120501 – “I feared I was going to die” National Indigenous Times exclusive

* Interview with Steve Hodder on UN Permanent Forum on
Indigenous Issues
* Keynote Address by NACCHO Chairperson Justin Mohamed
* NIT exclusive: “I feared I was going to die”
* Interim National Unity Government Assembly
– 23 & 24 May 2012 – Wollongong, NSW
* Henry Reynolds: After Mabo, What About Aboriginal Sovereignty?
* Glenelg Shire Council recognises rights of Portland Embassy, Vic
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement
* ABC: Elder seeks judicial review of mining approval
* Treaty Republic:
Barnett trying to further disempower WA’s Original’s
* Frontier Wars Remembered in Melbourne & Canberra
* Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra:
‘Stand with us to fight this racist legislation’
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles


– Audio Interview

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Steve Hodder talks about the United Nations Permanent Forum
on Indigenous Issues
27 Apr 12: “The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous
Issues (UNPFII) will convene its 11th Session in May 2012
and the CLC has a new staff member attending in New York,
USA. CLC Media officer, Steve Hodder Watt (Bunabjee) has
been sponsored by Oxfam as a youth delegate, and as a part
of the Indigenous People’s Organisation (IOP) Network will
help document the visit.”


– Address

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation:
Keynote address Justin Mohamed: Weenthunga Symposium

Click to access Weenthunga%2028%20April%20%20Speech%20for%20Justin%20Mohamed.pdf

28 Apr 12: “In my address this morning I will be giving you
an overview on how NACCHO our peak body is leading the way
nationally in Aboriginal health by:
And working collaboratively with the many groups and
participants such as you here today
1. A brief overview of NACCHO
2. What is NACCHO strategic direction to 2013
3. An update on the Close the Gap Campaign and the
National Health Leadership Forum
4. NACCHO recent achievements
5. Where to from here and our fire in the belly
6. And show you how you can stay connected with NACCHO
into the Ifuture”

Welcome to the NACCHO website:


– News

National Indigenous Times: “I feared I was going to die”
28 Apr 12: “By National Indigenous Times Editor Stephen Hagan
A day after having major surgery to remove tendons from his
left knee to place in his lower right leg Dempsey Cleven,
18, spoke exclusively to the National Indigenous Times of
an ordeal on Easter Sunday that almost cost him his life. …
” … one of the cops pulled out his gun and fired at us.
“I heard a couple of shots; the first one he fired was at
the fuel tank, which only just missed otherwise we would’ve
all been blown up.
“Then the next one was directly into the middle of the car
that struck me in the leg as I was sitting behind the
driver in the back seat. … “”

– Related News

Green Left: Racism the issue, not youth
29 Apr 12: “In the early hours of April 22, police officers
risked the lives of hundreds in Kings Cross by opening fire
on the unarmed occupants of a stolen car, shooting the
14-year-old driver twice and a 17-year-old passenger in the
neck. … Days of racist mainstream media followed while
hundreds of people protested throughout the country against
government and police racism and economic enslavement of
Aboriginal people. Brisbane’s Aboriginal community held a
rally on April 24 outside Queensland parliament to coincide
with rallies in Sydney.” By Robert Leech & Jacob Ball

National Indigenous Times:
Brisbane leaders demand full independent inquiry
28 Apr 12: “By National Indigenous Times Editor Stephen Hagan
Indigenous leaders have called for a full independent
inquiry into the conduct of the police officers involved in
the shooting of Dempsey Clevens in Brisbane on Easter
Sunday. More than 100 people gathered outside Brisbane’s
Parliament House on Tuesday to voice their anger and
frustration at the police action.”

National Indigenous Times:
Community outraged by police brutality of youth
28 Apr 12: “By National Indigenous Times Editor Stephen Hagan
More than 200 angry members of the Brisbane Indigenous
community gathered at an inner city church hall last Friday
to express their outrage at the ongoing spate of police
brutality against their youth. The community meeting was
called by Elders Sam Watson, Rev Alex Gator and Adrian
Burragubba after a recent shooting of unarmed youth in
a… ”

National Indigenous Times: Shooting protest anger
28 Apr 12: “By National Indigenous Times reporter Geoff Bagnall
Why was it necessary for police to treat this young boy
like this? “There’s no room for debate. The boys were
pretty much unarmed, cornered, trapped and police opened
fire at point blank range” – Anthony Mundine. …
Aboriginal activist Michael Anderson called for the NSW
police officer seen in videos bashing Troy Taylor to… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Anger mounts as new claims emerge over Sydney shooting
28 Apr 12: “By National Indigenous Times reporter Geoff Bagnall
The horror surrounding the shooting of two young boys at
Kings Cross in the early hours of Saturday morning has
taken a new twist with claims police opened fire on the two
youths after the car they were travelling in had crashed
and come to a complete standstill. The shooting of two
young boys in a crowded Kings Cross street has drawn… ”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
More dismay over Kings Cross police actions
27 Apr 12: “One of New South Wales’ peak Aboriginal
organisations has expressed its concerns over police
actions in apprehending young Indigenous men in Sydney’s
Kings Cross over the weekend. New South Wales Aboriginal
Land Council CEO Geoff Scott says the actions of police
were heavy-handed, where mobile phone footage appears to
show a policeman striking a teenager who had been shot by

Australian: Measures to curb gun violence as shootings multiply
25 Apr 12: “However, a group of protesters outside NSW’s
Parliament House yesterday demanded the government toughen
gun laws for law enforcers, after police shot two
Aboriginal teenagers in Kings Cross over the weekend.
Indigenous Social Justice Association president Ray Jackson
told a crowd of about 250 people the treatment of one of
the pair, 17-year-old Troy Taylor, was “absolutely
disgraceful”. … Aboriginal Tent Embassy activist Michael
Anderson called the incident involving Troy “symptomatic of
a bigger problem” involving relations between police and
the Aboriginal community.”

Indymedia: “Our NSW police are just too deadly!” – Ray Jackson
24 Apr 12: “Sydney’s Indigenous Social Justice Association
(ISJA) held a rally outside the NSW state parliament in
protest to the recent spate of perceived police brutality
and to the five deaths in police custodial incidents in NSW.
Hundreds of angry protesters blocked off half the road in
front of the NSW Parliament in a protest against the police
shooting and bashing of two unarmed Aboriginal teenagers on
April 22. The rally, initiated by the ISJA, demanded an
independent public investigation into the incident, … ”
Gerry Georgatos

– Related Speech

Green Left:
Victims of Kings Cross police brutality need justice
26 Apr 12: “The article below is based on a speech by
Socialist Alliance national co-convenor Peter Boyle at the
April 24 emergency rally called by the Indigenous Social
Justice Association to protest the recent police shooting
and bashing of two unarmed Aboriginal teenagers in Sydney’s
Kings Cross. * * *
I read in the newspaper that Assistant Police Commissioner
Mark Murdoch said: “We have significant responsibilities in
the use of firearms. One of them is not shooting at tyres.”
You get that? The police have a responsibility not to shoot
at car tyres! But what about shooting unarmed 14-year-olds?
What are your responsibilities there, Assistant Police

– Related Analysis / Opinion

Socialist Alternative: Police brutality challenged in NSW
24 Apr 12: “At Kings Cross last Saturday, the NSW Police
once again proved that they are brutal, racist thugs. It
was 4am when they “recognised” the driver of an allegedly
stolen car. They “recognised” his five passengers as well.
All six were young Aboriginal men – “recognised” for just
that, being Aboriginal.” Luke Mason


WGAR News: Ray Jackson, ISJA: NSW police ‘too deadly’!
(26 Apr 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/26/wgar-news-frontier-wars-remembered-on-anzac-day-koori-mail

– 23 & 24 MAY 2012 – WOLLONGONG, NSW:

[Ed. Note:
The Interim Aboriginal National Unity Government Assembly
of the Sovereign Union is held over two days:
* Day 1 is a symposium
held at Innovation Campus, University of Wollongong;
* Day 2 is the formal establishment of interim
National Unity Government of the Sovereign Union
held at Sandon Point Aboriginal Embassy, Wollongong.]

– Upcoming event

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


– Analysis / Opinion

After Mabo, What About Aboriginal Sovereignty?
AHR: http://www.australianhumanitiesreview.org/archive/Issue-April-1996/Reynolds.html
Sovereign Union: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/after-mabo-what-about-aboriginal-sovereignty
Treaty Republic: http://treatyrepublic.net/content/after-mabo-what-about-aboriginal-sovereignty
“The Mabo judgment was a major landmark in the decolonising
of Australian law and society. It was, nevertheless, only a
beginning to the process of redressing the legal injustice
to Australia’s indigenous people. Now the time has come to
move on to tackle the question of Aboriginal sovereignty.”
Henry Reynolds


– News

Sovereign Union: Portland Aboriginal Tent Embassy
“The Portland Aboriginal Tent Embassy Embassy was
established at Market Square, Portland to demand a meeting
with the state government over issues of Native Title and
social services inequality. It started on Wednesday 8th
February, 2012, shortly after the 40th Aboriginal Tent
Embassy in Canberra.
April 27th 2012: A positive motion was put forward at the
Glenelg Shire Council April meeting, and carried, which has
recognised the rights of the Portland Sovereign Aboriginal
Embassy to protest. Sandra Onus, Spokesperson of the
Embassy, wrote the following on Facebook; … ”

– Background

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]

Facebook: Portland Aboriginal Tent Embassy
[Portland, Vic]


Last updated 30 April 2012:



– News

ABC: Elder seeks judicial review of mining approval
1 May 12: “An Aboriginal elder wants a judicial review in
the South Australian Supreme Court of the State
Government’s decision to approve the Olympic Dam mine
expansion in the state’s outback. Kevin Buzzacott is
seeking a review against the Government and the Mineral
Resources and Energy Minister’s decision, arguing the
process was invalid to grant BHP Billiton development
approval for a larger mine. … In a new hearing in the
Supreme Court, BHP Billiton has joined as a defendant in
the legal action. A two-day hearing has been scheduled for

– Related News

National Indigenous Times:
Elder loses Olympic Dam court battle
28 Apr 12: “The Federal Court has rejected a move by Elder,
Kevin Buzzacott to block a giant expansion of the Olympic
Dam uranium and copper mine in South Australia’s north. Mr
Buzzacott, an Elder of the Arabunna people, challenged the
Federal Government’s approval of the mine, arguing
Environment Minister, Tony Burke had not given enough
consideration to its long term impact and the risks posed
by storage of… ”

Green Left: Court rules against Olympic Dam mine challenge
26 Apr 12: “If you are thinking of challenging a mining
development in the courts, be prepared to go through the
financial wringer. You might think you have an
open-and-shut case, that the federal government has
shirked its responsibilities under environmental
legislation. But if the finding goes against you, the
government and the mining industry will see you bankrupt.
This is one of the lessons to emerge following the
dismissal by an Adelaide judge on April 20 of the
challenge brought by traditional owner and environment
campaigner Uncle Kevin Buzzacott against the Olympic Dam
uranium mine expansion.” By Renfrey Clarke, Adelaide

Roxby Downs Sun: Government seeks cost
26 Apr 12: “BHP Billiton and the federal government are
seeking costs from Arabunna elder Kevin Buzzacott. Mr
Buzzacott known, as uncle Kevin, challenged the approval of
the Olympic Dam expansion which was dismissed by the court


WGAR News:
“Court throws out Olympic Dam challenge” ABC PM (22 Apr 12)

WGAR News: Olympic Dam expansion music/art/festival/protest
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/wgar-news-court-throws-out-olympic-dam-challenge-abc-pm


– News

Treaty Republic:
Barnett trying to further disempower WA’s Original’s
“The Western Australian Government plans to overhaul the
Aboriginal Heritage Act, pandering to the mining sector by
making it easier for companies to disrupt sacred sites.
Although both developers and Aboriginal groups say the laws
are clunky and unworkable, the changes appear to further
dis-empower the State’s ‘Original’ peoples. Greens’ MLC
Robin Chapple says the new laws will make it even harder
for Aboriginal people to protect sites.”


– News

Remembering the Frontier Wars on ANZAC Day
Treaty Republic: http://treatyrepublic.net/content/remembering-frontier-wars-anzac-day
Sovereign Union: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/aboriginal-activists-remember-frontier-wars
“Canberra: The small group of about 20, carrying
‘Original’s’ flags and banners and accompanied by a
didgeridoo, joined the tail of the national Anzac Day
parade, behind columns of veterans. Led by Michael
Anderson, one of the founders of the capital’s tent
embassy, the activists were separated from the main body
but were met with support as they moved up Anzac Parade to
the Australian War Memorial.
Melbourne: With rain falling, a small group of people
attended a ceremony at Kings Domain to remember the freedom
fighters and the ongoing frontier wars. Robbie Thorpe
addressed the meeting reminding the group of the continued
genocide of the ‘Originals’ and the savage history of the

– Related Audio Interviews

SBS Living Black: Acknowledging Massacres On Australian Soil
By Marc Tong
26 Apr 12: “As we remember Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander veterans who fought abroad in wars for Australia,
we also remember all First Nations People who fought for
our freedom here on Australian soil. Aboriginal people who
died in defence of their lands during the colonial invasion
and the deaths suffered, should be recognised according to
Michael Anderson, leader of the Euahlayi nation. He says as
we remember our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
veterans who fought abroad in wars for Australia, we should
also remember all who fought for the freedom of the First
Nations People on Australian soil. Uncle Michael tells Marc
Tong the lack of historical acknowledgement of massacres on
this continent’s soil must be changed.”

SBS Living Black: Remembering Aboriginal And Torres Strait
Islander ANZAC Contributions
By Marc Tong
26 Apr 12: “As we remember with respect fallen soldiers and
veterans on ANZAC day, it is important to acknowledge and
remember the supreme sacrifice paid by Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander service personnel. Despite knowing
the challenges theyd face when they came home from war,
Aboriginal people still served in all of Australia’s main
wars since the two Boer Wars-1880-1881 and 1899-1902. …
Kamilaroi man and acting Indigenous Liaison Officer Garth
O’Connell from the Australian War Memorial explains to Marc
Tong the selection process in the early 20th century.”

SBS Living Black:
Students To Research Overseas Aboriginal Soldiers’ Graves
By Marc Tong
26 Apr 12: “The findings of eight Aboriginal students from
Dubbo College in New South Wales, during a trip to France
later this year, could help expand the Australian War
Memorial’s records for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander service men. Research by students from Dubbo
College in New South Wales, could help fill the gaps in the
national service records of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander diggers. … Kamilaroi man and acting Indigenous
Liaison Officer at the memorial, Garth O’Connell, tells
Marc Tong their findings will expand the Australian War
Memorial’s records for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander diggers.”

– Related News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Anderson pleased with ANZAC Day march
27 Apr 12: “[Aboriginal rights campaigner Michael Anderson]
says he will continue the fight next year for better
acknowledgement of Indigenous soldier’s endeavours in
Australia’s wars, including frontier wars at the time of
European invasion. “It’s not a done thing, to go back and
reflect on the killing of Aboriginal people. “That’s too
close to home. It’s a sore wound that they don’t want
opened up. “But, unfortunately, we’re going to open it up.
“This is why they were saying, ‘Look, why choose ANZAC Day?’
“ANZAC is a time of remembrance of people who fought in
defence of this land and the freedoms that they have. Our
people fought on this land against those who invaded us.””

NZ Herald: Gillard’s $100m plan for Gallipoli
25 Apr 12: “But her visit and the centenary programme that
will run from 2014 to 2018 comes amid debate on the future
of Anzac Day in an increasingly multicultural Australia,
new claims debunking key elements of the Gallipoli
mythology, and moves by Aborigines to expand its meaning to
include Australian frontier wars. … Aborigine activists
are also intent on using today’s national service in
Canberra, with a group planning to join the tail of the
parade to remember Aborigines “who died in defence of their
lands during the colonial invasion”.”

– Related Analysis / Opinion

SMH: The forgotten conflict
1 May 12: “There is a hole in our remembrance, and it is
Black. We justly remember our dead in wars overseas. But
Australia still has no national memorial to both sides of
the long and deadly conflict on our own soil. It’s almost
as if it didn’t happen. Frontier historian Lyndall Ryan has
lifted the veil in a new book on Tasmanian Aborigines,
which tallies deaths in the colonial Black War. She
estimates it cost 878 indigenous lives, and 201 colonists’.”

– Background

WGAR News:
“Frontier wars remembered on ANZAC Day” Koori Mail (26 Apr 12)


– Speech

Solidarity: ‘Stand with us to fight this racist legislation’
April 2012: “Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra is a traditional
owner from Elcho Island, in Northeast Arnhem Land. This is
an exert of his speech to a rally in Darwin on April 9
against the new Stronger Futures legislation, which will
entrench Intervention measures for a further ten years.
‘I am a Uniting Church Pastor. I grew up in the mission. I
got my doctorate and also worked really hard with the
community and got an Order of Australia. I was around when
the NT Emergency Response was launched by John Howard, and
Minister Mal Brough said, I’m going to take 73 prescribed
communities, and five of the communities I want to shape
[as a model] to the Australian government and people that
I can do a better job. One of them, Elcho island,
Galiwinku, is where I grew up. … ”


Last updated 29 April 2012:



Last updated 29 April 2012:



– News

Koori Mail: Bankstown income management plan slammed
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
27 Apr 12: “THE PUBLIC Health Association of Australia has
condemned plans to introduce compulsory income management
in Bankstown, and other places in Australia, despite
overwhelming concerns from stakeholders. PHAA New South
Wales branch president Gabriel Moore said PHAA supported
voluntary income management managed by Aboriginal
community-controlled organizations.”

See: WGAR News: Union Campaign Letter on Bankstown Income
Management (27 Apr 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/27/wgar-news-work-not-welfare-investing-in-a-waged-employment-program-in-remote-nt-apo-nt

National Indigenous Times:
Murray River nations demand sovereignty
28 Apr 12: “A group of 21 Aboriginal nations in the northern
Murray Darling Basin have demanded all water licences be
revoked and the rivers’ water be dealt with from a base of
Aboriginal sovereignty, dominion and ultimate title. The
Northern Murray Darling Basin Aboriginal Nations (NBAN) has
called on all State and Federal governments involved in
the rivers system to allocate 100 per cent of all
environmental flows in… ”

See: WGAR News: Aboriginal Nations assert sovereignty over
the Northern Murray Darling Basin (19 Apr 12)

National Indigenous Times:
Mohamed calls for political unity on 10 year funding deal
28 Apr 12: “By National Indigenous Times reporter Geoff Bagnall
Australia’s peak Aboriginal health body has given its
support to the Federal Government’s 10 year funding
commitment and called on the Federal Opposition to get
behind the plan to make a real difference to Aboriginal
disadvantage. Justin Mohamed, Chair of the National
Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
(NACCHO) … ”

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

National Indigenous Times:
Bob Brown leaves a legacy of support
28 Apr 12: “By National Indigenous Times reporter Rhonda Hagan
Bob Brown may have left public life in his role as Senator
and Leader of the Green Party, but will still be righting
for Indigenous rights in international arenas. Dr Libby
Connors, Queensland spokesperson for the Queensland Greens,
said Mr Brown his not put turned his back on everything.
“Bob Brown has not put Indigenous politics… ”

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio Online News 30.04.2012
30 Apr 12: “Up to 4000 older Aboriginal people who have
participated in community CDEP programs for most of their
working lives will be allowed to continue on the scheme for
another five years.”

See: WGAR News:
“Work Not Welfare: Investing in a waged employment program
in remote NT” APO NT (27 Apr 12)

See Background: WGAR News: Jumbunna, UTS: Jobs With Justice
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/27/wgar-news-work-not-welfare-investing-in-a-waged-employment-program-in-remote-nt-apo-nt

– Analysis / Opinion

National Indigenous Times: Is there more behind 21 years of
failure to reduce the Indigenous incarceration rates?
19 Apr 12: “21 years since the culmination of the Royal
Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, the most
extensive inquiry in Australian history into Indigenous
people’s overrepresentation in the criminal justice system,
little has changed. The Commission found Indigenous
prisoners didn’t die at a higher rate than non-Indigenous
prisoners, but blamed… ” By Emma Purdy

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