120630 – A Day of Mourning: Yolngu Nations Assembly and the Alyawaar Nation media release

Contents:
* Deni Langman: A letter to the Politicians of Australia
who will Debate the Stronger Futures Legislation, June 2012
* A Day of Mourning:
Yolngu Nations Assembly and the Alyawaar Nation media release
* Interview with Rosalie Kunoth Monks:
A day of mourning for Stronger Futures
* Interview with Barbara Shaw,
member of the NT Intervention Rollback Action Group
* Greens to oppose NT Intervention expansion
* Tracker: Anti-intervention campaign standing strong
* CAAMA: Graeme Mundine on Stronger Futures Bills
which are before the Senate this week
* Michelle Morgan: ‘Stronger Futures’, but what about today?
* Bennelong and Surrounds Residents for Reconciliation
opposes the Stronger Futures legislation
* RANZCP: Re: Stronger Futures Legislation
* “Ghost Citizens: Witnessing the Intervention”
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention

* DENI LANGMAN:
A LETTER TO THE POLITICIANS OF AUSTRALIA WHO WILL DEBATE
THE STRONGER FUTURES LEGISLATION, JUNE 2012

– Letter

A letter to the Politicians of Australia who will Debate
the Stronger Futures Legislation, June 2012
Sovereign Union: [scroll down page] http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/nt-intervention-extended-decade-day-mourning-declared
Faith Doing Justice: http://www.faithdoingjustice.com.au/docs/FDJDeni%20Langman%20.pdf
June 2012: “Palya Everyone,
I never thought I would be so affected by this statement
from Rosalie and Djiniyini. It is like having everything I
dreamed of disappearing from my sight. …
I am so upset at this happening to us after all the hard
work we have put into trying to stop the Stolen Futures
Legislation being passed in Parliament and becoming law. …
DENI Langman, Traditional Owner of Uluru”

* A DAY OF MOURNING:
YOLNGU NATIONS ASSEMBLY AND THE ALYAWAAR NATION MEDIA RELEASE:

– Media Release

Yolngu Nations Assembly and the Alyawaar Nation:
IRAG: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/mr-yolngu-nations-assembly-and-the-alyawaar-nation-27-6-12e280a6.pdf
Respect and Listen: http://www.respectandlisten.org/uploads/downloads/NT_Intervention/Stronger-Futures/MR-Yolngu-Nations-Assembly-and-the-Alyawaar-Nation.pdf
GLW: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/51461
27 Jun 12: “Should this Stronger Futures legislation pass
through the Senate and become law, it will be a day of
mourning for all Aboriginal peoples. This legislation will
be the cause of great suffering in our hearts.
For those of us living in the Northern Territory the anguish
of the past five years of Intervention has been almost
unbearable. Many have simply given up hope. We have been
burying people who can no longer live with the pain and
despair.
We had believed that we were moving to a time of security,
where we would no longer live from day to day in a state of
fear but would be supported to find our own destiny in the
security of our law and our culture. We little expected to be
thrown into such turmoil by a government determined to remove
from us control over everything that we most value. …
* Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra OAM,
Spokesperson for the Yolngu National Assembly
* Rosalie Kunoth Monks OAM,
Spokesperson for the Alyawaar Nation”

– Related News

Koori Mail: ‘Day of mourning’ if laws pass
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
27 Jun 12: “NORTHERN Territory Aboriginal leaders have
today issued a statement saying the Stronger Futures
legislation would be the cause of ‘great suffering in our
hearts’ if it was to pass through the Senate next week. The
statement, signed by Reverend Dr Djiniyini Gondarra,
spokesperson for the Yolngu National Assembly, and Rosalie
Kunoth Monks, on behalf of the Alyawaar Nation near Alice
Springs, said the passage of the legislation would prompt a
day of mourning for Aboriginal people.”

BigPond News: Aboriginal leaders call day of mourning
http://bigpondnews.com/articles/TopStories/2012/06/27/Aboriginal_leaders_call_day_of_mourning_765286.html
27 Jun 12: “Aboriginal leaders are set to declare a day of
mourning when laws extending the NT Intervention in remote
indigenous communities passes parliament. … Dr Djiniyini
Gondarra OAM, who represents 8000 Yolngu people of east
Arnhem Land said the laws would cause great suffering in the
hearts of his people. … Dr Gondarra said many Aboriginal
people had given up hope. … Central Australian indigenous
leader Rosalie Kunoth Monks who lives in the Alyawaar
community of Utopia near Alice Springs, echoed his
sentiment.”

* INTERVIEW WITH ROSALIE KUNOTH MONKS:
A DAY OF MOURNING FOR STRONGER FUTURES

– Audio Interview

The Wire: A day of mourning for Stronger Futures
Produced by Lisa Burns
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9289
27 Jun 12: “The Federal Government is one step closer to
winning its fight for Stronger Futures in the Northern
Territory. The Stronger Futures draft laws are currently
before the Senate and could be passed any day now –
extending the Northern Territory Intervention by another
10 years. It’s a day that many people in the Northern
Territory hoped would never come – Aboriginal leaders in the
Territory are even planning to declare a ‘Day of Mourning’,
if the legislation passes. …
Featured in story:
Rosalie Kunoth Monks, Central Australian Indigenous leader”

– Related Audio

3CR Community Radio 855 AM – Podcasts
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
Wednesday Hometime – 27 Jun 2012
[download this program] http://pod.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2012-06-27-12293.MP3
27 Jun 12: “Sue talks with Andrew Jaspan, editor of The
Conversation and former Editor-in-Chief of The Age
newspaper about the Fairfax debacle. Rosalie Kuhn Monks,
elder from Utopia, addresses the Arena Forum on the
Intervention.”

* INTERVIEW WITH BARBARA SHAW,
MEMBER OF THE NT INTERVENTION ROLLBACK ACTION GROUP:

– Audio Interview

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Barbara Shaw – Member of the
NT Intervention Rollback Working Group in Alice Springs
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/
26 Jun 12
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/barbara-shaw-11/
[Includes discussion of the Stronger Futures laws.]

* GREENS TO OPPOSE NT INTERVENTION EXPANSION:

– Media Release

Greens MPs: Greens to oppose NT Intervention expansion
http://greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/greens-oppose-nt-intervention-expansion
28 Jun 12: “The Australian Greens will move to oppose
Stronger Futures legislation expanding the Northern
Territory Intervention in the Senate today.
“It has been made clear to me by so many people that they
simply don’t want the Intervention,” Senator Rachel Siewert
said today.
“It is poor judgement from the Government to bring this on
for debate with such little time remaining before the
winter recess.
“The Greens are listening to the individuals, communities
and experts who are calling on the Senate to reject this
legislation. Defeating the legislation extending the
Intervention should be a first step in ensuring a new
approach and the delivery of better outcomes to people in
the Northern Territory. … ”

* TRACKER: ANTI-INTERVENTION CAMPAIGN STANDING STRONG

– News

newsTracker: Anti-intervention campaign standing strong
http://tracker.org.au/2012/06/stand-for-freedom-standing-strong/
25 Jun 12: “NATIONAL: An online campaign, which has notched
up 42,000 signatures against federal Labor’s Stronger
Futures bills, has provoked a heated response from
Indigenous affairs minister Jenny Macklin. The Stand for
Freedom campaign has been running an online petition
calling for the Gillard government to abandon its
controversial ten-year extension of the NT intervention.
The Stronger Futures bills will largely continue the
intervention after it expires later this year, albeit with
slight changes. It is due to be debated in the upper house
on Wednesday, … ”

– Letters

The Hon Jenny Macklin MP – letter to Stand for Freedom
Stand for Freedom: http://standforfreedom.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/20120619083616411.pdf
Tracker: http://tracker.org.au/downloadsMacklin_Letter.pdf
18 Jun 12: “Dear Mr Curtis,
I am writing to correct the misleading information that is
part of the Stand for Freedom campaign you are promoting.
It is disappointing that your campaign which seeks to
represent the interests of Aboriginal people and purports
to be advocating on their behalf would promote misleading
material. … ”

Stand for Freedom’s response to Ms Macklin
Stand for Freedom: http://standforfreedom.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Dear-Minister-Macklin-2106121.pdf
Tracker: http://tracker.org.au/downloadsStand-for-Freedom1.pdf
21 Jun 12: “Dear Minister Macklin,
Thank you for your letter dated 18th June 2012. We welcome
the opportunity to respond to your concerns about the Stand
For Freedom campaign. It is indeed important that the
information given to the public about the Stronger Futures
legislation is correct and accurately reflects the interests
and concerns of Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory
… ”

– Related News

9 News: Macklin in spat with indigenous campaigner
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8489113/macklin-in-spat-with-indigenous-campaigner
25 Jun 12: “Opponents of a government plan to extend
intervention in the Northern Territory are breaching the
trust of Aboriginal people, Indigenous Affairs Minister
Jenny Macklin says. The group Stand for Freedom has
collected more than 42,000 signatures against the
government’s Stronger Futures legislation, which is likely
to pass the Senate this week. … Stand for Freedom director
Damien Curtis pointed to a Senate inquiry that found “a high
degree of confusion” among people in the communities most
affected by the government’s measures.”

* CAAMA:
GRAEME MUNDINE ON STRONGER FUTURES BILLS
WHICH ARE BEFORE THE SENATE THIS WEEK

– Audio Interview

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Graeme Mundine on Stronger Futures Bills
which are before the Senate this week
http://caama.com.au/graeme-mundine-on-stronger-futures-bills
25 Jun 12: “A respected Aboriginal Catholic leader has
warned the relationship Governments have with Aboriginal
people will be set back decades if the Stronger Futures
Bill is voted on favourably in the Senate. The Stronger
Futures in the Northern Territory Bill has been labelled
as a continuation of the Northern Territory Intervention…
Executive Director of the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry and
Bundjalung man Graeme Mundine was among those who presented
a petition against the Stronger Futures bill to the
Parliament last week.”

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 22.6.12
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-22-6-12
22 Jun 12: “A respected Aborignal Catholic leader has
warned the relationship Governments have with Aborignal
people will be set back decades if the Stronger Futures
Bill is voted on favourably in the Senate.”

* MICHELE MORGAN: ‘STRONGER FUTURES’, BUT WHAT ABOUT TODAY?

– Analysis / Opinion

Chifley’s Hill: ‘Stronger Futures’, but what about today?
http://www.chifleyshill.com.au/2012/06/stronger-futures-but-what-about-today/
22 Jun 12: “When are we going to learn that reform without
genuine consultation does not work in Aboriginal
communities, or any community? The recent introduction of
the ‘Stronger Futures’ legislation to Federal Parliament
is a slap in the face to Aboriginal peak bodies, community
welfare groups and most of all to the Aboriginal community
who have continually opposed this kind of blanket
imposition of reform.”
Michelle Morgan, a Kamilaroi woman from North West NSW

* BENNELONG AND SURROUNDS RESIDENTS FOR RECONCILIATION
OPPOSES THE STRONGER FUTURES LEGISLATION:

– Statement

Statement – Sydney Reconciliation Group
Bennelong and Surrounds Residents for Reconciliation:
‘concerned Australians’: http://concernedaustralians.com.au/media/stronger_futures_yolngu/Bennelong_and_Surronds_Residents_for_Reconciliation.pdf
27 Jun 12: “Bennelong and Surrounds Residents for
Reconciliation join the voices of over 43,000 people, made
up of Aboriginal Nations, churches, peace groups,
universities, TAFE colleges,
businesses, corporations and reconciliation groups, opposing
the Stronger Futures legislation.
This legislation is thought to take away the dignity,
autonomy and power of Aboriginal people and be incompatible
with Human Rights.
The Intervention of June 2007 has already been criticised by
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, and
U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,
Professor James Anaya, when they visited Australia several
years ago. … ”

* RANZCP: Re: STRONGER FUTURES LEGISLATION

– Letter

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists:
Re: Stronger Futures Legislation
‘concerned Australians’: http://concernedaustralians.com.au/media/stronger_futures_yolngu/Royal_Australian_and_New_Zealand_College_of_Psychiatrists.pdf
22 Jun 12: “I have read the statement by the Yolŋuw Makarr
Dhuni dated 24 April 2012, to withdraw the Stronger Futures
Bill on the basis that the approach utilised in this Bill
continues to negatively impact on the social and emotional
well being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
and communities.
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of
Psychiatrists (RANZCP) acknowledges the importance of
consultation and engagement at the local community level to
ensure optimal mental health outcomes for Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander communities. … ”

See:

Background to support for the Yolngu statement
Last updated: 22 June 2012
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/06/10/background-to-support-for-the-yolngu-statement-and-opposition-to-the-stronger-futures-law

* “GHOST CITIZENS: WITNESSING THE INTERVENTION”

– Video

Respect and Listen:
“Ghost Citizens: Witnessing the Intervention”
Exhibition at the The Cross Art Projects
(from 7 June to 14 July 2012)
[scroll down page] http://www.respectandlisten.org/nt-intervention.html
“This video presents excerpts from a talk on Saturday 23 June.
Speakers:
– Jo Holder, Director of The Cross Arts Project
– Djon Mundine, Curator of the exhibition
– Paddy Gibson, Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning,
University of Technology Sydney
– Eva Cox, Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning,
University of Technology Sydney
For more information about the exhibition please visit
http://www.crossart.com.au/index.php/Current-Show/

* 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

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