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

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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