06/09/2011 Petition calling for a national moratorium on government’s Income Management

Contents:
* Indigenous groups challenge
‘Doctrine of Christian Discovery and Domination’
* Petition calling for a moratorium on Income Management
* Upcoming ‘Save the Kimberley’ events
* Environmentalists: Kimberley Heritage listing inadequate
* AMSANT: Year of the Aboriginal Health Worker
* Unions support Aboriginal opposition to nuclear waste dump
* Remembering Wave Hill Walk-Off
* Sydney activists celebrate Wave Hill Walk-Off
* “Walk With Us” presents views of NT Elders on Intervention
* Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles

* INDIGENOUS GROUPS CHALLENGE
‘DOCTRINE OF CHRISTIAN DISCOVERY AND DOMINATION’:

– News Analysis

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

– Interview

Spiritual Space Magazine: Aboriginal Spirituality:
insights from an Australian Aboriginal senior man
http://spiritualspace.com.au/aboriginal-spirituality/
30 Aug 11: “What do you think is the biggest misconception
about Aboriginal spirituality?
[Michael Williams:] People try to make sense of it from
their own perspective [spiritual] and do not often open
themselves up to knowing it from the inside. … By the
time the British and others arrived on Australian shores
they had long-established behaviours relating to Indigenous
cultures. With this entrenched behaviour, coupled with
Christianity and Missionary zealousness, there was little
chance of Aboriginal spirituality being assessed from a
standpoint of respect and a desire to understand it on its
own terms.”

* PETITION CALLING FOR A MORATORIUM ON INCOME MANAGEMENT:

– Petition

Petition to call for a moratorium on Government’s Income
Management:
http://www.sayno2gim.info/index.php/2-uncategorised/10-petition

– Media Releases

Call for moratorium on Income Management following release
of damning study
http://www.sayno2gim.info/download/Media_Release_21_Aug_2011_Call_for_a_moratorium_on_Income_Management_following_release_of_damning_study.pdf
21 Aug 11: “The ‘Say No to Government’s Income Management:
Not in Bankstown, Not Anywhere’ campaign coalition has
joined with groups opposing the Northern Territory (NT)
Intervention to launch a petition calling for a national
moratorium on Income Management.
The call comes following the release of a report by the
Women’s Equality Rights Alliance last Friday examining the
experiences of more than 180 women on Income Management in
the NT. ‘The Women’s Experience of Income Management in
the Northern Territory’ report shows that the vast
majority of women surveyed wanted to exit Income
Management. The report also documents a disturbing range
of problems with the system.
The petition for a moratorium that is being launched calls
for the government to:
1. Abandon plans to expand Income Management to the five
‘trial sites’ in 2012, including Bankstown in south-west
Sydney;
2. Grant immediate amnesty to all people seeking to exit
Income Management in the NT, Western Australia and
Queensland;
3. Redirect spending planned for Income Management into
employment creation and social services. …”

Rachel Siewert:
Income management targets the vulnerable – Greens
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/income-management-targets-vulnerable-greens
30 Aug 11: “The Australian Greens said today the Government
should abandon compulsory income management and plans to
expand it into other centres, such as Bankstown, in the
face of an ever-growing body of evidence highlighting the
detrimental effect of the policy. “The personal degradation
caused by this policy is clear in a recent study into women
and income management,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian
Greens community services spokesperson said today. “This
policy inherently targets the most vulnerable people in our
community,” Senator Siewert said. … “The Equality Rights
Alliance’s report Women’s Experience of Income Management
in the Northern Territory found the policy had, in many
cases, led to social exclusion, loss of self-respect, and
confusion and had little impact on women’s spending habits.”

– Audio

The Wire: ‘Discrimination by postcode’:
welfare quarantining to be rolled out in southwest Sydney
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=8379
29 Aug 11: “Welfare groups and residents in the southwest
suburb of Bankstown have condemned a Federal Government
plan to roll out welfare quarantining beyond the Northern
Territory to five trial sites across Australia, including
Bankstown in NSW, from next July. The contentious policy,
also called ‘income management’, was a central part of the
government’s Northern Territory Intervention strategy
introduced in 2007. At a rally outside federal Minister for
Human Services and Social Inclusion, Tanya Plibersek’s
office in the Sydney CBD on Friday, members from a
coalition of 40 Bankstown community groups called for a
moratorium on income management. …
Featured in story:
* Metro Migrant Resource Centre chief executive
Violet Roumeliotis
* Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning social policy
researcher Eva Cox
* Bankstown Aboriginal Elder Daphne Lake
* Bankstown residents”

– News Analysis

Solidarity: New evidence damns Income Management
http://www.solidarity.net.au/38/new-evidence-damns-income-management/
September 2011: “A NEW report has damned Labor’s income
management policy. The report is from the Equal Rights
Alliance (ERA), representing more than 50 groups advocating
for women’s rights. … More than 180 women with direct
experience of Income Management participated in surveys and
focus groups, making this the most extensive study of the
system. Seventy-nine per cent said they wanted to exit
Income Management immediately. … The campaign against the
NT Intervention has initiated a petition demanding a
moratorium on Income Management. The petition is also
sponsored by a new coalition in Bankstown, “Say No to
Government Income Management”, formed following the
announcement in May that Bankstown would be one of the five
new “trial sites” for Income Management. Their founding
statement, published in the local press, gained endorsement
from more than 40 organisations, including Unions NSW, the
Migrant Resource Centre, Catholic Care and Uniting Care.”
Paddy Gibson

See:

Welcome to the campaign website of Say No to Government’s Income Management, Not in Bankstown, Not Anywhere!
http://www.sayno2gim.info/

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

Report: Equality Rights Alliance: Women’s Experience of Income Management in the Northern Territory
http://www.equalityrightsalliance.org.au/projects/womens-experience-income-management-northern-territory

WGAR News: Interview with Equality Rights Alliance’s Emma Davidson (23 Aug 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/08/23/wgar-news-book-launch-walk-with-us-aboriginal-views-on-the-nt-intervention

WGAR News: Interviews with Emma Davidson of Equality Rights Alliance (28 Aug 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/08/28/wgar-news-45th-anniversary-of-gurindji-wave-hill-walk-off-kalkarindji-nt-26-28-august-201

* UPCOMING ‘SAVE THE KIMBERLEY’ EVENTS:

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: Fri 9 September 2011: Manly, Sydney, NSW
A International Conference of Eco Ideas:
Home: http://mec.org.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=6&Itemid=188
Program: http://mec.org.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=16:program&Itemid=190
12.30 pm: Campaigning with Indigenous Communities:
* Neil McKenzie – ‘Save the Kimberley’
* Dr Anne Poelina – ‘Save the Kimberley’

Event: Sat 10 September 2011: Manly, Sydney, NSW
A International Conference of Eco Ideas:
Home: http://mec.org.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=6&Itemid=188
Program: http://mec.org.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=16:program&Itemid=190
11.00 am: The Wilderness Society ‘Save the Kimberley’ Launch:
* Lyndon Schneiders, National Campaign Director of The Wilderness
Society
* Neil McKenzie
* Dr Anne Poelina

Event: Sat 10 September 2011: Adelaide, SA
Adelaide Save the Kimberley Benefit Gig
Supported by SASEN (SA Student Enviro Network) &
The Wilderness Society
“A night of music, speakers and banner painting awaits you!!”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/adelaide-save-the-kimberley-benefit-gig

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: Sat 19 November 2011: Annandale, Sydney, NSW
Save the Kimberley: Cans for Country, Songs for change!
“A super sick show with super sick bands, to help raise
funds and awareness to aid in the fight against the WA
Government and Woodsides attempted destruction of the
Kimberley Coast”
Event details: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/2011/07/13/upcoming-events/

* ENVIRONMENTALISTS: KIMBERLEY HERITAGE LISTING INADEQUATE:

– Audio

The Wire: Kimberley protection no comfort to environmentalists
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=8389
31 Aug 11: “Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke today
announced that 19 million hectares of the west Kimberly
will be given national heritage listing – with the
exception of the controversial area earmarked for gas
drilling. James Price Point, the site of Woodside’s
proposed 30 billion dollar gas hub, will be excised from
the listing. Environmentalists descibe the announcement as
‘greenwash’ and say they will push on with their campaign
to save the Kimberley from mining. …
Featured in story: Heidi Nore, manager of The Wilderness
Society’s Kimberley campaign”

– Media Release

Rachel Siewert: Greens:
Kimberley must not be surrendered for short term greed
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/kimberley-must-not-be-surrendered-short-term-greed
31 Aug 11: “Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens
spokesperson on the Kimberley says heritage listing
announcement for the West Kimberley demonstrates why the
area must not be given up to the short term greed of the
resource boom. … “It is unfortunate that today’s
announcement does nothing to protect the Kimberley from the
construction of the proposed LNG factory at James Price
Point.”

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Heritage listing falls short: Environmentalists
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6242:heritage-listing-falls-short-environmentalists&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=154
2 Sep 11: “Environmental groups say the federal
government’s Heritage listing of parts of the Kimberley
region of Western Australia doesn’t go far enough to
protect the outstanding natural values of the region.
Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke has announced that
more than 19 million hectares of the west Kimberley will be
given National Heritage listing. However, the listing
doesn’t include Woodside’s controversial proposed gas hub
project at James Price Point.”

Tracker: Kimberley heritage listing too weak: Green groups
http://tracker.org.au/2011/09/kimberley-heritage-listing-too-weak-green-groups/
1 Sep 11: “WESTERN AUSTRALIA: The heritage listing of parts
of the Kimberley doesn’t go far enough to protect the
outstanding natural values of the region in northern
Western Australia, environmental groups say. But they also
say federal recognition of the need to protect a dinosaur
track along the Dampier Peninsula coast could pose problems
for a proposed gas hub at James Price Point, 60km north of
Broome.”

SMH: ‘What’s the point?’:
tourism questions west Kimberley heritage listing
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/whats-the-point-tourism-questions-west-kimberley-heritage-listing-20110831-1jlxr.html
1 Sep 11: “Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke said his
decision to add almost 20 million hectares of the west
Kimberley to the National Heritage List – the largest area
to be listed in Australian history – would preserve
culturally and naturally significant sites but would not
automatically shut-down the area to development. However,
the decision was criticised from all sides, with
conservationists calling for the James Price Point project
near Broome to be included and industries and the state
government slamming the blanket approach.”

ABC: Kimberley heritage listing under fire
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-08-31/kimberley-heritage-listing-under-fire/2864656
1 Sep 11: “There has been swift criticism of the Federal
Government’s announcement of National Heritage Listing for
the west Kimberley region of Western Australia. Federal
Environment Minister Tony Burke announced on Wednesday more
than 19 million hectares of the Kimberley region would be
heritage listed. But environmentalists are unhappy the
listing will not stop development in the Kimberley region,
in particular, the gas hub proposal for James Price Point,
north of Broome, which was left out of the process.”

SMH: Minister confirms west Kimberley heritage listing
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/minister-confirms-west-kimberley-heritage-listing-20110831-1jl3v.html#ixzz1WbAITh1h
31 Aug 11: “Almost 20 million hectares of the west
Kimberley will be heritage listed, but the area around the
James Price Point gas processing hub has been excluded, in
a controversial decision confirmed this morning.”

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 29-08-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-29-08-2011
29 Aug 11: “protests over the proposed gas hub at james
price point near broom in WA escalated late last week when
police were called in to remove demonstrators who were
blocking a road preventing woodsides drilling rigs from
entering the site.”

– Related Media Release

Rachel Siewert: Greens:
Wikileaks cables cast doubt on LNG hub legitimacy
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/wikileaks-cables-cast-doubt-lng-hub-legitimacy
1 Sep 11: “Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert says
Wikileaks cables about the development of a gas hub at
James Price Point cast increasing doubt over the legitimacy
of the development. In Broome today, Senator Siewert called
on the hub’s joint venture partners to reassess their
involvement in the project after cables indicated there was
Government pressure on them to accept Woodside’s choice of
development pathway.”

– Related News

National Indigenous Times:
Chains, blockades as the gas hub protest continues
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=22723
1 Sep 11: “Protests and blockades resumed at the
controversial gas hub project site near Broome in Western
Australia last week as anger among the town’s residents
increased with claims Woodside was carrying out work on the
site that had yet to be approved by the Federal Government.
A series of protests took place with protestors chaining
themselves to machinery and equipment on several separate
occasions. Two women chained themselves to a concreted 44
gallon drum to block a convoy of Woodside trucks and
another woman was arrested earlier after she locked herself
onto a low-loader trailer.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Shock turn-around by Kimberley Land Council
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6234:shock-turn-around-by-kimberley-land-council&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=154
1 Sep 11: “The man who spearheaded negotiations over a
controversial gas plant, north of Broome, has withdrawn his
support for the project. In June, Kimberley Land Council
director Wayne Bergmann helped traditional owners of the
site negotiate a $1.5 billion benefits package with
Woodside and the State Government. But, in a surprise
about-turn, Mr Bergmann said the plant at James Price Point
should not be given the go-ahead.”

West Australian:
Native title deal leader withdraws gas hub support
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/wa/10161359/native-title-deal-leader-withdraws-gas-hub-support/
1 Sep 11: “The architect of the native title deal that
paved the way for the James Price Point gas hub is
withdrawing his support for the project. Former Kimberley
Land Council boss Wayne Bergmann led the negotiations that
culminated in a deal struck in May when Premier Colin
Barnett praised him for his tireless work securing the
benefits for the Aboriginal community. … But in a shock
about-face, Mr Bergmann told the ABC yesterday the
liquefied natural gas project should not go ahead.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Police slam Kimberley protesters
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6223:police-slam-kimberley-protesters&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=154
31 Aug 11: “Police have labelled protesters campaigning
against the Kimberley gas hub as “selfish” and recommended
Woodside take legal action to recoup costs. The protest
against the LNG precinct north of Broome flared up at the
weekend when four protesters chained themselves to
machinery and a drum of concrete on the road to James Price
Point.”

Koori Mail: No Gas campaign rumbles on
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
28 Aug 11: “PROTESTERS continue to stymie developer
Woodside’s efforts to undertake investigative works at the
site of a planned multi-billion gas hub at James Price
Point near Broome. Despite some of their number being
arrested, several women locked themselves on to company
machinery on Friday and yesterday to prevent Woodside
workers moving in. The gas proposal has in-principle
agreement from some native title claimants but Broome
Community No Gas Campaign spokesperson Nik Wevers says the
‘vast majority’ of the Broome community opposes it.”

Green Left: Bid to save Kimberley:
Locals, protesters defy Woodside and gov’t
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/48645
27 Aug 11: “A convoy of 30 trucks and cars loaded with
drilling equipment and workers from energy company Woodside
set out from Broome in northern Western Australia at 2.30am
on August 26. It was heading for James Price Point. Two
protesters locked onto two vehicles when the convoy arrived
and another two locked onto a strong point on the road,
halting the convoy. The action was the latest drama in a
vibrant local campaign against a planned gas hub at James
Price Point. A community blockade at the site has been in
place for the past three months.”

* AMSANT: YEAR OF THE ABORIGINAL HEALTH WORKER:

– Media Releases

Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory:
Closing the Gap through caring for our people:
Year of the Aboriginal Health Worker launched
http://www.amsant.org.au/documents/article/83/110901-MR-JP-YAHW%20Launch.pdf
1 Sep 11: “That’s all we ask from of the year ahead:
* a recognition of the profession of Aboriginal Health
Workers, and the fundamentally important role they play in
improving the health of our people.
* equity in the treatment of Aboriginal Health Workers in
housing and benefits that accrue to other health
professions, such as nurses and GPs;
* the commitment and resources to grow the profession to
build on the successes we have in Aboriginal Comprehensive
Primary Health Care; and
* a recognition of the vital role our Aboriginal Health
Workers have in Closing the Gap in Aboriginal health
outcomes.”

Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory:
Health Worker veterans honoured as patrons of the
Year Of the Aboriginal Health Worker
http://amsant.org.au/documents/article/83/110901-MR-PA-YAHW%20Patrons.pdf
1 Sep 11: “”Two of the Northern Territory’s longest serving
Aboriginal Health Workers were honoured as co-patrons for
the Year of the Aboriginal Health Worker in Katherine,
Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory
[AMSANT] Board member Paula Arnol announced today. “Jack
Little was first recruited as an Aboriginal Health Worker
by the legendary Dr John Hargreaves,” said Ms Arnol. …
“Kathy Abbott is an Arrernte woman who was a trailblazer in
Aboriginal health in Central Australia, being recruited by
Trevor Cutter in the early 1970s.”

Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory:
We want action on Aboriginal Health Worker training
http://amsant.org.au/documents/article/83/110901-MR-PA-YAHW%20Launch.pdf
1 Sep 11: “Key opportunities to improve Aboriginal health
would be lost unless there is immediate action to improve
Aboriginal Health Worker training, Aboriginal Medical
Services Northern Territory Board Member Paula Arnol said
today. “We have a profession that is acknowledged as a key
to improving the health of our people that is collapsing
because no one will take responsibility for properly
resourcing the training of Aboriginal Health Workers,” said
Ms Arnol. “Over the past 20 years there have been endless
reports and studies telling us we need more Aboriginal
Health Workers. “Instead we face a profession critical to
the health of our people that seems to be in terminal
decline in the Northern Territory.”

* UNIONS SUPPORT ABORIGINAL OPPOSITION TO NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

– News

MUA: Unions Pledge Support To Oppose Nuclear Waste Dump
http://www.mua.org.au/news/unions-pledge-support-to-oppose-nuclear-waste-dump/
23 Aug 11: “Trade union officials have pledged support to
traditional owners who oppose the construction of a nuclear
waste dump on their land. The delegation met in Tennant
Creek last week where they were received by Muckaty
traditional owners and community members. … Aboriginal
women danced for the union officials who later spoke to the
crowd about their commitment to hindering the construction
and operation of the proposed nuclear storage facility. …
The Senate is yet to vote on legislation written
specifically to allow the nuclear dump to proceed at
Muckaty. … Meanwhile, a legal challenge to the Federal
Government’s waste dump plans at Muckaty will be heard in
October.”

See:

Unions NT Resolves to Fight Radioactive Waste Dump (12 Apr 11)
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/media-releases/

WGAR News: Muckaty Voices and Our Generation screening at ‘Down Under Berlin – Australian Film Festival’
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/08/23/wgar-news-book-launch-walk-with-us-aboriginal-views-on-the-nt-intervention

Nuclear Territory News: Waste Dump News
http://ntne.ws/articles/article.php?section=waste

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

– Related News

Green Left:
Aboriginal people battle radioactive waste dump plan
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/48716
3 Sep 11: “The land around Muckaty Station, 120 kilometres
north of Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory, was
nominated as a possible site for a nuclear waste dump by
the Northern Land Council in May 2007. This was accepted by
the federal government in September 2007. … “If Muckaty
gets announced as the dump site, traditional owners are
asking people to travel to Tennant Creek (when they put the
call out) and help block the road to show they are serious
about not letting the waste travel through to the dump
site.””

LeftClick:
Derek Wall and Muckaty women to participate in CCSC conference
http://leftclickblog.blogspot.com/2011/08/derek-wall-and-muckaty-women-to.html
30 Aug 11: “Leading British ecosocialist Derek Wall
(pictured left) has confirmed that he will prepare a video
presentation especially for the World At A Crossroads:
Climate Change Social Change conference in Melbourne
September 30-October 3. … We also have confirmation that
two women traditional landowners from Muckaty (the site of
the planned nuclear waste dump opposed by the local
Aboriginal community and many others), Dianne Stokes
(pictured below left) and Kylie Sambo (who is also a hip hop
artist– pictured below right), will be travelling all the
way from Central Australia to the conference.”

– Related Analysis/Opinion

NT News Editorial: Nuke dump not all bad
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2011/08/23/255241_opinion.html
23 Aug 11: “TERRITORIANS have every right to feel angry
about the Federal Government’s decision to force the NT to
host a nuclear waste dump. … a federal scientific report
found that the best site was in South Australia. The SA
State Government – motivated by politics, not science or
environmental concerns – fought the decision and won. The
Territory has no such constitutional power and has no
choice but to accept the dump.”

* REMEMBERING WAVE HILL WALK-OFF:

– Audio

ABC Radio National – Awaye!: Remembering Wave Hill
27 Aug 11: “In the first part of our Wave Hill
commemoration series, we travel to the communities of
Kalkarindji and Daguragu south-west of Darwin where the
Gurindji stockmen led the famous walk-off in August 1966
and which galvanised the Aboriginal land rights movement.
We replay a feature produced by Matthew Leonard in 2006 on
the occasion of the 40th anniversary.”

– Reportbacks

Anita Heiss Blog:
45th Anniversary of the Gurindji Wave Hill Walk-Off
http://anitaheissblog.blogspot.com/2011/09/45th-anniversary-of-gurindji-wave-hill.html
3 Sep 11: “Last week I flew from Sydney to Darwin and then
drove 800km in a convoy via Katherine to Kalkarindji and
Dagaragu, the home of the Gurindji nation (and supported by
the associated nations of the Malgnin, Mudpurra, Bilinara,
Nyarinman and Warlpiri peoples). It was there that I felt
the strength and dignity of those who walked off Wave Hill
Station (then ‘officially’ owned by British Lord Vestey)
some 45 years previously. The protest was a demand for
rights to their traditional country, and to be treated
equally with other Australians employed on the land.”

Green Left: Celebration and protest mark Gurindji freedom day
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/48717
3 Sep 11: ““It’s just a great honour to be here,” iconic
singer-songwriter Paul Kelly told Green Left Weekly. “What
happened here is a fascinating and amazing story.” Kev
Carmody, another legend of Australian music, added: “It’s
brought all these people together from diverse backgrounds
and from all across the country and it’s an honour to the
strength of Gurindji people.” … This event [the 45th
anniversary of the Gurindji walk off from Wave Hill
station], which gave birth to the land rights movement, was
commemorated with three days and nights of discussion, music
and protest.” Ruth Ratcliffe

– News

National Indigenous Times:
Emotions run high as call is renewed to end Intervention
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=22724
1 Sep 11: “Aboriginal stockmen led more than 200 people
last weekend in re-enacting the 45th anniversary of the
famous Wave Hill Walk-off of 1966 at Kalkarindji, on the
Victoria River, 800km south of Darwin. The Walk-off
anniversary also presented traditional owners with the
opportunity to speak out about the current state of
Indigenous affairs in Australia and they left no-one in any
doubt about their anger and frustration, particularly with
the Northern Territory Intervention. The heat and emotions
ran high as the Northern Territory and Australian Federal
governments took a verbal beating over the Intervention in
particular as men and women told their stories from a stage.
The Federal Intervention in remote Territory communities
remains a great source of angst for many who attended the
anniversary of the 1966 Walk-off.”

National Indigenous Times: Walk-off anniversary
http://www.nit.com.au/story.aspx?id=22725
1 Sep 11: “They came from near and far – hundreds of people
last weekend to remember and pay their respects to the
Gurindji people and their actions back in 1966 in the now
famous Wave Hill Walk-off. Traditional owners, politicians,
unionists and even 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 to commemorate what the Gurindji people did and
achieved 45 years ago. Australian musicians with ties to the
community, including Paul Kelly and Dan Sultan were there.
Especially significant was the attendance of Gabi Hollows
whose late husband, Fred Hollows restored Vincent Lingiari’s
sight. She proudly took part in the Walk-off re-enactment.”

Katherine Times: Historic walk off re-enacted to mark 45 years
http://www.katherinetimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/historic-walk-off-reenacted-to-mark-45-years/2276905.aspx
31 Aug 11: “More than 200 Indigenous stockmen – joined by
over 400 family members, politicians and unionists –
re-enacted the Wave Hill Walk Off on the weekend to
commemorate the strike that led to better working
conditions for Aboriginal stockmen 45 years ago. …
Gurindji elder Jimmy Wavehill, who joined the large group in
their 20-minute re-enactment of the walk, said he still had
a vivid memory of the walk-off. “I’m the eldest here and I
got a good knowledge,” he said. “I want to be with my people
and walk from here back to our old meeting place at the old
crossing.””

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Basics Card anger expressed at celebrations
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6213:basics-card-anger-expressed-at-celebrations&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=154
30 Aug 11: “A three-day event to commemorate the 45th
anniversary of the Wave Hill walk-off has been held in the
Northern Territory. … SBS reporter Bill Code attended the
festival and says most people attending the event remain
very concerned about the impact of the intervention.
Bill Code: There continues to be a frustration and anger at
the use of the Basics Card. Many people are angry their
benefits money go on to the so-called Basics Card and people
are unable to buy certain items – those sort of everyday
groceries. … Voice ends.”

ABC Rural: Lingiari lecture attacks NT intervention
http://www.abc.net.au/rural/news/content/201108/s3304425.htm
29 Aug 11: “Speakers at the festival to mark the 45th
anniversary of the Wave Hill walk-off have strongly
condemned the Federal Government’s Northern Territory
intervention. The inaugural Vincent Lingiari Memorial
Lecture was heard by 200 people in the community of
Kalkarindji, 400 kilometres south-west of Katherine.
Gurindji woman Josie Crawshaw delivered the address, saying
the intervention had stripped away the rights won in the
famous Wave Hill Station strike.”

ABC Rural: Role of unions remembered in Wave Hill walk off
http://www.abc.net.au/rural/nt/content/201108/s3304816.htm?site=katherine&section=news
29 Aug 11: “The Gurindji strike from Wave Hill Station may
not have suceeded if it wasn’t for the support of unions
from Darwin and around the country. Brian Manning was part
of the Northern Territory Aboriginal Rights Council, and
was instrumental in convincing the Waterside Workers Union
to support the strike.”

ABC Rural: They treated us like dogs: Gurindji strikers
http://www.abc.net.au/rural/nt/content/201108/s3304833.htm?site=katherine&section=news
29 Aug 11: “Paddy Dujack and Gus George were both teenagers
when the Gurindji people walked off Wave Hill Station. They
showed the Country Hour aroudn the site that they left to
demand their own lands. “We had no water supply, no
electricity, they treated us like dogs.””

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Walk-Off celebrated over weekend
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6205:walk-off-celebrated-over-weekend&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=154
29 Aug 11: “The Northern Territory Chief Minister says he
will not support using the word “intervention” to describe
new Federal Government programs in the Territory. …
Speakers at the event called on Aboriginal people to
remember the strength and courage of the Gurindji Wave Hill
strikers to fight against the federal government
intervention. One elder, Gus George, said the loss of
freedom Aboriginal people experienced at Wave Hill is being
repeated under the intervention.”

See:

WGAR News: 45th anniversary of Gurindji Wave Hill Walk-Off – Kalkarindji NT – 26-28 August 2011
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/08/28/wgar-news-45th-anniversary-of-gurindji-wave-hill-walk-off-kalkarindji-nt-26-28-august-201

* SYDNEY ACTIVISTS CELEBRATE WAVE HILL WALK-OFF:

– News

Alternative Media Group:
Activists celebrate historic Gurindji walk-off,
oppose ‘BasicsCard’
http://www.altmedia.net.au/activists-celebrate-historic-gurindji-walk-off-oppose-%E2%80%98basicscard%E2%80%99/41334
2 Sep 11: “On a bright Spring day last week, 100 people
gathered at the Broadway offices of Tanya Plibersek MP,
Minister for Social Inclusion. The crowd as celebrating the
45th anniversary of the historic struggle for wages and
land rights by the Gurindji people in the Northern
Territory. … They [the Gurindji people] pushed for both
equal pay and Aboriginal land rights, and made history in
1975, with the hand-back of land at Daguragu. … Dave
Suttle from the Stop the Intervention Collective, Sydney
(STICS) told the crowd that 45 years on the NT Intervention
has taken away many of these rights.”

* “WALK WITH US” PRESENTS VIEWS OF NT ELDERS ON INTERVENTION:

– Book launch

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: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/films-and-literature/book-walk-with-us
Event details: http://www.isx.org.au/events/1313980450_5678.html
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
Videos from the Sydney book launch: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/films-and-literature/book-walk-with-us/videos-wwu

– Media Release

“Walk With Us” Launched By ‘concerned Australians’
http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12009:australia-walk-with-us-launched-by-concerned-australians&catid=54:australia-indigenous-peoples&Itemid=76
28 Aug 11: “In all the discussion, debate, and commentary
generated on Indigenous issues, the virtual absence of the
voices of the people concerned is startling. The
opportunity to hear from people most affected by government
Indigenous policy does not come often for most of us. This
is why the launch this week of another slim volume by the
group ‘concerned Australians’ is cause for celebration”,
says Canberra writer, Michelle Fahy. …
“Walk With Us provides a useful starting point on the
current situation with the Intervention and recent
happenings in the Northern Territory. Topics covered include
government changes to the Racial Discrimination Act, the
visit of two Aboriginal Elders to the United Nations, and
the recent Australian visit of Navi Pillay, the UN Human
Rights High Commissioner. Most importantly, the impact of
the Intervention on the lives of the people who live under
it is explained by those people in their own words”.”

– News

ABC Melbourne:
Book captures views of NT elders on intervention
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-08-30/20110830intervention-book-launch/2862222/?site=melbourne
30 Aug 11: “Seven indigenous elders from the Northern
Territory have had their thoughts on the federal
intervention published in a book being launched in
Melbourne today. The book, Walk With Us, was compiled by a
group called Concerned Australians, which campaigns against
the federal government’s emergency response in remote
communities. It calls on Australians to campaign against
the intervention. Editor Michele Harris says the elders,
from areas such as Utopia, Wallaby Beach and the Daly
River, all spoke of feelings of helplessness arising from
the intervention.”

Sydney Archdiocese:
Aboriginal Elders Urge End to Intervention
http://www.sydney.catholic.org.au/news/latest_news/2011/2011830_1180.shtml
30 Aug 11: “The Northern Territory’s Aboriginal Elders have
long fought to have their voices heard and be consulted as
part of the Government’s controversial and painful
Intervention Policy, which was instigated by the Howard
Government and continues four years later under the present
Government. … The result is Walk With Us, a book compiled
from the words of seven Northern Territory Elders, giving
them a much-needed voice across the wider community about
the impact and failure of the Intervention, and why it must
be halted.”

– Analysis / Opinion

On Line Opinion:
Resetting our relationship with Aboriginal people
http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=12535&page=0
29 Aug 11: “Walk With Us is the sequel to the remarkable
This Is What We Said, which was published in February 2010
and gave voice to the suffering of many Aboriginal people
under the Intervention. Walk With Us explores recent
happenings. It covers government changes to legislation,
the visit of two Elders to the UN, and the recent
Australian visit of Navi Pillay, the UN Human Rights High
Commissioner. Most importantly, we read of the ongoing
impact of the Intervention on the lives of Aboriginal
people in their own words.” Michelle Fahy

– Related Videos

Stop the Intervention: Videos from the booklaunch of
“Walk With Us” in Sydney at gleebooks on 1 Sept 2011
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/films-and-literature/book-walk-with-us/videos-wwu
“Part 1 – Auntie Millie Ingram
Part 2 – Nicole Watson
Part 3 – Jeff McMullen
Part 4 – Q & A”

* UPCOMING ABORIGINAL RIGHTS EVENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA
– 33 EVENTS FROM 6 SEPTEMBER 2011:

Click on the links for details of the events …

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: Thu 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
Event details: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/films-and-literature/book-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
Book info: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/WWU-Alert-for-All-Readers.pdf
Videos from the Sydney book launch: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/films-and-literature/book-walk-with-us/videos-wwu

Event: Tue 6 September 2011: Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Qld
Homelands campaign training session
Amnesty International Qld/Northern NSW
“The training is designed for activists who want to play an
active role in the campaign, within their local group or as
a part of the Homelands Action Group.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/qld/event/26520/

Event: Wed 7 September 2011: Brunswick, Melbourne, Vic
Indigenous Social Justice Association:
Discussion of Justice Reinvestment
“On to 20th anniversary of the Royal Commission into
Aboriginal Deaths in Custody ANTAR issued a statement
criticising the lack of progress and putting forward a
range of strategies, including Justice Reinvestment,
a program being trialed in a number of U.S. States.
This meeting will discuss this program and evaluate its
usefulness in the Australian context”
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/indigenous-social-justice-association-discussion-of-justice-reinvestment

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-2011-3
Course details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/26384/

Event: Thu 8 September 2011: Armidale, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

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: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/films-and-literature/book-walk-with-us
Event details: http://www.isx.org.au/events/1313980450_5678.html
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
Videos from the Sydney book launch: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/films-and-literature/book-walk-with-us/videos-wwu

Event: Fri 9 September 2011: Manly, Sydney, NSW
A International Conference of Eco Ideas:
Home: http://mec.org.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=6&Itemid=188
Program: http://mec.org.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=16:program&Itemid=190
12.30 pm: Campaigning with Indigenous Communities:
* Neil McKenzie – ‘Save the Kimberley’
* Dr Anne Poelina – ‘Save the Kimberley’

Event: Sat 10 September 2011: Manly, Sydney, NSW
A International Conference of Eco Ideas:
Home: http://mec.org.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=6&Itemid=188
Program: http://mec.org.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=16:program&Itemid=190
11.00 am: The Wilderness Society ‘Save the Kimberley’ Launch:
* Lyndon Schneiders, National Campaign Director of The Wilderness Society
* Neil McKenzie
* Dr Anne Poelina

Event: Sat 10 September 2011: Adelaide, SA
Adelaide Save the Kimberley Benefit Gig
Supported by SASEN (SA Student Enviro Network) &
The Wilderness Society
“A night of music, speakers and banner painting awaits you!!”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/adelaide-save-the-kimberley-benefit-gig

Event: Tue 13 September 2011: Acton, Canberra, ACT
Our Generation Film Screening
Q&A with special guests:
Dr. Helen Watchirs and Dianne Collins
Hosted by ACT Human Rights Commission and Community Partners
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Tue 13 September 2011: CBD, Sydney, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
With special guests Jeff McMullen and the filmmakers
Hosted by Amnesty International Pitt Street Action Group
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/26461/
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Thu 15 September 2011: Bundoora, Melbourne, Vic
Our Generation Film Screening
With special guest speaker:
Walpiri leader Valerie Martin Napaljari from Yuendumu
Hosted by ESP (Equality, Sustainability and Peace) group at
La Trobe University
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Fri 16 September 2011: Kelvin Grove, Brisbane, Qld
Our Generation Film Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Fri 16 September 2011: Northcote, Melbourne, Vic
Ballerrt Mooroop Strong Spirit Festival – Fundraiser
Featuring: Uncle Kutcha Edwards
Johnny Mac and Meriki Hood
Jessie Llyod – Julia Mahatuwe
Mattrix – Squid Squad
Ballerrt Mooroop Dancing Troupe
“Join us for a very special night to celebrate Indigenous
culture and raise awareness of the struggle to save
Ballerrt Mooroop College, Melbourne’s last Indigenous
school.”
Event details: http://ballerrtmooroop.org/?q=content/ballerrt-mooroop-strong-spirit-festival-fundraiser
Campaign updates: http://ballerrtmooroop.org/

Event: Sat 17 September 2011: Brunswick, Melbourne, Vic
Media Skills Workshop for Activists
Organised by Radical Women &
Indigenous Social Justice Association – Melbourne
“Do you want to use the mainstream and community media more
effectively to promote social change? … ”
Register to attend
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/media-skills-workshop-for-activists

Event: Mon 19 September 2011: Cronulla, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Hosted by Amnesty International Sutherland Shire Action Group
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/26574/
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Tue 20 September 2011: Melbourne, Vic
Our Generation Film Screening
More details to come
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Tue 20 September 2011: Kensington, Sydney, NSW
Close the Gap Debate
– Is positive discrimination the only way to close the gap?
Hosted by Amnesty UNSW in collaboration with UNSW DebSoc
“A debate in recognition of Amnesty International
Australia’s focus on Indigenous rights and the Utopia
Homelands.”
Please RSVP
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/26642/

Event: Thu 29 September 2011: Redfern, Sydney, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Q&A with Jeff McMullen
Hosted by Women’s Reconciliation Network
and Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info-Our-Generation/Our-Gen-RCC-29-9-11.pdf
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Wed 5 October 2011: Brisbane, Qld
One-day Conference:
Human rights and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
Hosted by Amnesty International Qld/Northern NSW
“Hear how human rights instruments, including the United
Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,
can be applied to governance, law enforcement and justice
for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in
Queensland.”
RSVPS are essential
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/qld/event/24476/

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: Wed 12 October 2011: St Lucia, Brisbane, Qld
Our Generation Film Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

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: Tue 8 November 2011: Hurstville, Sydney, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Hosted by Amnesty International Sutherland Shire Action Group
“Our group is hoping to engage more with AI members and
residents of the St George area and we hope that this will
be a launch event for the creation of a St George Action
Group … ”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/26576/
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

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: Sat 19 November 2011: Annandale, Sydney, NSW
Save the Kimberley: Cans for Country, Songs for change!
“A super sick show with super sick bands, to help raise
funds and awareness to aid in the fight against the WA
Government and Woodsides attempted destruction of the
Kimberley Coast”
Event details: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/2011/07/13/upcoming-events/

Event: Sun 20 November 2011: Mullumbimby, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
With live music and Q&A with the filmmakers
More details to come
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

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:

– Analysis / Opinion

On Line Opinion:
Resetting our relationship with Aboriginal people
http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=12535&page=0
29 Aug 11: “‘The Intervention has brought the history of
welfare reform back today. We don’t want that. It hurts.
Today a lot of our people are committing suicide; today a
lot of our people can’t cope with the Intervention.’
George Gaymarani Pascoe, Milingimbi
‘We are the Australians. Don’t let…the First People of this
country be rejected!…We have lived in this country as a
foreigner! We invite you brothers and sisters, walk with us,
then fight a system that victimises people.’
Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM, Galiwin’ku”

– News

ABC Radio Australia News:
China blows whistle on Australia’s human rights stance
http://www.radioaustralianews.net.au/stories/201109/3308910.htm?desktop
2 Sep 11: “A confidential cable posted on whistle-blowing
website Wikileaks says Chinese officials “sought answers”
on how the Australian Government had been handling human
rights issues. … The cable says Chinese delegates wanted
the Australian Government to explain its treatment of
Aborigines, specifically in regard to the Northern
Territory Intervention. … The document contains a comment
about the federal intervention in the Northern Territory
being a case of “one size does not fit all”. … ”

* 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

‘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

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/

Treaty Republic – NT Intervention:
http://treatyrepublic.net/search/node/NT%20Intervention

MAIC (Melbourne Anti-Intervention Collective):
http://maicollective.blogspot.com/

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/

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:
Scrymgour language policy revised
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6238:scrymgour-language-policy-revised&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=154
2 Sep 11: “Labor backbencher Marion Scrymgour says she is
pleased the Northern Territory Government has clarified the
policy she introduced on bilingual teaching in schools
while she was Education Minister. The government says a
draft framework on literacy has “revised and expanded” its
existing stance on bilingual education that ordered
teaching in English for the first four hours of school
days.”

National Indigenous Times:
Report shows why our people must be given a say: Congress
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=22706
1 Sep 11: “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
must have a greater say over and involvement in service
delivery to our communities, the National Congress of
Australia’s First Peoples has said. The Congress was
responding to the Federal Government report “Overcoming
Indigenous Disadvantage: Key indicators 2011”. “A common
theme throughout the report and the recent release of the
Department of Finance spending report, is that where the
small improvements have been made, they have been in
programs that are innovative and developed from the ground
up or by involving community at all levels,” Congress
Co-Chair, Les Malezer said.”

National Indigenous Times:
Hollows group questions report findings on food
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=22713
1 Sep 11: “The Fred Hollows Foundation has called on the
Federal Government to address critical gaps in the food
security of remote Indigenous communities and questioned
the claimed outcomes of a report which suggested more
viable stores meant “more money was being spent on healthy
foods”. The Foundation’s Manager of Indigenous Programs,
Joy McLaughlin, said the Foundation was concerned that
statements about the recent ORIC report “Strong
Corporations, Strong Stores, Strong Communities” suggested
a link between an increase in the viability and
profitability of community stores and an actual increase in
the purchase of healthy food.”

National Indigenous Times: Dodson’s bond plan
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=22714
1 Sep 11: “One of Australia’s most prominent and respected
leaders, Professor Patrick Dodson has called on the Federal
Government to adopt a bold new initiative that has worked
successfully overseas to achieve effective outcomes from
funding initiatives for Indigenous Australians. The
initiative, called Impact Bonds, would create incentives
for investors to become actively engaged in promoting
initiatives to assist Indigenous Australians and ease the
burden on governments to fully fund the programs.”

Koori Mail: Congress releases first report
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
31 Aug 11: “THE National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples has released its report from the inaugural
delegates meeting in June. Co-chairs Les Malezer and Jody
Broun said the Building our Foundations: National Congress
Report 2011 was a ‘foundational document’ and the start of
a conversation between Congress members, communities,
organisations and governments. To see the report go to
http://nationalcongress.com.au/ ”

– Analysis / Opinion

Indigenous Peoples: Misleading? No Worries, It’s Aboriginal!
http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12041:australia-misleading-no-worries-its-aboriginal&catid=54:australia-indigenous-peoples&Itemid=76
30 Aug 11: “When will Aboriginal People in Australia get a
fair go? When will Aboriginal people in the Northern
Territory get a fair go? The Productivity Commission Report
on Aboriginal Disadvantage released last Thursday was
followed by screaming headlines of ‘Child Abuse’. Even some
of our very best papers were full on, ‘Spike in Child Abuse
Mars Indigenous Gains’, ‘Aboriginal Child Abuse Rates
Rise’, ‘Child Abuse Six Times Higher for Aboriginals’ But
just how accurate are these headlines and what did the
Productivity Commission Report actually say?”

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
NT Government rethinks delivery of teaching English to Aboriginal schoolchildren.
http://caama.com.au/nt-government-rethinks-delivery-of-teaching-english
1 Sep 11: “NT Training and Educatiion Minister Chris Burns
has released a draft policy which re examines the delivery
of teaching English in community schools. Dr Burns says the
draft policy follows a review of the teaching of English
literacy and numeracy in the first 4 hours of each school
day.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 02-09-2011
2 Sep 11: “Northern Territory Education and Training
Minister Dr Chris Burns has defended the Territory
Governments move to re asses the teaching of English
numeracy and literature to aborignial children.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 31-08-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-31-08-2011
31 Aug 11: “Calls for a fair go in the way Aboriginal
issues are reported in the mainstream media following last
week’s release of the Productivity Commission Report on
indigenous disadvantage.”

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