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

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.”

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