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      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

      Contents:

      * 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 / Opinion

      Solidarity 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 / Opinion

      Artikel 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 und http://www.respectandlisten.org/


      * SALLY BROOKS, ABC INDIGENOUS:
      FEDERAL INTERVENTION 'DEMONISED' ABORIGINAL MEN



      - News

      ABC Indigenous: Federal intervention 'demonised' Aboriginal men
      http://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 Release

      Greens Senator Rachel Siewert:
      Greens call for abandonment of income management

      http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/greens-call-abandonment-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
      policies.
      "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



      - Audio

      Rollback the Intervention Audio:
      Marking six years of the NT Intervention:
      Rally in Bankstown, Sydney
      - NSW trial site for expanded Income Management regime

      http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/audio/
      http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/
      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 Video

      ABC News: Bankstown trial of BasicsCard meets mile-stone
      Source: 7.30 New South Wales

      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-12/bankstown-trial-of-basicscard-meets-mile-stone/4817794
      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
      protestors."


      - Related News

      ABC News: Suffering lingers beyond years of NT intervention
      http://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 Arnost

      ABC News: $150m 'diversion' of federal funds disputed
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-17/adam-giles-on-federal-funds-diverted-indigenous-programs/4825608?section=nt
      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 Audio

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Redirected remote funds unknown to Giles

      http://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 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: 8 July 2013

      http://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 Interview

      Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
      Peak body challenges media claims that culture is placing Aboriginal children at risk

      http://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
      comments."


      - Related Audio

      Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
      http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
      http://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/am-26-071.mp3
      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 Release

      SNAICC News: Media Release 25 July 2013
      - Poverty, not Aboriginal culture, is the real issue

      [SNAICC: Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care]
      http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1148
      http://www.snaicc.org.au/_uploads/rsfil/03190.pdf
      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
      identity.
      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 Paper

      SNAICC 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
      http://www.snaicc.org.au/_uploads/rsfil/03167.pdf
      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 News

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Peak body wants country-wide Children's Commissioners

      http://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 Interviews

      Green Left: Stolen generations provokes new clothes project
      http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/54419
      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 about
      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 author

      SBS Living Black: Fostering Aboriginal Children Permanently
      By Marc Tong

      http://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 2013

      http://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


      - Audio

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Australia's First Nations Party

      http://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
      Kunoth-Monks
      . 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 Release

      Central Land Council (CLC):
      NT must block oil and gas exploration in Watarrka National Park

      http://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 Interview

      Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
      Increase support for mental illness in remote Northern Territory communities

      http://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 about the
      announcement."


      * CAAMA RADIO INTERVIEWS ALISON ANDERSON,
      NT MINISTER FOR REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT:
      NEW FUNDING FORMULA FOR HOMELANDS IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY



      - Audio

      Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
      New funding formula for homelands in the Northern Territory

      http://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
      Anderson
      spoke to CAAMA Radio about the scheme."

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

      Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
      Political parties displaying an inhumane response to asylum seekers

      http://caama.com.au/political-parties-displaying-an-inhumane-response-to-asylum-seekers
      30 Jul 13: "Tasmanian veteran Aboriginal rights campaigner,
      Michael Mansell 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, ... "


      - Audio

      Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
      http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
      http://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/am-30-07.mp3
      30 Jul 13: "Tasmanian veteran Aboriginal rights campaigner
      Michael Mansell 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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