05/06/2011 “Rebuilding from the Ground Up: An Alternative to the NT Intervention” Document

* “Rebuilding from the Ground Up: An Alternative to the
Northern Territory Intervention” Document
* June 21/25 Rallies around Australia:
4 years since announcement of NT Intervention
* Problems with Native Title
* Newcastle Rally: No Waste Dump at Muckaty, 11 June 2011
* Background to Muckaty nuclear waste dump
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other Aboriginal articles


– The Document

Rebuilding from the Ground Up
– An Alternative to the Northern Territory Intervention
IRAG: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/rebuilding-from-the-ground-up-working-doc-14-5-11.pdf
STICS: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/rebuilding-from-the-ground-up-working-doc-14-5-11.pdf
“This document puts forward a list of demands that have
come consistently from Aboriginal communities since the
announcement of the NT Intervention in 2007. It has been
widely endorsed by Aboriginal community leaders, along with
the Intervention Rollback Action Group (Alice Springs),
Stop the Intervention Collective (Sydney) and
‘concerned Australians’ (Melbourne). Research supported
by Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at UTS.”

– Endorsements needed

Alternative to the Intervention
IRAG: http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/alternative-to-the-intervention/
STICS: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
“Support the 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
Rallies to protest four years of Intervention and support
‘Rebuilding from the Ground Up’ will also be held in
Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.
If you or your organisation would like to endorse the
document, please email Alt2Intervention@gmail.com
Aboriginal leaders from a range of communities including:
Mutitjulu, Yuendumu, Amoonguna, Tennant Creek, Darwin,
Kalkaringi, Daguragu, Lajamanu, Murray Downs, Ntaria
(Hermannsburg), Uruna Potara Homeland, Mt Nancy Town Camp,
Charles Creek
Organisations and supporters including:
Intervention Rollback Action Group (Alice Springs),
Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney,
Concerned Australians,
the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA),
Larrakia Nations,
Jeff McMullen,
Cr Irene Doutney (Sydney City Council),
WGAR (Working Group for Aboriginal Rights)”
[Click on above link for more info about how to endorse
the document.]

– Support needed

Intervention Rollback Action Group:
Request for Support for Prescribed Area Peoples’ Alliance
Gathering – Darwin June 19-21st 2011


– Darwin

Rollback the Intervention:
4 Years Too Long – Stop the Intervention
Rally Raintree Park – Tuesday 11am June 21 – Darwin
Prescribed Area Peoples’ Alliance Meeting – June 19-20
“Self Determination Now
No Racism
No Leases
No Income Management
Bring back Community Councils
Real Jobs, Real Pay
Bilingual Education
Fund a Future for All Communities”
“People from prescribed areas will be travelling to Darwin
for meetings on 19-20 June and finalisation of the
“Rebuilding from the ground up” document.
[See document: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/rebuilding-from-the-ground-up-working-doc-14-5-11.pdf
Join us for a rally on 21st June, 4 years since the
announcement of the NTER (Intervention). There will be
speakers and a march to parliament house with a formal
launch of the “Rebuilding…” document.
Funds urgently needed to enable Prescribed Area Peoples’
Alliance meeting in Darwin June 2011″
[See funding appeal for PAPA: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/funding-appeal-papa-27-4-11.pdf

– Melbourne

Green Left: Speakout: Four years too long. Stop the Intervention!
“Event date: Tue, 21/06/2011 – 12:30pm
Self determination now, no racism, no leases, no income
management; bring back community councils, real jobs with
real pay, bilingual education, fund a future for all
FaHCSIA, cnr Lonsdale & Spring Sts, City.
Organised by Melbourne Anti-Intervention Collective.
Website: MAI Collective http://www.maicollective.blogspot.com/

Treaty Republic: Melbourne Funrazor – Stop The Intervention
“Friday, 10 Jun 2011 at 8.00pm
303 High St, Northcote
Event to raise funds to get Aboriginal community members
who are living in NTI ‘Prescribed Areas’ up to Darwin for
the event ‘STOP THE INTERVENTION – 4 Years Too Long’. There
will be an important Prescribed Area Peoples Alliance
(PAPA) meeting and rally to launch their 11 point plan
“Rebuilding from the ground up”, which is an alternative.”
[See 11 point plan: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/rebuilding-from-the-ground-up-working-doc-14-5-11.pdf
Flyer/Poster: https://sites.google.com/site/treatyrepublicfilebank/im/STOPTHEINTERVENTIONMelbourneFunrazorFlyer.jpg

– Sydney

Saturday June 25:
Sydney rally to stop the Northern Territory Intervention
Four years of racist shame…
Stop the NT Intervention – Self Determination Now!
Sydney Indymedia: http://indymedia.org.au/sydney-rally-to-stop-the-northern-territory-intervention
STICS: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
“Date and Time: Sat, 25/06/2011 – 1:00pm
Rally 1pm Sydney Town Hall
march to Belmore park for speakers and concert
– Apply the Racial Discrimination Act unconditionally
– No Income Management: not in the NT, not in Bankstown
– Land Rights not Leases
– Jobs with Justice: no work for the BasicsCard
Speakers include:
– Marie Ellis (Amoonguna, NT)
– Lee Rhiannon (Greens Senator Elect)
– Jack Johnson (Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council, South-West Sydney)
– Rebel Hanlon (CFMEU)
It has been four years of racism and devastation for
Aboriginal communities under the NT Intervention. Rather
than ‘Closing the Gap’ punitive measures designed to
‘assimilate’ Aboriginal people have made shocking social
conditions even worse. … “
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/25-6-11-Stop-Intervention.pdf

– Analysis / Opinion

Four years too long – time to scrap Intervention laws
June 11: “In July 2012, NT Intervention powers, such as
compulsory 5-year leases and management powers over all
assets and organisations within Aboriginal communities,
will reach their sunset clause. Federal funding for smaller
dispersed settlements known as Homelands, currently capped
at $20 million, is also set to run out next year. The
question, “What comes next?” has again thrown debate about
the future of the NT Intervention into the national
spotlight. …
Attacking Aboriginal rights: The Intervention has choked
Aboriginal communities, forcing people to move and
assimilate into “mainstream Australia”. …
Alternative: The campaign against the NT Intervention will
use the June 21 Darwin rally marking the Intervention’s
fourth anniversary to launch a statement called “Rebuilding
from the ground up: An alternative to the NT
Intervention”.” Paddy Gibson


– Lowitja O’Donoghue Oration by former PM Paul Keating

Australian: Time to revisit native title laws
1 Jun 11: “This onerous burden of proof has placed an
unjust burden on those native title claimants who have
suffered the most severe dispossession and social
disruption. It has substantially slowed the right of
redress by Aboriginal people to adequate recognition of
their rights in respect of land, water and other natural
resources. In fact, after fifteen years’ operation of the
Native Title Act 1993, there have been 1300 claims lodged,
arriving at 121 native title determinations, covering just
over 10% of the land mass at a cost to the taxpayer of over
$900million.” Paul Keating

– Media Releases

ANTaR – Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation:
Mabo Day: A reminder that Native Title reform is still needed
3 Jun 11: “The National President of ANTaR says Mabo Day is
a reminder that improvements are still needed in our Native
Title laws and processes.
Dr Peter Lewis said Native Title reform would deliver
significant opportunities not only for Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander people, but also for the wider
Australian community.
“Making the system fairer and less onerous, and providing
the right for Native Title holders to have genuine control
over what happens on their land will deliver practical
benefits as well as proper recognition of rights,” Dr Lewis
“The recent address by former Prime Minister Paul Keating
pointed out some of the flaws and injustices in the current
Native Title regime. His is just the latest call for
improving fairness in this area. …
“ANTaR has also long campaigned for reform in this area.
This should include reversing the onus of proof on Native
Title claimants by introducing a presumption of continuity,
clarifying the obligation to negotiate in good faith, and
redefining the meaning of ‘traditional’ to better
recognise the inevitable evolution of laws and customs
over time.” [said Dr Lewis]”

Greens Native Title Bill would lead to simpler, fairer system
3 Jun 11: “The Australian Greens are encouraged by renewed
public discussion around Native Title legislation as a
Senate Committee prepares to examine important Greens
legislation which seeks to make simple and effective
changes to our native title system.
Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on
Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander issues says the
Inquiry into the Native Title Amendment (Reform) Bill 2011
will provide the opportunity for consultation and
discussion about changes to native title.
“Our Bill sets out to make a constructive contribution to
the native title process and ultimately lead to simpler,
fairer and more effective legislation.
“The move to an Inquiry is an important step and I am
confident there will be widespread interest in discussing
both the native title system and the Australian Greens
“This legislation makes responsible and considered changes
to native title law. Justice Michael Kirby has previously
described this area as an ‘impenetrable jungle’, and we’re
looking to change that. Our legislation is a strong start
for further native title reforms.” [Senator Siewert said]”

Australian Human Rights Commission:
There must be zero tolerance for abuse in the native title context
2 Jun 11: “‘Lateral violence’ is the name given to
aggressive, bullying or harassing behaviour within
communities that is often the result of disadvantage,
discrimination and oppression and arises from working
within a society that is not designed for ‘our way of doing
things’, Commissioner Gooda will tell a native title
conference in Brisbane today.
Commissioner Gooda says that lateral violence can also be
exacerbated by governments through a lack of recognition
and engagement with Indigenous people and by relying on
processes that pit groups against each other.
“Rage, anger and fear vented by oppressed people on those
closest to them can often be the by-product of government
policy and law-making and the existing native title system
is one such example,” Commissioner Gooda says.
“All of us who are involved in native title claims or
agreement-making know that at every step of the process,
the requirement to legitimise our claims and our birth
rights creates conflict and tension within our
communities, and effectively results in lateral violence,”
he says.
“But whether the lateral violence theory is sustainable or
not, this is abuse and there’s no excuse for it. We must
have a zero tolerance policy for any type of abuse.””

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 03-06-2011
3 Jun 11: “The Aborignal and Torres Strait Social Justice
Commissioner Mick Gooda has told a native title meeting in
Brisbane that there should be a reversal in the proof of
connection to county process which would then put the onus
on government to prove that the claimants are not the true
traditional owners.”

– News

Koori Mail: Senate to scrutinise native title bill
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
3 Jun 11: “AUSTRALIAN Greens legislation that seeks to make
changes to the native title system has been referred to a
Senate committee, with submissions closing on 29 July.
Greens spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert said the Inquiry
into the Native Title Amendment (Reform) Bill 2011 would
provide the opportunity for consultation and discussion
about changes to native title.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Conference hears of problems with Native Title laws
3 Jun 11: “Frustrations with long running problems with
native title law have dominated Australia’s largest annual
conference on the issue. Former Prime Minister Paul
Keating’s call for a reverse of onus of proof earlier this
week was enthusiastically embraced by many of the 650
delegates in Brisbane.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Native title laws “increasing violence”
3 Jun 11: “The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social
Justice Commissioner says Native title laws are driving a
wedge through Indigenous communities and contributing to
increased violence and bullying.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Native Title burden of proof should swap: Keating
2 Jun 11: “Former Prime Minister Paul Keating has
criticised Australia’s progress in settling native title
claims. In a speech in Adelaide this week, Mr Keating
called on the Federal Government to change the Native Title
Act to address the burden on traditional owners to prove a
continued connection to the land.”

Brisbane Times: Native title onus unjust: Keating
1 Jun 11: “THE former prime minister Paul Keating has
backed an overhaul of native title legislation to shift the
presumption in favour to indigenous claimants who he says
carry an unjust burden in proving their continued
connection to land. The difficulty in proving continued
connection to native land meant the rights of redress for
Aborigines were occurring far too slowly, he said,
delivering the annual Lowitja O’Donoghue address in
Adelaide last night.”

Koori Mail: Support for ex-PM’s native title stance
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
1 Jun 11: “ABORIGINAL native title campaigners have agreed
with former Paul Keating’s calls for an overhaul of native
title legislation to shift the presumption of ongoing
connection in favour of Indigenous claimants. Speaking at
the 2011 Native Title Conference in Brisbane today,
Chairperson of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Studies Professor Mick Dodson said
the move could lead to more native title determinations.
National Native Title Council CEO Brian Wyatt also
supported Mr Keating’s stand.”

Koori Mail: Keating: Reverse ‘unjust’ burden of proof
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
1 Jun 11: “FORMER Prime Minister Paul Keating has backed
proposals before the Federal Parliament to reverse an
‘unjust’ burden of proof currently imposed on native title
claimants to establish their ongoing connection to land.
Mr Keating says it should be up to claim respondents to
prove that such connections don’t exist, rather than the
other way around. In the 15 years since the Native Title
Act 1993 was passed, there’ve been just 121 native title
determinations at a cost of $900 million.”

– Background Videos

YouTube: FMG Great Native Title Swindle Part 1

YouTube: FMG Great Native Title Swindle Part 2

YouTube: The True Yindjibarndi Story


– Event

KANUGUBA: Newcastle Rally: No Waste Dump at Muckaty
31 May 11: “10 am, Civic Park, Saturday June 11th.
Walk to the tram sheds in the foreshore park for BBQ,
speakers and music.
People in Newcastle are rallying in support of Muckaty
community in refusing an international nuclear waste dump
on their land. We believe in self-determination and we
share the concerns of many in Australia and worldwide about
the transport and storage of nuclear waste. We don’t want
to see a new site contaminated in addition to those already
poisoned by tailings from uranium mines. The National
Radioactive Waste Management Bill is due to be debated in
the Federal Senate on the 14th of June.”

– Related Analysis / Opinion

Pandanus: The Territory, too good to waste (dump)
[scroll down page] http://www.ecnt.org/pdf/Pandanus%20May%202011%20WEB.pdf
May 11: “2011 is crunch time in the battle to stop Federal
Resource Minister Martin Ferguson imposing a national
nuclear waste dump on Muckaty in the NT. In March – April
2011 a delegation of Muckaty Traditional Owners visited
Darwin to attend a string of meetings and to spread a
message that a waste dump at Muckaty is unwanted. The
Territory faces a very big and a very real threat of
becoming the home of Australia’s first national radioactive
waste dump. The proposed dump would store low and
intermediate level waste in below and above ground stores
on Aboriginal land in a known earthquake region. … ”
Cat Beaton, Nuclear Free NT Campaigner

– Related News

Trading Room: Land council quizzed over nuclear dump
3 Jun 11: “Northern Land Council (NLC) chief executive Kim
Hill says he has not met with traditional owners of the
area earmarked for Australia’s first nuclear waste dump.
The Gillard government plans a dump site for low-level
nuclear waste, most of which will stem from nuclear
medicine, at Muckaty Station, near Tennant Creek in the
Northern Territory. Australian Greens senator Scott Ludlam
asked Mr Hill and the council’s principal legal officer,
Ron Levy, in a Senate estimates hearing on Friday if either
of them had visited Tennant Creek or the surrounding areas
to discuss the dump.”


YouTube: Muckaty Voices-Australia’s nuclear waste dump story
“”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:

Beyond Nuclear Initiative:

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

Nuclear Territory News: Waste Dump News:

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

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

WGAR News: Nuclear Waste Dump (28 Mar 10)

WGAR News: Muckaty Radioactive Waste Dump (4 Apr 10)

WGAR News: National day of action against Muckaty nuclear waste dump: 12th April!

WGAR News: Nuclear Waste Dump: Senate inquiry in Darwin; Nationwide protests (17 Apr 10)

WGAR News: Update: Muckaty Station Nuclear Waste Dump (23 Apr 10)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2010/04/22/wgar-news-raw-sewage-dumped-in-ampilatwatja-aboriginal-worker-dismissed-23-apr-10

WGAR News: Update on Muckaty Station Nuclear Waste Dump (2 May 10)

WGAR News: “Muckaty Voices” film; Senate Report into nuclear waste dump plan (16 May 10)

WGAR News: Federal Court legal challenge over nuclear waste dump (13 Jun 10)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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


– Analysis / Opinion

National Indigenous Times:
The outstanding value of the outstation movement in homelands
31 May 11: “Rosalie Kunoth Monks is a respected elder in
the Utopia Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory,
a group of 16 central desert outstations set up by the
elders of that community in the 1980s. Best known as the
child star in the controversial film Jedda she was reported
in the Sydney Morning Herald of 21-22 May as saying,
amongst other things, that the loss of the homelands would
be the last straw for her people. “If we are going to be
passive and sit back and allow ourselves to be removed from
our homelands it would be better for the government people
to come out here and shoot us….wipe us out” she said.”

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 02-06-2011
2 Jun 11: “* Residents of an Alice Springs town camp have
expressed concern that new housing and renovations promised
by the federal indigenous affairs minister Jenny Macklin
will no longer be built.
* A push to atrtract Aborignal people to Territory growth
centres could create an unintended problem according to a
leading health researcher.”

– Related Video

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Old Timers Town Camp Housing Drama
3 Jun 11

– News

Solidarity: Welfare Quarantine spreads
June 11: “Income Management (IM), first applied to
Aboriginal communities through the NT Intervention, will
be extended to five “disadvantaged areas” from July 2012
following an announcement in the May budget. The areas
targeted will be Bankstown (NSW), Shepparton (Vic),
Playford (SA), Logan and Rockhampton (Qld). … The Stop
the Intervention Collective is organising a forum in
Bankstown to oppose the spread of IM. The Bankstown
Aboriginal women’s group is preparing a statement of
protest.” Paddy Gibson

PSnews: NT police presence calms communities
3 Jun 11: “The Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER)
had led to police being stationed in 18 remote Aboriginal
communities that didn’t have them, according to the
Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and
Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin. Ms Macklin said the
stronger police presence was helping improve the wellbeing
and safety of Indigenous people in the communities.”

National Indigenous Times:
Intervention still racist: researchers
31 May 11: “An independent group of researchers claim the
changes made by the Federal Government to the laws, which
enabled the Intervention into the Northern Territory to be
enacted, had not stopped the Intervention being racially
discriminatory. A group of law academics from the
University of Queensland has examined the structure and
powers of the Intervention from when it was introduced by
the Howard government in 2007 and how it was altered by the
Federal Labor Government last year.”


UQ News: UQ expert examines controversial NT Intervention
11 May 11: “A University of Queensland public law expert
has released a new collection of articles on the
Commonwealth’s controversial 2007 Intervention in parts of
the Northern Territory and Labor’s legislative redesign of
the Intervention in 2010. … “The purported ‘success’ of
current strategies appears overstated and the on-going
departure from basic human rights standards serves to
undermine the opportunity that increased funding and
services brings.” [said Dr Peter Billings]”

National Indigenous Times:
The people have a voice at United Nations
31 May 11: “The Federal Government’s Northern Territory
Intervention and the right to water have been raised at the
United Nations by a delegation of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander peoples attending the Tenth Session of the
UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in New
York. … The Australian delegation, numbering around 40,
was co-chaired by Janine Gertz and Brian Wyatt.”

National Indigenous Times: Intervention facing UN criticism
31 May 11: “The United Nations High Commissioner for Human
Rights, Navi Pillay has been handed a petition containing
6500 names of people opposed to the Federal Government
Intervention in the Northern Territory. … Northern
Territory Aboriginal leaders told Ms Pillay that things
have got worse under the Intervention imposed by the Howard
government in 2007. “There is greater discrimination
against them,” Ms Pillay said the leaders told her.”

National Indigenous Times: Elder’s plea to the UN
31 May 11: “Reverend Djiniyini Gondarra, an Aboriginal
Elder and one of the leading critics of the Northern
Territory Intervention, has told the United Nations High
Commissioner for Human Rights the intervention is racist.
Reverend Djiniyini Gondarra is a senior Elder and Dhurili
clan leader of the Yolngu people of north-east Arnhem Land.
He was in Geneva, Switzerland when he told the United
Nations High Commissioner, Navi Pillay Aboriginal people
were being victimised by some of the services delivered to

National Indigenous Times: Wage protest
31 May 11: “Workers in the Northern Territory are demanding
back pay for the renovation and construction work they
completed for the government’s Strategic Indigenous Housing
and Infrastructure Program (SIHIP) in a petition launched
by lobby group Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney
(SICS). The group, which has obtained more than 2000
signatures on the petition, launched the protest after
claiming it discovered Indigenous workers in the Northern
Territory were not being paid the correct wage rates. The
petition has now been presented to the Federal Parliament
by Greens Senator, Rachael Siewert.”

National Indigenous Times: Macklin stays tough about grog
31 May 11: “Indigenous Affairs Minister, Jenny Macklin has
rejected calls for an easing of alcohol restrictions and
said she remains committed to implementing tougher
restrictions on alcohol in Northern Territory communities.
The Federal Government is currently considering a number of
options relating to the supply and availability of alcohol
in remote communities and will not rule out proposals about
alcohol management at this stage, but it has made it clear
it will only support proposals that reduce harm and control

Australian: Crime down, but so is school attendance
1 Jun 11: “While the number of assaults recorded by police
climbed in the first years of the intervention in the 73
targeted communities, the report shows aggravated assaults
were now on the decline, Ms Macklin said yesterday. … The
update also showed that the average rate of school
attendance has dropped from a high of 64 per cent in
November 2009 to just under 54 per cent in August last

Australian: Violence in Northern Territory declines,
but low school enrolments still concerning
31 May 11: “Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin has
said a new update on the Northern Territory Emergency
Response, has shown aggravated assaults have dropped by
about 30 per cent between 2009 and 2010 due to bolstered
police numbers in remote communities. … While the numbers
of assaults recorded by police climbed in the first years
of the intervention, Ms Macklin yesterday said aggravated
assault incidents in communities targeted by the
intervention, are now on the decline.”

– Government Report

Closing the Gap in the Northern Territory Monitoring Report
Jul – Dec 10: “This Closing the Gap in the Northern
Territory (previously the Northern Territory Emergency
Response) Monitoring Report provides an analysis of data
captured between 1 July and 31 December 2010. However, in
many instances information is provided for the entire
period 1 July 2007 to 31 December 2010.”


Creative Spirits:
Northern Territory Emergence Response (NTER)
– “The Intervention”:

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Northern Territory National Emergency Response:

IRAG (Intervention Rollback Action Group):
Mparntwe – Alice Springs:

STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney):

CAAMA (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association)
– NT Intervention:

The Greens: Rachel Siewert: Northern Territory Intervention:

Treaty Republic – NT Intervention:

ANTaR (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation)
– NT intervention:

Crikey – NT Intervention:

Jobs with Justice:

MAIC (Melbourne Anti-Intervention Collective):

‘concerned Australians’:
Without Justice there can be no Reconciliation:

New Matilda – northern territory intervention:

Amnesty International Australia:
Looking back at the Northern Territory Intervention:

Defending Indigenous Rights:

Intervention walk-off’s Blog:

Australian Human Rights Commission:
Northern Territory ‘Emergency Response’ intervention:

FAIRA; Human Rights Law Resource Centre; NACLC:
Australia’s compliance with CERD – Fact Sheet 2:
Northern Territory Intervention:

Green Left: Northern Territory intervention: myths and facts:

WGAR (Working Group for Aboriginal Rights):


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National Indigenous Radio Service:
Greens continue push for Stolen Generations compensation
3 Jun 11: “The Australian Greens will continue to push for
just compensation for the Stolen Generations for past
injustices done to them by misguided Government policies.
Australian Greens Indigenous Affairs Spokesperson Senator
Rachel Seiwert has introduced a bill to the Senate seeking
reparations for the Stolen Generations.”

National Indigenous Times:
Congress seeks opinions with national survey
31 May 11: “The new National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples has sent a survey form out to Indigenous people and
organisations asking them for their view on a number of
issues, including whether they want a guaranteed number of
seats in Federal Parliament for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islanders, as part of changes to the Constitution to be
voted on at a referendum in 2013. The survey results will
be provided to the Expert Panel on the Constitutional
Recognition of Indigenous Australians which has been formed
to advise the Federal Government on changes to the

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