Dismantling the Land Rights Act - 99 year leases: please click here
For Amnesty International's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing Forum of 17 Oct 12 and video clips of Paul Pholeros, Healthhabitat: click here
Yol?uw Makarr Dhuni (Yol?u Nations Assembly) Statement from the second Yolngu Nations Assembly meeting, Maningrida, 11-13 October 2012: click here
The Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services Report - June 2011 to August 2012: please click here (pdf) or http://www.territorystories.nt.gov.au/handle/10070/241806 or here
Olga Havnen's speech of 28 May 2013: please click here
Australia’s First Nations Political Party Media Release July 2013: please click here
For a summary/excerpt of the article in German: please click here
WGAR News: Sixth Anniversary of the Intervention - Striking the Wrong Note: 'concerned Australians' -
Marking SIX years of the NT Intervention
Repeal 'Stronger/Stolen Futures' Legislation!
Stop Income Management - not in the NT, not in Bankstown, not anywhere!
Reinvest in community-controlled services and jobs!
For the flyer: please click here
Facebook: ‘Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney’ or https://www.facebook.com/events/231126303695118/
Background article: Solidarity, April 2013: Income Management expansion in effort to break boycott
Response to the 6th Anniversary of the NT Intervention
27 June 2013 Letter in the Adelaide Advertiser
In the Coalition policies booklet which came to my letter box this week, Tony Abbott and Co declare that they will be abolishing the ‘damaging’ mining tax. Well, somebody has to help out people like the richest Australians, Gina Rinehart, Clive Palmer and Co as well as mining companies like the world’s biggest, BHP Billiton, as they take, or will take, the riches belonging to all Australians, out of the ground forever.
With such corporate welfare relief in mind, it becomes even less surprising that the Northern Territory Intervention was begun by the Coalition six years ago tomorrow - June 21st, 2007 and shamefully continued and expanded under Labor. When one sees the current mining exploration licences NT map, licence exploration almost entirely covers the NT. Under the Intervention, Aboriginal people have lost their rights to consent and control over the very factors which directly affect their lives. Hardly surprising it has caused such misery and hopelessness. Collateral damage I think it’s called.
Keeping Them Home
The most recent data shows that the number of children being moved into out-of-home care in the Northern Territory has just about doubled since 2007. Two-thirds of these children are being placed with non-Indigenous families away from their communities.
Elder Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra, as spokesperson for Yolngu Makarr Dhuni calls for this trend to be reversed by increasing family support services in communities. He has written to the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Adam Giles, asking him for his support. If you would like to support Dr Gondarra, please read the campaign letter below.
Letter from Dr Djiniyini Gondarra to Adam Giles: please click here
Campaign Letter: please click here
Background document: please click here
Jeff McMullen's speech (giving context to the suicide and child removal issues): please click here
Australian Times of 22 May 13: please click here
SMH - Lisa Martin - 20 May 13: please click here
The Stringer - Nicola Butler - 20 May 13: please click here
SMH - Jeff McMullen - 15 March 2013: please click here
13 June 2013 - We have to stop the creation of another Stolen Generation: Paddy Gibson, The Guardian UK: please click here
9 June 2013 - call for action to reduce high number of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care: please click here
5 June 2013 - Do forced adoptions mean forced assimilation?: Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney: please click here
26 May 2013 - Keeping Them Home - Stop the forced removal of Aboriginal children from their families: please click here
23 May 2013 - Keeping them Home - What have we learnt from Bringing them Home?: ACM Sydney: please click here
The Guardian - We have to stop the creation of another Stolen Generation - 12 June 2013
Millions of dollars have gone into bureaucracies to control Aboriginal life, but this has not made children any safer. An alternative is needed
The Australian - Keep care for kids 'within family' - 27 May 2013
THE Australian Centre for Child Protection is calling for more funding to support Aboriginal communities look after neglected children, rather than taking them from their family and culture. Centre director Fiona Arney said yesterday the federal government had wasted millions of dollars on ineffective measures to remove children from indigenous families and take them to regional centres or cities when it could have considered support networks such as extended families.
Australian Times - NT Indigenous leaders challenge Chief Minister’s adoption claims - 22 May 2013
Indigenous leaders in the Northern Territory have hit back at comments made by Chief Minister Adam Giles that children that are neglected should be adopted out, regardless of fears that the government policy was reminiscent of the Stolen Generation....
The Australian - Northern Territory agency battles with child-neglect cases - 22 May 2013
CASES of child neglect are falling through the cracks as the Northern Territory's under-resourced child protection agency bounces between crises. Sometimes the agency is doing more harm than good, its incoming head has warned.
SMH - Jeff McMullen - 15 March 2013
...The removal of Aboriginal children from their families is also climbing (according to the peak bodies for child protection and the Australian Bureau of Statistics) - to about 13,000 across the nation, or about one-third of the total number of Australian children in out-of-home care. This is disturbing for Aboriginal communities, when waves of cross-generational trauma are still flowing from the original removal of up to 100,000 children during the Stolen Generations.
The madness of the past is still the cruelty of today. With the same misguided logic of assimilation, these Aboriginal children are supposedly removed for their well-being. But around the nation about half are removed from kith and kin. Despite the priority principles agreed to by all Australian governments pledging that such vulnerable children would be put with extended family, in the Northern Territory about 66 per cent are taken away from their culture and community. ...
Report on Government Services 2013 -
This report was released on 31 January 2013. It has been produced by the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (SCRGSP). The report has been published in two volumes.
Chapter 15 Child protection and youth justice services
NT Aboriginal Child Placement Principle
STICS: 5 years of NT Intervention by statistics
69% increase in children getting taken into out of home care since 2007. Most are cases of "neglect", which is occurring at a rate far higher than other jurisdictions (Closing the Gap monitoring report part 2), and can in many cases be attributed to extreme poverty.
The NT has lowest rate of "out of home care" placement with Aboriginal families in Australia, less than 20% (Productivity Commission annual report on government services). ...
SNAICC supports the holistic and preventative approach to child protection endorsed by the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020. Significant action is required to implement this effectively for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and to address their overrepresentation in the child protection system. SNAICC advocates for a child protection system that is attuned and responsive to the specific needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families. In doing so, SNAICC prioritises self-determination in child protection for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as key to ensuring better support, better decisions and better outcomes for our children and families. SNAICC also focuses on ensuring that all our children remain with family, are reunified where they have been removed, and stay connected to their Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander culture and community.
SBS - 25 May 2012 - Timeline: Stolen Generations
What are the Stolen Generations? Which legal steps were taken to allow the forced removal of Indigenous kids from their families?
The "Stolen Generations" is the name given to at least 100,000 Aboriginal children who were forcibly removed or taken under duress from their families by police or welfare officers between 1910 and 1970, as stated in in the Bringing Them Home Report. ...
AHRC: Bringing them home: The 'Stolen Children' report (1997)
Bringing them home Report 1997 (pdf)
Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families
AHRC: RightsED: Bringing them home -8. Laws - Northern Territory
Bringing them home: 8. The Laws - Northern Territory
NSDC: The Bringing them home Report
On 26th May 1997 the Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families was tabled in Federal Parliament. The 'Bringing them home' Report, revealed the extent of the forcible removal policies, which were passed and implemented for more than 150 years and into the 1970’s.
The Bringing them home Report represents the first of its kind – a complete analysis of the history of the forcible removal policies of successive Federal, State and Territory governments from the late 1800s up to the 1970s that resulted in the Stolen Generations. It also represents the first true and comprehensive documentation of first hand testimonies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults who, as children, were forcibly removed from their families, communities, cultures and land, and subjected to human rights violations that contravened several articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. ...
National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020
An Initiative of the Council of Australian Government April 2009
National Apology for Forced Adoptions
On 21 March 2013, the Prime Minister Julia Gillard apologised on behalf of the Australian Government to people affected by forced adoption or removal policies and practices.
What’s really going on?
An update on NT Intervention with
Jeff McMullen and Graeme Mundine
Monday May 13th at 7.30pm
Mona Vale Memorial Hall
1606 Pittwater Rd, Mona Vale
Our guest speakers will give an update on the NT Intervention, as it is still going on via Stronger Futures, and will do so for at least another nine and a half years.
Special presentation of the book, “A Decision to Discriminate: Aboriginal Disempowerment in the Northern Territory”, which will be on sale. The message in this book is highly important and vital.
All welcome, this is a Free night including light supper.
For the Flyer: please click here
For the event on Facebook: please click here
For more events by ASG-MWP: please click here
Book launch ‘A Decision to Discriminate’
& Film Screening ‘Our Generation’
with Graeme Mundine
Tuesday 11 June, 6.00pm-9.00pm
Ryde Library, 1 Pope Street, Ryde (Parking available)
Free Event - Part of the Guringai Festival 2013
For the flyer: please click here
For the A5 flyer to print: please click here
Graeme Mundine will launch the book “A Decision to Discriminate: Aboriginal Disempowerment in the Northern Territory”. This book records what Aboriginal people said and is an invaluable resource for students of Aboriginal history and human rights law, particularly those with an interest in the continuing struggles of Aboriginal people.
The updated version of “Our Generation” explores the Yolngu people of Northeast Arnhem Land’s struggle for their land and culture.
There will be time for Q & A.
Also in the Guringai festival brochure on page 26: please click here
2 July 2013 - 6pm
NITV's Current Affairs journalist
at Amnesty International's Action Centre, Sydney
Homelands - produced by Angela Bates, NITV
For the poster: please click here
For more info about the doco: please click here
All welcome - Refreshments provided
Amnesty International NSW Action Centre,
79 Myrtle St Chippendale, NSW
Organised by the Redfern Group: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/group/21121/
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Ken on 0420 354 096
Background article of interest:
Event also listed at:
WRN: Forum on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples - please click here
To mark International Human Rights Day, STICS will be holding an
NT Intervention / Stronger Futures Forum on Thursday, 6 December 2012, 6.30pm
For the leaflet: please click here
Tom Mann Theatre
136 Chalmers St, Surry Hills
Special guest speakers:
Rosalie Kunoth-Monks OAM, Alyawarr Elder from Utopia homelands, NT
Amelia Pangarte Kunoth-Monks, NT youth leader living on the BasicsCard
Jeff McMullen, Chief Executive Officer (Honorary) of Ian Thorpe's Fountain for Youth
STICS Media Release: please click here
Communities in the Northern Territory continue to resist the NT Intervention, and the policy framework is in deep crisis.
In June, the Labor government passed "Stronger Futures" legislation, which will continue key discriminatory Intervention powers for a further ten years.
But Central Australian communities like Amoonguna, Ampilatwatja and Daguragu are refusing to sign long term leases with the government. They have issued ultimatums, demanding a return of community controlled councils and the eviction of Intervention managers and Shire Councils from their land.
On October 13, the Yolngu Nations Assembly in Arnhem Land also issued a declaration refusing leases and calling for the repeal of "Stronger Futures".
In the recent NT election, Aboriginal votes swept the ALP from power and the pro-Intervention bipartisan consensus that has dominated both federal and NT politics was broken.
In a populist appeal to bush voters, the Country Liberals ran on a platform of community control over municipal services and an end to the Intervention "hub towns" funding model, which is starving remote homelands and small communities in an attempt to shift people off their land. The CLP have also called for the return of a community based employment program and an end to race-based alcohol restrictions.
Liberal leader Terry Mills told ABC radio that communities had been "trashed" by the removal of councils, jobs and assets. Social crises are escalating. Reported rates of attempted suicide and self harm have increased almost five fold since 2007. Violent assault in Alice Springs is up 45 per cent. Incarceration rates are up 70 per cent.
But the Liberals can not be relied on to turn the situation around. Already they are backtracking on promises to reinstate bilingual education. The promise to restore Aboriginal councils have shifted to talk of "regional councils". In urban centres like Alice Springs they are increasing police harassment of Aboriginal people and threatening to criminalise public drunkenness to push Aboriginal drinkers, "into the scrub".
Community resistance must be supported. Come along to this human rights day forum to hear from Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, a senior Aboriginal leader from the Utopia homelands, about the important new phase in the struggle against the NT Intervention.
Rosalie's grand daughter Amelia will also speak about what life is like on the "income management" system. Plans to introduce this system into Bankstown in Sydney are being successfully fought, with a strong community campaign and public sector union bans stopping all referrals.
For more information:
call Jean 0449 646 593
or email: email@example.com
Hansard of the passage of the Stronger Futures Bills through the Senate
please click here or here for the pdf
Letter to Australian Politicians on imminent passage of Stronger Futures Legislation, June 2012
please click here
Passing the Stronger Futures legislation - a day of mourning
MR by the Yolngu Nations Assembly and the Alyawaar Nation and Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra
Should the Parliamentary Committee on Humans Rights examine
the control measures proposed in the Stronger Futures Bill?
click here to sign the petition
Last-ditch call to Senators to drop Stronger Futures - ACM Sydney
please click here
Yol?u Nations Assembly statement and supportive statements
please click here
Stand for Freedom campaign
For the video, petition, and further info: please click here
5 years of NT Intervention by statistics
please click here
Amnesty: Tell your Senators: Scrap Stronger Futures: please click here
Uniting Justice Australia: Stronger Futures call to Action: please click here [documents to download at bottom of page]
Stand for Freedom - Take Action: please click here
Avaaz Petition: please click here
'concerned Australians' info on SF, NTER: please click here
STICS 5-year anniversary of NTER - 16 June: please click here
STICS further info about Stronger Futures: please click here
Upcoming Our Generation screenings and talks about Stronger Futures
Tuesday, 2 April 2013 - 6:00pm, Sydney
at Level 3, Tower Building, UTS
in the Glasshouse Bar 6-8pm
Our Generation screening
For the flyer: please click here
organised by the UTS Amnesty group
Tuesday, 2 October 2012 - 6.30pm - Iserlohn-Letmathe, Germany
Free Film screening of Our Generation
Haus Letmathe, Clara-Deneke-Saal, Hagener Strasse 62, Iserlohn-Letmathe
Eine deutsch - australische Veranstaltung von Amnesty International Iserlohn und Sydney in Zusammenarbeit mit der Stadtbücherei Iserlohn
Articles of interest:
http://www.geistigehelfer.de/medien.html (scroll down)
Our Generation DVD: "Ich habe diesen Film hier aufgenommen, weil er exemplarisch steht für verschiedenste brennende Konflikte um indigene Gruppierungen und Regierungen oder Wirtschaftskonzernen weltweit. Hier prallt altes Wissen um einen harmonischen Umgang mit der Erde auf ein sehr junges Verhalten, das sich der Konsequenzen seines Handelns nicht bewusst ist. Es wird deutlich, wie die australische Regierung ungebrochen kolonialistisch weiteragiert...."
Monday, 6 August 2012 - 5.45pm - UTS, Sydney, NSW
Film followed by Panel session with
Amy McQuire, Tracker
Jason de Santolo, UTS Jumbunna
Paddy Gibson, UTS Jumbunna
Date: Monday, 6 August 2012
Time: 5.45pm - 8.00pm
Venue: UTS Broadway campus, 235 Jones Street, Building 10, level 6, Room 440 (CB10.06.440)
Cost: $5 payable at the door
For the poster: please click here
Further Info: http://sdc.groupsite.com/calendar/event/2012/8/6/338444
On Monday August 6 the Sydney Development Circle (SDC) and UTS Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning would like to invite you to the viewing of Our Generation (www.ourgeneration.org.au), a powerful documentary that looks at the current state of Indigenous relations in Australia, followed by an interactive panel discussion on how creativity, media and activism can drive change for Indigenous Australians. Our panellists will be Amy McQuire from Tracker magazine, and two senior researchers from UTS Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, Jason De Santolo and Paddy Gibson. The evening will start with the Acknowledgement of Country address by Aunty Joan Tranter.
When: 5.45pm - 8pm EST Monday, August 6 2012
Where: UTS Broadway campus, 235 Jones Street, Building 10, level 6, Room 440 (CB10.06.440)
For more information please click on the link below:
Yol?uw Makarr Dhuni
(Yol?u Nations Assembly)
For the Statement regarding Australian Federal Government Stronger Futures Bills and Northern Territory Policies, to the Leaders of the Australian Federal and Northern Territory Parliaments: please click here
of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC)
and Catholic Religious Australia (CRA)
of 5 May 12 on the Stronger Futures legislation
please click here
For statements by Churches, Religious, Organisations and Reconciliation and other Groups
calling to Abandon the Stronger Futures Legislation, and to Support the Yolngu Nations Assembly Statement:
please click here