120923 – “Shires out, stop the Intervention – community control now!” Kalkaringi, Daguragu & Lajamanu

Contents:
* Kalkaringi, Daguragu and Lajamanu residents and
traditional owners:
Shires out, stop the Intervention – community control now!
* ABC: Sydney work bans on welfare quarantine scheme
* Bob Gosford:
Was the 2012 Northern Territory election the dirtiest ever?
* Brian Johnstone: ALP alleges vote rorts in August poll
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention

* KALKARINGI, DAGURAGU AND LAJAMANU
RESIDENTS AND TRADITIONAL OWNERS:
SHIRES OUT, STOP THE INTERVENTION – COMMUNITY CONTROL NOW!

– Statement

Statement from community meeting of Kalkaringi, Daguragu
and Lajamanu residents and traditional owners
Shires out, stop the Intervention – community control now!
Rollback the Intervention: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/kalkaringi-statement-17-9-2012.pdf
Sovereign Union: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/387
17 Sep 12: “People from communities of Kalkaringi, Lajamanu
and Daguragu are today demanding that the Victoria Daly
Shire and Central Desert Shire leave our communities
immediately. We also want the Government Business Manager
from the Intervention to leave our land now. They have no
legal right to be here and are unwanted.
We want our community council to come back. We can run our
own affairs and are sick of being bossed around by
government and outsiders. Our communities have had so much
damage done to them since 2007.
We will not be signing any more leases – this is Aboriginal
land that we fought hard for and we must be in control. We
also need our permit system back so we can control who
comes into our land. Aboriginal law must be respected. This
land was given to the Gurindji people in 1975 with the
words, “in perpetuity” – forever. But this has been taken
away.
All the jobs we used to have before the Intervention cut
CDEP must come back. Since the Intervention and Shire there
are hardly any jobs for anyone and people aren’t getting
looked after properly. … ”

– Related News

Koori Mail: NT communities want control back
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
18 Sep 12: “ABORIGINAL people from the Kalkaringi, Lajamanu
and Daguragu communities in the Northern Territory have
called on government business managers to leave their
communities, as well as representatives from Victoria Daly
Shire and Central Desert Shire. They say they will not sign
any leases over their lands and want their community
councils reinstated and the permit system reintroduced.”

ABC: More communities refuse to sign leases
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-09-18/more-communities-refuse-to-sign-leases/4267584?section=nt
18 Sep 12: “First Nations Political Party founder Maurie
Japarta Ryan says three more Northern Territory communities
are refusing to sign new federal leases over their land.
Two communities have already refused the leases, designed
by the Federal Government to replace the five-year
compulsory leases introduced under the Northern Territory
intervention. Mr Ryan says residents in Kalkaringi,
Lajamanu and Daguragu want Shire workers to leave
immediately.”

Koori Mail: Ampilatwatja says no
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
19 Sep 12: “TRADITIONAL owners at Ampilatwatja in the
Northern Territory have spurned overtures from the Federal
Government, saying they’re not interested in an offer of
$3.7 million in refurbishments – but no new houses – in
exchange for a 40-year lease over community housing.
They’ve told the Government to pull its government business
manager (GBM) out of the community and either hand over or
remove related assets. Spokesman Richard Downs said on
Saturday that his Alyawarr people were sick of Federal
promises and inadequate consultation. “It’s a one-way
street. They (Federal Labor) are not consulting or
listening to us,” Mr Downs told the Koori Mail.”

* ABC: SYDNEY WORK BANS ON WELFARE QUARANTINE SCHEME

– News

ABC: Sydney work bans on welfare quarantine scheme
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-09-19/sydney-work-bans-on-welfare-quarantine-scheme/4269472?section=nsw
19 Sep 12: “Child protection workers in the Bankstown area
of Sydney’s south west are refusing to co-operate with the
Federal Government’s controversial welfare quarantining
measures. Bankstown is one of five sites across the country
where the Federal Government is trialing a variation of the
Northern Territory intervention by quarantining the income
of some families to ensure the money is spent on basics.
But child protection workers in Bankstown have imposed
union bans on the scheme and have refused to refer any
potential candidates to Centrelink.”

– Related Statement

Solidarity Needed for Union action against Income Management
Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-the-Intervention-Collective-Sydney/106800130140
Sydney Wobblies: http://www.facebook.com/iwwsydney

10 Sep 12: “Public Service Association (PSA) members in
Western Sydney at the Bankstown, Lakemba and Fairfield
Community Services Centres (formerly known as DoCS offices)
are implementing union bans on participating in income
management and any activities relating to its
implementation. Income management is part of the Northern
Territory Intervention which is now being rolled out to 5
trial sites across Australia. It is widely viewed as
discriminatory and paternalistic. The campaign against
income management in Bankstown has been lead by the
Bankstown Say No Government Income Management Campaign
Coalition and supported by the Stop the Intervention
Collective and over 65 local organisations, unions and
faith groups, and by the NSW ALP.”

* BOB GOSFORD:
WAS THE 2012 NORTHERN TERRITORY ELECTION THE DIRTIEST EVER?

– Analysis / Opinion

Crikey – The Northern Myth – Bob Gosford in the NT:
Was the 2012 Northern Territory election the dirtiest ever?
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/northern/2012/09/17/was-the-2012-northern-territory-election-the-dirtiest-ever/
17 Sep 12: “There is now a very real question as to
whether the Northern Territory general election on 25
August 2012 – and in the bush mobile polling booths in the
fortnight prior – was the dirtiest election we’ve seen in
the NT’s short self-governing history. As I wrote about
past elections here the day before this years poll: Both
sides of politics have played that ugly game, but the
Country Liberals played it better than Labor.”
By Bob Gosford.
About Bob Gosford: “After three years of living in the
small township of Yuendumu I live 300 kilometres away in
suburban Alice Springs – for now at least.”

– Related Analysis / Opinion

Solidarity: Country Liberals cynically tap anger at
Intervention to topple Labor in the NT
http://www.solidarity.net.au/49/country-liberals-cynically-tap-anger-at-intervention-to-topple-labor-in-the-nt/
September 2012: “The Country Liberals (CLP) have swept to
power in the Northern Territory elections, … The CLP ran
a cynical, yet devastatingly effective campaign in bush
electorates. Their election platform here had two
components, both central demands of the campaign against
the NT Intervention. First, the break-up of the hated Super
Shire councils, which the Henderson Labor government
introduced in 2008. … Second, an end to the “Working
Futures” policy which has seen investment focussed on 20
“growth towns”, at the expense of the hundreds of smaller
communities and outstations on Aboriginal land.”
By Paddy Gibson

See:

WGAR News: Aboriginal issues and the Northern Territory
(NT) Elections (5 Sep 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/09/05/wgar-news-aboriginal-issues-and-the-northern-territory-nt-elections

* BRIAN JOHNSTONE: ALP ALLEGES VOTE RORTS IN AUGUST POLL

– News

newsTracker: ALP alleges vote rorts in August poll
http://tracker.org.au/2012/09/alp-alleges-vote-rorts-in-august-poll/
19 Sep 12: “NORTHERN TERRITORY: The Australian Labor Party
is calling for a full independent Judicial Inquiry into
allegations that NT Electoral Commission officials were
instructing people to vote for its Country Liberal
opponents in at least two remote polling booths at the
August 25 election which saw the Henderson Government lose
power. NT Opposition Leader Delia Lawrie says the party has
obtained 10 signed Statutory Declarations which allege a
named NT Electoral Commission official was instructing
people to vote for the CLP inside a polling booth at
Wadeye, the Territory’s largest Aboriginal community. … ”
By Brian Johnstone,
a Walkley and Human Rights award winning journalist

See:

WGAR News: Aboriginal issues and the Northern Territory
(NT) Elections (5 Sep 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/09/05/wgar-news-aboriginal-issues-and-the-northern-territory-nt-elections

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

Last updated: 7 September 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

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