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

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. … “

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