We are unable to discount The Intervention as it is a collaborative effort by a group of passionate writers, thinkers and activists who have donated their time and skills to produce this book. It has been priced to cover the costs of printing and distribution only.
In this historic anthology, award-winning writers Rosie Scott and Dr Anita Heiss have gathered together the work of twenty of Australian’s finest writers both Indigenous and non-Indigenous together with powerful statements from Northern Territory Elders to bring a new dimension and urgency to an issue that has remained largely outside the public radar.
One of the most invasive, puzzling and unprecedented actions by a government in Australian history – the 2007 NT Intervention by the Howard Government- has resulted in an ongoing and flagrant breach of human rights. The introduction of this racist legislation has never been fully debated nationally nor has there ever been any significant consultation with the Indigenous communities most affected.
In compelling fiction, memoir, essays, poetry and communiqués, the dramatic story of the Intervention and the despair, anguish and anger of the First Nations people of the Territory comes alive.
The Intervention: an Anthology is an extraordinary document – deeply moving, impassioned, spiritual, angry and authoritative –it’s essential reading for anyone who wants to understand this passionate opposition.
As Anna Funder writes -‘An indispensable contribution to the debate’
From the editors: We are grateful to the Cultural Fund of CAL for their grant -The Cultural Fund supports a wide variety of projects which aim to encourage, and provide practical assistance to Copyright Agency's members and the Australian cultural community.
List of contributors
Debra Adelaide, Pat Anderson, Larissa Behrendt, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Eva Cox, Brenda L. Croft, Lionel Fogarty, Djiniyini Gondarra, Yingiya Mark Guyula, Rodney Hall, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, Deni Langman, Melissa Lucashenko, Jeff McMullen, PM Newton, Christine Olsen, Bruce Pascoe, Nicole Watson, Samuel Wagan Watson, Rachel Willika, Alexis Wright, Yalmay Yunipingu and Arnold Zable.
About the Editors
Dr Rosie Scott is an internationally published award-winning writer who has published six novels which were finalists in most major Australian awards, a collection each of short stories, poems and essays and edited two anthologies. Her award winning play was the basis for a film which received several international prizes.
She is a permanent member of the Council of Australian Society of Authors, received the Sydney PEN Award, was awarded an honorary membership of PEN and she and Tom Keneally were nominated for the Human Rights Medal.
Recently she was nominated for the education section of 100 most influential people in Sydney for her work in mentoring and teaching about asylum seekers. She was co-founder of Women for Wik.
Her last book Faith Singer was on the list of 50 Essential Reads by Contemporary Writers compiled by the Orange committee, the Guardian and Hays Literary Festival
Her latest book is A Country Too Far, the anthology on asylum seekers co-edited with Tom Keneally.
Dr. Anita Heiss is the author of nonfiction, historical fiction, commercial women's fiction, poetry, social commentary, and travel articles. She is a regular guest at writers' festivals and travels internationally performing her work and lecturing on Indigenous literature. She is an Indigenous Literacy Day Ambassador and a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation of central NSW.
Anita is a board member of the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy, a Patron of the Alliance of Girls' Schools of Australia and an Advocate for the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence. She is an Adjunct Professor with Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, UTS and currently divides her time between writing, public speaking, emceeing, and as a workshop facilitator. Anita was a finalist in the 2013 Australian of the Year Awards and in the 2012 Human Rights Awards.
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I read books to find out how in touch with reality (this one) they are.
I use this to learn an alternative a real truth about Aboriginal Australia
To understand misconceptions many hold about Australia's Indigenous policies thanks to mainstream press & politicians of the day
Honest recounts, range of narrative styles, provide a rich document that is confronting & personal, but also informative and supported by research.
I plan to read again, but as I have, I have shared with students studying Indigenous Cultures and peoples as a way to add more Indigenous voices to The narrative of Australia.
This book should be in every school and in every library. The Intervention, An Anthology, should be used in conjunction with other related materials, to form an integral part of the school curriculum. Schools should have an obligation teach our young people about the ongoing suffering and injustices still being inflicted upon our original people's in this country. Only with truth can we hope to produce adults that will have the knowledge and courage to change the world. Only through books like this, can we hope to give our young people those very necessary tools.
This book is a great reference for alternative views about the NT Emergency Response that the Howard Government mounted in its dying days in 2007. A 'must read' because it is the voices of people that were most impacted by the unlawful invasion of Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory in 2007 and how little it has really achieved in terms of improving the lives and well being of discrete and remote Aboriginal communities.
This is a book which enlightens readers as to the injustices and discrimination carried out in the Northern Territory over recent years. The "Intervention" has turned back the clock and returned the indigenous population to the old days of excessive external control and loss of decision making and community and individual self-management.
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st July 2015
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1