Archive for January, 2010

Aboriginal Nations should make inter-nation treaties in sovereignty quest

Posted in MEDIA RELEASES on 30/01/2010 by D

Canberra, 30 January 2010 – – The hundreds of Aboriginal nations in Australia should start making treaties with each other in a process leading ultimately to full sovereignty, former barrister Paul Coe told a meeting here of Aboriginal Elders and young people.
Mr Coe advice to the summit was that Aboriginal people need to learn what sovereignty is.
He noted there are two forms of sovereignty that Aboriginal people must examine. The first is whether they want to be domestic sovereign nations, that is a state within the Australian Commonwealth or, secondly, to become a confederacy of Aboriginal nations recognised in international law.
The summit of about one hundred people from across the continent heard a lot of raw pain and anger on various issues, from continuing deaths in custody to the Northern Territory intervention.
The conference was told by the convenor, Michael Anderson, that we need to become proactive and not just talk about government controls but wrest control away from the government.
The summit heard people say that Aboriginal independence has been usurped by state controlled welfare slavery. The summit acknowledged that drug and alcohol dependency is symptomatic of oppressed Peoples.
The conference also heard that we must address the high incarceration rate that Aboriginal adults and youth suffer across this country. Human rights defenders reported how Aboriginal Legal Services are being starved of funding and are being referred to as Aboriginal Lock-up Services.
The Ambassador of revolutionary Venezuela, Mr Nelson Davila-Lameda, spoke of the strong rights given his country’s Indigenous Peoples since President Hugo Chavez came to power, for example, they have secure representation in the national parliament. He pledged Venezuelan support for the Aboriginal sovereignty pursued in international forums.
The New Way Summit continues on Sunday 31st and Monday 1st. It will set an agenda for the way forward. “One key suggestion is to send an Aboriginal delegation to Britain to claim restitution and reparations for the violations since British colonial occupation,” summit convenor Michael Anderson said.
Proceedings at the summit can be followed live on the internet at http://www.wgar.info.
Contact: Michael Anderson 0427 292 492 ngurampaa@bigpond.com Ph 02 62896355


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29/01/2010: NEW WAY ABORIGINAL SUMMIT ABOUT TO BEGIN IN CANBERRA

Posted in EVENTS on 29/01/2010 by D

Contents:
Background to New Way Summit 30 Jan – 1 Feb
Draft Agenda for New Way Summit
Support needed for New Way Summit
Live Streaming of New Way Summit

BACKGROUND TO NEW WAY SUMMIT 30 JAN – 1 FEB:

WGAR News: Call to an Aboriginal Summit in Canberra (13 Jan 10):
http://wgar.info/2010/01/13/130110-call-to-an-aboriginal-summit-in-canberra/

WGAR News: Update on Aboriginal Summit in Canberra (23 Jan 10):
http://wgar.info/2010/01/23/23012010-update-on-aboriginal-summit-in-canberra/

Summit Updates: http://wgar.info/

DRAFT AGENDA FOR NEW WAY SUMMIT:

WGAR: New Way Summit: Our Way or No Way

http://wgar.info/2010/01/26/new-way-summit-our-way-or-no-way/

26 Jan 10:

“Invitation to a national conference open to all in support
of Aboriginal Rights and Freedoms

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.

* Saturday 30 January at Haydon-Allen Tank,
Australian National University, Canberra

The final agenda will be determined at the beginning of the
summit.

The first day 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.

9am Plenary – some sections can be live streamed
10.30am Break
11am Plenary – some contributions through Skype
12.30pm Lunch
1.30pm Plenary resumes –
5-6pm informal discussion over food

* Sunday 31 January at Haydon-Allen Tank,
Australian National University, Canberra

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.

9am Plenary
10.30am Break
11am Ambassadors’ Presentations and Discussion
12.30pm Lunch
1.30 – 2.30pm Plenary
3 -4.30pm Workshops
4.45 Report back
5.15 – 6pm Informal discussion over food

* Monday 1 February at Copeland Theatre,
Australian National University, Canberra

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.

9am Plenary
10.30 Break
11am Drafting Workshops
12.30 pm Lunch
1.30 pm Plenary to compile final documents
5.15 – 6pm informal discussion over food

This is an unfunded grassroots initiative. Monetary
donations for food will keep the tucker flowing.”

SUPPORT NEEDED FOR NEW WAY SUMMIT:

Indymedia Australia: Canberra billets and transport needed
… for Aboriginal New Way summit
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/01/21/canberra-billets-and-transport-needed-next-weekend-for-aboriginal-new-way-summit
22 Jan 10: “Dear friends in Canberra and surrounding areas
Yes, we need help again to accommodate Aboriginal people
who will be converging on Canberra Jan 30 and 31 and Feb 1
for a three-day summit to plan a new way forward in
troubled times – with the government intervention unabated.
You may already have heard of this through the WGAR
Newsletter or more directly from emails sent out by Michael
Anderson, co-founder of the original 1972 Aboriginal
Embassy.
Most people will be camping at the Tent Embassy as usual,
but some of the older/frail people will need beds and a
little support. … ”
[Includes requests for garden produce, kitchen help,
firewood, tents, blankets and sleeping bags]

LIVE STREAMING OF NEW WAY SUMMIT:

WGAR on USTREAM: http://wgar.info/
[Just click on the active Live Stream link on the
top right-hand side of wgar.info homepage]

New Way Summit: Our Way or No Way

Posted in EVENTS on 26/01/2010 by D

Invitation to a national conference open to all in support of Aboriginal Rights and Freedoms

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.

Saturday 30 January at Haydon-Allen Tank, Australian National University, Canberra

The final agenda will be determined at the beginning of the summit.

The first day 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.

9am Plenary – some sections can be live streamed
10.30am Break
11am Plenary – some contributions through Skype
12.30pm Lunch
1.30pm Plenary resumes –
5-6pm informal discussion over food

Sunday 31 January at Haydon-Allen Tank, Australian National University, Canberra

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.

9am Plenary
10.30am Break
11am Ambassadors’ Presentations and Discussion
12.30pm Lunch
1.30 – 2.30pm Plenary
3 -4.30pm Workshops
4.45 Report back
5.15 – 6pm Informal discussion over food

Monday 1 February at Copeland Theatre, Australian National University, Canberra

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.

9am Plenary
10.30 Break
11am Drafting Workshops
12.30 pm Lunch
1.30 pm Plenary to compile final documents
5.15 – 6pm informal discussion over food

This is an unfunded grassroots initiative. Monetary donations for food will keep the tucker flowing.


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

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 23/01/2010 by D

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


NEW WAY SUMMIT

Posted in EVENTS on 21/01/2010 by D


Sovereignty Walk

Posted in EVENTS on 21/01/2010 by D


13/01/10: CALL TO AN ABORIGINAL SUMMIT IN CANBERRA

Posted in NEWS on 13/01/2010 by D

Contents:
Call to an Aboriginal summit in Canberra
Ampilatwatja Walk-off

CALL TO AN ABORIGINAL SUMMIT IN CANBERRA

– Media Releases

Indymedia Australia: “Overwhelming interest in Aboriginal summit”
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/01/13/%E2%80%9Coverwhelming-interest-in-aboriginal-summit%E2%80%9D
13 Jan 10: “There’s been overwhelming interest in the
forthcoming Aboriginal summit in Canberra on 30 January and
[until] 1 February. The many calls I have received from our
people throughout Australia indicate that the
representation should be national. Many say that if they
had the money they would be there, but many also say they
will endeavour to organise state meetings I have been asked
to attend to talk of the ‘New Way’. This being a grassroots
national movement means we will do this our way with NO
government support. This is an Aboriginal-owned initiative
and we must fight the government through determined
diplomacy. We know what we want and we must do it our way.
Even though we seek the knowledge and experience of our
elders we also need our youth to stand beside us and learn
to take the lead from this summit. I have been asked by
many non-Aboriginal people who seek to attend whether they
are welcome and I have reminded them that in the 1970s
Black Power movement many non-Aboriginal people stood
shoulder to shoulder with us and without them we may not
have been as effective as we were. … The summit is open
to all who wish to be involved in overcoming and addressing
the racial conflicts that have persisted in this country
since white settlement. We must find solutions and ways
forward. government-sponsored solutions have failed and
continue to fail our people, so let us hear our people talk
of a ‘New Way’ and then let us find ways forward together.
If the government seeks to engage with us then they must
understand that it is ‘our way or no way’. What I expect to
come from this summit is a ‘communiqué’ of grievances and
new ways that I hope will be given to the prime minister
and his government through a reading in the federal
parliament when it reconvenes on the 2nd of February. This
‘communiqué’ will then be circulated to our people
throughout Australia, so that we can all ensure that we
are working towards a common solution to shared historical
experiences. … Michael Anderson”

Indymedia Australia: Call to an Aboriginal summit in Canberra
http://indymedia.org.au/2009/12/17/call-to-an-aboriginal-summit-in-canberra
18 Dec 09: “I’m calling for a ‘New Way’ summit to take
place on 30 January [until] 1 February 2010 … at the
Australian National University (ANU) Canberra. This summit
is so important for our future because we need to take back
or right to make our own decisions and stamp out the
government- appointed spokespersons. We must set an agenda
for our development and advancement. Yes, we all made
mistakes but in a democracy this is our right. We all learn
from mistakes, but here in Australia us Blackfullas are
stigmatized as cheats and thieves who have no ability to
conduct strategic planning and properly deliver services to
cater for the needs of our people. What must be exposed is
the tight stranglehold the government bureaucrats have over
Aboriginal people’s lives and affairs. … Michael Anderson”

Indymedia Australia: Aboriginal elder calls for national
meeting to “talk of a new way”
http://indymedia.org.au/2009/12/05/aboriginal-elder-calls-for-national-meeting-to-%E2%80%9Ctalk-of-a-new-way%E2%80%9D
5 Dec 09: “All the recent talks on the internet of the need
to be politically pro-active is inspiring and exciting. But
challenging the political dominance of the dominant society
is an admirable yet real objective that we as a people must
plan for. The greatest hurdle that we face as a people is
the need to politicize our youth. As a people, though, we
cannot and should not overlook our need to work through
that which is hurting our people the most, poverty and
hopelessness. There are many elders, middle-aged and youth
who would revel in political action. Those of us who have
been out there fighting this fight at the bureaucratic and
grassroots levels understand and know what it takes to make
changes. Our enemy, this system, dominates and suppresses
us and cleverly disguises the demon by arguing that they
(the whites) need to bridge the gap for us! … Michael
Anderson”

Stop the Intervention:
Welfare addiction causes Aboriginal rifts, hides real enemy
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/your-voice/michael-anderson-20-12-09
20 Dec 09: “Our people need to take a long hard look at
their lives for a number of reasons. In the first instance
we have by circumstances become addicted to and dependent
on welfare. I do not always share the sentiments of the
Noel Pearson types but we need to take responsibility and
fight our way out of this dependency because it is like a
drug. All too often our people will betray each other and
side with the State if they feel their welfare cheque is at
risk. … This summit [30 January until 1 February 2010 at
the Australian National University (ANU) Canberra] is so
important. No matter what it takes to get it together, it
is a must-happen. Old and young must now come together to
put our collective thoughts together to fight this evil
that is engulfing us. … Michael Anderson”

de.indymedia.org: Aboriginal struggle like in China and Iran
http://de.indymedia.org/2010/01/270325.shtml
3 Jan 10: “De-colonisation has occurred in every previously
colonised part of the developed world except Australia.
Everywhere else people have fought for their right to
retain their distinct identity, including their right to
keep and speak their own languages, their culture and their
own religious practices. The repressive and discriminate
laws that we are subject to here in Australia would not be
tolerated anywhere else in the free world. But here in
Australia the government has spin doctors operating full
time to hide the true state of play in respect of
Aboriginal people. They are paid big dollars to convince
the white Australian public that what they do for
Aborigines is in the interest of the Aboriginal people and
that special measures are necessary. The reason for the use
of the words ‘special measures’ is to continue with their
assimilation policy of 1968. We Aboriginal people cannot
permit this to continue without a fight. … Michael Anderson”

Indymedia Australia:
“Australians no longer need to hide their racism”
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/01/08/%E2%80%9Caustralians-no-longer-need-to-hide-their-racism%E2%80%9D
8 Jan 10: “It is absolute cowardice on the part of the Rudd
Labor government and their Liberal coalition Opposition to
deny that the recent killing of an Indian student in
Melbourne was racially motivated. The audacity of the
government and police to say that the student should not
have carried a lap top computer while walking to work after
dark is absurd and pathetic. For the Victorian police to
say that this is just another crime by ordinary criminals
is to show their naivety in such matters as race relations.
… Michael Anderson”

– Radio

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane
Let’s Talk – Indigenous presented talkback:
http://989fm.com.au/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29
11 Dec 09: “Michael Anderson – Karen Dorante spoke with
Political Activist and Elder, Michael Anderson. Mr Anderson
is the last survivor of the four Black Power men who set up
the Aboriginal embassy in Canberra in 1972. They spoke
about Mr Anderson calls for national meeting to “talk of a
new way”.”
“Karen Dorante: You are calling it the New Way Conference …
Michael Anderson: We’ve gotta raise money, we’ve go to do
whatever we can to get down there. This is our move, it’s
our initiative, and we’ve gotta take the bull by the horns
right now.
KD: You are looking at about 200 people to participate at
this New Way Conference. Are you expecting to get some mob
from the Northern Territory? … they are people who are
experiencing the most oppressive type of government
intervention.
MA: Absolutely. … Some people say can I be a participant.
As far as I’m concerned if we get 500 people there, all the
better.
KD: The more the merrier?
MA: The more the merrier. We all have a say, we all have
concerns, we all have a right to express those concerns.
Let’s then put all our collective heads together and make
and develop a strategy. We need to create a revolution,
let’s change our ways.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasting/audio/98fm-podcast-2009-12-11-78782.mp3

CAAMA Radio News AM 22/12/2009
(Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association):
http://caama.com.au/radio/caama-radio-news-am-22122009/
22 Dec 09

AMPILATWATJA WALK-OFF:

– Background

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

– Speech

Stop the Intervention:
Ampilatwatja Walk-off: Richard Downs’ Speech of 3 January 2010
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/speeches/richard-downs-oct-09
3 Jan 10: “Yes a crisis does exist for Aboriginal people in
this country. This has existed for 200 years. The crisis is
racism. It is colonization, dispossession, assimilation,
intergenerational trauma, decades of underfunding and
attacks on Aboriginal organizations and Aboriginal autonomy,
coercive cultural genocide. It’s not getting any better.
Since the introduction of NTER Measures in 2007
* Our land and communities taken away
* Our permit system taken away
* All our corporations / Associations closed down
* All our offices, assets taken away
* We are now where we were over 40 years ago left with
nothing and back on welfare control
* Communities are a mess
* No community meetings, consultations
* No real jobs only work for the dole programs, which has
not been started
* No training to give people skills to be work ready to
move away from welfare
* No meetings, discussions about future development or
hand over of roles and responsibilities
* No health programs in communities to talk about health and
hygiene issues, the focus is on bandaid programs and
treatments
* Income management is a farce, children, families are still
able to use each other’s basic cards to shop, and Chidren
go to shop to buy soft drinks and lollies using their
family, mother’s card.
* No coordination of other government agencies to work
together by the General Business Manager.
* Personal attacks between CEO Barkly Shire and ICC Manager
in Tennant Creek. …
We have human rights issues, disempowerment of our people,
land taken away, all our corporations, associations,
infrastructure, assets taken away and we are back where we
were over 40 years ago with nothing. …
With our intervention Walk off, and our protest camp, this
was about standing up against policies and laws which takes
away everything we believe and stand for. Human rights, our
rights as indigenous people to determine our own future
directions, our rights to determine to live in peace,
freedom, and security, free from genocide and other acts of
violence. …
Some of Our solutions to this crisis:
* We want binding and unconditional autonomy over the lives
of our people / communities.
* Empowerment of communities through funding and support
for Aboriginal organizations / programs i.e. CDEP
* Empowerment of culture through integration of Aboriginal /
cultural systems in decision making for communities
* Job creation in culturally appropriate industries
i.e. caring for country … “