“Stronger Futures will kill us”

http://vimeo.com/37790315

The federal government’s special measures under the proposed Stronger Futures laws “will kill Aboriginal people”, a forum in Maningrida, broadcast by National Indigenous Television (NITV), heard from an Elder. 2012-03-04_132533.jpg Elders and traditional owners from West, Central and East Arnhem Land came to the forum and vented many deep concerns about the legislation, already passed by the House of Representatives and soon to be decided by the Senate. name of picture.jpg

“They’re using a different name, but the formula is the same [as the Intervention]. What this will do – it’s going to kill Aboriginal people. There will be more health problems, there will be more problems to do with violence, there will be more crime in the communities.”

Aboriginal affairs minister, Jenny Macklin, asking on a visit why things hadn’t changed with the Intervention, was told, “people are starting to react, for five years they have reacted to what you have done, and your government, John Howard’s government and now the Labor government.

"It’s going to be worse and I’m warning Jenny Macklin and Julia Gillard and her government, if you go for 10 years [the plan for the legislation], there will be more violence, there will be more fights, people will start to react because their liberty has been challenged and taken away, their right has been taken away, they have been dehumanised.

"They will determine what they want. If this government is not careful, people will start to react. People are doing a lot of bad things because of what the government is doing. Give us back the homelands, put it back on the agenda. Our people are dying, there are funerals by funerals every month, every week in Arnhem Land. Leave us alone, we will fix our problems ourselves.”

This hour of television is a crash course in Northern Territory Aboriginal issues. It covers a raft of them. 2012-03-04_132926.jpg

Maningrida, located 600 kilometres east of Darwin, with a population of more than 3,000, is the second largest Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory. It contains more than 30 homelands, is rich country which inspires its world famous art.

It’s one of four locations in the NT where a Senate committee held hearings. If passed, the legislation will greatly increase government control and shape the future of many Aboriginal people for probably a generation, because the measures won’t suddenly stop after 10 years.

Everyone at the televised meeting put the lie to government claims that there had been thorough consultation with communities. I’m combining several people’s voices in my quotations.

“We never asked for 10 years, there was no proper consultation with Aboriginal people in the communities. That consultation was rushed and not done properly. Trying to push for 10 years is ridiculous. The government’s interpretation of consultation is a fallacy in a lot of respects. They’ve only received it the way they want to receive it and not what the community message has been.

"No consultation from the grassroots level up was ever considered. Everyone is frustrated by the consultation business, the decisions have already been mae in Canberra.” A woman: “We are talking about the future of Aborigines right across the nation.” It was not right for government “to govern our people,” said another woman.

“Power has been taken off the people in all the communities and I don’t think they have the right to do that. We have had our own laws since the beginning of the world. We have the capacity of taking care of us instead of being pushed to what is not known to us.” 2012-03-04_133518.jpg

The man whose words open this report: “This is scary. It’s going to take control of everything. It leaves Elders and the community hopeless. It’s the opposite of what we’ve been saying. This is the last straw for the Aboriginal people in this community.

"We must say no to each of those measures that the minister is trying to put through. We must be very strong to say no, because if this power is delegated to the minister, we’ve got nothing. She could go to any community and demand what she wants – the land, the resources, mining. We just sit and do nothing.

"This is a breach of customary law that has always been maintained – law, spirituality, resources, minerals, in this country.” There was no prior informed consent to any of this, said another man, “that’s been a constant battle”. 2012-03-04_133719.jpg

The meeting heard that carrying a bottle of beer through a prescribed area is punishable by half a year’s jail. Several women spoke on that theme. Jailing would separate spouses and children from their parents. It would be better for offenders to serve their time in community outstations and be healed Aboriginal way.

“People going to prison are missing out on their children, on their wives, their families, their funerals.”

Government was called on to subsidise food prices which are exorbitant up north. With half of family incomes quarantined on Basic Cards, it was very hard to look after children and there were many going hungry in all remote communities. “Subsidise the cost of food and you’ll see the nutrition of children improve.” 2012-03-04_133751.jpg

Stronger Futures would take away three months of welfare from a family if children have not attended school for five days in one term. All kids attend school in the wet season, several participants explained. The dry season was the time when children went bush with their parents to learn the culture. “We balance our lives into white culture – how come we can’t practice our culture?”

The importance of bilingual education was stressed again and again.name of picture.jpg “There should be a bilingual education curriculum in every Aboriginal school where Aboriginal people speak their first language. English is a second or third language.”

Non-Aboriginal people are not being punished like this – “why is this only for Aboriginal people?” “We live in culture, the government will never change that. We’re going to lose our land, we’re going to lose our culture, we’re going to lose our language. Language and the land are so important to us.” name of picture.jpg

Like I said, an enormously educative piece of video even for someone who follows Aboriginal affairs fairly closely. This comes right from the heart of the pain being inflicted in the NT. It should be obligatory fare for every classroom, every media person and every politician. No wonder the government was iffy about continuing to fund NITV.
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“Aboriginal right to land recognized in several different forms”

Julia Gillard's choice for foreign minister, Bob Carr, has criticised the Aboriginal Tent Embassy on his website: http://bobcarrblog.wordpress.com/2012/01/27/tent-embassy-demo/

"I agree with Tony Abbott and think his remarks entirely sensible. The tent embassy in Canberra says nothing to anyone and should have been quietly packed up years ago. The “activists” who run it would be better off investing time in youth programs in indigenous communities. Every government in Australia is aware of its responsibilities to Aboriginal Australians. The debate is how you narrow the gap not whether you should and the debate is as serious within the Aboriginal community as between it and the white.

"Suddenly we are presented with a demand for “Aboriginal sovereignty” – which can only mean separatism – which nobody has defined and which, on principle, 99 percent of Australians would oppose and a majority of Aborigines oppose.

"Aboriginal right to land – which is what the embassy was established to promote – has been recognized in several different forms. The real debate is why this recognition has failed to have any effect on outcomes in remote Australia."

Contacts, links and more to oppose this legislation

Dear All,

if you haven't written to Senators yet and haven't signed the petition to stop Stronger Futures yet, you can find the contacts, links and more at
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/stronger-futures-legislation

For some new media coverage including an interview on Radio National with Dr John Falzon, worth listening to (he's fantastic and strong!!!!)

http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/stronger-futures-legislation/#Media-SF

St Vincent de Paul's Society - The Northern Territory intervention - panel discussion on ABC Radio National - 7 March 2012 - On March 6, 2012 St Vincent de Paul Society Chief Executive, Dr John Falzon participated in a panel discussion about the Northern Territory intervention on the ABC Radio National Drive program hosted by Waleed Aly. The other panellists included the Mayor of the Tiwi Islands, Lynette De Santis and NT Parliamentarian Adam Giles. Earlier in the day Dr Falzon gave evidence before Senate Inquiry into the Stronger Futures legislation. - http://blog.vinnies.org.au/the-northern-territory-intervention-panel-dis...
or Radio National RN Drive - 6 March 2012 - ... Dr John Falzon has told a senate committee examining the legislation that the federal government's actions were 'unconscionable', 'degrading', 'disempowering' and would go down in history as a 'source of shame for the Australian government'. But the government has insisted the intervention is strongly supported in the Northern Territory and is helping to address problems, such as child neglect and abuse, which triggered the original emergency response back in 2007: click here

SMH - Scrap NT intervention laws: Vinnies' chief - 6 March 2012 - The head of the St Vincent de Paul charity has launched a scathing attack on the federal government, saying the next phase of the Northern Territory intervention treats Aboriginal people as if they were nothing. The Labor government's Stronger Futures legislation, passed by the lower house last week, extends the Howard coalition government's intervention to combat violence and alcohol abuse in Northern Territory Aboriginal communities. - http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/scrap-nt-intervention-laws...

The Australian - New Aboriginal video campaign aims to overturn Northern Territory intervention - 6 March 2012 - A NEW campaign to overturn the federal government's intervention in the Northern Territory claims Aboriginal communities are at "breaking point" and people have been made to feel like criminals in their own lands. In a powerful video aimed at YouTube and social media, Dhalulu Ganambarr-Stubbs, a Yolngu scholar and artist from Yirrkala, Northeast Arnhem Land, says that in 2012 the Aboriginal people of the Northern Territory are suffering. - http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/new-aborigin...
or ABC The Drum - Video: A plea to oppose the Intervention - 6 March 2012 - please click here

ABC News - Opposition to Stronger Futures Bill strengthens - 6 March 2012 - Australia's peak public health body has urged a Senate committee to reject compulsory income management proposed under the Federal Government's Stronger Futures Bill. The bill, which replaces federal intervention legislation, is meant to build stronger futures for Indigenous people by tackling the areas of education, alcohol abuse and land reform. - http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-06/more-opposition-to-stronger-future...

Reportage online - Stronger Futures Intervention, not so strong locals say - 5 March 2012 - The Stronger Futures Intervention now involves revoking welfare payments to parents who fail to send their children to school, but locals say such strategies aren't the answer. Rosemary Hill reports. How strong will the the future be? The Warlpiri people at Yuendumu have told the government they refuse to force their children to go to school while English-only teaching remains in place. - http://www.reportageonline.com/2012/03/intervention/

Indymedia Australia - "Stronger Futures will kill us" - 4 March 2012 - The federal government's special measures under the proposed Stronger Futures laws "will kill Aboriginal people", a forum in Maningrida, broadcast by National Indigenous Television (NITV), heard from an Elder. Elders and traditional owners from West, Central and East Arnhem Land came to the forum and vented many deep concerns about the legislation, already passed by the House of Representatives and soon to be decided by the Senate. -http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/04/%E2%80%9Cstronger-futures-will-kill-us%E2%80%9D or click here
For NITV's Stronger Futures Forum video: please click here

9 News - Department under fire over NT intervention - 1 March 2012 - The federal department of indigenous affairs is under fire over reports the consultation process with Aboriginal communities for the next phase of the Northern Territory intervention was deeply flawed. The Gillard government's Stronger Futures draft laws, which extend the Howard government's NT intervention, passed the lower house earlier this week and have now gone to the upper house. - http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8428454

Michele Harris - Democratic process in tatters - 29 Feb 2012 - Imagine a Government that wishes to pass a package of controversial legislation, such as the Stronger Futures legislation. It calls for a Senate Inquiry as a way of showing that a democratic process will be followed, but once the actual process starts realises that its proposed legislation is being widely slammed by those who will be mostly affected by it. ... And so, Senators, where does this leave you? Your report will be released on 13 March. Senator Scullion has already cast grave doubt over the value of the consultations that were held between Government and Aboriginal people. You have heard over and over again, face to face, that the legislation is unacceptable to very many Aboriginal people living in prescribed communities. You know that eminent legal minds have expressed the belief that the proposed legislation will breach the Racial Discrimination Act. So where does this leave you?The only hope for Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory is that the Senate will retain some integrity when the Bills eventually come before it. - http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/articles/democratic-process-in-tatt...

NIT - Nicholson reveals plan to sell Town Camp, community land - 29 Feb 2012 - Aboriginal Town Camps and community living areas would be sold off to private interests under the Stronger Futures legislation that extends the Northern Territory Intervention and which was pushed through the House of Representatives by the Labor, Liberal and National parties last Monday -http://www.nit.com.au/news/668-nicholson-reveals-plan-to-sell-town-camp-community-land.html

SMH - Aboriginal leaders reject NT intervention - 21 Feb 2012 - Aboriginal community leaders and advocates have rejected federal government plans to extend the Howard-era Northern Territory intervention policy, saying they haven't been properly consulted. - http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/aboriginal-leaders-reject-...

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27 leading Australians angered

MEDIA RELEASE ‘concerned Australians’

LEADING AUSTRALIANS ANGERED BY GOVERNMENT PLANS THAT WILL CONTINUE DISCRIMINATION IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY

Twenty-seven leading Australians have signed a statement which focuses on the proposed Stronger Futures legislation. The statement will be delivered to the leaders of Australia’s three main political parties – Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott and Bob Brown.
The legislation is currently before the Senate, having been passed in the Lower House by agreement between the two major parties. Former Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, the Hon Ian Viner AO QC made the observation,
“Now we have the perversion of good governance and parliamentary practice by the Government which, whilst encouraging a Senate Inquiry into the proposed Stronger Futures legislation so as to inform the Parliament, passes the legislation through the House of Representatives with miniscule debate BEFORE the Senate Committee has reported the results of its Inquiry.”
The Statement, prepared by the Hon Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC, former Chief Justice of the Family Court, analyses the intent of the different elements of the Bills while drawing attention to the many unsavoury elements contained in them, including ,
“the fact that it breaches the Racial Discrimination Act which the Rudd/ Gillard Government purported to reintroduce.
The fact that it is a development of the clearly racist approach of the Howard Government’s NTER, and
The fact that most if not all of it is in breach of both the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which Australia has ratified and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous people which Australia supports.”
Perhaps one of the greatest criticisms within the Statement lies in the Government’s failure to engage Aboriginal Elders in the process at every level,
“There was no attempt to invite Aboriginal people and their Elders to share in the planning of these consultations that will affect their lives for years to come. Similarly they had no involvement in the preparation of the report and recommendations made as a result of them.”
Former Prime Minister of Australia, the Rt Hon Malcolm Fraser last week referred to the Government’s lack of cooperation with communities saying,
"They [Government] must remember they are not the masters of Aboriginal people, they are meant to serve the Aboriginal people and the rest of the Australian community,"

Many Australians, individuals and organisations, have expressed concern at the discriminatory and disrespectful manner in which Government has disregarded Northern Territory Elders and is attempting to impose upon them discriminatory legislation. Malcolm Fraser agreed when he spoke with Lateline regarding the legislation, saying,
“If you could translate it back over 100 years, I think AO Neville, Protector from Western Australia, would be proud of this legislation. It is racist. It is paternalistic.”

CONTACTS:

Alastair Nicholson

Ian Viner

There has been considerable media coverage on the legislation over the past week. Below are a couple of articles from newsletters and an independent journalist.

http://www.sydneycatholic.org/news/latest_news/2012/201239_1024.shtml
NT Intervention Policy a Travesty - Bishop
Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese, 9 Mar 2012
Bishop Christopher Saunders, Chairman of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council is adamant the Government's intention to extend its controversial Intervention Policy in the Northern Territory for a further 10 years is a "travesty." "At the heart of this travesty is a mentality that believes the opinions of Aboriginal people simply do not matter. Any notion of a right to self determination of their future by Australia's Indigenous people has been overwhelmed by an expediency that promises neither a just outcome nor a fair one," he says.
http://www.sosj.org.au/news-events/view_article.cfm?id=787&loadref=7
WHY THE CONTINUING GAP? - March 01, 2012
The Sisters of St Joseph continue to question the government’s proposed expansion of compulsory income management, its punitive welfare policy, and the pursuit of SEAM, which purportedly aims to improve school enrolments and attendance. Speaking as a Leader of the Sisters of St Joseph right across Australia, Sr Anne Derwin expressed the disappointment that many Australians are also expressing at this time.
http://www.sosj.org.au/_uploads/_cknw/files/MEDIA%20RELEASE%20Stronger%2...

http://www.sosj.org.au/news-events/view_article.cfm?id=786&loadref=7
New Legislation does not respect Aboriginal wishes, February 29, 2012
There is considerable disquiet among Aboriginal people about the latest Bill which seeks to extend the Northern Territory Intervention for 10 years. Elders do not believe the Stronger Futures Consultation looked honestly at the evidence nor has it listened to the peoples experience of living with that Intervention. As Jenny Macklin said in her address to the parliament “The measures we introduce today reflect our evaluation—of what is working and what is not”. Sadly it does not reflect what Aboriginal people are saying…
http://www.reportageonline.com/2012/03/intervention/
Reportage online - Stronger Futures Intervention, not so strong locals say - 5 March 2012 –
The Stronger Futures Intervention now involves revoking welfare payments to parents who fail to send their children to school, but locals say such strategies aren't the answer. Rosemary Hill reports. The Warlpiri people at Yuendumu have told the government they refuse to force their children to go to school while English-only teaching remains in place. One of the aims of the new federal Stronger Futures legislation is to expand the Improving School Enrolment and Attendance Through Welfare Reform Measure (SEAM) to Indigenous communities across the Northern Territory.

We therefore call on the Government to abandon this legislation

The Government’s Stronger Futures Legislation.

In late 2011 the Government introduced three Bills as part of its Stronger Futures Program. These Bills have been referred to a Senate Committee that is currently considering them.
What the Bills Propose
• To further extend compulsory income management to selected areas of States and Territories and empowering State and Territory officials to select people to be placed under income protection. It seems highly likely that the vast majority will be Aboriginal people although the Bill purports to be applicable to the entire population in places where it is designated to operate.
• To extend its interference with Aboriginal peoples’ entitlements to social security benefits relating to the support of children, by setting up a scheme enabling such payments to be withdrawn from parents based upon unsatisfactory school attendance by their children. Again the racially discriminatory nature of this measure is cloaked by its possible extension to the wider community. However, there can be no doubt about the principal target of this legislation.
• To continue the controls on alcohol imposed by the 2007 Intervention in designated areas, subject to minor concessions to local views if they meet with the Minister’s approval.
• To continue controls on pornography in the same areas.
• To introduce a so-called land reform which, in the event of the NT Government failing to legislate to the satisfaction of the Minister, enables the Minister to make regulations relating to the future use of town camps and community living areas. The Minister’s powers are expressed in extremely wide terms. This is little more than a land grab from the land’s Aboriginal owners and although the Bill provides for some consultations, the regulations made by the Minister are not invalidated by a failure to consult.
• To continue and expand the process of licensing community stores to most of the NT except Darwin and Alice Springs.
• With a minor exception relating to sacred sites etc, to continue the policy of discrimination against Aboriginal people subject to court sentencing and bail decisions by preventing the courts from taking into account Aboriginal cultural law and practice. This restriction does not apply to any other ethnic or religious group in Australia.
In order to support this legislation the Government conducted a re-run of the previous process of ‘consultations’ as part of the ‘Closing the Gap’ project. On this occasion they were rushed, no doubt because of the Government’s political imperatives there in. Again we have the spectacle of the Government going through the motions of ‘consulting’ without really doing so in order to pursue its pre-determined and Canberra driven policies. The Government simply sounded Aboriginal opinion over a wide range of issues and used such expressions of opinion that favoured its purposes to justify the introduction of special measures.
There was no attempt to invite Aboriginal people and their Elders to share in the planning of these consultations that will affect their lives for years to come. Similarly they had no involvement in the preparation of the report and recommendations made as a result of them. The so called independent experts who reported favourably about their fairness did not include any Aboriginal people. No consideration was given to the special position of Aboriginal elders, who were effectively ignored.
The Government cannot hope to succeed in its argument that these measures are special measures because the consultation was not only flawed and incomplete but because the so called special measures do not have the informed consent of the Aboriginal people affected.
There are many things that can be said about this legislation. These include:
• The iniquitous and demeaning nature of income management.
• The obvious injustice to children in depriving their parents of the means of support for them in order to coerce them to in turn coerce the children to go to school.
• The fact that most if not all of it is in breach of both the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which Australia has ratified and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous people which Australia supports.
• The fact that its coercive nature represents a reversion to past failed policies directed at Aboriginal people.
• The fact that it breaches the Racial Discrimination Act which the Rudd/ Gillard Government purported to reintroduce.
• The fact that it is a development of the clearly racist approach of the Howard Government’s NTER.
• The fact that it is a further development of an already failed policy.
• The fact that it does nothing to address the underlying problems of Aboriginal education health and wellbeing.

We therefore call on the Government to abandon this legislation and set up an appropriate and agreed mechanism to enable the Elders and Aboriginal Leaders of the Northern Territory to participate on equal terms in decision making relating to their future. The precise nature of such a mechanism should be decided in discussion with Elders and Aboriginal Leaders and would require their agreement before being implemented.
Supported by:
Professor Jon Altman, Professor of Anthropology and an ARC Australian Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR), Research School of Social Sciences, the Australian National University;
Sr Annette Arnold, Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph
Professor Larissa Behrendt, Director of Research at the University of Technology Sydney
Hon Sally Brown AM, former Family Court Justice and former Chief Magistrate of Victoria
Robert Connolly, Filmmaker, Writer, Director, Producer - Balibo, Romulus My Father…

Bishop Emeritus Hilton Deakin DD PhD AM

Rev Dr Denis Edwards OAM, Theologian, Author
Dr John Falzon, CEO St, Vincent de Paul National Council of Australia
Rt Hon Malcolm Fraser AC CH GCL PC, Former Prime Minister of Australia
Rev Dr Djinyini Gondarra OAM, Galiwin’ku Elder
Carmel Heagerty RSM Institute Justice Coordinator
Kerry Heysen-Hicks, Film Producer
Nicholas Jose, Author
Rosalie Kunoth-Monks OAM, Utopia Elder and Mayor of Barkly Shire, NT
Berneice Loch RSM, President of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea
Philip Lynch, Executive Director Human Rights Law Centre Victoria
Ass. Professor Sarah Maddison, University of New South Wales
Alistair Macrae, President of the Uniting Church
Dr Jeff McMullen AM, CEO (Honorary) Ian Thorpe's Fountain for Youth Foundation
Graeme Mundine, Concerned Australian
Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC
Adj. Professor Peter Norden, RMIT University
Elder Dr Alitja Rigney, Educator South Australia
Brother Paul Smith fsc AM, CEO Lasallian Foundation
Rev Ken Sumner, Chairperson, Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress
Hon Ian Viner AO QC, Former Minister of Aboriginal Affairs
Brian Walters SC, Immediate Past President and Board Member, Liberty Victoria
Dr Irene Watson, Aboriginal Lawyer, International Law Advocate, Academic and Writer.

Aboriginal Catholic Ministry: Urgent action required

The Stronger Futures Bills are deeply problematic and despite the optimistic name are regressive and will hurt Aboriginal people. Urgent action is required to stop the Bills being passed.
The Lower House had a short debate on the Bills and then quietly passed them, only 3 people voted against them. They were Bob Katter, Adam Bandt and Andrew Wilkie. This happened on the same day that the Labor Party held their leadership spill so you can imagine how much attention was paid to what was happening within Parliament!
Now the only chance of rejecting these Bills lies with the Senate. The Bills are currently the subject of an inquiry by the Senate Community Affairs Committee. Around 400 groups and individuals have made a submission to the inquiry, the majority of which do not support either the Bills in their entirety or some part of them. The question is will the Senate Committee and their colleagues really hear what they have been told, or will they rush it through to a vote with minimal debate as did their Lower House counterparts?
This legislation will have profound implications for Aboriginal people in the NT and elsewhere for years to come. So I urge you to take some time and take action. At least sign the Stand for Freedom Petition (see below) and ask your friends, family and contacts to do the same. If you have a little more time then write to the Senators and ask them to make sure these Bills are scuttled and the Government is asked to start again, only this time ensuring that Aboriginal peoples are properly heard.
Thank you!

Stand for Freedom - Urgent petition
The makers of Our Generation, the excellent film about the Northern Territory Intervention are behind a new campaign against the current Stronger Futures legislation. We need to get behind this petition. Please watch the powerful video on the website, sign the petition and pass it on to all your friends, family and contacts. Read below to find out why it's so important (taken from www.standforfreedom.org.au)
Aboriginal Elders, community leaders and Aboriginal organisations across the Northern Territory have opposed the legislation, and are demanding the right to control their own futures. Years of this top-down policy-making by the Government have taken power away from communities and have overseen increasing poverty and social breakdown.
Since the Northern Territory Intervention started in 2007:
- Incarceration of Aboriginal people has increased by 41%
- Attempted suicide and self-harm amongst Aboriginal youth has doubled
- Aboriginal life expectancy continues to be the lowest of any Indigenous group on the world.
The Government should give Aboriginal people the right to control their own futures.
Please sign the petition, and ensure the Government withdraws the legislation in its current form.

For more information go to www.standforfreedom.org.au

Malcolm Fraser: "AO Neville would be proud of this legislation"

"If you could translate it back over 100 years, I think AO Neville, protector from Western Australia, would be proud of this legislation. It is racist. It is paternalistic.” Malcolm Fraser to the ABC on 8th March 2012.

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