The Stronger Futures Bills passed through the Lower House last week with barely a murmur. Perhaps the lack of attention was because it passed while everybody’s attention was on the leadership spill. In any event, only three MPs voted against the Bills. They were Bob Katter, Adam Brandt and Andrew Wilkie.
The Bills are now before the Senate and are the subject of an inquiry by the Senate Community Affairs Committee. There is overwhelming opposition to this suite of Bills from NT Aboriginal Elders, community groups, advocacy groups, churches and welfare agencies to name a few. The submissions to the inquiry can be found at http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/submissions.htm
What can we do?
We need to stop this legislation being passed by the Senate
Sign the petition on the new website www.standforfreedom.org.au
This campaign is created by the makers of Our Generation, the film about the NT Intervention. Watch the powerful video. Look out for statements of support from others such as Archie Roach and John Butler – they will be posted shortly. When you have signed the petition make sure you email/twitter/facebook etc your friends and get them to sign it too. We need to spread the word.
Is it really that bad?
Yes! If you need convincing watch the NITV Stronger Futures Forum and listen to what Traditional Owners and Elders from affected communities are saying. http://www.nitv.org.au/
Or you can go to concerned Australians’ website and read statements from Elders, find out why the so called consultations which are being used to legitimise this legislation are so problematic. Watch videos of former High Court Judges Alistair Nicholson and Frank Vincent clearly set out the problems with the Bills which, according to Alistair Nicholson, are unintelligible. www.concernedaustralians.com.au
For more background information on the Intervention you can also go to http://www.ncca.org.au/departments/natsiec/advocacy/issues