120324 – Call for delegates to interim Aboriginal unity government assembly

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

* CALL FOR DELEGATES TO
INTERIM ABORIGINAL UNITY GOVERNMENT ASSEMBLY:

– Media Release

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

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

See:

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

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

– Statement

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

* PERTH POLICE INVADE NYOONGAR TENT EMBASSY:

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

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

– Photo Essay (includes video)

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

– Videos

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

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

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

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

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

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

22 Mar 12

YouTube: Police violence at Nyoongar Tent Embassy. Take 3

22 Mar 12

– News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Letter

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

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

– Media Release

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

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

* PHOTOGRAPH YOUR FEET AND ‘STAND FOR FREEDOM’:

– Action

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

– Feet Photos

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

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

– Related Media Release

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

* MORE ON PETITION OPPOSING AN EXTENSION OF NT INTERVENTION:

See:

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

– News

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

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

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

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

* MORE ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LEGISLATION RELATED ARTICLES:

– Audio

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

– News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Analysis / Opinion

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

* ABC 7.30: NATIONAL RADIOACTIVE WASTE DUMP FACES RESISTANCE:

See:

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

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

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

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

– Video

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

– Related Media Release

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

– Related News

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

See:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– News

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

– Related Media Release

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

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

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Creative Spirits:
Northern Territory Emergence Response (NTER)
– “The Intervention”:
http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/politics/northern-territory-intervention.html

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ANTaR (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation)
– NT intervention:
http://www.antar.org.au/issues_and_campaigns/nt_intervention

MAIC (Melbourne Anti-Intervention Collective):
http://maicollective.blogspot.com/

The Conversation – After the Intervention:
http://theconversation.edu.au/pages/after-the-intervention

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

Jobs with Justice:
http://jobswithjustice.wordpress.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– News

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

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

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

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

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