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

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


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