NT Intervention - Stronger Futures Protest
Sunday, 21 June - 3pm, Sydney Town Hall
On Sunday June 21, protesters in Sydney will mark the eighth anniversary of the Northern Territory Intervention renamed Stronger Futures with a rally at Town Hall and march to the Block in Redfern. The protest will be addressed by Ken Canning, Albert Hartnett, Eva Cox, Gerry Georgatos and Kyol Blakeney.
Under the Intervention, the military was sent into Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory, the Racial Discrimination Act was suspended and compulsory Income Management was introduced for Aboriginal people. The Intervention also removed the Community Development Employment Projects which provided employment and maintained basic infrastructure in communities.
Most of the Intervention’s measures were extended for 10 years by the federal Labor government’s Stronger Futures legislation in 2012.
In South Australia and Western Australia, remote communities are under threat of “closure” after State governments said they would stop funding basic services.
“The Intervention paved the way for further government attacks on our First Nations people”, said Emily Bullock. “It has left small remote communities weak and vulnerable to the threat of closure.”
“We will be calling for an end to policies that foster cultural genocide and disempowerment”, Ms Bullock continued.
Kyol Blakeney, a Kamilaroi man and Sydney University SRC president
Ken Canning, Murri writer and poet from the Kunja Clan of the Bidjira Nation
Uncle Albert Hartnett, a Wangkumurra man with first-hand experience of child removal
Eva Cox, Research Fellow at Jumbunna, Indigenous House of Learning at UTS
Paddy Gibson, Senior Researcher at Jumbunna, Indigenous House of Learning at UTS
Lyle Davis, a Brierley/Piety/Dharawal man and Aboriginal Activist
Gerry Georgatos, human rights and social justice campaigner. Editor of The Stringer.
For more information please visit http://stoptheintervention.org/past-events/21-jun-2015-eight-years-too-long-nt-intervention-protest