John Howard
1996-2007

"My government has to act to protect Aboriginal children in the Northern Territory from sexual abuse and family violence. We introduce the Northern Territory Emergency Response. It will abolish Community Development Employment Projects, acquire aboriginal land, quarantine half of each welfare payment, teach aboriginal children in English rather than their own language, and enforce compulsory health checks without parental consent. We have to suspend the Racial Discrimination Act to put this into place."

Indigenous perspective

This is what a friend of mine, a Gurindji man, says: Under the discriminatory laws of the Intervention our communities are collapsing, we are prevented from being self-sufficient, from developing our community programmes and supporting our families. Our jobs on CDEP that we have been dependent on for the last 30 years, helped us to build our community, have been cut-off and everything has come to a halt. Our rights have been blocked.