Entrenching the NT Intervention:
what happened to the resistance?:
Paddy Gibson, Solidarity Online
Newsletter date: 1 August 2013
This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/07/31/wgar-news-entrenching-the-nt-intervention-what-happened-to-the-resistance-solidarity-onli
* Paddy Gibson, Solidarity Online: Entrenching the NT Intervention: what happened to the resistance?
* German Language: Artikel fuer Amnesty International Rundbrief Juli 2013: Sechster Jahrestag der NT Intervention
* Sally Brooks, ABC Indigenous: Federal intervention 'demonised' Aboriginal men
* Senator Rachel Siewert: Greens call for abandonment of income management
* Rollback the Intervention Audio: Marking six years of the NT Intervention: Rally in Bankstown, Sydney - NSW trial site for expanded Income Management regime
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Background to 'Stronger Futures' new NT Intervention laws
* CAAMA Radio interviews Frank Hytten, CEO of SNAICC: Peak body challenges media claims that culture is placing Aboriginal children at risk
* Statement by Sharron Williams, Chairperson of SNAICC: Poverty, not Aboriginal culture, is the real issue
* SNAICC News: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle: Aims and Core Elements - Briefing Paper
* Background to 'Keeping Them Home': Campaign against Forced Aboriginal Adoption in the NT
* NIRS: Australia's First Nations Party
* Central Land Council (CLC): NT must block oil and gas exploration in Watarrka National Park
* CAAMA Radio's Paul Wiles interviews Warren Snowden, Federal Minister for Indigenous Health: Increase support for mental illness in remote Northern Territory communities
* CAAMA Radio interviews Alison Anderson, NT Minister for Regional Development: New funding formula for homelands in the Northern Territory
* CAAMA Radio interviews Aboriginal rights campaigner Michael Mansell: Political parties displaying an inhumane response to asylum seekers
* PADDY GIBSON, SOLIDARITY ONLINE:
ENTRENCHING THE NT INTERVENTION:
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE RESISTANCE?
- Analysis / OpinionSolidarity Online:
Entrenching the NT Intervention:
what happened to the resistance?http://www.solidarity.net.au/58/entrenching-the-nt-intervention-what-happened-to-the-resistance/
July 2013: "Paddy Gibson looks at how the ruthless
imposition of Intervention measures in the NT has
undermined resistance, and what this means for the future.
The NT Intervention (Northern Territory Intervention
Response, NTER) was launched by Liberal Prime Minister John
Howard just before his final election campaign in 2007.
It was an attempt at a final dispossession, to sweep away
the "Aboriginal problem" and to bury the idea Aboriginal
self-determination. ... In the NT where the Commonwealth
can exercise direct control he planned to smash Aboriginal
organisations and disperse Aboriginal communities living on
their land. He ripped up the Land Rights Act. He announced
the abolition of CDEP, an employment program employing 7500
Aboriginal people, which had been just enough to keep
remote communities functioning." By Paddy Gibson* GERMAN LANGAUGE:
ARTIKEL FUER AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL RUNDBRIEF JULI 2013:
SECHSTER JAHRESTAG DER NT INTERVENTION
Analysis / OpinionArtikel fuer Amnesty International Rundbrief Juli 2013:
Sechster Jahrestag der NT Intervention
- uebersetzt er Auszug / Zusammenfassung aus dem Dokument 'STRIKING THE WRONG NOTE"
Respect and Listen: http://www.respectandlisten.org/uploads/downloads/NT_Intervention/NT-Intervention-6-Years.pdf
Juli 2013: "Der psychologischen Auswirkung der Intervention
auf die Ureinwohner wurde wenig Aufmerksamkeit geschenkt.
Bereits vor der Intervention 2007 hat es einen
Meinungswechsel der Regierung gegeben - Selbstbestimmung
und Kontrolle der Ureinwohner ueber ihr Land waren im
Gegensatz zu frueheren Regierungen nicht mehr akzeptabel.
Der Plan ist nach wie vor die Homelands zu "leeren", d.h.
die Ureinwohner von ihren Homelands zu vertreiben und ihren
Gemeinden Kontrolle wegzunehmen. Diese Taktik musste so
dargestellt werden – mit welchen Mitteln auch immer - dass
die Oeffentlichkeit dieser Vorgehensweise zustimmt und
glaubt dies sei zum Besten der Ureinwohner. So begann die
Kampagne zur Diskreditierung der Ureinwohner und
Stigmatisierung der Maenner im Northern Territory
(Nordterritorium). Es wurde zunaechst von einem Minister
oeffentlich in Radio und Fernsehen behauptet, dass alle
maennlichen Ureinwohner in paedophile Aktivitaeten
verwickelt seien, und dass es in jeder Gemeinde
Pedophilenringe gaebe. ...
Es gibt ein gewisses Zoegern den zentralen Punkt fuer
das Recht auf Ureinwohnerintegritaet anzugehen: Das Recht
der Ureinwohner ihre Zukunft selbst zu bestimmen, das
Recht auf ihre Kultur und auf ihrem Land zu leben. Die
Intervention war und ist fuer Australien ein weiterer
Rueckschritt in den Morast von Enteignung und Unehrlichkeit."
Fuer mehr Info und den gesamten Artikel "Striking the wrong note": http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/#6TH_ANNIVERSARY
* SALLY BROOKS, ABC INDIGENOUS:
FEDERAL INTERVENTION 'DEMONISED' ABORIGINAL MEN
- NewsABC Indigenous: Federal intervention 'demonised' Aboriginal menhttp://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-18/aboriginal-leader-des-rogers-on-federal-intervention-harm/4828042/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
19 Jul 13: "An Aboriginal leader says the federal
intervention into remote Northern Territory communities has
done more harm than good. Central Australian Aboriginal
Congress deputy chief executive officer Des Rogers is one
of the organisers of a male health summit taking place this
week at Ross River, east of Alice Springs. About 130
Indigenous men from across Australia are attending the
event. In response to questions about the intervention,
Mr Rogers pointed to the findings of the Territory
Children's Commissioner that the intervention had not led
to an increase in the prosecution of perpetrators of sexual
abuse of Aboriginal children in remote communities."
By Sally Brooks* SENATOR RACHEL SIEWERT:
GREENS CALL FOR ABANDONMENT OF INCOME MANAGEMENT
- Media ReleaseGreens Senator Rachel Siewert:
Greens call for abandonment of income management
29 Jul 13: "Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Issues
The Australian Greens have called for the expensive and
wasteful regime of income management to be abandoned as a
new Monash University report questions the evaluations that
have been used to justify the policy's expansion.
"Reports such as this provide us with an insight into
income management that the Government is unable or
unwilling to provide," Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
"By its nature, income management targets deeply
vulnerable people, and there are serious doubts about its
long term effectiveness.
"Since income management began under the NT Intervention
and was expanded under Stronger Futures, the Government
has been notorious for delaying the release of reports,
spinning the numbers and avoiding proper scrutiny of their
"Despite this, income management has been expanded through
Stronger Futures without adequate consultation and it
continues to rack up a hefty cost to the taxpayer. ...
"The Greens support a direct investment in programs and
communities that address the underlying causes of
disadvantages people are facing. There's no evidence to
suggest income management does this over the long term,"
Senator Siewert concluded."* ROLLBACK THE INTERVENTION AUDIO:
MARKING SIX YEARS OF THE NT INTERVENTION:
RALLY IN BANKSTOWN, SYDNEY
- NSW TRIAL SITE FOR EXPANDED INCOME MANAGEMENT REGIME
- AudioRollback the Intervention Audio:
Marking six years of the NT Intervention:
Rally in Bankstown, Sydney
- NSW trial site for expanded Income Management regime
22 Jun 13: "Following are unedited recordings from public
rallies, events and interviews. Please contact rollbacktheintervention@...
if you wish to use any
statements from these recordings and appropriate
permission will be sought. ...
* Acknowledgement and opening remarks: Sue Gillett (STICS) and Lola Simmons ...
* Paddy Gibson, Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney (STICS) ...
* Kylie Sambo, Tennant Creek (NT) youth leader living with Income Management ...
* Maree O’Halloran, Director, National Welfare Rights Network ...
* Sue Gillett noting Public Service Association (PSA) NSW ban on referrals to compulsory Income Management ...
* Wafa Ibrahim-Arab Council Australia ...
* Pam Batkin, Woodville Community Centre CEO ... "
- Related VideoABC News: Bankstown trial of BasicsCard meets mile-stone
Source: 7.30 New South Wales
12 Jul 13: "Managing the income of people on welfare has
been a controversial but necessary program, according to
the federal government. Now 12 months into a pilot scheme
in Bankstown in sydney's south west, the program is
expanding, despite the reservations of critics and
- Related NewsABC News: Suffering lingers beyond years of NT interventionhttp://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-16/child-sex-abuse-report-dr-howard-bath-changes-since-intervention/4822642
16 Jul 13: "The Northern Territory Children's Commissioner
says there has been little change in the number of people
convicted of sexually abusing children in remote
communities since the federal intervention. The National
Emergency Response was imposed by the Howard government in
2007 following the release of the 'Little Children Are
Sacred' report, ... Children's Commissioner Dr Howard Bath
has found the changes since then have not been dramatic,
despite indications of a slight improvement in the general
wellbeing of children in remote communities."
By Melanie ArnostABC News: $150m 'diversion' of federal funds disputed
17 Jul 13: "Chief Minister Adam Giles says he is unaware of
figures from Children's Commissioner Howard Bath that show
successive Northern Territory Governments have diverted
about $150 million away from programs earmarked to tackle
Indigenous disadvantage in remote areas. Dr Bath says the
Territory has diverted all but $70 million of $220 million
in federal funding for the programs to mainstream services.
Mr Giles says Dr Bath's figures are news to him. He says a
lot of money for Indigenous issues comes through the
Commonwealth's Stronger Futures legislation."
By Sally Brooks
- Related AudioNational Indigenous Radio Service:
Redirected remote funds unknown to Gileshttp://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29589/Redirected-remote-funds-unknown-to-Giles.html
18 Jul 13: "By ABC: To the Northern Territory, the Chief
Minister says he's unaware of figures showing Territory
Governments over the years have diverted funding away from
tackling remote disadvantage."
* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:
Last updated: 8 July 2013http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-northern-territory-nt-intervention
* BACKGROUND TO 'STRONGER FUTURES' NEW NT INTERVENTION LAWS:
Last updated: 8 July 2013http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-stronger-futures-new-nt-intervention-laws
* CAAMA RADIO INTERVIEWS FRANK HYTTEN, CEO OF SNAICC:
PEAK BODY CHALLENGES MEDIA CLAIMS THAT CULTURE IS PLACING ABORIGINAL CHILDREN AT RISK
- Audio InterviewCentral Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Peak body challenges media claims that culture is placing Aboriginal children at riskhttp://caama.com.au/peak-body-challenges-media-claims-that-culture-is-placing-aboriginal-children-at-risk
29 Jul 13: "The placement principle states that if an
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child is removed from
their birth family, the preferred order is: they are first
placed with the child’s extended family; second, to the
child’s indigenous community; and finally to other
indigenous people. The principle has been developed in
order to protect children from the devastating impacts from
previous practices in Australia’s history. Frank Hytten
from SNAICC [Secretariat of National Aboriginal and
Islander Child Care], Australia’s peak body representing
the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
children and families, is concerned by the recent negative
media coverage as a result of the NT Chief Minister’s
- Related AudioCentral Australian Aboriginal Media Association: http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
26 Jul 13: "The country’s peak representative body for
Aboriginal and Islander children and families says it is
concerned with recent negative media coverage, following
comments by NT Chief Magistrate Hilary Hannam, about the
Aboriginal and Islander Child Placement Principle."* STATEMENT BY SHARRON WILLIAMS, CHAIRPERSON OF SNAICC:
POVERTY, NOT ABORIGINAL CULTURE, IS THE REAL ISSUE
- Media ReleaseSNAICC News: Media Release 25 July 2013
- Poverty, not Aboriginal culture, is the real issue
[SNAICC: Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care]
26 Jul 13: "Statement by Sharron Williams, Chairperson of SNAICC
SNAICC is concerned with some recent negative media coverage
about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child
Placement Principle, including articles quoting the NT
Chief Magistrate Hilary Hannam.
According to these media items, application of the child
placement principle is forcing child welfare authorities to
favour cultural factors above the safety and wellbeing of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
Even more disturbing have been the headlines and arguments
that accuse - not for the first time - Aboriginal culture
of placing children at risk.
These claims are misleading, insulting and undermine our
people as well as efforts towards reconciliation.
Aboriginal culture does not expose children, or anyone
else, to risk. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
peoples’ connections to culture, country and community
nurture and support their wellbeing, spirituality and
The issues that are placing our children and families in
vulnerable situations are not related to culture, but to
inter-generational disadvantage. ... "
* SNAICC NEWS:
ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CHILD PLACEMENT PRINCIPLE:
AIMS AND CORE ELEMENTS
- BRIEFING PAPER
- Briefing PaperSNAICC News:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle:
Aims and Core Elements - Briefing Paper
[SNAICC: Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care]http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1134
24 Jul 13: "The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child
Placement Principle (the Child Placement Principle) was
developed to ensure that the child protection system
recognises the importance of children staying connected to
family, community, culture and country when decisions are
made around placement of a child. While aspects of the
Child Placement Principle have been adopted by each state
and territory across Australia, there remains some
misunderstanding around the meaning of the Principle and
its application. This paper responds to this issue and the
partial application of the Child Placement Principle. ... "
- Related NewsNational Indigenous Radio Service:
Peak body wants country-wide Children's Commissionershttp://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29639/Peak-body-wants-country-wide-Children%27s-Commissioners.html
25 Jul 13: "A peak child protection body for our communities
[Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care]
has called on state and territory governments to follow
Victoria's lead in appointing an Aboriginal Children's
Commissioner. The state recently appointed Andrew Jackomos
and in doing so, Victoria became the first Australian
jurisdiction to have the role."
- Related InterviewsGreen Left: Stolen generations provokes new clothes project
1 Jul 13: "June Mills
is a Larrakia woman, activist,
musician and artist, who has family connections to Kahlin.
... Mills spoke to Green Left Weekly's Emma Murphy
the project. ...
How do you feel about recent comments from Northern
Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles, about culture not
being an important consideration in terms of putting
Aboriginal children into adopted families?
I can't even relate to what's coming out of his mouth.
I am shock and disappointed in the statements he is making.
To be quite frank, I expected more from an Indigenous chief
minister." By Emma Murphy
, GLW authorSBS Living Black: Fostering Aboriginal Children Permanently
By Marc Tonghttp://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/277600/t/Fostering-Aboriginal-Children-Permanently/in/english
16 Jul 13: "Northern Territory Minister for Children and
Families Alison Anderson
explains the differences between
permanent foster care and adoption. ... The fostering of
neglected and abused Aboriginal children in the Northern
Territory will soon have new permanent guardianship orders
in the Territory's upcoming child protection reforms.
Permanent Care Special Guardianship Orders will be included
in the Territory's Care and Protection of Children Act, as
the final resolve in a three step approach in an attempt to
bring stability to children in the system. ... Alison
Anderson is the NT Minister for Children and Families.
She's speaking with Marc Tong
* BACKGROUND TO 'KEEPING THEM HOME':
CAMPAIGN AGAINST FORCED ABORIGINAL ADOPTION IN THE NT
Last updated: 24 July 2013http://indymedia.org.au/2013/07/03/background-to-keeping-them-home-campaign-against-forced-aboriginal-adoption-in-the-nt-aus
* NIRS: AUSTRALIA'S FIRST NATIONS PARTY
- AudioNational Indigenous Radio Service:
Australia's First Nations Partyhttp://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29665/Australia%92s-First-Nations-Party.html
29 Jul 13: "By Gerry Georgatos: To the far north - The
'Australia's First Nations Party' has already announced its
Senate candidate in Alywarr and Amnatyerr elder Rosalie
. The party is not just targeting the Senate
Upper House. They're also challenging the Lower House
taking on the Labour seat of Lingiari. Anmatjere/West
Aranda/Walpiri linguist Kenny Lechleitner
is the party
candidate taking on Mr Snowden. He says he'll be playing
the party, not the man. ... "* CENTRAL LAND COUNCIL (CLC):
NT MUST BLOCK OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION IN WATARRKA NATIONAL PARK
- Media ReleaseCentral Land Council (CLC):
NT must block oil and gas exploration in Watarrka National Parkhttp://www.clc.org.au/media-releases/article/nt-must-block-oil-and-gas-exploration-in-watarrka-national-park/
31 Jul 13: "Traditional owners of Watarrka National Park
are strongly opposed to an application by Palatine Energy
Pty Ltd to begin oil and gas exploration in the Park and
are demanding that the NT Cabinet block it.
The traditional owners told Central Land Council staff at a
meeting in March this year that they are concerned about
the impacts on the cultural values and flora and fauna of
the Park and are strongly and unconditionally opposed to
any exploration in the Park.
Traditional owners have a duty to protect the unique
values of the Park under joint management legislation and
through traditional cultural obligations. A large number
of groups are associated with the Park and the traditional
owners have obligations to them as well.
The Park hosts many significant cultural sites, is a
renowned tourist destination and supports a rich and
diverse number of species and habitats. A number of
threatened species are found there also.
The traditional owners also said they had worked hard to
get small tourist businesses off the ground and the Park
provided jobs and opportunities for their young people. ... "* CAAMA RADIO'S PAUL WILES INTERVIEWS WARREN SNOWDEN,
FEDERAL MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS HEALTH:
INCREASE SUPPORT FOR MENTAL ILLNESS
IN REMOTE NORTHERN TERRITORY COMMUNITIES
- Audio InterviewCentral Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Increase support for mental illness in remote Northern Territory communitieshttp://caama.com.au/increase-support-for-mental-illness-in-remote-northern-territory-communities
24 Jul 13: "The Rudd Labour Government has reacknowledged
the growing mental health and wellbeing issues amongst
Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory. The
announcement released yesterday, will mean that Aboriginal
people living with mental illness in four remote Northern
Territory communities, will soon have greater access to
mental health support. Warren Snowden
, Minister for
Indigenous Health, spoke to Paul Wiles
announcement."* CAAMA RADIO INTERVIEWS ALISON ANDERSON,
NT MINISTER FOR REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT:
NEW FUNDING FORMULA FOR HOMELANDS IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
New funding formula for homelands in the Northern Territoryhttp://caama.com.au/new-funding-formula-for-homelands-in-the-northern-territory
19 Jul 13: "The Country Liberal Government in the Northern
Territory has just recently designed a new funding formula
for homelands, the focus being on equity. Eligible
households on homelands and outstations are able to apply
for $5,200 worth of works to their home. Applications for
this year’s funding are open from 1 July 2013 until 31
August 2013. Minister for Regional Development, Alison
spoke to CAAMA Radio about the scheme."
Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6http://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/pm-16-7-13.mp3
16 Jul 13: "The Territory Country Liberals Government has
announced a new funding formula for homelands which
includes extra monetary support to help make them a viable
place to live."* CAAMA RADIO INTERVIEWS ABORIGINAL RIGHTS CAMPAIGNER MICHAEL MANSELL:
POLITICAL PARTIES DISPLAYING AN INHUMANE RESPONSE TO ASYLUM SEEKERS
- Audio InterviewCentral Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Political parties displaying an inhumane response to asylum seekers
30 Jul 13: "Tasmanian veteran Aboriginal rights campaigner,
says that his people welcome the asylum
seekers on their land and that both major political parties
are displaying an inhumane approach to the issue. Mr
Mansell says the ancestors of Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott
also came to Australia in boats and it is pretty certain,
that neither of their families ever sought the permission
from Aboriginal people to enter their country. Mr Mansell
told CAAMA Radio it was hypocritical of the Prime Minister
and Opposition leader to be talking about people from
overseas, ... "
- AudioCentral Australian Aboriginal Media Association: http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
30 Jul 13: "Tasmanian veteran Aboriginal rights campaigner
says that his people welcome asylum seekers
on their land and that both major political parties are
displaying an inhumane approach to the issue."
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