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

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.”

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