For the document with links to further info about the
New Policies, Aboriginal Elders voices and for Taking Action: please click here
Paper by 'concerned Australians' of Nov 2011 - Opinion: NTER Evaluation 2011: please click here
Joint statement Friday November 25 2011by Intervention Rollback Action Group (Central Australia), Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition and Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney - Stand against Macklin's decade of discrimination - No second Intervention!: please click here
ACOSS Media Statement of 23 Nov 11- Cooperation not intervention: a call for a new direction in policies affecting Indigenous Australians in the Northern Territory: please click here
Media Release by STICS of 16 Nov 11 - Federal Government betrays NT communities with second Intervention: please click here
Paper by 'concerned Australians' of Oct 2011 - Cuts to Welfare Payments for School Non-Attendance Requested or Imposed? - please click here
Media Release by STICS of 21 Oct 11 - Stop the Intervention campaign blasts sham consultations: please click here
Letter from Rt Hon Malcolm Fraser AC CH GCL, Hon Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC and Hon Ian Viner AO QC: please click here
Media Release by the Anglican Melbourne Diocese, the Most Rev Archbishop Philip Freier of 29 Jun 2011: please click here
Media Release by Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney of 22 Jun 2011: please click here
Public Statement by 24 Eminent South Australians of 14 July 2011: please click here
Gurindji tell consultations meeting: 'stop the Intervention immediately' - 28 July 2011: please click here
Media Coverage: please click here
The Cultural and Indigenous Research Centre Australia (CIRCA)Report on Stronger Futures Consultation 2011 (October 2011): please click here
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Tracker - Peak bodies call on government to move on from intervention - 2 Dec 2012 - A coalition of Aboriginal peak bodies in the Northern Territory has hit out at the federal government's Stronger Futures legislation, calling for a departure from the trend of "interventions". The Gillard government introduced the controversial legislation into Parliament earlier this month. The legislation follows a six-week period of consultation with Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory, which has been used as the government as proof it is moving on from the mistakes of the NT intervention. But there has already been criticism that the consultations were not adequate. The Aboriginal Peak Bodies of the NT, which takes in the Central Land Council, Northern Land Council, Northern Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) as well as other peak bodies, has made its concerns clear in its submission to the Stronger Futures report. -http://tracker.org.au/2011/12/peak-bodies-call-on-government-to-move-on-from-intervention/
Tracker - Stronger Futures referred to committee; closing date after Christmas - 2 Dec 2012 - The controversial Stronger Futures legislation has been referred to parliamentary committee, with the submissions due after Christmas, and before the next Parliamentary sitting. The bill was introduced by the Gillard government in November and is designed to takeover from the NT Emergency Response (NTER) when those laws expire next year. If passed it will have a sunset clause of 10 years, with a review after the first seven years. http://tracker.org.au/2011/12/stronger-futures-referred-to-committee-closing-date-after-christmas/-
NIT - Macklin remains defiant - issue 240 - 26 Oct 2011 - Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin remained defiant in the face of criticism of the Federal Government's planned extension of the Northern Territory Intervention declaring the Federal Government would do whatever it takes to lift education standards and tackle alcohol abuse in remote Aboriginal communities. - http://www.nit.com.au/News/story.aspx?id=23092
WGAR News: Government 'consultation' report and plans for a new Intervention - 25 October 2011 - http://indymedia.org.au/2011/10/25/wgar-news-government-consultation-report-and-plans-for-a-new-intervention
Amnesty International - Stronger futures in the NT must be a product of the people - 19 October 2011 - Community consultations are a welcome first step towards tackling Aboriginal disadvantage in the Northern Territory, but any strategies to ensure stronger futures must be community-driven in order to be sustainable, said Amnesty International today. Responding to the Government's Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Report on Consultations released yesterday, Amnesty International is calling on the Government to now work in partnership with Aboriginal communities to find practical solutions that respect the rights of those affected. - http://www.amnesty.org.au/news/comments/27043/
Tracker - Govt under fire over intervention policies - 19 October 2011 - NORTHERN TERRITORY: The federal government has come under fire for vowing to tie welfare payments to school attendance in remote Aboriginal communities to ensure children get to class. - http://tracker.org.au/2011/10/govt-under-fire-over-intervention-policies/
Crikey - The media release the minister should've written on the NT Intervention - 19 October 2011 - The following is a draft alternative media release for Jenny Macklin (and what she should have said as a response to the current consultation rather than harping on about truancy and grog!). The Australian - http://www.crikey.com.au/2011/10/19/the-media-release-the-minister-shouldve-written-on-the-nt-intervention/
Truant crackdown to test Aborigines - 19 October 2011 - http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/truant-crackdown-to-test-aborigines/story-fn9hm1pm-1226170085458
ABC News - Opinion split on intervention report findings - 18 October 2011 - The Federal Government is trumpeting a new report that has found most Indigenous people in remote communities have accepted the emergency measures of the Northern Territory intervention. But there are questions about whether the report is an accurate reflection of what Indigenous people in the territory really think. - http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-10-18/good-greens-question-intervention-report-findings/3577588
Koori Mail - Education, jobs and alcohol reform top priorities - 18 October 2011 - ABORIGINAL people in the Northern Territory have told the Australian Government that education jobs and tackling alcohol abuse are the priority issues for them in building a stronger future. Federal Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin released the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory consultation report in Alice Springs today. The report details the views of the many Aboriginal people who participated in consultations with the Government between June and August this year in more than 100 meetings in remote communities, town camps, regional and major centres. - http://www.koorimail.com/
Tracker - Labor launches Stronger Futures report - 18 October 2011 - Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin says the federal government will do whatever it takes to lift education standards and tackle alcohol abuse in remote Aboriginal communities. With the Howard government's controversial intervention policy in the Northern Territory set to expire next year, the Labor government says it has been consulting with remote communities to decide what will come next. - http://tracker.org.au/2011/10/labor-launches-stronger-futures-report/
The Age - NT welfare to be tied to school attendance - 18 October 2011 - WELFARE payments will be linked to school enrolment and attendance across the Northern Territory as part of a strategy to improve education outcomes when the emergency intervention imposed by John Howard expires next year. - http://www.theage.com.au/national/nt-welfare-to-be-tied-to-school-attendance-20111017-1ltcc.html?skin=text-only
Sky News - Govt to tackle Aboriginal truancy - 18 October 2011 - http://www.skynews.com.au/politics/article.aspx?id=674859&vId=
ABC - Intervention to continue despite protests - 18 October 2011 - The Federal Government's intervention in remote Aboriginal communities looks set to continue despite opposition. - http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2011/s3342893.htm
Koori Mail - Intervention 'investment' paying off, says Govt - 13 October 2011 - THE Federal Government says assaults, alcohol-related incidents and child welfare incidents have all fallen in Northern Territory Intervention communities, a turnaround from previous increases. Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin and Indigenous Health Minister Warren Snowdon say figures contained in the latest monitoring report show government investment under the Intervention is 'beginning to make a difference'. A six-week consultation process on the future of the controversial strategy ended in August but the Government has yet to announce its intentions. - http://www.koorimail.com/
The Greens - Northern Territory Emergency Response - MPI - 24 August 2011 - In June this year, the government launched its Stronger futures for the Northern Territory discussion paper. This paper tries to set out some issues for discussion about the future of the intervention in the Northern Territory, the intervention which has been going for four years. In that paper there is acknowledgement that the intervention has not delivered in the key areas which it was supposedly going to deliver in-based on the claims made by the previous government, now taken up by this government, about the need for the intervention in the Northern Territory....So it should come as no shock to anybody that, in fact, most of the measures in the Northern Territory intervention have not worked... - http://greensmps.org.au/content/speech/northern-territory-emergency-response-mpi
SBS podcast - Former judge 'troubled' over NT Intervention - 1 August 2011 - The former Chief Judge of the Family Court, Alistair Nicholson, has spoken out on the Northern Territory Emergency Response, known as the Intervention. -
Green Left - Aboriginal voices slam intervention at consultations - 30 July 2011 - http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/48354
Radio Adelaide Breakfast - NT Intervention: Interview With Dr. Lynn Arnold - CEO Anglicare - 29 July 2011 - ....significant letter signed by 24 prominent South Australians - http://radioadelaidebreakfast.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/lynnarnold2907.mp3
ABC News - Intervention Future - 26 July 2011 - Louisa Rebgetz talks to Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin about community consultation in Arnhem Land.
Green Left - Aboriginal leaders reject government ‘consultations' - 16 July 2011 - The federal Labor government released a discussion paper, Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory, on June 22. It suggests the continuation of much of the NT intervention after the Northern Territory Emergency Response legislation expires next year. Releasing the report, PM Julia Gillard acknowledged that the intervention introduced by the Howard government in 2007 was "started without consultation with Aboriginal people", which "did lead to feelings of hurt and feelings of shame". - http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/48193
ABC Darwin - Intervention Future - 15 July 2011 - Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin tours Arnhem Land to find out what Aboriginal people want to happen next with the Intervention. http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2011/07/15/3270800.htm?site=darwin§ion=news or http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-07-15/intervention-future/2796908
CAAMA - Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra voices concerns on Government's consultation process - 4 July 2011 -
Adding his voice to the many across the country expressing concern about the Gillard Labor Government's consultation processes, Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra speaks to Paul Wiles on Strong Voices
National Indigenous Radio Service: Malcolm Fraser critical of Intervention audit - audio interview - July 2011 -
Former Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser and other prominent Australians from the ‘Concerned Australians' group, have signed an open letter to the federal government outlining their concerns with the current round of community consultation over the NT Intervention.
Tennant & District Times - Outspoken Indigenous activist labels Intervention consultation a SHAM - 1 July 2011
INDIGENOUS Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin was warned against using the plight of Indigenous Territorians as a ‘photo opportunity' at the first consultation into the future of the Intervention.
Solidarity - Aboriginal people stand up to sham Intervention consultations - July 2011 - http://www.solidarity.net.au/37/aboriginal-people-stand-up-to-sham-intervention-consultations/
CAAMA Radio News 30-06-2011
A mixed response to the Gillard Labour Governments community consultations in the Northern Territory as Aboriginal people in Tennant Creek paint a different picture to what has been reported in the mainstream media.
CAAMA Radio News 29-06-2011
The implementation of the Gillard Labour Governments community consultations with Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory is attracting widespread criticism, with claims that people are not being given enough time to respond to the Governments 28 page discussion paper. Former Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser has also issued a statement critical of the Gillard Labor Governments consultation process. Top End Aboriginal elder Dr Dinyini Gondarra has also responded to the Prime Ministers post intervention strategies, which he has labelled a second intervention in the Northern Territory.
CAAMA Radio News 28-06-2011
Former Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser has questioned the Gillard Labor Governments rush to implement community consultations with Aboriginal communities in the NT just days after making the announcement.
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Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra and Jeff McMullen Posted: 2011-06-28 - Let's Talk
Tiga Bayles talks with Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra and Jeff McMullen about the Federal Governments announcement about new developments taking place and new intervention proposals.
ABC News - Intervention meeting takes to outback roads - 28 June 2011 -
The first consultation meeting to help develop policies after the Federal Government intervention in the Northern Territory is being held in Tennant Creek this afternoon.
The Australian - Malcolm Fraser slams lack of intervention audit - 28 June 2011 -
FORMER Liberal prime minister Malcolm Fraser has questioned the "unseemly haste" with which the Gillard government is moving to remodel its intervention into Northern Territory indigenous communities.
PAW Media - Rev Dr Gondarra interview with Harry Nelson - 27 June 2011
Yuendumu resident Harry Nelson and Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra discuss Rev Dr Gondarra's official response to the Federal government's announcement of a second Intervention in the Northern Territory http://www.pawmedia.com.au/library/rev-dr-gondarra-interview-with-harry-nelson-684
SBS World News Australia - Intervention report lacks detail: Fraser - 27 June 2011 -
Former prime minister Malcolm Fraser says the Gillard government's latest report on the Northern Territory intervention provides no adequate measure of what has been achieved in Aboriginal communities.
SMH - http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/intervention-report-lacks-detail-fraser-20110627-1gn47.html
ABC News - Scrymgour criticises intervention - 25 June 2011 -
A Northern Territory Labor politician has criticised her own party over aspects of the continuing federal intervention in NT communities.
The Wire - Indigenous Australia not so happy with intervention past and future - 23 June 2011 -
Regular Wire correspondent Patrick Pollack, director of news from the National Indigenous Radio Service , discusses the reaction from indigenous people around the country to yesterday's discussion paper on the future of the intervention. He says of particular concern is the lack of transparency about how much the multi-million dollar Strategic Housing Project, supposed to build and upgrade indigenous housing, has actually achieved.
The Wire - Stronger futures, or more of the same for the NT? - 22 June 2011 -
Funding for the Northern Intervention comes to and end in August 2012, and the federal government are looking to manage the NT's transition to self management in Indigenous communites. Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin today released a new discussion paper - "Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory", outlining their post-intervention plans. But is is just the same old rhetoric? Story features Paddy Gibson from the Stop the Intervention Collective.
Fraser Coast Chronicle - Gillard plan to replace NT intervention - 22 June 2011 -
PRIME Minister Julia Gillard has announced a plan to improve the lives of indigenous people in the Northern Territory as a replacement for the Howard government's intervention.
SMH - MP slams NT Intervention discussion paper - 22 June 2011
A discussion paper on the continuation of the Northern Territory intervention has been labelled "sickening" and sarcastically dismissed as "bloody rocket science".
9News - Intervention repeating, says report author - 22 June 2011
A co-author of the report that sparked the Northern Territory intervention says he is frustrated by the release of yet another federal government report into Aboriginal disadvantage.
The Australian - The Gillard Government has asked for ideas for the next stage of the NT intervention - 22 June 2011 -
THE Gillard Government will spend the next six weeks consulting with indigenous leaders over the future of the Northern Territory's emergency intervention.
CAAMA - Government's schedule for community consultations: the next steps for Aboriginal people - Prime Minister Julia Gillard promised Aboriginal people will have more of a say in their future, after the intervention expires. She released a discussion paper which will form the basis of the coming community consultations with Aboriginal people. The28-page discussion paper can be viewedby clicking here Government has now released the schedule of the community consultations, as listed below. **For consultation dates and locations after 13/7/11 please contact CAAMA on 08 8951 9778**
WGAR News: Government 'consultation' report and plans for a new Intervention - 25 October 2011 -
WGAR News: Interviews with Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra about the Government's consultation process - 6 July 2011 -
Contents: * Interviews with Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra about the Government's consultation process * New round of consultations in the NT over the intervention * Petition to Jenny Macklin: A Fair Go for Aboriginal People in the NT * Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia - 17 events * Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles * Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention * Other articles
WGAR News: New round of Government consultations in the NT over the Intervention - 1 July 2011 -
Contents: * New round of Government consultations in the NT over the Intervention * Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia - 15 events * Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles * Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention * Other articles