The Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER), also know as 'The Intervention', is a major policy response by the Australian federal government to concerns about Aboriginal health and welfare in Australia's Northern Territory. The NTER includes a number of far-reaching measures, including:
- Suspending parts of the Racial Discrimination Act.
- Introducing income management for support payment recipients by restricting expenditure to certain shops and linking it to children's school attendance.
- Child health checks.
- Appointing managers of all government business and acquiring land title in prescribed communities.
- Some increases in policing and on-ground clean up.
- Alcohol and pornography restrictions on Aboriginal land.
- Abolishing the CDEP.
...the intended health outcomes of the NTER (improvedThis is an important HIA on the most significant Aboriginal health and welfare policy in a generation. The measures included in the NTER also have broader significance, with the Government now seeking to extend income management to income support recipients in other areas. I urge you all to read the report.
health and wellbeing, and ultimately, life expectancy) are unlikely to be fully achieved through the NTER measures. It is predicted that it will leave a negative legacy on the psychological and social wellbeing, on the spirituality and cultural integrity of the prescribed communities. However, it may be possible to minimise or mitigate these negative impacts if the Australian and NT governments commit to and invest in taking the steps necessary to work in respectful partnership with the Aboriginal leaders and organisations responsible for the governance of the prescribed communities in the NT. (p. ix)
The launch coincided with the opening of the AIDA's new offices in Old Parliament House, a location of considerable historical significance. Some of the photos I took at the launch are available on flickr.
Media Coverage of the HIA Report
- Video Report: Doctors Slam NT Intervention [SBS]
- NT action more harm than good, say Aboriginal doctors [SMH]
- Federal NT intervention will cause more harm than good: new report [Crikey]
- Some insights from the health impact assessment of the NT Intervention [Croakey]
- Income management harms health: Doctors [ABC]
- Northen Territory Intervention may prove psychologically detrimental [IBT]