10 June 2010

Coming Up in June 2010!

Come to these two MAIC events in the next couple of Fridays. Lets keep up the campaign to stop this racist Intervention!

1. Public Meeting: Jobs with Justice!
Friday, June 11th Trades Hall, 6:30pm
Special guests: Peter Inverway, Basics Card worker from Kalkaringi; Mick Bull, AMWU member that helped build protest house in Ampilawatja

On the site of the famous Wave Hill Walk-off, Aboriginal people are again working for rations.

As part of the Northern Territory Intervention, Aboriginal people have had their welfare quarantined, their land “compulsorily acquired” and government business managers in control of communities. Community run programs were cut, and with them thousands of Jobs for Aboriginal people.

Now, as part of work for the dole schemes, Aboriginal workers in the NT are working full-time for dole payments that are income-managed, meaning they are effectively working for rations — returning people to '50s era racial discrimination.

2. Picket on 3rd Anniversary of NT Intervention
Noon, Next Friday, June 18th, FaHCSIA offices, Casselden Place, cnr Lonsdale and Spring Streets
Bring yourself, bring your workplace, union or community group!

Kevin Rudd has continued and extended the Intervention policy towards Aboriginal people pushed through in the final days of the Howard era.

The Intervention was based upon the suspension of the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA), indicating the racist basis of the Intervention. Aboriginal Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin claims her new Intervention legislation is ‘reinstating the RDA’. This is a lie.

Under the new laws all of the racist Intervention policies introduced by Howard in 2007 will remain in place. Government measures to control Aboriginal communities include:

• Government Business Managers on Aboriginal communities
• Signing over Aboriginal land for 5-40 years before housing or services are offered
• Racist alcohol and pornography bans

People will not have access to the Racial Discrimination Act to challenge these measures.

Send a message to FaHCSIA, the government department responsible for administering these policies. This racist Intervention must go!

Contact: Lucy Honan on 0404728104 or Sharon Firebrace on 0401414967

Get involved in MAIC!
Melbourne Anti-Intervention Collective (MAIC) is meeting this Monday, 21 June at 6:30pm at 3CR studios, 21 Smith Street, Collingwood. This is a one-off due to the public holiday. We usually meet every Monday, 6:30pm at the New International Bookshop (NIBS). The bookshop is easily found in the basement of the Trades Hall building located on the corner of Lygon and Victoria Streets in South Carlton. All welcome!