Is the use of powers contained in an “extraordinary bill with extraordinary powers in extraordinary circumstances” justified to ban the Hells Angels from having a drink in the NT’s pubs?READ MORE
“They used to go up to him and sort of play with him, wanking him, some of the kids used to suck him off. And I was one of them. There was a lot of others kids too that sucked him off and wanked him.”READ MORE
Senator Nigel Scullion: “That’s bulls—,” Scullion said. “I’ve been here when the whole place is pissed. The fact is there are big problems in Aboriginal communities. Look at the teen pregnancy rate. Look at how many 10-year-olds are contracting STDs. Don’t tell me they’re getting them off toilet seats. Men are trading them cigarettes for sex.”READ MORE
UPDATED – Now with added Gerry Wood! That’s not all! Just next to this rubbish dump there is an open sewerage pond where the raw sewage is pumped out straight of the houses. It is just very rough and ready – a hole in the ground surrounded by a chain-mesh fence. Pure raw sewage. The tip is about 2 or 3 minutes drive from the community. Kids walk back and forth. Dogs can get into the sewage ponds and then they go back to the community. It is a disgrace.READ MORE
Pornography Drop-off Point. “This one is at the airstrip and is one of a pair. The other one is at the entrance to Yuendumu near the patronising “Look for People” sign. We inspect the bins daily. So far nothing has been placed in them. Anything we recover from the bins, we will incinerate.”READ MORE
“Warlpiri people are not slaves, yet many in ‘mainstream’ society persist in claiming some sort of ‘ownership’ of Aborigines. They arrogantly have opinions as to what Aborigines should or shouldn’t do, and believe they have some sort of right in deciding what is best for them. Warlpiri have no power over their destiny. No say in their future. No say in how they should run their lives.” Frank Baarda, Yuendumu 2010READ MORE
Most of the people working for the intervention are Kardia (non-Aboriginal) – there is not much work for Yapa from the Intervention – most of those jobs go to Kardia people. When they come in with all their flash new cars, flash Toyotas, that makes us feel down. What the Yapa are thinking is that all the Kardia are “moneyfaces” (that they only care about money). And some people think like it was a hundred years ago and is still happening now.READ 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.
The documents show the Centrelink account balances of many residents of Yuendumu whose welfare payments have been quarantined under the federal indigenous intervention.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