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30/11/2011 “Ramingining Elders say no to the second Intervention!”

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 30/11/2011 by D

Contents:
* “Ramingining Elders say no to the second Intervention!”
* MAPW Fact Sheet: Transport of radioactive waste to Muckaty
* Socialist Alliance: ‘Intervention mark II’ a new whitewash
* What’s Working: Mapuru Enterprises
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles
* Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia

* “RAMINGINING ELDERS SAY NO TO THE SECOND INTERVENTION!”:

– Statement

“Ramingining Elders say no to the second Intervention”
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/media/
[scroll down page] http://michaelbrull.wordpress.com/2011/11/28/my-response-to-cis-criticisms-elders-on-the-intervention/
28 Nov 11: “Today, Elders of the remote NT Aboriginal
community of Ramingining are shocked and angered by last
week’s announcement that the fundamentally destructive
measures of the intervention will be extended for another
10 years.
“We don’t want another decade of discrimination here in
Ramingining. The government is extending and strengthening
laws designed to assimilate Aboriginal people. We will not
sit back and watch these attacks on our lives, our future,
our culture and our law,” said Mathew Dhulumburrk, a 67
year old Gupapuyngu man.
“After 5 years, it feels like the water level has climbed
up to our neck. Another ten years will bring it way over
our heads. The government is drowning us slowly and wonders
why twice as many of our young people are attempting
suicide. There is no valid reason to discriminate against
Yolngu in this way.”
[Click on the above link to read the many more points made,
and to read the names of the 17 Elders backing the statement.]

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 29-11-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-29-11-2011
29 Nov 11: “Aboriginal elders from the Top End community of
Ramingingying have lashed out at the continuation of the
Northern Territory intervention claiming “Many of their
people are feeling stigmatised by the blanket policy that
brands them as alcoholics, irresponsible parents and child
molesters.””

– News

ABC: New legislation shocks remote community elders
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-11-29/20111129-intervention/3701070?section=nt
29 Nov 11: “Elder Matthew Dhulumburrk says the Government
has failed to properly consult Indigenous people and taken
away their right to control their futures. “We don’t see in
this community any changes with the intervention,” Mr
Dhulumburrk said. “There is no change that has taken place
in our lives, our community. “It’s like going backwards. We
are questioning ourselves, what are we going to do, what
will happen, what will be our future like.” Mr Dhulumburrk
says there are fears the revised legislation will continue
to do damage.”

Australian: Northern Territory intervention has brought hatred,
says Arnhem elder
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/northern-territory-intervention-has-brought-hatred-says-arnhem-elder/story-fn9hm1pm-1226208631701
29 Nov 11: “CLAN leaders in the community of Ramingining,
in East Arnhem, have issued a statement declaring the
Northern Territory intervention has brought hatred and
discrimination and is slowly drowning Aboriginal culture.
Speaking on behalf of six clan groups, senior lawman Mathew
Dhulumburrk, 67, said elders in the remote community were
shocked and angered by last week’s announcement that “the
fundamentally destructive” intervention measures would be
extended for another 10 years. “We don’t want another
decade of discrimination here in Ramingining,” he said.”

9 News: We’re not all boozers, NT elders say
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8381164
28 Nov 11: “Federal MPs began debating the Stronger Futures
in the Northern Territory Bill and amendments to social
security laws last week. … On Monday a group of 17 elders
of the Yolngu people from Ramingining, a small community
about 550km east of Darwin, lashed out at the policy. “Many
people are feeling stigmatised by this blanket policy that
brands all Aboriginal people as alcoholics, irresponsible
parents and child molesters,” they said. “The government is
drowning us slowly and wonders why twice as many of our
young people are attempting suicide.””

See also these related statements:

– Joint Statement from ACOSS, APO NT and many others

Cooperation not intervention:
a call for a new direction in the Northern Territory
ACOSS: http://www.acoss.org.au/media/release/cooperation_not_intervention_a_call_for_a_new_direction_in_policies_affecti
ANTaR: http://www.antar.org.au/cooperation_not_intervention_a_call_for_a_new_direction_in_the_northern_territory
23 Nov 11: “Aboriginal peak bodies, community welfare and
public health groups from around the country are calling
for a new direction in policies affecting Aboriginal
Australians based on cooperation, not ‘intervention’.
The groups support new investment in secure jobs for
Indigenous Territorians but raise concerns about the
proposed extension of a program that withdraws social
security payments from parents whose children don’t attend
school regularly. …
The groups concluded that instead of extending the punitive
approach the Government should take a new road. … ”
[Click on the above link to read the many more points made,
and also to read the names of organisations and individuals
who support the call.]

– Joint Statement from IRAG, DARC and STICS

Stand against Macklin’s decade of discrimination
– No second Intervention!
IRAG: http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/media/
STICS: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Consultations/Joint-Statmt-IRAG-DARC-STICS-25-11-11.pdf
25 Nov 11: “Joint statement from Intervention Rollback
Action Group (Central Australia), Darwin Aboriginal Rights
Coalition and Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney …
The Labor government has introduced Stronger Futures in the
Northern Territory legislation that extends the racist NT
Intervention for a further ten years.
Intergenerational trauma caused by past policies of
assimilation and dispossession is at the root of many
problems facing Aboriginal communities across Australia
today.
Now under Labor’s plans, NT Aboriginal children turning
fifteen in 2022 will have lived their entire life as second
class citizens under Australian law.
The persecution of Aboriginal people under the Intervention
has had horrendous consequences. Reported rates of
attempted suicide and self-harm have more than doubled
(Closing the Gap Monitoring Report). Indigenous
incarceration has increased by 40 per cent. Large numbers of
people are drifting away from their homelands as resources
and opportunity are withdrawn from the bush. … ”
[Click on the above link to read the many more points made.]

* MAPW FACT SHEET: TRANSPORT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTE TO MUCKATY:

– Fact Sheet

Medical Association for Prevention of War (Australia):
MAPW Fact Sheet: Transport of radioactive waste to Muckaty
http://www.mapw.org.au/download/mapw-fact-sheet-transport-radioactive-waste-muckaty-november-2011
November 2011: “Outlines the risks to humans and the
environment, of transporting radioactive waste by truck, to
remote outback Northern Territory, where it is proposed
that there should be a nuclear waste dump at Muckaty
Station. Fact sheet prepared by MAPW’s Northern Territory
Branch.”

– News

NT News: Fear of unsafe waste
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2011/11/29/275131_ntnews.html
29 Nov 11: “CENTRAL Australian doctors do not want
radioactive waste to be dumped at Muckaty station because
safe transport through the NT would not be “fail-safe”.
Medical Association for Prevention of War member Tom Keaney
said radioactive waste could be transported through Alice
Springs and other rural towns if the material was dumped at
Muckaty. … Dr Keaney and an Alice Springs-based team of
doctors has completed a study into the potential risks of
transporting the waste. They found it would be safer for
the waste to be processed where it was produced.”

7 News: Don’t send waste to Muckaty, doctors say
http://au.news.yahoo.com/latest/a/-/latest/12133180/dont-send-waste-to-muckaty-doctors-say/
28 Nov 11: “A study into the risk of transporting
radioactive material to a proposed dump in Central
Australia has found the waste should instead be dealt with
where it’s produced. A team of Alice Springs doctors
looked at the dangers of transporting low-level nuclear
waste to Muckaty, near Tennant Creek. The proposed dump at
Muckaty could result in large-scale transport of
radioactive materials through Alice Springs and other
locations, said a co-author of the report, Dr Tom Keaney.
Dr Keaney, also a member of the Medical Association for the
Prevention of War, said … ”

See:

Medical Association for Prevention of War (Australia):
http://www.mapw.org.au/

YouTube: Muckaty Voices-Australia’s nuclear waste dump story
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcuNpT84Ovo

Beyond Nuclear Initiative:
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/

Nuclear Territory News: Waste Dump News
http://ntne.ws/articles/article.php?section=waste

Proposed Radioactive Waste Dump at Muckaty, NT
Briefing Paper – February 2011
Jim Green B.Med.Sci.(Hons.), PhD
National nuclear campaigner – Friends of the Earth, Australia
Friends of the Earth: http://www.foe.org.au/anti-nuclear/issues/oz/nontdump/Dump%20briefing%20Feb%202011.pdf

* SOCIALIST ALLIANCE: ‘INTERVENTION MARK II’ A NEW WHITEWASH:

– Statement

Green Left: ‘Intervention mark II’ a new whitewash
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/49604
26 Nov 11: “The Socialist Alliance released the statement
below on November 25. * * *
The federal government, through its “Stronger Futures” bill
and associated legislation, seeks to lock in “intervention
mark II” – for 10 years. Far from being the end of the
Northern Territory Emergency Response (as the NT
intervention legislation, due to expire in June next year,
is officially known), the government plans to force
paternalistic, controlling and assimilationist policies on
to NT Aboriginal people for a decade – twice as long as the
original intervention introduced by the Howard Coalition
government in 2007. Again and again the Labor government is
whitewashing Aboriginal voices, riding roughshod over
communities and ignoring evidence. … ”

* WHAT’S WORKING: MAPURU ENTERPRISES:

What’s Working: Mapuru Enterprises
http://www.whatsworking.com.au/whats-working/mapuru-enterprises/
“The Mapuru Food Cooperative program provides nutritious
food for a remote Eastern Arnhemland community. The
Cooperative has been operating since 2002, when a local
woman provided funds to establish a food co-op (small shop)
in the school so children could learn about real money,
using English and ICT for ordering and bookkeeping. Three
years later this food co-op was awarded the National Heart
Foundation award for a Small Community Initiative. giving
the local population control of the food supply. … ”

* OTHER NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– Analysis / Opinion

ABC The Drum Opinion:
The Government’s new case for the intervention
http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/3684604.html
22 Nov 11: ” … on November 10, the Government began
crowing once again about the “evidence” it had for the
intervention. They claimed that an “independent” evaluation
found that “Aboriginal people living in remote communities
in the Northern Territory feel safer and receive better
levels of government services than they did four years
ago”. … I will briefly examine the evidence that is
provided for the intervention in these reports, examine the
housing program that Macklin now finds encouraging, and
then look at some more evidence that may be considered
relevant in examining the intervention.”
Michael Brulle, involved in Stop The Intervention Collective
Sydney, writer for Independent Australian Jewish Voices
and newmatilda.com

ABC The Drum Opinion:
NT intervention: action better than apathy
http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/3699188.html
28 Nov 11: “Michael Brull in his 3,000 word diatribe
against the Northern Territory intervention had few
suggestions for reforming remote Indigenous communities. It
is easy to throw stones but it is much harder to come up
with solutions. Does Brull really think things would be
better if the Government closed down the 18 new police
stations in the Northern Territory and got rid of the
additional police and teachers that the Northern Territory
Emergency Response has provided funding for?” Sara Hudson,
a policy analyst in the Indigenous Affairs Research Program
at the Centre for Independent Studies

See:

Stop the Intervention:
Rebuilding from the Ground up
– An alternative to the NT Intervention
http://stoptheintervention.org/alternatives-to-the-intervention/rebuilding-from-the-ground-up-an-alternative-to-the-nt-intervention

See:

Jumbunna UTS:
“Rebuilding from the Ground up”
– An alternative to the NT Intervention
http://www.jumbunna.uts.edu.au/researchareas/alternatives.html

Michael Brull: My response to CIS criticisms
http://michaelbrull.wordpress.com/2011/11/28/my-response-to-cis-criticisms-elders-on-the-intervention/
28 Nov 11: “So Sara Hudson criticises me at the Drum today.
I think it’s pretty insubstantial. Also note her tone
“Michael Brull in his 3,000 word diatribe” … ”
Michael Brull, writer for Independent Australian Jewish
Voices and newmatilda.com

Australian: The intervention: a reckoning after four years
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/the-intervention-a-reckoning-after-four-years/story-fn59niix-1226206442938
26 Nov 11: “NO turning back! When Indigenous Affairs
Minister Jenny Macklin announced the federal government’s
decision to extend the Northern Territory intervention
beyond the expiry of its first five-year phase in the
middle of next year, she was unequivocal. There had been
gains from the “emergency response”, clear if modest.”
Nicolas Rothwell

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
NT Government onside with ‘Stronger Futures’
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/6648-nt-government-onside-with-stronger-futures
29 Nov 11: “Intervention Rollback Group spokesperson Lauren
Mellor says they’re deeply disappointed in the Territory
Government’s announcement of support.
Lauren Mellor: I think it’s a very backward step for the NT
Government because they’ve actually spent the last few
years talking about the lack of partnership with Aboriginal
people that’s gone on with the Intervention – the top-down
approach and the fact that it’s taking control away from
local communities. But the NT Government now has come
onside with what is largely a locking-in of the key
Intervention measures for the next ten years. … Voice ends.”

SBS World News: NT intervention sparked interstate exodus
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1608153/NT-intervention-sparked-interstate-exodus
28 Nov 11: “Local social services in South Australian towns
say they are struggling to cope with population pressures
as a result of the 2007 NT Intervention. Many Aboriginal
people have fled the territory seeking respite from Federal
restrictions on welfare and alcohol consumption. For towns
across the border like Coober Pedy, the population influx
has swamped local services, with numbers more than doubling
since 2007.”

* 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

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

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

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

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

Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition:
http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/

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

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

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

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

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

– Media Release

ANTaR:
Government commits to act to reduce Aboriginal imprisonment
http://www.antar.org.au/government_commits_to_act_to_reduce_aboriginal_imprisonment
28 Nov 11: “ANTaR has today congratulated the Federal
Government on its positive response to the House of
Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Affairs report, Doing Time – A Time for
Doing.
“ANTaR congratulates the Federal Government for recognising
that the over- imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander young people is a national crisis and agreeing to
take urgent action in partnership with State and Territory
Governments”, said Ms Jacqueline Phillips, ANTaR National
Director.
“By accepting all of the reports recommendations in whole,
part of principle, the Government has shown a willingness to
do things differently to spare the next generation of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people from a
life behind bars.””

– News

ABC Indigenous: Palm Island rioter claims cover-up
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-11-29/palm-island-rioter-claims-cover-up/3700798/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
29 Nov 11: “The man convicted of inciting the 2004 Palm
Island riots off Townsville in north Queensland, Lex
Wotton, says he is relieved to explain his version of
events at a conference. Mr Wotton was sentenced to six
years in jail in 2008, but was released after serving two
years. He is speaking at the First Nations Conference in
Townsville this week, after a court-ordered media gag was
temporarily lifted, allowing him to speak at the event.
“The first thoughts and the first words that came out of my
mouth was, ‘they’re going to cover this up’,” he said.”

Australian:
Removal of ‘racist sections’ in the Constitution a priority
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/removal-of-racist-sections-in-the-constitution-a-priority/story-fn9hm1pm-1226206567299
26 Nov 11: “THE removal of sections of the Constitution
that are racially discriminatory has emerged as one of the
leading proposals to the expert panel examining indigenous
recognition in the nation’s guiding document. But
Australians may not be asked to include a new preamble in
the Constitution, according to the head of the panel, Mark
Leibler.”

* UPCOMING ABORIGINAL RIGHTS EVENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA
– 19 EVENTS FROM 30 NOVEMBER 2011:

Click on the links for details of the events …

Event: 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: Cinema Release Date: Thu 17 November 2011: Paddington, Sydney, NSW
Documentary Film – The Tall Man
“… a vivid portrait of an Australian island enraged
by the death of an Aboriginal man while in custody
of the local, predominantly white-run police force.”
Event details, incl. film review and interview with the director: http://www.hopscotchfilms.com.au/films/coming-soon/thetallman-film/
Event details: http://www.palacecinemas.com.au/movies/thetallman/

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/
Rachel Siewert: Greens: Saving the Kimberley (17 Oct 11): http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/kimberley
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: Wed 30 November  2011: Bankstown, Sydney, NSW
The Bush to Bankstown
The fight against Government Income Management
Special Guest Speaker:
Randa Kattan, Exec Dir, Arab Council of Australia
“Randa … will report on the impacts of Income
Management that she witnessed during a recent
visit to Aboriginal communities in the Northern
Territory.”
Organised by:
Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/Bush2Bankstown-30-11-11.pdf

Event: 2 December 2011: Adelaide, SA
133rd Justice and Peace Candlelight Walk
“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/

Events: Sat 3 December  2011: Sydney, NSW
Two events highlighting struggles for Aboriginal rights in the NT

* 5:45pm – The case against the NT Intervention
Speakers include:
Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra OAM,
Senior Elder from Elcho Island
Hosted by the CFMEU Indigenous Committee
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/the-case-against-the-nt-intervention
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49553
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/CFMEU_Intervention_Dr_Gondarra-3-12-11.jpg

* 7pm – Forum and Photo Exhibition
Hot Politics – Radioactive Waste Management in Australia
“Against a background of heightened awareness of
nuclear issues, key stakeholders will examine the
plan to develop a national radioactive waste dump
in the Northern Territory.”
Speakers Include:
Matthew Gardiner, United Voice NT Secretary
Dianne Stokes, Muckaty Traditional Owner
Dave Sweeney, Australian Conservation Foundation
George Newhouse, Human Rights lawyer
Hosted by Jeff McMullen
“Includes premiere of
“Manuwangku-Under the Nuclear Cloud”
photo exhibition by Jagath Dheerasekera.”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/hot-politics-radioactive-waste-management-in-australia
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49554
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/ALP-invite-Muckaty-3-12-11%20.jpg

Event: Mon 5 December 2011: Belgrave, Melbourne, Vic
Our Generation Film Screening
Cameo Cinemas
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/vic/event/27340/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Tue 6 December 2011: Balmain, Sydney, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Q & A with Jacqui Phillips, National Director of ANTaR
(Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation)
Hosted by the Balmain Uniting Church
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info-Our-Generation/Our-Gen-Balmain-6-12-11.pdf
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Sat 10 December  2011: Alice Springs, NT
International Human Rights Day
5-10pm – ‘No second intervention – human rights for all’
Live Bands, BBQ, speakers
Launch of the short film ‘Yuendumu Voices’
Event details: http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/
Flyer: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/edited-ihrd-flyer2.pdf

Event: Sat 10 December  2011: Alice Springs, NT
International Human Rights Day
1-3pm – Alice Springs planning meeting for the
“Ending the Intervention” Campaign in 2012
“We need to work together to plan the
next stage in our fight. Come along to
this planning meeting and talk with other
community people about the struggle
for Aboriginal rights.”
Event details: http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/
Flyer: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/edited-ihrd-flyer2.pdf

Event: Sat 10 December  2011: Paddington, Sydney, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
The Chauvel Cinema
Hosted by Eastern Suburbs Amnesty International Australia
“The screening is held in support of
Amnesty International Australia’s
Homelands report released in August.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/27271/
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: 10 December 2011: Adelaide, SA
Kimberley Cultural Festival
“Kimberley Cultural Festival is a community event to raise
awareness of the cultural and environmental significance of
the Kimberley region, which is under threat from proposed
gas and industrial development.”
Event details: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/2011/07/13/upcoming-events/
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/sa/event/27331/
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=270070339699908

Event: Wed 14 December 2011: Newcastle, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Greater Union Cinemas
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: Thu 15 December 2011: Tuggerah, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Greater Union Cinemas
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://treatyrepublic.net/content/invitation-aboriginal-tent-embassy-january-2012
Event details: http://www.aboriginaltentembassy.net/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/aboriginal-tent-embassy-40th-anniversary-canberra
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/40th-anniversary-of-the-tent-embassy-canberra
Event summary: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49413
Aboriginal Embassy Elder Tribute song: http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/artist_songs/2079567

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/

Event: Sat 11 February 2012: Melbourne, Vic
Our Generation Film Screening
as part of the inaugural Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival
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

– ‘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

26/11/2011 “Cooperation not intervention: a call for a new direction in the Northern Territory”

Posted in NEWS on 26/11/2011 by D

Contents:

* Stronger Futures is the same intervention says Amnesty

* “Cooperation not intervention:
a call for a new direction in the Northern Territory”
– Joint Statement from ACOSS, APO NT and many others

* “Stand against Macklin’s decade of discrimination:
No second Intervention!”
– Joint Statement from IRAG, DARC and STICS

* SNAICC: Elders and representatives express anger over
future of NT Intervention

* Pat Turner:
Cutting Centrelink cash won’t stop indigenous truancy

* Interview with Paddy Gibson:
New school attendance measures

* Michael Brull:
The Government’s new case for the intervention

* Rachel Siewert:
Government announces ‘stealthy’ expansion of income management

* ANTaR campaign:
School attendance and Centrelink payment suspension in the NT

* Amnesty campaign:
Tell Treasurer Swan: support homelands in the Federal Budget

* SBS: Shining A Light On Northern Territory Education Success

* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles

* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention

* Other articles

* STRONGER FUTURES IS THE SAME INTERVENTION SAYS AMNESTY:

– News

newsTracker: Stronger Futures is the same intervention: Amnesty
http://tracker.org.au/2011/11/stronger-futures-is-the-same-intervention-amnesty/
23 Nov 11: “NATIONAL: An international human rights group
has called on the Gillard government to move on from the
mistakes of the past, warning its Stronger Futures
legislation is just a re-badged NT intervention. Indigenous
affairs minister Jenny Macklin introduced the package of
bills to federal parliament this morning. It upholds many
of the controversial aspects of the Northern Territory
Emergency Response (NTER), but will also roll out the School
Enrolment and Attendance Measure (SEAM), which links welfare
payments to school attendance.” Amy McQuire, editor of Tracker

– Related News

ABC: Opposition claims Intervention remains
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-11-24/20111124-new-intervention/3692362?section=nt
24 Nov 11: “The Northern Territory Opposition says the NT
Government’s assertion that the Intervention is over is
blatantly wrong. The Country Liberals Indigenous policy
spokesman Adam Giles says he acknowledges that Federal
Labor is making progress on land tenure, which will address
what he describes as apartheid in Alice Springs town camps.
But late last night he told parliament the Federal
Government’s new legislation on Stronger Futures in the
Northern Territory is another example of the Commonwealth
taking charge.”

newsTracker: Stronger Futures bill introduced to Parliament
http://tracker.org.au/2011/11/stronger-futures-bill-to-be-introduced-tomorrow/
23 Nov 11: “NORTHERN TERRITORY: The Gillard government has
introduced its controversial Stronger Futures legislation
into Parliament today, in a bid to repeal the NT
intervention laws. The package of legislation upholds many
of the controversial aspects of the Northern Territory
Emergency Response (NTER), but it will also roll out the
School Enrolment and Attendance Measure (SEAM) which links
welfare payments to school attendance. … Aboriginal Peak
Bodies of the NT (APO NT), … have also criticised many
elements of the current legislation, calling on the federal
government to rebuild trust with Aboriginal people.”
Amy McQuire, editor of Tracker

See: APO NT Submission to Stronger Futures:
http://tracker.org.au/downloads20111608-APONT-submission-to-Stronger-Futures-Final.pdf?9d7bd4

newsTracker:
Govt proposes “income management on steroids”: Siewert
http://tracker.org.au/2011/11/govt-proposes-income-management-on-steroids-siewert/
23 Nov 11: “NATIONAL: Opponents of welfare quarantining in
Northern Territory Indigenous communities have labelled a
proposed federal government beef-up of the measure as
“income management on steroids”. Indigenous Affairs
Minister Jenny Macklin introduced legislation in parliament
on Wednesday to continue and extend the income management
scheme brought in under the former Howard government’s NT
intervention. … She [Australian Greens senator Rachel
Siewert] described the draft laws as “income management on
steroids”.”

Koori Mail: Intervention in for ‘the long haul’
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
23 Nov 11: “THE Northern Territory Intervention will be
ramped up and extended for a decade under a bill introduced
in the national parliament today. Indigenous Affairs
Minister Jenny Macklin says measures such as tougher
alcohol restrictions, more triggers for income management
to be imposed on parents who don’t get their kids to
school, more stringent licensing for community stores, and
the negotiation of voluntary long term leases to underpin
public housing reflect community aspirations and will work
if maintained for ‘the long haul’.”

ABC: “Stronger Futures” set to replace Intervention
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-11-23/20111123-intervention-repeal/3689808?section=nt
23 Nov 11: “The Federal Government has formally moved to
end the Federal Intervention in the Northern Territory. It
has introduced the “Stronger Futures in the Northern
Territory” bill into parliament. Northern Territory Labor
MP Warren Snowdon says the legislation will replace the
intervention.”

* “COOPERATION NOT INTERVENTION:
A CALL FOR A NEW DIRECTION IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY”:

– Joint Statement from ACOSS, APO NT and many others

Cooperation not intervention:
a call for a new direction in the Northern Territory
ACOSS: http://www.acoss.org.au/media/release/cooperation_not_intervention_a_call_for_a_new_direction_in_policies_affecti
ANTaR: http://www.antar.org.au/cooperation_not_intervention_a_call_for_a_new_direction_in_the_northern_territory
23 Nov 11: “Aboriginal peak bodies, community welfare and
public health groups from around the country are calling
for a new direction in policies affecting Aboriginal
Australians based on cooperation, not ‘intervention’.
The groups support new investment in secure jobs for
Indigenous Territorians but raise concerns about the
proposed extension of a program that withdraws social
security payments from parents whose children don’t attend
school regularly. …
The groups concluded that instead of extending the punitive
approach the Government should take a new road. … ”
[Click on the above link to read the many more points made,
and also to read the names of organisations and individuals
who support the call.]

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 25-11-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-25-11-2011
25 Nov 11: “Australia’s peak welfare body has joined with
public health groups and Indigenous organisations from
around the country in a call for a new direction in
policies affecting Aboriginal people based on mutual
cooperation rather than the current strategies employed
under the NT Intervention.”

The Wire:
Territory government gets on board with Intervention mark 2
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=8714
23 Nov 11: “The NT government has today thrown its support
behind the Federal Stronger Futures Bill which was
introduced into Parliament this week. The Intervention
Rollback group says it’s deeply disappointed in the
Territory Government’s announcement. The bill will continue
the NT intervention, in particular the controversial income
management scheme, where parents have welfare benefits
withdrawn if their children don’t go to school. A long list
of community, Aboriginal and health groups from around the
country today spoke out against the continuation of income
management, saying it should be dropped in favour of a more
cooperative approach.
Featured in story: Lauren Mellor, Rollback the Intervention”

– News

Koori Mail: Scrap NTER bill, say peak bodies
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
24 Nov 11: “FEDERAL Government plans to entrench key
aspects of the NT Intervention for at least another ten
years have sparked both praise and criticism. The NT
Government says the bill to extend the controversial regime
offers ‘a real partnership with Territorians’ but some
Aboriginal peak bodies, community welfare and public health
groups have criticised the continuation of compulsory
blanket measures like income management as discriminatory.
ACOSS, the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency and
the Public Health Association of Australia are amongst
those calling for the government to scrap its proposed
legislation.”

Pro Bono News:
Government Slammed Over Bill to Expand Welfare Quarantining
http://www.probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2011/11/government-slammed-over-bill-expand-welfare-quarantining
23 Nov 11: “The Federal Government has introduced
legislation to extend ‘welfare quarantining’ – a system
introduced under the Howard Government’s highly
controversial Northern Territory intervention – but peak
welfare Not for Profits want the legislation withdrawn.
Some 26 Aboriginal peak bodies, community welfare and
public health groups are calling on the Government to
withdraw the income-management legislation and opt for a
new direction in policies affecting Australian Aborigines
based on cooperation, not ‘intervention’.”

* “STAND AGAINST MACKLIN’S DECADE OF DISCRIMINATION:
NO SECOND INTERVENTION!”:

– Joint Statement from IRAG, DARC and STICS

Stand against Macklin’s decade of discrimination
– No second Intervention!
IRAG: http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/media/
25 Nov 11: “Joint statement from Intervention Rollback
Action Group (Central Australia), Darwin Aboriginal Rights
Coalition and Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney …
The Labor government has introduced Stronger Futures in the
Northern Territory legislation that extends the racist NT
Intervention for a further ten years.
Intergenerational trauma caused by past policies of
assimilation and dispossession is at the root of many
problems facing Aboriginal communities across Australia
today.
Now under Labor’s plans, NT Aboriginal children turning
fifteen in 2022 will have lived their entire life as second
class citizens under Australian law.
The persecution of Aboriginal people under the Intervention
has had horrendous consequences. Reported rates of
attempted suicide and self-harm have more than doubled
(Closing the Gap Monitoring Report). Indigenous
incarceration has increased by 40 per cent. Large numbers
of people are drifting away from their homelands as
resources and opportunity are withdrawn from the bush. … ”
[Click on the above link to read the many more points made.]

For more info on these campaign groups:

IRAG – Intervention Rollback Action Group (Central Australia): http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/

DARC – Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/

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

– Special Compilation

Stop the Intervention: Consultations 2011
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/consultations-mid-2011

* SNAICC:
ELDERS AND REPRESENTATIVES EXPRESS ANGER OVER FUTURE OF NT INTERVENTION:

– News

Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care:
SNAICC News: Elders and representatives express anger over
future of NT Intervention
http://www.snaicc.asn.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=694
18 Nov 11: “SNAICC stands in solidarity and support of the
Elders and representatives of communities affected by the
Northern Territory Intervention that held a media
conference in Melbourne hosted by Concerned Australians
recently to express their serious concerns about the
Australian Government’s Stronger Futures consultations
report. … SNAICC believes the newly announced measures
to continue the Northern Territory Intervention are an
extremely disappointing response from the Government to the
communities in the Northern Territory.”

* PAT TURNER:
CUTTING CENTRELINK CASH WON’T STOP INDIGENOUS TRUANCY:

– Analysis / Opinion

SMH: Cutting Centrelink cash won’t stop indigenous truancy
http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/cutting-centrelink-cash-wont-stop-indigenous-truancy-20111124-1nwwi.html
25 Nov 11: “The federal Labor government has decided that
the last resort for getting Northern Territory Aboriginal
children to attend school is to cut their parents’
Centrelink payments. … How will the children be fed if
there is no money in the home? Legislation to put this into
effect was introduced into Parliament yesterday. As a
former, long-serving senior public servant, I see this as
the last straw in Aboriginal affairs policy. I am
absolutely opposed to it. This is bad public policy, it is
morally objectionable, and it will not work.” Pat Turner,
an Arrernte/Gudanji woman living in Alice Springs

* INTERVIEW WITH PADDY GIBSON:
NEW SCHOOL ATTENDANCE MEASURES:

– Text Interview

Solidarity:
Punitive school attendance plan centrepiece of second Intervention
http://www.solidarity.net.au/41/punitive-school-attendance-plan-centrepiece-of-second-intervention/
December 2011: “The communities that are listed in the
government announcement about tougher Income Management
measures – most were strong bilingual schools. They are now
struggling to maintain any bilingual programs against a
massive barrage of ridiculous curriculum interference and
removal of staffing positions. One of the most
heartbreaking parts of the rollout of federal government
legislation including the Intervention is the loss of
employment for Indigenous people in schools. … ”
Paddy Gibson

* MICHAEL BRULL:
THE GOVERNMENT’S NEW CASE FOR THE INTERVENTION:

– Analysis / Opinion

ABC The Drum Opinion:
The Government’s new case for the intervention
http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/3684604.html
22 Nov 11: ” … on November 10, the Government began
crowing once again about the “evidence” it had for the
intervention. They claimed that an “independent” evaluation
found that “Aboriginal people living in remote communities
in the Northern Territory feel safer and receive better
levels of government services than they did four years ago”.
… I will briefly examine the evidence that is provided
for the intervention in these reports, examine the housing
program that Macklin now finds encouraging, and then look
at some more evidence that may be considered relevant in
examining the intervention.” Michael Brulle.
He is involved in Stop The Intervention Collective Sydney.
He has written for Independent Australian Jewish Voices,
Overland, the National Times, newmatilda.com, Mutiny, and ZNet.

– Video

YouTube: ‘Income management on steroids’ on the way
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zRAy-H95uk
22 Nov 11: “NITV speaks with The Drum contributor Michael
Brull about the ramifications of the Northern Territory
National Emergency Response – otherwise known as ‘The
Intervention’. It comes as Indigenous Affairs Minister
Jenny Macklin introduced legislation in parliament on
Wednesday to continue and extend the income management
scheme brought in under the former Howard government.”

– Related Analysis / Opinion

Larvatus Prodeo:
The Northern Territory Intervention and “evidence based policy”
http://larvatusprodeo.net/2011/11/22/the-northern-territory-intervention-and-evidence-based-policy/
22 Nov 11: “When Labor came to power in 2007, one possible
consolation for those who opposed the Northern Territory
Intervention, and indeed those who were sceptical of its
efficacy, was the prospect that under a new government, its
effects would be rigorously evaluated. Such hopes might
also have been vain ones, and so it appears to have been.
… ” Kim

* RACHEL SIEWERT:
GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES ‘STEALTHY’ EXPANSION OF INCOME MANAGEMENT:

– Media Release

Rachel Siewert: Greens:
Government announces ‘stealthy’ expansion of income management
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/government-announces-%E2%80%98stealthy%E2%80%99-expansion-income-management
23 Nov 11: “The Government’s stealthy expansion of income
management measures is a sign they have failed to learn
their lesson in the Northern Territory, Senator Rachel
Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Issues said today.
“The Government remains unable to effectively develop and
implement policies alongside communities in the Northern
Territory,” said Senator Siewert.
“An immediate concern I have is the extension of income
management, which will see the ability to quarantine income
support payments expanded to states and territories.””

* ANTaR CAMPAIGN:
SCHOOL ATTENDANCE AND CENTRELINK PAYMENT SUSPENSION IN THE NT:

– Take Action

ANTaR – Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation:
School attendance and Centrelink payment suspension in the NT
http://takeaction.antar.org.au/letters/campaign/13/northern-territory-welfare-payments-and-school-attendance
“The Federal Government has introduced legislation to
extend a scheme which suspends key Centrelink payments to
parents whose children are not regularly attending school.
It has failed to explain how families affected by the
policy will meet basic living costs for food, rent,
clothing and medicines. ANTaR is concerned that this policy
is likely to put more pressure on families doing it tough
and place them at risk of serious harm. …
Tell the Government that you do not support suspending key
Centrelink payments to improve school attendance. Show your
support for a comprehensive strategy to get kids to school,
drawing on a broad range of solutions advanced by
communities themselves, not just those which align with the
Government’s agenda.”

* AMNESTY CAMPAIGN:
TELL TREASURER SWAN: SUPPORT HOMELANDS IN THE FEDERAL BUDGET:

– Take Action

Amnesty International Australia:
Tell Treasurer Swan: support homelands in the Federal Budget
http://www.amnesty.org.au/action/action/27192/
“The government is currently deciding whether they will
fund essential services on Aboriginal homelands in the next
Federal Budget.
Nearly one-third of Indigenous people in the Northern
Territory live on homelands. Research shows that with
proper services, people can be happier, healthier and live
longer and on homelands.
Despite this, current government policy to date has been to
strip funding from essential services on homelands –
effectively forcing people into hub towns and cities.
The government has repeatedly claimed that it supports
homelands. Now they have the chance to prove their support
by funding essential services on homelands in the next
Federal Budget.
Ask Treasurer Swan to prove the government’s commitment to homelands by funding it in the Federal Budget”

* SBS: SHINING A LIGHT ON NORTHERN TERRITORY EDUCATION SUCCESS:

– Audio Interview

SBS Audio and Language: Aboriginal:
Shining A Light On Northern Territory Education Success
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/193431/t/Shining-A-Light-On-Northern-Territory-Education-Success/in/english
22 Nov 11: “Save The Children and Millner Primary Schools
Education Leaders …
With the federal focus on lack of school attendance amongst
Aboriginal children in the Northern Territory – it’s easy
to think that nothing’s going right.
But not so. Successes are there if we choose to look, and
those successes have the potential to grow.
One such shining light is Millner Primary School in Darwin,
which has recently been awarded 100-thousand dollars for
truly pioneering work on school attendance. Attendance
rates were 30 per-cent seven years ago. Today they’re 80
per-cent. …
Save The Children NT Manager Nancy Sweeny tells Michelle
Lovegrove the model is based on a whole-community approach,
using local people.”

* OTHER NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– Media Release

Australian Human Rights Commission:
Stronger Futures
– a chance to move beyond the pain of the Intervention
http://www.hreoc.gov.au/about/media/media_releases/2011/111_11.html
23 Nov 11: “The Stronger Futures Bills introduced into
Parliament today indicate that the government has started
to listen to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,
Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda said.
“It is important that we seize this moment as a chance to
move beyond the initial hurt, distress and anger caused to
many people when the Intervention was imposed on them in
2007,” Commissioner Gooda said.
He said it was encouraging that the Government is investing
in long term solutions to overcoming the chronic
disadvantage faced by Aboriginal peoples in the Northern
Territory and welcomed the 10 year life span proposed for
the measures.”

– Analysis / Opinion

Eureka Street:
A Catholic Social Teaching perspective on the Intervention
http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=29140
21 Nov 11: “The Commonwealth should embrace one of the
benefits of a federal system and await clearer outcomes
from the Queensland experiment with the Family
Responsibilities Commission before making Aboriginal
parental welfare payments conditional on child school
attendance. Let’s not be treated to another Federal Labor
charade that the targeted docking of Aboriginal welfare
payments is to be classed as a special measure under the
Racial Discrimination Act for the benefit of those who will
not receive full payment.” Frank Brennan

Eureka Street: Labor’s Intervention on steroids
http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=29139
21 Nov 11: “Last week, Jenny Macklin, the Minister for
Indigenous Affairs in a 21st century Labor Government led
by a prime minister from the left of the party, announced a
new raft of welfare measures for Aboriginal communities in
the Northern Territory. … With trust and a commitment to
relationships built on respect for inherent human dignity
and cultural difference, we can strengthen the welfare
safety net for the neediest First Australians without
constructing a nanny state bound to fail with Commonwealth
truancy officers wandering remote communities wondering
about their purpose in being there at all.”
Fr Frank Brennan SJ

– News

Canberra Times: Welfare quarantining is ‘management on steroids’
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/national/national/general/welfare-quarantining-is-management-on-steroids/2368999.aspx
24 Nov 11: “Opponents of welfare quarantining in Northern
Territory indigenous communities have labelled a proposed
Federal Government beef-up of the measure as ”income
management on steroids”. … In mid-2011, the Federal
Government undertook a six-week whistle-stop consultation
tour through 100 NT communities and claims the tough income
management measures were requested by them. Australian
Greens senator Rachel Siewert disputes this claim and says
not enough time was spent on consultations. … In a joint
statement, 24 Aboriginal bodies, community welfare and
public health groups have criticised the approach.”

Koori Mail: Gooda backs Stronger Futures Bill
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
24 Nov 11: “ABORIGINAL and Torres Strait Islander Social
Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda has welcomed the 10-year
life span of measures under the Federal Government’s
Stronger Futures Bill. Mr Gooda says the proposed extension
of the NT Intervention is about long-term investment in
addressing chronic disadvantage faced by Aboriginal
Territorians and, if properly involved, provides them with
a chance to move beyond ‘the initial hurt, distress and
anger’ caused when the Intervention began in 2007.”

Australian Teacher Magazine:
NT: Intervention led to drop in indigenous school attendance
http://ozteacher.com.au/html/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=964%3Ant-intervention-led-to-drop-in-indigenous-school-attendance&catid=1%3Anews&Itemid=26
21 Nov 11: “CANBERRA – Aboriginal academic and leader Mick
Dodson says the commonwealth intervention into remote
Northern Territory communities has resulted in indigenous
students dropping out of school. … “What concerns me
about the Northern Territory intervention from an education
perspective is the massive fall-off in attendances at
schools – in particular in the 76 targeted communities,”
Prof Dodson told reporters. “Kids aren’t turning up to
school. Some say it’s because of the scrapping of bilingual
education. If that’s the case it ought to be reinstated
immediately.””

Reportage: Don’t destroy homelands, says Amnesty
http://www.reportageonline.com/2011/11/don%E2%80%99t-destroy-homelands-says-amnesty/
21 Nov 11: “Amnesty International Chief Salil Shetty met
with Indigenous Ministers after being shocked to see the
living conditions of Indigenous Australians. Jerico
Mandybur reports. Amnesty International Chief Salil Shetty
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.”

* 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition:
http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/

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

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

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

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

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

– Feature

Rachel Siewert: Greens: Saving the Kimberley
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/kimberley
17 Oct 11: “The Australian Greens are continuing efforts to
prevent the development of an LNG hub at James Price Point
in the Kimberley region of WA. We believe that James Price
Point is not a suitable location for an LNG processing hub
and that such a development will have long term negative
impacts across the region. Read more about what I and the
other Federal Greens MPs have been saying and doing on this
issue.”

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Yindijbarndi calling on Government to stop sacred sites
from being destroyed
http://caama.com.au/yindijbarndi-calling-on-government-to-stop-sacred-sites-from-being-destroyed
23 Nov 11: “The Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation will
call on the Federal Government to invoke emergency powers
to stop development companies from destroying sacred sites.
Following ongoing conflict with Fortescue Metals Group…
the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation says it will call
on Tony Burke…the Federal Minister for Sustainability,
Environment, Water, Population and Communities…. to use
his power to put measures in place to ensure the appropriate
people carry out heritage surveys of areas which are to be
developed. … ”

The Wire:
Tougher approach to welfare hits Indigenous Australians hardest
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=8710
22 Nov 11: “Indigenous people have been hardest hit by the
federal governments tough new approach to welfare with one
in five unemployed Indigenous Australians reportedly
getting their payments stopped as a result of not showing
up to Centrelink appointments. But the tougher approach has
also resulted in a three percent increase in the number of
indigenous Australians attending appointments. However,
despite the increase in people attending these appointments
this does not necessarily mean more people are actually
getting a job. …
Featured in story: Paddy Gibson – senior researcher at the
Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at UTS”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Former Supreme Court judge says
Government needs to consult with Aboriginal people properly !
18 Nov 11: “South Australia’s Australian of the Year for
2012….former Supreme Court judge Robyn Layton has called
for a greater  acknowledgement by Government of the need to
consult properly with Aboriginal people. Ms Layton who
worked extensively with Aboriginal people as a young
practitioner ….played a part in the early stages of the
setting up of the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement in
South Australia.”

– Video

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
The Year of the Aboriginal Health Worker
http://caama.com.au/the-year-of-the-aboriginal-health-worker
22 Nov 11

– Analysis / Opinion

Green Left: Digital TV threat to Indigenous languages
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/49511
19 Nov 11: “Language and education specialists are
concerned the federal government’s national roll-out of
digital television will have a detrimental effect on the
preservation and transmission of Aboriginal languages and
cultures. In 1987, the Broadcasting for Remote Aboriginal
Communities Scheme (BRACS) was established to balance the
introduction of mainstream TV channels (via satellite)
into remote communities with some local control and ability
to broadcast local content.” Emma Murphy

– News

Koori Mail: Tent Embassy celebrations planned
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
22 Nov 11: “PREPARATIONS have begun in earnest for the 40th
anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra on
26 January. A song ‘Tribute to the Elders’ has been written
especially for the milestone and an organising committee
has begun distributing invitations to celebrations at the
iconic site.”

Green Left:
Brisbane rally demands action on Black deaths in custody
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/49525
21 Nov 11: “”Still no justice! Stop Black deaths in custody!”
were the themes of a rally held at Emma Miller Place on
November 19. The protest marked 20 years since the release
of the report of the Royal Commission into Black deaths in
custody in 1991. Up to 150 people attended the rally and
marched through city streets to Musgrave Park in West End to
demand a new Royal Commission into the Aboriginal deaths
since 1991. Murri activist and rally chair Sam Watson
announced that a new Deaths in Custody Watch Committee
would be formed in Brisbane to monitor treatment of
Aboriginal prisoners.”

Green Left: Sam Watson:
We need a new royal commission into black deaths in custody
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/49492
18 Nov 11: “November 19 marks the seventh anniversary of
“the police murder of Mulrunji Doomadgee on Palm Island”,
says Sam Watson, a prominent Queensland Murri leader and
Socialist Alliance member. In Brisbane, supporters of
Aboriginal rights will rally that day to demand governments
implement all 339 recommendations of the 1991 Royal
Commission into Black deaths in custody.”

News.com.au: Indigenous languages ‘must be preserved’
http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/indigenous-languages-must-be-preserved/story-e6frfku0-1226198895346
18 Nov 11: “A NATIONAL body should be established to
encourage the learning of indigenous languages in Aboriginal
communities, an inquiry has been told. Australian Human
Rights Commission spokeswoman Fabienne Balsamo says research
shows the number of Aboriginal languages spoken across
Australia has dropped from an original 250 to 150.
Indigenous languages could disappear within 30 years without
action to preserve them, she said.”

Green Left: Indigenous activists ‘evict’ Melbourne Lord Mayor
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/49489
18 Nov 11: “Activists from Occupy Melbourne’s Indigenous
Working Group served an eviction to Melbourne City Council
and Lord Mayor Robert Doyle on November 23. Indigenous
activist Robbie Thorpe said: “Australia is a crime scene,
whose law is based on the principles of theft, rape and
murder. We need a treaty with the Original Nations.””

26/11/2011 Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia – 20 events from 26 November 2011

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 26/11/2011 by D

Click on the links for details of the events …

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/
Rachel Siewert: Greens: Saving the Kimberley (17 Oct 11): http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/kimberley
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: 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: Cinema Release Date: Thu 17 November 2011: Qld
Documentary Film – The Tall Man
“… a vivid portrait of an Australian island enraged
by the death of an Aboriginal man while in custody
of the local, predominantly white-run police force.”
Event details, incl. film review and interview with the director: http://www.hopscotchfilms.com.au/films/coming-soon/thetallman-film/

Event: Mon 28 – Wed 30 November  2011: Townsville, Qld
First Nations Pathways Conference
“The Conference provides the opportunity to discuss
important national and international issues relating to
First Nations Peoples, including Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander communities and individuals.”
Conference Themes:
1 United Nations/Human Rights and Bill of Rights
2 Constitutional Recognition and consultation
3 Native Title/Land Rights
4 Closing the Gap
5 Trans generational trauma and affect
6 Criminology and Justice Issues
7 Youth and Women’s rights
8 Social justice
9 Education, Health, Employment and Environmental
Event details: http://pathwaysconference2011.org/
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/qld/event/27201/

Event: Wed 30 November  2011: Bankstown, Sydney, NSW
The Bush to Bankstown
The fight against Government Income Management
Special Guest Speaker:
Randa Kattan, Exec Dir, Arab Council of Australia
“Randa … will report on the impacts of Income
Management that she witnessed during a recent
visit to Aboriginal communities in the Northern
Territory.”
Organised by:
Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/Bush2Bankstown-30-11-11.pdf

Events: Sat 3 December  2011: Sydney, NSW
Two events highlighting struggles for Aboriginal rights in the NT

* 5:45pm – The case against the NT Intervention
Speakers include:
Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra OAM,
Senior Elder from Elcho Island
Hosted by the CFMEU Indigenous Committee
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/the-case-against-the-nt-intervention
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49553
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/CFMEU_Intervention_Dr_Gondarra-3-12-11.jpg

* 7pm – Hot Politics – Radioactive Waste Management
in Australia Forum and Photo Exhibition
“Against a background of heightened awareness of
nuclear issues, key stakeholders will examine the
plan to develop a national radioactive waste dump
in the Northern Territory.”
Speakers Include:
Matthew Gardiner, United Voice NT Secretary
Dianne Stokes, Muckaty Traditional Owner
Dave Sweeney, Australian Conservation Foundation
George Newhouse, Human Rights lawyer
Hosted by Jeff McMullen
“Includes premiere of
“Manuwangku-Under the Nuclear Cloud”
photo exhibition by Jagath Dheerasekera.”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/ALP-invite-Muckaty-3-12-11%20.jpg

Event: Tue 6 December 2011: Balmain, Sydney, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Q & A with Jacqui Phillips, National Director of ANTaR
(Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation)
Hosted by the Balmain Uniting Church
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: 9 December  2011: Adelaide, SA
133rd Justice and Peace Candlelight Walk
“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: Sat 10 December  2011: Alice Springs, NT
International Human Rights Day
5-10pm – ‘No second intervention – human rights for all’
Live Bands, BBQ, speakers
Launch of the short film ‘Yuendumu Voices’
Event details: http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/
Flyer: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/edited-ihrd-flyer2.pdf

Event: Sat 10 December  2011: Alice Springs, NT
International Human Rights Day
1-3pm – Alice Springs planning meeting for the
“Ending the Intervention” Campaign in 2012
“We need to work together to plan the
next stage in our fight. Come along to
this planning meeting and talk with other
community people about the struggle
for Aboriginal rights.”
Event details: http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/
Flyer: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/edited-ihrd-flyer2.pdf

Event: Sat 10 December  2011: Paddington, Sydney, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Hosted by Eastern Suburbs Amnesty International Australia
“The screening is held in support of
Amnesty International Australia’s
Homelands report released in August.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/27271/
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: 10 December 2011: Adelaide, SA
Kimberley Cultural Festival
“Kimberley Cultural Festival is a community event to raise
awareness of the cultural and environmental significance of
the Kimberley region, which is under threat from proposed
gas and industrial development.”
Event details: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/2011/07/13/upcoming-events/
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=270070339699908

Event: Wed 14 December 2011: Newcastle, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Greater Union Cinemas
More information 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: Thu 15 December 2011: Tuggerah, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
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://treatyrepublic.net/content/invitation-aboriginal-tent-embassy-january-2012
Event details: http://www.aboriginaltentembassy.net/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/aboriginal-tent-embassy-40th-anniversary-canberra
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/40th-anniversary-of-the-tent-embassy-canberra
Event summary: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49413
Aboriginal Embassy Elder Tribute song: http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/artist_songs/2079567

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/

Event: Sat 11 February 2012: Melbourne, Vic
Our Generation Film Screening
as part of the inaugural Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival
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

– ‘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

– – –

20/11/2011 “Federal Government betrays NT communities with second Intervention” STICS

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 20/11/2011 by D

Contents:
* Federal Govt plans to extend its intervention in the NT
* Interviews with Barb Shaw and Randa Kattan on Income Man.
* The Bush to Bankstown: The fight against Govt Income Man.
* Two Sydney events highlighting Aboriginal rights in the NT
* International Human Rights Day – Alice Springs, NT
* Ninety people gathered in Darwin to launch Walk With Us
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles
* Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia

* FEDERAL GOVT PLANS TO EXTEND ITS INTERVENTION IN THE NT:

– Media Releases and Statements

Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney:
Federal Government betrays NT communities with second
Intervention
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/press-releases/federal-government-betrays-nt-communities-with-second-intervention-16-11-11
16 Nov 11: “The Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney
(STICS) says that the Federal Government has betrayed NT
Aboriginal communities, following Monday’s announcement of
more punitive policies and an extension of the Intervention.
STICS spokesperson Paddy Gibson was in contact with
community representatives throughout the recent “Stronger
Futures” consultation period and has closely studied
transcripts from the consultations across the NT.
Mr Gibson says that community views on dealing with
education and alcohol problems have been ignored in favour
of further discriminatory measures, and the government has
broken clear promises to return to communities for further
consultation before introducing legislation.”

ANTaR – Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation:
Missed opportunity to reset policy direction and
relationships with NT communities
http://www.antar.org.au/missed_opportunity_to_reset_policy_direction_and_relationships_with_nt_communities
17 Nov 11: “The Federal Government’s announcement today of
plans to extend its intervention in the NT reflects a
missed opportunity to build a genuine partnership with
Aboriginal communities in planning for their future.
“Despite broad calls for the language and style of
‘intervention’ to be abandoned, today’s announcements show
a determination to continue on much the same course”, said
ANTaR National Director, Jacqueline Phillips. …
“While support for additional jobs and traineeships is
welcome, the continuation of blanket alcohol restrictions
and extension of social security penalties for school
attendance reflects more top-down and coercive policy from
Canberra.””

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Statement from Congress Co- Chairs, Jody Broun and Les Malezer
http://nationalcongress.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/111115NTStatement.pdf
15 Nov 11:
“Congress noted the Federal Government’s announcement
yesterday of a number of measures they wish to include in
the upcoming legislation related to future arrangements in
the Northern Territory.
Minister Macklin wants to introduce that legislation next
week and will request it goes directly to a Committee for
review. This means interested organisations and people can
submit their views on the legislation.
Our focus is now firmly on the legislation. We are seeking
direct involvement in the Committee process and are
currently investigating the best and most effective ways
for Congress to be part of the review of this legislation.
… ”

Rachel Siewert: Greens:
Government continues negative intervention policy
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/government-continues-negative-intervention-policy
14 Nov 11: “The Government is missing yet another
opportunity to take a new approach in the Northern
Territory, the Australian Greens say.
“Extending ineffective measures is a waste of money,”
Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues said today.
“Punishing parents by cutting income support flies in the
face of existing knowledge and opinion, including that of
the Government’s own departments.
“We know that programs such as the School Enrolment and
Attendance through Welfare Reform Measure (SEAM) have had
mixed results at best and cannot be linked to better
education outcomes in communities.””

The Hon Jenny Macklin MP:
Building stronger futures for children in the Northern Territory
Joint Media Release with: The Hon Peter Garrett AM, MP …
and The Hon Warren Snowdon MP …
http://www.jennymacklin.fahcsia.gov.au/mediareleases/2011/pages/jm_m_strongerfutures_14november2011.aspx
14 Nov 11: “Educational outcomes for children across the
Northern Territory will be improved under an expanded
initiative that links income support payments with school
attendance.
The Australian Government will enhance the Improving School
Enrolment and Attendance through Welfare Reform Measure
(SEAM), so that it aligns with the Northern Territory
Government’s Every Child Every Day strategy and promotes
greater parental responsibility around a child’s school
enrolment and attendance.
This is part of a legislation package the Australian
Government will introduce to Parliament next week to build
stronger futures for Aboriginal people in the Northern
Territory.”

– Audio Interviews

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
“Government has betrayed NT Aboriginal Communities”
– Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney
http://caama.com.au/government-has-betrayed-nt-aboriginal-communities-stop-the-intervention-collective-sydney
17 Nov 11: “Stop The Intervention Collective spokesperson
Paddy Gibson says community views on dealing with education
and alcohol problems have been ignored by the Government in
favour of further discriminatory measures… … He told
CAAMA Radio…after closely studying the transcripts from
Government’s consultations across the Northern Territory….
he found no evidence to suggest Aboriginal people support
the move to link welfare payments to attendance…and that in
many of the consultations with communities…the move was not
announced or even raised with communities for discussion.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Eva Cox continues debate on post-Intervention…mark 2
http://caama.com.au/eva-cox-continues-debate-on-post-intervention-mark-2
14 Nov 11: “As debate continues in the mainstream media
about the next steps post-Intervention…Intervention mark 2
…Paul Wiles speaks to political commentator Eva Cox to
hear her views on the subject.”

– Analysis

Green Left:
‘Whitewashed Futures’: government lies about NT consultations
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/49472
16 Nov 11: “The consultations have been widely criticised
by Aboriginal people and their supporters. Little, if any,
real notice was given to communities before the
consultations took place, and government facilitators
focussed discussion on pre-decided topics. … On November
14, the federal government began releasing details of the
legislation it will table in parliament to follow the NTER.
The government is yet to release the legislation in its
entirety. But Macklin announced that welfare payments would
be a central measure aimed at helping “provide parents with
the support they need to ensure their children attend
school every day”.” Emma Murphy, Darwin

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 17-11-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-17-11-2011
17 Nov 11: “The Federal Government has betrayed Northern
Territory Aboriginal communities ..according to a Sydney
based aboriginal rights group…. following the announcement
it will push ahead with plans to link welfare payment to
school attendance.”

SBS Audio and Language: Aboriginal: Will A Big Stick Work?
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/192959/t/Will-A-Big-Stick-Work-/in/english
17 Nov 11: “Questions about using punishment of parents,
to deal with school truancy in the Northern Territory. …
Shadow Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion questions
the big stick approach brought out by the Federal
Government. Mr Scullion, who’s also Senator for the
Northern Territory, says punishment as incentive is an
unsophisticated way of approaching a many-layered issue.”

SBS Audio and Language: Aboriginal: No School, No Money
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/192953/t/No-School-No-Money/in/english
17 Nov 11: “The Federal Government’s solution to chronic
truancy in the Northern Territory. … The federal
government has announced it will further penalise
Aboriginal parents in the Northern Territory, if their
children don’t go to school often enough. Parents of
children who miss ten days of school in a term without a
proper excuse could have their welfare payments suspended.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 15-11-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-15-11-2011
15 Nov 11: “* Parents of Children who miss more than 10
days school in a term without good reason could face having
their welfare payments suspended under legislation to be
introduced in Parliament next week.
* The announcement by the Federal Government has sparked
protest.”

The Wire:
Critics say truancy crackdown in NT doesn’t address root causes
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=8678
14 Nov 11: “In a widening of the Northern Territory
intervention, the Federal government has announced plans to
link school attendance with welfare payments. The reforms
will affect 17 remote and urban communities in the Territory
and will be introduced in Parliament before Christmas. But
the plan has come under fire by some Indigenous leaders and
policy experts, who say the hardline approach will do
little to address the deeper problems behind truancy rates
in NT Indigenous communities.
Featured in story:
Japarta Ryan – Indigenous community leader from
Kalkarindji in the Northern Territory
Eva Cox – Social policy researcher,
Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning”

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Anti-Intervention campaigner criticises Goverment truancy policy
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/6599-anti-intervention-campaigner-criticises-goverment-truancy-policy
18 Nov 11: “Anti-Northern Territory Intervention campaigner
Barbara Shaw says there could be a number of reasons why a
child misses school for extended periods, other than a lack
of parents’ will to send them there. The Federal Government
will next week introduce legislation into Parliament that
links a child’s school truancy to their parent’s welfare
payments. Ms Shaw, who resides in Alice Springs, has urged
the Federal Government to consider cultural and health
grounds as well as language difficulties as some of the
explanations that may need to be addressed.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Cultural reasons for truancy need to be considered
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/6597-cultural-reasons-for-truancy-need-to-be-addressed
17 Nov 11: “An Aboriginal community member from Kalkarindji
in the Northern Territory, Maurie Japarta Ryan, says the
new hardline approach to school attendance in Aboriginal
communities will do little to address the deeper problems
behind truancy rates. … But Mr Ryan says there are many
cultural reasons why children sometimes don’t attend
school.”

Koori Mail: ‘Safer than before’
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
17 Nov 11: “THE Federal Government has released a report it
says shows that Aboriginal people living under the Northern
Territory Intervention feel safer and are receiving better
levels of government services than they did before the
controversial regime was introduced four years ago. But the
Australian Greens and others insist that no-one should have
to endure ‘top down, punitive, discriminatory measures’ in
order to feel safer and supported.”

newsTracker: Crackdown on truancy a “tick the box” program
http://tracker.org.au/2011/11/crackdown-on-truancy-a-tick-the-box-program/
15 Nov 11: “NATIONAL: The Gillard government’s plan to link
income management to school attendance in the Northern
Territory in a bid to crackdown on truancy has been
criticised as a “tick the box exercise.” The Labor federal
government announced on Monday that Aboriginal children and
their parents in the NT will be hauled before school
officials and Centrelink for “conferences” before welfare
payments are cut off if the kids do not go to school. The
family conferencing plan aims to have Centrelink officers
directly involved in getting kids to schools and is part of
the second wave of the NT intervention.”

– Videos

YouTube: Linking welfare with school attendance
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSn0q0Jh5G4
14 Nov 11: “The controversial N.T. intervention will end in
2012 and the Australian Government intends to link welfare
payments with school attendance. Latest figures show the
proportion of Aborigines attending school in 2010 was lower
than it was in 2007- including NT intervention communities.
By tying welfare benefits to school attendance, the
government seems to be happy that truants are sicker,
poorer, and more malnourished, as well as the
worst-educated in the community”

ABC Indigenous: Expanded Trial
http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2011/11/18/3370833.htm?site=indigenous&topic=latest
18 Nov 11: “Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny
Macklin says a trial that has been running in eleven
Territory schools is to be expanded.”

– Take Action

ANTaR – Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation:
School attendance and Centrelink payment suspension in the NT
http://takeaction.antar.org.au/letters/campaign/13/northern-territory-welfare-payments-and-school-attendance
“The Federal Government recently announced plans to extend
a scheme which suspends Centrelink payments to parents
whose children are not regularly attending school. It has
failed to explain how families affected by the policy will
meet basic living costs for food, rent, clothing and
medicines. ANTaR is concerned that this policy is likely to
put more pressure on families doing it tough and place them
at risk of serious harm. … Tell the Government that you
do not support cutting off family income to improve school
attendance.”

– Special Compilation

Stop the Intervention: Consultations 2011
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/consultations-mid-2011

– Government reports

Closing the Gap in the Northern Territory
(including Northern Territory Emergency Response)
http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/sa/indigenous/pubs/nter_reports/Pages/default.aspx

* INTERVIEWS WITH BARB SHAW AND RANDA KATTAN ON INCOME MANAGEMENT:

– Audio Interviews

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Barb Shaw and Randa Kattan speak on joint campaign against
welfare quarantining
http://caama.com.au/barb-shaw-and-randa-kattan-speak-on-joint-campaign-against-welfare-quarantining
15 Nov 11: “Alice Springs local Aboriginal rights
campaigner Barb Shaw and the head of the Arab Council of
Australia, Randa Kattan….have been travelling around the
Northern Territory, visiting Aboriginal communities…to
speak with those affected by income management… as a joint
campaign against welfare quarantining in selected areas.
Barb and Randa speak to Pam Reilly on CAAMA Radio…”

– Campaign Website

Say No to Government’s Income Management:
Not in Bankstown, Not Anywhere!
http://www.sayno2gim.info/

– Special Compilation

Stop the Intervention: Income Management
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/income-management

See more about Barbara Shaw:

Intervention Rollback Action Group (IRAG) Media Releases:
[scroll down page] http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/media/
[Barbara Shaw is often quoted in the media releases.]

Let’s Talk – Indigenous presented talkback:
Tiga Bayles spoke with Barbara Shaw,
NT Intervention Rollback Action Group (24 Aug 09)
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasting/get.php?web=98fm-podcast-2009-08-24-70641.mp3

YouTube: Part 2 Speeches:
Opening Protest House Ampilatwatja Walk-off, NT (5 Mar 10)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSURYItC4xU&feature=related
[Speeches by Barbara Shaw and Paul Mcaleer]

Beyond Nuclear Initiative: No Muckaty nuclear dump:
Community rally and march in Tennant Creek (3 Apr 10)
[scroll down page] http://beyondnuclearinitiative.wordpress.com/audio/
[Barbara Shaw (Intervention Rollback Action Group)]

Rollback the Intervention: Town camp leader outraged by
Bess Price claims on Q and A (15 Apr 11)
[scroll down page] http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/media/

WGAR News: Darwin gathering for Aboriginal people living in
prescribed areas under the NT Intervention (29 Apr 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/29/darwin-gathering-for-aboriginal-people-living-in-prescribed-areas-under-the-nt-interventi

WGAR News: Interview with Barbara Shaw,
of the Intervention Rollback Action Group,
on the NT Intervention (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: Speech by Aboriginal activist Barbara Shaw
on the NT Intervention (10 May 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/10/wgar-news-nt-nuclear-waste-dump-plans-contested

WGAR News: Barbara Shaw at the UN Permanent Forum on
Indigenous Issues (28 May 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/28/wgar-news-canberra-rally-june-14-2011-don%E2%80%99t-dump-on-the-nt-no-radioactive-waste-dump-at-m

WGAR News: Ngarla Kunoth-Monks, Richard Downs and
Barbara Shaw at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
in New York (2 Jun 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/02/wgar-news-global-call-to-action-petition-calling-on-pm-julia-gillard-to-end-the-nt-interv

WGAR News: Ngarla Kunoth-Monks, Barbara Shaw & Richard Downs
speak about UN trip (22 Jun 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/22/wgar-news-4th-anniversary-of-nt-intervention-website-%E2%80%98an-alternative-to-the-nt-interventi

WGAR News: Women delegates speak on UN Permanent Forum on
Indigenous Issues (28 Jun 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/28/wgar-news-kimberley-gas-plant-protest-and-blockade-sydney-anti-nuclear-rally-29-june-2011

Media Release: Call for moratorium on Income Management
following release of damning study (21 Aug 11)
http://www.sayno2gim.info/download/Media_Release_21_Aug_2011_Call_for_a_moratorium_on_Income_Management_following_release_of_damning_study.pdf
[Barbara Shaw is quoted in the media release]

WGAR News: Interview with Barbara Shaw about the
NT Intervention (10 Sep 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/09/10/wgar-news-listen-to-us-negotiate-with-us-central-land-council-statement-at-kalkaringi-nt

WGAR News: Sydney speaking tour of anti-intervention
campaigner Barbara Shaw – 3-9 October 2011
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/09/18/wgar-news-sydney-speaking-tour-of-anti-intervention-campaigner-barbara-shaw-3-9-october-2

See more about Randa Kattan:

WGAR News: Interview with Randa Kattan about expansion of
Income Management to Vic, NSW, Qld and SA (27 Jul 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/07/28/wgar-news-interview-with-randa-kattan-about-expansion-of-income-management-to-vic-nsw-qld

Media Release: Forty organisations oppose government’s
income management in Bankstown (27 Jul 11)
http://www.sayno2gim.info/download/Media_Release_27_Jul_2011_Forty_organisations_oppose_governments_income_management_in_Bankstown.pdf
[Randa Kattan is quoted in the media release]
“Spokesperson for the campaign coalition
Say No to Government’s Income Management,
Not in Bankstown, Not Anywhere and
Executive Director of Arab Council Australia Ms Randa Kattan”

Media Release: Call for moratorium on Income Management
following release of damning study (21 Aug 11)
http://www.sayno2gim.info/download/Media_Release_21_Aug_2011_Call_for_a_moratorium_on_Income_Management_following_release_of_damning_study.pdf
[Randa Kattan is quoted in the media release]

* THE BUSH TO BANKSTOWN: THE FIGHT AGAINST GOVT INCOME MANAGEMENT:

– Upcoming event

Event: Wed 30 November  2011: Bankstown, Sydney, NSW
The Bush to Bankstown
The fight against Government Income Management
Special Guest Speaker:
Randa Kattan, Exec Dir, Arab Council of Australia
“Randa … will report on the impacts of Income
Management that she witnessed during a recent
visit to Aboriginal communities in the Northern
Territory.”
Organised by:
Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/Bush2Bankstown-30-11-11.pdf

* TWO SYDNEY EVENTS HIGHLIGHTING STRUGGLES FOR ABORIGINAL RIGHTS IN THE NT:

– Upcoming events

Events: Sat 3 December  2011: Sydney, NSW
Two events highlighting struggles for Aboriginal rights in
the NT

* 5:45pm – The case against the NT Intervention
Speakers include:
Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra OAM,
Senior Elder from Elcho Island
Hosted by the CFMEU Indigenous Committee
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/the-case-against-the-nt-intervention
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/CFMEU_Intervention_Dr_Gondarra-3-12-11.jpg

* 7pm – Hot Politics – Radioactive Waste Management
in Australia Forum and Photo Exhibition
“Against a background of heightened awareness of
nuclear issues, key stakeholders will examine the
plan to develop a national radioactive waste dump
in the Northern Territory.”
Speakers Include:
Matthew Gardiner, United Voice NT Secretary
Dianne Stokes, Muckaty Traditional Owner
Dave Sweeney, Australian Conservation Foundation
George Newhouse, Human Rights lawyer
Hosted by Jeff McMullen
“Includes premiere of
“Manuwangku-Under the Nuclear Cloud”
photo exhibition by Jagath Dheerasekera.”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/ALP-invite-Muckaty-3-12-11%20.jpg

See:

Manuwangku,Under the Nuclear Cloud exhibition: support needed!
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/2011/11/16/manuwangkuunder-the-nuclear-cloud-exhibition-support-needed/

* INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY – ALICE SPRINGS, NT

– Upcoming events

Event: Sat 10 December  2011: Alice Springs, NT
International Human Rights Day
5-10pm – ‘No second intervention – human rights for all’
Live Bands, BBQ, speakers
Launch of the short film ‘Yuendumu Voices’
Event details: http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/
Flyer: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/edited-ihrd-flyer2.pdf

Event: Sat 10 December  2011: Alice Springs, NT
International Human Rights Day
1-3pm – Alice Springs planning meeting for the
“Ending the Intervention” Campaign in 2012
“We need to work together to plan the
next stage in our fight. Come along to
this planning meeting and talk with other
community people about the struggle
for Aboriginal rights.”
Event details: http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/
Flyer: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/edited-ihrd-flyer2.pdf

* NINETY PEOPLE GATHERED IN DARWIN ON NOV 18 TO LAUNCH WALK WITH US:

– Reportback

Green Left: Aboriginal voices:
‘We have been manipulated, cheated and undermined’
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/49494
19 Nov 11: “Ninety people gathered on Larrakia land in
Darwin on November 18 to launch the new concerned
Australians book, Walk With Us. A moving welcome to country
by June Mills was followed by speeches from Bagot resident
Joy White, Yolngu educator Yalmay Yunupingu, journalist
Jeff McMullen, Alana Eldridge from Larrakia Nation and
young Aboriginal man Matthew Heffernan. In a poem written
for the occasion, Yunupingu said: “We have been manipulated,
cheated and undermined because the white man thinks he has a
superior way of thinking.”” Emma Murphy, Darwin

* OTHER NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– Analysis / Opinion

ABC The Drum Opinion: Intervention arguments
http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/3674542.html
16 Nov 11: “The claim that “Evidence backs intervention”
(The Australian, November 11) is sure to attract criticism
from the anti-intervention campaigners. There is certainly
evidence against the intervention, something I believe
should be addressed. However, there is also evidence that
some kind of intervention was warranted, and that also
should be addressed. I have written this opinion piece
(and it is just my opinion) not so much from the
perspective of supporting the intervention, but more so
from the perspective of questioning the arguments and
motives of the anti-intervention camp.” Anthony Dillon,
researcher and lecturer, University of Western Sydney

– News

newsTracker: $600,000 price tag on intervention housing: report
http://tracker.org.au/2011/11/600000-price-tag-on-intervention-housing-report/
11 Nov 11: “NORTHERN TERRITORY: New houses in remote
Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory are
costing almost $600,000 on average to build as concerns
resurface over value for money and whether the housing
program will actually reduce overcrowding. The
auditor-general’s report tabled in the Senate on Thursday
on the the National Partnership on Remote Indigenous
Housing program said the average planned cost of a new
house was about $590,000.”

newsTracker: NTER review targets child neglect
http://tracker.org.au/2011/11/nter-review-targets-child-neglect/
11 Nov 11: “NORTHERN TERRITORY: The initial public focus on
child sex abuse in the lead up to the Northern Territory
intervention may have come at the expense of child neglect,
a new report suggests. The federal government released an
independent evaluation of the Northern Emergency Response
(NTER) on Thursday. The report detailed a survey of 1300
people from 16 out of the total 73 NTER communities which
found that 72 per cent of Aboriginal people surveyed felt
safer.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition:
http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/

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

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

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

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

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

Jobs with Justice:
http://jobswithjustice.wordpress.com/

New Matilda – northern territory intervention:
http://newmatilda.com/tag/northern-territory-intervention

Amnesty International Australia:
Looking back at the Northern Territory Intervention:
http://www.amnesty.org.au/indigenous-rights/comments/24460/

Students For Indigenous Rights – UQ:
The Northern Territory Intervention:
http://uqsir.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/stir-uq-intervention-intro-factsheet-new1.pdf

Defending Indigenous Rights:
http://defendingindigenousrights.wordpress.com/

Intervention walk-off’s Blog:
http://interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com/

Australian Human Rights Commission:
Northern Territory ‘Emergency Response’ intervention:
http://www.hreoc.gov.au/social_justice/intervention/index.html

FAIRA; Human Rights Law Resource Centre; NACLC:
Australia’s compliance with CERD – Fact Sheet 2:
Northern Territory Intervention:
http://www.hrlrc.org.au/files/Fact-Sheet-2-NT-Intervention.pdf

Green Left: Northern Territory intervention: myths and facts:
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/39732

WGAR (Working Group for Aboriginal Rights):
https://wgar.wordpress.com/

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Submissions

CAEPR – ANU:
Reforming the Native Title Act
Topical Issue 10 / 2011, November 2011
Jon Altman
http://caepr.anu.edu.au/Publications/topical/2011TI10.php
“Abstract: In this Topical Issue, Jon Altman seeks to
explore the ramifications of the Native Title Act Reform
Bill, a private senator’s bill introduced by Senator Rachel
Siewert of the Australian Greens. A version of this Topical
Issue was provided as a submission to the Senate Legal and
Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee Inquiry into
the Native Title Amendment (Reform) Bill 2011 completed in
November 2011.”

Australian Human Rights Commission:
Native Title Amendment (Reform) Bill 2011
Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs
Committee
http://www.hreoc.gov.au/legal/submissions/sj_submissions/20110812_ntab.html
12 August 2011

– Audio Interview

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Peak body critical of decline in Aboriginal health workers !
http://caama.com.au/peak-body-critical-of-decline-in-aboriginal-health-workers
16 Nov 11: “John Patterson, CEO of  the peak representative
body for  Northern Territory’s Aboriginal community
controlled health services has warned  of a huge decline in
the number of Aboriginal health worker graduates over the
last few years. Mr Patterson told CAAMA radio that
Aboriginal health workers play a very significant role in
helping close the health gap and a much more flexible and
integrated approach is needed by Government to help address
the problems.”

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 14-11-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-14-11-2011
14 Nov 11: “An overwhelming majority of Australians support
the removal of sections of the Constitution that permit
discrimination on the basis of race….according to research
commissioned by the advisory panel on indigenous
recognition in the Constitution.”

– News

Koori Mail: Forum to map out a healthier future
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
17 Nov 11: “INDIGENOUS organisations will be at the
forefront of developing a new national plan to improve
Indigenous health outcomes. The National Health Leadership
Forum (NHLF), made up of National Congress of Australia’s
First Peoples and 11 Indigenous health organisations
including doctors, nurses, dentists and mental health
expert groups, will be involved in developing the new plan.
Close the Gap co-chair Mick Gooda said the National Health
Leadership Forum (NHLF) would be a national representative
voice to governments.”

Koori Mail: Push for change
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
17 Nov 11: “AN overwhelming majority of respondents to a
new survey have expressed their support for constitutional
recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
peoples and their heritage, cultures and languages. In a
result sure to boost the case of those arguing for change,
the national survey by Newspoll late last month found there
was majority support for constitutional recognition in all
states and territories, as well as for the removal of
sections of the Australian Constitution that currently
permit discrimination on the basis of race.”

* UPCOMING ABORIGINAL RIGHTS EVENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA
– 23 EVENTS FROM 20 NOVEMBER 2011:

Click on the links for details of the events …

Event: Ongoing Protest: James Price Point, Kimberley, WA
Kimberley gas plant protest
Save the Kimberley info: http://www.savethekimberley.com/
Kimberley gas plant threatens Aboriginal culture: http://ccr.uws.edu.au/2011/06/22/kimberley-gas-plant-threatens-aboriginal-culture-join-the-discussion/#.TkjD3WEgp8E
Aboriginal elder Elsta Foy at the protest camp: http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2011/s3296152.htm
Protest updates: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/blog/
Environs Kimberley: http://www.environskimberley.org.au/
Kimberley info: http://handsoffcountry.blogspot.com/
Kimberley Country and Culture: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/whats-the-fuss/country-culture/
WGAR News: Kimberley gas plant protest and blockade (28 Jun 11): http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/28/wgar-news-kimberley-gas-plant-protest-and-blockade-sydney-anti-nuclear-rally-29-june-2011
WGAR News: 25 protesters arrested at JPP blockade (9 Jul 11): http://indymedia.org.au/2011/07/09/wgar-news-25-protesters-arrested-at-james-price-point-blockade-petition-handed-to-ministe

Upcoming Event: Central Adelaide, SA
Adelaide Kimberley Support Rally postponed
“a bigger better event is already being planned,
date and details soon!”
Event details: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/2011/07/13/upcoming-events/

Event: 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: Cinema Release Date: Thu 17 November 2011: Qld
Documentary Film – The Tall Man
“… a vivid portrait of an Australian island enraged
by the death of an Aboriginal man while in custody
of the local, predominantly white-run police force.”
Event details, incl. film review and interview with the director: http://www.hopscotchfilms.com.au/films/coming-soon/thetallman-film/

Event: Sun 20 November 2011: Mullumbimby, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
With live music by Xavier Rudd and
Q&A with the filmmakers and
special guest Yolngu elder Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra
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 23 November 2011: Fortitude Valley, Qld
Homelands campaign training session
Amnesty International Qld/Northern NSW
“This training session will cover:
* The Homelands report;
* Key issues and messaging;
* Campaign strategy;
* How to campaign on Homelands; and
* A Train the Trainer session.
The training is designed for activists who want to play an
active role in the campaign”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/qld/event/26520/

Event: Fri 25 November 2011: Camperdown, Sydney, NSW
Launch of the 2011 Social Justice and Native Title Reports
Australian Human Rights Commission
The launch will include:
* Keynote Address by Mr Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner
* Panel speaking on ‘Lateral violence’
Event details: http://www.hreoc.gov.au/about/media/alerts/2011/alert_20111104.html

Event: Mon 28 – Wed 30 November  2011: Townsville, Qld
First Nations Pathways Conference
“The Conference provides the opportunity to discuss
important national and international issues relating to
First Nations Peoples, including Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander communities and individuals.”
Conference Themes:
1 United Nations/Human Rights and Bill of Rights
2 Constitutional Recognition and consultation
3 Native Title/Land Rights
4 Closing the Gap
5 Trans generational trauma and affect
6 Criminology and Justice Issues
7 Youth and Women’s rights
8 Social justice
9 Education, Health, Employment and Environmental
Event details: http://pathwaysconference2011.org/
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/qld/event/27201/

Event: Wed 30 November  2011: Bankstown, Sydney, NSW
The Bush to Bankstown
The fight against Government Income Management
Special Guest Speaker:
Randa Kattan, Exec Dir, Arab Council of Australia
“Randa … will report on the impacts of Income
Management that she witnessed during a recent
visit to Aboriginal communities in the Northern
Territory.”
Organised by:
Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/Bush2Bankstown-30-11-11.pdf

Event: Tue 6 December 2011: Balmain, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Q & A with Jacqui Phillips, National Director of ANTaR
(Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation)
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: 9 December  2011: Adelaide, SA
133rd Justice and Peace Candlelight Walk
“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/

Events: Sat 3 December  2011: Sydney, NSW
Two events highlighting struggles for Aboriginal rights in the NT

* 5:45pm – The case against the NT Intervention
Speakers include:
Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra OAM,
Senior Elder from Elcho Island
Hosted by the CFMEU Indigenous Committee
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/the-case-against-the-nt-intervention
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/CFMEU_Intervention_Dr_Gondarra-3-12-11.jpg

* 7pm – Hot Politics – Radioactive Waste Management
in Australia Forum and Photo Exhibition
“Against a background of heightened awareness of
nuclear issues, key stakeholders will examine the
plan to develop a national radioactive waste dump
in the Northern Territory.”
Speakers Include:
Matthew Gardiner, United Voice NT Secretary
Dianne Stokes, Muckaty Traditional Owner
Dave Sweeney, Australian Conservation Foundation
George Newhouse, Human Rights lawyer
Hosted by Jeff McMullen
“Includes premiere of
“Manuwangku-Under the Nuclear Cloud”
photo exhibition by Jagath Dheerasekera.”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/ALP-invite-Muckaty-3-12-11%20.jpg

Event: Sat 10 December  2011: Alice Springs, NT
International Human Rights Day
5-10pm – ‘No second intervention – human rights for all’
Live Bands, BBQ, speakers
Launch of the short film ‘Yuendumu Voices’
Event details: http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/
Flyer: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/edited-ihrd-flyer2.pdf

Event: Sat 10 December  2011: Alice Springs, NT
International Human Rights Day
1-3pm – Alice Springs planning meeting for the
“Ending the Intervention” Campaign in 2012
“We need to work together to plan the
next stage in our fight. Come along to
this planning meeting and talk with other
community people about the struggle
for Aboriginal rights.”
Event details: http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/
Flyer: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/edited-ihrd-flyer2.pdf

Event: Sat 10 December  2011: Paddington, Sydney, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Hosted by Eastern Suburbs Amnesty International Australia
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: 10 December 2011: Adelaide, SA
Kimberley Cultural Festival
“Kimberley Cultural Festival is a community event to raise
awareness of the cultural and environmental significance of
the Kimberley region, which is under threat from proposed
gas and industrial development.”
Event details: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/2011/07/13/upcoming-events/
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=270070339699908

Event: Wed 14 December 2011: Newcastle, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Greater Union Cinemas
More information 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: Thu 15 December 2011: Central Coast, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Greater Union Cinemas
More information 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://treatyrepublic.net/content/invitation-aboriginal-tent-embassy-january-2012
Event details: http://www.aboriginaltentembassy.net/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/aboriginal-tent-embassy-40th-anniversary-canberra
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/40th-anniversary-of-the-tent-embassy-canberra
Event summary: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49413
Aboriginal Embassy Elder Tribute song: http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/artist_songs/2079567

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/

Event: Sat 11 February 2012: Melbourne, Vic
Our Generation Film Screening
as part of the inaugural Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival
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

– ‘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

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12/11/2011 ‘cA’ paper: Cuts to Welfare Payments for School Non-Attendance – Requested or Imposed?

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 12/11/2011 by D

Contents:
* ‘cA’: Cuts to Welfare Payments for School Non-Attendance
* Thanks from leaders to supporters of Yolngu Nations Assembly
* Paddy Gibson and Barb Shaw: Alternative to NT Intervention
* Emma Murphy:
New NT education policy still sidelines Indigenous language
* Amnesty:
Stronger futures in the NT must be a product of the people
* Greens Rachel Siewert: Smarter investments the key for the NT
* More on the National Health Leadership Forum (NHLF)
* What’s Working: So No to Government Intervention
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles
* Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia

* ‘cA’: CUTS TO WELFARE PAYMENTS FOR SCHOOL NON-ATTENDANCE:

– Research Paper

Cuts to Welfare Payments for School Non-Attendance
– Requested or Imposed?
October 2011
Prepared by: Michele Harris, Rosa McKenna
‘concerned Australians’ www.concernedaustralians.com.au
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/Welfare-Cuts-Requested-or-Imposed.pdf
“This paper raises a number of questions about the
interpretation of consultations with Aboriginal communities
across the Northern Territory concerning the link between
cuts to welfare payments and school non-attendance. The
Federal Government’s recent report, Stronger Futures Report
on Consultations, is based on the belief that Aboriginal
people support the proposal to remove welfare payments in
cases where children do not attend school. …
This paper suggests that there is considerable doubt that
the views of Aboriginal people are as clear as suggested by
the Government report, and presents analysis which suggests
considerable disquiet about the proposal to cut welfare
payments and other aspects of education that are being
provided to Aboriginal communities.
The paper draws on transcripts of Government community
consultations and public meetings that took place in the
Northern Territory between June and August 2011 to see
what was said about the problems of non-attendance.
Ten of the consultations held were recorded and transcribed
and this sample is broadly representative of the types of
communities with which the government consulted. …
While there are many strong and valuable messages from
Aboriginal people of the Northern Territory as to how to
improve levels of school attendance, there seems to have
been no evidence that one of those messages was about
cutting welfare benefits or fines.”

* THANKS FROM LEADERS TO SUPPORTERS OF THE YOLNGU NATIONS ASSEMBLY:

– Letter

Cultural Worlds:
First Yolngu Nations Assembly held in Galiwin’ku
http://blog.whywarriors.com.au/2011/first-yolngu-nations-assembly-held-in-galiwinku/
31 Oct 11: “Dear Supporters,
On behalf of Yolŋu Nations Assembly (YNA), I would like to
extend our deep gratitude for your support of the first
assembly from Friday 14th to Monday 17th October. … The
outcomes of the assembly will be made public in the coming
months. The First Yolŋu Nations Assembly was a very
uplifting time for all the leaders involved. It cannot be
expressed how greatly this action has provided a source of
hope for the Arnhem Land people. One can’t help feel that
this is a changing of the tide for this region, an
expression of self-determination in what has been a sad
period of external take-over. …
Sincerely, Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM,
Djirrikay for Dhurili Clan Nation”

– Audio Interview

ABC Darwin – Drive with Vicki Kerrigan:
Yolngu 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 Yolngu assembly. They want
customary law recognised. They want to establish a Yolngu
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 Yolngu embassy and why it’s important to his
people.”

* PADDY GIBSON AND BARB SHAW: ALTERNATIVE TO THE NT INTERVENTION:

– Audio Interviews

the third degree: Episode 2011 – 37:
Alternative to the NT Intervention
Broadcast 6 October 2011 on 2ser radio 107.3 Sydney
http://thirddegreeshow.blogspot.com/2011/10/episode-2011-37-alternative-to-nt.html
26 Oct 11
[Interviews with Paddy Gibson and Barbara Shaw.]

– Commentary about the interviews

Workers Bush Telegraph:
Elders voice anger over NT intervention
& Alternative to NT Interv 6 Oct with Barb
http://workersbushtelegraph.com.au/2011/11/06/elders-voice-anger-over-nt-intervention-alternative-to-nt-interv-6-oct-with-barb/
6 Nov 11: “two excellent interviews by that indefatigable
duo, paddy gibson and ms. barbara shaw on what is wrong
with the intervention that the howard – krudd – gillard
governments are forcing onto the aborigines on welfare,
most of them, in the prescribed areas. … paddy informs us
of the most interesting point of what aboriginal workers
are being paid to build, or assist in building, aboriginal
housing. they are being paid a pittance, a mere $6 dollars
an hour … ms. barbara continues to inform us of the ills
that beset those living in the prescribed areas and the
constant abuse and manipulation that follows from that. she
at least lives in the prescribed areas … ” ray jackson,
president, indigenous social justice association

– See Document:

Jumbunna: “Rebuilding from the Ground Up”
Alternatives to the Northern Territory Intervention
http://www.jumbunna.uts.edu.au/researchareas/alternatives.html

Stop the Intervention: Alternatives to the Intervention
http://stoptheintervention.org/alternatives-to-the-intervention

* EMMA MURPHY: NEW NT EDUCATION POLICY STILL SIDELINES INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE:

– Analysis / Opinion

Green Left:
New NT education policy still sidelines Indigenous language
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/49339
5 Nov 11: “The Northern Territory government’s latest
proposed approach to teaching Aboriginal students, like its
previous policy, places a primacy on reading and writing in
English. It allows for students’ first language to be used
to help teachers explain new concepts, but critics fear it
falls short of valuing Aboriginal languages. … The draft
Literacy Framework for Students with English as an
Additional Language was released on August 31. It slightly
amends the controversial “First Four Hours” policy,
introduced in January 2009, which expired earlier this
year. Many criticised the First Four Hours policy, … ”
Emma Murphy, Darwin

* AMNESTY: STRONGER FUTURES IN THE NT MUST BE A PRODUCT OF THE PEOPLE:

– Statement

Amnesty International Australia:
Stronger futures in the NT must be a product of the people
http://www.amnesty.org.au/news/comments/27043/
19 Oct 11: “Community consultations are 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, said Amnesty International today.
Responding to the Government’s Stronger Futures in the
Northern Territory Report on Consultations released
yesterday, Amnesty International is calling on the
Government to now work in partnership with Aboriginal
communities to find practical solutions that respect the
rights of those affected.
“The Government must recognise that local issues need local
solutions rather than the failed one-size-fits-all
Intervention policies that were imposed upon communities
four years ago,” said Rodney Dillon, Amnesty International
Australia’s Indigenous Rights Campaigner.”

* GREENS RACHEL SIEWERT: SMARTER INVESTMENTS THE KEY FOR THE NT:

– Media Release

Greens Rachel Siewert: Smarter investments the key for the NT
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/smarter-investments-key-nt
10 Nov 11: “The Australian Greens said today that a new
evaluation of the Northern Emergency Response proved
smarter investments should replace the flawed intervention
measures currently underway.
Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues said the
Government shouldn’t be using the report to justify the
Intervention or any continuation of the top down, punitive,
discriminatory measures seen in the NT.
“It is no surprise that people feel safer in communities
that have seen an increase in police numbers and the
provision of other services,” said Senator Siewert.
“You don’t need to be Einstein to work out that by investing
in services in communities, you improve outcomes for that
community and address the issues around disadvantage.
“The point is that these results could have been delivered
without the approach that is being taken under the NT
Intervention.””

* MORE ON THE NATIONAL HEALTH LEADERSHIP FORUM (NHLF)

– News

National Indigenous Times: New era for health
http://www.nit.com.au/story.aspx?id=23215
9 Nov 11: “Finally … a new era, a new strategy, a brave
new world with the Federal Government announcing the
establishment of a National Health Leadership Forum that
will advise and help direct funding of health initiatives
for Australia’s First Peoples. … For the first time 11 of
the country’s peak Indigenous health organisations will
work with the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Health Equality Council to advise Federal, State
and Territory governments on the establishment and
implementation of a health plan through to 2030. The health
plan will be “community-driven” to maximise the benefits
and effect of health spending. The plan has received
widespread endorsement from health and community
organisations.”

National Indigenous Times: NACCHO recognises new national
plan as a commitment to giving people a better life
http://www.nit.com.au/News/story.aspx?id=23199
9 Nov 11: “The importance of Aboriginal Community
Controlled Health Services delivering front line care in
their communities was reflected in the health initiatives
announced by the Federal Government last week, Chair of the
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health
Organisation (NACCHO), Mr Justin Mohamed said. NACCHO will
Co-Chair the new National Health Leadership Forum of peak
bodies in the National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples, along with Congress Co-Chair, Jody Broun.”

National Indigenous Times:
Congress teams with 11 groups to fix our health
http://www.nit.com.au/News/story.aspx?id=23202
9 Nov 11: “The National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples has teamed with eleven Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander health groups to form the National Health
Leadership Forum (NHLF).
Congress is the backbone of this historic group which
combines the expertise of existing organisations and will
drive the active involvement of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander communities in health policy at a national
level. Congress Co-Chair, Jody Broun, who leads the Forum
together with Justin Mohamed, Chair of NACCHO (National
Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation), said
the Forum was about partnership not just consultation.”

National Indigenous Times:
Federal Government initiative receives overwhelming support
http://www.nit.com.au/News/story.aspx?id=23201
9 Nov 11: “The Close the Gap Campaign has welcomed the new
national voice for the health interests of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander people. Campaign Co-Chair and Social
Justice Commissioner, Mick Gooda said the announcement that
the National Health Leadership Forum (NHLF) would be the
national representative voice to Governments on Indigenous
health was a turning point for Indigenous peoples. He said
the health plan announced by the Federal Government offered
the best opportunity yet to address the health issues facing
Indigenous Australians. The NHLF is part of the National
Congress of Australia’s First Peoples (Congress).”

National Indigenous Times: A road map for health
http://www.nit.com.au/News/story.aspx?id=23200
9 Nov 11: “A national Indigenous health road map is to be
developed with the aim of increasing an Aboriginal life
expectancy that is currently 11 years below that of other
Australians. Peak Indigenous health organisations from
across the nation, the National Congress of Australia’s
First People and State and Territory governments will
partner the Federal Government to devise the plan,
Indigenous Health Minister Warren Snowdon said. In the plan,
the “community-driven” 2030 Closing the Gap program is to be
developed next year, implemented from 2013 and is expected
to trigger future budget boosts to Indigenous health.”

* WHAT’S WORKING: SO NO TO GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION:

What’s Working: So No to Government Intervention
http://www.whatsworking.com.au/whats-working/so-no-to-government-intervention/
“The Australian Government has announced that Income
Management will be coming to Bankstown. A coalition of
organisations came together in June 2011 to campaign
against this policy. … A full-page open letter appeared
in the Bankstown local papers on 27 July 2011, addressed to
federal ministers Jenny Macklin and Tanya Plibersek, and
local federal MPs for Banks, Blaxland and Watson, voicing
community concerns about the impact of such an intervention
on people in Bankstown and everywhere else in Australia.
See website: http://www.sayno2gim.info/ ”

See also:

Stop the Intervention: Income Management
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/income-management

Stop the Intervention: Dr John Falzon 6-10-11
Basic Rights not BasicsCard
Address to the Say No to Income Management Rally,
Bankstown, 6th October 2011
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/speeches/dr-john-falzon-6-10-11
6 Oct 11: “Our problem in Australia is not the “idleness of
the poor”, as perniciously proposed by welfare-bashers of all
political stripes. Putting the boot into disadvantaged
Australians might be therapeutic for these welfare bashers
but the reality is that it will not help a single person into
employment. Neither will it provide the resources for someone
to survive outside the labour market.”

* OTHER NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– News

Courier Mail: Community houses in remote Aboriginal
communities cost $590k to build
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/national/community-houses-cost-590k-to-build/story-e6freooo-1226191948166
11 Nov 11: “NEW houses in remote Aboriginal communities in
the Northern Territory are costing almost $600,000 on
average to build … Australian Greens spokeswoman Rachel
Siewert said it was not good enough that the amount of
money required for associated infrastructure had been
underestimated. “We are building houses knowing full well
that we we still have over-crowding in these communities,”
she said.”

Koori Mail: NTER communities feel safer, say Feds
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
10 Nov 11: “THE Federal Government says an independent
evaluation of the Northern Emergency Response (NTER) has
found Aboriginal people living in NT remote communities
feel safer and receive better levels of government services
than they did four years ago. But it says findings of
little overall change in school attendance and enrolment,
poor reading, writing and numeracy outcomes, and low
employment show there are still big challenges ahead.”

Koori Mail: Oppn condemns Govt on ‘leaky tents’
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
10 Nov 11: “THE Federal Opposition has disputed Government
suggestions that a program to improve Aboriginal community
housing in the Northern Territory is working well, saying
that around 200 people in at least one community have had
to live in tents for up to six months while waiting for
accommodation. Opposition Indigenous Affairs spokesman
Nigel Scullion says families at Galiwin’ku on Elcho Island
are living in cramped tents during torrential downpours
while they wait for housing rebuilds and refurbishments
under the Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure
Program (SIHIP).”

Koori Mail: Govt upbeat on housing program
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
10 Nov 11: “THE Australian and Northern Territory
Governments say a program aimed at providing new, rebuilt
and refurbished houses in NT Aboriginal communities is on
track. They say that an Australian National Audit Office
report on the National Partnership Agreement on Remote
Indigenous Housing has found that, despite a related
program enduring a slow start, a significant number of new
and refurbished houses has been built in the NT, and
construction and management costs showed the program was
delivering value for money.”

9 News: NT housing program under fire
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8372640/housing-program-under-fire
10 Nov 11: “New houses in remote Aboriginal communities in
the Northern Territory are costing almost $600,000 on
average to build as concerns resurface over value for money
and whether the housing program will actually reduce
overcrowding. The auditor-general’s report tabled in the
Senate on Thursday on the national partnership on remote
indigenous housing program said the average planned cost of
a new house was about $590,000.”

National Indigenous Times: It’s cultural genocide
http://www.nit.com.au/News/story.aspx?id=23214
9 Nov 11: “Indigenous leaders from across the Northern
Territory have once again met and condemned the
Intervention labelling it a “sham consultation” and “failed
policies”. The six leaders Dr Djiniyini Gondarra (Elcho
Island), Rosalie Kunoth-Monks (Urapuntja), Japarta Ryan
(Kalkarindji), Harry Nelson (Yuendumu), Djapirri
Mununggirritj (Yirrkala) and Barbara Shaw (Mt Nancy Town
Camp) met in Melbourne last week to discuss the issues
affecting their communities. The meeting was called to
agree on strategies to combat what they have called the
“cultural genocide” the Intervention was wreaking on the
Northern Territory’s First Nations peoples.”

National Indigenous Times: $1.35 million spend on signs for
Intervention is a “waste beyond belief”, says Greens
http://www.nit.com.au/News/story.aspx?id=23207
9 Nov 11: “The Federal Government spent a gob smacking
$1.35 million to install signs informing Indigenous
communities about alcohol and pornography bans introduced
by the former Howard Government under the Northern
Territory Intervention. The sum, described by the Greens as
“a waste beyond belief”, does not include maintenance of
the 405 signs which were put up in prescribed towns since
the Intervention began in 2007.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Questions about CDEP raised from study
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6549:questions-about-cdep-raised-from-study&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=154
8 Nov 11: “New research has found a remote Aboriginal jobs
program may be inadvertently encouraging the reliance on
welfare that it is meant to address. The Centre for
Aboriginal Economic Policy Research studied 15 people on
the Community Development Employment Projects in the APY
Lands in South Australia’s remote north. The program aims
to give Indigenous people the skills to move on to other
work, but Centrelink has paid participants for the past two
years.”

* 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

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

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

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

Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition:
http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/

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

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

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

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

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:

– Media Release

Greens urge Parliament to back Native Title reform bill
http://greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/greens-urge-parliament-back-native-title-reform-bill
9 Nov 11: “The Australian Greens remain in ‘no doubt’ about
the importance of native title reforms following a Senate
Inquiry into the Native Title Amendment (Reform) Bill 2011.
“The existing native title system is not living up to its
intended purpose and our bill seeks to rectify that,”
Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues said today.
“The Bill addresses the serious and unnecessary barriers
faced by traditional owners in making native title claims.
It makes moderate reforms that have been well canvassed,
both over the last few years and during this inquiry
process.
“Evidence to the inquiry suggests that if the intentions of
the bill were implemented, a greater degree of fairness
would be introduced into the native title system.”

– Analysis / Opinion

Indigenous Peoples: Australia: Latest United Nations Human
Index Ranks Australians 2nd, Aborigines Last, Worldwide
http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12973:australia-latest-united-nations-human-index-ranks-australians-2nd-aborigines-last-

worldwide&catid=54:australia-indigenous-peoples&Itemid=76
8 Nov 11: “The United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
has compiled rankings of 187 countries according to their
wealth, education levels and life expectancy. Australia is
ranked second in terms of the human development index and
social wealth however Australia’s Aboriginal peoples
continue with some of the world’s worst life expectancies,
and the disparity between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal
Australians beggars questions of federal and state
government policies which according to some United Nations
committees and experts smack of overt neglect,
discrimination and racism.”

Australian courts ruling against Aborigines without jurisdiction
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/11/08/australian-courts-ruling-against-aborigines-without-jurisdiction
8 Nov 11: “By Michael Anderson
It appears that the courts of NSW are standing firm on
their consistent practice to exercise jurisdiction over
Aboriginal people despite the amended 1872/75 Pacific
Islanders Act. While some judges understand the legal
conundrum, the frustration is that some are no doubt asking
themselves: what law does apply to Aboriginal people? This
question arose in a number of criminal cases in 1827 in
South Australia, Victoria in 1836 and NSW in 1842.”
Michael Anderson, the last survivor of the four young
“Black Power” men who set up the Aboriginal Tent Embassy
in Canberra in 1972

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 10-11-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-10-11-2011
10 Nov 11: “Protesters from the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal
Corporation have staged a peaceful protest after they were
denied access to speak at Fortescue Metals Group’s AGM to
warn shareholders of the company’s plans to develop its
Solomon project..a site of significant cultural heritage.”

The Wire:
Claims Fortescue Metals destroying sacred Aboriginal sites
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=8664
9 Nov 11: “Earlier this year Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue
Metals Group or FMG, was granted an exploration license in
the Pilbara in Australia’s mineral rich northwest. Native
title is held by the Yindjibarndi people – and the
exploration area contains a number of verified sacred
sites. The license was granted to FMG on the basis that
sacred sites are protected by local heritage legislation.
Now the Yindjibarndi people are saying those sites are
being destroyed. They held a peaceful vigil outside FMG’s
AGM in Perth this morning, after a request by CEO of the
Yindjibarndi Aboriginal corporation, Michael Woodley, to
address the meeting was rejected by Mr Forrest.
Featured in story: CEO of the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal
corporation, Michael Woodley”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 08-11-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-08-11-2011
8 Nov 11: “A rally has been held  in Brisbane to remember
key incidents relating to Aborignal deaths in custody since
1993… and the key recommendations of the Royal
commisission into Aborignal deaths in custody.”

– News

Koori Mail: Committee cans native title bill
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
10 Nov 11: “A PARLIAMENTARY committee has dismissed a
private members bill introduced by the Australian Greens in
an attempt to make the native title system fairer. The
Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation
Committee accepted that there was dissatisfaction amongst
some stakeholders, including Indigenous claimants, but said
it was not convinced the Greens’ bill would actually
expedite effective native title outcomes.”

National Indigenous Times: Police target protestors at
Perth’s Occupy camp with move on orders
http://www.nit.com.au/News/story.aspx?id=23193
9 Nov 11: “The Occupy Movement in Perth continues in full
swing with campers having taken hold of part of Perth’s
Forrest Place. Aboriginal activists are at the forefront of
the occupation. “This is a lead up occupation for when we
descend upon the Federal Parliament in Canberra in January
to continue on the 40 years of Tent Embassy,” a Yamatji
rights campaigner said. The Occupy campaign also follows on
from the CHOGM protest in Perth on October 28 when more
than 2,000 protestors descended on the Commonwealth Heads
of Government Meeting to speak against human rights abuses,
including Aboriginal disparity, injustices, racism and wars.”

National Indigenous Times:
Greens join fight to revise curriculum
http://www.nit.com.au/News/story.aspx?id=23191
9 Nov 11: “The Australian Greens have introduced a Senate
motion calling for the national history curriculum to be
revised to include more content on Indigenous Australians
and the Stolen Generation. Senator Rachel Siewert put
forward the motion after Indigenous groups and private
school teachers expressed concern the new curriculum does
not cover these areas adequately.
The National Sorry Day Committee has argued former Prime
Minister Kevin Rudd’s 2008 apology to the Stolen
Generations was not properly covered in the coursework and
other references to Indigenous people were not well
written.”

* UPCOMING ABORIGINAL RIGHTS EVENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA – 20 EVENTS FROM 12 NOVEMBER 2011:

Click on the links for details of the events …

Event: Ongoing Protest: James Price Point, Kimberley, WA
Kimberley gas plant protest
Save the Kimberley info: http://www.savethekimberley.com/
Kimberley gas plant threatens Aboriginal culture: http://ccr.uws.edu.au/2011/06/22/kimberley-gas-plant-threatens-aboriginal-culture-join-the-discussion/#.TkjD3WEgp8E
Aboriginal elder Elsta Foy at the protest camp: http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2011/s3296152.htm
Protest updates: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/blog/
Environs Kimberley: http://www.environskimberley.org.au/
Kimberley info: http://handsoffcountry.blogspot.com/
Kimberley Country and Culture: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/whats-the-fuss/country-culture/
WGAR News: Kimberley gas plant protest and blockade (28 Jun 11): http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/28/wgar-news-kimberley-gas-plant-protest-and-blockade-sydney-anti-nuclear-rally-29-june-

2011
WGAR News: 25 protesters arrested at JPP blockade (9 Jul 11): http://indymedia.org.au/2011/07/09/wgar-news-25-protesters-arrested-at-james-price-point-blockade-petition-handed-to-ministe

Upcoming Event: Central Adelaide, SA
Adelaide Kimberley Support Rally postponed
“a bigger better event is already being planned,
date and details soon!”
Event details: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/2011/07/13/upcoming-events/

Event: 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: Sun 13 November 2011: Lawson, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening in the Blue Mountains
Hosted by AI Springwood/Blaxland Action Group
“The screening is held in support of Amnesty International
Australia’s Homelands report released in August. There will
be a brief introduction on the campaign and related
material will be available on the night.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/27054/
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49323
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

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

Event: Tue 15 November 2011: Alice Springs, NT
Amnesty International Homelands Campaign Meeting
Event details: http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/

Event: Wed 16 November 2011: Carlton Sth, Melbourne, Vic
Public meeting: Traditional owners speak out against BHP
Q & A panel of traditonal owners,
who will be entering the BHP Billiton AGM on November 17,
including Peter Watts (Arabunna),
Donna Jackson (Larrakia Nation),
Richard Evans (Koara Gwa-da tribal leader) &
Felipe Ustate from Manatial Columbia
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49399

Event: Thu 17 November 2011: Melbourne City, Vic
Occupy Melbourne Protest:
Indigenous Working Group “Evict Robert Doyle”
“Occupy Melbourne’s Indigenous Working Group serves an
eviction to Melbourne City Council and Lord Mayor Robert
Doyle. In response to the violent attack on the democratic
right to protest, including the brutal attack on several
Indigenous activists, we invite the 99% to join us in this
action to defend our human rights and cultural dignity.”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/occupy-melbourne-protest-indigenous-working-group-evict-robert-doyle
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49400

Event: Cinema Release Date: Thu 17 November 2011: Qld
Documentary Film – The Tall Man
“… a vivid portrait of an Australian island enraged by
the death of an Aboriginal man while in custody of the
local, predominantly white-run police force.”
Event details,
incl. film review and interview with the director: http://www.hopscotchfilms.com.au/films/coming-soon/thetallman-film/

Event: Fri 18 November 2011: Nightcliff, Darwin, NT
Darwin book launch: “Walk With Us”
– Aboriginal views on the NT Intervention
“Aboriginal Elders Call Out to Australian People to Walk
with them in their Quest for Justice. A sequel to the
highly regarded ‘This Is What We Said’ (February 2010)
‘Walk with Us’ (August 2011) provides a very important
update of the current thinking about the Intervention. … ”
Organised by Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition
Event details: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/events/
Event details: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/WWU_booklaunches.html
Event details: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/films-and-literature/book-walk-with-us
Brought to you by ‘concerned Australians’: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/
Book info and order form: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/WWU_Order_Form.pdf
Further book info: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/WWU-Alert-for-All-Readers.pdf
Book review: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/WWU-book-rev-short.pdf
Videos from the Sydney book launch: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/films-and-literature/book-walk-with-us/videos-wwu
Article about the Sydney book launch: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/WWU-book-article-short.pdf

Event: 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 by Xavier Rudd and
Q&A with the filmmakers and
special guest Yolngu elder Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra
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 23 November 2011: Fortitude Valley, Qld
Homelands campaign training session
Amnesty International Qld/Northern NSW
“This training session will cover:
* The Homelands report;
* Key issues and messaging;
* Campaign strategy;
* How to campaign on Homelands; and
* A Train the Trainer session.
The training is designed for activists who want to play an
active role in the campaign”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/qld/event/26520/

Event: Fri 25 November 2011: Camperdown, Sydney, NSW
Launch of the 2011 Social Justice and Native Title Reports
Australian Human Rights Commission
The launch will include:
* Keynote Address by Mr Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner
* Panel speaking on ‘Lateral violence’
Event details: http://www.hreoc.gov.au/about/media/alerts/2011/alert_20111104.html

Event: Mon 28 – Wed 30 November  2011: Townsville, Qld
First Nations Pathways Conference
“The Conference provides the opportunity to discuss
important national and international issues relating to
First Nations Peoples, including Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander communities and individuals.”
Conference Themes:
1 United Nations/Human Rights and Bill of Rights
2 Constitutional Recognition and consultation
3 Native Title/Land Rights
4 Closing the Gap
5 Trans generational trauma and affect
6 Criminology and Justice Issues
7 Youth and Women’s rights
8 Social justice
9 Education, Health, Employment and Environmental
Event details: http://pathwaysconference2011.org/
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/qld/event/27201/

Event: Sat 10 December  2011: Alice Springs, NT
International Human Rights Day
Human Rights are for Everyone, Everwhere, Every Day
Gathering, information and Concert
Event details: http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/

Event: 10 December 2011: Adelaide, SA
Kimberley Cultural Festival
“Kimberley Cultural Festival is a community event to raise
awareness of the cultural and environmental significance of
the Kimberley region, which is under threat from proposed
gas and industrial development.”
Event details: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/2011/07/13/upcoming-events/
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=270070339699908

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 summary: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49413

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

– – –

9/11/2011 Aboriginal Leaders call for apology over NT intervention; Darwin launch of Walk With Us

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 09/11/2011 by D

Contents:
* Aboriginal Leaders call for apology over NT intervention
* Report on ‘Consultations’:
“A flawed process and not what people said”
* Darwin book launch of ‘Walk With Us’
* Video: Yuendumu Voices – Reflections on the Intervention
* National Health Leadership Forum (NHLF) to be voice to govt
* Interview with Jonathan Nichols, Editor of a APY Project
* Project: Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud exhibition
* Jon Altman:
The intervention is dead, long live the intervention
* Nicole Watson: Message to media: We are people too
* Jeff McMullen: Listen to the children
* Barbara Shaw meets with Amnesty International NSW
* What’s Working – Language and Wellbeing
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles
* Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia

* ABORIGINAL LEADERS CALL FOR APOLOGY OVER NT INTERVENTION:

– Statement

No More! Enough is Enough!
Statement by Northern Territory Elders and Community
Representatives
‘concerned Australians’: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/Statement-4-11-11.pdf
DARC: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/
Green Left: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/49367
4 Nov 11: “United First People’s Law men and women who are
born leaders representing people of Prescribed Areas in the
Northern Territory make this statement.
Once again, they have gathered to openly discuss the future
of our generation who have been subjugated by the lies and
innuendo of the Federal Government, set out in the Stronger
Futures document (October 2011).
The Stronger Futures report has created a lot of anger and
frustration due to the lack of process and the ignorant way
in which the views of the people have been reported. we
therefore reject this report.
We will not support an extension of the Intervention
legislation. We did not ask for it. In fact we call for a
genuine Apology from the Federal Government for the hurt,
embarrassment, shame and stigma, and for the illegal
removal of the Racial Discrimination Act. It is our
intention to officially call upon Government for
reparation. …
Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra OAM
Rosalie Kunoth-Monks OAM
Japata Ryan
Harry Nelson
Djapirri Murunggirritj
Barbara Shaw
Yananymul Mununggurr”
[Click on the above link to read the many more points made.]

– News

newsTracker: Leaders call for apology over NT intervention
http://tracker.org.au/2011/11/nt-leaders-call-for-apology-over-nt-intervention/
7 Nov 11: “NATIONAL: A group of prominent Northern
Territory Aboriginal leaders have called for an apology
from the federal government for the “hurt, embarrassment,
shame and stigma” caused by the controversial Northern
Territory intervention. They have also stated that they
will not support any extension of the controversial policy
and have raised the issue of reparations. The group
includes Djiniyini Gondarra, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, Japata
Ryan, Harry Nelson, Yananymul Mununggurr, Djapirri
Murunggirritj and Barbara Shaw. All of them live in
prescribed areas under the intervention … ” Amy McQuire,
Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman and editor of Tracker

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Anger of Intervention extension plans
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6537:anger-of-intervention-extension-plans&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=154
7 Nov 11: “Indigenous elders from the Northern Territory
are angry over the Federal Government’s plan to extend the
controversial Intervention next year. … But some corners
of the Indigenous community are condemning the move, saying
the Intervention is causing shame and embarrassment.
Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, from Utopia in Central Australia,
says after five years of the oppression of the
Intervention, her community is demanding the government
hand back control to them and they’re asking for a genuine
apology.”

ABC Indigenous:
Indigenous elders condemn intervention extension
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-11-05/indigenous-elders-condemn-intervention-extension/3637074/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
5 Nov 11: “A group of Aboriginal leaders say they are
furious about the Federal Government’s plan to extend the
Northern Territory intervention next year. The intervention
was meant to wrap up next year but last month Indigenous
Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin announced that measures
including alcohol bans and welfare quarantining in remote
communities will continue.”

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 07-11-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-07-11-2011
7 Nov 11: “The statement said the elders will not support
an extension of the intervention legislation… and are
calling for a geniune apology from the federal government
for the illegal removal of the racial discrimination act…
and the hurt, embarrasment and shame the Northern Territory
intervention has caused them.”

– Related Video

SBS World News Australia:
Elders voice anger over NT intervention
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1602367/Elders-voice-anger-over-NT-intervention
4 Nov 11: “Aboriginal community leaders have hit out at the
Gillard government over plans to extend its predecessor’s
controversial intervention in the Northern Territory. The
elders travelled thousands of kilometres to deliver a blunt
message to indigenous affairs minister Jenny Macklin about
her “Stronger Futures” discussion paper in Melbourne. They
branded the intervention ‘racist and discriminatory’. They
say living standards have gone backwards since the Howard
government introduced it  four years ago.”

* REPORT ON ‘CONSULTATIONS’
– “A FLAWED PROCESS AND NOT WHAT PEOPLE SAID”:

– Statement

Rollback the Intervention:
Australian Government’s report on their Stronger Futures
‘Consultations’ – A flawed process and not what people said
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/
4 Nov 11: “The federal government’s recent report from
meetings with people living in prescribed areas is flawed,
pre-determined, and misrepresents the views of communities.
From late June to early August community meetings were held
in all prescribed areas.
The Federal Government spent a great deal of money on the
consultations. But they gave very little notice to the
people living under the intervention.
The areas of discussion were tightly controlled. For example
there was no formal space given for discussion of the NTER
measures such as income management, land, or customary law.
Governance was only talked about at the end of the meetings
if at all. …
IRAG is concerned that the lack of accountability has led
to the misrepresentation of people’s views. … ”
[Click on the above link to read the many more points made.]

– Related Analysis / Opinion

Solidarity: Consultations whitewash Intervention’s failure
http://www.solidarity.net.au/40/consultations-whitewash-interventions-failure/
Nov 11: “Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin has used
sham consultations with Aboriginal communities to announce
an extension of the failed NT Intervention beyond the
current legislation’s “sunset clause” of July 2012. The
entire process of consultations was designed to whitewash
the deep pain and anger felt in NT communities ripped apart
by the Intervention. They were based on a discussion paper,
Stronger Futures, which made it clear the agenda of the
Intervention was not up for negotiation. Macklin wants more
of the same punishment policy.” Paddy Gibson

ABC The Drum Opinion:
Stronger futures must begin with better listening
http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/3615980.html
3 Nov 11: “The Government’s recently released Stronger
Futures Consultation Report, on the future of the Northern
Territory Emergency Response, didn’t contain any surprises.
It wasn’t surprising, but it was deeply disappointing. This
document was developed from consultations on a discussion
paper which examined the potential next steps of the
Northern Territory Intervention. I was hoping to be
surprised with news that the Gillard Government had decided
to re-write its legacy and depart from the flawed approach
that it inherited from John Howard and Kevin Rudd.”
Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson for
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues

– Related News

National Indigenous Times:
What consultation Minister Macklin?
http://www.nit.com.au/story.aspx?id=23170
2 Nov 11: “Claims by the Federal Government’s Minister for
Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin her plans for an
extension of the Northern Territory Intervention were based
on widespread consultation (and agreement) from the 73
prescribed communities appears to be way off the mark if
the response from the community leaders above is any guide.
All of them live at communities affected by the
Intervention and their overwhelming response to Minister
Macklin is they were not properly consulted during the
Minister’s much hyped meetings with communities … ”

National Indigenous Times:
Majority against Intervention: Harry Nelson
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=23144
2 Nov 11: “Consultation has sorta been made, did go ahead
here, but not to our satisfaction. It’s really hard to tell
how many people in my community are in favour of having the
Intervention still going because there’s never been any
questions asked by the government. So mainly been the women
folk, not the men. The majority of my community here, about
three quarter of the community population here, are against
the Intervention because it’s made us look like we were
acting greedy and selfish and the only thing I can tell you
is the only consultation that has been taking place is
between FaHCSIA and certain family members.”

National Indigenous Times:
They won’t listen to us: Judith Donald
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=23143
2 Nov 11: “I was in the Land Council meeting when Jenny
Macklin came in. I think they won’t listen to us. They
change law and they blaming each other, them and Northern
Territory government, too. I don’t know which one to listen
too, the NT government or the government in Canberra. My
people don’t understand what was in that consultation. I
was at that meeting too.”

newsTracker:
A stronger future, or repeating the mistakes of the past?
http://tracker.org.au/2011/11/a-stronger-future-or-repeating-the-mistakes-of-the-past/
1 Nov 11: “NORTHERN TERRITORY: The Gillard government has
come under fire for failing to consult properly with
communities after announcing it was extending many planks of
the NT intervention. The Northern Territory Emergency
Response (NTER) was launched by the Howard government in
2007, in the midst of a media frenzy over claims of child
sexual abuse in Aboriginal communities. … The consultations
were staged over a six-week period. This month, Indigenous
affairs minister Jenny Macklin launched the results of those
consultations.” Amy McQuire, Darumbal and South Sea Islander
woman and editor of Tracker

* DARWIN BOOK LAUNCH OF ‘WALK WITH US’
– ABORIGINAL VIEWS ON THE NT INTERVENTION:

– Upcoming Event

Event: Fri 18 November 2011: Nightcliff, Darwin, NT
Darwin book launch: “Walk With Us”
– Aboriginal views on the NT Intervention
“Aboriginal Elders Call Out to Australian People to Walk
with them in their Quest for Justice. A sequel to the
highly regarded ‘This Is What We Said’ (February 2010)
‘Walk with Us’ (August 2011) provides a very important
update of the current thinking about the Intervention. … ”
Organised by Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition
Event details: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/events/
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

* VIDEO: YUENDUMU VOICES – REFLECTIONS ON THE INTERVENTION:

– Video

YouTube: Yuendumu Voices – Reflections on the Intervention
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugUQcYcHMbI
8 Oct 11: “Community members from Yuendumu talk about how
the Intervention and other government policies have
impacted upon their lives.”

* NATIONAL HEALTH LEADERSHIP FORUM (NHLF) TO BE VOICE TO GOVT:

– Media Releases

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation:
NACCHO Co-Chairs Congress Aboriginal Health Forum Advising
on New National Plan
http://www.naccho.org.au/Files/Documents/2011-11-3MR-NACCHO_Co-Chairs_Congress_Health_Forum.pdf
3 Nov 11: “”The importance of Aboriginal Community
Controlled Health Services delivering front line care in
their communities is reflected in initiatives announced
this morning in Canberra,” says Mr Justin Mohamed, Chair of
the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health
Organisation (NACCHO).
NACCHO will Co-Chair the new National Health Leadership
Forum of peak bodies in the National Congress of
Australia’s First Peoples, along with Congress Co-Chair
Jody Broun.
“The National Health Leadership Forum will advise Congress
and work in partnership with the Federal Government on
developing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Equity Plan which Ministers Nicola Roxon and Warren Snowdon
announced today”, Mr Mohamed said.”

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Congress Joins with Health Groups to Lead on Aboriginal Health
http://nationalcongress.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/111103NHLF-NationalHealthLeadershipForum.pdf
3 Nov 11: “The National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples (Congress) has teamed with eleven Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander health groups to form the National
Health Leadership Forum (NHLF). Congress is the backbone of
this historic group which combines the expertise of
existing organisations, and will drive the active
involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
communities in health policy at a national level. Congress
Co-chair, Jody Broun, who leads the Forum together with
Justin Mohamed, Chair of NACCHO (National Aboriginal
Community Controlled Health Organisation), said the Forum is
about partnership not just consultation.”

Close the Gap: National voice and national plan marks new
day for Indigenous health equality
http://www.hreoc.gov.au/about/media/media_releases/2011/98_11.html
3 Nov 11: “The Close the Gap Campaign welcomes the new
national voice for the health interests of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander people.
Campaign Co-Chair and Social Justice Commissioner Mick
Gooda said today’s announcement that the National Health
Leadership Forum (NHLF) would be the national
representative voice to Governments on Indigenous health
was a turning point for Indigenous peoples.
The NHLF is part of the National Congress of Australia’s
First Peoples (Congress). It has established itself as the
national body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
peak bodies whose core business is the health of Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander peoples.”

ANTaR: Genuine partnership essential for Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander health
http://www.antar.org.au/genuine_partnership_essential_for_aboriginal_and_torres_strait_islander_health
4 Nov 11: “ANTaR today welcomes the Government’s commitment
to work in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander peoples and organisations to develop a national
plan to improve health equality.
Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon and Minister
for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon announced this morning
that the National Health Leadership Forum (NHLF) is to
become the national representative voice to Governments on
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
“This partnership provides a significant and promising
opportunity for real change, ” said ANTaR National
Director, Jacqueline Phillips.
“For the first time at a national level , Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander people will play a central role in
developing the policies and programs that affect them.””

Rachel Siewert: Greens: State, territory governments urged
to join Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/state-territory-governments-urged-join-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-h
3 Nov 11: “The Australian Greens today welcomed the
announcement of the National Health Leadership Forum and
the Government’s National Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Health Plan.
“All states and territories should participate in the
process to ensure effective delivery of national health
outcomes,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens
spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Health said today.
“I believe that the National Health Leadership Forum will
provide a strong opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Island health organisations to work together to on
improving health outcomes.
“The comments from the Government around action on life
expectancy, chronic disease and infant mortality are
certainly welcomed,” Senator Siewert said today.”

– Audio Interviews

The Wire:
New national forum to lead government on Indigenous health
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=8638
3 Nov 11: “A major development in the struggle to close the
health gap between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous
Australians has been announced today, with the formation of
the National Health Leadership Forum. Under the National
Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, the forum is a
partnership between eleven Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander health bodies and the Congress, and will be
working with the federal government to improve health
outcomes for Indigenous Australians.
Featured in story: Jody Broun – co-chair of the
National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples”

* INTERVIEW WITH JONATHAN NICHOLS, EDITOR OF A APY PROJECT:

– 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
28 Oct 11: “Jonathan Nichols: Today Karen Dorante spoke
with Jonathan Nichols, Editor of a APY project called Paper
Tracker. There’s been a lot of interest in Anagu
Pitjantjatjara and Yunkunytjatjara or APY Lands in South
Australia by mainstream press after claims of starvation
and no food days were commonplace in the region. The issue
has moved on from those claims to debate about bringing
NT-style intervention to the land.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasting/audio/98fm-podcast-2011-10-28-77902.mp3

– Related Working Paper

CAEPR – ANU:
Work, Welfare and CDEP on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara
Yankunytjatjara Lands: First stage assessment
Working Paper 78 / 2011
Kirrily Jordan
http://caepr.anu.edu.au/Publications/WP/2011WP78.php
Last updated 2 Nov 11: “Abstract: This report presents the
results of a first stage assessment of the impacts of
recent changes to the Community Development Employment
Projects (CDEP) scheme on the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara
Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. It draws on interviews and
discussions with 15 Aṉangu (Aboriginal) people from the APY
Lands as well as staff from Bungala Aboriginal Corporation
and other relevant agencies. It also utilises available
administrative and census data. … ”
[Click on above link to read more of the abstract and to
read the working paper.]

– Related News

newsTracker: Seeing red over media’s food security coverage
http://tracker.org.au/2011/11/seeing-red-over-media%e2%80%99s-food-security-coverage/
1 Nov 11: “SOUTH AUSTRALIA: When the media conjured up
images of the Red Cross sending emergency food parcels to
an Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Land
community last month, the cries about the “starving
children” were immediate. But for the Red Cross, the media
attention proved “unhelpful”. “Certainly the media
reporting of that was very sensational, and that’s in spite
of us trying to portray the actual situation and what we
were doing,” the organisation’s South Australian Executive
Director Kerry Symons told Tracker this month.” Amy McQuire,
Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman and editor of Tracker

– Related Analysis / Opinion

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.” Brian Johnstone, Walkley and Human Rights award
winning journalist

– Related News Review

Ears to the Ground:
Reports on APY Lands: a case of moral panic?
http://ears2theground.wordpress.com/2011/11/04/reports-on-apy-lands-a-case-of-moral-panic/
4 Nov 11: “The Australian has been criticised by
award-winning Journalist Brian Johnstone in a column for
Tracker magazine, for what he called the “media frenzy”
surrounding their reporting of alleged starvation of
children on South Australia’s Anangu Pitjantjatjara
Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. As Johnstone states, a
significant amount of facts and voices have yet to be
reported on in the mainstream media’s version of events.”

* PROJECT: MANUWANGKU, UNDER THE NUCLEAR CLOUD EXHIBITION:

– Video and Project description

Pozible: Manuwangku,Under the Nuclear Cloud exhibition
By Natalie Wasley
http://www.pozible.com/index.php/archive/index/4118/description/0/0
“Project Description:
“Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud” is a photographic
exhibition presenting the community and country in the
Northern Territory targeted to host a federal radioactive
waste dump. The photos aim to break down the conception
that these areas are ‘the middle of nowhere’ and thus
suitable for dumping of hazardous materials. The exhibition
is expected to travel to many cities and communities
commencing from Sydney.
We are raising funds for production of the exhibition
catalogue, which will be an important resource to send
around Australia and the world to tell the story of the
community struggling against imposition of the radioactive
waste dump. We also aim to support Muckaty Traditional
Owners to travel and speak at the opening of the exhibition
in Sydney, being held at the Pine Street Gallery on January
17, 2012. … ”

* JON ALTMAN: THE INTERVENTION IS DEAD, LONG LIVE THE INTERVENTION:

– Analysis / Opinion

Crikey: The intervention is dead, long live the intervention
http://www.crikey.com.au/2011/11/01/the-intervention-is-dead-long-live-the-intervention/
http://tracker.org.au/2011/11/evidently-a-new-intervention/
1 Nov 11: “The Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER)
intervention officially referred to as “Closing the Gap in
the Northern Territory” but more commonly as “the
intervention” is less than a year away from its statutory
end in September next year. It has entered a potentially
transformative stage that is a critical time for sound
policy making and a dangerous time for Aboriginal people in
“prescribed” communities especially if bad policy is
legally locked in again.” Jon Altman, a professor at ANU’s
Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

* NICOLE WATSON: MESSAGE TO MEDIA: WE ARE PEOPLE TOO:

agendaTracker: Message to media: We are people too
http://tracker.org.au/2011/11/message-to-media-we-are-people-too/
1 Nov 11: “NATIONAL: NICOLE WATSON* is sick of seeing the
same negative stories printed in newspapers. It fails to
showcase the real strength and humanity in Aboriginal
communities right around the country. There are times when
I avoid reading a newspaper, because I know intuitively
that if there is an Aboriginal story, it is likely that the
writer has painted a picture of dysfunction and
hopelessness. I would never try to deny the grinding
poverty and tragedy that afflicts so many of our people.
But if we allow the adversity to define us, then we deny
that part of our humanity that gives us so many reasons for
hope.” Nicole Watson, Murri lawyer and researcher with
Jumbunna Indigenous Housing of Learning at the University
of Technology, Sydney

* JEFF McMULLEN: LISTEN TO THE CHILDREN:

agendaTracker: THE WAY AHEAD: Listen to the children
http://tracker.org.au/2011/11/the-way-ahead-listen-to-the-children/
1 Nov 11: “JEFF McMULLEN* wonders when Australia is going
to start listening to the cries of Aboriginal children
around the country. … Instead of relentless assimilation
and control, Australian government must recognise that by
supporting the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples and the other international covenants this nation
has an obligation to deliver on the rights of every child
to health, education, housing and other essential services.
The wealth of Aboriginal lands is part of that sovereign
entitlement.” Jeff McMullen, prominent Australian
journalist, and monthly columnist for Tracker

* BARBARA SHAW MEETS WITH AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL NSW:

– Reportback

Amnesty International Australia NSW:
Guest speaker Barbara Shaw meets with the NSW Demand
Dignity Network
http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/comments/27122/
30 Oct 11: “The Amnesty International NSW Demand Dignity
Network has this month had the honour of inviting
Indigenous activist Barbara Shaw as a guest speaker at
this month’s group meeting at the Amnesty International
NSW Action Centre. Barbara Shaw, who was recently part of
a delegation to this year’s UN Permanent Forum on
Indigenous Issues, held in New York in May, spoke to our
volunteers about the issues faced by Indigenous Northern
Territorians from her perspective as a human rights
advocate and a life-long resident in one of the town camps
targeted by the 2007 Intervention. … ”

* WHAT’S WORKING – LANGUAGE AND WELLBEING:

What’s Working: Language and Wellbeing
http://www.whatsworking.com.au/whats-working/language-and-wellbeing/
“Speaking an Indigenous language linked to youth wellbeing
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth in remote areas
who speak an Indigenous language are less likely to
experience risk factors associated with poor wellbeing,
according to a report released today by the Australian
Bureau of Statistics (ABS).”

* OTHER NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– Photos and Audio

Ears to the Ground: Images from Bankstown
http://ears2theground.wordpress.com/2011/11/02/images-from-bankstown/
2 Nov 11: “The above pictures were taken during a public
rally against compulsory income management in Bankstown,
one of the proposed sites set to trial the BasicsCard, used
in the N.T Intervention. … Dr Jeff McMullen considers the
practical failings of the income management system in the
N.T.”

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 03-11-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-03-11-2011
3 Nov 11: “An award winning film [Our Generation] created
in 2007 about the impacts of the Northern Territory
intervention on Aboriginal people…..continues to shock
and outrage wider Australia.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 01-11-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-01-11-2011
1 Nov 11: “The rejection of governmements plans for
Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory…. post
intervention…. has set the countrys new peak Aboriginal
representative body on a collision course with the Gillard
Labor government.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 31-10-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-31-10-2011
31 Oct 11: “A central Australian Aboriginal Human Rights
Campaigner has challenged the Federal Government moves to
tie welfare payments to school attendance.”

– Analysis / Opinion

National Indigenous Times: A chat with Stephen Hagan
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/story.aspx?id=23135
2 Nov 11: “SH: What do you think of Minister Macklin
adopting punitive measures to get Indigenous children to go
to school by taking money off their parents.
CS: [Dr Chris Sarra, Executive Director of the Stronger
Smarter Institute] There is another way other than waving a
big stick at parents of children who don’t go to school.
All of Australia should be appalled at the suggestion that
you need to do so. We’re seeing millions upon millions of
dollars being wasted on programmes to improve Indigenous
numeracy and literacy and to fix up the attendance rates
and they’re just not working. In schools where teachers
have a positive relationship with their students we’re
seeing better runs on the board.”

agendaTracker: Speed bumps boost jailing rates
http://tracker.org.au/2011/11/speed-bumps-boost-jailing-rates/
1 Nov 11: “NATIONAL: The NT intervention was targeted at
eliminating child sexual abuse. But extra policing may have
only resulted in criminalising driving offenders, writes Dr
THALIA ANTHONY*. Violent sexual crimes in Aboriginal
communities featured in media and government reporting in
the lead-up to the Northern Territory Intervention. Stories
of paedophile rings – which were later shown to be
fabricated – sought to sensationalise the nature of crime in
communities. It justified the paternalist Northern Territory
Emergency Response Act 2007 that undermines Aboriginal
rights to land, welfare and governance.” Thalia Anthony,
senior lecturer in law at University of Technology, Sydney

– News

Koori Mail: ‘Big stick’ policies win Govt few fans
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
2 Nov 11: “THE National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples has joined a barrage of criticism of Federal
Government plans to continue and ramp up the controversial
Northern Territory Intervention, by cutting welfare
payments to parents who don’t send their kids to school.
The representative body has described key one-size-fits-all
measures underpinning the Intervention – including
compulsory income management – as ‘big stick’ policies that
should be gotten rid of.”

National Indigenous Times: National Congress tells Jenny
Macklin way to fix Intervention is to give the …
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=23165
2 Nov 11: “The National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples has stepped into the Northern Territory
Intervention telling the Federal Government Minister for
Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin to hand back management
of the communities to the people who live there. The
Congress said it was opposed to Ms Macklin’s new plans and
called on the Government to develop to take a long-term
view of the development of Aboriginal communities in the
Northern Territory. The Congress said it was opposed to the
key “one size fits all” measures which, it said, formed the
basis of the Government’s policy.”

National Indigenous Times:
Intervention is about our land: Banjo Morton
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=23146
2 Nov 11: “That Jenny Macklin, she don’t listen to people.
The Government Business Manager, he not doing right for us.
Intervention, he done that. (The Lake Nash Walk-off, in
1949) that was over money, £2, old money way. This is about
our land. They want to be boss of the country. Self they
try and take over the country, little bit pushing us out.
Aborigine Australian can’t live their ground.”

National Indigenous Times:
Government pushing same old cart: Downs
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=23145
2 Nov 11: “It’s been three or four years and they’re still
pushing the same old cart. I don’t know where Jenny Macklin
gets her information from, I’ve just got no idea. No one’s
happy, even with all the refurbishment that’s going on
under the new Future stuff. Back over at Ampiliwatja, I
wasn’t there because I’m back working but I did have a girl
sitting in for me and listening with the old people and she
said all they did was come in and more or less over-ride
the people.”

National Indigenous Times:
Treat us like everyone else, says Sam Evans
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=23142
2 Nov 11: “This has been bad for people here. There hasn’t
been no houses built; nothing. It has been four years of
SIHIP and there haven’t been no houses built. And we want
our human rights. We’re citizens; we vote. We want the same
rights as everyone everywhere else. We want to be able to
have a drink in our own houses like people elsewhere in the
country.”

National Indigenous Times: Bess Price dismisses Congress
stand as “out of touch with reality”
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=23164
2 Nov 11: “Bess Price has attacked the National Congress of
Australia’s First Peoples for its opposition to the
Northern Territory Intervention and declared some form of
Intervention would be required in the Northern Territory
until at least 2030. Ms Price, the chairwoman of the
Indigenous Affairs Advisory Council in the Northern
Territory, said the Congress was “out of touch with the
reality of conditions in Aboriginal communities in the
Northern Territory”.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Congress slams “one-size-fits-all” Intervention
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6515:congress-slams-qone-size-fits-allq-intervention&catid=3:features&Itemid=108
1 Nov 11: “The National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples is on a collision course with the Federal
Government over the Intervention in the Northern Territory.
… Congress Co-Chair Les Malezer says there needs to be
wider consultation with Aboriginal people on the
Intervention. … Congress Co-Chair Jody Broun says the
Federal Government’s one-size-fits-all approach to Northern
Territory Indigenous communities is not working.”

Australian: $1.35m bill for signs attacked as a waste
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/m-bill-for-signs-attacked-as-a-waste/story-fn9hm1pm-1226181941178
1 Nov 11: “TAXPAYERS have been left with a $1.35 million
bill to install signs informing indigenous communities
about alcohol and pornography bans introduced under the
Northern Territory intervention. The sum, described by the
Greens as a waste “beyond belief”, does not include
maintenance of the 405 signs put up in prescribed towns
since the emergency response began in 2007. Government
figures provided to Greens senator Rachel Siewert as part
of an answer to a Senate question on notice also reveal
transportation costs alone for the signs was $113,972.”

* 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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:

– Audio Interviews

The Wire: Putting Indigenous history back in the classroom
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=8633
2 Nov 11: “A new history curriculum to be rolled out by the
Federal Government in all Australian schools has been
criticised by indigenous groups and teachers for its lack
of indigenous content. They believe the curriculum is not
doing enough to teach students about the history of
indigenous and non-indigenous Australians. The Greens have
introduced a motion to the Senate today for the curriculum
to be revised in response to the concerns. Indigenous
historian Bruce Pascoe told The Wire’s Lisa Burns why he
believes these changes are important.
Featured in story: Bruce Pascoe, Indigenous Historian”

3CR Community Radio 855 AM – Podcasts
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
Women on the Line – 1 Nov 2011
[download this interview] http://pod.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2011-10-31-58794.mp3
1 Nov 11: “Professor Larissa Behrendt delivers the 2011
Hamer Oration, “Under The Radar: Indigenous Governance”.
Larissa Behrendt is the Professor of Law and Director of
Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at
UTS. She discusses aboriginal disadvantage, and challenges
the dominance of failing policies that demonise aboriginal
cultures and self-determination.”

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane
Let’s Talk – Indigenous presented talkback:
http://989fm.com.au/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29
1 Nov 11: “Sam Watson: Karen Dorante spoke with Sam Watson.
They spoke about Black Deaths In Custody.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasting/audio/98fm-podcast-2011-11-01-74724.mp3

3CR Community Radio 855 AM – Podcasts
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
Radioactive Show – 30 Oct 2011
[download this interview] http://pod.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2011-10-29-84927.mp3
30 Oct 11: “We also hear from Marcus Atkinson at the end of
the Walk Away From Uranium Mining 1200km journey from Wiluna
to Perth in WA.”

– Analysis / Opinion

Green Left:
New NT education policy still sidelines Indigenous language
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/49339
5 Nov 11: “The Northern Territory government’s latest
proposed approach to teaching Aboriginal students, like its
previous policy, places a primacy on reading and writing in
English. It allows for students’ first language to be used
to help teachers explain new concepts, but critics fear it
falls short of valuing Aboriginal languages. … Many
criticised the First Four Hours policy, … ”
Emma Murphy, Darwin

National Indigenous Times:
Protests will become more frequent
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/story.aspx?id=23134
2 Nov 11: “The Indigenous protesters and their supporters
who came together as one in Perth during the CHOGM
gathering sent critical messages to the government. The
first message is that Indigenous people will not sit idle
and accept second best in the land of plenty. Most
mainstream media outlets portray poorly Indigenous
Australians who dare to slow down or halt mining companies
insatiable hunger for extraction of precious minerals that
lie above and below the ground.”

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Access to health services should be a priority: Congress
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6539:access-to-health-services-should-be-a-priority-congress&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=154
7 Nov 11: “The National Congress of Australia’s First
People’s says its members want access to services to be at
the top of the government’s agenda while developing the
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Equity Plan.
The Federal Government is looking to table the plan to take
over from the current ‘Closing the Gap’ scheme, which is
due to finish up in 2013. Co-Chair Jody Broun says the
Congress regularly surveys its members in order to
accurately represent them, with better access to mental
health services a common demand.”

National Indigenous Times: Long walk ends in triumph
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=23139
2 Nov 11: “After 70 days of walking 1,250 kilometres from
Wiluna to Perth the Walk Away from Uranium Mining protest
march, led by an Aboriginal contingent, entered Perth to
join with other protestors at the CHOGM summit meeting. The
marchers left from Wiluna, in central Western Australia
with 100 walkers, a strong Aboriginal contingent and
others, including some who had come from Greece, Italy and
Germany. Forty five walkers entered the outer perimeter of
Perth and were met by many Aboriginal supporters including
Della Rae Morrison, Kado Muir, Kevin Buzzacott, Marianne
Mackay and many others.”

Australian:
Greens call for school focus on indigenous Australians
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/education/greens-call-for-school-focus-on-indigenous-australians/story-fn59nlz9-1226183010922
2 Nov 11: “THE Greens will introduce a Senate motion today
calling for the national history curriculum to be revised
to include more content on indigenous Australians and the
Stolen Generation. Senator Rachel Siewert will make the
motion after indigenous groups and private school teachers
expressed concern that the new curriculum does not cover
these areas adequately.”

National Indigenous Times:
Northern Territory still the place with highest jail rate
http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=23147
2 Nov 11: “The North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency
(NAAJA) has called on the Northern Territory Government to
take urgent steps to reduce the spiralling incarceration
rate. The Northern Territory continues to jail more people
than anywhere else in Australia. The Agency said putting
people in jail was not making the community safer and it
was not addressing the real issues leading to people being
incarcerated.”

* UPCOMING ABORIGINAL RIGHTS EVENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA
– 15 EVENTS FROM 9 NOVEMBER 2011:

Click on the links for details of the events …

Event: Ongoing Protest: James Price Point, Kimberley, WA
Kimberley gas plant protest
Save the Kimberley info: http://www.savethekimberley.com/
Kimberley gas plant threatens Aboriginal culture: http://ccr.uws.edu.au/2011/06/22/kimberley-gas-plant-threatens-aboriginal-culture-join-the-discussion/#.TkjD3WEgp8E
Aboriginal elder Elsta Foy at the protest camp: http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2011/s3296152.htm
Protest updates: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/blog/
Environs Kimberley: http://www.environskimberley.org.au/
Kimberley info: http://handsoffcountry.blogspot.com/
Kimberley Country and Culture: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/whats-the-fuss/country-culture/
WGAR News: Kimberley gas plant protest and blockade (28 Jun 11): http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/28/wgar-news-kimberley-gas-plant-protest-and-blockade-sydney-anti-nuclear-rally-29-june-2011
WGAR News: 25 protesters arrested at JPP blockade (9 Jul 11): http://indymedia.org.au/2011/07/09/wgar-news-25-protesters-arrested-at-james-price-point-blockade-petition-handed-to-ministe

Upcoming Event: Central Adelaide, SA
Adelaide Kimberley Support Rally postponed
“a bigger better event is already being planned,
date and details soon!”
Event details: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/2011/07/13/upcoming-events/

Event: 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

Event: Thu 10 November 2011: Vic
Film Screening: ‘Freedom Rides’
Organised by ANTaR Victoria
“In an historic journey in 1965, a courageous group of
Aboriginal and white Australians climbed in a bus and rode
from town to town across regional NSW, to break down racial
barriers in rural towns. … We’ll also discuss the film in
context of the upcoming Referendum on Constitutional
Recognition of First Peoples – and hear about next steps
for ANTaR Victoria’s campaign!”
Event Details: http://antarvictoria.org.au/events/film-screening-freedom-rides.php

Event: Sun 13 November 2011: Lawson, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening in the Blue Mountains
Hosted by AI Springwood/Blaxland Action Group
“The screening is held in support of Amnesty International
Australia’s Homelands report released in August. There will
be a brief introduction on the campaign and related
material will be available on the night.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/27054/
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49323
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

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

Event: Thu 17 November 2011: Melbourne City, Vic
Occupy Melbourne Protest:
Indigenous Working Group “Evict Robert Doyle”
“Occupy Melbourne’s Indigenous Working Group serves an
eviction to Melbourne City Council and Lord Mayor Robert
Doyle. In response to the violent attack on the democratic
right to protest, including the brutal attack on several
Indigenous activists, we invite the 99% to join us in this
action to defend our human rights and cultural dignity.”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/occupy-melbourne-protest-indigenous-working-group-evict-robert-doyle

Event: Fri 18 November 2011: Nightcliff, Darwin, NT
Darwin book launch: “Walk With Us”
– Aboriginal views on the NT Intervention
“Aboriginal Elders Call Out to Australian People to Walk
with them in their Quest for Justice. A sequel to the
highly regarded ‘This Is What We Said’ (February 2010)
‘Walk with Us’ (August 2011) provides a very important
update of the current thinking about the Intervention. … ”
Organised by Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition
Event details: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/events/
Event details: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/WWU_booklaunches.html
Event details: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/films-and-literature/book-walk-with-us
Brought to you by ‘concerned Australians’: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/
Book info and order form: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/WWU_Order_Form.pdf
Further book info: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/WWU-Alert-for-All-Readers.pdf
Book review: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/WWU-book-rev-short.pdf
Videos from the Sydney book launch: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/films-and-literature/book-walk-with-us/videos-wwu
Article about the Sydney book launch: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/WWU-book-article-short.pdf

Event: 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 by Xavier Rudd and
Q&A with the filmmakers and
special guest Yolngu elder Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra
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 23 November 2011: Fortitude Valley, Qld
Homelands campaign training session
Amnesty International Qld/Northern NSW
“This training session will cover:
* The Homelands report;
* Key issues and messaging;
* Campaign strategy;
* How to campaign on Homelands; and
* A Train the Trainer session.
The training is designed for activists who want to play an
active role in the campaign”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/qld/event/26520/

Event: 10 December 2011: Adelaide, SA
Kimberley Cultural Festival
“Kimberley Cultural Festival is a community event to raise
awareness of the cultural and environmental significance of
the Kimberley region, which is under threat from proposed
gas and industrial development.”
Event details: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/2011/07/13/upcoming-events/
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=270070339699908

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