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

* ‘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


– 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
“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.”


– Letter

Cultural Worlds:
First Yolngu Nations Assembly held in Galiwin’ku
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
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


– Audio Interviews

the third degree: Episode 2011 – 37:
Alternative to the NT Intervention
Broadcast 6 October 2011 on 2ser radio 107.3 Sydney
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
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

Stop the Intervention: Alternatives to the Intervention


– Analysis / Opinion

Green Left:
New NT education policy still sidelines Indigenous language
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


– Statement

Amnesty International Australia:
Stronger futures in the NT must be a product of the people
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.”


– Media Release

Greens Rachel Siewert: Smarter investments the key for the 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


– News

National Indigenous Times: New era for health
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

National Indigenous Times: NACCHO recognises new national
plan as a commitment to giving people a better life
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
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
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
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
“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

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
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.”


– News

Courier Mail: Community houses in remote Aboriginal
communities cost $590k to build
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
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
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
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
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


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

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

Treaty Republic – NT Intervention:

Tracker – NT Intervention:

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

Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition:

Crikey – NT Intervention:

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

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

STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney):

The Greens: Rachel Siewert: Northern Territory Intervention:

MAIC (Melbourne Anti-Intervention Collective):

The Conversation – After the Intervention:

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

Jobs with Justice:

New Matilda – northern territory intervention:

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

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

Defending Indigenous Rights:

Intervention walk-off’s Blog:

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

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

Green Left: Northern Territory intervention: myths and facts:

WGAR (Working Group for Aboriginal Rights):


– Media Release

Greens urge Parliament to 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
“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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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


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-

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

Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
Our Generation – Showing in London – page 8
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

Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
ASG Information Night: Our Generation – page 6
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


Our Generation: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/

Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater: http://www.asgmwp.net/index.htm

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