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            2 Jan 2019

            Australia slapped with F minus for zero progress in Indigenous affairs

            Wendy Caccetta on NIT (National Indigenous Times)

             

             

            5 Mar 2019

            Lorena Allam on The Guardian

             

             

            19 Feb 2019

            Aboriginal women lead fight against violence

            Celeste Liddle on Eureka Street

             

             

            29 Jan 2019

            How can the NT spend money allocated for remote Indigenous disadvantage elsewhere?

            Christopher Walsh on ABC News

             

             

            28 Jan 2019

            Wagan & Jagalingou People continue the fight against Adani

            NITV News

             

             

            25 Jan 2019

            Adani coal mine should be suspended, UN says, until all traditional owners support the project

            Josh Robertson on ABC News

             

             

            25 Jan 2019

            The Australia Day date debate means nothing without a treaty

            Lidia Thorpe on The Age

             

             

            7 Dec 2018

            Western Australia signs $122m deal with Canberra for remote housing

            Calla Wahlquist on The Guardian

             

             

            4 Dec 2018

            Fracking in Borroloola

            NITV on Facebook

             

             

            7 Oct 2018

            Fracking in the NT: Indigenous community 'pushed' to consider benefits because industry 'not going away'

            Jane Bardon on ABC News

             

             

            23 Nov 2018

            Adoption without parental consent legalised in NSW

            Lorena Allam on The Guardian

             

             

            22 Nov 2018

            “The Final Nail”: Block Redevelopment to Expand With No Aboriginal Housing

            Paul Gregoire on the Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog

             

             

            15 Nov 2018

            Minister offered $460,000 Indigenous funding to groups that did not ask for it

            Lorena Allam on The Guardian

             

             

            8 Nov 2018

            Mick Gooda on The Guardian

             

             

            8 Nov 2018

            Fresh calls to close Don Dale after latest violent incident

            Lorena Allam and Helen Davidson on The Guardian

             

             

            7 Nov 2018

            Nigel Scullion offered to fund dispute over Indigenous land claim, fishing group says

            Lorena Allam on The Guardian

             

             

            1 Nov 2018

            National Congress criticises Indigenous Affairs Minister, seeks answers for redirecting funds

            Media Release of the The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples

             

             

            31 Oct 2018

            Indigenous advancement funding redirected to cattlemen and fishing groups

            Lorena Allam on The Guardian

             

             

            25 Oct 2018

            Indigenous deaths in custody: key recommendations still not fully implemented

            Lorena Allam and Calla Wahlquist on The Guardian

             

             

            17 Oct 2018

            Remote work-for-the-dole scheme a 'national disgrace', former Fraser minister says

            Lorena Allam on The Guardian

             

             

            14 Oct 2018

            Nigel Scullion awards Indigenous grant money to CLP president's employer

            Christopher Walsh on ABC News

             

             

            29 Aug 2018

            Abbott as Indigenous affairs envoy? Be disturbed. Be very disturbed.

            Jack Latimore on The Guardian

             

             

            25 Apr 2018

            Lest We Forget: why we need to remember the Frontier Wars

            Jidah Clark on The Sydney Morning Herald

             

             

            18 Apr 2018

            Richard Flanagan: 'Our politics is a dreadful black comedy' – press club speech in full

            Richard Flanagan on The Guardian

             

             

            2 Apr 2018

            Opinion: Aboriginal children need loving, safe and culturally appropriate homes

            Christine Craik and Linda Ford on ABC News

             

             

            31 Mar 2018

            Gap not closing on Indigenous disadvantage

            Mike Seccombe on The Saturday Paper

             

             

            10 Mar 2018

            The economics of reparations

            Natalie Cromb on The Saturday Paper

             

             

            21 Sept 2017

            Australia must abandon racially discriminatory remote work for the dole program UN told

            Michelle Bennett on the Human Rights Law Centre

             

             

            5 Aug 2017

            Sally McManus ratchets up campaign against 'racist' work-for-the-dole program

            Fergus Hunter on The Sydney Morning Herald

             

             

            15 Jul 2017

            300,000 fines levied on participants in remote work-for-dole program

            Calla Wahlquist on The Guardian

             

             

            27 Nov 2017

            Behavioural neoliberalism in the Australian outback: The quest to alter Indigenous subjectivity

            Jon Altman on regnet.anu.edu.au

             

             

            21 Nov 2017

            Jeff McMullen on Independent Australia

             

             

            6 Nov 2017

            Indigenous workers: the ‘modern slaves’ of Australia?

            Jon Altman on opendemocracy.net

             

             

            31 Oct 2017

            Deepening Indigenous Poverty in the Northern Territory

            Jon Altman in Land Rights News, October 2017 Issue 4, page 18

             

             

            17 Oct 2017

            Video: Genocide and Intervention in Contemporary Indigenous Australia

            Jon Altman on YouTube, uploaded by CICADA (Centre for Indigenous Conservation and Development Alternatives)

             

             

            Oct 2017

            Modern Slavery in Remote Australia?

            Jon Altman in Arena magazine No 150

             

             

            31 Aug 2017

            Video: Professor Jon Altman of Melbourne's Deakin University on the NT 2007 'Intervention'

            Jon Altman on YouTube, uploaded by the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne

             

             

            Jun 2017

            The Destruction of Homelander Life-ways

            Jon Altman on crossart.com.au, first published in the Arena magazine No 148

             

             

            Jun 2017

            In the aftermath of the Intervention there has been a profound shift in the terms of national attention to Indigenous affairs

            Melinda Hinkson in Arena magazine No 148

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Treaty-Truth Telling

             

            2018 Garma Key Forum - Truth Telling Session

            Yingiya Mark Guyula

             

             

            You cannot understand treaty until you first understand sovereignty

             

             

             

             

             

            Please click here to watch the speech (YouTube)

             

             

            Please click here to download the speech (PDF)

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Prince Charles asked to intervene on behalf of the Yolngu

             

             

             

             
             

            Prince Charles on Monday April 8th 2018 “visited the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Arts Centre in the Northern Territory, where he met with Yolngu clan leaders and the Member for Nhulunbuy who asked him to intervene on their behalf and acknowledge their people's sovereignty.

            He was asked to take a strong position on the issue and was handed a letter stick to deliver to the Prime Minister of Australia.

            "We have many difficulties with the Australian governments because they do not recognise our sovereignty," Member for Nhulunbuy Yingiya Mark Guyula MLA said.

            "We need to correct this situation, for the sake of our children and their children, for our cultural survival - for our ancestors."

            Source: Prince Charles winds up Australia visit, Sydney Morning Herald, April 10th 2018

             

             

            Yolungu Leaders Declare Sovereignty (PDF)

             

            Prince Charles tours Nhulunbuy for sixth visit to the Northern Territory (ABC News)

             

            Yol?u Leader Gives Prince Charles A Treaty Letter Stick … And A Diplomatic ‘Middle Finger’ (Chris Graham in New Matilda)

             

            Aboriginal Declaration of Sovereignty - meeting with Prince Charles (Tasmanian Times)

             

             

             
             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Treaty Yeh, Treaty Now!
            Long March for 'Justice Thru Treaty' 26 Jan

             

            “Calls for a Treaty were repeatedly raised by Aboriginal communities during the recent Constitutional Recognition consultations as a practical means to recognize Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the First Nation Peoples and to implement the structural changes required to establish self-determination. ... A Treaty sets a process to legitimately move forward in partnership between Aboriginal people and the Australian State.”

            Indigenous Peoples Organisation (IPO)

             

            Flyer: Please click here

            List of Speakers: Please click here

             

             

            Treaty Talks Workshop on 23-25 January 2018

             

            In the three days before the “Justice Through Treaty” march Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples will meet to discuss what we wish included in a national Treaty. Speakers and participants from every State will look at practical means to address self-determination, how we can support our communities to overcome the legacy of colonialism, poverty, racism and marginalization. For more information please click here.

             

            Facebook Page: Justice Through Treaty

             

             

            For other January 26th events: Please click here

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Time to end 10 years of Intervention in the Northern Territory

            Statement from eminent Australians

             

             

            Statement of Eminent Australians on the continuing damage caused by the discrimination, racism and lack of justice towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, exemplified by the continuation of the Northern Territory Intervention

             

            While the Australian nation deliberates on the future of its relationship with the First Nations of this land, most Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are focused on the continuing discrimination, racism and lack of justice, shown towards them by Federal, State and Territory Governments in so many areas.

             

             

            Statement of Eminent Australians

             

             

            The impetus for this statement lies with the ongoing profound disempowerment and destruction caused over the past decade and the three June 2017 statements of NT Elders, leaders and communities impacted by the Intervention:

            1. Laynhapuy Homelands Aboriginal Corporation Statement (Yananymul Mununggurr and directors)

            2. Mparntwe (Alice Springs) Stand Up 2017 statement

            3. Aboriginal people of the Northern Territory Statement impacted by the NT Intervention of 29 June 2017

             

             

             

            Audio recording from the launch of the statement

             

             

             

            Video recording from the launch of the statement (1h 54 min)

             

             

            For further information and to view the 6 Individual speakers (shorter videos) click here

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Mining Royalties

             

            Mining royalty payments and the governance of Aboriginal Australia

             

            Distinguished lecture 2017

            Professor Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh

            Delivered at Griffith University, South Bank campus, 9 August 2017

             

            Please click here to download the lecture (PDF)

             

             

             

            Further information:

             

            ABC Big Ideas: Mining royalties and Aboriginal autonomy

             

            McArthur River Mine Compensation Talks

            (in: NLC Land Rights News Oct 2017, page 12)

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            http://www.yingiya.net/english.html

             

            Quest for Treaty: Yingiya's Bid for Parliament

             

            Yingiya Mark Guyula, a Yolngu Elder, endorsed by the Yolngu Nations Assembly, makes a bid for the NT Parliament as an independent candidate. He stresses the importance of Treaty and the need for the Yolngu Madayin Law to be recognised.

             

            As part of Treaty Awareness and Fund Raising Tour Mr. Guyula spoke at two events:

             

            Geelong, 11 March 2016: Mr. Guyula spoke on the disempowering impacts of living under the ongoing intervention policies, the need of a Treaty for Arnhem Land and his contributions towards the book The Intervention: an Anthology

             

            Melbourne, 12 March 2016: Mr. Guyula spoke on Madayin law and how his platform Treaty Now! will work.

            Please click here to read his speech

             

            Please click here for further information (including videos) of the events.

             

            Declaration of the Yol?u Nations Assembly (Yol?u Matha and English) on Sovereignty & Treaty

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Custodianship in the 21st Century

             

            Jeff McMullen AM, presented the 15th Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture at Charles Darwin University, August 6th 2015.

             

            Custodianship is one of the foundational concepts of the intellectual knowledge system of all of the First Peoples of this land. As a senior lawman, Vincent Lingiari was drawing on his grandfather’s connection to Gurindji country, reclaiming and asserting this core responsibility.

            ...

            Can we forge a treaty or treaties, recognizing the truth of the past and legally supporting a fair and just future? Can we rise above our doubts and flaws and in the 21st Century find the full expression of custodianship that Vincent Lingiari cherished?

             

             

             

            Vincent Lingiari knew who he was and that this land held him close to its heart. "You can keep your gold. We just want our land back."

             

            Please click here to read the full lecture

             

             

            Interviews with Jeff McMullen: CAAMA, ABC and 104.1 Territory FM

             

             

            Articles:

            Tony Abbott and White Australia: Lets's be serious about change

             

             

            Jeff McMullen with Jimmy Wavehill, just prior to delivering the 15th annual Vincent Lingiari Lecture at Charles Darwin University.

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Watch this video on Vimeo

             

            Justice before Reconciliation -

            A conversation with Rosalie Kunoth-Monks

             

             

            This video presents excerpts of a speech given by Rosalie on May 28th during a 2015 Reconciliation event, organised by Monash Reconciliation Group, Mt. Waverley.

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            The book In The Absence of Treaty is now available as PDF.

             

            Please click here to download the book (1 MB).

             

            Endnotes for the book updated October 2015

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Published by 'concerned Australians'

             

            The Intervention - an Anthology

             

             

            In this historic anthology, award-winning writers Rosie Scott and Dr Anita Heiss have gathered together the work of twenty of Australian’s finest writers both Indigenous and non-Indigenous together with powerful statements from Northern Territory Elders to bring a new dimension and urgency to an issue that has remained largely outside the public radar.

             

             

            Past Book launches:

            Redfern (NSW) – 1 July 2015, 6:30pm

            Ashfield (NSW) – 9 July 2015, 6:30pm

            Darwin (NT) - 4 August 2015, 5:30pm

            Parramatta (NSW) - 12 August 2015, 7:30pm

            Glebe (NSW) - 26 August 2015, 6pm for 6.30pm

            Sydney (NSW) - 2 September 2015, 6:30pm for 7pm

            Mona Vale (NSW) - 14 September 2015, 7.30pm

            Fitzroy (VIC) - 24 September 2015, 11.30am - 1pm

            Adelaide (SA) – 8 December 2015, 6:30pm

            Fremantle (WA) – 18 February 2016, 6pm

            Geelong (VIC) – 11 March 2016, 2pm - 3pm

             

             

            Book reviews:

            Syndey Morning Herald (SMH)

            Linda Jaivin

            Arena Magazine No. 137, August-September 2015

            Michael O'Connor, AURORA

            Elizabeth Lhuede

            Julie Wark

             

             

            Book orders (via Booktopia)

            The Anthology can also be ordered from major booksellers.

             

             

             

            The Honourable Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC at the Fitzroy launch:

             

            Watch this video on Vimeo.

             

            Speech by The Honourable Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC (PDF)

             

             

            Speeches and photos from the launches

             

             

             

             

             

             

            First Nations Women Speak out for Treaty

             

             

             

            On 20th March 2015 a public forum was held in Redfern: First Nations Women Speak out for Treaty.

             

            Treaty would recognise the sovereignty of the First Nations People over their land and enshrine the right of self-determination which was promised to them when Australia ratified the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights 40 years ago.

             

            The forum also discussed the relationship between Treaty and the current campaign for constitutional recognition.

             

             

            For more information about the Forum please click here

             

            Watch this video on Vimeo

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Rt. Hon. Malcolm Fraser AC CH GCL 1930 - 2015

             

             

            20 March 2015

             

            ‘concerned Australians’ is mourning the passing of Malcolm Fraser at the age of 84. Malcolm was a person of dignity and courage who showed tenacity and compassion in his commitment to racial equality and multiculturalism. He will be remembered as a true humanitarian and a good friend.

             

            We offer our deepest sympathies and sincere condolences to his wife Tamie and family.

             

            We are most grateful to him for the support he gave to the Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory over the last eight difficult years. He was a man of integrity who recognised injustice and was prepared to speak out for change. We were profoundly thankful for the support that he gave to the work of ‘concerned Australians’.

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Remote Community Closures

             

            March 2015

             

            Will You Help to Prevent a Crisis?

             

            The Commonwealth’s commitment to Homelands and Outstations was surely sealed by the 1967 Referendum. How can it be then that the federal government can consider abandoning their long-held responsibilities by cutting essential funding to these especially vulnerable areas?

             

            What is clear is that the Commonwealth knows full well that the consequences of the cuts will fall with brute force onto Aboriginal communities least able to defend themselves. Such behaviour is contemptible.

             

            It is quite clear that state governments do not have the resources to simply replace Federal funding. Mr. Barnett in Western Australia has responded by indicating that he will close up to 150 remote Aboriginal communities by simply cutting off their essential services – water, power etc. Arrangements with the South Australia government are still to be determined but at this stage the outstations fear their fate will be similar to those in the West.

             

            Please click here for more information.

             

            Joe Morrison's comment in The Age: Remote communities aren't a utopian lifestyle choice but they are good for our people

             

            Jon Altman: Homelands under the hammer, again, from the aspiring PM for indigenous policy

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Treaty Messages

             

            9 February 2015

             

            Treaties and Constitutional Recognition are both important issues. They are independent of each other. There is no particular order in which these important changes should be made.

             

            "Canada has its centuries-old treaties, and more modern treaties today, and more recently, constitutional recognition of Aboriginal Canadians in the life and history of that nation."

            Mick Dodson, July 2007

             

             

            Please click here for more Treaty messages

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            The Advantages of Treaty

             

             

            6 December 2014

             

            On 6 December 2014, ‘concerned Australians’ invited a group of some 50 colleagues and friends to join them for a discussion on Treaties.

             

            Three of the attendees graciously agreed to share their views on the advantages of treaty. They were Bobby Nicholls, Aboriginal Partnership Officer at the Department of Health in Wangaratta and Co-Chair of the Traditional Elders Owners Land Justice Group, Gene Roberts who is now the Western Metropolitan Local Justice Worker for VALS, and Janet Turpie-Johnstone. Melbourne’s first Aboriginal Anglican priest, and currently working as an Aboriginal Equity Pathways Officer at the Australian Catholic University.

             

            All three were enthusiastic in their belief that treaties would improve the lives of Aboriginal peoples across Australia and their establishment would be the only way by which Aboriginal culture could be protected. Janet feared that without treaties Aboriginal culture might not survive.

             

            Please click here to read the full article.

             

             

            Bobby Nicholls, Gene Roberts and Janet Turpie-Johnson

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Land Rights News - Northern Edition

             

             

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            Please click here for general information
            about the Land Rights News

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            A Discussion on 99-Year Township Leases

             

            Featuring: Yirrininba Dhurrkay and James Wapiriny

            Introduction: David Suttle

             

             

            Watch this video on YouTube

             

             

             

             

             

             

            The Importance of Engaging Experienced of Cross-Cultural

            Interpreters for all Negotiations with Indigenous Communities

             

             

               

            This article by Murray Garde flags lessons for all parties, including the NLC, which are involved in consultations with Aboriginal communities where English is far from being the predominant language.

             

            Murray Garde is highly qualified for this assignment, and the NLC has total confidence in his expertise as an interpreter.

             

            Linguists have taught us for a long time about the problems that arise from cross-purposes communication.

             

            Murray Garde’s article demonstrates the value – indeed, in some instances, the necessity – of engaging an experienced cross-cultural interpreter for complex negotiations such as those that arise from profoundly important public policies that will have impact on the lives of current and future generations of Aboriginal people.

             

            He has revealed the complexity of these negotiations and demonstrated that there are big holes in the understanding of Traditional Owners at Gunbalanya about the substance of negotiations so far towards the Commonwealth’s goal of securing a 99-year-lease over their community.

             

            JOE MORRISON

            CEO, Northern Land Council

             

            Please click here to read the article by Murray Garde

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            The plan to undermine the Land Rights Act

            by Ian Viner AO QC

             

            With the Commonwealth Government’s push for 99-year leases, the Forrest Report call for Aboriginal land to be privatised so as to be bought and sold, and attacks upon the Northern Land Council in particular over their defence of traditional ownership and their responsibilities under the Land Rights Act, the iconic 1976 Land Rights Act is under threat like never before.

             

            Please click here to read the full article

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Open Letter from Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra OAM in Response to

            the Prime Minister’s Statement to The Australian

             

            (see: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/early-british-settlement-all-bad-for-indigenous-australians-tony-abbott-20140923-10ksdm.html)

             

             

               

             

            Open Letter from Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM to

            Tony Abbott, the Prime Minister of Australia

             

            I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Tony Abbott, the Prime Minister of Australia for his courage in publicly acknowledging the terrible impact on Aboriginal Peoples as a result of early British settlement.

             

            It is of extreme importance to us that we now work together for better outcomes and this can happen when a Prime Minister is prepared, as you have been, to recognise the pain and suffering that has taken place. This is a beginning point and we thank you for it very sincerely.

             

            You say that we should be recognised as first class citizens in our own country. We believe this to be true and we also believe that determining our own future is our right. With your determined support we look forward to realising this in the not too distant future.

             

            Your support for the recognition of Aboriginal Peoples in the Constitution is greatly welcomed and it is our wish that changes will also include provision of a framework for incorporating treaties as they are negotiated

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            Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Archbishop Desmond Tutu Prays for Australian Aboriginal Peoples

             

            On World Peace Day, 21 September 2014

             

             

            International Day of Peace

             

            On World Peace Day 2014, I pray for the rights of the Aboriginal Peoples of Australia to determine their own destiny.

             

            It is a severe indictment on Australia that many of its indigenous people still feel that their culture and dignity are being eroded, and that they continue to be treated as second class citizens – 42 years after the country signed the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

             

            Aboriginal elders say that although the Aboriginal Land Rights Act of 1976 transferred control of much of the Northern Territory to Aboriginal peoples, the people never had the opportunity to draw true advantage from the land. They were ill prepared to deal with complex Western bureaucracies, and their efforts have been undermined by under-development and neglect.

             

            The imposition of legislation generally known as the Northern Territory Intervention, in 2007 virtually stripped them of their voice.

             

            Community councils have been closed down and management of many aspects of the peoples’ lives has been transferred to non-indigenous institutions. The exclusion of local Aboriginal perspectives from decision-making is directly eroding customs, laws, languages and land-use aspirations. Nearly 50% of the youth in detention in Australia are Aboriginal, although the Aboriginal population constitutes just 3% of the Australian population.

             

            There are no first-class and second-class citizens on earth, just citizens; sisters and brothers of one family, the human family, God’s family. Our diversity is a Gift from God. It strengthens and enriches us.

             

            All people, regardless of their looks, cultures and beliefs – including the Aboriginal Peoples of Australia – are equally entitled to dignity, to justice, and to the right to participate in decisions affecting their lives. I support those who have called for a Truth and Justice Commission for Aboriginal Peoples to lay bare the horrors of the past and, finally, commence a national healing process for all Australians.

             

            More: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/1113

             

             

            Other Links:

             

             
             

            http://www.sydneycatholic.org/news/latest_news/2014/2014922_1617.shtml

             

            http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/desmond-tutu-lay-bare-the-horrors-of-the-past-20140921-10jxuj.html

             

            http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/desmond-tutu-lay-bare-the-horrors-of-the-past-20140921-10jxuj.html

             

            http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/1113

             

            http://www.yolngunations.org/

             

            http://mediablog.catholic.org.au/?p=3235

             

            http://acmsydney.wordpress.com/

             

            https://www.victas.uca.org.au/newsmedia/Documents/Archbishop%20%20Desmond%20Tutu%20Statement.pdf

             

            http://au.pairsonnalites.org/2014/09/desmond-tutu-lay-bare-horrors-of-past.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=feed

             

            http://www.anglicancg.org.au/news.php/134/bishop-desmond-tutu-prays-for-the-rights-of-australian-aboriginal-peoples-on-world-peace-day

             

            http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/22/john-howard-there-was-no-genocide-against-indigenous-australians

             

            http://caama.com.au/

             

            http://www.watoday.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/desmond-tutu-lay-bare-the-horrors-of-the-past-20140921-10jxuj.html

             

            http://www.stmichaeldaceyville.org.au/index.php?option=com_newsfeeds&view=category&id=93&Itemid=489

             

            http://www.olmcmtpritchard.org.au/index.php?option=com_newsfeeds&view=category&id=93&Itemid=489

             

            https://www.facebook.com/FirstNationsTelegraph/timeline

             

            http://www.canberratimes.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/desmond-tutu-lay-bare-the-horrors-of-the-past-20140921-10jxuj.htmlhttps://www.facebook.com/adelaide.congress

             

            http://stmarymags125.blogspot.com.au/

             

            http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/35948/Desmond-Tutu-announces-support-for-First-Nations-self-determination.html

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Treaties

             

             

             

            Watch this video on YouTube

             

            The message from very many Aboriginal Peoples in Australia to the Australian Government is that the time is long overdue for genuine negotiation on treaties.

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            The book A Decision to Discriminate is now available as PDF.

             

            Please click here to download the book (3 MB).

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            The National Indigenous Human Rights Awards 2014

             

             

             

            Watch this video on YouTube

             

             

             

            Rosalie Kunoth-Monks OAM

             

            is presented with the first Dr Yunupingu Human Rights Award by Arnhemland Elder, Yalmay Yunupingu at NSW Parliament House. The National Indigenous Human Rights Awards recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons who have made significant contribution to the advancement of human rights and social justice for their people.

             
             

             

            Yalmay Yunupingu’s Speech:

             

            “Politics, politics, politics. Policy, policy, policy. Changes, changes, and more changes. What’s next? Are we going to keep living like this and keep being used as a Trojan horse? As new Government gets voted, in comes new policy, “bang”, and then follows by the new changes “bang”. New jobs are created, people are put into positions and they often don’t have any idea how to do their job. Bush schools are criticized, and they say that Indigenous team teachers are inexperienced and unskilled to run bilingual and education programs in our own communities.”

             

            Full text of Yalmay’s speech

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights:

            Review of the Stronger Futures package of legislation

             

            Source: http://www.openaustralia.org/debates/?id=2014-03-05.4.2

             

            In the 43rd Parliament, our predecessor committee applied this approach to the examination of the Stronger Futures package of legislation, and used its 11th report of 2013 to set out its understanding of the concept of special measures and the circumstances in which special measures may be permitted or required under human rights law. In considering those measures described as special measures in the Stronger Futures legislation, the committee noted the importance of continuing close evaluation of such measures and concluded that the committee could usefully perform an ongoing oversight role in this regard. The committee recommended that in the 44th Parliament it should undertake a 12-month review to evaluate the latest evidence in order to evaluate the continuing necessity for the Stronger Futures legislation.

             

            The committee has given careful consideration to our predecessor committee's recommendation and has decided to undertake a review of the Stronger Futures package of legislation, commencing in June 2014. The committee proposes to write to the minister and advise him of its intention to undertake this review, invite him to respond to the conclusions drawn by our predecessor committee in its 11th report of 2013 and alert him to the range of information the committee will seek from him and his department as part of the review. The committee proposes to report the conclusions of this review in 2015.

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

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

             

             

            Please click here for the Report

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            The Disallowance by the Senate of Regulations made under s28A
            of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976

             

             

            Media Release Northern Land Council

             

            Media Release Northern and Central Land Councils

             

            Official Notification of the Senate

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Justice

             

             

            “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”

            Benjamin Franklin

             

             

            In an excellent article (SMH 2 March 2014) by long-time Aboriginal advocate, Sol Bellear, he suggests that reconciliation has failed. This leads me to ask the question, “What is the basis on which reconciliation might be delivered?”

             

            While I regularly read of new opportunities that are being promoted for Aboriginal people under the banner of ‘reconciliation’ and I greatly applaud them, at the same time I wonder if we have confused the meaning of the word itself and whether this could be the root of Sol’s conclusion?

             

             

            Please click here to read the full article from 'concerned Australians'

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Treaties

             

             

            25 Jan 2014 - Yalmay Yunupingu calls for Treaties

            Yalmay’s speech in response to her husband, Dr M Yunupingu, being posthumously awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia

             

            27 Jan 2014 - Warren Mundine on Treaties with Aboriginal Nations

             

            28 Jan 2014 - Tony Abbott Open to Aboriginal Treaties

             

            30 Jan 2014 - Yolngu Nations Assembly on Indigenous Treaties

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Changes to the Aboriginal Land Rights Act (NT) 1976

             

            Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment (Delegation) Regulation 2013 - F2013L02122

             

            The new Regulation was registered on 12 December 2013. This was the last sitting day of Parliament for the year and means the changes will not come before Parliament before February 11, at the very earliest.

             

            All information can be found at: www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2013L02122

             

            The legislative instrument allows for Aboriginal Corporations to request that certain functions of the Land Councils be delegated to them. Where there is reluctance on the part of the Land Councils, the Minister is the final arbiter.

             

             

            from: Explanation from the Regulation:

             

            Subsection 28(3) of the Act provides that a Land Council may delegate certain functions and powers to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation.

             

            Subsection 28A(1) of the Act provides that an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation may apply to a Land Council for a delegation of certain Land Council functions or powers.

             

            Subsection 28A(5) of the Act provides that a Land Council is taken to have refused to make a delegation if it has neither made nor refused to make the delegation within the period worked out in accordance with the regulations (or such longer period as is agreed by the Minister).

             

            Subsection 28B(4) of the Act provides that an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation may apply to a Land Council for a variation of an existing delegation to apply to all of the Land Council’s functions or powers that are delegable to the corporation, or to add specified delegable functions or power, or to add specified delegable functions or powers in relation to specified matters.

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

               

            In the Absence of Treaty

             

             

            This book explores the current inadequacy of the process used in engaging with Aboriginal people, which results in control slipping away from them. It provides concise but incisive account from recent reports about the reasons for the ongoing and growing frustration of many Aboriginal people in the NT. In doing so it hints at possibly the only solution - treaties.

             

             

            Past Book launches:

             

            Sydney – 28 January 2014, 6pm for 6:30pm

            Melbourne – 4 February 2014, 6pm for 6:30pm

            (in conjunction with a screening of John Pilger's film Utopia)

            Canberra – 6 February 2014, 5:30pm for 6pm

            Darwin – 13 February 2014, 5pm for 5:30pm

            (in conjunction with a screening of John Pilger's film Utopia

            Adelaide – 13 February 2014, 6pm for 6:30pm

            (in conjunction with a screening of John Pilger's film Utopia - Tickets $5)

            Waurn Ponds (VIC) – 6 March 2014, 6:30pm for 7pm

            (in conjunction with a screening of John Pilger's film Utopia)

            Mona Vale (NSW) – 10 March 2014, 7:30pm (sharp)

            (in conjunction with a screening of John Pilger's film Utopia)

            Sydney - 5 April 2014, 1pm for 1:30 pm

            (book presentation in conjunction with a screening of John Pilger's film Utopia)

            Katoomba (NSW) - 12 April 2014, 12:30pm for 1pm

            (book presentation in conjunction with a screening of John Pilger's film Utopia)

            Ryde (NSW) - 28 June 2014, 1:30 pm

            (book presentation in conjunction with a screening of John Pilger's film Utopia)

             

             

             

            Book review by The Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC

             

             

            To order the book please click here

             

            Speeches and photos from the launches

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            The Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC

            Answers Questions on 99-Year Leases

            from Rosalie Kunoth-Monks OAM and Rev. Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM

             

             

            1. Government is asking some communities to agree to 99-year township leases. What are the implications of signing a 99-year lease?

             

            2. Government states that the community will still own the land even though a 99-year lease has been signed. Can you explain this please.

             

            3. How important to Aboriginal Peoples are the protections in the Land Rights Act?

             

            4. Under current legislation we are able to support housing and business development in our towns. Why do you think Government is asking communities to agree to 99-year leases?

             

            5. Our people have great difficulty in persuading Government to negotiate with us in a culturally appropriate manner – that is, talking with the senior law men of our communities. Can you suggest ways in which this can be achieved?

              Watch this video on YouTube

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Dismantling the Land Rights Act

            99 year leases

             

             

            6 Nov 2013

             

            Statement by Rev. Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM regarding MOUs on township 99 year leases

             

            I express my deep concern at the actions of the Abbott Government as evidenced by the behaviour of the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Scullion, in hastily procuring MOUs on township leases for 99 years in Gunbalanya and Yirrkala in recent weeks. He is quoted as saying that this was part of a blitz to encourage other communities around the country to sign similar deals.

             

            Please click here for the full statement

             

             

            Article in the The Australian: Overhaul township leasing system, says Northern Land Council (18 Nov 2013)

             

            Letter from Rev. Dr Djiniyini Gondarra to The Australian (22 Nov 2013)

             

            Response from The Australian (23 Nov 2013)

             

             

            22 Nov 2013

             

            Interview with Dr Gondarra

             

            NT First Nations leader calls for rejection of lease deals

             

             

             

            27 Nov 2013

             

            Rosalie Kunoth-Monks OAM in Conversation with

             

            Watch this video on Vimeo

             

            Malcolm Fraser AC CH GCL PC,

            Frank Vincent AO QC and

            Hon. Alastair Nicholson RFD AO QC (by Video)

             

            at Victoria University

            facilitated by Jeff McMullen

             

             

             

            NITV News:

             

            Mr Fraser is among a growing number of opponents to the plan [to take 99-year leases on communities] who say there has been little community consultation to date.

            "If the government is wanting 99-year leases, it goes a long way to making sure Aboriginals can no longer control their own land" Mr Fraser said.

             

            Please click here for the full statement

             

             

            Other statements:

             

            Unravelling the Aboriginal Land Rights Act (NT) of 1976 by Rita Camilleri

             

            The 99-Year Lease Attack on the NT Land Rights Act by Ian Yule

             

            NIT 4 Dec 2013 by Geoff Bagnall

             

            Senator Scullion peddles De Soto in Arnhem Land by Jon Altman

             

            Dismantling the Land Rights Act (NT) 1976 by Catholic Religious Australia

             

            No 99 year leases - No oil and gas exploration say Arnhem Land clans by David Wood

             

            Nigel Scullion responds to criticisms about the 99-year-leases by The Stringer

             

            Coalition stirs the ghost of Jimmie Blacksmith by Tim Kroenert

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Anti-Poverty Week

             

            October 2013

             

            To coincide with Anti-Poverty Week, the following books produced by ‘concerned Australians’ are now available for download:

             

             

            This Is What We Said (2010) - 3 MB

             

            Walk With Us (2011) - 1 MB

             

            NT Consultations Report 2011 (2011) - 13 MB

             

            Please click here to download the poster

             

             

             

             

             

             

               

            John Pilger’s film "UTOPIA"

             

            October 2013

             

            The Premiere of Utopia was held at the London National Film Theatre (BFI South Bank) on Thursday 3 October 2013. A large crowd attended the screening and many signed a message calling for Treaties to be negotiated between Aboriginal Nations and the Australian Government.

             

            Utopia is John Pilger’s new feature documentary. In his new film Utopia, John says that until white Australia negotiates a genuine Treaty with indigenous Australia, it can never claim its own nationhood.

             

            The launch of the film in Sydney will feature special screenings at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Sydney, leading up to 'Australia Day' on 26 January 2014, followed by a cinema release across the country.

             

            Further film screening: http://utopiajohnpilger.co.uk/screenings

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Community Living Areas

             

            26th July 2013

             

            We are advised through a statement on the website of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) that regulatory changes have been made to Community Living Areas in the Northern Territory.

             

            This regulation Number 184 is made under the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Act 2012. (See ComLaw for details)

             

            The explanatory Note states:

             

            The Regulation modifies section 110 of the Associations Act (NT), as set out in Schedule 7 of the Regulation, and enables community living area landowners (both associations and Aboriginal corporations) to grant leases and licences for purposes consistent with the Northern Territory Planning Scheme without Northern Territory Ministerial consent if the grant is for a term of 10 years or less.

             

            Purposes consistent with the Northern Territory Planning Scheme, including the following:

             

            (i) commercial purposes, including a community store

             

            (ii) purposes relating to infrastructure

             

            (iii) public purposes, including the provision of essential services

             

            See http://www.lands.nt.gov.au

             

            This change was implemented following ‘consultations’ held between just fifteen selected Community Living Areas and Commonwealth Government representatives. There are more than a hundred Community Living Areas. The criteria for conducting consultations recommended by the Human Rights Commissioner (2010) and again recommended by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights (2013) were not used and no transcripts have been provided.

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights Report

             
             

             

            June 2013

             

            We learn from the Report that the Committee:

             

            ... sets out the committee's analytical framework for the assessment of human rights compatibility and addresses a number of issues of general relevance raised by the Stronger Futures package. It then goes on to apply this analytical framework to a number of the Stronger Futures measures on which the committee has decided to focus its comments: the tackling alcohol abuse measure, the income management measure, and the school attendance measure.

             

            The report does not deal with the food security measures relating to the licensing regimes for food stores in certain areas, certain land reform measures, and amendments relating to the extent to which customary law may be taken into account in bail and sentencing decision, or restriction on access to pornography in certain areas.

             

            Even with these limitations, the report reaches the conclusion that the Stronger Futures measures considered are unlikely to be ‘special measures’.

             

            The committee is not persuaded by the material put before it by the government that the Stronger Futures legislation can properly be characterised as 'special measures' under the ICERD or other relevant human rights treaties.

             

            The report identifies a series of concerns including the need to ensure the affected communities are engaged in the development of policy making and policy implementation processes, and are engaged in meaningful consultation – using the criteria as set out by the former Human Rights Commissioner, Tom Calma.

             

            Ultimately, the report concludes:

             

            The committee has indicated the importance of continuing close evaluation of measures such as these which are claimed to have a beneficial effect, and notes that the potentially disempowering effects of such measures also need to be taken into account in any assessment of human rights compatibility.

             

            The committee considers that it can usefully perform an ongoing oversight role in this regard and recommends that in the 44th Parliament the committee should undertake a 12 month-review to evaluate the latest evidence in order to test the continuing necessity for the Stronger Future measures.

             

             

            Please click here for the full report

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Sixth Anniversary of the Intervention - 21 June 2013

             

             

            Striking the Wrong Note

             

             

            Aboriginal advocate Olga Havnen, in her Lowitja O’Donoghue oration, has asked a critical question. She asks what has been the psychological impact of the Intervention on Aboriginal people of the Northern Territory. It is surprising that so little attention has been given to this critical, yet in some ways tenuous, link before now.

             

            Even before the Intervention began in June 2007, government had long planned a new approach to the ‘management’ of Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory. It was no longer part of government thinking that self-determination and Aboriginal control over land could be allowed to continue.

            Please click here to read the full document

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

               

            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.

             

             

            Letter from Djiniyini Gondarra to Adam Giles

             

            We would like to thank all those who also wrote to Adam Giles in support of Dr Gondarra’s request. Your sustained support for Aboriginal-managed family support and preventative services in communities in the Northern Territory is important.

             

             

            What Did We Learn from “Bringing Them Home”?

             

             

            The Guardian: We have to stop the creation of another Stolen Generation

             

            The Australian: Keep care for kids 'within family'

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Community Living Areas (CLAs)

             

            CLA Media Release by the government

            CLA Discussion Paper

             

            Rather than providing certainty and support to Aboriginal people in Community Living Areas (CLAs) in the NT, the Federal Government continues its obsessive march to remove control from Aboriginal Peoples.

             

            It is understood that current leases for CLAs need to be less restrictive, and there is evidence for this from some of the larger CLAs. The Federal Government, however, intends to use this opportunity to take control over future development in these areas through sections 35 (4) and 35 (5) to the Stronger Futures legislation which allow changes to regulations without consultation with owners and where their consent is not required.

             

            Such loss of control will deny certainty for those living in CLAs and deny them the right to self-determination.

             

            This is disgraceful legislation and in breach of Australia’s commitments under international law. The controls that have been set are arbitrary and there is no avenue for appeal.

             

             

            The Stronger Futures Legislation on Land Reform

             

            35 (4) Before making regulations for the purposes of subsection (1) in relation to a community living area, the Minister must consult with:

            (a) the Government of the Northern Territory; and

            (b) if the owner of the land that is the community living area requests to be consulted about the making of regulations for the purposes of subsection (1)—the owner; and

            (c) the Land Council (within the meaning of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976) in whose area the community living area is located; and

            (d) any other person the Minister considers appropriate to consult.

             

            35 (5) A failure to comply with subsection (4) does not affect the validity of the regulations.

             

             

            Submission by 'concerned Australians' on CLAs – April 2013

            Submission by 'concerned Australians' on Stronger Futures Land Reform - January 2012

            Disempowerment in NT Communities Driven by Arrogant Policy and Inept Processes

            List of Community Living Areas in the NT as shown on the FaHCSIA website

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            A Decision to Discriminate

             

            Aboriginal Disempowerment in the Northern Territory

             

            Through the use of direct quotation, this new book is an important historical record that focuses on the Senate Committee Inquiry into the Stronger Futures legislation. It shows how the Government decision-making process chose to ignore the views expressed by many Aboriginal people of the Northern Territory communities, in much the same way as has happened since colonisation.

             

             

            Past book launches:

            Sydney – 5 November 2012, 6pm for 6:30pm

            Melbourne – 7 November 2012, 12pm for 12.30pm

            Canberra – 13 November 2012, 5:30pm

            Murray Bridge (SA) – 16 November 2012, 7pm

            Adelaide – 9 December 2012, 2pm

            Darwin – 10 December 2012, 5:30pm

            (International Human Rights Day Celebration with Introduction to the book)

            Brisbane – 12 December 2012, 5:30pm

            Blackett (NSW) - 18 March 2013, 6pm

            Mornington (VIC) - 12 April, 7 pm

            (including Film Screening ‘Our Generation’)

            Geelong (VIC) - 3 May, 2pm

            Mona Vale (NSW) - 13 May, 7.30pm - 9.00pm

            (The book will be presented as part of the event "An update on NT Intervention")

            Mitcham (VIC) - 13 May, 7.15 for 7.30pm start – 9.30 pm

            (The book will be presented as part of the event "Human Rights and the Northern Territory")

            Shepparton (VIC) - 31 May, 6.30pm for 7pm start

            (The presentation includes video clips and opportunities for questions)

            Ryde (NSW) - 11 June, 6.30pm - 9.00pm

            (including Film Screening "Our Generation")

             

            Download the Book (PDF, 3 MB)

             

            Unfortunately hard copies of this book are no longer available.

            Instead you might want to consider ordering one of the following books:
            Walk With Us ,   NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotations or
            In the Absence of Treaty

             

            Book reviews

             

            Speeches and photos from the launches

             

             

             

             

            Djiniyini Gondarra

            at the Adelaide book launch

             

            Watch this video on Vimeo

            Amelia Pangarte Kunoth-Monks

            at the Adelaide book launch

             

            Watch this video on Vimeo

            Rosalie Kunoth-Monks

            at the Adelaide book launch

             

            Watch this video on Vimeo

             

             

             

             

            Interview with Jeff McMullen

            on Blackchat   Koori Radio 93.7FM with Lola Forester on 5 Nov 2012

             

             

            with kind permission of Koori Radio 93.7FM

             

             

             

             

            'concerned Australians' gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the
            Mary MacKillop Foundation

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

               

             

            Yol?uw Makarr Dhuni

            (Yol?u Nations Assembly)

             

            Statement from the second Yolngu Nations Assembly meeting, Maningrida
            October 11th – 13th, 2012

             

            Click here for the Statement

             

             

            3CR Radio Interview with Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra and George Gaymarani about the Yolngu Nations Assembly (MP3)

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Stronger Futures and Associated Bills are Passed into Law - 29 June 2012

             

            Response from the Northern Territory 27 June 2012:
            Media release Yolngu Nations Assembly and Alyawaar Nation

             

            Letter from Deni Langman to Politicians read during the Senate 'debate'

             

            Hansard of the passage of the Bills through the Senate

             

            Senate Inquiry Committee Report

             

             

             

             

             

            Stronger Futures Legislation (and Associated Bills) Chart

            (designed to be printed at A1 size)

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            A Public Forum on the Northern Territory Intervention into Indigenous communities and the Stronger Futures legislation

             

             
             

             

            from top left: Prof Jon Altman, Barb Shaw,
            Les Malezer, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks and Gary Foley at the centre

             

            Incorporating the launch of Arena Magazine’s
            special issue on the NT Intervention

             

            on 21 June 2012 in Fitzroy, Victoria

             

             

             

            Listen to Rosalie Kunoth-Monks talking about the impact of the Intervention on her community (audio)

             

            Speech by Jon Altman (PDF)

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Press Conference on the Stronger Futures Legislation

             

            in the Senate Courtyard at Parliament House, Canberra on 18 June 2012

             

            Click here for the Statements made by Aboriginal, Church and Community Representatives

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Signing the Statement

             

             

            Yol?uw Makarr Dhuni

            (Yol?u Nations Assembly)

             

            Statement regarding Australian Federal Government Stronger Futures Bills and Northern Territory Policies, to the Leaders of the Australian Federal and Northern Territory Parliaments

             

            Click here for a copy of the Statement

             

             

            Churches, Religious, Organisations and Reconciliation Groups

             

            Calls to Abandon the Stronger Futures Legislation, and

             

            Calls to Support the Yolngu Nations Assembly Statement

             

            Click here for their Statements

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Launch of the report "Listening But Not Hearing"

            by the Rt. Hon. Malcolm Fraser AC CH

             

            The report, based on transcripts of the 2011 Consultations, was prepared by Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning and the Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC.

             

             

             

            Audio recordings from the launch of the report on 8 March 2012

             

            The Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC (excerpts) (MP3)

            Former Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia

             

            The Rt. Hon. Malcolm Fraser AC CH (MP3)

            Former Prime Minister of Australia

             

            Nicole Watson (MP3)

            Senior Researcher, Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, co-author of the report

             

            The Hon Ian Viner AO QC (MP3)

            Former Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

             

            The Hon. Frank Vincent AO QC (MP3)

            Provost of the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Former Chancellor, Victoria University

             

             

            Click here for a copy of the report (PDF)

             

             

            From left to right:

            Ian Viner, Frank Vincent, Malcom Fraser, Nicole Watson, Alastair Nicholson

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            The House of Representatives debates the Stronger Futures Legislation

            Monday, 27th February 2012

            13 March 2012

             

             

            Statement supported by 28 Leading Australians

            is sent to Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott and Bob Brown calling on Government to Abandon the Stronger Futures Legislation

             

             

            Names of Supporters

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Senate request for inquiry

             

             

             

            The Selection of Bills Committee referred the Stronger Futures Bills to the Community Affairs Committee on 25 November 2011.

             

             

            The reason for Referral/Principal Issues for Consideration:

             

            The Effect of measures and implementation plans, evidence of community awareness / acceptance. Assessment of intended and unintended consequences.

             

             

            (See Appendix 8 of the

             Selection of Bills Committee
             Report No. 17 of 2011 (PDF)
             )

             

            Senate Hearing at Maningrida 22 February 2012

             

            Watch this video on Vimeo

             

             

            The above video is a compilation from the hearing (13 min).

             

            Click here for the full recording of the hearing

             

             

            Transcripts of the Senate Hearings:

             

            20/02/2012

            21/02/2012

            22/02/2012

            23/02/2012

            24/02/2012

            01/03/2012

            06/03/2012

            Ntaria (Hermannsburg) (PDF)

            Alice Springs (PDF)

            Maningrida (PDF)

            Darwin (PDF)

            Darwin (PDF)

            Canberra (PDF)

            Canberra (PDF)

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Watch this video on Vimeo

            Stronger Futures Forum

            held at Maningrida on

            21 February 2012

             

             

            Aboriginal people from West, Central and East Arnhem Land give their views on the proposed Stronger Futures Legislation

             

             

            Facilitator: Jeff McMullen

             

             

            This video was produced by NITV

            (National Indigenous Television)

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotations

             

            Consultations took place in the NT between June and August 2011, at the request of government. Ten of these consultations were recorded and quotations from them are contained in this report.

             

            Launch & Press Conf. on the Stronger Futures legislation with
            The Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC and
            The Hon. Frank Vincent AO QC
            Wednesday, 15 February 2012 12:30pm in Melbourne (PDF)

             

            “NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotation” Order Form (PDF)

             

            Download the book (13 MB)

             

             

            Transcripts from the ten recorded consultations (PDF):

             

            Alice Springs Public Meeting

            Alice Springs Town Camps

            Bagot

            Darwin Public Meeting

            Kintore

            Maningrida

            Mutitjulu

            Yirrkala

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Videos from the Launch and Press Conference

            on the Stronger Futures legislation

             

             
             

             

            Watch this video on Vimeo

             

            From the Introduction-

            by Jeff McMullen

             

            Commentary on the Proposed Stronger Futures Legislation -

            by The Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC

             

            Watch this video on Vimeo

             

             

             

            Watch this video on Vimeo

             

            From the Commentary -

            by The Hon. Frank Vincent AO QC

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Opinion:

             

            NTER Evaluation 2011

             

             

            Prepared by 'concerned Australians' in November 2011

             

             

            Click here for a copy of this document (PDF)



             

            Cuts to Welfare Payments
            for School Non-Attendance
            Requested or Imposed?

             

             

            Prepared by 'concerned Australians' in October 2011

             

             

            Click here for a copy of this report (PDF)

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Watch this video on YouTube  

            No More! Enough is Enough!

             

            Statement by Northern Territory Elders and Community Representatives
            4 Nov 2011 (PDF)

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Central Land Council, Kalkaringi, 26 August 2011 (PDF)

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            New round of consultations 2011

             

            Letter from the Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO to Minister Jenny Macklin  
            27 Jun 2011 (PDF)

            This letter was also signed by other influential Australians.

             

            Media Release by Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM   26 Jun 2011 (PDF)

             

            Media Release by the Hon Malcolm Fraser AC CH GCL, former Prime Minister of Australia   27 Jun 2011 (PDF)

             

            Media Release by The Anglican Diocese, the Most Rev Archbishop Philip Freier   29 Jun 2011 (PDF)

             

            Open letter from the Hon Malcolm Fraser, the Hon. Alastair Nicholson and the Hon Ian Viner to Minister Jenny Macklin   4 Jul 2011 (PDF)

             

            Public statement re the Northern Territory Intervention   14 Jul 2011 (DOC)

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Walk With Us

            Aboriginal Elders Call Out to Australian People
            to Walk with them in their Quest for Justice

             

            The book will be launched in:

             

            Melbourne – 30 August 2011 at 12.30pm

            Sydney – 1 September 2011 at 6pm for 6.30pm

            Canberra – 8 September 2011 at 5.30pm

            Perth – 14 September 2011 at 4pm for 4:30pm

            Darwin – 18 November 2011 at 6.30pm

             

             

            Information about the book (DOC)

             

            Download the book (1 MB)

             

            “Walk With Us” Order Form (PDF)

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            CHILDREN OF THE INTERVENTION - Aboriginal Children Living in the Northern Territory of Australia

             

            Click here for a copy of this report (PDF)

             

             

            This report is a complement to the report

            "Listen to Children - 2011 Child Rights NGO Report Australia"

            by the Child Rights Taskforce.


            The Child Rights Taskforce is a coalition of organisations committed to the protection and promotion of child rights in Australia. The co-convenors of the Taskforce are NCYLC and UNICEF Australia.


            Click here for a copy of the "Listen to Children" report (PDF)

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Aboriginal Leaders meet
            Navi Pillay in Darwin
            20 May 2011

             

            Leaders from 20 different communities spent several hours with the UN Human Rights Commissioner telling her of their concerns about the loss of their rights under the Intervention.

             

            Thank you to those organisations who assisted in making this meeting possible.

             

             

            Statement by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (PDF)

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

               

            Letter to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

             

            We would like to sincerely thank all who added their name to this letter to Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

             

            Just over 6,500 signatures were presented by Djapirri Mununggirritj to the Commissioner in Darwin on Friday 20th May.

             

            Signatures were collected from every State and Territory and a large percentage were from NT towns and communities.

             

            Letter to Navi Pillay (PDF)

             

             

             

             

             

             

            A Further Conversation with Elders
            held at the Melbourne University Law School on 7 Feb 2011.

             

            Bringing you up to date with the impacts of living under the Intervention

             

            Statement by Aboriginal Elders of 7 Feb 2011 (PDF)

             

            Statement on Aboriginal Rights by leading Australians (DOC)

             

            ABC Sunday night: Indigenous Australia: The Future (LINK)

             

            Audio recording from the event (LINK)

             

            Audio recording from the event (MP3)

             

            NT Intervention coverage by the NIT (National Indigenous Times) (PDF)

             

             

            From left to right: Dhanggal Gurruwiwi from Yirrkala, George Gaymarani Pascoe from Milingimbi, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks OAM from Utopia, Betty Pike, a Nyoonga woman from SW Australia, Miriam Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann AM from Nauiyu (Daly River), Djapirri Mununggirritj from Yirrkala, Rev Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra OAM from Galiwin'ku and Harry Jakamarra Nelson from Yuendumu

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            LOSS OF RIGHTS - the Despair of Aboriginal Communities in the Northern Territory

             

            A submission to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination by ‘concerned Australians’ August 2010

             

            Prepared by
            Professor the Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC
            Michele Harris OAM
            Georgina Gartland
            July 2010

            Submission to the CERD by 'concerned Australians'

             

            Click here for a copy of this report (PDF)

             

            Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM and Rosalie Kunoth-Monks OAM with Australian Racial Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes at the UN

             

            Report by Rev.Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM and Rosalie Kunoth Monks OAM (LINK)

             

            Media Release by ‘concerned Australians' (DOC)

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Concluding Observations report by the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
            13 September 2010 (PDF)

             

             

            Report by Australian Racial Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes
            11 August 2010 (LINK)

             

             

             

            Statement to the UN by the Australian Government
            11 August 2010 (DOC)

             

             

             

            Media Release by ‘concerned Australians’
            28 August 2010 (DOC)

             

             

             

            ABC Alice Springs interview with Professor the Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC discussing the Loss of Rights Report/UN CERD Concluding Observations
            30 August (MP3)

             

             

             

                 

            Some Responses to the the Social Security and Other Amendment
            (Welfare Reform and Reinstatement of the Racial Discrimination) Act
            can be found in:

             

            Professor the Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC (PDF)

             

            Graeme Innes, Australian Race Commissioner (LINK)

             

            Graeme Mundine, Executive Secretary National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical Commission (LINK)

             

            World Council of Churches Living Letters (PDF)

             

            Ngoppon Together Inc., Walking Together Reconciliation Group (PDF)

             

            Social Policy Connections (SPC) Statement on NT Intervention & RDA (DOC)

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Australian Aboriginal people give their views on the Northern Territory Intervention - February 2010

             

            Download the book (3 MB)

             

            Unfortunately hard copies of this book are no longer available.

            Instead you might want to consider ordering one of the following books:
            Walk With Us ,   NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotations or
            In the Absence of Treaty

             

            “This Is What We Said” Media Release (DOC)

             

            Launched on 9 February 2010 at Melbourne University by


            Irene Fisher, former CEO Sunrise Health Service, Katherine, NT and

             

            The Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            Conversation with Elders held at the Melbourne University Law School on 19 May 2010.

             

            Elders: Roslaie Kunoth-Monks OAM from Utopia in Central Australia
            Rev Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra OAM from Galiwin'ku on Elcho Island in East Arnhem Land
            Professor the Hon. Alastair Nicholson former Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia

            Facilitated by well-known journalist, Jeff McMullen

             

            Conversation with Elders Transcript (DOC)

             

            Click here for video with Elders night

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            “Will They Be Heard?” – a response to the NTER Consultations June to August 2009


            Introduction by the Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC


            Prepared by the Hon. Alastair Nicholson, Larissa Behrendt, Alison Vivian, Nicole Watson and Michele Harris - Research Unit Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, November 2009


            Initiated and Co-ordinated by “concerned Australians”


            Launched at Melbourne University Law School on 23 November by:


            The Right Hon. Malcolm Fraser, AC CH,

             

            The Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC

             

            Larissa Behrendt, Professor of Law & Director of Research at Jumbunna House of Indigenous Learning, University of Technology, Sydney, and

            Theo Mackaay, General Secretary, Victorian Council of Churches  

             

             

            “Will They Be Heard?” Media Release (DOC)

             

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            "If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together."

            Lilla Watson and a group of Aboriginal activists in Queensland in the 1970s

             

             

             

             

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