120309 – New report into ‘Stronger Futures’ consultations

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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