120504 – Yolngu Nations Assembly Statement concerning ‘Stronger Futures’ laws and NT policies

Contents:
* Yolngu Nations Assembly Statement
* Pro Bono: Is Income Management Working?
* Sydney launch of “NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotations”
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Northern Murray-Darling Basin Aboriginal Nations (NBAN) website
* Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations (MLDRIN) website
* Video: Uncle Kevin Buzzacott at the Federal Court’s decision
* Michael Anderson: Gomeroi activism stops Woolworths in Moree…
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement
* Tracker: Police Integrity Commission won’t investigate
Kings Cross shootings
* Congress: Justice in prevention, early intervention
and diversion
* Other articles

* YOLNGU NATIONS ASSEMBLY STATEMENT:

– The Statement

‘concerned Australians’: http://concernedaustralians.com.au/media/Stronger_Futures_Statement_Yolngu.pdf

Rollback the Intervention: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/yolngu-nations-assembly-statement-24-4-12.pdf

Stand for Freedom: http://standforfreedom.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Yolngu-Nations-Assembly-Statement.pdf

Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Sydney: https://acmsydney.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/yolngu-nations-assembly-statement.pdf

Indigenous Peoples: http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/attachments/article/14838/YolnguNationsAssemblyStatement.pdf

Green Left: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/50893

‘concerned Australians’:
Yolŋuw Makarr Dhuni (Yolŋu Nations Assembly)
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/
“Statement regarding Australian Federal Government Stronger
Futures Bills and Northern Territory Policies, to the
Leaders of the Australian Federal and Northern Territory
Parliaments”

– Related Audio Interviews

The Wire:
NT Elders ready to fight against ‘Stronger Futures’ legislation
Produced by Lisa Burns
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9085
2 May 12: “NT Elders are fighting back against the Federal
Government’s so-called ‘Stronger Futures’ legislation which
is currently before the senate. The law is the next phase
of the intervention and covers areas such as health,
education, housing and drug and alcohol issues in
Indigenous communities. It comes after what the Federal
Government describes as wide-spread consultation with
Indigenous communities. But Yolngu Elders dispute the
Government’s take on the discussions and the outcomes of
the talks – they’ve released a statement from eight Arnhem
land nations calling for the ‘Stronger Futures’ laws to be
dumped.
Featured in story: Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra OAM,
Senior Dhurili Clan leader of the Yolngu peoples of
Northeast Arnhem Land”

ABC Radio National RN Drive:
Arnhem Land threatens revolt against Federal intervention
legislation
Produced by Erica Vowles
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/drive/arnhem-land-threatens-revolt-against-federal-intervention-legis/3986052
2 May 12: “Opposition to the intervention is growing within
the Arnhem Land of the Northern Territory, with a group
representing eight Indigenous nations releasing a statement
today, protesting against the intervention and the related
stronger futures legislation. The Yolngu Nations Assembly
was formed last year and represents eight nations in the
West, Central and East Arnhem Land. … One of the
spokespeople behind the Yolngu Nations Assembly is Dr
Reverend Djiniyini Gondara. He’s originally from the Apple
Tree Island Community in Arnhem Land and spoke to us from
Darwin.
Guests: Dr Djiniyini Gondarra
Spokesperson for the Yolngu Nations Assembly Djiniyini
Gondara. Dr Gondarra is originally from the Apple Tree
Island Community in Arnham Land.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 03/05/2012
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-03052012
3 May 12: “Eight nations of Aboriginal people in the
Northern Territory have rejected the Federal Governments
Stronger futures legislation in a strongly worded statement
calling for a partnership based on self determination.”
[Includes comments by Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra.]

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Paddy Gibson – 2 May 2012
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/paddy-gibson-4/
[Paddy discusses the Yolngu Nations Assembly statement
about 18 minutes into this program.]

– Related Media Releases

‘concerned Australians’:
Initiative and Ability to Listen – but – a Change is
Desperately Needed
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/press-releases/initiative-and-ability-to-listen—but—a-change-is-desperately-needed-2-5-12
2 May 12: “Today the Yolngu Nations Assembly sent a
statement to the Prime Minister Julia Gillard, and
Opposition leader Tony Abbott. It was also sent to other
senior politicians in the Federal and Northern Territory
governments, calling for a changed approach to policy in
the Northern Territory.
The Yolngu Nations Assembly is made up of 8 Nations from
West, Central and East Arnhem Land.
The Yolngu Nations Assembly statement clearly informs
Government that it does not support the proposed Stronger
Futures legislation. It has stated that it believe its aims
and those of Government can be achieved through
partnerships in communities and based on the principles of
self-determination.
‘concerned Australians’ acknowledges this statement and
gives its full support to it.
Spokesperson, Michele Harris, states that, ” ‘concerned
Australians’ joins with the Yolngu Nations Assembly, other
social justice organisations and leading Australians, in
calling for an end to the interventionist policies of the
last five years. … “”

Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care
SNAICC
 stands 
in
 solidarity 
with
 Yolŋu
 Nations
 Assembly
http://www.snaicc.asn.au/news-events/dsp-default-e.cfm?loadref=86&txnid=1278&txnctype=resource&txncstype=document
http://www.snaicc.asn.au/_uploads/rsfil/02813.pdf
2 May 12: “SNAICC stands in solidarity with the Yolnuw
Makarr Dhuni (Yolnu Nations Assembly) of Western, Central
and East Arnhem Land.
The Yolnu Nations have called on the Senate to discard in
full the Stronger Futures package of bills that, if
enacted, would extend the intervention in Northern
Territory Aboriginal communities for 10 years.
SNAICC agrees with this unambiguous position.
In our submission to the Senate Community Affairs
Legislation Committee, SNAICC recommended that the
legislation be completely redeveloped in accordance with
international human rights laws to which Australia is
bound.
Some of the basic human rights that SNAICC considers are
not fully reflected in the Stronger Futures bills are the
right to self-determination and the right for communities
to give their free, prior and informed consent to
measures that may affect them.
These are the same principles that the Yol?u Nations are
asking the Australian and Northern Territory governments
to uphold – and to work in meaningful partnership with
Aboriginal communities to arrive at effective long-term
solutions.”

St Vincent de Paul Society National Council:
St Vincent de Paul Society respectfully supports Yolngu Elders
http://vinnies.org.au/files/NAT/SocialJustice/2012/Stronger%20Futures%20MR%20for%20May%202.pdf
3 May 12: “St Vincent de Paul Society National Council CEO,
Dr John Falzon, issued the following statement in response
to the Statement released this morning by Elders of the
Yolngu Nations Assembly in Arnhem Land:
“The Elders of the Yolngu Nations Assembly today issued an
historical statement regarding the Australian Government’s
Stronger Futures Bills.
“Their words are born from a strong and positive vision for
Australia.
“All of us, especially those elected as legislators, have a
duty to listen to these words and to take heed of their
rejection of the Stronger Futures Bills. …
“The St Vincent de Paul Society respectfully acknowledges
and supports the Statement of the Elders of the Yolngu
Nations Assembly and calls on the Australian Government to
do likewise.””

– Related News

Stand for Freedom:
Yolngu Nations Statement to the Australian Government
http://standforfreedom.org.au/2012/05/02/yolngu-nations-statement-to-the-australian-government/
2 May 12: “The Yolŋu Makarr Dhuni, an assembly of eight
nations representing 8,000 Aboriginal people in the
Western, Central and East Arnhem Land areas of the Northern
Territory, have issued a formal statement rejecting the
Federal Government’s Stronger Futures legislation. In the
Statement, the Yolŋu Assembly also call on all NT
Traditional Owners to refuse to participate in land lease
negotiations and approval of exploration licenses until the
Government throws out the Stronger Futures legislation. … ”

newsTracker: Scrap Stronger Futures: Yolngu nation
http://tracker.org.au/2012/05/scrap-stronger-futures-yolngu-nation/
2 May 12: “NATIONAL: Aboriginal leaders from Arnhem Land
communities have threatened a revolt against the federal
government’s Stronger Futures laws by refusing to
participate in land lease negotiations or give the nod to
mining exploration licences. … A group of traditional
owners representing 8000 people in west, central and east
Arnhem Land have written to the Prime Minister, Indigenous
affairs minister, Opposition Leader, senators and NT
government calling for the Stronger Futures laws to be
scrapped.”

Koori Mail:
Yolngu leaders call for scrapping of Stronger Futures
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/
2 May 12: “ABORIGINAL leaders from Arnhem Land have warned
they will refuse to approve mining exploration leases and
participate in land lease negotiations unless the Federal
Government scraps its proposed Stronger Futures
legislation. Dr Djiniyini Gondarra, spokesperson for a
group representing 8000 Yolgnu people, also called for an
end to compulsory teaching in English, and more
recognition for Homelands.”

SMH: Fraser backs Aboriginal anger over laws
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/fraser-backs-aboriginal-anger-over-laws-20120502-1xxrd.html?skin=text-only
2 May 12: “Former Liberal prime minister Malcolm Fraser has
backed Aboriginal leaders from Arnhem Land threatening to
revolt against the federal government’s Stronger Futures
laws. Labor’s Stronger Futures draft laws are before the
Senate and likely to pass with bipartisan support after
federal parliament resumes in May. A group of traditional
owners, Yolngu Nations Assembly, representing 8000 people
in west, central and east Arnhem Land, have written to the
prime minister, indigenous affairs minister, opposition
leader, senators and NT government … ”

ACM Sydney: Yolŋu Nations reject “Stronger Futures”
http://acmsydney.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/yolnu-nations-reject-stronger-futures/
2 May 12: “The Yolŋu Makarr Dhuni, an assembly of eight
nations in the Western, Central and East Arnhem Land areas
of the Northern Territory, have released a statement
rejecting the Federal Government’s Stronger Futures
legislation. Graeme Mundine, Executive Officer of the
Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, Sydney Archdiocese has
welcomed the statement. Mr Mundine said “The statement by
the Yolŋu Nations Assembly cannot be any clearer. The Yolŋu
have consistently asked for partnership and
self-determination, not intervention and discrimination.”

Uniting Church of Australia ASSEMBLY
Federal Government should heed Yolngu voices
http://assembly.uca.org.au/news/item/1128-federal-government-should-heed-yolngu-voices
2 May 12: “The Uniting Church in Australia has welcomed a
statement by the Yolngu Nations Assembly that rejects any
further extension of the Northern Territory Intervention.
“The best and only way forward for Indigenous Australians
is through genuine partnerships between communities and all
levels of Government,” said President of the Uniting Church
in Australia’s National Assembly Rev. Alistair Macrae.
“When self-determination is side-lined any progress for our
First Peoples is an illusion.””

CathNews: Church opposes Stronger Futures draft laws for NT
http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=31154
2 May 12: “The Catholic Church has joined with Aboriginal
leaders in opposing the Federal Government’s draft Stronger
Futures laws, reports SBS. “The Yolngu Nations are clearly
stating they have had enough of being pressured to agree to
things that are negatively impacting their communities,”
Sydney Archdiocese Aboriginal Catholic Ministry spokesman
Graeme Mundine said. The laws, currently before the Senate,
continue the former Howard government’s Northern Territory
intervention introduced in 2007 to address violence and
alcohol abuse in Aboriginal communities.”

Canberra Times:
Yolngu people to take court action against intervention
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/yolngu-people-to-take-court-action-against-intervention-20120501-1xxj8.html
2 May 12: “Leaders representing 8000 Aboriginal people will
today launch a campaign against federal government
intervention in the Northern Territory. The statement to be
issued by the Yolngu Nations Assembly representing Arnhem
Land people will call on traditional leaders to refuse
approval for exploration licences. Spokesman Djungadjunga
Yunupingu said his people initially thought intervention
would help. ”But now our experience is that it has not
been beneficial,” he said.” Ross Peake

* PRO BONO: IS INCOME MANAGEMENT WORKING?

– News

Pro Bono:
Is Income Management Working? Parliamentary Library Analysis
http://www.probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2012/05/income-management-working-parliamentary-library-analysis
3 May 12: “An analysis of the Federal Government’s
controversial Income Management Scheme has found that any
positive changes delivered so far have been ‘uneven and
fragile’. Overall, the analysis highlights the absence of
adequate evidence to prove the effectiveness or otherwise
of the scheme. Researchers, Luke Buckmaster and Carol Ey
from the Federal Parliamentary Library Social Policy
Section have produced a Background Note called, Is income
management working?, which provides a guide to the evidence
about the efficacy of income management.”

* SYDNEY LAUNCH OF “NT CONSULTATIONS REPORT 2011: BY QUOTATIONS

– Media Statement

‘concerned Australians’:
Sydney launch of “NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotations”
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/press-releases/sydney-launch-of-nt-consultations-report-2011-by-quotations-3-5-12
3 May 12: “Graeme Mundine and Amy McQuire will launch NT
Consultations Report 2011: By Quotations on Friday the 4th
May in Chippendale.
A sequel to the highly regarded publications This is What
We Said and Walk With Us this book gives voice to the views
of Aboriginal people living under the Northern Territory
Intervention. Between June and August 2011 the Australian
Government conducted Stronger Futures Consultations in
Northern Territory communities. These were held with the
stated purpose of finding out what worked and what didn’t
work under the Northern Territory Emergency Response
(NTER), commonly called the Intervention. …
This event is organised by ‘concerned Australians’.
The full transcripts have also been made public at
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au .
Date: Friday, 4 May 2012 Time: 5.30 for 6.00pm start
Venue: Amnesty International’s NSW Action Centre,
Level 1, 79 Myrtle Street, Chippendale”

– Upcoming event

Event: Fri 4 May 2012: Chippendale, Sydney, NSW
Sydney Book Launch:
“NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotations”
Launched by:
* Graeme Mundine,
Executive Officer, ACM Sydney Archdiocese
* Amy McQuire, Editor, Tracker Magazine
“Beautifully illustrated, this hard-backed book
gives voice to the views of Aboriginal people
living under the Intervention.”
Published by ‘concerned Australians’: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/
Invitation: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/NTCR-Launch%20Invite-4-5-12.pdf
Event details: http://whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/events/14010-sydney-book-launch-nt-consultations-report-2011-friday-4-may-5-30-for-6pm
Event details: http://sydney-central.whereilive.com.au/events/story/sydney-book-launch-rnt-consultations-report-2011r-friday-4-may-530-for-6pm/
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/films-and-literature/book-nt-consultations-report-2011
Event details: http://www.respectandlisten.org/
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/28475/
Event details and article: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/50877
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/special-sydney-book-launch-of-the-highly-important-nt-consultations-report-2011-by-quotations
Book review: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/NTCR-Book-review.pdf
Short Book review: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/NTCR-Book-rev-short.pdf
Book order form: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/NTCR2011_Order_Form_Apr_2012.pdf

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

Last updated: 3 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

* NORTHERN MURRAY-DARLING BASIN ABORIGINAL NATIONS (NBAN) WEBSITE:

– The Website

Who we are – Northern Murray-Darling Basin Aboriginal Nations
http://www.nban.org.au/who.html
“NBAN is an independent self-determining Traditional Owner
based organisation with a primary focus on cultural and
natural resource management in the northern Murray–Darling
Basin.
We seek greater recognition and respect for Aboriginal
knowledge and cultural values and uses regarding land and
water management in the northern Murray–Darling Basin.
NBAN currently has representatives from the following Nations:
Barkindji (Paakantyi), Githabul, Mandandanji, Barunggam,
Gunggari, Mardigan, Bidjara, Jarowair, Murrawarri,
Bigambul, Gwamu, (Kooma), Ngemba, Budjiti, Kunja,
Ngiyampaa, Euahlayi, Kambuwal, Kwiambul, Wailwan,
Gamilaroi, Maljangapa, and Wakka Wakka.”

– Homepage

Northern Murray-Darling Basin Aboriginal Nations
http://www.nban.org.au/index.html

– Related Audio Interview

3CR Community Radio 855 AM – Podcasts
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
Earth Matters – 30 Apr 2012
[download this program] http://pod.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2012-04-29-94126.mp3
30 Apr 12: “Twenty one Original Nations in New South Wales
and Queensland have united to reclaim control over the
water flows in the northern river basin. The Chairperson
of the Northern Murray Darling Basin Aboriginal Nations,
Fred Hooper (Murrawarri traditional custodian), says
Original Peoples never gave up their sovereignty over the
basin in the first place – and are calling for it to be
Returned.”

See:

Sovereignty claimed over Murray-Darling rivers
Sovereign Union: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/sovereignty-claimed-over-murray-darling-rivers

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

* MURRAY LOWER DARLING RIVERS INDIGENOUS NATIONS (MLDRIN) WEBSITE

– The Website

About us – Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations
http://www.mldrin.org.au/about/
“There are some 75,000 Indigenous peoples in the Murray
Darling Basin and most of these people are traditional
owners that belong to some 40 autonomous Indigenous Nations.
The Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations (MLDRIN)
is a confederation of Indigenous Nations or traditional
owners in the lower southern part of the Murray Darling Basin.
The group currently compromises of delegates from the
Wiradjuri, Yorta Yorta, Taungurung, Barapa Barapa,
Wamba Wamba, Mutti Mutti, Wadi Wadi, Latji Latji, Wergaia
and Ngarrindjeri Nations.”

– Homepage

Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations
http://www.mldrin.org.au/default.htm

* VIDEO: UNCLE KEVIN BUZZACOTT AT THE FEDERAL COURT’S DECISION

– Video

YouTube: Uncle Kevin Buzzacott At The Federal Court’s Decision
20 April 2012

24 Apr 12: “Uncle Kevin Buzzacott At The Federal Court
South Australia On the Day Of Their Judgement 20 April 2012”

– Related Audio

3CR Community Radio 855 AM – Podcasts
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
Radioactive Show – 29 Apr 2012
[download this program] http://pod.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2012-04-28-94028.mp3
29 Apr 12: “How road workers found suspected radioactive
material during a highway upgrade south of Port Macquarie
dumped there after a 1980 transport accident and what it
signifies for Muckaty, plus Lizards Revenge [Olympic Dam
expansion festival/protest] coming SOON!”

See:

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

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

* MICHAEL ANDERSON: GOMEROI ACTIVISM STOPS WOOLWORTHS IN MOREE…

– Media Release

Gomeroi activism stops Woolworths in Moree as
Aboriginal nations mobilise across Australia
Sovereign Union: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/gomeroi-activism-stops-woolworths-moree-aboriginal-nations-mobilise-across-australia-0
Treaty Republic: http://treatyrepublic.net/content/gomeroi-activism-stops-woolworths-moree-aboriginal-nations-mobilise-across-australia
“Gomeroi representatives at Moree in northwest NSW can
proudly boast a victory against a big transnational
corporate development: Woolworths.
It’s been announced that the Woolworths chain are
withdrawing their proposed development and expansion of the
network stores in Moree.
Woolworths are withdrawing because of the Gomeroi’s
steadfast opposition to the store’s expansion, which would
have seen a Rugby League oval demolished and a significant
Gomeroi cultural site, where human remains have been
located, totally disturbed and possibly destroyed.
The opposition has been led by Gomeroi Elder Lyell Munro
Senior, who vehemently opposed the development approval by
the Moree Shire Council. …
Aboriginal sovereign nations are mobilising and it has been
announced that on 24 May 2012 an interim Aboriginal
National Unity Government will be announced.
Furthermore, Aboriginal nations around Australia are
mobilising. … ” by Michael Anderson

– Related News

Koori Mail: No Big W for Moree
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
1 May 12: “MOREE Aboriginal community representatives are
celebrating a decision by Woolworths to scrap plans to
build a Big W store on top of a listed Aboriginal burial
site in the northern NSW town. In 2009, the Murri Taskforce
proved in court that the NSW Government failed to protect
Aboriginal cultural heritage when it sold Taylors Oval to
Woolworths, despite it being a registered site. The
supermarket chain has now pulled out of the development,
citing concerns about its financial viability and retail
sector uncertainty. Local Aboriginal man Lyall Munro
described the announcement as ‘a big achievement’.
Lyall Munro: “We stood up to a lot of powerful people,
took them on and won.””

See:

Sovereign Union: Moree Sovereign Embassy
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/moree-sovereign-embassy

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

Let’s Talk: Live from Moree Tent Embassy, NSW
23 Apr 11: http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/live-from-moree-tent-embassy-…
24 Apr 11: http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/live-from-moree-tent-embassy-…

Sovereign Union: Interim National Unity Government Assembly
– 23 & 24 May 2012 – Wollongong, NSW
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/49

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT:

Last updated: 30 April 2012

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

* TRACKER:
POLICE INTERGRITY COMMISSION WON’T INVESTIGATE
KINGS CROSS SHOOTINGS

– News

newsTracker: Police Integrity Commission won’t investigate
Kings Cross shootings
http://tracker.org.au/2012/05/police-integrity-commission-wont-investigate-kings-cross-shootings/
2 May 12: “NATIONAL: An independent police watchdog says it
will not conduct an investigation into the shooting of two
Aboriginal teenagers in Kings Cross, stating the NSW Police
Force are best placed to probe the incident. The two
teenagers, aged 14 and 18, were shot by police after the
stolen car they were driving mounted the footpath in the
busy nightclub district, pinning a woman, aged 29, under
its wheels. … NSW Greens Justice spokesperson David
Shoebridge wrote to the Police Integrity Commission earlier
this month, calling on an independent investigation into
police actions.” Amy McQuire, a Darumbal and South Sea
Islander woman, and editor of Tracker

– Related News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Group calls for haste in setting up investigation of police
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7168-group-calls-for-haste-in-setting-up-investigation-of-police
2 May 12: “A Sydney-based community organisation has called
for no delay in the establishment of an independent
investigation into police actions after an incident in
Sydney’s Kings Cross. About a fortnight ago, two Aboriginal
teenagers were shot by police after stealing a car and
running over a woman in the busy social precinct and
footage shows an officer then bashing one of the young men.
Director of the Sydney Peace Foundation, Dr. Arthur
Chesterfield-Evans, says an external inquiry must be
objective.”

See:

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

WGAR News: “I feared I was going to die”
National Indigenous Times exclusive (1 May 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/01/wgar-news-i-feared-i-was-going-to-die-national-indigenous-times-exclusive

* CONGRESS:
JUSTICE IN PREVENTION, EARLY INTERVENTION AND DIVERSION

– Media Release

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Justice in prevention, early intervention and diversion
http://nationalcongress.com.au/justice-in-prevention-early-intervention-and-diversion/
2 May 12: “Today’s launch of the Justice Reinvestment
Campaign for Aboriginal young people highlights again that
prevention, early intervention and diversion are the keys
to building safe communities and reducing
over-representation of Aboriginal people in the criminal
justice system.
Congress Co-Chair Les Malezer said the failure to close the
gap in the over-representation of Aboriginal people in the
juvenile justice system shows that current strategies are
ineffectual.
“The national rate of detention of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander children in juvenile justice is 28 times
that of non-Aboriginal people,” he said.”

– Related News

SMH: Bold steps needed to keep Aborigines out of jail
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/bold-steps-needed-to-keep-aborigines-out-of-jail-20120501-1xx6u.html
2 May 12: “THE NSW Governor, Marie Bashir, former High
Court judge Michael Kirby and former state attorney-general
Bob Debus are among a high-profile group calling for tens
of millions of dollars to be diverted from the juvenile
justice system each year into prevention to stem the
“shameful” high rate of jailed young Aborigines. Aboriginal
youths are 28 times more likely to end up in detention, at
a cost of $230,000 a year a person, NSW Justice Department
figures show. Mr Kirby said the criminal justice approach
had “failed” both Aboriginal people and the wider
community.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Campaign for justice reinvestment strategies gaining legs
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7169-campaign-for-justice-reinvestment-strategies-gaining-legs
2 May 12: “A group of high-profile Indigenous rights
advocates have spoken out against high levels of Indigenous
youth imprisonment and called for to governments change
policy. Professor of Criminology at James Cook University
in north Queensland, Chris Cunneen, says the Justice
Reinvestment Campaign will highlight the issues facing
young Aboriginal people. … Mr. Cunneen says a major issue
is how governments are wasting money on the prison system.”

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Courier Mail:
Father, Musgrave Park Sovereign Tent Embassy in protest
http://www.couriermail.com.au/questnews/father-musgrave-park-sovereign-tent-embassy-in-protest/story-fn8ygho7-1226344961433
2 May 12: “THE father of a 13-year-old indigenous girl who
died in State care last month, together with the Musgrave
Park Sovereign Tent Embassy, this afternoon protested
outside the Brisbane office of the Minister of Child
Safety. About 10 uniformed police officers stood guard in
front of the George St office’s glass doors. Tent
Embassy’s Peter Skuthorpe said the group had been at the
building since 11am. Glen Gray, the girl’s father, said he
wants to meet with Minister Tracy Davis to seek “justice”
for his recently deceased daughter.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Brisbane Tent Embassy keeps fire burning
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7166-brisbane-tent-embassy-keeps-fire-burning
1 May 12: “A spokesperson for the Aboriginal Tent Embassy
in Brisbane says keeping the struggle for Indigenous
sovereignty alive and engaging the wider community on a
grassroots level are its key objectives. Wayne Wharton says
the Embassy wants constitutional recognition of sovereign
Aboriginal rights within Australia and more action to
reduce Indigenous deaths in custody. Mr. Wharton says the
group is also opposed to the planned extension of the
Northern Territory Intervention.”

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