120511 – More organisations state support for the Yolngu Nations Assembly Statement

Contents:
* Quakers in Australia support Yolngu Nations Assembly
rejection of Stronger Futures Bills
* Josephite SA Reconciliation Circle in support of
Yolgnu Nations Statement
* CRA: Catholic Religious support the Yolngu Nations Statement
* Women for Wik respectfully support the Yolgnu Elders’ Statement
* STICS: From the bush to Bankstown:
communities prepare to fight ‘Stronger Futures’ implementation
* Presentation Sisters Victoria – Letter to the Hon. Jenny Macklin
* Public Statement protesting against the Stronger Futures Bills
* WFFR: Stronger Futures (SF) legislation is ‘No Future’
* Amy McQuire: Sydney Launch of NT Consultations Report 2011
* UnitingJustice: Uniting Church calls on Senators not to
pass Stronger Futures legislation
* Josephites urge Senate to reject Stronger Futures Bill?
* Michael Brull:
Shameful second intervention slips under the radar
* Rachel Siewert:
Greens set for debate on NT Intervention expansion
* More ‘Stronger Futures’ Legislation related articles
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Sovereign Union: Police and state allow drug trafficking
into Aboriginal communities
* Walmadan Tent Embassy, north of Broome, WA
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement

See:

WGAR News: Several organisations express support for the
Yolngu Nations Assembly Statement (10 May 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/10/wgar-news-several-organisations-express-support-for-the-yolngu-nations-assembly-statement

STICS compilation:
Yolŋu Nations Assembly Statement and Supporters
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/stronger-futures-legislation/yolngu-statement-and-supporters
“* Yolŋu Nations Assembly Statement regarding Australian
Federal Government Stronger Futures Bills and Northern
Territory Policies, to the Leaders of the Australian
Federal and Northern Territory Parliaments …
* Statements and Media Releases by Churches, Organisations
and Groups calling to abandon the Stronger Futures
Legislation and supporting the Yolŋu Nations Assembly
Statement … ”

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

* QUAKERS IN AUSTRLIA SUPPORT YOLNGU NATIONS ASSEMBLY
REJECTION OF STRONGER FUTURES BILLS:

– Media Release

Quakers Australia:
Quakers in Australia support Yolŋu Nations Assembly
rejection of Stronger Futures Bills
STICS: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Stronger-Futures/Quakers-Australia.pdf
2 May 12: “Members of the Religious Society of Friends
(Quakers) in Australia support the Statement made by Yolŋu
Nations Assembly (see attachment) to the Australian Federal
and Northern Territory Parliaments calling on the Senate to
discard the Stronger Futures Bills in full.
We also endorse the call made by Yolŋu Nations Assembly for
the Federal and Northern Territory Governments to ‘end
their interventionist policies and agendas, and return to a
mindset of partnership based on the principles of
selfdetermination’.”

* JOSEPHITE SA RECONCILIATION CIRCLE IN SUPPORT OF
YOLGNU NATIONS STATEMENT:

– Statement

Josephite SA Reconciliation Circle In Support Of
Yolgnu Nations Statement
STICS: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Stronger-Futures/Josephite-SA-Reconciliation-Circle.pdf
Indigenous Peoples: http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14936:northern-territory-josephite-sa-reconciliation-circle-in-support-of-yolgnu-nations-statement&catid=24:australia-indigenous-peoples&Itemid=57
3 May 12: “The Josephite SA Reconciliation Circle, together
with our mentor, Kaurna Elder Dr Alitya Rigney join our
voices with those of the Yolgnu Nations Assembly who
released their Statement yesterday, May 2, 2012. Together
with the Assembly, we ‘reject the Stronger Futures Bill (and
those associated) and call on the Senate to discard these
Bills in full.’
Since the inception of the Intervention into the NT in 2007,
our Circle has campaigned against this disempowering
legislation. Now, in support of the Yolngu Nations, we once
again call on both Federal and NT Governments to work with
Aboriginal communities rather than impose their own
decisions.
Many of our members have a teaching background so realise
the effectiveness of children learning in their own
language. Together with the Yolgnu Nations, we therefore
also call ‘for an end to the Northern Territory
Government’s Compulsory Teaching in English for the First
Four Hours of Each Day policy.’ … ”

See:

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

* CRA: CATHOLIC RELIGIOUS SUPPORT THE YOLNGU NATIONS STATEMENT

– Statement

Catholic Religious Australia (CRA):
Catholic Religious support the Yolŋu Nations Statement
STICS: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Stronger-Futures/Catholic-Religious-Au.pdf
6 May 12: “Catholic Religious Australia acknowledges with
respect and fully supports the Yolŋu Nations Statement.
Catholic Religious Australia supports the Yolŋu Nations’
call to reject the legislation of the ‘Stronger Futures
Northern Territory 2011 Bills’.
“We have joined with the many Aboriginal, Torres Strait
Islander and other Australians who have often spoken about
the need to consult Aboriginal people and their Elders in
the planning of actions and recommendations that will
affect their lives rather than legislating and imposing
obligations and rules.”
Catholic Religious Australia urges the Federal Government
and the Northern Territory Government to listen to the
Yolŋu Nations and their requests to abandon this
legislation, to honour the legitimate role of the Land
Councils and to end interventionist policies.
The Yolŋu Nations clearly state that the way forward is
through partnership based on the principles of
Self-determination.”

* WOMEN FOR WIK RESPECTFULLY SUPPORT THE YOLGNU ELDERS’ STATEMENT:

– Statement

Women for Wik respectfully support the Yolgnu Elders’ Statement
STICS: [scroll down page to end] http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/stronger-futures-legislation/yolngu-statement-and-supporters
Womenforwik: http://www.sydneykin.org.au/pipermail/womenforwik/2012-May/000763.html
11 May 12: “Women for Wik respectfully support the Yolgnu
Elders’ Statement in their determined opposition to The
Stronger Futures Legislation.
This legislation will undermine the human rights of
Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory until 2022
– and will renew and even expand some of the harshest
measures under the Howard Government’s’ Northern Territory
Emergency Response for ten more years according to ANTar.
We join an increasing number of national organisations and
concerned individuals supporting this important Statement.”

* STICS:
FROM THE BUSH TO BANKSTOWN:
COMMUNITIES PREPARE TO FIGHT ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ IMPLEMENTATION

– Media Release

Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney:
From the bush to Bankstown
– communities prepare to fight ‘Stronger Futures’ implementation
9 May 12: “Remote NT communities are joining with the
south-western Sydney suburb of Bankstown in a pledge to
challenge the implementation of ‘Stronger Futures’
legislation which is set to be debated in the Senate
today. …
In an historic statement from Arnhem Land last week, Yolŋu
Elders pledged to refuse to negotiate any leases, including
mining exploration leases, while the government pushed ahead
with ‘Stronger Futures’. …
Mathew Dhulumburrk, a Gupapuyngu Elder from Ramingining, was
part of the Yolŋu Makarr Dhuni, (Yolŋu Nations Assembly)
which issued the statement against Stronger Futures last
week:
“We do not want another decade of discrimination here at
Ramingining. After five years, it feels like the water
level has climbed up to our neck. Another ten years will
bring it way over our heads. The government is drowning us
slowly and wonders why twice as many of our young people
are attempting suicide. There is no valid reason to
discriminate against Yolŋu in this way.”
“We put out a statement last week and we stand by that.
We will not be co-operating with the government when they
try and bring in Stronger Futures. We will not sign any
leases over our land. We want to determine our own future
and run our own communities. We need laws and support that
will let us do that”, concluded Mr Dhulumburrk.”

* PRESENTATION SISTERS VICTORIA
– LETTER TO THE HON. JENNY MACKLIN:

– Letter

Presentation Sisters Victoria – Letter to the Hon. Jenny Macklin
STICS: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Stronger-Futures/Presentation-Sisters-Victoria.pdf
2 May 12: “Dear Ms Macklin, …
We urge you to listen to the voices of the peoples of the 8
nations in the Western, Central and East Arnhem Land at
Yolngu Nations Assembly to “end their interventionist
policies and agendas, and return to a mindset of partnership
based on the principles of Self-Determination”. … ”

* PUBLIC STATEMENT PROTESTING AGAINST THE STRONGER FUTURES BILLS:

– Statement

Hon Robyn Layton AO QC,
Prof. Peter Buckskin PSM FACE,
Dr Irene Watson,
Dr Lester-Irabinna Rigney PhD, MACE:
Public Statement protesting against the Stronger Futures Bills
STICS: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Stronger-Futures/R-Layton-P-Buckskin-I-Watson-LI-Rigney.pdf
3 May 12: “We sign this Public Statement to express our
strongest support for the Abiriginal Yolgnu Nations
Assembly representing some 8,000 Aboriginal people in west,
central and east Arnhem Land who oppose the passage of
these Bills in the Senate. …
We support the Yolgnu Nations in their call on ” both the
Australian Federal and Northern Territory Governments to
end their interventions policies and agendas, and return to
a mindset of partnership based on Self-Determination”.”

* WFFR: STRONGER FUTURES (SF) LEGISLATION IS ‘NO FUTURE’

– Media Release

Whitehorse Friends For Reconciliation Inc. (WFFR):
Stronger Futures (SF) legislation is ‘No Future’
STICS: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Stronger-Futures/WFFR.pdf
4 May 12: “‘Stronger’ call by Northern Aboriginal Elders to
discard Stronger Futures legislation package
Whitehorse Friends for Reconciliation is one of many small
community groups which regularly gather to discuss ways of
enhancing reconciliation and respectful relationships
between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians. We work
through local community awareness-raising, and through
lobbying members of all parliaments, both state and
federal. …
Whitehorse Friends for Reconciliation (WFFR) acknowledges
the Yolŋu Nations Assembly in their struggle, and supports
their statement, …
WFFR asks the Government also to honour their commitment to
the UNDRIP and human rights principles.
The legislation is due to be debated in the senate in May.
We call on the leaders of our country and each Senator to
personally read the Makarr Dhunni (Yolŋu Nations Assembly)
statement, … ”

* AMY McQUIRE: SYDNEY LAUNCH OF NT CONSULTATIONS REPORT 2011

– 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 …
and Amy McQuire, Editor, Tracker Magazine
please click here for her speech
Published by ‘concerned Australians’ February 2012 http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/#NTCR2011

– Speech

Amy McQuire: Sydney Launch of NT Consultations Report 2011
http://www.respectandlisten.org/uploads/downloads/ca/NTCR_launch_speech_Amy_McQuire.pdf
“Thank you all for being here, and thanks to ‘concerned
Australians’, for inviting me to help launch this book.
Before I get into anything else, I want to stress how
incredibly important the NT Consultations Report 2011 is.
It harnesses the voices of the previously unheard, and the
presently ignored. … What I’ve found while reading
through its glossy pages, is an overwhelming theme running
through each comment – that we need control back in our
hands, that we haven’t been properly consulted, and if we
have, than we haven’t been listened to, and that
overwhelmingly the promises – for new houses, for better
education, for safer communities, have been broken. … ”

For the order form: http://www.respectandlisten.org/uploads/downloads/ca/NTCR2011_Order_Form_Apr_2012.pdf

For a book review: http://www.respectandlisten.org/uploads/downloads/ca/NTCR-Book-review.pdf

* UNITINGJUSTICE:
UNITING CHURCH CALLS ON SENATORS NOT TO PASS
STRONGER FUTURES LEGISLATION

– News

UnitingJustice Australia:
Uniting Church calls on Senators not to pass
Stronger Futures legislation
http://www.unitingjustice.org.au/justice-for-indigenous-australians/news/item/847-uniting-church-calls-on-senators-not-to-pass-stronger-futures-legislation
9 May 12: “The Uniting Church’s justice unit UnitingJustice
Australia has written to Senators urging them to reject the
Stronger Futures legislation scheduled for debate in the
Senate today. National Director of UnitingJustice Rev.
Elenie Poulos expressed her concern that the legislation,
which renews and extends conditions of the NT Intervention,
is being pushed through ‘under the radar’ in Budget Week
without adequate consultation with Indigenous people.”

* JOSEPHITES URGE SENATE TO REJECT STRONGER FUTURES BILL?:

– Media Release

Leaders of the Congregations and Provinces of the
Sisters of St Joseph, Australia:
Josephites urge Senate to reject Stronger Futures Bill?
STICS: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Stronger-Futures/Sisters-of-St-Joseph.pdf
2 May 12: “The Sisters of St Joseph throughout Australia
are urging Senators to reject the Stronger Futures
legislation when it comes before the Senate in Early May.
Josephites continue to question the government’s proposed
expansion of compulsory income management, its punitive
welfare policy, and particularly the new proposal (SEAM),
which aims to increase school attendance by tying welfare
payments to days that students are present at school.
Speaking as a Leader of the Sisters of St Joseph right
across Australia, Sr Anne Derwin echoed the ongoing
disappointment of many Australians.
‘This latest bill reminds us once again of all our concerns
about the previous legislation. … ‘ Sr Anne said.”

* MICHAEL BRULL:
SHAMEFUL SECOND INTERVENTION SLIPS UNDER THE RADAR

– Analysis / Opinion

ABC Drum Opinion:
Shameful second intervention slips under the radar
http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/4003152.html
10 May 12: “Right now, Australian political commentary is
focussed on the budget. For a while, it will be the major
topic of the day for journalists and the media. In the
midst of all this, it appears that something awful is going
to slip under the radar. That is, the second intervention.
A raft of the so-called Stronger Futures bills is going to
be debated in the Senate. The Coalition and Labor support
intervention two. The Greens have valiantly struggled
against the intervention, to little avail. And when these
laws pass, it will mean 10 more years of intervention.”
Michael Brull, is studying a Juris Doctor at UNSW and
is involved in Stop The Intervention Collective Sydney

* RACHEL SIEWERT:
GREENS SET FOR DEBATE ON NT INTERVENTION EXPANSION:

– Media Release

Rachel Siewert:
Greens set for debate on NT Intervention expansion
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/greens-set-debate-nt-intervention-expansion
9 May 12: “The Australian Greens will today vote ‘No’ if the
Government brings on the Strong Futures Legislation in the
Senate to extend and expand the NT Intervention.
“If the Government and Coalition continue to support the
Intervention, the Greens will then propose a range of
amendments to the flawed legislation,” Senator Rachel
Siewert, spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Issues said today.
“People in the NT are facing the prospect of 10 more years
of the intervention.
“The Greens have taken a strong and consistent stance
against the Intervention since it was introduced under the
Howard Government. Since then, the ALP Government has
continued it and is now expanding it.
“We strongly oppose this legislation, but I am not going to
sit back and watch the Government and Coalition rush this
through the Senate without trying to limit the harm it will
cause.
“The Greens amendments address some of the most significant
areas of concern. … ”

* MORE ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LEGISLATION RELATED ARTICLES:

– Analysis / Opinion

Northern Rivers Echo: Red tape binding the vulnerable
http://www.echonews.com.au/story/2012/05/10/red-tape-binding-the-vulnerable/
10 May 12: “An aspect of the intervention that has proven
to be one of the most controversial is income management,
an anodyne term for quarantining 50-100% of Centrelink
payments, insuring that they are spent on essentials such
as housing, food and clothing, and not on alcohol, gambling
and pornography. Another stated goal is to protect
vulnerable people from financial exploitation. While the
response has sometimes been mixed, opposition from many of
those forcibly enrolled into the program shows no sign of
dissipating.” Martin Oliver, a freelance journalist with an
interest in social justice

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio Online News 10.05.2012
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-online-news-10-05-2012
10 May 12: “* The Gillard Labor Government has committed
more than 3. Billion dollars over 10 years towards
implementing Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory as
part of a 5.2 billion dollar national package to help close
the gap nationally on Aboriginal disadvantage.
* The Australian Greens say they will vote ‘No’ if the
Government brings on the Strong Futures Legislation in the
Senate to extend and expand the NT Intervention.”

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Elders have had their rights taken away: Assembly
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7186-elders-have-had-their-rights-taken-away-assembly
10 May 12: “Spokesperson [for the Yolgnu Nations Assembly]
Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra says Stronger Futures is worse than
the Howard Government’s Emergency Response strategy and the
key to formulating positive policy in the Territory is
consultation.
“I emphasise two things that hurt the most.
“Just out of the blue, we were told that the special
measure will extend for another 10 years and no
negotiation, no dialogue.
“Number two was that the Minister [for Indigenous Affairs
Jenny Macklin] will take most of the measures under her
control.
“It’s taking away the power, the authority, the right from
the elders of our eight nations.””

Stronger Futures debate resumes in Senate
newsTracker: http://tracker.org.au/2012/05/stronger-futures-debate-resumes-in-senate/
Herald Sun: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/ipad/senate-debates-nt-intervention/story-fn6bfkm6-1226351259607
10 May 12: “THE Labor Federal Government dropped the ball
on the Northern Territory intervention program in
Aboriginal communities, the Senate has heard. Debate on the
Government’s Stronger Futures laws resumed in the Senate
yesterday. … Last week, a group of traditional owners,
the Yolngu Nations Assembly which represents 8000 people in
west, central and east Arnhem Land, threatened to revolt
against the legislation. … The Australian Greens have
signalled they will oppose the bills.”

SBS World News: NT-style income curbs rile Sydney groups
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1648955/NT-style-income-curbs-rile-Sydney-groups
9 May 12: “The Stronger Futures laws, to continue the
Howard government’s NT intervention, may meet resistance in
Sydney’s southwest as well as the NT. The federal
government could face resistance to its income management
policy from people in Sydney as well as remote Northern
Territory Aboriginal communities. The government’s Stronger
Futures laws, designed to carry on the Howard government’s
NT intervention, are expected to pass the parliament with
bipartisan support.”

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

Last updated: 10 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

* SOVEREIGN UNION:
POLICE AND STATE ALLOW DRUG TRAFFICKING INTO
ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES

– Media Release

Sovereign Union:
Police and state allow drug trafficking into
Aboriginal communities
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/police-and-state-allow-drug-trafficking-aboriginal-communities
10 May 12: “Michael Anderson, interim spokesperson for
‘Sovereign Union’ states in a Media Release that is very
clear that the drug traffickers are vigorously targeting
Aboriginal communities in various parts of Australia, and
there is a lack of real interest by the state police.
Instead of rigorous police investigations many communities
find that the police are targeting and harassing them
instead of the perpetrators.
Mr Anderson said that police and state officials appear to
be only too happy that Aboriginal communities are being
targeted by the drug trade in order to maintain the
impression that our communities are totally dysfunctional
and therefore need intervention of one type or another. It
is difficult for the community members to understand why
police appear to take no action when names and addresses are
given of those trafficking drugs into the communities.”

* WALMADAN TENT EMBASSY, NORTH OF BROOME, WA:

– News

Walmadan Tent Embassy (James Price Point)
Sovereign Union: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/walmadan-tent-embassy-james-price-point
“On the 14th September, 2011, Kimberley Traditional Owners
launched a Tent Embassy at Walmadan (James Price Point), 60
klms north of Broome WA. In an early morning ceremony Joseph
Roe lit the fire with ash sent from the fire of the
Canberra Aboriginal Tent Embassy, where their fire has been
burning for 40 years. In a statement read by Dr Anne
Poelina, Michael Anderson from the original Tent Embassy
said “It is an absolute joy to know that the people of the
Kimberley are now making your statement loud and clear”.”

See:

Facebook: Goolarabooloo and Lurujarri Heritage Trail
http://www.facebook.com/Goolarabooloo

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT:

Last updated: 10 May 2012

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

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