We join with the many Indigenous and other Australians who have already spoken about the need to consult Aboriginal people and their Elders in the planning of actions and recommendations that will affect their lives for years to come.
We urge the Federal Government to abandon this legislation and move towards developing strategies, based on trust and respect, which will provide for collaboration with the Aboriginal people of the Northern Territory in decision making relating to their future.
We remember the words of the Hon Jenny Macklin in her 2009/10 budget Ministerial Statement on Resetting the Relationship:
“The Australian Government's bold reform agenda in Indigenous affairs is underpinned by our determination to forge a new relationship with Indigenous Australians based on trust and respect.”
“Our partnership with Indigenous peoples will be respectful and collaborative as well as allowing an open and frank exchange of views.”
“We want Indigenous people to work with us with confidence and with the knowledge that their cultures and perspectives are respected as a source of strength, and not perceived as a barrier to change.”
We note the Statement by Northern Territory Elders and Community Representatives on 4th November 2011:
“The Stronger Futures report has created a lot of anger and frustration due to the lack of process… We will not support an extension of the Intervention legislation… Proper consultation is about listening and inviting and including the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Consultation is about outcomes that are progressive and agreeable to all parties.”
We join with them and say: No More! Enough is enough!
Sign the Petition: http://standforfreedom.org.au/
For more information contact Sister Suzette Clark rsc, CRA Justice Network Coordinator on