120623 – Stronger Futures Petition with 43,000 signatures – audio of petition handover

Contents:
* Uncle Kevin Buzzacott returns to court to block
Olympic Dam expansion
* Background to expansion of Olympic Dam mine challenge
* Stronger Futures Petition with 43,000 signatures
official handover – audio
* Arena Magazine: Barbara Shaw: Shifting Fortunes: Mount Nancy
* SBS World News Video:
NT Intervention: ‘We desperately need housing’
* DARC: NT Aboriginal voices oppose ‘Stronger Futures’ law
* Arena Magazine Editorial:
Jon Altman and Melinda Hinkson: Hope-Less Futures?
* STICS:
Horror statistics mark ‘fifth anniversary’ of NT Intervention
* Green Left:
Aboriginal panel attacks Labor for 5 years of NT intervention
* WGAR considers Stronger Futures legislation should face
Human Rights scrutiny
* Whitehouse Announce Australian Tour 2012: 5-28 July
* More ‘Stronger Futures’ Legislation related articles
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Arena editor John Hinkson: Western Innocence
– Why the West continues to devastate Aboriginal cultures
* Courier Mail:
Charges against Musgrave Park tent embassy protesters dropped
* Background to the Aboriginal tent embassies
* 12 July 2012: Supporting Muckaty
– Nuclear Waste through our port, MUA says No Way!!!
* Background to the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump
* Other articles

* UNCLE KEVIN BUZZACOTT RETURNS TO COURT TO BLOCK
OLYMPIC DAM EXPANSION

– News

Buzzacott returns to court to block dam expansion
newsTracker: http://tracker.org.au/2012/06/buzzacott-returns-to-court-to-block-dam-expansion/
9 News: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8487431/elder-fights-on-to-stop-sa-mine-expansion
21 Jun 12: “SOUTH AUSTRALIA: An Arabunna elder has returned
to the Federal Court to tell “a good story” in his bid to
block the $30 billion expansion of the Olympic Dam copper,
uranium and gold mine in South Australia’s north. Kevin
Buzzacott first took action earlier this year, claiming
federal Environment Minister Tony Burke had not given
enough consideration to a number of issues including the
risks posed by the storage of radioactive tailings. His
action was dismissed, but on Thursday he argued an appeal
before the full court.”

– Video

ABC: Elder takes mine expansion fight to appeal court
22 Jun 12: “An Aboriginal elder has taken his legal fight
against the planned Olympic Dam mine expansion to the full
court of the Federal Court. Kevin Buzzacott is challenging
an earlier legal ruling dismissing his case. “My whole
issue I’m fighting [is] to protect my land and it’s a
public interest in uranium and … the last time around
they dismissed the case and now we appealed it,” he said
outside the hearing in Adelaide. … The Arabunna Native
Title Group said the land surrounding the Olympic Dam mine
was of significant value to Indigenous people. The appeal
court will reserve its judgment.”

– Related News

ABC: Legal stoush resumes over Olympic Dam expansion
http://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/legal-stoush-resumes-over-olympic-023806940.html
21 Jun 12: “An Aboriginal elder will today continue his
fight in the Federal Court to stop BHP Billiton’s proposed
expansion of the Olympic Dam mine in far north South
Australia. The Federal Court ruled in April that the
Commonwealth had properly taken into account the long-term
impact of the mine, dismissing Arabunna elder Kevin
Buzzacott’s argument that some environmental impacts were
not properly considered by federal Environment Minister
Tony Burke.”

* BACKGROUND TO EXPANSION OF OLYMPIC DAM MINE CHALLENGE:

Last updated: 22 June 2012

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

* STRONGER FUTURES PETITION WITH 43,000 SIGNATURES
OFFICIAL HANDOVER – AUDIO:

– Audio Recordings

Stronger Futures Petition with 43,000 signatures
official handover – audio
Sound recordings by Ellie Gilbert for ‘Sovereign Union’
Sovereign Union: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/stonger-futures-petition-signed-43000-australians-handover-images-and-audio
18 Jun 12: “A coalition of Aboriginal, church and community
leaders came together in Canberra on the 18th June 2012 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. (Audio files include comments by
Barbara Shaw, George Gaymarani Pascoe, Graeme Mundine and
‘The Greens’)”
“* Stronger Futures Petition Handover – Introduction
* Stronger Futures Petition Handover – George Gaymarani Pascoe
* Stronger Futures Petition Handover – Barbara Shaw – NTI Activist
* Stronger Futures Petition Handover – Barbara Shaw
‘My Grandfather’
* Stronger Futures Petition Handover – Catholic Bishop
Pat Power
* Stronger Futures Petition Handover – Quakers (Aust) – Marg
* Stronger Futures Petition Handover – Rev Roberts
* Stronger Futures Petition – St Vincent de Paul – Dr Falzon
* Stronger Futures Petition – Graeme Mundine,
Aboriginal Catholic Ministry
* Stronger Futures Petition – Sue Gillett
‘Stop Income Management’
* Stronger Futures Petition – Damien Curtis
‘Stand For Freedom Campaign’
* Stronger Futures Petition – Christine Milne,
Leader of ‘The Greens’
* Stronger Futures Petition Handover – Questions/Discussion 1
* Stronger Futures Petition Handover – Questions/Discussion 2”

* ARENA MAGAZINE: BARBARA SHAW: SHIFTING FORTUNES: MOUNT NANCY

– Analysis / Opinion

Arena Magazine: Shifting Fortunes:
Mount Nancy – On the ground in Mount Nancy Town Camp
http://www.arena.org.au/2012/06/shifting-fortunes-mount-nancy/
June 2012: “The BasicsCard is very discriminating, it’s
very shameful when going shopping. You have to scan items
to make sure you have enough on your card to pay for food
or other essential items. And the attitude of other
customers in the shops as well as the shop assistants is
very terrible, it is like they don’t even want to look at
you or serve you when you have a BasicsCard. My name is
Barbara Shaw and I’m a descendant of the Kaytetye, Arrernte,
Warlpiri and Warumungu people. I live at Mount Nancy Town
Camp, now a prescribed area since 2007 under the Northern
Territory Emergency Response (the NTER or the Intervention).”
By Barbara Shaw

* SBS WORLD NEWS VIDEO:
NT INTERVENTION: ‘WE DESPERATELY NEED HOUSING’

– Special Coverage

SBS World News: NT Intervention: ‘We desperately need housing’
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1661780/NT-Intervention-We-desperately-need-housing
21 Jun 12: “EXCLUSIVE: On the fifth anniversary on the
Northern Territory Intervention, an Indigenous community in
Alice Springs says they desperately need housing. The
Northern Territory intervention today marks its 5th
anniversary. And it could be extended for another decade
under the Federal Government’s Stronger Futures legislation.
But not all those it’s supposed to help are happy. In Alice
Springs, housing in town camps remains a divisive issue.
One custodian who says the intervention has achieved
nothing is school teacher Felicity Hayes.” Karen Ashford

* DARC: NT ABORIGINAL VOICES OPPOSE ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LAW

– Statement

NT Aboriginal voices oppose ‘Stronger Futures’ law
GLW: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/51400
21 Jun 12: “The Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition released
the statement below on June 21. * * *
Aboriginal people across the Northern Territory have spoken
out against the Stronger Futures laws, which they say
continue the discriminatory and racist laws launched with
the NT intervention 5 years ago today.
Maurie Ryan, of the First Nations Political Party said:
“The First Nations political party does not support the
Stronger Futures legislation. There are no stronger
futures unless we are part of it. The legislation takes
away our autonomy; it’s just empty words. …
These voices join those of the 43,000 who signed a petition
opposing the Stronger Futures laws, which was accepted by
Australian Greens MPs on June 18.
On June 22, we will hold a press conference outside NT
Parliament at 10am to call on the NT government to stand
with those who have stood with us for freedom and against
the Stronger Futures laws.”

– Related News

ABC: Rally protests against Stronger Futures push
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-06-22/rally-against-stronger-futures-intervention-bill/4087214?section=nt
22 Jun 12: “Aboriginal leaders in the Northern Territory
say they want more control over their lives. A group has
rallied in Darwin to call for the withdrawal of the
proposed Stronger Futures legislation, which will extend
Federal Government intervention measures in Territory
communities for the next ten years. Phillip Goodman lives
at 15 Mile camp on the outskirts of Darwin and says the
intervention has eroded people’s rights to make decisions
in their communities. … The proposed legislation is
expected to go before the Senate next week.” By Emma Masters

* ARENA MAGAZINE EDITORIAL:
JON ALTMAN AND MELINDA HINKSON:
HOPE-LESS FUTURES?

– Analysis / Opinion

Arena Magazine Editorial: Hope-Less Futures?
Arena: http://www.arena.org.au/2012/06/hope-less-futures/
Crikey: http://www.crikey.com.au/2012/06/21/nt-intervention-five-years-on-no-dent-in-indigenous-disadvantage/?wpmp_switcher=mobile
June 2012: “Women and children feel much safer now we are
told. It is only when we go to the ground and recall that
any relations between Aboriginal people and police in the
present are built upon a deeply fraught history that the
prospect of increased policing takes on a different
inflection.” Jon Altman and Melinda Hinkson

* STICS:
HORROR STATISTICS MARK ‘FIFTH ANNIVERSARY’ OF NT INTERVENTION

– Media Release

Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney Media Release:
Horror statistics mark ‘fifth anniversary’ of NT Intervention 21-6-12
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/press-releases/horror-statistics-mark-fifth-anniversary-of-nt-intervention-21-6-12
21 Jun 12: “The Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney has
reiterated calls for ‘Stronger Futures in the Northern
Territory’ legislation to be abandoned, following the
release of damning statistics yesterday in the ‘Closing the
Gap in the NT Monitoring Report July – December 2011’.
A selection of statistics from the Closing the Gap report
and other official reports are detailed at the bottom of
this media release.
STICS spokesperson Paddy Gibson said:
“… These discriminatory laws were supposed to expire after
five years. But disgracefully, the Labor government is
pushing ahead with a ten year extension through the misnamed
Stronger Futures legislation”.
“The government’s own statistics demonstrate shocking
increases in incarceration, there is more unemployment,
there is an acute self-harm crisis, domestic violence
incidents are rising, less children are in school, more
children are being submitted to hospital for malnutrition
and being taken away from their families”. … ”

– Related News

newsTracker:
Intervention’s five-year anniversary marked by failure: group
http://tracker.org.au/2012/06/interventions-five-year-anniversary-marked-by-failure-group/
21 Jun 12: “NATIONAL: An anti-intervention group has
slammed the Gillard government’s claims that it is making
progress in Northern Territory, on the fifth anniversary of
the intervention. … But the report has been slammed by
the Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney’s Paddy Gibson.
He says the report shows little progress on school
attendance, an increase in self-harm and suicide rates and
does not paint a good picture of efforts to reduce
unemployment.”

Koori Mail: NT intervention failures highlighted
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
21 Jun 12: “CAMPAIGNERS against the Northern Territory
intervention have accused Federal Indigenous Affairs
Minister Jenny Macklin of deceiving the nation about
Aboriginal employment in prescribed areas. The Stop the
Intervention Collective Sydney said the latest Closing the
Gap in the NT Monitoring Report instead demonstrated
shocking increases in incarceration rates, unemployment,
domestic violence, truancy and malnutrition.”

* GREEN LEFT:
ABORIGINAL PANEL ATTACKS LABOR FOR 5 YEARS OF NT INTERVENTION

– News

Green Left:
Aboriginal panel attacks Labor for 5 years of NT intervention
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/51412
22 Jun 12: “Aboriginal speakers lashed out against the Labor
government’s five-year-old NT intervention at a forum
organised by Arena Magazine on June 21. Rosalie
Kunoth-Monks, a former mayor of Barkly shire in the
Northern Territory, said: “A lot of us are going through
severe trauma. We live in terror of our language,
ceremonies and land being taken away.” She drew parallels
between her people’s current nightmare and that faced by
the Jews during the Holocaust of World War II.”

See related past event:

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/

* WGAR CONSIDERS STRONGER FUTURES LEGISLATION SHOULD FACE
HUMAN RIGHT SCRUTINY:

– Media Release

WGAR considers Stronger Futures legislation should face
Human Rights scrutiny
WGAR: https://wgar.wordpress.com/2012/06/23/120622-working-group-for-aboriginal-rights-considers-stronger-futures-legislation-should-face-human-rights-scrutiny/
Indymedia Australia: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/06/22/wgar-considers-stronger-futures-legislation-should-face-human-rights-scrutiny
22 Jun 12: ” … 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’. …
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.”

* WHITEHOUSE ANNOUNCE AUSTRLIAN TOUR 2012: 5-28 JULY

– Upcoming events

Event: 5 to 28 July 2012: Various locations: NSW, Qld, ACT, Vic
Whitehouse Announce Australian Tour 2012
“While the Federal Government urges Australians
to get behind what is essentially an extension of
the Intervention into the Northern Territory for the
next ten years under a new title ‘Stronger Futures’,
a funk/hip hop crew – ironically called Whitehouse –
are urging their listeners to oppose what they
view as more of the same government oppression
on Australia’s first peoples.”
Event details: http://www.tonedeaf.com.au/news/tournews/173328/whitehouse-announce-australian-tour-2012.htm

* MORE ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LEGISLATION RELATED ARTICLES:

– News

NT News: Aboriginal voices oppose new intervention
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2012/06/21/308291_ntnews.html
21 Jun 12: “ABORIGINAL people across the NT have spoken out
against the Stronger Futures laws, which they say continue
the discriminatory and racist laws launched with the NT
intervention five years ago. Maurie Ryan, of the First
Nations Political Party said, “The First Nations political
party does not support the Stronger Futures legislation.”
“There are no stronger futures unless we are part of it.
“The legislation takes away our autonomy, it’s just empty
words. “Stronger Futures is just the intervention under
another name,” Mr Ryan said.”

National Indigenous Times:
Hear our voices: Don’t pass the Intervention
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1299-hear-our-voices-dont-pass-the-intervention.html
21 Jun 12: “By National Indigenous Times reporter Geoff Bagnall.
Northern Territory community leaders travelled to Canberra
last Monday to once again appeal to the Federal
Parliament’s Senate to scrap plans for an extension of the
Intervention through the proposed Stronger Futures
legislation.”

National Indigenous Times:
Bankstown protest told of damage to communities
by income management
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1298-bankstown-protest-told-of-damage-to-communities-by-income-management.html
21 Jun 12: “By National Indigenous Times reporter Geoff Bagnall.
More than 70 people braved a cold and wet Saturday to
gather in Sydney’s west to protest the roll-out of the
Federal Government’s income management scheme in the
region, which they say will further stigmatise vulnerable
people. The rally, held in Bankstown, also marked the
fifth anniversary of the Intervention in the Northern… ”

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

Last updated: 22 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

* ARENA EDITOR JOHN HINKSON:
WESTERN INNOCENCE
– WHY THE WEST CONTINUES TO DEVASTATE ABORIGINAL CULTURES

– Analysis / Opinion

Arena Magazine:
Western Innocence
– Why the West continues to devastate Aboriginal cultures
http://www.arena.org.au/2012/06/western-innocence/
June 2012: “Boyce places responsibility at the door of the
evangelising social orders who saw themselves as bringing
civilisation with a ‘faith in enterprise, order and the
virtues of respectability’ … While the Nazis were extreme
in the generalisation of these ideas and practices … the
West has by no means come to terms with how those ideas
are directly implicated in its extreme practices towards
Indigenous cultures… Cultural blindness is no longer
quite an appropriate description. It seems more
appropriate to speak simply of indifference, the West
sensing that it is possible to transcend culture
practically.” John Hinkson, an Arena Publications editor

* COURIER MAIL:
CHARGES AGAINST MUSGROVE PARK TENT EMBASSY PROTESTERS DROPPED

– News

Courier Mail:
Charges against Musgrave Park tent embassy protesters dropped
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/charges-against-musgrave-park-tent-embassy-protesters-dropped/story-e6freoof-1226403974666
21 Jun 12: “POLICE have dropped charges against five
activists arrested in the wake of a last month’s fiery
protest at Musgrave Park. Prosecutor Rob Lamason told the
Brisbane Magistrates Court police offered no evidence
against the men – all wearing clothing emblazoned with
Electrical Trades Union insignia – arrested during the
protest at the Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy at West End,
in Brisbane’s inner-city. … Outside court, Mr Ong,
speaking on behalf of the group, said: “We were at a
protest and did nothing wrong.” “Everyone can see it was
ludicrous (that we were arrested).”” Tony Keim

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSIES:

Last updated: 5 June 2012

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

* 12 JULY 2012: SUPPORTING MUCKATY – NUCLEAR WASTE THROUGH OUR PORT, MUA SAYS NO WAY!!!

– Upcoming Event

Event: Thu 12 July 2012: Darwin, NT
Supporting Muckaty
Nuclear Waste through our port, MUA says NO WAY!!!
“Our 2012 Quadrennial Conference declared our support
for the people of Muckaty. We also recognise the unique
threat that the nuclear waste will pose to the environment,
communities on the transport route & workers
transporting & handling radioactive waste.”
Event details: http://www.mua.org.au/events/supporting-muckaty/

* BACKGROUND TO THE PROPOSED MUCKATY NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

Last updated: 11 June 2012

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

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– News

National Indigenous Times: Moree plans rent strike
21 Jun 12: “By National Indigenous Times reporter Geoff Bagnall.
One of Moree’s Aboriginal leaders has called on his
community in the north west of New South Wales to stop
paying rent to the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council
(NSWALC) because he claims the NSWALC is colluding with
government against Aboriginal people in New South Wales.”

National Indigenous Times:
Sovereignty should have been included on Native Title agenda
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1294-sovereignty-should-have-been-included-on-native-title-agenda.html
21 Jun 12: “By National Indigenous Times reporter Rhonda Hagan.
Prominent Townsville activist and academic, Dr Gracelyn
Smallwood, joined with other local Townsville protesters to
voice their opposition to the recent National Native Title
Conference held in their city. “We’re not against anybody
at that conference,” Dr Smallwood said whilst holding a
placard outside the Entertainment Centre where the… ”

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