Junk Food Journalism: Why Annabel Crabb’s Kitchen Cabinet Is Toxic

Originally published by New Matilda on October 29, 2015 When Crabb breaks bread with the Morrisons and Macklins of the world she helps further marginalise the people being punished by their policies, writes Amy McQuire. ABC journalist Annabel Crabb last night began her sickeningly sweet profile of former Immigration Minister and current Treasurer Scott Morrison […]

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Stronger Futures is a “war on democracy”: Gondarra

BY AMY MCQUIRE, JUNE 29, 2012 Originally published in Tracker Magazine. Dhurili leader Reverend Djiniyini Gondarra is an outspoken opponent of the Gillard government’s controversial Stronger Futures policy. (AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL) NATIONAL: A respected Yolngu leader has slammed both major parties for passing the Stronger Futures laws, stating they have both “stolen the authority and responsibility of Aboriginal […]

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Stronger Futures would not beat a legal challenge: judge

BY AMY MCQUIRE, MARCH 20, 2012  Originally published in Tracker Magazine. Former Chief Justice of the Family Court Alastair Nicholson says the Stronger Futures legislation does not comply with the Racial Discrimination Act. (AAP IMAGE/MARK GRAHAM) NATIONAL: A former family court justice has labelled the Stronger Futures consultations a “charade” that would not stand up to a High […]

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Bankstown wary of ‘Stronger Futures’

BY AMY MCQUIRE, APRIL 3, 2012  Originally published in Tracker Magazine.  Aunty Noelene Holten and her daughter Kerry Holten in the centre of Bankstown. NATIONAL: Compulsory income management is being extended into five disadvantaged centres around the country, who are ill-prepared to deal with it, writes AMY McQUIRE*. Aunty Noelene Holten grew up on Burnt Bridge mission, two […]

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A Stronger Future behind bars

BY AMY MCQUIRE, FEBRUARY 13, 2012  Originally published in Tracker Magazine. Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Indigenous affairs minister Jenny Macklin and Member for Lingiari and Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon launching the Stronger Futures report earlier this year. NATIONAL: The federal government’s plans to toughen alcohol bans in the Northern Territory could lead to higher Indigenous incarceration […]

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Stronger Futures won’t protect children: SNAICC

BY AMY MCQUIRE, FEBRUARY 10, 2012  Originally published by Tracker Magazine. Prime Minister Julia Gillard releasing the discussion paper Stronger Futures, which announced six weeks of consultations over the future of the NT intervention. (AAP IMAGE/ALAN PORRITT) NATIONAL: A peak Aboriginal children rights body has called on a parliamentary committee to reject the Stronger Futures legislation, stating the […]

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Stronger Futures bill introduced to Parliament

BY AMY MCQUIRE, NOVEMBER 23, 2011 Originally published in Tracker Magazine. Prime Minister Julia Gillard releasing the discussion paper Stronger Futures, which announced six weeks of consultations over the future of the NT intervention. (AAP IMAGE/ALAN PORRITT) NORTHERN TERRITORY: The Gillard government has introduced its controversial Stronger Futures legislation into Parliament today, in a bid to repeal the […]

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Stronger Futures is the same intervention: Amnesty

BY AMY MCQUIRE, NOVEMBER 23, 2011 Originally published in Tracker Magazine. Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Indigenous affairs minister Jenny Macklin and Member for Lingiari and Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon launching the Stronger Futures report earlier this year. NATIONAL: An international human rights group has called on the Gillard government to move on from the mistakes of […]

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Stronger Futures referred to committee; closing date after Christmas

BY AMY MCQUIRE, DECEMBER 2, 2011 Originally published in Tracker Magazine. NORTHERN TERRITORY: The controversial Stronger Futures legislation has been referred to parliamentary committee, with the submissions due after Christmas, and before the next Parliamentary sitting. The bill was introduced by the Gillard government in November and is designed to takeover from the NT Emergency Response (NTER) when […]

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Peak bodies call on government to move on from intervention

BY AMY MCQUIRE, DECEMBER 2, 2011 Originally published by Tracker Magazine. NORTHERN TERRITORY: A coalition of Aboriginal peak bodies in the Northern Territory has hit out at the federal government’s Stronger Futures legislation, calling for a departure from the trend of “interventions”. The Gillard government introduced the controversial legislation into Parliament earlier this month. The legislation follows a […]

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