Archive for February, 2012

120220 – “Aboriginal meetings across Australia to build national unity government” by Michael Anderson and “The tent embassy: fact v fiction, black v white” by Chris Graham

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 25/02/2012 by D

Contents:
* “Aboriginal meetings across Australia to build
national unity government” by Michael Anderson
* “The tent embassy: fact v fiction, black v white”
by Chris Graham
* More on the Tent Embassy protest on Invasion Day

* “ABORIGINAL MEETINGS ACROSS AUSTRALIA TO BUILD
NATIONAL UNITY GOVERNMENT” BY MICHAEL ANDERSON:

– Media Release

Aboriginal meetings across Australia to build national
unity government
http://www.indymedia.org.au/2012/02/17/aboriginal-meetings-across-australia-to-build-national-unity-government
17 Feb 12: “A prominent Aboriginal activist has announced a
plan to visit Aboriginal people all over the country with
the aim of forming a national unity government to be known
as the ‘Sovereign Union’.
Michael Anderson, the last survivor of the four young men
who set up the Aboriginal Embassy in Canberra in 1972, says
it’s one of the outcomes of its 40th anniversary corroboree
from 26 to 28 January.
“We will commence formal talks when I meet with delegates
of 45 Aboriginal nations from across the Murray Darling
Basin at the end of this month in Canberra,” he writes in
a media release.
“I will then travel to Western Australia to meet with
representatives of the Nyoongar Nation and others who are
in the process of organizing their delegates in Perth.””

* “THE TENT EMBASSY: FACT V FICTION, BLACK V WHITE”
BY CHRIS GRAHAM:

– Analysis / Opinion

Tog’s Place.Com:
The tent embassy: fact v fiction, black v white
by Chris Graham
[scroll down page] http://togsplace.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/tent-embassy-fact-v-fiction-black-v.html
15 Feb 12: “There is perhaps no event in the last few
decades that better sums up the divide between black and
white Australia than the debacle that engulfed the Embassy
celebrations. It had everything: media misreporting; white
political mischief; black political disunity; police
violence; frustrated activists. And it had the odd rat-bag,
black and white. If nothing else, the debacle that engulfed
the Tent Embassy celebration has once again exposed to the
rest of the world the racist underbelly of a very ignorant
nation.” Chris Graham

agendaTracker: Inside the Tent:
The ‘behind the scenes’ story of the Tent Embassy debacle
http://tracker.org.au/2012/02/inside-the-tent/
13 Feb 12: “Some believe the debacle that engulfed the Tent
Embassy 40th anniversary celebrations in Canberra last
month set back the Aboriginal cause a decade or two.
CHRIS GRAHAM, who served as the Embassy’s media adviser
for the event, thinks its opened up an opportunity for a
conversation about the future of Aboriginal protest.”
Chris Graham

See:

WGAR News: Eyewitness accounts of the Tent Embassy protest
on Invasion Day / Sovereignty Day (2 Feb 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/02/wgar-news-eyewitness-accounts-of-the-tent-embassy-protest-on-invasion-day-sovereignty-day

WGAR News: More on the Aboriginal Tent Embassy protest
on Invasion Day (8 Feb 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/08/wgar-news-four-actions-to-help-stop-the-proposed-nt-nuclear-dump-beyond-nuclear-initiativ

WGAR News: Tent Embassy protest interviews with
Michael Anderson, Jeff McMullen, Chris Graham, etc (9 Feb 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/09/wgar-news-tent-embassy-protest-interviews-with-michael-anderson-jeff-mcmullen-chris-graha

* MORE ON THE TENT EMBASSY PROTEST ON INVASION DAY:

– Audio Interviews

Radio Show:
Indigenous Politics: From Native New England and Beyond
http://www.indigenouspolitics.com/?p=29
[download interview] http://www.4shared.com/mp3/-lOVov7c/Anderson_and_AbunimahPodCast.html
7 Feb 12: “Join your host, J Kehaulani Kauanui, for a
two-part show. The first segment will feature Indigenous
Australian leader Michael Anderson (Nyoongar Ghurradjong
Murri Ghillar) as a guest for an interview about the recent
debacle during Australia Day (also known as Invasion Day)
on January 26, 2012, when demonstrators confronted Prime
Minister Julia Giillard and opposition party leader Tony
Abbott in relation to the Aboriginal “Tent Embassy”, which
he co-established in 1972 that sits on the lawn directly
facing Parliament. He will discuss the unresolved
sovereignty claim of indigenous Australians.”

Radio Adelaide Breakfast with Tim Brunero:
Future of the Tent Embassy Challenged
http://radioadelaidebreakfast.wordpress.com/2012/02/10/future-of-the-tent-embassy-challenged/
10 Feb 12: “Some people in our community are fuelling
racial tensions by calling for the removal of the
Aboriginal Tent Embassy at a time of intense and angry
national debate. Nunga Wangga’s Andrea Fraser spoke with
outspoken Aboriginal Activist, Barbara Shaw who is one of
the most vocal members of an Australian group campaigning
to put an end to the Northern Territory Emergency Response
in Aboriginal communities which was introduced by the Rudd
Government in 2007.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Tent Embassy Founder Speaks on Australia Day Events
http://caama.com.au/tent-embassy-founder-speaks-on-australia-day-events
9 Feb 12: “An original member of the Aboriginal Tent
Embassy says the group of protestors who burned the
Australian Flag did so as a symbol of rejection for the way
Government has treated Aboriginal people…not an attack on
all Australians. During a protest held on Australia Day a
group of protesters were captured on video burning the
Australian flag a piece of footage which became a focus of
mainstream media coverage and offended many Australians.”

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 13-02-2012
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-13-02-2012
13 Feb 12: “A Canberra based academic who witnessed the
events which took place at a restaurant during the
Aboriginal Tent embassy celebration has called for
fundamental reform of the mainstream media following
reports of the confrontation which were constantly
referred to as being violent.”

– Interviews

newsTracker: Tent Embassy protests: Keeping the fight alive
http://tracker.org.au/2012/02/tent-embassy-protests-keeping-the-fight-alive/
13 Feb 12: “AMY MCQUIRE* speaks to three veterans of the
Aboriginal Tent Embassy to find out the way forward for the
next generation of black activists. The young warriors of
the Aboriginal Tent Embassy are older now. They’ve seen
governments come and go, they’ve seen race relations
worsen, and they’ve seen issues like land rights fall off
the national agenda. But the tents remain. The battles they
fought as teenagers still stain those lawns. Today they
hope that legacy will be taken up by the younger
generation. Because, they say, very little has changed.”

– Analysis / Opinion

Crikey: Elsewhere: actual journalism on the Australia Day
tent embassy protest incident
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/purepoison/2012/02/15/elsewhere-actual-journalism-on-the-australia-day-tent-embassy-protest-incident/
15 Feb 12: “Kudos to our parent site, Crikey, for this fine
article in today’s daily email, exploring the truth of what
happened on Australia Day at that restaurant in Canberra.
(If you haven’t seen these points made or debated
prominently in the national media, perhaps ask yourself why
you should believe their coverage in the future.) First
point (in terms of the day’s chronology) – Abbott’s
original claims about the tent embassy commemorating its
40th anniversary, and just how far from the truth they
were: … ” Jeremy Sear

agendaTracker: On the scene: The tent embassy protest
http://tracker.org.au/2012/02/on-the-scene-the-tent-embassy-protest/
13 Feb 12: “There were alot of rumours circulating the day
after the Survival Day protests erupted on television
screens. AMY MCQUIRE* penned this for Crikey.com.au on
January 27. The most striking aspect of the Aboriginal Tent
Embassy protests, which sprung onto the media’s radar on
Survival Day, was the stark difference between the reports
of the events, and the reality. This week, 2000 people made
their way to the tent embassy to camp on the land where
four Aboriginal men had helped change the course of
Aboriginal political history 40 years prior.” Amy McQuire

Green Left: Racism biggest threat to health and safety
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/49986
11 Feb 12: “As 2000 Aboriginal people and their supporters
gathered at the 40th anniversary celebrations of the Tent
Embassy in Canberra, Coalition leader Tony Abbott said:
“I can understand why the Tent Embassy was established all
those years ago. I think a lot has changed for the better
since then… I think it probably is time to move on from
that.” Through all the media hype over the so-called riot
his comments supposedly caused, it could be easy to forget
the many reasons Aboriginal people have to protest, 40
years on.” Emma Murphy & Peter Robson, Darwin

– Video

ABC: Video emerges of union boss at Tent Embassy protest
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-02-14/video-captures-sattler27s-words-to-australia-day-protesters/3830160
Updated 15 Feb 12: “Video footage has emerged of the words
that sparked the violent Australia Day confrontation in
Canberra and security scare for Julia Gillard and Tony
Abbott. In the footage aired on ABC1’s 7.30, Unions ACT
secretary Kim Sattler can be heard telling representatives
of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy that Mr Abbott is at a
nearby restaurant. Earlier that day the Opposition Leader
said he thought it was probably time to reconsider the
relevance of the Tent Embassy.”

ABC: Footage gives fresh view of Australia Day protest
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-02-14/footage-gives-fresh-view-of-australia-day-protest/3830222?section=act
14 Feb 12: “The images of the Prime Minister and Opposition
Leader fleeing in the face of an angry mob on Australia Day
left many people shocked and angry – as shocking was the
news that a member of Julia Gillard’s own staff had a hand
in sparking the confrontation. He resigned, but since 26
January there have been many questions about who was
responsible for stirring the anger of the Aboriginal Tent
Embassy protesters. But the protesters shot their own video
of the day, and tonight for the first time, 7.30 can show
how events got out of hand.”

– News

Australian: Australia Day players silent on new riot footage
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/australia-day-players-silent-on-new-riot-footage/story-fn9hm1pm-1226272167072
16 Feb 12: “THE key players of the Australia Day riot went
to ground yesterday, refusing to respond to new video
footage that showed Unions ACT boss Kim Sattler telling an
indigenous protester that Tony Abbott wanted the tent
embassy “pulled down”. As Julia Gillard continued to face a
barrage of questions over the riots from the opposition, Ms
Sattler and indigenous activist Barbara Shaw did not
comment on the footage.”

Brisbane Times: New footage shown of tent embassy protest
http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/breaking-news-national/new-footage-shown-of-tent-embassy-protest-20120214-1t3zc.html
14 Feb 12: “Video has emerged of a Canberra union figure
telling Aboriginal tent embassy activists that Opposition
Leader Tony Abbott had called for the structure to be
pulled down. The vision, screened on ABC TV, shows tent
embassy representative Barbara Shaw speaking to a woman who
is out of camera range, but whose voice can be heard.”

Adelaide Now: Union chief defends tent embassy ‘wind-up’
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/national/union-chief-defends-tent-embassy-wind-up/story-e6frea8c-1226269643652
13 Feb 12: “A UNION official accused of stirring up
protesters at the Aboriginal tent embassy on Australia Day
said the rally had originally been told that it was the
Government which wanted the 40-year-old camp shifted.”

– Related Analysis / Opinion

agendaTracker: Editorial Opinion
http://tracker.org.au/2012/02/editorial-opinion-5/
13 Feb 12: “The one fact that stands out to me when
reflecting on the 40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent
Embassy is just how young many of those now-experienced
activists were. The four who first camped on those lawns
were aged between 18 and 20. They were soon joined by a
wave of Aboriginal youth, strong in their belief that they
could affect change through protest.” Amy McQuire

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120219-Book launched: “NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotations”

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 25/02/2012 by D
Contents:
* Book launched: “NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotations”
* More on Government’s proposed Stronger Futures legislation
* More on Australia’s first nuclear waste dump legislation
* ANTaR: Symbolic and practical actions must go hand in hand
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles

* BOOK LAUNCHED: “NT CONSULTATIONS REPORT 2011: BY QUOTATIONS”:

– The Book Report

‘concerned Australians’:
NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotations
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/
“Consultations took place in the NT between June and August
2011, at the request of government. Ten of these consultations
were recorded and quotations from them are contained in this
report.
Launch & Press Conf. on the Stronger Futures legislation
with The Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC and
The Hon. Frank Vincent AO QC
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 12:30pm in Melbourne (PDF)
“NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotation” Order Form (PDF)
Transcripts from the ten recorded consultations (PDF):
Alice Springs Public Meeting
Alice Springs Town Camps
Bagot
Darwin Public Meeting
Galiwin’ku
Kintore
Maningrida
Mutitjulu
Yirrkala”

– Videos

ABC Lateline:
Senior judges slam Closing the Gap plan
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-02-16/senior-jurists-slam-nt-intervention-proposal/3832950
Updated 16 Feb 12: “Proposed legislation to extend the
Northern Territory intervention has come under fire from
two of Australia’s most senior jurists. … A key plank in
the Government’s closing the gap strategy is the Stronger
Futures policy, which is a plan to extend the Northern
Territory intervention in a modified form for 10 more
years. But that policy is being attacked by two of the
nation’s most senior legal figures. Former Victorian
Supreme and Appeals court judge, Frank Vincent, has told
ABC1’s Lateline that Stronger Futures contains “an element
of racism”.”

ABC Lateline:
Intervention legislation ‘racist and discriminatory’
http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2012/s3431893.htm
15 Feb 12: “The Gillard Government says it’s gradually
closing the gap in some key areas of Indigenous
disadvantage. But today a key plank in its strategy,
proposed legislation to extend the Northern Territory
Intervention, came under fire from two of Australia’s most
senior jurists. …
ALASTAIR NICHOLSON: They’re top-down laws that impose
effectively government quite white solutions on Aboriginal
communities without their involvement or approval. …
FRANK VINCENT: At best it [the consultations] appears to
have been superficial, and certainly not extended beyond
the point of gaining broad approval for what might be
described as motherhood statements.”

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 17-02-2012
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-17-02-2012
17 Feb 12: “The Gillard Labor Governments proposed Stronger
Futures legislation for Northern Territory Aboriginal
communities has come under renewed scrutiny after two of
the country’s most distinguished legal minds labeled the
legislation racist and discriminatory.”

– News

Uniting Church of Australia: Synod of Victoria and Tasmania
Are you really listening?
[scroll down page] http://wr.victas.uca.org.au/
15 Feb 12: “The book report, entitled “NT Consultations
Report 2011: By Quotations”,  was launched by prominent
Australians including former Justice of the Supreme Court
of Victoria the Hon Frank Vincent AO QC, former Chief
Justice of the Family Court of Australia the Hon Alastair
Nicholson AO, RFD, QC, and journalist Jeff Mcmullen AM …
“The proposed Stronger Futures legislation purports to
reflect the wishes of Aboriginal peoples as expressed
though the recent Northern Territory Stronger Futures
consultations.” Although no “official” recordings were
taken of those consultations, the book report is based on
recordings made under the auspices of ‘concerned
Australians’ at 10 consultations from different parts of
the Northern Territory.”

newsTracker: Stronger Futures still discriminatory: Nicholson
http://tracker.org.au/2012/02/stronger-futures-still-discriminatory-nicholson/
15 Feb 12: “A second round intervention in the Northern
Territory would racially discriminate against Aboriginal
people and fail any potential High Court challenge, a
former chief justice says. As the federal government
prepares for a debate on its Stronger Futures legislation
in the House of Representatives in Canberra on Thursday, a
rights group has warned that its approach is flawed. …
Former Family Court chief justice Alastair Nicholson, from
the group Concerned Australians, believes the proposed
measures won’t comply with the Racial Discrimination Act.”

ABC Alice Springs:
Indigenous consultations may face legal challenge
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-02-15/20120215-indigenous-colsultations-omissions-claim/3832272/?site=alicesprings&section=news
Updated 15 Feb 12: “A former chief justice of the Family
Court of Australia, Alastair Nicholson, says transcripts of
Federal Government consultations in Indigenous communities
could be used to wage a High Court legal battle. The group
Concerned Australians has released transcripts recorded in
the Northern Territory as part of consultations about the
Stronger Futures legislation, which will replace laws
governing the Emergency Intervention in the Territory in
August. Mr Nicholson is a member of the group. He says the
transcripts could prove the Government breached the Racial
Discrimination Act because consultations were not done
properly.”

Social Policy Connections: NT Intervention – New Book
http://www.socialpolicyconnections.com.au/?p=4180
6 Feb 12: “The Intervention in the NT is set to continue
and to be expanded. The Minister says that this is what
Aboriginal people asked for  during the recent
consultations. Read the “NT Consultations Report 2011: By
Quotations” which is based on 10 consultations from
different parts of the NT. Read what people really said.
Click here for purchase order form”

* MORE ON GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSED STRONGER FUTURES LEGISLATION:

– Media Releases

Greens: NT Intervention could widen the Gap
http://greens.org.au/content/nt-intervention-could-widen-gap-greens-0
16 Feb 12: “”Unfortunately the Government’s rhetoric about
their commitment to Closing the Gap is undermined by their
actions. They are continuing with the Stronger Futures
legislation, which will see the NT Intervention continue
for up to 10 years. The measures being forced on the
Northern Territory are not working and they cannot be
justified through the inadequate consultation process.”
“The NT Intervention has the potential to widen the gap,
not reduce it.” [said Senator Siewert]”

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Senate Committee Backs Concerns Over Northern Territory Bills
http://nationalcongress.com.au/senate-committee-backs-concerns-over-northern-territory-bills/
13 Feb 12: “Congress welcomed recent questions raised by a
Senate Scrutiny Committee over unanswered issues contained
in the Stronger Futures legislation introduced to continue
the intervention in the Northern Territory.
The Senate’s Scrutiny of Bills Committee examines proposed
laws for inappropriately applied power or infringing on
rights and liberties.
In a digest released this week the Committee has asked the
Government to explain and justify why some measures are
appropriate.”

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
New NT Legislation must comply with Human Rights Obligations
http://nationalcongress.com.au/new-nt-legislation-must-comply-with-human-rights-obligations/
8 Feb 12: “The National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples (Congress) says the bills to continue the
Intervention in the Northern Territory must be withdrawn
and reintroduced so they will be subject to the same human
rights scrutiny as other bills. The Congress Co-Chairs say
the bills were originally tabled before the Human Rights
(Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act passed late last year and
cannot be debated without being subject to those
conditions.”

– Audio Interview

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Barb Shaw speaks on Stronger Futures Legislation
http://caama.com.au/barb-shaw-speaks-on-stronger-futures-legislation
9 Feb 12: “Central Australian Aboriginal leader and human
rights campaigner Barbara Shaw speaks to Nerida Currey on
Strong Voices… to share her views on the Government’s
proposed Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory
Bills…”

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 10-02-2012
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-10-02-2012
10 Feb 12: “Plans are underway for a protest in Canberra
later this month against the Stronger Futures legislation
for the Northern Territory.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 09-02-2012
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-09-02-2012
9 Feb 12: “* Australia’s peak representative body for
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples says key
provisions of the Bills currently before parliament to
continue the Intervention in the Northern Territory may
contravene the Federal Government’s human rights
obligations.
* The Australian Lawyers Alliance has voiced similar
opposition to the legislation and says it undermines legal
rights across a range of areas of law that could amount to
the maintenance of a separate standard of rights and
interests, which would be in violation of international
law.”

– News

newsTracker: NT intervention hearings hit the road
http://tracker.org.au/2012/02/nt-intervention-hearings-hit-the-road/
17 Feb 12: “The Senate committee scrutinising the
government’s Stronger Futures legislation will hold
hearings in Ntaria (Hermannsburg), Alice Springs,
Maningrida and Darwin. Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, a former film
star who is now Barkly Shire Mayor, will address senators
in Alice Springs on Tuesday. … She said NT Aboriginal
communities absolutely reject the legislation which was
“punitive” and not in the best interests of people it
affects directly.”

National Indigenous Times:
Withdraw Intervention Bill, demands Congress
http://www.nit.com.au/news.html?start=2
16 Feb 12: “The National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples has demanded the Federal Government withdraw the
Bills it has put before Federal Parliament to extend the
Northern Territory Intervention. The Congress told the
Federal Government the Bills should only be considered
before the Federal Parliament once they were subject to the
same human rights scrutiny as other… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Reward students rather than punish them: Sarra
http://www.nit.com.au/news.html?start=2
16 Feb 12: “Parents and their student children should be
given rewards for school attendance rather than the
“ineffective and dishonourable” threat of cutting off
welfare payments, the highly respected Indigenous educator,
Dr Chris Sarra has said. The former Queenslander of the
Year has podcast a raft of strategies through Twitter on
how to boost Indigenous student attendance, including
rewarding parents with flowers or… ”

newsTracker: A Stronger Future behind bars
http://tracker.org.au/2012/02/a-stronger-future-behind-bars/
13 Feb 12: “The federal government’s plans to toughen
alcohol bans in the Northern Territory could lead to higher
Indigenous incarceration rates, writes AMY MCQUIRE.
Possession of one can of beer in a “prescribed” area could
consign Aboriginal people to up to six months in prison
under the Gillard government’s new Stronger Futures
legislation.”

Australian Human Rights Commission:
Stronger futures requires stronger consultation
http://www.hreoc.gov.au/about/media/news/2012/14_12.html
13 Feb 12: “The Commission has told the Government that
immediate steps should be taken to ensure that it has the
capacity to engage properly with Aboriginal communities and
in order to implement the Stronger Futures Bills in
accordance with human rights standards. The Commission’s
submission to the Senate Committee Inquiry into the Bills
has identified a range of human rights concerns with the
bills and called for a government wide cultural competency
audit to ensure that they have the ability to implement the
measures appropriately.”

newsTracker: Stronger Futures won’t protect children: SNAICC
http://tracker.org.au/2012/02/children-rights-body-speaks-out-against-stronger-futures/
10 Feb 12: “A peak Aboriginal children rights body has
called on a parliamentary committee to reject the Stronger
Futures legislation, stating the NT intervention has failed
to protect Aboriginal children. … The Secretariat of
National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) is the
peak body representing Aboriginal children and families.
It has made a submission to the Stronger Futures inquiry,
strongly urging it against the package of legislation.”

Koori Mail: Stronger Futures bills under fire
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
9 Feb 12: “THE Federal Government’s Stronger Futures
legislation has come under renewed fire. The National
Congress of Australia’s First Peoples says the bills to
continue the Northern Territory Intervention must be
withdrawn and reintroduced so they’ll be subject to the
Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act, passed after the
NT legislation was tabled.”

Lawyers Weekly: Bill akin to intervention
http://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/news/bill-akin-to-intervention–1
8 Feb 12: “The Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) has
slammed the Federal Government’s proposed Stronger Futures
legislation, saying it will erode Indigenous advancement
and increase the Indigenous jail population. The ALA
presented a 54-page submission to a Parliamentary Inquiry
into the legislation, focusing on numerous aspects of the
legislation that impose prison terms for minor crimes. ALA
national president Greg Barns said many of the measures
criminalising conduct in the proposed legislation are
“regressive” and “smack of paternalism”.”

See:

WGAR News: Submissions received on Stronger Futures in the
Northern Territory Bill (8 Feb 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/08/wgar-news-four-actions-to-help-stop-the-proposed-nt-nuclear-dump-beyond-nuclear-initiativ

WGAR News: More on the Stronger Futures in the Northern
Territory Bill (9 Feb 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/09/wgar-news-tent-embassy-protest-interviews-with-michael-anderson-jeff-mcmullen-chris-graha

* MORE ON AUSTRALIA’S FIRST NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP LEGISLATION:

– Debate

NT Greens:
Debate on the National Radioactive Waste Management Bill 2010
http://nt.greens.org.au/content/debate-national-radioactive-waste-management-bill-2010
9 Feb 12: “Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (11:52): We
are resuming the debate on the National Radioactive Waste
Management Bill 2010 after a period of a couple of months.
I had mistakenly come to believe that the government had
delayed debate on the bill-stopped listing it-towards the
end of last year because they were waiting on the outcome
of Federal Court proceedings, which are still afoot. I do
not need to remind the government or the opposition that
the very land which the government has offered up as a
target for the country’s first national radioactive waste
dump is in dispute. … ”

– Media Release

The NT Greens call on flip-flopping Senator to come clean
on the nuclear waste deal
http://nt.greens.org.au/content/nt-greens-call-flip-flopping-senator-come-clean-nuclear-waste-deal
9 Feb 12: “The NT Greens have called on Senator Nigel
Scullion to come clean on a nuclear waste storage deal. The
CLP Senator yesterday sealed a deal with the ALP for a $10
million fund in return for storing radioactive waste in the
Northern Territory.
NT Greens spokesperson Lisa Hall said,
“The reality is that the best available science has clearly
stated that the Northern Territory is not the best place
for the planned nuclear dump. However, Labor and Liberals
have come together to abuse a constitutional weakness to
give the Northern Territory a raw deal.””

– Audio Interview

3CR Community Radio 855 AM: Podcasts
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
Radioactive Show – 12 Feb 2012
[download this interview] http://pod.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2012-02-11-62197.mp3
12 Feb 12: “On the show this week we hear from Franklin
Lopez, filmmaker and media activist from Canada, about his
journey to Japan and his film about the anti-nuclear
movement ‘Amateur Riot’. We also hear from Senator Scott
Ludlam (Greens) and Nat Wasley (from the Beyond Nuclear
Intiative) about senates discussion of the proposed nuclear
waste dump for Muckaty in the N.T.”

– Analysis / Opinion

New Matilda: Ferguson’s Dumping Ground Fights Back
http://newmatilda.com/2012/02/13/fergusons-dumping-ground-fights-back
13 Feb 12: “The Gillard Government is pushing ahead with
plans to host a nuclear waste dump at Muckaty in the NT,
despite local opposition. Traditional Owners have vowed to
fight on, writes Natalie Wasley … Traditional Owners are
angry that they continue to be sidelined. Muckaty
Traditional Owner Penny Phillips, from the Wirntiku group,
told New Matilda, “How dare the government debate this
legislation while we’ve got them in court challenging the
nomination? They don’t know the outcome of the court case
yet, it shouldn’t go ahead.”” Natalie Wasley

NT News Editorial: Make ’em pay to dump on us
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2012/02/10/287941_opinion.html
10 Feb 12: “THERE seems little doubt that Australia’s
nuclear waste dump will be built in the Territory.
Scientists say it should be in South Australia. But the SA
Government wouldn’t have a bar of it – and the dump is to
be dumped on the NT, which does not have the constitutional
right to resist Canberra.”

Crikey:
Indigenous community pleads with minister on NT nuclear dump
http://www.crikey.com.au/2012/02/09/indigenous-community-pleads-with-minister-on-nt-nuclear-dump/?wpmp_switcher=mobile
9 Feb 12: “”We want our land to stay in one position, we
want our land to be safe so we can have a better place to
live in and a better place to go and have a look around the
beautiful land.” They’re the words of protest from the
traditional owners of Muckaty Station, a small NT
homestead, 110 kilometres from Tenant Creek.” Freya Cole

– Photos

Beyond Nuclear Intiative:
Virtual march on Canberra- no Muckaty nuclear dump!
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/2012/02/10/virtual-march-on-canberra-no-muckaty-nuclear-dump/
10 Feb 12: “The virtual march on Canberra has begun! Please
keep sending photos to add to this slideshow. You can email
them to natwasley(at)gmail.com or upload them to the Beyond
Nuclear Initiative facebook wall.”

– News

National Indigenous Times:
Scullion does the deal for nuclear waste at Muckaty
http://www.nit.com.au/news/584-scullion-does-the-deal-for-nuclear-waste-at-muckaty.html
16 Feb 12: “A nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory
is a step closer to reality, after the ALP and the Federal
Coalition parties revealed they had struck a deal on laws
to allow a facility to be built. Despite calls from a local
Aboriginal group at Muckaty Station and the Australian
Greens for debate to be postponed, the Senate began
debating the National Radioactive Waste Management Bill
last… ”

Tennant and District Times:
$10m bribe to build nuke dump at Muckaty
http://tennantcreek.yourguide.com.au/news/local/news/general/10m-bribe-to-build-nuke-dump-at-muckaty/2451215.aspx
10 Feb 12: “TERRITORY traitor, Senator Nigel Scullion, has
accepted a $10 million palm greaser from the Federal
Government which paves the way for a nuclear waste dump to
proceed at Muckaty. While the deal between the Coalition
and the Labor Government – signed this week on the eve of
the Senate debate into the National Radioactive Waste
Management Bill – does not mention Muckaty, the Territory
is the target because it does not have the constitutional
powers to enforce its own legislation banning the
construction of a nuclear dump.”

ABC: NT nuclear waste dump war of words heats up
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-02-09/20120209-crossin-on-muckaty-station-waste-dump/3820406
9 Feb 12: “Northern Territory Labor Senator Trish Crossin
says legislation paving the way for Australia’s first
radioactive waste dump must pass quickly. Court action by
a group of Aboriginal traditional owners challenging the
nomination of Muckaty Station in the Territory to host the
dump is yet to be finalised. But Senator Crossin says the
legislation is not dependant on the outcome of the court
case.”

Trading Room: Fed: Gov pushes ahead with NT waste dump
http://www.tradingroom.com.au/apps/view_breaking_news_article.ac?page=/data/news_research/published/2012/2/39/catf_120208_145300_1277.html
8 Feb 12: “The federal government is pushing ahead with
plans to set up a nuclear waste dump at Muckaty Station in
the Northern Territory despite a legal challenge by
indigenous people who have laid claim to the land. The
Australian Greens are trying to sink government legislation
in the Senate. The minor party is concerned that transport
routes carrying the waste through metropolitan suburbs and
regional towns will be drawn up in secret before “mock
public consultations” are carried out.”

See:

WGAR News:
“Four actions to help stop the proposed NT nuclear dump”
Beyond Nuclear Initiative (8 Feb 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/08/wgar-news-four-actions-to-help-stop-the-proposed-nt-nuclear-dump-beyond-nuclear-initiativ

WGAR News: More on the National Radioactive Waste
Management Bill (9 Feb 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/09/wgar-news-tent-embassy-protest-interviews-with-michael-anderson-jeff-mcmullen-chris-graha

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

* ANTaR: SYMBOLIC AND PRACTICAL ACTIONS MUST GO HAND IN HAND:

– Media Release

Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation:
Symbolic and practical actions must go hand in hand
http://www.antar.org.au/symbolic_and_practical_actions_must_go_hand_in_hand
15 Feb 12: “ANTaR has today welcomed the Prime Minister’s
recognition that practical and symbolic actions to advance
reconciliation are “inextricably linked” and welcomes the
announcement of funding to continue building community
support for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander peoples.”

– Related Media Release

Greens welcome Constitutional Recognition investment
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/greens-welcome-constitutional-recognition-investment
15 Feb 12: “The commitment of $10 million for community conversations and engagement on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples has been welcomed by the Australian Greens.
“As a member of the Expert Panel and with my own commitment
to Constitutional Recognition, I feel very strongly about
the importance of a strong discussion and the need to
engage the community in progress towards the proposed
changes to our Constitution,” Senator Rachel Siewert said
today.”

* OTHER NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– Audio Interviews

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CLC Director says Aboriginal people have to be involved in
decision making!
http://caama.com.au/clc-director-says-aboriginal-people-have-to-be-involved-in-decision-making
15 Feb 12: “The head of a peak Aboriginal Land Council in
the Northern Territory says all Governments have to come to
terms with the fact that Aboriginal people must be involved
in decision making processes that impact on their lives.
Central Land Council Director David Ross says the majority
of Aboriginal people have no say on what goes on in their
communities…and because of the removal of the permit
system …who comes or goes within their community.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Lives of Aboriginal people now dominated by bureaucrats
http://caama.com.au/lives-of-aboriginal-people-now-dominated-by-bureaucrats
15 Feb 12: “Yawuru Elder and Sydney Peace Prize winner
Patrick Dodson has questioned the ongoning involvement of
Federal government bureaucrats in Northern Territory
Aboriginal communities and says that there has to be a
rational approach… without people having to suffer…
to prove that there is a way to improve and deliver public
policy.”

– News

ABC: Most new Alice Springs SIHIP homes need repair
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-02-17/20120217-sihip-houses-alice-springs-town-camps-repairs/3836022
17 Feb 12: “More than three-quarters of federally-funded
new homes recently built in Alice Springs town camps will
need to be repaired. The consortium of companies in charge
of building new houses in Indigenous town camps at Alice
Springs says 65 new homes have to be repaired after defects
were discovered in some building materials. Territory
Alliance says materials used in wall construction have
started to buckle and crack.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
NT Government defends itself on housing failures
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/6959-nt-government-defends-itself-on-housing-failures
17 Feb 12: “The Northern Territory Housing Minister says
repairs to new Aboriginal housing in Alice Springs won’t
cost the taxpayer any extra money. More than three-quarters
of the 85 new dwellings built in Alice Springs need repairs
because building materials failed.”

National Indigenous Times: Suicide horror
http://www.nit.com.au/news.html?limitstart=0
16 Feb 12: “Suicide rates among Aboriginal girls have
jumped to unprecedented levels in the Northern Territory
since the Northern Territory Intervention was introduced
five years ago. The Northern Territory’s Children’s
Commissioner, Dr Howard Bath, said girls now account for
40 per cent of all suicides of children in the Territory
under the age of 17.”

newsTracker: Girl suicide rates rose after intervention
http://tracker.org.au/2012/02/girl-suicide-rates-rose-after-intervention/
13 Feb 12: “Suicide rates among Aboriginal girls have
jumped since the Northern Territory intervention was
introduced five years ago. The territory’s Children’s
Commissioner, Howard Bath, said girls now account for 40
percent of all suicides of children under the age of 17,
Fairfax Newspapers reported on the weekend. It is
understood suicide rates among girls were much lower five
years ago, when the Howard government launched the
intervention, while in 1980 it was zero.”

* 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/

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

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

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

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

The Greens: Rachel Siewert: Northern Territory Intervention:
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/taxonomy/term/118

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

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

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

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

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

SBS Living Black: WA Tent Embassy Protests Native Title Deal
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/203583/t/WA-Tent-Embassy-Protests-Native-Title-Deal/in/english
16 Feb 12: “Nyoongar resistance to a proposed native title
deal covering the Perth area, is continuing to grow. A new
Tent Ambassy on Heirrison Island was set up to protest the
touted one billion dollar deal. The government’s package
would put 500-million dollars into a trust fund and
500-million into an education fund – no cash. … For
elders like Uncle Richard Wilkes, surrending his
custodianship of his land is unthinkable, and the proposed
deal will not provide the benefits the government claims it
will.” Michelle Lovegrove

3CR Community Radio 855 AM: Podcasts
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
Fire First – 16 Feb 2012
[download this interview] http://pod.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2012-02-15-90267.mp3
16 Feb 12: “A critical analysis of Aboriginal affairs and
the political movement for land rights, treaty,
sovereignty, and the cessation of genocide presented by
Robbie Thorpe, Clare Land. This week we discuss Sovereignty
and Treaty with Mark McMurtrie.”

– Analysis / Opinion

agendaTracker: The Way Ahead: New goals for a new year
http://tracker.org.au/2012/02/the-way-ahead-new-goals-for-a-new-year/
13 Feb 12: “JEFF MCMULLEN* believes we must all take part
in the debates on constitutional reform. A New Year brings
an historic opportunity. Forget wild optimism or deep
pessimism and focus instead on the slender but realistic
possibility that our nation is capable of a change of
heart. Are we awake to the prospect that this might be a
moment of political maturity in which Australia emerges
from the division and denial of the past and sees the
future through clear eyes? Every thinking man and woman
should relish the opportunity to join in this year’s long
and difficult referendum debate.” Jeff McMullen

agendaTracker: Evidently: Advance Australia fair?
http://tracker.org.au/2012/02/evidently-advance-australia-fair/
13 Feb 12: “The Expert Panel’s report makes sense, but
there should be debate over the use of the word
“advancement”, writes PROF JON ALTMAN*. The extremely
thorough report of the Expert Panel examining options to
recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in
the Australian Constitution lays out an important project
of constitutional modernisation.” Jon Altman

agendaTracker:
Little Black Duck: A long way from the light on the hill
http://tracker.org.au/2012/02/little-black-duck-a-long-way-from-the-light-on-the-hill/
13 Feb 12: “The Australian Labor Party’s membership is in
decline, and so is its position on Aboriginal affairs,
writes NICOLE WATSON*. … But without a genuine engagement
with Indigenous policy, the ALP will never retrieve its
ticker, or its moral compass. Labor’s brains trust will no
doubt continue to write about the party’s future, but
without courage and integrity, nothing will save the ALP,
because it will not deserve to be saved.” Nicole Watson

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120228-Rally at Parliament House Canberra – Stop the Second Intervention! – Tue 28 Feb 2012

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 11/02/2012 by D

Sources of this newsletter:
Paddy Gibson: paddy.gibson@gmail.com
Flyer: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/Canberra-Flyer-28-2-12.pdf
Article: http://indymedia.org.au/stand-against-a-decade-of-discrimination-stop-the-second-intervention
Website: http://stoptheintervention.org/

STAND FOR FREEDOM

NO MORE NT INTERVENTION

MORATORIUM ON INCOME MANAGEMENT

The Stronger Futures legislation threatens to extend key
parts of the NT Intervention for 10 more years. It will
extend income management across Australia. Funding to
healthy homelands is being cut, and vital community
employment programmes are being shut down.

These policies are against the wishes of Aboriginal people
in the Northern Territory and organisations across the
country.

JOIN US AS WE CALL FOR THE RIGHT OF ABORIGINAL PEOPLE TO
DETERMINE THEIR OWN FUTURES

WHEN: Noon, Tues 28th February 2012

WHERE: Lawns of Parliament House, Canberra

The day will include:
* Aboriginal Representatives from the NT, including
Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra
* Aboriginal elders from Bankstown, Sydney
* Dr. Falzon, CEO St Vincent de Paul Society
National Council of Aust.

Plus live music by special guests, food & refreshments and
a FREE outdoor screening of the award winning documentary,
Our Generation.

Initiated by:
Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney (STICS),
Our Generation,
Say No to Government Income Management Coalition

STAND AGAINST MACKLIN’S DECADE OF DISCRIMINATION
– STOP THE SECOND INTERVENTION!

Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory legislation
currently before parliament would extend the NT
Intervention for a further ten years. Explicitly racist
laws, which vilify Aboriginal people & culture are being
kept or strengthened including:

* “Star Chamber” powers held by the Australian Crime
Commission for investigations in Aboriginal communities,
including removal of the right to silence.

* Prohibition of consideration of Aboriginal customary law
and cultural practice in bail and sentencing.

* Blanket bans on alcohol on Aboriginal Land, despite
consistent opposition from the Aboriginal Peak
Organisations of the NT (APO NT) who have said, “The
decision regarding alcohol restrictions should be for
relevant residents to make… The principal effect of these
widely flouted laws has been to further criminalise and
alienate many residents”.

* Increases in penalties for possession of alcohol on
Aboriginal Land, including 6 months potential jail time for
a single can of beer and 18 months for a 6-pack.

* Blanket bans on “sexually explicit or very violent
material” on Aboriginal Land. These restrictions serve no
purpose other than the perverse stigmatisation of
Aboriginal men.

* Continued suspension of the operations of the permit
system in communities.

* Complete Commonwealth control over regulations in
Community Living Areas Proposed amendments to the Social
Security Act will see further attacks on the rights of
Centrelink recipients. These measures will initially be
targeted at NT Aboriginal peoples, but have national
implications, especially in areas such as Bankstown where
Income Management is being rolled out:

* An expansion of the School Enrolment and Attendance
Measure (SEAM) means chronic school attendance problems
could see families cut off certain Centrelink payments
entirely.

* Staff from any nominated organisation will have the power
to order people onto Income Management in the same way that
Child Protection agencies currently do.

* Staff from nominated government agencies will be able to
pass on information about clients to Centrelink, even if
doing so contravenes State or Territory law.

* Income Management will follow you even if you move out
of an Income Management area.

Help us organise the Feb 28 rally.

The Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney (STICS) is
working with campaigners in Bankstown and the NT to
organise a major rally in Canberra on Feb 28, when the new
Intervention and Income Management legislation is set to
be debated in parliament.

We need your help to make this rally a success!

More info:
Paddy 0415 800 586
Mon 0415 410 558
www.stoptheintervention.org

– Event Summary

Event: Tue 28 February 2012:
Lawns of Parliament House, Canberra, ACT
Major Rally: Stand For Freedom
Stand Against a Decade of Discrimination:
Stop the Second Intervention!
Confirmed speakers:
Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra & Dr. John Falzon
Free outdoor screening of Our Generation
“Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory legislation
currently before parliament would extend the NT
Intervention for a further ten years.”
Initiated by:
Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney (STICS) &
Our Generation &
Say No to Government Income Management Coalition
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/stand-against-a-decade-of-discrimination-stop-the-second-intervention
Flyer: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/Canberra-Flyer-28-2-12.pdf

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The above event listing is posted by WGAR
(Working Group for Aboriginal Rights – Australia)
as a community service. As such, please note
WGAR is not the author of this event listing.

The sources of this newsletter are as follows:

Paddy Gibson: paddy.gibson@gmail.com
Flyer: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/Canberra-Flyer-28-2-12.pdf
Article: http://indymedia.org.au/stand-against-a-decade-of-discrimination-stop-the-second-intervention
Website: http://stoptheintervention.org/

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Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia – 17 events from 3 February 2012

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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: 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: Thu 9 February 2012: Carlton, Melbourne, Vic
Film screening: Operation 8 with Gary Foley
“Operation 8 involved 18 months of invasive
surveillance of Maori sovereignty …
Reflections on Operation 8 & Q&A hosted by
Gary Foley after the screening.”
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49891

Event: Sat 11 February 2012: Melbourne, Vic
Aboriginal Rights Film Festival
Featuring:
The Coolbaroo Club; The Tall Man;
Ningla A-Na [Hungry for our land]; BarbaKiueria
Organised by Green Left Weekly & Socialist Alliance
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/aboriginal-rights-film-festival
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49795

Event: Sat 11 February 2012: Melbourne, Vic
2012 Summer Action:
Stop Aboriginal Death in Custody
Remember all who have died in custody
Organised by Indigenous Social Justice Association
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49725

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: Mon 13 February 2012: Batemans Bay, NSW
Homelands campaign film screening
“This event is a joint Amnesty International – U3A
community initiative to raise awareness of current
policies and open the way for dialogue on how
Australia can move forward with genuine respect
and partnership with its first peoples.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/actsnsw/event/25160/

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”

Event: Fri 17 February 2012: Brunswick East, Melbourne, Vic
Our Generation Film Screening
and a short film about the Kimberley campaign
Speakers: Senator Richard di Natale; Rodney Augustine
Event details: http://www.ceres.org.au/ourgeneration
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/outdoor-film-screening-our-generation-event-for-reconciliation-victoria
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49796
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Mon 27 February 2012: Parliament House, Canberra, ACT
Our Generation Film Screening
Hosted by Australian Lawyers Alliance
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/actsnsw/comments/27739/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Tue 28 February 2012: Parliament House, Canberra, ACT
Major Rally: Stand For Freedom
Stand Against a Decade of Discrimination:
Stop the Second Intervention!
Confirmed speakers:
Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra & Dr. John Falzon
Free outdoor screening of Our Generation
“Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory legislation
currently before parliament would extend the NT
Intervention for a further ten years.”
Organised by:
Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney (STICS) &
Campaigners from Bankstown and the Northern Territory
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/stand-against-a-decade-of-discrimination-stop-the-second-intervention
Flyer: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/Canberra-Flyer-28-2-12.pdf

Event: Thu 27 March 2012: Sydney, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Part of Message Sticks Festival 2012
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 6 April 2012: University of Melbourne
Gary Foley will be speaking on his amazing life and times
“The legendary Aboriginal activist has been at the
centre of major political activity for over 40 years.
In the 1970’s he joined the growing circle of Aboriginal
resistance in Australia, and formed the Aboriginal
Legal Service in Sydney. … ”
Part of Marxism 2012 Conference, Easter weekend
Presented by Socialist Alternative & ISO of NZ
Supported by radio 3CR 855 AM
Event details: http://www.marxismconference.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=178&Itemid=80
Marxism 2012 details: http://www.marxismconference.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=1

Event: Sun 6 May 2012: Sydney, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Followed by Q&A with Dr Jeff McMullen
and Dr Thalia Anthony
Part of Sydney Greek Festival 2012
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 May 2012: Melbourne, Vic
2012 Autumn Action:
Stop Aboriginal Death in Custody
Remember all who have died in custody
Organised by Indigenous Social Justice Association
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm

Event: 11 August 2012: Melbourne, Vic
2012 Winter Action:
Stop Aboriginal Death in Custody
Remember all who have died in custody
Organised by Indigenous Social Justice Association
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm

Event: 10 November 2012: Melbourne, Vic
2012 Spring Action:
Stop Aboriginal Death in Custody
Remember all who have died in custody
Organised by Indigenous Social Justice Association
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm

– ‘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

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Eye-witness accounts of the protest on Invasion Day -The Tent Embassy protest on Invasion Day / Sovereignty Day 26 Jan 2012

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 11/02/2012 by D

Contents:
* Eye-witness accounts of the protest on Invasion Day
* The Tent Embassy protest on Invasion Day / Sovereignty Day
* The march up to Parliament House from the Tent Embassy

* EYE-WITNESS ACCOUNTS OF THE PROTEST ON INVASION DAY:

redSTACHE: The Tent Embassy Debacle from A Protester’s POV
http://wgwau.com/blog/2012/01/26/the-tent-embassy-debacle-from-a-protesters-pov/
26 Jan 12: “Speaking to Sam Castro, currently at the Tent
Embassy, I was able to get a run down of the day’s events.
The morning started with speeches being made at the Tent
Embassy on a range of subjects until one person stood up
and explained to the crowd that Tony Abbott had remarked
to the media that he believed the Tent Embassy was no
longer relevant and should be packed up and moved on;
information had just come through that Tony Abbott was at
The Lobby, a restaurant near the Old Parliament House, and
the suggestion was made that the group should go there and
ask Abbott to talk to the crowd and explain himself. … A
contingent of about 100 protesters made their way up the
road to The Lobby and surrounded it. Though they were loud
and noisy they were non-violent.”

Crikey: View from the Tent Embassy: reality v news reports
http://www.crikey.com.au/2012/01/27/view-from-the-tent-embassy-reality-v-news-reports-with-added-context/
27 Jan 12: “The most striking aspect of the Aboriginal Tent
Embassy protests, which sprung onto the media’s radar on
Survival Day, was the stark difference between the reports
of the events, and the reality. … While protesters were
angry, it’s safe to say the reaction would not have been as
emotional had Abbott not made those comments. But while
there was anger, it was far from a “riot”. A riot involves
violence and a disturbing of the peace. While it was
definitely a loud demonstration, there was no damage. …
There were about 1000 protesters around the café when
Gillard and Abbott were rushed through their own mob of
security guards.” Amy McQuire

Mike Stuchbery: Australia Day
[scroll down page] http://mike-stuchbery.com/2012/01/27/australia-day/
27 Jan 12: “EDIT: Well, dang, my little brother was there.
Here’s his account:
“I was there with my wife and her uncle, after deciding to
have lunch at a cafe adjoining the Lobby, before having a
poke around the 40th anniversary of the tent embassy. After
15 minutes or so after sitting down, a few activists from
the celebrations noticed that Abbott was in the Lobby and
wandered over to start heckling. … After another 5
minutes or so, the crowd grew larger and the chants became
a bit more organised and you could hear knocking on the
windows. … Now… as emphasised yesterday, Em is pregnant
with twins… if there protests were in any way violent, I
would have got all paternal and walked Em away. There was
almost no prospect of violence.”

ABC The Drum Opinion:
Aussie Day ‘riot’: perspective and balance hard to find
http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/3798896.html
30 Jan 12: “The bias, hysteria and divisiveness of our
public political conversation is never far from view, but
this week I encountered it firsthand. I watched outside as
the Aboriginal protest unfolded at The Lobby restaurant on
Australia Day. The event reported in the media and reacted
to by many commentators is a lurid parody of what actually
happened. Perspective and balance are hard to find. The
protest was not violent. It was certainly rowdy and
confronting. The protesters chanted loudly and angrily, and
some beat time on the glass walls of the restaurant.”
Geoff Davies

National Indigenous Times: Abbott picks a fight
http://www.nit.com.au/news/514-abbott-picks-a-fight.html
1 Feb 12: “By Gerry Georgatos who attended the Tent Embassy
celebrations and was present throughout all the events
leading up to the confrontation with the Prime Minister’s
minders and police. Below is a true and accurate account of
what took place and how the response by the Prime
Minister’s minders and police turned a peaceful protest
into a shambles. The Federal Opposition leader, Tony Abbott
incited outrage… ”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Aboriginal Leaders Did NOT Incite Violence – Jeff McMullen
http://caama.com.au/breaking-news-aboriginal-leaders-did-not-incite-violence-jeff-mcmullen
31 Jan 12: “Seasoned Journalist Jeff McMullen…who was there
when the events took place…has slammed these accusations..
saying they are totally untrue and there was never a call
for violence or to intimidate either Tony Abbott or the
Prime Minister. Mr McMullen Says… as an eye witness to the
events on Australia day…that the Aboriginal leaders present
did nothing to incite or encourage the violence. He says he
was standing next to Rosalie Kunoth Monks during the time
she was accused to have been inciting threatening acts.”

Treaty Republic: It is right to be angry;
it is right to protest – land rights now!
http://treatyrepublic.net/content/it-right-be-angry-it-right-protest-land-rights-now
26 Jan 12: “Earlier that morning 2000 of us had gathered at
the Australian National University for a welcome, some
talks, rap and dancing before marching up to Parliament
House and then on to the Tent Embassy at Old Parliament
House. It was a fantastic march. … We reached the Tent
Embassy, exhilarated. Witnesses reported that during one
of the speeches a woman interrupted to say that Tony Abbott
had said the Tent Embassy should be moved on. He was fifty
metres away with his twin in racism, Julia Gillard.”
John Passant

Fieldnotes & Footnotes: For the record: my personal first
hand account of events that led to Gillard and Abbott’s
dramatic “escape” and subsequent clash between police and
demonstrators from the Aboriginal Tent Embassy
http://fieldnotesandfootnotes.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/for-the-record-my-personal-first-hand-account-of-events-that-led-to-gillard-and-abbotts-dramatic-escape-and-subsequent-clash-between-police-and-demonstrators-from-the-aboriginal-tent-embassy/
28 Jan 12: “For the record, this is my personal account of
events that led to the Honourable Prime Minister Julia
Gillard being dragged along by her body-guard and bundled
into her waiting car. I am not claiming to speak on behalf
of anyone else who was there. This is my individual,
personal account of these events. … At this stage – after
Gillard and Abbott had departed – the police and Protective
Services started (re)acting hyper-aggressively.”
Bree Blakeman

National Indigenous Times:
Michael Anderson, original co-founder of the Tent Embassy,
chats about: The protest that upset the nation
http://www.nit.com.au/chat/487-michael-anderson-original-co-founder-of-the-tent-embassy-chats-about-the-protest-that-upset-the-nation.html
1 Feb 12: “SH: How did you see things unfold with the
protest at the Lobby Restaurant against Julie Gillard and
Tony Abbott?
MA: We were told that Tony Abbott said it was time for the
tent embassy to move on – and being the highly volatile mob
we are – we took his comments as a challenge. To us he was
saying the embassy had to go – but he wasn’t very clear on
that. So when politicians tell us that our tent embassy
has… ”

ABC AM:
NT Aboriginal figure admits role in tent embassy protest
http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2012/s3416580.htm
27 Jan 12: “BARBARA SHAW: I was informed of the Leader of
the Opposition’s presence. So I basically informed the
crowd of his whereabouts and they went. You know so I’m not
responsible for people’s actions at the end of the day.
It’s up to the people and what they want to do. … It
comes down to what Aboriginal people are feeling in their
own state and territories. And by Tony Abbott’s comments I
think it hit the nail on the head and that stirred the pot.
… I don’t regret it at all because nothing came about it.
You know we just wanted to make a little bit of noise, you
know. People wanted to make a little bit of noise and
that’s what they did.”

– Videos

TrackerVision: Fresh footage shows police overreaction
http://tracker.org.au/2012/02/fresh-footage-shows-police-overreaction/
1 Feb 12: “New footage showing a police overreaction at the
Survival Day protests in Canberra has been released.”

newsTracker: NSWALC calls on Gooda to investigate police
http://tracker.org.au/2012/01/nswalc-calls-on-gooda-to-probe-police-actions/
31 Jan 12: “The New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council has
called on the Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda to
probe the actions of police following the Survival Day
protests this month. … But while much of the media has
labeled the protestors violent and riotous, and both sides
of politics have condemned their actions, the New South
Wales Aboriginal Land Council says it is far from the truth.
… To see the fresh footage, please see below: ”

SMH: Call to investigate police after tent embassy protest
http://www.smh.com.au/national/call-to-investigate-police-after-tent-embassy–protest-20120131-1qqsz.html
31 Jan 12: “Indigenous groups are calling for an
independent investigation into the “violent” conduct of
police officers during last week’s tent embassy protest.
The NSW Aboriginal Land Council asked the Human Rights
Commission to investigate as new video footage emerged
today depicting federal police officers yelling, swearing
and using physical force after Prime Minister Julia Gillard
and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott were rushed from The
Lobby restaurant in Canberra last week.”

Treaty Republic:
Sovereignty Announced – No volence on Invasion Day
Media Conference – Aboriginal Tent Embassy
27th January, 2012 – Extended Footage (YouTube Sky News)
http://treatyrepublic.net/content/sovereignty-announced-no-volence-invasion-day

– Photos and Videos

Treaty Republic:
Media Gallery – 40th Aboriginal Tent Embassy – 2012
http://treatyrepublic.net/content/media-gallery-40th-aboriginal-tent-embassy-2012

– Audio

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/
26 Jan 12: “Invasion Day Live from Canberra”
27 Jan 12: “Live From the Tent Embassy 27th Jan”

* THE TENT EMBASSY PROTEST ON INVASION DAY / SOVEREIGNTY DAY:

– Media Releases

Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney:
Tent Embassy protests were right
– racist laws are the real scandal
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/press-releases/tent-embassy-protests-were-right–racist-laws-are-the-real-scandal-31-1-12
1 Feb 12: “The Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney
(STICS) has declared support for the Aboriginal rights
protests in Canberra on January 26 targeting Tony Abbott
and Julia Gillard. STICS says that the Northern Territory
intervention has turned the clock back more than 40 years
in Aboriginal affairs, erasing many of the gains made
through the struggles of the original Tent Embassy.
Several STICS members were present in Canberra celebrating
the 40th anniversary of the Tent Embassy, and joined the
protests when they heard Tony Abbott and Julia Gillard were
present at the near-by cafe. …
“STICS is building a rally at parliament house in Canberra
on Tuesday February 28, when parliamentary debate on
continuing the Intervention will reopen.””

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
& Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service:
Aboriginal Health Services response to Australia Day events
http://www.naccho.org.au/communications/media.html
31 Jan 12: “The actions of a small minority of Aboriginal
people and the media portrayal of the events around the
Australia Day protest have concerned the spokespersons for
the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health
Organisation and the Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health
Service for failing to appreciate the significance of the
day to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Aboriginal communities around the country have been
troubled by the imagery and the perceptions that have been
drawn from the protest actions, according to the Chair of
the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health
Organisation (NACCHO) and the CEO of the Winnunga
Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service.”

– Analysis / Opinion

SMH: Why Abbott’s tent embassy comments were wrong
http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/why-abbotts-tent-embassy-comments-were-wrong-20120201-1qssk.html
2 Feb 12: “With his comments about the Aboriginal tent
embassy last week, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott lobbed a
grenade into the tangle of Aboriginal affairs. What Abbott
said was this, referring to the embassy’s establishment in
1972: “I think a lot has changed for the better since
then.” He added: “I think it probably is time to move on
from that.” Russell Marks

New Matilda: The Real Threat To National Security
http://newmatilda.com/2012/02/02/real-threat-national-security
2 Feb 12: “More often than not, Indigenous disadvantage
puts Australia on the international news media radar. Local
commentators on the Tent Embassy protest have chosen to look
away, writes Hamish Ford”

Green Left: Pat Eatock:
The ’72 Tent Embassy was about land rights and sovereignty
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/49906
2 Feb 12: “Pat Eatock, a veteran of the 1972 Aboriginal
Tent Embassy, was recently splashed all over the news
holding the Prime Minister’s shoe. … The gathering took
place next to the Old Parliament House in Canberra on
January 26. Eatock, now a member of the Socialist Alliance,
spoke to Green Left Weekly’s Peter Boyle about her
recollections of her experiences at the 1972 start of the
Aboriginal Tent Embassy.”

National Indigenous Times: Gooda must ‘walk the plank’
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/485-gooda-must-walk-the-plank.html
1 Feb 12: “”Aggressive behaviour was not acceptable 40
years ago to the original early campaigners at the Tent
Embassy and it is not acceptable today. This sort of
behaviour should be condemned in no uncertain terms” – Mick
Gooda. “If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you
hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the
people who are doing the… ” Stephen Hagan

National Indigenous Times: A put-up job that boomeranged?
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/481-a-put-up-job-that-boomeranged.html
“Not for the time it takes to blink were Julia Gillard and
Tony Abbott so much as threatened, even less endangered, on
the 26th of January by demonstrators from the 40th
anniversary Aboriginal Embassy camp in Canberra. The only
violence came from a young copper who punched and
choke-gripped a young painted up Aboriginal man, a young
Aboriginal woman, an SBS cameraman and I believe one
other… ” Diet Simon

Sunshine Coast Daily: Tent row a lesson for media too
http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/story/2012/02/01/tent-row-lesson-media-too/
1 Feb 12: “The tent embassy on the lawns of old parliament
house is 40 years old. It has sat there as an ugly reminder
of the ugly reality of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander peoples’ disadvantage for all that time. Rather
than having served its purpose, as both mainstream media
commentators and some black leaders have suggested, it
should stay there until that disadvantage is properly
addressed. The problem and the tent embassy’s greatest
strength is that it confronts a national capital
cloistered in its comfortable world … ”

Treaty Republic:
The usual suspects frothing at the mouth at protest
http://treatyrepublic.net/content/usual-suspects-frothing-mouth-protest
1 Feb 12: “It didn’t take long for the usual suspects to
start frothing at the mouth at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy
protesting at Abbott’s remarks Aboriginal’s should move on
from the politics that led to the establishment of the Tent
Embassy in 1972 that inadvertently caught up the Prime
Minister and her bumbling security detail. Led by the
hypocrites in the corporate owned media who love dishing it
out to anyone who strays from the pre-determined Australia
(Invasion) Day script, who refuse to let one new flower
bloom in their round up censored gardens.” Dr Jo Toscano

Green Left: Comic Cinderella, tragic embassy:
On Gillard’s shoe, the Tent Embassy and patriotism
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/49901
1 Feb 12: “Political establishment and mass media ill will
towards the Aboriginal Tent Embassy should not confuse us.
The real and valid question is still the past, present and
future of Aboriginal Australians. … I believe what
happened next or who was behind the news leak or precisely
who tipped off protesters on Abbott’s whereabouts is a
callous effort that merely tries to divert public attention
from the real question: the fate of Aboriginal people.”
Mansour Razaghi

New Matilda: The National Riot Mismanagement Squad
http://newmatilda.com/2012/01/31/national-riot-mismanagement-squad
31 Jan 12: “It hasn’t taken long for the myth of the
“violent” tent embassy protest to take hold. It was a
relatively minor protest that took place on Australia Day
outside Canberra restaurant, The Lobby, near Parliament
House. Even so, the dramatic television pictures and the
syntax of nearly every journalist subsequently covering the
incident, have worked to establish a false consensus that
the events outside The Lobby, were “violent” and a “riot”.”
Ben Eltham

Brisbane Times: Too tolerant of ugly racism
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/too-tolerant-of-ugly-racism-20120130-1qplt.html
31 Jan 12: “It would be simplistic however, to condemn
outright the behaviour of protesters associated with the
tent embassy last week without considering the sense of
oppression that some of our people still feel towards our
governments on a whole range of matters. I will always
condemn bad manners and unnecessarily aggressive behaviour
by whomever. But I will always defend people’s rights to
assert their political position and try to look to the
heart of why people feel so oppressed that they feel
violent confrontation is the only recourse to the
resolution of their position.” Patrick Dodson

ABC Drum Opinion: Tent Embassy protest speaks for itself
http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/3802766.html
31 Jan 12: “The protest has seen a remarkable level of
media criticism of Indigenous Australians. Some may think
that the protest was therefore a failure. I think that view
is incorrect. For a long time, Australia’s media has
refused to provide a platform to Indigenous Australians,
except those who, in the words of Chris Graham, tell
“white Australia what they want to hear: … ” This protest
has shown white Australia that many Indigenous Australians
are angry. It would be nice if we took the time to find out
why.” Michael Brull

NT News Editorial: Protest group went too far
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2012/01/31/286151_opinion.html
31 Jan 12: “AUSTRALIA is a liberal democracy and, as such,
accepts the right to protest. But there must be limits to
this right. Demonstrators overstepped the mark legally when
they tried to intimidate Prime Minister Julia Gillard and
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott by storming a restaurant in
Canberra on Australia Day. And they overstepped the mark
ethically the following day by burning the Australian flag.”

Solidarity: Behind the media beat-up:
Tent Embassy protesters have nothing to apologise for
http://www.solidarity.net.au/web/behind-the-media-beat-up-why-tent-embassy-protesters-are-right/
30 Jan 12: “Protests celebrating the anniversary of the
Aboriginal Tent Embassy have been subject to a vicious and
distorting media campaign, after a snap protest directed at
Tony Abbott and Julia Gillard. But this protest, and the
demands of the Tent Embassy for Aboriginal rights and
self-determination, remain absolutely right and should be
defended. … The kind of movement that created the Tent
Embassy is needed again today.”

Green Left:
Julia Gillard’s words of respect to Aboriginal Australia
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/49865
30 Jan 12: “Moments before Julia Gillard was whisked away
from the angry crowd, losing her shoe in the process, she
began an awards ceremony speech with these words: “Can I
start by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land
on which we meet and in the spirit of reconciliation pay my
respects to elders past and present.” … Yet, that same
day, she did not take the trouble to walk one hundred
metres from her ceremony to say hello to the largest ever
gathering of traditional owners in Canberra, since she had
become Prime Minister. They had come from every part of
Australia, … ” Tim Anderson

Age: A thorn in our pride
http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/a-thorn-in-our-pride-20120129-1qnw4.html
30 Jan 12: “FORTY years ago, the establishment of the
Aboriginal tent embassy was a stroke of political genius. A
striped beach umbrella planted on the manicured lawns
outside Parliament House in Canberra came to symbolise
Aboriginal Australians’ sense of alienation in their own
country. How sad that 40 years later, on Australia Day last
Thursday, the actions of people associated with the embassy
eclipsed the nation’s formal recognition of Laurie
Baymarrwangga as Senior Australian of the Year.” Jane Lydon

SMH: Ruckus puts referendum out of reach
http://m.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/ruckus-puts-referendum-out-of-reach-20120129-1qnrx.html
30 Jan 12: “At least the Aboriginal tent embassy in
Canberra has finally achieved one constructive thing in its
40 years as a moral eyesore: it helped kill off the
proposed amendment to enshrine racial preference in the
Australian constitution. That proposed amendment is now
dead.” Paul Sheehan

The Observer:
The camera does sometimes lie. Ask a female politician
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jan/29/barbara-ellen-julia-gillard-security-indignity
29 Jan 12: “If you watch the clip of Australian prime
minister Julia Gillard being bundled away from Aboriginal
rights protesters in Canberra at a ceremony for Australia
Day, you could be forgiven for assuming that a bomb had
gone off or that the building was collapsing. In truth, a
couple of hundred protesters, who favour the term
“Invasion Day” heard that the opposition leader, Tony
Abbott, was present and they were angry at a remark he’d
made earlier, … ” Barbara Ellen

SMH: The can of worms that marred Australia Day
http://www.smh.com.au/national/the-can-of-worms-that-marred-australia-day-20120128-1qn1u.html
29 Jan 12: “What ignited the PM’s security scare last week?
Stephanie Peatling explores who said what to whom.”

Green Left: Aboriginal Tent Embassy: more relevant than ever
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/49836
28 Jan 12: “Opposition leader Tony Abbott and his
co-thinkers are dead wrong. The Aboriginal Tent Embassy,
established by activists 40 years ago, is as relevant as it
was then. Early on January 26, Abbott told reporters he
understood why the embassy was set up “all those years ago”,
but said it was not relevant today.” Peter Boyle

SMH: Why we need to find a new date for Australia Day
http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/why-we-need-to-find-a-new-date-for-australia-day-20120127-1qlr4.html
28 Jan 12: “WHAT happened in Canberra on Thursday was
doubly unfortunate. The image, on Australia Day, of an
Australian prime minister being bundled towards her car
looking harassed in response to a perceived threat posed by
a group of Aboriginal protesters has history stamped all
over it.” Martin Flanagan

Canberra Times:
The spear of confrontation pays nation another visit
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/national/national/general/the-spear-of-confrontation-pays-nation-another-visit/2435748.aspx?storypage=0
28 Jan 12: “IN 1790, Bennelong, the Sydney-born Aboriginal
friend to the colonisers, was present when Governor Arthur
Phillip was speared at Manly Cove, demonstrating how much
relations between the two peoples had soured. It has been a
while since Australia has been confronted with its own
angry Aboriginal face, but this week it was back.”
Debra Jopson

ABC: Tent Embassy organisers deny protest was violent
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-01-27/tent-embassy-organisers-deny-protest-was-violent/3797164
27 Jan 12: “Organisers of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy
movement say there was no violence directed towards the
Prime Minister or Opposition Leader, and have indicated
they will continue their struggle for recognition of
indigenous sovereignty.”

WSWS: Australian protesters denounced as “ugly mob”
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/jan2012/abor-j27.shtml
27 Jan 12: “A demonstration yesterday in Canberra, the
Australian capital, inflamed by the provocative actions of
the police in “rescuing” Prime Minister Julia Gillard and
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, has been used by the media
and political establishment to suggest that political
protest is illegitimate and potentially dangerous. …
Front pages featuring pictures of Gillard being hustled
away amid a phalanx of riot police and bodyguards
reinforced the message that the prime minister was in
physical danger. What actually happened was quite
different.”

Socialist Alternative:
Media paints black as white and might as right at Tent Embassy
http://www.sa.org.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=7201:media-paints-black-as-white-and-might-as-right-at-tent-embassy&Itemid=454
27 Jan 12: “The media has gone into overdrive to smear
Aboriginal protesters who dared to put a crack in the shiny
veneer of “Australia Day” pomp. This, after all, is
supposed to be a day to celebrate our imagined unity, a day
to forget about the past, to put aside the present, and
don’t think too much about the future. … Immense pressure
is now being put on Tent Embassy protesters to back down,
to “confess” and “repent” for the crime of justified anger
and interrupting polite society.” Josh Lees

Canberra Times Editorial: Security questions raised
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/opinion/editorial/general/security-questions-raised/2434447.aspx?storypage=0
27 Jan 12: “Neither Julia Gillard nor Tony Abbott were in
any direct danger from Aboriginal protesters yesterday, but
those concerned for their security must be appalled that
they were allowed to be put in the situation they were in.
It had long been known that the 40th anniversary of the
Aboriginal embassy would bring a major contingent of people
to Canberra, and entirely predictable that some of them
would notice comings and goings at The Lobby restaurant and
that the presence of the Prime Minister or the Leader of
the Opposition (or in this case both – a real bonus) … ”
Jack Waterford

Socialist Alternative:
Gillard, Abbott, get the treatment they deserve
http://www.sa.org.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=7200:gillard-abbott-get-the-treatment-they-deserve&Itemid=454
26 Jan 12: “The Bobbsey twins of racism, Julia Gillard and
Tony Abbott, got a little back yesterday of what the thugs
who protect them and their ilk dish out to Aboriginal
people every day. Lunching at the appropriately named
Porkbarrel Café for an awards ceremony, Gillard and Abbott
became the target of a large crowd of demonstrators from
the nearby Tent Embassy 40 year commemoration.” John Passant

– News

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 2.2.12
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-2-2-12
2 Feb 12: “An Aboriginal rights campaigner has reiterated
the message that the protest on Australia Day was angry…
but not violent.”

National Indigenous Times: Gooda should resign
http://www.nit.com.au/your-say.html
http://www.nit.com.au/news/515-gooda-should-resign.html
1 Feb 12: “One of the founders of the Aboriginal Tent
Embassy, Michael Anderson has condemned the attack on
protesters by Mick Gooda, Warren Mundine, Sue Gordon and
Bess Price and has called on Mr Gooda to resign from his
government appointed position as Social Justice
Commissioner. … Mr Anderson, in an exclusive interview
with Editor of the National Indigenous Times, Stephen
Hagan on Page 17 in this edition, was especially critical
of Mr Gooda’s actions because of the government position
he holds.”

National Indigenous Times: Source claims PM knew about leak
http://www.nit.com.au/news/513-source-claims-pm-knew-about-leak.html
“A source within the Federal Government has claimed a
number of people within the Prime Minister’s department
knew beforehand that a staff member intended to leak
information that the Opposition leader, Tony Abbott was at
the Lobby restaurant. The source, who is regarded as
reliable and holds a senior position within Government
bureaucracy, said the Prime Minister’s press secretary,
Tony Hodges informed another… ”

National Indigenous Times:
I never said Embassy should be closed: Abbott
http://www.nit.com.au/news/512-i-never-said-embassy-should-be-closed-abbott.html
“Federal Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott has claimed he
never said the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra should
be removed. “I never said that and I don’t think that,” he
told reporters in Melbourne last Friday. Comments made on
Thursday by Mr Abbott sparked a protest by protestors who
besieged him and Prime Minister, Julia Gillard in a
restaurant near the Tent Embassy, which was set up
outside… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Prime Minister’s man quits over leak to Tent Embassy
http://www.nit.com.au/news/511-prime-ministers-man-quits-over-leak-to-tent-embassy.html
“Tent Embassy founder, Michael Anderson has demanded
answers following the revelations the Prime Minister’s
press secretary had leaked false claims Federal Opposition
Leader, Tony Abbott wanted to close down the Tent Embassy
and that he was attending a function only a short distance
from last week’s Tent Embassy celebrations. Mr Anderson
said the revelations proved there were forces at play
intent upon… ”

National Indigenous Times: We want sovereignty
http://www.nit.com.au/news/510-we-want-sovereignty.html
“Australia will never win a seat on the United Nations
Security Council unless the Federal Government acknowledges
Indigenous sovereignty, an original member of the
Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Michael Anderson said. Mr Anderson
said the mission of the Tent Embassy, established 40 years
ago, was a declaration of Indigenous people’s sovereignty
over Australia. He was speaking after 200 protesters
trapped… ”

National Indigenous Times:
New leaders emerge to fill the void left by mainstream leaders
http://www.nit.com.au/news/509-new-leaders-emerge-to-fill-the-void-left-by-mainstream-leaders.html
“By John Rowsthorne National Indigenous Times Director.
Here’s the thing – what continues to emerge in the politics
of Aboriginal Australia in 2012 and what was further
highlighted at the Tent Embassy celebrations of last week
is akin to a parallel universe of struggles taking shape.
It became apparent during last week’s celebrations those
identified as “mainstream Indigenous leaders” are… ”

National Indigenous Times: Dodson defends right to protest
http://www.nit.com.au/news/508-dodson-defends-right-to-protest.html
“The Co-Chair of the Expert Panel on constitutional change,
Professor Patrick Dodson has defended the Aboriginal Tent
Embassy and said the protest last week reflected the
“oppression and anger” many Indigenous Australians felt
about the lack of action by government in addressing the
social issues affecting the First Peoples. Professor
Dodson made the comments on Monday night while delivering
the… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Gooda, Mundine, Price and Gordon condemn protest
http://www.nit.com.au/news/507-gooda-mundine-price-and-gordon-condemn-protest.html
“Four Indigenous leaders have publicly condemned the
Aboriginal Tent Embassy protest that resulted in Prime
Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition leaders, Tony Abbott
being rushed away from an awards function by riot police
last week. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social
Justice Commissioner, Mick Gooda condemned the protest and
accused the protestors of being activists and… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Matilda House warns protest will re-ignite racism
http://www.nit.com.au/news/506-matilda-house-warns-protest-will-re-ignite-racism.html
“Matilda House has criticised the Tent Embassy protestors
against the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard and Opposition
Leader, Tony Abbott last Thursday claiming the actions may
well re-ignite racism in communities throughout Australia.
Ms House also damned the burning of the Australian flag
outside Parliament House the following day. The Elder of
the Ngambri people from the Canberra region, has been
closely… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Protest will make referendum harder to succeed, says Leibler
http://www.nit.com.au/news/505-protest-will-make-referendum-harder-to-succeed-says-leibler.html
“Co-Chair of the Expert Panel on constitutional change,
Mark Leibler has warned last week’s Tent Embassy protests
would “make it that much harder” to achieve a yes vote in a
referendum. Mr Leibler said the campaign for constitutional
change was now “that much harder” because the impressions
portrayed of the protest may threaten the momentum to
achieve changes to the Constitution. The 22-member
panel… ”

National Indigenous Times: Malezer speaks up on
sovereignty and need for a political movement
http://www.nit.com.au/news/
“Co-Chair of the National Congress, Les Malezer has
declared 2012 may well be a “year of historical change”
because the call to review the Australian constitution has
seen emerge a renewed activism to achieve meaningful
improvements for Indigenous Australians. Mr Malezer, who
attended the Tent Embassy 40th anniversary celebrations,
said it was apparent there were many Indigenous Australians
who were now determined… ”

Northern Star: Media ‘missed main event’
http://www.northernstar.com.au/story/2012/02/01/media-missed-main-event-protest-australia-day/
1 Feb 12: “ACTIVISTS from the Northern Rivers have
criticised media coverage of a protest on Australia Day
that led to Prime Minister Julia Gillard being jostled and
losing her shoe. Around 100 people from the Northern Rivers
travelled to Canberra last week to celebrate the 40th
anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy. … Mr Corowa
said he was disappointed media attention had focused on Ms
Gillard’s lost shoe, instead of the three-day Corroboree
for Sovereignty.”

9 News: Aboriginal activists demand Abbott apology
http://www.news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8409187/time-for-tent-embassy-to-fold-abbott
1 Feb 12: “Activists accused Mr Abbott of “inciting racial
riots” with his comments. Embassy founder Michael Anderson
said the opposition leader’s comments were disrespectful.
“Abbott said the aboriginal embassy had to go. We heard it
on a radio broadcast,” he told AAP. “We thought no way, so
we circled around the building.””

Canberra Times: AFP to review officers’ conduct
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/afp-to-review-officers-conduct/2439569.aspx
1 Feb 12: “The Australian Federal Police are reviewing the
use of force during last week’s tent embassy protest as
Aboriginal groups call for an independent investigation
into officers’ ”violent” conduct. … The Australian
Federal Police said standard procedure dictated the force
would review officers’ conduct during the incident,
including by its internal affairs unit.”

Moree Champion: Practise what we preach:
father of reconciliation attacks two-faced Australia
http://www.moreechampion.com.au/news/national/national/general/practise-what-we-preach-father-of-reconciliation-attacks-twofaced-australia/2438096.aspx?storypage=0
31 Jan 12: “Mr [Patrick] Dodson defended the Aboriginal
tent embassy in Canberra, which was the source of the
protests on Thursday that led to a security scare involving
Ms Gillard and the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott. ”It
would be simplistic … to condemn outright the behaviour of
protesters associated with the tent embassy last week,
without considering the sense of oppression that some of
our people still feel toward our governments on a whole
range of matters,” he said.”

Australia Network News:
Australian Indigenous leader says ‘Tent Embassy’ still relevant
http://australianetworknews.com/stories/201201/3419181.htm?desktop
31 Jan 12: “Indigenous leader Pat Dodson has urged
Australians to look at the cause of the Australia Day Tent
Embassy protests. The tent embassy – on the lawns of Old
Parliament House in Canberra – is a semi-permanent site of
tents and signs, that activists claim represents the rights
of indigenous Australians. In response to comments by the
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, which sparked the protests
on Australia Day, Professor Dodson says the Tent Embassy is
still relevant.”

ABC: Australians urged to to think about cause of protesters
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-01-31/australians-urged-to-to-think-about-cause-of/3801692
Updated 31 Jan 12: “Indigenous leader Pat Dodson has urged
Australians to look beyond the actions of the Tent Embassy
demonstrators and to consider what has so upset them.”

newsTracker: Anderson backs calls for inquiry into police
http://tracker.org.au/2012/01/anderson-backs-calls-for-inquiry-into-police/
31 Jan 12: “The only surviving member of the four original
Aboriginal Tent Embassy founders has backed the New South
Wales Aboriginal Land Council’s calls for an independent
inquiry into the conduct of police during the Survival Day
protest in Canberra. Michael Anderson says that the call by
NSWALC for an investigation conducted by Social Justice
Commissioner Mick Gooda made sense. “I’m in full support
of Geoff Scott’s statement. The organisers of the Tent
Embassy support his call wholeheartedly. We think it is a
very appropriate action,” Mr Anderson said.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Embassy co-founder slams Abbott for “provocative” comments
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/6893-embassy-co-founder-slams-abbott-for-qprovocativeq-comments
31 Jan 12: “An organiser of last Thursday’s protests in
Canberra says Prime Minister Julia Gillard was not of
concern to the protesters and was never in danger of being
physically harmed. Michael Anderson, the last surviving
co-founder of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, says the
protesters only wanted Tony Abbott to clarify his comment
with regards to the Embassy. Mr. Anderson says Mr.
Abbott’s comment to ‘move on’ with the Tent Embassy was
highly provocative.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Indigenous rights advocate challenges public to find
violence not instigated by police
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/6892-indigenous-rights-advocate-challenges-public-to-find-violence-not-instigated-by-police
31 Jan 12: “A leading Indigenous rights advocate and social
commentator is critical of the way the mainstream media has
portrayed the Tent Embassy protest, saying people in
Aboriginal communities are not having their voices heard.
Tracker Magazine editor and Walkley award-winning
journalist Chris Graham has criticised so-called Aboriginal
‘leaders’, saying the Government use people like former ALP
national president Warren Mundine and Social Justice
Commissioner Mick Gooda for their own political agenda.”

9 News: NSW land council calls for protest inquiry
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8411678/nsw-land-council-calls-for-protest-inquiry
31 Jan 12: “The nation’s largest Aboriginal organisation
has called for an independent investigation into the
actions of police against protesters at an Australia Day
function that left the prime minister and opposition leader
running for safety. NSW Aboriginal Land Council chief
executive Geoff Scott wants Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda to conduct
the inquiry. He made the call following the release of
footage of the incident outside the Lobby restaurant in
Canberra … ”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 31-1-12
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-31-1-12
31 Jan 12: “The Northern Territory political candidate who
implied that Central Australian Aboriginal leaders had
incited Australia day protestors to violence …has been
contradicted…both by the Aboriginal leaders themselves
and an esteemed journalist with over 45 years experience.”

Herald Sun: NT MP demands PM apologise over protest
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/nt-mp-demands-pm-apologise-over-protest/story-e6frf7jx-1226258580251
31 Jan 12: “A LABOR Party MP in the Northern Territory is
calling on Prime Minister Julia Gillard to apologise for
“underhanded tactics” that fuelled the Australia Day
protest in Canberra. NT Indigenous Affairs Minister
Malarndirri McCarthy said the scenes on Australia Day at
the protest were disgraceful. The prime minister should
apologise to the nation, Federal Opposition Leader Tony
Abbott and the organisers of the Aboriginal tent embassy,
Ms McCarthy told ABC Radio. “Certainly, the (action of the)
office of the prime minister was very questionable,” she
said.”

Koori Mail: Anderson backs Gooda investigation
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
31 Jan 12: “ABORIGINAL Tent Embassy founder Michael
Anderson says he agrees with NSWALC calls for Mick Gooda,
rather than police, to investigate the actions of police
during the Aboriginal Tent Embassy protests in Canberra. Mr
Anderson said officers incited the crowd after the Prime
Minister’s vehicle left the scene by linking arms,
unholstering their weapons and confronting protestors. He
said at least two other officers swore at and urged
protesters to come at them, and were unfit for police
service.”

Koori Mail: Police actions during protest ‘a fiasco’
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
31 Jan 12: “THE NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) wants
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice
Commissioner Mick Gooda to independently scrutinise the
role of police during Aboriginal protests in Canberra last
Thursday. NSWALC Geoff Scott said footage of Prime Minister
Julia Gillard’s exit from the Lobby restaurant showed AFP
officers dealing inappropriately with protestors, including
inciting and committing violence – amounting to a ‘fiasco’
and ‘public relations and security disaster’.”

Koori Mail: Don’t be too quick to judge, says Dodson
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
31 Jan 12: “THE man known as ‘the Father of Reconciliation’
has urged Australians to consider why those involved in
Australia Day protests in Canberra last week acted the way
they did. Delivering the inaugural Mahatma Gandhi address
in Sydney last night, former Council for Aboriginal
Reconciliation chairman Pat Dodson condemned ‘bad manners
and unnecessarily aggressive behaviour by whomever’ but
said it would be simplistic to condemn the protesters’
behaviour outright. He said many Indigenous people still
felt oppressed and there was a lot of anxiety around
Australia Day.”

newsTracker: Libs excusing Survival Day protesters: Roxon
http://tracker.org.au/2012/01/libs-excusing-survival-day-protesters-roxon/
31 Jan 12: “Federal Attorney-General Nicola Roxon has
accused the coalition of excusing the protesters who
surrounded a Canberra restaurant on Survival Day. Coalition
legal affairs spokesman George Brandis has written to the
Australian Federal Police (AFP) asking it to investigate
what led up to a protest by Aboriginal Tent Embassy
supporters which resulted in Prime Minister Julia Gillard
and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott being rushed from a
Canberra restaurant.”

newsTracker: Oppn calls on AFP to probe protests
http://tracker.org.au/2012/01/oppn-calls-on-afp-to-probe-protests/
31 Jan 12: “The Australian Federal Police(AFP) have
referred the opposition’s request for an investigation into
the protests on Survival Day to a special evaluation group.
Coalition legal affairs spokesman George Brandis on Monday
wrote to the AFP asking it to investigate the chain of
events leading up to a protest by Aboriginal Tent Embassy
supporters that resulted in Julia Gillard and Opposition
Leader Tony Abbott being rushed from a Canberra
restaurant.”

newsTracker: Ken Wyatt “disappointed” by protest
http://tracker.org.au/2012/01/ken-wyatt-disappointed-by-protest/
31 Jan 12: “Aboriginal MP Ken Wyatt says the Australia Day
protest in Canberra that forced the prime minister and
opposition leader to flee a restaurant was disappointing.
Mr Wyatt, the first Aboriginal Australian to become a
member of the House of Representatives, says the protest
did not focus on areas of importance for Indigenous
people.”

Australian: Cover-up claims on tie to tent activists
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/cover-up-claims-on-tie-to-tent-activists/story-fn9hm1pm-1226257735534
31 Jan 12: “JULIA Gillard faces opposition claims of a
government cover-up over last week’s Aboriginal tent
embassy protest despite the Australian Federal Police
ruling out an official investigation.”

ABC: Roxon slams interference in protest policing
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-01-30/opposition-accused-of-playing-protest-political-football/3801394/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
31 Jan 12: “Attorney-General Nicola Roxon has accused the
Federal Opposition of turning the Australia Day protests
into a political football.”

ABC Lateline: Dodson calls for look into causes of protest
http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2012/s3419415.htm?site=indigenous&topic=latest
30 Jan 12: “Indigenous leader Pat Dodson has urged
Australians to look at the causes of the Australia Day
protest in Canberra, and says it is simplistic to merely
condemn the behaviour.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Respected Journalist Says Australia Day Protest Was
Over-Dramatised
30 Jan 12: “A respected journalist with over 45 years
experience observing demonstrations has spoken out
against media coverage of the protest on Australia day…
and says there was a vast over-dramatisation of what
actually happened. Jeff McMullen was among those who went to
Canberra for the 40th Anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent
Embassy…and says he was  amazed at hearing the media
coverage of what they say happened…compared to what
actually did happen.”

Reportage Online:
Tent Embassy activists want to talk sovereignty
http://www.reportageonline.com/2012/01/tent-embassy-activists-want-to-talk-sovereignty/
30 Jan 12: “Protesters at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy have
defended its existence while their message has been largely
ignored by mainstream press. Jerico Mandybur reports. As
Aboriginal protestors gathered to commemorate the 40th
Anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy last Thursday,
the majority of media coverage focused on a perceived
threat of violence towards Prime Minister Julia Gillard,
rather than on the group’s calls for representation and
the recognition of sovereignty.”

Herald Sun:
Aboriginal Tent Embassy protesters say: ‘We did nothing wrong’
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/aboriginal-tent-embassy-protesters-say-we-did-nothing-wrong/story-e6frf7jx-1226255371136
Last Updated: 30 Jan 12: “PROTESTERS at the Aboriginal tent
embassy in Canberra have fronted an emotional press
conference to defend their actions during yesterday’s
protest. Embassy founder Michael Anderson, Selina
Davey-Newry of the northeast Kimberly, Wiradjuri Nation
spokesperson Paul Coe and former political candidate
Barbara Shaw stood in front of a smoking fire with about
3000 fellow protesters around a sovereignty sign at the
embassy. The protesters have insisted that they did nothing
wrong yesterday and there was no violence.”

newsTracker: Sattler denies Gillard’s Survival Day account
http://tracker.org.au/2012/01/sattler-denies-gillards-survival-day-account/
30 Jan 12: “ACT union official Kim Sattler denies her
account of events on Australia Day contradicts Prime
Minister Julia Gillard. News Limited reported on Sunday
that Ms Sattler said her conversation with the prime
minister’s office had made her believe Opposition Leader
Tony Abbott wanted to close the Aboriginal Tent Embassy. Ms
Gillard on Saturday said her former media adviser Tony
Hodges did not suggest to Ms Sattler that Mr Abbott had
said the embassy should be shutdown.”

Age:
Opposition to call for police probe into Gillard adviser leak
http://www.theage.com.au/national/opposition-to-call-for-police-probe-into-gillard-adviser-leak-20120129-1qo42.html
30 Jan 12: “THE opposition will ask the Australian Federal
Police today to investigate the role of Julia Gillard’s
office and a Canberra union leader in the Australia Day
security breach that led to the Prime Minister being
spectacularly dragged to safety.”

ABC Radio National:
Aust opposition bays for political blood after protests
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/asiapac/stories/201201/s3419062.htm
Updated 30 Jan 12: “The Australian Federal Police says it
won’t be investigating the events surrounding last week’s
Australia Day protests in Canberra despite calls for a
probe by the Australian Federal Opposition.”

Bloomberg: Gillard ‘Angry’ as Abbott Presses to Probe Protest
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-29/gillard-angry-as-australian-opposition-calls-for-canberra-protest-probe.html
30 Jan 12: “Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard
expressed anger at opposition demands for an inquiry over
her government’s role in clashes between police and
aboriginal protesters in Canberra on Australia Day. A media
aide to Gillard resigned Jan. 27 for disclosing opposition
leader Tony Abbott’s location at a restaurant in the
national capital, information that was passed on to
protest organizers.”

news.com.au: Fallout piles pressure on flagging Julia Gillard
http://www.news.com.au/national/protesters-may-find-shoe-on-other-foot/story-e6frfkw9-1226256761544
30 Jan 12: “THERE are growing calls for Australia Day
rioters to be charged by police. And one Aboriginal leader
said they must be taught a lesson. Australian Federal
Police are still assessing the ugly Canberra incident and
are analysing television and news footage to help gather
evidence for possible arrests.”

newsTracker: Tent Embassy representatives identify Sattler
http://tracker.org.au/2012/01/3950/
30 Jan 12: “Representatives of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy
have identified unionist Kim Sattler as the person who told
Aboriginal people that Opposition Leader Tony Abbott was in
a Canberra restaurant on Survival Day.”

newsTracker: Online petition for tent embassy closure
http://tracker.org.au/2012/01/online-petition-for-tent-embassy-closure/
30 Jan 12: “A conservative online blog site has launched an
internet campaign to close down the 40-year-old Aboriginal
tent embassy in Canberra. Menzies House is urging
Australians to sign the petition calling on the federal
government to shut down the site near Old Parliament
House.”

ABC: War of words over protest fiasco
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-01-29/union-official-defends-role-in-protest-fiasco/3798704/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
30 Jan 12: “The fallout from the Aboriginal Tent Embassy
Australia Day protests is continuing, with the Opposition
and the Government squabbling over what happened in the
lead-up to the demonstrations.”

ABC: Abbott steps up heat over protest leaks
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-01-30/abbott-steps-up-heat-over-protest-leaks/3799572
30 Jan 12: “The Federal Opposition is keen to keep up the
political pressure on the Prime Minister Julia Gillard over
the tent embassy protest.”

ABC: No AFP investigation into Australia Day protest
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-01-30/afp-will-not-probe-australia-day-protest/3800282
30 Jan 12: “The AFP says there is no evidence of
criminality in circumstances leading to a protest in
Canberra that caused a security scare for Prime Minister
Julia Gillard.”

ABC 7.30: Government responds to Australia Day inquiry request
http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2012/s3418998.htm?site=indigenous&topic=latest
30 Jan 12: “The Attorney General, Nicola Roxon, reacts to
calls from the Opposition for an AFP inquiry into the
events on Australia Day that led to Julia Gillard and Tony
Abbott being confronted by protesters.”

ABC 7.30: Federal Opposition calls for Australia Day inquiry
http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2012/s3418996.htm?site=indigenous&topic=latest
30 Jan 12: “After a protest on Australia Day that embroiled
the Prime Minister and Federal Opposition leader, the
Opposition has called for an inquiry by the Australian
Federal Police in to the events of that day.”

Koori Mail: Officer uses F-word during protests
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
29 Jan 12: “AN Australian Federal Police (AFP) officer has
been captured on video swearing at media and protesters
from Canberra’s Aboriginal Tent Embassy on Survival Day.
The video, posted on YouTube by the Working Group for
Aboriginal Rights (WGAR), shows the officer – whose badge
number is clearly visible – using the F-word at least five
times as he pushes back against the crowd.”

Koori Mail: No criminal act by Kim Sattler, says AFP
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
29 Jan 12: “THE Australian Federal Police (AFP) say they’ve
evaluated the involvement of ACT Unions head Kim Sattler in
relation to Thursday’s Aboriginal Tent Embassy protests and
have found no evidence of criminality on her part. The AFP
told the Koori Mail at two o’clock this afternoon that, as
a consequence, it would not conduct an investigation into
the matter. A spokeswoman said the AFP was still looking
into possible charges against anyone else involved in the
protests.”

Koori Mail: Embassy protests furore continues
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
29 Jan 12: “There’ve been conflicting reports of Ms
Sattler’s account of her conversation with Mr Hodges. News
Limited yesterday reported Ms Sattler as saying Mr Hodges
told her Mr Abbott had said the Embassy ‘shouldn’t exist at
all’. However, Ms Sattler told AAP today that the News Ltd
report was inaccurate. She stood by a statement she issued
yesterday, which said Mr Hodges had told her Mr Abbott had
said that people should `move on’ from the Tent Embassy.”

Katherine Times: No one is angrier than me, says PM
http://www.katherinetimes.com.au/news/national/national/general/no-one-is-angrier-than-me-says-pm/2436021.aspx
29 Jan 12: “JULIA Gillard has branded ”unauthorised and
unacceptable” her adviser’s decision to have a union
leader organise indigenous reaction to Opposition Leader
Tony Abbott’s suggestion that Aboriginal tent embassy
protesters should ”move on”.”

Koori Mail: Embassy returns PM’s shoe
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
28 Jan 12: “ABORIGINAL Tent Embassy activists have returned
the shoe that Prime Minister Julia Gillard lost as she was
whisked out of a Canberra restaurant on Wednesday, to
escape angry protesters targeting Opposition Leader Tony
Abbott. Embassy representatives had earlier said they
planned to sell the shoe on eBay to raise funds for the
historic protest site but late yesterday a group of women
from the Embassy walked up the hill to Parliament House and
handed the shoe to attendants there, asking that it be
passed on to the PM.”

Age: The sole survivor returned to guard
http://www.theage.com.au/national/the-sole-survivor-returned-to-guard-20120127-1qltd.html
28 Jan 12: “INDIGENOUS elders have challenged Julia Gillard
to walk a mile in their shoes, but last night they returned
her own stray footwear to a security guard at Parliament
House.”

ABC: Union boss gave protesters Abbott’s location
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-01-28/indigenous-activists-name-row-informant/3798228
Updated 28 Jan 12: “Prime Minister Julia Gillard has
confirmed one of her staff members passed on information
about Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s whereabouts to a
union official who in turn reportedly alerted rowdy
protesters on Australia Day.”

SMH: Labor figure Kim Sattler named as go-between in protest
http://m.smh.com.au/national/labor-figure-kim-sattler-named-as-gobetween-in-protest-20120128-1qmre.html
28 Jan 12: “Sources at the Aboriginal tent embassy say the
mystery intermediary between Julia Gillard’s office and the
protesting mob on Australia Day was Kim Sattler. Ms Sattler
is a well-connected Labor figure, who has worked with
UnionsACT. Ms Sattler was not immediately available for
comment to confirm or deny a role in the protest, … ”

SMH: PM accused of protest cover-up
http://www.smh.com.au/national/pm-accused-of-protest-coverup-20120127-1qlsa.html
28 Jan 12: “Aboriginal activist Barbara Shaw says an
unknown woman tipped her off about Tony Abbott’s supposed
comments and location before Thursday’s Canberra protest.
… JULIA GILLARD’S staff were last night fighting off
allegations of a cover-up after the Prime Minister accepted
the resignation of one of her media advisers who admitted
to triggering the Australia Day fracas outside a Canberra
restaurant.”

newsTracker: New Parliament wants to return PM’s shoe
http://tracker.org.au/2012/01/new-parliament-wants-to-return-pms-shoe/
27 Jan 12: “The newly formed First Nations Parliament aims
to start out on the right foot by returning the Prime
Minister Julia Gillard’s shoe, which was lost during a
protest at a Canberra restaurant yesterday. … Paul Coe,
spokesperson for the First Nations Parliament, an
organisation which has been re-established as a result of
the anniversary celebrations, said Embassy activists were
disgusted at the behavior of police. … Mr Coe said the
First Nations Parliament would be established with a year.”

newsTracker: We won’t apologise: Aboriginal leaders
http://tracker.org.au/2012/01/we-wont-apologise-aboriginal-leaders/
27 Jan 12: “Aboriginal activists who protested a restaurant
where Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott were
have accused the opposition leader of inciting racial riots
and want him to apologise. … Embassy founder Michael
Anderson said the opposition leader’s comments were
disrespectful. … Isabell Coe, whose late husband Mr
Craigie was an embassy founder, said Mr Abbott should
apologise.”

January 26th – Tent Embassy. Congress Statement and Media
http://nationalcongress.com.au/january-26th-tent-embassy/
27 Jan 12: “There were thousands of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander families and people, our friends and
supporters who enjoyed major events all around the country
to mark Survival Day 2012 yesterday: events that were
incident-free and unreported. Congress supports and is
participating in the organised and peaceful Tent Embassy
events and celebrations marking its 40th anniversary. The
Tent Embassy is symbolic of the ongoing struggle for
Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Peoples.”

Koori Mail: Embassy activists retain PM’s shoe
http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
27 Jan 12: “The last surviving founder of the Aboriginal
Embassy, Michael Anderson, said Mr Abbott’s
‘confrontationist’ comments had incited the fracas and that
police had then over-reacted in their response. “People
need to look at those videos very closely; it was the
police who were manhandling the Prime Minister out the door
and the national security mob who caused her to fall,” Mr
Anderson told the Koori Mail. “There was more danger to her
from that than anything we’d have done. I repeat, there was
no risk whatsoever to the Prime Minister. She could have
walked out of there. … “”

ABC: Aboriginal leaders condemn actions of protesters
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-01-27/20120127-nt-focus-tent-embassy-protest/3796378?section=nt
27 Jan 12: “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social
Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda says the actions of
protesters in Canberra could set the cause of
reconciliation back by years. Prime Minister Julia Gillard
nearly fell as security staff tried to get her and
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott away from furious Aboriginal
tent embassy protesters. They were angry at comments by Mr
Abbott that it might be time to move on from tent embassy
politics.”

West Australian: ‘Do not give in to aggression’
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/12734426/do-not-give-in-to-aggression/
27 Jan 12: “WA Aboriginal MP Ben Wyatt fears the
“deplorable” conduct of protesters in Canberra yesterday
will backfire by creating sympathy for Tony Abbott’s
“intolerant” comments. Mr Wyatt’s views were echoed by
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice
Commissioner Mick Gooda, who said aggression formed no part
of tent embassy protests 40 years ago and was not
acceptable today.”

Australian: Mob doesn’t speak for us, say indigenous leaders
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/mob-doesnt-speak-for-us-say-indigenous-leaders/story-fn9hm1pm-1226254788230
27 Jan 12: “MAINSTREAM indigenous leaders have condemned
activists from Canberra’s Aboriginal tent embassy who led
an angry mob to besiege Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott in a
nearby restaurant yesterday. … Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda
condemned the protest and accused the activists of showing
disrespect to Ms Gillard and Mr Abbott.”

Australian: Amid turmoil, Julia Gillard brings Tony Abbott
inside her security tent
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/amid-turmoil-julia-gillard-brings-tony-abbott-inside-her-security-tent/story-fn9hm1pm-1226254784804
27 Jan 12: “AS the hammering on the glass grew louder and
the security detail grew increasingly anxious, Julia
Gillard’s thoughts turned to Tony Abbott. Trapped for the
past half-hour inside Canberra’s popular The Lobby
restaurant by up to 100 bellowing protesters from the
nearby Aboriginal tent embassy, the Prime Minister formed
a huddle with her minders.”

Australian: Reports the Prime Minister’s office encouraged
protesters to target Tony Abbott over tent embassy
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/reports-the-prime-ministers-office-encouraged-protesters-to-target-tony-abbott-over-tent-embassy/story-fn59niix-1226255195987
27 Jan 12: “THE Prime Minister is yet to respond today to a
report that one of her staffers rang an Aboriginal tent
embassy protester yesterday to say Tony Abbott wanted the
camp torn down.”

Sky News: Protesters overreacted to Abbott-Mundine
http://www.skynews.com.au/topstories/article.aspx?id=711914&vId=
27 Jan 12: “Former ALP national president and indigenous
leader Warren Mundine says protesters overreacted to
comments Tony Abbott made about the tent embassy. The
comments sparked a furious response from Aboriginal
activists who besieged Mr Abbott and Prime Minister Julia
Gillard at a Canberra restaurant on Thursday.”

NT News: Blame game starts over Aust Day protest
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2012/01/27/285621_ntnews.html
27 Jan 12: “THE Territory politician accused of sparking a
violent protest that saw the Prime Minister dragged from a
restaurant by the riot police has made no excuses her
actions. Barbara Shaw refused to say whether a Labor
staffer had leaked the whereabouts of Julia Gillard and
Tony Abbott at a tent embassy protest in Canberra yesterday.
“Whoever told me was a member of the general public,”
she said.”

Canberra Times: Australia’s day of shame
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/australias-day-of-shame/2434446.aspx?storypage=0
27 Jan 12: “Australia Day was marred and a gaping hole
exposed in security planning for the Prime Minister
yesterday after Julia Gillard was chaotically dragged away
from a protest staged by members of Canberra’s Aboriginal
tent embassy.”

Canberra Times: Time to remember for all wrong reasons
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/time-to-remember-for-all-wrong-reasons/2434442.aspx
27 Jan 12: “NSW Aboriginal Land Council member Roy Ah-See
shook his head sadly. He knew how Australia Day 2012 would
be remembered. ”We don’t want to reinforce the stereotypes
and the stigma, and unfortunately this will make the news;
this will sell newspapers, right? Because it’s a negative
story about Aboriginal people.””

The Gazette:
Indigenous leaders condemn Australian PM treatment
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Indigenous+leaders+condemn+Australian+treatment/6059236/story.html
27 Jan 12: “Australian indigenous leaders Friday said they
were appalled at the disrespect shown to Prime Minister
Julia Gillard after she had to be dragged to safety from
furious Aboriginal rights protesters.”

news.com.au:
Cue Whitney Houston: Here’s Julia Gillard’s bodyguard
http://www.news.com.au/national/cue-whitney-houston-heres-julia-gillards-bodyguard/story-e6frfkvr-1226254942911
27 Jan 12: “HE’S Australia’s answer to Kevin Costner.
Pictures of him with his arms around Julia Gillard,
protecting her from angry protesters, have made news around
the world, and this morning breakfast shows played him the
ultimate compliment and played Whitney Houston’s I Will
Always Love You over the footage.”

Newstalk ZB: Australians see images of frightened leader
http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/nbint/1641975260-Australians-see-images-of-frightened-leader
27 Jan 12: “The images of a scared Australian Prime
Minister could have a lasting impact on Julia Gillard’s
reputation. The Prime Minister was snapped with a look of
terror on her face as she was scurried away by security
after an angry mob of protestors gathered outside an event
in Canberra yesterday.”

news.com.au: Hey Julia, this shoe is going on eBay:
Protesters put the boot into Prime Minister
http://www.news.com.au/national/mob-sinks-slipper-into-nations-day/story-e6frfkvr-1226254820835
27 Jan 12: “ABORIGINAL activists are treating Julia
Gillard’s lost shoe as a trophy and will try to sell it
online to raise money for their Canberra tent embassy. The
Prime Minister lost the shoe as she was dragged away from
an ugly confrontation with protesters at an Australia Day
awards ceremony.”

Australian: Indigenous activists remain unrepentant for a
violent protest against Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous-activists-remain-unrepentant-for-a-violent-protest-against-julia-gillard-and-tony-abbott/story-fn59niix-1226255058689
27 Jan 12: “ABORIGINAL tent embassy leaders say the police
allowed Julia Gillard’s security to be compromised during
yesterday’s dramatic protest, which forced the Prime
Minister and Tony Abbott to flee an Australia Day event. As
Tony Abbott condemned the protesters as “un-Australian”,
tent embassy founder Michael Anderson said he regretted
what had happened but protesters weren’t to blame. … He
[Michael Anderson] accused the media of “cutting and
splicing” images to make it look like the Aboriginal
activists were attacking the Prime Minister.”

ABC 7.30: Aboriginal leaders reflect on tent embassy protest
http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2012/s3417455.htm?site=indigenous&topic=latest
27 Jan 12: “A day on from the Australia Day protest by
members of the Aboriginal tent embassy in Canberra, which
targeted Tony Abbott but also swept up the Prime Minister
and made international news, what has been the impact and
fall out from the incident.”

ABC: Gillard puts on brave face after riot rescue
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-01-26/gillard-27fine27-after-riot-rescue/3795354/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
27 Jan 12: “Prime Minister Julia Gillard is putting on a
brave face after she and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott had
to be rescued from a group of angry protesters when
Australia Day celebrations turned sour.”

ABC: I’m fine: Gillard after security scare
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-01-27/im-fine-gillard-after-security-scare/3795806
27 Jan 12: “Prime Minister Julia Gillard has shrugged off
a security scare at an Australia Day function in Canberra.”

ABC: Indigenous leaders condemn ‘disgraceful’ protesters
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-01-27/indigenous-leaders-condemn-27disgraceful27-protesters/3795458/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
27 Jan 12: “Former ALP president Warren Mundine says the
protesters misinterpreted Mr Abbott’s comments as a call
to demolish the embassy. He says Mr Abbott was only
questioning whether the embassy is outdated, something Mr
Mundine agrees with. … Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda has also
sided with authorities, saying he is appalled at the level
of disrespect and aggression shown towards the two
leaders.”

ABC: Tent Embassy protesters blame police for violence
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-01-27/aboriginal-protesters-blame-police-for-violence/3796716
27 Jan 12: “Tent Embassy protesters say police officers
provoked them and outsiders infiltrated their demonstration
before it turned violent in Canberra.”

ABC: Gillard condemns protest violence
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-01-27/gillard-condemns-protest-violence/3796922
27 Jan 12: “Prime Minister Julia Gillard has spoken to the
media about her anger over violent protests that disrupted
an Australia Day function.”

ABC: Abbott defends Tent Embassy comments
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-01-27/abbott-defends-tent-embassy-comments/3796530
27 Jan 12: “Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has praised the
Prime Minister’s security detail for their handling of a
violent protest at an Australia Day function.”

ABC: Abbott defends Tent Embassy comments
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-01-27/abbott-praises-gillard-over-protest-response/3796290/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
27 Jan 12: “The demonstrators said they had been incensed
by Mr Abbott’s comments in Sydney earlier in the day, when
he questioned the continued relevance of the Tent Embassy.
The Opposition Leader repeated the remarks this morning and
said they were “perfectly reasonable”.”

ABC: Tent Embassy spokesman hits back
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-01-27/tent-embassy-spokesman-hits-back/3796212
27 Jan 12: “A spokesman for the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in
Canberra has accused Tony Abbott of inciting protests that
turned violent during an Australia day function in
Canberra.”

ABC: Abbott’s Embassy comments
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-01-27/abbotts-embassy-comments/3796304
27 Jan 12: “Watch the Tony Abbott interview which protesters
say sparked yesterday’s violent demonstration in Canberra.”

Koori Mail:
Embassy celebrations marred by police, protester scuffles
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
26 Jan 12: “ABORIGINAL protesters say they did not know at
first that the Prime Minister Julia Gillard was in a
Canberra restaurant they surrounded this afternoon, angry at
comments made by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott about the
future of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy. Mr Abbott told media
in Sydney earlier in the day that, while he understood why
the Aboriginal Embassy had been set up ‘all those years
ago’, ‘a lot has changed since then, and I think it
probably is time to move on from that’.”

SMH: PM dragged away after being trapped by protesters
http://www.smh.com.au/national/pm—dragged-away-after-being-trapped-by–protesters-20120126-1qj1c.html
26 Jan 12: “The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and
Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, had to be extracted from a
restaurant near Parliament House as angry protesters banged
on the glass. Supporters of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in
Canberra picketed the Lobby restaurant over comments by Mr
Abbott this morning that the tent embassy should close.

NT News: NT pollie on stage as crowd turned on PM
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2012/01/26/285511_ntnews.html
26 Jan 12: “A TERRITORY politician was on stage at the
Aboriginal Tent Embassy when a crowd of nearly 500 turned
on Prime Minister Julia Gillard in ugly Australia Day
scenes. Indigenous activist Barbara Shaw had taken the
microphone from Barkly Shire president Rosalie Kunoth-Monks
moments before the crowd ran towards the restaurant where Ms
Gillard and opposition leader Tony Abbott were attending an
Australia Day function.”

CNN: Australian PM escorted out of building amid protest
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/01/26/world/australia-protests/?hpt=hp_t2
26 Jan 12: “Security officers dragged Australian Prime
Minister Julia Gillard out of a Canberra restaurant
Thursday after an angry mob of protesters surrounded the
building during a luncheon ceremony, police said.”

TNT Magazine: Australian PM Julia Gillard rescued by
police after aboriginal protest
http://www.tntmagazine.com/news/australia-news/australian-pm-julia-gillard-rescued-by-police-after-aboriginal-protest
26 Jan 12: “Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and
the opposition leader, Tony Abbott, had to be rescued by
riot police after they were trapped in a building in
Canberra during a violent protest. The two leaders were at
an Australia Day event when Aboriginal rights protesters
started banging on the glass building, shouting “shame” and
“racist”.”

* THE MARCH UP TO PARLIAMENT HOUSE FROM THE TENT EMBASSY:

– Video

YouTube: 40 years of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy
– march on parliament.mov
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XSRTKq2FrE
29 Jan 12: “40 years of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy
– March on Parliament – 27 January 2012”

ABC: Indigenous protesters defend flag burning
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-01-28/flag-burning-condemned/3798386
28 Jan 12: “Indigenous protesters in Canberra have defended
the burning of the national flag during unrest on Australia
Day.”

ABC: Tent Embassy protesters burn flag
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-01-27/tent-embassy-protesters-burn-flag/3797418
27 Jan 12: “Protesters from the Aboriginal Tent Embassy
have burnt the Australian flag on the front steps of
Parliament House in Canberra.”

ABC: Tent Embassy protesters march on Parliament
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-01-27/tent-embassy-protesters-march-on-parliament/3797570
27 Jan 12: “Protesters from the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in
Canberra have marched on Parliament House to call for
sovereignty for Indigenous people.”

– News

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 1-2-12
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-1-2-12
1 Feb 12: “An original member of the Aboriginal Tent
Embassy says the group of protesters who burned the
Australian Flag did so as a symbol of rejection for the way
Government has treated Aboriginal people…not an attack on
all Australians.”

National Indigenous Times:
Peaceful protest ends with burning of flag
http://www.nit.com.au/news/504-peaceful-protest-ends-with-burning-of-flag.html
“By National Indigenous Times staff, Geoff Bagnall and
Gerry Georgatos who took part in the protest march. It
could have been one of the famous protests for Aboriginal
land rights 40 years ago but it was in fact 2012 as a 15
year old girl burnt the Australian flag at the protest
march on the forecourt of the Federal Parliament building
last… ”

Koori Mail: NLC: Flag burning ‘went too far’
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
31 Jan 12: “THE Northern Land Council has criticised the
behaviour of some protesters associated with the Aboriginal
Tent Embassy in Canberra last week. The land council’s CEO
Kim Hill says the Tent Embassy remains relevant and should
continue but some of the protesters’ actions – including
burning and reportedly spitting on the Australian flag –
went too far. “…What we saw on our televisions on
Australia Day and the days that followed certainly wasn’t
a good look,” Mr Hill said.”

Koori Mail: Protesters burn Australian flag
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
28 Jan 12: “AN Australian flag was set alight and burned
during a smoking ceremony at the front doors of Parliament
House in Canberra yesterday. Several hundred people walked
from 40th anniversary celebrations at the Aboriginal Tent
Embassy to be met by about 30 police, who then formed a
protective cordon preventing the protesters from going
inside the building. Outside, the group cheered and chanted
as a 15-year-old girl aided by her younger brother burned
the flag, declaring that it had given Australians the right
to murder, rape and hurt their people.”

Age: Flag burned and spat on [sic]
http://www.theage.com.au/national/flag-burned-and-spat-on-20120127-1qlta.html
28 Jan 12: “ABORIGINAL tent embassy protesters burned and
spat on [sic] the Australian flag on the front steps of
Parliament House, as tensions at the controversial protest
site erupted in Canberra yesterday. A crowd of at least 400
protesters marched from the tent embassy outside Old
Parliament House, stopping the traffic on Commonwealth
Avenue, and then stormed the front verandah of Parliament
House at about 2.30pm, despite large numbers of police.”

ABC: Tent Embassy protesters march on Parliament
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-01-27/protesters-march-on-parliament-house/3796988/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
27 Jan 12: “More than 200 activists from the Aboriginal
Tent Embassy in Canberra have marched on Parliament House,
chanting outside the front doors “always was, always will
be Aboriginal land”. On the way the demonstrators blocked
Commonwealth Avenue, one of the city’s main thoroughfares.
Despite a heavy police presence, including a number of
police dogs, authorities were unable to hold an initial
cordon at the edge of Parliament’s forecourt and were
forced to retreat in the face of overwhelming numbers.”

Mail Online:
Aboriginal protesters burn Australian flag outside Parliament
… but at least PM Julia Gillard has got her shoe back
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2092601/Julia-Gillards-shoe-held-ransom-Aboriginal-protesters-Australian-PM-gets-back.html
27 Jan 12: “A group of Aboriginal protesters hit the
headlines again today after they set fire to the Australian
flag outside the country’s Parliament in Canberra. A video
captured showed protesters outside Parliament setting light
to the flag and spitting on [sic] it while chanting,
‘Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.'”

Canberra Times: Protest heats up
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/protest-heats-up/2435073.aspx
27 Jan 12: “Police are investigating whether an offence was
committed when protesters set fire to the Australian flag
in front of Parliament House today. Tent Embassy protesters
took their call for sovereignty to Parliament House, burning
an Australian flag in the building’s forecourt.”

– Audio

ABC PM: Aboriginal protesters burn flag at Parliament
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2012/s3417301.htm?site=indigenous&topic=latest
27 Jan 12: “Tension is still high among some of the
Aboriginal protesters at the Tent Embassy on Canberra.
About 200 of them marched on Parliament House in Canberra
this afternoon. Some took part in the burning of an
Australian flag. Other Aboriginal leaders at the scene have
told PM that they’re disgusted by the behaviour of what
they describe as a “splinter group” of protesters.”

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