The NT Intervention - Six Years On:
Barbara Shaw, New Matilda
Newsletter date: 23 June 2013
This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/06/23/wgar-news-the-nt-intervention-six-years-on-barbara-shaw-new-matilda
* Barbara Shaw, New Matilda: The NT Intervention - Six Years On
* Paul Bleakley, Australian Times UK: Intervention marks 6 years, as community questions impact
* ACOSS, NWRN & St Vincent de Paul Society: Joint Statement: Six years of the NT Intervention is six years too long
* The Wire: Stronger Futures? [Featuring Paddy Gibson and Kylie Sambo]
* The Wire: Major parties agree on what one expert calls a piece of 'apartheid' in Oz [Featuring Dr Ruth Phillips]
* Bankstown Coalition set to challenge expansion of income management on anniversary of NT Intervention [Featuring Semra Guler, Kylie Sambo and Paddy Gibson]
* The Wire: Stopping Compulsory Income Management [Playford, featuring Pas Forgione and Nick Champion]
* SPAG & SIMPla: Compulsory income management: Say no! An attack on welfare rights! [Playford]
* Spirit of Eureka: Stop Income Managment in Playford
* Protest the Basics Card! No Compulsory Income Management! Not In Playford, Not Anywhere! - 1 July 2013
* Hon Jenny Macklin MP & Warren Snowdon MP: Stronger Futures delivering more jobs for Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory
* FaHCSIA: Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory - Six-Monthly Progress Report
* SBS World News: Kids doing better under intervention: govt
* Senator Nigel Scullion: NT Stronger Futures a flop
* A Current Affair: Welfare shake-up
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Background to 'Stronger Futures' new NT Intervention laws* BARBARA SHAW, NEW MATILDA:
THE NT INTERVENTION - SIX YEARS ON
- Analysis / OpinionNew Matilda: The NT Intervention - Six Years Onhttp://newmatilda.com/2013/06/21/nt-intervention-six-years
21 Jun 13: "Barbara Shaw has lived on income management in
Alice Springs for more than five years. On the sixth
anniversary of the NT Intervention, read what it has meant
for her and her community. ... we must continue to stand
together and to struggle, to fight for Aboriginal self
determination and to fight for jobs and services for all
struggling communities - not the punishment of the
Intervention. Black and White unite!" By Barbara Shaw
* PAUL BLEAKLEY, AUSTRALIAN TIMES UK:
INTERVENTION MARKS 6 YEARS,
AS COMMUNITY QUESTIONS IMPACT
- Analysis / OpinionAustralian Times UK:
Intervention marks 6 years, as community questions impact
19 Jun 13: "INDIGENOUS leaders have marked the sixth
anniversary of the controversial 2007 government
intervention in the Northern Territory by questioning the
psychological repercussions of regulating the day-to-day
management of Aboriginal communities. Indigenous advocacy
group Concerned Australians have published an article
alleging that the ultimate aim of the intervention was to
"empty the homelands" in the Northern Territory. ... "
By Paul Bleakley
a journalist and academic raised on Queensland's Gold Coast
See: WGAR News: Sixth Anniversary of the Intervention
- Striking the Wrong Note: 'concerned Australians'
(20 Jun 13)
* ACOSS, NWRN & ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY:
SIX YEARS OF THE NT INTERVENTION IS SIX YEARS TOO LONG
- Media Release Joint Statement:
Six years of the NT Intervention is six years too long
21 Jun 13: "On the sixth anniversary of the traumatising
Northern Territory Emergency Response, known as the
Intervention, three leading national community welfare
organisations are urging the major parties to dump the
policy of mandatory income management, which they assert is
wasteful, ineffective and harmful.
The Australian Council of Social Service
, the National
Welfare Rights Network
, and St Vincent de Paul Society
compulsory income management punishes people who are
already doing it amongst the toughest and is incredibly
expensive. It should be replaced with a genuinely
voluntary scheme, which is part of a broader development
plan in communities. The Government should abandon plans to
further extend wasteful and ineffective income management
from 1 July 2013.
The 2012 independent evaluation of income management in the
Northern Territory found no clear evidence of the value of
the program. At best, some people perceived that they were
being assisted by the program. More than two thirds of
those surveyed said they felt discriminated against by
income management. Three quarters felt it was unfair and a
similar number reported feelings of embarrassment. ... "* THE WIRE: STRONGER FUTURES?
[FEATURING PADDY GIBSON AND KYLIE SAMBO]
- Audio InterviewsThe Wire: Stronger Futures?
Produced by Matthew Newtonhttp://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=10497
21 Jun 13: "The government has released the first
six-monthly monitoring report on the Stronger Futures
program. The release of the report coincides with the 6th
anniversary of the Norther Territory Intervention, the
precursor to Stronger Futures. The government claims the
program is a success but not everyone is convinced. ...
Featured in story:
* Paddy Gibson
- Stop The Intervention Collective Sydney
* Kylie Sambo
- NT Youth Leader"
See: WGAR News: Paddy Gibson, Solidarity Online: Six years of shame:
Aboriginal assimilation and the NT Intervention
(20 Jun 13)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/06/19/wgar-news-sixth-anniversary-of-the-intervention-striking-the-wrong-note-concerned-austral
WGAR News: STICS: Young NT leader living on income management
to address Bankstown protest
(20 Jun 13) [Featuring Kylie Sambo]
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/06/19/wgar-news-sixth-anniversary-of-the-intervention-striking-the-wrong-note-concerned-austral
- Related AudioCentral Australian Aboriginal Media Association: http://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/am-19-06.mp3
19 Jun 13: "A young Aboriginal woman from the Northern
Territory who has been on income management for the past
three years is travelling to Sydney to tell people how it
has impacted on her life."
* THE WIRE:
MAJOR PARTIES AGREE ON WHAT ONE EXPERT CALLS A PIECE OF 'APARTHEID' IN OZ
[FEATURING DR RUTH PHILLIPS]
- Audio InterviewThe Wire:
Major parties agree on what one expert calls a piece of 'apartheid' in Oz
Produced by Alexia Attwoodhttp://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=10480
18 Jun 13: "Income quarantining forces people on welfare
payments to spend a portion of their income on essential
items like food and rent. Their income is loaded onto a
'basics card' that resembles an efpos card, and can only be
used in certain shops. Income management was a policy
introduced under the Howard Government but was left
largely unchanged when Rudd became Prime Minister. The
program runs mostly in the Northern Territory but also in
selected areas across Australia such as Bankstown in New
South Wales and Rockhampton in Queensland. ...
Featured in story: Dr Ruth Phillips
, Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney"* BANKSTOWN COALITION SET TO CHALLENGE EXPANSION OF INCOME MANAGEMENT
ON ANNIVERSARY OF NT INTERVENTION
[FEATURING SEMRA GULER, KYLIE SAMBO AND PADDY GIBSON]
- Media ReleaseSay No to Government Income Management
- Not in Bankstown, Not Anywhere Campaign Coalition:
Bankstown Coalition set to challenge expansion of income management
on anniversary of NT Intervention
The Network: http://misseaglesnetwork.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/the-challenge-is-on-bankstown.html
20 Jun 13: "Members of the Say No to Government Income
Management - Not in Bankstown, Not Anywhere Campaign
Coalition will join a rally this Saturday June 22, marking
6 years since the announcement of the NT Intervention.
The Coalition says it will challenge the further expansion
of income management planned for July 1, 2013. Income
management began in 2007 for Aboriginal people living under
the NT Intervention and was expanded to Bankstown in 2012.
From July 1 2013, new categories of marginalised young
people will be compulsorily placed on income management
across the NT and all trial sites including Bankstown:
- People under 25 applying for a Crisis Payment for
- Young people receiving an unable to live at home allowance
- Recipients of the Special Benefit
The Campaign Coalition in Bankstown is supported by 67
organisations representing a diverse range of ethnic and
cultural communities along with trade unions and faith
groups. Since a declaration calling for a community wide
boycott on income management in 2012, Bankstown has the
lowest numbers of people on both voluntary and compulsory
income management of any trial site. ... "
- Past Rally
Event: Sat 22 June 2013: Bankstown, Sydney, NSWProtest marking 6 years of the NT Intervention
* Repeal "Stronger Futures / Stolen Futures" Legislation!
* Stop Income Management - not in NT - not in Bankstown - not anywhere!
* Reinvest in community controlled services and jobs!
"In Sydney, a rally marking the six year anniversary
of the NT Intervention will be held in Bankstown in June."
"June 21 will mark six years since John Howard announced
the NT Intervention and sent the military into Aboriginal
communities. This was one of the most shameful days in
the history of Australia's brutal and racist treatment of
Aboriginal people and has set the struggle for Aboriginal
rights back many decades."
- Kylie Sambo, NT youth leader living on income management
- Maree O'Halloran, Welfare Rights Center
- Gary Moore, CEO of Homelessness NSW
- Robin Croon, Public Service Association
- Wafa Ibrahim, Child, youth and family support officer, Arab Council Australia
Event details: http://www.respectandlisten.org/
Event details: http://stoptheintervention.org/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/marking-6-years-of-the-nt-intervention-0
Event summary and Media Release: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/06/19/young-nt-leader-living-on-income-management-to-address-bankstown-protest-stics
Event summary and Article: [scroll down page to end] http://www.solidarity.net.au/55/income-management-expansion-in-effort-to-break-boycott/
WGAR Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-northern-territory-nt-intervention
WGAR Background to 'Stronger Futures' new NT Intervention laws: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-stronger-futures-new-nt-intervention-laws
* THE WIRE: STOPPING COMPULSORY INCOME MANAGEMENT
[PLAYFORD, FEATURING PAS FORGIONE AND NICK CHAMPION]
- Audio InterviewsThe Wire: Stopping Compulsory Income Management
Produced by Graham Backhaushttp://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=10498
21 Jun 13: "It is nearly a year since compulsory income
management was extended to Playford
in South Australia and
5 other Australian communities in a trial of the program
that has been in place in the Northern Territory for 6
years. Opponents of the program claim there is no solid
evidence to show that it is achieving its goals. They would
like to see the funds spent on the program go towards more
community and support services for families and
individuals at risk. More than 40 organisations from
Playford, have signed an open letter calling on the Federal
Government to suspend compulsory income management. ...
Featured in story:
* Mr Pas Forgione
- Coordinator, SIMPla
* Mr Nick Champion
- Federal Member for Wakefield"
* SPAG & SIMPla:
COMPULSORY INCOME MANAGEMENT:
SAY NO! AN ATTACK ON WELFARE RIGHTS!
- Analysis / OpinionCompulsory income management:
Say no! An attack on welfare rights!
Spirit of Eureka: http://www.spiritofeureka.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=93:compulsory-income-management-say-no-an-attack-on-welfare-rights&catid=8:fp-roktabs-showcase&Itemid=7
28 May 13: "The information below is a flier produced by SPAG (Single Parents Action Group)
and SIMPla (Stop Income
Management in Playford, South Australia)
, and distributed
at a protest outside Nick Champion's electoral office on
20th May. ... But there’s NO EVIDENCE the policy works! In
fact, the humiliation it causes could damage their mental
health. It wastes money that could provide more education,
employment, health, and financial counselling services.
It’s an unjust, heavy-handed, and an attack on the right of
those on welfare payments to control their payments - and
on the safety-net we all need during difficult times."* SPIRIT OF EUREKA:
STOP INCOME MANAGEMENT IN PLAYFORD
- Open Letter from SIMPlaSpirit of Eureka: Stop Income Managment in Playfordhttp://www.spiritofeureka.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=71:stop-income-managment-in-playford&catid=8:fp-roktabs-showcase&Itemid=7
23 Dec 12: "In the Adelaide suburb of Elizabeth, the Stop
Income Management in Playford (SIMPla)
group have been
campaigning against the implementation of one of the
measures introduced by the Northern territory Intervention,
Income Management into metropolitan sites around Australia.
Recently activists involved in the campaign have been
working on collecting signatories to send an open letter
to the Australian Government, and the response from the
Elizabeth community has been good so far. SIMPla has had
supporters at community events recently leafleting, and
have received a generally great response, except from
Local MP Nick Champion!"
* PROTEST THE BASICS CARD!
NO COMPULSORY INCOME MANAGEMENT!
NOT IN PLAYFORD, NOT ANYWHERE!
- Upcoming Event
Event: Mon 1 July 2013: Smithfield, SAProtest the Basics Card!
NO Compulsory Income Management!
Not In Playford, Not Anywhere!
"To mark the one-year anniversary of the so-called
"trial" of compulsory income management in the
City of Playford, and the introduction of TWO NEW
categories of income management,
SIMPla (Stop Income Management in Playford) calls
for all opposed to this heavy-handed, unjust, wasteful
policy, expanded beyond the NT into Playford and several
other sites across Australia last July, to JOIN US as we
protest this scheme outside the office of local Federal
Labor MP for Wakefield, Nick Champion."
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/472979739462654/
* HON JENNY MACKLIN MP & WARREN SNOWDON MP:
STRONGER FUTURES DELIVERING MORE JOBS FOR ABORIGINAL PEOPLE
IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
- Joint Media ReleaseHon Jenny Macklin MP & Warren Snowdon MP:
Stronger Futures delivering more jobs for Aboriginal people
in the Northern Territoryhttp://jennymacklin.fahcsia.gov.au/node/2425
20 Jun 13: "Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory are
benefiting from more jobs and better services in their
communities as a result of the Australian Government’s
unprecedented investments under Stronger Futures.
The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin and the
Minister for Indigenous Health and Member for Lingiari,
Warren Snowdon today released the first Stronger Futures in
the Northern Territory Six-Monthly Progress Report. ... "
- Related News
3000+ govt jobs created from intervention: Macklinhttp://tracker.org.au/2013/06/3000-govt-jobs-created-from-intervention-macklin/
21 Jun 13: "NATIONAL: Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny
Macklin says that since 2007, there had been almost 3000
government jobs created thanks to the intervention into
Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory. Her
department’s report also claims the health and wellbeing of
Aboriginal children has climbed since the intervention in
Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory. The
commonwealth intervention has reduced the number of
Aboriginal kids with early development problems by 20 per
cent in three years, claims the first six-monthly report
into the scheme, News Limited reports."* FaHCSIA:
STRONGER FUTURES IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
- SIX-MONTHLY PROGRESS REPORT
- ReportFaHCSIA: Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory
- Six-Monthly Progress Reporthttp://www.fahcsia.gov.au/our-responsibilities/indigenous-australians/programs-services/stronger-futures-in-the-northern-territory/stronger-futures-in-the-northern-territory-six-monthly-progress-report
"Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory have been very
clear that in addition to significant investments in
important services and infrastructure, they want greater
transparency and accountability in relation to how money is
being spent by the Australian and Northern Territory
governments in their communities. The Australian Government
has committed to increased accountability and transparency
though the National Partnership Agreement on Stronger
Futures in the Northern Territory. ... The first
six-monthly Stronger Futures report is being published
here. It covers the period from July 2012 to December 2012."
- Related NewsABC News: Report says Stronger Futures program is working
20 Jun 13: "The Federal Government says the first
six-monthly report into its Stronger Futures scheme in
remote Northern Territory Aboriginal communities shows
improvements are being made. The progress report says 760
people have been employed in jobs ranging from night patrol
officers to school nutrition workers across the Territory.
... Stronger Futures was attacked when it was first
introduced for having disempowered Aboriginal people, and
for being racist and discriminatory." By Jano Gibson
PS News: Children's lot improves with Stronger Futureshttp://www.psnews.com.au/Page_psn366f6.html
21 Jun 13: "There were fewer vulnerable children and
improved education outcomes among Indigenous communities in
the Northern Territory as a result of Stronger Futures
initiatives, according to a new report. The first Stronger
Futures in the Northern Territory Six-Monthly Progress
Report also reported that more jobs and better services had
been established. The report shows there have been
improvements in outcomes for Aboriginal children in the
Northern Territory on the Australian Early Development
Index, which measures health and wellbeing, social and
communication skills."* SBS WORLD NEWS:
KIDS DOING BETTER UNDER INTERVENTION: GOVT
- NewsSBS World News: Kids doing better under intervention: govt
20 Jun 13: "Aboriginal children are experiencing improved
health and wellbeing since the intervention in NT
communities began, says Jenny Macklin. The health and
wellbeing of Aboriginal children has climbed since the
intervention in indigenous communities in the Northern
Territory, a new report shows. The commonwealth
intervention has reduced the number of Aboriginal kids
with early development problems by 20 per cent in three
years, says the first six-monthly report into the scheme,
News Limited reports."
- Related NewsThe Australian: Remote kids reaping intervention benefitshttp://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/remote-kids-reaping-intervention-benefits/story-fn9hm1pm-1226666556581
20 Jun 13: "THE commonwealth intervention in indigenous
communities in the Northern Territory has reduced the
proportion of Aboriginal children who are vulnerable on two
or more early development indicators by almost 20 per cent
in three years. The first six-monthly report into the
federal government's Stronger Futures in the Northern
Territory scheme, to be released by Indigenous Affairs
Minister Jenny Macklin today, shows improvements in
outcomes for Aboriginal children on the Australian Early
Development Index, which measures health and wellbeing,
social and communication skills." Patricia KarvelasThe Australian:
Jenny Macklin vows study on income management for Ceduna
21 Jun 13: "INDIGENOUS Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin will
today commit to a feasibility study of income management in
Ceduna on South Australia's west coast, in a bid to cut
itinerant alcoholics from drinking themselves to death. The
residents of the seaside town, 780km west of Adelaide, have
been calling for income management for almost two years in
a bid to stop Aborigines coming in from outlying dry
communities and drinking their entire welfare cheques each
week."* SENATOR NIGEL SCULLION:
NT STRONGER FUTURES A FLOP
- Media ReleaseSenator Nigel Scullion: NT Stronger Futures a flophttp://www.nigelscullion.com/media-hub/indigenous-affairs/nt-stronger-futures-flop
20 Jun 13: "Today’s NT Stronger Futures progress report
confirms the Gillard Government has failed to close the gap
for Northern Territory Aboriginals in education and
employment, Shadow Indigenous Affairs Minister Senator
Nigel Scullion said.
"This report is full of Government propaganda but shows
that over seven years Labor dropped the ball on the
intervention and failed to empower Indigenous Territorians
by getting people off welfare through economic development.
"The key requirements for economic development are
education and real jobs, neither of which Labor offers.
... " Senator Scullion said."
- Related AudioCentral Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
21 Jun 13: "Shadow Indigenous Affairs Minister Senator
Nigel Scullion says the NT Stronger Futures progress report
is more about a a bureaucrat’s paradise rather than
improvements in a real economy."
- Related NewsThe Australian: Howard plan used to help homeless kidshttp://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/howard-plan-used-to-help-homeless-kids/story-fn9hm1pm-1226667123685
21 Jun 13: "LABOR is extending to children forced out of
their homes by violence and drug abuse the income
management provisions of the Howard government's emergency
intervention in Northern Territory indigenous communities.
On the sixth anniversary of the intervention targeting
abuse in 73 communities, thousands of young people in urban
sites where the scheme was extended to last November will
have their welfare quarantined for essentials."
Patricia Karvelas* A CURRENT AFFAIR:
- VideoA Current Affair: Welfare shake-up
Hosted by tracy grimshawhttp://aca.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8677097
19 Jun 13: "No cigarettes, no alcohol and no pokies. It's
the welfare shake-up that's divided the country. Does the
government have a right to decide how welfare cheques are
* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:
Last updated: 20 June 2013http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-northern-territory-nt-intervention
* BACKGROUND TO 'STRONGER FUTURES' NEW NT INTERVENTION LAWS:
Last updated: 20 June 2013http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-stronger-futures-new-nt-intervention-laws
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