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

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

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