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

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’.”


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