120818 – Aboriginal Northern Territory (NT) Intervention and the NT Elections

Aboriginal NT Intervention and the NT Elections:

* Amy McQuire:
All eyes turn to bush seats as NT election gets underway
* Daniel Fejo:
First Nations NT candidate: ‘Things have been taken away’
* NIT: Japarta Ryan’s plan to stop Intervention
* NT Greens: Barbara Shaw stands up for Alice Springs
* Press TV:
Indigenous intervention dominates Australia NT election campaign

‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws:

* Chris Graham: Who put the con back in consultation?
* Geraldine Fela:
Unions, Labor members say no more Income Management
* Aunty Daphne & Sue Gillett – Back to the Future:
NT Intervention & Income Management (Building Bridges 2012)
* Graeme Mundine: Stronger Futures? (Building Bridges 2012)
* More ‘Stronger Futures’ Legislation related articles
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention

Use of Aboriginal languages in NT schools:

* Emma Murphy: NT government quietly abandons bilingual ban
* Rosa McKenna: NT covertly drops
‘the first 4 hours of each day English only’ policy
* Background to the use of Aboriginal languages in NT schools

Amnesty International German Newsletter
on Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples

* Other articles

ABORIGINAL NT INTERVENTION AND THE NT ELECTIONS:

* AMY MCQUIRE:
ALL EYES TURN TO BUSH SEATS AS NT ELECTION GETS UNDERWAY

– Analysis / Opinion

agendaTracker:
All eyes turn to bush seats as NT election gets underway
http://tracker.org.au/2012/08/all-eyes-turn-to-bush-seats-as-nt-election-gets-underway/
13 Aug 12: “NORTHERN TERRITORY: The Northern Territory will
go to the polls on August 25. Will Aboriginal people
finally have a voice, asks AMY McQUIRE*. … There has even
been mention in the news of the First Nations Party, lead
by Kalkarinji man Maurie Japarta Ryan, and the impact it
could have on Labor and CLP votes. Many Aboriginal people
in remote communities have already made their feelings
clear on a federal level. At the last federal election,
the remote booths voted overwhelmingly for Greens candidate
for Lingiari Barbara Shaw, a prominent anti-intervention
campaigner.” By Amy McQuire,
a Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman, Editor of Tracker

* DANIEL FEJO:
FIRST NATIONS NT CANDIDATE: ‘THINGS HAVE BEEN TAKEN AWAY’

– Interview

Green Left:
First Nations NT candidate: ‘Things have been taken away’
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/51855
11 Aug 12: “Daniel Fejo is a candidate for the First
Nations Political Party running for the seat of Blaine in
the August 25 Northern Territory elections. Fejo is a
Larrakeyah man and a home and community care worker in the
Bagot community.
Fejo spoke to Green Left Weekly’s Peter Robson. * * *
What does the First Nations Political Party say about the
proposed nuclear waste dump in the NT? …
What do you think about the NT intervention? …
Housing is another serious issue in the NT.
Are there specific issues for Aboriginal people? …
What do you think about the level of support for the
homelands? … ”

* NIT: JAPARTA RYAN’S PLAN TO STOP INTERVENTION

– News

National Indigenous Times:
Japarta Ryan’s plan to stop Intervention
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1382-japarta-ryans-plan-to-stop-intervention.html
6 Jul 12: ” … The First Nations Party plans to storm the
upcoming Northern Territory election and seize the balance
of power after announcing this week their first six
candidates who will stand for election. The award-winning
high profile musician and highly respected Warren H
Williams has been joined by Ken Lichleitner, Ben Pascoe,
Bill Risk, Valda Shannon and Daniel Fejo as First Nations
Party candidates for the August poll. Party founder Maurie
Japarta Ryan said he had high hopes the large Indigenous
population in the Northern Territory would be enough to win
the party enough seats to hold the balance of power in the
new Territory parliament. … ”

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:

[scroll down page] http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
5 Jul 12: “The co founder of Australia’s first Aboriginal
political party says he is surprised with how many of his
people want to represent themselves and their own political
party at the upcoming Northern Territory elections.”

– Related News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Barkly candidate wants community input into outstations
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7473-barkly-candidate-wants-community-input-into-outstations
17 Aug 12: “A candidate for the seat of Barkly in the
August 25th Northern Territory election says she wants more
Indigenous input into how homelands are funded. A forum
hosted by the ABC questioned Barkly candidates on a range
of topics, including homelands policy, the Super Shires
policy and employment. … The First Nations Political
Party’s Valda Shannon says Aboriginal Territorians should
be running their homelands.”

National Indigenous Times:
Homelands backflip is just a bribe: Ryan
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1612-homelands-backflip-is-just-a-bribe-ryan.html
9 Aug 12: “By National Indigenous Times reporter Geoff
Bagnall. The Northern Territory Labor Party is offering a
$20,000 cash bribe to remote area Aborigines to vote for
them in the upcoming election to retain power and bolster
Julia Gillard’s federal re-election chances, the founder
of the First Nations Political Party, Maurie Japarta Ryan
has claimed.”

* NT GREENS: BARBARA SHAW STANDS UP FOR ALICE SPRINGS

– Media Release

NT Greens: Barbara Shaw stands up for Alice Springs
http://nt.greens.org.au/content/barbara-shaw-stands-alice-springs
9 Aug 12: “The NT Greens have selected Alice Springs local
Barbara Shaw for the electorate of Braitling in the
upcoming NT elections.
Over the last 15 years of Barbara’s life and especially the
last 7, politics for her have really hit home. She ran in
the 2010 federal election for the electorate of Lingiari
for the Greens, resulting in a sizeable swing towards her.
Barbara has been an active member of the Alice Springs
community in the area of human rights in relation to
policies from both tiers of government. …
Barbara shares the same concerns about issues that have
arisen over this time. She says she is committed to being
the people’s person to deliver what they want in relation
to human rights and social justice.
Barbara wants to build the capacity of the community by
working together for a stronger community.
“More social inclusion and better engagement between
government and the people to rebuild from the ground up
is vital.””

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Barb Shaw is Greens Candidate for Braitling
http://caama.com.au/barb-shaw-is-greens-candidate-for-braitling
16 Aug 12: “Barb Shaw running candidate for Braitling spoke
to Paul wiles about the upcoming NT elections.”

* PRESS TV:
INDIGENOUS INTERVENTION DOMINATES AUSTRALIA NT ELECTION CAMPAIGN

– Video

Press TV:
Indigenous intervention dominates Australia NT election campaign
http://presstv.com/detail/2012/08/14/256163/indigenous-australia-nt-election-campaign/
14 Aug 12: “The Northern Territory goes to the polls on
August 25th and in addition to major issues like Crime and
Law and Order, the controversial Northern Territory
Intervention is once again being noticed. … Despite the
Intervention being a Federal Issue, it’s likely to have
some impact in a possibly tight NT election, between the
current Territory Labor Government led by Paul Henderson
and Country Liberal’s Leader, Terry Mills. Both parties
have 12 seats in the NT Parliament, with Labor surviving
thanks to support from a lone Independent MP. But that
balance could shift if either party loses a single seat,
… ”

‘STRONGER FUTURES’ NEW NT INTERVENTION LAWS:

* CHRIS GRAHAM: WHO PUT THE CON BACK IN CONSULTATION?

– Analysis / Opinion

newsTracker: Who put the con back in consultation?
http://tracker.org.au/2012/08/who-put-the-con-back-in-consultation/
15 Aug 12: “NATIONAL: There are at least three reasons why
the federal government’s consultations on the Stronger
Futures legislation should be condemned. Firstly, the
government never really intended to consult in any
meaningful way with Aboriginal people. Secondly, when they
were shamed into doing it, the consultation process they
delivered was a sham. And finally, Aboriginal people never
needed to be consulted in the first place – they’d already
made their views known on the NT intervention at two
federal elections, and in terms that were unmistakeable.
CHRIS GRAHAM analyses the farce that was the Australian
democratic process on the passage of the Stronger Futures
laws.” By Chris Graham, managing editor of Tracker magazine

* GERALDINE FELA:
UNIONS, LABOR MEMBERS SAY NO MORE INCOME MANAGEMENT

– News

Solidarity:
Unions, Labor members say no more Income Management
http://www.solidarity.net.au/uncategorized/unions-labor-members-say-no-more-income-management/
August 2012: “A COMMITMENT to organising with unionists has
paid off for the campaign against the NT Intervention and
the rollout of Income Management into Bankstown. Child
protection workers in the Public Service Association (PSA)
in New South Wales have put an industrial ban on
participating in the implementation of Income Management
and on referring their clients to Centrelink. The PSA’s
action is a powerful antidote to Indigenous Affairs’
Minister Jenny Macklin’s line that Income Management
“helps families” and is “in the interests of children.”
By Geraldine Fela

* AUNTY DAPHNE & SUE GILLETT – BACK TO THE FUTURE:
NT INTERVENTION & INCOME MANAGEMENT (BUILDING BRIDGES 2012)

– Upcoming Event

Event: 22 August 2012: Parramatta, Sydney, NSW
Building Bridges 2012
NT Intervention & Income Management
Presenters: Aunty Daphne & Sue Gillett
Koori Radio: Indig. Voices for Info & Culture
Presenter: Lily Shearer
Organised by Reconciliation for Western Sydney
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/building-bridges-2012-aunty-daphne-sue-gillett-back-to-the-future-22-aug-12
Event details: http://reconciliation4westernsydney.org/index.php/building-bridges-2012
Event details: http://www.nswreconciliation.org.au/events-1/buildi ng-bridges-forum
Brochure: http://reconciliation4westernsydney.org/images/downloads/building_bridges_2012.pdf

See this link for lots more info:
http://indymedia.org.au/building-bridges-2012-aunty-daphne-sue-gillett-back-to-the-future-22-aug-12

* GRAEME MUNDINE: STRONGER FUTURES? (BUILDING BRIDGES 2012)

– Speech

Aboriginal Catholic Ministry:
Graeme Mundine: Stronger Futures?
Speech to Building Bridges – R4WS
http://www.reconciliation4westernsydney.org/index.php/building-bridges-2012/speeches-and-videos
8 Aug 12: “So what’s the problem with all of this?
Shouldn’t we be happy that the Government is trying to fix
the problems in the NT? Well yes and no! It’s fantastic
that the Government recognizes there is a need to direct
resources and commitment to the Northern Territory. But
where they are failing woefully is how they are going
about it. There are a few areas that we are most concerned
about. One is the lack of proper and appropriate
consultation. There has not been adequate consultation
despite the Government’s claims. The Government has been
widely criticized for the conclusions they have drawn
from these consultations. … ” By Graeme Mundine,
Aboriginal Catholic Ministry
http://www.aboriginal.sydneycatholic.org/

* MORE ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LEGISLATION RELATED ARTICLES:

– News

Australian: NT chief using Aborigines as pawns, accuses Brough
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/nt-chief-using-aborigines-as-pawns-accuses-brough/story-fn59niix-1226449616386
14 Aug 12: “NORTHERN Territory Chief Minister Paul
Henderson has claimed credit for benefits flowing to
Aborigines from the intervention, despite his Labor
candidates pledging to “finish” the program extended for 10
years by their federal colleagues. Mr Henderson’s claim
prompted a sharp rebuke from Howard government indigenous
affairs minister Mal Brough, who said the NT Labor leader
was rewriting history.”

National Indigenous Times:
400 churchgoers deliver public lament over Intervention
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1610-400-churchgoers-deliver-public-lament-over-intervention.html
9 Aug 12: “Almost 400 Indigenous and non-Indigenous members
of the Uniting Church in Australia joined forces on the
steps of Parliament House in Adelaide to lament the Federal
Government’s 10 year extension of the Northern Territory
Intervention through its Stronger Futures legislation and
its damaging effects on Indigenous communities.”

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

Last updated: 16 August 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: 1 August 2012

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

USE OF ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES IN NT SCHOOLS:

* EMMA MURPHY: NT GOVERNMENT QUIETLY ABANDONS BILINGUAL BAN

– News

newsTracker: NT government quietly abandons bilingual ban
http://tracker.org.au/2012/08/nt-government-quietly-abandons-bilingual-ban/
15 Aug 12: “NORTHERN TERRITORY: The Northern Territory
government appears to have relaxed its controversial
Compulsory Teaching in English for the First Four Hours of
Each School Day policy, introduced in 2008 and seen as the
end of bilingual education for Aboriginal children. The
policy restricted teaching in home languages to the last
few teaching hours, when children are generally tired and
inattentive. It was announced in 2008 by then Education
minister Marion Scrymgour, and prompted an immediate outcry
from Aboriginal and human rights organisations.”
By Emma Murphy, a former editor of the Green Left Weekly,
works with Yolngu people in Darwin and across North East
Arnhem Land

* ROSA MCKENNA:
NT COVERTLY DROPS
‘THE FIRST 4 HOURS OF EACH DAY ENGLISH ONLY’ POLICY

– Analysis / Opinion

Indymedia Australia: NT covertly drops
‘the first 4 hours of each day English only’ policy
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/08/13/nt-covertly-drops-%E2%80%98the-first-4-hours-of-each-day-english-only%E2%80%99-policy
13 Aug 12: ” … the NT Department of Education and
Training have removed ‘the first 4 hours of each day
English only’ phrase from their literacy policy … However
on its own this is not enough. It simply says we are not
going to ban the use of Indigenous Languages at this
important teaching time of the day but It does nothing to
support and encourage the use of the children’s first
languages in an academic context. For example if you are to
develop literacy in the children’s mother tongue you need
to be continually training new teachers and involving all
such staff in appropriate professional development. … ”
By Rosa McKenna

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

Last updated: 21 July 2012

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

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL GERMAN NEWSLETTER
ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES:

RUNDBRIEF AUGUST 2012
THEMENKOGRUPPE
MENSCHENRECHTE UND INDIGENE VÖLKER
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Stronger-Futures/AI-Rundbrief-August-2012.pdf

SEITE 23 / 46:

AUSTRALIEN

YOLŊUW MAKARR DHUNI (YOLŊU NATIONS ASSEMBLY) STATEMENT

“Das Statement der Versammlung der Yolngu Nationen wurde am
2. Mai 2012 vor der Verabschiedung der “Stronger Futures”
-Gesetze veröffentlicht. Die Mehrheit der Ureinwohner
lehnen diese Gesetze strikt ab, siehe das Yolngu-Statement
als Beispiel.”

SEITE 25 / 46:

ZUSAMMENSTELLUNG VON INFORMATIONEN
ÜBER DIE „STRONGER FUTURES“-GESETZE

“In der Nacht vom 28. zum 29. Juni wurden die
„Stronger Futures“-Gesetze im Senat verabschiedet. Dies
bedeutet weitere 10 Jahre massiver
Menschenrechtsverletzungen an den Ureinwohnern des
Nordterritoriums – sozusagen eine Fortsetzung der NT
Intervention nur unter einem irrefuehrenden und schoeneren
Titel. Income Management, ein Aspekt der 5-jaehrigen NT
Intervention, wird auch in andere Bereiche Australiens
erweitert.”

SEITE 40 / 46:

PETITION “PUTTING AUSTRALIA TO THE HUMAN RIGHTS TEST”

“Die folgende Petition wurde noch vor der Verabschiedung
der “Stronger Futures”-Gesetze kreiert. Die Regierung
weigert sich jedoch bislang, die Gesetzgebung zu einer
Überpruefung der Einhaltung internationaler Standards im
Bereich der Menschenrechte beim Joint Parliamentary
Committee on Human Rights vorzulegen. Für eine
Zusammenstellung der Aufrufe verschiedener Organisationen,
die “Stronger Futures” einer Untersuchung zu durchlaufen,
“Requests for Stronger Futures to be scrutinized for Human
Rights compliance”, bitte hier klicken:
http://www.respectandlisten.org/nt-intervention/human-rights-review.html

SEITE 44 / 46:

VORANKÜNDIGUNG DOWN UNDER
BERLIN – AUSTRALIAN FILM FESTIVAL

“Zum zweiten Mal findet das Down Under Berlin – Australian
Film Festival in Berlin statt. Es ist das einzige Festival
für australischen Film im deutschsprachigen Raum. Filme
verschiedener Genres und aus verschiedenen Epochen werden
vom 14.-16. September 2012 im Kino Movimiento in
Berlin-Kreuzberg gezeigt.
In der Sektion „Indigenous Australia“ setzt das Festival
seinen Schwerpunkt auf das indigene Kino Australiens. Neben
Filmvorführungen wird es ein Begleitprogramm zum Beispiel
mit Vorträgen und Diskussionen geben. Amnesty International
wird mit zwei Vorträgen zu der Menschenrechtssituation der
Aborigines und einem Stand auf dem Festival vertreten sein.”

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Analysis / Opinion

agendaTracker:
All eyes turn to bush seats as NT election gets underway
http://tracker.org.au/2012/08/all-eyes-turn-to-bush-seats-as-nt-election-gets-underway/
13 Aug 12: “Aboriginal people may again be able to make
their voices heard through the ballot box.
That’s on issues like the amalgamation of the
shires, the axing of bi-lingual education, and the
underfunding of homelands. Which may explain why, earlier
this month, Chief Minister Paul Henderson announced Labor
would invest $300 million in 500 homeland communities
across the Territory over the next 10 years. …
The NT government says the new funding does not
mean it will abandon the Growth Towns policy.” By Amy McQuire,
a Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman, Editor of Tracker

– News

National Indigenous Times:
Kim Hill welcomes homelands decision
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1611-kim-hill-welcomes-homelands-decision.html
9 Aug 12: “Northern Land Council (NLC) Chief Executive, Mr
Kim Hill has welcomed the announcement by the Northern
Territory Government of increased funding to maintain
essential services to Territory homelands. The announcement
by the Chief Minister will see the Northern Territory
Government contribute a minimum $100 million over 10 years
to service delivery for homelands. Alongside earlier
Federal Government funding, this… ”

Koori Mail: $100m promise for homelands
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
8 Aug 12: “THE Northern Territory Government has promised
to spend $100 million to improve conditions on Aboriginal
homelands. The funding would add to the Federal
Government’s pledge of $200 million over ten years
announced in March. With an election looming on 25 August,
Chief Minister Paul Henderson’s Government appears to have
backflipped on its earlier decision to freeze funding to
homelands, concentrating instead on what it termed ‘hub
towns’. Northern Land Council (NLC) chief executive Kim
Hill welcomed the increased funding commitment, but
expressed disappointment at both the Territory and
Australian governments’ refusal to allow the funding to be
used for roads and new houses.”

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