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

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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