|This page provides international views on the Federal government's action in the Northern Territory.
It gives insight into how people in other countries view the Federal action-which is particularly interesting in terms of the histories of their own countries-and highlights the growing negative publicity for Australia.
Natalia M. Wobst
My name is Natalia M. Wobst and I am a German-American hailing from
Leverett, Massachusetts. I'm a language scholar, and usually devote my
time to the study of Russian and Eastern European countries and
cultures. I've just returned from spending two years working in the
International Programs Department of a language school located in
Moscow, Russia. As a person who has been involved in the exchange of
several cultures for most of her life, I too would like to lend my ear
and let my voice be heard for the Women for Wik.
7th November, 2007
I am French and I currently live in Paris. Between 1998 and 2003, I lived and worked near Weemol, not far from Bulman, Central Arnhem Land. I've been going back there every year since I left in 2003. In 2005 I completed a PhD compiling Philosophy and Anthropology in the Université Paris 8-Saint-Denis. Being familiar with the relationship of Aboriginal communities and their members to their land and to their own management of their land, I was appalled that the Federal Government used child protection as an excuse to put a threat on land rights. This aspect of the Intervention leads me to support John Ah Kit's radical view when he said Federal Action in the Northern Territory amounts to a form of cultural genocide. Being based in France, my ability to act on this is limited, but I have been writing to MPs, senators and ministers. I have also alerted French newspapers and media.
Maia Ponsonnet, France, 8th September, 2007
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