120703 – Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra: Stronger Futures – We Are In Mourning

Contents:
* Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra:
Stronger Futures – We Are In Mourning
* Interview with Dr Djiniyini Gondarra about the
Stronger Futures legislation
* Video: Djiniyini calls to fight “Stronger Futures”
* Audio of Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra, Barbara Shaw and
Monica Morgan
* Lawyers Weekly: ALA criticises intervention extension
* ALA: The Stronger Futures Legislative Package
– Assessment of Non-Compliance With Human Rights
* ALA: Stronger Futures Policy Requires Human Rights Review
* ANTaR: Stronger Futures defies Aboriginal community aspirations
* Tracker: Income management will lower self-esteem: rally
* The Wire: Vigil against trial income management in Bankstown
* More ‘Stronger Futures’ Legislation related articles
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* SBS Living Black: Stories From Sandon Point
[Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Bulli, near Wollongong, NSW]
* MJA: The spirit of the tent embassy: 40 years on
* Northern Star: Tent embassy days recalled
* The Wire: Celebration mixes with protest as NAIDOC week kicks off
* Background to the Aboriginal tent embassies
* MJA: Self-determination: more than politics

* REV DR DJINIYINI GONDARRA:
STRONGER FUTURES – WE ARE IN MOURNING

– Media Release

Northern Territory: Stronger Futures – We Are In Mourning
Indigeous Peoples: http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=15555:northern-territory-stronger-futures-we-are-in-mourning&catid=24:australia-indigenous-peoples&Itemid=57
2 Jul 12: “Dr Djiniyini Gondarra, Yolngu Nations Assembly
spokesperson, is calling on the Federal Government to lower
the Aboriginal flag in Canberra, in the wake of the
Stronger Futures bill being passed.
“The Government has shown absolute disregard for our wishes
and our human rights”, Dr Gondarra said. “By overruling the
wishes of the people, the Government has declared a war on
democracy. We call on it to lower our flag to half mast, to
acknowledge the hurt Stronger Futures will cause our
people.”
The Stronger Futures legislation, which passed through the
Senate in the early hours of June 29, has been condemned
as racist by the Yolngu Nations and many Aboriginal,
community and church organisations. 42,000 Australians
signed a petition calling on the government to withdraw
the legislation. … ”

* INTERVIEW WITH DR DJINIYINI GONDARRA ABOUT THE
STRONGER FUTURES LEGISLATION:

– Audio Interview

Radio Adelaide Breakfast with Tim Brunero:
A stronger future for the Territory?
http://radioadelaidebreakfast.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/a-stronger-future-for-the-territory/
2 Jul 12: “Since Kevin Rudd’s apology to the Stolen
Generations in 2008, the Labor Government has said it will
strive for justice and reconciliation for Indigenous
peoples all around Australia. But the recently passed
Stronger Futures legislation, which aims to create a better
future for Aboriginal communities in the Northern
Territory, has been condemned by Aboriginal leaders, who
say the law is racist and should be dumped entirely. Radio
Adelaide Breakfast producer Lisa Burns speaks to
Aboriginal Elder Dr Djiniyini Gondarra about the
legislation and how he and others from the Territory plan
to fight it.”

* VIDEO: DJINIYINI CALLS TO FIGHT “STRONGER FUTURES”

– Video

YouTube: Djiniyini calls to fight “Stronger Futures”

2 Jul 12: “The Stolen Futures Legislation was passed
through the Senate on Friday 29th of June, 2012. Dr
Djiniyini Gondarra is calling for all people to join the
fight against this paternalistic, disempowering and
deceptive policy that is now spreading to other parts of
Australia.”

* AUDIO OF REV DR DJINIYINI GONDARRA, BARBARA SHAW AND
MONICA MORGAN

– Audio

audio Boo: (1) Intervention 2 ‘Stolen Futures’
– Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra, Arnhem Land NT
http://audioboo.fm/boos/868763-1-intervention-2-stolen-futures-rev-dr-djiniyini-gondarra-arnhem-land-nt
1 Jul 12

audio Boo: Intervention 2 ‘Stolen Futures’
– Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra, Arnhem Land NT
http://audioboo.fm/boos/868761-intervention-2-stolen-futures-rev-dr-djiniyini-gondarra-arnhem-land-nt
1 Jul 12: “Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra talking about the
racist and dis-empowing intervention the day after the bill
was passed by government.”

audio Boo: “Stolen Futures” SBS report includes
Barbara Shaw and Monica Morgan (Racists removed)
http://audioboo.fm/boos/868919-stolen-futures-sbs-report-includes-barbara-shaw-and-monica-morgan-racists-removed
1 Jul 12: “SBS “Stronger Futures” report on the next day
after the the legislation was approved by the Senate
– Monica Morgan and Barbara Shaw”

audio Boo: Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra
http://audioboo.fm/boos/867867-rev-dr-djiniyini-gondarra
30 Jun 12: “Dr Gondarra talks about the racist and
dis-empowing intervention the day after the bill was passed
by government – No 2”

* LAWYERS WEEKLY: ALA CRITICISES INTERVENTION EXTENSION

– News

Lawyers Weekly: ALA criticises intervention extension
http://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/news/ala-criticises-intervention-extension
3 Jul 12: “The Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) has
condemned the Senate’s rushed passing of new laws extending
intervention powers in the Northern Territory by a likely
10 years. The ALA yesterday (2 July) issued a 14-page
‘Statement of Incompatibility’ on the Stronger Futures
legislation, after it was passed in the early hours of the
morning on June 29, the final day before Parliament’s
winter break. … “Our statement shows where the Minister’s
office has got it wrong and just how badly this legislation
impacts on Aboriginal lives,” said ALA national president
Greg Barns”

– Related News

Australian: Lawyers issue ‘Statement of Incompatibility’ on
NT intervention extension
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/lawyers-issue-statement-of-incompatibility-on-nt-intervention-extension/story-fn9hm1pm-1226414727020
2 Jul 12: “THE Australian Lawyers Alliance has issued a
“Statement of Incompatibility” on the Stronger Futures
legislation to extend the radical Northern Territory
intervention by ten years after it was passed last week.
ALA National President, Greg Barns said the organisation’s
“Incompatibility Statement” is a direct response to the
Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin’s Compatibility
Statement. There is also pressure on the Federal Government
to subject the Bill to the new Parliamentary Human Rights
committee.” Patricia Karvelas

See:

Australian Lawyers Alliance: Public Affairs Initiatives:
Stronger Futures – disempowerment and denial of legal rights
http://www.lawyersalliance.com.au/public.php?id=121

* ALA: THE STRONGER FUTURES LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE
– ASSESSMENT OF NON-COMPLIANCE WITH HUMAN RIGHTS

– Statement

Australian Lawyers Alliance:
The Stronger Futures Legislative Package
– Assessment of Non-Compliance With Human Rights
http://www.lawyersalliance.com.au/documents/public_affairs/ala_statement_of_noncompliance.pdf
29 Jun 12: “On the afternoon of 28 June 2012, the
Department of FAHCSIA released statements entitled
‘Assessment of Policy Objectives with Human Rights’ on the
three bills known as the ‘Stronger Futures bills’.
The Australian Lawyers Alliance is a national association
of lawyers, academics and other professionals dedicated to
the promotion and protection of justice, freedom and the
rights of the individual.
In light of the Attorney General, Nicola Roxon’s refusal to
refer the Stronger Futures bills for human rights review by
the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights on 28
June 2012, we have drafted our own Statement of
Non-Compliance with Human Rights, to indicate a number of
rights affected or directly undermined by this legislative
package.
Our Statement does not purport to be legal advice, but a
brief commentary that aims to ventilate the issues that
might have been by a Joint Parliamentary Committee. … ”

See:

Australian Lawyers Alliance: Public Affairs Initiatives:
Stronger Futures – disempowerment and denial of legal rights
http://www.lawyersalliance.com.au/public.php?id=121

* ALA: STRONGER FUTURES POLICY REQUIRES HUMAN RIGHTS REVIEW

– Statement

Australian Lawyers Alliance:
Stronger Futures Policy Requires Human Rights Review
http://www.lawyersalliance.com.au/documents/public_affairs/stronger_futures_must_be_assessed_by_human_rights_review.pdf
28 Jun 12: “The Australian Lawyers Alliance is a national
association of lawyers, academics and other professionals
dedicated to protecting and promoting justice, freedom and
the rights of the
individual.
We believe that there are 4 key considerations regarding
the Stronger Futures legislative package that must be
addressed:
1. Consultations were not effective
2. Consultations did not secure consent
3. The validity of special measures must be considered
4. The legislation must be reviewed with human rights standards. … ”

See:

Australian Lawyers Alliance: Public Affairs Initiatives:
Stronger Futures – disempowerment and denial of legal rights
http://www.lawyersalliance.com.au/public.php?id=121

* ANTaR:
STRONGER FUTURES DEFIES ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY ASPIRATIONS

– Media Release

ANTaR – Justice, Rights, and Respect for Australia’s First Peoples:
Stronger Futures defies Aboriginal community aspirations
http://www.antar.org.au/stronger_futures_defies_aboriginal_community_aspirations
29 Jun 12: “”The passage of the Stronger Futures bills
through Parliament defies the aspirations of Aboriginal
people in the Northern Territory for more control over
their lives and represents a failure of political
leadership”, said Ms Jacqueline Phillips, National Director
of ANTaR.
“The Government ‘s refusal to subject the laws to human
rights scrutiny shows a lack of respect for Aboriginal
communities, their local and national leaders and the
United Nations, all of whom have supported calls for human
rights scrutiny.” …
“Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory have not
given their support to this package of measures, which
would extend key Intervention measures for a further 10
years.” …
“ANTaR is concerned that the passage of the Stronger
Futures Bills represents a betrayal of trust. These laws
are likely to cause further hurt and suffering in NT
communities without delivering promised improvements to
health, education or employment.””

* TRACKER: INCOME MANAGEMENT WILL LOWER SELF-ESTEEM: RALLY

– News

Income management will lower self-esteem: rally
Tracker: http://tracker.org.au/2012/07/income-management-will-lower-self-esteem-rally/
Herald Sun: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/sydney-vigil-to-protest-income-management/story-e6frf7kf-1226414032416
3 Jul 12: “NEW SOUTH WALES: Forcing people onto income
management will erode self esteem and do little for alcohol
and gambling addictions, demonstrators at a two-week vigil
in Sydney’s southwest say. Social workers and union members
on Monday started a two-week vigil outside Bankstown
Centrelink Centre to protest the rollout of income
management. About 50 demonstrators gathered a day after the
Bankstown local government area became one of five national
income management trial sites.”

– Event

Event: Rally: Mon 2 July 2012: Bankstown, Sydney, NSW
Event: Vigil: Mon 2- Fri 13 July 2012: Bankstown, Sydney, NSW
Outside Bankstown Centrelink
Say No to Government Income Management!
Rally speakers include:
Mark Boyd, Chris Christodoulou, Sue Gillet, Paddy Gibson,
Brett Holmes, Sally McManus, Senator Lee Rhiannon,
Gerard Thomas, Representatives from local organisations
Resolutions: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=379047862158737
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/313139055441943/
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/313139055441943/permalink/313139065441942/

– Related News

The Telegraph: Centrelink begin welfare ban on booze, tobacco
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/centrelink-begin-welfare-ban-on-booze-tobacco/story-e6freuy9-1226415044967
3 Jul 12: “RENT, bills and food are in but alcohol,
cigarettes and gambling are out. A federal government trial
in which Centrelink manages the money of welfare recipients
began yesterday amid an angry protest. Bankstown, in
Sydney’s southwest, is one of five areas where the trial is
being conducted. … A vocal group of Bankstown protesters
reacted angrily to the start of yesterday’s trial. The Say
No to Government Income Management coalition claims there
is no evidence that income management works.”

* THE WIRE: VIGIL AGAINST TRIAL INCOME MANAGEMENT IN BANKSTOWN

– Audio

The Wire: Vigil against trial income management in Bankstown
Produced by Tawar Razaghi
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9310
2 Jul 12: “A new version of the Northern Territory
Intervention, renamed as the Stronger Futures bill, was
passed in the early hours of the morning by the Senate late
last week. This extended various policies of control and
management for another decade. It also introduced the
policy of welfare quarantining in five trial local councils
across Australia including the Western Sydney suburb of
Bankstown. Bankstown was identified as an area of high
unemployment and long-term welfare dependency by the Federal
Government. Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney along
with other various organisations, unions and individuals
have today rallied against the new policy that came into
effect on the first of July.
Featured in story:
* Greens Senator – Lee Rhiannon
* Executive Director of Arab Council Australia – Randa Kattan
* Wurundjeri Elder – Daphnee Lake”

– Event

Event: Rally: Mon 2 July 2012: Bankstown, Sydney, NSW
Event: Vigil: Mon 2- Fri 13 July 2012: Bankstown, Sydney, NSW
Outside Bankstown Centrelink
Say No to Government Income Management!
Rally speakers include:
Mark Boyd, Chris Christodoulou, Sue Gillet, Paddy Gibson,
Brett Holmes, Sally McManus, Senator Lee Rhiannon,
Gerard Thomas, Representatives from local organisations
Resolutions: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=379047862158737
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/313139055441943/
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/313139055441943/permalink/313139065441942/

* MORE ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LEGISLATION RELATED ARTICLES:

– Analysis / Opinion

MJA Medical Journal of Australia:
Can we educate out of racism?
https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2012/197/1/can-we-educate-out-racism
1-2 Jul 12: “Dennis McDermott argues that educating doctors
about the health consequences of everyday racism towards
Indigenous Australians challenges all involved … The
Australian self-image of a tolerant, multicultural success
story leaves little room for a counter-discourse of a more
complex reality, grounded in a historical, de facto
apartheid, and there is a resurgence of bipartisan
paternalism. This is evident in the reimposition of the
Northern Territory “emergency response” for a further 10
years, under the Orwellian “Stronger Futures” label.”
Dennis R McDermott, Director, Poche Centre for Indigenous
Health and Well-Being, Faculty of Health Sciences,
Flinders University, Adelaide, SA

– News

The Conversation:
Northern Territory Intervention extended … but is it working?
http://theconversation.edu.au/northern-territory-intervention-extended-but-is-it-working-8005
3 Jul 12: “The last sitting week of parliament before the
winter recess may well be remembered for the historic
senate vote made late into the night. This legislation,
with bipartisan support, agreed to the extension and
modification of a contentious set of policies that are
likely to have a profound impact on some of the world’s
most vulnerable people. … The three related bills will,
in essence, extend many of the provisions of the Northern
Territory Intervention (also known as the Northern
Territory Emergency Response) until 2022.” Nicholas Biddle,
Fellow at Australian National University

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Stronger Futures extends policy of assimilation: Utopia resident
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7348-stronger-futures-extends-policy-of-assimilation
2 Jul 12: “Spokesperson for the Alyawerr people Rosalie
Kunoth-Monks says Stronger Futures is extending a policy of
assimilation “I think the challenge today at Utopia is that
we are down to negotiating tools. “We also declared today
[Friday] as a day of mourning. “Also, we’re looking at
lines of action of things we can do.””

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Greens Senator attacks Stronger Futures bill
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7350-greens-senator-attacks-stronger-futures-bill
2 Jul 12: “An extension of the Northern Territory
Intervention has passed Senate last week, leaving
communities and human rights activists deeply disappointed.
South Australian Senator for the Australian Greens Penny
Wright says a significant piece of legislation such as
Stronger Futures should have gone under more scrutiny.
Senator Wright says income and alcohol management plans
are not working and is calling for more community
engagement and self-determination in Indigenous affairs.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Government fails to listen: ANTaR
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7349-government-fails-to-listen-to-community-needs
2 Jul 12: “The National Director of Indigenous rights
groups ANTaR says the Stronger Futures in the Northern
Territory legislation will negatively-impact Indigenous
communities for the next 10 years. The bill passed through
Parliament last week, but has been widely condemned by
human rights groups across the country, Ms. Phillips says
the legislation lacked proper community consultation and
fails to address the needs of people in the Northern
Territory.”

ABC: Stronger grog running penalties in NT welcomed
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-07-02/stronger-futures-grog-running-penalties/4104876
2 Jul 12: “A liquor control advocacy group has welcomed
the increased penalties for alcohol running under the
Federal Government’s Stronger Futures legislation. People
who take alcohol into prescribed areas in the Northern
Territory will now face fines of up to $11,000 or six
months in jail. People’s Alcohol Action Coalition
spokesman Doctor John Boffa says he thinks the measures
will reduce the amount of alcohol taken into remote
communities.”

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

Last updated: 1 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: 1 July 2012

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

* SBS LIVING BLACK: STORIES FROM SANDON POINT
[ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSY, BULLI, NEAR WOLLONGONG, NSW]

– Audio Interviews

SBS Living Black:
Stories From Sandon Point: Protecting The Site
By Michelle Lovegrove
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/222218/t/Stories-From-Sandon-Point:-Protecting-The-Site/in/english
2 Jul 12: “When developers moved in in the year 2000,
Kuradji Embassy was set up to preserve and protect. …
Kuradji Embassy Caretaker, Uncle Dootch Kennedy remembers
the early days, when the sacred burial site was being
threatened by development.”

SBS Living Black:
Stories From Sandon Point: Many Layers in 12 Years
By Michelle Lovegrove
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/222210/t/Stories-From-Sandon-Point-Many-Layers-in-12-Years/in/english
2 Jul 12: “This week on SBS Radio Living Black, for NAIDOC
2012 – The Spirit of The Tent Embassy 40 years on – we turn
our ears to Stories From Sandon Point. … Kuradji Embassy
caretaker and Chairman of the Illawarra Local Aboriginal
Land Counci;, Uncle Roy “Dootch” Kennedy speaks with
Michelle Lovegrove.”

SBS Living Black:
Stories From Sandon Point: The Picket Line Begins
By Michelle Lovegrove
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/222204/t/Stories-From-Sandon-Point-The-Picket-Line-Begins/in/english
2 Jul 12: “We celebrate the Spirit, Resilience and Survival
of the Kuradji Embassy at Sandon Point for the past 12
years. … In the yeart 2000, when developer Stockland
moved in – the residents united. A picket line was formed,
well organised, rostered, and lasting for many years. Local
resident Alex Peterson says while finding Kuradji Man was
big news at the time, it died down, until new that the
trucks would roll in.”

SBS Living Black:
Stories From Sandon Poiint: This Is Not A Protest Camp
By Michelle Lovegrove
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/222202/t/Stories-From-Sandon-Poiint-This-Is-Not-A-Protest-Camp/in/english
2 Jul 12: “Karen Gough: The setting up of the Sandon Point
Aboriginal Tent Embassy wasn’t done in haste, or its impact
taken lightly. … Local resident Karen Gough has been
involved with the Embassy from the beginning, and says many
people were involved, most notably those who had set up,
and those who were continuing to run, the Aboriginal Tent
Embassy in Canberra. Karen is speaking with Michelle
Lovegrove.”

SBS Living Black:
Trees Poisoned At Sandon Point Aboriginal Place
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/221288/t/Trees-Poisoned-At-Sandon-Point-Aboriginal-Place/in/english
25 Jun 12: “Native trees the target of vandals. … Vandals
have struck at six sites within the Sandon Point Aboriginal
Tent Embassy in Wollongong, New South Wales. At least 50
native trees have been drilled, poisoned and ringbarked,
following a similar incident less than two years ago.
Wollongong City Council has agreed to investigate the
incident, after requests from local Bushcare workers.
Bushcare spokesman Marcel van Wijk is speaking with
Michelle Lovegrove.”

See:

Sovereign Union: Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/sandon-point-aboriginal-tent-embassy
[Sandon Point, Bulli, near Wollongong, NSW]

Kuradji Aboriginal Tent Embassy
http://www.uow.edu.au/~morgan/guboo.html

YouTube: Aboriginal Tent Embassies: Canberra and Sandon Point

Sandon Point: An area worth protecting
http://www.sandon-point.org.au/

SPATE’s 11th Anniversary Ceremony & Family Day
http://www.sandon-point.org.au/event/20111217/429.html

* MJA: THE SPIRIT OF THE TENT EMBASSY: 40 YEARS ON

– Analysis / Opinion

MJA Medical Journal of Australia:
The spirit of the tent embassy: 40 years on
https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2012/197/1/spirit-tent-embassy-40-years
1-2 Jul 12: ” … In many ways, what the tent embassy
stands for is also what we, at the Australian Indigenous
Doctors’ Association (AIDA), strive to achieve in
Indigenous health. We want to confront and reverse the
negative impacts of colonisation, discrimination and
cultural suffocation. In other words, we want
self-determination. Self-determination is essential to
improving Indigenous health and wellbeing.
Self-determination means equal entitlement to be in control
of our own destinies while living with governing
institutions.” Peter O’Mara, President,
Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association, Canberra, ACT

* NORTHERN STAR: TENT EMBASSY DAYS RECALLED

– News

Northern Star: Tent embassy days recalled
http://www.northernstar.com.au/story/2012/07/02/tent-embassy-days-recalled-michael-anderson/
2 Jul 12: “IT WAS a little thing that grew into something
very, very big for indigenous Australians. The Aboriginal
Tent Embassy has been a symbol of indigenous peoples’
struggles for equality and land rights since it was erected
on the Old Parliament House’s lawn in Canberra 40 years
ago. … The significance of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy
has been formally recognised by NAIDOC, an organisation
which celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
cultures each year in July. Its theme for 2012 is The
Spirit of the Tent Embassy: 40 Years On.”

* THE WIRE:
CELEBRATION MIXES WITH PROTEST AS NAIDOC WEEK KICKS OFF

– Audio

The Wire:
Celebration mixes with protest as NAIDOC week kicks off
Produced by Tim Roxburgh
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9312
2 Jul 12: “NAIDOC week has kicked off around the country
with indigenous communities in towns and cities around
Australia due to celebrate at a huge variety of events.
Most of those diverse events will have one thing in common
– they’ll be celebrating the history of the Canberra tent
embassy. The theme of this year’s NAIDOC week is ‘The Tent
Embassy, forty years on’, and those participating in the
weeks activities say that they’ll be celebrating the gains
made by activism in past decades, as well as drawing
attention to the work that remains to be done.”

– Related News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Michael Anderson: NAIDOC a chance to engage youth
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7355-michael-anderson-naidoc-a-chance-to-engage-youth
3 Jul 12: “An Indigenous right advocate says he welcomes
the start of NAIDOC Week as an opportunity for Indigenous
youth to feel proud about their identity. The theme for
NAIDOC Week 2012 is ‘Spirit of the Tent Embassy – 40 Years
On’ and is held annually to celebrate and acknowledge
Indigenous culture, history and achievements. Co-founder of
the Tent Embassy Michael Anderson says it’s important for
Indigenous people to continue to fight for their rights as
first peoples of the country.”

Koori Mail: NAIDOC Week underway
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
2 Jul 12: “NAIDOC Week 2012 has kicked off around the
country, with a wide range of community events. Yesterday,
Townsville’s Thuringowa Soundshell was the site of
performances by the Aboriginal Wulgurukaba Walkabouts
dancers and the Torres Strait Islander group Komet, a flag
raising ceremony, speeches and a feast. Many of the week’s
activities nationwide will reflect the theme ‘Spirit of the
Tent Embassy: 40 years on’.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSIES:

Last updated: 5 June 2012

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

* MJA: SELF-DETERMINATION: MORE THAN POLITICS

– Analysis / Opinion

MJA Medical Journal of Australia:
Self-determination: more than politics
https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2012/197/1/self-determination-more-politics
1-2 Jul 12: ” … It’s tempting to see these as political
issues, but the two prominent indigenous leaders writing in
this themed issue of the MJA argue that they are
inextricably linked with health. President of the
Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association, Peter O’Mara,
says “Self-determination is essential to improving
Indigenous health and wellbeing. Self-determination means
equal entitlement to be in control of our own destinies
while living with governing institutions”
(doi: 10.5694/mja12.10829).” Ruth Armstrong and Noel E Hayman

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WGAR: Working Group for Aboriginal Rights (Australia)
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