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Public Book Launch - The Intervention, an anthology
Thu. 18 February 2016, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm AWST
In one of the most invasive, puzzling and unprecedented actions in Australia’s history, the 2007 Northern Territory Intervention was a reactionary and racist response to what the then Howard Government described the "national emergency confronting the welfare of Aboriginal children in relation to child abuse and family violence".
The Intervention resulted in an ongoing breach of human rights which has never been properly debated nor has there ever been any significant consultation with the Indigenous communities most affected.
In this historic anthology, Rosie Scott and Dr Anita Heiss have combined the work of twenty of Australian’s finest writers with powerful statements from Northern Territory Elders to bring a new dimension and urgency to this compelling issue.
In 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 is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand this passionate opposition.