Archive for August, 2012

120821 – Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia – 10 events from 21 August 2012

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 22/08/2012 by D

Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia
– 10 events from 21 August 2012

Click on the links for details of the events …

Fri 10 – Sun 26 August 2012: Darwin, NT
Official Opening Fri 10 Aug
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.
Presented by the Environment Centre NT
in association with Darwin Festival
“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.darwinfestival.org.au/2012-program/manuwangku-under-the-nuclear-cloud/
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/sa/event/29216/
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/51721

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: Wed 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 plus extra info: http://indymedia.org.au/building-bridges-2012-aunty-daphne-sue-gillett-back-to-the-future-22-aug-12
Event details: http://reconciliation4westernsydney.org/index.php/building-bridges-2012
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/29523/
Brochure: http://reconciliation4westernsydney.org/images/downloads/building_bridges_2012.pdf
Background info on Aunty Daphne & Sue Gillett: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info/BB-22-8-12-Aunty-Daphne-Sue.pdf

Event: Sat 25 August 2012: Milsons Point, Sydney, NSW
Walk As One forum
Organised by Caritas Australia
“Indigenous communities are over-represented
among the world’s poorest and most marginalised.
How can we walk in solidarity with Indigenous
Peoples to challenge this injustice?”
About Walk As One: http://www.caritas.org.au/act/walk-as-one-indigenous-peoples-campaign
Event details: http://www.caritas.org.au/act/events/event-detail?eventCode=WAO
Event details: http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7463-indigenous-peoples-issues-awareness-campaign-to-be-launched-

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.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/29523/
Brochure: http://reconciliation4westernsydney.org/images/downloads/building_bridges_2012.pdf

Event: 13 September 2012: various locations internationally
Fifth anniversary of the
United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Event details: http://social.un.org/index/IndigenousPeoples/DeclarationontheRightsofIndigenousPeoples.aspx

Event: Tue 23 October 2012: Sydney, NSW
Our Generation film screening
Homelands and Homelessness
– Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Organised by Amnesty International
“The panel will address concerns about the
105,000 homeless people currently struggling
to survive in Australia. It will also discuss the
human rights problems experienced by
indigenous persons living in remote Homelands.”
Speakers will include:
* Sarah Marland;
* John Dowd AO;
* The honourable Linda Burney MP.
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/29438/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Sat 10 November 2012: Melbourne City, Vic
2012 Spring Action:
Stop Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
Organised by:
Indigenous Social Justice Association – Melbourne
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm
Photos of 27th July Sydney Rally: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/51682
Video of 11th August Melbourne Rally: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/51877

Event: 10 December 2012: various locations internationally
UN International Human Rights Day

Event: 5-7 December 2012: Gold Coast, Qld
2012 National Indigenous Health Conference
Many Pathways, One Outcome
” … is designed to bring together both government
and non-government agencies who are working
in the field of Indigenous health with the belief
that working together can close the gap between
the state of Indigenous Health as compared to
the health of mainstream Australians.”
Event details: http://www.indigenoushealth.net/

– ‘Our Generation’ Film Reviews

Elimatta:
Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
Our Generation – Showing in London – page 8
http://www.asgmwp.net/ElimattaWinter2011.pdf
Winter 2011: “The Intervention is yet another example of
the appalling treatment the Aboriginal People of Australia
have been subjected to in such a short period of time
compared to thousands of years of survival. Sinem Saban and
Rev. Dr Gondarra supported by the Yolngu people and
cinematographer, Damien Curtis, have created a sensitive
and realistic view of the plight of those who wish to live
a more traditional life in their homelands and of those who
appear to be dispossessed.” Christine Waterer

Elimatta:
Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
ASG Information Night: Our Generation – page 6
http://www.asgmwp.net/ElimattaSummer2010.pdf
Summer 2010: “Local resident and journalist, Jeff McMullen
introduced “Our Generation”, the film by Sinem Saban and
Damien Curtis which we were there to see. The film explored
in depth the Federal Government Intervention into
Aboriginal Communities in the Northern Territory. Jeff had
told us that the film’s producers were not having any
success in having the film shown on government or
commercial media outlets and they were having to screen it
in local community halls to show the community at large
just what was involved in the Intervention. It is basically
a war on Aboriginal culture. The dispossession of the
Aboriginal people is simply continuing in a new guise.”
Carol Gerrard

See:

Our Generation: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/

Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater: http://www.asgmwp.net/index.htm

– – –

120820 – Aboriginal professor blasts Australia over land rights and the NT intervention

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 20/08/2012 by D

Contents:
* Sovereign Union: Townsville professor blasts Australia
over land rights and Intervention at international conference
* NIT: It’s a resounding no to Mal Brough
* Duncan Kennedy, BBC:
Debate over Australia welfare ‘credit card’
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Peter Robson: NT elections:
some progressive choices among law and order slugfest
* Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation:
Federal Court highlights FMG liability at Solomon
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement
* Sovereign Union:
Gugada Embassy to be established in Pt Augusta [SA]
* West Australian: Protesters invade Premier’s home [WA]
* Background to the Aboriginal tent embassies
* Rachel Siewert:
Greens to examine funding for petrol sniffing programs
* Greens MPs:
Acting on Muckaty before the Federal Court challenge is complete
* Background to the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump
* Other articles

* SOVEREIGN UNION:
TOWNSVILLE PROFESSOR BLASTS AUSTRALIA OVER
LAND RIGHTS AND INTERVENTION AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

– News

Sovereign Union:
Townsville professor blasts Australia over
land rights and Intervention at international conference
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/townsville-professor-blasts-australia-over-land-rights-and-intervention-international
17 Aug 12: “An international conference in South Africa
last month heard an Aboriginal woman professor from
Townsville, Gracelyn Smallwood, blast Australia over land
rights and the Northern Territory intervention. She
addressed the prestigious annual international conference
of the International Association for Critical Realism, and
received standing ovations for her three presentations. She
told me in an interview for Noosa Community Radio she
expects her three talks, based on her PhD thesis to go
feral internationally.” By Diet Simon

– Related Audio

Audioboo: “Horrified about Australia’s deep dark secret”
– Professor Gracelyn Smallwood
http://audioboo.fm/boos/923012-horrified-about-australia-s-deep-dark-secret
“Professor Gracelyn Smallwood said in an interview for Noosa Community Radio she expects her three talks, based on her PhD thesis to go feral internationally. The thesis is to be published by a London publisher Routledge “because it was too hot a potato for Australian publishers” she approached.”

Audioboo: “If we didn’t collect enough copper wire and
bottles to sell, we starved” – Professor Gracelyn Smallwood
http://audioboo.fm/boos/923019-if-we-didn-t-collect-enough-copper-wire-and-bottles-to-sell-we-starved

Audioboo: “Australia is a racist society and we cannot
reconcile without the truth” – Professor Gracelyn Smallwood
http://audioboo.fm/boos/923028-australia-is-a-racist-society-and-we-cannot-reconcile-without-the-truth

* NIT: IT’S A RESOUNDING NO TO MAL BROUGH

– News

National Indigenous Times: It’s a resounding no to Mal Brough
http://www.nit.com.au/your-say.html
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1663-its-a-resounding-no-to-mal-brough.html
19 Aug 12: “Leaders across the nation don’t want architect
of Intervention as Minister. By National Indigenous Times
reporter Geoff Bagnall. Indigenous Australia has spoken. A
poll by the National Indigenous Times of 30 leaders from
around the country have delivered reactions ranging from
horror to dismay at the prospect Mal Brough, the former
Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister during the John Howard
reign, might be reinstated to the portfolio in the event a
Tony Abbott-led Coalition was elected to government at next
year’s Federal election.”

* DUNCAN KENNEDY, BBC:
DEBATE OVER AUSTRALIA WELFARE ‘CREDIT CARD’

– News

BBC: Debate over Australia welfare ‘credit card’
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18951205
20 Aug 12: “The Australian government is rolling out a
radical new way of paying welfare benefits that may be
instructive for other countries around the world. …
“People stare when I bring out my Basics card,” said
Barbara Shaw … When the government announced it was
expanding the scheme to much of Australia, it prompted
street protests in one low-income Sydney suburb.
Paddy Gibson, the university researcher, joined the
activists against the cards. “We think that the imposition
of income management has the potential to make that
person’s life harder, to make that person’s life worse,”
he said.” By Duncan Kennedy

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

Last updated: 19 August 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 August 2012

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

* PETER ROBSON:
NT ELECTIONS:
SOME PROGRESSIVE CHOICES AMONG LAW AND ORDER SLUGFEST

– News

Green Left:
NT elections:
some progressive choices among law and order slugfest
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/51919
18 Aug 12: “Anti-nuclear activist Matt Haubrick is standing
for the Greens in Fong Lim. He said he is running to raise
awareness about the federal government’s Muckaty waste dump
plan. … George Pascoe is a Maningrrda Aboriginal man is
standing for the Greens in Arafura. Like First Nations
candidate for Blaine Daniel Fejo, Pascoe said he is running
to protest the major parties’ support for the NT
intervention and Stronger Futures laws that legislate away
Aboriginal rights for the next decade. … Bilingual
education advocate Kendall Trudgen has spent most of his
life in Arnhem Land. Trudgen is running for the seat of
Nhulunbuy.” By Peter Robson, Darwin

See:

WGAR News: Aboriginal Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
and the NT Elections (18 Aug 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/08/18/wgar-news-aboriginal-northern-territory-nt-intervention-and-the-nt-elections
“Contents:
* Amy McQuire:
All eyes turn to bush seats as NT election gets underway
* Daniel Fejo: First Nations NT candidate:
‘Things have been taken away’
* NIT: Japarta Ryan’s plan to stop Intervention
* NT Greens: Barbara Shaw stands up for Alice Springs
* Press TV:
Indigenous intervention dominates Australia NT election campaign”

* YINDJIBARNDI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION:
FEDERAL COURT HIGHLIGHTS FMG LIABILITY AT SOLOMON

Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation:
Federal Court highlights FMG liability at Solomon
http://yindjibarndi.org.au/yindjibarndi/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/120816-Federal-Court-Highlights-FMG-Liability-At-Solomon-FINAL.pdf
16 Aug 12: “The Federal Court has declared that a
determination of native title in favour of the Yindjibarndi
People over the land affected by Fortescue Metals Group’s
(FMG) Solomon Project may expose FMG to a liability to pay
compensation to the Yindjibarndi People for any impairment
of their native title rights and for any social disruption
caused by FMG’s project.
In a decision handed down on 20 July 2012, allowing FMG to
be joined as a respondent to the 2003 native title
determination application made by the Yindjibarndi,
Justice McKerracher said: … ”

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT:

Last updated: 19 August 2012

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

* SOVEREIGN UNION:
GUGADA EMBASSY TO BE ESTABLISHED IN PT AUGUSTA [SA]

– Media Release

Sovereign Union:
Gugada Embassy to be established in Pt Augusta
Gugada Original Sovereign Tribal Federation
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/gugada-embassy-be-established-pt-augusta
15 Aug 12: “At 10:00am today (15th August 2012) in
Gladstone Square, Pt Augusta, South Australia, the Gugada
Original Sovereign Tribal Federation will be establishing
a new embassy.
“We, the Gugada Original Sovereign Tribal Federation have
not, as yet, acquiesced Our Sovereignty,” said Sandra
Dingamen.
“In the spirit of the 40 year anniversary of the Aboriginal
Tent Embassy in Canberra, it has been decided, in the
interest of the law of this land, that we, the Gugada
Original Sovereign Tribal Federation, say no to the
Constitutional Reform and acknowledge that it is the time
for Respect and Recognition and Treaty.”
“The way forward is not a tokenistic inclusion of Aboriginal
people in the Australian Constitution, which has underpinned
a political system founded on the fiction of Terra Nullius,
but through the recognition that Aboriginal sovereignty has
never been ceded, and the development of treaty based on
this recognition.””

– Related News

ABC: Indigenous protesters urge sovereignty treaty
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-08-16/indigenous-protesters-urge-sovereignty-treaty/4203182
16 Aug 12: “About 20 activists sat in Port Augusta’s
Gladstone Square yesterday, to protest against the
inclusion of Aboriginal people in the Australian
Constitution. Sandra Dingamen Taylor from the Gugada
Original Sovereign Tribal Federation organised the
gathering. She says she would rather see a treaty that
recognises Aboriginal sovereignty, than inclusion in the
Constitution. Ms Dingamen Taylor says the Constitution was
based on Australia being unoccupied at colonisation.”

* WEST AUSTRALIAN: PROTESTERS INVADE PREMIER’S HOME [WA]

– News

West Australian: Protesters invade Premier’s home
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/14584399/protesters-invade-premiers-home/
18 Aug 12: “A 20-year-old protester yesterday climbed a
stone wall into Premier Colin Barnett’s family home and
locked himself to the front gate despite police protecting
the house. The major breach of security took place during
an Aboriginal rights protest outside Mr Barnett’s Claremont
home. The Premier was not home but his wife Lyn and two pet
dogs were inside. … The action ended only after Mr
Barnett agreed to accept the document at a meeting with the
protesters at his electoral office about 3.40pm.”

– Related News

West Australian:
Trespass tactics wrong, says Aboriginal leader
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/14584362/trespass-tactics-wrong-says-aboriginal-leader/
18 Aug 12: “A prominent Aboriginal leader has criticised
protesters for invading Premier Colin Barnett’s privacy by
demonstrating outside his home and trespassing on his
property. “We are not in favour of anyone protesting and
going into personal properties or residences of people,”
Ted Wilkes said. “That’s not the way that we should
protest.” Protest ringleader Marianne Mackay said they were
protesting to assert their sovereign rights over Whadjuk
country, which includes the Darling Range and Perth city.”

West Australian: McGowan condemns Barnett street protesters
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/14579057/protesters-occupy-street-outside-premiers-home/
17 Aug 12: “Opposition Leader Mark McGowan has condemned
protesters who occupied the street outside Premier Colin
Barnett’s Claremont home, one of whom scaled a fence into
the property. A 20-year-old man was arrested and charged
with trespass after allegedly locking himself to the
property’s gate. … Protest organiser Marianne Mackay said
her group had failed in many earlier attempts to give the
document to Mr Barnett and were prepared to stay outside
his house “for as long as it takes”.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSIES:

Last updated: 19 August 2012

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

* RACHEL SIEWERT:
GREENS TO EXAMINE FUNDING FOR PETROL SNIFFING PROGRAMS

– Media Release

Rachel Siewert:
Greens to examine funding for petrol sniffing programs
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/greens-examine-funding-petrol-sniffing-programs
15 Aug 12: “Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert will
examine a federal government decision to end the provision
of funding to three petrol sniffing programs during
tomorrow’s Senate Inquiry into the Greens’ Low Aromatic
Fuel Bill.
It has been reported that federal funding for the programs
in the Kimberley, Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara
lands and central Australia will not continue past this
year.
“Asking organisations to continue these programs without
federal funding is an onerous request that has the
potential to threaten the long term stability needed to
combat petrol sniffing,” Senator Siewert said today. … ”

* GREENS MPS:
ACTING ON MUCKATY BEFORE THE FEDERAL COURT CHALLENGE IS COMPLETE

Greens MPs:
Acting on Muckaty before the Federal Court challenge is complete
http://greensmps.org.au/content/questions-notice/acting-muckaty-federal-court-challenge-complete
16 Aug 12: “(Question No. 1966) Senator Ludlam asked the
Minister for Resources and Energy, upon notice, on 20 July
2012:
Given the response received in the answer to question on
notice no. 1889 concerning the declaration of Muckaty in
the Northern Territory as the final location for the
proposed nuclear waste site under the National Radioactive
Waste Management Act 2012, will the Minister delay the
declaration of Muckaty as the site until after the Federal
Court of Australia case is resolved.
Senator Chris Evans: The Minister for Resources and Energy
has provided the following response to the honourable
member’s question:
My media release of 13 March 2012 noted that in relation
to litigation in the Federal Court concerning the nominated
land [on Muckaty Station], the Government will not act on
this site until this matter is resolved by the Court.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE PROPOSED MUCKATY NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

Last updated: 16 August 2012

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

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Analysis / Opinion

agendaTracker:
The Contrarian: Black Power and Aboriginal Arts
http://tracker.org.au/2012/08/the-contrarian-black-power-and-aboriginal-arts/
16 Aug 12: “NATIONAL: Aboriginal Australia owes much of its
advancement – particularly in the arts – to the local Black
Power movement, writes GARY FOLEY. It was great men like
Chicka Dixon who forged the way ahead in the most unlikely
of places. Today, people have become accustomed to the
unprecedented international interest shown in all aspects
of Aboriginal art and culture. … This situation has only
developed over the past three decades, and what most people
do not know is that it did not emerge from a vacuum.”
Gary Foley, a historian and lecturer at Victoria University,
completing a PhD in History at the University of Melbourne

– News

National Indigenous Times: Facebook’s race hate farce
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1659-facebooks-race-hate-farce.html
19 Aug 12: “A Facebook page full of bitter, twisted racial
hatred against Aboriginal people appeared from somewhere
early last week but nobody knew where, it then disappeared
but only for a few hours after a torrent of complaints
about the racist comments and then re-appeared before again
disappearing last Thursday with a half-hearted apology from
Facebook. Then, suddenly, another version re-appeared last
Friday.”

National Indigenous Times:
Traditional Owners divided over Bob Brown’s gas hub campaign
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1651-traditional-owners-divided-over-bob-browns-gas-hub-campaign.html
19 Aug 12: “By National Indigenous Times West Australian
reporter Gerry Georgatos. The Kimberley’s Traditional
Owners are split right down the middle whether the billion
dollar gas hub project proposed for James Price Point
(Walmandan) should go ahead and whether it was right for
Greens founder Dr Bob Brown to be speak on behalf of
Aboriginal peoples and their… ”

National Indigenous Times: Housing exceeds targets: Macklin
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1656-housing-exceeds-targets-macklin.html
19 Aug 12: “More Indigenous people in remote communities
are benefitting from new and refurbished homes completed as
part of the $5.5 billion National Partnership Agreement on
Remote Indigenous Housing, the Federal Minister for
Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin said.”

– – –

120818 – Aboriginal Northern Territory (NT) Intervention and the NT Elections

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 20/08/2012 by D

Aboriginal NT Intervention and the NT Elections:

* Amy McQuire:
All eyes turn to bush seats as NT election gets underway
* Daniel Fejo:
First Nations NT candidate: ‘Things have been taken away’
* NIT: Japarta Ryan’s plan to stop Intervention
* NT Greens: Barbara Shaw stands up for Alice Springs
* Press TV:
Indigenous intervention dominates Australia NT election campaign

‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws:

* Chris Graham: Who put the con back in consultation?
* Geraldine Fela:
Unions, Labor members say no more Income Management
* Aunty Daphne & Sue Gillett – Back to the Future:
NT Intervention & Income Management (Building Bridges 2012)
* Graeme Mundine: Stronger Futures? (Building Bridges 2012)
* More ‘Stronger Futures’ Legislation related articles
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention

Use of Aboriginal languages in NT schools:

* Emma Murphy: NT government quietly abandons bilingual ban
* Rosa McKenna: NT covertly drops
‘the first 4 hours of each day English only’ policy
* Background to the use of Aboriginal languages in NT schools

Amnesty International German Newsletter
on Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples

* Other articles

ABORIGINAL NT INTERVENTION AND THE NT ELECTIONS:

* AMY MCQUIRE:
ALL EYES TURN TO BUSH SEATS AS NT ELECTION GETS UNDERWAY

– Analysis / Opinion

agendaTracker:
All eyes turn to bush seats as NT election gets underway
http://tracker.org.au/2012/08/all-eyes-turn-to-bush-seats-as-nt-election-gets-underway/
13 Aug 12: “NORTHERN TERRITORY: The Northern Territory will
go to the polls on August 25. Will Aboriginal people
finally have a voice, asks AMY McQUIRE*. … There has even
been mention in the news of the First Nations Party, lead
by Kalkarinji man Maurie Japarta Ryan, and the impact it
could have on Labor and CLP votes. Many Aboriginal people
in remote communities have already made their feelings
clear on a federal level. At the last federal election,
the remote booths voted overwhelmingly for Greens candidate
for Lingiari Barbara Shaw, a prominent anti-intervention
campaigner.” By Amy McQuire,
a Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman, Editor of Tracker

* DANIEL FEJO:
FIRST NATIONS NT CANDIDATE: ‘THINGS HAVE BEEN TAKEN AWAY’

– Interview

Green Left:
First Nations NT candidate: ‘Things have been taken away’
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/51855
11 Aug 12: “Daniel Fejo is a candidate for the First
Nations Political Party running for the seat of Blaine in
the August 25 Northern Territory elections. Fejo is a
Larrakeyah man and a home and community care worker in the
Bagot community.
Fejo spoke to Green Left Weekly’s Peter Robson. * * *
What does the First Nations Political Party say about the
proposed nuclear waste dump in the NT? …
What do you think about the NT intervention? …
Housing is another serious issue in the NT.
Are there specific issues for Aboriginal people? …
What do you think about the level of support for the
homelands? … ”

* NIT: JAPARTA RYAN’S PLAN TO STOP INTERVENTION

– News

National Indigenous Times:
Japarta Ryan’s plan to stop Intervention
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1382-japarta-ryans-plan-to-stop-intervention.html
6 Jul 12: ” … The First Nations Party plans to storm the
upcoming Northern Territory election and seize the balance
of power after announcing this week their first six
candidates who will stand for election. The award-winning
high profile musician and highly respected Warren H
Williams has been joined by Ken Lichleitner, Ben Pascoe,
Bill Risk, Valda Shannon and Daniel Fejo as First Nations
Party candidates for the August poll. Party founder Maurie
Japarta Ryan said he had high hopes the large Indigenous
population in the Northern Territory would be enough to win
the party enough seats to hold the balance of power in the
new Territory parliament. … ”

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:

[scroll down page] http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
5 Jul 12: “The co founder of Australia’s first Aboriginal
political party says he is surprised with how many of his
people want to represent themselves and their own political
party at the upcoming Northern Territory elections.”

– Related News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Barkly candidate wants community input into outstations
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7473-barkly-candidate-wants-community-input-into-outstations
17 Aug 12: “A candidate for the seat of Barkly in the
August 25th Northern Territory election says she wants more
Indigenous input into how homelands are funded. A forum
hosted by the ABC questioned Barkly candidates on a range
of topics, including homelands policy, the Super Shires
policy and employment. … The First Nations Political
Party’s Valda Shannon says Aboriginal Territorians should
be running their homelands.”

National Indigenous Times:
Homelands backflip is just a bribe: Ryan
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1612-homelands-backflip-is-just-a-bribe-ryan.html
9 Aug 12: “By National Indigenous Times reporter Geoff
Bagnall. The Northern Territory Labor Party is offering a
$20,000 cash bribe to remote area Aborigines to vote for
them in the upcoming election to retain power and bolster
Julia Gillard’s federal re-election chances, the founder
of the First Nations Political Party, Maurie Japarta Ryan
has claimed.”

* NT GREENS: BARBARA SHAW STANDS UP FOR ALICE SPRINGS

– Media Release

NT Greens: Barbara Shaw stands up for Alice Springs
http://nt.greens.org.au/content/barbara-shaw-stands-alice-springs
9 Aug 12: “The NT Greens have selected Alice Springs local
Barbara Shaw for the electorate of Braitling in the
upcoming NT elections.
Over the last 15 years of Barbara’s life and especially the
last 7, politics for her have really hit home. She ran in
the 2010 federal election for the electorate of Lingiari
for the Greens, resulting in a sizeable swing towards her.
Barbara has been an active member of the Alice Springs
community in the area of human rights in relation to
policies from both tiers of government. …
Barbara shares the same concerns about issues that have
arisen over this time. She says she is committed to being
the people’s person to deliver what they want in relation
to human rights and social justice.
Barbara wants to build the capacity of the community by
working together for a stronger community.
“More social inclusion and better engagement between
government and the people to rebuild from the ground up
is vital.””

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Barb Shaw is Greens Candidate for Braitling
http://caama.com.au/barb-shaw-is-greens-candidate-for-braitling
16 Aug 12: “Barb Shaw running candidate for Braitling spoke
to Paul wiles about the upcoming NT elections.”

* PRESS TV:
INDIGENOUS INTERVENTION DOMINATES AUSTRALIA NT ELECTION CAMPAIGN

– Video

Press TV:
Indigenous intervention dominates Australia NT election campaign
http://presstv.com/detail/2012/08/14/256163/indigenous-australia-nt-election-campaign/
14 Aug 12: “The Northern Territory goes to the polls on
August 25th and in addition to major issues like Crime and
Law and Order, the controversial Northern Territory
Intervention is once again being noticed. … Despite the
Intervention being a Federal Issue, it’s likely to have
some impact in a possibly tight NT election, between the
current Territory Labor Government led by Paul Henderson
and Country Liberal’s Leader, Terry Mills. Both parties
have 12 seats in the NT Parliament, with Labor surviving
thanks to support from a lone Independent MP. But that
balance could shift if either party loses a single seat,
… ”

‘STRONGER FUTURES’ NEW NT INTERVENTION LAWS:

* CHRIS GRAHAM: WHO PUT THE CON BACK IN CONSULTATION?

– Analysis / Opinion

newsTracker: Who put the con back in consultation?
http://tracker.org.au/2012/08/who-put-the-con-back-in-consultation/
15 Aug 12: “NATIONAL: There are at least three reasons why
the federal government’s consultations on the Stronger
Futures legislation should be condemned. Firstly, the
government never really intended to consult in any
meaningful way with Aboriginal people. Secondly, when they
were shamed into doing it, the consultation process they
delivered was a sham. And finally, Aboriginal people never
needed to be consulted in the first place – they’d already
made their views known on the NT intervention at two
federal elections, and in terms that were unmistakeable.
CHRIS GRAHAM analyses the farce that was the Australian
democratic process on the passage of the Stronger Futures
laws.” By Chris Graham, managing editor of Tracker magazine

* GERALDINE FELA:
UNIONS, LABOR MEMBERS SAY NO MORE INCOME MANAGEMENT

– News

Solidarity:
Unions, Labor members say no more Income Management
http://www.solidarity.net.au/uncategorized/unions-labor-members-say-no-more-income-management/
August 2012: “A COMMITMENT to organising with unionists has
paid off for the campaign against the NT Intervention and
the rollout of Income Management into Bankstown. Child
protection workers in the Public Service Association (PSA)
in New South Wales have put an industrial ban on
participating in the implementation of Income Management
and on referring their clients to Centrelink. The PSA’s
action is a powerful antidote to Indigenous Affairs’
Minister Jenny Macklin’s line that Income Management
“helps families” and is “in the interests of children.”
By Geraldine Fela

* AUNTY DAPHNE & SUE GILLETT – BACK TO THE FUTURE:
NT INTERVENTION & INCOME MANAGEMENT (BUILDING BRIDGES 2012)

– Upcoming Event

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://indymedia.org.au/building-bridges-2012-aunty-daphne-sue-gillett-back-to-the-future-22-aug-12
Event details: http://reconciliation4westernsydney.org/index.php/building-bridges-2012
Event details: http://www.nswreconciliation.org.au/events-1/buildi ng-bridges-forum
Brochure: http://reconciliation4westernsydney.org/images/downloads/building_bridges_2012.pdf

See this link for lots more info:
http://indymedia.org.au/building-bridges-2012-aunty-daphne-sue-gillett-back-to-the-future-22-aug-12

* GRAEME MUNDINE: STRONGER FUTURES? (BUILDING BRIDGES 2012)

– Speech

Aboriginal Catholic Ministry:
Graeme Mundine: Stronger Futures?
Speech to Building Bridges – R4WS
http://www.reconciliation4westernsydney.org/index.php/building-bridges-2012/speeches-and-videos
8 Aug 12: “So what’s the problem with all of this?
Shouldn’t we be happy that the Government is trying to fix
the problems in the NT? Well yes and no! It’s fantastic
that the Government recognizes there is a need to direct
resources and commitment to the Northern Territory. But
where they are failing woefully is how they are going
about it. There are a few areas that we are most concerned
about. One is the lack of proper and appropriate
consultation. There has not been adequate consultation
despite the Government’s claims. The Government has been
widely criticized for the conclusions they have drawn
from these consultations. … ” By Graeme Mundine,
Aboriginal Catholic Ministry
http://www.aboriginal.sydneycatholic.org/

* MORE ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LEGISLATION RELATED ARTICLES:

– News

Australian: NT chief using Aborigines as pawns, accuses Brough
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/nt-chief-using-aborigines-as-pawns-accuses-brough/story-fn59niix-1226449616386
14 Aug 12: “NORTHERN Territory Chief Minister Paul
Henderson has claimed credit for benefits flowing to
Aborigines from the intervention, despite his Labor
candidates pledging to “finish” the program extended for 10
years by their federal colleagues. Mr Henderson’s claim
prompted a sharp rebuke from Howard government indigenous
affairs minister Mal Brough, who said the NT Labor leader
was rewriting history.”

National Indigenous Times:
400 churchgoers deliver public lament over Intervention
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1610-400-churchgoers-deliver-public-lament-over-intervention.html
9 Aug 12: “Almost 400 Indigenous and non-Indigenous members
of the Uniting Church in Australia joined forces on the
steps of Parliament House in Adelaide to lament the Federal
Government’s 10 year extension of the Northern Territory
Intervention through its Stronger Futures legislation and
its damaging effects on Indigenous communities.”

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

Last updated: 16 August 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 August 2012

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

USE OF ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES IN NT SCHOOLS:

* EMMA MURPHY: NT GOVERNMENT QUIETLY ABANDONS BILINGUAL BAN

– News

newsTracker: NT government quietly abandons bilingual ban
http://tracker.org.au/2012/08/nt-government-quietly-abandons-bilingual-ban/
15 Aug 12: “NORTHERN TERRITORY: The Northern Territory
government appears to have relaxed its controversial
Compulsory Teaching in English for the First Four Hours of
Each School Day policy, introduced in 2008 and seen as the
end of bilingual education for Aboriginal children. The
policy restricted teaching in home languages to the last
few teaching hours, when children are generally tired and
inattentive. It was announced in 2008 by then Education
minister Marion Scrymgour, and prompted an immediate outcry
from Aboriginal and human rights organisations.”
By Emma Murphy, a former editor of the Green Left Weekly,
works with Yolngu people in Darwin and across North East
Arnhem Land

* ROSA MCKENNA:
NT COVERTLY DROPS
‘THE FIRST 4 HOURS OF EACH DAY ENGLISH ONLY’ POLICY

– Analysis / Opinion

Indymedia Australia: NT covertly drops
‘the first 4 hours of each day English only’ policy
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/08/13/nt-covertly-drops-%E2%80%98the-first-4-hours-of-each-day-english-only%E2%80%99-policy
13 Aug 12: ” … the NT Department of Education and
Training have removed ‘the first 4 hours of each day
English only’ phrase from their literacy policy … However
on its own this is not enough. It simply says we are not
going to ban the use of Indigenous Languages at this
important teaching time of the day but It does nothing to
support and encourage the use of the children’s first
languages in an academic context. For example if you are to
develop literacy in the children’s mother tongue you need
to be continually training new teachers and involving all
such staff in appropriate professional development. … ”
By Rosa McKenna

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

Last updated: 21 July 2012

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

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL GERMAN NEWSLETTER
ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES:

RUNDBRIEF AUGUST 2012
THEMENKOGRUPPE
MENSCHENRECHTE UND INDIGENE VÖLKER
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Stronger-Futures/AI-Rundbrief-August-2012.pdf

SEITE 23 / 46:

AUSTRALIEN

YOLŊUW MAKARR DHUNI (YOLŊU NATIONS ASSEMBLY) STATEMENT

“Das Statement der Versammlung der Yolngu Nationen wurde am
2. Mai 2012 vor der Verabschiedung der “Stronger Futures”
-Gesetze veröffentlicht. Die Mehrheit der Ureinwohner
lehnen diese Gesetze strikt ab, siehe das Yolngu-Statement
als Beispiel.”

SEITE 25 / 46:

ZUSAMMENSTELLUNG VON INFORMATIONEN
ÜBER DIE „STRONGER FUTURES“-GESETZE

“In der Nacht vom 28. zum 29. Juni wurden die
„Stronger Futures“-Gesetze im Senat verabschiedet. Dies
bedeutet weitere 10 Jahre massiver
Menschenrechtsverletzungen an den Ureinwohnern des
Nordterritoriums – sozusagen eine Fortsetzung der NT
Intervention nur unter einem irrefuehrenden und schoeneren
Titel. Income Management, ein Aspekt der 5-jaehrigen NT
Intervention, wird auch in andere Bereiche Australiens
erweitert.”

SEITE 40 / 46:

PETITION “PUTTING AUSTRALIA TO THE HUMAN RIGHTS TEST”

“Die folgende Petition wurde noch vor der Verabschiedung
der “Stronger Futures”-Gesetze kreiert. Die Regierung
weigert sich jedoch bislang, die Gesetzgebung zu einer
Überpruefung der Einhaltung internationaler Standards im
Bereich der Menschenrechte beim Joint Parliamentary
Committee on Human Rights vorzulegen. Für eine
Zusammenstellung der Aufrufe verschiedener Organisationen,
die “Stronger Futures” einer Untersuchung zu durchlaufen,
“Requests for Stronger Futures to be scrutinized for Human
Rights compliance”, bitte hier klicken:
http://www.respectandlisten.org/nt-intervention/human-rights-review.html

SEITE 44 / 46:

VORANKÜNDIGUNG DOWN UNDER
BERLIN – AUSTRALIAN FILM FESTIVAL

“Zum zweiten Mal findet das Down Under Berlin – Australian
Film Festival in Berlin statt. Es ist das einzige Festival
für australischen Film im deutschsprachigen Raum. Filme
verschiedener Genres und aus verschiedenen Epochen werden
vom 14.-16. September 2012 im Kino Movimiento in
Berlin-Kreuzberg gezeigt.
In der Sektion „Indigenous Australia“ setzt das Festival
seinen Schwerpunkt auf das indigene Kino Australiens. Neben
Filmvorführungen wird es ein Begleitprogramm zum Beispiel
mit Vorträgen und Diskussionen geben. Amnesty International
wird mit zwei Vorträgen zu der Menschenrechtssituation der
Aborigines und einem Stand auf dem Festival vertreten sein.”

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Analysis / Opinion

agendaTracker:
All eyes turn to bush seats as NT election gets underway
http://tracker.org.au/2012/08/all-eyes-turn-to-bush-seats-as-nt-election-gets-underway/
13 Aug 12: “Aboriginal people may again be able to make
their voices heard through the ballot box.
That’s on issues like the amalgamation of the
shires, the axing of bi-lingual education, and the
underfunding of homelands. Which may explain why, earlier
this month, Chief Minister Paul Henderson announced Labor
would invest $300 million in 500 homeland communities
across the Territory over the next 10 years. …
The NT government says the new funding does not
mean it will abandon the Growth Towns policy.” By Amy McQuire,
a Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman, Editor of Tracker

– News

National Indigenous Times:
Kim Hill welcomes homelands decision
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1611-kim-hill-welcomes-homelands-decision.html
9 Aug 12: “Northern Land Council (NLC) Chief Executive, Mr
Kim Hill has welcomed the announcement by the Northern
Territory Government of increased funding to maintain
essential services to Territory homelands. The announcement
by the Chief Minister will see the Northern Territory
Government contribute a minimum $100 million over 10 years
to service delivery for homelands. Alongside earlier
Federal Government funding, this… ”

Koori Mail: $100m promise for homelands
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
8 Aug 12: “THE Northern Territory Government has promised
to spend $100 million to improve conditions on Aboriginal
homelands. The funding would add to the Federal
Government’s pledge of $200 million over ten years
announced in March. With an election looming on 25 August,
Chief Minister Paul Henderson’s Government appears to have
backflipped on its earlier decision to freeze funding to
homelands, concentrating instead on what it termed ‘hub
towns’. Northern Land Council (NLC) chief executive Kim
Hill welcomed the increased funding commitment, but
expressed disappointment at both the Territory and
Australian governments’ refusal to allow the funding to be
used for roads and new houses.”

120817 – International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples – August 9, 2012

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 20/08/2012 by D

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples:

* Congress hosted a media forum to mark the
International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
* ANTaR: “Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices”
* Amnesty: Indigenous Peoples’ rights need to move from
aspiration to reality

* Amnesty: Response to the story published in The Australian:
“Amnesty a racist organisation”

* Tracker: UN Special Rapporteur Anaya to probe mining impact

Save the Kimberley:

* Tracker: WA gas hub proponents try to sway Brown
* Kerrianne Cox: LNG Development in the Kimberley:
Culturally and environmentally sustainable?
* Greens Rachel Siewert:
The right to a peaceful JPP protest must be respected
* Greens Rachel Siewert:
Greens call for independent analysis of JPP whale populations
* Greens Rachel Siewert: James Price Point:
too precious to lose to short term gas profits
* Background to the Walmadan Tent Embassy,
James Price Point, north of Broome, Kimberley Region, WA

* change.org :
Victory! Facebook removes racist page called “Aboriginal Memes”

* Tracker: Abbott announces plans to amend RDA

* Other articles

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE WORLD’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
– AUGUST 9, 2012:

– News

Koori Mail: Gooda praises Indigenous media
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
9 Aug 12: “ABORIGINAL and Torres Strait Islander Social
Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda has added his voice to a
chorus demanding the Australian Government fully implement
the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People,
including through opportunities for Indigenous peoples to
articulate their perspectives, priorities and aspirations.
The theme of International Day of the World’s Indigenous
Peoples today is ‘Indigenous Media, Empowering Voices’,
and Mr Gooda said Indigenous media played a valuable role
in challenging stereotypes, demystifying Indigenous culture
and strengthening our identity.”

See also:

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/08/12/media-plays-vital-role-in-empowering-indigenous-rights

http://www.un.org/sg/statements/index.asp?nid=6234

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=42649&Cr=indigenous&Cr1

* CONGRESS HOSTED A MEDIA FORUM TO MARK THE
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE WORLD’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

– News

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
http://nationalcongress.com.au/international-day/
10 Aug 12: “Congress hosted a media forum to mark the
International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on
Thursday 9 August. This year’s theme was “Indigenous Media,
Empowering Indigenous Voices”. The forum – held in
Parliament House, Canberra – was broadcast live on 98.9fm
Brisbane, online at 989fm.com.au and through participating
stations on the National Indigenous Radio Service.
Congress Co-Chair Les Malezer was joined by media
professionals Susan Moylan-Coombes, from NITV, Tiga Bayles,
Chair, Australian Indigenous Communications Association,
Amy McQuire from Tracker Magazine and journalist Jeff
McMullen. … ”

– Audio Forum

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/
9 Aug 12: “National Congress marks the International Day of
the World’s Indigenous Peoples. With the Forum theme
“Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices””
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/indigenous-media-empowering-indigenous-voices/

– Related News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Indigenous media important for truth-telling: McMullen
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7461-indigenous-media-important-for-truth-telling-mcmullen
14 Aug 12: “The Indigenous media was the centre of
celebrations of last week’s International Day of the
World’s Indigenous People. A forum hosted by the National
Congress of Australia’s First Peoples in Canberra last
Thursday heard from advocates of Australia’s Indigenous
media. Journalist and Indigenous rights advocate Dr Jeff
McMullen says an independent Indigenous media is essential
as Australia’s history has been distorted in mainstream
reporting.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
World Indigenous peoples day focuses on media
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7450-world-indigenous-peoples-day-focuses-on-media
10 Aug 12: “A forum discussing Indigenous media was held in
Canberra yesterday to mark the United Nations International
Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The 2012 theme for
the Day was ‘Indigenous media, empowering Indigenous
voices’. National Congress for Australia’s First Peoples
Co-Chair Les Malezer told the forum the First Nations media
has a crucial role to play in the human rights of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.”

See:

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

* ANTaR: “INDIGENOUS MEDIA, EMPOWERING INDIGENOUS VOICES”

– Showcase

ANTaR
– Justice, Rights and Respect for Australia’s First Peoples:
“Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices”
International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples August 9, 2012
http://antar.createsend1.com/t/ViewEmail/y/962CEE89D26D1084/A4C9AB53A59B388C4D402EFBD42943A3
“ANTaR is celebrating International Day of the World’s
Indigenous Peoples 2012 – “Indigenous Media, Empowering
Indigenous Voices” by showcasing some Australia’s
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Media. This list is
not comprehensive – there are many Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander print and radio media outlets and programs
around the country. We encourage you to find out your
local Aboriginal media and join our facebook discussion
continuing this celebration.”

* AMNESTY:
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ RIGHTS NEED TO MOVE FROM
ASPIRATION TO REALITY

– News

Amnesty International Australia:
Indigenous Peoples’ rights need to move from
aspiration to reality
http://www.amnesty.org.au/news/comments/29434/
8 Aug 12: “Ahead of the International Day of the World’s
Indigenous Peoples tomorrow, Amnesty International has
reiterated its call on the Australian Government to enshrine
the principles of the UN Declaration on the Rights of
Indigenous Peoples into law, policy and practice. “In the
three years since Australia endorsed the Declaration, the
Government has yet to deliver on incorporating it into
domestic law. Instead it has passed legislation which
directly contradicts the minimum standards set out in the
Declaration,” said Monica Morgan, Manager of Amnesty
International’s Indigenous Rights Program. … “The
passing of the Stronger Futures Bills in late June,
despite widespread condemnation by Aboriginal communities,
advocates and even the UN, shows that the Declaration
remains more of an aspiration than a reality. … “”

– Related News

Koori Mail: Aust has ‘little to be proud of’
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
8 Aug 12: “TOMORROW is International Day of the World’s
Indigenous Peoples (IDWIP) and Amnesty International has
renewed calls on the Australian Government to enshrine the
principles of the UN Declaration on the Rights of
Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) into law, policy and practice.
The rights organisation’s Indigenous Rights Program manager
Monica Morgan says that instead of doing that, the
government has enacted legislation – Stronger Futures –
directly contradicting the declaration’s minimum standards.
She says Australia has little to be proud of on what should
be a day to celebrate Indigenous rights.”

* AMNESTY:
REPONSE TO THE STORY PUBLISHED IN THE AUSTRALIAN:
“AMNESTY A RACIST ORGANISATION”

– News

Amnesty International Australia:
Response to the story published in The Australian:
“Amnesty a racist organisation”
http://www.amnesty.org.au/news/comments/29444/
9 Aug 12: “Amnesty International respects the right for all
Aboriginal Peoples to be able to speak on issues that
affect them directly. Comments in an article published in
The Australian today claiming that Amnesty International is
racist and undemocratic are unfounded and not reflective of
the work the human rights organisation undertakes hand in
hand with Aboriginal Peoples in Australia and with
Indigenous Peoples internationally. ” … In the Northern
Territory, we work on the ground with marginalised
communities, consulting regularly with Aboriginal and
non-Aboriginal Peoples and organisations. “We base what we
do on the free, prior and informed consent of those we
work with. … ” said Claire Mallinson, Amnesty
International Australia’s National Director.”

* TRACKER: UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ANAYA TO PROBE MINING IMPACT

– News

UN Special Rapporteur Anaya to probe mining impact
Tracker: http://tracker.org.au/2012/08/un-special-rapporteur-anaya-to-probe-mining-impact/
Australian: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/un-indigenous-rep-to-probe-mining-impact/story-fn3dxiwe-1226450393106
15 Aug 12: “THE top United Nations indigenous rights
representative will visit Australia next week on a
fact-finding mission to see how the Australian mining
industry impacts on Aboriginal people. The UN Special
Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous people, James Anaya,
is set to meet 75 people from indigenous communities, the
federal government and mining industry officials at a round
table in Melbourne. The unofficial visit is part of Mr
Anaya’s work on a global study into how the resources
industry affects indigenous people.”

– Related News

Koori Mail: UN rep fact-finding on mining impacts
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
15 Aug 12: “AN international rights expert critical of the
Australian Government over the NT Intervention will attend
a national roundtable in Melbourne next week on how the
mining and resources industry impacts on Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander people. UN Special Rapporteur on the
Rights of Indigenous Peoples James Anaya will join
representatives of Indigenous communities, the mining
industry and government at the gathering, which is being
hosted by the National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples.”

SAVE THE KIMBERLEY:

* TRACKER: WA GAS HUB PROPONENTS TRY TO SWAY BROWN

– News

newsTracker: WA gas hub proponents try to sway Brown
http://tracker.org.au/2012/08/wa-gas-hub-proponents-try-to-sway-brown/
6 Aug 12: “WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Traditional owners will meet
former Greens leader Bob Brown in a bid to sway opposition
to Woodside Petroleum’s proposed $30 billion Kimberley gas
hub. The retired senator and environmental activist is in
Broome, in Western Australia’s far north, as part of a
protest against the development by international
anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd. Dr Brown and Sea Shepherd
Australian director Jeff Hansen are scheduled to meet
members of the Jabirr Jabirr people on Tuesday afternoon.”

– Related News

National Indigenous Times:
Gas hub opponents look to Sea Shepherd and Bob Brown as a
deal breaker
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1613-gas-hub-opponents-look-to-sea-shepherd-and-bob-brown-as-a-deal-breaker.html
9 Aug 12: “By National Indigenous Times West Australian
reporter Gerry Georgatos. Many had become disillusioned and
thought there was little hope in stopping the West
Australian government and giant multi-nationals from
bringing on the James Price Point Browse Basin $40 billion
gas hub. However last week saw a surprising turn of
events.”

* KERRIANNE COX:
LNG DEVELOPMENT IN THE KIMBERLEY:
CULTURALLY AND ENVIRONEMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE?

– Video

Kerrianne Cox:
LNG Development in the Kimberley:
Culturally and environmentally sustainable?
By Respect and Listen

“Kerriane Cox is speaking at the event … A world-class
pristine environment in the Kimberley – an Australia-wide
heritage issue and an Aboriginal song cycle are at risk if
the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) precinct development goes
ahead. Redfern (Sydney), 9 July 2011. Sponsors of the event:
The Wilderness Society, The Women’s Reconsiliation Network
(WRN) and the Filipino Women’s Working Party (FWWP)”

* GREENS RACHEL SIEWERT:
THE RIGHT TO A PEACEFUL JPP PROTEST MUST BE RESPECTED

– Media Release

Greens Rachel Siewert:
The right to a peaceful JPP protest must be respected
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/right-peaceful-jpp-protest-must-be-respected
15 Aug 12: “The Australian Greens have called for the
police and WA Government to respect the right of people to
peacefully protest Woodside’s actions at James Price Point.
“Community members, including Goolarabooloo people are
today protesting against the transportation of drilling
equipment set to undertake destructive work at James Price
Point,” Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said.
“This final piece of the rig will allow Woodside to begin
drilling in the sand dunes at James Price Point. This work
is not covered by the environmental assessment being
considered by the Federal Government as it is classed as
Preliminary survey ground-disturbing works but, as we have
already seen from other works in this area, it still causes
significant disruption to the landscape. …
“Reports suggest that people at the protest – including
those simply acting as observers – are being issued with
move on notices. … “”

* GREENS RACHEL SIEWERT:
GREENS CALL FOR INDEPENDENT ANALYSIS OF JPP WHALE POPULATIONS

– Media Release

Greens Rachel Siewert:
Greens call for independent analysis of JPP whale populations
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/greens-call-independent-analysis-jpp-whale-populations
14 Aug 12: “Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert says
the Government need to commit to independent scientific
analysis of whale populations and other marine species
around James Price Point.
In Question Time today, Senator Siewert drew the
Government’s attention to the community science whale
monitoring program operating at the site of the proposed
gas hub.
“The Government seems to have given no thought to how it
is going to undertake its decision making process for this
development. It is imperative that they get independent
monitoring done as they can’t rely on Woodside’s figures.
… ” Senator Siewert said today.”

* GREENS RACHEL SIEWERT:
JAMES PRICE POINT
– TOO PRECIOUS TO LOSE TO SHORT TERM GAS PROFITS

– Media Release

Greens Rachel Siewert:
James Price Point
– too precious to lose to short term gas profits
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/james-price-point-%E2%80%93-too-precious-lose-short-term-gas-profits
9 Aug 12: “Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator
Christine Milne and Greens spokesperson for the Kimberley,
Senator Rachel Siewert, visited James Price Point yesterday.
Today they will be aboard the Sea Shepherd’s flagship
vessel, the Steve Irwin, to see the whale nursery under
threat from the Woodside gas hub development.
“This amazing place is a clear example of how fixation on
short term gas profits can do huge damage to people and
communities’ interests into the future,” Senator Christine
Milne said.
“If we really care for people, for communities, and for the
environment which sustains us all, this beautiful area,
which serves as a nursery for humpback whales, is too
precious to lose to short-term mining profits. … ”

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

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

* change.org :
VICTORY! FACEBOOK REMOVES RACIST PAGE CALLED “ABORIGINAL MEMES”

– Petition

change.org :
Victory! Facebook removes racist page called “Aboriginal Memes”
http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/facebook-immediately-remove-the-racist-page-called-aboriginal-memes
11 Aug 12: “We won! On Thursday I woke up to find that the
“Aboriginal Memes” page had been removed — and this
morning the copy-cat page had also been taken down. An
amazing 20,000 of you signed my petition. I’m so proud to
have taken a stand with you. Over the past few days the
campaign has been covered across the globe. … The issue
even got backing from the Communications Minister, and the
Race Discrimination Commissioner. … ”

– Related News

Koori Mail: Race Commissioner meets Facebook reps
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
16 Aug 12: “FACEBOOK representatives have met with
Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner Helen Szoke
(pictured) to discuss cyber-racism following public outcry
over the company’s initial refusal to take down a highly
racist page, despite numerous complaints. A statement by
Facebook said that, while it recognised that some online
content could be controversial, offensive or illegal in
some countries, the company would only remove pages if
they violated its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.
It could, however, restrict access to content that violated
local laws. The page was eventually removed but has
reappeared under different names.”

Australian: Elders’ family shocked at Facebook hate sites
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/elders-family-shocked-at-facebook-hate-sites/story-e6frgakx-1226446267045
9 Aug 12: “FACEBOOK hate groups used images of two
deceased, nationally regarded Aborigines alongside
derogatory captions that were seen by distressed family
members before they were taken down.”

Herald Sun: Facebook bans racist Aboriginal ‘memes’ page
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/facebook-bans-racist-aboriginal-memes-page/story-e6frf7jo-1226447001950
9 Aug 12: “IN A major win for people power, Facebook has
taken down a page mocking Aborigines after it sparked
widespread outrage and campaigns for its removal. Facebook
also confirmed it is in discussion with the Australian
Race Discrimination Commissioner, but parts of its
statement were also unapologetic over the incident. …
Race Discrimination Commissioner Helen Szoke had said the
page could be in breach of Australia’s anti-discrimination
laws.”

Blacktown Sun: Contents removed from racist Facebook page
http://www.blacktownsun.com.au/news/national/national/general/contents-removed-from-racist-facebook-page/2646375.aspx?storypage=0
8 Aug 12: “The creators of a racist Aboriginal Memes
Facebook page – described as a potential breach of
Australia’s Racial Discrimination Act – have removed all of
the controversial images. All of the page’s content was
removed earlier today after repeated complaints to Facebook
and after confirmation that the Australian Communications
and Media Authority was investigating. Facebook has not
deleted the page; it still exists with a classification of
“controversial humour”.”

mUmBRELLA: Human Rights Commission to investigate racist
Aboriginal memes Facebook page
http://mumbrella.com.au/human-rights-commission-to-investigate-racist-aboriginal-memes-facebook-page-108559
“The Australian Human Rights Commission has launched an
investigation into a Facebook page dedicated to to racist
memes about Aboriginal people. The page has attracted
thousands of complaints over the last 24 hours. However,
Facebook has so far refused to remove it or to comment on
its stance.”

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6

9 Aug 12: “Debate has reignited over a Facebook site which
continues to racially vilify Aboriginal people under the
pretence of what the sites administrators have labelled
offensive humour.”

ABC The World Today: Racist Facebook page re-created
http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2012/s3563985.htm
9 Aug 12: “Now to the controversy over a Facebook page
filled with offensive comments about Aboriginal people,
which is still online despite calls by the Communications
Minister Stephen Conroy to take it down. Facebook did flag
the page as “controversial humour” in response to
complaints yesterday and then briefly took it down. But now
it is up and running again under a new name and without any
warning about its content, as Sarah Dingle reports.”

* TRACKER: ABBOTT ANNOUNCES PLANS TO AMEND RDA

– News

newsTracker: Abbott announces plans to amend RDA
http://tracker.org.au/2012/08/abbott-announces-plans-to-amend-rda/
6 Aug 12: “NATIONAL: Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has
recommitted a coalition government to removing parts of the
Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) that make it illegal to
make statements that offend based on race or ethnicity. Mr
Abbott said the coalition, if elected, will repeal section
18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, which prohibits
statements that offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate
another person or a group of people on grounds of race or
ethnicity.”

– Related Audio

The Wire: Abbott: racial discrimination laws under fire
Produced by Marty McCarthy
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9463
9 Aug 12: “Australia’s racial protection laws are back in
the spotlight thanks to Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s
recent remarks during an address to the Institute of Public
Affairs. Also fuelling the freedom of speech flame is a
controversial Facebook page that has been posting racist
images of Australia’s Indigenous people.
Featured in story:
Dr Helen Szoke, Race Discrimination Commissioner”

– Related News

Brisbane Times: Abbott call on racial slur blasted
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/opinion/political-news/abbott-call-on-racial-slur-blasted-20120809-23x2a.html
10 Aug 12: “AN indigenous leader has called for racial
vilification to be a criminal offence under federal law.
Les Malezer, the co-chairman of the National Congress of
Australia’s First Peoples, also accused Opposition Leader
Tony Abbott of ”exploiting intolerance” by promising that
a Coalition government would amend anti-discrimination law
to narrow the definition of racial vilification. …
[Mr Malezer said] ”People have a right to freedom of
speech, they also have a right to be protected against
racial vilification. Stop talking this nonsense and
stirring up racial division in Australia.””

– Related Analysis / Opinion

SMH: Our race-hate laws need reforming, not rejecting
http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/our-racehate-laws-need-reforming-not-rejecting-20120810-23zth.html
11 Aug 12: “TONY Abbott’s announcement this week, supported
by editorials in this and other leading newspapers, that a
Coalition government would repeal key parts of Australia’s
race-hatred legislation provides an opportunity for
measured debate about the value of these laws. I believe
they should be improved rather than abandoned, because of
their important role in setting standards about conduct
that is not acceptable in a racially diverse community.”
By Neil Rees, a former chairman of the Victorian Law Reform
Commission, co-author of Australian Anti-Discrimination Law

Brisbane Times: Free speech debate is coloured by hypocrisy
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/opinion/politics/free-speech-debate-is-coloured-by-hypocrisy-20120809-23×53.html
10 Aug 12: “At a speech this week to the Institute of
Public Affairs, Tony Abbott climbed on his free-speech high
horse (as Gore Vidal would say, “tethered conveniently
near”). He accused the government of “state-sponsored
bullying” because of its “jihad against mining magnates”
and its attack on Gina Rinehart as a “danger to democracy”.
These vulnerable people need as much coddling as can be
mustered. To make sure Bolt would never again be offended,
Abbott promised to repeal s18C of the RDA. Presumably,
he’ll also have to prevail on the states, … ”
By Richard Ackland, Sydney Morning Herald columnist

Courier-Mail: Comment: Abbott’s call will be a cue for racists
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/opinion/comment-abbotts-call-will-be-a-cue-for-racists-tony-abbott-racial-discrimination-act/story-e6frerc6-1226446180466
9 Aug 12: “THE can of worms that is discrimination has been
opened again, with Opposition Leader Tony Abbott speaking
of our society as if it were utopian. The part of the
Racial Discrimination Act Abbott says will be repealed if
his side wins government says it is unlawful to offend,
insult, humiliate or intimidate another person or group of
people on the grounds of race. … But surely we don’t
want the green light to intimidate someone because of their
race? And how can humiliating them ever be acceptable?
Abbott’s notion drags us backwards a generation or two and
erases what maturity and civility we have gained.”
By Jane Fynes-Clinton

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Analysis / Opinion

agendaTracker:
Aboriginal Ink: What’s wrong with red, black and yellow?
http://tracker.org.au/2012/08/aboriginal-ink-whats-wrong-with-red-black-and-yellow/
17 Aug 12: “NATIONAL: Australian light heavyweight boxer
Damien Hooper found himself in hot water for wearing the
Aboriginal flag. CHRIS MUNRO* takes a look at the three
most polarizing colours in Australia today.”
By Chris Munro, a Gamilaroi man,
a former political correspondent for NITV National News

National Indigenous Times:
Damien Hooper leaves his mark at the Olympics and
goes professional
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/1579-damien-hooper-leaves-his-mark-at-the-olympics-and-goes-professional.html
9 Aug 12: “Damien Hooper’s controversial entry into the
London Olympic boxing arena for his first fight wearing a
T-shirt with the Aboriginal colours not only ensured yet
another brush with Australian officialdom but, in an ironic
twist, that single act of defiance catapulted his profile
to another level that not only he could… ”
By National Indigenous Times Editor Stephen Hagan

National Indigenous Times:
National leaders give their support to Damien Hooper
“The Aboriginal flag is a flag in its own right”
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/1578-national-leaders-give-their-support-to-damien-hooper-the-aboriginal-flag-is-a-flag-in-its-own-right.html
9 Aug 12: “Australia and the world stopped and listened, at
least for a while, when Australia’s Olympic boxing
champion, Damien Hooper declared loud and proud his
heritage as a descendant of Australia’s First Peoples by
wearing a T Shirt to his first Olympic Games fight
featuring the Aboriginal flag. Damien was told he had
broken the Olympic… ”
By National Indigenous Times reporter Geoff Bagnall

– News

National Indigenous Times: Change the flag
http://www.nit.com.au/your-say.html
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1617-change-the-flag.html
9 Aug 12: “By National Indigenous Times reporter Geoff
Bagnall. Damien Hooper’s brave stand by deciding to wear a
T-shirt with the Aboriginal flag emblazoned on the front at
his London Olympic Games debut fight last week has
re-ignited calls by leaders from across the nation for a
new Australian flag – one that eliminates Great Britain’s
Union Jack and includes the symbols of Aboriginal… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Why was it a problem? asks Damien’s grandmother
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1616-why-was-it-a-problem-asks-damiens-grandmother.html
9 Aug 12: “By National Indigenous Times Editor Stephen
Hagan. “Why should my grandson be made to feel it’s wrong
to be proud of his culture,” Mrs Lillian Weribone told the
National Indigenous Times days after his Aboriginal T-shirt
controversy at the London Olympics made national news.
Damien Hooper, one of Australia’s pre-Olympic favourites
to win a boxing medal… ”

National Indigenous Times: Sovereignty battle looms
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1614-sovereignty-battle-looms.html
9 Aug 12: “By National Indigenous Times reporter Geoff
Bagnall. Aboriginal people in New South Wales have claimed
they will take back the sovereignty denied them by
Australian State and Federal governments in an ambitious
plan to set up self-sufficient communities on Aboriginal
land. The Sovereign Union, representing more than 30 tribes
held its second meeting at the… ”

120815 – “Waste dump tender is ‘putting the radioactive cart before the horse’.” BNI

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 20/08/2012 by D

Contents:
* Beyond Nuclear Initiative (BNI): Waste dump tender is
‘putting the radioactive cart before the horse’.
* Greens Scott Ludlam:
This land is not nowhere; these people are not no-one
* NT Greens:
Greens call for a unity in face of nuclear waste tender
* ABC Video:
Push to make nuclear waste dump an election issue
* Upcoming Beyond Nuclear Initiative (BNI) Events
* Background to the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump

* BEYOND NUCLEAR INITIATIVE (BNI):
WASTE DUMP TENDER IS
‘PUTTING THE RADIOACTIVE CART BEFORE THE HORSE’.

– Media Release

Beyond Nuclear Initiative:
Waste dump tender is
‘putting the radioactive cart before the horse’.
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/2012/08/09/waste-dump-tender-is-putting-the-radioactive-cart-before-the-horse/
7 Aug 12: “Calling for tender to design a remote
radioactive waste facility while the only proposed site is
under federal court challenge is putting the radioactive
cart before the horse, the Beyond Nuclear Initiative (BNI)
has said today.
BNI coordinator Natalie Wasley said “The only site federal
Resources Minister Martin Ferguson has indicated he
intends to pursue for a national radioactive waste dump-
Muckaty, 120km north of Tennant Creek in the NT- is
subject to a federal court challenge and ongoing community
challenge. The NT government is strongly opposed and trade
unions, environment and health groups across the country
have committed to stand up and stop the Muckaty proposal”.
“The Minister is making radioactive policy on the run,
based on a political assumption that a remote site is
needed and a miscalculation that people living nearby or
culturally connected to those areas do not have the
determination or capacity to defeat this proposal,”
Ms Wasley added. … ”

– Related News

Tennant & District Times:
Tenders called for nuke waste dump at Muckaty
http://tennantcreek.yourguide.com.au/news/local/news/general/tenders-called-for-nuke-waste-dump-at-muckaty/2647326.aspx
10 Aug 12: “THE Federal Government has called for tenders
to design a radioactive waste dump. And while Muckaty is
not mentioned in documents, the site is the only one under
consideration. … Beyond Nuclear Initiative coordinator,
Nat Wasley, said, in calling design tenders, the Government
is putting the radioactive cart before the horse. “Muckaty
is subject to a Federal Court challenge and an ongoing
community challenge,” she said. “The NT Government is
strongly opposed and trade unions, environment and health
groups across the country have committed to stand up and
stop the proposal.””

* GREENS SCOTT LUDLAM:
THIS LAND IS NOT NOWHERE; THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT NO-ONE

– Analysis / Opinion

Right Now:
This land is not nowhere; these people are not no-one
http://rightnow.org.au/writing-cat/article/this-land-is-not-nowhere-these-people-are-not-no-one/
13 Aug 12: “The government is attempting to force a nuclear
waste facility on to Muckaty Station, a cattle station 120
kilometres from Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory, in
direct violation of the commitments the ALP made in the
run-up to the 2007 election. The proposal is strongly
contested and the subject of a Federal Court challenge in
which Traditional Owners argue they were not consulted by
the Northern Land Council. They also argue that the
proposed site is not one the Commonwealth can negotiate
with one group of Owners given that at least five groups
have interconnected and interwoven responsibility there.
Matters do not reach the Federal Court on a whim; … ”
By Scott Ludlam,
a peace and environmental activist for more than a decade,
Australian Greens Senator for Western Australia

* NT GREENS:
GREENS CALL FOR A UNITY IN FACE OF NUCLEAR WASTE TENDER

– Media Release

NT Greens:
Greens call for a unity in face of nuclear waste tender
http://nt.greens.org.au/content/greens-call-unity-face-nuclear-waste-tender
10 Aug 12: “In the wake of a Federal Government tender[1]to report on the design and operation of a nuclear waste dump, the NT Greens have called for all Territory politicians to reaffirm their opposition to plans to impose a nuclear waste dump in the NT.
Matt Haubrick, the Greens candidate for Fong Lim, says the
announcement is “unexpected – but entirely consistent with
the approach of successive Federal governments.”
“While high court proceedings by Traditional Owners of the
Muckaty Land Trust challenging the nomination process
remain unresolved, this pre-emptive tender is entirely
inappropriate.”
“The Federal Minister has well and truly put the cart
before the horse. Clearly he is yet to realise that it’s
a dead horse.”
“The initial plan had been to have the dump built and
operating by now – but instead, the fight is stronger
than ever.” … ”

* ABC VIDEO:
PUSH TO MAKE NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP AN ELECTION ISSUE

– Video

ABC: Push to make nuclear waste dump an election issue
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-08-11/push-to-make-nuclear-waste-dump-an-election-issue/4192530?section=nt
11 Aug 12: “A protest group is pushing to make the proposal
for a nuclear waste facility at Muckaty Station in the
Northern Territory an election issue.”

* UPCOMING BEYOND NUCLEAR INITIATIVE (BNI) EVENTS:

– Events

Fri 10 – Sun 26 August 2012: Darwin, NT
Official Opening Fri 10 Aug
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.
Presented by the Environment Centre NT
in association with Darwin Festival
“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.darwinfestival.org.au/2012-program/manuwangku-under-the-nuclear-cloud/
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/sa/event/29216/
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/51721

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: Sat 25 August 2012: Ultimo, UTS, Sydney, NSW
Workshop and Discussion Day
Discussion topics and speakers include:
* Historical snapshot:
The Movement Against Uranium Mining (MAUM) in the 70s/80s
and lessons for organising today.
Dr Geoff Evans, Newcastle University, MAUM organiser
* Industry snapshot: NSW, Australia and worldwide.
Climate Change and the “nuclear renaissance”.
Dr Jim Green, Friends of the Earth Australia.
* Health effects of the nuclear industry on workers and community.
Dr Helen Caldicott, Physician and author.
* Building a nuclear free NSW campaign.
Paul McAleer, Maritime Union of Australia.
Event details: http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/events/2012-2/

* BACKGROUND TO THE PROPOSED MUCKATY NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

Last updated: 20 July 2012

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

120803 – “Stronger Futures legislation may not comply with Australia’s human rights obligations” Amnesty

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 05/08/2012 by D

Contents:
* Amnesty: Resolutions passed at our 2012 National AGM
* Background: Calls for ‘Stronger Futures’ laws to be
subject to Human Rights scrutiny
* Geoff Scott:
In the Trenches: A nation united in harming our most vulnerable
* Tracker: UN pressure continues on Gillard’s Stronger Futures
* More ‘Stronger Futures’ Legislation related articles
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Adam Brereton: Olympians Can’t Leave Politics At Home
* Pro Bono News: Community Doco [Freedom Ride: 40 Years On]
Named as Award Finalist
* Tracker: WA to review Kimberley gas hub decision
* Greens Rachel Siewert: Saving the Kimberley
* Background to Walmadan Tent Embassy, James Price Point,
north of Broome, Kimberley Region, WA
* Background to the Aboriginal tent embassies
* Interview with Tully, one of the organisers of
Lizard’s Revenge
* Background to expansion of Olympic Dam mine challenge
* Other articles

* AMNESTY: RESOLUTIONS PASSED AT OUR 2012 NATIONAL AGM

– Resolutions

Amnesty International Australia:
Resolutions passed at our 2012 National Annual General Meeting
http://www.amnesty.org.au/about/comments/29309
25 Jul 12: “Resolution 3:
NAGM 2012:
* Expresses outrage that the Stronger Futures legislation
has been passed without free, prior and informed consent of
the affected Indigenous communities.
* Is gravely concerned that the Stronger Futures
legislation may not comply with Australia’s human rights
obligations.
* Voices its support for the Indigenous groups and
organisations that have made statements critical of the
Stronger Futures legislation. … ”

– Related 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. … “By not
subjecting the Bills to scrutiny under the Parliamentary
Human Rights Committee, the Government has missed its
opportunity to respect the rights of Aboriginal Peoples in
the NT, leaving the people who will bear the brunt of these
policies under continued Government control for the next
decade,” said Monica Morgan.”

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

Last updated: 2 August 2012

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

* GEOFF SCOTT:
IN THE TRENCHES:
A NATION UNITED IN HARMING OUR MOST VULNERABLE

– News

newsTracker:
In the Trenches: A nation united in harming our most vulnerable
http://tracker.org.au/2012/08/in-the-trenches-a-nation-united-in-harming-our-most-vulnerable/
1 Aug 12: “NATIONAL: The Australian Government has treated
Aboriginal people with contempt. And in the process of
trying to hide its actions internationally, it’s also
disgraced this country before the United Nations, writes
GEOFF SCOTT. … The fifth anniversary of the United
Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
falls on September 13, 2012. … The Australian Government
is, as I write this, putting into effect its perversely
named ‘Stronger Futures’ legislation, which will place
Aboriginal people under a racist, discriminatory regime
for at least the next 10 years.” By Geoff Scott,
a Wiradjuri man, CEO of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council,
Associate Professor with the University of Technology
Sydney, over 25 years experience in the public service
working in Indigenous policy

* TRACKER: UN PRESSURE CONTINUES ON GILLARD’S STRONGER FUTURES

– News

UN pressure continues on Gillard’s Stronger Futures
newsTracker: http://tracker.org.au/2012/08/un-pressure-continues-on-gillards-stronger-futures/
Perth Now: http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/breaking-news/australian-intervention-concerns-un/story-e6frg13c-1226440327258
2 Aug 12: “THE United Nations human rights commissioner
fears the continuation of a federal government intervention
program in Northern Territory Aboriginal communities won’t
benefit indigenous people. The Labor government’s Stronger
Futures legislation, passed by parliament in late June,
continues for another 10 years the program begun under the
Howard coalition government to address abuse and
drunkenness. But the laws have been widely opposed by
Northern Territory indigenous communities.” By Lisa Martin

* MORE ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LEGISLATION RELATED ARTICLES:

– News

ABC: Funding increase for Territory outstations
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-08-01/funding-increase-announced-for-territory-outstations/4169140?section=nt
1 Aug 12: “The Northern Territory Government has announced
it is increasing the amount of money it will spend on the
Territory’s 500 remote Indigenous outstations from next
year. The Chief Minister Paul Henderson and the Indigenous
Development Minister Malarndirri McCarthy are travelling
to the remote Gan Gan Outstation, south of Nhulunbuy, to
announce the funding increase. The Federal Government has
already committed $200 million over 10 years for
outstations. The Territory Government is now committing
$100 million more over the next decade.”

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:

http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
2 Aug 12: “Australia’s peak Aboriginal and Torres strait
Islander representative body says it will make itself more
available to people in the Northern Territory to hear their
views about the Stronger Futures legislation.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:

http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
1 Aug 12: “The Federal Minister for Indigenous Health has
rejected ongoing criticism of the Gillard Labor governments
Stronger Futures Legislation in the Northern Territory and
says those opposed to it have no idea what the Government
is doing.”

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

Last updated: 1 August 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 August 2012

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

* ADAM BRERETON: OLYMPIANS CAN’T LEAVE POLITICS AT HOME

See:

WGAR News: Congress:
No apology needed for being proudly Aboriginal (1 Aug 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/08/01/wgar-news-representatives-of-more-than-30-nations-see-aboriginal-affairs-at-an-all-time-l

– Analysis / Opinion

New Matilda: Olympians Can’t Leave Politics At Home
http://newmatilda.com/2012/08/01/olympians-cant-leave-politics-home
1 Aug 12: “Damien Hooper wore the Indigenous flag in a
genuine outburst of political goodwill. The IOC, on the
other hand, is all too ready to abandon the spirit of fair
play, writes Adam Brereton. … So let’s abandon the idea
that the Games aren’t a place for politics. The real
political interventions are on the part of the IOC and its
associated national and code bodies. Genuine outbursts of
political goodwill like Damien Hooper’s t-shirt are
suppressed, while the powers-that-be will abandon the spirit
of fair play that is the cornerstone of their organisation
in order to avoid scandal.” By Adam Brereton,
Associate Editor of New Matilda,
former Editor of Woroni – the ANU student newspaper,
contributer to publications Arena Magazine and Crikey

– Related Analysis / Opinion

The Conversation: Damien Hooper, the Aboriginal flag and
the right to freedom of speech
http://theconversation.edu.au/damien-hooper-the-aboriginal-flag-and-the-right-to-freedom-of-speech-8577
2 Aug 12: “There are many people who would like us to
believe that sport and politics should never mix. The
reason for this is sport is seen as the pure and noble
practice where champions arrive after hard work and
application and chancers and cheats are found out. Politics
is seen as grubby and cynical, where body blows become part
of the national discussion and big decisions come with
small movements of the policy makers pen. But sport and
politics have always been entangled. To take one from the
other would be like taking a mother out of motherhood.
Impossible and implausible.” By Sean Gorman,
Research fellow at Curtin University, studied and worked
in the Indigenous Studies field for nearly 20 years

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:

http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
2 Aug 12: “Melbourne based social commentator has added his
voice to growing calls for the Aboriginal flag to be
legitimately recognised alongside the Australian flag.”

audioBoo: Damian Hooper’s statement
– comments by Prof. Waterhouse
http://audioboo.fm/boos/904464-damian-hooper-s-statement-comments-by-prof-waterhouse
1 Aug 12: “Indigenous Australian boxer, Damian Hooper was
forced to apologise after wearing a t-shirt featuring the
Aboriginal flag into his first round bout, in lieu of his
official uniform. Professor Richard Waterhouse, an Emeritus
Professor in History and an Authority on Race in Sport
spoke with Richard Glover on ABC’s 702 Drive program.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:

http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
1 Aug 12: “Australian Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander
representative body has shown its support for Olympic Boxer
Damien Hooper and says he has nothing to apologise for
being proud of who he is and where he came from.”

– Related News

Koori Mail: Hooper sends love to supporters
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
1 Aug 12: “Damien Hooper. “Knowing use (sic) are all behind
me back home gives me extra strength. Aussie Aussie
Aussie!!” he posted on facebook this morning. … OLYMPIC
boxer Damien Hooper (pictured) has confirmed that he won’t
wear his Aboriginal flag t-shirt again while competing in
the London games. “Unfortunately I can’t wear my shirt
again due to IOC rules but I’m so proud I did it n (was
able to) represent. Lots of love!” he posted on Facebook
this morning. Describing as ‘awesome’ the support he
received after wearing the t-shirt into his opening bout
against American Marcus Brown, Hooper said he was nervous
but couldn’t wait for his next fight on Saturday against
former world heavyweight champion Russian Egor Mekhontcev.”

ninemsn: Indigenous support for Hooper flag action
http://wwos.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8509253
1 Aug 12: “Indigenous leaders have rallied behind
Australian boxer Damien Hooper, saying he should not have
to apologise for wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with an
Aboriginal flag to his opening bout at the Olympic Games.
Hooper, who wore the t-shirt into the ring before beating
American Marcus Browne, apologised to Australian team chef
de mission Nick Green and promised not to do it again. …
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice
Commissioner Mick Gooda said the rules should be changed
because indigenous flags are recognised as official flags
of Australia, … ”

Forbes Advocate: Indigenous leaders want rules changed
http://www.forbesadvocate.com.au/news/national/national/general/indigenous-leaders-want-rules-changed/2640787.aspx
1 Aug 12: “INDIGENOUS leaders say the Olympic rules that
outlaw Aboriginal flags at the Games should change, and
have called on the Australian Olympic Committee to lobby
for the longstanding protocol to be overturned. Dual
Olympian 110-metre hurdler Kyle Vander Kuyp, former world
champion boxer Anthony Mundine, and former politician and
activist Phil Cleary – who said recognising both flags at
the Games would ”affirm our real history and be a major
act of reconciliation” – led the voices supporting boxer
Damien Hooper who breached International Olympic Committee
rules … ”

The Standard: Clark: fly flag high and proud – just like Cathy
http://www.standard.net.au/news/local/news/general/clark-fly-flag-high-and-proud-just-like-cathy/2640672.aspx?storypage=0
1 Aug 12: “THE Australian Olympic team and International
Olympic Committee (IOC) are ignoring the set precedent for
Aboriginal athletes displaying their flag, according to
indigenous activist Geoff Clark. Team officials at London
have warned Australian boxer Damien Hooper not to repeat
his ring entrance with the Aboriginal flag emblazoned
across his T-shirt before his opening match this week. But
Mr Clark yesterday called on the IOC to recognise that
sprinter Cathy Freeman was allowed to display the gazetted
flag at the Sydney Olympics.”

ABC Far North Queensland:
Fighter questions Olympic Committee’s stance on Aboriginal flag
http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2012/08/01/3558315.htm
1 Aug 12: “A far north Queensland Olympian has spoken out
in support of boxer Damien Hooper’s decision to wear a
shirt bearing the Aboriginal flag before an Olympic bout.
Paul Fleming fought as a featherweight in the 2008 Beijing
Games losing in the first round to eventual silver
medallist Khedafi Djelkhir. Mr Fleming, whose mother is a
Malanjali and Waka Waka woman, said he was surprised by
the stir Mr Hooper’s shirt had caused. “He’s a proud
Aboriginal person and to me, I don’t see anything wrong
with it,” he said. “They’ve made such a big thing out of it
and it’s not that big of a deal.””

Koori Mail: Flag uproar ‘bureaucratic insanity’
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
31 Jul 12: “THE National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples says Aboriginal boxer Damien Hooper has nothing to
apologise for, after he upset Australian Olympic officials
by wearing an Aboriginal flag t-shirt into the ring for his
first Olympic bout yesterday. There’ve been reports that
Hooper has apologised and agreed not to wear the t-shirt
again but the Congress says the 20-year-old Queenslander
has a right to show his identity as both Aboriginal and
Australian. The representative body has issued a statement
encouraging the Australian Olympic Committee to find a way
through ‘this bureaucratic insanity’.”

newsTracker: Hooper warned not to wear Aboriginal flag again
http://tracker.org.au/2012/07/hooper-warned-not-to-wear-aboriginal-flag-again/
31 Jul 12: “NATIONAL: He did it for his people, but
officials are warning Aboriginal boxer Damien Hooper not to
repeat his entry to the Olympic ring with the Aboriginal
flag proudly emblazoned across his chest. Hooper, who hails
from North Queensland, marked his Games debut by wearing a
black T-shirt bearing the Aboriginal flag as he arrived for
his impressive opening fight win against American Marcus
Browne. It went against Australian team rules, which state
athletes must only wear the official team uniform.”

– Related Video

YouTube:
Daniel Hooper: Aboriginal pride – includes fight footage

31 Jul 12: “7 News report”

YouTube: Damien Hooper:Off the Streets and Into the Ring

20 Aug 12: “When almost all was lost, Damien found boxing.
Now off the streets, let’s see what’s waiting for him in
the ring. Find out more at http://www.whyohgee.sg

* PRO BONO NEWS:
COMMUNITY DOCO [FREEDOM RIDE: 40 YEARS ON]
NAMED AS AWARD FINALIST

– News

Pro Bono News: Community Doco Named as Award Finalist
http://www.probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2012/07/community-doco-named-award-finalist#
31 Jul 12: ” A community anti-racist documentary produced
on a $5000 grant has been named as a finalist in the
Deadlies, the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander arts and community awards, alongside acclaimed
ABC drama “Mabo” and documentary, “The Tall Man”. The
film, entitled “Freedom Ride: 40 Years On”, follows a
group of Aboriginal and non-Indigenous young people as they
retrace the journey of the historic 1965 Freedom Ride
through regional NSW. It features extensive interviews with
Aboriginal community members reflecting on the face of
racism today, and the future for reconciliation.”

* TRACKER: WA TO REVIEW KIMBERLEY GAS HUB DECISION

– News

newsTracker: WA to review Kimberley gas hub decision
http://tracker.org.au/2012/08/wa-to-review-kimberley-gas-hub-decision/
1 Aug 12: “WESTERN AUSTRALIA: The West Australian
government is reviewing a decision to allow Woodside
Petroleum’s proposed $30 billion Kimberley gas hub, because
of the weight of opposition to it. Environment Minister
Bill Marmion announced on Tuesday he had appointed former
CSIRO chief executive Roy Green to review almost 250
appeals against the state’s Environmental Protection
Authority (EPA) report recommending the Browse LNG project
go ahead.”

– Related News

newsTracker: No extra police for Brown’s gas hub protest
http://tracker.org.au/2012/08/no-extra-police-for-browns-gas-hub-protest/
2 Aug 12: “WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Police have denied reports
extra officers will be sent to Broome as Bob Brown joins
protesters campaigning against Woodside’s Browse gas hub.
The former Greens leader is currently on board the Sea
Shepherd ship Steve Irwin as it sails to Western
Australia’s Kimberley region to protest against the
proposed $30 billion development at James Price Point north
of Broome, particularly its impact on whales. Media reports
on Wednesday suggested 120 police officers would be sent to
Broome this weekend for Sea Shepherd’s arrival.”

* GREENS RACHEL SIEWERT: SAVING THE KIMBERLEY

– Compilations

Greens Rachel Siewert: Saving the Kimberley
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/campaigns/saving-kimberley
“The Australian Greens are continuing efforts to prevent
the development of an LNG hub at James Price Point in the
Kimberley region of WA.
We believe that James Price Point is not a suitable
location for an LNG processing hub and that such a
development will have long term negative impacts across the
region.
A recent WA Supreme Court ruling- that the compulsory
acquisition process undertaken by the WA Government was
invalid- must lead to a complete review of the development.
The threat of compulsory acquisition was a significant
factor in the deal struck with the Kimberley Land Council.
The WA Government undermined the negotiation process by
virtue of this threat, which has led to ongoing community
dissent and unrest. … ”

Greens Rachel Siewert: The Kimberley & Northern Australia
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/portfolios/kimberley-northern-australia
“The Kimberley and Northern Australia are iconic regions
under threat from the expansion of unsustainable industries
which pose a cultural and environmental threat. The short
term gains of exploiting natural resources cannot justify
the long term cost of damaging this unique area. We are
committed to protecting the region’s wilderness areas,
coasts and rivers and to supporting and adequate
resourcing of communities.”

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

Repect and Listen:
Save the Kimberley – Thinking of Walmadan (Christmas Eve 2011)
http://www.respectandlisten.org/kimberley/save-the-kimberley.html
[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]

WGAR News: “James Price Point is simply too valuable to be
given over to industrialisation” Greens (20 Jul 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/20/wgar-news-james-price-point-is-simply-too-valuable-to-be-given-over-to-industrialisation-
[James Price Point, north of Broome, Kimberley Region, WA]

WGAR News: “Bob Brown: why I’m leading the Sea Shepherd to
the Kimberley” Crikey (28 Jul 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/28/wgar-news-bob-brown-why-i%E2%80%99m-leading-the-sea-shepherd-to-the-kimberley-crikey
[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: 29 July 2012

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

* INTERVIEW WITH TULLY,
ONE OF THE ORGANISERS OF LIZARD’S REVENGE:

– Audio Interview

3CR Community Radio 855 AM – Podcasts
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
Radioactive Show – 29 Jul 2012
[download the program] http://pod.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2012-07-28-95365.mp3
29 Jul 12: “We talk to Tully, one of the organisers of
Lizard’s Revenge, and Raff, one of the people arrested for
the Breakfast Not Bombs action on the road to Olympic Dam.
We also hear from Marcus Atkinson about what’s up in WA
anti-nuclear business including the pinata-bashing at the
Australian Uranium Conference last week and the upcoming
protest walk “Walk Away From Uranium Mining”.”

– Past 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/

* BACKGROUND TO EXPANSION OF OLYMPIC DAM MINE CHALLENGE:

Last updated: 3 August 2012

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

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
APY Lands resident contradicts income management reports
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7427-apy-lands-resident-contradicts-income-management-reports
1 Aug 12: “An executive member of the APY Lands Council
says people in the remote South Australian communities
don’t want income management in their region. This comes
despite recent media reports suggesting some senior APY
women want the strategy to be rolled-out in an attempt to
address social problems. But Murray George says he
travelled to six community meetings on income management
in May, where people overwhelmingly rejected proposals to
introduce it. Mr. George says many Aboriginal people don’t
understand the concept.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Gomeroi man: So-called Indigneous ‘leaders’ don’t represent us
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7425-gomeroi-man-so-called-indigneous-leaders-dont-represent-us
1 Aug 12: “A Gomeroi man from Moree in northern New South
Wales has criticised the media and governments for
referring to prominent Indigenous public figures as
‘leaders’. Alf Priestley is an advocate for Indigenous
sovereignty. He says individual Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Island communities and countries should be able to
decide who their own leaders are, not the mainstream media.”

Koori Mail: Plans for Aboriginal ‘refugee camps’
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
31 Jul 12: “THE Indigenous Sovereign Union led by
Aboriginal Tent Embassy co-founder Michael Anderson says it
will establish an Aboriginal ‘refugee camp’ in northern NSW
in the coming months. About 50 people attended a gathering
of the self-proclaimed national unity government in Moree
at the weekend and resolved to establish such camps
encompassing self-help and education programs as well as
separate police and judicial systems. The group also plans
to issue ‘citizenship identity cards’ in their respective
Aboriginal nations and to appeal to international
organisations and overseas countries for assistance.
Michael Anderson told the Koori Mail a further meeting
would be held this Sunday and the location of the first
refugee camp revealed after that. “Once we start this one
up and get the process up and running, a lot of people
will no doubt follow,” he said. “We need to get runs on the
board and get focused and show people there is a way.””

– Audio

ABC PM: APY leaders wary of Federal Govt store review
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2012/s3558534.htm
1 Aug 12: “Leaders from a group of Aboriginal communities
that have been enduring hunger and poor nutrition say they
fear a government proposal to take over their stores. They
say the community-owned stores in South Australia’s remote
APY Lands may have to increase food prices because they’ll
be required to run at a profit instead of being subsidised.
But the Federal Government says it needs to make the stores
more sustainable. Jeff Waters travelled to north-western
South Australia to file this report.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:

http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
31 Jul 12: “* A former National President of the Australian
Labor Party has urged the Gillard government to start
listening to Aboriginal people.
* Warren Mundine the first Indigenous Australian to serve
as President of an Australian political party has challenged
the Government to come on board with Indigenous people,
Indigenous communities and industries across the country and
start making things happen for his people as far as real jobs
* Senior APY leader rejects claims that communities want
income management.”

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120802 – Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia – 16 events from 2 August 2012

Posted in EVENTS, NEWSLETTER on 05/08/2012 by D

Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia
– 16 events from 2 August 2012

Click on the links for details of the events …

Event: Thu 2 August 2012: Monash University, Melbourne, Vic
Our Generation film screening
A group discussion of the film afterwards
Organised by Students for Indigenous Sovereignty
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/51731
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Fri 3 August 2012: Adelaide, SA
140th Justice and Peace Candlelight Walk
“Join us on the Candle Light Walk to
call for a Treaty and Bill of Rights,
and to support the Ngarrindjeri and all other
Aboriginal people and the Stolen Generations,
their families and communities left behind,
in their call for Peace and Justice. … ”
Background: http://antarsa.auspics.org.au/category/news/2010/09/candlelight-walk/
Event details: http://antarsa.auspics.org.au/category/news/2012/07/candlelight-walk-2/

Event: Mon 6 August 2012: UTS, Sydney, NSW
Our Generation film screening
Film followed by Panel session with:
* Amy McQuire, Tracker
* Jason de Santolo, UTS Jumbunna
* Paddy Gibson, UTS Jumbunna
“Panel discussion on how creativity, media and
activism can drive change for Indigenous Australians”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.respectandlisten.org/
Further Info: http://sdc.groupsite.com/calendar/event/2012/8/6/338444
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

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

Event: 9 August 2012: Various locations internationally
International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
Event details: http://social.un.org/index/IndigenousPeoples/InternationalDay.aspx

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.
Presented by the Environment Centre NT
in association with Darwin Festival
“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.darwinfestival.org.au/2012-program/manuwangku-under-the-nuclear-cloud/
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/sa/event/29216/
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/51721

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.”
“Beyond Nuclear Initiative (BNI) coordinator
Natalie Wasley said it has always been
obvious that the Northern Territory proposal
is based on politics and not science.”
Event details: http://www.darwinfestival.org.au/2012-program/manuwangku-under-the-nuclear-cloud/
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/sa/event/29218/
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/51721

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/buildi ng-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: 13 September 2012: various locations internationally
Fifth anniversary of the
United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Event details: http://social.un.org/index/IndigenousPeoples/DeclarationontheRightsofIndigenousPeoples.aspx

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/

– ‘Our Generation’ Film Reviews

Elimatta:
Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
Our Generation – Showing in London – page 8
http://www.asgmwp.net/ElimattaWinter2011.pdf
Winter 2011: “The Intervention is yet another example of
the appalling treatment the Aboriginal People of Australia
have been subjected to in such a short period of time
compared to thousands of years of survival. Sinem Saban and
Rev. Dr Gondarra supported by the Yolngu people and
cinematographer, Damien Curtis, have created a sensitive
and realistic view of the plight of those who wish to live
a more traditional life in their homelands and of those who
appear to be dispossessed.” Christine Waterer

Elimatta:
Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
ASG Information Night: Our Generation – page 6
http://www.asgmwp.net/ElimattaSummer2010.pdf
Summer 2010: “Local resident and journalist, Jeff McMullen
introduced “Our Generation”, the film by Sinem Saban and
Damien Curtis which we were there to see. The film explored
in depth the Federal Government Intervention into
Aboriginal Communities in the Northern Territory. Jeff had
told us that the film’s producers were not having any
success in having the film shown on government or
commercial media outlets and they were having to screen it
in local community halls to show the community at large
just what was involved in the Intervention. It is basically
a war on Aboriginal culture. The dispossession of the
Aboriginal people is simply continuing in a new guise.”
Carol Gerrard

See:

Our Generation: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/

Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater: http://www.asgmwp.net/index.htm