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

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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