Archive for December, 2011

26/12/2011 AGENDA 40th Anniversary Aboriginal Tent Embassy

Posted in EVENTS on 26/12/2011 by D

AGENDA Day 1  –  26 January 2012

Time

Item

Resource

People

9:00 AM

Land Rights and Sovereignty March from ANU, Alinga Street Aboriginal Embassy Banners, Float, Portable PA, Megaphones Everyone

11:00 AM

Welcome to Country & Opening Ceremony-  Smoking-  Flag Raising-  Children’s Tribute-  Dance Troupes (Corroboree) Key Elders, Michael Anderson-  Young Dancers-  Dance Troupes-  Joie Geia (Musicians)

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:30 PM

Live SongSpeech’s (Formalities)(Speech’s 10 min per person)(Declarations 30 min)-  Usurpation As Genocide-  Declaration of Sovereignty Performer tbc-  Youth to hand over-  Gary Foley      (opening speech)–  Isabell Coe- Pat Eatock

– Paul Coe

–  Gilberts & powerpoint on sovereignty

–  Michael Anderson (Declarations)

3:00 PM

Break

3:30 PM

Aboriginal Sovereignty &Earth Law – the Global Movement Draft document of unification (to be handed out) tbc

5:00 PM

Break

6:30 PM

Dumbartung Presentation Stage, PA, Video Projection Robert Eggington

7:30 PM

Entertainment Stage, PA, tbc

9:30 PM

CLOSE

AGENDA Day 2    –  27 January 2012

Time

Item

Resource

People

9:00 AM

Aboriginal Sovereignty, Plural Sovereignty, Multiple Sovereignty (Uniting Sovereign Nations) Camp fires Everyone

11:00 AM

Break

11.30 AM    Women’s Circle   Men’s Circle           Camp fires          Everyone

12:30 PM    Lunch

1:30 PM     Women’s Circle,  Men’s Circle

3:30 PM    Break

4:00 PM   Report back from circles and collate input

6:00 PM    Dinner

7:30 PM    Christine Donnolly Performing Arts Presentation

9:30 PM   CLOSE

AGENDA Day 3   –  28 January 2012

Time

Item

Resource

People

9:00 AM

Understanding the documents of Sovereignty Movements – (Declarations etc) Camp firesEveryone

11:00 AM      Break

11:30 AM     Women’s Circle, Men’s Circle   Camp fires   Everyone

12:30 PM    Lunch

1:30 PM     Formalisation of Sovereignty Movements (Declarations etc)

3:30 PM    Break

4:00 PM    Review previous days sovereignty unification document

–  establishment Union and International Process

Communique to Government –  signatures

6:00 PM   Dinner

7:30 PM  Closing Finale Entertainment – BLACKBOARD EVENT with back line

9:30 PM   CLOSE

26/12/2011 PLANNING TO CAMP AT THE ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSY 40th?

Posted in EVENTS on 26/12/2011 by D

We will be able to provide some free BBQ food, fruit and

vegies over the event but as numbers are not confirmed, please aim to

be self sufficient in your camping. Elders and kids will be catered

for first.

 

People will need to provide: their own tents, swags, blankets and camping equipment.

 

Consider bringing a torch, esky, camp chairs, and all your essentials.

 

Please bring adequate clothing. We have had a wet summer so far, but

it may be very hot in late January. Have clothes for the four seasons.

 

There are taps on the site but you may prefer your own camping water

bottles for convenience.

 

Please consider sunblock, hats and activities for your kids if you are

bringing kids.

 

Also bring your commonsense, your strength and wisdom, to make this

event as great as possible.

 

For the march: comfortable walking shoes, drinking

water bottles, hats, flags and banners.

 

Any local Canberra people who may be able to lend a BBQ or offer billeting and fresh garden produce for this event, would be great.

 

 

DONT BRING: Alcohol, drugs or violence. This is a dry camp and anyone who doesn’t abide by this will be told to leave.

21/12/2011 Sovereignty Never Ceded: A key theme of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy’s 40th anniversary

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 21/12/2011 by D

Contents:
* Interview with Mathew Dhulumbuurk on the NT intervention
* Interview with elder Philip Roe after the
Supreme Court ruling re Kimberley
* Interview with Michael Woodley CEO of the
Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation
* Michael Anderson:
Who deleted the phrase ‘her heirs and successors’?
* 40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy
Canberra 26-29 Jan 2012
* Congress Peoples’ Forum: Sovereignty and Self Determination
Canberra 24-25 Jan 2012
* Have your say on the Extension of Key NT Intervention
Measures for another Decade. Submissions due 1 Feb 2012
* GetUp! Campaign Suggestions Forum:
Stop the Racist NT Intervention
* GetUp! Campaign Suggestions Forum:
Stopping Proposed Gas Refinery
* Inga Ting: Aboriginal crime and punishment:
incarceration rates rise under neoliberalism
* What’s Working: Alternative to Intervention
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles
* Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia

* INTERVIEW WITH MATHEW DHULUMBUURK ON THE NT INTERVENTION:

– Audio Interview

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Yolngu Say NO To Intervention…
http://caama.com.au/yolngu-say-no-to-intervention
15 Dec 11: “Aboriginal elders from the Top End community of
Ramingingying have lashed out at the continuation of the
Northern Territory intervention, claiming “Many of their
people are feeling stigmatised by the blanket policy that
brands them as alcoholics, irresponsible parents and child
molesters”. … Yolngu spokesman Mathew Dhulumbuurk told
CAAMA radio “The government is drowning them slowly and the
intervention policies have brought hatred, making the
government the “true enemy of their people”.”

See:

WGAR News:
“Ramingining Elders say no to the second Intervention!”
(30 Nov 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/11/30/wgar-news-ramingining-elders-say-no-to-the-second-intervention

newsTracker: We’re not all boozers, NT elders say (30 Nov 11)
http://tracker.org.au/2011/11/were-not-all-boozers-nt-elders-say/

* INTERVIEW WITH ELDER PHILIP ROE AFTER THE
SUPREME COURT RULING RE KIMBERLEY:

– Audio interview

SBS Audio and Language: Aboriginal:
Elder Speaks On His Hopes For His Land At James Price Point
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/196299/t/Elder-Speaks-On-His-Hopes-For-His-Land-At-James-Price-Point/in/english
15 Dec 11: “The recent WA Supreme Court ruling on the
invalidity of government compulsory acquisition of
Aboriginal land was a bittersweet one for elders. The
ruling resulted from a technicality, as WA Government
notices of intent didn’t properly identify the land. …
The legal challenge to the compulsory acquisition of the
land was made by Goolarabooloo elder Philip Roe and Jabbir
Jabbir elder Neil Mc Kenzie. While recognizing the battle is
far from over – Philip Roe told Garfield Samuels he’ll do
all in his power to stop further desecration of sacred and
cultural sites.”

– Related audio interviews

SBS Audio and Language: Aboriginal:
Another round with the Western Australian government
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/196297/t/Another-round-with-the-Western-Australian-government/in/english
15 Dec 11: “Supreme Court ruling is not the end of the
battle for James Price Point … Elders are preparing for
the next match – after last week’s ruling by the WA Supreme
Court, that the government’s move to compulsarily acquire
land for a gas hub in the Kimberley, is invalid. …
Andrew Chalk is a member of the legal team representing the
Traditional Owners. He tells Garfield Samuels – the
immediate issue is the status of the agreement between the
Kimberley Land Council and the Government”
By Michelle Lovegrove

ABC Radio National: Law Report: Broome gas processing hub
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lawreport/broome-gas-processing-hub/3728432
13 Dec 11: “The latest in the ongoing dispute over a
proposed $35 billion gas processing hub in Broome. Last
week, the WA Supreme Court ruled that compulsory land
acquisition notices issued by the WA government are
invalid. Is the decision a fundamental game-changer or a
temporary set-back? …
Guests: Murray Wilcox, Former Federal Court Judge. …
Presenter: Damien Carrick. Producer: Verica Jokic.”

– Related News

ABC: An attempt to lure a Woodside project to Darwin
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-12-12/luring-project-feature/3727484?section=business
13 Dec 11: “Could the Northern Territory poach another
multi-billion dollar gas project from Western Australia? If
the Territory’s Chief Minister has his way, it could. Late
last week, Paul Henderson announced he had been in talks
with the oil and gas company Woodside about basing its
proposed $30 billion liquefied natural gas hub in Darwin.
Woodside’s plans for its hub have been based at James Price
Point, north of Broome in the State Government LNG precinct
but there has been a setback after a recent court decision.”

ABC: NT in talks to persuade Woodside to shift LNG hub
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-12-12/nt-talks-to-woodside-about-shifting/3726386?section=nt
12 Dec 11: “The oil and gas company Woodside says it
remains committed to processing gas from the Browse Basin
in Western Australia despite attempts from the Northern
Territory to poach the project. The territory’s Chief
Minister Paul Henderson said he had been in talks with
Woodside about basing its LNG hub in Darwin. The proposed
$30 billion gas project at James Price Point, north of
Broome, suffered a setback last week with the Supreme Court
declaring the WA State Government’s land acquisition notices
were invalid.”

See:

WGAR News: ABC Video:
Kimberley gas hub opponents claim legal victory (11 Dec 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/12/11/wgar-news-abc-video-kimberley-gas-hub-opponents-claim-legal-victory

* INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL WOODLEY CEO OF THE
YINDJIBARNDI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION:

– Audio interview

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Michael Woodley
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/
14 Dec 11: “Tiga Bayles is joined by Michael Woodley, chief
executive officer of the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal
Corporation, with an update on their dispute with FMG and
the Solomon Hub project on their country.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/michael-woodley-5/

– Related Media Release

Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation:
State back flips on FMG conditions
http://yindjibarndi.org.au/yindjibarndi/?p=2507
19 Dec 11: “SUMMARY: Last Tuesday, the Minister for
Indigenous Affairs, Peter Collier, reneged on an earlier
commitment to hold Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) accountable
for identification and protection of Yindjibarndi heritage
in the path of its Solomon Project mine. After FMG demanded
that critical conditions of his consent be deleted,
Minister Collier complied, clearing the way for wholesale
destruction of rare and ancient Yindjibarndi heritage.
Yindjibarndi CEO, Michael Woodley, said “This is a
Christmas from hell for us. It is a weak and morally wrong
decision from Mr Collier. The Minister had a choice – to
ensure Yindjibarndi people could properly record their
sites before FMG wipes them off the face of the earth, and
use this knowledge to make safe and fair decisions; … ”

– Related News

Australian:
Clan fury as MP clears hurdle for friend Andrew Forrest
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/clan-fury-as-mp-clears-hurdle-for-friend-andrew-forrest/story-e6frgczx-1226227119380
21 Dec 11: “WEST Australian Indigenous Affairs Minister
Peter Collier has substantially freed the company chaired
by his friend Andrew Forrest from having to comply with the
state’s heritage law for its expanded mining operations in
the Pilbara, says an Aboriginal group.” Paul Cleary

See:

Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation
http://yindjibarndi.org.au/yindjibarndi/

* MICHAEL ANDERSON:
WHO DELETED THE PHRASE ‘HER HEIRS AND SUCCESSORS’?

– Media Release

Who deleted the phrase ‘her heirs and successors’?
Treaty Republic: http://treatyrepublic.net/content/who-deleted-phrase-her-heirs-and-successors
Indymedia Australia: http://indymedia.org.au/2011/12/15/who-deleted-the-phrase-%E2%80%98her-heirs-and-successors%E2%80%99
Indigenous Peoples: http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=13271:australia-who-deleted-the-phrase-her-heirs-and-successors&catid=24&Itemid=57
15 Dec 11: “Michael Anderson, in Japan en route from London
to Sydney says today:
Having attended the Office of Parliamentary Counsel in
Whitehall, I am shocked after locating the official record
of the original Pacific Islanders Protection Act 1875, the
one that was actually passed in the UK Parliament at that
time.
The Pacific Islander Protection Act 1875 that has been
bandied around on the internet and other places has been
doctored by a person or persons unknown. It is clear that
someone did not want the real Act circulating.
The Pacific Islander Protection Act 1875 that has been
circulating in Australia is without a vitally important
key phrase of the Order in Council.”

See:

WGAR News: Herald Sun:
Aboriginal leader takes fight to Europe (7 Dec 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/12/07/wgar-news-djiniyini-gondarra-message-to-alp-conference-analysis-by-hilary-tyler-and-paddy

Michael Anderson:
Aboriginal sovereignty confirmation expected soon (11 Dec 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/12/11/wgar-news-abc-video-kimberley-gas-hub-opponents-claim-legal-victory

WGAR News: Euahlayi tribal leader Michael Anderson
addresses Occupy crowd in London (15 Dec 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/12/15/wgar-news-euahlayi-tribal-leader-michael-anderson-addresses-occupy-crowd-in-london

New Way Sovereignty Summit,
Canberra 22-25 April 2011 (Easter Weekend)
http://indymedia.org.au/new-way-sovereignty-summit-canberra-22-25-april-easter-weekend
[Michael Anderson was Summit Convenor. Click on above Summit
link to read several of Michael’s previous media releases.]

* 40th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSY
CANBERRA – 26-29 JAN 2012

– Upcoming event

Event: Thu 26 to Sun 29 January 2012: Parkes, Canberra, ACT
40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy Canberra
Sovereignty Never Ceded: a key theme of the 40th Anniversary
“Indigenous elders invite all Aboriginal people, supporters
and other members of the general public, to come together
at the ‘Aboriginal Tent Embassy’ site, on Thursday 26th
January 2012, to celebrate “SOVEREIGNTY DAY” and be part of
the Sacred Fire Ceremonial Gathering that will marks 40
years since the first protest on the site.”
Event details (incl. Agenda, Poster, Audio and Video):
http://treatyrepublic.net/content/invitation-aboriginal-tent-embassy-january-2012
http://treatyrepublic.net/node/906
Event details: http://www.aboriginaltentembassy.net/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/aboriginal-tent-embassy-40th-anniversary-canberra
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/40th-anniversary-of-the-tent-embassy-canberra
Event summary: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49413
Aboriginal Embassy Elder Tribute song: http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/artist_songs/2079567
“We will not leave till justice, at long last, is done”:
http://www.indymedia.org.au/2011/12/11/aboriginal-tent-embassy-%E2%80%93-canberra-january-26-2012-%E2%80%93-%E2%80%9Cwe-will-not-leave-till-justice-at-l
Interview with Dr Janet Hunt: http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/dr-janet-hunt-and-jacqui-phillips/

* CONGRESS PEOPLES’ FORUM: SOVEREIGNTY AND SELF DETERMINATION
CANBERRA – 24-25 JAN 2012

– Upcoming event

Event: 24 to 25 January 2012: ANU, Canberra, ACT
Congress Peoples’ Forum:
Sovereignty and Self Determination: The Political Contract
Celebrating 40th anniversary Aboriginal Tent Embassy
Hosted by National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
Event details: [scroll down page] http://nationalcongress.com.au/welcome/

* HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE EXTENSION OF KEY NT INTERVENTION
MEASURES FOR ANOTHER DECADE. SUBMISSIONS DUE 1 FEB 2012:

Stop the Intervention:
Have your say on the Extension of Key NT Intervention
Measures for another Decade
Submissions are due by 1 February 2012.
[scroll down page] http://www.stoptheintervention.org/
“Information for making a submission:
http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/committee/clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/info.htm

“Please follow the links from this page to find
information about the bills:
Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Bill 2011
and two related bills
http://www.aph.gov.au/Senate/committee/clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/index.htm

“For the document with links to further info about the
New Policies, Aboriginal Elders voices and for Taking Action:
please click here: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Consultations/NTER-ext-submissions-appeal-short.pdf
[This link includes voices of:
Dr Rev Djiniyini Gondarra,
Yananymul Mununggurr,
Ramingining Elders,
NT Elders and Community Representatives,
and the Central Land Council.]

Event: 1 February 2012: Australia wide
Submissions about Stronger Futures now due 1 Feb 2012
Parliament of Australia – Senate:
Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Bill 2011
and two related bills:
Information about the Inquiry
http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/committee/clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/info.htm
“Submissions should be received by 1 February 2012. …
The Committee is seeking written submissions from
interested individuals and organisations”

* GETUP! CAMPAIGN SUGGESTIONS FORUM:
STOP THE RACIST NT INTERVENTION:

– Action

GetUp! Campaign Suggestions Forum:
Stop the racist Northern Territory Intervention.
No more income management or land theft.
http://suggest.getup.org.au/forums/60819-getup-campaign-suggestions/suggestions/1067671-stop-the-racist-northern-territory-intervention
“Aboriginal people in the NT are subject to this racist
federal legislation which contravenes the UN Declaraton of
the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It forces people onto
income management which controls people’s money, allows the
government to control Aboriginal land without people’s
consent, impose non-Aboriginal “government business
managers” on communities, and refuses to acknowledge
customary law in the judicial system. There needs to be an
increased push to force the government to repeal this racist
law.” by Hilary

* GETUP! CAMPAIGN SUGGESTIONS FORUM:
STOPPING PROPOSED GAS REFINERY:

– Action

GetUp! Campaign Suggestions Forum:
Stopping Proposed Gas Refinery at James Price Point
in the Kimberley
http://suggest.getup.org.au/forums/60819-getup-campaign-suggestions/suggestions/1896595-stopping-proposed-gas-refinery-at-james-price-poin
“Woodside Petroleum and the WA Premier want to turn the
Kimberley into another industrialised oil and gas region by
building gas refineries on the coast at James Price Point,
40km north of Broome. Premier Barnett wants the Kimberley
to be the next Pilbara. The federal Environment Minister is
now responsible for making the final environmental
assessment of this proposal. Traditional owners of the land
have been under the threat of compulsory acquisition, and
have been pressured into relinquishing their rights to this
beautiful unspoilt land.” by Sonia

See:

WGAR News: ABC Video:
Kimberley gas hub opponents claim legal victory (11 Dec 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/12/11/wgar-news-abc-video-kimberley-gas-hub-opponents-claim-legal-victory

[Above in this newsletter]
Interview with elder Philip Roe after the Supreme Court ruling

* INGA TING:
ABORIGINAL CRIME AND PUNISHMENT:
INCARCERATION RATES RISE UNDER NEOLIBERALISM

– Analysis / Opinion

Crikey: Aboriginal crime and punishment:
incarceration rates rise under neoliberalism
http://www.crikey.com.au/2011/12/15/aboriginal-prison-rate-continues-to-rise-is-neoliberalism-at-play/
15 Dec 11: “The number of indigenous adults held in the
nation’s jails has increased for the 11th year in a row,
despite the nation’s prisoner population falling for the
first time in a decade. According to the latest Australian
Bureau of Statistics data, the indigenous prisoner
population increased by 1% in the year to June 2011 while
the total prisoner population dropped by 2%. … Despite
repeated promises to reduce indigenous over-representation
in prisons - the latest federal commitment made last month
- the solution actually offered by government is just more
of the problem itself, Singh [Charandev Singh] says.”
Inga Ting, freelance journalist and Australian Centre for
Independent Journalism associate

Crikey: Aboriginal crime and punishment:
spending on jails but not outcomes
http://www.crikey.com.au/2011/12/16/aboriginal-crime-and-punishment-spending-on-jails-but-not-outcomes/
16 Dec 11: “The rise of a punitive “law and order” culture
in Australia has had a profoundly racial dimension,
manifested in soaring rates of indigenous incarceration.
The number of indigenous adults held in the nation’s jails
has increased for the 11th year in a row - as Crikey
revealed in part one yesterday - while over the past
decade … ” Inga Ting, freelance journalist and Australian
Centre for Independent Journalism associate

See:

Deaths in Custody: A Crikey Investigation
http://www.crikey.com.au/deaths-in-custody/
“Twenty years after the Royal Commission report into
Aboriginal deaths in custody was released, fatalities in
prison custody are rising and inmates are still dying as a
result of the same lethal practices the Commission sought
to eliminate. As part of a forensic Crikey investigation,
freelance journalist and Australian Centre for Independent
Journalism associate Inga Ting examines the startling data,
the damning case studies and the very human stories behind
a vexed political and social issue.”

ANTaR: Reducing Imprisonment of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander people
http://www.antar.org.au/index.php?q=issues_and_campaigns/reducing_indigenous_incarceration
29 Jul 11: “ANTaR used this occasion to launch a National
Call to Action for federal, state and territory governments
to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander people in the criminal justice system. This
Call to Action is also supported by a wide range of
Aboriginal and community legal services and human rights
organisations.”

* WHAT’S WORKING: ALTERNATIVE TO INTERVENTION

What’s Working: Alternative to Intervention
http://www.whatsworking.com.au/what-now/alternative-to-intervention/
“Rebuilding from the Ground Up
– An Alternative to the Northern Territory Intervention.
Download document from IRAG. This document puts forward a
list of demands that have come consistently from Aboriginal
communities since the announcement of the NT Intervention
in 2007. It has been widely endorsed by Aboriginal
community leaders, along with the
Intervention Rollback Action Group (Alice Springs),
Stop the Intervention Collective (Sydney) and
‘concerned Australians’ (Melbourne).
Research supported by Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning
at UTS.”

Here are some links to further info on the
Alternative to Intervention

Alternatives doc with extra references: http://stoptheintervention.org/alternatives-to-the-intervention/rebuilding-from-the-ground-up-an-alternative-to-the-nt-intervention

Alternatives doc with overviews, videos and references: http://www.jumbunna.uts.edu.au/researchareas/alternatives.html

Endorsees of the Alternatives doc: http://stoptheintervention.org/alternatives-to-the-intervention

Endorsees of the Alternatives doc: http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/alternative-to-the-intervention/

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Creative Spirits:
Northern Territory Emergence Response (NTER)
– “The Intervention”:
http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/politics/northern-territory-intervention.html

CAAMA (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association)
– NT Intervention:
http://caama.com.au/?s=NT+Intervention

Crikey – NT Intervention:
http://www.crikey.com.au/topic/nt-intervention/

Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition:
http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/

New Matilda – northern territory intervention:
http://newmatilda.com/tag/northern-territory-intervention

The Greens: Rachel Siewert: Northern Territory Intervention:
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/category/issues/indigenous-rights/northern-territory-intervention

IRAG (Intervention Rollback Action Group):
Mparntwe – Alice Springs:
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/

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

‘concerned Australians’:
Without Justice there can be no Reconciliation:
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/

Tracker – NT Intervention:
http://tracker.org.au/tag/nt-intervention/

Treaty Republic – NT Intervention:
http://treatyrepublic.net/search/node/NT%20Intervention

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

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

The Conversation – After the Intervention:
http://theconversation.edu.au/pages/after-the-intervention

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

Amnesty International Australia:
Looking back at the Northern Territory Intervention:
http://www.amnesty.org.au/indigenous-rights/comments/24460/

Students For Indigenous Rights – UQ:
The Northern Territory Intervention:
http://uqsir.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/stir-uq-intervention-intro-factsheet-new1.pdf

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

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

Australian Human Rights Commission:
Northern Territory ‘Emergency Response’ intervention:
http://www.hreoc.gov.au/social_justice/intervention/index.html

FAIRA; Human Rights Law Resource Centre; NACLC:
Australia’s compliance with CERD – Fact Sheet 2:
Northern Territory Intervention:
http://www.hrlrc.org.au/files/Fact-Sheet-2-NT-Intervention.pdf

Green Left: Northern Territory intervention: myths and facts:
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/39732

WGAR (Working Group for Aboriginal Rights):
https://wgar.wordpress.com/

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Audio interviews

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Vince Mundraby
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/
15 Dec 11: “Former Yarrabah mayor, now chair of the
Djunbunji Land and Sea Program, Vince Mundraby talks to
Tiga Bayles about land matters including the recent signing
of an Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) over Mandingalbay
Yidinji country near Cairns.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/vince-mundraby-3/

SBS Audio and Language: Aboriginal:
Twins Demand Stolen Wages Payment
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/196289/t/Twins-Demand-Stolen-Wages-Payment/in/english
15 Dec 11: “More questions about Queensland’s handling of
stolen wages. … Torres Strait island twin brothers are
appealing to the Queensland government to pay out stolen
wages withheld from them and thousands of other indigenous
people. … One of the 76-year-old twins received a reparation
payment but the other didn’t, despite both working on the
same boat as divers, from the age of 13. Queensland
correspondent Stefan Armbruster speaks with
Paul and Arthur Ah Wang after they met with state
Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander affairs minister
Curtis Pitt.” By Michelle Lovegrove

* UPCOMING ABORIGINAL RIGHTS EVENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA
– 11 EVENTS FROM 21 DECEMBER 2011:

Click on the links for details of the events …

Event: 21 December 2011: Paddington, Sydney, NSW
Documentary Film – The Tall Man
“… a vivid portrait of an Australian island enraged
by the death of an Aboriginal man while in custody
of the local, predominantly white-run police force.”
Chauvel Cinema, Paddington
Cinema Release Date: Thu 17 November 2011
Event details, incl. film review and interview with the director: http://www.hopscotchfilms.com.au/films/coming-soon/thetallman-film/
Event details: http://www.palacecinemas.com.au/movies/thetallman/

Event: 22 to 24 December 2011: Brisbane, Qld
Documentary Film – The Tall Man
“… a vivid portrait of an Australian island enraged
by the death of an Aboriginal man while in custody
of the local, predominantly white-run police force.”
Palace Barracks Cinema, Brisbane
Cinema Release Date: Thu 17 November 2011
Event details, incl. film review and interview with the director: http://www.hopscotchfilms.com.au/films/coming-soon/thetallman-film/
Event details: http://www.palacecinemas.com.au/movies/thetallman/

Event: 4 November 2011 to February 2012: Townsville, Qld
Exhibition: From Little Things Big Things Grow
– Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970
Event description: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/
Event location: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/travelling_details/

Event: Tue 17 to 28 January 2012: Chippendale, NSW
Photographic exhibition:
Manuwangku Under the Nuclear Cloud
“Manuwangku: Under a Nuclear Cloud, gives the affected
Aboriginal communities a collective voice against the
proposed radioactive waste dump. The exhibition aims to
dispel the myth that remote areas are uninhabited and thus
suitable to be dumping grounds.
Jagath Dheerasekara is a talented and respected photographer
as well as an Amnesty International Human Rights Defender.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/27463/

Event: Fri 20 January 2012: RMIT entrance, Melbourne, Vic
Indigenous freedom-fighters commemoration:
Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner
“To commemorate the execution of the indigenous
freedom fighters Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner”
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49054

Event: 24 to 25 January 2012: ANU, Canberra, ACT
Congress Peoples’ Forum:
Sovereignty and Self Determination: The Political Contract
Celebrating 40th anniversary Aboriginal Tent Embassy
Hosted by National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
Event details: [scroll down page] http://nationalcongress.com.au/welcome/

Event: Thu 26 to Sun 29 January 2012: Parkes, Canberra, ACT
40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy Canberra
Sovereignty Never Ceded: a key theme of the 40th Anniversary
“Indigenous elders invite all Aboriginal people, supporters
and other members of the general public, to come together
at the ‘Aboriginal Tent Embassy’ site, on Thursday 26th
January 2012, to celebrate “SOVEREIGNTY DAY” and be part of
the Sacred Fire Ceremonial Gathering that will marks 40
years since the first protest on the site.”
Event details (incl. Agenda, Poster, Audio and Video):
http://treatyrepublic.net/content/invitation-aboriginal-tent-embassy-january-2012
http://treatyrepublic.net/node/906
Event details: http://www.aboriginaltentembassy.net/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/aboriginal-tent-embassy-40th-anniversary-canberra
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/40th-anniversary-of-the-tent-embassy-canberra
Event summary: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49413
Aboriginal Embassy Elder Tribute song: http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/artist_songs/2079567
“We will not leave till justice, at long last, is done”:
http://www.indymedia.org.au/2011/12/11/aboriginal-tent-embassy-%E2%80%93-canberra-january-26-2012-%E2%80%93-%E2%80%9Cwe-will-not-leave-till-justice-at-l
Interview with Dr Janet Hunt: http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/dr-janet-hunt-and-jacqui-phillips/

Event: 1 February 2012: Australia wide
Submissions about Stronger Futures now due 1 Feb 2012
Parliament of Australia – Senate:
Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Bill 2011
and two related bills:
Information about the Inquiry
http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/committee/clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/info.htm
“Submissions should be received by 1 February 2012. …
The Committee is seeking written submissions from
interested individuals and organisations”

Event: February 2012 to May 2012: Queensland Museum
Exhibition: From Little Things Big Things Grow
– Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970
Event description: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/
Event location: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/travelling_details/

Event: Sat 11 February 2012: Melbourne, Vic
Our Generation Film Screening
as part of the inaugural Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: 17 Feb 2012: International
Submissions on role of languages and culture due 17 Feb 2012
United Nations Human Rights:
Study on languages and cultures
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/IPeoples/EMRIP/Pages/StudyLanguages.aspx
“Call for submissions from indigenous peoples and their
organisations
The Expert Mechanism is calling for submissions on the role
of languages and culture in the protection and promotion of
the rights and identity of indigenous peoples, its current
mandated study in accordance with Human Rights Council
resolution 18/8 …
Submissions will need to be submitted by 17 February 2012”

– ‘Our Generation’ Film Reviews

Elimatta:
Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
Our Generation – Showing in London – page 8
http://www.asgmwp.net/ElimattaWinter2011.pdf
Winter 2011: “The Intervention is yet another example of
the appalling treatment the Aboriginal People of Australia
have been subjected to in such a short period of time
compared to thousands of years of survival. Sinem Saban and
Rev. Dr Gondarra supported by the Yolngu people and
cinematographer, Damien Curtis, have created a sensitive
and realistic view of the plight of those who wish to live
a more traditional life in their homelands and of those who
appear to be dispossessed.” Christine Waterer

Elimatta:
Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
ASG Information Night: Our Generation – page 6
http://www.asgmwp.net/ElimattaSummer2010.pdf
Summer 2010: “Local resident and journalist, Jeff McMullen
introduced “Our Generation”, the film by Sinem Saban and
Damien Curtis which we were there to see. The film explored
in depth the Federal Government Intervention into
Aboriginal Communities in the Northern Territory. Jeff had
told us that the film’s producers were not having any
success in having the film shown on government or
commercial media outlets and they were having to screen it
in local community halls to show the community at large
just what was involved in the Intervention. It is basically
a war on Aboriginal culture. The dispossession of the
Aboriginal people is simply continuing in a new guise.”
Carol Gerrard

See:

Our Generation: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/

Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater: http://www.asgmwp.net/index.htm

15/12/2011 Euahlayi tribal leader Michael Anderson addresses Occupy crowd in London

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 15/12/2011 by D

Contents:
* Michael Anderson addresses Occupy crowd in London
* Gerry Georgatos:
Aboriginal Tent Embassy – Canberra, January 26 2012
* Recordings from the Forum:
Hot Politics – Radioactive Waste Management in Australia
* National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Leaders meet in Canberra
* ANTaR: Act now to ensure a free and equal future for
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people
* Greens Penny Wright: Native Title Wins Few and Far Between
* Mandingalbay Yidinji Country:
“Indigenous Protected Area” agreement
* Susan Allan: Labor to extend NT “intervention” for a decade
* Greens Rachel Siewert: Another Intervention Is Not The Answer
* Emma Murphy: Darwin launch of “Walk With Us”
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* What’s Working: Our Generation film
* Other articles
* Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia

* MICHAEL ANDERSON ADDRESSES OCCUPY CROWD IN LONDON:

– Audio Speech

Michael Anderson Occupy London Speech
Treaty Republic: [scroll down page] http://treatyrepublic.net/node/911
December 2011

– Media Release

The Defining phase in our struggle: Michael Anderson
Treaty Republic: http://treatyrepublic.net/node/911
Indymedia Australia: http://indymedia.org.au/2011/12/13/the-defining-phase-in-our-struggle
Indigenous Peoples: http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=13243:australia-the-defining-phase-in-our-struggle&catid=24&Itemid=57
13 Dec 11: “We said it aloud all the time “Sovereignty
Never Ceded” and now we can reveal that our sovereignty is
real, both as a matter of fact and law. The challenge that
is now before us as Peoples is how to put it all into
practice.
To assert our sovereignty as a right recognised in English
law is the political and legal confrontation that we will
now face with the Australian governments and territories.
It must also be understood and acknowledged by us that what
has emerged in the last two hundred plus years is the
Australian State, successor in title from colonial Britain,
which will now defend and use their numbers to suppress our
continuing sovereign title and dominion. But our Peoples
have never acquiesced and our resistance continues. It is
this committed and determined resistance that will see us
overcome our disadvantages.”

See:

WGAR News: Herald Sun:
Aboriginal leader takes fight to Europe (7 Dec 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/12/07/wgar-news-djiniyini-gondarra-message-to-alp-conference-analysis-by-hilary-tyler-and-paddy

Michael Anderson:
Aboriginal sovereignty confirmation expected soon (11 Dec 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/12/11/wgar-news-abc-video-kimberley-gas-hub-opponents-claim-legal-victory

New Way Sovereignty Summit,
Canberra 22-25 April 2011 (Easter Weekend)
http://indymedia.org.au/new-way-sovereignty-summit-canberra-22-25-april-easter-weekend
[Michael Anderson was Summit Convenor. Click on above Summit
link to read several of Michael’s previous media releases.]

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Sovereign status will be confirmed: Anderson
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/6724-sovereign-status-will-be-confirmed-anderson
13 Dec 11: “Euahlayi man Michael Anderson says he will have
confirmed Indigenous sovereign status within Australia in
the next few days as his fact-finding mission in Europe
continues. … In a Human Rights Day address to Occupy
London Stock Exchange protesters, Mr Anderson said he now
believes Australia’s claim to Indigenous land, water and
natural wealth is “on shaky ground.””

* GERRY GEORGATOS:
ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSY – CANBERRA, JANUARY 26 2012:

– Analysis

Aboriginal Tent Embassy – Canberra, January 26 2012
– “We will not leave till justice, at long last, is done”
http://www.indymedia.org.au/2011/12/11/aboriginal-tent-embassy-%E2%80%93-canberra-january-26-2012-%E2%80%93-%E2%80%9Cwe-will-not-leave-till-justice-at-l
11 Dec 11: “*Thousands to camp at Aboriginal Tent Embassy
* Thousands to stay till racism and discrimination are
eliminated
* The Intervention must end immediately
* The full suite of funding and services to all Aboriginal
communities must be met
* The intentions of Native Title to be upheld, and more”

– Upcoming events

Event: Thu 26 to Sun 29 January 2012: Parkes, Canberra, ACT
40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy Canberra
Sovereignty Never Ceded: a key theme of the 40th Anniversary
“Indigenous elders invite all Aboriginal people, supporters
and other members of the general public, to come together
at the ‘Aboriginal Tent Embassy’ site, on Thursday 26th
January 2012, to celebrate “SOVEREIGNTY DAY” and be part of
the Sacred Fire Ceremonial Gathering that will marks 40
years since the first protest on the site.”
Event details (incl. Agenda, Poster, Audio and Video):
http://treatyrepublic.net/content/invitation-aboriginal-tent-embassy-january-2012
http://treatyrepublic.net/node/906
Event details: http://www.aboriginaltentembassy.net/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/aboriginal-tent-embassy-40th-anniversary-canberra
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/40th-anniversary-of-the-tent-embassy-canberra
Event summary: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49413
Aboriginal Embassy Elder Tribute song: http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/artist_songs/2079567
Interview with Dr Janet Hunt: http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/dr-janet-hunt-and-jacqui-phillips/

Event: 24 to 25 January 2012: ANU, Canberra, ACT
Congress Peoples’ Forum:
Sovereignty and Self Determination: The Political Contract
Celebrating 40th anniversary Aboriginal Tent Embassy
Hosted by National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
Event details: [scroll down page] http://nationalcongress.com.au/welcome/

* RECORDINGS FROM THE FORUM:
HOT POLITICS – RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT IN AUSTRALIA:

7pm – Saturday, 3 December 2011
Hot Politics – Radioactive Waste Management in Australia
Forum and Photo Exhibition
[scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/past-events/3-dec-2011-alp-conference
“Against a background of heightened awareness of nuclear
issues, key stakeholders will examine the plan to develop a
national radioactive waste dump in the Northern Territory.”

Recordings from the event:
http://stoptheintervention.org/past-events/3-dec-2011-alp-conference#audio_radioactive
* Jeff McMullen, CEO (honorary) Foundation for Youth
* Matthew Gardiner, United Voice NT Secretary
* Dianne Stokes, Muckaty Traditional Owner
* George Newhouse, Human Rights lawyer
* Dave Sweeney, Australian Conservation Foundation

See:

YouTube: Muckaty Voices-Australia’s nuclear waste dump story
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcuNpT84Ovo

Beyond Nuclear Initiative:
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/

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

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

* NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AUSTRALIA’S FIRST PEOPLES:
LEADERS MEET IN CANBERRA:

– Media Release

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Leaders meet in Canberra
http://nationalcongress.com.au/leaders-meet-in-canberra/
7 Dec 11: “The National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples confirmed to the Prime Minister today that the
Congress would provide strong and practical advocacy for
its members.
The inaugural meeting of the Congress National Board and
Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Canberra, reaffirmed
commitments to work to improve the lives of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander peoples.”

– News

Koori Mail: Congress meets PM
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
14 Dec 11: “THE National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples has held its first meeting with Prime Minister
Julia Gillard. The meeting was described as ‘a starting
point for a working relationship to produce results’ but
current issues were off the agenda. The PM has agreed to
meet with Congress representatives every year. Co-chair Les
Malezer says the Congress will be very disappointed if the
Parliament shrugs off what it has to say, including on such
issues as the NT Intervention.”

– Upcoming event

Event: 24 to 25 January 2012: ANU, Canberra, ACT
Congress Peoples’ Forum:
Sovereignty and Self Determination: The Political Contract
Celebrating 40th anniversary Aboriginal Tent Embassy
Hosted by National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
Event details: [scroll down page] http://nationalcongress.com.au/welcome/

* ANTaR:
ACT NOW TO ENSURE A FREE AND EQUAL FUTURE FOR
ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER YOUNG PEOPLE:

– Action

Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation:
Locked up and locked out:
Act now to ensure a free and equal future for
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people
http://takeaction.antar.org.au/letters/campaign/14/act-now-to-spare-the-next-generation-of-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-people-from-a-life-behind-bars
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people comprise only
2.5 per cent of the Australian population, but make up 26
per cent of the total prison population and are imprisoned
at a rate 14 times higher than non-Indigenous people. Help
us address this inequality – lobby your politicians now to
develop justice targets to reduce the imprisonment rates of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people! The
government needs to know that thousands of Australians,
including you, believe Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander people deserve better.”
[Click on the above link to write letters to politicians
online.]

* GREENS PENNY WRIGHT: NATIVE TITLE WINS FEW AND FAR BETWEEN:

– Media Release

Greens Penny Wright: Native Title Wins Few and Far Between
http://penny-wright.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/native-title-wins-few-and-far-between
14 Dec 11: “The resolution of a major native title claim
originally lodged 18 years ago shows that native title
reform is urgently needed in Australia, Greens spokesperson
for Native Title, Senator Penny Wright, said.
The Kalkadoon people of the Mt Isa region won recognition
of their native title rights over almost 40,000 square
kilometres of land in the Federal Court on Monday.
“I commend the Kalkadoon people for their perseverance in
this case, which again shows that there are too many
obstacles when it comes to native title claims,” Senator
Wright said.
“The current system is failing – it is too complex, too
expensive and does not deliver on its promise to secure
adequate social and economic advancement for Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Island people. And sadly, many
traditional owners pass away before their claims can be
finalised.””

See:

Greens urge Parliament to back Native Title reform bill
http://greens.org.au/content/greens-urge-parliament-back-native-title-reform-bill-0
10 Nov 11: “The Australian Greens remain in ‘no doubt’
about the importance of native title reforms following a
Senate Inquiry into the Native Title Amendment (Reform)
Bill 2011.
“The existing native title system is not living up to its
intended purpose and our bill seeks to rectify that,”
Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues said today.
“The Bill addresses the serious and unnecessary barriers
faced by traditional owners in making native title claims.
It makes moderate reforms that have been well canvassed,
both over the last few years and during this inquiry
process.
“Evidence to the inquiry suggests that if the intentions of
the bill were implemented, a greater degree of fairness
would be introduced into the native title system.” [said
Senator Siewert]”

* MANDINGALBAY YIDINJI COUNTRY
“INDIGENOUS PROTECTED AREA” AGREEMENT:

– Audio

3CR Community Radio 855 AM: Podcasts
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
Earth Matters – 12 Dec 2011
[download the program] http://pod.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2011-12-11-87579.mp3
12 Dec 11: “In Mandingalbay Yidinji Country, an “Indigenous
Protected Area” agreement has been signed in existing World
Heritage areas for the first time in Australia since the
European Invasion.”

* SUSAN ALLAN:
AUSTRALIA: LABOR TO EXTEND NT “INTERVENTION” FOR A DECADE:

– Analysis / Opinion

World Socialist Web Site:
Australia: Labor to extend NT “intervention” for a decade
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/dec2011/inte-d12.shtml
12 Dec 11: “The Labor government of Prime Minister Julia
Gillard is intensifying its social austerity cutbacks with
a raft of proposed new laws that continue the Northern
Territory (NT) “intervention” for another ten years and
expand its punitive measures to include all welfare
recipients, indigenous and non-indigenous alike,
Australia-wide. First enacted in 2007 by the Howard
Liberal-National government, the Northern Territory
National Emergency Response, or “intervention,” suspended
the Racial Discrimination Act in the Territory and imposed
a series of anti-democratic measures against Aboriginal
welfare recipients and their communities. … ” Susan Allan

See:

World Socialist Web Site:
The Aboriginal “intervention” in Australia: four years on
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/may2011/ntin-m30.shtml
30 May 11: “As the fourth anniversary of the Northern
Territory (NT) intervention approaches, calls are being
made for a new round of regressive measures against
Aboriginal people, including a “second intervention”. …
Nominally the intervention, which involved the use of
police and military, was directed at helping children and
alleviating social disaster in Aboriginal communities. The
expressions of humanitarian concern were, however, a
smokescreen for a socially retrograde agenda.” Susan Allan

World Socialist Web Site: Australia:
Labor’s “welfare quarantining” trials target unemployed
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/jul2011/welf-j01.shtml
1 Jul 11: “In May, the Labor government of Prime Minister
Julia Gillard announced a series of punitive measures
targeting the unemployed as part of its federal budget.
Alongside more onerous workforce “participation
requirements” for welfare recipients, trials are to
commence next year of compulsory income management, or
“welfare quarantining.” These measures will make life
increasingly unbearable for welfare recipients and force
them to accept whatever work is available, no matter how
insecure, temporary or low-paid.” Will Morrow

* GREENS RACHEL SIEWERT:
ANOTHER INTERVENTION IS NOT THE ANSWER:

– Analysis / Opinion

New Matilda: Another Intervention Is Not The Answer
http://newmatilda.com/2011/12/14/another-intervention-isnt-answer
14 Dec 11: “The Government is talking up the same old
policies to tackle Indigenous disadvantage but its own
evaluations show they’re not working. It’s time to listen
closer to communities, writes Greens Senator Rachel
Siewert. As it introduces new Intervention measures in the
Northern Territory, the Government is keen to talk about
the effectiveness of existing policies in tackling
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage. Reports
with glossy pages and matching colour schemes cannot hide
the reality that the programs they discuss are both costly
and ineffective … ” Greens Senator Rachel Siewert

* EMMA MURPHY: DARWIN LAUNCH OF “WALK WITH US”

– Reportback

Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition:
Darwin launch of “Walk With Us”
http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/2011/12/14/darwin-launch-of-walk-with-us/
14 Dec 11: “Ninety people gathered on Larrakia land in
Darwin on November 18 to launch the new concerned
Australians book, Walk With Us. A moving welcome to country
by June Mills was followed by speeches from Bagot resident
Joy White, Yolngu educator Yalmay Yunupingu, journalist
Jeff McMullen, Alana Eldridge from Larrakia Nation and
young Aboriginal man Matthew Heffernan. … Yunupingu said:
“Now the federal government is telling us we can’t have
welfare payments to feed our children unless they go to
school … This is totally disrespectful towards us. … “”
Emma Murphy, Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition

– Past Event

Event: Fri 18 November 2011: Nightcliff, Darwin, NT
Darwin book launch: “Walk With Us”
– Aboriginal views on the NT Intervention
“Aboriginal Elders Call Out to Australian People to Walk
with them in their Quest for Justice. A sequel to the
highly regarded ‘This Is What We Said’ (February 2010)
‘Walk with Us’ (August 2011) provides a very important
update of the current thinking about the Intervention. … ”
Organised by Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition
Event details: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/events/
Event details: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/WWU_booklaunches.html
Event details: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/films-and-literature/book-walk-with-us
Brought to you by ‘concerned Australians’: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/

See:

Book info and order form: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/WWU_Order_Form.pdf

Further book info: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/WWU-Alert-for-All-Readers.pdf

Book review: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/WWU-book-rev-short.pdf

Videos from the Sydney book launch: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/films-and-literature/book-walk-with-us/videos-wwu

Article about the Sydney book launch: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/WWU-book-article-short.pdf

* OTHER NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– Reportback of past event

Elimatta:
Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
Public Meeting Monday 14th November 2011
Misinformation and the Media
Guest Speaker: Chris Graham, Managing Editor of Tracker
a publication produced by the NSWALC
[scroll down page] http://www.asgmwp.net/ElimattaSummer2012.pdf
Summer 2012 – page 3: “Using government reports and data
from the 2007 and 2010 federal elections, Chris exposes the
lies that not only feed the NT Intervention, but allow the
largest human rights violation of our generation to
continue. Chris said the Northern Territory intervention
has harmed Aboriginal people; it’s caused starvation; it’s
seen a dramatic rise in reports of self-harm incidents;
it’s driven children away from school; it’s wasted hundreds
of millions of taxpayer dollars. In short, it’s been a
disaster for the nation’s most disadvantaged citizens; the
people who could least afford it.”

See:

Indymedia Australia: The ABC lie that built the Intervention
http://www.indymedia.org.au/2011/12/09/the-abc-lie-that-built-the-intervention
9 Dec 11: “On 21 June 2006 the ABC broadcast a Lateline
report titled “Sexual slavery reported in Indigenous
community”. … Chris Graham, founding and former editor of
the National Indigenous Times, reveals this Lateline report
was based largely on fiction. He gave a presentation on 6
July 2010 to a conference “Defend Aboriginal Rights” in
Alice Springs. Due to its importance the speech was
repeated two days later at the same conference. An updated
version of the presentation was given on 3 September 2010
in Sydney.”

– Analysis / Opinion

Elimatta:
Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
Impressions of the impact of the Intervention in one
Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory
[scroll down page] http://www.asgmwp.net/ElimattaSummer2012.pdf
Summer 2012 – page 12: “Although there may be people in
some communities who have welcomed some elements of the
Intervention, it needs to be tailored to the requirements
of individual communities so that it doesn’t have perverse
consequences. Communities need to be consulted about what
their needs are and offered the chance to manage whatever
elements of the response they believe are warranted in their
circumstances. In the community we visit, the effects appear
to have all been negative. The people have given up trying
to manage their own community, their own families, their own
affairs and their own lives, because no matter what works
for them, the government will always come along and push
them around.” Bob White, Hornsby Area Residents for
Reconciliation

– Media Release

Greens: Rachel Siewert:
New intervention measures are based on the wrong approach
http://greensmps.org.au/blog/new-intervention-measures-are-based-wrong-approach
14 Dec 11: “As it introduces new intervention measures in
the Northern Territory, the Government is keen to talk
about the effectiveness of existing policies in tackling
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage. Reports
with glossy pages and matching colour schemes cannot hide
the reality that the programs they discuss are costly,
ineffective and are not based on sound evidence. Contrary
to selectively published statistics, the collective
measures of the intervention are not delivering better
overall outcomes for Aboriginal people living in the
Northern Territory.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Creative Spirits:
Northern Territory Emergence Response (NTER)
– “The Intervention”:
http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/politics/northern-territory-intervention.html

Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition:
http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/

New Matilda – northern territory intervention:
http://newmatilda.com/tag/northern-territory-intervention

The Greens: Rachel Siewert: Northern Territory Intervention:
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/category/issues/indigenous-rights/northern-territory-intervention

IRAG (Intervention Rollback Action Group):
Mparntwe – Alice Springs:
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/

CAAMA (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association)
– NT Intervention:
http://caama.com.au/?s=NT+Intervention

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

Crikey – NT Intervention:
http://www.crikey.com.au/topic/nt-intervention/

‘concerned Australians’:
Without Justice there can be no Reconciliation:
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/

Tracker – NT Intervention:
http://tracker.org.au/tag/nt-intervention/

Treaty Republic – NT Intervention:
http://treatyrepublic.net/search/node/NT%20Intervention

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

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

The Conversation – After the Intervention:
http://theconversation.edu.au/pages/after-the-intervention

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

Amnesty International Australia:
Looking back at the Northern Territory Intervention:
http://www.amnesty.org.au/indigenous-rights/comments/24460/

Students For Indigenous Rights – UQ:
The Northern Territory Intervention:
http://uqsir.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/stir-uq-intervention-intro-factsheet-new1.pdf

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

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

Australian Human Rights Commission:
Northern Territory ‘Emergency Response’ intervention:
http://www.hreoc.gov.au/social_justice/intervention/index.html

FAIRA; Human Rights Law Resource Centre; NACLC:
Australia’s compliance with CERD – Fact Sheet 2:
Northern Territory Intervention:
http://www.hrlrc.org.au/files/Fact-Sheet-2-NT-Intervention.pdf

Green Left: Northern Territory intervention: myths and facts:
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/39732

WGAR (Working Group for Aboriginal Rights):
https://wgar.wordpress.com/

* WHAT’S WORKING: OUR GENERATION FILM

– Video

What’s Working: Our Generation
http://www.whatsworking.com.au/what-now/our-generation/
“Trailer. “Our Generation is a very fine piece of work.
It’s truthful, eloquent and, above all, it explains very
clearly to first-timers and the many who need reminding why
the indigenous people of Australia are once again being
defrauded of their human and political rights in a country
calling itself a democracy.” John Pilger”

– News

Stop the Intervention:
NEW Updated VERSION of Our Generation is out!!!!
http://stoptheintervention.org/#OurGen
“Please note special new version of Our Generation.
This is an updated version of the film with James Bradley,
editor of First Australians. The story has been brought up
to date to include Julia Gillard’s position and follows on
from the recent visit by the UN High Commissioner for Human
Rights, Navi Pillay.”

– Upcoming ‘Our Generation’ film screenings

Event: Thu 15 December 2011: Tuggerah, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Greater Union Cinemas
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Sun 18 December 2011: Newport, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Sat 11 February 2012: Melbourne, Vic
Our Generation Film Screening
as part of the inaugural Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

– ‘Our Generation’ Film Reviews

Elimatta:
Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
Our Generation – Showing in London – page 8
http://www.asgmwp.net/ElimattaWinter2011.pdf
Winter 2011: “The Intervention is yet another example of
the appalling treatment the Aboriginal People of Australia
have been subjected to in such a short period of time
compared to thousands of years of survival. Sinem Saban and
Rev. Dr Gondarra supported by the Yolngu people and
cinematographer, Damien Curtis, have created a sensitive
and realistic view of the plight of those who wish to live
a more traditional life in their homelands and of those who
appear to be dispossessed.” Christine Waterer

Elimatta:
Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
ASG Information Night: Our Generation – page 6
http://www.asgmwp.net/ElimattaSummer2010.pdf
Summer 2010: “Local resident and journalist, Jeff McMullen
introduced “Our Generation”, the film by Sinem Saban and
Damien Curtis which we were there to see. The film explored
in depth the Federal Government Intervention into
Aboriginal Communities in the Northern Territory. Jeff had
told us that the film’s producers were not having any
success in having the film shown on government or
commercial media outlets and they were having to screen it
in local community halls to show the community at large
just what was involved in the Intervention. It is basically
a war on Aboriginal culture. The dispossession of the
Aboriginal people is simply continuing in a new guise.”
Carol Gerrard

See:

Our Generation: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/

Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater: http://www.asgmwp.net/index.htm

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Audio interviews

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Michael Woodley
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/
14 Dec 11: “Tiga Bayles is joined by Michael Woodley, chief
executive officer of the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal
Corporation, with an update on their dispute with FMG and
the Solomon Hub project on their country.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/michael-woodley-5/

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Paul and Arthur Ah Wang
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/
7 Dec 11: “Tiga Bayles speaks to 76 year old twins –
Paul and Arthur Ah Wang – who are seeking justice for their
stolen wages.  In their teens the twins worked on a
pearling lugger off the north Queensland coast and like
many Aboriginal and Strait Islander workers, their wages
were subject to government control.  For his years of work
and labour, Paul received $3000 from the Beattie
government’s $55.4 million dollar reparations package.
Despite working alongside his brother, Arthur received no
compensation because he did not have sufficient documentary
evidence for his application.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/paul-and-arthur-ah-wang/

– Audio talkback

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Let’s Talk talkback
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/
8 Dec 11: “Following on from yesterday’s interview with the
Ah Wang twins seeking justice for their wage case, Tiga
Bayles opens the lines for talkback and replays Keating’s
historic Redfern speech.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/lets-talk-talkback/

* UPCOMING ABORIGINAL RIGHTS EVENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA
– 14 EVENTS FROM 15 DECEMBER 2011:

Click on the links for details of the events …

Event: 4 November 2011 to February 2012: Townsville, Qld
Exhibition: From Little Things Big Things Grow
– Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970
Event description: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/
Event location: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/travelling_details/

Event: Mon 12 to Fri 16 December 2011: Darwin, NT
Exhibition
Rights on Show 2011
The 17th annual Human Rights Art Award and Exhibition
The theme for 2011 is Housing and Homelessness
Darwin Community Legal Service
Event details: http://www.dcls.org.au/rights-on-show.html

Event: Thu 15 December 2011: Tuggerah, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Greater Union Cinemas
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Sat 17 December 2011: Brunswick, Melbourne, Vic
Save The Kimberley warehouse party in Melbourne
“Save The Kimberley (melbourne) PRESENTS:
The 20 Ovens Warehouse will play host to
some of Melbourne’s favourite live acts”
Event details: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/2011/12/02/upcoming-events/
Poster: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/372801_103126279804401_514630056_n.jpg

Event: 17, 18 December 2011: Brisbane, Qld
Documentary Film – The Tall Man
“… a vivid portrait of an Australian island enraged
by the death of an Aboriginal man while in custody
of the local, predominantly white-run police force.”
Palace Barracks Cinema, Brisbane
Cinema Release Date: Thu 17 November 2011
Event details, incl. film review and interview with the director: http://www.hopscotchfilms.com.au/films/coming-soon/thetallman-film/
Event details: http://www.palacecinemas.com.au/movies/thetallman/

Event: Sun 18 December 2011: Newport, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: 19, 20, 21 December 2011: Paddington, Sydney, NSW
Documentary Film – The Tall Man
“… a vivid portrait of an Australian island enraged
by the death of an Aboriginal man while in custody
of the local, predominantly white-run police force.”
Chauvel Cinema, Paddington
Cinema Release Date: Thu 17 November 2011
Event details, incl. film review and interview with the director: http://www.hopscotchfilms.com.au/films/coming-soon/thetallman-film/
Event details: http://www.palacecinemas.com.au/movies/thetallman/

Event: 12 Jan 2012: Australia wide
Submissions about Stronger Futures due 12 Jan 2012
Parliament of Australia – Senate:
Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Bill 2011
and two related bills:
Information about the Inquiry
http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/committee/clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/info.htm
“Submissions should be received by 12 January 2012. …
The Committee is seeking written submissions from
interested individuals and organisations”

Event: Fri 20 January 2012: RMIT entrance, Melbourne, Vic
Indigenous freedom-fighters commemoration:
Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner
“To commemorate the execution of the indigenous
freedom fighters Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner”
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49054

Event: 24 to 25 January 2012: ANU, Canberra, ACT
Congress Peoples’ Forum:
Sovereignty and Self Determination: The Political Contract
Celebrating 40th anniversary Aboriginal Tent Embassy
Hosted by National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
Event details: [scroll down page] http://nationalcongress.com.au/welcome/

Event: Thu 26 to Sun 29 January 2012: Parkes, Canberra, ACT
40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy Canberra
Sovereignty Never Ceded: a key theme of the 40th Anniversary
“Indigenous elders invite all Aboriginal people, supporters
and other members of the general public, to come together
at the ‘Aboriginal Tent Embassy’ site, on Thursday 26th
January 2012, to celebrate “SOVEREIGNTY DAY” and be part of
the Sacred Fire Ceremonial Gathering that will marks 40
years since the first protest on the site.”
Event details (incl. Agenda, Poster, Audio and Video):
http://treatyrepublic.net/content/invitation-aboriginal-tent-embassy-january-2012
http://treatyrepublic.net/node/906
Event details: http://www.aboriginaltentembassy.net/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/aboriginal-tent-embassy-40th-anniversary-canberra
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/40th-anniversary-of-the-tent-embassy-canberra
Event summary: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49413
Aboriginal Embassy Elder Tribute song: http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/artist_songs/2079567
“We will not leave till justice, at long last, is done”:
http://www.indymedia.org.au/2011/12/11/aboriginal-tent-embassy-%E2%80%93-canberra-january-26-2012-%E2%80%93-%E2%80%9Cwe-will-not-leave-till-justice-at-l
Interview with Dr Janet Hunt: http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/dr-janet-hunt-and-jacqui-phillips/

Event: February 2012 to May 2012: Queensland Museum
Exhibition: From Little Things Big Things Grow
– Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970
Event description: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/
Event location: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/travelling_details/

Event: Sat 11 February 2012: Melbourne, Vic
Our Generation Film Screening
as part of the inaugural Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: 17 Feb 2012: International
Submissions on role of languages and culture due 17 Feb 2012
United Nations Human Rights:
Study on languages and cultures
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/IPeoples/EMRIP/Pages/StudyLanguages.aspx
“Call for submissions from indigenous peoples and their
organisations
The Expert Mechanism is calling for submissions on the role
of languages and culture in the protection and promotion of
the rights and identity of indigenous peoples, its current
mandated study in accordance with Human Rights Council
resolution 18/8 …
Submissions will need to be submitted by 17 February 2012”

– ‘Our Generation’ Film Reviews

Elimatta:
Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
Our Generation – Showing in London – page 8
http://www.asgmwp.net/ElimattaWinter2011.pdf
Winter 2011: “The Intervention is yet another example of
the appalling treatment the Aboriginal People of Australia
have been subjected to in such a short period of time
compared to thousands of years of survival. Sinem Saban and
Rev. Dr Gondarra supported by the Yolngu people and
cinematographer, Damien Curtis, have created a sensitive
and realistic view of the plight of those who wish to live
a more traditional life in their homelands and of those who
appear to be dispossessed.” Christine Waterer

Elimatta:
Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
ASG Information Night: Our Generation – page 6
http://www.asgmwp.net/ElimattaSummer2010.pdf
Summer 2010: “Local resident and journalist, Jeff McMullen
introduced “Our Generation”, the film by Sinem Saban and
Damien Curtis which we were there to see. The film explored
in depth the Federal Government Intervention into
Aboriginal Communities in the Northern Territory. Jeff had
told us that the film’s producers were not having any
success in having the film shown on government or
commercial media outlets and they were having to screen it
in local community halls to show the community at large
just what was involved in the Intervention. It is basically
a war on Aboriginal culture. The dispossession of the
Aboriginal people is simply continuing in a new guise.”
Carol Gerrard

See:

Our Generation: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/

Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater: http://www.asgmwp.net/index.htm

11/12/2011 ABC Video: Kimberley gas hub opponents claim legal victory

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 11/12/2011 by D

Contents:
* ABC: Kimberley gas hub opponents claim legal victory
* Michael Anderson:
Aboriginal sovereignty confirmation expected soon
* Yananymul Mununggurr addressing
‘The case against the NT Intervention’
* New Updated Version of Our Generation is out
* Tom McMahon: Govt fails to heed lessons of the Intervention
* What’s Working: Language and Wellbeing
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles
* Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia

* ABC: KIMBERLEY GAS HUB OPPONENTS CLAIM LEGAL VICTORY:

– Videos

ABC: Kimberley gas hub opponents claim legal victory
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-12-06/kimberley-gas-hub-opponents-claim-legal-victory/3716270
Updated 6 Dec 11: “The Supreme Court has ruled three
attempts by the WA Government to take land in the Kimberly
in the state’s north are invalid because of a technicality.”

ABC 7.30: WA Supreme Court throws wrench in gas hub plan
http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2011/s3385089.htm
6 Dec 11: “Kimberley gas hub suffers set back. … Western
Australia’s sometimes labelled “the boom state”, but one of
its major economic projects has suffered a setback: a plan
to build a huge gas hub in the Kimberly. The West
Australian Supreme Court has ruled as invalid two key
components of the deal. One is the State Government’s
compulsory acquisition of a gas processing site on the
Kimberley Coast. The other is the extinguishment of native
title for the site, known as James Price Point. As Greg Hoy
reports, a $35 billion investment is now under threat.”

YouTube: WA Supreme Court in favour of claimants
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scl6RMnzEE4&feature=youtu.be
6 Dec 11: “The long running battle over the proposed
Woodside gas hub in the Kimberley took another turn today.
Supreme Court Justice, Wayne Martin found in favour of the
Goolarabooloo traditional owners… ruling that the
Government’s compulsory acquisiton of the land at James
Price Point was unlawful.”

– News

ABC: Former judge warns gas hub legal battle not over
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-12-09/wa-government-warned-over-gas-hub-decision/3722312?section=wa
Updated 9 Dec 11: “A retired Federal Court judge has warned
the State Government can expect to find itself in court
again over the proposed Kimberley gas hub. Murray Wilcox
QC, who handed down the Noongar native title ruling over
Perth in 2006, was commenting on this week’s Supreme Court
decision which found that the Government’s notices of
intention to acquire land for the project were invalid.
The Supreme Court case was brought by two opponents of the
proposed $30 billion precinct, Phillip Roe and Neil
McKenzie … ”

ABC Rural: Compensation deal with Traditional Owners over
gas hub may not hold: Former Judge
http://www.abc.net.au/rural/news/content/201112/s3387765.htm
9 Dec 11: “A retired Federal Court judge has cast doubt on
claims by the Western Australian Government it won’t have
to re-negotiate a compensation deal with Traditional Owners
over a gas hub on the Kimberley coast. Murray Wilcox, a
long term critic of the project, says this week’s ruling by
the Supreme Court, that notices submitted by the government
were invalid, are more significant than Premier Colin
Barnett believes. The notices were for the compulsory
acquisition of land at James Price Point, 60 kilometres
north of Broome.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Greens challenge gas hub support
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/6702-greens-challenge-gas-hub-support
8 Dec 11: “The Australian Greens say the Federal and West
Australian governments should give up on the gas hub
proposed for the Kimberley region. The Chief Justice in WA
has ruled that the State Government’s attempt to use
compulsory acquisition legislation for the land at James
Price Point, north of Broome, was invalid. … Greens
Senator Rachel Siewert says many traditional owners
approved the gas hub because they felt pressured by the
threat of compulsory acquisition.”

ABC Indigenous:
Greens urge governments to give up on proposed gas hub
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-12-07/greens-urge-dumping-of-gas-hub/3718596/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
7 Dec 11: “The Greens have called for the Federal and West
Australian governments to give up on the gas hub proposed
for the Kimberley region. … The Premier Colin Barnett
says it’s a technicality which can be easily overcome and
the project is not in doubt. A majority of traditional
owners have given approval for the multi-billion dollar gas
hub to be established but the Greens says they believe
Indigenous people were pressured into that agreement.”

West Australian: Gas hub acquisition botched
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/12256462/gas-hub-acquisition-botched/
Updated 7 Dec 11: “The State Government botched the process
of compulsorily acquiring land for the proposed $30 billion
gas hub at James Price Point and will be forced to start
again in the wake of a Supreme Court judgment handed down
yesterday. … Outside court, lawyer Michael Orlov,
representing Mr McKenzie and Mr Roe, said the decision
meant the agreement between the Kimberley Land Council on
behalf of traditional owners, the State and Federal
governments and Woodside Petroleum to allow the development
of the site was also invalid.”

Australian: Colin Barnett belittles gas hub court loss
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/mining-energy/barnett-belittles-gas-hub-court-loss/story-e6frg9df-1226215569655
7 Dec 11: “A WEST Australian Supreme Court ruling declaring
invalid the land-acquisition process that underpins
Woodside’s $30 billion gas hub has been dismissed as
insignificant by the Barnett government. Premier Colin
Barnett maintained yesterday’s court decision would have
little impact on the future of the project outside Broome
and would not jeopardise a $1.3bn compensation package for
Kimberley Aborigines.”

Financial Review:
Decision may give Woodside excuse to ditch plan
http://www.afr.com/p/business/companies/decision_may_give_woodside_excuse_OfBdzyMxz9KivDZyvlCPjN
7 Dec 11: “The vision of an LNG export hub on the Kimberley
coast, held dear by former Woodside boss Don Voelte and WA
Premier Colin Barnett, is looking as if it might remain
just that, a vision.”

ABC Kimberley: Disagreement over impact of Supreme Court
decision on James Price Point traditional owner gas deal
http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2011/12/06/3384858.htm
6 Dec 11: “The West Australian Supreme Court has ruled
notices of compulsory acquisition at James Price Point
invalid. Lawyers representing James Price Point traditional
owners opposed to gas processing are at odds with the State
Government and Woodside on how this impacts the billion
dollar deal with native title claimants.”

ABC: Court quashes Kimberley gas hub land grab
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-12-06/court-quashes-kimberley-gas-hub-land-grab/3715390
6 Dec 11: “Western Australia’s Supreme Court has ruled
invalid the State Government’s move to compulsorily acquire
land for a gas hub in the Kimberley. The community has been
divided and some have had an ongoing battle with Woodside
Petroleum over its plans to build a $30 billion liquefied
natural gas precinct at James Price Point. … One of the
traditional owners who launched the legal challenge,
Goolarabooloo man Phillip Roe, says it is a victory for all
those opposed to the project.”

WA Today: Traditional land owners claim gas hub court victory
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/traditional-land-owners-claim-gas-hub-court-victory-20111206-1ogfz.html#ixzz1fio239LR
6 Dec 11: “Traditional land owners have won a technical
victory after a court ordered that compulsory acquisition
notices issued by the West Australian government regarding
a proposed gas hub in the Kimberley were unlawful. …
Chief Justice Wayne Martin determined on Tuesday that any
decisions made since the government-issued notices to take
land at James Price Point and extinguish native title were
also unlawful.”

West Australian: Gas hub land acquisition ‘invalid’
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/newshome/12252101/gas-hub-land-acquisition-invalid/
6 Dec 11: “The compulsory land acquisition process launched
by the State Government, which underpins controversial
plans for a $30 billion gas hub at James Price Point, has
been declared invalid by the Supreme Court. In a decision
handed down this morning, Chief Justice Wayne Martin found
that three notices of intention issued by Lands Minister
Brendon Grylls to take the land to establish the gas
precinct are invalid.”

Perth Now: Court finds State Government’s compulsory
Kimberley land grab invalid
http://www.perthnow.com.au/business/local-business/court-finds-state-governments-compulsory-kimberley-land-grab-invalid/story-e6frg2s3-1226215144473
6 Dec 11: “THE WA government’s move to compulsorily acquire
Kimberley land for Woodside Petroleum’s $30 billion Browse
gas project has been ruled “invalid” by a court today.
‘Chief Justice Wayne Martin this morning handed down his
decision over the James Price Point land, saying three
separate “notices of intention” from the lands minister to
acquire the land were unlawful. He said this was because
the State Government had failed to describe the land in its
notices.”

Koori Mail: WA land acquisition declared invalid
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
6 Dec 11: “THE West Australian Supreme Court has today
ruled that three compulsory acquisition notices, issued by
the WA Government for land at James Price Point near Broome
for a proposed gas hub, were invalid. Chief Justice Wayne
Martin said any decisions made since the notices were
issued were also unlawful but said his declaration did not
prevent WA Lands Minister Brendon Grylls from issuing
further notices of intention to take land in the area.”

– Media Releases

Rachel Siewert: Greens call for complete review of
James Price Point gas hub
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/greens-call-complete-review-james-price-point-gas-hub
6 Dec 11: “Australian Greens spokesperson on the Kimberley,
Senator Rachel Siewert, says today’s Supreme Court ruling
must lead to a complete review of the development of an LNG
hub at James Price Point.
“The companies now have the perfect opportunity to
reconsider the location of the Hub and move it away from
James Price Point,” Senator Siewert said today.
“The state and Federal Governments must also seriously
reconsider their approach to the future of this project.
“Today’s decision emphasises the need to find an
alternative site for the LNG Hub. …
“The threat of compulsory acquisition was a significant
factor in the deal struck with the Kimberley Land Council.
“The WA Government undermined the negotiation process by
virtue of this threat, which has led to ongoing community
dissent and unrest. [said Senator Siewert]”

Rachel Siewert: Greens:
Federal Government complicit in compromised LNG hub negotiations
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/federal-government-complicit-compromised-lng-hub-negotiations
7 Dec 11: “The Australian Greens have called on Federal
Minister Martin Ferguson to take a ‘step back’ from his
prevailing efforts to locate a LNG hub on WA’s Kimberley
Coast.
Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on
the Kimberley said today that the Federal Government shared
the blame for a compromised negotiations process with the
area’s Traditional Owners.
“Resources Minister Martin Ferguson has shown an unabashed
commitment to delivering a gas hub on the Kimberley coast,
irrespective of the fact that more suitable locations
exist,” said Senator Siewert.
“He was complicit in efforts to ensure the James Price
Point location was chosen- even Wikileaks cables have
shown this to be the case.
“The WA Government’s attempts to compulsorily acquire the
land for the site were yesterday ruled invalid by the WA
Supreme Court.
“This process compromised negotiations with Traditional
Owners and has caused unrest in the community. [said
Senator Siewert]”

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 07-12-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-07-12-2011
7 Dec 11: “The Western Australian Supreme Court has ruled
the Barnett government’s land acquisition process
underpinning a proposed $30 billion gas hub near Broome as
invalid throwing the massive project into doubt.”

ABC PM: Secret men’s business could threaten gas hub
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2011/s3384015.htm?site=indigenous&topic=latest
5 Dec 11: “An area marked for a massive gas project in
Western Australia has hit another potential hurdle. An
Indigenous man says it’s a sacred site for secret men’s
business. Traditional owners in the Kimberley have reached
agreement with Woodside and the state and federal
governments for a gas hub at James Price Point, north of
Broome. But Goolarabooloo man Joseph Roe says the site was
known for ceremonies associated with initiations and secret
business. Joseph Roe says he is prepared to testify if
necessary but only in a court of men.”

See:

Save the Kimberley: Media and other stories December 2011
http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/2011/12/05/media-and-other-stories-december-2011/

Save the Kimberley info: http://www.savethekimberley.com/

Kimberley gas plant threatens Aboriginal culture (22 Jun 11): http://ccr.uws.edu.au/2011/06/22/kimberley-gas-plant-threatens-aboriginal-culture-join-the-discussion/#.TkjD3WEgp8E

Aboriginal elder Elsta Foy at the protest camp (18 Aug 11): http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2011/s3296152.htm

Rachel Siewert: Greens: Saving the Kimberley (17 Oct 11): http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/kimberley

WGAR News: Kimberley gas plant protest and blockade (28 Jun 11): http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/28/wgar-news-kimberley-gas-plant-protest-and-blockade-sydney-anti-nuclear-rally-29-june-2011

WGAR News: 25 protesters arrested at JPP blockade (9 Jul 11): http://indymedia.org.au/2011/07/09/wgar-news-25-protesters-arrested-at-james-price-point-blockade-petition-handed-to-ministe

Environs Kimberley: http://www.environskimberley.org.au/

Kimberley info: http://handsoffcountry.blogspot.com/

Kimberley Country and Culture: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/whats-the-fuss/country-culture/

* MICHAEL ANDERSON:
ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY CONFIRMATION EXPECTED SOON:

– Statement

Indigenous sovereignty confirmation expected soon
http://treatyrepublic.net/content/indigenous-sovereignty-confirmation-expected-soon
http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=13192:australia-euahlayi-activist-expects-aboriginal-sovereignty-confirmed-qover-the-next-few-daysq&catid=24&Itemid=57
9 Dec 11: “Euahlayi tribal leader Michael Anderson reports
from London that over the next few days he will have
confirmed Aboriginal sovereign status within Australia
under international law.
He writes in a media release that the High Court Mabo
judgment (No. 2) gives Aborigines rights in ownership and
title to all Crown lands in Australia, affirmed from the
Order in Council from England in 1875 through the Pacific
Islanders Protection Act. …
“So far my trip to London has made it patently clear that
an Order in Council is law and can only be taken away by
another Order in Council from the monarch and cannot be
taken away by Parliament,” the activist writes.”

See:

WGAR News: Herald Sun:
Aboriginal leader takes fight to Europe (7 Dec 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/12/07/wgar-news-djiniyini-gondarra-message-to-alp-conference-analysis-by-hilary-tyler-and-paddy

New Way Sovereignty Summit,
Canberra 22-25 April 2011 (Easter Weekend)
http://indymedia.org.au/new-way-sovereignty-summit-canberra-22-25-april-easter-weekend
[Michael Anderson was Summit Convenor]

* YANANYMUL MUNUNGGURR ADDRESSING
‘THE CASE AGAINST THE NT INTERVENTION’

– Audio from the event:

Stop the Intervention: 3 Dec 2011 ALP Conference
The case against the NT Intervention
[scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/past-events/3-dec-2011-alp-conference
* Yananymul Mununggurr, Chief Executive Officer of the
Laynhapuy Homelands Association
* Paddy Gibson, STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney)

* NEW UPDATED VERSION OF OUR GENERATION IS OUT:

Stop the Intervention:
NEW Updated VERSION of Our Generation is out!!!!
http://stoptheintervention.org/#OurGen
“Please note special new version of Our Generation.
This is an updated version of the film with James Bradley,
editor of First Australians. The story has been brought up
to date to include Julia Gillard’s position and follows on
from the recent visit by the UN High Commissioner for Human
Rights, Navi Pillay.”

* TOM McMAHON: GOVT FAILS TO HEED LESSONS OF THE INTERVENTION:

– Analysis / Opinion

Amnesty International Australia:
Govt fails to heed lessons of the Intervention
http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/comments/27414/
8 Dec 11: “In 2008, the Labor government sought to
disassociate itself from the Howard government’s
“Intervention”. … Over 4 years on, the Labor government
has introduced new legislation into Parliament under yet a
different title: Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory.
… Despite the stated intent of the consultation process
to generate “new approaches and new ideas for the future
beyond the NTER”, independent reviews of the consultation
report highlight gaps between the demands of Aboriginal
communities for greater participation and the final
legislative product.” Tom McMahon
“Disclaimer: This blog entry does not necessarily
represent the position or opinion of Amnesty International
Australia.”

* WHAT’S WORKING: LANGUAGE AND WELLBEING:

What’s Working: Language and Wellbeing
Speaking an Indigenous language linked to youth wellbeing
http://www.whatsworking.com.au/whats-working/language-and-wellbeing/
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth in remote
areas who speak an Indigenous language are less likely to
experience risk factors associated with poor wellbeing,
according to a report released today by the Australian
Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The report found that in 2008,
almost half (47%) of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander youth (aged 15–24 years) in remote areas spoke an
Indigenous language. These young people were less likely
to engage in high risk alcohol consumption and illicit
substance use, than those who did not speak an Indigenous
language.”

* OTHER NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– Analysis / Opinion

National Indigenous Times:
Cutting Centrelink cash won’t stop Indigenous truancy
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/340-cutting-centrelink-cash-wont-stop-indigenous-truancy.html
9 Dec 11: “By Pat Turner. The federal Labor government has
decided that the last resort for getting Northern Territory
Aboriginal children to attend school is to cut their
parents’ Centrelink payments. The poorest people, those
Australians who are totally reliant on Centrelink, will be
subject to suspended legal income support. How will the
children be fed if there is no money in the home?”

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 08-12-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-08-12-2011
8 Dec 11: “The Federal Government has agreed to release
almost five million dollars to the Arnhem Land Laynhapuy
Homelands Association after they fell into financial
difficulty after losing a substantial amount of trading
income”

– News

National Indigenous Times: Shame Minister Macklin, Shame
NIT News: http://www.nit.com.au/news.html
NIT Your Say: http://www.nit.com.au/your-say.html
9 Dec 11: “While the Minister for Indigenous Affairs
proceeds with her 10 year extension of the Northern
Territory Intervention the men, women and children of Elcho
Island have been forced to live in makeshift tents because
the Federal Government’s housing program is in shambles.
Almost 200 people including women and children have been
forced to live in tents for up to six months… ”

National Indigenous Times:
It’s bad policy and it will not work: Turner
http://www.nit.com.au/news/369-its-bad-policy-and-it-will-not-work-turner.html
9 Dec 11: “A former Chief Executive of ATSIC and a
long-serving public servant and highly respected Indigenous
leader, Pat Turner has labelled the Federal Government’s
income management plan to withdraw Centrelink payments from
parents of children who don’t attend school as “bad policy
that will not work”.”

National Indigenous Times: Intervention hatred
http://www.nit.com.au/news/368-intervention-hatred.html
9 Dec 11: “The Northern Territory Intervention had brought
hatred and discrimination and was slowly drowning
Aboriginal culture, clan leaders in the community of
Ramingining, in East Arnhem have said. Speaking on behalf
of six clan groups and 17 Elders, senior lawman, Mathew
Dhulumburrk, 67, said Elders in the remote community were
shocked and angered by the announcement that “the
fundamentally… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Macklin has stopped believing in us: Sarra
http://www.nit.com.au/news/327-macklin-has-stopped-believing-in-us-sarra.html
2 Dec 11: “Eminent Indigenous leader, Dr Chris Sarra told a
large gathering of Indigenous leaders in Townsville the
ongoing support of the Northern Territory Intervention by
the Federal Government’s Minister for Indigenous Affairs,
Jenny Macklin affirmed to him her “very limited belief in
Aboriginal humanity”.”

National Indigenous Times:
It’s income management “on steroids”, say Greens
http://www.nit.com.au/news/325-its-income-management-on-steroids-say-greens.html
2 Dec 11: “Opponents of welfare quarantining in Northern
Territory Indigenous communities have labelled a proposed
Federal Government beef-up of the measure which forms part
of the extended Northern Territory Intervention as “income
management on steroids”. Australian Greens senator Rachel
Siewert said the Government’s claim it consulted widely on
the issue is wrong and in fact not enough time was spent
on… ”

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Creative Spirits:
Northern Territory Emergence Response (NTER)
– “The Intervention”:
http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/politics/northern-territory-intervention.html

CAAMA (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association)
– NT Intervention:
http://caama.com.au/?s=NT+Intervention

IRAG (Intervention Rollback Action Group):
Mparntwe – Alice Springs:
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/

Crikey – NT Intervention:
http://www.crikey.com.au/topic/nt-intervention/

‘concerned Australians’:
Without Justice there can be no Reconciliation:
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/

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

Tracker – NT Intervention:
http://tracker.org.au/tag/nt-intervention/

Treaty Republic – NT Intervention:
http://treatyrepublic.net/search/node/NT%20Intervention

The Greens: Rachel Siewert: Northern Territory Intervention:
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/category/issues/indigenous-rights/northern-territory-intervention

Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition:
http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/

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

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

The Conversation – After the Intervention:
http://theconversation.edu.au/pages/after-the-intervention

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

New Matilda – northern territory intervention:
http://newmatilda.com/tag/northern-territory-intervention

Amnesty International Australia:
Looking back at the Northern Territory Intervention:
http://www.amnesty.org.au/indigenous-rights/comments/24460/

Students For Indigenous Rights – UQ:
The Northern Territory Intervention:
http://uqsir.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/stir-uq-intervention-intro-factsheet-new1.pdf

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

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

Australian Human Rights Commission:
Northern Territory ‘Emergency Response’ intervention:
http://www.hreoc.gov.au/social_justice/intervention/index.html

FAIRA; Human Rights Law Resource Centre; NACLC:
Australia’s compliance with CERD – Fact Sheet 2:
Northern Territory Intervention:
http://www.hrlrc.org.au/files/Fact-Sheet-2-NT-Intervention.pdf

Green Left: Northern Territory intervention: myths and facts:
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/39732

WGAR (Working Group for Aboriginal Rights):
https://wgar.wordpress.com/

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Audio interview

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Paul and Arthur Ah Wang
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/
7 Dec 11: “Tiga Bayles speaks to 76 year old twins – Paul
and Arthur Ah Wang – who are seeking justice for their
stolen wages.  In their teens the twins worked on a
pearling lugger off the north Queensland coast and like
many Aboriginal and Strait Islander workers, their wages
were subject to government control. For his years of work
and labour, Paul received $3000 from the Beattie
government’s $55.4 million dollar reparations package.
Despite working alongside his brother, Arthur received no
compensation because he did not have sufficient documentary
evidence for his application.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/paul-and-arthur-ah-wang/

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 09-12-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-09-12-2011
9 Dec 11: “The Co Chairs of the National Congress of
Australia’s First peoples have urged Prime Minister Julia
Gillard to remove discriminatory parts of the constitution
instead of adding a preamble.”

– Analysis / Opinion

National Indigenous Times:
Native Title an Act too hard to follow
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/342-native-title-an-act-too-hard-to-follow.html
9 Dec 11: “My social, cultural, political journey has
revealed flaws in Native Title law which leave Aboriginal
people and the environment vulnerable to genocide and
ecocide. I have learnt that the colonial ethos is
entrenched in the laws, policies and practices of
governments, corporations and Indigenous representative
bodies which impose development over Traditional Owners who
do not have free, prior or informed… ”

– News

National Indigenous Times: Michael Anderson takes
sovereignty fight all the way to European courts
http://www.nit.com.au/news/362-michael-anderson-takes-sovereignty-fight-all-the-way-to-european-courts.html
9 Dec 11: “Michael Anderson is taking his challenge of
Australian sovereignty over his traditional land all the
way to some of Europe’s biggest courts. Mr Anderson, from
Goodooga in north west New South Wales, will travel to
Europe this month in an attempt to prove the Euahlayi
people should not be subject to Australian rule. The tribal
leader is due to have discussions at the International Court
of… ”

National Indigenous Times: “We won’t leave Walmandan”
http://www.nit.com.au/news/361-we-wont-leave-walmandan.html
9 Dec 11: “Kimberley Traditional Owners have had enough and
have told the West Australian State Government to “back
off” from threats to forcibly remove them from Walmandan
Tent Embassy camp. Traditional Owners protesting the
Kimberley gas hub proposal have claimed Western Australia’s
Department of State Development (DSD) has threatened to
forcibly remove them from their Aboriginal camp ground near
James Price… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Walter Shaw fears Tangentyere job losses
http://www.nit.com.au/news/358-walter-shaw-fears-tangentyere-job-losses.html
9 Dec 11: “Tangentyere Council Chief Executive Officer,
Walter Shaw has warned up to 20 jobs for Aboriginal people
could be lost if the Alice Springs Town Council takes over
rubbish removal services in town camps. “There are close to
20 Aboriginal workers who are attached to this municipal
services contract and my concern is the continuation of
fulltime employment for these employees,” he said.”

National Indigenous Times: Embassy celebration
http://www.nit.com.au/news/323-embassy-celebration.html
2 Dec 11: “Michael Anderson, the last survivor of the four
young Black Power men who founded the Aboriginal Tent
Embassy in 1972, said there would a number of events held
to celebrate the Embassy’s 40th anniversary. The Tent
Embassy will have three days of workshops to finalise
declarations and a peace package.”

* UPCOMING ABORIGINAL RIGHTS EVENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA
– 15 EVENTS FROM 11 DECEMBER 2011:

Click on the links for details of the events …

Event: 4 November 2011 to February 2012: Townsville, Qld
Exhibition: From Little Things Big Things Grow
– Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970
Event description: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/
Event location: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/travelling_details/

Event: 11, 12, 13 December 2011: Paddington, Sydney, NSW
Documentary Film – The Tall Man
“… a vivid portrait of an Australian island enraged
by the death of an Aboriginal man while in custody
of the local, predominantly white-run police force.”
Chauvel Cinema, Paddington
Cinema Release Date: Thu 17 November 2011
Event details, incl. film review and interview with the director: http://www.hopscotchfilms.com.au/films/coming-soon/thetallman-film/
Event details: http://www.palacecinemas.com.au/movies/thetallman/

Event: 11, 12, 13 December 2011: Brisbane, Qld
Documentary Film – The Tall Man
“… a vivid portrait of an Australian island enraged
by the death of an Aboriginal man while in custody
of the local, predominantly white-run police force.”
Palace Barracks Cinema, Brisbane
Cinema Release Date: Thu 17 November 2011
Event details, incl. film review and interview with the director: http://www.hopscotchfilms.com.au/films/coming-soon/thetallman-film/
Event details: http://www.palacecinemas.com.au/movies/thetallman/

Event: Mon 12 to Fri 16 December 2011: Darwin, NT
Exhibition
Rights on Show 2011
The 17th annual Human Rights Art Award and Exhibition
The theme for 2011 is Housing and Homelessness
Darwin Community Legal Service
Event details: http://www.dcls.org.au/rights-on-show.html

Event: Tue 13 December 2011: Upwey, Melbourne, Vic
Belgrave Survival Day film showing:
Murundak: songs of freedom
“Journeys into the heart of Aboriginal protest music
following The Black Arm Band, a gathering of
some of Australia’s finest Indigenous musicians,
as they take to the road with their songs of
resistance and freedom.”
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49700
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/belgrave-survival-day-film-showing-%E2%80%9Cmurundak-%E2%80%93-songs-of-freedom%E2%80%9D

Event: Wed 14 December 2011: Newcastle, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Greater Union Cinemas
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Thu 15 December 2011: Tuggerah, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Greater Union Cinemas
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Sat 17 December 2011: Brunswick, Melbourne, Vic
Save The Kimberley warehouse party in Melbourne
“Save The Kimberley (melbourne) PRESENTS:
The 20 Ovens Warehouse will play host to
some of Melbourne’s favourite live acts”
Event details: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/2011/12/02/upcoming-events/
Poster: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/372801_103126279804401_514630056_n.jpg

Event: Sun 18 December 2011: Newport, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: 12 Jan 2012
Submissions about Stronger Futures due 12 Jan 2012
Parliament of Australia – Senate:
Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Bill 2011
and two related bills:
Information about the Inquiry
http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/committee/clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/info.htm
“Submissions should be received by 12 January 2012. …
The Committee is seeking written submissions from
interested individuals and organisations”

Event: Fri 20 January 2012: RMIT entrance, Melbourne, Vic
Indigenous freedom-fighters commemoration:
Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner
“To commemorate the execution of the indigenous
freedom fighters Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner”
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49054

Event: Thu 26 to Sun 29 January 2012: Parkes, Canberra, ACT
40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy Canberra
Sovereignty Never Ceded: a key theme of the 40th Anniversary
“Indigenous elders invite all Aboriginal people, supporters
and other members of the general public, to come together
at the ‘Aboriginal Tent Embassy’ site, on Thursday 26th
January 2012, to celebrate “SOVEREIGNTY DAY” and be part of
the Sacred Fire Ceremonial Gathering that will marks 40
years since the first protest on the site.”
Event details: http://treatyrepublic.net/content/invitation-aboriginal-tent-embassy-january-2012
Event details: http://www.aboriginaltentembassy.net/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/aboriginal-tent-embassy-40th-anniversary-canberra
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/40th-anniversary-of-the-tent-embassy-canberra
Interview with Dr Janet Hunt: http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/dr-janet-hunt-and-jacqui-phillips/
Event summary: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49413
Aboriginal Embassy Elder Tribute song: http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/artist_songs/2079567

Event: February 2012 to May 2012: Queensland Museum
Exhibition: From Little Things Big Things Grow
– Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970
Event description: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/
Event location: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/travelling_details/

Event: Sat 11 February 2012: Melbourne, Vic
Our Generation Film Screening
as part of the inaugural Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: 17 Feb 2012
Submissions on role of languages and culture due 17 Feb 2012
United Nations Human Rights:
Study on languages and cultures
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/IPeoples/EMRIP/Pages/StudyLanguages.aspx
“Call for submissions from indigenous peoples and their
organisations
The Expert Mechanism is calling for submissions on the role
of languages and culture in the protection and promotion of
the rights and identity of indigenous peoples, its current
mandated study in accordance with Human Rights Council
resolution 18/8 …
Submissions will need to be submitted by 17 February 2012”

– ‘Our Generation’ Film Reviews

Elimatta:
Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
Our Generation – Showing in London – page 8
http://www.asgmwp.net/ElimattaWinter2011.pdf
Winter 2011: “The Intervention is yet another example of
the appalling treatment the Aboriginal People of Australia
have been subjected to in such a short period of time
compared to thousands of years of survival. Sinem Saban and
Rev. Dr Gondarra supported by the Yolngu people and
cinematographer, Damien Curtis, have created a sensitive
and realistic view of the plight of those who wish to live
a more traditional life in their homelands and of those who
appear to be dispossessed.” Christine Waterer

Elimatta:
Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
ASG Information Night: Our Generation – page 6
http://www.asgmwp.net/ElimattaSummer2010.pdf
Summer 2010: “Local resident and journalist, Jeff McMullen
introduced “Our Generation”, the film by Sinem Saban and
Damien Curtis which we were there to see. The film explored
in depth the Federal Government Intervention into
Aboriginal Communities in the Northern Territory. Jeff had
told us that the film’s producers were not having any
success in having the film shown on government or
commercial media outlets and they were having to screen it
in local community halls to show the community at large
just what was involved in the Intervention. It is basically
a war on Aboriginal culture. The dispossession of the
Aboriginal people is simply continuing in a new guise.”
Carol Gerrard

See:

Our Generation: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/

Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater: http://www.asgmwp.net/index.htm

7/12/2011 Djiniyini Gondarra message to ALP conference; Analysis by Hilary Tyler and Paddy Gibson

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 07/12/2011 by D

Contents:
* Herald Sun: Aboriginal leader takes fight to Europe
* ABC: Major Arnhem Land employer in financial trouble
* Video: Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra message to ALP conference
* Dr Hilary Tyler and Paddy Gibson:
Still no evidence for Macklin’s Intervention
* Jon Altman: The cunning of consultation:
school attendance and welfare reform
* 2SER’s Razors Edge: Labor looking lost on Poverty
* Eva Cox: Stronger Futures demands are un-Australian
* Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud exhibition: support needed!
* What’s Working: Valery’s Bus
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles
* Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia

* HERALD SUN: ABORIGINAL LEADER TAKES FIGHT TO EUROPE:

– News

Herald Sun: Aboriginal leader takes fight to Europe
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/aboriginal-leader-takes-fight-to-europe/story-e6frf7jx-1226211602305
Last Updated 3 Dec 11: “AN Aboriginal leader is taking his
challenge of Australian sovereignty over his traditional
land all the way to some of Europe’s biggest courts.
Michael Anderson, from Goodooga in northwest NSW, will
travel to Europe this month in an attempt to prove the
Euahlayi people should not be subject to Australian rule.
The tribal leader is due to have discussions at the
International Court of Justice in The Hague and the
European Court of Human Rights, in France. … ”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Information-seeking trip to Europe focuses on sovereignty law
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/6675-journey-to-europe-for-information-about-sovereignty-statute
5 Dec 11: “A Euahlayi man who set up the Aboriginal Embassy
in Canberra in 1972 is now taking his fight for Indigenous
rights to Europe. Michael Anderson has travelled to
England, and will also visit the International Court of
Justice in the Hague, saying he wants to open up
discussions to challenge Australian sovereignty over
traditional lands.”

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 05-12-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-05-12-2011
5 Dec 11: “A veteran New South Wales Aboriginal rights
campaigner is travelling to the International Court of
Justice in Europe to challenge the British Parliament over
a promise made by Queen Victoria that Aboriginal people
would keep their lands, laws and leaders. The law remains
in the British statute books.”

– Statement

Aboriginal tribal leader off to Europe to challenge
Australian sovereignty
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/12/01/aboriginal-tribal-leader-off-to-europe-to-challenge-australian-sovereignty
1 Dec 11: “A northwest NSW tribal leader will travel to
England from the 4th December and on to the Continent for
discussions on the liberation of his Euahlayi people “from
the tyrannical colonial rule that Aboriginal people have
been subjected to since the English invasion”.
Michael Anderson is the last survivor of the four young
Black Power men who set up the Aboriginal Embassy in
Canberra in 1972. …
As well as talks in Britain, Mr Anderson will also go to
the International Court of Justice in The Hague and have
discussions in the European Court of Human Rights.
He will base a lot of his case on Queen Victoria’s promise
to Aborigines that they would keep their lands and law,
which he says is still on the British statute books.”

See:

New Way Sovereignty Summit,
Canberra 22-25 April 2011 (Easter Weekend)
http://indymedia.org.au/new-way-sovereignty-summit-canberra-22-25-april-easter-weekend

Michael Anderson was Summit Convenor

* ABC: MAJOR ARNHEM LAND EMPLOYER IN FINANCIAL TROUBLE:

– News

ABC: Major Arnhem Land employer in financial trouble
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-12-05/20111205-laynhapuy-financial/3713318?section=nt
5 Dec 11: “One of the major employers in Arnhem Land in the
Northern Territory is in financial strife. The Laynhapuy
Homelands Association provides services to outstations
across the region, which are home to about 1,000 people.
… Jon Altman from the Centre for Aboriginal Economic
Policy Research says the problems have arisen in part
because of the way funding is delivered. “The Northern
Territory Intervention, which has focussed resources on
larger places and not on the homelands, and the fact that
with the shires again, Laynha has lost trading income,”
Mr Altman said. “So I think there are a lot of challenges
on the financial front that in some ways have been caused
by Government.”” Katrina Bolton

* VIDEO: REV DR DJINIYINI GONDARRA MESSAGE TO ALP CONFERENCE:

– Video

YouTube: Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra message to ALP conference
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrEWMHTvexY
4 Dec 11: “Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra responds to the
‘second Intervention’ otherwise known as ‘Stronger Futures
in the NT’, a new Commonwealth Government initiative which
will maintain key powers introduced through the NT
Intervention. This message was screened in Sydney on
Saturday December 3, at a meeting hosted by the CFMEU
Indigenous Committee, “The Case Against the NT Intervention”.
The meetings was part of the official Fringe program of
the ALP national conference. Dr Gondarra is a Senior Elder
from Elcho Island.”

See more about Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM

WGAR News: Aboriginal elder raises international awareness
of the NT Intervention (14 May 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/14/wgar-news-aboriginal-elder-raises-international-awareness-of-the-nt-intervention

WGAR News: Global call to action for Aboriginal rights in
Australia (17 May 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/17/wgar-news-global-call-to-action-for-aboriginal-rights-in-australia

Media Release: Response to the Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s
announcement of a Second Intervention in the Northern
Territory (26 Jun 11)
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/MR-Dr-Djiniyini-Gondarra-Resp-26-6-11.pdf

WGAR News: Interviews with Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra about
the Government’s consultation process (6 Jul 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/07/06/wgar-news-interviews-with-rev-dr-djiniyini-gondarra-about-the-government%E2%80%99s-consultation-p

Interview: ABC Darwin – Drive with Vicki Kerrigan:
Yolngu embassy proposed (17 Oct 11)
http://blogs.abc.net.au/nt/2011/10/yolgnu-embassy-proposed.html

WGAR News: Thanks from leaders to supporters of the
Yolngu Nations Assembly (12 Nov 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/11/12/wgar-news-ca-paper-cuts-to-welfare-payments-for-school-non-attendance-requested-or-impose

* DR HILARY TYLER AND PADDY GIBSON:
STILL NO EVIDENCE FOR MACKLIN’S INTERVENTION:

– Analysis / Opinion

Rollback the Intervention:
Still no evidence for Macklin’s Intervention
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/statements/
5 Dec 11: “In the past month, FaHCSIA has released more
than 1000 pages worth of reports that seek to justify an
expansion of the NT Intervention. One of the most important
for Minister Jenny Macklin has been the Community Safety
and Wellbeing Research Study (CSWRS). This analyses the
results of a survey and a voting process with more than
1343 people across 16 unnamed NT Aboriginal communities.
Its findings are a cornerstone of a 400-page evaluation of
the NTER. Despite being touted as proof that communities
want the Intervention, the 17 page survey form used in
communities does not once refer to “the Intervention” or
the “Northern Territory Emergency Response”.”
Dr Hilary Tyler and Paddy Gibson.
Dr Hilary Tyler is an Emergency Physician working in Alice
Springs.
Paddy Gibson is a Senior Researcher at the Jumbunna
Indigenous House of Learning.
Both have been active in the campaign opposing the
Northern Territory Intervention.

* JON ALTMAN:
THE CUNNING OF CONSULTATION:
SCHOOL ATTENDANCE AND WELFARE REFORM:

– Analysis / Opinion

Crikey: The cunning of consultation:
school attendance and welfare reform
http://www.crikey.com.au/2011/12/02/the-cunning-of-consultation-school-attendance-and-welfare-reform/
2 Dec 11: “There are other ways of thinking and talking
about indigenous education and development, but such
alternatives are closed off, suppressed and silenced. They
mainly come from white and black practitioners at the
education coalface, Aboriginal activists, civil society and
those parts of the academy that are not subject to state
capture. Take, for example, the very different
interpretation and counter-narrative of what happened at
consultations reported in Cuts to Welfare Payments for
School Non-Attendance: Requested or Imposed?, a must read,
available on the Concerned Australians website.” Jon Altman,
a research professor in anthropology at The Australian
National University and a “concerned Australian”

See:

Cuts to Welfare Payments for School Non-Attendance:
Requested or Imposed?
Michele Harris and Rosa McKenna, ‘concerned Australians’
October 2011
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/Welfare-Cuts-Requested-or-Imposed.pdf

‘concerned Australians’:
Without Justice there can be no Reconciliation:
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/

* 2SER’S RAZORS EDGE: LABOR LOOKING LOST ON POVERTY:

– Audio

2SER’s Razors Edge: Labor looking lost on Poverty
http://2ser.podomatic.com/entry/index/2011-12-02T21_39_45-08_00
2 Dec 11: “A key policy in Labors plan to reform welfare
payments and jobs – Income Management – will be trialed
across 5 regions in the nation including Bankstown starting
in July next year. An extension of the Howard governments’
intervention in the Northern Territory, the policy has been
labeled as racist, humiliating and prejudiced against the
poor. As the ALP meets for its annual conference, social
policy expert EVA COX has bitterly attacked the party for
failing to seriously attack poverty.”
[Includes comments by Eva Cox and Paddy Gibson.]

* EVA COX: STRONGER FUTURES DEMANDS ARE UN-AUSTRALIAN:

– Analysis / Opinion

Crikey: Cox: Stronger Futures demands are un-Australian
http://www.crikey.com.au/2011/12/02/cox-stronger-futures-demands-are-un-australian/
2 Dec 11: “How un-Australian is it for the federal
government to invite submissions and input from an affected
population and then expect them to spend Christmas doing
the submission? Imagine a hot Northern Territory Christmas
dinner in one of the smaller communities targeted under the
Stronger Futures legislation currently before the
parliament. Apart from the difficulties of managing the
Christmas shopping with the BasicsCard, … ”

Submissions about Stronger Futures due 12 Jan 2012:

Parliament of Australia – Senate:
Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Bill 2011
and two related bills:
Information about the Inquiry
http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/committee/clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/info.htm
“Submissions should be received by 12 January 2012. …
The Committee is seeking written submissions from
interested individuals and organisations”

* MANUWANGKU, UNDER THE NUCLEAR CLOUD EXHIBITION:
SUPPORT NEEDED!

Beyond Nuclear Initiative:
Manuwangku,Under the Nuclear Cloud exhibition: support needed!
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/2011/11/16/manuwangkuunder-the-nuclear-cloud-exhibition-support-needed/
16 Nov 11: “Beyond Nuclear Initiative is collaborating with
photographer Jagath Dheerasekara and Muckaty Traditional
Owners on a photographic exhibition titled “Manuwangku,
Under the Nuclear Cloud”. The exhibition presents the
country and community in the Northern Territory targeted to
host a national radioactive waste dump. … As this is a
grass-roots initiative, for the project to be successful we
need to raise at least $5000 for completion of photo
framing, production of the exhibition catalogue and travel
for Traditional Owners to attend the opening in Sydney on
January 17.”

See:

YouTube: Muckaty Voices-Australia’s nuclear waste dump story
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcuNpT84Ovo

Beyond Nuclear Initiative:
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/

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

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

* WHAT’S WORKING: VALERY’S BUS:

What’s Working: Valery’s Bus
http://www.whatsworking.com.au/whats-working/valerys-bus/
“The story of Valery’s bus is a tale of how an indigenous
community is working with others to solve the high cost of
transport. Valery Dhamarrandji lives in Nhulunbuy – a
remote community in eastern Arnhem Land. There are plenty
of taxis in that part of the world, but taxis don’t come
cheap. So Valery reckoned that it would be good idea to get
a bus. She approached the Indigenous Stock Exchange. …
It’s a service which helps indigenous people who have a
business project or a service to offer to connect with
investors and customers. The ISX began to publicise
Valery’s idea hoping that sponsers would come forward to
finance a bus. Sponsers did respond and a week ago Valery
began operating the Southern Cross Family Car Service.”

* OTHER NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– News

Crosslight: Elders continue fight against Intervention
http://crosslight.org.au/2011/12/03/elders-continue-fight-against-intervention/
3 Dec 11: “United First People’s men and women gathered in
Melbourne last month to speak out against the Federal
Government’s Stronger Futures document. The document was
produced by the Gillard Government and is an extension of
the largely discredited Northern Territory Intervention
undertaken by the Howard Government. The group, which
represents people within the prescribed areas in the
Northern Territory under the Intervention, said the report
created further anger and frustration.” Chip Henriss

– Analysis / Opinion

CDU Law and Business Online:
Polarised debate on the NT Intervention
http://cdulawonline.wordpress.com/2011/12/05/polarised-debate-on-the-nt-intervention/
5 Dec 11: “There’s a very noisy left-leaning opposition
group to the Gillard government’s modified version of the
NTER or Indigenous Intervention (which Minister Macklin has
variously renamed “Closing the Gap” or “Stronger Futures”).
No doubt they’re sincere in their opposition to current
policy, but their rhetorical style is shrill to say the
least.” kenparish

Australian: High cost puts good food out of reach
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/opinion/high-cost-puts-good-food-out-of-reach/story-e6frgd0x-1226212651812
3 Dec 11: “THE Gillard government last month introduced the
Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Bill which,
among other things, continues the intervention. One of the
main measures strengthens the licensing requirements of
remote stores. Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin
has suggested this measure will increase availability of
fresh and healthy food in remote communities. Indeed, a
store may be disqualified from trading if it does not
“provide a satisfactory range of healthy and good quality
food, drink or grocery items”.” Alex Harper

Overland literary journal: A reply to CIS on the Intervention
http://overland.org.au/2011/12/a-reply-to-the-cis-on-the-intervention/
2 Dec 11: “At first I didn’t think it was worthwhile
responding to Sara Hudson’s response to me on the
Intervention. I thought it was pretty insubstantial, and
its ad hominem tone seemed to me suggestive that replying
would reduce the issues to one of personalities, rather
than the issues. However, I then decided that some comments
may help illuminate the issues to outside parties. So, let
us review the state of debate.” Michael Brull

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Creative Spirits:
Northern Territory Emergence Response (NTER)
– “The Intervention”:
http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/politics/northern-territory-intervention.html

IRAG (Intervention Rollback Action Group):
Mparntwe – Alice Springs:
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/

CAAMA (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association)
– NT Intervention:
http://caama.com.au/?s=NT+Intervention

Crikey – NT Intervention:
http://www.crikey.com.au/topic/nt-intervention/

‘concerned Australians’:
Without Justice there can be no Reconciliation:
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/

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

Tracker – NT Intervention:
http://tracker.org.au/tag/nt-intervention/

Treaty Republic – NT Intervention:
http://treatyrepublic.net/search/node/NT%20Intervention

The Greens: Rachel Siewert: Northern Territory Intervention:
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/category/issues/indigenous-rights/northern-territory-intervention

Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition:
http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/

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

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

The Conversation – After the Intervention:
http://theconversation.edu.au/pages/after-the-intervention

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

New Matilda – northern territory intervention:
http://newmatilda.com/tag/northern-territory-intervention

Amnesty International Australia:
Looking back at the Northern Territory Intervention:
http://www.amnesty.org.au/indigenous-rights/comments/24460/

Students For Indigenous Rights – UQ:
The Northern Territory Intervention:
http://uqsir.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/stir-uq-intervention-intro-factsheet-new1.pdf

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

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

Australian Human Rights Commission:
Northern Territory ‘Emergency Response’ intervention:
http://www.hreoc.gov.au/social_justice/intervention/index.html

FAIRA; Human Rights Law Resource Centre; NACLC:
Australia’s compliance with CERD – Fact Sheet 2:
Northern Territory Intervention:
http://www.hrlrc.org.au/files/Fact-Sheet-2-NT-Intervention.pdf

Green Left: Northern Territory intervention: myths and facts:
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/39732

WGAR (Working Group for Aboriginal Rights):
https://wgar.wordpress.com/

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Video

YouTube:
Muckaty Traditional Owners at ALP national conference 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppLQW_FHM1o
4 Dec 11: “Muckaty Traditional Owners Dianne Stokes and
Kylie Sambo travelled to Sydney for the ALP national
conference held December 2-4. They spoke at a fringe event
on December 3 organised by the Beyond Nuclear Initiative
titled “Hot Politics: Radioactive Waste Management in
Australia” and met with many delegates who pledged support
for their campaign. More info at
www.beyondnuclearinitiative.wordpress.com ”

– Audio

ABC PM: Secret men’s business could threaten gas hub
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2011/s3384015.htm
5 Dec 11: “MARK COLVIN: An area marked for a massive gas
project in Western Australia has hit another potential
hurdle. An Indigenous man says it’s a sacred site for
secret men’s business. Traditional owners in the Kimberley
have reached agreement with Woodside and the state and
federal governments for a gas hub at James Price Point,
north of Broome. But Goolarabooloo man Joseph Roe says the
site was known for ceremonies associated with initiations
and secret business. Joseph Roe says he is prepared to
testify if necessary but only in a court of men. He spoke
to our reporter David Weber.”

– Analysis / Opinion

NT News Editorial: Wood’s state of confusion
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2011/12/06/276605_opinion.html
6 Dec 11: “POLITICIAN Gerry Wood may not know very much
about statehood. And he may know even less about economics.
But he seems to understand the politics of uranium mining
and nuclear energy very well. Mr Wood is right to dismiss
claims by doctors that trucking low-level nuclear waste to
the dump near Tennant Creek will be dangerous. The Alice
Springs medics are part of the Medical Association Against
War.”

– News

NT News: Doctors wrong on nuke waste, says Gerry
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2011/12/05/276461_ntnews.html
5 Dec 11: “AN INDEPENDENT politician has dismissed claims
by doctors that trucking low-level nuclear waste into the
NT is dangerous. Nelson MLA Gerry Wood said the Alice
Springs medics – part of the Medical Association Against
War – were scaremongering. He said their objection to
transporting waste to the dump at Muckaty, near Tennant
Creek, was “not about safety” but part of a campaign that
was “against all things nuclear”.”

* UPCOMING ABORIGINAL RIGHTS EVENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA
– 18 EVENTS FROM 7 DECEMBER 2011:

Click on the links for details of the events …

Event: 4 November 2011 to February 2012: Townsville, Qld
Exhibition: From Little Things Big Things Grow
– Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970
Event description: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/
Event location: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/travelling_details/

Event: 7 December 2011: Paddington, Sydney, NSW
Documentary Film – The Tall Man
“… a vivid portrait of an Australian island enraged
by the death of an Aboriginal man while in custody
of the local, predominantly white-run police force.”
Chauvel Cinema, Paddington
Cinema Release Date: Thu 17 November 2011
Event details, incl. film review and interview with the director: http://www.hopscotchfilms.com.au/films/coming-soon/thetallman-film/
Event details: http://www.palacecinemas.com.au/movies/thetallman/

Event: 7 to 14 December 2011: Brisbane, Qld
Documentary Film – The Tall Man
“… a vivid portrait of an Australian island enraged
by the death of an Aboriginal man while in custody
of the local, predominantly white-run police force.”
Palace Barracks Cinema, Brisbane
Cinema Release Date: Thu 17 November 2011
Event details, incl. film review and interview with the director: http://www.hopscotchfilms.com.au/films/coming-soon/thetallman-film/
Event details: http://www.palacecinemas.com.au/movies/thetallman/

Event: Thu 8 December 2011: Redfern, Sydney, NSW
Stop black deaths in custody forum
Speakers include:
Ray Jackson, Indigenous Social Justice network
Daivd Shoebridge, Greens NSW MLC
Raul Bassi, union, Palestine and Aboriginal rights activist
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49634

Event: Thu 8 December 2011: Darwin, NT
Opening and Awards presentation
Rights on Show 2011
The 17th annual Human Rights Art Award and Exhibition
The theme for 2011 is Housing and Homelessness
Darwin Community Legal Service
Event details: http://www.dcls.org.au/rights-on-show.html

Event: Fri 9, Mon 12 to Fri 16 December 2011: Darwin, NT
Exhibition
Rights on Show 2011
The 17th annual Human Rights Art Award and Exhibition
The theme for 2011 is Housing and Homelessness
Darwin Community Legal Service
Event details: http://www.dcls.org.au/rights-on-show.html

Event Cancelled: Alice Springs, NT
“International Human Rights Day
Celebrations planned for Mparntwe-Alice Springs
on 10th December have been cancelled due to
musicians/speakers and key people being busy
elsewhere.
IRAG is looking at the possibility of visiting a
bush community on that day to discuss the
2nd intervention laws and receive feedback
from the people to be affected by these laws.”
Details: http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/

Event: Sat 10 December  2011: Paddington, Sydney, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
The Chauvel Cinema
Hosted by Eastern Suburbs Amnesty International Australia
“The screening is held in support of
Amnesty International Australia’s
Homelands report released in August.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/27271/
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: 10 December 2011: Adelaide, SA
Kimberley Cultural Festival
“Kimberley Cultural Festival is a community event to raise
awareness of the cultural and environmental significance of
the Kimberley region, which is under threat from proposed
gas and industrial development.”
Event details: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/2011/12/02/upcoming-events/
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/sa/event/27331/
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=270070339699908

Event: 10 December 2011: Broome
Nowhere else but here celebration rally
“At Town Beach listen to updates from Community and
guest speakers, enjoy live music from some of the
best local musicians, watch short films from local
film-makers highlighting the best of the year, and
eat great food from a muticultural selection of food stalls.”
Save the Kimberley event details: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/2011/12/02/upcoming-events/

Event: Wed 14 December 2011: Newcastle, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Greater Union Cinemas
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Thu 15 December 2011: Tuggerah, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Greater Union Cinemas
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Sat December 17 2011: Brunswick, Melbourne, Vic
Save The Kimberley warehouse party in Melbourne
“Save The Kimberley (melbourne) PRESENTS:
The 20 Ovens Warehouse will play host to
some of Melbourne’s favourite live acts”
Event details: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/2011/12/02/upcoming-events/
Poster: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/372801_103126279804401_514630056_n.jpg

Event: Ongoing Protest: James Price Point, Kimberley, WA
Kimberley gas plant protest
Save the Kimberley info: http://www.savethekimberley.com/
Kimberley gas plant threatens Aboriginal culture: http://ccr.uws.edu.au/2011/06/22/kimberley-gas-plant-threatens-aboriginal-culture-join-the-discussion/#.TkjD3WEgp8E
Aboriginal elder Elsta Foy at the protest camp: http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2011/s3296152.htm
Protest updates: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/blog/
Environs Kimberley: http://www.environskimberley.org.au/
Kimberley info: http://handsoffcountry.blogspot.com/
Kimberley Country and Culture: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/whats-the-fuss/country-culture/
Rachel Siewert: Greens: Saving the Kimberley (17 Oct 11): http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/kimberley
WGAR News: Kimberley gas plant protest and blockade (28 Jun 11): http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/28/wgar-news-kimberley-gas-plant-protest-and-blockade-sydney-anti-nuclear-rally-29-june-2011
WGAR News: 25 protesters arrested at JPP blockade (9 Jul 11): http://indymedia.org.au/2011/07/09/wgar-news-25-protesters-arrested-at-james-price-point-blockade-petition-handed-to-ministe

Event: Fri 20 January 2012: RMIT entrance, Melbourne, Vic
Indigenous freedom-fighters commemoration:
Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner
“To commemorate the execution of the indigenous
freedom fighters Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner”
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49054

Event: Thu 26 to Sun 29 January 2012: Parkes, Canberra, ACT
40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy Canberra
Sovereignty Never Ceded: a key theme of the 40th Anniversary
“Indigenous elders invite all Aboriginal people, supporters
and other members of the general public, to come together
at the ‘Aboriginal Tent Embassy’ site, on Thursday 26th
January 2012, to celebrate “SOVEREIGNTY DAY” and be part of
the Sacred Fire Ceremonial Gathering that will marks 40
years since the first protest on the site.”
Event details: http://treatyrepublic.net/content/invitation-aboriginal-tent-embassy-january-2012
Event details: http://www.aboriginaltentembassy.net/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/aboriginal-tent-embassy-40th-anniversary-canberra
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/40th-anniversary-of-the-tent-embassy-canberra
Interview with Dr Janet Hunt: http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/dr-janet-hunt-and-jacqui-phillips/
Event summary: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49413
Aboriginal Embassy Elder Tribute song: http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/artist_songs/2079567

Event: February 2012 to May 2012: Queensland Museum
Exhibition: From Little Things Big Things Grow
– Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970
Event description: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/
Event location: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/travelling_details/

Event: Sat 11 February 2012: Melbourne, Vic
Our Generation Film Screening
as part of the inaugural Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

– ‘Our Generation’ Film Reviews

Elimatta:
Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
Our Generation – Showing in London – page 8
http://www.asgmwp.net/ElimattaWinter2011.pdf
Winter 2011: “The Intervention is yet another example of
the appalling treatment the Aboriginal People of Australia
have been subjected to in such a short period of time
compared to thousands of years of survival. Sinem Saban and
Rev. Dr Gondarra supported by the Yolngu people and
cinematographer, Damien Curtis, have created a sensitive
and realistic view of the plight of those who wish to live
a more traditional life in their homelands and of those who
appear to be dispossessed.” Christine Waterer

Elimatta:
Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
ASG Information Night: Our Generation – page 6
http://www.asgmwp.net/ElimattaSummer2010.pdf
Summer 2010: “Local resident and journalist, Jeff McMullen
introduced “Our Generation”, the film by Sinem Saban and
Damien Curtis which we were there to see. The film explored
in depth the Federal Government Intervention into
Aboriginal Communities in the Northern Territory. Jeff had
told us that the film’s producers were not having any
success in having the film shown on government or
commercial media outlets and they were having to screen it
in local community halls to show the community at large
just what was involved in the Intervention. It is basically
a war on Aboriginal culture. The dispossession of the
Aboriginal people is simply continuing in a new guise.”
Carol Gerrard

See:

Our Generation: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/

Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater: http://www.asgmwp.net/index.htm

3/12/2011 Interviews with Dianne Stokes, Kylie Sambo and Barbara Shaw

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 03/12/2011 by D

Contents:
* Interview with Dianne Stokes and Kylie Sambo re
Muckaty nuclear waste dump
* MAPW: Risks of transporting radioactive waste to Muckaty
* Interview with Barbara Shaw, opponent of the NT intervention
* Michael Anderson: Aboriginal tribal leader off to Europe
to challenge Australian sovereignty
* Aboriginal Tent Embassy to mark 40th anniversary
* Michael Mansell: Why The Preamble Is A Hollow Gesture
* ANTaR: Govt commits to act to reduce Aboriginal imprisonment
* ‘concerned Australians’: Opinion – NTER Evaluation 2011
* Michael Brull: Destroying Indigenous communities and cultures
* What’s Working: Deadly Health Stories
* Submissions about Stronger Futures due 12 Jan 2012
* Submissions on role of languages and culture due 17 Feb 2012
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia

* INTERVIEW WITH DIANNE STOKES AND KYLIE SAMBO
RE MUCKATY NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

– Audio Interview

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
First Nations Pathways Conference
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/
30 Nov 11: “Tiga Bayles broadcasting live from the final
day of the First Nations Pathways Conference in Townsville.
His guests include Dianne Stokes – Muckaty Station
traditional owner – and her sister Kylie Sambo who performs
her rap about her people’s concern about the nuclear waste
dump. … ”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/first-nations-pathways-conference-2/

See:

YouTube: Muckaty Voices-Australia’s nuclear waste dump story
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcuNpT84Ovo

Beyond Nuclear Initiative:
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/

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

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

* MAPW: RISKS OF TRANSPORTING RADIOACTIVE WASTE TO MUCKATY:

– Media Release

Medical Association for Prevention of War (Australia):
MAPW media release:
Risks of transporting radioactive waste to Muckaty
http://www.mapw.org.au/download/mapw-media-release-risks-transporting-radioactive-waste-muckaty
28 Nov 11: “Media release announcing fact sheet and results
of study on the risks to humans and the environment, of
transporting radioactive waste to remote outback Northern
Territory, where it is proposed that there should be a
nuclear waste dump at Muckaty, near Tennant Creek.
Quotes Dr Tom Keaney from MAPW’s NT Branch.”

– Fact Sheet

Medical Association for Prevention of War (Australia):
MAPW Fact Sheet: Transport of radioactive waste to Muckaty
http://www.mapw.org.au/download/mapw-fact-sheet-transport-radioactive-waste-muckaty-november-2011
November 2011: “Outlines the risks to humans and the
environment, of transporting radioactive waste by truck, to
remote outback Northern Territory, where it is proposed
that there should be a nuclear waste dump at Muckaty Station.
Fact sheet prepared by MAPW’s Northern Territory Branch.”

– News

ABC: Doctors say transporting nuclear waste too risky
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-11-29/20111129-muckaty-nuclear/3701786?section=nt
29 Nov 11: “A study by a team of doctors from Alice Springs
says the potential risks of transporting low-level nuclear
waste through the Northern Territory are too high. A waste
dump is planned at Muckaty Station north of Tennant Creek
and the radioactive material would be transported on the
Stuart Highway. Doctor Tom Keaney says there is a real
danger of exposure to radioactive waste for people in Alice
Springs and other remote locations if there was an
accident.”

NT News: Fear of unsafe waste
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2011/11/29/275131_ntnews.html
29 Nov 11: “CENTRAL Australian doctors do not want
radioactive waste to be dumped at Muckaty station because
safe transport through the NT would not be “fail-safe”.
Medical Association for Prevention of War member Tom Keaney
said radioactive waste could be transported through Alice
Springs and other rural towns if the material was dumped at
Muckaty. … Dr Keaney and an Alice Springs-based team of
doctors has completed a study into the potential risks of
transporting the waste. They found it would be safer for
the waste to be processed where it was produced.”

7 News: Don’t send waste to Muckaty, doctors say
http://au.news.yahoo.com/latest/a/-/latest/12133180/dont-send-waste-to-muckaty-doctors-say/
28 Nov 11: “A study into the risk of transporting
radioactive material to a proposed dump in Central
Australia has found the waste should instead be dealt with
where it’s produced. A team of Alice Springs doctors
looked at the dangers of transporting low-level nuclear
waste to Muckaty, near Tennant Creek. The proposed dump at
Muckaty could result in large-scale transport of
radioactive materials through Alice Springs and other
locations, said a co-author of the report, Dr Tom Keaney.
Dr Keaney, also a member of the Medical Association for the
Prevention of War, said … ”

See:

Medical Association for Prevention of War (Australia):
http://www.mapw.org.au/

YouTube: Muckaty Voices-Australia’s nuclear waste dump story
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcuNpT84Ovo

Beyond Nuclear Initiative:
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/

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

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

* INTERVIEW WITH BARBARA SHAW,
VOCAL OPPONENT OF THE NT INTERVENTION:

– Audio Interview

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
First Nations Pathways Conference
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/
29 Nov 11: “Let’s Talk broadcasts “live” from the First
Nations Pathways Conference at James Cook University in
Townsville. Tiga Bayles interviews Barbara Shaw, vocal
opponent of the NT intervention and brings you excerpts of
conference speakers including criminologist Chris Cuneen,
Debbie Kilroy from Sisters Inside and Chris Sarra from the
Stronger Smarter Institute.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/first-nations-pathways-conference/

* MICHAEL ANDERSON:
ABORIGINAL TRIBAL LEADER OFF TO EUROPE
TO CHALLENGE AUSTRALIAN SOVEREIGNTY:

– Statement

Aboriginal tribal leader off to Europe
to challenge Australian sovereignty
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/12/01/aboriginal-tribal-leader-off-to-europe-to-challenge-australian-sovereignty
1 Dec 11: “A northwest NSW tribal leader will travel to
England from the 4th December and on to the Continent for
discussions on the liberation of his Euahlayi people “from
the tyrannical colonial rule that Aboriginal people have
been subjected to since the English invasion”.
Michael Anderson is the last survivor of the four young
Black Power men who set up the Aboriginal Embassy in
Canberra in 1972. …
As well as talks in Britain, Mr Anderson will also go to
the International Court of Justice in The Hague and have
discussions in the European Court of Human Rights.
He will base a lot of his case on Queen Victoria’s promise
to Aborigines that they would keep their lands and law,
which he says is still on the British statute books.”

* ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSY TO MARK 40TH ANNIVERSARY:

– News

Koori Mail: Embassy to mark 40th anniversary
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
30 Nov 11: “PREPARATIONS have begun in earnest for 40th
anniversary celebrations at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in
Canberra on 26-28 January. A special song has been written
for the milestone, and an organising committee has begun
distributing invitations to a Corroboree for Sovereignty at
the iconic site.The single Tribute to the Elders was
created and performed by Kaiyu Bales, Jodi Haines, Alice
Haines and Michael Anderson, with guest performer Soni
Williams. Michael Anderson is the last survivor of four
Aboriginal men who founded the Tent Embassy in 1972, on the
lawns opposite what is now Old Parliament House.”

– Audio Interview

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Dr Janet Hunt and Jacqui Phillips
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/
1 Dec 11: “Karen Dorante speaks to president of the ACT
ANTaR branch, Dr Janet Hunt about the approaching 40th
anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy and the ACT
government’s action on Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander affairs. ANTaR national director, Jacqui Phillips
also joins to discuss the Stronger Futures legislation,
their campaign to reduce incarceration rates of Indigenous
people in jail and constitutional reform.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/dr-janet-hunt-and-jacqui-phillips/

– Upcoming event

Event: Thu 26 to Sun 29 January 2012: Parkes, Canberra, ACT
40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy Canberra
Sovereignty Never Ceded: a key theme of the 40th Anniversary
“Indigenous elders invite all Aboriginal people, supporters
and other members of the general public, to come together
at the ‘Aboriginal Tent Embassy’ site, on Thursday 26th
January 2012, to celebrate “SOVEREIGNTY DAY” and be part of
the Sacred Fire Ceremonial Gathering that will marks 40
years since the first protest on the site.”
Event details: http://treatyrepublic.net/content/invitation-aboriginal-tent-embassy-january-2012
Event details: http://www.aboriginaltentembassy.net/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/aboriginal-tent-embassy-40th-anniversary-canberra
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/40th-anniversary-of-the-tent-embassy-canberra
Event summary: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49413
Aboriginal Embassy Elder Tribute song: http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/artist_songs/2079567

* MICHAEL MANSELL: WHY THE PREAMBLE IS A HOLLOW GESTURE:

– Analysis / Opinion

New Matilda: Why The Preamble Is A Hollow Gesture
http://newmatilda.com/2011/12/01/preamble-hollow-gesture
1 Dec 11: “Constitutional recognition of indigenous peoples
should involve the right of self-determination – and we
must do much more than support a new preamble, writes
Michael Mansell … Australia’s reputation in the area of
human rights generally and relations with indigenous
peoples specifically, could do with a boost. Preamble
recognition of Aboriginals exists in the Queensland, NSW
and Victorian constitutions. These are hollow gestures that
create no rights or obligations.” Michael Mansell

* ANTaR: GOVT COMMITS TO ACT TO REDUCE ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT:

– Media Release

ANTaR – Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation:
Government commits to act to reduce Aboriginal imprisonment
http://www.antar.org.au/government_commits_to_act_to_reduce_aboriginal_imprisonment
28 Nov 11: “ANTaR has today congratulated the Federal
Government on its positive response to the House of
Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Affairs report, Doing Time – A Time for Doing.
“ANTaR congratulates the Federal Government for
recognising that the over- imprisonment of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander young people is a national crisis
and agreeing to take urgent action in partnership with
State and Territory Governments”, said Ms Jacqueline
Phillips, ANTaR National Director.
“By accepting all of the reports recommendations in whole,
part of principle, the Government has shown a willingness to
do things differently to spare the next generation of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people from a
life behind bars.””

– Related Statement

Greens: Time to act on Aboriginal imprisonment
http://greens.org.au/content/time-act-aboriginal-imprisonment-greens
30 Nov 11: “Australian Greens spokesperson for Legal
Affairs, Senator Penny Wright, has welcomed the Federal
Government’s commitment to tackling the overrepresentation
of Indigenous youth in the criminal justice system.
Senator Wright said the Government’s acceptance of all 40
recommendations of the House of Representatives Standing
Committee on Aboriginal and Torrens Islander Affairs
report, Doing Time – Time For Doing, in whole, in part or
in principle, was a strong step in the right direction.
“I am especially heartened by the justice reinvestment
approach of the Government’s response to the ‘Doing Time –
Time for Doing’ report,” Senator Wright said.
“The underlying principle of justice reinvestment is the
redirection of funds towards localised approaches which are
aimed at reducing offending and reoffending.””

– News

Koori Mail: Govt to act on youth prison report
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
25 Nov 11: “THE FEDERAL Government has accepted all 40
recommendations contained in a report dealing with the high
incarceration rates of Indigenous youth. The Doing Time –
Time for Doing: Indigenous Youth in the Criminal Justice
System was prepared by the House of Representatives
Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Affairs. Attorney General Robert McClelland said the report
had once again ‘highlighted the national shame that is the
overrepresentation of Indigenous Australians in prisons
across this country’.”

– Audio Interview

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Dr Janet Hunt and Jacqui Phillips
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/
1 Dec 11: “Karen Dorante speaks to president of the ACT
ANTaR branch, Dr Janet Hunt about the approaching 40th
anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy and the ACT
government’s action on Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander affairs. ANTaR national director, Jacqui Phillips
also joins to discuss the Stronger Futures legislation,
their campaign to reduce incarceration rates of Indigenous
people in jail and constitutional reform.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/dr-janet-hunt-and-jacqui-phillips/

* MICHELE HARRIS, ‘CONCERNED AUSTRALIANS’:
OPINION – NTER EVALUATION 2011:

– Analysis / Opinion

Opinion: NTER Evaluation 2011
Prepared by: Michele Harris, ‘concerned Australians’
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/NTER-Evaluation-Opinion-2011.pdf
November 2011: “The Evaluation has filled in many of the
gaps in the story, while it has highlighted that many of
the claims of success made by the Federal Government, are
far from being evidence-based and are exaggerated. What is
not exaggerated, however, is that Aboriginal people and
Aboriginal culture have been sacrificed to a Canberra
planned imposition that may well have been of great benefit
if only it had been fairly negotiated with the people and
their leaders. Is it too late for rescue? That will depend
on the Federal Government’s preparedness to loosen its
control and to allow local strategies to be developed in
all communities through the inclusion of community
reference groups, while encouraging genuine and respectful
partnerships with due regard for cultural practices.”

See:

Cuts to Welfare Payments for School Non-Attendance:
Requested or Imposed?
Michele Harris and Rosa McKenna, ‘concerned Australians’
– October 2011
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/Welfare-Cuts-Requested-or-Imposed.pdf

‘concerned Australians’:
Without Justice there can be no Reconciliation:
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/

* MICHAEL BRULL: DESTROYING INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES AND CULTURES:

– Analysis / Opinion

ABC The Drum Opinion:
Destroying Indigenous communities and cultures
http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/3704796.html
1 Dec 11: “Jenny Macklin has just delivered her second
reading speech for the new intervention legislation. She
had sought to soften the ground for this by announcing the
new “evidence” which she claimed vindicated her measures,
in the absence of any evidence of improving socio-economic
conditions. … Michele Harris and Rosa McKenna prepared a
report, Cuts to Welfare Payments for School Non-Attendance:
Requested or Imposed?, on behalf of a group called
“Concerned Australians” on Macklin’s latest round of
alleged consultations. … They conclude that “There would
appear to be virtually no evidence of community support for
legislation in these transcripts that would introduce
welfare cuts for parents where children were not attending
school.”” Michael Brull,
writer for Independent Australian Jewish Voices, and is
involved in Stop The Intervention Collective Sydney (STICS)

See:

Cuts to Welfare Payments for School Non-Attendance:
Requested or Imposed?
Michele Harris and Rosa McKenna, ‘concerned Australians’
– October 2011
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/Welfare-Cuts-Requested-or-Imposed.pdf

‘concerned Australians’:
Without Justice there can be no Reconciliation:
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/

* WHAT’S WORKING: DEADLY HEALTH STORIES:

What’s Working: Deadly Health Stories
http://www.whatsworking.com.au/whats-working/deadly-health-stories/
“10 out of 10 deadly health stories: nutrition and physical
activity … The Aboriginal Health and Medical Research
Council has compiled these stories from NSW Aboriginal
Community Controlled Health Services to demonstrate the
success and potential of these Aboriginal community
initiatives.”

* SUBMISSIONS ABOUT STRONGER FUTURES DUE 12 JAN 2012:

Parliament of Australia – Senate:
Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Bill 2011
and two related bills:
Information about the Inquiry
http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/committee/clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/info.htm
“Submissions should be received by 12 January 2012. …
The Committee is seeking written submissions from
interested individuals and organisations”

* SUBMISSIONS ON ROLE OF LANGUAGES AND CULTURE DUE 17 FEB 2012:

United Nations Human Rights:
Study on languages and cultures
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/IPeoples/EMRIP/Pages/StudyLanguages.aspx
“Call for submissions from indigenous peoples and their
organisations
The Expert Mechanism is calling for submissions on the role
of languages and culture in the protection and promotion of
the rights and identity of indigenous peoples, its current
mandated study in accordance with Human Rights Council
resolution 18/8 …
Submissions will need to be submitted by 17 February 2012 … ”

* OTHER NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– News

newsTracker: We’re not all boozers, NT elders say
http://tracker.org.au/2011/11/were-not-all-boozers-nt-elders-say/
30 Nov 11: “NORTHERN TERRITORY: A group of Aboriginal
elders says the federal government’s Northern Territory
intervention brands all Indigenous people as alcoholics and
child molesters. … On Monday a group of 17 elders of the
Yolngu people from Ramingining, a small community about
550km east of Darwin, lashed out at the policy. “Many
people are feeling stigmatised by this blanket policy that
brands all Aboriginal people as alcoholics, irresponsible
parents and child molesters,” they said.”

– Audio Interviews

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Dr Janet Hunt and Jacqui Phillips
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/
1 Dec 11: “Karen Dorante speaks to president of the ACT
ANTaR branch, Dr Janet Hunt about the approaching 40th
anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy and the ACT
government’s action on Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander affairs. ANTaR national director, Jacqui Phillips
also joins to discuss the Stronger Futures legislation,
their campaign to reduce incarceration rates of Indigenous
people in jail and constitutional reform.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/dr-janet-hunt-and-jacqui-phillips/

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Les Malezer
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/
25 Nov 11: “Karen Dorante speaks to Les Malezer, co-chair
of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples,
about his childhood, public service career and involvement
in Aboriginal affairs.  He also discusses the government’s
Stronger Futures bill for the Northern Territory.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/les-malezer-12/

– Media Release

Nigel Scullion – Senator for the NT,
Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs:
Labor divided on Indigenous Affairs
http://www.nigelscullion.com/media-hub/indigenous-affairs/labor-divided-indigenous-affairs
28 Nov 11: “The Gillard Labor Government looks set to let
down Aboriginal Australians again with revelations the
party is divided on the Stronger Futures Legislation, The
Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs Senator Nigel
Scullion said. Senator Scullion made the statement after
discovering the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy
Union (CFMEU) is hosting an event protesting against the
Northern Territory intervention as part of the ALP National
Conference this weekend.”

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 01-12-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-01-12-2011
1 Dec 11: “The Aboriginals and Torres strait Islander
Social Justice Commissioner says his people can never
forget what happened to them in the early days of the
Northern Territory intervention but they must draw a line
in the sand and move on.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Creative Spirits:
Northern Territory Emergence Response (NTER)
– “The Intervention”:
http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/politics/northern-territory-intervention.html

CAAMA (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association)
– NT Intervention:
http://caama.com.au/?s=NT+Intervention

‘concerned Australians’:
Without Justice there can be no Reconciliation:
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/

Tracker – NT Intervention:
http://tracker.org.au/tag/nt-intervention/

Treaty Republic – NT Intervention:
http://treatyrepublic.net/search/node/NT%20Intervention

IRAG (Intervention Rollback Action Group):
Mparntwe – Alice Springs:
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/

The Greens: Rachel Siewert: Northern Territory Intervention:
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/category/issues/indigenous-rights/northern-territory-intervention

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

Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition:
http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/

Crikey – NT Intervention:
http://www.crikey.com.au/topic/nt-intervention/

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

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

The Conversation – After the Intervention:
http://theconversation.edu.au/pages/after-the-intervention

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

New Matilda – northern territory intervention:
http://newmatilda.com/tag/northern-territory-intervention

Amnesty International Australia:
Looking back at the Northern Territory Intervention:
http://www.amnesty.org.au/indigenous-rights/comments/24460/

Students For Indigenous Rights – UQ:
The Northern Territory Intervention:
http://uqsir.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/stir-uq-intervention-intro-factsheet-new1.pdf

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

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

Australian Human Rights Commission:
Northern Territory ‘Emergency Response’ intervention:
http://www.hreoc.gov.au/social_justice/intervention/index.html

FAIRA; Human Rights Law Resource Centre; NACLC:
Australia’s compliance with CERD – Fact Sheet 2:
Northern Territory Intervention:
http://www.hrlrc.org.au/files/Fact-Sheet-2-NT-Intervention.pdf

Green Left: Northern Territory intervention: myths and facts:
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/39732

WGAR (Working Group for Aboriginal Rights):
https://wgar.wordpress.com/

* UPCOMING ABORIGINAL RIGHTS EVENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA
– 20 EVENTS FROM 3 DECEMBER 2011:

Click on the links for details of the events …

Event: 4 November 2011 to February 2012: Townsville, Qld
Exhibition: From Little Things Big Things Grow
– Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970
Event description: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/
Event location: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/travelling_details/

Event: 3,4,5,6 and 7 December 2011: Brisbane, Qld
Documentary Film – The Tall Man
Palace Barracks Cinema, Brisbane
“… a vivid portrait of an Australian island enraged
by the death of an Aboriginal man while in custody
of the local, predominantly white-run police force.”
Cinema Release Date: Thu 17 November 2011
Event details, incl. film review and interview with the director: http://www.hopscotchfilms.com.au/films/coming-soon/thetallman-film/
Event details: http://www.palacecinemas.com.au/movies/thetallman/

Events: Sat 3 December  2011: Sydney, NSW
Two events highlighting struggles for Aboriginal rights in the NT

* 5:45pm – The case against the NT Intervention
Speakers include:
* Yananymul Mununggurr,
CEO Laynhapuy Homelands Association
* Video message from Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra OAM,
Senior Elder from Elcho Island
Hosted by the CFMEU Indigenous Committee
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/the-case-against-the-nt-intervention
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49553
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/CFMEU_Intervention_Dr_Gondarra-3-12-11.jpg

* 7pm – Forum and Photo Exhibition
Hot Politics – Radioactive Waste Management in Australia
“Against a background of heightened awareness of
nuclear issues, key stakeholders will examine the
plan to develop a national radioactive waste dump
in the Northern Territory.”
Speakers Include:
Matthew Gardiner, United Voice NT Secretary
Dianne Stokes, Muckaty Traditional Owner
Dave Sweeney, Australian Conservation Foundation
George Newhouse, Human Rights lawyer
Hosted by Jeff McMullen
Includes premiere of
“Manuwangku-Under the Nuclear Cloud”
photo exhibition by Jagath Dheerasekera.
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/hot-politics-radioactive-waste-management-in-australia
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49554
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/ALP-invite-Muckaty-3-12-11%20.jpg

Event: 5,6 and 7 December 2011: Paddington, Sydney, NSW
Documentary Film – The Tall Man
“… a vivid portrait of an Australian island enraged
by the death of an Aboriginal man while in custody
of the local, predominantly white-run police force.”
Chauvel Cinema, Paddington
Cinema Release Date: Thu 17 November 2011
Event details, incl. film review and interview with the director: http://www.hopscotchfilms.com.au/films/coming-soon/thetallman-film/
Event details: http://www.palacecinemas.com.au/movies/thetallman/

Event: Mon 5 December 2011: Belgrave, Melbourne, Vic
Our Generation Film Screening
Cameo Cinemas
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/vic/event/27340/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Tue 6 December 2011: Balmain, Sydney, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Q & A with Jacqui Phillips, National Director of ANTaR
(Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation)
Hosted by the Balmain Uniting Church
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/27369/
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/balmain-our-generation-screening-6-dec-11
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info-Our-Generation/Our-Gen-Balmain-6-12-11.pdf
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Thu 8 December 2011: Redfern, Sydney, NSW
Stop black deaths in custody forum
Speakers include:
Ray Jackson, Indigenous Social Justice network
Daivd Shoebridge, Greens NSW MLC
Raul Bassi, union, Palestine and Aboriginal rights activist
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49634

Event: Thu 8 December 2011: Darwin, NT
Opening and Awards presentation
Rights on Show 2011
The 17th annual Human Rights Art Award and Exhibition
The theme for 2011 is Housing and Homelessness
Darwin Community Legal Service
Event details: http://www.dcls.org.au/rights-on-show.html

Event: Fri 9, Mon 12 to Fri 16 December 2011: Darwin, NT
Exhibition
Rights on Show 2011
The 17th annual Human Rights Art Award and Exhibition
The theme for 2011 is Housing and Homelessness
Darwin Community Legal Service
Event details: http://www.dcls.org.au/rights-on-show.html

Event Cancelled: Alice Springs, NT
“International Human Rights Day
Celebrations planned for Mparntwe-Alice Springs
on 10th December have been cancelled due to
musicians/speakers and key people being busy
elsewhere.
IRAG is looking at the possibility of visiting a
bush community on that day to discuss the
2nd intervention laws and receive feedback
from the people to be affected by these laws.”
Details: http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/

Event: Ongoing Protest: James Price Point, Kimberley, WA
Kimberley gas plant protest
Save the Kimberley info: http://www.savethekimberley.com/
Kimberley gas plant threatens Aboriginal culture: http://ccr.uws.edu.au/2011/06/22/kimberley-gas-plant-threatens-aboriginal-culture-join-the-discussion/#.TkjD3WEgp8E
Aboriginal elder Elsta Foy at the protest camp: http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2011/s3296152.htm
Protest updates: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/blog/
Environs Kimberley: http://www.environskimberley.org.au/
Kimberley info: http://handsoffcountry.blogspot.com/
Kimberley Country and Culture: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/whats-the-fuss/country-culture/
Rachel Siewert: Greens: Saving the Kimberley (17 Oct 11): http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/kimberley
WGAR News: Kimberley gas plant protest and blockade (28 Jun 11): http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/28/wgar-news-kimberley-gas-plant-protest-and-blockade-sydney-anti-nuclear-rally-29-june-2011
WGAR News: 25 protesters arrested at JPP blockade (9 Jul 11): http://indymedia.org.au/2011/07/09/wgar-news-25-protesters-arrested-at-james-price-point-blockade-petition-handed-to-ministe

Event: Sat 10 December  2011: Paddington, Sydney, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
The Chauvel Cinema
Hosted by Eastern Suburbs Amnesty International Australia
“The screening is held in support of
Amnesty International Australia’s
Homelands report released in August.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/27271/
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: 10 December 2011: Adelaide, SA
Kimberley Cultural Festival
“Kimberley Cultural Festival is a community event to raise
awareness of the cultural and environmental significance of
the Kimberley region, which is under threat from proposed
gas and industrial development.”
Event details: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/2011/07/13/upcoming-events/
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/sa/event/27331/
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=270070339699908

Event: Wed 14 December 2011: Newcastle, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Greater Union Cinemas
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Thu 15 December 2011: Tuggerah, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Greater Union Cinemas
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Fri 20 January 2012: RMIT entrance, Melbourne, Vic
Indigenous freedom-fighters commemoration:
Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner
“To commemorate the execution of the indigenous
freedom fighters Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner”
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49054

Event: Thu 26 to Sun 29 January 2012: Parkes, Canberra, ACT
40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy Canberra
Sovereignty Never Ceded: a key theme of the 40th Anniversary
“Indigenous elders invite all Aboriginal people, supporters
and other members of the general public, to come together
at the ‘Aboriginal Tent Embassy’ site, on Thursday 26th
January 2012, to celebrate “SOVEREIGNTY DAY” and be part of
the Sacred Fire Ceremonial Gathering that will marks 40
years since the first protest on the site.”
Event details: http://treatyrepublic.net/content/invitation-aboriginal-tent-embassy-january-2012
Event details: http://www.aboriginaltentembassy.net/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/aboriginal-tent-embassy-40th-anniversary-canberra
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/40th-anniversary-of-the-tent-embassy-canberra
Interview with Dr Janet Hunt: http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/dr-janet-hunt-and-jacqui-phillips/
Event summary: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49413
Aboriginal Embassy Elder Tribute song: http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/artist_songs/2079567

Event: February 2012 to May 2012: Queensland Museum
Exhibition: From Little Things Big Things Grow
– Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970
Event description: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/
Event location: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/travelling_details/

Event: Sat 11 February 2012: Melbourne, Vic
Our Generation Film Screening
as part of the inaugural Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

– ‘Our Generation’ Film Reviews

Elimatta:
Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
Our Generation – Showing in London – page 8
http://www.asgmwp.net/ElimattaWinter2011.pdf
Winter 2011: “The Intervention is yet another example of
the appalling treatment the Aboriginal People of Australia
have been subjected to in such a short period of time
compared to thousands of years of survival. Sinem Saban and
Rev. Dr Gondarra supported by the Yolngu people and
cinematographer, Damien Curtis, have created a sensitive
and realistic view of the plight of those who wish to live
a more traditional life in their homelands and of those who
appear to be dispossessed.” Christine Waterer

Elimatta:
Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
ASG Information Night: Our Generation – page 6
http://www.asgmwp.net/ElimattaSummer2010.pdf
Summer 2010: “Local resident and journalist, Jeff McMullen
introduced “Our Generation”, the film by Sinem Saban and
Damien Curtis which we were there to see. The film explored
in depth the Federal Government Intervention into
Aboriginal Communities in the Northern Territory. Jeff had
told us that the film’s producers were not having any
success in having the film shown on government or
commercial media outlets and they were having to screen it
in local community halls to show the community at large
just what was involved in the Intervention. It is basically
a war on Aboriginal culture. The dispossession of the
Aboriginal people is simply continuing in a new guise.”
Carol Gerrard

See:

Our Generation: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/

Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater: http://www.asgmwp.net/index.htm