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Description - This is What We Said: Australian Aboriginal People Give Their Views on the Northern Territory Intervention by

This book is the outcome of a report called 'Will They Be Heard?' launched in November 2009 by the Hon. Malcolm Fraser. Using pictures and quotations taken from footage of actual consultations at Bagot, Ampilatwatja, Utopia and Yirrkala, this book provides a graphic account of the depth of frustration and despair of many Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory regarding the intervention. It is therefore tragic that legislation, to be debated in Parliament in early 2010, pays scant attention to the views expressed by many Aboriginal people during the consultation process of 2009. Also included are quotes on the Intervention from other well-known Australians and UN representatives. Project supported by the Ron Gray Human Rights Foundation.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780646527871
Format: Hardback
(217mm x mm x mm)
Pages: 72
Imprint: Concerned Australians
Publisher: Concerned Australians
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2010
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: This is What We Said: Australian Aboriginal People Give Their Views on the Northern Territory Intervention by - Reviewed by (08 Aug 2010)

This excellent book is of high quality and also includes a brief introduction about the NT Intervention. It reveals a desire for locally based solutions, rather than applying a top down approach. The comments from the Laynhapuy Homeland Mala Leaders at Yirrkala are particularly striking:

"The problems our people face can be addressed through programs and funding targeted on a needs basis alone, under the Closing the Gap policy. We should not be subjected to special measures that separate us out or impose things on us without agreement. Our responses to your questions in this consultation must not be used by the Australian Government to argue for the continuation of the NTER, Intervention or justify what has been done to date."

“This Is What We Said” is essential reading as it is mainly a book of quotes from Aboriginal people giving their own views on the Intervention. Giving voice to Aboriginal people from the Northern Territory is fairly uncommon. This book provides a wonderful opportunity to receive authentic information about what Aboriginal people really think about the Intervention. It is highly important that these views are heard for they differ vastly from what is often portrayed in the media.

I wish that everyone would read this beautiful book and that it may contribute to raising people's awareness about the impacts of the NT Intervention measures on so many Aboriginal people living under it.


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