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29/04/2011 Darwin gathering for Aboriginal people living in prescribed areas under the NT Intervention

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 29/04/2011 by D

Contents:
* Request for Support for Prescribed Area Peoples’ Alliance
Gathering – Darwin June 19-21, 2011
* Deaths in Custody: A Crikey Investigation
* Aboriginal summit –
Call for dramatic return to proactive political action
* First Nations political party and the NT elections
* Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
* Background to National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples

REQUEST FOR SUPPORT FOR
PRESCRIBED AREA PEOPLES’ ALLIANCE GATHERING
DARWIN JUNE 19-21, 2011

Intervention Rollback Action Group:
Request for Support for Prescribed Area Peoples’ Alliance
Gathering – Darwin June 19-21, 2011
http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/funding-appeal-papa-27-4-11.pdf
26 Apr 11: “I’m Barbara Shaw and I live at Mt Nancy,
Central Australia, one of the ‘prescribed areas’ under the
NTER (Intervention). For nearly 4 years the Intervention
Rollback Action Group (IRAG) has been working to support
and advocate for Aboriginal people living under the NTER
legislation. …
On June 19-20th Prescribed Area peoples from Central
Australia and Top End communities will meet in Darwin to
discuss strategies to accomplish the aims of the program.
There will be meetings with parliamentarians, unions and
key organisations.
The following day, June 21st, will mark four years of
failed Intervention. On this day there will be a rally to
show support for Prescribed Area people followed by a
concert.
In order for all this happen we urgently need funds to
support our work and to take a delegation of key people
from as many communities as possible to Darwin in June. … “
[Click on the above link for more info and
details of how to make a donation.]

DEATHS IN CUSTODY: A CRIKEY INVESTIGATION:

Crikey: Deaths in Custody: A Crikey Investigation
http://www.crikey.com.au/deaths-in-custody/
“Twenty years today after the Royal Commission report into
Aboriginal deaths in custody was released, fatalities in
prison custody are rising and inmates are still dying as a
result of the same lethal practices the Commission sought
to eliminate. As part of a forensic Crikey investigation,
freelance journalist and Australian Centre for Independent
Journalism associate Inga Ting examines the startling data,
the damning case studies and the very human stories behind
a vexed political and social issue.”

See:

WGAR News: Deaths in custody and Aboriginal incarceration rates (14 Apr 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/14/wgar-news-deaths-in-custody-and-aboriginal-incarceration-rates

WGAR News: Joint National Call to Action to reduce imprisonment of Indigenous people (16 Apr 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/16/wgar-news-joint-national-call-to-action-to-reduce-imprisonment-of-indigenous-people

WGAR News: Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (21 Apr 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/21/wgar-news-elders-speak-out-on-the-northern-territory-nt-intervention

WGAR News: Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (24 Apr 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/24/wgar-news-two-urgent-petitions-on-the-nt-intervention-sign-by-early-may-2011

ABORIGINAL SUMMIT – CALL FOR DRAMATIC RETURN TO PROACTIVE POLITICAL ACTION:

– Media Release

Call for dramatic return to proactive political action at
Aboriginal summit
By Michael Anderson and Ellie Gilbert
Indigenous Peoples: http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10062:australia-call-for-dramatic-return-to-proactive-political-action-at-aboriginal-summit&catid=54:australia-indigenous-peoples&Itemid=76
Indymedia Australia: http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/26/call-for-dramatic-return-to-proactive-political-action-at-aboriginal-summit
26 Apr 11: “Canberra 25 April 2011, Anzac Day — The
Aboriginal New Way Sovereignty Summit here over Easter was
informed that given the state of Aboriginal Affairs in this
country today it is now time to make a dramatic return to
proactive political action.
Within the coming months legal submissions will be
completed for two challenges. The International Court of
Justice (ICJ) will be asked for an Advisory Opinion on the
status of the Aboriginal Sovereignty.
The second legal challenge will be in the European Court
of Human Rights where an application will be made for
compensation and reparation from the British in respect to
the colonisation, dispossession, usurpation of our natural
wealth and resources.
The core of the latter legal application will focus on the
absolute dispossession of Aboriginal lands that has caused
us to become internally displaced Peoples and refugees.”

– Background to the Summit

Indymedia Australia:
New Way Sovereignty Summit, Canberra 22-25 April (Easter Weekend)
http://indymedia.org.au/new-way-sovereignty-summit-canberra-22-25-april-easter-weekend

FIRST NATIONS POLITICAL PARTY AND THE NT ELECTIONS:

– Audio

The Wire: Aboriginal Party hopes to stand in NT election
[scroll down page] http://www.thewire.org.au/daydetail.aspx?SearchDay=2011-04-27
27 Apr 11: “Australia’s first Indigenous political party
has been officially registered and plans to contest the
next federal election. For now though it has it’s sights on
the Northern Territory and other states. The Australian
Electoral Commission officially registered the First
Nations political party this year, and it has now applied
to the Noethern Territory Electoral Commission for
registration. In this story: Japarta Ryan, President of the
First Nations political party and David Carment, Professor
of History at the Charles Darwin University”

– News

Radio New Zealand:
New party launched to represents Aboriginals
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/73850/new-party-launched-to-represents-aboriginals
27 Apr 11: “A new political party representing Aboriginal
people in Australia has been given the green light to run
in the Northern Territory election.”

ABC: Aboriginal party seeks to stand in NT election
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/04/26/3200415.htm
26 Apr 11: “A new political force representing the
interests of Aboriginal people hopes to run in the Northern
Territory election next year. The Australian Electoral
Commission officially registered the First Nations
political party earlier this year. But that only gave the
party the right to stand in federal elections. First
Nations has now applied to the Northern Territory Electoral
Commission for registration.”

NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

– Women’s Discussion Groups [2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th of May]

Equality Rights Alliance – Women’s Voices for Gender Equality:
Women Invited to Have Their Say on Income Management
http://www.equalityrightsalliance.org.au/news/women-invited-have-their-say-income-management
“Women affected by Income Management and BasicsCard are
invited to have their say at independent discussion groups
in Alice Springs and Darwin.
“Equality Rights Alliance is Australia’s largest network of
organisations advocating for women’s equality. We want
policy makers and media to hear the views of women living
with BasicsCard and Income Management,” says Emma Davidson,
Project Coordinator at Equality Rights Alliance.”

– Video

ABC 7.30: NT intervention four years on
http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2011/s3201839.htm
27 Apr 11: “Chris Uhlmann reports from Alice Springs on the
controversial Howard Government intervention in the
Northern Territory. Has it been a success or not?”

ABC 7.30: Bess Price on the intervention
http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2011/s3201843.htm
27 Apr 11: “Bess Price, Chair of the Northern Territory’s
Indigenous Affairs Advisory Council speaks with Chris
Uhlmann.”

See:

Rollback the Intervention – Media Releases:
Town camp leader outraged by Bess Price claims on Q and A
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/media/
15 Apr 11: “Barbara Shaw, spokesperson for the Intervention
Rollback Action Group in Alice Springs and resident of Mt
Nancy Town camp says that comments by Bess Price on Q and A
about the “success” of the Intervention ignore the huge
evidence of continuing failure.
IRAG says Mrs Price’s comments have caused distress amongst
people living in prescribed areas under the Intervention,
whose experiences of deteriorating social conditions
continue to be ignored by government and mainstream media. …
“Marcia Langton wrote in the Australian today that Bess
Price ‘resides in Yuendumu’. This is untrue and the
Australian needs to correct the public record. Bess does
not live under the Intervention. She lives a comfortable
lifestyle in the eastern suburbs of Alice Springs, not in
a prescribed area. She does not have a Basics Card and she
does not work for the dole. She doesn’t have her home
raided. She doesn’t have her alcohol taken away at the
bottle shop,” Ms Shaw concluded.”

– News

ABC: Intervention needs education focus: Macklin
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/04/28/3202058.htm
28 Apr 11: “Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny
Macklin says she would like to see the Northern Territory
intervention go further with stronger efforts to get
children to school. Ms Macklin says the intervention has
improved the lives of many Indigenous women and children
in remote Aboriginal communities but she told the ABC’s
7.30 program thousands of children are not still enrolled
in school or not attending on a regular basis.”

Australian:
Abbott flies into heart of intervention debate in Alice Springs
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/abbott-flies-into-heart-of-intervention-debate-in-alice-springs/story-e6frg6nf-1226045871226
28 Apr 11: “Opposition Leader Tony Abbott last night thrust
himself into the centre of the Northern Territory
intervention debate, flying into Alice Springs to hold
discussions with key traditional Aboriginal leaders, some
of whom are embroiled in a dispute over who has the right
to represent their community.”

BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Creative Spirits:
Northern Territory Emergence Response (NTER)
– “The Intervention”:
http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/politics/northern-territory-intervention.html

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

IRAG (Intervention Rollback Action Group):
Mparntwe – Alice Springs:
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/

Jobs with Justice:
http://jobswithjustice.wordpress.com/

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

MAIC (Melbourne Anti-Intervention Collective):
http://maicollective.blogspot.com/

ANTaR (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation)
– NT intervention:
http://www.antar.org.au/issues_and_campaigns/nt_intervention

The Greens: Rachel Siewert:
Northern Territory Intervention:
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/category/issues/indigenous-rights/northern-territory-intervention

‘concerned Australians’:
Without Justice there can be no Reconciliation:
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/

Crikey – NT Intervention:
http://www.crikey.com.au/topic/nt-intervention/

New Matilda – northern territory intervention:
http://newmatilda.com/tag/northern-territory-intervention

Amnesty International Australia:
Looking back at the Northern Territory Intervention:
http://www.amnesty.org.au/indigenous-rights/comments/24460/

Defending Indigenous Rights:
http://defendingindigenousrights.wordpress.com/

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

Australian Human Rights Commission:
Northern Territory ‘Emergency Response’ intervention:
http://www.hreoc.gov.au/social_justice/intervention/index.html

FAIRA; Human Rights Law Resource Centre; NACLC:
Australia’s compliance with CERD – Fact Sheet 2:
Northern Territory Intervention:
http://www.hrlrc.org.au/files/Fact-Sheet-2-NT-Intervention.pdf

Green Left: Northern Territory intervention: myths and facts:
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/39732

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

NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AUSTRALIA’S FIRST PEOPLES:

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 27-04-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-27-04-2011
27 Apr 11: “* Former ALP national president Warren Mundine
has called on the Gillard Government to withdraw the $30
Million funding for the National Congress of Australia’s
First People’s claiming the new indigenous representative
body is a waste of money and would do nothing to improve
Aboriginal lives.
* The new co-chair of the National Congress, Les Malezer,
says at no point in the consultations to establish the
body, was there a proposal for two chairs and having both
a female and male chair of the organization he heads was
‘the idea of an elite few’.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA NEWS 26-04-11
http://caama.com.au/caama-news-26-04-11
26 Apr 11: “The new co-chair of the National Congress of
Australia’s First Peoples, Les Malezer says at no point in
the consultations to establish the body…. was there a
proposal for two chairs…and having both a female and male
chair was “the idea of an elite few”.”

– News

ABC: Indigenous congress shrugs off Mundine attack
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/04/27/3201349.htm
27 Apr 11: “The year-old national Indigenous congress has
responded to criticism levelled at it by former Labor Party
president Warren Mundine, who says it is “dead in the
water”. Mr Mundine said the Federal Government-funded
National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples will not
have the support of its constituents. But Sam Jeffries, one
of the congress chairs, says the voter turnout was strong
for a year-old organisation. “These are very good runs on
the board,” he said. Mr Jeffries says the congress would
fight for what its members want.”

Australian: Congress is a waste of money, says Warren Mundine
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/in-depth/aboriginal-australia/congress-is-a-waste-of-money-says-warren-mundine/story-e6frgd9f-1226045245331
27 Apr 11: “He [former ALP national president Warren
Mundine] called on the government to withdraw the $30
million funding for the new indigenous representative body,
saying the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
was a waste of money and would do nothing to improve
Aboriginal lives. … While Indigenous Affairs Minister
Jenny Macklin disagreed with Mr Mundine’s assessment, she
issued a veiled warning to congress co-chairman Les Malezer
to follow his memberships’ views.”

Australian: Aboriginal Facebook stand-off
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/aboriginal-facebook-stand-off/story-e6frg6nf-1226044693726
26 Apr 11: “THE social networking site Facebook has become
embroiled in a stand-off between Aboriginal leaders. The
new co-chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples, Les Malezer, has used Facebook to claim Aboriginal
leader Lowitja O’Donoghue was never elected to lead
indigenous bodies and that having both a female and male
chair of the organisation he heads was “the idea of an
elite few”.”

BACKGROUND TO NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AUSTRALIA’S FIRST PEOPLES:

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 News: 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://www.indymedia.org.au/2010/05/08/wgar-news-new-national-congress-of-australias-first-peoples-9-may-10

WGAR News: Co-Chairs of National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples elected (21 Apr 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/21/wgar-news-elders-speak-out-on-the-northern-territory-nt-intervention

WGAR News: National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples (24 Apr 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/24/wgar-news-two-urgent-petitions-on-the-nt-intervention-sign-by-early-may-2011


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21/04/2011 Elders speak out on the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 21/04/2011 by D

Contents:
* Elders speak out on the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Tracker: New magazine focusing on Aboriginal rights launched
* Co-Chairs of National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples elected
* Background to National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
* More on New Way Sovereignty Summit, at Easter, in Canberra
* Commemorating Indigenous people who died in the Frontier Wars
* Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

ELDERS SPEAK OUT ON THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

– Audio

ABC Radio National Awaye!: Elders on the intervention
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/awaye/stories/2011/3189099.htm
16 Apr 11: “A group of elders from communities across the
Northern Territory talk about the impact of the
intervention. It doesn’t matter where you stand, the
Northern Territory Emergency Response has had a profound
impact on the lives of many thousands of Aboriginal people.
Guests:
* Reverend Djiniyini Dondarra
a senior elder from the Dhurili clan, chairman of the
Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation and Uniting
Church minister
* Rosalie Kunoth-Monks OAM
trational owner of Utopia and president of Barkly Shire in
central Australia
* Miriam-Rose Unungmerr-Baumann
senior elder of the Nauiyu community (Daly River),
principal of Francis Xavier School and first Aboriginal
teacher in the NT
* Dhangal Gurruwiwi
senior elder of the Galpu clan from Yirrkala, artist and
advocate of bilingual education
* Harry Jakamarra Nelson
former president of Yuendumu Council
* George Gaymarani Pascoe
traditional owner of Milingimbi
* Djapirri Mununggurritj
Yolgnu elder and artist and head of the Yirrkala Womens
Council
Presenter: Daniel Browning
Producer: Daniel Browning”

– Video

Frequency: Richard Downs & Harry Nelson Speaking at
Melbourne University Ampilatwatja Walkoff & NT Intervention
http://www.frequency.com/video/richard-downs-harry-nelson-speaking-at/4712568
14-16 Oct 10: “On July 14 2009 we, Elders from the
Ampilatwatja community, walked out of our houses and set up
camp in the bush. We are fed up with the federal
government’s Northern Territory Intervention, controls and
measures, visions and goals forced onto us from outside. We
felt we were outcasts and isolated from all decision making
-there has been no meaningful consultation… We therefore
have no intention of going back there. We intend to stay
here until our demands are met.”

See:
WGAR News: A further conversation with Elders – impacts of living under the Intervention (25 Feb 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/02/25/wgar-news-a-further-conversation-with-elders-impacts-of-living-under-the-intervention

OTHER NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– Analysis / Opinion

SMH: Lockdown and labelling has failed the women and children
http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/lockdown-and-labelling-has-failed-the-women-and-children-20110419-1dnbh.html
20 Apr 11: “I don’t think anyone could accuse me of
disrespecting Bess Price. I appointed her chairwoman of the
Northern Territory Indigenous Policy Committee in 2008. She
and I share a degree of irritation with the purist “step
method” educationalists who have succeeded in promoting
their model of early years monolingual education as
“bilingual”. But she and I have always disagreed about the
intervention in NT indigenous communities. So I watched
with interest the most recent Q&A program, knowing the
topic would be raised and that she would be arguing her
corner.” Marion Scrymgour

See related Video:

ABC Q&A: Indigenous Intervention
[scroll down page] http://www.abc.net.au/tv/qanda/txt/s3182043.htm
11 Apr 11: “EMMA BEARD asked: A question for Bess Price: as
someone who rarely leaves the city, it can be very hard to
understand if the intervention was the right thing to do.
From your perspective what is the single most important
thing that needs to happen in order to improve life in
remote communities?”

See related Media Release:

Rollback the Intervention – Media Releases
Town camp leader outraged by Bess Price claims on Q and A
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/media/
15 Apr 11: “Barbara Shaw, spokesperson for the Intervention
Rollback Action Group in Alice Springs and resident of Mt
Nancy Town camp says that comments by Bess Price on Q and A
about the “success” of the Intervention ignore the huge
evidence of continuing failure.
IRAG says Mrs Price’s comments have caused distress amongst
people living in prescribed areas under the Intervention,
whose experiences of deteriorating social conditions
continue to be ignored by government and mainstream media. …
“Marcia Langton wrote in the Australian today that Bess
Price ‘resides in Yuendumu’. This is untrue and the
Australian needs to correct the public record. Bess does
not live under the Intervention. She lives a comfortable
lifestyle in the eastern suburbs of Alice Springs, not in
a prescribed area. She does not have a Basics Card and she
does not work for the dole. She doesn’t have her home
raided. She doesn’t have her alcohol taken away at the
bottle shop,” Ms Shaw concluded.”

– See related News

Green Left: NT intervention making life worse
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/47378
18 Apr 11: “Spokesperson for the Intervention Rollback
Action Group in Alice Springs and resident of Mt Nancy Town
camp, Barbara Shaw, has disputed claims by Bess Price on
ABC Television’s Q&A on April 10 about the “success” of the
federal governments’ Northern Territory intervention. “It
is outrageous that Bess Price can continue to go on
national media and spread false information on the
intervention while life in our town camps and communities
gets harder and harder,” Shaw said on April 15.”
Kiraz Janicke

– News

Australian: Second NT intervention on table
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/second-nt-intervention-on-table/story-e6frg6nf-1226039940393
16 Apr 11: “A SECOND federal intervention into the Northern
Territory is being considered by Indigenous Affairs
Minister Jenny Macklin. Ms Macklin said significant action
was still needed to improve conditions on remote
communities. In Adelaide yesterday, Ms Macklin said the
Gillard government would not rule out a another federal
takeover of key services when the intervention, initiated
by the former Howard government in 2007, ends next year.”

BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Creative Spirits: Northern Territory Emergence Response (NTER)—”The Intervention”
http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/politics/northern-territory-intervention.html

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

Jobs with Justice:
http://jobswithjustice.wordpress.com/

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

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

ANTaR (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation) – NT intervention:
http://www.antar.org.au/issues_and_campaigns/nt_intervention

MAIC (Melbourne Anti-Intervention Collective):
http://maicollective.blogspot.com/

‘concerned Australians’:
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/

Defending Indigenous Rights:
http://defendingindigenousrights.wordpress.com/

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

Australian Human Rights Commission:
Northern Territory ‘Emergency Response’ intervention
http://www.hreoc.gov.au/social_justice/intervention/index.html

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

TRACKER: NEW MAGAZINE FOCUSING ON ABORIGINAL RIGHTS LAUNCHED:

– New Magazine

Green Left: Challenging racism in Australia
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/47359
18 Apr 11: “A new magazine focused on Aboriginal rights,
Tracker, was launched in Sydney by the New South Wales
Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) on April 4. The monthly
publication was co-founded and launched by former National
Indigenous Times editor Chris Graham. It will feature
analysis and investigation of land rights, Aboriginal
issues and expose the challenges of institutional racism
and discrimination across Australian society.”

CO-CHAIRS OF NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AUSTRLIA’S FIRST PEOPLES ELECTED:

– Statements and Media Releases

Australian Human Rights Commission:
New era ahead for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
http://www.hreoc.gov.au/about/media/media_releases/2011/31_11.html
19 Apr 11: “Appointment of Jody Broun and Les Malezer as
the first elected Co-Chairs of the National Congress of
Australia’s First Peoples heralds the start of a new era
for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Social
Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda said today.
Commissioner Gooda congratulated Ms Broun and Mr Malezer on
their election.
“I congratulate Les and Jody on what is both an honour and
an enormous responsibility,” Commissioner Gooda said. …
“I have worked with both Les and Jody over the years and
know them to be strong and determined advocates for
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,” he said.”

Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation:
ANTaR Welcomes Elected Co-Chairs of National Congress
http://www.antar.org.au/antar_welcomes_elected_co_chairs_of_national_congress
19 Apr 11: “ANTaR has today congratulated Ms Jody Broun and
Mr Les Malezer for their election as co-Chairs of the
National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples.
“The National Congress of First Peoples was established to
provide a representative voice at the national level for
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples around the
country. The election of the Co-Chairs is significant as it
reflects the principle of self-determination in Aboriginal
organisations and affairs.””

Rachel Siewert: Greens welcome appointments to the National
Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/greens-welcome-appointments-national-congress-australia%E2%80%99s-first-peoples
19 Apr 11: “Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens
spokesperson for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Issues has welcomed the appointment of Jody Broun and Les
Malezer as the first elected Co-Chairs of the National
Congress of Australia’s First Peoples.
Senator Siewert said today that the Australian Greens look
forward to a continued, positive relationship with the
National Congress.
“I congratulate Mr Malezer and Ms Broun on their success,
and commend the National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples these appointments,” Senator Siewert said today.”

Indigenous Peoples: Australia: Statement By Les Malezer
Co-Chair Elect Of National Congress Of Australia’s First Peoples
http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9951:australia-statement-by-les-malezer-co-chair-elect-of-national-congress-of-australias-first-peoples&catid=54:australia-indigenous-peoples&Itemid=76
19 Apr 11: “I pay my respects to the Gadigal peoples and
the Eora nation on whose land we stand today.
I also pledge my absolute loyalty to the Aboriginal
peoples of Australia and the Torres Strait Islander peoples
of Australia, whom I will always love and serve without
reservation. They are my life.
I am very deeply honoured to have been elected as the
national Co- Chair for the National Congress of
Australia’s First Peoples.
I congratulate Jody Broun for her election also as the
national Co- Chair and look forward to working with her
within a strong partnership in the Congress.” Les Malezer

– News

SMH: Push to end intervention
http://www.smh.com.au/national/push-to-end-intervention-20110419-1dnid.html
20 Apr 11: “A SHAKE-UP of federal Aboriginal affairs is in
the wind after a long-time activist was elected one of two
heads of the new national indigenous organisation set up to
lobby governments. Les Malezer, who has been elected
co-chairman of the National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples, was the firebrand former right-hand man to Geoff
Clark, once head of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Commission (ATSIC). He instantly declared he would
use his position to persuade the federal government to end
the Northern Territory intervention.”

Australian: New Aboriginal body ‘cannot have two chiefs’
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/new-aboriginal-body-cannot-have-two-chiefs/story-fn59niix-1226041811711
20 Apr 11: “THE man elected as one of two people to chair
the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, Les
Malezer, has controversially declared that the new body
must have only one leader and dismantle its structure,
which creates top positions for both a man and a woman.
The structure was put in place to ensure Aboriginal women’s
voices were not lost. The congress announced yesterday that
Mr Malezer had been elected alongside Jody Broun in a
national ballot. About 600 people voted out of a 2000-strong
membership.”

BACKGROUND TO NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AUSTRALIA’S FIRST PEOPLES:

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://www.indymedia.org.au/2010/05/08/wgar-news-new-national-congress-of-australias-first-peoples-9-may-10

MORE ON NEW WAY SOVEREIGNTY SUMMIT, AT EASTER, IN CANBERRA:

– Background Statement

Pay the rent will be heard loud and clear across the land
Treaty Republic: http://treatyrepublic.net/content/pay-rent-will-be-heard-loud-and-clear-across-land
Indigenous Peoples: http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9920:australia-pay-the-rent-will-be-heard-loud-and-clear-across-the-land&catid=54:australia-indigenous-peoples&Itemid=76
17 Apr 11: “It is now our time to take this to the next
level and onto the International Court of Justice. This
colonial Australian government of England will try very
hard to fight against our right to be heard in the
International Court. …
I call upon all non-Aborigines who seek to correct history
to come and be part of history in the making at this
Easter’s Summit, as all people are welcome to come and
voice their thoughts and aspirations with us, for together
we can overcome and become the great nation that we are and
take our rightful place in the international community,
rather than a second class colonial nation state whose only
recognition is through our signatories to the peace treaty
and the United Nations Charter.” Michael Anderson

– Event details

Indymedia Australia:
New Way Sovereignty Summit,
Canberra 22-25 April (Easter Weekend)

[click on link for more event info]
http://indymedia.org.au/new-way-sovereignty-summit-canberra-22-25-april-easter-weekend

Last updated 17 Apr 11

“Date and Time:

Fri, 22/04/2011 – 9:00am to Mon, 25/04/2011 – 5:00pm
9:00am start each day.

Location:

Friday 22 April and Saturday 23 April meetings
will be at the Haydon Allen Tank, Building 23,
Australian National University, Canberra.
(These two day’s proceedings will be live webcast via
www.wgar.info for those who can’t attend but have
internet access.)

Sunday 24 and Monday 25 April will be at the
Aboriginal Tent Embassy opposite Old Parliament House.

Contact Name:
Michael Anderson (Summit Convenor)”

COMMEMORATING INDIGENOUS PEOPLE WHO DIED IN THE FRONTIER WARS:

– Analysis / Opinion

Eureka Street: Forgotten Aboriginal war heroes
http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=25647
18 Apr 11: “In 1979, distinguished Australian historian
Geoffrey Blainey proposed that the Australia War Museum
(AWM) commemorate the Frontier Wars. The idea has been
raised a number of times since by historians including
Henry Reynolds, but the AWM steadfastly refuses to consider
the matter. This is a moral issue – it is incumbent on
non-Indigenous Australians to own our past and accept that
our British antecedents perpetrated wrongs against
Australia’s Indigenous peoples.”
Paul W. Newbury, editor and principal author,
Aboriginal Heroes of the Resistance: from Pemulwuy to Mabo

ABORIGINAL DEATHS IN CUSTODY:

See:

WGAR News: Deaths in custody and Aboriginal incarceration rates (14 Apr 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/14/wgar-news-deaths-in-custody-and-aboriginal-incarceration-rates

WGAR News: Joint National Call to Action to reduce imprisonment of Indigenous people (16 Apr 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/16/wgar-news-joint-national-call-to-action-to-reduce-imprisonment-of-indigenous-people

– Rallies

Green Left: Perth rally to stop Aboriginal deaths in custody
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/47333
[photos]

Green Left:
Protests call for end to Aboriginal deaths in custody
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/47380
18 Apr 11: “”Of the 339 recommendations of the royal
commission into black deaths in custody handed down in
1991, the first people to receive funding were the police
and prisons,” Murri community leader Sam Watson told an
April 15 rally to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the
commission. “The big bucks went to the cops and the jails.
Aboriginal legal services and other Indigenous
organisations only got the crumbs. Instead of decreasing
the rate of incarceration of Aboriginal people, that rate
has increased over the past 20 years in Australia,” he
said. The rally and march attracted about 100 protesters.”
Jim McIlroy, Brisbane

Socialist Alternative: WA deaths in custody protest
http://www.sa.org.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=6865:wa-deaths-in-custody-protest&Itemid=454
18 Apr 11: “Fortunately, the Aboriginal community in WA
will not stand for this. A protest against Aboriginal
deaths in custody was held on Friday April 15, marking the
20th anniversary of the release of Royal Commission’s
report. Over 200 people hit the streets of Perth. In their
hands they carried 269 white crosses to commemorate the
number of Aboriginal people the WA state has murdered since
1991.” Tom Marcinkowski

– Audio

ABC Radio National – The Law Report:
Twenty years on from Aboriginal Deaths in Custody report
http://abc.com.au/rn/lawreport/stories/2011/3194772.htm
19 Apr 11: “It’s been 20 years since the Royal Commission
into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Fewer aboriginal people
are dying in lock-ups and prisons, but more are in jail.
And the situation for the next generation is dire. In our
juvenile detention centres more than half the kids are
indigenous. What are the solutions and will the next 20
years be any better?”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 18-04-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-18-04-2011
18 Apr 11: “Amnesty International says too little had been
done in the 20 years since a Royal Commission into
Aboriginal deaths in custody to improve the plight of the
nation’s first people.”

ABC PM: 20 years on, Aboriginal incarceration still high
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2011/s3193045.htm
15 Apr 11: “David Weber reports from Perth where a rally’s
been held to mark today’s anniversary. …
DAVID WEBER: A lot of people listening to this will say,
well why don’t Indigenous people just stop committing
crimes.
JACQUELINE PHILLIPS: Look I think we need to acknowledge
that there are a whole lot of systemic factors that are at
play in relating to Indigenous incarceration rates; that
they’re complex factors. It’s poverty, it’s about housing,
it’s about alcohol and drug problems, it’s about family
dysfunction.”
[Includes comments by Ted Wilkes, Sandy Billing and
Jacqueline Phillips.]

– News

Australia Network News:
Former commissioner concerned by Aboriginal lock-ups
http://australianetworknews.com/stories/201104/3194207.htm?desktop
18 Apr 11: “A former royal commissioner into aboriginal
deaths in custody says he’s concerned by an increase in the
number of indigenous Australians being locked up. …
Patrick Dodson, has told Radio Australia there’s no reason
to celebrate. “I’m concerned that the incarceration rates
have increased and haven’t diminished,” he said.”

National Indigenous Times:
Do more on deaths in custody: McClelland
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=21610
17 Apr 11: “The Federal Government’s Attorney-General,
Robert McClelland has told State and Territory governments
they need to do more to keep Indigenous people out of jail.
The Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody
delivered its final report 20 years ago this month, warning
about the rates of imprisonment among Aborigines. One
quarter of Australia’s prison population is Aboriginal.
Aboriginal advocacy groups argue far too many Aboriginal
people are being locked up and Mr McClelland agrees. …
The Indigenous prison population has doubled in the past 20
years.”

People’s Daily Online:
Australian gov’t failed to reduce aboriginal deaths in custody
http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90001/90777/90851/7352147.html
16 Apr 11: “Aboriginal deaths in custody will continue
because the government’s law and order policies have
failed, the Northern Territory Criminal Lawyers’
Association said on Saturday. According to the Northern
Territory Criminal Lawyers’ Association’s president, John
Lawrence, the lessons of the report have not been heeded.
“The bottom line is that we’ve gotten nowhere – slowly,
backwards, up a hill blindfolded,” he told Australia
Associated Press.”

– Analysis / Opinion

Indymedia Australia:
Police will never accept deaths-in-custody recommendations
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/17/police-will-never-accept-deaths-in-custody-recommendations
17 Apr 11: “Why are deaths in custody rising? a very good
article from ms. inga ting on the abject and sorry state of
the national gaol systems and the horrific number of deaths
in custody but especially nsw.” ray jackson, president,
indigenous social justice association

Workers Bush Telegraph:
Two hundred and twenty years but still not free
http://workersbushtelegraph.com.au/2011/04/16/twenty-years-but-still-not-free/
16 Apr 11: “Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the royal
commission into black deaths in custody in 1991. Since that
time there have been 397 black deaths in custody. Why? At
the beginning of the rally held in Brisbane on the
anniversary of the Royal Commission, as I was unloading the
PA gear from my car, when an aboriginal woman said that she
hoped we did not get arrested today. For her, the
possibility of arrest was real. For me it was no longer
probable. That got me thinking … ” Ian Curr

– Summary

Creative Spirits:
Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody
http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/law/royal-commission-aboriginal-deaths-in-custody.html
“A Royal Commission (a major government public inquiry into
an issue) into Aboriginal deaths in custody was announced
in 1987 after a spate of Aboriginal deaths in prison and
police custody and in response to a growing public concern
that such deaths were too common and poorly explained.
Hearings began in 1988, the final report was submitted in
April 1991. … “

– Media Release

Robert McClelland MP: 20th Anniversary of the Royal
Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
http://www.robertmcclelland.com.au/2011/04/15/20th-anniversary-of-the-royal-commission-into-aboriginal-deaths-in-custody/
15 Apr 11: “Joint Media Release. Attorney-General Robert
McClelland and Minister for Families, Housing, Community
Services and Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin today
acknowledged the 20th anniversary of the release of the
report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in
Custody. The report of the Royal Commission highlighted the
systemic disadvantage faced by Indigenous people, which
resulted in their higher rates of incarceration and the
subsequent deaths in custody. “This ground-breaking report
has influenced Indigenous policies and practices at all
levels of government for the last two decades,” Mr
McClelland said.”


14/04/2011 Deaths in custody and Aboriginal incarceration rates

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 14/04/2011 by D

Contents:
* Deaths in custody and Aboriginal incarceration rates
* Muckaty Traditional Owners speak out
* Background to Muckaty Station nuclear waste dump
* Interview with Leanne Edwards from
Lake Tyres Aboriginal community
* Background to blockade by Aboriginal women of Lake Tyers
* Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other Aboriginal Articles

DEATHS IN CUSTODY AND ABORIGINAL INCARCERATION RATES:

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Gerry Georgatos speaks on deaths in custody and
Aboriginal incaceration rates – Part 1
http://caama.com.au/gerry-georgatos-speaks-on-deaths-in-custody-and-aboriginal-incaceration-rates-part-1
12 Apr 11: “Australia has increasing incaceration rates of
Aboriginal people and alarming numbers of deaths in
custody. Gerry Georgatos, Convenor of The Human Rights
Alliance and Phd law researcher into Australian deaths in
custody, speaks to CAAMA Radio’s Nerida Currey about what
these numbers are, what they mean, and why they are so
high.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Gerry Georgatos speaks further on deaths in custody and
Aboriginal incaceration rates – Part 2
http://caama.com.au/gerry-georgatos-speaks-further-on-deaths-in-custody-and-aboriginal-incaceration-rates-part-2
12 Apr 11: “We previously spoke to Gerry Geogartos, Phd
researcher into Australian deaths in custody and Convenor
of The Human Rights Alliance, about the growing indigenous
incaceration rates and numbers of deaths in custody. He
said deaths in custody are not investigated enough and
need to be inspected within the Criminal Justice system.
He speaks to CAAMA Radio’s Nerida Currey more about this.”

The Wire: Aboriginal Deaths in Custody 20 years on
http://www.thewire.org.au/daydetail.aspx?SearchDay=2011-04-12
12 Apr 11: “Twenty years ago this week the royal commission
into black deaths in custody handed down a landmark report.
It found Aboriginal people were not dying at a higher rate
than other prisoners but they were grossly overrepresented
in Australian jails. Despite the report recommending that
prison be used as a last resort, there are now more
indigenous people in prison than in 1991. Aboriginal
leaders say the system is failing and that radical policies
are needed to stop Aboriginal people dying behind bars.
Featured in this story:
Neil Morgan (Inspector of Custodial Services, Western
Australia),
Mick Gooda (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social
Justice Commissioner).”

ABC AM:
Black deaths in custody continue despite Royal Commision
http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2011/s3188699.htm
12 Apr 11: “Twenty years ago this week the Royal Commission
into black deaths in custody delivered its final report and
concluded that far too many Aboriginal people were being
locked up. Since then more than 200 more indigenous people
have died in detention. The Aboriginal social justice
commissioner, Mick Gooda, says Australia has failed
miserably over the past two decades in keeping aborigines
out of jail. …
MICK GOODA: How do we stop Aboriginal people going to jail
in the first place? And I think if we look at that as a
measure, we’ve failed miserably in the last 20 years.
ANDREW GEOGHEGAN: This over-representation of Aborigines
in custody is most obvious in the Northern Territory, where
they account for 83 per cent of prisoners.”
[includes comments by Eliott Johnston, Mick Gooda,
Paul Henderson and Greg Smith]

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 7-04-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-7-04-2011
7 Apr 11: “Australia’s appalling deaths in custody record
warrants an independent senate inquiry according to a West
Australian based Human Rights campaigner.”

– Analysis / Opinion

Indymedia Australia: Australian deaths in custody – Twenty
years later – Nothing has changed – The answers do exist
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/09/australian-deaths-in-custody-twenty-years-later-nothing-has-changed-the-answers-do-exist
9 Apr 11: “To take the first steps towards decreasing
deaths in custody, and in helping the poorest and most
troubled in our prisons overcome trauma and to become
employable, and to decrease our prison populations and
bring on humanity in all its pride to society we must begin
with a legitimately empowered Senate Inquiry into
Australian Deaths in Custody, … ” Gerry Georgatos,
PhD (Law) researcher in Australian Deaths in Custody,
Convener of The Human Rights Alliance

See:
Rachel Siewert:
Senate backs Greens’ Motion on Deaths in Custody
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/senate-backs-greens%E2%80%99-motion-deaths-custody

See:
Indymedia Australia:
The Human Rights Alliance is disappointed in The Greens and
the Senate for watering down the call for a Senate inquiry
into Australian deaths in custody
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/02/the-human-rights-alliance-is-disappointed-in-the-greens-and-the-senate-for-watering-down-

See:
Indymedia Australia:
Call for Senate inquiry into Warburton Elder and Palm
Island deaths in custody
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/02/call-for-senate-inquiry-into-warburton-elder-and-palm-island-deaths-in-custody

– News

Australian Human Rights Commission: Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islanders are still dying in custody
http://www.hreoc.gov.au/about/media/news/2011/28_11.html
12 Apr 11: “It’s 20 years since release of the Royal
Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody but Mr
Gooda said there were more Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander people in prison now than when the
RCIADIC reported in 1991. …
[Commissioner Gooda said] “Yet he we are, 20 years later
with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people making up
around a quarter of our prison population compared to 14
per cent back then.“”

ABC: ‘More to be done’ on deaths in custody
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/04/12/3188578.htm
12 Apr 11: “Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland says
state and territory governments need to do more to keep
Indigenous people out of jail. The Royal Commission into
Aboriginal deaths in custody delivered its final report 20
years ago this week, warning about the rates of
imprisonment among Aborigines. One quarter of Australia’s
prison population is Aboriginal. Aboriginal advocacy groups
argue far too many Aboriginal people are being locked up
and Mr McClelland agrees.”

ABC Indigenous:
NSWALC call for action on high Aboriginal jailing rates
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/04/12/3188828.htm?site=indigenous&topic=latest
12 Apr 11: “The New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council
says it is unacceptable that two decades after the Royal
Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, most of its
recommendations have been ignored. The chairwoman of the
New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council is blaming racial
discrimination for the continuing high rate of Aboriginal
incarceration. … Ms Manton says it is an appalling fact
that Indigenous people who make up around three per cent
of the population, represent 30 per cent of jail inmates.”

ABC Indigenous: Aboriginal prison deaths ‘still an issue’
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/04/12/3189413.htm?site=indigenous&topic=latest
12 Apr 11: “The New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council
says it is unacceptables that most of the recommendations
from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
still have not been acted on. This week marks 20 years
since its final report was handed down. Land council
chairwoman Bev Manton says two decades on there is still an
alarmingly high rate of incaceration across the country,
with 30 per cent of prisoners being Aboriginal.”

Koori Mail: Twenty years on but little progress
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
11 Apr 11: “THE New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council
(NSWALC) has expressed its concern that 20 years after the
Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in 1991,
the majority of its 339 recommendations have not been
implemented. Chairwoman Bev Manton said the anniversary
presented an opportunity to draw attention to the
alarmingly high rate of Aboriginal incarceration.”

Green Left: Black deaths in custody rising
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/47290
10 Apr 11: “The Royal Commission was called in 1987
following rising controversy that Aboriginal deaths in
custody were too common and that custodial authority
explanations were too evasive to discount the possibility
of foul play. It remains the most extensive inquiry in
Australian history into Aboriginal people’s
overrepresentation in the justice system. … Despite two
decades of opportunity, with the federal government
pledging $400 million to carry out the recommendations,
only a fraction of the measures have been put in place.”
Ema Purdy

MUCKATY TRADITIONAL OWNERS SPEAK OUT:

– Statement

Beyond Nuclear Initiative:
Statement from Dianne Stokes and Mark Chungaloo
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.wordpress.com/2011/04/06/statement-from-dianne-stokes-and-mark-chungaloo/
6 Apr 11: “The statement above was written by Muckaty
Traditional Owners Dianne Stokes and Mark Chungaloo during
a lobbying trip to Canberra. The trip was timed to coincide
with the Senate debate of the National Radioactive Waste
Management Bill 2010. The Bill debate was delayed until the
next sittings in May, But Dianne and Mark held many
meetings and briefed media about their opposition to the
Muckaty waste dump.”

– Letter

Beyond Nuclear Initiative: Invitation to Trade Unionists
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.wordpress.com/2011/04/06/invitation-to-trade-unionists/
6 Apr 11: “Above is a letter to trade unionists inviting
you to travel to Muckaty and meet the community fighting
against the nuclear waste dump.”

– Media Release

Nuclear Territory News:
Unions NT Resolves to Fight Radioactive Waste Dump
by ETU
http://ntne.ws/articles/article.php?section=waste
12 Apr 11: “Unions NT has resolved to step up the fight
against federal government legislation which would impose a
radioactive waste dump at Muckaty, 120kms north of Tennant
Creek.
Traditional Owners from the Muckaty Land Trust recently
visited Darwin and called for union support in the campaign
to stop the waste dump, stating it would destroy
significant spiritual sites, damage the country and put at
risk their children’s health and future.”

– News

South East Asian Times:
Traditional owners seek support against nuclear dump
http://www.southeastasiantimes.com/
9 Apr 11: “Traditional Aboriginal owners Mark Chungaloo and
Dianne Stokes have travelled from Tennant Creek to … “

NT News: Dispute over dump site
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2011/04/07/223041_ntnews.html
7 Apr 11: “A TRADITIONAL owner of Muckaty Land Trust has
said the Federal Government had been rude and cruel in its
land dealings over the site of a proposed nuclear waste
dump. The Federal Government is considering a nuclear dump
at Muckaty Station, about 120km north of Tennant Creek. The
enabling legislation, the National Radioactive Waste
Management Bill 2010, is expected to be debated in the
Senate next month. Yapa Yapa elder Dianne Stokes said her
people would not accept the proposed dump.”

BACKGROUND TO MUCKATY STATION NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

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

Beyond Nuclear Initiative:
Muckaty: http://beyondnuclearinitiative.wordpress.com/muckaty/

YouTube: Muckaty Voices
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcuNpT84Ovo

Proposed Radioactive Waste Dump at Muckaty, NT
Briefing Paper – February 2011
Jim Green B.Med.Sci.(Hons.), PhD
National nuclear campaigner – Friends of the Earth, Australia
Friends of the Earth: http://www.foe.org.au/anti-nuclear/issues/oz/nontdump/Dump%20briefing%20Feb%202011.pdf

Nuclear Territory News: Waste Dump News:
http://ntne.ws/articles/article.php?section=waste

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)
https://indymedia.org.au/2010/05/16/wgar-news-muckaty-voices-film-senate-report-into-nuclear-waste-dump-plan-16-may-10

WGAR News: Federal Court legal challenge over nuclear waste dump (13 Jun 10)
http://lists.perthimc.asn.au/pipermail/blackgreensolidarity/2010-June/002933.html

WGAR News: PM Gillard: No change on Muckaty nuclear waste dump (12 Jul 10)
http://lists.perthimc.asn.au/pipermail/blackgreensolidarity/2010-July/002965.html

WGAR News: Legislation passes enabling a nuclear waste dump to be built at Muckaty, NT (1 Mar 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/01/wgar-news-legislation-passes-enabling-a-nuclear-waste-dump-to-be-built-at-muckaty-nt

WGAR News: Federal Court challenge over nuclear dump resumes in August (16 Mar 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/16/wgar-news-federal-court-challenge-over-nuclear-dump-resumes-in-august

WGAR News: Interview with Kylie Sambo, Mark Lane and Dr. Jim Green about Muckaty nuclear waste dump (21 Mar 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/21/wgar-news-protest-blockade-by-lake-tyers-aboriginal-women-continues

WGAR News: Nuclear waste legislation must wait until objections heard in Federal Court (23 Mar 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/23/wgar-news-international-day-for-the-elimination-of-racial-discrimination-harmony-day-21-m

WGAR News: Aboriginal groups protest against nuclear waste dump (26 Mar 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/26/wgar-news-police-used-to-break-blockade-by-aboriginal-women-of-lake-tyers

WGAR News: Crisis in Japan and Muckaty Nuclear Waste Dump (2 Apr 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/02/wgar-news-online-petition-about-aboriginal-workers-exploited-under-sihip-housing-program

INTERVIEW WITH LEANNE EDWARDS FROM LAKE TYERS ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY:

– Audio Interview

3CR Community Radio 855 AM – Podcasts
http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
Women on the Line | 5 Apr 2011
[download the program] http://podcast.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2011-04-04-93126.mp3
5 Apr 11: “This week we take a look at Indigenous
resistance, the fight for country and autonomy – we speak
to Leanne Edwards from the Lake Tyres Indigenous community
in East Gippsland where a blockade has been established to
prevent a government appointed administrator from entering
the land. And we delve into the archives to hear from
Eileen Wingfield and Nina Brown about the successful Irati
Wanti campaign against a nuclear waste dump.”

– Related Video

ABC 7.30 Vic: Land rights fight
http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2011/04/08/3186589.htm
8 Apr 11: “An aboriginal community fights for a return to self government.”

– Related News

Green Left: Lake Tyers protests government imposition
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/47285
10 Apr 11: “Locals from Lake Tyers, a small Aboriginal
community in East Gippsland, set up a roadblock leading
into their township on March 8. The action was to protest
against a Victorian government-imposed administrator and
call for a return to democracy in their community. … Some
legal experts said both the government and AAV
[Aboriginal Affairs Victoria] may be in breach of state,
federal and international laws by denying the community
the right to vote.”

BACKGROUND TO BLOCKADE BY ABORIGINAL WOMEN OF LAKE TYERS:

WGAR News: Aboriginal women of Lake Tyers are staging a blockade (12 Mar 11)
http://www.indymedia.org.au/2011/03/12/wgar-news-aboriginal-women-of-lake-tyers-are-staging-a-blockade

WGAR News: More on the blockade by Aboriginal women of Lake Tyers (16 Mar 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/16/wgar-news-federal-court-challenge-over-nuclear-dump-resumes-in-august

WGAR News: Protest blockade by Lake Tyers Aboriginal women continues (21 Mar 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/21/wgar-news-protest-blockade-by-lake-tyers-aboriginal-women-continues

WGAR News: More on the blockade by Lake Tyers Aboriginal women (23 Mar 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/23/wgar-news-international-day-for-the-elimination-of-racial-discrimination-harmony-day-21-m

WGAR News: Police used to break blockade by Aboriginal women of Lake Tyers (26 Mar 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/26/wgar-news-police-used-to-break-blockade-by-aboriginal-women-of-lake-tyers

WGAR News: Interview with Lake Tyers Women’s spokesperson, Leanne Edwards (7 Apr 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/07/wgar-news-updates-on-nt-intervention-deaths-in-custody-lake-tyers-and-native-title

NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

– Prize Poem

Overland literary journal:
prize poem – K A Nelson
Chorus of Crows
http://web.overland.org.au/previous-issues/issue-202/prize-poem-k-a-nelson/
autumn 2011

– Essay

Overland literary journal:
‘They took our culture – now there is no law’
Bob Gosford on life, death and law under the NT Intervention
http://web.overland.org.au/previous-issues/issue-202/essay-bob-gosford/
autumn 2011

– Analysis / Opinion

ABC Lateline: Kirby: There’s plenty to do and I’ll be there
http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2011/s3185529.htm
7 Apr 11: “TONY JONES: … I mean, do you regard the
Aboriginal rights issues as unfinished business?
MICHAEL KIRBY: Oh, absolutely. And in fact the last case
that I sat on in the High Court, Wurrigal, which was the
challenge to the intervention law in the Northern
Territory was really unfinished business.
The Aboriginal plaintiffs were not allowed even to have
their day in court. That was, I thought, a very, very
unfortunate decision and I said so in my reasons. And I
think we will see more of that business because we must
have full equality in this country. … “

Stop the Intervention: Letter to the Hon Jenny Macklin, MP
http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info/Let-to-J-Macklin-5-10-10.pdf
5 Apr 11: “Dear Minister. I am writing to express the
disappointment, dismay, and anger my wife and I feel at the
failure of indigenous employment and economic development
programs to make conspicuous progress in Alice Springs over
the last 20 years in fostering indigenous employment in
retail businesses and in improving the level and scope of
indigenous participation in commerce. Both objectives have
not just failed but have GONE BACKWARDS since 1991. …
Best wishes, Wayne Prior”

Socialist Alternative: Racism blooming in the Red Centre
http://www.sa.org.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=6842:blooming-racism-in-the-red-centre&Itemid=454
4 Apr 11: “In the last week, the mainstream media has found
renewed interest in the state of Indigenous affairs in the
Northern Territory. A fair-minded individual might think
that they were finally taking up the outrageous apartheid
laws that see Aboriginal people receive part of their
welfare payments as rations, or perhaps reporting on the
failure of government housing programs to provide
Indigenous communities with anything near adequate housing.
But, of course, such things are too much to ask for.
Rather, the liberal media has again been working itself
into a frenzy in its attempts to whip up anti-Aboriginal
racism.” Kyla Cassells

Australian: Reform must go beyond fringe
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/commentary/reform-must-go-beyond-fringe/story-e6frgd0x-1226032231708
2 Apr 11: “Discussion on serious social problems in Alice
Springs seems to overlook that there is an interlocking
debate about support for people on outstation and remote
communities and substantial policy revisions based on
normalisation of selected large centres and withdrawal of
support from outstation communities.” Fred Chaney

ABC: Bob Durnan, long-time community development worker in
Australia’s indigenous communities
http://www.abc.net.au/sundayprofile/stories/3180205.htm?site=southeastsa
1 Apr 11: “This week a thoughtful, on the ground view of
what’s been happening in Aboriginal communities since the
2007 intervention led by the then Howard government’s
Indigenous affairs minister Mal Brough. Bob Durnan is a
community development worker. He’s worked in Aboriginal
town camps and remote communities in the Northern Territory
and Queensland for 34 years. He says the intervention has
made a marked difference.”

SMH: Rebuilding trust with indigenous communities the first step
http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/rebuilding-trust-with-indigenous-communities-the-first-step-20110321-1c3bu.html
22 Mar 11: “Alice Springs is a town unlike any other and to
an outsider its racial tensions are noticeable. Walking
through the shopping centre one sees security guards tell
Aboriginal people to move on when they are window shopping.
Poverty and homelessness are visible – and visibly black.
It has always been a town that has struggled dealing with
this visible poverty – and the less visible disadvantage of
the communities in the town camps. Now it is in the
spotlight again with a rise in social problems caused by an
influx of Aboriginal people from other places.”
Larissa Behrendt

– Audio

ABC Radio National Breakfast:
Calls for PM to solve crisis in Alice Springs
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/breakfast/stories/2011/3183425.htm
6 Apr 11: “Following his recent trip to Central Australia,
Mick Gooda, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Social Justice Commissioner, has urged Alice Springs
residents to ensure racism does not consume the community.
Local elders have called for the prime minister to visit
Alice Springs to help solve the worsening crisis.
Guests: Mick Gooda – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Social Justice Commissioner”

ABC Radio National Sunday Profile:
Bob Durnan, NT/Qld community development worker
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/sundayprofile/stories/2011/3180167.htm
3 Apr 11: “Bob Durnan is a community development worker who
has worked in aboriginal town camps and remote communities
in the Northern Territory and Queensland for 34 years. He
says the Federal Intervention has brought about great
improvements in the lives of indigenous children in the
towns he visits. But, says Durnan, the Federal government
needs to consider withholding the dole from youth in Alice
Springs who refuse job offers and refuse to engage in work
programs.”

– News

ABC: Anti-Discrimination chief attacks intervention
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/04/12/3188963.htm?site=idx-nt
12 Apr 11: “The Anti-Discrimination Commissioner says the
federal intervention in the Northern Territory is
“counter-intuitive” and disempowers Aboriginal people. The
intervention has been operating in Indigenous communities
since 2007. Commissioner Graeme Innes told the audience of
Q&A on ABC TV last night that governments need to introduce
measures into communities that are supported by their
residents. “It seems to me counter-intuitive to empower
people to improve their communities by taking away their
rights,” he said.”

Australian: Intervention failing to stem ‘illness of poverty’
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/intervention-failing-to-stem-illness-of-poverty/story-fn59niix-1226036875082
11 Apr 11: “Health experts say the level of ear damage is
far in excess of the 4 per cent threshold that the World
Health Organisation considers “a massive public health
problem requiring immediate action”. This is despite
millions of dollars worth of screenings of babies and
surgical blitzes in remote communities since the federal
intervention began in 2007.” Mark Schliebs

Green Left: Bagot community misses out on housing deal
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/47291
11 Apr 11: “Despite crisis levels of overcrowding, many
urban Aboriginal communities have been denied federal
funding for new housing. On March 18, ABC online said town
camps around Darwin were not allocated any of the $1.5
billion in upgrades planned for Aboriginal communities. …
These “sticks” were supposed to be balanced by the
“carrots” of improved services and housing under the NT
intervention, but very little has been done to improve the
rampant overcrowding.” Peter Robson, Darwin
ABC: NT minister wants grassroots-style intervention
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/04/06/3184091.htm
6 Apr 11: “The Northern Territory Minister for Indigenous
Development says a more grassroots approach is needed with
the federal intervention. Malarndirri McCarthy told an
Indigenous conference in Darwin the Federal Government
needs to take a new approach to developing Indigenous
communities when it revisits intervention legislation next
year. Ms McCarthy says Indigenous people need to have a
voice in new policies.”

ABC: Outsiders can’t solve Alice racial tensions: Gooda
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/04/06/3183558.htm
6 Apr 11: “The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social
Justice Commissioner says outsiders will not be able to
solve increasing racial tensions in Alice Springs. Mick
Gooda says the issue of racism was raised at all the
meetings he attended during his visit to Central Australia
this week. He says the community has to admit there are
divisions and then work to overcome them. Mr Gooda says
that would help make the Alice Springs safer.”

ABC: Study finds grog bans more effective than intervention
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/04/06/3183683.htm?site=&source=rss
6 Apr 11: “New research has found liquor restrictions in
Western Australia’s north have been more successful in
reducing alcohol abuse than hardline measures adopted
during the Northern Territory intervention. The Centre for
Independent Studies has released the findings of a
nine-month study of liquor management across the Top End.”

9 News: Lives of Aborigines improving: Macklin
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8233619/lives-of-aborigines-improving-
6 Apr 11: “Federal and Northern Territory Labor politicians
have echoed comments by the Aboriginal social justice
commissioner that progress is being made to improve the
lives of indigenous central Australians. Mick Gooda on
Tuesday, after touring Alice Springs, said conditions in
town camps had improved and did not match the images
portrayed by the media. He said existing government
projects should be allowed to continue.”

OTHER ABORIGINAL ARTICLES:

– News

Green Left: Aboriginal jobs program gets a dubious supporter
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/47295
10 Apr 11: “ITEC Employment and its related entity
Community Enterprises Australia (CEA) are preparing a
submission to the federal government that will argue “the
pendulum has swung too far in favour of the jobseeker”, in
relation to changes to the Community Development Employment
Projects (CDEP) on Aboriginal communities, The Australian
said on April 2. CEA is the largest CDEP provider in
Australia. You could be forgiven for thinking that the
pendulum swinging “too far in favour of the jobseeker”
meant, perhaps, that people were finding work. ”
Angelo Martelli, Darwin


07/04/2011 Updates on NT Intervention, Deaths in Custody, Lake Tyers and Native Title

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 07/04/2011 by D

Contents:
* Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Human Rights Alliance calls again for a
Senate inquiry into deaths in custody
* Interview with Lake Tyers Women’s spokesperson,
Leanne Edwards
* Background to blockade by Aboriginal women of Lake Tyers
* Greens table important amendments to Native Title Act
* Other articles

NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

– Media Release

Australian Human Rights Commission:
Efforts in Alice Springs should continue for communities to thrive
http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/media/media_releases/2011/27_11.html
5 Apr 11: “Existing long-term investment in Alice Springs
should be allowed to continue in order for the community to
have a chance to once again thrive, Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda said
today.
But he said, access to essential services for Town Campers,
alcohol misuse in the general population, and racial
tensions needed to be overcome for Alice Springs to move
forward into a positive future.
Commissioner Gooda made the comments at the end of a
three-day visit to the area at the invitation of leading
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and
individuals.
“I’ve met with individuals and organisations and I’ve
visited Town Camps,” Commissioner Gooda said.
“I came to listen and to see, and what I heard was that
there are good things happening in Alice Springs. … “

– Opinion / Analysis

SMH: Listen to the First Australians PM, not your spinmeisters
http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/listen-to-the-first-australians-pm-not-your-spinmeisters-20110401-1cqli.html
4 Apr 11: “There is an urgent need for a second federal
intervention into the Territory’s towns and remote
indigenous communities but not of the kind called for by
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott. The answer is not to send in
extra police or white bureaucrats from down south, further
alienating and disengaging Aborigines. The solutions to
this crisis must come from Aboriginal people themselves
because imposing them from afar has never worked.”
Lindsay Murdoch

– News

Australian: ‘PM should visit Alice with Abbott and Brown’
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/pm-should-visit-alice-with-abbott-and-brown/story-fn59niix-1226034313201
6 Apr 11: “HOWARD government indigenous affairs minister
Mal Brough has called on Julia Gillard to take Greens
leader Bob Brown and Tony Abbott on a unheralded lightning
visit of Alice Springs. Writing in The Australian today, Mr
Brough calls for a media-free visit to be conducted without
notice in the middle of the night so bureaucrats don’t have
time to clean up the city and hide the drunks.”

ABC Alice Springs: Gooda says town camps have improved
http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2011/04/05/3182861.htm
5 Apr 11: “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social
Justice Commissioner, Mick Gooda, says conditions in town
camps in Alice Springs have improved. “They don’t resemble
at all those images portrayed in the media of areas
littered with dirty mattresses, where packs of mangy dogs
freely roam,” he says. Commissioner Gooda made the comments
in Alice Springs today, following meetings with key
Aboriginal organisations including Tangentyere Council,
and Central Australian Aboriginal Congress. He says there
is ‘real progress being made’ in Alice Springs,
particularly in conditions at town camps.”

9 News: Gooda tours Alice Springs town camps
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8233109
5 Apr 11: “Contrary to local complaints that Alice Springs
is in crisis, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social
Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda says good things are
happening in the Red Centre. … Mr Gooda, who spent three
days in central Australia this week visiting Aboriginal
town camps and meeting with local indigenous leaders, says
existing long-term government investment in Alice Springs
should be allowed to continue in order for the community to
have a chance to once again thrive.”

National Indigenous Times:
Leaders pan Abbott’s Intervention proposal
http://www.nit.com.au/News/story.aspx?id=21466
4 Apr 11: “Northern Territory leaders have dismissed calls
by the Federal Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott for a “new”
Intervention to be introduced into some areas of the
Territory, including Alice Springs. Mr Abbott said the
current Intervention program was not working and urgent
changes were required including an extra 100 police in
Alice Springs to take total police numbers in the city to
more than 300. Central Land Council Director, David Ross,
Northern Land Council Chief Executive, Kim Hill, First
Nations Party founder, Maurie Japarta Ryan and spokesman
for the Alyawarr people, Richard Downs all criticised Mr
Abbott’s proposal.”

National Indigenous Times:
Intervention worse than the Stolen Generation: critic
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=21465
4 Apr 11: “Two highly respected supporters of Indigenous
Australians, Father Frank Brennan and Jeff McMullen have
appealed to Federal Government Indigenous Affairs Minister,
Jenny Macklin to end the Northern Territory Intervention
with Mr McMullen labelling the Intervention as the most
damaging policy inflicted on Indigenous people since the
Stolen Generation. The Minister, in separate responses to
Father Brennan and Mr McMullen, has rejected their call.
Father Brennan, … wrote an opinion piece on the Eureka
Street website where he criticised the current and former
Federal Governments for introducing the Intervention.”

National Indigenous Times:
Leaders appeal to the PM: Work together for our sake
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=21510
4 Apr 11: “The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard will go to
Alice Springs to discuss the impact of the Intervention but
her decision to make the visit without Opposition Leader,
Tony Abbott has disappointed Indigenous leaders. Ms Gillard
announced last week she had rejected Tony Abbott’s offer of
a joint trip to trouble-ridden Alice Springs, telling the
Opposition Leader the government would stick with its
current approach to solving the crisis. The Prime Minister
said she would instead travel to Alice Springs with
Indigenous Affairs Minister, Jenny Macklin.”

National Indigenous Times:
Give our people control to fix Intervention: Pearson
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=21530
4 Apr 11: “Noel Pearson, regarded as a key adviser to the
former Howard Aboriginal Affairs Minister, Mal Brough in
implementing the Intervention in the Northern Territory,
has said too much bureaucracy was one of the main reasons
the program was failing. Mr Pearson, who is the Director of
the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership, said in
his opinion column in The Australian newspaper both Mr
Brough and the current Indigenous Affairs Minister, Jenny
Macklin were committed to “addressing Aboriginal suffering”
but they both “erred in a fundamental respect in relation
to the Territory”.”

National Indigenous Times: Macklin strikes back
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=21532
4 Apr 11: “The Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs,
Jenny Macklin has hit back at critics of the Northern
Territory Intervention, declaring it has and will deliver
positive outcomes for Indigenous Australians. The Minister
accepted the structure of the Intervention when it was
first introduced by the Howard Government under then
Indigenous Affairs Minister, Mal Brough was flawed but she
said she had and would continue to adjust it to meet the
foundation goals of the Intervention. Ms Macklin was
responding to the March 3 edition of the National
Indigenous Times which published comments from 27
Indigenous leaders from throughout Australia who called on
the Minister to stop the Intervention.”

National Indigenous Times: 5 criticisms, 5 responses
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=21531
4 Apr 11: “The March 3 edition of The National Indigenous
featured comments by 27 Indigenous leaders throughout
Australia calling for the Intervention to be closed down.
Those concerns centred on five reasons. The Minister’s
letter responds to each of these concerns in detail in her
letter on Page 56 but in summary are:
1. The Intervention is discriminatory. Minister’s response:
The Government has fully reinstated the Racial
Discrimination Act provisions within the Intervention.
2. There has been no meaningful consultation with community
leaders and Elders. Minister’s response: The Government has
undertaken extensive and detailed consultation with the
communities and town camps.”

Green Left: Journalist slams Macklin for intervention
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/47199
3 Apr 11: “Former ABC journalist Jeff McMullen attacked the
federal government’s intervention into Northern Territory
Aboriginal communities as racist and harmful in a March 21
letter to indigenous affairs minister Jenny Macklin.
McMullen said Macklin had “not responded to the calls by an
overwhelming majority of the Aboriginal leaders in …
occupied communities to end the Intervention now”. McMullen
wrote in response to a letter Macklin sent him on March 2
that defended the intervention. “Much of your letter is a
defensive and dubious argument about the good you claim to
have delivered through this Intervention,” he said.”
Simon Butler

Australian: Aborigines ‘must agree on future of Alice Springs’
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/in-depth/aboriginal-australia/aborigines-must-agree-on-future-of-alice-springs/story-e6frgd9f-1226031633219
1 Apr 11: “ONE of the authors of the Little Children are
Sacred report that sparked the Northern Territory
intervention has called for any dramatic changes in Alice
Springs to be first agreed on by the indigenous people
directly affected. Aboriginal leader Pat Anderson told The
Australian she was still opposed to the NT intervention and
believed if extra measures were to be introduced in Alice
Springs, there needed to be an agreed approach.”
Patricia Karvelas

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 6-04-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-6-04-2011
6 Apr 11: “* The Australian Aboriginal Social Justice
Commissioner says racial tension and alcohol misuse need to
be overcome if Alice Springs is to move forward.
* Tangyentyerre boss Walter Shaw says mainstream media
needs to show Alice Springs town camps as they really are
instead of using old images which no longer apply.”

ABC Radio National Breakfast:
Conditions in NT nearing social crisis
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/breakfast/stories/2011/3178361.htm
31 Mar 11: “Conditions in central Australia are arguably
worse than before the Northern Territory Intervention of
four years ago. … Prime Minister Julia Gillard has
rejected Opposition leader Tony Abbott’s calls for a new
federal intervention in the Top End. But she is expected to
visit central Australia in coming weeks where local elders
want her to ‘sit down in the dirt’ and come up with an
apolitical solution to the worsening social crisis.
Guests: Alison Anderson – Independent MP in the Northern
Territory Parliament, based in Alice Springs”

– Video

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Mick Gooda in Alice Springs
http://caama.com.au/mick-gooda-in-alice-springs
6 Apr 11: “The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social
Justice Commissioner says the issuses in Alice Springs is
not just about race and that to move forward we need to
find the answer by working together.”

ABC 7.30NT: Future for Alice Springs
http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2011/03/25/3174311.htm
25 Mar 11: “Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin
discusses the 2007 Federal intervention in the Northern
Territory and the future for Alice Springs.”

BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Creative Spirits: Northern Territory Emergence Response (NTER)—”The Intervention”
http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/politics/northern-territory-intervention.html

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

Jobs with Justice:
http://jobswithjustice.wordpress.com/

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

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

ANTaR (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation) – NT intervention:
http://www.antar.org.au/issues_and_campaigns/nt_intervention

MAIC (Melbourne Anti-Intervention Collective):
http://maicollective.blogspot.com/

‘concerned Australians’:
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/

ASTIG (Adelaide Stop the Intervention Group):
http://www.stoptheintervention.com.au/

Defending Indigenous Rights:
http://defendingindigenousrights.wordpress.com/

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

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

HUMAN RIGHTS ALLIANCE CALLS AGAIN FOR A SENATE INQUIRY INTO DEATHS IN CUSTODY:

– Statements

Indymedia Australia:
The Human Rights Alliance is disappointed in The Greens and
the Senate for watering down the call for a Senate inquiry
into Australian deaths in custody
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/02/the-human-rights-alliance-is-disappointed-in-the-greens-and-the-senate-for-watering-down-
2 Apr 11: “The Human Rights Alliance’s Response to the
Australian Senate and to the Greens:
Senate backs Motion Acknowledging Deaths in Custody: This
is not Enough. We have called for a Joint Committee Senate
Inquiry into Australian Deaths in Custody.
The Human Rights Alliance, and with apologies, has quickly
crafted this Media Release to express our disappointment
that our campaign for a call for a Joint Committee Senate
Inquiry into Australian Deaths in Custody has been watered
down to a Senate Motion acknowledging what we already know.
This is attrition.
We urge the Senate to amend or add to the Motion and
ensure that a Senate Inquiry is convened.
Below is a release of some remarks, once again quickly
crafted, and we apologise however the urgency is
imperative, to our 76 Senators regarding the Motion to
acknowledge the worsening Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
statistics: … “

See: Rachel Siewert:
Senate backs Greens’ Motion on Deaths in Custody
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/senate-backs-greens%E2%80%99-motion-deaths-custody

Indymedia Australia: Call for Senate inquiry into Warburton
Elder and Palm Island deaths in custody
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/02/call-for-senate-inquiry-into-warburton-elder-and-palm-island-deaths-in-custody
2 Apr 11: “The Human Rights Alliance is calling for a
Senate Inquiry to be urgently convened as a Select
Committee Inquiry into the deaths in custody of the
Warburton Elder (Western Australia) and at Palm Island
(Queensland).
April 15 shall mark 20 years since the release of the
Final Report and the 339 recommendations from the 1987-1991
Royal Commission into Australian Deaths in Custody.
These two deaths must be demarcated to the Australian
Senate as many believe that justice has not been served by
the relevant Western Australian and Queensland authorities.
These two deaths in custody should be reopened firstly for
the pursuit of justice for the grieving families and
communities and secondly for these type of deaths, if
findings are upheld by the Australian Senate, never to
reoccur in our Australia.”

INTERVIEW WITH LAKE TYERS WOMEN’S SPOKESPERSON, LEANNE EDWARDS:

– Audio interview

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane
Let’s Talk – Indigenous presented talkback:
http://989fm.com.au/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29
24 Mar 11: “Leanne Edwards: Karen Dorante spoke with Lake
Tyers Women’s spokesperson, Leanne Edwards. They spoke
about Indigenous women from the community of Lake Tyers, in
East Gippsland, Victoria, who have been holding a blockade
against the state government’s self-imposed rule over their
community.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasting/audio/98fm-podcast-2011-03-24-73758.mp3

– Related news

National Indigenous Times:
Lake Tyers blockade continues as residents’ anger increases
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=21529
4 Apr 11: “A government-appointed administrator broke the
blockade of the Lake Tyers Aboriginal community which has
further angered the local residents. The blockade has been
in place in an attempt to stop what the residents see as a
“Northern Territory-style Intervention” on their community.
In 1970 the Lake Tyers community was signed over to the
local Aboriginal community. “Shares were distributed to
Aboriginal people who were living on the Trust at that
time,” Leanne Edwards, a resident and shareholder in the
community, said. The biggest problem the residents see is
that changes to the Victorian Land Rights Act 1970 have
been made without proper consultation with shareholders.”

BACKGROUND TO BLOCKADE BY ABORIGINAL WOMEN OF LAKE TYERS:

WGAR News: Aboriginal women of Lake Tyers are staging a blockade (12 Mar 11)
http://www.indymedia.org.au/2011/03/12/wgar-news-aboriginal-women-of-lake-tyers-are-staging-a-blockade

WGAR News: More on the blockade by Aboriginal women of Lake Tyers (16 Mar 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/16/wgar-news-federal-court-challenge-over-nuclear-dump-resumes-in-august

WGAR News: Protest blockade by Lake Tyers Aboriginal women continues (21 Mar 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/21/wgar-news-protest-blockade-by-lake-tyers-aboriginal-women-continues

WGAR News: More on the blockade by Lake Tyers Aboriginal women (23 Mar 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/23/wgar-news-international-day-for-the-elimination-of-racial-discrimination-harmony-day-21-m

WGAR News: Police used to break blockade by Aboriginal women of Lake Tyers (26 Mar 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/26/wgar-news-police-used-to-break-blockade-by-aboriginal-women-of-lake-tyers

GREENS TABLE IMPORTANT AMENDMENTS TO NATIVE TITLE ACT:

– Opinion / Analysis

New Matilda: Native Title Gets A Shake Up
http://newmatilda.com/2011/04/05/native-title-shake-up
5 Apr 11: “The Greens have tabled important amendments to
the Native Title Act. Sarah Burnside looks at how the
parties are likely to respond – and finds little
reassurance in their recent form on Indigenous affairs …
The Greens Bill provides, among other things, that
compulsory acquisition of land does not extinguish native
title rights. It requires decision makers to act with
regard to the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of
Indigenous Peoples and provides that native title rights
can be of a commercial nature.”

– Background

WGAR News: Greens launch Native Title reforms (23 Mar 11)
[scroll down towards end of page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/23/wgar-news-international-day-for-the-elimination-of-racial-discrimination-harmony-day-21-m

OTHER ARTICLES:

– Audio

ABC Radio National Breakfast:
Abbott flags tough changes to welfare benefits
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/breakfast/stories/2011/3178279.htm
31 Mar 11: “Opposition leader Tony Abbott will deliver a
keynote address today in Brisbane, outlining a crackdown on
welfare benefits under a Coalition government. Abbott is
flagging a raft of changes, including making Work for the
Dole mandatory for people on unemployment benefits for more
than six months, and quarantining half the welfare income
of jobseekers to ensure the money is spent only on the
necessities of life.
Guests: Maree O’Halloran – President of the National
Welfare Rights Centre”

ABC Radio National Breakfast:
Abbott discusses his welfare payment policy
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/breakfast/stories/2011/3178362.htm
31 Mar 11: “Opposition leader Tony Abbott will outline a
crackdown on welfare payments today in a speech in Brisbane.
There would be a new benefit, possibly at a lower rate, for
people whose disabilities can be treated. And job-seekers
on the Newstart allowance would have their payments
suspended if they live in areas with unfilled and
unskilled vacancies.
Guests: Tony Abbott – Opposition Leader”


NEW WAY SUMMIT

Posted in EVENTS on 03/04/2011 by D


02/04/2011 Online Petition: Aboriginal Workers Exploited Under SIHIP Program

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 02/04/2011 by D

This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/02/wgar-news-online-petition-aboriginal-workers-exploited-under-sihip-program

Contents:
* Online Petition:
Aboriginal Workers Exploited Under SIHIP Program
* Poster for New Way Sovereignty Summit at Easter
* Crisis in Japan and Muckaty Nuclear Waste Dump
* Background to Muckaty Station nuclear waste dump
* Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other Articles

ONLINE PETITION:
ABORIGINAL WORKERS EXPLOITED UNDER SIHIP PROGRAM:

– Urgent Petition

Jobs With Justice:
A union and community campaign for Aboriginal jobs
SIHIP petition date extended and now online
http://jobswithjustice.wordpress.com/2011/03/30/sihip-petition-date-extended-and-now-online/
30 Mar 11: “This petition is being sponsored Unions NT and
the CFMEU. It demands justice for Aboriginal people working
for Centrelink payments, half quarantined on a
‘BasicsCard’, as part of the reformed Community Development
Employment Program (CDEP) introduced alongside the NT
Intervention.
The petition has a particular focus on the use of CDEP
workers by the $672 million Strategic Indigenous Housing
and Infrastructure Program (SIHIP). We are demanding
backpay at appropriate award rates for all of these
workers, along with an end to arrangements forcing people
to work for the BasicsCard and investment in community
based employment programs across all Aboriginal
communities. …
Sign the petition online here: http://www.gopetition.com/petition/43996.html

GoPetition: Aboriginal Workers Exploited Under SIHIP Program
Published by Lauren Mellor
http://www.gopetition.com/petition/43996.html
17 Mar 11: “Target: Unions NT …
Web site: http://jobswithjustice.wordpress.com
Background (Preamble):
To the Honourable President and members of the Senate in
Parliament assembled:
We the undersigned are citizens concerned with the
exploitation of Aboriginal workers taking place under the
Community Development Employment Program (CDEP), which was
reformed by the Labor government in 2009.
Aboriginal workers in the Northern Territory are working at
least 16 hours a week under the scheme, but only being paid
their Newstart allowance through Centrelink. In many cases,
workers are subject to Income Management and have 50 per
cent of these payments ‘quarantined’ onto a BasicsCard.
We are particularly concerned by the use of CDEP labour on
the federal government’s $672 million Strategic Indigenous
Housing and Infrastructure Program (SIHIP). Local
Aboriginal workers on CDEP have been working for
substandard CDEP wages, or for the BasicsCard, alongside
fully paid construction workers from outside the community.
This is a grave affront to the principle of equal pay for
equal work.”

– Background

Jobs With Justice:
A union and community campaign for Aboriginal jobs
http://jobswithjustice.wordpress.com/

Crikey: Workers say they’re being ripped off under
indigenous housing program
http://www.crikey.com.au/2010/11/12/workers-say-theyre-being-ripped-off-under-indigenous-housing-program/
12 Nov 10: “Aboriginal people say they are working for the
BasicsCard on the federal Government’s $672 million
Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program
(SIHIP) in Northern Territory communities. … But Sheldon
Stuart from the community of Amoonguna, about 20km south of
Alice Springs, says that he was doing repairs and
maintenance as part of SIHIP and only being paid his
Newstart allowance through Centrelink. Fifty per cent of
this was quarantined onto a BasicsCard, which can only be
used to buy certain items at government-approved stores.”
Paddy Gibson, senior researcher,
Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, UTS

Crikey: Indigenous workers are getting screwed under the
SIHIP program
http://www.crikey.com.au/2010/11/15/indigenous-workers-are-getting-screwed-under-the-sihip-program/
15 Nov 10: “As a federally funded Job Services Australia
provider we are contracted to deliver services to job
seekers in Amoonguna and Santa Teresa, the communities your
Friday article (“Workers say they’re being ripped off under
indigenous housing program”, Item 5) relates to, and the
majority of the Community Development Employment Program
(CDEP) participants are linked to us. I would like to begin
by saying that I knew this was going to be a rort right
from the start.” Carl Russelhuber,
Employment Services Manager, CatholicCare NT

POSTER FOR NEW WAY SOVEREIGNTY SUMMIT AT EASTER:

– Poster

[click on link to view poster]
https://sites.google.com/site/treatyrepublicfilebank/pdf-1/new-way-summit-poster-2011colour.pdf?attredirects=0&d=1

– Background to the Event

Indymedia Australia:
New Way Sovereignty Summit,
Canberra 22-25 April (Easter Weekend)
http://indymedia.org.au/new-way-sovereignty-summit-canberra-22-25-april-easter-weekend
“Date and Time:
Fri, 22/04/2011 – 9:00am – Mon, 25/04/2011 – 5:00pm.
9:00am start each day.
Location:
Friday 22 April and Saturday 23 April meetings will be at
the Haydon Allen Tank, Building 23, Australian National
University, Canberra.
(These two day’s proceedings will be live webcast via
www.wgar.info for those who can’t attend but have internet
access.)
Sunday 24 and Monday 25 April will be at the Aboriginal
Tent Embassy opposite Old Parliament House.
Contact Name:
Michael Anderson (Summit Convenor) … “

– Background Media Releases

Michael Anderson:
Australia as “last bastion for the Aryan race”
Indigenous Peoples: http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9634:australia-australia-as-last-bastion-for-the-aryan-race&catid=54:australia-indigenous-peoples&Itemid=76
Indymedia Australia: http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/30/australia-as-%E2%80%9Clast-bastion-for-the-aryan-race%E2%80%9D
30 Mar 11: “As an Aboriginal person of a race of people
continually persecuted by the state, I am alarmed and
concerned that Australia’s desire to be the last bastion
for the Aryan race, as was stated at Federation, continues
to drive Australian governments of all political
persuasions to this day. …
The New Way Sovereignty Summit at Easter will challenge
Australia’s application for a seat on the United Nations
Security Council. Australia does not have the right to be
nominated, let alone have a seat there. How can a colonial
state of England have such a right? We will make every
effort to lobby against Australia getting nominated.”

Michael Anderson:
Scholar’s paper points to Aboriginal mineral rights
Indymedia Australia: http://www.indymedia.org.au/2011/02/13/scholar%E2%80%99s-paper-points-to-aboriginal-mineral-rights
13 Feb 11: “When Aboriginal activists meet in Canberra at
Easter they will have in front of them a paper that
suggested to the Howard government that Aboriginal people
are likely to test the crown ownership of minerals. Michael
Anderson, convener of the New Way Sovereignty Summits,
quotes from an essay by Dr Stephen Davis to a conference of
the Samuel Griffith Society stating that, “If Crown
ownership of minerals is affirmed … there may well be a
case for compensation mounted by indigenous groups.””

Michael Anderson:
We are still shackled captives of government
Indigenous Peoples: http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8744:australia-we-are-still-shackled-captives-of-government&catid=54:australia-indigenous-peoples&Itemid=76
Indymedia Australia: http://indymedia.org.au/2011/02/04/we-are-still-shackled-captives-of-government
4 Feb 11: ““We have not had the shackles of control removed
from our feet. We continue to be captives at the will of
the government and their collaborators. We do not have
liberators who work to free our people,” says Aboriginal
political activist, Michael Anderson, announcing the next
New Way Sovereignty Summit. It will take place over the
Easter long weekend at the Aboriginal Embassy [and
Australian National University] in Canberra, commencing
Good Friday through to Sunday, with a protest march planned
for Monday from the front of the Australian National
University to Parliament House. … “The Easter gathering
will focus on the need to make our voices heard loud and
clear. We are too silent on the issues that we all speak
of inside our homes; the time has come to get out there and
let the government know that we are Aboriginal people whose
nations are continuing to be torn apart as the whites
continue to clear the lands of our people.“”

Michael Anderson:
High Court writ sought to challenge Australian governments
acting as a corporation registered in the US
Indigenous Peoples: http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php/attachments/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8213:australia-high-court-writ-sought-to-challenge-australian-governments-acting-as-a-corporation-registered-in-the-us&catid=54:australia-indigenous-peoples&Itemid=76
Indymedia Australia: http://www.indymedia.org.au/2010/12/25/high-court-writ-sought-to-challenge-australian-governments-acting-as-a-corporation-regist
25 Dec 10: “Members and associates of the New Way
Sovereignty Summit are closer to bringing an end the
farcical notion that Australia is a free and independent
sovereign international state. Independent legal
researchers have submitted to the United Nations in 1999 a
bundle of documents, titled The Concealed Colony, that
clearly demonstrate that Australia’s standing in the
international community is a lie, supported by a convention
of denial on the part of the international community. My
recent statement about Australia being a colonial state is
based on fact and in this regard there are significant
implications for my people. This will become more
transparent early in 2011.”

Michael Anderson:
Australia is still legally a colony
Indigenous Peoples: http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7508:australia-australia-is-still-legally-a-colony&catid=54:australia-indigenous-peoples&Itemid=76
Indymedia Australia: http://www.indymedia.org.au/2010/11/12/australia-is-still-legally-a-colony
8 Nov 10: “The New Way Summit program has confirmed that
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people successfully
removed the international lie of Terra Nullius only now to
be served up more lies by the Australian legal fraternity.”

CRISIS IN JAPAN AND MUCKATY NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

– Audio

3CR Community Radio 855AM – Podcasts
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
Radioactive Show | 26 Mar 2011
[listen to show] http://podcast.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2011-03-26-67100.mp3
26 Mar 11: “Japanese nuclear disaster: …
Also, Cat Beaton, from the Environment Centre of the NT
with an update on the proposed national nuclear waste dump
that is being imposed on the Muckaty community near Tennant
Creek.”

– News

Australia Network News:
Indigenous Australians call for nuclear dump rethink
http://australianetworknews.com/stories/201103/3178727.htm?desktop
31 Mar 11: “Traditional owners in Australia’s Northern
Territory say the goverment should rethink its plans for a
nuclear waste storage centre in light of the crisis in
Japan. The Australian Governnment is considering building
the waste facility at Muckaty Station in Tenant Creek. The
plan has been met with mixed reactions among indigenous
communities in the Northern Territory. Mark Chungaloo
opposes the plan, saying the area is not suited
geographically or spiritually for a nuclear waste site.”

ABC: Japan disaster sparks nuclear dump concern
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/03/31/3178879.htm
31 Mar 11: “Traditional owners say the nuclear crisis in
Japan shows plans to build a nuclear waste storage facility
near Tennant Creek, in Central Australia, should be
reassessed. … “We don’t want this stuff to come there and
because of what happened in Japan I reckon the Government
should … start looking at that and start thinking about
it,” she [Diane Stokes] said. “Otherwise if the disaster is
going to happen, they are going to regret it afterwards.””

Tennant & District Times: Muckaty protest heats up in ACT
http://tennantcreek.yourguide.com.au/news/local/news/general/muckaty-protest-heats-up-in-act/2114303.aspx
25 Mar 11: “CANBERRA politicians have been put on notice by
local Aboriginal people that they are going to raise their
voices about the plans to impose a nuclear waste dump on
Muckaty. Dianne Nambin Stokes and Mark Japaljari Chungaloo
launched a media campaign in the nation’s capital to put
pressure on Federal parliamentarians to take heed of the
stiff opposition to the plan. The campaign was run in the
lead-up to the debate and vote in the Senate of the bill
which would pave the way for the building of the
controversial facility.”

BACKGROUND TO MUCKATY STATION NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

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

Beyond Nuclear Initiative:
Muckaty: http://beyondnuclearinitiative.wordpress.com/muckaty/

YouTube: Muckaty Voices
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcuNpT84Ovo

Proposed Radioactive Waste Dump at Muckaty, NT
Briefing Paper – February 2011
Jim Green B.Med.Sci.(Hons.), PhD
National nuclear campaigner – Friends of the Earth, Australia
Friends of the Earth: http://www.foe.org.au/anti-nuclear/issues/oz/nontdump/Dump%20briefing%20Feb%202011.pdf

Nuclear Territory News: Waste Dump News:
http://ntne.ws/articles/article.php?section=waste

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)
https://indymedia.org.au/2010/05/16/wgar-news-muckaty-voices-film-senate-report-into-nuclear-waste-dump-plan-16-may-10

WGAR News: Federal Court legal challenge over nuclear waste dump (13 Jun 10)
http://lists.perthimc.asn.au/pipermail/blackgreensolidarity/2010-June/002933.html

WGAR News: PM Gillard: No change on Muckaty nuclear waste dump (12 Jul 10)
http://lists.perthimc.asn.au/pipermail/blackgreensolidarity/2010-July/002965.html

WGAR News: Legislation passes enabling a nuclear waste dump to be built at Muckaty, NT (1 Mar 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/01/wgar-news-legislation-passes-enabling-a-nuclear-waste-dump-to-be-built-at-muckaty-nt

WGAR News: Federal Court challenge over nuclear dump resumes in August (16 Mar 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/16/wgar-news-federal-court-challenge-over-nuclear-dump-resumes-in-august

WGAR News: Interview with Kylie Sambo, Mark Lane and Dr. Jim Green about Muckaty nuclear waste dump (21 Mar 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/21/wgar-news-protest-blockade-by-lake-tyers-aboriginal-women-continues

WGAR News: Nuclear waste legislation must wait until objections heard in Federal Court (23 Mar 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/23/wgar-news-international-day-for-the-elimination-of-racial-discrimination-harmony-day-21-m

WGAR News: Aboriginal groups protest against nuclear waste dump (26 Mar 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/26/wgar-news-police-used-to-break-blockade-by-aboriginal-women-of-lake-tyers

NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

– Analysis / Opinion

ABC The Drum Unleashed:
Open letter: Talking about an Indigenous tomorrow
http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/45734.html?WT.mc_id=newsmail
30 Mar 11: “Like most other Indigenous people around
Australia, I have followed the Intervention in the Northern
Territory. I was one of the first people to speak against
it, as it was announced on the day my novel Carpentaria won
the Miles Franklin Literary Award in 2007. … I cannot
believe that the Intervention can be justified when
families are leaving their traditional lands – the lands
where they have lived and that they have taken care of for
tens of thousands of years – unable to endure the heaviness
of government controls over their lives.” Alexis Wright

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association
CAAMA Radio News 31-03-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-31-03-2011
31 Mar 11: “The Gillard Labor Government and the Tony
Abbott led opposition have been told off for using
Aboriginal people to gain political advantage.”

– News

Australian: Elders sick of bureaucratic dithering
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/elders-sick-of-bureaucratic-dithering/story-fn59niix-1226031000686
31 Mar 11: “BAYDON Williams is fed up with governments
exacerbating the problems of indigenous people across the
Northern Territory. An elder of Hermannsburg, a Howard
intervention-targeted community of about 550 people, he has
watched as more and more of his people travel 130km east
for a long-term, booze-filled visit to Alice Springs.”

AFP: Australia PM urged to meet indigenous people
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gO9xlfmiaY8Fh0JTlLVxCTsYQKGw?docId=CNG.557e9af82e9fc9a586e4110239fbaac0.661
29 Mar 11: “Australian Aboriginal leaders have urged Prime
Minister Julia Gillard to “sit down with us together in the
dirt” to discuss tackling social problems in the desert
community of Alice Springs. … “We strongly urge you to
come with Tony Abbott and sit down with us together in the
dirt with no media,” the local leaders wrote in a letter
published in The Australian Tuesday.”

Australian: Alice Springs elders ask Gillard and Abbott to
find apolitical solution to town’s problems
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/alice-springs-elders-ask-gillard-and-abbott-to-find-apolitical-solution-to-towns-problems/story-fn59niix-1226029659769
29 Mar 11: “ALICE Springs traditional owners and elders
have written to Julia Gillard urging her to “sit down with
us together in the dirt” with Tony Abbott to develop an
apolitical solution to the town’s social crisis. The
letter, sent to the Prime Minister, the Opposition Leader,
Northern Territory Chief Minister Paul Henderson and NT
independent MP Alison Anderson, has been signed by more
than 10 local leaders desperate for change.”

SMH: Powerbroker seeks end to welfare for Aborigines
http://www.smh.com.au/national/powerbroker-seeks-end-to-welfare-for-aborigines-20110328-1cdhq.html?skin=text-only
29 Mar 11: “THE Northern Territory powerbroker Gerry Wood
has called on the Gillard government to end welfare
payments as a way to end violence and social crises in the
territory’s Aboriginal communities, as more than 100 people
were detained in a police crackdown in Alice Springs.”