The Lies that Built the Northern Territory intervention
6pm Wednesday December 15
Dinner from 5.00pm
Turnstyle Social Place, 10 Laura Street, Highgate Hill
6pm Friday December 17
Dinner from 5.00pm
Paddington Workers Club, 2 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington.
The Lies that Built the Northern Territory intervention has already been presented to several thousand people in South Australia, NSW, Victoria, the ACT and the Northern Territory.
Finally, it’s coming to Queensland!
Join Chris Graham for his astounding critique ‘Racism in the media: the Lie that Built the Northern Territory intervention’, an expose about a fraudulent ABC Lateline program which aired in the lead-up to the intervention, entitled ‘Sexual slavery reported in Indigenous communities’.
The Lateline story helped the federal government mount the case for the NT intervention. But as Graham will reveal, the story was built on a gigantic fraud. The scandal surrounding this story has already destroyed several careers, sparked a series of parliamentary brawls and high level government, an apology to federal parliament, not to mention police raids on homes in Canberra and Central Australia.
The spotlight on Lateline’s reporting has already seen an ‘anonymous youth worker’ unmasked as a ministerial adviser, and a doctor caught prescribing Viagra to an alleged paedophile.
“The scale of the fraud perpetrated by Lateline, and the determination of the ABC to whitewash this scandal and avoid any further scrutiny will leave your head spinning,” said Chris Graham.
“If you think you know what media behaving badly looks like, then you need to think again.
“Lateline’s reporting led directly to the greatest human rights abuse against Aboriginal people certainly of my time, and probably in the last half century.
“The Northern Territory intervention has harmed Aboriginal people; it’s caused starvation; it’s seen a dramatic rise in reports of self-harm incidents; it’s driven children away from school; it’s wasted hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars. In short, it’s been a disaster for the nation’s most disadvantaged citizens, the people who could least afford it.
“The media has always played a crucial role in creating an environment where governments can get away with race politics during election campaigns. In this case, the government couldn’t have done it without Lateline.”
“I’ve worked in the media for more than 20 years, almost half of that in Indigenous affairs, so I already had a pretty mixed view about the conduct of many of my colleagues.
“Even so, I’ve always had a very positive image of ABC news and current affairs. It was one news source I felt I could really trust.
“I don’t feel that way anymore.”