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      A poor man's treaty:
      the 'con' in constitutional reform:
      Chris Graham At Large


      Newsletter date: 29 April 2013

      This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/04/28/wgar-news-a-poor-mans-treaty-the-con-in-constitutional-reform-chris-graham-at-large

      Contents:

      * Chris Graham At Large: A poor man's treaty: the 'con' in constitutional reform

      * Nicola Butler, The Stringer: APY lands wasted funds
      * Background to Income Management for APY Lands in South Australia

      * Paddy Gibson, Solidarity Online: Income Management expansion in effort to break boycott
      * Greens Senator Rachel Siewert: Housing report shows more action is needed on NT overcrowding
      * Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
      * Background to 'Stronger Futures' new NT Intervention laws

      * Chris Graham At Large: Adam's eve: The rise and rise of the first black head of government

      * NIRS: Peak groups want consultation rehab bill
      * NIRS: Scullion backs NT alcohol policy


      * CHRIS GRAHAM AT LARGE:
      A POOR MAN'S TREATY:
      THE 'CON' IN CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM



      - Analysis / Opinion

      Chris Graham At Large:
      A poor man's treaty: the 'con' in constitutional reform

      http://chrisgrahamatlarge.com/2013/04/01/a-poor-mans-treaty-the-con-in-constitutional-reform/
      1 Apr 13: "CONSTITUTIONAL recognition for Aboriginal and
      Torres Strait Islander peoples seems to have captured the
      imagination of many white Australians, writes CHRIS GRAHAM.
      But are the motives really all pure? ... you shouldn’t
      negotiate with a government that still refuses to extend to
      Aboriginal people basic human rights and respect.
      Constitutional recognition is a poor man’s treaty. It is
      another national apology, without compensation. I think
      Aboriginal people should hold out for a better deal."
      By Chris Graham

      "Chris Graham is
      a Walkley Award and Human Rights Award winning journalist,
      the former managing editor of Tracker magazine, and
      the former founder and editor of the National Indigenous Times.
      He’s now a freelance writer based in Sydney."


      * NICOLA BUTLER, THE STRINGER:
      APY LANDS WASTED FUNDS



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer: APY lands wasted funds
      http://thestringer.com.au/apy-lands-wasted-funds/
      23 Apr 13: "A recent article published by The Australian
      regarding the misappropriation of substantial government
      funding on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY)
      Lands is only the tip of the iceberg in regards to the
      demoralising, destructive conditions being experienced by
      the traditional owners, the Anangu." By Nicola Butler


      * BACKGROUND TO INCOME MANAGEMENT FOR APY LANDS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA:

      APY Lands: Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands
      (remote N-W of South Australia)

      Last updated: 9 January 2013

      http://indymedia.org.au/2012/09/14/background-to-income-management-for-apy-lands-in-south-australia


      * PADDY GIBSON, SOLIDARITY ONLINE:
      INCOME MANAGEMENT EXPANSION IN EFFORT TO BREAK BOYCOTT



      - Analysis / Opinion

      Solidarity Online:
      Income Management expansion in effort to break boycott

      http://www.solidarity.net.au/55/income-management-expansion-in-effort-to-break-boycott/
      April 2013: "Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin has
      launched a further expansion of the Income Management
      system, sparking plans for protest. Income Management
      quarantines 50 per cent of Centrelink payments, so it cannot
      be accessed as cash and can only be used in stores and on
      items approved by the government. From July, people under
      25 exiting prison and receiving the "crisis payment" will
      automatically be placed on compulsory Income Management.
      Youth with an "unreasonable to live at home" status with
      Centrelink, or under 16s on a special benefit, will be
      forced onto the system. ...
      In Sydney, a rally marking the six year anniversary of the
      NT Intervention will be held in Bankstown in June. ...
      Protest six years of the NT Intervention,
      no to the expansion of Income Management
      Saturday June 22, noon. Paul Keating Park, Bankstown"
      Paddy Gibson


      * GREENS SENATOR RACHEL SIEWERT:
      HOUSING REPORT SHOWS MORE ACTION IS NEEDED ON NT OVERCROWDING



      - Media Release

      Greens Senator Rachel Siewert:
      Housing report shows more action is needed on NT overcrowding

      http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/housing-report-shows-more-action-needed-nt-overcrowding
      26 Apr 13: "The Australian Greens say that a new report on
      Aboriginal housing in the Northern Territory shows the
      Government to do more to address overcrowding.
      The report, 'Tenants' experiences of the National
      Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing Property
      and Tenancy Management Reforms', was released today.
      "It is great that the report on tenants’ experiences shows
      positive effects are being felt in some areas, particularly
      for the health and education of kids," Senator Rachel
      Siewert said today.
      "However, the report also makes it clear that overcrowding
      continues to be a serious problem in the Northern
      Territory. The Government needs to address this ongoing
      issue in order to make sure this housing program is more
      effectively delivered. ...
      "It’s not good enough for the Government to simply
      refurbish a home, in full knowledge that overcrowding will
      make it significantly harder to maintain the property in
      good order.
      "Positive investments in communities, including adequate
      housing and community support services, will deliver far
      stronger and longer term outcomes than the waste we’re
      currently seeing through failed schemes such as income
      management," Senator Siewert concluded."


      * BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

      Last updated: 20 February 2013

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


      * BACKGROUND TO 'STRONGER FUTURES' NEW NT INTERVENTION LAWS:

      Last updated: 17 April 2013

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


      * CHRIS GRAHAM AT LARGE:
      ADAM'S EVE:
      THE RISE AND RISE OF THE FIRST BLACK HEAD OF GOVERNMENT



      - Analysis / Opinion

      Chris Graham At Large:
      Adam's eve: The rise and rise of the first black head of government

      http://chrisgrahamatlarge.com/2013/04/01/the-rise-and-rise-of-adam-giles/
      1 Apr 13: "LAST month, Adam Giles became the first
      Aboriginal person to lead an Australian government, after
      successfully challenging for the Chief Minister’s job in
      the Northern Territory. The Kamiliaroi man has quickly
      risen through the ranks of the Liberal Party and although
      he’s already made history, Giles’ career ambitions are
      unlikely to have been satisfied entirely. CHRIS GRAHAM
      reports from Darwin. ... " By Chris Graham

      "Chris Graham is
      a Walkley Award and Human Rights Award winning journalist,
      the former managing editor of Tracker magazine, and
      the former founder and editor of the National Indigenous Times.
      He’s now a freelance writer based in Sydney."


      * NIRS:
      PEAK GROUPS WANT CONSULTATION REHAB BILL



      - Audio

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Peak groups want consultation rehab bill

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29139/Peak-groups-want-consultation-rehab-bill.html
      26 Apr 13: "Peak Aboriginal organisations in the Northern
      Territory are calling on the NT Government to release its
      mandatory rehabilitation bill for public consultation prior
      to next parliamentary sittings."


      * NIRS:
      SCULLION BACKS NT ALCOHOL POLICY



      - Audio

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Scullion backs NT alcohol policy

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29116/Scullion-backs-NT-alcohol-policy.html
      23 Apr 13: "By NIRS/98.9fm: The Shadow Indigenous Affairs
      Minister Nigel Scullion says he backs the Northern
      Territory Government’s new approach to addressing problem
      drinking. The Territory Government says it’ll put habitual
      problem drinkers through up to 12 weeks of mandatory
      treatment through new legislation to be introduced into
      parliament."

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