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

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/

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