120922 – “With constitutional change deferred, it’s time to negotiate a treaty”

Contents:
* “With constitutional change deferred,
it’s time to negotiate a treaty”
* Sovereign Union: Vote “NO” To Constitutional Reform
* Greens won’t allow Constitutional Recognition to be
pushed off the agenda
* Congress: Leaders must work towards full recognition
* ANTaR: Another step forward but keep end goal in sight
* Oxfam Australia:
Act of Recognition a welcome step towards referendum
* Moree Champion: Tent embassy burns down
* Courier Mail: State backflip on Murri multicultural
centre funding angers community
* New monthly publication from
Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy
* Background to the Aboriginal tent embassies
* ANTaR Queensland: Impact of Budget Cuts Revealed
* Other Articles

* “WITH CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE DEFERRED,
IT’S TIME TO NEGOTIATE A TREATY”

– Media Release

With constitutional change deferred,
it’s time to negotiate a treaty
Sovereign Union: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/constitutional-change-deferred-its-time-negotiate-treaty
Treaty Republic: http://treatyrepublic.net/content/constitutional-change-deferred-its-time-negotiate-treaty
21 Sep 12: “Having deferred a constitutional change, the
federal Labor government and the Liberal coalition
opposition must now take this opportunity to focus on the
real issues and not band-aid programs and objectives that
serve to soothe rather than deal with the hard matters that
Australia has to face up to. The continuing sovereignty of
the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island nations and peoples
must now be the blueprint for change. Constitutional reform
to merely have our people referred to as the first peoples
of this land is without any spirit or purpose, just an
appeasement and a conscious numbing exercise. …
Aboriginal people across this country are now making their
stand. We are a sovereign people and the invaders’
leadership and their negative Aboriginal collaborators must
now face the truth and back our calls for a treaty to be
negotiated.”

* SOVEREIGN UNION: VOTE “NO” TO CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM

– Fact sheets

Sovereign Union
– First Nations Interim National Unity Government:
Australian Constitutional Reform Fact Sheets x 2
Vote “NO” To Constitutional Reform
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/390
“Don’t be fooled by glossy marketing Campaigns that pretend
all of a sudden we will have unity. These proposed changes
are breaches of Human Rights to fool us into thinking that
Constitutional Reform Benefits our people. It does not it
is a complete insult to not give us a ‘Treaty’. Saying ‘Yes’
to Constitutional Reform removes our rights to a ‘Treaty’.
Say ‘No’ To Constitutional Change.”

* GREENS WON’T ALLOW CONSTITUTIONAL RECOGNITION TO BE
PUSHED OFF THE AGENDA:

– Media Release

Rachel Siewert/ Christine Milne: Greens won’t allow
Constitutional Recognition to be pushed off the agenda
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/greens-won%E2%80%99t-allow-constitutional-recognition-be-pushed-agenda
20 Sep 12: “The Australian Greens remain committed to a
referendum on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and
Torres Islander peoples, viewing proposed legislation as a
stepping stone to a successful vote.
“We accept this decision but are very disappointed that the
timeframe for a referendum on Constitutional Recognition of
Aboriginal and Torres Islander peoples, as established in
our agreement with the Government, cannot be met,”
Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
“It is in no one’s interest to see this referendum fail-
a fact we have been very considerate of it in acknowledging
the need for an extension of time before a vote is held.
“The proposed legislation will allow for parliamentary
debate and continued discussion and engagement with the
community.
“We will not allow this issue to be pushed off the agenda
and will continue working hard to develop the community
discussion on Constitutional Recognition. I call on all
MPs to do the same,” Senator Siewert said. … ”

– Related News

Koori Mail: Govt proposes Act of Recognition
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
20 Sep 12: “THE Federal Government will ask Parliament to
pass an Act of Recognition ‘acknowledging the unique and
special place of our first people’s’ in an effort to build
community awareness prior to a referendum to change the
constitution to recognise Indigenous people. Federal
Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin said the
Government recognised that there was not yet enough
community awareness or support for change to hold a
successful referendum at or before the next federal
election. “To ensure that we continue to build momentum for
constitutional change, the Government expects to introduce
the Act of Recognition to Parliament before the end of the
year,” she said.”

* CONGRESS: LEADERS MUST WORK TOWARDS FULL RECOGNITION

– Statement

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Leaders must work towards full recognition
http://nationalcongress.com.au/leaders-must-work-towards-full-recognition/
20 Sep 12: “Statement in relation to the government’s
decision to propose an Act of Recognition as a step towards
holding a successful referendum to change the constitution
to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
Congress Co-Chair Jody Broun today called for a commitment
to the Expert Panel’s five major recommendations and on the
timing for the referendum.
“Congress agrees that any referendum can only be held when
it meets the expectations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander peoples and has the best chance of success,” she
said.
“However both major parties must make serious commitments
to the Expert Panel’s five major recommendations and to
the timing for the referendum.
“Congress also calls for leadership and support from the
Greens and Independents to achieve this reform. … ” she
said.”

* ANTaR: ANOTHER STEP FORWARD BUT KEEP END GOAL IN SIGHT

– Media Release

ANTaR
– Justice, Rights and Respect for Australia’s First Peoples:
Another step forward but keep end goal in sight
http://www.antar.org.au/another_step_forward_but_keep_end_goal_in_sight
20 Sep 12: “ANTaR welcomes today’s commitment to passage of
an Act of Recognition as a step on the road to
Constitutional Recognition of Australia’s First Peoples,
but insists that the end goal must remain firmly in sight.
“Today’s announcement provides some welcome clarity around
the timing of the referendum and an opportunity for all
parties to re-affirm their commitment to Constitutional
Recognition of Australia’s First Peoples through passage of
an Act of Recognition,” said Jacqueline Phillips, National
Director.
“The Act of Recognition must be seen as the next step on the
road to Referendum, with a clear focus on the end goal.” …
“We await further detail about the proposed Act of
Recognition, but hope that it reflects all elements of the
Expert Panel’s package, including the inclusion of a
prohibition on racial discrimination. The fundamental
principle of racial equality should be clearly reflected in
our nation’s highest law.” … ”

* OXFAM AUSTRALIA:
ACT OF RECOGNITION A WELCOME STEP TOWARDS REFERENDUM

– Media Release

Oxfam Australia:
Act of Recognition a welcome step towards referendum
https://www.oxfam.org.au/media/2012/09/act-of-recognition-a-welcome-step-towards-referendum/
20 Sep 12: “The Government’s announcement to introduce an
Act of Recognition bill into Parliament to recognise
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is a welcome
step on the path towards a referendum to change our
Constitution, Oxfam Australia said today.
Oxfam Australia’s Indigenous Rights Policy Advisor Andrew
Meehan said it was an important move to ensure the
multiparty commitment to hold a referendum to recognise
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our
nation’s Constitution was maintained and strengthened.
“A referendum won’t succeed unless this political support
is maintained,” Mr Meehan said. “Holding a referendum at
the next election runs the risk of testing that cross-party
commitment at a time when there is still work to do to
educate the Australian public about this issue.” … ”

– Related News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Oxfam welcomes bid for Constitutional Recognition
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7549-oxfam-welcomes-bid-for-constitutional-recognition
21 Sep 12: “Human rights organisation Oxfam Australia has
welcomed the Federal Government’s bid to pass an Act of
Recognition of Australia’s first people. Oxfam Australia’s
Indigenous Rights Policy Advisor Andrew Meehan says, the
change is long overdue and would eliminate out-dated
discriminatory provisions and racial discrimination. Mr
Meehan says, the Expert Panel’s report suggests more public
support is needed to introduce the act and the Government
should wait for the right timing.”

* MOREE CHAMPION: TENT EMBASSY BURNS DOWN

– News

Moree Champion: Tent embassy burns down
http://www.moreechampion.com.au/story/342451/tent-embassy-burns-down/
18 Sep 12: “THE Moree Tent Embassy burnt down on Saturday.
Police are appealing for information on the fire, which
they believe to have been deliberately lit. Emergency
services were called to the blaze near the skate park off
Balo Street about 5.45pm on Saturday. NSW Fire Brigade
attended the scene. They worked to contain the fire but the
tent structures were completely destroyed. No-one was
injured.”

* COURIER MAIL:
STATE BACKFLIP ON MURRI MULTICULTURAL CENTRE FUNDING
ANGERS COMMUNITY

– News

Courier Mail: State backflip on Murri multicultural centre
funding angers community
http://www.couriermail.com.au/questnews/central/state-backflip-on-murri-multicultural-centre-funding-angers-community/story-fn8m0qb4-1226476764669
19 Sep 12: “Almost $4million in state funding for a
Musgrave Park Cultural Centre was pulled in last week’s
Budget, angering South Brisbane’s indigenous community. The
Government allocated $5million in 1999-2000 to build the
centre but reclaimed the money after “12 years of
negotiation with no resolution despite the efforts of all
parties”. … Political activist and community worker Sam
Watson was furious at the backflip and would plan a
“sustained program of protest action”.”

* NEW MONTHLY PUBLICATION FROM
BRISBANE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGN EMBASSY:

Indigenous Voices: New Publication!! Brisbane Blacks Monthly!
http://blogs.slq.qld.gov.au/indigenous-voices/2012/09/19/new-publication-brisbane-blacks-monthly/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-publication-brisbane-blacks-monthly
19 Sep 12: “The new monthly publication from Brisbane
Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy was launched on Friday 7th
September at the Embassy in Musgrave Park. … The Monthly
publication celebrates the voice of the Brisbane
Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy – informing first nations
people & educating the non-indigenous community about the
fight for sovereignty & other issues facing indigenous
people. The magazine is a wonderful collection of stories,
personal profiles, images and so much information for both
Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSIES:

Last updated: 15 September 2012

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

* ANTaR QUEENSLAND: IMPACT OF BUDGET CUTS REVEALED

– Analysis / Opinion

ANTaR Queensland: AQ Update Impact of Budget Cuts Revealed
http://www.antarqld.org.au/node/199
“It is with great sadness that I can confirm that the 17
Queensland Murri Courts, the only culturally designed court
option for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Queenslanders, have indeed lost funding. As have the
Special Circumstances and Qld Drug Courts. In the words of
Rosemary Connors, Director of Children of the Dreaming and
winners of last year’s ANTaR Qld Close the Gap Award “It’s
pretty much devastating losing the Murri Courts. The cost
to run the Murri Court bail program is a quarter of the
cost of sending an offender to prison.”

– Related News

Koori Mail: Outrage as Murri Court goes
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
19 Sep 12: “MEMBERS of Queensland’s Murri Court have been
outraged by the Queensland Government decision to axe it.
The Newman Government cut funding for the Murri, Special
Circumstances and Drug courts in this month’s Budget in a
bid to save $35.7 million over four years. Justice Minister
Jarrod Bleijie said the decision was necessary to return
Queensland to a stronger financial position, and because
evidence suggested it was not working effectively . But
Townsville Murri Court members Emmanuel Ross and Albert
Abdul Rahman, and others have been angered and appalled by
the move. They say the loss of the Murri Court,
established in 2002 as Queensland’s first sentencing court
for Indigenous offenders, will be a blow to Indigenous
offenders’ rehabilitation and reconciliation.”

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:

http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
21 Sep 12: “* A Sydney based human rights lawyer acting for
the family of an Aboriginal man who died while in
protective custody in the Alice Springs Police watch house
earlier this year….. has called for charges to be laid
against the police.
* Veteran Tasmanian Aboriginal rights campaigner Heather
Sculthorpe has added her voice to calls for the the police
who manhandled Kwenetyaye Briscoe to be held responsible
for their actions.
* The First Nations political Party has rejected claims
that the majority of Aboriginal people who voted in the
recent Northern Territory election …had voted in favor of
the Howard coalition governments Intervention.”

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