Archive for April, 2012

120427 – Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia – 35 events from 27 April 2012

Posted in EVENTS, NEWSLETTER on 28/04/2012 by D

Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia
– 35 events from 27 April 2012:

Click on the links for details of the events …

Event: Fri 27 April 2012: Bankstown, Sydney, NSW
Speak Out against Income Management
“As part of the 2011 Federal Budget, the Australian
government announced that it plans to spend $117.5 million
over the next five years to introduce Income Management to
five “disadvantaged” communities across Australia. …
Income Management will commence in these sites from 1st
July 2012 and will be compulsorily applied to welfare
recipients in the “trial sites” who are assessed by
Centrelink to be “vulnerable to financial crisis” and they
will have 50% of their payment quarantined.”
Event details: http://www.stoptheintervention.org/#27Apr12
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/333817633347001/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/speak-out-against-income-management-sydney
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/no-to-income-management-not-in-bankstown-not-in-the-nt-not-anywhere
Background: http://www.sayno2gim.info/
Background: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/income-management

Event: Sat 28 April 2012: Musgrave Park, Brisbane, Qld
Corroboree – Dancers, Music, Speakers
All welcome!
Brisbane Sovereign Embassy
Event details: http://antarqld.org.au/node/164
Event details: http://cultureboy.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/brisbane-sovereign-embassy.html
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.antarqld.org.au/node/165

Event: Sat 28 April 2012: Janalli, NSW
Briefing on Constitutional change proposals
St George & Sutherland Community College
” … what the Expert Panel has proposed, to help people
understand what that is about and what are the
next steps. The briefing will include an interactive
session and briefing material.”
Presenters: Representatives of Reconciliation Australia
Event details: http://www.sydneykin.org.au/pipermail/womenforwik/2012-March/000724.html

Event: Sat 28 April 2012: Brunswick, Melbourne, Vic
Desert Liberation Front presents
Lizard Rising Fundraiser Gig
Special guests:
* Uncle Kev Buzzacott aka Buzwapa,
* Robbie Thorpe and
* Johnny Harding
Flyer: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3154084985542&set=o.287408194659274&type=1&ref=nf
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/lizard-rising-fundraiser-gig
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/224524544273924
Background: http://londonminingnetwork.org/2011/10/australia-approves-20-30bn-bhp-billitons-olympic-dam-mine-expansion/

Event: 18 April to Sun 6 May 2012: Northcote, Melbourne, Vic
“The Lurujarri Dreaming Trail – Living Country”
Exhibition by Jeanné Browne
“This exhibit celebrates the Lurujarri Heritage Trail
established in 1987 by Goolarabooloo traditional custodian,
Paddy Roe O.A.M., upon a section of the Northern Tradition
Song Cycle along the North Western Kimberley coast, as a
cross-cultural bridge, and to help look after that country. …
This is big, old, strong country, with a mob who are bent on
looking after it. We would welcome your support.”
Event details: http://www.savethekimberley.com/events/

Event: Intermittent 1 March – 3 May 2012: Various Locations
House of Representatives Committees
Inquiry into language learning in Indigenous communities
Public hearings:
Canberra, ACT: 1 March 2012
Canberra, ACT: 15 March 2012
Canberra, ACT: 22 March 2012
Adelaide, SA: 2 April 2012
Utopia Homelands, NT: 3 April 2012
Alice Springs, NT: 4 April 2012
Broome, WA: 30 April 2012
Halls Creek, WA: 1 May 2012
Darwin, NT: 2 May 2012
Event details: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House_of_Representatives_Committees?url=atsia/languages/hearings/index.htm

Event: Thu 19 April to Mon 14 May 2012: Campsie, Sydney, NSW
Homelands Photography Exhibition
“to explore the Aboriginal community of Utopia,
located in the Northern Territory”
Opening night: Thu 19 April
Demand Dignity – Amnesty International
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/28174/

Event: 11 February 2012 to 26 May 2012: South Bank, Brisbane, 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: Wed 2 May 2012: Bankstown, Sydney, NSW
Stop the expansion of Income Management in Bankstown
Organising meeting for unionists
“STICS is supporting the Say No To Government Income
Management Campaign Coalition in Bankstown call-out to
unionists. Please discuss sending representatives to the
following meetings to build the campaign to stop the
expansion of Income Management in Bankstown”
Event details: http://www.stoptheintervention.org/#May2012
Campaign letter of 16 Apr 12: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/Campaign-Let-Bankstown-IM-Apr-12.pdf
Background: http://www.solidarity.net.au/44/bankstown-basicscard-campaign-reaches-out-to-unionists/
Background: http://www.sayno2gim.info/
Background: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/income-management

Event: Wed 2 May 2012: Brisbane, Qld
Constitutional Recognition Forum
Tiga Bayles will MC the forum
Panellists include:
Congress Co-Chairs Les Malezer and Jody Broun
Hosted by:
West End, Brisbane Congress, BIMA and 98.9FM
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.antarqld.org.au/node/165

Event: Wed 2 May 2012: Manly, Sydney, NSW
Amnesty in the Ale House – Homelands
“Presenters:
* Sarah Marland, AIA’s Indigenous Rights Campaign Co-ordinator
* Jaccqui Phillips, National Director of ANTAR
Sarah will let you know more about what’s going
on in our Indigenous Homelands and update
you on the government’s response.
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/28469/

Event: Fri 4 May 2012: Chippendale, Sydney, NSW
Sydney Book Launch:
“NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotations”
Launched by:
* Graeme Mundine,
Executive Officer, ACM Sydney Archdiocese
* Amy McQuire, Editor, Tracker Magazine
“Beautifully illustrated, this hard-backed book
gives voice to the views of Aboriginal people
living under the Intervention.”
Published by ‘concerned Australians’: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/
Invitation: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/NTCR-Launch%20Invite-4-5-12.pdf
Event details: http://whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/events/14010-sydney-book-launch-nt-consultations-report-2011-friday-4-may-5-30-for-6pm
Event details: http://sydney-central.whereilive.com.au/events/story/sydney-book-launch-rnt-consultations-report-2011r-friday-4-may-530-for-6pm/
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/films-and-literature/book-nt-consultations-report-2011
Event details: http://www.respectandlisten.org/
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/28475/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/sydney-book-launch-%E2%80%9Cnt-consultations-report-2011%E2%80%9D-friday-4-may
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/special-sydney-book-launch-of-the-highly-important-nt-consultations-report-2011-by-quotations
Book review: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/NTCR-Book-review.pdf
Short Book review: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/NTCR-Book-rev-short.pdf
Book order form: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/NTCR2011_Order_Form_Apr_2012.pdf

Event: Fri 4 – Sat 26 May 2012: Rozelle, Sydney, NSW
Art Creation in Remote Aboriginal Communities
Official Opening: Fri 4 May 2012
Tali Gallery
“This is a group show consisting of photographs from
aboriginal art communities throughout Australia. It
showcases the Inspiration, Dedication, Humour, Happiness,
Esteem and Pride associated with art creation in the
Australian desert and bush where this is often the only
source of employment for Aboriginal people.”
Art curators, Artists and Yolngu Media Graduates
from Remote Aboriginal Communities
Event details: http://headon.com.au/event/tali-gallery-work-art

Event: 4 May 2012: Bexhill, NSW
Our Generation film screening
Panel discussion with Professor Judy Atkinson
Event details: http://ourgeneration.org.au/screenings/4-may-2012-bexhill-nsw
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Sun 6 May 2012: Circular Quay, 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.greekfestivalofsydney.com.au/festival12/events/event_our_generation.htm
Event details: http://ourgeneration.org.au/screenings/6-may-2012-sydney-nsw
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: 8 May 2012: Parramatta, Sydney, NSW
Public Consultation:
National Anti-Racism Partnership Strategy
“Want to hear your thoughts on how racism
affects the community and what we should
be doing about it.”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html#may

Event: Sat 12 May 2012: Melbourne City, Vic
2012 Autumn Action:
Rally: Stop Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
Remember all who have died in custody
Protest NSW police shootings
Organised by Indigenous Social Justice Association
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/108437109276373/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/stop-aboriginal-deaths-in-custody-2012-autumn-action
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/50705

Event: Tue 15 May 2012: Sydney, NSW
ACTU Congress 2012
Fringe events:
The fight for Aboriginal Rights in the NT
“Come hear about the struggles against the
NT Intervention (renamed “stronger futures”),
income management and the proposed
Muckaty radioactive waste dump. … ”
Event details: http://www.actucongress.org.au/site/eventinfo/fringe-events
About Congress: http://www.actucongress.org.au/site/about/about-congress

Event: 16 May 2012: Coburg, Melbourne, Vic
Our Generation film screening
Organised by the Revolutionary Socialist Party
Event details: http://ourgeneration.org.au/screenings/16-may-2012-coburg-vic
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: 20 May 2012: Bondi Beach, Sydney, NSW
Our Generation film screening
More details to come
Event details: http://ourgeneration.org.au/screenings/20-may-2012-bondi-sydney-nsw
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: 23 and 24 May 2012: Wollongong, south of Sydney
Interim Aboriginal National Unity Government assembly of the Sovereign Union
Held at two locations:
Day 1 – Law School, Wollongong University
Day 2 – Sandon Point Aboriginal Embassy
“All Aboriginal nations are being called on to send two
delegates to the inaugural assembly of the interim National
Unity Government in Wollongong Wednesday 23 May & Thursday 24 May.
“This gathering to form the Interim Sovereign Union
National Unity Government is so important, as the federal
government and their Uncle Tom collaborators are working
overtime to indoctrinate our children and youth into their
way of thinking by falsely promoting that recognition in
the Constitution will give our people something,”
the spokesman of the movement, Michael Anderson, writes in
a media release.”
“On the first day, 23rd of May, two universities, South Cross
and Wollongong law faculties will host a law symposium to
discuss the continuing sovereignty of Aboriginal people as
an introduction to this history-making event.”

Event:DAY 1 Wed 23 May 2012: Wollongong, NSW
Litigating the Boundaries of Sovereignty
– Symposium Day 1
Location: University of Wollongong

Jointly organised by:
* Legal Intersections Research Centre, University of Wollongong
* School of Law and Justice, Southern Cross University
“On 26 January 2012, on the day of the 40th anniversary of
the establishment Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra,
a number of prominent Aboriginal activists advanced an
articulated claim to the continuity of Aboriginal
sovereignty in Australia. … [This is] a one-day workshop to
explore the legal and political implications of those claims.”
Event details: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/litigating-boundaries-sovereignty-symposium-day-1

Event:DAY 2 – Thursday 24 May 2012

8am till late – REGISTRATION at 8am

Venue: Sandon Point Embassy, Wollongong, NSW

All Aboriginal nations are being called on to send two delegates
– one man and one woman (if appropriate)
to the inaugural assembly of the Sovereign Union interim National Unity Government

If possible bring a young person(s) between 15 & 25.

Each nation will have a limit of two official delegates to the interim National Unity Government.

Draft Agenda:

The formal establishment of the interim National Unity Government of the Sovereign Union

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Aboriginal nations

Focusing on the proposed new Constitution

Program of stages towards independence and timeline

Allocation of interim portfolios

Development of diplomatic and international relations

Strategies for representations in United Nations

Event details: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/call-delegates-aboriginal-unity-government-assembly-may-2012
Sovereign Union – National Unity Government: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/

Event: 24 May 2012: Rozelle, NSW
Our Generation film screening
More details to come
Event details: http://ourgeneration.org.au/screenings/24-may-2012-rozelle-nsw
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Sat 26 May 2012: Bankstown, Sydney, NSW
Seminar for unionists and community members:
Income Management (IM) in Bankstown
” … aimed at workers who will be caught up
implementing Income Management in
Bankstown, as well as other unionists.”
Event details: http://www.stoptheintervention.org/#May2012
Campaign letter of 16 Apr 12: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/Campaign-Let-Bankstown-IM-Apr-12.pdf
Background: http://www.solidarity.net.au/44/bankstown-basicscard-campaign-reaches-out-to-unionists/
Background: http://www.sayno2gim.info/
Background: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/income-management

Event: 27 May – 3 June 2012: various locations around Australia
National Reconciliation Week 2012
– Let’s talk recognition
“Each year National Reconciliation Week (NRW) celebrates
the rich culture and history of the First Australians.
It is the ideal time for everyone to join the reconciliation
conversation and to think about how we can help turn
around the disadvantage experienced by many
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.”
Event details: http://www.reconciliation.org.au/home/get-involved/national-reconciliation-week
Event details: http://www.reconciliation.org.au/home/get-involved/events/events-calendar

Event: Sun 27 May 2012: Narrabeen, NSW
ASG Sorry Day 2012
Remembrance Walk
Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater
Event details: http://www.asgmwp.net/SorryDay2012.pdf
Event details: http://www.asgmwp.net/Calendar.htm
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.asgmwp.net/index.htm

Event: 9.30pm, 30 May 2012: Various locations
‘Our Generation’ to broadcast on NITV
“National Indigenous Television (NITV)
is available on the following channels,
depending on your location and setup: … ”
Event details: http://ourgeneration.org.au/news/our-generation-broadcast-nitv
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Fri 1 to Sun 3 June 2012: Upwey, Melbourne, Vic
“Memories – contact with white people”
Exhibition, talks, films and workshops at Burrinja
Burrinja community cultural centre
Coinciding with National Reconciliation Week
* Exhibition of artworks from the Burrinja Collection:
4 May – 24 June 2012
* Indigenous Film Night:
Fri 1 June 2012
* In Words: Eileen Harrison and Carolyn Landon:
Sat 2nd June 2012
* In Conversation: Bruce Pascoe and Bill Gammage:
Sun 3rd June 2012
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/memories-contact-with-white-people-exhibition-talks-films-and-workshops-at-burrinja
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.burrinja.org.au/index.php/burrinja-whats-on/whatson

Event: Mon 9 July 2012: Mona Vale, NSW
A Panel Discussion:
Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians
Will We Get it Right?
Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.asgmwp.net/SorryDay2012.pdf

Event: Sat 14 to Fri 20 July 2012: Olympic Dam, SA
The Lizard’s Revenge:
Olympic Dam expansion music/art/festival/protest
“Sleeping underneath the ground there is an old lizard,
Kalta the sleepy lizard. The lizard ain’t so sleepy anymore.
BHP is mining right into that Lizards body. The government
has just approved an expansion of the Olympic Dam uranium
mine, making it the biggest uranium mine in the world.
Kalta is angry and wants revenge.
Arabana elder Kevin Buzzacot is calling the people of the
world to help the lizard shut down the mine. He is calling
for people to come and heal the land in the name of peace
and justice for the next 10,000 generations to come.”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/the-lizards-revenge-olympic-dam-expansion-musicartfestivalprotest
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/224524544273924
Background: http://londonminingnetwork.org/2011/10/australia-approves-20-30bn-bhp-billitons-olympic-dam-mine-expansion/

Event: 14 July 2012: Manly, Sydney, NSW
Our Generation film screening
More details to come
Event details: http://ourgeneration.org.au/screenings/14-july-2012-manly-sydney-nsw
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: 11 August 2012: Melbourne City, 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: 20 August to 14 September 2012: Yeelirrie-Leonora, WA
Walkatjurra Walkabout – Walking for Country
A one month walk from Yeelirrie to Leonora
” … is a celebration of Wangkatja country, a testament to
the strength of the community who have fought to stop
uranium mining at Yeelirrie for over forty years, and a
chance to come together to continue share our commitment to
a sustainable future without nuclear. It is a chance to
reconnect with the land, and to revive the tradition of
walking for country.”
“This walk will be lead by the Walkatjurra Rangers,
in partnership with Footprints for Peace,
Western Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (WANFA),
the Anti Nuclear Alliance of Western Australia (ANAWA)
and the Conservation Council of Western Australia (CCWA).”
Event details: http://walkingforcountry.com/
Event details: http://www.nuclearfreefuture.com/
Event details: http://nffcampaign2011.footprintsforpeace.net/?p=69

Event: 10 November 2012: Melbourne City, 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

Event: 5-7 December 2012: Gold Coast, Qld
2012 National Indigenous Health Conference
Many Pathways, One Outcome
” … is designed to bring together both government
and non-government agencies who are working
in the field of Indigenous health with the belief
that working together can close the gap between
the state of Indigenous Health as compared to
the health of mainstream Australians.”
Event details: http://www.indigenoushealth.net/

– ‘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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120426 – “Frontier wars remembered on ANZAC Day” Koori Mail

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 27/04/2012 by D

Contents:
* Koori Mail: Frontier wars remembered on ANZAC Day
* Ray Jackson, ISJA: NSW police ‘too deadly’!
* Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Bulli, NSW
* Corroboree at Brisbane Sovereign Embassy, Musgrave Park
* Let’s Talk: Live from Moree Tent Embassy, NSW
* Update on the Nyoongar Tent Embassy, Perth WA
* Background to the Aboriginal Tent Embassies
* Other articles

* KOORI MAIL: FRONTIER WARS REMEMBERED ON ANZAC DAY:

– News

Koori Mail: Frontier wars remembered on ANZAC Day
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
25 Apr 12: “A SMALL contingent of Aboriginal people and
supporters marched outside the Australian War Memorial in
Canberra this morning to commemorate those killed during
Australia’s frontier wars. Although not officially part of
the ANZAC Day Parade, the group led by Canberra Aboriginal
Tent Embassy co-founder Michael Anderson brought up the
rear of the parade, flanked by police. Mr Anderson said it
was time that wider Australia faced up to its history of
Aboriginal massacres, and recognised the Aboriginal people
who not only fought for their own country during the
colonial invasion but also for Australia in every major
conflict overseas.”

– ANZAC Day Aboriginal events

Event: ANZAC Day 25 April 2012: Canberra, ACT
Lest We Forget the Frontier Wars
– Anzac Day march in Canberra
Michael Anderson said “Last year we started
Lest We Forget the Frontier Wars by joining on behind the
Anzac Day march in Canberra and we received enormous
support from the public at this time.
Now we need to keep it going.
We have commenced a process to highlight the wars fought on
Australian soil since 1788, when our country was taken by
superior force, at gunpoint, and those who stood in the way
were shot.
What we need to do now is to keep identifying that there
has been warfare; that blood has been spilt on the wattle;
and there is an ongoing war of attrition against Aboriginal
Peoples to this day. …
Joining the Anzac march is NOT a protest.
It is a remembering of the wars and the losses of those
who suffered.”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/13/wgar-news-lest-we-forget-the-frontier-wars-anzac-day-25th-april-2012-sovereign-union
Event details: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/lest-we-forget-frontier-wars-%E2%80%93-anzac-day-25th-april-2012
Event details: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/anzac-day-%E2%80%93-those-who-served-all-wars-conflicts-and-peacekeeping-operations

Event: ANZAC Day 25 April 2012: Mt. Ainslie, Canberra, ACT
Aboriginal and TSI Commemorative Ceremony
“This commemorative ceremony is conducted to remember those
Indigenous Australians who have served in the Australian
forces since 1901. It is hosted by members of the
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Veterans and Services
Association Australia (ATSIVSAA), an Indigenous veterans
advocacy group, and is open to all members of the public.”
Event details: http://www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/anzac/atsivsaa/

Event: ANZAC Day 25 April 2012: Redfern, Sydney, NSW
2012 – Redfern ANZAC Day March and Commemorative Service
Honouring our Aboriginal & TSI Servicemen and Servicewomen
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/2012-redfern-anzac-day-march-and-commemorative-service

– Related Audio Interviews

The Wire:
Indigenous Australians mark Anzac Day in their own ways
Produced by Tim Roxburgh
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9060
24 Apr 12: “Julia Gillard will be commemorating ANZAC day
at Gallipoli, but there are some chapters of our war
history much closer to home that some indigenous
Australians will be trying to draw attention to. Scholars
like Professor Mick Dodson say that the contribution of
Indigenous war veterans hasn’t been sufficiently
recognized. Other groups will be commemorating wars and
massacres that aren’t traditionally remembered at ANZAC day
– the conflicts that occurred during white settlement.
Featured in story:
* Professor Mick Dodson,
Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies
* Michael Anderson,
Euahlayi leader and organiser of Canberra commemoration”

– Related News

NZ Herald:
Aboriginal activists warmly recieved in Anzac Day march
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/anzac-day/news/article.cfm?c_id=773&objectid=10801393
26 Apr 12: “Activists urging recognition of colonial
Australia’s frontier wars and the treatment received by
Aboriginal servicemen after their return from the two world
wars were applauded as they marched in Canberra yesterday.
The small group of about 20, carrying Aboriginal flags and
banners and accompanied by a didgeridoo, joined the tail of
the national Anzac Day parade, behind columns of veterans
that included a detachment of New Zealanders. Led by
Michael Anderson, one of the founders of the capital’s tent
embassy, … ”

9 News: 40,000 attend Canberra Anzac Day services
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8457127/40000-attend-canberra-anzac-day-services
25 Apr 12: “Aboriginal Tent Embassy co-founder Michael
Anderson, along with about 30 others, gathered at the lower
end of Anzac Parade and followed behind the parade.
However, they were stopped by police at the entrance to a
cordoned-off area near the Stone of Remembrance. “We had
about three jeerers, but other than that, we got applause,”
Mr Anderson told AAP. The group was marching to protest
massacres committed during so-called “frontier wars”
following the arrival of the first Europeans.”

Koori Mail: Honouring our diggers
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
25 Apr 12: “ABOUT 500 people gathered in the Sydney suburb
of Redfern this afternoon for the annual Black Diggers
march. The crowd comprised of war veterans, their families
and friends, community leaders and politicians commemorated
the contribution of Aboriginal servicemen and women. Pastor
Ray Minniecon told the Koori Mail the march was about
ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander diggers got
the respect they deserved. “They fought in every war and
they’re our black warriors but a lot of them didn’t get the
benefits of other diggers,” Pastor Minniecon said. “We want
to make sure history does not repeat itself. We want to
make sure all our warriors are recognised in this
country.””

Koori Mail: Mob out in force in Tville
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
25 Apr 12: “THOUSANDS of people lined Townsville’s
Esplanade this morning to cheer on marchers in the far
north Queensland city’s Anzac Day Parade, many of them
Indigenous. Amongst the marchers was former serviceman and
Torres Strait Islander Elder Arthur Ahwang. Laying a
wreath for Indigenous servicemen and women at the cenotaph
in Townsville’s Anzac Park was Robyn Illin whose
father-in-law Alec Illin served during the Vietnam War.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
War memorial group calls for monument to recognise
Indigenous soldiers
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7143-war-memorial-group-calls-for-monument-to-recognise-indigenous-soldiers
24 Apr 12: “The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander War
Memorial Committee says the Indigenous Australians should
be able to honour the fallen this ANZAC Day. After a
five-year campaign to erect a war memorial dedicated to
Aboriginal soldiers, Chair Marj Tripp says it’s time
Australia finally acknowledged Aboriginal service people.
… She says many Australians don’t know the full extent of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s service to
their country.”

newsTracker: Aboriginal diggers to be remembered
http://tracker.org.au/2012/04/aboriginal-diggers-to-be-remembered/
24 Apr 12: ” … the courage and sacrifice of indigenous
warriors will be given particular recognition this Anzac
Day, with the Returned and Service League (RSL) conducting
special ceremonies across the state. Sub-branches in
Corrimal, Wollongong, Walcha, Tamworth, Nambucca and
Kempsey-Macleay have all agreed to include Aboriginal
elements in their ANZAC Day commemorations. Elders will lay
wreaths and speak about the particular sense of loss that
indigenous families felt when relatives were killed and
buried overseas.”

Treaty Republic:
50 Aboriginal trackers left behind after the Boer War
http://treatyrepublic.net/content/50-aboriginal-trackers-left-behind-after-boer-war
“Between 1899 and 1902, fifty Aboriginal black trackers
were summonsed by the British forces in South Africa to
join the Boer war effort. Griffith University’s Indigenous
research fellow, Dr Dale Kerwin said that the black
trackers came from all over the country but very little
else is known about them. He claims they were left behind
at the end of the war in 1902 because they were denied
re-entry into Australia under the Immigration Protection
Act, known as the White Australian Policy.”

* RAY JACKSON, ISJA: NSW POLICE ‘TOO DEADLY’!:

– Media statement

Ray Jackson: NSW police ‘too deadly’!
Sovereign Union: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/ray-jackson-nsw-police-too-deadly
GL: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/50772
23 Apr 12: “Media statement by Ray Jackson,
Indigenous Social Justice Association:
On Tuesday April 24 at 1.30pm we will be
holding a rally outside the NSW Parliament House to protest
the violence and abuse of the NSW police as exampled by the
circumstances at Kings Cross and five police-related deaths
in custody so far this year already. …
The April 22 shooting of two Aboriginal teenagers in a
stolen car at Kings Cross focuses the mind on just how
violent are the NSW Police Force and the police in the rest
of this country.
I do not condone car theft (and yes I have suffered having
my car stolen) or any other crime for that matter but I
certainly would argue that the crime is hardly a hanging
offence.
The allegedly stolen car had six young Aborigines, aged
between 13 and 24, inside of it when the police drew their
guns and fired through the windscreen. Why couldn’t they
shoot the tyres out? … ”

– Related Audio Interviews

The Wire: Community responds to police shooting at Kings Cross
Produced by Liz Cush
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9057
24 Apr 12: “Today several hundred people rallied at the NSW
Parliament House in response to the dramatic police
shooting at people in a stolen car. Two people are in
hospital after they were shot by police in the allegedly
stolen car as they drove through the busy main drag of
Kings Cross on Saturday night. Mobile phone footage shows
police punching a 17 year old in the face while he is lying
face down on the ground, immediately after being dragged
from the car. In the footage, the teenager is bleeding from
gunshot wounds. Today the Indigenous Social Justice
Association called for an independent investigation into
the police actions.
Featured in story:
* Ray Jackson, President, Indigenous Social Justice Association
* Peter Boyle, Socialist Alliance”

– Related Videos

Sovereign Union:
Videos – Police brutal shootings in Kings Cross
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/96
“* Protest Rally for justice 24th April 2012
* General media report with a mix of amateur footage
* Amateur footage – no media commentary or editing.
* Mixed footage with media commentary”

– Related News

Green Left:
Qld Aboriginal rally tells police: ‘Racism has got to go’
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/50826
26 Apr 12: “Under the theme “Racism has got to go!”
Aboriginal protesters and supporters held a rally against
police violence outside the Queensland parliament on April
24. About 70 people attended the rally, which coincided
with the Sydney march against police assaults on Black
youth in that city. Speakers at the Brisbane rally
expressed solidarity with the Aboriginal community in
Sydney and said similar police racism was rife in
Queensland.”

SMH: Mundine: investigate officers for attempted murder
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/mundine-investigate-officers-for-attempted-murder-20120424-1xjfp.html
25 Apr 12: “AS FRUSTRATED and angry Sydney Aborigines
rallied against police brutality in drenching rain
yesterday, fears for the health of a 17-year-old shot in
the neck by police in Kings Cross deepened. Boxer Anthony
Mundine joined indigenous leaders and family members of the
five teenagers and the man at the centre of Saturday
morning’s chaos in protest outside Parliament House in
Macquarie Street. “Of course people are angry,” Mundine
said.”

Koori Mail: Rally protests Kings Cross car chase
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
25 Apr 12: “CALLS are continuing for an independent
investigation into a Kings Cross car chase at the weekend
that ended after a stolen car hit two pedestrians and
police shot the car’s 14-year-old driver and a 17-year-old
passenger. About 200 people attended a rally outside State
Parliament in Sydney yesterday, many shouting anti-police
slogans. A lot of anger was directed at officers involved
in the car chase, one of whom appeared on video footage to
repeatedly punch the injured 17-year-old after he was
pulled from the car. Greens MP David Shoebridge has
referred the matter to the Police Integrity Commission but
wants an independent investigation into the matter.”

Telegraph UK:
Australian police accused of racism over shooting of
Aboriginal joyriders
24 Apr 12: “A shooting by police at a car filled with six
Aboriginal joyriders as it drove along a footpath in Sydney
has prompted accusations of racism and police brutality.
… In an incident that has dominated media headlines,
police shot both the 14-year-old driver and a 17-year-old
front-seat passenger at the weekend. The two youths
remained in hospital in a serious condition on Tuesday.
Malcolm Turnbull, a prominent Sydney-based MP, said the
area on many nights was “effectively a war zone”.”
By Jonathan Pearlman in Sydney

newsTracker: Angry rally in Sydney over police shooting
http://tracker.org.au/2012/04/angry-rally-in-sydney-over-police-shooting/
24 Apr 12: “NATIONAL: Anger has boiled over in Sydney with
protesters outside NSW Parliament House cursing and yelling
at police over the shooting of two Aboriginal teenagers.
About 150 protesters gathered on Macquarie Street on
Tuesday afternoon to call for an independent inquiry into
the incident on Saturday morning, when officers opened
fire on a stolen car after it mounted the kerb and hit two
pedestrians in the Kings Cross nightclub area. Two
teenagers, including the 14-year-old driver, were
hospitalised with gunshot wounds.”

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio Online News 25.04.2012
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-online-news-25-04-2012
25 Apr 12: “Sydney Aborigininal people and supporters have
rallied against police brutality as fears for the health of
a 17-year-old shot in the neck by police in Kings Cross
deepenes.”

ABC PM: Protest over Kings Cross shooting
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2012/s3488145.htm?site=sydney&section=audio&date=%28none%29
24 Apr 12: “About a 150 people joined a protest outside
the New South Wales Parliament today over the police
shooting of two teenagers in Kings Cross at the weekend.
There’s video footage of a policeman dragging one of the
shot teenagers from the car and punching him repeatedly in
the head. Many of the protesters don’t believe that the
police had no option but to open fire. And they say it’s
part of a pattern of police discrimination and brutality
against Indigenous people. But the Premier Barry O’Farrell
says it’s premature to judge police over the incident.”

– Related Upcoming event

Event: Sat 12 May 2012: Melbourne City, Vic
2012 Autumn Action:
Rally: Protest NSW police shootings
Stop Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
Remember all who have died in custody
Organised by Indigenous Social Justice Association
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/108437109276373/
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/stop-aboriginal-deaths-in-custody-2012-autumn-action
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/50705

– Related Petition

GoPetition: Stop Police Brutality against Juveniles In NSW
http://www.gopetition.com.au/petitions/stop-police-brutality-against-juveniles-in-nsw.html

* SANDON POINT ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSY, BULLI, NSW

– Statement

Sovereign Union: Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/sandon-point-aboriginal-tent-embassy
“Kuradji Aboriginal Tent Embassy previously known as ‘The
Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy’ was established in
December 2000, soon followed by the Sandon Point Community
Picket in March 2001.
Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy community picket
structure was rebuilt following an arson attack in 2005.
Despite harassment and encroaching buildings at this
important cultural site, the local community continues to
protect and preserve the area.
Activist, Roy ‘Dootch’ Kennedy who has been living at the
Kuradji Aboriginal Tent Embassy and protecting a burial
site, the sand-dune and wetlands environment for more than
10 years, is also an active figure in the National
Sovereignty movement.
Dootch (Roy Kennedy)”

– Background

Kuradji Aboriginal Tent Embassy
http://www.uow.edu.au/~morgan/guboo.html
[Sandon Point, Bulli, Wollongong, NSW]

Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/sandon-point-aboriginal-tent-embassy
[Sandon Point, Bulli, Wollongong, NSW]

YouTube: Aboriginal tent embassies – Canberra & Sandon Point

[Canberra, ACT & Sandon Point, Bulli, Wollongong, NSW]

SPATE’s 11th Anniversary Ceremony & Family Day
http://www.sandon-point.org.au/event/20111217/429.html
[Sandon Point, Bulli, Wollongong, NSW]

* CORROBOREE AT BRISBANE SOVEREIGN EMBASSY, MUSGRAVE PARK:

– News

Courier-Mail:
Corroboree part of Musgrave Park election day ceremony
http://www.couriermail.com.au/questnews/central/corroboree-part-of-musgrave-park-election-day-ceremony/story-fn8m0qb4-1226332952884
19 Apr 12: “WHILE residents head to the polls on April 28,
the Musgrave Park Sovereign Tent Embassy will celebrate
their heritage with a sacred indigenous ceremony. Embassy
spokesman Wayne Wharton said the election day festivities
would include a traditional corroboree with sacred dance
and music, displays of spear throwing, boomerang throwing,
traditional arts and crafts and speakers addressing
indigenous issues. “The important thing is the exchange of
information between us and the non-indigenous community,”
Mr Wharton said.”

– Upcoming event

Event: Sat 28 April 2012: Musgrave Park, Brisbane, Qld
Corroboree – Dancers, Music, Speakers
All welcome!
Brisbane Sovereign Embassy
Event details: http://antarqld.org.au/node/164
Event details: http://cultureboy.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/brisbane-sovereign-embassy.html
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.antarqld.org.au/node/165

– Background

Sovereign Union: Sovereign Embassy Brisbane
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/sovereign-embassy-brisbane
[Musgrave Park, Brisbane, Qld]

Facebook: Brisbane Sovereign Embassy, Musgrave Park
http://www.facebook.com/BrisbaneSovereignEmbassyMusgravePark
[Musgrave Park, Brisbane, Qld]

* LET’S TALK: LIVE FROM MOREE TENT EMBASSY, NSW

– Audio Interviews

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/
Let’s Talk: Live from Moree Tent Embassy : Day 1
23 Apr 11
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/live-from-moree-tent-embassy-day-1/

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/
Let’s Talk: Live from Moree Tent Embassy : Day 2
24 Apr 11
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/live-from-moree-tent-embassy-day-2/

– Background

Sovereign Union: Moree Sovereign Embassy
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/moree-sovereign-embassy
[Moree, NSW]

Facebook: Goomeroi Sovereign Tent Embassy
http://www.facebook.com/GoomeroiSovereignTentEmbassy
[Moree, NSW]

* UPDATE ON THE NYOONGAR TENT EMBASSY, PERTH, WA:

– News

Indymedia: This is our sacred place despite police and council
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/23/this-is-our-sacred-place-despite-police-and-council
23 Apr 12: “The five clans predominant in Nyoongar Tent
Embassy stand defiant in refusing to leave Matagarup, three
months after setting up the camp. Elder Bella Bropho said,
“We are still here at the Nyoongar Tent Embassy. We stand
in peaceful protest for our sovereignty. We stand against
the deal proposed by the WA government and the SWALSC
representatives.” Mrs Bropho said there had been 5 police
raids on Nyoongar Tent Embassy and on most occasions
everything was taken from them.” Gerry Georgatos

Indymedia: Barristers stand up for Nyoongar Tent Embassy
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/23/barristers-stand-up-for-nyoongar-tent-embassy
23 Apr 12: “Aboriginal barrister Stephanie Monck has taken
up the cause to defend the rights of Nyoongar Tent
Embassy. Ms Monck has contacted the chief executive
officer, Peter Edwards, of the Perth City Council and
notified him she is acting “on behalf of large number of
Nyoongar people who are taking part in or supporting the
use of Heirisson Island (Matagarup) for a number of
purposes, including for a peaceful political protest.”
Ms Monck, a well known Perth criminal lawyer and
barrister, has also notified the Office of the WA Police
Commissioner, that she is representing Nyoongar Tent
Embassy.” Gerry Georgatos

– Background

Facebook: Nyoongar Tent Embassy
http://www.facebook.com/NyoongarTentEmbassy
[Perth, WA]

Welcome to our website… Nyoongar Tent Embassy
http://tentembassywa.com/
[Perth, WA]

WGAR News: Force used to suppress the Aboriginal
sovereignty movement: Michael Anderson (27 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/27/wgar-news-force-used-to-suppress-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-michael-anderson
[Several articles on the Nyoongar Tent Embassy in Perth, WA.]

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSIES:

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-and-the-aboriginal-tent-embassies

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio Online News 24.04.2012
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-online-news-24-04-2012
24 Apr 12: “An application by South Australian Aboriginal
Elder Uncle Kevin Buzzacott to overturn a proposed
expansion of the Olympic Dam uranium and copper mine in has
been dismissed by the Federal court.”

See: WGAR News:
“Court throws out Olympic Dam challenge” ABC PM (22 Apr 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/wgar-news-court-throws-out-olympic-dam-challenge-abc-pm

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio Online News 23.04.2012
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-online-news-23-04-2012
23 Apr 12: “The Federal and state governments are facing
growing criticism for their failure to help address
spiralling youth suicide rates in Aborignal communiites
which in some cases are hundreds of times higher than those
in the non indigenous sector.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Online Radio News 20.04.2012
http://caama.com.au/caama-online-radio-news-20-04-2012
20 Apr 12: “A major Australian health company says despite
modern advances in health services the life expectancy gap
between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and other
Australians is proving difficult to overcome.”

– News

Catholic Leader: Priority on Aboriginal deaths in custody
http://www.catholicleader.com.au/news.php/top-stories/priority-on-aboriginal-deaths-in-custody_79303
29 Apr 12: “BRISBANE archdiocese’s Murri Ministry and
Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) will invite
Premier Campbell Newman to meet and consider ways to meet
the challenge of rising numbers of Aboriginal deaths in
custody as well as increasing indigenous incarceration
rates. Ministries co-ordinator Ravina Waldren said the
proposed meeting with Mr Newman aimed to discuss
recommendations from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal
Deaths in Custody which delivered its final report to the
Federal Government 21 years ago this month.” Paul Dobbyn

Indymedia: WA’s top cop wants to lock up kids
– most of them Aboriginal kids
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/23/was-top-cop-wants-to-lock-up-kids-most-of-them-aboriginal-kids
23 Apr 12: “WA’s top cop, police commissioner Karl
O’Callaghan said the courts need to lock up repeat juvenile
offenders sooner rather than later. He claims this will
reduce home invasions while scoring the children an earlier
shot at rehabilitation. He has previously said that more
than half (63%) of these offenders are Aboriginal youth.
WA has the highest incarceration of Aboriginal youth in
the country, both in terms of total numbers and in
proportion to population.” Gerry Georgatos

– Analysis / Opinion

Canberra Times: The spirit is willing, the policy weak
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/opinion/politics/the-spirit-is-willing-the-policy-weak-20120422-1xex9.html
23 Apr 12: “A race-based approach to solving the problems
in our indigenous communities is doomed to failure. OF ALL
the lies that underpinned racial segregation in America and
apartheid in South Africa, “separate but equal” was one
of the biggest. Today, indigenous Australians suffer
terrible inequities, but this nation formally separates
the provision of basic government services as a means of
“bridging the gap”. I believe this separation – and the
political and bureaucratic paternalism it embodies – is a
factor in the decades-long failure to deliver anything that
remotely resembles equality for indigenous Australians.”
John Watson, a senior writer at The Age

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120423 – Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia – 23 events from 23 April 2012

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 24/04/2012 by D

Contents:
* Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia
* Justice Reinvestment Campaign for Aboriginal Youth NSW
* “How many more suicides before we open our eyes and ears?”
* Other articles

* UPCOMING ABORIGINAL RIGHTS EVENT AROUND AUSTRALIA
– 23 EVENTS FROM 23 APRIL 2012

Click on the links for details of the events …

Event: Tue 24 April 2012: UTS, Ultimo, Sydney, NSW
Public Lecture: UTSpeaks: More Intervention
“Will the Government’s Stronger Futures law
reforms aid indigenous communities or
further divide Australia’s people?”
Lecture by three UTS experts in Indigenous law reform:
* Nicole Watson
* Alison Vivian
* Craig Longman
All are senior researchers with the UTS
Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning
Event details: http://newsroom.uts.edu.au/events/2012/04/more-intervention
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/utspeaks-more-intervention
Event details: http://newsroom.uts.edu.au/sites/all/files/pdfs/event/utspeaks_more_intervention.pdf

Event: Anzac Day 25 April 2012: Canberra, ACT
Lest We Forget the Frontier Wars
– Anzac Day march in Canberra
Michael Anderson said “Last year we started
Lest We Forget the Frontier Wars by joining on behind the
Anzac Day march in Canberra and we received enormous
support from the public at this time.
Now we need to keep it going.
We have commenced a process to highlight the wars fought on
Australian soil since 1788, when our country was taken by
superior force, at gunpoint, and those who stood in the way
were shot.
What we need to do now is to keep identifying that there
has been warfare; that blood has been spilt on the wattle;
and there is an ongoing war of attrition against Aboriginal
Peoples to this day. …
Joining the Anzac march is NOT a protest.
It is a remembering of the wars and the losses of those
who suffered.”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/13/wgar-news-lest-we-forget-the-frontier-wars-anzac-day-25th-april-2012-sovereign-union
Event details: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/lest-we-forget-frontier-wars-%E2%80%93-anzac-day-25th-april-2012

Event: Anzac Day 25 April 2012: Redfern, Sydney, NSW
2012 – Redfern ANZAC Day March and Commemorative Service
Honouring our Aboriginal & TSI Servicemen and Servicewomen
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/2012-redfern-anzac-day-march-and-commemorative-service

Event: Thu 26 April 2012: University of the Sunshine Coast, Qld
Our Generation film screening
“The University of the Sunshine Coast’s
Amnesty International Uni group will be
hosting this screening as a part of
Amnesty International’s Homelands campaign.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/qld/event/28240/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/our-generation-film-screening-at-the-sunshine-coast
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Fri 27 April 2012: Bankstown, Sydney, NSW
Speak Out against Income Management
“As part of the 2011 Federal Budget, the Australian
government announced that it plans to spend $117.5 million
over the next five years to introduce Income Management to
five “disadvantaged” communities across Australia. …
Income Management will commence in these sites from 1st
July 2012 and will be compulsorily applied to welfare
recipients in the “trial sites” who are assessed by
Centrelink to be “vulnerable to financial crisis” and they
will have 50% of their payment quarantined.”
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/333817633347001/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/speak-out-against-income-management-sydney
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/no-to-income-management-not-in-bankstown-not-in-the-nt-not-anywhere
Background: http://www.sayno2gim.info/
Background: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/income-management

Event: Sat 28 April 2012: Musgrave Park, Brisbane, Qld
Corroboree – Dancers, Music, Speakers
All welcome!
Brisbane Sovereign Embassy
Event details: http://antarqld.org.au/node/164
Event details: http://cultureboy.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/brisbane-sovereign-embassy.html
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.antarqld.org.au/node/165

Event: Sat 28 April 2012: Janalli, NSW
Briefing on Constitutional change proposals
St George & Sutherland Community College
” … what the Expert Panel has proposed, to help people
understand what that is about and what are the
next steps. The briefing will include an interactive
session and briefing material.”
Presenters: Representatives of Reconciliation Australia
Event details: http://www.sydneykin.org.au/pipermail/womenforwik/2012-March/000724.html

Event: Sat 28 April 2012: Brunswick
Desert Liberation Front presents
Lizard Rising Fundraiser Gig
Special guests:
* Uncle Kev Buzzacott aka Buzwapa,
* Robbie Thorpe and
* Johnny Harding
Flyer: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3154084985542&set=o.287408194659274&type=1&ref=nf
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/lizard-rising-fundraiser-gig
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/224524544273924
Background: http://londonminingnetwork.org/2011/10/australia-approves-20-30bn-bhp-billitons-olympic-dam-mine-expansion/

Event: Intermittent 1 March – 3 May 2012: Various Locations
House of Representatives Committees
Inquiry into language learning in Indigenous communities
Public hearings:
Canberra, ACT: 1 March 2012
Canberra, ACT: 15 March 2012
Canberra, ACT: 22 March 2012
Adelaide, SA: 2 April 2012
Utopia Homelands, NT: 3 April 2012
Alice Springs, NT: 4 April 2012
Broome, WA: 30 April 2012
Halls Creek, WA: 1 May 2012
Darwin, NT: 2 May 2012
Event details: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House_of_Representatives_Committees?url=atsia/languages/hearings/index.htm

Event: Thu 19 April to Mon 14 May 2012: Campsie, NSW
Homelands Photography Exhibition
“to explore the Aboriginal community of Utopia,
located in the Northern Territory”
Opening night: Thu 19 April
Demand Dignity – Amnesty International
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/28174/

Event: 11 February 2012 to 26 May 2012: South Bank, Brisbane, 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: Wed 2 May 2012: Brisbane, Qld
Constitutional Recognition Forum
Tiga Bayles will MC the forum
Panellists include:
Congress Co-Chairs Les Malezer and Jody Broun
Hosted by:
West End, Brisbane Congress, BIMA and 98.9FM
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.antarqld.org.au/node/165

Event: Fri 4 May 2012: Chippendale, Sydney, NSW
Sydney Book Launch:
“NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotations”
Launched by:
* Graeme Mundine,
Executive Officer, ACM Sydney Archdiocese
* Amy McQuire, Editor, Tracker Magazine
“Beautifully illustrated, this hard-backed book
gives voice to the views of Aboriginal people
living under the Intervention.”
Published by ‘concerned Australians’: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/
Invitation: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/NTCR-Launch%20Invite-4-5-12.pdf
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/films-and-literature/book-nt-consultations-report-2011
Event details: http://www.respectandlisten.org/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/sydney-book-launch-%E2%80%9Cnt-consultations-report-2011%E2%80%9D-friday-4-may
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/special-sydney-book-launch-of-the-highly-important-nt-consultations-report-2011-by-quotations
Book review: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/NTCR-Book-review.pdf
Short Book review: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/NTCR-Book-rev-short.pdf
Book order form: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/NTCR2011_Order_Form_Apr_2012.pdf

Event: Sun 6 May 2012: Circular Quay, 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.greekfestivalofsydney.com.au/festival12/events/event_our_generation.htm
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/screenings
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Sat 12 May 2012: Melbourne City, Vic
2012 Autumn Action:
Rally: Stop Aboriginal Deaths 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://indymedia.org.au/stop-aboriginal-deaths-in-custody-2012-autumn-action
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/50705

Event: Wed 23 May 2012: Wollongong, NSW
Litigating the Boundaries of Sovereignty
– Symposium Day 1
Location: University of Wollongong
Jointly organised by:
* Legal Intersections Research Centre, University of Wollongong
* School of Law and Justice, Southern Cross University
“On 26 January 2012, on the day of the 40th anniversary of
the establishment Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra,
a number of prominent Aboriginal activists advanced an
articulated claim to the continuity of Aboriginal
sovereignty in Australia. … [This is] a one-day workshop to
explore the legal and political implications of those claims.”
Event details: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/litigating-boundaries-sovereignty-symposium-day-1

Event: 23 and 24 May 2012: Wollongong, south of Sydney
Interim Aboriginal unity government assembly
Held at the Sandon Point Aboriginal Embassy
“All Aboriginal nations are being called on to send two
delegates to the inaugural assembly of the interim national
unity government in Wollongong in May.
“This gathering to form the Interim Sovereign Union
National Unity Government is so important, as the federal
government and their Uncle Tom collaborators are working
overtime to indoctrinate our children and youth into their
way of thinking by falsely promoting that recognition in
the Constitution will give our people something,”
the spokesman of the movement, Michael Anderson, writes in
a media release.”
“On the first day, 23rd of May, two universities, South Cross
and Wollongong law faculties will host a law symposium to
discuss the continuing sovereignty of Aboriginal people as
an introduction to this history-making event.”
Event details: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/call-delegates-aboriginal-unity-government-assembly-may-2012
Sovereign Union – National Unity Government: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/

Event: Sat 26 May 2012: Bankstown, Sydney, NSW
Seminar for unionists and community members:
Income Management (IM) in Bankstown
” … aimed at workers who will be caught up
implementing Income Management in
Bankstown, as well as other unionists.”
Event details: http://www.solidarity.net.au/44/bankstown-basicscard-campaign-reaches-out-to-unionists/
IM Background: http://www.sayno2gim.info/
IM Background: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/income-management

Event: 27 May – 3 June 2012: various locations around Australia
National Reconciliation Week 2012
– Let’s talk recognition
“Each year National Reconciliation Week (NRW) celebrates
the rich culture and history of the First Australians.
It is the ideal time for everyone to join the reconciliation
conversation and to think about how we can help turn
around the disadvantage experienced by many
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.”
Event details: http://www.reconciliation.org.au/home/get-involved/national-reconciliation-week
Event details: http://www.reconciliation.org.au/home/get-involved/events/events-calendar

Event: Sat 14 to Fri 20 July 2012: Olympic Dam, SA
The Lizard’s Revenge:
Olympic Dam expansion music/art/festival/protest
“Sleeping underneath the ground there is an old lizard,
Kalta the sleepy lizard. The lizard ain’t so sleepy anymore.
BHP is mining right into that Lizards body. The government
has just approved an expansion of the Olympic Dam uranium
mine, making it the biggest uranium mine in the world.
Kalta is angry and wants revenge.
Arabana elder Kevin Buzzacot is calling the people of the
world to help the lizard shut down the mine. He is calling
for people to come and heal the land in the name of peace
and justice for the next 10,000 generations to come.”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/the-lizards-revenge-olympic-dam-expansion-musicartfestivalprotest
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/224524544273924
Background: http://londonminingnetwork.org/2011/10/australia-approves-20-30bn-bhp-billitons-olympic-dam-mine-expansion/

Event: 11 August 2012: Melbourne City, 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 City, 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

Event: 5-7 December 2012: Gold Coast, Qld
2012 National Indigenous Health Conference
Many Pathways, One Outcome
” … is designed to bring together both government
and non-government agencies who are working
in the field of Indigenous health with the belief
that working together can close the gap between
the state of Indigenous Health as compared to
the health of mainstream Australians.”
Event details: http://www.indigenoushealth.net/

– ‘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

* JUSTICE REINVESTMENT CAMPAIGN FOR ABORIGINAL YOUTH NSW:

– Website

The Justice Reinvestment Campaign for Aboriginal Youth NSW
http://www.justicereinvestmentnow.net.au/
“Build them a Brighter future
Before we lose a generation: Aboriginal young people now
make up 50% of the prison population in NSW, and are 28
times more likely to be placed in juvenile detention that
non-Indigenous young people.
Give them a life – not life in prison
The system is not working: The Justice Reinvestment for
Aboriginal Young People Campaign is asking the NSW
Government to shift spending that has been allocated for
prisons and detention centres towards community-based
programs and services that address the factors that
contribute to criminal behaviour in young people.”

* “HOW MANY MORE SUICIDES BEFORE WE OPEN OUR EYES AND EARS?”

– Analysis / Opinion

Indymedia Australia:
How many more suicides before we open our eyes and ears?
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/21/how-many-more-suicides-before-we-open-our-eyes-and-ears
21 Apr 12: “Kabi Kabi Elder, and Bundaberg campus
coordinator Nulloo Yumbah at Central Queensland University,
Cheri Yavu-Kama-Harathunian said she is devastated by the
rising disenfranchisement of Aboriginal youth, and the
world’s highest suicide rates – of Australia’s Aboriginal
children. “Across my desk came a study that reported ‘the
number of completed Indigenous suicides (in the Kimberley)
last year exceeded the Australian Defence Force fatalities
in Afghanistan’. I cannot comprehend this statement. It is
too much,” said Mrs Yavu-Kamu-Harathunian.” Gerry Georgatos

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– News

Australian: Elder loses Olympic Dam battle
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/elder-loses-olympic-dam-battle/story-fn59niix-1226334796443
21 Apr 12: “A JUDGE has dismissed a challenge by an
Aboriginal elder against federal government approvals for
the expansion of BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam mine. …
A traditional owner, Kevin Buzzacott challenged federal
Environment Minister Tony Burke’s October 2011 approval for
the mine expansion, saying the approval could not be given
on condition of plans and studies that had not yet been
undertaken.”

See:

WGAR News:
“Court throws out Olympic Dam challenge” ABC PM (22 Apr 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/wgar-news-court-throws-out-olympic-dam-challenge-abc-pm

120422 – “Court throws out Olympic Dam challenge” ABC PM

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 23/04/2012 by D

Contents:
* ABC PM: Court throws out Olympic Dam challenge
* Background to challenge of Olympic Dam mine
* Olympic Dam expansion music/art/festival/protest
* Interview with Congress co-chair Les Malezer
* arena: Protector Macklin’s Intervention by Jeff McMullen
* Campaign to stop Income Management reaches out to unionists
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles

* ABC PM: COURT THROWS OUT OLYMPIC DAM CHALLENGE:

– Audio

ABC PM: Court throws out Olympic Dam challenge
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-04-20/court-throws-out-olympic-dam-challenge/3963638?section=sa
20 Apr 12: “It was a last-ditch effort to stop what’s
predicted to be the world’s biggest mining project. But
today the Federal Court threw out a challenge to BHP’s
proposed Olympic Dam expansion in remote South Australia.
A local traditional owner [Kevin Buzzacott] argued that the
Federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke, had failed to
consider crucial environmental factors in approving the
proposal last October. But today, the argument was
dismissed and BHP Billiton indicated that it would pursue
the Aboriginal elder for costs.”

– Related Media Release

Friends of the Earth Adelaide:
Mining giant seeks costs from Arabunna Elder after ruling on
challenge to Federal Court approval of the Olympic Dam Expansion
http://www.adelaide.foe.org.au/2012/04/mining-giant-seeks-costs-from-arabunna-elder-after-ruling-on-challenge-to-federal-approval-of-the-olympic-dam-expansion/
20 Apr 12: “In a packed courtroom today Justice Besanko
dismissed Uncle Kevin Buzzacott’s challenge of the Federal
approval of the Olympic Dam expansion. The judge did not
discuss his reasons in the court.
Both BHP and the Federal government are seeking costs from
Kevin Buzzacott.
The hearing was held in the Federal Court on the 3rd and
4th April, after which the Judge reserved his judgement.
Both BHP Billiton and the South Australian government had
successfully sought to become parties to the proceedings.
“The speed with which this decision was made suggests
pressure to resolve the matter as quickly as possible so as
not to impact the project,” said Nectaria Calan of Friends
of the Earth Adelaide. …
“This is a very sad day,” said applicant Kevin Buzzacott.
“We offered the judge the issue on a platter, and he wasted
an opportunity to make changes that will reverberate in
this nation for thousands of years.”
“But we’re not going away. This isn’t over yet,”
Mr Buzzacott concluded.”

– Related News

Adelaide Now:
Aboriginal elder loses bid to overturn expansion of
BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/business/aboriginal-elder-loses-bid-to-overturn-expansion-of-bhp-billitons-olympic-dam/story-e6frede3-1226334600396
20 Apr 12: “THE Federal Court has dismissed a challenge to
the approval of BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam expansion.
Aboriginal elder and anti-nuclear campaigner Kevin
Buzzacott challenged the Federal Government’s approval of
the $30 billion project, arguing the environmental
assessment was too shortsighted and small in scope. …
Around 20 protesters congregated outside the court before
the judgment, where Mr Buzzacott criticised the “greedy”
and “selfish” act of expanding the mine.”

Yahoo!7: Elder loses court fight over outback mining plan
http://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/elder-loses-court-fight-over-053610744.html
20 Apr 12: “The Federal Court has dismissed an application
by an Aboriginal elder to overturn a proposed expansion of
the Olympic Dam uranium and copper mine in outback South
Australia. Kevin Buzzacott challenged the Federal
Government’s approval for the expansion, which was granted
last year. He argued environmental risks from the planned
expansion of underground mining to an open pit operation
had not been properly considered. But Justice Anthony
Besanko dismissed the application.”

Australian: Court rejects bid to stop SA Olympic Dam
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news-old/court-rejects-bid-to-stop-sa-olympic-dam/story-fn3dxity-1226334680428
20 Apr 12: “THE federal court has rejected a move by an
Aboriginal elder to block a giant expansion of the Olympic
Dam uranium and copper mine in South Australia’s north. …
“We were expecting something like this to happen. I guess
it’s just a sad day for the people of South Australia and
especially my people,” Mr Buzzacott said. “I think we did
our best to get our arguments up. “It’s not over yet. The
battle may have started, but it hasn’t ended yet.””

* BACKGROUND TO CHALLENGE OF OLYMPIC DAM MINE:

WGAR News: Aboriginal elder challenges expansion of Olympic
Dam mine (6 Apr 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/06/wgar-news-aboriginal-elder-challenges-expansion-of-olympic-dam-mine

WA Greens:
Greens back David in fight against radioactive Goliath (3 Apr 12)
http://wa.greens.org.au/content/greens-back-david-fight-against-radioactive-goliath

WGAR News: The Lizard’s Revenge over uranium mine
– Festival protest against Olympic Dam expansion (31 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/31/wgar-news-the-lizards-revenge-over-uranium-mine-festival-protest-against-olympic-dam-expa

* OLYMPIC DAM EXPANSION MUSIC/ART/FESTIVAL/PROTEST

– Upcoming events

Event: Sat 28 April 2012: Brunswick
Desert Liberation Front presents
Lizard Rising Fundraiser Gig
Special guests:
* Uncle Kev Buzzacott aka Buzwapa,
* Robbie Thorpe and
* Johnny Harding
Flyer: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3154084985542&set=o.287408194659274&type=1&ref=nf
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/lizard-rising-fundraiser-gig
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/224524544273924
Background: http://londonminingnetwork.org/2011/10/australia-approves-20-30bn-bhp-billitons-olympic-dam-mine-expansion/

Event: Sat 14 to Fri 20 July 2012: Olympic Dam, SA
The Lizard’s Revenge:
Olympic Dam expansion music/art/festival/protest
“Sleeping underneath the ground there is an old lizard,
Kalta the sleepy lizard. The lizard ain’t so sleepy anymore.
BHP is mining right into that Lizards body. The government
has just approved an expansion of the Olympic Dam uranium
mine, making it the biggest uranium mine in the world.
Kalta is angry and wants revenge.
Arabana elder Kevin Buzzacot is calling the people of the
world to help the lizard shut down the mine. He is calling
for people to come and heal the land in the name of peace
and justice for the next 10,000 generations to come.”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/the-lizards-revenge-olympic-dam-expansion-musicartfestivalprotest
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/224524544273924
Background: http://londonminingnetwork.org/2011/10/australia-approves-20-30bn-bhp-billitons-olympic-dam-mine-expansion/

WGAR News: The Lizard’s Revenge over uranium mine
– Festival protest against Olympic Dam expansion (31 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/31/wgar-news-the-lizards-revenge-over-uranium-mine-festival-protest-against-olympic-dam-expa

* INTERVIEW WITH CONGRESS CO-CHAIR LES MALEZER:

– Audio Interview

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Gov’ts commitment to engage with National Congress challenged !
http://caama.com.au/governments-commitment-to-engage-with-national-congress-challenged
20 Apr 12: “The co chair of Australia’s peak national
representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islanders has questioned the Gillard Labor governments
commitment to engage and work with the new group at the
level which had been originally intended. The National
Congress of Australia’s First Peoples was created as a
national voice to represent the views and aspirations of
Aboriginal and Islander peoples to government and engage
in meaningful debate and discussion….but Co chair Les
Malezer says the government hasn’t been prepared to share
business.”

* ARENA: PROTECTOR MACKLIN’S INTERVENTION BY JEFF McMULLEN:

– Analysis / Opinion

arena: Protector Macklin’s Intervention
http://www.arena.org.au/2012/04/protector-macklin%E2%80%99s-intervention/
Apr 2012: “The shadow of Auber Octavius Neville, the great
white Protector, once more falls across Aboriginal
Australians as politicians agree to extend the Intervention
in the Northern Territory. A century ago Chief Protector
Neville insisted that Aboriginal people ‘have to be
protected against themselves whether they like it or not’.
It was this logic that gave Australia the Stolen Generation
as tens of thousands of Aboriginal children were removed
from their families sending waves of trauma through
successive generations. … ” Dr Jeff McMullen

* CAMPAIGN TO STOP INCOME MANAGEMENT REACHES OUT TO UNIONISTS:

– News

Solidarity:
Bankstown BasicsCard campaign reaches out to unionists
http://www.solidarity.net.au/44/bankstown-basicscard-campaign-reaches-out-to-unionists/
Apr 2012: “The campaign to stop Income Management, first
introduced as part of the racist NT Intervention, is
reaching out to organised workers in an attempt to stop the
policy in its tracks. Income Management, which
“quarantines” 50 per cent of welfare payments onto a
BasicsCard, is set to be implemented in Bankstown in
Sydney’s South-West this July, along with Logan and
Rockhampton (Qld), Playford (SA) and Shepparton (Vic). …
The campaign will hold a major seminar and strategy session
on Saturday May 26 at the Arab Council Australia Office in
Bankstown. Promotion will be aimed at workers who will be
caught up implementing Income Management in Bankstown, as
well as other unionists.” Paddy Gibson

See:

Say No to Government’s Income Management:
Not in Bankstown, Not Anywhere!
http://www.sayno2gim.info/

Stop the Intervention: Income Management
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/income-management

– Upcoming events

Event: Fri 27 April 2012: Bankstown, Sydney, NSW
Speak Out against Income Management (IM)
“As part of the 2011 Federal Budget, the Australian
government announced that it plans to spend $117.5 million
over the next five years to introduce Income Management to
five “disadvantaged” communities across Australia. …
Income Management will commence in these sites from 1st
July 2012 and will be compulsorily applied to welfare
recipients in the “trial sites” who are assessed by
Centrelink to be “vulnerable to financial crisis” and they
will have 50% of their payment quarantined.”
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/333817633347001/
IM Background: http://www.sayno2gim.info/
IM Background: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/income-management

Event: Sat 26 May 2012: Bankstown, Sydney, NSW
Seminar for unionists and community members:
Income Management (IM) in Bankstown
” … aimed at workers who will be caught up
implementing Income Management in
Bankstown, as well as other unionists.”
Event details: http://www.solidarity.net.au/44/bankstown-basicscard-campaign-reaches-out-to-unionists/
IM Background: http://www.sayno2gim.info/
IM Background: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/income-management

* BACKGROUND TO ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ NEW NT INTERVENTION LAWS:

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-stronger-futures-new-nt-intervention-laws

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-northern-territory-nt-intervention

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Noongar people call for the formulation of tribal council
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7137-noongar-people-call-for-the-formulation-of-tribal-council
19 Apr 12: “Opponents of a billion dollar offer to
extinguish Native Title claims over Noongar country in
Western Australia’s south-west have indicated they will
form a breakaway Native Title organisation. Noongar
protesters, who established a Tent Embassy on Heirrison
Island in Perth, say the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea
Council, who support the offer, don’t represent them.
Embassy spokesperson Marianne McKay says her group has
been meeting with Noongar people to inform them of the
pitfalls of the offer. She says there will be a meeting
for June to form a Noongar tribal council.”

National Indigenous Times:
WA’s holiday change is worthless without talks
http://www.nit.com.au/news/932-was-holiday-change-is-worthless-without-talks.html
19 Apr 12: “The actions of the Premier of Western Australia
Colin Barnett over the Perth Tent Embassy proved he was
“not fair dinkum” and re-naming the State’s annual State
holiday to Western Australia Day “worthless” for the
State’s Nyoongar peoples. Iva Hayward-Jackson described Mr
Barnett’s refusal to meet with Nyoongar people to resolve
the Tent Embassy issues as an “insult” and the Western
Australia… ”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Anger over lack of Murray-Darling cultural water continues
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7136-anger-over-lack-of-murray-darling-cultural-water-considerations-continue
19 Apr 12: “The Chairman of the Murray Lower Darling Rivers
Indigenous Nations has called for immediate amendments to
the draft Murray-Darling Basin Authority Plan after 20
weeks of consultations ended on Monday. Grant Rigney has
demanded water licences be revoked so the river system can
be free-flowing. Mr. Rigney says Indigenous groups aren’t
happy with the proposed amount of water to be allocated
back in to the system and there are many holes in the
Plan.”

National Indigenous Times:
Use Anzac Day to also remember the colonial wars, says Anderson
http://www.nit.com.au/news/933-use-anzac-day-to-also-remember-the-colonial-wars-says-anderson.html
19 Apr 12: “Aboriginal leader Michael Anderson has called
on Indigenous people to march on ANZAC Day to remember
those who fell in the colonial wars and massacres since
invasion. “I think it’s time Australia accepted its history
and started accepting some of the realities of its
existence and it’s up to us to make that happen,” Mr
Anderson… ”

Koori Mail: Anzac march plan
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
18 Apr 12: “ABORIGINAL leaders have defended moves to
highlight the frontier wars during Anzac Day marches amid
claims that it would be disrespectful. Canberra Aboriginal
Tent Embassy founder Michael Anderson has called on
Aboriginal people across the country to march on Anzac Day
in commemoration of frontier wars ‘perpetuated by British
invaders and the ongoing war of attrition against
Aboriginal Peoples’. Particularly, he wants anyone
interested to carry a banner for one of the wars or
massacres that occurred.”

– Upcoming event

Event: Anzac Day 25 April 2012: Canberra, ACT
Lest We Forget the Frontier Wars
– Anzac Day march in Canberra
Michael Anderson said “Last year we started
Lest We Forget the Frontier Wars by joining on behind the
Anzac Day march in Canberra and we received enormous
support from the public at this time.
Now we need to keep it going.
We have commenced a process to highlight the wars fought on
Australian soil since 1788, when our country was taken by
superior force, at gunpoint, and those who stood in the way
were shot.
What we need to do now is to keep identifying that there
has been warfare; that blood has been spilt on the wattle;
and there is an ongoing war of attrition against Aboriginal
Peoples to this day. …
Joining the Anzac march is NOT a protest.
It is a remembering of the wars and the losses of those
who suffered.”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/13/wgar-news-lest-we-forget-the-frontier-wars-anzac-day-25th-april-2012-sovereign-union
Event details: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/lest-we-forget-frontier-wars-%E2%80%93-anzac-day-25th-april-2012

– – –

120420 – “Radioactive waste on Pacific Highway highlights dangers of Muckaty dump” BNI

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 23/04/2012 by D

Contents:
* BNI: Radioactive waste on Pacific Highway highlights
dangers of Muckaty dump
* Background to proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump
* Other articles

* BNI:
RADIOACTIVE WASTE ON PACIFIC HIGHWAY HIGHLIGHTS
DANGERS OF MUCKATY DUMP:

– News

Beyond Nuclear Initiative:
Radioactive waste on Pacific Highway highlights dangers of
Muckaty dump
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/2012/04/18/radioactive-waste-on-pacific-highway-highlights-dangers-of-muckaty-dump/
18 Apr 12: “The Beyond Nuclear Initiative is reiterating
calls for an national independent inquiry into radioactive
waste transport and storage following unearthing of
radioactive materials during a Pacific Highway expansion on
the mid north coast of NSW.
BNI Project Coordinator Natalie Wasley says the nausea,
vomiting and health effects experienced by roadwork crews
highlight the threat to workers, communities and the
environment if the proposed radioactive dump at Muckaty in
the NT goes ahead.
Ms Wasley continued, “Resources Minister Ferguson is
pursuing plans to transport radioactive spent fuel
thousands of kilometers to a remote site in the Northern
Territory, which has fewer trained emergency responders,
less equipment and response capability than NSW. This
incident should be a wake up call to the Prime Minister
and Resources Minister to immediately drop the Muckaty
plan.””

– Related Petition

CommunityRun:
To: Resource Minister Martin Ferguson,
Prime Minister Julia Gillard
Put the brakes on toxic trucks – no nuclear waste at Muckaty
http://www.communityrun.org/petitions/put-the-brakes-on-toxic-trucks-no-nuclear-waste-at-muckaty
“Why is this important? Australia nuclear industry does
create risks to our community, environment and future. Any
incidents or accidents that occur are never be quickly or
easily cleaned up. The Federal government has a
controversial plan to build a national radioactive waste
dump at Muckaty, near Tennant Creek in the Northern
Territory. Many Aboriginal Traditional Owners from Muckaty
alongside medical groups, environmental organisations,
unions, churches and the NT government are calling on the
Federal government to scrap the plan, and for an
independent public inquiry.”

– Related News

SBS World News: Pacific Hwy radiation scare sparks testing
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1643383/Radiation-scare-sickens-highway-workers
18 Apr 12: “The NSW government is testing for contaminated
material along the Pacific Highway after five workers were
struck by nausea when they unearthed a clay-like material.
… The health scare immediately triggered fears that the
workers had uncovered radioactive material believed to have
spilled from a truck more than 30 years ago. The truck,
which was carrying radioactive isotopes to Brisbane was
involved in a crash on the same stretch of highway in
1980.”

ABC: Workers sick amid highway radiation scare
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-04-18/radioactive-discovery-halts-pacific-hwy-upgrade/3957168
18 Apr 12: “Road workers were sent for medical treatment
after vomiting when suspected nuclear material was
unearthed during work on an upgrade to the Pacific Highway
in New South Wales. The materials were buried near
Laurieton, south of Port Macquarie, after a truck carrying
radioactive elements including caesium and americium
crashed in 1980. The isotopes were being taken from
Sydney’s Lucas Heights nuclear reactor to Brisbane from
where it was to be shipped to the United States.”

Courier-Mail: Radioactive waste stops highway upgrade
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/breaking-news/radioactive-waste-stops-highway-upgrade/story-e6freonf-1226331081952
18 Apr 12: “ROAD workers have discovered containers of
radioactive material buried near the Pacific Highway on
NSW’s mid-north coast more than 30 years ago. The waste was
buried off the highway after a truck transporting
radioactive isotopes from Sydney’s Lucas Heights nuclear
reactor crashed north of Port Macquarie in 1980. The
material was being taken to Brisbane to be shipped to the
United States, the ABC says.”

Telegraph:
Workers fall ill after unearthing possible contaminated material
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sydney-nsw/radioactive-waste-stops-highway-upgrade/story-fnb5f12x-1226331112591
18 Apr 12: “AUTHORITIES are “investigating a suspected
contamination area” where five roadworkers fell ill and
after a yet to be identified toxic material was unearthed
on the Pacific Highway.”

Courier-Mail: Inquiry to investigate Pacific Highway
‘toxic waste’ discovery, Minister says
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/breaking-news/inquiry-to-investigate-pacific-highway-toxic-waste-discovery-minister-says/story-e6freonf-1226332892277
19 Apr 12: “NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay says an
independent inquiry will investigate how five road workers
came to be exposed to potentially toxic material buried on
the state’s mid-north coast. Experts wearing radiation
protection suits from Australia’s nuclear agency will
arrive at the site near Laurieton, south of Port Macquarie,
today.”

Telegraph: It smells like a cover-up, say the Greens
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/it-smells-like-a-cover-up-say-the-greens/story-e6freuy9-1226332068049
19 Apr 12: “THE Greens yesterday called for an inquiry into
an alleged 20-year cover-up over the spillage of
radioactive waste at a Pacific Highway upgrade site as the
government backed 1980s claims that no radioactive material
was ever spilled.”

Telegraph: Our nuclear fears demand inquiry
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/our-nuclear-fears-demand-inquiry/story-e6frezz0-1226331999769
19 Apr 12: “FROM Maralinga to Fukushima, any event
associated with nuclear radioactivity is certain to raise
legitimate public concern. Now NSW has its own
radioactivity drama, with roadworks on the Pacific Highway,
near Laurieton on the mid-north coast, uncovering what some
suspect is radioactive waste.”

Courier-Mail: Lethal, toxic truth buried in a ditch
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/national/lethal-toxic-truth-buried-in-a-ditch/story-e6freooo-1226332071028
19 Apr 12: “FIRE and Rescue NSW hazardous materials
investigators have joined union officials and other
authorities at the site where toxic pesticide and possible
remnants of radioactive waste were unearthed during
roadworks. Three staff from the Australian Nuclear Science
and Technology Organisation are also expected to arrive
there shortly and will inspect the site in radiation
protective suits.”

Perth Now: Lethal, toxic truth buried in a highway ditch
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/special-features/lethal-toxic-truth-buried-in-a-ditch/story-e6frg19l-1226332776803
19 Apr 12: “WHY radioactive materials, a banned pesticide
and food were on the same truck that crashed on the New
South Wales Pacific Highway in 1980 is a mystery. But the
political fallout of its roadside burial and discovery 32
years later – which left five contractors vomiting and
exposed another 13 workers to possibly lethal toxic waste
– will be nothing short of nuclear.”

Courier-Mail: No toxins found at NSW highway site
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/breaking-news/no-toxins-found-at-nsw-highway-site/story-e6freonf-1226333611671
19 Apr 12: “NO toxic material has been found on the stretch
of the Pacific Highway where road workers fell sick after
unearthing an unknown substance, Roads and Maritime
Services (RMS) has confirmed. However, the authority will
continue to test the site before issuing the all-clear.”

ABC Rural: Toxic find shows why waste dump is needed: professor
http://www.abc.net.au/rural/news/content/201204/s3481186.htm
19 Apr 12: “An expert in nuclear material says the
discovery of toxic substances at a road works site in NSW
lends weight to the push for a national waste dump. Five
workers have reportedly fallen sick after digging up
material which was buried after a truck crash at the site
near Port Macquarie in 1980. Curtin University associate
professor Nigel Marks says even 30 years since the
incident, there is still no dedicated centre to store
nuclear waste in Australia.”

Daily Telegraph: Buried fury at betrayal bubbles to the surface
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sydney-nsw/buried-fury-at-betrayal-bubbles-to-the-surface/story-e6freuzi-1226333766448
20 Apr 12: “THEY were the two police officers literally
left holding cans of radioactive material after a fatal
truck crash in 1980. Now 32 years on, former officers Bob
Deards and Terry Clifton remain every bit as bitter about
being abandoned by authorities and years of excruciating
health problems – which followed exposure to deadly
radiation and pesticides – as they did following the
crash.”

Telegraph: Bike track soiled by excavated site debris
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/bike-track-soiled-by-excavated-site-debris/story-e6freuy9-1226333763543
20 Apr 12: “THE contamination scare engulfing the Pacific
Highway upgrade has widened, with revelations soil from the
ill-fated project was dumped on a motor-cross track enjoyed
by children.”

* BACKGROUND TO PROPOSED MUCKATY NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

WGAR News:
Interviews re Federal Court challenge over Muckaty (31 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/31/wgar-news-the-lizards-revenge-over-uranium-mine-festival-protest-against-olympic-dam-expa

YouTube: Muckaty Voices-Australia’s nuclear waste dump story

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
http://www.foe.org.au/anti-nuclear/issues/oz/nontdump/Dump%20briefing%20Feb%202011.pdf

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

Australian Conservation Foundation:
Muckaty radioactive dump:
http://www.acfonline.org.au/be-informed/northern-australia-nuclear/muckaty-radioactive-dump

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

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Online Radio News 19.04.2012
http://caama.com.au/caama-online-radio-news-18-04-2012
19 Apr 12: “The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
social Justice commissioner has voiced his concerns about
how Government intends to include Aboriginal people in any
talks about changes to the proposed Stronger Futures
legislation when sixty eight communities across the
Territory have lost their governance structures with the
amalgamation of the Shires.”

– News

City Messenger: No sign of Aboriginal memorial
http://city-messenger.whereilive.com.au/news/story/no-sign-of-aboriginal-memorial/
20 Apr 12: “ABORIGINAL veterans will next week mark another
Anzac Day without a dedicated memorial to honour their
fallen comrades, despite a five-year struggle. Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander War Memorial Committee chair
Marj Tripp, who was the first Aboriginal woman to join the
Royal Australian Navy, said the acknowledgement was long
overdue. “It has been a long, long, hard road,” Ms Tripp,
who is also the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander War
Memorial Committee chair, said.”

See:

WGAR News: “Lest We Forget the Frontier Wars
– Anzac Day 25th April 2012” Sovereign Union (13 Apr 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/13/wgar-news-lest-we-forget-the-frontier-wars-anzac-day-25th-april-2012-sovereign-union

ABC: Indigenous group calls for authority over Murray and
Darling rivers
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-04-20/indigenous-group-calls-for-authority-over-murray-and-darling-ri/3961838/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
20 Apr 12: “A group of 21 Aboriginal nations is calling for
water licenses on the Murray Darling to be revoked. The
Northern Murray Darling Basin Aboriginal Nations (NBAN)
says indigenous people should hold the ultimate title over
the rivers’ water. The chairman, and Weilmoringle based
farmer, Fred Hooper, says indigenous people have had almost
no say in the current water laws and allocations. He says
the cultural needs of the river basin, including keeping
sacred trees alive, should be considered as well as the
requirements of the environment and irrigators.”

ABC AM: Aboriginal elder calls on spirits to heal Darling River
http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2012/s3479815.htm
18 Apr 12: “As debate continues over the future of the
Murray Darling Basin, an Aboriginal elder is leading a
pilgrimage down the river system, calling on spirits to
heal the river. The pilgrims plan to travel more than 2,000
kilometres from Murra Murra in Queensland to the Murray
mouth in South Australia. Natalie Whiting caught up with
them at Menindee in far western New South Wales.”

See:

WGAR News: Aboriginal Nations assert sovereignty over the
Northern Murray Darling Basin (19 Apr 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/19/wgar-news-aboriginal-nations-assert-sovereignty-over-the-northern-murray-darling-basin

Murdoch Independent: Nyoongar Tent Embassy standoff continues
http://www.murdochindependent.com.au/nyoongar-tent-embassy-standoff-continues/
19 Apr 12: “An echo erupts over the island as a Council
truck careens towards the camp while media stations are on
standby in nearby parked cars, waiting. Moments ago an
easterly breeze moved slowly through the eucalypt trees,
carrying smoke from the fire as it drew past us while a
group of elderly women laughed, teenage boys swam in the
Swan River and a toddler chased an old dog past a cluster
of people who were planning the next step. Chaos has
returned to Heirisson Island where a group of Nyoongar
people have been camping since February in protest … ”

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120419 – Aboriginal Nations assert sovereignty over the Northern Murray Darling Basin

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 20/04/2012 by D

Contents:
* Aboriginal Nations assert sovereignty over the
Northern Murray Darling Basin
* Workshop on legal and political implications of
claims to Aboriginal sovereignty
* Interview with Michael Anderson,
founder of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement
* SBS Living Black:
WA’s Government remains silent on its stolen wages offer
* SBS Living Black:
New Representative Group for Aboriginal & TSI with disabilities
* More Intervention:
Lecture by 3 UTS experts in Indigenous law reform
* Sydney book launch:
“NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotations”
* More ‘Stronger Futures’ Legislation related articles
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles

* ABORIGINAL NATIONS ASSERT SOVEREIGNTY OVER THE
NORTHERN MURRAY DARLING BASIN:

– Media Release

Fred Hooper, Chairperson,
Northern Murray Darling Basin Aboriginal Nations (NBAN)
http://treatyrepublic.net/content/originals-claim-sovereignty-over-murray-darling-rivers
17 Apr 12: “21 Aboriginal Sovereign First Nations of the
northern Murray Darling Basin demand that federal and state
governments recognise that they have never ceded or
acquiesced sovereignty, dominion or ultimate title over the
lands, subsurface, all waters, natural resources and
airspace within the northern Murray-Darling Basin. We
demand that state and federal governments revoke all water
licenses within the northern Murray-Darling Basin and
establish new arrangements for dealing with water from a
base of Aboriginal sovereignty, dominion and ultimate title
over all water. It is also understood that a further 21
Aboriginal sovereign First Nations in the southern Murray
Darling Basin have asserted their sovereignty, dominion and
ultimate title.”

– Audio

The Wire: Indigenous nations call for sovereignty over the
Northern Murray Darling Basin
Produced by Marty McCarthy
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9037
18 Apr 12: “21 Aboriginal nations in New South Wales and
Queensland have united to demand control over water flows
in the Northern Basin of the Murray Darling be returned to
them. The Chairperson of the Northern Murray Darling Basin
Aboriginal Nations, Fred Hooper, says Aboriginal people
never gave up their sovereignty over the Basin in the first
place, and are calling for it to be returned.
Featured in story:
Fred Hooper, Northern Murray Darling Basin Aboriginal Nations”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio Online News 18.04.2012
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-online-news-18-04-2012
18 Apr 12: “A group of 21 Aboriginal nations in the
northern Murray Darling Basin are demanding that all water
licences be revoked and that the rivers’ water be dealt
with from a base of Aboriginal sovereignty, dominion and
ultimate title.”

– News

Koori Mail: Scrap Murray Darling plan, says group
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
18 Apr 12: “A GROUP of 21 Aboriginal nations within the
northern Murray Darling Basin have demanded that all water
licences be revoked and that the rivers’ water be dealt
with from a base of Aboriginal sovereignty, dominion and
ultimate title. The Northern Murray Darling Basin
Aboriginal Nations (NBAN) says the proposed Murray-Darling
Basin plan fails to recognise the sovereign rights of
Aboriginal peoples, and the Murray Darling Basin Authority
and state and federal governments should enter into
immediate negotiations for a treaty with the Aboriginal
nations of the northern basin.”

– Related Video

YouTube: River Country Spirit Ceremony
( Murrundi Ruwe Pangari Ringbalin)

24 Nov 10: “Aboriginal peoples along the Murray–Darling
rivers in South-Eastern Australia say their river is sick
and their country is dying. Ngarrindjeri Elder, Major
Sumner, brought people together to dance and heal the
spirit of the river for the River Country Spirit Ceremony.
Together they journey from Murra Murra to the Murray Mouth.
Along the way they tell their stories about their river
country.”

– Related Audio Interview

SBS Living Black:
Aboriginal Murray River Nations Take Part In Ancient Pilgrimage
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/211215/t/Aboriginal-Murray-River-Nations-Take-Part-In-Ancient-Pilgrimage/in/english
18 Apr 12: “Aboriginal river nations from Queensland, New
South Wales and South Australia are taking part in the
ancient pilgrimage, Ringbalin, to help save the Murray
River. … An ancient pilgrimage called Ringbalin,
23-hundred kilometre of dancing to help save Australia’s
greatest river, the Murray is in the third year of its
revival. … Led by Ngarrindjeri elder Major Sumner, the
elders, traditional dancers and supporters will stop beside
the river every night, performing the stories of their
people and the ancestral beings that created the rivers.”
By Michelle Lovegrove

The Wire: Murray Plan will please noone say Greens
Produced by Annie Hastwell
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9021
12 Apr 12: “Submissions for the Murray Darling Basin Plan
close tomorrow and tensions are rising in communities along
the river as people have their last say on the issue before
the decision is made. Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young
will take part in a debate on the issue tonight, with
Federal water Minister Tony Burke and Liberal Senator Simon
Birmingham. She says the current plan is doomed to failure
unless it revises upwards the amount of water to be
returned and also supports many more creative solutions to
water saving along the river.
Featured in story: Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young”

– Related News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Basin Authority expresses appreciation for community input
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7133-basin-authority-expresses-appreciation-of-community-input
18 Apr 12: “The Murray Darling Basin Authority has
completed its 20-week consultation process, where it
appealed to Indigenous and non-Indigenous people for their
opinions on the draft Plan. Director of Indigenous
Engagement with the Authority, Neil Ward, says he’s pleased
with the submissions made and work done by the region’s
Aboriginal groups. He says it’s important to consider their
opinions on the draft, with more than 400 submissions made
by Indigenous stakeholders for deliberation in the final
version of the Plan.”

– Related Media Release

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
First Peoples must be involved in water management
http://nationalcongress.com.au/first-peoples-must-be-involved-in-water-management/
2 Apr 12: “It is time for sustainable management of
Australian water systems to value and incorporate
Aboriginal peoples’ priorities and knowledge, Congress
Co‐Chair Les Malezer told the First Peoples National Water
Summit in Adelaide.
“The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
clearly articulates Indigenous peoples’relationship with
lands and waters and specifies actions that should be
carried out to enable our rights and interests to be
recognised,” he said.
It is one of a range of international agreements that
recognises our intrinsic relationship with our lands and
waters. … ”

* WORKSHOP ON LEGAL AND POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS OF
CLAIMS TO ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY:

– Upcoming events

Event: Wed 23 May 2012: Wollongong, NSW
Litigating the Boundaries of Sovereignty
– Symposium Day 1
Location: University of Wollongong
Jointly organised by:
* Legal Intersections Research Centre, University of Wollongong
* School of Law and Justice, Southern Cross University
“On 26 January 2012, on the day of the 40th anniversary of
the establishment Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra,
a number of prominent Aboriginal activists advanced an
articulated claim to the continuity of Aboriginal
sovereignty in Australia. … [This is] a one-day workshop to
explore the legal and political implications of those claims.”
Event details: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/litigating-boundaries-sovereignty-symposium-day-1

Event: 23 and 24 May 2012: Wollongong, south of Sydney
Interim Aboriginal unity government assembly
Held at the Sandon Point Aboriginal Embassy
“All Aboriginal nations are being called on to send two
delegates to the inaugural assembly of the interim national
unity government in Wollongong in May.
“This gathering to form the Interim Sovereign Union
National Unity Government is so important, as the federal
government and their Uncle Tom collaborators are working
overtime to indoctrinate our children and youth into their
way of thinking by falsely promoting that recognition in
the Constitution will give our people something,”
the spokesman of the movement, Michael Anderson, writes in
a media release.”
“On the first day, 23rd of May, two universities, South Cross
and Wollongong law faculties will host a law symposium to
discuss the continuing sovereignty of Aboriginal people as
an introduction to this history-making event.”
Event details: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/call-delegates-aboriginal-unity-government-assembly-may-2012
Sovereign Union – National Unity Government: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/

* INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL ANDERSON,
FOUNDER OF THE ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSY IN CANBERRA:

– Audio Interview

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Let’s Talk
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/
Michael Anderson – Founder of the Tent Embassy
16 Apr 12
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/michael-anderson-17/

– Tent Embassy News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Moree continues sovereignty campaign through new Embassy
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7129-moree-continues-sovereignty-campaign-through-new-embassy
17 Apr 12: “A co-founder of the Goomeroi Tent Embassy at
Moree in far north New South Wales says she’s happy with
the level of support they’re received from the local
community. This comes despite an incident last week where
three car-loads of hoons vandalised the campsite, spraying
debris onto tents by doing burn-outs close to where people
were making preparations for the day’s festivities.
Goomeroi woman Bronwyn Spearim says the Moree Embassy was
inspired by other Aboriginal Tent Embassies around
Australia and those who continue to work toward Indigenous
sovereignty.”

Courier-Mail: Embassy growing in numbers
http://www.couriermail.com.au/questnews/central/embassy-growing-in-numbers/story-fn8m0qb4-1226324437553
12 Apr 12: “THE Musgrave Park Sovereign Tent Embassy is
here to stay and is receiving donations of food, blankets
and firewood from supportive community members. … Mr
Tyson, 22, from the Meerooni people of the Gurang Gurang
nation, said the group had grown to about 20 “floating”
members, and in the past 10 days had erected extra tents.
Residents from neighbouring homes had offered to let group
members use their showers, too, he said.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT:

SOVEREIGN UNION – National Unity Government
‘Sovereign Union’
– Asserting Aboriginal Sovereignty into Governance
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/

Treaty Republic:
Indigenous Australia Sovereignty, Genocide, Land Rights and
Pay the Rent Issues
http://treatyrepublic.net/

Aboriginal Tent Embassy 40th
40 Years Stronger – Sovereignty Never Ceded
http://aboriginaltentembassy40th.com/
[Canberra, ACT]

Facebook: Goomeroi Sovereign Tent Embassy
http://www.facebook.com/GoomeroiSovereignTentEmbassy
[Moree, NSW]

Facebook: Brisbane Sovereign Embassy, Musgrave Park
http://www.facebook.com/BrisbaneSovereignEmbassyMusgravePark
[Musgrave Park, Brisbane, Qld]

Facebook: Nyoongar Tent Embassy
http://www.facebook.com/NyoongarTentEmbassy
[Perth, WA]

Welcome to our website… Nyoongar Tent Embassy
http://tentembassywa.com/
[Perth, WA]

WGAR News: Force used to suppress the Aboriginal
sovereignty movement: Michael Anderson (27 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/27/wgar-news-force-used-to-suppress-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-michael-anderson
[Several articles on the Nyoongar Tent Embassy in Perth, WA.]

WGAR News: Tent Embassy set up in Portland’s Market Square,
Vic (1 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/01/wgar-news-press-conference-on-stronger-futures-legislation-by-hon-alastair-nicholson-ao-r
[Portland, Vic]

The Spec: Council plans to close embassy
http://www.spec.com.au/blog/2012/03/30/council-plans-to-close-embassy/
[Portland, Vic]

YouTube: Aboriginal tent embassies – Canberra & Sandon Point

[Canberra, ACT & Sandon Point, Wolloongong, NSW]

SPATE’s 11th Anniversary Ceremony & Family Day
http://www.sandon-point.org.au/event/20111217/429.html
[Sandon Point, Wolloongong, NSW]

Bulahdelah Bypass:
* Aboriginal Heritage of and on the Alum Mountain
* Bulahdelah Aboriginal Tent Embassy
[scroll down page] http://bulahdelahbypass.wordpress.com/q-questions-and-answers/
[Bulahdelah, NSW]

Manning River Times: Tent embassy evicted
http://www.manningrivertimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/tent-embassy-evicted/1692442.aspx
[Bulahdelah, NSW]

Facebook: Aboriginal Tent Embassy
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Aboriginal-Tent-Embassy/210730945611610?sk=wall

Aboriginal Tent Embassy
http://www.aboriginaltentembassy.net/
[Canberra, ACT]

YouTube: Aboriginal Tent Embassy 40 years stronger march,
Sovereignty Day, 26 Jan 2012

[Canberra, ACT]

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
[Canberra, ACT]

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
[Canberra, ACT]

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
[Canberra, ACT]

WGAR News: “The tent embassy: fact v fiction, black v white”
by Chris Graham (20 Feb 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/20/wgar-news-the-tent-embassy-fact-v-fiction-black-v-white-by-chris-graham
[Canberra, ACT]

* SBS LIVING BLACK:
WA’s GOVERNMENT REMAINS SILENT ON ITS STOLEN WAGES OFFER:

– Audio Interview

SBS Living Black: Western Australia’s Government Remains
Silent On Its Stolen Wages Offer
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/211723/t/Western-Australia%E2%80%99s-Government-Remains-Silent-On-Its-Stolen-Wages-Offer/in/english
16 Apr 12: “The Western Australian government has not
improved its offer to Aboriginal Stolen Wages victims,
despite continued criticism of it being too little, too
late, for too many. The government last month announced an
offer of two-thousand dollars per person, for Aboriginal
people whose wages were withheld between 1905 and 1972.
… Opposition Spokesman on Indigenous Affairs Ben Wyatt,
tells Garfield Samuels the issue will only make the
relationship worse between Aboriginal people and the state
government” By Michelle Lovegrove

* SBS LIVING BLACK:
NEW REPRESENTATIVE GROUP FOR ABORIGINAL & TSI WITH DISABILITIES:

– Audio Interview

SBS Living Black: New Representative Group For Aboriginal
And Torres Strait Islanders With Disabilities
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/211721/t/New-Representative-Group-For-Aboriginal-And-Torres-Strait-Islanders-With-Disabilities/in/english
16 Apr 12: “After thirteen years of advocacy, Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islanders with disabilities now have a
representative group. According to Damien Griffis, Chief
Executive Officer of the First Peoples Disability Network,
there are twice as many Indigenous Australians with a
disability than non-Indigenous Australians with a disability.
He explains to Biwa Kwan that the problem is compounded by
a number of social and cultural issues.” By Biwa Kwan

* MORE INTERVENTION:
LECTURE BY 3 UTS EXPERTS IN INDIGENOUS LAW REFORM:

– Upcoming event

Event: Tue 24 April 2012: UTS, Ultimo, Sydney, NSW
Public Lecture: UTSpeaks: More Intervention
“Will the Government’s Stronger Futures law
reforms aid indigenous communities or
further divide Australia’s people?”
Lecture by three UTS experts in Indigenous law reform:
* Nicole Watson
* Alison Vivian
* Craig Longman
All are senior researchers with the UTS
Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning
Event details: http://newsroom.uts.edu.au/events/2012/04/more-intervention
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/utspeaks-more-intervention
Event details: http://newsroom.uts.edu.au/sites/all/files/pdfs/event/utspeaks_more_intervention.pdf

* SYDNEY BOOK LAUNCH:
“NT CONSULTATIONS REPORT 2011: BY QUOTATIONS”:

– Upcoming event

Event: Fri 4 May 2012: Chippendale, Sydney, NSW
Sydney Book Launch:
“NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotations”
Launched by:
* Graeme Mundine,
Executive Officer, ACM Sydney Archdiocese
* Amy McQuire, Editor, Tracker Magazine
“Beautifully illustrated, this hard-backed book
gives voice to the views of Aboriginal people
living under the Intervention.”
Published by ‘concerned Australians’: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/
Invitation: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/NTCR-Launch%20Invite-4-5-12.pdf
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/films-and-literature/book-nt-consultations-report-2011
Event details: http://www.respectandlisten.org/
Book review: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/NTCR-Book-review.pdf
Short Book review:
Book order form: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/NTCR2011_Order_Form_Apr_2012.pdf

– Review

Review of the book
NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotations
http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/NTCR-Book-review.pdf
“”NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotations”, published
in February 2012, is an important sequel to the highly
regarded “This Is What We Said” (February 2010) and
“Walk With Us” (August 2011).
Between June and August 2011 the Australian Government
conducted Stronger Futures Consultations in Northern
Territory communities with the stated purpose of finding
out what worked and what didn’t work under the Northern
Territory Emergency Response (NTER) – commonly called the
Intervention – which started in 2007. This book is
presented in a most accessible and attractive format with
highlights of quotations taken from ten consultations
which were independently recorded. Beautifully illustrated,
this hard-backed book gives voice to the views of
Aboriginal people living under the Intervention. … ”
By Cathy Gill and Sabine Kacha

* MORE ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LEGISLATION RELATED ARTICLES:

– Photos

Green Left:
Photos: Darwin rally rejects racist NT intervention
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/50660
13 Apr 12: “These photos are from the rally was organised
by the Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition on April 9. The
rally spoke out against the ALP government’s “Stronger
Futures” package – which would extend the racist NT
intervention for an extra 10 years! The national
convergence for refugee rights attended and supported the
rally. Every single Aboriginal speaker spoke out in favour
of refugee rights and the refugee convergence speaker spoke
out against the NT intervention.”

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio Online News 17.04.2012
caama.com.au/caama-radio-online-news-17-04-2012
17 Apr 12: “* The co chair of Australia’s peak national
representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islanders has questioned the Gillard labor governments
commitment to engage and work with the new group at the
level which had been originally intended.
* The Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner says any
positive aspects of the proposed Stronger Futures
Legislation may not be realised unless Aboriginal people
can take ownership of their problems and own the solutions.
* The Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Helen
Szoke has again re iterated the Australian Human rights
Commission concerns over the proposed Stronger futures
legislation for aborignal people in the Northern Territory.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
http://caama.com.au/27217
13 Apr 12: “A rally in Darwin has heard that Aboriginal
people are sick and tired of being told by Government hat
they can and can’t do and that internationally Australia’s
image has changed into what once used to be South Africa
where apartheid was practiced. Dr Djinyini Gondara told the
gathering that the government must withdraw the proposed
Stronger Futures legislation because it dehumanises
Aboriginal people and continues the disaster of the
Northern Territory Intervention.”

– Audio Interview

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
YOLNGU woman speaks up on Intervention
http://caama.com.au/yolngu-woman-speaks-up-on-intervention
13 Apr 12: “Miriam Yirrinba Dhurrkay is a proud Aboriginal
woman from Galliwinku in the Top End. She shares her
thoughts on CAAMA about the impact of the NT Intervention
(both good and bad) and asks an important question….why
does the proposed Stronger Futures Legislation only apply
to her people.”

– News

Journey:
Church disappointed by Senate Report into Stronger Futures
http://www.journeyonline.com.au/showArticle.php?articleId=3238
12 Apr 12: “THE Uniting Church in Australia has expressed
its disappointment in the Senate Report into the Stronger
Futures Legislation. General Secretary of the Northern
Synod, Mr Peter Jones, who appeared at the Darwin hearings
for the Senate Inquiry,expressed his concern over the harsh
and disempowering legislation that the Senate Report
supports. “Since day one of the Intervention, we have seen
the dismal failure of top-down approaches to addressing the
real problems of Indigenous disadvantage. … ” said Mr
Jones.”

* BACKGROUND TO ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ NEW NT INTERVENTION LAWS:

Human Rights Petition:
Australian Government: Stop Stronger Futures and
support Aboriginal self-determination in the NT
https://www.change.org/petitions/australian-government-stop-stronger-futures-and-support-aboriginal-self-determination-in-the-nt

Stand for Freedom:
There can be no reconciliation without justice:
http://standforfreedom.org.au/

Stop the Intervention: Stronger Futures Legislation
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/stronger-futures-legislation

WGAR News: “Listening But Not Hearing”
– Audio recordings from the launch of the report (3 Apr 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/03/wgar-news-listening-but-not-hearing-audio-recordings-from-the-launch-of-the-report

WGAR News: Responses to Ten-Year Funding of
NT Aboriginal Communities (1 Apr 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/01/wgar-news-responses-to-ten-year-funding-of-nt-aboriginal-communities

WGAR News: STICS: Aunty of deaths in custody victim
speaks out against ‘Stronger Futures’ (24 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/24/wgar-news-call-for-delegates-to-interim-aboriginal-unity-government-assembly

WGAR News: Photograph your feet and ‘Stand For Freedom’
(24 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/24/wgar-news-call-for-delegates-to-interim-aboriginal-unity-government-assembly

WGAR News: Stand For Freedom campaign delivers a petition
to the Senate signed by 33,000 people (22 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/22/wgar-news-stand-for-freedom-campaign-delivers-a-petition-to-the-senate-signed-by-33000-pe

WGAR News: Responses to Senate Committee report on
‘Stronger Futures’ New NT Intervention laws (18 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/18/wgar-news-responses-to-senate-committee-report-on-stronger-futures-new-nt-intervention-la

WGAR News: Greens Senator Rachel Siewert provides an overview:
“Ending the NT Intervention” (15 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/15/wgar-news-greens-senator-rachel-siewert-provides-an-overview-ending-the-nt-intervention

WGAR News: Senate Inquiry into Stronger Futures
releases it’s report (15 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/15/wgar-news-greens-senator-rachel-siewert-provides-an-overview-ending-the-nt-intervention

WGAR News: 28 Leading Australians call on Government to
abandon the Stronger Futures legislation (14 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/14/wgar-news-28-leading-australians-call-on-government-to-abandon-the-stronger-futures-legis

WGAR News: “Hear the Voice of the People!”:
Video of Senate Hearing at Maningrida 22 February 2012 (13 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/13/wgar-news-hear-the-voice-of-the-people-video-of-senate-hearing-at-maningrida-22-february-

WGAR News: New report into ‘Stronger Futures’ consultations
by Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, UTS (9 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/09/wgar-news-new-report-into-stronger-futures-consultations-by-jumbunna-indigenous-house-of-
[New university report entitled ‘Listening but not Hearing’]

WGAR News: Former PM Malcolm Fraser launches
new report into consultations (9 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/09/wgar-news-new-report-into-stronger-futures-consultations-by-jumbunna-indigenous-house-of-

WGAR News: Our Generation and ANTaR have launched
a new video and campaign (8 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/08/wgar-news-our-generation-and-antar-have-launched-a-new-video-and-campaign

WGAR News: NITV Current Affairs present the Stronger Futures
Forum shot on location in Maningrida (3 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/03/wgar-news-nitv-current-affairs-present-the-stronger-futures-forum-shot-on-location-in-man

WGAR News: Press Conference on Stronger Futures legislation
by Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC (1 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/01/wgar-news-press-conference-on-stronger-futures-legislation-by-hon-alastair-nicholson-ao-r

WGAR News: “NT Aboriginal leaders reject Stronger Futures”
Tracker (23 Feb 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/23/wgar-news-nyoongar-tent-embassy-marches-to-government-house-in-protest

WGAR News: New Website for Stronger Futures
info and submissions (21 Feb 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/21/wgar-news-news-of-the-nyoongar-tent-embassy-on-heirisson-island-in-perth

WGAR News: Book report launched:
“NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotations” (19 Feb 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/19/wgar-news-book-report-launched-nt-consultations-report-2011-by-quotations
[Includes link to transcripts of consultations and book of quotations: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/ ]

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

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

Stop the Intervention:
Stronger Futures: New compilation weblink -Petition -NITV Forum
http://www.stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info/Stronger-Futures-update-11-3-12.pdf

Stop the Intervention: Stronger Futures Media Coverage
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/stronger-futures-legislation/#Media-SF

Main Government page for Stronger Futures in the
Northern Territory Bill 2011 and two related bills:
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/index.htm

Direct Government link to view all uploaded submissions
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/submissions.htm

Direct Government link to view all uploaded hearing info
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/hearings/index.htm

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

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

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

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

The Greens: Rachel Siewert: Ending the NT Intervention:
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/ntintervention
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/portfolios/aboriginal-torres-strait-islander-issues

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

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

Stand for Freedom:
There can be no reconciliation without justice:
http://standforfreedom.org.au/

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

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

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

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

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

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

Equality Rights Alliance:
Women’s Experience of Income Management in the Northern Territory:
http://www.equalityrightsalliance.org.au/projects/womens-experience-income-management-northern-territory

ANTaR (Justice, Rights and Respect for Australia’s First Peoples)
– 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

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

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/

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

Adelaide Stop the Intervention:
http://www.stoptheintervention.com.au/

Central Land Council:
The Australian Government Intervention 2007:
http://www.clc.org.au/Media/issues/intervention/intervention_intro.html

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

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Photos

Tracker:
NATIONAL: The first march of the 40th anniversary was peaceful,
but attracted little media attention.
http://tracker.org.au/pictures/1/tracker/40th-anniversary-of-the-aboriginal-tent-embassy

See Video of peaceful march:

YouTube: Aboriginal Tent Embassy 40 years stronger march,
Sovereignty Day, 26 Jan 2012

– Analysis / Opinion

Green Left:
Activists mount court challenge to Olympic Dam mine
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/50674
14 Apr 12: “Whatever BHP Billiton wants to expand
operations at its huge Olympic Dam copper, gold and uranium
mine, Australian authorities are almost frantic to give it.
Clear violations of environment laws are not even being
allowed to stand in the way. But where governments have
shirked their responsibilities, eco-activists have stepped
up to defend the environment. On April 3 and 4 a federal
court in Adelaide heard a challenge to the mine expansion.
A ruling is expected in coming weeks. Prominent
environmental campaigner Uncle Kevin Buzzacott, an elder of
the Arabunna people of northern South Australia, lodged the
challenge.” By Renfrey Clarke, Adelaide

Green Left: Australia’s ugly history of nuclear racism
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/50670
14 Apr 12: “The nuclear industry has been responsible for
some of the crudest racism in Australia’s history. This
racism dates from the British nuclear bomb tests in the
1950s but it can still be seen today. The British
government conducted 12 nuclear bomb tests in Australia in
the 1950s, most of them at Maralinga in South Australia.
Permission was not sought from affected Aboriginal groups
such as the Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara, Tjarutja and
Kokatha. Thousands of people were adversely affected and the
impact on Aboriginal people was particularly profound.”
By Jim Green, national nuclear campaigner with
Friends of the Earth Australia

– News

Koori Mail: Anzac march plan
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
18 Apr 12: “ABORIGINAL leaders have defended moves to
highlight the frontier wars during Anzac Day marches amid
claims that it would be disrespectful. Canberra Aboriginal
Tent Embassy founder Michael Anderson has called on
Aboriginal people across the country to march on Anzac Day
in commemoration of frontier wars ‘perpetuated by British
invaders and the ongoing war of attrition against
Aboriginal Peoples’. Particularly, he wants anyone
interested to carry a banner for one of the wars or
massacres that occurred.”

Indigenous Peoples: Muckaty Traditional Owners Block
Highway To Protest Proposed Nuclear Waste Site
http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14632:northern-territory-muckaty-traditional-owners-block-highway-to-protest-proposed-nuclear-waste-site&catid=24:australia-indigenous-peoples&Itemid=57
14 Apr 12: “Monday (April 9), the traditional owners of
Muckaty, a sacred site, cut traffic on a highway near
Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory, to protest against
the proposed site of radioactive waste on their land. …
Tessa Dowdell, one of the activists against the storage
site, explains that they must continue to pressure the
government to ensure protection of this sacred site.”

– Audio Interview

SBS Living Black: Government Backs Recommendations On
Northern Territory Youth Suicide Prevention
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/211211/t/Government-Backs-Recommendations-On-Northern-Territory-Youth-Suicide-Prevention/in/english
12 Apr 12: “The federal government is backing recommendations
in a report into youth suicide in the Northern Territory. …
An inquiry has found that suicides of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander children under the age of 15 in the Northern
Territorry are five times the national rate. … The Gone
Too Soon report, has found that specialist police, youth
workers and mental health staff are needed in at-risk areas
to help stem the high rate of young people killing
themselves. … The Northern Territory’s Children’s
Commissioner Howard Bath reveals to Karen Ashford the
severity of the problem.”

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120413 – “Lest We Forget the Frontier Wars – Anzac Day 25th April 2012” Sovereign Union

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 13/04/2012 by D

Contents:
* Lest We Forget the Frontier Wars – Anzac Day 25 April 2012
* Greens back elder Kevin Buzzacott in legal challenge
* Muckaty Traditional Owners stall traffic on highway
* Statements from Moree Sovereign Embassy, NSW
* Statement from The Sovereign Embassy Brisbane, Qld
* Interview with Dennis Eggington on Nyoongar Tent Embassy, WA
* The Spec: Council plans to close Portland Tent Embassy, Vic
* ‘Stronger Futures’ Legislation related articles
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles

* LEST WE FORGET THE FRONTIER WARS – ANZAC DAY 25 APRIL 2012:

– Media Release

Sovereign Union:
Lest We Forget the Frontier Wars – Anzac Day 25th April 2012
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/lest-we-forget-frontier-wars-%E2%80%93-anzac-day-25th-april-2012
5 Apr 12: “Michael Anderson said today: “Last year we
started Lest We Forget the Frontier Wars by joining on
behind the Anzac Day march in Canberra and we received
enormous support from the public at this time. Now we need
to keep it going.
We have commenced a process to highlight the wars fought on
Australian soil since 1788, when our country was taken by
superior force, at gunpoint, and those who stood in the way
were shot.
What we need to do now is to keep identifying that there
has been warfare; that blood has been spilt on the wattle;
and there is an ongoing war of attrition against Aboriginal
Peoples to this day.””

– Video

Vimeo: Lest We Forget the Frontier Wars: Re Imagining Anzac
by Eleanor Gilbert

“On Anzac Eve a vigil for peace, carrying paper lanterns,
descends Mt Ainslie on which the Australian War Memorial
stands in Canberra. The following day, ANZAC Day 2011,
Michael Anderson negotiates with police to permit the
inaugral march remembering Aboriginal Nations and Peoples
who defended Country against the invading forces from
Europe. Lead by Mick Thorpe and bearing signs respecting
wars of resistance and massacres a diverse group
respectfully falls in behind the Anzac Day march. Emotions
rise as the crowd claps openly in respect for the
courageous group, but at the end of the parade their
progress is blocked by police, demonstrating that Australia
is yet to attain a maturity.”

– News

Brisbane Times: Aboriginal Anzac march plea
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/aboriginal-anzac-march-plea-20120410-1wm8n.html
10 Apr 12: “Canberra tent embassy founder, Michael
Anderson, wants Aboriginal people from across Australia to
use the city’s Anzac Day march to protest against the
massacres committed during the ‘frontier wars’. … Mr
Anderson said a well supported “Lest We Forget The Frontier
Wars March” had joined on behind the Anzac Day March in
Canberra last year. “We received enormous support from the
public at the time, now we intend to keep it growing.”

Canberra Times: Aborigines to march in peace on Anzac Day
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/aborigines-to-march-in-peace-on-anzac-day-20120410-1wne4.html
11 Apr 12: “There will not be a repeat of the rowdy
Australia Day protest when Aboriginal activists walk behind
the Anzac Day march in Canberra, a community leader says.
Canberra Tent Embassy founder Michael Anderson has called
on Aboriginal people from across Australia to converge on
the city to protest past massacres, “genocidal”
mistreatment and abuse. … there are no plans to be
disruptive or disrespectful. “If we want people to respect
us we’ve got to respect the occasion,” Mr Anderson said.
“I would be very disappointed if this doesn’t go off
peacefully.””

Koori Mail: Call to commemorate frontier wars
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
11 Apr 12: “NEW South Wales activist Michael Anderson has
called on Aboriginal people throughout the country to march
on Anzac Day in commemoration of frontier wars perpetrated
by British invaders and ‘the ongoing war of attrition
against Aboriginal peoples’. Mr Anderson says some
Aboriginal people joined in behind the Anzac Day march in
Canberra last year and he hopes they’ll do so again this
year. He said it would not be a protest, rather ‘a
remembering of the wars and the losses of those who
suffered’.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Give more recognition to Indigenous war heroes: Rights advocate
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7117-give-more-recognition-to-indigenous-war-heroes-rights-advocate
12 Apr 12: “Prominent Indigenous rights advocate Michael
Anderson is calling for more recognition of the efforts of
Indigenous soldiers in Australia’s wars as ANZAC Day
approaches. Mr. Anderson says Aboriginal and Torres Strait
defence personnel who fought in conflicts such as World War
One and Two and the Boer War were not afforded the same
veterans’ rights as non-Indigenous soldiers.”

newsTracker: ANZAC Day march labeled “disrespectful”
http://tracker.org.au/2012/04/anzac-day-marched-labeled-disrespectful/
12 Apr 12: “The ACT Liberals have attacked a planned
Aboriginal march on ANZAC Day, stating it is
“disrespectful”. One of the four original founders of the
Aboriginal Tent Embassy – Michael Anderson – is planning a
peaceful march in Canberra to commemorate the history of
past massacres and “genocidal” mistreatment of Aboriginal
people, Fairfax newspapers reports. … But Mr Anderson
says it is not a protest. “That’s not a protest – it’s a
march commemorating the dead and the people who died in
defence of their land, on their land,” Mr Anderson told the
Canberra Times.”

Canberra Times: Aboriginal march not respectful: ACT Libs
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/aboriginal-march-not-respectful-act-libs-20120411-1wshc.html
12 Apr 12: “The Canberra Liberals say a planned march by
Aboriginal activists on Anzac Day is “disrespectful” and
should be cancelled. … tent embassy founder Michael
Anderson, who is organising the demonstration, said the
march would go ahead and was not a protest, but an
alternative commemoration of battles fought on Australian
soil.”

NZ Herald: Protest to recall Aboriginal dead
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10798442
13 Apr 12: “Indigenous activists plan to join the national
Anzac Day parade in Canberra to remember the thousands of
Aborigines who died in Australia’s “frontier wars” that
extended from the 18th century into the 1930s. Although
condemned by veterans’ groups as inappropriate, organisers
are urging supporters to join the tail of the parade with
banners naming battles and massacres, and protesting “the
ongoing war of attrition against Aboriginal peoples”.
A similar march was held last year without incident, … ”

* GREENS BACK ELDER KEVIN BUZZACOTT IN LEGAL CHALLENGE:

– News

WA Greens:
Greens back David in fight against radioactive Goliath
http://wa.greens.org.au/content/greens-back-david-fight-against-radioactive-goliath
3 Apr 12: “The Australian Greens have congratulated
Aboriginal elder of the Arabunna Nation Kevin Buzzacott
today as Mr Buzzacott began his legal challenge to the
Olympic Dam expansion in South Australia. Greens
spokesperson on nuclear policy Senator Scott Ludlam said
the Greens stand “shoulder to shoulder” with Mr Buzzacott
in his challenge to the Federal Environment Minister’s
approval of the massive expansion. “Mr Buzzacott is arguing
that significant environmental impacts of this massive
project, which includes uranium mining, were not properly
considered. … “”

See:

WGAR News: Aboriginal elder challenges expansion of
Olympic Dam mine (6 Apr 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/06/wgar-news-aboriginal-elder-challenges-expansion-of-olympic-dam-mine

WGAR News: The Lizard’s Revenge over uranium mine
– Festival protest against Olympic Dam expansion (31 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/31/wgar-news-the-lizards-revenge-over-uranium-mine-festival-protest-against-olympic-dam-expa

* MUCKATY TRADITIONAL OWNERS STALL TRAFFIC ON HIGHWAY:

– News

aus. politics:
Aborigine Nuclear Waste Disaster & Protests \ Muckaty
http://groups.google.com/group/aus.politics/browse_thread/thread/9818d5cae95d026e
11 Apr 12: “Monday, the traditional owners of Muckaty, a
sacred site, cut traffic on a highway near Tennant Creek in
the Northern Territory, to protest against the proposed
site of radioactive waste on their land. Traditional owners
of Muckaty demonstrated Monday at the Northern Land
Council. Aboriginal women, their bodies painted with
traditional motifs, protesting against the proposed site of
radioactive waste on their land Muckaty.”

LNC: Non aux déchets nucléaires
http://www.lnc.nc/article/australie/non-aux-dechets-nucleaires
11 avril 12: “Lundi, des propriétaires traditionnels de
Muckaty, un site sacré, ont coupé la circulation sur une
autoroute près de Tennant Creek, dans le Territoire du
Nord, pour protester contre le projet de site de déchets
radioactifs sur leur terre.”

Tennant & District Times:
Muckaty protest brings town’s traffic to a halt
http://tennantcreek.yourguide.com.au/news/local/news/general/muckaty-protest-brings-towns-traffic-to-a-halt/2512703.aspx
5 Apr 12: “AN impromptu protest staged by Muckaty
traditional owners on Monday brought highway traffic to a
halt. The women, many in traditional body paint, rallied
outside the Northern Land Council office in Paterson Street
to reiterate the stand they have taken since their land was
first nominated as a site for the Federal Government’s
national radioactive waste dump. “We do not want a nuclear
dump on our land,” Bunny Nabarula said. “We have always
said ‘no’ and we mean ‘no.’ … “”

– Related Audio

3CR Community Radio 855 AM – Podcasts
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
Radioactive Show – 8 Apr 2012
[download program] http://pod.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2012-04-07-92518.mp3
8 Apr 12: “The National Radioactive Waste Management bill
has been passed through the Senate and is being forced on
the community at Muckaty Station in the Northern Territory.
We hear from senior traditional owners and activists who
have been fiercely opposing this plan; as well as Lizzy
O’Shea, a lawyer representing TOs in the court case against
the Federal government and the northern land council.”

– Related News

The Great Energy Challenge:
Fight Continues Over Australia’s First National Nuclear Dump
http://www.greatenergychallengeblog.com/2012/04/06/fight-continues-over-australias-first-national-nuclear-dump/
6 Apr 12: “Plans for a radioactive waste dump in Australia,
the first such facility of its kind in the country, are
encountering trouble because of divisions within the
indigenous community where it would be located. … But
other clans have disputed the right of that group to make
such a nomination. “None of the Ministers have ever come to
talk to us about the waste dump,” some of Muckaty’s
traditional land owners wrote in a petition last year. “We
have invited [Resources Minister] Martin Ferguson to meet
with us but he has never said yes. We have travelled a
long way to see him … “”

– Related Analysis / Opinion

National Indigenous Times:
Dumping on Traditional Owners:
the ugly face of Australian racism
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/867-dumping-on-traditional-owners-the-ugly-face-of-australian-racism.html
12 Apr 12: “The nuclear industry has been responsible for
some of the crudest racism in Australia’s history. This
racism dates from the British nuclear bomb tests in the
1950s but it can still be seen today. The British
government conducted 12 nuclear bomb tests in Australia in
the 1950s, most of them at Maralinga in South Australia.
Permission was not sought from affected Aboriginal groups
such… ” by Jim Green

On Line Opinion: Warren Mundine’s nuclear allegiances
http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=13478
11 Apr 12: “Warren Mundine, a member and former National
President of the ALP, and co-convener of the Australian
Uranium Association’s Indigenous Dialogue Group, has been
promoting the nuclear industry recently. Unfortunately he
turns a blind eye to the industry’s crude racism, a problem
that ought to be core business for the Indigenous Dialogue
Group.” Dr Jim Green, national nuclear campaigner,
Friends of the Earth

See:

WGAR News:
Interviews re Federal Court challenge over Muckaty (31 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/31/wgar-news-the-lizards-revenge-over-uranium-mine-festival-protest-against-olympic-dam-expa

YouTube: Muckaty Voices-Australia’s nuclear waste dump story

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

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

Vimeo: Nuclear Medicine & the need for a Waste Dump?

Australian Conservation Foundation: Muckaty radioactive dump:
http://www.acfonline.org.au/be-informed/northern-australia-nuclear/muckaty-radioactive-dump

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

* STATEMENTS FROM MOREE SOVEREIGN EMBASSY, NSW:

– Statements

Sovereign Union: Goomeroi Sovereignty at the Moree Tent Embassy
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/75
12 Apr 12: “As you know Aboriginal people continue to be
disadvantaged by this introduced system of ‘legal’
controls, such as institutional police racism, cruel bans
on with walking country, practices law and language,
colonial policing, servant class employment scope and land
ownership barriers.
The Moree Goomeroi Tent Embassy has been setup in response
to community demand for a real change – right here – right
now.
Our starting point is the unbroken and unbeaten Sovereignty
of the Goomeroi people. We know our ancestors are all
around us within our country, as truly as we feel the land
that’s under our feet.
We continue to defend and advance the human rights and
social equalities won by earlier Aboriginal Human Rights
defenders such as Billy Craigge (Moree), Michael Anderson
(Goodooga), Arthur Murray (Wee Waa), Lyall Munroe Snr
(Moree), and Madelaine McGrady (Toomelah). …
Liz Munro, Gomeroi Dindama Inaar Yinaar, on behalf of the
Goomeroi Soveriegn Tent Embassy”

Sovereign Union: Moree Tent Embassy is a Reality
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/75
3 Apr 12: “The local Aboriginal community have established
the Goomeroi Sovereign Tent Embassy on the banks of the
Mehi River in answer to the needs of their people.
A religious and spiritual ceremony will be conductwd on
April 6th, 2012 in accordance with their age-old beliefs.
The sacred fire will be lit to be continuously maintained
as a protocol of faith and belief in the Embassy’s goals
and functions.
The Moree Tent Embassy is open to the public and aims to
function as a information centre and forum dealing with
policing issues, education and children, housing,
constitution reform, cultural expression, sovereign rights
and the Moree region’s significant Aboriginal history.
Visitors to the Embassy are to inform themselves and to
abide by Goomeroi protocols and law.
Organisers of the Tent Embassy”

– Related News

National Indigenous Times:
Moree Tent Embassy attacked by racists
http://www.nit.com.au/your-say.html
http://www.nit.com.au/news/899-moree-tent-embassy-attacked-by-racists.html
12 Apr 12: “Three car loads of hoons sprayed debris onto
tents by doing burn-outs no more than 3 metres away from
the Moree Goomeroi Tent Embassy campsite where a dozen
women were making preparations for the day’s festivities.
There was palpable unease at the campsite at Lloyd Park off
the main street of Moree’s Central Business District as the
National Indigenous Times arrived to cover cultural
activities on the day of the official lighting of the sacred
fire.”

National Indigenous Times:
Moree Goomeroi Tent Embassy was a long time in the making
http://www.nit.com.au/news/890-moree-goomeroi-tent-embassy-was-a-long-time-in-the-making.html
12 Apr 12: “I think it’s creating an Embassy where a large
population of Aboriginal people, Moree, Walgett,
Brewarrina, Bourke, all those little far away towns, coming
together. I think it’s really moving when you’ve got
Aboriginal people doing this. People like myself, we won’t
be around very long and we’ve got to encourage these people
and their kids to keep going.”

Moree Champion: Tent Embassy set up in Moree
http://www.moreechampion.com.au/news/local/news/general/tent-embassy-set-up-in-moree/2512966.aspx
5 Apr 12: “About 15 people have taken up camp on the bank
of the Mehi River near the skate park. Bronwyn Speraim said
this establishment was a branch of the original Tent
Embassy in Canberra. “We feel it’s time to make our
movement and to honour and respect our history,” Ms Speraim
said. The group are fighting for sovereignty. They want
self-governance, better law and order, health and
education, and change – “right here, right now”.” Greg Hoy
said.” Cady Anderson

– Related Analysis / Opinion

National Indigenous Times:
When a protest for justice becomes the threat
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/871-when-a-protest-for-justice-becomes-the-threat.html
12 Apr 12: “Walking into McDonalds in downtown Moree on
Good Friday in my Tent Embassy protest T-shirt I felt a bit
like Anna Bligh would’ve if she walked into Campbell
Newman’s victory celebrations at the Brisbane Hilton after
the declaration of the polls. I’m glad there were security
cameras aplenty to monitor any unsavoury behaviour of its
customers in the iconic global restaurant chain as a… ”

See:

Facebook: Goomeroi Sovereign Tent Embassy
http://www.facebook.com/GoomeroiSovereignTentEmbassy

* STATEMENT FROM THE SOVEREIGN EMBASSY BRISBANE, QLD:

– Statement

Sovereign Union: The Sovereign Embassy Brisbane – Statement
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/76
25 Mar 12: “On the evening Tuesday 13th March 2012,
Brisbane Aboriginal people have set up ‘The Sovereign
Embassy Brisbane’ at Musgrave Park, South Brisbane. There
are 3 other Embassies have been set up at Western
Australia, Victoria and New South Wales as well.
The movement is to set up tents at the park, form a
consultation station, for the Aborigines to talk about any
problems they’ve faced as an Australia Aborigine.
The aim of The Sovereign Embassy is on a state-wide
campaign, to order all state parliaments to recognise that
Aboriginal community as tribes, to acknowledge all tribal
nations to treaty with the local Yaggara people and with
each other, also to protect Aboriginal people’s rights to
Sovereignty possession and occupation and enjoyment of the
lands and waters and everything associated with the
Original Tribes. … ”

– Related News

Global United Ethnics: Tent Sovereign Embassy Established
http://unitedethnics.org/front/bin/ptdetail.phtml?Part=058&Rcg=566
“On the evening Tuesday 13th March 2012, Brisbane
Aboriginal people have set up The Sovereign Embassy
Brisbane at Musgrave Park, South Brisbane. Following the
commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the original
Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra last February, the
establishment of a Murri Tent Embassy in Musgrave Park is a
symbol of defiance against our racist system. The movement
is to set up tents at the park, form a consultation
station, for the Aboriginal people to talk about any
problems they’ve faced as an Australia Aboriginal.”
[Includes Chinese text.]

See:

facebook: Brisbane Sovereign Embassy, Musgrave Park
http://www.facebook.com/BrisbaneSovereignEmbassyMusgravePark

WGAR News: Brisbane Tent Embassy Interview (31 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/31/wgar-news-the-lizards-revenge-over-uranium-mine-festival-protest-against-olympic-dam-expa

* INTERVIEW WITH DENNIS EGGINGTON ON NYOONGAR TENT EMBASSY, WA:

– Video Interview

Sovereign Union:
Nyoongar Tent Embassy – Dennis Eggington Video
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/77
“Dennis Eggington, chief executive officer of the
Aboriginal Legal Services of Western Australia answers
questions and explains what the Nyoongar tent Embassy in
Perth is about and it’s association with Aboriginal
peoples’ sovereign rights.”

– Related News

National Indigenous Times:
Now they’re impounding the wheelchair of an Elder
http://www.nit.com.au/news/897-now-theyre-impounding-the-wheelchair-of-an-elder.html
12 Apr 12: “Perth’s Nyoongar Tent Embassy confrontation has
sunk to a new low with rangers from Perth City Council
impounding the wheelchair of Swan Valley Elder, Herbert
Bropho. Police and the council’s rangers move in almost
daily to confiscate and impound tents, food and equipment
from the Tent Embassy supporters and as soon as they… ”

See:

Facebook: Nyoongar Tent Embassy
http://www.facebook.com/NyoongarTentEmbassy

Welcome to our website… Nyoongar Tent Embassy
http://tentembassywa.com/

The Petition Site: No Deal Colin Barnett and SWALSC
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/517/–if-gte-mso-9xml-oofficedocumentsettings-oallowpngoallowpng-oofficedocumentsettings-xmlendif—–if/

CAAMA: Nyoongar Elder speaks on Perth protest and media
coverage (3 Apr 12)
http://caama.com.au/nyoongar-elder-speaks-on-perth-protest-and-media-coverage

WGAR News: Nyoongar Tent Embassy Interviews (31 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/31/wgar-news-the-lizards-revenge-over-uranium-mine-festival-protest-against-olympic-dam-expa

WGAR News: Force used to suppress the Aboriginal
sovereignty movement: Michael Anderson (27 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/27/wgar-news-force-used-to-suppress-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-michael-anderson
[Includes several articles on the Nyoongar Tent Embassy in Perth.]

WGAR News: Perth police invade Nyoongar Tent Embassy (24 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/24/wgar-news-call-for-delegates-to-interim-aboriginal-unity-government-assembly

WGAR News:
Welcome to our website: Nyoongar Tent Embassy (22 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/22/wgar-news-stand-for-freedom-campaign-delivers-a-petition-to-the-senate-signed-by-33000-pe

WGAR News: More on the Nyoongar Tent Embassy at
Matagarup (1 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/01/wgar-news-press-conference-on-stronger-futures-legislation-by-hon-alastair-nicholson-ao-r

WGAR News: More on Nyoongar Tent Embassy in Perth (26 Feb 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/26/wgar-news-petition-stop-stronger-futures-and-support-aboriginal-self-determination-in-the

WGAR News: Nyoongar Tent Embassy marches to Government
House in protest (23 Feb 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/23/wgar-news-nyoongar-tent-embassy-marches-to-government-house-in-protest

WGAR News: News of the Nyoongar Tent Embassy on Heirisson
Island in Perth (21 Feb 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/21/wgar-news-news-of-the-nyoongar-tent-embassy-on-heirisson-island-in-perth

* THE SPEC: COUNCIL PLANS TO CLOSE PORTLAND TENT EMBASSY, VIC:

– News

The Spec: Council plans to close embassy
http://www.spec.com.au/blog/2012/03/30/council-plans-to-close-embassy/
30 Mar 12: “THE Glenelg Shire Council is taking steps to
remove the Portland Aboriginal tent embassy, but the
occupiers of the Market Court site say they will fight the
move. A report released at Tuesday’s council meeting said
the Shire’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee recommended the
enbassy should be removed on the basis that the people
behind it were a minority group not representing the
shire’s Indigenous community and its three main groups, … ”

– Past News

The Spec: Aboriginal tent embassy talks today
http://www.spec.com.au/blog/2012/03/23/aboriginal-tent-embassy-talks-today/
23 Mar 12: “GLENELG Shire councillors will meet with the
Aboriginal Advisory Committee today to discuss the future
of the growing Portland Aboriginal tent embassy. Glenelg
mayor Gilbert Wilson said the two groups would discuss
recommendations made to council regarding the embassy, but
the details of the meeting would not be made public until
April’s council meeting. Cr Wilson reiterated that the
council’s position on the tent embassy was a neutral one
and any actions taken would be based on the recommendations
of the committee.”

See:

WGAR News:
Tent Embassy set up in Portland’s Market Square, Vic (1 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/01/wgar-news-press-conference-on-stronger-futures-legislation-by-hon-alastair-nicholson-ao-r

* ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LEGISLATION RELATED ARTICLES:

– Video

ABC: Protesters target NT Intervention
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-04-09/protesters-target-nt-intervention/3940128
10 Apr 12: “Indigenous leaders have warned asylum seeker
advocates in Darwin that the Federal Government’s Stronger
Futures initiative is an extension of the NT Intervention.”

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA NEWS 13-04-12
http://caama.com.au/caama-news-13-04-12
13 Apr 12: “The Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner
says any positive aspects of the proposed Stronger Futures
Legislation…may not be realised unless Aboriginal people
can take ownership of their problems and own the solutions.”

– Analysis / Opinion

New Matilda: Justice For A Land Apart
http://newmatilda.com/2012/04/12/justice-land-apart
12 Apr 12: “Fighting the NT Intervention requires all our
resources – legal, political and community – and a new
mindset that places Indigenous self-determination at the
heart of the battle, writes Patrick Dodson” By Patrick Dodson

Online Opinion:
NT Intervention: self-evident need for outside intervention
http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=13473
10 Apr 12: “Criticisms have often been levelled at the N.T.
emergency response, commonly called the Intervention.
Critics have claimed that if the government intervenes,
this sends the wrong message, namely, that “Aboriginal
people are incapable of solving their own problems”.
Criticisms are fine and should be offered, along with
better and more workable alternatives. However, the
criticisms themselves need to be closely examined to ensure
that they are not simply knee-jerk reactions based on long
cherished but failing ideologies.” Anthony Dillon

* BACKGROUND TO ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ NEW NT INTERVENTION LAWS:

Human Rights Petition:
Australian Government: Stop Stronger Futures and
support Aboriginal self-determination in the NT
https://www.change.org/petitions/australian-government-stop-stronger-futures-and-support-aboriginal-self-determination-in-the-nt

Stand for Freedom:
There can be no reconciliation without justice:
http://standforfreedom.org.au/

Stop the Intervention: Stronger Futures Legislation
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/stronger-futures-legislation

WGAR News: “Listening But Not Hearing”
– Audio recordings from the launch of the report (3 Apr 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/03/wgar-news-listening-but-not-hearing-audio-recordings-from-the-launch-of-the-report

WGAR News: Responses to Ten-Year Funding of
NT Aboriginal Communities (1 Apr 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/01/wgar-news-responses-to-ten-year-funding-of-nt-aboriginal-communities

WGAR News: STICS: Aunty of deaths in custody victim
speaks out against ‘Stronger Futures’ (24 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/24/wgar-news-call-for-delegates-to-interim-aboriginal-unity-government-assembly

WGAR News: Photograph your feet and ‘Stand For Freedom’
(24 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/24/wgar-news-call-for-delegates-to-interim-aboriginal-unity-government-assembly

WGAR News: Stand For Freedom campaign delivers a petition
to the Senate signed by 33,000 people (22 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/22/wgar-news-stand-for-freedom-campaign-delivers-a-petition-to-the-senate-signed-by-33000-pe

WGAR News: Responses to Senate Committee report on
‘Stronger Futures’ New NT Intervention laws (18 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/18/wgar-news-responses-to-senate-committee-report-on-stronger-futures-new-nt-intervention-la

WGAR News: Greens Senator Rachel Siewert provides an overview:
“Ending the NT Intervention” (15 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/15/wgar-news-greens-senator-rachel-siewert-provides-an-overview-ending-the-nt-intervention

WGAR News: Senate Inquiry into Stronger Futures
releases it’s report (15 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/15/wgar-news-greens-senator-rachel-siewert-provides-an-overview-ending-the-nt-intervention

WGAR News: 28 Leading Australians call on Government
to abandon the Stronger Futures legislation (14 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/14/wgar-news-28-leading-australians-call-on-government-to-abandon-the-stronger-futures-legis

WGAR News: “Hear the Voice of the People!”:
Video of Senate Hearing at Maningrida 22 February 2012 (13 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/13/wgar-news-hear-the-voice-of-the-people-video-of-senate-hearing-at-maningrida-22-february-

WGAR News: New report into ‘Stronger Futures’ consultations
by Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, UTS (9 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/09/wgar-news-new-report-into-stronger-futures-consultations-by-jumbunna-indigenous-house-of-
[New university report entitled ‘Listening but not Hearing’]

WGAR News: Former PM Malcolm Fraser launches
new report into consultations (9 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/09/wgar-news-new-report-into-stronger-futures-consultations-by-jumbunna-indigenous-house-of-

WGAR News: Our Generation and ANTaR have launched
a new video and campaign (8 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/08/wgar-news-our-generation-and-antar-have-launched-a-new-video-and-campaign

WGAR News: NITV Current Affairs present the Stronger
Futures Forum shot on location in Maningrida (3 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/03/wgar-news-nitv-current-affairs-present-the-stronger-futures-forum-shot-on-location-in-man

WGAR News: Press Conference on Stronger Futures legislation
by Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC (1 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/01/wgar-news-press-conference-on-stronger-futures-legislation-by-hon-alastair-nicholson-ao-r

WGAR News: “NT Aboriginal leaders reject Stronger Futures”
Tracker (23 Feb 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/23/wgar-news-nyoongar-tent-embassy-marches-to-government-house-in-protest

WGAR News: New Website for Stronger Futures
info and submissions (21 Feb 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/21/wgar-news-news-of-the-nyoongar-tent-embassy-on-heirisson-island-in-perth

WGAR News: Book report launched:
“NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotations” (19 Feb 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/19/wgar-news-book-report-launched-nt-consultations-report-2011-by-quotations
[Includes link to transcripts of consultations and book of quotations: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/ ]

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

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

Stop the Intervention:
Stronger Futures: New compilation weblink -Petition -NITV Forum
http://www.stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info/Stronger-Futures-update-11-3-12.pdf

Stop the Intervention: Stronger Futures Media Coverage
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/stronger-futures-legislation/#Media-SF

Main Government page for Stronger Futures in the
Northern Territory Bill 2011 and two related bills:
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/index.htm

Direct Government link to view all uploaded submissions
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/submissions.htm

Direct Government link to view all uploaded hearing info
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/strong_future_nt_11/hearings/index.htm

* 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

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

Stand for Freedom:
There can be no reconciliation without justice:
http://standforfreedom.org.au/

The Greens: Rachel Siewert: Ending the NT Intervention:
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/ntintervention
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/portfolios/aboriginal-torres-strait-islander-issues

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Equality Rights Alliance:
Women’s Experience of Income Management in the Northern Territory:
http://www.equalityrightsalliance.org.au/projects/womens-experience-income-management-northern-territory

ANTaR (Justice, Rights and Respect for Australia’s First Peoples)
– 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

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

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/

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

Adelaide Stop the Intervention:
http://www.stoptheintervention.com.au/

Central Land Council:
The Australian Government Intervention 2007:
http://www.clc.org.au/Media/issues/intervention/intervention_intro.html

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

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Analysis / Opinion

New Matilda: Ending Constitutional Racism
http://newmatilda.com/2012/04/10/ending-constitutional-racism
10 Apr 12: “Have we done all we can to displace Terra
Nullius? The constitution still allows racial
discrimination, writes Indigenous leader Patrick Dodson.
Even so, building support for a referendum will be hard
work” By Patrick Dodson

agendaTracker: Q&A: Making sense out of constitutional reform
http://tracker.org.au/2011/04/qa-making-sense-out-of-constitutional-reform/
7 Apr 12: “Why change the constitution?
At the time the Australian Constitution was drafted,
Aboriginal people were considered to be an inferior and
dying race by many Australians. They were not included in
the process of drafting the Constitution and it was assumed
that they had no rights. It is not surprising that changing
the Constitution has been part of the political agenda of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.”
Larissa Behrendt

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
NATSILS taking aim at high incarceration rates
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7118-natsils-taking-aim-at-high-incarceration-rates
12 Apr 12: “The newly-appointed Deputy-Chair of the
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services
(NATSILS) says there needs to be urgent reform in
correctional services and the justice system. Priscilla
Collins says NATSILS is working with governments to reduce
Indigenous incarceration rates around Australia. She says
the Northern Territory has the highest rates of any state
or territory in the nation and something needs to be done
to address this.”

9 News: WA Day fails to resolve native title issue
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8449198/wa-day-fails-to-resolve-native-title-issue
10 Apr 12: “Western Australia has changed the name of its
annual state holiday in a nod towards Aboriginal
reconciliation, despite several native title disputes
remaining unresolved. From now on the first Monday in June
– formerly called Foundation Day – will be known as
Western Australia Day. WA Governor Malcolm McCusker signed
a bill to effect the change at Government House on Tuesday
as Premier Colin Barnett watched on. Both said while the
day still commemorated the first English settlers’ arrival
in 1829, the bill formally recognised Aboriginal people as
the traditional owners.”

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