120301- Press Conference on Stronger Futures legislation by The Hon. Alastair Nicholson



* Press Conference on Stronger Futures legislation

by The Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC

* “Democratic process in tatters” by Michele Harris

* Parliament House Canberra protest called for

repeal of the NT intervention

* ANTaR – Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation:

New laws would entrench coercive measures for another ten years

* Online Petition: “No nuclear waste dump at Muckaty”

* “Labor attempts to sneak nuclear waste dump under the radar”

by Greens Scott Ludlam

* Tent Embassy set up in Portland’s Market Square, Vic

* “Ballerrt Mooroop College to close in 2 weeks”

by Save Ballerrt Mooroop College

* More on the Nyoongar Tent Embassy at Matagarup

* “Winner of caucus spill must talk about Aboriginal

sovereignty” by Michael Anderson

* “No-one in government cares enough about Aboriginal peoples”

by Gerry Georgatos

* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles

* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention

* Other articles

* Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia







– Videos


‘concerned Australians’:

Without Justice there can be no Reconciliation:

Videos from the Launch and Press Conference on the

Stronger Futures legislation


“* Introduction – by Jeff McMullen

* Commentary on the Proposed Stronger Futures Legislation

– by The Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC

* Commentary – by The Hon. Frank Vincent AO QC”





WGAR News: Book report launched:

“NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotations” (19 Feb 12)


[Includes link to transcripts of consultations and book of quotations: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/ ]


Human Rights Petition: Australian Government:

Stop Stronger Futures and

support Aboriginal self-determination in the NT



WGAR News: Submissions received on Stronger Futures in the

Northern Territory Bill (8 Feb 12)

[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/08/wgar-news-four-actions-to-help-stop-the-proposed-nt-nuclear-dump-beyond-nuclear-initiativ


WGAR News: More on the Stronger Futures in the

Northern Territory Bill (9 Feb 12)

[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/09/wgar-news-tent-embassy-protest-interviews-with-michael-anderson-jeff-mcmullen-chris-graha


WGAR News: More on Government’s proposed Stronger Futures

legislation (19 Feb 12)

[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/19/wgar-news-book-report-launched-nt-consultations-report-2011-by-quotations


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: “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


Main Government page for Stronger Futures in the

Northern Territory Bill 2011 and two related bills:



Direct Government link to view all uploaded submissions



Direct Government link to view all uploaded hearing info


[Darwin transcripts have been added since

last newsletter, plus program for Canberra

hearing on Thursday 1 March 2012]



– Related Media Release


Greens Rachel Siewert:

Stronger Futures Inquiry to continue in Canberra


27 Feb 12: “A screening of the film ‘Our Generation’ will

take place at Parliament House tonight, followed by a

discussion of the NT Intervention and the rights of

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres

Strait Islander Issues, Senator Rachel Siewert has

encouraged MPs to attend this evening’s screening and

engage in discussion about Stronger Futures.

“The aim of this event is to facilitate a strong discussion

about these important issues,” Senator Siewert said today.

“The ongoing Senate Inquiry into the Stronger Futures

legislation will continue this Thursday after a week of

consultations in the Northern Territory.

“So far, evidence being presented to the Inquiry continues

to underline the fact that the measures being imposed on

people are not supported. They are clearly regarded as the

next phase of the Intervention.””



– Related News


newsTracker: Debate begins on Stronger Futures laws


27 Feb 12: “Parliamentary debate began on Monday into draft

laws which would extend the intervention begun under the

Howard government. The proposed laws continue alcohol

restrictions and introduce 18-month jail terms for

Aboriginal people caught carrying more than 1.35 litres of

alcohol and six-month sentences for possessing alcohol in

certain areas. … Australian Greens MP Adam Bandt said his

party would oppose the bills because they were not in the

interest of Indigenous Australians.”


Koori Mail: New NATSIEC boss calls for consultation

[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php

27 Feb 12: “THE new National Director of the National

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical

Commission, Kerry Charlton, has called on the Federal

Government to listen to the voices of Northern Territory

Elders and communities calling for proper consultation

surrounding the proposed Stonger Futures legislation, which

will extend the intervention.”


Australian: Intervention Mark II remains a mystery in NT,

despite consultations


27 Feb 12: “ABORIGINAL people have little knowledge of the

next phase of the Northern Territory intervention, despite

the government embarking on a six-week consultation through

communities, a Senate Committee has heard. Senators toured

communities throughout the Northern Territory last week to

discuss concerns over the new phase of the intervention,

“Stronger Futures”, but ended up wasting most of the

committee’s time by having to explain the government’s

policies, Territory senator Nigel Scullion said.”



– Related Audio


Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:

CAAMA Radio News 27-02-2012


27 Feb 12: “The Northern Territory Co-ordinator General for

Remote Services Olga Havnen has told the Senate committee

taking evidence on the Stronger Futures legislation that

the bill does not promote active engagement with Aboriginal

people, particularly in relation to education.”


Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:

Senate comittee holding public meetings about the

proposed Stronger Futures Legislation


28 Feb 12: “The Federal Government’s Stronger Futures

Legislation extends many of the original measures, such as

compulsary income management and alcohol resrictions. It

also threatens parents of children who traunt with welfare

payment cuts. Hearings are held throughout the week in

Ntaria, Alice Springs, Maningrida and Darwin. The Senate

comittee chair Claire Moore says no matter the extent of

community consultation, there is never a perfect process.”






– Analysis / Opinion


On Line Opinion: Democratic process in tatters


29 Feb 12: “And so, Senators, where does this leave you?

Your report will be released on 13 March. Senator Scullion

has already cast grave doubt over the value of the

consultations that were held between Government and

Aboriginal people. You have heard over and over again, face

to face,  that the legislation is unacceptable to very many

Aboriginal people living in prescribed communities. You

know that eminent legal minds have expressed the belief

that the proposed legislation will breach the Racial

Discrimination Act. So where does this leave you? The only

hope for Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory is

that the Senate will retain some integrity when the Bills

eventually come before it.”







– Statement


Green Left:

Parliament House protest to call for repeal of NT intervention


28 Feb 12: “Stand for Freedom and the Stop the Intervention

Collective Sydney released the statement below on February 28.

* * *

At noon on Tuesday February 28 at Parliament House in

Canberra a strong coalition of human rights, community

sector and Aboriginal organisations will demand the Senate

reject “Stronger Futures” legislation, which passed

through the House of Representatives yesterday. This

legislation will extend the Northern Territory intervention

for a further 10 years and expand income management across

the country. Planned speakers include Aboriginal leaders

from both the NT and Bankstown in Sydney, which is facing

the implementation of income management in July 2012. The

rally is part of a campaign, “Stand for Freedom”, which has

been launched online to oppose the legislation and demand

Aboriginal self-determination. More than 3,400 people have

signed the online petition in just a few days. More

information about the campaign is available at its

website. … ”




Stand for Freedom:

There can be no reconciliation without justice:



STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney):




– Audio


Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:

CAAMA Radio News 29-02-2012


29 Feb 12: “Organisers of a protest rally held in in

Canberra against the proposed Stronger futures legislation

have accused the Gillard Labor Governments of reverting to

similar policies from the 1950′s and 60′s as a means of

controlling and managing Aboriginal people in Northern

Territory communities.”



– Video


ABC: Intervention law protest in Canberra


Updated 29 Feb 12: “Activists have gathered on the lawns of

Canberra’s Parliament House to protest over the Federal

Government’s plans to extend the NT Intervention.”

[Includes comments by Aboriginal activist, Barbara Shaw.]



– Past event


Koori Mail: Rally against Stronger Futures bill

[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php

27 Feb 12: “A RALLY will be held in Canberra tomorrow

(Tuesday) protesting the Federal Government plans to extend

key aspects of the NT Intervention for another ten years.

The Stand For Freedom campaign calls for a moratorium on

income management, which the Government is rolling out in

other parts of the country. The campaign also calls for

more funding for homelands and greater Indigenous

self-determination. The rally, being coordinated by the

Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney (STICS), is due to

begin at 12 noon on the lawns of Parliament House and will

feature Elcho Island Elder Rev Dr Djyinini Gondarra and

other Aboriginal Elders as speakers.”


Event: Tue 28 February 2012:

Lawns of Parliament House, Canberra, ACT

Major Rally: Stand For Freedom

Stand Against a Decade of Discrimination:

Stop the Second Intervention!

Speakers include:

* Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra

* Barbara Shaw

* Monica Morgan

* Dr John Falzon

* Daphne Lake

Free outdoor screening of Our Generation

“Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory legislation

currently before parliament would extend the NT

Intervention for a further ten years.”

Initiated by:

Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney (STICS) &

Our Generation &

Say No to Government Income Management Coalition

Event details: http://stoptheintervention.org/#StandForFreedom

Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/rally-at-lawns-of-parliament-house-canberra-stop-the-second-intervention

Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/stand-against-a-decade-of-discrimination-stop-the-second-intervention

Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/50095

Flyer: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/Canberra-Flyer-28-2-12.pdf

Flyer: http://standforfreedom.org.au/2012/02/22/stand-for-freedom-rally-canberra-28-feb-2012/







– Media Release


ANTaR – Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation:

New laws would entrench coercive measures for another ten years


28 Feb 12: “The Stronger Futures legislation passed the

House of Representatives yesterday, weeks before the

completion of a Senate inquiry into the bills which would

entrench coercive measures for a further 10 years.

“The lack of parliamentary scrutiny of these bills, which

would have far-reaching and long-term effects on affected

communities, is extremely concerning,” says Jacqueline

Phillips, ANTaR National Director.

“Instead of waiting for the Senate Committee’s report,

informed by consultations in affected Aboriginal

communities, the legislation has been fast-tracked through

the lower house with limited debate.”

“Five years on, the Government’s new Stronger Futures laws

would maintain coercive aspects of the original ‘emergency

response’ for a further 10 years.”

“This is directly at odds with a commitment to moving from

intervention to building safe and sustainable communities.””





ANTaR’s Stronger Futures Submission:



ANTaR’s Pre-Budget Submission 2012-13:







GoPetition: No nuclear waste dump at Muckaty


5 Feb 12: “Target: Australian Senators

Region: Australia

Web site: www.beyondnuclearinitiative.com

Background (Preamble):

Legislation is due before the Australian Senate that would

name a site in the Muckaty Land Trust, 120km north of

Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory, to be declared

and assessed as a national radioactive waste management

facility. Many Traditional Owners strongly oppose this

plan and are calling on people around Australia to help

them bury the radioactive waste dump proposal. More

information, photos and audio can be found at

www.beyondnuclearinitiative.com www.dumpthedump.org.au

For information on why a Northern Territory waste dump is

not needed for continuation if nuclear medicine see:






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



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



Beyond Nuclear Initiative:



Australian Conservation Foundation: Muckaty radioactive dump:



Nuclear Territory News: Waste Dump News



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



– Upcoming event


Event: Sun 11 March 2012: cities across Australia

Rally against uranium

Event details: http://www.acfonline.org.au/get-involved/take-action/renewable-not-radioactive







– Media Release


Greens Scott Ludlam:

Labor attempts to sneak nuclear waste dump under the radar


27 Feb 12: “Labor’s attempt to pass widely-opposed nuclear

waste dump legislation under the cover of their leadership

squabble is cynical and shameless, the Australian Greens

said today.

Greens spokesperson for nuclear issues Senator Scott Ludlam

said Labor wants to pass the National Radioactive Waste

Management Bill behind the fog of the leadership dispute

because the law is “completely rotten”.

“The Traditional Owners do not want this eternal

radioactive waste dump on their country; the locals don’t

want it; the Northern Territory government does not want

it; and medical experts have criticised the Government’s


“There is a Federal Court case currently unresolved as to

the status of this land, yet the Government pushes on –

lead by a resources and energy minister obsessed with the

nuclear industry. This legislation does not just represent

a problem for Muckaty – it places enormous and virtually

unchecked power in the hands of that solitary minister.””



– Related News


NT News: Ballot a ‘smokescreen’ for dump law: Greens


27 Feb 12: “THE GREENS say the government is cynically

using Labor’s leadership ballot to sneak through its plans

to establish a nuclear waste dump in the Northern

Territory. Greens senator Scott Ludlum said it was

inappropriate for the government to push through the bill

to dump the waste at Muckaty Station near Tennant Creek

when the nation’s focus was consumed with a vote on the

Labor leadership.”


Tennant & District Times:

Bush photos place Muckaty in sharp focus


24 Feb 12: “The Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud, photo

exhibition, launched in Sydney earlier this year, was on

display in Melbourne’s Federation Square as part of

Australia’s biggest sustainability festival last weekend.

The exhibition was a huge hit with Melbournites who along

with a growing number of city and country dwellers around

the nation are angered by a radioactive waste dump plan at

Muckaty, 120km north of Tennant Creek. “There is a great

deal of interest in the exhibition and the Muckaty story,”

said Beyond Nuclear Initiative (BNI) convenor Natalie







– Audio Interview


ABC South West Victoria: Portland’s tent embassy, the Penshurst wind farm, and Warrnambool heritage


15 Feb 12: “The Aboriginal tent embassy in Canberra has

become a semi-permanent fixture over the years, and now

other tent embassies are starting to appear around the

country including one in Portland about a week ago.”



– News


Indymedia Australia: Tent Embassy set up in Portland


26 Feb 12: “On Wednesday the 8th of February 2012, a Tent

Embassy was established in Market St Portland with the

support of the Dindama Yinna Inna National Woman’s Council

and the Canberra Tent Embassy. Organiser Sandra Onus was

quoted in the Portland Observer stating: “We are here to

show to the State Government they must deal with the right

people from country in regard to Native title,” Ms Onus

said. “What we are asking is not hard, we are asking for

the State Government to be aware of clan areas and to deal

with the right people.””


The Spec: Glenelg Shire neutral on Indigenous tent embassy


24 Feb 12: “THE Glenelg Shire Council says it is

sympathetic to the Indigenous tent embassy at Market Square

and will allow it to continue indefinitely. Mayor Gilbert

Wilson says the political goals of the embassy group can’t

be addressed by the Shire but the group’s plight will not

be interfered with as it attempts to gain the attention of

state politicians.”


The Standard: Tent embassy set up in Portland


15 Feb 12: “PORTLAND indigenous groups are holding a tent

embassy protest and demanding to meet with the state

government over issues of Native Title and social services

inequality. Six tribes from the Portland and Heywood region

have arranged the tent embassy at Portland’s Market Square,

one of many expected to appear across the country in coming

weeks. As well as lobbying for land rights, the protesting

tribes – Yigar, Gilga, Kerrup-Jmara, Kilcarer, Cart Gundidj

and Euroite – have claimed other clans are receiving

preferential treatment, according to organiser Sandra Onus.”


The Spec: Tent embassy open to the public


15 Feb 12: “THE Portland Aboriginal Tent Embassy is gaining

momentum after a week set up at Market Square on the corner

of Percy and Tyers streets. The embassy was established

last Wednesday with the support of the Dindama Yinna Inna

National Woman’s Council and the Canberra Tent Embassy (not

the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s

Council as previously stated in Friday’s Portland Observer)

and will be one of hundreds to be set up across the country

in the coming weeks.”


The Standard: Portland tent embassy protests indigenous issues


14 Feb 12: “”We want the state to meet with us and discuss

the problems in the Koorie community in what’s been

delivered in land rights,” she [organiser Sandra Onus]

said. “Native Title is supposed to be according to custom

and tradition – that is not happening here. The Native

Title process is not delivering to traditional owners. We

expect the state government to at least come along and meet

with us.””


The Spec: Tent embassy protests land rights issues


10 Feb 12: “INDIGENOUS residents have erected their own

tent embassy in the centre of town to protest land rights

issues on a local and national level. Organisers say the

embassy, which was erected at Market Square on Wednesday

evening, will be one of hundreds popping up across the

country in coming weeks, designed to reignite the issue of

land rights. Portland organiser Sandra Onus says the

embassy is part of a two-year plan … and is not a

knee-jerk reaction to the Australia Day protests in








– News


Save Ballerrt Mooroop College:

This Koori Pathways School in Glenroy Victoria is under threat

Ballerrt Mooroop College to close in 2 weeks


“The Staff and Committee of the Ballerrt Mooroop College in

Glenroy were told by the Victorian Department of Education

that the school will be closed down in two weeks. They were

called to a meeting at 2:00pm on Tuesday 28th February, 2012

and told that the school will be closed due to costs and a

lack of students. The school is the last remaining

Indigenous school in Melbourne and has been providing

formal education as well as an opportunity for students to

learn their Aboriginal history and traditions.”





Save Ballerrt Mooroop College:

This Koori Pathways School in Glenroy Victoria is under threat









WGAR News: News of the Nyoongar Tent Embassy on

Heirisson Island in Perth (21 Feb 12)



WGAR News: Nyoongar Tent Embassy marches to

Government House in protest (23 Feb 12)



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


Facebook: Nyoongar Tent Embassy




– Analysis / Opinion


Indymedia Australia: Nyoongar Tent Embassy

– 1 Nyoongar Way, Mattagarup – the story to date


28 Feb 12: “Following Thursday evening when 60 police

officers marched into Nyoongar Tent Embassy to pull down

and confiscate tents, and which included an arrest, the

Western Australian police force flexed its muscle once

again on the Friday afternoon on behalf of the Perth City

Council and the Barnett state government. However Nyoongar

Tent Embassy will not be out-muscled and are standing

strong true to their convictions – The Embassy has set up a

mailbox and people who wish to write letters of support can

send them to 1 Nyoongar Way, Mattagarup (Heirisson Island),

WA 6004.” Gerry Georgatos


Crikey: The Northern Myth: Bob Gosford in the NT

Barnett’s billion dollar deal or no deal in the wild, wild west


28 Feb 12: “This is a guest post from anthropologist Ken

Macintyre writen at the time of the announcement of the

Barnett government’s billion dollar deal to purchase and

extinguish all Native Title claims and connections to

country throughout southwestern Australia. … It was (and

still is) very unclear as to where the money will come

from but it was made clear was that it would not be

accessible for ten years, that it would be entrusted to the

South West Land and Sea Council (SWALSC) and its

expenditure supervised by government authorities … ”

Ken Macintyre



– News


National Indigenous Radio Service:

Canberra Tent Embassy founder backs Noongar Embassy


29 Feb 12: “A prominent Indigenous rights advocate has

expressed his support for the Noongar Tent Embassy on

Heirisson Island in Perth, which is an act of protest

against a $1 billion dollar Native Title offer. …

[Michael Anderson, co-founder of the Aboriginal Tent

Embassy in Canberra, says] “My advice to [the Noongar

people] is that they should now assert themselves and say

that they are, in fact, the Noongar Yamatji nation

government. What they need to do now is call upon the West

Australian Government to recognise that and to talk with



Green Left: Nyoongar Tent Embassy enters third week


26 Feb 12: “Despite heavy police intimidation and media

racism, the Nyoongar Tent Embassy at Matagarup, otherwise

known as Heirisson Island in Perth, is still standing

strong. … Embassy participant Iva Hayward-Jackson told

Green Left Weekly the embassy is about asserting Nyoongar

sovereignty and protecting sacredness of Aboriginal

culture. “We have support from all corners of Nyoongar

society now,” he said. “People who in the past have not got

on are all joining together in unity now. They are standing

together for the protection of this site, for the

protection of the embassy and protection of our laws,

traditions and customs.”” Alex Bainbridge & Farida Iqbal,



West Australian: Bollards put up at camp


27 Feb 12: “The City of Perth has erected concrete bollards

across the main access point to Heirisson Island in an

attempt to force the closure of an Aboriginal camp. Cars

have been parked on the Causeway verge as protesters defy

attempts by the council to stop them sleeping on the

island. … Union boss Joe McDonald visited the site

yesterday. Later he said he had advised the protesters

about how to call on unions for support and how to get

legal help.”


Intercontinental Cry: Australia:

Nyoongar People Reject Billion Dollar Native Title Deal


24 Feb 12: “A Nyoongar Tent Embassy was established on

Perth’s Heirisson Island this month in response to a

Billion dollar proposal by the Western Australia government

that would force the Nyoongar to surrender their land

title, permanently. … Prominent Indigenous organizer

Marianne Mackay said from the embassy last week: “We don’t

agree with the SWALSC negotiations with the Barnett

government. We don’t want money. We want our land, for our

future. We are the custodians [of the land] and we have an

obligation to protect it.””



– Videos


YouTube: Uncle Ben Taylor at the Noongar Tent Embassy

in what is now called Pearth


24 Feb 12: “Kaya – This video is uploaded as a sign of

respect for all Noongar peoples. In particular Mingili

Manjuri McGlade’s mother who recently passed away. Rest in

peace. Uncle Ben has asked me to say he thinks some

sections of the WA media have done a great job when

interviewing him.”


YouTube: Uncle Ben Taylor


16 Feb 12: “Uncle Ben Taylor. Aboriginal Embassy, Perth,

Heirisson Island in the Swan River.”







– Media Release


“Winner of caucus spill must talk about Aboriginal sovereignty”

By Michael Anderson, spokesperson for the National Unity Aboriginal government


26 Feb 12: “The Federal government has a cheek to call

Aboriginal communities dysfunctional. I think it time they

apologise for these denigrating inferences, given the

absolute dysfunction of the Labor party as shown in recent

times. Even more disappointing is the fact that they try to

tell Aboriginal people and the rest of the world that he

democratic way is the only way. The leadership battles,

personal abuses, exposure of Cabinet secrets, muck-raking

and intrusion into family and personal lives as is

popularly used in the United States and New South Wales in

respect to the personal moralities of politicians, while

searching for pure white puritan politician, is a process

that is undiplomatic and unbecoming. … ”



– News


Koori Mail: Labor must talk sovereignty, says activist

[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php

26 Feb 12: “ACTIVIST Michael Anderson has called upon

whoever wins tomorrow’s ALP Caucus ballot for the Prime

Ministership to talk with Aboriginal people about

recognition of their sovereignty. Mr Anderson, who is

seeking to establish a new  ‘Aboriginal National Unity

Government’, said today it was a cheek for the Federal

Government to call Aboriginal communities dysfunctional,

given the Labor Party’s ‘absolute dysfunction’ in recent








– Analysis / Opinion


Indymedia Australia:

No-one in government cares enough about Aboriginal peoples


28 Feb 12: “Well placed sources, including

parliamentarians, in the Australian Labor Party, the

Coalition, and the Greens have made surprising comments

that issues afflicting Aboriginal peoples and ‘Aboriginal

affairs’ are in the ‘too hard basket’ or ‘best swept under

the carpet’.” Gerry Georgatos






– News


ABC: Figures reveal tough justice rules in NT courts


29 Feb 12: “Law courts in the Northern Territory recorded

the largest proportion of custodial sentences in the nation

in 2010-11. New figures from the Australian Bureau of

Statistics (ABS) reveal that, nationally, 9 per cent of

defendants found guilty in courts of law were sentenced to

jail terms. The Territory had the largest proportion of

custodial sentences at 32 per cent, representing a one per

cent increase on the previous year. More than 70 per cent

of all Territory defendants were Indigenous, slightly

higher than the year before.”


National Indigenous Radio Service:

Calls to move CDEP away from ‘work-for-the-dole’


27 Feb 12: “Gapuwiyak community worker Dave Suttle says

CDEP has a number of benefits and its reduction over the

years has been damaging. “For the vast majority of

Aboriginal people, CDEP now is a work-for-the-dole scheme.

This has meant that the real money in people’s hands has

been considerably less. Not only are people earning less

per hour in real time that they’re working, it also means

that people are on only unemployment benefits, which means

that they’re on a Basics Card.”




Jumbunna: “Rebuilding from the Ground Up”

Alternatives to the Northern Territory Intervention:


Jobs With Justice – Demand 3


“Create a new Aboriginal employment program to replace

Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) that have

been gutted through recent reforms and are exploiting

Aboriginal workers. Jobs created must pay at least award

wages, with rights to join unions and collectively bargain.

The program must be administered by community based

organisations, with development needs and priorities set

through broad community consultation. All willing workers

should be employed.”






Creative Spirits:

Northern Territory Emergence Response (NTER)

– “The Intervention”:



‘concerned Australians’:

Without Justice there can be no Reconciliation:



CAAMA (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association)

– NT Intervention:



Stand for Freedom:

There can be no reconciliation without justice:



IRAG (Intervention Rollback Action Group):

Mparntwe – Alice Springs:



STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney):



Tracker – NT Intervention:



The Greens: Rachel Siewert: Northern Territory Intervention:



Treaty Republic – NT Intervention:



Crikey – NT Intervention:



New Matilda – northern territory intervention:



Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition:



ANTaR (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation)

– NT intervention:



MAIC (Melbourne Anti-Intervention Collective):



The Conversation – After the Intervention:



Australian Human Rights Commission:

Northern Territory ‘Emergency Response’ intervention:



Jobs with Justice:



Amnesty International Australia:

Looking back at the Northern Territory Intervention:



Students For Indigenous Rights – UQ:

The Northern Territory Intervention:



Defending Indigenous Rights:



Intervention walk-off’s Blog:



FAIRA; Human Rights Law Resource Centre; NACLC:

Australia’s compliance with CERD – Fact Sheet 2:

Northern Territory Intervention:



Green Left: Northern Territory intervention: myths and facts:



WGAR (Working Group for Aboriginal Rights):







– News


Koori Mail: Oxfam calls for Close the Gap support

[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php

28 Feb 12: “OXFAM is calling on Australians to get behind

National Close the Gap Day and register an event for

Thursday, 22 March. Tens of thousands of Australians are

expected to take part in events in support of the Close the

Gap campaign, which aims to achieve health equality between

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other

Australians by 2030. To find an event in your area or to

host an event visit www.oxfam.org.au/nctgd





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 1 March 2012: Collingwood, Vic

Homelands Training

“Our Homelands campaign focuses on

indigenous rights across Australia.

This training is designed to give you the

tools to run a stall for our Homelands


Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/vic/event/28000/


Event: Tue 6 March 2012: Parliament House, West Perth, WA

Justice for Rex Bellotti Jr Rally

Organised by the Bellotti Support Group

Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/50031


Event: Sun 11 March 2012: cities across Australia

Rally against uranium

Event details: http://www.acfonline.org.au/get-involved/take-action/renewable-not-radioactive


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


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 27 March 2012: Sydney, NSW

Our Generation Film Screening

Part of Message Sticks 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: 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: 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



Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:

Our Generation – Showing in London – page 8


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



Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:

ASG Information Night: Our Generation – page 6


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




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


Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater: http://www.asgmwp.net/index.htm


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