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International church group slams Australia’s Aboriginal Intervention

“The Intervention has taken control of the lives of Aboriginal peoples through such measures as compulsory income management and compulsory acquisition of leases over Aboriginal land.

“The Labor Government has continued the Intervention which remains a blight on Australia’s reputation.”

Territory shame The Catholic Leader: : 26 September 2010By: Paul Dobbyn AUSTRALIA’S “shameful treatment” of indigenous people in remote Northern Territory communities has been exposed during a six-day fact-finding mission by local and international visitors, a prominent Aboriginal Catholic leader has said.  National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical Commission (NATSIEC) executive director Graeme Mundine said he had joined the team of indigenous and non-indigenous Christians as “Living Letters” to the Aboriginal peoples of the Northern Territory.. ..

.The visit followed an invitation from the National Council of Churches of Australia (NCCA) and NATSIEC to the World Coun-cil of Churches (WCC)……”The visitors were dismayed by the lack of consultation and negotiations from governments of all levels as they make and implement policies and programs with significant impacts on Aboriginal peoples.”…..
Nowhere is this more so than with the Northern Territory Emergency Response known as the ‘Intervention’ which was initiated by the Howard Government ostensibly to address child abuse.

“The Intervention has taken control of the lives of Aboriginal peoples through such measures as compulsory income management and compulsory acquisition of leases over Aboriginal land.

“The Labor Government has continued the Intervention which remains a blight on Australia’s reputation.”

Territory shame – The Catholic Leader: Top Stories

September 23, 2010 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA, indigenous issues | , ,

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