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

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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