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

* 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


– Media Release

Fred Hooper, Chairperson,
Northern Murray Darling Basin Aboriginal Nations (NBAN)
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
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
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

– Related Audio Interview

SBS Living Black:
Aboriginal Murray River Nations Take Part In Ancient Pilgrimage
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
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
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
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. … ”


– 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/


– Audio Interview

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Let’s Talk
Michael Anderson – Founder of the Tent Embassy
16 Apr 12
Listen to this interview on-line:

– Tent Embassy News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
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

Courier-Mail: Embassy growing in numbers
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.”


SOVEREIGN UNION – National Unity Government
‘Sovereign Union’
– Asserting Aboriginal Sovereignty into Governance

Treaty Republic:
Indigenous Australia Sovereignty, Genocide, Land Rights and
Pay the Rent Issues

Aboriginal Tent Embassy 40th
40 Years Stronger – Sovereignty Never Ceded
[Canberra, ACT]

Facebook: Goomeroi Sovereign Tent Embassy
[Moree, NSW]

Facebook: Brisbane Sovereign Embassy, Musgrave Park
[Musgrave Park, Brisbane, Qld]

Facebook: Nyoongar Tent Embassy
[Perth, WA]

Welcome to our website… Nyoongar Tent Embassy
[Perth, WA]

WGAR News: Force used to suppress the Aboriginal
sovereignty movement: Michael Anderson (27 Mar 12)
[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
[Portland, Vic]

YouTube: Aboriginal tent embassies – Canberra & Sandon Point

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

SPATE’s 11th Anniversary Ceremony & Family Day
[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
[Bulahdelah, NSW]

Facebook: Aboriginal Tent Embassy

Aboriginal Tent Embassy
[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)
[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)
[Canberra, ACT]

WGAR News: “The tent embassy: fact v fiction, black v white”
by Chris Graham (20 Feb 12)
[Canberra, ACT]


– Audio Interview

SBS Living Black: Western Australia’s Government Remains
Silent On Its Stolen Wages Offer
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


– Audio Interview

SBS Living Black: New Representative Group For Aboriginal
And Torres Strait Islanders With Disabilities
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


– 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


– 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

Click to access 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


– Photos

Green Left:
Photos: Darwin rally rejects racist NT intervention
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
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:
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
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

Church disappointed by Senate Report into Stronger Futures
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


Human Rights Petition:
Australian Government: Stop Stronger Futures and
support Aboriginal self-determination in the NT

Stand for Freedom:
There can be no reconciliation without justice:

Stop the Intervention: Stronger Futures Legislation

WGAR News: “Listening But Not Hearing”
– Audio recordings from the launch of the report (3 Apr 12)

WGAR News: Responses to Ten-Year Funding of
NT Aboriginal Communities (1 Apr 12)

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)

WGAR News: Responses to Senate Committee report on
‘Stronger Futures’ New NT Intervention laws (18 Mar 12)

WGAR News: Greens Senator Rachel Siewert provides an overview:
“Ending the NT Intervention” (15 Mar 12)

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)

WGAR News: “Hear the Voice of the People!”:
Video of Senate Hearing at Maningrida 22 February 2012 (13 Mar 12)

WGAR News: New report into ‘Stronger Futures’ consultations
by Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, UTS (9 Mar 12)
[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)

WGAR News: NITV Current Affairs present the Stronger Futures
Forum shot on location in Maningrida (3 Mar 12)

WGAR News: Press Conference on Stronger Futures legislation
by Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC (1 Mar 12)

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)
[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

Click to access Stronger-Futures-update-11-3-12.pdf

Stop the Intervention: Stronger Futures Media Coverage

Main Government page for Stronger Futures in the
Northern Territory Bill 2011 and two related bills:

Direct Government link to view all uploaded submissions

Direct Government link to view all uploaded hearing info


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

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

STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney):

The Greens: Rachel Siewert: Ending the NT Intervention:

Tracker – NT Intervention:

Crikey – NT Intervention:

Stand for Freedom:
There can be no reconciliation without justice:

Our Generation:

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

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

Treaty Republic – NT Intervention:

New Matilda – northern territory intervention:

Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition:

Equality Rights Alliance:
Women’s Experience of Income Management in the Northern Territory:

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

MAIC (Melbourne Anti-Intervention Collective):

The Conversation – After the Intervention:

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

Jobs with Justice:

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

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

Click to access stir-uq-intervention-intro-factsheet-new1.pdf

Defending Indigenous Rights:

Intervention walk-off’s Blog:

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

Click to access Fact-Sheet-2-NT-Intervention.pdf

Green Left: Northern Territory intervention: myths and facts:

Adelaide Stop the Intervention:

Central Land Council:
The Australian Government Intervention 2007:

WGAR (Working Group for Aboriginal Rights):


– Photos

NATIONAL: The first march of the 40th anniversary was peaceful,
but attracted little media attention.

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
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
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
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
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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