Last Chance to register your strong concerns for 'Stronger Futures' legislation

Last chance to register your strong concerns -

As we count down the hours - take a moment to send a fax, email or phone call to a senator. Senators contact details

This week the Senate wants to vote on legislation that would bring back the worst of the disastrous NT Intervention. And they're stubbornly blocking Parliament's human rights committee from examining the destructive control measures over Aboriginal communities.

The controversial Stronger Futures bill was introduced just before a requirement was put in place that says all legislation must be examined for human rights breaches. The Government is hiding behind this accident of timing, but Indigenous communities are demanding the Government allow a full assessment of the measures before any action is taken.

Let's build pressure on Minister Macklin to stop the control measures over NT communities until Parliament's human rights committee examines it. If we get 50,000 signatures we'll take our message directly to Minister Macklin's office in Canberra. Sign and share the petition to Minister Macklin telling her we won't accept a future without the full protection of Australian human rights.

Last week 'concerned Australians' released a media statement in support of the directly Originals with a plea for fellow Australians to

MEDIA RELEASE

'concerned Australians' 13th June 2012

Senators are due next week to resume their debate on the Stronger Futures Bills. There has been a growing opposition to this legislation as statements of its rejection have been made by Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations and individuals alike. Most important for us to be aware of, have been the statements of opposition to the legislation coming from the people of the Northern Territory prescribed communities.

Strong statements have been issued by the Yolngu Nations Assembly (YNA) of Arnhem Land, the Eastern Alyawarr Peoples and the Gurrindji Peoples of Daguragu and Kalkarinji, all of whom are demanding an end to the interventionist policies of Government and the return of control over their communities.

Spokesperson for the YNA calls on Government to return to a mindset of partnership based on the principles of Self-Determination. Accordingly YNA believes that the people must be allowed to re-engage in the decision-making management of communities and move towards a more locally based and accessible form of local government.

At the 45th anniversary of the walk-off at Kalkarindji late last year the Central Land Council called for an end to the Intervention. Last week, Walter Shaw, CEO of Tangentyere Council made reference to 'deaf governments' and resorted to the people of goodwill as fair-minded Australians to promote Aboriginal rights.

Last year a group of Elders including Rev Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra from Galiwin'ku and Rosalie Kunoth-Monks OAM from Utopia spoke of the distress that the Intervention was causing in their communities. They called out to their Melbourne audience, “Come, walk with Us!”

That call was heard and many have chosen to place their names in The Australian today as a way of reminding Government that it is time to reconsider the highly discriminatory legislation now before the Senate. Aboriginal people are blatantly being denied their right to self-determination, a right that Australia is bound to protect under international law.

The Stronger Futures legislation and the related bills should not be passed. A full review by which Aboriginal community representative leaders are recognised as central to the decision making processes is required. To date no such process has occurred. In fact no such process formally involving community leaders has taken place since the Intervention was introduced in 2007.

The Yolngu Nations Assembly believes that, The Australian Federal Government can achieve all its aims through partnership in our communities.

'concerned Australians' believes this is a good beginning point.

CONTACTS:
Michele Harris
Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM
Georgina Gartland

Last chance to register your strong concerns -