New round of Government consultations in the NT over the Intervention

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


– The Consultations The consultations [includes timetable]

‘concerned Australians’: New round of consultations 2011

Stop the Intervention: Consultations

– 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’:
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:

– 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’:
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’:
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
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:,-Archbishop-Freier-warns-000132.aspx
‘concerned Australians’:
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
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
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
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.
29 Jun 11

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
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
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

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane
Let’s Talk – Indigenous presented talkback:
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
Listen to this interview on-line:

– News

Gooda leads calls for more time on next step of intervention
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
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
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]
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
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
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


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:
Save the Kimberley info:
Kimberley protest info:

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:
Event location:

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:
Artist statement and event details:

Event: Tue 5 July 2011: Bunbury, WA
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details:
Film details:

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:

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:

Event: Sun 24 July 2011: Avalon, NSW
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details:
Film details:

Event: Thu 18 August – Sun 30 October 2011: Wiluna to Perth, WA
Walk Away from Uranium Mining
Event details:
Event details:
Walk Schedule:

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

Event: Tue 9 August 2011: Gymea, NSW
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details:
Film details:

Event: Wed 10 August 2011: Manly, Sydney, NSW
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details:
Film details:

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

Event: Wed 7 Sep 2011: Brunswick, Melbourne, Vic
Indigenous Social Justice Association:
Discussion of Justice Reinvestment
Event details:
Event details:

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:
Event location:

Event: February 2012 to May 2012: Queensland Museum
Exhibition: From Little Things Big Things Grow
– Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970
Event description:
Event location:


– 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
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!
“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]
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
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
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.”


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

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

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

STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney):

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

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

Treaty Republic – NT Intervention:

Crikey – NT Intervention:

The Greens: Rachel Siewert: Northern Territory Intervention:

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

Jobs with Justice:

MAIC (Melbourne Anti-Intervention Collective):

New Matilda – northern territory intervention:

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

Students For Indigenous Rights – UQ:
The Northern Territory Intervention:

Defending Indigenous Rights:

Intervention walk-off’s Blog:

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

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

Green Left: Northern Territory intervention: myths and facts:

WGAR (Working Group for Aboriginal Rights):


– Media Release

ANTaR – Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation:
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
“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.””


ANTaR: Reducing Imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
A National Call to Action (15 Apr 11)

– Audio

The Wire: Protest against Nukes
[scroll down page]
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.”


Beyond Nuclear Initiative:

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Kimberley gas hub deal confirmed
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]
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

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