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

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

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