23/01/2010: UPDATE ON ABORIGINAL SUMMIT IN CANBERRA

Contents:
Aboriginal Summit in Canberra
Making a submission on NTER legislation amendments by 1 Feb 2010
Ampilatwatja Walk-off
Racist Website
Peace Walk for Aboriginal Sovereignty: 25, 26 Jan Canberra
Loan shark lends to Aboriginal Centrelink clients
UN Report on conditions of world’s indigenous peoples
Recent attacks on Indian students in Melbourne
Other NT Intervention Articles

ABORIGINAL SUMMIT IN CANBERRA:

“NEW WAY SUMMIT: Our Way or No Way

Invitation to national conference open to all in support of
ABORIGINAL RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS

30, 31 January – 1 February 2010

30-31 Jan (Sat-Sun) 9am – 6pm at Haydon-Allen Tank
1 Feb (Mon) 9am – 6pm at Copeland Theatre

Australian National University, Canberra

Convenor: Michael Anderson … “

Contact details: http://indymedia.org.au/files/Summit%20poster_0.jpg

Updates: www.wgar.info

- Request for support

Indymedia Australia: Canberra billets and transport needed
for New Way Summit in support of Aboriginal Rights and Freedoms
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/01/21/canberra-billets-and-transport-needed-weekend-after-next-for-new-way-summit-in-support-o-0
[Includes requests for garden produce, kitchen help,
firewood, tents, blankets and sleeping bags]

- Media Release

Indymedia Australia:
Aboriginal summit: “Be prepared for the fight of your life”
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/01/16/aboriginal-summit-%E2%80%9Cbe-prepared-for-the-fight-of-your-life%E2%80%9D
16 Jan 10: “The national Aboriginal summit in Canberra from
30 January to 1 February (inclusive) is open for all to
hear elders and youth combining to set a ‘New Way’ agenda
for our pathway into the future. …
1. The first day of the ‘summit’ is for listening to the
elders and the youth. It will give us a clear and defined
agenda for the following two days. Our people are hurting
and they are seeking to locate their own solutions to
problems. A sanitised national representative body cannot
and will not get down in the gutters and mess that has been
created by all past government-sponsored programming. This
summit is about the blood, guts and tears of our people. It
is our intention to deal with the issues that nobody wants
to know about, let alone do something about. Murris,
Nyoongars, Goories, Koories etc need their space to let it
all out. The pent-up pain and suffering requires a free and
open environment for it all to be released and that is what
we will be offering on the first day. So if you think the
heat will be on and you cannot stand the heat then stay
away.
2. The second day will be about having the delegates
workshop the issues that they seek to address. We need to
locate solutions and this will offer the people the freedom
to come up with what they see as their ways of addressing
issues. It is important to understand that we will expect
the people to indicate their visions and outcomes for their
planned way forward.
3. The third day is about setting an ‘Agenda of ACTION’.
This will include amongst other things a declaration of our
will and ‘sovereignty’. It will also include a ‘communiqué’
to be delivered to the Prime Minister and his parliament
which we hope can be read into the Parliamentary Hansard.
… Michael Anderson”

- Background

WGAR News: Call to an Aboriginal summit in Canberra (13 Jan 10)
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/01/13/wgar-news-call-to-an-aboriginal-summit-in-canberra-13-jan-10

- News

Koori Mail: Canberra summit shapes up
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
13 Jan 10: “ABORIGINAL Tent Embassy founder Michael
Anderson says there’s been overwhelming interest in a
summit he’ll convene in Canberra on 30 January and [until]
1 February. Mr Anderson says he hopes the summit will lead
to a communique of grievances and suggestions for a new
approach to Indigenous issues that can be read to the
Federal Parliament.”

MAKING A SUBMISSION ON NTER LEGISLATION AMENDMENTS BY 1 FEB 2010:

Australian Senate: Community Affairs Legislation Committee
Inquiry into Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment
(Welfare Reform and Reinstatement of Racial Discrimination
Act) Bill 2009 and the
Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
and Other Legislation Amendment (2009 Measures) Bill 2009
along with the Families, Housing, Community Services and
Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment
(Restoration of Racial Discrimination Act) Bill 2009
[introduced by Senator Siewert]
http://202.14.81.230/senate/committee/clac_ctte/soc_sec_welfare_reform_racial_discrim_09/tor.pdf
“The Committee invites you to provide a written submission
addressing issues that may be of relevance to you. The
submission should be lodged by 1 February 2010. The
Committee prefers to receive submissions electronically as
an attached document
– email: community.affairs.sen@aph.gov.au
– otherwise by fax (02 6277 5829).”

[Ed. note: The 3rd of these ammendment bills was introduced
by Greens Senator Rachel Siewert]

AMPILATWATJA WALK-OFF:

- Background

Intervention walkoff’s blog:
http://interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com/

- Video

Intervention walkoff’s blog: Video
Support message to Alyawarr people from Murray George and
John Hartley
http://interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com/video/
17 Jan 10

- Message

Intervention walkoff’s blog: Message from John Hartley
http://interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com/
17 Jan 10: “To be clear, I do not write or speak for or on
behalf of the Alyawarr Peoples or anyone for that matter,
… Of late I have listened and watched with interested the
early achievements and actions of those members of the
Alyawarr Peoples who walked back out into country and think
they are a much needed current example of a grassroots
non-cooperative cultural response. As I see it, the
Alyawarr Peoples response to the racist policies of the rudd
government is not simply a reaction to the current
manufactured intervention but is borne of the continued and
active “dispersal” policies that stem back to earlier
colonising objectives. … ” John Hartley

- Opinion

Green Left: 222 years of Aboriginal struggle
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2010/822/42292
16 Jan 10: ” “Two hundred years [ago], we had all the
country out there, we had freedom to move, freedom of
access to all our sites”, Aboriginal leader Richard Downs
told Green Left Weekly on January 4. “Then we were herded
into missions and our movements restricted across this land.
Today the government is taking our last little patch of
freedom and imposing their will on us. With the
intervention, anger, frustration and resentment [is]
building. Aboriginal people are saying we have to come
together and not be divided. And we said enough is enough.
We’ve got to make a stand somewhere, so we walked off.” ”
Peter Robson

RACIST WEBSITE:

- Radio

CAAMA Radio PM News
(Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association):
http://caama.com.au/radio/caama-radio-pm-news-18012010/
18 Jan 10: “Links to a Webpage that promotes racist views
of indigenous australians has been removed by google.”

- News

SMH: Google agrees to take down racist site
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/google-agrees-to-take-down-racist-site-20100115-maxd.html
15 Jan 10: “Google has agreed to take down links to a
website that promotes racist views of indigenous
Australians. Aboriginal man Steve Hodder-Watt recently
discovered the US-based site by searching “Aboriginal and
Encyclopedia” in the search engine.”

International Business Times:
Google still linking to racist website
http://ibtimes.com.au/articles/20100118/it-is-reported-google-has-failed-remove-search-results-linked-toracist-website-aimed.htm
18 Jan 10: “It is reported that Google has failed to remove
search results that linked to a racist website aimed at
Indigenous Australians despite requests from an Aboriginal
man. … The search results linking to the site were
removed on Friday night following complains by Stephen
Watts to Google Australia and the Human Rights Commission.”

ABC: Push for Google to develop racism policy
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/01/18/2795016.htm?site=indigenous&topic=latest
18 Jan 10: “The lawyer for an Aboriginal Alice Springs man
says his client wants internet giant Google to attend
mediation with him and produce a racism policy. Aboriginal
broadcaster Steve Hodder-Watt complained to the Human
Rights Commission about Google’s listing of a racist
website in its search results.”

PEACE WALK FOR ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY: 25, 26 JAN CANBERRA:

http://wgar.info/2010/01/21/sovereignty-walk/

“2010 PEACE WALK

Aboriginal Sovereignty
Nuclear Free Future

25th Jan
10.30am Woden Youth Centre to the Aboriginal Tent Embassy

26th Jan
10.30am Community Walk from Garema Place Civic to the
Aboriginal Tent Embassy

Please join us
Alcohol and drug free”

LOAN SHARK LENDS TO ABORIGINAL CENTRELINK CLIENTS:

- Radio

CAAMA Radio PM News
(Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association):
http://caama.com.au/radio/caama-radio-pm-news-18012010/
18 Jan 10: “federal and State Authorities will meet in a
bid to stamp out a West Australian Loan shark who is
drawing on centrelink payments of hundreds of Aboriginal
people.”

- News

Australian: Jenny Macklin blasts ‘appalling’ Laverton
loan shark Sam Tomarchio
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/jenny-macklin-blasts-appalling-laverton-loan-shark/story-e6frg6nf-1225820155886
16 Jan 10: “FEDERAL Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny
Macklin has described as “appalling” the actions of
Laverton loan shark Sam Tomarchio, as both federal and
state authorities prepare to hold a crisis meeting in a bid
to stamp out the damaging practice.”

Australian: Outback loan shark, Sam Tomarchio, seeks police aid
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/outback-loan-shark-seeks-police-aid/story-e6frg6n6-1225820594151
18 Jan 10: “AN outback money lender who controls the
Centrelink payments of hundreds of Aborigines has appealed
to police to charge clients who refuse to pay up. Sam
Tomarchio, who charges his clients interest of between 30
and 50 per cent, demanded in an email to the Major Fraud
Squad that it pursue and charge Aborigines who denied him
access to their bank accounts.”

Australian:
Aborigines free to ignore debts to loan shark Sam Tomarchio
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/aborigines-free-to-ignore-debts-to-loan-shark/story-e6frg6nf-1225821018943
19 Jan 10: “WEST Australian Police Commissioner Karl
O’Callaghan has promised hundreds of welfare-dependent
Aborigines across central Australia they can default on
their debts to outback money lender Sam Tomarchio without
fear of criminal prosecution.”

UN REPORT ON CONDITIONS OF WORLD’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLES:

See State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples Report:
http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/en/sowip.html

- News

National Indigenous Times:
Aboriginal life expectancy gap highest in world: UN
http://www.nit.com.au/story.aspx?id=19190
15 Jan 10: “Indigenous Australians have the worst life
expectancy gap of any Indigenous population in the world, a
United Nations report has revealed. Of the 90 countries
examined by the report, Indigenous people in Australia and
Nepal fared the worst, dying 20 years earlier than their
non-Indigenous counterparts. In Guatemala the life
expectancy gap is 13 years and in New Zealand it is 11.”

Indymedia Australia: UN report paints grim picture of
conditions of world’s indigenous peoples
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/01/17/un-report-paints-grim-picture-of-conditions-of-world%E2%80%99s-indigenous-peoples
14 Jan 10: “UN News: … The world’s 370 million indigenous
peoples suffer from disproportionately, often
exponentially, higher rates of poverty, health problems,
crime and human rights abuses, the first ever United
Nations study on the issue reported today, stressing that
self-determination and land rights are vital for their
survival.
Startling figures contained in The State of the World’s
Indigenous Peoples include: …
In Australia, an indigenous child can expect to die 20
years earlier than his non-native compatriot.”

Koori Mail: Calma welcomes UN report
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
15 Jan 10: “ABORIGINAL and Torres Strait Islander Social
Justice Commissioner Tom Calma today welcomed the launch of
the United Nation’s first report on The State of the
World’s Indigenous Peoples. Mr Calma said although
Australia had taken some ‘giant steps forward’, Indigenous
people remained marginalised and faced ongoing
discrimination and poverty.”

Koori Mail: UN report figures outdated: Govt
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
15 Jan 10: “A UNITED Nations report, The State of the
World’s Indigenous Peoples, is based on outdated
information, according to the Federal Government. A
spokesperson said rather than a 20-year gap in life
expectancy, the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced in
May 2009 the new figures were now between 9.7 years for
women and 11.5 years for men.”

- Media Release

Australian Human Rights Commission:
Commissioner Calma welcomes first UN publication on the
state of the world’s indigenous peoples
http://www.hreoc.gov.au/about/media/media_releases/2010/2_10.html
15 Jan 10: “The report highlights how indigenous
communities all over the world face daily issues of
violence, continuing assimilation policies, marginalisation,
forced removal or relocation, denial of land rights and many
other abuses. It also reveals alarming statistics on
poverty, health, education, employment, human rights and
the environment. Commissioner Calma said that we are not
immune in Australia from the challenges and issues raised
in this report.”

RECENT ATTACKS ON INDIAN STUDENTS IN MELBOURNE:

- Radio

ABC AM:
Some Government policies are directly racist: commissioner
http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2010/s2792888.htm
15 Jan 10: “The outgoing Aboriginal social justice
commissioner says he believes the recent attacks on Indian
students in Melbourne may be racially motivated. Tom Calma
is finishing up a five-year term as a social justice
commissioner. He’s also a former race discrimination
commissioner. He says some government policies in Australia
are directly racist against Indigenous Australians and
ethnic minorities. And he says racially motivated violence
should not be tolerated by the Australian community.”
[includes interview with Tom Calma]

OTHER NT INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

- Background on the Northern Territory Intervention

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Northern Territory National Emergency Response
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Territory_intervention

interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com
stoptheintervention.org
rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com
wgar.info

- News

ABC: Town campers complain about lack of notice
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/01/18/2794727.htm
18 Jan 10: “Some residents in an Alice Springs town camp
are concerned they have not been given enough notice about
having to relocate while their housing is upgraded. Some
of the renovations are being completed by Tangentyere
Council as part of its deal with the Commonwealth over camp
leases. … A Tangentyere Council spokesman says residents
have known for months that work would start in January and
they were offered assistance to relocate.”

- Opinion

Australian: Antidote to welfare dependency
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/antidote-to-welfare-dependency/story-e6frg6zo-1225820989453
19 Jan 10: “THE federal government’s extension of income
management across the country, announced late last year,
reflects a new consensus in Australia and internationally
about the pernicious effects on individuals and families of
long-term welfare dependence.” Jessica Brown


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