Oct 27, 2008

The NTER review board – an opportunity lost

Jenny Macklin asked for an independent review and, when she didn’t like the findings, the submissions and the mounting evidence, she rejected it out of hand, write Larissa Behrendt and Nicole Watson.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, has now delivered her response to the Northern Territory Emergency Response (“NTER”) Review Board’s report. Her decision to keep the Intervention in place and the Racial Discrimination Act suspended for another 12 months is a rejection of the Board’s findings and the considered submissions of experts such as the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association.

As Social Justice Commissioner, Tom Calma, observed in his Charles Perkins Oration last week, protecting the rights of children and protecting their families from racial discrimination have been presented as a false dichotomy. But there are ways of protecting children from abuse that do not require them to be treated in a racially discriminatory way.

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  1. Dr Harvey M Tarvydas

    For the record, my nick name, ‘psychology, psychology, psychology is everything’.
    Psychology errors fundamentally affect all thinking and reactions almost equally for the small or large, bright or dull minds relatively regardless of experience.
    The profundity of the essential original error and the total inexperience of talents to think otherwise than in original terms is the reason why dopes like Brough and Howard undertook the great extra deliberate damage to Aboriginal people which I call ‘the great shaming’ (which was a psychopathic act expected to win votes). (needs an apology of its own)
    The essential error is that Aboriginal people living remotely and in special settlements (outside the other population areas) are welfare recipients, an ugly psychology forced on to these people when in fact they are paid to piss and poop in the bush. Aboriginal people liberated from this psychological prison would quickly show us how competently they could make value out of a reframing of their importance to us.
    Already there is agreement that Brough & Howards approach to the intervention induced significant understandable negative consequences for the Aboriginal people. And that’s without any discussion about the deliberate ugly government led and media complied with shaming of our first Australians. Where were the smart people stopping the bullies B & H from wrecking their havoc?

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