Sunday, 25 May 2008

Intervention 'a smokescreen for land grab'

A delegate at an anti-intervention conference being held in Sydney this weekend says the general feeling is that the intervention is all about taking land away from Indigenous people.

Greg Eatock from the Aboriginal Rights Coalition says about 150 people have come from Aboriginal communities from around Australia, including the Northern Territory, to call for an immediate halt to the intervention.

He says one topic that has been discussed is the exodus of Aboriginal people from communities into towns.

He says people at the conference believe that is a deliberate strategy by the Federal Government, which wants to take Aboriginal land and use it for mining.

"If you talk to many Aboriginal people you find they don't support the intervention, they're aware that when it was brought down this whole thing about child sexual assault was a smokescreen and they do support this campaign," he said.


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