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

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.””

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