Protesters denounce NT land grab

August 2, 2009

MELBOURNE— On July 29, 40 supporters of Aboriginal rights gathered in front of the ALP Victorian headquarters in West Melbourne. They protested against the federal ALP government's planned takeover of the Alice Springs town camps.

The protest was held in support of Tangentyere Council, which represents the town camps. Speakers included Aboriginal activist Robbie Thorpe, traditional owners, and members of the Melbourne Anti-Intervention Collective.

Speakers condemned the plan as a racist land grab. They said Indigenous affairs minister Jenny Macklin was blackmailing Aboriginal landowners to give up land in return for desperately needed housing and services.

The protest was organised by the Melbourne Anti-Intervention Collective. To get involved in the collective phone 03 9419 8700 or email .

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