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Intervention: Denied Control

"The Intervention has taken away our dignity and our identity..."

In this video interview, Milli offers her personal reflections on the impact of the Intervention (2007) on her community of Beswick, Northern Territory. “It has taken away our dignity and our identity,” she says. “We used to have a council of elders in our community… people were well aware that if they did something wrong we would have this council solve it for us… the Intervention took all that away.” 

The council of elders is not all the Intervention has taken away from the Beswick community. It has taken control over their lives. Milli reveals that she is even fighting to stay in the house she currently lives in.

The community has not seen the promises of the Intervention fulfilled, such as improved healthcare, housing, and education. In fact, the situation in the community has deteriorated. For instance, Milli describes how the government has boarded over broken windows rather than replacing the glass. “To this day some houses have all these boards up on the windows,” she says in disbelief.

WATCH VIDEO of Milli sharing her story

According to Milli, the community feels helpless as a result of the Intervention, which she accuses of creating the very problems it was intended to solve, and removing what support systems the community had in place.


For more information about the Intervention, including arguments in favour of the legislation, see The Intervention

Stop & Think... Who controls your life?

  • How would you feel if army vehicles arrived in your street unannounced and took charge of your community?
  • If this happened to you, who would you turn to for justice and protection?
  • How would you feel if the Government controlled your bank account?

Want to know more?

Watch Sharing Our Story Episode 3 to learn more about the Intervention. 

The complete Sharing Our Story series is available here.


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