120228-Rally at Parliament House Canberra – Stop the Second Intervention! – Tue 28 Feb 2012

Sources of this newsletter:
Paddy Gibson: paddy.gibson@gmail.com
Flyer: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/Canberra-Flyer-28-2-12.pdf
Article: http://indymedia.org.au/stand-against-a-decade-of-discrimination-stop-the-second-intervention
Website: http://stoptheintervention.org/

STAND FOR FREEDOM

NO MORE NT INTERVENTION

MORATORIUM ON INCOME MANAGEMENT

The Stronger Futures legislation threatens to extend key
parts of the NT Intervention for 10 more years. It will
extend income management across Australia. Funding to
healthy homelands is being cut, and vital community
employment programmes are being shut down.

These policies are against the wishes of Aboriginal people
in the Northern Territory and organisations across the
country.

JOIN US AS WE CALL FOR THE RIGHT OF ABORIGINAL PEOPLE TO
DETERMINE THEIR OWN FUTURES

WHEN: Noon, Tues 28th February 2012

WHERE: Lawns of Parliament House, Canberra

The day will include:
* Aboriginal Representatives from the NT, including
Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra
* Aboriginal elders from Bankstown, Sydney
* Dr. Falzon, CEO St Vincent de Paul Society
National Council of Aust.

Plus live music by special guests, food & refreshments and
a FREE outdoor screening of the award winning documentary,
Our Generation.

Initiated by:
Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney (STICS),
Our Generation,
Say No to Government Income Management Coalition

STAND AGAINST MACKLIN’S DECADE OF DISCRIMINATION
– STOP THE SECOND INTERVENTION!

Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory legislation
currently before parliament would extend the NT
Intervention for a further ten years. Explicitly racist
laws, which vilify Aboriginal people & culture are being
kept or strengthened including:

* “Star Chamber” powers held by the Australian Crime
Commission for investigations in Aboriginal communities,
including removal of the right to silence.

* Prohibition of consideration of Aboriginal customary law
and cultural practice in bail and sentencing.

* Blanket bans on alcohol on Aboriginal Land, despite
consistent opposition from the Aboriginal Peak
Organisations of the NT (APO NT) who have said, “The
decision regarding alcohol restrictions should be for
relevant residents to make… The principal effect of these
widely flouted laws has been to further criminalise and
alienate many residents”.

* Increases in penalties for possession of alcohol on
Aboriginal Land, including 6 months potential jail time for
a single can of beer and 18 months for a 6-pack.

* Blanket bans on “sexually explicit or very violent
material” on Aboriginal Land. These restrictions serve no
purpose other than the perverse stigmatisation of
Aboriginal men.

* Continued suspension of the operations of the permit
system in communities.

* Complete Commonwealth control over regulations in
Community Living Areas Proposed amendments to the Social
Security Act will see further attacks on the rights of
Centrelink recipients. These measures will initially be
targeted at NT Aboriginal peoples, but have national
implications, especially in areas such as Bankstown where
Income Management is being rolled out:

* An expansion of the School Enrolment and Attendance
Measure (SEAM) means chronic school attendance problems
could see families cut off certain Centrelink payments
entirely.

* Staff from any nominated organisation will have the power
to order people onto Income Management in the same way that
Child Protection agencies currently do.

* Staff from nominated government agencies will be able to
pass on information about clients to Centrelink, even if
doing so contravenes State or Territory law.

* Income Management will follow you even if you move out
of an Income Management area.

Help us organise the Feb 28 rally.

The Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney (STICS) is
working with campaigners in Bankstown and the NT to
organise a major rally in Canberra on Feb 28, when the new
Intervention and Income Management legislation is set to
be debated in parliament.

We need your help to make this rally a success!

More info:
Paddy 0415 800 586
Mon 0415 410 558
www.stoptheintervention.org

– Event Summary

Event: Tue 28 February 2012:
Lawns of Parliament House, Canberra, ACT
Major Rally: Stand For Freedom
Stand Against a Decade of Discrimination:
Stop the Second Intervention!
Confirmed speakers:
Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra & Dr. John Falzon
Free outdoor screening of Our Generation
“Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory legislation
currently before parliament would extend the NT
Intervention for a further ten years.”
Initiated by:
Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney (STICS) &
Our Generation &
Say No to Government Income Management Coalition
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/stand-against-a-decade-of-discrimination-stop-the-second-intervention
Flyer: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/Canberra-Flyer-28-2-12.pdf

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The above event listing is posted by WGAR
(Working Group for Aboriginal Rights – Australia)
as a community service. As such, please note
WGAR is not the author of this event listing.

The sources of this newsletter are as follows:

Paddy Gibson: paddy.gibson@gmail.com
Flyer: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/Canberra-Flyer-28-2-12.pdf
Article: http://indymedia.org.au/stand-against-a-decade-of-discrimination-stop-the-second-intervention
Website: http://stoptheintervention.org/

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