Petition against the Northern Territory Intervention

Please print off the attached petition and circulate in your workplaces, organisations and communities. Return petitions to: Aboriginal Rights Coalition, Sydney PO Box 433, Newtown NSW 2042 by 14/6/08.

Petition against the Northern Territory Intervention

To the Honourable the President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled:

The Federal government’s intervention in the Northern Territory is discriminatory against Aboriginal people. Punitive policies such as welfare quarantining, the abolition of Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) and compulsory acquisition of property are causing enormous hardship for Aboriginal communities in the NT.

Your Petitioners ask/request that the Senate should:

Immediately repeal all legislation passed as part of the NT National Emergency Response package and guarantee the operation of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 in all future legislation. We further request that the Government commit substantial resources to the long-term provision of infrastructure and social services in all Aboriginal communities across Australia, taking direction from those communities in line with the principles of self-determination.

“Dear all,

With the support of activists from “prescribed areas” in the NT, the Aboriginal Rights Coalition in Sydney have initiated a national petition against the NT intervention.

Labor Senator for the NT Trish Crossin has agreed to present the petition to parliament in late June, to mark one year since the intervention and to coincide with the beginning of the official “review” process.

We are aiming to have thousands of signatures from all around the country.

Please print off the attached petition and circulate in your workplaces, organisations and communities. Return petitions to:

Aboriginal Rights Coalition, Sydney PO Box 433, Newtown NSW 2042 by 14/6/08.

We are also seeking public endorsement of the petition from supportive organisations. Please reply to this address or aboriginalrightscoalition@gmail.com if your organisation is willing to endorse.

in solidarity
Paddy Gibson”