose the dump should be recognised. It says this
should be resolved in court.”

NT News: Inquiry dumps on NT
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2010/05/07/145761_ntnews.html
7 May 10: “THE Senate inquiry into laws which could put a
nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory has
recommended the new legislation be passed. But the
inquiry’s report was immediately criticised as “an
unbalanced and closed-minded justification for a foregone
conclusion” by one of the committee members.”

OTHER MUCKATY STATION NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP ARTICLES:

– News

SMH: Nuclear waste site a target for terrorists, expert warns
http://www.smh.com.au/national/nuclear-waste-site-a-target-for-terrorists-expert-warns-20100510-uor7.html
11 May 10: “A BRITISH nuclear risk expert [John Large] has
warned that terrorists could target radioactive waste being
transported thousands of kilometres across Australia to a
proposed waste dump in the Northern Territory. … Experts
acknowledge a home-made radioactive bomb is the most likely
terrorist nuclear threat, he said.”

indiaserver.com:
Australia’s Disposal Of Radioactive Waste Might Attract Terrorist
http://www.india-server.com/news/australias-disposal-of-radioactive-26216.html
11 May 10: “A nuclear expert alarmed that terrorists might
target the nuclear wastes that gets dumped in the Northern
Territory of Australia and can use the waste for making
bombs. … The Senate committee didn’t take into account
the risk involved in transporting the waste.”

– Videos

ABC Lateline: Germany battles nuclear waste dilemma
http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2010/s2895644.htm
11 May 10: “Germany has recently reversed plans to phase
out nuclear power by 2020, but is still trying to solve the
problem of what to do with nuclear waste.”

EngageMedia: From Muckaty to Melbourne
http://www.engagemedia.org/Members/thevagabond/videos/from-muckaty-to-melbourne
6 May 10: “As Ferguson refused to travel from his office in
Preston, Melbounre to Muckaty N.T to talk to the
Traditional owners, a few representatives from the Muckaty
community decided to pay him a visit.”

YouTube: Nuclear Waste Dump – Muckaty Update

1 May 10: “Protesters gathered outside Federal Resources
Minister Martin Ferguson’s office in Melbourne, Australia.”

– Statements by Muckaty TOs

No-Waste: Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Dump
– Proposed site profile: Muckaty Station
http://no-waste.org/dox/res/muckaty%20profile.pdf
“Top to bottom we got bush tucker right through the
country. Whoever is taking this waste dump into our country
needs to come back and talk to the Traditional Owners.
We’re not happy to have all of this stuff. We don’t want
it, it’s not our spirit. Our spirit is our country, our
country where our ancestors been born. Before towns, before
hospitals, before cities. We want our country to be safe”
Dianne Stokes, Muckaty Traditional Owner

– Photos

flickr: No Nuclear Waste Dump

No nuclear waste from Muckaty to Melbourne

30 Apr 10: “Community opposition to Martin Ferguson’s
nuclear waste dump at Muckaty Station continues to grow.
About 40 people covened at short notice outside Martin
Ferguson’s electoral office on High Street Preston in a
colourful protest of speeches, song and street theatre on
30 April 2010.”

BACKGROUND TO MUCKATY STATION NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

Beyond Nuclear Initiative’s weblog:
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.wordpress.com/
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.wordpress.com/audio/

WGAR News: Nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory (2 Mar 10)
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/03/02/wgar-news-nuclear-waste-dump-in-the-northern-territory-2-mar-10

WGAR News: Muckaty Station Nuclear Waste Dump (20 Mar 10)
http://groups.google.com.au/group/foblmail/browse_thread/thread/ddc393bb66205849

WGAR News: Nuclear Waste Dump … (28 Mar 10)
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/03/28/wgar-news-nuclear-waste-dump-close-the-gap-day-28-mar-10

WGAR News: Muckaty Radioactive Waste Dump … (4 Apr 10)
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/04/03/wgar-news-muckaty-radioactive-waste-dump-welfare-quarantining-4-apr-10

WGAR News: National day of action against Muckaty nuclear waste dump: 12th April!
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/04/10/wgar-news-national-day-of-action-against-muckaty-nuclear-waste-dump-12th-april

WGAR News: Nuclear Waste Dump: Senate inquiry in Darwin; Nationwide protests (17 Apr 10)
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/04/16/wgar-news-nuclear-waste-dump-senate-inquiry-in-darwin-nationwide-protests-17-apr-10

WGAR News: … Update: Muckaty Station Nuclear Waste Dump (23 Apr 10)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2010/04/22/wgar-news-raw-sewage-dumped-in-ampilatwatja-aboriginal-worker-dismissed-23-apr-10

WGAR News: Update on Muckaty Station Nuclear Waste Dump (2 May 10)
https://wgar.wordpress.com/2010/05/02/02052010-update-on-muckaty-station-nuclear-waste-dump/

– – –

09/05/2010: NEW NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AUSTRALIA’S FIRST PEOPLES

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 09/05/2010 by D

Contents:
New National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
Film Screening: The Ampilatwatja Walkoff vs. The Intervention
Rally against Racism: Stop racial discrimination in the N.T.
Other NT Intervention Articles

NEW NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AUSTRALIA’S FIRST PEOPLES:

– Radio

The Wire: Launch of National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
http://www.thewire.org.au/daydetail.aspx?SearchDay=2010-05-07
7 May 10: “The National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples has been hailed by human rights groups as a
positive step forward for Australia’s indigenous people.
However indigenous community workers and experts believe
the organisation has failed to address major concerns.
Tygar Taylor spoke with Indigenous representatives about
what they really think about the National Congress of
Australia’s First Peoples.”

ABC PM: Doubts over impact of new peak Indigenous body
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2010/s2889151.htm?site=widebay
3 May 10: “There’s a new organisation to represent the
interests of Aboriginal Australians but just a day into its
existence questions are being raised about just what it’ll
do. Human rights groups have hailed the new National
Congress of Australia’s First Peoples as a turning point in
Australia’s reconciliation process. But sceptics say the
body has limited financial and political power and may
follow the same fate as other peak Indigenous bodies.”

– Media Releases

Indymedia Australia:
Aboriginal activist slams new body as “joke of the new millennium”
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/05/05/aboriginal-activist-slams-new-body-as-%E2%80%9Cjoke-of-the-new-millennium%E2%80%9D
5 May 10: “Aboriginal political activist, Michael Anderson,
says the Rudd government’s attempt to pacify the Aboriginal
people by establishing the Aboriginal Congress of First
Nations is an absolute joke and a waste of $30 million of
public funds. … “Do the Prime Minister and his Minister
for Aboriginal Affairs, Jenny Macklin, truly think that we
Aborigines are childlike and cannot see the insult being
waged against us with the establishment of such an
irrelevant organization, and then to say that they represent
Aborigines when NO public elections are being held for its
membership?””

Northern Land Council:
National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
http://www.nlc.org.au/html/files/National%20Congress%20of%20Australia%27s%20First%20Peoples.pdf
4 May 10: “Northern Land Council (NLC) Chief Executive Mr
Kim Hill says the re-creation of a national Indigenous
representative body is an important step in improving the
lives of Aboriginal peoples in the Northern Territory.
Members of the national exectutive and ethics council of
the new National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples were
announced yesterday, giving Australia’s Indigenous peoples
a united voice for the first time since the Aboritinal and
Torres Strait Islander Commission was disbanded by the
former Howard government in 2005.”

Australian Human Rights Commission:
First National Executive is a milestone moment for Indigenous Australians
http://www.hreoc.gov.au/about/media/media_releases/2010/40_10.html
2 May 10: “Today’s announcement that the National Congress
of Australia’s First Peoples is ready to begin operations
marks a new beginning for effective national representation
of Australia’s First Peoples, Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda said today.
Mr Gooda congratulated the Congress on being incorporated
as a company limited by guarantee, meaning that it can now
begin to operate officially.”

– Membership of the National Executive and the Ethics Council

Indigenous Peoples Issues & Resources:
New Congress To Represent Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islanders:
National Congress Of Australia’s First People
http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5068:new-congress-to-represent-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islanders-national-congress-of-australias-first-people&catid=54:australia-indigenous-peoples&Itemid=76
5 May 10: “The National Executive are charged with
overseeing the set up phase and along with a secretariat is
tasked to convene the first meeting of the Congress and its
120 delegates. … A special body of expert peers has also
been established as an Ethics Council and will provide
independent advice on standards and guidelines for the
Congress. As an oversight and advice body the Council will
assist with legal and reporting requirements but also as an
external body that can investigate breaches or complaints.”

– News

The Standard: A non-event
http://www.standard.net.au/news/local/news/general/a-nonevent/1821980.aspx
6 May 10: “GEOFF Clark has slammed the launch of the new
national indigenous representative body, declaring it a
“non-event.” The outspoken Aboriginal activist said the new
National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples was
undemocratic and subservient to the federal government. The
executive board of the newly-established congress was
announced in Sydney this week and the organisation will be
fully functioning next year.”

Koori Mail: New body ‘window-dressing’, says campaigner
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
6 May 10: “SYDNEY-based social justice campaigner Ray
Jackson has expressed doubts about the longevity of the new
National Congress of Australia’s First People, given its at
least initial reliance on government funding and support
from philanthropic and corporate sources. Ray Jackson
described the new organisation as ‘a powerless
assimilationist government-controlled window dressing
exercise’, whose advice the Federal Government could listen
politely to and then ignore”

Koori Mail: Tent Embassy founder brands Congress ‘a joke’
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
6 May 10: “ONE of the founders of the Aboriginal Tent
Embassy in Canberra has described the new National Congress
of Australia’s First People (NCAFP) as ‘a joke’, and a
waste of public funds. Michael Anderson says the
Government’s failure to ensure public elections for
membership of the $30 million National Congress is an
insult, and he hopes Indigenous Australians will have
nothing to do with what he says will be an ‘irrelevant
organisation’.”

Koori Mail: National Congress ‘a turning point’
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
5 May 10: “THE announcement that the National Congress of
Australia’s First Peoples (NCAFP) was ready to begin
operations will go down in history as a turning point in
Australia’s reconciliation process, according to Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick
Gooda. Mr Gooda said the NCAFP’s evolution from a process
driven by Indigenous peoples and equal representation of
women and men was ground-breaking.”

Koori Mail: Land council backs NCAFP
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
5 May 10: “THE Northern Land Council (NLC) has described
the re-creation of a national Indigenous representative
body as an important step in improving the lives of
Aboriginal peoples in the Northern Territory. The land
council’s chief executive Mr Kim Hill said Indigenous
people needed a united voice in order to negotiate
successful outcomes with government.”

Koori Mail: Govt welcomes new rep body
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
5 May 10: “THE Australian Government says it looking
forward to working with the inaugural national executive of
the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples to close
the gap in Indigenous life outcomes and opportunities.
Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin says the new body
offered an ‘informed and strong national voice’ for the
goals, aspirations, interests and values of Indigenous
peoples.”

Koori Mail: A new voice
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
5 May 10: “FIVE years after the aboliton of the Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC), Indigenous
Australians have a new national voice. An eight-member
national executive co-chaired by Sam Jeffries, from western
NSW, and Canberra-based health researcher Dr Kerry Arabena
will lead the National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples (NCAFP) during its establishment phase.”

ABC: Aboriginal congress attacked as lesser ATSIC
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/05/03/2889261.htm
3 May 10: “There is a new organisation to represent the
interests of Aboriginal Australians, but just a day into
its existence, questions are being raised about just what
it will do. … Dr Thalia Anthony, who has published widely
in the area of Indigenous people and the law and is based
at Sydney’s University of Technology, is concerned about
the structure of the congress.”

Age: New indigenous ‘company’ structured to keep
politicians at arm’s length
http://www.theage.com.au/national/new-indigenous-company-structured-to-keep-politicians-at-arms-length-20100502-u1hx.html
3 May 10: “A NEW national representative body to give
indigenous people a voice has been set up as a private
company so that the federal government will not be able to
sack the leaders, its architects say.”

National Indigenous Times:
Indigenous rep body “a new beginning”: Gooda
http://www.nit.com.au/breakingnews/story.aspx?id=19764
3 May 10: “Indigenous Australia’s new nationally elected
representative body was incorporated as a company over the
weekend, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social
Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda welcoming it as a “new
beginning”. The National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples was proposed by Mr Gooda’s predecessor Tom Calma
last year, following a series of consultations around the
country. …
For more information on the National Congress of Australia’s
First Peoples see the next print edition of NIT.”

SMH: Generation next: quiet achievers rise to forefront of
Aboriginal affairs
http://www.smh.com.au/national/generation-next-quiet-achievers-rise-to-forefront-of-aboriginal-affairs-20100502-u1j0.html
3 May 10: “The chairwoman of the latest national indigenous
peak body is a descendant of the Meriam people of the
Torres Strait, with a dash of German and Spanish heritage
and a string of health administration jobs across northern
Australia.”

Australian: Changing of the guard for Australia’s First Peoples
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/in-depth/aboriginal-australia/changing-of-the-guard-for-australias-first-peoples/story-e6frgd9f-1225861308006
3 May 10: “Sam Jeffries, 46, and Kerry Arabena, 42, were
yesterday announced as co-chairs of the executive board of
the newly established National Congress of Australia’s
First Peoples. The announcement was made at The Australian
Hall in Sydney — scene of the milestone Aboriginal Day of
Mourning and protest in 1938 — and attendees smiled and
hugged each other on what they called another “landmark
day”.”

– Opinion/Analysis

SMH: It’s power and the passion
http://www.smh.com.au/national/its-power-and-the-passion-20100507-ujoa.html?skin=text-only
8 May 10: “The Aboriginal congress shuns the ATSIC example
and combines zeal with probity, writes Yuko Narushima.”

Australian Human Rights Commission:
New National Congress has every chance of being an
organisation of which we can be proud
http://www.hreoc.gov.au/about/media/media_releases/op_ed/20100430_national_congress.html
5 May 10: “This week’s announcement of the National
Executive for the National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples should be greeted with resounding applause:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples now have a
national voice again nearly five years after the formal
abolition of ATSIC at the stroke of midnight on 28 May
2005.” Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice
Commissioner Mick Gooda

Indymedia Australia: “Charity at best, shameful fraud at worst”
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/05/05/charity-at-best-shameful-fraud-at-worst
5 May 10: “i have given my views on the new National
Congress of Australia’s First Peoples before but i believe
a few more thoughts are required. to begin with i, like
many others, are insulted by the new identification of
being described as ‘first nations.’ that is an canadian/
american indian term and i do not see how its use can refer
to us here in australia. … tom continues to state that
there has been wide consultation but there are many voices
raised that belies that statement.” ray jackson, president,
indigenous social justice association

Australian: Set-up dooms new body to token status
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/set-up-dooms-new-body-to-token-status/story-e6frg6nf-1225861303160
3 May 10: “GRANDIOSE in name, modest in function, bizarre
in its bureaucratic architecture, the National Congress of
Australia’s First Peoples raises more questions than it
answers about the indigenous future. … The proof of the
new body will be in the functioning, but the congress, as
initially set up, is doomed to token status.” Nicolas
Rothwell

ANTaR: ANTaR welcomes new Indigenous body
http://www.antar.org.au/antar_welcomes_new_indigenous_body
3 May 10: “ANTaR has today welcomed the establishment of
the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples as a
significant development. The National Congress is expected
to provide an independent, national Indigenous voice on key
policy issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander peoples.”

– Background

WGAR News: … Proposed national Indigenous body (29 Aug 09)
[scroll down page] https://wgar.wordpress.com/2009/09/01/290809-un-expert-calls-nt-intervention-discriminatory/

WGAR News: … More media responses to proposed national Indigenous body (31 Aug 09)
[scroll down page] https://wgar.wordpress.com/2009/09/01/310809-more-media-responses-to-un-expert-james-anaya/

WGAR News: … Still more media responses to proposed national Indigenous body (3 Sep 09)
[scroll down page] https://wgar.wordpress.com/2009/09/03/3-sep-2009-governments-review-of-aboriginal-housing-scheme-in-the-nt/

WGAR News: … Proposed National Indigenous Representative Body (22 Sep 09)
[scroll down page] https://wgar.wordpress.com/2009/09/23/22-sep-2009-ampilatwatja-anti-intervention-walk-off-speaking-tour/

WGAR: New Way Summit delegates unanimously reject government sponsored Rep body (31 Jan 10)
https://wgar.wordpress.com/2010/02/01/new-way-summit-delegates-unanimously-reject-government-sponsored-rep-body/

WGAR News: … Proposed National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples (2 Feb 10)
[scroll down page] https://wgar.wordpress.com/2010/02/02/02022010-national-day-of-action-saturday-13-february-2010-2/

FILM SCREENING: THE AMPILATWATJA WALKOFF VS. THE INTERVENTION:

Workers Bush Telegraph:
Fri May 14- Aboriginal Rights Film Premiere Screening:
The Ampilatwatja Walkoff vs. The Intervention
http://workersbushtelegraph.com.au/2010/05/05/fri-may-14-aboriginal-rights-film-premiere-screening-the-ampilatwatja-walkoff-vs-the-intervention/
“A film by Actively Radical TV … Friday May 14th
TLC Building 16 Peel St, South Brisbane Doors open 6pm …
ABOUT THE FILM: In July 2009, the Alyawarr people from
Ampilatwatja, three hours’ north-west of Alice Springs,
walked off their community and set up a protest camp on
their traditional homelands. They have remained there ever
since, protesting against the racist measures of the
Northern Territory Intervention … ”

RALLY AGAINST RACISM: STOP RACIAL DISCRIMINATION IN THE N.T.:

Stop the Intervention:
Friday 28 May 2010, 5.30 PM, Townhall, Sydney
Rally against Racism – Stop racial discrimination in the N.T.
[scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
“Speakers include:
* Monica Morgan – Demand Dignity
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights programs manager
Amnesty International Australia
* Rebel Hanlon – Organiser CFMEU NSW”

OTHER NT INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention

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

STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney):
http://stoptheintervention.org/

IRAG (Intervention Rollback Action Group):
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/

Intervention walk-off’s Blog:
http://interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com/

WGAR (Working Group for Aboriginal Rights):
http://wgar.info/

– News

Green Left: Migrants fear welfare quarantine expansion
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/43916
2 May 10: “Clients at the Fairfield Migrant Resource Centre
heard on April 29 that people in disadvantaged areas, such
as Fairfield, could have their welfare benefits
“quarantined” as early as next year. The public meeting at
the centre featured Peter Davidson from the Australian
Council of Social Services and Richard Downs, spokesperson
for the Alyawarr people’s walk-off in the Northern
Territory.”

Green Left: Launch of Aboriginal rights convergence
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/43899
1 May 10: “[Paul] McAleer described the intrusive control,
bureaucratic mismanagement and overriding of community
wishes under the Northern Territory intervention. …
[Richard] Downs said he wanted to spread two key demands:
to abolish the intervention and reinstate the Racial
Discrimination Act.”

03/05/2010: SPEECHES FROM NATIONAL CALL OUT BY JOHN PILGER & RICHARD DOWNS

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 04/05/2010 by D

Contents:
Public Forum (23 April): The NT Intervention is a fraud
Next Aboriginal summit in Sydney, May 8-9
Jobs With Justice for Aboriginal Workers
Other Aboriginal Articles

PUBLIC FORUM (23 APRIL): THE NT INTERVENTION IS A FRAUD:

– Special STICS compilation on the Forum

[STICS – Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney]

Stop the Intervention:
Forum: The NT Intervention is a fraud
http://stoptheintervention.org/forum-the-nt-intervention-is-a-fraud
“A National call out launched by
John Pilger, Sydney Peace Prize Winner 2009 and
Richard Downs, spokesperson for the Alyawarr walk-off,
Ampilatwatja NT
with Prof. Larissa Behrendt, 2009 NAIDOC Indigenous Person
of the Year and Paul McAleer, Branch Secretary Maritime
Union of Australia, Sydney Branch.
Federation Conference Centre Auditorium,
37 Reservoir St, Surry Hills.
Friday 23 April, 2010, 6 pm”

– Forum address by John Pilger

Stop the Intervention:
A new chapter in the struggle of Indigenous Australians
http://stoptheintervention.org/forum-the-nt-intervention-is-a-fraud/john-pilger
23 Apr 10: “What Richard and the Alya-warr people are
saying is that they will not meet with Jenny Macklin or
Kevin Rudd until the government abolishes the Intervention
and fully restores the Racial Discrimination Act. In other
words, they’re on strike — like the Gurindji — and the
aim of tonight’s meeting is to call on all Australians to
walk off with them: to stand with them.”

– Video of Speeches from the Forum

Stop the Intervention:
Full speeches from the public Forum in Sydney, 23rd April 2010
http://stoptheintervention.org/forum-the-nt-intervention-is-a-fraud/videos-2
“* Address by John Pilger,
Sydney Peace Prize Winner 2009
* Address by Prof. Larissa Behrendt,
2009 NAIDOC Indigenous Person of the Year: Coming soon …
* Address by Paul McAleer,
Branch Secretary Maritime Union of Australia, Sydney Branch
* Address by Richard Downs,
spokesperson for the Alyawarr walk-off, Ampilatwatja NT”

– Photos of the Forum

Jagath Dheerasekara:
John Pilger & Richard Downs speak against the NT Intervention
– April 23
– NSW Teachers’ Federation Auditorium
– organised by Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney (STICS)
http://jagathdeerasekera.blogspot.com/2010/04/john-pilger-richard-downs-speak-against.html

NEXT ABORIGINAL SUMMIT IN SYDNEY, MAY 8-9:

– Statement

Indymedia Australia: Next Aboriginal summit in Sydney in May
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/04/26/next-aboriginal-summit-in-sydney-in-may
26 Apr 10: “Aboriginal political activist, Michael Anderson,
says the New Way Task Force will host the second New Way
Summit at the Sydney University on the 8th and 9th May.
“This national summit will again be broadcast live
throughout the internet for all to see,” Mr Anderson said,
adding that the Task Force would include any feedback or
discussion people may wish to engage in during the
proceedings of the summit itself. The first summit in
Canberra in January concentrated primarily on the issue of
the continuing sovereignty of Aboriginal nations and this
summit will again focus on recent research on this matter.”
[To find the venue enter Sydney Uni through the main gate
off City Road and it’s the second building on the right
facing Victoria Road a new building with lots of glass.
Apparently, there’ll be plenty of flags and signs to mark
the way.]

– Radio

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane
Let’s Talk – Indigenous presented talkback:
http://989fm.com.au/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29
28 Apr 10: “Karen Dorante spoke with Michael Anderson,
Chair of the National Task Force. They spoke about
Indigenous Affairs.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasting/audio/98fm-podcast-2010-04-28-89705.mp3
[Michael Anderson talks about the New Way Task Force and
the sovereignty of Aboriginal nations.]

JOBS WITH JUSTICE FOR ABORIGINAL WORKERS:

– Media Release

Rollback the Intervention: Media Releases
Jobs With Justice: May Day Rally Fights for Aboriginal Workers’ Rights
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/media/
30 Apr 10: “The Intervention Rollback Action Group (IRAG) ,
local trade unionists and representatives from a number of
Aboriginal communities will stage a demonstration in Alice
Springs this Saturday May 1st, international day for
workers rights. The protest will highlight the huge loss of
employment in communities that has come with the NT
Intervention, severe cuts to Community Development
Employment Projects (CDEP) and the dissolution of Aboriginal
Community Councils in favour of mega-Shires. The protest
will demand serious government investment to provide
properly waged employment and services in all Aboriginal
communities and an immediate end to new CDEP arrangements
which are forcing Aboriginal people to work for their
quarantined Centrelink payments.”

OTHER ABORIGINAL ARTICLES:

– News

Koori Mail: Govt’s Human Rights Framework disappoints
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
23 Apr 10: “HUMAN rights groups nationwide have voiced
their disappointment at the Federal Government’s rejection
of a national Human Rights Act. The Australian Human Rights
Group, Uniting Church, Law Council, Amnesty International
and gay rights groups all said the decision flew in the
face of strong community support for a legal framework to
truly protect the basic rights of all Australians,
particularly vulnerable groups including Indigenous people.”