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

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


– Videos

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

– Related News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Film technology to preserve language, culture
26 Oct 11: “Animation technology used in the Hollywood film
‘Avatar’ is providing an exciting way to preserve
Indigenous languages in the Northern Territory. A film
called the ‘Sea Turtle and the Osprey’, which includes the
traditional Yanyuwa language, hopes to encourage younger
generations to pick up their native tongue. Associate
Professor John Bradley from the Indigenous Centre at Monash
University worked on the project, and says the young
Yanyuwa children are taking to the animated story in their


– Media Release and Statement

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Congress NT Intervention Statement
“The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples today
released its position on the Northern Territory Emergency
Response (NTER), calling on the Federal parliament to take
a long-term view of the development of Aboriginal
communities in the Northern Territory.
Congress opposes the key one-size-fits-all measures which
are the basis of the policy. Read the Media Release here.
Read our full statement to the Federal Government here.

– Audio

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

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Congress slams “one-size-fits-all” Intervention
28 Oct 11: “The National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples’ says the Federal Government’s one-size-fits-all
approach to Northern Territory Indigenous communities is
not working. The group yesterday announced their official
position on the NT Intervention, saying investment in local
services and governance is required for communities to
achieve long-term development.”

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

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

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


Welcome National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples

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

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

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

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

WGAR News: New Way Summit delegates unanimously reject government sponsored Rep body (31 Jan 10)

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

WGAR News: New National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples (9 May 10)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


– Statement

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


– Audio Interview

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


– Analysis / Opinion

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


– Upcoming Event

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


– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Council looks to go it alone
28 Oct 11: “A former Northern Territory local government
minister is preparing to accept a proposal for the first
renegade council to break away from the super shire model.
Member for Daly Rob Knight oversaw the reforms to redesign
the local government system into eight supershires. Now
three communities in his electorate, Wadeye, Peppimentarti
and Palumpa, want to form their own local government body
outside of the Victoria-Daly Shire.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

National Indigenous Times: It’s just wrong: Sarra
26 Oct 11: “Chris Sarra has launched a stinging attack on
the Northern Territory Intervention saying it dehumanises
and improverishes Indigenous people. Addressing the
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
conference in Darwin, Dr Sarra accused supporters of the
Intervention of holding low expectations of Aboriginal

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Calls for alcohol floor price
25 Oct 11: “The Alice Springs-based People’s Alcohol Action
Coalition says it’s disappointed the continued Federal
Intervention won’t include a floor price on alcohol. This
month, Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin
announced the government will continue the Federal
intervention, with an emphasis on getting children to
school. … He [People’s Alcohol Action Coalition spokesman
Dr John Boffa] says the Federal government has missed an
opportunity to weigh in and make a real difference to the
alcohol problem in the Territory.”


Creative Spirits:
Northern Territory Emergence Response (NTER)
– “The Intervention”:

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Northern Territory National Emergency Response:

CAAMA (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association)
– NT Intervention:

STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney):

Tracker – NT Intervention:

The Greens: Rachel Siewert: Northern Territory Intervention:

Crikey – NT Intervention:

Treaty Republic – NT Intervention:

IRAG (Intervention Rollback Action Group):
Mparntwe – Alice Springs:

‘concerned Australians’:
Without Justice there can be no Reconciliation:

MAIC (Melbourne Anti-Intervention Collective):

The Conversation – After the Intervention:

ANTaR (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation)
– NT intervention:

Jobs with Justice:

New Matilda – northern territory intervention:

Amnesty International Australia:
Looking back at the Northern Territory Intervention:

Students For Indigenous Rights – UQ:
The Northern Territory Intervention:

Defending Indigenous Rights:

Intervention walk-off’s Blog:

Australian Human Rights Commission:
Northern Territory ‘Emergency Response’ intervention:

FAIRA; Human Rights Law Resource Centre; NACLC:
Australia’s compliance with CERD – Fact Sheet 2:
Northern Territory Intervention:

Green Left: Northern Territory intervention: myths and facts:

WGAR (Working Group for Aboriginal Rights):


– Analysis / Opinion

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

– Audio

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

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

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

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Mine expansion threatens Dreamtime stories: Elder
28 Oct 11: “Arabunna elder Kevin Buzzacott says the groups
behind the Olympic Dam mine expansion in South Australia
have kept his people in the dark about the development. The
Olympic Dam mine site is located next to Arabunna country,
and is preparing for a huge expansion which will make it
the largest open-cut mine in the world. Mr Buzzacott says
the land is essential for important dreamtime stories, and
he is worried about the mine’s need for a water source
affecting his country.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Communities “shocked” by uranium effects
28 Oct 11: “An Indigenous anti-uranium mining campaigner
says Indigenous communities aren’t being fully informed of
the potential dangers of having a uranium mine development
close to them. The West Australian Government overturned a
ban on uranium mining in the state in late 2008. Western
Australia Nuclear Free Alliance member Della Rae Morrison
has since been organising meetings, fundraisers and
protests in Indigenous communities in the Yeelirrie and
Pilbara regions.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Stolen wages campaign continues
24 Oct 11: “The Queensland Council of Unions held a meeting
in Townsville last week, updating Stolen Wages claimants on
the campaign to get full compensation from the Queensland
Government. In 2002, then Queensland Premier Peter Beattie
estimated that $500 million in wages had been stolen
between 1904 and 1972, and said he would set up a $55
million compensation fund to be distributed to those
affected. But after distributing $34 million, the state
government decided to put the remainder into an Indigenous
education fund.”

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