26/03/2011 Police used to break blockade by Aboriginal women of Lake Tyers

Contents:
* Police used to break blockade by Aboriginal women
of Lake Tyers
* Other Lake Tyers blockade articles
* Background to blockade by Aboriginal women of Lake Tyers
* Aboriginal groups protest against nuclear waste dump
* Background to Muckaty Station nuclear waste dump
* Churches hope that Australia will continue to urge
the Australian Government to end Intervention
* More on Tony Abbott’s call for new NT Intervention
* Background to Tony Abbott’s call for new NT Intervention
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* National Close the Gap Day – March 24

POLICE USED TO BREAK BLOCKADE BY ABORIGINAL WOMEN OF LAKE TYERS:

– News

Indymedia Australia: Police used to break picket at Lake Tyers
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/24/police-used-to-break-picket-at-lake-tyers
24 Mar 11: “The Age reported that police were used to
escort the Administrator, Simon Wallace-Smith through the
blockade established on the 8th of March by the women of
Lake Tyers to protest the lack of community control in Lake
Tyers. … There is a benefit for the blockade this Friday
in Melbourne. Leanne Edwards, spokesperson for the group
told the ABC that the group plans to re-enact a march on
Parliament House carried out by Aboriginal elders in 1963.”

Age: Police bring officials through protest lines at Lake Tyers
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/police-bring-officials-through-protest-lines-at-lake-tyers-20110322-1c55y.html
23 Mar 11: “POLICE escorted Victorian officials through a
blockade at East Gippsland’s Lake Tyers settlement
yesterday, where there is a dispute over the running of the
settlement. Indigenous women imposed the blockade two weeks
ago after the state government refused to rescind the
appointment of an administrator. The administrator, Simon
Wallace-Smith, who was appointed eight years ago, passed
through the blockade early yesterday with other officials,
driven in by police. A spokeswoman for the protesters,
Leanne Edwards, said the women did not attempt to stop the
officials.”

7 News: Administrator breaches Aboriginal trust picket
http://au.news.yahoo.com/queensland/a/-/local/9052258/administrator-breaches-aboriginal-trust-picket/
22 Mar 11: “The Victorian Minister for Aboriginal Affairs,
Jeanette Powell, is still refusing to talk to Aboriginal
people blockading the Lake Tyers Aboriginal settlement near
Lakes Entrance. The protesters have been blockading the
Aboriginal trust property for two weeks, calling for
self-determination. The government-appointed administrator
broke through the picket line early this morning with a
police escort.”

OTHER LAKE TYERS BLOCKADE ARTICLES:

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 24-03-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-24-03-2011
24 Mar 11: “The solicitor representing the Lake Tyers
Aborignal community says the Victorian Government is not
willing to sit down and speak about legiitimate community
concerns abour self governance.”

ABC Gippsland: Minister stands firm on Lake Tyers protest
http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2011/03/22/3170492.htm
22 Mar 11: “Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Minister Jeanette
Powell says she will not meet with protestors who have
been blockading the entrance of the Lake Tyers Trust in
East Gippsland for the past two weeks. The Minister told
ABC Gippsland’s Mornings Program she was not prepared to
meet with aggrieved members of the Aboriginal community
until the protest was called off and all staff, including
the Trust’s administrator was allowed in.”

– News

The Native Press: Women Blockade Lake Tyers
http://www.thenativepress.com/news/blockade.php
22 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.”

ABC: Lake Tyers protesters plan march for autonomy
http://abc.gov.au/news/stories/2011/03/21/3169396.htm?site=news
21 Mar 11: “Protesters from the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust
say they will re-enact a march on Parliament House carried
out by Aboriginal elders in 1963. The protesters have
maintained a blockade of the trust property near Lakes
Entrance for two weeks, calling for self-determination. A
spokeswoman for the group, Leanne Edwards, says residents
are being dictated to by a government-appointed
administrator. She says Aboriginal elders fought to have
the trust property signed over to Indigenous people in
1970.”

Intercontinental Cry: Australia:
Lake Tyers Women Holding Blockade Against the Government
http://intercontinentalcry.org/australia-lake-tyers-women-holding-blockade-against-the-government/
21 Mar 11: “For the past two weeks, Indigenous women from
the community of Lake Tyers, in East Gippsland, Victoria,
have been holding a blockade against the state government’s
self-imposed rule over their community. The blockade
officially went up on March 8, International Women’s Day,
in an effort to stop the government-appointed administrator
… and his staff from gaining entry to the community. For
the past six years, Lake Tyers has been governed by a
policy similar to the Northern Territory Intervention; a
policy that, the Women say, is an insult to Elders and
their own rights and aspirations as Indigenous Peoples.”

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)
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http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/16/wgar-news-federal-court-challenge-over-nuclear-dump-resumes-in-august

WGAR News: Protest blockade by Lake Tyers Aboriginal women continues (21 Mar 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/21/wgar-news-protest-blockade-by-lake-tyers-aboriginal-women-continues

WGAR News: More on the blockade by Lake Tyers Aboriginal women (23 Mar 11)
[scroll down page]
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/23/wgar-news-international-day-for-the-elimination-of-racial-discrimination-harmony-day-21-m

ABORIGINAL GROUPS PROTEST AGAINST NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

– Audio

ABC PM:
Aboriginal groups protest against radioactive waste dump
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2011/s3171860.htm
23 Mar 11: “The Senate today is preparing to pass
controversial legislation allowing a national radioactive
waste dump to be built on Aboriginal land in the Northern
Territory. …
Dianne Stokes says traditional owners are prepared to stop
radioactive material being transported through their
country.
DIANNE STOKES: Number one there’s challenging, doing
dancing on the country, marching the bridges, closing
Tennant Creek for the waste dump to come through there.
Past Three Ways, east of Three Ways no one is going to come
through there. On railway, no one’s going to come through
there. No waste dump’s coming through any of them land.”

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/

YouTube: Muckaty Voices
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcuNpT84Ovo

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

WGAR News: Interview with Kylie Sambo, Mark Lane and Dr. Jim Green
about Muckaty nuclear waste dump (21 Mar 11)
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http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/21/wgar-news-protest-blockade-by-lake-tyers-aboriginal-women-continues

WGAR News: Nuclear waste legislation must wait until objections heard
in Federal Court (23 Mar 11)
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http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/23/wgar-news-international-day-for-the-elimination-of-racial-discrimination-harmony-day-21-m

CHURCHES HOPE THAT AUSTRALIA WILL CONTINUE TO URGE
AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT TO END INTERVENTION:

– Media Release

National Council of Churches in Australia:
WCC Voices Concern Over Plight of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander People
http://www.ncca.org.au/home/media-releases/614-wcc-voices-concern-over-plight-of-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-people
24 Mar 11: “The World Council of Churches (WCC) has voiced
its concern about the plight of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Peoples at its recent Central Committee
meeting in Geneva.
The WCC statement follows on from a visit to the Northern
Territory by a WCC “Living Letters” Team which visited
several Aboriginal communities and heard stories and
experiences of the Intervention. The Living Letters team
expressed concern about the discrimination, oppression and
racism they observed and which many Aboriginal people
experience on a daily basis. …
The Reverend. Tara Curlewis, General Secretary of the
National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) and an
advisor for the WCC Central Committee said “This statement
is very significant as it is in response to the Living
Letters visit to Northern Territory communities. Members
of the WCC Central Committee were shocked to hear what has
happened in Australia in recent years. One leader said
‘Surely this isn’t happening in Australia? I thought
Australia was better than this!'”
Last week the NCCA Executive welcomed the WCC report and
statement, the churches hope that Australia will adhere to
the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and
continue to urge the Australian Government to end the
Intervention.”

See full statement:
World Council of Churches:
Statement on the Situation of Indigenous Peoples of Australia
http://www.oikoumene.org/en/resources/documents/central-committee/geneva-2011/report-on-public-issues/statement-on-the-situation-of-indigenous-peoples-of-australia.html
22 Feb 11: “The WCC Central Committee, meeting in Geneva
16-22 February, 2011, therefore: …
Urges the Australian government to end the “Intervention”
and instead to engage in proper consultation and
negotiation processes which are genuinely inclusive of
Aboriginal Peoples, which will better empower and enable
them to identify their own aspirations, issues of concern
and which will involve their full participation in creating
and implementing solutions; … “

– News

Anglican Media Melbourne:
World Council of Churches condemns NT’s indigenous “Intervention”
http://www.melbourne.anglican.com.au/NewsAndViews/Pages/WCC-condemns-NT-intervention-081.aspx
24 Mar 11: “The World Council of Churches (WCC) has issued
a strong statement condemning many aspects of the
Australian federal government’s “Intervention” into
indigenous communities in the Northern Territory, which
began in 2007 under the Coalition and continues today under
the Labor government. In 2010, the WCC sent a “Living
Letters” team to Australia to visit indigenous communities
and gather their experiences of the Intervention. On their
return, they reported discrimination, oppression and
racism towards indigenous Australians on a daily basis.”
Jane Still

MORE ON TONY ABBOTT’S CALL FOR NEW NT INTERVENTION:

– Statement

AIA: Amnesty International claims proposed
‘new intervention’ doomed to fail
http://www.amnesty.org.au/news/comments/25161/
23 Mar 11: “Amnesty International has expressed dismay at
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s calls for a ‘new
intervention’ in the Northern Territory, warning against
the imposition of another round of blunt policies doomed to
fail. …
Since the roll out of the Northern Territory Emergency
Response in 2007, Amnesty International has criticised
successive governments for a lack of meaningful consultation
with Indigenous communities and the blanket implementation
of a raft of racially discriminatory measures.
“It’s unbelievable to me that the intervention – a racially
discriminatory policy that has ultimately humiliated and
disempowered thousands of Aboriginal people in the Territory
– is being trumpeted as a success by the Opposition Leader,”
said Rodney Dillon, Indigenous Rights Campaigner, Amnesty
International Australia.”

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 24-03-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-24-03-2011
24 Mar 11: “The Minister for Central Australia Karl Hampton
says that if the Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott
wants to know what is happening in Alice Springs he should
come to town and talk with local people about local issues.”

– News

Age: PM tells Abbott to butt out of NT trip
http://www.theage.com.au/national/pm-tells-abbott-to-butt-out-of-nt-trip-20110324-1c8fq.html?skin=text-only
25 Mar 11: “OPPOSITION Leader Tony Abbott has been told he
is not welcome to travel to the Northern Territory with the
Prime Minister to tackle Aboriginal welfare during a
private meeting with Julia Gillard. … A spokesman for Ms
Gillard said: ”The Prime Minister will travel with her
minister, who has been working closely on this matter for
several years, rather than with Mr Abbott.””

Australian: Joint trip to Alice rejected by Julia Gillard
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/in-depth/aboriginal-australia/joint-trip-to-alice-rejected-by-julia-gillard/story-e6frgd9f-1226027710807
25 Mar 11: “JULIA Gillard has rejected Tony Abbott’s offer
of a joint trip to trouble-ridden Alice Springs in a late
afternoon meeting with him yesterday, telling the
Opposition Leader the government would stick with its
current approach to solving the crisis. The Prime Minister
said she would instead travel to Alice Springs with
Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin.”

Australian:
Abbott, PM must visit together, says Aboriginal activist
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/in-depth/aboriginal-australia/abbott-pm-must-visit-together-says-aboriginal-activist/story-e6frgd9f-1226027026992
24 Mar 11: “ABORIGINAL and Torres Strait Islander Social
Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda has appealed to the Prime
Minister to travel to Alice Springs with Tony Abbott,
arguing that the bipartisan approach to indigenous affairs
must not splinter and new solutions must be found to
growing dysfunction in Alice Springs. Mr Gooda told The
Australian he believed Mr Abbott’s letter asking Julia
Gillard to go to Alice Springs with him was sincere and
necessary — and only if they travelled together would
indigenous disadvantage be addressed.”

BACKGROUND TO TONY ABBOTT’S CALL FOR NEW NT INTERVENTION:

WGAR News: Opposition leader, Tony Abbott, calls for new Northern
Territory (NT) Intervention (23 Mar 11)
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http://indymedia.org.au/2011/03/23/wgar-news-international-day-for-the-elimination-of-racial-discrimination-harmony-day-21-m

OTHER NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– News

7 News: Welfare Management ‘Discriminatory’: Gooda
http://au.news.yahoo.com/queensland/a/-/latest/8988627/welfare-management-discriminatory-gooda/
10 Mar 11: “The Gillard government’s policy of income
managing people on welfare is likely to be challenged on
the grounds it discriminates against indigenous people, an
Aboriginal leader says. Social justice commissioner Mick
Gooda thinks the practice of quarantining half the welfare
cheques of all vulnerable people in the Northern Territory
arguably affects indigenous people more than others. …
Government officials told a budget estimates hearing in
late February that 94 per cent of the nearly 16,000 people
being income-managed in the NT are indigenous.”


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