– Background

Submissions to the Senate Inquiry

Stop the Intervention:
Forum: Welfare Quarantining and the RDA

Stop the Intervention:
Racial Discrimination Act – New Legislation

– Urgent Action

The Greens: Income Management
“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 Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment
(Welfare Reform and Reinstatement of Racial Discrimination
Act) Bill 2009 is listed to go through the Senate this week
so it’s the last chance to voice our opposition and express
our specific concerns about it. Call your Senators now at
Parliament House (phone numbers are available here) or
email them senator.(senator’s surname)@aph.gov.au and ask
them questions, such as: … ”

– Media Releases

Stop the Intervention:
Racial discrimination entrenched in new NT Intervention laws

Click to access MR-17-6-10-newNTERlaws.pdf

17 Jun 10: “The Alice Springs Based Intervention Rollback
Action group (IRAG) and STICS (Stop the Intervention
Collective Sydney) have condemned the Social Security and
Other Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform and
Reinstatement of Racial Discrimination Act) Bill, expected
to pass through the Senate this week. IRAG and STICS say
many aspects of the new laws entrench racial discrimination
and continue the hardships being felt under the NT
Intervention. “… The Australian Human Rights Commission
and other legal experts have been clear that Jenny
Macklin’s new laws will continue to deny the full
protections of the Racial Discrimination Act to Aboriginal
people. All draconian controls initiated by Howard in the
NT will continue”, said Peter Robson from STICS.”

Stop the Intervention:
Australian Catholic Social Justice Council
Bishop cautions on income management
15 Jun 10: “Bishop Christopher Saunders, Chairman of the
Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, has urged
politicians to remember the dignity and rights of
Indigenous people as Senators vote this week on a Bill
related to income management under the Northern Territory
Emergency Response. … ‘Compulsory income management alone
will not address the underlying causes of poverty and
disadvantage. A rigid focus on compliance or a policy that
implies that “we know what is best” or “it is all for their
own good” risks adopting the kind of attitude that gave
rise to policies behind the Stolen Generations. … ‘
Bishop Saunders said.”

– Rally

Stop the Intervention:
Rally Sunday 20th June:
3 Years of racist shame – Stop the NT Intervention
This Sunday June 20th, 12pm at Town Hall Square [Sydney]

Click to access 20-June-2010-digest.pdf

“Three years of federal intervention into Aboriginal
communities in the NT has created a mounting pile of
reports damning it as racist and destructive. But to the
despair of those living with the policies, Labor’s new
legislation entrenches and extend the intervention – which
explains why they have the support of the Tony Abbott’s

– News

SMH: NT welfare recipients to lose control of payments
17 Jun 10: “COMMUNITY organisations say 20,000 people in
the Northern Territory will be shocked when they lose
control of half their Centrelink payments from July 1 in a
trial of the biggest shake-up of the welfare system in
decades. Under new legislation, the federal government will
extend welfare quarantining … ”

Koori Mail: Greens won’t move on income management
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
17 Jun 10: “THE Australian Greens say they’ll stand firm on
their opposition to the Federal Government’s proposed
welfare reform legislation, which would extend income
management across Australia. Senator Rachel Siewert says
the legislation is discriminatory, and growing public
disapproval of the ‘punitive’ measures is obviously causing
the Government concern.”

Canadian Press: Australia plans to change ‘racist’ policy
that restricts how Outback Aborigines spend welfare
16 Jun 10: “The government wants to extend the spending
restrictions to everyone … The changes will depend on
legislation proposed next week to the Senate … Amnesty
International Australia said in a statement that while the
new regime would not be directly racially discriminatory,
concerns remain that it would disproportionately effect

ABC: Senate debates welfare quarantine extension in NT
16 Jun 10: “Legislation to extend welfare quarantining
across the Northern Territory is set to be debated in the
Senate this afternoon. … Indigenous Affairs Minister
Jenny Macklin says welfare quarantining will not apply to
aged and disability pensioners, unless there are special

Koori Mail: PM warns against ‘stuffing around’ on welfare reform
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
16 Jun 10: “PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd has appealed to the
Senate to ‘get on with it’ and pass the Government’s
welfare reform Bill this week. If passed, the legislation
would extend contentious income quarantining beyond NT
Intervention communities to most welfare recipients in the
Territory from 1 July and throughout the country within two
years. … ”

SMH: Indigenous welfare policy wrong: bishops
15 Jun 10: “Extending income management to more indigenous
communities returns the paternalistic attitudes that gave
rise to the Stolen Generations, Catholic bishops say. The
federal government quarantines the welfare payments of some
indigenous groups and the Senate will this week vote on
extending the scheme to other disadvantaged areas of the
Northern Territory and, eventually, throughout Australia.”

Koori Mail: Bishop urges income management caution
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
15 Jun 10: “WITH the Senate expected to vote this week on
proposals to extend income management beyond the Northern
Territory and reinstate the Racial Discrimination Act
there, a high-ranking cleric has urged politicians to
remember the dignity and rights of Indigenous people.
Catholic Bishop Christopher Saunders says income management
will impact most heavily on Indigenous people and won’t by
itself address poverty and disadvantage.”

Australian: Macklin begs Greens’ support
12 Jun 10: “JENNY Macklin has written to Greens leader Bob
Brown urging him to back the government’s bill making
welfare quarantining apply to all Australians — to remove
discrimination against Aborigines.”

– Interview

Prime Minister
Transcript of joint press conference – Canberra – 16 June 2010
16 Jun 10: “MACKLIN: What we’ve had made clear is at the
end of 2011, after the end of 2011, we will do a very
extensive evaluation of the impact of the introduction of
income management across the Northern Territory before we
extend it to other parts of Australia. But certainly from
the evidence we have so far in the Northern Territory,
income management is a very useful tool for making sure
that food is put on the table, making sure that welfare
money is spent in the interests of children and not on
alcohol and drugs.”

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