120219-Book launched: “NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotations”

Contents:
* Book launched: “NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotations”
* More on Government’s proposed Stronger Futures legislation
* More on Australia’s first nuclear waste dump legislation
* ANTaR: Symbolic and practical actions must go hand in hand
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles

* BOOK LAUNCHED: “NT CONSULTATIONS REPORT 2011: BY QUOTATIONS”:

– The Book Report

‘concerned Australians’:
NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotations
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/
“Consultations took place in the NT between June and August
2011, at the request of government. Ten of these consultations
were recorded and quotations from them are contained in this
report.
Launch & Press Conf. on the Stronger Futures legislation
with The Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC and
The Hon. Frank Vincent AO QC
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 12:30pm in Melbourne (PDF)
“NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotation” Order Form (PDF)
Transcripts from the ten recorded consultations (PDF):
Alice Springs Public Meeting
Alice Springs Town Camps
Bagot
Darwin Public Meeting
Galiwin’ku
Kintore
Maningrida
Mutitjulu
Yirrkala”

– Videos

ABC Lateline:
Senior judges slam Closing the Gap plan
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-02-16/senior-jurists-slam-nt-intervention-proposal/3832950
Updated 16 Feb 12: “Proposed legislation to extend the
Northern Territory intervention has come under fire from
two of Australia’s most senior jurists. … A key plank in
the Government’s closing the gap strategy is the Stronger
Futures policy, which is a plan to extend the Northern
Territory intervention in a modified form for 10 more
years. But that policy is being attacked by two of the
nation’s most senior legal figures. Former Victorian
Supreme and Appeals court judge, Frank Vincent, has told
ABC1’s Lateline that Stronger Futures contains “an element
of racism”.”

ABC Lateline:
Intervention legislation ‘racist and discriminatory’
http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2012/s3431893.htm
15 Feb 12: “The Gillard Government says it’s gradually
closing the gap in some key areas of Indigenous
disadvantage. But today a key plank in its strategy,
proposed legislation to extend the Northern Territory
Intervention, came under fire from two of Australia’s most
senior jurists. …
ALASTAIR NICHOLSON: They’re top-down laws that impose
effectively government quite white solutions on Aboriginal
communities without their involvement or approval. …
FRANK VINCENT: At best it [the consultations] appears to
have been superficial, and certainly not extended beyond
the point of gaining broad approval for what might be
described as motherhood statements.”

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 17-02-2012
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-17-02-2012
17 Feb 12: “The Gillard Labor Governments proposed Stronger
Futures legislation for Northern Territory Aboriginal
communities has come under renewed scrutiny after two of
the country’s most distinguished legal minds labeled the
legislation racist and discriminatory.”

– News

Uniting Church of Australia: Synod of Victoria and Tasmania
Are you really listening?
[scroll down page] http://wr.victas.uca.org.au/
15 Feb 12: “The book report, entitled “NT Consultations
Report 2011: By Quotations”,  was launched by prominent
Australians including former Justice of the Supreme Court
of Victoria the Hon Frank Vincent AO QC, former Chief
Justice of the Family Court of Australia the Hon Alastair
Nicholson AO, RFD, QC, and journalist Jeff Mcmullen AM …
“The proposed Stronger Futures legislation purports to
reflect the wishes of Aboriginal peoples as expressed
though the recent Northern Territory Stronger Futures
consultations.” Although no “official” recordings were
taken of those consultations, the book report is based on
recordings made under the auspices of ‘concerned
Australians’ at 10 consultations from different parts of
the Northern Territory.”

newsTracker: Stronger Futures still discriminatory: Nicholson
http://tracker.org.au/2012/02/stronger-futures-still-discriminatory-nicholson/
15 Feb 12: “A second round intervention in the Northern
Territory would racially discriminate against Aboriginal
people and fail any potential High Court challenge, a
former chief justice says. As the federal government
prepares for a debate on its Stronger Futures legislation
in the House of Representatives in Canberra on Thursday, a
rights group has warned that its approach is flawed. …
Former Family Court chief justice Alastair Nicholson, from
the group Concerned Australians, believes the proposed
measures won’t comply with the Racial Discrimination Act.”

ABC Alice Springs:
Indigenous consultations may face legal challenge
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-02-15/20120215-indigenous-colsultations-omissions-claim/3832272/?site=alicesprings&section=news
Updated 15 Feb 12: “A former chief justice of the Family
Court of Australia, Alastair Nicholson, says transcripts of
Federal Government consultations in Indigenous communities
could be used to wage a High Court legal battle. The group
Concerned Australians has released transcripts recorded in
the Northern Territory as part of consultations about the
Stronger Futures legislation, which will replace laws
governing the Emergency Intervention in the Territory in
August. Mr Nicholson is a member of the group. He says the
transcripts could prove the Government breached the Racial
Discrimination Act because consultations were not done
properly.”

Social Policy Connections: NT Intervention – New Book
http://www.socialpolicyconnections.com.au/?p=4180
6 Feb 12: “The Intervention in the NT is set to continue
and to be expanded. The Minister says that this is what
Aboriginal people asked for  during the recent
consultations. Read the “NT Consultations Report 2011: By
Quotations” which is based on 10 consultations from
different parts of the NT. Read what people really said.
Click here for purchase order form”

* MORE ON GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSED STRONGER FUTURES LEGISLATION:

– Media Releases

Greens: NT Intervention could widen the Gap
http://greens.org.au/content/nt-intervention-could-widen-gap-greens-0
16 Feb 12: “”Unfortunately the Government’s rhetoric about
their commitment to Closing the Gap is undermined by their
actions. They are continuing with the Stronger Futures
legislation, which will see the NT Intervention continue
for up to 10 years. The measures being forced on the
Northern Territory are not working and they cannot be
justified through the inadequate consultation process.”
“The NT Intervention has the potential to widen the gap,
not reduce it.” [said Senator Siewert]”

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Senate Committee Backs Concerns Over Northern Territory Bills
http://nationalcongress.com.au/senate-committee-backs-concerns-over-northern-territory-bills/
13 Feb 12: “Congress welcomed recent questions raised by a
Senate Scrutiny Committee over unanswered issues contained
in the Stronger Futures legislation introduced to continue
the intervention in the Northern Territory.
The Senate’s Scrutiny of Bills Committee examines proposed
laws for inappropriately applied power or infringing on
rights and liberties.
In a digest released this week the Committee has asked the
Government to explain and justify why some measures are
appropriate.”

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
New NT Legislation must comply with Human Rights Obligations
http://nationalcongress.com.au/new-nt-legislation-must-comply-with-human-rights-obligations/
8 Feb 12: “The National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples (Congress) says the bills to continue the
Intervention in the Northern Territory must be withdrawn
and reintroduced so they will be subject to the same human
rights scrutiny as other bills. The Congress Co-Chairs say
the bills were originally tabled before the Human Rights
(Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act passed late last year and
cannot be debated without being subject to those
conditions.”

– Audio Interview

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Barb Shaw speaks on Stronger Futures Legislation
http://caama.com.au/barb-shaw-speaks-on-stronger-futures-legislation
9 Feb 12: “Central Australian Aboriginal leader and human
rights campaigner Barbara Shaw speaks to Nerida Currey on
Strong Voices… to share her views on the Government’s
proposed Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory
Bills…”

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 10-02-2012
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-10-02-2012
10 Feb 12: “Plans are underway for a protest in Canberra
later this month against the Stronger Futures legislation
for the Northern Territory.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 09-02-2012
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-09-02-2012
9 Feb 12: “* Australia’s peak representative body for
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples says key
provisions of the Bills currently before parliament to
continue the Intervention in the Northern Territory may
contravene the Federal Government’s human rights
obligations.
* The Australian Lawyers Alliance has voiced similar
opposition to the legislation and says it undermines legal
rights across a range of areas of law that could amount to
the maintenance of a separate standard of rights and
interests, which would be in violation of international
law.”

– News

newsTracker: NT intervention hearings hit the road
http://tracker.org.au/2012/02/nt-intervention-hearings-hit-the-road/
17 Feb 12: “The Senate committee scrutinising the
government’s Stronger Futures legislation will hold
hearings in Ntaria (Hermannsburg), Alice Springs,
Maningrida and Darwin. Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, a former film
star who is now Barkly Shire Mayor, will address senators
in Alice Springs on Tuesday. … She said NT Aboriginal
communities absolutely reject the legislation which was
“punitive” and not in the best interests of people it
affects directly.”

National Indigenous Times:
Withdraw Intervention Bill, demands Congress
http://www.nit.com.au/news.html?start=2
16 Feb 12: “The National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples has demanded the Federal Government withdraw the
Bills it has put before Federal Parliament to extend the
Northern Territory Intervention. The Congress told the
Federal Government the Bills should only be considered
before the Federal Parliament once they were subject to the
same human rights scrutiny as other… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Reward students rather than punish them: Sarra
http://www.nit.com.au/news.html?start=2
16 Feb 12: “Parents and their student children should be
given rewards for school attendance rather than the
“ineffective and dishonourable” threat of cutting off
welfare payments, the highly respected Indigenous educator,
Dr Chris Sarra has said. The former Queenslander of the
Year has podcast a raft of strategies through Twitter on
how to boost Indigenous student attendance, including
rewarding parents with flowers or… ”

newsTracker: A Stronger Future behind bars
http://tracker.org.au/2012/02/a-stronger-future-behind-bars/
13 Feb 12: “The federal government’s plans to toughen
alcohol bans in the Northern Territory could lead to higher
Indigenous incarceration rates, writes AMY MCQUIRE.
Possession of one can of beer in a “prescribed” area could
consign Aboriginal people to up to six months in prison
under the Gillard government’s new Stronger Futures
legislation.”

Australian Human Rights Commission:
Stronger futures requires stronger consultation
http://www.hreoc.gov.au/about/media/news/2012/14_12.html
13 Feb 12: “The Commission has told the Government that
immediate steps should be taken to ensure that it has the
capacity to engage properly with Aboriginal communities and
in order to implement the Stronger Futures Bills in
accordance with human rights standards. The Commission’s
submission to the Senate Committee Inquiry into the Bills
has identified a range of human rights concerns with the
bills and called for a government wide cultural competency
audit to ensure that they have the ability to implement the
measures appropriately.”

newsTracker: Stronger Futures won’t protect children: SNAICC
http://tracker.org.au/2012/02/children-rights-body-speaks-out-against-stronger-futures/
10 Feb 12: “A peak Aboriginal children rights body has
called on a parliamentary committee to reject the Stronger
Futures legislation, stating the NT intervention has failed
to protect Aboriginal children. … The Secretariat of
National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) is the
peak body representing Aboriginal children and families.
It has made a submission to the Stronger Futures inquiry,
strongly urging it against the package of legislation.”

Koori Mail: Stronger Futures bills under fire
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
9 Feb 12: “THE Federal Government’s Stronger Futures
legislation has come under renewed fire. The National
Congress of Australia’s First Peoples says the bills to
continue the Northern Territory Intervention must be
withdrawn and reintroduced so they’ll be subject to the
Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act, passed after the
NT legislation was tabled.”

Lawyers Weekly: Bill akin to intervention
http://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/news/bill-akin-to-intervention–1
8 Feb 12: “The Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) has
slammed the Federal Government’s proposed Stronger Futures
legislation, saying it will erode Indigenous advancement
and increase the Indigenous jail population. The ALA
presented a 54-page submission to a Parliamentary Inquiry
into the legislation, focusing on numerous aspects of the
legislation that impose prison terms for minor crimes. ALA
national president Greg Barns said many of the measures
criminalising conduct in the proposed legislation are
“regressive” and “smack of paternalism”.”

See:

WGAR News: Submissions received on Stronger Futures in the
Northern Territory Bill (8 Feb 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/08/wgar-news-four-actions-to-help-stop-the-proposed-nt-nuclear-dump-beyond-nuclear-initiativ

WGAR News: More on the Stronger Futures in the Northern
Territory Bill (9 Feb 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/09/wgar-news-tent-embassy-protest-interviews-with-michael-anderson-jeff-mcmullen-chris-graha

* MORE ON AUSTRALIA’S FIRST NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP LEGISLATION:

– Debate

NT Greens:
Debate on the National Radioactive Waste Management Bill 2010
http://nt.greens.org.au/content/debate-national-radioactive-waste-management-bill-2010
9 Feb 12: “Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (11:52): We
are resuming the debate on the National Radioactive Waste
Management Bill 2010 after a period of a couple of months.
I had mistakenly come to believe that the government had
delayed debate on the bill-stopped listing it-towards the
end of last year because they were waiting on the outcome
of Federal Court proceedings, which are still afoot. I do
not need to remind the government or the opposition that
the very land which the government has offered up as a
target for the country’s first national radioactive waste
dump is in dispute. … ”

– Media Release

The NT Greens call on flip-flopping Senator to come clean
on the nuclear waste deal
http://nt.greens.org.au/content/nt-greens-call-flip-flopping-senator-come-clean-nuclear-waste-deal
9 Feb 12: “The NT Greens have called on Senator Nigel
Scullion to come clean on a nuclear waste storage deal. The
CLP Senator yesterday sealed a deal with the ALP for a $10
million fund in return for storing radioactive waste in the
Northern Territory.
NT Greens spokesperson Lisa Hall said,
“The reality is that the best available science has clearly
stated that the Northern Territory is not the best place
for the planned nuclear dump. However, Labor and Liberals
have come together to abuse a constitutional weakness to
give the Northern Territory a raw deal.””

– Audio Interview

3CR Community Radio 855 AM: Podcasts
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
Radioactive Show – 12 Feb 2012
[download this interview] http://pod.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2012-02-11-62197.mp3
12 Feb 12: “On the show this week we hear from Franklin
Lopez, filmmaker and media activist from Canada, about his
journey to Japan and his film about the anti-nuclear
movement ‘Amateur Riot’. We also hear from Senator Scott
Ludlam (Greens) and Nat Wasley (from the Beyond Nuclear
Intiative) about senates discussion of the proposed nuclear
waste dump for Muckaty in the N.T.”

– Analysis / Opinion

New Matilda: Ferguson’s Dumping Ground Fights Back
http://newmatilda.com/2012/02/13/fergusons-dumping-ground-fights-back
13 Feb 12: “The Gillard Government is pushing ahead with
plans to host a nuclear waste dump at Muckaty in the NT,
despite local opposition. Traditional Owners have vowed to
fight on, writes Natalie Wasley … Traditional Owners are
angry that they continue to be sidelined. Muckaty
Traditional Owner Penny Phillips, from the Wirntiku group,
told New Matilda, “How dare the government debate this
legislation while we’ve got them in court challenging the
nomination? They don’t know the outcome of the court case
yet, it shouldn’t go ahead.”” Natalie Wasley

NT News Editorial: Make ’em pay to dump on us
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2012/02/10/287941_opinion.html
10 Feb 12: “THERE seems little doubt that Australia’s
nuclear waste dump will be built in the Territory.
Scientists say it should be in South Australia. But the SA
Government wouldn’t have a bar of it – and the dump is to
be dumped on the NT, which does not have the constitutional
right to resist Canberra.”

Crikey:
Indigenous community pleads with minister on NT nuclear dump
http://www.crikey.com.au/2012/02/09/indigenous-community-pleads-with-minister-on-nt-nuclear-dump/?wpmp_switcher=mobile
9 Feb 12: “”We want our land to stay in one position, we
want our land to be safe so we can have a better place to
live in and a better place to go and have a look around the
beautiful land.” They’re the words of protest from the
traditional owners of Muckaty Station, a small NT
homestead, 110 kilometres from Tenant Creek.” Freya Cole

– Photos

Beyond Nuclear Intiative:
Virtual march on Canberra- no Muckaty nuclear dump!
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/2012/02/10/virtual-march-on-canberra-no-muckaty-nuclear-dump/
10 Feb 12: “The virtual march on Canberra has begun! Please
keep sending photos to add to this slideshow. You can email
them to natwasley(at)gmail.com or upload them to the Beyond
Nuclear Initiative facebook wall.”

– News

National Indigenous Times:
Scullion does the deal for nuclear waste at Muckaty
http://www.nit.com.au/news/584-scullion-does-the-deal-for-nuclear-waste-at-muckaty.html
16 Feb 12: “A nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory
is a step closer to reality, after the ALP and the Federal
Coalition parties revealed they had struck a deal on laws
to allow a facility to be built. Despite calls from a local
Aboriginal group at Muckaty Station and the Australian
Greens for debate to be postponed, the Senate began
debating the National Radioactive Waste Management Bill
last… ”

Tennant and District Times:
$10m bribe to build nuke dump at Muckaty
http://tennantcreek.yourguide.com.au/news/local/news/general/10m-bribe-to-build-nuke-dump-at-muckaty/2451215.aspx
10 Feb 12: “TERRITORY traitor, Senator Nigel Scullion, has
accepted a $10 million palm greaser from the Federal
Government which paves the way for a nuclear waste dump to
proceed at Muckaty. While the deal between the Coalition
and the Labor Government – signed this week on the eve of
the Senate debate into the National Radioactive Waste
Management Bill – does not mention Muckaty, the Territory
is the target because it does not have the constitutional
powers to enforce its own legislation banning the
construction of a nuclear dump.”

ABC: NT nuclear waste dump war of words heats up
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-02-09/20120209-crossin-on-muckaty-station-waste-dump/3820406
9 Feb 12: “Northern Territory Labor Senator Trish Crossin
says legislation paving the way for Australia’s first
radioactive waste dump must pass quickly. Court action by
a group of Aboriginal traditional owners challenging the
nomination of Muckaty Station in the Territory to host the
dump is yet to be finalised. But Senator Crossin says the
legislation is not dependant on the outcome of the court
case.”

Trading Room: Fed: Gov pushes ahead with NT waste dump
http://www.tradingroom.com.au/apps/view_breaking_news_article.ac?page=/data/news_research/published/2012/2/39/catf_120208_145300_1277.html
8 Feb 12: “The federal government is pushing ahead with
plans to set up a nuclear waste dump at Muckaty Station in
the Northern Territory despite a legal challenge by
indigenous people who have laid claim to the land. The
Australian Greens are trying to sink government legislation
in the Senate. The minor party is concerned that transport
routes carrying the waste through metropolitan suburbs and
regional towns will be drawn up in secret before “mock
public consultations” are carried out.”

See:

WGAR News:
“Four actions to help stop the proposed NT nuclear dump”
Beyond Nuclear Initiative (8 Feb 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/08/wgar-news-four-actions-to-help-stop-the-proposed-nt-nuclear-dump-beyond-nuclear-initiativ

WGAR News: More on the National Radioactive Waste
Management Bill (9 Feb 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/09/wgar-news-tent-embassy-protest-interviews-with-michael-anderson-jeff-mcmullen-chris-graha

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

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

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

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

* ANTaR: SYMBOLIC AND PRACTICAL ACTIONS MUST GO HAND IN HAND:

– Media Release

Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation:
Symbolic and practical actions must go hand in hand
http://www.antar.org.au/symbolic_and_practical_actions_must_go_hand_in_hand
15 Feb 12: “ANTaR has today welcomed the Prime Minister’s
recognition that practical and symbolic actions to advance
reconciliation are “inextricably linked” and welcomes the
announcement of funding to continue building community
support for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander peoples.”

– Related Media Release

Greens welcome Constitutional Recognition investment
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/greens-welcome-constitutional-recognition-investment
15 Feb 12: “The commitment of $10 million for community conversations and engagement on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples has been welcomed by the Australian Greens.
“As a member of the Expert Panel and with my own commitment
to Constitutional Recognition, I feel very strongly about
the importance of a strong discussion and the need to
engage the community in progress towards the proposed
changes to our Constitution,” Senator Rachel Siewert said
today.”

* OTHER NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– Audio Interviews

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CLC Director says Aboriginal people have to be involved in
decision making!
http://caama.com.au/clc-director-says-aboriginal-people-have-to-be-involved-in-decision-making
15 Feb 12: “The head of a peak Aboriginal Land Council in
the Northern Territory says all Governments have to come to
terms with the fact that Aboriginal people must be involved
in decision making processes that impact on their lives.
Central Land Council Director David Ross says the majority
of Aboriginal people have no say on what goes on in their
communities…and because of the removal of the permit
system …who comes or goes within their community.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Lives of Aboriginal people now dominated by bureaucrats
http://caama.com.au/lives-of-aboriginal-people-now-dominated-by-bureaucrats
15 Feb 12: “Yawuru Elder and Sydney Peace Prize winner
Patrick Dodson has questioned the ongoning involvement of
Federal government bureaucrats in Northern Territory
Aboriginal communities and says that there has to be a
rational approach… without people having to suffer…
to prove that there is a way to improve and deliver public
policy.”

– News

ABC: Most new Alice Springs SIHIP homes need repair
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-02-17/20120217-sihip-houses-alice-springs-town-camps-repairs/3836022
17 Feb 12: “More than three-quarters of federally-funded
new homes recently built in Alice Springs town camps will
need to be repaired. The consortium of companies in charge
of building new houses in Indigenous town camps at Alice
Springs says 65 new homes have to be repaired after defects
were discovered in some building materials. Territory
Alliance says materials used in wall construction have
started to buckle and crack.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
NT Government defends itself on housing failures
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/6959-nt-government-defends-itself-on-housing-failures
17 Feb 12: “The Northern Territory Housing Minister says
repairs to new Aboriginal housing in Alice Springs won’t
cost the taxpayer any extra money. More than three-quarters
of the 85 new dwellings built in Alice Springs need repairs
because building materials failed.”

National Indigenous Times: Suicide horror
http://www.nit.com.au/news.html?limitstart=0
16 Feb 12: “Suicide rates among Aboriginal girls have
jumped to unprecedented levels in the Northern Territory
since the Northern Territory Intervention was introduced
five years ago. The Northern Territory’s Children’s
Commissioner, Dr Howard Bath, said girls now account for
40 per cent of all suicides of children in the Territory
under the age of 17.”

newsTracker: Girl suicide rates rose after intervention
http://tracker.org.au/2012/02/girl-suicide-rates-rose-after-intervention/
13 Feb 12: “Suicide rates among Aboriginal girls have
jumped since the Northern Territory intervention was
introduced five years ago. The territory’s Children’s
Commissioner, Howard Bath, said girls now account for 40
percent of all suicides of children under the age of 17,
Fairfax Newspapers reported on the weekend. It is
understood suicide rates among girls were much lower five
years ago, when the Howard government launched the
intervention, while in 1980 it was zero.”

* 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

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

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

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

The Greens: Rachel Siewert: Northern Territory Intervention:
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/taxonomy/term/118

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

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

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

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

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/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Audio Interviews

SBS Living Black: WA Tent Embassy Protests Native Title Deal
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/203583/t/WA-Tent-Embassy-Protests-Native-Title-Deal/in/english
16 Feb 12: “Nyoongar resistance to a proposed native title
deal covering the Perth area, is continuing to grow. A new
Tent Ambassy on Heirrison Island was set up to protest the
touted one billion dollar deal. The government’s package
would put 500-million dollars into a trust fund and
500-million into an education fund – no cash. … For
elders like Uncle Richard Wilkes, surrending his
custodianship of his land is unthinkable, and the proposed
deal will not provide the benefits the government claims it
will.” Michelle Lovegrove

3CR Community Radio 855 AM: Podcasts
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
Fire First – 16 Feb 2012
[download this interview] http://pod.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2012-02-15-90267.mp3
16 Feb 12: “A critical analysis of Aboriginal affairs and
the political movement for land rights, treaty,
sovereignty, and the cessation of genocide presented by
Robbie Thorpe, Clare Land. This week we discuss Sovereignty
and Treaty with Mark McMurtrie.”

– Analysis / Opinion

agendaTracker: The Way Ahead: New goals for a new year
http://tracker.org.au/2012/02/the-way-ahead-new-goals-for-a-new-year/
13 Feb 12: “JEFF MCMULLEN* believes we must all take part
in the debates on constitutional reform. A New Year brings
an historic opportunity. Forget wild optimism or deep
pessimism and focus instead on the slender but realistic
possibility that our nation is capable of a change of
heart. Are we awake to the prospect that this might be a
moment of political maturity in which Australia emerges
from the division and denial of the past and sees the
future through clear eyes? Every thinking man and woman
should relish the opportunity to join in this year’s long
and difficult referendum debate.” Jeff McMullen

agendaTracker: Evidently: Advance Australia fair?
http://tracker.org.au/2012/02/evidently-advance-australia-fair/
13 Feb 12: “The Expert Panel’s report makes sense, but
there should be debate over the use of the word
“advancement”, writes PROF JON ALTMAN*. The extremely
thorough report of the Expert Panel examining options to
recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in
the Australian Constitution lays out an important project
of constitutional modernisation.” Jon Altman

agendaTracker:
Little Black Duck: A long way from the light on the hill
http://tracker.org.au/2012/02/little-black-duck-a-long-way-from-the-light-on-the-hill/
13 Feb 12: “The Australian Labor Party’s membership is in
decline, and so is its position on Aboriginal affairs,
writes NICOLE WATSON*. … But without a genuine engagement
with Indigenous policy, the ALP will never retrieve its
ticker, or its moral compass. Labor’s brains trust will no
doubt continue to write about the party’s future, but
without courage and integrity, nothing will save the ALP,
because it will not deserve to be saved.” Nicole Watson

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