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120622 – Working Group for Aboriginal Rights considers Stronger Futures legislation should face Human Rights scrutiny

Posted in MEDIA RELEASES on 23/06/2012 by D

Media Release of WGAR:
Working Group for Aboriginal Rights (Australia)
22 June 2012

Working Group for Aboriginal Rights considers Stronger Futures
legislation should face Human Rights scrutiny

The Working Group for Aboriginal Rights condemns the
Northern Territory (NT) Intervention and its proposed
extension for ten years and expansion into other parts of
Australia, through the proposed ‘Stronger Futures’
legislation.

The Working Group for Aboriginal Rights urges the
Australian government to fully accept and respect the
sovereign rights of Aboriginal Nations and Peoples and to
cease their paternalistic actions towards Aboriginal
people, who have successfully survived climatic and social
change over millennia. Aboriginal people are capable of
running their own lives and communities, but it is the
lack of self-determination and the governments’ ruthless
attempts to assimilate Aboriginal Peoples into ‘one
Australia’, which is really the cause of the perceived
‘problem’.

It is many Australians’ inability to accept and celebrate
difference and otherness that accounts for much of the
social dysfunction within Aboriginal society.

The government’s agenda to move people off homelands into
growth hub towns exacerbates the distress communities are
subjected to. Our perception is that this is to open up the
land for development, mining and agriculture.

We urge that there is scrutiny of the Stronger Futures
bills in order to bring them in line with the international
Human Rights covenants and the UN Declaration on the Rights
of Indigenous Peoples.

In the longer term we urge the Australian Government to
enter into negotiations with sovereign Aboriginal Nations
in order to create a new Constitution, through which
Aboriginal Peoples can take their rightful place in this
continent. The current proposed ‘Constitutional
recognition’ is merely tinkering at the edges of a
profoundly racist constitution, which still belongs to
the British Parliament.

Contact:

Ffionnan Brooke-Watson
Convenor, Working Group for Aboriginal Rights (Australia)

WGAR email: contactwgar@gmail.com

WGAR website: https://wgar.wordpress.com/

120621 – “Aboriginal and church leaders oppose the NT intervention extension legislation” Greens MPs Audio

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 21/06/2012 by D

Contents:
* Richard Downs, a leader of the Alyawarra nation:
The true path to stronger Indigenous futures
* Background to the Ampilatwatja Anti-Intervention Walk-off
* Greens MPs Audio: Aboriginal and church leaders oppose
the NT intervention extension legislation
* IRAG: Central Australian Human Rights Defender and
campaigner Barbara Shaw has been in Canberra this week
* Dr John Falzon: Statement to Stronger Futures press conference
* ACM Sydney: Public Outcry Mounts against Stronger Futures
* ‘concerned Australians’: ‘Stronger Futures’ Bills opposed
* Congress letter to Parliamentary Human Rights Committee
* ACM Sydney: The ACM endorses requests to send Stronger
Futures for scrutiny by Parliamentary Human Rights Committee
* Greens Rachel Siewert: Human rights examination of
parenting and intervention laws is an important step
* SBS World News Special Coverage:
NT Intervention set to continue
* The Wire: Longer Futures
* Background to support for the Yolngu statement
* AASW: Co-operation not Coercion –
Restoring Respect for Australia’s First Peoples by
Saying NO to Stronger Futures Legislation
* Las Casas Dominican Centre for
Justice, Peace and Care of Creation:
Statement concerning Stronger Futures Legislation
* Yolŋuw Makarr Dhuni (Versammlung der Yolngu Nationen)
* Amnesty International Buchtip
– „This Is What We Said“ – Dies ist was wir sagten
* Amnesty International – Our Generation
– ein Film über die Aborigines
* Videos from the Bankstown Rally
– Stop the Intervention expansion
* More ‘Stronger Futures’ Legislation related articles
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* BHP Billiton Watch:
Invitation to the Lizards Revenge from uncle Kevin Buzzacott
* MR: Legal challenge of Federal approval of the
Olympic Dam expansion continues
* Background to expansion of Olympic Dam mine challenge
* Dr John Falzon: Aboriginal solidarity with refugees
* Other articles

* RICHARD DOWNS, A LEADER OF THE ALYAWARRA NATION:
THE TRUE PATH TO STRONGER INDIGENOUS FUTURES

– Analysis / Opinion

ABC The Drum Opinion:
The true path to stronger Indigenous futures
http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/4076734.html
18 Jun 12: “Since the Northern Territory intervention began
in 2007, our people have faced a renewed level of
destruction and denial of our basic human rights. The
intervention was introduced under the guise of protecting
women and children, but it has simply served to cause more
hardship and shame for our people. Under the intervention
our leaders have been silenced, our people disempowered and
humiliated. I have felt like an outcast because the
government has ignored us and our leaders who have been
pushed away into the background.” Richard Downs, a leader
of the Alyawarra nation and of the Ampilatwatja walk-off

* BACKGROUND TO THE AMPILATWATJA ANTI-INTERVENTION WALK-OFF

Last updated: 21 June 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/06/21/background-to-the-ampilatwatja-anti-intervention-walk-off-northern-territory-nt-australia

* GREENS MPs AUDIO:
ABORIGINAL AND CHURCH LEADERS OPPOSE
THE NT INTERVENTION EXTENSION LEGISATION

– Audio and Photos

Greens MPs:
Aboriginal and church leaders oppose the
NT intervention extension legislation
http://greensmps.org.au/content/audio/aboriginal-and-church-leaders-oppose-nt-intervention-extension-legislation
18 Jun 12: “A coailition of Aboriginal, church and community
leaders come together to oppose the Government’s proposed
legislation to extend the Northern Territory intervention
for Aboriginal communities. Australian Greens leader,
Senator Christine Milne, was presented with a petition to
stop the legislation, signed by 43,000 Australians.
Community leaders present NT Intervention petition.”
[Includes audio comments by Barb Shaw,
George Gaymarani Pascoe, Graeme Mundine and the Greens.]

– Related Media Release

Greens Rachel Siewert:
Anti Intervention campaign gathers further strength
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/anti-intervention-campaign-gathers-further-strength
18 Jun 12: “The Australian Greens have today accepted a
petition against the expansion of the NT Intervention from
a growing group of people opposed to the discriminatory
regime.
“Today’s gathering at Parliament House represents the broad
community opposition to the Intervention,” Senator Rachel
Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Issues said today.
“In the five years since the Intervention began, Aboriginal
people across the Northern Territory have been subject
paternalistic and racist policies.
“The proposed Stronger Futures legislation will expand the
Intervention’s powers to unprecedented levels and see it
continue for another ten years.
“It is unacceptable for the Government to continue with
this unjustified approach in the NT despite the clear
community calls for a new path to be taken. … ”
[said Senator Siewert]”

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 20.06.2012
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-20-06-2012
20 Jun 12: “Aboriginal Catholic leader Graeme Mundine has
joined others in Canberra to present a petition to
Parliament against the Stronger Futures Bills.”

– Related News

Feds urged to scrap NT intervention expansion laws
newsTracker: http://tracker.org.au/2012/06/feds-urged-to-scrap-nt-intervention-expansion-laws/
9 News: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8485506/govt-urged-to-dump-nt-intervention
18 Jun 12: “Church leaders and Aboriginal community
representatives are urging the federal government to scrap
a plan to extend the intervention policies targeted at
Aboriginal communities. Labor’s Stronger Futures
legislation is before the Senate and likely to pass with
bipartisan support. … Barbara Shaw, who represents
Aboriginal communities in central Australia, said
communities weren’t properly consulted by the government on
its plans. … Catholic bishop Pat Power urged senators on
Monday to dump the bill.” By Ehssan Veiszadeh

CathNews:
Bishop and church group urge senators to reject NT bill
http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=31827
18 Jun 12: “Indigenous community representatives are urging
the federal government to scrap a plan to extend the
intervention policies targeted at Indigenous communities,
report SBS and the ABC. Catholic bishop Pat Power
(pictured) urged senators yesterday to dump the bill. He
said the measures would undermine the good work done by
former prime minister Kevin Rudd, who formally apologised
to the Stolen Generations in 2008. … The ABC reports
that indigenous Catholic leader, Graeme Mundine joined
others in Canberra yesterday to present a petition against
the proposed Stronger Futures legislation.”

ABC Alice Springs: Church group says ‘no’ to Stronger Futures
http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2012/06/18/3527865.htm
18 Jun 12: “Indigenous Catholic leader, Graeme Mundine
joined others in Canberra today to present a petition
against the proposed Stronger Futures legislation. A
petition against the Federal government’s Stronger Futures
bill was presented in Parliament today by a lobby group
involving church, welfare and health organisations across
Australia. The 42,000 signature petition was presented in
the lead up to the legislation being voted on in the Senate
this week. … ”

* IRAG:
CENTRAL AUSTRALIAN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER AND CAMPAIGNER
BARBARA SHAW HAS BEEN IN CANBERRA THIS WEEK

– Media Release

Intervention Rollback Action Group Alice Springs:
http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/irag-mr-21-6-12.doc
21 Jun 12: “Central Australian Human Rights Defender and
campaigner Barbara Shaw has been in Canberra this week,
holding discussions with senators and presenting a major
petition calling for the scrapping of the Stronger Futures
legislation, due before the Senate next week.
Tonight in Melbourne she will take part in a forum
organised by Arena Magazine and chaired by Gary Foley. The
forum will focus on the past 5 years of the intervention,
and Arena will launch a special publication of writings on
the NTER.
Whilst in Melbourne, Ms Shaw will meet with human rights
lawyers to discuss legal issues in relation to the proposed
legislation and the possible lodging of a discrimination
complaint.
“The proposed laws are racist” Ms Shaw stated. “They treat
Aboriginal people differently from the rest of the
community. … “”

* DR JOHN FALZON:
STATEMENT TO STRONGER FUTURES PRESS CONFERENCE

– Statement

St Vincent de Paul Society:
Statement to Stronger Futures press conference
http://blog.vinnies.org.au/statement-to-stronger-futures-press-conference/
18 Jun 12: “Chief Executive of the St Vincent de Paul
Society, Dr John Falzon, made the following statement at a
press conference held at Australian Parliament House on June
18, 2012. The press conference was called to oppose the
Stronger Futures legislation and was also addressed by
Aboriginal Elders from the Northern Territory and Bankstown,
as well as representatives from the Catholic Church, the
Uniting Church, the Australian Lawyers Alliance and other
church and community organisations.
It is with deep sadness that we must remember that since the
Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody handed
down its final recommendations over 20 years ago there have
been 270 Aboriginal deaths in custody.
The Stronger Futures legislation stands to increase the rate
of Aboriginal incarceration. … ”

* ACM SYDNEY: PUBLIC OUTCRY MOUNTS AGAINST STRONGER FUTURES

– News

ACM Sydney: Public Outcry Mounts against Stronger Futures
http://acmsydney.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/public-outcry-mounts-against-stronger-futures/
19 Jun 12: “The pressure of opposition against the proposed
Stronger Futures legislation is reaching boiling point, as
dozens more organisations join the ever-growing list of
support for Aboriginal demands that the Stronger Futures
legislation be withdrawn. The legislation is due to be
voted on in the Senate this week. Leaders of wide ranging
organisations including the Catholic Church, the Australian
Lawyers Alliance and Quakers Australia will come together
in Canberra to demonstrate the united front that has
developed across the community sector against the
legislation. They will join in solidarity with Aboriginal
leaders from the NT George Gaymarani Pascoe and Barbara
Shaw and other Aboriginal organisations including the
National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. … ”

* ‘CONCERNED AUSTRALIANS’: ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ BILLS OPPOSED

– Media Release

‘concerned Australians’: ‘Stronger Futures’ Bills opposed
ISX: http://www.isx.org.au/forums/read.php?18,9997,9997,quote=1
15 Jun 12: “Strong statements have been issued by the
Yolngu Nations Assembly (YNA) of Arnhem Land, the Eastern
Alyawarr Peoples and the Gurrindji Peoples of Daguragu and
Kalkarinji, all of whom are demanding an end to the
interventionist policies of Government and the return of
control over their communities. …
At the 45th anniversary of the walk-off at Kalkarindji late
last year the Central Land Council called for an end to the
Intervention. Last week, Walter Shaw, CEO of Tangentyere
Council made reference to ‘deaf governments’ and resorted to
the people of goodwill as fair-minded Australians to promote
Aboriginal rights.
The Yolngu Nations Assembly believes that, The Australian
Federal Government can achieve all its aims through
partnership in our communities. ‘concerned Australians’
believes this is a good beginning point.”

* CONGRESS LETTER TO PARLIAMENTARY HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE:

– Letter

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Congress letter to Parliamentary Human Rights Committee
http://nationalcongress.com.au/congress-letter-to-parliamentary-human-rights-committee-released/
20 Jun 12: “The Chairman of the Joint Committee on Human
Rights, Labor MP Harry Jenkins has told parliament that the
Committee had received correspondence from Congress asking
the Committee to examine the Stronger Futures bills for
compatibility with human rights under Section 7(a) of the
Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act (2011).
Read the full text of the Congress letter here:
http://nationalcongress.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/CongressStatementtoParlJtCteeonHumanRights.pdf
Congress also has an ongoing electronic letter campaign
calling for the bills to be properly scrutinised to ensure
that they comply with Australian human rights standards.
Check it out at this link:
http://congressmob.good.do/stoplisten/bnmb/ .”

– Related News

Macklin must justify human rights: groups
newsTracker: http://tracker.org.au/2012/06/macklin-must-justify-human-rights-groups/
9 News: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8486592
20 Jun 12: “NATIONAL: A parliamentary committee has
demanded the government justify any human rights
limitations an extension of the Northern Territory
intervention imposes on remote Aboriginal communities.
Chairman of the joint committee on human rights, Labor MP
Harry Jenkins, on Wednesday told parliament that members
had received correspondence from the National Congress of
Australia’s First Peoples asking them to examine the
Stronger Futures bills now before the Senate. The committee
was working out how it would respond to the request, he
said. … ”

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

* ACM SYDNEY:
THE ACM ENDORSES REQUESTS TO SEND STRONGER FUTURES FOR
SCRUTINY BY PARLIAMENTARY HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE

– News

ACM Sydney:
The ACM endorses requests to send Stronger Futures for
scrutiny by Parliamentary Human Rights Committee
http://acmsydney.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/the-acm-endorses-requests-to-send-stronger-futures-for-scrutiny-by-parliamentary-human-rights-committee/
20 Jun 12: “The Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, Sydney
Archdiocese, congratulates the Parliamentary Committee on
Human Rights for questioning the compatibility of the
Stronger Futures Bills with Human Rights. The Committee was
established in March this year to examine legislation to
ensure that it is compatible with Human Rights and to report
to Parliament. In a statement made to Parliament today,
Chair, Harry Jenkins MP said that the Human Rights Committee
has received a written request from the National Congress of
Australia’s First Peoples to examine the Stronger Futures
Bills.”

* GREENS RACHEL SIEWERT:
HUMAN RIGHTS EXAMINATION OF PARENTING AND
INTERVENTION LAWS IS AN IMPORTANT STEP

– Media Release

Greens Rachel Siewert:
Human rights examination of parenting and
intervention laws is an important step
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/human-rights-examination-parenting-and-intervention-laws-important-step
20 Jun 12: ” … Senator Siewert has also welcomed news that
the joint committee has asked Minister Jenny Macklin to
advise them on the compatibility of the Stronger Futures
legislation with Australia’s human rights obligations.
“Widespread concerns have been raised about the Intervention
and the consultation processes that have been undertaken as
part of Stronger Futures.
“This is especially true in regards to programs such as
income management and SEAM, which could have discriminatory
impacts on Aboriginal people.
“The Attorney General has the capacity to ask the Joint
Committee on Human Rights to examine the Stronger Futures
package and the Greens have written to Ms Roxon asking for
this to occur, a process we regard as essential,”
Senator Siewert concluded.”

* SBS WORLD NEWS SPECIAL COVERAGE:
NT INTERVENTION SET TO CONTINUE

– Special Coverage

SBS World News: NT Intervention set to continue
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1658795/Factbox:-The-Northern-Territory-Intervention
20 Jun 12: “As the nation prepares to mark the fith
anniversary of the NT Intervention, the federal government
wants to extend it for another 10 years. Check out what the
key measures of the ‘Stronger Futures’ bills are. The
‘Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Bill 2011’ is
before the Senate and is likely to pass with bipartisan
support at the end of June. The laws aim to continue the
Northern Territory Emergency Response, introduced by the
Howard government in 2007, for another 10 years.”
Chiara Pazzano

* THE WIRE: LONGER FUTURES

– Audio

The Wire: Longer Futures
Produced by Chris Brunner
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9263
20 Jun 12: “A Bill to extend the so-called Stronger Futures
Legislation is expected to pass through the senate in the
next two weeks. So comes as no surprise that Minister for
Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, was out trumpeting its
success today with an update on Closing the Gap in the
Northern Territory. It puts in place the necessary legal
framework to extend the NT intervention another ten years.
Featured in story:
Damien Curtis – Campaign Director, Stand For Freedom”

* BACKGROUND TO SUPPORT FOR THE YOLNGU STATEMENT:

Last updated: 18 June 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/06/10/background-to-support-for-the-yolngu-statement-and-opposition-to-the-stronger-futures-law

* AASW:
CO-OPERATION NOT COERCION
– RESTORING RESPECT FOR AUSTRALIA’S FIRST PEOPLES BY
SAYING NO TO STRONGER FUTURES LEGISLATION

– Media Release

Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW):
Co-operation not Coercion – Restoring Respect for
Australia’s First Peoples by Saying NO to Stronger Futures
Legislation
http://concernedaustralians.com.au/media/stronger_futures_yolngu/Australian_Association_of_Social_Workers.pdf
18 Jun 12: “On the eve of the 5th Anniversary of the
Northern Territory Emergency Response, the Australian
Association of Social Workers, representing 7000 members
nationally is calling on Senators to oppose the Stronger
Futures Legislation which discriminates against Australia’s
First Peoples.
The AASW joins with the Yolŋu Nations Assembly in
supporting their statement that “The Australian Federal
Government can achieve all its aims through partnership
in our communities. They have no need to grant themselves
the continued and new powers contained within these
bills.”1 …
The AASW joins with over 400 organisations to strongly urge
all Senators in the Australian Parliament to listen to the
Yolngu Nations Assembly and reject the Stronger Futures
Bills when they come before the Senate. … ”

* LAS CASAS DOMINICAN CENTRE FOR
JUSTICE, PEACE AND CARE OF CREATION:
STATEMENT CONCERNING STRONGER FUTURES LEGISLATION

– Statement

Las Casas Dominican Centre for
Justice, Peace and Care of Creation:
Statement concerning Stronger Futures Legislation,
due to go to the Senate in the week of 18th June,2012.
http://concernedaustralians.com.au/media/stronger_futures_yolngu/Las_Casas_Dominican_Centre.pdf
15 Jun 12: “We are convinced that the Stronger Futures
legislation which was passed by the House of Representatives
with minimal debate needs to be revised.
We ask that Senators of all parties use the right of review
of the Senate for a better future for all Australians.
Australia’s international reputation was sadly damaged by
legislation and policies for Aboriginal communities under
the Howard government and these have not been not
sufficiently changed under two successive Labor
governments. …
The Yolgnu People were leaders with their Bark petition but
the Federal Government of that time did not understand. They
are still trying to defend their land and culture. They are
now appealing to the Senators to vote not on party lines but
on principle for better legislation. We support their
Petition. … ”

* VIDEOS FROM THE BANKSTOWN RALLY
– STOP THE INTERVENTION EXPANSION:

– Videos

Stop the Intervention Videos:
Stop the NT Intervention
– Stop the expansion Rally 12pm June 16th,
Paul Keating Park, Bankstown
http://stoptheintervention.org/past-events/16-jun-2012-stop-the-nt-intervention—stop-the-expansion/videos-16062011
“Videos from the event:
Compilation:
Speakers:
1. Paddy Gibson (Bankstown Coalition)
2. George Gaymarani Pascoe, Milingimbi, NT
3. Rosie Pearson, Yirrkala community, NT
4. Message from the African community in Darwin
5. Larissa Behrendt (Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning UTS)
6. Pam (Bankstown Coalition)
7. Paddy Gibson (Bankstown Coalition)”

– Related News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Bankstown rally marks five years since Intervention
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7314-bankstown-rally-marks-five-years-since-intervention
19 Jun 12: “A rally was held in Bankstown in New South
Wales over the weekend, calling for the Federal Government
to dump the Stronger Futures legislation which is being
debated in the Senate this week. The rally marked five
years since the announcement of the NT Intervention. Paddy
Gibson from the Stop the Intervention Collective says the
legislation would extend the Intervention another 10 years
and expand compulsory income management to other parts of
Australia.”

* YOLNUW MAKARR DHUNI (VERSAMMLUNG DER YOLNGU NATIONEN)

Yolŋuw Makarr Dhuni (Versammlung der Yolngu Nationen)
Respect and Listen: http://www.respectandlisten.org/uploads/downloads/NT_Intervention/Stronger-Futures/Yolngu-Statement-German-transl.pdf
Yolŋuw Makarr Dhuni (Versammlung der Yolngu Nationen)
representieren die Menschen von 8 Nationen in den
westlichen, zentralen und östlichen Gebieten des Arnhem
Landes des Nordterritoriums:
Miwatj, Laynha, Raminy, Marthakal, Garriny, Gumurr-Rawarraŋ,
Gaṯtjirrik und Miḏiyirrk … ”

* AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL BUCHTIPP
– „THIS IS WHAT WE SAID“ – DIES IST WAS WIR SAGTEN

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL RUNDBRIEF
THEMENKOGRUPPE – MENSCHENRECHTE UND INDIGENE VÖLKER
Austalien
http://www.karin-roth.de/media/archive1/_EP/Rundbrief_IA_120811.pdf
August 2011: “BUCHTIPP
THIS IS WHAT WE SAID: AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL PEOPLE GIVE
THEIR VIEWS ON THE NORTHERN TERRITORY INTERVENTION
Eine kurze Übersicht/Erläuterung des Buches
„This Is What We Said“ – Dies ist was wir sagten – stellt
Ansichten und Meinungen von Ureinwohnern im nördlichen Teil
Australiens vor, die von einer Gesetzgebung, der sogenannten
NT Intervention, betroffen sind. Diese Gesetzgebung verletzt
ihre Menschenrechte und greift massiv in ihr Leben ein.”

* AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL – OUR GENERATION
– EIN FILM ÜBER DIE ABORIGINES

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL RUNDBRIEF
THEMENKOGRUPPE – MENSCHENRECHTE UND INDIGENE VÖLKER
Austalien
http://www.karin-roth.de/media/archive1/_EP/Rundbrief_IA_120811.pdf
“Ende Mai 2011 zeigte die Stadtbücherei-Zweigstelle in
Iserlohn-Letmathe den Dokumentarfilm “Our Generation –
The ground breaking new documentary on Aboriginal rights”.
Der Film erklärt die Hintergründe der aktuellen Situation
der Aborigines und ihrer Kultur im “sonnigen und
glücklichen” Australien. Er präsentiert Ansichten von
Ureinwohnern, die zum Teil in abgelegenen Gegenden von
Australien leben, und lädt ein zu einem Dialog über
partnerschaftliche und respektvolle Wege zur Ver- besserung
der Lage.”

* MORE ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LEGISLATION RELATED ARTICLES:

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 18.6.12
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-18-6-12
18 Jun 12: “* Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny
Macklin has declared that Australia has “turned a corner”
on Aboriginal housing…after more than 600 homes were
built in communities throughout the NT.
* The Australian Greens have slammed this statement…saying
the claim that Aboriginal housing issues have turned a
corner downplays the issues of overcrowding, and a lack of
funding for support for people on homelands.”

– News

ABC: Closing the Gap a slow process, report finds
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-06-20/closing-the-gap-monitoring-report-macklin/4081658
20 Jun 12: “The Federal Government says more Indigenous
people are being employed at remote Aboriginal communities
in the Northern Territory. The Government’s latest report
on the federal Intervention in the Territory says more than
1,000 people were employed in communities in the six months
to December last year. The Closing the Gap in the Northern
Territory report says job placements for the period were 20
per cent higher, compared to the same period in 2010.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Stronger Futures forum seeks to educate
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7312-strong-futures-forum-seeks-to-educate
19 Jun 12: “A national forum will be held in Melbourne this
week in response to five years of the Northern Territory
Intervention and the potential passing of the Stronger
Futures bill in the Federal Senate. Speakers at the forum
will include Alice Springs resident Barbara Shaw and
Professor Jon Altman from the Centre for Aboriginal Economic
Policy and Research. Organiser Alison Caddick says the forum
will help educate people about the Intervention and the
Stronger Futures legislation.”

See:

Event: Thu 21 June 2012: Fitzroy, Melbourne, Vic
Arena Magazine and Arena Journal, and
concerned Australians invite you to attend
INTERVENTION
A Public Forum on the Northern Territory Intervention
into Indigenous communities and the
Stronger Futures legislation.
Chair: Gary Foley
Speakers:
* Professor Jon Altman
* Rosalie Kunoth-Monks
* The Hon. Alastair Nicholson
* Barbara Shaw
Incorporating the launch of:
Arena Magazine’s special issue on the NT Intervention
and Arena Journal’s special issue on settler colonialism
Event details: http://www.arena.org.au/2012/06/nt-intervention-public-forum/
Event details: http://www.arena.org.au/category/events/project-space-events-and-discussions/?eventDisplay=upcoming
Event details: http://concernedaustralians.com.au/media/NT_Intervention_forum_Invitation_2012_06_21.pdf
Event details: http://events.leader-news.whereilive.com.au/events/northern-territory-intervention-stronger-futures-f#.T9rHK8Xt0ec
Arena homepage: http://www.arena.org.au/
‘concerned Australians’ homepage: http://concernedaustralians.com.au/

– News

ABC:
State scraps trial linking welfare payments, school attendance
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-06-18/state-scraps-pilot-tying-welfare-payments-to-school-attendance/4076190
18 Jun 12: “The State Government says it has terminated a
Federal Government trial linking school attendance to
welfare payments because it is not working. Under the trial
some parents in Logan south of Brisbane have had to prove
their children are regularly attending school or lose
welfare payments. The pilot has been running in about 30
schools since 2009 and was due to end this month. The
Federal Government wants to extend it but the state’s
Education Minister John Paul Langbroek says attendance has
not improved.”

Koori Mail: Congress: Bills breach UN Declaration
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
18 Jun 12: “THE National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples says it’s obvious that Australian Government
attempts to extend the controversial NT Intervention by ten
years breach the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples. Australia formally endorsed the declaration in
2009 but Intervention opponents say the Government has
failed to properly consult Indigenous communities on its
Stronger Futures bills, which could pass the Senate this
week.”

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

Last updated: 18 June 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

* BHP BILLITON WATCH:
INVITATION TO THE LIZARDS REVENGE FROM UNCLE KEVIN BUZZACOTT

– Video

BHP Billiton Watch:
Invitation to the Lizards Revenge from uncle Kevin Buzzacott
http://bhpbillitonwatch.net/2012/06/16/invitation-to-the-lizards-revenge/
16 Jun 12: “From 14th-18th July people from around
Australia will be converging at the gates of BHP Billiton’s
Roxby Downs uranium mine in South Australia. Watch this
video for the official invite from Traditional Owner, Uncle
Kevin Buzzacott. http://lizardsrevenge.net/

– Upcoming Events

Event: Sat 23 June 2012: Trades Hall, Melbourne, Vic
Nonviolent direct action/legals briefing – Lizards Revenge
“Have you not participated in civil disobedience/
non violent direct action and want a bit of an
idea of the basics?”
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/476190445741032/
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 25 June 2012: Adelaide CBD, SA
Adelaide Lizards Revenge Info Session
“Want to know more? Come along for an
informal chat to find out more about the event.
Legal questions, logistical queries,
what to expect, what to bring,
what needs to be done, how you can help.”
Event details: http://en-gb.connect.facebook.com/events/399604390089651/
[See below: Event: 14 to 18 (or 20) July 2012:
Olympic Dam, SA
Lizards Revenge Music/Art Festival protest]

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: 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/
Road Trip for Change Tue 3 – Fri 20 July 2012: http://indymedia.org.au/road-trip-for-change-step-outback-and-learn-from-country
Sat 23 June 2012 Melbourne event: https://www.facebook.com/events/476190445741032/
Mon 25 June 2012 Adelaide event: http://en-gb.connect.facebook.com/events/399604390089651/
Invitation from uncle Kevin Buzzacott: http://bhpbillitonwatch.net/2012/06/16/invitation-to-the-lizards-revenge/

* MR:
LEGAL CHALLENGE OF FEDERAL APPROVAL OF THE
OLYMPIC DAM EXPANSION CONTINUES

Media Release

Legal challenge of Federal approval of the
Olympic Dam expansion continues
FoE Adelaide: http://www.adelaide.foe.org.au/2012/06/legal-challenge-of-federal-approval-of-the-olympic-dam-expansion-continues/
21 Jun 12: “On the 20th April 2012 Justice Besanko dismissed
Uncle Kevin Buzzacotts’ case challenging the Federal
Environment Ministers approval of the Olympic Dam expansion.
Uncle Kevin is appealing the decision on the following
grounds:
1. The judge was mistaken in ruling that the Minister did
not need to consider existing conditions imposed by the
state of South Australia on water extraction from the Great
Artesian Basin. …
2. The judge was mistaken in holding that the approval was
sufficiently certain with regard to the EPBC Act (the Act
under which the approval was made). …
Please come to court and show your support on the 21st
June at 9am outside the courthouse. The hearing is listed
for 9.30 am, court 1, level 5, Federal Court, Angus St.
Adelaide. … ”

– Related News

newsTracker: Elder continues fight against SA mine
http://tracker.org.au/2012/06/elder-continues-fight-against-sa-mine/
19 Jun 12: “NATIONAL: Aboriginal elder Kevin Buzzacott is
pushing ahead with his bid to block the giant expansion of
the Olympic Dam copper, uranium and gold mine in South
Australia after an initial court decision went against him.
The Federal Court ruled in April that the commonwealth had
properly taken into account the long-term impact of the
mine, … Mr Buzzacott has appealed against the court’s
decision and a hearing has been scheduled for Thursday.”

* BACKGROUND TO EXPANSION OF OLYMPIC DAM MINE CHALLENGE:

Last updated: 5 June 2012

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

* DR JOHN FALZON: ABORIGINAL SOLIDARITY WITH REFUGEES

– Analysis / Opinion

Eureka Street Guest Editorial:
Aboriginal solidarity with refugees
http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=31815
17 Jun 12: “In May this year, Ray Jackson, President of the
Indigenous Social Justice Association, issued passports on
behalf of Australia’s First Peoples to the two Tamil men
indefinitely detained at Villawood Detention Centre. He
said: ‘Locking people up doesn’t solve any problems, it
only causes harm. We have seen that time and time again
with Indigenous people, and now the government is making
the same mistake with asylum seekers. This has to stop.
The Australian Government must stop imprisoning Indigenous
people, and they must stop imprisoning asylum seekers. I am
proud to welcome people in need into our community.'”
Dr John Falzon,
St Vincent de Paul Society National Council Chief Executive

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Analysis / Opinion

agendaTracker: The Contrarian:
Politics of mediocrity or a Machiavellian Macklin?
http://tracker.org.au/2012/06/5673/
14 Jun 12: “NATIONAL: The current Minister for Aboriginal
Affairs, Jenny Macklin, is regarded by some as an enigma.
This is probably because she is mostly invisible in the
mainstream media. She appears to have adopted the strategy
of a very low public profile in order to remain
unaccountable for her appalling policies. She has taken the
idea of ‘flying under the radar’ to a new level, so to
speak. All we ever see or hear of her is ten seconds on TV
or radio announcing the latest repressive measure her
bureaucrats have dreamed up to make life more miserable for
as many blacks as possible.”
By Gary Foley, historian and lecturer at Victoria University

– News

Guardian: Embassy backers call for tolerance
http://www.cpa.org.au/guardian/2012/1552/06-embassy-backers.html
20 Jun 12: “Aboriginal activists are calling for a more
tolerant approach from police and governments towards the
growing number of Aboriginal tent embassies that have
sprung up across the nation. The United Nations has been
informed of raids in Western Australia; court action is
being considered in Queensland; and a protest was held
outside New South Wales Parliament just last month. …
Meanwhile, the Aboriginal sovereignty movement led by
Michael Anderson, … called on the United Nations to send
peacekeepers to protect them against “increasing aggression
by the Australian authorities”.” By Darren Coyne

National Indigenous Radio Service:
First Nations Political Party:
Learn a trade through defence force
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7316-first-nations-political-party-learn-a-trade-through-defence-force
20 Jun 12: “The First Nations Political Party says it has
every chance of picking up seats in the upcoming Northern
Territory election on the 25th of August. Party founder
Maurie Japarta Ryan says he’ll be running candidates in a
number of seats, arguing the Labor Party under Paul
Henderson is no longer the party for Aboriginal people. Mr.
Ryan says the mainstream parties’ policies haven’t worked
and he wants to introduce compulsory military service for
unemployed Indigenous people in order to learn a trade.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Education is key to overcoming racism: Lovett
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7311-education-is-key-to-overcoming-racism-lovett
19 Jun 12: “Victorian Indigenous rights advocate Ted Lovett
says early education is a key to overcoming racism in
Australia. Mr. Lovett received a letter during the recent
Reconciliation Week demeaning Aboriginal people and culture,
saying they should stop “whinging and “whining” about
disadvantage. The issue made front page news in his
hometown of Ballarat and he’s since received a large amount
of support from the community.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Keep constitutional recognition high on the agenda: Calma
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7315-keep-constitutional-recognition-high-on-the-agenda-calma
19 Jun 12: “Dr Calma says he’s putting constitutional
recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Australians high on the agenda at international human
rights conferences. “All these opportunities, we should
take them when we can and just keep the message going. “We
are the first peoples of Australia, Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander people, and we should be duly recognised in
the Constitution and be given the rights that we deserve as
first peoples.””

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 20.06.2012
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-20-06-2012
20 Jun 12: “The founder of the Countries first Aboriginal
political party says he plans to put a land rights claim
across the whole of the Northern Territory and eventually
across Australia.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 19.6.12
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-19-6-12
19 Jun 12: “An independent politician says the Government
has not kept promises made to councils in Northern Territory
Aboriginal Communities before they were amalgamated into
Super Shires… ”

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Chris Graham & Alberta Hornsby
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/
19 Jun 12
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/chris-graham-alberta-hornsby/

The Wire:
Social issues playing a large role in Indigenous male health
Produced by Anthony Sonego
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9255
19 Jun 12: “There is still a large gap between Indigenous
and non-Indigenous males when it comes to life expectancy.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males have a life
expectancy of 11 years less than non-Indigenous males.
Medical research has often traditionally focused on physical
and lifestyle factors behind disease. But a recent report by
the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) seeks
to highlight social determinants of this gap in life
expectancy. The report says factors like discrimination,
incarceration and education have a big impact on the
health of indigenous men.
Featured in story:
* John Macdonald – Director of the Men’s Health Information
& Resource Centre at University of Western Sydney
* Mark Wenitong – Public Health Medical Officer at
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

The Wire: Melbourne’s fight to remember Aboriginal resistance
Produced by Liz Cush
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9254
19 Jun 12: “For seven years now, two of Melbourne’s
Aboriginal resistance fighters have been commemorated at
the site where they were hanged in 1842. Now plans are
afoot to build a memorial to the warriors Tunnerminnerwait
and Maulboyheenner on Melbourne’s Franklin Street. The two
men, Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner, had taken part in
a six-week guerilla warfare against the expansion of the
British colony. Activists say it is time to remember the
Aboriginal fighters who died in the frontier wars against the
expansion of the British colony. …
Featured in story:
Joe Toscano – Anarchist Media Institute, Melbourne”

3CR Community Radio 855 AM – Podcasts
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
Fire First – 15 Jun 2012
Right Now Radio – 15 Jun 2012
[download this program] http://pod.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2012-06-14-21820.mp3
15 Jun 12: “To mark 20 years since the High Court’s
decision to grant native title to Eddie Mabo and the people
of the Murray Islands, we speak with Dr Bryan Keon-Cohen QC.
Dr Keon-Cohen appeared in the High Court for Mabo, as well
as being counsel in the Wik case. He reflects on 20 years
of native title, and speaks about the significance and
preparation for the famous case.”

120617 – Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia – 19 events from 17 June 2012

Posted in EVENTS, NEWSLETTER on 18/06/2012 by D

Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia
– 19 events from 17 June 2012

Click on the links for details of the events …

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: http://macarthur-chronicle-wollondilly.whereilive.com.au/news/story/mac-person-jagath-dheerasekara-of-bradbury/
Article: [scroll down page] http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/picture-a-world-of-observation-and-invention-20120501-1xwx3.html

Event: Wed 20 June 2012: Collaroy, NSW
Film screening: The Tall Man
Collaroy Cinema
“The Tall Man is the story of Palm Island,
the tropical paradise where one morning
Cameron Doomadgee allegedly swore at a
policeman and forty minutes later lay
dead in a watch-house cell.”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.asgmwp.net/Calendar.htm

Event: Thu 21 June 2012: Fitzroy, Melbourne, Vic
Arena Magazine and Arena Journal, and
concerned Australians invite you to attend
INTERVENTION
A Public Forum on the Northern Territory Intervention
into Indigenous communities and the
Stronger Futures legislation.
Chair: Gary Foley
Speakers:
* Professor Jon Altman
* Rosalie Kunoth-Monks
* The Hon. Alastair Nicholson
* Barbara Shaw
Incorporating the launch of:
Arena Magazine’s special issue on the NT Intervention
and Arena Journal’s special issue on settler colonialism
Event details: http://www.arena.org.au/2012/06/nt-intervention-public-forum/
Event details: http://www.arena.org.au/category/events/project-space-events-and-discussions/?eventDisplay=upcoming
Event details: http://concernedaustralians.com.au/media/NT_Intervention_forum_Invitation_2012_06_21.pdf
Event details: http://events.leader-news.whereilive.com.au/events/northern-territory-intervention-stronger-futures-f#.T9rHK8Xt0ec
Arena homepage: http://www.arena.org.au/
‘concerned Australians’ homepage: http://concernedaustralians.com.au/

Event: Thu 21 June 2012: Trades Hall, Melbourne, Vic
Public Forum on Racism and Police Violence
Speakers:
* Tamar Hopkins
* Robbie Thorpe
* Gerry Georgatos
* Louisa Bassini
Hosted by Socialist Alternative
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/273771369388481/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/special-public-forum-on-racism-and-police-violence-at-trades-hall-melbourne
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/public-forum-racism-and-police-violence

Event: Sat 23 June 2012: Trades Hall, Melbourne, Vic
Nonviolent direct action/legals briefing – Lizards Revenge
“Have you not participated in civil disobedience/
non violent direct action and want a bit of an
idea of the basics?”
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/476190445741032/
Website: http://lizardsrevenge.net/
[See below: Event: 14 to 18 (or 20) July 2012:
Olympic Dam, SA
Lizards Revenge Music/Art Festival protest]

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

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: Thu 28 June 2012: Sydney, NSW
Rally outside the NSW Ombudsman’s Office
to protest ongoing Aboriginal deaths in custody
“The Barry O’Farrell Government stated the
NSW Ombudsman will oversee the NSW
police investigation into recent Kings Cross
shootings of two Aboriginal young people.
This is nothing new and no solution.”
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/51331

Event: Thu 28 June 2012: Parramatta, Sydney, NSW
Belonging: Aboriginal Connections and Reconciliation
Western Sydney Regional Reconciliation Network
“Our overall intent is to strengthen engagement to
achieve justice for Aboriginal people in our
neighbourhoods and country, build more understanding
for identity and belonging and grow our relationships
with each other.”
Event details: http://reconciliation4westernsydney.org/index.php/upcoming-events
Event details: http://www.yain.net.au/wscf-aboriginal-connections-and-reconciliation-thurs-28th-june-2012/

Event: Mon 2 July 2012: Bankstown, Sydney, NSW
Rally and Vigil outside Centrelink
Stop Government Income Management
in Bankstown and Everywhere
Resolutions: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=379047862158737

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 details: [scroll down page] http://www.asgmwp.net/Calendar.htm

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/
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.respectandlisten.org/
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/screenings/14-july-2012-manly-sydney-nsw
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/28814/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: 28 and 29 July 2012: Moree, NSW
Next meeting:
National Unity Government of the Sovereign Union
Details to be posted on Sovereign Union website: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/

Event: 1 August 2012: Parramatta, Sydney, NSW
Building Bridges 2012
Aboriginal Housing: Needs, Rights & Practicals
Presenter: Paul Pholeros
Where to for Reconciliation?
Presenter: Ray Jackson
Event details: http://reconciliation4westernsydney.org/index.php/building-bridges-2012
Brochure: http://reconciliation4westernsydney.org/images/downloads/building_bridges_2012.pdf

Event: 8 August 2012: Parramatta, Sydney, NSW
Building Bridges 2012
Stronger Futures?
Presenter: Graeme Mundine
Pathways to Education for Indigenous People
Presenter: Peter Radoll
Event details: http://reconciliation4westernsydney.org/index.php/building-bridges-2012
Brochure: http://reconciliation4westernsydney.org/images/downloads/building_bridges_2012.pdf

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: 15 August 2012: Parramatta, Sydney, NSW
Building Bridges 2012
Constitutional Recognition of ATSI People
Presenter: Sarah Maddison
Campaign for Referendum
Presenter: Aunty Sandra Lee
Legal and Strategic Considerations
Presenter: Terry Chenery
Event details: http://reconciliation4westernsydney.org/index.php/building-bridges-2012
Brochure: http://reconciliation4westernsydney.org/images/downloads/building_bridges_2012.pdf

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: 22 August 2012: Parramatta, Sydney, NSW
Building Bridges 2012
NT Intervention & Income Management
Presenters: Aunty Daphne & Sue Gillett
Koori Radio: Indig. Voices for Info & Culture
Presenter: Lily Shearer
Event details: http://reconciliation4westernsydney.org/index.php/building-bridges-2012
Brochure: http://reconciliation4westernsydney.org/images/downloads/building_bridges_2012.pdf

Event: 29 August 2012: Parramatta, Sydney, NSW
Building Bridges 2012
Opening Doors to Policy Participation
Presenter: Carol Barton
What Works & Doesn’t in Urban Communities
Presenter: Shirley Blacklaws
Event details: http://reconciliation4westernsydney.org/index.php/building-bridges-2012
Brochure: http://reconciliation4westernsydney.org/images/downloads/building_bridges_2012.pdf

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
http://www.asgmwp.net/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
http://www.asgmwp.net/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

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120617 – Women’s Federation for World Peace Australia support the Statement by Yolnuw Makarr Dhuni

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 17/06/2012 by D

Contents:
* Background to support for the Yolngu statement
* WFWP Australia acknowledge and support the
Statement by the Yolnuw Makarr Dhuni
* SNAICC:
Opposition to Stronger Futures Bills continues to mount
* Dr Fiona McAllan with endorsement from Aunty Sandra Lee DTAC
* ANTaR Victoria: Abandon the Stronger Futures legislation
* AMA: Re – Statement of the Yolnju Nations Assembly
* ACBC:
Catholic Church speaks out on “Stronger Futures” legislation
* Rachel Siewert:
Housing comments overlook the needs of homelands
* More ‘Stronger Futures’ Legislation related articles
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* June 2012 WGAR News on Mabo and Native Title
* Kado Muir: Aboriginal title is not Native Title:
real reform is practicing sovereignty
* NIT: Native Title: Roxon’s missed opportunity
* CAAMA: Interview with National Native Title Council CEO
* CAAMA: Interview with Les Melezer on Native Title
* CAAMA: Interview with First Nations Political Party
* The Wire: Senator Bob Brown still fighting to save the Kimberley
* Other Articles

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

‘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”

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 Further Statement from ‘Solidarity’]

* BACKGROUND TO SUPPORT FOR THE YOLNGU STATEMENT:

Last updated: 16 June 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/06/10/background-to-support-for-the-yolngu-statement-and-opposition-to-the-stronger-futures-law

* WFWP AUSTRALIA ACKNOWLEDGE AND SUPPORT THE
STATEMENT BY THE YOLNUW MAKARR DHUNI:

– Statement

Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP) Australia:
‘concerned Australians: http://concernedaustralians.com.au/media/stronger_futures_yolngu/Womens_Federation_for_World_Peace_Australia.pdf
“The Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP) Australia, a
branch of WFWP International, an NGO in general consultative
status with the Economic and Social Council of the UN,
writes to acknowledge and support the Statement by the
Yolnuw Makarr Dhuni regarding the Stronger Futures Bill.
We affirm the necessity for a respectful partnership
between local communities and the Australian and Northern
Territory Governments. Through WFWP International’s
experience working with indigenous peoples around the
world, who under developmental pressures are likewise
facing many difficulties, we recognise the importance of
strategies developed by local communities in conjunction
with governments and NGO’s in adapting to changing
circumstances. …
The Yolnuw Makarr Dhuni statement clearly indicates the
communities’ willingness to partner constructively with
governments, but also not to be bullied and pushed to
abandon or discard all that is precious to them. … ”

See:

Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP) Australia
http://www.wfwpaustralia.com/default.aspx

Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP) International
http://www.wfwp.org/wfwpi/index.cfm

* SNAICC:
OPPOSITION TO STRONGER FUTURES BILLS CONTINUES TO MOUNT

– News

Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care:
SNAICC News:
Opposition to Stronger Futures Bills continues to mount
http://www.snaicc.asn.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=813
14 Jun 12: “Opposition continues to mount against the
Stronger Futures Bills and pressure is being placed on
Senators who are due to meet next week to resume their
debate on the Bill. The Yolnu National Assembly of Arnem
Land has called on the Federal and Territory Governments to
end their interventionist policies and agenda, and return
to a mindset of partnership based on the principles of
self-determination. The SNAICC website provides a
chronology of some of the major responses to the Stronger
Futures Bills since their release for more detailed
information on opposition in recent months.”

See:

Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care:
Stronger Futures legislation attracts widespread opposition
– SNAICC invites your comments
http://www.snaicc.asn.au/policy-advocacy/dsp-landing-policyarea.cfm?loadref=46&txnid=17&txnctype=post&txncstype=
19 Jun 12: “Following is a rough timeline, highlighting
the extent of criticism to the Stronger Futures legislation
from various sections of the community.”

Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care
(SNAICC):
http://www.snaicc.asn.au/index.cfm

* DR FIONA McALLAN WITH ENDORSEMENT FROM AUNTY SANDRA LEE DTAC:

– Letter

Dr. Fiona McAllan with endorsement from Aunty Sandra Lee,
Secretary, Darug Tribal Aboriginal Corporation:
To Whom it May Concern
Respect and Listen: http://www.respectandlisten.org/uploads/downloads/NT_Intervention/Stronger-Futures/Dr_Fiona_McAllan_with_endorsement_from_Aunty_Sandra_Lee_DTAC.pdf
‘concerned Australians’: http://concernedaustralians.com.au/media/stronger_futures_yolngu/Dr_Fiona_McAllan_with_endorsement_from_Aunty_Sandra_Lee_DTAC.pdf
9 Jun 12: “We wish to join our voices with the many
collective and individual voices petitioning with the
Yolngu peoples, and all Homeland’s Traditional Elders and
communities who are currently facing further government
implementation of the Stronger Futures Legislation. …
We ask all relevant government representatives to take
immediate action to withdraw the current legislation, as
petitioned by the Yolgnu Nations Assembly, and to begin a
genuine partnership with all Aboriginal Peoples of the
Northern Territory.”

* ANTaR VICTORIA: ABANDON THE STRONGER FUTURES LEGISLATION

– Statement

ANTaR Victoria – Working for Land Justice and Reconciliation:
Abandon the Stronger Futures legislation
‘concerned Australians: http://concernedaustralians.com.au/media/stronger_futures_yolngu/ANTaR_Victoria.pdf
“ANTaR Victoria urges the Senate not to pass the Stronger
Futures legislation. We are opposed to this legislation and
call upon Government to abandon it for the following
reasons:
Statements from Aboriginal people affected who oppose it
and the NT Emergency Response …
Concern that land rights are being undermined as a
consequence of this legislation …
The legislation negates self-determination …
The legislation is not going to be reviewed prior to the
upcoming Senate vote as to whether it is compatible with
human rights norms …
ANTaR Victoria urges Government to work in true partnership
with Aboriginal people, and to do so while enabling the
realisation of the rights set out in the UN Declaration of
the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which the Government
supports. In particular, ANTaR Victoria is concerned about
the absence of Government commitment to gaining Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ free, prior and
informed consent to laws that the government makes
relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We also note with concern the imminent extension of
NTER-style legislation into Shepparton, Victoria.”

See:

ANTaR Victoria – Working for Land Justice and Reconciliation
http://www.antarvictoria.org.au/

* AMA: RE – STATEMENT OF THE YOLNJU NATIONS ASSEMBLY

– Letter

Australian Medical Association (AMA):
Re – Statement of the Yolnju Nations Assembly regarding the
Commonwealth Stronger Futures Bills
‘concerned Australians: http://concernedaustralians.com.au/media/stronger_futures_yolngu/Australian_Medical_Association.pdf
13 Jun 12: “It is concerning … to note the issues raised
by the Yolnju Nations Assembly regarding the measures
proposed in the Stronger Futures program for the Northern
Territory. The AMA believes that measures which limit or
reduce the fundamental rights of Aboriginal peoples, and the
control they have over their lives are not appropriate ones
to improve health. … ”

See:

Australian Medical Association (AMA)
http://ama.com.au/

* ACBC:
CATHOLIC CHURCH SPEAKS OUT ON “STRONGER FUTURES” LEGISLATION

– Media Release

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC):
Catholic Church speaks out on “Stronger Futures” legislation
– questions its appropriateness for Aboriginal people
ACBC Media Blog: http://mediablog.catholic.org.au/?p=844
15 Jun 12: “The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC) and the Bishops
Commission for Relations with Aborigines and Torres Strait
Islanders (BCRATSI) of the Australian Catholic Bishops
Conference (ACBC) today take the opportunity to remind
senators of some issues surrounding the Stronger Futures
legislation that will come before the Senate on Monday.
“The blanket approach endorsed in the Stronger Futures
legislation is simply inappropriate. … ” said Ms. Parker
[Chair of NATSICC Thelma Parker].
“The legislation asks for the trust of the Aboriginal
people for the next ten years – but this trust has not been
earned.”
With a long tradition of working in Aboriginal
communities, the Catholic Church’s concerns are about the
excellent programs on a local level which will be
affected by this legislation. …
NATSICC and the ACBC also endorse the use of bilingual teaching in schools. … ”

See:

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic
Council (NATSICC)
http://www.natsicc.org.au/

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) Media Blog
http://mediablog.catholic.org.au/

* RACHEL SIEWERT:
HOUSING COMMENTS OVERLOOK THE NEEDS OF HOMELANDS

– Media Release

Greens Rachel Siewert:
Housing comments overlook the needs of homelands
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/housing-comments-overlook-needs-homelands
14 Jun 12: “The Australian Greens say Government claims
that Aboriginal housing issues have ‘turned a corner’
downplays continuing overcrowding and a significant and
ongoing lack of funding to support people on homelands.
“Rather than turning a corner, the Government are turning
their back on some significant issues around housing,”
Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
“Despite the investments made, overcrowding would remain at
levels well beyond those in the rest of the country.
“A major area of concern is the lack of funding for housing
and refurbishments on homelands that is pushing people
towards hub towns despite the clear benefits homelands
provide.
“The Government has been pushing people to sign over tenure
to their lands, and despite talk of supporting smaller
communities, the overall approach of government does not
look set to change. … ” [Senator Siewert said]”

– Related News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Order of Australia recipient Calma wants better housing
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7305-order-of-australia-recipient-calma-wants-better-housing
15 Jun 12: “Dr. Calma received the honour for his work in
Indigenous health and social justice. He is currently in
Canada at the first World Indigenous Housing Conference,
where human rights issues of Indigenous peoples around the
world are being discussed. He says while smoking is a
significant problem, housing remains an issue which needs
to be addressed to empower Indigenous communities. “Housing
and the relationship to health and why we need to have good
housing – undercrowded not overcrowded housing. … “”

Koori Mail: Greens dismiss housing claims
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
15 Jun 12: “THE Australian Greens say Government claims
that Aboriginal housing issues have ‘turned a corner’
downplayed continuing overcrowding and a significant and
ongoing lack of funding to support people on homelands.
Senator Rachel Siewert accused the government of turning
its back on significant issues around housing.”

newsTracker:
Macklin’s new address on Aboriginal housing: Dream Street
http://tracker.org.au/2012/06/macklins-new-address-on-aboriginal-housing-dream-street/
14 Jun 12: “”Australia has ‘turned a corner’ on Aboriginal
housing following the construction of more than 600 homes
in communities throughout the Northern Territory, with
plans to have 1000 built by June next year. “I am
optimistic that we have turned the corner in Australia. We
are building homes to last.” So said Minister for
Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, at the World Indigenous
Housing Conference in Canada overnight. I’m not sure what
corner Macklin thinks she’s turned, but if she’s talking
about the intersection of “Fantasy Avenue” and “Spin
Boulevard”, then she might have a point … ”
Chris Graham, managing editor of Tracker magazine

– Related Analysis / Opinion

Crikey: No corner turned on indigenous housing
http://www.crikey.com.au/2012/06/15/no-corner-turned-on-indigenous-housing/
15 Jun 12: “Indigenous housing: Professor Jon Altman, of
the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at ANU,
writes: Re. “Macklin on ‘Fantasy Avenue’ over Aboriginal
housing” (yesterday, item 11). Like Chris Graham I was
stunned by The Australian’s uncritical reporting of
Minister Macklin’s self-congratulatory self-assessment that
Australia has “turned a corner” on indigenous housing.”

* MORE ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LEGISLATION RELATED ARTICLES:

– Video

OCUPPII:
(2012-06-163) NT Income management Bankstown [ABC news]
http://occupii.org/video/2012-06-163-nt-income-management-bankstown-abc-news
“Stop the NT Intervention – Stop the expansion.
Rally 12pm June 16th, Paul Keating Park, Bankstown”

– News

newsTracker:
Activists rally against Macklin’s income management
http://tracker.org.au/2012/06/activists-rally-against-macklins-income-management/
16 Jun 12: “NATIONAL: Around 70 people have gathered in
Sydney’s west to protest the rollout of income management
in the region, which they say will further stigmatise
vulnerable people. The rally, held in Bankstown on
Saturday, also marked the fifth anniversary of the
intervention in the Northern Territory and included
speakers from the Aboriginal community, Maningrida. Pam
Batkin from the Say No to Government Income Management
Campaign Coalition said people in the NT had experienced
first-hand the damage income management had done.”

7 News: Activists to rally against NT intervention
http://au.news.yahoo.com/australian-news/a/-/australian-news/13964343/activists-to-rally-against-nt-intervention/
16 Jun 12: “Activists are set to gather in Western Sydney
to mark the fifth anniversary of the Northern Territory
intervention and protest income management in Aboriginal
communities. The rally in Bankstown will call for the
immediate withdrawal of the government’s Stronger Futures
legislation, ahead of the Senate debate on Monday,
organisers said. George Pascoe from the Aboriginal
community of Maningrida in the Northern Territory said he
had lived under the “dictatorship” of the intervention and
did not want it anymore. “We are struggling to cope,” he
said in a statement on Friday.”

SMH: Centrelink income trial unwelcome, say residents
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/centrelink-income-trial-unwelcome-say-residents-20120615-20fc6.html
16 Jun 12: “AS PEOPLE in Bankstown rally today to protest
the start of the federal government’s controversial income
management measure in the area, they are asking “Why
Bankstown?” The suburb is one of five sites in the country
to trial a variation of the Northern Territory intervention
that corrals 50 per cent to 70 per cent of welfare payments
for some recipients onto a ‘BasicsCard’. The card can only
be used in approved stores on food, clothes, health items,
and basic household items. “Bankstown people feel they are
being targeted,” says Randa Kattan, … ”

Intercontinental Cry: Australia to decide whether or not to
continue northern territory intervention
http://intercontinentalcry.org/australia-decide-whether-continue-northern-territory-intervention/
16 Jun 12: “Two days from now, on June the 18th, the
Australian Senate will decide whether or not to extend the
infamous Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) for
another ten years. The controversial piece of legislation
opened the doors to one of the most abhorrent attacks on
Indigenous rights in the past decade. Heard enough?
Visit http://standforfreedom.org.au/ to learn what you can
do to help. … Before June 18 rolls in, please take a
moment to raise your voice in support of the Indigenous
Peoples of Australia”

newsTracker: Wave Hill walkers put boot into NT Intervention
http://tracker.org.au/2012/06/wave-hill-walkers-put-boot-into-nt-intervention/
15 Jun 12: “NORTHERN TERRITORY: An Aboriginal group who
famously won land rights after walking off the Wave Hill
Cattle Station say they are preparing to fight again – to
stop the Stronger Future laws. The Gurindji people from
Daguragu and Kalkaringi in the Northern Territory on
Thursday issued a statement saying the government should
abandon the laws. “This Intervention must be abolished, not
extended for another 10 years,” it said. “It’s clear the
government wants us to leave our lands in search of work
but we will keep fighting until we get the message through
… “”

See:

WGAR News: Gurindji People of Daguragu and Kalkarinji
call on government to get rid of ‘Stronger Futures’ laws
(14 Jun 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/06/14/wgar-news-tangentyere-ceo-and-the-gurindji-people-speak-against-extension-of-the-nt-inter

Crikey:
NT prescribed communities: not normalised, exited, eliminated
http://www.crikey.com.au/2012/06/12/nt-prescribed-communities-not-normalised-exited-eliminated/
12 Jun 12: “The NT intervention was dramatically declared
as a national emergency in respect of reported widespread
child s-xual abuse on June 21, 2007, an emergency that
necessitated the deployment of the Australian army, at least
for a short symbolic time, soon followed by a plethora of
“helping” professionals and bureaucrats. The government’s
chief spokesperson Mal Brough articulated with military
precision a … ” By professor Jon Altman,
Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

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

Last updated: 16 June 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

* JUNE 2012 WGAR NEWS ON MABO AND NATIVE TITLE:

WGAR News: Paddy Gibson: Twenty years since Mabo:
why Native Title hasn’t delivered (16 Jun 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/06/15/wgar-news-avaazorg-petition-stop-the-next-indigenous-intervention

WGAR News: “To make Native Title meaningful government must
…Drop proof of ownership” NIT (11 Jun 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/06/10/wgar-news-to-make-native-title-meaningful-government-must-drop-proof-of-ownership-nit
“Contents:
* NIT: To make Native Title meaningful government must
…Drop proof of ownership
* Michael Anderson:
Mabo Judges Perverted The Course Of Justice
* Congress:
Keep door open for more substantial Native Title reform
* Mick Gooda:
Native title reform could go closer to fulfilling Mabo’s legacy
* Greens Rachel Siewert:
Onus of proof omission a native title letdown
* The Wire:
Native Title reform fails to make key change to law
* Mabo and Native Title News”

WGAR News: Audio from the
‘Litigating the Boundaries of Sovereignty’ symposium (5 Jun 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/06/05/wgar-news-audio-from-the-litigating-the-boundaries-of-sovereignty-symposium
“Contents: …
* Congress:
Congress tells PM: Native Title is not real land rights
* AHRC: The promise of Mabo is yet to be realised
* National Indigenous Times: Celebrating Mabo”

* KADO MUIR:
ABORIGINAL TITLE IS NOT NATIVE TITLE:
REAL REFORM IS PRACTICING SOVEREIGNTY

– Analysis / Opinion

Treaty Republic: Aboriginal title is not Native Title:
real reform is practicing sovereignty
http://treatyrepublic.net/content/aboriginal-title-not-native-title-real-reform-practicing-sovereignty
“This month we celebrate twenty years since the Mabo
decision overturned the legal fiction of terra nullius.
This was a watershed decision for Australia an outpost of
the British empire founded on an argument that the land was
not inhabited, in legal terms a desert. Few Australians
realise the real significance of the Mabo decision and
fewer still understand its true nature. The Mabo decision
was not granting land rights and it was not what we know
today as native title. Why?”
By Aboriginal Activist Kado Muir,
a Tjarurru man, a member of the Ngalia tribe, WA

* NIT: NATIVE TITLE: ROXON’S MISSED OPPORTUNITY

– News

National Indigenous Times: Native Title:
Roxon’s missed opportunity
http://www.nit.com.au/your-say.html
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1262-native-title-roxons-missed-opportunity.html
14 Jun 12: “Indigenous groups have described changes to
Native Title laws as “tinkering at the edges” and warned
their Elders will continue to die before some claims are
settled. Federal Attorney-General, Nicola Roxon unveiled
the changes at the National Native Title conference in
Townsville last week but her announcement received only a
lukewarm response from Indigenous leaders who said the
changes should have gone further and should have included
removing the onus of proof of connection to the land that
is currently required of Traditional Owners. The National
Native Title Council said the changes did not go far
enough.”

– Related Analysis / Opinion

National Indigenous Times:
Malezer: Mabo and the framework of dominance
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/1234-malezer-mabo-and-the-framework-of-dominance.html
14 Jun 12: “The following is the Speech by Les Malezer, for
the 20th Anniversary of the outcome of the High Court
‘Mabo’ Case. As is tradition, I acknowledge and pay my
respects to the Aboriginal people who have traditional
connection to the country upon which I speak, and thank
them for the opportunity to be here today on this occasion.
In addition, and in solemn reverence, I respect today as… ”

– Related News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
‘Good faith’ changes won’t reduce court cases: Expert
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7310-good-faith-changes-wont-reduce-court-cases-expert
15 Jun 12: “An expert in Native Title law says he doesn’t
think a proposed change to the Native Title Act will
greatly reduce the number of claims that go to court. The
Federal Government announced intended amendments last week,
including to create criteria for the concept of
‘good faith’ in negotiations between traditional owners and
other parties. Griffith University’s Professor Ciaran
O’Faircheallaigh says he’s sceptical that the move will
help claimants avoid lengthy court processes.”

National Indigenous Times: Malezer’s warning:
“our people face being dispossessed of their land”
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1251-malezers-warning-our-people-face-being-dispossessed-of-their-land.html
14 Jun 12: “By National Indigenous Times reporter Geoff Bagnall.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people risk being
dispossessed of their land once again under the Federal
Government’s proposed changes to the Native Title Act.
Co-Chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples, Les Malezer told ABC radio Native Title had now
become an impediment to Aboriginal and Torres… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Reforms represent more flexible, responsive approach, says Gooda
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1252-reforms-represent-more-flexible-responsive-approach-says-gooda.html
14 Jun 12: “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social
Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda has welcomed the Native
Title reforms announced at the National Native Title
conference last week. “I am heartened by these significant
reforms which overall appear to indicate a more flexible
and responsive approach on the horizon to the needs of
Aboriginal and Torres Islander… ”

* CAAMA: INTERVIEW WITH NATIONAL NATIVE TITLE COUNCIL CEO

– Audio Interview

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Continued call for more substantial changes:
National Native Title Council CEO Brian Wyatt on CAAMA
http://caama.com.au/national-native-title-council-ceo-brian-wyatt-on-caama
13 Jun 12: “Following the announcement of changes to the
Native Title Act, Aboriginal leaders, legal experts and
politicians are making comment in the media…and a loud
voice is calling for the ‘burden of proof’ to be reversed…
National Native Title Council CEO Brian Wyatt says the
council is disappointed that Government sees it as too
hard politically to introduce changes to the burden of
proof. He says the council wanted a more fundamental shift
in the Native Title Act and that having the burden of proof
reversed would be of greater benefit to Aboriginal people.”

* CAAMA: INTERVIEW WITH LES MELEZER ON NATIVE TITLE

– Audio Interview

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Les Melezer on Native Title
http://caama.com.au/les-melezer-on-native-title
13 Jun 12: “The National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples is remaining steadfast in their push for the
‘burden of proof’ to be reversed for Native Title. This
would mean that instead of Traditional Owners needing to
prove an ongoing connection to the land in Native Title
claims… those opposing a claim would need to prove that
the connection to the land no longer exists. Co-Chair of
the National Congress Les Melezer told CAAMA Radio the
biggest problem… 20 years after High Court Mabo decision…
is that a generation of people are dying… ”

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

* CAAMA:
INTERVIEW WITH FIRST NATIONS POLITICAL PARTY SPOKESPERSON

– Audio Interview

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Australia’s first Aborignal political party
First Nations Political Party launches policies…
http://caama.com.au/australias-first-aborignal-political-party-first-nations-political-party-launches-policies
13 Jun 12: “Australia’s first Indigenous political party
has held its official policy launch in Alice Springs…
First Nations Political Party spokesperson Kenny
Lechleitner says the party was set up to look at the
future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People…
and is registered at both the local Territory level and
the national level…because Aboriginal people need to have
a voice both locally and nationally. … The party, which
is headed by Maurie Japarta Ryan, aims to represent the
interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
people.”

– Related News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Party to contest ‘Super Shires’ at NT election
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7304-party-to-contest-super-shires-at-nt-election
15 Jun 12: “The founder of an Aboriginal political party
says a lack of Indigenous representation in politics is a
key reason for the party running candidates in the Northern
Territory election. The poll will be held on the 25th of
August, with Labor’s Paul Henderson seeking re-election as
Chief Minister. Maurie Japarta Ryan from the First Nations
Political Party says one of his party’s major platforms is
a reversal of the Henderson Government’s ‘Super Shires’
policy. “The Shires in the Northern Territory have gone
backwards. … “”

* THE WIRE:
SENATOR BOB BROWN STILL FIGHTING TO SAVE THE KIMBERLEY

– Audio

The Wire:
Senator Bob Brown still fighting to save the Kimberley
Produced by Michele Harris
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9247
15 Jun 12: “It may have been Senator Bob Brown’s last day
in office… but he was the one handing out the presents.
The Greens leader retires from Australian politics on
Friday 15th June, and his farewell gift to Prime Minister
Julia Gillard and other MPs is a poster featuring part of
the Kimberley coastline being threatened by the Woodside
liquefied natural gas project. The Wire spoke to Senator
Brown, who said Australians have to educate themselves
about the Kimberley, and the risks posed by Woodside’s LNG
plant to threatened animals, indigenous heritage sites and
some of the biggest dinosaur footprints ever found…
Featured in story:
* Bob Brown – Retiring Greens Leader and Senator
* Martin Pritchard, Director, Environs Kimberley”

– Related Media Release

Greens Rachel Siewert:
Bob Brown launches Kimberley Greens campaign
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/bob-brown-launches-kimberley-greens-campaign
7 Jun 12: “After his return visit to the contentious James
Price point yesterday, former Australian Greens Leader
Senator Bob Brown has launched the Kimberley Greens’
‘vision statement’ and campaign for the next WA state
election.
Senator Brown was accompanied by Greens Senator for
Western Australia, Rachel Siewert.
‘Woodside’s destructive gas hub will be in centre focus for
the March election. Kimberley voters opposing the gas hub
will have the strong clear option of voting Green: a vote
to keep intact the Kimberley’s worldwide reputation for
wild and scenic beauty, and stunning Indigenous culture,”
Senator Brown said.
At a packed meeting organised by the Broome Community No
Gas group in Broome last night, Senator Brown said he
would be ‘knocking on the door’ of the board of
Woodside …
Yesterday, Senator Brown met Traditional Owners and
visited cultural sites, as well as the famous foreshore
dinosaur prints.”

– Related News

newsTracker: Brown seeks Woodside meeting over WA plan
http://tracker.org.au/2012/06/brown-seeks-woodside-meeting-over-wa-plan/
14 Jun 12: “NATIONAL: Retiring Australian Greens leader Bob
Brown’s last move before handing in his Senate seat on
Friday is to lobby all federal MPs to protect part of
Western Australia’s Kimberley region from gas drilling.
Woodside Petroleum has agreed to hold off on drilling at
its contentious Browse liquid natural gas project until a
court dispute about planning approvals is resolved. Senator
Brown told reporters in Canberra on Thursday his “parting
gift” to Prime Minister Julia Gillard and other MPs was a
poster featuring a photograph of James Price Point.”

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Muckaty Station resident concerned by latest train derailment
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7302-muckaty-station-resident-concerned-by-latest-train-derailment
15 Jun 12: “A Muckaty Station resident says a recent train
derailment north of Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory
raises concerns about a proposed nuclear waste dump. The
train, travelling from the Bootu Creek manganese mine to
Darwin, derailed last Friday afternoon, leaving more than
200 passengers stranded in Alice Springs. Penelope Philips
says she’s a traditional owner of Muckaty Station and
believes this shows how risky it is to transport nuclear
material through the Territory.”

See:

WGAR News: ECNT / ALEC / BNI:
Nuclear waste dump plan should be taken off the table
before it goes off the rails (11 Jun 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/06/10/wgar-news-to-make-native-title-meaningful-government-must-drop-proof-of-ownership-nit

National Indigenous Times:
Perth Tent Embassy bigger and stronger than ever
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1260-perth-tent-embassy-bigger-and-stronger-than-ever.html
14 Jun 12: “By National Indigenous Times West Australian
reporter Gerry Georgatos.
Nyoongar Tent Embassy is bigger and stronger despite four
police raids and despite on three occasions the
confiscation of their tents and resources and several
arrests. Embassy spokesperson, Marianne Mackay said there
would have been a perception after the huge police raid
involving more than 100… ”

120616 – avaaz.org petition: Stop the next Indigenous Intervention …

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 17/06/2012 by D

Contents:
* avaaz.org Petition: Stop the next indigenous intervention
– bring self-partnership back to Aboriginal policy making
* ACM Sydney:
Last-ditch call to Senators to drop Stronger Futures
* Background to support for the Yolngu statement
* The Malpa Project fully supports
the statement of the Yolngu Nations Assembly and
the people of Eastern Alyawarr Region
* Australian Peace Committee expresses support for
the Yolngu Nations
* Bankstown Sydney Rally marks 5 years of NT Intervention:
12 noon, 16 June 2012
* Fitzroy Melbourne Forum on the NT Intervention:
21 June 2012
* More ‘Stronger Futures’ Legislation related articles
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Paddy Gibson:
Twenty years since Mabo: why Native Title hasn’t delivered
* Other articles

* AVAAZ.ORG PETITION:
STOP THE NEXT INDIGENOUS INTERVENTION
– BRING SELF-PARTNERSHIP BACK TO ABORIGINAL POLICY MAKING

– Petition

avaaz.org community petitions:
Stop the next indigenous intervention
– bring self-partnership back to Aboriginal policy making
http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/SAVE_THE_WORLDS_OLDEST_LIVING_CULTURE_1/
14 Jun 12: “Why this is important: In just four days time,
on June the 18th, the Australian Senate will decide whether
or not to continue John Howard’s intervention into
seventy-three targeted Aboriginal communities across
Northern and Central Australia. They will vote on the
Government’s so-called Stronger Futures legislation, a suite
of bills that are set to continue, and exacerbate, the
failed and punitive policies that control the every-day
lives of 45,000 Indigenous people across the Northern
Territory. These policies have not worked in the past, nor
will they work in the future. … ”

* ACM SYDNEY:
LAST-DITCH CALL TO SENATORS TO DROP STRONGER FUTURES

– News

ACM Sydney: Last-ditch call to Senators to drop Stronger Futures
ACM Sydney: http://acmsydney.wordpress.com/2012/06/14/last-ditch-call-to-senators-to-drop-stronger-futures/
Respect and Listen: http://www.respectandlisten.org/uploads/downloads/NT_Intervention/Stronger-Futures/ACM-Last-call-drop-SF-14-6-12.pdf
14 Jun 12: “It is expected that the Senate will finally
debate and pass the Stronger Futures Bills on Monday. In
passing this legislation Senators, like their Lower House
colleagues, will ignore widespread condemnation from NT
Aboriginal Nations; Aboriginal organisations and individuals;
churches; welfare agencies; human rights organisations;
the international community; reconciliation groups and a
swathe of prominent Australians. Forty thousand people have
signed the Stand for Freedom petition. … ”

– Related Petitions

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

avaaz.org community petitions:
Stop the next indigenous intervention
– bring self-partnership back to Aboriginal policy making
http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/SAVE_THE_WORLDS_OLDEST_LIVING_CULTURE_1/

– Other Related Actions

WGAR News:
UnitingJustice: Stronger Futures Call to Action (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
“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.”

WGAR News:
Amnesty: Tell your Senators: scrap Stronger Futures (25 May 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/25/wgar-news-stronger-futures-continues-dark-era-for-aboriginal-peoples-in-the-nt-amnesty-in
“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.”

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! … ”

Stand for Freedom: The Kit
http://standforfreedom.org.au/the-kit/
“We believe that the oppression of Aboriginal rights in the
Northern Territory must not be allowed to continue anymore.
The nation must wake up to cultural genocide in its own
backyard. To get the word out there far and fast, 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.”

* BACKGROUND TO SUPPORT FOR THE YOLNGU STATEMENT:

Last updated: 14 June 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/06/10/background-to-support-for-the-yolngu-statement-and-opposition-to-the-stronger-futures-law

* THE MALPA PROJECT FULLY SUPPORTS
THE STATEMENT OF THE YOLNGU NATIONS ASSEMBLY AND
THE PEOPLE OF THE EASTERN ALYAWARR REGION:

– Statement

The Malpa Project:
‘concerned Australians’: http://concernedaustralians.com.au/media/stronger_futures_yolngu/The_Malpa_Project.pdf
“The Intervention has failed in nearly every way and has
created havoc and trauma. The prospect of it being
entrenched for a further decade is shocking to contemplate.
The Intervention flies in the face of the wise counsel of
Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders. It should be a
source of shame to a nation capable of much better.
We fully support the statement of the Yolngu Nations
Assembly and the people of the Eastern Alyawarr Region. … ”

See:

Malpa – closing the gap
http://www.malpa.org.au/

* AUSTRALIAN PEACE COMMITTEE EXPRESSES
SUPPORT FOR THE YOLNGU NATIONS:

– Public Statement Letter

Australian Peace Committee (SA Branch): To Whom it May Concern
‘concerned Australians’: http://concernedaustralians.com.au/media/stronger_futures_yolngu/Australian_Peace_Committee_SA_Branch.pdf
13 Jun 12: “The Australian Peace Committee wishes to sign
this public statement expressing our support for the Yolgnu
Nations opposing the passage of the Stronger Futures Bill
in the senate. We are aware of Aboriginal Elders who feel
strongly that they are being rushed into something they do
not agree with and that their opinions are not being
adequately heard.”

See:

Australian Peace Committee (SA)
http://www.peacecourier.com/

* BANKSTOWN SYDNEY RALLY MARKS 5 YEARS OF NT INTERVENTION:
12 NOON, 16 JUNE 2012

– Media Release

Bankstown rally marks 5 years of NT Intervention,
says no to government income management
http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info-PR/MR-15-6-12-Bankstown-Rally.pdf
15 Jun 12: “A rally marking five years since the
announcement of the NT Intervention and protesting the
expansion of income management will be held tomorrow in
Bankstown, Sydney.
The rally will call for ‘Stronger Futures’ legislation to
be immediately withdrawn, ahead of a Senate debate on the
new laws on Monday, June 18.
‘Stronger Futures’ will extend key NT Intervention powers
for a further 10 years. …
George Pascoe is a community leader from Maningrida who is
traveling to speak at the rally. Mr Pascoe was part of a
meeting of the Yolngu Nations Assembly who released a major
statement of opposition to Stronger Futures on May 2. The
statement threatens a boycott of all community and mining
lease negotiations and has gained widespread support, … ”

Event: 16 June 2012: Bankstown, Sydney, NSW
Rally: Not in Bankstown, not in the NT, not anywhere
– say NO to government income management
Stop ‘Stolen Futures’ laws
– no to another decade of discrimination
Speakers include:
* George Gaymarani Pascoe, Maningrida community, NT
* Rosie Pearson, Yirrkala community, NT
* Larissa Behrendt, Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning UTS
* Representatives from the Bankstown Coalition
Rally organised by the:
* Say No to Government Income Management Campaign Coalition and
* Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney (STICS)
Event details: http://www.stoptheintervention.org/#16Jun12
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/51259
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/stop-the-nt-intervention-bankstown-rally
Resolutions: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=379047862158737
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/Poster-protest-16-6-12.jpg
Media Release: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info-PR/MR-15-6-12-Bankstown-Rally.pdf

* FITZROY MELBOURNE FORUM ON THE NT INTERVENTION:
21 JUNE 2012

Event: Thu 21 June 2012: Fitzroy, Melbourne, Vic
Arena Magazine and Arena Journal, and
concerned Australians invite you to attend
INTERVENTION
A Public Forum on the Northern Territory Intervention
into Indigenous communities and the
Stronger Futures legislation.
Chair: Gary Foley
Speakers:
* Professor Jon Altman
* Rosalie Kunoth-Monks
* The Hon. Alastair Nicholson
* Barbara Shaw
Incorporating the launch of:
Arena Magazine’s special issue on the NT Intervention
and Arena Journal’s special issue on settler colonialism
Event details: http://www.arena.org.au/2012/06/nt-intervention-public-forum/
Event details: http://www.arena.org.au/category/events/project-space-events-and-discussions/?eventDisplay=upcoming
Event details: http://concernedaustralians.com.au/media/NT_Intervention_forum_Invitation_2012_06_21.pdf
Event details: http://events.leader-news.whereilive.com.au/events/northern-territory-intervention-stronger-futures-f#.T9rHK8Xt0ec
Arena homepage: http://www.arena.org.au/
‘concerned Australians’ homepage: http://concernedaustralians.com.au/

* MORE ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LEGISLATION RELATED ARTICLES:

– Analysis / Opinion

intentious: Stronger Futures, Weaker Citizens:
Australia slammed at United Nations
http://intentious.com/2012/06/11/stronger-futures-weaker-citizens-australia-slammed-at-united-nations/
11 Jun 12: “Unbeknown to most citizens, a series of
powerful, rights-stripping bills are being passed through
Australian Federal parliament in the coming weeks, hoping
to draw as little attention as possible. These bills are
called Stronger Futures legislation, a series of 10-year
long federal and state laws detailing mandatory programs
the Australian Government will use to control your income,
limit your fortnightly salary and dictate what exact
shopping items you must buy in order to continue to receive
Centrelink (Social Security) payments.” Andrew Beato

agendaTracker:
At Large: A planetary phenomenon and an earthly invasion
http://tracker.org.au/2012/06/a-planetary-phenomenon-precedes-an-earthly-invasion/
6 Jun 12: “NATIONAL: You’ll forgive Aboriginal people for
not jumping over the moon today at the Transit of Venus.
One of the last times the ‘Evening Star’ got between the
Earth and Sun, it was used as the pretext for invasion.
Ever a suspicious lot, the British had long wanted to claim
the ‘Great Southern Land’ for themselves, … And just as
Aboriginal people never had a say in Cook’s ‘discovery’ of
their lands, they haven’t had a say in legislation that
will impact on them for a decade and beyond.”
Chris Graham, managing editor of Tracker magazine

– News

Herald Sun: Gurindji vow to fight NT Intervention
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/gurindji-vow-to-fight-nt-intervention/story-e6frf7jx-1226395841398
14 Jun 12: “AN Aboriginal group who famously won land
rights after walking off the Wave Hill Cattle Station say
they are preparing to fight again – to stop the Stronger
Future laws. The Gurindji people from Daguragu and
Kalkaringi in the Northern Territory on Thursday issued a
statement saying the government should abandon the laws.
“This Intervention must be abolished, not extended for
another 10 years,” it said. “It’s clear the government
wants us to leave our lands in search of work but we will
keep fighting until we get the message through
– our land is our life and we will not leave.””

See:

WGAR News: Gurindji People of Daguragu and Kalkarinji call on
government to get rid of ‘Stronger Futures’ laws (14 Jun 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/06/14/wgar-news-tangentyere-ceo-and-the-gurindji-people-speak-against-extension-of-the-nt-inter

thestar.com :
Australian Aboriginals call money-management policy racist
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1208523–australian-aboriginals-call-money-management-policy-racist
9 Jun 12: “Living in Australia’s Northern Territory, a vast
stretch of sun-baked desert, swamps and tropical forests, a
tough-as-nails truck is the only way to get around. …
While the retired public-housing manager receives a monthly
pension of $786, the Australian government demands Djiwada
spend at least half of his stipend on food or clothing in a
government-approved store. It leaves little leeway for
discretionary purchases, such as parts for his decrepit
truck, … Djiwada faces the spending restrictions because
he’s an Aboriginal and, therefore, his pension is subject
to income management … ”

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

Last updated: 14 June 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

* PADDY GIBSON:
TWENTY YEARS SINCE MABO:
WHY NATIVE TITLE HASN’T DELIVERED

– Analysis / Opinion

Solidarity:
Twenty years since Mabo: why Native Title hasn’t delivered
http://www.solidarity.net.au/highlights/twenty-years-since-mabo-native-title-is-not-land-rights/
June 2012: “The 20th anniversary of the Mabo case, where
the High Court recognised Native Title, has been celebrated
by the government and the media as an historic step for
Aboriginal rights. But while Mabo formally rejected the
legal doctrine of “terra nullius”, used to justify colonial
dispossession, the High Court did not challenge the
legitimacy of this dispossession. It fact it ruled that
Aboriginal ownership had been extinguished over the vast
majority of the Australian continent-and that Aboriginal
people were not entitled to any compensation for this.
Aboriginal activist Gary Foley calls the Mabo decision in
1992 and the Native Title Act that followed in 1993, “the
greatest single act of dispossession since 1788″. … ”
By Paddy Gibson

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– News

Manica Post: Australia to speed up native land claims
http://www.manicapost.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=25537:australia-to-speed-up-native-land-claims&catid=45:international-news&Itemid=137
12 Jun 12: “Twenty years after a landmark court ruling
recognising Aboriginal land rights, Australia said
Wednesday it will speed up the claiming process amid
criticism it can take too long to resolve. Attorney-General
Nicola Roxon said the reforms to the Native Title Act,
which come 20 years after the historic Mabo ruling, would
include creating clear requirements for negotiators to act
in “good faith”.”

See:

WGAR News: “To make Native Title meaningful government must
…Drop proof of ownership” NIT (11 Jun 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/06/10/wgar-news-to-make-native-title-meaningful-government-must-drop-proof-of-ownership-nit

SMH: ‘I won’t be travelling too far from Broome’: Bob Brown
http://www.smh.com.au/wa-news/i-wont-be-travelling-too-far-from-broome-bob-brown-20120608-201j4.html
11 Jun 12: “Days from the end of a 29-year political career
Australian Greens stalwart Bob Brown had one thing on his
mind when he passed through Perth last week. Mr Brown
likened opposition to plans for a $35 billion gas hub at
James Price Point in the Kimberley to Queensland’s Mary
River protests in 2008 … “You can’t be in Broome now
without knowing that town doesn’t want this project, the
banners are up, people are talking about it, the
literature’s around, tourists are there putting on the
anti-gas hub stickers on their caps – they’re taking the
story home.””

Australian:
Crash sparks calls for Adelaide to Darwin rail line probe
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/crash-sparks-calls-for-adelaide-to-darwin-rail-line-probe/story-fn59niix-1226390639315
11 Jun 12: “THE third derailment on the Adelaide to Darwin
railway in just 19 months has reignited demands for an
inquiry into the integrity of the track amid plans to
increase the amount of uranium the line carries through
central Australia. The Greens and environmental groups
yesterday called for a government inquiry into the line
after a freight train carrying 6000 tonnes of Om Minerals’
manganese from the Bootu Creek mine derailed near Tennant
Creek on Thursday.”

See:

WGAR News: ECNT / ALEC / BNI:
Nuclear waste dump plan should be taken off the table
before it goes off the rails (11 Jun 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/06/10/wgar-news-to-make-native-title-meaningful-government-must-drop-proof-of-ownership-nit

120612 – Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia – 21 events from 12 June 2012

Posted in EVENTS, NEWSLETTER on 12/06/2012 by D

Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia
– 21 events from 12 June 2012

Click on the links for details of the events …

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: http://macarthur-chronicle-wollondilly.whereilive.com.au/news/story/mac-person-jagath-dheerasekara-of-bradbury/
Article: [scroll down page] http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/picture-a-world-of-observation-and-invention-20120501-1xwx3.html

Event: Wed 13 June 2012: Carlton South, 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/
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/51194
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: Thu 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
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/51272
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Thu 14 June 2012: Melbourne, Vic
Public meeting: An old take on justice: County Koori court
“John Smallwood is currently the judge in charge
of the County Koori Court which sits in the regional
area of the Latrobe Valley. Today he discusses the
concept of the court, how it has worked to date,
the important role of community elders, and the
court’s many successes. With an incredibly low rate
of re-offending since the court’s inception in 2008,
what can be learnt from this style of justice?
And should it be expanded?”
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/51273

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/

Event: 16 June 2012: Bankstown, Sydney, NSW
Rally: Not in Bankstown, not in the NT, not anywhere
– say NO to government income management
Stop ‘Stolen Futures’ laws
– no to another decade of discrimination
Speakers include:
George Pascoe, Maningrida, NT
Rosie Pearson, Yirrkala community, NT
Larissa Behrendt, Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning UTS
Representatives from the Bankstown Coalition
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/51259
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/stop-the-nt-intervention-bankstown-rally
Resolutions: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=379047862158737
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/Poster-protest-16-6-12.jpg

Event: Wed 20 June 2012: Collaroy, NSW
Film screening: The Tall Man
Collaroy Cinema
“The Tall Man is the story of Palm Island,
the tropical paradise where one morning
Cameron Doomadgee allegedly swore at a
policeman and forty minutes later lay
dead in a watch-house cell.”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.asgmwp.net/Calendar.htm

Event: Thu 21 June 2012: Fitzroy, Melbourne, Vic
Arena Magazine and Arena Journal, and
concerned Australians invite you to attend
INTERVENTION
A Public Forum on the Northern Territory Intervention
into Indigenous communities and the
Stronger Futures legislation.
Chair: Gary Foley
Speakers:
* Professor Jon Altman
* Rosalie Kunoth-Monks
* The Hon. Alastair Nicholson
* Barbara Shaw
Incorporating the launch of:
Arena Magazine’s special issue on the NT Intervention
and Arena Journal’s special issue on settler colonialism
Event details: http://www.arena.org.au/2012/06/nt-intervention-public-forum/
Event details: http://www.arena.org.au/category/events/project-space-events-and-discussions/?eventDisplay=upcoming
Arena homepage: http://www.arena.org.au/
‘concerned Australians’ homepage: http://concernedaustralians.com.au/

Event: Thu 21 June 2012: Trades Hall, Melbourne, Vic
Public Forum on Racism and Police Violence
Speakers:
* Tamar Hopkins
* Robbie Thorpe
* Gerry Georgatos
* Louisa Bassini
Hosted by Socialist Alternative
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/special-public-forum-on-racism-and-police-violence-at-trades-hall-melbourne

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

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: Mon 2 July 2012: TBA
Rally and Vigil outside Centrelink
Stop Government Income Management
in Bankstown and Everywhere
Resolutions: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=379047862158737

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 details: [scroll down page] http://www.asgmwp.net/Calendar.htm

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/
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
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/28814/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: 28 and 29 July 2012: Moree, NSW
Next meeting:
National Unity Government of the Sovereign Union
Details to be posted on Sovereign Union website: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/

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
http://www.asgmwp.net/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
http://www.asgmwp.net/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

120611 – “To make Native Title meaningful government must …Drop proof of ownership” NIT

Posted in MEDIA RELEASES on 11/06/2012 by D

Contents:
* NIT: To make Native Title meaningful government must
…Drop proof of ownership
* Michael Anderson:
Mabo Judges Perverted The Course Of Justice
* Congress:
Keep door open for more substantial Native Title reform
* Mick Gooda:
Native title reform could go closer to fulfilling Mabo’s legacy
* Greens Rachel Siewert:
Onus of proof omission a native title letdown
* The Wire: Native Title reform fails to make key change to law
* Mabo and Native Title News
* ECNT / ALEC / BNI: Nuclear waste dump plan should be taken
off the table before it goes off the rails
* Respect and Listen: Muckaty nuclear waste dump update
* Background to the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump
* Background to expansion of Olympic Dam mine challenge
* Other articles

* NIT:
TO MAKE NATIVE TITLE MEANINGFUL GOVERNMENT MUST
…DROP PROOF OF OWNERSHIP

– News

National Indigenous Times:
To make Native Title meaningful government must
…Drop proof of ownership
http://www.nit.com.au/your-say.html
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1219-drop-proof-of-ownership.html
7 Jun 12: “Proof of ownership would no longer be required
by Traditional Owners in Native Title claims if the Federal
Labor Government would agree to join with the Federal
Parliament’s independent, Rob Oakeshott and the Australian
Greens to pass the legislation. The issue of ownership has
been a major issue for Traditional Owners lodging Native
Title claims because the current legislation requires them
to prove their connection with the land. However, the
independent Mr Oakeshott said he would support legislation
currently being proposed by the Australian Greens … ”

* MICHAEL ANDERSON:
MABO JUDGES PERVERTED THE COURSE OF JUSTICE

– Media Statement

Sovereign Union: Mabo Judges Perverted The Course Of Justice
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/mabo-judges-perverted-course-justice
6 Jun 12: “While the 1992 Mabo judgement was a major
milestone in Aboriginal history, we must remember that the
judges in this case presented the same cowardice as Justice
Blackburn in the Millirrpum Gove case in the 1970s.
In the Gove case, the court gave much weight to the
evidence presented by anthropologist Ronald Berndt who
coined the phrase, “the Aborigines don’t own the land, the
land owns them” or words to that effect, thus resigning our
people to forever being part of the natural flora and fauna
of this country. It must also be stated that the Gove
matter was not presented with the 1872 Pacific islanders
Protection Act as amended in 1875. … ”
By Michael Anderson, National Coordinator of the
National Unity Government of the ‘Sovereign Union’

* CONGRESS:
KEEP DOOR OPEN FOR MORE SUBSTANTIAL NATIVE TITLE REFORM

– Media Release

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Keep door open for more substantial Native Title reform
http://nationalcongress.com.au/congress-says-keep-door-open-for-more-substantial-native-title-reform/
6 Jun 12: “Congress will continue to advocate for more
substantive changes to the Native Title Act, including
reversing the onus of proof for claimants, following the
Government’s announcement of a raft of reforms today.
Congress Co-Chairs Les Malezer and Jody Broun welcomed the
positive reforms as the first stage in the Government’s
incremental approach to making the Native Title Act
stronger and more workable.
The reforms cover taxation, good faith negotiations,
agreements for historical extinguishment, and a new easier
way to vary land use agreements.
Co-Chair Malezer said these are positive changes but do not
go far enough for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander peoples.”

See:

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Les Malezer & Jimi Bani
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/
8 Jun 12: “National Congress co-chair Les Malezer and
Actor Jimi Bani, playing Eddie Mabo in upcoming production.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/les-malezer-jimi-bani/
[Includes discussion of Native Title.]

WGAR News: Congress: Congress tells PM:
Native Title is not real land rights (5 Jun 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/06/05/wgar-news-audio-from-the-litigating-the-boundaries-of-sovereignty-symposium

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

* MICK GOODA:
NATIVE TITLE REFORM COULD GO CLOSER TO FULFILLING MABO’S LEGACY

– Analysis / Opinion

Australian Human Rights Commission:
Native title reform could go closer to fulfilling Mabo’s legacy
Publication: Sydney Morning Herald, Page 9 (Mon 4 Jun 2012)
http://www.hreoc.gov.au/about/media/media_releases/op_ed/20120604_mabo.html
“I was working in the Torres Strait in the late 1980s and I
remember the buzz that went around Thursday Island when
Koiki (Eddie Mabo) was back in town. … Currently, native
title claimants have to provide all the information that’s
required to demonstrate their continuous connection to
country. As these reforms sit before the federal
Parliament, I find myself wondering what Eddie Mabo would
think now? I’d like to think he’d still hold out hope that
the promise Mabo represented really will be fulfilled.”
By Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Social Justice Commissioner

See:

WGAR News:
AHRC: The promise of Mabo is yet to be realised (5 Jun 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/06/05/wgar-news-audio-from-the-litigating-the-boundaries-of-sovereignty-symposium

* GREENS RACHEL SIEWERT:
ONUS OF PROOF OMISSION A NATIVE TITLE LETDOWN

– Media Releases

Rachel Siewert: Onus of proof omission a native title letdown
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/onus-proof-omission-native-title-letdown
6 Jun 12: “The Australian Greens say a key element of
native title reform has been overlooked by the government,
undermining the effectiveness of their reforms.
“Reversing the onus of proof is the key amendment that is
needed to make ensure the native title system is more
effective,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens
spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Issues said today.
“The extremely high hurdle for Aboriginal people to prove
their ongoing connection to the land means that native
title claimants are dying before seeing their claims
settled.
“It is a requirement that inherently disadvantages those who
have experienced higher levels of dispossession and
disconnection over the course of the last two centuries.
… ” [Senator Siewert said] ”

Rachel Siewert:
Native title amendments necessary to improve outcomes
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/native-title-amendments-necessary-improve-outcomes
5 Jun 12: “Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert,
spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
issues said today she was ‘waiting with interest’ for the
announcement of the Government’s proposed amendments to the
Native Title Act.
“The Native Title Act is in urgent need of amendment in
order for it to truly deliver on its promise,” Senator
Siewert said today.
“For years there have been calls individuals and
organisations to simplify the system and make some measured
changes to the legislation to improve outcomes for native
title holders.
“Any Government amendments must include reversing the onus
of proof placed on establishing connections to the land. The
current burden of proof disadvantages those people who have
experienced higher levels of displacement over the past two
centuries. The amendments should also improve the ‘good
faith’ negotiations provisions in the Act. … ”
[Senator Siewert said] ”

* THE WIRE: NATIVE TITLE REFORM FAILS TO MAKE KEY CHANGE TO LAW

– Audio

The Wire: Native Title reform fails to make key change to law
Produced by Marty McCarthy
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9213
6 Jun 12: “The Government announced changes to Australia’s
Native Title legislation in Townsville today, but some
Indigenous groups still aren’t happy. Traditional owners
will still have to prove they have maintained an unbroken
connection to the land before being granted Native Title,
but this can be very difficult to do.
Featured in story:
* Brian Wyatt, CEO of the National Native Title Council
* Vincent Coultard, Adnyamathanha Community Leader
* Stephen Kenny, Native Title lawyer”

* MABO AND NATIVE TITLE NEWS:

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio Online News 7.06.12
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-online-news-7-06-12
7 Jun 12: “* The Federal Attorney General Nicola Roxon has
announced significant changes to Native Title Law at the
annual Native Title Conference in Townsville.
* The peak representative for Aboriginal people in
Australia says it will continue to push for more
substantial native title reform.”

– News

Townsville Bulletin:
Sovereignty protest at Native Title Conference
http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/article/2012/06/06/336121_news.html
8 Jun 12: “PROTESTS broke out at the Annual National Native
Title conference yesterday, with a small band of activists
claiming legislation doesn’t do enough to recognise
Aboriginal sovereignty. Hundreds of indigenous
representatives and lawyers from across Australia attended
the first day of the conference, held at the Townsville
Entertainment and Convention Centre, to learn about policy
and legal issues for native title applications. …
Townsville-based indigenous leader Dr Gracelyn Smallwood
led the protest in an attempt to highlight flaws with
native title legislation.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Proving connection “extremely difficult”: Native Title expert
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7295-proving-connection-qextremely-difficultq-native-title-expert
8 Jun 12: “An expert in Native Title says it’s extremely
difficult for Indigenous people to prove they have an
unbroken connection to land claimed under Native Title. The
Federal Government this week announced intended changes to
the Native Title Act, but it won’t move to remove the onus
on Indigenous people to prove connection to land. Griffith
University’s Professor Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh says a lack
of written records at the time of white settlement can make
it impossible to establish connection.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Onus of proof change not ‘radical’, says a Native Title head
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7291-onus-of-proof-change-not-radical-says-a-native-title-head
8 Jun 12: “The head of Queensland South Native Title
Services has slammed Attorney-General Nicola Roxon for
describing desired changes to the Native Title Act as
“radical”. Ms. Roxon on Wednesday used the term when
referring to changes proposed by a number of Indigenous
rights advocates to reverse the onus on traditional owners
of proving connection to land. Instead, the Federal
Government announced other changes such as creating
criteria for ‘good faith’ in negotiations.”

newsTracker:
Chicken Little George says native title is all sweet
http://tracker.org.au/2012/06/chicken-little-brandis-and-a-gutless-gillard-duck-native-title-reform/
8 Jun 12: “NATIONAL: When it comes to native title, a
Liberal politician is like a kid in a candy store. He just
can’t help himself. First there was then opposition leader
John Howard, who, in 1995, stood in front of a map of
Australia and predicted that more than 70% of the landmass
was under threat. Then deputy prime minister Tim Fisher; in
1998 he promised “bucketloads of extinguishment” of
Aboriginal native title rights through amendments to the
Native Title Act. … ”
By Chris Graham, managing editor of Tracker magazine

Townsville Bulletin: Native title amendments not sufficient
http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/article/2012/06/07/336431_news.html
7 Jun 12: “INDIGENOUS leaders say proposed changes to the
native title system are not sufficient, claiming it will
still take traditional owners at least 40 years to see
their claims settled. Federal Attorney-General Nicola Roxon
announced the intended changes at the Native Title
Conference in Townsville yesterday morning. The conference
has marked the 20th anniversary of the Mabo decision. Under
the changes, indigenous land use agreements will become
more flexible and less technical, and lands covered by
native title will no longer be subject to income tax and
capital gains tax.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Gooda: We’re on the sidelines of Native Title determinations
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7289-gooda-indigenous-people-on-sidelines-of-native-title-determinations
7 Jun 12: “The Indigenous Social Justice Commissioner says
the Federal Government has missed an opportunity to speed
up the Native Title process. Attorney-General Nicola Roxon
on Wednesday announced proposed changes to the Native Title
Act, but it stopped short of reversing the onus on
Indigenous people to prove their connection to the land.
Mick Gooda says proving connection is a slow process and
he’s been told by Native Title bodies that it costs up to a
million dollars to do so with each Native Title claim.”

newsTracker:
Gillard weighs into Libs’ fear-mongering on native title
http://tracker.org.au/2012/06/gillard-weighs-into-libs-fear-mongering-on-native-title/
7 Jun 12: “NATIONAL: Prime Minister Julia Gillard has
accused the Opposition of trying to “whip up fear” over
plans for “modest” reform to native title laws. Under the
changes announced on Wednesday, native title grants will no
longer be subject to income and capital gains taxes. Terms
of “good-faith negotiation” currently required will be
written into the Native Title Act, while negotiating parties
will be able to ignore historical extinguishment of rights.”

newsTracker: Libs scaremongering on native title: Roxon
http://tracker.org.au/2012/06/libs-scaremongering-on-native-title-roxon/
7 Jun 12: “NATIONAL: Attorney-General Nicola Roxon says
claims from the Opposition that native title reform will
affect property prices are just “scaremongering”. Under the
changes announced by Ms Roxon on Wednesday, native title
grants will no longer be subject to income and capital
gains taxes. Terms of “good-faith negotiation” currently
required will be written into the Native Title Act, while
negotiating parties will be able to ignore historical
extinguishment of rights.”

Koori Mail: PM defends native title reforms
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
7 Jun 12: “PRIME Minister Julia Gillard has accused the
Opposition of scaremongering over proposed reforms of the
native title system. Opposition attorney-general George
Brandis has raised concerns about the changes affecting
property prices. But Ms Gillard said this was
scaremongering similar to that which occurred during the
Keating Labor government reforms and described the changes
as modest.”

Australian: Libs say native title reform will spark confusion
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/libs-say-native-title-reform-will-spark-confusion/story-fn9hm1pm-1226386772088
7 Jun 12: “THE opposition has signalled it may not support
the Gillard government’s landmark reforms to native title
laws, arguing they will spark “complete confusion” and
drive down the value of farmland.”

newsTracker:
Roxon ignores calls to reverse onus of proof on native title
http://tracker.org.au/2012/06/roxon-ignores-calls-to-reverse-onus-of-proof-on-native-title/
6 Jun 12: “NATIONAL: Federal Attorney-General Nicola Roxon
believes parliament is unlikely to support reversing the
onus of proof in native title claims. That’s why the
government is pursuing incremental changes to existing
laws. Ms Roxon will flag changes to the Native Title Act
that aim to make indigenous land use agreements more
flexible and less technical when she addresses the National
Native Title Conference in Townsville on Wednesday.”

newsTracker: Native title body pans law ‘tinkering’
http://tracker.org.au/2012/06/native-title-body-pans-law-tinkering/
6 Jun 12: “NATIONAL: Aboriginal groups have described
flagged changes to native title laws as tinkering at the
edges, warning their elders will continue to die before
some claims are settled. Federal Attorney-General Nicola
Roxon unveiled the changes at a conference in Townsville
today. Under the changes, Indigenous Land Use Agreements
(ILUAs) will become more flexible and less technical, and
lands covered by native title will no longer be subject to
income tax and capital gains tax.”

Koori Mail: Changes not enough: NNTC
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
6 Jun 12: “NATIONAL Native Title Council chief executive
Brian Wyatt has accused the Federal Government of
‘tinkering around the edges’ of Native Title laws. Mr Wyatt
said the current system placed an unjust burden on native
title applicants, and he called again for the ‘onus of
proof’ requirement to be reversed.”

Koori Mail: Native Title changes outlined
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
6 Jun 12: “FEDERAL Attorney General Nicola Roxon has
outlined changes to native title laws but has refused to
reverse the onus of proof in native title claims. Under the
changes, lands covered by native title will no longer be
subject to income tax and capital gains tax, Indigenous
land use agreements would be simplified, and the Government
would legislate the terms of ‘good faith negotiations’ now
required under the Act.”

SMH: Gradual changes to native title law
http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/gradual-changes-to-native-title-law-20120606-1zuqk.html
6 Jun 12: “NEW laws to make it easier, cheaper and swifter
for Aboriginal groups to make and benefit from native title
agreements with farmers and miners will soon be introduced
to Parliament, Nicola Roxon promised today. Rejecting calls
for more radical change, the Attorney-General argued that
“incremental” change is more likely to deliver lasting
benefits to indigenous Australia and the wider community.
Speaking at a native title conference in Townsville,
Ms Roxon announced reforms in four areas.”

* ECNT / ALEC / BNI:
NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP PLAN SHOULD BE TAKEN OFF THE TABLE
BEFORE IT GOES OFF THE RAILS

– Media Release

Nuclear waste dump plan should be taken off the table
before it goes off the rails.
By ALEC / BNI / ECNT
Nuclear Territory News: http://ntne.ws/articles/article.php?id=4723
8 Jun 12: “National and Northern Territory environment
groups have called for an end to controversial plans to
transport radioactive waste through the NT following
another freight train derailment yesterday north of Tennant
Creek. The Environment Centre NT, Arid Lands Environment
Centre and Beyond Nuclear Initiative have said the latest
accident highlights the risks and the lack of emergency
response capacity associated with radioactive transport. …
“The Territory is staring down the barrel of some major
toxic transport projects including the proposed radioactive
waste dump at Muckaty and the transport of copper
concentrate and yellowcake from BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam
mine in South Australia, along with possible uranium
shipments from future mine sites in WA”, said the NT
Environment Centre’s Cat Beaton. …
“The transport of radioactive material is a weak link in the
government’s dump plan and is emerging as a real and serious
threat to the Territory’s environment and people,” said
Natalie Wasley from the Beyond Nuclear Initiative. “It is
time for the federal government to listen to Traditional
Owners and the NT community and stop pushing ahead with the
Muckaty dump plan”.”

– Related News

ABC Alice Springs: Train derailment fuels Muckaty fears
http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2012/06/08/3521295.htm
8 Jun 12: “A Muckaty traditional owner says yesterday’s
train derailment illustrates why the proposed nuclear waste
dump should not go ahead. A freight train derailment, north
of Tennant Creek is stirring up sentiment amongst
Aboriginal people against a proposed nuclear waste dump at
Muckaty Station. Muckaty traditional owner, Penelope
Phillips from the Wirntiku group says the freight train
derailment, north of Tennant Creek, raises concerns about
the safety of transporting radioactive material. …
[Photo] Protestors march up the main street in Tennant
Creek”

See:

Environment Centre NT
http://www.ecnt.org/
“The Environment Centre NT is the peak community sector
environment organisation in the Northern Territory,
Australia. The Environment Centre NT has been working to
protect the environment since 1983.”

Arid Lands Environment Centre (ALEC)
http://alec.org.au/
“The Arid Lands Environment Centre (ALEC) is a
community-based environment organisation located in Alice
Springs, Northern Territory. For more than 30 years, ALEC
has advocated for the arid lands, plants, animals and
people of Central Australia.”

Beyond Nuclear Initiative (BNI)
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/
“The Beyond Nuclear Initiative (BNI) aims to highlight the
adverse impact of the uranium and wider nuclear industry
in Australia and promote a nuclear-free future.”

* RESPECT AND LISTEN: MUCKATY NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP UPDATE

– News

Respect and Listen: Muckaty nuclear waste dump update
http://www.respectandlisten.org/muckaty.html
June 2012: “There is a lot of energy and momentum in the
campaign at the moment thanks to all of the support
activities people have been undertaking around the country.
1- Australian Council of Trade Unions votes to support
Muckaty campaign …
2- Rally in Tennant Creek/Alice Springs and Darwin public
meeting …
3- Update on Government process …
4- Federal Court … ”
Source: Nat Wasley
“ACTU Congress 2012
– Self Determination, Consultation and Land Use”

* BACKGROUND TO THE PROPOSED MUCKATY NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

Last updated: 5 June 2012

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

* BACKGROUND TO EXPANSION OF OLYMPIC DAM MINE CHALLENGE:

Last updated: 5 June 2012

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

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– News

newsTracker: Kimberley campaign the new Franklin fight
http://tracker.org.au/2012/06/kimberley-campaign-the-new-franklin-fight/
8 Jun 12: “NATIONAL: Former Greens leader and outgoing
senator Bob Brown has compared the fight over a proposed
$30 billion Kimberley gas hub with his successful Franklin
River dam campaign. Talking to AAP from the far-north West
Australian town of Broome on Thursday, Senator Brown said
environmental protests over the James Price Point site –
where Woodside Petroleum wants to build a major liquid
natural gas (LNG) processing plant – were “rapidly becoming
a national campaign”.”

National Indigenous Times: Gas hub battle gets ugly
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1213-gas-hub-battle-gets-ugly.html
7 Jun 12: “Woodside’s plan to drill on sacred sites draws
angry response. By National Indigenous Times West
Australian reporter Gerry Georgatos. 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 has become clear tensions between
Traditional Owners and the… ”

National Indigenous Times: Swan Valley residents evicted
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1212-swan-valley-residents-evicted.html
7 Jun 12: “”Welcome to a sample of Sorry Day recognition
West Australian style” By National Indigenous Times West
Australian reporter Gerry Georgatos. Sorry Day 2012 didn’t
mean anything as far as the West Australian Government and
police were concerned. In what could only be described as
crassness and a lack of respect police swooped on the Swan
Valley Nyungah peoples at Lockridge on Sorry Day to evict
them from… ”

National Indigenous Times:
No charges on Australia Day Embassy protest
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1210-no-charges-on-australia-day-embassy-protest.html
7 Jun 12: “No charges will be laid over a disturbance on
Australia Day involving Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Ms
Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott were rushed from
a Canberra restaurant by police when angry protesters, many
of whom had been attending 40th anniversary celebrations at
the nearby Aboriginal Tent Embassy, surrounded the
building. ACT Policing said it had finalised its
investigation… ”

National Indigenous Times: A New Generation of Freedom Riders
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/1185-a-new-generation-of-freedom-riders.html
7 Jun 12: “Story and image supplied by Johanna Kerin.
Charles Perkins’ historic Freedom Ride of 1965 has been
recreated by a group of youths from New South Wales Central
Coast. Their journey was captured in a 60 minute film,
which held its world premiere on Wednesday night, to an
audience of Freedom Ride participants, community members,
family and… ”

Roxby Downs Sun: Protestors working with elders
http://www.roxbydownssun.com.au/news/local/news/general/protestors-working-with-elders/2583271.aspx
7 Jun 12: “The organisers of the “Lizard’s Revenge” event
scheduled for next month on Arabana country have said they
have been working with Aboriginal elders throughout their
preparations. One of the organisers Izzy Brown said the
organisers have consulted with aboriginal groups on several
levels. “We have been in contact with both Kokatha and
Arabunna elders, the Coober Pedy Kunga Juta, and Uncle
Kevin Buzzacott,” she said.”

Moree Champion: To stop paying rent would be silly: Munro
http://www.moreechampion.com.au/news/local/news/general/to-stop-paying-rent-would-be-silly-munro/2583114.aspx
7 Jun 12: “GOMEROI tribal people in the Moree area have
been advised by their clans to stop paying rent for houses
in the “top camp” and “old mission” areas as part of an
assertion of sovereignty. Aboriginal spokesperson Michael
Anderson said the Moree Gomeroi people were unhappy with
the NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSW ALC) for transferring
administration of all NSW Aboriginal Land Council houses to
foreign rental agencies. … However he [Moree Aboriginal
Land Council chair Lloyd Munro Snr] said it would be
“really silly” to stop paying rent for housing.”