120508 – “Stronger futures or stolen futures – Bishops and Religious question legislation” ACBC

Contents:
* Graeme Mundine, Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Sydney:
“Stronger Futures Legislation. Points Against”
* ACBC Media Blog: Stronger futures or stolen futures
– Bishops and Religious question legislation
* Video: Jeff McMullen:
“Stand for Freedom” campaign against “Stronger Futures” policy
* ANTaR: Time now critical to set new path in NT
* Congress: Stop and Listen on the Intervention
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Background to National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
* Submissions to the Parliamentary Inquiry into
language learning in Indigenous communities
* Background to the use of Aboriginal languages in NT schools
* Video: Aboriginal protestors and WA police clashing at
Nyoongar tent embassy
* Background to the Aboriginal tent embassies
* Four Corners TV: Judgement Day [High Court’s Mabo judgement]
* Other articles

* GRAEME MUNDINE, ABORIGINAL CATHOLIC MINISTRY SYDNEY:
“STRONGER FUTURES LEGISLATION. POINTS AGAINST”

– Sydney launch

Respect and Listen:
http://www.respectandlisten.org/
“NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotations” was launched
by Graeme Mundine, Executive Officer, ACM Sydney Archdiocese
please click here for his speech
and Amy McQuire, Editor, Tracker Magazine
Published by ‘concerned Australians’ February 2012:
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/#NTCR2011

– Speech

ACM Sydney Book Launch Concerned Australians:
“Stronger Futures Legislation. Points Against”
[download speech] http://www.respectandlisten.org/uploads/downloads/ca/NTCR_launch_speech_Graeme_Mundine.pdf
4 May 2012: “There are many issues with Stronger Futures,
both with regard to the intent as well as particular
measures. As we (the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Sydney)
submitted to the Senate Enquiry (Submission No. 350) our
key concerns could be summarised as: …
* The lack of recognition that Governments need to change
the way they deliver services. The Government agenda and
dialogue is all about changing Aboriginal peoples. Perhaps
the most insidious of all the problems with this
legislation is that the Government has failed to listen to
Aboriginal peoples and continues to treat them as a problem
to be solved. Further, that the only way to solve these
‘problems’ is by forcing people away from their own cultures
towards the dominant White culture. This legislation is more
than bad policy it is racist and assimilationist. It will
hurry the demise of Aboriginal Cultures and will only
succeed in debilitating and demoralising Aboriginal
peoples.”

See:

Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Sydney Archdiocese:
Submission to the Senate Community Affairs Committee:
Social Security Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 and
Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Bill 2011
https://senate.aph.gov.au/submissions/comittees/viewdocument.aspx?id=63476bbe-5a18-412b-8580-fdf95229cb40

Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Bill 2011 … :
Submissions received by the Committee
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/submissions.htm

* ACBC MEDIA BLOG:
STRONGER FUTURES OR STOLEN FUTURES
– BISHOPS AND RELIGIOUS QUESTION LEGISLATION

– Media Release

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) Media Blog:
Stronger futures or stolen futures
– Bishops and Religious question legislation
http://mediablog.catholic.org.au/?p=772
5 May 12: “The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC)
and Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) call upon all
Federal Senators not to pass the legislation of the
‘Stronger Futures Northern Territory 2011 Bill’.
In their meeting today in North Sydney, Archbishop Philip
Wilson and Sr Anne Derwin RSJ on behalf of the ACBC and CRA
released the following statement:
“We join with the many Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander
peoples and other Australians who have already urged the
government to consult Aboriginal people and their Elders in
planning actions and developing policies that will affect
their lives for many years.”
The ACBC and CRA are concerned that the Stronger Futures
Legislation expands the powers of the current legislation
and will be set in place for 10 years.
“We urge the Federal Government to abandon this legislation
and develop strategies based on trust and respect which
will promote collaboration with the Aboriginal people of
the Northern Territory in decision-making relating to their
future”, they said. … ”

– Related News

Churches call on Senate to block Stronger Futures
newsTracker: http://tracker.org.au/2012/05/churches-call-on-senate-to-block-stronger-futures/
SBS World News Australia: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1648295/Bishops-slam-NT-intervention-extension
7 May 12: “Australia’s Catholic bishops have urged the
Senate to block daft legislation to extend the Northern
Territory intervention in Aboriginal communities. Labor’s
Stronger Futures draft laws are likely to clear the upper
house with bipartisan support when federal parliament
resumes this week. The Australian Catholic Bishops
Conference, which represents 42 bishops, has criticised the
government’s consultation process with indigenous people
and called for the draft laws to be dumped. Archbishop
Philip Wilson urged the Senate not to pass the legalisation
and described the Stronger Futures laws as “stolen futures”.”

Australian: Catholic bishops oppose intervention
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/catholic-bishops-oppose-intervention/story-fn9hm1pm-1226349297468
8 May 12: “THE Catholic Bishops Conference has urged
senators to reject the federal government’s legislation to
extend the Northern Territory intervention. The call echoes
concerns by indigenous, church and welfare organisations,
former prime minister Malcolm Fraser, former family court
judge Alastair Nicholson, former Aboriginal affairs
minister Ian Viner and former university chancellor and
Supreme Court judge Frank Vincent who have all accused the
government of listening to Aborigines but not hearing their
concerns.”

* VIDEO: JEFF McMULLEN:
“STAND FOR FREEDOM” CAMPAIGN AGAINST “STRONGER FUTURES” POLICY

– Video

Vimeo: Stand for Freedom by Respect and Listen

7 May 12: “This video is an excerpt from the “Our Generation”
screening in Sydney at the Customs House on Sunday, 6.05.2012.
Jeff McMullen talks about the urgent need to join the “Stand
for Freedom” campaign against the “Stronger Futures” policy.
This screening was part of the 30th Greek Festival of Sydney
( greekfestivalofsydney.com.au/festival12/events/event_our_generation.htm
For more information please visit:
http://www.standforfreedom.org.au/
http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/

* ANTaR: TIME NOW CRITICAL TO SET NEW PATH IN NT

– Media Release

ANTaR: Time now critical to set new path in NT
http://www.antar.org.au/time_now_critical_to_set_new_path_in_nt
7 May 12: “With the Stronger Futures bills listed for
debate on Wednesday, ANTaR urges Senators and MPs not to
support the bills in their current form.
“This is about respect, good faith and trust. It is a test
of our willingness to listen, partner with and support
Aboriginal organisations and communities to take control of
their futures,” said Jacqueline Phillips, ANTaR National
Director.
“ANTaR calls on all MPs and Senators to consider the legacy
these laws will leave in the history books and the damage
they will do to relationships between Aboriginal people and
governments.”
“The bills would have long-term and far-reaching effects,
including the risk of increased imprisonment rates and
financial harm to families due to sanctions for poor school
attendance. They must not be rushed through Parliament with
minimal scrutiny amidst the focus on the Federal Budget. …
Affected communities have strongly stated their opposition
to the bills in submissions, Senate hearings and in the
media. The latest to do so are Arnhem Land communities,
with Yolgnu Elders representing 8000 traditional owners last
week releasing a statement opposing the bills. … ”

See:

WGAR News: Yolngu Nations Assembly Statement concerning
‘Stronger Futures’ laws and NT policies (4 May 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/04/wgar-news-yolngu-nations-assembly-statement-concerning-stronger-futures-laws-and-nt-polic

* CONGRESS: STOP AND LISTEN ON THE INTERVENTION

– Action

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Stop and Listen on the Intervention
[scroll down page] http://nationalcongress.com.au/
“Click here [ http://congressmob.good.do/stoplisten/ ] to
send a letter direct to your representatives in Canberra
about the Stronger Futures Bills to continue the Northern
Territory Intervention.”

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

Last updated: 6 May 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-stronger-futures-new-nt-intervention-laws

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Last updated: 29 April 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-northern-territory-nt-intervention

* BACKGROUND TO NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AUSTRALIA’S FIRST PEOPLES:

Last updated: 5 May 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/05/background-to-the-national-congress-of-australia%E2%80%99s-first-peoples

* SUBMISSIONS TO THE PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY INTO
LANGUAGE LEARNING IN INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES:

“The 147 submissions to the Parliamentary Enquiry can be
accessed at:
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House_of_Representatives_Committees?url=/atsia/languages/submissions.htm
(As well as the transcripts to the hearings).
Included are many very persuasive arguments in favour of a
return to bilingual education and giving Aboriginal
languages the status and dignity they deserve.
As with the Stronger Futures Senate Inquiry (where
Aboriginal Australia’s cry from the heart was ignored) I
fear that the people that should be reading this material
won’t and the authorities (politicians and bureaucrats) will
stick to their dogmatic assimilationist stance in relation to
Aboriginal Languages as with just about everything else.
All the same that is no reason for us to remain silent. … ”
Frank

http://groups.google.com/group/foblmail/browse_thread/thread/986859976899ed01?hl=en

See:

Main Government webpage on the
Inquiry into language learning in Indigenous communities:
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House_of_Representatives_Committees?url=/atsia/languages/index.htm

* BACKGROUND TO THE USE OF ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES IN NT SCHOOLS:

Last updated: 7 May 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/05/background-to-the-use-of-aboriginal-languages-in-nt-schools-bilingual-education

* VIDEO:
ABORIGINAL PROTESTORS AND WA POLICE
CLASHING AT NYOONGAR TENT EMBASSY

– Video

YouTube: Nyoongar Sovereignty

4 May 12: “SBSLivingBlack. Explosive footage of Aboriginal
protestors and WA police clashing at the Nyoongar tent
embassy earlier this year made headlines around the country.
Today the embassy remains and the protestors are refusing to
move. Living Black Sunday 4:30PM on SBS One
http://www.sbs.com.au/livingblack

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSIES:

Last updated: 4 May 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-and-the-aboriginal-tent-embassies

* FOUR CORNERS TV: JUDGEMENT DAY [HIGH COURT’S MABO JUDGEMENT]

– Video

Four Corners: Judgement Day by Liz Jackson and Lisa McGregor
http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2012/05/03/3494661.htm
Updated 3 May 12: “Liz Jackson reports on the impact of
this historic judgement, the reaction it inspired and the
inside story of the negotiations to create the law that
would pave the way for Native Title. We hear from the power
brokers who forced the nation to confront its history, and
their critics. …
“Judgement Day”, reported by Liz Jackson and presented by
Kerry O’Brien, goes to air on Monday 7th May at 8.30 pm on
ABC1. It is replayed on Tuesday 8th May at 11.35pm.
It can also be seen on ABC News 24 each Saturday at 8.00pm,
[ http://www.abc.net.au/news/abcnews24/ ]
on ABC iview
[ http://www.abc.net.au/iview/#/series/four%20corners ]
and at abc.net.au/4corners
[ http://abc.net.au/4corners/default.htm ].”

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Analysis / Opinion

Indymedia Australia:
Control bill pushed to target Aboriginal peoples and to
erode civil liberties
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/06/control-bill-pushed-to-target-aboriginal-peoples-and-to-erode-civil-liberties
6 May 12: “Australia-wide Aboriginal organisations,
communities and rights advocates are more than just
apprehensive of the consolidated push by State and
Territory governments for the introduction of Criminal
Association Control Bills better known as anti-association
laws – in Western Australia, the Criminal Organisation Bill
2012 appears that it will be passed and within days. Both
the Liberal/Nationals coalition government and the Labor
opposition will support it with only the Greens Giz Watson
having called for a parliamentary inquiry into the Bill –
a call which has been rejected.” Gerry Georgatos

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