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Dump of the week: Ampilatwatja, NT. Out of sight, out of mind. (Updated with fresh Gerry Wood MLA)

Dump of the week: Ampilatwatja, NT. Out of sight, out of mind. (Updated with fresh Gerry Wood MLA)

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.

The Ampilatwatja walk-off – Richard Downs on the new ‘dog-licenses’ and more

The Ampilatwatja walk-off – Richard Downs on the new ‘dog-licenses’ and more

To my mind this Income Quarantining is a bit like the old days when they used to put Aboriginal people under the “dog license", where they had to grovel to the government for permission to do all kinds of things. People need to stand up and say “No, this is not right for Australia. What kind of country are we living in?”

Professor Larissa Behrendt talks – postcards, the Ampilitwatja walk-off and the NT Intervention

Professor Larissa Behrendt talks – postcards, the Ampilitwatja walk-off and the NT Intervention

I’ve been working with really strong community members, people who have been given well-deserved authority and respect by their communities and who have been completely overlooked by governments. I just cannot understand why this government continues an approach that completely disengages communities and individuals. Particularly when you look at the cumulative impact of that continual disengagement and the return to the top-down approach. Eventually the government must finally realise that this approach just isn’t working.

Kevin Rudd’s “clanging gong” rings hollow at the Ampilitawatja walk-off camp

Kevin Rudd’s “clanging gong” rings hollow at the Ampilitawatja walk-off camp

Two years ago Kevin Rudd, in what appears to have now faded into a largely symbolic apology to Aboriginal Australia, told the nation that: …symbolism is important but, unless the great symbolism of reconciliation is accompanied by an even greater substance, it is little more than a clanging gong. It is not sentiment that makes […]

Downtown Alice Springs, Saturday morning – the Prescribed Area People’s Alliance rally

Downtown Alice Springs, Saturday morning – the Prescribed Area People’s Alliance rally

I wandered downtown earlier today to catch up with some friends & countrymen at the Prescribed Area People's Alliance Rally outside the John Flynn Church in the middle of the Alice Springs Mall. The main theme of the Rally was to celebrate - in an ironic sense - the second anniversary of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's "Sorry" speech to the Australian Parliament.

What is a homeland? One White insider’s view – a guest post from John Greatorex

What is a homeland? One White insider’s view – a guest post from John Greatorex

What is it that is so important and special about homelands for their traditional custodians and that underpins the successful outcomes of living in their small communities?

From Ampilatwatja to Warren Mundine: focus on the big picture!

From Ampilatwatja to Warren Mundine: focus on the big picture!

Late last week Warren Mundine, billed as an “Aboriginal leader”, gave Samantha Hawley of the ABC Radio’s PM program his views of the report by UN’s Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Human Rights, Professor James Anaya and his findings that give a damning assessment of the Federal Government’s Intervention in the Northern Territory. Mundine didn’t hold […]

The Ampilatwatja Walkoff and the “wake-up call” for Alison Anderson – an interview with Richard Downs

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 leader

Alison Anderson HAS finally seen the light, gone bush and joined with the “anti-interventionistas”!!

Alison Anderson HAS finally seen the light, gone bush and joined with the “anti-interventionistas”!!

In the weird world that passes for NT politics right now surprises are coming thick and fast. And just maybe Alison Anderson has taken the trenchant criticisms from her constituents at Ampilatwatja to heart.

The Australian’s version of NT politics – bizarre, misleading & eccentric

The Australian’s version of NT politics – bizarre, misleading & eccentric

The Australian maintains it's bizarre position that Alison Anderson was a visionary that could do no wrong and was now a victim of a dastardly conspiracy by a manipulative Gerry Wood and the forces of absolute evil behind NT Chief Minister Paul Henderson.