120724 – “Leaders outraged as Indigenous issues sidelined by Prime Minister” Media Release

Contents:
* Media Release:
Leaders outraged as Indigenous issues sidelined by Prime Minister
* Video: Barb Shaw questions the PM on Stronger Futures
* David Selden:
Letter to Jenny Macklin [re ‘Stronger Futures’ compliance]
* Background: Calls for ‘Stronger Futures’ laws to be
subject to Human Rights scrutiny
* Insights UCA:
Prayer vigil called to mourn passing of Stronger Futures
legislation
* Catholic Weekly:
Govt’s NT move makes a mockery of ‘sorry’: bishop
* More ‘Stronger Futures’ Legislation related articles
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Interview with Marion Scrymgour re NT Labor’s education policy
* Greg Dickson: How not to report on Indigenous education
* Background to the use of Aboriginal languages in NT schools
* Media Release: A return to the gates of hell?
[Olympic Dam Uranium mine]
* The Wire: Anti-nuclear campaigner [Dr Helen Caldicott]
takes on the non-converted
* Background to expansion of Olympic Dam mine challenge
* National Indigenous Television (NITV) Coming Soon Free-To-Air
* Other articles

* MEDIA RELEASE:
LEADERS OUTRAGED AS INDIGENOUS ISSUES SIDELINED BY PRIME MINISTER

– Media Release

Leaders outraged as Indigenous issues sidelined by Prime Minister
Stand For Freedom: http://standforfreedom.org.au/2012/07/23/leaders-outraged-as-indigenous-issues-sidelined-by-prime-minister/
STICS: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/press-releases/leaders-outraged-as-indigenous-issues-sidelined-by-prime-minister-23-7-12
23 Jul 12: “Indigenous leaders and human rights groups are
outraged that their question to the Prime Minister
concerning the human rights validity of the recently passed
Stronger Futures legislation was not asked, despite it
being in 4th place in last Saturday’s Google Hangout with
the Prime Minister.
The question, posted by Stand For Freedom director Damien
Curtis, received 9000 votes in just 4 days, making it one
of the fastest growing and most successful questions in
the online competition. It finished in 4th place, ahead of
the carbon tax questions heavily lobbied for by commentator
Andrew Bolt.
However, those supporting the question were bitterly
disappointed when, out of a total of 17 questions put to
the Prime Minister, their question did not appear, even
though a pre-recorded Youtube video had been submitted of
Aboriginal leader Barbara Shaw asking the question.
Along with the winning top 3, the other questions asked
included 5th, 6th, 8th and 13th positions, 8 unlisted
questions, and bizarrely 52nd and 88th positions (with 100
votes between them). … ”

See:

OurSay:
in the hot seat: The Hon Julia Gillard MP
Hangout with the Prime Minister
http://oursay.org/hangout-with-the-prime-minister
http://oursay.org/hangout-with-the-prime-minister/sort:votes/dir:desc
“OurSay users join Julia Gillard as she responds to winning
OurSay questions, as well as others questions chosen by
Fairfax, from the ‘Hangout with the PM’ OurSay. This Google
hangout was broadcast live across the nation on July 21st
at 11am. OurSay users join Julia Gillard as she responds.”

* VIDEO: BARB SHAW QUESTIONS THE PM ON STRONGER FUTURES

– Video

YouTube: Our Generation, Our Say! Barb Shaw’s question

19 Jul 12: “Barb Shaw presents a question to the Prime
Minister, Julia Gillard on why Stronger Futures legislation
will not receive adequate scrutiny.”

– Background News

Stand for Freedom: Our Question to PM: 4th place
http://standforfreedom.org.au/2012/07/21/our-question-to-pm-4th-place/
21 Jul 12: “Thanks to a huge movement of support, our
question to the Prime Minister received 9000 votes in 4
days. The final result?: We came 4th… narrowly missing the
top winning 3. So unfortunately our question won’t be asked
live to the PM. … Aboriginal leader Barbara Shaw recorded
the question today, and fingers crossed, our challenge to
Stronger Futures will still be put to the Prime Minister.”

Stand for Freedom:
Aboriginal leader Barbara Shaw to ask question to PM
http://standforfreedom.org.au/2012/07/19/aboriginal-leader-barbara-shaw-to-ask-question-to-pm/
19 Jul 12: “If we make it into the top 3, Aboriginal
community leader Barbara Shaw from Mt Nancy Town Camp
(Alice Springs, NT) will ask the question live to the
Prime Minister.”

WGAR News: “Vote for our question [on Stronger Futures]
to the Prime Minister” Stand for Freedom (17 Jul 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/17/wgar-news-vote-for-our-question-on-stronger-futures-to-the-prime-minister-stand-for-freed

* DAVID SELDEN:
LETTER TO JENNY MACKLIN [RE ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ COMPLIANCE]

– Letter

Respect and Listen: Human Rights Review
Requests for Stronger Futures to be scrutinized for
Human Rights compliance
David Selden – 18 July 2012 – Letter to Jenny Macklin
http://www.respectandlisten.org/nt-intervention/human-rights-review.html
18 Jul 12: “It is noted that the so-called ‘Stronger
Futures’ Legislation was passed by Parliament without any
justification. … you [Ms Macklin] stated that there had
been meaningful consultation with Aboriginal communities
in the ‘prescribed areas’ and that the legislation is
compliant with domestic and international law. However, you
did not provide any details in support of these claims. …”
For more, see National Indigenous Times, 18 July 12,
Issue 273, Vol. 11, page 34 – http://www.nit.com.au

* BACKGROUND: CALLS FOR ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LAWS TO BE
SUBJECT TO HUMAN RIGHTS SCRUTINY

Last updated: 15 July 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/07/background-calls-for-stronger-futures-laws-to-be-subject-to-human-rights-scrutiny

* INSIGHTS UCA:
PRAYER VIGIL CALLED TO MOURN PASSING OF
STRONGER FUTURES LEGISLATION

– News

Insights Magazine
– Uniting Church in Australia’s Synod of NSW & ACT:
Prayer vigil called to mourn passing of Stronger Futures
legislation
http://www.insights.uca.org.au/news/prayer-vigil-called-to-mourn-passing-of-stronger-futures-legislation
18 Jul 12: “Members of the Uniting Church’s 13th Assembly
will gather publicly in Adelaide on Thursday July 19 for a
lunchtime prayer vigil to express extreme concern about the
“Stronger Futures” legislation. In a dramatic response to
calls for action to support the Indigenous people of
Australia, Assembly changed its order of business so it
could make the strongest possible statement about the law.
The Chairperson of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander
Christian Congress, the Rev. Rronang Garrawurra, and the
new President of the Uniting Church, the Rev. Professor
Andrew Dutney, will stand shoulder-to-shoulder at the
prayer vigil.”

Indymedia Australia:
Prayer Vigil Today to Mourn Stronger Futures Laws
[scroll down page] http://www.indymedia.org.au/2012/07/20/govt%E2%80%99s-nt-move-makes-a-mockery-of-%E2%80%98sorry%E2%80%99-bishop
19 Jul 12: “Rev. Rronang Garrawurra …
The entire 265 Members of the Uniting Church’s Assembly
meeting will hold a prayer vigil at 1 pm on Thursday 19
July on the steps of the South Australian Parliament to
express their extreme concern at the passage of the Federal
Government’s Stronger Futures legislation. … “They have
taken our land and now our humanity is taken away by this
new law,” said Rev. Garrawurra, speaking through an
interpreter in his native Yolngu language. “The Uniting
Church mourns another lost opportunity for true
reconciliation with the First Peoples of Australia,” said
Rev. Prof. Dutney … ”

– Audio

The Wire: Stronger Futures Protest
Produced by Christopher Testa
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9382
19 Jul 12: “There were prayers being said and songs being
sung today on the steps of South Australia’s Parliament
house, as the Uniting Church gathered for its triennial
assembly. The prayers carried a message for the federal
government. Christopher Testa was there.
Featured in story:
* Rev Rronang Garrawurra, Chairperson of the
Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress
* Rev Professor Andrew Dutney, President of the Uniting Church
* Robert Hoosan, Chair of the Northern Region of the
Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress”

* CATHOLIC WEEKLY:
GOVT’S NT MOVE MAKES A MOCKERY OF ‘SORRY’: BISHOP

– News

Catholic Weekly – Sydney:
Govt’s NT move makes a mockery of ‘sorry’: bishop
http://www.catholicweekly.com.au/print.php?articleID=10354&class=Latest%20News&subclass=CW%20National
22 Jul 12: “The Gillard Government’s 10-year extension of
the Northern Territory intervention is not only a “huge
betrayal”, but a “giant step backwards” in relationships
with Aboriginal people, says Bishop Christopher Saunders,
chairman of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council.
… Bishop Saunders, Bishop of Broome, says the
intervention makes a “mockery” of former Prime Minister
Kevin Rudd’s ‘sorry’ to the stolen generation in 2008.”

– Related Analysis / Opinion

Australia Incognita:
The bishops on the Northern Territory Intervention: bah humbug!
http://australiaincognita.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/the-bishops-on-northern-territory.html
21 Jul 12: “Since I’m on a public policy spin at the
moment, let me register my complaint about the bishops’
continuing condemnation of the Northern Territory
Intervention. Undermining the teaching authority: This is
one of those classic areas where the social teaching of the
Church offers some principles we should consider. But it
simply does not support, in my view, a clear conclusion one
way or another, because there are different judgments that
can be arrived at depending on the relative weight you put
on those principles and your assessment of the actual
factual situation.”

* MORE ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LEGISLATION RELATED ARTICLES:

– News

Australian: Safety of children thrust to forefront
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/safety-of-children-thrust-to-forefront/story-fn59niix-1226430406622
20 Jul 12: “THE radical Northern Territory Emergency
Response, or intervention, has increased awareness of child
safety and led to more resources to counter under-reporting
and investigation of child maltreatment, a new paper
reveals. Daryl Higgins, deputy director of research at the
Australian Institute of Family Studies, said evidence
suggested the measures introduced in June 2007 had
significantly increased the reporting and investigation of
child safety concerns, but it was unclear whether the
intervention had led to a sustained reduction in risk to
indigenous children.”

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

Last updated: 20 July 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: 4 July 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-northern-territory-nt-intervention

* INTERVIEW WITH MARION SCRYMGOUR RE NT LABOR’S EDUCATION POLICY:

– Interview

Country Liberals: Labor’s education policy
http://www.countryliberals.org.au/media.php?id=3205
19 Jul 12: “Marion Scrymgour: I have come out very clearly
saying what I got wrong and what I got wrong was saying
that kids will only be speaking English in the first four
hours of school and that was wrong to say that because the
reality in most remote aboriginal communities the
aboriginal language whatever is the first language would be
used as a vehicle for instruction for English that was
always what the transforming indigenous education policy
was all about. … English, English, English only was a
huge mistake of mine and I’ve admitted that and I’ve moved
on.”

* GREG DICKSON: HOW NOT TO REPORT ON INDIGENOUS EDUCATION

– Analysis / Opinion

Fully (sic) – Crikey’s language blog:
How not to report on Indigenous education
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/fullysic/2012/07/20/how-not-to-report-on-indigenous-education/
20 Jul 12: “On Monday I got a phone call out of the blue
from a journalist from The Australian. Initially, I felt a
bit chuffed being cold-called by a big newspaper. I soon
realised however that the journo was asking me about stuff
that wasn’t really my area of expertise. She wanted to
know about ESL teaching in the APY (Anangu Pitjantjatjara
Yankunytjatjara) lands. This is out of my area
geographically (desert rather than Top End) and
professionally (education rather than linguistics). …
When I saw the resulting story, I learned that she didn’t
do a good job of reporting on the issue at all.”
By Greg Dickson

* BACKGROUND TO THE USE OF ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES IN NT SCHOOLS:

Last updated: 20 July 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/05/background-to-the-use-of-aboriginal-languages-in-nt-schools-bilingual-education

* MEDIA RELEASE: A RETURN TO THE GATES OF HELL?

– Media Release

Closing of the Lizard’s Revenge Festival at Olympic Dam,
but the anti uranium struggle will go on
A return to the gates of hell?
Antinuclear: http://antinuclear.net/2012/07/19/closing-of-the-lizards-revenge-festival-at-olympic-dam-but-the-anti-uranium-struggle-will-go-on/
19 Jul 12: “Yesterday was the last official day of the
Lizards Revenge Music and Arts Festival of Resistance at
the Olympic Dam Uranium mine, where over 500 protestors
have gathered for the past week.
Dr Helen Caldicott visited the Lizards Revenge to run a
workshop addressing health issues relating to uranium
yesterday afternoon. …
Elder Kevin Buzzacott has extended an invitation to the
festival participants to join him on Arabunna country to
visit the mound springs in the Lake Eyre region, which
have been impacted by the extraction of water from the
Artesian Basin for the uranium mine. …
Organisers are extremely happy with the event, with people
coming from all states and territories and as far as
Japan, Canada and Europe to participate.”

– Event

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
Invitation from uncle Kevin Buzzacott: http://bhpbillitonwatch.net/2012/06/16/invitation-to-the-lizards-revenge/

* THE WIRE: ANTI-NUCLEAR CAMPAIGNER TAKES ON THE NON-CONVERTED

– Audio Interview

The Wire: Anti-nuclear campaigner takes on the non-converted
Produced by Annie Hastwell
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9383
19 Jul 12: “Dr Helen Caldicott has taken her message about
the dangers of uranium around the world for four decades.
Her grave fears about what will be the world’s biggest
uranium mine, Olympic Dam, have brought her back home. She
has just returned from the Lizard’s revenge protest in SA’s
far north and said she was shocked by the heavy police
response to the protest.
Related Links: Helen’s broadcast site:
http://www.ifyoulovethisplanet.org/

* BACKGROUND TO EXPANSION OF OLYMPIC DAM MINE CHALLENGE:

Last updated: 20 July 2012

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

* NATIONAL INDIGENOUS TELEVISION (NITV) COMING SOON FREE-TO-AIR:

– Television

National Indigenous Television (NITV) Coming Soon Free-To-Air
[scroll down page] http://www.nitv.org.au/fx-program.cfm?pid=EA404D72-F484-A547-CBF065AB459C2328
“As you may be aware NITV has joined the SBS family and
will launch Free-to-Air by the end of 2012. Yes that’s
right, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander television
coming soon to a television screen near you. That means
that you no longer have to pay to access NITV. It will be
free for everyone in our communities. To keep up to date
with the launch dates then register on Campfire on
http://www.nitv.org.au. ”

See:

http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/

http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/2255841853/NITV-NEWS-13-07-2012#Menu:News%20&%20Sport.children.6

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– News

newsTracker: Redmond to visit APY lands
http://tracker.org.au/2012/07/redmond-to-visit-apy-lands/
23 Jul 12: “SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Opposition Leader Isobel
Redmond will visit the state’s Anangu Pitjantjatjara
Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands this week. Ms Redmond and
opposition aboriginal affairs spokesman Duncan McFetridge
will visit schools and hold talks with community leaders
in SA’s northwest. “We will be visiting schools and talking
with principals, teachers and students along with community
representatives in an effort to get a good overview of the
issues, opportunities and challenges facing the many people
who live there,” Ms Redmond said in a statement on Monday.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Social benefits for gas hub deal slammed
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7400-social-benefits-for-gas-hub-deal-slammed
20 Jul 12: “A former advisor to the Howard Government says
the planned $40 billion gas hub by Woodside Petroleum in
the Kimberley won’t benefit Indigenous groups in the area.
Successful businessman Geoff Cousins says mining companies
have been in the region for about four decades, but
Indigenous people remain significantly disadvantaged. Mr.
Cousins says a plan by Woodside and the Western Australian
Government to improve health and education infrastructure
only if communities allow development their land is unfair.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Anti-uranium protesters: Mining companies ‘divide and rule’
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7399-anti-uranium-protesters-mining-companies-divide-and-rule
20 Jul 12: “Anti-uranium protesters in South Australia say
developers are only dealing with Aboriginal groups that
agree with them on the Olympic Dam mine expansion. A group
of protesters were this week joined by representatives
from Indigenous communities in the region at the Roxby
Downs site to voice their opposition to the plan. BHB
Billiton says it has the support of traditional owner
groups but protest organiser Nectaria Calan says many
Arabana and Kokatha people remain against it.”

Australian: Workers left out of APY intervention
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/workers-left-out-of-apy-intervention/story-fn59niix-1226430406890
20 Jul 12: “SOUTH Australia’s remote Aboriginal lands will
be the site of the next wave of the federal intervention,
after the completion of consultation in the region. But
community groups say they are concerned the consultation
process on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands
has not adequately heard concerns from wage-earners about
humbugging. As consultation on income quarantining began in
May, The Australian revealed that the region’s respected
Women’s Council was calling for a broader programto
encompass workers.”

National Indigenous Times: Muckaty’s port protest
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1468-muckatys-port-protest.html
19 Jul 12: “Traditional Owners have joined more than 200
unionists and their families on Stokes Hill Wharf in Darwin
to protest the Federal Government’s continued push to dump
radioactive waste on their land at Muckaty. The rally marks
seven years since the former Howard government announced
plans for building the first national radioactive waste
dump at one of three potential sites in the Northern… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Gas hub opponents claim EPA findings are a sham
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1465-gas-hub-opponents-claim-epa-findings-are-a-sham.html
19 Jul 12: “By National Indigenous Times West Australian
reporter Gerry Georgatos. The Australian Greens, Aboriginal
Elders and Kimberley residents have condemned the
Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) report and
recommendations giving the go-ahead for the Browse Basin
gas hub at James Price Point, describing the environmental
assessment process “as a… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Maintain the rage and fight for justice over our stolen
wages, says Moncrieff
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1462-maintain-the-rage-and-fight-for-justice-over-our-stolen-wages-says-moncrieff.html
19 Jul 12: “By National Indigenous Times West Australian
reporter Gerry Georgatos. Yamatji singer/songwriter, rights
activist and Stolen Wages campaigner Phil Moncrieff has not
given up in the fight for justice for the victims of the
Stolen Wages in Western Australia. The West Australian
government said in March the living victims and not any of
the families will be eligible to apply for up… ”

National Indigenous Times: Constitutional reform
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1466-constitutional-reform.html
19 Jul 12: “By National Indigenous Times reporter Geoff
Bagnall. Professor Mick Dodson has thrown his weight behind
calls for Constitutional changes to recognise Aboriginal
people and ban racial discrimination declaring such changes
would “cast out forever the dead legal and policy corpse
of white Australia”. The government has said it would like
the referendum to be held with the 2013 Federal… ”

– Analysis / Opinion

National Indigenous Times:
Pru Goward responds to questions on Moree and Toomelah
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/1446-pru-goward-responds-to-questions-on-moree-and-toomelah.html
19 Jul 12: “The Moree Champion newspaper sought responses
from the NSW Minister for Community Services, Pru Goward on
the Toomelah issues relating to allegations of child sex
abuse aired on the ABC television current affairs program
the 7.30 Report. The newspaper put 11 questions to the
Minister. Those questions and the Minister’s responses are
published below: … ”

National Indigenous Times:
A combined effort is required from us all, says NSWALC
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/1445-a-combined-effort-is-required-from-us-all-says-nswalc.html
19 Jul 12: “The major issues affecting the Toomelah
community such as poor housing, lack of employment, the
provision of decent drinking water and an effective
sewerage system can only be addressed by the combined
effort of the Federal Government, the NSW Aboriginal Land
Council, the Local Aboriginal Land Council and the
community, a spokesman for the NSW Aboriginal Land Council
has… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Abuse survivor claims police have been told who are predators
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/1444-abuse-survivor-claims-police-have-been-told-who-are-predators.html
19 Jul 12: “By National Indigenous Times reporter Geoff
Bagnall. New South Wales Minister Pru Goward’s claim police
cannot investigate child sex abuse in Toomelah without
evidence has been disputed by Alice Haines, a former
Toomelah resident and abuse survivor. Ms Haines featured in
a report by the ABC television’s current affairs program,
7.30 which claimed sex abuse of children in Toomelah… ”

National Indigenous Times:
We have been abandoned, says Leroy Connors
– that’s why we are suffering
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/1443-we-have-been-abandoned-says-leroy-connors-thats-why-we-are-suffering.html
19 Jul 12: “As blame game continues between government and
Land Councils all the Toomelah community wants is action to
finally fix the problems. By National Indigenous Times
reporter Geoff Bagnall. Toomelah and its residents have
been abandoned by all of the agencies who have
responsibility for the social services every community
should normally have provided, according to a former… ”

– Videos

YouTube: Income Management (Child Protection Measure):
Experiences from Western Australia
By fahcsia

5 Jul 12: “Hear the stories of people involved in income
management in Western Australia, including participants,
the Jacaranda Community Centre and the Department of Child
Protection.”

YouTube: Income management
– Experiences from Western Australia
By fahcsia

5 Jul 12: “Hear the stories of people involved in income
management in Western Australia, including participants,
the Jacaranda Community Centre and the Department of Child
Protection.”

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