Archive for May, 2012

120530 – Ampilatwatja Community Leaders give their full support to Yolngu Nations Assembly

Posted in NEWS on 30/05/2012 by D

Contents:
* Leaders and Custodians from Ampilatwatja Community Australia
give their full support to Yolngu Nations Assembly
* ALA applauds stance of Indigenous Elders against racist
‘Stronger Futures’ legislation
* Jeff McMullen: Fight for the homelands
* Punch: An NT intervention policy coming to a suburb near you
* Video of Jeff McMullen on “Stand for Freedom” campaign
* Stand for Freedom: The Kit
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Sound & Pictures: Sovereign Union Foundation
[of interim National Unity Government]
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement
* Gerry Georgatos: Woodside and the shire of Broome
taken to the Supreme Court by Elder
* Gerry Georgatos: Walmandan Tent Embassy will stand in the
way of Woodside attempts to damage their heritage
* Background to the Aboriginal tent embassies
* ABC Alice Springs: Muckaty protest enters sixth year
* Background to the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump

See:

WGAR News: Yolngu Nations Assembly Statement concerning
‘Stronger Futures’ laws and NT policies (4 May 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/04/wgar-news-yolngu-nations-assembly-statement-concerning-stronger-futures-laws-and-nt-polic

WGAR News: Several organisations express support for the
Yolngu Nations Assembly Statement (10 May 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/10/wgar-news-several-organisations-express-support-for-the-yolngu-nations-assembly-statement

WGAR News: More organisations state support for the
Yolngu Nations Assembly Statement (11 May 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/11/wgar-news-more-organisations-state-support-for-the-yolngu-nations-assembly-statement

Respect and Listen compilation:
http://www.respectandlisten.org/nt-intervention/stronger-futures.html
“Statements and Media Releases …
calling to abandon the Stronger Futures Legislation and
supporting the Yolŋu Nations Assembly Statement”
[Includes additional statements by:
* National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic
Council (NATSICC)
* Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney
* National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical
Commission (NATSIEC)
* Women for Wik
* Solidarity]

‘concerned Australians’ compilation:
Churches, Religious, Organisations and Reconciliation Groups
http://concernedaustralians.com.au/Stronger_Futures_Yolngu_supporters.html
“Calls to Abandon the Stronger Futures Legislation, and
Calls to Support the Yolngu Nations Assembly Statement”

* LEADERS AND CUSTODIANS FROM AMPILATWATJA COMMUNITY AUSTRALIA
GIVE THEIR FULL SUPPORT TO YOLNGU NATIONS ASSEMBLY

– Statement

Statement regarding Australian Federal Government
Stronger Futures Bills and Northern Territory policies
‘cA’: http://concernedaustralians.com.au/media/stronger_futures_yolngu/Eastern_Alyawarr_Region_Peoples.pdf
24 May 12: “We the Leaders and Custodians from Ampilatwatja
Community Australia give our full support to Yolŋuw Makarr
Dhuni (Yolŋu Nations Assembly)
To our brothers and sisters of 8 nations in the Western,
Central and East Arnhem Land areas of the Northern
Territory: We say to you, we are with you and we will stand
with you as one peoples against the Australian Federal
Government Stronger Futures Bills and Northern Territory
Policies.
We call on the Federal Government to scrap the Stronger
Futures laws and return to full consultation, negotiations
and agreements with our leaders and custodians in the
Eastern Alyawarr Region to discuss a way forward in
partnership, and that our peoples be involved at all levels
of government in setting policies, programs on health,
education, employment and training.
We as the true custodians, land owners and leaders now
demand that the Federal, State and Territory governments
must respect all human rights, and recognise and
acknowledge our peoples rights as first Australians to make
all decisions to determine our own future directions, to
work and walk with us towards a better future for our
peoples. …
Richard Downs
Alyawarr spokesperson Eastern Region”
[Click on the above link to read the many more points made.]

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA NEWS 29-05
http://caama.com.au/caama-news-29-05
29 May 12: “A large group of Central Australian Aboriginal
people have joined with their Top End brothers and sisters
in Arnhem land to voice their ongoing opposition to the
Gillard Labor governments proposed Stronger Futures
Legislation.”

– Related News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Scrap Stronger Futures: Alyawarr people
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7251-scrap-stronger-futures-alyawarr-people
29 May 12: “The Federal Government’s proposed Stronger
Future legislation continues to face criticism as
Indigenous groups in the Northern Territory speak out
against the bill. Alyawarr man Richard Downs says his
people support the Yolngu Nations Assembly of Arnhem Land
in their statement slamming human rights and land rights
aspects of Stronger Futures. …
“There’s a blanket cover that was thrown right over the top
of Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory.
“We were stigmatised; all our controls and measures taken
away, our permit system. … “”

BigPond News: Indigenous group fights NT intervention
http://bigpondnews.com/articles/National/2012/05/27/Indigenous_group_fights_NT_intervention_754577.html
27 May 12: “Aboriginal communities in central Australia
have pledged to fight the federal government’s Northern
Territory intervention. … Northeast of Alice Springs,
Alyawarr homeland communities – including Lake Nash, Utopia
and Ampilatwatja, covering 3500 people – have made their
own pledge to fight the laws. ‘We call on our people to
reject any meetings or discussions with
government-appointed bureaucrats, or representatives of
government agencies on Stronger Futures laws,’ spokesman
Richard Downs said in a statement.”

* ALA APPLAUDS STANCE OF INDIGENOUS ELDERS AGAINST RACIST
‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LEGISLATION:

Australian Lawyers Alliance:
ALA applauds stance of Indigenous Elders against racist
‘Stronger Futures’ legislation
‘cA’: http://concernedaustralians.com.au/media/stronger_futures_yolngu/Australian_Lawyers_Alliance.pdf
21 May 12: “The Australian Lawyers Alliance applauds the
bold stance of Indigenous elders in west and central Arnhem
Land who are refusing to participate in land lease
negotiations for mining exploration licences in revolt
against the Federal Government’s Stronger Futures
legislation.
“The ALA applauds the elders and community leaders in
Arnhem Land who have written to the Prime Minister and the
NT government. The Stronger Futures legislation breaches
internationally recognised human rights under the United
Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political
Rights, of which Australia is a signatory.
The Federal Government is able to continue to flout such
obligations because there is no federal Human Rights Act to
uphold such responsibilities under Australian law,”
Australian Lawyers Alliance National President, Greg Barns,
said. …
Stronger Futures undermines legal entitlements within
criminal law, privacy law, property law, consumer law,
administrative law, discrimination law and human rights.
… ”
[Click on the above link to read the many more points made.]

* JEFF McMULLEN: FIGHT FOR THE HOMELANDS

– Analysis / Opinion

agendaTracker: Fight for the homelands
http://tracker.org.au/2012/05/fight-for-the-homelands/
29 May 12: “NATIONAL: … Traditional Owners across Arnhem
Land will resist the federal government’s proposed 10-year
extension of the Northern Territory Intervention by
refusing to surrender Aboriginal land through 40 year
leases. When the five-year leases imposed by the
government’s declared Emergency end in August this year the
most respected Aboriginal leaders across the Top End will
not enter into any new land lease agreements until the
draconian and discriminatory Stronger Futures legislation is
shelved.” Jeff McMullen, prominent Australian journalist,
winner of the UN Media Peace Prize

* PUNCH: AN NT INTERVENTION POLICY COMING TO A SUBURB NEAR YOU

– News

Punch: An NT intervention policy coming to a suburb near you
http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/an-nt-intervention-policy-coming-to-a-suburb-near-you/
29 May 12: “A controversial policy from the Northern
Territory intervention has managed to get through the
atrocious congestion on the M4 to arrive in Bankstown, in
Sydney’s south-west. “Income management” is coming to the
suburb – a cultural melting pot – in July. … Bankstown is
one of just five places where the Federal Government has
chosen to roll the program out to a thousand people, …
But the opposition to it is particularly making a racket
about it in Bankstown. Randa Kattan from the local Arab
Council of Australia says the program is going to tarnish
the suburb’s image.” By Daniel Piotrowski

See:

Welcome to the campaign website of
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

* VIDEO OF JEFF McMULLEN ON “STAND FOR FREEDOM” CAMPAIGN

– Video

Respect and Listen: Stand for Freedom – Jeff McMullen
http://www.respectandlisten.org/nt-intervention.html
“This video is an excerpt from the “Our Generation”
screening in Sydney at the Customs House on Sunday,
6.05.2012. Jeff McMullen talks about the urgent need to
join the “Stand for Freedom” campaign against the “Stronger
Futures” policy.
To view the complete speech please click here
[ http://vimeo.com/42835391 ]
This screening was part of the 30th Greek Festival of Sydney
( http://www.greekfestivalofsydney.com.au/festival12/events/event_our_generation.htm
For more information please visit:
http://www.standforfreedom.org.au/
http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/

* STAND FOR FREEDOM: THE KIT

– Action

Stand for Freedom: The Kit
http://standforfreedom.org.au/the-kit/
“We believe that the oppression of Aboriginal rights in the
Northern Territory is Australia’s Kony. …
Inspired by the techniques of the Kony 2012 movement, we
have developed an action kit for people to spread the word
about the campaign in their own communities. We don’t have
much time. On 18th June, the legislation comes back before
the Senate and may be voted on any time after that. Our
ambition, which we invite you to share and realise with us,
is to splash the campaign across the country and reach
100,000 petition signatures before 18th June. Together, we
can reach the tipping point.”

– Related Actions

Stand for Freedom – Take Action
http://standforfreedom.org.au/take-action/
“The Stronger Futures legislation is opposed by Aboriginal
people across the Northern Territory and civil society
across the nation. We need to generate a mass movement to
make the Government listen to their concerns. That
Aboriginal people have the right to control their own
futures; that freedom is the right of ALL Australians.
Let’s come together and stop Stronger Futures! … ”

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

Amnesty International Australia:
Tell your Senators: scrap Stronger Futures
http://www.amnesty.org.au/action/action/28676/
“Stronger Futures is a package of legislation before the
Senate that will extend some of the most controversial
elements of the Northern Territory Intervention for the
next decade – stripping Aboriginal people of their dignity,
and taking away their right to control their own lives. …
Write to your Senators today and tell them to scrap
Stronger Futures … Let’s send a clear message to
politicians that it’s time to listen.”

UnitingJustice Australia: Stronger Futures Call to Action
http://www.unitingjustice.org.au/justice-for-indigenous-australians/information-and-action-resources/item/851-stronger-futures-call-to-action
“The Stronger Futures debate in Parliament will resume 18th
June. This gives us a few more weeks to voice our
opposition to the introduction of the legislation. …
If passed, some of the discriminatory measures that would
be introduced through the Stronger Futures legislation
include: …
You can download the Call to Action Kit which includes:
background material on the Stronger Futures legislation;
advocacy strategies;
information postcards to distribute;
and a form letter to complete and send to politicians.”

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

Last updated: 28 May 2012

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

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Last updated: 24 May 2012

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

* SOUND & PICTURES: SOVEREIGN UNION FOUNDATION
[OF INTERIM NATIONAL UNITY GOVERNMENT]

– Audio and Photos

Sovereign Union: Sovereign Union Foundation
[of interim National Unity Government] – Sound & Pictures
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/sovereign-union-foundation-sound-pictures
“* Welcome to country – Opening ceremony of the
First Official Meeting by Roy “Dootch” Kennedy
* The first National Assembly of Nations is a key moment in
history – “The Last Stand” – Michael Anderson
* Aunty Barbara Nicholson – Native title is
“…the last drink at the poisoned water hole.”
* Wayne ‘Coco’ Wharton introduction –
“We bring a story of Sovereignty”
* “We ran the country once and we can run the country
again” – Wayne ‘Coco’ Wharton
* “We need a game plan” – Wayne ‘Coco’ Wharton
(includes background on ACTU support)
* “We’ve got to be able to grow – let the Embassies grow
all around the country.” – Wayne ‘Coco’ Wharton”
* “Constitutional reform is a furphy – This is real reform”
– Wayne ‘Coco’ Wharton”

See:

WGAR News: “Sovereign Union – interim National Unity
Government has now been officially formed.” (28 May 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/28/wgar-news-sovereign-union-interim-national-unity-government-has-now-been-officially-forme

– Related News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Delegates sign for Indigenous sovereignty
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7249-delegates-sign-for-indigenous-sovereignty
29 May 12: “Aboriginal rights campaigner Michael Anderson
says the grassroots movement towards Aboriginal sovereignty
is now a step forward with the signing of an Act of
Sovereign Union. A meeting was held last week between
Indigenous delegates from around Australia in Wollongong
and Mr. Anderson says about 63 nations were represented.
… He says the signing of the represents a move that
hasn’t been made before.
“This one here is our charter. It’s an Aboriginal
organisation that’s now organically grown and continuing
to grow right throughout this country.
“So, it’s very different from ATSIC and those previous
organisations.””

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA News 28-05
http://caama.com.au/caama-news-28-05
28 May 12: “Aboriginal delegates from across the continent
gathered late last week to confirm plans to form a National
Government of the Sovereign Union of First Nations Peoples
in Australia.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA NEWS 29-05
http://caama.com.au/caama-news-29-05
29 May 12: “A university based academic and expert in the
field of law and justice says he believes Australia could
lead the international community toward a new way of
acknowledging indigenous rights”

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT:

Last updated: 29 May 2012

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

* GERRY GEORGATOS:
WOODSIDE AND THE SHIRE OF BROOME
TAKEN TO THE SUPREME COURT BY ELDER

– News

Indymedia Australia: Woodside and the shire of Broome
taken to the Supreme Court by Elder
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/29/woodside-and-the-shire-of-broome-taken-to-the-supreme-court-by-elder
29 May 12: “Goolarabooloo man Richard Hunter, a Traditional
Owner of James Price Point, has launched a civil suit in
the Supreme Court against Woodside Petroleum. The Western
Australian Environment Defenders Office (WAEDO) has
launched the case on behalf of Mr Hunter. WAEDO on Monday
May 28 wrote to Woodside and the shire of Broome to stop
all works at the James Price Point site. WAEDO has given
Woodside 48 hours to cease the works otherwise it will seek
a court injunction.” By Gerry Georgatos

– Related News

Sovereign Union:
Walmadan Sovereign Embassy elder takes Woodside to court
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/walmadan-sovereign-embassy-elder-takes-woodside-court
“Original elder Richard Hunter launched a case today
claiming the gas hub approval process was not followed
correctly by Woodside or the Shire of Broome at Walmadan
(James Price Point) 60kms north of Broome, WA. Mr Hunter’s
lawyer, Josie Walker, says if this can be proved, the
entire approval process could be deemed invalid. Meanwhile,
despite considerable cultural, environmental,
anthropological and community based objections, Woodsite
contues to bulldoze sacred country.”

newsTracker: Legal action launched over Woodside works
http://tracker.org.au/2012/05/legal-action-launched-over-woodside-works/
29 May 12: “Woodside Petroleum’s works on a proposed $30
billion Kimberley gas hub, where more than 100 riot police
were shipped in recently to keep protesters away, may turn
out to be illegal. The Western Australian Environmental
Defender’s Office (EDO) on Monday launched a civil case in
the Supreme Court challenging Woodside’s approvals for the
preliminary works. The EDO’s action is on behalf of
Goolarabooloo man Richard Hunter, a traditional owner of
the James Price Point site, 60km north of Broome, where
Woodside wants to build a major LNG processing plant.”

Australian: Writ issued against gas plant
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/writ-issued-against-gas-plant/story-e6frgczx-1226370426436
29 May 12: “KIMBERLEY Aborigines opposed to Woodside’s
proposed $40 billion liquefied natrual gas precinct have
launched new legal action in an attempt to stop the company
gaining access to the site near Broome. A writ filed in
Western Australia’s Supreme Court yesterday calls for an
immediate injunction on Woodside’s work at the James Price
Point site. Launched by Goolarabooloo law boss Richard
Hunter, the writ against Woodside and the Shire of Broome
alleges site approvals granted to the company in February
are invalid.”

ABC: Woodside in court over James Price Point works
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-05-28/woodside-in-court-over-james-price-point-works/4037744
28 May 12: “Traditional land owners have taken Woodside to
the Supreme Court to stop work at the site of the proposed
Kimberley Gas Hub. Woodside maintains it has the necessary
approvals to access James Price Point north of Broome,
where ground works began last week. But Goolarabaloo man
Richard Hunter launched a case today claiming the approval
process was not followed correctly by Woodside or the Shire
of Broome. Mr Hunter’s lawyer, Josie Walker, says if this
can be proved, the entire approval process could be deemed
invalid.”

WA today: Aboriginal law man files action to halt Browse works
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/aboriginal-law-man-files-action-to-halt-browse-works-20120528-1zeyi.html
28 May 12: “A Goolarabooloo man has launched legal
proceedings against Australian oil and gas giant Woodside
Petroleum in a bid to halt works at the controversial
Kimberley site being considered for a $30 billion gas hub.
Woodside are finalising engineering, site investigation and
environmental studies before making a decision on the
proposed Browse hub, a Woodside spokeswoman said in a
statement. The Western Australia Environmental Defender’s
Office served Woodside and the Shire of Broome with papers
today after filing action in the Supreme Court at Perth, … ”

– Related Audio Interviews

3CR Community Radio 855 AM – Podcasts
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
Radioactive Show – 27 May 2012
[download this program] http://pod.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2012-05-26-68289.mp3
27 May 12: “Update on WA mining exploration in the
Kimberley and at Wiluna. Features Nik Wevers from the
Broome Community No Gas campaign; Mia Pepper from the
Conservation Council of WA and Glen Cook, a senior lawman
from Warburton.”

See:

Sovereign Union: Walmadan Tent Embassy (James Price Point)
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/walmadan-tent-embassy-james-price-point
[James Price Point, north of Broome, Kimberley Region, WA]

WGAR News: Gerry Georgatos:
Police amassing at James Price Point (16 May 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/16/wgar-news-brisbane-city-council-to-try-to-forcibly-remove-aboriginal-sovereign-embassy-mr
[James Price Point, north of Broome, Kimberley Region, WA]

Hands off Country:
http://handsoffcountry.blogspot.com.au/

Facebook: Goolarabooloo and Lurujarri Heritage Trail
http://www.facebook.com/Goolarabooloo

Kimberley Campaigner:
http://www.kimberleycampaigner.com/

Save The Kimberley:
http://www.savethekimberley.com/

* GERRY GEORGATOS:
WALMANDAN TENT EMBASSY WILL STAND IN THE WAY OF
WOODSIDE ATTEMPTS TO DAMAGE THEIR HERITAGE

– News

Indymedia Australia: Walmandan Tent Embassy – young and old
– will stand in the way of Woodside attempts to damage
their heritage
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/29/walmandan-tent-embassy-young-and-old-will-stand-in-the-way-of-woodside-attempts-to-damage
29 May 12: “Walmandan Tent Embassy has held strong for near
a year at James Price Point however after it was recently
uncovered that Woodside Petroleum had applied for
clearances to drill on Aboriginal sacred sites it is clear
that tensions between Traditional Owners and the state
government backed Woodside-led-joint-venture to build a gas
hub will escalate to new heights. Goolarabooloo Senior Law
Men Phillip and Joseph Roe, with family and community
members are camped at Walmandan (the Goolarabooloo name for
James Price Point). “Our family, young and old, will stand
in the way of this work, we will stop it,” said Mr Roe.”
By Gerry Georgatos

See:

Sovereign Union: Walmadan Tent Embassy (James Price Point)
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/walmadan-tent-embassy-james-price-point
[James Price Point, north of Broome, Kimberley Region, WA]

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSIES:

Last updated: 29 May 2012

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

* ABC ALICE SPRINGS: MUCKATY PROTEST ENTERS SIXTH YEAR

– News and Photos

ABC Alice Springs: Muckaty protest enters sixth year
http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2012/05/27/3511947.htm
27 May 12: “A remote Northern Territory cattle station
remains in the spotlight as the fight against a national
nuclear waste storage facility enters its sixth year. …
Regardless of the outcome, Yapa Yapa elder Dianne Stokes
says she won’t give up. “I don’t care what they will do to
us…they’re not going to remove us unless we’re going to
die on the road.” … Dianne was one of a small group of
around 60 who marched through Tennant Creek on Friday to
mark the fifth anniversary of their protest. The march
included local member for the Barkly, Gerry McCarthy and
Aboriginal spokespeople … ”

* BACKGROUND TO THE PROPOSED MUCKATY NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

Last updated: 28 May 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-proposed-muckaty-nuclear-waste-dump-in-nt-australia

120528 – “Sovereign Union – interim National Unity Government has now been officially formed.”

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 28/05/2012 by D

* Foundation Meeting of the Sovereign Union –
National Unity Government
* NIT: Coco Wharton: I’ll defy the white man’s bail conditions
* Interview with Adam Stone on Brisbane Tent Embassy
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement
* Tennant Creek Rally marking five years since Muckaty nomination
* Background to the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump
* Other articles

* FOUNDATION MEETING OF THE SOVEREIGN UNION
– NATIONAL UNITY GOVERNMENT:

– Media Release

Foundation Meeting of the Sovereign Union
– National Unity Government
Sovereign Union: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/foundation-meeting-sovereign-union-%E2%80%93-national-unity-government
Sovereign Union: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/148
Treaty Republic: http://treatyrepublic.net/content/foundation-meeting-sovereign-union-%E2%80%93-national-unity-government
Indymedia Nederland: https://www.indymedia.nl/node/5064
Indymedia Germany: https://linksunten.indymedia.org/en/node/61043
Indymedia Ireland: http://www.indymedia.ie/article/101903
Indymedia UK: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2012/05/496399.html
Indymedia San Francisco Bay: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/05/24/18714076.php
Indymedia Aotearoa: http://www.indymedia.org.nz/article/82414/aborigines-form-their-own-government
25 May 12: “A meeting of representatives from across the
continent gathered to confirm their intent to form a
National Unity Government of the Sovereign Union of First
Nations Peoples in Australia.
This intent was confirmed with representatives formally
signing an Act of Sovereign Union between First Nations
Peoples in Australia.
Michael Anderson, spokesperson for the Sovereign Union
said from Wollongong today, “The delegates acknowledged
that having now stepped up to the plate of taking on this
enormous task of nation building, not just at the national
level, but at our local and regional levels as well. The
most pleasing aspects of this movement is that nation
building has now become organic within our communities
throughout Australia. The grassroots people are using
their own personal resources to bring their people
together to rebuild their own nations and governance.
“It is important to acknowledge this effort because the
Sovereign Union is a Peoples’ movement and they own it.
This is not Australian government inspired nor funded. It
was decided that any funds for the further advancement of
the Sovereign Union movement is to operate on the basis of
goodwill from the people of Australia though donations or
bequests (through the Sovereign Union website:
http://nationalunitygovernment.org )
“Wayne Coco Wharton said, ‘The time has come now for people
not to just put their hands up and say they support, they
must also understand they have obligations to commit
themselves to working to fulfill our set objectives in
nation building.’ … ”

– Communiqué

Communiqué of the ‘Act of Sovereign Union’ and stated principles
[scroll down page] http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/148
24 May 12

– Video

YouTube: Sovereign Union – National Unity Government

26 May 12: “Video snapshots by NITV Jeremy Geia
– Compiled by nationalunitygovernment.org
Sovereign Union – Aboriginal National Unity Government has
now been officially formed. … Michael Anderson is the
national co-ordinator and responsible for all diplomatic
relations both domestic and international.”

– Audio

Sovereign Voices of Unity
Dootch, Kevin, Pete, Vanessa & Michael
Sovereign Union: [scroll down page] http://nationalunitygovernment.org/

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA News 25-05
http://caama.com.au/caama-news-25-05
25 May 12: “A University lecturer in Law and Justice says
ongoing claims for sovereignty by Australia’s Aboriginal
people are undeniable.”

– News

Sovereign Union: Foundation Meeting of the Sovereign Union
– National Unity Government
[scroll down page] http://nationalunitygovernment.org/
“Sovereign Union – interim National Unity Government
has now been officially formed.
Fred Hooper of the Murrawarri is to head the establishment
of the constitutional framework for the National Unity
Government – he will be supported by Judulu of the Kunghi
(Grubunna) Djunkun …
Michael Anderson is the national co-ordinator and
responsible for all diplomatic relations both domestic
and international.”

Illawarra Mercury:
Sovereignty inevitable, says tent embassy founder
http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/news/local/news/general/sovereignty-inevitable-says-tent-embassy-founder/2566974.aspx
24 May 12: “[Michael Anderson] yesterday told a Wollongong
forum that indigenous sovereignty was not a matter of if,
but when. Speaking at a legal symposium held at the
University of Wollongong’s Innovation Campus, Michael
Anderson said indigenous people had a legal right to
sovereignty, which would lead to a complete change in the
legal and political dynamics of Australia. “When our claims
are upheld, Australia has to come and talk with us and we
have to negotiate how we live together in this country,”
he said.”

UOW: Litigating the boundaries of sovereignty
http://media.uow.edu.au/news/UOW124684.html
23 May 12: “UOW’s Legal Intersections Research Centre and
Southern Cross University’s School of Law and Justice today
hosted a jointly organised workshop, which aimed to explore
the legal and political implications of claims to the
continuity of Indigenous sovereignty in Australia
articulated by prominent Indigenous activists on the 40th
anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra. …
Speakers at the event included … Michael Anderson, who
gave an introduction to sovereignty claims before exploring
the case study of the Provisional Constitution/ Advisory
opinion to the International Court of Justice.”

– Photos

Sovereign Union:
Images – Foundation of Sovereign Union
– National Unity Government
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/images-foundation-sovereign-union-national-unity-government

Next meeting: National Unity Government of the Sovereign Union
will be held at Moree NSW on 28th and 29th July 2012.
Sovereign Union: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/

* NIT: COCO WHARTON: I’LL DEFY THE WHITE MAN’S BAIL CONDITIONS

– News

National Indigenous Times:
Coco Wharton: I’ll defy the white man’s bail conditions
http://www.nit.com.au/your-say.html
http://www.nit.com.au/news.html
24 May 12: “Queensland Sovereign Tent Embassy spokesperson
Wayne ‘Coco’ Wharton said he would defy his bail condition
of staying away from the Brisbane Tent Embassy until his
court appearance on May 31 after he and 34 other protesters
were arrested when 200 police converged on their campsite
at South Brisbane last Wednesday. “I signed the bail
conditions because no one from the Aboriginal Legal Service
came down to the Watch House to lend assistance and we
weren’t offered a feed or drink from 9 o’clock when we
arrived until 4 o’clock when we were released,” Mr Wharton
said. “I’ll definitely be attending a big corroboree
planned at the Tent Embassy camp site this Sunday because
the bail conditions are white man’s law and not my law. … ”

See:

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

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

* INTERVIEW WITH ADAM STONE ON BRISBANE TENT EMBASSY

– Video Interview

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Interview with Adam Stone on Tent Embassy
http://caama.com.au/interview-with-adam-stone-on-tent-embassy
24 May 12: “Paul Wiles interview’s Adam Stone about the
saga at the Brisbane Tent Embassy.”

– Related News

Koori Mail: Support for Aboriginal embassies
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
25 May 12: “ABOUT 50 people protested outside the New South
Wales Parliament today to support Aboriginal sovereign
embassies around the nation. Indigenous Social Justice
Association (ISJA) president Ray Jackson called for an end
to police attacks on embassies, citing the recent actions
against campaigners at Musgrave Park in Queensland and the
Nyoongar Tent Embassy on Heirisson Island in Perth.”

See:

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

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

WGAR News: “Brisbane City Council to try to forcibly remove
Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy” MR (16 May 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/16/wgar-news-brisbane-city-council-to-try-to-forcibly-remove-aboriginal-sovereign-embassy-mr

WGAR News: “Brisbane police move on Aboriginal Tent Embassy”
The Wire (18 May 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/18/wgar-news-brisbane-police-move-on-aboriginal-tent-embassy-the-wire

WGAR News: Interview with Sam Watson over
Brisbane tent embassy eviction (21 May 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/21/wgar-news-australia-challenged-at-united-nations-over-nt-laws-statement-of-delegations-to

WGAR News: GL: Eyewitness:
Brisbane tent embassy eviction was an outrage (21 May 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/21/wgar-news-australia-challenged-at-united-nations-over-nt-laws-statement-of-delegations-to

WGAR News: “Brisbane tent embassy given permanent site”
Tracker (24 May 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/24/wgar-news-brisbane-tent-embassy-given-permanent-site-tracker

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT:

Last updated: 24 May 2012

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

* TENNANT CREEK RALLY MARKING FIVE YEARS SINCE MUCKATY NOMINATION

– Audio

Beyond Nuclear Initiative (BNI):
Audio from rally in Tennant Creek
marking five years since Muckaty nomination
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/2012/05/25/audio-from-rally-in-tennant-creek-marking-five-years-since-muckaty-nomination/
25 May 12: “A rally and march were held today in Tennant
Creek (Friday 25) to mark five years since the Northern
Land Council voted to nominate Muckay as a potential site
for a national nuclear waste dump. 120-150 people attended
the rally and speakers included Muckaty Traditional Owners,
Minister Gerry McCarthy (NTG), … Larrakia activist
Donna Jackson and Maurice Blackburn lawyer Lizzie
O’Shea. The march went from Peko Park to outside the
Northern Land Council office where Traditional Owners spoke
about the lack of consultation by the NLC before the
Muckaty site was nominated.”

– Video

YouTube: Muckaty Gathering 25 May 2012

25 May 12: “Alice Springs residents gather in support of
the Muckaty Traditional Owners and all peoples opposing the
Nuclear Waste Dump in the Northern Territory of Australia.”

– News

Tennant & District Times: Muckaty rally today
http://tennantcreek.yourguide.com.au/
25 May 12: “FIVE years of struggle and still standing
strong. A rally against plans to construct a nuclear waste
dump at Muckaty will be held at noon today, marking five
years since the site was nominated by the Northern Land
Council (NLC). Under new legislation, the National
Radioactive Waste Management Bill, Muckaty is the only site
that will now be actively pursued by the Federal
Government. Muckaty traditional owners will be joined at
the rally at Peko Park by residents, Barkly pastoralists
and supporters from Alice Springs, Darwin, Sydney and
Melbourne … ”

ABC Rural: Tennant Creek protest against Muckaty dump
http://www.abc.net.au/rural/nt/content/201205/s3511357.htm?site=&source=rss
25 May 12: “Protesters rallied in Tennant Creek today
against a proposed nuclear waste facility at Muckaty
Station. It coincides with the fifth anniversary of the
Northern Land Council nominating the site as a possible
location to store nuclear waste. Allyson Horn from ABC News
says around 150 people marched down the main street.
“There has been a lot of strong language and it seems
people are quite frustrated, angry and upset.
“There’s a determination from these people to fight what
they see is an injustice.””

ABC: March marks five years of nuclear waste push
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-05-25/tennant-creek-nucelar-waste-dum-protest-muckaty/4033982?section=nt
25 May 12: “More than a hundred people have taken part in a
protest against a proposed nuclear waste facility in the
Northern Territory. … Diane Numbin Stokes is a
traditional owner from Tennant Creek and a custodian of the
land area that includes Muckaty station. She says the land
being set aside for the nuclear waste dump is an Aboriginal
men’s site, but this does not mean the women can’t voice
their concerns. “We don’t want the waste to come to that
land,” she said. A Federal Court challenge against the
nomination of the site is yet to be settled.” By Allyson Horn

* BACKGROUND TO THE PROPOSED MUCKATY NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

Last updated: 25 May 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-proposed-muckaty-nuclear-waste-dump-in-nt-australia

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– News

Age: Indigenous leader slams Amnesty
http://www.theage.com.au/national/indigenous-leader-slams-amnesty-20120525-1zaaq.html
26 May 12: “INDIGENOUS leader Bess Price has launched a
scathing attack on human rights group Amnesty International
for its criticisms of Gillard government proposals to
extend parts of the federal intervention in the Northern
Territory for a further 10 years. In its annual review of
human rights around the globe released this week, Amnesty
said the passage of the proposals through Parliament would
“signal a continuation of a dark era for Aboriginal peoples
in the Northern Territory”.”

See: WGAR News: “Stronger Futures continues dark era for
Aboriginal Peoples in the NT” Amnesty Int’l (25 May 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/25/wgar-news-stronger-futures-continues-dark-era-for-aboriginal-peoples-in-the-nt-amnesty-in

Koori Mail: Old and young honour our Vets
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
25 May 12: “HUNDREDS gathered at the ANZAC Memorial in
Sydney today to honour the service of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander war veterans. The commemoration was held
for the sixth year as part of National Reconciliation Week,
which runs fro 27 May until 3 June. Uncle Allen Madden and
Aunty Sandra Lee float a wreath with a little help from
students from Ultimo Public School and Our Lady of Mt
Carmel Primary School, Waterloo.”

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120526 – Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia – 39 events from 26 May 2012

Posted in EVENTS, NEWSLETTER on 26/05/2012 by D

Click on the links for details of the events …

Event: 11 Feb 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: Fri 4 – Sun 27 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 details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/28566/
Article: [scroll down page] http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/picture-a-world-of-observation-and-invention-20120501-1xwx3.html

Event: 4 May – 8 July 2012: Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW
Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud
Photographs by Jagath Dheerasekara
Curated by Sandy Edwards
Head On Photo Festival
“”The photographs are excellent. They are a moving
portrayal of Aboriginal Australia that all Australians
aught to know about on an issue that wont go away.”
– John Pilger, Writer and Filmmaker, January 2012″
Event details: http://jagathdeerasekera.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/manuwangku-under-nuclear-cloud.html
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/28595/
Event details: [scroll down page] http://sydneyartgalleriesandartcommunity.wordpress.com/2012/04/29/openings-and-the-arts-in-sydney-30042012-06052012/
Article: [scroll down page] http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/picture-a-world-of-observation-and-invention-20120501-1xwx3.html

Event: Sun 27 May – Sun 3 June 2012: various locations
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
Melbourne and Victoria event details: http://www.reconciliationvic.org.au/community-events.php
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html#may

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: Mon 28 May 2012: Stawell, Vic
Our Generation Film Screening
Hosted by:
* Northern Grampians Shire Council
* Budja Budja Aboriginal Cooperative
* Grampians Community Health
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/screenings/28-may-2012-stawell-vic
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.reconciliationvic.org.au/community-events.php
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: 29 May 2012: Sydney Uni, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
National Reconciliation Week
Followed by a guest speaker on ‘Reconciliation’
Open to all students at Sydney Uni & wider public
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.respectandlisten.org/
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info-Our-Generation/Our-Gen-Syd-Uni-29-5-12.jpg
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Tue 29 May 2012: Shepparton, Vic
Film screening – Barbakiueria
“Imagine what it would be like if black
settlers arrived to settle a continent
inhabited by white natives? In 1788, the
first white settlers arrived in Botany Bay
to begin the process of white colonisation
of Australia. But in Babakiueria, the roles
are reversed in a delightful and light-hearted
look at colonisation of a different kind.”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.reconciliationvic.org.au/community-events.php

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: 30 May 2012: Fitzroy, Melbourne, Vic
Our Generation Film Screening
“There will also be a short video of
voices from Maningrida and time
afterwards for discussion.”
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/screenings/30-may-2012-fitzroy-vic
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Wed 30 May 2012: St Arnaud, Vic
Our Generation Film Screening
Hosted by:
* Northern Grampians Shire Council
* Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Cooperative
* Grampians Community Health
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/screenings/30-may-2012-st-arnaud-vic
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.reconciliationvic.org.au/community-events.php
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Wed 30 May 2012: Melbourne, Vic
Public Forum: ‘The Impact of Mental Impairment
Legislation for People with Cognitive Impairment:
The Aboriginal Disability Justice Campaign’
“This forum will explore the human rights and
legal issues for people with a psychiatric disability
and cognitive impairment (intellectual disability /
acquired brain injury) who come before the courts
and are assessed as having a mental impairment
and then found unfit to plead. …
This practice is disproportionately affecting
Aboriginal people with psychiatric disabilities and
cognitive impairments.
It is the criminalisation of disability.”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.reconciliationvic.org.au/community-events.php

Event: Thu 31 May 2012: Sydney, NSW
I’m Not Racist, But
“To further stimulate conversations about racism in
Australia, the NSW Reconciliation Council has
pulled together a panel of diverse Australians
who all have something to say.
You can have your say too, … ”
Hosted by ABC’s Steve Cannane
Join:
* Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr. Helen Szoke,
* Fear of a Brown Planet’s Nazeem Hussain,
* UN Youth Ambassador, Benson Saulo and
* comedian Jennifer Wong
Event details: http://www.nswreconciliation.org.au/events-1/im-not-racist-but-1
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html#may

Event: Thu 31 May 2012: Melbourne, Vic
Service to honour Indigenous Servicemen & Women
– Shrine of Remembrance
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.reconciliationvic.org.au/community-events.php

Event: Thu 31 May 2012: Altona, Melbourne, Vic
Film screening of Murandak – Songs of Freedom
“an amazing documentary that journeys into
the heart of Aboriginal protest music”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.reconciliationvic.org.au/community-events.php

Event: Fri 1 June 2012: Marrickville, Sydney, NSW
Lizard Rising Sydney Fundraiser
“Another wild night in preparation for the
Lizards Revenge global emergency
$10 entry toward the Rollen Blockade of
BHP Billitons Olympic Dam expansion”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/lizard-rising-sydney-fundraiser
Background: http://londonminingnetwork.org/2011/10/australia-approves-20-30bn-bhp-billitons-olympic-dam-mine-expansion/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/224524544273924
Website: http://lizardsrevenge.net/
[See below: Event: 14 to 18 (or 20) July 2012:
Olympic Dam, SA
Lizards Revenge Music/Art Festival protest]

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
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: 4 May – 24 June 2012: Upwey, Melbourne, Vic
Memories – Contact with White People Exhibition
Burrinja community cultural centre
Coinciding with National Reconciliation Week
“Based on Patsy Lulpanda’s canvas painting with the same
title comes an exhibition of artworks from the Burrinja
Collection that explores the theme of contact with white
colonisers from the Aboriginal perspective.”
Event details: [scroll down page] 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: Fri 1 June 2012: Upwey, Melbourne, Vic
Indigenous Film Night:
Too Many Captain Cooks (1989)
Beneath Clouds (2001)
Babakiueria (1986)
Rabbit-Proof Fence (2001)
Burrinja community cultural centre
Coinciding with National Reconciliation Week
Event details: [scroll down page] 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: Sat 2nd June 2012: Upwey, Melbourne, Vic
In Words: Eileen Harrison and Carolyn Landon
Burrinja community cultural centre
Coinciding with National Reconciliation Week
“Aunty Eileen describes herself as a survivor of a failed
political push to assimilate Victorian aborigines into the
wider community by forcing them off the mission at Lake
Tyers, and she talks about her life from a cultural,
personal, emotional and political perspective.”
Event details: [scroll down page] 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 details: [scroll down page] http://www.reconciliationvic.org.au/community-events.php

Event: Sun 3rd June 2012: Upwey, Melbourne, Vic
In Conversation: Bruce Pascoe and Bill Gammage
Burrinja community cultural centre
Coinciding with National Reconciliation Week
“Gippsland resident and author of Convincing Ground,
Bruce Pascoe will present his recent book Dark Emu,
an examination of the Aboriginal economy as seen by the
“Explorers”.
Bruce Pascoe will be in conversation with Bill Gammage,
who recently published The Biggest Estate on Earth
– How Aborigines made Australia, … ”
Event details: [scroll down page] 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 details: [scroll down page] http://www.reconciliationvic.org.au/community-events.php

Event: 2 to 3 June 2012: Townsville, Qld
Townsville Reconciliation Festival
Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Mabo high Court Decision
Event details: http://www.reconciliation.org.au/home/get-involved/events/events-calendar?event_id=461

Event: Sun 3rd June 2012: Melbourne, Vic
Mabo Decision 20 Years on:
Hopes and Aspirations for Victorian Traditional Land Owners
Panellists include:
* Adam McLean – Barrister;
* Gary Murray – Traditional Owner and Activist;
* Margaret Gardiner – Traditional Owner and Wurundjeri Elder
* Matthew Storey – CEO Native Title Services Victoria.
“Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the land mark
Mabo High Court decision, …
Issues to be discussed include:
* Native Title claims,
* burden of proof issue,
* diversity of groups and local disagreements,
* lateral violence,
* length of time involved to progress Native Title claims and
* the role of the Victorian Traditional Owners Settlement Act.”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.reconciliationvic.org.au/community-events.php

Event: Sun 3 June 2012: Lakemba, NSW
‘Our Generation’ Film Screening
Discussion With Dr. Jeff McMullen
Hosted by Greek Orthodox Community of NSW
Language: English with Greek translation
Event details: http://au.greekreporter.com/2012/05/21/our-generation-film-discussion-with-dr-jeff-mcmullen-in-lakemba/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Sun 3 June 2012: Doncaster, Melbourne, Vic
Reconciliation Week Film Night:
“Why Me?” (G) – Doncaster Playhouse
“Why Me?” shares the stories of five children
of the Stolen Generation, told using powerful
period re-enactments.”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.reconciliationvic.org.au/community-events.php

Event: 3 June 2012: Sydney, NSW
20th Anniversary of Mabo
Service for National Reconciliation Week
” … to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of
the Mabo High Court Decision recognising
Native Title by Koiki Mabo in 1992″
Event details: http://www.nswreconciliation.org.au/events-1/20th-anniversary-of-mabo

Event: 10 June 2012: Myall Creek, west of Inverell, northern NSW
Myall Creek Memorial 2012
“The annual memorial commemoration ceremony is
for those who died in the Myall Creek massacre, … ”
Event details: http://www.nswreconciliation.org.au/events-1/myall-creek-memorial-2012

Event: Wed 13 June 2012: Melbourne, Vic
Lizards Revenge – Info Night (Melbourne)
“Come along to have your questions answered &
find out more about the Lizards revenge DIY
music, arts blockade/festival in South Australia
14-18 July. Find out more about Transport,
logistics, actions & legals. We will have speakers
spoken word performances & a short film.”
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/370448663002867/
Background: http://londonminingnetwork.org/2011/10/australia-approves-20-30bn-bhp-billitons-olympic-dam-mine-expansion/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/224524544273924
Website: http://lizardsrevenge.net/
[See below: Event: 14 to 18 (or 20) July 2012:
Olympic Dam, SA
Lizards Revenge Music/Art Festival protest]

Event: 14 June 2012: Victoria Uni, Melbourne, Vic
Our Generation Film Screening
Welcome to Country & film Introduction by Matt Bell
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/screenings/14-june-2012-melbourne-vic
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Fri 15 June 2012: Melbourne, Vic
Annual Human Rights Dinner
* Keynote speaker: Les Malezer,
Co-Chair, National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and
Chairperson, Foundation for Aboriginal and Islander Research
Action
* Invitation from:
Human Rights Law Centre and the
Public Interest Law Clearing House
“Les is from the Butchulla/Gubbi Gubbi peoples in southeast
Queensland. He is recognised internationally for his
leading role in the development of the UN Declaration on the
Rights of Indigenous Peoples. … ”
Event details: http://www.hrlc.org.au/content/events/upcoming-events/annual-human-rights-dinner-2012/

Wed 27 June 2012: West Perth, WA
The Indigenous culture and heritage of WA’s
SouthWest forests – how do we protect it?
“Hear from Aboriginal spokespeople and Traditional
Owners about the cultural heritage values of forests,
including the plant and animal species that depend
on them.”
“Hear from the Department of Environment and Conservation
about how they are planning to protect cultural values.”
“Have your say about how cultural values should be
protected in our SouthWest forests.”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/the-indigenous-culture-and-heritage-of-wa%E2%80%99s-southwest-forests-how-do-we-protect-it

Event: Tue 3 – Fri 20 July 2012: Bendigo & Roxby Downs
Road Trip for Change
– Step Out(back) and Learn from Country
“In July the South Australian Student Environment Network
will be running a series of epic road trips that will take you
on a journey of learning from Adelaide to Australia’s
biggest grass roots Environment Conference:
Students of Sustainability (SoS), then via the great
SA outback to Roxby Downs for the
Lizards Revenge Music/Art festival.”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/road-trip-for-change-step-outback-and-learn-from-country
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/224524544273924
Website: http://www.roadtripforchange.org/
Website: http://lizardsrevenge.net/
[See below: Event: 14 to 18 (or 20) July 2012:
Olympic Dam, SA
Lizards Revenge Music/Art Festival protest]

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: 14 to 18 (or 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
Background: http://londonminingnetwork.org/2011/10/australia-approves-20-30bn-bhp-billitons-olympic-dam-mine-expansion/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/224524544273924
Website: http://lizardsrevenge.net/
Sydney Event: Fri 1 June 2012: http://indymedia.org.au/lizard-rising-sydney-fundraiser
Melbourne Event: Wed 13 June 2012: http://www.facebook.com/events/370448663002867/
Road Trip for Change Tue 3 – Fri 20 July 2012: http://indymedia.org.au/road-trip-for-change-step-outback-and-learn-from-country

Event: 14 July 2012: Manly, Sydney, NSW
Our Generation film screening
As part of Guringai Festival
Q&A with co-director/producer Damien Curtis
More details to come
Event details: http://www.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: Sat 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 details: http://indymedia.org.au/stop-aboriginal-deaths-in-custody-2012-winter-action

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

Click to access 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

Click to access 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

– – –

120525 – “Stronger Futures continues dark era for Aboriginal Peoples in the NT” Amnesty Int’l

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 25/05/2012 by D

Contents:
* Amnesty International Australia:
Global failure of human rights leadership extends to Australia
* Amnesty: Tell your Senators: scrap Stronger Futures
* Greens: Amnesty report emphasises need for homelands investment
* Jon Altman: Another decade for homelands policy debacle
* Tracker: Intervention laws need scrutiny: Gooda
* Greens seek further scrutiny for NT Intervention
* Greens:
Government & Coalition should heed UN concerns on NT Intervention
* Interview with Matthew Dhulumburrk Gaykamangu & Paddy Gibson
on Stronger Futures laws
* Terry Priest & Eva Cox:
Evidence-Free Policy Making? The Case of Income Management
* Zoe Edwards: Labor’s racist Intervention set to continue
* Darren Coyne: Senators adjourn debate until June
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* ABC: Barkly candidates united against Muckaty
* Background to the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump

* AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AUSTRALIA:
GLOBAL FAILURE OF HUMAN RIGHTS LEADERSHIP EXTENDS TO AUSTRALIA

– Info about the 2012 Report

Amnesty International Australia:
Global failure of human rights leadership extends to Australia
http://www.amnesty.org.au/report/comments_2012/28699
22 May 12: “Amnesty International today launched its 50th
review, which scrutinises the state of the world’s human
rights in 153 countries, including Australia. … The
Government continues to violate the rights of Aboriginal
Peoples, excluding traditional homelands from essential
services and implementing a chain of policies that is
further disenfranchising Aboriginal Peoples in the Northern
Territory. “The Stronger Futures Bills are about to be
debated in the Senate. If passed, they signal a continuation
of a dark era for Aboriginal Peoples in the Northern
Territory. … ”

Amnesty International Australia: Human rights in Australia
Australia’s failed leadership exposed
by Claire Mallinson, National Director of AIA
http://www.amnesty.org.au/report/comments_2012/28734/
22 May 12: “Australia may not have a reputation as a
country where gross human rights violations are taking
place on a large scale. But as we launch our 50th Amnesty
International Report today, we can reveal that Australia
does not have a squeaky clean record that it likes to think
it has. … Aboriginal Peoples have also continued to fare
poorly as the Government pushes ahead with policies in the
Northern Territory echoing the failed assimilation era of
the 1930s and 1960s. The government claims to be supporting
Aboriginal Peoples living on their ancestral homelands, but
policies do not match these claims.”

– Related Analysis / Opinion

ABC The Drum Opinion: Fear in the face of change
http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/4030894.html
“But for examples of failed leadership closer to home, one
doesn’t need to look beyond Australia’s shores. In 2011,
the Government’s attempts to repackage failed policies of
the past displayed desperation and a lack of vision to deal
with pressing human rights challenges. … The Stronger
Futures Bills are about to be debated in the Senate. If
passed, they signal a continuation of the intervention in
the Northern Territory. Aboriginal communities have widely
condemned the punitive measures contained in the
legislation and the Government’s consultations held with
communities were shambolic.” Claire Mallinson,
National Director of Amnesty International Australia

– Related News

SMH:
Stronger Futures continues dark era for Aborigines, says Amnesty
http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/stronger-futures-continues-dark-era-for-aborigines-says-amnesty-20120524-1z7zb.html
25 May 12: “AMNESTY International has sharply criticised
Australia’s treatment of its indigenous people and asylum
seekers in its annual world review of the state of human
rights. Many of the organisation’s criticisms centred on
the Gillard government’s so-called Stronger Futures
proposals, which would extend elements of the federal
intervention in the Northern Territory for a further 10
years. … The proposals are expected to pass Parliament
with the support of the Coalition, but Amnesty said this
would “signal a continuation of a dark era for Aboriginal
peoples in the Northern Territory”.”

Koori Mail: Aust gets an ‘F’ on human rights
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
24 May 12: “AI Australia’s National Director Claire
Mallinson says the Government’s Stronger Futures Bills
signal a continuation of ‘a dark era’ for Aboriginal people
in the NT. FAILED leadership demonstrated around the globe
in relation to human rights is also apparent in Australia,
according to Amnesty International (AI). The human rights
group today launched its 50th review, scrutinising human
rights in 155 countries, including Australia. It says the
Australian Government is continuing to violate the rights
of Aboriginal peoples by excluding traditional homelands
from essential services and pursuing its Stronger Futures
policies, currently before the Senate. Australia was also
criticised for its refugee policies.”

newsTracker:
Amnesty singles out Indigenous rights abuses in world report
http://tracker.org.au/2012/05/amnesty-singles-out-indigenous-rights-abuses-in-world-report/
24 May 12: “NATIONAL: Australia has been scolded by an
international human rights group for violating the rights
of Aboriginal people and trying to send asylum seekers
offshore for processing. Amnesty International has
criticised the government for limiting funding for housing
and services like water and sanitation for Aboriginal
people living in traditional homelands in the Northern
Territory in its 2012 report into the state of human rights
around the world. … “People need to realise the first
peoples of Australia are being treated in an appalling
manner,” she [Amnesty International national director
Claire Mallinson] told reporters at a briefing of the
400-page report in Sydney.”

9 News: Aust violates indigenous rights: Amnesty
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8472510/aust-violates-indigenous-rights-amnesty
24 May 12: “Australia has been scolded by an international
human rights group for violating the rights of Aborigines
and trying to send asylum seekers offshore for processing.
“Australia continued to violate rights of Indigenous
People,” Amnesty International said in its annual report on
global human rights in 2011. … Amnesty International
national director Claire Mallinson said Amnesty had been
told some indigenous people in the Northern Territory were
living without toilets, showers, electricity or garbage
collection.”

ABC Indigenous: Policy driving Indigenous from lands: Amnesty
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-05-24/australia-criticised-in-latest-amnesty-report/4029984/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
24 May 12: “Amnesty International has issued a scathing
assessment of Australia’s policies on Indigenous affairs
and refugees in its latest report on human rights around
the world. Amnesty’s 2012 human rights report says
Australia continues to violate the rights of Indigenous
people, and is driving them from their homelands. “The
[Australian] Government continued to limit funding for
housing and municipal services such as water and sanitation
to Aboriginal peoples living on traditional homelands in
the Northern Territory,” the annual report says.”

SMH: Amnesty slams UN peace failures, Malaysia solution
http://www.smh.com.au/world/amnesty-slams-un-peace-failures-malaysia-solution-20120524-1z6gx.html
24 May 12: “Amnesty also said the Stronger Futures Bill –
currently before the Senate and which would extend by a
decade the Northern Territory Intervention first introduced
by the Howard government – would marginalise and
disenfranchise indigenous Australians.”

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA News 25-05
http://caama.com.au/caama-news-25-05
25 May 12: “A new Amnesty International report has noted
the detrimental impact of the NT Intervention on homelands
and the long term health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander people.”

* AMNESTY: TELL YOUR SENATORS: SCRAP STRONGER FUTURES

– Action

Amnesty International Australia:
Tell your Senators: scrap Stronger Futures
http://www.amnesty.org.au/action/action/28676/
“Stronger Futures is a package of legislation before the Senate that will extend some of the most controversial elements of the Northern Territory Intervention for the next decade – stripping Aboriginal people of their dignity, and taking away their right to control their own lives. …
Write to your Senators today and tell them to scrap Stronger Futures
The former the Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, the Yolngu
Nations Assembly, the National Congress of Australia’s
First People, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Pacific, the Human Rights Law Centre and the Australian
Council of Social Services are all united in their
criticism of Stronger Futures. … Let’s send a clear
message to politicians that it’s time to listen.”

See:

– Call to Action Kit

UnitingJustice Australia: Stronger Futures Call to Action
http://www.unitingjustice.org.au/justice-for-indigenous-australians/information-and-action-resources/item/851-stronger-futures-call-to-action
“The Stronger Futures debate in Parliament will resume 18th
June. This gives us a few more weeks to voice our
opposition to the introduction of the legislation.
The Stronger Futures legislation is a series of Bills that
will determine what programs the Government implements for
Indigenous communities for the next 10 years. The Bills are
an extension of the Northern Territory Emergency Response
Act 2007 (the Intervention), and will extend the
discriminatory measures by up to a decade.
If passed, some of the discriminatory measures that would
be introduced through the Stronger Futures legislation
include: …
You can download the Call to Action Kit which includes:
background material on the Stronger Futures legislation;
advocacy strategies;
information postcards to distribute;
and a form letter to complete and send to politicians.”

– Petition

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

– Action

Stand for Freedom – Take Action
http://standforfreedom.org.au/take-action/
“The Stronger Futures legislation is opposed by Aboriginal
people across the Northern Territory and civil society
across the nation. We need to generate a mass movement to
make the Government listen to their concerns. That
Aboriginal people have the right to control their own
futures; that freedom is the right of ALL Australians.
Let’s come together and stop Stronger Futures! … ”

* GREENS: AMNESTY REPORT EMPHASISES NEED FOR HOMELANDS INVESTMENT

– Media Release

Greens: Amnesty report emphasises need for homelands investment
http://greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/amnesty-report-emphasises-need-homelands-investment
24 May 12: “Amnesty International’s State of the World’s
Human Rights report underlines the detrimental impact of
the NT Intervention on homelands and the long term health
and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
people, the Australian Greens said today.
“It is little surprise that Amnesty, like other
international organisations, has found continued violations
of the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
peoples,” Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
“The approach taken by Stronger Futures is completely
contrary to that which has been recommended by experts and
communities themselves. There is a strong body of opinion
in favour of supporting services and programs based on
collaboration and community involvement and partnership.
[said Senator Rachel Siewert]”

* JON ALTMAN: ANOTHER DECADE FOR HOMELANDS POLICY DEBACLE

– Analysis / Opinion

newsTracker: Another decade for homelands policy debacle
http://tracker.org.au/2012/05/another-decade-for-homelands-policy-debacle/
25 May 12: “NATIONAL: The federal government recently
announced funding over ten years for Homelands in the NT.
But will it make a difference, asks PROF JON ALTMAN*. …
Homeland residents today are in a worse place than five
years ago because any ‘security and certainty’ this policy
pronouncement might deliver is more than offset by high
insecurity and uncertainty about CDEP and the
community-based resource organisations that have been at
the very heart of their development prospects. …
Evidently, it has not yet occurred to the Australian
government that neglect creates socioeconomic gaps, it does
not close them.” By Jon Altman,
research professor in economic anthropology,
Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR),
Australian National University

* TRACKER: INTERVENTION LAWS NEED SCRUTINY: GOODA

– News

newsTracker: Intervention laws need scrutiny: Gooda
http://tracker.org.au/2012/05/intervention-laws-need-scrutiny-gooda/
24 May 12: “NATIONAL: Social Justice Commissioner Mick
Gooda says the federal government should subject its
legislation extending the Northern Territory intervention
to scrutiny by a new human rights committee. The United
Nations this week challenged Labor to refer its Stronger
Futures laws to the parliamentary joint committee on human
rights. The legislation, currently before the Senate, was
introduced to parliament before the committee was set up
late last year. But Mr Gooda, the government’s Indigenous
social justice commissioner, says the draft laws should be
reviewed as a matter of urgency before they are passed.”

See:

WGAR News: “NT intervention law must comply with
Australia’s human rights obligations” M. Bogner (23 May 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/23/wgar-news-nt-intervention-law-must-comply-with-australia%E2%80%99s-human-rights-obligations-m-bog

* GREENS SEEK FURTHER SCRUTINY FOR NT INTERVENTION:

– Media Release

Greens seek further scrutiny for NT Intervention
http://greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/greens-seek-further-scrutiny-nt-intervention
23 May 12: “The Australian Greens will ask Attorney General
Nicola Roxon to refer the Stronger Futures legislation
package to the newly established Parliamentary Joint
Committee on Human Rights.
“Stronger Futures, the legislation being used to extend the
NT Intervention, was introduced before the joint committee
was finalised, meaning the legislation will not be
automatically scrutinised and does not need to include a
human rights statement,” Senator Siewert said today.
“However, terms of reference for the committee allows it to
investigate any matter relating to human rights upon
referral from the Attorney-General.
“Widespread concerns have been raised about the Intervention
and the consultation processes that have been undertaken as
part of Stronger Futures. [said Senator Rachel Siewert]”

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Greens call for human rights scrutiny of Stronger Futures
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7238-greens-call-for-human-rights-scrutiny-of-stronger-futures
25 May 12: “The Australian Greens Indigenous Affairs
Spokesperson Rachel Siewert is calling for a human rights
review of the extension of the Northern Territory
Intervention via the Federal Government’s Stronger Futures
legislation. …
“A lot of people see Stronger Futures for what it is, which
is an extension of that discriminatory approach.
“But because it was introduced just before the Joint
Committee on Human Rights got started in Parliament, it
didn’t get referred to that Committee. …
“Therefore, many of us believe it should be referred to
that committee.””

See:

WGAR News: “NT intervention law must comply with
Australia’s human rights obligations” M. Bogner (23 May 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/23/wgar-news-nt-intervention-law-must-comply-with-australia%E2%80%99s-human-rights-obligations-m-bog

* GREENS:
GOVERNMENT & COALITION SHOULD HEED UN CONCERNS ON NT INTERVENTION

– Media Release

Greens:
Government & Coalition should heed UN concerns on NT Intervention
http://greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/government-coalition-should-heed-un-concerns-nt-intervention-0
22 May 12: “Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert says
comments made today by the Pacific representative of the UN
High Commissioner for Human Rights increases pressure on
the Government over it’s expansion of the NT Intervention
via the Stronger Futures legislation.
“Matilda Bogner has rightly raised a number of concerns
about the intervention in the Northern Territory,” Senator
Siewert said today.
“This condemnation continues to grow and Australia’s
international reputation continues to be tarnished.
“The Government needs to take notice of the calls coming
from communities in the NT and from national and
international organisations who recognised that the
interventionist approach serves only to marginalise
people. … ”

See:

WGAR News: “NT intervention law must comply with
Australia’s human rights obligations” M. Bogner (23 May 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/23/wgar-news-nt-intervention-law-must-comply-with-australia%E2%80%99s-human-rights-obligations-m-bog

* INTERVIEW WITH MATTHEW DHULUMBURRK GAYKAMANGU
& PADDY GIBSON ON STRONGER FUTURES LAWS:

– Audio Interview

3CR Community Radio 855 AM – Podcasts
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
Wednesday Hometime – 24 May 2012
[download this program] http://pod.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2012-05-23-95402.mp3
24 May 12: “Sue spoke to Paddy Gibson of the Stop the
Intervention Collective Sydney and Matthew Dhulumburrk
Gaykamangu an Indigenous elder from Ramingining about the
Stronger Futures legislation to be debated in the Senate in
June. Valerie interviewed Tabitha O’Shea, Solicitor for
Seniors Rights Victoria, about elder abuse a subject she
presented to a paracticioners forum for Law Week.”

* TERRY PRIEST & EVA COX:
EVIDENCE-FREE POLICY MAKING? THE CASE OF INCOME MANAGEMENT

– Research Paper

Evidence-Free Policy Making? The Case of Income Management
By Terry Priest and Eva Cox
Journal of Indigenous Policy
Read the full article here: http://www.jumbunna.uts.edu.au/researchareas/newmedia/AddendumtoJIP12FINAL.pdf
May 2012: “This paper argues that current evidence fails to
support the extension of income management.
This paper is a new addendum to the Journal of Indigenous
Policy Issue 12, which September 2011 and looked at the
reports then available on the effectiveness or otherwise of
the Federal Government’s income management program in the
Northern Territory.
However, further government reports on the Northern
Territory Emergency Response policies were published later
last year. This addendum covers the additional studies,
looking again at the quality of evidence being used to
justify extending IM and other programs. … ”

* ZOE EDWARDS: LABOR’S RACIST INTERVENTION SET TO CONTINUE

– Analysis / Opinion

Socialist Alternative:
Labor’s racist Intervention set to continue
http://www.sa.org.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=7337:labor%E2%80%99s-racist-intervention-set-to-continue&Itemid=454
21 May 12: “The NTER was originally to last for 5 years and
was due to run out in August this year. The Labor Party,
nervous to ensure continuing prosperity for the mining
giants, has introduced new legislation – misnamed “Stronger
Futures” – which aims to extend the intervention for a
further ten years. … But there’s more to it than this.
The real intention of the government is to drive Aboriginal
people of their land and continue the assimilation policies
of the past. And there is a clear link between the mining
boom and the Intervention.” By Zoe Edwards

* DARREN COYNE: SENATORS ADJOURN DEBATE UNTIL JUNE

– News

Guardian: Senators adjourn debate until June
– Spotlight on Stronger Futures legislation
http://www.cpa.org.au/guardian/2012/1548/05-senators-adjourn.html
23 May 12: “The Senate has adjourned its debate on the
controversial NT Stronger Futures legislation, which would
extend the Northern Territory intervention for up to
another ten years. The legislation was listed for debate
but has now been deferred until at least June 18 … The
deferral of the legislation follows intense lobbying in
recent weeks from Indigenous groups and opponents of the
legislation. Despite that opposition, opponents are fearful
that the legislation will have bipartisan support, albeit
with possible amendments from the Coalition and the Greens,
when it next comes up.” By Darren Coyne

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

Last updated: 24 May 2012

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

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Last updated: 24 May 2012

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

* ABC: BARKLY CANDIDATES UNITED AGAINST MUCKATY

– News

ABC Alice Springs: Barkly candidates united against Muckaty
http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2012/05/24/3510368.htm
24 May 12: “They’re on opposite sides of the political
divide but Member for Barkly, Gerry McCarthy and CLP
candidate Bec Healy stand united on Muckaty. The CLP’s
candidate for the Barkly, Bec Healy says she does not want
to see the proposed nuclear waste facility at Muckaty
Station go ahead. … Ms Healy stands united with current
Member for Barkly, Gerry McCarthy who maintains his strong
opposition to the proposal. … Both candidates stand
against their own parties federally on the issue.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE PROPOSED MUCKATY NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

Last updated: 24 May 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-proposed-muckaty-nuclear-waste-dump-in-nt-australia

120524 – “Brisbane tent embassy given permanent site” Tracker

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 25/05/2012 by D

Contents:
* Beyond Nuclear Initiative (BNI):
Trade union support strengthens NT nuclear waste dump campaign
* Background to the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump
* Tracker: Brisbane tent embassy given permanent site
* Video: Sam Watson: The police attack on the Aboriginal
Sovereign Tent Embassy, Brisbane
* ISJA: On Sovereign Embassies and police brutality
* Intercontinental Cry:
More Aboriginal Tent Embassies Appearing Throughout Australia
* Background to the Aboriginal tent embassies
* Video: Lest We Forget the Frontier Wars – ANZAC Day 2012

* BEYOND NUCLEAR INITIATIVE (BNI):
TRADE UNION SUPPORT STRENGTHENS NT NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP CAMPAIGN

– Media Release

Beyond Nuclear Initiative:
Trade union support strengthens NT nuclear waste dump campaign
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/2012/05/17/trade-union-support-strengthens-nt-nuclear-waste-dump-campaign/
17 May 12: “Muckaty Traditional Owners have welcomed news
that Australia’s peak trade union body, the Australian
Council of Trade Unions, has today committed to actively
support the campaign against a proposed radioactive waste
dump at Muckaty, 120km north of Tennant Creek in the
Northern Territory.
The ACTU National Congress unanimously passed a motion
(full text below) expressing ‘disappointment that the
highly contested Muckaty Land Trust site will continue to
be pursued’ and agreeing to stand ‘in solidarity with
Traditional Owners and communities resisting federal
government plans for a radioactive waste dump’.
The move comes as a further blow to plans by Federal
Resources Minister Martin Ferguson to advance the highly
contested waste dump site at Muckaty. Recent legislation,
the National Radioactive Waste Management Act (NRWMA),
names Muckaty as the only site to be further assessed for a
national radioactive dump and allows the Minister to
override any state or territory law that would hinder the
dump being built, but the plan faces growing political,
legal and community challenge. … ”

* BACKGROUND TO THE PROPOSED MUCKATY NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

Last updated: 6 May 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-proposed-muckaty-nuclear-waste-dump-in-nt-australia

* TRACKER: BRISBANE TENT EMBASSY GIVEN PERMANENT SITE

– News

Brisbane tent embassy given permanent site
newsTracker: http://tracker.org.au/2012/05/brisbane-tent-embassy-given-permanent-site/
The West: http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/national/13748857/brisbane-tent-embassy-given-permanent-site/
23 May 12: “QUEENSLAND: A scaled-down Aboriginal tent
embassy will remain permanently in a Brisbane park, but
protesters will not be allowed to return to the original
site. Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk agreed to hand over
an area of South Brisbane’s Musgrave Park to Indigenous
protesters during a meeting on Tuesday. Tent embassy
protesters have been camped at the alternative location at
one end of the park since Wednesday of last week.”

– Related Video

YouTube: Brisbane Tent Embassy Future

22 May 12: “Sam Watson explains the meeting with Aboriginal
leaders met with the Brisbane Mayor on the 22nd May 2012”

ABC: Aboriginal leaders strike tent embassy deal
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-05-22/aboriginal-leaders-strike-tent-embassy-deal/4026694?section=qld
Updated 23 May 12: “A deal has been struck between
Aboriginal leaders and the Brisbane City Council over the
future of a tent embassy. … Community worker Sam Watson
says the meeting was positive. “We came away very pleased
because we really do believe we are going to have a
constructive and strong pathway forward,” he said. Mr
Watson says the council also wants traditional owners to
have more say in the management of Musgrave Park.”

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio Online News 23.05.2012
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-online-news-23-05-2012
23 May 12: “Aboriginal rights campaigners in Brisbane have
described Tuesdays meeting with Lord Mayor Graham Quirk as
a major victory with all parties agreeing that the top end
of Musgrave Park will become a designated Aboriginal
cultural space.”

– Related News

Courier Mail:
Aboriginal cultural centre mooted as tent embassy talks kick off
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/aboriginal-cultural-centre-mooted/story-e6freoof-1226364042123
23 May 12: “AN Aboriginal cultural centre may be in the
works as peaceful talks between the Brisbane City Council
and the embattled tent embassy began yesterday. The two
sides, whose last attempt at negotiation ended in the
violent removal of more than 50 protesters from Musgrave
Park by more than 200 police last week, have renewed talks
to accommodate the Aboriginal tent embassy’s ties with the
land in West End. Tent embassy spokesman Sam Watson said
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk had strongly supported the idea of
financially supporting a cultural centre in Musgrave Park.”

Brisbane Times: Tent embassy to stay
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/tent-embassy-to-stay-20120522-1z30a.html
23 May 12: “The controversial Aboriginal tent embassy will
remain at Musgrave Park as talks between the indigenous
community and Brisbane City Council begin to recognise a
traditional bora ring at the site, lord mayor Graham Quirk
said last night. However, the tents must remain where they
currently stand – in the southern corner of Musgrave Park –
and only one ceremonial fire can be lit at one time. In
addition, the indigenous community is likely to be able to
self-govern the community hall on the southern corner of
Musgrave Park, the council-run Jagera Community Hall.”

9 News: Mayor, Qld protesters to meet over embassy
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8471277/mayor-qld-protesters-to-meet-over-embassy
22 May 12: “Brisbane’s lord mayor will on Tuesday meet with
protesters over the future of an Aboriginal tent embassy
shut down in a city park. The protest, in support of
Aboriginal land rights, was dismantled last week to make
way for a Greek festival in Musgrave Park. About 270 police
moved in after the Brisbane City Council sought help to
enforce its eviction order. More than 30 people were
arrested. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says he’ll meet on
Tuesday afternoon with indigenous representatives about the
future of the embassy, which has moved to a site adjacent
to the park.”

Brisbane Times: Musgrave Park cultural centre hopes revived
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/musgrave-park-cultural-centre-hopes-revived-20120521-1z19j.html
22 May 12: “A meeting this morning between Lord Mayor
Graham Quirk and Brisbane’s indigenous leaders is hoped to
kick start progress on the problematic issue of an
indigenous cultural centre in Brisbane. Brisbane is the
only Australian capital city without an indigenous cultural
centre. The 11am meeting will also try to find a way to
house a “Sovereign Tent Embassy” at Musgrave Park.”

News.com.au : Mayor says no to ‘massive’ tent embassy
http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/mayor-says-no-to-massive-tent-embassy/story-e6frfku0-1226363333721
22 May 12: “THERE will be no “full blown” tent embassy in a
Brisbane park where 31 people were arrested for resisting
an eviction last week, the city’s mayor said. Brisbane Lord
Mayor Graham Quirk today met indigenous representatives on
the future of the Musgrave Park site. Mr Quirk said he
would allow the tent embassy protesters to have their say,
but he had already made it clear to them they wouldn’t be
allowed to have a large site in the park.”

* VIDEO: SAM WATSON:
THE POLICE ATTACK ON THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGN TENT EMBASSY,
BRISBANE

– Video

YouTube: Sam Watson: The police attack on the Aboriginal
Sovereign Tent Embassy, Brisbane

21 May 12: “Aboriginal leader Sam Watson discusses the
brutal dawn eviction by 300 police of the peaceful embassy
in Brisbane; the importance of the Tent Embassy movement;
the need for unity to fight the LNP government which he
compares to the days of Joh; and where to for the struggle
for sovereignty. Please share to help the struggle for
Aboriginal rights and justice.
More at: http://www.greenleft.org.au
Sam Watson is a Murri leader, filmmaker, playwright, and
the Socialist Alliance national spokesperson on Indigenous
Rights.
More on Socialist Alliance at: http://www.socialist-alliance.org

– Related Audio Interview

ABC Brisbane Afternoons: Tent Embassy
http://blogs.abc.net.au/queensland/2012/05/tent-embassy.html?site=brisbane&program=612_afternoons
16 May 12: “Did you watch scenes at the Indigenous Tent
Embassy in Musgrave Park in inner Brisbane when about 200
police went to dismantle the site. 30 people were arrested
others were escorted or dragged away from the area. …
Dr Libby Connors is a Senior Lecturer in History at the
University of Southern Queensland. Indigenous leader.
Sam Watson was one of those at the site this morning when
police arrived.”

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 21.5.12
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-21-5-12
21 May 12: “Aboriginal rights campaigners from the Brisbane
Sovereign Tent Embassy have lodged an official complaint
with the Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission
following last week’s dismantling of the Embassy site and
the arrest of 35 people.”

– Related News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
CMC complaint not a publicity stunt: Watson
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7226-cmc-complaint-not-a-publicity-stunt-watson
22 May 12: “Members of the Brisbane Sovereign Embassy have
lodged a complaint with the Crime and Misconduct Commission
regarding the circumstances of the shutting down of their
campsite last week. … He [Sam Watson] says complaint is a
genuine attempt to access information and isn’t a publicity
stunt. “There’s higher priorities here than public opinion.
“This is about the rights of Aboriginal people to gather in
a sacred place like Musgrave Park to establish a protest
site, to administer and to then having a mass number of
heavily-armed police come in to close that protest site
down. … “”

Greek and Aboriginal community help open festival
newsTracker: http://tracker.org.au/2012/05/greek-and-aboriginal-community-help-open-festival/
9 News: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8470464/communities-heal-after-embassy-eviction
21 May 12: “QUEENSLAND: South Brisbane’s Aboriginal and
Greek communities have come together in celebration, easing
tensions over the forced eviction of a protest site. …
The festival’s [Paniyiri Greek festival] official opening
on Sunday included a welcome to country ceremony by the
Nunukul Yuggera Aboriginal dancers, including Traditional
Owner Shannon Ruska. Thousands cheered and Aboriginal
embassy protesters and elders introduced to the crowd were
applauded.”

Brisbane Times:
Joh-era politics? Not quite, says Aboriginal historian
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/johera-politics-not-quite-says-aboriginal-historian-20120518-1ywdd.html
19 May 12: “Brisbane Aboriginal historian Dr Ray Kerkhove
seemed somewhat bemused at comments this week that the
Joh-era had returned to Queensland under the new LNP
Government. He quietly begs to differ. This week 200 police
on Wednesday removed protesters from Brisbane’s Musgrave
Park, then let protesters march through the City, down to
Parliament House, protest, then march their down to the
City Watchhouse, protest again, before they slowly made
their way back to South Brisbane.”

Courier Mail: Activists meet with CMC
http://www.couriermail.com.au/ipad/musgrave-park-sovereign-tent-embassy-members-approach-crime-and-misconduct-commision-over-relocation-incident/story-fn6ck45n-1226360446265
18 May 12: “Sovereign Tent Embassy members have vowed to
regain their camp site in Brisbane’s Musgrave Park, after a
meeting with the Crime and Misconduct Commission today.
Embassy members attended CMC headquarters in Fortitude
Valley this afternoon to file complaints against Premier
Campbell Newman, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, Police Minister
Jack Dempsey and Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson. Embassy
protesters are livid about police ushering them away from
their camp site on Wednesday morning.”

See:

WGAR News: “Brisbane police move on Aboriginal Tent Embassy”
The Wire (18 May 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/18/wgar-news-brisbane-police-move-on-aboriginal-tent-embassy-the-wire

WGAR News: “Brisbane City Council to try to forcibly remove
Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy” MR (16 May 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/16/wgar-news-brisbane-city-council-to-try-to-forcibly-remove-aboriginal-sovereign-embassy-mr

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]

* ISJA: ON SOVEREIGN EMBASSIES AND POLICE BRUTALITY

Media Release

On Sovereign Embassies and police brutality
Media release by the Indigenous Social Justice Association
Indymedia: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/19/on-sovereign-embassies-and-police-brutality
19 May 12: “On Friday 25th 2012 we will be holding a
supporting rally for our Brothers and Sisters who were
evicted by force out of their Sovereign Embassies in Perth
and in Brisbane. They were peacefully camped on their
Traditional Lands and holding constructive talks about what
action would be required to have the relevant State
Governments to accept their right to locate a permanent
Sovereign Embassy on their own Lands, among other rights.
That Right has been accepted and won for the Tent Embassy
in the ACT and it is our view that there must be granted by
State and Territory Governments that permanent Sovereign
Embassies be located in each capital city and/or any other
designated location as chosen by the Traditional Owners.
This is our Right on our invaded Lands. Always was, always
will be, Aboriginal Land.”

– Related Upcoming Event

Event: Fri 25 May 2012: Sydney, NSW
Supporting rally for our Brothers and Sisters
evicted by force out of their
Sovereign Embassies in Perth and in Brisbane
Indigenous Social Justice Association
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/supporting-rally-for-our-brothers-and-sisters-evicted-by-force-out-of-their-sovereign-embassies-in-p
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/19/on-sovereign-embassies-and-police-brutality
Background: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-and-the-aboriginal-tent-embassies

* INTERCONTINENTAL CRY:
MORE ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSIES APPEARING THROUGHOUT AUSTRALIA

– Analysis / Opinion

Intercontinental Cry:
More Aborginal Tent Embassies Appearing Throughout Australia
http://intercontinentalcry.org/more-aborginal-tent-embassies-appearing-throughout-australia/
21 May 12: “The Aboriginal Tent Embassy is legendary.
Located beside the Old Parliament House in Canberra, the
Embassy was established in 1972 in order to demand
sovereignty for Australia’s Indigenous peoples. Over the
years, the Embassy has become an important symbol for
Indigenous Peoples throughout the world. … And the
Embassy is far from alone. In fact, right now, there are a
total of seven Embassies dotted around the Australian
coast; several of which have emerged in the past few
months. … this growing movement needs your support.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSIES:

Last updated: 21 May 2012

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

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

– Video

YouTube: Lest We Forget the Frontier Wars – ANZAC Day 2012

11 May 12: “For the second year, Aboriginal people and
supporters honour all those who died in defence of their
land on Australian soil. Carrying banners recalling the
Frontier Wars and massacres of Aboriginal freedom fighters,
the group led by Michael Anderson march behind the ANZAC
Day march in Canberra. There is warm support from the
spectators and police.”

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120523 – “NT intervention law must comply with Australia’s human rights obligations” M. Bogner

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 25/05/2012 by D

Contents:
* Matilda Bogner, UN Human Rights Office:
NT intervention law must comply with Australia’s
human rights obligations
* ABC: NT Aboriginal intervention breaches Human Rights – NGO
* Panel discussion:
Poverty reduced by Indigenous communities’ self-management
* Congress: Unity is the key: Speech to ACTU Congress 2012
* Gerry Georgatos:
The NT is a prison built brick by brick by the Commonwealth
* Jack Waterford: Macklin policies do not translate
* More ‘Stronger Futures’ Legislation related articles
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles

* MATILDA BOGNER, UN HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICE:
NT INTERVENTION LAW MUST COMPLY WITH AUSTRALIA’S
HUMAN RIGHTS OBLIGATIONS

– Analysis / Opinion

Matilda Bogner, UN Human Rights Office:
NT intervention law must comply with Australia’s
human rights obligations
HRLC: http://www.hrlc.org.au/content/topics/indigenous/northern-territory-intervention-law-must-comply-with-australias-human-rights-obligations/
22 May 12: “”There is a path that the Government can take
to reassure its critics that it wants the Stronger Futures
legislation to comply with human rights standards. Putting
it up for review by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on
Human Rights would be a strong signal,” writes Matilda
Bogner, UN Human Rights Office Regional Representative in
the Pacific. Concerns regarding the Australian Federal
Government’s interventions in the Northern Territory,
dating back to 2007, have been expressed loudly and repeated
by affected indigenous communities and their supporters, … ”

– Related News

newsTracker: UN urges scrutiny of intervention laws
http://tracker.org.au/2012/05/un-urges-scrutiny-of-intervention-laws/
23 May 12: “NATIONAL: The United Nations has challenged the
Australian government to subject its Stronger Futures laws,
which would continue the Northern Territory intervention in
remote Indigenous communities, to scrutiny against its
human rights obligations. … The legislation is before the
Senate and was introduced to parliament before the
committee was set up late last year. “Putting it up for
review by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights
would be a strong signal that the government is committed
to bringing it fully in line with its human rights
obligations,” Ms Bogner wrote … ”

Age: NT laws ‘need rights testing’
http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/nt-laws-need-rights-testing-20120522-1z3aq.html
23 May 12: “A SENIOR UN official has called on the
Australian government to subject its proposals for an
extension of the federal intervention in the Northern
Territory to scrutiny by a newly formed parliamentary
committee on human rights. … Under laws that took effect
in January, all government legislation must be examined by
a parliamentary committee on human rights, which examines
whether the proposals comply with Australia’s international
human rights obligations. However the so-called “Stronger
Futures” proposals are not subject to this requirement
because the bills were introduced in November.”

9 News: UN urges more scrutiny of Aboriginal laws
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8471639/un-urges-more-scrutiny-of-aboriginal-laws
22 May 12: “The United Nations has challenged Australia to
pit its planned laws to boost indigenous advancement in the
Northern Territory against its wider human rights
obligations. That task would help sure mistakes of the past
were not repeated, the UN said. … The UN High
Commissioner for Human Rights Pacific representative
Matilda Bogner has called on Labor to allow a new
parliamentary committee on human rights to review the draft
laws.”

See:

WGAR News:
“Australia challenged at United Nations over NT laws”
Statement of delegations to UN (21 May 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/21/wgar-news-australia-challenged-at-united-nations-over-nt-laws-statement-of-delegations-to

* ABC: NT ABORIGINAL INTERVENTION BREACHES HUMAN RIGHTS – NGO

– Audio Interview

ABC Radio National:
NT Aboriginal intervention breaches Human Rights – NGO
Presenter: Meredith Griffiths
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/program/pacific-beat/nt-aboriginal-intervention-breaches-human-rights-ngo/947012
21 May 12: “The United Nations has heard that Australia is
breaching its human rights obligations by moving to extend
the Intervention in Northern Territory Aboriginal
communities. The chairman of the National Congress of
Australia’s First People says it’s a major disappointment
that the government is extending laws for another 10 years,
without the consent of the people concerned. Les Malezer
says the laws are racist.
Speaker: Les Malezer, chairman,
National Congress of Australia’s First People”

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio Online News 22.05.2012
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-online-news-22-05-2012
22 May 12: “Australia challenged at United Nations over
racist laws.”

See:

Background to National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Last updated: 5 May 2012
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/05/background-to-the-national-congress-of-australia%E2%80%99s-first-peoples

WGAR News:
“Australia challenged at United Nations over NT laws”
Statement of delegations to UN (21 May 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/21/wgar-news-australia-challenged-at-united-nations-over-nt-laws-statement-of-delegations-to

* PANEL DISCUSSION:
POVERTY REDUCED BY INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES’ SELF-MANAGEMENT

– Audio

ABC RN Drive: Panel discussion: Indigenous governance
Presenter Waleed Aly; Producer Melanie Christiansen
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/drive/panel-discussion3a-indigenous-governance/4024264
21 May 12: “A proposed ten-year extension of the
controversial intervention into Indigenous communities,
which began in the Northern Territory five years ago, is
expected to pass the federal parliament next month. But it
comes as some experts argue there is increasing evidence,
particularly from Northern America, that allowing
indigenous communities to manage their own affairs can
significantly reduce poverty.
Guests:
* Professor Stephen Cornell,
Co-director of the Harvard Project on American Indian
Economic Development and director of the Udall Center for
Studies in Public Policy at The University of Arizona
* Tanya Hosch, Executive director of the
Indigenous Governance Institute project”

* CONGRESS: UNITY IS THE KEY: SPEECH TO ACTU CONGRESS 2012

– Speech

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Unity is the key: Speech to ACTU Congress 2012
http://nationalcongress.com.au/unity-is-the-key-speech-to-actu-congress-2012/
16 May 12: “Congress CEO, Lindon Coombes spoke to the ACTU
Congress, the meeting of 1000 delegates from every industry
and sector in Australia. He spoke about the National
Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, about opposing the
current legislation for the next phase of the NT
Intervention and about supporting Constitutional reform.
The ACTU Congress then passed a unanimous resolution to
support the campaign to recognise Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander peoples in the body of the Constitution of
Australia.
Click here to read the full speech.”

See:

Background to National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Last updated: 5 May 2012
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/05/background-to-the-national-congress-of-australia%E2%80%99s-first-peoples

* GERRY GEORGATOS:
THE NT IS A PRISON BUILT BRICK BY BRICK BY THE COMMONWEALTH

– Analysis / Opinion

Indymedia Australia:
People are not the property of people;
the Northern Territory is a prison built brick by brick
by the Commonwealth
http://www.indymedia.org.au/2012/05/20/people-are-not-the-property-of-people-the-northern-territory-is-a-prison-built-brick-by-b
20 May 12: “The Northern Territory Intervention and Stronger
Futures are custodial predicaments and hence the premise to
the arguments by many that they are racist occurrences.
Statistics indicate that everything since the Military
Emergency Response in the Northern Territory have got worse
and not better, … Not just one, however twelve Northern
Territory Elders, twelve out of twelve, said to me that the
Intervention is a prison, and that they do not just live in
prison-like conditions however in an actual prison, in that
they see the warden, the guards, and in that they can see
the walls, the bars, and the heavy metal doors.”
By Gerry Georgatos

* JACK WATERFORD: MACKLIN POLICIES DO NOT TRANSLATE

– Analysis / Opinion

Canberra Times: Macklin policies do not translate
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/opinion/macklin-policies-do-not-translate-20120518-1yvlv.html
19 May 12: “One of the latest whizz ideas in Aboriginal
affairs is the appointment of indigenous engagement
officers – or IEOs as they are already being called at
MackDonald’s Farm. We – perhaps more accurately Aboriginal
communities – already have about 30 of them, and one of the
budget ”initiatives” from the Minister for Indigenous
Affairs, Jenny Macklin, is that there will be another 60
IEO jobs invented over the next two years. IEOs, according
to Macklin, will work closely with Government Engagement
Coordinators in communities … ” Jack Waterford

* MORE ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LEGISLATION RELATED ARTICLES:

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Work-for-the-dole scheme no help: Darwin group
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7230-work-for-the-dole-scheme-no-help-darwin-group
22 May 12: “A Northern Territory Indigenous rights
organisation says the gradual reduction of work scheme
Community Development Employment Programs (CDEP) has
created uncertainty in communities. The Darwin Aboriginal
Rights Coalition welcomed comments from Federal Opposition
Indigenous Affairs Spokesperson Nigel Scullion which
contradicted the Liberal’s policy of moving people from CDEP
to welfare. The Rights Coalition’s Peter Robson says if CDEP
continues to be watered down to a work-for-the-dole scheme,
there would be little to provide community members with
long-terms jobs.”

9 News: Qld urged to revolt against welfare policy
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8470753/qld-urged-to-revolt-against-welfare-policy
21 May 12: “The Queensland government is being urged not to
allow compulsory income management to be extended to two
Queensland cities. The policy is set to be rolled out in
Logan and Rockhampton on July 1 if the state government
signs an agreement with the federal government. Queensland
Greens spokeswoman Libby Connors has urged Communities
Minister Tracy Davis not to agree. The state government has
promised a new inquiry into child protection and should
await its report, she says.”

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

Last updated: 21 May 2012

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

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Last updated: 29 April 2012

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

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Analysis / Opinion

agendaTracker: Little Black Duck:
A broken promise for social justice
http://tracker.org.au/2012/05/little-black-duck-a-broken-promise-for-social-justice/
18 May 12: “NATIONAL: As the anniversary of the landmark
Mabo decision nears, we should focus on the Keating
government’s failure to deliver its Social Justice Package,
writes NICOLE WATSON*. The third of June will mark the
twentieth anniversary of the High Court’s decision in Mabo
v Queensland. It will be an occasion for many to reflect on
the brave plaintiffs who fought a David and Goliath battle
against the treacherous Queensland government. But it will
also be a time to contemplate the injustice of the native
title recognition process that has failed to realize the
promise of that historic decision.”
Nicole Watson, Murri lawyer and researcher,
Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, UTS

– Audio Interview

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Grant Rigney –
Chair of the Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/
22 May 12
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/grant-rigney/

120521 – Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia – 32 events from 21 May 2012

Posted in EVENTS, NEWSLETTER on 21/05/2012 by D

Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia
– 32 events from 21 May 2012

Click on the links for details of the events …

Event: Wed 23 and Thu 24 May 2012: Wollongong, south of Sydney
Interim National Unity Government Assembly
of the Sovereign Union
Held at two locations:
Day 1 – Innovation Campus, University of Wollongong
Day 2 – Sandon Point Aboriginal Embassy
“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 in Wollongong Wednesday 23 & 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 two universities, Southern Cross and
Wollongong law faculties will host a law symposium to
discuss the continuing sovereignty of Aboriginal Peoples as
an introduction to this history-making event.”
“On Day 2, at Sandon Point Embassy REGISTRATION is at 8am
for the inaugural assembly of the Sovereign Union interim
National Unity Government.”
Event details: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/49
See next two entries for Day 1 and Day 2 event details

Event: DAY 1 Wed 23 May 2012: Wollongong, NSW
Litigating the Boundaries of Sovereignty
– Symposium Day 1
Location: Innovation Campus, 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/node/85
Event details: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/49
Sovereign Union – National Unity Government: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/

Event: DAY 2 – Thu 24 May 2012: Wollongong, NSW
Formal establishment of interim
National Unity Government of the Sovereign Union
“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/node/108
Event details: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/49
Sovereign Union – National Unity Government: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/

Event: Thu 24 May 2012: Rozelle, Sydney, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening & Photography Exhibition
Hosted by Amnesty Intl NSW Demand Dignity AG
& Tali Gallery
With special guest speaker Graeme Mundine
Part of the Head on Festival
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/28567/
Event details: http://stoptheintervention.org/#OurGen
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/free-rozelle-our-generation-screening-thursd-24-may-12
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/screenings/24-may-2012-rozelle-nsw
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info-Our-Generation/Our-Gen-Rozelle-AI-24-5-12.pdf
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Fri 25 May 2012: Sydney, NSW
Supporting rally for our Brothers and Sisters
evicted by force out of their
Sovereign Embassies in Perth and in Brisbane
Indigenous Social Justice Association
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/supporting-rally-for-our-brothers-and-sisters-evicted-by-force-out-of-their-sovereign-embassies-in-p
Background: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-and-the-aboriginal-tent-embassies

Event: Fri 25 May 2012: Canberra, ACT
National Sorry Day Bridge Walk
Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Canberra
* 10.30am – Gather at Regatta Point
* 10.40 – Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony
* 11.00am – Start Bridge Walk
* 11.30am – Wiradjuri Echoes and Lunch
RSVP (required if staying for lunch)
National Sorry Day Committee in collaboration with
ACT Government Health,
Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service,
and Reconciliation Australia
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html#may
NSDC: http://www.nsdc.org.au/

Event: Fri 25 May 2012: Hyde Park South, Sydney, NSW
Indigenous Veterans Memorial:
Commemoration Service Honouring Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Servicemen and Servicewomen
Event details: http://www.nswreconciliation.org.au/events-1/indigenous-veterans-memorial

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 details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/28566/
Article: [scroll down page] http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/picture-a-world-of-observation-and-invention-20120501-1xwx3.html

Event: 4 May – 8 July 2012: Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW
Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud
Photographs by Jagath Dheerasekara
Curated by Sandy Edwards
Head On Photo Festival
“”The photographs are excellent. They are a moving
portrayal of Aboriginal Australia that all Australians
aught to know about on an issue that wont go away.”
– John Pilger, Writer and Filmmaker, January 2012″
Event details: http://jagathdeerasekera.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/manuwangku-under-nuclear-cloud.html
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/28595/
Event details: [scroll down page] http://sydneyartgalleriesandartcommunity.wordpress.com/2012/04/29/openings-and-the-arts-in-sydney-30042012-06052012/
Article: [scroll down page] http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/picture-a-world-of-observation-and-invention-20120501-1xwx3.html

Event: Sat 26 May 2012: Bankstown, Sydney, NSW
Seminar for unionists and community members:
Stop Government Income Management
in Bankstown & everywhere
” … 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
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/50999
Union 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: 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: Sun 27 May – Sun 3 June 2012: various locations
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 details: [scroll down page] http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html#may

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: 29 May 2012: Sydney Uni, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
National Reconciliation Week
Followed by a guest speaker on ‘Reconciliation’
Open to all students at Sydney Uni & wider public
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/#OurGen
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/screenings/29-may-2012-sydney-nsw
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info-Our-Generation/Our-Gen-Syd-Uni-29-5-12.jpg
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

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: 30 May 2012: Fitzroy, Melbourne, Vic
Our Generation Film Screening
“There will also be a short video of
voices from Maningrida and time
afterwards for discussion.”
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/screenings/30-may-2012-fitzroy-vic
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Thu 31 May 2012: Sydney, NSW
I’m Not Racist, But
“To further stimulate conversations about racism in
Australia, the NSW Reconciliation Council has
pulled together a panel of diverse Australians
who all have something to say.
You can have your say too, … ”
Hosted by ABC’s Steve Cannane
Join:
* Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr. Helen Szoke,
* Fear of a Brown Planet’s Nazeem Hussain,
* UN Youth Ambassador, Benson Saulo and
* comedian Jennifer Wong
Event details: http://www.nswreconciliation.org.au/events-1/im-not-racist-but-1
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html#may

Event: Fri 1 June 2012: Marrickville, Sydney, NSW
Lizard Rising Sydney Fundraiser
“Another wild night in preparation for the
Lizards Revenge global emergency
$10 entry toward the Rollen Blockade of
BHP Billitons Olympic Dam expansion”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/lizard-rising-sydney-fundraiser
[See Event: 14 to 20 July 2012: Olympic Dam, SA below:
Lizards Revenge Music/Art Festival protest]

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: 2 to 3 June 2012: Townsville, Qld
Townsville Reconciliation Festival
Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Mabo high Court Decision
Event details: http://www.reconciliation.org.au/home/get-involved/events/events-calendar?event_id=461

Event: 3 June 2012: Sydney, NSW
20th Anniversary of Mabo
Service for National Reconciliation Week
” … to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of
the Mabo High Court Decision recognising
Native Title by Koiki Mabo in 1992″
Event details: http://www.nswreconciliation.org.au/events-1/20th-anniversary-of-mabo

Event: 10 June 2012: Myall Creek, west of Inverell, northern NSW
Myall Creek Memorial 2012
“The annual memorial commemoration ceremony is
for those who died in the Myall Creek massacre, … ”
Event details: http://www.nswreconciliation.org.au/events-1/myall-creek-memorial-2012

Event: 14 June 2012: Victoria Uni, Melbourne, Vic
Our Generation Film Screening
Welcome to Country & film Introduction by Matt Bell
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/screenings/14-june-2012-melbourne-vic
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Fri 15 June 2012: Melbourne, Vic
Annual Human Rights Dinner
* Keynote speaker: Les Malezer,
Co-Chair, National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and
Chairperson, Foundation for Aboriginal and Islander Research
Action
* Invitation from:
Human Rights Law Centre and the
Public Interest Law Clearing House
“Les is from the Butchulla/Gubbi Gubbi peoples in southeast
Queensland. He is recognised internationally for his
leading role in the development of the UN Declaration on the
Rights of Indigenous Peoples. … ”
Event details: http://www.hrlc.org.au/content/events/upcoming-events/annual-human-rights-dinner-2012/

Wed 27 June 2012: West Perth, WA
The Indigenous culture and heritage of WA’s
SouthWest forests – how do we protect it?
“Hear from Aboriginal spokespeople and Traditional
Owners about the cultural heritage values of forests,
including the plant and animal species that depend
on them.”
“Hear from the Department of Environment and Conservation
about how they are planning to protect cultural values.”
“Have your say about how cultural values should be
protected in our SouthWest forests.”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/the-indigenous-culture-and-heritage-of-wa%E2%80%99s-southwest-forests-how-do-we-protect-it

Event: Tue 3 – Fri 20 July 2012: Bendigo & Roxby Downs
Road Trip for Change
– Step Out(back) and Learn from Country
“In July the South Australian Student Environment Network
will be running a series of epic road trips that will take you
on a journey of learning from Adelaide to Australia’s
biggest grass roots Environment Conference:
Students of Sustainability (SoS), then via the great
SA outback to Roxby Downs for the
Lizards Revenge Music/Art festival.”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/road-trip-for-change-step-outback-and-learn-from-country
[See Event: 14 to 20 July 2012: Olympic Dam, SA below:
Lizards Revenge Music/Art Festival protest]

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: 14 to 18 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
Background: http://londonminingnetwork.org/2011/10/australia-approves-20-30bn-bhp-billitons-olympic-dam-mine-expansion/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/224524544273924
Website: http://lizardsrevenge.net/
Perth Event: Fri 18 May 2012: http://indymedia.org.au/lizards-revenge-a-dinner-and-talk
Sydney Event: Fri 1 June 2012: http://indymedia.org.au/lizard-rising-sydney-fundraiser
Road Trip for Change Tue 3 – Fri 20 July 2012: http://indymedia.org.au/road-trip-for-change-step-outback-and-learn-from-country

Event: 14 July 2012: Manly, Sydney, NSW
Our Generation film screening
As part of Guringai Festival
Q&A with co-director/producer Damien Curtis
More details to come
Event details: http://www.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: Sat 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 details: http://indymedia.org.au/stop-aboriginal-deaths-in-custody-2012-winter-action

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

Click to access 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

Click to access 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

120521 – “Australia challenged at United Nations over NT laws” Statement of delegations to UN

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 21/05/2012 by D

Contents:
* Statement: Australia challenged at United Nations over NT laws
* Background to UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
* UnitingJustice: Stronger Futures Call to Action
* Congress: Stop & Listen on New NT Laws Campaign update
* Solidarity:
Yolngu nations reignite opposition to leases and Intervention
* SPC Statement of Support for the Yolngu Nations Assembly
* PHAA:
Partnership approach missing in Stronger Futures legislation
* More ‘Stronger Futures’ Legislation related articles
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Let’s Talk’s Tiga Bayles interviews Kevin Buzzacott
* Background to expansion of Olympic Dam mine challenge
* Interview with Sam Watson over Brisbane tent embassy eviction
* GL: Eyewitness: Brisbane tent embassy eviction was an outrage
* ABC: Portland tent embassy stands firm after 100 days [Vic]
* Perth Now:
Swan Valley Nyoongar community returns to Lockridge camp [WA]
* Background to the Aboriginal tent embassies
* Other articles

* STATEMENT: AUSTRALIA CHALLENGED AT UNITED NATIONS OVER NT LAWS

– Statement

Australia challenged at United Nations over NT laws
Congress: http://nationalcongress.com.au/australia-challenged-u-n/
VALS: http://vals.org.au/law-reform-and-policy-development/media/post/australia-challenged-at-united-nations-over-racist-laws/
IRAG: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/un-statement-16-5-12.pdf
Stand for Freedom: http://standforfreedom.org.au/2012/05/16/australia-challenged-at-united-nations-over-racist-laws/
Indymedia: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/17/australia-challenged-at-united-nations-over-racist-laws
16 May 12: “Statement of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander delegations to the United Nations
The United Nations has heard significant criticisms from the
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegations over
race-based laws currently being considered by the Australian
Government.
The delegations are rejecting the argument of the Australian
Government that the race laws are ‘special measures’ and are
therefore not racially discriminatory.
The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues,
which is currently in session at the UN Headquarters in New
York, has been told that Australia is introducing new laws
which treat Aboriginal people differently from all other
Australians.
The Northern Territory ‘Stronger Futures’ Bills will extend
the 5 year ‘intervention’ laws, which were first enacted in
2007, for another 10 years. …
Australia must stop the continuing ‘framework of dominance’
over the first peoples and honour its commitment to comply
with its international human rights obligations.”
“Statement issued by:
* National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
* Secretariat of the National Aboriginal and Islander Child
Care Agencies
* National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services
* National Native Title Council
* National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations”

– Related Audio

ABC PM:
Extension of NT Intervention in breach of human rights: UN
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2012/s3506198.htm
18 May 12: “The United Nations has heard that Australia is
breaching its human rights obligations by moving to extend
the Intervention in Northern Territory Aboriginal
communities. The chairman of the National Congress of
Australia’s First Peoples says it’s a major disappointment
that the Government is extending laws for another 10 years,
without the consent of the people concerned. Les Malezer
says the laws are racist. … ”
“LES MALEZER: The major disappointment has been the
decision of the Government to extend the Northern Territory
Intervention laws for another 10 years without the consent
of the people’s concerned and without subjecting the
proposed new laws to scrutiny against Australia’s human
rights obligations as a member of the United Nations.”

– Related News

newsTracker: Stronger Futures fight taken to the UN
http://tracker.org.au/2012/05/stronger-futures-fight-taken-to-the-un/
18 May 12: “NATIONAL: The National Congress of Australia’s
First Peoples has taken the fight against the federal
government’s continuation of the Northern Territory
intervention to the United Nations. The chairman of the
National Congress of Australia’s First People, Les Malezer,
spoke at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New
York this week, where he criticised the proposed 10-year
extension of the intervention. He said a “major
disappointment” was the decision to extend the laws
“without the consent of the peoples concerned”.”

Age: Stronger Futures laws slammed at UN
http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-national/stronger-futures-laws-slammed-at-un-20120517-1yt6g.html
17 May 12: “An Aboriginal leader has taken the fight
against the federal government’s continuation of the
Northern Territory intervention to the United Nations. The
chairman of the National Congress of Australia’s First
People, Les Malezer, spoke at the UN permanent forum on
indigenous issues in New York this week, where he
criticised the proposed 10-year extension of the
intervention. … The legislation, which has been rebranded
as Stronger Futures, is before the Senate and is expected
to pass parliament in June.” Lisa Martin

Australian:
Indigenous leader critical of extension of intervention in UN
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/indigenous-leader-critical-of-extension-of-intervention-in-un/story-fn9hm1pm-1226359366684
18 May 12: “THE chairman of the National Congress of
Australia’s First People, Les Malezer, has spoken at the
United Nations permanent forum on indigenous issues in New
York this week, where he criticised the proposed 10-year
extension of the intervention. He said a “major
disappointment” was the decision to extend the laws
“without the consent of the peoples concerned”.”

See:

Background to National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Last updated: 5 May 2012
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/05/background-to-the-national-congress-of-australia%E2%80%99s-first-peoples

* BACKGROUND TO UN PERMANENT FORUM ON INDIGENOUS ISSUES:

United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
http://social.un.org/index/IndigenousPeoples.aspx

Joint Intervention delivered by Shane Duffy on behalf of the
Indigenous Peoples Organisation Network of Australia
– Stronger Futures
http://www.docip.org/gsdl/collect/cendocdo/index/assoc/HASH01ee/669f89a7.dir/pf12shane266.pdf#search=%22Stronger%20Futures%22

Statement on behalf of
National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
http://www.docip.org/gsdl/cgi-bin/library?e=d-01000-00—off-0cendocdo–00-1–0-10-0—0—0prompt-10—4——-0-1l–11-en-50—20-about—00-3-1-00-0-0-11-1-0utfZz-8-00&a=d&c=cendocdo&cl=CL3.2.9.38

doCip Online Documentation – Indigenous organisations – Pacific
http://www.docip.org/gsdl/cgi-bin/library?e=d-01000-00—off-0cendocdo–00-1–0-10-0—0—0prompt-10—4——-0-1l–11-en-50—20-about—00-3-1-00-0-0-11-1-0utfZz-8-00&a=d&c=cendocdo&cl=CL3.2.9

* UNITINGJUSTICE: STRONGER FUTURES CALL TO ACTION

– Action

UnitingJustice Australia: Stronger Futures Call to Action
http://www.unitingjustice.org.au/justice-for-indigenous-australians/information-and-action-resources/item/851-stronger-futures-call-to-action
“The Stronger Futures debate in Parliament will resume 18th
June. This gives us a few more weeks to voice our
opposition to the introduction of the legislation.
The Stronger Futures legislation is a series of Bills that
will determine what programs the Government implements for
Indigenous communities for the next 10 years. The Bills are
an extension of the Northern Territory Emergency Response
Act 2007 (the Intervention), and will extend the
discriminatory measures by up to a decade.
If passed, some of the discriminatory measures that would
be introduced through the Stronger Futures legislation
include: …
You can download the Call to Action Kit which includes:
background material on the Stronger Futures legislation;
advocacy strategies;
information postcards to distribute;
and a form letter to complete and send to politicians.”

* CONGRESS: STOP & LISTEN ON NEW NT LAWS CAMPAIGN UPDATE

– Campaign update

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Stop & Listen on New NT Laws Campaign update
http://nationalcongress.com.au/stop-listen-on-new-nt-laws-campaign-update/
15 May 12: “Congress opposes the new laws to continue the
Intervention in the Northern Territory (the Stronger
Futures package).
These bills were introduced to the parliament without being
tested against Australia’s human rights obligations (the
Parliamentary Scrutiny (Human Rights) Act 2011), as is now
required for all new Australian legislation.
We established an electronic letter campaign so supporters
of Aboriginal people in the NT who oppose the new laws,
could send a message to their Senators. The letter asks
Senators to advise what they are doing to have these bills
withdrawn and to ensure that Aboriginal people are
consulted properly on any future legislation.
The Australian newspaper reported on our campaign
– see the story below.
Congress wrote this Letter to the Editor in response to the
story … ”

See:

Background to National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Last updated: 5 May 2012
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/05/background-to-the-national-congress-of-australia%E2%80%99s-first-peoples

* SOLIDARITY:
YOLNGU NATIONS REIGNITE OPPOSITION TO LEASES AND INTERVENTION

– News

Solidarity Online:
Yolngu nations reignite opposition to leases and Intervention
http://www.solidarity.net.au/45/yonglu-nations-reignite-opposition-to-leases-and-intervention/
May 2012: “The Yolngu Nations Assembly meeting in
Ramingining has taken an important stand against the
“Stronger Futures” legislation currently before the Senate.
… Now Yolngu clan leaders, representing more than 8000
people across Arnhem Land, are giving this opposition some
teeth. Their statement, issued on April 24, “calls on the
Senate to discard these bills in full”, and demands the
reinstatement of Aboriginal controlled local government,
bilingual education and an end to the policy of forcing
migration into urban “hub towns”. Crucially, the statement
also, “call(s) on all traditional owners across the Northern
Territory to refuse participation in land lease negotiations
with the Australian Federal Government, and approval for any
exploration licenses… until the Stronger Futures Bill (and
those associated) are thrown out”.”

See:

WGAR News: Yolngu Nations Assembly Statement concerning
‘Stronger Futures’ laws and NT policies (4 May 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/04/wgar-news-yolngu-nations-assembly-statement-concerning-stronger-futures-laws-and-nt-polic

WGAR News: Several organisations express support for the
Yolngu Nations Assembly Statement (10 May 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/10/wgar-news-several-organisations-express-support-for-the-yolngu-nations-assembly-statement

WGAR News: More organisations state support for the
Yolngu Nations Assembly Statement (11 May 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/11/wgar-news-more-organisations-state-support-for-the-yolngu-nations-assembly-statement

STICS compilation:
Yolŋu Nations Assembly Statement and Supporters
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/stronger-futures-legislation/yolngu-statement-and-supporters
“* Yolŋu Nations Assembly Statement regarding Australian
Federal Government Stronger Futures Bills and Northern
Territory Policies, to the Leaders of the Australian
Federal and Northern Territory Parliaments …
* Statements and Media Releases by Churches, Organisations
and Groups calling to abandon the Stronger Futures
Legislation and supporting the Yolŋu Nations Assembly
Statement … ”

Respect and Listen compilation:
http://www.respectandlisten.org/
“Additional Statements calling to
Abandon the Stronger Futures Legislation, and to
Support the Yolngu Nations Assembly Statement:
* Solidarity
* Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney [STICS]
* National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical Commission (NATSIEC)
* Women for Wik”

‘concerned Australians’ compilation:
Churches, Religious, Organisations and Reconciliation Groups
http://concernedaustralians.com.au/Stronger_Futures_Yolngu_supporters.html
“Calls to Abandon the Stronger Futures Legislation, and
Calls to Support the Yolngu Nations Assembly Statement”

* SPC STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR THE YOLNGU NATIONS ASSEMBLY:

– Statement

Social Policy Connections Statement of Support for the Yolngu
Nations Assembly regarding the Stronger Futures Legislation
‘cA’: http://concernedaustralians.com.au/media/stronger_futures_yolngu/Social_Policy_Connections.pdf
“Social Policy Connections (SPC) is an independent,
ecumenical, non-profit organisation, motivated and informed
by Christian social thinking. Our aim is to expand
awareness in Australia of social justice issues, as well as
to influence public policy-nationally and globally-for the
benefit of all, especially the most disadvantaged.
Given our vision is for a fairer society where all
Australians can share equitably in the prosperity of our
land, we are committed to seeing disadvantaged communities
raised up to enjoy greater wellbeing.
We are disappointed that the Stronger Futures legislation
has not taken account of the concerns raised by the Yolngu
Nations. The important principle of self-determination
which underpinned much of the reconciliation work of the
past two decades is eroded when the Indigenous voice is not
respected and acted upon. … ”

* PHAA:
PARTNERSHIP APPROACH MISSING IN STRONGER FUTURES LEGISLATION

– Media Release

Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA):
Partnership approach missing in Stronger Futures legislation
‘cA’: http://concernedaustralians.com.au/media/stronger_futures_yolngu/Public_Health_Association_of_Australia.pdf
“The Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) is
calling on the government to listen to the concerns of the
Yolnju Nations Assembly in relation to the new Stronger
Futures legislation proposed for the Northern Territory.
“Lack of negotiations and the tight time frame of community
consultations demonstrate a lack of community ownership and
a breakdown in government relationships with communities,”
said Vanessa Lee, Vice President of the PHAA.
“There is no evidence of community ownership in the
legislation. This will make it difficult for the Australian
government to achieve the Council of Australian Government’s
broader objectives. There is also an underlying issue in
relation to the ongoing abuse of trust by government
services which continues to undermine community governance
and create a sense of disempowerment amongst these people.
“The PHAA is concerned about the violations of human rights
that are inherent in the proposed Stronger Futures
legislation. … “”

* MORE ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LEGISLATION RELATED ARTICLES:

– News

adelaidenow: Aboriginal Community Constable scheme
‘struggling’ due to Intervention backlash
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/aboriginal-community-constable-scheme-struggling-due-to-intervention-backlash/story-e6frea83-1226359878767
18 May 12: “THE HOWARD Government’s controversial Northern
Territory Intervention scheme was deterring South
Australians from becoming Aboriginal Community Constables
in the APY Lands, a University SA academic says. Senior
advisor on social justice, John Browne said the former
federal government’s decision in 2007 to take control of
affairs at more than 70 Indigenous communities amid claims
of child sexual abuse and other social problems had people
on APY Lands in the far north-west of the state “wary of
authority”.”

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

Last updated: 12 May 2012

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

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Last updated: 29 April 2012

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

* LET’S TALK’S TIGA BAYLES INTERVIEWS KEVIN BUZZACOTT:

– Audio Interview

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Let’s Talk’s Tiga Bayles interviews Kevin Buzzacott
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/
14 May 12
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/kevin-buzzacott/

* BACKGROUND TO EXPANSION OF OLYMPIC DAM MINE CHALLENGE:

Last updated: 21 May 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/13/background-to-expansion-of-olympic-dam-mine-challenge-south-australia

* INTERVIEW WITH SAM WATSON OVER BRISBANE TENT EMBASSY EVICTION:

– Audio Interview

ABC Radio Australia:
Brisbane Aboriginal embassy raid continues years of friction
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/program/pacific-beat/brisbane-aboriginal-embassy-raid-continues-years-of-friction/946042
18 May 12: “There was standoff between the Aboriginal
community in the city of Brisbane, police, the local
council, and the new state government this week. The issue
was the building of a tent embassy in Musgrave Park, a
major focus point for Aboriginal events and affairs in the
city. After complaints from the council and the local Greek
community, who intend to run a cultural festival there, on
Wednesday over 200 police surrounded the embassy site, made
a number of arrests, and dismantled the camp site. The event
has once again focussed attention on the friction between
Aboriginal people and Queensland officials.
Presenter: Campbell Cooney
Speaker: Sam Watson, Brisbane Aboriginal community worker”

– Related Audio Interview

4BC News Talk: Tent Embassy protest moves online
http://www.4bc.com.au/blogs/4bc-blog/tent-embassy-protest-moves-online/20120517-1yt5s.html
17 May 12: “As the Aboriginal tent embassy protests
continue in Brisbane, local resident Steve Skitmore has
founded Change.org, a website were people can lodge a
protest that is sent directly to the Lord Mayor, defending
Indigenous rights. He joins Gary Hardgrave to explain why
he thinks the sovereign embassy should be allowed back in
Musgrave Park.”

See:

WGAR News: Change.org Petition: Mayor Graham Quirk:
allow the return of the Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy to
Musgrave Park (18 May 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/18/wgar-news-brisbane-police-move-on-aboriginal-tent-embassy-the-wire

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 17-05
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-17-05
17 May 12: “Aborignal leaders in Brisbane have re
established the Sovereign Aborignal Tent Embassy at a new
site and accepted an offer to meet with Lord Mayor Graham
Quirk next week to discuss the future of the Embassy.”

– Related News

Perth Now: Evicted protesters call for official probe
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/breaking-news/evicted-protesters-call-for-official-probe/story-e6frg12u-1226360391292
18 May 12: “PROTESTERS evicted from an Aboriginal tent
embassy have taken their fight to Queensland’s corruption
watchdog. The moves came after more than 200 police moved
protesters out of the makeshift tent embassy in Musgrave
Park in South Brisbane on Wednesday. Indigenous activist
Sam Watson led a group of about 15 protesters to the Crime
and Misconduct Commission’s headquarters today.”

QUT News:
Protests continue at Aboriginal tent embassy in Brisbane
http://www.qutnews.com/2012/05/17/protests-continue-at-aboriginal-tent-embassy-in-brisbane/#.T7hogMXt0ec
17 May 12: “Protesters at the tent embassy in Musgrave Park
say they have reached a verbal agreement with the Brisbane
City Council. Indigenous community members held a closed
meeting this morning to discuss the future of the protest
and the embassy. Traditional owner Shannon Ruska says today
was the” start of negotiations with traditional owners of
the land”. … Members of the embassy will meet with
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk on Tuesday.”

9 News: Future of tent embassy uncertain
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8469009/brisbane-protest-evictions-spark-petition
17 May 12: “Indigenous leaders will maintain a vigil at a
new protest site while they decide on the long-term fate of
a make-shift Brisbane tent embassy. … A smaller group of
protesters has set up camp at an alternate,
council-approved location adjacent to the park. Local
traditional owners are expected to meet Brisbane City
Council next Tuesday to discuss their future presence in
the park. The group has been protesting for about two
months to draw attention to the sovereign rights of
indigenous people.”

Courier Mail:
Tent Embassy members should meet at Jagera Arts Hall
http://www.couriermail.com.au/questnews/central/tent-embassy-meeting-place-call/story-fn8m0qb4-1226358878442
17 May 12: “Tent Embassy members should be able to meet at
the Jagera Arts hall on Musgrave Park cultural centre land,
councillor Helen Abrahams (Gabba) said on Thursday. Cr
Abrahams today called on the Brisbane City Council to open
up the hall for use as a meeting place and site for local
indigenous ceremonies. She said the forcible removal of the
Musgrave Park Tent Embassy emphasised the fact that the
indigenous community had no place to meet or hold ceremonies
in Brisbane.”

– Related Video

ABC: Police move against Brisbane tent embassy
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-05-16/aboriginal-protesters-forced-out-of-park/4014808
16 May 12: “Indigenous protesters are fronting Queensland
Parliament after their tent embassy was dismantled to
make way for a Greek festival at Musgrave Park in
South Brisbane.”

See:

WGAR News: “Brisbane police move on Aboriginal Tent Embassy”
The Wire (18 May 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/18/wgar-news-brisbane-police-move-on-aboriginal-tent-embassy-the-wire

WGAR News: “Brisbane City Council to try to forcibly remove
Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy” MR (16 May 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/16/wgar-news-brisbane-city-council-to-try-to-forcibly-remove-aboriginal-sovereign-embassy-mr

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]

* GL: EYEWITNESS: BRISBANE TENT EMBASSY EVICTION WAS AN OUTRAGE

– Eyewitness account

Green Left:
Eyewitness: Brisbane tent embassy eviction was an outrage
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/51057
18 May 12: “Mardi Reardon-Smith gathered at Brisbane’s
Musgrave Park with other supporters early on May 16 to
support the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy, which
was later evicted from the park by more than 200 police
officers. Her account of the day is below. * * *
On May 16, I witnessed an act I would describe as utterly
ignorant and devoid of reason. Having heard the call for
support from our brothers and sisters at the Musgrave Park
Tent Embassy late Tuesday night, I made the decision to
head down in the early hours of the morning and lend
assistance by showing my support in any way I could. … ”

* ABC: PORTLAND TENT EMBASSY STANDS FIRM AFTER 100 DAYS [Vic]

– Audio Interview

ABC Western Victoria:
Portland tent embassy stands firm after 100 days
http://www.abc.net.au/local/audio/2012/05/17/3505435.htm?site=westernvic
18 May 12: “One hundred days after setting up an Aboriginal
tent embassy in Portland’s main street, organisers are
vowing to stay until the Native Title Act is upheld. They
say Native Title decisions are being made by people who are
not traditional owners of the land. … Organisers of
Portland’s Market Square tent embassy say they’re being
denied the right to make decisions about things like
development, tourism and sacred sites.”

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
[Portland, Vic]

Sovereign Union: Portland Aboriginal Tent Embassy
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/portland-aboriginal-tent-embassy
[Portland, Vic]

Facebook: Portland Aboriginal Tent Embassy
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Portland-Aboriginal-Tent-Embassy/315874731800711
[Portland, Vic]

* PERTH NOW:
SWAN VALLEY NYOONGAR COMMUNITY RETURNS TO LOCKRIDGE CAMP [WA]

– News

Perth Now:
Swan Valley Nyoongar community returns to Lockridge camp
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/swan-valley-noongar-community-returns-to-lockridge-camp/story-e6frg13u-1226361091939
19 May 12: “SWAN Valley Nyoongars say that they have
reclaimed the controversial Lockridge community camp by
setting up a tent embassy and have vowed to fight to stay.
The community has been at the campsite since Thursday, when
neighbours say they scaled the fences to gain entry. The
Gallop government closed the campsite in 2003 amid
allegations of widespread sexual abuse. Swan Valley Nyungah
Community spokesman Herbert Bropho said he would resist any
police attempt to remove them from the site. “If the police
come I’ll stand my ground,” he said.”

– History

Swan Valley Nyoongar community returns to Lockridge camp:
History
Sovereign Union: [scroll down page] http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/swan-valley-nyoongar-community-returns-lockridge-camp
Treaty Republic: [scroll down page] http://treatyrepublic.net/content/swan-valley-nyoongar-community-returns-lockridge-camp
“History:
Archaeological evidence suggests that the area has been
inhabited for at least 38,000 years.
From the 1830s until the 1940s the land was owned by the
Hammersley family, which allowed Aboriginal people to
remain on their traditional campsite. … ”

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSIES:

Last updated: 18 May 2012

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

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– News

Perth Indymedia: Phill Moncrieff says WA Labor must commit
to justice for Stolen Wages victims
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/16/phill-moncrieff-says-wa-labor-must-commit-to-justice-for-stolen-wages-victims
16 May 12: “Yamatji singer/songwriter, rights activist and
Stolen Wages campaigner Phill Moncrieff has not given up in
the fight for justice for the victims of the Stolen Wages
in Western Australia. In March 2012, the WA government said
that the living victims only, and not any of families, will
be eligible to apply for upto $2,000 from a Government Trust
Scheme. The right to application to these funds has been
limited to six months from late March and with the
expectation that any further claims are extinguished. Long
time campaigner Mr Moncrieff said this is not acceptable.”
By Gerry Georgatos

Perth Indymedia: Broome Shire Rangers and WA Police issue
move-on notices today to local civil anti-gas hub
protestors at James Price Point
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/17/broome-shire-rangers-and-wa-police-issue-move-on-notices-today-to-local-civil-anti-gas-hu
17 May 12: “In the last hour Broome Shire Rangers have been
issuing move on notices to camped protestors, all civil, at
the Manari Road camp – so it appears all dissent needs to
be crushed. Most of the campers at this time are local
residents not happy with the prospect of a gas hub. On all
tents where there were campers were not nearby
move-on-notices were stuck to them. There are thereabouts
200 WA police, in addition to local police, in Broome at
this time to put an end to any dissent from protestors to
the Woodside led joint venture of a gas hub processing
plant at James Price Point.” By Gerry Georgatos

Perth Indymedia: $100,000 a day on police to escort
Woodside workers while Aboriginal youth dies
http://www.indymedia.org.au/2012/05/16/100000-a-day-on-police-to-escort-woodside-workers-while-aboriginal-youth-dies
16 May 12: “WA Police sent 140 to 200 special response
police officers to Broome to escort Woodside workers and
their machinery onsite at James Price Point where the gas
hub precinct is being considered. … Broome-based Nyikina
rights advocate and economist, Sofia Mirniyinna slammed the
police overkill and the reckless expenditure. “Our people
are dying at alarming rates, young and old and Barnett and
O’Callaghan spend $100,000 a day, money that does not get
spent on our people.”” By Gerry Georgatos

120518 – “Brisbane police move on Aboriginal Tent Embassy” The Wire

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 21/05/2012 by D

Contents:
* The Wire: Brisbane police move on Aboriginal Tent Embassy
* Warwick Daily News:
Protesters [from Brisbane Embassy] march on parliament
* NTEU: Indigenous business is Union business:
Musgrave Park Tent embassy
* Change.org Petition:
Mayor Graham Quirk: allow the return of the Aboriginal
Sovereign Embassy to Musgrave Park
* Michael Anderson:
Aborigines call for UN peacekeepers to protect them
* Background to the Aboriginal tent embassies

See:

WGAR News: “Brisbane City Council to try to forcibly remove
Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy” MR (16 May 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/16/wgar-news-brisbane-city-council-to-try-to-forcibly-remove-aboriginal-sovereign-embassy-mr

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]

* THE WIRE: BRISBANE POLICE MOVE ON ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSY

– Audio Interview

The Wire: Brisbane police move on Aboriginal Tent Embassy
Produced by Chris Brunner
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9133
16 May 12: “”Always was, always will be Aboriginal Land,”
that was the catch-cry of protestors after police broke-up
the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Musgrave Park, south of the
Brisbane river earlier this morning… The Tent Embassy has
been in place since March, marking the fortieth anniversary
of the original Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra. Up
until now, the peaceful protest has been allowed to remain
in the park, an area of significance to the local Jagera
people. Over one-hundred police descended on the group this
morning making over thirty arrests… Aboriginal Activist,
Sam Watson, was there helping to lead the protest.
The Wire spoke to him earlier today, to see what happened
after the raid…
Featured in story: Sam Watson – Aboriginal Activist”

– Related Statement

Green Left:
Cease the attacks on Brisbane’s Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/51049
18 May 12: “Socialist Alliance Brisbane released the
statement below on May 18 * * *
The Socialist Alliance expresses its full support and
solidarity with the Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy in
Musgrave Park, South Brisbane, and strongly condemns the
actions of police and the Brisbane City Council in forcibly
evicting the Aboriginal community members at the embassy on
May 16.
The use of more than 200 police to stage a dawn raid on the
peaceful embassy is a return to the police state tactics of
the Joh Bejlke-Petersen regime in Queensland 30 years ago.
This heavy handed show of force also appears to be a clear
signal by Liberal National Party (LNP) Mayor Graham Quirk
and Premier Campbell Newman of their intentions to crack
down on peaceful protest in this new era of LNP political
dominance in Queensland.”

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 16-05
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-16-05
16 May 12: “* Growing condemnation of the Queensland
Liberal Government’s use of hundreds of police to remove
Aboriginal people who had established a peaceful protest
site and Tent Embassy on land widely acknowledged as being
culturally significant.
* Early Wednesday morning Hundreds of police moved in on
the site arresting up to 30 rights campaigners and forcing
other supporters to leave the site under threat of arrest.
Member for South Brisbane Jackie Trad has described the
police action as an absolute unnecessary escalation in
force.”

– Related News

ABC Brisbane: What is the Brisbane Sovereign Embassy?
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-05-18/what-is-the-brisbane-sovereign-embassy3f/4016942/?site=brisbane
18 May 12: “The removal of an Aboriginal tent embassy from
Brisbane’s Musgrave Park on Wednesday was met with
defiance, anger, tears and frustration. Hundreds of police
surrounded the campsite at dawn, shutting it down to make
way for a Greek festival to be held at the park this
weekend. As emotions ran high, dozens were arrested and
charged. The group is now camped at the Jagera Arts Hall, a
sacred Aboriginal site only metres up the road from
Musgrave Park. … Brisbane’s was the third embassy to be
set up, after Canberra and Perth, and is now one of seven
in place around Australia.”

Sovereign Union:
Brisbane Originals subject to politically motivated eviction
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/brisbane-originals-subject-politically-motivated-eviction
“Despite successfully negotiating with the Greek community
and allocating a suitable area so they can both share the
park, … During a stand-off for a little over a day, the
Mayor with support from the Queensland government tried to
intimidate the Embassy members by parking a substantial
contingent of police vehicles adjacent to the Embassy.
Around 200 members of the Queensland police force were then
ordered to forcefully evict the sovereigns, along with
their supporters, early in the morning of Wednesday 16th
May, 2012.” Bruce Skewes, Treaty Republic sub-editor

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Embassy members pledge to fight for sovereignty
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7221-embassy-members-pledge-to-fight-for-sovereignty
18 May 12: “Indigenous Sovereign Embassy members and
supporters in South Brisbane have refused to elaborate on
the outcome of their meeting over its future. They met for
three hours in a hall next to Musgrave Park yesterday,
where Embassy stood before being dismantled by a large
number of police on Wednesday. But local elder Wayne
Saunders says the fight for Aboriginal sovereignty will
continue in Brisbane.”

ABC Brisbane: Activists quiet on Brisbane tent embassy future
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-05-17/indigenous-activists-to-meet-on-brisbane-tent-embassy-future/4016030/?site=brisbane
18 May 12: “Indigenous leaders in South Brisbane have
refused to elaborate on the outcome of their meeting over
the future of a controversial tent embassy. Activists met
for three hours in a hall next to Musgrave Park, where
their makeshift campsite stood until yesterday. The tent
embassy had been in the park for two months and activists
had defied a Brisbane City Council order to pack up ahead
of the Paniyiri Greek festival this weekend. More than 250
police moved in early yesterday morning and about 30 people
were arrested and later charged.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Embassy members to take up with CMC
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7218-embassy-members-to-take-up-with-cmc
18 May 12: “Members of the Brisbane Sovereign Embassy have
called a meeting for midday today to discuss plans to lodge
a complaint with the Crime and Misconduct Commission. They
say they are seeking the full story of this Wednesday’s
events, where a large contingent of police dismantled their
Musgrave Park campsite in South Brisbane. Embassy supporter
Sam Watson says the public should be told the truth about
who was making decisions with regards to the eviction on
Wednesday and why exactly the protest of shut down.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
New Premier Newman slammed by Embassy
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7223-new-premier-newman-slammed-by-embassy-
18 May 12: “Indigenous rights advocates in Brisbane have
expressed their disappointment in Queensland Premier
Campbell Newman’s actions to dismantle their protest in the
city’s south this week. Police removed the Aboriginal
Sovereign Embassy at Musgrave Park in south Brisbane under
the orders of the State Government and Brisbane City
Council on Wednesday. About 100 Aboriginal rights supports
then marched on Parliament House to confront the Premier.
Murri Rights advocate Sam Watson was there.”

National Indigenous Times: Brisbane Tent Embassy anger
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1086-brisbane-tent-embassy-anger.html
18 May 12: “By National Indigenous Times reporter Rhonda Hagan
Aboriginal leaders who attended the Sovereignty Tent
Embassy meeting with Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk on
the weekend have expressed outrage that their spiritual
camp site would have to be moved on to make way for annual
festivals held on the grounds that fall in coming weeks.
“Why do we have to be moved on all the time?” … ”

Brisbane Times: Greek festival faces backlash
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/greek-festival-faces-backlash-20120517-1yshm.html
17 May 12: “Punters are threatening to boycott the Paniyiri
Greek festival this weekend amid the fallout from the
police eviction of the Aboriginal tent embassy from
Musgrave Park. Hundreds of police yesterday evicted tent
embassy protesters who had been camped in in the South
Brisbane park for about two months. Brisbane City Council
had issued the protesters with an eviction notice after
Paniyiri sent it a letter in which organisers said the
festival could not go ahead while the tent embassy remained
where it was.”

Brisbane Times: Call to open centre for protest facilities
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/call-to-open-centre-for-protest-facilities-20120517-1ys67.html
17 May 12: “Brisbane City Council should open the Jagera
Arts Centre in Musgrave Park to let tent embassy protesters
use the facilities as a “sign of good faith”, indigenous
elder Sam Watson said this morning. The area’s local
councillor Helen Abrahams this morning asked for the hall
to be opened, after tent embassy protesters moved to a site
in front of it last night. Two hundred police yesterday
forced tent embassy protestors from the northern section of
Musgrave Park ahead of this weekend’s Paniyiri Festival.
Mr Watson said the centre should be opened.”

Greek Reporter: Indigenous Find New Place to Camp
But Still Boycott Paniyiri Festival
http://au.greekreporter.com/2012/05/17/indigenous-find-new-place-to-camp-but-still-boycott-paniyiri-festival/
17 May 12: “The site of the initial tent embassy of the
Aborigines is now surrounded by carnival rides put in place
for the Greek Paniyiri festival that is about to take place
this coming weekend. The indigenous decided to camp at the
new site in Musgrave Park, as their struggle is not over
yet. Australian media report that today things are quieter
at the new camp site, with a dozen protesters gathered
around the Aborigines’s sacred fire. A spokesman for the
group says morale remains high and they have been contacted
by several law firms offering assistance.”

Brisbane Times:
Traditional owner’s plea to Greek festival organisers
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/traditional-owners-plea-to-greek-festival-organisers-20120517-1ysqn.html
17 May 12: “A Musgrave Park traditional owner has urged
Greek Paniyiri Festival organisers to make a “Welcome to
Country” ceremony a permanent feature of their annual event
on the West End site. The call came after tent embassy
protesters and Brisbane indigenous elders held a three-hour
meeting today to discuss the future of the Aboriginal
community’s involvement with South Brisbane’s Musgrave
Park.”

the Telegraph: Supporters to meet over embassy’s future
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/supporters-to-meet-over-embassys-future/story-e6freuyi-1226358481896
17 May 12: “ABORIGINAL activists are expected to meet today
to decide the future of a tent embassy in Brisbane’s
Musgrave Park. Hundreds of police broke up a tent embassy
protest testerdat after being called in to enforce a
Brisbane City Council eviction order. More than 30 people
were arrested and some supporters of the tent embassy spent
the night back at Musgrave Park, at a council approved site
not far from where the embassy had been. A meeting will be
held later this morning to decide on its future. After
yesterday’s arrests, activists vowed to re-establish the
tent embassy in the park, … ”

Indymedia: 200 police evict Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign
Embassy on 1st day of new LNP parliament
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/16/200-police-evict-brisbane-aboriginal-sovereign-embassy-on-1st-day-of-new-lnp-parliament
16 May 12: “At about 6am this morning 200 police evicted
about 100 people at the Sovereign Embassy at Musgrave Park
in Brisbane. The police action was under orders of the
Brisbane City Council who say they must move on so that the
Greek Panyiri Festival can use the park this weekend. Last
night union members arrived to erect portable fencing as a
security barrier in respect of the Panyiri Festival
organisers, whom they say had agreed that the camp was not
an impediment to the Festival. … A number of people were
arrested, around 30.” By kimk

Brisbane Times:
Police evict protesters from Brisbane tent embassy
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/police-evict-protesters-from-brisbane-tent-embassy-20120516-1ypnq.html#ixzz1v01zwz2B
16 May 12: “More than 200 police descended on Musgrave Park
in Brisbane’s West End this morning to move indigenous tent
embassy protesters, resulting in more than 30 arrests. The
protesters marched to Parliament House then moved to the
Roma Street watchhouse. The group cheers as each arrested
protester is released from the watchhouse. The live
coverage has concluded but check in for updates. Here’s how
the day unfolded.”

– Related Videos

SBS World News Australia: Brisbane protestors back in park
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1650775/Police-in-stand-off-at-tent-embassy
16 May 12: “Around 200 police surrounded Musgrave Park at
South Brisbane to remove tent embassy protestors, only to
return to the park. Protestors have returned to Musgrave
Park in Brisbane to resurrect their tent embassy that was
cleared by police earlier today. However, police and
council say they’re happy with the embassy’s new location.
They say while officers are on hand to monitor the
situation, they won’t be asking them to move on.”

YouTube: Brisbane Tent Embassy – Sovereigns removed

15 May 12: “Live footage from the Brisbane Sovereign Embassy
– Police remove Originals from their sacred land”

ABC: Police break up Brisbane tent embassy protest
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-05-16/police-break-up-brisbane-tent-embassy-protest/4013566
16 May 12: “Hundreds of police have broken up an Aboriginal
tent embassy in Brisbane, escorting and sometimes dragging
away about 80 protesters from their makeshift camp in
Musgrave Park. Police say about 30 protesters were arrested,
with the rest choosing to leave peacefully after officers
moved in before dawn today. … The embassy has been in the
South Brisbane park since March but the Brisbane City
Council wants the protesters to move to make way for the
annual Greek festival held at the site.”

BigPond News: Police arrest 31 in Aboriginal protest
http://bigpondnews.com/articles/Crime/2012/05/16/Police_arrest_31_in_Aboriginal_protest_751043.html
16 May 12: “Police have arrested 31 people at a tent
embassy protest in a Brisbane park, after protesters
refused to leave the area. More than 200 police descended
on Musgrave Park on Wednesday morning to enforce a Brisbane
City Council order to evict the group. But they refused to
dismantle their tent embassy and leave the park, forcing
authorities to act.”

– Related Analysis / Opinion

ABC The Drum Opinion: Reconciliation lost in Musgrave Park
http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/4015618.html
17 May 12: “There were no credible reasons for dispersing
the Embassy that I could identify, and none that have been
identified publicly by Brisbane’s Lord Mayor or the
Queensland Premier. There was talk of freeing the park up
for other users, but the Embassy was tucked into a small
corner of the park and was open to others. The Lord Mayor
repeatedly said that the park needed to be freed up for the
Paniyiri Greek festival on the weekend, but the folk at the
Embassy have been talking to the organisers of the festival
and cooperating with them about sharing the park … ”
Adam Stone, a spokesperson for the Queensland Greens

The Conversation:
Musgrave Park and ‘the embassy in my own land’
http://theconversation.edu.au/musgrave-park-and-the-embassy-in-my-own-land-7064
17 May 12: “This weekend, South Brisbane will play host to
the Paniyiri Festival, one of Australia’s largest cultural
events. From May 19 to 20, thousands are expected to join
the celebrations and delight themselves with beautiful
presentations of Greek culture. There is, however, a
political battle of global significance interfering with
one of the festival’s choice venues – Musgrave Park. Today
there stands what certain commentators have come to call a
“Tent Embassy”. The Embassy is a political place where
Aboriginal people … are declaring their sovereignty.”
Jean-Paul Gagnon, Honorary Research Fellow (HKIEd),
Democratic Theory at Hong Kong Institute of Education

Dave Burton’s Blog: A Morning in May at Musgrave Park
http://daveburton.com.au/blog/?p=29
16 May 12: “From what I can gather from media sources, this
morning over thirty people were arrested at Brisbane’s
Musgrave Park after refusing to leave the area. A few weeks
ago, the organisers of the upcoming annual Greek Festival
asked for the Aboriginal Tent Embassy that occupies
Musgrave Park to be emptied for the duration of the event.
Brisbane City Council then issued that request to the
indigenous group occupying the embassy. This request caused
much distress, and amounted in a large protest, climaxing
today. 200 police officers turned up … ”

Brisbane Times:
Here we Joh again: Protest divides city along familiar lines
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/opinion/blogs/blunt-instrument/here-we-joh-again-protest-divides-city-along-familiar-lines-20120516-1yq49.html
16 May 12: “After all, the cops managed to move on the
protesters from the Aboriginal tent Embassy in Musgrave
Park this morning without the crazy bad sort of violence
that attended the last big police operation there, the
attack on Triple Z’s market day way back in the ’90s. …
Thirty arrests and half of the city’s traffic grid thrown
into chaos might seem a little, well, chaotic, but it’s
nothing compared to how things used to spin out of control
when the old National Party decided to bust a few heads
open and see if any law and order votes spilled out.”
John Birmingham

* WARWICK DAILY NEWS:
PROTESTERS [FROM BRISBANE EMBASSY] MARCH ON PARLIAMENT

– Video

Warwick Daily News: Protesters march on parliament
http://www.warwickdailynews.com.au/story/2012/05/16/police-swarm-tent-embassy-protesters/
16 May 12: “PROTESTERS from the Aboriginal Sovereign
Embassy at Brisbane’s Musgrave Park have snaked their way
around the city. The group, which shrunk in numbers since
they were kicked out of Musgrave Park in West End this
morning, marched to Parliament House at 11:30am ahead of
the opening ceremony this afternoon. Protesters stood in
the Speaker’s Corner chanting “always was, always will be
Aboriginal land.””

– Related News

newsTracker: Newman refused to meet protesters
http://tracker.org.au/2012/05/newman-refused-to-meet-protesters/
17 May 12: “Some protesters then marched on parliament
house demanding to see the premier. Mr Newman angered
protesters on Tuesday by saying their protest, which began
two months ago, had run its course and squatters’ camps had
no place in public parks. Protest organiser Sam Watson said
Mr Newman should meet with the marchers to defend the
number of police sent in to dismantle the park protest.
“Even in the face of enormous provocation our men and
women, and non-indigenous supporters, we’re peaceful,” he
said.”

Koori Mail:
Protesters march on Queensland parliament after arrests
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
16 May 12: “AFTER 31 of their number were arrested this
morning, protesters evicted from the Aboriginal tent
embassy in Musgrave Park in South Brisbane have marched on
Queensland’s parliament. Around 250 police moved on the
embassy this morning after protesters refused comply with a
Brisbane City Council eviction order.”

Embassy protesters march to Parliament
newsTracker: http://tracker.org.au/2012/05/embassy-protesters-march-to-parliament/
Australian: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/tent-embassy-protesters-march-on-parliament/story-fn3dxity-1226357610408
16 May 12: “QUEENSLAND: Protesters evicted from an
Aboriginal tent embassy have marched to Queensland’s
parliament. Only about 50 protesters remain after the
eviction from Musgrave Park in South Brisbane on Wednesday
morning, which saw 31 arrests. The group, which was making
a statement about Aboriginal sovereignty, had been warned
they needed to move on for this weekend’s annual Paniyiri
Greek festival, after occupying the site for two months.
Murri activist Sam Watson wants to ask Premier Campbell
Newman why 200 police were necessary to move the group on.”

Sovereign Union:
Police arrest sovereigns as Originals try to hold sacred land
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/police-arrest-sovereigns-originals-try-hold-sacred-land
16 May 12: “About 100 legitimate sovereigns and supporters
have marched on Parliament House in Brisbane after a tense
protest at a southside park came to a head. The group
marched from Musgrave Park in South Brisbane where more
than 200 police moved on a tent embassy and arrested 30
people earlier this morning. Police have dragged some of
the Originals away from their Aboriginal Tent Embassy at
Musgrave Park at South Brisbane. There were dramatic scenes
of confrontation between police and the Originals, as the
campsite was cordoned off and surrounded by officers.”
[Includes Audio:
Brisbane Sovereign Embassy – Wayne (Coco) Wharton]

Brisbane Times: Brisbane protest harks back to old rifts
http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/breaking-news-national/brisbane-protest-harks-back-to-old-rifts-20120516-1ypne.html
16 May 12: “An Aboriginal rights protest directed at
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has marred the
ceremonial opening of parliament and harked back to the
state’s days of deep division. Around 200 police surrounded
Musgrave Park at South Brisbane on Wednesday to remove tent
embassy protesters who had refused to make way for this
weekend’s annual Greek festival. … About 50 protesters
marched to Parliament House to demand a meeting with Mr
Newman about what they argued was an excessive show of
force.”

– Related Video

ABC: Tent embassy activists take protest to streets
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-05-16/indigenous-activists-move-protest-to-parliament/4014678
16 May 12: “Aboriginal activists have rallied at
Queensland’s Parliament and Brisbane’s police watchhouse in
support of about 30 people arrested at today’s closure of a
tent embassy in the city. They are angry that more than 200
police moved in this morning to close the embassy which had
been established in South Brisbane’s Musgrave Park since
March. A number of those charged initially refused to sign
bail documents because of a condition that prevents them
from returning to the park.”

YouTube: Tent embassy protesters demand to see Premier

15 May 12: “Aboriginal leader Sam Watson says evicted tent
embassy protesters will march to Queensland Parliament and
demand to see Premier Campbell Newman.”

* NTEU: INDIGENOUS BUSINESS IS UNION BUSINESS
– MUSGRAVE PARK TENT EMBASSY

– Analysis / Opinion

National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) Indigenous:
Indigenous business is Union business
– Musgrave Park Tent embassy
http://www.nteu.org.au/indigenous/article/Indigenous-business-is-Union-business—Musgrave-Park-Tent-embassy-12725
17 May 12: “As many are no doubt aware, on the 16/5/12, 200
Police Officers, on the orders of QLD Premier Campbell
Newman, and Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk descended upon
Musgrave Park to forcibly remove the Aboriginal Tent
Embassy that had been there since March 2012. … With
sovereignty never ceded in this country by the Indigenous
peoples, and with a treaty never reached between Indigenous
and non-Indigenous Australians, how appropriate is it for
any politician to refer to a sovereignty movement conducted
by Indigenous Australians as “trespassing”? … One very
positive bit of news to come out of this event however, has
been the reports of Union solidarity shown towards the Tent
Embassy.” by Celeste Liddle (Indigenous)

– Related Motion

Green Left: ACTU Congress backs Brisbane Sovereign Embassy
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/51041
17 May 12: “The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)
Congress passed the motion below on May 16 in support of
the Brisbane Sovereign Embassy. * * *
The ACTU stands in solidarity with the unionists and
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander activists at the
culturally significant site at Musgrave Park, Brisbane, QLD.
Congress expresses it concern about the apparent return to
negative tactics used by the Queensland government in the
1970s and 1980s against citizens of Queensland.
Campbell Newman has been elected to govern for all
Queenslanders, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Queenslanders, and this Congress calls on the
Newman government and the Brisbane City Council to respect
the rights of freedom of speech, peaceful assembly and
protest.”

* CHANGE.org PETITION:
MAYOR GRAHAM QUIRK:
ALLOW THE RETURN OF THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGN EMBASSY TO
MUSGRAVE PARK

– Petition

Change.org Petition: Mayor Graham Quirk:
allow the return of the Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy to
Musgrave Park.
Created By Steve Skitmore, West End, Brisbane
http://www.change.org/petitions/mayor-graham-quirk-allow-the-return-of-the-aboriginal-sovereign-embassy-to-musgrave-park
“About this Petition: This morning, over 200 members of the
Queensland Police surrounded the Aboriginal Sovereign tent
embassy, and forcibly removed all residents. Musgrave Park
is the spiritual home of Brisbane Murris and the land was
handed back to the traditional owners of the area nearly 20
years ago. Forcibly evicting people from their own land is a
continuation the long history of dispossession that
Aboriginal people in Australia have had to endure. …
Please sign my petition … ”

– Related News

newsTracker: Brisbane protest evictions spark petition
http://tracker.org.au/2012/05/brisbane-protest-evictions-spark-petition/
18 May 12: “QUEENSLAND: More than 1600 people have signed
an online petition demanding Aboriginal protesters be
allowed to return to a Brisbane park. Hundreds of police
moved in to evict the group from Musgrave Park on
Wednesday, with more than 30 people arrested. … Brisbane
resident Steve Skitmore said he started the petition, on
the social action site Change.org on Wednesday after
watching police forcibly remove the protesters.”

* MICHAEL ANDERSON:
ABORIGINES CALL FOR UN PEACEKEEPERS TO PROTECT THEM

– Media Statement

Aborigines call for UN peacekeepers to protect them
Sovereign Union: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/aborigines-call-un-peacekeepers-protect-them
16 May 12: “Michael Anderson’s Media Staement
We have already put the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon,
on notice that we are in need of UN peacekeepers as the
Australian authorities are increasing their aggression
against our sovereignty movement.
Colin Barnett, Premier of Western Australia, in conjunction
with WA police, is executing a dictatorship of force towards
Aboriginal people, local families and protestors at James
Price Point near Broome, WA. The Premier has reportedly
ordered around 250 police with riot gear to secure a clear
access for Woodside’s staff and equipment to access the
proposed gas hub site in on the West Kimberley coast. Over
600 members of Broome’s rich and diverse multicultural
community presented flowers at Broome Police Station on
Mother’s Day as a peaceful protest against the heavy police
presence, …
We again state that the Australian government has no
sovereignty over Australia and no jurisdiction over
Aboriginal people, who have never signed a treaty nor ceded
their sovereignty to a colonial force. The Australian
government continues to fail to provide any protection
against gross misuse of police powers towards Aboriginal
people. We call for the immediate scrutiny and involvement
of the United Nations in the many human rights violations
perpetrated by the so-called ‘Australian Nation’ towards
Aboriginal people in Australia.”

See:

WGAR News: Gerry Georgatos:
Police amassing at James Price Point (16 May 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/16/wgar-news-brisbane-city-council-to-try-to-forcibly-remove-aboriginal-sovereign-embassy-mr
[James Price Point, north of Broome, Kimberley Region, WA]

Sovereign Union: Walmadan Tent Embassy (James Price Point)
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/walmadan-tent-embassy-james-price-point
[James Price Point, north of Broome, Kimberley Region, WA]

Kimberley Campaigner – Background
http://www.kimberleycampaigner.com/about/history/

Save The Kimberley: Wilderness. Culture. Heritage
http://www.savethekimberley.com/

Facebook: Goolarabooloo and Lurujarri Heritage Trail
http://www.facebook.com/Goolarabooloo

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSIES:

Last updated: 18 May 2012

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

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120516 – “Brisbane City Council to try to forcibly remove Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy” MR

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 16/05/2012 by D

Contents:
* The Wire: Aboriginal passport for refugees
* MR: Brisbane City Council to try to forcibly remove
Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy
* Gerry Georgatos: Police amassing at James Price Point
[north of Broome, Kimberley, WA]
* Socialist Party: WA: Support the Nyoongar Tent Embassy!
[Heirisson Island, Perth, WA]
* Background to the Aboriginal tent embassies
* Interview with Elder Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra
on the Stronger Futures bill
* Rachel Siewert: Greens:
Intervention funding could be stripped from existing programs
* More ‘Stronger Futures’ Legislation related articles
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* 3CR Radioactive Show: Lizards Revenge Festival
* Other articles

* THE WIRE: ABORIGINAL PASSPORTS FOR REFUGEES

– Audio

The Wire: Aboriginal passport for refugees
Produced by Jessica Minshall
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9125
14 May 12: “Two tamil refugees at Sydney’s Villawood
Detention Centre were to be presented ‘Original Nation
Passports’ today from Aboriginal elders. There are around
sixty refugees being held indefinitely in detention. It’s
not their asylum seeker claim keeping them there, but a
negative ASIO security assessment. There is currently no
right to appeal the ASIO decision. However a group of
refugees are challenging their indefinite detention, taking
their complaint to the United Nations Refugee Agency, the
UNHCR.
Featured in story:
Robbie Thorpe – Treaty Republic
Ray Jackson – President, Indigenous Social Justice Association”

– Related News

Sydney Indymedia: Aboriginal Passports issued to two
Asylum Seekers incarcerated at Villawood
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/14/aboriginal-passports-issued-to-two-asylum-seekers-incarcerated-at-villawood
14 May 12: “Sydney’s Indigenous Social Justice Association
president Ray Jackson has issued Aboriginal passports to
two Tamil Asylum Seekers who are detained at the Villawood
Centre. Mr Jackson said the two Tamil men have been facing
indefinite detention because of an adverse ASIO security
findings. … “On behalf of the Treaty Republic we have
issued the passports to these two men who continue to be
unlawfully detained, and in contravention to UN Conventions
and Aboriginal ways,” said Mr Jackson.” Gerry Georgatos

the Telegraph: Aboriginals say asylum seekers are welcome
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/aboriginals-say-asylum-seekers-are-welcome/story-e6freuyi-1226354432248
14 May 12: “AN Aboriginal group says asylum seekers
detained at Sydney’s Villawood Detention Centre are welcome
in Australia. The Treaty Republic’s Robbie Thorpe says two
Tamil detainees will be given “Original Nation Passports”
at the detention centre on Monday afternoon as a symbolic
welcome to the country. “The Australian Government has no
legitimate right to grant or refuse entry to anyone in this
country, let alone lock up people fleeing war and
persecution,” Mr Thorpe says.”

* MR: BRISBANE CITY COUNCIL TO TRY TO FORCIBLY REMOVE
ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGN EMBASSY:

– Media Release

Brisbane City Council to try to forcibly remove Aboriginal
Sovereign Embassy supporters urgently needed at Musgrave Park
Sovereign Union: [scroll down page] http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/brisbane-sovereign-embassy-standing-strong-after-eviction-notice
Workers Bush Telegraph: http://workersbushtelegraph.com.au/2012/05/14/urgent-aboriginal-sovereign-embassy-supporters-needed-at-musgrave-park-2/
Green Left: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/51030
Indymedia: http://www.indymedia.org.au/2012/05/15/brisbane-city-council-to-try-to-forcibly-remove-aboriginal-sovereign-embassy-supporters-u
14 May 12: “Brisbane City Council has turned its back on negotiations with the Brisbane Sovereign Embassy over its right to exist in Musgrave Park, South Brisbane.
This afternoon at around 4pm, Luke Bell from Brisbane City
Council told the Embassy by phone that negotiations were
off and that Council would be forcibly removing the Embassy
in the near future.
At a meeting at the Embassy last Saturday, Brisbane Lord
Mayor, Graham Quirk tried to confuse the issue by saying
the Embassy had to move for this Saturday’s Paniyiri
Festival despite the fact that he and Council were fully
aware that festival organisers had publicly stated in South
City News that they had no problem with the Embassy’s
presence during the festival.”

– Related News

Courier Mail:
Tent Embassy protesters building fence around Musgrave Park camp
http://www.couriermail.com.au/questnews/central/tent-embassy-protest-reaches-flash-point-in-musgrave-park/story-fn8m0qb4-1226355888889
15 May 12: “Sovereign Tent Embassy protesters in Musgrave
Park are digging in, with a fence being constructed around
the South Brisbane camp. … Council officers handed the
group an eviction notice. But embassy representative Wayne
Wharton said he would rather go to jail. “If it means going
to jail, then so be it,” Mr Wharton said. “I believe we
can co-exist with everyone else’s law. “We’re sovereign.
We’re standing on our rights. We’re here legally. We’re
open to any type of civil negotiation…the dialogue just
hasn’t happened.”… ”

Brisbane Tent Embassy not backing down
newsTracker: http://tracker.org.au/2012/05/brisbane-tent-embassy-not-backing-down/
9 News: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8467376/aboriginal-embassy-not-backing-down
15 May 12: “Protestors at a makeshift Aboriginal tent
embassy are preparing to stand their ground despite being
evicted from an inner-Brisbane park. The “Aboriginal
Sovereign Embassy” has been set up in Musgrave Park in
South Brisbane for more than two months with permission
from Brisbane City Council. But embassy members say council
on Monday gave them an eviction notice ahead of the
Paniyiri Greek Festival to be held at the weekend. Embassy
member Boe Spearim says he and other protesters were given
a 12 hour eviction notice on Monday afternoon, which is due
to expire early Tuesday.”

Brisbane Times: Stand-off looms over Musgrave Park tent embassy
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/standoff-looms-over-musgrave-park-tent-embassy-20120515-1ynmm.html
15 May 12: “Members of the Musgrave Park indigenous tent
embassy say they are prepared to see their fight through to
the end despite an eviction order from Brisbane City
Council. The spokesman for the Brisbane Sovereign Embassy
at West End, Wayne Wharton, said the 150 or so indigenous
people who hade joined the embassy in support would not be
moved by the council notice. Established two months ago, Mr
Wharton said the embassy stood as an “information centre”
for indigenous sovereign rights, in solidarity with the
long standing tent embassy … ”

ABC: Brisbane tent embassy vows to sit tight
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-05-15/brisbane-tent-embassy-vows-to-sit-tight/4011348
15 May 12: “Organisers of an Aboriginal tent embassy in
Brisbane say a council decision to evict them could prompt
a major protest. The Brisbane sovereign embassy was set up
two months ago in Musgrave Park at South Brisbane, a
traditional meeting place for Indigenous people in the
inner-city. … Queensland Greens spokeswoman Libby Connors
says a confrontational approach will almost certainly lead
to a violent showdown. “The Lord Mayor should resume
negotiations and calm everybody down,” she said.”

9 News: Stand-off looms over Brisbane park protest
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8467566
15 May 12: “The Brisbane City Council hasn’t ruled out
calling in police to evict protesters from a makeshift
Aboriginal tent embassy. The council has served a formal
eviction notice on the group, saying it’s time to end the
two-month protest at Musgrave Park in South Brisbane. It
says the group has had more than enough time to make its
point and protesters must make way for the Paniyiri Greek
Festival to be held this weekend. But the group, which has
been given until Tuesday to get out, is warning Aboriginal
people will descend on the park in large numbers to protest
any forced eviction.”

4ZZZ Brisbane: Brisbane City Council says Sovereign Embassy
is Trespassing and Must Go.
http://www.4zzzfm.org.au/news/headlines/2012/may/14/brisbane-city-council-says-sovereign-embassy-trespassing-and-must-go
14 May 12: “This afternoon a council official stated the
council was prepared to forcibly remove the Embassy within
12 hours. … The stated reason the Embassy was to move is
next weekends Paniyiri Greek Festival and other upcoming
events at the park. However the Greek community had stated
earlier in the Quest City South News that they had no
problem with the Embassy’s presence during the festival. A
call for support has been released by the Embassy asking
people to join them at Musgrave Park.”

Courier Mail: Council wants Aboriginal tent embassy out of
Musgrave Park before Paniyiri festival
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/council-wants-aboriginal-tent-embassy-out-of-musgrave-park-before-paniyiri-festival/story-e6freoof-1226355140983
14 May 12: “A STOUSH is brewing between the council and
the Musgrave Park Aboriginal “tent embassy”, with
protesters refusing to leave ahead of this weekend’s
Paniyiri Greek Festival. The “Brisbane Sovereign Embassy”
has been sitting on the site usually reserved for the
celebration for more than two months, which draws
thousands of food-lovers each year. Lord Mayor Graham
Quirk said he had “personally” spoken with protesters and
told them it was time to move on.”

– Video

YouTube: Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Quirk says Sovereign Embassy
Must Go then Makes a Quick Exit

14 May 12: “Graham Quirk makes a quick exit after stating
that the Sovereign Embassy was to move. “I’ve stated my
position.””
[Includes embassy response.]

See:

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]

* GERRY GEORGATOS: POLICE AMASSING AT JAMES PRICE POINT
[NORTH OF BROOME, KIMBERLEY, WA]

– News

Indymedia: Police amassing at James Price Point
(Monday May 14) – after yesterday’s 600 people power peaceful
protest at Broome Police Station
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/14/police-amassing-at-james-price-point-monday-may-14-after-yesterdays-600-people-power-peac
13 May 12: “Today, Monday May 14, after yesterday’s peaceful
protest by 600 folk outside Broome Police Station, police
are amassing in large numbers at Blacktank camp access
route – to ensure Woodside Petroleum geophysical site work
for the proposed gas hub precinct at James Price Point.
Police are reportedly expected at Manari Road access (near
Walmandan Tent Embassy), and Cape Leveque after between 140
to 250 police officers with riot gear arrived in Broome in
the last several days.” Gerry Georgatos

– Media Release

Environs Kimberley: Browse gas proposal sinks to new low
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/14/police-amassing-at-james-price-point-monday-may-14-after-yesterdays-600-people-power-peac
“”More than 150 police were deployed at James Price Point
this morning to escort Woodside equipment to the site of
investigations for a gas hub.”
“The WA Police public order response group were flown into
Broome over the weekend under orders from the Premier, such
is the massive opposition to the project.”
“About 30 community members silently watched the police and
Woodside contractors as they drove past an information bay
on the corner of Manari Road about 25km from Broome.”
“The Premier obviously has huge concerns about the strength
of opposition to this proposal in Broome. He’s obviously
extremely desperate to avoid any protests and will go to
any lengths including spending hundreds of thousands of
dollars of taxpayers money on sending riot police to
Broome,” said Environs Kimberley Director Martin Pritchard.”

– Action

Kimberley Campaigner:
National mobilisation of Kimberley Community
http://www.kimberleycampaigner.com/stories/national-mobilisation-of-kimberley-community/
14 May 12: “250 police have converged on Broome, Western
Australia, as the WA Government attempts to crush peaceful
community opposition to a proposed industrial complex at
James Price Point on the pristine Kimberley coast. This
outrageous misuse of police resources was ordered by West
Australian Premier, Colin Barnett to appease the powerful
corporations behind the James Price Point development –
Woodside, BP, BHP-Billiton, Shell, Chevron, Mitsubishi and
Mitsui. Corporate interests cannot be allowed to trump the
rights of Australians to peacefully raise their concerns.
Join the Broome community and ask these fossil fuel giants
speak out and condemn the Premier’s actions.
Join us this Wednesday for a National Day of Action in
solidarity with the people of Broome”

– Related News

Sovereign Union: WA Premier sends 150 police to help destroy
Walmadan culturally significant site
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/wa-premier-sends-150-police-help-destroy-walmadan-culturally-significant-site
“Sunday: The Peacful Protest – Environs Kimberley and the
Save the Kimberley campaigners, Walmandan Tent Embassy
stalwarts and Human Rights Alliance activists gathered with
many from within the Broome community to express their
concern to police by peacefully protesting outside Broome
Police station on Sunday 14th May, 2012. …
Monday: WA Premier’s destruction Plan – Walmadan, 60km
north of Broome, is preferred by WA Premier Colin Barnett,
despite the objections of the local indigenous community
and environmentalists. Barnett suggested that he is
prepared to use State Agreement Acts to ensure gas from the
$30 billion-plus project is processed at his preferred
greenfields site at Walmadan.”

The West: Police surround Woodside gas hub convoy
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/mp/13679253/police-surround-woodside-gas-hub-convoy/
14 May 12: “UPDATE: 3.50PM A Woodside convoy flanked by
police has moved equipment through protesters at James
Price Point this morning. Activists at the Manari Road
protest site tried to stop Woodside moving machinery to the
proposed gas plant, but they were overwhelmed by more than
100 police officers. A convoy of about 20 marked and
unmarked vehicles containing police arrived just after 9am,
where about 10 people had camped overnight. Protesters had
earlier called for reinforcements when police started
arriving at dawn.”

WA today: Police convoys protect equipment at James Price Point
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/police-convoys-protect-equipment-at-james-price-point-20120514-1ym9p.html#ixzz1upFj3Qb4
14 May 12: “Environmentalists and locals camped at James
Price Point, the controversial Kimberley site marked for
the $30 billion Browse gas hub, remain poised for a
confrontation with about 150 police sent to bolster the
Broome force in recent days, as work resumes at the site.
The tensions have continued even though it is widely
understood the Browse LNG joint venture partners, including
Shell, BHP Billiton, BP and Chevron, would prefer gas from
the Browse Basin off the West Australian coast to be
processed at project operator Woodside Petroleum’s existing
facilities in the Pilbara.”

Indymedia:
250 police in Broome to break up “Save the Kimberley” picket
– hundreds protest at police station.
http://www.indymedia.org.au/2012/05/13/250-police-in-broome-to-break-up-save-the-kimberley-picket-hundreds-protest-at-police-sta
13 May 12: “With the increase of between 140 and 250 extra
police in Broome for protection of Woodside as they
continue to do destructive investigations at James Price
Point, the Broome Community thought it a proper thing to
present a letter of concern to the Police and as it was
Mothers Day as well, each Community member presented the
police a flower.”

Age: Hundreds face off with police in Broome
http://www.theage.com.au/wa-news/hundreds-face-off-with-police-in-broome-20120513-1ykhm.html
13 May 12: “MORE than 600 people have gathered outside
Broome police station in the Kimberley in a showdown with
authorities over a proposed gas hub. An estimated 250
police with riot gear started arriving in the coastal town
on Friday night in what residents say is a pre-emptive move
to clear protesters from the controversial James Price
Point gas hub site 60km north of town. Residents said they
feared police would move in as early as Monday morning to
physically remove protesters from the Woodside Petroleum
site, … ”

– Video

YouTube: Police converge on Walmadan Tent Embassy – Perth Now

14 May 12: “150 police, including the WA riot squad, were
flown into Broome (over 2,000kms) to continue the WA
Premier’s push to destroy Walmadan sacred land for a Gas
Hub. Goolarabooloo Senior Law Boss Joseph Roe echoed the
words of his late grandfather at the Tent Embassy launch
last year, “We must hold this land, we must hold this for
all of us”.”

– Upcoming events

Event: Wed 16 May 2012:
Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane
National Day of Action
in solidarity with the people of Broome
“250 police have converged on Broome, Western Australia,
as the WA Government attempts to crush peaceful
community opposition to a proposed industrial complex
at James Price Point on the pristine Kimberley coast.”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.kimberleycampaigner.com/stories/national-mobilisation-of-kimberley-community/
News & MR: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/14/police-amassing-at-james-price-point-monday-may-14-after-yesterdays-600-people-power-peac
News: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/wa-premier-sends-150-police-help-destroy-walmadan-culturally-significant-site
News: http://www.theage.com.au/wa-news/hundreds-face-off-with-police-in-broome-20120513-1ykhm.html
Kimberley Campaigner: http://www.kimberleycampaigner.com/
Save The Kimberley: http://www.savethekimberley.com/

Event: Wed 16 May 2012: Melbourne City, Vic
Save the Kimberley solidarity protest
“We have received Reports of more than 100
police arriving in Broome, their intentions
look to be to crush the Broome community’s
peaceful protest and dismantle all blockade
capabilities. … ”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/save-the-kimberley-solidarity-protest
News & MR: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/14/police-amassing-at-james-price-point-monday-may-14-after-yesterdays-600-people-power-peac
News: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/wa-premier-sends-150-police-help-destroy-walmadan-culturally-significant-site
News: http://www.theage.com.au/wa-news/hundreds-face-off-with-police-in-broome-20120513-1ykhm.html
Kimberley Campaigner: http://www.kimberleycampaigner.com/
Save The Kimberley: http://www.savethekimberley.com/

See:

Sovereign Union: Walmadan Tent Embassy (James Price Point)
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/walmadan-tent-embassy-james-price-point
[James Price Point, north of Broome, Kimberley, WA]

Kimberley Campaigner – Background
http://www.kimberleycampaigner.com/about/history/

Save The Kimberley: Wilderness. Culture. Heritage
http://www.savethekimberley.com/

Facebook: Goolarabooloo and Lurujarri Heritage Trail
http://www.facebook.com/Goolarabooloo

* SOCIALIST PARTY: WA: SUPPORT THE NYOONGAR TENT EMBASSY
[HEIRISSON ISLAND, PERTH, WA]

– Analysis / Opinion

Socialist Party: WA: Support the Nyoongar Tent Embassy!
http://www.socialistpartyaustralia.org/archives/3415
14 May 12: “In recent weeks police in Perth have repeatedly
attacked the Nyoongar Tent Embassy on Matagarup (Heirisson
Island). Large numbers of officers have been used along
with horses and dogs. Four people have been arrested on
trumped up charges in an attempt to try and weaken the
protest. The Barnett Government has ordered the police to
remove the protesters. At the moment the Tent Embassy is
the most vocal and visible form of opposition to the
government’s attempt to take land from the Nyoongar people
in South Western Australia.” By Mick Suter, Perth

See:

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.]

Sovereign Union: Nyoongar Sovereign Embassy
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/nyoongar-sovereign-embassy
[Perth, WA]

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

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

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSIES:

Last updated: 15 May 2012

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

* INTERVIEW WITH ELDER DR. DJINIYINI GONDARRA ON
STRONGER FUTURES BILL:

– Audio Interview

SBS Living Black:
Yolngu Gain Support In Rejecting Stronger Futures Bill
By Garfield Samuels
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/215053/t/Yolngu-Gain-Support-In-Rejecting-Stronger-Futures-Bill
11 May 12: “The Catholic Church has joined a growing number
of individuals and institutions voicing their concerns over
the Stronger Futures bill, supporting eight Yolngu nations
in Arnhem Land with their rejection of the new
intervention. … The Church has called it Stolen Futures
and has supported eight Yolngu nations in Arnhem Land, with
their rejection of the new intervention. By disregarding
the right to self determination, it is felt the bill will
only continue the discriminatory practices that began under
the Northern Territory Intervention. … The Yolngu nations
have issued an eight point plan including refusal to approve
mining exploration licenses if the bill isn’t scrapped, as
Elder Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra explains to Garfield Samuels”

See:

WGAR News: Yolngu Nations Assembly Statement concerning
‘Stronger Futures’ laws and NT policies (4 May 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/04/wgar-news-yolngu-nations-assembly-statement-concerning-stronger-futures-laws-and-nt-polic

WGAR News: Several organisations express support for the
Yolngu Nations Assembly Statement (10 May 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/10/wgar-news-several-organisations-express-support-for-the-yolngu-nations-assembly-statement

WGAR News: More organisations state support for the
Yolngu Nations Assembly Statement (11 May 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/11/wgar-news-more-organisations-state-support-for-the-yolngu-nations-assembly-statement

STICS compilation:
Yolŋu Nations Assembly Statement and Supporters
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/stronger-futures-legislation/yolngu-statement-and-supporters
“* Yolŋu Nations Assembly Statement regarding Australian
Federal Government Stronger Futures Bills and Northern
Territory Policies, to the Leaders of the Australian
Federal and Northern Territory Parliaments …
* Statements and Media Releases by Churches, Organisations
and Groups calling to abandon the Stronger Futures Legislation
and supporting the Yolŋu Nations Assembly Statement … ”

‘concerned Australians’ compilation:
Churches, Religious, Organisations and Reconciliation Groups
http://concernedaustralians.com.au/Stronger_Futures_Yolngu_supporters.html
“Calls to Abandon the Stronger Futures Legislation, and
Calls to Support the Yolngu Nations Assembly Statement”

* RACHEL SIEWERT: GREENS:
INTERVENTION FUNDING COULD BE STRIPPED FROM EXISTING PROGRAMS

– Media Release

Rachel Siewert: Greens:
Intervention funding could be stripped from existing programs
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/intervention-funding-could-be-stripped-existing-programs-greens
10 May 12: “The Australian Greens have raised concerns that
announcements for increased funding to the NT through
Stronger Futures are being partly delivered through cuts to
national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs.
“Our initial review of Tuesday’s budget indicates that a
number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs
around Australia have been cut or suspended, with their
funding redirected to NT Stronger Futures programs,”
Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues said today.
“We are very supportive of secure, long term funding for
the Northern Territory, but it should not come at the
expense of existing national programs.
“It is also disappointing that this much needed funding is
being delivered through the flawed Stronger Futures
program. … “”

* MORE ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LEGISLATION RELATED ARTICLES:

– Analysis / Opinion

Crikey: Homelands policy debacle set to continue for a decade
http://www.crikey.com.au/2012/05/09/homelands-policy-debacle-set-to-continue-for-a-decade/
9 May 12: “In a media release on March 28 this year, the
Australian government announced a $221 million “investment”
in municipal and essential services for outstations and
homelands in the Northern Territory over 10 years - $206
million coming from the Commonwealth and $15 million from
the NT government. Evidently, the Australian government is
keen to assure Aboriginal people living … ”
by Jon Altman, an anthropology research professor at ANU

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Calls for human rights revision of Stronger Futures bill
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7195-calls-for-human-rights-revision-of-stronger-futures-bill
14 May 12: “The extension of the controversial Northern
Territory Intervention is before the Senate this week and
could be introduced by the end of next month despite a call
for a human rights review. Director with the National
Congress for Australia’s First People, Rob Little, says
legislation can be scrutinized by a human rights committee
and is urging Australians to demand a revision of Stronger
Futures. Mr. Little says the Intervention has bypassed the
Racial Discrimination Act. … For more information go to
http://congressmob.good.do/stoplisten/bnmb/

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

Last updated: 12 May 2012

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

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Last updated: 29 April 2012

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

* 3CR RADIOACTIVE SHOW: LIZARDS REVENGE FESTIVAL

– Audio

3CR Community Radio 855 AM – Podcasts
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
Radioactive Show – 13 May 2012
[download this program] http://pod.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2012-05-12-27194.mp3
13 May 12: “A reminder of the Lizards Revenge Festival and
why people are protesting the expansion of Roxby Downs
Uranium Mine plus more vox pops from people at the Lizards
Rising fundraiser, plus news from Japan and community
announcements.”

– Upcoming events

Event: Fri 18 May 2012: Perth, WA
Lizard’s Revenge: a dinner and talk
“Lizard’s Revenge will be a three day blockade and
music/arts festival at the Olympic Dam uranium
mine in South Australia.”
“Join BUMP and the unnamed collective to hear
about the plans for Olympic Dam and the current
Court Challenge by Arabunna elder Uncle Kevin.”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/lizards-revenge-a-dinner-and-talk
[See Event: 14 to 20 July 2012: Olympic Dam, SA below:
Lizards Revenge Music/Art Festival protest]

Event: Fri 1 June 2012: Marrickville, Sydney, NSW
Lizard Rising Sydney Fundraiser
“Another wild night in preparation for the
Lizards Revenge global emergency
$10 entry toward the Rollen Blockade of
BHP Billitons Olympic Dam expansion”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/lizard-rising-sydney-fundraiser

Event: Tue 3 – Fri 20 July 2012: Bendigo & Roxby Downs
Road Trip for Change
– Step Out(back) and Learn from Country
“In July the South Australian Student Environment Network
will be running a series of epic road trips that will take you
on a journey of learning from Adelaide to Australia’s
biggest grass roots Environment Conference:
Students of Sustainability (SoS), then via the great
SA outback to Roxby Downs for the
Lizards Revenge Music/Art festival.”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/road-trip-for-change-step-outback-and-learn-from-country

Event: 14 to 18 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
Background: http://londonminingnetwork.org/2011/10/australia-approves-20-30bn-bhp-billitons-olympic-dam-mine-expansion/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/224524544273924
Website: http://lizardsrevenge.net/
Perth Event: Fri 18 May 2012: http://indymedia.org.au/lizards-revenge-a-dinner-and-talk
Sydney Event: Fri 1 June 2012: http://indymedia.org.au/lizard-rising-sydney-fundraiser
Road Trip for Change Tue 3 – Fri 20 July 2012: http://indymedia.org.au/road-trip-for-change-step-outback-and-learn-from-country

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Audio

SBS Living Black:
High Profile Australians Call For Justice Reinvestment
By Michelle Lovegrove
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/215045/t/High-Profile-Australians-Call-For-Justice-Reinvestment/in/english
11 May 12: “A group of high profile Australians are calling
on the year-old New South Wales’ government to overhaul its
approach to Aboriginal juvenile detention. The state’s
Governor, Marie Bashir is among a group of high profile
Australians calling on the New South Wales government to
overhaul its approach to Aboriginal juvenile detention. …
The Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia, and former
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice
Commissioner, Tom Calma, is also supporting the Justice
Reinvestment campaign. Mr. Calma tells Greg Dyett the New
South Wales government needs to spend more on early
intervention.”

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