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      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

      Contents:

      * 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 / Opinion

      New Matilda: The NT Intervention - Six Years On
      http://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 / Opinion

      Australian Times UK:
      Intervention marks 6 years, as community questions impact

      http://www.australiantimes.co.uk/news/in-australia/intervention-marks-6-years-as-community-questions-psychological-impact.htm
      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)
      http://indymedia.org.au/2013/06/19/wgar-news-sixth-anniversary-of-the-intervention-striking-the-wrong-note-concerned-austral


      * ACOSS, NWRN & ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY:
      JOINT STATEMENT:
      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

      ACOSS: http://www.acoss.org.au/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 say
      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 Interviews

      The Wire: Stronger Futures?
      Produced by Matthew Newton
      http://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 Audio

      Central 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 Interview

      The Wire:
      Major parties agree on what one expert calls a piece of 'apartheid' in Oz

      Produced by Alexia Attwood
      http://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 Release

      Say 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
      Released Prisoners
      - 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, NSW
      Protest 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."
      Speakers:
      - 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
      Flyer: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/201306-flyer-with-speakers.pdf
      Flyer: http://psa.asn.au/marking-six-years-of-the-nt-intervention-rally-in-bankstown/
      Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/201306-poster-with-speakers.pdf
      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/
      Article: http://concernedaustralians.com.au/
      Article: http://www.solidarity.net.au/57/six-years-of-shame-aboriginal-assimilation-and-the-nt-intervention/
      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 Interviews

      The Wire: Stopping Compulsory Income Management
      Produced by Graham Backhaus
      http://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!
      [PLAYFORD]



      - Analysis / Opinion

      Compulsory 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 SIMPla

      Spirit of Eureka: Stop Income Managment in Playford
      http://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, SA
      Protest 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 Release

      Hon Jenny Macklin MP & Warren Snowdon MP:
      Stronger Futures delivering more jobs for Aboriginal people
      in the Northern Territory

      http://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

      newsTracker:
      3000+ govt jobs created from intervention: Macklin

      http://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



      - Report

      FaHCSIA: Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory
      - Six-Monthly Progress Report

      http://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 News

      ABC News: Report says Stronger Futures program is working
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-06-20/stronger-futures-law-first-progress-report-nt/4767970
      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 Futures
      http://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


      - News

      SBS World News: Kids doing better under intervention: govt
      http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1780364/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 News

      The Australian: Remote kids reaping intervention benefits
      http://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 Karvelas

      The Australian:
      Jenny Macklin vows study on income management for Ceduna

      http://m.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/ceduna/story-fn9hm1pm-1226667131245
      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 Release

      Senator Nigel Scullion: NT Stronger Futures a flop
      http://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 Audio

      Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
      http://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/am-21-06.mp3
      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 News

      The Australian: Howard plan used to help homeless kids
      http://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:
      WELFARE SHAKE-UP



      - Video

      A Current Affair: Welfare shake-up
      Hosted by tracy grimshaw
      http://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
      spent?"


      * BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

      Last updated: 20 June 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: 20 June 2013

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

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