The hottest tickets in Darwin and Alice Springs later this week will be to the public community briefings by Olga Havnen on her report – and more. If the CLP government thought that they could silence Havnen by sacking her on Monday and that this would stop her running public forums on her work later in the week then they have underestimated her resolve and commitment.READ MORE
I am honoured to have been given this 2010 NAIDOC award. I remember like it was yesterday being in the audience at this event in 2007 when my former colleague Jack Ah Kit spoke after receiving the same award. It was only weeks after John Howard and Mal Brough had made their shock-and-awe Intervention announcement in 2007.READ MORE
We need look no further than Howard’s Indigenous Affairs Minister Mal Brough to see that this portfolio has an awful ability to wreak absolute havoc on political careers – and with Nigel expected to run for re-election next year there will be more than a few – both inside his Country Liberal Party and in NT Labor – who will be keeping a very close eye on his performance.READ MORE
The Ampilatwatja Walkoff and the “wake-up call” for Alison Anderson – an interview with Richard Downs
Macklin should resign as Minister – she has no results to show us, she doesn’t – or doesn’t know how to – listen or talk to Aboriginal people – she should go, and the sooner the better: Richard Downs, Alyawarra leaderREAD MORE
Mel James (ABC Stateline): Alison Anderson, this sounds very much like the policy that Mal Brough was proposing. It’s exactly the same isn’t it?
Alison Anderson, Indigenous Affairs Minister NT Government: Oh look, this has been a policy that’s been delivered and, um, developed by the Henderson Labor government. It’s got nothing to do with Mal Brough whatsoever.
No-one in NT Chief Minister’s Henderson’s now-marginal, single-seat majority government has the intellectual or moral wit, rigour or vigour to think outside of the prevailing assimilationist paradigm that now runs in Australia’s management of indigenous affairs.READ MORE
Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has labelled the NT intervention safe house initiative a “massive stuff-up.” 15 months after Former Indigenous Affairs Minister Mal Brough’s promise to provide safe houses at part of the NT intervention, not one of the 16 shipping-container based safe houses has opened its door for clients and no staff have been [...]READ MORE
As I walked up the road yesterday morning to get some milk, I spotted Peggy Napaljarri Brown, Jenny Macklin’s best new friend and Valerie Napaljarri Martin sitting in the shade of a tree outside the ramshackle office of the Yuendumu Mining Company. Next to her sat Harry Jakamarra Nelson. They all have better things to [...]READ MORE
‘Ngurrju School, Ngurrju Pool’ (Yes School – Yes Pool) – Jenny Macklin finds a few friends at Yuendumu
“I’ve found a friend!” Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin tells Crikey as she walks arm-in-arm across the dusty main street of Yuendumu with Peggy Nampijinpa Brown. Jenny and Nampijinpa have just been to visit the several hundred people who have come down from their sorry business at West Camp where they are mourning the [...]READ MORE