June 21 marked 6 years since the NT Intervention was announced, with John Howard sending the military into Aboriginal communities. This was one of the most shameful days in the history of Australia’s brutal and racist treatment of Aboriginal people and set the struggle for Aboriginal rights back many decades.
One of the many punitive, costly and unjust aspects of the Intervention policies is Income Management. The re-branding of the Intervention to ‘Stronger Futures’ has included an expansion of compulsory Income Management (IM) to trial sites around the country.
A rally was held on June 22 in Bankstown, Sydney, one of the areas targeted in the expanded regime. Local residents and community organisations have strongly opposed the rollout of the IM and formed a dedicated coalition to stop its introduction in the area.
Kylie Sambo travelled from Tennant Creek to share her experience of living on Income Management.
Audio from the rally is now uploaded at: http://www.rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/audio/