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

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.]

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