120525 – “Stronger Futures continues dark era for Aboriginal Peoples in the NT” Amnesty Int’l

Contents:
* Amnesty International Australia:
Global failure of human rights leadership extends to Australia
* Amnesty: Tell your Senators: scrap Stronger Futures
* Greens: Amnesty report emphasises need for homelands investment
* Jon Altman: Another decade for homelands policy debacle
* Tracker: Intervention laws need scrutiny: Gooda
* Greens seek further scrutiny for NT Intervention
* Greens:
Government & Coalition should heed UN concerns on NT Intervention
* Interview with Matthew Dhulumburrk Gaykamangu & Paddy Gibson
on Stronger Futures laws
* Terry Priest & Eva Cox:
Evidence-Free Policy Making? The Case of Income Management
* Zoe Edwards: Labor’s racist Intervention set to continue
* Darren Coyne: Senators adjourn debate until June
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* ABC: Barkly candidates united against Muckaty
* Background to the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump

* AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AUSTRALIA:
GLOBAL FAILURE OF HUMAN RIGHTS LEADERSHIP EXTENDS TO AUSTRALIA

– Info about the 2012 Report

Amnesty International Australia:
Global failure of human rights leadership extends to Australia
http://www.amnesty.org.au/report/comments_2012/28699
22 May 12: “Amnesty International today launched its 50th
review, which scrutinises the state of the world’s human
rights in 153 countries, including Australia. … The
Government continues to violate the rights of Aboriginal
Peoples, excluding traditional homelands from essential
services and implementing a chain of policies that is
further disenfranchising Aboriginal Peoples in the Northern
Territory. “The Stronger Futures Bills are about to be
debated in the Senate. If passed, they signal a continuation
of a dark era for Aboriginal Peoples in the Northern
Territory. … ”

Amnesty International Australia: Human rights in Australia
Australia’s failed leadership exposed
by Claire Mallinson, National Director of AIA
http://www.amnesty.org.au/report/comments_2012/28734/
22 May 12: “Australia may not have a reputation as a
country where gross human rights violations are taking
place on a large scale. But as we launch our 50th Amnesty
International Report today, we can reveal that Australia
does not have a squeaky clean record that it likes to think
it has. … Aboriginal Peoples have also continued to fare
poorly as the Government pushes ahead with policies in the
Northern Territory echoing the failed assimilation era of
the 1930s and 1960s. The government claims to be supporting
Aboriginal Peoples living on their ancestral homelands, but
policies do not match these claims.”

– Related Analysis / Opinion

ABC The Drum Opinion: Fear in the face of change
http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/4030894.html
“But for examples of failed leadership closer to home, one
doesn’t need to look beyond Australia’s shores. In 2011,
the Government’s attempts to repackage failed policies of
the past displayed desperation and a lack of vision to deal
with pressing human rights challenges. … The Stronger
Futures Bills are about to be debated in the Senate. If
passed, they signal a continuation of the intervention in
the Northern Territory. Aboriginal communities have widely
condemned the punitive measures contained in the
legislation and the Government’s consultations held with
communities were shambolic.” Claire Mallinson,
National Director of Amnesty International Australia

– Related News

SMH:
Stronger Futures continues dark era for Aborigines, says Amnesty
http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/stronger-futures-continues-dark-era-for-aborigines-says-amnesty-20120524-1z7zb.html
25 May 12: “AMNESTY International has sharply criticised
Australia’s treatment of its indigenous people and asylum
seekers in its annual world review of the state of human
rights. Many of the organisation’s criticisms centred on
the Gillard government’s so-called Stronger Futures
proposals, which would extend elements of the federal
intervention in the Northern Territory for a further 10
years. … The proposals are expected to pass Parliament
with the support of the Coalition, but Amnesty said this
would “signal a continuation of a dark era for Aboriginal
peoples in the Northern Territory”.”

Koori Mail: Aust gets an ‘F’ on human rights
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
24 May 12: “AI Australia’s National Director Claire
Mallinson says the Government’s Stronger Futures Bills
signal a continuation of ‘a dark era’ for Aboriginal people
in the NT. FAILED leadership demonstrated around the globe
in relation to human rights is also apparent in Australia,
according to Amnesty International (AI). The human rights
group today launched its 50th review, scrutinising human
rights in 155 countries, including Australia. It says the
Australian Government is continuing to violate the rights
of Aboriginal peoples by excluding traditional homelands
from essential services and pursuing its Stronger Futures
policies, currently before the Senate. Australia was also
criticised for its refugee policies.”

newsTracker:
Amnesty singles out Indigenous rights abuses in world report
http://tracker.org.au/2012/05/amnesty-singles-out-indigenous-rights-abuses-in-world-report/
24 May 12: “NATIONAL: Australia has been scolded by an
international human rights group for violating the rights
of Aboriginal people and trying to send asylum seekers
offshore for processing. Amnesty International has
criticised the government for limiting funding for housing
and services like water and sanitation for Aboriginal
people living in traditional homelands in the Northern
Territory in its 2012 report into the state of human rights
around the world. … “People need to realise the first
peoples of Australia are being treated in an appalling
manner,” she [Amnesty International national director
Claire Mallinson] told reporters at a briefing of the
400-page report in Sydney.”

9 News: Aust violates indigenous rights: Amnesty
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8472510/aust-violates-indigenous-rights-amnesty
24 May 12: “Australia has been scolded by an international
human rights group for violating the rights of Aborigines
and trying to send asylum seekers offshore for processing.
“Australia continued to violate rights of Indigenous
People,” Amnesty International said in its annual report on
global human rights in 2011. … Amnesty International
national director Claire Mallinson said Amnesty had been
told some indigenous people in the Northern Territory were
living without toilets, showers, electricity or garbage
collection.”

ABC Indigenous: Policy driving Indigenous from lands: Amnesty
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-05-24/australia-criticised-in-latest-amnesty-report/4029984/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
24 May 12: “Amnesty International has issued a scathing
assessment of Australia’s policies on Indigenous affairs
and refugees in its latest report on human rights around
the world. Amnesty’s 2012 human rights report says
Australia continues to violate the rights of Indigenous
people, and is driving them from their homelands. “The
[Australian] Government continued to limit funding for
housing and municipal services such as water and sanitation
to Aboriginal peoples living on traditional homelands in
the Northern Territory,” the annual report says.”

SMH: Amnesty slams UN peace failures, Malaysia solution
http://www.smh.com.au/world/amnesty-slams-un-peace-failures-malaysia-solution-20120524-1z6gx.html
24 May 12: “Amnesty also said the Stronger Futures Bill –
currently before the Senate and which would extend by a
decade the Northern Territory Intervention first introduced
by the Howard government – would marginalise and
disenfranchise indigenous Australians.”

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA News 25-05
http://caama.com.au/caama-news-25-05
25 May 12: “A new Amnesty International report has noted
the detrimental impact of the NT Intervention on homelands
and the long term health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander people.”

* AMNESTY: TELL YOUR SENATORS: SCRAP STRONGER FUTURES

– Action

Amnesty International Australia:
Tell your Senators: scrap Stronger Futures
http://www.amnesty.org.au/action/action/28676/
“Stronger Futures is a package of legislation before the Senate that will extend some of the most controversial elements of the Northern Territory Intervention for the next decade – stripping Aboriginal people of their dignity, and taking away their right to control their own lives. …
Write to your Senators today and tell them to scrap Stronger Futures
The former the Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, the Yolngu
Nations Assembly, the National Congress of Australia’s
First People, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Pacific, the Human Rights Law Centre and the Australian
Council of Social Services are all united in their
criticism of Stronger Futures. … Let’s send a clear
message to politicians that it’s time to listen.”

See:

– Call to Action Kit

UnitingJustice Australia: Stronger Futures Call to Action
http://www.unitingjustice.org.au/justice-for-indigenous-australians/information-and-action-resources/item/851-stronger-futures-call-to-action
“The Stronger Futures debate in Parliament will resume 18th
June. This gives us a few more weeks to voice our
opposition to the introduction of the legislation.
The Stronger Futures legislation is a series of Bills that
will determine what programs the Government implements for
Indigenous communities for the next 10 years. The Bills are
an extension of the Northern Territory Emergency Response
Act 2007 (the Intervention), and will extend the
discriminatory measures by up to a decade.
If passed, some of the discriminatory measures that would
be introduced through the Stronger Futures legislation
include: …
You can download the Call to Action Kit which includes:
background material on the Stronger Futures legislation;
advocacy strategies;
information postcards to distribute;
and a form letter to complete and send to politicians.”

– Petition

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

– Action

Stand for Freedom – Take Action
http://standforfreedom.org.au/take-action/
“The Stronger Futures legislation is opposed by Aboriginal
people across the Northern Territory and civil society
across the nation. We need to generate a mass movement to
make the Government listen to their concerns. That
Aboriginal people have the right to control their own
futures; that freedom is the right of ALL Australians.
Let’s come together and stop Stronger Futures! … ”

* GREENS: AMNESTY REPORT EMPHASISES NEED FOR HOMELANDS INVESTMENT

– Media Release

Greens: Amnesty report emphasises need for homelands investment
http://greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/amnesty-report-emphasises-need-homelands-investment
24 May 12: “Amnesty International’s State of the World’s
Human Rights report underlines the detrimental impact of
the NT Intervention on homelands and the long term health
and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
people, the Australian Greens said today.
“It is little surprise that Amnesty, like other
international organisations, has found continued violations
of the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
peoples,” Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
“The approach taken by Stronger Futures is completely
contrary to that which has been recommended by experts and
communities themselves. There is a strong body of opinion
in favour of supporting services and programs based on
collaboration and community involvement and partnership.
[said Senator Rachel Siewert]”

* JON ALTMAN: ANOTHER DECADE FOR HOMELANDS POLICY DEBACLE

– Analysis / Opinion

newsTracker: Another decade for homelands policy debacle
http://tracker.org.au/2012/05/another-decade-for-homelands-policy-debacle/
25 May 12: “NATIONAL: The federal government recently
announced funding over ten years for Homelands in the NT.
But will it make a difference, asks PROF JON ALTMAN*. …
Homeland residents today are in a worse place than five
years ago because any ‘security and certainty’ this policy
pronouncement might deliver is more than offset by high
insecurity and uncertainty about CDEP and the
community-based resource organisations that have been at
the very heart of their development prospects. …
Evidently, it has not yet occurred to the Australian
government that neglect creates socioeconomic gaps, it does
not close them.” By Jon Altman,
research professor in economic anthropology,
Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR),
Australian National University

* TRACKER: INTERVENTION LAWS NEED SCRUTINY: GOODA

– News

newsTracker: Intervention laws need scrutiny: Gooda
http://tracker.org.au/2012/05/intervention-laws-need-scrutiny-gooda/
24 May 12: “NATIONAL: Social Justice Commissioner Mick
Gooda says the federal government should subject its
legislation extending the Northern Territory intervention
to scrutiny by a new human rights committee. The United
Nations this week challenged Labor to refer its Stronger
Futures laws to the parliamentary joint committee on human
rights. The legislation, currently before the Senate, was
introduced to parliament before the committee was set up
late last year. But Mr Gooda, the government’s Indigenous
social justice commissioner, says the draft laws should be
reviewed as a matter of urgency before they are passed.”

See:

WGAR News: “NT intervention law must comply with
Australia’s human rights obligations” M. Bogner (23 May 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/23/wgar-news-nt-intervention-law-must-comply-with-australia%E2%80%99s-human-rights-obligations-m-bog

* GREENS SEEK FURTHER SCRUTINY FOR NT INTERVENTION:

– Media Release

Greens seek further scrutiny for NT Intervention
http://greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/greens-seek-further-scrutiny-nt-intervention
23 May 12: “The Australian Greens will ask Attorney General
Nicola Roxon to refer the Stronger Futures legislation
package to the newly established Parliamentary Joint
Committee on Human Rights.
“Stronger Futures, the legislation being used to extend the
NT Intervention, was introduced before the joint committee
was finalised, meaning the legislation will not be
automatically scrutinised and does not need to include a
human rights statement,” Senator Siewert said today.
“However, terms of reference for the committee allows it to
investigate any matter relating to human rights upon
referral from the Attorney-General.
“Widespread concerns have been raised about the Intervention
and the consultation processes that have been undertaken as
part of Stronger Futures. [said Senator Rachel Siewert]”

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Greens call for human rights scrutiny of Stronger Futures
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7238-greens-call-for-human-rights-scrutiny-of-stronger-futures
25 May 12: “The Australian Greens Indigenous Affairs
Spokesperson Rachel Siewert is calling for a human rights
review of the extension of the Northern Territory
Intervention via the Federal Government’s Stronger Futures
legislation. …
“A lot of people see Stronger Futures for what it is, which
is an extension of that discriminatory approach.
“But because it was introduced just before the Joint
Committee on Human Rights got started in Parliament, it
didn’t get referred to that Committee. …
“Therefore, many of us believe it should be referred to
that committee.””

See:

WGAR News: “NT intervention law must comply with
Australia’s human rights obligations” M. Bogner (23 May 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/23/wgar-news-nt-intervention-law-must-comply-with-australia%E2%80%99s-human-rights-obligations-m-bog

* GREENS:
GOVERNMENT & COALITION SHOULD HEED UN CONCERNS ON NT INTERVENTION

– Media Release

Greens:
Government & Coalition should heed UN concerns on NT Intervention
http://greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/government-coalition-should-heed-un-concerns-nt-intervention-0
22 May 12: “Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert says
comments made today by the Pacific representative of the UN
High Commissioner for Human Rights increases pressure on
the Government over it’s expansion of the NT Intervention
via the Stronger Futures legislation.
“Matilda Bogner has rightly raised a number of concerns
about the intervention in the Northern Territory,” Senator
Siewert said today.
“This condemnation continues to grow and Australia’s
international reputation continues to be tarnished.
“The Government needs to take notice of the calls coming
from communities in the NT and from national and
international organisations who recognised that the
interventionist approach serves only to marginalise
people. … ”

See:

WGAR News: “NT intervention law must comply with
Australia’s human rights obligations” M. Bogner (23 May 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/23/wgar-news-nt-intervention-law-must-comply-with-australia%E2%80%99s-human-rights-obligations-m-bog

* INTERVIEW WITH MATTHEW DHULUMBURRK GAYKAMANGU
& PADDY GIBSON ON STRONGER FUTURES LAWS:

– Audio Interview

3CR Community Radio 855 AM – Podcasts
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
Wednesday Hometime – 24 May 2012
[download this program] http://pod.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2012-05-23-95402.mp3
24 May 12: “Sue spoke to Paddy Gibson of the Stop the
Intervention Collective Sydney and Matthew Dhulumburrk
Gaykamangu an Indigenous elder from Ramingining about the
Stronger Futures legislation to be debated in the Senate in
June. Valerie interviewed Tabitha O’Shea, Solicitor for
Seniors Rights Victoria, about elder abuse a subject she
presented to a paracticioners forum for Law Week.”

* TERRY PRIEST & EVA COX:
EVIDENCE-FREE POLICY MAKING? THE CASE OF INCOME MANAGEMENT

– Research Paper

Evidence-Free Policy Making? The Case of Income Management
By Terry Priest and Eva Cox
Journal of Indigenous Policy
Read the full article here: http://www.jumbunna.uts.edu.au/researchareas/newmedia/AddendumtoJIP12FINAL.pdf
May 2012: “This paper argues that current evidence fails to
support the extension of income management.
This paper is a new addendum to the Journal of Indigenous
Policy Issue 12, which September 2011 and looked at the
reports then available on the effectiveness or otherwise of
the Federal Government’s income management program in the
Northern Territory.
However, further government reports on the Northern
Territory Emergency Response policies were published later
last year. This addendum covers the additional studies,
looking again at the quality of evidence being used to
justify extending IM and other programs. … ”

* ZOE EDWARDS: LABOR’S RACIST INTERVENTION SET TO CONTINUE

– Analysis / Opinion

Socialist Alternative:
Labor’s racist Intervention set to continue
http://www.sa.org.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=7337:labor%E2%80%99s-racist-intervention-set-to-continue&Itemid=454
21 May 12: “The NTER was originally to last for 5 years and
was due to run out in August this year. The Labor Party,
nervous to ensure continuing prosperity for the mining
giants, has introduced new legislation – misnamed “Stronger
Futures” – which aims to extend the intervention for a
further ten years. … But there’s more to it than this.
The real intention of the government is to drive Aboriginal
people of their land and continue the assimilation policies
of the past. And there is a clear link between the mining
boom and the Intervention.” By Zoe Edwards

* DARREN COYNE: SENATORS ADJOURN DEBATE UNTIL JUNE

– News

Guardian: Senators adjourn debate until June
– Spotlight on Stronger Futures legislation
http://www.cpa.org.au/guardian/2012/1548/05-senators-adjourn.html
23 May 12: “The Senate has adjourned its debate on the
controversial NT Stronger Futures legislation, which would
extend the Northern Territory intervention for up to
another ten years. The legislation was listed for debate
but has now been deferred until at least June 18 … The
deferral of the legislation follows intense lobbying in
recent weeks from Indigenous groups and opponents of the
legislation. Despite that opposition, opponents are fearful
that the legislation will have bipartisan support, albeit
with possible amendments from the Coalition and the Greens,
when it next comes up.” By Darren Coyne

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

Last updated: 24 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: 24 May 2012

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

* ABC: BARKLY CANDIDATES UNITED AGAINST MUCKATY

– News

ABC Alice Springs: Barkly candidates united against Muckaty
http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2012/05/24/3510368.htm
24 May 12: “They’re on opposite sides of the political
divide but Member for Barkly, Gerry McCarthy and CLP
candidate Bec Healy stand united on Muckaty. The CLP’s
candidate for the Barkly, Bec Healy says she does not want
to see the proposed nuclear waste facility at Muckaty
Station go ahead. … Ms Healy stands united with current
Member for Barkly, Gerry McCarthy who maintains his strong
opposition to the proposal. … Both candidates stand
against their own parties federally on the issue.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE PROPOSED MUCKATY NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

Last updated: 24 May 2012

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

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