Decade of failed NT Intervention
The tenth anniversary of the Northern Territory Intervention has not been a source of joy for anyone, including our politicians.
To his credit, Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister, Senator Nigel Scullion admitted that the NTER measure should have occurred only after proper consultation with the affected Aboriginal communities.
"I think it would have been far better to do some of the same things with the full compliance of the community, rather than the community having the sense that it was imposed on us, so yes of course we could have done it better," he told SBS.
Perhaps the most disappointing aspect to the entire measure is that it was based on a lie; that there were rings of paedophiles in remote Aboriginal communities who were abusing children.
Alarmingly, it was rolled out in a blanket way across remote communities in the Northern Territory, with no regard for one of the key findings of the preceding Ampe Akelyernemane Meke Mekarle: “Little Children are Sacred” report; ie, where traditional Aboriginal law remained strong, communities functioned better and it guarded against the sexual abuse of children.