Category: NT Intervention

Leaked list reveals intervention in chaos

Originally published in the National Indigenous Times, July 2007.

By Chris Graham & Amy McQuire
NATIONAL

THE federal government’s emergency intervention into Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory appears to be mired in confusion and chaos and unsustainable media spin, according to documents obtained by the National Indigenous Times. Continue reading

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Charge of the band-aid brigade

Originally published in the National Indigenous Times, June 28 2007.

NATIONAL: Drastic new measures have been put in place by John Howard’s federal government in the Northern Territory. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, is leading the charge.

Citing the sexual abuse of Indigenous children, the government has galvanised into action, sending troops, federal police and a myriad of public servants into the Territory to impose grog and pornography bans and institute health checks of Aboriginal children. Their crisis intervention, they say, stems from “Little Children Are Sacred”, a report into abuse released last week, and political inaction up north. If they had read the report, perhaps they would have done things a little differently. A special report by Brian Johnstone and the NIT team. Continue reading

Administrator wanted: no experience required

Originally published in the National Indigenous Times, June 28 2007.

Canberra
NATIONAL

SENIOR Commonwealth public servants from some of the biggest public service departments in Canberra are being asked to volunteer to act as Administrators of Aboriginal townships and communities in the Northern Territory which will soon be taken over by the Howard Government – and no experience is necessary. Continue reading