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Barbara Shaw, from Mt Nancy town camp near Alice Springs, talks in Melbourne on 27th August 2009 about the Northern territory Intervention, which began in 2007 under the Howard Government and is being extended under the Rudd Labour Government.
Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin announced in July ‘09 that Town Camps in the NT would be paid $100m to sign 40 year leases making the residents tenants under the Territory Government. Should they refuse, Macklin threatened, the Government will compulsorily acquire the town camps under the special powers provided by the Emergency Response Legislation, which was pushed through Parliament in 2007. In response, Barbara Shaw has lodged two injuctions - or ‘stays of execution’ - against Macklin, stating that she did not inform the tenants that their right were going to be extinguished. The Federal Court will now proceed to a full hearing on Monday August 31st. More to come in the next few days… Fore more information, check out these articles: Crikey: ‘Alice camps injunction is down to Macklin’ http://www.crikey.com.au/2009/08/07/alice-camps-injunction-is-down-to-macklin/ Crikey: ‘Macklin botches Alice Springs town camp compulsory acquisition’ http://www.crikey.com.au/2009/07/27/macklin-botches-alice-springs-town-camp-compulsory-acquisition/ Also, very importantly, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Indigenous Peoples, Prof James Anaya, has recently visited the Northern Territory on a 11 day trip (17-28 August 2009). He also met with Barbara Shaw, who introduced him to one of the town camps near Alice. His report has condemned the Northern Territory Intervention as ‘Racist’ and he has urged Canberra to reinstate the Racial Discrimination Act asap. Anaya will present the Report to the UN at the next Human Rights Council meeting. Take a read of the Report here: http://www.unhchr.ch/huricane/huricane.nsf/view01/313713727C084992C125761F00443D60?opendocument Both the Government and the Opposition have responded in the most embarrassing manner possible, by choosing to completely disregard the Report of this distinguished Rapporteur: Tony Abbott: ‘Abbott says calls from UN expert Anaya “nonsense”’ http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,25992824-29277,00.html And Warren Mundine: ‘Warren Mundine ~versus~ James Anaya’ http://slackbastard.anarchobase.com/?p=6610 And of course, Rupert Murdoch’s opinion in The Australian: ‘He came, he saw and missed the point’ http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25995837-16741,00.html