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

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

* 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


– Urgent Petition

Jobs With Justice:
A union and community campaign for Aboriginal jobs
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
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
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

Crikey: Workers say they’re 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
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

[click on link to view poster]

– Background to the Event

Indymedia Australia:
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.
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
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.”


– 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

– News

Australia Network News:
Indigenous Australians call for nuclear dump rethink
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
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
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.”


Beyond Nuclear Initiative’s weblog:

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

YouTube: Muckaty Voices

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:

WGAR News: Nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory (2 Mar 10)

WGAR News: Muckaty Station Nuclear Waste Dump (20 Mar 10)

WGAR News: Nuclear Waste Dump (28 Mar 10)

WGAR News: Muckaty Radioactive Waste Dump (4 Apr 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)

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)

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)

WGAR News: PM Gillard: No change on Muckaty nuclear waste dump (12 Jul 10)

WGAR News: Legislation passes enabling a nuclear waste dump to be built at Muckaty, NT (1 Mar 11)

WGAR News: Federal Court challenge over nuclear dump resumes in August (16 Mar 11)

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


– Analysis / Opinion

ABC The Drum Unleashed:
Open letter: Talking about an Indigenous tomorrow
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
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
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
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
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
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.”

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