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First the Problem of the Intervention – Then the Constitution!!

On the evening of Friday 27th May, 2011 a dinner forum “The First Australians” was held at St Anthony in the Fields Catholic Church, part of the Catholic Parish of Frenchs Forest.  The theme for the evening, a Guringai Festival event, was “First the Problem of the Intervention – Then the Constitution. Nicole Watson was the keynote speaker.

Nicole is a member of the Birri-Gubba People and the Yugambeh language group. Nicole has a bachelor of laws from the University of Queensland and a master of laws from the Queensland University of Technology. Nicole was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1999. She has worked for Legal Aid Queensland, the National Native Title Tribunal and the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency. Nicole is also a former editor of the Indigenous Law Bulletin. Nicole’s first novel, ‘The Boundary’ is being released nationally in June 2011.

Video presentations of major portions of the evening are presented below.


Introduction to the “Sharing Our Story, Sharing the Land” project.

Nicole Watson’s presentation (Part a)

Nicole Watson’s Presentation (Part b)

Question: What is your alternative to the Intervention?

Comment: According to the SMH NT Communities are expected to relocate.

Comment: What about the speed in which the 500 pages of legislation was produced after the Intervention was announced.

Comment: The NT nuclear waste dump and consultation.
Comment: The integration of Indigenous and European law.

Question: What political parties support the recognition of Indigenous Australians in the Constitution.

Nancy Hill-Wood speak of her experience as a member of the Stolen Generation.

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