15/06/2010: NEW WAY SUMMIT (MELBOURNE) & INDIGENOUS & NON INDIGENOUS GATHERING (ALICE SPRINGS)

Contents:
Event 1-3 July: New Way Summit (Melbourne)
Event 6-9 July: Indigenous & Non Indigenous Gathering (Alice Springs)
Aboriginal low-paid employment
Aboriginal unemployment
Aboriginal housing
Other NT Intervention articles
Other Aboriginal articles

EVENT 1-3 JULY: NEW WAY SUMMIT (MELBOURNE)

– Media Release

Indymedia Australia:
New Way Aboriginal summit just before NAIDOC week
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/06/07/new-way-aboriginal-summit-just-before-naidoc-week
7 Jun 10: Chair of the New Way Summit Task Force,
Michael Anderson’s statement: “The next New Way Summit that
was set down for the June long weekend has been shifted to
the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of July, prior to the start on 4 July
of the National Aboriginal & Islander Day Observance
Committee (NAIDOC) week. This is to take advantage of the
greater than usual attention to Aboriginal issues generated
by NAIDOC. The Melbourne New Way Summit convener Ms Sharon
Firebrace said that this is a more appropriate time for it
to occur … The Melbourne New Way Summit themes are
genocide, sovereignty and treaty. … The governments know
that they do not have authority over Aboriginal people but
use force and threats to make us submit to their will. But
the New Way Summit participants know and understand this
weakness and will address it.”

EVENT 6-9 JULY: INDIGENOUS & NON INDIGENOUS GATHERING (ALICE SPRINGS)

Stop the Intervention: Gathering in Alice Springs 6-9 July 2010
http://stoptheintervention.org/Gathering-in-Alice-Springs-July-2010
[includes large poster]

Defending Indigenous Rights Land~Law~Culture
July 6-11 in Mparntwe-Alice Springs
http://defendingindigenousrights.wordpress.com/

ABORIGINAL LOW-PAID EMPLOYMENT:

– Audio

SBS Audio and Language:
Aboriginal: Working for $4 an hour
By Michelle Lovegrove
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/89412/t/Working-for-$4-an-hour/in/english
10 Jun 10: ” … Now the Gurindji people face another
challenge. It has been revealed that they are being paid
just $4 an hour for up to 30 hours’ work a week, through
Centrelink. That money is also subject to income
quarantining through the Northern Territory Intervention.
Gurindji elder Peter Inverway speaks with Michelle
Lovegrove.”

Rollback the Intervention: Audio
June 2, 2010: Kalkaringi workers’ rights rally
– Darwin Parliament House
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/audio-recordings/
Speakers include:
Jimmy Wavehill, Peter Inverway, Maurie Japarta Ryan,
Aunty Kathy Mills, Kara Touchie (ACTU), Rob Wesley Smith,
David Cooper (ANTaR) and Paddy Gibson (IRAG).

– Video

ABC: NT workers protest over low wages
http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2010/06/02/2916686.htm
2 Jun 10: “Indigenous people from the remote Wave Hill
Station say the federal intervention is stripping them of
rights as they have to work long hours for little pay.”

– News

ABC: Aborigines ‘forced to work 30 hours for $195’
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/06/02/2915831.htm?section=justin
2 Jun 10: “An elder from Kalkaringi, about 500 kilometres
south-east of Katherine in the Northern Territory, says
Gurindji people are being forced to work up to 30 hours per
week on construction sites under the Commonwealth’s
Community Development Employment Projects. In return they
get a food card and Centrelink money totalling about $195
per week.”

ABORIGINAL UNEMPLOYMENT:

– Video

ABC: CDEP jobs to be axed
http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2010/06/11/2925252.htm
11 Jun 10: “LAETITIA LEMKE, Presenter: Local government
councils across the Territory are preparing to sack
hundreds of long term employees. From the first of July,
federal government funding supporting community development
employment workers will dry up. Two years ago the federal
Indigenous Affairs Minister, Jenny Macklin made changes to
CDEP. The idea was that local government and the Territory
government would create mainstream jobs for the workers –
but that hasn’t happened.”

– Opinion/Analysis

Crikey: Rudd overpromised on indigenous unemployment
http://www.crikey.com.au/2010/06/04/closing-the-gap-rudd-overpromised-on-indigenous-unemployment/?source=cmailer
4 Jun 10: “Yesterday, employment data for 2008 and 2009,
the first two years of the Rudd government, were released.
And the figures suggest that rather than delivering on
their ‘closing the gap’ pledge, the Australian government
might have exacerbated the expansion of the indigenous
unemployment gap it has committed to halve.” Professor Jon
Altman and Dr Nicholas Biddle, Australian National University

– Media Release

Greens call for fresh approach as Indigenous unemployment jumps
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/greens-call-fresh-approach-indigenous-unemployment-jumps
4 Jun 10: “The Australian Greens are extremely concerned
about the widening gap in employment rates between
Australia’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.
Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson
Employment and Aboriginal Issues says the latest ABS
figures show the unemployment rate among Australia’s
Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander population
increased alarmingly from 13.8% in 2007 to 18.1% in 2009, a
loss of around equating to around 2000 jobs.”

– News

ABC: Federal Govt rules out extra CDEP funding
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/06/08/2921269.htm
8 Jun 10: “The Federal Minister for Remote Services, Warren
Snowdon, has indicated the Commonwealth will not provide
more funding to keep Indigenous people employed at shire
councils in the Northern Territory. The Local Government
Association says 500 people employed under a
work-for-the-dole program, known as CDEP, are at risk of
losing their jobs when funding runs out this month.”

Koori Mail: Widening jobs gap demands ‘fresh approach’
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
7 Jun 10: “THE Australian Greens say a four per cent rise
in Indigenous unemployment in the two years to 2009 shows
the Federal Government isn’t doing enough to provide
Indigenous people with realistic employment options and
work-ready skills. The Government pledged in 2008 to halve
the unemployment gap within a decade and has blamed the
economic downturn for the jump but Greens Senator Rachel
Siewert says that’s unacceptable.”

ABC: 500 jobs ‘at risk’ as CDEP funding ceases
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/06/04/2918143.htm
4 Jun 10: “The Local Government Association is calling on
the Commonwealth and Northern Territory Governments to help
stop about 500 people losing their jobs in remote areas.
The association says remote shires were given $8 million to
provide “real jobs” for people coming off the Aboriginal
work-for-the-dole program, known as CDEP. But the
association’s president, Kerry Moir, says the shires do not
have the money to continue providing the jobs once the
government funding ends this month.”

ABORIGINAL HOUSING:

Opinion/Analysis

Australian: Nothing constructive in housing disaster
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/nothing-constructive-in-housing-disaster/story-e6frg6zo-1225877647700
10 Jun 10: “Read carefully: 11 houses have been built and
160 repaired in two years for more than $200m. But at the
government’s valuation of $450,000 for a new house (no land
costs) and $75,000 for a refurbishment, the sum spent
should be only $16.85m. The location of the missing $183m
is not known.” Adam Giles

– News

Australian: Report warns of Strategic Indigenous Housing
and Infrastructure Program failure
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/report-warns-of-strategic-indigenous-housing-and-infrastructure-program-failure/story-e6frg6nf-1225877657612
10 Jun 10: “THE nation’s largest Aboriginal housing project
– blighted by delay and poor governance – is at risk of
failing to deliver on its original promises as resources
are squeezed and management systems flounder. They were the
conclusions reached by Northern Territory Auditor-General
Frank McGuiness in a report that has angered senior federal
bureaucrats … ”

NT News: SIHIP cost balloons out another $140m
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2010/06/07/153661_nt-business.html
7 Jun 10: “THE problematic strategic indigenous housing and
infrastructure program will cost the Territory taxpayer
more than twice than was originally promised. Opposition
Treasury spokesman John Elferink said the government
revealed during the Council of Territory Co-operation
hearings last week that the housing scheme would cost the
NT an additional $140 million.”

ABC: New house sits empty in Aboriginal community
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/06/04/2918089.htm?section=justin
4 Jun 10: “A new government-funded house that was due to be
handed over to a remote Aboriginal community in the
Northern Territory almost three months ago is still empty.
The house has been locked-up and deserted in the Arnhem
Land community of Gunbalanya, about 330 kilometres east of
Darwin, for 11 weeks. It was built under the $672 million
Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program
[SIHIP] by the Earth Connect Alliance.”

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/

– Media Release

Greens MPs: Rudd should drop income management laws
http://www.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/rudd-should-drop-income-management-laws-greens
9 Jun 10: “The Australian Greens have renewed calls for the
Federal Government to abandon legislation to extend
punitive income management provisions, saying most
Australians are unaware that the measures have been
introduced to Parliament. … Senator Siewert also accused
the Government of shamefully trying to discredit a study
into nutrition in remote Aboriginal communities which
provided compelling evidence that the Northern Territory
Intervention was not working.”

– Opinion/Analysis

Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR), ANU:
Income Management and the Rights of Indigenous Australians to Equity
Jon Altman
Topical Issue 3 / 2010
http://www.anu.edu.au/caepr/Publications/topical/2010TI3.php
Jun 10: “This paper examines the changing policy rationales
for income management in prescribed Indigenous communities.
The proposed welfare reforms currently before the
Australian Parliament will fundamentally alter a
citizenship rights-based approach to welfare, replacing it
with one that is skewed towards a far higher level of state
governmentality of citizen subjects. … ”

SMH: NT policy failing the children
http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/nt-policy-failing-the-children-20100613-y5us.html
14 Jun 10: “Three years on, despite unprecedented levels of
investment, the emergency response remains a political game
that leaves the best interests of the children on the
sidelines. We need a new approach, grounded in a genuine
respect for traditional culture and with human rights
principles at its core, to tackle the entrenched poverty
and discrimination faced by indigenous peoples in
Australia.” Sarah Marland, campaign co-ordinator for
Amnesty International Australia

The Economist:
Correspondent’s diary – Tracking the intervention
Road-tripping into the prescribed areas of Australia’s
Northern Territory
http://www.economist.com/node/16315656
11 Jun 10: “The road from Alice Springs is breathtaking.
Wild horses graze on grass from recent rains. Wrecked cars
are casualties of the dead-straight road’s mesmerising
dangers. Then, as I pass the boundary leading to Wallace
Rockhole, an aboriginal settlement, a big blue sign by the
road jolts me back to my journey’s purpose:
“Warning. Prescribed Area. No Liquor. No Pornography.””

Croakey – the Crikey health blog:
The Government campaign against researchers who dared
question income management
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/croakey/2010/06/11/the-government-campaign-against-researchers-who-dared-question-income-management/
11 Jun 10: “Yesterday a media release from Macklin and
Snowden triumphantly claimed: The number of people being
supported through income management has reached 17,000 …
Supported? The language of this document follows an
extraordinary report and session of senate estimates last
Friday when staff from the Department of Families, Housing,
Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) did a
very suss demolition job on the Menzies data casting doubt
on the value of income management.”

New Matilda: Exaggerating The Vegetables
http://newmatilda.com/2010/05/24/exaggerating-vegetables
24 May 10: “The Government likes to say that the NT
Intervention has improved Indigenous health – but the
problem is there’s no proper evidence for their claims,
writes Thalia Anthony”

– News

Australian:
Northern territory Intervention sees abuse cases double
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/northern-territory-intervention-sees-abuse-cases-double/story-e6frg6nf-1225878161011
11 Jun 10: “CHILD abuse and neglect cases in Aboriginal
communities uncovered as part of the radical Northern
Territory intervention have more than doubled, from 106 in
2007 to 247 last year.”

OTHER ABORIGINAL ARTICLES:

– Media Releases

Australian Human Rights Commission:
Two major reports highlight the need for a plan to achieve
Indigenous health equality within a generation
http://www.hreoc.gov.au/about/media/media_releases/2010/55_10.html
4 Jun 10: “”Both of the reports released today highlight
the need for a concerted national effort to plan for
Indigenous health equality,” Mr Gooda said. “It is
absolutely vital that a plan be developed in partnership
with Indigenous Australians as a national priority if both
the Close the Gap Statement of Intent commitments and the
Council of Australian Governments’ targets are to be met.””

Greens: Little to celebrate on Mabo day
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/little-celebrate-mabo-day-greens
3 Jun 10: “The Australian Greens have used Mabo Day to
renew calls for the Federal Government to take further
action towards true reconciliation and to abandon the
proposed changes to Native Title Act — which they have
described as ‘unnecessary, out of proportion, and embracing
and extending the logic of the Howard-era Wik amendments’.
“Unfortunately for Indigenous Australians there is little
progress to celebrate this Mabo Day,” Australian Greens
spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues,
Senator Rachel Siewert said today.”

ANTaR Queensland: Justice, Rights and then Reconciliation
http://antarqld.org.au/node/58
26 May 10: “On Sorry Day and the eve of National
Reconciliation Week, ANTaR Qld President, Kitty Carra,
questioned the use of the word reconciliation in relation
to Queensland. By definition reconciliation includes
contrition, confession, the acceptance of punishment, and
finally absolution. In other countries the reconciliation
movement is inseparable from the examination of truth.”

– News

National Indigenous Times:
A step in the right direction for Stolen Generations
http://www.nit.com.au/News/story.aspx?id=19889
27 May 10: “The Stolen Generations Alliance is calling for
all Australians to honour and acknowledge May 26 as the
anniversary of the release of the Bringing them home report
released in 1997. As the peak national advocacy and
representation body for Stolen Generations across Australia,
the SGA recognises the key role played by the National
Sorry Day Committee and essential support of the Australian
community to establish this anniversary as National Sorry
Day.”

National Indigenous Times:
Bridge walkers still saying Sorry for no redress
http://www.nit.com.au/News/story.aspx?id=19886
27 May 10: “The National Sorry Day Committee (NSDC) and its
partners hosted approximately 150 Canberrans marking
National Sorry Day by walking across their local bridges on
Wednesday the 26 May 2010. … “People who joined in on the
walk were asked to sit down halfway along the Commonwealth
Bridge for a minute’s silence to draw attention to the fact
that the Australian Government continues to refuse to
deliver the outstanding reparations and compensation that
complete the requirements of a full apology,” said Helen
Moran.”

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