A highly respected Aboriginal woman is speaking at this weekend’s national Labor conference. A few years ago she said:
“There is certainly nothing dignified about losing your human rights as a human being,
based on being an aboriginal citizen” Yananymul Mununggurr March 2009 .
Yananymul is one of the Aboriginal Elders / Community leaders who prepared the recent Elders statement released in Melbourne, 4 November. Please see
Last week’s Kairos (Volume 22 no. 22 ) ran an article on their trip to Melbourne
There are serious ongoing concerns with the NT Intervention. A proposed new bill is most concerning.
Pat Turner (former CEO of ATSIC and former Deputy CEO of Centrelink) is vehemently opposed to these new bills which, amongst other punitive measures, will see cuts to welfare payments of parents of truant school children. She said, “ ... I see this as the last straw in Aboriginal affairs policy. I am absolutely opposed to it. This is bad public policy, it is morally objectionable, and it will not work... . This legislation must be withdrawn...” 25 November 2011
Last week ACOSS released a powerful statement "Cooperation not intervention: a call for a new direction in the Northern Territory", 23 November 2011
There have been many others including, http://www.snaicc.asn.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=694
Take action - go to: ANTaR National
On Updates please take time to read,
· New opinion piece on Northern Territory Emergency Response 2011 Evaluation report, written by Michele Harris OAM
· Please do read if you haven’t had a chance: 'Cuts to Welfare Payments for School Non Attendance - Requested or Imposed?' You will find the document embedded below and can be read on screen or downloaded.The paper analyses the recent NT Stronger Futures consultations on education and questions Minister Macklin's claim that Aboriginal people asked her to implement this new and measure.
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