28/08/2011 45th anniversary of Gurindji Wave Hill Walk-Off – Kalkarindji NT – 26-28 August 2011

* 45th anniversary of Gurindji Wave Hill walk-off
* Amnesty International Australia: 
‘Tell the government: don’t abandon homelands’
* Interviews with Emma Davidson of Equality Rights Alliance
* Productivity Commission: Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage
* ‘strong corporations, strong stores, strong communities’ 
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles


45th Anniversary – Wave Hill Walk-Off – Gurindji Story
9:00 am Registration.
Commences in the morning with Walkoff re-enactment: 
* Traditional dancers and speakers from community
* Speeches by key non-Indigenous figures who supported the 
* BBQ by Daguragu/Wattie Creek.”

45th anniversary of Gurindji Wave Hill Walk Off commemorative cultural event, 26 – 28 August, 2011
“* In 1975 – Government give the stolen land back to 
the Gurindji people.
* In 2007 – Government took everything back through 
the NT Intervention.
* In 2011 – The Gurindji tell government to 
Stop the NT Intervention.
– We Remember the Gurindji Strike.
– Stand up for our Rights.
– We will take back control for our future.”

– Audio Interviews with Organiser Brenda Croft

The Wire: Remembering the Wave Hill walk-off
25 Aug 11: “It’s 45 years since indigenous stockmen and 
their families, led by Vincent Lingiari, walked off wave 
Hill station in protest over wages and conditions. The 
defiant gesture led to Australia wide support for land 
rights. This weekend Kalkyringie is the venue for a major 
event to mark the anniversary. Organiser Brenda Croft says 
that while it will be a fun event its also a reminder about 
how little things have changed for indigenous people.”

ABC Darwin: Wave Hill recognises 45th Freedom Day
24 Aug 11: “It was one of the most protracted industrial 
disputes in Australian history – the walk-off at Wave Hill 
Station 45 years ago by a mob of Aboriginal stockmen and 
their families. They struck for better pay and conditions, 
and their cause was taken up around the country. It grew 
into a fight for land rights, which culminated ten years 
later, in the enactment of the Northern Territory Land 
Rights Act. This weekend, at the community of Kalkarindji, 
hundreds will gather to mark the anniversary of the walk-off. 
Brenda Croft – a Gurindji woman and one of the organisers of 
the event – spoke to 105.7 Breakfast about the Freedom Day 
festival and other issues.”

– News

NT News: Crowds celebrate Wave Hill walk-off
27 Aug 11: “The heat and emotions ran high at Kalkarindji, 
on the Victoria River, 800km south of Darwin. Hundreds 
turned out to mark 45 years since the Gurindji stockmen 
marched out of Wave Hill Station to reclaim their dignity – 
and their land. Vincent Lingiari – sometimes called “Old 
Grandfather” by his people – was hailed as a symbol of 
freedom. The NT Government took a verbal beating as men and 
women told their stories from a stage. The federal 
intervention in remote Territory communities was a source 
of angst for many.”

ABC: Wave Hill walk-off anniversary targets intervention
26 Aug 11: “Earlier, Aboriginal stockmen had led about 200 
people in re-enacting the original strike. Traditional 
owners, politicians, unionists and camp dogs made the 
20-minute walk from Kalkarindji community, 550 kilometres 
south of Darwin, to the original meeting place where the 
Wave Hill walk-off began. Vincent Lingiari led 200 
Aboriginal stockmen and 400 family members along the same 
path 45 years ago to call for better working conditions 
and a return of traditional land ownership. … One elder, 
Gus George, says the loss of freedom Aboriginal people 
experienced at Wave Hill is being repeated under the 

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
Wave Hill Walk-Off 45th Anniversary
“Celebrations are underway in the Northern Territory to 
mark the 45th anniversary of the Wave Hill Walk-Off. … 
The celebrations this weekend have also allowed the 
Gurindji people of Kalkaringi and Daguragu to speak out 
about Federal Government’s Northern Territory intervention. 
Gurindji spokesperson John Leemans says conditions in his 
community have become worse since the intervention began in 
2007. Mr Leemans says a lack of consultation has led to a 
range of flawed policies, including compulsory leases and 
income management.”

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
Gurindji leader criticises intervention
26 Aug 11: “John Leemans: This intervention has been put on 
by the Government to the Northern Territory Aboriginal 
people. It’s been done with a blanket approach, it’s been 
done behind closed doors, the policies have been made 
behind closed doors, in parliament. The Aboriginal 
communities, and the tribal lawmen and lawwomen, and 
elders, didn’t have any prior consent, didn’t have any 
consultation before policy and leglisation were made. 
Voice ends.”

ABC: Wave Hill walk-off remembered as rights landmark
26 Aug 11: “Two remote communities south of Darwin are 
commemorating the 45th anniversary of the Wave Hill 
walk-off this weekend. … Event organiser Brenda Croft 
says it is important to remember their struggle. “It is 
very important for us to encourage young people to 
remember, and acknowledge and feel proud of this history,” 
she said. “It is an Australian story, not just an 
Aboriginal story. It is something that really put Aboriginal 
land rights on the national consciousness.””

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
Equal rights battle continues
25 Aug 11: “Gurindji elder and a grandson of Vincent 
Lingiari, Maurie Ryan, says the battle for equal rights, 
begun by his grandfather, continues today. Celebrations are 
underway in the Northern Territory to mark the 45th 
anniversary of the Wave Hill Walk-Off.”


Event: Fri 26 – Sun 28 August 2011: Kalkarindji/Daguragu, NT
Gurindji Walkoff from Wave Hill 
– 45th Anniversary Commemoration
Fri 26: Elders Day Focus – main day
Sat 27: Mid-generation Focus
Sun 28: Youth Day Focus
Event location and details: http://www.gurindjifreedomday.com/
Program: http://www.gurindjifreedomday.com/45th%20festival.html
28 July 11 media release from Gurindji spokespeople: http://www.gurindjifreedomday.com/publications/PDF%20Intervention/mr-gurindji_stop_intervention.pdf
Video of Gurindji strike against NT Intervention: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guge6MI6cTA
WGAR News: Gurindji workers’ strike protesting the NT Intervention: http://indymedia.org.au/2010/10/24/wgar-news-australia-a-continuing-genocide-24-oct-10

– Background

Gurindji Freedom Day – Northern Territory Australia
“Welcome to the Gurindji Website
Background: Kalkarindji and Daguragu are on the traditional 
homelands of the Gurindji people, and these communities are 
linked to the Malgnin, Mudpurra, Bilinara, Ngarinman and 
Warlpiri peoples through the historic Walkoff from Wave 
Hill Station, which was initially established on Gurindji 
traditional lands in 1883. At the time of the Walkoff, Wave 
Hill Station had been owned by British Lord Vestey’s family 
since 1914. The Gurindji Walkoff was initiated by 
Gurindji/Malgnin leader, Vincent Lingiari, on 23 August 
1966 and lasted till 1974, an event which lit the fire that 
became the national land rights movement. … “

1 Deadly Nation: From Little Things Big Things Grow
24 Aug 11: “The story told by the song is one of the 
greatest this wide brown land has known and one that sadly 
too few Australian’s know. It’s a story that is everything 
we lionise in Australia, mateship, courage, the battler, a 
fair go, the under dog getting one over the powerful and a 
happy ending where the hero wins. This is the story of the 
Gurindji Stike! The hero; Aboriginal man Vincent Lingiari 
as he led the Gurindji, Ngarinman, Bilinara, Warlpiri and 
Mudbara peoples on a long, courageous battle for justice.”

Treaty Republic: 
45 yrs since the sand poured into Vincent Lingiari’s hand
“”He wasn’t only fighting for the Gurindji people he was 
fighting for all Aboriginal people, for the way the white 
man treated us.” – The Gurindji people”

– Related Media Release

‘45 years since the Wave Hill walk-off: 
Sydney rally in support of Gurindji demands 
– No to intervention, – No to income management’. 
25 Aug 11: “Stop The Intervention Collective Sydney (STICS) 
is holding a rally to coincide with anti-intervention 
protests marking Gurindji Freedom Day. An anti-intervention 
demonstration is being held in Kalkaringi, NT. For 
information or comment contact John Leemans, spokesperson 
for Gurindji protest on number below.
“45 years after Wave Hill, the NT Intervention has gutted 
the rights won by the historic Gurindji strike. The 1966 
walk-off lead Aboriginal Australia in the fight for 
self-determination. But under this intervention those 
rights have been removed. Cuts to the Community Development 
Employment Projects (CDEP) and the government’s ‘Hub Town’ 
policy are driving the community into the ground with the 
withdrawal of services, jobs and housing” said David 
Suttle from Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney.
“The intervention allowed the government to seize control 
of Aboriginal township land and impose a compound for the 
Government Business Manager, surrounded by cyclone fencing. 
This is a disgusting symbol of the government’s take-over 
of Aboriginal communities,” continued Mr Suttle.”

– Related Slide Show

Picasa Web Albums: 
Gurindji Memorial Day in Sydney – Peter Boyle

– Related News

Green Left: 
Anti-intervention protest marks Gurindji strike anniversary
27 Aug 11: “More than 100 people demonstrated in Sydney on 
August 26 to mark the 45th anniversary of the Wave Hill 
walk-off, when Gurindji workers walked off the Wave Hill 
cattle station and launched an eight-year protest for land 
rights that helped define the modern Aboriginal land rights 
movement. The protest, organised by the Stop The 
Intervention Collective Sydney, took place outside the 
electorate office of federal Minister for Social Inclusion 
Tanya Plibersek. … One thousand people attended a 
commemoration of the Gurindji strike at Kalkarindji, 800 
kilometres south of Darwin.”

Indymedia Australia: Gurindji Memorial Day in Sydney
26 Aug 11: “On 26/8/2011 a protest was held in Sydney on 
the 45th anniversary of the Wave Hill walk-off, when 
Aboriginal people walked off a cattle station in 1966 and 
became pioneers of the Aboriginal land rights movement. 
Just over 100 people demonstrated outside the Sydney 
electorate office of federal Minister for Social Inclusion 
Tanya Plibersek in an action, organised by the Stop The 
Intervention Collective Sydney, calling for an end to the 
discriminatory Northern Territory intervention. 1000 were 
at a re-enactment of the walkoff in Wave Hill, the 
protesters were told by phone from Wave Hill, NT.”


Event: Fri 26 August 2011: Broadway, Sydney, NSW
Rally on Gurindji Freedom Day
Organised by the Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=189792351084016
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/48603
Flyer: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/Gurindji-Freedom-Day-26-8-11-new.jpg

– Related Audio

ABC PM: NT Chief against use of term ‘intervention’
25 Aug 11: “The Northern Territory’s Chief Minister, Paul 
Henderson, says he will not support the use of the word 
‘intervention’ to describe any new Federal Government 
programs in the Territory. Mr Henderson made the comment at 
celebrations being held at Wave Hill to mark the 45th 
anniversary of the strike by Aboriginal stockmen that 
triggered the Aboriginal land rights movement. And veteran 
unionists involved in the stockmen’s strike are calling on 
Aboriginal people to stand up and protest against the 
Federal Government’s intervention. Michael Coggan reports 
from Wave Hill [in the Northern Territory].”
[Includes comments by Jimmy Wavehill, Maurie Japarta Ryan, 
Brian Manning and Malarndirri McCarthy.]

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: 
CAAMA Radio News 22-08-2011
22 Aug 11: “Descendants of Aboriginal rights campaigner 
Vincent Lingiari boycotted the annual lecture named in his 
honor late last week claiming Aboriginal academic Professor 
Marcia Langton who deliverd the lecture was a supporter of 
the federal Intervention in the Northern Territory.”

– Related Media Release

Northern Territory Government: 
45th Anniversary Of The Wave Hill Walk Off Celebrated
23 Aug 11: “Heritage Minister Karl Hampton will tomorrow 
drive to Kalkaringi to commemorate the 45th anniversary of 
the Wave Hill Walk Off as part of this year’s Gurindji 
Freedom Day celebrations. 
“The Wave Hill Walk Off is one of Australia’s most famous 
and important days – it many ways it marked the start of 
the Aboriginal land rights movement in this country,” Mr 
Hampton said. 
“That’s why the Territory Government heritage listed the 
Gurindji Wave Hill Walk Off Route in 2006 – to provide the 
route with the recognition and protection that comes with a 
heritage listing.””


– Online Campaign

Amnesty International Australia: 
Tell the government: don’t abandon homelands
“Traditional homelands are home to nearly one-third of 
Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory. Research shows 
that with proper services people can be healthier, live 
longer and contribute valuable work on homelands, all with 
their identity and connection to the land intact. Yet the 
government’s policy of stripping funding from essential 
services will effectively force people into hub towns and 
The government needs to hear from you and the thousands of 
Australians that don’t want to see another mistake on 
Aboriginal policy.
Tell the government we don’t want more mistakes.
The most effective way to do this is by taking 2 minutes to 
write your own email to Jenny Macklin and Warren Snowden. 
You don’t have to be a policy expert to write your email – 
with just a few sentences you can let the government that 
know you care about homelands. … “
[Click on the above link for ideas of what to write, and 
to send your email online from the Amnesty web-page.]


WGAR News: Amnesty International Australia: Aboriginal Peoples’ right to homelands in the NT (12 Aug 11)

Online Petition: Amnesty International Australia: Don’t abandon Aboriginal homelands


– Audio Interviews

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane
Let’s Talk – Indigenous presented talkback:
24 Aug 11: “Emma Davidson: Karen Dorante spoke with Project 
Coordinator for the Canberra-based Equity Rights Alliance, 
Emma Davidson.”
Listen to this interview on-line: 

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: 
Basics Cards aren’t helping most Aboriginal women look 
after their families – according to a new report
23 Aug 11: “A new report released by the Equality Rights 
Alliance has revealed that the Government-issued Basics 
Card is failing to change what most women buy, and the 
ability to look after their families… The report was 
based on the findings of survey of 168 Aboriginal women in 
Darwin and Alice Springs, called ‘Women’s experience of 
income management in the Northern Territory’. Emma Davidson, 
the report’s author speaks to Nerida Currey on Strong 
Voices. … Ms Davidson also reponds to criticism voiced by 
Indigneous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin of the report.”


Crikey: Does new evidence from NT women undermine supposed benefits of income management? By Eva Cox (19 Aug 11)

ABC AM: Claims children are learning welfare dependency (20 Aug 11)
[Includes audio interview with Equality Rights Alliance’s Emma Davidson.]

WGAR News: Equality Rights Alliance Report: Women’s experience of Income Management in the NT (21 Aug 11)


– The Report


– Audio

ABC PM: Turning the child abuse ship around
25 Aug 11: “The Northern Territory Children’s Commissioner, 
Dr Howard Bath says it will take years to make a 
significant improvement to child abuse and neglect in 
Aboriginal communities. The Productivity Commission report 
into Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage released today 
shows that there’s been a steady increase in substantiated 
Aboriginal child abuse and neglect cases across the country. 
But that doesn’t necessarily mean things are getting worse, 
more that there’s significantly more reporting of abuse 
[Includes comments by Dr Howard Bath and Priscilla Collins.]

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: 
Productivity Commission delivers 2011 Government Report 
Card on Indigenous disadvantage.
25 Aug 11: “The Council of Australian Governments 
commissioned a regular report against key indicators of 
Indigenous disadvantage in April 2002. … Commissioner 
Robert Fitzgerald is the convenor of the Indigenous 
Disadvantage Working Group of the Steering Committee for 
the Review of Government Service Provision which produces 
the Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators 
[Includes comments by Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald.]

– Analysis / Opinion

Crikey: Ignoring evidence may explain why the income 
management gap doesn’t close
26 Aug 11: “Today the Productivity Commission releases its 
latest report on Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage, which 
shows only 13 of 45 measures showed any improvement and 
seven went backwards. The dismal results, following the 
recently released finance report on non-progress may add to 
more blaming of Aboriginal communities but experiences 
detailed below on the income management program suggest the 
cause may be government … ” Eva Cox

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
Reduce overcrowding: Productivity Commissioner
26 Aug 11: “The Productivity Commissioner, Robert 
Fitzgerald, says one of most important things the 
government could do to reduce Indigenous disadvantage would 
be to ease overcrowding in indigenous homes. … Mr 
Fitzgerald said that what is absolutely unquestionable is 
that easing overcrowding helps educational outcomes, health 
outcomes, the home environment and makes communities safe.”

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
Lawyers blame governments for high imprisonment
26 Aug 11: “The Australian Lawyers Alliance says 
governments are to blame for high rates of Indigenous 
imprisonment. A Productivity Commission report released 
today shows Indigenous people are incarcerated at 14 times 
the rate of other Australians. The report also found the 
imprisonment rate for Indigenous women has increased by 60 
per cent in the last decade.”

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
Opposition slams Gov’t on health report
26 Aug 11: “The Federal Opposition says a Productivity 
Commission report shows health indicators aren’t getting 
better for Indigenous Australians. The report shows the 
mortality rate for Indigenous people is decreasing but 
there’s been little improvement in most other health 
indicators including chronic disease.”

Gillard holds hope for change on indigenous disadvantage
26 Aug 11: “JULIA Gillard has welcomed a mixed report on 
the success of the government’s efforts to overcome 
indigenous disadvantage, declaring she has “hope for 
change”. A report released yesterday by a steering 
committee reviewing the government services to indigenous 
communities has found little or no progress has been made 
to close the gap in key areas including health and school 
education rates, while noting achievements in home 
ownership and workforce participation.”

Koori Mail: Greens call for Indigenous policy change
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
25 Aug 11: “THE Australian Greens have said the ‘mixed bag 
of outcomes’ in the latest Overcoming Indigenous 
Disadvantage report strengthens the case for a new policy 
approach. Greens spokeswoman Rachel Siewert said the report 
should not be used to justify continued poor policy, such 
as the re-badged Northern Territory intervention.”

Koori Mail: Mixed outcomes in ‘disadvantage’ report
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
25 Aug 11: “THE latest Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage 
report shows home ownership, education and employment 
prospects were improving but other social indicators such 
as health and criminal justice had either stayed the same, 
or had deteriorated. The report is the latest in a series 
of reports commissioned by the Council of Australian 
Governments in 2002 to track the success or otherwise, of 
government policies and programs.”

Australian: Spike in child abuse mars indigenous gains
25 Aug 11: “In its fifth report to parliament since 2002, a 
steering committee reviewing services to indigenous 
communities has found little or no progress has been made 
to close the gap in areas including health and school 
education rates. In a blow to the Gillard government, the 
committee chaired by Productivity Commission head Gary 
Banks found “there has been little change in literacy and 
numeracy, most health indicators and housing overcrowding 
for indigenous people”.”

SMH: Indigenous population still falling through gap
25 Aug 11: “INCIDENCES of indigenous imprisonment, child 
abuse and chronic disease continue to rise two years after 
then prime minister Kevin Rudd announced an ambitious 
program to ”close the gap” and four years after John 
Howard announced his Aboriginal intervention. The latest 
trend data assembled in a report titled Overcoming 
Indigenous Disadvantage shows improvement in only 13 of 
the 45 indicators monitored by the government. In another 
10 the report finds ”no real improvement”. In seven it 
finds outcomes going backwards.”

– Video

ABC Lateline: Indigenous disadvantage worsening: report
25 Aug 11: “In Australia the Productivity Commission has 
reported that many of the key indicators of Indigenous 
disadvantage across the country are getting worse. It says 
there is been a drop in Indigenous mortality rates and less 
reliance on welfare, but as Jane Bardon reports the gap 
between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people is widening 
in health, imprisonment and education.”


– News

ABC: Macklin makes a meal of community stores report
24 Aug 11: “The Federal Opposition has accused Indigenous 
Affairs Minister Minister Jenny Macklin of misleading the 
public on the issue of healthy food in remote communities. 
Yesterday, Ms Macklin released a report about stores in 
remote Indigenous communities. The headline on the media 
release said, “report reveals more money spent on healthy 
food in Indigenous stores”. But the report does not reveal 
that. Instead, it shows an increase in the profitability 
of many stores. … “I think it is pretty desperate stakes 
when you just have to start making things up,” he 
[Opposition Indigenous Affairs spokesman Nigel Scullion] 

Koori Mail: More healthy food being sold
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
23 Aug 11: “A NEW report has found that Australian 
Government reforms to community owned stores in Aboriginal 
and Torres Strait Island communities have resulted in 
increased sales of healthy food. The report, strong 
corporations, strong stores, strong communities also showed 
significant overall growth in average income and gross 
profit and an increase in the percentage of community 
stores trading profitably”

– Media Release

Hon Jenny Macklin MP: Report reveals more money spent on 
healthy food in Indigenous community-owned stores
23 Aug 11: “A new report has found that Australian 
Government reforms to community owned stores in Aboriginal 
and Torres Strait Island communities have resulted in 
increased sales of healthy food. The report, strong 
corporations, strong stores, strong communities 
investigates the financial performance of community stores 
owned by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations 
registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres 
Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act).”


Creative Spirits: 
Northern Territory Emergence Response (NTER) 
– “The Intervention”: 

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: 
Northern Territory National Emergency Response: 

CAAMA (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association) 
– NT Intervention: 

STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney): 

Treaty Republic – NT Intervention: 

‘concerned Australians’: 
Without Justice there can be no Reconciliation: 

The Conversation – After the Intervention: 

Tracker – NT Intervention:

IRAG (Intervention Rollback Action Group): 
Mparntwe – Alice Springs: 

The Greens: Rachel Siewert: Northern Territory Intervention: 

ANTaR (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation) 
– NT intervention: 

Crikey – NT Intervention: 

Jobs with Justice: 

MAIC (Melbourne Anti-Intervention Collective): 

New Matilda – northern territory intervention: 

Amnesty International Australia: 
Looking back at the Northern Territory Intervention: 

Students For Indigenous Rights – UQ: 
The Northern Territory Intervention: 

Defending Indigenous Rights: 

Intervention walk-off’s Blog: 

Australian Human Rights Commission: 
Northern Territory ‘Emergency Response’ intervention: 

FAIRA; Human Rights Law Resource Centre; NACLC: 
Australia’s compliance with CERD – Fact Sheet 2: 
Northern Territory Intervention: 

Green Left: Northern Territory intervention: myths and facts: 

WGAR (Working Group for Aboriginal Rights): 


– Analysis / Opinion

Treaty Republic: 
Native Title is not Land Rights – under any circumstances
23 Jul 11: “… from Ray Jackson [President, Indigenous 
Social Justice Association] 
The article above describes a positive call to stop the 
theft of aboriginal land and its resources. For far too 
long we have been stripped of our rights by, as Bob 
Weatherall correctly describes the Governments and mining 
companies, as being over the top greedy in their lusts for 
the stolen billions. … “

Truthout: Indigenous Groups Challenge Doctrine of 
Christian Discovery and Domination
22 Jul 11: “Romero was speaking at a side event about the 
root of the problems affecting her people – the 
dehumanization caused by the “Doctrine of Christian 
Discovery.” The “doctrine,” which will be the theme of next 
year’s highly anticipated UNPFII, would have sounded like 
conspiracy not too long ago. Today, thanks to exhaustive 
research by indigenous scholars and law researchers, the 
doctrine has been brought front and center.” Jason Coppola

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: 
Professor Paul Komesaroff speaks on Strong Voices
24 Aug 11: “There is growing recognition of the ongoing 
role that community controlled organisations continue to 
play in the health and wellbeing of Aborignal communities
… The call has been echoed by leading Australian health 
professional Professor Paul Komesaroff… a practising 
Physician and Director of the Faculty of Medicine at Monash 
University. He says the community controlled model is not 
straight forward…and that people will have to learn by 
trial and error.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: 
New Report sheds light on Aboriginal Water Rights and Native Title
24 Aug 11: “A new report which analyses the laws associated 
with Aboriginal water rights and native title…has found 
that Government and Aboriginal people have different 
understandings when it comes to the rights of water within 
land which is held under native title. The North Australian 
Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance has released 
its latest publication called ‘Indigenous Rights in Water 
in Northern Australia’… NAILSMA CEO Joe Morrison says the 
report has found that Aboriginal people see land and water 
connected within native title rights…while the government 
treats them as separate… … He speaks to Nerida Currey 
on Strong Voices.”

– News

West Australian: Gas protesters block Woodside trucks
26 Aug 11: “A 57-year-old woman has been arrested and 
several others remain chained to machinery in Broome this 
morning as protesters try to prevent Woodside trucks 
entering James Price Point. Woodside was forced to stop 
work and remove its machinery after a fire near the 
proposed gas hub site over the past two weeks. Protester 
Nik Wevers said they were prepared for when Woodside would 
try to return the machinery.”

9 News: Kimberley heritage listing not a lock-out
24 Aug 11: “Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke says a 
heritage listing for the West Kimberley does not mean 
mining development will be locked out. Instead mining 
companies pursuing development in the northern West 
Australian region would have to respect its heritage values. 
The comments come as mining lobby group the Chamber of 
Minerals and Energy of WA (CME) urged Mr Burke to delay his 
decision on the heritage listing.”

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