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28/08/2011 45th anniversary of Gurindji Wave Hill Walk-Off – Kalkarindji NT – 26-28 August 2011

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 28/08/2011 by D

Contents: 
* 45th anniversary of Gurindji Wave Hill walk-off
* Amnesty International Australia: 
‘Tell the government: don’t abandon homelands’
* Interviews with Emma Davidson of Equality Rights Alliance
* Productivity Commission: Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage
* ‘strong corporations, strong stores, strong communities’ 
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles

* 45TH ANNIVERSARY OF GURINDJI WAVE HILL WALK-OFF:

45th Anniversary – Wave Hill Walk-Off – Gurindji Story
http://www.gurindjifreedomday.com/45th%20festival.html
“FRIDAY 26 AUGUST: ELDERS DAY FOCUS – MAIN DAY     
9:00 am Registration.
Commences in the morning with Walkoff re-enactment: 
* Traditional dancers and speakers from community
* Speeches by key non-Indigenous figures who supported the 
Walkoff
* BBQ by Daguragu/Wattie Creek.”

45th anniversary of Gurindji Wave Hill Walk Off commemorative cultural event, 26 – 28 August, 2011
http://www.gurindjifreedomday.com/45th%20festival%20registration.html
“* In 1975 – Government give the stolen land back to 
the Gurindji people.
* In 2007 – Government took everything back through 
the NT Intervention.
* In 2011 – The Gurindji tell government to 
Stop the NT Intervention.
– We Remember the Gurindji Strike.
– Stand up for our Rights.
– We will take back control for our future.”

– Audio Interviews with Organiser Brenda Croft

The Wire: Remembering the Wave Hill walk-off
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=8365
25 Aug 11: “It’s 45 years since indigenous stockmen and 
their families, led by Vincent Lingiari, walked off wave 
Hill station in protest over wages and conditions. The 
defiant gesture led to Australia wide support for land 
rights. This weekend Kalkyringie is the venue for a major 
event to mark the anniversary. Organiser Brenda Croft says 
that while it will be a fun event its also a reminder about 
how little things have changed for indigenous people.”

ABC Darwin: Wave Hill recognises 45th Freedom Day
http://www.abc.net.au/local/audio/2011/08/24/3300918.htm?site=darwin
24 Aug 11: “It was one of the most protracted industrial 
disputes in Australian history – the walk-off at Wave Hill 
Station 45 years ago by a mob of Aboriginal stockmen and 
their families. They struck for better pay and conditions, 
and their cause was taken up around the country. It grew 
into a fight for land rights, which culminated ten years 
later, in the enactment of the Northern Territory Land 
Rights Act. This weekend, at the community of Kalkarindji, 
hundreds will gather to mark the anniversary of the walk-off. 
Brenda Croft – a Gurindji woman and one of the organisers of 
the event – spoke to 105.7 Breakfast about the Freedom Day 
festival and other issues.”

– News

NT News: Crowds celebrate Wave Hill walk-off
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2011/08/27/256211_ntnews.html
27 Aug 11: “The heat and emotions ran high at Kalkarindji, 
on the Victoria River, 800km south of Darwin. Hundreds 
turned out to mark 45 years since the Gurindji stockmen 
marched out of Wave Hill Station to reclaim their dignity – 
and their land. Vincent Lingiari – sometimes called “Old 
Grandfather” by his people – was hailed as a symbol of 
freedom. The NT Government took a verbal beating as men and 
women told their stories from a stage. The federal 
intervention in remote Territory communities was a source 
of angst for many.”

ABC: Wave Hill walk-off anniversary targets intervention
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-08-26/20110826henderson-at-wave-hill/2857620
26 Aug 11: “Earlier, Aboriginal stockmen had led about 200 
people in re-enacting the original strike. Traditional 
owners, politicians, unionists and camp dogs made the 
20-minute walk from Kalkarindji community, 550 kilometres 
south of Darwin, to the original meeting place where the 
Wave Hill walk-off began. Vincent Lingiari led 200 
Aboriginal stockmen and 400 family members along the same 
path 45 years ago to call for better working conditions 
and a return of traditional land ownership. … One elder, 
Gus George, says the loss of freedom Aboriginal people 
experienced at Wave Hill is being repeated under the 
intervention.”

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
Wave Hill Walk-Off 45th Anniversary
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6195:45th-anniversary-of-the-wave-hill-walk-off&catid=3:features&Itemid=112
“Celebrations are underway in the Northern Territory to 
mark the 45th anniversary of the Wave Hill Walk-Off. … 
The celebrations this weekend have also allowed the 
Gurindji people of Kalkaringi and Daguragu to speak out 
about Federal Government’s Northern Territory intervention. 
Gurindji spokesperson John Leemans says conditions in his 
community have become worse since the intervention began in 
2007. Mr Leemans says a lack of consultation has led to a 
range of flawed policies, including compulsory leases and 
income management.”

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
Gurindji leader criticises intervention
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6196:gurindji-leader-criticises-intervention&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=154
26 Aug 11: “John Leemans: This intervention has been put on 
by the Government to the Northern Territory Aboriginal 
people. It’s been done with a blanket approach, it’s been 
done behind closed doors, the policies have been made 
behind closed doors, in parliament. The Aboriginal 
communities, and the tribal lawmen and lawwomen, and 
elders, didn’t have any prior consent, didn’t have any 
consultation before policy and leglisation were made. 
Voice ends.”

ABC: Wave Hill walk-off remembered as rights landmark
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-08-24/20110824wave-hill-anniversary/2853992
26 Aug 11: “Two remote communities south of Darwin are 
commemorating the 45th anniversary of the Wave Hill 
walk-off this weekend. … Event organiser Brenda Croft 
says it is important to remember their struggle. “It is 
very important for us to encourage young people to 
remember, and acknowledge and feel proud of this history,” 
she said. “It is an Australian story, not just an 
Aboriginal story. It is something that really put Aboriginal 
land rights on the national consciousness.””

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
Equal rights battle continues
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6193:equal-rights-battle-continues&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=154
25 Aug 11: “Gurindji elder and a grandson of Vincent 
Lingiari, Maurie Ryan, says the battle for equal rights, 
begun by his grandfather, continues today. Celebrations are 
underway in the Northern Territory to mark the 45th 
anniversary of the Wave Hill Walk-Off.”

See: 

Event: Fri 26 – Sun 28 August 2011: Kalkarindji/Daguragu, NT
Gurindji Walkoff from Wave Hill 
– 45th Anniversary Commemoration
Fri 26: Elders Day Focus – main day
Sat 27: Mid-generation Focus
Sun 28: Youth Day Focus
Event location and details: http://www.gurindjifreedomday.com/
Program: http://www.gurindjifreedomday.com/45th%20festival.html
28 July 11 media release from Gurindji spokespeople: http://www.gurindjifreedomday.com/publications/PDF%20Intervention/mr-gurindji_stop_intervention.pdf
Video of Gurindji strike against NT Intervention: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guge6MI6cTA
WGAR News: Gurindji workers’ strike protesting the NT Intervention: http://indymedia.org.au/2010/10/24/wgar-news-australia-a-continuing-genocide-24-oct-10

– Background

Gurindji Freedom Day – Northern Territory Australia
http://www.gurindjifreedomday.com/
“Welcome to the Gurindji Website
Background: Kalkarindji and Daguragu are on the traditional 
homelands of the Gurindji people, and these communities are 
linked to the Malgnin, Mudpurra, Bilinara, Ngarinman and 
Warlpiri peoples through the historic Walkoff from Wave 
Hill Station, which was initially established on Gurindji 
traditional lands in 1883. At the time of the Walkoff, Wave 
Hill Station had been owned by British Lord Vestey’s family 
since 1914. The Gurindji Walkoff was initiated by 
Gurindji/Malgnin leader, Vincent Lingiari, on 23 August 
1966 and lasted till 1974, an event which lit the fire that 
became the national land rights movement. … “

1 Deadly Nation: From Little Things Big Things Grow
http://1deadlynation.wordpress.com/2011/08/24/from-little-things-big-things-grow/
24 Aug 11: “The story told by the song is one of the 
greatest this wide brown land has known and one that sadly 
too few Australian’s know. It’s a story that is everything 
we lionise in Australia, mateship, courage, the battler, a 
fair go, the under dog getting one over the powerful and a 
happy ending where the hero wins. This is the story of the 
Gurindji Stike! The hero; Aboriginal man Vincent Lingiari 
as he led the Gurindji, Ngarinman, Bilinara, Warlpiri and 
Mudbara peoples on a long, courageous battle for justice.”

Treaty Republic: 
45 yrs since the sand poured into Vincent Lingiari’s hand
http://treatyrepublic.net/content/45-yrs-sand-poured-vincent-lingiaris-hand
“”He wasn’t only fighting for the Gurindji people he was 
fighting for all Aboriginal people, for the way the white 
man treated us.” – The Gurindji people”

– Related Media Release

‘45 years since the Wave Hill walk-off: 
Sydney rally in support of Gurindji demands 
– No to intervention, – No to income management’. 
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/press-releases/45-years-since-the-wave-hill-walk-off-25-8-11
25 Aug 11: “Stop The Intervention Collective Sydney (STICS) 
is holding a rally to coincide with anti-intervention 
protests marking Gurindji Freedom Day. An anti-intervention 
demonstration is being held in Kalkaringi, NT. For 
information or comment contact John Leemans, spokesperson 
for Gurindji protest on number below.
“45 years after Wave Hill, the NT Intervention has gutted 
the rights won by the historic Gurindji strike. The 1966 
walk-off lead Aboriginal Australia in the fight for 
self-determination. But under this intervention those 
rights have been removed. Cuts to the Community Development 
Employment Projects (CDEP) and the government’s ‘Hub Town’ 
policy are driving the community into the ground with the 
withdrawal of services, jobs and housing” said David 
Suttle from Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney.
“The intervention allowed the government to seize control 
of Aboriginal township land and impose a compound for the 
Government Business Manager, surrounded by cyclone fencing. 
This is a disgusting symbol of the government’s take-over 
of Aboriginal communities,” continued Mr Suttle.”

– Related Slide Show

Picasa Web Albums: 
Gurindji Memorial Day in Sydney – Peter Boyle
https://picasaweb.google.com/108827396673263860728/GurindjiMemorialDayInSydney

– Related News

Green Left: 
Anti-intervention protest marks Gurindji strike anniversary
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/48644
27 Aug 11: “More than 100 people demonstrated in Sydney on 
August 26 to mark the 45th anniversary of the Wave Hill 
walk-off, when Gurindji workers walked off the Wave Hill 
cattle station and launched an eight-year protest for land 
rights that helped define the modern Aboriginal land rights 
movement. The protest, organised by the Stop The 
Intervention Collective Sydney, took place outside the 
electorate office of federal Minister for Social Inclusion 
Tanya Plibersek. … One thousand people attended a 
commemoration of the Gurindji strike at Kalkarindji, 800 
kilometres south of Darwin.”

Indymedia Australia: Gurindji Memorial Day in Sydney
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/08/26/gurindji-memorial-day-in-sydney
26 Aug 11: “On 26/8/2011 a protest was held in Sydney on 
the 45th anniversary of the Wave Hill walk-off, when 
Aboriginal people walked off a cattle station in 1966 and 
became pioneers of the Aboriginal land rights movement. 
Just over 100 people demonstrated outside the Sydney 
electorate office of federal Minister for Social Inclusion 
Tanya Plibersek in an action, organised by the Stop The 
Intervention Collective Sydney, calling for an end to the 
discriminatory Northern Territory intervention. 1000 were 
at a re-enactment of the walkoff in Wave Hill, the 
protesters were told by phone from Wave Hill, NT.”

See: 

Event: Fri 26 August 2011: Broadway, Sydney, NSW
Rally on Gurindji Freedom Day
Organised by the Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=189792351084016
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/48603
Flyer: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/Gurindji-Freedom-Day-26-8-11-new.jpg

– Related Audio

ABC PM: NT Chief against use of term ‘intervention’
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2011/s3303409.htm
25 Aug 11: “The Northern Territory’s Chief Minister, Paul 
Henderson, says he will not support the use of the word 
‘intervention’ to describe any new Federal Government 
programs in the Territory. Mr Henderson made the comment at 
celebrations being held at Wave Hill to mark the 45th 
anniversary of the strike by Aboriginal stockmen that 
triggered the Aboriginal land rights movement. And veteran 
unionists involved in the stockmen’s strike are calling on 
Aboriginal people to stand up and protest against the 
Federal Government’s intervention. Michael Coggan reports 
from Wave Hill [in the Northern Territory].”
[Includes comments by Jimmy Wavehill, Maurie Japarta Ryan, 
Brian Manning and Malarndirri McCarthy.]

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: 
CAAMA Radio News 22-08-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-22-08-2011
22 Aug 11: “Descendants of Aboriginal rights campaigner 
Vincent Lingiari boycotted the annual lecture named in his 
honor late last week claiming Aboriginal academic Professor 
Marcia Langton who deliverd the lecture was a supporter of 
the federal Intervention in the Northern Territory.”

– Related Media Release

Northern Territory Government: 
45th Anniversary Of The Wave Hill Walk Off Celebrated
http://newsroom.nt.gov.au/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewRelease&id=8524&d=5
23 Aug 11: “Heritage Minister Karl Hampton will tomorrow 
drive to Kalkaringi to commemorate the 45th anniversary of 
the Wave Hill Walk Off as part of this year’s Gurindji 
Freedom Day celebrations. 
“The Wave Hill Walk Off is one of Australia’s most famous 
and important days – it many ways it marked the start of 
the Aboriginal land rights movement in this country,” Mr 
Hampton said. 
“That’s why the Territory Government heritage listed the 
Gurindji Wave Hill Walk Off Route in 2006 – to provide the 
route with the recognition and protection that comes with a 
heritage listing.””

* AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AUSTRALIA: 
‘TELL THE GOVERNMENT: DON’T ABANDON HOMELANDS’:

– Online Campaign

Amnesty International Australia: 
Tell the government: don’t abandon homelands
http://www.amnesty.org.au/action/action/26569/?utm_source=homelands3&utm_medium=email-sf&utm_content=link1
“Traditional homelands are home to nearly one-third of 
Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory. Research shows 
that with proper services people can be healthier, live 
longer and contribute valuable work on homelands, all with 
their identity and connection to the land intact. Yet the 
government’s policy of stripping funding from essential 
services will effectively force people into hub towns and 
cities.
The government needs to hear from you and the thousands of 
Australians that don’t want to see another mistake on 
Aboriginal policy.
Tell the government we don’t want more mistakes.
The most effective way to do this is by taking 2 minutes to 
write your own email to Jenny Macklin and Warren Snowden. 
You don’t have to be a policy expert to write your email – 
with just a few sentences you can let the government that 
know you care about homelands. … “
[Click on the above link for ideas of what to write, and 
to send your email online from the Amnesty web-page.]

See: 

WGAR News: Amnesty International Australia: Aboriginal Peoples’ right to homelands in the NT (12 Aug 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/08/12/wgar-news-amnesty-international-australia-aboriginal-peoples-right-to-homelands-in-the-nt

Online Petition: Amnesty International Australia: Don’t abandon Aboriginal homelands
http://www.amnesty.org.au/action/action/26475/

* INTERVIEWS WITH EMMA DAVIDSON OF EQUALITY RIGHTS ALLIANCE:

– Audio Interviews

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane
Let’s Talk – Indigenous presented talkback:
http://989fm.com.au/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29
24 Aug 11: “Emma Davidson: Karen Dorante spoke with Project 
Coordinator for the Canberra-based Equity Rights Alliance, 
Emma Davidson.”
Listen to this interview on-line: 
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasting/audio/98fm-podcast-2011-08-24-71924.mp3

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: 
Basics Cards aren’t helping most Aboriginal women look 
after their families – according to a new report
http://caama.com.au/basics-cards-arent-helping-most-aboriginal-women-look-after-their-families-according-to-a-new-report
23 Aug 11: “A new report released by the Equality Rights 
Alliance has revealed that the Government-issued Basics 
Card is failing to change what most women buy, and the 
ability to look after their families… The report was 
based on the findings of survey of 168 Aboriginal women in 
Darwin and Alice Springs, called ‘Women’s experience of 
income management in the Northern Territory’. Emma Davidson, 
the report’s author speaks to Nerida Currey on Strong 
Voices. … Ms Davidson also reponds to criticism voiced by 
Indigneous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin of the report.”

See: 

Crikey: Does new evidence from NT women undermine supposed benefits of income management? By Eva Cox (19 Aug 11)
http://www.crikey.com.au/2011/08/19/does-new-evidence-from-nt-women-undermine-supposed-benefits-of-income-management/

ABC AM: Claims children are learning welfare dependency (20 Aug 11)
http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2011/s3298133.htm
[Includes audio interview with Equality Rights Alliance’s Emma Davidson.]

WGAR News: Equality Rights Alliance Report: Women’s experience of Income Management in the NT (21 Aug 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/08/21/wgar-news-equality-rights-alliance-report-womens-experience-of-income-management-in-the-n

* PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION REPORT INTO OVERCOMING INDIGENOUS DISADVANTAGE: 

– The Report

http://www.pc.gov.au/gsp/reports/indigenous/key-indicators-2011

– Audio

ABC PM: Turning the child abuse ship around
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2011/s3302338.htm
25 Aug 11: “The Northern Territory Children’s Commissioner, 
Dr Howard Bath says it will take years to make a 
significant improvement to child abuse and neglect in 
Aboriginal communities. The Productivity Commission report 
into Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage released today 
shows that there’s been a steady increase in substantiated 
Aboriginal child abuse and neglect cases across the country. 
But that doesn’t necessarily mean things are getting worse, 
more that there’s significantly more reporting of abuse 
cases.”
[Includes comments by Dr Howard Bath and Priscilla Collins.]

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: 
Productivity Commission delivers 2011 Government Report 
Card on Indigenous disadvantage.
http://caama.com.au/productivity-commission-delivers-2011-government-report-card-on-indigenous-disadvantage
25 Aug 11: “The Council of Australian Governments 
commissioned a regular report against key indicators of 
Indigenous disadvantage in April 2002. … Commissioner 
Robert Fitzgerald is the convenor of the Indigenous 
Disadvantage Working Group of the Steering Committee for 
the Review of Government Service Provision which produces 
the Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators 
report.”
[Includes comments by Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald.]

– Analysis / Opinion

Crikey: Ignoring evidence may explain why the income 
management gap doesn’t close
http://www.crikey.com.au/2011/08/26/ignoring-evidence-may-explain-why-the-income-management-gap-doesn%E2%80%99t-close/
26 Aug 11: “Today the Productivity Commission releases its 
latest report on Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage, which 
shows only 13 of 45 measures showed any improvement and 
seven went backwards. The dismal results, following the 
recently released finance report on non-progress may add to 
more blaming of Aboriginal communities but experiences 
detailed below on the income management program suggest the 
cause may be government … ” Eva Cox

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
Reduce overcrowding: Productivity Commissioner
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6204:reduce-overcrowding-productivity-commissioner&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=154
26 Aug 11: “The Productivity Commissioner, Robert 
Fitzgerald, says one of most important things the 
government could do to reduce Indigenous disadvantage would 
be to ease overcrowding in indigenous homes. … Mr 
Fitzgerald said that what is absolutely unquestionable is 
that easing overcrowding helps educational outcomes, health 
outcomes, the home environment and makes communities safe.”

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
Lawyers blame governments for high imprisonment
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6200:lawyers-blame-governments-for-high-imprisonment&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=154
26 Aug 11: “The Australian Lawyers Alliance says 
governments are to blame for high rates of Indigenous 
imprisonment. A Productivity Commission report released 
today shows Indigenous people are incarcerated at 14 times 
the rate of other Australians. The report also found the 
imprisonment rate for Indigenous women has increased by 60 
per cent in the last decade.”

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
Opposition slams Gov’t on health report
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6198:opposition-slams-govt-on-health-report&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=154
26 Aug 11: “The Federal Opposition says a Productivity 
Commission report shows health indicators aren’t getting 
better for Indigenous Australians. The report shows the 
mortality rate for Indigenous people is decreasing but 
there’s been little improvement in most other health 
indicators including chronic disease.”

Australian: 
Gillard holds hope for change on indigenous disadvantage
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/gillard-holds-hope-for-change-on-indigenous-disadvantage/story-fn9hm1pm-1226122418346
26 Aug 11: “JULIA Gillard has welcomed a mixed report on 
the success of the government’s efforts to overcome 
indigenous disadvantage, declaring she has “hope for 
change”. A report released yesterday by a steering 
committee reviewing the government services to indigenous 
communities has found little or no progress has been made 
to close the gap in key areas including health and school 
education rates, while noting achievements in home 
ownership and workforce participation.”

Koori Mail: Greens call for Indigenous policy change
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
25 Aug 11: “THE Australian Greens have said the ‘mixed bag 
of outcomes’ in the latest Overcoming Indigenous 
Disadvantage report strengthens the case for a new policy 
approach. Greens spokeswoman Rachel Siewert said the report 
should not be used to justify continued poor policy, such 
as the re-badged Northern Territory intervention.”

Koori Mail: Mixed outcomes in ‘disadvantage’ report
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
25 Aug 11: “THE latest Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage 
report shows home ownership, education and employment 
prospects were improving but other social indicators such 
as health and criminal justice had either stayed the same, 
or had deteriorated. The report is the latest in a series 
of reports commissioned by the Council of Australian 
Governments in 2002 to track the success or otherwise, of 
government policies and programs.”

Australian: Spike in child abuse mars indigenous gains
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/spike-in-child-abuse-mars-indigenous-gains/story-fn9hm1pm-1226121552834
25 Aug 11: “In its fifth report to parliament since 2002, a 
steering committee reviewing services to indigenous 
communities has found little or no progress has been made 
to close the gap in areas including health and school 
education rates. In a blow to the Gillard government, the 
committee chaired by Productivity Commission head Gary 
Banks found “there has been little change in literacy and 
numeracy, most health indicators and housing overcrowding 
for indigenous people”.”

SMH: Indigenous population still falling through gap
http://www.smh.com.au/national/indigenous-population-still-falling-through-gap-20110824-1jadq.html
25 Aug 11: “INCIDENCES of indigenous imprisonment, child 
abuse and chronic disease continue to rise two years after 
then prime minister Kevin Rudd announced an ambitious 
program to ”close the gap” and four years after John 
Howard announced his Aboriginal intervention. The latest 
trend data assembled in a report titled Overcoming 
Indigenous Disadvantage shows improvement in only 13 of 
the 45 indicators monitored by the government. In another 
10 the report finds ”no real improvement”. In seven it 
finds outcomes going backwards.”

– Video

ABC Lateline: Indigenous disadvantage worsening: report
http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2011/s3302559.htm
25 Aug 11: “In Australia the Productivity Commission has 
reported that many of the key indicators of Indigenous 
disadvantage across the country are getting worse. It says 
there is been a drop in Indigenous mortality rates and less 
reliance on welfare, but as Jane Bardon reports the gap 
between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people is widening 
in health, imprisonment and education.”

* ‘STRONG CORPORATIONS, STRONG STORES, STRONG COMMUNITIES’ REPORT:

– News

ABC: Macklin makes a meal of community stores report
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-08-24/20110824community-stores-report/2853596
24 Aug 11: “The Federal Opposition has accused Indigenous 
Affairs Minister Minister Jenny Macklin of misleading the 
public on the issue of healthy food in remote communities. 
Yesterday, Ms Macklin released a report about stores in 
remote Indigenous communities. The headline on the media 
release said, “report reveals more money spent on healthy 
food in Indigenous stores”. But the report does not reveal 
that. Instead, it shows an increase in the profitability 
of many stores. … “I think it is pretty desperate stakes 
when you just have to start making things up,” he 
[Opposition Indigenous Affairs spokesman Nigel Scullion] 
said.”

Koori Mail: More healthy food being sold
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
23 Aug 11: “A NEW report has found that Australian 
Government reforms to community owned stores in Aboriginal 
and Torres Strait Island communities have resulted in 
increased sales of healthy food. The report, strong 
corporations, strong stores, strong communities also showed 
significant overall growth in average income and gross 
profit and an increase in the percentage of community 
stores trading profitably”

– Media Release

Hon Jenny Macklin MP: Report reveals more money spent on 
healthy food in Indigenous community-owned stores
http://www.jennymacklin.fahcsia.gov.au/mediareleases/2011/pages/rpt_reveals_more_money_spent_health_food_23082011.aspx
23 Aug 11: “A new report has found that Australian 
Government reforms to community owned stores in Aboriginal 
and Torres Strait Island communities have resulted in 
increased sales of healthy food. The report, strong 
corporations, strong stores, strong communities 
investigates the financial performance of community stores 
owned by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations 
registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres 
Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act).”

* 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

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

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

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/

The Conversation – After the Intervention: 
http://theconversation.edu.au/pages/after-the-intervention

Tracker – NT Intervention:
http://tracker.org.au/tag/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

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

Treaty Republic: 
Native Title is not Land Rights – under any circumstances
http://treatyrepublic.net/content/native-title-not-land-rights-under-any-circumstances
23 Jul 11: “… from Ray Jackson [President, Indigenous 
Social Justice Association] 
The article above describes a positive call to stop the 
theft of aboriginal land and its resources. For far too 
long we have been stripped of our rights by, as Bob 
Weatherall correctly describes the Governments and mining 
companies, as being over the top greedy in their lusts for 
the stolen billions. … “

Truthout: Indigenous Groups Challenge Doctrine of 
Christian Discovery and Domination
http://www.truth-out.org/indigenous-groups-challenge-doctrine-christian-discovery-and-domination/1310736050
22 Jul 11: “Romero was speaking at a side event about the 
root of the problems affecting her people – the 
dehumanization caused by the “Doctrine of Christian 
Discovery.” The “doctrine,” which will be the theme of next 
year’s highly anticipated UNPFII, would have sounded like 
conspiracy not too long ago. Today, thanks to exhaustive 
research by indigenous scholars and law researchers, the 
doctrine has been brought front and center.” Jason Coppola

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: 
Professor Paul Komesaroff speaks on Strong Voices
http://caama.com.au/professor-paul-komesaroff-speaks-on-strong-voices
24 Aug 11: “There is growing recognition of the ongoing 
role that community controlled organisations continue to 
play in the health and wellbeing of Aborignal communities
… The call has been echoed by leading Australian health 
professional Professor Paul Komesaroff… a practising 
Physician and Director of the Faculty of Medicine at Monash 
University. He says the community controlled model is not 
straight forward…and that people will have to learn by 
trial and error.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: 
New Report sheds light on Aboriginal Water Rights and Native Title
http://caama.com.au/new-report-sheds-light-on-aboriginal-water-rights-and-native-title
24 Aug 11: “A new report which analyses the laws associated 
with Aboriginal water rights and native title…has found 
that Government and Aboriginal people have different 
understandings when it comes to the rights of water within 
land which is held under native title. The North Australian 
Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance has released 
its latest publication called ‘Indigenous Rights in Water 
in Northern Australia’… NAILSMA CEO Joe Morrison says the 
report has found that Aboriginal people see land and water 
connected within native title rights…while the government 
treats them as separate… … He speaks to Nerida Currey 
on Strong Voices.”

– News

West Australian: Gas protesters block Woodside trucks
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/wa/10117294/gas-protesters-block-woodside-trucks/
26 Aug 11: “A 57-year-old woman has been arrested and 
several others remain chained to machinery in Broome this 
morning as protesters try to prevent Woodside trucks 
entering James Price Point. Woodside was forced to stop 
work and remove its machinery after a fire near the 
proposed gas hub site over the past two weeks. Protester 
Nik Wevers said they were prepared for when Woodside would 
try to return the machinery.”

9 News: Kimberley heritage listing not a lock-out
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8289648/delay-call-on-kimberley-heritage-decision
24 Aug 11: “Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke says a 
heritage listing for the West Kimberley does not mean 
mining development will be locked out. Instead mining 
companies pursuing development in the northern West 
Australian region would have to respect its heritage values. 
The comments come as mining lobby group the Chamber of 
Minerals and Energy of WA (CME) urged Mr Burke to delay his 
decision on the heritage listing.”

24/08/2011 Book launch: “Walk With Us” – Aboriginal views on the NT Intervention

Posted in NEWS on 24/08/2011 by D

Contents:
* Book launch: “Walk With Us” – Aboriginal views on the
NT Intervention
* Research review: ‘Does new evidence from NT women
undermine supposed benefits of income management?’
* Interview with Equality Rights Alliance’s Emma Davidson
* Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia
* Muckaty Voices and Our Generation screening at
‘Down Under Berlin – Australian Film Festival’
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention

* BOOK LAUNCH: “WALK WITH US”
– ABORIGINAL VIEWS ON THE NT INTERVENTION:

“Walk With Us”
Aboriginal Elders Call Out to Australian People to Walk
with them in their Quest for Justice
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/WWU_Order_Form.pdf
Aug 2011: “A sequel to the highly regarded “This Is What We
Said” (February 2010), “Walk with Us” (August 2011).
Beautifully illustrated, this hard-covered book provides a
very important update of the current thinking about the
Intervention. The book articulates the views of Aboriginal
Elders who gathered in Melbourne in February 2011 as well
as those of other leading Australians. Following her visit
to meet with Aboriginal elders in Darwin, Navi Pillay, the
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed her own
concerns.
Elders are calling on the ‘People of Australia’ to walk
with them as they seek the return of their basic human
rights in their quest for justice.”
[Click on above link for details of how to purchase your
own copy of the book.]

MELBOURNE LAUNCH OF “WALK WITH US”:
‘concerned Australians’: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/WWU_booklaunches.html
STICS: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
“Melbourne – 30 August 2011  at 12.30pm
The Executive Lounge, First Floor, Alan Gilbert Building,
Corner of Grattan and Berkerley Streets, Carlton.
Speakers:
* The Hon Sally Brown AM  Ret Justice of the Family Court,
Former Chief Magistrate of Victoria.
* Melissa Brickell, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Ecumenical Commission (NATSIEC)
Commissioner for Victoria”

SYDNEY LAUNCH OF “WALK WITH US”:
‘concerned Australians’: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/WWU_booklaunches.html
gleebooks: [scroll down page] http://www.gleebooks.com.au/default.asp?p=events/launches4.htm
STICS: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
“Sydney – 1 September 2011 at 6pm for 6.30pm
Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe
Speakers:
* Nicole Watson, Research Fellow, Jumbunna House of
Learning, UTS.
* Jeff McMullen, CEO (honorary) Foundation for Youth
Flyer: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/Invitation_WWU-launch-1-9-11.pdf

CANBERRA LAUNCH OF “WALK WITH US”:
‘concerned Australians’: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/WWU_booklaunches.html
STICS: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
“Canberra – 8 September 2011 at 5.30pm
The Friends Meeting House, Corner Bent and Condamine
Streets, Turner, ACT.
Speakers:
* Jilpia Nappaljari Jones
* Digby Habel”

DARWIN LAUNCH OF “WALK WITH US”:
Darwin – Time and venue yet to be announced
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/WWU_booklaunches.html

“Walk With Us” brought to you by ‘concerned Australians’: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/
Book info and order form: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/WWU_Order_Form.pdf
Further book info: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/WWU-Alert-for-All-Readers.pdf

* RESEARCH REVIEW: ‘DOES NEW EVIDENCE FROM NT WOMEN UNDERMINE SUPPOSED BENEFITS OF INCOME MANAGEMENT?’

– Analysis of the Equality Rights Alliance research report

Crikey: Does new evidence from NT women undermine supposed
benefits of income management?
http://www.crikey.com.au/2011/08/19/does-new-evidence-from-nt-women-undermine-supposed-benefits-of-income-management/
19 Aug 11: “The stated intentions of the income management
program, as part of the Northern Territory Emergency
Response and the more recent revived program, were clearly
aimed at better family functioning. Some surveys and
statistics are quoted by the government to support the
program and its various extensions but these give no
statistically valid indicators of recipient benefits. … ”
Eva Cox

See:

WGAR News: Equality Rights Alliance Report:
Women’s experience of Income Management in the NT (21 Aug 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/08/21/wgar-news-equality-rights-alliance-report-womens-experience-of-income-management-in-the-n

* INTERVIEW WITH EQUALITY RIGHTS ALLIANCE’S EMMA DAVIDSON:

– Audio Interview

ABC AM: Claims children are learning welfare dependency
http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2011/s3298133.htm
20 Aug 11: “The most comprehensive survey of women living
under income management in Australia has found that it
hasn’t changed their spending habits and most want to get
off the program. The Equality Rights Alliance collected the
responses of more than 180 women of various backgrounds.
The majority said they had a bad relationship with
Centrelink, and some felt that income management was
teaching their children welfare dependency.”
[Includes comments by the Equality Rights Alliance’s Emma
Davidson.]

– Related News

SMH: Income card fails to change most women’s habits
http://www.smh.com.au/national/income-card-fails-to-change-most-womens-habits-20110819-1j2df.html
20 Aug 11: “THE federal government’s controversial income
management scheme in the Northern Territory is failing to
change what most women buy, their sense of safety, or their
ability to look after their families, a new study says.
Many women also say they are ashamed and confused about
having to use the government-issued BasicsCard. The study,
”Women’s experience of income management in the Northern
Territory ”, is based on a survey of 168 mostly Aboriginal
and African women, and focus group discussions with 183
women.”

See:

WGAR News: Equality Rights Alliance Report:
Women’s experience of Income Management in the NT (21 Aug 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/08/21/wgar-news-equality-rights-alliance-report-womens-experience-of-income-management-in-the-n

* UPCOMING ABORIGINAL RIGHTS EVENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA
– 22 EVENTS FROM 23 AUGUST 2011:

Click on the links for details of the events …

Event: Ongoing protest: Glenroy, Melbourne, Vic
Save Ballerrt Mooroop College
This Koori Pathways School is under threat
“The Local Indigenous Community is campaigning to keep the
Glenroy Koorie Pathway School on Wurundjeri Country at its
current Hilton Street Glenroy site.”
Campaign Updates: http://ballerrtmooroop.org/
Picket resumes: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/48552
Online Petition: http://ballerrtmooroop.org/node/77

Event: Ongoing protest: James Price Point, Kimberley, WA
Kimberley gas plant protest
Save the Kimberley info: http://www.savethekimberley.com/
Kimberley gas plant threatens Aboriginal culture: http://ccr.uws.edu.au/2011/06/22/kimberley-gas-plant-threatens-aboriginal-culture-join-the-discussion/#.TkjD3WEgp8E
Aboriginal elder Elsta Foy at the protest camp: http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2011/s3296152.htm
Protest updates: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/blog/
Environs Kimberley: http://www.environskimberley.org.au/
Kimberley info: http://handsoffcountry.blogspot.com/
Kimberley Country and Culture: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/whats-the-fuss/country-culture/
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 JPP blockade (9 Jul 11): http://indymedia.org.au/2011/07/09/wgar-news-25-protesters-arrested-at-james-price-point-blockade-petition-handed-to-ministe

Event: 3 July to Sun 25 September 2011: Sydney, NSW
Exhibition: FREEDOM RIDERS
– Art and activism 1960s to now
Sydney University Art Gallery
“A unique and daring exhibition has pulled together some of
the most important political artworks produced by NSW’s
leading Aboriginal artists and put them in one room for the
public to see.” ABC News
Event details: http://sydney.edu.au/museums/events_exhibitions/art_gallery_exhibitions.shtml
Featured in Video: http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2011/07/01/3259282.htm

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: 18 August – Sun 30 October 2011: Wiluna to Perth, WA
Walk Away from Uranium Mining
“By coming to Wiluna you will be supporting Traditional
Owners in their opposition to 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

Upcoming Event: Central Adelaide, SA
Adelaide Kimberley Support Rally postponed
“a bigger better event is already being planned,
date and details soon!”
Event details: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/2011/07/13/upcoming-events/

Upcoming Event: Darwin, NT
Darwin book launch: “Walk With Us”
– Aboriginal views on the NT Intervention
Darwin – Time and venue yet to be announced
Event details: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/WWU_booklaunches.html
Brought to you by ‘concerned Australians’: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/
Book info and order form: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/WWU_Order_Form.pdf
Book info: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/WWU-Alert-for-All-Readers.pdf

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/
Brochure: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info/Building_Bridges_2011.pdf
Register for course (it’s free!): http://www.parramattacollege.com.au/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Parramatta.woa/wa/module.shtml?ID=3X3BBR
Course details: http://indymedia.org.au/building-bridges-2011
Course details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/26384/

Event: 24 August 2011: Sydney, NSW
Exhibition: FREEDOM RIDERS
– Art and activism 1960s to now
Curators and artists talk:
Sydney University Art Gallery
“A unique and daring exhibition has pulled together some of
the most important political artworks produced by NSW’s
leading Aboriginal artists and put them in one room for the
public to see.” ABC News
Event details: http://sydney.edu.au/museums/events_exhibitions/art_gallery_exhibitions.shtml
Featured in Video: http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2011/07/01/3259282.htm

Event: Fri 26 – Sun 28 August 2011: Kalkarindji/Daguragu, NT
Gurindji Walkoff from Wave Hill
– 45th Anniversary Commemoration
Fri 26: Elders Day Focus – main day
Sat 27: Mid-generation Focus
Sun 28: Youth Day Focus
Event location and details: http://www.gurindjifreedomday.com/
Program: http://www.gurindjifreedomday.com/45th%20festival.html
28 July 11 media release from Gurindji spokespeople: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/mr-gurindji_stop_intervention.pdf
Video of Gurindji strike against NT Intervention: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guge6MI6cTA
WGAR News: Gurindji workers’ strike protesting the NT Intervention: http://indymedia.org.au/2010/10/24/wgar-news-australia-a-continuing-genocide-24-oct-10

Event: Fri 26 August 2011: Broadway, Sydney, NSW
Rally on Gurindji Freedom Day
Organised by the Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=189792351084016
Flyer: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/Gurindji-Freedom-Day-26-8-11-new.jpg
28 July 11 media release from Gurindji spokespeople: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/mr-gurindji_stop_intervention.pdf
Video of Gurindji strike against NT Intervention: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guge6MI6cTA
WGAR News: Gurindji workers’ strike protesting the NT Intervention: http://indymedia.org.au/2010/10/24/wgar-news-australia-a-continuing-genocide-24-oct-10

Event: Tue 30 August 2011: Carlton, Melbourne, Vic
Book launch: “Walk With Us”
– Aboriginal views on the NT Intervention
To be launched by Hon Sally Brown and Melissa Brickell
Brought to you by ‘concerned Australians’: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/
Event details: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/WWU_booklaunches.html
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/melbourne-book-launch-of-walk-with-us-aboriginal-views-on-the-nt-intervention
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Book info and order form: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/WWU_Order_Form.pdf
Book info: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/WWU-Alert-for-All-Readers.pdf

Event: Thu 1 September 2011: Glebe, Sydney, NSW
Book launch: “Walk With Us”
– Aboriginal views on the NT Intervention
To be launched by Nicole Watson and Jeff McMullen
“In “Walk With Us” you will come to understand the harsh
realities that Northern Territory Aboriginal people live
with every day.”
Brought to you by ‘concerned Australians’: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.gleebooks.com.au/default.asp?p=events/launches4.htm
Event details: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/WWU_booklaunches.html
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/26542/
Event details: http://inner-west-courier.whereilive.com.au/events/story/walk-with-us-book-launch-1-sept-2011-1/
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/walk-with-us-book-launch-1-sept-2011
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/48539
Flyer: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/Invitation_WWU-launch-1-9-11.pdf
Book info and order form: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/WWU_Order_Form.pdf
Book info: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/WWU-Alert-for-All-Readers.pdf

Event: Fri 2 September 2011: Adelaide, SA
130th Justice and Peace Candlelight Walk
“Join us on the Candle Light Walk to call for a Treaty and
Bill of Rights, and to support the Ngarrindjeri and all
other Aboriginal people and the Stolen Generations, their
families and communities left behind, in their call for
Peace and Justice. … ”
Event details: http://antarsa.auspics.org.au/?p=1

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/
Brochure: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info/Building_Bridges_2011.pdf
Register for course (it’s free!): http://www.parramattacollege.com.au/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Parramatta.woa/wa/module.shtml?ID=3X3BBR
Course details: http://indymedia.org.au/building-bridges-2011
Course details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/26384/

Event: Thu 8 September 2011: Turner, Canberra, ACT
Book launch: “Walk With Us”
– Aboriginal views on the NT Intervention
To be launched by Jilpia Nappaljari Jones and Digby Habel
Brought to you by ‘concerned Australians’: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/
Event details: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/WWU_booklaunches.html
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/canberra-book-launch-of-walk-with-us-aboriginal-views-on-the-nt-intervention
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Book info and order form: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/WWU_Order_Form.pdf
Book info: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/WWU-Alert-for-All-Readers.pdf

Event: Fri 9 September 2011: Manly, Sydney, NSW
Save the Kimberley Community meeting
Event info: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/2011/07/13/upcoming-events/
Event info: [scroll down page] http://www.wilderness.org.au/articles/broome-no-gas-hub-campaign-strengthens

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: Sun 23 October 2011: Bendigo, Vic
A Benefit for the Kimberley
Event details: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/2011/07/13/upcoming-events/
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=171353649603731
Flyer: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/276751_171353649603731_2704303_n.jpg

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/

* MUCKATY VOICES & OUR GENERATION SCREENING AT ‘DOWN UNDER BERLIN – AUSTRALIAN FILM FESTIVAL’:

Schedule – Down Under Berlin – Australian Film Festival
http://www.downunderberlin.de/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=36&Itemid=273&lang=en
“Freitag, 16.09.2011
Muckaty Voices (10 min)
Our Generation (73 min)”

Program – Down Under Berlin – Australian Film Festival
http://www.downunderberlin.de/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2&Itemid=245&lang=en#muckatyvoices
“Muckaty Voices by Eleanor Gilbert
The Australian Government under Kevin Rudd promised to
carry out a better nuclear waste program than its
predecessors. Dumping of nuclear waste was proposed to
take place on sacred lands of many Aboriginal communities.
What the land means to these peoples is still unknown to
many Australians.”

Program – Down Under Berlin – Australian Film Festival
http://www.downunderberlin.de/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2&Itemid=245&lang=en#ourgeneration
“Our Generation by Sinem Saban and Damien Curtis
This film looks at the Australian Aboriginal struggle for
land, culture and freedom that continues today. The
remote Yolngu community features as one of the last
remaining culturally strong areas. This film shows a side
of Australia that is unknown to many who live outside
this vast country. Historians, indigenous leaders,
musicians and human rights activists are part of the
culture clash that remains in modern Australia.”

See:

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

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

* 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/

The Conversation – After the Intervention:
http://theconversation.edu.au/pages/after-the-intervention

Tracker – NT Intervention:
http://tracker.org.au/tag/nt-intervention/

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/

14/08/2011 Government ‘Strategic Review of Indigenous Expenditure’ made public

Posted in NEWS on 14/08/2011 by D

Contents:
* Tracker Magazine is now online
* Government ‘Strategic Review of Indigenous Expenditure’
made public
* Jenny Macklin’s address to the Sydney Institute
* Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Aboriginal imprisonment rates & deaths in custody
* Land Rights and Native Title
* Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia
* Other articles

* TRACKER MAGAZINE IS NOW ONLINE:

– New website

Tracker – be involved. be informed. be inspired.
http://tracker.org.au/

About Tracker: http://tracker.org.au/about-us/

“Tracker magazine is a publication of the NSW Aboriginal
Land Council, Australia’s largest Aboriginal organisation.

Tracker was launched in April 2011, to fill a few crucial
functions:

1. Shine a light on local, state, national and international
issues of importance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander peoples.
2. Promote the rights and interests – in particular land
rights – of Aboriginal people in NSW, and beyond.
3. Keep politicians and mainstream media honest in their
dealings with, and reporting on, Aboriginal issues.
4. Provide important information to the 20,000 plus members
of the NSW Aboriginal land rights network.”

* GOVERNMENT ‘STRATEGIC REVIEW OF INDIGENOUS EXPENDITURE’ MADE PUBLIC:

– The Review

Australian Government:
Strategic Review of Indigenous Expenditure
http://www.finance.gov.au/foi/disclosure-log/2011/docs/foi_10-27_strategic_review_indigenous_expenditure.pdf
Feb 2010: “Released under FOI Act”

– Analysis / Opinion

The Conversation:
Putting dollars on disadvantage:
Australia’s Indigenous spending
http://theconversation.edu.au/putting-dollars-on-disadvantage-australias-indigenous-spending-2731
8 Aug 11: “A government-commissioned report has found
progress on Indigenous disadvantage has been “mixed at
best”. The Finance Department’s Strategic Review of
Indigenous Expenditure was put together in February 2010,
and obtained by Channel Seven under Freedom of Information
laws. The report describes returns on government-funded
Indigenous programs as “dismally poor”.”
[Includes comments by Associate Professor Russell Ross,
Professor Jon Altman and Dr Chris Sarra.]

The Wire: Indigenous spending not closing the gap
[scroll down page] http://www.thewire.org.au/daydetail.aspx?SearchDay=2011-08-08
8 Aug 11: “A scathing review of the government’s Aboriginal
programs has found the $3.5 billion spent each year has
achieved little. The report shows that standards of
indigenous housing, health and education in some areas
haven’t changed since the 1970s. Closing the gap between
Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is a difficult
and complex goal, but some observers say the gap will
continue to widen unless the government starts listening to
Aboriginal voices in remote communities.
Featured in story: Elaine Peckham, Central Arrente woman;
Paddy Gibson, Senior Researcher at the Jumbunna Indigenous
House of Learning; Professor Jon Altman, Director at the
Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, ANU.”

ABC The Drum Opinion:
Conversations: shining the spotlight on Indigenous policy
http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/2836652.html
12 Aug 11: “Today the Drum, in collaboration with The
Conversation, is taking a look at Indigenous policy since
the Northern Territory intervention. With the belated
release of the Department of Finance’s Strategic Review Of
Indigenous Expenditure, Indigenous policy has been once
more in the spotlight. We asked whether any of the current
approaches are working. What could be done better, and how?”
[Includes comments by Russell Ross, Chris Sarra,
Jon Altman, Marilyn Wise, Peter O’Mara,
Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh and Peter Billings.]

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane
Let’s Talk – Indigenous presented talkback:
http://989fm.com.au/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29
9 Aug 11: “Chris Graham: Tiga Bayles spoke with [Managing]
Editor of the Tracker Magazine, Chris Graham. Chris is also
former editor and founder of the National Indigenous Times
newspaper.”
[Chris Graham discusses the Strategic Review of Indigenous
Expenditure.]
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasting/audio/98fm-podcast-2011-08-09-91567.mp3

New Matilda: Getting The Facts You Deserve
http://newmatilda.com/2011/08/09/getting-facts-you-deserve
9 Aug 11: “The Productivity Commission found gross
inefficiency in spending on Indigenous policy. No surprises
there. Will Labor ignore this latest evidence of its
shortcomings on Indigenous affairs? “Dismally poor
returns.” That’s the verdict of the Strategic Review on
government expenditure on Indigenous policy prepared by the
Productivity Commission for the Cabinet.” By Newmatilda.com

Age: Still wandering in a policy desert
http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/editorial/still-wandering-in-a-policy-desert-20110808-1ij5h.html
9 Aug 11: “THE Finance Department’s review of Commonwealth
spending on indigenous programs runs to 470 pages, but
summarises itself in one crisp sentence: ”The history of
Commonwealth policy for indigenous Australians over the
past 40 years is largely a story of good intentions, flawed
policies, unrealistic assumptions, poor implementation,
unintended consequences and dashed hopes.” The report’s
main implication is equally dismal: Australia spends $3.5
billion each year on indigenous programs and much of it
must be considered wasted.”

Australian: It has cost $35bn to turn on indigenous light bulb
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/commentary/it-has-cost-35bn-to-turn-on-indigenous-light-bulb/story-e6frgd0x-1226111230818
9 Aug 11: “IF $35 billion dollars can’t solve the problem
then perhaps throwing good money after bad isn’t the
solution after all. Over the past decade indigenous affairs
has been awash with money and yet the results have been
described by the Finance Department as “disappointing at
best and appalling at worst”. Surely that has got to be a
light bulb moment.” Wesley Aird

– Media Releases

Aboriginal Health Council of SA:
Indigenous Expenditure Review Highlights Necessity for
Aboriginal Engagement
http://www.ahcsa.org.au/news/2011-08/indigenous-expenditure-review-highlights-necessity-for-aboriginal-engagement/
12 Aug 11: “The Aboriginal Health Council of SA Inc. says
the federal Strategic Review of Indigenous Expenditure 2010
is a long awaited document that highlights the necessity
for Aboriginal engagement in the development and delivery
of government health policy and programs for Aboriginal &
Torres Strait Islander people across Australia.
Chairperson, Yvonne Buza, said “The South Australian
Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector has been
acutely aware of the disconnect between Aboriginal policy
intent and execution for years. It’s not just the
implementation and delivery of these policy directions that
require Aboriginal input. It is imperative that Aboriginal
involvement is also evident at policy inception to ensure
that policies and programs best meet the needs of our
people.””

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation:
Review supports Aboriginal Community Control
http://www.naccho.org.au/Files/Documents/2011-8-8_Strategic_Review_supports_Aboriginal_CommunityControl-MR.pdf
8 Aug 11: “Mr Justin Mohamed, Chair of NACCHO says, “The
Federal Government report released by Channel Seven last
night under Freedom of Information supports what we have
been saying for years; that Aboriginal people need to be
intimately involved in the design and delivery of programs
to ensure they are effective”.
“The report, an Executive Summary of the Strategic Review
of Indigenous Expenditure 2010, identifies potential
savings from bureaucratic inefficiencies and duplication.
However, the review highlights useful ways forward and is
certainly not, as some media reports might suggest, a
condemnation of all Aboriginal targeted expenditure”, Mr
Mohamed said.
“The review, especially covering health, supports what
Aboriginal people have been saying for many years in
reports such as the National Aboriginal Health Strategy in
1989. The review recognises the “maturity” of the
Aboriginal community controlled health sector and its peak
bodies. It also recognises the progress towards needs based
resource allocation in health and the need to progress this
further.””

‘concerned Australians’:
Homelands Report Drowning In Commonwealth Government
Family’s Hidden Agendas
http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11727:northern-territory-homelands-report-drowning-in-commonwealth-government-familys-hidden-agendas&catid=54:australia-indigenous-peoples&Itemid=76
9 Aug 11: “Is it a coincidence the Government Strategic
Review of Indigenous Expenditure is brought into the public
forum just two days before the launching of Amnesty’s
Homeland Report?
The Amnesty report gives focus to the wishes of Northern
Territory Aboriginal people, that homelands be recognised
as places where the people are able to live their
traditional lives on their own estates, where they can
fulfill their ceremonial duties, care for their land and
protect their culture, language and law.
These rights are recognised in the Declaration on the
Rights of Indigenous Peoples which was given formal
support by Australia in 2009.
Suddenly, however, we are now faced with the Strategic
Review provided to Cabinet back in early 2010. The timing
is remarkable. Although its focus identifies the enormous
waste of money and the failures of both management and
implementation, its suggested reforms strongly reinforce
much of the assimilatory biases of the first draft
intervention by ignoring the views of Aboriginal people.”

Rachel Siewert:
Indigenous spending plan flawed from the beginning: Greens
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/indigenous-spending-plan-flawed-beginning-greens
8 Aug 11: “The Australian Greens have called on the
government to fundamentally change its approach to funding
policies relating to Aboriginal and Torres Straight
Islanders, to prevent millions more being wasted on
ineffective programs.
The call comes in response to news that the programs being
funded in Aboriginal communities are not effective, despite
the government spending $3.5 billion dollars annually.
“This should come as no surprise for those that have been
involved in these issues. For years there has been concern
that funding isn’t being spent wisely. There simply isn’t
adequate consultation, programs are ineffectively targeted
and not based on evidence,” Senator Siewert, Greens
Spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Issues said today.”

Australian Human Rights Commission:
Change for the better is going to take time
http://www.hreoc.gov.au/about/media/media_releases/2011/65_11.html
8 Aug 11: “Significant improvements have been made in the
lives of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders
despite criticism that Australians are not getting value
for money, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social
Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda said today.
Commissioner Gooda said while he has not yet had an
opportunity to fully study a report prepared by the
Department of Finance in 2010, he hoped people would
recognise that the changes being sought were
intergenerational and would not take place overnight.
“Ordinary Australians should be reassured that, contrary to
reports, their tax dollars have been invested in achieving
concrete, practical improvements to the lives of Indigenous
Australians,” Commissioner Gooda said.”

– Videos

7 News: Billions burned in quit campaign
http://au.news.yahoo.com/vic/latest/a/-/newshome/9988986/billions-of-dollars-wasted-on-failed-indigenous-programs/
8 Aug 11: “Billions of taxpayer dollars have been wasted on
indigenous programs that have “clearly failed”, a 7News
investigation revealed. This includes an anti-smoking
campaign which is burning up taxpayers dollars – with $100
million spent on getting Indigenous Australians to quit
smoking. … The program is headed by respected Indigenous
Leader Tom Calma. It’s a part-time position and he is being
paid $695,00 over three years.”

YouTube: Ngemba elder protests billions of Aboriginal
affairs funding mispent by government
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6e6wWxlz0BU&feature=player_embedded
12 Aug 11: “Sydney … For the last five days, Feli
McHughes, Joel McHughes and Gregory Coffey from the Ngemba
Billabong Restoration Project in Brewarrina, NSW, have been
trying to hand over a $260,000 cheque to the head of the
Department of Aboriginal Affairs. “We are not going to play
this silly game any more: where they pretend to give us
money and we end up giving it back to them to mispend”,
Feli said, referring to the recently unearthed secret
federal government report that $25 billion of government
spending on Aboriginal affairs over the last 40 years had
failed to narrow the huge social and economic gap between
Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities.”

Australian: Secret report slams Gillard’s indigenous plan
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/secret-report-slams-gillards-indigenous-plan/story-fn59niix-1226110895752
8 Aug 11: “THE Gillard government says it is improving
indigenous service delivery in light of a scathing report
it wanted to keep secret. But Indigenous Affairs Minister
Jenny Macklin was unable to say today how many inefficient
Aboriginal programs the government had axed in the 18
months since it received the 470 page review. The report,
obtained by the Seven Network under freedom of information
laws, found the living conditions of Aboriginal people had
changed little in 40 years, … ”

– Audio

ABC AM:
Review finds decades of federal Indigenous spending wasteful
http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2011/s3287581.htm
8 Aug 11: “A damning review of Federal spending on
Indigenous programs over the years has found successive
governments have seen dismal returns on the billions of
dollars they’ve paid out. …
DJINIYINI GONDARRA: It is a waste of taxpayers’ money and
there is no result. … People have now discovered that,
you know, it is a waste of time. All those services that
was given in the community in 73 prescribed community have
failed. That is the message. It’s failed. There is no
result.”

ABC AM: Macklin defends her government’s record
http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2011/s3287585.htm
8 Aug 11: “SABRA LANE: Minister, this strategic review
handed up 18 months ago says the results from $3.5 billion
spent every year on Indigenous programs is disappointing at
best and appalling at worst. It is pretty damning, isn’t
it?
JENNY MACKLIN: Well it certainly demonstrates that over
many governments we have failed Indigenous people. The
report does also demonstrate how important this
Government’s Close the Gap strategy has been. For the first
time the Federal Government does have very clear targets
and now agreements with the state governments that are
transparent and publicly accountable.”

– News

Koori Mail: AHCSA: Review highlights need for ACCHOs
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
12 Aug 11: “A REVIEW that identified ‘dismally poor
results’ for the $3.5 billion in Commonwealth funds being
spent annually on Indigenous programs highlights the need
for greater Aboriginal involvement in policies and
programs, according to the Aboriginal Health Council of SA.
The Federal Government says things have improved since the
February 2010 finance department report but high levels of
need means change will be a long time coming. AHCSA CEO
Mary Buckskin says ongoing and equitable funding for
Aboriginal community controlled health services would help.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Congress: review highlights lack of consultation
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6132:congress-review-highlights-lack-of-consultation&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=65
12 Aug 11: “The National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples says the latest report into Indigenous expenditure
confirms the need for more input about service delivery
from Indigenous communities. The report found $3.5 billion
is spent annually for Indigenous programs and past
approaches have failed. Co-Chair of the National Congress
Judy Broun says the report confirms what Aboriginal people
have been saying for decades.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Dodson blames lack of consultation
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6117:dodson-blames-lack-of-consultation&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=65
11 Aug 11: “The director of the National Centre for
Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University,
Professor Mick Dodson, says he is not at all surprised by a
review that finds the billions of dollars spent on
Indigenous people over the past few years has achieved poor
results.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Macklin defends Labor record
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6094:macklin-defends-labor-record&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=65
9 Aug 11: “Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin says
problems highlighted in a new report had developed over
many years and not just under Labor. Ms Macklin said it
demonstrated that many governments had failed indigenous
people and the problems that are demonstrated in this
review did not just emerge in the last couple of years.”

Australian: Jenny Macklin to defend her ‘dismal’ results
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/in-depth/aboriginal-australia/jenny-macklin-to-defend-her-dismal-results/story-e6frgd9f-1226111270711
9 Aug 11: “INDIGENOUS Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin is set
to strike back with a defence of expenditure on Aboriginal
programs after a secret Finance Department review found
taxpayers were getting “dismal” results from $3.5 billion
in annual spending.”

ABC Indigenous:
Review damns dismal return on Indigenous spending
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-08-07/cabinet-report-indigenous-programs/2828256/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
8 Aug 11: “A damning review of federal spending on
Indigenous programs has found dismal returns on the
billions of dollars paid out. The previously secret review
prepared for Cabinet declares past approaches to fix
Indigenous disadvantage have clearly failed, and recommends
25 programs be axed. … Dr Djiniyini Gondarra from Elcho
Island has long campaigned against the federal intervention
and says the review backs his stance. The senior elder says
Government policy based on controlling the lives of
Indigenous people removes their dignity and pride and will
never succeed.”

Australian:
$3.5bn a year failing to lift Aborigines out of the 1970s
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/bn-a-year-failing-to-lift-aborigines-out-of-the-1970s/story-fn59niix-1226110502808
8 Aug 11: “TAXPAYERS are getting “dismal” results from the
$3.5 billion a year they spend on Aboriginal Australia,
says a damning review of indigenous spending conducted for
the federal Department of Finance. The report points to “a
huge gap between policy intent and policy execution”, which
means the situation of many indigenous Australians today is
as bad now as it was in 1970. “This major investment,
maintained over so many years, has yielded dismally poor
returns to date,” the report says.”

BigPond News: Indigenous problems not just under Labor
http://bigpondnews.com/articles/Politics/2011/08/08/Indigenous_problems_not_just_under_Labor_647768.html
8 Aug 11: “Indigenous affairs minister Jenny Macklin says
problems highlighted in a new report had developed over
many years and not just under Labor. Ms Macklin said it
demonstrated that many governments had failed indigenous
people. ‘The problems we face that are demonstrated in this
review did not just emerge in the last couple of years,’
she told ABC radio. ‘They came about through serious
problems in governments of all political persuasions over a
long period of time and the job now is to address those
problems.'”

* JENNY MACKLIN’S ADDRESS TO THE SYDNEY INSTITUTE:

– Speech

The Hon Jenny Macklin MP:
Speeches: Address to the Sydney Institute,
Building the foundations for change
http://www.jennymacklin.fahcsia.gov.au/speeches/2011/Pages/building_fundation_change_address_sydney_09082011.aspx
9 Aug 11: “Addressing the Sydney Institute provides an
opportunity to speak in depth about public policy. It’s
rare to find the time to reflect on the whole picture, the
structures and frameworks which underpin policy and
implementation. In the daily churn of national politics and
of government, we focus on the practical things, the daily
milestones. And yet it’s getting the policy right, getting
the systems right, that provides a platform for real and
sustained change. I want to speak tonight about the policy
and the practice of Indigenous Affairs. … ”

– Media Release

“Stronger Futures report will continue failed Intervention”:
Protesters target Minister Macklin
http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/MR-Macklin-SI-9-8-11.pdf
9 Aug 11: “Today at 5pm, Stop the Intervention Collective
Sydney activists will protest Indigenous Affairs Minister
Jenny Macklin’s address to the Sydney Institute (1 Bligh St
Sydney CBD). Minister Macklin will be presenting the
“Stronger Futures” report, which has been condemned as a
blueprint for continuing the failed Northern Territory
Intervention.
A 470 page Government Finance Department report on
Indigenous Affairs spending (made public this week through
Freedom of Information) shows billions of dollars of waste
and the abject failure of governments to improve the
shameful poverty Aboriginal people remain subject to.
“It is a disgrace that Minister Macklin will use the
International Day of the World’s Indigenous People to talk
about continuing policies aimed at centralising Indigenous
populations and forcing assimilation. Despite Minister
Macklin’s rhetoric about a ‘new partnership’ with
Indigenous people, Stronger Futures makes policy commitments
which would continue the NT Intervention and ensure no
future for most Indigenous communities.” Said Paddy Gibson
from STICS.”

* NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– Analysis / Opinion

The Conversation: Indigenous programs:
protecting the vulnerable and promoting well-being?
http://theconversation.edu.au/indigenous-programs-protecting-the-vulnerable-and-promoting-well-being-1973
12 Aug 11: “AFTER THE INTERVENTION: Peter Billings from the
University of Queensland interrogates the legal basis for
the Intervention and suggests some new approaches. … Of
course, one of the biggest and most contentious programs in
recent years has been the Commonwealth Government’s
wide-ranging Northern Territory Emergency Response (or
“Intervention”). The Intervention began in June 2007, based
upon the urgent need to address child neglect and social
dysfunction in certain NT communities.”

The Conversation:
How has the Northern Territory Intervention affected
Aboriginal health?
http://theconversation.edu.au/how-has-the-northern-territory-intervention-affected-aboriginal-health-1028
10 Aug 11: “AFTER THE INTERVENTION: Marilyn Wise from the
University of New South Wales and Peter O’Mara from the
Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association ask whether the
NT Intervention has made Indigenous communities healthier.
In 2006 the NT Government commissioned the Akelyernemane
Meke Mekarle “Little Children are Sacred” report in
response to widespread political and community concern.
The Northern Territory Intervention followed, aiming to
protect the region’s children. But an assessment of its
effects on health have found more bad news than good.”

Tracker: Evidently: Yes, no, maybe… Prime Minister
http://tracker.org.au/2011/08/evidently-yes-no-maybe-prime-minister/
10 Aug 11: “EVIDENTLY there is progress in Northern
Territory prescribed communities. The Prime Minister has
visited and she says so. The mainstream media report so.
Indeed what the Prime Minister says is remarkably similar
to what Jenny Macklin has been saying for some time: there
is progress. This song is now being sung by Minister for
School Education, Peter Garrett. One could acquiesce, as
much of the Australian mainstream media has, and say; Yes
Prime Minister. But that is the role of the bureaucrat, not
the academic.” Jon Altman

Tracker: BasicsCard: coming to a town near you
http://tracker.org.au/2011/08/basicscard-coming-to-a-town-near-you/
10 Aug 11: “NATIONAL: Compulsory income management was one
of the most controversial – and overtly racist – components
of the Northern Territory intervention. Now it’s being
rolled out across the country, writes AMY McQUIRE.”

Tracker: BLACK CHAT: The real home of porn… and politicians
http://tracker.org.au/2011/08/black-chat-the-real-home-of-porn-and-politicians/2/
10 Aug 11: “NATIONAL: A key measure of the Northern
Territory intervention was to ban pornography from
Aboriginal communities (or at least that was the stated
intention… it was never properly introduced… but it
served its purpose in smearing Aboriginal men as perverts).
There was plenty of resistance from Aboriginal residents at
the time, with intervention signs removed, defaced and
generally mocked. The resistance, it seems, continues today.”
Chris Graham

The Conversation:
Noel Pearson’s policies embraced by white Australia,
but how effective are they?
http://theconversation.edu.au/noel-pearsons-policies-embraced-by-white-australia-but-how-effective-are-they-2226
9 Aug 11: “AFTER THE INTERVENTION: ANU’s Jon Altman
investigates Noel Pearson’s efforts to improve Indigenous
welfare on Cape York. In discussions about the NT
intervention, Noel Pearson’s work in Cape York is often
held up as a model of how to approach Indigenous welfare.
The Welfare Reform Trial has set out to restructure the
norms of Aboriginal people on Cape York, moving them from
welfare dependence to taking part in the economy. While it
builds on some of the reforms from the intervention, the
trial has enacted more widespread changes.”

Green Left: White Australia has a black history
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/48393
6 Aug 11: “The Gillard Labor government’s Ministry of Truth
must be working overtime to churn out titles for programs
that say the opposite of what they actually deliver. One of
its more recent creations is “Stronger Futures”, the name
of the fake community consultations being carried out to
justify the continuation of the racist Northern Territory
intervention into Aboriginal communities. … As Rebuilding
From The Ground Up, an Aboriginal-devised call for an
alternative to the Northern Territory intervention
explained: “The NT Intervention has been a disaster for
Aboriginal communities.” … ” Peter Boyle

See:

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

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

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 12-08-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-12-08-2011
12 Aug 11: “An economist who specialises in employment in
Aboriginal communities says she believes that a lack of
jobs will see the need for the continuation of the CDEP
program for some time into the future.”

ABC PM:
Race Discrimination Commissioner lashes NT intervention
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2011/s3289477.htm
9 Aug 11: “STEPHEN DZIEDZIC: But he’s saved his fiercest
criticism for the Northern Territory Intervention. Mr Innes
says he accepts the Howard government had a responsibility
to protect Indigenous people from violence and child abuse.
But he argues it had no right to suspend the Racial
Discrimination Act in order to impose restrictions on
remote Indigenous communities.
GRAEME INNES: When the Government suspended human rights
legislation, your human rights legislation, designed to
protect you and all other Australians from racial
discrimination, surely it’s time to sit up and worry. So,
was the intervention racist? The UN committee thinks so.
The UN’s special rapporteur thinks so. And most
importantly, many of the people living under the
intervention also think so.”

– News

SMH: Welfare card pays out on poor
http://m.smh.com.au/national/welfare-card-pays-out-on-poor-20110806-1igid.html
7 Aug 11: “WELFARE recipients could be segregated into
different queues at shops under an ”apartheid system”
that will force them to spend at least half of their money
on essential items at government-approved retailers.
Business groups have condemned a federal government plan to
control the spending of up to 20,000 people across the
country [not just in the NT] by effectively making them
shop at a handful of the biggest retail chains. And the Law
Council of Australia has warned that the change could be
discriminatory.”

See:

The Conversation – After the Intervention:
http://theconversation.edu.au/pages/after-the-intervention

Tracker – NT Intervention:
http://tracker.org.au/tag/nt-intervention/

* 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

The Conversation – After the Intervention:
http://theconversation.edu.au/pages/after-the-intervention

Tracker – NT Intervention:
http://tracker.org.au/tag/nt-intervention/

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

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

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

New Matilda – northern territory intervention:
http://newmatilda.com/tag/northern-territory-intervention

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

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

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/

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/

* ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT RATES & DEATHS IN CUSTODY:

– Analysis / Opinion

Tracker: Editorial Opinion: A new commitment
http://tracker.org.au/2011/08/editorial-opinion-2/
10 Aug 11: “NATIONAL: The figures are outrageous. But they
aren’t particularly surprising. Twenty years on from the
Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, there
has been little improvement. Our people are still dying
behind bars, while incarceration rates have soared. In the
process, one political party has stood out above the rest.
Successive state Labor governments have watched as
Indigenous incarceration rates have climbed to astounding
levels.” Amy McQuire

Tracker: Hard Labor: Black incarceration rates soar
http://tracker.org.au/2011/08/hard-labor/
10 Aug 11: “NATIONAL: You’ll never guess which political
party sat and watched while the Aboriginal incarceration
rate sky-rocketed. We heard it on the radio. And we saw it
on the television. Report after report, and promises
delivered by talking politicians. But while this was
occurring, Aboriginal people wallowed inside this nation’s
jails and detention centres, their futures cast by a system
that jails them at staggeringly disproportionate rates.
It’s a problem that cripples our families, and our
communities, and is as complex as it is troubling.”
Amy McQuire

Tracker: Reflections on a Royal Commission
http://tracker.org.au/2011/08/reflections-on-a-royal-commission-2/
10 Aug 11: “NATIONAL: It’s 20 years since the Royal
Commission in Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. One of the men
who help run that Commission – HAL WOOTTEN QC – believes
the lessons of that exhaustive inquiry have never been
properly learnt.”

– News

Tracker: Incarceration rates up
http://tracker.org.au/2011/05/incarceration-rates-up/
10 May 11: “NATIONAL: Indigenous incarceration has
increased by more than 50 percent over the past decade,
according to the latest report from the Australian
Institute of Health and Welfare.” Amy McQuire

* LAND RIGHTS AND NATIVE TITLE:

– Analysis / Opinion

The Conversation:
Native title and Australia’s resource boom: a lost opportunity?
http://theconversation.edu.au/native-title-and-australias-resource-boom-a-lost-opportunity-2725
11 Aug 11: “AFTER THE INTERVENTION: Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh
of Griffith University explains why mineral wealth rarely
ends up in Indigenous hands. Native title creates the
potential for indigenous communities to share in the wealth
when their lands are developed, particularly by mining
companies. But a flawed system for negotiating mining
leases has meant that indigenous parties are often severely
disadvantaged. Communities that could find a way out of
poverty are left behind. But with all the power on the
miners’ side, what is the likelihood of addressing this
power disparity?”

Tracker: GOING NATIONAL: Land Rights and Native Title
http://tracker.org.au/2011/04/going-national-land-rights-and-native-title/
4 Apr 11: “There is still much confusion in public debate
about the differences between the native title regimes and
claims under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act in NSW and
other State-based land rights regimes. This has been the
subject of considerable discussion in recent years. Some of
the best material on the subject was contained in a
Background Paper issued by the then Department of
Aboriginal Affairs during the 1990’s. This is an edited
text of that material.” Brian Johnstone

Tracker: GOING NATIONAL: Land Rights Now
http://tracker.org.au/2011/04/going-national-land-rights-now/
4 Apr 11: “At the federal level, our two major parties want
to talk to Aboriginal people about reform of – and
recognition in – the Australian Constitution. But around
the nation, Aboriginal people overwhelmingly want to talk
about their rights. In this inaugural edition of Tracker,
we speak to three prominent Aboriginal leaders – from South
Australia, Queensland and Tasmania – about land rights and
the future of economic development for their communities.
This feature is intended to be the start of an ongoing
discussion – and debate – about land rights in Australia
within Tracker, including a discussion about how native
title fits into the picture.
BRIAN JOHNSTONE, CHRIS GRAHAM and AMY McQUIRE report.”

See:

Tracker: Land Rights
http://tracker.org.au/tag/land-rights/

Tracker: Native Title
http://tracker.org.au/tag/native-title/

* UPCOMING ABORIGINAL RIGHTS EVENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA
– 22 EVENTS FROM 14 AUGUST 2011:

Click on the links for details of the events …

Event: 3 July to Sun 25 September 2011: Sydney, NSW
Exhibition: FREEDOM RIDERS
– Art and activism 1960s to now
Sydney University Art Gallery
“A unique and daring exhibition has pulled together some of
the most important political artworks produced by NSW’s
leading Aboriginal artists and put them in one room for the
public to see.” ABC News
Event details: http://sydney.edu.au/museums/events_exhibitions/art_gallery_exhibitions.shtml
Featured in Video: http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2011/07/01/3259282.htm

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: Sun 14 August 2011: Melbourne, Vic
Keep the Kimberley Public Rally
Includes speeches by Neil Mackenzie (traditional owner),
Kevin Blatchford (Save the Kimberley) and
Glen Klatovsky (Wilderness Society)
“The KEEP THE KIMBERLEY public rally will be held in
response to Woodside’s liquefied natural gas hub proposed
for James Price Point (Walmadan) near Broome. Rally goers
strongly oppose this development and are calling on federal
politicians to stop the project going ahead.”
Event details: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/2011/07/13/upcoming-events/
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/48453
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/keep-the-kimberly-melbourne-rally

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/
Brochure: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info/Building_Bridges_2011.pdf
Register for course (it’s free!): http://www.parramattacollege.com.au/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Parramatta.woa/wa/module.shtml?ID=3X3BBR
Course details: http://indymedia.org.au/building-bridges-2011
Course details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/26384/

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: Central Adelaide, SA
Kimberley Support Rally
“Help stop the Gas Plant at Walmadan
(James Price Point) and protect the Kimberley.”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/adelaide-kimberley-support-rally
Event details: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/2011/07/13/upcoming-events/

Event: Fri 19 August 2011: Denmark, WA
Kimberley Colours, auction and event
“A night for Denmark to show their support,
for the sacred land rights of our indigenous brothers and
sisters in the Kimberley.”
Event details: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/2011/07/13/upcoming-events/

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/
Brochure: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info/Building_Bridges_2011.pdf
Register for course (it’s free!): http://www.parramattacollege.com.au/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Parramatta.woa/wa/module.shtml?ID=3X3BBR
Course details: http://indymedia.org.au/building-bridges-2011
Course details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/26384/

Event: 24 August 2011: Sydney, NSW
Exhibition: FREEDOM RIDERS
– Art and activism 1960s to now
Curators and artists talk:
Sydney University Art Gallery
“A unique and daring exhibition has pulled together some of
the most important political artworks produced by NSW’s
leading Aboriginal artists and put them in one room for the
public to see.” ABC News
Event details: http://sydney.edu.au/museums/events_exhibitions/art_gallery_exhibitions.shtml
Featured in Video: http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2011/07/01/3259282.htm

Event: Fri 26 – Sun 28 August 2011: Kalkarindji/Daguragu, NT
Gurindji Walkoff from Wave Hill
– 45th Anniversary Commemoration
Fri 26: Elders Day Focus – main day
Sat 27: Mid-generation Focus
Sun 28: Youth Day Focus
Event location and details: http://www.gurindjifreedomday.com/
Program: http://www.gurindjifreedomday.com/45th%20festival.html
28 July 11 media release from Gurindji spokespeople: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/mr-gurindji_stop_intervention.pdf
Video of Gurindji strike against NT Intervention: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guge6MI6cTA
WGAR News: Gurindji workers’ strike protesting the NT Intervention: http://indymedia.org.au/2010/10/24/wgar-news-australia-a-continuing-genocide-24-oct-10

Event: Fri 26 August 2011: Broadway, Sydney, NSW
Rally on Gurindji Freedom Day
Organised by the Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Flyer: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/Gurindji-Freedom-Day-26-8-11.jpg
28 July 11 media release from Gurindji spokespeople: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/mr-gurindji_stop_intervention.pdf
Video of Gurindji strike against NT Intervention: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guge6MI6cTA
WGAR News: Gurindji workers’ strike protesting the NT Intervention: http://indymedia.org.au/2010/10/24/wgar-news-australia-a-continuing-genocide-24-oct-10

Event: Thu 1 September 2011: Glebe, Sydney, NSW
Book launch: “Walk With Us”
To be launched by Jeff McMullen
“In “Walk With Us” you will come to understand the harsh
realities that Northern Territory Aboriginal people live
with every day.”
Brought to you by Concerned Australians: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.gleebooks.com.au/default.asp?p=events/launches4.htm

Event: Fri 2 September 2011: Adelaide, SA
130th Justice and Peace Candlelight Walk
“Join us on the Candle Light Walk to call for a Treaty and
Bill of Rights, and to support the Ngarrindjeri and all
other Aboriginal people and the Stolen Generations, their
families and communities left behind, in their call for
Peace and Justice. … ”
Event details: http://antarsa.auspics.org.au/?p=1

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/
Brochure: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info/Building_Bridges_2011.pdf
Register for course (it’s free!): http://www.parramattacollege.com.au/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Parramatta.woa/wa/module.shtml?ID=3X3BBR
Course details: http://indymedia.org.au/building-bridges-2011
Course details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/26384/

Event: Fri 9 September 2011: Manly, Sydney, NSW
Save the Kimberley Community meeting
Event info: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/2011/07/13/upcoming-events/
Event info: [scroll down page] http://www.wilderness.org.au/articles/broome-no-gas-hub-campaign-strengthens

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 ARTICLES:

– New website

Save Ballerrt Mooroop College:
This Koori Pathways School in Glenroy Victoria is under threat
http://ballerrtmooroop.org/
“About the Campaign
The Local Indigenous Community is campaigning to keep the
Glenroy Koorie Pathway School on Wurundjeri Country at its
current Hilton Street Glenroy site. The school site was
established as the Glenroy High School in 1954. Several
Indigenous families attended the school in the 1960’s
onwards. The Glenroy KODE School was set up in 1995 then
reverted recently to its current name of the Koorie Pathway
School.”

– Audio

The Wire: Australia’s difficult past
http://www.thewire.org.au/daydetail.aspx?SearchDay=2011-08-12
12 Aug 11: “Now to a confronting and difficult discussion:
does Australia have a history of slavery? Should this word
be used to describe the treatment of Indigenous Australians?
A new research project is exploring state interventions and
the forced labour of Indigenous people in the United States
and Australia.
Featured in this story: Associate Professor Victoria Haskins
– University of Newcastle; Janine Dunleavy – Linkup Queensland.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Connection to country … just what does it mean!
http://caama.com.au/connection-to-country-just-what-does-it-mean
12 Aug 11: “Katherine Napaltjarri Parker is a Pintubi woman
from Kintore near the Territory’s border with WA and South
Australia. She speaks with Paul Wiles about the ongoing
role connection to country plays in the day to day life of
Aboriginal people.”

– Articles

Tracker: The Invasion Debate:
Was Australia invaded or peacefully settled?
http://tracker.org.au/2011/08/the-invasion-debate-was-australia-invaded-or-peacefully-settled/
10 Aug 11: “NATIONAL: Earlier this month, the City of
Sydney Council voted 8-2 in favour of using the word
“invasion” in the preamble to its city plan for 2030. It
followed lobbying by the council’s Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander advisory body. The decision immediately
sparked controversy, lighting up talkback radio shows and
spurring hundreds of online comments over the question: was
Australia invaded, or was it peacefully settled?”

New Matilda: The Long Road To Nuclear Compensation
http://newmatilda.com/2011/08/10/long-road-nuclear-compensation
10 Aug 11: “Half a century on, a win for British vets from
Maralinga draws into focus how slow and painstaking the
process of claiming radiation compensation can be, writes
Luke Stickels”

Australian: Broome against boom
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/broome-against-boom/story-fn59niix-1226108570248
6 Aug 11: “AS the blood-orange and crimson sunset works its
magic on Broome’s Cable Beach, it is easy to understand how
this northwestern piece of paradise has managed to capture
the imagination of travellers and the souls of those who
call it home. … For environmentalists across the nation,
Broome is rapidly shaping as the new frontier, a potential
flashpoint of conflicting commonwealth and state ambitions.
… The dispute is environmental, cultural, economic and
indigenous; … ” Graham Lloyd, Environment editor

Tracker: Heroes and villains of budgets past
http://tracker.org.au/2011/05/heroes-and-villains-of-budgets-past/
10 May 11: “Which brings us to Aboriginal affairs budgets,
and a comparable half-truth that governments like to
advance every year – the annual claim of ‘record Indigenous
affairs expenditure’ which inevitably finds its way into
ministerial media releases. The claim is, more often than
not, false.” Chris Graham

– News

SMH: Aborigines spat at in gas protest: Barnett
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/aborigines-spat-at-in-gas-protest-barnett-20110811-1ioo9.html?skin=text-only
11 Aug 11: “Aboriginal residents of Broome who support a
$30 billion gas precinct are being spat at and Woodside
Petroleum workers are being treated appallingly, West
Australian Premier Colin Barnett says.”

ABC Indigenous: Gas hub opponents criticise Ferguson claims
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-08-10/gas-hub-opponents-criticise-ferguson-claims/2833292/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
10 Aug 11: “Opponents of the James Price Point gas hub have
reacted with shock and anger to comments from the federal
Resources Minister, questioning their motivation. At a
Perth conference yesterday, Martin Ferguson said many of
those who oppose the project are privileged and well paid.
He says they are ignoring the needs of poorer Aboriginal
people who stand to benefit from the project. Gas hub
opponent and Indigenous academic Anne Poelina has described
the comments as a cheap political ploy.”

West Australian: Gas hub will aid the poor, says minister
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/10005393/gas-hub-will-aid-the-poor-says-minister/
10 Aug 11: “The battle over Woodside Petroleum’s plan to
build a gas hub 60km north of Broome is “a fight between
the haves and the have nots”, according to Federal
Resources Minister Martin Ferguson. He said opposition was
driven by those locals who were better off and did not need
the investment. “You find that a lot of those people
opposing James Price Point are the more privileged people
in the community – people who have well-paying jobs and
are, in many ways, economically emancipated,” Mr Ferguson
said yesterday.”

Koori Mail: Festival to commemorate Gurindji Walkoff
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
10 Aug 11: “THE 45th anniversary of an event credited as
having ‘lit the fire that became the national land rights
movement’ will be celebrated in the Northern Territory
later this month. The 2011 Gurindji Freedom Day Festival at
Kalkarindji and Daguragu from 26-28 August will commemorate
the historic Wave Hill Walkoff of 1966, when Aboriginal
stockmen led by Gurindji/Malgnin man Vincent Lingiari went
on strike over poor working conditions at the Wave Hill
pastoral property.”

ABC: Oombulgurri residents unhappy at looming closure
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-08-08/oombulgurri-closing-down/2828966
8 Aug 11: “The residents of a remote Kimberley community
that has been declared unviable say they are desperate to
stay and others who have been relocated want to return
home. The State Government recently shut down Oombulgurri’s
school, medical clinic and store.
Tomorrow, the police station will be packed up and the two
officers will fly out for the last time. The Government
says the 150 residents, who were mostly relocated in
Kununurra, left of their own accord. However, a growing
number say they were told they had no other option.”

12/08/2011 Amnesty International Australia: Aboriginal Peoples’ right to homelands in the NT

Posted in NEWS on 12/08/2011 by D

Contents:
* Amnesty International Australia:
Aboriginal Peoples’ right to homelands in the NT
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention

* AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AUSTRALIA:
ABORIGINAL PEOPLES’ RIGHT TO HOMELANDS IN THE NT:

– Amnesty Report

Amnesty International Australia:
Our report: Aboriginal Peoples’ right to homelands
http://www.amnesty.org.au/indigenous-rights/comments/26216
9 Aug 11: “For over three years we partnered with the
Alyawarr and Anmatyerr communities of Utopia homelands to
develop our report. “‘The land holds us:’ Aboriginal
Peoples’ right to traditional homelands in the Northern
Territory.”
Our report highlights the way specific policies on
homelands in the Northern Territory undermine the rights of
Aboriginal communities, including:
* All Indigenous peoples have the fundamental human right
to their traditional lands. …
* This report documents the efforts of the Alyawarr and
Anmatyerr Peoples of the Utopia homelands in Central
Australia to live a healthy life on their homelands, …
* These policy initiatives fall below international human
rights standards, in particular the United Nations
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. … ”
[Click on the above link to expand on these points and
read many more points made.]
[You can also download the executive summary of the report
or the full report from this web-page:
http://www.amnesty.org.au/indigenous-rights/comments/26216 ]

– Amnesty News

Amnesty International Australia:
Amnesty International warns against government return to
assimilation era
http://www.amnesty.org.au/news/comments/26426/
9 Aug 11: “Starving Aboriginal communities of essential
services will effectively force families to abandon their
traditional land and move into larger towns and cities.
Amnesty International accuses the federal and Northern
Territory governments of policies that echo Australia’s
failed assimilation era by stripping traditional Indigenous
communities – ‘homelands’ – of funds.
The criticisms are made in a new Amnesty International
research report ‘The land holds us’: Aboriginal peoples’
rights to traditional homelands in the Northern Territory
released in Canberra today.”

Amnesty International:
Traditional Indigenous communities abandoned by
government in Australia
http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/traditional-indigenous-communities-abandoned-government-australia-2011-08-08
8 Aug 11: “Starved of essential services, Aboriginal people
living in traditional Indigenous communities in Australia’s
Northern Territory will effectively be forced to abandon
their homelands and move into larger towns.
The warning is made in a new Amnesty International research
report, “The land holds us”: Aboriginal peoples’ rights to
traditional homelands released today.
The report documents how Aboriginal peoples’ rights to
traditional lands, culture, informed consent and adequate
housing are being undermined in Australia.”

– Amnesty Slideshow

Amnesty International Australia: Homelands in pictures
http://www.amnesty.org.au/indigenous-rights/comments/26211/

– Amnesty Video

Amnesty International Australia: Video: I am my homelands
http://www.amnesty.org.au/indigenous-rights/comments/26073/

– Amnesty Stories

Amnesty International Australia:
Meet the people living in homelands communities
http://www.amnesty.org.au/indigenous-rights/comments/26139

– Amnesty Homelands index page

Amnesty International Australia: Homelands
http://www.amnesty.org.au/indigenous-rights/homelands/
“* Video: There’s no place like homelands
* What are homelands?
* Meet the people of Utopia homelands
* A message from Rosalie, Alyawarr/Anmatyerr elder
* Our report: Aboriginal Peoples’ right to homelands
* 5 facts about homelands”

– Edited extract of forward from Amnesty Report

ABC Indigenous – Your Voice: The land holds us
By Rosalie Kunoth-Monks
http://www.abc.net.au/indigenous/stories/s3289166.htm
9 Aug 11: “I can look back over 70 years on this part of
the land. There was a richness of the relationships between
people so you felt never alone. You felt secure, you felt
you belonged. You also felt, from an early age, your
responsibility, not only to the flora and fauna but to the
song lines which tied you to the land. The land, we always
said pmerel atnyenem, we never said pmer nhenh tha
atnyenem. That means, country owns or holds you, not you
holding the country and becoming master of the land. The
land was your mother, your father and everything else. … ”
Rosalie Kunoth-Monks
“Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, an Alyawarr/Anmatyerr elder, is
from the Utopia homelands in NT.”

– Video

SBS: Indigenous extinction warning
http://player.sbs.com.au/naca/#/naca/wna/Latest/playlist/Indigenous-extinction-warning/
“Amnesty International warns small Indigenous communities
in the Northern Territory are heading for extinction.”

– Media Releases

Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation:
ANTaR backs calls to support homeland communities
http://www.antar.org.au/antar_backs_calls_to_support_homeland_communities
9 Aug 11: “ANTaR supports Amnesty International Australia’s
call for governments to support the right of Aboriginal
people to live on their traditional homelands.
“Recent funding changes affecting remote community housing,
infrastructure and services pose a serious threat to the
viability of Aboriginal homelands communities and
outstations in the Northern Territory,” said Jacqueline
Phillips, ANTaR National Director.
“As a result of recent reforms, funding for remote service
delivery is directed to larger communities while leaving
smaller communities out in the cold. This is despite the
proven health benefits of living on homelands.”
In particular, homeland communities will no longer receive
any funding for new housing and only very limited funding
for housing maintenance. This is despite severe
overcrowding and a backlog of housing need.”

‘concerned Australians’:
Homelands Report Drowning In Commonwealth Government
Family’s Hidden Agendas
http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11727:northern-territory-homelands-report-drowning-in-commonwealth-government-familys-hidden-agendas&catid=54:australia-indigenous-peoples&Itemid=76
9 Aug 11: “Is it a coincidence the Government Strategic
Review of Indigenous Expenditure is brought into the public
forum just two days before the launching of Amnesty’s
Homeland Report?
The Amnesty report gives focus to the wishes of Northern
Territory Aboriginal people, that homelands be recognised
as places where the people are able to live their
traditional lives on their own estates, where they can
fulfill their ceremonial duties, care for their land and
protect their culture, language and law.
These rights are recognised in the Declaration on the
Rights of Indigenous Peoples which was given formal
support by Australia in 2009. …
The Amnesty Report and its recommendations must be given
full consideration.”

Rachel Siewert: Greens vow to fight for indigenous
communities as second report highlights policy failures
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/greens-vow-fight-indigenous-communities-second-report-highlights-policy-failur
9 Aug 11: “The Australian Greens have vowed to continue
fighting for Aboriginal communities after an Amnesty
International report condemned the Federal Government’s
abandonment of remote communities in the NT in favour of
‘growth towns’.
The Amnesty report comes just one day after another highly
critical report revealed the expensive gap between policy
intent and implementation.
“I welcome the spotlight being returned to examine the
state of Aboriginal housing, health, education and
disadvantage in this country,” Senator Rachel Siewert,
Greens Spokesperson for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Issues said today.”

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-2
10 Aug 11: “An Amnesty International report which is
critical of both the NT and Federal Governments for a
reduction of services to Aboriginal homelands in the
Northern Territory will be presented at a gathering of 157
nations later this week.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 09-08-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-09-08-2011
9 Aug 11: “* Amnesty International accuses Territory and
Federal Governments of return to failed assimilation
policies.
* Federal Government spending on programs for Aboriginal
people has been wasted and past attempts to fix Indigenous
disadvantage have clearly failed according to an internal
review prepared for Cabinet by the Finance Department.
* Top end senior elder Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra OAM, has
challenged a suggestion contained in the report that future
funding for the homelands should be reviewed.”

The Wire: Amnesty says Indigenous “hub towns” in the
Northern Territory won’t work
[scroll down page] http://www.thewire.org.au/daydetail.aspx?SearchDay=2011-08-09
9 Aug 11: “A few years ago, the Northern Territory
Government said they would invest in the twenty one of the
biggest indigenous communities across the territory,
building houses and infrastructure and using those towns to
provide help to even more remote communities. Amnesty
International has today slammed this policy in a report,
saying that developing bigger “hub towns” is driving
indigenous people away from their traditional lands, and
has disastrous effects on Aboriginal communities in the
Territory.”

ABC AM: Amnesty report: Hands off our homelands
http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2011/s3288637.htm
9 Aug 11: “In recent weeks AM reported on an appeal from
the Northern Territory Government to the Commonwealth to
support hundreds of Aboriginal outstations that are home to
about 20,000 people. So far, the Federal Government has
refused to continue funding the homelands. With the help of
one of Australia’s first Aboriginal movie stars [Rosalie
Kunoth-Monks], Amnesty International today is launching a
report backing the argument that homelands are the safest
and healthiest places for Aboriginal people to live.”
[Includes comments by Rosalie Kunoth-Monks.]

– News

Age: Film star turned politician blasts intervention
http://www.theage.com.au/national/film-star-turned-politician-blasts-intervention-20110809-1ikx2.html
10 Aug 11: “FORMER film star now local politician Rosalie
Kunoth-Monks, says the Northern Territory intervention is a
”huge violation of human rights” that has seen indigenous
people driven off their traditional lands and onto
reservations like American Indians. … In Canberra
yesterday for the release of an Amnesty International
report advocating indigenous people’s rights to remain on
their homelands, Ms Kunoth-Monks said she had been
fortunate enough to retain her language despite having a
mainstream education in the 1950s.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Support small communities: ANTaR
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6109:support-small-communities-antar&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=65
10 Aug 11: “Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation
(ANTaR) is supporting Amnesty International Australia’s
calls for governments to support the right of Aboriginal
people to live in their traditional homelands. ANTaR
National Director Jacqueline Phillips says recent funding
changes affecting remote community housing, infrastructure
and services pose a serious threat to the viability of
Aboriginal homelands. Ms Phillips says as a result of
recent reforms, funding for remote service delivery is
directed to larger communities while leaving smaller
communities out in the cold.”

Haveeru: Aborigines being driven off homelands: Amnesty
http://www.haveeru.com.mv/english/details/37593
9 Aug 11: “Australia’s Aborigines are being forced off
their traditional land because of government policy,
despite the fact they would live longer if they stayed put,
Amnesty International claimed Tuesday. The human rights
organisation studied small groups in the central desert
region and found those choosing to live on their ancestral
lands were effectively denied services such as public
housing due to a government emphasis on bigger towns.”

Age: Amnesty condemns Aboriginal policy
http://www.theage.com.au/national/amnesty-condemns-aboriginal-policy-20110808-1ija6.html
9 Aug 11: “GOVERNMENT policies are driving Aborigines from
the homelands where they stand the best chance of healthy
fulfilling lives, a deeply critical report has found. Two
days after the release of a scathing internal government
report, which found spending on indigenous projects ”has
yielded dismally poor returns to date”, Amnesty
International has found the policies of the Gillard and
Northern Territory governments ”fall below international
human rights standards”.” Tim Lester and Richard Willingham

9 News: NT Aborigines driven out of homelands
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8282920/nt-aborigines-driven-out-of-homelands
9 Aug 11: “Northern Territory Aborigines are being driven
off their traditional homelands and herded into “hub towns”
where the federal and NT governments are splashing out cash
for resources and services, Amnesty International claims.
The human rights organisation has profiled the Alyawarr and
Anmatyerr people of the Central Australian homeland
communities of Utopia. … In its report to be released on
Tuesday, Amnesty International slams the federal and NT
Government’s Closing the Gap policy that concentrates
investment into 21 of the largest settlements.” Lisa Martin

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 11-08-11
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-11-08-11
11 Aug 11: “The Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister, Jenny
Macklin says the Gillard Labor Government is making an
effort to support remote Aboriginal homelands and
outstations through its working on country program.”

ABC AM:
Macklin says Goverment is supportive of Aboriginal homelands
http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2011/s3290084.htm
10 Aug 11: “The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny
Macklin, says the Federal Government is making an effort to
support remote Aboriginal homelands and outstations. Her
comments come as Amnesty International accuses the
Territory and Federal governments of starving the
communities of funds. The head of the Northern Land Council
says governments have underestimated both the importance
and the value of the homelands. … The CEO of the Northern
Land Council, Kim Hill, says there are plenty of good
reasons to support the homelands.”
[Includes comments by Kim Hill and Jenny Macklin.]

– Related News

ABC: NT outstation residents ‘healthier, happier’
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-08-10/nt-outstation-people-healthier2c-happier/2832324
10 Aug 11: “The Northern Land Council says the Federal
Government should heed reports that show Aboriginal people
living on outstations are healthier and happier than those
living in communities and towns. Funding for remote
outstations in the Northern Territory runs out next year
and the money will be funnelled towards developing
essential services in 20 towns. The land council’s CEO,
Kim Hill, says the evidence is staring the Government in
the face.”

ABC: Remote communities labelled hellholes
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-08-09/nt-opposition-scathing-of-remote-areas/2830642
9 Aug 11: “The Northern Territory Opposition has labelled
some remote Aboriginal communities as “disgraceful
hellholes”, despite the high level of Federal and Territory
investment. … The Federal and Territory governments are
set to stop funding remote outstations when the
intervention ends next year, choosing instead to direct
money to 21 of the biggest communities. But Amnesty
International, which has recently joined a campaign to
boost funding for Aboriginal people in remote communities,
says there are more Aborigines living on remote
outstations than those in the targeted communities.”

– Related Analysis / Opinion

Alice Springs News:
Amnesty’s Utopia report full of omissions and misrepresentations
http://www.alicespringsnews.com.au/2011/08/09/amnestys-unhelpful-report-on-utopia-homelands/
9 Aug 11: “Today human rights organisation Amnesty
International released what it calls a research report,
focussed on the changes in government policy, particularly
since the NT Intervention, that have affected the Utopia
homelands. These are 16 small Aboriginal settlements
dispersed across 3500 square kilometres either side of the
mostly dry Sandover River, to the north-weast of Alice
Springs. The central thrust of the report, titled The Lands
Hold Us, is that government policy with respect to housing
is denying the people of the homelands … the right to
their traditional lands.” Kieran Finnane

* 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

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

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

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

New Matilda – northern territory intervention:
http://newmatilda.com/tag/northern-territory-intervention

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

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

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/

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/

06/08/2011 Gurindji Walkoff from Wave Hill – 45th Anniversary Commemoration in Kalkarindji, NT

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 06/08/2011 by D

Contents:
* Gurindji Walkoff from Wave Hill:
45th Anniversary Commemoration in Kalkarindji, NT
* Sydney Rally on Gurindji Freedom Day – Fri 26 Aug 2011
* Video of Richard Downs and Ngarla Kunoth-Monks at
UN Indigenous Forum
* Interviews with Dorinda Hafner and Alistair Nicholson
about the NT Intervention consultations
* Background to the 2011 round of consultations in the NT
* Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles

* GURINDJI WALKOFF FROM WAVE HILL
– 45TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION IN KALKARINDJI, NT:

Date: Fri 26 – Sun 28 August 2011

Location: Kalkarindji/Daguragu, NT

Event: Gurindji Walkoff from Wave Hill
– 45th Anniversary Commemoration

Fri 26 August: Elders Day Focus – main day
Sat 27 August: Mid-generation Focus
Sun 28 August: Youth Day Focus

Event location and details: http://www.gurindjifreedomday.com/

Program: http://www.gurindjifreedomday.com/45th%20festival.html

See:

Video of Gurindji strike against NT Intervention:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guge6MI6cTA

Media Release – Gurindji tell consultations meeting:
‘stop the Intervention immediately’:
http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/mr-gurindji_stop_intervention.pdf

* SYDNEY RALLY ON GURINDJI FREEDOM DAY – FRI 26 AUG 2011:

Stop the Intervention:
Rally on Gurindji Freedom Day – Friday August 26
[scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/

“45 years since the Wave Hill walk-off
– Celebrate the past – fight for the future
Rally on Gurindji Freedom Day – Friday August 26
12:30pm @ Minister Tanya Plibersek’s office
150 Broadway, between City rd and Abercrombie st, Broadway

Demand: Stop the NT Intervention
Land Rights not leases
Jobs with Justice for all communities
Stop Income Management – No expansion

Speakers:
Daphne Lake, Bankstown Aboriginal Elder
Paul McAleer, Maritime Union of Australia
Violet Roumeliotis, Metro Migrant Resource Centre”

* VIDEO OF RICHARD DOWNS AND NGARLA KUNOTH-MONKS
AT UN INDIGENOUS FORUM:

Amnesty International Australia:
Richard and Ngarla at UN Permanent Forum II on Indigenous Issues
http://www.amnesty.org.au/indigenous-rights/comments/26376/
2 Aug 11: “In May 2011 we invited two Alyawarr spokespeople
– Richard Downs and Ngarla Kunoth-Monks – to participate in
the United Nations Indigenous Forum. The event provided a
special opportunity for Richard and Ngarla to speak out on
the rights violations taking place on their traditional
lands, at a world stage. They highlighted issues that are
common to Indigenous Peoples from around the world in
relation to the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples. We’ve put together a video of Richard and Ngarla’s
experiences of this important event. …
Ngarla is the daughter of Rosalie Kunoth-Monks … ”

See:

WGAR News: UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York, 16 to 27 May 2011
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/21/wgar-news-un-human-rights-high-commissioner-hears-from-nt-aboriginal-leaders

WGAR News: Interview with Richard Downs on the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues / Barbara Shaw at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (28 May 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/28/wgar-news-canberra-rally-june-14-2011-don%E2%80%99t-dump-on-the-nt-no-radioactive-waste-dump-at-m

WGAR News: Ngarla Kunoth-Monks, Richard Downs and Barbara Shaw at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York (2 Jun 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/02/wgar-news-global-call-to-action-petition-calling-on-pm-julia-gillard-to-end-the-nt-interv

WGAR News: Ngarla Kunoth-Monks, Barbara Shaw & Richard Downs speak about UN trip (22 Jun 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/22/wgar-news-4th-anniversary-of-nt-intervention-website-%E2%80%98an-alternative-to-the-nt-interventi

WGAR News: Women delegates speak on UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (28 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

See more about Richard Downs:

Intervention walk-off’s Blog:
http://interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com/

Six Videos by Eleanor Gilbert of Enlightning Productions:
Opening Protest House Ampilatwatja Walk-off NT:
http://interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com/video/

WGAR News: Protest House at the Alyawarr people’s walk-off camp (16 Feb 10)
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/02/16/wgar-news-protest-house-at-the-alyawarr-peoples-walk-off-camp-16-feb-10

WGAR News: Speeches from National call out by John Pilger & Richard Downs (3 May 10)
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/05/04/wgar-news-speeches-from-national-call-out-by-john-pilger-richard-downs-3-may-10

Frequency: Richard Downs & Harry Nelson Speaking at Melbourne University Ampilatwatja Walkoff & NT Intervention (14-16 Oct 10)
http://www.frequency.com/video/richard-downs-harry-nelson-speaking-at/4712568

* INTERVIEWS WITH DORINDA HAFNET AND ALISTAIR NICHOLSON
ABOUT THE NT INTERVENTION CONSULTATIONS:

– Audio interview

Radio Adelaide Breakfast with Tim Brunero:
Dorinda Hafner on racism and the NT intervention
http://radioadelaidebreakfast.wordpress.com/2011/08/02/dorinda-hafner-on-racism-and-the-nt-intervention/
2 Aug 11: “Adelaide culinary icon, Dorinda Hafner knows
what it’s like to encounter racism.  She’s also seen how
Aboriginal people in this country get the “raw end of the
stick”. Dorinda spoke with Andrea Fraser of Nunga Wangga
about her experiences which have motivated her to sign a
protest letter along with 23 other eminent South
Australians. The letter protests about the continuing
Intervention and the current round of Government
consultations in Northern Territory Aboriginal Communities.”

See:

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

– Audio interview

SBS Podcasts: Former judge ‘troubled’ over NT Intervention
http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/179997/Former-judge-troubled-over-NT-Intervention
1 Aug 11: “The former Chief Judge of the Family Court has
spoken out on the NT Intervention. The former Chief Judge
of the Family Court, Alistair Nicholson, has spoken out on
the Northern Territory Emergency Response, known as the
Intervention. Mr Nicholson says he’s deeply troubled by the
current round of government consultations across the
Northern Territory that the government says will help it
decide in which direction the Intervention will be taken.
He’s told Michelle Lovegrove, from SBS Radio’s Living Black
program, the current round began so quickly, communities
have had very little time to prepare for them.”
Michelle Lovegrove

See:

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
[Includes letter to Jenny Macklin by Alastair Nicholson.]

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

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 04-08-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-04-08-2011
4 Aug 11: “* Aborignal people attending the alice springs
community consultation have expressed strong views about
the process and say they felt that they were not being
listened too by Government.
* A similar message from the Lord mayor Of Melbourne
dont tell Aboriginal communities whats good for them
listen carefully and then act on their wishes.”

– Related News

National Indigenous Times:
Macklin goes missing and angry Gurindji people demand meeting
http://www.nit.com.au/News/story.aspx?id=22611
4 Aug 11: “Gurindji people from the communities of
Kalkaringi and Daguragu have spoken out with a united voice
during a Federal Government consultation meeting last week,
demanding an immediate end to the Northern Territory
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 was making life
harder every day. They said they were also upset Minister
for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin did not attend the
consultation meeting personally.”

ABC: Intervention meeting hears of anger and frustration
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-08-03/20110803alice-intervention-meeting/2822488
3 Aug 11: “Residents of Alice Springs have told a Federal
Government group consulting about the Northern Territory
intervention that education, alcohol and jobs are key
priorities for the town. … Town camp resident Barb Shaw
told a public meeting last night that Aboriginal people
often have trouble finding jobs because of low education
levels. She says programs like the Commonwealth Development
Employment Projects (CDEP), in which people did community
maintenance work, need to be reintroduced for Aboriginal
people to get off welfare.”

* 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

WGAR News: Gurindji tell consultations meeting: ‘stop the Intervention immediately’ (30 Jul 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/07/30/wgar-news-gurindji-tell-consultations-meeting-stop-the-intervention-immediately

WGAR News: Aboriginal voices criticize NT intervention at consultations (2 Aug 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/08/02/wgar-news-aboriginal-voices-criticize-nt-intervention-at-consultations

* UPCOMING ABORIGINAL RIGHTS EVENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA
– 24 EVENTS FROM 6 AUGUST 2011:

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: 3 July to Sun 25 September 2011: Sydney NSW
Exhibition: FREEDOM RIDERS
– Art and activism 1960s to now
Sydney University Art Gallery
Event details: http://sydney.edu.au/museums/events_exhibitions/art_gallery_exhibitions.shtml
Featured in Video: http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2011/07/01/3259282.htm

Event: Sat 6 August 2011: Margaret River, WA
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.margaretriver.com/events_monthly.asp
Article about film night: http://www.margaretrivermail.com.au/news/local/news/general/acclaimed-film-night/2247332.aspx
Film details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/

Event: Tue 9 August 2011: Adelaide, SA
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/

Event: Tue 9 August 2011: Gymea, South Sydney, NSW
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/free-gymea-film-screening-of-our-generation-9-august-2011
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: Fri 12 and Sat 13 August 2011: West End & Highgate Hill, Brisbane, Qld
The Lies that Feed the NT Intervention
Talk by Chris Graham
Event details: http://ibcat.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/the-lies-that-feed-the-nt-intervention/

Event: Fri 12 and Sat 13 August 2011: Sydney, NSW
National Indigenous Legal Conference
Key themes: Indigenous Identity, Indigenous Rights and
Indigenous Governance.
There will also be sessions on Northern Territory Intervention,
Protecting Culture and Sentencing Indigenous Offenders.
Program, with registration form: http://www.nswbar.asn.au/circulars/2011/jul/nilc.pdf

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/
Brochure: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info/Building_Bridges_2011.pdf
Register for course (it’s free!): http://www.parramattacollege.com.au/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Parramatta.woa/wa/module.shtml?ID=3X3BBR
Course details: http://indymedia.org.au/building-bridges-2011
Course details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/26384/

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/
Brochure: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info/Building_Bridges_2011.pdf
Register for course (it’s free!): http://www.parramattacollege.com.au/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Parramatta.woa/wa/module.shtml?ID=3X3BBR
Course details: http://indymedia.org.au/building-bridges-2011
Course details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/26384/

Event: 24 August 2011: Sydney NSW
Exhibition: FREEDOM RIDERS
– Art and activism 1960s to now
Curators and artists talk:
Sydney University Art Gallery
Event details: http://sydney.edu.au/museums/events_exhibitions/art_gallery_exhibitions.shtml
Featured in Video: http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2011/07/01/3259282.htm

Event: Fri 26 – Sun 28 August 2011: Kalkarindji/Daguragu, NT
Gurindji Walkoff from Wave Hill
– 45th Anniversary Commemoration
Fri 26: Elders Day Focus – main day
Sat 27: Mid-generation Focus
Sun 28: Youth Day Focus
Event location and details: http://www.gurindjifreedomday.com/
Program: http://www.gurindjifreedomday.com/45th%20festival.html
Video of Gurindji strike against NT Intervention: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guge6MI6cTA
Media release from Gurindji spokespeople: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/mr-gurindji_stop_intervention.pdf

Event: Fri 26 August 2011: Broadway, Sydney, NSW
Rally on Gurindji Freedom Day
Organised by the Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Flyer: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/Gurindji-Freedom-Day-26-8-11.jpg
Video of Gurindji strike against NT Intervention: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guge6MI6cTA
Media release from Gurindji spokespeople: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/mr-gurindji_stop_intervention.pdf

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/
Brochure: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info/Building_Bridges_2011.pdf
Register for course (it’s free!): http://www.parramattacollege.com.au/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Parramatta.woa/wa/module.shtml?ID=3X3BBR
Course details: http://indymedia.org.au/building-bridges-2011
Course details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/26384/

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

The Northern Myth:
Intervention Sign Wars in the Tanami Desert…part 1,045
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/northern/2011/08/04/intervention-sign-wars-in-the-tanami-desert-part-1045/
4 Aug 11: “A few weeks ago some local wag at Yuendumu
defaced (perhaps improved?) a couple of the big blue signs
(see below) that the NT Intervention had posted around
their town. Soon after some anonymous officer of the law or
government took equal offence at the defacement (?) and
removed the offending (twice offending?) signs. This
appears to have kicked off the latests round of a local
“sign war”, of which the sign above outside the Yuendumu
Mining Company Store is but the latest shot. … ”
Bob Gosford in the NT
[Includes photos of the signs.]

National Indigenous Times:
Macklin says it’s all Howard’s fault
http://www.nit.com.au/News/story.aspx?id=22609
4 Aug 11: “The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny
Macklin has continued to accept the overwhelming opposition
to the Federal Government’s Northern Territory Intervention
by claiming current criticism was about how the
Intervention was introduced in the first place by the
former Howard Coalition Government three years ago. Ms
Macklin told the ABC Television program the 7.30 Report
people were “very hurt” by the way the Intervention had
been introduced originally but she refused to recognise
the anger and opposition was now directed at her
administration because there had been no improvement since.”

* 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

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

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/

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:

– News

National Indigenous Times:
Watson, Ryan dismiss Rudd idea as “window dressing”
http://www.nit.com.au/News/story.aspx?id=22612
4 Aug 11: “The appointment of an Indigenous ambassador to
an overseas posting is a distraction from the issue of
Aboriginal Sovereignty at home, according to Maurie Japarta
Ryan. “Who’s Mr Rudd going to appoint? To where?” Mr Ryan,
the leader of the First Nations Peoples’ Party asked.
Activist, Sam Watson also dismissed the suggestion.
“I think it’s just window dressing,” he said.”

National Indigenous Times: Congress survey revealed
http://www.nit.com.au/News/story.aspx?id=22607
4 Aug 11: “The National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples has been urged by its members to push for dedicated
seats to be set aside in the Federal Parliament for
Indigenous Australians. Almost two-thirds of those surveyed
by the new National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
said they wanted to see Indigenous seats in the parliament,
alongside other changes to the constitution to be voted on
in 2013. New Zealand has set aside Maori seats in
parliament since 1867, with every part of the country
covered by both a general and an Indigenous electorate.”

9 News: Call for heritage listing for Kimberley
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8281284/call-for-heritage-listing-for-kimberley
4 Aug 11: “The federal government should support national
heritage listing for the Kimberley to balance out a planned
gas hub near Broome, the council representing traditional
owners says. The Kimberley Land Council (KLC) board met
with federal Environment Minister Tony Burke in Broome on
Wednesday night and urged him to back heritage listing for
the region. … some traditional owners, along with
conservationists and Broome residents, oppose the hub and
have staged protests near the site, arguing its
environmental and heritage values will be damaged.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Environment Minister meets traditional owners
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6064:environment-minister-meets-traditional-owners&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=65
4 Aug 11: “Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke is
continuing his tour of the west Kimberley to help him
decide whether the area should be added to the National
Heritage List. Mr Burke visited the site of Woodside’s
James Price Point gas hub on Tuesday, before meeting with
concerned residents in Broome.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Protesters confront Burke in Kimberly
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6053:protesters-confront-burke-in-kimberly&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=65
3 Aug 11: “Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke has
visited the site of the proposed gas hub north of Broome in
the Kimberley. About 30 protesters greeted Mr Burke as he
stepped out of his car and onto the red cliffs of James
Price Point. This was his first trip to the site which is
earmarked for Woodside’s $30 billion gas precinct. The
minister sat on the beach with a small group of traditional
owners and protesters to talk about the cultural value of
the area.”

WA today: More arrests at Kimberley gas hub site
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/more-arrests-at-kimberley-gas-hub-site-20110802-1i98c.html
2 Aug 11: “Three women have been arrested and charged with
obstructing police during a protest near a proposed $30
billion gas hub site in the Kimberley. Police said the
women were arrested near James Price Point early today.
Protesters have been maintaining a protest on a road
leading to the site since mass protests there in early
July.”

Socialist Alternative: The standoff at James Price Point
http://www.sa.org.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=7002:the-standoff-at-james-price-point&Itemid=454
1 Aug 11: “A blockade at the site of Woodside’s proposed
gas plant at James Price Point continues today after 2
months of protest action. If completed the proposed gas hub
60 kilometres north of Broome on the Dampier peninsula will
be the second biggest in the world. When Barnett’s
government succeeded in compulsorily acquiring the land to
fast track the $30 billion project late last year, the AMWU
immediately opposed it in support of fair consultation with
the traditional owners.” Teri Gibson

02/08/2011 Aboriginal voices criticize NT intervention at consultations

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 02/08/2011 by D

Contents:
* Aboriginal voices criticize NT intervention at consultations
* Interview with Dr. Lynn Arnold about the NT Intervention
* Background to the 2011 round of consultations in the NT
* Forty organisations oppose income management in Bankstown
* Interview with Michael Marmot about impacts on people’s health
* Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles

* ABORIGINAL VOICES CRITICIZE NT INTERVENTION AT CONSULTATIONS:

– News

Solidarity:
Aboriginal people stand up to sham Intervention consultations
http://www.solidarity.net.au/37/aboriginal-people-stand-up-to-sham-intervention-consultations/
August 2011: “The federal government is currently in the
middle of a six week round of “consultations” with
Aboriginal people on the future of the NT Intervention.
This process is a sham. A discussion paper released by
government called Stronger Futures makes it clear that key
Intervention measures are not up for negotiation. …
I have visited community consultations, seeing the
overbearing involvement of Government Business Managers and
local Shire bosses and consistent attempts to restrict
discussion. Officials facilitating the meetings strongly
emphasise the “achievements” of the intervention so far.
But where Aboriginal people are organised and assertive,
the meetings have become important sites of protest.”
Lauren Mellor

Green Left:
Aboriginal voices slam intervention at consultations
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/48354
30 Jul 11: “About 80 people gathered on July 28 at the
Holiday Inn on Darwin’s Esplanade for one of the federal
government’s Stronger Futures “consultations”. … This is
the second round of consultations Labor has run about the
intervention. … It is this context that Mark Coffey,
executive director of the Department of Families, Housing,
Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, has organised
the current consultation process across the NT. At the
public meeting in Darwin on July 28, he was roasted alive.
The consultations have been extensive – each of the 73
communities affected by the intervention in the NT had one
as well as town camps in places such as Alice Springs and
Darwin. At Bagot and Kalkarindji, Aboriginal people
mobilised to condemn the government in heated meetings.”
Peter Robson, Darwin

Koori Mail: Stop the Intervention, Gurindji tell mtg
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
29 Jul 11: “GURINDJI people have told government
representatives at a consultation meeting over the future
of the NT Intervention that they want an end to the
controversial strategy, which they say violates their human
rights, integrity and liberty. Representatives of
Kalkaringi and Daguragu communities told meetings on
Wednesday that the loss of control over community land, new
CDEP arrangements forcing people to work for the BasicsCard
and shire council take-over of community council assets
were making life harder. Gurindji representatives say
Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin avoided the
meeting because she knows the community is opposed to the
Intervention.”

See:

WGAR News: Gurindji tell consultations meeting: ‘stop the Intervention immediately’ (30 Jul 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/07/30/wgar-news-gurindji-tell-consultations-meeting-stop-the-intervention-immediately

* INTERVIEW WITH DR. LYNN ARNOLD ABOUT THE NT INTERVENTION:

– Audio interview

Radio Adelaide Breakfast with Tim Brunero:
NT Intervention: Interview With Dr. Lynn Arnold – CEO Anglicare
http://radioadelaidebreakfast.wordpress.com/2011/07/29/nt-intervention-interview-with-dr-lynn-arnold-ceo-anglicare/
29 Jul 11: “The Prime minister, Julia Gillard, probably
recieves quite a lot of mail every day, but on her desk
recently was a significant letter signed by 24 prominent
South Australians. They wrote to the Prime Minister to ask
her to put a stop to the Northern Territory Intervention.
The Federal Government is currently holding talks with
people in remote central Australian communities about the
impact and future of the Intervention. Signatories to the
letter include Robyn Layton QC, Dorinda Hafner, Christobel
Mattingly, Lowitja O’Donahue and Dr. Lynn Arnold, CEO of
Anglicare. Tim Brunero spoke to Dr. Arnold and he asked him why the letter was sent now.”

See:

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

* 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

WGAR News: Gurindji tell consultations meeting: ‘stop the Intervention immediately’ (30 Jul 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/07/30/wgar-news-gurindji-tell-consultations-meeting-stop-the-intervention-immediately

* FORTY ORGANISATIONS OPPOSE INCOME MANAGEMENT IN BANKSTOWN:

– Media Release

Forty organisations oppose government’s income management
in Bankstown
http://www.sayno2gim.info/download/Media_Release_27_Jul_2011_Forty_organisations_oppose_governments_income_management_in_Bankstown.pdf
27 Jul 11: “Forty organisations joined the growing
opposition to the Commonwealth government’s plan to
introduce income management in Bankstown. A full-page open
letter appeared in the local papers today, addressed to
federal ministers Jenny Macklin and Tanya Plibersek, and
local federal MPs for Banks, Blaxland and Watson, voicing
community concerns about the impact of such an intervention
on people in Bankstown.
Spokesperson for the campaign coalition Say No to
Government’s Income Management, Not in Bankstown, Not
Anywhere and Executive Director of Arab Council Australia
Ms Randa Kattan said, “Many people in the Bankstown area
would be hearing about this for the first time today and
will find this Big Brother approach by our government hard
to believe”. … ”
[Click on the above link to read the many more points made.]

See open letter:

http://www.sayno2gim.info/download/No_to_Governments_Income_Management.pdf

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/

See:

WGAR News: Interview with Randa Kattan about expansion of Income Management to Vic, NSW, Qld and SA (27 Jul 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/07/28/wgar-news-interview-with-randa-kattan-about-expansion-of-income-management-to-vic-nsw-qld

* INTERVIEW WITH PROF. SIR MICHAEL MARMOT ABOUT IMPACTS ON PEOPLE’S HEALTH:

– Video interview

ABC: Healthy Lives
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-07-29/healthy-lives/2816902
29 Jul 11: “Louisa Rebgetz talks to Professor Sir Michael
Marmot who has been investigating how living conditions,
education, work, access to health care and life
opportunities impact on people’s health.”
[Includes discussion of the Northern Territory Intervention.]

* UPCOMING ABORIGINAL RIGHTS EVENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA – 21 EVENTS FROM 2 AUGUST 2011:

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: http://indymedia.org.au/free-gymea-film-screening-of-our-generation-9-august-2011
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/
Brochure: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info/Building_Bridges_2011.pdf
Register for course (it’s free!): http://www.parramattacollege.com.au/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Parramatta.woa/wa/module.shtml?ID=3X3BBR
Course details: http://indymedia.org.au/building-bridges-2011

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/
Brochure: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info/Building_Bridges_2011.pdf
Register for course (it’s free!): http://www.parramattacollege.com.au/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Parramatta.woa/wa/module.shtml?ID=3X3BBR
Course details: http://indymedia.org.au/building-bridges-2011

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/
Brochure: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info/Building_Bridges_2011.pdf
Register for course (it’s free!): http://www.parramattacollege.com.au/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Parramatta.woa/wa/module.shtml?ID=3X3BBR
Course details: http://indymedia.org.au/building-bridges-2011

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

* 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/

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

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/

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:

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Congress members want Parliament seats
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6028:congress-members-want-parliament-seats&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=65
1 Aug 11: “Members of the National Congress of Australia’s
First Peoples have urged the Congress to push for seats in
Parliament to be reserved for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander people. Almost two-thirds of those surveyed by the
new Congress say they want to see Indigenous seats in the
Parliament, alongside other changes to the Constitution to
be voted on in 2013.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Protesters fined in Kimberly
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6029:protesters-fined-in-kimberly&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=65
1 Aug 11: “Twenty-three people appeared in Broome
Magistrates Court on Friday charged with obstructing police
during violent scenes at the site of the Kimberly gas hub
project. The charges were laid as police tried to break
through protest lines on the road to James Price Point in
Western Australia’s Kimberly region, where anti-gas hub
protesters had been camping for a month. … One of the
fined, Shaun Clark, said the protest was a non-violent act.”

Hands off Country:
Message from Walmandan Camp James Price Point
http://handsoffcountry.blogspot.com/2011/07/message-from-walmandan-camp-would-like.html
31 Jul 11: “Would like to thank everyone for another smooth
running successful day. They reported that another
fantastic individual locked on for six hours yesterday
forcing the Woodside’s morning shift to turn around and
returned back to Broome, without working at all. The
supporters had a festival of music and poems with fresh
pastries for breakfast. All with only one arrest at James
Price Point and one move on notice issued at the Manari
Road Blockade. The humbug will continue until the
Woodside’s illegal clearing and drilling regime is stopped.”
[Includes video.]