Archive for July, 2012

120726 – “A mental health crisis behind bars” Tracker

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 26/07/2012 by D

Contents:
* Tracker: A mental health crisis behind bars
* News Release: Family demands independent investigation into
death in custody in Alice Springs Hospital
* ANTaR: Reducing Imprisonment of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander people
* UnitingJustice:
Pastoral Letter on Action Against ‘Stronger Futures’
* Michael Brull: Are Little Children still Sacred?
* Jon Altman: NT intervention: what happened to outcomes?
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles

* TRACKER: A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS BEHIND BARS

– News

newsTracker: A mental health crisis behind bars
http://tracker.org.au/2012/07/a-mental-health-crisis-behind-bars/
25 Jul 12: “QUEENSLAND: … a new study that has found the
majority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Queenslanders currently in jail suffer from mental illness.
The study was conducted by Queensland Forensic Mental
Health Services and is one of the first to survey the
prevalence of mental health disorders amongst Indigenous
prisoners in the state. It found 72.8 percent of men and
86.1 percent of women surveyed suffered from at least one
mental health disorder. … The most common anxiety
disorder amongst both men and women was post-traumatic
stress disorder.”

newsTracker:
One third of prison entrants suffer from mental illness: AIHW
http://tracker.org.au/2012/07/one-third-of-prison-entrants-suffer-from-mental-illness-aihw/
25 Jul 12: “NATIONAL: About one-third of people who enter
prison in Australia have a history of mental illness, a new
report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
(AIHW) says. The report found 31 percent of prison entrants
had been told by a medical professional that they had a
mental health disorder, the report said, a figure that is
2.5 times higher than the general population. It comes
following a report in Queensland which found the majority
of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women in
incarceration suffered from a mental health disorder.”
Amy McQuire, a Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman,
editor of Tracker

* NEWS RELEASE:
FAMILY DEMANDS INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO
DEATH IN CUSTODY IN ALICE SPRINGS HOSPITAL

– News Release

Family demands independent investigation into
death in custody in Alice Springs Hospital
Sovereign Union: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/family-demands-independent-investigation-death-custody-alice-springs-hospital
Treaty Republic: http://treatyrepublic.net/content/family-demands-independent-investigation-death-custody-alice-springs-hospital
“The family of Arabana man, Peter Clarke, issued a call
today for the Northern Territory Government to launch an
independent enquiry into his death in Alice Springs
Hospital. He was 56 year old. Mr Clarke died on Tuesday 3
April 2012. He’d been due for parole on 26 March 2012 but
was hospitalised on 19 March. When Peter Clarke’s younger
brother Wayne and sister Gladys visited the hospital, they
were shocked to find their brother cuffed by the ankle to
the hospital bed. A Corrections Officer was also standing
guard at the door. … ”

– Audio Interviews

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Kylie Hampton & Bruce Campbell
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/
24 Jul 12: “* Kylie Hampton, Daughter of Peter Clarke
* Bruce Campbell, WA Deaths in Custody Watch Committee”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/kylie-hampton-bruce-campbell/

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Ray Jackson speaks about Peter Clarke death…
http://caama.com.au/ray-jackson-speaks-about-peter-clarke-death
24 Jul 12: “The Indigenous Social Justice Association has
been fighting for a long time now against Aboriginal deaths
in custody. It is an ongoing issue and one that continues
to raise the concern of many Indigenous Australians’ and
non Indigenous Australians. The death earlier this year of
Peter Clarke in the Alice Springs hospital has concerned
the Indigenous Social Justice Aassociation. Ray Jackson
joins Paul Wiles on Strong Voices.”

* ANTaR:
REDUCING IMPRISONMENT OF ABORIGINAL AND
TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLE

– Issues and Campaigns

ANTaR
– Justice, Rights, and Respect for Australia’s First Peoples:
Reducing Imprisonment of Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander people
Attorneys General Urge Action on Aboriginal Incarceration
http://www.antar.org.au/issues_and_campaigns/reducing_indigenous_incarceration
“A meeting of the Standing Committee of Attorneys General on
July 21st – 22nd 2011 agreed to make recommendations to the
Commonwealth for action on reducing Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander imprisonment rates. A post-meeting
Communique stated: “Ministers discussed the unacceptable
rates of incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander peoples, including the House of Representatives
Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Affairs Doing Time – Time for Doing Report and agreed: … ”

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:

http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
25 Jul 12: “Australia’s peak Indigenous Social Justice
group says Aboriginal and Islander people have been dying
in custody at the rate of one a month for the past thirty
years.”

– Related News

newsTracker:
Family mourns as they await answers over Briscoe death
http://tracker.org.au/2012/07/family-mourns-as-they-await-answers-over-briscoe-death/
25 Jul 12: “NORTHERN TERRITORY: Kwementyaye Briscoe’s aunty
Patricia Morton-Thomas doesn’t know what the word ‘justice’
is supposed to mean. She’s been asked countless times
whether her family will ever see it following the death of
the 27-year-old Anmatyere man, who passed away on the
floor of an Alice Springs watch house earlier this year.
“I honestly don’t understand what (justice) means. The
average person on the ground has a completely different
idea of what justice is to our legal system.” Ms
Morton-Thomas told Tracker.” Amy McQuire, a Darumbal and
South Sea Islander woman, editor of Tracker

* UNITINGJUSTICE:
PASTORAL LETTER ON ACTION AGAINST ‘STRONGER FUTURES’

– Letters

UnitingJustice:
Pastoral Letter on Action Against ‘Stronger Futures’
http://www.unitingjustice.org.au/justice-for-indigenous-australians/news/item/867-pastoral-letter-from-the-president-on-action-against-stronger-futures
22 Jul 12: “Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, …
Yesterday, all the members of the Assembly, many of the
guests and visitors and local Uniting Church members walked
from the Assembly venue to the Parliament House of South
Australia to hold a vigil in response to the passing of the
Federal Stronger Futures legislation. I write to explain
what led the Assembly to take this action. … We heard
stories of the impact of the Northern Territory
Intervention on the lives, wellbeing and dignity of many
people in Indigenous communities and their cries of
despair at the passing of the Stronger Futures legislation
which continues many of the harmful and discriminatory
policies of the previous Intervention. …
Reverend Professor Andrew Dutney
President, Uniting Church in Ausralia Assembly”

UnitingJustice:
Pastoral Letter on Action Against ‘Stronger Futures’
[scroll down page] http://www.unitingjustice.org.au/justice-for-indigenous-australians/news/item/867-pastoral-letter-from-the-president-on-action-against-stronger-futures
22 Jul 12: “To the Members of the Uniting Church in Australia
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
Our covenantal relationship with the Uniting Church of
Australia was made stronger and deeper in its meaning as
all the members of the Assembly walked together with
Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress members
to conduct a vigil of prayer and lament on the steps of the
South Australian Parliament. This public act of solidarity
was in support of our Congress members who have felt the
pain and frustration of the Northern Territory Intervention
in their communities. Together the Uniting Church and
Congress lamented the passing of the Stronger Futures
legislation …
Reverend Rronang Garrawurra
Chair, Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress”

– Related News

Insights Magazine
– Uniting Church in Australia’s Synod of NSW & ACT:
Prayer vigil called to mourn passing of Stronger Futures legislation
http://www.insights.uca.org.au/news/prayer-vigil-called-to-mourn-passing-of-stronger-futures-legislation
18 Jul 12: “Members of the Uniting Church’s 13th Assembly
will gather publicly in Adelaide on Thursday July 19 for a
lunchtime prayer vigil to express extreme concern about the
“Stronger Futures” legislation. In a dramatic response to
calls for action to support the Indigenous people of
Australia, Assembly changed its order of business so it
could make the strongest possible statement about the law.
The Chairperson of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander
Christian Congress, the Rev. Rronang Garrawurra, and the
new President of the Uniting Church, the Rev. Professor
Andrew Dutney, will stand shoulder-to-shoulder at the
prayer vigil.”

Indymedia Australia:
Prayer Vigil Today to Mourn Stronger Futures Laws
[scroll down page] http://www.indymedia.org.au/2012/07/20/govt%E2%80%99s-nt-move-makes-a-mockery-of-%E2%80%98sorry%E2%80%99-bishop
19 Jul 12: “Rev. Rronang Garrawurra …
The entire 265 Members of the Uniting Church’s Assembly
meeting will hold a prayer vigil at 1 pm on Thursday 19
July on the steps of the South Australian Parliament to
express their extreme concern at the passage of the Federal
Government’s Stronger Futures legislation. … “They have
taken our land and now our humanity is taken away by this
new law,” said Rev. Garrawurra, speaking through an
interpreter in his native Yolngu language. “The Uniting
Church mourns another lost opportunity for true
reconciliation with the First Peoples of Australia,” said
Rev. Prof. Dutney … ”

– Related Audio

The Wire: Stronger Futures Protest
Produced by Christopher Testa
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9382
19 Jul 12: “There were prayers being said and songs being
sung today on the steps of South Australia’s Parliament
house, as the Uniting Church gathered for its triennial
assembly. The prayers carried a message for the federal
government. Christopher Testa was there.
Featured in story:
* Rev Rronang Garrawurra, Chairperson of the
Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress
* Rev Professor Andrew Dutney, President of the Uniting Church
* Robert Hoosan, Chair of the Northern Region of the
Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress”

* MICHAEL BRULL: ARE LITTLE CHILDREN STILL SACRED?

– News

newsTracker: Are Little Children still Sacred?
http://tracker.org.au/2012/07/are-little-children-still-sacred/
25 Jul 12: “NATIONAL: The intervention was sparked by the
NT government-commissioned Little Children Are Sacred
report. But how far removed is it from Stronger Futures,
asks MICHAEL BRULL*. Yolngu leader Rev Dr Djiniyini
Gondarra OAM said that, “For those of us living in the
Northern Territory the anguish of the past five years of
intervention has been almost unbearable”. The Stronger
Futures legislation expands these five years of racially
discriminatory legislation for another 10 years. … It is
worth revisiting the Little Children are Sacred report,
which envisioned a very different type of future. … ”
Michael Brull, studying a Juris Doctor at UNSW,
an occasional Tracker contributor, published in the
Indigenous Law Bulletin, National Times, ABC Drum, Overland

* JON ALTMAN: NT INTERVENTION: WHAT HAPPENED TO OUTCOMES?

– Analysis / Opinion

NT intervention: what happened to outcomes?
Crikey: http://www.crikey.com.au/2012/07/12/nt-intervention-what-happened-to-outcomes/
ISX: http://www.isx.org.au/forums/read.php?18,10071,10071,quote=1
12 Jul 12: “The fifth anniversary of the Northern Territory
Emergency Response Intervention ticked over Tuesday. It was
supposed to be “liberation” day for prescribed communities
in the Northern Territory, by now supposedly “stabilised,
normalised and exited”. Instead it was another day of shame
for the many Aboriginal people who are demeaned and
humiliated by intervention measures and resent such
“special” treatment. On the eve of this anniversary, the
Australian government strategically released its latest
Closing the Gap in the Northern Territory Monitoring Report
for the period July to December 2011.”
Jon Altman, social sciences research professor,
Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research,
Australian National University

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

Last updated: 24 July 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: 4 July 2012

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

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Audio

The Wire:
Calls for a national representative body for Indigenous elders
Produced by Tawar Razaghi
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9394
24 Jul 12: “Indigenous elders across the country are
working on a national representative body for elders after
attending a Think Tank at Griffith University. Seventy five
academic elders came together at the event discussing the
importance of their role in higher education of preserving
cultural knowledge and influencing indigenous policy. As a
result there was an overwhelming consensus for the need of
a national voice representing academic elders in key
policies and debates. …
Featured in story:
* Professor Boni Robertson Director – Indigenous Community
Engagement Policy and Partnerships, Griffith University
* Associate Professor Berice Anning – Dean of Indigenous
Education, University of Western Sydney”

– News

newsTracker:
Warlpiri celebrate signing of largest IPA in Australian history
http://tracker.org.au/2012/07/warlpiri-celebrate-signing-of-largest-ipa-in-australian-history/
25 Jul 12: “NORTHERN TERRITORY: An area the size of
Portugal has been signed off in the southern Tanami desert
in the Northern Territory, making it the largest Indigenous
Protected Area (IPA) in the country. The region features
some of the most pristine and diverse desert in the nation.
Ten million hectares of it will be a conservation zone, the
federal government announced this month. It makes it the
largest protected area in Australia and takes in a small
part of the Great Sandy Desert. It is the homeland of the
Warlpiri people and links the desert to the subtropical
savannas.”

Koori Mail: NPY women ask for income management
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
25 Jul 12: “ABORIGINAL women in remote South Australia and
Western Australia are actively campaigning to be included
in the Federal Government’s income management scheme, first
introduced under the Northern Territory Intervention. The
influential Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and
Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council says it has surveyed
its members and found they strongly believe income
management … would help reduce alcohol abuse, violence,
gambling, child abuse and neglect in their communities.”

– – –

120724 – “Leaders outraged as Indigenous issues sidelined by Prime Minister” Media Release

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 24/07/2012 by D

Contents:
* Media Release:
Leaders outraged as Indigenous issues sidelined by Prime Minister
* Video: Barb Shaw questions the PM on Stronger Futures
* David Selden:
Letter to Jenny Macklin [re ‘Stronger Futures’ compliance]
* Background: Calls for ‘Stronger Futures’ laws to be
subject to Human Rights scrutiny
* Insights UCA:
Prayer vigil called to mourn passing of Stronger Futures
legislation
* Catholic Weekly:
Govt’s NT move makes a mockery of ‘sorry’: bishop
* More ‘Stronger Futures’ Legislation related articles
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Interview with Marion Scrymgour re NT Labor’s education policy
* Greg Dickson: How not to report on Indigenous education
* Background to the use of Aboriginal languages in NT schools
* Media Release: A return to the gates of hell?
[Olympic Dam Uranium mine]
* The Wire: Anti-nuclear campaigner [Dr Helen Caldicott]
takes on the non-converted
* Background to expansion of Olympic Dam mine challenge
* National Indigenous Television (NITV) Coming Soon Free-To-Air
* Other articles

* MEDIA RELEASE:
LEADERS OUTRAGED AS INDIGENOUS ISSUES SIDELINED BY PRIME MINISTER

– Media Release

Leaders outraged as Indigenous issues sidelined by Prime Minister
Stand For Freedom: http://standforfreedom.org.au/2012/07/23/leaders-outraged-as-indigenous-issues-sidelined-by-prime-minister/
STICS: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/press-releases/leaders-outraged-as-indigenous-issues-sidelined-by-prime-minister-23-7-12
23 Jul 12: “Indigenous leaders and human rights groups are
outraged that their question to the Prime Minister
concerning the human rights validity of the recently passed
Stronger Futures legislation was not asked, despite it
being in 4th place in last Saturday’s Google Hangout with
the Prime Minister.
The question, posted by Stand For Freedom director Damien
Curtis, received 9000 votes in just 4 days, making it one
of the fastest growing and most successful questions in
the online competition. It finished in 4th place, ahead of
the carbon tax questions heavily lobbied for by commentator
Andrew Bolt.
However, those supporting the question were bitterly
disappointed when, out of a total of 17 questions put to
the Prime Minister, their question did not appear, even
though a pre-recorded Youtube video had been submitted of
Aboriginal leader Barbara Shaw asking the question.
Along with the winning top 3, the other questions asked
included 5th, 6th, 8th and 13th positions, 8 unlisted
questions, and bizarrely 52nd and 88th positions (with 100
votes between them). … ”

See:

OurSay:
in the hot seat: The Hon Julia Gillard MP
Hangout with the Prime Minister
http://oursay.org/hangout-with-the-prime-minister
http://oursay.org/hangout-with-the-prime-minister/sort:votes/dir:desc
“OurSay users join Julia Gillard as she responds to winning
OurSay questions, as well as others questions chosen by
Fairfax, from the ‘Hangout with the PM’ OurSay. This Google
hangout was broadcast live across the nation on July 21st
at 11am. OurSay users join Julia Gillard as she responds.”

* VIDEO: BARB SHAW QUESTIONS THE PM ON STRONGER FUTURES

– Video

YouTube: Our Generation, Our Say! Barb Shaw’s question

19 Jul 12: “Barb Shaw presents a question to the Prime
Minister, Julia Gillard on why Stronger Futures legislation
will not receive adequate scrutiny.”

– Background News

Stand for Freedom: Our Question to PM: 4th place
http://standforfreedom.org.au/2012/07/21/our-question-to-pm-4th-place/
21 Jul 12: “Thanks to a huge movement of support, our
question to the Prime Minister received 9000 votes in 4
days. The final result?: We came 4th… narrowly missing the
top winning 3. So unfortunately our question won’t be asked
live to the PM. … Aboriginal leader Barbara Shaw recorded
the question today, and fingers crossed, our challenge to
Stronger Futures will still be put to the Prime Minister.”

Stand for Freedom:
Aboriginal leader Barbara Shaw to ask question to PM
http://standforfreedom.org.au/2012/07/19/aboriginal-leader-barbara-shaw-to-ask-question-to-pm/
19 Jul 12: “If we make it into the top 3, Aboriginal
community leader Barbara Shaw from Mt Nancy Town Camp
(Alice Springs, NT) will ask the question live to the
Prime Minister.”

WGAR News: “Vote for our question [on Stronger Futures]
to the Prime Minister” Stand for Freedom (17 Jul 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/17/wgar-news-vote-for-our-question-on-stronger-futures-to-the-prime-minister-stand-for-freed

* DAVID SELDEN:
LETTER TO JENNY MACKLIN [RE ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ COMPLIANCE]

– Letter

Respect and Listen: Human Rights Review
Requests for Stronger Futures to be scrutinized for
Human Rights compliance
David Selden – 18 July 2012 – Letter to Jenny Macklin
http://www.respectandlisten.org/nt-intervention/human-rights-review.html
18 Jul 12: “It is noted that the so-called ‘Stronger
Futures’ Legislation was passed by Parliament without any
justification. … you [Ms Macklin] stated that there had
been meaningful consultation with Aboriginal communities
in the ‘prescribed areas’ and that the legislation is
compliant with domestic and international law. However, you
did not provide any details in support of these claims. …”
For more, see National Indigenous Times, 18 July 12,
Issue 273, Vol. 11, page 34 – http://www.nit.com.au

* BACKGROUND: CALLS FOR ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LAWS TO BE
SUBJECT TO HUMAN RIGHTS SCRUTINY

Last updated: 15 July 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/07/background-calls-for-stronger-futures-laws-to-be-subject-to-human-rights-scrutiny

* INSIGHTS UCA:
PRAYER VIGIL CALLED TO MOURN PASSING OF
STRONGER FUTURES LEGISLATION

– News

Insights Magazine
– Uniting Church in Australia’s Synod of NSW & ACT:
Prayer vigil called to mourn passing of Stronger Futures
legislation
http://www.insights.uca.org.au/news/prayer-vigil-called-to-mourn-passing-of-stronger-futures-legislation
18 Jul 12: “Members of the Uniting Church’s 13th Assembly
will gather publicly in Adelaide on Thursday July 19 for a
lunchtime prayer vigil to express extreme concern about the
“Stronger Futures” legislation. In a dramatic response to
calls for action to support the Indigenous people of
Australia, Assembly changed its order of business so it
could make the strongest possible statement about the law.
The Chairperson of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander
Christian Congress, the Rev. Rronang Garrawurra, and the
new President of the Uniting Church, the Rev. Professor
Andrew Dutney, will stand shoulder-to-shoulder at the
prayer vigil.”

Indymedia Australia:
Prayer Vigil Today to Mourn Stronger Futures Laws
[scroll down page] http://www.indymedia.org.au/2012/07/20/govt%E2%80%99s-nt-move-makes-a-mockery-of-%E2%80%98sorry%E2%80%99-bishop
19 Jul 12: “Rev. Rronang Garrawurra …
The entire 265 Members of the Uniting Church’s Assembly
meeting will hold a prayer vigil at 1 pm on Thursday 19
July on the steps of the South Australian Parliament to
express their extreme concern at the passage of the Federal
Government’s Stronger Futures legislation. … “They have
taken our land and now our humanity is taken away by this
new law,” said Rev. Garrawurra, speaking through an
interpreter in his native Yolngu language. “The Uniting
Church mourns another lost opportunity for true
reconciliation with the First Peoples of Australia,” said
Rev. Prof. Dutney … ”

– Audio

The Wire: Stronger Futures Protest
Produced by Christopher Testa
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9382
19 Jul 12: “There were prayers being said and songs being
sung today on the steps of South Australia’s Parliament
house, as the Uniting Church gathered for its triennial
assembly. The prayers carried a message for the federal
government. Christopher Testa was there.
Featured in story:
* Rev Rronang Garrawurra, Chairperson of the
Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress
* Rev Professor Andrew Dutney, President of the Uniting Church
* Robert Hoosan, Chair of the Northern Region of the
Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress”

* CATHOLIC WEEKLY:
GOVT’S NT MOVE MAKES A MOCKERY OF ‘SORRY’: BISHOP

– News

Catholic Weekly – Sydney:
Govt’s NT move makes a mockery of ‘sorry’: bishop
http://www.catholicweekly.com.au/print.php?articleID=10354&class=Latest%20News&subclass=CW%20National
22 Jul 12: “The Gillard Government’s 10-year extension of
the Northern Territory intervention is not only a “huge
betrayal”, but a “giant step backwards” in relationships
with Aboriginal people, says Bishop Christopher Saunders,
chairman of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council.
… Bishop Saunders, Bishop of Broome, says the
intervention makes a “mockery” of former Prime Minister
Kevin Rudd’s ‘sorry’ to the stolen generation in 2008.”

– Related Analysis / Opinion

Australia Incognita:
The bishops on the Northern Territory Intervention: bah humbug!
http://australiaincognita.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/the-bishops-on-northern-territory.html
21 Jul 12: “Since I’m on a public policy spin at the
moment, let me register my complaint about the bishops’
continuing condemnation of the Northern Territory
Intervention. Undermining the teaching authority: This is
one of those classic areas where the social teaching of the
Church offers some principles we should consider. But it
simply does not support, in my view, a clear conclusion one
way or another, because there are different judgments that
can be arrived at depending on the relative weight you put
on those principles and your assessment of the actual
factual situation.”

* MORE ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LEGISLATION RELATED ARTICLES:

– News

Australian: Safety of children thrust to forefront
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/safety-of-children-thrust-to-forefront/story-fn59niix-1226430406622
20 Jul 12: “THE radical Northern Territory Emergency
Response, or intervention, has increased awareness of child
safety and led to more resources to counter under-reporting
and investigation of child maltreatment, a new paper
reveals. Daryl Higgins, deputy director of research at the
Australian Institute of Family Studies, said evidence
suggested the measures introduced in June 2007 had
significantly increased the reporting and investigation of
child safety concerns, but it was unclear whether the
intervention had led to a sustained reduction in risk to
indigenous children.”

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

Last updated: 20 July 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: 4 July 2012

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

* INTERVIEW WITH MARION SCRYMGOUR RE NT LABOR’S EDUCATION POLICY:

– Interview

Country Liberals: Labor’s education policy
http://www.countryliberals.org.au/media.php?id=3205
19 Jul 12: “Marion Scrymgour: I have come out very clearly
saying what I got wrong and what I got wrong was saying
that kids will only be speaking English in the first four
hours of school and that was wrong to say that because the
reality in most remote aboriginal communities the
aboriginal language whatever is the first language would be
used as a vehicle for instruction for English that was
always what the transforming indigenous education policy
was all about. … English, English, English only was a
huge mistake of mine and I’ve admitted that and I’ve moved
on.”

* GREG DICKSON: HOW NOT TO REPORT ON INDIGENOUS EDUCATION

– Analysis / Opinion

Fully (sic) – Crikey’s language blog:
How not to report on Indigenous education
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/fullysic/2012/07/20/how-not-to-report-on-indigenous-education/
20 Jul 12: “On Monday I got a phone call out of the blue
from a journalist from The Australian. Initially, I felt a
bit chuffed being cold-called by a big newspaper. I soon
realised however that the journo was asking me about stuff
that wasn’t really my area of expertise. She wanted to
know about ESL teaching in the APY (Anangu Pitjantjatjara
Yankunytjatjara) lands. This is out of my area
geographically (desert rather than Top End) and
professionally (education rather than linguistics). …
When I saw the resulting story, I learned that she didn’t
do a good job of reporting on the issue at all.”
By Greg Dickson

* BACKGROUND TO THE USE OF ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES IN NT SCHOOLS:

Last updated: 20 July 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/05/background-to-the-use-of-aboriginal-languages-in-nt-schools-bilingual-education

* MEDIA RELEASE: A RETURN TO THE GATES OF HELL?

– Media Release

Closing of the Lizard’s Revenge Festival at Olympic Dam,
but the anti uranium struggle will go on
A return to the gates of hell?
Antinuclear: http://antinuclear.net/2012/07/19/closing-of-the-lizards-revenge-festival-at-olympic-dam-but-the-anti-uranium-struggle-will-go-on/
19 Jul 12: “Yesterday was the last official day of the
Lizards Revenge Music and Arts Festival of Resistance at
the Olympic Dam Uranium mine, where over 500 protestors
have gathered for the past week.
Dr Helen Caldicott visited the Lizards Revenge to run a
workshop addressing health issues relating to uranium
yesterday afternoon. …
Elder Kevin Buzzacott has extended an invitation to the
festival participants to join him on Arabunna country to
visit the mound springs in the Lake Eyre region, which
have been impacted by the extraction of water from the
Artesian Basin for the uranium mine. …
Organisers are extremely happy with the event, with people
coming from all states and territories and as far as
Japan, Canada and Europe to participate.”

– Event

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
Invitation from uncle Kevin Buzzacott: http://bhpbillitonwatch.net/2012/06/16/invitation-to-the-lizards-revenge/

* THE WIRE: ANTI-NUCLEAR CAMPAIGNER TAKES ON THE NON-CONVERTED

– Audio Interview

The Wire: Anti-nuclear campaigner takes on the non-converted
Produced by Annie Hastwell
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9383
19 Jul 12: “Dr Helen Caldicott has taken her message about
the dangers of uranium around the world for four decades.
Her grave fears about what will be the world’s biggest
uranium mine, Olympic Dam, have brought her back home. She
has just returned from the Lizard’s revenge protest in SA’s
far north and said she was shocked by the heavy police
response to the protest.
Related Links: Helen’s broadcast site:
http://www.ifyoulovethisplanet.org/

* BACKGROUND TO EXPANSION OF OLYMPIC DAM MINE CHALLENGE:

Last updated: 20 July 2012

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

* NATIONAL INDIGENOUS TELEVISION (NITV) COMING SOON FREE-TO-AIR:

– Television

National Indigenous Television (NITV) Coming Soon Free-To-Air
[scroll down page] http://www.nitv.org.au/fx-program.cfm?pid=EA404D72-F484-A547-CBF065AB459C2328
“As you may be aware NITV has joined the SBS family and
will launch Free-to-Air by the end of 2012. Yes that’s
right, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander television
coming soon to a television screen near you. That means
that you no longer have to pay to access NITV. It will be
free for everyone in our communities. To keep up to date
with the launch dates then register on Campfire on
http://www.nitv.org.au. ”

See:

http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/

http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/2255841853/NITV-NEWS-13-07-2012#Menu:News%20&%20Sport.children.6

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– News

newsTracker: Redmond to visit APY lands
http://tracker.org.au/2012/07/redmond-to-visit-apy-lands/
23 Jul 12: “SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Opposition Leader Isobel
Redmond will visit the state’s Anangu Pitjantjatjara
Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands this week. Ms Redmond and
opposition aboriginal affairs spokesman Duncan McFetridge
will visit schools and hold talks with community leaders
in SA’s northwest. “We will be visiting schools and talking
with principals, teachers and students along with community
representatives in an effort to get a good overview of the
issues, opportunities and challenges facing the many people
who live there,” Ms Redmond said in a statement on Monday.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Social benefits for gas hub deal slammed
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7400-social-benefits-for-gas-hub-deal-slammed
20 Jul 12: “A former advisor to the Howard Government says
the planned $40 billion gas hub by Woodside Petroleum in
the Kimberley won’t benefit Indigenous groups in the area.
Successful businessman Geoff Cousins says mining companies
have been in the region for about four decades, but
Indigenous people remain significantly disadvantaged. Mr.
Cousins says a plan by Woodside and the Western Australian
Government to improve health and education infrastructure
only if communities allow development their land is unfair.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Anti-uranium protesters: Mining companies ‘divide and rule’
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7399-anti-uranium-protesters-mining-companies-divide-and-rule
20 Jul 12: “Anti-uranium protesters in South Australia say
developers are only dealing with Aboriginal groups that
agree with them on the Olympic Dam mine expansion. A group
of protesters were this week joined by representatives
from Indigenous communities in the region at the Roxby
Downs site to voice their opposition to the plan. BHB
Billiton says it has the support of traditional owner
groups but protest organiser Nectaria Calan says many
Arabana and Kokatha people remain against it.”

Australian: Workers left out of APY intervention
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/workers-left-out-of-apy-intervention/story-fn59niix-1226430406890
20 Jul 12: “SOUTH Australia’s remote Aboriginal lands will
be the site of the next wave of the federal intervention,
after the completion of consultation in the region. But
community groups say they are concerned the consultation
process on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands
has not adequately heard concerns from wage-earners about
humbugging. As consultation on income quarantining began in
May, The Australian revealed that the region’s respected
Women’s Council was calling for a broader programto
encompass workers.”

National Indigenous Times: Muckaty’s port protest
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1468-muckatys-port-protest.html
19 Jul 12: “Traditional Owners have joined more than 200
unionists and their families on Stokes Hill Wharf in Darwin
to protest the Federal Government’s continued push to dump
radioactive waste on their land at Muckaty. The rally marks
seven years since the former Howard government announced
plans for building the first national radioactive waste
dump at one of three potential sites in the Northern… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Gas hub opponents claim EPA findings are a sham
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1465-gas-hub-opponents-claim-epa-findings-are-a-sham.html
19 Jul 12: “By National Indigenous Times West Australian
reporter Gerry Georgatos. The Australian Greens, Aboriginal
Elders and Kimberley residents have condemned the
Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) report and
recommendations giving the go-ahead for the Browse Basin
gas hub at James Price Point, describing the environmental
assessment process “as a… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Maintain the rage and fight for justice over our stolen
wages, says Moncrieff
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1462-maintain-the-rage-and-fight-for-justice-over-our-stolen-wages-says-moncrieff.html
19 Jul 12: “By National Indigenous Times West Australian
reporter Gerry Georgatos. Yamatji singer/songwriter, rights
activist and Stolen Wages campaigner Phil Moncrieff has not
given up in the fight for justice for the victims of the
Stolen Wages in Western Australia. The West Australian
government said in March the living victims and not any of
the families will be eligible to apply for up… ”

National Indigenous Times: Constitutional reform
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1466-constitutional-reform.html
19 Jul 12: “By National Indigenous Times reporter Geoff
Bagnall. Professor Mick Dodson has thrown his weight behind
calls for Constitutional changes to recognise Aboriginal
people and ban racial discrimination declaring such changes
would “cast out forever the dead legal and policy corpse
of white Australia”. The government has said it would like
the referendum to be held with the 2013 Federal… ”

– Analysis / Opinion

National Indigenous Times:
Pru Goward responds to questions on Moree and Toomelah
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/1446-pru-goward-responds-to-questions-on-moree-and-toomelah.html
19 Jul 12: “The Moree Champion newspaper sought responses
from the NSW Minister for Community Services, Pru Goward on
the Toomelah issues relating to allegations of child sex
abuse aired on the ABC television current affairs program
the 7.30 Report. The newspaper put 11 questions to the
Minister. Those questions and the Minister’s responses are
published below: … ”

National Indigenous Times:
A combined effort is required from us all, says NSWALC
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/1445-a-combined-effort-is-required-from-us-all-says-nswalc.html
19 Jul 12: “The major issues affecting the Toomelah
community such as poor housing, lack of employment, the
provision of decent drinking water and an effective
sewerage system can only be addressed by the combined
effort of the Federal Government, the NSW Aboriginal Land
Council, the Local Aboriginal Land Council and the
community, a spokesman for the NSW Aboriginal Land Council
has… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Abuse survivor claims police have been told who are predators
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/1444-abuse-survivor-claims-police-have-been-told-who-are-predators.html
19 Jul 12: “By National Indigenous Times reporter Geoff
Bagnall. New South Wales Minister Pru Goward’s claim police
cannot investigate child sex abuse in Toomelah without
evidence has been disputed by Alice Haines, a former
Toomelah resident and abuse survivor. Ms Haines featured in
a report by the ABC television’s current affairs program,
7.30 which claimed sex abuse of children in Toomelah… ”

National Indigenous Times:
We have been abandoned, says Leroy Connors
– that’s why we are suffering
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/1443-we-have-been-abandoned-says-leroy-connors-thats-why-we-are-suffering.html
19 Jul 12: “As blame game continues between government and
Land Councils all the Toomelah community wants is action to
finally fix the problems. By National Indigenous Times
reporter Geoff Bagnall. Toomelah and its residents have
been abandoned by all of the agencies who have
responsibility for the social services every community
should normally have provided, according to a former… ”

– Videos

YouTube: Income Management (Child Protection Measure):
Experiences from Western Australia
By fahcsia

5 Jul 12: “Hear the stories of people involved in income
management in Western Australia, including participants,
the Jacaranda Community Centre and the Department of Child
Protection.”

YouTube: Income management
– Experiences from Western Australia
By fahcsia

5 Jul 12: “Hear the stories of people involved in income
management in Western Australia, including participants,
the Jacaranda Community Centre and the Department of Child
Protection.”

120721 – Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia – 18 events from 21 July 2012

Posted in EVENTS, NEWSLETTER on 24/07/2012 by D

Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia
– 18 events from 21 July 2012

Click on the links for details of the events …

Event: Thu 26 July 2012: Redfern, Sydney, NSW
Public Forum for Constitutional Change
Invitation from Women’s Reconciliation Network
With Speakers:
* Jody Broun Co Chair, National Congress of First Peoples
* Linda Burney MP Member for Canterbury
* Jacqui Phillips National Director of ANTaR
Event details: http://www.nswreconciliation.org.au/events-1/public-forum-for-constitutional-change

Event: Fri 27 July 2012: The Rocks, Sydney, NSW
Talks on The Rocks:
Spirit of the Tent Embassy: 40 years on
* July 27 – Gabi Widders, an Anaiwan and Gumbangier woman
“To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Tent Embassy,
The Rocks Discovery Museum has invited four
Aboriginal women to reflect on the significance
of the Embassy in their own and their family’s
lives for Talks on The Rocks in July.”
Event details: http://www.therocks.com/sydney-Things_To_Do-The_Rocks_Discovery_Museum-Talks_on_The_Rocks-Talks_on_The_Rocks.htm
Event details: [scroll down page] http://spraci.info/areaevents.php?parea=x0aus

Event: 28 and 29 July 2012: Moree, NSW
Moree Sovereign Union Interim Government Gathering
Agenda – Draft No 3: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/222
Flyers:
Colour JPG: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/images/2012/gatherings/moree-meeting-a4.jpg
Black & White JPG: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/images/2012/gatherings/moree-meeting-a4-bw.jpg
Colour PDF: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/pdf/moree-meeting-a4-2.pdf
Black & White PDF: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/pdf/moree-meeting-a4-bw0001.pdf
Details to be posted on Sovereign Union website: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/

Event: 5 to 28 July 2012: Various locations: NSW, Qld, ACT, Vic
Whitehouse Announce Australian Tour 2012
“While the Federal Government urges Australians
to get behind what is essentially an extension of
the Intervention into the Northern Territory for the
next ten years under a new title ‘Stronger Futures’,
a funk/hip hop crew – ironically called Whitehouse –
are urging their listeners to oppose what they
view as more of the same government oppression
on Australia’s first peoples.”
Event details: http://www.tonedeaf.com.au/news/tournews/173328/whitehouse-announce-australian-tour-2012.htm

Event: 1 – 31 July 2012: South Australia, SA
Solidarity for Homelands
“Nearly one-third of Indigenous people in the
Northern Territory live on homelands.
Research shows that with proper services,
people can be happier, healthier and live longer …
on their homelands. … Through visiting action groups
across South Australia during July you will be
sending a message of solidarity to communities
living on Homelands.”
Amnesty International SA-NT Action Centre
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/sa/event/29050/

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
Organised by Reconciliation for Western Sydney
Event details: http://reconciliation4westernsydney.org/index.php/building-bridges-2012
Event details: http://www.nswreconciliation.org.au/events-1/building-bridges-forum
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
Organised by Reconciliation for Western Sydney
Event details: http://reconciliation4westernsydney.org/index.php/building-bridges-2012
Event details: http://www.nswreconciliation.org.au/events-1/building-bridges-forum
Brochure: http://reconciliation4westernsydney.org/images/downloads/building_bridges_2012.pdf

Fri 10 August – Sun 26 August 2012: Darwin, NT
Official Opening Fri 10 Aug 6.30pm
Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud
Photographer Jagath Dheerasekara, human rights defender
This traveling exhibition is a collaborative project with
* the Manuwangku (Muckaty) Traditional Owners,
* the Beyond Nuclear Initiative (BNI) and
* Amnesty International.
“It is a testimony to the resilience of the community
and captures the determination of people bound
together through a common struggle to keep their
traditional land free from nuclear waste.
Muckaty, called by its Traditional Owners as Manuwangku,
situated 120 km North from Tennant Creek is a
country in the Northern Territory targeted for the
building of a federal radioactive waste storage facility.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/sa/event/29216/

Event: Sat 11 August 2012: Redfern, Sydney, NSW
Aboriginal Passport Ceremony
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/51566

Event: Sat 11 August 2012: Melbourne City, Vic
2012 Winter Action:
Stop Aboriginal Death 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: Wed 15 August 2012: Darwin, NT
NT Waste Dump – Discussion
“A discussion will be held concerning the
proposed federal radioactive waste dump
proposed for Muckaty.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/sa/event/29218/

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
Organised by Reconciliation for Western Sydney
Event details: http://reconciliation4westernsydney.org/index.php/building-bridges-2012
Event details: http://www.nswreconciliation.org.au/events-1/building-bridges-forum
Brochure: http://reconciliation4westernsydney.org/images/downloads/building_bridges_2012.pdf

Event: Thu 16 August 2012: Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW
Public meeting: Nuclear South Wales?
Resisting O’Farrell’s uranium push
Speakers:
* Luke Foley MLC, NSW Shadow Minister for the Environment
* Jamie Parker MP, NSW Greens uranium spokesperson
* Arthur Rorris, South Coast Labour Council secretary
* Peter Watts, Arabunna Man from South Australia
Chaired by: Rita Mallia, NSW President,
CFMEU Construction and General Division
Welcome to Country: Auntie Millie Ingram
Event details: http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/events/2012-2/

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
Organised by Reconciliation for Western Sydney
Event details: http://reconciliation4westernsydney.org/index.php/building-bridges-2012
Event details: http://www.nswreconciliation.org.au/events-1/building-bridges-forum
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
Organised by Reconciliation for Western Sydney
Event details: http://reconciliation4westernsydney.org/index.php/building-bridges-2012
Event details: http://www.nswreconciliation.org.au/events-1/building-bridges-forum
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
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/

120720 – “James Price Point is simply too valuable to be given over to industrialisation” Greens

Posted in NEWS on 24/07/2012 by D

Contents:
* Greens Rachel Siewert: 60% of Australians do not support
the processing of gas in the Kimberley
* Rachel Siewert: Australian Greens respond to the release
of the EPA recommendations on James Price Point
* Tracker: Brown backs Sea Shepherd campaign against Browse
* Walmadan Tent Embassy, James Price Point, north of Broome,
Kimberley Region, WA
* Background to the Aboriginal tent embassies
* ABC Darwin:
Bilingual education policy relaxed for bush schools
* NIRS: ‘First Four Hours’ policy change welcomed
* Background to the use of Aboriginal languages in NT schools
* Background to the Lizards Revenge
* MAPW: Doctors oppose expansion of Roxby Downs uranium mine
* NT Environment groups red light Olympic Dam Transport Option
* Audio:
Kevin Buzzacott, Arabunna elder talks about ‘Olympic Downs’
* Michael Anderson: Lizard’s Revenge – The South Australian
Government Ignores Its Founding Document, The Letters Patent
From Britain, As Though It Never Existed
* Background to expansion of Olympic Dam mine challenge

* GREENS RACHEL SIEWERT:
60% OF AUSTRALIANS DO NOT SUPPORT THE PROCESSING OF GAS
IN THE KIMBERLEY

– Media Release

Greens Rachel Siewert:
60% of Australians do not support the processing of gas
in the Kimberley
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/60-australians-do-not-support-processing-gas-kimberley
17 Jul 12: “The Australian Greens said today that 60% of
Australians do not support the processing of gas in the
Kimberley.
Speaking today at the announcement of the Sea Shepherd’s
visit to Broome and the Kimberley Senator Rachel Siewert,
said polling release today made it clear that Australians
say ‘No’ to the development of a gas hub in the Kimberley.
Australian Greens spokesperson on the Kimberley, Rachel
Siewert said the planned industrialisation of James Price
Point is rightly attracting nation-wide and international
attention.
“The proposed development at James Price Point is looming
as our country’s next major environmental flashpoint,”
Senator Siewert said today.
“The importance of this area for Aboriginal people along
with its amazing environmental values, including
fossilized dinosaur footprints, mean James Price Point is
simply too valuable to be given over to
industrialisation,” Senator Siewert said. … ”

* RACHEL SIEWERT:
AUSTRALIAN GREENS RESPOND TO THE RELEASE OF THE
EPA RECOMMENDATIONS ON JAMES PRICE POINT

– Media Release

Greens Rachel Siewert:
Australian Greens respond to the release of the
EPA recommendations on James Price Point
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/australian-greens-respond-release-epa-recommendations-james-price-point
16 Jul 12: “The Australian Greens have today condemned the
release of the EPA’s Report and Recommendations on the
proposal to locate the Browse Basin Gas Hub at James Price
Point in the Kimberley saying environmental assessment has
reached a new low point in WA.
Senator Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson for the
Kimberley and Northern Australia said today, “This report
and recommendations need to be rejected by the Federal
Government. How can anyone expect the results of this
sham of a process to be taken seriously?
“Not only has the process been flawed but the assessment
itself is deeply disturbing.
“By recusing four of the five board members due to their
connections with the project, and leaving the final
decision up to the Chair alone, the EPA Assessment must be
considered a flawed process that has not adequately
considered this project. … ” [said Senator Siewert] ”

* TRACKER: BROWN BACKS SEA SHEPHERD CAMPAIGN AGAINST BROWSE

– News

newsTracker: Brown backs Sea Shepherd campaign against Browse
http://tracker.org.au/2012/07/brown-backs-sea-shepherd-campaign-against-browse/
18 Jul 12: “NATIONAL: Former Greens senator Bob Brown has
traded in his political hat for a pair of sea legs by
joining the crew of the Sea Shepherd for an anti-gas hub
campaign. The Sea Shepherd crew will be meeting Aboriginal
activists in Broome before sailing to the proposed
development site – known as the Browse Gas Hub – in early
August. The former federal leader of the Greens will board
one of the environmental group’s ships as it sets sail for
the waters off the West Australian coast near Broome for
his first major campaign since retiring from politics last
month.”

– Related News

Age: Sea Shepherd to take on Woodside
http://www.theage.com.au/environment/conservation/sea-shepherd-to-take-on-woodside-20120717-2277s.html
17 Jul 12: “Sea Shepherd conservationists are to mount an
Australian mainland campaign for the first time, against
the $35 billion Browse gas hub project. The activists will
this week set off in their flagship, Steve Irwin, to draw
attention to potential impacts on humpback whales of the
giant project near Broome, Western Australia. In alliance
with the former Greens leader, Bob Brown, and local
Aboriginal people, the activists will steam from Melbourne
to the Kimberley coast – the main breeding ground for the
booming West Australian humpback population.”

newsTracker: Woodside gas hub condition ‘unworkable’
http://tracker.org.au/2012/07/woodside-gas-hub-condition-unworkable/
17 Jul 12: “KIMBERLEYS: A key environmental condition for
Woodside’s Browse gas project in Western Australia is
unworkable, conservationists say. … If it goes ahead with
the $30 billion development, Woodside must steer clear of
fossilised dinosaur footprints around the shoreline. The
Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) and the Australian
Greens’ senator for WA, Rachel Siewert, say the condition
is unworkable because the dinosaur footprints run the entire
length of the Dampier Peninsula.”

The West: Damage to dinosaur tracks ‘inevitable’
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/wa/14253856/damage-to-dinosaur-tracks-inevitable/
17 Jul 12: “Australian dinosaur expert Steve Salisbury says
damage to a nationally heritage listed dinosaur trackway
spanning the length of the Dampier Peninsula will be
“inevitable” should the gas project at James Price Point go
ahead. The Queensland University palaeontologist said he
was vindicated this week by the release of a peer-reviewed
report confirming the 200km site was internationally
significant and that more research was needed.”

Koori Mail: Greens slam gas hub approval
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
16 Jul 12: “THE Australian Greens have called on the
Federal Government to reject an Environment Protection
Authority report that gives the green light to a $30
billion gas hub at James Price Point near Broome in Western
Australia. Senator Rachel Siewert decribed the approval
process as flawed, pointing out that the approval was
granted by the EPA’s chairman Dr Paul Vogel because four of
the five board members had connections to the project.”

– Related Audio

The Wire: Gas hub approved on whale migration route
Produced by Natalie Muller
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9371
17 Jul 12: “The proposed Liquefied Natural Gas hub on the
Kimberley coastline in Western Australia has been given the
green light by the state’s environmental body. The
Environmental Protection Authority’s approval came with a
list of 29 conditions, including that fossilised dinosaur
footprints on the Dampier Peninsula remain intact, and
that activity around Humpback Whale migration routes be
limited. Woodside’s planned $34 billion project has long
been a source of controversy, and some environmental groups
say there hasn’t been enough research done into how marine
life will be affected.
Featured in story:
* Curt Jenner – Managing Director, Centre for Whale Research WA
* Jeff Hansen – Australian Director, Sea Shepherd
* Madeline Goddard – marine biologist,
Kimberley Community Whale Research Project”

* WALMADAN TENT EMBASSY, JAMES PRICE POINT, NORTH OF BROOME,
KIMBERLEY REGION, WA

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

WGAR News: Gerry Georgatos: Woodside and the shire of Broome
taken to the Supreme Court by Elder (30 May 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/30/wgar-news-ampilatwatja-community-leaders-give-their-full-support-to-yolngu-nations-assemb
[James Price Point, north of Broome, Kimberley Region, WA]

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

See:

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

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

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

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

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSIES:

Last updated: 14 July 2012

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

* ABC DARWIN:
BILINGUAL EDUCATION POLICY RELAXED FOR BUSH SCHOOLS

– News

ABC Darwin:
Bilingual education policy relaxed for bush schools
http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2012/07/19/3548905.htm?site=darwin
19 Jul 12: “The Government’s policy on teaching English in
bush schools has been relaxed, after years of outcry and
evidence teachers in remote communities have been ignoring
the policy anyway. The Australian Education Union NT
president Matthew Cranitch said communities were shunning
the Government’s policy of teaching in English only for the
first four hours of classes. He said the policy, introduced
in 2008, was widely opposed and the AEU lobbied against its
introduction, arguing literacy outcomes were stronger when
built on proficiency in a local language.”

– Related Analysis / Opinion

Fully (sic) – Crikey’s language blog:
Ngurrju! Manymak! Pupuni!
NT drops First Four Hours in English policy
by Greg Dickson
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/fullysic/2012/07/11/ngurrju-manymak-pupuni-nt-drops-first-four-hours-in-english-policy/
11 Jul 12: “It’s been three and a half rather long years,
but the Northern Territory Department of Education and
Training (NT DET) appears to have finally dropped their
much-criticised policy of Compulsory Teaching in English
for the First Four Hours of Each School Day. Checking the
department’s policies today, it seems to have been quietly
removed. As one of the many who criticised and lobbied
against this policy, this is gratifying news and I can only
hope it’s a permanent move.”

* NIRS: ‘FIRST FOUR HOURS’ POLICY CHANGE WELCOMED

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
‘First Four Hours’ policy change welcomed
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7386-first-four-hours-policy-change-welcomed
17 Jul 12: “The Northern Territory Education Department has
introduced amendments to the ‘English for the First Four
Hours’ policy in schools. The policy has been replaced it
with it’s ‘Framework for Learning English as an Additional
Language’, which recognises the need for a more
culturally-appropriate education system. … Dr. Florey
[Senior Linguist with the Resource Network for Linguistic
Diversity] says a bilingual schooling system would improve
literacy and numeracy and the ‘First Four Hours’ policy had
its share of problems.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE USE OF ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES IN NT SCHOOLS:

Last updated: 12 July 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/05/background-to-the-use-of-aboriginal-languages-in-nt-schools-bilingual-education

* BACKGROUND TO THE LIZARDS REVENGE:

– Background

Lizards Revenge Website: http://lizardsrevenge.net/

WGAR News: “The Lizard’s Revenge begins as protesters head
to Olympic Dam” The Wire (13 Jul 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/13/wgar-news-the-lizards-revenge-begins-as-protesters-head-to-olympic-dam-the-wire

WGAR News: “Lizard’s Revenge kicks off at Olympic Dam
– Saturday 14th July [2012]” Antinuclear (16 Jul 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/15/wgar-news-lizards-revenge-kicks-off-at-olympic-dam-saturday-14th-july-2012-antinuclear

WGAR News: Lizards Revenge media updates from camp;
Uncle Kevin Buzzacott declares Sovereignty (18 Jul 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/18/wgar-news-lizards-revenge-media-updates-from-camp-uncle-kevin-buzzacott-declares-sovereig

– Event

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
Invitation from uncle Kevin Buzzacott: http://bhpbillitonwatch.net/2012/06/16/invitation-to-the-lizards-revenge/

* MAPW: DOCTORS OPPOSE EXPANSION OF ROXBY DOWNS URANIUM MINE

– Media Release

MAPW: Doctors oppose expansion of Roxby Downs uranium mine
http://www.mapw.org.au/news/doctors-oppose-expansion-roxby-downs-uranium-mine
18 Jul 12: “MAPW members are reminding the community about
the dangers of radiation by attending the Lizards Revenge,
a protest camp next to the Roxby Downs uranium mine gates.
The protest aims to bring attention to the proposed
expansion of the mine by BHP Billiton, the world’s largest
mining company. Hilary Tyler, from the Northern Territory
Branch of the Medical Association for Prevention of War
(MAPW) is one of the MAPW members at the protest camp.
Dr Tyler says “Australia’s uranium has fuelled the
Fukushima disaster. We are also deeply concerned about the
long term health consequences from exposure to radiation.
These can arise from mining, transport, from uses of
uranium such as nuclear power and nuclear weapons, and from
the enduring legacy of nuclear waste.” … ”

* NT ENVIRONMENT GROUPS RED LIGHT OLYMPIC DAM TRANSPORT OPTION:

– Media Release

NT Environment groups red light Olympic Dam Transport Option
Antinuclear: http://antinuclear.net/2012/07/18/dangers-of-transporting-uranium-from-olympic-dam-through-australias-northern-territory/
18 Jul 12: “Members of the Arid Lands Environment Centre
and the Environment Centre NT have joined a week long
protest outside Olympic Dam uranium mine to highlight the
risks of transporting uranium on NT rail and port networks.
More than 500 protestors have camped at the gates of
Olympic Dam to protest BHP Biliton’s plans for expansion, a
move that would make it the largest open cut uranium mine
in the world. The expansion was granted approval last year
by the Federal and SA State Governments, but relies on
access to NT rail networks and access to the Port of
Darwin.
Lauren Mellor from the Arid Lands Environment Centre said
“Under the proposed expansion BHP Biliton plans to send
another two trains a day, containing an unprecedented 1.6
million tonnes of toxic copper concentrate and 17,000
tonnes of yellowcake, on the Adelaide to Darwin rail line
for the next 80 years. Every train puts the environment
and communities along the transport route at risk of
radiation and contamination. … “”

* AUDIO:
KEVIN BUZZACOTT, ARABUNNA ELDER TALKS ABOUT ‘OLYMPIC DOWNS’

– Audio

audioBoo:
Kevin Buzzacott, Arabunna elder talks about ‘Olympic Downs’
http://audioboo.fm/boos/888548-kevin-buzzacott-arabunna-elder-talks-about-olympic-downs
18 Jul 12: “Kevin, an Arabunna elder from the Lake Eyre
region, has been fighting against Olympic Dam Uranium Mine
in Roxby Downs South Australia since it began operations
in 1986. The mound spring areas, which are dotted all
across Arabunna land, are threatened due Olympic Dam using
up 30-40 million litres of water each day from the Great
Artesian Basin.”

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:

http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
18 Jul 12: “Six anti uranium protestors who established a
road blockade near the Olympic Dam mine site in the north
of south australia have been arrested and taken into
custody after they refused to move.”

– Related News

newsTracker: Activists critical of police at mine protest
http://tracker.org.au/2012/07/activists-critical-of-police-at-mine-protest/
19 Jul 12: “NATIONAL: … Most of the activists left the
area on Wednesday and organisers declared the event a
success, with people coming from all states as well as
Japan, Canada and Europe. “However, we are extremely
disappointed by the tactics of police, which have included
barricading us into our camp, constant surveillance and
spotlighting by helicopter, motorbikes and patrol cars 24
hours a day,” spokeswoman Nectaria Calan said in a
statement on Thursday. “With close to a one-on-one ratio
of protesters to police it is hard to understand how the
state can justify this excessive deployment of resources.”
… ”

* MICHAEL ANDERSON:
LIZARD’S REVENGE
– THE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT IGNORES ITS FOUNDING
DOCUMENT, THE LETTERS PATENT FROM BRITAIN, AS THOUGH IT
NEVER EXISTED

– Statement

Lizard’s Revenge – The South Australian Government Ignores
Its Founding Document, The Letters Patent From Britain,
As Though It Never Existed
Indigenous Peoples: http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=15696:south-australia-lizard-s-revenge-the-south-australian-government-ignores-its-founding-document-the-letters-patent-from-britain-as-though-it-never-existed&catid=24:australia-indigenous-peoples&Itemid=57
18 Jul 12: “The recent demonstrations against expansion of
the BHP Roxby Downs uranium mine in South Australia, led
by Arabunna Elder, Kevin Buzzacott, highlight how
governments and mining companies ignore and completely
override the sovereign rights and human rights of First
Nations Peoples, writes sovereignty activist, Michael
Anderson.
The last survivor of the four founders of the Aboriginal
Embassy in Canberra writes: “The ongoing catastrophe of
the Fukushima meltdown in Japan is fresh in our minds and
the previous disaster of Chernobyl in the Ukraine still
haunts us, but governments are ignoring the warnings and,
instead, appear beholden to mining industry, in particular
the uranium industry.”
Mr Anderson is the National Coordinator of the interim
National Unity Government of the ‘Sovereign Union’,
launched at the 40th anniversary of the embassy in
January. … ”

* BACKGROUND TO EXPANSION OF OLYMPIC DAM MINE CHALLENGE:

Last updated: 16 July 2012

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

120718 – Lizards Revenge media updates from camp; Uncle Kevin Buzzacott declares Sovereignty

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 24/07/2012 by D

Contents:
* Background to the Lizards Revenge
* Lizards Revenge media updates from camp
* Video: Uncle Kevin Buzzacott declares Sovereignty
* Audio: The Wire – Protesters stand firm against uranium mining
[Featuring: Uncle Kevin Buzzacott]
* Lizards Revenge in the media
* Indymedia: Solidarity Demo in London for Lizard’s Revenge
* Background to expansion of Olympic Dam mine challenge
* Chris Graham:
White man’s democracy is a black man’s dysfunction
* Other articles

* BACKGROUND TO THE LIZARDS REVENGE:

– Background

Lizards Revenge Website: http://lizardsrevenge.net/

WGAR News: “The Lizard’s Revenge begins as protesters head
to Olympic Dam” The Wire (13 Jul 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/13/wgar-news-the-lizards-revenge-begins-as-protesters-head-to-olympic-dam-the-wire

WGAR News: “Lizard’s Revenge kicks off at Olympic Dam
– Saturday 14th July [2012]” Antinuclear (16 Jul 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/15/wgar-news-lizards-revenge-kicks-off-at-olympic-dam-saturday-14th-july-2012-antinuclear

– Event

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
Invitation from uncle Kevin Buzzacott: http://bhpbillitonwatch.net/2012/06/16/invitation-to-the-lizards-revenge/

* LIZARDS REVENGE MEDIA UPDATES FROM CAMP

– Media Releases

Lizards Revenge – Arrests are just not cricket
http://lizardsrevenge.net/arrests-are-just-not-cricket/
17 Jul 12: “A light-hearted game of cricket near Roxby
Downs was disrupted today at 1:15pm as police moved in to
arrest the players, who are camping near the Olympic Dam
uranium mine as part of the Lizards Revenge protest
festival.
Police and off-duty miners were invited to join the game,
but cricketers were instead bowled over by the severity of
the police response. About 50 officers, six on horseback,
formed a line to push the group from the road and the oval.
Musical equipment and props were confiscated, and five
players were arrested in the ensuing scuffle – bringing the
total number of arrests so far to eleven.”

Lizards Revenge: Breakfast not Bombs Media Release – 17.7.2012
http://lizardsrevenge.net/breakfast-not-bombs-media-release-17-7-2012/
17 Jul 12: “Lizards Revenge -6 arrests
Activists call for “Breakfast not Bombs” as police defend
what BHPBilliton aims to make the largest uranium mine in
the world. At the road blockade set up to control access to
the Olympic Dam mine demonstrators set up a breakfast and
blockade. Their message, that the uranium from this mine
and others like it contributes to the nuclear weapons
industry and any expansion to this mine is an increased
contribution to the industry.
Here are statements from the picnickers that have blocked
the road near the Bypass rd and Olympic way from7am til
9am. 6 people were arrested with what the police describe
as various offense “Breakfast not Bombs” crew reported
seeing many trucks being turned around during the picnic
road block.”

Lizards Revenge: Olympic Dam Expansion Great Debate
http://lizardsrevenge.net/olympic-dam-expansion-great-debate/
16 Jul 12: “The Lizards Revenge protest festival is today challenging BHP Billiton to a “Great Debate” on the question: Should the Olympic Dam mine expand?
“After today’s disputes over the festival’s lizard mascot,
the focus needs to return to the real issues of the
proposed expansion of the mine,” said festival co-organiser
Izzy Brown.
An invitation has been sent to the President and Chief
Operating Officer of Olympic Dam, Dean Dalla Valle asking
that he debate Arabunna elder Kevin Buzzacott and
representatives of Lizards Revenge on the topic of the
expansion.”

Lizards Revenge: Lizards Revenge media update from camp
http://lizardsrevenge.net/lizards-revenge-media-update-from-camp/
15 Jul 12: “An estimated 400 people marched to the gates of
the Olympic Dam uranium mine today, marking the first day
of the Lizards Revenge music and arts festival of
resistance.
The overkill of police escorts did not dampen the festival
atmosphere, and despite road blocks preventing access to
the camp site forcing vehicles to be escorted in by police,
the numbers at camp continue to grow.
Organisers estimate that 500 people are camping in the
sand dunes at the festival site.
Forty acts are confirmed to perform at the festival,
including bands, cabaret and dance. All musicians will be
using a solar and wind powered sound system, showcasing
alternatives to dirty energy such as coal and uranium.”

– Reportback

Indymedia Australia: The Lizard Rises at Olympic Dam
– Day One march to the gates of hell
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/16/the-lizard-rises-at-olympic-dam-day-one-march-to-the-gates-of-hell
16 Jul 12: “After an early visit to the gates on July 12th,
the Lizard’s Revenge kicked off in earnest on July 14th. As
promised the Lizards Revenge took its party to the “Gates
of Hell” on July 14th. Hundreds marched to the gates of the
mine including Arabunna elder Uncle Kevin Buzzacott. The
numbers camping has swelled from a few hundred on the first
day to approximately 400-500 campers by day two. … “We
have full authority to be here from senior Kokatha
custodians,” said Uncle Kevin Buzzacott.”

Indymedia Australia: Lizard Rises Day Two
– Stand off with police as mutants march
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/16/lizard-rises-day-two-stand-off-with-police-as-mutants-march
16 Jul 12: “Day two (July 15th) of Lizards Revenge saw the
numbers at the camp swell to around 500 people. A “zombie”
or “mutant” march occurred as protestors tried to reach the
“gates of hell” otherwise known as Olympic Dam. However
the march was thwarted by police who would not let the
Lizard sculpture (a converted car) with Uncle Kevin
Buzzacott in it be pushed within the march. They said it
violated the “no vehicle rule”. A three hour stand off
with police ensued before protestors abandoned attempts to
reach the gates for the day.”

* VIDEO: UNCLE KEVIN BUZZACOTT DECLARES SOVEREIGNTY

– Video

YouTube: Uncle Kevin Buzzacott declares Sovereignty

15 Jul 12: “Uncle Kevin Buzzacott declares Sovereignty for
the Arabunna peoples, past, present and future. This
assertion of Sovereignty officially took place on the 13th
July 2012.”

* AUDIO: THE WIRE – PROTESTERS STAND FIRM AGAINST URANIUM MINING
[FEATURING: UNCLE KEVIN BUZZACOTT]

– Audio

The Wire: Protesters stand firm against uranium mining
Produced by Anokhee Shah
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9369
16 Jul 12: “Hundreds of protesters have gathered at Roxby
Downs in South Australia at the Lizard’s Revenge Festival to
rally against expansion of the world’s largest uranium mine.
Views are divided over expansion of the mine as some say it
will bring jobs to the area, while others worry about the
long-term environmental impacts.
Featured in story:
* Uncle Kevin Buzzacott – Arabunna elder
* Mark Parnell – Greens MLC
Related Links:
Lizard’s Revenge http://lizardsrevenge.net/

* LIZARDS REVENGE IN THE MEDIA:

– News

Lizards Revenge: Lizards Revenge in the media
http://lizardsrevenge.net/in-the-media/
“Click here to see media coverage of Lizards Revenge”

* INDYMEDIA: SOLIDARITY DEMO IN LONDON FOR LIZARD’S REVENGE

– News

Indymedia Australia:
Solidarity Demo in London for Lizard’s Revenge
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/16/solidarity-demo-in-london-for-lizards-revenge
16 Jul 12: “Demos at Australian High Commission in London
and outside the London headquarters of mining giant BHP
Billiton in solidarity with opponents of expansion of
Olympic Dam uranium, copper, gold and silver mine in South
Australia occurred on July 13th. Groups taking part
included Kick Nuclear and London Mining Network.”

* BACKGROUND TO EXPANSION OF OLYMPIC DAM MINE CHALLENGE:

Last updated: 16 July 2012

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

* CHRIS GRAHAM:
WHITE MAN’S DEMOCRACY IS A BLACK MAN’S DYSFUNCTION

– Analysis / Opinion

agendaTracker:
White man’s democracy is a black man’s dysfunction
http://tracker.org.au/2012/07/white-mans-democracy-is-a-black-mans-dysfunction/
16 Jul 12: “NATIONAL: A big part of the reason why
Aboriginal people are so disadvantaged is because Aboriginal
politics is so factionalised. At least, it is if you ask the
average white Australian commentator. I was reminded of this
‘white truth about black political life’ during a recent
event at the National Press Club in Canberra, where Dr Dawn
Casey was speaking on the future of Aboriginal economic
development. … ” Chris Graham, Walkley Award and Human
Rights award winning writer, managing Editor of Tracker

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Audio

ABC Radio National:
Big Ideas: Where to now for Constitutional Recognition of
Indigenous Australians?
Producer: Paul Barclay
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/bigideas/2012-07-09/4107582
9 Jul 12: “Early this year an expert panel reported on how
Indigenous Australians should be recognised in the nation’s
constitution. It was hoped a referendum would be put to the
Australian people at, or by, the next federal election.
That now seems unlikely. So, where to now for Indigenous
recognition? A special Constitution Day panel discussion.”
“Guests:
* Alison Page: Executive Officer with the Saltwater
Freshwater Arts Alliance, an award winning designer and
cultural planner, member of the “Expert Panel on
Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander peoples
* Father Frank Brennan: Professor of Law at the Australian
Catholic University, Adjunct Professor at the ANU College
of Law and National Centre for Indigenous Studies,
* Megan Davis: Professor of Law, and Director of the
Indigenous Law Centre at the UNSW; expert member of the
United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues;
member of the “Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition
of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
* Mick Dodson: Professor of Law and Director of the
ANU’s National Centre for Indigenous Studies.
* James Spigelman: Chairman, ABC Board;
former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of NSW.”

120717 – “Vote for our question [on Stronger Futures] to the Prime Minister” Stand for Freedom

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 24/07/2012 by D

– Urgent Action

Rollback the Intervention:
Urgent Request from Damien Curtis:
Stronger Futures question to Prime Minister Gillard
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/
16 Jul 12: “Dear friends and supporters, …
As many of you will know, the Stronger Futures legislation
against which we have all been fighting was passed in the
Senate at 2am on Thursday 28th June. It was brought before
a near empty chamber, the night before Parliament’s winter
break, following a backroom deal by Labour and the
Opposition to pass the legislation without any substantial
amendments.
In the words of Aboriginal leader Rev Dr Djiniyini
Gondarra, the Government has declared a “war on democracy”.

But for now, we have a key opportunity to pressure Prime
Minister Julia Gillard to allow an independent human
rights test of the legislation (which it would fail).
On 21st July, 3 questions will be put to the Prime Minister
in an internationally live web broadcast. The questions
will be chosen according to how many votes they receive.
PLEASE VOTE FOR OUR QUESTION TO THE PM by clicking the
following link
http://oursay.org/s/2dt

Stand for Freedom:
Vote for our question to the Prime Minister
http://standforfreedom.org.au/2012/07/17/our-question-to-the-prime-minister/
“On July 21st, Deakin University, Google+, Fairfax and
OurSay are hosting an Australian first: Prime Minister
Julia Gillard will answer the public’s questions in a
“Google Hangout”, an internationally live web broadcast.
The questions will be chosen according to how many votes
they receive.
We have submitted the following question:
Dear Prime Minister, the Stronger Futures legislation was
recently passed in the Senate, subjecting Aboriginal
people in the NT to 10 more years of Interventionist
policy. This is despite overwhelming opposition expressed
from Aboriginal leaders, national organisations, the
general public and even condemnation from the United
Nations. How can we call ourselves a country of the ‘fair
go’ if the Government is now refusing to allow a human
rights test of the legislation by the Parliamentary Joint
Committee on Human Rights, as called for by the National
Congress of Australia’s First Peoples? …
Voting ends 5pm this Thursday.”

– Related Urgent Action

avaaz.org community petitions:
Putting Australia to the human rights test
http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Indigenous_Human_Rights
22 Jun 12: “To Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin
We urge you to allow the Parliamentary Committee on Humans
Rights to examine control measures proposed in the the
Stronger Futures Bill.
The legislation will impose control over Aboriginal
communities in the NT for the next ten years and only by
subjecting the measures to the scrutiny of the
Parliamentary Committee will you ensure that the
Government’s policies comply with international human
rights standards.”

– Background

Respect and Listen compilation:
Requests for Stronger Futures to be scrutinized for
Human Rights compliance
http://www.respectandlisten.org/nt-intervention/human-rights-review.html
[Includes:
* Australian Lawyers Alliance
– Assessment of Non-Compliance With Human Rights
* Take Action
* Media Releases, Letters, Statements
* News Articles]

Background:
Calls for ‘Stronger Futures’ laws to be subject to
Human Rights scrutiny
Last updated: 15 July 2012
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/07/background-calls-for-stronger-futures-laws-to-be-subject-to-human-rights-scrutiny

120716 – “Labor’s extended NT Intervention sparks calls for indigenous communities to vote Green” ABC PM

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 24/07/2012 by D

Contents:
* ABC PM:
Labor’s extended NT Intervention sparks calls for
indigenous communities to vote Green
* ABC Lateline:
NT intervention shakes once popular Labor support
* ABC Radio Australia:
Indigenous leaders urge protest vote against Labor
* Tracker:
NSW Labor condemns federal party policy on income management
* Talk by Les Malezer at Arena NT Intervention forum
* Talk by Barbara Shaw at Arena NT Intervention forum
* Talk by Rosalie Kunoth-Monks at Arena NT Intervention forum
* Talk by Jon Altman at the Arena NT Intervention forum
* Emma Murphy: How ‘Closing the Gap’ is full of holes
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention

* ABC PM:
LABOR’S EXTENDED NT INTERVENTION SPARKS CALLS FOR
INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES TO VOTE GREEN

– Audio

ABC PM:
Labor’s extended NT Intervention sparks calls for
indigenous communities to vote Green
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2012/s3545677.htm?site=sydney
13 Jul 12: “More ructions in the Labor Party over the
Greens, with the Indigenous former party President Warren
Mundine calling on the Federal Government to dump any
alliance with the Greens on Aboriginal affairs. Mr Mundine
says Labor should ally with the Coalition instead on this
issue, and Tony Abbott has welcomed the call. But the
opposite message is resonating in some traditional
Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory. There
many Indigenous leaders are angry at the Labor Party’s
recent 10 year extension of the Howard government’s
dramatic Intervention. As a result, some have urged
Aboriginal voters to abandon Labor in favour of the
Greens.”
[Includes comments by Harold Wilson.]

* ABC LATELINE:
NT INTERVENTION SHAKES ONCE POPULAR LABOR SUPPORT

– Video

ABC Lateline:
NT intervention shakes once popular Labor support
http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2012/s3545863.htm
13 Jul 12: “There are signs the continuation of the NT
intervention is pushing some Indigenous communities to
abandon support for Labor. … Labor in the Northern
Territory has long relied on the support of Indigenous
voters. But its decision to extent by a decade the Howard
government’s intervention into Aboriginal community
throws that into doubt. The emergency response was meant
to boost the safety, health and education of indigenous
children, but a billion dollars later there’s evidence
conditions in some communities have worsened, and at
least one prominent Aboriginal leader is urging his people
to abandon Labor and vote Green.”
[Includes comments by Reverend Djiniyini Gondarra,
Ilana Eldridge and Harold Wilson.]

* ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA:
INDIGENOUS LEADERS URGE PROTEST VOTE AGAINST LABOR

– Video

ABC Radio Australia:
Indigenous leaders urge protest vote against Labor
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2012-07-13/indigenous-leaders-urge-protest-vote-against-labor/979840
14 Jul 12: “Federal Labor risks being reduced to a rump in
the Northern Territory over its continuing commitment to
the intervention, with Indigenous leaders urging Aboriginal
voters to back the Greens instead. And respected Arnhem
Land elder, traditional owner, former Uniting Church
moderator and chair of one of the Territory’s largest
retailers, Dr Djiniyini Gondarra, has launched a passionate
attack on the Government at another NAIDOC gathering in
Darwin. The Reverend Gondarra described the intervention as
deeply racist and urged his audience to abandon Labor in
favour of the Greens. The Reverend Gondarra is no radical,
nor is he alone in his anger. … ”

* TRACKER:
NSW LABOR CONDEMNS FEDERAL PARTY POLICY ON INCOME MANAGEMENT

– News

newsTracker:
NSW Labor condemns federal party policy on income management
http://tracker.org.au/2012/07/nsw-labor-condemns-federal-party-policy-on-income-management/
14 Jul 12: “NATIONAL: In a sign that the political cracks
are starting to appear, the NSW Labor Party’s annual state
conference has passed a resolution calling on federal Labor
to abandon compulsory income management across the nation,
and instead direct funding to boost social services and job
creation. The NSW branch of the Australian Labor Party is
holding is annual state conference at the Town Hall in
Sydney. … ” Chris Graham, Walkley Award and Human Rights
award winning writer, managing Editor of Tracker
[Includes text of the resolution.]

* TALK BY LES MALEZER
AT ARENA NT INTERVENTION FORUM, MELBOURNE:

– Video

arena: Project Space Gallery: NT Intervention forum:
Les Malezer
[scroll down page] http://www.arena.org.au/project-space/project-space-gallery/

* TALK BY BARBARA SHAW
AT ARENA NT INTERVENTION FORUM, MELBOURNE:

– Video

arena: Project Space Gallery: NT Intervention forum:
Barbara Shaw
[scroll down page] http://www.arena.org.au/project-space/project-space-gallery/

* TALK BY ROSALIE KUNOTH-MONKS
AT ARENA NT INTERVENTION FORUM, MELBOURNE:

– Video

arena: Project Space Gallery: NT Intervention forum:
Rosalie Kunoth-Monks
[scroll down page] http://www.arena.org.au/project-space/project-space-gallery/

– Audio

‘concerned Australians’:
A Public Forum on the Northern Territory Intervention into
Indigenous communities and the Stronger Futures legislation
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/
“Incorporating the launch of Arena Magazine’s special issue
on the NT Intervention
on 21 June 2012 in Fitzroy, Victoria
Talk by Rosalie Kunoth-Monks (audio) http://soundcloud.com/dantout/intervention-04-rosalie-kunoth-monks

SoundCloud: INTERVENTION – Part 04 – Rosalie Kunoth-Monks

“Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, Alyawarr/Anmatyerr Elder and
ex-mayor of Barkly Shire, from Utopia, now a prescribed
area under the NT Intervention”
“Event Description: On the five-year anniversary of the NT
Intervention and at the beginning of a decade of so-called
Stronger Futures, our speakers discussed the scope of the
Intervention, what has happened on the ground, and how the
Intervention relates to neo-liberal governance and
Australia’s settler colonial heritage. What are the ways
forward?”

* TALK BY JON ALTMAN
AT ARENA NT INTERVENTION FORUM, MELBOURNE:

– Video

arena: Project Space Gallery: NT Intervention forum:
Jon Altman
[scroll down page] http://www.arena.org.au/project-space/project-space-gallery/

– Speech

‘concerned Australians’:
A Public Forum on the Northern Territory Intervention into
Indigenous communities and the Stronger Futures legislation
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/
“Incorporating the launch of Arena Magazine’s special issue
on the NT Intervention
on 21 June 2012 in Fitzroy, Victoria
Speech by Jon Altman (PDF) http://concernedaustralians.com.au/media/Arena_Jon_Altman_2012_06_21.pdf

Talk at Arena on occasion of launch of
Arena Magazine 118 ‘Intervention’, Melbourne, 21 June 2012
Jon Altman, concerned Australian and research professor at
the Australian National University, Canberra
http://concernedaustralians.com.au/media/Arena_Jon_Altman_2012_06_21.pdf
“Today was to be ‘liberation’ day when prescribed
communities in the Northern Territory were to be exited.
Instead it is a day of shame, when Indigenous Australians
in the NT have to endure, yet again, another anniversary
of the NTNER intervention as demeaned peoples-marginalized,
disempowered, encapsulated in the Australian settler
colonial state. I am proud to be sharing this forum with
Barb Shaw, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, Les Malezar and Gary
Foley, Indigenous people actively resisting attempts by
the hegemonic Australian state to demolish their ways of
being, seeking to convert them, via a draconian project
of moral restructuring into subservient normalized
citizens. … ”

* EMMA MURPHY: HOW ‘CLOSING THE GAP’ IS FULL OF HOLES

– Analysis / Opinion

Green Left: How ‘Closing the Gap’ is full of holes
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/51620
14 Jul 12: “I have mixed feelings each time I see a “Close
the Gap” bumper sticker. The number of Australians
expressing outrage on the appalling gap in life expectancy
between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians – and
demanding government action – is certainly heartening. …
[The Closing the Gap policy] is the framework for many of
the governments’ “Aboriginal affairs” policies, and
informs funding agreements between federal, state and
territory governments. For example, the recently passed
Stronger Futures legislation (which continues the widely
hated NT intervention) comes under the Closing the Gap
umbrella.” By Emma Murphy

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

Last updated: 14 July 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: 4 July 2012

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

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