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29/10/2011 “Congress Joins Opposition to Big Stick Policies in the NT” NCAFP Media Release

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 29/10/2011 by D

Contents:
* What’s Working: Animation of stories
* “Congress Joins Opposition to Big Stick Policies in the NT”
National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples Media Release
* Background to National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
* Occupy Melbourne calls for Treaty with Indigenous Australia
* Interview with Brian Devlin on cuts to bilingual education
* Jon Altman: Governments can not afford to neglect homelands
* UTS Lecture by Dr Miriam Jorgensen & Prof Stephen Cornell:
Indigenous Government – A Solution in Settler States
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles

* WHAT’S WORKING: ANIMATION OF STORIES:

– Videos

What’s Working: Animation of stories
http://www.whatsworking.com.au/whats-working/animation-of-stories/
“Many communities are developing animation films for
teaching language and culture to the children, engaging
them in modern technology combined with indigenous
knowledge. These videos are developed with state of the art
technology and involve the knowledge holders in the design
and development. See the promo for the language video Wadu
Matyidi and the traditional stories of Borroloola in the
gulf country of Arnhem land.”

– Related News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Film technology to preserve language, culture
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6483:film-technology-to-preserve-language-culture&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=154
26 Oct 11: “Animation technology used in the Hollywood film
‘Avatar’ is providing an exciting way to preserve
Indigenous languages in the Northern Territory. A film
called the ‘Sea Turtle and the Osprey’, which includes the
traditional Yanyuwa language, hopes to encourage younger
generations to pick up their native tongue. Associate
Professor John Bradley from the Indigenous Centre at Monash
University worked on the project, and says the young
Yanyuwa children are taking to the animated story in their
language.”

* “CONGRESS JOINS OPPOSITION TO BIG STICK POLICIES IN THE NT”
NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AUSTRALIA’S FIRST PEOPLES MEDIA RELEASE:

– Media Release and Statement

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Congress NT Intervention Statement
http://nationalcongress.com.au/congress-nt-intervention-statement/
“The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples today
released its position on the Northern Territory Emergency
Response (NTER), calling on the Federal parliament to take
a long-term view of the development of Aboriginal
communities in the Northern Territory.
Congress opposes the key one-size-fits-all measures which
are the basis of the policy. Read the Media Release here.
http://nationalcongress.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/111027CongressInterventionMR1.pdf
Read our full statement to the Federal Government here.
http://nationalcongress.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/CongressStatementNTER.pdf

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 28-10 -2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-28-10-2011
28 Oct 11: “Australia’s peak Aboriginal representative body
…The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
(NCAFP) has rejected the federal government’s new
intervention plans, saying consultations over the issue
were flawed.”

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Congress slams “one-size-fits-all” Intervention
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6500:congress-slams-qone-size-fits-allq-intervention&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=154
28 Oct 11: “The National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples’ says the Federal Government’s one-size-fits-all
approach to Northern Territory Indigenous communities is
not working. The group yesterday announced their official
position on the NT Intervention, saying investment in local
services and governance is required for communities to
achieve long-term development.”

Age: Aboriginal body warns on welfare
http://www.theage.com.au/national/aboriginal-body-warns-on-welfare-20111027-1mm2v.html
28 Oct 11: “LEGISLATION linking welfare payments to school
attendance and enrolments in the Northern Territory could
face opposition from the nation’s peak indigenous body, the
National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. In its
first major policy statement, the congress yesterday warned
against any ”one-size-fits-all” approach to income
management or alcohol restrictions in order to address
profound levels of disadvantage. Congress co-chair Jody
Broun said she would be concerned if the Gillard government
embraced only the ideas that were raised during recent
consultations that suited its policy direction.”

Australian:
Aboriginal congress rejects ‘big stick intervention’
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/aboriginal-congress-rejects-big-stick-intervention/story-fn9hm1pm-1226178886225
28 Oct 11: “THE national Aboriginal congress has called on
the federal government to hand management control back to
Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory and to abandon
a one-size-fits-all intervention. In a highly critical
assessment of the intervention, the National Congress of
Australia’s First Peoples said “misdirected” policies had
led to “stigmatisation and disempowerment of Aboriginal
communities, particularly in remote areas, but also across
Australia”.”

9 News: Key Aboriginal group rejects intervention
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8366315
27 Oct 11: “The peak body representing Aboriginal people is
rejecting the federal government’s new intervention plans,
saying consultations over the issue were flawed. The
National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples (NCAFP)
issued its long-awaited response on Thursday to the federal
government’s intervention plan for some poor Aboriginal
communities in the Northern Territory. Earlier this month
the government revealed it would continue the policy
originally introduced under the Howard government, and
toughen parts of it.”

* BACKGROUND TO NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AUSTRALIA’S FIRST PEOPLES (NCAFP):

Welcome National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
http://nationalcongress.com.au/welcome/

WGAR News: Proposed national Indigenous body (29 Aug 09)
[scroll down page] https://wgar.wordpress.com/2009/09/01/290809-un-expert-calls-nt-intervention-discriminatory/

WGAR News: More media responses to proposed national Indigenous body (31 Aug 09)
[scroll down page] https://wgar.wordpress.com/2009/09/01/310809-more-media-responses-to-un-expert-james-anaya/

WGAR News: Still more media responses to proposed national Indigenous body (3 Sep 09)
[scroll down page] https://wgar.wordpress.com/2009/09/03/3-sep-2009-governments-review-of-aboriginal-housing-scheme-in-the-nt/

WGAR News: Proposed National Indigenous Representative Body (22 Sep 09)
[scroll down page] https://wgar.wordpress.com/2009/09/23/22-sep-2009-ampilatwatja-anti-intervention-walk-off-speaking-tour/

WGAR News: New Way Summit delegates unanimously reject government sponsored Rep body (31 Jan 10)
https://wgar.wordpress.com/2010/02/01/new-way-summit-delegates-unanimously-reject-government-sponsored-rep-body/

WGAR News: Proposed National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples (2 Feb 10)
[scroll down page] https://wgar.wordpress.com/2010/02/02/02022010-national-day-of-action-saturday-13-february-2010-2/

WGAR News: New National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples (9 May 10)
http://www.indymedia.org.au/2010/05/08/wgar-news-new-national-congress-of-australias-first-peoples-9-may-10

WGAR News: Co-Chairs of National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples elected (21 Apr 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/21/wgar-news-elders-speak-out-on-the-northern-territory-nt-intervention

WGAR News: National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples (24 Apr 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/24/wgar-news-two-urgent-petitions-on-the-nt-intervention-sign-by-early-may-2011

WGAR News: National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples (29 Apr 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/29/darwin-gathering-for-aboriginal-people-living-in-prescribed-areas-under-the-nt-interventi

WGAR News: Les Malezer defends National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples (30 Apr 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/30/wgar-news-keep-the-poison-out-of-muckaty-community-rally-on-may-7-2011

WGAR News: Speech by Les Malezer, Co-chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples (7 May 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/07/wgar-news-interviews-with-barb-shaw-and-michael-anderson-speeches-by-pat-anderson-and-les

WGAR News: Interview with National Congress Co-Chair, Jody Broun (18 May 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/18/wgar-news-amnesty-international-report-2011-human-rights-in-australia

WGAR News: Official Launch of the National Congress Meeting (11 Jun 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/11/wgar-news-nt-traditional-land-owners-claim-they-were-not-consulted-about-mining-deal

WGAR News: Survey: 88% of NCAFP members want constitutional recognition (30 Jul 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/07/30/wgar-news-gurindji-tell-consultations-meeting-stop-the-intervention-immediately

* OCCUPY MELBOURNE CALLS FOR A TREATY WITH INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIA:

– Statement

Occupy Melbourne calls for Treaty with Indigenous Australia
Treaty Republic: http://treatyrepublic.net/content/occupy-melbourne-calls-treaty-first-nations
Green Left: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/49243
27 Oct 11: “Occupy Melbourne’s 8th general assembly passed
a proposal, put forward by the Indigenous Working Group, to
support the creation of a treaty between the First Nations
of Australia and the Australian Commonwealth Government.
… Robbie Thorpe, member of Occupy Melbourne’s Indigenous
Working Group, argues that Constitutional recognition isn’t
enough to protect the sovereign rights of Aboriginal and
Torres Islander peoples. Thorpe asserts: “Without a treaty
Australia doesn’t have a foundation for its law. The
Treaty should underpin the Constitution, rather than having
the Aboriginal People slotted into the Constitution 100
years later.””

* INTERVIEW WITH BRIAN DEVLIN
ON CUTS TO BILINGUAL EDUCATION IN THE NT:

– Audio Interview

3CR Community Radio 855 AM – Podcasts
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
Wednesday Hometime – 26 Oct 2011
[listen to this program online] http://podcast.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2011-10-26-73199.mp3
26 Oct 11: “Liz Dean down to earth academic, sociology
lecturer and 3CR presenter of Thursday Hometime talks about
her Phd thesis Bodily Ethics and
Brian Devlin from Charles Darwin University on cuts to
bilingual education in remote area schools in the NT.”
[Brian Devlin is interviewed about 30 minutes into the
program.]

* PROF JON ALTMAN: GOVERNMENTS CAN NOT AFFORD TO NEGLECT HOMELANDS:

– Analysis / Opinion

agendaTracker: EVIDENTLY: Helping the homelands
http://tracker.org.au/2011/10/evidently-helping-the-homelands/
25 Oct 11: “NATIONAL: In this political arena, the
homelands are no longer supported, even ignored.
PROF JON ALTMAN* argues that governments can not afford to
neglect them. … In the absence of national political
leadership in sensible outstations policy, the smallest and
politically most vulnerable group of Australians is placed
at risk. This is an issue not just of rights and social
justice, but also of freedom and choice.” Prof Jon Altman,
Foundation Director, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy
Research (CAEPR), ANU

* UTS LECTURE BY DR MIRIAM JORGENSON & PROF STEPHEN CORNELL:
INDIGENOUS GOVERNMENT – A SOLUTION IN SETTLER STATES:

– Upcoming Event

Event: Wed 9 November 2011: UTS Building, Sydney, NSW
UTS Joint Annual Lecture:
Indigenous Government: A Solution in Settler States
Speakers – UTS Distinguished Visiting Scholars:
Prof Stephen Cornell & Dr Miriam Jorgensen
“In Australia, Canada, and the United States, there is
growing evidence that Indigenous communities themselves may
have solutions to problems of socio-economic distress that
work substantially better than those developed by central
governments. … ”
Jointly organised by Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning
and the Transforming Cultures Research Centre
Event details: http://datasearch2.uts.edu.au/tfc/news-events/news-detail.cfm?ItemId=28626

* OTHER NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Council looks to go it alone
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6499:council-looks-to-go-it-alone&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=154
28 Oct 11: “A former Northern Territory local government
minister is preparing to accept a proposal for the first
renegade council to break away from the super shire model.
Member for Daly Rob Knight oversaw the reforms to redesign
the local government system into eight supershires. Now
three communities in his electorate, Wadeye, Peppimentarti
and Palumpa, want to form their own local government body
outside of the Victoria-Daly Shire.”

National Indigenous Times: You broke your word
http://www.nit.com.au/story.aspx?id=23109
26 Oct 11: “Indigenous leaders have reacted with anger,
disappointment and dismay to the Northern Territory
Intervention initiatives announced by the Federal
Government Indigenous Affairs Minister, Jenny Macklin last
week. The Minister has said she intends to continue with an
income management program that will penalise the parents of
children who do not attend school and maintain an alcohol
ban at the 73 communities living under the current
Intervention. … However, her claims that she was
responding to the feedback from communities have been
rejected by people who attended those community meetings.”

National Indigenous Times:
Minister lacks understanding of our culture: Barbara Shaw
http://www.nit.com.au/News/story.aspx?id=23086
26 Oct 11: “Barbara Shaw has attacked the Federal
Government plan to tie welfare payments to school
attendance in remote Aboriginal communities to ensure
children get to class. Ms Shaw, from the Intervention
Rollback Action Group, said the Howard-era Intervention
which has been maintained by the current Federal Labor
Government had failed. Ms Shaw, who has two school
children and lives in the Mt Nancy town camp near Alice
Springs, said linking welfare payments with school
attendance showed a lack of understanding of Aboriginal
culture, as funeral obligations may mean children couldn’t
attend school for weeks while in mourning.”

National Indigenous Times:
Gooda outraged with lack of consultation by Macklin
http://www.nit.com.au/News/story.aspx?id=23091
26 Oct 11: “Mick Gooda has attacked the announcement by the
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin of future
plans for the Intervention, demanding to know why community
leaders were not consulted beforehand. Mr Gooda said he was
“outraged” community leaders were only made aware of the
proposed new crackdown through the Minister’s release of
the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory report.
Under the proposal the Gillard government plans, among
other things, to cut welfare payments for the parents of
truant children.”

National Indigenous Times:
Amnesty appeals to Macklin: Consult to find the solutions
http://www.nit.com.au/News/story.aspx?id=23087
26 Oct 11: “Community consultations were a welcome first
step towards tackling Aboriginal disadvantage in the
Northern Territory but any strategies to ensure stronger
futures must be community driven in order to be
sustainable, Amnesty International has said. Amnesty
International was responding to the announcement by the
Federal Government’s Indigenous Affairs Minister, Jenny
Macklin announcing plans on the future of the Northern
Territory Intervention with the Stronger Futures in the
Northern Territory Report released last week. Amnesty said
it was now essential the Federal Government worked in
partnership with Aboriginal communities to find practical
solutions that respected the rights of those affected.”

National Indigenous Times: Macklin remains defiant
http://www.nit.com.au/News/story.aspx?id=23092
26 Oct 11: “Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin
remained defiant in the face of criticism of the Federal
Government’s planned extension of the Northern Territory
Intervention declaring the Federal Government would do
whatever it takes to lift education standards and tackle
alcohol abuse in remote Aboriginal communities. With the
former Howard government’s controversial Intervention
policy in the Northern Territory set to expire next year,
the Labor government claims it has been consulting with
remote communities to decide what will come next even
though many communities claim there has been no meaningful
consultation at all but rather more of the past practices
where government and bureaucrats are deciding what is best
for the Territory’s Indigenous Australians.”

National Indigenous Times: No floor price on alcohol
“deeply disappointing”, says Coalition
http://www.nit.com.au/News/story.aspx?id=23090
26 Oct 11: “It was “deeply disappointing” Indigenous
Affairs Minister, Jenny Macklin had refused to apply a
minimum pricing system to buy alcohol as part of the
Federal Government’s future plans for the Northern
Territory Intervention, the Alice Springs-based People’s
Alcohol Action Coalition (PAAC) said. The Coalition said it
believed the Minister had simply ignored the recommendation
of the World Health Organisation and other evidence on the
benefits of a floor price on takeaway alcohol in favour of
the comments of a “few people” who have claimed heavy
drinkers could always find the money to buy alcohol.”

National Indigenous Times: It’s just wrong: Sarra
http://www.nit.com.au/News/story.aspx?id=23089
26 Oct 11: “Chris Sarra has launched a stinging attack on
the Northern Territory Intervention saying it dehumanises
and improverishes Indigenous people. Addressing the
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
conference in Darwin, Dr Sarra accused supporters of the
Intervention of holding low expectations of Aboriginal
people.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Calls for alcohol floor price
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6476:calls-for-alcohol-floor-price&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=154
25 Oct 11: “The Alice Springs-based People’s Alcohol Action
Coalition says it’s disappointed the continued Federal
Intervention won’t include a floor price on alcohol. This
month, Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin
announced the government will continue the Federal
intervention, with an emphasis on getting children to
school. … He [People’s Alcohol Action Coalition spokesman
Dr John Boffa] says the Federal government has missed an
opportunity to weigh in and make a real difference to the
alcohol problem in the Territory.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Creative Spirits:
Northern Territory Emergence Response (NTER)
– “The Intervention”:
http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/politics/northern-territory-intervention.html

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Northern Territory National Emergency Response:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Territory_intervention

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

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

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

The Greens: Rachel Siewert: Northern Territory Intervention:
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/category/issues/indigenous-rights/northern-territory-intervention

Crikey – NT Intervention:
http://www.crikey.com.au/topic/nt-intervention/

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

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

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

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

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

ANTaR (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation)
– NT intervention:
http://www.antar.org.au/issues_and_campaigns/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:

– Analysis / Opinion

Inside Story: Learning in both worlds
http://inside.org.au/learning-in-both-worlds/
27 Oct 11: “Despite the international evidence, the
Northern Territory has discouraged bilingual programs in
its schools, writes Lisa Waller. But there are early signs
of another shift in attitude, both in Darwin and Canberra
… The Northern Territory government’s decision undermined
the achievements of the innovative two-way school
curriculum that Mandawuy helped to pioneer. Community
elders are deeply concerned that future generations will
not be able to negotiate both worlds with the integrity,
sophistication and success of current and past
generations.”

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Tough on Crime Approach Causes Growing Concern
http://caama.com.au/tough-on-crime-approach-causes-growing-concern
25 Oct 11: “A two day symposium held in Melbourne at the
weekend has heard that there will always be problems for
Aboriginal people involved in the justice system … unless
the consequences of earlier continual oppression against
them are dealt with. Julie Edwards the Chief Executive
Officer of the Jesuit Social Services said that this was a
chance to reflect on law and order and what constitutes a
humane and effective justice system.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 24-10-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-24-10-2011
24 Oct 11: “A two day symposium held in Melbourne at the
weekend has heard that there will always be problems for
Aboriginal people involved in the justice system… unless
the consequences of earlier continual oppression against
them are dealt with.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 25-10-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-3
25 Oct 11: “Aboriginal and TSI Social Justice Commissioner
Mick Gooda says a culture of bullying among Aboriginal
communities is being fed by harsh native title laws and
feelings of dispossession.”

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Mine expansion threatens Dreamtime stories: Elder
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6505:mine-expansion-threatens-dreamtime-stories-elder&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=154
28 Oct 11: “Arabunna elder Kevin Buzzacott says the groups
behind the Olympic Dam mine expansion in South Australia
have kept his people in the dark about the development. The
Olympic Dam mine site is located next to Arabunna country,
and is preparing for a huge expansion which will make it
the largest open-cut mine in the world. Mr Buzzacott says
the land is essential for important dreamtime stories, and
he is worried about the mine’s need for a water source
affecting his country.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Communities “shocked” by uranium effects
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6493:communities-qshockedq-by-uranium-effects&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=154
28 Oct 11: “An Indigenous anti-uranium mining campaigner
says Indigenous communities aren’t being fully informed of
the potential dangers of having a uranium mine development
close to them. The West Australian Government overturned a
ban on uranium mining in the state in late 2008. Western
Australia Nuclear Free Alliance member Della Rae Morrison
has since been organising meetings, fundraisers and
protests in Indigenous communities in the Yeelirrie and
Pilbara regions.”

Perth Now: Protests persist at James Price Point
http://www.perthnow.com.au/business/business-old/protests-persist-at-james-price-point/story-e6frg2qu-1226177543953
26 Oct 11: “A WHEELCHAIR-bound Melbourne hip-hop artist has
locked himself under a heavy loader and is playing music in
a bid to disrupt Woodside Petroleum’s proposed $30 billion
Kimberley gas hub. Paraplegic performer Oliver Butterfield,
26, locked himself and his wheelchair to the front-end
loader at James Price Point, 60km north of Broome, at 10am
this morning. Three hours later, he was still playing
hip-hop sets as police arrived and asked him to leave.”

National Indigenous Times: Juvenile injustice
http://www.nit.com.au/News/story.aspx?id=23106
26 Oct 11: “Almost half of all young people locked up in
juvenile detention centres are Indigenous despite the fact
they make up just five per cent of the population, a new
report shows. The Australian Institute of Health and
Welfare study, released last week, showed that 7250 young
people were under some kind of supervision on an average
day in 2009/10. About 86 per cent were in the community
while 14 per cent were held in detention.”

National Indigenous Times: Child Commissioner warns police
crackdown on juveniles doomed to failure
http://www.nit.com.au/News/story.aspx?id=23104
26 Oct 11: “The Commissioner for Children has warned the
West Australian Police Commissioner’s plan to place
unsupervised juveniles found roaming Perth streets at night
in a special crisis care centre was doomed to fail.
Michelle Scott said the plan was doomed because Police
Commissioner, Karl O’Callaghan should have consulted the
Departments of Child Protection and Corrective Services
and a range of other non-government agencies.”

National Indigenous Times: “Coffin money” delays
http://www.nit.com.au/News/story.aspx?id=23101
26 Oct 11: “The Queensland Council of Unions has called on
the State Government to work harder to repay money taken
from Indigenous people from last century and respected
Aboriginal leader, Sam Watson slammed the State Government
for taking so long to resolve the matter. Mr Watson said
many of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
who had not been paid for work they did up to the 1970s had
agreed to accept less than they were actually owed in the
hope they would at least have enough to meet their funeral
expenses.”

National Indigenous Times: Hickey charges dismissed by court
but juveniles are yet to appear
http://www.nit.com.au/News/story.aspx?id=23099
26 Oct 11: “Charges against Letisha Hickey were dismissed
last week in the Parramatta Local Court but two juvenile
members of the family are still to appear in the Children’s
court in November. Magistrate, Alison Viney found the
police approach to the noise complaint at the Riverstone
address was confrontational.”

National Indigenous Times:
Native title laws are causing culture of anger, says Gooda
http://www.nit.com.au/News/story.aspx?id=23080
26 Oct 11: “Harsh native title laws and feelings of
dispossession were feeding a culture of bullying among
Indigenous communities, Aboriginal Social Justice
Commissioner Mick Gooda said. In Cairns to deliver the
annual Eddie Mabo Lecture at James Cook University on
Monday night, Mr Gooda said “lateral” violence is a major
problem in Indigenous communities. It occurs when people
who are both victims of a situation of dominance, turn on
each other instead of confronting the system that oppresses
them both.”

newsTracker:
Unions want stolen wages scandal on election radar
http://tracker.org.au/2011/10/unions-want-stolen-wages-scandal-on-election-radar/
25 Oct 11: “QUEENSLAND: In the midst of political fights
about dirt files, LNP leader Campbell Newman’s
accountability and Premier Anna Bligh’s record, the union
movement are hoping to get one crucial issue noticed in the
lead up to next year’s state election – the half billion
dollar theft of wages from the state’s Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander workers over the past century.”
Amy McQuire, editor of Tracker

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Stolen wages campaign continues
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6471:stolen-wages-campaign-continues&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=154
24 Oct 11: “The Queensland Council of Unions held a meeting
in Townsville last week, updating Stolen Wages claimants on
the campaign to get full compensation from the Queensland
Government. In 2002, then Queensland Premier Peter Beattie
estimated that $500 million in wages had been stolen
between 1904 and 1972, and said he would set up a $55
million compensation fund to be distributed to those
affected. But after distributing $34 million, the state
government decided to put the remainder into an Indigenous
education fund.”

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26/10/2011 Rosalie Kunoth-Monks on Q and A; Interviews with Djiniyini Gondarra and Michael Anderson

Posted in NEWS on 26/10/2011 by D

Contents:
* Rosalie Kunoth-Monks – panellist on Q and A live from Darwin
* Interview with Djiniyini Gondarra – Yolgnu embassy proposed
* Interview with Michael Anderson – Sovereignty and Native Title
* Evidence – Free Policy Making?
The Case of Income Management by Eva Cox
* Cox: Lack of evidence for the benefits of Income Management
* What’s Working: Tjuwumpa Rangers
* Chapter of Book: The Doctrine of Discovery in Australia
* Protesters shut down Macklin press conference
* More on APY Lands
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Other articles
* Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention

* ROSALIE KUNOTH-MONKS
– PANELLIST ON Q AND A LIVE FROM DARWIN:

– Video

ABC: Q and A live from Darwin
Panellists:
Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, Stuart Blanch, Fiona O’Loughlin,
Luke Bowen, Paul Henderson and David Tollner
http://www.abc.net.au/tv/qanda/txt/s3336326.htm
17 Oct 11: “NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP: Kylie Sambo from Tennant
Creek, NT asked via video: Hello my name is Kylie Sambo,
I’m a hip hop artist and a traditional owner for Muckaty
where the Federal Government wants to build a nuclear waste
dump. … To all the panellists: will you please support me
and my family fight against the waste dump? …
AMNESTY AND UTOPIA: Joanne Noske asked: What emotions did
you experience when the Amnesty International’s Secretary
General said that living standards in your home community
of Utopia were completely unacceptable given Australia’s
wealth? If Mr Shetty were to return to Utopia in 10 years
time, what progress and improvements would you hope he
could see and experience? …
INTERVENTION STIGMA: Jade Hopkins asked: Why did the
Government introduce the intervention policy in Indigenous
communities, labeling Indigenous men as rapists and wife
bashers when they drink alcohol? And how are they able to
change perceptions once the intervention is lifted?”

– News

ABC Darwin: Territory on show to Australia: Q and A
http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2011/10/18/3342434.htm
18 Oct 11: “The Q and A current affairs discussion program
filmed live from the Darwin Entertainment Centre last night
in a first time visit to the Territory. Executive producer
Peter McEvoy said it was the biggest Q and A studio
audience ever, with more than 800 people filling the
theatre. … Joining the Chief Minister on the panel was
CLP Member Dave Tollner, NT Environment Centre director
Stuart Blanch, NT Cattlemen’s Association president Luke
Bowen and indigenous elder Rosalie Kunoth-Monks.”

* INTERVIEW WITH REV. DR. DJINIYINI GONDARRA
– YOLGNU EMBASSY PROPOSED:

– Audio Interview

ABC Darwin: Drive with Vicki Kerrigan:
Yolgnu embassy proposed
http://blogs.abc.net.au/nt/2011/10/yolgnu-embassy-proposed.html
17 Oct 11: “For the very first time elders from Arnhem Land
are meeting for the first Yolgnu assembly. They want
customary law recognised. They want to establish a Yolgnu
embassy with a vision to creating their own government.
Reverend Djiniyini Gondarra says Arnhem land already
operates as a sovereign state. Listen to Reverend Djiniyini
Gondarra, a traditional owner from Elcho Island, talk about
creating a Yolgnu embassy and why it’s important to his
people.”

* INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL ANDERSON
– SOVEREIGNTY AND NATIVE TITLE:

– Audio Interview

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane
Let’s Talk – Indigenous presented talkback:
http://989fm.com.au/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29
17 Oct 11: “Tiga Bayles spoke with Tent Embassy Founder,
Michael Anderson. Sovereignty and Native Title.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasting/audio/98fm-podcast-2011-10-17-71299.mp3

– Related Statement

Queen Victoria: Crown owns nothing, Aborigines sovereign
Treaty Republic: http://treatyrepublic.net/content/queen-victoria-crown-owns-nothing-aborigines-sovereign
Indigenous Peoples: http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12711:australia-queen-victoria-crown-owns-nothing-aborigines-are-sovereign&catid=54:australia-indigenous-peoples&Itemid=76
18 Oct 11: “The Crown doesn’t legally own anything in
Australia because Queen Victoria and the House of Lords
said so in an 1875 Act.
Nor were the Australian colonies of the time “to derogate
from the rights of the tribes or people inhabiting such
islands or places, or of chiefs or rulers thereof”.
The startling findings are cited in a media release by
Michael Anderson, Aboriginal activist and last surviving
member of the four young Black Power men who started the
Tent Embassy in Canberra in 1972.”

* EVIDENCE – FREE POLICY MAKING?
THE CASE OF INCOME MANAGEMENT BY EVA COX:

[Womenforwik] Evidence based failures
http://www.sydneykin.org.au/pipermail/womenforwik/2011-October/000644.html
21 Oct 11: “SPECIAL ISSUE Journal of Indigenous Policy
EVIDENCE – FREE POLICY MAKING?
The Case of Income Management by Eva Cox
http://www.jumbunna.uts.edu.au/researchareas/journals/specialissue.html
This special issue examines the many reports, submissions
and research projects that influenced or, more importantly,
failed to influence the Government’s decisions on income
management policy. The evidence in this issue can be used to
lobby for policies that will work post the Intervention
and for  teaching examples of good and bad policy making.
The publication demonstrates the serious lack of evidence
for the benefits of income management. This finding
questions why the Federal Government is continuing and
extending compulsory and so called voluntary income
management. Please download and distribute the document.
Eva Cox, Research Fellow, Jumbunna IHL UTS.”

* EVA COX:
THE LACK OF EVIDENCE FOR THE BENEFITS OF INCOME MANAGEMENT:

Stop the Intervention:
The lack of evidence for the benefits of Income Management
Eva Cox – Research Fellow Jumbunna
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/income-management/eva-cox
October 2011: “This is the view of almost all major welfare
agencies, most Aboriginal health and local community
organisations as well as independent research groups, with
one notable exception, the NPY women’s group. The near
consensus is that genuinely voluntary IM should be made
available and compulsion only used where there is
evidence of substantial self-harm or families at serious
risk of harm. … The following list includes reports
offered by FAHHCSIA officers as ‘evidence’ of the benefits
of IM, with our brief comments and reports. We also list
reports with alternative views on the claimed benefits.”

* WHAT’S WORKING: TJUWUMPA RANGERS:

What’s Working: Tjuwumpa Rangers
http://www.whatsworking.com.au/whats-working/tjuwumpa-rangers/
“The Tjuwanpa Rangers are a community ranger programme
providing hands-on experience for Aboriginal people in land
management on National Parks and Aboriginal lands
surrounding Hermannsburg, 130 km west of Alice Springs.
The group of young Aboriginal men from remote outstations
have been working on a commercial contract installing
bollards to control vehicle access at Palm Valley. After
many years of requests from traditional owners wanting work
for young people, the program was set up … ”

* CHAPTER OF BOOK: THE DOCTRINE OF DISCOVERY IN AUSTRALIA:

– Book

Oxford Scholarship Online: Discovering Indigenous Lands
– The Doctrine of Discovery in the English Colonies
Robert J. Miller, Jacinta Ruru, Larissa Behrendt, and
Tracey Lindberg
http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579815.001.0001/acprof-9780199579815-chapter-6
“The Doctrine of Discovery in Australia: This chapter
explores the ways in which the Doctrine of Discovery was
used to justify the assertion of British sovereignty over
Australia and its indigenous peoples, and is continued to
be used to justify its colonization. It looks particularly
at the development of the legal fiction of terra nullius.”

* PROTESTERS SHUT DOWN MACKLIN PRESS CONFERENCE:

– Video

NT News: Protester rains on ministers’ parade
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2011/10/18/267041_ntnews.html
18 Oct 11: “Federal Indigenous Health Minister Warren
Snowdon was forced to end a press conference because of a
protester. Mr Snowdon was with Indigenous Affairs Minister
Jenny Macklin when a man in a wheelchair interrupted,
talking about the Territory’s low school attendance rates.
… Other protesters were angry about the intervention and
called for income management to be scrapped.”

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service: Macklin heckled in NT
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6450:macklin-heckled-in-nt&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=154
18 Oct 11: “Protesters have disrupted the Federal
Indigenous Affairs Minister’s visit to an Alice Springs
town camp. Jenny Macklin was visiting the Morris Soak town
camp in Alice Springs to mark the start of postal services
to houses there. But the event was overshadowed by a group
of protesters who joined a press conference being held by
the minister. They were angry about the Northern Territory
intervention and called for income management to be
scrapped.”

ABC Alice Springs: Protesters shut down Macklin media event
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-10-17/protesters-shut-down-macklin-media-event/3575476/?site=alicesprings
17 Oct 11: “MLA Malarndirri McCarthy says Aboriginal people
need to feel empowered to make their own decisions. “We’ve
certainly been very clear on the record that the Northern
Territory Labor Government does not support an intervention
mark two,” Ms McCarthy said. The Member for Lingiari,
Warren Snowdon, shut down the press conference and told
protesters they were not welcome.”

* MORE ON APY LANDS:

– Video

SBS World News Australia: ‘No food days’ in South Australia
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1595267/%27No-food-days%27-in-South-Australia
10 Oct 11: “Access to affordable, healthy food is a
perennial problem for welfare dependent  communities in
South Australia’s Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara –
known as the APY Lands. The situation has become so grave
that the term Mai Wiya, or ‘no food’ days is in common
usage. However, the APY Executive says claims of starvation
are exaggerated and very few children have nutrition
problems. Health experts have said they agree with that
evaluation.” Karen Ashford

– Analysis / Opinion

The Advertiser: Jory: Shameful problems confront the APY people
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/opinion/jory-shameful-problems-confront-the-apy-people/story-e6freagu-1226167916041
17 Oct 11: “IT is 30 years since Liberal Premier David
Tonkin granted land rights to the Anangu Pitjantjatjara
Yankunytjatjara Aboriginal people. It was the most
significant advance in Aboriginal rights since the 1967
national referendum cleared the way for voting rights. But
what has changed for these ancient desert people since they
were granted land rights 30 years ago? Sadly, the answer is
not nearly enough. The social, financial, health and
educational problems confronting the APY people remain
issues of national and international shame.” Rex Jory

agendaTracker: BACKTRACKER: Food for thought
http://tracker.org.au/2011/10/backtracker-food-for-thought/
4 Oct 11: “NATIONAL: This month, media “broke'” the story
of “starvation” in the APY Lands. But the reality is
different from the agenda driven campaigns, writes BRIAN
JOHNSTONE*.
It’s been interesting these past few weeks to watch the
Murdoch media whip itself up into a feeding frenzy over
allegations of starving and malnourished children in South
Australia’s APY lands. The charge has been led, as usual,
by its national flagship, The Australian, and its trusty
rent-a-quote band of what the newspaper routinely describes
as some of Australia’s “most respected” Aboriginal leaders.
We’re talking Noel Pearson, Sue Gordon, Wesley Aird, Warren
Mundine, and Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda.” Brian
Johnstone, Walkley and Human Rights award winning journalist

– News

Australian:
Rann APY Lands policy is ‘a disgrace and a sinkhole’
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/rann-apy-lands-policy-is-a-disgrace-and-a-sinkhole/story-e6frgczx-1226172292421
21 Oct 11: “A CONSULTANT who spent a decade working with
local councils on the embattled Anangu Pitjantjatjara
Yankunytjatjara says the Rann government is treating the
area like a “sinkhole” for policy. Jill Gientzotis, a
former NSW commissioner for apprenticeships and trainees,
said there was little co-ordination between federal, state
and local agencies on the lands, and the Rann government
department heads had little understanding of her role.”

Australian: Tony Abbott all for intervention in APY Lands
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/abbott-all-for-intervention-in-apy-lands/story-fn59niix-1226168011303
17 Oct 11: “TONY Abbott says South Australia’s remote
indigenous communities are in “crisis” and compulsory
income management for welfare recipients should be
introduced immediately to stem the dysfunction. While
travelling through eastern Cape York with Aboriginal leader
Noel Pearson yesterday, the Opposition Leader said the
people of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands in
South Australia’s north had long demanded welfare reform.”

See:

WGAR News: APY Council general manager calls for full
community consultation about their needs (9 Oct 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/10/09/wgar-news-trackers-brian-johnston-reality-in-apy-lands-different-from-media-agenda-campai

WGAR News: Tracker’s Brian Johnston: Reality in APY Lands
different from media agenda campaigns (9 Oct 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/10/09/wgar-news-trackers-brian-johnston-reality-in-apy-lands-different-from-media-agenda-campai

WGAR News: More on APY Lands (16 Oct 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/10/16/wgar-news-advocates-brief-un-committee-on-the-rights-of-the-child-re-australias-performan

waru.org : Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Council
http://waru.org/organisations/ap/

Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara
http://www.anangu.com.au/

* OTHER NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– Media Release

Public Health Association of Australia:
PHAA says “NO” to Compulsory Income Management
http://www.phaa.net.au/documents/111014_PHAA%20says%20NO%20to%20Compulsory%20Income%20Management.pdf
14 Sep 11: “Delegates at the Public Health Association of
Australia’s (PHAA) Annual Conference have passed a
resolution opposing population level compulsory income
management schemes. “Compulsory income management for
Aboriginal people discriminates and disempowers individuals
and leaves them with insufficient resources to manage their
own lives,” said PHAA Vice President Vanessa Lee.
“Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin recently stated
that the Federal Government is considering three models of
voluntary and compulsory income management in the Anangu
Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands of South
Australia. Income management initiatives currently in place
in other states are being monitored and evaluation has not
been completed – an assessment is due early in the New Year.
PHAA strongly opposes the blanket roll out of a compulsory
scheme,” said Ms Lee.”

– Video and Audio

Ears to the Ground: Don’t Destroy Homelands, Says Amnesty
http://ears2theground.wordpress.com/2011/10/19/homelands-need-support-says-amnesty/
19 Oct 11: “Amnesty International Chief Salil Shetty
recently met with MP Jenny Macklin and opposition MPs in
Canberra to demand an end to the Northern Territory’s
Growth Towns policy, which encourages the removal of
Indigenous people from their traditional homelands into
regional hub towns. After spending 12 days touring the
country and meeting local spokespeople and community
members living under the N.T Intervention in the Utopia
region, Shetty said shocked at what he saw.”

Ears to the Ground: BasicsCard: not in Bankstown
http://ears2theground.wordpress.com/2011/10/18/basicscard-not-in-bankstown/
18 Oct 11: “A recent protest held in Bankstown demanded an
end to next year’s nation-wide trial of compulsory income
management, which will see $4500 spent on each individual
per annum, under the Northern Territory-style system. The
Not in Bankstown, Not Anywhere coalition of Indigenous and
non-Indigenous groups organised the rally of over 100 local
figures and supporters, in order to send a clear message to
Federal Government, that income management will stigmatise
already vulnerable members of the community by quarantining
50-70 percent of their welfare payments on the BasicsCard.”

– Video

A Current Affair: Welfare outrage
http://aca.ninemsn.com.au/article/8363109/welfare-outrage
20 Oct 11: “It’s the controversial proposal that has people
receiving welfare hopping mad. Under the plan, the
government will be able to control what people spend their
Centrelink payments on. A Current Affair visits the Sydney
suburb where the scheme is set be trialled.”

– News

SMH: HSC opens minds to new thinking
http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/hsc-opens-minds-to-new-thinking-20111021-1mcal.html
21 Oct 11: “TRACKING down bush tucker and listening to
Dreamtime stories might not sound like hard work but for
418 students across NSW, Aboriginal studies at HSC level
has turned out to be one of their most challenging
subjects. ”After watching Our Generation [a documentary
about the Northern Territory intervention] our class were
really heated and just basically wanted to get on a bus
and go to Canberra to let them know what was happening,”
said Emma Dinsey, 17, a Tweed River High student who sat
her Aboriginal studies exam yesterday.”

National Indigenous Times: We’re watching: Amnesty
http://www.nit.com.au/News/story.aspx?id=23051
19 Oct 11: “The head of Amnesty International has
challenged the Gillard government to lift its game on
Indigenous disadvantage. Secretary-General, Salil Shetty’s
call came as the Federal Government prepared to release its
plan for the next phase of the Northern Territory
Intervention. Mr Shetty met with Indigenous Affairs
Minister, Jenny Macklin in Canberra last week, urging her
to end discrimination for the Northern Territory’s
Indigenous homeland people and initiate emergency action to
improve housing conditions.”

Koori Mail: Amnesty chief in challenge to Govt
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
19 Oct 11: “THE head of Amnesty International has
challenged the Gillard Government to lift its game on
Indigenous disadvantage. Salil Shetty’s call comes as the
Government prepares to release its plan for the next phase
of the Northern Territory intervention. Mr Shetty is the
latest in a growing list of international human rights
experts – including his predecessor Irene Khan in 2009 and
United Nations UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Rights
James Anaya the same year – to warn Australia that its
performance on human rights is sub-par.”

Green Left:
Amnesty International – NT intervention making life worse
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/49120
16 Oct 11: “He [Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s
secretary-general] said part of the problem was mainstream
Australia’s lack of understanding about the extent of the
disadvantage gap between Indigenous and non-indigenous
Australians. Australia was one of the richest countries and
should be able to find solutions “unless deep down we’re
dealing with a lot of prejudice and discrimination”. … In
Geneva two reports – Listen to Children and Children of the
Intervention – were tabled at the United Nations’
Pre-Sessional Meeting on the Rights of the Child on
October 11.” Stefan Skibicki

Australian: Township leases ‘abandoned’
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/township-leases-abandoned/story-fn9hm1pm-1226166238791
14 Oct 11: “THE Gillard government is using “bureaucratic
double-speak” to abandon the policy of securing 99-year
leases over indigenous townships, claims former indigenous
affairs minister Mal Brough. Indigenous Affairs Minister
Jenny Macklin denied Labor had abandoned the policy, a key
plank of the Northern Territory intervention, even though
the latest progress report on the intervention says
negotiations with indigenous land councils has forced the
government to shift its focus away from long-term township
leasing.”

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Analysis / Opinion

West Australian:
We must get away from failed political thinking
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/opinion/post/-/blog/theburningissue/post/1889/comment/1
18 Oct 11: “Aboriginal people in the West Australian
community indicated mixed feelings over Police Commissioner
Karl O’Callaghan’s comments on the over-representation of
Aboriginal children in the WA juvenile justice system (the
highest in Australia). Initial feelings of “bashing us
again” moved to “let’s hope for a balanced discussion”. …
What do we have to lose in investing some of the resources
spent on detention centres in community-based initiatives
before Aboriginal kids start to offend – or is this another
“elephant in the room”?” Jim Morrison, Aboriginal co-chair
of National Stolen Generations Alliance and Aboriginal
co-convenor of Bringing Them Home Committee WA

– News

Indymedia Australia: Anaya to focus on extractive industries’
“catastrophic” effect on indigenous peoples
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/10/21/anaya-to-focus-on-extractive-industries-catastrophic-effect-on-indigenous-peoples
21 Oct 11: “The UN official who slammed Australia over the
Intervention and other human rights violations says
extractive industries are a major concern of indigenous
peoples all over the world and will be a major focus of his
work in the remaining three years of his mandate.
Presenting his third report to the General Assembly on 17
October, the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous
peoples, Professor James Anaya, a native American, wrote
that he had observed “negative, even catastrophic, impact
of extractive industries on the social, cultural and
economic rights of indigenous peoples”.”

Australian: Half of detained teens are indigenous
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/half-of-detained-teens-are-indigenous/story-fn3dxity-1226172414734
21 Oct 11: “ALMOST half of all young people locked up in
juvenile detention centres are indigenous despite the fact
they make up just five per cent of the population, a new
report shows. The Australian Institute of Health and
Welfare study, released today, shows that 7250 young people
were under some kind of supervision on an average day in
2009/10. About 86 per cent were in the community while 14
per cent were being held in detention. Indigenous
Australians make up just five per cent of young people, but
comprise 38 per cent of juveniles under supervision.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Magistrate dismisses woman’s charges
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6467:magistrate-dismisses-womens-charges&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=154
21 Oct 11: “An Aboriginal woman had her charges dismissed
in the Parramatta Local Court yesterday, with legal costs
awarded to the Aboriginal Legal Service in New South Wales.
Letisha Hickey and four other adults were defending charges
arising from a dispute with Police, following her 21st
Birthday Party in 2010. … The Aboriginal Legal Service
says in dismissing the charges against Hickey, Magistrate
Alison Viney had noted the Police approach to the noise
complaint at the party was confrontation and should have
been reconsidered.”

National Indigenous Times: Hickey family confident of
acquittal in fight against police harassment
http://nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=23052
19 Oct 11: “Police harassment of TJ Hickey’s family
continues seven years after his controversial death in a
police pursuit in the inner-city suburb of Redfern, the
family has claimed. The family, facing charges arising from
a police raid on the family home the morning after a 21st
birthday party, said they were confident of acquittal
following a court appearance last Monday. Police raided
the home of TJ Hickey’s cousin, Patricia Hickey at 8am,
the morning after her daughter, Letisha’s 21st birthday
party, claiming the music had been too loud the night
before. Ms Hickey has claimed there is a police vendetta
against the family because of their name and with the
family in court again this week, a campaign to clear their
name attracted a rally last Sunday of 80 supporters.”

National Indigenous Times: Save the children
http://www.nit.com.au/story.aspx?id=23055
19 Oct 11: “Australia was failing to properly protect the
rights of Aboriginal and asylum seeker children,
campaigners have told the United Nations. Two women from
the Northern Territory told the UN Committee on the Rights
of the Child on Australia’s performance in Geneva last week
of the damage and failures of both the Federal and Northern
Territory governments to address the needs of Indigenous
children. The committee was told Indigenous children have
mortality rates three times higher than their
non-Aboriginal peers and around 400 children were currently
being held in immigration detention. The presentation was
made by Djapirri Mununggirritj and Kathy Guthadjaka.”

Koori Mail: Torres Strait push for territory status
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
19 Oct 11: “THE quest for self-government in the Torres
Strait has lurched forward, with Queensland Premier Anna
Bligh making good on her promise to take the views of the
region’s residents and their leaders to Canberra. But the
champagne is still on ice back in the islands where Torres
Shire Council (TSC) Mayor Napau Pedro Stephen says he’s
seen too many fits and starts on the subject to get excited
about it. Mayor Stephen and Torres Strait Island Regional
Council (TSIRC) Mayor Fred Gela met with Ms Bligh and
called for greater political autonomy for the Torres Strait
during a Community Cabinet forum on Thursday Island at the
end of August.”

Farm Weekly: Gas hub supporters keep their silence
http://fw.farmonline.com.au/news/state/agribusiness-and-general/finance/gas-hub-supporters-keep-their-silence/2329683.aspx
19 Oct 11: “SIGNS reading “No gas”, “Respect indigenous
culture” and “Barnett crucifying the Kimberley” have
cropped up in the northern coastal region of Western
Australia. But you won’t see any signs of support for the
region’s proposed gas hub. Everyone in the Kimberley port
city of Broome has an opinion on Woodside Petroleum’s plan
to build a $30 billion gas precinct at James Price Point,
60km north of the town.”

West Australian: Call for support for Aboriginal juveniles
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/wa/10493118/call-for-support-for-aboriginal-juveniles/
19 Oct 11: “Aboriginal elders have called for special
boarding schools and additional educational support for
troubled teens in a bid to get them off the streets and
away from crime. Ben Taylor said plucking children with a
criminal history off the streets and taking them home made
little sense if their homes were dysfunctional. He said
education was the key to crime prevention and special
boarding schools were needed in the metropolitan area to
cater for the special needs of young people escaping
violence or disruptive home environments.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
PM considers Torres Strait independence
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6445:leaders-consider-torres-strait-independence&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=154
18 Oct 11: “Prime Minister Julia Gillard has responded to
calls for the Torres Strait to become a separate territory,
saying it’s an issue that can’t be rushed. Queensland
Premier Anna Bligh has backed the long-held push by Torres
Strait Islanders to secede from Queensland and become a
self-governing territory of Australia, similar to the ACT
and the Northern Territory. Ms Bligh has approached the
Prime Minister about the issue, but Julia Gillard says more
consultation is needed between the Federal Government and
the people of the Torres Strait.”

ABC Kimberley: Broome’s Shire election fizzles on gas at
James Price Point but powerful on Aboriginal politics
http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2011/10/17/3341536.htm
17 Oct 11: “Both sides of the Kimberley gas issue claim
they have majority support amongst the Broome community.
But when it came to voting in the Broome Shire for the two
tickets perceived as representing pro and anti gas
processing at James Price Point, the majority message was
clear: I couldn’t be bothered voting one way or the other.”

Brisbane Times:
Torres Strait leader hopeful of secession ‘within five years’
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/torres-strait-leader-hopeful-of-secession-within-five-years-20111012-1lkyx.html
13 Oct 11: “The mayor of Torres Strait Island Regional
Council hopes to see the north Queensland archipelago
secede from the state in the next five years, buoyed by
Premier Anna Bligh’s support for the concept. Mayor Fred
Gela last night welcomed Ms Bligh’s appeal to Prime
Minister Julia Gillard for Torres Strait to become a
self-governing territory, saying he was “deeply moved” by
the Premier’s letter to Ms Gillard which asked for her
involvement in a working party to discuss the move.”

Maritime Union of Australia:
MUA Workers stand by Muckaty Traditional Owners
http://www.mua.org.au/news/mua-workers-stand-by-muckaty-traditional-owners/
12 Oct 11: “MUA branches and members have joined with
Muckaty traditional owners to campaign to stop radioactive
waste being transported and dumped in Australia. … MUA
Southern NSW Branch Secretary Garry Keane noted, “It’s
really a frightening situation that people aren’t going to
have a say about what’s stuck there, buried in their own
lands. We are not prepared to be the people who transport
this to bury it in an area where the communities have no
say, the Traditional Owners have no say whatsoever about
this going in the ground. We need to say this is just not
acceptable.””

inMyCommunity:
Community leaders says indigenous crime rates can be lowered
http://www.inmycommunity.com.au/news-and-views/local-news/Community-leaders-says-indigenous-crime-rates-can-be-lowered/7605060/
11 Oct 11: “THE juvenile indigenous crime rates recently
publicised by Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan can be
lowered, according to community leaders. …
Nyungah-Yamatji leader Glenn Moore, who works as an
Aboriginal youth mentor with the Drug and Alcohol Youth
Service, believed youth centres played a vital role. The
Lockridge resident said juveniles jailed for minor offences
should be released, and the money spent on Police and
Community Youth Centres (PCYC), like the Hilton centre he
frequented as a teenager. “Economically, why would you
want to spend $150,000 locking up one kid who did a stupid
thing, when you could give two of these places a decent
budget?” he asked.” Liam Croy

* UPCOMING ABORIGINAL RIGHTS EVENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA
– 17 EVENTS FROM 25 OCTOBER 2011:

WGAR News: Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia
– 17 events from 25 October 2011
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/10/25/wgar-news-upcoming-aboriginal-rights-events-around-australia-17-events-from-25-october-20
[Last updated 25 October 2011 4:20pm.]

Note new event:

Event: Wed 9 November 2011: UTS Building, Sydney, NSW
UTS Joint Annual Lecture:
Indigenous Government: A Solution in Settler States
Speakers – UTS Distinguished Visiting Scholars:
Prof Stephen Cornell & Dr Miriam Jorgensen
“In Australia, Canada, and the United States, there is
growing evidence that Indigenous communities themselves may
have solutions to problems of socio-economic distress that
work substantially better than those developed by central
governments. … ”
Jointly organised by Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning
and the Transforming Cultures Research Centre
Event details: http://datasearch2.uts.edu.au/tfc/news-events/news-detail.cfm?ItemId=28626

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Creative Spirits:
Northern Territory Emergence Response (NTER)
– “The Intervention”:
http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/politics/northern-territory-intervention.html

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Northern Territory National Emergency Response:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Territory_intervention

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

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

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

The Greens: Rachel Siewert: Northern Territory Intervention:
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/category/issues/indigenous-rights/northern-territory-intervention

Crikey – NT Intervention:
http://www.crikey.com.au/topic/nt-intervention/

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

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

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

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

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

ANTaR (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation)
– NT intervention:
http://www.antar.org.au/issues_and_campaigns/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/

25/10/2011 Govt ‘consultation’ report and plans for a new Intervention

Posted in NEWS on 25/10/2011 by D

Contents:
* Govt ‘consultation’ report and plans for a new Intervention
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention

* GOVT ‘CONSULTATION’ REPORT AND PLANS FOR A NEW INTERVENTION:

– The Report

http://www.indigenous.gov.au/stronger-futures-in-the-northern-territory-report-on-consultations/

– Media Releases

Stop the Intervention:
Stop the Intervention campaign blasts sham consultations
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/press-releases/stop-the-intervention-campaign-blasts-sham-consultations-21-10-11
21 Oct 11: “The Stop the Intervention Collective in Sydney
says the process of consultations with Aboriginal
communities on the future of the NT Intervention has been
a sham.
The comments come following the release of a report on the
outcome of consultations around the government’s Stronger
Futures discussion paper on Tuesday. Indigenous Affairs
Minister Jenny Macklin used the release of the report to
flag her support for continuing key Intervention measures.
Minister Macklin also announced the expansion of a punitive
trial linking welfare payments to school attendance.
Paddy Gibson from STICS was in touch with numerous
representatives from ‘prescribed areas’ across the NT
throughout the consultations period.
Mr Gibson says the government took a predetermined agenda
into the consultations and has failed to even slightly
shift course, despite an outpouring of despair and protest
across the NT:”

Rollback the Intervention:
Macklin can’t fix broken Intervention with a bigger stick
http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/mr-19-10-2011.pdf
19 Oct 11: “The Intervention Rollback Action Group in Alice
Springs has slammed Minister Jenny Macklin’s announcement
that the federal government will continue with key aspects
of the NT Intervention, and expand punitive welfare
measures.
IRAG says these plans fly in the face of widespread
condemnation of Intervention measures across NT communities
during recent consultation meetings and mounting evidence
of growing social crises arising from the Intervention.
IRAG and a delegation of Arrernte womn from Alice Springs
were evicted from Minister Macklin’s private launch of the
Stronger Futures consultations report yesterday.
Lauren Mellor from the Intervention Rollback Action Group
stated: “These consultations were a farce from the
beginning. The Stronger Futures discussion paper released
in June outlines precisely the agenda announced by Minister
Macklin yesterday. Consultation meetings I attended saw
Government Business Managers aggressively promoting these
measures despite widespread opposition.”

Rachel Siewert: Greens: More punitive measures for
Aboriginal communities won’t get results
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/more-punitive-measures-aboriginal-communities-won%E2%80%99t-get-results-greens
18 Oct 11: “Collaboration and not punishment is the key to
getting positive results when it comes to school attendance
in the Northern Territory, Australian Greens spokesperson
on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues Senator
Rachel Siewert said today.
Responding to the reported details of the Government’s
Strong Futures Consultation report, Senator Siewert said
she was deeply concerned about the expansion of top-down,
punitive measures aimed at improving school attendance.
“The School Enrolment and Attendance through Welfare Reform
Measure (SEAM) trial is a sanctions-based approach which
causes further harm to families and doesn’t address the
underlying causes of alienation from the education system,”
Senator Siewert said.
“Minister Jenny Macklin would do better to commit to the
principles outlined in the UN Declaration on the Rights of
Indigenous People, to guide a better approach to education.
There needs to be significant reform to the education
system to meet Aboriginal needs, including working with
parents and ensuring a commitment to bi-lingual approach
to education. ”

See:

Rachel Siewert: Greens:
Punitive measures are not the solution for NT education
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/punitive-measures-are-not-solution-nt-education

– Alternative Media Release

Crikey: Cox: The media release the minister
should’ve written on the NT Intervention
http://www.crikey.com.au/2011/10/19/the-media-release-the-minister-shouldve-written-on-the-nt-intervention/
19 Oct 11: “by Eva Cox. The following is a draft
alternative media release for Jenny Macklin (and what she
should have said as a response to the current consultation
rather than harping on about truancy and grog!).
I want to again say sorry! Despite our 2008 apology, this
government made more policy  mistakes and added to the pain
of indigenous people. The intervention we inherited had
already failed to engage the local communities and
unfortunately we have continued down this path. The latest
consultations showed that we still have not really listened
to the local communities as local groups told us clearly
that we needed to change the way we do policy and programs,
i.e. bottom up, culturally appropriate programs.”

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 21-10-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-21-10-2011
21 Oct 11: “The Gillard Labor Governments plan for Northern
Territory Aboriginal people after the intervention comes to
an end next year fails to include their ideas and virtually
mirrors the vision which government had proposed prior to a
so called consultation process according to a leading
Australian researcher and political commentator.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 20-10-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-20-10-2011
20 Oct 11: “The Federal Government continues to come under
fire for its announcement of plans to continue with key
aspects of the NT intervention with Ngambri Elder Matilda
House-Williams saying the new policies which continue to
target only Aboriginal communities are racist and
discriminatory.”

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane
Let’s Talk – Indigenous presented talkback:
http://989fm.com.au/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29
20 Oct 11: “Today we’re catching up with Barbara Shaw – a
town camp resident and vocal opponent of the Northern
Territory Intervention since its introduction in 2007 by
the Howard government … ”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasting/audio/98fm-podcast-2011-10-20-72189.mp3
[27 minutes into this interview Barbara talks about the
government ‘consultations’.]

The Wire:
Intervention mark 2 fails to support alcohol ‘floor price’
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=8577
20 Oct 11: “The Northern Territory’s alcohol problems are
legendary and reducing alcohol consumption was one of the
targets of the NT intervention. This week the government
has announced that it will continue the intervention into
indigenous communities, but has failed to support the call
for a floor price, in spite of evidence that making alcohol
more expensive means people drink less.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 19-10-2011
19 Oct 11: “The Gillard Labor Government will press ahead
with “Tough Love” legislation to ensure Aboriginal children
in the Northern Territory attend school every day and
strong controls on alcohol remain in place.”

The Wire: NT intervention continues,
welfare to be linked to school attendance
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=8569
18 Oct 11: “The Federal Government has today proposed
reforming the Northern Territory intervention welfare
policy to link parents’ welfare payments to their
childrens’ school attendance. Jenny Macklin, Minister for
Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous
Affairs will try to pass the legislation through Parliament
before Christmas despite existing policy measures that have
increased school attendance in the NT. Jenny Macklin claims
she is making these welfare reforms based on widespread
support from the local communities involved, but
Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTAR)
believe the proposed reforms are draconian and do not
express the wishes of the entire community. …
Featured in story: Jacqueline Phillips – National Director
of Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTAR)”

ABC PM: Intervention report stokes debate
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-10-18/intervention-report-stokes-debate/3577600
18 Oct 11: “BRENDAN TREMBATH: The Federal Government is
trumpeting a new report that’s found most Indigenous people
in remote communities have accepted the emergency measures
of the Northern Territory Intervention. Buoyed by that, the
Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin says the
Government will expand a program that links welfare
payments to school attendance. But there are questions
about whether the report is an accurate reflection of what
Indigenous people in the Territory really think.”

– Video

ABC Lateline: Intervention to continue despite protests
http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2011/s3342893.htm
18 Oct 11: “ALI MOORE, PRESENTER: When the Howard
Government moved into remote Northern Territory indigenous
communities back in 2007 it divided opinion. Some labelled
it discriminatory, and many called for it to be scrapped;
but the intervention looks set to continue, with Gillard
Government saying it’s what Aboriginal people want. …
TOM NIGHTINGALE: The Federal Government’s already trialling
a program in the Northern Territory and Queensland linking
school attendance with welfare payments. That trial will
now be extended, without knowing whether it works.”

ABC: Opinion split on intervention report findings
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-10-18/good-greens-question-intervention-report-findings/3577588
18 Oct 11: “The Federal Government is trumpeting a new
report that has found most Indigenous people in remote
communities have accepted the emergency measures of the
Northern Territory intervention. But there are questions
about whether the report is an accurate reflection of what
Indigenous people in the territory really think. …
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice
Commissioner Mick Gooda says there were flaws in the
consultation process that produced the report. … Greens
Senator Rachel Siewert says some Indigenous people feel the
consultations had a foregone conclusion.”

– Analysis / Opinion

Australian Editorial:
NT indigenous challenge demands long-term work
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/nt-indigenous-challenge-demands-long-term-work/story-e6frg71x-1226170062297
19 Oct 11: “THE Stronger Futures for the Northern Territory
consultation report is a timely document that contains some
distressing and encouraging insights. Given the importance
of the task and the divided opinions on the implementation
and impact of the NT intervention, it was important for
authorities to undertake hundreds of meetings with a range
of stakeholders and people living in almost 100 indigenous
communities.”

Age: NT welfare to be tied to school attendance
http://www.theage.com.au/national/nt-welfare-to-be-tied-to-school-attendance-20111017-1ltcc.html
18 Oct 11: “WELFARE payments will be linked to school
enrolment and attendance across the Northern Territory as
part of a strategy to improve education outcomes when the
emergency intervention imposed by John Howard expires next
year. Strong support for introducing the ”tough love”
welfare reform in communities where attendance levels are
below community standards was expressed during
consultations that included almost 100 community meetings
in recent weeks.” Michael Gordon

– News

newsTracker: Amnesty calls for solutions, not interventions
http://tracker.org.au/2011/10/amnesty-calls-for-solutions-not-interventions/
20 Oct 11: “NORTHERN TERRITORY: Amnesty International says
disadvantaged Aboriginal communities need local solutions,
not the “failed” intervention policy being pursued by the
federal government. Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister
Jenny Macklin on Tuesday said the government would continue
the interventionist policies brought in by the Howard
government in remote Indigenous communities. Releasing a
new report, Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory,
she also flagged a tougher approach to truancy and said
parent’s welfare payments would be linked to children’s
school attendance.”

Australian: Labor lashed for intervention bias
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/labor-lashed-for-intervention-bias/story-fn9hm1pm-1226171148483
20 Oct 11: “Feminist campaigner Eva Cox yesterday claimed
the consultation report, released on Tuesday by Indigenous
Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin, did not reflect the
feelings of Aboriginal people living in intervention
communities. The report said that there was chorus of
indigenous people happy with the programs delivered by the
intervention and there was strong backing for some
policies, including the cancelling of welfare payments for
parents of regular truants. “What they’ve got in the final
report is pretty much what they decided to do before they
started consulting,” Ms Cox said.”

Australian:
From welfare to business an unrealistic ask, say elders
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/from-welfare-to-business-an-unrealistic-ask-say-elders/story-fn9hm1pm-1226171146433
20 Oct 11: “THE federal government’s bid to provide
indigenous Australians with improved business opportunities
as part of its fine-tuning of the Northern Territory
intervention is out of step with reality, senior Aboriginal
figures say. Launching the government’s indigenous economic
development strategy to 2018, Indigenous Affairs Minister
Jenny Macklin yesterday identified business development,
education and training and housing as the pillars of its
policy to enable Aborigines to share in the nation’s strong
economy.”

SBS World News Australia:
Amnesty slams intervention ‘extension’
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1597813/Amnesty-slams-palns-to-extend-intervention
19 Oct 11: “Amnesty International says disadvantaged
indigenous people need local solutions, not the “failed”
intervention policy being pursued by the federal
government. Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny
Macklin on Tuesday said the government would continue the
interventionist policies brought in by the Howard
government in remote indigenous communities. Releasing a
new report, Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory, she
also flagged a tougher approach to truancy and said
parent’s welfare payments would be linked to children’s
school attendance.”

9 News: End ‘failed’ intervention policy: Amnesty
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8362450/end-failed-intervention-policy-amnesty
19 Oct 11: “The approach was criticised by indigenous
elders and others living in so-called “town camps” where
people live often in shocking poverty, sometimes without
running water or reliable power supply. Amnesty on
Wednesday called on the government to work in partnership
with Aboriginal communities to find practical solutions.
“I haven’t seen anywhere in the world where quarantining
people’s money will help get children to school,” said
Rodney Dillon, an indigenous rights campaigner with
Amnesty.”

newsTracker: Govt under fire over intervention policies
http://tracker.org.au/2011/10/govt-under-fire-over-intervention-policies/
19 Oct 11: “NORTHERN TERRITORY: The federal government has
come under fire for vowing to tie welfare payments to
school attendance in remote Aboriginal communities to
ensure children get to class. … Barbara Shaw, from the
Intervention Rollback Action Group, attacked the policy,
saying the Howard-era intervention had failed. … An
elder of the Ngambri nation, Matilda House-Williams, told
AAP a policy that targeted Aboriginal communities but did
not treat problems in poor white communities in the same
way would be discriminatory.”

Australian: Truant crackdown to test Aborigines
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/truant-crackdown-to-test-aborigines/story-fn9hm1pm-1226170085458
19 Oct 11: “THE widespread acceptance among indigenous
communities of the Northern Territory intervention is being
put to the test by the Gillard government’s plan to cut
welfare payments for the parents of truant children. …
Leading indigenous educator Chris Sarra said the
intervention dehumanised Aboriginal people and was the
latest in a history of government policies that “engineered
the impoverishment” of indigenous communities.”

ABC: Local opinion divided on truancy link to welfare
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-10-19/20111019-reaction-welfare-truancy/3579788?section=nt
19 Oct 11: “A Northern Territory school principal says
linking school attendance to welfare payments is flawed and
a trial program has not worked at her college. Principal
Kathryn Van Egmond says 40 per cent of the students at
Xavier College on the Tiwi Islands often do not come to
school. But, she says, their parents do not receive welfare
payments so they are not penalised. She says there has been
some success with the docking of welfare payments but many
children are falling through the gaps.”

Australian: Indigenous welfare stance isolates Greens
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/indigenous-welfare-stance-isolates-greens/story-fn9hm1pm-1226170148400
19 Oct 11: “THE Greens will seek to block federal Labor’s
extended intervention into Northern Territory indigenous
communities, damning its tough-love policies as punitive
and rejecting its claims of on-the-ground support. But the
Coalition has offered in-principle support for Labor’s
plans, isolating the Greens and attacking the minor party’s
“inner-city intelligentsia” as having no understanding of
disadvantage.”

Age: Abbott backs enrolment, welfare link
http://www.theage.com.au/national/abbott-backs-enrolment-welfare-link-20111018-1lyof.html
19 Oct 11: “OPPOSITION Leader Tony Abbott has declared his
support for legislation to link welfare payments to school
attendance in the Northern Territory but questioned the
Gillard government’s resolve. … Indigenous Affairs
Minister Jenny Macklin dismissed criticisms that the move
was discriminatory, insisting it would only apply in those
parts of the territory where there were serious problems
with children not going to school.”

National Indigenous Times: A new Intervention planned
http://www.nit.com.au/News/story.aspx?id=23026
19 Oct 11: “The Federal Government’s Indigenous Affairs
Minister, Jenny Macklin has claimed her much criticised
series of meetings with Northern Territory communities
revealed support for the Northern Territory Intervention
and her findings from those meetings will now form the
basis of the Labor Government’s new Intervention program
next year. … The community meetings subsequently
organised by Ms Macklin’s department were strongly
criticised by Indigenous leaders and community members with
claims there was little meaningful consultation because
little advance notice was provided when the meetings would
be held; documentation setting out the Government’s plans
were only made available shortly before meetings and
thirdly, the documentation was only provided in English
when most of the communities use English as their third
language.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Greens slam intervention expansion
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6454:greens-slam-intervention-expansion&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=154
18 Oct 11: “The Australian Greens have criticised the
Federal Government’s announcement on the next phase of the
Federal Intervention in the Northern Territory. … Greens
Senator Rachel Siewert says the consultation has been
inadequate and she disagrees with the compulsory nature of
the process.
Rachel Siewert: …continuation of more of the same
punitive approach instead of actually re-looking and
re-designing the intervention.  So, instead of being a
top-down, punitive, discriminatory approach, you’re
actually coming from a genuine approach of collaboration
and working with people. Voice ends.”

newsTracker: Labor launches Stronger Futures report
http://tracker.org.au/2011/10/labor-launches-stronger-futures-report/
18 Oct 11: “NORTHERN TERRITORY: Indigenous Affairs Minister
Jenny Macklin says the federal government will do whatever
it takes to lift education standards and tackle alcohol
abuse in remote Aboriginal communities. With the Howard
government’s controversial intervention policy in the
Northern Territory set to expire next year, the Labor
government says it has been consulting with remote
communities to decide what will come next. Ms Macklin
released the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory
report in Alice Springs today.”

SBS World News Australia:
Report calls for intervention expansion
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1597545/Report-calls-for-intervention-expansion
18 Oct 11: “And the current government says the release of
this report shows the intervention has the support of the
community as well. That allegation has been hotly disputed,
with both the Greens and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Commissioner saying the findings aren’t
representative of community opinion. “This is a very
complicated process. It covers a whole lot of very in-depth,
detailed issues, so it’s the six-week timeframe we have a
problem with,” Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda said.”

Australian: Labor’s new-look Northern Territory intervention
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/labors-new-look-northern-territory-intervention/story-fn9hm1pm-1226169201487
18 Oct 11: “PARENTS who allow their children to become
truants will lose welfare payments under Labor’s plan to
toughen elements of the Northern Territory intervention
after a report found widespread acceptance of the
controversial program in Aboriginal communities. …
Speaking to The Australian in Alice Springs yesterday,
Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin said she remained
convinced grog bans, night patrols and welfare quarantine
measures were protecting women and children across the
Territory.”

Australian:
Abbott offers ‘in-principle’ support of NT welfare reforms
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/abbott-offers-in-principle-support-of-nt-welfare-reforms/story-fn9hm1pm-1226169664807
18 Oct 11: “TONY Abbott has offered ”in-principle”
support for an extension of welfare reforms in the Northern
Territory but wants the government to get tougher on
truancy. The Opposition leader today said the Coalition
would work ”constructively” with the government to
introduce income management and truancy reform in the NT
but would need to see more detail of the plan.”

Australian: Howard minister Mal Brough backs crackdown on
welfare payments to truants’ parents
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/howard-era-minister-mal-brough-backs-crackdown-on-welfare-payments-to-truants-parents/story-fn9hm1pm-1226169608191
18 Oct 11: “THE architect of the Northern Territory
intervention has backed a planned crackdown on welfare
payments for the parents of truant children while urging
the government to proceed with the second stage of his
emergency response to tackling indigenous disadvantage.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Creative Spirits:
Northern Territory Emergence Response (NTER)
– “The Intervention”:
http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/politics/northern-territory-intervention.html

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Northern Territory National Emergency Response:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Territory_intervention

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

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

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

The Greens: Rachel Siewert: Northern Territory Intervention:
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/category/issues/indigenous-rights/northern-territory-intervention

Crikey – NT Intervention:
http://www.crikey.com.au/topic/nt-intervention/

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

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

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

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

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

ANTaR (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation)
– NT intervention:
http://www.antar.org.au/issues_and_campaigns/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/

25/10/2011 Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia – 17 events from 25 October 2011

Posted in NEWS on 25/10/2011 by D

Click on the links for details of the events …

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
Interview with walk organiser Marcus Atkinson: http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/185959/t/Walking-Away-From-Uranium/in/english
French NGO participation in walk: http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155503
Communities come out to greet uranium protestors (12 Oct 11): http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=22985
Photos of the walk:
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155400
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155399
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155398
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155397
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155419
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155456
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155459
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155539
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155538
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155537
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155536
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155535
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155534
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155533
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155532
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155595
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155604

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: Thu 27 October 2011: Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW
‘Our Generation’ Film screening
Q&A with special guests Richard Trudgen, NT (author),
Dianne Gondarra, NT (daughter of Djiniyini Gondarra)
and Becky Harcourt, NSW
Event details: http://stoptheintervention.org/#OurGen
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/27055/
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49147
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info-Our-Generation/Our-Gen-Syd-27-10-11v2.jpg
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Thu 27 October 2011: Blue Mountains, NSW
Wentworth Falls: Indigenous rights film, Our Generation
Introduction and Q&A with Jeff McMullen
Hosted by Blue Mountains People for Reconciliation
“It examines “unresolved issues around Aboriginal rights
and Indigenous disadvantage” and features the music of
Yothu Yindi, Archie Roach, Gurrumul and the John Butler trio.”
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49077
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

Upcoming Event: ??? November 2011: 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
Further book info: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/WWU-Alert-for-All-Readers.pdf
Book review: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/WWU-book-rev-short.pdf
Videos from the Sydney book launch: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/films-and-literature/book-walk-with-us/videos-wwu
Article about the Sydney book launch: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/WWU-book-article-short.pdf

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/

Event: Wed 2 to Sat 5 Nov 2011: South Bank, Brisbane, Qld
Theatre: Jane Harrison’s Stolen
Directed by Leah Purcell
Presented by: The Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts
(ACPA) and QPAC in association with Bungabura Productions
“a brilliant amalgam of the experiences of representatives
of the Stolen Generation. Immerse yourself in a yarn about
the importance of family, understanding and issues that
have impacted strongly on Aboriginal families.”
Event details: http://www.qpac.com.au/event/Stolen_11.aspx?showTab=Overview

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 5 November 2011: Adelaide, SA
132nd Justice and Peace Candlelight Walk
ANTaR SA
“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/category/news/2011/10/candlelight-walk-2/

Event: Tue 8 November 2011: Hurstville, Sydney, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Hosted by Amnesty International Sutherland Shire Action Group
Speaker: National Director of ANTAR, Jacqui Phillips
“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://indymedia.org.au/our-generation-film-screening-in-hurstville
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49146
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 13 November 2011: Lawson, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening in the Blue Mountains
Hosted by AI Springwood/Blaxland Action Group
“The screening is held in support of Amnesty International
Australia’s Homelands report released in August. There will
be a brief introduction on the campaign and related
material will be available on the night.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/27054/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Mon 14th November 2011: Mona Vale, Sydney, NSW
Misinformation and the Media
Guest Speaker: Chris Graham, Aboriginal affairs journalist
“The Lies that Feed the Northern Territory Intervention
continues the work of Aboriginal affairs journalist Chris
Graham, in exposing the media’s role in the Northern
Territory intervention, by far the largest human rights
abuse in Australia in living memory.”
Aboriginal Support Group
– Manly Warringah Pittwater Information night
Flyer (incl. event details): http://www.asgmwp.net/ChrisGrahamASGTalkNov%2011.pdf
Event summary: http://www.asgmwp.net/index.htm

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: Fri 20 January 2012: RMIT entrance, Melbourne, Vic
Indigenous freedom-fighters commemoration:
Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner
“To commemorate the execution of the indigenous
freedom fighters Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner”
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49054

Event: Thu 26 January 2012: Parkes, Canberra, ACT
40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy Canberra
Sovereignty Never Ceded: a key theme of the 40th Anniversary
“Indigenous elders invite all Aboriginal people, supporters
and other members of the general public, to come together
at the ‘Aboriginal Tent Embassy’ site, on Thursday 26th
January 2012, to celebrate “SOVEREIGNTY DAY” and be part of
the Sacred Fire Ceremonial Gathering that will marks 40
years since the first protest on the site.”
Event details: http://www.aboriginaltentembassy.net/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/40th-anniversary-of-the-tent-embassy-canberra

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

– – –

16/10/2011 Advocates brief UN Committee on the Rights of the Child re Australia’s performance

Posted in NEWS on 16/10/2011 by D

Contents:
* Advocates brief UN Committee on the Rights of the Child
re Australia’s performance
* Amnesty chief tells Macklin – We will be watching
* Attempted suicides in communities affected by
NT Intervention has doubled
* Arnhem Land leaders are gathering on Elcho Island
* Arabunna elder Kevin Buzzacott calls for scrapping of
Olympic Dam expansion
* What’s Working: A Better Way – ANTaR’s book of success stories
* More on APY Lands
* Apology to the Aboriginal People of Australia
on behalf of Australians of Arabic background
* Video: Barbara Shaw in Bankstown
* Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles

* ADVOCATES BRIEF UN COMMITTEE ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD
RE AUSTRALIA’S PERFORMANCE:

– Media Releases

‘concerned Australians’: United Nations Hears that
Australia Fails its Children in the Northern Territory
STICS: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/press-releases/united-nations-hears-that-australia-fails-its-children-in-the-northern-territory-11-10-11
Indigenous Peoples: http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12618:northern-territory-united-nations-hears-that-australia-fails-its-children-in-the-northern-territory&catid=54:australia-indigenous-peoples&Itemid=76
11 Oct 11: “Two reports were tabled at the United Nation’s
Pre-Sessional Meeting on the Rights of the Child in Geneva.
These reports looked closely at whether Australia’s
commitments through the Convention on the Rights of the
Child are being complied with. The first report, Listen to
Children, was far reaching across our nation’s children in
its comment. The second complementary report, Children of
the Intervention, focused solely on those children living
in the ‘prescribed communities’ of the Northern Territory
and under separate legislation to all other Australian
children.
This presentation prepared by two Aboriginal women,
Djapirri Mununggirritj and Kathy Guthadjaka expressed fear
for the children of the Northern Territory,
“We fear for their future, for their ability to learn to
walk in two worlds, to obtain an education and a job.
We fear for their health and their general well-being.
But most of all, we fear that these recent changes [NTER
legislation] will lead to the loss of our land, our culture
and our language.” … ”

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services
NGOs to Put Spotlight on Children’s Rights Before
Government Fronts UN Review
[download document] vals.org.au/static/files/assets/90a993d9/NATSILS_Press_Release_CRC_Pre-Sessional_Oct_2011__2_.doc
7 Oct 11: “Representatives from a coalition of key NGOs are
set to meet with the UN Committee on the Rights of the
Child on Monday 10 October to discuss significant human
rights issues affecting Australia’s children before the
Government presents its case to the Committee in early
2012. …
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children continue to
be 10 times more likely to be in out of home care and 26
times more likely to be in detention than their
non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander counterparts.”
[NATSILS Chairperson Shane Duffy said]
Mr Duffy said that so called tough on crime approaches to
law and order, much maligned by human rights experts, are
contributing to the over-representation of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander children in youth detention. … ”

– Reports

‘concerned Australians’: Children of the Intervention:
Aboriginal Children Living in the Northern Territory of Australia
A Submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child
Prepared by: Michele Harris OAM; Georgina Gartland. June 2011
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/Children-of-the-Intervention-June-2011-r2.pdf
“Introduction: Aboriginal children living in the prescribed
areas of the Northern Territory live under legislation that
does not affect Aboriginal children in any other parts of
Australia, or any other children who live in Australia
whatever their ethnic grouping.
It is for this reason that we are providing a complementary
report to the Australian NGO Report Listen to Children in
order to draw specific attention to the situation of
children living in the Northern Territory. … ”

Listen to Children – 2011 Child Rights NGO Report Australia
Child Rights Taskforce May 2011
http://www.childrights.org.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0014/14405/Listening-to-children-Report-2011-colour.pdf
“Introduction: …
Australia is a wonderful place for most of its children.
This is largely despite, rather than because of the efforts
of successive Australian Federal Governments to implement
the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
(Convention).
However, Australia is not a wonderful place for all its
children, especially its Aboriginal children.
To do better for all our children, Australia needs to
learn to listen to children. … ”

– Analysis / Opinion

Indigenous Peoples: UN Told Australia Failing On The
Rights Of Aboriginal And Refugee Children
http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12610:australia-un-told-australia-failing-on-the-rights-of-aboriginal-and-refugee-children&catid=54:australia-indigenous-peoples&Itemid=76
11 Oct 11: “RayJackson, the president of the Indigenous
Social Justice Association, has had a look at the report
[Children of the Intervention] compiled by the campaigners:
Although dated June this year it is the first time I have
seen it. There have been other reports rebutting the
federal government’s infamous intervention but this is the
first one that is solely based on the UN Convention on the
Rights of the Child. … The report by the group ‘Concerned
Australians’ is a worthy and excellent report and I express
my appreciation to those involved in its genesis and
production.”

– News

news.com.au : Australia’s child rights record under UN scrutiny
http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/national/australias-child-rights-record-under-un-scrutiny/story-e6frfku9-1226163192346
10 Oct 11: “AUSTRALIA is failing to properly protect the
rights of Aboriginal and asylum seeker children,
campaigners will tell the United Nations. A delegation of
Australian child’s rights advocates and experts will brief
the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on Australia’s
performance in Geneva overnight. They will point out that
indigenous children have mortality rates three times higher
than their non-Aboriginal peers and around 400 children are
currently being held in immigration detention.”

– Full text of Convention

Convention on the Rights of the Child
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/crc.htm

– Special compilations

Human Rights Law Centre:
Special Children’s Rights Edition of the
Human Rights Law Centre Bulletin 2011
http://www.hrlrc.org.au/content/special-childrens-rights-edition-of-the-human-rights-law-centre-bulletin-2011/
“This is a special 2011 edition of the Bulletin,
which is a joint initiative of the Human Rights Law Centre,
the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre
and Mallesons Stephen Jaques.”

Australian Human Rights Commission:
Australia’s commitment to children’s rights and reporting
to the UN (Oct 2007)
http://www.hreoc.gov.au/human_rights/children/aus_commitment_to_children_rights.html

Stop the Intervention:
United Nations: Convention on the Rights of the Child
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/united-nations/convention-on-the-rights-of-the-child

* AMNESTY CHIEF TELLS MACKLIN – WE WILL BE WATCHING:

– News

ABC Indigenous:
We will be watching, Amnesty chief tells Macklin
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-10-12/20111012-amnesty-international-macklin/3553672/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
12 Oct 11: “Amnesty International secretary-general Salil
Shetty says he hopes Indigenous residents in remote
communities will get more financial aid. Mr Shetty met with
Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin today to
talk about poor living conditions in Northern Territory
communities. He toured the Utopia homelands in the
Territory last week and says he was devastated by what he
saw. Mr Shetty says residents in traditional homelands are
not getting funds for essential services and that is
pushing them off their lands to urban centres. He says Ms
Macklin made commitments of help at the meeting.”

– Related News

Bikya Masr:
Amnesty to help Australia’s Indigenous Affairs Minister
http://bikyamasr.com/45567/amnesty-to-help-australia%E2%80%99s-indigenous-affairs-minister/
13 Oct 11: “AUCKLAND: Secretary General of Amnesty
International, Salil Shetty, met with Federal Indigenous
Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin on Wednesday to talk about
poor living conditions in Northern Territory communities.
… Macklin admitted the homelands residents are among the
most disadvantaged in Australia. “She has given us a
commitment, from the guarantee that these homeland
communities will not be pushed out of their land, and that
they will get their requisite funding, with a clear plan
and budget in the coming months,” said Shetty.
“We have offered to work closely with them, to support and
help them, and, at the same time, we will be holding them
to account.””

newsTracker: Amnesty chief urges Macklin to lift game
http://tracker.org.au/2011/10/amnesty-chief-urges-macklin-to-lift-game/
12 Oct 11: “Mr Shetty told reporters in Canberra on
Wednesday that Ms Macklin had made assurances it was not
government policy to drive remote homeland people into hub
towns. “She’s committed to the idea that these communities
should not be driven away from their land,” he said. … Mr
Shetty said he hoped to return to Utopia and see urgent
progress. “We want to see them enjoy full rights,” he said.
“They are not asking for something beyond what every single
Australian rightfully deserves.””

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Amnesty International criticises outstation policy
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6427:amnesty-international-criticises-outstation-policy&catid=3:features&Itemid=108
13 Oct 11: “The Northern Territory Government amalgamated
dozens of community councils into eight larger ‘Super
Shires’ in 2008, and now provide the vast majority of
services to growth townships and larger communities across
the Territory. As the Northern Territory and Federal
Governments focus services on growth towns, residents are
forced to move away from outstations or homelands. Amnesty
UK Chief of Staff Steve Crawshaw also visited the Utopia,
and says Governments have not listened to community
members.”

9 News: Utopia a land short of toilets, not hope
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8359526/utopia-a-land-short-of-toilets-not-hope
13 Oct 11: “The head of human rights agency Amnesty
International Salil Shetty is shocked by the conditions.
… Community leader Rosalie Kunoth Monks accuses the
governments of “insidious game playing” and said the
Northern Territory Intervention had failed Utopia. …
“We grow up here, we are not leaving,” Mrs Kunoth Monks
translates for Lena Ngale, 93 speaking in her mother tongue.
… A study of Utopia found there are health benefits for
Aboriginal people living in homeland communities including
less obesity, lower levels of diabetes and longer life
spans.”

newsTracker: Third world conditions shock Amnesty head
http://tracker.org.au/2011/10/third-world-conditions-shock-amnesty-head/
11 Oct 11: “Mr Shetty [head of Amnesty International] is
currently in Australia on a 12-day tour. He is due in
Canberra this week to meet with Indigenous affairs minister
Jenny Macklin and Opposition MPs. The trip has been
centered around the controversial Northern Territory Growth
Towns policy, which many have feared will lead to the
closure of nearly 500 outstations in the Northern
Territory. The policy directs the majority of government
funding into 21 larger communities, or “growth towns”, at
the expense of the smaller communities making up the
Homelands movement.” Amy McQuire, editor of Tracker

– Media Release

Greens Rachel Siewert: Condemnation gives the
Government cause to reconsider NT Intervention
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/condemnation-gives-government-cause-reconsider-nt-intervention
13 Oct 11: “Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert says
continuing local and international condemnation of the
Northern Territory intervention should give the Government
ample cause to reconsider its policy position.
“The Government is currently consulting and considering its
future direction on the Northern Territory intervention.
Their current approach has been met by a mountain of
criticism, most recently coming from Amnesty International,”
Senator Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues said today. …
“Efforts in the Northern Territory should focus on
long-term planning in partnership with Aboriginal
communities and must be supported by a sustained and
targeted investment of resources.
“The Government has an obligation to ensure their upcoming
announcements are based on effective consultation and
properly address the underlying causes of disadvantage,”
Senator Siewert concluded.”

See:

WGAR News: AIA: Amnesty head slams decades of neglect in
remote Aboriginal communities (13 Oct 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/10/16/wgar-news-aia-amnesty-head-slams-decades-of-neglect-in-remote-aboriginal-communities

* ATTEMPTED SUICIDES IN COMMUNITIES AFFECTED BY
NT INTERVENTION HAS DOUBLED:

– News

ABC: Intervention report shows suicide bids double
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-10-14/20111014-intervention-report-suicides-up/3571436?section=nt
14 Oct 11: “A new report says the number of attempted
suicides in communities affected by the federal
intervention in the Northern Territory has doubled in four
years. Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin has
released the latest Closing the Gap monitoring report on
outcomes of the intervention. It shows the number of
attempted suicides and self-harm cases in remote Territory
communities has risen from 109 in 2007-2008, to 229 in
2010-2011.”

* ARNHEM LAND LEADERS ARE GATHERING ON ELCHO ISLAND:

– News

National Indigenous Times:
Dr Gondarra appeals for help for gathering of Yolngu clans
http://www.nit.com.au/News/story.aspx?id=22997
12 Oct 11: “The tribal leaders from across East Arnhem Land
are planning to meet as a group for the first time between
October 13 and 18 on Elcho Island to discuss how they can
present a united response to the Federal Government’s
Intervention policies. Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra, senior
Yolngu clan leader of the Dhurili Nation of North East
Arnhem Land, said it would be the first Yolngu Nations
Assembly held and it would bring together the tribal
leaders from across East Arnhem Land. Dr Gondarra said the
meeting was very important for the people of the Northern
Territory and he has appealed for financial assistance to
help meet the costs of bringing as many of the Yolngu
leaders to the meeting.”

ABC: Arnhem Land leaders to focus on traditional law
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-10-14/20111014-arnhem-land-leaders-meet/3571508?section=nt
14 Oct 11: “Tribal leaders from Arnhem Land are gathering
on Elcho Island for a special assembly on traditional law
this weekend. The first Yolngu Nations Assembly brings
together tribal leaders from the eastern and central parts
of Arnhem Land. The group will consider how to work
together to get a better deal from the Federal and
Territory governments. A senior clan leader, Reverend
Doctor Djiniyini Gondarra, says there is a movement towards
resisting change forced upon Arnhem Land people by
governments.”

– Related Photo

ABC: LtoR
Navi Pillay and Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM meet in Geneva
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-10-14/ltor-navi-pillay-and-rev-dr-djiniyini-gondarra-oam/3571522
14 Oct 11: “Reverend Doctor Djiniyini Gondarra meets the
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi
Pillay, earlier this year in Geneva.”

* ARABUNNA ELDER KEVIN BUZZACOTT CALLS FOR
SCRAPPING OF OLYMPIC DAM EXPANSION:

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Arabunna elder opposes mine expansion
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6426:arabunna-elder-opposes-mine-expansion&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=154
13 Oct 11: “Arabunna elder Kevin Buzzacott has expressed
his disapproval of the Olympic Dam mine expansion in South
Australia, saying it’s a sad day for the local community.
The Federal Government announced this week it had given BHP
Billiton the green light to expand the uranium project in
outback South Australia. The mine will be the largest
open-cut operation in the world. Mr. Buzzacott says the site
is sacred and has historical significance, and the Arabunna
people who were left out of the consultation process will
not stand for the gaping hole in the desert.”

Treaty Republic:
The Olympic Dam expansion – the destruction continues
http://treatyrepublic.net/content/olympic-dam-expansion-destruction-continues
11 Oct 11: “The worlds largest open cut mine will further
mutilate the land that has been protected and allowed to
naturally evolve for thousands of years under the
custodianship of Indigenous peoples. … Kevin Buzzacott,
an Arabunna elder from Lake Eyre, has called for the
scrapping of BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam uranium and copper
mine expansion.”

* WHAT’S WORKING:
A BETTER WAY – ANTaR’S BOOK OF SUCCESS STORIES:

What’s Working – Aboriginal women have answers themselves
ANTaR – A Better Way
http://www.whatsworking.com.au/whats-working/antar-a-better-way/
“ANTaR has produced the booklet A Better Way: Success
Stories in Aboriginal community-control in the Northern
Territory publication that calls on governments to empower
Aboriginal organisations and communities to drive solutions
to the challenges they face. This new booklet of success
stories showcases 13 successful Aboriginal
community-controlled organisations in the NT that are
working across a diverse range of sectors. All feature
Aboriginal management and administration, are responsive to
local community needs and priorities and work in
partnership with other organisations. … ”

* MORE ON APY LANDS:

– News

National Indigenous Times:
Any intervention plan must have our input: Council
http://www.nit.com.au/News/story.aspx?id=22993
12 Oct 11: “Any plan to introduce an income management
program in South Australia’s APY Lands must firstly ensure
Aboriginal leaders and communities are consulted and in
control of the process for it to work, the APY Council’s
General Manager, Chris Malcolm said. The calls for Canberra
and Adelaide to engage with the APY Lands people before
implementation of an income management plan has come after
the Coalition and Federal Labor declared their intention to
introduce a formal income management scheme in the Anangu
Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands in South Australia’s
north. APY council general manager, Chris Malcolm said the
appropriate model of income management could be established
only after the Federal and State governments undertook full
consultation with local communities.”

National Indigenous Times:
Women’s Council wants action on kids’ nutrition
http://www.nit.com.au/News/story.aspx?id=22990
12 Oct 11: “Children living in South Australia’s remote
Indigenous communities suffer among the worst nutrition
problems anywhere in Australia, the nation’s leading
Aboriginal women’s organisation has warned. The community
of Ernaballa in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara
Lands, about 30km south of the Northern Territory border,
was of greatest concern, the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara
Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council said. The NPY Women’s
Council annual general meeting in remote Western Australia
heard that during the past financial year its child
nutrition program had received 86 new referrals, with about
73 per cent from South Australia, 15 per cent from Western
Australia and 12 per cent from the Northern Territory.”

– Analysis / Opinion

Tracker: BACKTRACKER: Food for thought
http://tracker.org.au/2011/10/backtracker-food-for-thought/
4 Oct 11: “NATIONAL: This month, media “broke'” the story
of “starvation” in the APY Lands. But the reality is
different from the agenda driven campaigns, writes BRIAN
JOHNSTONE*. … Professor Paul Torzillo, Medical Director
of the health service said, “During the 1980s and 1990s up
to 30 percent of all children under five had severe
malnutrition by WHO standards and at that time we were
trying to prevent severe malnutrition. But by 2005 that
proportion was only 6 percent, which is not much above the
national average.”” Brian Johnstone,
Walkley and Human Rights award winning journalist

See:

WGAR News: APY Council general manager calls for full
community consultation about their needs (9 Oct 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/10/09/wgar-news-trackers-brian-johnston-reality-in-apy-lands-different-from-media-agenda-campai

WGAR News: Tracker’s Brian Johnston: Reality in APY Lands
different from media agenda campaigns (9 Oct 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/10/09/wgar-news-trackers-brian-johnston-reality-in-apy-lands-different-from-media-agenda-campai

waru.org : Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Council
http://waru.org/organisations/ap/

Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara
http://www.anangu.com.au/

* APOLOGY TO THE ABORIGINAL PEOPLE OF AUSTRALIA
ON BEHALF OF AUSTRALIANS OF ARABIC BACKGROUND:

Arab Council Australia Inc.:
Apology to the Aboriginal People of Australia
on behalf of Australians of Arabic background
http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/Aboriginal-Sorry-98.pdf
“Offered on 13 June 1998
On behalf of the many Australians of Arab background who
wish to do so, and we know they are many; we would like to
offer our apology, and express our sorrow, to the
Aboriginal people of Australia. … To put it plainly, we
are sorry for having come to this country without asking
you, the traditional owners of this land, first. We come
from a culture that values honourable behaviour to the
highest degree, and we feel that our presence in Australia
cannot be honourable without this genuinely felt apology.”

* VIDEO: BARBARA SHAW IN BANKSTOWN:

– Videos

Vimeo: Bankstown Forum – Barbara Shaw
http://vimeo.com/30551598
“Barbara Shaw: Aboriginal leader from Alice Springs and
resident of Mt Nancy town camp, a ‘prescribed area’ under
the Northern Territory Intervention. Barbara has been held
on the Income Management system against her will since
January 2008. The Campaign of the Say No to Government’s
Income Management: Not In Bankstown Not Anywhere has
gathered momentum locally and nationally and has gained
support from a range of organisations and groups. The
campaign coalition is now holding this forum for Bankstown
residents, service providers and advocates to hear first
hand about the experience of the Income Management under
the Northern Territory Intervention.”

YouTube: Barbara Shaw in Bankstown
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQYz68_lnFk
8 Oct 11: “Barbara discussing the impact of income
management on peoples lives in the N.T”

– Related Video

Vimeo: Bankstown Forum – John Falzon
http://vimeo.com/30484659
“John Falzon: Chief Executive Officer of St Vincent de Paul
Society, National Council of Australia and long time
activist for social justice. … The Forum will also be an
opportunity for you to learn more about the concerns of
the welfare sector and to hear what long time advocates
are saying about this policy. You will also learn more
about the campaign, how you can be part of it and how you
too can take action to protect the rights of people on
social security.”

– Related News

ABC Newcastle:
Bankstown goes bush to explore welfare pay clamp
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-10-14/20111014-income-management-campaign/3572064/?site=newcastle
14 Oct 11: “Residents from Bankstown in Sydney have
travelled to Central Australia to throw their support
behind a push to end income management of welfare payments.
The Sydney suburb of Bankstown will be one of the first
places outside the Northern Territory to have income
management rolled out. … Bankstown resident Randa Kattan
has travelled to Alice Springs to find out more information
about the income management program’s effects. …
“Across the board, people are feeling totally disempowered,
extremely disheartened, very much pressured, very much
punished.” she said.”

* UPCOMING ABORIGINAL RIGHTS EVENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA
– 22 EVENTS FROM 16 OCTOBER 2011:

Click on the links for details of the events …

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
Interview with walk organiser Marcus Atkinson: http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/185959/t/Walking-Away-From-Uranium/in/english
French NGO participation in walk: http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155503
Communities come out to greet uranium protestors (12 Oct 11): http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=22985
Photos of the walk:
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155400
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155399
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155398
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155397
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155419
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155456
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155459
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155539
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155538
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155537
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155536
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155535
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155534
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155533
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155532
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155595
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155604

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: Sun 16 October 2011: Parramatta, Sydney, NSW
Rally: Down with racist police attacks!
Drop all charges against those arrested at Tisha’s 21st
“Stop persecuting the Aboriginal Hickey family!”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/rally-down-with-racist-police-attacks-drop-all-charges-against-those-arrested-at-tisha%E2%80%99s-21st
Background: http://indymedia.org.au/2011/01/13/campaign-builds-to-defend-persecuted-aboriginal-family-racist-police-harassment-in-wester

Event: Mon 17 October 2011: Avoca Beach, Central Coast, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Hosted by Amnesty International’s Central Coast 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: Wed 19 October 2011: Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Qld
Homelands Campaign training session and first action group meeting
Held by Amnesty International Qld/Northern NSW
“We invite all interested volunteers and
supporters to attend a training session.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/qld/event/26674/

Event: Thu 20 October 2011: Paddington, Sydney, NSW
Special screening of excerpts from the emerging feature doco
Breath of Life
& Muckaty Voices,
the opening film of the Down Under Film Festival in Berlin
Event details: http://www.stoptheintervention.org/#Breath
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info-Our-Generation/111014a-EN-Breathof-Life-DAF-Chauvel.pdf

Event: Thu 20 October 2011: Kensington, Sydney, NSW
UNSW ‘Our Generation’ Film screening
Hosted by Amnesty International Australia UNSW
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/26911/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Fri 21 October 2011: Melbourne City, Vic
Public meeting:
You say you want a revolution: Not Sorry Enough
Speakers: Robbie Thorpe; Karla Grant; Linday Bruney;
Kim Hill; Tania Major.
“From the battles for basic civil rights four decades ago,
to the overturning of terra nullius and the stolen
generations apology, Australian Indigenous activists have
achieved much over successive generations.
Yet it would seem many aspirations have been left behind
along the way, and there is so much left to achieve. … ”
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49045

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: Thu 27 October 2011: Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW
‘Our Generation’ Film screening
Q&A with special guests Richard Trudgen (author),
Dianne Gondarra (daughter of Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra)
and Becky Harcourt
Event details: http://stoptheintervention.org/#OurGen
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info-Our-Generation/Our-Gen-Syd-27-10-11.jpg
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Thu 27 October 2011: Blue Mountains, NSW
Wentworth Falls: Indigenous rights film, Our Generation
Introduction and Q&A with Jeff McMullen
Hosted by Blue Mountains People for Reconciliation
“It examines “unresolved issues around Aboriginal rights
and Indigenous disadvantage” and features the music of
Yothu Yindi, Archie Roach, Gurrumul and the John Butler trio.”
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49077
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

Upcoming Event: ??? November 2011: 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
Further book info: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/WWU-Alert-for-All-Readers.pdf
Book review: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/WWU-book-rev-short.pdf
Videos from the Sydney book launch: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/films-and-literature/book-walk-with-us/videos-wwu
Article about the Sydney book launch: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/WWU-book-article-short.pdf

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/

Event: Wed 2 to Sat 5 Nov 2011: South Bank, Brisbane, Qld
Theatre: Jane Harrison’s Stolen
Directed by Leah Purcell
Presented by: The Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts
(ACPA) and QPAC in association with Bungabura Productions
“a brilliant amalgam of the experiences of representatives
of the Stolen Generation. Immerse yourself in a yarn about
the importance of family, understanding and issues that
have impacted strongly on Aboriginal families.”
Event details: http://www.qpac.com.au/event/Stolen_11.aspx?showTab=Overview

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 5 November 2011: Adelaide, SA
132nd Justice and Peace Candlelight Walk
ANTaR SA
“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/category/news/2011/10/candlelight-walk-2/

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: 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: Fri 20 January 2012: RMIT entrance, Melbourne, Vic
Indigenous freedom-fighters commemoration:
Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner
“To commemorate the execution of the indigenous
freedom fighters Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner”
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49054

Event: Thu 26 January 2012: Parkes, Canberra, ACT
40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy Canberra
Sovereignty Never Ceded: a key theme of the 40th Anniversary
“Indigenous elders invite all Aboriginal people, supporters
and other members of the general public, to come together
at the ‘Aboriginal Tent Embassy’ site, on Thursday 26th
January 2012, to celebrate “SOVEREIGNTY DAY” and be part of
the Sacred Fire Ceremonial Gathering that will marks 40
years since the first protest on the site.”
Event details: http://www.aboriginaltentembassy.net/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/40th-anniversary-of-the-tent-embassy-canberra

Event: February 2012 to May 2012: Queensland Museum
Exhibition: From Little Things Big Things Grow
– Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970
Event description: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/
Event location: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/travelling_details/

– ‘Our Generation’ Film Reviews

Elimatta:
Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
Our Generation – Showing in London – page 8
http://www.asgmwp.net/ElimattaWinter2011.pdf
Winter 2011: “The Intervention is yet another example of
the appalling treatment the Aboriginal People of Australia
have been subjected to in such a short period of time
compared to thousands of years of survival. Sinem Saban and
Rev. Dr Gondarra supported by the Yolngu people and
cinematographer, Damien Curtis, have created a sensitive
and realistic view of the plight of those who wish to live
a more traditional life in their homelands and of those who
appear to be dispossessed.” Christine Waterer

Elimatta:
Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
ASG Information Night: Our Generation – page 6
http://www.asgmwp.net/ElimattaSummer2010.pdf
Summer 2010: “Local resident and journalist, Jeff McMullen
introduced “Our Generation”, the film by Sinem Saban and
Damien Curtis which we were there to see. The film explored
in depth the Federal Government Intervention into
Aboriginal Communities in the Northern Territory. Jeff had
told us that the film’s producers were not having any
success in having the film shown on government or
commercial media outlets and they were having to screen it
in local community halls to show the community at large
just what was involved in the Intervention. It is basically
a war on Aboriginal culture. The dispossession of the
Aboriginal people is simply continuing in a new guise.”
Carol Gerrard

See:

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

Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater: http://www.asgmwp.net/index.htm

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Creative Spirits:
Northern Territory Emergence Response (NTER)
– “The Intervention”:
http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/politics/northern-territory-intervention.html

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Northern Territory National Emergency Response:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Territory_intervention

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

The Greens: Rachel Siewert: Northern Territory Intervention:
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/category/issues/indigenous-rights/northern-territory-intervention

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

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

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

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

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

Crikey – NT Intervention:
http://www.crikey.com.au/topic/nt-intervention/

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

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

ANTaR (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation)
– NT intervention:
http://www.antar.org.au/issues_and_campaigns/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:

– Statement

Western Australia: Statement From Goolaraboolo People
Against Proposed Gas Hub At James Price Point
http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12642:western-australia-statement-from-goolaraboolo-people-against-proposed-gas-hub-at-james-price-point&catid=54:australia-indigenous-peoples&Itemid=76
13 Oct 11: “The following is a message to the
international, national and the local communities from the
Goolarabooloo people:
To our Friends, Apart from the obvious environmental impact
of this proposed industrialisation, which has been well
documented, the significant issue of the preservation of
our aboriginal cultural and spiritual heritage has not been
given due consideration. … “

13/10/2011 AIA: Amnesty head slams decades of neglect in remote Aboriginal communities

Posted in NEWS on 13/10/2011 by D

Contents:
* Amnesty cheif Salil Shetty visits communities in Utopia, NT
* Calls for implementation of United Nations
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
* Jon Altman:
Homeland communities destroyed to save a bit of cash
* Amnesty International Australia Action:
Tell the government: don’t abandon homelands
* Amnesty International Australia:
Utopia Homelands featured on the 7pm Project
* What’s Working: Health-Utopia
* Rally against Income Management in Bankstown – 8 Oct 2011
* Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles

* AMNESTY CHIEF SALIL SHETTY VISITS COMMUNITIES IN UTOPIA, NT:

– Amnesty Statement

Amnesty International Australia: Amnesty head slams
decades of neglect in remote Aboriginal communities
http://www.amnesty.org.au/news/comments/26938/
9 Oct 11: “As part of his visit to Australia, Salil Shetty
travelled to the Utopia region in the Northern Territory
yesterday to witness first-hand the effects that government
policies have had on the lives of Aboriginal people.
“What I saw was just devastating,” said Salil Shetty. “The
fact that people are living with no running water, toilet,
shower and electricity in one of the richest countries in
the world is completely unacceptable.” …
Despite 20 years of research which provides evidence of the
benefits of living on traditional homelands, around 500
homeland communities are being left to wither as the
Government starves them of essential services.”

– Audio Interviews

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Amnesty International Global Director Salil Shetty on CAAMA
10 Oct 11: “Salil Shetty is the Global Director of one of
the peak human rights organisations in the world…Amnesty
International. Mr Shetty…who has travelled to Australia to
visit the Utopia region in the NT to draw attention to the
human rights issues affecting Aboriginal people in the
county and to see first-hand the effects Government
policies have had on the lives of Aboriginal people. Mr
Shetty says the Australian Government’s failure to provide
basic services to remote communities significantly
tarnishes Australia’s human rights record and must be
addressed immediately. He speaks to Nerida Currey on Strong
Voices whilst in Alice Springs.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Amnesty International in Australia to spotlight
human rights issues
http://caama.com.au/amnesty-international-in-australia-to-spotlight-human-rights-issues
10 Oct 11: “Salil Shetty, the Global Director of Amnesty
International… one of the world’s peak human rights
organisations… has travelled to Utopia in the NT to
witness first-hand the effects that Government policies
have had on the lives of Aboriginal people…and to shine a
spotlight on the human rights issues of our country. Mr
Shetty and representatives from Amnesty International were
in Alice Springs over the weekend. Nerida Currey caught up
with Sarah Marland, to hear Amnesty’s stance on a number of
issues facing Aboriginal people in Australia.”

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 11-10-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-11-10-2011
11 Oct 11: “* The head of a peak international human rights
organisation has slammed the way the Australian Government
has dealt with Aboriginal people saying Governments failure
to provide services to remote Aboriginal communities
significantly tarnishes the countrys human rights record.
* Urapuntja commuinty leader Rosalie Kunoth Monks says she
is grateful that amnesty has travelled to Utopia to draw
attention to the issues.”

– Video

ABC: Amnesty slams ‘shocking’ Indigenous conditions
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-10-09/amnesty-slams-indigenous-conditions/3403030
10 Oct 11: “Amnesty International says the Federal
Government needs to be internationally shamed into
addressing poverty among Indigenous Australians.
Secretary-general Salil Shetty on Saturday toured remote
towns in the Northern Territory, including Utopian
communities north-east of Alice Springs. He described the
plight of locals as “devastating”, saying people there are
living in inhumane conditions that are almost third-world.

– News

ABC Indigenous: We will be watching, Amnesty chief tells Macklin
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-10-12/20111012-amnesty-international-macklin/3553672/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
12 Oct 11: “Amnesty International secretary-general Salil
Shetty says he hopes Indigenous residents in remote
communities will get more financial aid. Mr Shetty met with
Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin today to
talk about poor living conditions in Northern Territory
communities. He toured the Utopia homelands in the
Territory last week and says he was devastated by what he
saw. Mr Shetty says residents in traditional homelands are
not getting funds for essential services and that is
pushing them off their lands to urban centres. He says Ms
Macklin made commitments of help at the meeting.”

National Indigenous Times: “It’s devastating”
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=22998
12 Oct 11: “The head of Amnesty International has described
the living conditions at the remote Northern Territory
community of Utopia as “devastating”. Amnesty International
Secretary General, Salil Shetty visited Utopia as part of a
14 day national tour that ends this week with a face to
face meeting with the Minister for Indigenous Affairs,
Jenny Macklin. Mr Shetty said he intended to raise the
situation in Utopia and other remote communities in
Australia and demand the Federal Government address the
terrible living conditions being forced upon residents of
those remote communities.”

National Indigenous Times:
Australia could learn from New Zealand on the way to treat
First Peoples: Shetty
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=22999
12 Oct 11: “The head of Amnesty International has strongly
criticised the Federal Government’s efforts to improve
living standards of Aboriginal Australians, saying it could
learn from New Zealand’s dealings with its Maori people.
The human rights agency’s secretary-general, Salil Shetty,
said the government’s “top-down externally driven” efforts
to close the gap on Aboriginal socio-economic disadvantage
were instead having the opposite effect. Mr Shetty said
Amnesty was appalled current policies had effectively
“forced evictions from their traditional homelands”.”

National Indigenous Times:
Our actions are an embarrassment to the world: Shetty
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=23000
12 Oct 11: “Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers and
Indigenous people was deeply disturbing and an
international embarrassment. Amnesty Secretary-General,
Salil Shetty told ABC’s Lateline television program western
nations, including Australia, were rapidly losing
credibility when it came to human rights. He said the
Federal Government’s continuation of the Northern Territory
Intervention was simply wrong. Mr Shetty said the
Intervention breached the Racial Discrimination Act and it
“talked down” to Indigenous people. … ”

newsTracker: Third world conditions shock Amnesty head
http://tracker.org.au/2011/10/third-world-conditions-shock-amnesty-head/
11 Oct 11: “NATIONAL: It’s been two years since the last
head of Amnesty International visited our shores, shocked
at third world conditions in a first world country. …
Salil Shetty -toured several Central Australian communities
in the Utopia region over the weekend … “Actually going
there and meeting the local communities and looking at the
living conditions, it was quite shocking,” Mr Shetty told
Tracker yesterday. “I think that’s one of the paradoxes,
that in a rich country the years are ticking by but the
situation is not improving.”” Amy McQuire, editor of Tracker

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Utopia visit reveals “devastating” conditions
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6408:utopia-visit-reveals-qdevastatingq-conditions&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=154
11 Oct 11: “Amnesty International says the Federal
Government needs to be internationally shamed into
addressing poverty among Indigenous Australians.
Secretary-general Salil Shetty has toured remote towns in
the Northern Territory, including Utopian communities
north-east of Alice Springs. … Mr Shetty says the Federal
Government is contravening its human rights obligations.
He says the community has been stripped of funds that
provide basic services, including running water,
electricity, and hygiene services.”

newsTracker: Amnesty head visits Central Australia
http://tracker.org.au/2011/10/amnesty-head-visits-central-australia/
10 Oct 11: “Starving Aboriginal people off their
traditional homelands is akin to “ethnic cleansing”, the
Amnesty International boss has been told during his Central
Australia visit. Amnesty International chief Salil Shetty
visited communities in Utopia on the weekend describing the
plight of locals as “devastating”. … At Mosquito Bore he
toured overcrowded dilapidated homes, some little more than
a tin shed, without basics such as running electricity,
toilets or working washing machines.”

Age: Conditions in Utopia devastating, says Amnesty chief
http://m.theage.com.au/national/conditions-in-utopia-devastating-says-amnesty-chief-20111009-1lfsl.html
10 Oct 11: “THE chief of Amnesty International has
described as ”devastating” the plight of Aborigines in
central Australia after visiting communities in Utopia at
the weekend. … Community leader Rosalie Kunoth Monks told
Mr Shetty how desperately her people wanted to stay on
their land. … Mrs Kunoth Monks said the community was
”ready, willing and able” to live up to the promise of
its name if only it was given a leg-up and allowed to play
catch-up.”

Herald Sun: Leader claims plight of Aborigines is devastating
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/ethnic-cleansing-claim-on-aborigines/story-fn7x8me2-1226162452877
10 Oct 11: “STARVING Aboriginal people off their
traditional homelands is akin to “ethnic cleansing”, the
Amnesty International boss has been told. Utopia leader
Rosalie Kunoth Monks told Amnesty chief Salil Shetty:
“They’re trying to starve us out of our home. They won’t
support us becoming sustainable in our own right. “If …
it’s not ethnic cleansing, please let me know what it is,”
she said.”

Koori Mail: Campaign: Aboriginal policies ‘ethnic cleansing’
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
10 Oct 11: “STARVING Aboriginal people off their
traditional homelands is akin to ‘ethnic cleansing’, the
Amnesty International boss has been told during his Central
Australia visit. Amnesty International chief Salil Shetty
visited communities in Utopia on the weekend describing the
plight of locals as ‘devastating’. Community leader Rosalie
Kunoth Monks made the ‘ethnic cleansing’ comment to Mr
Shetty, saying her people desperately wanted to stay on
their land.”

Brisbane Times: Aboriginal policies ‘ethnic cleansing’
http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/breaking-news-national/aboriginal-policies-ethnic-cleansing-20111009-1lffx.html
9 Oct 11: “Starving Aboriginal people off their traditional
homelands is akin to “ethnic cleansing”, the Amnesty
International boss has been told during his Central
Australia visit. Amnesty International chief Salil Shetty
visited communities in Utopia on the weekend describing the
plight of locals as “devastating.” … Community leader
Rosalie Kunoth Monks told Mr Shetty how desperately her
people wanted to stay on their land. “It’s not that they’re
coming here with bulldozers or getting the army to move us
it’s that they’re trying to starve us out of our home,”
she said.”

NZ Herald:
You could learn from NZ, Amnesty tells Australian Govt
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10757363
8 Oct 11: “Shetty [head of Amnesty International] was to
spend today at the homeland communities of Utopia, 260km
northeast of Alice Springs. Far from what the name
suggests, most Utopia communities are more like Third World
slums. An Amnesty report, released in August, profiled
Utopia and claimed Aborigines were being driven off their
homelands and herded into “hub towns” where the federal and
Northern Territory governments were splashing out cash for
resources and services.”

SMH: Amnesty slams indigenous policy
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/amnesty-slams-indigenous-policy-20111007-1lcmm.html
7 Oct 11: “The head of Amnesty International has strongly
criticised the federal government’s efforts to improve
living standards of Aboriginal Australians, saying it could
learn from New Zealand’s dealings with its Maori people.
The human rights agency’s secretary-general, Salil Shetty,
said the government’s “top-down externally driven” efforts
to close the gap on Aboriginal socio-economic disadvantage
were instead having the opposite effect.”

– Related News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Amnesty criticises outstation policy
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6412:amnesty-criticises-outstation-policy&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=154
12 Oct 11: “An Amnesty International boss says the
Australian Government’s record on the treatment Indigenous
people is “unacceptable”. The organization visited the
remote Northern Territory community of Utopia recently, and
critised the lack of basic services provided to the area.
Amnesty UK Chief of Staff Steve Crawshaw visited the
community, and says Governments have not listened to
community members. Mr Crawshaw says Indigenous people are
being denied having both the right to services and the
right to stay on traditional homelands, and are forced to
make a choice between the two. … ”

See:

Amnesty International Australia: Homelands
http://www.amnesty.org.au/indigenous-rights/homelands/
“Aboriginal families are strongest when they can stay
connected to their homelands – but right now the government
is stripping funds for essential services from traditional
Aboriginal homelands.”

* CALLS FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF UNITED NATIONS
DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES:

– Audio Interviews

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Loud voice calling for FULL implementation of United Nations
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
http://caama.com.au/loud-voice-calling-for-full-implementation-of-united-nations-declaration-on-the-rights-of-indigenous-peoples
11 Oct 11: “Following the high importance of the Global
Director of Amnesty International Salil Shetty’s visit to
Australia… and the calls he made about the failure of the
Australian Government in implementing the United Nations
Declaration on the Rights of Indigneous Peoples…we look
back to those others who have been calling for the full
implementation of the document’s reccomendations.”
[Includes interviews with:
Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda,
Barb Shaw of the Intervention Rollback Action Group
and Amnesty’s Global Director Salil Shetty.]

* JON ALTMAN:
HOMELAND COMMUNITIES DESTROYED TO SAVE A BIT OF CASH:

– Analysis / Opinion

The Conversation:
Homeland communities destroyed to save a bit of cash
http://theconversation.edu.au/homeland-communities-destroyed-to-save-a-bit-of-cash-3730
7 Oct 11: “Government efforts to “close the gap” between
indigenous and white Australians ignore the needs of nearly
1000 homeland communities on the Indigenous estate.
Australian citizens living at the most remote and smallest
localities, established with government support in the
1970s and 1980s, are being neglected by Canberra today in
favour of bigger hub towns. The Closing the Gap mantra
targets 29 larger and more visible communities only because
they are larger and more visible. Economic rationalisation
is convinced that size, whether townships or shires, will
deliver cost savings from economies of scale. … ”
Jon Altman, Research Professor in Anthropology at
Australian National University

– Related Audio

The Wire: Experts say Aboriginal homelands worth investing
in as Australia accused of neglecting them
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=8535
10 Oct 11: “It’s a place called Utopia, but living
conditions in the central Australian desert community have
been labeled shocking and inhumane by Amnesty
International’s secretary-general. The Northern Territory
Government has been accused of neglecting the homelands by
just focusing money and resources on a small number of
“growth towns”. About a third of the Territory’s Aboriginal
population lives on the homelands. One expert’s told The
Wire that providing for the homelands shouldn’t be seen as
an imposition, but rather a worthwhile investment that’s
in the national interest.
Featured in story:
Professor Jon Altman, Australian National University’s
Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research”

– Related News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Value of Indigenous economies ignored: Altman
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6415:value-of-indigenous-economies-ignored-altman&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=154]
12 Oct 11: “Professor Jon Altman from the Australian
National University’s Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy
Research says providing for outstations and homelands
shouldn’t be seen as an imposition, but rather a worthwhile
investment.
Jon Altman: We need to recognise that they mightn’t be
engaged in mainstream economies, but they are engaged in
forms of diverse economy. … I think that we mustn’t see
these communities as unproductive just because they don’t
meet an orthodox view of productivity. Voice ends.”

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

– Online Action

Amnesty International Australia:
Tell the government: don’t abandon homelands
http://www.amnesty.org.au/action/action/26569/
“Traditional homelands are home to nearly one-third of
Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory. Research shows
that with proper services people can be healthier, live
longer and contribute valuable work on homelands, all with
their identity and connection to the land intact. Yet the
government’s policy of stripping funding from essential
services will effectively force people into hub towns and
cities.
The government needs to hear from you and the thousands of
Australians who don’t want to see another mistake on
Aboriginal policy. … ”
[Click on the above link to send an email to to Jenny
Macklin and Warren Snowden via the Amnesty International
Australia web-site.]

See:

Amnesty International Australia: Homelands
http://www.amnesty.org.au/indigenous-rights/homelands/
“Aboriginal families are strongest when they can stay
connected to their homelands – but right now the government
is stripping funds for essential services from traditional
Aboriginal homelands.”

* AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AUSTRALIA:
UTOPIA HOMELANDS FEATURED ON THE 7PM PROJECT:

Amnesty International Australia:
Homelands featured on the 7pm Project
http://www.amnesty.org.au/indigenous-rights/comments/26896/
29 Sep 11: “Last Monday, Channel Ten’s 7pm Project featured
a special report on the traditional Aboriginal homelands of
Utopia – taking the voices and stories from this remote
community into living rooms across Australia. …
How did it happen? When the producers learned of this
campaign – and the actions of thousands of Amnesty
International supporters – they approached us about doing a
story. Now hundreds of thousands of Australians are about
to hear about the injustice on homelands, and learn about
how they can help to stop it.”

* WHAT’S WORKING: HEALTH-UTOPIA:

What’s Working – Aboriginal women have answers themselves
Health-Utopia – From article by Pamela Wilson
http://www.whatsworking.com.au/whats-working/health-indicators-at-utopia/
“Amid the grim statistics on Indigenous health, residents
of the remote community of Utopia have found that retaining
a connection to country is their answer to better health.
Utopia is about 250 kilometres north-east of Alice Springs,
and its residents live off the land in a way similar to
their ancestors, hunting bush tucker and retaining cultural
traditions. Research published in the Medical Journal of
Australia has found the mortality rate for Utopia’s
residents is 40 to 50 per cent lower than the Northern
Territory average for Aboriginal adults. … The consensus
is that Utopia’s Alyawarr and Anmatyerr people are
healthier because of the empowerment that comes from
decentralisation and connection to country … ”

* RALLY AGAINST INCOME MANAGEMENT IN BANKSTOWN – 8 OCT 2011:

Barb Shaw Sydney speaking tour – October 3rd-9th …
Saturday, October 8th
– Rally against Income Management in Bankstown:
http://stoptheintervention.org/#Barb

– Analysis / Opinion

New Matilda: Why In Bankstown? Why Anywhere?
http://newmatilda.com/2011/10/10/why-bankstown-why-anywhere
10 Oct 11: “Community groups in Sydney’s Bankstown are
baffled as to why their area has been chosen to trial
welfare quarantining – and concerned about the outcomes for
vulnerable groups, reports Adam Brereton. “Not in
Bankstown, Not Anywhere”, a coalition of Indigenous and
community groups, rallied in Bankstown’s Paul Keating park
on Saturday in opposition to the Gillard Government’s plan
to roll out income management in five “disadvantaged”
locations across Australia. But given the ongoing criticism
of the scheme, a question would be a more appropriate
slogan: “Why in Bankstown, why anywhere?”” Adam Brereton

See:

newmatilda.com : adam brereton
http://newmatilda.com/tag/adam-brereton

– News

National Indigenous Times: No to BasicsCard
http://www.nit.com.au/News/story.aspx?id=22994
12 Oct 11: “The people of Bankstown have spoken, and they
have said “Not in Bankstown, not anywhere” to the proposed
introduction of a Northern Territory-style BasicsCard for
their city. Almost 80 people gathered in Paul Keating Park
in the centre of Bankstown to voice their opposition to
the BasicsCard and listen to the first hand experiences of
Barbara Shaw who lives in Mt Nancy Town Camp, Alice
Springs, and is a four-year veteran of the discriminatory
program. Ms Shaw has seen problems for the whole community
in the system’s implementation. … ”

SMH: Income intervention ‘a mistake’
http://www.smh.com.au/national/income-intervention-a-mistake-20111008-1lf32.html
9 Oct 11: “THE federal government was making ”a big
mistake” introducing compulsory income management for
struggling families in a Sydney suburb, according to
protesters. More than 100 people rallied in Bankstown
yesterday against the plan, already in place in the
Northern Territory, which will quarantine Centrelink
payments for those in the suburb deemed ”vulnerable to
financial crisis.” Indigenous rights campaigners –
including the NSW Greens senator Lee Rhiannon – said they
were disgusted with the idea.”

– Related News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
More criticism for shires policy
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6416:more-criticism-for-shires-policy&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=154
12 Oct 11: “The ‘Super Shires’ policy in the Northern
Territory is continuing to attract criticism. … Paddy
Gibson, from the Sydney-based Stop the Intervention
Collective, told a forum in Sydney last week, that
Aboriginal people have no say within the Shires.
Paddy Gibson: You know, all these white toyotas are driving
around with white people sitting behind the wheel and none
of the locals are actually in the local government cars,
none of the locals have any of the keys to community
facilities that they built, like the community centre, the
recreation hall or anthing. They actually can’t access
these things. … Voice ends.”

Koori Mail: Campaign: Basic rights, not BasicsCard
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
11 Oct 11: “A CAMPAIGN is ramping up against Federal
Government plans to roll out compulsory income management
and the controversial BasicsCard in the south-western
Sydney suburb of Bankstown and four other trial sites next
year. The Arab Council Australia and the St Vincent de Paul
Society National Council are backing the push, under which
Alice Springs activist Barbara Shaw has called for a
moratorium against income management and the NT
Intervention. Arab Council Australia CEO Randa Kattan says
income management represents profound disempowerment,
discrimination and hardship.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Intervention bureaucrats accused of patronisation
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6407:intervention-bureaucrats-accused-of-patronisation&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=154
11 Oct 11: “Anti-Northern Territory Intervention campaigner
Barbara Shaw says Aboriginal communities are living in
subhuman conditions that the rest of Australia would never
tolerate. Ms Shaw was speaking at an anti-Intervention
forum in Sydney late last week, and participants at the
forum called for their communities to be rebuilt from the
grassroots upwards following the Federal Government’s
measures. She says communities face the devastation wrought
by the intervention program, and Aboriginal people dealing
with Intervention bureaucrats are tired of being treated
like idiots.”

Koori Mail: Income management opposition grows
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
10 Oct 11: “NORTHERN Territory Aboriginal leader Barbara
Shaw will travel to several remote NT communities this week
with Arab Council Australia executive director Randa Kattan
and Western Sydney Community Forum member Semra Guler. The
trip is part of a national campaign against compulsory
income management, and follows a speaking tour in Sydney
which included a launch in Bankstown of a national campaign
opposing income management.”

– Upcoming Public Forum in Alice Springs

Event: Thu 13 October 2011: Alice Springs, NT
A public forum hosted by the Intervention Rollback Action Group
No Income Management
Women demand a moratorium on Income Management
Chaired by:
* Barbara Shaw; Mt Nancy town camp resident and
UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues delegate
Speakers include:
* Randa Kattan, Executive Director, Arab Council of Australia
* Elaine Peckan, Central Australian Strong Women’s Alliance
Flyer (incl. event details): http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/community-forum-13-10-11.jpeg
Event details: http://www.alicesprings.nt.gov.au/index/eventdetail/id/1126/date/2011-10-13
IRAG website: http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/

See:

WGAR News: Online petition: Call for a moratorium on
government Income management (24 Sep 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/09/24/wgar-news-online-petition-call-for-a-moratorium-on-government-income-management

WGAR News: Public forum launching a national campaign
calling for a moratorium on income management (6 Oct 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/10/06/wgar-news-public-forum-launching-a-national-campaign-calling-for-a-moratorium-on-income-m

* UPCOMING ABORIGINAL RIGHTS EVENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA
– 23 EVENTS FROM 13 OCTOBER 2011:

Click on the links for details of the events …

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
Interview with walk organiser Marcus Atkinson: http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/185959/t/Walking-Away-From-Uranium/in/english
Communities come out to greet uranium protestors (12 Oct 11): http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=22985
French NGO participation in walk: http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155503
Photos of the walk:
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155400
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155399
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155398
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155397
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155419
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155456
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155459
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155539
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155538
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155537
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155536
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155535
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155534
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155533
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155532
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155595
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155604

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: Thu 13 October 2011: Alice Springs, NT
A public forum hosted by the Intervention Rollback Action Group
No Income Management
Women demand a moratorium on Income Management
Chaired by:
* Barbara Shaw; Mt Nancy town camp resident and
UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues delegate
Speakers include:
* Randa Kattan, Executive Director, Arab Council of Australia
* Elaine Peckan, Central Australian Strong Women’s Alliance
Flyer (incl. event details): http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/community-forum-13-10-11.jpeg
Event details: http://www.alicesprings.nt.gov.au/index/eventdetail/id/1126/date/2011-10-13
IRAG website: http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/

Event: Thu 13 October 2011: Batemans Bay, NSW
Homelands campaign information session
“ACT/Southern NSW Community Campaigner
Bede Carmody is coming to Bateman’s Bay to
run an information session on the new
Homelands campaign. This provides an
opportunity to learn more about Amnesty’s new
campaign as well as a chance of meeting
members of the Bateman’s Bay Action Group.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/actsnsw/event/25160/

Event: Sat 15 October 2011: Near South Fremantle, WA
Breakfast forum on Restorative Justice in practice
Hosted by the Institute for Restorative Justice & Penal Reform
Supported by Sycamore Tree Project & SafeCare
“An opportunity to hear about these transformative and
healing programs whilst feasting on a quality breakfast.”
RSVP by Monday 10th October
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/48967

Event: Sun 16 October 2011: Parramatta, Sydney, NSW
Rally: Down with racist police attacks!
Drop all charges against those arrested at Tisha’s 21st
“Stop persecuting the Aboriginal Hickey family!”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/rally-down-with-racist-police-attacks-drop-all-charges-against-those-arrested-at-tisha%E2%80%99s-21st
Background: http://indymedia.org.au/2011/01/13/campaign-builds-to-defend-persecuted-aboriginal-family-racist-police-harassment-in-wester

Event: Mon 17 October 2011: Avoca Beach, Central Coast, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Hosted by Amnesty International’s Central Coast 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: Wed 19 October 2011: Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Qld
Homelands Campaign training session and first action group meeting
Held by Amnesty International Qld/Northern NSW
“We invite all interested volunteers and
supporters to attend a training session.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/qld/event/26674/

Event: Thu 20 October 2011: Kensington, Sydney, NSW
UNSW ‘Our Generation’ Film screening
Hosted by Amnesty International Australia UNSW
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/26911/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Fri 21 October 2011: Melbourne City, Vic
Public meeting:
You say you want a revolution: Not Sorry Enough
Speakers: Robbie Thorpe; Karla Grant; Linday Bruney;
Kim Hill; Tania Major.
“From the battles for basic civil rights four decades ago,
to the overturning of terra nullius and the stolen
generations apology, Australian Indigenous activists have
achieved much over successive generations.
Yet it would seem many aspirations have been left behind
along the way, and there is so much left to achieve. … ”
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49045

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: Thu 27 October 2011: Blue Mountains, NSW
‘Our Generation’ Film screening
Introduction and Q&A with Jeff McMullen
Hosted by Blue Mountains People for Reconciliation
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

Upcoming Event: ??? November 2011: 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
Further book info: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/WWU-Alert-for-All-Readers.pdf
Book review: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/WWU-book-rev-short.pdf
Videos from the Sydney book launch: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/films-and-literature/book-walk-with-us/videos-wwu
Article about the Sydney book launch: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/WWU-book-article-short.pdf

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/

Event: Wed 2 to Sat 5 Nov 2011: South Bank, Brisbane, Qld
Theatre: Jane Harrison’s Stolen
Directed by Leah Purcell
Presented by: The Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts
(ACPA) and QPAC in association with Bungabura Productions
“a brilliant amalgam of the experiences of representatives
of the Stolen Generation. Immerse yourself in a yarn about
the importance of family, understanding and issues that
have impacted strongly on Aboriginal families.”
Event details: http://www.qpac.com.au/event/Stolen_11.aspx?showTab=Overview

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 5 November 2011: Adelaide, SA
132nd Justice and Peace Candlelight Walk
ANTaR SA
“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/category/news/2011/10/candlelight-walk-2/

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: 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: Fri 20 January 2012: RMIT entrance, Melbourne, Vic
Indigenous freedom-fighters commemoration:
Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner
“To commemorate the execution of the indigenous
freedom fighters Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner”
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49054

Event: Thu 26 January 2012: Parkes, Canberra, ACT
40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy Canberra
Sovereignty Never Ceded: a key theme of the 40th Anniversary
“Indigenous elders invite all Aboriginal people, supporters
and other members of the general public, to come together
at the ‘Aboriginal Tent Embassy’ site, on Thursday 26th
January 2012, to celebrate “SOVEREIGNTY DAY” and be part of
the Sacred Fire Ceremonial Gathering that will marks 40
years since the first protest on the site.”
Event details: http://www.aboriginaltentembassy.net/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/40th-anniversary-of-the-tent-embassy-canberra

Event: February 2012 to May 2012: Queensland Museum
Exhibition: From Little Things Big Things Grow
– Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970
Event description: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/
Event location: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/travelling_details/

– ‘Our Generation’ Film Reviews

Elimatta:
Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
Our Generation – Showing in London – page 8
http://www.asgmwp.net/ElimattaWinter2011.pdf
Winter 2011: “The Intervention is yet another example of
the appalling treatment the Aboriginal People of Australia
have been subjected to in such a short period of time
compared to thousands of years of survival. Sinem Saban and
Rev. Dr Gondarra supported by the Yolngu people and
cinematographer, Damien Curtis, have created a sensitive
and realistic view of the plight of those who wish to live
a more traditional life in their homelands and of those who
appear to be dispossessed.” Christine Waterer

Elimatta:
Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
ASG Information Night: Our Generation – page 6
http://www.asgmwp.net/ElimattaSummer2010.pdf
Summer 2010: “Local resident and journalist, Jeff McMullen
introduced “Our Generation”, the film by Sinem Saban and
Damien Curtis which we were there to see. The film explored
in depth the Federal Government Intervention into
Aboriginal Communities in the Northern Territory. Jeff had
told us that the film’s producers were not having any
success in having the film shown on government or
commercial media outlets and they were having to screen it
in local community halls to show the community at large
just what was involved in the Intervention. It is basically
a war on Aboriginal culture. The dispossession of the
Aboriginal people is simply continuing in a new guise.”
Carol Gerrard

See:

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

Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater: http://www.asgmwp.net/index.htm

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Creative Spirits:
Northern Territory Emergence Response (NTER)
– “The Intervention”:
http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/politics/northern-territory-intervention.html

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Northern Territory National Emergency Response:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Territory_intervention

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Greens: Rachel Siewert: Northern Territory Intervention:
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/category/issues/indigenous-rights/northern-territory-intervention

Crikey – NT Intervention:
http://www.crikey.com.au/topic/nt-intervention/

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

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

ANTaR (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation)
– NT intervention:
http://www.antar.org.au/issues_and_campaigns/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:

– Reportback

Green Left:
Climate change social change conference attracts hundreds
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/48997
8 Oct 11: “A workshop on the struggle against nuclear
dumping on Aboriginal land heard from three activists,
Dianne Stokes and Kylie Sambo, traditional owners from the
Muckaty community in the Northern Territory, and Nat
Wasley, from the No Waste Alliance. They discussed the
campaign against a proposed nuclear dump site in Muckaty.
Stokes spoke about her people’s deep connection to the
land and her community’s opposition to the nuclear dump
plan. Wasley said the nuclear waste dump plan was roundly
criticised by the then-opposition Labor party when it was
first mooted by the former Howard government. Today the
Gillard Labor government is pushing the plan, despite
opposition by local indigenous groups and the Northern
Territory government, among others.”

09/10/2011 Tracker’s Brian Johnston: Reality in APY Lands different from media agenda campaigns

Posted in NEWS on 09/10/2011 by D

Contents:
* Tracker’s Brian Johnston: Reality in APY Lands
is different from the media agenda driven campaigns
* APY Council general manager calls for full community
consultation about their needs
* Head of Amnesty says govt’s “top-down externally driven”
efforts widen the gap
* Media re Barbara Shaw’s Sydney speaking tour – 3-9 Oct 2011
* Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles

* TRACKER’S BRIAN JOHNSTONE:
REALITY IN APY LANDS IS DIFFERENT FROM
THE MEDIA AGENDA DRIVEN CAMPAIGNS:

– Analysis / Opinion

Tracker: BACKTRACKER: Food for thought
http://tracker.org.au/2011/10/backtracker-food-for-thought/
4 Oct 11: “NATIONAL: This month, media “broke'” the story
of “starvation” in the APY Lands. But the reality is
different from the agenda driven campaigns, writes BRIAN
JOHNSTONE*. … The Council’s Chief Executive Officer, Mrs
Mary Buckskin, said the sustained primary health care
approach adopted by Nganampa had seen significant
reductions in the number of children with nutrition related
growth failure. “These initiatives at the community level
should be supported by government in a sustainable way,”
she said. “Rather than responding to sensationalised media
reports, government would be best served working with local
organisations such as Nganampa Health Council to build on
successful initiatives already in place.”” Brian Johnstone,
Walkley and Human Rights award winning journalist

– Related Articles

newsTracker: APY hunger claims wrong: health group
http://tracker.org.au/2011/09/apy-hunger-claims-wrong-health-group/
15 Sep 11: “SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Claims of widespread and
severe malnutrition among children on the Anangu
Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands are wrong, the
area’s Nganampa Health Council says. Director John Singer
said poverty remained a problem on the APY lands and that
meant some parents had problems in consistently providing
healthy food for their families. “But our health service
data shows that despite this poverty, there has been marked
improvement in the growth and nutrition of children on the
lands,” Mr Singer said in a statement on Wednesday. … But
Mr Singer said an emergency response to poverty was not
needed. “What is needed are sustainable ways to reduce
poverty,” he said.”

Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia Inc.:
Aboriginal Peak Body Supports APY Land Council on Child
Malnutrition
http://www.ahcsa.org.au/news/2011-09/aboriginal-peak-body-supports-apy-land-council-on-child-malnutrition/
15 Sep 11: “The Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia
Inc. (AHCSA) today supported statements made by John Singer,
Director of Nganampa Health Council, in response to media
comment about widespread malnutrition on the APY Lands.
AHCSA Chief Executive Officer Mary Buckskin said, “It is
important to recognise that gains have been made in
reducing childhood malnutrition on the APY Lands. The
sustained primary health care approach adopted by Nganampa
Health Council, a health organisation owned and operated by
the local Anangu people, has seen significant reductions in
the number of children with nutrition-related growth
failure.””

See:

agendaTracker: Stories by Brian Johnstone
http://tracker.org.au/author/brian/

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

Welcome to AHCSA – South Australian peak body for Aboriginal health
http://www.ahcsa.org.au/

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation:
Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia leading the way (30 Sep 11)
http://www.naccho.org.au/Files/Documents/2011-9-30AHCSA10thMediaRelease.pdf

* APY COUNCIL GENERAL MANAGER CALLS FOR FULL
COMMUNITY CONSULTATION ABOUT THEIR NEEDS:

– News

UNPO: Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization:
Aboriginals of Australia:
Communities Demand Consultation on Income Management Scheme
http://www.unpo.org/article/13296
6 Oct 11: “Canberra’s attempts to institute an individual
welfare management system for communities in Northwest
Australia have been stalled due to lack of indigenous
consultation. Community leaders argue that such a system
will not properly function if indigenous needs are not
heavily featured in its operation.”

ABC: Locals wary of income management for APY
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-10-06/income-management-apy-lands/3317264?section=sa
6 Oct 11: “An Aboriginal council in South Australia’s far
north-west says income management will only work if locals
agree on any arrangements made. … Chris Malcolm from the
APY Council says any form of income management will fail
unless communities are consulted about their needs. “Until
that process is undertaken, things aren’t going to make a
difference or improve,” he said. “So this is a call to
governments, both governments, and anybody else that’s
listening to say that Anangu need a voice at the table to
construct their own programs. “Experience has shown that
policy made in isolation to the stakeholders or in absence
of the stakeholders has failed.””

Australian: Intervention ‘needs APY input’
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/intervention-needs-apy-input/story-e6frgczx-1226160708121
7 Oct 11: “ABORIGINAL leaders in remote South Australian
indigenous communities have called on the federal and state
Labor governments to consult on a way to quarantine welfare
payments as pressure builds for a new federal intervention.
… APY council general manager Chris Malcolm yesterday
said the appropriate model of income management could be
established only after the federal and state governments
undertook full consultation with local communities. “It
can’t be done in isolation — you can’t just take a
Northern Territory or a Cape York (intervention) model and
just impose it on the lands,” he said. “The APY executive
has been of one mind on this. If an intervention is going
to work then it needs the input of the Anangu.””

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Income management needs consultation
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6397:income-management-needs-consultation&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=154
7 Oct 11: “An Aboriginal council in South Australia’s far
north-west says income management will only work if locals
agree on any arrangements made. … Federal Opposition
frontbencher Kevin Andrews has visited the area and says
the APY Women’s Council and other community leaders support
a compulsory income management scheme and there is no
excuse for delaying one. But Chris Malcolm from the APY
Council says any form of income management will fail unless
communities are consulted about their needs.”

See:

waru.org: Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Council
http://waru.org/organisations/ap/

Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara
http://www.anangu.com.au/

– Related News

ABC North and West SA:
‘Significant need’ for income management on the APY Lands
http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2011/10/06/3333766.htm
6 Oct 11: “The debate around compulsory income management
on the APY lands has reignited after three members of the
Liberal Party visited towns in South Australia’s North West
this week. Three members of the Federal Opposition have
visited the APY lands, including the Opposition
Spokesperson for Families and Housing Kevin Andrews and
Liberal MP Rowan Ramsey. They travelled there to
investigate the idea of income management, similar to that
introduced into the Northern Territory under the
Intervention.”

Australian: Coalition government would enact NT-style
intervention in APY Lands
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/coalition-government-would-enact-nt-style-intervention-in-apy-lands/story-e6frgczx-1226159640109
6 Oct 11: “A COALITION government would introduce a
Northern Territory-style intervention in the APY Lands, a
senior frontbencher said. Opposition families spokesman
Kevin Andrews made his declaration after visiting remote
Aboriginal communities in South Australia’s north, as
federal and state Labor continue to bicker over the need to
quarantine welfare payments in the region.”

National Indigenous Times: Macklin concedes APY intervention
is on the cards but which version?
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=22934
5 Oct 11: “The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny
Macklin now appears certain to introduce an income
management scheme in the APY Lands of South Australia –
it’s just a matter of deciding what scheme it will be. …
Ms Macklin said the government would consider which of
three different models of compulsory and voluntary income
management schemes – those currently operating in Cape
York, the Northern Territory and Western Australia – were
best for South Australia.”

9 News: APY calls for income management: Andrews
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8355885/apy-calls-for-income-management-andrews
5 Oct 11: “Compulsory income-management trials should be
put in place on South Australia’s Aboriginal lands, federal
opposition human services spokesman Kevin Andrews says. Mr
Andrews said he found there was demand for such a scheme
during talks with community members on the Anangu
Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in SA’s far
north. His visit to the lands on Tuesday came amid reports
of widespread malnourishment and other health concerns
among indigenous children in the area.”

Australian: Coalition promises Northern Territory-style
intervention for SA’s Aboriginal communities
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/coalition-promises-northern-territory-style-interventionfor-sas-aboriginal-communities/story-fn59niix-1226159149545
5 Oct 11: “A COALITION government would move immediately to
introduce a Northern Territory style intervention into
remote Aboriginal communities in South Australia, a federal
frontbencher has promised. Federal Opposition families
spokesman Kevin Andrews, who returned to Adelaide late last
night from a visit to the troubled Anangu Pitjantjatjara
Yankunytjatjara Lands, today said the feedback from
indigenous leaders was they wanted immediate federal
intervention to quarantine welfare payments so families
could buy food.”

Australian: Coalition MPs’ tour pushes APY action
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/coalition-mps-tour-pushes-apy-action/story-e6frgczx-1226157592714
4 Oct 11: “COALITION MPs are visiting South Australia’s
remote Aboriginal communities as pressure intensifies on
the Rann government over its alleged mishandling of
indigenous affairs. Federal opposition families spokesman
Kevin Andrews and local member Rowan Ramsay will today join
indigenous health spokesman Andrew Laming, who has been in
the troubled Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands
since Sunday, for meetings with Aboriginal leaders pushing
for federal intervention to tackle a food and
service-provision crisis.”

Australian: Indigenous leader condemns inaction on APY
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/indigenous-leader-condemns-inaction-on-apy/story-e6frg6nf-1226152298769
30 Sep 11: “INDIGENOUS leader Lowitja O’Donoghue yesterday
expressed her frustration at inaction in remote South
Australian Aboriginal communities, calling for an ombudsman
to act as an “honest broker to kick the butts” of
governments and ministers who were concerned only about
re-election. … Ms O’Donoghue dramatically re-entered the
debate on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands a
day after meeting Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin
in Adelaide. She stated her case for voluntary income
management rather than a blanket Northern Territory-style
intervention.”

Australian:
Jenny Macklin in on welfare payments quarantine for APY Lands
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/jenny-macklin-in-on-welfare-payments-quarantine-for-apy-lands/story-fn9hm1pm-1226150450539
29 Sep 11: “THE Gillard government will step in to
determine the best model of intervention to quarantine
welfare payments and allow families to buy food in troubled
remote Aboriginal communities in South Australia.
Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin emerged yesterday
from crisis talks with the Rann Labor government in
Adelaide and made clear her intention to act after four
weeks of scrutiny over the state’s alleged mishandling of
food and service provision and funding inaction in the
Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands.”

Australian: Macklin in Aboriginal welfare crisis talks
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/macklin-in-aboriginal-welfare-crisis-talks/story-fn9hm1pm-1226148502236
28 Sep 11: “FEDERAL Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny
Macklin will hold crisis talks with the Rann Labor
government in Adelaide today over its alleged mishandling
of food and service provisions in remote South Australian
Aboriginal communities. Federal intervention to quarantine
welfare payments will top the agenda, as the state
government comes under increasing pressure to respond to
requests from Aboriginal leaders to implement an income
management scheme in the remote Anangu Pitjantjatjara
Yankunytjatjara Lands.”

Australian: Children on Anangu Pitjantjatjara
Yankunytjatjara Lands reported in health crisis
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/children-on-anangu-pitjantjatjara-yankunytjatjara-lands-reported-in-health-crisis/story-fn59niix-1226146206841
27 Sep 11: “NUTRITION problems in children living in South
Australia’s remote indigenous communities are among the
worst in Australia, the nation’s leading Aboriginal women’s
organisation has warned. The community of Ernaballa in the
Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands, about 30km
south of the Northern Territory border, was of greatest
concern, the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara
Women’s Council said yesterday.”

Australian: Aboriginal action analysis fails Rann
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/aboriginal-action-analysis-fails-rann/story-e6frgczx-1226147315613
27 Sep 11: “THE Rann government has failed to carry out
recommendations on improving safety and well-being in
remote South Australian Aboriginal communities, an analysis
of action since 2008 shows. As the government enters a
fourth week of scrutiny over alleged mishandling of
indigenous affairs in the remote Anangu Pitjantjatjara
Yankunytjatjara Lands, the opposition yesterday provided an
analysis compiled in consultation with welfare and
Aboriginal groups of responses to 45 recommendations
accepted more than three years ago from the Mullighan
inquiry.”

SMH: Macklin examines APY welfare changes
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/macklin-examines-apy-welfare-changes-20110926-1kt8w.html
26 Sep 11: “Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny
Macklin says any move to introduce voluntary income
management in remote South Australia is at least a few
months away. There have been reports of malnutrition among
indigenous children in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara
Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, a large Aboriginal local
government area in SA’s remote northwest. The Red Cross has
sent emergency food aid to the APY community of Fregon
after reports of families going without food fordays at a
time.”

– Video

ABC: Rann defends legacy on Aboriginal issues
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-09-26/mullighan-inquiry-recommendations-apy-lands/2942532?section=sa
26 Sep 11: “The South Australian Government says it has
acted on all but one of the recommendations of a report
into child abuse in remote Aboriginal communities. Welfare
agencies have claimed less than a quarter of the
recommendations have been implemented. The late Ted
Mullighan led inquiries into abuse of children in state
care and on the APY Lands. He uncovered 141 cases of child
abuse on the APY Lands and delivered his report in 2008.
Neil Gillespie of the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement says
only 10 of the 46 recommendations have been implemented.”

* HEAD OF AMNESTY SAYS GOVT’S “TOP-DOWN EXTERNALLY DRIVEN”
EFFORTS WIDEN THE GAP:

– News

SMH: Amnesty slams indigenous policy
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/amnesty-slams-indigenous-policy-20111007-1lcmm.html
7 Oct 11: “The head of Amnesty International has strongly
criticised the federal government’s efforts to improve
living standards of Aboriginal Australians, saying it could
learn from New Zealand’s dealings with its Maori people.
The human rights agency’s secretary-general, Salil Shetty,
said the government’s “top-down externally driven” efforts
to close the gap on Aboriginal socio-economic disadvantage
were instead having the opposite effect. Mr Shetty, who is
the middle of a tour of Australia after a visit to New
Zealand, said Amnesty was appalled that current policies
had effectively “forced evictions from their traditional
homelands”.”

– Related News

Brisbane Times: Aboriginal policies ‘ethnic cleansing’
http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/breaking-news-national/aboriginal-policies-ethnic-cleansing-20111009-1lffx.html
9 Oct 11: “Starving Aboriginal people off their traditional
homelands is akin to “ethnic cleansing”, the Amnesty
International boss has been told during his Central
Australia visit. Amnesty International chief Salil Shetty
visited communities in Utopia on the weekend describing the
plight of locals as “devastating.” … Community leader
Rosalie Kunoth Monks told Mr Shetty how desperately her
people wanted to stay on their land. “It’s not that they’re
coming here with bulldozers or getting the army to move us
it’s that they’re trying to starve us out of our home,”
she said.”

NZ Herald:
You could learn from NZ, Amnesty tells Australian Govt
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10757363
8 Oct 11: “Shetty [head of Amnesty International] was to
spend today at the homeland communities of Utopia, 260km
northeast of Alice Springs. Far from what the name
suggests, most Utopia communities are more like Third World
slums. An Amnesty report, released in August, profiled
Utopia and claimed Aborigines were being driven off their
homelands and herded into “hub towns” where the federal and
Northern Territory governments were splashing out cash for
resources and services.”

* MEDIA RE BARBARA SHAW’S SYDNEY SPEAKING TOUR – 3-9 OCT 2011:

Stop the Intervention:
Barb Shaw Sydney speaking tour October 3rd-9th:
http://stoptheintervention.org/#Barb

– Audio

The Wire: Calls by Indigenous communities to rebuild NT
following the intervention
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=8534
7 Oct 11: “Northern Territory Town Camp Leader Barbara Shaw,
speaks to a forum in Sydney, calling for their communities
to be rebuilt from the grassroots upwards, following the
government’s intervention measures. She says their
communities are living in subhuman conditions, the rest of
Australia would never tolerate. Barbara Shaw tells a story
of what they see as the devastation wrought by the
intervention program. She’s joined by Paddy Gibson
Spokesperson for the Stop the Intervention Collective in
Sydney, who’s visited these communities. …
Featured in story:
* Barbara Shaw – NT Town Camp Leader
* Paddy Gibson – Spokesperson for the Stop the Intervention
Collective in Sydney”

– Analysis / Opinion

New Matilda: Income Management – In Western Sydney
http://newmatilda.com/2011/10/07/income-management-western-sydney
7 Oct 11: “Community leaders in Bankstown are furious about
plans to introduce welfare quarantining. They say it will
stigmatise ethnic and migrant groups, reports Adam Brereton
… Barbara Shaw, an Indigenous activist visiting Bankstown
as part of the campaign, told New Matilda the experience in
Bankstown had its similarities [to the NT]. “There’s not a
lot of engagement, especially when it comes to government
policy. People hear the announcement and that’s it,” she
said. She has been visiting local Centrelink facilities in
Bankstown, and says people aren’t aware the changes are
coming, and that welfare recipients aren’t aware they’ll be
put on the system.” Adam Brereton

– Video

SBS World News Australia: ‘Basics’ card causes anger in Sydney
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1594325/%27Basics%27-card-causes-anger-in-Sydney
6 Oct 11: “Income management was introduced into Northern
Territory communities under the Intervention, but it’s now
being trialled outside the N.T. … It’s designed to help
families manage their finances, but Barbara Shaw – who’s
lived under the system for four years in the Territory,
says it’s made life harder. “I hate income management it’s
a waste a time, a waste of money and I think the government
ahould have found me a real job”, the activist told SBS.”

– News

Koori Mail: Shaw to speak at Sydney rally
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/
6 Oct 11: “NORTHERN TERRITORY Aboriginal leader Barbara
Shaw is in Sydney on a speaking tour to build support for
the campaign against income management and the
Intervention. Today (Thursday) she will visit Bankstown in
south-west Sydney to speak at a public meeting at 11.30am,
launching a national campaign calling for a moratorium on
government’s income management.”

National Indigenous Radio Service: Income management slammed
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6389:income-management-slammed&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=154
6 Oct 11: “Anti-Northern Territory intervention
spokesperson Barbara Shaw says social issues and welfare
have not improved since the introduction of the income
management scheme and it should not be extended to any more
communities in Australia. Ms Shaw, from Alice Springs, is
in Sydney this week pushing for the Federal Government to
put a moratorium on income management.”

ABC: Camp leader slams income management scheme
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-10-05/20111005-welfare-quarantine-campaigner/3299658?section=nt
5 Oct 11: “Alice Springs town camp leader Barbara Shaw is
in Sydney this week pushing for the Federal Government to
put a moratorium on income management. … Ms Shaw says
there is no proof that life has improved under the system
and people should have the right to choose whether their
income is managed or not. “Us mob in the Northern Territory,
it was imposed on us,” she said. “There was no consultation,
really, except one day you walk in to Centrelink and half
your money is missing, basically.” … “People do not want
income management in their areas,” she said.”

– Upcoming Alice Springs Public Forum chaired by Barbara Shaw

Event: Thu 13 October 2011: Alice Springs, NT
A public forum hosted by the Intervention Rollback Action Group
No Income Management
Women demand a moratorium on Income Management
Chaired by:
* Barbara Shaw; Mt Nancy town camp resident and
UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues delegate
Speakers include:
* Randa Kattan, Executive Director, Arab Council of Australia
* Elaine Peckan, Central Australian Strong Women’s Alliance
Flyer (incl. event details): http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/community-forum-13-10-11.jpeg
Event details: http://www.alicesprings.nt.gov.au/index/eventdetail/id/1126/date/2011-10-13
IRAG website: http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/

* UPCOMING ABORIGINAL RIGHTS EVENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA – 25 EVENTS FROM 9 OCTOBER 2011:

Click on the links for details of the events …

Event: 27 May to Sun 9 October 2011: Kalgoorlie, WA
Exhibition: From Little Things Big Things Grow
– Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970
Event description: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/
Event location: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/travelling_details/

Event: 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
Interview with walk organiser Marcus Atkinson: http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/185959/t/Walking-Away-From-Uranium/in/english
French NGO participation in walk: http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155503
Photos of the walk:
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155400
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155399
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155398
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155397
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155419
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155456
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155459
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155539
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155538
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155537
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155536
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155535
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155534
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155533
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155532

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

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/

Event: Mon 10 October 2011: ANU, Canberra
WONGEE OUR BARDIP – telling our story our way
A Tribute to Aboriginal Youth Suicide and Stolen Generations
Presented by DUMBARTUNG Aboriginal Corporation, WA
Presentation followed by a forum to workshop ideas for the future
“The stories reflect the historical accounts of genocide
and the continued ingrained trauma associated with
dispossession and displacement. It is an account of past
attrocities of the killing fields, to contemporary issues
such as the impact of the industries of mining on culture
and the environment.”
Event details: https://wgar.wordpress.com/2011/09/30/wongee-or-bardip/
Event summary: http://www.indymedia.org.au/wongee-our-bardip-telling-our-story-our-way-10-october

Event: Mon 10 & Tue 11 October 2011: Kelvin Grove, Brisbane, Qld
Brisbane Regional Forum 2011
“The Indigenous Human Rights Network Australia (IHRNA)
invites members and those interested in becoming members to
attend Regional Forums across Australia in 2011. Membership
is free and open to individuals who are actively working in
and/or are interested in Indigenous human rights.”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://ihrnaustralia.ning.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network
Event details: http://api.ning.com/files/HUrjfeZtLuO*4zp-47mowJdDdWwYlFabaJWAEUVCYOtzGE-ZnrGmFy4wasQ7F6CVK8x*vBmB3aK2TLD6Yf3O0VWMLlPw8Ldp/IHRNA_RF_invite_QUT2.pdf

Event: Mon 10 October 2011: Wollonong, NSW
Uni of Wollongong ‘Our Generation’ Screening
Hosted by Amnesty International action group
at University of Wollongong
“Actions supporting for Homelands Campaign
will be completed at the event, specifically
asking the Government to not abandon the
Utopia Homelands.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/26796/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Wed 12 October 2011: Hobart, Tas
Public Homelands Training Session
Amnesty International Australia, Tasmania,
invites all interested members of the public
to attend a free Homelands Training Session.
This training session will be based on the
content of the Homelands Report, which
was released by AIA in September.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/tas/event/26782/

Event: Wed 12 October 2011: St Lucia, Brisbane, Qld
Our Generation Film Screening
“The University of Queensland group will be
hosting this screening as a part of Amnesty
International’s Homelands campaign”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/qld/event/26673/
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: Wed 12 October 2011: Sippy Downs, Qld
Our Generation Film Screening
“The University of the Sunshine Coast will
be hosting this screening as a part of
Amnesty International’s Homelands
campaign”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/qld/event/26672/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Thu 13 October 2011: Alice Springs, NT
A public forum hosted by the Intervention Rollback Action Group
No Income Management
Women demand a moratorium on Income Management
Chaired by:
* Barbara Shaw; Mt Nancy town camp resident and
UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues delegate
Speakers include:
* Randa Kattan, Executive Director, Arab Council of Australia
* Elaine Peckan, Central Australian Strong Women’s Alliance
Flyer (incl. event details): http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/community-forum-13-10-11.jpeg
Event details: http://www.alicesprings.nt.gov.au/index/eventdetail/id/1126/date/2011-10-13
IRAG website: http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/

Event: Thu 13 October 2011: Batemans Bay, NSW
Homelands campaign information session
“ACT/Southern NSW Community Campaigner
Bede Carmody is coming to Bateman’s Bay to
run an information session on the new
Homelands campaign. This provides an
opportunity to learn more about Amnesty’s new
campaign as well as a chance of meeting
members of the Bateman’s Bay Action Group.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/actsnsw/event/25160/

Event: Sun 16 October 2011: Parramatta, Sydney, NSW
Rally: Down with racist police attacks!
Drop all charges against those arrested at Tisha’s 21st
“Stop persecuting the Aboriginal Hickey family!”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/rally-down-with-racist-police-attacks-drop-all-charges-against-those-arrested-at-tisha%E2%80%99s-21st
Background: http://indymedia.org.au/2011/01/13/campaign-builds-to-defend-persecuted-aboriginal-family-racist-police-harassment-in-wester

Event: Mon 17 October 2011: Avoca Beach, Central Coast, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Hosted by Amnesty International’s Central Coast Action Group
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/26574/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Wed 19 October 2011: Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Qld
Homelands Campaign training session and
first action group meeting
Held by Amnesty International Qld/Northern NSW
“We invite all interested volunteers and
supporters to attend a training session.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/qld/event/26674/

Event: Thu 20 October 2011: Kensington, Sydney, NSW
UNSW ‘Our Generation’ Film screening
Hosted by Amnesty International Australia UNSW
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/26911/
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: Thu 27 October 2011: Blue Mountains, NSW
‘Our Generation’ Film screening
Introduction and Q&A with Jeff McMullen
Hosted by Blue Mountains People for Reconciliation
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

Upcoming Event: ??? November 2011: 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
Further book info: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/WWU-Alert-for-All-Readers.pdf
Book review: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/WWU-book-rev-short.pdf
Videos from the Sydney book launch: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/films-and-literature/book-walk-with-us/videos-wwu
Article about the Sydney book launch: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/WWU-book-article-short.pdf

Event: Wed 2 to Sat 5 Nov 2011: South Bank, Brisbane, Qld
Theatre: Jane Harrison’s Stolen
Directed by Leah Purcell
Presented by: The Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts
(ACPA) and QPAC in association with Bungabura Productions
“a brilliant amalgam of the experiences of representatives
of the Stolen Generation. Immerse yourself in a yarn about
the importance of family, understanding and issues that
have impacted strongly on Aboriginal families.”
Event details: http://www.qpac.com.au/event/Stolen_11.aspx?showTab=Overview

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: 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: 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

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Creative Spirits:
Northern Territory Emergence Response (NTER)
– “The Intervention”:
http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/politics/northern-territory-intervention.html

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Northern Territory National Emergency Response:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Territory_intervention

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

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

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

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

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

The Greens: Rachel Siewert: Northern Territory Intervention:
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/category/issues/indigenous-rights/northern-territory-intervention

Crikey – NT Intervention:
http://www.crikey.com.au/topic/nt-intervention/

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

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

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

ANTaR (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation)
– NT intervention:
http://www.antar.org.au/issues_and_campaigns/nt_intervention

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: Calls for Mr Ward memorial
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6399:calls-for-mr-ward-memorial&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=154
7 Oct 11: “The Deaths in Custody Watch Committee is pushing
for the fines imposed over the death of Goldfields
Aboriginal elder Mr Ward to be used to create a memorial in
his name. Prison transport guard Nina Stokoe was fined
$11,000 yesterday for her part in the death of Mr Ward, who
died of heat stroke after he was driven in 2008 from
Laverton to Kalgoorlie in a prison van.”