New Laws that extend Income Management (IM) Australia-wide (23 May 10)

New Laws that extend Income Management (IM) Australia-wide (23 May 10)

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New Laws that extend Income Management (IM) Australia-wide
“Muckaty Voices”: radioactive waste concerns go global
Background to Muckaty Station nuclear waste dump
Articles on the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention


– Greens Special Feature

Rachel Siewert: Income Management
Updated since 12 May 10: “The Rudd Government’s new laws
give them the power to extend Income Management across
Australia to people on many kinds of Centrelink payments.
These laws could affect your family. … The Rudd
Government’s new laws to give it the power to extend income
management across Australia are still before the Senate.
They were listed to be voted on in the Senate on Wednesday
12 May, but were put off at the last minute. They are still
likely to be voted through at the next sitting of the
Senate sometime between 15th and 24th June. So we have a
few more weeks to increase the pressure and convince the
major parties not to push through these unfair laws.”

– Jumbunna Research Project

Jumbunna Indigenouse House of Learning:
A response to the Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment
(Welfare Reform and Reinstatement of Racial Discrimination Act) Bill 2009
Why the proposed bill should be delayed
Researched and written by Terry Priest with Eva Cox
for Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning – May 2010
Also, What’s Working:

– Greens Dissenting Report

Senator Siewert has written a dissenting report as part of
the Inquiry into the provisions of the Social Security and
Other Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform and
Reinstatement of the Racial Discrimination Act) Bill 2009
and related legislation.
To download the 92.5 kb Word document, click on this link:

– Action

Stop the Intervention: What can I do?
“The combined legislation is now likely to come back in the
week of 15th June before the Senate which greatly weakens
the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) in regard to the NT
Intervention and which also begins the national rollout of
Income Management to non-Aboriginal – and of course in the
process to many more Aboriginal people – under Centrelink.”

– Background

Parliament of Australia: Senate Community Affairs Committee
Inquiry into Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment …

Submissions received by the Committee;
Documents Tabled at hearings;

Additional Information received]

WGAR News: New NT Intervention laws that extend welfare quarantining (12 Feb 10)

WGAR News: New NT Intervention laws that extend income management (19 Mar 10)

Stop the Intervention: Racial Discrimination Act – New Legislation


– Media Release

Beyond Nuclear Initiative’s weblog:
From the campfire to cyberspace:
Radioactive waste concerns go global
17 May 10: “Aboriginal Traditional Owners opposed to a
radioactive waste dump at Muckaty Station in the Northern
Territory of Australia have taken their campaign to a
global online audience. The short film “Muckaty Voices” has
now been uploaded to youtube, documenting the story and
concerns of people directly affected by the controversial
federal government plan. … Traditional Owners are
increasing their efforts against the nuclear dump plan and
their campaign is the focus of a growing national fight.”

– News

Tennant & District Times: Muckaty concerns go global
21 May 10: ““We made the film to show we are the
Traditional Owners for our Grandmothers and Grandfathers,”
Muckaty Traditional Owner Doris Kelly Nakamarra said. “We
want to be even with people, even talking about who is on
the right and wrong. We want people to sit down and see the
picture properly, to look at it and see how things should


Beyond Nuclear Initiative’s weblog:

WGAR News: Nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory (2 Mar 10)

WGAR News: Muckaty Station Nuclear Waste Dump (20 Mar 10)

WGAR News: Nuclear Waste Dump … (28 Mar 10)

WGAR News: Muckaty Radioactive Waste Dump … (4 Apr 10)

WGAR News: National day of action against Muckaty nuclear waste dump: 12th April!

WGAR News: Nuclear Waste Dump: Senate inquiry in Darwin; Nationwide protests (17 Apr 10)

WGAR News: … Update: Muckaty Station Nuclear Waste Dump (23 Apr 10)
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WGAR News: Update on Muckaty Station Nuclear Waste Dump (2 May 10)

WGAR News: “Muckaty Voices” film; Senate Report into nuclear waste dump plan (16 May 10)


– Opinion/Analysis

On Line Opinion: Labor complacent as Indigenous gap widens
21 May 10: “Seven houses – that’s not bad for three and a
half years work and expenditure in the hundreds of
millions. At that rate the gap will be closed in about
7,000 years. It’s good to see Labor on the job. A paragraph
later, Macklin remarks that a recent review of the program
had shown that everything was on track. This is a measure
of her complacency about the worsening disaster over which
she presides.” Jack Waterford

Comment by Marion Scrymgour MLA
[scroll down to end of article to read
18 May 10: “The [Income Management] researchers are well
qualified, the study is based on concrete sales data (not
subjective anecdotal reporting like the Federal Governments
own commissioned study) and it has the imprimatur of the
highly respected Menzies School of Health Research. The
stated conclusion is “income management independent of the
government stimilus payment appears to have had no
beneficial effect on tobacco and cigarette sales, soft
drink or fruit and vegetable sales”.”

See: WGAR News: New research questions the effectiveness of NT income management (19 May 10)

– News

Medical News Today: NT Intervention Unlikely To Improve
Long-term Health Of Aboriginal People, Australia
17 May 10: “A health impact assessment undertaken by the
Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA), using
methods endorsed by the World Health Organization, predicts
potential health outcomes for Aboriginal communities of the
Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER). … “The
health impact assessment findings speak for themselves and
show that the intervention does more harm than good,” Prof
O’Mara said.”

See: eMJA – The Medical Journal of Australia:
Health impacts of the Northern Territory intervention

See: Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association [AIDA]:
Health Impact Assessment of the Northern Territory Emergency Response

Green Left: Alyawarr Protest House film draws crowds
15 May 10: “More than 60 people attended Brisbane’s
premiere screening of a new documentary by Sydney’s Actively
Radical TV about the construction of the Alyawarr people’s
Protest House at their walk-off camp near Ampilatwatja in
the Northern Territory. The film has interviews with
unionists from across the country who worked with the
community to build the house. It also features community
members and leaders.”

See: Intervention walk-off’s Blog:


Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Northern Territory National Emergency Response

STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney):

IRAG (Intervention Rollback Action Group):

Intervention walk-off’s Blog:

WGAR (Working Group for Aboriginal Rights):

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