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6 Dec 2012 The Struggle Against the NT Intervention

Special STICS public forum marking Human Rights Day:

After the NT election...

The Struggle Against the NT Intervention

Aboriginal leaders speak out -
"Stronger Futures" = Stolen Futures

6:30pm Thursday, 6 December 2012

Tom Mann Theatre

136 Chalmers st Surry Hills

Special guest speakers:

Rosalie Kunoth-Monks OAM, Alyawarr Elder from Utopia homelands, NT

Amelia Pangarte Kunoth-Monks, NT youth leader living on the BasicsCard

Jeff McMullen, Chief Executive Officer (Honorary) of Ian Thorpe's Fountain for Youth

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Communities in the Northern Territory continue to resist the NT Intervention, and the policy framework is in deep crisis.

In June, the Labor government passed "Stronger Futures" legislation, which will continue key discriminatory Intervention powers for a further ten years.

But Central Australian communities like Amoonguna, Ampilatwatja and Daguragu are refusing to sign long term leases with the government. They have issued ultimatums, demanding a return of community controlled councils and the eviction of Intervention managers and Shire Councils from their land.

On October 13, the Yolngu Nations Assembly in Arnhem Land also issued a declaration refusing leases and calling for the repeal of "Stronger Futures".

In the recent NT election, Aboriginal votes swept the ALP from power and the pro-Intervention bipartisan consensus that has dominated both federal and NT politics was broken.

In a populist appeal to bush voters, the Country Liberals ran on a platform of community control over municipal services and an end to the Intervention "hub towns" funding model, which is starving remote homelands and small communities in an attempt to shift people off their land. The CLP have also called for the return of a community based employment program and an end to race-based alcohol restrictions.

Liberal leader Terry Mills told ABC radio that communities had been "trashed" by the removal of councils, jobs and assets. Social crises are escalating. Reported rates of attempted suicide and self harm have increased almost five fold since 2007. Violent assault in Alice Springs is up 45 per cent. Incarceration rates are up 70 per cent.

But the Liberals can not be relied on to turn the situation around. Already they are backtracking on promises to reinstate bilingual education. The promise to restore Aboriginal councils have shifted to talk of "regional councils". In urban centres like Alice Springs they are increasing police harassment of Aboriginal people and threatening to criminalise public drunkenness to push Aboriginal drinkers, "into the scrub".

Community resistance must be supported. Come along to this human rights day forum to hear from Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, a senior Aboriginal leader from the Utopia homelands, about the important new phase in the struggle against the NT Intervention.

Rosalie's grand daughter Amelia will also speak about what life is like on the "income management" system. Plans to introduce this system into Bankstown in Sydney are being successfully fought, with a strong community campaign and public sector union bans stopping all referrals.

For more information:

call Jean 0449 646 593

Media Coverage:

The Guardian - NT Aboriginal Elder calls for repeal of “Stronger Futures” - Issue #1577 - 12 December 2012
Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney (STICS) held a forum last week to mark the United Nations’ Human Rights Day. Speakers reflected on the 20 year anniversary of Paul Keating’s famous “Redfern Speech”, which recognised the horrific impact of colonisation on Aboriginal people.

WGAR News: Alice Springs Human Rights Day Rally demands justice for Kumentjaye Briscoe: MR - 9 December 2012
* STICS: NT Aboriginal Elder calls for repeal of 'Stronger Futures' at Sydney Human Rights Day forum
* PressTV Video: Australia Rights Forum centers on indigenous people
* Tracker: Lessons of Redfern speech lost: Elder

PressTV - Australia Rights Forum centers on indigenous people - 7 December 2012 - Over 100 people attended the forum held to commemorate Human Rights Day, where speakers say there’s continued discrimination against Indigenous Australians in the Northern Territory because of the 2007 Intervention and local indigenous people saying such actions were a disaster. ...

Business Spectator - Lessons of Redfern speech lost: elder - 5 December 2012 - On the eve of the 20th anniversary of Paul Keating's famous Redfern speech, an Aboriginal elder from Central Australia says the country has learnt little. In his stirring December 10, 1992 address on Aboriginal injustice, Mr Keating called on non-Aboriginal Australians to open their hearts and recognise they had dispossessed Aborigines and smashed their way of life. On Thursday, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, an Aboriginal elder from the Utopia homelands, will reflect on the former prime minister's words and the passage of time at a Sydney Human Rights forum. ...