The 3rd anniversary of the NT Intervention

20 Jun

According to Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney (STICS) website, the Australian government is introducing a new federal legislation that would ‘entrench racial discrimination and continue the hardships being felt under the NT Intervention’. Entitled, ‘Social 
Security 
and 
Other 
Legislation
 Amendment 
(Welfare 
Reform 
and 
Reinstatement 
of 
Racial 
Discrimination 
Act)’, this piece of legislation would also see the Labor government (with the support of the Liberals) introduce ‘income management’ schemes.

The Greens have opposed the program which would allow the government to quarantine welfare recipients’ income. The party claims that it discriminates and marginalise the disadvantaged on a daily basis.

The STICS and Alice Springs Based Intervention Rollback Action Group (IRAG) have also criticised the Labor government for the dramatic increase of Aboriginal unemployment in Australia. In shutting down the Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP), indigenous Australians are forced to work up to at least 30 hours simply to receive their Centrelink pay and BasicsCard. Aboriginal unemployment is at a staggering high of 90% in Alice Spring town camps and 70% across Central Australia.

The STICS have organised a rally at Sydney Town Hall on Sunday, 20 June on the 3rd anniversary of the NT intervention. Below are a few pictures taken during the event.

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