13022 – Blackett, Western Sydney launch of the book ‘A Decision to Discriminate’

* Blackett, Western Sydney launch of the book:
‘A Decision to Discriminate’
* New ‘A Decision to Discriminate’ book review
* Let’s Talk’s Tiga Bayles interviews Mick Gooda on Stronger Futures
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention

* Cathy Eatock, One Billion Rising:
End violence against Aboriginal women

* NIRS:
Compensation test case hoped to shine light on removal conditions
* NIRS:
Stolen Generations victims deserve criminal compensation: Sam Watson
* Let’s Talk:
Highlights of Link-Up’s 5th Anniversary Apology Event

* The Wire:
‘Social emotional support’: the missing link in closing the gap

* Greg Dickson, Fully (sic):
Federal Government ready to “Recognise” Indigenous languages
(but it’s kinda old news)
* Background to the use of Aboriginal languages in NT schools

* Other articles

* BLACKETT, WESTERN SYDNEY LAUNCH OF THE BOOK
‘A DECISION TO DISCRIMINATE’:

– Event

Event: Mon 18 March 2013: Blackett, Western Sydney, NSW
Book Launch: A Decision to Discriminate
Aboriginal Disempowerment in the Northern Territory
To be launched by: Jeff McMullen AM
Organized by the Baabayn Aboriginal Corporation
“This new book is an important historical record
that focuses on the Senate Committee Inquiry
into the Stronger Futures legislation. It shows
how the Government decision-making process
chose to ignore the views and ideas expressed
by many Aboriginal people of the Northern Territory
communities in much the same way as has
happened since colonisation.”
A ‘concerned Australians’ publication
Order Form: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/ADTD_Order_Form.pdf
Flyer: http://www.respectandlisten.org/uploads/downloads/ca/ADTD-launch-Blackett-18-3-13.pdf
Event details: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/ADTD_booklaunches.html#Blackett
‘concerned Australians’ Homepage: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/#ADTD
Book reviews:
http://www.respectandlisten.org/uploads/downloads/ca/ADTD-book-review-2012.pdf
http://acmsydney.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/review-of-a-decision-to-discriminate-aboriginal-disempowerment-in-the-nt/
http://www.sydneycatholic.org/news/latest_news/2012/2012115_91.shtml
http://overland.org.au/blogs/loudspeaker/2012/10/stronger-futures-and-aboriginal-disempowerment/
Audio Interviews: http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9818

* NEW ‘A DECISION TO DISCRIMINATE’ BOOK REVIEW:

– Book Review

“A Decision to Discriminate:
Aboriginal Disempowerment in the Northern Territory”
Published by ‘concerned Australians’
Respect and Listen: http://www.respectandlisten.org/uploads/downloads/ca/ADTD-book-review-2012.pdf
Elimatta, page 3: http://www.asgmwp.net/ElimattaAutumn2013.pdf
19 Feb 13: “”A Decision to Discriminate” demonstrates how
our democratic processes failed Aboriginal peoples of the
Northern Territory. It shows the process leading to
decisions which were deeply flawed; a process miserably
failing the people who provided evidence to its inquiries
by ignoring their clearly expressed views and instead
pushing the legislation through the House of
Representatives before the Senate Inquiry report had been
completed. The events described here took their origins in
2007, when the government introduced the “Northern
Territory Emergency Response” (NTER, commonly known as
“NT Intervention”). … ”

* LET’S TALK’S TIGA BAYLES INTERVIEWS MICK GOODA ON STRONGER FUTURES:

– Audio Interview

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Let’s Talk – Mick Gooda
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/lets-talk/
18 Feb 13: Tiga Bayles interviews Mick Gooda
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice
Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission
Speaking about the recent Closing The Gap Report and
The Stronger Futures legislation in the Northern Territory
and Alcohol restrictions.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/mick-gooda-7/

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

Last updated: 4 February 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-stronger-futures-new-nt-intervention-laws

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Last updated: 31 December 2012

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

* CATHY EATOCK, ONE BILLION RISING:
END VIOLENCE AGAINST ABORIGINAL WOMEN

– Speech

Green Left: End violence against Aboriginal women
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/53368
18 Feb 13: “This was a speech given to a One Billion Rising
event in Sydney on February 14. ***
Sexual assault for Aboriginal women is recorded at 6 times
the rate for the rest of the community. In a detailed study
of rape among Aboriginal women it found that 42% of the
perpetrators were in fact non- Aboriginal, 41% were
Aboriginal and 17% were both Aboriginal and non Aboriginal,
in instances of pack rapes.” By Cathy Eatock

* NIRS:
COMPENSATION TEST CASE HOPED TO SHINE LIGHT ON REMOVAL CONDITIONS

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Compensation test case hoped to shine light on removal conditions
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7859-compensation-test-case-hoped-to-shine-light-on-removal-conditions
18 Feb 13: “A spokesperson for a Western Australian Stolen
Generations advocacy group says a case for compensation
currently in the Supreme Court in Perth will have
wide-ranging implications. Donald and Sylvia Collard are
seeking damages over the removals of their children between
1958 and 1961 in a case which is expected to set a
precedent in WA. Jim Morrison from Bringing Them Home WA
says although he doesn’t want to be drawn on the specifics
of the case, it does highlight the plight of Stolen
Generations victims.”

See:

WGAR News: “Landmark Stolen Generations Test Case Begins in Perth”
Media Statement (8 Feb 13)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/02/07/wgar-news-marie-sailor-an-aboriginal-elder-whose-wages-were-stolen-accent-of-women-radio-

* NIRS:
STOLEN GENERATIONS VICTIMS DESERVE CRIMINAL COMPENSATION:
SAM WATSON

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Stolen Generations victims deserve criminal compensation:
Sam Watson
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7858-stolen-generations-victims-deserve-criminal-compensation-sam-watson
18 Feb 13: “NIRS/98.9fm: The Chair of Link-Up Queensland
Sam Watson says he supports calls for Australia governments
to award compensation to surviving members of the Stolen
Generations. Link-Up aims to reunite victims of past
government removal policies with their families and
communities. Mr. Watson told 98.9fm at fifth anniversary of
the national apology celebrations last week what’s needed
is more than an apology.”

See:

WGAR News: Let’s Talk:
Live Broadcast 5th Anniversary of the Apology Link-Up Event
(16 Feb 13)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/02/15/wgar-news-lets-talk-live-broadcast-5th-anniversary-of-the-apology-link-up-event

* LET’S TALK:
HIGHLIGHTS OF LINK-UP’S 5TH ANNIVERSARY APOLOGY EVENT

– Video and Audio

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Let’s Talk
– Highlights of Link-Up’s 5th Anniversary Apology Event
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/lets-talk/
18 Feb 13: “Includes a speech from Kevin Rudd and
a performance by Les Collins.”
Watch and listen to these programs on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/highlights-of-link-ups-5th-anniversary-apology-event/

See:

WGAR News: Let’s Talk:
Live Broadcast 5th Anniversary of the Apology Link-Up Event
(16 Feb 13)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/02/15/wgar-news-lets-talk-live-broadcast-5th-anniversary-of-the-apology-link-up-event

* THE WIRE:
‘SOCIAL EMOTIONAL SUPPORT’: THE MISSING LINK IN CLOSING THE GAP

– Audio

The Wire:
‘Social emotional support’: the missing link in closing the gap
Produced by Alexia Attwood
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=10034
18 Feb 13: “Giving emotional and social support seems simple
enough, but it’s one of the missing ingredients in many
programs tailored towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander people. These are the conclusions from new reports
monitoring Australia’s progress in closing the gap,
evaluating successful programs across Australia. The mental
health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander people has been severely affected by the impact
of colonisation, the removal of children, racism and
continued socioeconomic disadvantage. …
Featured in story:
Lorraine Peeters, Managing Director of Murumali
Ashley Couzens, Head of Riverland Aboriginal Men’s Support Group”

* GREG DICKSON, FULLY (sic):
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT READY TO “RECOGNISE” INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES
(BUT IT’S KINDA OLD NEWS)

– Analysis / Opinion

Fully (sic) – Crikey’s language blog:
Federal Government ready to “Recognise” Indigenous languages
(but it’s kinda old news)
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/fullysic/2013/02/15/federal-government-ready-to-recognise-indigenous-languages-but-its-kinda-old-news/
15 Feb 13: “There was a bit of hoo-hah in Parliament House
this week when Julia, Tony and co. made a minor song and
dance about constitutional recognition for Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander people and their languages.
Greg Dickson writes that it’s good news but actually kinda
old news… with shiny branding. He explains the
recommendations and the clever work that was done by the
expert panel over twelve months ago.” wamut

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

Last updated: 5 January 2013

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

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
New Office Caters for Women in the Centre
http://caama.com.au/new-office-caters-for-women-in-the-centre
18 Feb 13: “The Northern Territory Working Women’s Centre
was established in 1994. The NT Working Women’s Centre
provides free and confidential advice to women about work
related matters. The Centre particularly targets services
to those in a disadvantaged bargaining position, insecure
and low paid work. After many years of planning and
dreaming, the Alice Springs office is finally here and
currently have 1 staff member, Anne Hebert, working Monday
to Thursday. Another staff member will be joining Anne in
early March 2013.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6

19 Feb 13: “* The Northern Territory Deputy Chief Minister
has rejected suggestions that the Mills Country Liberal
Government has abandoned the findings of a comprehensive
report into Aborignal child welfare and safety.
* The Shadow Indigenous Affairs Minister NT Senator Nigel
Scullion says that The Gillard Government doesn’t listen to
Aborignal people and it should leave it to them to
determine if they want a new Land Council in the Northern
Territory.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6

18 Feb 13: “* The founder of one of Australia’s top one
hundred companies says those working with Aboriginal
contractors in the mining sector need to invest ongoing
training and development.
* The Shadow Indigenous Affairs Minister NT Senator Nigel
Scullion has accused the Gillard Labor government of
inappropriate behaviour in its handling of the
publicly-funded multi-million dollar Indigenous Land
corporation.
* The Northern Territory Parliament has passed laws which
will see Violent offenders serve guaranteed time in jail.”

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
New CSG regulations not strong enough: NSW land council head
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7865-new-csg-regulations-not-strong-enough-nsw-land-council-head
19 Feb 13: “A New South Wales land council boss has
criticised the State Government for not going far enough in
its plans to strengthen the regulations relating to coal
seam gas. Under a package approved by the cabinet on
Monday, a two kilometre exclusion zone will be imposed
around residential areas to prevent new exploration and
production activities above and below ground. But Illawarra
Local Aboriginal Land Council chair Roy Kennedy says
despite the buffer, the Government still hasn’t guaranteed
it won’t contaminate waterways.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Sovereignty an “elephant in the room”
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7862-sovereignty-an-elephant-in-the-room
18 Feb 13: “NIRS/98.9fm: A Brisbane elder says she’s tired
of the Australian Government overlooking the issue of
Indigenous sovereignty in favour of symbolic gestures. The
Federal Government took a significant step towards a
referendum to recognise Indigenous Australians in the
Constitution last week by passing the Act of Recognition
through the lower house. But Aunty Mary Graham told 98.9fm
the issue of sovereignty must but discussed by Indigenous
communities and governments.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Fed. Opposition: Macklin’s reappointment of top bureaucrat dodgy
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7855-fed-opposition-macklins-reappointment-of-top-bureaucrat-dodgy-
18 Feb 13: “The Federal Opposition Indigenous Affairs
spokesperson says the Government has acted improperly in
the reappointment of the head of the Indigenous Land
Corporation. Nigel Scullion says Minister Jenny Macklin
circumvented the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act
by rehiring ILC chief executive Bruce Gemmel.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Macklin: No new land council for Territory
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7856-macklin-no-new-land-council-for-territory
18 Feb 13: “NIRS/ABC: The Federal Indigenous Affairs
Minister has rejected an application to establish a new
land council in the Northern Territory because she’s not
satisfied the applicants could do the job. A group of
traditional owners, led by the Jawoyn Association, applied
to establish a Katherine-based land council in 2011,
seeking to control over nearly 80 per cent of the territory
managed by the Northern Land Council.”

newsTracker: Macklin rejects new land council proposal
http://tracker.org.au/2013/02/macklin-rejects-new-land-council-proposal/
15 Feb 13: “NATIONAL: Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister
Jenny Macklin is rejecting an application from Aboriginal
groups seeking to create their own breakaway land council.
“I am not satisfied that the applicants could
satisfactorily perform land council functions,” Ms Macklin
said in a statement on Thursday. A group of 24 Aboriginal
clans from the NT’s Top End had argued that the Northern
Land Council (NLC) was failing to properly look after
their needs.”

ABC: MP says jail is good for young Aboriginal people
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-02-15/bess-price-jail-is-good-for-you-nt/4521152
15 Feb 13: “A Northern Territory Government politician says
some Aboriginal people support imprisonment because jail
gets the younger generations sober, fed and keeps them
safe. Overnight, the Legislative Assembly passed amendments
to the NT Sentencing Act, allowing for mandatory sentencing
of violent offenders. Labor opposed the bill and raised
concerns it would continue to see Indigenous people locked
up at an alarming rate. The member for Stuart, Bess Price,
told Parliament Labor did nothing to address the matter
when it was in power, and argued that incarceration had
some benefits.” By Penny Timms

ABC: Lawyers disappointed by Bess Price prison comments
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-02-18/lawyers-disappointed-by-bess-price-prison-comments/4524556
18 Feb 13: “The Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid
Service says comments from a local MP undermine work to
divert people from prison. The Member for Stuart, Bess
Price, told Parliament that some Aboriginal people like
prison because it helps them get sober and stay fed. But
CAALAS Principal Lawyer, Mark O’Reilly says Indigenous
incarceration rates in the Territory are a disgrace and the
government should be doing everything in its power to keep
people out of prison. “There are a lot of organisations
around that are doing a lot of good work to try and support
people in the community and improve conditions,” he said.”
By Anthony Stewart

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