21/03/2011 Protest blockade by Lake Tyers Aboriginal women continues

Contents:
* Protest blockade by Lake Tyers Aboriginal women continues
* Background to blockade by Aboriginal women of Lake Tyers
* Aboriginal workers and the Northern Territory (NT)
Intervention & other related articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Interview with Kylie Sambo, Mark Lane and Dr. Jim Green
about Muckaty nuclear waste dump
* Background to Muckaty Station nuclear waste dump
* SBS Highlight: Closing The Gap – Are We There Yet?

PROTEST BLOCKADE BY LAKE TYERS ABORIGINAL WOMEN CONTINUES:

– Urgent Petition

Lake Tyers Petition download:
https://sites.google.com/site/treatyrepublicfilebank/pdf-1/Lake-Tyers-Petition.pdf?attredirects=0&d=1L

[Ed. note: I spoke to Leanne Edwards, spokesperson of Lake
Tyers Aboriginal Trust, and she said that the petitions
need to be returned by this Friday the 25th of March, 2011.]

– Video

Blockade continues over Aboriginal land dispute
ABC: http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2011/03/17/3166993.htm?site=alicesprings
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bX7J7-POBeM
17 Mar 11: “The Victorian Government has withdrawn some
services from the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust community in
the state’s south-east after a protest by locals.”

– Analysis / Opinion

ABC The Drum: Laying down the law in Lake Tyers
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/03/18/3167765.htm
18 Mar 11: “It’s an action which is quietly sending
shudders through government circles: what to do about an
extraordinary and unprecedented political protest in a tiny
Indigenous community in Victoria’s East Gippsland. Ten days
ago, the community of Lake Tyers, which is not too far
north east of Lakes Entrance but which might as well be a
thousand miles away, decided to seize sovereignty of its
own land in an act of peaceful non-cooperation.” Jeff Waters

ABC Melbourne: Aboriginal community calls for return of democracy
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/03/18/3167692.htm?site=melbourne
18 Mar 11: “Ten days ago, the community of Lake Tyers,
north east of Lakes Entrance, seized sovereignty of its own
land in an act of peaceful non-cooperation. A picket was
set-up to refuse entry to the Victorian government-appointed
administrator, as well as to the second-most senior
bureaucrat, the community manager. For the past six years,
Lake Tyers has been run by an administrator, rather than an
elected council. The administrator is a consultant hired
from the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu company with wide-ranging
powers and financial control.” Jeff Waters

– News

ABC: Indigenous blockade continues over board sacking
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/03/16/3165337.htm?site=indigenous&topic=latest
16 Mar 11: “Protesters at the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust
in East Gippsland are marking the second week of their
blockade on the settlement’s access road. The Indigenous
shareholders are calling for the reinstatement of the
community board that was sacked by the Government
administrator earlier this year. The protesters have
relaxed their blockade to allow service providers through
but they are still barring the administrator and his staff.
A spokeswoman, Leanne Edwards, says about 40 people
attended a meeting this week calling for the community
board to take back control of the trust.”

BACKGROUND TO BLOCKADE BY ABORIGINAL WOMEN OF LAKE TYERS:

WGAR News: Aboriginal women of Lake Tyers are staging a blockade (12 Mar 11)
http://www.indymedia.org.au/2011/03/12/wgar-news-aboriginal-women-of-lake-tyers-are-staging-a-blockade

WGAR News: More on the blockade by Aboriginal women of Lake Tyers (16 Mar 11)
[scroll down page]
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/16/wgar-news-federal-court-challenge-over-nuclear-dump-resumes-in-august

ABORIGINAL WORKERS AND THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION &
OTHER RELATED ARTICLES:

– Media Releases

Stop the Intervention:
‘Scrap “failed” NT intervention’
– demands Aboriginal rights demonstration
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/press-releases/scrap-failed-nt-intervention-demands-aboriginal-rights-demonstration
19 Mar 11: “STICS is touring John Leemans, a Gurindji man,
and a councilor and community mentor for the Victoria Daly
Shire. In October 2010, he led a strike against the
intervention in his community at Wave Hill. John is in
Sydney as part of the Jobs with Justice campaign, to tour
worksites with the support of the construction and maritime
unions.
“Our communities are crying out for help. Today what we the
First Nations people are facing is more serious that ever
before. Today under this discriminatory law we must fight
to stay alive. We want to get on with rebuilding our
communities and helping our families. We need support to
stop this intervention which is preventing us from being
self-sufficient, blocking our self-determination and
removing our human rights.” said John Leemans.”

Rollback the Intervention – Media Releases:
More ‘Work for the Dole’
No Solution to Aboriginal Employment Crisis
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/media/
17 Mar 11: “Unions NT and The Intervention Rollback Action
Group today condemned the Federal and NT government’s
announcement of a $1.2 million funding package to create
100 new CDEP or ‘work for the dole’ places in Alice Springs
as entrenching discrimination and poverty for Aboriginal
workers.
Unions NT Secretary Adam Lampe said “The Labor government
committed to halving the gap in employment outcomes between
Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in a decade. But
due to a continuation of Intervention policies Indigenous
unemployment has drastically worsened from 13.8% in 2007 to
18.1% in 2009.” …
Since 2008 Labor’s reforms to the Community Development
Employment Project (CDEP) have left the program gutted,
with participants now compelled to work for Centrelink
payments, half of which is quarantined on the BasicsCard.
A recently released discussion paper by peak NT
organisations including the Central and Northern Land
Councils estimates that under these reforms between June
and September 2011 nearly 5000 Aboriginal people will be
moved off CDEP wages and onto Centrelink.”

– Speeches

Stop the Intervention: Videos from the event
20 Mar 2011 Rally to Stop the Intervention – John Leemans
http://stoptheintervention.org/past-events/20-mar-2011-rally-to-stop-the-intervention#videos

Stop the Intervention: John Leemans
Speech by John Leemans to NSW Nurses Delegates meeting
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/speeches/john-leemans
15 Mar 11: “The Government is talking about “Closing the
Gap” but the intervention is making things much worse. They
talk about millions pouring into the community because of
the $1.2billion budget for the intervention. …
This intervention law must be scrapped. Why? I’ll tell you
why. Because it is racist. Because it is going against
human rights law. The churches are condemning it, the
United Nations are condemning it, the Australian people are
condemning it, and the world is certainly condemning it.
Again why? Because it is wrong to treat another human being
like this in this day and age.”

– Coming up on Video

ABC Indigenous: TV & Video: Talking Stick: Housing
http://www.abc.net.au/indigenous/tv_video/default.htm
Wednesday March 30 2011, 2:30 AM: “Housing is central to
the Government’s attempt to close the gap between
Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Billions have been
slated to improve or build new houses, but the various
programs have not been without criticism.”

– Letter

Eureka Street: Jenny Macklin to Frank Brennan
http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=25496
16 Mar 11: “Dear Father Brennan,
I refer to your opinion piece ‘Interminable Intervention’
which was posted on the Eureka Street website on 13
February 2011. I acknowledge that the instigation of the
Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) by the
previous government was a major shock to many Aboriginal
people and communities in the Northern Territory (NT) and
was seen as a serious affront. There was no consultation
before it was initiated and the nature of some of the
measures and coercive tone utilised undoubtedly caused
anger, fear, and distrust. It also needs to be
acknowledged, however, … ” Jenny Macklin MP, Minister for
Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

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

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

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

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

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/

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

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

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

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

INTERVIEW WITH KYLIE SAMBO, MARK LANE AND DR. JIM GREEN
ABOUT MUCKATY NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

– Audio interview with Kylie Sambo, Mark Lane & Dr. Jim Green

3CR Community Radio 855 AM – Podcasts
http://www.3cr.org.au/podcasts
Radioactive Show | 6 Mar 2011:
[file download] http://podcast.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2011-03-05-91451.mp3
6 Mar 11: “We focus on the National Nuclear Waste Dump that
is proposed for the Muckaty Community in the Northern
Territory. We speak to Kylie Sambo, Mark Lane and Dr. Jim
Green.”

– News mentioning NT nuclear dump

Australian: New convenstions floated to stop
commonwealth override of territory laws
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/northern-territory-chief-minister-backs-greens-territories-rights-bill/story-fn59niix-1226022636158
16 Mar 11: “ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope has proposed a
constitutional brake on the commonwealth’s capacity to make
laws for the territories. … Earlier, Northern Territory
Chief Minister Paul Henderson accused the Commonwealth of
exploiting the constitutional weakness of the NT to open a
radioactive waste dump there. Mr Henderson strongly backed
Greens leader Bob Brown’s bill to remove the government’s
executive veto over territory laws, claiming the current
ministerial override was ”unconscionable”.”

– Analysis / Opinion mentioning NT nuclear dump

HydroWorld.com: Plants are only politically unsafe
http://www.hydroworld.com/index/display/news_display.1382032952.html
20 Mar 11: “Where better to hold radioactive waste than
Australia? … But at the moment Parliament is struggling
over a Bill to enable land to be made available for a site
to store Australia’s own low-level radioactive waste, such
as that from hospitals, industry and research facilities.
The search for such a site began in 1988, when Hawke was in
power. But it is such a vexed question that the Bill is
only now before the Senate. If the Bill passes, there is
another legal hurdle with the nominated site, Muckaty
Station near Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory,
facing a challenge in the Federal Court.”

BACKGROUND TO MUCKATY STATION NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

Beyond Nuclear Initiative’s weblog:
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.wordpress.com/

Beyond Nuclear Initiative: Muckaty
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.wordpress.com/muckaty/

Proposed Radioactive Waste Dump at Muckaty, NT
Briefing Paper – February 2011
Jim Green B.Med.Sci.(Hons.), PhD
National nuclear campaigner – Friends of the Earth, Australia
Friends of the Earth:
http://www.foe.org.au/anti-nuclear/issues/oz/nontdump/Dump%20briefing%20Feb%202011.pdf

Nuclear Territory News: Waste Dump News
http://ntne.ws/articles/article.php?section=waste

WGAR News: Nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory (2 Mar 10)
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/03/02/wgar-news-nuclear-waste-dump-in-the-northern-territory-2-mar-10

WGAR News: Muckaty Station Nuclear Waste Dump (20 Mar 10)
http://groups.google.com.au/group/foblmail/browse_thread/thread/ddc393bb66205849

WGAR News: Nuclear Waste Dump … (28 Mar 10)
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/03/28/wgar-news-nuclear-waste-dump-close-the-gap-day-28-mar-10

WGAR News: Muckaty Radioactive Waste Dump … (4 Apr 10)
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/04/03/wgar-news-muckaty-radioactive-waste-dump-welfare-quarantining-4-apr-10

WGAR News: National day of action against Muckaty nuclear waste dump:
12th April!
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/04/10/wgar-news-national-day-of-action-against-muckaty-nuclear-waste-dump-12th-april

WGAR News: Nuclear Waste Dump: Senate inquiry in Darwin; Nationwide
protests (17 Apr 10)
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/04/16/wgar-news-nuclear-waste-dump-senate-inquiry-in-darwin-nationwide-protests-17-apr-10

WGAR News: … Update: Muckaty Station Nuclear Waste Dump (23 Apr 10)
[scroll down page]
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/04/22/wgar-news-raw-sewage-dumped-in-ampilatwatja-aboriginal-worker-dismissed-23-apr-10

WGAR News: Update on Muckaty Station Nuclear Waste Dump (2 May 10)
https://wgar.wordpress.com/2010/05/02/02052010-update-on-muckaty-station-nuclear-waste-dump/

WGAR News: “Muckaty Voices” film; Senate Report into nuclear waste
dump plan (16 May 10)
https://indymedia.org.au/2010/05/16/wgar-news-muckaty-voices-film-senate-report-into-nuclear-waste-dump-plan-16-may-10

WGAR News: Federal Court legal challenge over nuclear waste dump (13 Jun 10)
http://lists.perthimc.asn.au/pipermail/blackgreensolidarity/2010-June/002933.html

WGAR News: PM Gillard: No change on Muckaty nuclear waste dump (12 Jul 10)
http://lists.perthimc.asn.au/pipermail/blackgreensolidarity/2010-July/002965.html

WGAR News: Legislation passes enabling a nuclear waste dump to be
built at Muckaty, NT (1 Mar 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/01/wgar-news-legislation-passes-enabling-a-nuclear-waste-dump-to-be-built-at-muckaty-nt

WGAR News: Federal Court challenge over nuclear dump resumes in August
(16 Mar 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/16/wgar-news-federal-court-challenge-over-nuclear-dump-resumes-in-august

SBS HIGHLIGHT: CLOSING THE GAP – ARE WE THERE YET?:

– Audio

SBS Audio and Language: Aboriginal:
Closing The Gap – Are We There Yet?
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/151072/t/Closing-The-Gap-Are-We-There-Yet/in/english
15 Mar 11: “Five years on and the question’s being asked –
how far have we come to Closing The Gap?
How far have we come to ‘Closing the Gap’ on Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander life expectancy, ecucational and
employment opportunities?
As any one of your children may say – are we there yet?
Are we even close?
Co-Chair of the Close the Gap Campaign, Tom Calma of the
Kungarakan people and Mick Gooda of the Gangulu nation
marked the fifth anniversary of the Close the Gap Campaign
with speeches at at the National Press Club in Canberra.
And it was five years ago in his capacity as Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Dr
Calma first called for a national effort to achieve health
equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.”
Michelle Lovegrove

SBS Audio and Language: Aboriginal:
Calls For Annual Checks on Closing The Gap
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/151352/t/Calls-For-Annual-Checks-on-Closing-The-Gap/in/english
16 Mar 11: “The Road To Closing The Gap – How Far Are We?
Greater clarity, timely data collection and annual progress
checks is the call from the Federal Opposition on the Close
the Gap campaign.
Federal Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel
Scullion says he was disturbed by a recent statement from
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice
Commissioner Mick Gooda, that it’ll be another five years
before there’s any real improvement in Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander health.
Senator Scullion is speaking with Michelle Lovegrove.”


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