120630 – Intervention laws pass the Senate; Dr Gondarra in High Court challenge

Contents:
* Greens MPs:
NT wakes to sad news after Intervention laws pass the Senate
* Senate Hansard on Stronger Futures – Thursday, 28 June 2012
– pp 67-145
* NIT: Intervention – Gondarra in High Court challenge
* Tracker: Stronger Futures is a “war on democracy”: Gondarra
* Congress Statement: Passage of the Stronger Futures Bills
* ACM Sydney:
A sad day for democracy but the fight will continue
* ACOSS: Wrong way, go back:
Communities seek a change of direction on income management
* Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney: Aboriginal Heartache as
Govt Extends Intervention for 10 more Years
* The Wire: 10 more years for the NT Intervention
* News re Intervention laws pass the Senate
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention

* GREENS MPs:
NT WAKES TO SAD NEWS AFTER INTERVENTION LAWS PASS THE SENATE

– Media Release

Greens MPs:
NT wakes to sad news after Intervention laws pass the Senate
http://greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/nt-wakes-sad-news-after-intervention-laws-pass-senate
29 Jun 12: “The Government and Coalition have united to
push the Stronger Futures legislation package, expanding the
NT Intervention, through the Senate.
Senator Rachel Siewert said today that it will be a sad day
for Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory waking
up to the news.
“The continued commitment to the interventionist approach
in the Northern Territory is a commitment to punitive and
largely unproven measures, developed on the back of a flawed
consultation process.
“When we failed in our attempt to vote down this legislation,
the Greens sought to remove some of the most harmful aspects
of this Bill, such as Income Management and SEAM, but we did
not receive the support of the other parties. … ”
[said Senator Siewert]”

* SENATE HANSARD ON STRONGER FUTURES
– THURSDAY, 28 JUNE 2012
– PP 67-145:

Senate Hansard – Thursday, 28 June 2012
http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/download/chamber/hansards/77c820b8-ec44-4d61-a787-9d81d07e3ff0/toc_pdf/Senate_2012_06_28_1156.pdf;fileType=application%2Fpdf#search=%22chamber/hansards/77c820b8-ec44-4d61-a787-9d81d07e3ff0/0000%22

Senate Hansard index
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Hansard/Hanssen261110

* NIT: INTERVENTION – GONDARRA IN HIGH COURT CHALLENGE

– News

National Indigenous Times:
Intervention – Gondarra in High Court challenge
http://www.nit.com.au/your-say.html
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1342-intervention-gondarra-in-high-court-challenge.html
28 Jun 12: “Dr Gondarra said he believed the [extension of
the NT Intervention] legislation, is race-based and
discriminatory. “If this passes I will have to bring this
before the High Court,” Dr Gondarra said. “I will challenge
this through the High Court in Australia. “I will not stop
fighting. I will fight and fight until this legislation is
in the bin; until this legislation that is damaging the
nation of ours is destroyed and we all start fresh, new, a
new dialogue, a new policy, a policy where the Elders get
together with the Australian government to talk,” he said.”

* TRACKER: STRONGER FUTURES IS A “WAR ON DEMOCRACY”: GONDARRA

– News

newsTracker: Stronger Futures is a “war on democracy”: Gondarra
http://tracker.org.au/2012/06/stronger-futures-is-a-war-on-democracy-gondarra/
29 Jun 12: “NATIONAL: A respected Yolngu leader has slammed
both major parties for passing the Stronger Futures laws,
stating they have both “stolen the authority and
responsibility of Aboriginal people” and started a “war on
democracy”. The Stronger Futures laws, which extend and
expand many aspects of the NT intervention, were passed in
the Senate early this morning, following a marathon debate
surrounding the asylum seeker crisis. The laws have been
subject to strong opposition campaign from civil, human
rights and Aboriginal organisations.”

* CONGRESS STATEMENT: PASSAGE OF THE STRONGER FUTURES BILLS

– Statement

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Congress Statement: Passage of the Stronger Futures Bills
http://nationalcongress.com.au/congress-statement-passage-of-the-stronger-futures-bills/
29 Jun 12: “Congress says that even though the laws to
continue the Northern Territory Intervention have passed
they still should be examined by the Parliamentary Joint
Committee on Human Rights.
While we are disappointed at the outcome, we will ensure
Aboriginal people are aware of the available complaints
mechanisms, if needed. …
We will continue consult our members about the next steps
and continue to keep Government accountable on delivery of
services and funding in the Northern Territory.”

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:
A SAD DAY FOR DEMOCRACY BUT THE FIGHT WILL CONTINUE

– News

ACM Sydney:
A sad day for democracy but the fight will continue
http://acmsydney.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/a-sad-day-for-democracy-but-the-fight-will-continue/
29 Jun 12: “Graeme Mundine, Executive Director of the
Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, Sydney Archdiocese, has
lamented the Senate’s passing of the Stronger Futures
Legislation on Thursday evening. “This is a sad day for all
Aboriginal people in Australia and it is a sad day for
democracy,” Mr Mundine said. … “Civil society has played
its part in our democratic process, but Government and
Opposition Parliamentarians have failed in their
responsibilities. They have ignored the voice of the people
and pushed their own ill-informed and racist agenda.”
[Mr Mundine said]”

* ACOSS:
WRONG WAY, GO BACK:
COMMUNITIES SEEK A CHANGE OF DIRECTION ON INCOME MANAGEMENT

– Media Release

Australian Council of Social Service:
Wrong way, go back:
Communities seek a change of direction on income management
http://www.acoss.org.au/media/release/wrong_way_go_back_communities_seek_a_change_of_direction_on_income_manageme
29 Jun 12: “Peak welfare bodies the Australian Council of
Social Service and the National Welfare Rights Network and
grass roots community groups are disturbed by the
entrenchment of Income Management in the Northern Territory
and its extension to five new areas from 1 July. The groups
argue that to impose income management on communities
without proper consultation and solid evidence on its
effects is wasteful and demeaning to those people whose
household budgets will be controlled by Centrelink.
“We are extremely disappointed to see the Government’s
‘Stronger Futures’ legislation passed in the Senate in the
early hours of this morning, that not only extends the NT
intervention by another 10 years, but also now imposes the
unproven income management model for people on social
security payments to five trial sites outside the Top End.
The Government committed to evaluate the Northern Territory
scheme before extending it further but has now extended
aspects of it anyway, both in the Territory and the five
new sites, ” said ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie. … ”

* CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE OF SYDNEY:
ABORIGINAL HEARTACHE AS GOVT EXTENDS INTERVENTION FOR
10 MORE YEARS

– News

Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney:
Aboriginal Heartache as Govt Extends Intervention for
10 more Years
http://www.sydneycatholic.org/news/latest_news/2012/2012629_1905.shtml
29 Jun 12: “Early this morning the Federal Government
voted to expand and extend its controversial Intervention
policy across the Northern Territory and other States for a
further 10 years. … Despite condemnation of the Stronger
Futures Bill by the United Nations, the World Council of
Churches and Amnesty International as well as a petition
signed by 43,000 Australians and more than 430 submissions
criticising the legislation … the expanded Interventionist
policy was passed into law early this morning.”

* THE WIRE: 10 MORE YEARS FOR THE NT INTERVENTION

– Audio

The Wire: 10 more years for the NT Intervention
Produced by Eduardo Jordan
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9301
29 Jun 12: “It’s been five years since the Northern
Territory intervention started. This policy was approved by
the Howard government in August 2007 as a way of addressing
child abuse in Aboriginal communities in the Northern
Territory This week, the Gillard government has approved
the Stronger Future legislation, extending the NT
intervention for another 10 years, and including several
other policies The move has Indigenous and human rights
advocates worried. …
Featured in story:
* Jacqueline Phillips – National Directors of
Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation
* Monica Morgan – Manager for
Indigenous Rights from Amnesty International”

* NEWS RE INTERVENTION LAWS PASS THE SENATE:

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio Online News 29.06.12
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-online-news-29-06-12
29 Jun 12: “The Stronger Futures bill has passed the senate
after a long overnight debate.”

ABC PM: NT intervention laws pass Senate
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2012/s3535951.htm
29 Jun 12: “New laws extending the intervention in remote
Northern Territory areas passed the Senate today. It’s
nearly five years since John Howard brought in the original
policy. Today’s moves mean the current measures will mostly
continue for another 10 years. The extension had bi-partisan
support but still some including The Greens say it violates
human rights. It comes as a crucial plank of the
intervention, restrictions on dole spending, goes on trial
in urban areas.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio Online News 28.06.2012
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-online-news-28-06-2012
28 Jun 12: “Aboriginal leaders have warned the Government
that if the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory bill
passes through the Senate and becomes law Aboriginal people
will not just stand down and accept the legislation but
continue to fight against it.”

– News

SMH: Intervention laws linger as NT gets rules on alcohol
http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/intervention-laws-linger-as-nt-gets-rules-on-alcohol-20120629-217zl.html?skin=text-only
30 Jun 12: “ELEMENTS of the federal intervention in the
Northern Territory will continue for another 10 years,
after Labor and the Coalition combined to pass the laws
before Parliament rose for the long winter break. The laws
introduce tougher penalties for alcohol offences, extend
pornography restrictions and continue a direction
preventing courts from taking customary law or cultural
practice into account in considering the seriousness of an
accused person’s conduct in bail and sentencing decisions.”

Indymedia Australia: Stronger Futures passed
– “Sad day for democracy but the fight will continue”
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/06/29/stronger-futures-passed-sad-day-for-democracy-but-the-fight-will-continue
29 Jun 12: “Graeme Mundine, Executive Director of the
Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, Sydney Archdiocese, has
lamented the Senate’s passing of the Stronger Futures
Legislation on Thursday evening (28 June). “This is a sad
day for all Aboriginal people in Australia and it is a sad
day for democracy,” Mr Mundine said. “The Stronger Futures
legislation has now passed through both Houses of
Parliament despite comprehensive opposition from Northern
Territory Aboriginal Nations, community groups, Churches,
welfare groups and others. … “”

Koori Mail: Outrage as Stronger Futures bills pass
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
27 Jun 12: “ABORIGINAL people living in prescribed
communities across the Northern Territory face another ten
years of government intervention in their lives. The
Stronger Futures bills were passed by the Australian Senate
early this morning, and then ratified by the Lower House.
… Aboriginal leaders Dr Djiniyini Gondarra from Arnhem
Land and Rosalie Kunoth Monks from Central Australia have
declared a day of mourning today, while others have vowed
to step up the fight to have the laws examined for
potential human rights breaches.”

6 minutes:
Ten more years for failed “racist” health intervention
http://www.6minutes.com.au/news/latest-news/ten-more-years-for-failed-racist-indigenous-health
29 Jun 12: “The extension of the NT intervention for a
further 10 years has been condemned by Greens Senator Dr
Richard di Natale as a continuation of a racist and failed
approach to Aboriginal health. Speaking in Senate
yesterday, Dr di Natale said his experience of several
years working in Aboriginal Medical Service in Tennant
Creek had shown him that any health interventions needed
to be locally controlled and introduced with adequate
consultation.”

ABC: Stronger Futures laws scramble condemned
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-06-29/stronger-futures-laws-rushed-through-senate/4100288
29 Jun 12: “Indigenous and human rights groups have
condemned the rushed passing of the Stronger Futures
legislation through the Senate in the early hours of this
morning. Amnesty International Australia says the law puts
Australia’s human rights record to shame. … Yolungu
National Assembly spokesman Djiniyini Gondarra says the
Government has made a terrible mistake. “We Aboriginal
people in the Northern Territory will never trust in
government any more,” he said. “I will be calling upon
Aboriginal leaders right across the Territory to …
consider ways to fight.””

Sky News: Day of mourning for cont NT intervention
http://www.skynews.com.au/national/article.aspx?id=766004&vId=
29 Jun 12: “Aboriginal leaders will hold a day of mourning
after federal parliament passed legislation to continue the
Northern Territory intervention for another 10 years. …
Indigenous leader Dr Djiniyini Gondarra from East Arnhem
Land and Rosalie Kunoth Monks from Central Australia have
jointly declared a day of mourning for Aboriginal people
following the passing of the laws. … National Congress of
Australia’s First People spokeswoman Jody Broun was
disappointed the government did not allow a parliamentary
committee to subject the laws to a human rights test.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Parliament passes Stronger Futures
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7342-parliament-passes-stronger-futures
29 Jun 12: “The Federal Government’s controversial Stronger
Futures in the Northern Territory legislation passed
Federal Parliament overnight. The Government says the $3.4
billion commitment over 10 years will reduce Indigenous
disadvantage in the Territory through tougher alcohol
restrictions and income management measures in order to
improve school attendance. The Sydney-based Stop the
Intervention Collective has labelled the legislation as a
recipe for continued disaster.”

NT intervention extended for a decade
newsTracker: http://tracker.org.au/2012/06/nt-intervention-extended-for-a-decade/
SMH: http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/nt-intervention-extended-for-a-decade-20120629-215ue.html?skin=text-only
29 Jun 12: “Aboriginal leaders have declared a day of
mourning after federal parliament passed legislation to
continue the Northern Territory intervention for another
decade. Labor and the opposition teamed up to pass the
controversial laws in the Senate in the early hours of
Friday morning after a marathon debate, which started early
Thursday evening. … Indigenous leader Dr Djiniyini
Gondarra from East Arnhem Land and Rosalie Kunoth Monks
from Central Australia have jointly declared a day of
mourning for Aboriginal people following the passing of the
laws.”

ABC: Senate passes law to extend intervention
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-06-29/senate-passes-law-to-extend-intervention/4099476
29 Jun 12: “The Senate has passed legislation extending the
intervention in the Northern Territory, after sitting until
the early hours of the morning. The legislation also allows
income quarantining measures in other parts of the country.
The Greens did not support the bills, and speaking last
night the party’s leader Christine Milne criticised the
Government for bringing on the debate with only a few
hours’ notice.”

Australian: Macklin firm on Northern Territory intervention
extension despite outcry
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/macklin-firm-on-northern-territory-intervention-extension-despite-outcry/story-fn59niix-1226412340643?sv=9909a61c40b03cc099b77d968a1d2ab7
29 Jun 12: “INDIGENOUS Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin has
forcefully backed her legislation extending the Northern
Territory intervention even as some welfare groups mark its
passage as a “day of shame”. The bills for the extension
passed the Senate in the early hours of this morning after
a long debate.”

Australian:
Senate approves Aboriginal intervention by 10 years
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/senate-approves-aboriginal-intervention-by-10-years/story-fn59niix-1226411713571
29 Jun 12: “The government’s radical 10-year extension of
the Northern Territory intervention has passed the Senate
after a long overnight debate. The government has made
amendments to confirm that police can issue infringement
notices for the possession and supply of small quantities
of alcohol. Amendments also ensure that only authorities
that can give a notice to place a person on income
management under the new state and territory referral
measure meet specific conditions, including that they have
appropriate review processes.”

* 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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