12/03/2011 Aboriginal women of Lake Tyers are staging a blockade

Contents:
* Petition to Support the Northern Territory Elders’ Statement
* Aboriginal women of Lake Tyers are staging a blockade
* More on ‘racist’ Alice Springs TV advertisement
* More on the UWS Anti-Racism Research Project
* More on the Reconciliation Barometer
* More on the ACTU’s Indigenous Conference
* Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention

PETITION TO SUPPORT THE NORTHERN TERRITORY ELDERS’ STATEMENT:

The link to petition is:
https://sites.google.com/site/treatyrepublicfilebank/pdf-1/Elders-Petition-Final.pdf?attredirects=0&d=1

See: WGAR News: A further conversation with Elders
– impacts of living under the Intervention
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/02/25/wgar-news-a-further-conversation-with-elders-impacts-of-living-under-the-intervention

ABORIGINAL WOMEN OF LAKE TYERS ARE STAGING A BLOCKADE:

– Media Releases

Melbourne Indymedia:
Blockade of Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust residents and shareholders
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/08/blockade-of-lake-tyers-aboriginal-trust-residents-and-shareholders
8 Mar 11: “Statement by Aboriginal Women of Lake Tyers
Aboriginal Trust – Blockade on Road to Lake Tyers …
As from today the shareholders and residents of Lake Tyers
Aboriginal Trust blockaded the road to Lake Tyers. No
persons or governments are allowed to come on to the trust
until governments sit down and listen to our statement of
claims resolve the situation.
Health service employees and the school bus are the only
exceptions.
We are sick of the Northern Territory style intervention
imposed on us.
Our elders who fought for the land (so that Aboriginal
people could have a home to call our own) to be handed back
in 1970 as free hold title to the Aboriginal people after
a long struggle.
We now are in 2011 and once again are being dictated by
government whose policies on us have once again failed.
The state and federal governments 10-point plan to “Close
the Gap” in Aboriginal communities is discriminatory. We
have no rights as Aboriginal people or as shareholders of
the trust. We are being harassed and intimidated.”

Treaty Republic:
Waywurru and Dhudhuroa people support Lake Tyers
http://treatyrepublic.net/content/waywurru-and-dhudhuroa-people-support-lake-tyers
8 Mar 11: “Blockade at Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust
Press Release from Aboriginal Women
The Senior Chair of the Dhudhuroa Native Title Group Mr
Gary Murray and the grandson of the prominent leader Pastor
Sir Douglas Nicholls said today that; “Almost fifty years
ago in the 1960’s Lake Tyers Men (see photo) led by Pastor
Sir Douglas Nicholls JP.MBE.OAM,KCVO and Bapa Mamus and
former Governor of South Australia marched on the Victorian
Parliament to protest about the conditions and proposed
sale of Lake Tyers.
The Waywurru and Dhudhuroa Traditional Owners from North
East Victoria particularly our women stand with and
strongly support the Blockade by Aboriginal Women who have
placed a blockade on government mission managers.
The State is breaching the human rights of the Lake Tyers
residents and it is time all Traditional Owners stood up
and questioned why government mission managers have
created conflict and division in our communities.”

– Audio

ABC Gippsland Vic: Women blockade Lake Tyers
http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2011/03/08/3158445.htm
8 Mar 11: “A group of Aboriginal women have blockaded the
road to Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust in East Gippsland in
protest against current administration arrangements over
the site. The women claim the current administration
arrangements over Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust are akin to a
“Northern Territory-style intervention.” Freehold title of
the Lake Tyers settlement was transferred to Aboriginal
people in 1970. But the women want more community
involvement in the Lake Tyres Aboriginal Trust, which is
administered by the Department of Justice and Aboriginal
Affairs Victoria.”

– News

Indigenous Peoples: Victoria:
Blockade On Road To Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust Will Continue
http://www.indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9366:victoria-blockade-on-road-to-lake-tyers-aboriginal-trust-will-continue&catid=54:australia-indigenous-peoples&Itemid=76
11 Mar 11: “The BLOCKADE AT THE ENTRANCE OF LAKE TYERS
ABORIGINAL TRUST TO STOP MANAGERS AND GOVERNMENT FROM
ENTERING ABORIGINAL LAND WILL CONTINUE until our right to
manage our own affairs and control our own destiny is
recognized according to the UN Declaration on Indigenous
peoples.”

ABC: Protesters call for administrator’s removal
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/03/11/3161546.htm
11 Mar 11: “Protesters from the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust
in East Gippsland are calling on the Government to remove
the trust administrator. Protesters have been blockading
the entrance road to the trust since Tuesday. The community
voted for a committee late last year at the trust’s annual
meeting, but the government administrator sacked the
committee this year. The protesters say the Government has
threatened to withdraw funding if the blockade continues.”

7 News Queensland: Govt accused of harassment over blockade
http://au.news.yahoo.com/queensland/a/-/local/8987234/govt-accused-of-harassment-over-blockade/
10 Mar 11: “Protesters at the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust
in East Gippsland say the State Government is threatening
to withdraw vital services, if they do not stop their
blockade. … A spokeswoman for the protesters, Leanne
Edwards, is accusing the Government of harassment and
intimidation. “Well they’re saying that the children’s
programs will stop, the farm will be stopped, all the
cattle and stuff will be removed,” he said. “The houses
that they’re building now won’t be built and they’re just
going to take all the funding.””

ABC: Indigenous trust members maintain blockade
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/03/10/3160396.htm?site=indigenous&topic=latest
10 Mar 11: “Protesters from the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust
in East Gippsland are blockading the settlement’s access
road for the third day. The group is complaining that it
does not have a say in the running of the trust. The
Victorian Government appointed an administrator to the
trust about eight years ago. The director of Aboriginal
Affairs said yesterday he will not talk to protesters
while they are blockading the road.”

Win News: Lake Tyer Protest Day Two
http://www.wintv.com.au/gippsland/news/item/39835
9 Mar 11: “The blockade into the Lake Tyers Aboriginal
Trust continues as protesters rally to send their message
to the State Government. “We feel very strongly that we are
not getting… Having our right say. We are being
suppressed.” said Spokesperson for Lake Tyers Aboriginal
Trust Leanne Edwards. The protesters want to take the
management of the trust from the Government. They say under
state control their living standards, rights, and say on
land management has deteriorated.”

Weekly Times Now: Women stand up for Lake Tyers community
http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/article/2011/03/08/304901_latest-news.html
8 Mar 11: “VICTORIAN Aboriginal women from Lake Tyers are
staging a blockade to protest against the state
government’s administration of their community. The
Department of Justice and Aboriginal Affairs Victoria in
2006 signed a 10-year renewal agreement governing the Lake
Tyers Aboriginal Trust in East Gippsland. Trust member
Leanne Edwards says the “Northern Territory-style
intervention” is not providing opportunities for her people
from the Gunai/Kurnai tribes. “None of the shareholders or
Aboriginal people or residents of this place were
consulted,” she said.”

Win News: Lake Tyers Blockade
http://www.wintv.com.au/gippsland/news/item/39812
8 Mar 11: “At the entrance to the Lake Tyers Aboriginal
Trust, the community has taken its stand. Under banners
decrying their lack of human rights they say they’ll stay
until their voices are heard. “It’s about getting our
rights back to shareholders, back to the people of this
land. As it is now we haven’t been recognised,” said Jane
Proctor, Aboriginal Elder. … “We want our land back, we
don’t want to be told by white people where to live on our
land,” said Josephine Mullett, Elder.”

MORE ON ‘RACIST’ ALICE SPRINGS TV ADVERTISEMENT:

See: WGAR News: Complaint against ‘racist’ Alice Springs TV ads
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/10/wgar-news-complaint-against-%E2%80%98racist%E2%80%99-alice-springs-tv-advertisements

– Audio

The Wire: Alice Springs ad before the Human Rights Commission
[scroll down page] http://www.thewire.org.au/daydetail.aspx?SearchDay=2011-03-04
4 Mar 11: “On Thursday the third of March, residents of
Alice Springs launched a complaint with the Human Rights
Commission against a television ad they find racially
vilifying. The ad was funded by a group of local business
owners, called Action for Alice, to lobby local and federal
governments for change in their community, which they say
is in crisis. Interviews include: Warren Williams, Alice
Springs resident; George Newhouse, Alice Springs Lawyer;
Damien Ryan, Mayor of Alice Springs; Geoff Booth, Organiser
of Action For Alice; Rex Neindorf, Alice Springs business
owner.”

MORE ON THE UWS ANTI-RACISM RESEARCH PROJECT:

See: WGAR News:
Challenging Racism: The Anti-Racism Research Project
[scroll down page]
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/03/wgar-news-indigenous-survival-where-to-from-here-symposium-on-the-2007-declaration-on-the

– Analysis / Opinion

Green Left: There is nothing positive about racism
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/46887
6 Mar 11: “The underlying issue of racism in Australia has
been a pervasive feature of national political life ever
since the invasion of the First Fleet in 1788. It was used
as an ideological justification for the dispossession of
indigenous Australians. In 1975, the Racial Discrimination
Act was implemented in order to enable all Australians,
regardless of their racial and cultural background, to
enjoy equal rights and to prohibit discriminative
behaviour based on racial hatred. However, as the
Challenging Racism Project has shown, although Australians
perceive themselves as tolerant and culturally accepting,
racially discriminative behaviour and ideas are still very
prevalent within today’s society.” Kerry Deligiannis

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Dr Yin Paradies speaks on CAAMA radio
http://caama.com.au/dr-yin-paradies-speaks-on-caama-radio
9 Mar 11: “Paul Wiles speaks to Dr. Yin Paradies about
racism in Australia. The survey of about 12,000 people is
conducted by many Universities and they wanted to find out
about attitudes towards different races in different
states and territories in workplaces, schools and on the
streets. The study shows 80-90% of people are happy with
cultural diversity and something should be done about
racism in Australia.”

MORE ON THE RECONCILIATION BAROMETER:

See: WGAR News: Australian Reconciliation Barometer
[scroll down page]
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/03/wgar-news-indigenous-survival-where-to-from-here-symposium-on-the-2007-declaration-on-the

– Audio

SBS Audio and Language:
Aboriginal: Mick Dodson On Reconciliation
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/147971/t/Mick-Dodson-On-Reconciliation/in/english
6 Mar 11: “The Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia believe
Australia’s in a good position to make lasting change.
Reconciliation Australia has released its second national
Reconciliation Barometer – with some surprising, and not
so surprising findings.
The Barometer is a national research study that looks at
the relationship between ATSI people and other
Australians.
About 12-hundred non-Indigenous Australians and 700
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people took part in
the survey in April last year (2010).
Reconciliation Australia Co-Chair Professor Mick Dodson
tells Michelle Lovegrove, the Barometer is a valuable tool
to gauge where Australia’s currently placed, in the
reconciliation process.”

MORE ON THE ACTU’S INDIGENOUS CONFERENCE:

See: WGAR News: ACTU Indigenous Conference in Darwin
[scroll down page]
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/03/wgar-news-indigenous-survival-where-to-from-here-symposium-on-the-2007-declaration-on-the

– Audio

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane
Let’s Talk – Indigenous presented talkback:
http://989fm.com.au/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29
24 Feb 11: “Mick Gooda: Tiga Bayles spoke with Social
Justice Commissioner, Mick Gooda. They spoke about the ACTU
Indigenous conference in Darwin and issues First Nations
People are facing.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasting/audio/98fm-podcast-2011-02-24-75570.mp3

– Analysis / Opinion

National Indigenous Times:
Ross calls for new Scheme to replace CDEP for remote
Indigenous communities in Australia
http://www.nit.com.au/community/story.aspx?id=21218
“The Central Land Council has asked delegates at the ACTU’s
Indigenous Conference in Darwin to support a call for the
development of a new Aboriginal Employment and Enterprise
Development scheme for remote Indigenous Australia. The
CLC’s director David Ross was scheduled to outline the
plan in an address to the conference but due to Cyclone
Carlos was unable to attend. However his speech was tabled
with conference delegates. Mr Ross said the Federal
Government’s attempts to abolish the CDEP scheme, reinstate
it and reform it in the past three years have left a
confusing situation where some CDEP places are
“grandfathered” under the old scheme while others are
administered by Centrelink, but are essentially
Work-for-the-Dole.”

NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– Media Release

Rachel Siewert: Greens to resist welfare quarantine expansion
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/greens-resist-welfare-quarantine-expansion
10 Mar 11: “The Australian Greens have vowed to resist
efforts by the Government or Coalition to expand income
management measures around Australia, describing it as lazy
and ignorant policy thinking.
“Joe Hockey’s comments make it clear that he does not
understand the problem,” Senator Siewert said today.
“Issues regarding long term unemployment are complex and
deserve a lot more attention than is being demonstrated in
this discussion.
The evidence does not show that the expensive and punitive
income management policy works.
What we have seen in the Northern Territory and Western
Australia is people being embarrassed, marginalised and
treated like second class citizens.
It costs around $4,500 a year to income manage someone,
and that management isn’t effective or meaningful. This is
money that should be funding services and assistance for
people in our social security system.””

– Video

Our Generation:
Short film of UK Preview, with special guest Germaine Greer
http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/2011/03/short-film-of-uk-preview-with-special-guest-germaine-greer/

About Our Generation
http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
“OUR GENERATION
A DOCUMENTARY FILM BY SINEM SABAN & DAMIEN CURTIS (73 MIN)
From the ongoing controversy of the Northern Territory
Intervention,
to being forced off their traditional lands into larger
townships crippled by social dysfunction,
to their languages being removed from school education,
to mining deals sidelining traditional owners,
the Aboriginal people of the Northern Territory are
fighting for freedom.
Our Generation is their untold story; of a struggle hidden
from the eyes of mainstream Australia.”

– Analysis / Opinion

arena: Response to Lattas and Morris’ ‘Blinkered Anthropology’
http://www.arena.org.au/2010/11/response-to-lattas-and-morris%E2%80%99-%E2%80%98blinkered-anthropology%E2%80%99/
Nov 10: “Francesca Merlan in defence of the NT Intervention
… Let me also be clear that there are many aspects of the
NT Intervention that I do not condone. I am not a supporter
of the Intervention as launched, but of the idea that
considered long-term intervention is needed. I have in mind
something less flamboyant, much longer-term, much less
geared to political cycles and impression management, much
more collaborative and Indigenously-directed, and more
attuned to existing social patterns and dispositions than
we have yet had.”

– Letter

Our Generation: Indigenous Affairs Minister,
Jenny Macklin, responds to Our Generation
http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/2011/03/indigenous-affairs-minister-jenny-macklin-responds-to-our-generation/
“This letter was received by Jeff McMullen, following his
correspondence with various Government ministers about the
racial injustice of the Northern Territory Intervention and
the message of Our Generation to the Australian Government.”

BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

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

Melbourne Anti-Intervention Collective:
http://maicollective.blogspot.com/

STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney):
http://stoptheintervention.org/

ANTaR (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation) – NT intervention:
http://www.antar.org.au/issues_and_campaigns/nt_intervention

‘concerned Australians’:
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/

Defending Indigenous Rights:
http://defendingindigenousrights.wordpress.com/

Intervention walk-off’s Blog:
http://interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com/

IRAG (Intervention Rollback Action Group):
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/

Jobs with Justice:
http://jobswithjustice.wordpress.com/

WGAR (Working Group for Aboriginal Rights):
http://wgar.info/


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