Archive for October, 2012

121006 – Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia – 19 events from 6 October 2012

Posted in EVENTS, NEWSLETTER on 09/10/2012 by D

Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia
– 19 events from 6 October 2012

Click on the links for details of the events …

Event: 5, 6 & 7 October 2012: Musgrave Park, South Brisbane, Qld
30th Anniversary of the
1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games protests
Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy
“5th Oct: Opening corroboree, a feast and the
premiere screening of a documentary shot at
the 82 protests.
6th Oct: Towards a Sovereign Republic concert,
a re-enactment of one of the many marches
into the city, talks and workshops featuring
participants of the 82 protests and those
currently involved in the sovereign movement.
7th Oct: Closing corroboree.”
Event details: http://www.989fm.com.au/news/30th-anniversery-commonwealth-games-protest/
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.antarqld.org.au/node/201
Event details: http://www.989fm.com.au/events/30th-anniversary-of-the-brisbane-commonwealth-games-protest/
Event details: http://blogs.slq.qld.gov.au/indigenous-voices/2012/09/19/new-publication-brisbane-blacks-monthly/
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/333885113372680/
Commonwealth Games Demonstrations- Brisbane 1982: http://www.kooriweb.org/foley/images/history/1980s/82games/gamesppdx.html

Event: Fri 5 – Sat 6 October 2012: Fremantle & Perth, WA
Seventh Annual National Indigenous Legal Conference
Pathways to Tomorrow:
Innovations and Intersections in Law, Land and Justice
Held at the University of Notre Dame
and the University of Western Australia
“This year’s conference addresses two key themes,
New Approaches to Justice, and
Cultural and Natural Resources Management.”
Speakers include:
* the Hon Fred Chaney AO,
* Dennis Eggington,
* Mick Gooda,
* Glen Kelly,
* The Hon Wane Martin AC
Event details: http://www.nd.edu.au/events/nilc
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html#october

Event: Mon 8 to 22 October 2012: Newtown, Sydney, NSW
Homelands photographic exhibit opening
Opening: Mon 8 October 2012
“The exhibition captures a cross section of
everyday life in the Alyawarr and the Anmatyerr
communities of Utopia homelands, the Northern Territory.”
“These images, in conjunction with our report
‘The land holds us: Aboriginal Peoples’ right to
traditional homelands in the Northern Territory’
illustrate the importance of adequate government
recognition and funding for these areas.”
Organised by Amnesty International NSW:
http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/29759/

Event: Tue 9 October 2012: Sydney City, NSW
The Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research,
The Federation Press and the Sidney Myer Fund
warmly invite you to the:
Book Launch of ‘People on Country,
Vital Landscapes, Indigenous Futures’
Edited by Jon Altman and Seán Kerins
Host: Jason Ardler
Launcher: Jody Broun, followed by contributions from
Indigenous ranger partners and authors
“Over the past four decades Aboriginal people living in
remote and regional Australia have been empowered by land
rights and native title laws to claim back large tracts of
their ancestral lands. …
This book seeks to reposition Indigenous people and their
caring for country activities from the margins to the very
core of the growing national conversation on issues such as
climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion. … ”
Book & Event details: http://caepr.anu.edu.au/publications/others/pocmonograph.php
Book details: http://www.federationpress.com.au/bookstore/book.asp?isbn=9781862878938
Event details, page 4 of newsletter: http://caepr.anu.edu.au/sites/default/files/cck_misc_documents/2012/09/PoC%20Newsletter%20vol4%20no2_web.pdf
RSVP by 2 October 2012: [for details scroll down page] http://caepr.anu.edu.au/publications/others/pocmonograph.php

Event: 10 October 2012: Qld
Yarnin’ Time with Tiga Bayles
“Tiga Bayles, a descendant of the Wirri clan of the
Birri Gubba Nation, has long been a social activist
and supporter of Aboriginal land rights, and was
heavily involved in the 1982 Commonwealth Games
protests. Tiga was one of the original Aboriginal Tent
Embassy members in 1972 and this year he was in
Canberra on Australia Day for the highly publicised
40th anniversary. Join Tiga for some Yarnin’ time
this month, as he provides an insight to his life,
his experiences, and his views on Indigenous
politics and protest.”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.antarqld.org.au/node/201
Let’s Talk with Tiga Bayles and Karen Dorante: http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/lets-talk/

Event: Wed 10 October 2012: ANU, Acton, Canberra, ACT
The Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research,
The Federation Press and the Sidney Myer Fund
warmly invite you to the:
Book Launch of ‘People on Country,
Vital Landscapes, Indigenous Futures’
Edited by Jon Altman and Seán Kerins
Host: Dan Gillespie
Launcher: Tom Calma AO, followed by contributions from
Indigenous ranger partners and authors
Location: Australian National University
“Over the past four decades Aboriginal people living in
remote and regional Australia have been empowered by land
rights and native title laws to claim back large tracts of
their ancestral lands. …
This book seeks to reposition Indigenous people and their
caring for country activities from the margins to the very
core of the growing national conversation on issues such as
climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion. … ”
Book & Event details: http://caepr.anu.edu.au/publications/others/pocmonograph.php
Book details: http://www.federationpress.com.au/bookstore/book.asp?isbn=9781862878938
Event details, page 4 of newsletter: http://caepr.anu.edu.au/sites/default/files/cck_misc_documents/2012/09/PoC%20Newsletter%20vol4%20no2_web.pdf
RSVP by 2 October 2012: [for details scroll down page] http://caepr.anu.edu.au/publications/others/pocmonograph.php

Event: 11 October 2012: Qld
Stolen Wages Meeting
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.antarqld.org.au/node/201

Event: Thu 11 October 2012: Melbourne City, Vic
The Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research,
The Federation Press and the Sidney Myer Fund
warmly invite you to the:
Book Launch of ‘People on Country,
Vital Landscapes, Indigenous Futures’
Edited by Jon Altman and Seán Kerins
Host: Professor Brian Howe AO
Launcher: Monica Morgan, followed by contributions from
Indigenous ranger partners and authors
“Over the past four decades Aboriginal people living in
remote and regional Australia have been empowered by land
rights and native title laws to claim back large tracts of
their ancestral lands. …
This book seeks to reposition Indigenous people and their
caring for country activities from the margins to the very
core of the growing national conversation on issues such as
climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion. … ”
Book & Event details: http://caepr.anu.edu.au/publications/others/pocmonograph.php
Book details: http://www.federationpress.com.au/bookstore/book.asp?isbn=9781862878938
Event details, page 4 of newsletter: http://caepr.anu.edu.au/sites/default/files/cck_misc_documents/2012/09/PoC%20Newsletter%20vol4%20no2_web.pdf
RSVP by 2 October 2012: [for details scroll down page] http://caepr.anu.edu.au/publications/others/pocmonograph.php

Event: 11 September – 12 October 2012: UTS, Sydney, NSW
Exhibition:
Djalkiri – we are standing on their names – Blue Mud Bay
“Artback NT: Arts Touring and Development presents
Djalkiri: we are standing on their names –
Blue Mud Bay – the culmination of a vibrant and intensive
cross-cultural exchange between five highly respected
Yithuwa Madarrpa artists and four renowned artists
from across Australia.”
Event details: http://newsroom.uts.edu.au/events/2012/09/djalkiri-we-are-standing-on-their-names-blue-mud-bay
Event summary: http://newsroom.uts.edu.au/events_new/upcoming/

Event: Tue 16 October 2012: CDU, Casuarina, Darwin, NT
The Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research,
The Federation Press and the Sidney Myer Fund
warmly invite you to the:
Book Launch of ‘People on Country,
Vital Landscapes, Indigenous Futures’
Edited by Jon Altman and Seán Kerins
Host: Dan Gillespie
Launcher: Marion Scrymgour, followed by contributions from
Indigenous ranger partners and authors
Location: Charles Darwin University
“Over the past four decades Aboriginal people living in
remote and regional Australia have been empowered by land
rights and native title laws to claim back large tracts of
their ancestral lands. …
This book seeks to reposition Indigenous people and their
caring for country activities from the margins to the very
core of the growing national conversation on issues such as
climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion. … ”
Book & Event details: http://caepr.anu.edu.au/publications/others/pocmonograph.php
Book details: http://www.federationpress.com.au/bookstore/book.asp?isbn=9781862878938
Event details, page 4 of newsletter: http://caepr.anu.edu.au/sites/default/files/cck_misc_documents/2012/09/PoC%20Newsletter%20vol4%20no2_web.pdf
RSVP by 2 October 2012: [for details scroll down page] http://caepr.anu.edu.au/publications/others/pocmonograph.php

Event: Wed 17 October 2012: Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Housing Forum
Panel: A working shower for all Australians?
– What is the problem?
Includes a panel of high profile speakers who will
address concerns about the following:
* Building standards in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander housing
* Human Rights and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
living in remote Homelands.
“For over three years Amnesty International has
partnered with the communities of the
Utopia homelands to develop reports to
drive campaigning on this issue”
Speakers will include:
* Sarah Marland (Amnesty International)
* Paul Pholeros (Healthabitat)
* Jeff Mc Mullen (journalist)
Presented by:
Amnesty International NSW Demand Dignity Group:
http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/group/21121/
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/29666/
Video preview of Forum by Paul Pholeros: http://vimeo.com/49592666

Event: Thu 18 October 2012: Perth, WA
March to save Nyoongar culture
“March to protest Barnett government
and South West Land and Sea Council
attempt to sign away Nyoongar native
title rights.”
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/52394

Event: Tue 23 October 2012: Sydney, NSW
Our Generation film screening
Homelands and Homelessness
– Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Organised by Amnesty International
“The panel will address concerns about the
105,000 homeless people currently struggling
to survive in Australia. It will also discuss the
human rights problems experienced by
indigenous persons living in remote Homelands.”
Speakers will include:
* Sarah Marland;
* John Dowd AO;
* The honourable Linda Burney MP.
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/29438/
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/screenings/tue-23-oct-sydney-nsw
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
Film Reviews: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/09/24/our-generation-film-reviews

Event: Thu 8 – Sun 11 November 2012:
Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Fremantle
Dan Sultan Announces Indigenous Rights Concert Tour
“Last seen stepping in for Gurrumul after he
had to pull out November’s Gorgeous Festival,
Dan Sultan has announced a new series of
concerts to help raise awareness for
issues facing the Indigenous community.
The Music Network reports that the ARIA
Award-winning Gurindji performer has designed
the shows, called Rock For Recognition,
as helping promote the need for recognition of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples in the
Australian Constitution.”
Presented by ANTaR, Oxfam, Congress and You Me Unity
Event details: http://www.antar.org.au/dan_sultan_set_to_rock_for_recognition
Event details: http://www.tonedeaf.com.au/news/tournews/191430/dan-sultan-announces-indigenous-rights-concert-tour.htm
Event details: http://www.themusicnetwork.com/music-news/artists/2012/08/22/dan-sultan-to-head-rock-for-recognition-concerts/
Event details: [scroll down page] http://nationalcongress.com.au/congress-events/
News: http://www.australiantimes.co.uk/entertainment/music/australian-music/dan-sultan-says-australia-is-a-racist-country.htm

Event: Sat 10 November 2012: Melbourne City, Vic
2012 Spring Action:
Stop Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
Organised by:
Indigenous Social Justice Association – Melbourne
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm
Photos of 27th July 2012 Sydney Rally: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/51682
Video of 11th August 2012 Melbourne Rally: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/51877

Event: 5-7 December 2012: Gold Coast, Qld
2012 National Indigenous Health Conference
Many Pathways, One Outcome
” … is designed to bring together both government
and non-government agencies who are working
in the field of Indigenous health with the belief
that working together can close the gap between
the state of Indigenous Health as compared to
the health of mainstream Australians.”
Event details: http://www.indigenoushealth.net/

Event: 10 December 2012: various locations internationally
UN International Human Rights Day
Sydney Aboriginal rights events planned.
More details to come …

Event: 30 Sep 2012 – 19 April 2013: Qld
State of Emergency Exhibition
“During the Commonwealth Games in 1982,
Brisbane came alive with political demonstrations for
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander civil liberties
and land rights. This incredible exhibition allows you to
relive and reflect on this politically significant time
through original footage and photographs, and
personal stories from the advocates of this
revolutionary movement.”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.antarqld.org.au/node/201
Commonwealth Games Demonstrations- Brisbane 1982: http://www.kooriweb.org/foley/images/history/1980s/82games/gamesppdx.html

Event: 28 March to 14 April 2013: Belconnen, Canberra, ACT
I Do Have a Belief:
Kevin Gilbert (1933-1993) Art Retrospective
Location: Belconnen Art Centre
“I Do Have a Belief is an exhibition and events
celebrating the life of Kevin Gilbert and his contribution
to the local community, advancing human and political
rights and Aboriginal sovereignty at a national and
international level.”
“The showcasing of his creative work includes
unseen oils, lino‑prints, published poetry,
political works, and photographic murals.”
Special events will be held on:
* 1 April at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy and on
* 6 April at the Belconnen Arts Centre
Event details: http://www.canberra100.com.au/calendar/view/751/i-do-have-a-belief—kevin-gilbert-1933-1993-art-retrospec/
Event details: http://www.belconnenartscentre.com.au/

121006 – “Australian Government is trying to buy a seat in UN Security Council” Michael Anderson

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 09/10/2012 by D

Contents:
* Michael Anderson: Australian Government is trying to
buy a seat in UN Security Council
* The Wire:
Sovereignty movement calls for Australia to be denied UNSC seat
* Amnesty International Deutschland: Bevormundung und kein Ende
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement
* NACCHO condemns cuts in Queensland primary and community
healthcare services
* Australian: Kwementyaye Briscoe’s family rallies over reforms

* MICHAEL ANDERSON:
AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT IS TRYING TO BUY A SEAT IN
UN SECURITY COUNCIL

– Media Release

Sovereign Union:
Australian Government is trying to buy a seat in
UN Security Council
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/australian-government-trying-buy-seat-un-security-council
3 Oct 12: “Michael Anderson, National Coordinator for
‘Sovereign Union’ writes in a media release: “It is not
surprising that PM Julia Gillard holds up the charity
card, because they have no other credible standing
political, or otherwise, to win votes through respect for
their legitimate contributions to world affairs.”
“Australia’s two trump cards which are laboriously held up
and promoted are its continued participation in war zones
and its so-called charity through foreign aid to third
world countries,” he writes.
“There is absolutely no way Australia can stand alone on
merit, due to the constant and gross human rights
violations that are perpetrated against Aboriginal people
and those seeking refugee status.”

See:

WGAR News: First Nations sovereignty movement asks UN to
deny Australia a seat on the Security Council (1 Oct 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/09/30/wgar-news-sticss-response-to-coroner%E2%80%99s-report-about-the-death-in-custody-of-kwementyaye-b

– Related News

Perth Now: Michael Anderson urges UN to reject Aust seat bid
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/national/un-urged-to-reject-aust-seat-bid/story-fndo6ejf-1226484587204
30 Sep 12: “AN ABORIGINAL activist is urging the United
Nations to reject Australia’s bid for a temporary seat on
the Security Council. Michael Anderson, who founded the
tent embassy in Canberra 40 years ago, wrote a letter to UN
ambassadors … claiming Australia was a colonial power and
in breach of international conventions in its treatment of
its indigenous people. Mr Anderson also criticised the
government for its policies on asylum seekers.”

Sovereign Union:
Australian Government is trying to buy a seat in
UN Security Council
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/australian-government-trying-buy-seat-un-security-council
“For clarification of our media release dated 28 September
2012, the recent correspondence that was sent to all the
ambassadors in the UN in New York from the Sovereign Union
opposing Australia’s application for a seat on the UN
Security Council was not sent to Ban Ki-moon, the UN
Secretary-General, but a letter dated 27 February 2012 to
Ban Ki-moon was attached to the ambassadors’ letters,
along with a previous letter to Navi Pillay, UN High
Commissioner for Human Rights dated 24 May 2011.”

* THE WIRE:
SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT CALLS FOR AUSTRALIA TO BE DENIED UNSC SEAT

– Audio Interview

The Wire:
Sovereignty movement calls for Australia to be denied UNSC seat
Produced by Tawar Razaghi
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9672
2 Oct 12: “Australia’s Indigenous sovereignty movement,
First Nations, has called upon the United Nations to deny
Australia’s Security Council seat bid. The movement argues
Australia is founded upon a colonial state that is in
breach of the Human Rights Conventions in its treatment of
Indigenous Australians. I spoke to Michael Anderson, Chair
of the sovereignty movement about their letter sent to UN
ambassadors in New York.”

* AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL DEUTSCHLAND:
BEVORMUNDUNG UND KEIN ENDE

– Analysis / Opinion

Amnesty International Deutschland: Bevormundung und kein Ende
http://www.amnesty.de/journal/2012/juni/bevormundung-und-kein-ende
Juni 2012: “”Unser Ziel ist Souveränität”, sagt Michael
Anderson, “die haben wir aber bis heute nicht erreicht”.
Der Aborigine-Aktivist richtete vor vierzig Jahren zusammen
mit Gleichgesinnten in Canberra eine inoffizielle
Zelt-Botschaft der Aborigines ein. Sie brachten damit ihren
Protest zum Ausdruck gegen die damals von der australischen
Regierung angebotenen, zeitlich befristeten Nutzungsrechte
des Landes, das die Indigenen als ihr Eigentum betrachten.
“Wir brauchten zunächst einmal eine politische Vertretung,
um überhaupt Gehör zu finden”, erinnert sich Anderson
heute. Obwohl die Ureinwohner das geforderte
unveräußerliche Recht auf Land nie erhalten haben, sind in
den letzten Jahrzehnten doch große Gebiete in ihre
Verwaltung übergegangen.” Von Christoph Behrends

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT:

Last updated: 5 October 2012

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

* NACCHO CONDEMNS CUTS IN QUEENSLAND PRIMARY AND COMMUNITY
HEALTHCARE SERVICES:

– Media Release

nacchocommunique:
Press Release: NACCHO condemns cuts in Queensland
primary and community healthcare services
http://nacchocommunique.com/2012/09/26/press-releasenaccho-condemns-cuts-in-queensland-primary-and-community-healthcare-services/
26 Sep 12: “Mr Justin Mohamed, Chair of the National
Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
(NACCHO) has joined other Aboriginal leaders in condemning
the latest round of cuts to primary and community
healthcare services by the Queensland government.
The cost-saving measures are likely to bite deeply into
the service delivery capability of crucial non-government
agencies such as drug and alcohol and non-acute mental
health services.
Mr Mohamed said that the very services that evidence shows
are most accessible to Aboriginal people and which are
provided in the community setting are the ones suffering
the greatest cuts. … ”

* AUSTRALIAN:
KWEMENTYAYE BRISCOE’S FAMILY RALLIES OVER REFORMS

– News

Australian: Kwementyaye Briscoe’s family rallies over reforms
http://m.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/kwementyaye-briscoes-family-rallies-over-reforms/story-e6frg6nf-1226489176614
5 Oct 12: “DOZENS of people demanding justice over an
Aboriginal death in police custody have staged a noisy
protest outside a meeting on alcohol reform in Alice
Springs. Holding placards reading “Justice For My Grandson”
and “Police Must Be Charged”, the family of Kwementyaye
Briscoe led the rally of about 70 people. Mr Briscoe
controversially died in police custody in January in what
Northern Territory Coroner Greg Cavanagh said was a
preventable death caused by lack of adequate care.”

See:

WGAR News: Alice Springs Rally to Stop Black Deaths in Custody
– 5 October 2012
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/10/04/wgar-news-alice-springs-rally-to-stop-black-deaths-in-custody-5-october-2012

Sky News: Protest set for NT alcohol meeting
http://www.skynews.com.au/topstories/article.aspx?id=802348

121005 – “Damning NT report shows income management must go” STICS

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 05/10/2012 by D

Contents:
* STICS: Damning NT report shows income management must go
* The Wire:
New report highlights cost of income management in the NT
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Our Languages: University of Melbourne researchers urge
government to heed indigenous language report
* Background to the use of Aboriginal languages in NT schools
* Sky News: Protest set for NT alcohol meeting

* STICS: DAMNING NT REPORT SHOWS INCOME MANAGEMENT MUST GO

– Media Release

Stop the Intervention:
Damning NT report shows income management must go
STICS: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/press-releases/damning-nt-report-shows-income-management-must-go-1-10-12
GL: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/52402
1 Oct 12: “The Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney
(STICS) has renewed calls for the national income
management system to be dismantled, following the release
of a damning report by the NT Co-ordinator General for
Remote Indigenous Services (NTCGRIS). …
“This report from the NTCGRIS meticulously and completely
discredits the NT Intervention. Obscene amounts of money
have been wasted on what it calls ‘punitive’ measures such
as income management, while most Aboriginal people in
remote areas continue to languish in extreme poverty
without access to many basic services”, said Paddy Gibson
from STICS.
“The report says more than $1 billion has been spent on
income management in the NT. More than $225 million has
been spent on Government Business Managers (GBMs) to take
control of community administration. In contrast, an
estimated $2 billion is urgently required on top of current
investments to ensure the functioning of very basic
infrastructure such as sewage and water systems in remote
Aboriginal communities”. … ”

– Report

Office of the Northern Territory Coordinator-General
for Remote Services Report

Click to access Havnen-Final-Report_NTCGRS_24.09.2012.pdf

See:

WGAR News: “Report finds serious flaws in delivery of gov’t
services to NT Aboriginal communities” SNAICC News (30 Sep 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/09/30/wgar-news-report-finds-serious-flaws-in-delivery-of-govt-services-to-nt-aboriginal-commun
[SNAICC: Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care]

– Related News

National Indigenous Times:
Damning report on funding waste proves BasicsCard should be
dismantled, says anti-Intervention group
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1966-damning-report-on-funding-waste-proves-basicscard-should-be-dismantled-says-anti-intervention-group.html
4 Oct 12: “The Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney
(STICS) has renewed calls for the national income
management system, better known as the BasicsCard to be
dismantled, following the release of a damning report by
the Northern Territory Co-ordinator General for Remote
Indigenous Services (NTCGRIS). The report, which documents
extreme waste on spending on bureaucracy, comes as the
$120 million national expansion… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Stop bureaucracy waste on funds for communities by
providing break-up of costs, demands Co-ordinator
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1969-stop-bureaucracy-waste-on-funds-for-communities-by-providing-break-up-of-costs-demands-co-ordinator.html
4 Oct 12: “Money for programs in remote Northern Territory
Indigenous communities is being eaten away by bureaucracy
and all future expenditure on programs should include a
breakdown of administrative costs including staffing,
salaries and travel, a new report has said. Northern
Territory Co-ordinator General for Remote Services, Olga
Havnen handed down a scathing report calling for increased
financial… ”

* THE WIRE:
NEW REPORT HIGHLIGHTS COST OF INCOME MANAGEMENT IN THE NT

– Audio Interview

The Wire:
New report highlights cost of income management in the NT
Produced by Catherine Zengerer
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9677
3 Oct 12: “A report issued by the Northern Territory
Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services has
sparked renewed calls for the scrapping of compulsory
income management. It’s the 5th Report on Remote Indigenous
Services, but the first by new Co-ordinator General, Olga
Havnen and aims to track how services in Indigenous
communities are helping both the NT and federal
government’s work towards Closing the Gap. But after $1
billion has been spent on income management in the NT and
more than $225 million spent on Government Business
Managers to take control of community administration, the
Stop the Intervention Collective says the report
highlights government waste.
Featured in story:
Paddy Gibson from the Stop the Intervention Collective [Sydney]”

– Related Audio Interview

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Minister responds to critics of Stronger Futures spending !
http://caama.com.au/minister-responds-to-critics-of-stronger-futures-spending
3 Oct 12: “The Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs has
hit back at critics of the Gillard Labor governments
Stronger Futures strategies in the Northern Territory …
calling on them to say what they would do to improve the
job situation for Aboriginal people in communities. Jenny
Macklin has rejected criticism that too much money
allocated to address Aboriginal disadvantage in the
Northern Territory is being eaten up by bureaucratic
staffing salaries and travel expenses.”

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

Last updated: 1 October 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 October 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-northern-territory-nt-intervention

* OUR LANGUAGES:
UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE RESEARCHERS
URGE GOVERNMENT TO HEED INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE REPORT

– News

Our Languages:
University of Melbourne researchers urge government to heed
indigenous language report
http://www.ourlanguages.net.au/news/national/item/683-university-of-melbourne-researchers-urge-government-to-heed-indigenous-language-report.html
27 Sep 12: “A group of indigenous language researchers from
the University of Melbourne is calling on the Federal
Government to implement a proposal to introduce bilingual
teaching programs in some schools. The proposal was one of
30 recommendations made last week by a Federal
Parliamentary inquiry into language learning in indigenous
communities. Professor Gillian Wigglesworth, the Director
of the University’s Indigenous Language Research Unit,
said bilingual education was vital to the development of
young children in communities where languages other than
English were spoken at home.”

– Related News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Calls strengthen for bilingual education
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7560-calls-strengthen-for-bilingual-education
2 Oct 12: “An Indigenous language researcher is calling on
the Federal Government to implement a proposal to introduce
bilingual teaching programs in some schools. The proposal
was one of 30 recommendations made last week by a Federal
Parliamentary inquiry into language learning in Indigenous
communities. Professor Gillian Wigglesworth the Director
of the University of Melbourne’s Indigenous Language
Research Unit says bilingual education is vital to the
development of young children in communities where
languages other than English were spoken at home.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE USE OF ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES IN NT SCHOOLS:

Last updated: 1 October 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/05/background-to-the-use-of-aboriginal-languages-in-nt-schools-bilingual-education

* SKY NEWS: PROTEST SET FOR NT ALCOHOL MEETING

– News

Sky News: Protest set for NT alcohol meeting
http://www.skynews.com.au/topstories/article.aspx?id=802348
5 Oct 12: “Protesters are preparing to rally outside a
meeting in Alice Springs on alcohol reform called in
response to a coroner’s recommendation following an
Aboriginal death in police custody. … Protesters,
including some members of Mr Briscoe’s family, have vowed
to rally outside the meeting. Patricia Morton-Thomas, the
aunt of Mr Briscoe, has said she was insulted her nephew’s
name had been used to push the agenda of the Country
Liberal Party (CLP) government and that she wasn’t invited
to address those gathered.”

See:

WGAR News: Alice Springs Rally to Stop Black Deaths in Custody
– 5 October 2012
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/10/04/wgar-news-alice-springs-rally-to-stop-black-deaths-in-custody-5-october-2012

– – –

121005 – Alice Springs Rally to Stop Black Deaths in Custody – 5 October 2012

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 05/10/2012 by D

Contents:
* Alice Springs Rally to Stop Black Deaths in Custody:
5 Oct 2012
* Let’s Talk’s Tiga Bayles interviews
Jaqui Phillips (ANTaR) and Craig Longman (NPAN)
* Gerry Georgatos:
Climate of Death: justice denied means more will die
* 98.9 FM:
30th Anniversary Commonwealth Games Protest [5-7 Oct 2012]
* The Telegraph:
Fire crews called to tent embassy blaze in South Brisbane
* Background to the Aboriginal tent embassies
* Other articles

* ALICE SPRINGS RALLY TO STOP BLACK DEATHS IN CUSTODY
– 5 OCT 2012

– Upcoming event

Event: Fri 5 October 2012: Alice Springs, NT
Protest: Stop Black Deaths in Custody
Justice for Kwementyaye Briscoe
No to the CLP’s prison camps
“On Friday, the Country Liberal’s new
Minister for Central Australia Robin Lambley
will convene a forum with “key stakeholders”
to discuss “all aspects of alcohol policy”.
The meeting is being held in response to
recommendations by the NT Coroner
Greg Cavanagh, following the death of
Kwementyaye Briscoe in the Alice Springs
watch house on January 5 this year.
Ms Lambley says, “the Coroner’s report
into the death of Kwementyaye Briscoe will
form the basis for discussions”.
None of the Briscoe family were
invited to the meeting.”
“Note Change of Venue:
– meeting has moved, so rally will now
start outside Andy McNeil room”
Event details: http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/deaths-in-custody/

– Statement

Rollback the Intervention: Deaths in Custody
In a statement below written on Monday October 1,
family spokesperson Patricia Morton Thomas responds to
Ms Lambley’s meeting, the Coroners recommendations and
the unresolved issue of justice for her nephew:
[scroll down page] http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/deaths-in-custody/
1 Oct 12: ” … To the many Aboriginal organisations and
Aboriginal politicians that have my nephews death on their
meeting agendas. I understand you are using his name to
address alcohol issues in this town. This town has problems
with alcohol that of course need to be addressed.
But when will you address the issue of police brutality and
indifference to us as human beings? Im asking you to keep
this as the focus. Did you see the coroners findings that
the police were responsible?
Will you stand with my family and the other families whose
members have suffered at the hands of the police in calling
for justice? How many more deaths will it take for the
power of your voice to join with ours?”

– Related News

newsTracker: Briscoe family angry over use of name
http://tracker.org.au/2012/10/briscoe-family-angry-over-use-of-name/
4 Oct 12: “In a media release last month the NT government
said the death of Mr Briscoe showed the previous
administration’s policies to stop problem drunks getting
alcohol had not worked. “I am insulted by the use of my
nephew’s name and his memory to push the CLP government’s
… propaganda,” Mr Briscoe’s aunt Patricia Morton-Thomas
said. “I would like to know what the deputy chief minister
is doing to change the culture of racism ingrained in the
Northern Territory police force,” she said in a statement.”

* LET’S TALK’S TIGA BAYLES INTERVIEWS
JAQUI PHILLIPS (ANTaR) AND CRAIG LONGMAN (NPAN)

– Audio Interviews

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Let’s Talk: Jaqui Phillips & Craig Longman
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/
27 Sep 12: “* Jaqui Phillips
– Australians for Native Title & Reconciliation (ANTaR)
National Director
* Craig Longman
– National Police Accountability Network (NAPN) member”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/jaqui-phillips-craig-longman/

See:

WGAR News: “Coronial report highlights systemic flaws”
ANTaR & National Police Accountability Network (21 Sep 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/09/21/wgar-news-coronial-report-highlights-systemic-flaws

WGAR News: Let’s Talk’s Tiga Bayles interviews
Gerry Georgatos on Deaths in Custudy (27 Sep 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/09/26/wgar-news-lets-talks-tiga-bayles-interviews-gerry-georgatos-on-deaths-in-custudy

WGAR News: STICS’s response to Coroner’s report about the
Death in Custody of Kwementyaye Briscoe (1 Oct 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/09/30/wgar-news-sticss-response-to-coroner%E2%80%99s-report-about-the-death-in-custody-of-kwementyaye-b

* GERRY GEORGATOS:
CLIMATE OF DEATH: JUSTICE DENIED MEANS MORE WILL DIE

– Analysis / Opinion

National Indigenous Times:
Climate of Death: justice denied means more will die
Indymedia Australia: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/09/29/climate-of-death-justice-denied-means-more-will-die
NIT: http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/1988-climate-of-death-justice-denied-means-more-will-die.html
NIT: http://www.nit.com.au/news/1989-climate-of-death-justice-denied-means-more-will-die.html
4 Oct 12: “”We have to get rid of racist cops. I don’t want
to dwell on the past but I have grown up bitter,” said
Nyungar Elder Ben Taylor. Mr Taylor is on the mark when he
says, “They have been killing our people for two hundred
years.” … There have been more than 300 Aboriginal deaths
in custody since 1991 – the year of the 339 recommendations
from the 1987-1991 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths
in Custody.” By Gerry Georgatos,
National Indigenous Times journalist,
PhD Law researcher in Australian Custodial Systems
& Australian Deaths in Custody

– Related News

National Indigenous Times:
100 remember John Pat but still no end to the deaths in custody
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1961-100-remember-john-pat-but-still-no-end-to-the-deaths-in-custody.html
4 Oct 12: “By National Indigenous Times West Australian
reporter Gerry Georgatos. Every September 28 the Deaths in
Custody Watch Committee WA (DICWA) coordinate the memorial
remembrance of the murder by police of 16 year old John Pat
and so it was again this year, the 29th anniversary of his
death. There is a permanent memorial to John Pat inside the
grounds of the former… ”

* 98.9 FM: 30TH ANNIVERSARY COMMONWEALTH GAMES PROTEST
[5-7 OCT 2012]

– News

98.9 FM: 30th Anniversery Commonwealth Games Protest
http://www.989fm.com.au/news/30th-anniversery-commonwealth-games-protest/
4 Oct 12: “The year was 1982, Queensland was the last State
to have an ‘Aborigines Act’ as law, nationally the Land
Rights movement was a powerful grassroots political force
and from 30th September to 9th October Brisbane was hosting
the Commonwealth Games. Aboriginal people and their
supporters from all over Australia joined the militant
Brisbane Blacks to show Australia and the World that
Aboriginal sovereignty over the land had never been ceded,
to demand land rights and the repeal of the Aborigines Act.

From 5-7th October the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign
Embassy will host a series of events to honour this
important historical event.”

– Related Event

Event: 5, 6 & 7 October 2012: Musgrave Park, South Brisbane, Qld
30th Anniversary of the
1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games protests
Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy
“5th Oct: Opening corroboree, a feast and the
premiere screening of a documentary shot at
the 82 protests.
6th Oct: Towards a Sovereign Republic concert,
a re-enactment of one of the many marches
into the city, talks and workshops featuring
participants of the 82 protests and those
currently involved in the sovereign movement.
7th Oct: Closing corroboree.”
Event details: http://blogs.slq.qld.gov.au/indigenous-voices/2012/09/19/new-publication-brisbane-blacks-monthly/
Event details: http://www.989fm.com.au/events/30th-anniversary-of-the-brisbane-commonwealth-games-protest/
Event details: http://www.989fm.com.au/news/30th-anniversery-commonwealth-games-protest/
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/333885113372680/

* THE TELEGRAPH:
FIRE CREWS CALLED TO TENT EMBASSY BLAZE IN SOUTH BRISBANE

– News

The Telegraph:
Fire crews called to tent embassy blaze in South Brisbane
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/fire-crews-called-to-tent-embassy-blaze-in-south-brisbane/story-fndo2iwh-1226486284011
2 Oct 12: “BRISBANE’S Aboriginal tent embassy was gutted by
fire this morning with most of the embassy destroyed in the
blaze. At about 7.15am Tuesday, firefighters received calls
reporting a series of tents were on fire in Musgrave Park,
West End. Two crews arrived on the scene to find several
tents alight but were able to put out the blaze easily. …
A Queensland Fire and Rescue spokesman said the fire did
not look suspicious.”

– Related News

National Indigenous Times:
Brisbane Tent Embassy fire won’t stop anniversary party
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1960-brisbane-tent-embassy-fire-wont-stop-anniversary-party.html
4 Oct 12: “BY National Indigenous Times Editor Stephen
Hagan. Organisers of the 30th anniversary celebrations of
the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games said a suspicious fire
that destroyed the Aboriginal Tent Embassy at Brisbane’s
Musgrave Park in the early hours of Tuesday morning have
dampened their spirits but won’t stop the planned
activities for the… ”

Brisbane Times: Tent embassy fire treated as suspicious
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/tent-embassy-fire-treated-as-suspicious-20121002-26w3a.html
2 Oct 12: “This morning, officers cordoned off a corner of
Musgrave Park, in Brisbane’s inner south, where up to five
tents were almost completely burnt out. Forensic
investigators spent the morning sifting through the charred
remains of the 20 metres by 20 metres site. … A local
Aboriginal leader who inspected the damage said he was
trying to contact the residents. “Everyone’s pretty shaken
up by this. This embassy site is a very important place to
us,” Sam Watson told reporters at the scene. He said
Musgrave Park has traditionally been a sacred gathering
place for his people.”

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:

http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
3 Oct 12: “Aboriginal rights campaigners in Qld say that
the destruction of Brisbane’s Musgrave Park Tent embassy
was upsetting but it will not deter them in their struggle
and that its business as usual.”

– Related Event

Event: 5, 6 & 7 October 2012: Musgrave Park, South Brisbane, Qld
30th Anniversary of the
1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games protests
Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy
“5th Oct: Opening corroboree, a feast and the
premiere screening of a documentary shot at
the 82 protests.
6th Oct: Towards a Sovereign Republic concert,
a re-enactment of one of the many marches
into the city, talks and workshops featuring
participants of the 82 protests and those
currently involved in the sovereign movement.
7th Oct: Closing corroboree.”
Event details: http://blogs.slq.qld.gov.au/indigenous-voices/2012/09/19/new-publication-brisbane-blacks-monthly/
Event details: http://www.989fm.com.au/events/30th-anniversary-of-the-brisbane-commonwealth-games-protest/
Event details: http://www.989fm.com.au/news/30th-anniversery-commonwealth-games-protest/
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/333885113372680/

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSIES:

Last updated: 27 September 2012

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

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:

http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
4 Oct 12: “The founding CEO of Australias’s peak Aboriginal
and Islander doctors representative body says
institutionalised racism still persists in schools,
hospitals and the medical profession, and it is part of
their responsibility to work hard and overcome it.”

– News

National Indigenous Times:
Give the grass roots people a say, demands Rex Bellotti Snr
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1971-give-the-grass-roots-people-a-say-demands-rex-bellotti-snr.html
4 Oct 12: “BY National Indigenous Times West Australian
reporter Gerry Georgatos. The seventh annual National
Indigenous Legal Conference has been criticised by
Aboriginal activists with claims grass roots Indigenous
people were being disenfranchised from the debate about
improving the lives of Indigenous Australians. Nyoongar Rex
Bellotti said the panel of the Legal Conference was made
up… ”

National Indigenous Times: NACCHO joins chorus of anger
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1958-naccho-joins-chorus-of-anger.html
4 Oct 12: “The National Aboriginal Community Controlled
Health Organisation (NACCHO) has joined other Aboriginal
leaders in condemning the latest round of cuts to primary
and community healthcare services by the Queensland
government. NACCHO Chair, Mr Justin Mohamed said the
cost-saving measures were likely to bite deeply into the
service delivery capability of crucial non-government
agencies such as drug and… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Queensland “shirking responsibility” to primary health care,
says Selwyn Button
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1957-queensland-shirking-responsibility-to-primary-health-care-says-selwyn-button.html
4 Oct 12: “Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health
Council (QAIHC) Chief Executive Officer, Selwyn Button has
strongly attacked the Queensland Government’s cuts to
funding grants for non-government health providers. Mr
Button said the decision to cut the funding grants was a
clear demonstration the Queensland Government was trying to
shirk its responsibility to primary health care provision”

National Indigenous Times:
We will fight Wiluna uranium mine plan because it’s not safe:
Kado Muir
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1964-we-will-fight-wiluna-uranium-mine-plan-because-its-not-safe-kado-muir.html
4 Oct 12: “BY National Indigenous Times West Australian
reporter Gerry Georgatos. Toro Energy’s Wiluna uranium
project’s final environmental approval looks near certain
from the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and the
uranium mine will become the front runner for more uranium
mining throughout Western Australia and predominately on
Aboriginal lands where communities continue to thrive –
for… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Here’s a way to give the communities control and
some self-empowerment
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1950-heres-a-way-to-give-the-communities-control-and-some-self-empowerment.html
4 Oct 12: “By National Indigenous Times reporter Geoff
Bagnall. There are many complaints Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander communities around the country make about
government services and program delivery to either
refurbish homes or build new ones. Two of the most common
complaints are the fly-in, fly-out workers who “parachute”
into communities, build things, often shoddily… ”

National Indigenous Times: Last of the River People
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1970-last-of-the-river-people.html
4 Oct 12: “BY National Indigenous Times West Australian
reporter Gerry Georgatos. In 2003 the West Australian State
Government closed down the Swan Valley Nyungah community in
the north eastern Perth suburb of Lockridge because of
allegations of sexual abuse against only one of its Elders.”

National Indigenous Times:
Government has let us down angry Malezer tells Congress
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1963-government-has-let-us-down-angry-malezer-tells-congress.html
4 Oct 12: “Co-Chair of the National Congress of Australia’s
First Peoples, Les Malezer has lambasted the Federal
Government for failing to consult meaningfully on policy,
saying he would now push for a declaration of
self-determination. Les Malezer also attacked the
government for its approach on constitutional recognition.
He argued while the Congress had… ”

Koori Mail: Queensland reviews alcohol plans
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
4 Oct 12: “INDIGENOUS mayors have welcomed a Queensland
Government move to review alcohol bans in remote
communities. The bans are currently in place in 19
Indigenous communities, but Queensland Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Affairs Minister Glenn Elmes says
they will be reviewed. Yarrabah Mayor Errol Neal and other
community leaders have jumped at the chance for input into
the plans, saying Indigenous communities should not be
treated any differently to the rest of the populace.
However Aurukun Mayor Dereck Walpo said he opposed lifting
the ban and wanted complete prohibition of alcohol in his
Cape York community.”

National Indigenous Times:
Cherbourg Mayor: “lift racist alcohol management plan”
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1962-cherbourg-mayor-lift-racist-alcohol-management-plan.html
4 Oct 12: “Alcohol management plans (AMP) in Aboriginal
communities are a racist policy and should be removed, the
Cherbourg Mayor, Ken Bone has said. The plans were
introduced in 2002 and restrict or ban alcohol in
Indigenous communities. The Queensland Minister for
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Glen Elmes
said he intended to meet with community leaders in the
next few… ”

National Indigenous Times:
SERCO fined $600,000 for prison failures
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1956-serco-fined-600000-for-prison-failures.html
4 Oct 12: “By National Indigenous Times West Australian
reporter Gerry Georgatos. SERCO, the multinational company
engaged by the West Australian Government to manage various
services for the Department of Corrective Services, has
been hit with a fine of nearly $600,000 and has been told
to get its act together after it was revealed it had failed
to meet its commitments.”

National Indigenous Times:
Jackie Trad: No evidence to back up rushed LNP laws
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1953-jackie-trad-no-evidence-to-back-up-rushed-lnp-laws.html
4 Oct 12: “BY National Indigenous Times Editor Stephen
Hagan. The severity of the Newman Government’s
criminalisation laws for traditional hunting remained a
major concern, the State Opposition Environment
spokesperson, Jacki Trad has said. Ms Trad, speaking
exclusively with the National Indigenous Times, said the
penalties Traditional Owners faced under the proposed laws
were serious.”

National Indigenous Times:
NSW Land Council confirms uranium mining discussions
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1965-nsw-land-council-confirms-uranium-mining-discussions.html
4 Oct 12: “Australian and overseas companies including the
New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council are queuing up to
explore for uranium in New South Wales and will likely
begin doing so next year, the State’s Energy Minister Chris
Hartcher has said. A spokesman for the New South Wales
Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) confirmed it had held
talks with Mr Hartcher regarding uranium mining. But the
spokesman said… ”

Koori Mail: Referendum fear
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
3 Oct 12: “A CO-CHAIR of the National Congress of
Australia’s First Peoples has expressed growing cynicism
that a referendum will ever be held to recognise Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian
Constitution. Les Malezer said the Federal Government
hadn’t responded properly to its own expert panel on the
subject but was still asking the Congress and others to
blindly back legislation that it had yet to spell out and
was unlikely to reflect the panel’s recommendations.”

Koori Mail: Congress leaders look to the future
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
3 Oct 12: “THE National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples has a strong future but must grow its membership
base, firm up future funding arrangements, and garner more
broad community support. That was the assessment of the
two-year-old representative body by its leaders last week.
About 80 delegates drawn from three Congress ‘chambers’
joined the organisation’s board and its ethics council in
Alice Springs last week for a second annual national policy
meeting, dubbed ‘NC12’.”

121001 – Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia – 15 events from 5 October 2012

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 05/10/2012 by D

Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia
– 15 events from 5 October 2012

Click on the links for details of the events …

Event: 5, 6 & 7 October 2012: Musgrave Park, South Brisbane, Qld
30th Anniversary of the
1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games protests
Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy
“5th Oct: Opening corroboree, a feast and the
premiere screening of a documentary shot at
the 82 protests.
6th Oct: Towards a Sovereign Republic concert,
a re-enactment of one of the many marches
into the city, talks and workshops featuring
participants of the 82 protests and those
currently involved in the sovereign movement.
7th Oct: Closing corroboree.”
Event details: http://blogs.slq.qld.gov.au/indigenous-voices/2012/09/19/new-publication-brisbane-blacks-monthly/
Event details: http://www.989fm.com.au/events/30th-anniversary-of-the-brisbane-commonwealth-games-protest/
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/333885113372680/

Event: Fri 5 – Sat 6 October 2012: Fremantle & Perth, WA
Seventh Annual National Indigenous Legal Conference
Pathways to Tomorrow:
Innovations and Intersections in Law, Land and Justice
Held at the University of Notre Dame
and the University of Western Australia
“This year’s conference addresses two key themes,
New Approaches to Justice, and
Cultural and Natural Resources Management.”
Speakers include:
* the Hon Fred Chaney AO,
* Dennis Eggington,
* Mick Gooda,
* Glen Kelly,
* The Hon Wane Martin AC
Event details: http://www.nd.edu.au/events/nilc
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html#october

Event: Mon 8 to 22 October 2012: Newtown, Sydney, NSW
Homelands photographic exhibit opening
Opening: Mon 8 October 2012
“The exhibition captures a cross section of
everyday life in the Alyawarr and the Anmatyerr
communities of Utopia homelands, the Northern Territory.”
“These images, in conjunction with our report
‘The land holds us: Aboriginal Peoples’ right to
traditional homelands in the Northern Territory’
illustrate the importance of adequate government
recognition and funding for these areas.”
Organised by Amnesty International NSW:
http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/29759/

Event: Tue 9 October 2012: Sydney City, NSW
The Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research,
The Federation Press and the Sidney Myer Fund
warmly invite you to the:
Book Launch of ‘People on Country,
Vital Landscapes, Indigenous Futures’
Edited by Jon Altman and Seán Kerins
Host: Jason Ardler
Launcher: Jody Broun, followed by contributions from
Indigenous ranger partners and authors
“Over the past four decades Aboriginal people living in
remote and regional Australia have been empowered by land
rights and native title laws to claim back large tracts of
their ancestral lands. …
This book seeks to reposition Indigenous people and their
caring for country activities from the margins to the very
core of the growing national conversation on issues such as
climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion. … ”
Book & Event details: http://caepr.anu.edu.au/publications/others/pocmonograph.php
Book details: http://www.federationpress.com.au/bookstore/book.asp?isbn=9781862878938
Event details, page 4 of newsletter: http://caepr.anu.edu.au/sites/default/files/cck_misc_documents/2012/09/PoC%20Newsletter%20vol4%20no2_web.pdf
RSVP by 2 October 2012: [for details scroll down page] http://caepr.anu.edu.au/publications/others/pocmonograph.php

Event: Wed 10 October 2012: ANU, Acton, Canberra, ACT
The Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research,
The Federation Press and the Sidney Myer Fund
warmly invite you to the:
Book Launch of ‘People on Country,
Vital Landscapes, Indigenous Futures’
Edited by Jon Altman and Seán Kerins
Host: Dan Gillespie
Launcher: Tom Calma AO, followed by contributions from
Indigenous ranger partners and authors
Location: Australian National University
“Over the past four decades Aboriginal people living in
remote and regional Australia have been empowered by land
rights and native title laws to claim back large tracts of
their ancestral lands. …
This book seeks to reposition Indigenous people and their
caring for country activities from the margins to the very
core of the growing national conversation on issues such as
climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion. … ”
Book & Event details: http://caepr.anu.edu.au/publications/others/pocmonograph.php
Book details: http://www.federationpress.com.au/bookstore/book.asp?isbn=9781862878938
Event details, page 4 of newsletter: http://caepr.anu.edu.au/sites/default/files/cck_misc_documents/2012/09/PoC%20Newsletter%20vol4%20no2_web.pdf
RSVP by 2 October 2012: [for details scroll down page] http://caepr.anu.edu.au/publications/others/pocmonograph.php

Event: Thu 11 October 2012: Melbourne City, Vic
The Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research,
The Federation Press and the Sidney Myer Fund
warmly invite you to the:
Book Launch of ‘People on Country,
Vital Landscapes, Indigenous Futures’
Edited by Jon Altman and Seán Kerins
Host: Professor Brian Howe AO
Launcher: Monica Morgan, followed by contributions from
Indigenous ranger partners and authors
“Over the past four decades Aboriginal people living in
remote and regional Australia have been empowered by land
rights and native title laws to claim back large tracts of
their ancestral lands. …
This book seeks to reposition Indigenous people and their
caring for country activities from the margins to the very
core of the growing national conversation on issues such as
climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion. … ”
Book & Event details: http://caepr.anu.edu.au/publications/others/pocmonograph.php
Book details: http://www.federationpress.com.au/bookstore/book.asp?isbn=9781862878938
Event details, page 4 of newsletter: http://caepr.anu.edu.au/sites/default/files/cck_misc_documents/2012/09/PoC%20Newsletter%20vol4%20no2_web.pdf
RSVP by 2 October 2012: [for details scroll down page] http://caepr.anu.edu.au/publications/others/pocmonograph.php

Event: 11 September – 12 October 2012: UTS, Sydney, NSW
Exhibition:
Djalkiri – we are standing on their names – Blue Mud Bay
“Artback NT: Arts Touring and Development presents
Djalkiri: we are standing on their names –
Blue Mud Bay – the culmination of a vibrant and intensive
cross-cultural exchange between five highly respected
Yithuwa Madarrpa artists and four renowned artists
from across Australia.”
Event details: http://newsroom.uts.edu.au/events/2012/09/djalkiri-we-are-standing-on-their-names-blue-mud-bay
Event summary: http://newsroom.uts.edu.au/events_new/upcoming/

Event: Tue 16 October 2012: CDU, Casuarina, Darwin, NT
The Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research,
The Federation Press and the Sidney Myer Fund
warmly invite you to the:
Book Launch of ‘People on Country,
Vital Landscapes, Indigenous Futures’
Edited by Jon Altman and Seán Kerins
Host: Dan Gillespie
Launcher: Marion Scrymgour, followed by contributions from
Indigenous ranger partners and authors
Location: Charles Darwin University
“Over the past four decades Aboriginal people living in
remote and regional Australia have been empowered by land
rights and native title laws to claim back large tracts of
their ancestral lands. …
This book seeks to reposition Indigenous people and their
caring for country activities from the margins to the very
core of the growing national conversation on issues such as
climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion. … ”
Book & Event details: http://caepr.anu.edu.au/publications/others/pocmonograph.php
Book details: http://www.federationpress.com.au/bookstore/book.asp?isbn=9781862878938
Event details, page 4 of newsletter: http://caepr.anu.edu.au/sites/default/files/cck_misc_documents/2012/09/PoC%20Newsletter%20vol4%20no2_web.pdf
RSVP by 2 October 2012: [for details scroll down page] http://caepr.anu.edu.au/publications/others/pocmonograph.php

Event: Wed 17 October 2012: Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW
Panel: A working shower for all Australians?
– What is the problem?
Includes a panel of high profile speakers who will
address concerns about the following:
* Building standards in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander housing
* Human Rights and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
living in remote Homelands.
“For over three years Amnesty International has
partnered with the communities of the
Utopia homelands to develop reports to
drive campaigning on this issue”
Speakers will include:
* Sarah Marland (Amnesty International)
* Paul Pholeros (Healthabitat)
* Jeff Mc Mullen (journalist)
Presented by:
Amnesty International NSW Demand Dignity Group
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/29666/

Event: Thu 18 October 2012: Perth, WA
March to save Nyoongar culture
“March to protest Barnett government
and South West Land and Sea Council
attempt to sign away Nyoongar native
title rights.”
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/52394

Event: Tue 23 October 2012: Sydney, NSW
Our Generation film screening
Homelands and Homelessness
– Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Organised by Amnesty International
“The panel will address concerns about the
105,000 homeless people currently struggling
to survive in Australia. It will also discuss the
human rights problems experienced by
indigenous persons living in remote Homelands.”
Speakers will include:
* Sarah Marland;
* John Dowd AO;
* The honourable Linda Burney MP.
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/29438/
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/screenings/tue-23-oct-sydney-nsw
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
Film Reviews: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/09/24/our-generation-film-reviews

Event: Thu 8 – Sun 11 November 2012:
Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Fremantle
Dan Sultan Announces Indigenous Rights Concert Tour
“Last seen stepping in for Gurrumul after he
had to pull out November’s Gorgeous Festival,
Dan Sultan has announced a new series of
concerts to help raise awareness for
issues facing the Indigenous community.
The Music Network reports that the ARIA
Award-winning Gurindji performer has designed
the shows, called Rock For Recognition,
as helping promote the need for recognition of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples in the
Australian Constitution.”
Presented by ANTaR, Oxfam, Congress and You Me Unity
Event details: http://www.antar.org.au/dan_sultan_set_to_rock_for_recognition
Event details: http://www.tonedeaf.com.au/news/tournews/191430/dan-sultan-announces-indigenous-rights-concert-tour.htm
Event details: http://www.themusicnetwork.com/music-news/artists/2012/08/22/dan-sultan-to-head-rock-for-recognition-concerts/
Event details: [scroll down page] http://nationalcongress.com.au/congress-events/
News: http://www.australiantimes.co.uk/entertainment/music/australian-music/dan-sultan-says-australia-is-a-racist-country.htm

Event: Sat 10 November 2012: Melbourne City, Vic
2012 Spring Action:
Stop Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
Organised by:
Indigenous Social Justice Association – Melbourne
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm
Photos of 27th July 2012 Sydney Rally: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/51682
Video of 11th August 2012 Melbourne Rally: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/51877

Event: 5-7 December 2012: Gold Coast, Qld
2012 National Indigenous Health Conference
Many Pathways, One Outcome
” … is designed to bring together both government
and non-government agencies who are working
in the field of Indigenous health with the belief
that working together can close the gap between
the state of Indigenous Health as compared to
the health of mainstream Australians.”
Event details: http://www.indigenoushealth.net/

Event: 10 December 2012: various locations internationally
UN International Human Rights Day
Sydney Aboriginal rights events planned.
More details to come …

121001 – STICS’s response to Coroner’s report about the Death in Custody of Kwementyaye Briscoe

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 05/10/2012 by D

Contents:
* STICS’s response to Coroner’s report about the
Death in Custody of Kwementyaye Briscoe
* Done By Law: No justice:
The Coroner’s findings into Kwementyaye Briscoe’s death
* First Nations sovereignty movement asks UN to deny
Australia a seat on the Security Council
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement
* Living Black: How has Australia faired in upholding
the UN’s Declaration on Rights of Indigenous People?
* The Wire: Calls for Indigenous Language in Early Education
* Background to the use of Aboriginal languages in NT schools
* Rachel Siewert: Green to continue with Opal Fuel Bill

* STICS’S RESPONSE TO CORONER’S REPORT ABOUT THE
DEATH IN CUSTODY OF KWEMENTYAYE BRISCOE:

– Media Release

Stop the Intervention: Racist laws breed racist actions
Press release from STICS in response to Coroner’s report
about the Death in Custody of Kwementyaye Briscoe
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/press-releases/racist-laws-breed-racist-actions-27-9-12
27 Sep 12: “Paddy Gibson from the Stop the Intervention
Collective Sydney said: “Racist laws breed racist actions.
Stronger Futures is a brutal piece of legislation that will
exacerbate the deep social crises in NT Aboriginal
communities…”
Kwementyaye Briscoe died alone in a cell in the Alice
Springs Watch House. He was a victim of the Intervention
and racism. The intervention has removed hope from the
communities and encouraging youth and young adults to move
into Alice Springs. There are no jobs, but there is alcohol
to while away the time. …
When will someone be charged with assault or manslaughter
over the death of Kwementyaye Briscoe? The Northern
Territory coroner has found the death of an Aboriginal
man in custody was due to a lack of care by police and
could have been prevented. The coroner said, “The care
provided by police was completely inadequate…” …
Hilary Tyler, a friend of the family who attended the
coronial enquiry, agrees, stating that “The recommendations
are a farce, and do not address the systemic issues. The NT
Police needs to take ownership of this, and Constable Evans
should lose his job.” … ”

See:

WGAR News: “Coronial report highlights systemic flaws”
ANTaR & National Police Accountability Network (21 Sep 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/09/21/wgar-news-coronial-report-highlights-systemic-flaws

WGAR News: Let’s Talk’s Tiga Bayles interviews
Gerry Georgatos on Deaths in Custudy (27 Sep 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/09/26/wgar-news-lets-talks-tiga-bayles-interviews-gerry-georgatos-on-deaths-in-custudy

Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-stronger-futures-new-nt-intervention-laws

Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-northern-territory-nt-intervention

* DONE BY LAW:
NO JUSTICE:
THE CORONER’S FINDINGS INTO KWEMENTYAYE BRISCOE’S DEATH

– Audio Interview

Done By Law:
No justice: The Coroner’s findings into Kwementyaye Briscoe’s
death in the Alice Springs Watch House
Interview with Emma Russell
http://www.donebylaw.org/2012/09/25/no-justice-the-coroners-findings-into-kwementyaye-briscoes-death-in-the-alice-springs-watch-house/

http://www.3cr.org.au/donebylaw
25 Sep 12: “On 4 January 2012 Kwementyaye Danial Briscoe, a
27 year of Indigenous man, died in a cell of the Alice
Springs Watch House. He was being detained pursuant to
s 128 of the Police Administration Act because he was
thought to be so intoxicated that he fulfilled the criteria
for what is known as ‘protective custody’. He had committed
no crime. On 17 September 2012 Coroner Cavanagh handed down
his findings into the death in custody. … ”

* FIRST NATIONS SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT ASKS UN TO
DENY AUSTRALIA A SEAT ON THE SECURITY COUNCIL:

– Letters

Sovereign Union:
First Nations sovereignty movement asks UN to
deny Australia a seat on the Security Council
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/first-nations-sovereignty-movement-asks-un-deny-australia-seat-security-council
“Sovereign Union – First Nations Interim National Unity
Government movement is asking the United Nations to deny
Australia the seat on the Security Council it is seeking.
The Sovereign Union objections include; Australia is a
colonial power which is not founded on a secure position of
statehood, it is in breach of UN Conventions and still has
no effective law against genocide.
Here are copies of the letters sent to
all the ambassadors to the United Nations,
the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon and
Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT:

Last updated: 27 September 2012

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

* LIVING BLACK:
HOW HAS AUSTRALIA FAIRED IN UPHOLDING
THE UN’S DECLARATION ON RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE?

– Audio

Living Black: A Declaration of Rights
By Marc Tong
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/234893/t/A-Declaration-of-Rights/in/english
28 Sep 12: “How has Australia faired in upholding the
United Nation’s Declaration on Rights of Indigenous People?
… The United Nation’s Declaration on Rights of Indigenous
People has turned five. The declaration sets out guiding
principles for self-determination, free, prior and informed
consent, good faith, the right to participate in decisions,
promotion and protection of culture, just to name a few.
But how has Australia faired when it comes to implemented
all the articles of this global declaration? Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner
Mick Gooda says the government has implemented most of them
though it still has a long way to go. … Mr Gooda says the
current level of engagement and commitment to the
declaration needs to be drastically improved.”

* THE WIRE: CALLS FOR INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE IN EARLY EDUCATION

– Audio

The Wire: Calls for Indigenous Language in Early Education
Produced by Adam Jeffrey
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9667
28 Sep 12: “The results of a parliamentary report on
language learning in Indigenous communities has prompted
calls for the inclusion of indigenous languages in early
education within indigenous communities. The report from
the Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Affairs argues for greater recognition and
resourcing of indigenous languages and requests action be
taken to stall the high rate of native languages being
forgotten in Australia. The report findings have also lead
to calls for a higher focus on indigenous language in
early education. …
Featured in story:
* Dr Charles Grimes – Linguistics Consultant,
Australian Society for Indigenous Languages
* Ken Langford-Smith – Principal, Ypirinya School”

* BACKGROUND TO THE USE OF ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES IN NT SCHOOLS:

Last updated: 1 October 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/05/background-to-the-use-of-aboriginal-languages-in-nt-schools-bilingual-education

* RACHEL SIEWERT: GREEN TO CONTINUE WITH OPAL FUEL BILL

– Media Release

Greens Rachel Siewert: Green to continue with Opal Fuel Bill
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/green-continue-opal-fuel-bill
26 Sep 12: “The Australian Greens will use the findings of
a Senate Inquiry to improve their proposed legislation to
help the rollout of low aromatic fuel in areas affected by
petrol sniffing.
The Community Affairs Legislation Committee today handed
down its report into the Australian Greens’ Low Aromatic
Fuel Bill 2012.
Senator Rachel Siewert, who introduced the Bill into the
Senate, says the legislation is strongly supported by
communities and organisations working to eliminate petrol
sniffing.
“There is overwhelming support for legislation to give
the Minister the power to mandate low aromatic fuel.
Organisations in Central Australia, health and drug
services and individuals from affected communities have
all voiced their support for this legislation,”
Senator Siewert said today. … ”

120930 – “Report finds serious flaws in delivery of gov’t services to NT Aboriginal communities” SNAICC News

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 05/10/2012 by D

Contents:
* SNAICC News:
Report finds serious flaws in delivery of government
services to NT Aboriginal communities
* Bob Gosford in the NT:
Olga Havnen to government: “Lift your game, big time”
* Brian Johnstone:
Black Power: The day the bush bit back [NT elections]
* Living Black:
Outstanding Contribution to the Stolen Generations
* Other articles

* SNAICC NEWS:
REPORT FINDS SERIOUS FLAWS IN DELIVERY OF
GOVERNMENT SERVICES TO NT ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES

– News

Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care:
SNAICC News: Report finds serious flaws in delivery of
government services to NT Aboriginal communities
http://www.snaicc.asn.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=892
27 Sep 12: “The first report of the Northern Territory
Coordinator General for Remote Services entitled Office of
the Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote
Services Report, June 2011 to August 2012 has called for
greater accountability and transparency from government
departments – at both the territory and Federal levels
– delivering programs and services to Aboriginal
communities in the Northern Territory. … In order to
improve accountability and transparency, Ms Havnen
[Coordinator General Olga Havnen] argues there is “an
urgent need” to examine the bureaucratic and
administrative costs associated with the provision of
programs and services to Aboriginal people in the NT.”

– The Report

Office of the Northern Territory Coordinator-General
for Remote Services Report, June 2011 to August 2012
http://servicedelivery.govspace.gov.au/2012/09/26/office-of-the-northern-territory-coordinator-general-for-remote-services-report-june-2011-to-august-2012/
26 Sep 12: “A copy of the Office of the Northern Territory
Coordinator-General for Remote Services Report , June 2011
to August 2012 (PDF 2.9mb) is available. The first report
by Olga Havnen as Northern Territory Co-ordinator General
for Remote Service “focuses on four major themes arising
from the approach taken by governments in relation to
Aboriginal people since the NT Emergency Response (NTER)
commenced in 2007 and reflected in the Stronger Futures
arrangements proposed for the next ten years. These are:
… ”

– Related News

National Indigenous Times:
Report confirms spending goes on bureaucrats
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1931-report-confirms-spending-goes-on-bureaucrats.html
30 Sep 12: “A report by the Northern Territory’s
Co-Ordinator General for Remote Services, Olga Havnen which
said “billions spent on improving living conditions for
Indigenous Australians was wasted on bureaucrats” confirmed
what Indigenous Australians had been claiming for years,
the founder of the First Nations Party, Maurie Japarta Ryan
said. Mr Ryan said the report deserved an immediate
response from… ”

* BOB GOSFORD IN THE NT: OLGA HAVNEN TO GOVERNMENT: “LIFT YOUR GAME, BIG TIME”

– Analysis / Opinion

The Northern Myth – Bob Gosford in the NT:
Olga Havnen to government: “Lift your game, big time”
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/northern/2012/09/25/olga-havnen-to-government-lift-your-game-big-time/
25 Sep 12: “Almost a year ago I wrote here of the magnitude
of Olga Havnen’s job as the replacement for Bob Beadman in
the key role of Northern Territory Coordinator-General for
Remote Service Delivery:
The most challenging part of Havnen’s new job will be to
renew the shattered faith and trust in governments as
service providers of choice - at all levels - among the
NT’s Aboriginal communities. This is the elephant in the
room that few in the NT and Commonwealth public services 
- and depressingly even fewer in the respective parliaments 
- can see … ” By Bob Gosford, who lives in Darwin

* BRIAN JOHNSTONE: BLACK POWER: THE DAY THE BUSH BIT BACK

– News

newsTracker: Black Power: The day the bush bit back
http://tracker.org.au/2012/09/black-power-the-day-the-bush-bit-back/
27 Sep 12: “NATIONAL: The Northern Territory election last
month is the most historic in our nation, for one simple
reason: it’s the first time Aboriginal people have ever
changed a government in Australia. Tracker writer BRIAN
JOHNSTONE analyses an electoral result that changes
everything. Saturday, August 25. 2012. It was the day the
Northern Territory’s political landscape was turned on its
head. It was the day Aboriginal voters in squalid
impoverished communities in the remote dustbowls of Central
Australia and the swamp lands of Arnhem Land handed
Government to a backwater Country Party.”
By Brian Johnstone,
a Walkley and Human Rights award winning journalist

– Related Analysis / Opinion

agendaTracker: Back Tracker: Braveheart and the Berrimah Line
http://tracker.org.au/2012/09/back-tracker-braveheart-and-the-berrimah-line/
27 Sep 12: “NATIONAL: Tracker columnist, Brian Johnstone,
spent 13 years working for Northern Territory Labor
politicians in Darwin and Canberra. It took him into many
of the Aboriginal communities who helped deliver power to
the Tory CLP Government in the recent NT election despite
a long history of raced-based campaigns. Johnstone directed
Labor’s media and advertising pitch during a number of
those campaigns. This is an insiders account of those years
which seeks to explain the shift in power and provide some
insight into the short electoral history of a Territory
few Australians know, or care, much about.”
By Brian Johnstone,
a Walkley and Human Rights award winning journalist
and a monthly columnist for Tracker

Solidarity:
Country Liberals cynically tap anger at Intervention to
topple Labor in the NT
http://www.solidarity.net.au/49/country-liberals-cynically-tap-anger-at-intervention-to-topple-labor-in-the-nt/
September 2012: “The Country Liberals (CLP) have swept to
power in the Northern Territory elections, … The CLP ran
a cynical, yet devastatingly effective campaign in bush
electorates. Their election platform here had two
components, both central demands of the campaign against
the NT Intervention. First, the break-up of the hated Super
Shire councils, which the Henderson Labor government
introduced in 2008. … Second, an end to the “Working
Futures” policy which has seen investment focussed on 20
“growth towns”, at the expense of the hundreds of smaller
communities and outstations on Aboriginal land.”
By Paddy Gibson

Crikey – The Northern Myth – Bob Gosford in the NT:
Was the 2012 Northern Territory election the dirtiest ever?
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/northern/2012/09/17/was-the-2012-northern-territory-election-the-dirtiest-ever/
17 Sep 12: “There is now a very real question as to whether
the Northern Territory general election on 25 August 2012
– and in the bush mobile polling booths in the fortnight
prior – was the dirtiest election we’ve seen in the NT’s
short self-governing history. As I wrote about past
elections here the day before this years poll: Both sides
of politics have played that ugly game, but the Country
Liberals played it better than Labor.” By Bob Gosford

See:

WGAR News: Aboriginal issues and the
Northern Territory (NT) Elections (5 Sep 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/09/05/wgar-news-aboriginal-issues-and-the-northern-territory-nt-elections

* LIVING BLACK:
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE STOLEN GENERATIONS

– Audio

Living Black:
Outstanding Contribution to the Stolen Generations
By Michelle Lovegrove
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/234889/t/Outstanding-Contribution-to-the-Stolen-Generations/in/english
28 Sep 12: “The Deadlys honour community members who have
helped heal victims of the Stolen Generations. … One of
the most significant awards at the Deadlys ceremony was for
Outstanding Contribution to the Stolen Generations. All the
nominees do incredible community work in helping Stolen
Generations and their families, connect, reconnect, heal,
grow, move forward and find a feeling of security and
family that they may never have experienced before. The
award was presented by Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda.”

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Audio

3CR Community Radio 855 AM – Podcasts
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
Different Like Us – 28 Sep 2012
[Listen to this program online] http://pod.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2012-09-27-10837.mp3
28 Sep 12: “Spoken Word artist, Abe joins me in the studio
to discuss Indigenous empowerment and and what his thoughts
are about building a bridges between migrant communities
and Indigenous Australians.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:

http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
27 Sep 12: “A veteran Nyungar human rights campaigner has
spoken of the growing role that the National Congress of
Australia’s First Peoples has to play in sharing the views
and opinions of the global indigenous community with
Australian Aboriginal and Islander peoples.”

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Michael Anderson wants a treaty
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7558-michael-anderson-wants-a-treaty-
28 Sep 12: “Tent embassy co-founder and sovereignty
activist Michael Anderson has lashed out against the move
towards constitutional recognition and accuses the
Indigenous advisers involved as out of touch with the real
issues. Mr Anderson spoke at the “Dangerous Ideas” festival
in Sydney earlier this week, spreading his ideas on
sovereignty in the hope to start a debate on the issue. Mr
Anderson says instead of constitutional recognition,
Indigenous people should negotiate a treaty with the
Australian Government.”

National Indigenous Times: We demand a Treaty
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1936-we-demand-a-treaty.html
30 Sep 12: “By National Indigenous Times reporter Geoff
Bagnall. A Treaty with Australia’s First Peoples remains
the only real option after the collapse of the Federal
Government’s campaign for a referendum on recognising
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the
Australian Constitution, Aboriginal community leaders have
said.”

National Indigenous Times:
Traditional owners want Royal Commission on uranium mining
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1934-traditional-owners-want-royal-commission-on-uranium-mining.html
30 Sep 12: “By National Indigenous Times West Australian
reporter Gerry Georgatos. Traditional Aboriginal Elders
have called for a Royal Commission into the uranium mining
industry and demanded organisations claiming to represent
Indigenous views stop misrepresenting Traditional Owners.
Chairperson of the Western Australian Nuclear Free
Alliance, Kado Muir said there had never been more concern
among… ”

National Indigenous Times:
South Australia’s “dead of night” attack on Native Title
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1929-south-australias-dead-of-night-attack-on-native-title.html
30 Sep 12: “By National Indigenous Times reporter Geoff
Bagnall. South Australian Indigenous Association President
and Nunga Elder, Alison Thorne has condemned the South
Australian Government’s “dead of night” action passing
legislation that has taken away Native Title rights to
negotiate over oil and gas… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Health workers considering strike action over feared cuts
to Torres Strait services
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1928-health-workers-considering-strike-action-over-feared-cuts-to-torres-strait-services.html
30 Sep 12: “Far north Queensland health workers are
considering strike action over fears jobs will be cut in
the Torres Strait despite the Queensland Government’s
denial any frontline jobs will go. Simone Kolaric from the
Torres Strait-Northern Peninsula health service said
positions would be cut but frontline jobs were safe. “I am
determined to see no reduction in critical frontline
clinical services as a… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Protest forces backdown on prisoner funerals ban
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1927-protest-forces-backdown-on-prisoner-funerals-ban.html
30 Sep 12: “By National Indigeous Times West Australian
reporter Gerry Georgatos. A proposal by Western Australia’s
Department of Corrective Services (DCS) to deny Aboriginal
prisoners the ability to attend family funerals has been
met with outrage from Elders and community members and a
protest was held outside the DCS last week by affected
families and community… ”

National Indigenous Times:
“Dootch” Kennedy demands views of local Lands Councils be heard
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1932-dootch-kennedy-demands-views-of-local-lands-councils-be-heard.html
30 Sep 12: “The New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council
(NSWALC) Chief Executive Geoff Scott was a “rogue CEO” who
“is bullying local land councils”, the Chairman of the
Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council, Roy “Dootch”
Kennedy has claimed. Mr Kennedy lashed out over Mr Scott’s
plan to push for the New South Wales Aboriginal Land
Council to become actively involved in mining in the… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Geoff Scott unveils a plan to mine New South Wales
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1933-geoff-scott-unveils-a-plan-to-mine-new-south-wales.html
30 Sep 12: “The New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council
(NSWALC) is hoping for progress soon on its mining
prospecting applications over two thirds of the State. The
Chief Executive Officer, Geoff Scott said his organisation
wants to be a real player in the State’s resources sector.”

National Indigenous Times: Dan Sultan slams “racist” Australia
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1924-dan-sultan-slams-racist-australia.html
30 Sep 12: “The ARIA winning singer Dan Sultan has accused
Australia of being a “fundamentally racist country” ahead
of a series of protest concerts. Descended from the
Gurindji people, Sultan claims successive administrations
have failed to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islanders people under Australian law. Sultan will headline
the inaugural Rock For Recognition shows in Melbourne,
Sydney, Perth and… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Urgent funding needed to save our languages, warns Wyles-Whelan
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1923-urgent-funding-needed-to-save-our-languages-warns-wyles-whelan.html
30 Sep 12: “The Chair of an Aboriginal language group in
north Queensland has warned urgent funding is needed before
80 per cent of Indigenous languages spoken in the far north
Queensland region are lost. The North Queensland Regional
Aboriginal Language Corporation (NQRALC) Chair, Troy
Wyles-Whelan issued the warning to the standing committee
for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Congress welcomes recommendations as a way forward to
save Indigenous languages
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1922-congress-welcomes-recommendations-as-a-way-forward-to-save-indigenous-languages.html
30 Sep 12: “The recommendations from a Parliamentary
Committee inquiry reinforce the National Congress of
Australia’s First Peoples’ priority to address the crisis
in protecting and maintaining Aboriginal languages,
Co-Chair Jody Broun has said. Ms Broun congratulated the
committee on their report, “Our Land Our Languages” saying
almost every point in the Congress submission was… ”

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120927 – Let’s Talk’s Tiga Bayles interviews Gerry Georgatos on Deaths in Custody

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 05/10/2012 by D

Contents:
* Tiga Bayles interviews Gerry Georgatos on Deaths in Custudy
* Amnesty: Critical link between language and
Indigenous Peoples confirmed in landmark report
* Sharon Grierson MP: Report: Our Land, Our Languages
* Background to the use of Aboriginal languages in NT schools
* CAAMA:
National Congress says Australia will be under global scrutiny!
* CAAMA: National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Annual Meeting in Alice Springs
* Background to National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
* Kirk Leonard:
NT Intervention continues as welfare quarantining spreads
* AAP: More accountability needed in NT: report
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Green Left TV:
Aboriginal Passport Ceremony grants Julian Assange a passport
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement
* CAAMA visits Historic Site – Canberra Tent Embassy
* Background to the Aboriginal tent embassies
* Other articles

* TIGA BAYLES INTERVIEWS GERRY GEORGATOS ON DEATHS IN CUSTODY:

– Audio Interview

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Let’s Talk: Gerry Georgatos – Managing Consultant in
Education, Training, Advocacy and Human Rights Practice
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/
25 Sep 12:
[Tiga Bayles interviews Gerry Georgatos on Deaths in Custudy.]
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/gerry-georgatos-9/

* AMNESTY:
CRITICAL LINK BETWEEN LANGUAGE AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
CONFIRMED IN LANDMARK REPORT

– News

Amnesty International Australia:
Critical link between language and Indigenous Peoples
confirmed in landmark report
http://www.amnesty.org.au/news/comments/29738/
17 Sep 12: “A parliamentary committee report confirms the
critical link that language plays in transmitting and
reinforcing the ties between kinship, country and family for
Australia’s Indigenous Peoples. Amnesty International
welcomes the findings that recognise the important and
intrinsic ties between Indigenous Australians, their
language and their culture. “Our own research confirms the
absolute importance of language for Aboriginal people which
is central to the identity and connection of Aboriginal
people to their homelands”, said Sarah Marland,
Indigenous Rights campaigner for Amnesty International
Australia. … ”

See:

WGAR News: ‘Our Land Our Languages’: Report on
language learning in Indigenous communities (18 Sep 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/09/18/wgar-news-our-land-our-languages-report-on-language-learning-in-indigenous-communities

WGAR News: Congress and ANTaR speak out on the
‘Our Land Our Languages’ Report (24 Sep 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/09/24/wgar-news-congress-and-antar-speak-out-on-the-our-land-our-languages-report

* SHARON GRIERSON MP: REPORT: OUR LAND, OUR LANGUAGES

– Speech

Sharon Grierson MP, Federal Member for Newcastle:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Committee Report:
Our Land, Our Languages

Click to access 120918%20Our%20Land%20Our%20Languages_Grierson.pdf


18 Sep 12: “Overall it was a wonderful report; it was a
wonderful experience for all of us. How do I know that? How
do I know it was a successful and great report? I would
love to share with the House this letter I received from
Daryn McKenny, from the Miromaa Aboriginal Language and
Technology Centre. He says:
Can you please pass on our thanks and congratulations to
Sharon on her part as a member of the House of
Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Affairs, in an excellent report into our
Aboriginal languages. The report ‘Our Land, Our Languages’
released yesterday was and is everything that we have
needed for a long time.” By Sharon Grierson MP,
Federal Member for Newcastle

* BACKGROUND TO THE USE OF ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES IN NT SCHOOLS:

Last updated: 23 September 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/05/background-to-the-use-of-aboriginal-languages-in-nt-schools-bilingual-education

* CAAMA:
NATIONAL CONGRESS SAYS AUSTRALIA WILL BE UNDER GLOBAL SCRUTINY!

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
National Congress says Australia will be under global scrutiny!
http://caama.com.au/national-congress-says-australia-will-be-under-global-scrutiny
25 Sep 12: “The countrys peak Aboriginal and Islander
representative body says alarming rates of indigenous
incarceration in Australia will see the Government placed
under growing global scrutiny over the next 12 months…
as the United Nations Human Rights Council nominating
“access to justice” as a major global focus. Co chair of
the National Congress of Australia’s First Nations people…
Lez Malezer has just returned from Geneva where numerous
reports were presented as well as a panel discussion about
access to justice issues.”

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:

http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
26 Sep 12: “The Federal Government has failed to engage at
a high level with Australia’s peak Aboriginal and Islander
representative body for nearly ten months according to the
co chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:

http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
25 Sep 12: “The country’s peak Aboriginal and Islander
representative body says alarming rates of indigenous
incarceration will see Australia placed under growing
global scrutiny over the next 12 months. … with the
United Nations Human Rights Council nominating “access to
justice” as a major global focus.”

– Related News

Australian: Labor delay ‘let First Peoples down’
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/labor-delay-let-first-peoples-down/story-fn9hm1pm-1226481376601
26 Sep 12: “THE co-chairman of the National Congress of
Australia’s First Peoples has lambasted the Gillard
government for failing to consult meaningfully on policy,
saying he would push for a declaration of
self-determination. Les Malezer also attacked the
government for its approach on constitutional recognition.
He argued that while the congress had compromised and
backed away from a push for a full rights framework, Labor
had allowed the issue to descend into a political stoush.”

* CAAMA:
NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AUSTRALIA’S FIRST PEOPLES
– ANNUAL MEETING IN ALICE SPRINGS

– Photos

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
– Annual Meeting in Alice Springs
http://caama.com.au/34999
25 Sep 12: “120 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
delegates from across Australia have gathered in Alice
Springs for the second annual policy conference for the
National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. Over three
days the delegates will discuss a number of issues as well
as the National Congress’s priorities and actions across
education, health, country, justice and sovereignity.”

– Event

Event: 25-27 September 2012: Alice Springs, NT
National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Public Events at NC 12 Alice Springs 25-27 September
“Members, friends and curious locals are very
welcome to come and meet Delegates, Board
and staff and hear more about what we stand
for and the work we do at two public events.”
Event details: http://nationalcongress.com.au/congress-events/
Event details: http://nationalcongress.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/NationalCongress2012PUBLICEVENTS.jpg
Congress website: http://nationalcongress.com.au/

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:

http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
26 Sep 12: “120 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
delegates from across Australia have gathered in Alice
Springs for the second annual policy conference for the
National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:

http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
25 Sep 12: “Delegates from across the country are in
Mparntwe Alice Springs taking part in the regional week
long sitting of the National Congress. Mr Malezer told
CAAMA Radio that the regional gathering was a very very
important meeting for the National congress.”

– Related News

Koori Mail: Call to scrap Intervention, super shires
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
25 Sep 12: “AN Alice Springs traditional owner has issued
an impassioned plea for an end to the Northern Territory
Intervention, as well as the Territory’s so-called ‘super
shires’. Arrernte woman Marie Ellis gave the welcome to
country at the opening of the second national gathering of
the National Congress this morning, and told delegates the
Federal Government’s Intervention, which was recently
extended for another decade and rebadged as ‘Stronger
Futures’, and the super shires had brought ‘nothing but
suffering and injustice’ to Aboriginal Territorians. Ms
Ellis said Aboriginal people wanted to be ‘free like the
rest of the Australian people’ and demanded
self-determination.”

Koori Mail: Better engagement needed, says Malezer
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
25 Sep 12: “NATIONAL Congress co-chair Les Malezer says the
Federal Government could improve the way it engages with
the representative body. Speaking at the opening of the
National Congress second national gathering ‘NC12’ in Alice
Springs, Mr Malezer said some high levels meetings had been
held but he was still disappointed about the government’s
‘shortage of good faith or strong engagement’ over
legislation, policies and programs. He made a personal
suggestion that the National Congress adopt a ‘Declaration
of Self-Determination’ based upon the style of the Barunga
Statement. NC12 concludes on Thursday afternoon.”

* 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

* KIRK LEONARD:
NT INTERVENTION CONTINUES AS WELFARE QUARANTINING SPREADS

– Analysis / Opinion

Socialist Party Australia:
NT Intervention continues as welfare quarantining spreads
http://www.socialistpartyaustralia.org/archives/4560
25 Sep 12: “Last month marked the fifth anniversary of the
bipartisan Northern Territory Intervention. Over the last
five years the Intervention has not improved living
conditions for Aboriginal people, as was claimed. Instead
it has been used to implement a raft of regressive
pro-business policies which heap misery ordinary Aboriginal
and non-Aboriginal people alike. … Individuals’ spending
choices of their meagre welfare payments are not to blame
for systemic social ills. In Aboriginal communities the
severe problems that exist flow from over two hundred years
of abuse, neglect and various attempts at forced and
violent assimilation.” By Kirk Leonard, Socialist Party

* AAP: MORE ACCOUNTABILITY NEEDED IN NT: REPORT

– News

Australian: More accountability needed in NT: report
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/more-accountability-needed-in-nt-report/story-fn3dxiwe-1226481344226
25 Sep 12: “MONEY for programs in remote Northern Territory
indigenous communities is being eaten away by bureaucracy,
a new report says. Northern Territory Co-ordinator General
for Remote Services Olga Havnen handed down a scathing
report on Tuesday calling for increased financial
accountability to stop funds being leached away.
“Determining to what extent indigenous communities are
benefiting from the increased expenditure of public funds
is problematic when so much of the expenditure appears to
be taken up by the bureaucracy,” Ms Haven said.”

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

Last updated: 23 September 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

* GREEN LEFT TV:
ABORIGINAL PASSPORT CEREMONY GRANTS JULIAN ASSANGE A PASSPORT

– Video

YouTube:
Aboriginal Passport Ceremony grants Julian Assange a passport
Film by Green Left TV



24 Sep 12: “On September 15, 200 people, including
WikiLeak’s founder Julian Assange, received an Aboriginal
Passport at a ceremony in Redfern. The passports convey
support for Aboriginal sovereignty, the ongoing struggle
for Aboriginal rights and against racism. Assange’s
passport was accepted by his father, John Shipton.”

– Related News

National Indigenous Times:
Julian Assange granted Aboriginal passport
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1918-julian-assange-granted-aboriginal-passport.html
25 Sep 12: “By National Indigenous Times reporter Geoff
Bagnall. Wikileaks founder and political refugee, Julian
Assange has been awarded an Aboriginal passport in a
ceremony in Sydney last Saturday. In a ceremony in
Darlington, right next door to Redfern in inner-Sydney, 200
people watched Mr Assange’s father, John Shipton accept the
passport on behalf of his… ”

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT:

Last updated: 23 September 2012

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

* CAAMA VISITS HISTORIC SITE – CANBERRA TENT EMBASSY:

– News and Photos

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA visits Historic Site – Canberra Tent Embassy
http://caama.com.au/caama-visits-historic-site-canberra-tent-embassy
24 Sep 12: “On 26 January 2012 the Aboriginal Tent Embassy
celebrated its 40th anniversary, making it Australia’s
longest standing site of political agitation. “The Embassy
has played a huge role in the introduction of Aboriginal
land rights and the struggle to end racial discrimination
in this country,” says Cathy Eatock, member of the
Aboriginal Tent Embassy 40th Anniversary Organising
Committee. … On 9 April 1995 the Australian Heritage
Commission registered the Embassy site on the National
Estate.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSIES:

Last updated: 23 September 2012

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

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Analysis / Opinion

agendaTracker:
Little Black Duck: Marcia in the middle of a class debate
http://tracker.org.au/2012/09/little-black-duck-marcia-in-the-middle-of-a-class-debate/
25 Sep 12: “NATIONAL: A recent speech by Marcia Langton
chastising the Aboriginal middle class for accessing
benefits was widely picked up by media. NICOLE WATSON*
thinks the issue is far from black and white. In recent
weeks there has been a great deal of media coverage devoted
to a speech given by Professor Marcia Langton to the recent
Melbourne Writers Festival, … According to Professor
Langton, some members of the Aboriginal middle class are
inappropriately receiving special benefits out of a
“perverted sense of entitlement”, rather than need.”
By Nicole Watson, a Murri lawyer and researcher,
Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning,
University of Technology, Sydney

SBS World News:
Comment: Why Indigenous recognition failed to launch
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1694711/Comment-Why-Indigenous-recognition-failed-to-launc
22 Sep 12: “The Gillard government has finally confirmed it
will not be asking Australians to vote in a referendum for
the constitutional recognition of Indigenous peoples in
this term of parliament. Does the announcement bury or
merely shelve Indigenous constitutional reform?”
By Andrew Lynch,
Director of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law,
Professor in the University of New South Wales School of Law

– News

National Indigenous Times:
Grass roots support key to sovereignty movement: leaders
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1913-grass-roots-support-key-to-sovereignty-movement-leaders.html
25 Sep 12: “Two prominent East Arnhem Land leaders and
sovereignty campaigner, Michael Anderson have agreed a
sovereign union of Aboriginal nations needs to grow from
the grass roots after meeting in Darwin. Dr. Djiniyini
Gondarra (OAM) from Galiwin’ku, George Gaymarani Pascoe,
from Milingimbi and Mr Anderson, … ”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Family of man who died in police custody wants justice
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7554-family-of-man-who-died-in-police-custody-wants-justice
25 Sep 12: “A prominent human rights lawyer is looking into
whether civil action can be taken over the death of
Kwementyaye Briscoe who died earlier this year. Mr Briscoe
died from intoxication and suffocation in the Alice Springs
watch house. … Lawyer George Newhouse is acting for the
Briscoe family in the aftermath of the inquest and says, he
has been asked by the family to investigate criminal
charges against the appropriate officers at the Alice
Springs Watch House.”

National Indigenous Times:
Kings Cross shooting: Police stay silent
http://www.nit.com.au/your-say.html
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1921-police-stay-silent.html
25 Sep 12: “By National Indigenous Times reporter Geoff
Bagnall. Six months since the police shooting of two
Aboriginal boys at the Sydney city suburb of Kings Cross
the New South Wales Police have refused to divulge what
action has been taken or the outcomes of any internal
inquiries. Community leaders are now becoming increasingly
concerned with the lack of information on progress into the
shooting with President of the Indigenous Social Justice
Association, Ray Jackson warning he feared “a cover-up”
by police was underway … ”

National Indigenous Times:
Two year old Phillip leads the way at 141st Ngarrindjeri
Candlelight Walk
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1920-two-year-old-phillip-leads-the-way-at-141st-ngarrindjeri-candlelight-walk.html
25 Sep 12: “By National Indigenous Times West Australian
reporter Gerry Georgatos. One candlelight walk after
another takes place to and around Government House in
Adelaide in the pursuit of Treaty. It was only last October
the 131st Ngarrdindjeri Candlelight Walk took place and
earlier this month the 141st Ngarrdindjeri Candlelight Walk
took place, with young and… ”

National Indigenous Times: Moree Tent Embassy torched
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1919-moree-tent-embassy-torched.html
25 Sep 12: “By National Indigenous Times reporter Geoff
Bagnall. A Gomeroi Elder has declared the Moree Tent
Embassy will be re-built “bigger and better” after it was
destroyed in an arson attack last Saturday. Lyall Munro
Senior has declared the importance of Tent Embassies to all
Aboriginal peoples as a sign of their sovereignty.”

National Indigenous Times:
Police derelict in Kwementyaye Briscoe’s death but no charges
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1915-police-derelict-in-kwementyaye-briscoes-death-but-no-charges.html
25 Sep 12: “Northern Territory Coroner Greg Cavanagh has
slammed the actions of police who dealt with Kwementyaye
Briscoe who died in custody in Alice Springs but incredibly
has not recommended any action be taken against the police
officers. Family members have reacted with shock and anger
the police involved in Mr Briscoe’s death have escaped any
form of punishment.”

National Indigenous Times:
Now it’s Fortescue caught out destroying sacred sites
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1908-now-its-fortescue-caught-out-destroying-sacred-sites.html
25 Sep 12: “By National Indigenous Times West Australian
reporter Gerry Georgatos. Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue Metals
Group destroyed two sacred Yindjibarndi sites and badly
damaged a third despite previously denying the claims,
according to material obtained by the Yindjibarndi
Corporation through Freedom of Information.”

National Indigenous Times:
Watson angered by Indigenous funding cuts
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1905-watson-angered-by-indigenous-funding-cuts.html
25 Sep 12: “Axing the Murri Court system in Queensland was
a “big mistake”, respected community leader, Sam Watson has
warned. The newly elected State Government’s first Budget,
announced last week will axe the Murri Court and yank
millions from Indigenous cultural projects, all whilst
funding the recruitment of another 1,100 police. “The
decision to axe the Murri court system has caused a great
deal of concern,” … ”

National Indigenous Times: Walkatjurra Walkabout success
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1903-walkatjurra-walkabout-success.html
25 Sep 12: “The Walkatjurra Walkabout has ended
successfully and Yeelirrie Elder and Chairperson of the
Western Australian Nuclear Free Alliance, Kado Muir
declared it had further strengthened the resolve of people
to bring an end to uranium mining. More than 60 walkers,
including many Elders from Desert communities, completed
the Walkatjurra Walkabout after trekking for four weeks… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Look into your heart pleads Wiluna Elder as delay for
medical centre continues
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1917-look-into-your-heart-pleads-wiluna-elder-as-delay-for-medical-centre-continues.html
25 Sep 12: “By National Indigenous Times West Australian
reporter Gerry Georgatos. Wiluna’s Senior Elder Glen Cooke
has appealed to the West Australian State Government to
“look into its heart” and provide the remaining $1.5
million funding required to complete a medical centre for
the community. Wiluna is no different to any of Western
Australia’s remote Aboriginal communities which are in
desperate… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Elders slam decision to deny prisoners attending funerals
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1914-elders-slam-decision-to-deny-prisoners-attending-funerals.html
25 Sep 12: “By National Indigenous Times West Australian
reporter Gerry Georgatos. Elders have slammed as culturally
inappropriat a decision by Western Australia’s Department
of Corrective Services to stop allowing Aboriginal
prisoners attending funerals.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Law Lecturer says constitutional recognition is important
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7555-law-lecturer-says-constitutional-recognition-is-important
25 Sep 12: “A Senior Law lecturer says changing the
constitution to recognize Australia’s First People is an
important symbolic step but it will take great public
support to convince policy makers. Sean Brennan, Director at
the Indigenous Legal Project at the University of New South
Wales says only 8 out of 44 attempts at changing the
constitution have been successful.”

National Indigenous Times:
Referendum to change constitution won’t happen by 2013,
says Scullion
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1910-referendum-to-change-constitution-wont-happen-by-2013-says-scullion.html
25 Sep 12: “By National Indigenous Times reporter Geoff
Bagnall. The prospect of a referendum to recognise
Indigenous people in the Australian Constitution before the
2013 election as promised by the Federal Government looks
dead and buried with the Coalition parties declaring time
has run out. Liberal National Coalition Indigenous Affairs
spokesman, Senator Nigel Scullion said he… ”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Constitutional recognition more likely than sovereignty
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7553-constitutional-recognition-more-likely-than-sovereignty
24 Sep 12: “The debate on constitutional recognition has
flared up this week as the Federal Government and human
rights groups have delayed the passing of the bill in
Parliament. Deputy Director at YouMeUnity Tanya Hosch says
despite over 100.000 online supports the Act of Recognition
needs more public support. … Ms Hosch says sovereignty is
also of concern to Indigenous people but constitutional
recognition is the likely option at the moment.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Constitutional recognition estimated to take another 2-3 years
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7552-constitutional-recognition-estimated-to-take-another-2-3-years
24 Sep 12: “An organisation dedicated to constitutional
recognition of Australia’s first people says it may take 2
to 3 years before the bill gets passed through Parliament.
The debate received public attention as FaCSIA Minister
Jenny Macklin and human rights organisations issued
statements last week towards delaying the bill. …
Ms Hosch says … ” … So what we really want to do is
formalize and properly recognize the First Peoples of
Australia.”

– Audio

The Wire: New answer for ‘closing the gap’: Sport?
Produced by Anthony Sonego
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9651
25 Sep 12: “Can sport help close the gap between Indigenous
and non-Indigenous Australian? The House of Representative
has launched an inquiry to see whether sport can be used to
further improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
wellbeing by encouraging mentoring, community engagement
and physical activity. The AFL currently leads the way in
community engagement with more than 90,000 participants
involved in its Indigenous Program. The inquiry will look
into whether sports can have an impact on non-elite
athletes at the grass roots level. …
Featured in story:
Shayne Neumann – Committee Chair and Federal Labor MP”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6

24 Sep 12: “* Melbourne based Aboriginal academic Professor
Marcia Langton has backed a proposal for a new
Parliamentary “Act of Recognition” to acknowledge “the
unique and special place” of indigenous Australians as a
necessary first step before a referendum vote is held.
* The Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is resisting
the proposal to legislate an “Act of Recognition”
following his concerns that any failure to agree on the
wording of the legislation could set back hopes of a
successful referendum after next year’s federal election.”

The Wire:
Constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians on hold
Produced by Anokhee Shah
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9641
24 Sep 12: “Aboriginal Australians who thought that they
might finally be recognized in the Constitution have been
told that it’s not going to happen. There had been hopes
that a referendum on constitutional recognition for
indigenous people would be held in conjuction with the next
federal election. Concerns that there is not enough
community support to achieve success has led to the
government’s announcement that the referendum will be
postponed. Instead the government will introduce an Act of
Recognition into parliament. …
Featured in story:
Trudy Maluga – State Secretary, Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre
Robbie Thorpe – Director, Treaty Republic”

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