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

* 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


– Resolutions

Amnesty International Australia:
Resolutions passed at our 2012 National Annual General Meeting
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
* 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
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.”


Last updated: 2 August 2012



– News

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


– 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


– News

ABC: Funding increase for Territory outstations
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:

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:

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.”


Last updated: 1 August 2012



Last updated: 1 August 2012




WGAR News: Congress:
No apology needed for being proudly Aboriginal (1 Aug 12)

– Analysis / Opinion

New Matilda: Olympians Can’t Leave Politics At 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
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:

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
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:

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
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
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
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
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
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

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


– News

Pro Bono News: Community Doco Named as 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.”


– News

newsTracker: 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
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.”


– Compilations

Greens Rachel Siewert: Saving the 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
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
“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.”


Repect and Listen:
Save the Kimberley – Thinking of Walmadan (Christmas Eve 2011)
[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)
[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)
[James Price Point, north of Broome, Kimberley Region, WA]

Sovereign Union: Walmadan Tent Embassy (James Price Point)
[James Price Point, north of Broome, Kimberley Region, WA]


Facebook: Goolarabooloo and Lurujarri Heritage Trail

Hands off Country:

Kimberley Campaigner – Background

Save The Kimberley: Wilderness. Culture. Heritage


Last updated: 29 July 2012



– 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/


Last updated: 3 August 2012



– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
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
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
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:

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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