What does the Liberal Party ascendency mean for Aboriginal affairs?: STICS Special Meeting - Sydney

Contact Phone: 
0449 184 801
Date and Time: 
Monday, July 15, 2013 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Contact Email: 
Contact Name: 
Alex Johnson
NSW Teachers’ Federation, 23 Mary St. Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW


Monday 15th July 2013 6pm at the NSW Teachers’ Federation, 23 Mary St. Surry Hills

Now in government in the NT, tipped to win Federal election...

What does the Liberal Party ascendency mean for Aboriginal affairs?

In July 2012 the Country Liberals won the NT elections on the back of a huge swing by Aboriginal voters in remote communities. Country Liberal candidates capitalised on anger with the disempowerment that resulted from the NT Intervention and local government ‘reforms’. However, since taking office the CLP have implemented draconian policies that will criminalise alcoholism and they have also pushed for adoption of "neglected" Indigenous children.

Tony Abbott is promising to run Indigenous Affairs from the Prime Ministers office and make it one of his central priorities. He has already flagged an attack on Aboriginal Land Councils and a further expansion of income management. Where are the Liberal's taking Aboriginal politics? How should campaigns for Aboriginal rights relate to the upcoming election?

An additional question that has now become relevant is what will it mean if the ALP under the leadership of the recently resurrected Kevin Rudd is returned to office? Rudd has thus far made no move to distance himself from the punitive and utterly failed racist policies of the Gillard Government and of his own administration that preceded it. Indeed, he has recently reaffirmed Jenny Macklin, the ‘Overseer’ of the Intervention and ‘Stronger Futures, in her position of Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Minister for Disability Reform.

Aboriginal activist Michael Mansell has recently stated - "... Kevin Rudd will be looking for an issue that separates him from the past couple of years under Julia Gillard, and Aboriginal affairs is a prime issue that Kevin Rudd is likely to grab hold of. If people present him with something that's within reach and something that will make him look good and I think we are in an advantageous position to be able to do that, but we have got to act quickly."

Could this be correct, or is this hope just a pipe-dream?

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How to get there - https://maps.google.com.au/maps?ie=UTF-8&q=teachers+federation+surry+hil...

For more information please call Jean on 0449 646 593 or Alex on 0449 184 801


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Please note the above event was posted by WGAR (Working Group for Aboriginal Rights) as a community service with the kind permission of Sabine Kacha binochka25@yahoo.com and Alex Johnson alex.johnson@cpsu.org.au of STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney).

As such WGAR is not the author of this event.

This event was originally posted by Alex Johnson alex.johnson@cpsu.org.au
to Stoptheintervention_announce Stoptheintervention_announce@googlegroups.com
on Thu, July 4, 2013 at 5:03 PM

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Please find below some background info that is relevant to this event:

WGAR News: Aboriginal issues and the Northern Territory (NT) Elections (5 Sep 12)

WGAR News: Greatest challenge for Giles is to remedy the ills resulting from intervention: SMH (16 Mar 13)

WGAR News: What does a change of PM mean for Aboriginal people?: CAAMA interviews Michael Mansell (1 Jul 13)

Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
(Last updated: 1 July 2013)

Background to 'Stronger Futures' new NT Intervention laws
(Last updated: 1 July 2013)

Background to the NT Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Bill, Northern Territory Government, Australia
(Last updated: 5 July 2013)

Background to 'Keeping Them Home': Campaign against Forced Aboriginal Adoption in the NT, Australia
(Last updated: 4 July 2013)