Northern Territory national emergency reponse revisited

Hemming, Andrew (2010) Northern Territory national emergency reponse revisited. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 17 (3). pp. 438-463. ISSN 1321-8719


The Northern Territory of Australia National Emergency Response ('NTER' and sometimes referred to as 'the Intervention') was introduced by the Howard government in 2007. The present Commonwealth government led by Mr Rudd continues to support the response, albeit with some adjustments.
The reaction to the response has been mixed. The most prevalent criticisms centre on the partial suspension of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) and that the intervention has been ineffective. This article expresses the view that the former is of marginal significance while the latter is plainly wrong. The situation has been thrown into sharper focus by the release of the Productivity Commission's 'Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage' report in July 2009 showing that substantiated notifications of abuse inflicted on indigenous children nationwide more than doubled. In line with the trend, Northern Territory figures show notifications of abuse inflicted on indigenous children increased by more than expected (actual 4,415, as opposed to predicted 3,950).

The article examines the situation as at November 2009 and suggests a way forward to address a problem that the Prime Minister described as 'devastating' when responding to the findings in the Productivity Commission report.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author version not held.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Law
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2011 04:11
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2014 06:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: child abuse; federal intervention; Northern Territory; way forward
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160501 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180114 Human Rights Law
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111704 Community Child Health
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940102 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Development and Welfare
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/13218711003702340

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