120824 – “What’s a group of Aboriginal elders and community leaders doing in Canberra this week?” Bryan Andy, AIA

Contents:
* Bryan Andy, AIA: What’s a group of Aboriginal elders and
community leaders doing in Canberra this week?
* SBS: Indigenous rents bungled under NT Intervention
* CAAMA: Amnesty’s Monica Morgan discusses Stronger Futures Bill
* Speech by Greens NSW MP Cate Faehrmann:
Northern Territory Intervention
* More ‘Stronger Futures’ Legislation related articles
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* SBS World News:
Paying the Price: The battle for James Price Point
* Broome Community No Gas Campaign:
Original protester arrested at Walmadan Embassy
* Greens Rachel Siewert:
Senate misses chance to protect Kimberley dinosaur prints
* Background to the Walmadan Tent Embassy,
James Price Point, north of Broome, Kimberley Region, WA
* Craig Longman: Opal fuel… It’s time to finish the job
* Congress Extractive Industries Forum Statement
* Background to National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
* Greens (WA): BHP dumps Olympic Dam plan
– Uranium industry drifts towards extinction
* Background to expansion of Olympic Dam mine challenge
* The Wire: From little things big things grow:
46 years since the Gurindji Walk-Off
* NIRS: Michael Anderson: Sovereignty must stay on agenda
* Sovereign Union: All charges against Musgrave fire
defenders dropped on Aboriginal Sovereignty Day
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement
* Other articles

* BRYAN ANDY, AIA:
WHAT’S A GROUP OF ABORIGINAL ELDERS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS
DOING IN CANBERRA THIS WEEK?

– News

Amnesty International Australia:
What’s a group of Aboriginal elders and community leaders
doing in Canberra this week?
http://www.amnesty.org.au/indigenous-rights/comments/29540/?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=wallpost&utm_campaign=indigenous
20 Aug 12: “A group of us – Amnesty staff, and a delegation
of Aboriginal elders and community leaders – have left our
homes and homelands to find ourselves in chilly Canberra.
We’re here to speak directly to politicians in Canberra
about our concerns with Stronger Futures, and the
treatment of Aboriginal Peoples in the Northern Territory.
Indeed, it’s a very important week for all of us. We’ve
brought together a group of Aboriginal elders and community
leaders from four homelands across the Northern Territory.
… ” By Bryan Andy, a Yorta Yorta man from Cummeragunja (NSW),
Amnesty International Australia’s Human Rights Education
Coordinator with the Indigenous Peoples Rights Team

Amnesty International Australia: Parliamentarians to hear of
NT Aboriginal homelands neglect continuing
http://www.amnesty.org.au/news/comments/29560/
21 Aug 12: “Aboriginal leaders from the Northern Territory
are voicing their concerns about government policy on
homelands as they meet with parliamentarians in Canberra
this week. A delegation of Aboriginal homelands residents
from Utopia and Urapunga have made the journey to Canberra
one year on from the launch of Amnesty International’s
report, The land holds us: Aboriginal Peoples’ rights to
traditional lands in the Northern Territory, which found
that Aboriginal Peoples in the NT are essentially being
stripped of their rights to remain on their ancestral
lands.”

* SBS: INDIGENOUS RENTS BUNGLED UNDER NT INTERVENTION

– Audio Interview

SBS: Indigenous rents bungled under NT Intervention
By Naomi Selvaratnam
http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/229079/Indigenous-rents-bungled-under-NT-Intervention
20 Aug 12: “The Northern Territory Ombudsman says
Centrelink has wrongly deducted rent payments from some
Indigenous people. … The Northern Territory Ombudsman has
called for a review of all Centrelink payments made to
Indigenous Australians. Carolyn Richards says in
particular, she’s concerned about rent payments being
wrongly deducted from some payments. Ms Richards says the
problem has arisen since the federal government launched
the Intervention in the Northern Territory in 2007. She
told Naomi Selvaratnam some quarantining of Centrelink
payments to Indigenous Territorians has been
inappropriately applied under the Intervention.”

* CAAMA:
AMNESTY’S MONICA MORGAN DISCUSSES STRONGER FUTURES BILL

– Audio Interview

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Amnesty International’s Monica Morgan discusses
Stronger Futures Bill…
http://caama.com.au/monica-morgan-discusses-stronger-futures-bill
22 Aug 12: “The Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory
Bill, the legislation extending aspects of the NT
Intervention for another ten years was passed through the
Senate earlier this year. The peak human rights advocate
body in Australia, Amnesty International had issued a
statement last month, just after it was passed, saying the
passing of the Stronger Futures Bill “represents
Government’s blatant disregards for its humans rights
obligation.” Manager of Amnesty International Indigenous
rights program, Monica Morgan joined Nerida Currey on the
program during this time, to discuss this.”

* SPEECH BY GREENS NSW MP CATE FAEHRMANN:
NORTHERN TERRITORY INTERVENTION

– Speech

Greens NSW MP Cate Faehrmann:
Speech: Northern Territory Intervention
http://catefaehrmann.org/2012/08/speech-northern-territory-intervention/
22 Aug 12: “The Hon. CATE FAEHRMANN [9.59 p.m.]: John
Howard’s Northern Territory Emergency Response [NTER]
represented the greatest threat to Aboriginal
self-determination in decades, with the additional effect
of further entrenching negative perceptions of Indigenous
culture and society, and further stigmatising already
alienated community groups. This drastic response was
tenuously premised on the urgent need to address issues of
child neglect borne from community dysfunction within
Indigenous townships. That is a serious problem although,
as Larissa Behrendt says, “This was a national emergency
that was sitting neglected for over 30 years”. … ”

* MORE ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LEGISLATION RELATED ARTICLES:

– News

Australian: ‘Trespass’ threat as NT leases expire
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/trespass-threat-as-nt-leases-expire/story-fn59niix-1226457016515
24 Aug 12: “FIVE years after the Northern Territory
intervention, 25 Aboriginal communities are back where they
started, with the federal government having failed to
negotiate new leases after those imposed under the Howard
government expired. Government access to the communities to
provide services, conduct maintenance and collect rent is
now protected only by “gentlemen’s agreements” and an
un-tested invocation of NT law.”

ABC: Indigenous community refuses to sign land lease
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-08-23/amoonguna-community-refuses-to-sign-federal-lease-on-land/4218492?section=nt
23 Aug 12: “Residents of a Northern Territory Indigenous
community are refusing to sign a Federal Government lease
on their land, saying they want to take back control for
themselves. Amoonguna, 15 kilometres south of Alice
Springs, has been subject to a compulsory federal lease for
the past five years. It was imposed under the
Commonwealth’s Northern Territory Intervention measures.
Community spokeswoman Marie Ellis says now that the lease
is ending, the community wants government workers to leave
by the end of the month.”

Australian: Money fails indigenous overcrowding
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/money-fails-indigenous-overcrowding/story-fn9hm1pm-1226454462035
21 Aug 12: “DESPITE record levels of investment in
Aboriginal housing in the Top End, overcrowding has
increased in some communities and infrastructure is at
crisis point, according to the NT Co-ordinator-General for
Remote Service Delivery Olga Havnen. Ms Havnen revealed the
housing issues are bigger than the rental payment crisis
gripping the Northern Territory and has called on both
sides of politics to make long-term decisions beyond the
housing allocations.”

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

Last updated: 21 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

* SBS WORLD NEWS:
PAYING THE PRICE: THE BATTLE FOR JAMES PRICE POINT

– Videos

SBS World News:
Paying the Price: The battle for James Price Point
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1684063/Paying-the-Price:-The-battle-for-James-Price-Point
20 Aug 12: “Woodside’s controversial plan for a gas hub at
James Price Point in the pristine Kimberley region of
Western Australia has pitched Indigenous communities
against each other, reports Jeannette Francis. With
Woodside set to make its final decision in the first half
of next year, the battle for James Price Point is heating
up.”

– Related News

National Indigenous Times: Brown offers a gas hub compromise
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1699-brown-offers-a-gas-hub-compromise.html
23 Aug 12: “By National Indigenous Times West Australian
reporter Gerry Georgatos. The former Australian Greens
leader, Dr Bob Brown has called on Woodside to abandon its
plans for the gas hub at James Price Point north of Broome
in Western Australia and instead pipe the gas further south
where the prospect of environmental damage would be much
less.”

National Indigenous Times: Woodside’s internal angst at
Barnett’s heavy hand on gas hub deal
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1712-woodsides-internal-angst-at-barnetts-heavy-hand-on-gas-hub-deal.html
23 Aug 12: “By National Indigenous Times West Australian
reporter Gerry Georgatos. Woodside Board directors and
executive managers and some of Woodside’s venture partners
in the $40 billion Browse Basin LNG development proposal on
Walmandan country were angry at the compulsory acquisition
threats by West Australian Premier, Colin Barnett, a source
within Woodside has… ”

newsTracker: Gas hub to smash window to past: Greens
http://tracker.org.au/2012/08/gas-hub-to-smash-window-to-past-greens/
22 Aug 12: “NATIONAL: A $34 billion gas hub earmarked for
James Price Point near Broome will smash a “window to the
past”, the Senate has been told. Woodside Petroleum is
seeking environmental approval to build the controversial
liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing hub in Western
Australia despite strong opposition from Indigenous and
environmental groups. Australian Greens senator Rachel
Siewert told the upper house on Tuesday night that
130-million-year-old dinosaur prints across a 200-kilometre
stretch of the Kimberley coast were under threat because of
the development.”

newsTracker: Browse gas rights threat ‘wrong’: McGowan
http://tracker.org.au/2012/08/browse-gas-rights-threat-wrong-mcgowan/
22 Aug 12: “WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Premier Colin Barnett’s
threat to take away the Browse joint venture’s gas rights
if it doesn’t develop the project at James Price Point is
outrageous, the West Australian opposition says. The WA
premier on Tuesday welcomed Chevron’s departure from the
Woodside-led project under an asset-swap deal with Royal
Dutch Shell. He told ABC radio it was “all part of the
shuffling and the re-arranging of ownership” and “good news
for the development”.”

* BROOME COMMUNITY NO GAS CAMPAIGN:
ORIGINAL PROTESTER ARRESTED AT WALMADAN EMBASSY

– Media Release

Broome Community No Gas Campaign:
Traditional Owners arrested and dragged off road as
blockade continues nears James Price Point.
Sovereign Union: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/original-protester-arrested-walmadan-embassy
19 Aug 12: “Today police moved in to break up a blockade
camp of Traditional Owners and supporters, handing out 10
move on notices and arresting Traditional owner Janet Cox,
who lay down in the middle of the road to stop Woodside’s
drilling equipment from passing into the work area.
One protestor was locked to the underside of a truck as it
attempted to travel to the worksite. The protestor has
since cut off.
A convoy of Woodside vehicles with drilling equipment was
escorted by police into the compound on Saturday morning
to begin extraction of 35 million litres of water from the
Broome Aquifer for testing. Goolarabooloo traditional
owners and supporters have been camping inside Woodside’s
compound, blocking the equipment from leaving the lay
down area.
In a statement taken before she was arrested, Janet Cox
said: “I have inherited Country from my old people, and as
custodian I have my rights to stand up and protect our
Native land – from bullies, selfishness and greed. … ”

* GREENS RACHEL SIEWERT:
SENATE MISSES CHANCE TO PROTECT KIMBERLEY DINOSAUR PRINTS

– Media Release

Greens Rachel Siewert:
Senate misses chance to protect Kimberley dinosaur prints
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/senate-misses-chance-protect-kimberley-dinosaur-prints
22 Aug 12: “The Senate has today turned its back on the
opportunity to support calls for the protection of 130
million year old dinosaur footprints at James Price Point
The Liberal, Labor and National parties all refused to
support the motion, which called on the Government to
examine new evidence regarding the archaeological and
cultural significance of the prints and to commit to
undertaking a proper survey of this important, but
under-explored site.
“This motion recognised the new evidence presented by Dr
Steven Salisbury from the University of Queensland regarding
the insufficiently documented dinosaur footprint trails
right along the Dampier Peninsula coastline,” Senator
Siewert said today.
“This area is intersected by the proposed LNG hub at
James Price Point. …
“These footprints and trackways are part of Aboriginal
culture and songcycle, which heightens the need for
protection. … “”

– Video of speech

Greens Rachel Siewert:
Saving the Kimberley’s dinosaur treasures
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/video/saving-kimberleys-dinosaur-treasures
22 Aug 12: “Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert speaks
about the 130 million year old dinosaur prints that are
being threatened by the development of an LNG hub at James
Price Point. Some of the largest dinosaurs to have walked
the earth are responsible for these prints. The
significance of this area is still being discovered, as
shown by results released in Broome over the weekend. …
Click here for the transcript of Rachel’s speech.”

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

Last updated: 19 August 2012

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

* CRAIG LONGMAN: OPAL FUEL… IT’S TIME TO FINISH THE JOB

– Analysis / Opinion

agendaTracker:
Guest Tracker: Opal fuel… It’s time to finish the job
http://tracker.org.au/2012/08/guest-tracker-opal-fuel-its-time-to-finish-the-job/
22 Aug 12: “NATIONAL: The damage that petrol sniffing does
to communities is undeniable. So why won’t governments take
the next step and force suppliers to sell Opal, asks CRAIG
LONGMAN*. In 2005, the federal government subsidised a
roll-out of opal fuel which proved to be remarkably
effective. An evaluation conducted in 2008 reported a 70
percent reduction in petrol sniffing in the subject
communities (all located in remote Australia).
Consequently, in a 2009 report, the Senate recommended that
the stocking of opal or non-aromatic fuel should be
mandatory. Yet, legally, nothing has been done.”
By Craig Longman, a senior researcher,
Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning,
University of Technology, Sydney

– Related News

National Indigenous Times:
Force stations to sell Opal fuel, says Central Land Council boss
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1702-force-stations-to-sell-opal-fuel-says-central-land-council-boss.html
23 Aug 12: “A small minority of petrol stations refusing to
sell non-sniffable fuel are setting back efforts to combat
sniffing in Aboriginal communities, the Central Land
Council has claimed. A Senate committee is now considering
a Private Members Bill from the Australian Greens to make
the voluntary Opal Fuel roll out in parts of the Northern
Territory, Western Australia, South Australia and… ”

* CONGRESS EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES FORUM STATEMENT:

– Statement

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Congress Extractive Industries Forum Statement
http://nationalcongress.com.au/congress-extractive-industries/
21 Aug 12: “The National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples (Congress) says its two-day forum will help inform
an international study on extractive industries by the
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of
Indigenous peoples.
The UN Special Rapporteur, Professor James Anaya, is being
hosted by Congress while Australia.
Congress Co-Chairs Jody Broun and Les Malezer said the first
day saw Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
representatives from peak organisations, communities,
traditional owners and NGOs come together to discuss human
rights, the work of the United Nations and the relationship
between these and development on Aboriginal land.
The second day will bring around 85 participants to the
round table including senior members of industry and
government.
“This is an important forum where Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander peoples can have strong and frank input into
the study and that will help establish international
standards where mining occurs,” said Ms Broun. … ”

* BACKGROUND TO NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AUSTRALIA’S FIRST PEOPLES:

Last updated: 5 May 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/05/background-to-the-national-congress-of-australia%E2%80%99s-first-peoples

* GREENS (WA):
BHP DUMPS OLYMPIC DAM PLAN
– URANIUM INDUSTRY DRIFTS TOWARDS EXTINCTION

– News

Greens (WA):
BHP dumps Olympic Dam plan
– Uranium industry drifts towards extinction
http://wa.greens.org.au/content/bhp-dumps-olympic-dam-plan-%E2%80%93-uranium-industry-drifts-towards-extinction
22 Aug 12: “Australian Greens nuclear policy spokesperson
Senator Scott Ludlam said BHP’s decision to axe its Olympic
Dam expansion plan shows the global uranium market is in
critical condition. “The nuclear industry globally is in
terminal decline, contributing to the business case against
the Olympic Dam expansion. “Since the Fukushima disaster,
Germany, Belgium and Switzerland have announced a complete
nuclear phase-out. Egypt, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, and
Thailand have cancelled projects. New proposals for plants
in Brazil, France, India, and the USA were cancelled,”
Senator Ludlam said. … ”

Greens SA:
Cancellation of BHPB Mine expansion saves SA from bad deal
http://sa.greens.org.au/content/cancellation-bhpb-mine-expansion-saves-sa-bad-deal
22 Aug 12: “The Greens today welcomed the announcement that
BHP Billiton will not be acting on its plans to expand the
Olympic Dam mine, according to SA Parliamentary leader,
Mark Parnell MLC. “The deal struck late last year by the SA
Labor Government with BHP Billiton during the dying days of
the Rann administration was bad for South Australia and
this decision now gives the State a get out of jail card.
“The 2011 deal was economically irresponsible,
environmentally reckless and would have left South
Australia as little more than “China’s quarry”. … ”

– Related Audio

The Wire: SA: doom and gloom with no mining boom
Produced by Marty McCarthy
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9517
23 Aug 12: “BHP Billiton’s plan to shelve the proposed
Olympic Dam expansion in South Australia has left many
worried about the economic consequences for the state.
Emotions ran high in Canberra today, with South Australian
politicians becoming increasingly passionate during
Question Time about the future of their state, including
Adelaide-raised Julia Gillard. But is it actually all doom
and gloom for South Australia? The Wire’s Marty McCarthy
reports.
Featured in story:
* Simon O’Connor, Australian Conservation Foundation
* Michael O’Neill, Executive Director of the
South Australian Centre for Economic Studies”

– Related Video

adelaidenow: BHP Billiton’s $30b expansion plans for its
Olympic Dam mine site have been shelved
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/bhp-cancels-30-billion-olympic-dam-expansion-in-south-australian-outback/story-e6frea83-1226455884519
23 Aug 12: “FEDERAL Resources Minister Martin Ferguson has
declared the mining boom is over, putting him at odds with
Finance Minister Penny Wong, who says it has a long way to
go. In the wake of BHP Billiton’s decision to shelve its
$30 billion expansion of Olympic Dam, Mr Ferguson told ABC
Radio this morning: “You’ve got to understand, the
resources boom is over. We’ve done well.””

– Related News

Australian:
BHP Billiton drops Olympic Dam expansion as profit falls
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/profit-loss/bhp-billiton-drops-olympic-dam-expansion-as-profit-falls/story-fn91vch7-1226455911719
22 Aug 12: “BHP Billiton will abandon its $US30 billion
expansion plan for the Olympic Dam copper/uranium project
after its run of record annual profit came to an abrupt end
due to the slump in commodity prices. BHP said it would
look at a cheaper design of its Olympic Dam open-pit
expansion and would not approve any expansion before a
South Australian government indenture agreement deadline
of December 15.”

* 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

* THE WIRE:
FROM LITTLE THINGS BIG THINGS GROW:
46 YEARS SINCE THE GURINDJI WALK-OFF

– Audio

The Wire:
From little things big things grow:
46 years since the Gurindji Walk-Off
Produced by Lisa Burns
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9514
22 Aug 12: “Tomorrow is a special day for Aboriginal people
all over the country, but particularly for those from Wave
Hill in the Top End. It’s the 46th anniversary of the
Gurindji Walk-Off, when men, women and children from Wave
Hill station protested against pay inequality. It’s a moment
that was famously re-told in Australian songwriter Paul
Kelly’s song ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’. The
track, along which the Walk-Off took place, had been
heritage listed and is now the site of anniversary
celebrations. …
Featured in story: Brenda Croft, Senior Research Fellow,
College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales”

* NIRS: MICHAEL ANDERSON: SOVEREIGNTY MUST STAY ON AGENDA

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Michael Anderson: Sovereignty must stay on agenda
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7484-michael-anderson-sovereignty-must-stay-on-agenda
22 Aug 12: “Aboriginal Tent Embassies throughout the
country are today celebrating National Sovereignty Day. The
event is to be celebrated on the 22nd of August each year
on the anniversary of the 1770 landing of James Cook in the
Torres Strait under the Queen’s flag. Canberra Aboriginal
Tent Embassy co-founder Michael Anderson says it’s
important for people to remain focused on the goal of
sovereignty for Indigenous Australians. “Each one who are
pushing the cause are in fact building the same knowledge
base. … “”

– Related Photos

Sovereign Union: Toomelah Sovereignty Day – 22nd August 2012
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/368
“March from Canberra Sovereign Embassy (AKA Aboriginal Tent
Embassy) to Parliament House to remind Australians that the
Original peoples did not cede sovereignty and that since
22nd August 1770 the invaders are illegally occupying the
land.”

* SOVEREIGN UNION:
ALL CHARGES AGAINST MUSGRAVE FIRE DEFENDERS DROPPED
ON ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY DAY

Sovereign Union:
All charges against Musgrave fire defenders dropped
on Aboriginal Sovereignty Day
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/all-charges-against-musgrave-fire-defenders-dropped-aboriginal-sovereignty-day
“The Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy celebrates the
dropping of all charges against those arrested in Musgrave
Park on May 16 attempting to stop Brisbane City Council
desecrating the sacred fire. This is a victory for all
Aboriginal people and our pursuit to assert our sovereignty
over the land. The world’s attention was drawn to Musgrave
Park on May 16 this year when over 250 police forcibly
removed over 60 Aboriginal people and their supporters, 35
people were arrested and charged. Those that gathered that
morning were not protesting any particular issue as widely
reported in the media.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT:

Last updated: 21 August 2012

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

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– News

National Indigenous Times:
WA test case for the Stolen Generations
http://www.nit.com.au/your-say.html
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1713-wa-test-case-for-the-stolen-generations.html
23 Aug 12: “By National Indigenous Times West Australian
reporter Gerry Georgatos. Nine of Donald and Sylvia
Collard’s 14 children were forcibly removed under
Government policies of what is now known as the Stolen
Generations. The Collards who have been married for more
than 60 years are now leading the way in a legal test case
for compensation that may well open the flood gates for
litigation by thousands of victims of the Stolen
Generations throughout Australia.”

National Indigenous Times:
Claim and counter claim as Tent Embassy and Council lock horns
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1711-claim-and-counter-claim-as-tent-embassy-and-council-lock-horns.html
23 Aug 12: “By National Indigenous Times West Australian
reporter Gerry Georgatos. Another argument has broken out
between representatives of the Nyoongar Tent Embassy in
Perth and the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council
(SWALSC) over whether or not the Land and Sea Council had
reneged on an agreement to meet with the Tent Embassy
representatives to try and resolve differences over the
proposed billion… ”

National Indigenous Times: Rescue plan for Toomelah
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1710-rescue-plan-for-toomelah.html
23 Aug 12: “By National Indigenous Times reporter Geoff
Bagnall. Toomelah’s residents have welcomed promises by the
New South Wales Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Victor
Dominello to fix the community’s “entrenched and complex
social issues” but they warned they had “heard all the
promises before” and only action would give them hope the
community’s problems will be addressed.”

National Indigenous Times: Hands off RDA Mr Abbott
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1709-hands-off-rda-mr-abbott.html
23 Aug 12: “By National Indigenous Times Editor Stephen
Hagan. Internationally renowned Human Rights Lawyer and
author Dr Hannah McGlade from Perth has warned Opposition
Leader Tony Abbott to keep his hands off the Racial
Discrimination Act. Dr McGlade told the National Indigenous
Times that the Andrew Bolt decision last year “has caused
significant controversy in relation to the issue of free
speech… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Walkatjurra Walkabout:
a journey to stop uranium mining “of our land”
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1703-walkatjurra-walkabout-a-journey-to-stop-uranium-mining-of-our-land.html
23 Aug 12: “By National Indigenous Times West Australian
reporter Gerry Georgatos. Desert is being walked to protect
Wangkatja country in a month long protest against looming
uranium mining as communities step up their fight to prevent
uranium mining at Yeelirrie. Yeelirrie Traditional Owner
Kado Muir is… ”

– Related Event

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
News: http://www.nit.com.au/news/1703-walkatjurra-walkabout-a-journey-to-stop-uranium-mining-of-our-land.html

– News

National Indigenous Times:
Tent Embassy stalwarts join “Breakfast at Barnett’s”
to deliver a message
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1698-tent-embassy-stalwarts-join-breakfast-at-barnetts-to-deliver-a-message.html
23 Aug 12: “Nyoongar Tent Embassy staked the Aboriginal
flag outside the home of Western Australia’s Premier Colin
Barnett as they demanded to hand him documents they said
proved Nyoongars had never ceded sovereignty to the State.
A non-Indigenous protester also scaled the front fence and
locked himself on to the gate of the Premier’s home. Every
Friday morning there is a peaceful protest… ”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Bagot residents protest Tollner’s housing proposal
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7481-bagot-residents-protest-tollners-housing-proposal
22 Aug 12: “Members of the Bagot community in Darwin have
expressed disapproval of plans by the Country Liberals to
turn their land into a subdivision where anyone can buy a
house. The CLP’s Member for Fong Lim, Dave Tollner, has
committed to the plan in the lead-up to Saturday’s NT
elections. Mr. Tollner spelled out plans in his newsletter
earlier this month to force residents of Bagot to buy a
house on the land or risk having their homes handed to
Territory Housing. But about 200 Bagot residents and
supporters protested the proposal outside his office last
week.”

Koori Mail: I wanted to wave flag: Hooper
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
22 Aug 12: “OLYMPIC boxer Damien Hooper wanted to wave the
Aboriginal flag during the Opening Ceremony of the London
Games but was told point blank he’d be sent home if he did.
The star light-heavyweight, who won the hearts of his
people when he wore a t-shirt bearing the flag in the
lead-up to his first Games fight, said he was left deeply
disappointed by the Olympic rules meaning he couldn’t
recognise his culture and people. Speaking with the Koori
Mail from his new training base in Brisbane, the
20-year-old confirmed he had no regrets about wearing the
flag T-shirt in contravention of Olympic rules. “Why would
I,” he said. “I’m proud of my family and my people.”

Koori Mail: ‘Extractive industries’ a rights minefield
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
21 Aug 12: “ABORIGINAL and Torres Strait Islander people,
mining companies and government agencies have wound up a
two-day meeting in Melbourne on the impact of mining and
related activities on Indigenous communities. Also in
attendance was United Nations Special Rapporteur on the
Rights of Indigenous Peoples James Anaya, who is developing
international guidelines relating to ‘extractive
industries’, the impact of which he says has been a major
source of abuse of Indigenous peoples’ rights globally.
National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples co-chair Les
Malezer says the Australian mining boom is adding pressure
to relationships between Indigenous communities and
industry.”

Australian: Customs, language rights on the table
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/customs-language-rights-on-the-table/story-fn59niix-1226452911012
18 Aug 12: “THE Gillard government is considering six
international workplace human rights conventions, including
one requiring that jail be considered as a last resort for
Aboriginal offenders. The International Labour
Organisation’s Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention
(1989) also requires “due regard” be paid to indigenous
customs when applying national laws and stipulates that
Aboriginal children be taught to read and write in their
own language as a priority. A spokesman for Employment
Minister Bill Shorten confirmed the conventions were
actively under consideration.” By Patricia Karvelas

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Tony Abbott says Aboriginal people shouldn’t be hassled or
patronized by Government..if they are living within the law !
http://caama.com.au/tony-abbott-says-aboriginal-people-shouldnt-be-hassled-or-patronized-by-government-if-they-are-living-within-the-law
22 Aug 12: “The Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has
shared some strong thoughts about Aboriginal and Islander
self development… saying he wants them to be acting
responsibly but also independently and autonomously.
Speaking on CAAMA Radio Mr Abott told Paul Wiles it is
“exactly right” that Aboriginal people have to be involved
in the decision making process!”

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