John Howard, the Australian prime minister, says the country is in the grip of "a national emergency" after a recent inquiry found child sexual abuse to be rampant in Aboriginal communities.
|101 East visits the Northern Territory in Australia|
The solution, Howard said, was to seize complete control of areas in the Northern Territory.
Among the government's measures, alcohol and pornography were to be banned.
Critics slammed Howard's intervention, saying it was a land grab and another paternalistic solution being imposed on indigenous communities by Canberra.
The backlash against the tough measures began immediately, and the government was forced to clarify some of its more contentious proposals.
On this edition of 101 East, Teymoor Nabili is joined by Warren Mundine, the former national president of the Australian Labor Party and the first indigenous Australian to serve as president of an Australian political party, lawyer and aboriginal activist Michael Mansell, and Sydney Morning Herald newspaper columnist Gerard Henderson who is also the executive director of the conservative Sydney Institute think-tank.
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This episode of 101 East aired from 12 July 2007
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