120303- NITV Current Affairs present the Stronger Futures Forum – at Maningrida

Contents:
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* NITV Current Affairs present the Stronger Futures Forum
* Amnesty International Australia: Lobby your MP for homelands
* Speeches from Parliament House Canberra protest against
new NT Intervention legislation
* National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Aboriginal Communities now subject to 15 Years of Intervention
* New website: “Sovereign Union – National Unity Government”
* The Wire: Indigenous call for help reaches the community
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles
* Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia

* 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

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: 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 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

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

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
[A hearing is scheduled for Canberra on Mon 6 Mar 12.]

– Related News

National Indigenous Radio Service: Demonstration held in
Canberra as Stronger Futures passes Lower House
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/6994-demonstration-held-in-canberra-as-stronger-futures-passes-lower-house
1 Mar 12: “[Paddy Gibson of the Stop the Intervention
Collective Sydney said] “We’re actually looking to put a
ban on income management. It’s going to be a real way that
we can assist in trying to push back the Northern Territory
Intervention and the terrible suffereing that people there
are going through. So, this campaign is just growing in
strength here. The Government will push these laws through
but the whole of civil society, all the non-government
organisations, all the Aboriginal community leaders out
there are very, very opposed to it.””

Koori Mail: Australians urged to ‘stand for freedom’
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
2 Mar 12: “A CAMPAIGN is gathering momentum against Federal
Government plans to extend key elements of the Northern
Territory Intervention until 2022. The Government’s
Stronger Futures legislation, which passed the House of
Representatives earlier this week, has been described as
‘culturally devastating’. A petition against it has now
garnered more than 4000 of a target 10,000 signatures. The
video for the campaign can be found at
http://standforfreedom.org.au/

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 01-03-2012
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-01-03-2012
1 Mar 12: “Aboriginal elder has challenged the Stronger
futures legislation for Aboriginal communities in the
Northern Territory claiming the proposed laws are a return
to the past.”

– Related Draft Statement

Australian Human Rights Commission:
Draft – Opening statement to Senate Community Affairs
Legislation Committee inquiry into the NTER (Stronger
Futures) Bills
http://www.hreoc.gov.au/legal/submissions/2012/20120301_stronger.html
1 Mar 12

* NITV CURRENT AFFAIRS PRESENT THE STRONGER FUTURES FORUM:

– Videos

NITV: Stronger Futures Forum Part 1
NITV: http://www.nitv.org.au/fx-story.cfm?sid=25835567-0669-F275-EB0A4B7B0B55354D
‘concerned Australians’: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/
2 Mar 12: “Part 1 of 2: NITV Current Affairs present the
Stronger Futures Forum. An exclusive insight presented as a
panel discussion shot on location in Maningrida discussing
the various measures that fall under the Stronger Futures
Legislation.”

NITV: Stronger Futures Forum Part 2
NITV: http://www.nitv.org.au/fx-story.cfm?sid=2669AF2B-E8B0-D4DD-E9F2C9E45CE9BE29
‘concerned Australians’: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/
2 Mar 12: “Part 2 of 2: NITV Current Affairs are bringing
you the Stronger Futures Forum. An exclusive insight
presented as a panel discussion to be shot on location in
Maningrida discussing the various measures that fall under
the Stronger Futures Legislation.”

– 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.”

* AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AUSTRALIA: LOBBY YOUR MP FOR HOMELANDS:

– Action

Amnesty International Australia: Lobby your MP for homelands
http://www.amnesty.org.au/leader/comments/28007/?utm_source=leader_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=29Feb2012
28 Feb 12: “Lobby your MP this month:
MPs will be back in their electorate offices from 26 March
to 3 May. It is the perfect time for you to meet with your
federal MP and ask them to provide equitable funding for
homelands in the upcoming federal budget. This funding is
essential to ensure that homelands remain vibrant
communities where children receive a good education in
their local community, the health gap continues to close
and Aboriginal families can stay connected to their land.”

* SPEECHES FROM PARLIAMENT HOUSE CANBERRA PROTEST
AGAINST NEW NT INTERVENTION LEGISLATION:

See:

Stop the Intervention:
28 Feb 2012 Stronger Futures legislation Canberra protest
http://stoptheintervention.org/past-events/28-feb-2012-stronger-futures-legislation-canberra-protest

Stand for Freedom and STICS MR:
Parliament House protest calls for immediate withdrawal of
‘Stronger Futures’ NT Intervention legislation
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/press-releases/parliament-house-protest-calls-for-immediate-withdrawal-of-stronger-futures-nt-intervention-legislation-28-2-12

WGAR News: Parliament House Canberra protest called for
repeal of the NT intervention (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

– Speeches and Video

Stop the Intervention:
28 Feb 2012 Stronger Futures legislation Canberra protest:
Speeches and Video
[scroll down page] 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
* Paddy Gibson, STICS”

– Past Event

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:
* Barbara Shaw
* Monica Morgan
* Dr John Falzon
* Daphne Lake
“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/

* NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AUSTRALIA’S FIRST PEOPLES:
ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES NOW SUBJECT TO 15 YEARS OF INTERVENTION:

– Media Release

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Aboriginal Communities now subject to 15 Years of Intervention
http://nationalcongress.com.au/aboriginal-communities-now-subject-to-15-years-of-intervention/
1 Mar 12: “The National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples says the testimony provided to the Senate Committee
in the Northern Territory last week has affirmed its
concerns regarding the role of the new laws to continue the
intervention in the Northern Territory.
Congress Co-Chairs Jody Broun and Les Malezer who appeared
before the Committee today, said Congress appreciated the
Committee’s visits to talk with communities but were
disappointed that House of Representatives has passed the
bills without the benefit of the Senate report and its
recommendations.
“By any objective standard, the measures in the Stronger
Futures bills and amendments to the Social Security Act
are punitive and counter-productive cannot be shown to
benefit the Aboriginal people it is intended to assist,”
said Ms Broun.
“Last week’s testimony in the Northern Territory told of
the emotional and psychological hurt the intervention
measures had placed upon people in the NT. To subject
people already experiencing disadvantage and
disempowerment to further punitive measures is a
violation of our human rights framework. … ”
[said Ms Broun]”

* NEW WEBSITE: “SOVEREIGN UNION – NATIONAL UNITY GOVERNMENT”:

– New Website

Sovereign Union – National Unity Government:
‘Sovereign Union’
– Asserting Aboriginal Sovereignty into Governance
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/australia-now-real-political-and-legal-conundrum
“About: This is the official site the Sovereign Union. An
official Facebook page is will be coming soon so that all
Aboriginal Australians and community representatives can
ask questions and/or offer input into a sovereign self
governing future. There is a lot of work being done behind
the scenes. More details here soon – for advanced
information please contact Michael.
Contact: Michael Anderson, … ”

– Related Media Releases

Sovereign Union – National Unity Government:
Australia is now in a real political and legal conundrum
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/australia-now-real-political-and-legal-conundrum
1 Mar 12: “Michael Anderson … Australia is now in a real
political and legal conundrum, not because of the Julia
Gillard win nor because we have an unpopular leader of the
opposition in Tony Abbott as the possible alternative, but
because Australia is also confronted with the fact that
two recognized sovereign states now exist on the one land
mass. One rules by the sheer weight of numbers, the other
has been subjugated by force.
I’ve been having talks with non-Aboriginal people since
the 26th January incident at our Tent Embassy in Canberra
and can now state that various sections of the
non-Aboriginal community acknowledge Aboriginal claims to
this country.
Aboriginal claims are validated by the English law that
came into existence when Queen Victoria issued an Order
in Council to the effect that England did not claim
sovereignty over Aboriginal people nor dominion over
Aboriginal places.
The solidarity coming from the non-Aboriginal sector is
reassuring to Aboriginal people that we can push our
claims forward.”

Support growing for national unity government
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/01/support-growing-for-national-unity-government
1 Mar 12: “There have been many offers of financial and in
kind support from individuals and groups very interested in
engaging with the Aboriginal movement to form a national
unity government, says Euahlayi activist, Michael Anderson.
The movement was launched at the recent 40th anniversary
corroboree of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra, of
which Anderson is the last survivor of the four men who
set it up in 1972.
Anderson will be visiting Aboriginal nations and
communities across Australia for talks on forming a
‘Sovereign Union’ and national unity government. He will
also warn that the proposed inclusion of Aborigines in the
Constitution is “fraudulent and treasonous”.”

* THE WIRE: INDIGENOUS CALL FOR HELP REACHES THE COMMUNITY:

– Audio Interview

The Wire: Indigenous call for help reaches the community
Produced by Sarah Spencer and Nicholas Pipe
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=8860
1 Mar 12: “The rates of Aboriginal suicide in Australia are
not in decline and are much higher than the rates of
non-Indigenous people. With no specific centre for
Aboriginal people to go to when in need of help, the
struggle for the Indigenous community has been a long and
hard road. Now, there are calls to change this. Indigenous
activist Tauto Sansbury recently started a community
movement to do something about it and he is campaigning for
a 24 hour Crisis Centre where Aboriginal people can go for
help with serious life issues such as suicide and
depression. …
Featured in story:
* Tauto Sansbury – Aboriginal activist, former head of the
National Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee
* Heather Agius – Aboriginal Elder”

* OTHER NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Aboriginal People are lost…rethink needed !
http://caama.com.au/aboriginal-people-are-lost-rethink-needed
29 Feb 12: “A respected traditional Aboriginal man from
Central Australia has challenged Governments to rethink the
concept of work for the dole programs and says there should
be other ways that his people can contribute in their
communities. Warren H. Williams who grew up in Ntaria,
Hermannsburg west of Alice Springs and established himself
as a A list performer in Australian country music…says his
people are lost because up until a few years ago they were
running their own local council..but then the government
came in and said they were going to make things better…. ”

– Analysis / Opinion

ABC: The NT intervention: undermining equality
http://m.abc.net.au/browse?page=11144&articleid=3855768&cat=Indigenous
28 Feb 12: “In this country we take for the granted that,
in theory at least, everyone is equal in the eyes of the
law and that the law applies irrespective of colour or
creed. But the Northern Territory intervention has
undermined that fundamental proposition and in doing so
created a dangerous precedent.” Greg Barns, National
President of the Australian Lawyers Alliance and a former
government adviser

– 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: “[National Director Jacqueline Phillips says]
“Well the two biggest concerns that ANTaR has is the risk
that families will face the penalty of more than three
months without social security payments when their kids are
not attending school. Now, that is not something that we
would see implemented broadly across this country without a
major up-cry. The second issue that I am extremely
concerned about is the alcohol penalties. People being
locked up for one can of beer, I think, is outrageous given
everything we know about over-imprisonment.””

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Intervention measures forcing people to leave homelands: Elder
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7000-intervention-measures-forcing-people-to-leave-homelands-elder
1 Mar 12: “Darwin elder and former government policy and
liaison officer Eileen Cummings has slammed the legislation
as ‘unacceptable’. Ms. Cummings says the [Stronger Futures]
bill deprives First Nation’s people from the right to
self-govern and is degrading for NT communities capable of
running themselves. “Think about all our people running
away from this, from their own communities back into the
towns and the elders are trying to say, ‘We want our people
back home.'””

newsTracker:
FaHCSIA under fire over intervention consultations
Tracker: http://tracker.org.au/2012/03/fahcsia-under-fire-over-intervention-consultations/
9 News: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8428454
1 Mar 12: “The federal department of indigenous affairs is
under fire over reports the consultation process with
Aboriginal communities for the next phase of the Northern
Territory intervention was deeply flawed. The Gillard
government’s Stronger Futures draft laws, which extend the
Howard government’s NT intervention, passed the lower house
earlier this week and have now gone to the upper house. …
The National Congress of Australia’s First People and
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social justice
commissioner Mick Gooda both slammed the consultation
process at a Senate hearing … ”

* 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/

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

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/

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

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

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

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

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/

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

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

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Audio Interview

SBS Living Black:
NSW Minister Acknowledges Importance Of Elders
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/205467/t/NSW-Minister-Acknowledges-Importance-Of-Elders/in/english
1 Mar 12: “Governments are neglecting the wisdom of older
people – elders – when trying to find solutions. …
Governments should utilise the knowledge and experience of
community elders when finding solutions to community
problems according to a New South Wales Government
Minister. Minister for Aboriginal Affairs in New South
Wales Victor Dominello and a ministerial taskforce have
just completed a round of community consultations across
New South Wales – on the best way forward to developing an
inclusive, healthy and successful Aboriginal Affairs
policy in that state.” Michelle Lovegrove

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Set targets on reducing deaths in custody: ANTaR
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/6999-set-targets-on-reducing-deaths-in-custody-antar
1 Mar 12: “National Director [of Australians for Native
Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR)] Jacqueline Phillips says
Mr. Briscoe, who died in police custody in Alice Springs
earlier this year, was the 270th Aboriginal person to die
in custody in the last 20 years – a figure that that has
raised serious alarm in the organisation. Ms. Phillips says
although a Royal Commission recommended 339 measures to
improve Aboriginal imprisonment rates 20 years ago, today’s
Government has failed to adopt the majority of these. She
says it’s of major concern that imprisonment rates have
increased over the last few years and the Government should
set targets to address this.”

ABC Indigenous:
Aboriginal alliance backs petrol sniffing controls
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-01/greens-push-opal-fuel-law-petrol-sniffing/3862990/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
1 Mar 12: “An alliance of Aboriginal medical organisations
has thrown its support behind proposed legislation to ban
sniffable fuel in parts of the Northern Territory. The
Greens today 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.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Smaller communities want access to health services: NACCHO
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/6996-smaller-communities-want-access-to-health-services-naccho
1 Mar 12: “Mr. Mohamed [National Aboriginal Community
Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) chair] says
Aboriginal communities must have a say about how health
care is provided to them. “We fundamentally believe that
people want their own or they want some of the bigger
services to provide services in the smaller communities,
but definitely have an Aboriginal community-controlled
service being delivered in local communities. It’s
something we’ve been advocating for. We believe the
government needs to acknowledge this is the only way to
close the health gap. … ”

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/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

* UPCOMING ABORIGINAL RIGHTS EVENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA – 20 EVENTS FROM 3 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: Sat 3 March 2012: Musgrave Park, Brisbane, Qld
Brisbane mob to talk sovereignty
“AN information forum will be held in Brisbane
on Saturday afternoon, aimed at getting
members of the local Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander community thinking about
sovereignty.”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php

Event: Sat 3 March 2012: Perth, WA
Everybody welcome at Nyoongar Tent Embassy
Special guests:
Michael Anderson & Fred Hooper
Yabu (Rocks) Wadumbah Dance Group
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/50203
Background: [scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/01/wgar-news-press-conference-on-stronger-futures-legislation-by-hon-alastair-nicholson-ao-r

Event: Tue 6 March 2012: Steps of 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 details: http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7001-bellotti-family-and-supporters-to-hold-rally-three-years-after-incident
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/justice-for-rex-bellotti-jr-3yrs-to-the-day-rally

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: 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: 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

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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