120728 – “Bob Brown: why I’m leading the Sea Shepherd to the Kimberley” Crikey

Contents:
* Greens Rachel Siewert: Overwhelming support for
Low Aromatic Fuel at Alice Springs Inquiry Hearing
* Bob Brown: why I’m leading the Sea Shepherd to the Kimberley
* Walmadan Tent Embassy, James Price Point,
north of Broome, Kimberley Region, WA
* Background to the Aboriginal tent embassies
* Moree Sovereign Union Interim Government Gathering:
28 & 29 July 2012
* National Unity Government Foundation – Sound & Pictures
* Sovereignty Conference 2012 – Sound & Pictures
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement
* Sharon Mason, Kaleesha Morris & Larissa Behrendt
speak at Talks on the Rocks
* Chris Graham:
Another golden chance to grill Gillard on Stronger Futures slips by
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Tony Harris:
Labor’s sad, short deviation from a ‘White Australia’ mentality
* Other articles

* GREENS RACHEL SIEWERT:
OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR LOW AROMATIC FUEL AT
ALICE SPRINGS INQUIRY HEARING

– Media Release

Greens Rachel Siewert:
Overwhelming support for Low Aromatic Fuel at
Alice Springs Inquiry Hearing
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/overwhelming-support-low-aromatic-fuel-alice-springs-inquiry-hearing
26 Jul 12: “Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Issues
The Australian Greens said today that there is overwhelming
support for their Low Aromatic Fuel Bill which enables the
Federal Government to mandate the supply of non sniffable
fuel in declared areas.
Greens Senator Rachel Siewert, who introduced the Bill to
the Senate earlier this year, has been listening to the
evidence at the Senate Inquiry into the Bill in Alice
Springs and said today, “The evidence we have heard to date
endorses the Bill and has provided substantial for the need
for the Bill.
“Witnesses and submissions say the progress on stamping out
petrol sniffing has been very good but the gains are
fragile as ongoing access to sniffable fuel can seriously
undermine progress.
“Witnesses say they want to finish the job and that giving
the Minister the power to mandate the supply of
non-sniffable fuel will help achieve that” … ”

* BOB BROWN:
WHY I’M LEADING THE SEA SHEPHERD TO THE KIMBERLEY

– Analysis / Opinion

Crikey:
Bob Brown: why I’m leading the Sea Shepherd to the Kimberley
http://www.crikey.com.au/2012/07/27/bob-brown-why-im-leading-the-sea-shepherd-to-the-kimberley/
27 Jul 12: “James Price Point, on the Kimberley coast, has
been in the news because Woodside - with a who’s-who of
other drillers including BP, BHP Billiton, Shell,
Mitsubishi, and Chevron - is set to build the world’s
biggest gas factory there. But this ancient region has
another story to tell. It’s a stunning ochre-red headland
located north of Broome, and culturally known as Walmadan.
It’s an important area on the indigenous songcycle
belonging to the law and culture of Goolarabooloo people,
known as the Northern Tradition of Law. Since
Bugarregarre, or the Dreamtime, their ancestors have
walked and lived in this country.”
By former Greens leader Bob Brown

– Related Photos

Red Bluff: Save James Price Point: A Special Place
http://redbluffr.blogspot.com.au/2010/09/save-james-price-point-special-place.html
30 Sep 10: “James Price Point is a very special place. It
is also the centre of a major dispute about where to put a
LNG Gas Hub in North Western Australia. … We took these
photos while camping at the point in 2007.”

* 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]

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: 20 July 2012

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

* MOREE SOVEREIGN UNION INTERIM GOVERNMENT GATHERING:
28 & 29 JULY 2012

– Current Event

Event: Sat 28 and Sun 29 July 2012: Moree, NSW
Moree Sovereign Union Interim Government Gathering
Interim National Unity Government of the Sovereign Union
Agenda – Draft No 4 – Additional info – 21/07/12: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/222
Flyers:
Colour JPG: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/images/2012/gatherings/moree-meeting-a4.jpg
Black & White JPG: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/images/2012/gatherings/moree-meeting-a4-bw.jpg
Colour PDF: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/pdf/moree-meeting-a4-2.pdf
Black & White PDF: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/pdf/moree-meeting-a4-bw0001.pdf
Details on Sovereign Union website: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/

* NATIONAL UNITY GOVERNMENT FOUNDATION – SOUND & PICTURES:

– Audio and Photos

Sovereign Union:
National Unity Government Foundation – Sound & Pictures
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/national-unity-government-foundation-sound-pictures
“The welcome to country and smoking ceremony at the
foundation meeting of the Interim National Unity Government
was officiated by Roy “Dootch Kennedy” at Kuradji (Sandon
Point Tent Embassy) on May 24th 2012. At this foundation
gathering, some representatives said they believe that the
National Unity Government of the Sovereign Union is the
last stand for First Nations people to have any chance of
asserting their rightful sovereignty.”
Audio Podcasts:
“* Foundation of ‘Sovereign Union’ – CAAMA News Report
* First Official Meeting by Roy “Dootch” Kennedy
* This is “The Last Stand” – Michael Anderson
* Aunty Barbara Nicholson
– “…the last drink at the poisoned water hole.”
* Wayne ‘Coco’ Wharton – A Story of Sovereignty”
* Wayne ‘Coco’ Wharton – ‘We can run the country’
* Wayne ‘Coco’ Wharton – We need a game plan
* Wayne ‘Coco’ Wharton – Let the Embassies Grow
* Wayne ‘Coco’ Wharton – Constitution Reform ‘Furphy’ ”

* SOVEREIGNTY CONFERENCE 2012 – SOUND & PICTURES:

– Audio and Photos

Sovereign Union:
Sovereignty Conference 2012 – Sound & Pictures
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/sovereignty-conference-2012-sound-pictures
“Litigating the Boundaries of Sovereignty – Symposium”
“The claim to continuous sovereignty is supported by cases,
documents and doctrines. One aspect of the claim is the
Pacific Islanders Protection Act 1872 & 1875 and the impact
of the Doctrine of Discovery on international Aboriginal
sovereignty, matters of discussion at the Eleventh Session
of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
In 23 May 2012, the Legal Intersections Research Centre at
the University of Wollongong and the School of Law and
Justice of Southern Cross University held a workshop to
explore the legal and political implications of Australian
Aboriginal Sovereignty claims.”
“Audio Podcasts:
* First Nations Sovereignty – Dr Alessandro Pelizzon ‘CAAMA News’
* Litigating Sovereignty Welcome – Aunty Barb Nicholson
* Litigating Sovereignty – Professor Nan Seuffert
* Litigating Sovereignty – Dr Alessandro Pelizzon
* Litigating Sovereignty Symposium – Michael Anderson
* Juristiction Prudence & International Law – M Anderson
* Litigating Sovereignty, Virginia Marshall – Solicitor
* Litigating Sovereignty – Fred Hooper 1
* Litigating Sovereignty – Fred Hooper 2
* Litigating Sovereignty – Fred Hooper 3
* Litigating Sovereignty – Fred Hooper 4
* Litigating Sovereignty – Roy ‘Dootch’ Kennedy ”

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT:

Last updated: 20 July 2012

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

* SHARON MASON, KALEESHA MORRIS & LARISSA BEHRENDT
SPEAK AT TALKS ON THE ROCKS:

– Audio

The Rocks – Past Speakers July 2012
http://www.therocks.com/sydney-Things_To_Do-The_Rocks_Discovery_Museum-Talks_on_The_Rocks-Past_Speakers_July_2012.htm
“Sharon Mason: Sydney Learning Adventures Aboriginal
guide Sharon Mason gives a demonstration and insight
into the daily lives of the Cadigal people”
“Kaleesha Morris: Twenty two-year-old Kaleesha Morris is a
Gumbaynggirr (Aboriginal) and Torres Strait Islander
(Kulkagal) woman from the New South Wales far north coast.
A fourth-year Arts/Law student, Morris works on Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander social justice policy at the
National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. With a
particular interest in Indigenous human rights and youth
advocacy, … ”
“Larissa Behrendt: Professor Larissa Behrendt is a Eualeyai
and Kamillaroi woman who decided to become a lawyer at age
11 when her Indigenous father found his mother’s removal
certificate. She is currently a Professor of Law and
Director of Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of
Learning at Sydney’s University of Technology.”

* CHRIS GRAHAM:
ANOTHER GOLDEN CHANCE TO GRILL GILLARD
ON STRONGER FUTURES SLIPS BY

– Analysis / Opinion

agendaTracker:
Another golden chance to grill Gillard
on Stronger Futures slips by
http://tracker.org.au/2012/07/another-golden-chance-to-grill-gillard-on-stronger-futures-slips-by/
27 Jul 12: “NATIONAL: Prime MInister Julia Gillard ventured
onto the world wide web over the weekend for an innovative
online ‘face the people’ session. In cooperation with
Fairfax Media, oursay.org.au hosted ‘Hangout with the Prime
Minister’, a one hour grilling of the PM on a live web
forum, with users able to vote on the most popular
questions. The guarantee was that the top three would be
put direct to Gillard. … But never let it be said that
Gillard won’t go the extra mile. She stuck around for a
further 14 questions, with the fifth and sixth most popular
questions (both on carbon pricing) also getting a run.”
Chris Graham, Walkley Award and Human Rights award
winning writer, managing Editor of Tracker

See:

WGAR News: “Leaders outraged as Indigenous issues sidelined
by Prime Minister” Media Release (24 Jul 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/24/wgar-news-leaders-outraged-as-indigenous-issues-sidelined-by-prime-minister-media-release

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

Last updated: 24 July 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-stronger-futures-new-nt-intervention-laws

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Last updated: 4 July 2012

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

* TONY HARRIS:
LABOR’S SAD, SHORT DEVIATION FROM A ‘WHITE AUSTRALIA’ MENTALITY

– Analysis / Opinion

Green Left:
Labor’s sad, short deviation from a ‘White Australia’ mentality
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/51672
26 Jul 12: “The recent attacks on the Greens by notable
Labor Party figures over the refusal of the Greens to
compromise over offshore processing of asylum seekers
represents a new low for the Labor Party. … Labor’s march
back to a White Australia mentality was also reflected in
Aboriginal affairs. … And of course this was the same
week that the government, with coalition support, extended
the colonial and paternalistic Northern Territory
intervention through its Stronger Futures legislation, in
the face of widespread opposition from Aboriginal groups
and communities.” By Tony Harris

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– News

National Indigenous Times:
Labor facing election wipeout in Territory
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1519-labor-facing-election-wipeout-in-territory.html
26 Jul 12: “The Labor Party risks being reduced to a rump
in the Northern Territory both federally and in next
month’s Territory elections over its continuing commitment
to the Intervention, with Indigenous leaders urging
Aboriginal voters to back the First Nations Party and the
Greens instead. More than 34,300 Indigenous Australians of
voting age live in the Northern Territory. It represents
more than 22 per cent of the… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Battle lines drawn as First Nations names more candidates
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1520-battle-lines-drawn-as-first-nations-names-more-candidates.html
26 Jul 12: “By National Indigenous Times reporter Geoff
Bagnall. The First Nations Political Party has announced
three new candidates in its push for seats in the Northern
Territory Assembly following the upcoming August election.
Following the announcement of candidates last month that
included high-profile performer Warren H. Williams, the
party announced they would be joined by grandson of
Vincent… ”

National Indigenous Times: Toomelah cops a Macklin snub
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1521-toomelah-cops-a-macklin-snub.html
26 Jul 12: “By National Indigenous Times reporter Geoff
Bagnall. The Federal Government will not relent and
reinstate the Community Development Employment Program
(CDEP) for Toomelah in the north west of New South Wales
with the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin
declaring training programs are available for Toomelah
residents and there are jobs available in Goondiwindi,
about 30… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Roe brothers find an ally in battle to stop gas hub
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1517-roe-brothers-find-an-ally-in-battle-to-stop-gas-hub.html
26 Jul 12: “By National Indigenous Times West Australian
reporter Gerry Georgatos. The battle to stop the
multi-billion dollar gas hub project north of Broome in
Western Australia proceeding is now a full scale
confrontation with the world renowned Sea Shepherd
environmental organisation and former Greens leader, Dr Bob
Brown joining with Goolarabooloo and Jabirr Jabirr peoples
to fight the… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Invest in the family, not jails, says Labor’s Martin Whiteley
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1516-invest-in-the-family-not-jails-says-labors-martin-whiteley.html
26 Jul 12: “By National Indigenous Times West Australian
reporter Gerry Georgatos. West Australian Labor Party’s
Martin Whitely may upset his Federal and State Labor
colleagues but he has echoed what many Indigenous leaders
have been calling for – invest in families and not in
jails. Mr Whitely represents an electorate with one of the
highest Aboriginal populations in the Perth
metropolitan… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Elders lash out at Gillard’s “heartless” Kimberley trip
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1515-elders-lash-out-at-gillards-heartless-kimberley-trip.html
26 Jul 12: “By National Indigenous Times West Australian
reporter Gerry Georgatos. Elders have lashed out at the
Prime Minister, Julia Gillard for her “heartlessness” in
failing to address the terrible rate of homelessness of
Western Australia’s Kimberley during her visit to the
region. The Kimberley has the nation’s worst homelessness
rate, more than 700 per 10,000. This equates… ”

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

– Analysis / Opinion

National Indigenous Times: Lizard’s revenge:
The SA government ignores Letters Patent from Britain
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/1488-lizards-revenge-the-sa-government-ignores-letters-patent-from-britain.html
26 Jul 12: “by Michael Anderson. The recent demonstrations
at the ‘Gates of Hell’ led by Kevin Buzzacott, Arabunna
Elder, against the BHP Roxby Downs uranium mine expansion
highlight how governments and mining companies ignore and
completely override the sovereign rights and human rights
of First Nations Peoples. The uranium mine is in Kokotha
country, but its impact crosses into Arabunna country
to… ”

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