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1 concerned Australians A Conversation with Aboriginal Elders from the Northern Territory Djirrikaymirr Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra OAM Rosalie Kunoth-Monks OAM with The Hon Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC and facilitated by Jeff McMullen

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5 concerned Australians FACTS – in response to Questions

6 concerned Australians Justification for the Intervention was based on concerns regarding Paedophilia and rampant Child Sexual Abuse Paedophilia No paedophilia rings have been found or prosecuted since the Intervention commenced. From ‘The Little Children Are Sacred’ report page 63: “While the Inquiry found no evidence of any “paedophile rings” operating in the Northern Territory, there was enough evidence to conclude that a number of individual non-Aboriginal “paedophiles” had been infiltrating Aboriginal communities and offending against children. ”

7 concerned Australians Child Sexual Abuse This information is from the Government’s (FaHCSIA) Report – ‘Closing the Gap’ in the NT, part two-October 2009: In the two years before the Intervention, there were 15 convictions for child sexual abuse involving Indigenous perpetrators. In the first two years of the Intervention, there were 18 convictions involving Indigenous perpetrators. Diedre Penhaligon from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare confirmed Indigenous children in suburban Victoria are more at risk from sexual abuse than those in the Territory: "If we look at the Northern Territory about 4 per cent of all substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect were for sexual abuse in Indigenous children. "But for other children, that is people who haven't identified as being Indigenous, it is actually 9 per cent and that's a pretty consistent finding across all the jurisdictions."

8 concerned Australians Domestic Violence It is recognised from most reliable data collections that domestic violence rates in the Northern Territory are high. Drawing comparisons between states and Territories is not helpful. The correlation between domestic violence and disadvantage is well known. So is the link between domestic violence and chronic overcrowding. The Northern Territory has a very high percentage of Australia’s most disadvantaged peoples. Other states and the ACT are generally affluent but with pockets of disadvantage. Overcrowding in the Northern Territory is extreme. From the FaHCSIA Report ‘Closing the Gap’ October 2009 an increase in domestic violence of 61% is reported since the commencement of the Intervention. One might question whether an increase in reporting or an increase of pressure on family has led to this finding.

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10 concerned Australians Housing After almost three years: Of the 750 houses promised only 7 have been completed under the 5-year programme. Of the promised 2,500 refurbishments, 174 upgrades have been completed. After 30 odd years without regular maintenance (many houses have had no maintenance) the refurbishments have been cut back so that only kitchen units and bathrooms are being upgraded. Many houses where work has been completed remain with dirt floors, no fly screening, broken windows and warped doors that will no longer close.

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15 concerned Australians Employment /CDEP - Community Development Employment Programme A CDEP employee wage was based on a minimum 15 hour week. If the opportunity was there, as it often was, a worker had the opportunity to work longer hours and increase his/her pay (top-up pay). When the Rudd Government came into power there was a promise to replace CDEP with “real jobs”. This has happened for approximately 2000 workers. Almost 5000 were not so lucky.

16 concerned Australians Employment /CDEP (continued) The movement away from CDEP to Social Security Benefits began in July 2009. This is at great cost to personal pride and affecting workers ability to earn any ‘top-up’ pay. Ultimately for many, their earnings have been substantially reduced. The CDEP programme is due to be terminated in 2011. Those on Social Security Benefits in the NT are now required to work for the dole. In many communities, lists of names are publicly posted of those who are required to attend for work to ensure access to unemployment benefits. Once again Aboriginal people are being used by government for social policy change experimentation.

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