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      Date: 29 April 2014 19:51
      Subject: [WGAR-news] Australia: Police Checks Targeting Aboriginal People In The NT: Max Chalmers & Frances Mao, New Matilda
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      Police Checks Targeting Aboriginal People In The NT:
      Max Chalmers & Frances Mao, New Matilda


      Newsletter date: 30 April 2014

      This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2014/04/29/wgar-news-police-checks-targeting-aboriginal-people-in-the-nt-max-chalmers-frances-mao-ne

      Contents:

      * 'concerned Australians': Survey of Aboriginal Adults residing outside the Northern Territory
      on The Intervention and Stronger Futures Legislation, Constitutional Change and Treaties
      * Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
      * Background to 'Stronger Futures' new NT Intervention laws
      * Background to Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples
      * Background to Treaties with Aboriginal Sovereign Nations of Australia

      * Australian Government: Department of the Senate: Notification of disallowance
      * Central Land Council & Northern Land Council: Regulations not in the interests of Traditional Owners - CLC/NLC
      * Northern Land Council: Senate disallowance of regulations welcomed

      * Max Chalmers and Frances Mao, New Matilda: Police Checks Targeting Aboriginal People In The NT
      * Marni Cordell and Lucy Watson, New Matilda: Locked Up Without Legal Representation
      * Background to the NT Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Bill
      * Max Chalmers and Frances Mao, New Matilda: Why Are There Police Outside NT Bottle Shops?
      * Wendy Bacon and Marni Cordell, New Matilda: Tough on crime? An NM special investigation
      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Prisoners come out worse than what they went in
      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Eddie Murray to be remembered 33 years later, nationally
      * ABC News: Legal Aid offices in WA may close due to budget pressures
      * Background to Justice Reinvestment, Aboriginal imprisonment and Aboriginal Deaths in Custody


      * 'CONCERNED AUSTRALIANS':
      SURVEY OF ABORIGINAL ADULTS RESIDING OUTSIDE THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
      ON THE INTERVENTION AND STRONGER FUTURES LEGISLATION, CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE AND TREATIES



      - Survey

      'concerned Australians': Survey of Aboriginal Adults residing outside the Northern Territory
      on The Intervention and Stronger Futures Legislation, Constitutional Change and Treaties

      http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/#Survey
      http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/Survey_2013_2014_Report.pdf
      December 2013 to February 2014: "This survey was conducted
      over a two month period with Aboriginal adults residing
      outside the Northern Territory. The surveys contained
      twenty-three questions and sought the views of Aboriginal
      people on the Intervention in the Northern Territory,
      constitutional change and treaty (ies). ... "


      * BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

      Last updated: 30 March 2014

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


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

      Last updated: 30 March 2014

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


      * BACKGROUND TO CONSTITUTIONAL RECOGNITION OF ABORIGINAL & TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLES

      Last updated: 7 March 2014

      http://indymedia.org.au/2013/08/11/background-to-constitutional-recognition-of-aboriginal-torres-strait-islander-peoples


      * BACKGROUND TO TREATIES WITH ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGN NATIONS OF AUSTRALIA

      Last updated: 19 March 2014

      http://indymedia.org.au/2014/02/16/background-to-treaties-with-aboriginal-sovereign-nations-of-australia


      * AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT:
      DEPARTMENT OF THE SENATE:
      NOTICE OF DISALLOWANCE



      - Information

      Australian Government: Department of the Senate: Notification of disallowance
      http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/C2014G00472
      20 Mar 14: "IT IS HEREBY NOTIFIED for general information
      that the Senate on 20 March 2014 passed a resolution
      disallowing the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory)
      Amendment (Delegation) Regulation 2013, as contained in
      Select Legislative Instrument 2013 No. 272 and made under
      the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976
      [F2013L02122]." Rosemary Laing, Clerk of the Senate


      * CENTRAL LAND COUNCIL & NORTHERN LAND COUNCIL:
      REGULATIONS NOT IN THE INTERESTS OF TRADITIONAL OWNERS
      - CLC/NLC



      - Media Release

      Central Land Council & Northern Land Council:
      Regulations not in the interests of Traditional Owners - CLC/NLC

      http://www.clc.org.au/media-releases/article/regulations-not-in-the-interests-of-traditional-owners-clc-nlc
      26 Mar 14: "THE Northern and Central Land Councils have
      welcomed the further protection of traditional owners’
      rights following the disallowance by the Senate of
      regulations made under s28A of the Aboriginal Land Rights
      (Northern Territory) Act 1976. ... "


      * NORTHERN LAND COUNCIL:
      SENATE DISALLOWANCE OF REGULATIONS WELCOMED



      - Media Release

      Northern Land Council: Senate disallowance of regulations welcomed
      http://www.nlc.org.au/media-releases/article/senate-disallowance-of-regulations-welcomed/
      24 Mar 14: "NORTHERN Land Council (NLC) Chief Executive,
      Joe Morrison, described the response of the Indigenous
      Affairs Minister, Nigel Scullion, to last Thursday’s Senate
      disallowance of Government regulations as "ideological",
      "irresponsible", and "disingenuous".
      The regulation was tabled last December under s 28A of the
      Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976
      (inserted by amendment in 2006), and the scheme aims to
      destroy Land Councils by requiring that they devolve their
      leasing functions (including for township leases) to
      ‘delegate’ Aboriginal corporations.
      "This is a victory for common sense," Mr Morrison said.
      "Minister Scullion has abjectly failed to respond to grave
      concerns from all Land Councils that the scheme is
      unworkable because it will foster intra-community disputes,
      conflict and potential litigation." ... "


      * MAX CHALMERS AND FRANCES MAO, NEW MATILDA:
      POLICE CHECKS TARGETING ABORIGINAL PEOPLE IN THE NT



      - Analysis / Opinion

      New Matilda: Police Checks Targeting Aboriginal People In The NT
      https://newmatilda.com/2014/04/24/police-checks-targeting-aboriginal-people-nt
      24 Apr 14: "Aboriginal people in the NT have been left
      'humiliated' by a policing tactic that many claim has
      unfairly targeted them on the basis of race. Max Chalmers
      and Frances Mao report ... Barbara Shaw, an Indigenous
      activist, has been observing police monitoring bottle shops
      in the town [Alice Springs], and claims to have seen
      several instances of racial profiling. "They’re only
      pulling up Aboriginal people," Shaw said. "Police are very
      selective of whom they can choose to ask for ID and ...
      it is Aboriginal people that are in fact getting targeted
      - and it is racist."" By Max Chalmers and Frances Mao

      Max Chalmers - new matilda
      https://newmatilda.com/users/max-chalmers
      "Max Chalmers is an Editorial Assistant at New Matilda
      and a former editor of Honi Soit. ... "

      fmao - new matilda
      https://newmatilda.com/users/fmao
      "Frances Mao is a journalism/law student at the University
      of Techology Sydney. She is a former editor of Vertigo
      magazine."


      * MARNI CORDELL AND LUCY WATSON, NEW MATILDA:
      LOCKED UP WITHOUT LEGAL REPRESENTATION



      - Analysis / Opinion

      New Matilda: Locked Up Without Legal Representation
      https://newmatilda.com/2014/04/24/locked-without-legal-representation
      24 Apr 14: "Legal sources say a treatment program for
      problem drinkers in the NT, described as 'unprecedented'
      under Australian law, has only locked up Aboriginal people.
      Lucy Watson and Marni Cordell report. The Alice Springs
      Alcohol Mandatory Treatment facility has a sign on its
      locked front gate: "Family Visiting: Saturdays 1-4pm".
      Like a low-security prison, residents are fenced in,
      watched, and restricted from seeing loved ones. But unlike
      ordinary prisoners, those locked up under the Northern
      Territory’s Mandatory Alcohol Treatment Act do not get to
      argue their case in a court of law, nor are they provided
      with legal representation. ... "
      By Marni Cordell and Lucy Watson

      marnic - new matilda
      https://newmatilda.com/users/marnic
      "Marni Cordell is the editor of New Matilda. ... "

      lucyw - new matilda
      https://newmatilda.com/users/lucyw
      "Lucy Watson is a Media and Communications Honours student
      at the University of Sydney, and a former Honi Soit editor.
      ... "


      * BACKGROUND TO THE NT ALCOHOL MANDATORY TREATMENT BILL

      Last updated: 5 March 2014

      http://indymedia.org.au/2013/07/03/background-to-the-nt-alcohol-mandatory-treatment-bill-northern-territory-government-austr


      * MAX CHALMERS AND FRANCES MAO, NEW MATILDA:
      WHY ARE THERE POLICE OUTSIDE NT BOTTLE SHOPS?



      - Analysis / Opinion

      New Matilda: Why Are There Police Outside NT Bottle Shops?
      https://newmatilda.com/2014/04/24/why-are-there-police-outside-nt-bottle-shops
      24 Apr 14: "Frances Mao and Max Chalmers explain the latest
      police measures to combat alcohol abuse in the Northern
      Territory - as well as the broader push towards punishing
      individual drinkers. ... However, Aboriginal organisations,
      community groups and the police association have all
      pointed to the BDR [Banned Drinking Register] as the better
      system. According to Boffa, "photo licensing at the point
      of sale was very effective, and a more equitable system, as
      it wasn’t based on race, wasn’t based on where they lived
      but actually on whether they had a serious problem with
      alcohol." ... " By Max Chalmers and Frances Mao

      Max Chalmers - new matilda
      https://newmatilda.com/users/max-chalmers
      "Max Chalmers is an Editorial Assistant at New Matilda and
      a former editor of Honi Soit. ... "

      fmao - new matilda
      https://newmatilda.com/users/fmao
      "Frances Mao is a journalism/law student at the University
      of Techology Sydney. She is a former editor of Vertigo
      magazine."


      * WENDY BACON AND MARNI CORDELL, NEW MATILDA:
      TOUGH ON CRIME?
      AN NM SPECIAL INVESTIGATION


      - Analysis / Opinion

      New Matilda: Tough on crime? An NM special investigation
      https://newmatilda.com/2014/04/24/tough-crime-nm-special-investigation
      24 Apr 14: "Today we launch our investigative series into
      the justice system. We start in the Northern Territory
      - where locals claim racist policing is unfairly targeting
      Aboriginal people ... More than a quarter of all prisoners
      in Australia - 27 per cent - are Aboriginal and Torres
      Strait Islander, which means that if you are an indigenous
      Australian you are 15 times more likely than a
      non-indigenous person to spend tonight in a prison. You
      would think all of this would make news - but rarely does
      the media do more than run the statistics, and some do not
      even manage that." By Wendy Bacon and Marni Cordell

      wendy bacon - new matilda
      https://newmatilda.com/users/wendy-bacon
      "Wendy Bacon is a contributing editor to New Matilda,
      an activist, media researcher and blogger at WendyBacon.com.
      She is on the board of the Pacific Media Centre."

      marnic - new matilda
      https://newmatilda.com/users/marnic
      "Marni Cordell is the editor of New Matilda. ... "


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      PRISONERS COME OUT WORSE THAN WHAT THEY WENT IN



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer: Prisoners come out worse than what they went in
      http://thestringer.com.au/prisoners-come-out-worse-than-what-they-went-in/
      27 Apr 14: "Proportionate to both prison population and to
      total national population, Australia has one of the world’s
      highest ongoing records of deaths in prison custody. From a
      racialised perspective, the rates of custodial deaths of
      First Peoples launched the Royal Commission into Aboriginal
      Deaths in Custody. Prison reform advocates are speaking up
      about the rising rates of incarceration and the need for
      urgent justice and penal reforms. Western Australia
      incarcerates adult Aboriginal males at the world’s highest
      rate." By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      EDDIE MURRAY TO BE REMEMBERED 33 YEARS LATER, NATIONALLY



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer: Eddie Murray to be remembered 33 years later, nationally
      http://thestringer.com.au/eddie-murray-to-be-remembered-33-years-later-nationally/
      27 Apr 14: "This year, one of the custodial deaths which
      launched the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in
      Custody, will be remembered, 33 years later, with a national
      day of action, rallies and marches and a
      three-decade-old-call for justice. Eddie Murray died while
      in police custody in 1981 and his family and supporters are
      demanding a new inquiry into his death claiming missing
      clothes and a Coroner’s report which proved he suffered a
      broken sternum while in custody were proof that he was
      murdered. Last year, three decades later, 16 year old
      Yindjibarndi John Pat was remembered with a national day of
      action. ... " By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      * ABC NEWS:
      LEGAL AID OFFICES IN WA MAY CLOSE DUE TO BUDGET PRESSURES



      - News

      ABC News: Legal Aid offices in WA may close due to budget pressures
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-17/legal-aid-offices-in-wa-to-close-as-budget-measure/5398802?section=wa
      18 Apr 14: "Budget pressures have prompted Legal Aid to
      consider closing two of its metropolitan offices and
      centralise services at its Perth headquarters. The service
      is jointly funded by the state and federal governments and
      provides free services to people who cannot afford to pay
      for a lawyer. ... The Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk
      has described the proposal as a "tragedy". "Remember that
      this service is being cut for metropolitan centres because
      the Barnett government has prioritised vanity projects over
      people," she said."


      * BACKGROUND TO JUSTICE REINVESTMENT,
      ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT AND
      ABORIGINAL DEATHS IN CUSTODY:


      Last updated: 27 April 2014

      http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-aboriginal-imprisonment-and-deaths-in-custody

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