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The Northern Territory Intervention

10 years of
Australia's shame



Thursday, 29th June 2017 - 2.45pm for 3pm – 5.45pm

A Conversation with NT Aboriginal Elders and Community Leaders

RMIT Building 80, 4th level, Room 11, 445 Swanston St, Melbourne - Directions here or Tram stop (route 64, stop 7)

Jon Altman, research professor in anthropology at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University

Josie Crawshaw, Aunty Elaine Peckham, Uncle Harry Jakamarra Nelson, Frank Baarda

For the poster: please click here

For more info:  and

Message from Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra OAM, senior Elder and Dhurili political Clan Leader of the Yolngu people of North-East Arnhem Land

In 2007 under the Howard Government Aboriginal peoples’ lives in the Northern Territory were suddenly and brutally traumatized. Labeled the ‘Northern Territory Emergency Response’ or ‘NT Intervention’ the policy was later expanded in 2012 by the Gillard Government for ten years and rebranded as ‘Stronger Futures’. These imposed Government policies have caused widespread havoc and disempowerment amongst First Peoples’ communities in the NT, breached human rights and United Nations guidelines, and were not consented to.

The policies are failing. Aboriginal land rights have been weakened and the Gaps are widening.

The people have long called for this LEGISLATION TO BE SCRAPPED.
The sovereignty of the clans and First Nations Peoples must be recognised and respected.
There has been a resounding call for substantive reform and PATHWAY TO TREATY/IES.

Elders Statement of 29 June 2017: please click here

The cA report on June 29th  RMIT Melbourne forum, 10 Years of NT Intervention: a conversation with NT Elders &  leaders  including an excellent new article by Jon Altman (1st published in LRN July 2017) - of which much was delivered at this forum - is at   

The audio link to the full  forum (though scratchy 1st 20 minutest is audible) is at zl0kn9ttd2fesur/cA%20Intervent ion%20Forum%20June%202017.mp3? dl=0


Photos from the event:

Melb-1Lt-Rt: Glen Loughrey; Uncle Harry Jakamarra Nelson; Jeff McMullen; Frank Baarda; Aunty Elaine Kngwarraye Peckham & Jon Altman

Melb-2Lt-Rt: Uncle Harry Jakamarra Nelson; Vince Forrester, Frank Baarda; Aunty Elaine Kngwarraye Peckham, Alexis Wright, Jon Altman, Jeff McMullen


(distant Jon Altman talking): please click here (Aboriginal flag and audience)

Aunty Elaine Peckham talking: please click here

Lt- Rt: : Uncle Harry Jakamarra Nelson, Vincent Forrester, Frank Baarda, Aunty Elaine Peckham, Alexis Wright (standing), Jon Altman, Jeff McMullen (standing): please click here

Jeff McMullen (standing); Uncle Harry Jakamarra Nelson; Vincent Forrester... Aunty Elaine Kngwarreye Peckham: please click here