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30/07/2011 Gurindji tell consultations meeting: ‘stop the Intervention immediately’

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 30/07/2011 by D

Contents:
* Gurindji tell consultations meeting:
‘stop the Intervention immediately’
* Background to the 2011 round of consultations in the NT
* Update on Kimberley gas hub protest
* Survey: 88% of NCAFP members want constitutional recognition
* Background to National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
* Minister meets with Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust community
* Background to blockade by Aboriginal women of Lake Tyers
* Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles

* GURINDJI TELL CONSULTATIONS MEETING: ‘STOP THE INTERVENTION IMMEDIATELY’:

– Media Release

Gurindji tell consultations meeting:
‘stop the Intervention immediately’
IRAG: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/mr-gurindji_stop_intervention.pdf
28 Jul 11: “Gurindji people from the communities of
Kalkaringi and Daguragu spoke with a united voice during a
government consultation meeting yesterday, demanding an
immediate end to the NT Intervention.
Gurindji said the loss of control over community land, new
CDEP arrangements forcing people to work for the BasicsCard
and the take-over of community council assets by the
Victoria Daly Shire are making life harder every day.
They are upset that Minister Jenny Macklin did not attend
the consultation meeting personally and are demanding she
face the community on ‘Freedom Day’, the 45th anniversary
of the Wave Hill walk-off on August 26th.”

See:

Video showing the struggles of Gurindji people under the Intervention:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guge6MI6cTA

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/

– News

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 29-07-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-29-07-2011
29 Jul 11: “Gurundji people are demanding an immediate end
to the Northern Territory Intervention and say they want
back control of their land and the creation of jobs in
their communities so that they can stay on their country.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE 2011 ROUND OF CONSULTATIONS IN THE NT OVER THE INTERVENTION:

‘concerned Australians’: New round of consultations 2011
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/

STICS: Consultations 2011
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/consultations-mid-2011

Our Generation: Prominent Australians Speak Out
http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/press/

WGAR News: New round of Government consultations in the NT over the Intervention (1 Jul 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/07/01/wgar-news-new-round-of-government-consultations-in-the-nt-over-the-intervention

WGAR News: Interviews with Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra about the Government’s consultation process (6 Jul 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/07/06/wgar-news-interviews-with-rev-dr-djiniyini-gondarra-about-the-government%E2%80%99s-consultation-p

WGAR News: 24 prominent South Australians call on the government to end the NT Intervention (22 Jul 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/07/22/wgar-news-24-prominent-south-australians-call-on-the-government-to-end-the-nt-interventio

WGAR News: Interviews with Alistair Nicholson and Ian Viner about the current round of consultations in the NT over the Intervention (27 Jul 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/07/28/wgar-news-interview-with-randa-kattan-about-expansion-of-income-management-to-vic-nsw-qld

* UPDATE ON KIMBERLEY GAS HUB PROTEST:

– Media Release

Greens: Rachel Siewert: Woodside accused of trespass as
gas hub workers attempt to bypass protestors
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/woodside-accused-trespass-gas-hub-workers-attempt-bypass-protestors
27 Jul 11: “Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has
called on Woodside to better educate its workforce about
respect for Aboriginal land after it emerged that
contractors are driving across Aboriginal land in a bid to
get around James Price Point protestors.
“Woodside contractors are driving across land held by the
neighbouring Yawuru people in a bid to bypass protesters
opposed to the building of the gas hub,” Senator Siewert,
Greens Spokesperson for the Kimberley and Aboriginal Issues
said today.
“How would they like it if people drove over their
properties without permission? It appears that respect for
Aboriginal culture and native title claims is extremely
low among the contractors working on this project,”
Senator Siewert said.”

– Audio

3CR Community Radio 855 AM: Podcasts
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
Earth Matters – 25 Jul 2011
Listen to this program on-line:
http://podcast.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2011-07-24-68547.mp3
25 Jul 11: “The incredible story of the James Price Point
Blockade in the Kimberley where 25 people were arrested for
protesting this month & Joseph Roe is inspiring a divided
community to reunite & save the ancient Songline of the
Goolaraboloo People.”

– Video

YouTube: Geoffrey Cousins talks about Woodside and the
Kimberley Crisis – Part One
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2I7DG6GVi2E
26 Jul 11: “Geoffrey Cousins, outspoken business leader and
former adviser to the Howard government addresses the
BROOME BUSINESS COMMUNITY about the impeding crisis in the
Dampier Peninsula, the immoral activities of WOODSIDE and
the future of THE KIMBERLEY. Talk presented at the Broome
convention centre, 16th July, 2001”

– News

Hands Off Country:
Defenders of James Price Point Have Their Day In Court
http://handsoffcountry.blogspot.com/2011/07/defenders-of-james-price-point-have.html
28 Jul 11: “Nearly all of the 26 arrested on what is now
referred to as Black Tuesday, for standing up to protect
James Price Point, appeared in Magistrate’s Court this
morning, in Broome. Two pleaded not guilty and their court
case was set down for Sept the 9th. Twelve were adjourned
for legal advice till the 9th of September. Ten pleaded
guilty and received fines. Fines ranged from $150 to $400
plus Court costs of $64. Bail was extended without
conditions allowing people back into Country.”

National Indigenous Times:
Gas hub opponents in a petition to Canberra
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=22528
21 Jul 11: “Three Aboriginal leaders fighting against a
planned gas hub in Western Australia’s Kimberley region
have vowed to step up protests despite the riot squad
making dozens of arrests and finally breaking the blockade.
The trio have now taken their fight to Canberra armed with
a petition signed by residents of Broome. Mitch Torres,
Allan Pigram and Dr Anne Poelina have handed Environment
Minister, Tony Burke a petition signed by 3000 people, 20
per cent of Broome’s population.”

National Indigenous Times:
Barnett warned about lauding gas deal
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=22539
21 Jul 11: “The West Australian Premier, Colin Barnett has
been cautioned about lauding the recent signing of the
Kimberley gas agreement. Some local Indigenous people have
objected to the Premier’s labelling of the deal as “the
most significant act of self-determination by an Aboriginal
group in Australian history”. Mitch Torres belongs to the
Jabirr-Jabirr Goolarabooloo claim group which voted 60-40
to go ahead with the deal. However, she said the deal was
by no means an act of self-determination, as the vote was
only won by a narrow margin, with the Government committed
to seizing the land through the courts even if traditional
owners had not agreed.”

National Indigenous Times:
Barnett backs police handling of protestors at gas hub blockade
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=22527
21 Jul 11: “West Australian Premier Colin Barnett has
defended police actions in dealing with protesters at a
site for a proposed gas hub near Broome amid claims
officers used excessive force. Police broke through a
protest blockade in order to allow Woodside Petroleum
contractors to the site of a proposed gas hub at James
Price Point in the Kimberley. Bulldozers have begun
clearing vegetation at the site so geotechnical studies
could be undertaken.”

See:

Protest updates: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/blog/

Save the Kimberley info: http://www.savethekimberley.com/

Kimberley protest info: http://handsoffcountry.blogspot.com/

Greens: Rachel Siewert: Dead dugongs a glimpse into the future for Kimberley gas hub (29 Jul 11):
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/dead-dugongs-glimpse-future-kimberley-gas-hub

WGAR News: Kimberley gas plant protest and blockade (28 Jun 11):
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/28/wgar-news-kimberley-gas-plant-protest-and-blockade-sydney-anti-nuclear-rally-29-june-2011

WGAR News: 25 protesters arrested at James Price Point blockade; Petition handed to Minister (9 Jul 11):
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/07/09/wgar-news-25-protesters-arrested-at-james-price-point-blockade-petition-handed-to-ministe

* SURVEY: 88% OF NCAFP MEMBERS WANT CONSTITUTIONAL RECOGNITION FOR ABORIGINAL PEOPLE:

– Audio

The Wire: Indigenous Constitution Recognition
[scroll down page] http://www.thewire.org.au/daydetail.aspx?SearchDay=2011-07-28
28 Jul 11: “The National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples today released the results from its first survey
showing 88% of its members believe Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander people should be recognised in our
constitution. The Wire spoke to CEO of the National
Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, Lindon Coombes about
the importance of the survey.”

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Indigenous Australians want Constitutional recognition
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6023:indigenous-australians-want-constitutional-recognition&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=65
29 Jul 11: “Being recognised in the Constitution is the top
priority for Indigenous Australians, a new survey says.
National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples surveyed 600
of its members from across Australia. The survey found that
88 per cent of people thought it was very important
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people receive
recognition in the Constitution.”

Treaty Republic:
The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples – Survey
http://treatyrepublic.net/content/national-congress-australia%E2%80%99s-first-peoples-survey
28 Jul 11: “Being recognised in the constitution is a top
priority for indigenous Australians, according to a
ground-breaking survey by the newly formed organisation,
National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. National
Congress of Australia’s First Peoples surveyed 600 of its
members and found 88 per cent think it is very important
that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people receive
recognition in the constitution. It’s the first survey on
policy priorities from the organisation’s Aboriginal Torres
Strait Islander membership.”

See:

WGAR News: Proposal to recognise Aboriginal people in the Constitution; Jenny Macklin has ruled out a treaty (16 Nov 10):
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/11/16/wgar-news-proposal-to-recognise-aboriginal-people-in-the-constitution-jenny-macklin-has-r

WGAR News: [Quasi] Constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians (21 May 11):
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/21/wgar-news-un-human-rights-high-commissioner-hears-from-nt-aboriginal-leaders

* BACKGROUND TO NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AUSTRALIA’S FIRST PEOPLES:

WGAR News: Proposed national Indigenous body (29 Aug 09)
[scroll down page] https://wgar.wordpress.com/2009/09/01/290809-un-expert-calls-nt-intervention-discriminatory/

WGAR News: More media responses to proposed national Indigenous body (31 Aug 09)
[scroll down page] https://wgar.wordpress.com/2009/09/01/310809-more-media-responses-to-un-expert-james-anaya/

WGAR News: Still more media responses to proposed national Indigenous body (3 Sep 09)
[scroll down page] https://wgar.wordpress.com/2009/09/03/3-sep-2009-governments-review-of-aboriginal-housing-scheme-in-the-nt/

WGAR News: Proposed National Indigenous Representative Body (22 Sep 09)
[scroll down page] https://wgar.wordpress.com/2009/09/23/22-sep-2009-ampilatwatja-anti-intervention-walk-off-speaking-tour/

WGAR News: New Way Summit delegates unanimously reject government sponsored Rep body (31 Jan 10)
https://wgar.wordpress.com/2010/02/01/new-way-summit-delegates-unanimously-reject-government-sponsored-rep-body/

WGAR News: Proposed National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples (2 Feb 10)
[scroll down page] https://wgar.wordpress.com/2010/02/02/02022010-national-day-of-action-saturday-13-february-2010-2/

WGAR News: New National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples (9 May 10)
http://www.indymedia.org.au/2010/05/08/wgar-news-new-national-congress-of-australias-first-peoples-9-may-10

WGAR News: Co-Chairs of National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples elected (21 Apr 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/21/wgar-news-elders-speak-out-on-the-northern-territory-nt-intervention

WGAR News: National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples (24 Apr 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/24/wgar-news-two-urgent-petitions-on-the-nt-intervention-sign-by-early-may-2011

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

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

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

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

WGAR News: Official Launch of the National Congress Meeting (11 Jun 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/11/wgar-news-nt-traditional-land-owners-claim-they-were-not-consulted-about-mining-deal

* MINISTER MEETS WITH LAKE TYERS ABORIGINAL TRUST COMMUNITY:

– News

www.eastvicmedia.com.au: Trust community meets with Minister
http://www.eastvicmedia.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2101&Itemid=87
27 Jul 11: “Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Jeanette Powell
yesterday met with residents and shareholders of the Lake
Tyers Aboriginal Trust to discuss governance and community
safety issues. The Minister said the primary aim of her
visit was to listen to the concerns of the local Aboriginal
community relating to governance of the trust following
blockades by residents earlier this year. In March this
year, a group of Aboriginal women blockaded the road to the
trust in protest against administration arrangements over
the site.”

Win News: Powell Meets Lake Tyers Trust
http://www.wintv.com.au/national/news/item/43383/
27 Jul 11: ” In 2004, the Bracks Government appointed an
administrator to manage the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust.
Now the people want that control back. Jeanette Powell,
Aboriginal Affairs Minister: “It’s my intention that we do
return to self-governance, so I’m hoping that I can work
with the community to enable that to happen.” …
Murray Bull, Former Board Member: “We can sit down as a
group of Aboriginal people from Lake Tyers, to sit down and
discuss the issues that are relevant to the progress of our
people here.””

* BACKGROUND TO BLOCKADE BY ABORIGINAL WOMEN OF LAKE TYERS:

WGAR News: Aboriginal women of Lake Tyers are staging a blockade (12 Mar 11)
http://www.indymedia.org.au/2011/03/12/wgar-news-aboriginal-women-of-lake-tyers-are-staging-a-blockade

WGAR News: More on the blockade by Aboriginal women of Lake Tyers (16 Mar 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/16/wgar-news-federal-court-challenge-over-nuclear-dump-resumes-in-august

WGAR News: Protest blockade by Lake Tyers Aboriginal women continues (21 Mar 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/21/wgar-news-protest-blockade-by-lake-tyers-aboriginal-women-continues

WGAR News: More on the blockade by Lake Tyers Aboriginal women (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: Police used to break blockade by Aboriginal women of Lake Tyers (26 Mar 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/26/wgar-news-police-used-to-break-blockade-by-aboriginal-women-of-lake-tyers

WGAR News: Interview with Lake Tyers Women’s spokesperson, Leanne Edwards (7 Apr 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/07/wgar-news-updates-on-nt-intervention-deaths-in-custody-lake-tyers-and-native-title

WGAR News: Interview with Leanne Edwards from Lake Tyres Aboriginal community (14 Apr 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/14/wgar-news-deaths-in-custody-and-aboriginal-incarceration-rates

* UPCOMING ABORIGINAL RIGHTS EVENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA – 21 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: Wed 3 August 2011: Kempsey, NSW
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/

Event: Fri 5 August 2011: Adelaide, SA
129th Justice and Peace Candlelight Walk
“To call for a Treaty and Bill of Rights, … ”
Event details: http://antarsa.auspics.org.au/?p=1

Event: Tue 9 August 2011: Adelaide, SA
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
With open panel discussion including:
Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra OAM
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/

Event: Tue 9 August 2011: Gymea, South Sydney, NSW
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Film details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info-Our-Generation/Our-Gen-Gymea-9-8-11.pdf

Event: Wed 10 August 2011: Maroubra, East Sydney, NSW
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
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: Thu 11 August 2011: Sydney, NSW
Film night: Special screening of Backroads
Staring Gary Foley and the late Bill Hunter
Tin Sheds Gallery: booking required
Event details: http://tinsheds.wordpress.com/2011/07/18/special-event-gary-foley-in-sydney/

Event: Sat 13 August 2011: Sydney, NSW
Workshop: Black Heart of the City
Gary Foley on Sydney’s Black history
Tin Sheds Gallery: booking required
Event details: http://tinsheds.wordpress.com/2011/07/18/special-event-gary-foley-in-sydney/

Event: Mon 15 August 2011: Narooma, NSW
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/

Event: Wed 17 August 2011: Parramatta, Sydney, NSW
Building Bridges Course 2011
Nicole Watson – Why Change the Constitution?
Organised by Reconciliation for Western Sydney
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Register for course (it’s free!): http://www.parramattacollege.com.au/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Parramatta.woa/wa/module.shtml?ID=3X3BBR
Brochure: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info/Building_Bridges_2011.pdf

Event: Thu 18 August – Sun 30 October 2011: Wiluna to Perth, WA
Walk Away from Uranium Mining
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/walk-away-from-uranium-mining
Event details: http://www.nuclearfreefuture.com/
Walk Schedule: http://footprints.footprintsforpeace.net/nffcampaign/upload/files/Wiluna_to_Perth_Walk_Schedule.pdf
About the walk: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/48231

Event: Fri 19 August 2011: Perth City, WA
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/48217
Film details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/

Event: Mon 22 August 2011:  Adelaide, SA
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Event details: http://unione.unilife.edu.au/Clubs/Event.aspx?CID=267&EID=1498
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/event.php?eid=233274766693612
Film details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/

Event: Wed 24 August 2011: Parramatta, Sydney, NSW
Building Bridges Course 2011
Chris Graham – Racism in the Media & the NT Intervention
Organised by Reconciliation for Western Sydney
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Register for course (it’s free!): http://www.parramattacollege.com.au/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Parramatta.woa/wa/module.shtml?ID=3X3BBR
Brochure: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info/Building_Bridges_2011.pdf

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 September 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: Wed 7 September 2011: Parramatta, Sydney, NSW
Building Bridges Course 2011
Graham Merritt – Aboriginal Activism in WA/NT & STICS
Organised by Reconciliation for Western Sydney
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Register for course (it’s free!): http://www.parramattacollege.com.au/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Parramatta.woa/wa/module.shtml?ID=3X3BBR
Brochure: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info/Building_Bridges_2011.pdf

Event: Fri 7 & Sat 8, Tue 11 to Sat 15 Oct 2011: Melbourne, Vic
Presented by Melbourne Festival in association with Sydney Festival
Ilbijerri Theatre Company (Australia): FOLEY
“Political agitator Gary Foley presents a swag of stories
from a life lived in the spirit of resistance. … ”
Event details: http://www.melbournefestival.com.au/program/production?id=3860&idx=1&max=12

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/

– ‘Our Generation’ Film Reviews

Elimatta:
Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
Our Generation – Showing in London – page 8
http://www.asgmwp.net/ElimattaWinter2011.pdf
Winter 2011: “The Intervention is yet another example of
the appalling treatment the Aboriginal People of Australia
have been subjected to in such a short period of time
compared to thousands of years of survival. Sinem Saban and
Rev. Dr Gondarra supported by the Yolngu people and
cinematographer, Damien Curtis, have created a sensitive
and realistic view of the plight of those who wish to live
a more traditional life in their homelands and of those
who appear to be dispossessed.” Christine Waterer

Elimatta:
Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
ASG Information Night: Our Generation – page 6
http://www.asgmwp.net/ElimattaSummer2010.pdf
Summer 2010: “Local resident and journalist, Jeff McMullen
introduced “Our Generation”, the film by Sinem Saban and
Damien Curtis which we were there to see. The film explored
in depth the Federal Government Intervention into
Aboriginal Communities in the Northern Territory. Jeff had
told us that the film’s producers were not having any
success in having the film shown on government or
commercial media outlets and they were having to screen it
in local community halls to show the community at large
just what was involved in the Intervention. It is basically
a war on Aboriginal culture. The dispossession of the
Aboriginal people is simply continuing in a new guise.”
Carol Gerrard

See:

Our Generation: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/

Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater: http://www.asgmwp.net/index.htm

* OTHER NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– News

National Indigenous Times: Consultation protest
http://www.nit.com.au/breakingnews/story.aspx?id=22552
25 Jul 11: “Twenty four eminent South Australians,
including the highly respected Lowitja O’Donoghue and the
winner of this year’s NAIDOC Scholar of the Year, Dr
Lester-Irabinna Rigney have sent a public statement of
protest to the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard about the
consultation meetings currently being undertaken on the
Northern Territory Intervention. The letter attacks the
consultation process and increases pressure on the Federal
Government and Ms Macklin in particular to address the
criticisms that have been levelled at the whole process.”

National Indigenous Times: Highway robbery
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=22546
21 Jul 11: “The Federal Government has said it will
continue to pay for 99 year leases to remote communities in
the Northern Territory by using funds paid into the
Aboriginal Benefits Account. The admission has drawn a
strong rebuke from Social Justice Commissioner, Mick Gooda
who has said the Government action is outrageous. Mr Gooda
said it effectively meant the Federal Government was
paying Aboriginal people from money that was Aboriginal
money in the first place.”

National Indigenous Times:
Angry Maningrida demands an end to Intervention
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=22537
21 Jul 11: “Angry residents at the remote Arnhem Land
community of Maningrida criticised the Federal Indigenous
Affairs Minister about the Northern Territory Intervention
telling her the Government had lied to them. The angry
locals confronted Ms Macklin during her visit to hold
community consultations on the discussion paper launched by
the Government last month seeking feedback on the effects
of the Intervention and what the Government should do when
the current Intervention ends in August next year.”

National Indigenous Times: Petition presented to Senate
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=22535
21 Jul 11: “A petition containing 2500 signatures has been
presented to the Federal Senate protesting against lost
jobs and exploitative working conditions under the Northern
Territory Intervention. The petition was presented to
Greens Senator Rachel Siewert and was sponsored by Unions
NT, the CFMEU and anti-Intervention campaign groups across
the country. The petition claimed that although there was
the promise of “real jobs”, many Aboriginal people were
working for Centrelink payments “quarantined” onto a
BasicsCard due to cuts to Community Development Employment
Projects (CDEP).”

National Indigenous Times:
Fraser and friends tell Macklin her actions are just
disrespectful
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=22533
21 Jul 11: “Three eminent Australians, Malcolm Fraser, Ian
Viner and Alastair Nicholson have written again to the
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin accusing her
of being disrespectful by attempting to bypass Elders, Law
men and Law women in consultations about the Northern
Territory Intervention. In an open letter they accused the
Minister of not honouring her pledge to properly consult
with those affected by the Intervention.”

National Indigenous Times:
At Wadeye money pours in but not all are winners
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=22536
21 Jul 11: “Wadeye, 250 kilometres south-west of Darwin,
offers a snapshot of the problems of the Northern Territory
Intervention. As one of the 20 designated growth towns, its
population is expected to rise from 2500 to 4300 by 2029
and millions of dollars have been allocated to
infrastructure and services.”

National Indigenous Times:
Anderson slams “pretend jobs” in Territory
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=22534
21 Jul 11: “Alison Anderson has told a Government budget
estimates hearing she is worried many of the jobs being
created for Indigenous people were “pretend jobs”. The
Member for MacDonnell told a budget estimates hearing in
the Northern Territory Parliament she was concerned about
the low skill positions the government was providing in
remote areas. She said the “pretend” jobs see Aboriginal
people not being given the same responsibilities as a
non-Indigenous person would have in the same position.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Creative Spirits:
Northern Territory Emergence Response (NTER)
– “The Intervention”:
http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/politics/northern-territory-intervention.html

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Northern Territory National Emergency Response:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Territory_intervention

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

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

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

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

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

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

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:

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Former PM says European Australians slow to recognise
damage done to Aboriginal people.
http://caama.com.au/former-pm-says-european-australians-slow-to-recognise-damage-done-to-aboriginal-people
28 Jul 11: “Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd
says the international community will continue to look
closely at Australia’s treatment of Aboriginal people and
that the burden is on government to make sure it delivers
on its obligations.”

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane
Let’s Talk – Indigenous presented talkback:
http://989fm.com.au/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29
26 Jul 11: “Chris Graham: Tiga Bayles spoke with Editor of
the Tracker Magazine, Chris Graham. Chris is also former
editor and founder of the National Indigenous Times
newspaper.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasting/audio/98fm-podcast-2011-07-26-77066.mp3

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Neumann calls for language recognition
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6017:neumann-calls-for-language-recognition&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=65
28 Jul 11: “The head of a Parliamentary inquiry into
language learning in Indigenous communities says more
recognition of traditional languages is needed to help
educate students in communities where English is a second
language. Shayne Neumann, Chairperson of the House Standing
Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs
and Federal Member for Blair, says only a small number of
language protection and maintenance programs are working.”

National Indigenous Times:
Inquiry to find ways for language to Close Gap
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=22540
21 Jul 11: “The role of Indigenous languages in Closing the
Gap and improving outcomes for Indigenous communities is
now the subject of a new inquiry by the House of
Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Affairs. The inquiry, which was launched
during NAIDOC Week, will examine the benefits of giving
recognition to Indigenous languages and how Indigenous
languages can used in education to improve competency in
English.”

National Indigenous Times: We will continue to fight!
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=22531
21 Jul 11: “The fight to prevent a nuclear waste dump at
Mucaty Creek remained as strong as ever, Traditional Owner,
Dianne Stokes declared to mark the sixth anniversary of
when the former John Howard Federal Government first
flagged plans for a radioactive waste dump to be
established in the Northern Territory. Ms Stokes said the
anniversary had not changed anything in terms of the
widespread opposition to the plan. “There was immediate and
resolute opposition from the Northern Territory Government
and Traditional Owners and communities near all of the
targeted sites when it was first announced and that
opposition has since grown,” Ms Stokes said.”

National Indigenous Times: “Invasion” should go national
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=22521
21 Jul 11: “Paul Morris, head of the Metropolitan Land
Council and one of the driving forces behind the push by
the Sydney City Council’s Aboriginal Advisory Panel to
recognise white settlement of Australia was an invasion has
called on all councils throughout Australia to follow suit.
His call follows the decision by Sydney City Council to
accept the Advisory Panel’s recommendation and formally
recognise white settlement of Australia was an invasion.”

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27/07/2011 Interview with Randa Kattan about expansion of Income Management to Vic, NSW, Qld and SA

Posted in NEWS on 27/07/2011 by D

Contents:
* Interview with Randa Kattan about the campaign against the
expansion of Income Management to Vic, NSW, Qld and SA
* Interviews with Alistair Nicholson and Ian Viner about the
current round of consultations in the NT over the Intervention
* Videos opposing Muckaty nuclear waste dump
* Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles

* INTERVIEW WITH RANDA KATTAN ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE EXPANSION OF INCOME MANAGEMENT TO VIC, NSW, QLD AND SA:

– Audio Interview

3CR Community Radio 855 AM: Podcasts
Stick Together – 25 Jul 2011
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
[download this program] http://pod.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2011-07-24-78032.mp3
25 Jul 11: “Randa Kattan, Executive Director of the Arab
Council Australia, will speak about the campaign against
the expansion of Centrelink “income management” programs to
Vic, NSW, QLD and SA. … ”

See New website:

Welcome to the campaign website of Say No to Government’s
Income Management, Not in Bankstown, Not Anywhere!
http://www.sayno2gim.info/
“The Australian Government has announced that Income
Management will be coming to Bankstown. A coalition of
organisations came together in June 2011 to campaign
against this policy. … Read the Open Letter to Minister
for Human Services and Minister for Social Inclusion,
Tanya Plibersek, the Member of Blaxland, Jason Clare and
the Member for Banks, Daryl Melham.”

* INTERVIEWS WITH ALISTAIR NICHOLSON AND IAN VINER ABOUT THE CURRENT ROUND OF CONSULTATIONS IN THE NT OVER THE INTERVENTION:

– Audio Interview

SBS Audio and Language: Aboriginal:
Deeply Troubling – Intervention Consultation Concerns
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/178909/t/Deeply-Troubling-Intervention-Consultation-Concerns/in/english
21 Jul 11: “Former Chief Justice of the Family Court,
Alistair Nicholson speaks out on the NT Intervention.
Former Chief Justice of the Family Court, Alistair
Nicholson says he is deeply troubled by the current round
of government consultations across the Northern Territory.
Mr Nicholson tells Michelle Lovegrove, the current round
began so quickly, communities had very little time to
prepare.” Michelle Lovegrove

– Audio Interview

SBS Audio and Language: Aboriginal:
A Policy Sale – Or Consultations?
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/178911/t/A-Policy-Sale—Or-Consultations-/in/english
21 Jul 11: “Open Letters question the intent of the current
round of consultations in the Northern Territory. Two
former Federal Ministers for Aboriginal Affairs have joined
with an extraordinary group of Australians – to denounce
the continuation of the Northern Territory Intervention.
Former Ministers Ian Viner and Fred Chaney, as well as
former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, Professors Pat Dodson
and Larissa Behrendt; Dr Djiniyini Gondarra and Rosalie
Kunoth Monks and Former Chief Justice of the Family Court,
Alistair Nicholson have attacked successive governments for
their neglect and continuing ill-treatment of the
Aboriginal people. … Former Aboriginal Affairs Minister
Ian Viner tells Michelle Lovegrove, it’s vital communities
ensure their voices are heard.” Michelle Lovegrove

See:

‘concerned Australians’: New round of consultations 2011
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/

STICS: Consultations 2011
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/consultations-mid-2011

Our Generation: Prominent Australians Speak Out [about the consultations]
http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/press/

WGAR News: New round of Government consultations in the NT over the Intervention (1 Jul 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/07/01/wgar-news-new-round-of-government-consultations-in-the-nt-over-the-intervention

WGAR News: Interviews with Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra about the Government’s consultation process (6 Jul 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/07/06/wgar-news-interviews-with-rev-dr-djiniyini-gondarra-about-the-government%E2%80%99s-consultation-p

WGAR News: 24 prominent South Australians call on the government to end the NT Intervention (22 Jul 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/07/22/wgar-news-24-prominent-south-australians-call-on-the-government-to-end-the-nt-interventio

* VIDEOS OPPOSING MUCKATY NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

YouTube: A message to Senators from Muckaty Traditional Owners

22 Jul 11: “Many Muckaty Traditional Owners are opposed to
establishment a radioactive waste dump on the Muckaty Land
Trust, 120km north of Tennant Creek in the Northern
Territory. This is a short video appeal to Senators calling
on them to oppose Minister Ferguson’s National Radioactive
Waste Management Bill, which would entrench Muckaty as the
only site to be actively considered for the dump. More info
about the waste dump plan and community campaign at
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/

YouTube: Muckaty – KYLIE SAMBO

18 Sep 10: Music video

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

9 May 10: “”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. The area
is being assessed by the federal government for a low and
long-lived intermediate level radioactive waste facility,
despite sustained opposition from Aboriginal Traditional
Owners, pastoralists and the NT government and community.”

Beyond Nuclear Initiative: Video
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/video/

See:

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

* UPCOMING ABORIGINAL RIGHTS EVENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA – 22 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: Wed 27 July 2011: Melbourne, Vic
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/

Event: Thu 28 July 2011: Carlton, Melbourne, Vic
Gary Foley speaks on the history of Aboriginal resistance
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/gary-foley-speaks-on-the-history-of-aboriginal-resistance

Event: Wed 3 August 2011: Kempsey, NSW
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/

Event: Fri 5 August 2011: Adelaide, SA
129th Justice and Peace Candlelight Walk
“To call for a Treaty and Bill of Rights, … ”
Event details: http://antarsa.auspics.org.au/?p=1

Event: Tue 9 August 2011: Adelaide, SA
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
With open panel discussion including:
Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra OAM
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/

Event: Tue 9 August 2011: Gymea, South Sydney, NSW
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Film details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info-Our-Generation/Our-Gen-Gymea-9-8-11.pdf

Event: Wed 10 August 2011: Maroubra, East Sydney, NSW
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
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: Thu 11 August 2011: Sydney, NSW
Film night: Special screening of Backroads
Staring Gary Foley and the late Bill Hunter
Tin Sheds Gallery: booking required
Event details: http://tinsheds.wordpress.com/2011/07/18/special-event-gary-foley-in-sydney/

Event: Sat 13 August 2011: Sydney, NSW
Workshop: Black Heart of the City
Gary Foley on Sydney’s Black history
Tin Sheds Gallery: booking required
Event details: http://tinsheds.wordpress.com/2011/07/18/special-event-gary-foley-in-sydney/

Event: Monday 15 August 2011: Narooma, NSW
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/

Event: Wed 17 August 2011: Parramatta, Sydney, NSW
Building Bridges Course 2011
Nicole Watson – Why Change the Constitution?
Organised by Reconciliation for Western Sydney
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Register for course (it’s free!): http://www.parramattacollege.com.au/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Parramatta.woa/wa/module.shtml?ID=3X3BBR
Brochure: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info/Building_Bridges_2011.pdf

Event: Thu 18 August – Sun 30 October 2011: Wiluna to Perth, WA
Walk Away from Uranium Mining
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/walk-away-from-uranium-mining
Event details: http://www.nuclearfreefuture.com/
Walk Schedule: http://footprints.footprintsforpeace.net/nffcampaign/upload/files/Wiluna_to_Perth_Walk_Schedule.pdf
About the walk: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/48231

Event: Fri 19 August 2011: Perth City, WA
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/48217
Film details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/

Event: Mon 22 August 2011: Adelaide, SA
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Event details: http://unione.unilife.edu.au/Clubs/Event.aspx?CID=267&EID=1498
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/event.php?eid=233274766693612
Film details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/

Event: Wed 24 August 2011: Parramatta, Sydney, NSW
Building Bridges Course 2011
Chris Graham – Racism in the Media & the NT Intervention
Organised by Reconciliation for Western Sydney
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Register for course (it’s free!): http://www.parramattacollege.com.au/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Parramatta.woa/wa/module.shtml?ID=3X3BBR
Brochure: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info/Building_Bridges_2011.pdf

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 September 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: Wed 7 September 2011: Parramatta, Sydney, NSW
Building Bridges Course 2011
Graham Merritt – Aboriginal Activism in WA/NT & STICS
Organised by Reconciliation for Western Sydney
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Register for course (it’s free!): http://www.parramattacollege.com.au/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Parramatta.woa/wa/module.shtml?ID=3X3BBR
Brochure: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info/Building_Bridges_2011.pdf

Event: Fri 7 & Sat 8, Tue 11 to Sat 15 Oct 2011: Melbourne, Vic
Presented by Melbourne Festival in association with Sydney Festival
Ilbijerri Theatre Company (Australia): FOLEY
“Political agitator Gary Foley presents a swag of stories
from a life lived in the spirit of resistance. … ”
Event details: http://www.melbournefestival.com.au/program/production?id=3860&idx=1&max=12

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/

– ‘Our Generation’ Film Reviews

Elimatta:
Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
Our Generation – Showing in London – page 8
http://www.asgmwp.net/ElimattaWinter2011.pdf
Winter 2011: “The Intervention is yet another example of
the appalling treatment the Aboriginal People of Australia
have been subjected to in such a short period of time
compared to thousands of years of survival. Sinem Saban and
Rev. Dr Gondarra supported by the Yolngu people and
cinematographer, Damien Curtis, have created a sensitive
and realistic view of the plight of those who wish to live
a more traditional life in their homelands and of those
who appear to be dispossessed.” Christine Waterer

Elimatta:
Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
ASG Information Night: Our Generation – page 6
http://www.asgmwp.net/ElimattaSummer2010.pdf
Summer 2010: “Local resident and journalist, Jeff McMullen
introduced “Our Generation”, the film by Sinem Saban and
Damien Curtis which we were there to see. The film
explored in depth the Federal Government Intervention into
Aboriginal Communities in the Northern Territory. Jeff had
told us that the film’s producers were not having any
success in having the film shown on government or
commercial media outlets and they were having to screen it
in local community halls to show the community at large
just what was involved in the Intervention. It is
basically a war on Aboriginal culture. The dispossession
of the Aboriginal people is simply continuing in a new
guise.” Carol Gerrard

See:

Our Generation: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/

Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater: http://www.asgmwp.net/index.htm

* OTHER NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– Analysis / Opinion

WSWS: Australian government deepens Northern Territory “intervention”
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/jul2011/ntin-j21.shtml
21 Jul 11: “A “second stage” of the intervention will
commence next year, when the emergency legislation was due
to expire. … The intervention has never had anything to
do with overcoming Aboriginal poverty or protecting
Aboriginal children. The current “consultation” is a
smokescreen for implementing a pre-determined agenda, in
particular welfare cutting and the removal of all barriers
to low-wage labour and corporate profit. The “second stage”
like the first, will use Aboriginal people to test measures
for use against the entire working class.” Susan Allan

– News

NT News: Cheeky sign too much for Canberra
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2011/07/26/249521_ntnews.html
26 Jul 11: “The cheeky redecorated Intervention sign at
Yuendumu has reportedly had a short life. The NT News
reported earlier this month that locals had launched a
graffiti payback after years of putting up with the
much-hated signs. The blue-and-white signs had originally
announced grog and porn bans in the community. A new lick
of paint and suddenly it said: “Welcome to Yuendumu. If you
want porn, go to Canberra.” Canberra itself has a thriving
sex and porn scene – possibly fuelled by the thousands of
Government suits who live there.”

Green Left: Cafes, hairdressers and the NT intervention
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/48232
23 Jul 11: “Sara Hudson, a research fellow at the Centre
for Independent Studies, recently wrote a comment piece on
ABC’s Drum Opinion that supported the Northern Territory
intervention. It also attacked public land title in remote
Aboriginal communities. The article was what you might
expect from a research fellow from the conservative think
tank. “Public bad, private good”, and so on. But one
passage stood out to me, given I had visited many remote
Aboriginal communities recently.” Peter Robson, Darwin

National Indigenous Radio Service:
NT Senator calls for outstation funding
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5997:nt-senator-calls-for-outstation-funding&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=65
22 Jul 11: “Northern Territory Senator Trish Crossin says
she will push the Federal Government to reconsider its
decision to strip Indigenous outstation communities of
funding for services next year.”

Amnesty International Australia:
Improved lives in the Northern Territory
http://www.amnesty.org.au/indigenous-rights/comments/26265/
22 Jul 11: “In late 2009 Amnesty released a global report
titled Going Backwards: Laws fuel discrimination in
Australia’s Northern Territory. The report highlighted the
discriminatory aspects of the Northern Territory Emergency
Response, focusing on blanket quarantining of social
security payments for Aboriginal people living in 73
‘prescribed’ communities. Amnesty supporters in Australia
and around the world joined with Aboriginal and
non-Aboriginal activists and organisations campaigning for
this and other injustices to be resolved.”
Sarah Marland and Lucas Jordan

ABC Alice Springs:
Macklin visits Centre for intervention talks
http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2011/07/21/3274586.htm
21 Jul 11: “Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs Jenny
Macklin is in the Centre for a series of community
consultations about the future of the Federal intervention.
… A criticism of this round of community talks has been
the short time frame of just six weeks, but Minister
Macklin says this criticism is unwarranted as the process
is actually taking much longer.”

ABC: Call for tougher stand on welfare payments
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-07-21/20110721tougher-welfare/2804366
21 Jul 11: “The Northern Territory Opposition says
Centrelink should start forcing people to train and apply
for vacant positions in remote communities as a requirement
of claiming welfare payments. Opposition indigenous affairs
spokesman Adam Giles says it is unfair that people in
remote Indigenous communities do not have to prove they are
looking for work. He says the exemption is encouraging the
welfare cycle.”

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 22-07-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-22-07-2011
22 Jul 11: “The Federal Indigenous affairs Minister Jenny
Macklin has hit back at critics of the consultation process
which is currently taking place with Aboriginal people in
the in the Northern Territory.”

* 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– News

Green Left: Walk away from uranium mining
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/48231
23 Jul 11: “Footprints for Peace, an international
grassroots group that organises walks, bike rides and runs
around the world, invites families and people of all ages,
background and cultures to come and support traditional
owners in their opposition to uranium mining in Western
Australia by taking part in the “Walk away from uranium
mining” that begins in Wiluna on August 19 and finishes in
Perth on October 28.” Kerrie-Ann Garlick, Perth

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Call for level playing field in mining negotiations
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5998:call-for-level-playing-field-in-mining-negotiations&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=65
22 Jul 11: “The head of the country’s peak Native Title
body says negotiations between traditional owners and
mining companies’ needs to be reformed to create a level
playing field. This issue has reentered the spotlight after
an ABC Four Corners report on Monday night highlighted the
problems associated in negotiating land use agreements.”

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Engagement and trust key to decreasing Aboriginal Youth in
trouble with the law
http://caama.com.au/engagement-and-trust-key-to-decreasing-aboriginal-youth-in-trouble-with-the-law
25 Jul 11: “The over-representation of Aboriginal youth in
the criminal justice system accross the country is seen as
a national crisis….but in Warnambool in Victoria local
programs are having positive effects. While the rates of
Aboriginal youth in the criminal justice system are rising
accross the country, the number of young aboriginal people
in Warnambool being arrested has fallen 40 % in the last
couple of years.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
“Denying Aboriginal children their language at school is
psychological abuse” – clinical psychologist
http://caama.com.au/denying-aboriginal-children-their-language-at-school-is-psychological-abuse-clinical-psychologist
25 Jul 11: “Aborignal children attending Territory schools
who are denied the right to speak in their first language
for the first four hours of each day are being
psychologically abused …according to a former teacher
who is now a practicing clinical psychologist. Louise
Samways, a former Territory Education Department
psychologist, who worked at numerous schools throughout
the Alice Springs and Barkly Districts, says any practice
which denies children an opportunity to be able to
understand what is expected of them in their own
language, is abusive.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Committee looks into the significance of Aboriginal language
http://caama.com.au/committee-looks-into-the-significance-of-aboriginal-language
25 Jul 11: “The House of Representaives Standing Committee
on Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander Affairs is calling
for submissions into the significance of Aborignal
languages and the role they can play in helping to close
the disadvantage gap between Indigenous and non Indigenous
Australians…. The preservation and maintenance of Aborignal
language is seen as being vital for the continuation of
strong culture…and the new inquiry hopes to establish the
links between language and improving education, community
wellbeing, interpreting services and strategies to reduce
disadvantage.”

16/07/2011 Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia – 19 events from 16 July 2011

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 16/07/2011 by D

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: 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
Artist statement and event details: http://www.atthevanishingpoint.com.au/index.php?p=1_2_Current-Exhibition
Summary 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: Sun 17 July 2011: Broome, WA
Broome families community event to save the Kimberley
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/blog/
Event details: http://handsoffcountry.blogspot.com/
Save the Kimberley info: http://www.savethekimberley.com/
Broome NO GAS: http://www.kimberleypage.com.au/tag/broome/

Event: Fri 22 July 2011: Brunswick, Melbourne, Vic
‘Our Generation’ film screening
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/vic/event/26120/
Film details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/

Event: Sat 23 July 2011: Melbourne City, Vic
Two films about the struggles of Indigenous Australians & Indigenous Palestinians.
‘Our Generation’
‘The Land Speaks Arabic’
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/48160
‘Our Generation’ film details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/

Event: Sun 24 July 2011: Fitzroy, Melbourne, Vic
Stories around the fire: Fitzroy’s Aboriginal history.
“Featuring Stories from:
Wurundjeri elder Ringo Terrick;
playwright John Harding;
political activist Robbie Thorpe; …
Office of Housing resident and daughter of the late Aunty Denise, Lorina Lovett.
With music by Dave Arden and Kutcha Edwards.”
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/48163

Event: Sun 24 July 2011: Avalon, North Sydney, NSW
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Film details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
Poster: http://www.asgmwp.net/avalon-OG.pdf

Event: Thu 28 July 2011: Carlton, Melbourne, Vic
Gary Foley speaks on the history of Aboriginal resistance
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/gary-foley-speaks-on-the-history-of-aboriginal-resistance

Event: Fri 5 August 2011: Adelaide, SA
129th Justice and Peace Candlelight Walk
“To call for a Treaty and Bill of Rights, … “
Event details: http://antarsa.auspics.org.au/?p=1

Event: Tue 9 August 2011: Adelaide, SA
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
With open panel discussion including:
Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra OAM
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/

Event: Tue 9 August 2011: Gymea, South Sydney, NSW
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Film details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info-Our-Generation/Our-Gen-Gymea-9-8-11.pdf

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: Thu 18 August – Sun 30 October 2011: Wiluna to Perth, WA
Walk Away from Uranium Mining
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/walk-away-from-uranium-mining
Event details: http://www.nuclearfreefuture.com/
Walk Schedule: http://footprints.footprintsforpeace.net/nffcampaign/upload/files/Wiluna_to_Perth_Walk_Schedule.pdf

Event: Wed 24 August 2011: Parramatta, Sydney, NSW
Building Bridges 2011
Chris Graham – Racism in the Media & the NT Intervention
Organised by Reconciliation for Western Sydney
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Brochure: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info/Building_Bridges_2011.pdf

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: Wed 7 Sep 2011: Parramatta, Sydney, NSW
Building Bridges 2011
Graham Merritt – Aboriginal Activism in WA/NT & STICS
Organised by Reconciliation for Western Sydney
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Brochure: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info/Building_Bridges_2011.pdf

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/

– ‘Our Generation’ Film Reviews

Elimatta:
Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
Our Generation – Showing in London – page 8
http://www.asgmwp.net/ElimattaWinter2011.pdf
Winter 2011: “The Intervention is yet another example of
the appalling treatment the Aboriginal People of Australia
have been subjected to in such a short period of time
compared to thousands of years of survival. Sinem Saban and
Rev. Dr Gondarra supported by the Yolngu people and
cinematographer, Damien Curtis, have created a sensitive
and realistic view of the plight of those who wish to live
a more traditional life in their homelands and of those who
appear to be dispossessed.” Christine Waterer

Elimatta:
Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
ASG Information Night: Our Generation – page 6
http://www.asgmwp.net/ElimattaSummer2010.pdf
Summer 2010: “Local resident and journalist, Jeff McMullen
introduced “Our Generation”, the film by Sinem Saban and
Damien Curtis which we were there to see. The film explored
in depth the Federal Government Intervention into
Aboriginal Communities in the Northern Territory. Jeff had
told us that the film’s producers were not having any
success in having the film shown on government or
commercial media outlets and they were having to screen it
in local community halls to show the community at large
just what was involved in the Intervention. It is basically
a war on Aboriginal culture. The dispossession of the
Aboriginal people is simply continuing in a new guise.”
Carol Gerrard

See:

Our Generation: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/

Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater: http://www.asgmwp.net/index.htm

15/07/2011 ‘Say No to Government’s Income Management, Not in Bankstown, Not Anywhere!’

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 15/07/2011 by D

Contents:
* ‘Say No to Government’s Income Management, Not in Bankstown,
Not Anywhere!’
* Interview with Rosalie Kunoth-Monks about the NT Intervention
* Government uses Aboriginal mining royalties to pay for
leases on Aboriginal land
* The fight to stop the James Price Point gas hub
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles

* ‘SAY NO TO GOVERNMENT’S INCOME MANAGEMENT, NOT IN BANKSTOWN, NOT ANYWHERE!’

– New website

Welcome to the campaign website of Say No to Government’s
Income Management, Not in Bankstown, Not Anywhere!
http://www.sayno2gim.info/
“The Australian Government has announced that Income
Management will be coming to Bankstown. A coalition of
organisations came together in June 2011 to campaign
against this policy. …
Read the Open Letter to Minister for Human Services and
Minister for Social Inclusion, Tanya Plibersek, the Member
of Blaxland, Jason Clare and the Member for Banks, Daryl
Melham.”

* INTERVIEW WITH ROSALIE KUNOTH-MONKS ABOUT THE NT INTERVENTION:

– Audio Interview with transcript

Australian Human Rights Commission:
Episode 13: Intervention in the Northern Territory
http://www.hreoc.gov.au/podcasts/podrights_transcripts/2011/transcript_13_2011.html
11 Jul 11: “Graeme Innes: … The government’s Intervention
in remote Northern Territory communities is regularly in
the news. But I wonder how many Australians have a
perspective on the Intervention from someone actually
living in one of those remote communities. This Pod Rights
seeks to fill that gap. I’m speaking by phone with Rosalie
Kunoth-Monks. Rosalie is an Arrente/Anmatjere woman from
the Utopia station in the Northern Territory. She lived on
the station until the age of nine where she learned the
Aboriginal laws of her tribe, the Anmatjere people.”

See more about 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

* GOVERNMENT USES ABORIGINAL MINING ROYALTIES TO PAY FOR LEASES ON ABORIGINAL LAND:

– News

ABC: Government caned for spending Indigenous mining royalties
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-07-12/government-caned-for-spending-indigenous-mining/2791514
12 Jul 11: “Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda has
described Federal Government use of the Aboriginal Benefits
Account (ABA) to pay for long-term leases on Aboriginal
land as “outrageous”. … “They are required to pay just
compensation but they are paying it out of the Aboriginal
Benefits Account, which is actually Aboriginal money. It’s
like Darwin Council assuming someone’s land and deciding to
pay them compensation by raiding their own bank accounts.”
[Mr Gooda said]”

* THE FIGHT TO STOP THE JAMES PRICE POINT GAS HUB:

– Event

Sun 17 July 2011: Broome, WA
Broome families community event to save the Kimberley
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/blog/
Event details: http://handsoffcountry.blogspot.com/
Save the Kimberley info: http://www.savethekimberley.com/
Broome NO GAS: http://www.kimberleypage.com.au/tag/broome/

– Update on protest camp

Save the Kimberley: Protest camp at James Price Point in
the Kimberley to stop the Gas Hub – update week 5
http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/2011/07/09/protest-camp-at-james-price-point-in-the-kimberley-to-stop-the-gas-hub-update-week-5/
6-13 Jul 11: “What a week. The events of Tuesday the 5th of
June will not be forgotten. The way in which over 80 police
took a long and disturbing day to literally push the
protest blockade out of the way has left a strong
impression on all involved. The blockade had stood for 30
days, peaceful and resolute. So many stories have emerged
from this historical day, this page will touch on a few but
there are many more to come.. “
[Includes photos and videos.]

Indymedia Australia: Save the Kimberly’s blockade update:
police violence and 25 arrests
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/07/09/save-the-kimberlys-blockade-update-police-violence-and-25-arrests
9 Jul 11: “Before first light the police arrived in force.
There have been 25 arrests today. Around 100 campers were
woken by police. At least 70 Police ahead of a huge convoy
of Browse Joint Venture vehicles including bulldozers and
other heavy machinery approached the camp. In the pre-dawn
7 Police cars were at first held up. After some discussion
the police vehicles were allowed through – just like all
tourists and local vehicles have been for 30 days (without
the friendly wave and well wishes that were customary). … “
[Includes photos and video.]

– Audio Interview

The Wire:
Native Title Indigenous lobby against Woodside continue
[scroll down page] http://www.thewire.org.au/daydetail.aspx?SearchDay=2011-07-12
12 Jul 11: “Two Traditional owners from the Kimberley in
Western Australia have travelled to Sydney to call for a
halt to Woodside’s gas operations North of Broome. Woodside
LNG Petroleum has resumed land clearing, following the
arrest of 25 protesters including Indigenous elders, last
week. One of the elders, Kerrianne Cox, has told a forum in
Sydney that the debate needs to move beyond Native Title.
She says they will meet with many other Indigenous clans in
Byron Bay to discuss their calls for a new era of
Aboriginal land rights. Interviews with leading Traditional
land owners Neil Mckenzie and Kerrianne Cox.”

See:

Traditional Land Owner Kerrianne Cox: http://www.kerriannecox.com/

Kimberleys Traditional land owner Neil Mckenzie: http://www.kimberleypage.com.au/2010/05/opinion-neil-mckenzi

– Analysis / Opinion

Indigenous Peoples: Western Australia:
SOS To All Aboriginal Communities Of Our Land
– James Price Point
http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11320:western-australia-sos-to-all-aboriginal-communities-of-our-land-james-price-point&catid=54:australia-indigenous-peoples&Itemid=76
12 Jul 11: “You are being asked now to Stand and Save and
fight against the Destruction of your Culture by supporting
everyone who stands up to the WA Barnett Government which
is about to be destroying our Culture, the Whale Dreaming
and all our Sites at James Price Point, north of Broome.
You must support. This is another Noonkanbah. … You must
turn against State and Federal Governments and tell them to
go away when they, State and Federal Governments in company
with mining companies approach you to make deals to sell
your Culture and your Spiritual Beliefs and go against other
Aboriginal People, and the Aboriginal Nation of People as a
whole.” Nyungar Elders of the Swan River People – Native
Title Applicants (Albert Corunna and Others on behalf of
the Swan River People – WAD 24 of 2011)

Green Left: Save Kimberley campaign at critical point
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/48106
9 Jul 11: “The fight to stop the James Price Point gas hub
in the Kimberly in Western Australia’s north reached a
critical point on July 4 as police arrested dozens of
people. The arrests were an attempt to break the spirit of
the community protesters who have blockaded the site for a
month. … The campaigners and arrestees include local
Aboriginal people defending their country. This
heavy-handed action by police took place in the week of
the National Aboriginal and Islander Day of Commemoration.
It shows how little regard Woodside and the state
government have for Aboriginal rights.” Alex Bainbridge

See:

WGAR News: Kimberley gas plant protest and blockade (28 Jun 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/28/wgar-news-kimberley-gas-plant-protest-and-blockade-sydney-anti-nuclear-rally-29-june-2011

WGAR News: 25 protesters arrested at James Price Point blockade; Petition handed to Minister (9 Jul 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/07/09/wgar-news-25-protesters-arrested-at-james-price-point-blockade-petition-handed-to-ministe

– Related News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Tony Burke may visit Kimberley gas hub site
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5969:tony-burke-may-visit-kimberley-gas-hub-site&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=65
14 Jul 11: “An anti-gas hub group says federal environment
minister Tony Burke has indicated he is open to visiting
the site of Woodside’s proposed gas precinct, in Western
Australia’s Kimberly region. A delegation travelled to
Canberra to present Mr Burke with a 3,000-signature
petition to reject the proposed gas hub at James Price
Point.”

Koori Mail: Gas deal praised
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
13 Jul 11: “AGREEMENT on a $30 billion Kimberley gas hub
is ‘the most significant act of self-determination by
Aboriginal people in Australian history’, West Australian
Premier Colin Barnett says. The agreement between
traditional owners, Woodside Petroleum and the WA
Government was signed at State Parliament on 30 June. The
deal with the Goolarabooloo Jabirr Jabirr people on a
liquefied natural gas (LNG) precinct at James Price Point
north of Broome includes $1.5 billion in benefits for
Indigenous communities over 30 years.”

* OTHER NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– News

Shanghai Daily: Angry indigenous leaders call to end
federal intervention in Northern Territory of Australia
http://www.shanghaidaily.com/article/article_xinhua.asp?id=2876
13 Jul 11: “CANBERRA, July 13 (Xinhua) — People in the
remote Arnhem Land community of Maningrida in Northern
Territory of Australia, on Wednesday said they want the
federal intervention in the Northern Territory scrapped
immediately. … In a move to consult indigenous
communities about the Stronger Futures in the Northern
Territory proposal to replace the current federal
intervention when it expires, Federal Indigenous Affairs
Minister Jenny Macklin met with angry locals at a meeting
in Maningrida.”

ABC: Angry calls to end federal intervention
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-07-13/macklin-tour/2793066
13 Jul 11: “People in the remote Arnhem Land community of
Maningrida want the federal intervention in the Northern
Territory scrapped immediately. Angry locals confronted
Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin at a meeting in
the community, about 530 kilometres east of Darwin,
yesterday afternoon. The current arrangements for the
intervention expire next August. Ms Macklin says she is in
the process of deciding what to do with the policy. Angry
people confronted senior government officials during the
Maningrida meeting.”

Koori Mail: NTER consultations roll on
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
13 Jul 11: “Consultations over the future of the Northern
Territory Intervention continued yesterday with a phalanx
of politicians descending on the community of Maningrida.
About 200 people gave Federal Ministers Jenny Macklin and
Warren Snowdon, Territory Minister Malarndirri McCarthy and
local member Marion Scrymgour a mixed response. Many were
unhappy with the short notice and short nature of the
meeting. Traditional owner Reggie Wurridgal said the
Intervention was like ‘a bomb’ being dropped on Aboriginal
communities. The Ministers head to Groote Eylandt and
Ngukurr today.”

Koori Mail: Govt Intervention review draws fire
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
13 Jul 11: “THE Federal Government has started its promised
six-week consultation with Aboriginal communities about a
‘new way forward’ for the Northern Territory Intervention.
Consultations kicked off in Tennant Creek on 28 June and
are taking place in prescribed communities throughout the
NT.”

– Audio Interview

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane
Let’s Talk – Indigenous presented talkback:
http://989fm.com.au/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29
12 Jul 11: “Paddy Gibson: Tiga Bayles spoke with Aboriginal
rights activist, co-editor of Solidarity magazine and a
researcher with Jumbunna Indigenous Centre at the
University of Technology in Sydney, Paddy Gibson.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasting/audio/98fm-podcast-2011-07-12-73809.mp3
[Includes discussion of the NT Intervention.]

See:

Jumbunna: “Rebuilding from the Ground Up”
Alternatives to the Northern Territory Intervention
http://www.jumbunna.uts.edu.au/researchareas/alternatives.html

Stop the Intervention: Alternatives to the Intervention
http://stoptheintervention.org/alternatives-to-the-intervention

Solidarity Online: http://www.solidarity.net.au/

– Audio Interview

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane
Let’s Talk – Indigenous presented talkback:
http://989fm.com.au/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29
6 Jul 11: “Professor Jon Altman: Tiga Bayles spoke with
Professor Jon Altman from the Centre for Aboriginal
Economic Policy Research (CAEPR).”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasting/audio/98fm-podcast-2011-07-06-95667.mp3
[Includes discussion of the NT Intervention.]

See:

Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR): http://caepr.anu.edu.au/

‘concerned Australians’: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/

– Audio Interviews

SBS Audio and Language: Aboriginal:
Former Prime Minister Blasts Intervention
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/178037/t/Former-Prime-Minister-Blasts-Intervention/in/english
13 Jul 11: “Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser
says new government consultations in the Northern Territory
are flawed and secretive. Three eminent Australians have
accused the Fedral Government’s new round of consultations
in the Northern Territory of being flawed, secretive and
carried out in a hurry. Former Prime MInister Malcolm
Fraser, Former Chief Justice of the Family Court of
Australia Alistair Nicholson and former Aboriginal Affairs
Minister Ian Viner have written an open letter to
Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin outlining their
concerns and demanding answers. … ” Michelle Lovegrove

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Malcolm Fraser critical of Intervention audit
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5962:malcom-fraser-open-letter&catid=3:features&Itemid=112
“Former Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser and other
prominent Australians from the ‘Concerned Australians’
group, have signed an open letter to the federal government
outlining their concerns with the current round of
community consultation over the NT Intervention. … Mr
Fraser spoke to the Patrick Pollock from the National
Indigenous Radio Service”

See:

Open Letter To Hon. Jenny Macklin MP
By Rt Hon Malcolm Fraser AC CH GCL, Hon Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC and Hon Ian Viner AO QC (4 Jul 11)
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/consultations-mid-2011/letter-from-fraser-nicholson-viner-to-macklin

Press Release re “Stronger Futures”
By Rt Hon Malcolm Fraser AC CH GCL, former Prime Minister of Australia (27 Jun 11)
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/MR-Malcolm-Fraser-27-6-11.pdf

– Audio Interview

ABC Sunday Nights: Archbishop Freier on the NT Intervention
http://www.abc.net.au/sundaynights/stories/s3265998.htm?site=canberra
11 Jul 11: “Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne Phillip Freier
about his comments this week regarding the government’s
indigenous intervention strategy.”

See:

Media Release: Government move on NT Intervention may cause further grief, Archbishop Freier warns (29 Jun 11)
http://www.melbourne.anglican.com.au/NewsAndViews/Pages/Government-move-on-NT-Intervention-may-cause-further-grief,-Archbishop-Freier-warns-000132.aspx

Media Release: Decision to include interpreters in Northern Territory consultations welcome, but concerns remain (5 Jul 11)
http://www.melbourne.anglican.com.au/NewsAndViews/Pages/DECISION-TO-INCLUDE-INTERPRETERS-IN-NORTHERN-TERRITORY-CONSULTATIONS-WELCOME,-BUT-CONCERNS-REMAIN-000136.aspx

– Media Release

Jenny Macklin, Warren Snowdon and Malarndirri McCarthy:
Consultations continue on building stronger futures
http://www.jennymacklin.fahcsia.gov.au/mediareleases/2011/pages/consultations_building_stronger_future_12072011.aspx
12 Jul 11: “The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny
Macklin, and the Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren
Snowdon, travelled to Maningrida today for a community
meeting to discuss the next steps in building stronger
futures for Indigenous people in the Northern Territory.
Ms Macklin and Mr Snowdon were accompanied to Maningrida,
350km east of Darwin, by the Northern Territory’s Minister
for Indigenous Development, Malarndirri McCarthy.
Tomorrow, the group will visit Angurugu on Groote Eylandt,
and Ngukurr, some 500km south-east of Darwin, for further
community meetings.
The visits are part of a six-week consultation process that
includes one-on-one and community meetings with Indigenous
people in remote communities, regional centres and town
camps across the Northern Territory.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Creative Spirits:
Northern Territory Emergence Response (NTER)
– “The Intervention”:
http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/politics/northern-territory-intervention.html

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Northern Territory National Emergency Response:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Territory_intervention

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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:

– Film Finalist

Uranium Film Festival 2011 Report MUCKATY VOICES
http://www.uraniumfilmfestival.org/URANIUM_FILM_FESTIVAL_2011_REPORT_English_Low_Resolution.pdf
“Muckaty Voices is a short film capturing Aboriginal
community resistance to an Australian government plan to
dump low and long lived intermediate level radio-active
waste at Muckaty Station, 120km north of Tennant Creek in
the Northern Territory. The government’s push for Muckaty
has sparked widespread criticism from the targeted
community, trade unions, national health and environment
groups and Indigenous organisations. A federal court
challenge has been launched to contest the Muckaty
nomination. The film presents the country and community
affected by this proposal.
Muckaty Voices, Australia, 2010, 10 min,
Director: Natalie Wasley.
The film was produced for the Muckaty Traditional Owners
by Enlightning Productions, with support of Beyond Nuclear
Initiative: www.beyondnuclearinitiative.com

See:

International Uranium Film Festival Rio de Janeiro:
http://www.uraniumfilmfestival.org/

Muckaty Voices – Australia’s nuclear waste dump story:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcuNpT84Ovo

– Analysis / Opinion

ABC The Drum Opinion: An out of sight, out of mind approach
to nuclear waste management
http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/2791570.html
12 Jul 11: “The unassuming town of Tennant Creek hugs the
Stuart Highway 500 kilometres north of Alice Springs in the
Northern Territory. It is the principal service town of the
Barkly, a region the size of the UK that is home to a
smattering of gold, manganese and other mines, some of the
world’s biggest cattle stations and – if Federal Resources
Minister Martin Ferguson gets his way – Australia’s first
national radioactive waste dump. And, like the waste itself,
the politics of how to manage radioactive waste are getting
hotter and dirtier.” Dave Sweeney

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

Canberra Times Editorial:
Flying the flag for reignited indigenous debate
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/opinion/editorial/general/flying-the-flag-for-reignited-Indigenous-debate/2220396.aspx?storypage=0
8 Jul 11: “It will be 40 years on Tuesday since the
National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee
first flew the distinctive black, red and yellow Aboriginal
flag. Six months later in January 1972 the flag gained a
more official status when it was hoisted above the newly
established Aboriginal tent embassy in Canberra. The flag’s
designer, Harold Thomas, says he wanted the flag to
symbolise ”the struggle”. It was primarily about the
struggle for Aboriginal land rights but has become about
much more. So, what’s left of the struggle four decades
later?” Toni Hassan


09/07/2011 25 protesters arrested at James Price Point blockade; Petition handed to Minister

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 10/07/2011 by D

Contents:
* 25 protesters arrested at James Price Point blockade
* Kimberley Gas hub petition handed to Minister
* Film Reviews: Our Generation
* Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention

* 25 PROTESTERS ARRESTED AT JAMES PRICE POINT BLOCKADE:

– Protest and blockade updates

Save the Kimberley: Police attempt to break blockade – update Day 30
http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/2011/07/05/police-attempt-to-break-blockade-update-day-30/
5 Jul 11: “Before first light the police arrived in force.
There have been 25 arrests today. Around 100 campers were
woken by police. At least 70 Police ahead of a huge convoy
of Browse Joint Venture vehicles including bulldozers and
other heavy machinery approached the camp. … “
[Includes photos and videos.]

See: Save the Kimberley Blog: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/blog/

– Audio

The Wire:
Struggle continues in the Kimberley as Woodside breaks blockade
[scroll down page] http://www.thewire.org.au/daydetail.aspx?SearchDay=2011-07-07
7 Jul 11: “Traditional owners recently agreed to one point
five billion dollar settlement to hand the land over to
development, but not all local Aboriginal groups agree with
the deal. After thirty days of protest, the blockade of
James Price Point in the Kimberley has been broken by
police and Woodside workers have begun clearing the site in
preparation for what will be the largest gas hub
development in the country. The Wire’s Chris Brunner caught
up with singer, songwriter and Aboriginal activist in the
Kimberley, KERRI ANNE COX in our Adelaide Studios… “

SBS Audio and Language: Aboriginal:
The Pain Of A Community As the Bulldozers Roll In
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/177265/t/The-Pain-Of-A-Community-As-the-Bulldozers-Roll-In/in/english
6 Jul 11: “Gas Hub Arrests. The blockade of the proposed
site of the gas hub at James Price Point in the Kimberley
is over. W-A police forced a series of vehicles through
the protesters and at least 25 people, including
traditional owners, have been arrested. Many of the police
officers were flown in from Broome to break up the
blockade, which lasted for four weeks. … 69-year-old
Jabbir Jabbir traditional owner, Kay Mckenzie, spoke with
WA Correspondent, Jennifer Curtis, during the big push
through the blockade.” Michelle Lovegrove

SBS Audio and Language: Aboriginal: Land clearing, arrests
and removal from country on NAIDOC Week 2011
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/177263/t/Land-clearing-arrests-and-removal-from-country-on-NAIDOC-Week-2011/in/english
6 Jul 11: “Gas Hub Arrests and a Sustainable Community. How
sustainble will Kimberley communities remain, if the
proposed gas hub at James Price Point becomes a reality?
That’s one of the questions being asked of the Federal
Government, following the arrests of more than 25 people
blockading bulldozers from land clearing. … Greens
spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Issues Rachel Siewert has told Michelle Lovegrove – both
the WA and Federal Governments are refusing to answer
questions.” Michelle Lovegrove

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 06-07-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-06-07-2011
6 Jul 11: “Aboriginal people fighting against a planned gas
hub in Western Australia’s Kimberley region have vowed to
step up protests despite the riot squad making a dozen
arrests at a blockade.”

The Wire:
Police arrest – protesters at Kimberly Woodside gas site
[scroll down page] http://www.thewire.org.au/daydetail.aspx?SearchDay=2011-07-05
5 Jul 11: “Protesters against a controversial gas hub site
in the Kimberley were dispersed by police today. Woodside
Petroleum is the main company behind the proposed
operations for liquefied natural gas. They’ve been met with
fierce resistance from the locals – who’ve been blocking
the site for 30 days. A stand off between police and
activists at James Price Point led to 10 people being
arrested. Those removed from the site reportedly included
an elderly Indigenous woman who was forcibly carried away
in her wheelchair. Interview with Nik Wevers from the
Broome NO GAS community group.”

ABC Kimberley: Protesters arrested on the road to James
Price Point for blocking Woodside workers
http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2011/07/05/3261383.htm
5 Jul 11: “The day many have expected for years has come
when police removed Aboriginal traditional owners from the
road for blocking Woodside bulldozers. It’s the culmination
of a four week standoff between police, protesters and
Woodside Petroleum over preparations for a gas processing
plant 60 kilometres north of Broome at James Price Point.
The softly softly approach of Western Australia Police
towards protesters opposing a gas processing precinct north
of Broome is over.”

– Media Release

Rachel Siewert: JPP arrests a ‘sad reflection’ on WA – Greens
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/jpp-arrests-sad-reflection-wa-greens
5 Jul 11: “The Australian Greens said today the arrest and
forcible removal of protesters from James Price Point is an
indictment on the process being undertaken to develop a LNG
hub in the area.
WA Senators Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam have today
called for the Environment Minister to put a stop to any
land clearing at James Price Point until heritage and
environmental assessments have been completed.
“Aboriginal people have been arrested while protesting in
protection of their land during NAIDOC Week. This is a sad
reflection on Western Australia,” Senator Siewert,
Australian Greens spokesperson on the Kimberley and
Aboriginal Issues said today.”

– Video

Perth Now: Police riot squad corners Kimberley gas hub
protesters, 11 arrested
http://www.perthnow.com.au/business/police-riot-squad-corners-kimberley-gas-hub-protestors/story-e6frg2r3-1226087854178
5 Jul 11: “AT least a dozen people have been arrested at
James Price Point today as police moved on a group of
protesters blocking access to the road to the proposed gas
hub. … “Woodside respects the right of people to protest
and express their views in a peaceful and lawful manner,”
he [Woodside Broome operations vice-president Niegel Grazia]
said. “However, the threatening, offensive and intimidating
behaviour that some of our contractors and Indigenous
workers have been subjected to over recent months is
unacceptable.” The Wilderness Society denied allegations
protesters were being aggressive.”

The West: Police break up gas hub protest
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/wa/9783889/police-break-up-gas-hub-protest/
5 Jul 11: “A month-long protest that stopped workers from
beginning work at the site of the $30b gas hub at James
Price Point has been broken up by police. Raucous yells of
“shame” were drowned out yesterday afternoon by the revving
of a huge bulldozer, loader and several unmarked 4WDs as
they finally pushed their way through protesters who had
blocked the road to the site. The blockade ended yesterday
around 4pm after riot police dispersed the protesters,
allowing the convoy safe passage along Manari Road.”

Hands off Country: Police Heavy Handedness
http://handsoffcountry.blogspot.com/
5 Jul 11: “Witness the barbaric violence that was dished
out to one of our community leaders, and respected elder-
Mr David Dureau. The young man in this picture- David’s son
Froggy- is protecting his fathers life. He is now facing
charges for resisting arrest and assaulting police.”

– News

The West: Son’s anger over dad’s treatment at protest
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/wa/9805655/sons-anger-over-dads-treatment-at-protest/
8 Jul 11: “A Broome man says he will complain to police
about the use of excessive force after being arrested and
injured when he rushed to help his elderly father who fell
in the path of a front-end loader during the protest on the
road to James Price Point.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Gas hub blockade continues
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5961:gas-hub-blockade-continues&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=65
7 Jul 11: “Police have warned that the dramatic protest
blockade at James Price Point over a likely $30 billion gas
hub could run into days or weeks. Dozens were arrested
today as authorities moved on protesters obstructing access
to the proposed gas hub about 60km north or Broome.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Barnett defends police at Kimberley protest
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5952:barnett-defends-police-at-kimberley-protest&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=65
7 Jul 11: “Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett has
defended the way police dealt with protesters at a site for
a proposed gas hub near Broome, amid claims officers used
excessive force. Police burst through a protest road
blockade to give Woodside Petroleum contractors to the
James Price Point site in the Kimberley.”

The Telegraph: WA police move on gas hub protest
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/wa-police-move-on-gas-hub-protest/story-e6freuyi-1226088176446
5 Jul 11: “POLICE have arrested and removed 12 protesters
from a blockade of a proposed gas hub site at James Price
Point in the Kimberley. Dozens of WA Police officers moved
on the road blockade early this morning and began removing
people sitting on the road and taking them to police
vehicles. Protesters have maintained the road blockade,
about 60km north of Broome, for a month, preventing
Woodside Petroleum contractors from accessing the site to
carry out geotechnical studies.”

WA Today: Protesters stand firm amid arrests at gas hub site
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/protesters-stand-firm-amid-arrests-at-gas-hub-site-20110705-1gzue.html
5 Jul 11: “Protesters who have maintained a blockade for
weeks outside the entrance to the James Price Point gas hub
have been arrested by police this morning. Dozens of
members of the Save The Kimberley group have been blocking
the access road to Woodside’s property for 29 days, and
yesterday started preparing for the situation to ramp up as
riot police arrived in Broome. More than 150 protesters
flocked to the site early this morning, joining about 60
who have remained there for days.”

West Australian: Gas protesters defiant as deal signed
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/business/a/-/business/9760024/gas-protesters-defiant-as-deal-signed/
30 Jun 11: “The proposed $30 billion gas processing
precinct at James Price point is a step closer after
traditional owners, the State Government and Woodside
finalised a heads of agreement to secure access to land
this morning. … But protesters were defiant this morning,
calling on Aboriginal people around the country to “fight
to the death” to protect the land and pledging to blockade
the site for as long as it took.”

See:

WGAR News: Kimberley gas plant protest and blockade (28 Jun 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/28/wgar-news-kimberley-gas-plant-protest-and-blockade-sydney-anti-nuclear-rally-29-june-2011

* KIMBERLEY GAS HUB PETITION HANDED TO MINISTER:

– News

The West: Aboriginals take fight to Canberra
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/wa/9790898/aboriginals-take-fight-to-canberra/
6 Jul 11: “Broome Aboriginals have taken their opposition
to the James Price Point gas hub direct to Canberra,
yesterday challenging Federal Environment Minister Tony
Burke to visit the Kimberley and see the depth of community
opposition. They condemned the arrest of protesters as they
presented Mr Burke with a petition of 2000 signatures
collected in just three weeks, urging rejection of the
project.”

Koori Mail: Gas hub petition handed to Minister
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
6 Jul 11: “OPPONENTS of an LNG gas hub proposed for James
Price Point, north of Broome, have handed a 3000-signature
petition to Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke in
Canberra. The Kimberley Land Council, WA Government and
developer Woodside last week signed an agreement ensuring
access to land for the development, which Minister Burke has
yet to give environmental approval for. However, a member of
the group that met with Mr Burke yesterday says he has
promised to visit the Kimberley soon and consult widely with
local Aboriginal people.”

– Audio

ABC Kimberley: Woodside talk in Broome while community
activists take their message to Canberra
http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2011/07/04/3260514.htm?site=kimberley
4 Jul 11: “The fight over Kimberley gas continues as
Woodside talks about their plans in Broome and community
activists take their ‘no gas’ message to Canberra. Both
sides claim there has been misinformation as well as
misrepresentation of the truth. ABC Kimberley delivers the
information and allows you to decide.”

See:

Kimberley gas plant threatens Aboriginal culture (22 Jun 11)
http://ccr.uws.edu.au/2011/06/22/kimberley-gas-plant-threatens-aboriginal-culture-join-the-discussion/

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

* FILM REVIEWS: OUR GENERATION

– Film Reviews

Elimatta:
Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
Our Generation – Showing in London – page 8
http://www.asgmwp.net/ElimattaWinter2011.pdf
Winter 2011: “The Intervention is yet another example of
the appalling treatment the Aboriginal People of Australia
have been subjected to in such a short period of time
compared to thousands of years of survival. Sinem Saban and
Rev. Dr Gondarra supported by the Yolngu people and
cinematographer, Damien Curtis, have created a sensitive
and realistic view of the plight of those who wish to live
a more traditional life in their homelands and of those who
appear to be dispossessed.” Christine Waterer

Elimatta:
Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
ASG Information Night: Our Generation – page 6
http://www.asgmwp.net/ElimattaSummer2010.pdf
Summer 2010: “Local resident and journalist, Jeff McMullen
introduced “Our Generation”, the film by Sinem Saban and
Damien Curtis which we were there to see. The film explored
in depth the Federal Government Intervention into
Aboriginal Communities in the Northern Territory. Jeff had
told us that the film’s producers were not having any
success in having the film shown on government or
commercial media outlets and they were having to screen it
in local community halls to show the community at large
just what was involved in the Intervention. It is basically
a war on Aboriginal culture. The dispossession of the
Aboriginal people is simply continuing in a new guise.”
Carol Gerrard

See:

Our Generation: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/

Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater: http://www.asgmwp.net/index.htm

– About the Film

About Our Generation
http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
“IN BRIEF
OUR GENERATION is a powerful and upfront documentary on the
Australian Aboriginal struggle for their land, culture and
freedom – a story that has been silenced by the Australian
Government and mainstream media. Driven by the remote
Yolngu of Northeast Arnhem Land, one of the last
strongholds of traditional Aboriginal culture in Australia,
as well as the voices of national indigenous leaders,
historians and human rights activists, the film explores
the ongoing clash of cultures that is threatening to wipe
out the oldest continuing culture in the world. With music
by John Butler Trio, Yothu Yindi, Xavier Rudd, Gurrumul,
Archie Roach, Goanna, Saltwater Band and more. … “
[Click on above link to read more about the film.]

– Upcoming Screenings

Our Generation Events
http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/

* NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– Audio Interview

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Malcolm Fraser critical of Intervention audit
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5962:malcom-fraser-open-letter&catid=3:features&Itemid=112
“Former Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser and other
prominent Australians from the ‘Concerned Australians’
group, have signed an open letter to the federal government
outlining their concerns with the current round of
community consultation over the NT Intervention. … Mr
Fraser spoke to the Patrick Pollock from the National
Indigenous Radio Service”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 07-07-11
http://caama.com.au/caama-news-7-07-11
7 Jul 11: “Central Australian Aboriginal leader David Ross
has used this years NAIDOC address to urge his people to
make use of the governments consultation process.”

See:

Stop the Intervention: Consultations 2011
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/consultations-mid-2011

‘concerned Australians’: New round of consultations 2011
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/

Our Generation: Aboriginal leaders respond to “next intervention”
http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/press/

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

WGAR News: More reactions to Government discussion paper and consultations (29 Jun 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/28/wgar-news-kimberley-gas-plant-protest-and-blockade-sydney-anti-nuclear-rally-29-june-2011

WGAR News: New round of Government consultations in the NT over the Intervention (1 Jul 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/07/01/wgar-news-new-round-of-government-consultations-in-the-nt-over-the-intervention

WGAR News: Interviews with Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra about the Government’s consultation process (6 Jul 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/07/06/wgar-news-interviews-with-rev-dr-djiniyini-gondarra-about-the-government%E2%80%99s-consultation-p

– Analysis / Opinion

Treaty Republic:
ABC’s ‘The Spirit of Things’ in Missionary Position
http://treatyrepublic.net/content/abcs-spirit-things-missionary-position
“ABC’s Rachael Khon interviewed Bess Price and her husband
on this weeks program, ‘The Spirit of Things’. It was a one
sided affair with Bess’s husband Dave having plenty of
input regarding his contempt towards Indigenous activists
and what he believes is needed for Indigenous people in the
Northern Territory. His approach reminds us of christian
missionary visions from the past – or perhaps our current
government and its opposition.” Bruce Skewes, Treaty Republic

See:

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

– Analysis / Opinion

Socialist Alternative: Screwing over the vulnerable
http://www.sa.org.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=6968:screwing-over-the-vulnerable&Itemid=393
7 Jul 11: “One of the most alarming measures introduced in
the last federal budget, and one that largely escaped
scrutiny, was the planned expansion of welfare quarantining
to 5 areas around the country. … If there is one lesson
to learn from the austerity measures being unleashed in
those areas, it is that the rights we have today, like a
welfare system and decent conditions at work, will be
sacrificed the second that the Australian ruling class
demands it. We need to stand against every attack, on any
section of the population, … ” Dean Maloney

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Creative Spirits:
Northern Territory Emergence Response (NTER)
– “The Intervention”:
http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/politics/northern-territory-intervention.html

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Northern Territory National Emergency Response:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Territory_intervention

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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/


06/07/2011 Interviews with Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra about the Government’s consultation process

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 07/07/2011 by D

Contents:
* Interviews with Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra about the
Government’s consultation process
* New round of consultations in the NT over the intervention
* Petition to Jenny Macklin:
A Fair Go for Aboriginal People in the NT
* Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia – 17 events
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles

* INTERVIEWS WITH REV DR DJINIYINI GONDARRA ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT’S CONSULTATION PROCESS:

– The Audio Interviews

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra voices concerns on Government’s
consultation process
http://caama.com.au/rev-dr-djiniyini-gondarra-voices-concerns-on-government%E2%80%99s-consultation-process
4 Jul 11: “Adding his voice to the many across the country
expressing concern about the Gillard Labor Government’s
consultation processes, Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra speaks to
Paul Wiles on Strong Voices. Dr Gondarra, along with other
elders in the top end, is concerned that the consultation
process was started too soon after Government’s
announcement, and the release of the discussion paper which
forms the basis of the talks.”

PAW Media: Rev Dr Gondarra interview with Harry Nelson
http://www.pawmedia.com.au/library/rev-dr-gondarra-interview-with-harry-nelson-684
27 Jun 11: “Yuendumu resident Harry Nelson and Rev Dr
Djiniyini Gondarra discuss Rev Dr Gondarra’s official
response to the Federal government’s announcement of a
second Intervention in the Northern Territory. Rev Dr
Gondarra is a senior Dhurili Clan leader of the Yolngu
peoples of Northeast Arnhem Land.”

– Media Release

Response to the Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s announcement
of a Second Intervention in the Northern Territory
By Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM
‘concerned Australians’: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/MR-Dr-Djiniyini-Gondarra-Resp-26-6-11.pdf
STICS: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/consultations-mid-2011/MR-by-Rev-Dr-Djiniyini-Gondarra-OAM-Jun-2011
Our Generation: [download document] http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Djiniyini-Response-to-Prime-Minister.doc
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.
Future negotiations will rely upon: …
[click in above link to the read five points made]”

See:

Our Generation: Aboriginal leaders respond to “next intervention” (June 11)
http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/2011/06/aboriginal-leaders-respond-to-next-intervention/

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

WGAR News: More reactions to Government discussion paper and consultations (29 Jun 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/28/wgar-news-kimberley-gas-plant-protest-and-blockade-sydney-anti-nuclear-rally-29-june-2011

WGAR News: New round of Government consultations in the NT over the Intervention (1 Jul 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/07/01/wgar-news-new-round-of-government-consultations-in-the-nt-over-the-intervention

See more about Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM

Message from a Traditional Owner of Elcho Island, North East Arnhem Land (8 Mar 09)
By Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra OAM
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/your-voice/dr-djiniyini-gondarra-oam

WGAR News: Aboriginal elder raises international awareness of the NT Intervention (14 May 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/14/wgar-news-aboriginal-elder-raises-international-awareness-of-the-nt-intervention

WGAR News: Global call to action for Aboriginal rights in Australia (17 May 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/17/wgar-news-global-call-to-action-for-aboriginal-rights-in-australia

Dhurili Nation considers court action, while Prime Minister celebrates historic agreement in Gove Peninsula, NT (7 Jun 11)
By Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra, OAM (on behalf of the Dhurili Nation)
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/your-voice/dr-djiniyini-gondarra-oam/7-jun-2011

WGAR News: NT traditional land owners claim they were not consulted about mining deal (11 Jun 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/11/wgar-news-nt-traditional-land-owners-claim-they-were-not-consulted-about-mining-deal

* NEW ROUND OF CONSULTATIONS IN THE NT OVER THE INTERVENTION:

– Letter

Open Letter To Hon. Jenny Macklin MP
By Rt Hon Malcolm Fraser AC CH GCL, Hon Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC and Hon Ian Viner AO QC
STICS: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/consultations-mid-2011/letter-from-fraser-nicholson-viner-to-macklin
Indigenous Peoples: http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11229:northern-territory-open-letter-to-hon-jenny-macklin-mp-concerning-consultation-on-nt-intervention&catid=54:australia-indigenous-peoples&Itemid=76
4 Jul 11: “As to the consultations, it is also now clear
that not only are they are being conducted in haste but
without proper consideration. If, as in the past, the
consultations are carried out by public servants according
to a rote process that is not properly recorded and without
the aid of suitable interpreters, such consultations will
be utterly flawed as were the previous ones.
We also think it is extremely important that they be
observed by an independent source and not from contracted
consultants as occurred in 2009. The UN should be involved
for this purpose and we strongly suggest this option be
explored. Failing this it is essential that observers are
entirely independent of Government and in no way
financially dependent on it.”
[Click on above link to read many more points made.]

– Media Release

Decision to include interpreters in Northern Territory
consultations welcome, but concerns remain
http://www.melbourne.anglican.com.au/NewsAndViews/Pages/DECISION-TO-INCLUDE-INTERPRETERS-IN-NORTHERN-TERRITORY-CONSULTATIONS-WELCOME,-BUT-CONCERNS-REMAIN-000136.aspx
5 Jul 11: “Dr Philip Freier, the Anglican Archbishop of
Melbourne, has today welcomed the decision by the Hon.
Jenny Macklin, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, to include
interpreters in the Northern Territory consultations over
the Intervention and the discussion paper ‘Stronger Futures
in the Northern Territory.’ …
He added: “At the same time I reiterate my concern that as
the discussion paper ‘Stronger Futures in the Northern
Territory’ has only been published in English, this will be
a barrier to understanding and genuine consultation for
many Indigenous Australians.
“I therefore urge the Government to make available a summary
of the paper’s key points in Indigenous languages.””

– Analysis / Opinion

The Conversation: The Intervention:
Government’s refusal to consult damages community relations
http://theconversation.edu.au/the-intervention-governments-refusal-to-consult-damages-community-relations-2172
5 Jul 11: “The federal government’s consultation process on
the next phase of the “Intervention’ in the Northern
Territory is excluding those to whom it matters most:
Indigenous communities. … Nearly two weeks ago Macklin
released a discussion paper titled “Stronger Futures in the
Northern Territory” allegedly written to inform the
consultation process. What a shame, then that the timing of
the consultation process and the release of the paper
repeats past mistakes that have undermined Indigenous
confidence in government policy making.” Sarah Maddison

WA Today:
Latest chapter ignores the fatal flaw in Territory intervention
http://www.watoday.com.au/opinion/politics/latest-chapter-ignores-the-fatal-flaw-in-territory-intervention-20110704-1gyzn.html#ixzz1RCkiKdo8
4 Jul 11: “But consultation will not likely be enough. The
international evidence is compelling in showing that
listening to indigenous people is by itself insufficient to
bring about real change. This is the most important finding
of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic
Development. It has run hundreds of research studies over
more than two decades on what does and does not work in
Native American communities. Its most important finding is
that ”sovereignty matters”.” George Williams

– News

Tennant & District Times: Outspoken Indigenous activist
labels Intervention consultation a SHAM
http://tennantcreek.yourguide.com.au/news/local/news/general/outspoken-indigenous-activist-labels-intervention-consultation-a-sham/2212921.aspx
1 Jul 11: “INDIGENOUS Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin was
warned against using the plight of Indigenous Territorians
as a ‘photo opportunity’ at the first consultation into the
future of the Intervention. The President of the Barkly
Shire was close to tears as she begged the Federal Minister
to take the issues surrounding the talks seriously. Rosalie
Kunoth-Monks told the crowd of around 75 at the
consultation in Tennant Creek on Tuesday that she would
have to “try hard to believe” the Minister would listen to
peoples’ concerns.”

* PETITION TO JENNY MACKLIN: A FAIR GO FOR ABORIGINAL PEOPLE IN THE NT

Treaty Republic: Petition to Jenny Macklin
http://treatyrepublic.net/content/petition-jenny-macklin
“We encourage you to sign this letter-petition and also to
write to Minister Jenny Macklin and Julia Gillard MP
regarding the continuing injustice of the situation in the
Northern Territory.”

* UPCOMING ABORIGINAL RIGHTS EVENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA – 17 EVENTS:

Click on the links for details of the events …

Event: Ongoing: James Price Point, Kimberley, WA
Kimberley gas plant protest camp and blockade
Protest and blockade updates: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/blog/
Save the Kimberley info: http://www.savethekimberley.com/
Kimberley protest info: http://handsoffcountry.blogspot.com/
Broome NO GAS: http://www.kimberleypage.com.au/tag/broome/

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: 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: Wed 6 to Sun 10 July 2011: Albury, NSW
Conference: Students of Sustainability
Thu 7 July Programme includes:
* The fight against the Muckaty nuclear waste
* Fighting the Intervention
* The Campaign for James Price Point
* Fighting for Land Justice
* Film: Wiradjuri Forever: Lake Cowal
Students of Sustainability 2011: http://studentsofsustainability.org/
Programme: http://studentsofsustainability.org/wp-content/media/SOS-Programme.pdf

Event: Fri 8 July 2011: Carlton, Melbourne, Vic
Forum: Rebuilding from the ground up.
The grassroots alternative to the failed NT Intervention
Speakers: Valerie Martin (from Yuendumu)
& speakers from Indigenous communities affected by the Intervention
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/taxonomy/term/2663
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/forum-with-valerie-martin-from-yuendumu-and-chris-graham-editor-of-tracker

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: Mon 11 July 2011: Mona Vale, Sydney, NSW
Information Night: Aboriginal Support Group (ASG)
Manly Warringah Pittwater
Film: Murundak – songs of freedom
Event details: http://www.asgmwp.net/index.htm
Film details: http://murundakdocumentary.com/
Flyer: http://www.asgmwp.net/Muranduk%20information%20night.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/
Poster: http://www.asgmwp.net/avalon-OG.pdf

Event: Thu 28 July 2011: Carlton, Melbourne, Vic
Gary Foley speaks on the history of Aboriginal resistance
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/gary-foley-speaks-on-the-history-of-aboriginal-resistance

Event: Tue 9 August 2011: Adelaide, SA
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
With open panel discussion including:
Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra OAM
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: Thu 18 August – Sun 30 October 2011: Wiluna to Perth, WA
Walk Away from Uranium Mining
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/walk-away-from-uranium-mining
Event details: http://www.nuclearfreefuture.com/
Walk Schedule: http://footprints.footprintsforpeace.net/nffcampaign/upload/files/Wiluna_to_Perth_Walk_Schedule.pdf

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/

* OTHER NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– Audio

3 CR Community Radio 855 AM – Podcasts
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
Stick Together – 4 Jul 2011
4 Jul 11: “First up, Paddy Gibson, organiser with the Stop
the Intervention Collective in Sydney, on the current state
of indigenous workers rights in the Northern Territory. … “
Download this interview: http://podcast.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2011-07-03-37585.mp3

– Analysis / Opinion

Solidarity: Protests say: Alternative to Intervention needed
http://www.solidarity.net.au/36/protests-say-alternative-to-intervention-needed/
July 2011: “On June 21, hundreds of Aboriginal people and
supporters marched in the biggest Aboriginal rights
demonstration seen in Darwin since John Howard announced
the Intervention in 2007. The demonstration launched a
statement, Rebuilding from the Ground Up: An Alternative to
the Intervention. This eleven-point program was initiated
by the anti-Intervention campaign and endorsed by a
Prescribed Area Peoples’ Alliance meeting representing more
than 15 language groups on the day before the rally.”
Jean Parker and Paddy Gibson

See:

Jumbunna: “Rebuilding from the Ground Up”
Alternatives to the Northern Territory Intervention
http://www.jumbunna.uts.edu.au/researchareas/alternatives.html

Solidarity: ‘They should not be able to have that power over us’
http://www.solidarity.net.au/36/%E2%80%98they-should-not-be-able-to-have-that-power-over-us%E2%80%99/
July 2011: “Aunty Carol Carter from the Bankstown area
spoke to Solidarity about the decision to make it one of
the new trial sites for Income Management”

Solidarity: Bankstown says no to Income Management
http://www.solidarity.net.au/36/bankstown-says-no-to-income-management/
July 2011: “Local Aboriginal groups, migrant organisations
and community workers are coming together in Bankstown to
stand up against Income Management (IM), set to be
introduced in the Western Sydney suburb in July 2012. …
More than 60 people attended a Stop the Intervention
Collective Sydney (STICS) lunch time forum in Bankstown on
June 20 to hear about the hardship and discrimination
suffered by Aboriginal communities forced onto IM under the
Northern Territory Intervention.” Paddy Gibson

WSWS: Australia:
Labor’s “welfare quarantining” trials target unemployed
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/jul2011/welf-j01.shtml
1 Jul 11: “In May, the Labor government of Prime Minister
Julia Gillard announced a series of punitive measures
targeting the unemployed as part of its federal budget.
Alongside more onerous workforce “participation
requirements” for welfare recipients, trials are to
commence next year of compulsory income management, or
“welfare quarantining.” These measures will make life
increasingly unbearable for welfare recipients and force
them to accept whatever work is available, no matter how
insecure, temporary or low-paid.” Will Morrow

* 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/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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:

– Analysis / Opinion

The Guardian: The invasion of Australia
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jul/01/invasion-australia-forbidden-word-aboriginal
1 Jul 11: “The City of Sydney council has voted to replace
the words “European arrival” in the official record with
“invasion”. The deputy lord mayor, Marcelle Hoff, says it
is intellectually dishonest to use any other word to
describe how Aboriginal Australia was dispossessed by the
British. “We were invaded,” said Paul Morris, an Aboriginal
adviser to the council. “It is the truth and shouldn’t be
watered down. We wouldn’t expect Jewish people to accept a
watered-down version of the Holocaust, so why should we?””
John Pilger

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Tent Embassy Reunion!
http://caama.com.au/tent-embassy-reunion
30 Jun 11: “Down in Canberra a reunion of the original tent
embassy has taken place. Aboriginal rights campaigner Sam
Watson, an old friend of CAAMA attended the reunion. He
speaks to Paul Wiles on Strong Voices, to tell us all about
it and the history of the tent embassy.”

The Wire:
Police arrest – protesters at Kimberly Woodside gas site
[scroll down page] http://www.thewire.org.au/daydetail.aspx?SearchDay=2011-07-05
5 Jul 11: “Protesters against a controversial gas hub site
in the Kimberley were dispersed by police today. Woodside
Petroleum is the main company behind the proposed
operations for liquefied natural gas. They’ve been met with
fierce resistance from the locals – who’ve been blocking
the site for 30 days. A stand off between police and
activists at James Price Point led to 10 people being
arrested. Those removed from the site reportedly included
an elderly Indigenous woman who was forcibly carried away
in her wheelchair. Interview with Nik Wevers from the
Broome NO GAS community group.”

– Media Release

Rachel Siewert: JPP arrests a ‘sad reflection’ on WA – Greens
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/jpp-arrests-sad-reflection-wa-greens
5 Jul 11: “The Australian Greens said today the arrest and
forcible removal of protesters from James Price Point is an
indictment on the process being undertaken to develop a LNG
hub in the area.
WA Senators Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam have today
called for the Environment Minister to put a stop to any
land clearing at James Price Point until heritage and
environmental assessments have been completed.
“Aboriginal people have been arrested while protesting in
protection of their land during NAIDOC Week. This is a sad
reflection on Western Australia,” Senator Siewert,
Australian Greens spokesperson on the Kimberley and
Aboriginal Issues said today.”

– News

West Australian: Gas protesters defiant as deal signed
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/business/a/-/business/9760024/gas-protesters-defiant-as-deal-signed/
30 Jun 11: “The proposed $30 billion gas processing
precinct at James Price point is a step closer after
traditional owners, the State Government and Woodside
finalised a heads of agreement to secure access to land
this morning. … But protesters were defiant this morning,
calling on Aboriginal people around the country to “fight
to the death” to protect the land and pledging to blockade
the site for as long as it took.”

See:

WGAR News: Kimberley gas plant protest and blockade (28 Jun 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/28/wgar-news-kimberley-gas-plant-protest-and-blockade-sydney-anti-nuclear-rally-29-june-2011

– Video

Melbourne Protests Weblog: Protest as Martin Ferguson
arrives at Growth Conference in Melbourne, 30 June 2011
http://melbourneprotests.wordpress.com/2011/06/30/protest-as-martin-ferguson-arrives-at-growth-conference-in-melbourne-30-june-2011/
30 Jun 11: “The speakers list at a conference entitled
‘Growth Challenge – Riding the Resources Boom to Lasting
Prosperity’ had been described as “A Who’s who that’s
Screwing You” (callout on Melbourne Indymedia), but in the
event it was only Energy and Resources Minister Martin
Ferguson who attracted a concerted protest, courtesy of
Friends of the Earth ACE collective, who brought Mr Nuke
Death with them … “

See:

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


New round of Government consultations in the NT over the Intervention

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 02/07/2011 by D

Contents:
* New round of Government consultations in the NT over the
Intervention
* Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia – 15 events
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles

* NEW ROUND OF GOVERNMENT CONSULTATIONS IN THE NT OVER THE INTERVENTION:

– The Consultations

indigenous.gov.au: The consultations [includes timetable]
http://www.indigenous.gov.au/index.php/no-category/the-consultations/

‘concerned Australians’: New round of consultations 2011
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/

Stop the Intervention: Consultations
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/consultations-mid-2011

– Letter

Letter to the Hon Jenny Macklin MP, Minister for Families,
Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
By Alastair Nicholson AO and on behalf of several other leaders
‘concerned Australians’: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/Letter_Alastair_Nicholson_to_Jenny_Macklin_27-6-11.pdf
STICS: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/consultations-mid-2011/Letter-from-Alastair-Nicholson-to-Jenny-Macklin-Jun-2011
27 Jun 11: “Dear Minister,
We note on 22 June, the release of Stronger Futures
discussion paper which sets out a new round of
consultations/conversations with Aboriginal people at
public meetings in Regional Centres and in Communities.
We also note that there are contained in Stronger Futures a
series of issues to which there are questions attached, 33
in all, which will guide the consultations. This document
of 28 pages including the questions, is provided to
Aboriginal communities in the English language.
For these consultations to mark the beginning of a new era
of cooperation, it seems to us that these critical
questions, through which Government hopes to determine the
views of the people, should be provided in languages
common to the five Regions of consultation and in hard
copy for the purpose of circulation to those living in
homelands and without computer access. Government should
be responsible for ensuring that all communities have
copies of the discussion paper well in advance of any
consultations. … “
[Click on above link to continue reading the letter which
makes several other points]
[Click on this link to view names of people the letter was
signed on behalf of: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info/Signatories-to-let-fr-A-Nicholson-27-6-11.pdf

– Media Releases

Response to the Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s announcement
of a Second Intervention in the Northern Territory
By Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM
‘concerned Australians’: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/MR-Dr-Djiniyini-Gondarra-Resp-26-6-11.pdf
STICS: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/consultations-mid-2011/MR-by-Rev-Dr-Djiniyini-Gondarra-OAM-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.
Future negotiations will rely upon: …
[click in above link to the read five points made]”

Press Release re “Stronger Futures”
By Rt Hon Malcolm Fraser AC CH GCL,
former Prime Minister of Australia
‘concerned Australians’: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/MR-Malcolm-Fraser-27-6-11.pdf
STICS: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/consultations-mid-2011/MR-by-the-Hon-Malcolm-Fraser-Jun-2011
27 Jun 11: “On 22 June 2011 the Prime Minister and Jenny
Macklin announced a new round of consultations with
Aboriginal Communities. It was accompanied by a 28 page
discussion paper “Stronger Futures in the Northern
Territory”.
We are now advised these consultations are beginning
tomorrow. What is the reason for this unseemly haste? A 28
page document written only in English is incapable of
being fully understood and absorbed by Aboriginal
communities in the time that the government has allegedly
made available. In many communities the document should be
translated into Aboriginal languages. …
In other words to talk sensibly about the future we need a
full and proper audit of what has happened over the last 4
years of a paternal and Canberra centric process.”
[Click on above link to continue reading the media release
which makes several other points]

Government move on NT Intervention may cause further grief,
Archbishop Freier warns
Melbourne Anglican: http://www.melbourne.anglican.com.au/NewsAndViews/Pages/Government-move-on-NT-Intervention-may-cause-further-grief,-Archbishop-Freier-warns-000132.aspx
‘concerned Australians’: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/MR-Anglican-Melb-Diocese-29-6-11.pdf
STICS: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/consultations-mid-2011/mr-by-the-anglican-melbourne-diocese
29 Jun 11: “The Federal Government is in danger of adding
to the hurt and grief of Indigenous communities in the
Northern Territory caused by the Intervention, Archbishop
Philip Freier warned today.
Dr Freier, who is the Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne and
the former Bishop of the Northern Territory, has expressed
concern that the Federal Government’s consultations in the
Northern Territory over the Intervention and its discussion
paper ‘Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory,’ have
been organised without adequate preparation or warning.
“Indigenous Australians in the Northern Territory are
already feeling disenfranchised by the Intervention, and
the fact that insufficient time has been allowed for the
‘Stronger Futures’ discussion paper to be considered before
the public consultations begin may further alienate them
and effectively deny them their democratic right to be
heard,” he said. … “

The Only Intervention Needed
http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11139:northern-territory-the-only-intervention-needed&catid=54:australia-indigenous-peoples&Itemid=76
28 Jun 11: “”The only intervention needed in the Northern
Territory is an intervention in communication” Richard
Trudgen, author of Why Warriors Lie Down and Die, responds
to the news that the Gillard Government will spend six
weeks in talks with Indigenous leaders looking for new
ideas to deal with the disadvantage that Aboriginal people
in the Northern Territory experience.
“The Government needs to turn away from paternalistic
programs and deliver real programs that empower the first
Australians.
Right across the remote areas of Australia Aboriginal
people, who speak an ‘original Australian language’ as
their home language, are cut off from life saving and life
changing information that other Australians receive in
excess.” explains Richard.
For most of these Aboriginal people, English is still a
very foreign language, … “

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 30-06-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-30-06-2011
30 Jun 11: “A mixed response to the Gillard Labour
Governments community consultations in the Northern
Territory as Aboriginal people in Tennant Creek paint a
different picture to what has been reported in the
mainstream media.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Aboriginal people in Tennant Creek talk about the
Community consultation.
http://caama.com.au/aboriginal-people-in-tennant-creek-talk-about-the-community-consultation
29 Jun 11

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 29-06-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-29-06-2011
29 Jun 11: “* The implementation of the Gillard Labour
Governments community consultations with Aboriginal people
in the Northern Territory is attracting widespread
criticism, with claims that people are not being given
enough time to respond to the Governments 28 page
discussion paper.
* Former Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser has also
issued a statement critical of the Gillard Labor
Governments consultation process.
* Top End Aboriginal elder Dr Dinyini Gondarra has also
responded to the Prime Ministers post intervention
strategies, which he has labelled a second intervention in
the Northern Territory.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 28-06-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-28-06-2011
28 Jun 11: “Former Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser
has questioned the Gillard Labor Governments rush to
implement community consultations with Aboriginal
communities in the NT just days after making the
announcement.”

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane
Let’s Talk – Indigenous presented talkback:
http://989fm.com.au/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29
28 Jun 11: “Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra and Jeff McMullen:
Tiga Bayles talks with Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra and Jeff
McMullen about the Federal Governments announcement about
new developments taking place and new intervention
proposals.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasting/audio/98fm-podcast-2011-06-28-78165.mp3

– News

Australian:
Gooda leads calls for more time on next step of intervention
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/gooda-leads-calls-for-more-time-on-next-step-of-intervention/story-fn59niix-1226083770793
29 Jun 11: “Mick Gooda has urged the Gillard government to
consult for longer than six weeks on the next phase of the
intervention. The indigenous social justice commissioner
says “they are kidding themselves” if they believe it is
enough time. Mr Gooda told The Australian yesterday the
six-week period should be seen as the “beginning” of talks
with indigenous communities about what should be done when
the Northern Territory intervention laws and funding expire
late next year.”

Australian: Malcolm Fraser slams lack of intervention audit
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/malcolm-fraser-slams-lack-of-intervention-audit/story-fn59niix-1226083067554
28 Jun 11: “FORMER Liberal prime minister Malcolm Fraser
has questioned the “unseemly haste” with which the Gillard
government is moving to remodel its intervention into
Northern Territory indigenous communities. Mr Fraser has
also criticised the government for having failed to account
for the consequences of the intervention, triggered in 2007
after the “Little Children are Sacred” report. Yesterday,
Mr Fraser, who visited the territory in February and
attacked the intervention as “paternalistic and demeaning”,”

SMH: Intervention report lacks detail: Fraser
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/intervention-report-lacks-detail-fraser-20110627-1gn47.html
27 Jun 11: “Former prime minister Malcolm Fraser says the
Gillard government’s latest report on the Northern
Territory intervention provides no adequate measure of what
has been achieved in Aboriginal communities. Mr Fraser on
Monday said the absence of details in the paper, relating
to the successes and failures of the Northern Territory
Emergency Response (NTER) would impede and prevent proper
consultation. “To talk sensibly about the future we need a
full and proper audit of what has happened over the last
four years of a paternal and Canberra-centric process,” he
said in a statement.”

Koori Mail: Govt talks plan for ‘new way forward’
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
29 Jun 11: “THE Federal Government has used the fourth
anniversary of the Northern Territory Emergency Response –
the NT Intervention – to announce it will embark on a fresh
round of consultations to determine a ‘new way forward’.
The Government issued a discussion paper last week seeking
the opinions of Indigenous people in the NT as a foundation
for new laws once the Intervention expires on 30 June 2012.”

ABC: Intervention meeting takes to outback roads
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/06/28/3255633.htm
28 Jun 11: “The first consultation meeting to help develop
policies after the Federal Government intervention in the
Northern Territory is being held in Tennant Creek this
afternoon. Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin will
meet with traditional owners from across the Barkly region.
It follows last week’s release of a discussion paper
looking at how best to tackle disadvantage when the
intervention expires next year.”

– Analysis / Opinion

On Line Opinion: More talk, no action in indigenous affairs
http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=12256
30 Jun 11: “The world doesn’t need another Opposition
Indigenous spokesperson bagging out the Government of the
day about Aboriginal health. But Jenny Macklin celebrating
yet another round of consultation plumbs new lows in
Labor’s anthropological approach to central Australia;
watching, measuring and talking about the gap. So it has to
be said.” Andrew Laming

* UPCOMING ABORIGINAL RIGHTS EVENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA – 15 EVENTS:

Click on the links for details of the events …

Event: Ongoing: James Price Point, Kimberley, WA
Kimberley gas plant protest camp and blockade
Protest and blockade updates: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/blog/
Save the Kimberley info: http://www.savethekimberley.com/
Kimberley protest info: http://handsoffcountry.blogspot.com/

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: 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: Tue 5 July 2011: Bunbury, WA
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/

Event: Fri 8 July 2011: Carlton, Melbourne, Vic
Forum: Rebuilding from the ground up
The grassroots alternative to the failed NT Intervention
Speakers: Valerie Martin (from Yuendumu)
& speakers from Indigenous communities affected by the Intervention
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/taxonomy/term/2663

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: Thu 18 August – Sun 30 October 2011: Wiluna to Perth, WA
Walk Away from Uranium Mining
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/walk-away-from-uranium-mining
Event details: http://www.nuclearfreefuture.com/
Walk Schedule: http://footprints.footprintsforpeace.net/nffcampaign/upload/files/Wiluna_to_Perth_Walk_Schedule.pdf

Event: Tue 9 August 2011: Adelaide, SA
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
With open panel discussion including:
Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra OAM
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/

* OTHER NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– Media Release

Australian Human Rights Commission:
Involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people every
step of the way is the only way to bring about lasting change
http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/media/media_releases/2011/52_11.html
20 Jun 11: “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
must be listened to when it comes to improving quality of
life outcomes and better services in their communities,
Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda said today.
Marking four years tomorrow since the former Coalition
Government announced the five-year Northern Territory
Emergency Response which suspended the Racial
Discrimination Act, banned pornography and alcohol,
compulsorily acquired land and compulsorily managed the
income of Indigenous people in 73 prescribed communities,
Commissioner Gooda said it was time to go back to basics.
“We were told the Little Children Are Sacred Report was the
driving force for the Intervention which had protecting
women and children as its top priority,” Commissioner
Gooda said.
“One of the fundamental problems with the Intervention is
that it didn’t implement the report’s first recommendation
which was that Aboriginal people had to be consulted.””

– News

Rollback the Intervention: Welcome to IRAG Alice Springs!
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/
“Many thanks to all those who help make the Darwin
gatherings such a great success. Thanks go to the Larrakia
people for making everyone so welcome on their land. Also
to Bagot Community for generously accommodating many of the
travellers at their community. … “

Koori Mail: Opponents release list of 11 demands
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
29 Jun 11: “OPPONENTS of the Northern Territory
Intervention have released an 11-point list of demands as
an alternative to further Intervention measures. The
demands are contained in a document called ‘Rebuilding
from the Ground Up: An Alternative to the NT Intervention’,
which was launched at a rally in Darwin last week, and then
endorsed at a rally in Sydney on Saturday.”

Indymedia Australia:
Spirited Protest Marks 4 Years of Failed NT Intervention
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/27/spirited-protest-marks-4-years-of-failed-nt-intervention
27 Jun 11: “The Federal government will “meet its Waterloo”
in its attempt to extend income management, a plank of the
NT Intervention, to parts of Sydney, protesters say. On
Saturday June 25, several hundred people took to the
streets of Sydney to protest the “atrocious” impacts of the
NT Intervention, introduced four years ago this week.
Social breakdown had accelerated in the four years since the
legislation was introduced, Paddy Gibson, a researcher with
the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University
of Technology Sydney(UTS), told the crowd at Town Hall.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Sydney community oppose income management
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5895:sydney-community-oppose-income-management&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=65
27 Jun 11: “Protesters say the Federal Government will
“meet its Waterloo” in its attempt to introduce income
management to a western Sydney community. A couple of
hundred people took to the streets of Sydney on Saturday in
protest at the government’s Northern Territory
intervention, introduced four years ago this week.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Creative Spirits:
Northern Territory Emergence Response (NTER)
– “The Intervention”:
http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/politics/northern-territory-intervention.html

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Northern Territory National Emergency Response:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Territory_intervention

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Media Release

ANTaR – Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation:
Welcome boost but time for Aboriginal justice to be
national priority
http://www.antar.org.au/welcome_boost_but_time_for_aboriginal_justice_to_be_national_priority
29 Jun 11: “ANTaR has today welcomed the Attorney-General’s
announcement of additional funding for Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander justice programs. We echo his call
for Aboriginal justice issues to be a priority agenda item
at next month’s State and Territory Attorneys-General
meeting.
“The additional funding of $3.2 million for diversionary,
through care, interpreter and legal services is critically
needed to break the cycle of offending and imprisonment and
build safer and healthier communities,” said Ms Jacqueline
Phillips, ANTaR National Director.
“However, this should be seen as a down-payment on more
significant and long-term investment to address the causes
of offending in communities. Piecemeal program funding will
have limited effect.””

See:

ANTaR: Reducing Imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
A National Call to Action (15 Apr 11)
http://www.antar.org.au/issues_and_campaigns/reducing_indigenous_incarceration

– Audio

The Wire: Protest against Nukes
[scroll down page] http://www.thewire.org.au/daydetail.aspx?SearchDay=2011-06-28
28 Jun 11: “A protest about nuclear energy will be held at
a business forum, taking place at the Australia-Israel
Chamber of Commerce tomorrow. The “Nuclear Energy After
Fukushima” forum will feature Resources Minister Martin
Ferguson and Dr Ziggy Switkowski from the Australian
Nuclear Science and Technology organisation. Protestors
will argue against the expansion of the nuclear industry
in Australia, which includes a proposed dump in the
Northern territory and the possibility of building nuclear
power plants.
Featured: Holly Creenaune from Friends of the Earth.”

See:

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

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Kimberley gas hub deal confirmed
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5921:kimberley-gas-hub-deal-confirmed&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=65
30 Jun 11: “Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett says
today’s Browse Basin deal between his government, Woodside
and traditional owners is the most important by an
Aboriginal group in Australian history.”

Koori Mail: Kimberley gas battle heats up
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
29 Jun 11: “A FIGHT against plans to build a $30 billion
liquefied natural gas precinct at James Price Point near
Broome escalated further this month, with a blockade of the
road into the proposed site. The controversial project is
subject to an agreement between the West Australian
Government, developer Woodside, and the Kimberley Land
Council (KLC) representing Goolarabooloo Jabirr Jabirr
people.”