Archive for March, 2012

120327 – Force used to suppress the Aboriginal sovereignty movement: Michael Anderson

Posted in NEWS, NEWSLETTER on 28/03/2012 by D

Contents:

Nyoongar Tent Embassy in Perth:

* Nyoongar protesters have returned to Heirisson Island
– 23 March

* Force used to suppress the Aboriginal sovereignty movement:
Statement by Michael Anderson

* “Deep into the eyes of racism”
– Nyoongar Tent Embassy – 22 March:
Analysis by Gerry Georgatos

* Police invasion of Nyoongar Tent Embassy – 22 March:
Video by Alex Bainbridge

* Nyoongars stand against land rights bribe and ongoing genocide:
News by Treaty Republic

* The future of Portland Aboriginal tent embassy, Vic
* Marion Scrymgour in Crikey: Stop Playing Games With Bilingual
* Amnesty: Stronger Futures: the Intervention under another name
* Sydney protest against second Intervention & deaths in custody
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles
* Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia

NYOONGAR TENT EMBASSY IN PERTH:

– Background

facebook: Nyoongar Tent Embassy
http://www.facebook.com/NyoongarTentEmbassy

Welcome to our website: Nyoongar Tent Embassy
http://tentembassywa.com/

facebook: Aboriginal Tent Embassy
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Aboriginal-Tent-Embassy/210730945611610?sk=wall

WGAR News: Perth police invade Nyoongar Tent Embassy
(24 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/24/wgar-news-call-for-delegates-to-interim-aboriginal-unity-government-assembly

WGAR News: Welcome to our website: Nyoongar Tent Embassy
(22 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/22/wgar-news-stand-for-freedom-campaign-delivers-a-petition-to-the-senate-signed-by-33000-pe

WGAR News: More on the Nyoongar Tent Embassy at Matagarup
(1 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/01/wgar-news-press-conference-on-stronger-futures-legislation-by-hon-alastair-nicholson-ao-r

WGAR News: More on Nyoongar Tent Embassy in Perth
(26 Feb 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/26/wgar-news-petition-stop-stronger-futures-and-support-aboriginal-self-determination-in-the

WGAR News: Nyoongar Tent Embassy marches to
Government House in protest (23 Feb 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/23/wgar-news-nyoongar-tent-embassy-marches-to-government-house-in-protest

WGAR News: News of the Nyoongar Tent Embassy on
Heirisson Island in Perth (21 Feb 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/21/wgar-news-news-of-the-nyoongar-tent-embassy-on-heirisson-island-in-perth

* NYOONGAR PROTESTERS HAVE RETURNED TO HEIRISSON ISLAND
– 23 MARCH:

– News

Perth Now:
Protesters back at Heirisson Island camp after being ‘moved on’
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/activists-embark-on-secret-cbd-protest/story-e6frg13u-1226308000667
25 Mar 12: “A SMALLER group of Noongar has returned to
Heirisson Island just a day after dozens of police
dismantled their camp and arrested four people. Police
patrolled the area overnight and remained there throughout
the morning where about 10 protesters had returned after
yesterday being moved on by a large contingent of mounted
police, Dog Squad and Public Order Response group officers.
Today the smaller group of protesters, far less than
yesterday’s group of about 30, is occupying the same area
of the Island from where they were moved yesterday.”

West Australian: Protesters return to island camp
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/13241538/protesters-return-to-island-camp/
23 Mar 12: “UPDATE 9.45am: Protesters have returned to
Heirisson Island, a day after police arrested four people
and removed tents and camping equipment in a show of force
after the Premier and Police Commissioner said the camp had
to be closed. About 10 people were at the camp this
morning. Chairs, a double mattress, luggage and other items
were scattered around an area where protesters had erected
a basic shelter from trees. Police have visited the site
twice this morning. They checked the IDs of people but took
no action.”

– Related News

ABC: ALS calls for Indigenous treaty with Commonwealth
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-24/aboriginal-legal-servce-calls-for-treaty-with-commonwealth/3910252?section=wa
24 Mar 12: “The Aboriginal Legal Service in Western
Australia says a treaty between the Commonwealth and
Indigenous people could help resolve situations like the
protest on Heirisson Island in Perth. Four activists were
arrested this week after police descended on the island to
close the camp. The campers were protesting against a South
West native title deal struck between the Noongar people
and the State Government. The Chief Executive of the ALS,
Dennis Eggington, says it is time for a new approach.”

* FORCE USED TO SUPPRESS THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT:
STATEMENT BY MICHAEL ANDERSON

– Statement & Letter

Sovereign Union:
Force used to suppress the Aboriginal sovereignty movement
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/force-used-suppress-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement
“Michael Anderson’s Statement:
“Our predictions that the governments in Australia will use
superior force to suppress the Aboriginal sovereignty
movement have come true. This is evident in the recent
assault on the Nyoongar Tent Embassy in Perth where people
are asserting their sovereign identity and independence
through re-occupation of their own land of Heirrisson
Island in the Swan River. WA Nyoongars have maintained
sovereign independence despite 225 years of the invader
society’s occupation. This, of course, is an issue that
will not go away. The erection of the Nyoongar tent Embassy
was triggered by the WA offer of $1billion to settle all
land claims in the SW of WA – a pittance considering the
innate wealth of the lands and waters.
In anticipation of superior force and aggression by the
colonial occupying governments, I wrote a letter to the UN
Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki-moon on 27 February 2012
putting him on notice of our sovereignty movement and the
anticipated repercussions.
If the police forces continue to use riot squads, mounted
police and police dogs against peaceful protesters, then we
will have no choice but to take a delegation to the UN and
talk with foreign governments, in an effort to get foreign
security forces as peace keepers to protect us against this
ongoing violent aggression and oppression.
There is no excuse for the type of aggression shown in
Perth last week. … ”

See:

Sovereign Union – National Unity Government:
‘Sovereign Union’
– Asserting Aboriginal Sovereignty into Governance
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/

* “DEEP INTO THE EYES OF RACISM”
– NYOONGAR TENT EMBASSY – 22 MARCH:
ANALYSIS BY GERRY GEORGATOS

– Analysis

Indymedia Australia: “Deep into the eyes of racism”
– Nyoongar Tent Embassy, Thursday March 22
http://www.indymedia.org.au/2012/03/24/deep-into-the-eyes-of-racism-nyoongar-tent-embassy-thursday-march-22
24 Mar 12: “Two of Nyoongar Tent Embassy’s stalwarts had
not been to the Embassy for more than a week. Dumbartung
Aboriginal Corporation’s Robert Eggington and John Pell
were in Perth city on planning duties for the March 28
Stolen Wages march and rally when Mr Eggington was urged
on by a spiritual sense and looked at Mr Pell, “Johnny,
lets go to the Embassy.” They drove into the Heirisson
Island carpark to find it full of police vehicles with
only one carpark bay vacant, as if it waited patiently for
them, said Mr Eggington. “We looked around and the Embassy
was swarming with police but none of our people were there.
It was an eerie feeling.”” Gerry Georgatos

* POLICE INVASION OF NYOONGAR TENT EMBASSY – 22 MARCH:
VIDEO BY ALEX BAINBRIDGE

– Video

Nyoongar Tent Embassy:
The day police invaded Nyoongar Tent Embassy – 22/3/12
http://tentembassywa.com/invasion
23 Mar 12: “This video tells the story of the police
invasion of the Nyoongar Tent Embassy on Thurs March 22.
Photos and Video by Alex Bainbridge
Music from Kev Carmody”

* NYOONGARS STAND AGAINST LAND RIGHTS BRIBE AND ONGOING GENOCIDE:
NEWS BY TREATY REPUBLIC

– News

Treaty Republic:
Nyoongars stand against land rights bribe and ongoing genocide
http://treatyrepublic.net/content/nyoongars-stand-against-land-rights-bribe-and-ongoing-genocide
“Nyoongars in Western Australia have had enough of the
genocide, dislocation, disempowerment, bribing and
countless abuses by governments and their agents. They have
made a determinated stance to hold a small parcel of land
in protest for their rights as First Australians. The Tent
Embassy was set up following the 40th Aboriginal Tent
Embassy in Canberra but was triggered by WA Government
putting forward a cash and benefit bribe for the
extinguishment of their Native Title rights in the
south-west region. After six weeks of continued police
harassment and two previous raids on the Ngoongar Tent
Embassy … ”

* THE FUTURE OF PORTLAND ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSY, VIC:

– News

The Spec: Aboriginal tent embassy talks today
http://www.spec.com.au/blog/2012/03/23/aboriginal-tent-embassy-talks-today/
23 Mar 12: “GLENELG Shire councillors will meet with the
Aboriginal Advisory Committee today to discuss the future
of the growing Portland Aboriginal tent embassy. Glenelg
mayor Gilbert Wilson said the two groups would discuss
recommendations made to council regarding the embassy, but
the details of the meeting would not be made public until
April’s council meeting. Cr Wilson reiterated that the
council’s position on the tent embassy was a neutral one
and any actions taken would be based on the recommendations
of the committee.”

See:

WGAR News:
Tent Embassy set up in Portland’s Market Square, Vic (1 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/01/wgar-news-press-conference-on-stronger-futures-legislation-by-hon-alastair-nicholson-ao-r

* MARION SCRYMGOUR IN CRIKEY: STOP PLAYING GAMES WITH BILINGUAL:

– Analysis / Opinion

Crikey:
Marion Scrymgour speaks: Stop Playing Games With Bilingual
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/northern/2012/03/25/marion-scrymgour-speaks-stop-playing-games-with-bilingual/
25 Mar 12: “A guest post by Northern Territory MLA Marion Scrymgour.
In a fairly spiteful and inaccurate article published in
New Matilda last week Greg Dickson has attacked what he
says was my abandonment, when I was the NT Minister for
Education, of what he calls bilingual education. Bilingual
education can take different forms, but the underlying
principle is the development and ongoing maintenance of
knowledge and capacity in both languages. I have always
supported and fought for that principle in the context of
those Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory … ”

See:

– Analysis / Opinion

New Matilda: Scrymgour’s Bad Language
http://newmatilda.com/2012/03/22/scrymgours-bad-language
22 Mar 12: “As Marion Scrymgour is farewelled from NT
politics, many remain angry about the effect of her
policies on Indigenous language and bilingual education,
writes Greg Dickson. In 1972 Kim Beazley Senior, then the
Federal Minister for Education, played a key role in
introducing bilingual education to the Northern Territory –
an innovative educational strategy using Indigenous
languages alongside English to teach the school curriculum.
In 2008, after 34 years, bilingual education was abandoned
by the NT’s Minister for Education, Marion Scrymgour.”
Greg Dickson

* AMNESTY: STRONGER FUTURES: THE INTERVENTION UNDER ANOTHER NAME:

– Analysis / Opinion

Amnesty International Australia:
Stronger Futures: the Intervention under another name
http://www.amnesty.org.au/indigenous-rights/comments/28207/
21 Mar 12: “Stronger Futures’ is a package of legislation
that will set the parameters for Government programs for
Aboriginal People in the Northern Territory for the next
decade. Essentially it’s a continuation of the Northern
Territory Intervention, but with the pretence of being
non-discriminatory. The Government claims that its new
measures are designed for the benefit of Aboriginal people,
with the aim to get more kids in school, manage alcohol and
promote economic development. But looking closely at this
seemingly benign idea of “benefit” is where it turns ugly.”

* SYDNEY PROTEST AGAINST SECOND INTERVENTION & DEATHS IN CUSTODY:

– Past Event

Event: Wed 21 March 2012: Sydney, NSW
Protest second intervention and deaths in custody on
UN day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Speakers include:
* Nicole Watson
* Ray Jackson
* Patricia Morton-Thomas
Event details: http://stoptheintervention.org/#21March
Event details: http://www.indymedia.org.au/rally-for-aboriginal-rights-and-self-determination-on-the-un-day-for-elimination-of-racial-discrimin
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/No_racism_protest_210312.pdf

– Media Release

Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney:
Aunty of deaths in custody victim speaks out against
‘Stronger Futures’
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/press-releases/aunty-of-deaths-in-custody-victim-speaks-out-against-stronger-futures-21-3-12
21 Mar 12: “Patricia Morton-Thomas said:
“My nephew is a victim of the Intervention. He’s not the
first and he won’t be the last. Its just disgusting the way
Aboriginal people are treated here. Not only is our culture
being treated as worthless but our people’s lives are
treated as worthless. Alice Springs has always been a
racist little town but I’ve never seen anything like this
in my life. And there is constant harassment from the
police every night.”
“If Stronger Futures goes through, we will have more and
more people going to jail. Our culture is under attack. My
people are under attack on our own soil. We’re the oldest
living culture in the world and they are going all out to
destroy us. I see so much despair with my people at the
moment, there’s no hope. I’m hearing constantly about
suicides. My people are just dying.””

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 26/03/2012
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-26032012
26 Mar 12: “* The aunt of a man who died in police custody
in Central Australia has slammed Governments Stronger
Futures legislation saying there is no hope for any
Aboriginal person living in the Northern Territory and that
she feels Aboriginal people are considered as worthless
and their culture under attack.”

– News

Green Left: Rally denounces Australia’s apartheid-style laws
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/50476
24 Mar 12: “Gibson [Paddy Gibson from the Stop The
Intervention Collective Sydney] said that March 21 was a
important anniversary for the South African anti-apartheid
struggle and is a United Nations day for action to
eliminate racial discrimination. He said: “Yet we have
apartheid here. If you’re Black the police can enter your
house without a warrant. If you’re Black the police can
jail you for six months for having a single can of beer.
Stronger Futures is Australia’s apartheid. They want to
implement the intervention for another 10 years, we will
fight them as long as it takes.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Deaths in custody linked to Intervention at protest
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7064-deaths-in-custody-linked-to-intervention-at-protest
23 Mar 12: “The aunt of an Anmatjere man who died in police
custody has addressed an anti-Northern Territory
Intervention protest in Sydney. Patricia Morton-Thomas is
calling for an independent investigation into 28-year-old
Mr. Briscoe’s death in custody on January 5 in Alice
Springs. The protest coincided with the United Nations
International Day for the Elimination of Racial
Discrimination, while the circumstances surrounding his
death still remain unclear.”

* BACKGROUND TO ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ NEW NT INTERVENTION LAWS:

Human Rights Petition:
Australian Government: Stop Stronger Futures and
support Aboriginal self-determination in the NT
https://www.change.org/petitions/australian-government-stop-stronger-futures-and-support-aboriginal-self-determination-in-the-nt

Stand for Freedom:
There can be no reconciliation without justice:
http://standforfreedom.org.au/

Stop the Intervention:
Stronger Futures: New compilation weblink -Petition -NITV Forum
http://www.stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info/Stronger-Futures-update-11-3-12.pdf

Stop the Intervention: Stronger Futures Legislation
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/stronger-futures-legislation

Stop the Intervention: Stronger Futures Media Coverage
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/stronger-futures-legislation/#Media-SF

WGAR News: STICS: Aunty of deaths in custody victim
speaks out against ‘Stronger Futures’ (24 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/24/wgar-news-call-for-delegates-to-interim-aboriginal-unity-government-assembly

WGAR News: Photograph your feet and ‘Stand For Freedom’
(24 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/24/wgar-news-call-for-delegates-to-interim-aboriginal-unity-government-assembly

WGAR News: Stand For Freedom campaign delivers a petition
to the Senate signed by 33,000 people (22 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/22/wgar-news-stand-for-freedom-campaign-delivers-a-petition-to-the-senate-signed-by-33000-pe

WGAR News: Responses to Senate Committee report on
‘Stronger Futures’ New NT Intervention laws (18 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/18/wgar-news-responses-to-senate-committee-report-on-stronger-futures-new-nt-intervention-la

WGAR News: Greens Senator Rachel Siewert provides an overview:
“Ending the NT Intervention” (15 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/15/wgar-news-greens-senator-rachel-siewert-provides-an-overview-ending-the-nt-intervention

WGAR News: Senate Inquiry into Stronger Futures
releases it’s report (15 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/15/wgar-news-greens-senator-rachel-siewert-provides-an-overview-ending-the-nt-intervention

WGAR News: 28 Leading Australians call on Government to
abandon the Stronger Futures legislation (14 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/14/wgar-news-28-leading-australians-call-on-government-to-abandon-the-stronger-futures-legis

WGAR News: “Hear the Voice of the People!”:
Video of Senate Hearing at Maningrida 22 February 2012 (13 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/13/wgar-news-hear-the-voice-of-the-people-video-of-senate-hearing-at-maningrida-22-february-

WGAR News: New report into ‘Stronger Futures’ consultations
by Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, UTS (9 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/09/wgar-news-new-report-into-stronger-futures-consultations-by-jumbunna-indigenous-house-of-
[New university report entitled ‘Listening but not Hearing’]

WGAR News: Former PM Malcolm Fraser launches
new report into consultations (9 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/09/wgar-news-new-report-into-stronger-futures-consultations-by-jumbunna-indigenous-house-of-

WGAR News: Our Generation and ANTaR have launched
a new video and campaign (8 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/08/wgar-news-our-generation-and-antar-have-launched-a-new-video-and-campaign

WGAR News: NITV Current Affairs present the Stronger Futures
Forum shot on location in Maningrida (3 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/03/wgar-news-nitv-current-affairs-present-the-stronger-futures-forum-shot-on-location-in-man

WGAR News: Press Conference on Stronger Futures legislation
by Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC (1 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/01/wgar-news-press-conference-on-stronger-futures-legislation-by-hon-alastair-nicholson-ao-r

WGAR News: “NT Aboriginal leaders reject Stronger Futures”
Tracker (23 Feb 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/23/wgar-news-nyoongar-tent-embassy-marches-to-government-house-in-protest

WGAR News: New Website for Stronger Futures
info and submissions (21 Feb 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/21/wgar-news-news-of-the-nyoongar-tent-embassy-on-heirisson-island-in-perth

WGAR News: Book report launched:
“NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotations” (19 Feb 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/19/wgar-news-book-report-launched-nt-consultations-report-2011-by-quotations
[Includes link to transcripts of consultations and book of quotations: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/ ]

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

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

Main Government page for Stronger Futures in the
Northern Territory Bill 2011 and two related bills:
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/index.htm

Direct Government link to view all uploaded submissions
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/submissions.htm

Direct Government link to view all uploaded hearing info
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/hearings/index.htm

* OTHER NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– News

ABC: Sewage problems continue in remote community
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-26/sewage-problems-strike-remote-community/3912836?section=nt
26 Mar 12: “People at a remote Aboriginal community
northeast of Alice Springs are pushing for an urgent fix to
what they say is a broken sewerage system. People at
Ampilatwatja say the system has been broken for several
years. Until recently, sewage was spilling out of one
house’s kitchen sink and pooling on the floor for months.
Local resident Annessa Ross says it’s making children sick.
… Last year, a $7 million federal grant application to
fix the system was rejected.”

See:

Intervention walkoff’s Blog:
http://interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com/

* 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

STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney):
http://stoptheintervention.org/

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

The Greens: Rachel Siewert: Ending the NT Intervention:
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/ntintervention
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/portfolios/aboriginal-torres-strait-islander-issues

Stand for Freedom:
There can be no reconciliation without justice:
http://standforfreedom.org.au/

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

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

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

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

IRAG (Intervention Rollback Action Group):
Mparntwe – Alice Springs:
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/

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

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

Equality Rights Alliance:
Women’s Experience of Income Management in the Northern Territory:
http://www.equalityrightsalliance.org.au/projects/womens-experience-income-management-northern-territory

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

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

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/

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

Adelaide Stop the Intervention:
http://www.stoptheintervention.com.au/

Central Land Council:
The Australian Government Intervention 2007:
http://www.clc.org.au/Media/issues/intervention/intervention_intro.html

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

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Muckaty Station resident slams lack of consultation with elders
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7066-muckaty-station-resident-slams-lack-of-consultation-with-elders
26 Mar 12: “Penelope Phillips says she’s a traditional
owner of the area but wasn’t consulted on the Government’s
decision to use the land as a dump. Ms. Phillips says
no-one has spoken to Muckaty Station elders about the
significance of the land to them. “They didn’t come and sit
down and talk to none of them old people – the old men and
the old ladies – about it. “They just sort of went ahead
and decided. … ”

Tennant & District Times: Muckaty rally in Darwin
http://tennantcreek.yourguide.com.au/news/local/news/general/muckaty-rally-in-darwin/2498741.aspx
23 Mar 12: “A PROMINENT environmentalist has accused the
Federal Government and Opposition of “radioactive racism”
for pushing through parliament laws which will see a
nuclear waste dump built at Muckaty. Dr Stuart Blanch, CEO
of the Environment Centre NT, told a crowd on the steps of
the Territory Parliament that the Commonwealth was out of
line. “Remember the strong Muckaty men and women from
Tennant Creek, who are there today, still trying to look
after their country, and stop radioactive racism being
inflicted on their land, against their will, and without
their consent, by Canberra,” he said.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Tent Embassy set up in Brisbane
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7061-tent-embassy-set-up-in-brisbane
23 Mar 12: “The founder of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in
Brisbane says Indigenous people need to be heard on the
issue of sovereignty. Musgrave Park in South Brisbane is
the site of the third Aboriginal embassy to be set up
across the country, with others already operating in
Canberra and Perth [and Portland, Victoria and Sandon
Point, NSW]. Adrian Burragubba says if more Aboriginal
embassies were established across Australia, it would start
a national conversation on the subject of sovereignty.”

* UPCOMING ABORIGINAL RIGHTS EVENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA
– 24 EVENTS FROM 27 MARCH 2012:

Click on the links for details of the events …

Event: 11 February 2012 to 26 May 2012: South Bank, Brisbane, 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: Intermittent 1 March – 3 May 2012: Various Locations
House of Representatives Committees
Inquiry into language learning in Indigenous communities
Public hearings:
Canberra, ACT: 1 March 2012
Canberra, ACT: 15 March 2012
Canberra, ACT: 22 March 2012
Adelaide, SA: 2 April 2012
Utopia Homelands, NT: 3 April 2012
Alice Springs, NT: 4 April 2012
Broome, WA: 30 April 2012
Halls Creek, WA: 1 May 2012
Darwin, NT: 2 May 2012
Nhulunbuy, NT: 3 May 2012
Event details: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House_of_Representatives_Committees?url=atsia/languages/hearings/index.htm

Event: Thu 22 March 2012: various locations across Australia
(various dates throughout March 2012)
National Close the Gap Day
“National Close the Gap Day (NCTGD) is a way
for all Australians to join together and remind our
political leaders of their commitments to close
the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and
non-Indigenous Australians within a generation.
Our focus for 2012 is on the need for genuine,
meaningful partnership with Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander health peoples at all
stages of health planning and delivery.”
Event details: http://www.oxfam.org.au/act/events/national-close-the-gap-day/
Attend a Close the Gap event
(various dates and locations throughout March 2012): http://webfw.oxfam.org.au/act/events/close-the-gap-day/attend
About Close the Gap: http://www.humanrights.gov.au/social_justice/health/index.html
NIRS news: http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/6996-smaller-communities-want-access-to-health-services-naccho
AHRC news: http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/media/news/2012/29_12.html
Greens: http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/senate-reaffirms-commitment-closing-gap

Event: Tue 27 March 2012: Gladesville, NSW
Muckaty Waste Dump Update
Special talk by Nat Wasley, Beyond Nuclear Initiative
Hosted by Bennelong & Surrounds Residents for Reconciliation
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/muckaty-waste-dump-update-talk-in-gladesville-27-march-2012-7-pm

Event: Wed 28 March 2012: Parramatta Park, Qld
Black Deaths in Custody Watch Group meeting
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49933

Event: 28 March 2012: March to Parliament House
Aboriginal protest rally
At Parliament House the speakers will address issues such as:
* Stolen Wages – Recent ex gratia announcement
* Land Deal – SWALSC & Government
* Human Rights – Aboriginal issues and concerns
Speakers include:
* Robert Eggington,
* Iva Hayward-Jackson,
* Leonard Ogilvie &
* Bella Bropho.
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/12/from-dumbartung-aboriginal-corporation-stolen-wages-rally-march-28
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/50382

Event: Wed 28 March 2012: ANU, Canberra, ACT
“Reclaiming indigenous languages:
The Master-Apprentice Language Learning Program
for the endangered languages of Australia and North America”
Public lecture at ANU by Leanne Hinton
Presented by:
Australian National Dictionary Centre
AIATSIS Centre for Australian Languages
Big Ideas on Language
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/reclaiming-indigenous-languages-the-master-apprentice-language-learning-program-for-the-endangered-l
Event details: http://reclaimingindigenouslanguages.eventbrite.com/

Event: Thu 29 March 2012: Sydney, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Part of Message Sticks Festival 2012
Discussion with Damien Curtis, Jeff McMullen,
Alec Doomadgee, Rosealee Pearson and John Pilger
Event details: http://ideas.sydneyoperahouse.com/upcoming-events/
Event details: http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/Message_sticks/highlights.aspx
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/screenings
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/50368
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Fri 30 March 2012: Sydney, NSW
Tent Embassy & Identity
Part of Message Sticks Festival 2012
Film: Ningla A-Na
Discussion with Gary Foley and Larissa Behrendt
Event details: http://ideas.sydneyoperahouse.com/upcoming-events/
Event details: http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/Message_sticks/highlights.aspx
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/50368

Event: Sat 31 March 2012: Sydney, NSW
What’s the Fuss in the Kimberley?
Part of Message Sticks Festival 2012
Film: Old Country New Country
Q&A with George Negus Stephen Pigram,
Mitch Torres and Albert Wiggan
Event details: http://ideas.sydneyoperahouse.com/upcoming-events/
Event details: http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/Message_sticks/highlights.aspx

Event: 3 April 2012: Wollongong, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Hosted by University of Wollongong Enviro Collective
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/screenings
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Fri 6 April 2012: University of Melbourne, Vic
Gary Foley will be speaking on his amazing life and times
“The legendary Aboriginal activist has been at the
centre of major political activity for over 40 years.
In the 1970’s he joined the growing circle of Aboriginal
resistance in Australia, and formed the Aboriginal
Legal Service in Sydney. … ”
Part of Marxism 2012 Conference, Easter weekend
Presented by Socialist Alternative & ISO of NZ
Supported by Community Radio 3CR 855 AM
Event details: http://www.marxismconference.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=178&Itemid=80
Marxism 2012 details: http://www.marxismconference.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=1

Event: Sat 7 April 2012: Darwin, NT
Rock Against Racism
Organised by DASSAN and Darwin Aboriginal Rights Collective
Event summary: http://dassan.weebly.com/rock-against-racism.html

Event: 7 April 2012: Adelaide, SA
136th 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/2011/12/candlelight-walk-2/

Event: Wed 18 April 2012: Parramatta, Sydney, NSW
Free Public Screening of Our Generation
Introduction and Q&A by Jeff McMullen AM
Hosted by Reconciliation for Western Sydney
“Jeff will be talking about the Stronger
Futures legislation, its clash with our
human rights obligations and the
calls by NT Elders for opposition to
the Government’s approach.”
Event details: http://stoptheintervention.org/#OurGen
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/26/our-generation-screening-in-parramatta
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/screenings
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info-Our-Generation/Our-Gen-Parramatta-18-4-12r2.pdf
Flyer: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info-Our-Generation/Our-Gen-Parramatta-18-4-12r2_double.pdf
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Thu 19 April to Mon 14 May 2012: Campsie, NSW
Homelands Photography Exhibition
“to explore the Aboriginal community of Utopia,
located in the Northern Territory”
Opening night: Thu 19 April
Demand Dignity – Amnesty International
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/28174/

Event: Mon 23 April 2012: Sippy Downs, Qld
Our Generation Film Screening
“The University of the Sunshine Coast’s
Amnesty International Uni group will be
hosting this screening as a part of
Amnesty International’s Homelands campaign.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/qld/event/28240/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Sat 28 April 2012: Janalli, NSW
Briefing on Constitutional change proposals
St George & Sutherland Community College
” … what the Expert Panel has proposed, to help people
understand what that is about and what are the
next steps. The briefing will include an interactive
session and briefing material.”
Presenters: Representatives of Reconciliation Australia
Event details: http://www.sydneykin.org.au/pipermail/womenforwik/2012-March/000724.html

Event: Sun 6 May 2012: Sydney, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Followed by Q&A with Dr Jeff McMullen
and Dr Thalia Anthony
Part of Sydney Greek Festival 2012
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/screenings
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: 12 May 2012: Melbourne City, Vic
2012 Autumn Action:
Stop Aboriginal Death in Custody
Remember all who have died in custody
Organised by Indigenous Social Justice Association
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm

Event: 23 and 24 May 2012: Wollongong, south of Sydney
Interim Aboriginal unity government assembly
Held at the Sandon Point Aboriginal Embassy
“All Aboriginal nations are being called on to send two
delegates to the inaugural assembly of the interim national
unity government in Wollongong in May.
“This gathering to form the Interim Sovereign Union
National Unity Government is so important, as the federal
government and their Uncle Tom collaborators are working
overtime to indoctrinate our children and youth into their
way of thinking by falsely promoting that recognition in
the Constitution will give our people something,”
the spokesman of the movement, Michael Anderson, writes in
a media release.”
Event details: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/call-delegates-aboriginal-unity-government-assembly-may-2012
Sovereign Union – National Unity Government: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/

Event: Sat 14 to Fri 20 July 2012: Olympic Dam, SA
The Lizard’s Revenge:
Olympic Dam expansion music/art/festival/protest
“Sleeping underneath the ground there is an old lizard,
Kalta the sleepy lizard. The lizard ain’t so sleepy anymore.
BHP is mining right into that Lizards body. The government
has just approved an expansion of the Olympic Dam uranium
mine, making it the biggest uranium mine in the world.
Kalta is angry and wants revenge.
Arabana elder Kevin Buzzacot is calling the people of the
world to help the lizard shut down the mine. He is calling
for people to come and heal the land in the name of peace
and justice for the next 10,000 generations to come.”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/the-lizards-revenge-olympic-dam-expansion-musicartfestivalprotest
Background: http://londonminingnetwork.org/2011/10/australia-approves-20-30bn-bhp-billitons-olympic-dam-mine-expansion/

Event: 11 August 2012: Melbourne City, Vic
2012 Winter Action:
Stop Aboriginal Death in Custody
Remember all who have died in custody
Organised by Indigenous Social Justice Association
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm

Event: 10 November 2012: Melbourne City, Vic
2012 Spring Action:
Stop Aboriginal Death in Custody
Remember all who have died in custody
Organised by Indigenous Social Justice Association
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm

– ‘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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120322 – Stand For Freedom campaign delivers a petition to the Senate signed by 33,000 people

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 28/03/2012 by D

Contents:
* ANTaR: 33,000 Australians Oppose Stronger Futures Bills
* Our Generation: New Study Guide launched
* ABC Sunday Nights Interviews: Extending the NT intervention
* Tracker:
Stronger Futures would not beat a legal challenge: judge
* Jeff McMullen: The Way Ahead: The new land grab
* More on Senate Committee’s ‘Stronger Futures’ report
* More ‘Stronger Futures’ Legislation related articles
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* SBS Living Black:
Barbara Shaw speaks out about Australia Day protests
* Natalie Wasley:
Traditional owners to fight Ferguson’s nuclear waste dump
* Welcome to our website: Nyoongar Tent Embassy
* Government’s Closing the Gap report card
* Sovereign Union:
Open letter to the PM from ‘Sovereign Union’ spokesperson
* Gerry Georgatos:
Deaths in custody and Aboriginal incarceration rates
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles
* Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia

* ANTaR: 33,000 AUSTRALIANS OPPOSE STRONGER FUTURES BILLS

– Media Release

ANTaR – Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation:
33,000 Australians Oppose Stronger Futures Bills
http://www.antar.org.au/33000_australians_oppose_stronger_futures_bills
20 Mar 12: “The Stand For Freedom campaign, created by Our
Generation in partnership with ANTaR, will on Wednesday
deliver a petition to the Senate signed by 33,000
Australians. The petition urges the Australian Government
to withdraw the controversial Stronger Futures legislation,
expected to be debated in the Senate this week.
“Since we launched the campaign three weeks ago, there has
been an outpouring of public support for its clear message:
that this legislation has been created without the consent
of Aboriginal people in the NT, and goes against their
wishes for more control over their own lives. Tens of
thousands of Australians are now calling for these bills to
be withdrawn immediately,” said Damien Curtis, Campaign
Director.
“After 5 years of the failed Northern Territory
Intervention, Aboriginal communities are at breaking point
and cannot withstand 10 more years of top-down
policy-making that disregards their human rights. It’s time
for a new policy direction from the Government, in true
partnership with Aboriginal people,” Mr Curtis said.”

– Related Media Release

Rachel Siewert: Greens make a stand against the NT Intervention
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/greens-make-stand-against-nt-intervention
21 Mar 12: “The Australian Greens have today taken a stand
– literally – against the NT Intervention, helping Stand
for Freedom launch the next phase of their online campaign.
“All 10 Greens MPs stood united outside the Senate today to
lend our support for Stand For Freedom and the community
opposing the NT Intervention,” Senator Rachel Siewert,
Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Issues said today.
“We stood just metres from the Senate Chamber where the
Stronger Futures legislation will be debated and voted on
in the coming sitting weeks.
“We urge everyone, whoever or wherever they are, to take a
photo and show that they too are standing up to this
unfair, wasteful and ineffective legislation.
“I will also table a petition to the Senate with over
33,000 signatures against the Intervention, presented to
me today by Les Malezer, the co-Chair of the National
Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and Damien Curtis,
the Campaign Director of Stand for Freedom.””

– Related Compilation

The Greens: Rachel Siewert: Ending the NT Intervention:
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/ntintervention
21 Mar 12: “New legislation to extend the Northern
Territory Intervention is currently before the Senate, with
the Australian Greens working hard to change the
Government’s approach to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander people living in the Northern Territory. On
the 21st of March, Senator Siewert tabled a petition of
over 30,000 signatures opposing the Intervention, collected
by the Stand for Freedom campaign. The petition was
presented to the Greens by Les Malezer, the co-Chair of the
National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and Damien
Curtis, the Campaign Director of Stand for Freedom.”

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 21.03.2012
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-21-03-2012
21 Mar 12: “Thirty-three thousand Australians have signed a
petition urging the Gillard Labor Government to withdraw
proposed Legislation which will continue to impact on
Aborignal people living in the Northern Territory for the
next ten years.”

– Related News

Age: Rally over Aboriginal legislation
http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/rally-over-aboriginal-legislation-20120320-1vi0i.html
21 Mar 12: “Opponents of the Northern Territory
intervention will today visit Parliament to demand the
Gillard government withdraw proposals to extend some of the
measures by a further 10 years.
Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation will
deliver to the Senate a petition signed by 33,000
Australians, while Greens MPs will appear with activists
and Aboriginal leaders to encourage people to photograph
their feet as a gesture of solidarity with people affected
by the proposals.”

newsTracker: Stronger Futures faces more opposition
http://tracker.org.au/2012/03/stronger-futures-faces-more-opposition/
21 Mar 12: “Human rights activists have criticised
government plans to extend the Northern Territory
intervention, saying it is a cancer killing Aboriginal
communities. … The Senate is scheduled to vote on the
draft laws on Thursday. Opponents of the extension have
launched the Stand for Freedom campaign and collected more
than 33,000 signatures for a petition that will be tabled
in the upper house on Wednesday. Stand for Freedom campaign
director Damien Curtis said Indigenous Affairs Minister
Jenny Macklin was falsely claiming Aboriginal people wanted
the intervention extended.”

Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care:
SNAICC News:
Stronger Futures legislation attracts widespread opposition
http://www.snaicc.asn.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=774
19 Mar 12: “The Australian Government’s proposed Stronger
Futures legislation, which will extend key elements of the
intervention in Northern Territory Aboriginal communities
beyond 30 June 2012, passed the lower house in late
February. The package of bills and the consultation process
have attracted a lot of media coverage and strong
opposition from various sections of the community.
Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR) has
joined forces with Our Generation and is supporting a new
campaign against the Government’s plans to extend the
intervention for another 10 years. The Stand for Freedom
Campaign aims to build a mass public movement against the
legislation.”

See:

Human Rights Petition:
Australian Government: Stop Stronger Futures and
support Aboriginal self-determination in the NT
https://www.change.org/petitions/australian-government-stop-stronger-futures-and-support-aboriginal-self-determination-in-the-nt

Stand for Freedom:
There can be no reconciliation without justice:
http://standforfreedom.org.au/

* OUR GENERATION: NEW STUDY GUIDE LAUNCHED:

Our Generation: New Study Guide launched
http://ourgeneration.org.au/news/new-study-guide-launched
“We are excited to launch our
new FREE Study Guide to accompany Our Generation.
In collaboration with ATOM (Australian Teachers of Media),
the study guide has been written with the new National
Curriculum in mind. The film and its guide provide a rare
and important opportunity for teachers and students to hear
the voices of Indigenous people on the issues that they
face today.
Suitable for the following subject areas:
– English
– History
– SOSE / HISE
– Legal Studies
– Indigenous Studies
– Film & Media Studies
– Civics and Citizenship”

See:

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

* ABC SUNDAY NIGHTS INTERVIEWS: EXTENDING THE NT INTERVENTION:

– Audio Interviews

ABC Sunday Nights: Extending the Northern Territory intervention
by John Cleary (producers Noel Debien & Dan Driscoll)
http://www.abc.net.au/sundaynights/stories/s3459375.htm
18 Mar 12: “Following the report of a Senate committee into
the controversial Northern Territory intervention, the
Federal Government appears ready to proceed with
legislation extending the intervention for up to a decade,
including many of the most controversial provisions
concerning aspects of human rights law in Australia.
Called ‘Stronger Futures’, the legislation is meeting
considerable resistance from social and community groups
outside Parliament, including the peak Christian body, the
National Council of Churches of Australia.
Why did the Senate committee recommend extension, and why
do these groups oppose it?
Guests in this hour:
* Mick Gooda, Social Justice Commissioner
* Graeme Mundine, Sydney Aboriginal Catholic Ministry
* Jeff McMullen, Concerned Australians
* Bishop Greg Thompson, Anglican Church, Northern Territory
* Rev. Dr Djiniyini Gondara, indigenous Uniting Church leader”

* TRACKER:
STRONGER FUTURES WOULD NOT BEAT A LEGAL CHALLENGE: JUDGE:

– News

newsTracker:
Stronger Futures would not beat a legal challenge: judge
http://tracker.org.au/2012/03/stronger-futures-would-not-beat-a-legal-challenge-judge/
20 Mar 12: “A former family court justice has labelled the
Stronger Futures consultations a “charade” that would not
stand up to a High Court challenge, writes AMY MCQUIRE*.
… Former Chief Justice of the Family Court Alastair
Nicholson says the Stronger Futures legislation does not
comply with the Racial Discrimination Act.” Amy McQuire,
editor of Tracker

– Related Media Release

Australian Lawyers Alliance:
Bipartisan Stronger Futures policy in breach of
international law – ALA
http://www.lawyersalliance.com.au/documents/140312_stronger_futures_apartheid.pdf
14 Mar 12: “Release today of the Senate report on the
proposed Stronger Futures law, has prompted the Australian
Lawyers Alliance to warn the federal government to be wary
of breaching international human rights decrees if the
legislation passes through the Senate.
“This legislation is racist, oppressive and the product of
poorly conducted consultations,” Australian Lawyers
Alliance, National President, Greg Barns said.
“It may well end up being the subject of an early High
Court challenge,” he said.”

* JEFF McMULLEN: THE WAY AHEAD: THE NEW LAND GRAB:

– Analysis / Opinion

agendaTracker: The Way Ahead: The new land grab
http://tracker.org.au/2012/03/the-way-ahead-the-new-land-grab/
19 Mar 12: “NATIONAL: JEFF MCMULLEN* was on the ground in
Maningrida when the Senate inquiry probing Stronger Futures
rolled into towns. Aboriginal leaders in the Northern
Territory have issued a strong warning that the Australian
government’s new land grab in the form of the proposed
10-year extension of the Intervention will send many
communities into a dangerous downward spiral with still
more death and misery.” Jeff McMullen, one of Australia’s
most respected journalists and a winner of the UN Media
Peace Prize

* MORE ON SENATE COMMITTEE’S ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ REPORT:

See:

‘Australian Greens Dissenting Report’
included as part of the
Senate Inquiry into Stronger Futures Report (14 Mar 12)
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/report/index.htm

WGAR News: Senate Inquiry into Stronger Futures
releases it’s report (15 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/15/wgar-news-greens-senator-rachel-siewert-provides-an-overview-ending-the-nt-intervention

WGAR News: Responses to Senate Committee report on
‘Stronger Futures’ New NT Intervention laws (18 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/18/wgar-news-responses-to-senate-committee-report-on-stronger-futures-new-nt-intervention-la

– Analysis / Opinion

Crikey: Cox: how to continue bad indigenous policy-making
http://www.crikey.com.au/2012/03/20/cox-how-to-continue-bad-indigenous-policy-making/
20 Mar 12: “There was little coverage in the general media
of the Senate Community Affairs Committee’s report on the
Stronger Futures legislation package, tabled on March 14.
This is not surprising on one level, as most indigenous
policy issues tend to be seen as too hard, unless they lend
themselves to shock horror disaster coverage.” Eva Cox

agendaTracker: Little Black Duck:
Stronger Futures built on a weak past
http://tracker.org.au/2012/03/little-black-duck-stronger-futures-built-on-a-weak-past/
19 Mar 12: “NATIONAL: NICOLE WATSON* often thinks of being
a responsible ancestor. She just wishes the current crop
of politicians would have the same idea. … The
legislation was referred to the Senate Standing Committees
for Community Affairs for an Inquiry. The original
deadline for the Committee’s report was January 29. In the
face of protest, this deadline was extended and the
Committee is now due to report on March 13. But the still
ridiculously tight timeframe suggests that the government
wanted to pass the Stronger Futures legislation with
minimal public scrutiny and as quickly as possible.”
Nicole Watson, Murri lawyer and researcher with the
Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning

– Audio

Radio National RN Drive: Senate releases NT intervention report
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/drive/senate-releases-nt-intervention-report/3889924
14 Mar 12: “The Senate committee examining draft laws to
extend the Northern Territory Intervention has just
released its report in Canberra. The federal government’s
Stronger Futures legislation would continue the former
Howard coalition government’s NT intervention, which began
in 2007. It passed the Lower House on the day of the Labor
leadership ballot. The Intervention expires in August. If
it is replaced by the Stronger Futures legislation, it
would be extended for another ten years.”

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Funding of programs the key to success in Northern
Territory: AMSANT
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7046-funding-of-programs-the-key-to-success-in-northern-territory-amsant
19 Mar 12: “The Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the
Northern Territory (AMSANT) has criticised the Senate
Community Affairs Committee for its failure to get to the
guts of what is needed out of the Federal Government’s
Stronger Futures legislation. The Stronger Futures
legislation continues and expands the Howard Government’s
Intervention in Northern Territory communities.
AMSANT CEO John Paterson says the Senate Committee has
failed to look carefully at the resources needed in the
Northern Territory to maintain programs that are helping
to close the gap … ”

Global Indymedia:
Opposition growing to racially discriminatory intervention
in Northern Territory Aboriginal Communities
http://www.indymedia.org/en/2012/03/955570.shtml
17 Mar 12: “Legislation is currently before the Australian
Senate to extend the Northern Territory Emergency Response
(often called just The Intervention) in 73 aboriginal
indigenous communities for another 10 years. The
intervention was instituted in 2007 by the conservative
Howard Government claiming it was to stop domestic violence
and child abuse in indigenous communities. But others like
John Pilger claim it was a land grab, about mining or
“smashing Aboriginal organisations, demonising Aboriginal
people and forcing migration”.”

Green Left:
Stolen Futures: Aboriginal people reject racist laws
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/50391
17 Mar 12: “New legislation introduced by the federal Labor
government will entrench many aspects of the Northern
Territory Emergency Response, the NT intervention, for 10
years. The Senate Community Affairs References Committee
released the findings of its inquiry into the Stronger
Futures in the NT Bill and related legislation on March 13.
It suggests some minor amendments, but leaves the
substantive content of the bill unchallenged. Intervention
laws were made explicitly for people living in remote NT
Aboriginal communities and town camps, … ”
Emma Murphy & Peter Robson

– Video

The Melbourne Newsroom:
Professor Marcia Langton comments on NT Intervention Senate
Enquiry findings
http://newsroom.melbourne.edu/studio/ep-142
16 Mar 12: “Chair of Indigenous Studies at the University
of Melbourne Professor Marcia Langton responds to findings
from the Senate Enquiry into extending the NT Intervention
for another ten years.”

* MORE ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LEGISLATION RELATED ARTICLES:

– Audio Interview

Radio Adelaide Breakfast with Tim Brunero:
Income Management – Racist?
http://radioadelaidebreakfast.wordpress.com/2012/03/19/income-management-racist/
19 Mar 12: “The “Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory
Bill 2011″ addresses three core issues: Alcohol Abuse, Land
Reform, and Food Security. Managed Income in particular is
contentious, and has been called discriminatory,
dehumanising, and hypocritical in the light of the cultural
traditions being disregarded. To explain the Bill and the
Greens‘ position, Tim Brunero spoke to Greens Senator, Lee
Rhiannon.”

– Analysis / Opinion

agendaTracker: Editorial Opinion
http://tracker.org.au/2012/03/editorial-opinion-6/
19 Mar 12: “NATIONAL: Last month I attended a small protest
outside the front of Parliament House. Fifty people had
gathered as rain fell sporadically. The weather reflected
the mood. There were only a few to protest a continuation
of the NT intervention – the Stronger Futures legislation.
The proposed laws will cement many of the contentious
planks of the intervention for the next 10 years. As those
few protestors gathered on the lawns across from new
Parliament House, there was a sadness in the air.”
Amy McQuire, editor of Tracker

de.indymedia.org: Australian Aborigines to lose all rights
http://de.indymedia.org/2012/03/326729.shtml
17 Mar 12: “Remotely living Australian Aborigines to be
stripped of all rights. Australian Aborigines in 73 remote
communities will be stripped of all rights by laws about to
be passed. The imminent vote in the upper house, the
Senate, on what is derisively called “Stronger Futures
legislation”, will extend for 10 more years draconian
restrictions on Aboriginal people who’ve already suffered
five years of them. It will make the stripping of the
rights and dignity of Indigenous people in the Northern
Territory an ongoing reality. Although opposition to the
bill has been strong, the Labor government has ignored it.”
Diet Simon

Indymedia Australia: The Intervention is about mining
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/03/the-intervention-is-about-mining
3 Mar 12: “The Stronger Futures legislation designed to
roll out the second stage of the intervention in the nt is
not about improving the life of the aboriginal communities
and those families who reside there. this is not about the
original lie of stopping child abuse or even closing the
gap. youth suicides have skyrocketed, arrest and
incarceration of aborigines, mainly for alcohol abuse, has
also increased dramatically. school attendance is, in
fact, dropping. health remains a high priority.”
ray jackson, president, indigenous social justice association

– News

Amnesty International Australia:
Senate must oppose deeply flawed Stronger Futures legislation
http://www.amnesty.org.au/news/comments/28204/
21 Mar 12: “Ahead of the scheduled debate of the Stronger
Future Bills, Amnesty International is calling on all
senators to withdraw their support in light of the woefully
inadequate consultation process and overwhelming opposition
to the flawed legislation. If passed, the Stronger Futures
Bills represent the continued disempowerment of Aboriginal
Peoples in the Northern Territory and the Government’s
blatant disregard for its human rights obligations. The
organisation has condemned the proposed legislation package
to be debated in the Senate tomorrow as an extension of the
discriminatory and punitive Northern Territory
Intervention, which violates international human rights
laws.”

9 News: NT intervention may be wound back
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8438458
20 Mar 12: “The federal government’s plan to extend the
Northern Territory intervention for 10 more years could be
thwarted in the Senate later this week. The Stronger
Futures laws, which continue the former Howard government’s
NT intervention that was introduced in 2007 to address
violence and alcohol abuse in Aboriginal communities, are
expected to be debated in the Senate on Thursday. The
opposition and the Australian Greens are expected to
combine to have the sunset clause of the legislation
reduced from 10 years to five and cut the review period
from seven years to three.”

Australian:
Bishop Greg Thompson denies intervention ’emergency’
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/bishop-denies-intervention-emergency/story-fn9hm1pm-1226304565178
20 Mar 12: “HUMAN rights must not be traded away in the
interests of child protection, and the violence and abuse
occurring in remote Aboriginal communities does not
constitute an emergency, according to one Anglican bishop.
Measures that restrict alcohol and quarantine welfare
payments from parents whose children don’t go to school
have failed to protect the most vulnerable, according to a
loose coalition of Top End religious leaders opposed to the
federal government’s intervention in the Northern
Territory.”

Stand for Freedom:
Australian legend Jimmy Little calls on music industry to
support campaign
http://standforfreedom.org.au/2012/03/19/australian-legend-jimmy-little-calls-on-music-industry-to-support-campaign/
19 Mar 12: “One of the living legends of Australian country
music, Aboriginal singer Jimmy Little, has appealed to
musicians around Australia to support the Stand For Freedom
campaign, and oppose the Stronger Futures legislation. In
his open letter, he says that “it is time for Australia to
listen to the wisdom of Aboriginal elders who best
understand the needs of their community.” He has also
written an open letter to the Australian Government,
expressing his opposition to the legislation. You can find
both letters below: … ”

Greens urge Senate to reject NT Intervention expansion
http://greens.org.au/content/greens-urge-senate-reject-nt-intervention-expansion-0
15 Mar 12: “The Australian Greens say there are significant
community concerns that proposed measures under the
Stronger Futures legislation will be highly detrimental to
Aboriginal people in the NT. “The Greens have strongly
recommended that the Senate rejects this legislation,”
Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues said today.
… “Our recommendations seek to reverse the top-down
policy approach being taken by the Government, reflecting
the international research that shows that empowerment and
local governance are essential for improving outcomes.
… ”

– Video

ABC: ALP takes softer approach to NT Intervention
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-14/alp-takes-softer-approach-to-nt-intervention/3890250
15 Mar 12: “The Federal Government has revealed its latest
incarnation of the federal intervention into remote
Aboriginal communities in the Territory.”

* BACKGROUND TO ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ NEW NT INTERVENTION LAWS:

Human Rights Petition:
Australian Government: Stop Stronger Futures and support
Aboriginal self-determination in the NT
https://www.change.org/petitions/australian-government-stop-stronger-futures-and-support-aboriginal-self-determination-in-the-nt

Stand for Freedom:
There can be no reconciliation without justice:
http://standforfreedom.org.au/

Stop the Intervention: Stronger Futures:
New compilation weblink -Petition -NITV Forum
http://www.stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info/Stronger-Futures-update-11-3-12.pdf

Stop the Intervention: Stronger Futures Legislation
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/stronger-futures-legislation

Stop the Intervention: Stronger Futures Media Coverage
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/stronger-futures-legislation/#Media-SF

WGAR News: Responses to Senate Committee report on
‘Stronger Futures’ New NT Intervention laws (18 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/18/wgar-news-responses-to-senate-committee-report-on-stronger-futures-new-nt-intervention-la

WGAR News: Greens Senator Rachel Siewert provides an overview:
“Ending the NT Intervention” (15 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/15/wgar-news-greens-senator-rachel-siewert-provides-an-overview-ending-the-nt-intervention

WGAR News: Senate Inquiry into Stronger Futures
releases it’s report (15 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/15/wgar-news-greens-senator-rachel-siewert-provides-an-overview-ending-the-nt-intervention

WGAR News: 28 Leading Australians call on Government to
abandon the Stronger Futures legislation (14 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/14/wgar-news-28-leading-australians-call-on-government-to-abandon-the-stronger-futures-legis

WGAR News: “Hear the Voice of the People!”:
Video of Senate Hearing at Maningrida 22 February 2012 (13 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/13/wgar-news-hear-the-voice-of-the-people-video-of-senate-hearing-at-maningrida-22-february-

WGAR News: New report into ‘Stronger Futures’ consultations
by Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, UTS (9 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/09/wgar-news-new-report-into-stronger-futures-consultations-by-jumbunna-indigenous-house-of-
[New university report entitled ‘Listening but not Hearing’]

WGAR News: Former PM Malcolm Fraser launches
new report into consultations (9 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/09/wgar-news-new-report-into-stronger-futures-consultations-by-jumbunna-indigenous-house-of-

WGAR News: Our Generation and ANTaR have launched
a new video and campaign (8 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/08/wgar-news-our-generation-and-antar-have-launched-a-new-video-and-campaign

WGAR News: NITV Current Affairs present the Stronger Futures
Forum shot on location in Maningrida (3 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/03/wgar-news-nitv-current-affairs-present-the-stronger-futures-forum-shot-on-location-in-man

WGAR News: Press Conference on Stronger Futures legislation
by Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC (1 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/01/wgar-news-press-conference-on-stronger-futures-legislation-by-hon-alastair-nicholson-ao-r

WGAR News: “NT Aboriginal leaders reject Stronger Futures”
Tracker (23 Feb 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/23/wgar-news-nyoongar-tent-embassy-marches-to-government-house-in-protest

WGAR News: New Website for Stronger Futures
info and submissions (21 Feb 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/21/wgar-news-news-of-the-nyoongar-tent-embassy-on-heirisson-island-in-perth

WGAR News: Book report launched:
“NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotations” (19 Feb 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/19/wgar-news-book-report-launched-nt-consultations-report-2011-by-quotations
[Includes link to transcripts of consultations and book of quotations: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/ ]

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

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

Main Government page for Stronger Futures in the
Northern Territory Bill 2011 and two related bills:
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/index.htm

Direct Government link to view all uploaded submissions
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/submissions.htm

Direct Government link to view all uploaded hearing info
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/hearings/index.htm

* SBS LIVING BLACK:
BARBARA SHAW SPEAKS OUT ABOUT AUSTRALIA DAY PROTESTS:

– Video

SBS Living Black: Breaking Her Silence
http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/2211525787/Tent-Embassy
http://www.sbs.com.au/livingblack
“Sunday 18th March, 4:30pm on SBS ONE
Living Black returns with an exclusive interview with the
woman at the centre of the Australia Day rage. … Barbara
Shaw speaks out for the first time about her role in
protests that made international headlines.”

– Background

WGAR News: Eyewitness accounts of the Tent Embassy protest
on Invasion Day / Sovereignty Day (2 Feb 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/02/wgar-news-eyewitness-accounts-of-the-tent-embassy-protest-on-invasion-day-sovereignty-day

WGAR News: More on the Aboriginal Tent Embassy protest on
Invasion Day (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: Tent Embassy protest interviews with
Michael Anderson, Jeff McMullen, Chris Graham, etc (9 Feb 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/09/wgar-news-tent-embassy-protest-interviews-with-michael-anderson-jeff-mcmullen-chris-graha

WGAR News: “The tent embassy: fact v fiction, black v white”
by Chris Graham (20 Feb 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/20/wgar-news-the-tent-embassy-fact-v-fiction-black-v-white-by-chris-graham

* NATALIE WASLEY:
TRADITIONAL OWNERS TO FIGHT FERGUSON’S NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

See:

WGAR News: Nuclear waste dump laws pass the Senate (14 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/14/wgar-news-28-leading-australians-call-on-government-to-abandon-the-stronger-futures-legis

WGAR News: Maurice Blackburn lawyers:
“New Federal laws on nuclear waste have no impact on
Muckaty legal challenge” (15 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/15/wgar-news-greens-senator-rachel-siewert-provides-an-overview-ending-the-nt-intervention

WGAR News: Central Land Council (CLC):
“New waste dump legislation fundamentally flawed” (18 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/18/wgar-news-responses-to-senate-committee-report-on-stronger-futures-new-nt-intervention-la

– Analysis / Opinion

Green Left:
Traditional owners to fight Ferguson’s nuclear waste dump
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/50419
20 Mar 12: “Resources minister Martin Ferguson introduced
the National Radioactive Waste Management Bill into the
House of Representatives in February 2010, saying it
represented “a responsible and long overdue approach for an
issue that impacts on all Australian communities”. The bill
names Muckaty, 120 kilometres north of Tennant Creek in the
Northern Territory, as the only site to remain under active
consideration for a national nuclear waste dump. The
proposal is contested by the NT government and is also
being challenged in the Federal Court by traditional
owners.”
Natalie Wasley, coordinator of the Beyond Nuclear Initiative

See:

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

YouTube: Muckaty Voices-Australia’s nuclear waste dump story

Australian Conservation Foundation: Muckaty radioactive dump:
http://www.acfonline.org.au/be-informed/northern-australia-nuclear/muckaty-radioactive-dump

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

Vimeo: Nuclear Medicine & the need for a Waste Dump?

– Related News

9 News: Darwin protest against Muckaty waste dump
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8438426/darwin-protest-against-muckaty-waste-dump
20 Mar 12: “Federal government plans to build a nuclear
waste dump in the Northern Territory amount to “radioactive
racism” and ignore the wishes of indigenous people, a
protest has been told. About 50 people, many carrying
placards, joined the lunchtime rally outside the NT
Parliament in Darwin on Tuesday to protest plans for a
toxic waste dump at Muckaty, near Tennant Creek, in Central
Australia. Co-ordinator of the Environment Centre NT,
Stuart Blanch, told the crowd many Aboriginal people from
where the site was planned did not want it there.”

ABC: Top End protest keeps nuclear waste issue fizzing
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-20/nuclear-waste-facility-protest-darwin/3902048?section=nt
20 Mar 12: “A small group of people have met on the steps
of the Northern Territory Parliament to have their say on a
proposed nuclear waste dump. About 25 people gathered to
protest against the Federal Government’s proposed nuclear
waste dump at Muckaty Station near Tennant Creek. The major
concerns raised were about the impact the dump could have
on the environment and on the safety of local communities.
… United Voice NT spokesman Matthew Gardiner says future
transportation of nuclear waste materials to the dump could
be risky.”

ABC Rural: Muckaty Station lessee supports nuclear waste dump
http://www.abc.net.au/rural/news/content/201203/s3456548.htm
19 Mar 12: “The man who leases Muckaty Station in the
Northern Territory says he supports building a nuclear
waste dump on the property. Federal Parliament passed
legislation this month to build a facility. Muckaty Station,
north of Tennant Creek, is the only site nominated after
one group of Traditional Owners put forward the idea.
That’s being contested in the Federal Court by other
Traditional Owners from the area.”

* WELCOME TO OUR WEBSITE: NYOONGAR TENT EMBASSY:

Welcome to our website: Nyoongar Tent Embassy
http://tentembassywa.com/
20 Mar 12: “* This is the website for the Nyoongar Tent
Embassy located at Matagarup (Heirisson Island) on the Swan
River, Perth, Western Australia.
* On this website you will be able to browse media
articles, photos, video and audio, find out how you can get
involved and how to get in touch.
* The best way you can show your support is to come down to
Matagarup and join our cause.
* In the meantime please connect with us on Facebook… ”

– Related News

Indymedia Australia:
Call for supporters to Nyoongar Tent Embassy
– government has ordered police in, they are there now
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/21/call-for-supporters-to-nyoongar-tent-embassy-government-has-ordered-police-in-they-are-th
21 Mar 12: “Nyoongar Tent Embassy has sent a call out for
supporters to assist at Heirisson Island (Mattagarup).
Apparently 100 police have arrived at the Embassy and with
news media piling in.
… However just as many people have been calling into the
talkback programs supporting and arguing on behalf of the
right of the Embassy. … The Embassy has called on
everyone in support of them to send a call out for as many
folk as possible to turn up to the Embassy and civilly
stand alongside them in their right to maintain a civil and
just Embassy – their voice.” Gerry Georgatos

newsTracker: Noongar fight not black and white
http://tracker.org.au/2012/03/noongar-fight-not-black-and-white/
20 Mar 12: “WESTERN AUSTRALIA: The Noongar Tent Embassy has
created headlines across the country. But is Barnett’s
billion dollar native title offer reason to protest, asks
AMY McQUIRE. To the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea
Council (SWALSC), it is an opportunity that could deliver
much-needed self-determination. To the members of the newly
formed Noongar Tent Embassy, it stands as an offence to
their sovereignty.” Amy McQuire, editor of Tracker

– Video

Green Left:
Nyoongar Tent Embassy plans protest, celebrates win
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/50389
17 Mar 12: “An Aboriginal protest march is being planned
for March 28 to take up issues such as the government’s
miserly stolen wages offer and the proposed deal that would
extinguish Nyoongar native title in south west Western
Australia. The WA government made an offer on March 6 to
pay up to $2000 to Aboriginal people who were forced to
work for rations in previous decades. It is an insulting
offer that has been slammed by Aboriginal organisations.
… ” Alex Bainbridge, Perth

Event: 28 March 2012: March to Parliament House
Aboriginal protest rally
At Parliament House the speakers will address issues such as:
* Stolen Wages – Recent ex gratia announcement
* Land Deal – SWALSC & Government
* Human Rights – Aboriginal issues and concerns
Speakers include:
* Robert Eggington,
* Iva Hayward-Jackson,
* Leonard Ogilvie &
* Bella Bropho.
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/12/from-dumbartung-aboriginal-corporation-stolen-wages-rally-march-28
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/50382

* GOVERNMENT’S CLOSING THE GAP REPORT CARD:

– Analysis / Opinion

agendaTracker:
Evidently: Policy by numbers a dangerous charade
http://tracker.org.au/2012/03/evidently-policy-by-numbers-a-dangerous-charade/
19 Mar 12: “NATIONAL: PROF JON ALTMAN* analyses the
government’s Closing the Gap report card, which is
disturbing light on outlining its progress in eliminating
Indigenous disadvantage. I have never been comfortable with
pick-a-number policy making for Indigenous Australia. Such
a technical approach at the national level is not just
hyper managerialist, but is also disconnected from the
diverse lived realities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander peoples and so is dangerous.”
Jon Altman, research professor in economic anthropology,
Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR),
Australian National University

agendaTracker: Behind Enemy Lines: Another ALP broken promise
http://tracker.org.au/2012/03/behind-enemy-lines-another-alp-broken-promise/
19 Mar 12: “The Closing the Gap report is indicative of a
spate of broken Labor promises since Rudd, and then
Gillard, took office. It was supposed to be delivered on
the first day of Parliament, as a reminder to governments
that closing the gap in Indigenous life expectancy is the
top priority of Australia’s leaders. But every year since,
the report has been delayed, and the public have been lied
to.” Amy McQuire, Darumbul journalist and editor of Tracker

– News

newsTracker: Closing the information gap
http://tracker.org.au/2012/03/closing-the-information-gap/
20 Mar 12: “The government claims it has made inroads in
improving data collection, particularly in the Census
process, which will help inform updated statistics on
Aboriginal life expectancy. But this month, the Close the
Gap shadow report, produced by a coalition of prominent
Aboriginal health organisations, cast doubt on the
government’s ability to accurately track its progress. The
shadow report gives a much clearer picture of the current
situation, and unlike the government’s report, is
completely dedicated to whether Labor is achieving
progress.”
Amy McQuire, Darumbul journalist and editor of Tracker

See:

Event: Thu 22 March 2012: various locations across Australia
National Close the Gap Day
“National Close the Gap Day (NCTGD) is a way
for all Australians to join together and remind our
political leaders of their commitments to close
the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and
non-Indigenous Australians within a generation.
Our focus for 2012 is on the need for genuine,
meaningful partnership with Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander health peoples at all
stages of health planning and delivery.”
Event details: http://www.oxfam.org.au/act/events/national-close-the-gap-day/
Attend a Close the Gap event
(various dates and locations throughout March 2012): http://webfw.oxfam.org.au/act/events/close-the-gap-day/attend
NIRS news: http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/6996-smaller-communities-want-access-to-health-services-naccho

* SOVEREIGN UNION:
OPEN LETTER TO THE PM FROM ‘SOVEREIGN UNION’ SPOKESPERSON:

– Letter

Sovereign Union – National Unity Government:
Open letter to the PM from Sovereign Union spokesperson
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/open-letter-pm-sovereign-union-spokesperson
18 Mar 12: “In an ‘open letter’ to Australia’s prime
Minister Julie Gillard, Michael Anderson rquests an answer
as to whether the 1967 referendum to amend section 127 of
the Constitution was valid. He calls upon the Commonwealth
government to provide the written evidentiary proof that
the States did in fact refer this matter of Aboriginal
Affairs to the Commonwealth, as required under Section
105A of the Australian Constitution and asks, ‘if so, were
any conditions applied for the referral’. Michael Anderson
states that if due process was not followed properly the
Commonwealth government has committed a major fraud against
the Australian public.”

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News – 20.3.12
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-20-3-12
20 Mar 12: “A NSW Aboriginal leader says he believes that
the Commonwealth government may have committed a major
fraud following the first time inclusion of his people in
the 1967 census, when a still valid British law stated
Aboriginal natives should not be counted in any census.”

See:

Sovereign Union – National Unity Government:
‘Sovereign Union’
– Asserting Aboriginal Sovereignty into Governance
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/

* GERRY GEORGATOS:
DEATHS IN CUSTODY AND ABORIGINAL INCARCERATION RATES:

– Analysis

Indymedia Australia:
Interim conclusions from a PhD researcher in
Australian Deaths in Custody
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/17/interim-conclusions-from-a-phd-researcher-in-australian-deaths-in-custody
17 Mar 12: “As my PhD progresses in researching Australian
Deaths in Custody – I have visited Immigration Detention
Centres – visited adult prisons – interviewed former
detainees of the Immigration detention centres network
– interviewed former prisoners of adult custodial
jurisdictions.
[I have been publishing online and releasing to others
– academics and news media – some of my research, questions
and conclusions – I believe it is imperative that whatever
little I have to contribute is out there sooner rather than
later, and through forums such as Indymedia – which is
developing fast as a major source of information and
communication and which allows for everyone to engage and
assist in awareness-raising conversations…]”
Gerry Georgatos

– Audio Interviews

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Gerry Georgatos speaks on deaths in custody and
Aboriginal incaceration rates – Part 1
http://caama.com.au/gerry-georgatos-speaks-on-deaths-in-custody-and-aboriginal-incaceration-rates-part-1
12 Apr 11: “Australia has increasing incaceration rates of
Aboriginal people and alarming numbers of deaths in
custody. Gerry Georgatos, Convenor of The Human Rights
Alliance and Phd law researcher into Australian deaths in
custody, speaks to CAAMA Radio’s Nerida Currey about what
these numbers are, what they mean, and why they are so
high.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Gerry Georgatos speaks further on deaths in custody and
Aboriginal incaceration rates – Part 2
http://caama.com.au/gerry-georgatos-speaks-further-on-deaths-in-custody-and-aboriginal-incaceration-rates-part-2
12 Apr 11: “We previously spoke to Gerry Geogartos, Phd
researcher into Australian deaths in custody and Convenor
of The Human Rights Alliance, about the growing indigenous
incaceration rates and numbers of deaths in custody. He
said deaths in custody are not investigated enough and need
to be inspected within the Criminal Justice system. He
speaks to CAAMA Radio’s Nerida Currey more about this.”

* OTHER NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– News

ABC: Research links soil disease increase to NT intervention
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-19/researchers-link-soil-disease-deaths-to-nt-intervention/3898442
19 Mar 12: “Medical researchers believe the federal
intervention in Northern Territory Aboriginal communities
could be to linked to a spike in cases of melioidosis. Over
the past 20 years, the soil-borne bacteria has caused about
30 cases of melioidosis a year, including several deaths.
… He [Professor Currie] says the intervention has led
some Aboriginal people to move from remote areas into urban
areas, where they’re exposed to the elements.”

* 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

The Greens: Rachel Siewert: Ending the NT Intervention:
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/ntintervention
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/portfolios/aboriginal-torres-strait-islander-issues

Stand for Freedom:
There can be no reconciliation without justice:
http://standforfreedom.org.au/

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

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

CAAMA (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association)
– NT Intervention:
http://caama.com.au/?s=NT+Intervention

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

STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney):
http://stoptheintervention.org/

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

IRAG (Intervention Rollback Action Group):
Mparntwe – Alice Springs:
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/

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

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

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

Equality Rights Alliance:
Women’s Experience of Income Management in the Northern Territory:
http://www.equalityrightsalliance.org.au/projects/womens-experience-income-management-northern-territory

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

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

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/

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

Adelaide Stop the Intervention:
http://www.stoptheintervention.com.au/

Central Land Council:
The Australian Government Intervention 2007:
http://www.clc.org.au/Media/issues/intervention/intervention_intro.html

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

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– News

newsTracker: Reparations… more than just a word
http://tracker.org.au/2012/03/reparations-more-than-just-a-word/
20 Mar 12: “NATIONAL: Four years ago, he uttered the word
that our people had waited too long to hear. On February
13, 2008, Kevin Rudd created history by saying “sorry” to
members of the Stolen Generations, not once, but three
times. However it was his refusal to utter another word
that cast a shadow over proceedings. A week before his
apology speech, Mr Rudd ruled out offering full reparations
to victims. “We will not, under any circumstances, be
establishing any compensation arrangements or any
compensation fund. Absolutely blunt on that,” Mr Rudd told
media at the time.” Amy McQuire, Darumbul journalist and
editor of Tracker

– Audio Interview

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Les Malezer
Co-chair of National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/
20 Mar 12
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/les-malezer-13/

* UPCOMING ABORIGINAL RIGHTS EVENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA
– 26 EVENTS FROM 22 MARCH 2012:

Click on the links for details of the events …

Event: 11 February 2012 to 26 May 2012: South Bank, Brisbane, 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: Tue 28 February to Sun 25 March 2012: Adelaide, SA
Exhibition: Deadly: in-between heaven and hell
Tandanya NACI and Adelaide Festival
“A major exhibition of newly commissioned works
by eight leading Australian Aboriginal artists and
collectives. … For many Indigenous peoples,
‘heaven on Earth’ is the divine world shaped by
ancestral creators, where connection to country
and culture are in harmony with the experience
of self and community. At the other extreme, the
legacies of incursion and assimilation are a
‘living hell’. The in-between is uneasy, lined
with hope and echoing with resilience.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/sa/event/27911/

Event: Intermittent 1 March – 3 May 2012: Various Locations
House of Representatives Committees
Inquiry into language learning in Indigenous communities
Public hearings:
Canberra, ACT: 1 March 2012
Canberra, ACT: 15 March 2012
Canberra, ACT: 22 March 2012
Adelaide, SA: 2 April 2012
Utopia Homelands, NT: 3 April 2012
Alice Springs, NT: 4 April 2012
Broome, WA: 30 April 2012
Halls Creek, WA: 1 May 2012
Darwin, NT: 2 May 2012
Nhulunbuy, NT: 3 May 2012
Event details: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House_of_Representatives_Committees?url=atsia/languages/hearings/index.htm

Event: Thu 22 March 2012: various locations across Australia
(various dates throughout March 2012)
National Close the Gap Day
“National Close the Gap Day (NCTGD) is a way
for all Australians to join together and remind our
political leaders of their commitments to close
the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and
non-Indigenous Australians within a generation.
Our focus for 2012 is on the need for genuine,
meaningful partnership with Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander health peoples at all
stages of health planning and delivery.”
Event details: http://www.oxfam.org.au/act/events/national-close-the-gap-day/
Attend a Close the Gap event
(various dates and locations throughout March 2012): http://webfw.oxfam.org.au/act/events/close-the-gap-day/attend
NIRS news: http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/6996-smaller-communities-want-access-to-health-services-naccho

Event: Thu 22 March 2012: Collingwood, Vic
Homelands and Advocacy Training Session
“The Homelands campaign aims to
protect the right of Aboriginal peoples
to stay on their Homelands.”
This training will cover:
– The Homelands report and key issues
– Homelands campaign strategy and messaging
– Guide to effective advocacy
– Overview of methods for how to meet with, write to or call your MP
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/vic/event/28099/

Event: 22 March 2012: Waratah, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Hosted by the Ethnic Communities Council
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/screenings
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Sat 24 March 2012: Fullarton, SA
Amnesty International Fullarton Markets Group
“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.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/sa/event/27913/

Event: Sun 25 March 2012: Nyoongar Tent Embassy, WA
The Day of the Didge:
Nyoongar Tent Embassy Fundraiser
“We will be staging the biggest ensemble of
didge players and music the world will ever see. …
We hope the the Tent Embassies around Australia
– Canberra, Portland and soon to be Brisbane will
also come on board and host an event at their sites
on the same day to also fundraise for their
embassies and spread the message of
sovereignty.”
Event details: http://www.indymedia.org.au/the-day-of-the-didge-nyoongar-tent-embassy-fundraiser

Event: Mon 26 March 2012: Burwood
ANTaR Inner West’s free screening of an Indigenous film
Film: “Here I Am”
Burwood Westfield Greater Union Cinema
” … the story of a young Aboriginal woman’s
struggle to stay off drugs and reconnect with
her young daughter and her Mother now that
she’s out of jail.”
Event details: http://www.sydneykin.org.au/pipermail/womenforwik/2012-February/000687.html

Event: 26 March 2012: Kirribilli, NSW
Listen Talk Act: Indigenous Conversations
“The Conversations will focus on the Constitutional
recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
people and the value of education for Indigenous
peoples.”
The Conversations will be led by:
* Graeme Mundine,
* Renee Coffey,
* Jane Kemp.
Event details: http://www.loreto.org.au/Home/News-Media/News/Listen-Talk-Act-Indigenous-Conversations.aspx
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html

Event: Wed 28 March 2012: Parramatta Park, Qld
Black Deaths in Custody Watch Group meeting
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49933

Event: 28 March 2012: March to Parliament House
Aboriginal protest rally
At Parliament House the speakers will address issues such as:
* Stolen Wages – Recent ex gratia announcement
* Land Deal – SWALSC & Government
* Human Rights – Aboriginal issues and concerns
Speakers include:
* Robert Eggington,
* Iva Hayward-Jackson,
* Leonard Ogilvie &
* Bella Bropho.
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/12/from-dumbartung-aboriginal-corporation-stolen-wages-rally-march-28
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/50382

Event: Thu 29 March 2012: Sydney, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Part of Message Sticks Festival 2012
Discussion with Damien Curtis, Jeff McMullen,
Alec Doomadgee, Rosealee Pearson and John Pilger
Event details: http://ideas.sydneyoperahouse.com/upcoming-events/
Event details: http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/Message_sticks/highlights.aspx
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/screenings
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/50368
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Fri 30 March 2012: Sydney, NSW
Tent Embassy & Identity
Part of Message Sticks Festival 2012
Film: Ningla A-Na
Discussion with Gary Foley and Larissa Behrendt
Event details: http://ideas.sydneyoperahouse.com/upcoming-events/
Event details: http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/Message_sticks/highlights.aspx
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/50368

Event: Sat 31 March 2012: Sydney, NSW
What’s the Fuss in the Kimberley?
Part of Message Sticks Festival 2012
Film: Old Country New Country
Q&A with George Negus Stephen Pigram,
Mitch Torres and Albert Wiggan
Event details: http://ideas.sydneyoperahouse.com/upcoming-events/
Event details: http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/Message_sticks/highlights.aspx

Event: 3 April 2012: Wollongong, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Hosted by University of Wollongong Enviro Collective
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/screenings
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Fri 6 April 2012: University of Melbourne, Vic
Gary Foley will be speaking on his amazing life and times
“The legendary Aboriginal activist has been at the
centre of major political activity for over 40 years.
In the 1970’s he joined the growing circle of Aboriginal
resistance in Australia, and formed the Aboriginal
Legal Service in Sydney. … ”
Part of Marxism 2012 Conference, Easter weekend
Presented by Socialist Alternative & ISO of NZ
Supported by Community Radio 3CR 855 AM
Event details: http://www.marxismconference.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=178&Itemid=80
Marxism 2012 details: http://www.marxismconference.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=1

Event: Sat 7 April 2012: Darwin, NT
Rock Against Racism
Organised by DASSAN and Darwin Aboriginal Rights Collective
Event summary: http://dassan.weebly.com/rock-against-racism.html

Event: 7 April 2012: Adelaide, SA
136th 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/2011/12/candlelight-walk-2/

Event: Wed 18 April 2012: Parramatta, Sydney, NSW
Free Public Screening of Our Generation
Introduction and Q&A by Jeff McMullen AM
Hosted by Reconciliation for Western Sydney
Event details: http://stoptheintervention.org/#OurGen
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/screenings
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info-Our-Generation/Our-Gen-Parramatta-18-4-12r.pdf
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Thu 19 April to Mon 14 May 2012: Campsie, NSW
Homelands Photography Exhibition
“to explore the Aboriginal community of Utopia,
located in the Northern Territory”
Demand Dignity – Amnesty International
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/28174/

Event: Sun 6 May 2012: Sydney, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Followed by Q&A with Dr Jeff McMullen
and Dr Thalia Anthony
Part of Sydney Greek Festival 2012
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/screenings
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: 12 May 2012: Melbourne City, Vic
2012 Autumn Action:
Stop Aboriginal Death in Custody
Remember all who have died in custody
Organised by Indigenous Social Justice Association
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm

Event: Sat 14 to Fri 20 July 2012: Olympic Dam, SA
The Lizard’s Revenge:
Olympic Dam expansion music/art/festival/protest
“Sleeping underneath the ground there is an old lizard,
Kalta the sleepy lizard. The lizard ain’t so sleepy anymore.
BHP is mining right into that Lizards body. The government
has just approved an expansion of the Olympic Dam uranium
mine, making it the biggest uranium mine in the world.
Kalta is angry and wants revenge.
Arabana elder Kevin Buzzacot is calling the people of the
world to help the lizard shut down the mine. He is calling
for people to come and heal the land in the name of peace
and justice for the next 10,000 generations to come.”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/the-lizards-revenge-olympic-dam-expansion-musicartfestivalprotest
Background: http://londonminingnetwork.org/2011/10/australia-approves-20-30bn-bhp-billitons-olympic-dam-mine-expansion/

Event: 11 August 2012: Melbourne City, Vic
2012 Winter Action:
Stop Aboriginal Death in Custody
Remember all who have died in custody
Organised by Indigenous Social Justice Association
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm

Event: 10 November 2012: Melbourne City, Vic
2012 Spring Action:
Stop Aboriginal Death in Custody
Remember all who have died in custody
Organised by Indigenous Social Justice Association
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm

– ‘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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120324 – Call for delegates to interim Aboriginal unity government assembly

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 24/03/2012 by D

Contents:
* Call for delegates to interim Aboriginal unity government
assembly
* GLW: Brisbane’s Aboriginal embassy deserves wide support
* Perth police invade Nyoongar Tent Embassy
* STICS: Aunty of deaths in custody victim speaks out
against ‘Stronger Futures’
* Photograph your feet and ‘Stand For Freedom’
* More on Petition opposing an extension of NT Intervention
* More ‘Stronger Futures’ Legislation related articles
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Greg Dickson in ‘New Matilda’: Scrymgour’s Bad Language
* ABC 7.30: National radioactive waste dump faces resistance
* 120,000 people take part in National Close the Gap Day
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles
* Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia

* CALL FOR DELEGATES TO
INTERIM ABORIGINAL UNITY GOVERNMENT ASSEMBLY:

– Media Release

Sovereign Union:
Call for delegates to Aboriginal unity government assembly
in May 2012
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/call-delegates-aboriginal-unity-government-assembly-may-2012
22 Mar 12: “Michael Anderson – Goodooga, northwest NSW,
22 March 12
All Aboriginal nations are being called on to send two
delegates to the inaugural assembly of the interim national
unity government in Wollongong in May.
“This gathering to form the Interim Sovereign Union
National Unity Government is so important, as the federal
government and their Uncle Tom collaborators are working
overtime to indoctrinate our children and youth into their
way of thinking by falsely promoting that recognition in
the Constitution will give our people something,” the
spokesman of the movement, Michael Anderson, writes in a
media release.
Since the 40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Embassy in
Canberra in January, Anderson, its last remaining founder,
has travelled the country promoting the idea of sovereignty.
He reports that 40 nations in the Murray Darling Basin have
already come on board.
The assembly will be held at the Sandon Point Aboriginal
Embassy Wollongong, south of Sydney, on the 23rd and 24th
of May. … ”

Event: 23 and 24 May 2012: Wollongong, south of Sydney
Interim Aboriginal unity government assembly
Held at the Sandon Point Aboriginal Embassy
“”This gathering to form the Interim Sovereign Union
National Unity Government is so important, as the federal
government and their Uncle Tom collaborators are working
overtime to indoctrinate our children and youth into their
way of thinking by falsely promoting that recognition in
the Constitution will give our people something,” the
spokesman of the movement, Michael Anderson, writes in a
media release.”
Event details: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/call-delegates-aboriginal-unity-government-assembly-may-2012
Sovereign Union – National Unity Government: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/

See:

Sovereign Union – National Unity Government:
‘Sovereign Union’
– Asserting Aboriginal Sovereignty into Governance
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/

* GLW: BRISBANE’S ABORIGINAL EMBASSY DESERVES WIDE SUPPORT:

– Statement

Green Left: Brisbane’s Aboriginal embassy deserves wide support
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/50445
22 Mar 12: “Liam Flenady, the Socialist Alliance candidate
for the seat of South Brisbane, released the statement
below on March 21. * * *
The Socialist Alliance declares its full support for the
Sovereign Embassy Brisbane, established by the Murri
community in Musgrave Park, South Brisbane, on March 13.
The Sovereign Embassy Brisbane has issued a statement saying:
“Our right to sovereignty, possession and occupation and
enjoyment of our lands and waters and everything associated
with the Original Tribes, is guaranteed under the term
tribe. We now instruct the Parliament of Queensland to
recognise us as tribes.
“The Sovereign Embassy Brisbane is on a state-wide campaign
to acknowledge all tribal nations to treaty with the local
Yaggara people and with each other.
“All Original Sovereign Nations who become part of the
National Unity Government will be encouraged to challenge,
within the domestic courts of the invader society, to seek
a declaration by them confirming that our sovereignty cannot
be dealt with within their jurisdiction.”

* PERTH POLICE INVADE NYOONGAR TENT EMBASSY:

Welcome to our website: Nyoongar Tent Embassy
http://tentembassywa.com/

facebook: Aboriginal Tent Embassy
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Aboriginal-Tent-Embassy/210730945611610?sk=wall

– Photo Essay (includes video)

Green Left: Photo Essay: Police invade Nyoongar Tent Embassy
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/50447
23 Mar 12: “This is what the Nyoongar Tent Embassy looked
like before the police invaded. This photo was taken on
Thursday March 22 – about one hour before the police
arrived. …
The police came with horses, dog squad, tasers, guns and
large numbers – over sixty police and 15 council rangers. …
The Embassy regrouped. …
They never left the Island. …
You can’t kill the spirit which is strong. …
Eventually the cops marched off, with three arrests, a
bunch of equipment seized, but they didn’t manage to break
the Embassy and they didn’t manage to break the spirit.”
By Alex Bainbridge

– Videos

SMH: Heirisson Island: ‘We were hoping it wouldn’t come to this’
http://www.smh.com.au/wa-news/heirisson-island-we-were-hoping-it-wouldnt-come-to-this-20120322-1vn3r.html
23 Mar 12: “The standoff between police and Aboriginal
protesters at Heirisson Island continued overnight after
riot police raided the “tent embassy” and arrested four
people at the site yesterday afternoon. … Former
Fremantle Dockers player Scott Chisholm, who had visited
the “tent embassy” each evening, said the island always had
belonged to Noongars and they would fight to retain it.
“These people are sovereign people, they have every right
to be here,” he said.”

ABC: Police remove activists from Heirisson Island
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-23/police-remove-activists-from-heirisson-island/3908838
23 Mar 12: “Police have ended a standoff at a camp of
Aboriginal activists on Heirisson Island in Perth’s Swan
River who are angry about a proposed native title deal.”

YouTube:
Nyoongar tent embassy standing strong in face of police violence

22 Mar 12: “Over 50 police armed with taser’s and guns
invaded the tent embassy. Aboriginal activists not wanting
any violence made peacefully made the point that police do
not have permission to be here. Activists walked to the
other side of the island to avoid conflict. Starting setting
up the embassy feeling good at avoiding a confrontation with
the police. Police looking for a fight marched to the other
side of the island and starting pushing people around for no
reason. Police then violently arrested a few people. Forced
people to move into the swamp. The Tent Embassy still
continues despite constant police attacks.”

West Australian: Three arrested in WA tent embassy eviction
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/national/13237912/three-arrested-in-wa-tent-embassy-eviction/
22 Mar 12: “Three men were arrested and a pregnant woman
holding a baby had a narrow escape after nearly being
trampled by a police horse during a raid at an Aboriginal
“tent embassy” in Perth. … The action began just after
2pm (WST) on Thursday, when about 70 officers, including
mounted police, the dog squad, public order response group
and other units, joined 15 City of Perth rangers to remove
tents and cars parked illegally on the public reserve.”

YouTube: Nyoongar Tent Embassy. Police harrassment. 22nd March

22 Mar 12

YouTube: Police violence at Nyoongar Tent Embassy. Take 3

22 Mar 12

– News

newsTracker: Three arrested in WA tent embassy eviction
http://tracker.org.au/2012/03/three-arrested-in-wa-tent-embassy-eviction/
23 Mar 12: “One protest organiser issued a public appeal
for new tents to replace those confiscated. “We want to
send out an appeal to every good-hearted person out there,
if they can come tonight with a tent for us, we’ll gladly
accept it,” Greg Martin said. Another organiser, Herbert
Bropho, said the protesters planned to remain on the
island. “We’re not going to move on,” he said. “They can
come back tomorrow with the army or whatever they want –
we’re not moving.””

ABC: Police maintaining presence on Heirisson Island
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-22/island-protest/3906806/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
23 Mar 12: “Police have spent the night on Heirisson Island
after arresting four protesters and dismantling their
campsite yesterday. Nyoongar activists have been camping on
the island for several weeks protesting against a proposed
billion dollar native title deal over parts of Perth and
the South West. Yesterday, a large police contingent of
about 60 officers and mounted police moved in on the
protesters and started dismantling their campsite. When the
activists tried to set up a second camp on the western end
of the island, four protesters were arrested … ”

West Australian: Four arrested at Heirisson protest camp
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/13235608/fire-on-heirsson-island/
22 Mar 12: “UPDATE 5pm: Four people have been arrested on
Heirisson Island as police moved in on the protest camp
this afternoon. Riot squad police armed with Tasers and
officers on horseback moved into the camp as Perth City
Council rangers dismantled tents and moved equipment this
afternoon. The four people were arrested on charges
including obstruct police, refusing to provide details and
disorderly conduct. One move on notice was also issued and
protest signs and other items were seized by council staff
and police.”

Herald Sun: Barnett says ‘tent embassy’ must go now
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/barnett-says-tent-embassy-must-go-now/story-e6frf7jx-1226307248028
22 Mar 12: “WEST Australian Premier Colin Barnett says an
Aboriginal “tent embassy” in Perth will be dismantled with
force if necessary no matter how embarrassing it may look
for his government on a national and international scale.
Protesters have been camped at Heirisson Island on the Swan
River since mid-February, saying they oppose the WA
Government’s proposed $1 billion native title deal with the
Noongar people of the state’s southwest.”

Sky News: ‘Tent embassy’ protesters urged to move
http://www.skynews.com.au/local/article.aspx?id=731477&vId=
22 Mar 12: “A clash is looming at an Aboriginal ‘tent
embassy’ in Perth after the police commissioner urged the
city council to order the protesters off a public reserve.
Protesters have been camped at Heirisson Island on the Swan
River since mid-February, saying they oppose the WA
government’s proposed $1 billion native title deal with the
Noongar people of the state’s southwest.”

Indymedia Australia:
Call for supporters to Nyoongar Tent Embassy
– government has ordered police in, they are there now
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/21/call-for-supporters-to-nyoongar-tent-embassy-government-has-ordered-police-in-they-are-th
21 Mar 12: “Nyoongar Tent Embassy has sent a call out for
supporters to assist at Heirisson Island (Mattagarup).
Apparently 100 police have arrived at the Embassy and with
news media piling in.
… However just as many people have been calling into the
talkback programs supporting and arguing on behalf of the
right of the Embassy. … The Embassy has called on
everyone in support of them to send a call out for as many
folk as possible to turn up to the Embassy and civilly
stand alongside them in their right to maintain a civil
and just Embassy – their voice.” Gerry Georgatos

National Indigenous Times:
Marianne Mackay refuses Magistrate’s demand twice in
amazing confrontation during Tent Embassy bail hearing
http://www.nit.com.au/your-say.html
http://www.nit.com.au/news/782-i-wont-back-down.html
21 Mar 12: “Marianne Mackay confronted a Perth Magistrate
twice in an amazing piece of courtroom theatre and won,
forcing the Magistrate to delay a bail application hearing
for Perth Tent Embassy stalwart, Len Culbong before finally
resuming the hearing a third time. Ms Mackay attended Mr
Culbong’s hearing at Perth’s Magistrate’s Court with 30
other supporters of the Tent Embassy. … Dumbartung Chief
Executive and Nyoongar Tent Embassy spokesman, Rob
Eggington said the court hearing and the outcome was an
important issue.”

National Indigenous Times: Pay rent for our land
http://www.nit.com.au/news/781-pay-rent-for-our-land.html
21 Mar 12: “Nyoongar rights advocate and Chief Executive
Officer of Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation, Robert
Eggington has gathered together with several prominent
Nyoongars and a large number of the Nyoongar community to
announce their own Native Title proposals for the West
Australian State Government to… ”

West Australian: Tent embassy must go: Commissioner
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/wa/13230418/tent-embassy-must-go-commissioner/
21 Mar 12: “Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan says
police are willing to help the City of Perth clean up the
Aboriginal tent embassy which has been on Heirisson Island
for more than five weeks. Mr O’Callaghan said today that if
the City of Perth issued orders for the protestors camped
at the Island to remove their cars and tents from the land
police would help enforce those directives. The group
protesting against the State Government’s $1 billion offer
to settle native title claims over Perth and the south-west
have been set up at the Island since February 12.”

BigPond News: ‘Tent’ protesters urged to move
http://bigpondnews.com/articles/National/2012/03/21/Tent_protesters_urged_to_move_731461.html
21 Mar 12: “Protesters at an Aboriginal ‘tent embassy’ in
Perth should pack up and go home before it all ends badly,
political and police leaders say. … Aboriginal elder and
protest participant Ben Taylor said Mr Barnett should visit
the camp. ‘At least he can sit down and hear the people
out. They won’t attack him, they won’t kill him, they won’t
throw him in the water,’ he told ABC Radio.”

Perth Now:
‘Clear out island tent camp’ – Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/activists-embark-on-secret-cbd-protest/story-e6frg13u-1226306303766
21 Mar 12: “POLICE Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan has
weighed into the Heirisson Island Noongar protest calling
for the activists to be “cleared out.” “What I think we
need to see is the City of Perth move in, issue the orders
and we’ll help to execute those orders and clear them out,”
the Commissioner told ABC radio. “Because, the longer this
goes on, the higher the risk is of anti-social behaviour
and possibly other offences as well.””

– Letter

Nyoongar Tent Embassy:
Letter sent to the CEO of Perth City Council – 21/3/12
http://tentembassywa.com/perth-ceo-letter
21 Mar 12: “Dear Frank,
As the Sovereign Traditional Custodians of this land, known
commonly as Nyoongar country, we formally request that your
department remove the concrete barriers blocking the
entrance to the car park attached to Matagarup. They are
restricting access to the island in order for us to engage
in customary lore as we have done for many thousands of
years on this particular site, which is a registered site
with the Department of Indigenous Affairs. …
Regards, Nyoongar Tent Embassy”

* STICS:
AUNTY OF DEATHS IN CUSTODY VICTIM
SPEAKS OUT AGAINST ‘STRONGER FUTURES’:

– Media Release

Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney:
Aunty of deaths in custody victim speaks out against
‘Stronger Futures’
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/press-releases/aunty-of-deaths-in-custody-victim-speaks-out-against-stronger-futures-21-3-12
21 Mar 12: “Patricia Morton-Thomas said:
“My nephew is a victim of the Intervention. He’s not the
first and he won’t be the last. Its just disgusting the way
Aboriginal people are treated here. Not only is our culture
being treated as worthless but our people’s lives are
treated as worthless. Alice Springs has always been a
racist little town but I’ve never seen anything like this
in my life. And there is constant harassment from the
police every night.”
“If Stronger Futures goes through, we will have more and
more people going to jail. Our culture is under attack. My
people are under attack on our own soil. We’re the oldest
living culture in the world and they are going all out to
destroy us. I see so much despair with my people at the
moment, there’s no hope. I’m hearing constantly about
suicides. My people are just dying.””

Event: Wed 21 March 2012: Sydney, NSW
Protest second intervention and deaths in custody on
UN day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Speakers include:
* Nicole Watson
* Ray Jackson
* Patricia Morton-Thomas
Event details: http://stoptheintervention.org/#21March
Event details: http://www.indymedia.org.au/rally-for-aboriginal-rights-and-self-determination-on-the-un-day-for-elimination-of-racial-discrimin
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/No_racism_protest_210312.pdf

* PHOTOGRAPH YOUR FEET AND ‘STAND FOR FREEDOM’:

– Action

Stand For Freedom:
“I Stand For Freedom” Facebook movement is launched
http://standforfreedom.org.au/2012/03/21/join-the-i-stand-for-freedom-facebook-movement/
“We are calling out to everyone to get onto our Facebook
page, and upload a photo of their feet “standing for freedom”.
Engage, spread the word, and have fun!”
http://www.facebook.com/pages/I-Stand-For-Freedom/178711202237473

– Feet Photos

Stand For Freedom: Facebook Feet
http://standforfreedom.org.au/gallery/facebook-feet/

Stand For Freedom: The Greens Stand for Freedom in Canberra
http://standforfreedom.org.au/2012/03/21/the-greens-stand-for-freedom-in-canberra/
“All 10 of the Greens Parliamentarians have today made a
clear stand in support of the campaign. They took time out
of their busy shcedules to host a media conference in the
Senate Courtyard, “standing for freedom” and calling on the
nation to follow their lead.”

– Related Media Release

Rachel Siewert: Greens make a stand against the NT Intervention
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/greens-make-stand-against-nt-intervention
21 Mar 12: “The Australian Greens have today taken a stand
– literally – against the NT Intervention, helping Stand
for Freedom launch the next phase of their online campaign.
“All 10 Greens MPs stood united outside the Senate today to
lend our support for Stand For Freedom and the community
opposing the NT Intervention,” Senator Rachel Siewert,
Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Issues said today.
“We stood just metres from the Senate Chamber where the
Stronger Futures legislation will be debated and voted on
in the coming sitting weeks.
“We urge everyone, whoever or wherever they are, to take a
photo and show that they too are standing up to this unfair,
wasteful and ineffective legislation.
“I will also table a petition to the Senate with over
33,000 signatures against the Intervention, presented to me
today by Les Malezer, the co-Chair of the National Congress
of Australia’s First Peoples and Damien Curtis, the Campaign
Director of Stand for Freedom.””

* MORE ON PETITION OPPOSING AN EXTENSION OF NT INTERVENTION:

See:

WGAR News: Stand For Freedom campaign delivers a petition
to the Senate signed by 33,000 people (22 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/22/wgar-news-stand-for-freedom-campaign-delivers-a-petition-to-the-senate-signed-by-33000-pe

– News

Pro Bono News:
New Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights Established
http://www.probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2012/03/new-joint-parliamentary-committee-human-rights-established
22 Mar 12: “Federal Parliament has established a Joint
Committee on Human Rights and the Not for Profit sector is
urging the committee to investigate the controversial NT
Intervention legislation, Stronger Futures, as its first
priority. The committee was established by the Human Rights
(Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011 last week to examine
Bills for Acts and legislation that come before either
House of the Parliament for compatibility with human rights.
Yesterday, the Not for Profit Stand For Freedom campaign,
… delivered a petition to the Senate signed by 33,000
Australians … ”

National Indigenous Times:
30,000 sign petition opposing Macklin’s planned legislation
http://www.nit.com.au/news/777-30000-sign-petition-opposing-macklins-planned-legislation.html
21 Mar 12: “Old-fashioned people power may be the only way
to stop the 10 year extension of the Northern Territory
Intervention given the Federal Liberal-National Coalition
party is expected to support the Federal Labor Government’s
Stronger Futures laws when they come before the Senate.”

SMH: John Butler, Archie Roach and Jimmy Little
protest over NT intervention
http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/john-butler-archie-roach-and-jimmy-little-protest-over-nt-intervention-20120321-1vj8q.html
21 Mar 12: “A petition signed by 33,000 Australians opposing
an extension of the Northern Territory intervention will be
tabled in parliament this afternoon. The petition, organised
by human rights campaigners Stand for Freedom and to be
tabled by Greens Senator Rachel Siewert, calls for the
withdrawal of proposals which would extend elements of the
intervention for a further ten years.
Musicians John Butler, Archie Roach and Jimmy Little have
added their support to the campaign.”

BigPond News: Opposition to NT intervention mounts
http://bigpondnews.com/articles/National-Regional/2012/03/21/Opposition_to_NT_intervention_mounts_731237.html
21 Mar 12: “Human rights activists have criticised
government plans to extend the Northern Territory
intervention, saying it is a cancer killing Aboriginal
communities. They want the Stronger Futures legislation,
extending the intervention for another 10 years, scrapped.
The Senate is scheduled to vote on the draft laws on
Thursday. Opponents of the extension have launched the
Stand for Freedom campaign and collected more than 33,000
signatures for a petition that will be tabled in the upper
house on Wednesday.”

* MORE ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LEGISLATION RELATED ARTICLES:

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 22/03/12
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-220312
22 Mar 12: “* Australia’s peak representative body for
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders says it does not
believe there has been enough support expressed from
Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory for the
Gillard Labor Government to proceed with continued punitive
programs contained in the Stronger Futures Bill.
* Human Rights advocate Amnesty International has slammed
the Stronger Futures Legislation…calling on all senators to
withdraw their support for the bills … ”

– News

Catholic Leader: Nothern Territory laws unsound
http://www.catholicleader.com.au/news.php/top-stories/nothern-territory-laws-unsound_78902
25 Mar 12: “LAWS to extend the Northern Territory
Intervention (NTER) have been criticised by local and
national heads of Catholic organisations, with one leader
describing them as “the deepening of a wound that a future
Prime Minister will need to apologise for”. The leaders,
including those from the Australian Catholic Social Justice
Council (ACSJC), the St Vincent de Paul Society and the
Aboriginal Catholic Ministry (ACM), have all criticised the
Federal Government for a lack of consultation with
indigenous communities on the new legislation.”

newsTracker: NT intervention debate kicks off in Senate
http://tracker.org.au/2012/03/nt-intervention-debate-kicks-off-in-senate/
22 Mar 12: “There is palpable pain in Indigenous
communities, a Labor senator says, as the federal
government navigates the next phase of the NT intervention.
Debate on the government’s Stronger Futures legislation
package began in the Senate on Wednesday night. Labor
senator Claire Moore, who visited NT Indigenous communities
as part of a Senate inquiry into the draft laws, admitted
Aboriginal people were hurting.”

Sky News: Ten year NT intervention plan to be cut
http://www.skynews.com.au/topstories/article.aspx?id=731488&vId=
22 Mar 12: “The federal government’s plan to extend the
Northern Territory intervention for another decade could be
thwarted in the Senate today. The Stronger Futures laws,
which continue the former Howard coalition government’s
Northern Territory intervention, are due to be debated
today. … The opposition and the Australian Greens are
expected to combine to have the sunset clause of the
legislation reduced from 10 years to five years and the
review period from seven to three years.”

NT News: Pubs ‘not to blame’ for grog abuse
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2012/03/22/295241_ntnews.html
22 Mar 12: “NEW federal laws threaten to “cripple”
Territory pubs, an industry group has said. The NT
Australian Hotels Association said the plan to allow an
independent assessor to decide whether a bar was harmful to
indigenous people was unfair and unnecessary. The assessor
will be appointed as part of Stronger Futures – also known
as Intervention Mark II.”

ABC: Scullion moves to reassure hotels on law change
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-22/scullion-on-stronger-futures-law-change/3906750?section=nt
22 Mar 12: “The Federal Opposition’s Indigenous Affairs
spokesman has moved to calm fears expressed by the
Australian Hotels Association that pubs are being unfairly
targeted by the Government’s Stronger Futures legislation.
The bill, which extends many aspects of the Northern
Territory Emergency Response, originally gave independent
assessors the power to investigate licensed venues if they
are suspected of causing harm to Aboriginal people. Senator
Nigel Scullion says the bill has been amended to remove
some ministerial powers that override the Northern
Territory administration.”

National Indigenous Times:
Greens report says Macklin should scrap plan and start again
http://www.nit.com.au/news/776-greens-report-says-macklin-should-scrap-plan-and-start-again.html
21 Mar 12: “The Australian Greens have called for the
Stronger Futures legislation extending the Northern
Territory Intervention by another 10 years to be scrapped
following a Senate inquiry report last week endorsing the
Federal Government’s plan. The Senate committee which
conducted the inquiry was dominated by Labor and
Coalition… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Plan “beggars belief”: Graeme Mundine
http://www.nit.com.au/news/775-plan-beggars-belief-graeme-mundine.html
21 Mar 12: “Graeme Mundine, the Executive Officer of the
Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, Sydney Archdiocese, was
“disappointed” the Senate committee inquiry into the
proposed legislation to extend the Northern Territory
Intervention had ignored the significant number of views
questioning the extension. “It is disappointing the Senate
committee has comprehensively ignored a wide range of
concerns raised by a… ”

Koori Mail: NT ‘intervention’ plan condemned
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
21 Mar 12: “A SENATE report into the Federal Government’s
proposed Stronger Futures legislation has been met with
howls of protest from Indigenous and other groups across
the nation. Although highly critical of the Government’s
consultations with Aboriginal communities, the Senate’s
Community Affairs committee last week gave the Government’s
plans to extend the Northern Territory Intervention the
go-ahead, with only the Australian Greens dissenting.”

ABC: AHA protests about Stronger Futures law controls
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-21/aha-protests-about-stronger-future-law-controls/3904392
21 Mar 12: “The Australian Hotels Association says Northern
Territory pubs are being treated as scapegoats under the
Federal Government’s new laws replacing its intervention
powers. The Stronger Futures legislation will replace
intervention laws introduced in 2007 to address
disadvantage in Aboriginal communities. The new legislation
gives an independent assessor the power to investigate
venues like hotels and clubs to examine whether they are
causing harm to problem drinkers.”

* BACKGROUND TO ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ NEW NT INTERVENTION LAWS:

Human Rights Petition:
Australian Government: Stop Stronger Futures and
support Aboriginal self-determination in the NT
https://www.change.org/petitions/australian-government-stop-stronger-futures-and-support-aboriginal-self-determination-in-the-nt

Stand for Freedom:
There can be no reconciliation without justice:
http://standforfreedom.org.au/

Stop the Intervention:
Stronger Futures: New compilation weblink -Petition -NITV Forum
http://www.stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info/Stronger-Futures-update-11-3-12.pdf

Stop the Intervention: Stronger Futures Legislation
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/stronger-futures-legislation

Stop the Intervention: Stronger Futures Media Coverage
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/stronger-futures-legislation/#Media-SF

WGAR News: Stand For Freedom campaign delivers a petition
to the Senate signed by 33,000 people (22 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/22/wgar-news-stand-for-freedom-campaign-delivers-a-petition-to-the-senate-signed-by-33000-pe

WGAR News: Responses to Senate Committee report on
‘Stronger Futures’ New NT Intervention laws (18 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/18/wgar-news-responses-to-senate-committee-report-on-stronger-futures-new-nt-intervention-la

WGAR News: Greens Senator Rachel Siewert provides an overview:
“Ending the NT Intervention” (15 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/15/wgar-news-greens-senator-rachel-siewert-provides-an-overview-ending-the-nt-intervention

WGAR News: Senate Inquiry into Stronger Futures
releases it’s report (15 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/15/wgar-news-greens-senator-rachel-siewert-provides-an-overview-ending-the-nt-intervention

WGAR News: 28 Leading Australians call on Government to
abandon the Stronger Futures legislation (14 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/14/wgar-news-28-leading-australians-call-on-government-to-abandon-the-stronger-futures-legis

WGAR News: “Hear the Voice of the People!”:
Video of Senate Hearing at Maningrida 22 February 2012 (13 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/13/wgar-news-hear-the-voice-of-the-people-video-of-senate-hearing-at-maningrida-22-february-

WGAR News: New report into ‘Stronger Futures’ consultations
by Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, UTS (9 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/09/wgar-news-new-report-into-stronger-futures-consultations-by-jumbunna-indigenous-house-of-
[New university report entitled ‘Listening but not Hearing’]

WGAR News: Former PM Malcolm Fraser launches
new report into consultations (9 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/09/wgar-news-new-report-into-stronger-futures-consultations-by-jumbunna-indigenous-house-of-

WGAR News: Our Generation and ANTaR have launched
a new video and campaign (8 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/08/wgar-news-our-generation-and-antar-have-launched-a-new-video-and-campaign

WGAR News: NITV Current Affairs present the Stronger Futures
Forum shot on location in Maningrida (3 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/03/wgar-news-nitv-current-affairs-present-the-stronger-futures-forum-shot-on-location-in-man

WGAR News: Press Conference on Stronger Futures legislation
by Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC (1 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/01/wgar-news-press-conference-on-stronger-futures-legislation-by-hon-alastair-nicholson-ao-r

WGAR News: “NT Aboriginal leaders reject Stronger Futures”
Tracker (23 Feb 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/23/wgar-news-nyoongar-tent-embassy-marches-to-government-house-in-protest

WGAR News: New Website for Stronger Futures
info and submissions (21 Feb 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/21/wgar-news-news-of-the-nyoongar-tent-embassy-on-heirisson-island-in-perth

WGAR News: Book report launched:
“NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotations” (19 Feb 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/19/wgar-news-book-report-launched-nt-consultations-report-2011-by-quotations
[Includes link to transcripts of consultations and book of quotations: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/ ]

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

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

Main Government page for Stronger Futures in the
Northern Territory Bill 2011 and two related bills:
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/index.htm

Direct Government link to view all uploaded submissions
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/submissions.htm

Direct Government link to view all uploaded hearing info
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/hearings/index.htm

* GREG DICKSON IN ‘NEW MATILDA’: SCRYMGOUR’S BAD LANGUAGE:

– Analysis / Opinion

New Matilda: Scrymgour’s Bad Language
http://newmatilda.com/2012/03/22/scrymgours-bad-language
22 Mar 12: “As Marion Scrymgour is farewelled from NT
politics, many remain angry about the effect of her
policies on Indigenous language and bilingual education,
writes Greg Dickson. In 1972 Kim Beazley Senior, then the
Federal Minister for Education, played a key role in
introducing bilingual education to the Northern Territory
– an innovative educational strategy using Indigenous
languages alongside English to teach the school curriculum.
In 2008, after 34 years, bilingual education was abandoned
by the NT’s Minister for Education, Marion Scrymgour.”
Greg Dickson

* ABC 7.30: NATIONAL RADIOACTIVE WASTE DUMP FACES RESISTANCE:

See:

WGAR News: Nuclear waste dump laws pass the Senate (14 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/14/wgar-news-28-leading-australians-call-on-government-to-abandon-the-stronger-futures-legis

WGAR News: Maurice Blackburn lawyers:
“New Federal laws on nuclear waste have no impact on
Muckaty legal challenge” (15 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/15/wgar-news-greens-senator-rachel-siewert-provides-an-overview-ending-the-nt-intervention

WGAR News: Central Land Council (CLC):
“New waste dump legislation fundamentally flawed” (18 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/18/wgar-news-responses-to-senate-committee-report-on-stronger-futures-new-nt-intervention-la

WGAR News: Natalie Wasley: Traditional owners to fight
Ferguson’s nuclear waste dump (22 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/22/wgar-news-stand-for-freedom-campaign-delivers-a-petition-to-the-senate-signed-by-33000-pe

– Video

ABC 7.30: National radioactive waste dump faces resistance
http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2012/s3460703.htm
21 Mar 12: “The 40-year battle over how to dispose of
Australia’s growing pile of nuclear waste has erupted again
with traditional land owners protesting in Darwin over
plans for a new desert dump site. They’re fighting a
federal law passed last week approving a waste dump in the
Northern Territory. Their battleground is the Federal Court
where the nomination of the site may be overturned.”

– Related Media Release

Greens Scott Ludlam:
Independent expertise needed to deal with radioactive waste,
not a shed in the NT
http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/independent-expertise-needed-deal-radioactive-waste-not-shed-nt
22 Mar 12: “An independent commission of experts should be
created to decide how to deal with the nation’s radioactive
medical waste, the Australian Greens urged today.
Senator Scott Ludlam said the Greens had tried to legislate
for an independent commission on radioactive waste but
faced “a wall of dogma” from the major parties.
“Wednesday’s report on the ABC’s 7.30 concluded with the
suggestion this was an intractable problem – but it doesn’t
need to be. We need a body that has the skills and expertise
to determine what is the safest and most sustainable way to
deal with this waste, rather than banishing it to a shed
built on the land of people who don’t want it there,
watched by two security guards rather than qualified
technicians.”
The Greens have pushed for the establishment of the
Independent Commission on the Long Term Safe Storage,
Transport and Management of Australia’s Radioactive Waste.”

– Related News

Koori Mail: N-dump final plea
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
21 Mar 12: “TRADITIONAL owners fighting a nuclear waste
dump in the Northern Territory have invited the
Governor-General to Tennant Creek before she signs off on
the legislation. The Senate passed laws last Tuesday
enabling medical, research and industrial waste to be
stored at the Aboriginal-owned site Muckaty Station, 120kms
from Tennant Creek, for hundreds of years – a move that has
angered environmentalists and traditional owners.”

See:

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

Vimeo: Nuclear Medicine & the need for a Waste Dump?

YouTube: Muckaty Voices-Australia’s nuclear waste dump story

Australian Conservation Foundation: Muckaty radioactive dump:
http://www.acfonline.org.au/be-informed/northern-australia-nuclear/muckaty-radioactive-dump

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

* 120,000 PEOPLE TAKE PART IN NATIONAL CLOSE THE GAP DAY:

– News

Australian Human Rights Commission:
Thousands take part in National Close the Gap Day
http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/media/news/2012/29_12.html
22 Mar 12: “More than 120,000 people across Australia are
taking part in national Close the Gap Day today in efforts
to achieve health equality between Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander peoples and other Australians by 2030.
Today is the sixth annual National Close the Gap Day and
more than 830 events are being held in homes, schools,
workplaces, churches, public spaces and government
departments to raise awareness about Indigenous health and
urge further action by government.”

– Related Media Release

Greens Rachel Siewert:
Senate reaffirms commitment to Closing the Gap
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/senate-reaffirms-commitment-closing-gap
22 Mar 12: “The Senate today backed an Australian Greens
motion calling on all parties to reaffirm their commitment
to the objectives of the Closing the Gap Statement of
Intent signed in 2008.
“At this morning’s Close the Gap breakfast, the need for
partnerships to address health inequality between
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and
non-Indigenous Australians was emphasised,” Senator Rachel
Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander issues said today.
“Partnerships are essential for developing long terms plans
that are based on evidence and are capable of addressing
the existing inequities in health services, in order to
achieve equality of health status by 2030.
“To achieve this equality, we need to ensure the inclusion
of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their
representative bodies in all aspects addressing health
needs.””

Event: Thu 22 March 2012: various locations across Australia
(various dates throughout March 2012)
National Close the Gap Day
“National Close the Gap Day (NCTGD) is a way
for all Australians to join together and remind our
political leaders of their commitments to close
the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and
non-Indigenous Australians within a generation.
Our focus for 2012 is on the need for genuine,
meaningful partnership with Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander health peoples at all
stages of health planning and delivery.”
Event details: http://www.oxfam.org.au/act/events/national-close-the-gap-day/
Attend a Close the Gap event
(various dates and locations throughout March 2012): http://webfw.oxfam.org.au/act/events/close-the-gap-day/attend
About Close the Gap: http://www.humanrights.gov.au/social_justice/health/index.html
NIRS news: http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/6996-smaller-communities-want-access-to-health-services-naccho
AHRC news: http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/media/news/2012/29_12.html
Greens MR: http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/senate-reaffirms-commitment-closing-gap

* 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

Stand for Freedom:
There can be no reconciliation without justice:
http://standforfreedom.org.au/

STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney):
http://stoptheintervention.org/

The Greens: Rachel Siewert: Ending the NT Intervention:
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/ntintervention
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/portfolios/aboriginal-torres-strait-islander-issues

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

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

CAAMA (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association)
– NT Intervention:
http://caama.com.au/?s=NT+Intervention

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

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

IRAG (Intervention Rollback Action Group):
Mparntwe – Alice Springs:
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/

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

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

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

Equality Rights Alliance:
Women’s Experience of Income Management in the Northern Territory:
http://www.equalityrightsalliance.org.au/projects/womens-experience-income-management-northern-territory

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

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

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/

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

Adelaide Stop the Intervention:
http://www.stoptheintervention.com.au/

Central Land Council:
The Australian Government Intervention 2007:
http://www.clc.org.au/Media/issues/intervention/intervention_intro.html

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

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– News

Koori Mail: WA $2000 offer ‘is a slap in the face’
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
21 Mar 12: “THE Western Australian Government announcement
that it will give $2000 or less to Aboriginal people who
had past earnings stolen has been condemned by Aboriginal
leaders as cruel, heartless and misleading. Between 1905
and 1972, thousands of Aboriginal workers had up to
three-quarters of their earnings quarantined under
legislation allowing money and property belonging to
Aboriginal people to be put into a complex network of trust
accounts, without their permission. Aboriginal Legal
Service of WA CEO Dennis Eggington believes the Government
is throwing scraps to Indigenous people.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
WA Government defends Stolen Wages reparation offer
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7052-wa-government-defends-stolen-wages-reparation-offer
21 Mar 12: “A proposed Western Australian Government scheme
to pay up to $2000 in reparation to those affected by
Stolen Wages has received broad criticism, but the
Indigenous Affairs Minister says it’s a step towards
acknowledging the past. A number of people have criticised
the proposal, including the Kimberley Stolen Generations
Aboriginal Corporation.”

* UPCOMING ABORIGINAL RIGHTS EVENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA
– 25 EVENTS FROM 24 MARCH 2012:

Indymedia Australia:
Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia
– 25 events from 24 March 2012
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/24/upcoming-aboriginal-rights-events-around-australia-25-events-from-24-march-2012

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120318 – Responses to Senate Committee report on ‘Stronger Futures’ New NT Intervention laws

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 21/03/2012 by D

* Responses to Senate Committee report on ‘Stronger Futures’
* Greg Barns: “Politicians ruling by stealth as wilful
ignorance is allowed to flourish”
* Paddy Gibson: “Chorus of opposition greets Macklin’s
extended Intervention”
* CLC: “New waste dump legislation fundamentally flawed”
* UN Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination – 21 Mar 12
* National Close the Gap Day – 22 Mar 12
* Message Sticks Festival 2012 – Sydney
* ‘Our Generation’ Film screenings – Melbourne, Sydney & NSW
* More ‘Stronger Futures’ Legislation related articles
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles
* Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia

* RESPONSES TO SENATE COMMITTEE REPORT ON ‘STRONGER FUTURES’:

See:

WGAR News: Senate Inquiry into Stronger Futures
releases it’s report (15 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/15/wgar-news-greens-senator-rachel-siewert-provides-an-overview-ending-the-nt-intervention

‘Australian Greens Dissenting Report’
included as part of the
Senate Inquiry into Stronger Futures Report (14 Mar 12)
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/report/index.htm

– Media Releases

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Response to Senate Committee Report on New NT Laws
http://nationalcongress.com.au/response-to-senate-committee-report-on-new-nt-laws/
15 Mar 12: “The National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples says much of the detailed content of many
submissions to the NT laws inquiry has been ignored and
disrespected in the Committee’s report.
The Congress Co-Chairs say the Committee’s report contains
minor and superficial recommendations but that many
solutions offered by communities in the areas of
governance, alcohol management and education have been
ignored.
“A key message for Congress in attending the hearings in
the NT was the erosion of trust and the lack of
understanding of what Government is doing and why, ” said
Congress Co-Chair, Jody Broun.
“That the Committee recommends the laws be reviewed within
five years of commencement – instead of ten – is in
recognition of this fact,” she said.
“However, Congress called for these bills to be tested for
Human Rights compliance accordance with the new
Parliamentary Scrutiny (Human Rights) Act and there is no
mention of that in this report,” said Co-Chair, Les Malezer.
“As a result the Human Rights criticisms of these laws
have not been adequately addressed. … “”

ANTaR – Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation:
Senate Committee Approves Stronger Futures Despite Growing
Opposition
http://www.antar.org.au/senate_committee_approves_stronger_futures_despite_growing_opposition_0
“The Senate Committee charged with reviewing the Stronger
Futures Bills has supported the passage of the
controversial legislation despite widespread community
concern about its coercive measures.
“ANTaR is very concerned that community support for these
far-reaching and long-term measures has not been obtained.
In the absence of consent, these bills must be withdrawn,”
said Jacqueline Phillips, ANTaR National Director.
“Despite strong public opposition, the Senate Community
Affairs Legislation Committee last night delivered a
majority report which supported passage of the Stronger
Futures bills with only minor amendments.” …
“The minor changes proposed by the Committee will not
correct the serious flaws in the consultation process.””

See: ANTaR’s submission to the Inquiry: http://bit.ly/ANTaRStrongerFuturesSubmission

Uniting Justice Australia:
Church Disappointed by Senate Report into
Flawed Stronger Futures Legislation
http://www.unitingjustice.org.au/justice-for-indigenous-australians/news/item/838-church-disappointed-by-senate-report-into-flawed-stronger-futures-legislation
15 Mar 12: “The Uniting Church in Australia today expressed
its disappointment in the Senate Report into the Stronger
Futures Legislation.
General Secretary of the Northern Synod, Mr Peter Jones,
who appeared at the Darwin hearings for the Senate Inquiry,
expressed his concern over the harsh and disempowering
legislation that the Senate Report supports.
“Since day one of the Intervention, we have seen the dismal
failure of top-down approaches to addressing the real
problems of Indigenous disadvantage. The pain and shame in
Northern Territory Aboriginal communities has been
exacerbated by the Government’s unwillingness to enter into
true partnership with our Indigenous brothers and sisters,”
said Mr Jones.”

See: Uniting Justice submission to the Inquiry: http://www.unitingjustice.org.au/justice-for-indigenous-australians/submissions/item/download/352_1e6fd64ae38301b94e0305e534bc797a

Australian Council of Social Service:
Don’t extend a flawed and uproven NT Intervention model
http://www.acoss.org.au/media/release/dont_extend_a_flawed_and_uproven_nt_intervention_model
15 Mar 12: “The Australian Council of Social Service has
today called on the Commonwealth Government not to extend
the flawed and unproven Northern Territory Intervention
model, and instead to engage with local communities to put
in place lasting solutions.
“There’s no doubt that opposition is mounting for the
Federal Government, both to the extension of compulsory
income management and social security payment suspensions
where children don’t attend school,” said Dr Cassandra
Goldie, ACOSS CEO.
“The overwhelming majority of submissions to the Senate
Community Affairs Committee Inquiry, and the reports from
all parties represented on the Committee recommended that
the legislation not be passed in its present form.
“Peak Aboriginal organisations and ACOSS expressed concern
about the draft Stronger Futures law to give power to the
Minister to extend compulsory income management referrals
from (un-named) state and territory authorities … ”

Greens Rachel Siewert:
End Bankstown trial of income management and consult with locals
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/end-bankstown-trial-income-management-and-consult-locals-greens
15 Mar 12: “The Australian Greens have vowed to oppose the
Bankstown trial of income management following last night’s
release of the Senate Inquiry into the Stronger Futures
legislation report and evidence given to the committee
questioning whether the government consulted with locals
before announcing the Bankstown trial.
Bankstown is one of five locations nationally where the
government is set to trial compulsory income management
from 1 July 2012.
Greens Senator and spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Issues Rachel Siewert said: “”The
Australian Greens strongly oppose the continuation of
compulsory income management in the NT and its expansion to
five trial sites, including Bankstown.
“The Senate Inquiry into the Stronger Futures bills
received a number of submissions pointing to a lack of
evidence that income management leads to better outcomes
or improved ability to budget. … ”

– Analysis / Opinion

Stronger Futures Legislation Is Disempowering, Damaging And
Doomed To Fail
Indigenous Peoples: http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14271:northern-territory-stronger-futures-legislation-is-disempowering-damaging-and-doomed-to-fail&catid=24:australia-indigenous-peoples&Itemid=57
14 Mar 12: “Proposed legislation to extend the Federal
Government’s Northern Territory Intervention measures will
undermine democracy, further damage the government’s
relationship with Aboriginal peoples and be ineffective in
addressing Aboriginal disadvantage, says the Human Rights
Law Centre. “The Stronger Futures measures are highly
likely to be ineffective in achieving the Federal
Government’s objective of Closing the Gap and improving
the lives of Aboriginal peoples,” said Ben Schokman of the
Human Rights Law Centre.”

– Video

YouTube: ALP takes softer approach to NT Intervention

14 Mar 12: “The Federal Government has revealed its latest
incarnation of the federal intervention into remote
Aboriginal communities in the Territory.”

– News

National Indigenous Times:
Leaders prepare for the worst on eve of Senate report
http://www.nit.com.au/your-say.html
17 Mar 12: “Rosalie Kunoth-Monks may renounce her Order of
Australia, handing back the medals to the Federal
Government in protest, Maurie Japarta Ryan has called on
Aboriginal nations to secede from the Commonwealth and a
petition opposed to the legislation has attracted more than
5000 signatures as the calls for the Australian Senate to
reject the legislation extending the Northern Territory
Intervention continued on the eve of a Senate inquiry
report into the legislation being released. The Senate
inquiry report was due to be tabled in the Senate on
Tuesday night.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Church group opposes Stronger Futures
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7040-church-group-opposes-stronger-futures
16 Mar 12: “The Uniting Church in Australia today expressed
its disappointment in the Senate report into the Stronger
Futures Legislation. Peter Jones, General Secretary of the
Northern Synod, expressed his concern over the harsh and
disempowering legislation that the Senate report supports.
Mr. Jones says the pain and shame in Northern Territory
Aboriginal communities has been exacerbated by the
Government’s unwillingness to enter into true partnership
with Indigenous people.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Federal Government defends Stronger Futures legislations
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7043-federal-government-defends-stronger-futures-legislations
16 Mar 12: “The Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny
Macklin says claims that the Government failed to consult
widely enough on its Stronger Futures legislation are
unjustified. The laws propose extending many of the
measures of the Northern Territory Intervention into
Indigenous communities for the next 10 years. Many
community leaders say the consultation period was too short
and many people couldn’t take part because of language
barriers.”

ABC: Senate inquiry call for Stronger Futures changes
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-15/strong-futures-law-senate-inquiry-report/3892430?section=nt
15 Mar 12: “A Senate inquiry into the new version of the
Northern Territory Intervention has recommended the
Government improve public reporting and engagement with
Aboriginal people. The inquiry was considering the
Government’s proposed Stronger Futures laws, which alter
some aspects of the Northern Territory Emergency Response.
The inquiry made 11 recommendations, which include
releasing more information about a trial linking school
attendance with welfare payments, and improving the way
the Government consults Aboriginal people.”

9 News: NT intervention report findings slammed
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8435730/nt-intervention-report-findings-slammed
15 Mar 12: “Indigenous and welfare groups have attacked the
findings of a Senate inquiry into a 10-year extension of
the Northern Territory intervention. Labor legislation
before the upper house continues the Howard government’s
initial intervention in 2007. The draft laws include
alcohol restrictions and a controversial program that cuts
the welfare payments of parents whose kids skip school.
National Congress of Australia’s First People spokeswoman
Jody Broun said many submissions to the inquiry had been
ignored and disrespected in the inquiry’s report.”

Koori Mail: Congress slams Senate report as superficial
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
15 Mar 12: “THE National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples has accused a Senate committee of ignoring and
disrespecting much of the detailed content contained in
submissions to the recent inquiry into the proposed
Stronger Futures legislation for the Northern Territory.
Co-chairs Jody Broun and Les Malezer said it appeared that
submissions had been ‘cherry-picked’ to build a case for
the continuation of the intervention, and that there was no
mention of Congress calls for the bills to be tested for
Human Rights compliance.”

Koori Mail: AMSANT calls for intervention resources pledge
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
15 Mar 12: “THE Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance
Northern Territory has called on Government and Opposition
parties to give an assurance that they would maintain, for
the next decade, the extra resources required to improve
health care, education, policing, job creation and housing
as a result of continuation of the Northern Territory
intervention. AMSANT chief executive John Paterson said the
Senate Community Affairs Committee had ‘failed to get to
the guts of what is needed out of Stronger Futures – and
that is how it is going to be resourced’.”

Koori Mail: Greens dissent on Senate intervention report
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
15 Mar 12: “APART from the Australian Greens, all Senators
who took part in an inquiry into the Federal Government’s
proposed Stronger Futures legislation, which would extend
the Northern Territory intervention, have backed the bills
albeit with recommendations to improve future
consultations, and to re-evalute the measures in five
years, instead of seven. The Senate Community Affairs
Committee, made up of Government and Coalition Senators,
tabled its report on Wednesday evening, with only Greens
Senator Rachel Siewert writing a dissenting report calling
for the scrapping of the bills entirely.”

See: ‘Australian Greens Dissenting Report’
included as part of the
Senate Inquiry into Stronger Futures Report (14 Mar 12)
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/report/index.htm

9 News: 10 year NT intervention necessary: Macklin
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8435593/10-year-nt-intervention-necessary-macklin
15 Mar 12: “Problems in Aboriginal communities are so
entrenched a 10-year extension of the Northern Territory
intervention is needed, the federal government says.
Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin has dismissed
suggestions that five years of measures have failed already.
“I think it demonstrates just how entrenched the problems
are,” she told ABC Radio on Thursday. “(Aboriginal people)
don’t want us chopping and changing, they want some
stability, they want to know the laws, the protections and
the supports that we will put in place.””

* GREG BARNS:
“POLITICIANS RULING BY STEALTH
AS WILFUL IGNORANCE IS ALLOWED TO FLOURISH”:

– Analysis / Opinion

SMH: Politicians ruling by stealth as wilful ignorance is
allowed to flourish
http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/politicians-ruling-by-stealth-as-wilful-ignorance-is-allowed-to-flourish-20120315-1v89m.html
16 Mar 12: “On Monday, February 27, the day of the Rudd
leadership challenge, the House of Representatives briefly
debated and passed laws to continue many of the measures of
the Northern Territory intervention, despite the fact that
a Senate report on the legislation was not released until
this week. But what is the point of holding a consultation
if the results from that report are not used to inform
parliamentarians before they vote? What is more, the
legislation was only voted on by a sparse number of MPs
occupying the lower house at the time.” Greg Barns,
National president of the Australian Lawyers Alliance

* PADDY GIBSON:
“CHORUS OF OPPOSITION GREETS MACKLIN’S EXTENDED INTERVENTION”:

– News

Solidarity:
Chorus of opposition greets Macklin’s extended Intervention
http://www.solidarity.net.au/43/chorus-of-opposition-greets-macklins-extended-intervention/
March 2012: “On Monday February 27, in the afternoon
following Labor’s leadership spill, Stronger Futures in the
Northern Territory legislation passed through the House of
Representatives with Labor and Liberal support. These laws
will extend the disastrous Northern Territory Intervention
for a further ten years and give the government increased
powers to expand income management around the country. When
Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin introduced the
bill, she was speaking to an empty chamber. None of the
politicians even bothered to turn up for a debate.”
Paddy Gibson

* CLC: “NEW WASTE DUMP LEGISLATION FUNDAMENTALLY FLAWED”:

See:

WGAR News: Nuclear waste dump laws pass the Senate (14 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/14/wgar-news-28-leading-australians-call-on-government-to-abandon-the-stronger-futures-legis

WGAR News: Maurice Blackburn lawyers:
“New Federal laws on nuclear waste have no impact on
Muckaty legal challenge” (15 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/15/wgar-news-greens-senator-rachel-siewert-provides-an-overview-ending-the-nt-intervention

– Media Release

Central Land Council (CLC):
New waste dump legislation fundamentally flawed
http://www.clc.org.au/media-releases/article/new-waste-dump-legislation-fundamentally-flawed/
14 Mar 12: “The Central Land Council (CLC) today expressed
profound disappointment that the Senate yesterday passed
the National Radioactive Waste Management Bill 2010.
The CLC has repeatedly raised serious concerns about this
legislation which allows the Commonwealth Government to
continue to override many important considerations in the
selection of a site for a radioactive waste facility, and
has condemned the legislation as fundamentally flawed.
“This legislation retains many of the provisions that are
in the old Act (Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management
Act 2005),” CLC Director, David Ross said. “It seeks to
find a politically expedient solution, shows contempt for
state and Territory laws, and a disregard for decision
making processes enshrined in the Land Rights Act.” … ”

See:

YouTube: Muckaty Voices-Australia’s nuclear waste dump story

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

Australian Conservation Foundation: Muckaty radioactive dump:
http://www.acfonline.org.au/be-informed/northern-australia-nuclear/muckaty-radioactive-dump

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

Vimeo: Nuclear Medicine & the need for a Waste Dump?

* UN DAY FOR ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
– WED 21 MARCH 2012:

– Upcoming events

Event: Wed 21 March 2012: various locations internationally
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Event details: http://www.un.org/en/events/racialdiscriminationday/
Let’s Fight Racism!: http://www.un.org/en/letsfightracism/

Event: Wed 21 March 2012: Sydney, NSW
Protest second intervention and deaths in custody on
UN day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Speakers include:
* Nicole Watson
* Ray Jackson
* Patricia Morton-Thomas
Event details: http://stoptheintervention.org/#21March
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/No_racism_protest_210312.pdf

* NATIONAL CLOSE THE GAP DAY
– THU 22 MARCH 2012:

– Upcoming events

Event: Thu 22 March 2012: various locations across Australia
National Close the Gap Day
“National Close the Gap Day (NCTGD) is a way
for all Australians to join together and remind our
political leaders of their commitments to close
the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and
non-Indigenous Australians within a generation.
Our focus for 2012 is on the need for genuine,
meaningful partnership with Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander health peoples at all
stages of health planning and delivery.”
Event details: http://www.oxfam.org.au/act/events/national-close-the-gap-day/
Attend a Close the Gap event
(various dates and locations throughout March 2012): http://webfw.oxfam.org.au/act/events/close-the-gap-day/attend
NIRS news: http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/6996-smaller-communities-want-access-to-health-services-naccho

* MESSAGE STICKS FESTIVAL 2012 – SYDNEY

– Upcoming Aboriginal Rights events

Event: Thu 29 March 2012: Sydney, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Part of Message Sticks Festival 2012
Discussion with Damien Curtis, Jeff McMullen,
Alec Doomadgee, Rosealee Pearson and John Pilger
Event details: http://ideas.sydneyoperahouse.com/upcoming-events/
Event details: http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/Message_sticks/highlights.aspx
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/50368
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Fri 30 March 2012: Sydney, NSW
Tent Embassy & Identity
Part of Message Sticks Festival 2012
Film: Ningla A-Na
Discussion with Gary Foley and Larissa Behrendt
Event details: http://ideas.sydneyoperahouse.com/upcoming-events/
Event details: http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/Message_sticks/highlights.aspx
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/50368

Event: Sat 31 March 2012: Sydney, NSW
What’s the Fuss in the Kimberley?
Part of Message Sticks Festival 2012
Film: Old Country New Country
Q&A with George Negus Stephen Pigram,
Mitch Torres and Albert Wiggan
Event details: http://ideas.sydneyoperahouse.com/upcoming-events/
Event details: http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/Message_sticks/highlights.aspx

* ‘OUR GENERATION’ FILM SCREENINGS – MELBOURNE, SYDNEY & NSW:

– Upcoming events

Event: Wed 21 March 2012: Broadmeadows, Vic
Our Generation – Free Film Screening
“If you have an interest in Amnesty International
and Indigenous issues, come along to our
free film screening and find out more about
what we are doing to defend the rights of
Indigenous Peoples.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/vic/event/28046/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: 22 March 2012: Waratah, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Hosted by the Ethnic Communities Council
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/screenings
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Thu 29 March 2012: Sydney, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Part of Message Sticks Festival 2012
Discussion with Damien Curtis, Jeff McMullen,
Alec Doomadgee, Rosealee Pearson and John Pilger
Event details: http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/Message_sticks/highlights.aspx
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/screenings
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: 3 April 2012: Wollongong, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Hosted by University of Wollongong Enviro Collective
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/screenings
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Wed 18 April 2012: Parramatta, Sydney, NSW
Free Public Screening of Our Generation
Introduction and Q&A by Jeff McMullen AM
Hosted by Reconciliation for Western Sydney
Event details: http://stoptheintervention.org/#OurGen
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/screenings
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info-Our-Generation/Our-Gen-Parramatta-18-4-12r.pdf
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Sun 6 May 2012: Sydney, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Followed by Q&A with:
Dr Jeff McMullen
and Dr Thalia Anthony
Part of Sydney Greek Festival 2012
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/screenings
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
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

* MORE ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LEGISLATION RELATED ARTICLES:

– Media Releases

Rachel Siewert:
Greens speak out against ‘offensive and untrue’ claims
about Stronger Futures
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/greens-speak-out-against-%E2%80%98offensive-and-untrue%E2%80%99-claims-about-stronger-futures
16 Mar 12: “The Australian Greens have condemned attempts
to mislead organisations into supporting the Stronger
Futures legislation, which extends and expands the NT
Intervention.
“A campaign appears to have started, presumably with the
backing of the Government, to imply that by not supporting
Stronger Futures, the Greens are opposing the ongoing
funding of essential services in the NT- including services
for primary health,” Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said
today.
“Regardless of where it originated, this campaign is
offensive and it is untrue.
“Organisations appear to have been told this and are
clearly being misled.
“There is no reason that funding for community programs and
resources, including those for primary health, cannot
continue in the absence of the Stronger Futures legislation
or if Stronger Futures has a shorter sunset clause of five
years. … ”

– News

National Indigenous Times:
Damning report rejects Macklin’s NT consultation
http://www.nit.com.au/news/741-damning-report-rejects-macklins-nt-consultation.html
17 Mar 12: “A report released last week by former Prime
Minister, Malcolm Fraser has provided damning evidence the
Federal Government’s Indigenous Affairs Minister, Jenny
Macklin did not receive community support for a 10 year
extension to the Northern Territory Intervention during her
department’s consultation meetings with communities. The
report, titled Listening but not Hearing, was prepared by
former Chief… ”

* BACKGROUND TO ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ NEW NT INTERVENTION LAWS:

Human Rights Petition:
Australian Government: Stop Stronger Futures
and support Aboriginal self-determination in the NT
https://www.change.org/petitions/australian-government-stop-stronger-futures-and-support-aboriginal-self-determination-in-the-nt

Stand for Freedom:
There can be no reconciliation without justice:
http://standforfreedom.org.au/

Stop the Intervention:
Stronger Futures: New compilation weblink -Petition -NITV Forum
http://www.stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info/Stronger-Futures-update-11-3-12.pdf

Stop the Intervention: Stronger Futures Legislation
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/stronger-futures-legislation

Stop the Intervention: Stronger Futures Media Coverage
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/stronger-futures-legislation/#Media-SF

WGAR News: Greens Senator Rachel Siewert provides an overview:
“Ending the NT Intervention” (15 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/15/wgar-news-greens-senator-rachel-siewert-provides-an-overview-ending-the-nt-intervention

WGAR News: Senate Inquiry into Stronger Futures
releases it’s report (15 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/15/wgar-news-greens-senator-rachel-siewert-provides-an-overview-ending-the-nt-intervention

WGAR News: 28 Leading Australians call on Government
to abandon the Stronger Futures legislation (14 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/14/wgar-news-28-leading-australians-call-on-government-to-abandon-the-stronger-futures-legis

WGAR News: “Hear the Voice of the People!”:
Video of Senate Hearing at Maningrida 22 February 2012 (13 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/13/wgar-news-hear-the-voice-of-the-people-video-of-senate-hearing-at-maningrida-22-february-

WGAR News: New report into ‘Stronger Futures’ consultations
by Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, UTS (9 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/09/wgar-news-new-report-into-stronger-futures-consultations-by-jumbunna-indigenous-house-of-
[New university report entitled ‘Listening but not Hearing’]

WGAR News: Former PM Malcolm Fraser launches
new report into consultations (9 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/09/wgar-news-new-report-into-stronger-futures-consultations-by-jumbunna-indigenous-house-of-

WGAR News: Our Generation and ANTaR have launched
a new video and campaign (8 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/08/wgar-news-our-generation-and-antar-have-launched-a-new-video-and-campaign

WGAR News: NITV Current Affairs present the Stronger Futures
Forum shot on location in Maningrida (3 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/03/wgar-news-nitv-current-affairs-present-the-stronger-futures-forum-shot-on-location-in-man

WGAR News: Press Conference on Stronger Futures legislation
by Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC (1 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/01/wgar-news-press-conference-on-stronger-futures-legislation-by-hon-alastair-nicholson-ao-r

WGAR News: “NT Aboriginal leaders reject Stronger Futures”
Tracker (23 Feb 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/23/wgar-news-nyoongar-tent-embassy-marches-to-government-house-in-protest

WGAR News: New Website for Stronger Futures
info and submissions (21 Feb 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/21/wgar-news-news-of-the-nyoongar-tent-embassy-on-heirisson-island-in-perth

WGAR News: Book report launched:
“NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotations” (19 Feb 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/19/wgar-news-book-report-launched-nt-consultations-report-2011-by-quotations
[Includes link to transcripts of consultations and book of quotations: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/ ]

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

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

Main Government page for Stronger Futures in the
Northern Territory Bill 2011 and two related bills:
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/index.htm

Direct Government link to view all uploaded submissions
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/submissions.htm

Direct Government link to view all uploaded hearing info
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/hearings/index.htm

* OTHER NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News – 16.3.12
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-16-3-12
16 Mar 12: “According to the Northern Territory Shadow
Minister for Indigenous Policy, Adam Giles Aboriginal
people who were meant to receive accredited training under
the Gillard Labour Governments SIHIP Housing Program were
only given menial tasks such as collecting rubbish and
cleaning up.”

– News

Canberra Times: Jail fears rise over drink law change
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/opinion/political-news/jail-fears-rise-over-drink-law-change-20120315-1v89g.html
16 Mar 12: “THE rate of indigenous imprisonment in the
Northern Territory jumped 10 per cent last year, according
to data released yesterday. Australian Bureau of Statistics
figures were released as Federal Parliament considers
introducing harsher penalties for possessing alcohol in dry
indigenous communities in the territory. The proposals have
sparked concerns they could exacerbate the already alarming
rates of Aborigines in jail.”

Crikey: A (big, blue) sign of the times for NT Intervention
http://www.crikey.com.au/2012/03/15/a-big-blue-sign-of-the-times-for-nt-intervention/
15 Mar 12: “On Tuesday night the Darwin City Council — in
its last meeting before the local government elections
later this month — considered a letter from Dave Chalmers,
state manager of the federal Department of Families,
Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs’ NT
state office, with the seemingly innocuous subject of
“highway and community signs”.”

ABC Indigenous: Worth of Indigenous housing jobs questioned
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-15/sihip-indigenous-jobs-questioned/3892204/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
15 Mar 12: “A Northern Territory politician is calling for
an investigation of Indigenous employment in a $1.7 billion
dollar housing project. The Federally-funded Strategic
Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Project (SIHIP) was
partially designed to provide trade training and employment
for Aboriginal people. Territory Opposition spokesman for
Indigenous policy Adam Giles says staff in Alice Springs
were told they would learn a trade but were used to pick up
rubbish and clean up after contractors.”

* 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

The Greens: Rachel Siewert: Ending the NT Intervention:
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/ntintervention
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/portfolios/aboriginal-torres-strait-islander-issues

Stand for Freedom:
There can be no reconciliation without justice:
http://standforfreedom.org.au/

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

STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney):
http://stoptheintervention.org/

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

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

IRAG (Intervention Rollback Action Group):
Mparntwe – Alice Springs:
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/

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

CAAMA (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association)
– NT Intervention:
http://caama.com.au/?s=NT+Intervention

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

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

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

Equality Rights Alliance:
Women’s Experience of Income Management in the Northern Territory:
http://www.equalityrightsalliance.org.au/projects/womens-experience-income-management-northern-territory

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

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

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/

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

Adelaide Stop the Intervention:
http://www.stoptheintervention.com.au/

Central Land Council:
The Australian Government Intervention 2007:
http://www.clc.org.au/Media/issues/intervention/intervention_intro.html

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

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Slide Show

Green Left: Protest says close the gap, not the school
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/50376
16 Mar 12: “Photos by Ali Bakhtiavandi. Activists in
Melbourne rallied on March 16 to save Ballerrt Mooroop
College, Melbourne’s only Aboriginal specialist school. In
the past fortnight, the education department expelled all
the students, demolished some school buildings and is now
claiming the school is “unviable”. …
Further actions are planned this week.
For campaign updates, please visit http://ballerrtmooroop.org

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Jody Shares the National Congress’ vision for 2012
http://caama.com.au/jody-shares-the-national-congress%E2%80%99-vision-for-2012
15 Mar 12: “Jody Broun, the Co-Chair of the National
Congress of Australia’s First Peoples speaks to Nerida
Currey on Strong Voices… She shares the Congress’ vision
and goals for 2012, what’s coming up for them this year…
and what she thinks the biggest issues are for Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander people to focus on from now.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News – 15.3.12
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-15-3-12
15 Mar 12: “A court case decision which could impact on
the location of australia’s first nuclear waste dump at
Muckatty near TennantCreek in the Northern Terrritory has
not been made……but the Government has still protected
Muckatty from being challenged as the nominated site
according to the lawyer acting on behalf of local
traditional owners opposed to the site being located on
their land.”

– Analysis / Opinion

National Indigenous Times:
It’s a vicious circle: Indigenous youths and the justice system
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/719-its-a-vicious-circle-indigenous-youths-and-the-justice-system.html
17 Mar 12: “Emma Purdy analyses some of the reasons behind
the ongoing over-incarceration of Indigenous youths and
their scandalous consequences. Peter Schultz sat alone in
the paddy-wagon’s cage as it drove even farther away from
his hometown, wishing he was back with his parents. It was
dark outside in outback Western Australia and he didn’t
know where he was. He was frightened. Peter was 12.”

National Indigenous Times:
Woomera Sovereignty Movement of Queensland
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/680-woomera-sovereignty-movement-of-queensland.html
17 Mar 12: “As I drove the 2 hour long trek from my home
base of Toowoomba to Brisbane on a wet, miserable day I
wondered if many locals would brave the inclement weather
to attend a public forum on the growing sovereignty
movement. Sovereignty is a misunderstood word that can be
interpreted as confronting and unpatriotic or a wholly
inclusive and apt word for our mob’s uncontested rights… ”

– News

National Indigenous Times:
After years of hard work,
a bewildered Alice Moncrieff uncertain of next steps
http://www.nit.com.au/news/743-after-years-of-hard-work-a-bewildered-alice-moncrieff-uncertain-of-next-steps.html
17 Mar 12: “After waiting years to be repaid for her
decades of hard work, 83 year old Carnarvon woman, Alice
Moncrieff does not know what the way forward is now
following the $2000 compensation offer from the West
Australian State Government. She is bewildered and now
uncertain about whether she is even eligible to make a
claim even… ”

National Indigenous Times: Stolen wages insult
http://www.nit.com.au/news/742-stolen-wages-insult.html
17 Mar 12: “The Aboriginal Legal Service of Western
Australia has reacted with anger at the $2000 compensation
offer to victims of Stolen Wages and advised all claimants
to reject the offer and continue with planned court action
to recover the money owed to them.”

National Indigenous Times:
Michael Anderson wows WA on the call for sovereignty
http://www.nit.com.au/news/739-michael-anderson-wows-wa-on-the-call-for-sovereignty.html
17 Mar 12: “The last remaining of the original four
founders of Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra, academic
and lawyer, Michael Anderson spent a week in Western
Australia inspiring audiences with the call for sovereignty
for Aboriginal peoples in a year he said is to be “a stand
for justice”.”

Green Left: Nyoongar Tent Embassy vows to stay put
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/50363
15 Mar 12: “Green Left Weekly’s Keith Westbrook visited
Matagarup (Heirrison Island) in Perth on March 13 to talk
to the Aboriginal protesters at the Nyoongar Tent Embassy
about their fight for sovereignty and their campaign
against the state Coalition government’s plan to extinguish
native title rights in the southwest of Western Australia.
Tent Embassy spokesperson Greg Martin’s comments are below.”

Indymedia Australia: “Pay the Rent” – say Nyoongars –
“Stronger Futures can go straight to hell”
https://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/15/pay-the-rent-say-nyoongars-stronger-futures-can-go-straight-to-hell
15 Mar 12: “With the Stronger Futures debacle in the
Australian Senate the following could not be more timely.
Nyoongar rights advocate and CEO of Dumbartung Aboriginal
Corporation, Robert Eggington has gathered together with
several prominent Nyoongars, and a large number of the
Nyoongar community, to announce their own Native Title
proposals for the state government to consider. Mr
Eggington will call for the ‘rent to paid’ to the Nyoongar
peoples for the use of their land – 5% of the Gross
Domestic Product of the south west and a suite of other
priorities.” Gerry Georgatos

9 News: NT Aboriginal elders send plea to GG
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8435925/nt-aboriginal-elders-send-plea-to-gg
15 Mar 12: “Traditional owners fighting off a nuclear waste
dump in the Northern Territory have invited the
Governor-General to Tennant Creek before she signs off on
the legislation. The Senate passed laws on Tuesday that
pave the way for medical, research and industrial waste to
be stored at the Muckaty Station site 120 kilometres from
Tennant Creek for hundreds of years. In a last ditch bid to
stop the waste dump 27 traditional owners have written to
Governor-General Quentin Bryce inviting her to the Top End
to meet and discuss their concerns.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Selective consultation on Muckaty waste dump:
Traditional owner claimant
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7039-selective-consultation-on-muckaty-waste-dump-traditional-owner-claimant
15 Mar 12: “Penelope Phillips says the Government only
consulted one purported traditional owner family out of a
possible five and should have waited for the outcome of a
Federal Court case to determine who the traditional owners
of the land are. “And they just went ahead and asked that
certain family group and that one certain group there. They
never asked the other groups, they just went ahead with it.
They never came and consulted those other four groups or
the other individual people about the Muckaty region and
no-one’s been talking now and what’s going to happen and
all that. … “”

ABC: Territory tops nation in sending people to jail
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-15/abs-prisoner-numbers-report/3892390/?site=newcastle
15 Mar 12: “The Bureau of Statistics says the Northern
Territory still has the highest imprisonment rate in
Australia. The figures are from the December quarter report
on national corrective services, which was released today.
… The largest proportional increase in the Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander imprisonment rate from the December
2010 quarter was recorded in the Northern Territory (10 per
cent) followed by Tasmania (5 per cent).”

Environment Centre NT:
Territory staunch in opposition on waste dump despite
Muckaty legislation passed in the Senate
http://www.ecnt.org/media/territory-staunch-opposition-waste-dump-despite-muckaty-legislation-passed-senate
13 Mar 12: “As the National Radioactive Waste Management
Bill passes through the Senate today, the Environment
Centre NT in Darwin and Arid Lands Environment Centre in
Alice Springs will keep up the fight to oppose a nuclear
waste dump in the Territory. “Canberra may now have its
legislation, but we are more determined than ever to ensure
a radioactive waste dump doesn’t end up in the Territory”
said Cat Beaton, Nuclear Free NT Campaigner at the ECNT.”

Indymedia Australia:
Aboriginal Political Party is born to fight injustice
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/09/aboriginal-political-party-is-born-to-fight-injustice
9 Mar 12: “The Aboriginal Political Party (APP) has been
born in South Australia and it has based its first
principle on fighting injustice. Leading the way are APP
executive officers, Kaurna Elder, Lynette Crocker and Dr
Dylan Coleman, the 2011 recipient of the Queensland
Premier’s David Unaipon Indigenous Literary Award. On
February 19, the 176th South Australian Letters Patent
commemoration was held by the APP.” Gerry Georgatos

* UPCOMING ABORIGINAL RIGHTS EVENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA
– 27 EVENTS FROM 17 MARCH 2012:

Indymedia Australia:
Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia
– 27 events from 17 March 2012
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/17/upcoming-aboriginal-rights-events-around-australia-27-events-from-17-march-2012

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120314 – 28 Leading Australians call on Government to abandon the Stronger Futures legislation

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 20/03/2012 by D

Contents:
* Statement supported by 28 Leading Australians
* More ‘Stronger Futures’ Legislation related articles
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Nuclear waste dump laws pass the Senate
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles
* Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia

* STATEMENT SUPPORTED BY 28 LEADING AUSTRALIANS:

– The Statement

Statement supported by 28 Leading Australians
is sent to Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott and Bob Brown
calling on Government to Abandon the Stronger Futures Legislation
‘concerned Australians’: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/#Stronger_Futures_AN_statement
13 Mar 12: “In late 2011 the Government introduced three
Bills as part of its Stronger Futures Program. These Bills
have been referred to a Senate Committee that is currently
considering them. … We therefore call on the Government
to abandon this legislation and set up an appropriate and
agreed mechanism to enable the Elders and Aboriginal
Leaders of the Northern Territory to participate on equal
terms in decision making relating to their future. The
precise nature of such a mechanism should be decided in
discussion with Elders and Aboriginal Leaders and would
require their agreement before being implemented.”
[Click on this link to read the many more points made in
the statement: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/Stronger-Futures-AN-Statement-and-Supporters-13-3-2012.pdf

– The names of supporters of the Statement

Supporters of the statement from 13 March 2012
‘concerned Australians’: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/Stronger_Futures_AN_statement_supporters.html

– Media Release

Leading Australians angered by Government plans that will
continue discrimination in the Northern Territory
‘concerned Australians’
STICS: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/press-releases/leading-australians-angered-by-government-plans-that-will-continue-discrimination-in-the-nt
13 Mar 12: “Twenty-seven leading Australians have signed a
statement which focuses on the proposed Stronger Futures
legislation. The statement will be delivered to the leaders
of Australia’s three main political parties
– Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott and Bob Brown.
The legislation is currently before the Senate, having been
passed in the Lower House by agreement between the two major
parties. Former Minister for Aboriginal Affairs,
the Hon Ian Viner AO QC made the observation,
“Now we have the perversion of good governance and
parliamentary practice by the Government which, whilst
encouraging a Senate Inquiry into the proposed Stronger
Futures legislation so as to inform the Parliament, passes
the legislation through the House of Representatives with
miniscule debate BEFORE the Senate Committee has reported
the results of its Inquiry.” …
Many Australians, individuals and organisations, have
expressed concern at the discriminatory and disrespectful
manner in which Government has disregarded Northern
Territory Elders and is attempting to impose upon them
discriminatory legislation. … ”

– News

newsTracker: Abandon Stronger Futures: prominent Australians
http://tracker.org.au/2012/03/abandon-stronger-futures-prominent-australians/
13 Mar 12: “A group of prominent Australians have called on
the government to abandon the controversial Stronger
Futures policy, which will continue many of the contentious
aspects of the NT intervention. … A statement prepared by
former Chief Justice of the Family Court Alastair Nicholson
will be given to Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Opposition
Leader Tony Abbott and Greens leader Bob Brown. It has been
signed by 27 prominent Australians, including former Prime
Minister Malcolm Fraser, former Aboriginal affairs minister
Ian Viner, Galiwin’ku elder Rev Dr Djinyini Gondarra and
Balibo filmmaker Robert Connolly amongst others.”
Amy McQuire, editor of Tracker

SMH: Prominent Aussies slam indigenous bill
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/prominent-aussies-slam-indigenous-bill-20120313-1uwy0.html
13 Mar 12: “Twenty-seven prominent Australians have written
to Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Opposition Leader Tony
Abbott and Greens Leader Bob Brown to express their anger
over plans to extend the Northern Territory intervention.
… A statement prepared by former Family Court chief
justice Alastair Nicholson and signed by prominent
Australians such as former prime minister Malcolm Fraser
and well-known academics, authors and film makers aims to
highlight a number of the bill’s “unsavoury elements”.”

Australian:
Abandon Aboriginal intervention, group tells leaders
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/abandon-aboriginal-intervention-group-tells-leaders/story-fn9hm1pm-1226297810271
13 Mar 12: “A GROUP of prominent Australians has signed a
letter to the country’s political leaders protesting the
continuing federal intervention in Top End Aboriginal
communities. Drafted by former Family Court Chief Justice
Alastair Nicholson QC, the letter calls on the Gillard
government to abandon legislation which will extend the
intervention. “Again we have the spectacle of the
Government going through the motions of ‘consulting’
without really doing so in order to pursue its
pre-determined and Canberra driven policies,” the letter
says.”

Koori Mail: Abandon Stronger Futures, says group
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/
13 Mar 12: “NEARLY 30 leading Australians have written to
the Gillard Government asking it to abandon its proposed
Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory legislation and
instead negotiate with Aboriginal Elders and other leaders
on ways to improve the lives of Indigenous Territorians.
Former Family Court chief justice Alastair Nicholson has
analysed elements of the Government’s parliamentary bills.
He and others in the high-level group including former
politicians, Elders, academics, church representatives and
justice campaigners say the Government’s approach is
demeaning, coercive, racist and a return to failed policies
of the past.”

* MORE ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LEGISLATION RELATED ARTICLES:

– Audio

The Wire:
“Stronger futures” another intervention, say activists
Produced by Natalie Muller
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=8914
13 Mar 12: “Many indigenous groups are calling the Gillard
government’s “Stronger Futures” proposals a second version
of the Northern Territory intervention. Under the bills,
which replace the intervention laws, alcohol restrictions
would be extended, and children’s attendance at school
would be linked to welfare payments. Dozens of community
groups have sent in scathing submissions about the new laws
to a senate inquiry, and a report is due to be handed down
this evening. But few are expecting to have any influence
over the legislation, as it’s likely the bills will be
passed regardless. …
Featured in story:
* Eileen Hoosan – Chairperson of the Central Australian
Aboriginal Alcohol Programs Unit in Alice Springs
* Claire Moore – Queensland Labor Senator and Chair of the
Senate Community Affairs Committee
* Eva Cox – Professorial Research Fellow at
Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News – 13.3.12
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-13-3-12
13 Mar 12: “The Senate committe inquiry into the Stronger
Futures consultation process in Northern Territory
Aboriginal communities will be be tabled in federal
Parliament on Tuesday afternoon.”

– Media Release

National Council of Churches in Australia:
Stronger Futures or Stronger Policing
from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Ecumenical Commission (NATSIEC)
http://www.ncca.org.au/home/media-releases/667-stronger-futures-or-stronger-policing
2 Mar 12: “The Stronger Futures Legislation is
disproportionate with the peoples wishes and catapults
Indigenous communities back to the micro-management of
Mission days is the message from the National Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical Commission (NATSIEC).
NATSIEC, as the peak Indigenous ecumenical body and
commission of the National Council of Churches in Australia
(NCCA) requests that the Government heed the message of the
Northern Territory Elders, communities and service
providers in their quest for authentic consultation and
negotiation to gain stronger and better futures for
themselves.”

– Analysis / Opinion

Croakey – the Crikey health blog:
The “Stronger Futures” legislation will weaken health
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/croakey/2012/03/08/the-stronger-futures-legislation-will-weaken-health/
8 Mar 12: “More than 400 submissions have been made to the
Senate committee that is due to report next week on the
Federal Government’s Stronger Futures in the Northern
Territory Bill 2011 and two related bills. One submission
was from the Public Health Association of Australia, whose
representatives Vanessa Lee, Gabriel Moore and Melanie
Walker also presented to a committee hearing this week. In
the article below, Lee and Moore cite a wealth of public
health evidence that the legislation will undermine health
and wellbeing.”

– Video

TrackerVision: Stand for Freedom campaign
http://tracker.org.au/2012/03/stand-for-freedom-campaign/
13 Mar 12: “NORTHERN TERRITORY: Aboriginal and
non-Aboriginal artists around the country make their voices
known about the controversial Stronger Futures legislation.
The video features messages from John Butler, Archie Roach,
Shane Howard, Danielle Caruana (Mama Kin) and Shellie
Morris. It has been released by Stand for Freedom, a
campaign against the NT intervention laws.”
Amy McQuire, editor of Tracker

– News

newsTracker: Stronger Futures inquiry report delayed
Tracker: http://tracker.org.au/2012/03/stronger-futures-inquiry-report-delayed/
SMH: http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/nt-intervention-inquiry-report-delayed-20120313-1uwy0.html
14 Mar 12: “The Senate committee examining draft laws to
extend the Northern Territory intervention for another
decade has delayed releasing its report. The federal
government’s Stronger Futures legislation, which continues
the former Howard coalition government’s NT intervention
that began in 2007, passed the lower house on the day of
Labor leadership ballot. If passed, the next phase of the
intervention will last another decade. … But committee
chair Senator Claire Moore will ask the Senate for an
extra day’s extension of time to deliver the report.”

The Guardian: Action call at Canberra rally
http://www.cpa.org.au/guardian/2012/1539/10-action-call.html
14 Mar 12: “Aboriginal people from the Northern Territory
and Bankstown in Sydney rallied in Canberra last week
demanding that the Senate rejects the proposed Stronger
Futures legislation. … Activist Barbara Shaw from the Mt
Nancy town camp in Alice Springs said the legislation
should be withdrawn, saying billions of dollars had already
been wasted on the first Intervention. “These laws continue
the demonisation of Aboriginal people and culture,” Ms Shaw
said. “The untold story is the ever-increasing incidents of
attempted self-harm and suicide that are occurring. … “”

SMH: Call for NT intervention policy to face human rights test
http://www.smh.com.au/national/call-for-nt-intervention-policy-to-face-human-rights-test-20120312-1uwjd.html
13 Mar 12: “Proposals to extend aspects of the Northern
Territory Intervention for a decade should not proceed
until they can be shown to be consistent with Australia’s
international human rights obligations, the representative
body for indigenous Australians says. … While the
government says its proposals comply with the Racial
Discrimination Act, the National Congress of Australia’s
First Peoples has told the Senate inquiry it believes
provisions in the legislation would ”in effect
discriminate against Aboriginal people”.”

Jumbunna UTS: Consultation in name only
Report calls for withdrawal of Stronger Futures bills
http://datasearch2.uts.edu.au/jumbunna/news-events/news-detail.cfm?ItemId=30250
13 Mar 12: “Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia
Professor Alastair Nicholson, who launched the report said,
“As so many have pointed out, until Aboriginal people in
the Northern Territory are allowed to gain ownership over
their future, Government will fail to improve their overall
circumstances and they will remain second-class citizens of
this country.””

Koori Mail: Senate report on Stronger Futures looms
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/
12 Mar 12: “THE Senate Inquiry into a planned ten-year
expansion of the Northern Territory Intervention will
report tomorrow afternoon. Last month, a Senate committee
examining the Labor Government’s Stronger Futures bill
spent a week in Alice Springs, Hermannsburg, Darwin and
Maningrida and heard that the Government had ignored the
concerns of many Aboriginal people affected by the
controversial policies on welfare, school attendance,
alcohol management and more.”

ABC: Stronger Futures ‘disappoints’ Licensing Commission
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-12/licensing-body-condemns-flawed-stronger-futures-bill/3884534?section=nt
12 Mar 12: “The Northern Territory Licensing Commission
says the Federal Government’s Stronger Futures bill will
strip the commission of some of its control over alcohol
sales and consumption. In its submission to the Senate
inquiry into the Stronger Futures bill, the commission says
it is disappointed it was not consulted about the bill by
the Federal Government.”

Australian Policy Online: Listening but not hearing:
a response to the NTER Stronger Futures Consultations
June to August 2011
http://apo.org.au/research/listening-not-hearing-response-nter-stronger-futures-consultations-june-august-2011
9 Mar 12: “This report evaluates whether the Stronger
Futures consultation process complies with Australia’s
obligations under international law to consult with
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in relation
to decisions that affect them. … This report reviews the
consultation process in the pre-consultation, consultation
and post-consultation stages, including analysis of
transcripts of a representative sample of consultation
meetings.”

* BACKGROUND TO ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ NEW NT INTERVENTION LAWS:

Human Rights Petition:
Australian Government: Stop Stronger Futures
and support Aboriginal self-determination in the NT
https://www.change.org/petitions/australian-government-stop-stronger-futures-and-support-aboriginal-self-determination-in-the-nt

Stand for Freedom:
There can be no reconciliation without justice:
http://standforfreedom.org.au/

Stop the Intervention: Stronger Futures:
New compilation weblink -Petition -NITV Forum
http://www.stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info/Stronger-Futures-update-11-3-12.pdf

Stop the Intervention: Stronger Futures Legislation
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/stronger-futures-legislation

Stop the Intervention: Stronger Futures Media Coverage
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/stronger-futures-legislation/#Media-SF

WGAR News: “Hear the Voice of the People!”:
Video of Senate Hearing at Maningrida 22 February 2012
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/13/wgar-news-hear-the-voice-of-the-people-video-of-senate-hearing-at-maningrida-22-february-

WGAR News: New report into ‘Stronger Futures’ consultations
by Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, UTS (9 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/09/wgar-news-new-report-into-stronger-futures-consultations-by-jumbunna-indigenous-house-of-
[New university report entitled ‘Listening but not Hearing’]

WGAR News: Former PM Malcolm Fraser launches
new report into consultations (9 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/09/wgar-news-new-report-into-stronger-futures-consultations-by-jumbunna-indigenous-house-of-

WGAR News: Our Generation and ANTaR have launched
a new video and campaign (8 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/08/wgar-news-our-generation-and-antar-have-launched-a-new-video-and-campaign

WGAR News: NITV Current Affairs present the Stronger
Futures Forum shot on location in Maningrida (3 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/03/wgar-news-nitv-current-affairs-present-the-stronger-futures-forum-shot-on-location-in-man

WGAR News: Press Conference on Stronger Futures legislation
by Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC (1 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/01/wgar-news-press-conference-on-stronger-futures-legislation-by-hon-alastair-nicholson-ao-r

WGAR News: “NT Aboriginal leaders reject Stronger Futures”
Tracker (23 Feb 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/23/wgar-news-nyoongar-tent-embassy-marches-to-government-house-in-protest

WGAR News: New Website for Stronger Futures
info and submissions (21 Feb 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/21/wgar-news-news-of-the-nyoongar-tent-embassy-on-heirisson-island-in-perth

WGAR News: Book report launched:
“NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotations” (19 Feb 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/19/wgar-news-book-report-launched-nt-consultations-report-2011-by-quotations
[Includes link to transcripts of consultations and book of quotations: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/ ]

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

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

Main Government page for Stronger Futures in the
Northern Territory Bill 2011 and two related bills:
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/index.htm

Direct Government link to view all uploaded submissions
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/submissions.htm

Direct Government link to view all uploaded hearing info
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/hearings/index.htm

* NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP LAWS PASS THE SENATE:

– Media Releases

Beyond Nuclear Initiative:
Half-truths and half-lives double community resolve to
stop Muckaty nuclear dump
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/2012/03/13/half-truths-and-half-lives-double-community-resolve-to-stop-muckaty-nuclear-dump/
13 Mar 12: “The Beyond Nuclear Initiative (BNI) says
radioactive waste management legislation passed this
afternoon in the Senate is deeply flawed and will not slow
down the campaign against the proposed Muckaty radioactive
waste dump in the Northern Territory. The dump is earmarked
for low and long-lived intermediate level waste, including
spent fuel rods and decommissioned reactor parts from the
Lucas Heights nuclear facility in Sydney. …
BNI coordinator Natalie Wasley said, “Passing this law
before consulting with the affected community is putting
the radioactive cart before the horse. The Minister has
never visited Tennant Creek to talk with Traditional
Owners or the broader community. The discussion about
Muckaty should be had sitting on red dust, not the red
carpet of the Senate”.”

Greens Scott Ludlam:
Fight to stop Muckaty nuclear waste dump “just getting started”
http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/fight-stop-muckaty-nuclear-waste-dump-%E2%80%9Cjust-getting-started%E2%80%9D
13 Mar 12: “The Australian Greens today vowed to step up
the campaign against the planned nuclear waste dump at
Muckaty Station in the Northern Territory.
The Greens spokesperson for nuclear issues, Senator for
Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said Labor and the
Coalition colluding to pass the National Radioactive Waste
Management Bill in the Senate today was “just the beginning
of the next phase in the campaign to stop this waste dump”.
“The locals don’t want it and the Northern Territory
government does not want it. Traditional Owners visited the
parliament and Dianne Stokes wept here in this very place
telling the story of her country. There is a Federal Court
case currently unresolved as to the status of this land,
yet the Government pushes on – led by an energy and
resources minister obsessed with the nuclear industry.””

– News

newsTracker: Parliament approves waste dump at Muckaty
Tracker: http://tracker.org.au/2012/03/parliament-approves-waste-dump-at-muckaty/
9 News: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8434590/parliament-approves-waste-dump-at-muckaty
14 Mar 12: “Traditional owners and environmental groups
have vowed to continue fighting the federal government’s
plan to store radioactive waste at Muckaty Station in the
Northern Territory. The Senate passed legislation on
Tuesday that paves the way for medical, research and
industrial waste to be stored at the site near Tennant
Creek for hundreds of years. … Muckaty Station was
nominated by the Northern Land Council in 2007. But since
then several traditional owners have argued they were not
properly consulted and did not give their consent. That
dispute is before the Federal Court.”

ABC: Traditional owners to fight nuclear waste dump
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-14/traditional-owners-to-fight-nuke-waste-dump/3888116
14 Mar 12: “People who say they are traditional owners of
Muckaty Station in the Northern Territory say they will not
stop fighting against a nuclear waste dump on their land.
Federal Parliament has passed legislation that will allow a
dump to be built on the station near Tennant Creek. The
Federal Government insists it will not defy the wishes of
traditional land owners in the area. But the Federal Court
is still deciding who the traditional owners of the land
are.”

SBS World News Australia: Nuclear waste dump plans pass Senate
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1633901/nuclear-waste-dump-plans-pass-senate
13 Mar 12: “Legislation to establish Australia’s first
national nuclear waste dump has passed the Senate, the ABC
reports, paving the way for a dump at Muckaty Station in
the Northern Territory. The Northern Territory government
and various local clan groups are opposed to the plan to
build a medium-level nuclear waste dump on the aboriginal
land north of Tennant Creek. The Bill was backed by the
Opposition but opposed by the Greens and Independent
Senator Nick Xenophon, the ABC reports.”

ABC: Nuclear dump protesters disrupt Parliament
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-13/nuclear-dump-protesters-disrupt-parliament/3886614
13 Mar 12: “Anti-nuclear protesters have tried to stop
debate in Federal Parliament on legislation for Australia’s
first national nuclear waste dump. The Government’s bill to
establish the dump has been passed in the Senate with
Opposition support. The Greens and independent senator Nick
Xenophon opposed the legislation. A group in the public
gallery disrupted proceedings, calling out for the dump to
be stopped. They are concerned it will be built on
Aboriginal land at Muckaty Station, near Tennant Creek, in
the Northern Territory.”

See:

YouTube: Muckaty Voices-Australia’s nuclear waste dump story

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

Australian Conservation Foundation: Muckaty radioactive dump:
http://www.acfonline.org.au/be-informed/northern-australia-nuclear/muckaty-radioactive-dump

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

Vimeo: Nuclear Medicine & the need for a Waste Dump?

* OTHER NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– News

ABC: Intervention prohibition signs show more respect
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-13/nt-intervention-sign-changes/3886994?section=nt
13 Mar 12: “The Federal Government says it will erect more
“respectful” signs across the Northern Territory indicating
areas where alcohol and pornography are banned. The
Indigenous Affairs Department says a large number of the
roadside signs no longer serve a functional purpose and
will be removed. The controversial signs were erected on
Indigenous lands and roadsides across the Territory in 2007
under federal intervention laws. They have been widely
criticised. with Indigenous people telling the Federal
Government they felt the signs humiliated all Aborigines.”

* 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

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

Stand for Freedom:
There can be no reconciliation without justice:
http://standforfreedom.org.au/

STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney):
http://stoptheintervention.org/

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

IRAG (Intervention Rollback Action Group):
Mparntwe – Alice Springs:
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/

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

CAAMA (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association)
– NT Intervention:
http://caama.com.au/?s=NT+Intervention

The Greens: Rachel Siewert: Northern Territory Intervention:
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/portfolios/aboriginal-torres-strait-islander-issues

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

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

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

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

Equality Rights Alliance:
Women’s Experience of Income Management in the Northern Territory:
http://www.equalityrightsalliance.org.au/projects/womens-experience-income-management-northern-territory

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

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

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/

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

Adelaide Stop the Intervention:
http://www.stoptheintervention.com.au/

Central Land Council:
The Australian Government Intervention 2007:
http://www.clc.org.au/Media/issues/intervention/intervention_intro.html

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

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– News

newsTracker: No evidence of offences at tent embassy: AFP
http://tracker.org.au/2012/03/no-evidence-of-offences-at-tent-embassy-afp/
14 Mar 12: “Federal police have found no evidence of
criminal behaviour in the lead-up to the Survival Day
protest that caused Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott to be
rushed out of a Canberra restaurant. The coalition had
asked the Australian Federal Police to investigate the
circumstances that prompted a protest by Aboriginal Tent
Embassy supporters. The AFP referred the matter to its
crimes operations special references portfolio for
evaluation.”

Treaty Republic:
World Council of Churches Disowns “Doctrine of Discovery”
http://treatyrepublic.net/content/world-council-churches-disowns-doctrine-discovery
3 Mar 12: “In a gesture that may be almost five hundred
years too late, the World Council of Churches Executive
Committee last month released a statement that denounced
the “Doctrine of Discovery.” The Doctrine was used to
subjugate and colonize Indigenous Peoples, including
American Indians and Alaska Natives. The Executive
Committee issued a statement calling the nature of the
doctrine “fundamentally opposed to the gospel of Jesus”.”

* UPCOMING ABORIGINAL RIGHTS EVENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA
– 19 EVENTS FROM 14 MARCH 2012:

Click on the links for details of the events …

Event: 11 February 2012 to 26 May 2012: South Bank, Brisbane, 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: Tue 28 February to Sun 25 March 2012: Adelaide, SA
Exhibition: Deadly: in-between heaven and hell
Tandanya NACI and Adelaide Festival
“A major exhibition of newly commissioned works
by eight leading Australian Aboriginal artists and
collectives. … For many Indigenous peoples,
‘heaven on Earth’ is the divine world shaped by
ancestral creators, where connection to country
and culture are in harmony with the experience
of self and community. At the other extreme, the
legacies of incursion and assimilation are a
‘living hell’. The in-between is uneasy, lined
with hope and echoing with resilience.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/sa/event/27911/

Event: Intermittent 1 March – 3 May 2012: Various Locations
House of Representatives Committees
Inquiry into language learning in Indigenous communities
Public hearings:
Canberra, ACT: 1 March 2012
Canberra, ACT: 15 March 2012
Canberra, ACT: 22 March 2012
Adelaide, SA: 2 April 2012
Utopia Homelands, NT: 3 April 2012
Alice Springs, NT: 4 April 2012
Broome, WA: 30 April 2012
Halls Creek, WA: 1 May 2012
Darwin, NT: 2 May 2012
Nhulunbuy, NT: 3 May 2012
Event details: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House_of_Representatives_Committees?url=atsia/languages/hearings/index.htm

Event: Fri 16 March 2012: Melbourne, Vic
Rally for Aboriginal Cultural Education
Save Ballerrt Mooroop College
“Ballieu’s government is attempting to close
Melbourne’s Last Indigenous School.
This will be met with peaceful community
resistance and a rally from Parliament to the
Minister for Education’s office in Collins St.”
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/50333

Event: Sat 17 March 2012: Prospect, SA
Amnesty International at the Prospect Fair
“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.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/sa/event/28019/

Event: 21 March 2012: various locations internationally
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Event details: http://www.un.org/en/events/racialdiscriminationday/
Let’s Fight Racism!: http://www.un.org/en/letsfightracism/

Event: Thu 22 March 2012: various locations across Australia
National Close the Gap Day
“National Close the Gap Day (NCTGD) is a way
for all Australians to join together and remind our
political leaders of their commitments to close
the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and
non-Indigenous Australians within a generation.
Our focus for 2012 is on the need for genuine,
meaningful partnership with Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander health peoples at all
stages of health planning and delivery.”
Event details: http://www.oxfam.org.au/act/events/close-the-gap-day
Attend a Close the Gap event
(various dates and locations throughout March 2012): http://www.oxfam.org.au/act/events/close-the-gap-day/attend
NIRS news: http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/6996-smaller-communities-want-access-to-health-services-naccho

Event: Sat 24 March 2012: Fullarton, SA
Amnesty International Fullarton Markets Group
“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.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/sa/event/27913/

Event: Mon 26 March 2012: Burwood
ANTaR Inner West’s free screening of an Indigenous film
Film: “Here I Am”
Burwood Westfield Greater Union Cinema
” … the story of a young Aboriginal woman’s
struggle to stay off drugs and reconnect with
her young daughter and her Mother now that
she’s out of jail.”
Event details: http://www.sydneykin.org.au/pipermail/womenforwik/2012-February/000687.html

Event: Wed 28 March 2012: Parramatta Park, Qld
Black Deaths in Custody Watch Group meeting
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49933

Event: Thu 29 March 2012: Sydney, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Part of Message Sticks Festival 2012
Discussion with Damien Curtis, Jeff McMullen,
Alec Doomadgee, Rosealee Pearson and John Pilger
Event details: http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/Message_sticks/highlights.aspx
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 30 March 2012: Sydney, NSW
Tent Embassy & Identity
Part of Message Sticks Festival 2012
Film: Ningla A-Na
Discussion with Gary Foley and Larissa Behrendt
Event details: http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/Message_sticks/highlights.aspx

Event: Sat 31 March 2012: Sydney, NSW
What’s the Fuss in the Kimberley?
Part of Message Sticks Festival 2012
Film: Old Country New Country
Q&A with George Negus Stephen Pigram,
Mitch Torres and Albert Wiggan
Event details: http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/Message_sticks/highlights.aspx

Event: Fri 6 April 2012: University of Melbourne, Vic
Gary Foley will be speaking on his amazing life and times
“The legendary Aboriginal activist has been at the
centre of major political activity for over 40 years.
In the 1970’s he joined the growing circle of Aboriginal
resistance in Australia, and formed the Aboriginal
Legal Service in Sydney. … ”
Part of Marxism 2012 Conference, Easter weekend
Presented by Socialist Alternative & ISO of NZ
Supported by Community Radio 3CR 855 AM
Event details: http://www.marxismconference.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=178&Itemid=80
Marxism 2012 details: http://www.marxismconference.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=1

Event: Sat 7 April 2012: Darwin, NT
Rock Against Racism
Organised by DASSAN and Darwin Aboriginal Rights Collective
Event summary: http://dassan.weebly.com/rock-against-racism.html

Event: Sun 6 May 2012: Sydney, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Followed by Q&A with Dr Jeff McMullen
and Dr Thalia Anthony
Part of Sydney Greek Festival 2012
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: 12 May 2012: Melbourne City, Vic
2012 Autumn Action:
Stop Aboriginal Death in Custody
Remember all who have died in custody
Organised by Indigenous Social Justice Association
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm

Event: 11 August 2012: Melbourne City, Vic
2012 Winter Action:
Stop Aboriginal Death in Custody
Remember all who have died in custody
Organised by Indigenous Social Justice Association
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm

Event: 10 November 2012: Melbourne City, Vic
2012 Spring Action:
Stop Aboriginal Death in Custody
Remember all who have died in custody
Organised by Indigenous Social Justice Association
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm

– ‘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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120309 – New report into ‘Stronger Futures’ consultations

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 20/03/2012 by D

Contents:
* New report into ‘Stronger Futures’ consultations by Jumbunna
* Former PM Malcolm Fraser launches new report into consultations
* More ‘Stronger Futures’ Legislation related articles
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles
* Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia

* NEW REPORT INTO ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ CONSULTATIONS BY JUMBUNNA:

– The Report

Jumbunna, University of Technology Sydney:
Listening but not Hearing:
A response to the NTER Stronger Futures Consultations
June to August 2011
http://www.jumbunna.uts.edu.au/researchareas/listeningbutnothearing.html
March 2012: “Introduction by the
Hon Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC
Prepared by Alastair Nicholson, Nicole Watson, Alison Vivian,
Craig Longman, Terry Priest, Jason De Santolo, Paddy Gibson,
Larissa Behrendt and Eva Cox
Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning Research Unit,
University of Technology Sydney …
Acknowledgements and Thanks to:
Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, Research Unit,
University of Technology Sydney (‘Jumbunna’);
The Hon Malcolm Fraser, former Prime Minister of Australia,
for launching this report;
Concerned Australians who initiated this project;
The writers and the transcribers who have given generously
of their time; and
Most of all we wish to thank those members of Northern
Territory communities who gave their support to the writing
of this report.”

– Media Release

Stop the Intervention:
New report damns ‘Stronger Futures’ consultations
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/press-releases/new-report-damns-stronger-futures-consultations-8-3-12
8 Mar 12: “A new report, Listening but not Hearing,
provides damning evidence of the disingenuous and fatally
flawed nature of consultations on the future of the NT
Intervention undertaken by government with NT Aboriginal
communities between June and August of 2011. Former Prime
Minister Malcolm Fraser will launch the report tonight in
Melbourne.
In the wake of the report, the Stop the Intervention
Collective Sydney (STICS) has reiterated calls for the
Senate to reject the Stronger Futures legislation currently
being considered by the Senate. Indigenous Affairs Minister
Jenny Macklin has relied heavily upon these discredited
consultations to justify Stronger Futures. …
STICS spokesperson Paddy Gibson was involved in preparing
the report: …
“The analysis put forward in this report has been confirmed
by the Senate Committee examining Stronger Futures.
Committee Chair and Labor Senator Claire Moore last week
grilled FaHCSIA representatives on the failings of their
consultation process, following a barrage of criticism
from NT community members during recent hearings. The onus
is now on Ms Moore and other Senators to take a principled
stand and reject this legislation”.”

– Audio Interview

ABC Radio National Breakfast: NT Intervention Review
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/2012-03-08/3875872
8 Mar 12: “New laws extending the Commonwealth Intervention
in Indigenous communities for another 10 years are
currently before the Senate. But a new report to be
launched tonight finds that the intervention remains
racially discriminatory with ‘flawed’ consultation
processes — and continues to breach Australia’s human
rights obligations.
Guests: Alistair Nicholson QC
Professorial Fellow in the Law School at Melbourne
University, and a former Chief Justice of the Family Court
of Australia and one of the 10 co-authors of the report,
Listening But Not Hearing”

* FORMER PM MALCOLM FRASER LAUNCHES NEW REPORT INTO CONSULTATIONS:

– Video

ABC Lateline: Fraser labels NT intervention laws ‘racist’
http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2012/s3449248.htm
8 Mar 12: “Mr Fraser was launching a report critical of the
consultation process the Government undertook when drafting
the Stronger Futures legislation. He says the proposals
take Australia backwards in its relations with Indigenous
people.
MALCOLM FRASER, FORMER PRIME MINISTER: If you could
translate it back over 100 years, I think AO Neville,
protector from Western Australia, would be proud of this
legislation. It is racist. It is paternalistic.”

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA RADIO NEWS 9-03-12
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-9-03-12
9 Mar 12: “Former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser has again
attacked the Gillard Labor governments consultation process
with Aboriginal people about new laws to replace the
Northern Territory Intervention.”

– News

SMH: Report claims intervention process a sham
http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/report-claims-intervention-process-a-sham-20120308-1un29.html
9 Mar 12: “Former prime minister Malcolm Fraser has accused
the Gillard government of ”old fashioned white paternalism
at its very worst”, insisting that consultations with
indigenous communities on the future of the Northern
Territory intervention were fraudulent. ”Aboriginals were
not involved in the process and have not been involved in
the development of policy outcomes,” Mr Fraser said,
backing the findings of a report on the consultations
launched in Melbourne last night.”

Australian:
Ex-PM Malcolm Fraser slams Labor over intervention consultation
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/ex-pm-malcolm-fraser-slams-labor-over-intervention-consultation/story-fn9hm1pm-1226294092162
9 Mar 12: “Before launching a scathing university-backed
analysis of the consultations, Mr Fraser [former prime
minister Malcolm Fraser] told The Australian: “The
consultation was fraudulent. “People make up their mind in
Canberra what’s good for Aboriginals and the consultation
really consists of trying to persuade them that what
they’ve already decided is good for them. It’s the same old
paternalism that comes out of Canberra.””

newsTracker: Scrap NT intervention law: former PM
Tracker: http://tracker.org.au/2012/03/scrap-nt-intervention-law-former-pm/
Bigpond: http://bigpondnews.com/articles/TopStories/2012/03/09/Fraser_says_scrap_NT_intervention_law_726852.html
9 Mar 12: “Former Liberal prime minister Malcolm Fraser has
attacked the federal government’s consultation process with
Aboriginal communities over plans to extend the NT
intervention, saying Australia is “light-years” behind on
indigenous policy. Mr Fraser also called on the Labor
government to scrap the proposed next phase of the
intervention, which will last 10 years, arguing it ignores
the wishes of Aboriginal people.”

SMH: Scrap NT intervention laws: Malcolm Fraser
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/scrap-nt-intervention-laws-malcolm-fraser-20120308-1un2b.html
8 Mar 12: “”I think 30 years ago we were ahead of Canada,
America and perhaps New Zealand on some aspects of
indigenous policy,” Mr Fraser [Former Liberal prime
minister Malcolm Fraser] told AAP. “We are light years
behind now … it’s the single greatest failing.” Mr Fraser
said Canberra-based officials appeared not to have the
capacity to “talk to Aboriginal people with respect or
treat them as equals” when visiting remote communities.”

* MORE ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LEGISLATION RELATED ARTICLES:

– Analysis / Opinion

Vinnies:
Opening statement to Senate Inquiry into Stronger Futures
http://blog.vinnies.org.au/opening-statement-to-senate-inquiry-into-stronger-futures/
8 Mar 12: “The wound of colonisation is a wound in the
heart of the First Peoples of this land. The legislation
that is before this Committee will deepen and broaden this
wound. It contains policies that hurt, humiliate, punish,
and control. Like all forms of colonisation it denies the
full humanity of those who are subjected to it.”
Dr John Falzon

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA RADIO NEWS 9-03-12
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-9-03-12
9 Mar 12: “Ian Viner a former Minister for Aborignal
Affairs is highly critical of the the Gillard Labor
governments decision to vote on and pass the proposed
Stronger Futures Bill through the House of Representatives…
before a Senate committee report on the consultation
process has been presented to Parliament.”

The Wire:
Experts warn against intervention style income controls
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=8888
7 Mar 12: “A compulsory income management scheme with
origins in the NT intervention could become more widespread
if proposed amendments to legislation pass the Senate.
Proposed social security legislation that could pave the
way for a national roll out of a compulsory income
management scheme for welfare recipients is currently
before a Senate Committee. The Public Health Association of
Australia yesterday made a submission against the
amendments at a public hearing yesterday.
Featured in story:
* Melanie Walker – Acting CEO,
Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA)
* Rachel Siewert – Greens Senator”

– News

National Indigenous Times:
Consultation process “rubbish” says Gooda
http://www.nit.com.au/news/701-consultation-process-rubbish-says-gooda.html
8 Mar 12: “The Federal Government’s Department of
Indigenous Affairs has come under further criticism over
the consultation process with Aboriginal communities for
the next phase of the Northern Territory Intervention with
the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and
Social Justice Commissioner, Mick Gooda telling a Senate
inquiry the process was “deeply flawed”.”

National Indigenous Times: Stand for Freedom
http://www.nit.com.au/news/700-stand-for-freedom.html
8 Mar 12: “Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation
(ANTaR) is supporting a new campaign against the Australian
Government’s plans to extend the Northern Territory
Intervention for another 10 years. ANTaR has joined forces
with the makers of the Our Generation film to establish
the Stand for Freedom Campaign, which was… ”

* BACKGROUND TO ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ NEW NT INTERVENTION LAWS:

Human Rights Petition:
Australian Government: Stop Stronger Futures and
support Aboriginal self-determination in the NT
https://www.change.org/petitions/australian-government-stop-stronger-futures-and-support-aboriginal-self-determination-in-the-nt

Stand for Freedom:
There can be no reconciliation without justice:
http://standforfreedom.org.au/

Stop the Intervention: Stronger Futures Legislation
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/stronger-futures-legislation
“Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Bill 2011 and
two related bills have passed through the Lower House and
are due to go to the Senate very soon. The Senate Inquiry
report is due 13 March 2012.”

Stop the Intervention: Stronger Futures Media Coverage
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/stronger-futures-legislation/#Media-SF

Stop the Intervention: Stronger Futures:
New compilation weblink -Petition -NITV Forum
http://www.stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info/Stronger-Futures-update-4-3-12.pdf

WGAR News: Our Generation and ANTaR have launched
a new video and campaign (8 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/08/wgar-news-our-generation-and-antar-have-launched-a-new-video-and-campaign

WGAR News: NITV Current Affairs present the Stronger Futures
Forum shot on location in Maningrida (3 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/03/wgar-news-nitv-current-affairs-present-the-stronger-futures-forum-shot-on-location-in-man

WGAR News: Press Conference on Stronger Futures legislation
by Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC (1 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/01/wgar-news-press-conference-on-stronger-futures-legislation-by-hon-alastair-nicholson-ao-r

WGAR News: “NT Aboriginal leaders reject Stronger Futures”
Tracker (23 Feb 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/23/wgar-news-nyoongar-tent-embassy-marches-to-government-house-in-protest

WGAR News: New Website for Stronger Futures
info and submissions (21 Feb 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/21/wgar-news-news-of-the-nyoongar-tent-embassy-on-heirisson-island-in-perth

WGAR News: Book report launched:
“NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotations” (19 Feb 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/19/wgar-news-book-report-launched-nt-consultations-report-2011-by-quotations
[Includes link to transcripts of consultations and book of quotations: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/ ]

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

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

Main Government page for Stronger Futures in the
Northern Territory Bill 2011 and two related bills:
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/index.htm

Direct Government link to view all uploaded submissions
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/submissions.htm

Direct Government link to view all uploaded hearing info
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/hearings/index.htm

Public hearing – Canberra, Tuesday 6 March 2012
Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Bill 2011
and two related bills
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/hearings/060312.htm

* 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

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/portfolios/aboriginal-torres-strait-islander-issues

CAAMA (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association)
– NT Intervention:
http://caama.com.au/?s=NT+Intervention

STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney):
http://stoptheintervention.org/

Stand for Freedom:
There can be no reconciliation without justice:
http://standforfreedom.org.au/

IRAG (Intervention Rollback Action Group):
Mparntwe – Alice Springs:
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/

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

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/

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

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

Equality Rights Alliance:
Women’s Experience of Income Management in the Northern Territory:
http://www.equalityrightsalliance.org.au/projects/womens-experience-income-management-northern-territory

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

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

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/

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

Adelaide Stop the Intervention:
http://www.stoptheintervention.com.au/

Central Land Council:
The Australian Government Intervention 2007:
http://www.clc.org.au/Media/issues/intervention/intervention_intro.html

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

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Analysis / Opinion

Vinnies: The cunning of consultation
http://blog.vinnies.org.au/the-cunning-of-consultation/
8 Mar 12: “We are discussing consultation on Aboriginal
land, land that was unjustly taken from people who were,
and continue to be, unjustly subjected to the wound of
colonisation, a violation that no amount of consultation
can ever justify or explain. I have called this
presentation “the cunning of consultation”. I wish to thank
Professor Jon Altman from ANU’s Centre for Aboriginal
Economic Policy Research for this term. He used it in
November last year in a public lecture on social justice
that the St Vincent de Paul Society sponsors each year at
the National Library.” Dr John Falzon

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News – 8.03.12
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-8-03-12
8 Mar 12: “Aboriginal leaders in Western Australian have
slammed a state governments offer of just $2000 per person
as repayment for the “Stolen Wages” a slap in the face and
a cruel and heartless offer.”

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
‘People were slaves in this country’: Stolen Wages offer slammed
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7020-people-were-slaves-in-this-country-stolen-wages-offer-slammed
9 Mar 12: “The Western Australian Governments’ recent
announcement to pay eligible Aboriginal people up to $2000
compensation for previously withheld wages is receiving
heavy criticism. … Mark Bin Bakar, Director of the
Kimberley Stolen Generation Aboriginal Corporation in
Broome, says the small amount of money is an insult to many
people. … Meanwhile, a researcher who specialises in
Stolen Wages compensation is urging Aboriginal people to
take legal action against the West Australia Government.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
WA Government offer for Stolen Wages an ‘insult’:
Former farm hand
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7018-wa-government-offer-for-stolen-wages-an-insult-former-farm-hand
9 Mar 12: “Indigenous people who worked on farms and
stations over the past 50 years are saying they’re insulted
by the Western Australian Government’s offer of up to $2000
as compensation for their Stolen Wages. … Ben Taylor
Kwirrumurra was brought up near New Nausea, north of Perth,
and now in his mid-70s, he says he’s outraged by the
Government’s compensation plan. “I lived on a reserve and
worked on farms. I did not get paid.”

National Indigenous Times:
A Tent Embassy for every city planned
http://www.nit.com.au/your-say.html
http://www.nit.com.au/news.html
8 Mar 12: “Prominent Murri activist Wayne ‘Coco’ Wharton
has sent out a clear challenge to all Indigenous leaders
around the nation to set up tent embassies in every capital
city. “Our Canberra Tent Embassy founders led the way 40
years ago when they pitched a beach umbrella on the lawns
of the old Parliament House and called it their Tent
Embassy,” Mr Wharton said at the first sovereignty
community information forum in Brisbane on Saturday.
“Those leaders, who have maintained the Tent Embassy over
all those years since, have done so with honour.””

National Indigenous Times:
We support you, Anderson tells Perth Tent Embassy
http://www.nit.com.au/news/705-we-support-you-anderson-tells-perth-tent-embassy.html
8 Mar 12: “Euahlayi peoples’ Elder and clan leader, one of
the founders of Aboriginal Tent Embassy and an academic and
lawyer, Michael Anderson came to Nyoongar Tent Embassy to
formally congratulate them and to demonstrate solidarity
among Aboriginal peoples… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Stolen Generations renew the call for compensation
http://www.nit.com.au/news/704-stolen-generations-renew-the-call-for-compensation.html
8 Mar 12: “National Stolen Generations Alliance Co-Chair
Jim Morrison has called on the Federal Government to
provide financial compensation to the members of the Stolen
Generations following a similar recommendation from a
senate committee into forced adoptions last week.”

National Indigenous Times:
Jackson calls for more action on deaths in custody
http://www.nit.com.au/news/703-jackson-calls-for-more-action-on-deaths-in-custody.html
8 Mar 12: “Action to stop the deaths in custody of
Aboriginals needed to be increased including larger scale
protests, Indigenous Social Justice Association Sydney
President Ray Jackson has said. Mr Jackson said the fight
to stop deaths in custody cannot rely upon an annual rally
or event.”

National Indigenous Times:
Tauto Sansbury launches online campaign to stop suicide deaths
http://www.nit.com.au/news/702-tauto-sansbury-launches-online-campaign-to-stop-suicide-deaths.html
8 Mar 12: “Tauto Sansbury knows the emotional toll of
burying loved ones. The 63 year old activist, who has lost
his parents and siblings, attended his eighth funeral for
the year on January 13. The eight premature deaths in 13
days galvanised Mr Sansbury to spearhead an online campaign
calling on the South Australian government to fund a 24
hour Aboriginal crisis centre.”

* UPCOMING ABORIGINAL RIGHTS EVENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA
– 20 EVENTS FROM 9 MARCH 2012:

Click on the links for details of the events …

Event: 11 February 2012 to 26 May 2012: South Bank, Brisbane, 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: Tue 28 February to Sun 25 March 2012: Adelaide, SA
Exhibition: Deadly: in-between heaven and hell
Tandanya NACI and Adelaide Festival
“A major exhibition of newly commissioned works
by eight leading Australian Aboriginal artists and
collectives. … For many Indigenous peoples,
‘heaven on Earth’ is the divine world shaped by
ancestral creators, where connection to country
and culture are in harmony with the experience
of self and community. At the other extreme, the
legacies of incursion and assimilation are a
‘living hell’. The in-between is uneasy, lined
with hope and echoing with resilience.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/sa/event/27911/

Event: Intermittent 1 March – 3 May 2012: Various Locations
House of Representatives Committees
Inquiry into language learning in Indigenous communities
Public hearings:
Canberra, ACT: 1 March 2012
Canberra, ACT: 15 March 2012
Canberra, ACT: 22 March 2012
Adelaide, SA: 2 April 2012
Utopia Homelands, NT: 3 April 2012
Alice Springs, NT: 4 April 2012
Broome, WA: 30 April 2012
Halls Creek, WA: 1 May 2012
Darwin, NT: 2 May 2012
Nhulunbuy, NT: 3 May 2012
Event details: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House_of_Representatives_Committees?url=atsia/languages/hearings/index.htm

Event: Sun 11 March 2012: locations across Australia
National Day of Action to end uranium mining
Locations include:
Adelaide, Alice Springs, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin,
Hobart, Nimbin, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
Our Land is Sacred: http://www.11march.com/our-land-is-sacred/
Event details: http://www.11march.com/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/04/national-day-of-action-against-uranium-march-11
Event details: http://www.acfonline.org.au/get-involved/take-action/renewable-not-radioactive

Event: Mon 12 March 2012: Mona Vale, Sydney, NSW
Film: Contact
Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater
“In 1964 Yuwali was 17 when her first contact
with whitefellas was filmed. Now 62 she tells the
story behind this extraordinary footage.”
Event details: http://www.asgmwp.net/index.htm
Flyer: http://www.asgmwp.net/ContactASGMWPFlyer.pdf

Event: Sat 17 March 2012: Prospect, SA
Amnesty International at the Prospect Fair
“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.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/sa/event/28019/

Event: 21 March 2012: various locations internationally
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Event details: http://www.un.org/en/events/racialdiscriminationday/
Let’s Fight Racism!: http://www.un.org/en/letsfightracism/

Event: Thu 22 March 2012: various locations across Australia
National Close the Gap Day
“National Close the Gap Day (NCTGD) is a way
for all Australians to join together and remind our
political leaders of their commitments to close
the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and
non-Indigenous Australians within a generation.
Our focus for 2012 is on the need for genuine,
meaningful partnership with Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander health peoples at all
stages of health planning and delivery.”
Event details: http://www.oxfam.org.au/act/events/close-the-gap-day
Attend a Close the Gap event
(various dates and locations throughout March 2012): http://www.oxfam.org.au/act/events/close-the-gap-day/attend
NIRS news: http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/6996-smaller-communities-want-access-to-health-services-naccho

Event: Sat 24 March 2012: Fullarton, SA
Amnesty International Fullarton Markets Group
“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.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/sa/event/27913/

Event: Mon 26 March 2012: Burwood
ANTaR Inner West’s free screening of an Indigenous film
Film: “Here I Am”
Burwood Westfield Greater Union Cinema
” … the story of a young Aboriginal woman’s
struggle to stay off drugs and reconnect with
her young daughter and her Mother now that
she’s out of jail.”
Event details: http://www.sydneykin.org.au/pipermail/womenforwik/2012-February/000687.html

Event: Wed 28 March 2012: Parramatta Park, Qld
Black Deaths in Custody Watch Group meeting
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49933

Event: Thu 29 March 2012: Sydney, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Part of Message Sticks Festival 2012
Discussion with Damien Curtis, Jeff McMullen,
Alec Doomadgee, Rosealee Pearson and John Pilger
Event details: http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/Message_sticks/highlights.aspx
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 30 March 2012: Sydney, NSW
Tent Embassy & Identity
Part of Message Sticks Festival 2012
Film: Ningla A-Na
Discussion with Gary Foley and Larissa Behrendt
Event details: http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/Message_sticks/highlights.aspx

Event: Sat 31 March 2012: Sydney, NSW
What’s the Fuss in the Kimberley?
Part of Message Sticks Festival 2012
Film: Old Country New Country
Q&A with George Negus Stephen Pigram,
Mitch Torres and Albert Wiggan
Event details: http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/Message_sticks/highlights.aspx

Event: Fri 6 April 2012: University of Melbourne, Vic
Gary Foley will be speaking on his amazing life and times
“The legendary Aboriginal activist has been at the
centre of major political activity for over 40 years.
In the 1970’s he joined the growing circle of Aboriginal
resistance in Australia, and formed the Aboriginal
Legal Service in Sydney. … ”
Part of Marxism 2012 Conference, Easter weekend
Presented by Socialist Alternative & ISO of NZ
Supported by Community Radio 3CR 855 AM
Event details: http://www.marxismconference.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=178&Itemid=80
Marxism 2012 details: http://www.marxismconference.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=1

Event: Sat 7 April 2012: Darwin, NT
Rock Against Racism
Organised by DASSAN and Darwin Aboriginal Rights Collective
Event summary: http://dassan.weebly.com/rock-against-racism.html

Event: Sun 6 May 2012: Sydney, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Followed by Q&A with Dr Jeff McMullen
and Dr Thalia Anthony
Part of Sydney Greek Festival 2012
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: 12 May 2012: Melbourne City, Vic
2012 Autumn Action:
Stop Aboriginal Death in Custody
Remember all who have died in custody
Organised by Indigenous Social Justice Association
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm

Event: 11 August 2012: Melbourne City, Vic
2012 Winter Action:
Stop Aboriginal Death in Custody
Remember all who have died in custody
Organised by Indigenous Social Justice Association
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm

Event: 10 November 2012: Melbourne City, Vic
2012 Spring Action:
Stop Aboriginal Death in Custody
Remember all who have died in custody
Organised by Indigenous Social Justice Association
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm

– ‘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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120308 – Our Generation & ANTaR have launched a new video and campaign

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 20/03/2012 by D

Contents:
* Our Generation & ANTaR have launched a new video and campaign
* Proposed Stronger Futures laws “will kill Aboriginal people”
* Write to Senators re Stronger Futures laws
* NT Intervention panel discussion
by Dr John Falzon, Lynette De Santis and Adam Giles
* More Stronger Futures Legislation related articles
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* “WA stolen wages offer ‘cruel and heartless’, says legal
service” GLW
* “We are lucky Bob Carr was not appointed Indigenous
Affairs Minister!” Gerry Georgatos
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles
* Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia

* OUR GENERATION & ANTaR HAVE LAUNCHED A NEW VIDEO AND CAMPAIGN:

– Media Release

ANTaR (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation):
New campaign calls for new direction in NT Aboriginal communities
http://www.antar.org.au/new_campaign_calls_for_new_direction_in_nt_aboriginal_communities
“Our Generation and ANTaR have today launched a new video
and campaign to highlight serious concerns about the
Stronger Futures legislation currently before the Senate.
“The Stand for Freedom campaign calls for the withdrawal of
the Stronger Futures bills and a new direction in remote
communities based on partnership, rights and respect,”
said Damien Curtis, Stand for Freedom Director.
“The Northern Territory Intervention has been criticised by
the United Nations as racially discriminatory and contrary
to international human rights principles. If passed, the
Stronger Futures legislation would extend many of its key
measures for a further 10 years,” Mr Curtis said.
The Stronger Futures legislation is currently before a
Senate Committee. …
“ANTaR is very concerned that community support for these
far-reaching and long-term measures has not been obtained,”
said Jacqueline Phillips, ANTaR National Director.
“This raises questions about the bills’ compliance with the
Racial Discrimination Act as well as the Government’s
commitment to resetting the relationship in Aboriginal
communities.” …
Nearly 5000 Australians have signed the Stand for Freedom
petition already, calling for the withdrawal of the
Stronger Futures bills in their current form. …
The Stand for Freedom campaign video and petition, hosted
on Change.org, can be viewed at:
http://standforfreedom.org.au/

– News

Australian: New Aboriginal video campaign aims to overturn
Northern Territory intervention
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/new-aboriginal-video-campaign-aims-to-overturn-northern-territory-intervention/story-fn9hm1pm-1226290121518
6 Mar 12: “In a powerful video aimed at YouTube and social
media, Dhalulu Ganambarr-Stubbs, a Yolngu scholar and
artist from Yirrkala, Northeast Arnhem Land, says that in
2012 the Aboriginal people of the Northern Territory are
suffering. … Ms Ganambarr-Stubbs, a member of the
Northern Territory’s first Indigenous Affairs Advisory
Council, is the latest voice in a concerted campaign
against the Northern Territory intervention.”

9 News: Scrap new NT intervention laws: groups
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8430491/scrap-new-nt-intervention-laws-groups
6 Mar 12: “A coalition of indigenous groups has called on
the Gillard government to scrap the next phase of the
Northern Territory intervention. … Aboriginal leaders,
including social justice commissioner Mick Gooda, have
described the process as deeply flawed. Australians for
Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR) and Our Generation
have launched an online campaign, Stand for Freedom,
calling for the draft laws to be scrapped. … So far 5500
people have signed the online petition at
http://www.standforfreedom.org.au/

– Videos

newsTracker:
Prominent Yolngu artist speaks out against Stronger Futures
http://tracker.org.au/2012/03/prominent-yolngu-artist-speaks-out-against-stronger-futures/
6 Mar 12: “A prominent Yolngu artist and scholar has spoken
out against the government’s plans to extend the NT
intervention for another ten years, saying that it has made
her people criminals in their own lands. In the powerful
video, Dhalulu Ganambarr-Stubbs states that the original
intervention has failed Aboriginal people. … Ms
Ganambarr-Stubbs says in the video that the intervention
had meant “we lots all control over our lives”. … The
video accompanies an online petition urging the government
to withdraw the legislation.” Amy McQuire, editor of Tracker

Stand for Freedom:
VIDEO: Will You Stand For Freedom?
http://standforfreedom.org.au/
[Featuring musicians Uncle Archie Roach, John Butler,
Mama Kin, Shellie Morris and Shane Howard.]

See Petition:

Human Rights Petition:
Australian Government: Stop Stronger Futures and
support Aboriginal self-determination in the NT
https://www.change.org/petitions/australian-government-stop-stronger-futures-and-support-aboriginal-self-determination-in-the-nt

– Related News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Rights advocacy group speaks out against Stronger Futures
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7002-rights-advocacy-group-speaks-out-against-stronger-futures
2 Mar 12: “The Governments’ Stronger Futures in the
Northern Territory legislation continues to receive
criticism after passing the Lower House earlier this week.
The bill, which would see key measures of the NT
Intervention expanded for another ten years, is now before
the Senate who will vote on the bill after a Senate report
is published mid-March. Australians for Native Title and
Reconcilliation (ANTaR) says the bill is being rushed
through Parliament with only limited community consultation.”

See:

Stand for Freedom:
There can be no reconciliation without justice:
http://standforfreedom.org.au/

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

ANTaR (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation):
http://www.antar.org.au/

* PROPOSED STRONGER FUTURES LAWS “WILL KILL ABORIGINAL PEOPLE”:

– Videos

Stronger Futures Forum held at Maningrida on 21 February 2012
NITV: http://www.nitv.org.au/fx-program.cfm?pid=6312D945-DFD1-0FE9-5A358ABD4B521506&pgid=25F46EDC-9848-30B1-E526694CD47F486B
‘concerned Australians’: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/
STICS: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/stronger-futures-legislation
“Aboriginal people from West, Central and East Arnhem Land
give their views on the proposed Stronger Futures Legislation
Facilitator: Jeff McMullen
This video was produced by NITV (National Indigenous Television)”

– Background

NITV: Stronger Futures Forum: About the Forum
http://www.nitv.org.au/fx-program.cfm?pid=6312D945-DFD1-0FE9-5A358ABD4B521506
“Filmed in Maningrida, NT on the night of the Senate
Committee hearings on the Stronger Futures legislation.
This forum, hosted by Jeff McMullen, will discuss the
policy in-depth with an all-Aboriginal audience. Stronger
Futures upholds many of the controversial NT Emergency
Response measures and will be debated in Federal Parliament
during the Autumn sittings. … Hosted by acclaimed
television journalist Jeff McMullen the forum will hear
from mob in the Top End, specifically Arnhem Land about the
proposed extension of the Northern Territory Intervention
for another 10 years.”

– Article

“Stronger Futures will kill us”
Indymedia Australia: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/04/%E2%80%9Cstronger-futures-will-kill-us%E2%80%9D
STICS: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/articles/stronger-futures-will-kill-us-4-3-12
4 Mar 12: “The federal government’s special measures under
the proposed Stronger Futures laws “will kill Aboriginal
people”, a forum in Maningrida, broadcast by National
Indigenous Television (NITV), heard from an Elder. Elders
and traditional owners from West, Central and East Arnhem
Land came to the forum and vented many deep concerns about
the legislation, already passed by the House of
Representatives and soon to be decided by the Senate.
“They’re using a different name, but the formula is the
same [as the Intervention]. What this will do – it’s going
to kill Aboriginal people. … “”

* WRITE TO SENATORS RE STRONGER FUTURES LAWS:

– Actions

Stop the Intervention: Stronger Futures Legislation
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/stronger-futures-legislation
“Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Bill 2011 and
two related bills have passed through the Lower House and
are due to go to the Senate very soon. The Senate Inquiry
report is due 13 March 2012. …
Please write to Senators: http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/~/link.aspx?_id=589097ED6DD447118C15830C086D1CA5&_z=z
– Email addresses are: senator.lastname@aph.gov.au … ”

Stand for Freedom:
There can be no reconciliation without justice:
Take Action
http://standforfreedom.org.au/take-action/
“The Stronger Futures legislation is opposed by Aboriginal
people across the Northern Territory and civil society
across the nation. We need to generate a mass movement to
make the Government listen to their concerns. That
Aboriginal people have the right to control their own
futures; that freedom is the right of ALL Australians.
Let’s come together and stop Stronger Futures!
1. Sign the Petition
2. Share the campaign with others on Email, Facebook,
and Twitter.
3. Write to your local Member of Parliament
* Find your local MP here: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/qanda/find-your-local-mp.htm
* Write your own letter, or download the sample letter
* Make your voice heard!”

– Related News

7 News: Opposition to Stronger Futures Bill strengthens
http://au.news.yahoo.com/latest/a/-/latest/13096098/opposition-to-stronger-futures-bill-strengthens/
6 Mar 12: “Australia’s peak public health body has urged a
Senate committee to reject compulsory income management
proposed under the Federal Government’s Stronger Futures
Bill. The bill, which replaces federal intervention
legislation, is meant to build stronger futures for
Indigenous people by tackling the areas of education,
alcohol abuse and land reform. Public Health Association of
Australia vice-president Vanessa Lee told a public hearing
of the committee in Canberra that compulsory income
management on social security allowances could have a
detrimental effect on Indigenous Australians.”

* NT INTERVENTION PANEL DISCUSSION
BY DR JOHN FALZON, LYNETTE DE SANTIS AND ADAM GILES:

– Audio Discussion

ABC Radio National: RN Drive:
Panel discussion: the Northern Territory intervention
ABC: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/drive/panel-discussion3a-the-northern-territory-intervention/3872128
Vinnies: http://blog.vinnies.org.au/the-northern-territory-intervention-panel-discussion-on-abc-radio-national/
6 Mar 12: “The head of the St Vincent de Paul Society has
launched a scathing attack on the federal government’s plans
for the next phase of the Northern Territory intervention.
Dr John Falzon has told a senate committee examining the
legislation that the federal government’s actions were
‘unconscionable’, ‘degrading’, ‘disempowering’ and would go
down in history as a ‘source of shame for the Australian
government’.
Guests:
* Dr John Falzon, Chief Executive Officer, National Council,
St Vincent de Paul Society
* Lynette De Santis, Tiwi Islands Shire Council Mayor
* Adam Giles, Northern Territory shadow minister for
Indigenous Affairs”

– Related News

newsTracker: Scrap NT intervention laws: Vinnies’ chief
Tracker: http://tracker.org.au/2012/03/scrap-nt-intervention-laws-vinnies-chief/
Brisbane Times: http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/breaking-news-national/scrap-nt-intervention-laws-vinnies-chief-20120306-1uhga.html
7 Mar 12: “The head of the St Vincent de Paul charity has
launched a scathing attack on the federal government,
saying the next phase of the Northern Territory
intervention treats Aboriginal people as if they were
nothing. … St Vincent de Paul chief executive John Falzon
on Tuesday joined a line-up of welfare, social justice and
indigenous groups that have criticised the legislation and
the government’s community consultation process. “This is
unconscionable,” he said, adding the Stronger Futures
legislation was misnamed because it was so “inherently
disempowering”.”

– Related Speech

Stand for Freedom by Dr John Falzon
Eureka Street: http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=30272
STICS: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/speeches/dr-john-falzon/28-2-12
1 Mar 12: “Dr John Falzon is the St Vincent de Paul Society
National Council Chief Executive and a member of the
Australian Social Inclusion Board. The above text is from a
speech he gave at a rally outside Parliament House this
week against the Stronger Futures legislation, which will
extend and deepen some of the worst aspects of the NT
Intervention.”

* MORE STRONGER FUTURES LEGISLATION RELATED ARTICLES:

– Audio Interviews

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
A new voice for all Australians…
http://caama.com.au/caama-news-6-03-12
6 Mar 12: “The founder of a new national political party
says it will offer Aboriginal people a real voice and other
Australians an alternative to the two major parties. Maurie
Ryan a veteran campaigner for Aboriginal people and their
rights has been a strong and ongoing critic of the Northern
Territory Intervention and continues to voice his concerns
on the proposed Stronger Futures legislation. Mr Ryan told
CAAMA radio that the Australian first Nations Political
party will give his people a real voice for the first
time… ”

4ZZZ Brisbane 102.1 FM: Organisations and activists rally
against ‘Stronger Futures’ legislation
http://www.4zzzfm.org.au/news/audio/2012/mar/01/organisations-and-activists-rally-against-stronger-futures-legislation
1 Mar 12: “A variety of groups from Indigenous, human
rights and community organisations joined together at
Parliament house in Canberra on Tuesday for the Stand for
Freedom rally against the ‘Stronger Futures’ bill that
passed through the House of Representatives on Monday. …
Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney is a group
committed to the repeal of the Northern Territory
Intervention. Lauren Gallagher spoke to Paddy Gibson from
STICS to find out more about Tuesday’s rally and concerns
with the ‘Stronger Futures’ legislation.”

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News – 7.03.12
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-7-03-12
7 Mar 12: “The Gillard labor governments push for compulsory
income management of Aboriginal people in the Northern
Territory has drawn criticism from Australia’s peak
representative public health body.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 6-03-2012
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-6-03-2012
6 Mar 12: “The chair of a Senate committee which still has
to present its final report to Parliament on the Stronger
futures consultation process in the Northern Territory says
there is still huge confusion and pain in Aboriginal
communities that needs to be addressed.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA NEWS Mon 5-03-12
http://caama.com.au/caama-news-5-03-12
5 Mar 12: “The Federal Government Department which
organised the consultation process about the proposed
Stronger futures legislation for Aboriginal people in the
Northern Territory .. has recieved heavy criticism following
the disclosure that only two to three percent of meetings
had been subjected to “quality assurance”.”

– Videos

Stop the Intervention:
28 Feb 2012 Stronger Futures legislation Canberra protest:
Speeches and Video
http://stoptheintervention.org/past-events/28-feb-2012-stronger-futures-legislation-canberra-protest/speeches-and-video
“* Rachel Siewert, Greens Senator
* Dr. John Falzon, CEO St Vincent De Paul National Council
* Jeff McMullen AM, Honorary CEO of
Ian Thorpe’s Fountain for Youth
* Aunty Daphne
* Aunty Carol
* Paddy Gibson, STICS”

– News

Koori Mail: Intervention fury
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
7 Mar 12: “ABORIGINAL people are outraged that the House of
Representatives has passed the proposed Stronger Futures
legislation that will extend the Northern Territory
intervention. The Government rammed the legislation through
with Opposition support without considering a Senate report
and its recommendations, due to be finalised by 13 March.
Activists have called on the Senate to reject the bills.
The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
co-chairs Jody Broun and Les Malezer said they were
disappointed with the haste.”

Reportage:
Stronger Futures Intervention, not so strong locals say
http://www.reportageonline.com/2012/03/intervention/
5 Mar 12: “The Stronger Futures Intervention now involves
revoking welfare payments to parents who fail to send their
children to school, but locals say such strategies aren’t
the answer. Rosemary Hill reports. The Warlpiri people at
Yuendumu have told the government they refuse to force
their children to go to school while English-only teaching
remains in place.”

National Indigenous Times:
Nicholson reveals plan to sell Town Camp, community land
http://www.nit.com.au/news.html
3 Mar 12: “Aboriginal Town Camps and community living areas
would be sold off to private interests under the Stronger
Futures legislation that extends the Northern Territory
Intervention and which was pushed through the House of
Representatives by the Labor, Liberal and National parties
last Monday.”

National Indigenous Times: Plan is racist: Maurie Ryan
http://www.nit.com.au/news/658-plan-is-racist-maurie-ryan.html
3 Mar 12: “Maurie Japarta Ryan, the leader of Australia’s
only Indigenous political party, First Nations, has told a
Senate committee inquiring into the proposed Federal
Government legislation to extend the Northern Territory
Intervention that the proposed legislation was racist. Mr
Ryan tore into the proposed legislation, telling the Senate
committee the legislation should be scrapped and claims
that it had been based… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Senate inquiry confirms Intervention consultation either
didn’t work or didn’t happen, says Scullion
http://www.nit.com.au/news/665-senate-inquiry-confirms-intervention-consultation-either-didnt-work-or-didnt-happen-says-scullion.html
3 Mar 12: “The Federal Opposition’s spokesman on Indigenous
Affairs, Nigel Scullion said the senate committee hearing
at Ntaria, about 130 kilometres west of Alice Springs
revealed what many have continued to claim about the
proposed extension of the Northern Territory Intervention –
members of the community had not been properly consulted by
the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin and her
officers.”

* BACKGROUND TO ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ NEW NT INTERVENTION LAWS:

Human Rights Petition:
Australian Government: Stop Stronger Futures and
support Aboriginal self-determination in the NT
https://www.change.org/petitions/australian-government-stop-stronger-futures-and-support-aboriginal-self-determination-in-the-nt

Stand for Freedom:
There can be no reconciliation without justice:
http://standforfreedom.org.au/

Stop the Intervention: Stronger Futures Legislation
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/stronger-futures-legislation
“Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Bill 2011 and
two related bills have passed through the Lower House and
are due to go to the Senate very soon. The Senate Inquiry
report is due 13 March 2012.”

Stop the Intervention: Stronger Futures Media Coverage
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/stronger-futures-legislation/#Media-SF

Stop the Intervention: Stronger Futures:
New compilation weblink -Petition -NITV Forum
http://www.stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info/Stronger-Futures-update-4-3-12.pdf

WGAR News: NITV Current Affairs present the Stronger Futures
Forum shot on location in Maningrida (3 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/03/wgar-news-nitv-current-affairs-present-the-stronger-futures-forum-shot-on-location-in-man

WGAR News: Press Conference on Stronger Futures legislation
by Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC (1 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/01/wgar-news-press-conference-on-stronger-futures-legislation-by-hon-alastair-nicholson-ao-r

WGAR News: “NT Aboriginal leaders reject Stronger Futures”
Tracker (23 Feb 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/23/wgar-news-nyoongar-tent-embassy-marches-to-government-house-in-protest

WGAR News: New Website for Stronger Futures
info and submissions (21 Feb 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/21/wgar-news-news-of-the-nyoongar-tent-embassy-on-heirisson-island-in-perth

WGAR News: Book report launched:
“NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotations” (19 Feb 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/19/wgar-news-book-report-launched-nt-consultations-report-2011-by-quotations
[Includes link to transcripts of consultations and book of quotations: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/ ]

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

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

Main Government page for Stronger Futures in the
Northern Territory Bill 2011 and two related bills:
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/index.htm

Direct Government link to view all uploaded submissions
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/submissions.htm

Direct Government link to view all uploaded hearing info
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/hearings/index.htm

Public hearing – Canberra, Tuesday 6 March 2012
Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Bill 2011
and two related bills
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/hearings/060312.htm

* “WA STOLEN WAGES OFFER ‘CRUEL AND HEARTLESS’ SAYS LEGAL SERVICE” GLW

– Statement

WA stolen wages offer ‘cruel and heartless’, says legal service
Green Left: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/50261
Indymedia Australia: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/07/stolen-wages-offer-a-%E2%80%98slap-in-the-face%E2%80%99-says-wa-aboriginal-legal-service
Indigenous Peoples: http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14176:western-australia-stolen-wages-offer-a-slap-in-the-face-says-wa-aboriginal-legal-service&catid=24&Itemid=57
7 Mar 12: “The Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia
released the statement below on March 6. * * *
The Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia (ALSWA)
has slammed the WA state government’s offer of up to $2000
to Aboriginal workers whose past wages were stolen by the
state.
“This is a slap in the face and a cruel and heartless offer
which offends the very notion of recompense,” said ALSWA
CEO Adjunct Professor Dennis Eggington.
“This is not just about stolen wages or pensions that were
withheld, nor is it about coming up with an equitable
scheme. This state’s economic power was built upon the
backs of hard working, proud Indigenous men and women who
had their hard earned wages withheld.
“To now offer these people such a paltry amount diminishes
the contributions that our people have made. Any offer made
must also ensure that monies are repaid in terms of today’s
monetary value.””

– Videos

ABC: Government set for court over Indigenous wages
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-06/government-set-for-court-over-indigenous-wages/3872688
7 Mar 12: “A WA Government offer of $2000 to Indigenous
people denied wages between 1905 and 1972 has been
described as disgusting by the Aboriginal Legal Service.”

ABC Indigenous: “Stolen wages” payments
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-06/government-announces-ex-gratia-payments-for-stolen-wages/3871816/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
Updated 6 Mar 12: “The Indigenous Affairs Minister, Peter
Collier, has announced that ex-gratia payments will be made
to Aboriginal people whose wages were taken from them.
Between 1905 and 1972, successive governments held some
Indigenous workers’ wages in trust funds which the workers
could not access. A taskforce recommended more than three
years ago that action be taken to remedy the situation.”

– News

newsTracker: WA Stolen Wages offer condemned as “mean-spirited”
http://tracker.org.au/2012/03/wa-govt-to-make-stolen-wages-reparations/
7 Mar 12: “The Aboriginal Legal Service of Western
Australia has threatened to sue the Barnett government over
its “cruel” offer to Stolen Wages victims. The West
Australian government says it will pay reparations of up to
$2000 each to Aboriginal people who lost out under the
“stolen wages” regime imposed by past governments. … But
the offer has been condemned by the Aboriginal Legal
Service of WA (ALSWA). CEO Dennis Eggington told the
Australian newspaper that the offer was “cruel and
heartless”.”

* “WE ARE LUCKY BOB CARR WAS NOT APPOINTED
INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS MINISTER!” GERRY GEORGATOS:

– Analysis / Opinion

Green Left: Bob Carr: ‘I agree with Tony Abbott’
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/50251
5 Mar 12: “Prime Minister Julia Gillard anointed former NSW
premier Bob Carr as the foreign minister on March 2. It
awaits the approval of a joint sitting of NSW parliament
but for all intents and purposes, Carr has just been
catapulted to the third-highest political post in the land
after being out of politics since 2005. … Carr said: “I
agree with Tony Abbott and think his remarks entirely
sensible. The Tent Embassy in Canberra says nothing to
anyone and should have been quietly packed up years ago.
The ‘activists’ who run it would be better off investing
time in youth programs in indigenous communities. … “”
Peter Robson

Indymedia Australia:
We are lucky Bob Carr was not appointed
Indigenous Affairs Minister!
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/06/we-are-lucky-bob-carr-was-not-appointed-indigenous-affairs-minister
6 Mar 12: “Former NSW premier, Bob Carr, autocratically
selected by Prime Minister Julia Gillard, without it
going to a vote of even the Cabinet, to fill the vacant
Senate position meant Warren Mundine, who lobbied for the
senatorial vacancy was overlooked – and who would have
been the first Aboriginal federal parliamentarian in the
hundred year history of the ALP. … Further in his January
27 post, in reference to the Lobby restaurant incident Mr
Carr did not mince his words about whom he thought was at
fault and wrote, “And of course the block-headed
demonstration sets back reconciliation and would seal the
defeat for Aboriginal recognition in the constitution if
a referendum were pending.”” Gerry Georgatos

See:

WGAR News: Eyewitness accounts of the Tent Embassy protest
on Invasion Day / Sovereignty Day (2 Feb 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/02/wgar-news-eyewitness-accounts-of-the-tent-embassy-protest-on-invasion-day-sovereignty-day

WGAR News: More on the Aboriginal Tent Embassy protest
on Invasion Day (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: Tent Embassy protest interviews with
Michael Anderson, Jeff McMullen, Chris Graham, etc (9 Feb 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/09/wgar-news-tent-embassy-protest-interviews-with-michael-anderson-jeff-mcmullen-chris-graha

WGAR News: “The tent embassy: fact v fiction, black v white”
by Chris Graham (20 Feb 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/20/wgar-news-the-tent-embassy-fact-v-fiction-black-v-white-by-chris-graham

* 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

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/portfolios/aboriginal-torres-strait-islander-issues

CAAMA (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association)
– NT Intervention:
http://caama.com.au/?s=NT+Intervention

STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney):
http://stoptheintervention.org/

Stand for Freedom:
There can be no reconciliation without justice:
http://standforfreedom.org.au/

IRAG (Intervention Rollback Action Group):
Mparntwe – Alice Springs:
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/

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

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/

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

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

Equality Rights Alliance:
Women’s Experience of Income Management in the Northern Territory:
http://www.equalityrightsalliance.org.au/projects/womens-experience-income-management-northern-territory

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

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

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/

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

Adelaide Stop the Intervention:
http://www.stoptheintervention.com.au/

Central Land Council:
The Australian Government Intervention 2007:
http://www.clc.org.au/Media/issues/intervention/intervention_intro.html

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

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Reportback

Treaty Republic:
Community responds to snap closure of Aboriginal school
http://treatyrepublic.net/content/community-responds-snap-closure-aboriginal-school
5 Mar 12: “A group of supporters met at Wominjeka
Co-operative in Broadmeadows on the afternoon of Sunday
March 4, 2012. They decided that the only action possible
at the moment is to do everything they can to save the
cultural area, existing buildings and artifacts (inside and
outside the building). … The closure of the school was a
shock to everyone and school committee members were not
even invited to the school meeting when staff were told of
the closure in two weeks. The supporter group decided that
instant action was required to allow time to fully analyse
and consider the situation.”

– Audio Interview

3CR Community Radio 855 AM: Podcasts
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
Blazing Textbooks – 4 Mar 2012
[download program] http://pod.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2012-03-03-87642.mp3
4 Mar 12: “This week’s show focuses on the recent
government announcement that Ballert Mooroop College, the
only indigenous school in Melbourne, will be shut down in a
fortnight. We talk with Aunty Barb Williams/Weston about
what the school means to its students and the community,
and how the education department has set about shutting it
down.”

– Analysis / Opinion

National Indigenous Times:
Nyoongar deal smacks of strings attached
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/642-nyoongar-deal-smacks-of-strings-attached.html
3 Mar 12: “Co-written by Professor Len Collard, Nyoongar
Whadjuk Traditional Owner (of the Swan River lands) and
academic, who has had senior appointments at four of
Perth’s five universities), and Gerry Georgatos, PhD Law
researcher in Australian Deaths in Custody, Masters in
Human Rights, Masters in Social Justice, and a journalist
with The National Indigenous Times.”

– Media Releases

Greens Rachel Siewert:
Perth to discuss Constitutional Recognition
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/perth-discuss-constitutional-recognition
7 Mar 12: “Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert will
join MP Ken Wyatt, Fred Chaney and Patrick Dodson tomorrow
at the Constitutional Centre of WA to discuss the
Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Peoples, as part of the Curtin Corner discussion
series on public policy.
Senator Siewert says she is excited by the prospect of
discussing the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition
of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
recommendations with the people of Perth.
“The Panel has made a series of recommendations which
embrace Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as a
full and equal part of the Australian nation.” [Senator
Siewert said today.]”

Central Land Council: Opal roll out:
Ban standard fuel in declared areas and save lives
http://www.clc.org.au/media-releases/article/opal-roll-out-ban-standard-fuel-in-declared-areas-and-save-lives/
1 Mar 12: “The Central Land Council is calling on Senator
Scullion and MHR Warren Snowdon to support moves by the
Greens Senator Rachel Siewert to legislate to ban the sale
of standard unleaded fuels in declared zones.
CLC Director David Ross said the Opal roll-out had been a
spectacular success and a fine example of how effective
bipartisan action can be.
“Sadly we’re hearing that sniffing is still occurring in
places where standard fuel is still available,” he said.”

– News

Koori Mail: Embassy bid for Brisbane after forum
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
7 Mar 12: “AN Aboriginal tent embassy is expected to be set
up in Brisbane’s Musgrave Park this week, following a
community forum on sovereignty at the weekend. About 70
people attended the gathering at the Jagera Arts Centre on
Saturday to hear about the growing sovereignty movement and
to receive a report back from the recent 40th anniversary
celebrations of the original Aboriginal Tent Embassy in
Canberra. They also discussed the ‘pros and cons’ of native
title.”

Koori Mail: Non-sniffable petrol move wins support
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
7 Mar 12: “INDIGENOUS organisations have thrown their
support behind an Australian Greens move to promote the use
of the non-sniffable Opal fuel. Greens senator Rachel
Siewert introduced a private bill to Parliament last
Thursday under which the sale of regular unleaded petrol
would be banned in certain areas. It also would extend
subsidies for non-sniffable fuel in those areas.”

Green Left: Aboriginal sovereignty must be on the agenda,
says Michael Anderson
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/50262
7 Mar 12: “Anderson said Aboriginal people had never given
up their sovereignty, that there had never been a defeat in
declared war, that Aboriginal land had not been ceded and
that the British crown had not asserted sovereignty over
Aboriginal people. He gave illustrations from case law,
including letters and legislation from colonial times, to
show that Aboriginal people were not British subjects and
were they considered such. He described recent legal
efforts examine whether Australian courts have jurisdiction
over Aboriginal people.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Bid to ban sniffable fuel receives support
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7004-bid-to-ban-sniffable-fuel-receives-support
6 Mar 12: “An alliance of Aboriginal medical organisations
says it supports proposed legislation to ban sniffable fuel
in parts of the Northern Territory. The Greens last week
introduced legislation into Federal Parliament which would
give the Commonwealth the power to regulate which fuels are
sold in regional areas. John Paterson from the Aboriginal
Medical Services Alliance of the NT (AMSANT) says the low
aromatic fuel Opal has helped reduce cases of severe
psychological illnesses that can arise from sniffing regular
fuel.”

Socialist Alliance Western Australia:
Tent embassy: sovereignty on the agenda
http://socialistallianceperth.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/tent-embassy-sovereignty-on-agenda.html
5 Mar 12: “Around fifty people attended a forum addressed
by Michael Anderson at the Curtin Uni Aboriginal Studies
Centre on March 5. Anderson is a Gamilaroi man, one of the
original 4 founders of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in
Canberra in 1972. The forum was organised by the Nyoongah
Tent Embassy and followed a well-attended address Anderson
had given at the embassy two days beforehand. Anderson
argued that Aboriginal people had never given up their
sovereignty – that there had never been a defeat in
declared war, that the land hadn’t been ceded, and that the
British crown hadn’t asserted sovereignty over Aboriginal
people.”

National Indigenous Times: Tent Embassy tug-o-war
http://www.nit.com.au/news/663-tent-embassy-tug-o-war.html
3 Mar 12: “The tug of war of confrontation between police
and Tent Embassy supporters continues in Perth with police
carrying out a further two raids on the Embassy to tear
down tents and move cars. However, the Tent Embassy
supporters have maintained their presence on Heirisson
Island and declared they will not leave.”

* UPCOMING ABORIGINAL RIGHTS EVENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA
– 20 EVENTS FROM 8 MARCH 2012:

Click on the links for details of the events …

Event: 11 February 2012 to 26 May 2012: South Bank, Brisbane, 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: Tue 28 February to Sun 25 March 2012: Adelaide, SA
Exhibition: Deadly: in-between heaven and hell
Tandanya NACI and Adelaide Festival
“A major exhibition of newly commissioned works
by eight leading Australian Aboriginal artists and
collectives. … For many Indigenous peoples,
‘heaven on Earth’ is the divine world shaped by
ancestral creators, where connection to country
and culture are in harmony with the experience
of self and community. At the other extreme, the
legacies of incursion and assimilation are a
‘living hell’. The in-between is uneasy, lined
with hope and echoing with resilience.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/sa/event/27911/

Event: Intermittent 1 March – 3 May 2012: Various Locations
House of Representatives Committees
Inquiry into language learning in Indigenous communities
Public hearings:
Canberra, ACT: 1 March 2012
Canberra, ACT: 15 March 2012
Canberra, ACT: 22 March 2012
Adelaide, SA: 2 April 2012
Utopia Homelands, NT: 3 April 2012
Alice Springs, NT: 4 April 2012
Broome, WA: 30 April 2012
Halls Creek, WA: 1 May 2012
Darwin, NT: 2 May 2012
Nhulunbuy, NT: 3 May 2012
Event details: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House_of_Representatives_Committees?url=atsia/languages/hearings/index.htm

Event: Sun 11 March 2012: locations across Australia
National Day of Action to end uranium mining
Locations include:
Adelaide, Alice Springs, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin,
Hobart, Nimbin, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
Our Land is Sacred: http://www.11march.com/our-land-is-sacred/
Event details: http://www.11march.com/
Event details: http://www.acfonline.org.au/get-involved/take-action/renewable-not-radioactive

Event: Sat 17 March 2012: Prospect, SA
Amnesty International at the Prospect Fair
“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.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/sa/event/28019/

Event: 21 March 2012: various locations internationally
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Event details: http://www.un.org/en/events/racialdiscriminationday/
Let’s Fight Racism!: http://www.un.org/en/letsfightracism/

Event: Thu 22 March 2012: various locations across Australia
National Close the Gap Day
“National Close the Gap Day (NCTGD) is a way
for all Australians to join together and remind our
political leaders of their commitments to close
the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and
non-Indigenous Australians within a generation.
Our focus for 2012 is on the need for genuine,
meaningful partnership with Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander health peoples at all
stages of health planning and delivery.”
Event details: http://www.oxfam.org.au/act/events/close-the-gap-day
Attend a Close the Gap event
(various dates and locations throughout March 2012): http://www.oxfam.org.au/act/events/close-the-gap-day/attend
NIRS news: http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/6996-smaller-communities-want-access-to-health-services-naccho

Event: Sat 24 March 2012: Fullarton, SA
Amnesty International Fullarton Markets Group
“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.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/sa/event/27913/

Event: Mon 26 March 2012: Burwood
ANTaR Inner West’s free screening of an Indigenous film
Film: “Here I Am”
Burwood Westfield Greater Union Cinema
” … the story of a young Aboriginal woman’s
struggle to stay off drugs and reconnect with
her young daughter and her Mother now that
she’s out of jail.”
Event details: http://www.sydneykin.org.au/pipermail/womenforwik/2012-February/000687.html

Event: Wed 28 March 2012: Parramatta Park, Qld
Black Deaths in Custody Watch Group meeting
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49933

Event: Thu 29 March 2012: Sydney, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Part of Message Sticks Festival 2012
Discussion with Damien Curtis, Jeff McMullen,
Alec Doomadgee, Rosealee Pearson and John Pilger
Event details: http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/Message_sticks/highlights.aspx
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 30 March 2012: Sydney, NSW
Tent Embassy & Identity
Part of Message Sticks Festival 2012
Film: Ningla A-Na
Discussion with Gary Foley and Larissa Behrendt
Event details: http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/Message_sticks/highlights.aspx

Event: Sat 31 March 2012: Sydney, NSW
What’s the Fuss in the Kimberley?
Part of Message Sticks Festival 2012
Film: Old Country New Country
Q&A with George Negus Stephen Pigram,
Mitch Torres and Albert Wiggan
Event details: http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/Message_sticks/highlights.aspx

Event: Fri 6 April 2012: University of Melbourne, Vic
Gary Foley will be speaking on his amazing life and times
“The legendary Aboriginal activist has been at the
centre of major political activity for over 40 years.
In the 1970’s he joined the growing circle of Aboriginal
resistance in Australia, and formed the Aboriginal
Legal Service in Sydney. … ”
Part of Marxism 2012 Conference, Easter weekend
Presented by Socialist Alternative & ISO of NZ
Supported by Community Radio 3CR 855 AM
Event details: http://www.marxismconference.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=178&Itemid=80
Marxism 2012 details: http://www.marxismconference.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=1

Event: Sat 7 April 2012: Darwin, NT
Rock Against Racism
Organised by DASSAN and Darwin Aboriginal Rights Collective
Event summary: http://dassan.weebly.com/rock-against-racism.html

Event: Sun 6 May 2012: Sydney, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Followed by Q&A with Dr Jeff McMullen
and Dr Thalia Anthony
Part of Sydney Greek Festival 2012
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: 12 May 2012: Melbourne City, Vic
2012 Autumn Action:
Stop Aboriginal Death in Custody
Remember all who have died in custody
Organised by Indigenous Social Justice Association
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm

Event: 11 August 2012: Melbourne City, Vic
2012 Winter Action:
Stop Aboriginal Death in Custody
Remember all who have died in custody
Organised by Indigenous Social Justice Association
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm

Event: 10 November 2012: Melbourne City, Vic
2012 Spring Action:
Stop Aboriginal Death in Custody
Remember all who have died in custody
Organised by Indigenous Social Justice Association
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm

– ‘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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