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

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… ”

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