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

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

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