Monday 9th of March, 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
Level 2 of the Trades and Labour Council Building, 16 Peel Street South Brisbane.
Barb Shaw, Intervention Rollback Action Group, Mt Nancy town camp
Sam Watson, Murri Activist and Academic, Uni of QLD.
Andy Duffin, Mona Mona Action Group, North QLD.
Barbara Shaw from Mt Nancy town camp in Alice Springs has been an outspoken critic and tireless campaigner against the Northern Territory Emergency Response legislation, or Intervention, since the former Howard governments announcement of sweeping changes to Aboriginal land rights, management and funding of communities and programmes in 2007.
In response to the Rudd government’s recently released ‘Close the Gap’ annual reportcard, Barb Shaw who is part of the Alice Springs based ‘Intervention Rollback Action Group’ said “The gap is widening, not closing. “Life is harder now for me and many others living under the Northern Territory Intervention. Rudd is using information being fed to him by Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin, and her evidence about what is working is flawed.”
Barb Shaw is also part of the Prescribed Area Peoples Alliance, a representative body of community leaders from so-called ‘prescribed areas’ under the Intervention, who say Aboriginal people are paying the price for years of government neglect. “Rudd hasn’t a clue what is happening on the ground and he’s trusting Macklin’s false information. Why won’t he come and talk to us here in the Northern Territory, like he promised to do?”
The Intervention Rollback Action Group and members of the Prescribed Area People’s Alliance believe there can be no reconciliation whilst the Racial Discrimination Act is suspended and the Intervention is being imposed on Aboriginal people.
Come along to this public meeting hosted by the Aboriginal Rights Coalition to hear about how the Intervention policies are impacting Aboriginal communities across the Northern Territory, and now being extended into Queensland, and discuss how we can campaign to put Aboriginal rights and self-determination back on the political agenda.