Newsletter date: 23 February 2013
* The Wire: Newstart bad news for the income-managed [Annie Hastwell interviews Barbara Shaw]
* 'concerned Australians': Murray Bridge launch of 'A Decision to Discriminate'
* Background to 'Stronger Futures' new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Let's Talk's Tiga Bayles interviews Dr Norman Sheehan, a consultant with Link-Up
* Other articles
* THE WIRE: NEWSTART BAD NEWS FOR THE INCOME-MANAGED [ANNIE HASTWELL INTERVIEWS BARBARA SHAW]:
- Audio Interview
The Wire: Newstart bad news for the income-managed
Produced by Annie Hastwell
21 Feb 13: "Newstart allowance changes aren't popular with single mums generally but it's evn worse for Aboriginal single mums in the NT. Income management already reduces their payments. The changes to Newstart reduce them even further.
Featured in story: Barbara Shaw, Alice Springs single mother"
* 'CONCERNED AUSTRALIANS': MURRAY BRIDGE LAUNCH OF 'A DECISION TO DISCRIMINATE'
- Report and Photo
'concerned Australians': A Decision to Discriminate - Speeches and pictures from the book launches:
Murray Bridge launch: Report from the launch
[scroll down page] http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/ADTD_launchspeeches.html
"Ngoppon Together Inc., the Murray Bridge SA Reconciliation Group incorporated the local launch ... Uncle Marshall Carter Ngarrindjeri Elder launched 'A Decision to Discriminate ... to a packed roomful of people - Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal - at Ninkowar on November 16, 2012. ... In his presentation, Uncle Marshall noted in particular the paragraph from the Introduction:
The blanket measures approach of one- size -fits- all has resulted in the termination of many well designed and well managed community owned programms. These are perhaps the unintended consequences of decisions made far away and without the input of local leaders.
This policy it was pointed out, continues to have a devastating effect on communities elsewhere throughout the nation."
- Upcoming Related Event
Event: Mon 18 March 2013: Blackett, Western Sydney, NSW
Book Launch: A Decision to Discriminate
Aboriginal Disempowerment in the Northern Territory
To be launched by: Jeff McMullen AM
Organized by the Baabayn Aboriginal Corporation
"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 and ideas expressed
by many Aboriginal people of the Northern Territory
communities in much the same way as has
happened since colonisation."
A 'concerned Australians' publication
Order Form: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/ADTD_Order_Form.pdf
Event details: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/ADTD_booklaunches.html#Blackett
'concerned Australians' Homepage: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/#ADTD
Audio Interviews: http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9818
* BACKGROUND TO 'STRONGER FUTURES' NEW NT INTERVENTION LAWS:
Last updated: 20 February 2013
* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:
Last updated: 20 February 2013
* LET'S TALK'S TIGA BAYLES INTERVIEWS DR NORMAN SHEEHAN, A CONSULTANT WITH LINK-UP:
- Audio Interview
Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Let's Talk - Dr Norman Sheehan
10 Dec 12: "Tiga Bayles interviews Dr Norman Sheehan
"Dr Norman Sheehan is a consultant with Link-Up
Speaking about Social Violence and Social Healing. Also about the journey the Stolen Generation are on now.
Listen to this interview on-line:
WGAR News: Let's Talk: Highlights of Link-Up's 5th Anniversary Apology Event (20 Feb 13)
WGAR News: Let's Talk: Live Broadcast 5th Anniversary of the Apology Link-Up Event (16 Feb 13)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/02/15/wgar-news-lets-talk-live-broadcast-5t...
* OTHER ARTICLES:
newsTracker: Discrimination bill 'needs redrafting': inquiry
22 Feb 13: "The federal government’s proposed reform of anti-discrimination law needs substantial redrafting to remove a number of flaws, a parliament committee has found. Labor wants to consolidate five anti-discrimination statutes into one single act, to fulfil a 2010 election promise. The proposal affects age, disability, race, sex and other forms of discrimination, including sexual orientation and gender identity. But in a majority report, Labor members of the legal and constitutional legislation committee said the plan to make five statues simpler for Australians to understand was not an easy one."
newsTracker: Aborginal man did not assault police: cop
22 Feb 13: "A policeman who admits he wrongly accused an Aboriginal man of assault says he and other officers shared their accounts of the incident before he prepared his official statement. The young officer said he was taught the practice by his field training officer. Constable Luke Mewing was giving evidence on Thursday before the Police Integrity Commission (PIC) in Sydney, which is inquiring into the arrest and prosecution of 24-year-old Corey Barker."
National Indigenous Radio Service: Social Justice Commissioner wants people to speak up about inadequate services
21 Feb 13: "The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner is calling for Indigenous Australians to speak up about discrimination in health and other public services. Mick Gooda told 98.9fm there've been numerous complaints made to the Australian Human Rights Commission about discrimination against disability, gender equality in the workplace and racial vilification. Mr Gooda says Indigenous Australians must formalise complaints for action to be taken against organisations providing inadequate services."
NT News: Job project employs no indigenous
21 Feb 13: "AN INDIGENOUS investment group that bought a 50 per cent stake in two Darwin hotels in order to secure jobs for Aboriginal people has no indigenous employees on the books. Indigenous Business Australia (IBA), which is funded by the Federal Government, invested $12.86 million in the Medina Grand and Vibe hotels at the Darwin waterfront but no indigenous people are employed."
SBS World News: NSW cop admits punch was never thrown
21 Feb 13: "A police officer has admitted a young Aboriginal man accused of assaulting police never threw a punch, reversing his earlier claim. Constable Luke Mewing took the witness stand on Thursday at the Police Integrity Commission (PIC), which is looking into the alleged assault of Corey Barker, 24, by five officers and accusations that he assaulted one of them. Mr Barker was charged with punching Senior Constable David Hill while in custody at Ballina police station, on the NSW north coast, in January 2011. "That evidence was just wrong, wasn't it?" ... "
SBS World News: Ballina cop 'vowed to smash phone', PIC hears
Source: Brooke Boney, NITV News
20 Feb 13: "The third day of the inquiry into the alleged bashing of an Indigenous man on the New South Wales north coast continued, with Corey Barker being questioned. The lawyers representing the policemen involved in the altercation cross-examined Mr Barker for most of the day. Brett Eurell, the lawyer for Constable Mewings, questioned Corey Barker about his previous drug use and temper. Footage was shown to display what Mr Barker is capable of when he gets angry."
Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
22 Feb 13: "The Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs has flagged changes to funding for programs for Aboriginal and Islander Australians under a coalition government claiming that Labor is wasting too much money."
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