120510 – Several organisations express support for the Yolngu Nations Assembly Statement

Contents:
* ‘concerned Australians’ gives its full support to the
Yolngu Nations Assembly statement
* SNAICC
 stands 
in
 solidarity 
with
 Yolngu
 Nations
 Assembly
* St Vincent de Paul Society respectfully supports Yolngu Elders
* UCA: Federal Government should heed Yolngu voices
* Mornington IAAG stands with Yolgnu Elders in their
opposition to the “Stronger Futures” legislation
* ACMM: Yolngu Nations Reject “Stronger Futures Proposed
Legislation”
* ACM Sydney: Yolngu Nations Reject “Stronger Futures”
* Institute of the Sisters of Mercy supports Statement of
Yolngu Nations Assembly
* Congress:
Stop, listen and test NT laws for human rights violations
* NATSICC Calls for Senators not to pass Stronger Futures NT Bill
* NATSIEC: Stronger Futures or Stronger Policing
* More ‘Stronger Futures’ Legislation related articles
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* The Wire: Muckaty community living ‘under the nuclear cloud’
* Background to the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump
* The Wire: Indigenous languages have role in education
* ABC: Indigenous languages disappearing as lobbying starts
for bilingual programmes
* Background to the use of Aboriginal languages in NT schools
* Other articles

See:

Yolŋuw Makarr Dhuni (Yolŋu Nations Assembly)
‘cA’: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/
“Statement regarding Australian Federal Government Stronger
Futures Bills and Northern Territory Policies, to the
Leaders of the Australian Federal and Northern Territory
Parliaments”

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

* ‘CONCERNED AUSTRALIANS’ GIVES ITS FULL SUPPORT TO THE
YOLNGU NATIONS ASSEMBLY STATEMENT:

– Media Release

‘concerned Australians’:
Initiative and Ability to Listen
– but – a Change is Desperately Needed
STICS: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/press-releases/initiative-and-ability-to-listen—but—a-change-is-desperately-needed-2-5-12
2 May 12: “Today the Yolngu Nations Assembly sent a
statement to the Prime Minister Julia Gillard, and
Opposition leader Tony Abbott. It was also sent to other
senior politicians in the Federal and Northern Territory
governments, calling for a changed approach to policy in
the Northern Territory.
The Yolngu Nations Assembly is made up of 8 Nations from
West, Central and East Arnhem Land.
The Yolngu Nations Assembly statement clearly informs
Government that it does not support the proposed Stronger
Futures legislation. It has stated that it believe its aims
and those of Government can be achieved through
partnerships in communities and based on the principles of
self-determination.
‘concerned Australians’ acknowledges this statement and
gives its full support to it.
Spokesperson, Michele Harris, states that, ” ‘concerned
Australians’ joins with the Yolngu Nations Assembly, other
social justice organisations and leading Australians, in
calling for an end to the interventionist policies of the
last five years. … “”

* SNAICC STANDS IN SOLIDARITY WITH YOLNGU NATIONS ASSEMBLY:

– Media Release

Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care
SNAICC
 stands 
in
 solidarity 
with
 Yolŋu
 Nations
 Assembly
http://www.snaicc.asn.au/news-events/dsp-default-e.cfm?loadref=86&txnid=1278&txnctype=resource&txncstype=document
http://www.snaicc.asn.au/_uploads/rsfil/02813.pdf
2 May 12: “SNAICC stands in solidarity with the Yolnuw
Makarr Dhuni (Yolnu Nations Assembly) of Western, Central
and East Arnhem Land.
The Yolnu Nations have called on the Senate to discard in
full the Stronger Futures package of bills that, if
enacted, would extend the intervention in Northern
Territory Aboriginal communities for 10 years.
SNAICC agrees with this unambiguous position.
In our submission to the Senate Community Affairs
Legislation Committee, SNAICC recommended that the
legislation be completely redeveloped in accordance with
international human rights laws to which Australia is
bound.
Some of the basic human rights that SNAICC considers are not
fully reflected in the Stronger Futures bills are the right
to self-determination and the right for communities to give
their free, prior and informed consent to measures that may
affect them.
These are the same principles that the Yol?u Nations are
asking the Australian and Northern Territory governments to
uphold – and to work in meaningful partnership with
Aboriginal communities to arrive at effective long-term
solutions.”

* ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY RESPECTFULLY SUPPORTS YOLGNU ELDERS:

– Media Release

St Vincent de Paul Society National Council:
St Vincent de Paul Society respectfully supports Yolngu Elders
http://vinnies.org.au/files/NAT/SocialJustice/2012/Stronger%20Futures%20MR%20for%20May%202.pdf
3 May 12: “St Vincent de Paul Society National Council CEO,
Dr John Falzon, issued the following statement in response
to the Statement released this morning by Elders of the
Yolngu Nations Assembly in Arnhem Land:
“The Elders of the Yolngu Nations Assembly today issued an
historical statement regarding the Australian Government’s
Stronger Futures Bills.
“Their words are born from a strong and positive vision for
Australia.
“All of us, especially those elected as legislators, have a
duty to listen to these words and to take heed of their
rejection of the Stronger Futures Bills. …
“The St Vincent de Paul Society respectfully acknowledges
and supports the Statement of the Elders of the Yolngu
Nations Assembly and calls on the Australian Government to
do likewise.””

* UCA: FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD HEED YOLNGU VOICES

– News

Uniting Church of Australia ASSEMBLY
Federal Government should heed Yolngu voices
http://assembly.uca.org.au/news/item/1128-federal-government-should-heed-yolngu-voices
2 May 12: “The Uniting Church in Australia has welcomed a
statement by the Yolngu Nations Assembly that rejects any
further extension of the Northern Territory Intervention.
“The best and only way forward for Indigenous Australians
is through genuine partnerships between communities and all
levels of Government,” said President of the Uniting Church
in Australia’s National Assembly Rev. Alistair Macrae.
“When self-determination is side-lined any progress for our
First Peoples is an illusion.””

* MORNINGTON IAAG STANDS WITH YOLGNU ELDERS IN THEIR
OPPOSITION TO THE “STRONGER FUTURES” LEGISLATION:

– Statement

Mornington Interchurch Aboriginal Awareness Group Stands
With Yolgnu Elders In Their Opposition To The “Stronger
Futures” Legislation
Indigenous Peoples: http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14921:northern-territory-mornington-interchurch-aboriginal-awareness-group-stands-with-yolgnu-elders-in-their-opposition-to-the-stronger-futures-legislation&catid=24&Itemid=57
8 May 12: “The Mornington Interchurch Aboriginal Awareness
Group, which draws its membership from five Christian
denominations on the Mornington Peninsula, has had first
hand contact with the Elders of the Yolgnu nations of north
east Arnhem Land and their concerns for more than a year.
The opposition of many Indigenous clan leaders,
particularly the Yolgnu Elders, to the Federal Government’s
“Stronger Futures”” legislation, is very well known to us.
As a Group, we strongly support their criticisms set out in
their current statement of the Yolgnu Nations Assembly of
the legislation about to go before the Senate for debate.
On the occasion of the original Howard Government’s
Emergency Intervention, we made contact with the Yolgnu
Elders, and studied the concerns they expressed with their
people, especially how they were being discriminated
against by the Intervention’s actions, and without any
effective consultation – before or afterwards.”

* ACMM: YOLNGU NATIONS REJECT
“STRONGER FUTURES PROPOSED LEGISLATION”

– Statement

Yolŋu Nations Reject “Stronger Futures Proposed Legislation”
– Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Melbourne Statement
Indigenous Peoples: http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14916:northern-territory-yol-u-nations-reject-stronger-futures-proposed-legislation-aboriginal-catholic-ministry-melbourne-statement&catid=24:australia-indigenous-peoples&Itemid=57
8 May 12: “The Yolŋu Makarr Dhuni, an assembly of eight
nations in the Western, Central and East Arnhem Land areas
of the Northern Territory, have released a statement
rejecting the Federal Government’s Stronger Futures
legislation.
Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Melbourne (ACMM) supports the
recent statement by the Nations of the Yolŋuw Makarr Dhunni
(Yolŋu Nations Assembly) of the Western, Central and
Eastern Arnhem Land areas, Northern Territory.
The Government has received 454 submissions to the Senate
Community Affairs committee’s inquiry into the Bills. The
vast majority of submissions, which included Aboriginal
peoples and organisations, community groups, Churches, human
rights groups, welfare groups and individuals, strongly
opposed measures, rejected the Bills, or asked for its
withdrawal. More than 35,000 people have signed the Stand
for Freedom petition. Other Traditional owners have also
made strong statements. Yet the Government is ignoring all
this informed opposition and is pushing through its own
agenda to pass the Stronger Futures legislation.”

See:

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

* ACM SYDNEY: YOLNGU NATIONS REJECT “STRONGER FUTURES”

– Statement

Yolŋu Nations Reject “Stronger Futures”
– Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, Sydney Archdiocese Statement
Indigenous Peoples: http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14915:northern-territory-yol-u-nations-reject-stronger-futures-aboriginal-catholic-ministry-sydney-archdiocese-statement&catid=24&Itemid=57
8 May 12: “The Yolŋu Makarr Dhuni, an assembly of eight
nations in the Western, Central and East Arnhem Land areas
of the Northern Territory, have released a statement
rejecting the Federal Government’s Stronger Futures
legislation. Graeme Mundine, Executive Officer of the
Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, Sydney Archdiocese has
welcomed the statement.
Mr Mundine said “The statement by the Yolŋu Nations
Assembly cannot be any clearer. The Yolŋu have consistently
asked for partnership and self-determination, not
intervention and discrimination. The Yolŋu peoples do not
want disempowering relationships with Government.
“The Yolŋu Assembly are also asking all NT Traditional
Owners to refuse to participate in land lease negotiations
and approval of exploration licenses until the Government
throws out the Stronger Futures legislation. In doing this
the Yolŋu Nations are clearly stating they have had enough
of being pressured to agree to things that are negatively
impacting their communities.””

See:

WGAR News: Graeme Mundine, ACM Sydney:
“Stronger Futures Legislation. Points Against” (8 May 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/08/wgar-news-stronger-futures-or-stolen-futures-bishops-and-religious-question-legislation-a

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

* INSTITUTE OF SISTERS OF MERCY SUPPORTS STATEMENT OF
YOLNGU NATIONS ASSEMBLY:

– Statement

Response To The Statement Of The Yolnu Nations Assembly In
Arnhem Land Regarding The Stronger Futures Bills And
Northern Territory Policies
Indigenous Peoples: http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14918:northern-territory-response-to-the-statement-of-the-yolnu-nations-assembly-in-arnhem-land-regarding-the-stronger-futures-bills-and-northern-territory-policies&catid=24&Itemid=57
8 May 12: “The Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia
and Papua New Guinea supports the Statement of the Yolnu
Nations Assembly in Arnhem Land which calls on both the
‘Australian Federal and Northern Territory Governments to
end their interventionist policies and agendas, and return
to a mindset of partnership based on the principles of
Self-Determination’.
Sister Annette Schneider RSM, spokeswoman for the Institute
of more than 900 Sisters of Mercy, joins with all people of
good-will who seek an end to the intervention policies in
the Northern Territory.
The Stronger Futures Bill (and those associated) which is
not supported by the Yolnu Nations will soon come before
the Senate. “We hope that each Senator will genuinely
consider the legislation and its impact before they vote
on the Bill” said Sister Annette.”

* CONGRESS:
STOP, LISTEN AND TEST NT LAWS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS

– Media Release

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Stop, listen and test NT laws for human rights violations
http://nationalcongress.com.au/stop-listen-test-nt-laws-for-human-rights/
4 May 12: “Congress says Govt should stop, listen and test
NT laws for human rights violations
Congress says it will continue to oppose new Intervention
laws because they have not been tested for human rights
violations as part of its on-going support to Aboriginal
people in the Northern Territory.
Congress Co-Chairs Jody Broun and Les Malezer said more
Aboriginal people are calling for the laws before
Parliament to be scrapped, most recently the Yolgnu Nations
Assembly, which represents 8000 traditional owners in west,
central and east Arnhem Land.
“Here is another significant group of our peoples, directly
affected by the laws, who are actually calling this
legislation ‘racist’ in their letter to the Prime Minister,”
said Mr. Malezer.
“This is a strong and simple message to the Government that
these laws must be independently reviewed to ensure they do
not breach human rights standards and international
obligations.
“The Government has ‘willful deafness’ on such a
fundamental issue, even after critical reports on the
Intervention by the United Nations High Commissioner for
Human Rights and the Special Rapporteur for Indigenous
Peoples. … “”

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio Online News 09.08.2012
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-online-news-09-08-2012
9 May 12: “Australia’s peak national representative body
for Aboriginal and Torres strait Islanders says it will
continue to oppose proposed new Intervention laws for the
Northern Territory because they have not been tested for
human rights violations.”

– Related News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Congress supports Yolngu rejection of Stronger Futures
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7183-congress-supports-yolngu-rejection-of-stronger-futures
8 May 12: “The nation’s peak Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander representative body says there are serious human
rights concerns over the Federal Government’s Stronger
Futures legislation. The National Congress of Australia’s
First Peoples says it will continue to oppose the proposed
expansion of the Northern Territory Intervention. Co-Chair
Les Malezer has acknowledged a recent move by Arnhem Land’s
Yolngu Nations Assembly to send a letter to the Prime
Minister saying they don’t want Stronger Futures.”

Koori Mail: Congress flags Budget support
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
9 May 12: “THE National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples has welcomed funding arrangements for the Northern
Territory, detailed in last night’s Federal Budget, but
says it is still analysing the Budget’s Indigenous spend to
gauge how much of it is new investment. Congress Director
Rod Little said the ten-year NT funding would mean greater
certainty for Aboriginal community organisations and enable
better planning and program continuity. He said communities
would be more viable with strengthened local
decision-making and greater flexibility rather than blanket
approaches and punitive measures that didn’t increase
long-term sustainability.”

Koori Mail: Congress lobbies for bills to be scrapped
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
8 May 12: “THE National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples has established an electronic letter campaign to
encourage Australians to protest Federal Government plans
to extend the NT Intervention for a decade. Congress
co-chairs Les Malezer and Jody Broun say the Government’s
new Intervention laws, encapsulated in Stronger Futures
bills currently before the Senate, have not been tested for
human rights violations. The representative body’s letter
campaign (at http://nationalcongress.com.au ) encourages
people to write to their local federal parliamentarian to
do what they can to have the bills withdrawn and Aboriginal
people consulted properly.”

Australian: Intervention laws face human rights hurdle
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/intervention-laws-face-human-rights-hurdle/story-fn59niix-1226346277344
4 May 12: “THE National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples has threatened to use “domestic and international
human rights forums” to humiliate the Gillard government
over the next stage of its radical intervention into
Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory. The new
peak Aboriginal representative body, which is partly funded
by the federal government and has discussion meetings with
Julia Gillard, is becoming increasingly active in opposing
Labor’s approach to indigenous affairs.”

See:

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

* NATSICC CALLS FOR SENATORS NOT TO PASS STRONGER FUTURES NT BILL:

– Statement

NATSICC Calls For Senators Not To Pass Stronger Futures
Northern Territory Bill 2011
Indigenous Peoples: http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14927:northern-territory-natsicc-calls-for-senators-not-to-pass-stronger-futures-northern-territory-bill-2011&catid=24&Itemid=57
8 May 12: “The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC) fully endorses the
stance taken by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
and Catholic Religious Australia in calling for Senators
not to pass the Stronger Futures Northern Territory Bill
2011.
NATSICC have been consulting and listening to our
Aboriginal brothers and sisters in the Northern Territory
and have come to the conclusion that the Stronger Futures
Bill is not the answer for all Aboriginal people. “In its
true sense, it (the NTER) has really disempowered
Indigenous Australians living in the NT” said one
respondent to our consultations. Because our communities
are made up of so many different language groups, ages,
personalities and geographical boundaries, the council
strongly advises against a ‘one size fits all’ mentality
when legislating for our people.”

– Related News

Catholic Leader: Church on indigenous elders’ side
http://www.catholicleader.com.au/news.php/top-stories/church-on-indigenous-elders-side_79497
13 May 12: “AUSTRALIA’S Catholic bishops and leaders of
religious congregations have added their voice to
Aboriginal elders calling for an end to the Northern
Territory Intervention and the Federal Government’s
proposed Stronger Futures legislation. On May 2, the Yolngu
National Assembly, involving eight indigenous nations in
the Western, Central and East Arnhem Lands areas of the
Northern Territory representing 8000 Aboriginal people,
sent a statement to Prime Minister Julia Gillard and
Federal Opposition Leader Tont Abbott calling for a changed
approach to Northern Territory policy.”

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese:
Bishops & Religious Back Calls for Halt to NT “Intervention”
http://www.sydneycatholic.org/news/latest_news/2012/201258_1842.shtml
8 May 12: “Australia’s Catholic bishops and religious have
appealed to Federal Senators not to pass “Stronger Futures
Northern Territory 2011 Bill” which would see the
Territory’s controversial “Intervention” policy extended
for a further 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,” said Archbishop
Philip Wilson and Sister Anne Derwin rsj, in a statement
issued on behalf of the Australian Catholic Bishops
Conference (ACBC) and Catholic Religious Australia (CRA).”

See:

WGAR News: “Stronger futures or stolen futures
– Bishops and Religious question legislation” ACBC (8 May 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/08/wgar-news-stronger-futures-or-stolen-futures-bishops-and-religious-question-legislation-a

* NATSIEC: STRONGER FUTURES OR STRONGER POLICING

– Statement

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical
Commission:
Stronger Futures or Stronger Policing
http://www.ncca.org.au/departments/natsiec/666-stronger-futures-or-stronger-policing
“The Stronger Futures Legislation is disproportionate with
the peoples wishes and catapults Indigenous communities
back to the micro-management of Mission days is the message
from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Ecumenical Commission (NATSIEC). NATSIEC, as the peak
Indigenous ecumenical body and commission of the National
Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) requests that the
Government heed the message of the Northern Territory
Elders, communities and service providers in their quest
for authentic consultation and negotiation to gain stronger
and better futures for themselves. …
Stronger Futures can be visionary. To be authentic it must
reflect the Indigenous voices as well as observe
International Human Rights laws and the United Nations
Declaration on the rights of Australian Indigenous Peoples.”

* MORE ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LEGISLATION RELATED ARTICLES:

– Media Releases

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Congress Statement on the Federal budget 2012-13
9 May 12: “Congress notes the $5.2 billion announced in
tonight’s “Indigenous Budget Statement” as part of the
2012-13 Federal Budget.
The joint Ministerial announcement for employment,
education, health, community development and community
safety, identifies the Government’s funding commitments in
their efforts to close the gap.
Congress and all of our peak Member organisations are
analysing the detail of these announcements to gauge what
is new investment by the Government and together will
monitor the effectiveness of this investment.
Congress specifically welcomes the ten-year funding
arrangements for the Northern Territory which will ensure
greater certainty for Aboriginal community organisations to
influence positive change. …
We also know that blanket approaches and punitive measures
do not increase long-term sustainability of our communities
and we need to see more flexibility and working in equal
partnerships with communities.”

ANTaR: Budget delivers investment in remote communities
http://www.antar.org.au/budget_delivers_investment_in_remote_communities_0
9 May 12: “ANTaR has welcomed long-term funding delivered
by the Budget for essential services in remote communities,
along with new governance and leadership programs.
“ANTaR has welcomed long-term funding of more the $3.4
billion over 10 years to fund health, education, justice
and homelands services in the NT as a significant
development. This offers funding security for remote
communities and will enable local community organisations
to plan for the future,” said Jacqueline Phillips,
National Director.
“The announcement of funds to employ Indigenous Engagement
Officers in remote communities and programs to support
governance and leadership are also welcomed as positive
developments.”
“ANTaR hopes this will facilitate increased local
Aboriginal participation in the coordination and delivery
of services and build governance and leadership capacity
in communities.”
“However, these initiatives sit uneasily with the
Government’s Stronger Futures bills which are listed for
debate in the Senate today. Should these bills pass
without major changes, ANTaR fears further long-term damage
to relationships between many NT Aboriginal communities and
governments.” … ”

See:

WGAR News: Responses to Ten-Year Funding of
NT Aboriginal Communities (1 Apr 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/01/wgar-news-responses-to-ten-year-funding-of-nt-aboriginal-communities

ANTaR: Long term commitment to NT communities welcomed
http://www.antar.org.au/long_term_commitment_to_nt_communities_welcomed

– News

Koori Mail: ANTaR: Govt bills risk relationships
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
9 May 12: “LOBBY group ANTaR has welcomed 2012 Federal
Budget announcements of more the $3.4 billion over ten
years to fund health, education, justice and homelands
services in the Northern Territory. But it says funding for
positive initiatives such as Indigenous Engagement Officers
in remote communities and programs to support governance
and leadership sit uneasily with the Government’s Stronger
Futures bills, listed for debate in the Senate today. ANTaR
National Director Jacqueline Phillips said relationships
between many NT Aboriginal communities and governments
would be damaged if the bills were passed without major
changes.”

Koori Mail: Greens prepare for Intervention fight
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
9 May 12: “THE Australian Greens have vowed to vote against
the Federal Government’s Stronger Futures legislation in
the Senate today, but will propose a range of amendments to
limit its harm if the Coaltion and Government senators are
determined to support the controversial bills. Senator
Rachel Siewert said the time had come for a new approach,
and called on her fellow Senators to pay attention to the
wishes of communities and individuals speaking out against
the measures.”

newsTracker: Stronger Futures expected to pass Upper House
http://tracker.org.au/2012/05/stronger-futures-expected-to-pass-upper-house/
9 May 12: “NATIONAL: The federal government’s controversial
plans to extend the NT intervention for another 10 years is
expected to pass the upper house today. Stronger Futures is
intended to fill the gap when the Northern Territory
Emergency Response (NTER) expires in August this year. The
controversial legislation has largely continued the aspects
of the Northern Territory intervention, which was launched
by the Howard government in 2007 following a media panic
over reports of child sexual abuse in Northern Territory
Aboriginal communities.”

BUDGET ’12: Funds committed to Stronger Futures
newsTracker: http://tracker.org.au/2012/05/budget-12-funds-committed-to-stronger-futures/
The West: http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/national/13636548/indigenous-cash-to-close-gap
9 May 12: “The decade long continuation of the NT
intervention in Aboriginal communities will receive $3.4
billion but only modest sums will be spent in the first
year. The Gillard government’s Stronger Futures legislation
is expected to clear the Senate this week. They include
measurers such as alcohol restrictions and the
controversial scheme that links school truancy to parents
welfare payment cuts. The laws continue the Howard
government’s NT intervention in 2007.”

Australian: Jobs, housing to ‘close the gap’ between
black and white Australia
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/treasury/jobs-housing-to-close-the-gap-between-black-and-white-australia/story-fndbwnla-1226350268189
8 May 12: “MEASURES to “close the gap” between black and
white Australia will receive $5.2 billion, with the
centrepiece a $3.4 billion 10-year package to continue the
Northern Territory intervention with a focus on employment
and housing. And under new spending unveiled by Indigenous
Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin, State governments,
including Western Australia and South Australia, will
receive a $43.4 million investment.”

Koori Mail: Stronger Futures bills listed for debate
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
7 May 12: “THE Australian Senate is set to debate the
Federal Government’s proposed Stronger Futures legislation
on Wednesday, as critics including the group ‘concerned
Australians’, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
(ACBC), SNAICC and ANTaR continue their calls for the
controversial bills to be scrapped. If passed, the
legislation will continue the Northern Territory
intervention for up to another ten years.”

9 News: Fears intervention laws will sneak through
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8463099/bishops-slam-nt-intervention-extension
7 May 12: “Indigenous leaders fear the government will use
the cover of the federal budget to rush through
controversial laws to continue the Northern Territory
intervention program. The government’s Stronger Futures
draft laws are likely to clear the upper house with
bipartisan support after federal parliament resumes this
week and the 2012/13 budget is released on Tuesday. …
“Compulsory income management remains offensive and does
not support local decision-making, governance or
self-determination,” National Congress of Australia’s First
People representative Jody Broun said on Monday.”

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

Last updated: 8 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

* THE WIRE: MUCKATY COMMUNITY LIVING ‘UNDER THE NUCLEAR CLOUD’

– Audio

The Wire: Muckaty community living ‘under the nuclear cloud’
Produced by Biwa Kwan
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9101
7 May 12: “A rare glimpse into the everyday lives of people
in the Indigenous community of Muckaty in the Northern
Territory has been revealed at a photo exhibition in
Sydney. For the past six years, the community has been
living under the threat of being the site of Australia’s
first permanent nuclear waste dump. Organisers say the goal
of the exhibition is to raise awareness of the nuclear
threat faced by this remote community, often described as
being ‘in the middle of nowhere’. Biwa Kwan was at the
exhibition launch. (Image by Jagath Dheerasekara from the
‘Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud’ exhibition)
Featured in story:
Jagath Dheerasekara – documentary photographer
Dianne Stokes – a traditional owner of the Muckaty
community, Northern Territory”

– Event

Event: 4 May – 8 July 2012: Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW
Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud
Photographs by Jagath Dheerasekara
Curated by Sandy Edwards
Head On Photo Festival
“”The photographs are excellent. They are a moving
portrayal of Aboriginal Australia that all Australians
aught to know about on an issue that wont go away.”
– John Pilger, Writer and Filmmaker, January 2012″
Event details: http://jagathdeerasekera.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/manuwangku-under-nuclear-cloud.html
Event details: [scroll down page] http://sydneyartgalleriesandartcommunity.wordpress.com/2012/04/29/openings-and-the-arts-in-sydney-30042012-06052012/
Article: [scroll down page] http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/picture-a-world-of-observation-and-invention-20120501-1xwx3.html

* BACKGROUND TO THE PROPOSED MUCKATY NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

Last updated: 6 May 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-proposed-muckaty-nuclear-waste-dump-in-nt-australia

* THE WIRE: INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES HAVE ROLE IN EDUCATION

– Audio

The Wire: Indigenous languages have role in education
Produced by Natalie Muller
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9103
8 May 12: “Australia used to be one of the most
language-diverse countries on earth, with over 250 dialects
spoken by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups. But
that number has been decimated by more than 90 per cent,
and today there are less than 20 indigenous languages still
going strong. How these languages can be used to improve
education and tackle disadvantage in communities is the
subject of an inquiry that has been going for a little over
a year. Advocates say it’s a crying shame so many tongues
have died off, and it’s up to the government to channel
more funding towards language education programs so they
can be revived. …
Featured in story:
* Gary Williams – Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and Culture
Co-op, Nambucca Heads
* Shayne Neumann MP – Standing Committee on Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Affairs
* Susan Poetsch – Lecturer at the Koori Centre,
University of Sydney
* Ghil’ad Zuckermann – Professor of Linguistics and
Endangered Languages, University of Adelaide”

See:

Submissions to the Parliamentary Inquiry into
language learning in Indigenous communities
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House_of_Representatives_Committees?url=/atsia/languages/submissions.htm
[Includes 147 submissions to the Parliamentary Inquiry.]

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

* ABC: INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES DISAPPEARING AS LOBBYING STARTS
FOR BILINGUAL PROGRAMMES

– News

ABC Far North Queensland:
Indigenous languages disappearing as lobbying starts for
bilingual programmes
http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2012/05/08/3498263.htm
8 May 12: “The Chair of an Aboriginal language group in
north Queensland says urgent funding is needed before 80
per cent of indigenous languages spoken in the region are
lost. … Mr Stockley, [Trevor Stockley] … said it was
vital to give indigenous children a strong grounding in
their first language. … “Schools are really important
places but if they’re alien places that don’t represent your
language, your culture or uphold your knowledge, then the
kid attending that school at the end of the day is not going
to feel good about himself, his language, culture or the
school and the consequences roll on.”” By Sam Davis

* 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

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Audio

3CR Community Radio 855 AM – Podcasts
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
Out of the Pan – 7 May 2012
[download this program] http://pod.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2012-05-06-83452.mp3
7 May 12: “Guest is Alison Thorne talking about the
indigenous deaths in custody rally (Saturday 12 May 11am
Bourke and Elizabeth Sts; (then on to Equal Love); bi and
trans invisibility from gay and lesbian organisations;
Russia; DSM 5 update and more.”

– Upcoming event

Event: Sat 12 May 2012: Melbourne City, Vic
2012 Autumn Action:
Rally: Stop Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
Remember all who have died in custody
Protest NSW police shootings
Organised by Indigenous Social Justice Association
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/108437109276373/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/stop-aboriginal-deaths-in-custody-2012-autumn-action
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/50705

– Audio

3CR Community Radio 855 AM – Podcasts
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
Radioactive Show – 6 May 2012
[download this program] http://pod.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2012-05-05-32532.mp3
6 May 12: “Highlights from the Lizard Rising Fundraiser for
the Lizards Revenge Festival and protest at Roxby Down
Olympic Dam expansion.”

See:

WGAR News: Olympic Dam expansion music/art/festival/protest
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/wgar-news-court-throws-out-olympic-dam-challenge-abc-pm

– News

Australian: Delay urged on indigenous referendum
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/delay-urged-on-indigenous-referendum/story-fn9hm1pm-1226350422118
9 May 12: “A REFERENDUM to recognise indigenous Australians
in the Constitution should be delayed until after next year
because of the “toxicity” that will surround the next
federal election, members of the government’s expert panel
say. Warning a defeat would devastate the campaign for
constitutional recognition, several members of the
now-disbanded panel want the government to reconsider its
commitment to hold a referendum at or before next year’s
election.”

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