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

* 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


– New website

Tracker – be involved. be informed. be inspired.

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

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.”


– The Review

Australian Government:
Strategic Review of Indigenous Expenditure
Feb 2010: “Released under FOI Act”

– Analysis / Opinion

The Conversation:
Putting dollars on disadvantage:
Australia’s Indigenous spending
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
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:
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
[Chris Graham discusses the Strategic Review of Indigenous
Listen to this interview on-line:

New Matilda: Getting The 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
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
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
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

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation:
Review supports Aboriginal Community Control
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

‘concerned Australians’:
Homelands Report Drowning In Commonwealth Government
Family’s Hidden Agendas
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
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
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
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
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
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

Review finds decades of federal Indigenous spending wasteful
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

ABC AM: Macklin defends her government’s record
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
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
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
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

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Macklin defends Labor record
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
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
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.”

$3.5bn a year failing to lift Aborigines out of the 1970s
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
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


– Speech

The Hon Jenny Macklin MP:
Speeches: Address to the Sydney Institute,
Building the foundations for change
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
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
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.”


– Analysis / Opinion

The Conversation: Indigenous programs:
protecting the vulnerable and promoting well-being?
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?
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
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
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
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?
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
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


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

STICS: Alternatives to the Intervention

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
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.”

Race Discrimination Commissioner lashes NT intervention
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
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


The Conversation – After the Intervention:

Tracker – NT Intervention:


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

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

The Conversation – After the Intervention:

Tracker – NT Intervention:

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

STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney):

The Greens: Rachel Siewert: Northern Territory Intervention:

Treaty Republic – NT Intervention:

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

New Matilda – northern territory intervention:

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

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

Crikey – NT Intervention:

Jobs with Justice:

MAIC (Melbourne Anti-Intervention Collective):

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

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

Defending Indigenous Rights:

Intervention walk-off’s Blog:

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

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

Green Left: Northern Territory intervention: myths and facts:

WGAR (Working Group for Aboriginal Rights):


– Analysis / Opinion

Tracker: Editorial Opinion: A new commitment
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
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
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
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


– Analysis / Opinion

The Conversation:
Native title and Australia’s resource boom: a lost opportunity?
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
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
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.


Tracker: Land Rights

Tracker: Native Title

– 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
– 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
– 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

Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
Our Generation – Showing in London – page 8
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

Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
ASG Information Night: Our Generation – page 6
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


Our Generation:

Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:


– New website

Save Ballerrt Mooroop College:
This Koori Pathways School in Glenroy Victoria is under threat
“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

– Audio

The Wire: Australia’s difficult past
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!
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.”

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