12072 – “Why only a ‘sovereign treaty’ can provide justice in constitution reform” Michael Anderson

Contents:
* Michael Anderson: Why only a ‘sovereign treaty’
can provide justice in constitution reform
* SBS interview with Michael Anderson for NAIDOC Week
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement
* SBS World News: Muckaty nuclear waste case adjourned
* Background to the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump
* Amnesty: Stronger Futures puts shame to
Australia’s human rights record
* Greens Penny Wright: Stronger Futures Legislation Speech
* Greens Scott Ludlam:
Speech on the Stronger Futures in the NT Bill
* Greens MPs: Greens in Senate oppose Stronger Futures,
vote against Bankstown income management trial
* Rev Alistair Macrae:
Response to the passing of the Stronger Futures legislation
* Tracker: Sydney vigil to protest income management
* More ‘Stronger Futures’ Legislation related articles
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* ABC: Aboriginal tent embassy underway in Menindee [NSW]
* Audio Interview with Bella Bropho on Swan Valley Originals
return to Lockridge camp
* Catholic Justice and Peace Commission:
Respect and Understanding Needed on Tent Embassy [Brisbane]
* Background to the Aboriginal tent embassies
* SBS Living Black:
Native Title Reform “tinkering around the edges”
* HRLC: Annual Human Rights Dinner 2012
– Keynote address now available

* MICHAEL ANDERSON:
WHY ONLY A ‘SOVEREIGN TREATY’
CAN PROVIDE JUSTICE IN CONSTITUTION REFORM

– Statement

Why only a ‘sovereign treaty’ can provide justice in
constitution reform
Sovereign Union: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/sovereign-treaty-only-constitutional-reform-potential-justice-aboriginal-nations-and-peoples
Treaty Republic: http://treatyrepublic.net/content/why-only-sovereign-treaty-can-provide-justice-constitution-reform
23 Jun 12: “Tinkering at the edges of a profoundly racist
constitution is no solution for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Nations and Peoples. … Nowhere else in the world
would anyone accept what is going on in Australia in respect
to this ‘Expert’ Panel’s recommendations.
This report is an absolute farce and treacherous, because it
is done for the purpose of suggesting to the international
community that democracy played its part through a process
of consultation, but this recent process is absolutely
flawed and, instead, represents a dictatorial approach to
forcing, against our will, Aboriginal Peoples’ patrimony to
an invader society.
Mainstream Australians should not close their eyes and turn
their backs on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Peoples, in order to secure their comforts and security at
our expense.” Michael Anderson, National Coordinator,
interim National Unity Government of the ‘Sovereign Union’

* SBS INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL ANDERSON FOR NAIDOC WEEK:

– Interview

Sovereign Union: Q&A: Aboriginal rights then and now
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/qa-aboriginal-rights-then-and-now
“Michael Anderson in a new interview with SBS for NAIDOC
Week, he says while much has changed, Indigenous Australians
are still being deceived over their land. This Q&A between
Michael and SBS Online Producer Chiara Pazzano looks at the
protesters’ priorities then and now, and what’s changed over
the past 40 years.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT:

Last updated: 5 June 2012

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

* SBS WORLD NEWS: MUCKATY NUCLEAR WASTE CASE ADJOURNED

– Video

SBS World News Special Report:
Muckaty nuclear waste case adjourned
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1662896/Muckaty-nuclear-waste-case-adjourned
25 Jun 12: “Lawyers for the traditional land owners at
Muckaty in the Northern Territory fear some community
members may die before court proceedings against a proposed
nuclear waste facility are heard. The Federal Court has
decided to adjourn the case against the site until the end
of the year. “If it starts leaking it’s going to destroy
all the water the animals, the environment we don’t really
want it there,” said Penny Phillips, a traditional owner.
Members of the Warl-Manpa community have lived at Muckaty,
near Tenant Creek for thousands of years.” Liz Kefford

– Related Audio Interview

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Muckaty nuclear waste dump court battle set to begin…
http://caama.com.au/solicitor-elizabeth-oshea-defends-penny-philips-fight-for-her-land-rights
28 Jun 12: “It is a long road from Tennant Creek to the law
courts in Melbourne, but that’s the distance Penny Philips
traveled to fight for her land after there was a proposal
about placing nuclear waste dump upon it. With the
government failing to correctly approach the traditional
owners the case has now been taken to the higher court.
Lizzy O’shea, solicitor for Penny Philips joins Mikaela
Simpson on Strong Voices to give us an insight into this
court battle and what we can expect.”

– Related Videos

YouTube: Muckaty – KYLIE SAMBO

29 Jun 12

YouTube: Muckaty Rally Outside Federal Court In Melbourne

25 Jun 12: “MUA members and activists protested outside the
Federal Court in Melbourne, to send a strong message
against the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump in the
Northern Territory.”

– Related News

Tennant & District Times: No trial date set for Muckaty
http://tennantcreek.yourguide.com.au/news/local/news/general/no-trial-date-set-for-muckaty/2607417.aspx
29 Jun 12: “TRADITIONAL owners from Muckaty were in
Melbourne this week for a directions hearing in the Federal
Court case contesting the nomination of their land as a
site for a national nuclear waste dump. They were hoping
Justice Anthony North would set a trial date, however he
delayed the decision. … ”

Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF):
Muckaty continues to resist the radioactive dump
http://www.acfonline.org.au/news-media/news-media/news-features/muckaty-continues-resist-radioactive-dump
27 Jun 12: “Traditional Owners are continuing to keep the
pressure on the federal Resources Minister Martin
Ferguson’s plan for a national radioactive waste dump on
Aboriginal land. They aim to prevent the proposed dump at
Muckaty (north of Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory)
from going ahead by halting the plan in the federal court
with legal action. The case continues with a detailed trial
expected in the first half of 2013. This week Traditional
Owners, including Penny Phillips, made the long trip from
Central Australia to Melbourne to attend a hearing … ”

The Maritime Union (MUA):
Muckaty Rally Outside Federal Court In Melbourne
http://www.mua.org.au/news/muckaty-rally-outside-federal-court-in-melbourne/
26 Jun 12: “MUA members and activists protested outside the
Federal Court in Melbourne yesterday, to send a strong
message against the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump in
the Northern Territory. It had been hoped that The Federal
Court has decided to adjourn the case against the site
until the end of the year. … In court, they had hoped to
have the date set to begin the formal hearing to try to
have the decision overturned, but that decision has now been
adjourned until November.”

SMH: Nuclear dump court battle begins
http://www.smh.com.au/national/nuclear-dump-court-battle-begins-20120625-20ylj.html
26 Jun 12: “”THE whole lot of us are against it,” says
Penny Phillips. It’s a long road from Tennant Creek to the
imposing glass tower that houses the Federal Court in
Melbourne, but the Aboriginal elder travelled for two days
by bus to keep a court date yesterday. For Ms Phillips and
her fellow travellers, legal proceedings provide the best
route to secure indigenous lands that have been earmarked
by the federal government for a nuclear waste dump.”
Farah Farouque

* BACKGROUND TO THE PROPOSED MUCKATY NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

Last updated: 11 June 2012

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

* AMNESTY:
STRONGER FUTURES PUTS SHAME TO AUSTRALIA’S HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD

– News

Amnesty International Australia:
Stronger Futures puts shame to Australia’s human rights record
http://www.amnesty.org.au/news/comments/29107/?utm_source=news&utm_medium=feed
29 Jun 12: “The passing of the Stronger Futures Bills today
represents the Government’s blatant disregard for its human
rights obligations, Amnesty International has said. The
organisation has condemned the legislation package passed by
the Senate as a failure to meet international human rights
standards, and the continued disempowerment of Aboriginal
Peoples in the Northern Territory. … “Aboriginal
communities in the NT have told us time and again that
top-down decisions imposed upon them are the wrong approach
for tackling the challenges they face,” said Monica Morgan,
… ”

See:

WGAR News: avaaz.org community petitions:
Putting Australia to the human rights test (29 Jun 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/06/29/wgar-news-avaazorg-community-petitions-putting-australia-to-the-human-rights-test

WGAR News: Intervention laws pass the Senate … (30 Jun 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/06/30/wgar-news-intervention-laws-pass-the-senate-dr-gondarra-in-high-court-challenge

* GREENS PENNY WRIGHT: STRONGER FUTURES LEGISLATION SPEECH

– Speech

Greens Penny Wright: Stronger Futures Legislation Speech
http://penny-wright.greensmps.org.au/content/speeches/stronger-futures-legislation-speech
29 Jun 12: “Senator WRIGHT (South Australia) (19:59): …
The new Stronger Futures legislative package is essentially
a re-naming of the Northern Territory intervention. The
passage of these laws, which the Australian Greens oppose,
will mean that the Northern Territory intervention will
potentially be in place for another 15 years. Human rights
organisations have on numerous occasions, dating back to
2007, loudly and repeatedly criticised the Northern
Territory intervention because it is inconsistent with
Australia’s international human rights obligations. … ”

* GREENS SCOTT LUDLAM:
SPEECH ON THE STRONGER FUTURES IN THE NT BILL

– Speech

The Greens (WA): Speech on the Stronger Futures in the
Northern Territory Bill 2011
http://wa.greens.org.au/content/speech-stronger-futures-northern-territory-bill-2011
28 Jun 12: “Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (18:14): …
My reasons for strongly preferring that this debate was not
occurring are twofold. First, it is a terrible bill that
should not have been presented to this chamber in its
present form in the first place. Second, the person who has
done the most in this building to champion the voices
against the propositions being put in this bill is on the
other side of the country tonight and is not able to be
here. … ”

GREENS MPs:
GREENS IN SENATE OPPOSE STRONGER FUTURES,
VOTE AGAINST BANKSTOWN INCOME MANAGEMENT TRIAL

– Media Release

Greens MPs:
Greens in Senate oppose Stronger Futures,
vote against Bankstown income management trial
http://greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/greens-senate-oppose-stronger-futures-vote-against-bankstown-income-managemen
29 Jun 12: “Commenting on the Stronger Futures legislation
that passed the Senate last night on the combined vote of
Labor and the Coalition, Greens Senator for NSW Lee
Rhiannon said there was insufficient evidence to support
extending the government’s controversial income management
trial to Bankstown.
The Greens tried to vote down the legislation, then tried
to remove income management from the bill, but did not
receive the support of the other parties.
The Social Security Amendment Bill 2011, which is now law,
facilitates a trial of the Northern Territory’s compulsory
income management system in five pilot locations around
Australia, including Bankstown. …
Senator Rhiannon in the debate gave details of the growing
community opposition to the Income Management policy. More
than 50 groups have voiced their opposition to the policy
that is increasingly viewed as discriminatory, punitive
and top down.”

* REV ALISTAIR MACRAE:
RESPONSE TO THE PASSING OF THE STRONGER FUTURES LEGISLATION

– News

Journey:
Response to the passing of the Stronger Futures legislation
http://www.journeyonline.com.au/showArticle.php?articleId=3362
29 Jun 12: “OVER the last few months, thousands of
Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians have raised their
voices in opposition to the discriminatory aspects of the
Stronger Futures legislation. During this time the Uniting
Church in Australia has worked closely with our Indigenous
brothers and sisters and their supporters, particularly in
the Northern Territory. We have supported the work of our
Northern Synod and the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander
Christian Congress, who have consistently called for a
genuine partnership between government and Indigenous
peoples.” By Rev Alistair Macrae,
President of the Uniting Church in Australia Assembly

* TRACKER: SYDNEY VIGIL TO PROTEST INCOME MANAGEMENT

– News

newsTracker: Sydney vigil to protest income management
http://tracker.org.au/2012/07/sydney-vigil-to-protest-income-management/
2 Jul 12: “NATIONAL: Social workers and union members are
set to start a two-week vigil outside Bankstown Centrelink
Centre in Sydney’s southwest to protest the rollout of
income management in the region. The Bankstown Local
Government Area is one of five national sites a trial on
income management began on Sunday. Arab Council Australia
executive director Randa Kattan said the vigil, which
starts at 8.30am (AEST) on Monday, aimed to take on the
government’s national legislation. “Income management in
the Northern Territory has seen systematic abuses of the
rights of Centrelink recipients.””

– Related Event

Event: Mon 2 July 2012: Bankstown, Sydney, NSW
Rally and Vigil [Mon 2- Fri 13 July 2012]
Outside Bankstown Centrelink
Say No to Government Income Management!
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

Green Left: Gov’t turns blind eye to income management pain
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/51498
30 Jun 12: “July 1 is the new financial year and the start
of many new government policies. This year, the carbon and
mining taxes, and expansion of income management, or
welfare quarantining, to five new locations. People
receiving Centrelink payments and living in Playford in
South Australia, Logan and Rockhampton in Queensland,
Greater Shepparton in Victoria, and Bankstown in NSW may be
subject to the new system. … But the federal government
and opposition have made no secret of the fact they would
like to see income management nationwide, … ”
By Pas Forgione

Green Left: North Adelaide community rejects BasicsCard plan
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/51344
16 Jun 12: “The controversial introduction of income
management to Playford in northern Adelaide was the subject
of a thought-provoking and at times emotional community
meeting hosted by Socialist Alliance on June 13. A sizeable
turnout of locals, including individuals from Anglicare,
Uniting Care and the Playford City Council, discussed how
this policy, to be “trialled” from July 1, will impact on
the wellbeing of those on Centrelink payments and the
broader community, and how people should respond. Playford
is one of five locations selected for income management
trials beginning next month. … ” By Pas Forgione, Adelaide

* MORE ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LEGISLATION RELATED ARTICLES:

– Video

SBS World News: Income Management rolled out
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/video/2251872030/Income-Management-rolled-out
30 Jun 12: “The Australian government announced that it
plans to spend 117 million dollars over the next five years
to introduce Income Management to five disadvantaged areas
across Australia.”

– News

Australian: NT bill deserved scrutiny
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/nt-bill-deserved-scrutiny/story-fn558imw-1226413841513
2 Jul 12: “THE rushed passing of the Northern Territory
Stronger Futures legislation without adequate scrutiny,
with the support of both major parties, is another shameful
episode in the life of this parliament
(“Anger at extension of NT laws”, 30/5-1/6). … ”

– Analysis / Opinion

Club Troppo: NT Intervention and “Stronger Futures”:
an evaluation after 5 years
http://clubtroppo.com.au/2012/07/01/nter-and-stronger-futures-an-evaluation-after-5-years/
1 Jul 12: “Amidst all the kerfuffle about asylum seeker
policy over the last week, it probably escaped most
people’s attention that the Gillard government’s Orwellian
Newspeak-rebadged version of the Northern Territory
Emergency Intervention, called “Stronger Futures”, passed
through Parliament in the early hours of Friday morning.
Stronger Futures had to be passed this week because the 5
year NTER legislation was about to expire. Moreover the new
legislation has extended the Intervention regime for
another 10 years.” Ken Parish, legal academic,
Charles Darwin University

Brisbane Times: Some hard truths
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/some-hard-truths-20120630-219jc.html
1 Jul 12: “Last week, with the best intentions I approached
Kunoth-Monks after she spoke movingly and powerfully at an
anti-NT intervention in Melbourne. When I mentioned
violence in remote Northern Territory communities her body
shifted in a way that left me wondering if I’d caused her
discomfort. … We need to go back and look at what was
already working. We need to empower the ”aunties”, for if
they and their men are disempowered, by top-down imposed
administrative regimes that humiliate and discredit them,
the violence can only worsen.” Liz Conor, lecturer,
National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University

Canberra Times: A pathway to success
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/opinion/a-pathway-to-success-20120628-2155v.html
29 Jun 12: “Jawoyn woman … Rachael Willika has helped seven
children get an education, CLARE SMITH writes. While
high-profile debate has attended the Stronger Futures in
the Northern Territory Bill 2012 that was before the Senate
this week, one Aboriginal woman is quietly achieving the
success in school attendance that is eluding government.
The Stronger Futures legislation includes the School
Enrolment and Attendance Measure, in which parents whose
children miss school more than five times over two terms
will have their welfare payments stalled.” Claire Smith,
Professor of Archaeology, Flinders University

* 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

* ABC: ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSY UNDERWAY IN MENINDEE [NSW]

– News

ABC: Aboriginal tent embassy underway in Menindee
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-06-27/aboriginal-tent-embassy-kicks-off-in-menindee/4095250
29 Jun 12: “About a dozen women camped out in Menindee last
night, to start the town’s first Aboriginal tent embassy.
As part of the town’s NAIDOC week celebrations, they’re
recognising 40 years of the tent embassy in Canberra. There
will be a series of groups manning the camp, including
women, children and even the local football team. Assistant
Principal at the Menindee Central School, Fiona Kelly, says
the camp is designed to raise awareness of the issues
Indigenous Australians face.”

* AUDIO INTERVIEW WITH BELLA BROPHO ON
SWAN VALLEY ORIGINALS RETURN TO LOCKRIDGE CAMP:

– Audio Interview

Sovereign Union:
Bella Bropho on Swan Valley Originals return to Lockridge camp
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/swan-valley-nyoongar-community-returns-lockridge-camp
1 Jul 12: “May 19, 2012: Swan Valley Nyoongars say that
they have reclaimed the controversial Lockridge community
camp by setting up a tent embassy and have vowed to fight to
stay.”

* CATHOLIC JUSTICE AND PEACE COMMISSION:
RESPECT AND UNDERSTANDING NEEDED ON TENT EMBASSY [BRISBANE]

– News

Catholic Justice and Peace Commission:
Respect and Understanding Needed on Tent Embassy
http://cjpcbrisbane.wordpress.com/2012/06/28/respect-and-understanding-needed-on-tent-embassy/
28 Jun 12: “The Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of
Brisbane, along with its Aboriginal partners and advisors,
welcomes the recent dropping of police charges against a
number of people who came to support local Aboriginal people
and the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in May. It is our hope that
charges against others arrested by police will also be
dropped. We do not want to see the ugly confrontation
between police, the Brisbane City Council, Aboriginal people
and their supporters, which occurred on 16 May at Musgrave
Park, repeated.”

– Related News

Koori Mail: Activist blasts tent embassy decision
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
28 Jun 12: “ABORIGINAL activist Sam Watson has accused the
Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission of offering ‘no
protection at all for the Aboriginal people who were the
victims’ of a police raid on the tent embassy in Musgrave
Park in Brisbane on May 16. Mr Watson had lodged complaints
against Premier Campbell Newman, Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham
Quirk, Police Minister Jack Dempsey and Police Commissioner
Bob Atkinson but the misconduct commission has today
confirmed that authorities have no case to answer, and no
further action would be taken.”

* 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

* SBS LIVING BLACK:
NATIVE TITLE REFORM “TINKERING AROUND THE EDGES”

– Audio Interview

SBS Living Black:
Native Title Reform “tinkering around the edges”
By Michelle Lovegrove
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/221266/t/Native-Title-Reform-tinkering-around-the-edges/in/english
25 Jun 12: “The National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples is gearing itself for a political campaign –
following the federal government’s lack of conversation on
native title reform, and a host of other issues. Co-Chair of
the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, Les
Malezer says he’s although he’s heartened by a federal
government attempting to reform Native Title legislation,
very important elements have not been touched. He says it’s
time Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples again
start pushing for the land rights process – not native
title.”

See:

WGAR News: Women’s Federation for World Peace Australia (17 Jun 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/06/17/wgar-news-womens-federation-for-world-peace-australia-support-the-statement-by-yolnuw-mak
“Contents: …
* June 2012 WGAR News on Mabo and Native Title
* Kado Muir: Aboriginal title is not Native Title:
real reform is practicing sovereignty
* NIT: Native Title: Roxon’s missed opportunity
* CAAMA: Interview with National Native Title Council CEO
* CAAMA: Interview with Les Melezer on Native Title

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

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

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

Background to National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Last updated: 5 May 2012
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/05/background-to-the-national-congress-of-australia%E2%80%99s-first-peoples

* HRLC: ANNUAL HUMAN RIGHTS DINNER 2012
– KEYNOTE ADDRESS NOW AVAILABLE

– Keynote address

Human Rights Law Centre:
Annual Human Rights Dinner 2012 – Keynote address now available
http://www.hrlc.org.au/content/events/annual-human-rights-dinner-2012-keynote-address/
“The Human Rights Law Centre and the Public Interest Law
Clearing House held the Annual Human Rights Dinner on Friday
15 June 2012 in Melbourne. The Human Rights Dinner is an
opportunity to come together to celebrate the human rights
achievements of the last twelve months and to look to the
challenges and opportunities ahead. This year’s keynote
speaker was Les Malezer. Les Malezer is Co-Chair of the
National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and
Chairperson of the Foundation for Aboriginal and Islander
Research Action. … ”

See:

Background to National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Last updated: 5 May 2012
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/05/background-to-the-national-congress-of-australia%E2%80%99s-first-peoples

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