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28/06/2011 Kimberley gas plant protest and blockade; Sydney anti-nuclear rally 29 June 2011

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 28/06/2011 by D

Contents:
* Upcoming Sydney events:
Event 1: 28 June – Katherine Napaljarri Parker speaks on
NT Intervention
Event 2: 29 June – Katherine Napaljarri Parker speaks at
‘Our Generation’ screening
Event 3: 29 June – Rally – Stop Nuclear Minister Martin
Ferguson
Event 4: from 29 June – Exhibition of Photo artist Jagath
Dheerasekara
* Upcoming events around Australia – 15 events
* Kimberley gas plant protest and blockade
* Past events:
Event 1: Women delegates speak on UN Permanent Forum on
Indigenous Issues
Event 2: 11-point Intervention Alternative presented to
Parliament
Event 3: The Aboriginal Embassy Symposium
Event 4: Melbourne and Sydney protests mark fourth
anniversary of the NT Intervention
* More reactions to Government discussion paper and
consultations
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles

* UPCOMING SYDNEY EVENTS:

EVENT 1: 28 JUNE – KATHERINE NAPALJARRI PARKER SPEAKS ON NT INTERVENTION:

Northern District Times:
First-hand account of the Northern Territory intervention
http://northern-district-times.whereilive.com.au/events/story/first-hand-account-of-nt-intervention/
“Venue: Gladesville Library community back room
Where: 6 Pittwater Road, Gladesville, NSW, 2111 …
Speaker Katherine Napaljarri Parker, of Kintore, in the
Northern Territory, will talk in the Gladesville Library’s
community room on June 28 at 7pm. Katherine has recently
spoken at an Our Generation screening in Darwin, and
attended the Darwin launch of the Rebuilding from the
Ground Up statement on Tuesday, June 21, which marked the
fourth anniversary of the Northern Territory intervention.
This will be a wonderful opportunity to hear first-hand
accounts about the intervention.
The evening will be hosted by Bennelong and Surrounds
Residents for Reconciliation.”
[Click on above link to view map.]

Tue 28 June 2011: Gladesville, Sydney, NSW
First-hand account of the Northern Territory intervention
Speaker: Katherine Napaljarri Parker, Kintore, NT
Event details: http://northern-district-times.whereilive.com.au/events/story/first-hand-account-of-nt-intervention/
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/first-hand-account-of-the-nt-intervention-talk-in-gladesville-28-june-2011-7-pm
Video of Katherine: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/past-events/25-jun-2011-rally-self-determination-now/videos-25062011
Video of Katherine: http://vimeo.com/25594709

EVENT 2: 29 JUNE – KATHERINE NAPALJARRI PARKER SPEAKS AT ‘OUR GENERATION’ SCREENING:

Stop the Intervention:
Come and hear a First-hand account of the NT Intervention
[scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
“Wednesday, 29 June at 6pm – 7.30 pm
Special speaker: Katherine Napaljarri Parker from Kintore, NT
at a free film screening of Our Generation
at Stanton Library, Level 2 Conference Room,
234 Miller Street, North Sydney
hosted by the Stanton Library as part of the Guringai Festival”

Wed 29 June 2011: North Sydney, Sydney, NSW
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Part of the Guringai Festival
Including speaker: Katherine Napaljarri Parker, Kintore, NT
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/

EVENT 3: 29 JUNE – RALLY – STOP NUCLEAR MINISTER MARTIN FERGUSON:

Beyond Nuclear Initiative: June 29 rally- Sydney
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/2011/06/24/june-29-rally-sydney/
“Stop Nuclear Minister Martin Ferguson
Snap rally next Wednesday June 29, 11:30am
Community protest outside Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce
199 George Street, Sydney CBD
Speakers include:
John Kaye, NSW Greens
Holly Creenaune, Friends of the Earth
Nat Wasley, Beyond Nuclear Initiative
Statement from Dr Helen Caldicott …
The Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce is organising a
business lunch on June 29 titled “Nuclear Energy after
Fukushima”. …
Martin Ferguson is aggressively pushing expansion the
nuclear industry in Australia, from uranium mining through
to the planned nuclear waste dump on Aboriginal land at
Muckaty in the NT. …
Aboriginal people at Muckaty in the Northern Territory
continue to resist the imposition of a nuclear waste dump
on their land, despite legislation enabling the dump set
to pass the Senate in July.”

Wed 29 June 2011: Sydney CBD, NSW
Rally: Stop Nuclear Minister Martin Ferguson
Event details: http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/2011/06/24/june-29-rally-sydney/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/rally-to-stop-nuclear-minister-martin-ferguson
Poster: http://beyondnuclearinitiative.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/june-29_ferguson_switkowski.pdf

– Related News

Green Left: Don’t waste the Northern Territory
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/48009
25 Jun 11: “The federal Labor government put a new law
before the Senate on June 14 to set up a nuclear waste dump
in the Northern Territory. The same day, opponents of the
radioactive waste dump plan gathered outside Parliament
House in Canberra to protest. The rally was endorsed by
Beyond Nuclear Initiative, the Conservation Council of
Western Australia, the Environment Centre of the Northern
Territory, Friends of the Earth Australia, Japanese for
Peace, the Medical Association for Prevention of War, the
Public Health Association Australia, the Western
Australian Nuclear Free Alliance and Unions NT. Below are
excerpts of the speeches delivered at the protest. The
full-length speeches can be heard at http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/audio

EVENT 4: FROM 29 JUNE – EXHIBITION OF PHOTO ARTIST JAGATH DHEERASEKARA:

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka): One with nature but not society
http://www.sundaytimes.lk/110626/Magazine/sundaytimesmagazine_01.html
26 Jun 11: “A Sri Lankan living in Australia chooses to
highlight, in his latest exhibition, the life and plight of
aborigines after spending time with the Alyawarr people of
Ampilatwatja. The title of Jagath Dheerasekera’s latest
exhibition in Sydney is the response he received to his
question: “Why sleep outside at night?” “Stars, sky, trees,
breeze,” his subjects answered.” Smriti Daniel

Wed 29 June 2011: Newtown, Sydney, NSW
Exhibition Opening: Stars, Sky, Breeze, Trees
Photo artist: Jagath Dheerasekara
Gallery: At The Vanishing Point
Event details: http://www.atthevanishingpoint.com.au/index.php?p=1_2_Future-Exhibitions
Artist statement and event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/47966
Article: http://www.sundaytimes.lk/110626/Magazine/sundaytimesmagazine_01.html
Photos: http://jd.photoshelter.com/

Thu 30 June to Sun 17 July 2011: Newtown, Sydney, NSW
Exhibition: Stars, Sky, Breeze, Trees
Photo artist: Jagath Dheerasekara
Gallery: At The Vanishing Point
Gallery Hours: Thursday – Sunday 10am-6pm
Event details: http://www.atthevanishingpoint.com.au/index.php?p=1_2_Future-Exhibitions
Artist statement and event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/47966
Article: http://www.sundaytimes.lk/110626/Magazine/sundaytimesmagazine_01.html
Photos: http://jd.photoshelter.com/

* UPCOMING EVENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA – 15 EVENTS:

Click on the links for details of the events …

Event: 27 May to Sun 9 October 2011: Kalgoorlie, WA
Exhibition: From Little Things Big Things Grow
– Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970
Event description: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/
Event location: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/travelling_details/

Event: Tue 28 June 2011: Gladesville, Sydney, NSW
First-hand account of the Northern Territory intervention
Speaker: Katherine Napaljarri Parker, Kintore, NT
Event details: http://northern-district-times.whereilive.com.au/events/story/first-hand-account-of-nt-intervention/
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/first-hand-account-of-the-nt-intervention-talk-in-gladesville-28-june-2011-7-pm
Video of Katherine: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/past-events/25-jun-2011-rally-self-determination-now/videos-25062011
Video of Katherine: http://vimeo.com/25594709

Event: Wed 29 June 2011: North Sydney, Sydney, NSW
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Part of the Guringai Festival
Including speaker: Katherine Napaljarri Parker, Kintore, NT
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/

Event: Wed 29 June 2011: Sydney CBD, NSW
Rally: Stop Nuclear Minister Martin Ferguson
Event details: http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/2011/06/24/june-29-rally-sydney/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/rally-to-stop-nuclear-minister-martin-ferguson
Poster: http://beyondnuclearinitiative.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/june-29_ferguson_switkowski.pdf

Event: Wed 29 June 2011: Newtown, Sydney, NSW
Exhibition Opening: Stars, Sky, Breeze, Trees
Photo artist: Jagath Dheerasekara
Gallery: At The Vanishing Point
Event details: http://www.atthevanishingpoint.com.au/index.php?p=1_2_Future-Exhibitions
Artist statement and event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/47966
Article: http://www.sundaytimes.lk/110626/Magazine/sundaytimesmagazine_01.html
Photos: http://jd.photoshelter.com/

Event: Thu 30 June to Sun 17 July 2011: Newtown, Sydney, NSW
Exhibition: Stars, Sky, Breeze, Trees
Photo artist: Jagath Dheerasekara
Gallery: At The Vanishing Point
Gallery Hours: Thursday – Sunday 10am-6pm
Event details: http://www.atthevanishingpoint.com.au/index.php?p=1_2_Future-Exhibitions
Artist statement and event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/47966
Article: http://www.sundaytimes.lk/110626/Magazine/sundaytimesmagazine_01.html
Photos: http://jd.photoshelter.com/

Event: Sat 9 July 2011: Redfern, Sydney, NSW
Open Forum Discussion:
Kimberley gas plant threatens Aboriginal culture
Hear from Traditional 
Owners, 
Neil
 Mckenzie 
and
 Kerrianne 
Cox
Media Release and event details: http://ccr.uws.edu.au/2011/06/22/kimberley-gas-plant-threatens-aboriginal-culture-join-the-discussion/
Flyer: http://ccr.uws.edu.au/ccr-hub-wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Redfern-event-flyer.-doc.pdf

Event: Sun 24 July 2011: Avalon, NSW
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/

Event: Tue 9 August 2011: Adelaide, SA
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/

Event: Tue 9 August 2011: Gymea, NSW
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/

Event: Wed 10 August 2011: Manly, Sydney, NSW
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/

Event: Fri 26 – Sun 28 August 2011: Kalkarindji/Daguragu, NT
Gurindji Walkoff from Wave Hill
– 45th Anniversary Commemoration
Event location and details: http://www.gurindjifreedomday.com/

Event: Wed 7 Sep 2011: Brunswick, Melbourne, Vic
Indigenous Social Justice Association:
Discussion of Justice Reinvestment
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/indigenous-social-justice-association-discussion-of-justice-reinvestment
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm

Event: Fri 4 November 2011 to February 2012: Townsville, Qld
Exhibition: From Little Things Big Things Grow
– Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970
Event description: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/
Event location: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/travelling_details/

Event: February 2012 to May 2012: Queensland Museum
Exhibition: From Little Things Big Things Grow
– Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970
Event description: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/
Event location: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/travelling_details/

* KIMBERLEY GAS PLANT PROTEST AND BLOCKADE:

– Media Release about upcoming event

Women’s Reconciliation Network, The Wilderness Society and
the Filipino Women’s Working Party:
Kimberley gas plant threatens Aboriginal culture
http://ccr.uws.edu.au/2011/06/22/kimberley-gas-plant-threatens-aboriginal-culture-join-the-discussion/
22 Jun 11: “Redfern Community Centre, Hugo Street, Redfern
(near Redfern Station), Saturday, July 9, 9.30am-noon
Aboriginal people are still deeply divided over the
development of a $30 billion liquefied natural gas
processing plant at James Price Point on the pristine
Kimberley coast despite a vote for the proposal.
Kimberley traditional owner Neil McKenzie, who is
challenging the Western Australian Government’s threat of
compulsory acquisition in the WA Supreme Court and
consequently the validity of the traditional owner vote to
accept the development, will discuss the case and the gas
hub’s threat to Aboriginal culture in Sydney’s indigenous
centre, Redfern, on Saturday, July 9.
On May 5 this year, 60 per cent of traditional owners
voted in favour of the Kimberley Land Council’s (KLC) $1.5
billion negotiated terms with Woodside Energy Ltd to build
the LNG plant. But the vote was taken under the threat of
compulsory acquisition of the land, or as former KLC boss
Wayne Bergmann said, like having “a gun to our head”. The
legitimacy of the compulsory acquisition and therefore
the vote is now being questioned in the WA Supreme Court
in an action taken by McKenzie and Phillip Roe, both
traditional owners of James Price Point.”

Sat 9 July 2011: Redfern, Sydney, NSW
Open Forum Discussion:
Kimberley gas plant threatens Aboriginal culture
Hear from Traditional Owners, Neil
 Mckenzie 
and
 Kerrianne 
Cox
Media Release and event details: http://ccr.uws.edu.au/2011/06/22/kimberley-gas-plant-threatens-aboriginal-culture-join-the-discussion/
Flyer: http://ccr.uws.edu.au/ccr-hub-wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Redfern-event-flyer.-doc.pdf

– Website

Welcome to Save The Kimberley.
http://www.savethekimberley.com/
6 Jun 11: “We are an independent awareness organisation and
exist to engage and educate the Australian and
international community about the threat to the Kimberley
Coast and its inland wilderness areas posed by gas and
large-scale industrial development proposals. Save the
Kimberley does not oppose development. We are
not-for-profit, volunteer run and unlike any environmental,
cultural, social or community group you have ever seen
before – this is Traditional Custodians, local community,
high profile media stars, caring individuals and
influential individuals all working together to Save The
Kimberley. … “

Save The Kimberley: Country and Culture
http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/whats-the-fuss/country-culture/
“A culture and traditions under threat. A home to the
world’s most ancient continuous culture … Today, more
than 30 Aboriginal tribes remain in the Kimberley region,
each with its own language and many with unique cultural
practices. … We are building sustainable industries,
like eco-tourism, cultural tourism, selling and promoting
our art and artifacts and harvesting Gubinge fruit. These
industries bring us pride, meaning and purpose. They are
building an economy which fosters respect of the land and
culture and show us a way forward in friendship with white
Australia which also honours our past and obligations to
our ancestors. Heavy industrial development threatens all
of this. It threatens to directly damage country, our
sacred sites and special songlines. … “

Save The Kimberley blog:
Protest and blockade, James Price Point, Days 19 and 20
http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/blog/
25 Jun 11: “Another weekend is on us and the protest
blockade is going as strong as ever. New faces are
appearing all the time from Broome, the Kimberley,
interstate and overseas. Progress with the complaint to the
Department of Indigenous affairs has been slow and steady
with investigations ongoing. Woodside contractors are more
cautious than ever and no longer approach the blockade as
a convoy, instead parking up the road and sending security
people forward to be turned back again. … “

– Videos

YouTube: Broome Families stand against industrialisation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMbhhG4f97k
12 Jun 11: “Broome citizens blockade woodside and their
proposal to build the largest gas plant in the world and
open up the kimberley to industrialisation. Woodside have
tried to bring a bulldozer to clear 25 hecters of pristine
Kimberley wilderness. The traditional owners of this land
and community members are standing strong to beat this
mining giant and continue their unbroken songline. The few
have become many…And thou enemy shall fall!”

YouTube: The Kimberley – What’s the fuss? V2.1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81XXRTWNE_4
4 Jun 08: “As this is an ongoing effort to put a stop to
the destruction of Australia’s last great wilderness. …
My hope is that this video will have no need to exist and
the Kimberley can be left in peace for the next couple of
billion years … “

YouTube: Save the Kimberley – Malcom Douglas TV AD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_JpouX_-_8&feature=related
29 Nov 07

– News

Age: John Butler joins Kimberley protest
http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-national/john-butler-joins-kimberley-protest-20110617-1g71m.html
17 Jun 11: “Musician John Butler has joined a protest group
blocking access to the proposed site for a $30 billion gas
hub at James Price Point in the Kimberley. … The
Kimberley Land Council (KLC), representing indigenous land
claimants, recently reached agreement with Woodside and the
WA government for the gas hub project to go ahead. Under
the deal, Kimberley Aboriginal communities would receive
an estimated $1.5 billion in benefits over 30 years. But
Butler said the agreement was reached after Mr Barnett
threatened compulsory acquisition of the James Price Point
site.”

– Related Media Release

Principal Aboriginal Custodian for James Price Point
– Mr Joseph Roe:
Unlicensed desecration of Aboriginal heritage at James Price Point
http://handsoffcountry.blogspot.com/2011/06/unlicensed-desecration-of-aboriginal.html
22 Jun 11: “The principal Aboriginal custodian of James
Price Point and Elder for the Goolarabooloo Jabbir-Jabbir
people Mr Joseph Roe has thanked the Department of
Indigenous Affairs’ (DIA) Compliance Officers for the
thoroughness and manner in which they have conducted their
investigations on traditional country over the past two
days.
In a formal complaint lodged to DIA on 9 June 2011, Mr Roe
provided detailed photographic and video evidence of
significant damage by archaeologists and seismic testers
working for Woodside. They have been recklessly damaging
burial sites, middens and ancient remnant rain forests.”

* PAST EVENTS:

EVENT 1: WOMEN DELEGATES SPEAK ON UN PERMANENT FORUM ON INDIGENOUS ISSUES:

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
UN Permanent Forum on Indigneous Issues…a woman’s perspective
http://caama.com.au/un-permanent-forum-on-indigneous-issues-a-womans-perspective
24 Jun 11: “Barb Shaw and Nala Kunoth Monks were part of
the delegation of Aboriginal people who attended the United
Nations permanent forum on Indignous Issues. They speak to
Pam Riley on Women’s Business about the Aboriginal women’s
issues which were raised and discussed at the forum.”

– Related News

Green Left: UN indigenous forum:
Aboriginal delegates refute the Aust. gov’t
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/48033
26 Jun 11: “The UN heard how a lack of participation by
Aboriginal people in decision-making has led to harmful
policies. These include the Northern Territory
intervention, which contravenes basic human rights,
subjecting Aboriginal people in the territory to racially
based and systematic abuses, such as “income management”.
Barbara Shaw, from Mt Nancy Town Camp in Alice Springs, and
Richard Downs, from the Ampilawatjia communities of the
Northern Territory, criticised the intervention with its
retention and widening of involuntary income management.”

See:

WGAR News: UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York, 16 to 27 May 2011
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/21/wgar-news-un-human-rights-high-commissioner-hears-from-nt-aboriginal-leaders

WGAR News: Interview with Richard Downs on the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues / Barbara Shaw at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (28 May 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/28/wgar-news-canberra-rally-june-14-2011-don%E2%80%99t-dump-on-the-nt-no-radioactive-waste-dump-at-m

WGAR News: Ngarla Kunoth-Monks, Richard Downs and Barbara Shaw at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York (2 Jun 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/02/wgar-news-global-call-to-action-petition-calling-on-pm-julia-gillard-to-end-the-nt-interv

WGAR News: Central Australian delegates return from United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York (7 Jun 11)
[scroll down page] https://wgar.wordpress.com/2011/06/09/07062011-aboriginal-rights-upcoming-events-around-australia-june-2011/

WGAR News: Ngarla Kunoth-Monks, Barbara Shaw & Richard Downs speak about UN trip (22 Jun 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/22/wgar-news-4th-anniversary-of-nt-intervention-website-%E2%80%98an-alternative-to-the-nt-interventi

See more about Ngarla Kunoth-Monks:
[Ngarla Kunoth-Monks, also known as Rosalie Kunoth-Monks.]

Aboriginal Elders’ Statement, signed by Rosalie Kunoth-Monks along with six other elders (7 Feb 11)
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/Elders-statement-7-2-11.pdf

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Rosalie Kunoth on CAAMA Radio (10 Feb 11)
http://caama.com.au/rosalie-kunoth-on-caama-radio

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

WGAR News: Elders speak out on the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention (21 Apr 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/21/wgar-news-elders-speak-out-on-the-northern-territory-nt-intervention

See more about Barbara Shaw:

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

WGAR News: Darwin gathering for Aboriginal people living in prescribed areas under the NT Intervention, June 19-21, 2011
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/29/darwin-gathering-for-aboriginal-people-living-in-prescribed-areas-under-the-nt-interventi

WGAR News: Interview with Barbara Shaw, of the Intervention Rollback Action Group, on the NT Intervention (7 May 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/07/wgar-news-interviews-with-barb-shaw-and-michael-anderson-speeches-by-pat-anderson-and-les

WGAR News: Speech by Aboriginal activist Barbara Shaw on the NT Intervention (10 May 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/10/wgar-news-nt-nuclear-waste-dump-plans-contested

EVENT 2: 11-POINT INTERVENTION ALTERNATIVE PRESENTED TO PARLIAMENT:

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
11-point Intervention Alternative presented to Parlaiment
http://caama.com.au/11-point-intervention-alternative-presented-to-parlaiment
24 Jun 11: “Three events in Darwin this month have launched
the call for an 11-point plan to replace the Northern
Territory Intervention. The movement calls for a repeal of
all intervention legislation and provides the 11-point
intervention alternative plan. The plan was collated from
four years of meetings of Aboriginal people in prescribed
areas. Anna Weekes from the Aboriginal Rights Coalition in
Darwin speaks to Nerida Currey to tell us all about it. She
speaks about the plan, why it was created and how it will
help pave the way forward for Aboriginal people.”

See:

STICS website document ‘An Alternative to the NT Intervention’:
http://stoptheintervention.org/alternatives-to-the-intervention/rebuilding-from-the-ground-up-an-alternative-to-the-nt-intervention
[After the document on the STICS website, there is a list
of extra references that are useful for further research.]

Jumbunna website exploring ‘An Alternative to the NT Intervention’:
http://www.jumbunna.uts.edu.au/researchareas/alternatives.html
[Includes overviews, extra references and videos that are
useful for further research.]

EVENT 3: THE ABORIGINAL EMBASSY SYMPOSIUM:

– Audio

The Wire: The Aboriginal Embassy Symposium
[scroll down page] http://www.thewire.org.au/daydetail.aspx?SearchDay=2011-06-24
24 Jun 11: “This week the Australian Centre for Indigenous
History held the Aboriginal Embassy Symposium to pay
tribute to the famous tent embassy in Canberra. The
symposium ran from Monday to Wednesday and included
speeches, public forums and documentary screenings about
the history of embassy. It was also an opportunity for
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to discuss current
issues affecting indigenous communities such native title
and the Northern Territory intervention.
Featuring: Sam Watson, aboriginal activist; Tony Birch,
writer and historian; Nicole Watson, Research Fellow,
Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning.”

See:

Tent embassy leaders demand an end to the NT Intervention
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/22/tent-embassy-leaders-demand-an-end-to-the-nt-intervention

Aboriginal Embassy symposium
http://acih.anu.edu.au/events/aboriginal-embassy-symposium

EVENT 4: MELBOURNE AND SYDNEY PROTESTS MARK FOURTH ANNIVERSARY OF NT INTERVENTION:

– Melbourne Background

http://indymedia.org.au/4-year-anniversary-end-the-nt-intervention-rally

– Melbourne Video

MelbourneProtests Weblog:
4 Years too Long – Stop the Intervention
– Melbourne, 21 June 2011
http://melbourneprotests.wordpress.com/2011/06/23/4-years-too-long-stop-the-intervention-melbourne-21-june-2011/
23 Jun 11: “The Melbourne Anti-Intervention Collective
(MAIC) organised a protest outside the office of FaHCSIA –
the Department of Families, Health, Community Services and
Indigenous Affairs to mark the fourth anniversary of the NT
Intervention. The rally was one of a series being held
across the country – see
http://indymedia.org.au/4-year-anniversary-end-the-nt-intervention-rally
– and was addressed by a number of speakers from MAIC
(including Jasmine Ali, who wound up proceedings but is
unfortunately not captioned in the video) and others taking
advantage of the open mic.”

– Sydney Background

http://stoptheintervention.org/past-events/25-jun-2011-rally-self-determination-now

– Sydney Videos

Stop the Intervention:
25 Jun 2011 Sydney Rally – Self Determination Now: Videos
http://stoptheintervention.org/past-events/25-jun-2011-rally-self-determination-now/videos-25062011
“1. Paddy Gibson (STICS)
2. Jack Johnson (Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council (South-West Sydney))
3. Lee Rhiannon (Greens NSW Senator Elect)
4. Katherine Napaljarri Parker (Kintore NT)
5. Nicole Watson (Jumbunna Research)
6. Aunty Carol”

– Sydney Photos

Stop the Intervention:
25 Jun 2011 Sydney Rally – Self Determination Now: Photos
http://stoptheintervention.org/past-events/25-jun-2011-rally-self-determination-now/photos-25062011

– Analysis / Opinion

Socialist Alternative:
Four years too long: it’s time to end the Intervention
http://www.sa.org.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=6944:four-years-too-long-it%E2%80%99s-time-to-end-the-intervention&Itemid=454
20 Jun 11: “It is clear that this Intervention needs to end
now. It is not the case that it has failed. In attacking
the remaining vestiges of Aboriginal control and driving
people from their communities and into hub towns, the
Intervention has succeeded – in the task of undermining the
notion of Aboriginal self-determination and further
vilifying the victims of Australia’s centuries-old war of
genocide. … The Intervention is distinguished as one of
the most determined efforts to wind back any embodiment
of or support for Aboriginal control of Aboriginal
affairs.” Josh Schmidt

* MORE REACTIONS TO GOVERNMENT DISCUSSION PAPER AND CONSULTATIONS:

– Media Release

Response to the Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s Announcement
of a Second Intervention in the Northern Territory and a
further Round of Consultations in the NT Starting this Week
Media Release by Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/your-voice/dr-djiniyini-gondarra-oam/26-jun-2011
26 Jun 11: “The Government and the people of Australia are
only able to achieve true reconciliation with Aboriginal
people of the Northern Territory if the environment for
negotiation is changed and justice, that was so brutally
removed by the Intervention, is restored. Only through
respectful dialogue and working together can we call
Australia a nation based on the principles of democracy.
Further negotiations will rely upon the acceptance
of the following:”

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 24-06-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-24-06-2011
24 Jun 11: “The co-author [Rex Wild] of the report which
sparked the Howard Government’s 2007 response into Northern
Territory Aboriginal communities says it was not very
impressive that it had taken the Federal Indigenous affairs
Minister Jenny Macklin nearly four years to realise that
Aboriginal people are angry about not been consulted about
the Intervention.”

– Analysis / Opinion

Cox: new intervention proposals … same old, same old
http://www.crikey.com.au/2011/06/24/cox-new-intervention-proposals-same-old-same-old/
24 Jun 11: “A new consultation process on more intervention
proposals does not please the many critics of the current
version’s costly failures. The government’s discussion
paper, Stronger futures in the NT, sets severe limits on
the topics to be discussed and the issues to be raised.
There is no option for discussing income management, the
efficacy and roles of government business managers, … ”
Eva Cox

– News

Green Left: Abriginal groups:
‘End the intervention, restore community control’
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/48025
25 Jun 11: “On June 22, the federal government announced a
six-week consulting period before creating new laws to
continue the Northern Territory intervention. Prime
Minister Julia Gillard “left no doubt that abolishing the
intervention was not on the agenda”, said the June 23
Australian. The statement below, titled Rebuilding From the
Ground Up – an Alternative to the Northern Territory
Intervention, was officially launched at the Prescribed
Area People’s Alliance conference in Darwin on June 21.”

ABC: Scrymgour criticises intervention
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/06/25/3253503.htm?site=indigenous&topic=latest
25 Jun 11: “A Northern Territory Labor politician has
criticised her own party over aspects of the continuing
federal intervention in NT communities. The Commonwealth
has released a discusison paper on the intervention and
signalled a renewed focus on consultation before future
policy is made for remote communities. Labor MLA Marion
Scrymgour says she has always had reservations about the
policy and she does not think an intervention was needed to
improve life in communities.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CLC hoping for fresh start post intervention
http://caama.com.au/clc-hoping-for-fresh-start-post-intervention
24 Jun 11: “The Central Land Council says it’s hopeful that
the Australian Government’s release of Stronger Futures in
the Northern Territory yesterday signalled a more
consultative approach to Aboriginal affairs. “The
discussion paper raises a lot of the issues that we
consider critical,” CLC Director David Ross said. … Mr
Ross said that government and bureaucratic accountability
was an issue for many people in the bush. He also said
Aboriginal people will be judging the Government on not
only how it conducts the consultations but also on the
outcomes of those consultations.”

SBS World News Australia:
MP slams NT Intervention discussion paper
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1562806/Gillard-replaces-NT-intervention
22 Jun 11: “A discussion paper on the continuation of the
Northern Territory intervention has been labelled
“sickening” and sarcastically dismissed as “bloody rocket
science”. Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Wednesday
released a discussion paper, titled Stronger Futures in the
Northern Territory. … Aspects of the intervention that
are almost certain to remain in place next year include
remote policing and income management.”

See:
WGAR News: Reactions to government discussion paper:
‘Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory’ (24 Jun 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/24/wgar-news-reactions-to-government-discussion-paper-stronger-futures-in-the-northern-terri

* OTHER NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– Audio

SBS Podcasts: Community to reject welfare reform trial
http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/175606/Community-to-reject-welfare-reform-trial
23 Jun 11: “A Queensland Aboriginal community is set to
reject an extension of the controversial Cape York welfare
reform trial. Mayors from four Aboriginal communities are
due to meet the Queensland government to discuss the
$14-million, one-year extension being funded by the federal
government. … But Hope Vale mayor Greg McLean told
Queensland correspondent Stefan Armbruster, the trial has
failed and his community has had enough.”
[Includes photo: Hope Vale mayor Greg McLean says his
community has had enough]

– Analysis / Opinion

SMH Editorial: Intervention has its limits
http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/editorial/intervention-has-its-limits-20110623-1ghe1.html
24 Jun 11: “FOR four years now, the middle of June has
brought one of Australia’s more sombre anniversaries – that
of the federal intervention into indigenous affairs in the
Northern Territory. The Gillard government has marked this
year’s by announcing it will renew the intervention on its
fifth anniversary next year, but will review it beforehand.
… By implication, however, it raises the issues which
divide the intervention’s supporters from its opponents.”

Australian: Tough solutions
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/tough-solutions/story-fn558imw-1226080869324
24 Jun 11: “THERE has been a constant stream of “advice”
from activists that the government should consult closely
with Aboriginal people targeted by the Northern Territory
intervention (“No retreat on intervention”, 23/6). Such
rhetoric is always pleasing to the ears. But for those
people living in these remote communities who are
welfare-dependent and often alcohol-dependent, we need to
ask if, when consulted, the responses they would give would
be workable or helpful.” Anthony Dillon

– News

Amnesty International Australia:
The Northern Territory intervention – where to now?
http://www.amnesty.org.au/news/comments/26031/
24 Jun 11: “Amnesty International is calling on the federal
government to avoid a repeat of past failures by ensuring
any future strategies aimed at tackling Aboriginal
disadvantage in the Northern Territory are owned and
controlled by the people they affect. … Amnesty
International has criticised successive governments for a
failure to seek and secure the consent of affected
Aboriginal people and the blanket imposition of a raft of
racially discriminatory measures.”

National Indigenous Times:
School attendance drops despite the Intervention
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=22211
31 May 11: “There has been a significant drop in school
attendances in the Northern Territory’s remote communities
according to the Federal Government’s latest progress
report on the Intervention casting doubt upon the
effectiveness of the various programs that have been
introduced to entice children to attend school.”

National Indigenous Times:
Beadman says public service is failing in Intervention
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=22210
31 May 11: “Public servants were failing to enforce
government policies and laws that were designed to lead to
training and jobs for unemployed Aborigines, the
Territory’s Chief Aboriginal Affairs Administrator, Bob
Beadman has claimed. Mr Beadman said he had “never seen
such a gulf between the repeated pronouncements of a Prime
Minister about the value of education and work and their
conversion into public policy on the ground by public
servants”.”

National Indigenous Times: Ganja on rise with grog bans
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=22209
31 May 11: “Bob Beadman says marijuana use had worsened in
Aboriginal communities since the introduction of the
Intervention.”

National Indigenous Times: BasicsCard extended
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=22207
31 May 11: “You may not know it yet, but BasicsCard income
management is coming to a town or suburb near you. In a
measure announced in the Federal budget, Centrelink will be
introducing a version of the Northern Territory
Intervention policy into five “disadvantaged” areas around
Australia.”

National Indigenous Times: Prime Minister’s wasted visit
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=22190
31 May 11: “The Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s flying visit
to Alice Springs for about six hours last Tuesday also flew
into a storm of criticism with claims her visit was nothing
more than a public relations stunt rather than a meaningful
step by the Federal Government to address the plight of
Indigenous Australians. Instead of the Prime Minister
taking the opportunity to see first hand the terrible third
world standard living conditions Indigenous Australians
were being subjected to in the town camps throughout Alice
Springs, the Prime Minister opened a new facility called
Percy Court and stayed clear of visiting the worst of the
city’s town camps.”

National Indigenous Times: Greens question new grog law
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=22129
31 May 11: “Newly passed alcohol laws in the Northern
Territory focus on only one side of the problem by getting
tough on drinkers while ignoring the rivers of cheap grog
that flow through the Northern Territory, the Australian
Greens have said.”

* 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

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

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

CAAMA (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association)
– NT Intervention:
http://caama.com.au/?s=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/

Treaty Republic – NT Intervention:
http://treatyrepublic.net/search/node/NT%20Intervention

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

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

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

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

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/

Students For Indigenous Rights – UQ:
The Northern Territory Intervention:
http://uqsir.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/stir-uq-intervention-intro-factsheet-new1.pdf

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):
https://wgar.wordpress.com/

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Report

House of Representatives:
Doing Time – Time For Doing:
Indigenous youth in the criminal justice system.
http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/atsia/sentencing/report.htm

– Analysis / Opinion

SMH: Stunts overshadow the shameful truth
http://www.smh.com.au/national/stunts-overshadow-the-shameful-truth-20110624-1gjhv.html
25 Jun 11: “Last Monday night, a report with the rather
clunky title of Doing Time – Time for Doing: Indigenous
Youth in the Criminal Justice System was tabled in Federal
Parliament. Its contents were anything but clunky. They were
horrifying. … But does anyone care? It barely made the
news. There was not a peep of tabloid fury.” Mike Carlton

National Indigenous Times: Greatest challenge of my life
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/story.aspx?id=22106
31 May 11: “As I write I am busy preparing for the greatest
challenge of my life. I suspect there are a number of other
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are at the
same time also preparing themselves to face the unknown and
try to build the platform for a truly national voice for
our people. The National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples was launched more than a year ago following a
five-year vacuum caused by the demise of the Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Commission.” Les Malezer

– Audio

Radio Adelaide Breakfast:
Education needed to keep the indigenous population out of custody
https://radioadelaidebreakfast.wordpress.com/2011/06/22/education-needed-to-keep-the-indigenous-population-out-of-custody/
22 Jun 11: “Twenty years on from the Royal Commission into
Aboriginal Deaths in Custody the amount of juveniles and
young adults in the criminal justice system has increased.
A new report – Doing time, a time for doing – has gone to
the House of Reps and hopes to reduce these numbers by
focusing on early intervention and prevention for young
indigenous Australians. Shayne Neumann chairs the committee
on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, and Jess
Wingard spoke to him about what role education should play
in reducing the numbers of indigenous youth in the
criminal system.”

– News

National Indigenous Times:
A meaningful Sorry Day should mean compensation
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=22186
31 May 11: “Meaningful justice and compensation was yet to
be achieved for the Stolen Generations, the North Australia
Aboriginal Justice Agency said during National Sorry Day.
The Justice Agency said compensation for the Stolen
Generations was ultimately the right thing for the Federal
Government to initiate.”

National Indigenous Times:
Land council quizzed over nuclear dump
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=22180
31 May 11: “Northern Land Council Chief Executive, Kim Hill
told a Senate estimates hearing he had not met with
traditional owners to discuss of the area earmarked for
Australia’s first nuclear waste dump because it was a
matter the owners should discuss with the Federal
Government and the relevant Minister.”

National Indigenous Times:
Katter’s new party promises land deeds for Indigenous
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=22196
31 May 11: “Queensland Federal MP Bob Katter has launched
his own political party and said giving Indigenous
Australians formal deeds to land they hold under native
title would be one of the first actions his party would
take if elected to power.”

National Indigenous Times: It’s time to change law
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=22122
31 May 11: “The former Primer Minister and architect of the
Native Title Act, Paul Keating has called upon the current
Federal Government to change the existing Native Title
laws to further protect Indigenous Australians. Mr Keating
was the keynote speaker at the annual Lowitja O’Donoghue
oration in Adelaide where he said it had become too hard
for Aboriginal people to claim Native Title because the
onus of proof rested with them.”

National Indigenous Times:
Current laws are driving a wedge between us: Gooda
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=22119
31 May 11: “Native title laws were driving a wedge through
Indigenous communities and were contributing to increased
violence and bullying, Mick Gooda has claimed.”

National Indigenous Times:
Mabo would be saddened by ongoing delay, Pearson
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=22118
31 May 11: “Australia had failed to honour the promise of
the Mabo decision and reforms were needed to ensure
traditional owners had rightful access to their historic
homelands, Noel Pearson said. Speaking on the 19th
anniversary of the historic High Court decision, Mr Pearson
said legal interpretations of native title rights since
that time had been “profoundly wrong”.”


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24/06/2011 Reactions to government discussion paper: ‘Stronger Futures in the NT’

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 25/06/2011 by D

Contents:
* Tent Embassy Leaders demand an end to the NT Intervention
* Reactions to government discussion paper:
‘Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory’
* Fight for alternative to NT Intervention comes to Sydney
on Saturday 25 June 2011
* Aboriginal Rights – Upcoming events around Australia
* Doing Time – report into high rates of Aboriginal imprisonment
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other Aboriginal articles

TENT EMBASSY LEADERS DEMAND AN END TO THE NT INTERVENTION:

– Media Release

Tent Embassy Leaders demand an end to the NT Intervention
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/22/tent-embassy-leaders-demand-an-end-to-the-nt-intervention
22 Jun 11: “Aboriginal leaders, academics and participants
at a symposium in Canberra have passed a resolution in
support of a rally in Darwin today calling for an end to
the Intervention.
The resolution included support for the Statement
Rebuilding from the ‘Ground Up’ – An Alternative to the NT
Intervention which is being launched at the Darwin Rally.
The Symposium expressed strong solidarity with Aboriginal
people struggling against the Intervention which is an
attack on the gains of the rights movement of which the
Aboriginal Tent Embassy is a crucial part.
The statement calls for the full repeal of Intervention
laws and policies. It lists 11 demands that are in the
spirit of community empowerment.”

– Related News Release

UTS News Room: New media collaboration supports people
living under the NT Intervention
http://newsroom.uts.edu.au/news/2011/06/new-media-collaboration-supports-people-living-under-the-nt-intervention
23 Jun 11: “A new media project that empowers the voices of
Aboriginal people living under the Northern Territory (NT)
Intervention has been launched by UTS’s Jumbunna Indigenous
House of Learning.
With links to more than 25 research papers and submissions
and 20 videos, the project supports the statement
Rebuilding from the Ground Up: An Alternative to the NT
Intervention launched this week in Darwin.
The statement calls for full repeal of all Intervention
laws and puts forward an eleven point alternative program,
based on principles of community empowerment, capacity
building and sustainable resourcing for all communities. …
The new media project can be accessed at:
http://www.jumbunna.uts.edu.au/researchareas/alternatives.html

For a full copy of the Rebuilding from the Ground Up
statement (including further references) and a list of
current endorsements see:
http://stoptheintervention.org/alternatives-to-the-intervention

REACTIONS TO GOVERNMENT DISCUSSION PAPER: ‘STRONGER FUTURES IN THE NT’:

– Media Releases

Government discussion paper will keep NT Intervention
architecture in place
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/press-releases/government-discussion-paper-will-keep-nt-intervention-architecture-in-place-22-6-11
22 Jun 11: “The Stop the Intervention Collective (STICS) in
Sydney says a government discussion paper ‘Stronger
Futures’ will leave the architecture of the failed NT
Intervention in place.
Paddy Gibson, an organiser with STICS says the government’s
report fails to acknowledge clear evidence of deteriorating
social conditions under the NT Intervention.
Mr Gibson says the government should adopt an 11 point
program launched in Darwin yesterday by Aboriginal leaders
from across the NT, “Rebuilding from the Ground Up: An
Alternative to the NT Intervention”. The program calls for
full repeal of NT Intervention laws and community
controlled development.
The Stop the Intervention Collective is organising a
demonstration in Sydney this Saturday June 25 to demand
support for Rebuilding from the Ground Up and protest four
years of Intervention. …
Mr Gibson concluded, “the government must stop empty
rhetoric about “consultation” and hand control over
community land and development to Aboriginal people”.”

Rachel Siewert:
Discriminatory intervention should be ‘thrown out’ – Greens
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/discriminatory-intervention-should-be-%E2%80%98thrown-out%E2%80%99-%E2%80%93-greens
22 Jun 11: “Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens
spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Issues says she is saddened by the fact it has taken the
Government so long to acknowledge the failings of the
Northern Territory Intervention.
“There are still massive problems in the Northern
Territory,” Senator Siewert said today. “A number of key
indicators point to the same thing – this discriminatory
intervention is a failed approach and it should be thrown
out.”
“The time is right for the Government to seriously reassess
all aspects of the NT Intervention,” said Senator Siewert.
“I am encouraged by moves towards a consultative and
collaborative approach, but with only a 6 week
consultation period I’m not convinced that the Government
understands what this entails.” …
“The Greens welcome the release of the discussion paper
but remain acutely aware of the fact that meaningful
actions must follow the consultation,” Senator Siewert
concluded.”

– Audio

The Wire: Stronger futures, or more of the same for the NT?
http://www.thewire.org.au/daydetail.aspx?SearchDay=2011-06-22
22 Jun 11: “Funding for the Northern Intervention comes to
and end in August 2012, and the federal government are
looking to manage the NT’s transition to self management in
Indigenous communites. Prime Minister Julia Gillard and
Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin today released a
new discussion paper – “Stronger Futures in the Northern
Territory”, outlining their post-intervention plans. But is
is just the same old rhetoric? Story features Paddy Gibson
from the Stop the Intervention Collective.”

– News

Australian:
No retreat by Julia Gillard on Northern Territory intervention
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/no-retreat-by-julia-gillard-on-northern-territory-intervention/story-fn59niix-1226080248576
23 Jun 11: “Paddy Gibson, a Sydney-based activist with the
Stop the NT Intervention organisation, criticised the
discussion paper as glossing over the “failure” of the
intervention. “Despite the rhetoric about consultation, the
government is refusing to grant any actual control (to
indigenous Australians) over the areas where control has
been stripped from them under the intervention,” Mr Gibson
said. … “There has been a 30 per cent increase in
indigenous incarceration under the intervention,” he said.
“All the statistics point to chronic social breakdown.””

SMH: Aboriginal voices to be heard on intervention
http://www.smh.com.au/national/aboriginal-voices-to-be-heard-on-intervention-20110622-1gfiw.html?skin=text-only
23 Jun 11: “The announcement was met with scepticism from
the opposition and advocates for action in indigenous
communities as just more hot air. … A frustrated
co-author of the Little Children are Sacred report, the
Northern Territory barrister Rex Wild, criticised
yesterday’s release of the discussion paper, entitled
Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory. Mr Wild said
alcohol, truancy and unemployment had been the key problems
for decades and action, and another consultation was not
needed.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Labor release Stronger Futures discussion paper
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5884:labor-release-stronger-futures-discussion-paper&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=65
23 Jun 11: “The Northern Territory Opposition says a
discussion paper into the Intervention into Indigenous
communities is a clear admission that Federal Labor has
failed to deliver.”

9 News: Intervention repeating, says report author
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8264279/intervention-repeating-says-report-author
22 Jun 11: “A co-author of the report that sparked the
Northern Territory intervention says he is frustrated by
the release of yet another federal government report into
Aboriginal disadvantage. … “The consultations they’re
talking about having is exactly what we did in 2007. The
results of those consultations led to the 96
recommendations we made,” he [Rex Wild] said, adding that
the government should go back and act on the
recommendations of the original report. He said only one
recommendation, … had ever been acted on.”

SMH: MP slams NT Intervention discussion paper
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/mp-slams-nt-intervention-discussion-paper-20110622-1gee0.html
22 Jun 11: “NT Barrister Rex Wild, who co-authored the
report into child sex abuse that sparked the Howard
government’s 2007 intervention into more than 70 remote
Aboriginal communities, identified education and alcohol as
matters of absolute urgency. “So in 2011 they’ve identified
those things yet again – bloody rocket science isn’t it,”
he told AAP. “They’re not even acknowledging the fact that
everybody who has commented and written and studied and
investigated the whole plight of Aboriginal people over the
last 30 years, has said the same thing.”

news.com.au: Intervention discussion paper ‘sickening’
http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/intervention-discussion-paper-sickening/story-e6frfku0-1226080009289
22 Jun 11: “Northern Territory independent MP Alison
Anderson today told AAP the report showed the
commonwealth’s only plan to tackle Aboriginal disadvantage
was to continue spending money on a program that hasn’t
worked for the past four years.” … “The only winners in
all this will be the consultants,” Ms Anderson said.
“Everything else in that report is exactly the same.
They’re just coming up with the same things over and over
again. They say they are going to consult people, so then
why have they had general business managers (GBM) living in
74 communities for four years.”

Koori Mail: Anderson slams NT Intervention discussion paper
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
22 Jun 11: NORTHERN Territory independent MP Alison
Anderson has labelled the Federal Government’s latest
intervention discussion paper as ‘sickening’, saying it
showed the Commonwealth’s only plan to tackle Aboriginal
disadvantage was to continue spending money on a program
that hadn’t worked for the past four years.”

Koori Mail: Labor accused of neglecting NT Aboriginal people
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
22 Jun 11: “THE Federal Government’s announcement that it
will begin consultations into the future of the Northern
Territory intervention exposes four years of neglect,
according to Senator Nigel Scullion. The coalition’s
indigenous affairs spokesman said that after vilifying the
Howard government for four years for not consulting prior
to introducing the NT Emergency Response (NTER), Labor
showed it had failed to talk with Aboriginal people since
coming into office.”

ABC: Gillard looks at options to replace intervention
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/06/22/3250670.htm
22 Jun 11: Prime Minister Julia Gillard is promising
Indigenous Australians will have a say in how best to
tackle disadvantage when the federal intervention expires.
… But the Opposition says the discussion paper is
practically a copy of the one released two years ago.
Opposition Indigenous health spokesman Andrew Laming says
the push for consultation is not new.”

Koori Mail: NT Govt to help with consultations
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
22 Jun 11: THE Northern Territory’s Indigenous development
minister has vowed to work with the commonwealth to consult
Aboriginal people about the next step of the intervention.
Malarndirri McCarthy said the release of a discussion paper
about the NT Emergency Response (NTER), titled Stronger
Futures in the Northern Territory, in Canberra today showed
the Federal Labor government had listened to Aboriginal
Territorians and the NT government.”

– Related Media Release

Julia Gillard, Warren Snowden and Trish Crossin
Delivering a better future for Indigenous people in the
Northern Territory
http://www.jennymacklin.fahcsia.gov.au/mediareleases/2011/Pages/delivery_better_future_indig_22062011.aspx
22 Jun 11: “Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Indigenous
Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin today announced the
Government’s next steps to improve the future of Indigenous
Australians living in the Northern Territory. …
The Gillard Government will now start consultation on
future plans to tackle this unacceptable level of
disadvantage with a particular focus on improved education
for children, expanded employment opportunities and
tackling alcohol abuse. …
The Government’s new discussion paper, Stronger Futures in
the Northern Territory, will form the basis of this
conversation over the coming months as the Northern
Territory Emergency Response (NTER) winds up in mid next
year.”

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 23-06-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-23-06-2011
23 Jun 11: “The Prime Minister Julia Gillard is promising
Aboriginal people will have a say in how to tackle
disadvantage when the Intervention Expires next year.”

– Related News

Age: Labor vows fresh start over indigenous gap
http://www.theage.com.au/national/labor-vows-fresh-start-over-indigenous-gap-20110622-1gfcq.html
23 Jun 11: “THE Gillard government has promised a fresh
start in tackling indigenous disadvantage, after a
discussion paper described the situation in the Northern
Territory as still critical, with alcohol continuing to
fuel violence and abuse and devastating the lives of ”far
too many”. While the Stronger Futures discussion paper
cites many areas of improvement, Indigenous Affairs
Minister Jenny Macklin said the way the intervention was
imposed on communities had been hurtful, and made the past
four years ”very difficult” for people in the Northern
Territory.”

Australian: The Gillard Government has asked for ideas for
the next stage of the NT intervention
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/the-gillard-government-has-asked-for-ideas-for-the-next-stage-of-the-nt-intervention/story-fn59niix-1226079945401
22 Jun 11: “THE Gillard Government will spend the next six
weeks consulting with indigenous leaders over the future of
the Northern Territory’s emergency intervention. The Prime
Minister and Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin this
morning launched a discussion paper on what the next phase
of the intervention will look like, focusing on key areas
of school attendance, jobs and tackling alcohol abuse.”

Koori Mail: Gillard plan to replace NT intervention
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
22 Jun 11: “PRIME Minister Julia Gillard has announced a
plan to improve the lives of Indigenous people in the
Northern Territory as a replacement for the Howard
government’s intervention. The laws invoking the Northern
Territory emergency response – initiated in 2007 – expire
in August 2012. Under the new regime, the government has
identified eight priority areas including improving school
attendance, economic development, tackling alcohol abuse,
housing and health, and has set aside six weeks for
consultations.”

– The Discussion Paper

indigenous.gov.au: Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory
http://www.indigenous.gov.au/index.php/stronger-futures-in-the-northern-territory/

FIGHT FOR ALTERNATIVE TO NT INTERVENTION COMES TO SYDNEY
ON SATURDAY 25 JUNE 2011:

– Media Release

Fight for alternative to NT Intervention comes to Sydney
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/press-releases/fight-for-alternative-to-nt-intervention-comes-to-sydney-23-6-11
23 Jun 11: “On Saturday June 25, the Stop the Intervention
Collective Sydney (STICS) will hold a demonstration
demanding an end to the NT Intervention and support for a
new alternative program ‘Rebuilding from the Ground Up’.
The program was launched at a strong demonstration in
Darwin on Tuesday by Aboriginal leaders from across the
Northern Territory.
The 11 point plan includes the re-establishment of
Aboriginal community councils, abandonment of the ‘hub
towns’ model and investment in all communities, an end to
compulsory acquisition of Aboriginal land, the rescinding
of all leases signed under the NTER and recognition of the
importance of Aboriginal customary law. …
Paddy Gibson from STICS said that the Intervention has been
a disaster for Aboriginal communities and that a new
approach based on Aboriginal self-determination was
urgently needed. …
The Sydney launch of the ‘Rebuilding from the Ground Up’
Statement will take place at a demonstration:
1pm Saturday 25th June,
Town Hall Square marching to Belmore Park.”

ABORIGINAL RIGHTS – UPCOMING EVENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA – FROM 24 JUNE 2011:

Click on the links for details of the events …

27 May to Sun 9 October 2011: Kalgoorlie, WA
Exhibition: From Little Things Big Things Grow
– Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970
Event description: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/
Event location: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/travelling_details/

Sat 25 June 2011: Sydney, NSW
Rally to stop the NT Intervention – Four years of racist shame
Including Sydney launch of alternative
document “Rebuilding from the ground up”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/sydney-rally-to-stop-the-northern-territory-intervention
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Endorsing alternatives document: http://stoptheintervention.org/alternatives-to-the-intervention
Alternatives document plus extra references: http://stoptheintervention.org/alternatives-to-the-intervention/rebuilding-from-the-ground-up-an-alternative-to-the-nt-intervention
Alternatives document plus overviews, references and videos: http://www.jumbunna.uts.edu.au/researchareas/alternatives.html
Media Release: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/press-releases/gillard-cannot-face-gruesome-intervention-facts-sydney-protest-planned-10-6-11
Media Release: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/press-releases/fight-for-alternative-to-nt-intervention-comes-to-sydney-23-6-11
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/25-6-11-Stop-Intervention.pdf

Sun 26 June 2011: Bangalow, NSW
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/

Wed 29 June 2011: Sydney, NSW
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Part of the Guringai Festival
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/

Wed 29 June 2011: Newtown, Sydney, NSW
Gallery: At The Vanishing Point
Exhibition Opening: Stars, Sky, Breeze, Trees
Photo artist: Jagath Dheerasekara
Event details: http://www.atthevanishingpoint.com.au/index.php?p=1_2_Future-Exhibitions
Artist statement and event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/47966
Photos: http://jd.photoshelter.com/

Thu 30 June to Sun 17 July 2011: Newtown, Sydney, NSW
Gallery: At The Vanishing Point
Gallery Hours: Thursday – Sunday 10am-6pm
Exhibition: Stars, Sky, Breeze, Trees
Photo artist: Jagath Dheerasekara
Event details: http://www.atthevanishingpoint.com.au/index.php?p=1_2_Future-Exhibitions
Artist statement and event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/47966
Photos: http://jd.photoshelter.com/

Sun 24 July 2011: Avalon, NSW
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/

Tue 9 August 2011: Adelaide, SA
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/

Wed 10 August 2011: Manly, Sydney, NSW
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/

Fri 26 – Sun 28 August 2011: Kalkarindji/Daguragu, NT
Gurindji Walkoff from Wave Hill
– 45th Anniversary Commemoration
Event location and details: http://www.gurindjifreedomday.com/

Fri 4 November 2011 to February 2012: Townsville, Qld
Exhibition: From Little Things Big Things Grow
– Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970
Event description: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/
Event location: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/travelling_details/

February 2012 to May 2012: Queensland Museum
Exhibition: From Little Things Big Things Grow
– Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970
Event description: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/
Event location: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/travelling_details/

DOING TIME – REPORT INTO HIGH RATES OF ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT:

– Audio

The Wire:
Doing Time – report into high rates of Aboriginal incarceration
[scroll down page] http://www.thewire.org.au/daydetail.aspx?SearchDay=2011-06-21
21 Jun 11: “One quarter of Australia’s juvenile prisoners
are Aboriginal, despite Indigenous people representing just
2.5 percent of Australia’s population. A senate committee
on Aboriginal affairs today released a report on what is
being done to keep young Aboriginal people out of prison.
The “Doing Time” report made 40 recommendations designed to
promote early intervention such as improving school
attendance and work opportunities. The report criticised
over-policing of Aboriginal people and the lack of cultural
awareness of police working in Aboriginal communities.
Features Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social
Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 23-06-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-23-06-2011
23 Jun 11: “The Human Rights Alliance has criticised the
newly released Parliamentary Report on Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander youth and the criminal Justice
System.”

– Analysis / Opinion

Treaty Republic:
‘Doing Time – Time for Doing’ report – no great shock
http://treatyrepublic.net/content/doing-time-time-doing-report-no-great-shock
Jun 11: “the ‘doing time – time for doing’ report,
indigenous youth in the criminal justice system for the
house of representatives standing committee on aboriginal
and torres strait islander affairs, june 2011, finally
brings our politicians, or at least those who may deign to
peruse it, up to date as to the correct statistics of the
australian custodial systems for atsi inmates. the
statistics come as no great shock to those of us who follow
such events with both interest and a growing alarm as to
the complete and utter failure of australian governments”
Ray Jackson, President, Indigenous Social Justice Association

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Damming youth incarceration statistics
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5888:damming-youth-incarceration-statistics&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=65
23 Jun 11: “Statistics showing that Indigenous youth are 28
times more likely to be incarcerated than other youth in
Australia have been described as shameful and a national
disgrace. Western Australia’s Chief Justice Wayne Martin
says he is not surprised by the statistics. “It does make
depressing reading, but unfortunately we’ve known for some
years now that the statistics are heading in exactly the
wrong direction,” he said.”

Crikey: Deaths in custody … hello, anyone?
http://www.crikey.com.au/2011/06/22/crikey-says-deaths-in-custody-hello-anyone/
22 Jun 11: “Today Crikey runs the final story in the Deaths
in Custody investigation by Inga Ting. The series kicked
off 10 weeks ago with the revelation that 20 years after
the Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody,
inmates are still dying as a result of the same practices
the commission sought to eliminate. … Last night, the
report Doing Time - Time For Doing: Indigenous Youth in the
Criminal Justice System was tabled in the House of
Representatives. Between 2000 and 2009, it reads, the
incarceration rate for indigenous Australians rose by 66%.”

NZ Herald: Aboriginal youth crime rate a ‘national tragedy’
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10733623
22 Jun 11: “Twenty years after a royal commission
scrutinised the high rate of Aboriginal deaths in custody,
the over-representation of young indigenous Australians in
the criminal justice system is even worse than back then –
a situation branded “a national disgrace” by a
parliamentary committee. Despite the commission making 300
recommendations aimed at keeping young Aboriginal people
out of jail, they are now 28 times more likely to be locked
up than their white counterparts, according to a report
… “

Canberra Times: Jail numbers ‘national tragedy’
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/national/national/general/jail-numbers-national-tragedy/2201527.aspx
21 Jun 11: “The prevalence of indigenous youth in
Australia’s criminal justice system is a national tragedy
and disgrace, a new parliamentary report has concluded. …
”This is a national tragedy and questions must be raised
as to why the situation has worsened so dramatically, after
the sweeping reforms recommended by the royal commission,”
it said in the report.”

See:

WGAR News: A ‘national crisis’: Aboriginal youth imprisonment (22 Jun 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/22/wgar-news-4th-anniversary-of-nt-intervention-website-%E2%80%98an-alternative-to-the-nt-interventi

OTHER NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– News

Canterbury-Bankstown Express:
Bankstown elder Aunty Carol’s anger over welfare plan
http://express.whereilive.com.au/news/story/bankstown-elder-aunty-carols-anger-over-welfare-plan/
23 Jun 11: “INDIGENOUS elder Aunty Carol Carter has hit
back at the Federal Government’s plan to bring income
management to Bankstown. From July 1 next year, residents
deemed by Centrelink to be “financially vulnerable” will
have half their welfare payments quarantined on to a
BasicsCard to buy “priority items” at selected stores. But
Ms Carter, a wheelchair-bound resident of Revesby and local
elder, said compulsory income management would rob the
people affected of their autonomy and self-respect. “It’s
shocking – absolutely demeaning, this is,” she said.”
[Includes photo: Indigenous Elder Aunty Carol Carter is
concerned about upcoming welfare changes in Bankstown.]

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Protesters against intervention in Darwin
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5878:protesters-against-intervention-in-darwin&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=65
22 Jun 11: “About 200 people opposing the Federal
Government’s intervention in Northern Territory Aboriginal
communities have marched through the centre of Darwin. The
rally yesterday marked four years since the start of the
Howard Government’s intervention.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Living on country is healthier
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5877:living-on-country-is-healthier&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=65
22 Jun 11: “A new study has found hundreds of thousands of
dollars can be saved in health care costs if remote
Aboriginal residents are involved in land management. …
One researcher, David Campbell, says the findings challenge
a policy of encouraging remote residents to move to more
populated areas.”

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Bess Price speaks on Strong Voices
http://caama.com.au/bess-price-speaks-on-strong-voices
23 Jun 11: “Bess Price speaks to Paul Wiles on Strong
Voices about how the intervention if effecting communities
and what she thought on the Prime Ministers visit to
Central Australia. She also talks about some of the
positive things that have come out of the Intervention and
how some of those has helped communities and that more
Aboriginal people need to speak out about the Intervention.”

See:
Town camp leader outraged by Bess Price claims on Q and A
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/media/

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 22-06-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-22-06-2011
22 Jun 11: “The fourth anniversary of the Northern
Territory emergency response is being marked with a series
of anti-intervention activities across the country.”

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

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

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

CAAMA (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association)
– NT Intervention:
http://caama.com.au/?s=NT+Intervention

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

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

Treaty Republic – NT Intervention:
http://treatyrepublic.net/search/node/NT%20Intervention

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

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

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

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

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/

Students For Indigenous Rights – UQ:
The Northern Territory Intervention:
http://uqsir.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/stir-uq-intervention-intro-factsheet-new1.pdf

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):
https://wgar.wordpress.com/

OTHER ABORIGINAL ARTICLES:

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Co-chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First
People’s Jody Broun on CAAMA
http://caama.com.au/co-chair-of-the-national-congress-of-australias-first-peoples-jody-broun-on-caama
23 Jun 11: “Co-chair of the National Congress of
Australia’s First People’s Jody Broun speaks to Nerida
Currey about the meeting held in Alice Spring and Tennant
Creek for Aboriginal people being recognized in the constitution.”

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane
Let’s Talk – Indigenous presented talkback:
http://989fm.com.au/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29
22 Jun 11: “Judulu Neil: Tiga Bayles talks with Yarrabah
Activist, Judulu Neil about Native Title Issues and
Sovereignty Issues.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasting/audio/98fm-podcast-2011-06-22-70449.mp3

– Media Release

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation:
Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services are Closing the Gap in Access to Medicines
http://www.naccho.org.au/Files/Documents/QUMAX-%20NACCHOMR21-6-11.pdf
21 Jun 11: “Many more Aboriginal people are now getting the
prescription medicines they need, along with tailored
advice and assistance, under the QUMAX* program operating
in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs)
according to an independent report. “The report, available
on the Department of Health and Ageing website**, shows the
QUMAX program has been an unprecedented success in
increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s
access to medicines,” says Justin Mohamed Chair of the
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
(NACCHO).”

– News

Indymedia Australia:
Protest at Ferguson’s office opposing Muckaty nuclear waste dump
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/22/protest-at-fergusons-office-opposing-muckaty-nuclear-waste-dump
22 Jun 11: “On Tuesday about 50 people gathered outside
Federal Resources and Energy Minister Martin Ferguson’s
electoral office in Preston to say Don’t Let Martin
Ferguson Dump on Muckaty in regard to inflicting a nuclear
waste dump on an indigenous community who do not want it.
For 18 months anti-nuclear organisations & activists have
succesfully kept Minister Ferguson National Radioactive
Waste Management Bill from becoming an act.”


22/06/2011 4th anniversary of NT Intervention; Website exploring ‘An Alternative to the NT Intervention’

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 23/06/2011 by D

Contents:
* A ‘national crisis’: Aboriginal youth imprisonment
* Background to Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and
incarceration rates
* Ngarla Kunoth-Monks, Barbara Shaw & Richard Downs
speak about UN trip
* Fourth anniversary of the NT Intervention
* Website exploring ‘An Alternative to the NT Intervention’
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other Aboriginal articles

A ‘NATIONAL CRISIS’: ABORIGINAL YOUTH IMPRISONMENT:

– Media Release

ANTaR – Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation:
Time for action on Aboriginal youth imprisonment
http://www.antar.org.au/time_for_action_on_aboriginal_youth_imprisonment
20 Jun 11: “ANTaR National Director, Ms Jacqueline
Phillips, says a Parliamentary Committee report released
today on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth and
the criminal justice system is a call to action to
governments.
“ANTaR particularly welcomes recommendations for the
Federal Government to urgently include justice targets in
the COAG Closing the Gap strategy and develop a new
inter-governmental agreement to build safer communities,”
Ms Phillips said.
The report from the House of Representatives Committee on
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues contains
forty recommendations across a broad range of issues, and
follows a prolonged inquiry with 130 submissions and many
public hearings.
“The high level of over-representation of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander people in our criminal justice
system has long been recognised as a serious injustice.
It is also a key factor in poorer levels of health,
employment, education and life opportunity. … “

See:
ANTaR: Reducing Imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander people – A National Call to Action
http://antar.org.au/issues_and_campaigns/reducing_indigenous_incarceration

– Audio

ABC AM:
Report claims ‘national crisis’ with young Aboriginal prisoners
http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2011/s3249025.htm
21 Jun 11: “A Federal Parliamentary Committee looking into
Indigenous justice has come up with observations and
recommendations that won’t come as too much of a surprise
to a lot of Australians. It describes the
over-representation of Indigenous youth in Australia’s
criminal justice system as a “national crisis”, finding
that Aboriginal youth are 28 times more likely to be
detained than non-Indigenous youth. Like other inquiries
before it, this committee has made a long list of
recommendations.”
[Includes comments by Shayne Neumann, Wayne Martin,
Sharman Stone and Robert McClelland.]

– News

ABC: Indigenous youth crime rates a ‘national crisis’
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/06/21/3249189.htm
21 Jun 11: “A federal parliamentary committee has described
the over-representation of Indigenous youth in Australia’s
criminal justice system as a “national crisis”, finding
that Aboriginal youth are 28 times more likely to be
detained than non-Indigenous youth. Twenty years after the
Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths In Custody, the
new parliamentary committee report describes incarceration
rates for young Indigenous people as “shameful”. … Labor
MP Shayne Neumann chaired the committee and says the
statistics are “damning”.”

Australian: 20 years on, black kids still fill jails
parliamentary committee finds
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/years-on-black-kids-still-fill-jails-parliamentary-committee-finds/story-e6frg6nf-1226078813207
21 Jun 11: “THERE are more indigenous young people in jail
than at any time since the royal commission into Aboriginal
deaths in custody 20 years ago. A parliamentary committee
has labelled the situation a “national disgrace” and a
failure of all governments. … The committee found the
detention rate for indigenous juveniles was 397 per
100,000, which is 28 times higher than the rate for
non-indigenous juveniles at 14 per 100,000. Indigenous
juveniles account for 59 per cent of the total juvenile
population in jail.”

West Australian: Chief Justice despair at Indigenous jail rates
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/9677825/chief-justice-despair-at-indigenous-jail-rates/
21 Jun 11: “WA Chief Justice Wayne Martin has described as
“depressing” a new report which found Aboriginal juveniles
and young adults were 28 times more likely than their
non-indigenous counterparts to be locked up in detention.
The Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Affairs report, Doing Time – Time for Doing,
tabled in Canberra last night, found Aboriginal youths
today were more over-represented in the criminal justice
system than when the Royal Commission into Aboriginal
Deaths in Custody report was released 20 years ago.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
ANTaR calls for action on Aboriginal youth crime report
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5872:antar-calls-for-action-on-aboriginal-youth-crime-report&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=65
21 Jun 11: “Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation,
ANTaR National Director, Jacqueline Phillips, says a
Parliamentary Committee report released yesterday on
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth and the
criminal justice system is a call to action to governments.”

Mail (UK): Young Aboriginal prisoners are a ‘national
crisis’ Australian government warned as it emerges they’re
28 times more likely to be jailed
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2005799/Young-Aboriginal-prisoners-national-crisis-Australian-government-warned-emerges-theyre-28-times-likely-jailed.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
20 Jun 11: “The number of young Aborigines in prison has
become a ‘national crisis’, the Australian government has
been told. Aboriginal children are 28 times more likely to
be sent to a juvenile facility than other Australian
children, a parliamentary report on indigenous youth in
the criminal justice system found. It has urged
wide-ranging reforms, as campaigners warn another
generation of Australia’s indigenous youth could be ‘lost’
to the criminal justice system.”

Age: Indigenous youth crime rates ‘a disgrace’
http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-national/indigenous-youth-crime-rates-a-disgrace-20110620-1gc4n.html
20 Jun 11: “The prevalence of indigenous youth in
Australia’s criminal justice system is a national tragedy
and disgrace, a new parliamentary report has concluded. A
lower house committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander affairs released its report on the issue on
Monday. It has been more than 20 years since the Royal
Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody but the
committee said life was just as tough for young indigenous
Australians.”

BACKGROUND TO ABORIGINAL DEATHS IN CUSTODY AND INCARCERATION RATES:

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

WGAR News: Deaths in Custody: A Crikey Investigation (29 Apr 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/29/darwin-gathering-for-aboriginal-people-living-in-prescribed-areas-under-the-nt-interventi

WGAR News: Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and Aboriginal incarceration rates (3 May 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/03/wgar-news-indigenous-languages-forum-8-may-2011-mparntwe-alice-springs

WGAR News: ANTaR: Reducing over-imprisonment of Aboriginal peoples (7 May 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/07/wgar-news-interviews-with-barb-shaw-and-michael-anderson-speeches-by-pat-anderson-and-les

WGAR News: Renewed Call for a Joint Committee Senate Inquiry into Deaths in Custody (17 May 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/17/wgar-news-global-call-to-action-for-aboriginal-rights-in-australia

WGAR News: New campaign to cut Aboriginal prisoner numbers (11 Jun 11)
[scroll down page] https://wgar.wordpress.com/2011/06/15/11062011-nt-traditional-land-owners-claim-they-were-not-consulted-about-mining-deal/

NGARLA KUNOTH-MONKS, BARBARA SHAW & RICHARD DOWNS SPEAK ABOUT UN TRIP:

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Narla Kunoth Monks, Barbara Shaw & Richard Downs
speak about UN trip
http://caama.com.au/narla-kunoth-monks-barbara-shaw-richard-downs-speak-about-un-trip
21 Jun 11: “Utopia community member Narla Kunoth Monks, a
first time visitor to the UN, says she was shocked to hear
the Australian Governments FACSIA report to UNICEF which
appeared to depict Aboriginal mothers as bad parents. Ms
Kunoth Monks told CAAMA Radio that within Aboriginal
society there are systems in place that look after old
people young women coming into adulthood and children.
Alice springs town camp resident and vocal opponent of the
Northern Territory Intervention Barbara Shaw says a series
of workshops will allow Aboriginal people to gain a better
understanding of their rights.”

See:

WGAR News: UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York, 16 to 27 May 2011
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/21/wgar-news-un-human-rights-high-commissioner-hears-from-nt-aboriginal-leaders

WGAR News: Interview with Richard Downs on the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues / Barbara Shaw at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (28 May 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/28/wgar-news-canberra-rally-june-14-2011-don%E2%80%99t-dump-on-the-nt-no-radioactive-waste-dump-at-m

WGAR News: Ngarla Kunoth-Monks, Richard Downs and Barbara Shaw at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York (2 Jun 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/02/wgar-news-global-call-to-action-petition-calling-on-pm-julia-gillard-to-end-the-nt-interv

WGAR News: Central Australian delegates return from United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York (7 Jun 11)
[scroll down page] https://wgar.wordpress.com/2011/06/09/07062011-aboriginal-rights-upcoming-events-around-australia-june-2011/

See more about Ngarla Kunoth-Monks:
[Ngarla Kunoth-Monks, also known as Rosalie Kunoth-Monks.]

Aboriginal Elders’ Statement, signed by Rosalie Kunoth-Monks along with six other elders (7 Feb 11)
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/Elders-statement-7-2-11.pdf

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Rosalie Kunoth on CAAMA Radio (10 Feb 11)
http://caama.com.au/rosalie-kunoth-on-caama-radio

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

WGAR News: Elders speak out on the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention (21 Apr 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/21/wgar-news-elders-speak-out-on-the-northern-territory-nt-intervention

See more about Barbara Shaw:

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

WGAR News: Darwin gathering for Aboriginal people living in prescribed areas under the NT Intervention, June 19-21, 2011
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/29/darwin-gathering-for-aboriginal-people-living-in-prescribed-areas-under-the-nt-interventi

WGAR News: Interview with Barbara Shaw, of the Intervention Rollback Action Group, on the NT Intervention (7 May 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/07/wgar-news-interviews-with-barb-shaw-and-michael-anderson-speeches-by-pat-anderson-and-les

WGAR News: Speech by Aboriginal activist Barbara Shaw on the NT Intervention (10 May 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/10/wgar-news-nt-nuclear-waste-dump-plans-contested

See more about Richard Downs:

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

Six Videos by Eleanor Gilbert of Enlightning Productions:
Opening Protest House Ampilatwatja Walk-off NT:
http://interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com/video/

WGAR News: Protest House at the Alyawarr people’s walk-off camp (16 Feb 10)
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/02/16/wgar-news-protest-house-at-the-alyawarr-peoples-walk-off-camp-16-feb-10

WGAR News: Speeches from National call out by John Pilger & Richard Downs (3 May 10)
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/05/04/wgar-news-speeches-from-national-call-out-by-john-pilger-richard-downs-3-may-10

Frequency: Richard Downs & Harry Nelson Speaking at Melbourne University Ampilatwatja Walkoff & NT Intervention (14-16 Oct 10)
http://www.frequency.com/video/richard-downs-harry-nelson-speaking-at/4712568

FOURTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NT INTERVENTION:

– Media Releases

Greens: Rachel Siewert: NT Intervention is Australia’s shame
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/nt-intervention-australia%E2%80%99s-shame
21 Jun 11: “The Australian Greens say the Northern
Territory Intervention continues to be a blight on the
nation’s human rights record, four years after it was
implemented by the Howard Government and should be scrapped.
“Aboriginal communities have now suffered four years of the
intervention in the Northern Territory,” Senator Rachel
Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Issues said today.
“This is a discriminatory, paternalistic scheme which has
not improved the lives of Aboriginal people- despite the
$1.5billion price tag.
“It is Australia’s shame that the Howard, Rudd and Gillard
Governments have persisted with these measures for four
long years. …
“The time has come for a new approach, not a new
intervention. [said Senator Siewert]”

ANTaR – Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation:
4 years on
– Time to shift focus from intervention to partnership
http://www.antar.org.au/4_years_on_time_to_shift_focus_from_intervention_to_partnership
20 Jun 11: “ANTaR says the fourth anniversary of the
Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) is an
opportunity to reflect on the lessons of the last four
years and shift from intervention to partnership in
planning for the future.
“ANTaR calls on the Federal and Northern Territory
Governments to partner with Aboriginal people in developing
a post-intervention plan to ensure remote communities have
a safe and healthy future,” said ANTaR National Director,
Jacqueline Phillips.
“With many of the original NTER measures only having one
year left to run, it is time to focus the debate on the
evidence about what works and what doesn’t, informed by a
broad range of community voices,” Ms Jacqueline Phillips
said.”

NT Intervention has failed on jobs
– petition presented today
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/press-releases/intervention-has-failed-on-jobs—petition-presented-today-20-6-11
20 Jun 11: “A petition against lost jobs and exploitative
working conditions under the NT Intervention is being
presented to the Federal Senate today by Greens Senator
Rachel Siewert. It is being sponsored by Unions NT, the
CFMEU and anti-Intervention campaign groups across the
country.
Four years into an Intervention that promised “real jobs”,
many Aboriginal people are working for Centrelink payments
“quarantined” onto a BasicsCard due to cuts to Community
Development Employment Projects (CDEP).
The petition is demanding back pay for Aboriginal people
paid on the BasicsCard while doing renovations for the NT
Intervention’s $672 million Strategic Indigenous Housing
and Infrastructure Program (SIHIP), and investment in
Aboriginal employment across all communities.
Marie Elena Ellis, President of the Amoonguna Community
Council, is traveling to Sydney to address a protest rally
marking four years of Intervention this Saturday.
Ms Ellis said: “When SIHIP came to town we were told there
would be fulltime jobs with good wages, but instead we were
ripped off and left unemployed. It is another slap in the
face from the government.””

– Audio

ABC AM: Four years of NT Emergency Response
http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2011/s3248964.htm
21 Jun 11: “Today marks the fourth anniversary of the day
John Howard’s government announced it was going to send the
army into Aboriginal communities as part of its Northern
Territory Emergency Response. Since coming to power Labor
has kept elements of the policy. Opponents of what has
become known as the Federal Intervention have gathered in
Darwin today to urge the Gillard Government to dump the
Emergency Response altogether.”
[Includes comments by John Leemans representing Kalkaringi,
Jimmy Wavehill, Reverend Djinniyinni Gondarra from Eastern
Arnhem Land and Rex Wild QC.]

– News

SBS World News Australia:
Darwin rally calls for end to intervention
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1562301/Darwin-rally-calls-for-end-to-intervention
21 Jun 11: “High profile Aboriginal leaders from across the
Northern Territory gathered in Darwin calling loudly for
“human rights for all and an end to the intervention”.
After two days of meetings to mark the four-year
anniversary of the Howard government’s intervention into
remote Aboriginal communities, about 100 people marched
down the Smith Street Mall on Tuesday to hand an
alternative plan of action to NT government backbencher
Marion Scrymgour at parliament house.”

ABC Darwin:
Aboriginal communities rally for alternative to NT Intervention
http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2011/06/21/3249608.htm
21 Jun 11: “Four years after the Federal Government
launched the NT intervention, Aboriginal community leaders
have launched another desperate call for an alternative.
… After arriving at Parliament house, the rally’s leaders
read out a list of suggested protective measures –
alternatives to the Intervention – which was compiled over
the past two days with the endorsement of Aboriginal
community leaders, the Intervention Rollback Action Group
and Concerned Australians.”

ABC: Marchers condemn federal intervention
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/06/21/3249816.htm?section=justin
21 Jun 11: “About 200 people opposing the Federal
Government’s intervention in Northern Territory Aboriginal
communities have marched through the centre of Darwin. The
rally marked four years today since the start of the
emergency response. A group including Aboriginal leaders
from the Top End and Central Australia marched down the
mall to Parliament House calling for the intervention to
end. They have come up with an 11-point plan they want to
see adopted, including winding back all leases signed under
the emergency response, increasing investment in Aboriginal
teachers and recognising customary law in sentencing.”

Koori Mail: Few happy returns for NT Intervention
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
21 Jun 11: “AN ongoing campaign against the NT Intervention
will be stepped up today, the four-year anniversary of the
controversial strategy. The Australian Greens yesterday
introduced to the Federal Senate a petition against ‘lost
jobs and exploitative working conditions’ under the
Intervention, which has another year to run. Social Justice
Commissioner Mick Gooda and ANTaR say governments need to
listen more to Aboriginal people and organisations in
devising programs to address disadvantage.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Report author calls for end to Intervention
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5873:report-author-calls-for-end-to-intervention&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=65
21 Jun 11: “The intervention into Aboriginal communities
began four years ago in response to the Little Children
are Sacred report, co-written by lawyer Rex Wild, QC. He
says he does not agree with the government response but
concedes it has had some benefits. However, Mr Wild says
it is time for the intervention to be dismantled. He says
the Federal Government should go back to the drawing board.”

ABC: Indigenous leaders call for end to intervention
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/06/20/3248187.htm?section=justin
20 Jun 11: “Aboriginal people from prescribed communities
across the Northern Territory are meeting in Darwin today
to call for an end to the federal intervention. … The
Prescribed Area People’s Alliance is holding a two-day
conference, which continues today. Audrey McCormack has
travelled from Alice Springs to attend the meeting. …
Valerie Martin, an elder from Yuendemu who wants to see the
intervention scrapped, is arguing that the intervention has
made no difference. … Dr Djiniyini Gondarra from East
Arnhem Land is a representative of his people at the
conference.”

ABC: Time to end NT intervention, says Wild
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/06/20/3248718.htm
20 Jun 11: “The co-author of a report which triggered the
Federal Government intervention in the Northern Territory
says some good has come out of the emergency response. The
intervention into Aboriginal communities began four years
ago in response to the Little Children are Sacred report,
co-written by lawyer Rex Wild, QC. … However, Mr Wild
says it is time for the emergency response to be
dismantled.”

WEBSITE EXPLORING ‘AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE NT INTERVENTION’ PROGRAM:

– The Website

Jumbunna: http://www.jumbunna.uts.edu.au/researchareas/alternatives.html
[Includes overviews, extra references and videos that are
useful for further research.]

– Related research

STICS: http://stoptheintervention.org/alternatives-to-the-intervention/rebuilding-from-the-ground-up-an-alternative-to-the-nt-intervention
[After the document on the STICS website, there is a list
of extra references that are useful for further research.]

– Related info

Rollback the Intervention: Alternative to the Intervention
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/alternative-to-the-intervention/
“The statement ‘Rebuilding from the Ground Up: An
Alternative to the NT Intervention’ will be launched at a
rally Darwin on June 21, four years since the announcement
of the Intervention.
The launch will follow ratification by a meeting of the
Prescribed Area People’s Alliance on June 19-20. …
Research for the document is being supported by Jumbunna
Indigenous House of Learning (Research) at UTS.
A website where you can explore background information,
video and supporting research is now online at
http://www.jumbunna.uts.edu.au/researchareas/alternatives.html

SBS World News Australia:
Darwin rally calls for end to intervention
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1562301/Darwin-rally-calls-for-end-to-intervention
21 Jun 11: “After two days of meetings to mark the
four-year anniversary of the Howard government’s
intervention into remote Aboriginal communities, about 100
people marched down the Smith Street Mall on Tuesday to
hand an alternative plan of action to NT government
backbencher Marion Scrymgour at parliament house. The
11-point proposed alternative to the NT Emergency Response
(NTER) calls for the restoration of community governance,
housing for all, job creation, better education, respect of
Aboriginal customary law and the abolition of compulsory
income management.”

OTHER NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– Media Release

Income Management under spotlight in Bankstown
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/press-releases/income-management-under-spotlight-in-bankstown-20-6-11
20 Jun 11: “The national expansion of the controversial
Income Management system will be the subject of a public
forum today in Bankstown in South-West Sydney.
Bankstown is one of five new trial sites where Income
Management is scheduled for introduction in 2012.
Paddy Gibson, a researcher with the Jumbunna Indigenous
House of Learning at UTS has recently returned from Alice
Springs and will discuss experiences of hardship and
discrimination in Aboriginal communities living with Income
Management since the NT Intervention in 2007.
Katie Wrigley from the National Welfare Rights Network will
provide a briefing for community members on the policy
planned for Bankstown, explain how this fits in with the
national roll out of Income Management and and discuss her
concerns about the punitive nature of the system. …
Aunty Carol Carter, a respected Aboriginal Elder from
Bankstown said, “Income Management would take away my self
worth, integrity, independence and freedom of choice. It is
about control and will do nothing to close the Gap for
Aboriginal health”, said Aunty Carol.”

– Audio

20 Jun 2011 Bankstown Forum on Income Management:
Photos and Audio
Interview recorded before the event: Aunty Carol
http://stoptheintervention.org/past-events/20-jun-2011-bankstown-forum-on-income-management/photos-and-audio

ABC AM: Conditions unchanged in Darwin’s town camps
http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2011/s3248968.htm
21 Jun 11: “Reporter Michael Coggan and this morning he is
at one of Darwin’s town camps. Bagot is squeezed into
Darwin’s suburbs not far from the end of the main runway at
the city airport. It’s home to a varying population of
Aborigines. At peak times there could be up to 500 people
living in a variety of conditions. Michael, good morning,
what affect has the intervention had on the Bagot community
where you are?
MICHAEL COGGAN: Well Tony over the recent months when I’ve
been talking to people who live and administer the small
town camp here at Bagot, they’ve been saying that the
intervention has done very little for them apart from
erecting a large blue and white sign that I’m standing next
to at the moment. … “
[Includes comments by reporter Michael Coggan.]

ABC AM: Intervention helps women and children: Aboriginal leader
http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2011/s3248971.htm
21 Jun 11: “One staunch supporter of the intervention is
Bess Price who’s the chairwoman of the Northern Territory’s
Indigenous Affairs Advisory Council. Ms Price comes from
Yuendumu and now lives in Alice Springs. Reporter David
Mark asked her what had improved as a result of the Federal
Intervention.
BESS PRICE: What’s worked is that the women and children
are being looked after. They have said to me that
intervention has done a lot of good for them and their
families and some people have said we don’t want the
management to be taken away, we’re happy with that.”
[Includes comments by Bess Price.]

See:
Town camp leader outraged by Bess Price claims on Q and A
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/media/

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 20-06-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-20-06-2011
20 Jun 11: “Concerns from the Northern Territory Police
Association about where funding for police in remote
communities will come from, when funding for the
intervention runs out in the 2011-2012 financial year.”

– News

Koori Mail: SIHIP report deadline looms
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
21 Jun 11: “Senator Scullion says he wants to know how $672
million in SIHIP program monies is being spent. FEDERAL
Shadow Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion says a
report due on Friday on housing rebuilds at Wadeye,
south-west of Darwin, should reveal where millions of
dollars have been spent under the Strategic Indigenous
Housing and Infrastructure Program (SIHIP). Three weeks
ago, Senator Scullion showed a Senate Estimates committee
photos of shoddy workmanship on one rebuild at the remote
community. He says it’s virtually impossible that $200,000
has been spent fixing up the house, as claimed, and there
are others like it.”

Sky News: Booze Battle For Australia’s Aborigines
http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-News/Video-Alcohol-Blights-Life-For-Australian-Aborigines-In-Northern-Territory-Town-Of-Alice-Springs/Article/201106316014599?lpos=World_News_First_Home_Article_Teaser_Region_0&lid=ARTICLE_16014599_Video%2C_Alcohol_Blights_Life_For_Australian_Aborigines_In_Northern_Territory_Town_Of_Alice_Springs
19 Jun 11: “Australia’s Prime Minister has been urged to
raise the minimum price of alcohol to curb addiction among
aborigines. Cheap booze is blamed for fuelling a crime
wave in the Northern Territory town of Alice Springs,
which is a popular tourism destination in Australia. But
it’s even more of a draw for indigenous people because
it’s one of the few places where they can buy alcohol
legally.”

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

CAAMA (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association)
– NT Intervention:
http://caama.com.au/?s=NT+Intervention

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

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

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

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

Treaty Republic – NT Intervention:
http://treatyrepublic.net/search/node/NT%20Intervention

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

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

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

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

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/

Students For Indigenous Rights – UQ:
The Northern Territory Intervention:
http://uqsir.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/stir-uq-intervention-intro-factsheet-new1.pdf

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):
https://wgar.wordpress.com/

OTHER ABORIGINAL ARTICLES:

– Song

YouTube: Nuclear Free World – Dave Welsh
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jl_yhojJ1_o
3 Sep 10: “Please support a Nuclear Free World
Stop the spread of atomic waste
Respect the rights of the Muckaty people
No Toxic Dump on their Place”

– Audio

Beyond Nuclear Initiative:
Audio from Canberra Muckaty rally now online
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/2011/06/19/audio-from-canberra-muckaty-rally-now-online/
19 Jun 11: “Audio from the fantastic rally in Canberra last
Tuesday June 14 “Don’t Dump on the Territory” is now
posted at www.beyondnuclearinitiative.com/audio
People travelled from Brisbane, Byron Bay, Newcastle,
Wollongong, Sydney, Melbourne, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek
and other places in between to attend. …
Some great photos by Jessie Boylan are at
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150271377752718.375699.664642717
Regarding the waste dump process, the National Radioactive
Waste Management Bill was further debated in the Senate
while were in Canberra, but it did not come to a vote. We
expect debate to continue next week.”

– News

Koori Mail: Symposium explores Embassy struggle
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
20 Jun 11: “A SYMPOSIUM exploring the historical and
political significance of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy is
underway in Canberra. The three-day conference involving a
series of lectures, discussions and a documentary screening
has been organised by the Australian Centre for Indigenous
History. It has brought together a number of activists
involved in the establishment of the Embassy in 1972,
including Queenslander Sam Watson Snr who described the
site as ‘our most sacred place of protest’.”


19/06/2011 Speeches from Canberra rally against NT waste dump; Upcoming Aboriginal Rights events

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 20/06/2011 by D

Contents:
* Aboriginal Rights – Upcoming events around Australia
* Speeches from Canberra rally against NT waste dump
* Plans for Australia to become world’s nuclear waste dump
* Background to Muckaty nuclear waste dump

ABORIGINAL RIGHTS
UPCOMING EVENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA
FROM 19 JUNE 2011:

Click on the links for details of the events …

27 May to Sun 9 October 2011: Kalgoorlie, WA
Exhibition: From Little Things Big Things Grow
– Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970
Event description: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/
Event location: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/travelling_details/

Sun 19 – Mon 20 June 2011: Darwin, NT
Prescribed Area Peoples’ Alliance Meeting
Including finalisation of the “Rebuilding from the ground up”
alternative document
Event details: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/funding-appeal-papa-27-4-11.pdf
Event info: [scroll down page] http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/
Endorsing alternatives document: http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/alternative-to-the-intervention/
Endorsing alternatives document: http://stoptheintervention.org/alternatives-to-the-intervention
Alternatives document plus extra references: http://stoptheintervention.org/alternatives-to-the-intervention/rebuilding-from-the-ground-up-an-alternative-to-the-nt-intervention
Alternatives document plus overviews, references and videos: http://www.jumbunna.uts.edu.au/researchareas/alternatives.html
Poster: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/darwin-poster1.jpg

Mon 20 – Wed 22 June 2011: Canberra, ACT
Aboriginal Embassy symposium
Event locations and details: http://acih.anu.edu.au/events/aboriginal-embassy-symposium

Mon 20 June 2011: Bankstown, Sydney, NSW
Bankstown Income Management Forum
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/bankstown-income-management-forum-june-20
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/Bankstown_BasicsCard_Forum-20-6-11.pdf

Tue 21 June 2011: Darwin, NT
Rally: 4 Years Too Long – Stop the Intervention
Including launch of “Rebuilding from the ground up” document
Event details: [scroll down page] http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/
Endorsing alternatives document: http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/alternative-to-the-intervention/
Endorsing alternatives document: http://stoptheintervention.org/alternatives-to-the-intervention
Alternatives document plus extra references: http://stoptheintervention.org/alternatives-to-the-intervention/rebuilding-from-the-ground-up-an-alternative-to-the-nt-intervention
Alternatives document plus overviews, references and videos: http://www.jumbunna.uts.edu.au/researchareas/alternatives.html
Poster: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/darwin-poster1.jpg

Tue 21 June 2011: Melbourne, Vic
Speakout: Four years too long. Stop the Intervention!
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/47766

Tue 21 June 2011: Leichardt, Sydney, NSW
Eora College Art Exhibition – Opening Night
The theme of the artwork will be ‘Aboriginal Housing’
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/25586
Event info: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/comments/25903/

Tue 21 – Sun 26 June 2011: Leichardt, Sydney, NSW
Eora College Art Exhibition. Theme: ‘Aboriginal Housing’
Bringing awareness to Amnesty’s Demand Dignity campaign
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/25586
Event info: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/comments/25903/

Wed 22 June 2011: Darwin, NT
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/

Sat 25 June 2011: Sydney, NSW
Rally to stop the NT Intervention – Four years of racist shame
Including Sydney launch of alternative
document “Rebuilding from the ground up”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/sydney-rally-to-stop-the-northern-territory-intervention
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Endorsing alternatives document: http://stoptheintervention.org/alternatives-to-the-intervention
Alternatives document plus extra references: http://stoptheintervention.org/alternatives-to-the-intervention/rebuilding-from-the-ground-up-an-alternative-to-the-nt-intervention
Alternatives document plus overviews, references and videos: http://www.jumbunna.uts.edu.au/researchareas/alternatives.html
Media Release: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/press-releases/gillard-cannot-face-gruesome-intervention-facts-sydney-protest-planned-10-6-11
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/25-6-11-Stop-Intervention.pdf

Sun 26 June 2011: Bangalow, NSW
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/

Wed 29 June 2011: Sydney, NSW
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Part of the Guringai Festival
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/

Wed 29 June 2011: Newtown, Sydney, NSW
Exhibition Opening: Stars, Sky, Breeze, Trees
Photo artist: Jagath Dheerasekara
Event details: http://www.atthevanishingpoint.com.au/index.php?p=1_2_Future-Exhibitions

Thu 30 June to Sun 17 July 2011: Newtown, Sydney, NSW
Gallery Hours: Thursday – Sunday 10am-6pm
Exhibition: Stars, Sky, Breeze, Trees
Photo artist: Jagath Dheerasekara
Event details: http://www.atthevanishingpoint.com.au/index.php?p=1_2_Future-Exhibitions

Sun 24 July 2011: Avalon, NSW
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/

Tue 9 August 2011: Adelaide, SA
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/

Wed 10 August 2011: Manly, Sydney, NSW
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/

Fri 26 – Sun 28 August 2011: Kalkarindji/Daguragu, NT
Gurindji Walkoff from Wave Hill
– 45th Anniversary Commemoration
Event location and details: http://www.gurindjifreedomday.com/

Fri 4 November 2011 to February 2012: Townsville, Qld
Exhibition: From Little Things Big Things Grow
– Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970
Event description: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/
Event location: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/travelling_details/

February 2012 to May 2012: Queensland Museum
Exhibition: From Little Things Big Things Grow
– Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970
Event description: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/
Event location: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/travelling_details/

SPEECHES FROM CANBERRA RALLY AGAINST NT WASTE DUMP:

– Audio

Beyond Nuclear Initiative: Audio:
Canberra Rally June 14, 2011
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/audio/
“Adam Bandt MP
Muckaty Traditional Owner Dianne Stokes
Muckaty Traditional Owner Kylie Sambo [singing]
ETU Qld secretary Peter Simpson
Senator Scott Ludlam
Dr Helen Caldicott”

– Related News

Tennant & District Times: Senators debate nuke dump Bill
http://tennantcreek.yourguide.com.au/news/local/news/general/senators-debate-nuke-dump-bill/2198724.aspx
17 Jun 11: “DEBATE on the planned nuclear waste dump at
Muckaty dominated Senate debate this week with three days
of discussion going through to late last night. Protesters,
including traditional owners Dianne Stokes and Kylie Sambo,
rallied outside Parliament House on Tuesday, urging
senators to vote against the Radioactive Waste Management
Bill which has been specially written to allow the dump to
proceed at Muckaty.”

– Related Analysis / Opinion

Treaty Republic:
A safe Nuclear Waste Dump? … No such thing!
http://treatyrepublic.net/content/safe-nuclear-waste-dump-no-such-thing
16 Jun 11: “Land rights or a nuclear waste dump?
This legislation, if passed, will be used to build a
radioactive waste dump on contested Aboriginal Land at
Muckaty, in the Northern Territory. The Muckaty dump is
planned to contain the nuclear waste from the Lucas Heights
reactor, the most radioactive waste produced in Australia.
In exchange for dumping radioactive waste on their
traditional lands, the Warlmampa Traditional Owners have
been offered new roads, housing and education
opportunities.” Mel Gregson

PLANS FOR AUSTRALIA TO BECOME WORLD’S NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

– News

Government News: Nuclear debate heats up behind closed doors
http://www.governmentnews.com.au/2011/05/06/article/Nuclear-debate-heats-up-behind-closed-doors/NISIWAJBUY.html
6 May 11: “According to Bob Hawke the greatest contribution
Australia could make to the nuclear cycle would be to take
the world’s nuclear waste. The former prime minister made
the statement during the ‘Reflections on the Australia-
United States Alliance’ conference, held at the United
States Studies Centre – University of Sydney. Mr Hawke
said the world’s safest geological locations for deposits
of nuclear waste were in North West Australia and the
Northern Territory.”

– Analysis / Opinion

Independent Australia:
Plans for Australia to become world’s nuclear waste dump
http://www.independentaustralia.net/2011/politics/australia-open-for-nuclear-sewage-business/
18 Apr 11: “Despite the Fukushima disaster, Alexander
Downer has come out in support of Australia storing the
world’s nuclear waste. Sandi Keane looks at the secret
plans developed by John Howard and George W. Bush to turn
Australia into the world’s radioactive waste dump, with
healthy profits for all. Is this how Tony Abbott plans to
pay for “direct action” on climate change?”

BACKGROUND TO MUCKATY NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

YouTube: Muckaty Voices-Australia’s nuclear waste dump story
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcuNpT84Ovo
“”Muckaty Voices” is a short film capturing community
resistance to an Australian government plan to dump
radioactive waste at Muckaty Station, 120 kilometres north
of Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory.”

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

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

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

WGAR News: Muckaty Traditional Owners speak out (14 Apr 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/14/wgar-news-deaths-in-custody-and-aboriginal-incarceration-rates

WGAR News: Help Stop the Muckaty Radioactive Waste Dump – May 7-8 (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

WGAR News: “Keep the poison out of Muckaty” – community rally on May 7, 2011 (30 Apr 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/30/wgar-news-keep-the-poison-out-of-muckaty-community-rally-on-may-7-2011

WGAR News: NT nuclear waste dump plans contested (10 May 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/10/wgar-news-nt-nuclear-waste-dump-plans-contested

WGAR News: More on Muckaty nuclear waste dump (14 May 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/14/wgar-news-aboriginal-elder-raises-international-awareness-of-the-nt-intervention

WGAR News: Interview with Muckaty Traditional Owner, Dianne Stokes / Doctor: Public misled over nuclear medicine needs (17 May 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/17/wgar-news-global-call-to-action-for-aboriginal-rights-in-australia

WGAR News: Gov’t hopes Senate will debate nuclear waste dump in June (18 May 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/18/wgar-news-amnesty-international-report-2011-human-rights-in-australia

WGAR News: Video: No to a dump in the NT – Darwin rally 11 May 2011
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/21/wgar-news-un-human-rights-high-commissioner-hears-from-nt-aboriginal-leaders

WGAR News: Canberra Rally, June 14 2011: Don’t dump on the NT -No radioactive waste dump at Muckaty
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/28/wgar-news-canberra-rally-june-14-2011-don%E2%80%99t-dump-on-the-nt-no-radioactive-waste-dump-at-m

WGAR News: Newcastle Rally: No Waste Dump at Muckaty, 11 June 2011
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/05/wgar-news-rebuilding-from-the-ground-up-an-alternative-to-the-nt-intervention-document

WGAR News: One week to go! June 14 Canberra Rally against NT nuclear waste dump
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/09/wgar-news-prime-minister-julia-gillard-visits-mparntwe-alice-springs

WGAR News: NT nuclear waste dump protest and debate in Senate / Central Land Council critical of Muckaty proposal (18 Jun 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/18/wgar-news-nt-nuclear-waste-dump-protest-and-debate-in-senate


18/06/2011 NT nuclear waste dump protest and debate in Senate

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 18/06/2011 by D

Contents:
* NT nuclear waste dump protest and debate in Senate
* Central Land Council critical of Muckaty proposal
* Background to Muckaty nuclear waste dump
* Native Title
* Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other Aboriginal articles

NT NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP PROTEST AND DEBATE IN SENATE:

– Speeches

Greens: Scott Ludlam:
The debate on the Radioactive Waste Management Act
http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/content/debate-radioactive-waste-management-act
14 Jun 11: “The Senate is debating the National Radioactive
Waste Management Act. The Greens oppose this deeply flawed
Bill that has been strongly criticised and has no place on
the Australian statute books. The government has not
delivered on its promise or its own party platform to
“establish a consensual process of site selection, which
looks to agreed scientific grounds for determining
suitability and the centrality of community consultation
and support.” Instead it has set itself up for a divisive
and entirely avoidable confrontation with a community
unwilling to host the nation’s radioactive waste.”

Greens MPs: Part two of the Muckaty speech
http://greensmps.org.au/content/part-two-muckaty-speech
15 Jun 11: “Part two of Scott’s Muckaty speech”

Greens: Spokesperson Rachel Siewert: Muckaty Waste Dump Speech
http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/content/muckaty-waste-dump-speech
14 Jun 11: “Senator Siewert’s heartfelt speech on the
proposed radioactive waste dump at Muckaty station.”

Greens: Rachel Siewert:
National Radioactive Waste Management Bill 2010
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/speech/national-radioactive-waste-management-bill-2010
14 Jun 11: “I rise to make remarks on the National
Radioactive Waste Management Bill 2010 and particularly the
extent to which it targets the Aboriginal community and
Aboriginal land. I would also like to note that I know
there are people keenly listening to this debate, both in
the gallery and back in many communities. … We believe
that this bill overrides both Aboriginal heritage and
environmental protection laws to the extent that it seeks
to impose nuclear waste on an unwilling community in the
Northern Territory. … I would also like to quote from a
letter I understand the minister has received from Mark
Lane, who wrote to him about this issue last March.
Mr Lane said: These are our concerns. We told the
government that Karakara is sacred land. … The site for
the proposed nuclear waste dump is in an earthquake tremor
zone. What if an earthquake opens the nuclear waste
storage and radioactive waste falls into our groundwater
basin? We don’t get our water from the city, town or from
the coast. It comes from right below us. … “

– Media Releases

Beyond Nuclear Initiative:
United stand against Muckaty radioactive waste dump plan
http://ntne.ws/articles/article.php?id=4478
14 Jun 11: “A community rally will be held at 12pm today in
front of Parliament House, Canberra to protest the federal
government’s planned radioactive waste dump at Muckaty in
the Northern Territory. People have travelled from across
the country to attend and will be addressed by a broad
range of speakers including Muckaty Traditional Owners,
federal politicians, medical professionals, environment
group representatives and union officials.
The Senate is scheduled to debate Minister Martin
Ferguson’s National Radioactive Waste Management
legislation as the first item of business (12:30pm). The
law will entrench the Muckaty site as the only area under
active consideration for a national radioactive dump.
Muckaty Traditional Owner Dianne Stokes said, “We will be
outside the parliament today representing our traditional
elders of the Warlmanpa and Warumungu tribes. The Senate
will be going ahead debating the legislation without proper
consultation and without our consent. They have not come
to sit with the rightful Traditional Owners.”
Kylie Sambo from Muckaty added, “As one of the young
Kurtungurlu from the Milwayi tribe we keep saying over
and over again that our Elders weren’t consulted properly.
They didn’t have any idea what sort of poison they’re
dealing with. As a young person I care about my future and
about the future of the children in my community. If they
put the waste dump in Muckaty it’s going to be very
unhealthy for us. Everyone talks about children being the
future, well I’m one of the future generation and I say I
don’t want the waste dump in my home or anywhere in the
Northern Territory.””

Scott Ludlam: Greens dig in to fight nuclear waste dump
http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/greens-dig-fight-nuclear-waste-dump
16 Jun 11: “The Greens will place the Government’s plan for
a nuclear waste dump under the microscope again today as
debate resumes on Labor’s attempt to pass the scheme
through the Senate.
The Greens spokesperson for nuclear issues, Senator for
Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said his party would do
everything it could to stop the Government’s plan to force
the dump on an unwilling community, whether at Muckaty
Station in the Northern Territory or anywhere else.
“The Government is trying to pre-empt the outcome of a
Federal Court challenge to the Muckaty nomination,”
Senator Ludlam said. “This bill places total discretion
in the hands of Minister Martin Ferguson to site this dump
and run roughshod over a number of checks and balances,
including basic environmental standards. … “

Northern Land Council: Radioactive waste has to go somewhere
http://www.nlc.org.au/html/files/Radioactive%20waste%20has%20to%20go%20somewhere.pdf
15 Jun 11: “Northern Land Council (NLC) Chief Executive
Officer Mr Kim Hill said this week’s expected passage of
the National Radioactive Waste Management Bill through the
Senate will be an important step towards Australia meeting
its obligations to store its own radioactive waste.
Mr Hill said if the Senate passes the National Radioactive
Waste it would not necessarily mean a radioactive waste
repository would be built on Aboriginal land in the
Northern Territory and that, ultimately, science would
decide its location.”

– Banner

Greens MPs: No waste at Muckaty banner
http://greensmps.org.au/content/no-waste-muckaty-banner
16 Jun 11: “This banner is from the Ngapa people of Tennant
Creek – it reads “no waste dump at Muckaty” – signed with
handprints from all the family groups represented on the
Muckaty Land Trust. Tabled in Parliament and now recorded
in Hansard on Tuesday 14 June 2011.”

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 15-06-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-15-06-2011
15 Jun 11: “Over a hundred people have gathered at a
protest rally in Canberra to demonstrate their ongoing
opposition to the nuclear waste dump which has been
proposed for Mackaty Station in the Northern Territory.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 14-06-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-14-06-2011
14 Jun 11: “Traditional owners from the site of a proposed
radioactive w atse dump in the Northern Terriotry will
travel to Canberra to take part in a protest against the
location of their country.”

The Wire:
NT Muckaty Radioactive Waste dump – Protests in Parliament
http://www.thewire.org.au/daydetail.aspx?SearchDay=2011-06-14
14 Jun 11: “Politicians, unionists and Indigenous elders
were protesting today while Parliament was in session. The
protest joined by Greens Senator Scott Ludlum and Adam
Bandt is against the government’s planned legislation,
which will entrench the Northern Territory’s MUCKATY site
as the only area to dump radioactive waste in. Minister
for Resources,Energy and Tourism Martin Ferguson plans to
push through the law in Parliament. Muckaty traditional
owners say no prior consultation nor consent was sought
about the proposed dump site and will have grave results
for indigenous residents in NT. Indigenous traditional
owners have taken a legal case in the Federal court to
contest the Government’s Muckaty nomination.
Interviews with Greens Senator Scott Ludlum and Campaigner
for Australian Conservation Foundation Dave Sweeney.”

– News

NT News: D-Day to stop nuclear waste dump
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2011/06/16/240871_ntnews.html
16 Jun 11: “THE NT nuclear waste dump will come a step
closer today when debate takes place in the Senate on the
Radioactive Waste Management Bill. Traditional owners are
in Canberra trying to persuade senators to stop the complex
being built at Muckaty Station, near Tennant Creek.
Campaign leader Dianne Stokes has urged them to vote
against the Bill.”
[Includes photo: Kylie Sambo puts the case against the
Muckaty Station nuclear waste dump in Canberra on
Wednesday.]

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Parliament to vote on Muckaty
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5859:parliament-to-vote-on-muckaty&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=65
16 Jun 11: “Yapa Yapa woman and traditional owner Dianne
Stokes, who is against the bill, is in Canberra waiting on
the decision. She says even if the bill passes through the
Senate, her people will continue to fight through
traditional acts on their land.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Senate debate over Muckaty waste dump
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5861:strong-senate-debate-over-muckaty-waste-dump&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=65
16 Jun 11: “Debate in the Senate has been fiery over the
Federal Government’s plans to build a nuclear waste dump
facility in the Northern Territory. A bill to approve the
dump is being debated in Parliament this week and is
expected to be passed today or tomorrow.”

Canberra Times: Toxic talk
http://ntne.ws/articles/article.php?id=4486
15 Jun 11: “Resources and Energy Minister Martin Ferguson
might have been surprised yesterday to find a 7m-tall
nuclear waste barrel sitting on the lawns of Parliament
House. The giant barrel was erected by more than 50
protesters … Aboriginal elders condemned Ferguson’s lack
of consultation, medical representatives warned of health
effects and others travelled from Sydney, Melbourne,
Brisbane, Newcastle, Wollongong and Byron Bay to ensure
they weren’t on the transport route for the waste. A toxic
issue indeed.”

Australian Conservation Foundation:
Radioactive waste fight grows:
Muckaty plan a bad deal, not a done deal
http://www.acfonline.org.au/articles/news.asp?news_id=3435
14 Jun 11: “The Australian Conservation Foundation has
described as cynical and irresponsible the introduction to
the Senate of recycled Howard-era legislation aimed at
fast-tracking a nuclear waste dump in the Northern
Territory. The National Radioactive Waste Management Bill,
which seeks to override state, territory and local
government concerns and exempt the federal government from
meeting key environmental and Aboriginal heritage rules, is
to be introduced to the Senate today.”

Australian: Greens slam Government over Northern Territory
nuclear waste dump
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/greens-slam-government-over-northern-territory-nuclear-waste-dump/story-fn3dxity-1226074877842
14 Jun 11: “THE Australian Greens have accused the Federal
Government of failing to consult adequately with
traditional landowners about a planned nuclear waste dump
in the Northern Territory. … A rally on the issue will be
held outside Parliament House in Canberra at midday (AEST).
Traditional owner Dianne Stokes said she would be
representing the traditional elders of the Warlmanpa and
Warumungu tribes. “The Senate will be going ahead debating
the legislation without proper consultation and without
our consent,” she said. … “

9 News: Nuclear dump laws ‘radioactive racism’
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8260908/greens-slam-govt-over-nt-nuclear-dump
14 Jun 11: “The Australian Greens say draft laws which will
allow a nuclear waste dump to be created on a property in
the Northern Territory are “radioactive racism”. As the
traditional owners of Muckaty Station and their supporters
rallied outside Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday,
Greens senator Rachel Siewert was telling the upper house
their land should not turned into a waste dump. … Another
traditional owner, Kylie Sambo, told them of the link her
people had with the land at Muckaty. “We don’t want this
poison in our land because our land means a lot to us,” she
said.”

ABC: Senate debates nuclear waste dump plan
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/06/14/3243292.htm?section=justin
14 Jun 11: “A bill that would allow Australia’s first
nuclear waste dump to be built in the Northern Territory
will be debated in the Senate today. … A group of
Indigenous people from the area [Muckaty Station] are in
Canberra today to hear the debate. Traditional owner Dianne
Stokes says she does not want to see her home turned into a
wasteland. “We still don’t want the waste dump to come
there,” she said. “Why didn’t they listen to us before? To
the main traditional elders and the traditional people from
the country and from the ground itself? … “

ABC: Muckaty nuclear dump bill likely to pass Senate
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/06/14/3243810.htm?section=justin
14 Jun 11: “Laws to set up a nuclear waste storage facility
in the Northern Territory are likely to be approved by the
Senate this week, despite calls from senators for the
debate to be put on hold. Traditional owners and green
groups travelled to Canberra to rally against the bill.
Kylie Sambo, a young Aboriginal woman from the Muckaty
Station area, says the dump will poison the land. “I really
don’t want the waste dump to come to our country because I
love it, because I love my family and I love my country so
much that I don’t want it to come there,” she said.”

Accidentally Outback:
Muckaty nuclear dump debate continues in the Senate
http://www.accidentallyoutback.com.au/news/832-muckaty-nuclear-dump-debate-continues-in-the-senate
14 Jun 11: “A Bill which will decide the fate of the
proposed nuclear waste dump at Muckaty Station in the
Northern Territory is set to be debated in the Senate
again this week. The Bill is being pushed through
Parliament despite growing opposition in the NT, and an
ongoing Federal Court challenge over the nomination of
Muckaty land by traditional owners of the region. The
Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) has described
the legislative fast-tracking as cynical and
irresponsible.”

– Video

YouTube: Muckaty 1.MOV
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQEGsHeuGq8
13 Jun 11: “a brief excerpt from the press conference on
the muckaty waste dump legislation being debated today.”
AustralianGreens

CENTRAL LAND COUNCIL CRITICAL OF MUCKATY PROPOSAL:

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 16-06-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-16-06-2011
16 Jun 11: “One of the country’s most powerful Aboriginal
land councils says the process of choosing Muckaty near
Tennant Creek as a dumping ground for the nation’s nuclear
waste has been deeply flawed on all levels and that the
consequences will be felt far into the future.”

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
CLC critical of Muckaty proposal
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5866:clc-critical-of-muckaty-proposal&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=65
16 Jun 11: “The Central Land Council (CLC) says building a
nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory is a political
solution that bribes the poorest sector of the community.”

9 News: Council says nuclear dump causing division
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8261419/council-says-nuclear-causing-division
15 Jun 11: “Building a nuclear waste dump in the Northern
Territory is a political solution that bribes the poorest
sector of the community, the Central Land Council (CLC)
says. CLC director David Ross, in a statement released on
Wednesday, said the introduction of the Radio Active Waste
Management Bill to the Senate on Tuesday was short-sighted.
He said the Bill would allow the government to “ride
roughshod over Aboriginal peoples’ concerns and
environmental restrictions” and use Muckaty Station, north
of Tennant Creek, as a dumping ground for the nation’s
nuclear waste.”

NT News: Muckaty edging closer
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2011/06/15/240731_ntnews.html
15 Jun 11: “And the Central Land Council said the Federal
Government was riding roughshod over Aboriginal people’s
concerns. Land council director David Ross said the
management of nuclear waste should be treated in a proper
scientific way rather than bribing “the poorest sector of
the community”.”
[Includes photo: Muckaty protest outside Parliament House
in Canberra.]

– Background Media Release

Central Land Council: Waste dump law should be rejected
http://www.clc.org.au/Media/releases/2011/Waste_dump_bill.html
23 Feb 11: “The Central Land Council has called on the
Senate to reject the National Radioactive Waste Management
Bill 2010 in its entirety, pointing out the legislation
that has passed the House of Representatives is
fundamentally flawed.
The CLC says the legislation allows the Commonwealth
Government to continue to override many important
considerations in the selection of a site for a radioactive
waste facility. …
The CLC is extremely disappointed that this Bill validates
the Muckaty nomination without acknowledging the dissent
and conflict amongst the broader traditional owner group
about the process and the so called agreement.”

BACKGROUND TO MUCKATY NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

YouTube: Muckaty Voices-Australia’s nuclear waste dump story
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcuNpT84Ovo
“”Muckaty Voices” is a short film capturing community
resistance to an Australian government plan to dump
radioactive waste at Muckaty Station, 120 kilometres north
of Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory.”

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

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

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

WGAR News: Muckaty Traditional Owners speak out (14 Apr 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/14/wgar-news-deaths-in-custody-and-aboriginal-incarceration-rates

WGAR News: Help Stop the Muckaty Radioactive Waste Dump – May 7-8 (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

WGAR News: “Keep the poison out of Muckaty” – community rally on May 7, 2011 (30 Apr 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/30/wgar-news-keep-the-poison-out-of-muckaty-community-rally-on-may-7-2011

WGAR News: NT nuclear waste dump plans contested (10 May 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/10/wgar-news-nt-nuclear-waste-dump-plans-contested

WGAR News: More on Muckaty nuclear waste dump (14 May 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/14/wgar-news-aboriginal-elder-raises-international-awareness-of-the-nt-intervention

WGAR News: Interview with Muckaty Traditional Owner, Dianne Stokes / Doctor: Public misled over nuclear medicine needs (17 May 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/17/wgar-news-global-call-to-action-for-aboriginal-rights-in-australia

WGAR News: Gov’t hopes Senate will debate nuclear waste dump in June (18 May 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/18/wgar-news-amnesty-international-report-2011-human-rights-in-australia

WGAR News: Video: No to a dump in the NT – Darwin rally 11 May 2011
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/21/wgar-news-un-human-rights-high-commissioner-hears-from-nt-aboriginal-leaders

WGAR News: Canberra Rally, June 14 2011: Don’t dump on the NT -No radioactive waste dump at Muckaty
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/28/wgar-news-canberra-rally-june-14-2011-don%E2%80%99t-dump-on-the-nt-no-radioactive-waste-dump-at-m

WGAR News: Newcastle Rally: No Waste Dump at Muckaty, 11 June 2011
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/05/wgar-news-rebuilding-from-the-ground-up-an-alternative-to-the-nt-intervention-document

WGAR News: One week to go! June 14 Canberra Rally against NT nuclear waste dump
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/09/wgar-news-prime-minister-julia-gillard-visits-mparntwe-alice-springs

NATIVE TITLE:

– Analysis / Opinion

Treaty Republic:
A comparison between Land Rights and Native Title
http://treatyrepublic.net/content/comparison-between-land-rights-and-native-title
Jun 11: “at last!!! a good comparison of what is land
rights and what is the more insultingly and falsely called
native title. as gary foley and others have said for many
years, ‘native title is not land rights’. it does not even
come close to real land rights for the traditional owners
of our ancient lands. the major difficulties of comparing
the two systems was that mainly it became very very
difficult to explain the differences to those who had a
limited legal knowledge and/or a more limited understanding
of land for the traditional owners.” Ray Jackson,
President, Indigenous Social Justice Association

– Factsheet to which Ray Jackson refers

Central Land Council:
Comparison of Land Rights and Native Title
http://www.clc.org.au/Ourland/native_title/comparison.pdf
Mar 08

– News

Scoop: Onus of proof a matter of truth and justice
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1106/S00239/onus-of-proof-a-matter-of-truth-and-justice.htm
15 Jun 11: “Maori Party Co-leader Dr Pita Sharples has
welcomed the call by former Australian Prime Minister Paul
Keating for the onus of proof in Aboriginal native title
claims to land to be reversed. “Paul Keating has called for
Australian law to presume that Aboriginal customary land
titles still exist, unless they are proven to have been
extinguished,” said Dr Sharples.”

Koori Mail: Keating speaks out on native title
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
15 Jun 11: “FORMER Prime Minister Paul Keating has used
another memorable speech to push for Indigenous justice,
this time around native title. Delivering the 2011 Lowitja
O’Donoghue Oration for the Don Dunstan Foundation in
Adelaide, Mr Keating backed proposals before the Federal
Parliament to reverse an ‘unjust’ burden of proof imposed
on native title claimants to establish their ongoing
connection to land. Mr Keating said it should be up to
claim respondents to prove that such connections didn’t
exist, rather than the other way around.”

Koori Mail: Communities warned of ‘lateral violence’
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
15 Jun 11: “SOCIAL Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda has
urged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to
tackle ‘lateral violence’ within their own communities.
Speaking at the AIATSIS National Native Title Conference in
Brisbane early this month, Mr Gooda said the native title
process could provoke disputes rather than resolve matters,
and relationships within communities would be amongst his
priorities.”

See:

WGAR News: Problems with Native Title (5 Jun 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/05/wgar-news-rebuilding-from-the-ground-up-an-alternative-to-the-nt-intervention-document

WGAR News: Calls for Native Title reform (7 Jun 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/07/wgar-news-aboriginal-rights-upcoming-events-around-australia-june-2011

NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 17-06-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-17-06-2011
17 Jun 11: “* The Australian Federal Police have defended
their role in the Northern Territory Intervention, despite
claims from many aboriginal elders that the emergency
response and the presence of the AFP have done nothing to
address the social problems confronting Aboriginal people.
* A senior South Australian police officer who spent most
of his 40 year career working in remote parts of the state
says policing in Aboriginal communities is about police
talking to community members and respecting the views and
opinions of local elders.
* Aboriginal people in the Top End opposed to the former
Howard Government’s emergency response will present the
Territory Parliament with an alternative plan to replace
the intervention legislation.”

– News

Adelaide Now: Aborginal intervention faces major shake-up
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/national/aborginal-intervention-faces-major-shake-up/story-e6frea8c-1226076681970
17 Jun 11: “THE federal intervention into remote NT
Aboriginal communities will change when it expires next
year. … Consultations would determine which aspects of
the emergency response should continue. One of two senators
for the NT, Labor’s Trish Crossin, said a discussion paper
about the continuation of the intervention would be
released in coming weeks. She said Prime Minister Julia
Gillard had started the Government’s dialogue with
Aboriginal elders on her recent tour of the NT … “

National Indigenous Radio Service:
AFP to pull out of Intervention
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5863:afp-to-pull-out-of-intervention-&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=65
16 Jun 11: “The Australian Federal Police is expected to
announce today it is pulling out of the Northern Territory
Emergency Response.”

ABC: AFP pulls out of Territory intervention
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/06/16/3245329.htm?section=justin
16 Jun 11: “The Australian Federal Police is today expected
to announce its official pull-out from the Northern
Territory Emergency Response. Northern Territory police
officers will resume policing all remote communities.”

SMH: AFP to withdraw from intervention
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/afp-to-withdraw-from-intervention-20110616-1g4mu.html
16 Jun 11: “The Australian Federal Police is expected to
announce its official withdrawal from remote Northern
Territory Aboriginal communities. The officers, who were
posted in 73 NT communities as part of the Howard
government’s 2007 emergency response to the Little Children
Are Sacred report, will be replaced by NT police officers.
The move is expected to attract mixed reactions, as many
Aboriginal elders claim the intervention and the presence
of the AFP have done nothing to address the social
problems confronting indigenous Australians.”

Koori Mail: Intervention is helping: PM
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
15 Jun 11: “PRIME Minister Julia Gillard says the Northern
Territory Intervention ‘has made a difference’, and has
vowed to be guided on future actions by community leaders.
But she has acknowledged that town camps around Alice
Springs have been neglected and promised her Government is
working to address the situation. Ms Gillard undertook a
three-day tour of the NT last week.”

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

CAAMA (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association)
– NT Intervention:
http://caama.com.au/?s=NT+Intervention

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

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

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

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

Treaty Republic – NT Intervention:
http://treatyrepublic.net/search/node/NT%20Intervention

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

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

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

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

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/

Students For Indigenous Rights – UQ:
The Northern Territory Intervention:
http://uqsir.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/stir-uq-intervention-intro-factsheet-new1.pdf

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):
https://wgar.wordpress.com/

OTHER ABORIGINAL ARTICLES:

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Language may help school attendance
http://caama.com.au/language-may-help-school-attendance
15 Jun 11: “The new NSW Minister for Aboriginal affairs,
Victor Dominello has travelled to remote communities and
found by speaking to Aboriginal people that teaching kids
traditional language may make school a more relevant and
fun place to learn and could increase attendance rates.
He speaks to Nerida Currey on Strong Voices.”

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane
Let’s Talk – Indigenous presented talkback:
http://989fm.com.au/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29
15 Jun 11: “Maurie Ryan: Today Karen Dorante spoke with
founding member of the First Nations Political Party,
Maurie Ryan about the party’s registration, forthcoming
AGM and the PM’s recent visit to the Territory.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasting/audio/98fm-podcast-2011-06-15-94162.mp3

– News

Koori Mail: Our new voice
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
15 Jun 11: “ABORIGINAL and Torres Strait Islander people
have a new elected national representative body. About 120
delegates at the first annual forum of the National
Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, voted in Sydney last
Wednesday to elect six new directors to the organisation.
And interim results of a survey of National Congress
members have identified health, education, sovereignty
(encompassing constitutional recognition), and land
management and protection amongst its first priorities.”


14/06/2011 Australia rejects International Calls for Action

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 15/06/2011 by D

Contents:
* Australia rejects International Calls for Action
* Endorsing ‘An Alternative to the NT Intervention’ document
* Funds needed to take delegates to Darwin for
Prescribed Area Peoples’ Alliance gathering
* ‘Our Generation’ awarded ‘Best Campaign Film’
* Aboriginal Rights – Upcoming events around Australia
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other Aboriginal articles

AUSTRALIA REJECTS INTERNATIONAL CALLS FOR ACTION:

– Media Statement

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services:
Australia Again Ignores International Calls for Action
ALSWA: http://www.als.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=183:australia-again-ignores-international-calls-for-action&catid=13:media-releases&Itemid=46
VALS: http://vals.org.au/law-reform-and-policy-development/media-releases
7 Jun 11: “In it’s official response to a comprehensive UN
human rights review, the Australian Government has again
rejected calls to action in regards to some of the nation’s
fundamental human rights issues.
This week the Australian Government delivered its official
response to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in
relation to the numerous recommendations made during
Australia’s Universal Periodic Review earlier this year.
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal
Services (NATSILS) representative, and CEO of the
Aboriginal Legal Service Western Australia, Dennis
Eggington said that the Government’s disappointing
response to the recommendations shows that they are still
failing to take Australia’s human rights obligations
seriously.
“Numerous UN human rights institutions continue to repeat
the same calls for action and yet the Australian
Government continues to ignore them,” Mr Eggington said.”

– Audio

SBS Podcasts:
Rights groups critical as UN recommendations rejected
http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/172141/Rights-groups-critical-as-UN-recommendations-rejected
10 Jun 11: “Australian human rights groups are strongly
criticising the federal government after its rejection of a
series of international recommendations for improvement.
The recommendations were made as part of the UN’s Universal
Periodic Review process, as Nikki Canning reports.”

– Analysis / Opinion

ABC The Drum Opinion: Australia’s humans rights obligations
http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/2751170.html
8 Jun 11: “As pressure mounts on the Federal Government
over the “Malaysia solution”, Australia’s human rights
record will face further scrutiny from the international
community when it appears before the UN Human Rights
Council in Geneva today. … Back in January, three key
issues topped the international community’s concern:
Australia’s treatment of refugees and asylum seekers, the
disadvantage and discrimination experienced by Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the lack of a Human
Rights Act or Charter.” Ben Schokman and Phil Lynch

– News

Human Rights Law Centre:
Australian Fronts UN to Defend Human Rights Record
http://www.hrlc.org.au/content/topics/international-human-rights-mechanisms/australian-fronts-un-to-defend-human-rights-record-8-june-2011/#more-7014
8 Jun 11: “Australia faced a hard sell to defend its human
rights record when it appeared before the UN Human Rights
Council in Geneva on 8 June 2011. … The Human Rights Law
Centre’s Ben Schokman said Australia faced close scrutiny
when it explained why it has rejected key recommendations
from the international community to review its policies
relating to the treatment of asylum seekers, the
disadvantage and discrimination experienced by Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the lack of a
Human Rights Act or Charter.”

Human Rights Law Centre:
Australia Issues Formal Response to UPR Recommendations
http://www.hrlc.org.au/content/news/latest-news/australia-issues-formal-response-to-upr-recommendations-6-june-2011/
6 Jun 11: “The Australian Government has today formally
responded to recommendations made by the UN’s Human Rights
Council in February this year, claiming it will accept, at
least in part, 90 percent of the recommendations arising
from the Universal Periodic Review process. Whilst
welcoming the majority of the Government’s response, the
Human Rights Law Centre’s Director of International Human
Rights Advocacy, Ben Schokman, said the ten percent the
Government has rejected contain some of the most
significant recommendations.”

ABC Radio Australia News:
UN human rights review takes aim at Australia
http://www.radioaustralianews.net.au/stories/201106/3237104.htm
6 Jun 11: “The Australian Government has rejected calls by
the United Nations to remove children from mandatory
detention, saying Australia plans to continue to hold some
in minimum security centres. … The Government also
rejected a recommendation to compensate members of the
Stolen Generation, citing the apology delivered by former
prime minister Kevin Rudd in 2008.”

– Background Audio

3CR 855AM: WomenOnTheLine
[scroll down page] http://podcast.3cr.org.au/podcast.php?cat=WomenOnTheLine
[download the program] http://pod.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2010-10-11-70793.mp3
12 Oct 10: “Responding to the NT Emergency Response. Many
NT Aboriginal communities oppose the Intervention and it
has received international condemnation by the UN, Amnesty
International and the World Council of Churches. Giving us
the legal low-down on how it was possible is Emily Howie,
from the Human Rights Law Resource Centre. We also hear
from Marlene Hodder, a human rights activist in Alice
Springs, and speak to some Indigenous women from the NT
who are directly affected by the Intervention.”

– Background News and Media Releases

Human Rights Law Centre:
Universal Periodic Review – Media Coverage and Press Releases
http://www.hrlrc.org.au/content/universal-periodic-review-media/

ENDORSING ‘AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE NT INTERVENTION’ DOCUMENT:

– The Document itself

‘Rebuilding from the Ground Up
– An Alternative to the NT Intervention’

IRAG: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/rebuilding-from-the-ground-up-working-doc-14-5-11.pdf

Jumbunna: http://www.jumbunna.uts.edu.au/researchareas/newmedia/RebuildingGroundUp12_5_11.pdf

STICS: http://stoptheintervention.org/alternatives-to-the-intervention/rebuilding-from-the-ground-up-an-alternative-to-the-nt-intervention
[After the document on the STICS website, there is a list
of extra references that are useful for further research.
Note that these references do not form part of the original
document for which endorsements are being sought.]

– Instructions for endorsing the document and
list of current endorsements

IRAG: http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/alternative-to-the-intervention/

STICS: http://stoptheintervention.org/alternatives-to-the-intervention

– News

Green Left:
Statement canvasses alternatives to NT intervention
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/47876
11 Jun 11: “There are alternatives to the federal
government’s NT intervention into Aboriginal communities,
and some of the key ones have been brought together in a
new statement that has won the support of Aboriginal
community leaders and other groups and individuals. The
statement, “Rebuilding from the Ground Up: An Alternative
to the NT Intervention”, is available on the Jumbunna
Aboriginal Education Centre website. … “Rebuilding from
the Ground Up” will be launched in Darwin on June 21, after
the Prescribed Area People’s Alliance – a group of
Aboriginal people affected by the NT intervention – has
met to ratify it.” Simon Butler

FUNDS NEEDED TO TAKE DELEGATES TO DARWIN FOR PRESCRIBED AREA PEOPLES’ ALLIANCE GATHERING:

Rollback the Intervention: Welcome to IRAG Alice Springs!
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/
“URGENT FUNDRAISING
We have booked and paid for one bus to take delegates from
remote communities in Central Australia to Darwin for
Prescribed Area Peoples’ Alliance meetings on 19-20 June
and rally on 21st June.
Funds are desperately needed for another bus to take the
overflow as many communities want to be represented at this
important gathering. The first one has been secured and
paid for.
Donations have come from many people (and they will be
personally acknowledged in the near future). But we still
need $5,000 to pay for another bus. Groups are fundraising
around the country. We hope to meet the target but, of
course, taking extra people means extra food costs. We
remain optimistic will be able to bring together a range of
delegates from around the Northern Territory to discuss how
to take control of (and responsibility for) their lives and
make a strong public statement that they will not be
silenced.”

How to make a donation: http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/fundraising/

‘OUR GENERATION’ AWARDED ‘BEST CAMPAIGN FILM’

Our Generation: ‘Best Campaign Film’ Award
[scroll down page] http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/press/
“OUR GENERATION has been voted ‘Best Campaign Film’ during
the awards ceremony of the London International Documentary
Festival 2011. This follows its International Premiere at
the Barbican Centre on 15th May.”

ABORIGINAL RIGHTS – UPCOMING EVENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA – FROM 14 JUNE 2011:

Click on the links for details of the events …

27 May to Sun 9 October 2011: Kalgoorlie, WA
Exhibition: From Little Things Big Things Grow
– Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970
Event description: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/
Event location: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/travelling_details/

Tue 14 June 2011: Canberra, ACT
Rally: Don’t dump on the Territory
– No national radioactive waste dump at Muckaty
Event details: http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/2011/05/22/june-14-canberra-rally/
Poster: http://beyondnuclearinitiative.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/muckaty-rally-14-june.pdf

Sun 19 – Mon 20 June 2011: Darwin, NT
Prescribed Area Peoples’ Alliance Meeting
Including finalisation of the “Rebuilding from the ground up”
alternative document
Event details: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/funding-appeal-papa-27-4-11.pdf
Event info: [scroll down page] http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/
Endorsing alternatives document: http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/alternative-to-the-intervention/
Endorsing alternatives document: http://stoptheintervention.org/alternatives-to-the-intervention
Alternatives document plus extra references: http://stoptheintervention.org/alternatives-to-the-intervention/rebuilding-from-the-ground-up-an-alternative-to-the-nt-intervention
Alternatives document plus some overviews, references and videos: http://www.jumbunna.uts.edu.au/researchareas/alternatives.html
Poster: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/darwin-poster1.jpg

Mon 20 – Wed 22 June 2011: Canberra, ACT
Aboriginal Embassy symposium
Event locations and details: http://acih.anu.edu.au/events/aboriginal-embassy-symposium

Mon 20 June 2011: Bankstown, Sydney, NSW
Bankstown Income Management Forum
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/bankstown-income-management-forum-june-20
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/Bankstown_BasicsCard_Forum-20-6-11.pdf

Tue 21 June 2011: Darwin, NT
Rally: 4 Years Too Long – Stop the Intervention
Including launch of “Rebuilding from the ground up” document
Event details: [scroll down page] http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/
Endorsing alternatives document: http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/alternative-to-the-intervention/
Endorsing alternatives document: http://stoptheintervention.org/alternatives-to-the-intervention
Alternatives document plus extra references: http://stoptheintervention.org/alternatives-to-the-intervention/rebuilding-from-the-ground-up-an-alternative-to-the-nt-intervention
Alternatives document plus some overviews, references and videos: http://www.jumbunna.uts.edu.au/researchareas/alternatives.html
Poster: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/darwin-poster1.jpg

Tue 21 June 2011: Melbourne, Vic
Speakout: Four years too long. Stop the Intervention!
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/47766

Sat 25 June 2011: Sydney, NSW
Rally to stop the NT Intervention – Four years of racist shame
Including Sydney launch of alternative document
“Rebuilding from the ground up”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/sydney-rally-to-stop-the-northern-territory-intervention
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Endorsing alternatives document: http://stoptheintervention.org/alternatives-to-the-intervention
Alternatives document plus extra references: http://stoptheintervention.org/alternatives-to-the-intervention/rebuilding-from-the-ground-up-an-alternative-to-the-nt-intervention
Alternatives document plus some overviews, references and videos: http://www.jumbunna.uts.edu.au/researchareas/alternatives.html
Media Release: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/press-releases/gillard-cannot-face-gruesome-intervention-facts-sydney-protest-planned-10-6-11
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/25-6-11-Stop-Intervention.pdf

Wed 29 June 2011: Sydney, NSW
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Part of the Guringai Festival
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/

Tue 9 August 2011: Adelaide, SA
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/

Wed 10 August 2011: Manly, Sydney, NSW
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/

Fri 26 – Sun 28 August 2011: Kalkarindji/Daguragu, NT
Gurindji Walkoff from Wave Hill
– 45th Anniversary Commemoration
Event location and details: http://www.gurindjifreedomday.com/

Fri 4 November 2011 to February 2012: Townsville, Qld
Exhibition: From Little Things Big Things Grow
– Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970
Event description: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/
Event location: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/travelling_details/

February 2012 to May 2012: Queensland Museum
Exhibition: From Little Things Big Things Grow
– Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970
Event description: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/
Event location: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/travelling_details/

OTHER NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– Message

Message to Prime Minster Julia Gillard
and Minister Jenny Macklin
http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/message-for-minister-macklin-7-6-11.pdf
7 Jun 11: “Little Children Are Sacred Report is important.
We need to follow the recommendations properly and honestly
to make life better for everyone. Rollback the
Intervention. We don’t want a new one. We come this far
from 20s and 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s. We don’t want to go
backwards. Please, we want to go forward. We Aboriginal
people are professionals in our own culture and traditions.
We need to be given self determination to follow our own
destinations and make a clear path for our future and the
future of our children. … ” Raelene Silverton,
Chairperson, Uruna Potara Aboriginal Corporation

– News

‘concerned Australians’:
Aboriginal Leaders meet Navi Pillay in Darwin 20 May 2011
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/#Aboriginal_Leaders_meet_Navi_Pillay
“Leaders from 20 different communities spent several hours
with the UN Human Rights Commissioner telling her of their
concerns about the loss of their rights under the
Intervention. Thank you to those organisations who assisted
in making this meeting possible. Statement by the Human
Rights Commissioner (coming soon)”

‘concerned Australians’:
Letter to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/#Letter_to_Navi_Pillay
“We would like to sincerely thank all who added their name
to this letter to Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for
Human Rights. Just over 6,500 signatures were presented by
Djapirri Mununggirritj to the Commissioner in Darwin on
Friday 20th May. Signatures were collected from every State
and Territory and a large percentage were from NT towns and
communities.”

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

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

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

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

CAAMA (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association)
– NT Intervention:
http://caama.com.au/?s=NT+Intervention

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

Treaty Republic – NT Intervention:
http://treatyrepublic.net/search/node/NT%20Intervention

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

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

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

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

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

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/

Students For Indigenous Rights – UQ:
The Northern Territory Intervention factsheet:
http://uqsir.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/stir-uq-intervention-intro-factsheet-new1.pdf

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):
https://wgar.wordpress.com/

OTHER ABORIGINAL ARTICLES:

– Audio

SBS Audio and Language:
Aboriginal Languages To Help Close The Gap
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/172271/t/Aboriginal-Languages-To-Help-Close-The-Gap/in/english
10 Jun 11: “The new Minister for Aboriginal Affairs in New
South Wales has announced an investigation by his
department, of Aboriginal language opportunities in the
state’s schools. Victor Dominello says he wants to know
which schools teach Aboriginal languages, which don’t, and
why. Minister Dominello says he’s been told by communities
across the state, that organised language classes within
New South Wales schools, is a meaningful way to help close
the gap.” Michelle Lovegrove

– Estimates Transcripts

Greens: Scott Ludlam:
National Radioactive Waste Management Bill
http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/content/transcript/national-radioactive-waste-management-bill
10 Jun 11: “Senator Ludlam asked: There is serious dispute
over tenure that you are no doubt aware of already that is
in the Federal Court at the moment. The Government is
moving ahead to pass legislation anyway. I am not aware how
you will apply your process when the actual ownership of
the land is yet to be determined. Will you be forced to
wait until that question has been?
Answer: ARPANSA’s reporting under the Environmental
Protection and Biodiversity Act referral process and the
licensing of any proposed waste facility on the nominated
site under the ARPANS Act and Regulations will not be
affected by the outcome of the Federal Court proceedings
and decisions made on the legal title of the land.”


11/06/2011 NT Traditional Land Owners claim they were not consulted about mining deal

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 15/06/2011 by D

Contents:
* Northern Territory Traditional Land Owners claim they were
not consulted about mining deal
* Prime Minister faces protests on last day of NT visit
* New campaign to cut Aboriginal prisoner numbers
* Background to Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and
incarceration rates
* Official Launch of the National Congress Meeting
* Background to National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other Aboriginal articles

NORTHERN TERRITORY TRADITIONAL LAND OWNERS
CLAIM THEY WERE NOT CONSULTED ABOUT MINING DEAL:

– Media Statements

Dhurli Nation Considers Court Action, While Prime Minister
Celebrates Historic Agreement In Gove Peninsula, NT
http://www.indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10804:northern-territory-dhurli-nation-considers-court-action-while-prime-minister-celebrates-historic-agreement-in-gove-peninsula-nt&catid=54:australia-indigenous-peoples&Itemid=76
7 Jun 11: “The Dhurili Nation, comprising the Datiwuy,
Golumala, Marrakulu and Marrangu clans have previously
confirmed to the Northern Land Council and the Minister for
Indigenous Affairs that they are lawful traditional owners
of some areas of land that are affected by a new mining
lease and agreement with Rio Tinto Alcan in the Gove
Peninsula in the Northern Territory.
“We feel very sad because our rights under Madayin Law have
been pushed aside and much pain and division has been
created. This shows that colonisation is still happening
today creating disharmony, by people ignoring due process.
Again the failures of the Australian Government and the NLC
to work with Yolngu people through a proper process of law
has created division between the clans of Arnhem Land. We
will not be celebrating along with others the signing of
this agreement” said Dr Gondarra.
The Northern Land Council and the Minister have allowed a
new lease to be signed, despite the Dhurili Nation raising
its concerns about a lack of lawful consultation and a
failure to seek the consent of its members in line with
the requirements of traditional Madayin law and the
Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976. … “

Prime Minister of Australia:
Transcript of joint press conference, Yirrkala
http://www.pm.gov.au/press-office/transcript-joint-press-conference-yirrkala
8 Jun 11: “PM: We’re here today for a day of remarkable
celebrations, remarkable celebration as we see signed
between the Indigenous people of this place and Rio Tinto
an agreement that is going to shape for both of them a
better future. This is really a symbol of what can be
achieved when people sit around together, work with respect
and focus on opportunity and responsibility. …
CHIEF MINISTER HENDERSON: Thank you Prime Minister, and it
is absolutely magnificent to be here today. It’s a very
exciting day for the Yolngu people of Arnhem Land, for Rio
Tinto as a company, for the Northern Territory Government
and the Commonwealth Government because this is all about
the future. …
JOURNALIST: (inaudible) One of the traditional owners
groups is already considering a legal challenge
(inaudible). If he’s not satisfied are you still satisfied
with the process?
MINISTER MACKLIN: Well as I’ve just outlined the
responsibility for the consultation with traditional
owners rests with the Northern Land Council and I am
satisfied that they’ve met their responsibilities.”

Joint Media Release with Julia Gillard, Warren Snowdon and
Paul Raymond Henderson:
Historic Gove Agreement to Deliver Long Term Benefits for
North-East Arnhem Land
http://www.jennymacklin.fahcsia.gov.au/mediareleases/2011/pages/jm_m_goveagree_8june2011.aspx
8 Jun 11: “Prime Minister Julia Gillard today witnessed an
historic agreement reached between Indigenous leaders in
the Northern Territory’s Gove region and mining giant Rio
Tinto Alcan. The agreement secures the future operations
of the Gove mine while providing a range of economic and
employment benefits for the traditional owners.
Significantly, the Agreement ends years of historical
grievances. It is the first negotiated agreement with
traditional owners in relation to the Gove mining
operations since exploration began in the 1960s.”

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Gillard recognises Yolgny, Rio Tinto lease deal
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5852:gillard-recognises-yolgny-rio-tinto-lease-deal&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=65
9 Jun 11: “Julia Gillard has signed the first lease
agreement between a mining company and traditional owners.
… But the agreement is being disputed by other local
groups who say they were locked out of negotiations.”

Australian Mining:
Rio didn’t consult us about mining: NT traditional land owners
http://www.miningaustralia.com.au/news/rio-didnt-consult-us-about-mining–nt-traditional
8 Jun 11: “Mining giant Rio Tinto has been accused of
failing to consult with several traditional land owners
over a new lease agreement in the Northern Territory. …
They plan to boycott the official ceremonial signing of the
agreement between Rio Tinto and the traditional owners, set
to take place in Arnhem Land today. In a statement released
yesterday, Aboriginal elder Reverend Djiniyini Gondarra
said clan groups of the Dhurili nation had been previously
recognised as traditional owners of parts of the affected
area.”

Azomining: Northern Territory Traditional Land Owners
Unhappy with Gove Peninsula Deal
http://www.azomining.com/news.aspx?newsID=4221
8 Jun 11: “Traditional land owners are dissatisfied with a
mining lease agreement with Rio Tinto Alcan in the Northern
Territory. Several Aboriginal clan groups have claimed that
they had not been consulted about the agreement that was
signed between the Yolgnu people and the subsidiary of Rio
Tinto.”

Brisbane Times: Traditional owners cry foul on mining deal
http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/breaking-news-national/traditional-owners-cry-foul-on-mining-deal-20110607-1fqps.html
7 Jun 11: “Four Aboriginal clan groups claim they were not
consulted about a landmark mining lease agreement between
the Yolgnu people and Rio Tinto Alcan. Dhurili nation –
which includes the Datiwuy, Golumala, Marrakulu and Marrangu
clans – is considering taking legal action against the
Northern Land Council (NLC) and the federal government.
Elcho Island elder and uniting church minister Djiniyini
Gondarra said the Dhurili nation would boycott an official
ceremonial signing of the agreement in Arnhem Land on
Wednesday.”

PRIME MINISTER FACES PROTESTS ON LAST DAY OF NT VISIT:

– Audio

ABC PM: PM convinced Aboriginal Intervention is working
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2011/s3240167.htm
9 Jun 11: “As the Federal Government’s emergency
intervention in Aboriginal communities in the Northern
Territory approaches its fourth anniversary the Prime
Minister says she thinks it is working. The intervention
includes measures such as child-health checks and extra
police. Julia Gillard has just completed a three-day tour
of Central Australia and the Top End. Despite her positive
assessment of the intervention the Prime Minister has been
heckled by a handful of protesters in Darwin, calling for –
among other things – an end to the intervention.”
[Includes comments by Larrakia woman June Mills and PM
Julia Gillard.]

– News

ABC: Gillard heckled on last day of NT visit
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/06/09/3240211.htm?section=justin
9 Jun 11: “Prime Minister Julia Gillard has been greeted by
a handful of protesters on the final day of her visit to
the Northern Territory. … The Prime Minister also fended
off protests about Federal Government plans to build a
nuclear waste dump at Muckaty Station near Tennant Creek.
“In the legislation, yes, Muckaty Station is identified and
that is because it was volunteered by the traditional
owners,” she said. “I understand there is disputation about
who the traditional owners are. … “

BigPond News: Gillard visits NT university
http://bigpondnews.com/articles/National-Regional/2011/06/09/Gillard_visits_NT_university_623379.html
9 Jun 11: “Prime Minister Julia Gillard has ended her
three-day tour of the Northern Territory with a visit to
Charles Darwin University, fielding questions about live
cattle exports, nuclear waste, and mining threats in Kakadu
National Park. … A handful of protesters, opposed to the
construction of the nuclear waste dump at Muckaty Station
in Central Australia, failed to interrupt official
proceedings.”

Koori Mail: PM opens medical facilities in NT
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
9 Jun 11: “PRIME Minister Julia Gillard ended her three-day
tour of the Northern Territory with a visit to Charles
Darwin University (CDU) where she opened the first stagea
$27.8 million commonwealth-funded building to be used by
medicine and pharmacy students. The purpose-designed
facilities have been built to support the new Flinders
University NT Medical Program, which accepted its first
intake of students earlier this year.”

– Video

9 News: Eco-activist lunges at Gillard
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8259088/gillard-ends-nt-tour-with-visit-to-uni
9 Jun 11: “One of Julia Gillard’s security guards had to
wrestle back a protester who lunged at the prime minster in
Darwin today. The young man launched himself over a chair
and came face-to-face with Ms Gillard before security
pounced during the PM’s tour of Charles Darwin University.
He was one of a small band of protesters angry at plans to
build a nuclear waste dump at Muckaty Station in the in the
Northern Territory. The male and two females shouted “don’t
dump at Muckaty” and “It’s not Canberra’s waste dump”
before the security scare.”

news.com.au : Lunging protester sparks PM security scare
http://www.news.com.au/national/lunging-protester-sparks-pm-security-scare/story-e6frfkvr-1226072531248
9 Jun 11: “A PROTESTER who was dragged away by security
guards after lunging at PM Julia Gillard in Darwin said his
protest “didn’t go so well” but remained unrepentant.
Anti-nuclear campaigner Matt Haubrick jumped off a chair as
the Prime Minister toured the new medical training centre
at Charles Darwin University. He was immediately grabbed by
two men and pulled away – but he wasn’t arrested.”

Courier Mail:
Protester detained after lunging at Prime Minister Julia Gillard
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/national/protester-detained-after-lunging-at-pm/story-e6freooo-1226072556152
9 Jun 11: “A PROTESTER sparked a security scare for the
Prime Minister today as Julia Gillard toured a Northern
Territory university. Ms Gillard’s security guards were
forced to wrestle back a man who launched himself at the
Prime Minister at Charles Darwin University. He was
detained, and Ms Gillard continued the tour, apparently
unfazed.”

NT News: Protester lunges at PM
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2011/06/09/239231_ntnews.html
9 Jun 11: “PRIME Minister Julia Gillard had a narrow escape
today when a protester lunged at her during a visit to
Charles Darwin University. University student Matthew John
Haubrick launched himself at the PM during his daring
protest against the proposed nuclear waste dump at Muckaty
Station.”

– Media Release

STICS Media Release:
Gillard can’t face gruesome Intervention facts
– Sydney protest planned
STICS: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/press-releases/gillard-cannot-face-gruesome-intervention-facts-sydney-protest-planned-10-6-11
Sydney Indymedia: http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/10/stics-media-release-gillard-can%E2%80%99t-face-gruesome-intervention-facts-%E2%80%93-sydney-protest-plann
10 Jun 11: “Closing off her recent trip to the Northern
Territory, Prime Minister Julia Gillard cited “recent
statistics” to support her claim that the Intervention is
improving lives for Aboriginal people.
But statistics from the governments’ latest ‘Closing the
Gap in the NT Monitoring’ contradict every one of her
claims and demonstrate the increasingly desperate
conditions in Aboriginal communities.
The Stop the Intervention Collective in Sydney (STICS) is
planning a major protest on Saturday June 25, as part of a
national week of action to mark four years of Intervention.
“On her trip to the NT, Prime Minister Gillard was
confronted by Aboriginal people demanding an end to racist
Intervention laws. … “, said Paddy Gibson from STICS …
The Sydney launch of the ‘Rebuilding from the Ground Up’
Statement will take place at a demonstration: 1pm Saturday
25th June, Town Hall Square marching to Belmore Park.”

NEW CAMPAIGN TO CUT ABORIGINAL PRISONER NUMBERS:

– Audio

SBS Podcasts: Campaign to cut indigenous prisoner numbers
http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/171621/Campaign-to-cut-indigenous-prisoner-numbers
8 Jun 11: “A campaign to cut the vast over-representation
of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people in
Queensland prisons has been launched in Brisbane. … A
coalition of indigenous groups under the banner “Project 10
Percent” is behind the campaign. … Queensland
correspondent Stefan Armbruster spoke with the state
president of Australians for Native Title and
Reconciliation Kitty Carra.”

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
New campaign to tackle indigenous incarceration
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5847:new-campaign-to-tackle-indigenous-incarceration&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=65
9 Jun 11: “An ambitious campaign to cut the incarceration
rates of Indigenous people in Queensland by 10 per cent
each year for the next decade has been launched in
Brisbane. ‘Project 10 percent ‘is incorporated by Murri
Watch, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Women’s
Legal Service and is sponsored by law firm McCullogh
Robertson.”

– Related Media Release

VAL: Mandatory sentencing will bring harm, not community safety
http://enews.vaada.org.au/news/2011/06/06/media-release-val-mandatory-sentencing-will-bring-harm-not-community-safety
6 Jun 11: “The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service
Co-operative Limited (VALS) is urging the Victorian
Government to rule out mandatory minimum
sentences for juvenile offenders aged 16 and 17. …
VALS is concerned that the introduction of mandatory
sentencing practices will reverse the progress made since
the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal
Deaths in Custody. Mr Muir said mandatory sentencing is
likely to dramatically increase the prison population which
has been shown to be a significant contributor to deaths in
custody. “It is a sorry day when years of solid evidence is
ignored and our children are arbitrarily incarcerated in
order to temper public opinion. What is worse is that it is
done in the name of community safety. VALS supports
evidence-based attempts to achieve community safety.””

– Related News

Crikey: Deaths in custody: sweeping changes, but coroners
critical of inquiry
http://www.crikey.com.au/2011/06/08/deaths-in-custody-sweeping-changes-but-coroners-critical-of-inquiry/
8 Jun 11: “Serious questions about the integrity,
accountability and independence of death in custody
investigations are still being raised by NSW coroners,
despite the government’s claims to have made sweeping
changes following the Royal Commission into Aboriginal
Deaths in Custody.” Inga Ting

BACKGROUND TO ABORIGINAL DEATHS IN CUSTODY AND INCARCERATION RATES:

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

WGAR News: Deaths in Custody: A Crikey Investigation (29 Apr 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/29/darwin-gathering-for-aboriginal-people-living-in-prescribed-areas-under-the-nt-interventi

WGAR News: Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and Aboriginal incarceration rates (3 May 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/03/wgar-news-indigenous-languages-forum-8-may-2011-mparntwe-alice-springs

WGAR News: ANTaR: Reducing over-imprisonment of Aboriginal peoples (7 May 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/07/wgar-news-interviews-with-barb-shaw-and-michael-anderson-speeches-by-pat-anderson-and-les

WGAR News: Renewed Call for a Joint Committee Senate Inquiry into Deaths in Custody
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/17/wgar-news-global-call-to-action-for-aboriginal-rights-in-australia

OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE NATIONAL CONGRESS MEETING:

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA News 9-06-11
http://caama.com.au/caama-news-9-06-11
9 Jun 11: “The co chair of Australia’s new peak Aboriginal
representative body has used its official opening to tell
the Gillard Labor Government that it must drop the Northern
Territory intervention and allow Aboriginal people to have
a say in their own future.”

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane
Let’s Talk – Indigenous presented talkback:
http://989fm.com.au/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29
8 Jun 11: “Official Launch of the National Congress
Meeting 2011. Speakers: Charles ‘Chicka’ Madden member of
the Gadigal Clan of the Eora Nation. Norma Ingram a member
of the Wiradjuri nation. Sam Jeffries a proud Mooraworri
man and Lowitja O’Donoghue of the Yankunjatjara tribe in
the remote North-West Reserve of South Australia.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasting/audio/98fm-podcast-2011-06-08-93960.mp3

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane
Let’s Talk – Indigenous presented talkback:
http://989fm.com.au/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29
8 Jun 11: “Tiga Bayles spoke with Vanessa Curnow, Dennis
Eggington and Wesley Enoch from The Nation Congress
Meeting in Sydney.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasting/audio/98fm-podcast-2011-06-08-93972.mp3

– News

Australian: Give National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples ‘fair go’: Lowitja O’Donoghue
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/give-national-congress-of-australias-first-peoples-fair-go-lowitja-odonoghue/story-fn59niix-1226072030028
9 Jun 11: “ABORIGINAL leader Lowitja O’Donoghue has called
on members of the new National Congress of Australia’s
First Peoples to rebuild unity among indigenous people and
for “naysayers” to give the organisation a fair go. As the
keynote speaker at the opening ceremony of the National
Congress yesterday, Ms O’Donoghue said she was comfortable
with it as a “working model” but that it should and would
be improved over time.”

Koori Mail: Historic vote instals Congress Board
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
8 Jun 11: “THE National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples (NCAFP) has its first elected Board of Directors.
Delegates at the representative body’s inaugural national
meeting, being held at Homebush in Sydney, voted to elect
Brian Butler (SA), Venessa Curnow (Qld), Dennis Eggington
(WA), Rodney Little (ACT), Tammy Solonec (WA) and Daphne
Yarram (VIC). The six will join Co-Chairs Elect Les
Malezer (Qld) and Jody Broun (WA) to take office next month
and consider policy recommendations from this week’s
gathering.”

Koori Mail: National gathering underway
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
7 Jun 11: “THE first full gathering of the National
Congress of Australia’s First Peoples has begun at Homebush
in Sydney’s west. About 120 delegates from throughout the
country will meet over the next three days to determine the
future direction of the new national representative body.
Today, delegates heard from Executive Director of the
National Congress of American Indians Jacqueline Pata and
voting got underway for six new National Congress directors
to join Co-Chairs Elect Les Malezer and Jody Broun.”

Koori Mail: Congress to hold first meeting
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
7 Jun 11: “DR Lowitja O’Donoghue will give the opening
address at the first meeting of the National Congress of
Australia’s First Peoples in Sydney on Wednesday. At the
meeting, the delegates will select a board from 25
candidates, and will work to establish the policy platform
for the board to take forward over the next year.”

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

WGAR News: National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples (29 Apr 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/29/darwin-gathering-for-aboriginal-people-living-in-prescribed-areas-under-the-nt-interventi

WGAR News: Les Malezer defends National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples (30 Apr 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/30/wgar-news-keep-the-poison-out-of-muckaty-community-rally-on-may-7-2011

WGAR News: Speech by Les Malezer, Co-chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples (7 May 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/07/wgar-news-interviews-with-barb-shaw-and-michael-anderson-speeches-by-pat-anderson-and-les

WGAR News: Interview with National Congress Co-Chair, Jody Broun (18 May 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/18/wgar-news-amnesty-international-report-2011-human-rights-in-australia

OTHER NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– Media Release

Greens call on Government to tackle NT alcohol supply
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/greens-call-government-tackle-nt-alcohol-supply
7 Jun 11: “The Australian Greens said today that if the
Federal Government is serious about improving conditions in
the Northern Territory it must tackle the supply of alcohol.
Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues said today
that the time was right for the Government to implement
harm-reduction strategies in the NT, including the
introduction a price mechanism on alcohol.
“We need the Federal Government to bite the bullet when
the NT Government has refused to do so,” Senator Siewert
said today. …
“The words and actions from the Government and Coalition
remain focused on a ‘new intervention’ which continues the
mistakes of the past and serves only to marginalise people
and communities alike.” [Senator Siewert said]”

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
CLC chief discusses Intervention with PM
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5850:clc-chief-discusses-intervention-with-pm&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=65
9 Jun 11: “Central Land Council (CLC) chief executive David
Ross says one of the key areas of contention when the
Federal Intervention ends will be the future of the Federal
Government’s leases over 73 Aboriginal communities in the
Northern Territory.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Alcohol floor price doesn’t convince Chief Minister
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5857:alcohol-floor-price-doesnt-convince-chief-minister&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=65
9 Jun 11: “The Northern Territory Chief Minister, Paul
Henderson, says he is not convinced a floor price on
alcohol will solve crime problems in Alice Springs.”

ABC: Crime surge blamed on intervention urban drift
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/06/08/3239156.htm?site=indigenous&topic=latest
8 Jun 11: “Northern Territory police say a rise in
alcohol-related assaults last year was partly due to an
urban drift by Indigenous people caused by the intervention.
The latest crime statistics show a 12 per cent rise in
alcohol-related assaults in the 12 months to September
2010. Assistant Commissioner Mark Payne says some of that
can be explained by the number of people moving from
remote communities to urban centres to avoid alcohol
restrictions. “We have seen a great deal of people moving
out of remote areas,” he said.”

– Analysis / Opinion

Treaty Republic: NT Intervention:
Deterioration of social conditions still evident
http://treatyrepublic.net/content/nt-intervention-deterioration-social-conditions-still-evident
Jun 11: “There is a lot to be said about the latest Closing
the Gap in the NT Monitoring report (July-December 2010).
The evidence is still of deteriorating social conditions”
Paddy Gibson

Prime Minister of Australia:
Transcript of interview with Chris Uhlmann, The 7.30 Report
http://www.pm.gov.au/press-office/transcript-interview-chris-uhlmann-730-report-0
8 Jun 11: “HOST: One of the things that we’ve heard
repeatedly in the Northern Territory is that there are no
consequences for your actions if you don’t send your kids
to school then welfare payments aren’t stopped and that’s
something that you have threatened.
PM: Well we’ve been trialling in a limited number of
schools a program where you can ultimately lose your
welfare payment, have it suspended, if your child isn’t
in school. … “

ABC The Drum Opinion:
Flight from reality on Indigenous issues
http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/2750750.html
8 Jun 11: “With the winter solstice, as in the three years
just past, comes the anniversary [1] of the announcement of
the Northern Territory Emergency Response [2], and thus
also the ritual gatherings of the anti-Intervention
Shushers [3] at street parades, and in other gatherings,
endeavouring to defeat the NTER demons.” Bob Durnan

– Video

ABC 7.30: Marion Scrymgour joins 7.30
http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2011/s3238122.htm
7 Jun 11: “Look, I think there is more involvement by
Aboriginal people. The leasing is happening now in a better
way. You have to remember that prior to 2001 there was a
culture, an ideology, of not entering into leases with
Aboriginal people. Through the intervention and the process
with Jenny Macklin, that has changed, … Most of our
remote Aboriginal communities are [alcohol] restricted
areas and they were restricted areas prior to the
intervention. … But income management and the blanket
income management has actually penalised the wrong people,
… “

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

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

CAAMA (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association)
– NT Intervention:
http://caama.com.au/?s=NT+Intervention

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

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

Treaty Republic – NT Intervention:
http://treatyrepublic.net/search/node/NT%20Intervention

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

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

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

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

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

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):
https://wgar.wordpress.com/

OTHER ABORIGINAL ARTICLES:

– Audio

The Wire: Keating backs rethink of native title
[scroll down page] http://www.thewire.org.au/daydetail.aspx?SearchDay=2011-06-09
9 Jun 11: “The National Indigenous Times has a bumper issue
this edition with a lot happening across Australia in
indigenous news. The main story covers an idea by former
Prime Minister Paul Keating to turn the onus of proof
around in the case of native title, and require states to
disprove indigenous connection to land when a claim is
made. Story features: Stephen hagan, ditor of the National
Indigenous Times.”

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane
Let’s Talk – Indigenous presented talkback:
http://989fm.com.au/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29
7 Jun 11: “Peter Lewis: Tiga Bayles spoke with Australians
for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR) National
President, Peter Lewis. Improvements that are still needed
in Native Title laws and processes and ANTaR campaigns
around the country and nationally.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasting/audio/98fm-podcast-2011-06-07-72651.mp3

SBS Audio and Language: Aboriginal:
Protests Keep Melbourne’s Aboriginal School Safe – For Now
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/171416/t/Protests-Keep-Melbourne-s-Aboriginal-School-Safe—For-Now/in/english
7 Jun 11: “Community protests have stopped planned
demolition of the cultural section of Melbourne’s only
Aboriginal school, Ballert Mooroop College. The Victorian
Aboriginal community is calling on the state government to
explain why it’s going to destroy part of Melbourne’s only
Aboriginal school.” Michelle Lovegrove

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Govt rejects UN Human Rights Council recommendations
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5855:govt-rejects-un-human-rights-council-recommendations&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=65
9 Jun 11: “A human rights group has deplored the federal
government’s rejection of a number of recommendations from
the United Nations Human Rights Council. … the Human
Rights Law Centre’s Ben Schokman says that while Australia
accepted 90 per cent of the recommendations, that isn’t
enough.”