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Julia Gillard
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Carol Brown
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Bridget McKenzie
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Nick Xenophon
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Bob Brown

Australian Government: Stop "Stronger Futures" and support Aboriginal self-determination in the NT

    1. Petition by

      Stand For Freedom

The Australian Government is currently considering passing legislation that will undermine the human rights of Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory for the next 10 years.

The “Stronger Futures” legislation will maintain many parts of the Northern Territory Intervention; a policy that has attracted United Nations condemnation for its racial discrimination against Aboriginal people and their cultures.

It will grant complete Commonwealth control over townships and camps. It will increase punitive measures and alcohol bans, while slashing funds to vital jobs programs. And it will expand a failed program that quarantines welfare payments based on school attendance.

The government should withdraw this legislation.

It has been developed without the free, prior and informed consent of Aboriginal communities, and it will give the Government 10 more years of control.

Aboriginal Elders, community leaders and Aboriginal organisations across the Northern Territory have opposed the legislation, and are demanding the right to control their own futures. Years of this top-down policy-making by the Government have taken power away from communities and have overseen increasing poverty and social breakdown.

Since the Northern Territory Intervention started in 2007:
- Incarceration of Aboriginal people has increased by 41%
- Attempted suicide and self-harm amongst Aboriginal youth has doubled
- Aboriginal life expectancy continues to be the lowest of any Indigenous group on the world.

The Government should give Aboriginal people the right to control their own futures.

Please sign the petition, and ensure the Government withdraws the legislation in its current form.

Find us on Facebook -- http://on.fb.me/MP4G5Y -- for more updates and help us reach our goal of 100,000 signatures before June 18th!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 40,000 signatures
    2. Vote on the legislation has been delayed until May - Let's aim for 100,000!

      The Senate did not reach a vote on the legislation before the end of its March session, meaning that we have until 8 May to build an even bigger public movement against Stronger Futures. So let's keep the campaign going and aim for 100,000 signatures!

    3. 33,000 signatures are presented to the Senate

      Whilst the Stronger Futures was being debated, campaign director Damien Curtis presented 33,000 signatures to the Senate, to demonstrate the overwhelming public opposition to the legislation.

    4. Greens urge Senate to reject legislation

      The Australian Greens say there are significant community concerns that proposed measures under the Stronger Futures legislation will be highly detrimental to Aboriginal people in the NT.

      “The Greens have strongly recommended that the Senate rejects this legislation,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues said today.

    5. Civil society rejects Inquiry report findings

      Human rights, welfare, health, religious and Aboriginal organisations have widely condemned the Senate Inquiry report has having ignored and disrespected many of the concerns raised by the community sector in their submissions to the Inquiry. Whilst the Committee’s report recommends minor changes to the legislation, many solutions offered by communities in the areas of governance, alcohol management and education have been ignored. Even the call by Australia’s peak representative body for Aboriginal people, the National Congress for Australia’s First Peoples, to have the bills tested for human rights compliance in accordance with the new Parliamentary Scrutiny (Human Rights) Act have been ignored.

    6. NT intervention like Apartheid, say lawyers

      Plans to extend the NT intervention in remote Aboriginal communities for another decade are akin to Apartheid in South Africa, a lawyers alliance warns.

      The Australian Lawyers Alliance says the Gillard government’s Stronger Futures legislation should be scrapped because it is racist and does not comply with Australia’s international law obligations.

    7. Senate Inquiry releases its report on legislation

      The Senate Community Affairs Committee Inquiry into the Stronger Futures legislation has released its report. It recommends 11 changes to be made to the legislation, and contains a dissenting report from the Greens calling for the legislation to be scrapped altogether.

    8. Call for NT intervention policy to face human rights test

      Proposals to extend aspects of the Northern Territory Intervention for a decade should not proceed until they can be shown to be consistent with Australia’s international human rights obligations, the representative body for indigenous Australians says.

    9. Reached 30,000 signatures
    10. Prominent Australians slam Indigenous bill

      Twenty-seven prominent Australians, including former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, have written to Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and Greens Leader Bob Brown to express their anger over plans to extend the Northern Territory intervention.

    11. The Age: Call for NT intervention policy to face human rights test

      Proposals to extend aspects of the Northern Territory Intervention for a decade should not proceed until they can be shown to be consistent with Australia’s international human rights obligations, the representative body for indigenous Australians says.

    12. Reached 20,000 signatures
    13. Report claims Stronger Futures process is a sham

      Former prime minister Malcolm Fraser has accused the Gillard government of ”old fashioned white paternalism at its very worst”, insisting that consultations with indigenous communities on the future of the Northern Territory Intervention were fraudulent.

    14. Former prime minister labels laws as ‘racist’

      On ABC Lateline, the former prime minister, Malcolm Fraser, has slammed the Federal Government's new legislation on the Northern Territory Intervention, labelling it racist. He says that the Stronger Futures legislation would take Australia backwards in its relationship with Indigenous people.

    15. High-profile musicians join the campaign

      Check out the new video "Will You Stand For Freedom?", with John Butler, Archie Roach, Shane Howard, Danielle Caruana and Shellie Morris.

    16. Reached 10,000 signatures
    17. Department under fire over legislation

      The Federal Department of Indigenous Affairs is under fire over reports the consultation process with Aboriginal communities for the legislation was deeply flawed. The National Congress of Australia’s First People and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda both slammed the consultation process at a Senate hearing on Thursday evening at Parliament House in Canberra.

    18. Legislation is rushed through Lower House

      On Monday 27th February, the Stronger Futures legislation was passed in the Lower House of Parliament. The legislation was rushed through by Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin, 2 weeks before the Senate Inquiry’s report is due on 13th March. It also happened to be the day before an event was planned in Parliament House with eminent Australians and Aboriginal elders from the NT to raise awareness amongst MPs of the legislation. This action has gone against democracy and normal Parliamentary procedure. The legislation will now be voted on by the Senate, once they receive the report of the Senate Committee’s Inquiry on 13th March 2012.

    19. Reached 5,000 signatures
    20. Indigenous elder attacks Stronger Futures legislation

      At a Senate Committee hearing in Darwin, Indigenous elder Maurie Japata Ryan has called on the Federal Government to reward Aboriginal parents whose children attend school and not penalise them under the new Stronger Futures Bill.

    21. Reached 1,500 signatures
    22. MPs slam 'substandard' Indigenous consultations

      Senators on a roadshow of hearings in the NT about the Federal Government's proposed Stronger Futures legislation believe there's been "substandard" consultation with Aboriginal communities about the draft laws.

    23. Reached 750 signatures
    24. Aboriginal leaders in Central NT reject legislation

      Aboriginal community leaders and advocates have rejected federal government plans to extend the Intervention policy under Stronger Futures, saying they haven’t been properly consulted. The leaders were addressing one of the Senate Committee’s public hearings on the proposed legislation in Alice Springs.


    Reasons for signing

    • Adam Paquette ANNANDALE, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      As an artist, I consider the protection of a native people's right to perpetuation of their sacred creative culture of paramount importance.

    • William Govett CAMBERWELL, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      I believe in the rights of all people as outlined in the Charter of Human Rights-International Code and that all,people should be free of discrimination and have their own self-determination. I stand for freedom in the face of any and all oppression of the people. I believe people should be consulted. I have seen no evidence that supports the Intervention, and especially the Income Management Measures. I also see this has expanded to other areas of Australia and fear that this is the slow but sure erosian of human rights, targeted at those who are welfare recipients. For more details feel free to contact me. 0411 969 159.

    • Caroline Popplewell BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      Because all human beings are entitled to basic human rights.

      • about 2 years ago

      The aboriginal people deserve the right to be heard and to have input into decisions that effect their lives.


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