‘The Intervention, Stronger Futures and Racial Discrimination: Placing the Australian Government Under Scrutiny’

Chapter 5 in: Elisabeth Baehr and Barbara Schmidt-Haberkamp (eds), ‘And there'll be NO dancing’. Perspectives on Policies Impacting Indigenous Australia since 2007 (Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017) 145-166

22 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2017

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Shelley Bielefeld

School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet); Griffith University - Griffith Law School

Date Written: April 15, 2016

Abstract

The Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER/Intervention), instigated in 2007 by Australia’s Federal Government, has led to prolonged human rights abuses for Australia’s First Peoples living in the Northern Territory. Indigenous peoples have frequently been denied three types of rights in Australia: citizenship rights, Indigenous rights such as self-determination and human rights. Although the Intervention infringes all three, the focal point of this publication will be human rights denied in the context of the Intervention, specifically, the right to protection from racial discrimination. The relationship between some Intervention measures and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination is considered, with case studies on two problematic measures that continue under the Intervention’s successor framework of Stronger Futures: income management and criminalising possession and supply of alcohol.

Suggested Citation

Bielefeld, Shelley and Bielefeld, Shelley, ‘The Intervention, Stronger Futures and Racial Discrimination: Placing the Australian Government Under Scrutiny’ (April 15, 2016). Chapter 5 in: Elisabeth Baehr and Barbara Schmidt-Haberkamp (eds), ‘And there'll be NO dancing’. Perspectives on Policies Impacting Indigenous Australia since 2007 (Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017) 145-166, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2954330

Shelley Bielefeld (Contact Author)

Griffith University - Griffith Law School ( email )

Nathan Campus, GU
Nathan 4111
Australia

School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

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