Workers of all Countries Unite!
No movement on the outstations
May 26, 2009
In the early 1970s, something extraordinary happened in the Northern
Territory. Aboriginal people started to migrate out of government
settlements and missions to live on their traditional lands. This
decentralisation was called the outstations movement. It challenged
evolutionary logic. Hunter-gatherers had been coaxed or coerced to
centralise in larger communities by the Australian colonial state. The
purposes of this project were to sedentarise, civilise and assimilate
nomadic Aboriginal people, at that time wards of the state. But with
the policy shifts to self-determination and land rights, not only did
people return to live in small groups away from settlements, but the
state supported such decentralisation. There was an unchallenged
recognition that the state project of assimilation had been an
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Please consider endorsement of the following statement. Stop the
Intervention Collective in Sydney is working with town camp
representatives, including Barbara Shaw from Mt Nancy camp, to build
opposition to the federal government’s draconian takeover policy.
Pasted below is also a media release from the Intervention Rollback
Action Group in Alice Springs and media articles which give more
detail of the takeover.
Endorsements are requested from individuals and organisations. Please
circulate amongst your networks. Please reply to this address or
firstname.lastname@example.org before 5pm on Thursday 28th of May to
In Sydney, the statement will be delivered to the federal Minister for
Housing, Tanya Plibersek, at her office, 111-117 Devonshire Street
Surry Hills this Friday May 29 at 12:30pm. We will hold a protest at
the office and encourage supporters to join us. Protests are also
being planned in Alice Springs and around Australia.
Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney
[Editor’s Note: Please contact Mark by email if you wish to received information about this]
The next Aboriginal Rights Coalition organising meeting is Wednesday May 27th (tomorrow), 6:30pm at the Trades and Labour Council Building, 16 Peel St, South Brisbane.
1. Macklins takeover of Alice Springs Town Camps
2. Action on Friday
3. ACTU Congress
4. June 20th Rally
For more info contact Rob: 0424 265 730.
Wotton back on trial for assault charges
National indigenous Times Issue 178 – 28 May 2009
NATIONAL, June 2, 2009: Lex Wotton, the man jailed last year for leading the
2004 Palm Island riots is back in court this week, and back on the island.
Read more at http://www.nit.com.au/news/story.aspx?id=17870