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

* 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


– The Audio Interviews

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra voices concerns on Government’s
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
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]”


Our Generation: Aboriginal leaders respond to “next intervention” (June 11)

WGAR News: Reactions to government discussion paper: ‘Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory’ (24 Jun 11)

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)

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

WGAR News: Aboriginal elder raises international awareness of the NT Intervention (14 May 11)

WGAR News: Global call to action for Aboriginal rights in Australia (17 May 11)

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)

WGAR News: NT traditional land owners claim they were not consulted about mining deal (11 Jun 11)


– 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
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
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
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
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.”


Treaty Republic: Petition to 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.”


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/


– 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
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


Jumbunna: “Rebuilding from the Ground Up”
Alternatives to the Northern Territory Intervention

Solidarity: ‘They should not be able to have that power over us’
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
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
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


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

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

STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney):

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

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

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

The Greens: Rachel Siewert: Northern Territory Intervention:

Treaty Republic – NT Intervention:

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

Crikey – NT Intervention:

Jobs with Justice:

MAIC (Melbourne Anti-Intervention Collective):

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):


– Analysis / Opinion

The Guardian: The invasion of Australia
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!
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
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
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.”


WGAR News: Kimberley gas plant protest and blockade (28 Jun 11)

– Video

Melbourne Protests Weblog: 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 … “


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

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