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

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
http://www.sharongrierson.com/SharonGrierson/Resources/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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