Newsletter date: 29 June 2013
* Let's Talk's Tiga Bayles interviews Barbara Shaw about the Northern Territory Intervention
* Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese: Six years of the NT Intervention Six Years Too Long
* NIRS: Six years of NT Intervention marked
* 9 News: Doubts over NT intervention extension
* Sydney Indymedia Event Calendar: July 1 2013: Press Conference and Rally to stop further expansion of income management
* Living Black's Marc Tong interviews Paddy Gibson about the expansion of Income Management
* Greens Senator Rachel Siewert: Old parties unite to extend income management
* The Wire: Progressive or Patronising? Income Management for Young Australians
* Adam Vidler, Canterbury-Bankstown Express: Stop The Intervention Collective Sydney rallies in Paul Keating Park to condemn income management
* CAAMA interviews Paddy Gibson about the rally marking the six year anniversary of the NT Intervention
* Stop the Intervention: Video of the rally marking six years of the NT Intervention
* Rollback the Intervention: Audio of the rally marking six years of the NT Intervention
* Photos from the STICS NT Intervention protest rally of 22 June 2013
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Background to 'Stronger Futures' new NT Intervention laws
* CAAMA: Aboriginal expert calls for community engagement with her people in the Northern Territory
* Sara Everingham, ABC News: NT Chief Minister attacks critics of controversial alcohol plan
* NIRS: Anger over Adam Giles' alcohol policy opponents criticism
* CAAMA: NT Chief Minister Adam Giles warns lefties to "p*ss off"
* Xavier La Canna, NT News: Boffa rejects Giles' 'p*ss-off, leftie' tag
* 9 News: Aboriginal musician for Greens NT Senate
* Heath Aston, SMH: Country singer challenges Peris in Senate race
* LET'S TALK'S TIGA BAYLES INTERVIEWS BARBARA SHAW ABOUT THE NORTHERN TERRITORY INTERVENTION
- Audio Interview
Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Let's Talk - Barbara Shaw
24 Jun 13: "Barbara Shaw speaking about the Northern Territory Intervention and issues in the NT."
Listen to this interview on-line:
- Related Audio
National Indigenous Radio Service: We'll be worse off under Tony Abbott: Shaw
25 Jun 13: "An Alice Springs Aboriginal rights campaigner says First Nations Australians could be worse off under a Federal Coalition Government than Labor. Barbara Shaw is a vocal critic of the Northern Territory Intervention and has run as a candidate for the Greens in previous elections."
WGAR News: The NT Intervention - Six Years On: Barbara Shaw, New Matilda (23 Jun 13)
* CATHOLIC COMMUNICATIONS, SYDNEY ARCHDIOCESE: SIX YEARS OF THE NT INTERVENTION SIX YEARS TOO LONG
Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese: Six years of the NT Intervention Six Years Too Long
21 Jun 13: "On the sixth anniversary of the Northern Territory Emergency Response, known as the Intervention, the National Council of St Vincent de Paul Society and two other leading national community welfare organisations have urged both sides of Parliament to dump the Government policy of mandatory income management. According to the three groups, the policy is not only wasteful and ineffective, but harmful. The CEOs of the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS), the National Welfare Rights Network, and St Vincent de Paul Society have joined forces in their call to the Government to put an end to the NTER ... "
WGAR News: ACOSS, NWRN & St Vincent de Paul Society: Six years of the NT Intervention is six years too long (23 Jun 13)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/06/23/wgar-news-the-nt-intervention-six-yea...
WGAR News: Sixth Anniversary of the Intervention - Striking the Wrong Note: Michele Harris, 'concerned Australians' (20 Jun 13)
* NIRS: SIX YEARS OF NT INTERVENTION MARKED
National Indigenous Radio Service: Six years of NT Intervention marked
25 Jun 13: "Three of the nation's peak welfare bodies have slammed the Northern Territory Intervention, now in their sixth year, describing it as six years too long. The Australian Council of Social Services, St. Vincent De Paul and the National Welfare Rights Network say compulsory income management punishes people who are already doing it tough, as well as being expensive for taxpayers."
- Related Letter
Respect and Listen: Response to the 6th Anniversary of the NT Intervention:
Letter in the Adelaide Advertiser
[scroll down page] http://www.respectandlisten.org/
27 Jun13: " ... the Northern Territory Intervention was begun by the Coalition six years ago tomorrow - June 21st, 2007 and shamefully continued and expanded under Labor. When one sees the current mining exploration licences NT map, licence exploration almost entirely covers the NT. Under the Intervention, Aboriginal people have lost their rights to consent and control over the very factors which directly affect their lives. Hardly surprising it has caused such misery and hopelessness. Collateral damage I think it’s called." Michele Madigan
* 9 NEWS: DOUBTS OVER NT INTERVENTION EXTENSION
9 News: Doubts over NT intervention extension
27 Jun 13: "A parliamentary human rights watchdog has cast doubt on whether legislation to extend the Northern Territory intervention program in indigenous communities for a decade complies with international law. ... The Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights did not examine the draft legislation before it passed parliament, because the committee was set up after the bills had been introduced. The committee has tabled in parliament a retrospective analysis of the compatibility of the laws with human rights."
- Related Report
Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights:
Examination of legislation in accordance with the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011
Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Act 2012
and related legislation
Eleventh Report of 2013
June 2013: "Introduction: 1.1 In this report the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights (the committee) considers the Stronger Futures legislation in the performance of its role of examining bills, Acts and legislative instruments for compatibility with human rights as defined in the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011. ... " page 1
"Conclusion: 1.270 The committee acknowledges the continuing severe disadvantage suffered by many Aboriginal communities and the fact that the level of enjoyment by Indigenous Australians of the human rights guaranteed by the UN human rights treaties is, in general, well below that of other members of the Australian community. ... " page 75
* SYDNEY INDYMEDIA EVENT CALENDAR: JULY 1 2013: PRESS CONFERENCE AND RALLY TO STOP FURTHER EXPANSION OF INCOME MANAGEMENT
- Upcoming Event
Sydney Indymedia Event Calendar: July 1 2013: Press Conference and Rally to stop further expansion of income management
"Date and Time:
Mon, 01/07/2013 - 9:30am - 11:00am
Bankstown Centrelink, 2 - 14 Meredith St, Bankstown, Sydney, NSW"
"Say No to Government Income Management: Not in Bankstown, Not Anywhere
Say No to the expansion to marginalised youth"
- Gary Moore, CEO Homelessness NSW
- Representatives from Unions NSW and the Bankstown Say No to Government Income Management Campaign Coalition
- Sue Gillett, Bankstown resident and Aboriginal activist with Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney"
"From July 1, more than 2600 young people in Bankstown, the Northern Territory and "trial sites" across Australia are expected to be placed on income management under new measures which target youth in vulnerable circumstances. ...
Yesterday, the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights, which includes both Labor and Liberal MPs, raised serious concerns that the "Stronger Futures" package of laws, which allow for the expansion of income management in the NT and across the country, was breaching Australia's human rights obligations. ... "
* LIVING BLACK'S MARC TONG INTERVIEWS PADDY GIBSON ABOUT THE EXPANSION OF INCOME MANAGEMENT
- Audio Interview
SBS Living Black: New Categories for Income Management
By Marc Tong
26 Jun 13: "Young people will be hit hardest by new categories of compulsory income management to be introduced on 1 July 2013. ... various sites around the country have also been placed under the scheme as trial sites. ... Paddy Gibson is a Senior Researcher at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney, and is also the spokesperson for the Say No to Government Income Management Campaign Coalition. He says the government's review of Income Management in the NT proved what many people already knew was a degrading and discriminatory policy. But in Bankstown NSW, he says, there isn't even a review."
WGAR News: Paddy Gibson, Solidarity Online: Six years of shame: Aboriginal assimilation and the NT Intervention (20 Jun 13)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/06/19/wgar-news-sixth-anniversary-of-the-in...
* GREENS SENATOR RACHEL SIEWERT: OLD PARTIES UNITE TO EXTEND INCOME MANAGEMENT
- Media Release
Greens Senator Rachel Siewert: Old parties unite to extend income management
27 Jun 13: "Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Issues ...
The old parties have today united in the Senate to vote in favour of extending the unproven income management regime to some of Australia's most vulnerable people. ...
Paddy Gibson is a Senior Researcher with the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at UTS said today that young people in the NT have suffered enormously from income management.
"Now marginalised youth in Bankstown are also set to be punished at an astronomical administrative cost of between $4500-$7800 per person per year on income management. From Bankstown to the bush we will continue to campaign for funding to be redirected from income management to badly needed for support services and job opportunities for youth who are struggling".
"Six years ago the government launched an Intervention in the NT which has tried to establish punishment and control as the policy framework for dealing with social disadvantage. The government's own evaluation shows overwhelming feelings of discrimination and shame. Youth suicide rates have increased 160% and reported rates of self-harm are up more than fivefold," Mr Gibson concluded."
- Related Audio
Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
24 Jun 13: "* Consequences of the Howard Coalition Governments intervention into Northern Territory Aboriginal communities has established an era of control and punishment on the lives of Aboriginal people according to a Sydney based researcher.
* The Australian Greens say six years after the announcement of the NT Intervention and introduction of income management, the expensive and unfair regime continues to stigmatise people, rather than help them."
- Related News
The Australian: Income managment scheme expanded
27 Jun 13: "LABOR and the Coalition joined forces in the Senate to further expand the controversial income management scheme today. The Greens this afternoon moved to prevent the passage of new measures that bring in the next phase of income management, but failed." Patricia Karvelas
The Australian: Greens bid to block further income control
24 Jun 13: "THE Greens will this week move to prevent the passage of new measures that bring in the next phase of income management. Labor is extending to children - forced out of their homes by violence and drug abuse - the income management provisions of the Howard government's emergency intervention in Northern Territory indigenous communities." Patricia Karvelas
* THE WIRE: PROGRESSIVE OR PATRONISING? INCOME MANAGEMENT FOR YOUNG AUSTRALIANS
The Wire: Progressive or Patronising? Income Management for Young Australians
Produced by Alexia Attwood, Laura Corrigan, Manal Taleb
25 Jun 13: "A hot debate is running within the welfare sector about the merits of extending income quarantining to kids. Effective of July 1st the income management scheme will expand to include certain categories of young Australians. The changes apply to the Northern Territory and the other intervention areas: APY Lands, Playford in South Australia, the Ng Lands in Western Australia, Shepparton in Victoria, Bankstown in NSW, and Rockhampton and Logan in Queensland. ...
Featured in story:
Donna Fraser, Catholic Care
David Tennant, CEO of Family Care"
- Related News
Alice Springs News: Stronger Futures, as seen from poles apart
"The Aboriginal affairs battleground shows just how far apart the two major parties are on this vital topic in the lead-up to the September 14 Federal elections. "Stronger Futures is delivering more jobs for Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory," intone Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin and Labor Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon (at left) in a media release. "NT Stronger Futures is a flop," counters Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Territory Senator Nigel Scullion (at right)."
* ADAM VIDLER, CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN EXPRESS: STOP THE INTERVENTION COLLECTIVE SYDNEY RALLIES IN PAUL KEATING PARK TO CONDEMN INCOME MANAGEMENT
Canterbury-Bankstown Express: Stop The Intervention Collective Sydney rallies in Paul Keating Park to condemn income management
26 Jun 13: "MORE than 100 people rallied in Paul Keating Park on Saturday to condemn the imminent expansion of income management. From Monday, compulsory income management will extend to young people in Bankstown who are exiting leaving prison, unable to live at home or otherwise at risk. What is your opinion of income management? Is expanding its hold a bad move? Let us know below. ... The rally in Bankstown also marked six years since the Federal Government's original intervention in the Northern Territory." Adam Vidler
- Past Event
Event: Sat 22 June 2013: Bankstown, Sydney, NSW
Protest marking 6 years of the NT Intervention
* Repeal "Stronger Futures / Stolen Futures" Legislation!
* Stop Income Management - not in NT - not in Bankstown - not anywhere!
* Reinvest in community controlled services and jobs!
"In Sydney, a rally marking the six year anniversary
of the NT Intervention will be held in Bankstown in June."
"June 21 will mark six years since John Howard announced
the NT Intervention and sent the military into Aboriginal
communities. This was one of the most shameful days in
the history of Australia's brutal and racist treatment of
Aboriginal people and has set the struggle for Aboriginal
rights back many decades."
- Kylie Sambo, NT youth leader living on income management
- Maree O'Halloran, Welfare Rights Center
- Gary Moore, CEO of Homelessness NSW
- Robin Croon, Public Service Association
- Wafa Ibrahim, Child, youth and family support officer, Arab Council Australia
Event details: http://stoptheintervention.org/past-events/21-jun-2013-marking-six-years...
Event details: http://www.respectandlisten.org/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/marking-6-years-of-the-nt-intervention-0
Event summary and Media Release: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/06/19/young-nt-leader-living-on-income-mana...
Event summary and Article: [scroll down page to end] http://www.solidarity.net.au/55/income-management-expansion-in-effort-to...
WGAR Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-northern-territory-...
WGAR Background to 'Stronger Futures' new NT Intervention laws: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-stronger-futures-new-nt...
* CAAMA INTERVIEWS PADDY GIBSON ABOUT THE RALLY MARKING THE SIX YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE NT INTERVENTION
- Audio Interview
Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: Six year anniversary of intervention
25 Jun 13: "Last week marked the six year anniversary of the intervention, an event that changed the lives of Aboriginal people in the Territory, forever. Six years on and are Aboriginal people better off? To mark the event, STICS, Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney, an open collective of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, committed to the repeal of the NT Intervention and the struggle for Aboriginal self-determination, rallied in Sydney. Senior Researcher at Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology in Sydney, Paddy Gibson, was at the rally."
* STOP THE INTERVENTION: VIDEO OF THE RALLY MARKING SIX YEARS OF THE NT INTERVENTION
Stop the NT Intervention: Marking SIX years of the NT Intervention
Video compliation from the event:
"June 21 will mark six years since John Howard began the NT Intervention and sent the military into Aboriginal communities. This was one of the most shameful days in the history of Australia's brutal and racist treatment of Aboriginal people and set the struggle for Aboriginal rights back many decades."
* ROLLBACK THE INTERVENTION: AUDIO OF THE RALLY MARKING SIX YEARS OF THE NT INTERVENTION
Rollback the Intervention: Audio: June 22, 2013: Marking six years of the NT Intervention
Rally in Bankstown, Sydney - NSW trial site for expanded Income Management regime
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"* Acknowledgement and opening remarks: Sue Gillett (STICS) and Lola Simmons
* Paddy Gibson, Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney (STICS)
* Kylie Sambo, Tennant Creek (NT) youth leader living with Income Management
* Maree O’Halloran, Director, National Welfare Rights Network
* Sue Gillett noting Public Service Association (PSA) NSW ban on referrals to compulsory Income Management
* Wafa Ibrahim-Arab Council Australia
* Pam Batkin, Woodville Community Centre CEO"
* PHOTOS FROM THE STICS NT INTERVENTION PROTEST RALLY OF 22 JUNE 2013
Flickr: STICS Demo
22 Jun 13: "Protest rally calling for an end to the Northern Territory intervention and Income Management.
Paul Keating Park, Bankstown - 22/06/2013"
Flickr: STICS Rally 2013
* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:
Last updated: 23 June 2013
* BACKGROUND TO 'STRONGER FUTURES' NEW NT INTERVENTION LAWS:
Last updated: 23 June 2013
* CAAMA: ABORIGINAL EXPERT CALLS FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WITH HER PEOPLE IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: Aboriginal expert calls for community engagement with her people in the Northern Territory.
25 Jun 13: "Professor Muriel Bamblett is a Yorta Yorta woman and veteran advocate for the rights of Indigenous children."
* SARA EVERINGHAM, ABC NEWS: NT CHIEF MINISTER ATTACKS CRITICS OF CONTROVERSIAL ALCOHOL PLAN
ABC News: NT Chief Minister attacks critics of controversial alcohol plan
24 Jun 13: "The Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles has attacked the critics of his government's controversial plan to force alcoholics into rehabilitation. He's accused his critics of feeding off Aboriginal disdvantage and has told them in no uncertain terms to move aside. The critics of the government's plan include members of the Australian Medical Association and the Police Association and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda." Sara Everingham
* NIRS: ANGER OVER ADAM GILES' ALCOHOL POLICY OPPONENTS CRITICISM
National Indigenous Radio Service: Anger over Adam Giles' alcohol policy opponents criticism
25 Jun 13: "The Northern Territory Chief Minister has defended his strong language when criticising opponents of his mandatory alcohol treatment policy. ... He has now backed off the critcisms of his opponents, but Priscilla Collins from the North Australia Aboriginal Justice Agency is unhappy with the way community organisations are being treated."
* CAAMA: NT CHIEF MINISTER ADAM GILES WARNS LEFTIES TO "P*SS OFF"
Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: NT Chief Minister Adam Giles warns lefties to "p*ss off"
25 Jun 13: "The Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles has been accused of taking debate on mandatory alcohol rehabilitation into the gutter after he accused "leftie" types to "p*ss off" over their concerns. The People’s Alcohol Action Coalition spokesman Dr John Boffa spoke to CAAMA about the comments."
- Related Audio
Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
25 Jun 13: "The Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles has been accused of taking debate on mandatory alcohol rehabilitation into the gutter after he accused "leftie" types to "p*ss off" over their concerns."
* XAVIER LA CANNA, NT NEWS: BOFFA REJECTS GILES' 'P*SS-OFF, LEFTIE' TAG
NT News: Boffa rejects Giles' 'p*ss-off, leftie' tag
25 Jun 13: "COMMUNITY worker John Boffa has lashed back at Chief Minister Adam Giles' comments that critics of the government's alcohol rehabilitation plan were lefties who should "p*ss off". Dr Boffa, a former Australian of the Year, who has worked to improve Aboriginal health in Central Australia for the past 25 years, said Mr Giles' comments that people who worked with alcoholics relied on the misery of others was "offensive." "He is suggesting we have an incentive to keep people unhappy and addicted to grog," Dr Boffa said." Xavier La Canna
* 9 NEWS: ABORIGINAL MUSICIAN FOR GREENS NT SENATE
9 News: Aboriginal musician for Greens NT Senate
26 Jun 13: "Warren H Williams, the lead Greens Senate candidate for the Northern Territory, hates the word "indigenous", preferring to refer to Aborigines like himself as "blackfella". Mr Williams is making a second bid for parliament's upper house, having doubled the Greens vote in the NT at the 2010 election. The critic of the NT intervention wants to see more policy for Aboriginal people written by Aboriginal people. ... Greens leader Christine Milne commended Mr Williams's passion for bilingual education and addressing the housing crisis in Aboriginal communities."
- Related Video
NITV News - 26 June part 1
[About 2 mins into program Warren H Willliams]
* HEATH ASTON, SMH: COUNTRY SINGER CHALLENGES PERIS IN SENATE RACE
- Analysis / Opinion
SMH: Country singer challenges Peris in Senate race
26 Jun 13: "The Greens will seek to capitalise on bad blood over the shafting of veteran Labor senator Trish Crossin by running Aboriginal country singer, Warren H Williams, in the Northern Territory senate race. Mr Williams, a multiple ARIA award winner and a major star in the Top End an the country music scene, will take on political novice Nova Peris for the one winnable seat for the progressive side of politics. Ms Peris, the former Olympian, was Julia Gillard’s controversial ''captain’s pick'' after the Prime Minister intervened to dump senator Crossin in January despite her 15 years of service." Heath Aston, Political reporter
- Related News
The Australian: Gillard's Peris pick under review
28 Jun 13: "SENIOR Labor figures in the Northern Territory are calling for the preselection of indigenous Olympian Nova Peris to be reopened to a rank-and-file ballot in the wake of the federal leadership change. Two indigenous former Territory Labor ministers have already declared their willingness to stand, while elder party statesmen are arguing that a ballot would help "heal wounds"." Amos Aikman, Northern correspondent
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