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STICS Public Forum

“Men speak out for Treaty”


Monday, 14 March 2016 - 6 pm for 6.30 pm start

Redfern Community Centre, 29-53 Hugo Street Redfern


Following on from STICS’ successful 2015 forum, First Nations ‘Women Speak out for Treaty’, this event will feature five First Nations Men, followed by Q&A:



Yingiya Mark Guyula, Djambarrpuyngu Nation, Yolngu Nations Assembly Spokesperson

Terry Mason, Awabakal Man, Chair of NTEU A&TSI Policy Committee

Tony McAvoy SC, Wiri Man, Barrister

Tauto Sansbury, Narungga Elder and Aboriginal Advocate

Chris Sarra, Gurang Gurang, Founding Chairman, Stronger Smarter Institute

Facilitator: Jeff McMullen
, journalist and film-maker

For the poster (A4)
: please click here

For the leaflet (A5, double-sided, good for printing and circulating): please click here

For the pamphlet: please click here

For more info: please click here

Friday, 27 March 2015

NITV aired a one hour program titled

Piece - Women Speak Out For Treaty'

'Opinion Piece - Women Speak Out For Treaty' features a panel of articulate women including Arrernte-Alyawarra Elder Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, Gurindji/Malngin/Mudpurra artist Brenda Croft who organised the 45th Anniversary Commemoration of the Wave Hill Walk-off in 2011, which former Australian Prime Minister, the late Malcolm Fraser sent a video message to. Brenda shared the video clip at the forum, as a reminder of a what great leaders like Malcolm Fraser can contribute to the cause for Aboriginal rights and recognition.
Also on the panel, Wiradjuri artist Amala Groom, who is a board member of National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and Gamileraay writer, Natalie Cromb.
The forum was moderated by journalist Jeff McMullen and organised by the Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney to mark the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2015. Additional video supplied courtesy of ‘concerned Australians’.
To watch it again: please click here (50mins, expiry 26 Apr.)


For more info about the Forum:

Further info about Treaty(ies):


For John Pilger's new documentary
: please click here

STICS Forum on 21 March 2014: please click here

Dismantling the Land Rights Act
99 year leases: please click here

New 'concerned Australians' book: A Decision to Discriminate:
Aboriginal Disempowerment in the Northern Territory: please click here or here

For Amnesty's Redfern Action Group: please click here

Yol?uw Makarr Dhuni (Yol?u Nations Assembly) Statement from the second Yolngu Nations Assembly meeting, Maningrida, 11-13 October 2012: click here

The Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services Report - June 2011 to August 2012: please click here (pdf) or or here

Olga Havnen's speech
of 28 May 2013: please click here


Australia’s First Nations Political Party Media Release July 2013: please click here


Sixth Anniversary of the Northern Territory Intervention:
"Striking the Wrong Note"

please click here or

For a summary/excerpt of the article in German: please click here

WGAR News: Sixth Anniversary of the Intervention - Striking the Wrong Note: 'concerned Australians' -

Marking SIX years of the NT Intervention

 Repeal 'Stronger/Stolen Futures' Legislation!

Stop Income Management - not in the NT, not in Bankstown, not anywhere!

Reinvest in community-controlled services and jobs!

For the flyer: please click here

For the poster: please click here
More info:, Jean 0449 646 593,

Facebook: ‘Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney’ or

Background article: Solidarity, April 2013: Income Management expansion in effort to break boycott

Response to the 6th Anniversary of the NT Intervention

27 June 2013  Letter in the Adelaide Advertiser
In the Coalition policies booklet which came to my letter box this week, Tony Abbott and Co declare that they will be abolishing the ‘damaging’ mining tax. Well, somebody has to help out people like the richest Australians, Gina Rinehart, Clive Palmer and Co as well as mining companies like the world’s biggest, BHP Billiton, as they take, or will take, the riches belonging to all Australians, out of the ground forever.
With such corporate welfare relief in mind, it becomes even less surprising that the Northern Territory Intervention was begun by the Coalition six years ago tomorrow - June 21st, 2007 and shamefully continued and expanded under Labor. When one sees the current mining exploration licences NT map, licence exploration almost entirely covers the NT. Under the Intervention,  Aboriginal people  have lost their rights to consent and control over the very factors which directly affect their lives. Hardly surprising it has caused such misery and hopelessness. Collateral damage I think it’s called.
Michele Madigan

 Keeping Them Home

The most recent data shows that the number of children being moved into out-of-home care in the Northern Territory has just about doubled since 2007. Two-thirds of these children are being placed with non-Indigenous families away from their communities.

Elder Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra, as spokesperson for Yolngu Makarr Dhuni calls for this trend to be reversed by increasing family support services in communities. He has written to the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Adam Giles, asking him for his support. If you would like to support Dr Gondarra, please read the campaign letter below.

Letter from Dr Djiniyini Gondarra to Adam Giles: please click here

Campaign Letter: please click here

Background document: please click here

Jeff McMullen's speech (giving context to the suicide and child removal issues): please click here

Media Releases

STICS 4 June 2013: please click here

'concerned Australians' 20 May 2013: please click here

ACM Sydney 20 May 2013: please click here

SNAICC 15 May 2013: please click here

Media Coverage:

Australian Times of 22 May 13: please click here

SMH - Lisa Martin - 20 May 13: please click here

The Stringer - Nicola Butler - 20 May 13: please click here

SMH - Jeff McMullen - 15 March 2013: please click here

WGAR Newsletters:

13 June 2013 - We have to stop the creation of another Stolen Generation: Paddy Gibson, The Guardian UK: please click here

9 June 2013 - call for action to reduce high number of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care: please click here

5 June 2013 - Do forced adoptions mean forced assimilation?: Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney: please click here

26 May 2013 - Keeping Them Home - Stop the forced removal of Aboriginal children from their families: please click here

23 May 2013 - Keeping them Home - What have we learnt from Bringing them Home?: ACM Sydney: please click here

18 May 2013 - Indigenous adoption push prompts Stolen Generation fears: ABC Radio Australia Video: please click here

Background Information:

The Guardian - We have to stop the creation of another Stolen Generation - 12 June 2013
Millions of dollars have gone into bureaucracies to control Aboriginal life, but this has not made children any safer. An alternative is needed

The Australian - Keep care for kids 'within family' - 27 May 2013
THE Australian Centre for Child Protection is calling for more funding to support Aboriginal communities look after neglected children, rather than taking them from their family and culture. Centre director Fiona Arney said yesterday the federal government had wasted millions of dollars on ineffective measures to remove children from indigenous families and take them to regional centres or cities when it could have considered support networks such as extended families.

Australian Times - NT Indigenous leaders challenge Chief Minister’s adoption claims - 22 May 2013
Indigenous leaders in the Northern Territory have hit back at comments made by Chief Minister Adam Giles that children that are neglected should be adopted out, regardless of fears that the government policy was reminiscent of the Stolen Generation....

The Australian - Northern Territory agency battles with child-neglect cases - 22 May 2013
CASES of child neglect are falling through the cracks as the Northern Territory's under-resourced child protection agency bounces between crises.
Sometimes the agency is doing more harm than good, its incoming head has warned.

SMH - Jeff McMullen - 15 March 2013
...The removal of Aboriginal children from their families is also climbing (according to the peak bodies for child protection and the Australian Bureau of Statistics) - to about 13,000 across the nation, or about one-third of the total number of Australian children in out-of-home care. This is disturbing for Aboriginal communities, when waves of cross-generational trauma are still flowing from the original removal of up to 100,000 children during the Stolen Generations.
The madness of the past is still the cruelty of today. With the same misguided logic of assimilation, these Aboriginal children are supposedly removed for their well-being. But around the nation about half are removed from kith and kin. Despite the priority principles agreed to by all Australian governments pledging that such vulnerable children would be put with extended family, in the Northern Territory about 66 per cent are taken away from their culture and community. ...


Report on Government Services 2013 -
This report was released on 31 January 2013. It has been produced by the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (SCRGSP). The report has been published in two volumes.

Chapter 15 Child protection and youth justice services

NT Aboriginal Child Placement Principle

STICS: 5 years of NT Intervention by statistics

Child welfare:
69% increase in children getting taken into out of home care since 2007. Most are cases of "neglect", which is occurring at a rate far higher than other jurisdictions (Closing the Gap monitoring report part 2), and can in many cases be attributed to extreme poverty.
The NT has lowest rate of "out of home care" placement with Aboriginal families in Australia, less than 20% (Productivity Commission annual report on government services). ...

SNAICC supports the holistic and preventative approach to child protection endorsed by the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020. Significant action is required to implement this effectively for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and to address their overrepresentation in the child protection system. SNAICC advocates for a child protection system that is attuned and responsive to the specific needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families. In doing so, SNAICC prioritises self-determination in child protection for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as key to ensuring better support, better decisions and better outcomes for our children and families. SNAICC also focuses on ensuring that all our children remain with family, are reunified where they have been removed, and stay connected to their Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander culture and community.

SBS - 25 May 2012 - Timeline: Stolen Generations

What are the Stolen Generations? Which legal steps were taken to allow the forced removal of Indigenous kids from their families?
The "Stolen Generations" is the name given to at least 100,000 Aboriginal children who were forcibly removed or taken under duress from their families by police or welfare officers between 1910 and 1970, as stated in in the Bringing Them Home Report. ...

AHRC: Bringing them home: The 'Stolen Children' report (1997)

Bringing them home Report 1997 (pdf)
Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families

Community Guide

AHRC: RightsED: Bringing them home -8. Laws - Northern Territory
Bringing them home: 8. The Laws - Northern Territory

NSDC: The Bringing them home Report
On 26th May 1997 the Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families was tabled in Federal Parliament. The 'Bringing them home' Report, revealed the extent of the forcible removal policies, which were passed and implemented for more than 150 years and into the 1970’s.
The Bringing them home Report represents the first of its kind – a complete analysis of the history of the forcible removal policies of successive Federal, State and Territory governments from the late 1800s up to the 1970s that resulted in the Stolen Generations. It also represents the first true and comprehensive documentation of first hand testimonies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults who, as children, were forcibly removed from their families, communities, cultures and land, and subjected to human rights violations that contravened several articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. ...

National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020
An Initiative of the Council of Australian Government April 2009

National Apology for Forced Adoptions

On 21 March 2013, the Prime Minister Julia Gillard apologised on behalf of the Australian Government to people affected by forced adoption or removal policies and practices.


The Secret Country -


What’s really going on?  An update on NT Intervention with  Jeff McMullen and Graeme Mundine

Monday May 13th at 7.30pm - Mona Vale Memorial Hall  - 1606 Pittwater Rd, Mona Vale

Our guest speakers will give an update on the NT Intervention, as it is still going on via Stronger Futures, and will do so for at least another nine and a half years.

Special presentation of the book, “A Decision to Discriminate: Aboriginal Disempowerment in the Northern Territory”, which will be on sale. The message in this book is highly important and vital.

For the Flyer: please click here

For the event on Facebook: please click here

For more events by ASG-MWP: please click here

Book launch ‘A Decision to Discriminate’

& Film Screening ‘Our Generation’

with Graeme Mundine

Tuesday 11 June, 6.00pm-9.00pm

Ryde Library, 1 Pope Street, Ryde (Parking available)

Free Event - Part of the Guringai Festival 2013

For the flyer: please click here

For the A5 flyer to print: please click here

Graeme Mundine will launch the book “A Decision to Discriminate: Aboriginal Disempowerment in the Northern Territory”. This book records what Aboriginal people said and is an invaluable resource for students of Aboriginal history and human rights law, particularly those with an interest in the continuing struggles of Aboriginal people.

The updated version of “Our Generation” explores the Yolngu people of Northeast Arnhem Land’s struggle for their land and culture.

There will be time for Q & A.

Also in the Guringai festival brochure on page 26: please click here


2 July 2013 - 6pm

Free film screening
with special guest speaker

Angela Bates,
NITV's Current Affairs journalist

at Amnesty International's Action Centre, Sydney
Tuesday, 2 July 2013 - 6pm for 6.30pm start

Homelands - produced by Angela Bates, NITV

For the poster: please click here

For more info about the doco: please click here

We will also be screening the CSIRO documentary Aboriginal Water Values and Management in Northern Australia. Narrated by traditional owner, Patricia Marrfurra McTaggart, this video focuses on the research conducted in the Daly River catchment.

All welcome - Refreshments provided

Amnesty International NSW Action Centre,
Level 1,
79 Myrtle St Chippendale, NSW

Organised by the Redfern Group:


Contact: or phone Ken on 0420 354 096

Background article of interest:

Green Left: NT landowners battle for a healthy river - 15 June 2013 -
... The Country Liberal Party government has made changes to the allocation process, which threatens the Roper River region’s environment, as well as pastoral and Indigenous interests. ... Depleting the aquifer also threatens water supply to the downstream community of Ngukurr: the Roper supplies the community but significant salinity migration will render the water unusable by the time it breaks off to supply Ngukurr. ... raised concerns that water taken from the aquifer by mining companies is not counted in the total water allocation allowed, as mining permits are handled by a separate government department. So in fact the total amount of water taken in any given year could far exceed the 36 thousand gigalitre cap. In a further insult to those who depend on a healthy river, the government has deferred establishing a Strategic Indigenous Reserve of water for three years. Until such a guaranteed reserve is established, Aboriginal communities in the Roper region will need to compete with everybody else for water licences. Blanch said this was a question of equity: “Traditional Owners have got a right to develop when they want, not rush in and apply for licences now in case they have none in the future. They have to be consulted — it’s in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People...

Event also listed at:

WRN: Forum on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples please click here

To mark International Human Rights Day, STICS will be holding an
NT Intervention / Stronger Futures Forum on Thursday, 6 December 2012, 6.30pm

For the poster: please click here (jpg) or here (pdf)

For the leaflet: please click here

Tom Mann Theatre
136 Chalmers St, Surry Hills

Special guest speakers:

Rosalie Kunoth-Monks OAM,
Alyawarr Elder from Utopia homelands, NT
Amelia Pangarte Kunoth-Monks,
NT youth leader living on the BasicsCard
Jeff McMullen,
Chief Executive Officer (Honorary) of Ian Thorpe's Fountain for Youth

STICS Media Release: please click here

Communities in the Northern Territory continue to resist the NT Intervention, and the policy framework is in deep crisis.

In June, the Labor government passed "Stronger Futures" legislation, which will continue key discriminatory Intervention powers for a further ten years.

But Central Australian communities like Amoonguna, Ampilatwatja and Daguragu are refusing to sign long term leases with the government. They have issued ultimatums, demanding a return of community controlled councils and the eviction of Intervention managers and Shire Councils from their land.

On October 13, the Yolngu Nations Assembly in Arnhem Land also issued a declaration refusing leases and calling for the repeal of "Stronger Futures".

In the recent NT election, Aboriginal votes swept the ALP from power and the pro-Intervention bipartisan consensus that has dominated both federal and NT politics was broken.

In a populist appeal to bush voters, the Country Liberals ran on a platform of community control over municipal services and an end to the Intervention "hub towns" funding model, which is starving remote homelands and small communities in an attempt to shift people off their land. The CLP have also called for the return of a community based employment program and an end to race-based alcohol restrictions.

Liberal leader Terry Mills told ABC radio that communities had been "trashed" by the removal of councils, jobs and assets. Social crises are escalating. Reported rates of attempted suicide and self harm have increased almost five fold since 2007. Violent assault in Alice Springs is up 45 per cent. Incarceration rates are up 70 per cent.

But the Liberals can not be relied on to turn the situation around. Already they are backtracking on promises to reinstate bilingual education. The promise to restore Aboriginal councils have shifted to talk of "regional councils". In urban centres like Alice Springs they are increasing police harassment of Aboriginal people and threatening to criminalise public drunkenness to push Aboriginal drinkers, "into the scrub".

Community resistance must be supported. Come along to this human rights day forum to hear from Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, a senior Aboriginal leader from the Utopia homelands, about the important new phase in the struggle against the NT Intervention.

Rosalie's grand daughter Amelia will also speak about what life is like on the "income management" system. Plans to introduce this system into Bankstown in Sydney are being successfully fought, with a strong community campaign and public sector union bans stopping all referrals.

For more information:
call Jean 0449 646 593
or email:


Hansard of the passage of the Stronger Futures Bills through the Senate
please click here or here for the pdf


Letter to Australian Politicians on imminent passage of Stronger Futures Legislation, June 2012
please click here

Passing the Stronger Futures legislation - a day of mourning
MR by the Yolngu Nations Assembly and the Alyawaar Nation and Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra

Should the Parliamentary Committee on Humans Rights examine
the control measures proposed in the Stronger Futures Bill?

click here to sign the petition


Last-ditch call to Senators to drop Stronger Futures - ACM Sydney
please click here

Yol?u Nations Assembly statement and supportive statements

please click here

Stand for Freedom campaign

For the video, petition, and further info: please click here


5 years of NT Intervention by statistics
please click here


Amnesty: Tell your Senators: Scrap Stronger Futures: please click here

Uniting Justice Australia: Stronger Futures call to Action: please click here [documents to download at bottom of page]

National Congress of Australia's First Peoples: Congress says Stop & Listen on the Intervention: please click here or here

Stand for Freedom - Take Action: please click here

Avaaz Petition: please click here

'concerned Australians' info on SF, NTER: please click here

STICS 5-year anniversary of NTER - 16 June: please click here

STICS further info about Stronger Futures: please click here

 Upcoming Our Generation screenings and talks about Stronger Futures

Tuesday, 2 April 2013 - 6:00pm, Sydney

at Level 3, Tower Building, UTS
in the Glasshouse Bar 6-8pm

Our Generation screening

For the flyer: please click here

organised by the UTS Amnesty group

Tuesday, 2 October 2012 - 6.30pm - Iserlohn-Letmathe, Germany

Free Film screening of Our Generation

Haus Letmathe, Clara-Deneke-Saal, Hagener Strasse 62, Iserlohn-Letmathe

Eine deutsch - australische Veranstaltung von Amnesty International Iserlohn und Sydney in Zusammenarbeit mit der Stadtbücherei Iserlohn

For the poster: please click here or

Further links:


Articles of interest: (scroll down)
Our Generat