120621 – “Aboriginal and church leaders oppose the NT intervention extension legislation” Greens MPs Audio

Contents:
* Richard Downs, a leader of the Alyawarra nation:
The true path to stronger Indigenous futures
* Background to the Ampilatwatja Anti-Intervention Walk-off
* Greens MPs Audio: Aboriginal and church leaders oppose
the NT intervention extension legislation
* IRAG: Central Australian Human Rights Defender and
campaigner Barbara Shaw has been in Canberra this week
* Dr John Falzon: Statement to Stronger Futures press conference
* ACM Sydney: Public Outcry Mounts against Stronger Futures
* ‘concerned Australians’: ‘Stronger Futures’ Bills opposed
* Congress letter to Parliamentary Human Rights Committee
* ACM Sydney: The ACM endorses requests to send Stronger
Futures for scrutiny by Parliamentary Human Rights Committee
* Greens Rachel Siewert: Human rights examination of
parenting and intervention laws is an important step
* SBS World News Special Coverage:
NT Intervention set to continue
* The Wire: Longer Futures
* Background to support for the Yolngu statement
* AASW: Co-operation not Coercion –
Restoring Respect for Australia’s First Peoples by
Saying NO to Stronger Futures Legislation
* Las Casas Dominican Centre for
Justice, Peace and Care of Creation:
Statement concerning Stronger Futures Legislation
* Yolŋuw Makarr Dhuni (Versammlung der Yolngu Nationen)
* Amnesty International Buchtip
– „This Is What We Said“ – Dies ist was wir sagten
* Amnesty International – Our Generation
– ein Film über die Aborigines
* Videos from the Bankstown Rally
– Stop the Intervention expansion
* More ‘Stronger Futures’ Legislation related articles
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* BHP Billiton Watch:
Invitation to the Lizards Revenge from uncle Kevin Buzzacott
* MR: Legal challenge of Federal approval of the
Olympic Dam expansion continues
* Background to expansion of Olympic Dam mine challenge
* Dr John Falzon: Aboriginal solidarity with refugees
* Other articles

* RICHARD DOWNS, A LEADER OF THE ALYAWARRA NATION:
THE TRUE PATH TO STRONGER INDIGENOUS FUTURES

– Analysis / Opinion

ABC The Drum Opinion:
The true path to stronger Indigenous futures
http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/4076734.html
18 Jun 12: “Since the Northern Territory intervention began
in 2007, our people have faced a renewed level of
destruction and denial of our basic human rights. The
intervention was introduced under the guise of protecting
women and children, but it has simply served to cause more
hardship and shame for our people. Under the intervention
our leaders have been silenced, our people disempowered and
humiliated. I have felt like an outcast because the
government has ignored us and our leaders who have been
pushed away into the background.” Richard Downs, a leader
of the Alyawarra nation and of the Ampilatwatja walk-off

* BACKGROUND TO THE AMPILATWATJA ANTI-INTERVENTION WALK-OFF

Last updated: 21 June 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/06/21/background-to-the-ampilatwatja-anti-intervention-walk-off-northern-territory-nt-australia

* GREENS MPs AUDIO:
ABORIGINAL AND CHURCH LEADERS OPPOSE
THE NT INTERVENTION EXTENSION LEGISATION

– Audio and Photos

Greens MPs:
Aboriginal and church leaders oppose the
NT intervention extension legislation
http://greensmps.org.au/content/audio/aboriginal-and-church-leaders-oppose-nt-intervention-extension-legislation
18 Jun 12: “A coailition of Aboriginal, church and community
leaders come together to oppose the Government’s proposed
legislation to extend the Northern Territory intervention
for Aboriginal communities. Australian Greens leader,
Senator Christine Milne, was presented with a petition to
stop the legislation, signed by 43,000 Australians.
Community leaders present NT Intervention petition.”
[Includes audio comments by Barb Shaw,
George Gaymarani Pascoe, Graeme Mundine and the Greens.]

– Related Media Release

Greens Rachel Siewert:
Anti Intervention campaign gathers further strength
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/anti-intervention-campaign-gathers-further-strength
18 Jun 12: “The Australian Greens have today accepted a
petition against the expansion of the NT Intervention from
a growing group of people opposed to the discriminatory
regime.
“Today’s gathering at Parliament House represents the broad
community opposition to the Intervention,” Senator Rachel
Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Issues said today.
“In the five years since the Intervention began, Aboriginal
people across the Northern Territory have been subject
paternalistic and racist policies.
“The proposed Stronger Futures legislation will expand the
Intervention’s powers to unprecedented levels and see it
continue for another ten years.
“It is unacceptable for the Government to continue with
this unjustified approach in the NT despite the clear
community calls for a new path to be taken. … ”
[said Senator Siewert]”

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 20.06.2012
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-20-06-2012
20 Jun 12: “Aboriginal Catholic leader Graeme Mundine has
joined others in Canberra to present a petition to
Parliament against the Stronger Futures Bills.”

– Related News

Feds urged to scrap NT intervention expansion laws
newsTracker: http://tracker.org.au/2012/06/feds-urged-to-scrap-nt-intervention-expansion-laws/
9 News: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8485506/govt-urged-to-dump-nt-intervention
18 Jun 12: “Church leaders and Aboriginal community
representatives are urging the federal government to scrap
a plan to extend the intervention policies targeted at
Aboriginal communities. Labor’s Stronger Futures
legislation is before the Senate and likely to pass with
bipartisan support. … Barbara Shaw, who represents
Aboriginal communities in central Australia, said
communities weren’t properly consulted by the government on
its plans. … Catholic bishop Pat Power urged senators on
Monday to dump the bill.” By Ehssan Veiszadeh

CathNews:
Bishop and church group urge senators to reject NT bill
http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=31827
18 Jun 12: “Indigenous community representatives are urging
the federal government to scrap a plan to extend the
intervention policies targeted at Indigenous communities,
report SBS and the ABC. Catholic bishop Pat Power
(pictured) urged senators yesterday to dump the bill. He
said the measures would undermine the good work done by
former prime minister Kevin Rudd, who formally apologised
to the Stolen Generations in 2008. … The ABC reports
that indigenous Catholic leader, Graeme Mundine joined
others in Canberra yesterday to present a petition against
the proposed Stronger Futures legislation.”

ABC Alice Springs: Church group says ‘no’ to Stronger Futures
http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2012/06/18/3527865.htm
18 Jun 12: “Indigenous Catholic leader, Graeme Mundine
joined others in Canberra today to present a petition
against the proposed Stronger Futures legislation. A
petition against the Federal government’s Stronger Futures
bill was presented in Parliament today by a lobby group
involving church, welfare and health organisations across
Australia. The 42,000 signature petition was presented in
the lead up to the legislation being voted on in the Senate
this week. … ”

* IRAG:
CENTRAL AUSTRALIAN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER AND CAMPAIGNER
BARBARA SHAW HAS BEEN IN CANBERRA THIS WEEK

– Media Release

Intervention Rollback Action Group Alice Springs:
http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/irag-mr-21-6-12.doc
21 Jun 12: “Central Australian Human Rights Defender and
campaigner Barbara Shaw has been in Canberra this week,
holding discussions with senators and presenting a major
petition calling for the scrapping of the Stronger Futures
legislation, due before the Senate next week.
Tonight in Melbourne she will take part in a forum
organised by Arena Magazine and chaired by Gary Foley. The
forum will focus on the past 5 years of the intervention,
and Arena will launch a special publication of writings on
the NTER.
Whilst in Melbourne, Ms Shaw will meet with human rights
lawyers to discuss legal issues in relation to the proposed
legislation and the possible lodging of a discrimination
complaint.
“The proposed laws are racist” Ms Shaw stated. “They treat
Aboriginal people differently from the rest of the
community. … “”

* DR JOHN FALZON:
STATEMENT TO STRONGER FUTURES PRESS CONFERENCE

– Statement

St Vincent de Paul Society:
Statement to Stronger Futures press conference
http://blog.vinnies.org.au/statement-to-stronger-futures-press-conference/
18 Jun 12: “Chief Executive of the St Vincent de Paul
Society, Dr John Falzon, made the following statement at a
press conference held at Australian Parliament House on June
18, 2012. The press conference was called to oppose the
Stronger Futures legislation and was also addressed by
Aboriginal Elders from the Northern Territory and Bankstown,
as well as representatives from the Catholic Church, the
Uniting Church, the Australian Lawyers Alliance and other
church and community organisations.
It is with deep sadness that we must remember that since the
Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody handed
down its final recommendations over 20 years ago there have
been 270 Aboriginal deaths in custody.
The Stronger Futures legislation stands to increase the rate
of Aboriginal incarceration. … ”

* ACM SYDNEY: PUBLIC OUTCRY MOUNTS AGAINST STRONGER FUTURES

– News

ACM Sydney: Public Outcry Mounts against Stronger Futures
http://acmsydney.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/public-outcry-mounts-against-stronger-futures/
19 Jun 12: “The pressure of opposition against the proposed
Stronger Futures legislation is reaching boiling point, as
dozens more organisations join the ever-growing list of
support for Aboriginal demands that the Stronger Futures
legislation be withdrawn. The legislation is due to be
voted on in the Senate this week. Leaders of wide ranging
organisations including the Catholic Church, the Australian
Lawyers Alliance and Quakers Australia will come together
in Canberra to demonstrate the united front that has
developed across the community sector against the
legislation. They will join in solidarity with Aboriginal
leaders from the NT George Gaymarani Pascoe and Barbara
Shaw and other Aboriginal organisations including the
National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. … ”

* ‘CONCERNED AUSTRALIANS’: ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ BILLS OPPOSED

– Media Release

‘concerned Australians’: ‘Stronger Futures’ Bills opposed
ISX: http://www.isx.org.au/forums/read.php?18,9997,9997,quote=1
15 Jun 12: “Strong statements have been issued by the
Yolngu Nations Assembly (YNA) of Arnhem Land, the Eastern
Alyawarr Peoples and the Gurrindji Peoples of Daguragu and
Kalkarinji, all of whom are demanding an end to the
interventionist policies of Government and the return of
control over their communities. …
At the 45th anniversary of the walk-off at Kalkarindji late
last year the Central Land Council called for an end to the
Intervention. Last week, Walter Shaw, CEO of Tangentyere
Council made reference to ‘deaf governments’ and resorted to
the people of goodwill as fair-minded Australians to promote
Aboriginal rights.
The Yolngu Nations Assembly believes that, The Australian
Federal Government can achieve all its aims through
partnership in our communities. ‘concerned Australians’
believes this is a good beginning point.”

* CONGRESS LETTER TO PARLIAMENTARY HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE:

– Letter

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Congress letter to Parliamentary Human Rights Committee
http://nationalcongress.com.au/congress-letter-to-parliamentary-human-rights-committee-released/
20 Jun 12: “The Chairman of the Joint Committee on Human
Rights, Labor MP Harry Jenkins has told parliament that the
Committee had received correspondence from Congress asking
the Committee to examine the Stronger Futures bills for
compatibility with human rights under Section 7(a) of the
Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act (2011).
Read the full text of the Congress letter here:
http://nationalcongress.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/CongressStatementtoParlJtCteeonHumanRights.pdf
Congress also has an ongoing electronic letter campaign
calling for the bills to be properly scrutinised to ensure
that they comply with Australian human rights standards.
Check it out at this link:
http://congressmob.good.do/stoplisten/bnmb/ .”

– Related News

Macklin must justify human rights: groups
newsTracker: http://tracker.org.au/2012/06/macklin-must-justify-human-rights-groups/
9 News: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8486592
20 Jun 12: “NATIONAL: A parliamentary committee has
demanded the government justify any human rights
limitations an extension of the Northern Territory
intervention imposes on remote Aboriginal communities.
Chairman of the joint committee on human rights, Labor MP
Harry Jenkins, on Wednesday told parliament that members
had received correspondence from the National Congress of
Australia’s First Peoples asking them to examine the
Stronger Futures bills now before the Senate. The committee
was working out how it would respond to the request, he
said. … ”

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

* ACM SYDNEY:
THE ACM ENDORSES REQUESTS TO SEND STRONGER FUTURES FOR
SCRUTINY BY PARLIAMENTARY HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE

– News

ACM Sydney:
The ACM endorses requests to send Stronger Futures for
scrutiny by Parliamentary Human Rights Committee
http://acmsydney.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/the-acm-endorses-requests-to-send-stronger-futures-for-scrutiny-by-parliamentary-human-rights-committee/
20 Jun 12: “The Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, Sydney
Archdiocese, congratulates the Parliamentary Committee on
Human Rights for questioning the compatibility of the
Stronger Futures Bills with Human Rights. The Committee was
established in March this year to examine legislation to
ensure that it is compatible with Human Rights and to report
to Parliament. In a statement made to Parliament today,
Chair, Harry Jenkins MP said that the Human Rights Committee
has received a written request from the National Congress of
Australia’s First Peoples to examine the Stronger Futures
Bills.”

* GREENS RACHEL SIEWERT:
HUMAN RIGHTS EXAMINATION OF PARENTING AND
INTERVENTION LAWS IS AN IMPORTANT STEP

– Media Release

Greens Rachel Siewert:
Human rights examination of parenting and
intervention laws is an important step
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/human-rights-examination-parenting-and-intervention-laws-important-step
20 Jun 12: ” … Senator Siewert has also welcomed news that
the joint committee has asked Minister Jenny Macklin to
advise them on the compatibility of the Stronger Futures
legislation with Australia’s human rights obligations.
“Widespread concerns have been raised about the Intervention
and the consultation processes that have been undertaken as
part of Stronger Futures.
“This is especially true in regards to programs such as
income management and SEAM, which could have discriminatory
impacts on Aboriginal people.
“The Attorney General has the capacity to ask the Joint
Committee on Human Rights to examine the Stronger Futures
package and the Greens have written to Ms Roxon asking for
this to occur, a process we regard as essential,”
Senator Siewert concluded.”

* SBS WORLD NEWS SPECIAL COVERAGE:
NT INTERVENTION SET TO CONTINUE

– Special Coverage

SBS World News: NT Intervention set to continue
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1658795/Factbox:-The-Northern-Territory-Intervention
20 Jun 12: “As the nation prepares to mark the fith
anniversary of the NT Intervention, the federal government
wants to extend it for another 10 years. Check out what the
key measures of the ‘Stronger Futures’ bills are. The
‘Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Bill 2011’ is
before the Senate and is likely to pass with bipartisan
support at the end of June. The laws aim to continue the
Northern Territory Emergency Response, introduced by the
Howard government in 2007, for another 10 years.”
Chiara Pazzano

* THE WIRE: LONGER FUTURES

– Audio

The Wire: Longer Futures
Produced by Chris Brunner
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9263
20 Jun 12: “A Bill to extend the so-called Stronger Futures
Legislation is expected to pass through the senate in the
next two weeks. So comes as no surprise that Minister for
Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, was out trumpeting its
success today with an update on Closing the Gap in the
Northern Territory. It puts in place the necessary legal
framework to extend the NT intervention another ten years.
Featured in story:
Damien Curtis – Campaign Director, Stand For Freedom”

* BACKGROUND TO SUPPORT FOR THE YOLNGU STATEMENT:

Last updated: 18 June 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/06/10/background-to-support-for-the-yolngu-statement-and-opposition-to-the-stronger-futures-law

* AASW:
CO-OPERATION NOT COERCION
– RESTORING RESPECT FOR AUSTRALIA’S FIRST PEOPLES BY
SAYING NO TO STRONGER FUTURES LEGISLATION

– Media Release

Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW):
Co-operation not Coercion – Restoring Respect for
Australia’s First Peoples by Saying NO to Stronger Futures
Legislation
http://concernedaustralians.com.au/media/stronger_futures_yolngu/Australian_Association_of_Social_Workers.pdf
18 Jun 12: “On the eve of the 5th Anniversary of the
Northern Territory Emergency Response, the Australian
Association of Social Workers, representing 7000 members
nationally is calling on Senators to oppose the Stronger
Futures Legislation which discriminates against Australia’s
First Peoples.
The AASW joins with the Yolŋu Nations Assembly in
supporting their statement that “The Australian Federal
Government can achieve all its aims through partnership
in our communities. They have no need to grant themselves
the continued and new powers contained within these
bills.”1 …
The AASW joins with over 400 organisations to strongly urge
all Senators in the Australian Parliament to listen to the
Yolngu Nations Assembly and reject the Stronger Futures
Bills when they come before the Senate. … ”

* LAS CASAS DOMINICAN CENTRE FOR
JUSTICE, PEACE AND CARE OF CREATION:
STATEMENT CONCERNING STRONGER FUTURES LEGISLATION

– Statement

Las Casas Dominican Centre for
Justice, Peace and Care of Creation:
Statement concerning Stronger Futures Legislation,
due to go to the Senate in the week of 18th June,2012.
http://concernedaustralians.com.au/media/stronger_futures_yolngu/Las_Casas_Dominican_Centre.pdf
15 Jun 12: “We are convinced that the Stronger Futures
legislation which was passed by the House of Representatives
with minimal debate needs to be revised.
We ask that Senators of all parties use the right of review
of the Senate for a better future for all Australians.
Australia’s international reputation was sadly damaged by
legislation and policies for Aboriginal communities under
the Howard government and these have not been not
sufficiently changed under two successive Labor
governments. …
The Yolgnu People were leaders with their Bark petition but
the Federal Government of that time did not understand. They
are still trying to defend their land and culture. They are
now appealing to the Senators to vote not on party lines but
on principle for better legislation. We support their
Petition. … ”

* VIDEOS FROM THE BANKSTOWN RALLY
– STOP THE INTERVENTION EXPANSION:

– Videos

Stop the Intervention Videos:
Stop the NT Intervention
– Stop the expansion Rally 12pm June 16th,
Paul Keating Park, Bankstown
http://stoptheintervention.org/past-events/16-jun-2012-stop-the-nt-intervention—stop-the-expansion/videos-16062011
“Videos from the event:
Compilation:
Speakers:
1. Paddy Gibson (Bankstown Coalition)
2. George Gaymarani Pascoe, Milingimbi, NT
3. Rosie Pearson, Yirrkala community, NT
4. Message from the African community in Darwin
5. Larissa Behrendt (Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning UTS)
6. Pam (Bankstown Coalition)
7. Paddy Gibson (Bankstown Coalition)”

– Related News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Bankstown rally marks five years since Intervention
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7314-bankstown-rally-marks-five-years-since-intervention
19 Jun 12: “A rally was held in Bankstown in New South
Wales over the weekend, calling for the Federal Government
to dump the Stronger Futures legislation which is being
debated in the Senate this week. The rally marked five
years since the announcement of the NT Intervention. Paddy
Gibson from the Stop the Intervention Collective says the
legislation would extend the Intervention another 10 years
and expand compulsory income management to other parts of
Australia.”

* YOLNUW MAKARR DHUNI (VERSAMMLUNG DER YOLNGU NATIONEN)

Yolŋuw Makarr Dhuni (Versammlung der Yolngu Nationen)
Respect and Listen: http://www.respectandlisten.org/uploads/downloads/NT_Intervention/Stronger-Futures/Yolngu-Statement-German-transl.pdf
Yolŋuw Makarr Dhuni (Versammlung der Yolngu Nationen)
representieren die Menschen von 8 Nationen in den
westlichen, zentralen und östlichen Gebieten des Arnhem
Landes des Nordterritoriums:
Miwatj, Laynha, Raminy, Marthakal, Garriny, Gumurr-Rawarraŋ,
Gaṯtjirrik und Miḏiyirrk … ”

* AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL BUCHTIPP
– „THIS IS WHAT WE SAID“ – DIES IST WAS WIR SAGTEN

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL RUNDBRIEF
THEMENKOGRUPPE – MENSCHENRECHTE UND INDIGENE VÖLKER
Austalien
http://www.karin-roth.de/media/archive1/_EP/Rundbrief_IA_120811.pdf
August 2011: “BUCHTIPP
THIS IS WHAT WE SAID: AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL PEOPLE GIVE
THEIR VIEWS ON THE NORTHERN TERRITORY INTERVENTION
Eine kurze Übersicht/Erläuterung des Buches
„This Is What We Said“ – Dies ist was wir sagten – stellt
Ansichten und Meinungen von Ureinwohnern im nördlichen Teil
Australiens vor, die von einer Gesetzgebung, der sogenannten
NT Intervention, betroffen sind. Diese Gesetzgebung verletzt
ihre Menschenrechte und greift massiv in ihr Leben ein.”

* AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL – OUR GENERATION
– EIN FILM ÜBER DIE ABORIGINES

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL RUNDBRIEF
THEMENKOGRUPPE – MENSCHENRECHTE UND INDIGENE VÖLKER
Austalien
http://www.karin-roth.de/media/archive1/_EP/Rundbrief_IA_120811.pdf
“Ende Mai 2011 zeigte die Stadtbücherei-Zweigstelle in
Iserlohn-Letmathe den Dokumentarfilm “Our Generation –
The ground breaking new documentary on Aboriginal rights”.
Der Film erklärt die Hintergründe der aktuellen Situation
der Aborigines und ihrer Kultur im “sonnigen und
glücklichen” Australien. Er präsentiert Ansichten von
Ureinwohnern, die zum Teil in abgelegenen Gegenden von
Australien leben, und lädt ein zu einem Dialog über
partnerschaftliche und respektvolle Wege zur Ver- besserung
der Lage.”

* MORE ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LEGISLATION RELATED ARTICLES:

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 18.6.12
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-18-6-12
18 Jun 12: “* Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny
Macklin has declared that Australia has “turned a corner”
on Aboriginal housing…after more than 600 homes were
built in communities throughout the NT.
* The Australian Greens have slammed this statement…saying
the claim that Aboriginal housing issues have turned a
corner downplays the issues of overcrowding, and a lack of
funding for support for people on homelands.”

– News

ABC: Closing the Gap a slow process, report finds
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-06-20/closing-the-gap-monitoring-report-macklin/4081658
20 Jun 12: “The Federal Government says more Indigenous
people are being employed at remote Aboriginal communities
in the Northern Territory. The Government’s latest report
on the federal Intervention in the Territory says more than
1,000 people were employed in communities in the six months
to December last year. The Closing the Gap in the Northern
Territory report says job placements for the period were 20
per cent higher, compared to the same period in 2010.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Stronger Futures forum seeks to educate
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7312-strong-futures-forum-seeks-to-educate
19 Jun 12: “A national forum will be held in Melbourne this
week in response to five years of the Northern Territory
Intervention and the potential passing of the Stronger
Futures bill in the Federal Senate. Speakers at the forum
will include Alice Springs resident Barbara Shaw and
Professor Jon Altman from the Centre for Aboriginal Economic
Policy and Research. Organiser Alison Caddick says the forum
will help educate people about the Intervention and the
Stronger Futures legislation.”

See:

Event: Thu 21 June 2012: Fitzroy, Melbourne, Vic
Arena Magazine and Arena Journal, and
concerned Australians invite you to attend
INTERVENTION
A Public Forum on the Northern Territory Intervention
into Indigenous communities and the
Stronger Futures legislation.
Chair: Gary Foley
Speakers:
* Professor Jon Altman
* Rosalie Kunoth-Monks
* The Hon. Alastair Nicholson
* Barbara Shaw
Incorporating the launch of:
Arena Magazine’s special issue on the NT Intervention
and Arena Journal’s special issue on settler colonialism
Event details: http://www.arena.org.au/2012/06/nt-intervention-public-forum/
Event details: http://www.arena.org.au/category/events/project-space-events-and-discussions/?eventDisplay=upcoming
Event details: http://concernedaustralians.com.au/media/NT_Intervention_forum_Invitation_2012_06_21.pdf
Event details: http://events.leader-news.whereilive.com.au/events/northern-territory-intervention-stronger-futures-f#.T9rHK8Xt0ec
Arena homepage: http://www.arena.org.au/
‘concerned Australians’ homepage: http://concernedaustralians.com.au/

– News

ABC:
State scraps trial linking welfare payments, school attendance
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-06-18/state-scraps-pilot-tying-welfare-payments-to-school-attendance/4076190
18 Jun 12: “The State Government says it has terminated a
Federal Government trial linking school attendance to
welfare payments because it is not working. Under the trial
some parents in Logan south of Brisbane have had to prove
their children are regularly attending school or lose
welfare payments. The pilot has been running in about 30
schools since 2009 and was due to end this month. The
Federal Government wants to extend it but the state’s
Education Minister John Paul Langbroek says attendance has
not improved.”

Koori Mail: Congress: Bills breach UN Declaration
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
18 Jun 12: “THE National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples says it’s obvious that Australian Government
attempts to extend the controversial NT Intervention by ten
years breach the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples. Australia formally endorsed the declaration in
2009 but Intervention opponents say the Government has
failed to properly consult Indigenous communities on its
Stronger Futures bills, which could pass the Senate this
week.”

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

Last updated: 18 June 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

* BHP BILLITON WATCH:
INVITATION TO THE LIZARDS REVENGE FROM UNCLE KEVIN BUZZACOTT

– Video

BHP Billiton Watch:
Invitation to the Lizards Revenge from uncle Kevin Buzzacott
http://bhpbillitonwatch.net/2012/06/16/invitation-to-the-lizards-revenge/
16 Jun 12: “From 14th-18th July people from around
Australia will be converging at the gates of BHP Billiton’s
Roxby Downs uranium mine in South Australia. Watch this
video for the official invite from Traditional Owner, Uncle
Kevin Buzzacott. http://lizardsrevenge.net/

– Upcoming Events

Event: Sat 23 June 2012: Trades Hall, Melbourne, Vic
Nonviolent direct action/legals briefing – Lizards Revenge
“Have you not participated in civil disobedience/
non violent direct action and want a bit of an
idea of the basics?”
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/476190445741032/
Website: http://lizardsrevenge.net/
[See below: Event: 14 to 18 (or 20) July 2012:
Olympic Dam, SA
Lizards Revenge Music/Art Festival protest]

Event: Mon 25 June 2012: Adelaide CBD, SA
Adelaide Lizards Revenge Info Session
“Want to know more? Come along for an
informal chat to find out more about the event.
Legal questions, logistical queries,
what to expect, what to bring,
what needs to be done, how you can help.”
Event details: http://en-gb.connect.facebook.com/events/399604390089651/
[See below: Event: 14 to 18 (or 20) July 2012:
Olympic Dam, SA
Lizards Revenge Music/Art Festival protest]

Event: Tue 3 – Fri 20 July 2012: Bendigo & Roxby Downs
Road Trip for Change
– Step Out(back) and Learn from Country
“In July the South Australian Student Environment Network
will be running a series of epic road trips that will take you
on a journey of learning from Adelaide to Australia’s
biggest grass roots Environment Conference:
Students of Sustainability (SoS), then via the great
SA outback to Roxby Downs for the
Lizards Revenge Music/Art festival.”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/road-trip-for-change-step-outback-and-learn-from-country
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/224524544273924
Website: http://www.roadtripforchange.org/
Website: http://lizardsrevenge.net/
[See below: Event: 14 to 18 (or 20) July 2012:
Olympic Dam, SA
Lizards Revenge Music/Art Festival protest]

Event: 14 to 18 (or 20) July 2012: Olympic Dam, SA
The Lizard’s Revenge:
Olympic Dam expansion music/art/festival/protest
“Sleeping underneath the ground there is an old lizard,
Kalta the sleepy lizard. The lizard ain’t so sleepy anymore.
BHP is mining right into that Lizards body. The government
has just approved an expansion of the Olympic Dam uranium
mine, making it the biggest uranium mine in the world.
Kalta is angry and wants revenge.
Arabana elder Kevin Buzzacot is calling the people of the
world to help the lizard shut down the mine. He is calling
for people to come and heal the land in the name of peace
and justice for the next 10,000 generations to come.”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/the-lizards-revenge-olympic-dam-expansion-musicartfestivalprotest
Background: http://londonminingnetwork.org/2011/10/australia-approves-20-30bn-bhp-billitons-olympic-dam-mine-expansion/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/224524544273924
Website: http://lizardsrevenge.net/
Road Trip for Change Tue 3 – Fri 20 July 2012: http://indymedia.org.au/road-trip-for-change-step-outback-and-learn-from-country
Sat 23 June 2012 Melbourne event: https://www.facebook.com/events/476190445741032/
Mon 25 June 2012 Adelaide event: http://en-gb.connect.facebook.com/events/399604390089651/
Invitation from uncle Kevin Buzzacott: http://bhpbillitonwatch.net/2012/06/16/invitation-to-the-lizards-revenge/

* MR:
LEGAL CHALLENGE OF FEDERAL APPROVAL OF THE
OLYMPIC DAM EXPANSION CONTINUES

Media Release

Legal challenge of Federal approval of the
Olympic Dam expansion continues
FoE Adelaide: http://www.adelaide.foe.org.au/2012/06/legal-challenge-of-federal-approval-of-the-olympic-dam-expansion-continues/
21 Jun 12: “On the 20th April 2012 Justice Besanko dismissed
Uncle Kevin Buzzacotts’ case challenging the Federal
Environment Ministers approval of the Olympic Dam expansion.
Uncle Kevin is appealing the decision on the following
grounds:
1. The judge was mistaken in ruling that the Minister did
not need to consider existing conditions imposed by the
state of South Australia on water extraction from the Great
Artesian Basin. …
2. The judge was mistaken in holding that the approval was
sufficiently certain with regard to the EPBC Act (the Act
under which the approval was made). …
Please come to court and show your support on the 21st
June at 9am outside the courthouse. The hearing is listed
for 9.30 am, court 1, level 5, Federal Court, Angus St.
Adelaide. … ”

– Related News

newsTracker: Elder continues fight against SA mine
http://tracker.org.au/2012/06/elder-continues-fight-against-sa-mine/
19 Jun 12: “NATIONAL: Aboriginal elder Kevin Buzzacott is
pushing ahead with his bid to block the giant expansion of
the Olympic Dam copper, uranium and gold mine in South
Australia after an initial court decision went against him.
The Federal Court ruled in April that the commonwealth had
properly taken into account the long-term impact of the
mine, … Mr Buzzacott has appealed against the court’s
decision and a hearing has been scheduled for Thursday.”

* BACKGROUND TO EXPANSION OF OLYMPIC DAM MINE CHALLENGE:

Last updated: 5 June 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/13/background-to-expansion-of-olympic-dam-mine-challenge-south-australia

* DR JOHN FALZON: ABORIGINAL SOLIDARITY WITH REFUGEES

– Analysis / Opinion

Eureka Street Guest Editorial:
Aboriginal solidarity with refugees
http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=31815
17 Jun 12: “In May this year, Ray Jackson, President of the
Indigenous Social Justice Association, issued passports on
behalf of Australia’s First Peoples to the two Tamil men
indefinitely detained at Villawood Detention Centre. He
said: ‘Locking people up doesn’t solve any problems, it
only causes harm. We have seen that time and time again
with Indigenous people, and now the government is making
the same mistake with asylum seekers. This has to stop.
The Australian Government must stop imprisoning Indigenous
people, and they must stop imprisoning asylum seekers. I am
proud to welcome people in need into our community.'”
Dr John Falzon,
St Vincent de Paul Society National Council Chief Executive

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Analysis / Opinion

agendaTracker: The Contrarian:
Politics of mediocrity or a Machiavellian Macklin?
http://tracker.org.au/2012/06/5673/
14 Jun 12: “NATIONAL: The current Minister for Aboriginal
Affairs, Jenny Macklin, is regarded by some as an enigma.
This is probably because she is mostly invisible in the
mainstream media. She appears to have adopted the strategy
of a very low public profile in order to remain
unaccountable for her appalling policies. She has taken the
idea of ‘flying under the radar’ to a new level, so to
speak. All we ever see or hear of her is ten seconds on TV
or radio announcing the latest repressive measure her
bureaucrats have dreamed up to make life more miserable for
as many blacks as possible.”
By Gary Foley, historian and lecturer at Victoria University

– News

Guardian: Embassy backers call for tolerance
http://www.cpa.org.au/guardian/2012/1552/06-embassy-backers.html
20 Jun 12: “Aboriginal activists are calling for a more
tolerant approach from police and governments towards the
growing number of Aboriginal tent embassies that have
sprung up across the nation. The United Nations has been
informed of raids in Western Australia; court action is
being considered in Queensland; and a protest was held
outside New South Wales Parliament just last month. …
Meanwhile, the Aboriginal sovereignty movement led by
Michael Anderson, … called on the United Nations to send
peacekeepers to protect them against “increasing aggression
by the Australian authorities”.” By Darren Coyne

National Indigenous Radio Service:
First Nations Political Party:
Learn a trade through defence force
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7316-first-nations-political-party-learn-a-trade-through-defence-force
20 Jun 12: “The First Nations Political Party says it has
every chance of picking up seats in the upcoming Northern
Territory election on the 25th of August. Party founder
Maurie Japarta Ryan says he’ll be running candidates in a
number of seats, arguing the Labor Party under Paul
Henderson is no longer the party for Aboriginal people. Mr.
Ryan says the mainstream parties’ policies haven’t worked
and he wants to introduce compulsory military service for
unemployed Indigenous people in order to learn a trade.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Education is key to overcoming racism: Lovett
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7311-education-is-key-to-overcoming-racism-lovett
19 Jun 12: “Victorian Indigenous rights advocate Ted Lovett
says early education is a key to overcoming racism in
Australia. Mr. Lovett received a letter during the recent
Reconciliation Week demeaning Aboriginal people and culture,
saying they should stop “whinging and “whining” about
disadvantage. The issue made front page news in his
hometown of Ballarat and he’s since received a large amount
of support from the community.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Keep constitutional recognition high on the agenda: Calma
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7315-keep-constitutional-recognition-high-on-the-agenda-calma
19 Jun 12: “Dr Calma says he’s putting constitutional
recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Australians high on the agenda at international human
rights conferences. “All these opportunities, we should
take them when we can and just keep the message going. “We
are the first peoples of Australia, Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander people, and we should be duly recognised in
the Constitution and be given the rights that we deserve as
first peoples.””

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 20.06.2012
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-20-06-2012
20 Jun 12: “The founder of the Countries first Aboriginal
political party says he plans to put a land rights claim
across the whole of the Northern Territory and eventually
across Australia.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 19.6.12
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-19-6-12
19 Jun 12: “An independent politician says the Government
has not kept promises made to councils in Northern Territory
Aboriginal Communities before they were amalgamated into
Super Shires… ”

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Chris Graham & Alberta Hornsby
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/
19 Jun 12
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/chris-graham-alberta-hornsby/

The Wire:
Social issues playing a large role in Indigenous male health
Produced by Anthony Sonego
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9255
19 Jun 12: “There is still a large gap between Indigenous
and non-Indigenous males when it comes to life expectancy.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males have a life
expectancy of 11 years less than non-Indigenous males.
Medical research has often traditionally focused on physical
and lifestyle factors behind disease. But a recent report by
the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) seeks
to highlight social determinants of this gap in life
expectancy. The report says factors like discrimination,
incarceration and education have a big impact on the
health of indigenous men.
Featured in story:
* John Macdonald – Director of the Men’s Health Information
& Resource Centre at University of Western Sydney
* Mark Wenitong – Public Health Medical Officer at
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

The Wire: Melbourne’s fight to remember Aboriginal resistance
Produced by Liz Cush
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9254
19 Jun 12: “For seven years now, two of Melbourne’s
Aboriginal resistance fighters have been commemorated at
the site where they were hanged in 1842. Now plans are
afoot to build a memorial to the warriors Tunnerminnerwait
and Maulboyheenner on Melbourne’s Franklin Street. The two
men, Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner, had taken part in
a six-week guerilla warfare against the expansion of the
British colony. Activists say it is time to remember the
Aboriginal fighters who died in the frontier wars against the
expansion of the British colony. …
Featured in story:
Joe Toscano – Anarchist Media Institute, Melbourne”

3CR Community Radio 855 AM – Podcasts
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
Fire First – 15 Jun 2012
Right Now Radio – 15 Jun 2012
[download this program] http://pod.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2012-06-14-21820.mp3
15 Jun 12: “To mark 20 years since the High Court’s
decision to grant native title to Eddie Mabo and the people
of the Murray Islands, we speak with Dr Bryan Keon-Cohen QC.
Dr Keon-Cohen appeared in the High Court for Mabo, as well
as being counsel in the Wik case. He reflects on 20 years
of native title, and speaks about the significance and
preparation for the famous case.”

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