120622 – Working Group for Aboriginal Rights considers Stronger Futures legislation should face Human Rights scrutiny

Media Release of WGAR:
Working Group for Aboriginal Rights (Australia)
22 June 2012

Working Group for Aboriginal Rights considers Stronger Futures
legislation should face Human Rights scrutiny

The Working Group for Aboriginal Rights condemns the
Northern Territory (NT) Intervention and its proposed
extension for ten years and expansion into other parts of
Australia, through the proposed ‘Stronger Futures’
legislation.

The Working Group for Aboriginal Rights urges the
Australian government to fully accept and respect the
sovereign rights of Aboriginal Nations and Peoples and to
cease their paternalistic actions towards Aboriginal
people, who have successfully survived climatic and social
change over millennia. Aboriginal people are capable of
running their own lives and communities, but it is the
lack of self-determination and the governments’ ruthless
attempts to assimilate Aboriginal Peoples into ‘one
Australia’, which is really the cause of the perceived
‘problem’.

It is many Australians’ inability to accept and celebrate
difference and otherness that accounts for much of the
social dysfunction within Aboriginal society.

The government’s agenda to move people off homelands into
growth hub towns exacerbates the distress communities are
subjected to. Our perception is that this is to open up the
land for development, mining and agriculture.

We urge that there is scrutiny of the Stronger Futures
bills in order to bring them in line with the international
Human Rights covenants and the UN Declaration on the Rights
of Indigenous Peoples.

In the longer term we urge the Australian Government to
enter into negotiations with sovereign Aboriginal Nations
in order to create a new Constitution, through which
Aboriginal Peoples can take their rightful place in this
continent. The current proposed ‘Constitutional
recognition’ is merely tinkering at the edges of a
profoundly racist constitution, which still belongs to
the British Parliament.

Contact:

Ffionnan Brooke-Watson
Convenor, Working Group for Aboriginal Rights (Australia)

WGAR email: contactwgar@gmail.com

WGAR website: https://wgar.wordpress.com/

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