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3 Sep 2010 Forum Racism and the Media


Forum on Racism & the Media:

The Lie that built the Northern Territory Intervention

A highly important presentation by Chris Graham titled

"The Lie that Built an Intervention"


Chris Graham
- Founding and former editor of the National Indigenous Times

Tjanara Goreng Goreng
- founder FIRDA Foundation for Indigenous Recovery and Development Australia.Former Senior Policy Advisor of community engagement and recovery at the Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination under Minister Mal Brough

On 21 June 2006 the ABC broadcasted a Lateline report titled "Sexual slavery reported in Indigenous community".

In this film the ABC presents a harrowing story about an Aboriginal Community in Central Australia, where an alleged paedophile abused little children. Lateline claimed men in the community conspired together to protect the man, despite the efforts of some ‘local heroes' such as the community doctor and an anonymous "youth worker" who tried to expose his activities.

The following day, in response to the story, the Northern Territory government announced the Little Children Are Sacred report, the 6-month inquiry which the Howard government used as the basis for the Northern Territory intervention.

Chris Graham, founding and former editor of the National Indigenous Times, reveals this Lateline report was based largely on fiction.

The transcript of the Lateline report is available here

Review of Complaint concerning the ABC Television Lateline Programs by the Independent Complaints Review Panel: please click here

For some background info of Chris' presentation at the July gathering in Alice, please see:

For Tjanara's speech of 20 June 2010, please see:

For the Forum flyer: please click here

For the Forum Media Release: please click here

For photos of the Forum: please click here

UTS, University Hall, entrance in Harris Street (Opp. ABC), Ultimo, Sydney
on Friday, 3 September 2010 at 6pm

To read the story about Lateline as it was covered in NIT at the time, please see:
Anonymous youth worker's interview boosts Lateline's bid for TV's most coveted prize


Media Coverage:

GLW - The lie that built the NT intervention - 4 September 2010 -

STICS - After 3 years of failed policy - forum exposes the lies that started the NT Intervention - Forum: 'Racism and the Media: The lie that built the Northern Territory Intervention.' - 31 August 2010 -

Alternative Media Group - Exposed: The lies that started the NT intervention - 31 August 2010 -

GLW - Sydney forum to discuss the lie that built the NT intervention - 30 August 2010 -