030401 – Responses to Ten-Year Funding of NT Aboriginal Communities

Contents:
* Congress: Ten-Year Investment in the NT
Must Involve Local and Community Control
* AHRC: Long-term funding commitment welcomed
but Stronger Futures still must change
* Greens: Funding shouldn’t be tied to Intervention legislation
* APO NT: NT Aboriginal Organisations Welcome Homelands Support
* AMSANT: Long term funding for Aboriginal health-at last!
* CLC: Ten year Funding Boost will bring relief to the bush
* NACCHO: Ten year funding should be committed to all ACCHO’s
* Amnesty: A huge win for homelands
* NT Govt: $221M Outstation investment welcome news
for the Territory
* News re Ten-Year Funding in the Northern Territory
* STICS Public Meeting:
Can Income Management help with Child protection?
* Country Liberals: Homelands and Outstations policy
* Interviews re ‘Stronger Futures’ legislation
* More ‘Stronger Futures’ Legislation related articles
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention

* CONGRESS:
TEN-YEAR INVESTMENT IN THE NT
MUST INVOLVE LOCAL AND COMMUNITY CONTROL:

– Media Release

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Ten-Year Investment in the NT Must Involve Local and
Community Control
http://nationalcongress.com.au/ten-year-investment-in-the-nt-must-involve-community-control/
29 Mar 12: “Congress Co-Chairs said today they support the
recent announcements for long-term funding to Northern
Territory organisations and communities.
“We definitely see this as positive move and congratulate
the Government for providing a much more stable arrangement
from which communities and organisations can develop and
improve their planning,” said Congress Co-Chair, Jody Broun.
“The extra services and infrastructure so far announced are
positive and bring Aboriginal communities, including the
homelands, closer to the level of service that all
Australians would expect to have.
“We look forward to seeing detail for implementation of
these programs and funds in partnership with communities,”
she said.
Congress remains opposed to the legislation which is
expected be debated in the Senate in the next sitting and
continues to call for the Government to withdraw and
review the bills.”

* AHRC:
LONG-TERM FUNDING COMMITMENT WELCOMED
BUT STRONGER FUTURES STILL MUST CHANGE:

– Media Release

Australian Human Rights Commission:
Long-term funding commitment welcomed but Stronger Futures
still must change
http://www.hreoc.gov.au/about/media/media_releases/2012/23_12.html
28 Mar 12: “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social
Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda has welcomed the long-term
funding commitment announced today for Northern Territory
communities but has urged the government to change the
Stronger Futures legislation.
“Long-term funding has got to be a part of the mix and this
money announced today is very welcome,” Commissioner Gooda
said.
“Sustainability of homelands and outstations as well as
community safety are issues that have been raised by
Northern Territory communities and it’s encouraging to see
the federal and Northern Territory governments responding
to these concerns.
“As well as long-term funding commitments such as these,
one of the most crucial things in improving life outcomes
for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the NT
is to listen to them, work with them and to include them
in developing solutions to the challenges they face.” … ”

* GREENS:
FUNDING SHOULDN’T BE TIED TO INTERVENTION LEGISLATION:

– Media Release

Greens Rachel Siewert:
Funding shouldn’t be tied to Intervention legislation
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/funding-shouldn%E2%80%99t-be-tied-intervention-legislation
28 Mar 12: “The Australian Greens said today that while the
funding announcement for homelands, police, night patrols
and legal services in the Northern Territory was welcomed,
the services should not be linked to the Government’s
continuation of the NT Intervention.
“There is no doubt that these resources are needed for
on-the-ground services in the homelands in the Northern
Territory, but it isn’t enough to merely continue existing
funding – much more is needed,” Senator Rachel Siewert,
Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Issues said today.
“It needs to be made clear that the provision of this
funding is not linked to the Stronger Futures legislation
which expands the NT Intervention.
“This funding can continue in the event that the length of
the planned Intervention expansion is reduced from ten to
five years, or abandoned altogether. … ”

* APO NT:
NT ABORIGINAL ORGANISATIONS WELCOME HOMELANDS SUPPORT:

– Media Release

Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory:
NT Aboriginal Organisations Welcome Homelands Support
http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/uploads/news/719_apont–media-release—nt-aboriginal-organisations-welcome-homelands-support.pdf
29 Mar 12: “The NT Aboriginal Peak Organisations (APO NT)
have welcomed the Australian Government’s commitment of
$206 million over 10 years for homelands.
Homelands and outstations are vital for maintaining
traditional links to country, and evidence shows that living
on homelands is associated with better health and well being
outcomes and reduced social problems.
“The announcement today demonstrates that the Australian
Government has not abandoned homelands in favour of larger
communities, and this news will be a great relief to many
Aboriginal people in the bush,” the CEO of the NLC, Mr Hill
said.
CEO of AMSANT, Mr Paterson said it is profoundly significant
that the funding has been provided over a ten-year period. …
Mr Hill said it was a good investment. “Twenty million a
year is not enough money, but it is a good start, and we
now call on the NT Government to step up to the plate and
increase their contribution of $15 million. APO NT also
expects greater transparency and accountability regarding
the allocation and outcomes of this funding than has been
the case over the past five years.” … ”

* AMSANT:
LONG TERM FUNDING FOR ABORIGINAL HEALTH-AT LAST!:

– Media Release

Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory:
Long term funding for Aboriginal health-at last!
http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/uploads/news/719_120329-media-release-jp-stronger-futures-10-year-funding.pdf
29 Mar 12: “The Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance
Northern Territory [AMSANT] has welcomed the historic
announcement today of a ten year funding commitment by the
Australian Government for Aboriginal Community Controlled
Health Services in the Northern Territory as part of its
Stronger Futures funding package.
“This is the first time in history that Aboriginal Community
Controlled organisations in any sector have received a
commitment funding extending to ten years AMSANT CEO,” John
Paterson said.
“Long-term funding has been the absolute desire of
Aboriginal people throughout the nation for at least four
decades”.
“It is difficult to underestimate the profound impact this
will potentially have in enabling our services to engage in
long-term planning for improved services and programs that
will really make a difference. …
“However, if we are to gain the maximum benefit in improved
health outcomes from this historic opportunity, government
needs to match this funding with a reduction in the
unnecessary red tape that currently plagues our services and
detracts from our service delivery capacity on the ground.
… ”

* CLC:
TEN YEAR FUNDING BOOST WILL BRING RELIEF TO THE BUSH:

– Media Release

Central Land Council:
Ten year Funding Boost will bring relief to the bush
http://www.clc.org.au/media-releases/article/ten-year-funding-boost-will-bring-relief-to-the-bush/
28 Mar 12: “The Central Land Council says today’s
announcement of $221 million for outstations and $619
million for community safety over the next 10 years is
extremely good news for Aboriginal people in the bush.
CLC Director David Ross said that support and service
delivery for outstations has been one of the most
consistent and heart-felt demands from the CLC’s
constituents for decades and while the funding for the bush
is chronically inadequate, this long-term commitment by the
Australian Government will go a long way to assisting people
in the bush.
“Outstations can perform a critical role in the maintenance
of language and culture, and evidence shows that living on
homelands is associated with a range of economic, social
and health benefits, which are seen as foundation stones
for producing outcomes for the Australian Government’s
Closing the Gap agenda.
“While $20 million a year is spread a bit thin, it does
provide some long-term security for the organisations that
deliver these services, and we should now expect the NT
Government to find matching funds, and review their policy
approach to outstations” Mr Ross said. … ”

* NACCHO:
TEN YEAR FUNDING SHOULD BE COMMITTED TO ALL ACCHO’S:

– Media Release

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation:
Ten year funding should be committed to all Aboriginal
community controlled health services and other sectors if we
are to Close the Gap by 2031.
http://www.naccho.org.au/Files/Documents/Press%20release%2010%20Year%20Funding%20for%20all%20Aboriginal%20Sectors%20March%2030.pdf
30 Mar 12: “Mr Justin Mohamed, Chair of the NACCHO’s 147
Aboriginal community controlled health services throughout
Australia today congratulated and acknowledged the hard
work of the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern
Territory [AMSANT] achieving a ten year funding commitment
by the Australian Government for Aboriginal Community
Controlled Health Services in the Northern Territory as
part of its Stronger Futures funding package.
“We of course welcome such a commitment to our member
services in the NT but believe strongly that this type of
government ten year funding commitment should be reflected
across all state and territories as ACCHO’s are the
essential deliverer of comprehensive primary health care
services to many Aboriginal communities across Australia.”
said Mr Mohamed. … ”

* AMNESTY: A HUGE WIN FOR HOMELANDS

– News

Amnesty International Australia:
A huge win for homelands
http://www.amnesty.org.au/indigenous-rights/comments/28287/
29 Mar 12: “Great news! We’ve got a long-term commitment
from Commonwealth and Northern Territory governments to
support homelands. This week they announced $221 million
dollars in funding over 10 years for homelands communities
in the Northern Territory. This will fund basic service
like water, garbage collection and sanitation. This shows
that governments are finally listening to Aboriginal people
living on their homelands in the Northern Territory and
looking at the evidence that says supporting homelands leads
to better health and education outcomes. … The money
itself is a continuation of the level of funding for
homelands between the Commonwealth and Northern Territory
governments. But it’s also a continuation of the status quo,
which we’ve demonstrated is inadequate. Homelands are still
getting a tiny fraction of the overall government spend in
the NT.”

Amnesty International Australia:
Amnesty International welcomes continued 10-year commitment
for traditional Aboriginal homelands
http://www.amnesty.org.au/news/comments/28274/
28 Mar 12: “Amnesty International welcomes today’s joint
renewed commitment between the Federal and Northern
Territory Governments to invest $221 million over ten years
for the provisions of basic essential and municipal
services to remote outstations. … The human rights
organisation hopes this announcement represents a genuine
recognition of traditional homelands. It is also hoped that
this leads to a new collaborative era between the two
governments and Aboriginal homeland communities. Amnesty
International calls for this renewed commitment to
translate into a genuine partnership with the communities
living on their ancestral lands. The two governments need
to work alongside homeland communities to identify longterm
solutions to ensure their viability.”

* NT GOVT:
$222M OUTSTATION INVESTMENT WELCOME NEWS FOR THE TERRITORY:

– Media Release

Northern Territory Government: Malarndirri McCarthy:
$221M Outstation investment welcome news for the Territory
http://www.newsroom.nt.gov.au/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewRelease&id=9283&d=5
28 Mar 12: “Indigenous Development Minister, Malarndirri
McCarthy today welcomed the Australian Government’s $221
million investment into Territory community outstations
and homelands under the Stronger Futures policy.
The Northern Territory will have a key role in
administering this outstation support program with
outstation service providers across the Territory.
“We welcome this 10 year funding commitment given by the
Australian Government today,” said Minister McCarthy.
“Far from being “embarrassed” as claimed by the CLP’s Adam
Giles – today’s announcement is actually the result of the
hard lobbying the Territory has done over the last three
years and it’s clear that we have been listened to. … “”

* NEWS RE TEN-YEAR FUNDING IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY:

– News

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet:
Significant funding commitment to NT Indigenous communities
http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/about/news/719
30 Mar 12: “The Federal Government yesterday announced that
it would make a long-term funding commitment to services
for Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory (NT).
The funding will be delivered over ten years as part of the
Government’s Stronger futures package. It includes funding
for both new and established services, and broadly covers
the areas of:
* children, youth and families
* community safety
* primary health care
* outstations and homelands.”

newsTracker:
Aboriginal organisations welcome homelands funding
http://tracker.org.au/2012/03/aboriginal-organisations-welcome-homelands-funding/
30 Mar 12: “NORTHERN TERRITORY: A peak coalition of NT
Aboriginal organisations has welcomed the federal
government’s $206 million investment in homeland
communities. … The funding comes under the controversial
Stronger Futures legislation, which will extend many of the
contentious planks of the Northern Territory intervention
for the next ten years. … But the government’s decision
to inject $206 million in federal money to the outstations
and homelands in the Northern Territory has won praise from
the Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT (APO NT).”
Amy McQuire, a Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman and
editor of Tracker

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Peak health service welcomes funding announcement
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7085-peak-health-service-welcomes-funding-announcement
30 Mar 12: “The Northern Territory’s peak Aboriginal
community-controlled health service has welcomed the
Federal Government’s funding commitment for dental and
allied health services. Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny
Macklin says $719 million over 10 years will go towards
improving access to primary health care for the Territory’s
Indigenous people. John Paterson from the Aboriginal
Medical Services Alliance NT says the decade-long
commitment provides communities and health services with
more certainty than before.”

Koori Mail: AMSANT welcomes 10 year funding
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
30 Mar 12: “THE Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance
Northern Territory [AMSANT] has welcomed the Federal
Government’s ‘historic’ announcement of a ten year funding
commitment for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health
Services in the Northern Territory as part of its Stronger
Futures funding package. AMSANT chief executive John
Paterson said it was the first time in history that
Aboriginal Community Controlled organisations in any sector
had received a commitment funding extending to ten years.”

Koori Mail: $443 million to support NT families
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
30 Mar 12: “MORE than $443 million will be spent over 10
years to strengthen the safety and wellbeing of Aboriginal
children, youth and their families in Northern Territory
communities, as part of the Stronger Futures package. The
Federal Government said the funding would help support
families by continuing to fund playgroups, home and
parenting support services, youth workers and safe houses
to communities for the next decade.”

Canberra Times: Govt injects $1b into NT services
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/govt-injects-1b-into-nt-services-20120329-1w1f5.html
30 Mar 12: “The Gillard government will spend more than $1
billion over the next decade to deliver better health and
family services to indigenous people in the Northern
Territory. Announcing the funding in Alice Springs
yesterday, Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin said
the May budget would contain $719 million for health
services and $443 million for services for children and
families. The funding is part of Labor’s plan to extend
elements of the Commonwealth intervention in the territory
for a further 10 years.”

Alice Springs News: Funding announcements flow for
‘Stronger Futures’ in Aboriginal communities
http://www.alicespringsnews.com.au/2012/03/29/funding-announcements-flow-for-stronger-futures-in-aboriginal-communities/
29 Mar 12: “The spectre of outstations and homelands in the
Northern Territory forsaken by governments has receded, at
least for another decade. A $221 million “investment” to
provide them with basic essential and municipal services
over 10 years was announced this week by Indigenous Affairs
Minister Jenny Macklin, joined by Lingiari MHR Warren
Snowdon and NT Senator Trish Crossin. … Although the
total funding sounds large, in reality it is basically
more of the same, as the Australian Government has been
providing the NT Government with $20 million each year
since 2007 for this purpose.”

NT News: Billions will be spent in bush
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2012/03/29/296255_ntnews.html
29 Mar 12: “THE Federal Government is to spend billions of
dollars to try to end Aboriginal disadvantage in the
Territory. Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin flew
to Darwin yesterday to announce that $619 million is to be
spent on policing remote communities over the next 10
years.”

Australian: Cash for indigenous services, health
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/cash-for-indigenous-services-health/story-fn3dxity-1226313520455
29 Mar 12: “PLAYGROUPS and youth mentoring programs in
indigenous communities in the Northern Territory will
receive a $443 million cash boost during the next decade.
The money also will cover home and parenting support
services, youth workers and safe houses.”

9 News: Govt pledges $825m for outback communities
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8442751/govt-pledges-825m-for-outback-communities
28 Mar 12: “The federal government plans to spend $825
million over the next ten years to boost policing and
services in Aboriginal communities in the Northern
Territory. The funding will pay for 60 full-time police
officers in 18 communities and build four remote area
police stations. It will also pay for legal aid services to
be extended and to fund police ‘substance abuse
intelligence desks’ and a dog operations unit, to clamp
down on drug networks.”

ABC: Don’t mention intervention but cash keeps flowing
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-28/macklin-on-more-moen-for-intervention-lite/3917806?section=nt
28 Mar 12: “The Federal Government will spend nearly $620
million over the next 10 years for extra police, night
patrols and legal services in Northern Territory
communities. The move is part of its Stronger Futures
legislation, which replaces the Commonwealth’s
intervention powers in the Territory. There will be a
budget for 60 police officers to continue working in
remote communities.”

– Video

YouTube: NT intervention to be revised

29 Mar 12: “The Federal Government has announced an
overhaul of the NT intervention including spending more
than $600 million on extra police, night patrols and legal
services.”

– Analysis / Opinion

inCISe Blog: ‘Stronger Futures’ funding a mixed bag
http://www.incise.org.au/2012-03-30/stronger-futures-funding-a-mixed-bag/
30 Mar 12: “This week (28 and 29 March), Indigenous Affairs
Minister Jenny Macklin announced new funding arrangements
under the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory
package. The Australian government will provide a total of
$619 million for services in remote communities in the
Northern Territory over the next 10 years. … Although
more money is not necessarily the solution in Indigenous
affairs, it is hard to argue against initiatives that seek
to make remote communities safer.” Sara Hudson

* STICS PUBLIC MEETING:
CAN INCOME MANAGEMENT HELP WITH CHILD PROTECTION?:

– Upcoming Event

Event: Mon 2 April 2012: Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW
Public Meeting:
Can Income Management help with Child protection?
Speaker: Sue Gillett
Hosted by:
Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney (STICS)
“Under the scheme that set commence in Bankstown and four
other “trial sites” around Australia, Child protection
workers will be granted the power to put people on the
system against their will. 70 percent of Centrelink
payments are income managed in child protection cases.
There are serious concerns amongst both workers in the
sector and communities facing income management … ”
Event details: http://www.stoptheintervention.org/#2April2012
Coalition: http://www.sayno2gim.info/
Greens: http://wa.greens.org.au/content/end-bankstown-trial-income-management-and-consult-locals-greens

– Related Analysis / Opinion

Stop the Intervention:
Income Management and Child Protection workers
http://www.stoptheintervention.org/#2April2012
14 Mar 12: “Under the scheme that set commence in Bankstown
and four other “trial sites” around Australia, … Child
protection workers are on the front line of implementing
income management, with the power to put people on the
system against their will. 70 percent of Centrelink
payments are income managed in child protection cases. Many
in the sector are concerned that this could seriously
impact on relationships with clients. At a time when
resources are being withdrawn from the sector by premier
Barry O’Farrell, there is a real danger that income
management will become a “band-aid” solution, replacing
proper case-work.” Sue Gillett, STICS member and
former Aboriginal policy officer at DOCS

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

– Related News

The Express: Government defends income management trial
http://express.whereilive.com.au/news/story/government-defends-income-management-trial/
27 Mar 12: “THE federal government has answered criticism
of its impending income management trial on Bankstown
residents, citing the local community as “doing it tough”
compared with the average Australian. A spokeswoman for
Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Minister Jenny Macklin said income management would
stabilise people’s lives. … Federal Greens NSW Senator
Lee Rhiannon said the plan to impose a “basics card” system
on low-income earners had been “rolled out by stealth” with
very little local consultation.”

See:

Stop the Intervention: Information about Income Management (IM)
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/income-management

* COUNTRY LIBERALS: HOMELANDS AND OUTSTATIONS POLICY:

– News

Country Liberals: Homelands and Outstations policy
http://www.countryliberals.org.au/media.php?id=3081
30 Mar 12: “The Country Liberals today launched their
Homelands and Outstations policy in Maningrida. Shadow
Minister for Indigenous Policy, Adam Giles, said
Outstations and Homelands are crucial to the maintenance of
traditional culture and quality of life for Aboriginal
people. … “The Country Liberals are committed to the
preservation and maintenance of Homelands and Outstations
and will back that up with significant support into the
long term. … ” [Mr Giles said]”

* INTERVIEWS RE ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LEGISLATION:

– Audio Interviews

3CR Community Radio 855 AM: Podcasts
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
Women on the Line – 27 Mar 2012
[download this program] http://pod.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2012-03-26-25661.mp3
27 Mar 12: “The “Stronger Futures” Legislation, three bills
that will extend the intervention in the NT, are currently
before the senate and have been the subject of a senate
inquiry. Despite overwhelming opposition, the legislation
looks set to pass.
We speak to Jacqui Phillips, National Director of AnTAR,
and Vanessa Lee, Vice President of the Public Health
Association of Australia, to find out more.
Listening but Not Hearing Report: http://www.jumbunna.uts.edu.au/researchareas/listeningbutnothearing.html
AnTAR: Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation: http://www.antar.org.au/
Public Health Association of Australia: http://www.phaa.net.au/

* MORE ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LEGISLATION RELATED ARTICLES:

– Video

YouTube:
Sydney Rally for Terrance Briscoe & Against the Intervention

28 Mar 12: “Rally held in Sydney 21st March 2012”
[Featuring Ray Jackson, Nicole Watson and Paddy Gibson.]

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

– News

Stand For Freedom:
Vote on legislation delayed – Let’s aim for 100,000!
http://standforfreedom.org.au/2012/03/27/vote-on-legislation-delayed-lets-aim-for-100000/
27 Mar 12: “The Senate did not reach a decision on the
legislation before the end of its March sitting. This means
that we have until their next sitting on 8 May (and
possibly later), to build an EVEN BIGGER CAMPAIGN
against Stronger Futures.
Let’s aim for 100,000 signatures!
Please, keep spreading the word and getting others
to sign the petition.
So that by the time Parliament resumes in May, they
hear it loud and clear: “AUSTRALIA STANDS FOR FREEDOM!””

See Petition:
https://www.change.org/petitions/attorney-general-stop-stronger-futures-and-support-aboriginal-self-determination-in-the-nt

ABC: Stronger Futures attacked as ‘veil of exclusion’
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-30/pat-dodson-on-stronger-futures-law/3922986
30 Mar 12: “Aboriginal activist and academic Pat Dodson
says proposed new federal laws seek to impose measures that
punish Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory rather
than encourage them to find solutions to long-term issues.
Professor Dodson made the comments during a memorial
lecture for former Territory Anti-Discrimination
Commissioner Tony Fitzgerald in Darwin last night. He says
there was no adequate consultation when forming the
Stronger Futures bill, which is set to replace the powers
of the Federal Government intervention in the Territory.”

Australian:
Ex-chairwoman calls for NT intervention use-by date
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/ex-chairwoman-calls-for-nt-intervention-use-by-date/story-fn9hm1pm-1226312905589
29 Mar 12: “FORMER Northern Territory intervention
chairwoman Sue Gordon has called for an exit strategy to
the emergency response launched in 2007 after the
government yesterday committed to fund it for the next
decade.”

National Indigenous Times: Intervention delayed
http://www.nit.com.au/news/818-intervention-delayed.html
29 Mar 12: “Opposition to the federal government’s Stronger
Futures legislation has been given extra time to gather
support after the proposed legislation to extend the
Northern Territory Intervention was not tabled with the
Senate. The Senate is now on a six week break which means
the… ”

Guardian: NT “intervention” plan condemned
http://www.cpa.org.au/guardian/2012/1541/07-nt-intervention.html
28 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. … ALA national president Greg Barns said the
plans to extend the Intervention for another decade were
akin to apartheid in South Africa, a system of racial
segregation that existed between 1948 to 1994. … Church
groups were also critical of the Senate committee’s
report. … Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation
(ANTaR) national director Jacqueline Phillips also called
for the bills to be withdrawn. … ” Darren Coyne

Right Now:
Human Rights in Australia: This week’s human rights news
http://rightnow.org.au/news-article/this-weeks-human-rights-news-17/
23 Mar 12: “Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights
Established. … The joint committee has been established
to “examine Bills for Acts and legislation for
compatibility with Human Rights.” South Australian Greens
Senator Penny Wright who has been appointed to the Human
Rights Committee said “it is vital the committee acts as
more than a rubber stamp and must ensure legislation is
properly considered in the light of human rights standards
which will benefit us all. Human rights groups have called
on the committee to investigate the Northern Territory
Intervention legislation, Stronger Futures as its first
task.”

* 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Media Coverage
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/stronger-futures-legislation/#Media-SF

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

* 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/

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