The Hon. Alastair Nicholson delivered an excellent speech last week on the issue of a lack of a Bill of Rights in Australia as well as the NT Intervention. It is quite a long speech so I have put a pdf on the website at http://www.ncca.org.au/files/Natsiec/Alastair_Nicholson_-John_Barry_Mem__speech__3_.pdf

One statement from the speech, amongst many excellent points, stands out to me:

“I think that as time passes it becomes clear that the intervention was an exercise in social engineering to destroy Aboriginal culture and Aboriginal attachment to their traditional lands and to force Aboriginal people into suburban agglomerations and adopt a white life style”. (Alastair Nicholson).

The WCC living letters visit starts tonight (Sunday) with an informal dinner with Northern Territory Church leaders. Delegates have been arriving over the weekend and are looking forward to meeting people throughout the Northern Territory in the coming days. NATSIEC is hosting the visit and will be travelling with the team.

The delegates are from a wide variety of backgrounds and most are Indigenous. 

WCC Living Letters Visit – September 2010

Delegate list

International delegates:

  • Ms Hera Rere Clarke, WCC Central Committee member, New Zealand, Anglican
  • Ms Renée Grounds, United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race, United States
  • Dr Hanna Grace, Egypt, Coptic Orthodox
  • Rev. Dr Mindawati Perangin-Angin, WCC Central Committee member, Indonesia, Karo Batak Protestant Church
  • Fr Rex Reyes, general secretary of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines, Episcopal
  • Rev. Dr Anthony Dancer, Social Justice Commission of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand, and Polynesia (accompanying member)

Local delegates:

  • Ms Georgie Corowa, Coordinator, Queensland Churches Together Indigenous Peoples and Partnerships.
  • Rev. Sealin Garlett, deputy chair of the NATSIEC Commission, Uniting Church in Australia

WCC and NATSIEC-NCCA staff:

  • Mr Graeme Mundine, NATSIEC-NCCA (local coordinator)
  • Ms Maria Chavez Quispe, WCC (team leader)
  • Ms Gabrielle Russell-Mundine, NATSIEC staff

Media contact: 0419 238 788 or grussell@ncca.org.au