Archive for November, 2012

121127 – Don’t abandon us as you did in other Royal Commissions (By NIT reporter Geoff Bagnall)

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 27/11/2012 by D

Contents:
* Geoff Bagnall:
Don’t abandon us as you did in other Royal Commissions
* Gerry Georgatos:
Conflict allegations surface in Yindjibarndi, Fortescue battle
* Background to the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (YAC)
* SBS World News Australia:
Indigenous domestic violence concerns UN
* Speech by Muriel Bamblett at Melbourne launch of
‘A Decision to Discriminate’
* Adelaide CBD Book Launch
to mark International Human Rights Day:
‘A Decision to Discriminate’
* More ‘Stronger Futures’ Legislation related articles
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Tracker: Native title is flawed: activists
* Background to Mabo and Native Title
* Jon Altman: Evidently: Rudd’s quiet revolution gets noisier
* Other articles

* GEOFF BAGNALL:
DON’T ABANDON US AS YOU DID IN OTHER ROYAL COMMISSIONS

– Analysis / Opinion

Don’t abandon us as you did in other Royal Commissions
Courtesy of The National Indigenous Times: http://www.nit.com.au/
Indymedia Australia: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/25/don%E2%80%99t-abandon-us-as-you-did-in-other-royal-commissions-0
NIT: http://www.nit.com.au/your-say.html
NIT: http://www.nit.com.au/news/2282-dont-abandon-us-as-you-did-in-other-royal-commissions.html
25 Nov 12: “Indigenous leaders have welcomed the
announcement by the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard of a wide
ranging Royal Commission into child abuse but warned they
will demand any recommendations by the Commission are not
abandoned by government as they were with the findings into
the Royal Commissions into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and
the Stolen Generations. Such a wide ranging inquiry could
take up to 10 years to complete and Indigenous leaders fear
victims of child abuse will be left to suffer and potential
victims will be left exposed to the danger … ”
By National Indigenous Times reporter Geoff Bagnall

See:

WGAR News: The Wire: Call for indigenous commissioners to
head up abuse investigation
[Interview with Tjanara Goreng Goreng] (22 Nov 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/21/wgar-news-the-wire-call-for-indigenous-commissioners-to-head-up-abuse-investigation

* GERRY GEORGATOS:
CONFLICT ALLEGATIONS SURFACE IN YINDJIBARNDI, FORTESCUE BATTLE

– Analysis / Opinion

Conflict allegations surface in Yindjibarndi, Fortescue battle
Published in the National Indigenous Times, 21 November 2012
YAC: http://yindjibarndi.org.au/yindjibarndi/?p=2855
NIT: http://www.nit.com.au/news/2278-conflict-allegations-surface-in-yindjibarndi-fortescue-battle.html
21 Nov 12: “The National Native Title Tribunal and West
Australian State Government may be left with no option but
to launch a full inquiry into Fortescue Metals Group’s
relationship with the Wirlu-murra Yindjibarndi Aboriginal
Corporation following claims an executive of the National
Native Title Tribunal failed to declare her association
with the Wirlu-murra group at the time the Tribunal was
issuing rulings relating to Fortescue and Wirlu-murra’s
claims against the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation.”
By National Indigenous Times reporter Gerry Georgatos

* BACKGROUND TO THE YINDJIBARNDI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION (YAC):

– Homepage

Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation
http://yindjibarndi.org.au/yindjibarndi/

– Analysis / Opinion

WGAR News: Mining Deal Bombshell
– Fortescue and the Yindjibarndi
(by Gerry Georgatos) (20 Nov 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/20/wgar-news-mining-deal-bombshell-fortescue-and-the-yindjibarndi-by-gerry-georgatos

– Videos

WGAR News: ABC: Fortescue accused of rigging land rights deal
(By Bronwyn Herbert) (25 Nov 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/24/wgar-news-abc-fortescue-accused-of-rigging-land-rights-deal

* SBS WORLD NEWS AUSTRALIA:
INDIGENOUS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CONCERNS UN

– Audio

SBS World News Australia:
Indigenous domestic violence concerns UN
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1714813/Indigenous-domestic-violence-concerns-UN
26 Nov 12: “A top United Nations official has expressed
concern over the levels of domestic violence being
experienced by Indigenous women in Australia. … The
Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women was invited to
Australia by groups wanting to bring international
attention to the issue. Earlier this year, United Nations
Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Rashida
Manjoo, made a study tour of Australia. She attended
community meetings across the country. …
Ms Manjoo says a common concern raised by Indigenous
communities was that they often were not given enough
control of their community’s domestic violence programs.”

* SPEECH BY MURIEL BAMBLETT
AT MELBOURNE LAUNCH OF ‘A DECISION TO DISCRIMINATE’:

– Speech

‘concerned Australians’:
A Decision to Discriminate
– Speeches and pictures from the book launches:
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/ADTD_launchspeeches.html
… Melbourne launch: …
Professor Muriel Bamblett AM,
CEO Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency
Audio (MP3): http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/ADTD_launch_speech_Muriel_Bamblett.mp3
Speech (PDF): http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/ADTD_launch_speech_Muriel_Bamblett.pdf
7 Nov 12: “A Decision to Discriminate by recording the
voices of dissent against this reaction in Indigenous policy
will show when we analyse the history of this period, that
not only were we right but that a great injustice was done
to all including the Aboriginal communities in the NT. That
much needed resources that could have addressed the crisis
in Aboriginal communities were wasted because of the way
things were done. An opportunity that could have
strengthened reconciliation became instead a means to divide
because of the decision to discriminate.
This book is about voice, empowerment and truth telling.
I hope you read it and hear both the strength of Aboriginal
people as well as our frustration.
And I hope one day the main political parties read it and
abide by its truth.”

– Melbourne Booklaunch

‘concerned Australians’:
Melbourne Booklaunch – Wednesday, 7th November, 12pm for 12:30pm
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/ADTD_booklaunches.html
“The Co-op Bookshop in the Baillieu Library Building
at Melbourne University
(Melways reference 2B C7)
Launched by:
* Hon Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC
* Elder Rosalie Kunoth-Monks OAM from Utopia, NT
* Professor Muriel Bamblett AM,
CEO Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency”

– The Launches

‘concerned Australians’:
A Decision to Discriminate
– Aboriginal Disempowerment in the Northern Territory
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/#ADTD

* ADELAIDE CBD BOOK LAUNCH
TO MARK INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY:
‘A DECISION TO DISCRIMINATE’

– Event

Event: Sun 9 December 2012: Adelaide CBD, SA
International Human Rights Day Book Launch
Note new date and venue!
The Women’s International League for Peace
and Freedom (WILPF) will be launching the book:
A Decision to Discriminate
– Aboriginal Disempowerment in the Northern Territory
released by ‘concerned Australians’
Launched by:
* Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM,
representing the Yolngu Nations
* Rosalie Kunoth Monks OAM,
representing the Alyawaar Nations
“This is a rare opportunity to meet with
these two distinguished Elders and
to hear first-hand stories.”
New venue: Pilgrim Hall, 12 Flinders St, Adelaide CBD
“Through the use of direct quotations,
this new book is an important historical record
that focuses on the Senate Committee Inquiry
into the Stronger Futures legislation. It shows
how the Government decision-making process
chose to ignore the views and ideas expressed
by many Aboriginal people of the Northern Territory
communities in much the same way as has
happened since colonisation.”
“Following the book launch
Amnesty International Australia
will have the regional launch of their
2012 Reconciliation Action Plan
at which the honoured guest will be
Kaurna Elder Lynette Crocker.”
Event details: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/ADTD_booklaunches.html#Adelaide
Event details: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/#ADTD
Event details: http://www.respectandlisten.org/nt-intervention/concerned-australians.html
Event details: http://www.respectandlisten.org/nt-intervention/concerned-australians/a-decision-to-discriminate.html
Flyer: http://www.respectandlisten.org/uploads/downloads/ca/ADTD-flyer-final.pdf
Order Form: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/ADTD_Order_Form.pdf
Book reviews:
http://acmsydney.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/review-of-a-decision-to-discriminate-aboriginal-disempowerment-in-the-nt/
http://www.sydneycatholic.org/news/latest_news/2012/2012115_91.shtml
http://overland.org.au/blogs/loudspeaker/2012/10/stronger-futures-and-aboriginal-disempowerment/
Audio Interviews: http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9818
‘concerned Australians’ Homepage: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/

* MORE ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LEGISLATION RELATED ARTICLES:

– Analysis / Opinion

Australian: Racist reality evident in homes not fit for a dog
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/racist-reality-evident-in-homes-not-fit-for-a-dog/story-e6frg6zo-1226522864361
24 Nov 12: “WHEN it comes to delivering for indigenous
Australians the Gillard government is more about spin and
rhetoric and feel-good symbolism than results. In remote
communities it is content to apply lower standards and
lower expectations in health, housing and infrastructure,
and education than it would dare to adopt for other
Australians. It is not a term to be thrown around lightly,
as some do, but no other label can fit. Having a separate,
different and lower standard and lower expectations for
Aboriginal communities is racist.” By Nigel Scullion,
opposition spokesman for indigenous affairs

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

Last updated: 11 November 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: 26 November 2012

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

* TRACKER: NATIVE TITLE IS FLAWED: ACTIVISTS

– News

newsTracker: Native title is flawed: activists
http://tracker.org.au/2012/11/native-title-is-flawed-activists/
26 Nov 12: “QUEENSLAND: Mining companies are robbing
Indigenous communities of a decent share of the mineral
wealth because the native title system is flawed,
Aboriginal activists say. Up to 100 Aboriginal protesters
are planning to rally outside Brisbane’s Stamford Plaza
Hotel on Monday and Tuesday, as native title bureaucrats
hold talks with mining companies and the government. Wayne
Wharton, from the Kooma tribe in southwest Queensland, says
the talks are never fair but just a way for mining
companies discuss loopholes in an already weak native title
system.”

– Related Event

Event: 8:30am Mon 26 November 2012: Brisbane City, Qld
Rally against Native Title
Rally outside Native Title & Cultural Heritage
Conference & march back to Musgrave Park
“From 26 to 27 November, Native Title bureaucrats
will be sitting down with mining companies and
Government, at a $1000 a seat conference in the
posh Stamford Plaza Hotel, to discuss ways around
the already weak Native Title legislation.
This is not Land Rights, this is not justice for
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
This does not address the illegal dispossession of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and
the ongoing violent occupation of our land.”
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/295153823919301/
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/52704

* BACKGROUND TO MABO AND NATIVE TITLE:

Last updated: 14 July 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/02/background-to-mabo-and-native-title

* JON ALTMAN: EVIDENTLY: RUDD’S QUIET REVOLUTION GETS NOISIER

– Analysis / Opinion

agendaTracker: Evidently: Rudd’s quiet revolution gets noisier
http://tracker.org.au/2012/11/evidently-rudds-quiet-revolution-gets-noisier/
26 Nov 12: “NATIONAL: Intergovernmental consensus on
Indigenous affairs is breaking down after the election of
conservative state and territory governments, writes PROF
JON ALTMAN*. In November 2007 when the Rudd government was
elected into office the country was coast-to-coast Labor.
The all-powerful new Prime Minister set out to do something
bold and unusual that others had tried to do, without
success, before: to coordinate intergovernmental
Commonwealth/State relations and make them consensual in
addressing Indigenous disadvantage.” By Prof Jon Altman,
a research professor in economics/anthropology,
Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research,
Australian National University

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– News

National Indigenous Times: 18,000 sign up for Briscoe justice
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2279-18000-sign-up-for-briscoe-justice.html
24 Nov 12: “More than 18,000 people have signed a petition
on Change.org calling for charges to be laid against the
Northern Territory police officers involved in the death of
Kwementyaye Briscoe in the Alice Springs police watch
house. The family of Mr Briscoe launched an online campaign
calling for justice and for charges to be laid against the
police officers involved in his… ”

National Indigenous Times: Tasering of 14 year old
“one of the worst cases of police brutality”, says solicitor
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2281-tasering-of-14-year-old-one-of-the-worst-cases-of-police-brutality-says-solicitor.html
24 Nov 12: “ABC Television’s 7.30 program has obtained
footage of a 14 year old boy being tasered by New South
Wales police in another case that raises questions about
whether police officers are adhering to operating
procedures in their use of the devices. Solicitor Kevin
Henshaw from the Kempsey Aboriginal Legal Service said the
Tasercam footage showed one of the worst cases of police
brutality he had seen in his long… ”

National Indigenous Times:
74 years on Uncle Boydie Turner will deliver a message to
Germany in honour of the courage of his grandfather
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2277-74-years-on-uncle-boydie-turner-will-deliver-a-message-to-germany-in-honour-of-the-courage-of-his-grandfather.html
24 Nov 12: “There were so many shattered windows during the
murderous Nazi attack on German Jews on that night in 1938
it became known as Kristallnacht – night of broken glass.
The date was November 9 and it was an ominous indication of
what Adolf Hitler had in store for the Jewish people. Half
a world away in Melbourne, Aborigine William Cooper read in
outrage about the brutality.”

National Indigenous Times:
Vince Coulthard attacks SA Government for ignoring High
Court order over land rights
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2271-vince-coulthard-attacks-sa-government-for-ignoring-high-court-order-over-land-rights.html
24 Nov 12: “The South Australian Labor Government has
ignored a High Court ruling to pay Aboriginal landowners
costs of about $200,000 they incurred while fighting a
legal challenge over land rights. Aboriginal Affairs
Minister, Paul Caica has also failed to meet the two
Aboriginal groups Labor challenged in the courts as he was
ordered to by the Supreme Court more than 18 months ago.”

National Indigenous Times:
Aboriginal Kimberley experience receives international accolades
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2268-aboriginal-kimberleyexperience-receives-international-accolades.html
24 Nov 12: “By National Indigenous Times West Australian
reporter Gerry Georgatos. Uptuyu Adventures business
partners Neville Poelina and Jo Camilleri were over the
moon as their Aboriginal operated business won major awards
last week at the Western Australian Tourism Awards and also
at the Responsible Tourism Awards in London. The Kimberley
based outback travel experience venture has gone from… ”

National Indigenous Times:
20 years after Mabo battle for meaningful land rights goes on
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2270-20-years-after-mabo-battle-for-meaningful-land-rights-goes-on.html
24 Nov 12: “Two decades after the Mabo judgment made
fundamental changes to Australia’s Native Title landscape,
Indigenous leaders don’t know where the next round of
reform will come from. In fact, some grow weary talking
about the same issues 20 years on. On June 3, 1992, the
High Court handed down its decision in the Mabo case
overturning 200 years of the common law assumption of terra
nullius – the idea… ”

National Indigenous Times: Labor would lose Lingiari if
Liberals put up Indigenous candidate: Owen Carter
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2272-labor-would-lose-lingiari-if-liberals-put-up-indigenous-candidate-owen-carter.html
24 Nov 12: “The current Federal Labor Member for Lingiari,
Warren Snowdon would face a much more difficult task
retaining the seat at the next Federal election if the
Liberal National Party continued to put forward an
Indigenous candidate, Yuendumu Elder, Owen Carter said. Mr
Carter made the observation following the Federal Leader of
the Opposition, Tony Abbott’s attempt to convince the
Northern… ”

National Indigenous Times: Warrior Isabell Coe farewelled
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2276-warrior-isabell-coe-farewelled.html
24 Nov 12: “By National Indigenous Times reporter Geoff
Bagnall. Aunty Isabell Coe was farewelled in a moving
ceremony on Erambie Mission at Cowra in central west New
South Wales last Monday. Aunty Isabell’s family came from
across New South Wales and were joined by 2,000 of
Isabell’s friends, those who had fought beside her for
Aboriginal rights and activists who had… ”

Australian: Aboriginal leader quits ‘racist’ Labor in disgust
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/aboriginal-leader-quits-racist-labor-in-disgust/story-fn9hm1pm-1226523112203
24 Nov 12: “RESPECTED Aboriginal leader and former Labor
candidate Tauto Sansbury has resigned from the ALP because
he has lost faith in the party, which he says is dismissive
of indigenous affairs and has in it “a big element of
racism”. Mr Sansbury, who stood for two elections for Labor
in 2010, in the federal South Australian seat of Grey and
in the state seat of Flinders, yesterday said the ALP
needed a wake-up call. “The Labor government just pays
lip-service to Aboriginal people,” he said.”

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121125 – ABC: Fortescue accused of rigging land rights deal

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 27/11/2012 by D

Contents:

* ABC: Fortescue accused of rigging land rights deal
* Background to the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (YAC)
* SBS World News Video: Quake concerns rise at Muckaty Station
* Background to the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump
* SBS Living Black: WA Approves James Price Point Gas Hub
* Background to the Save The Kimberley Campaign:
James Price Point, north of Broome, WA
* NIRS: Cultural flows a significant part of
Murray-Darling plan: Burke
* Background to the
Northern Murray-Darling Basin Aboriginal Nations (NBAN)

* 3CR: Interview with Vicki Roach,
advocate for Aboriginal women in the criminal justice system
* Tracker: Call for police to lose Tasers
* Senator Rachel Siewert: Greens work to reduce petrol sniffing
* Rockhampton Morning Bulletin:
Courts more likely to find young Indigenous guilty
* Nicole Watson: We are a lot poorer for ATSIC’s absence
* Jeff McMullen: The Way Ahead: A stronger smarter future
* SBS Living Black: Tent Embassy Founder Remembers Isabel Coe
* Background to the Aboriginal tent embassies

* ABC: FORTESCUE ACCUSED OF RIGGING LAND RIGHTS DEAL

– Videos

ABC: Fortescue accused of rigging land rights deal
By Bronwyn Herbert
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-20/fmg-accused-of-rigging-meeting/4382826
21 Nov 12: “Andrew Forrest’s mining company, Fortescue
Metals Group (FMG), has been accused of rigging a meeting
with Indigenous stakeholders to win the rights to mine more
than $100 billion of iron ore. Lawyer Kerry Savas says a
meeting in March last year with Indigenous land owners in
the East Pilbara was a sham, and FMG established a group
of land owners who would fight to accept its deal. The
Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (YAC) are recognised
under Commonwealth Law as the native title holders of the
land and they are stridently opposed to the project.”

“Video: Fortescue Metals Group embroiled in dispute over
Pilbara iron ore deal (7.30)”

“Video: FMG director Peter Meurs responds to accusations (7.30)”

– Related News

Yahoo!7: Still room for peace with Fortescue: YAC
http://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/still-room-peace-fortescue-yac-075302264.html
21 Nov 12: “The indigenous group that rejected a financial
package from Fortescue Metals Group in exchange for the
right to mine their land – but were pipped by a breakaway
claimant group – says there’s still room for an amicable
outcome. The Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (YAC) says
it is not represented by the breakaway Wirlu-Murra group,
which accepted a financial package from Fortescue in
exchange for the right to develop its Solomon iron ore mine
in Western Australia’s East Pilbara. … YAC chief
executive Michael Woodley said there was still a chance
peace could be made with the Wirlu-Murra and that YAC could
do its own deal with Fortescue.”

Yahoo!7: Greens want FMG manipulation claims investigated
http://au.news.yahoo.com/latest/a/-/latest/15434953/greens-want-fmg-manipulation-claims-investigated/
21 Nov 12: “The Greens have urged the Federal Government to
examine allegations mining company FMG tried to manipulate
the native title process during negotiations over an iron
ore project in WA’s Pilbara. It has been alleged by lawyer
Kerry Savas that Fortescue Metals Group rigged the outcome
of a meeting between the company and Aboriginal landowners
last year. The Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation, which
has been opposed to the mine, lays claim to the land but a
splinter group of traditional owners, the Wirlu-murra, is
keen to see the project proceed. … Greens Senator Rachel
Siewert says the rights of the Yindjibarndi people must be
protected.”

newsTracker:
Twiggy’s FMG accused of rigging Yindjibarndi meeting
http://tracker.org.au/2012/11/twiggys-fmg-accused-of-rigging-yindjibarndi-meeting/
21 Nov 12: “NATIONAL: Mining magnate Andrew Forrest’s
Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) had a PR battle on its hands
when footage of a controversial native title meeting in the
Pilbara was released last year. Now a lawyer who formerly
worked with FMG and was depicted in the video has confirmed
many of the concerns, revealing that the meeting was indeed
a set-up, and that FMG paid attendees who voted at the
meeting. … Last night, a lawyer formerly representing
FMG, Kerry Savas told the ABC the meeting was a set-up and
FMG had paid people to vote in their favour.”
By Amy McQuire, a Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman
and editor of Tracker

* BACKGROUND TO THE YINDJIBARNDI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION (YAC):

– Homepage

Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation
http://yindjibarndi.org.au/yindjibarndi/

– Analysis / Opinion

WGAR News:
Mining Deal Bombshell – Fortescue and the Yindjibarndi
(by Gerry Georgatos) (20 Nov 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/20/wgar-news-mining-deal-bombshell-fortescue-and-the-yindjibarndi-by-gerry-georgatos

* SBS WORLD NEWS VIDEO: QUAKE CONCERNS RISE AT MUCKATY STATION

– Video

SBS World News: Quake concerns rise at Muckaty Station
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/video/2307211892/Quake-concerns-rise-at-Muckaty-Station
21 Nov 12: “Fresh concerns have emerged about the siting of a
nuclear waste dump at Muckaty Station in the Northern
Territory. A new map produced by Geoscience Australia
maintains that the area around Tennant Creek is a high
earthquake risk.”

– Related News

NT News: Station ‘safe’ for nuclear waste dump
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2012/11/21/315295_ntnews.html
21 Nov 12: “THE controversial Muckaty Station will be “as
safe a place as any” to stick a nuclear waste dump despite
being on the edge of an earthquake hotspot, a seismic
expert said. Tennant Creek, 110km south of the proposed
waste site, has been listed among Australia’s top-four
quake regions in a hazard map. … Earthquake map: ooooh,
that big red blob is Tennant Creek. IMAGE: Geoscience
Australia”

* BACKGROUND TO THE PROPOSED MUCKATY NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

Last updated: 11 November 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-proposed-muckaty-nuclear-waste-dump-in-nt-australia

* SBS LIVING BLACK: WA APPROVES JAMES PRICE POINT GAS HUB

– Audio Interview

SBS Living Black: WA Approves James Price Point Gas Hub
By Marc Tong
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/243137/t/WA-Approves-James-Price-Point-Gas-Hub/in/english
23 Nov 12: “Goolarabooloo traditional owners and the Broome
community to take the fight to the Federal Environment
Minister. … Goolarabooloo traditional owners and members
of the Broome community are not giving up their fight to
stop Woodside’s proposed gas hub despite the state’s
environmental approval. The Broome Community No Gas
Campaign says they will now take their case to the federal
environment minister with whom the decision now lies. But
spokeswoman Nik Wevers says the state Environment Minister
Bill Marmion has jumped the gun, because state heritage
approval hasn’t gone through. … ”

* BACKGROUND TO THE SAVE THE KIMBERLEY CAMPAIGN
– JAMES PRICE POINT, NORTH OF BROOME, WA

Last updated: 24 November 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/22/wgar-news-background-to-the-save-the-kimberley-campaign-james-price-point-north-of-broome

* NIRS:
CULTURAL FLOWS A SIGNIFICANT PART OF MURRAY-DARLING PLAN: BURKE

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Cultural flows a significant part of Murray-Darling plan: Burke
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7639-cultural-flows-a-significant-part-of-murray-darling-plan-burke
23 Nov 12: “The Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke says
a top priority in increasing environmental water flows to
the Murray-Darling River system is Indigenous cultural
water. The Government yesterday signed into law the
Murray-Darling Basin Plan which plans to return 2,750
gigalitres to the system. Mr. Burke says the full board of
the Basin Authority is intent on ensuring cultural flows are
part of how the environmental water is used and managed. He
says Indigenous groups of the Murray-Darling have been
listened to.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE
NORTHERN MURRAY-DARLING BASIN ABORIGINAL NATIONS (NBAN):

Last updated: 22 November 2012

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

* 3CR: INTERVIEW WITH VICKI ROACH,
ADVOCATE FOR ABORIGINAL WOMEN IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

– Audio Interview

3CR Community Radio 855 AM – Podcasts
Different Like Us – 23 Nov 2012
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
Listen to this interview online: http://pod.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2012-11-22-83892.mp3
23 Nov 12: “I chat with advocate for Aboriginal women in the
criminal justice system Vicki Roach about the ‘Standing firm
for change, a journey to justice’ conference and her
experience of the criminal justice system.”

* TRACKER: CALL FOR POLICE TO LOSE TASERS

– News

newsTracker: Call for police to lose Tasers
http://tracker.org.au/2012/11/call-for-police-to-lose-tasers/
19 Nov 12: “NEW SOUTH WALES: Zapping people with Tasers is
often just “lazy policing” and highlights the need to take
the stun weapons away from frontline officers, a social
justice group says. … Indigenous Social Justice
Association President Ray Jackson says Tasers must be taken
off the front line because they are being “misused too
bloody much”. … Mr Jackson said the non-fatal tasering of
a 14-year-old Aboriginal boy who was on his knees in the
NSW mid-north coast town of Kempsey in January last year
was another example of Taser misuse.”

* SENATOR RACHEL SIEWERT: GREENS WORK TO REDUCE PETROL SNIFFING

– Media Release

Senator Rachel Siewert: Greens work to reduce petrol sniffing
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/greens-work-reduce-petrol-sniffing
22 Nov 12: “The Australian Greens have welcomed Government
support for the Low Aromatic Fuel Bill, saying the
legislation closes a hole in strategies to reduce petrol
sniffing.
Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health brought the
Bill on for debate in the Senate today.
“This is an issue that many people, including the Greens
have been working on for a long time. It was a great
pleasure to finally get the chance to start the debate on
the Bill in the Senate,” Senator Siewert said today.
“I welcome the news that the Government has proposed
amendments to the Bill and with those amendments they will
support the Bill.
“This Bill is designed to improve the existing rollout of
low aromatic fuel and will prevent recalcitrant operators
from actively undermining the voluntary rollout by
refusing to stock non-sniffable fuel. … ”
[Senator Siewert said]”

– Video

Greens Senator Rachel Siewert: Low Aromatic Fuel Bill – Debate
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/video/low-aromatic-fuel-bill-debate
22 Nov 12: “Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Issues:
I am very pleased that this chamber is finally able to
debate the Low Aromatic Fuel Bill 2012 because
unfortunately, despite the very serious and sustained
efforts to end it, petrol sniffing is still persistent in
some areas of Australia. Over the past 20 years it has been
the subject of reports, inquiries, coronial inquiries and
research projects. The impact of petrol sniffing on
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and
communities is very well documented and well known. The
petrol-sniffing inquiry, in fact, was one of the first
committee inquiries that I participated in in this place
back in 2005-2006. The committee recognised that the
situation with petrol sniffing in Australia was dire, and
since that inquiry I am very pleased that there has been
considerable movement on this issue. … ”

* ROCKHAMPTON MORNING BULLETIN:
COURTS MORE LIKELY TO FIND YOUNG INDIGENOUS GUILTY

– News

Rockhampton Morning Bulletin:
Courts more likely to find young Indigenous guilty
http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/news/courts-more-likely-find-young-indigenous-people-gu/1630848/
21 Nov 12: “ALMOST two in five young Australians in the
juvenile justice system are Indigenous. And they are
entering the system younger, and staying longer. The gross
over-representation is detailed in the latest Australian
Institute of Health and Welfare report, which shows there
were 2,820 Inidgenous young people under juvenile justice
supervision on an average day in 2010-2011. The report says
even though only 5 % of young Australians are Indigenous,
they comprise 39 % of those under supervision.”

– Report

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW):
Indigenous young people in the juvenile justice system
http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=60129542246
21 Nov 12: “Although only about 5% of young Australians are
Indigenous, almost 2 in 5 (39%) of those under juvenile
justice supervision on an average day in 2010-11 were
Indigenous. There were 2,820 Indigenous young people under
supervision on an average day and 5,195 during the year.
Indigenous young people first entered supervision at
younger ages than non-Indigenous young people, on average,
and spent longer under supervision during the year.”

* NICOLE WATSON: WE ARE A LOT POORER FOR ATSIC’S ABSENCE

– Analysis / Opinion

agendaTracker:
Little Black Duck: We are a lot poorer for ATSIC’s absence
http://tracker.org.au/2012/11/little-black-duck-we-are-a-lot-poorer-for-atsics-absence/
21 Nov 12: “NATIONAL: NICOLE WATSON* searches the archives
of ATSIC’s website and laments the fact we have no national
independent voice. Recently, I took a trip down memory lane
and perused the old ATSIC website, now stored in our
national web archive, PANDORA. When ATSIC was disbanded
seven years ago, I had no real grasp of what it was that we
were losing. Perhaps, I was sick and tired of the media’s
focus on particular individuals in leadership positions.
Looking at the ATSIC website, however, it struck me that we
are a great deal poorer for its absence.” By Nicole Watson,
a Murri lawyer and researcher with the
Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning,
University of Technology, Sydney

* JEFF MCMULLEN: THE WAY AHEAD: A STRONGER SMARTER FUTURE

– Analysis / Opinion

agendaTracker: The Way Ahead: A stronger smarter future
http://tracker.org.au/2012/11/the-way-ahead-a-stronger-smarter-future/
21 Nov 12: “NATIONAL: JEFF MCMULLEN* reports from the
Stronger Smarter summit. An impassioned call to support the
social and emotional well being of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander children has marked one of the largest and
most important gatherings of educators in the “Stronger
Smarter” movement gathering force across Australia. As the
‘education wars’ rage on over the best way to teach
Indigenous kids, Donna Bridge, a Yamatji woman and
Principal of the Fitzroy Valley District High School in
Western Australia, told teachers gathered in Brisbane for
the 2012 Stronger Smarter Summit that what was paramount
was to believe in the worth of these children as Aboriginal
people.” By Dr Jeff McMullen AM,
one of Australia’s most respected journalists,
and a winner of the UN Media Peace Prize

* SBS LIVING BLACK: TENT EMBASSY FOUNDER REMEMBERS ISABEL COE

– Audio Interview

SBS Living Black: Tent Embassy Founder Remembers Isabel Coe
By Michelle Lovegrove
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/243135/t/Tent-Embassy-Founder-Remembers-Isabel-Coe/in/english
23 Nov 12: “The last surviving founder of the Aboriginal
Tent Embassy pays tribute to the Wiradjuri Elder. …
“Beautiful, intelligent, committed and determined” are the
words used by the last living Tent Embassy Founder Michael
Anderson, to describe Isabel Coe. Michael met Isabel when
she was 16, and the two remained friends across the
tumultuous decades that followed. Michael says Isabel made
a huge impact on the emerging land rights and Black Power
movements of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.”

See:

WGAR News: The Wire:
Influential tent embassy activist passes away [Isabel Coe]
(15 Nov 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/15/wgar-news-the-wire-influential-tent-embassy-activist-passes-away-isabel-coe

WGAR News: Update on Aunty Isabell Coe’s funeral … (18 Nov 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/18/wgar-news-update-on-aunty-isabell-coes-funeral-adelaide-book-launch-a-decision-to-discrim

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSIES:

Last updated: 22 November 2012

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

121123 – Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia – 23 events from 23 November

Posted in NEWS on 27/11/2012 by D

Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia 
– 23 events from 23 November 2012

Click on the links for details of the events … 

Event: 23 November 2012 to 20 January 2013: Leichhardt, Sydney, NSW
Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative presents: 
Ripple Effect: Boomalli Founding Members Exhibition
25th Anniversary Exhibition
* Officially opened by Gary Foley. 
Opening night celebrations will include 
performances and music.
* Public Program weekend: 
Saturday 24 November, 
1pm – Curator tour with Keith Munro
2pm – Artist talks
Sunday 25 November, 
1pm – Panel discussion: 
Boomalli 25: A strike and mark most certainly has been made.
2pm – Curatorial discussion Going professional
* Exhibition runs until January 20 
(gallery closed over Christmas & New Years). 
Featuring works by: 
* Bronwyn Bancroft, 
* Euphemia Bostock, 
* Brenda L Croft, 
* Fiona Foley, 
* Fernanda Martins, 
* Arone Raymond Meeks, 
* Tracey Moffatt, 
* Avril Quaill, 
* Michael Riley, 
* Jeffrey Samuels. 
Event details: http://www.boomalli.com.au/
Event details: http://www.artguide.com.au/features/recommended/ripple-effect-boomalli-founding-members-exhibition/

Event: 10am Sun 25 November 2012: Qld State Library
1st Brisbane Sovereignty & Land Rights Conference
* BBQ breakfast from 9-9:45am 
at Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy, Musgrave Park
* Conference begins at 10am Queensland State Library
Speakers include:
* Mark McMurtrie
* Adrian Burragubba
* Robbie Thorpe
* Wayne Wharton
* Marshall Bell
* Norman Johnson
* Michael Anderson
* Kevin Arjin
* Gracelyn Smallwood
* Michael Mansell
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/295153823919301/

Event: 8:30am Mon 26 November 2012: Brisbane City, Qld
Rally against Native Title
Rally outside Native Title & Cultural Heritage 
Conference & march back to Musgrave Park
“From 26 to 27 November, Native Title bureaucrats 
will be sitting down with mining companies and 
Government, at a $1000 a seat conference in the 
posh Stamford Plaza Hotel, to discuss ways around 
the already weak Native Title legislation. 
This is not Land Rights, this is not justice for 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 
This does not address the illegal dispossession of 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and 
the ongoing violent occupation of our land.”
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/295153823919301/
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/52704

Event: Tue 27 November 2012: Barton, Canberra, ACT
2012 David Hunter Memorial Lecture
What next for constitutional recognition?
Guest speaker: Les Malezer, Co-chair of 
National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
Organised by ANTaR ACT
ANTaR ACT website: http://antaract.wordpress.com
Flyer: http://antaract.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/99_210-dhml-flyer.jpg
Event details: http://antaract.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/79/
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/actsnsw/event/30449/

Event: Tue 27 November 2012: Fremantle, Perth, WA
The Wilderness Society WA Inc: 
Kimberley short film festival
“Join us for a great night of amazing short films 
shot over the last few years which tell the story 
of the campaign to stop a Kimberley gas hub 
from being built, at James Price Point. 
The night is a fundraiser to support the 
challenge of the EPA’s assessment process, 
so bring your friends and family!”
Event details: http://www.wilderness.org.au/campaigns/kimberley/kimberley-short-film-festival
Event details: http://www.wilderness.org.au/campaigns/kimberley/kimberley-portal-page/2/1/kimberley-events
WGAR Background to the Save The Kimberley Campaign: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/22/wgar-news-background-to-the-save-the-kimberley-campaign-james-price-point-north-of-broome

Event: 30 November 2012: Sydney, NSW
Social Justice and Native Title Launch 2012
The event will include: 
* Keynote Address by Mr Geoff Scott, 
CEO, NSW Aboriginal Land Council
* Launch of the Social Justice Report 2012 
and the Native Title Report 2012 by Mr Mick Gooda, 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 
Social Justice Commissioner
* Launch of the introductory DVD to the 
UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People
Hosted by Australian Human Rights Commission
Event details: http://humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html#sjlaunch
WGAR Background to Mabo and Native Title: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/02/background-to-mabo-and-native-title

Event: Fri 30 November 2012: Melbourne, Vic
Rally: Meet the Muckaty Mob: Court support
“Muckaty Traditional Owners are leading an inspiring 
national campaign to prevent federal minister 
Martin Fergushima turning their land into Australia’s 
national nuclear waste dump. Please join us to hear 
their story and to support their campaign to 
protect country and culture.”
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/52871
WGAR Background to the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-proposed-muckaty-nuclear-waste-dump-in-nt-australia

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: Thu 6 December 2012, 6:30pm: Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW
To mark International Human Rights Day, 
STICS will be holding an 
NT Intervention / Stronger Futures Forum
Forum: After the NT Election: 
The Struggle Against the NT Intervention
Aboriginal leaders speak out: 
“Stronger Futures” means Stolen Futures
Special guest speakers: 
* Rosalie Kunoth Monks & 
* Amelia Pangarte Kunoth-Monks
from Utopia community, Central Australia
* Jeff McMullen, 
CEO (Honorary) Ian Thorpe’s Foundation for Youth
“Join us to hear voices in the fight for Aboriginal 
rights discuss the shifting terrain in the struggle 
against the NT Intervention: a new government 
in the NT, community attempts to evict Intervention 
and Shire bosses from their land and the fight 
to stop the national expansion of income management. 
All welcome.”
Hosted by STICS: 
Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney
Note: New location: 
Tom Mann Theatre, 136 Chalmers St, Surry Hills
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Stronger-Futures/6-12-12-SF-New-venue.jpg

Event: Sun 9 December 2012: Adelaide CBD, SA
International Human Rights Day Book Launch
Note new date and venue!
The Women’s International League for Peace 
and Freedom (WILPF) will be launching the book:
A Decision to Discriminate
– Aboriginal Disempowerment in the Northern Territory
released by ‘concerned Australians’
Launched by:
* Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM, 
representing the Yolngu Nations
* Rosalie Kunoth Monks OAM, 
representing the Alyawaar Nations
“This is a rare opportunity to meet with 
these two distinguished Elders and 
to hear first-hand stories.”
New venue: Pilgrim Hall, 12 Flinders St, Adelaide CBD
“Through the use of direct quotations, 
this new book is an important historical record 
that focuses on the Senate Committee Inquiry 
into the Stronger Futures legislation. It shows 
how the Government decision-making process 
chose to ignore the views and ideas expressed 
by many Aboriginal people of the Northern Territory 
communities in much the same way as has 
happened since colonisation.”
“Following the book launch 
Amnesty International Australia 
will have the regional launch of their 
2012 Reconciliation Action Plan 
at which the honoured guest will be 
Kaurna Elder Lynette Crocker.”
Event details: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/ADTD_booklaunches.html#Adelaide
Event details: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/#ADTD
Event details: http://www.respectandlisten.org/nt-intervention/concerned-australians.html
Event details: http://www.respectandlisten.org/nt-intervention/concerned-australians/a-decision-to-discriminate.html
Flyer: http://www.respectandlisten.org/uploads/downloads/ca/ADTD-flyer-final.pdf
Order Form: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/ADTD_Order_Form.pdf
Book reviews: 
http://acmsydney.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/review-of-a-decision-to-discriminate-aboriginal-disempowerment-in-the-nt/
http://www.sydneycatholic.org/news/latest_news/2012/2012115_91.shtml
http://overland.org.au/blogs/loudspeaker/2012/10/stronger-futures-and-aboriginal-disempowerment/
Audio Interviews: http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9818
‘concerned Australians’ Homepage: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/

Event: 10 December 2012: various locations internationally
UN International Human Rights Day

Event: Sat 15 and Sun 16 December 2012: Sandon Point, Wollongong, NSW
SPATE’s 12th anniversary
Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy (SPATE)
“Saturday morning start gathering for 
cultural ceremony around the Sacred Fire 
for peace and justice at Kuradji. 
Then a meeting of the Aboriginal Sovereign 
Nations, with elders and representatives of 
Aboriginal Tent Embassy from all over 
the country coming.”
Event details: http://www.sandon-point.org.au/event/20121215/441.html
About SPATE: http://www.sandon-point.org.au/content/about-sandon-point.html

Event: 17 November – 23 December 2012: Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW
Theatrical Documentary: Beautiful One Day
“Beautiful One Day is a theatrical documentary 
about the irrepressible life and times of Palm 
Island. Three theatre companies (Belvoir, 
Ilbijerri, and version 1.0) came together in 2011 
over a shared sense of outrage at the injustices 
surrounding a death in custody in 2004. But, 
prompted by the Palm Island community, 
Beautiful One Day looks for a way to turn outrage 
into real understanding and new possibilities. 
At its heart is a determined struggle to understand 
the persistent heavy-handedness of white Australia.”
Event details: http://belvoir.com.au/productions/beautiful-one-day/

Event: 26 January 2013: various locations in Australia
Sovereignty Day / Invasion Day / Survival Day

Event: 13 February 2013: various locations in Australia
National Apology Day
Event details: http://www.nsdc.org.au

Event: Friday 22 February 2013: Sydney CBD, NSW
The Wilderness Society Sydney Inc: 
Festival for the Kimberley
“Calling all Sydneysiders: 
This is your chance join us for a fun-filled 
day to bring the stunning beauty of the 
Kimberley region to Sydney.”
Event details: http://www.respectandlisten.org/kimberley.html
Event details: http://www.wilderness.org.au/campaigns/kimberley/festival-for-the-kimberley
Event details: http://www.wilderness.org.au/campaigns/kimberley/kimberley-portal-page/2/1/kimberley-events
WGAR Background to the Save The Kimberley Campaign: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/22/wgar-news-background-to-the-save-the-kimberley-campaign-james-price-point-north-of-broome

Event: Thu 21 March 2013: various locations in Australia
National Close the Gap Day
Event details: https://www.oxfam.org.au/act/events/national-close-the-gap-day/
Event details: https://www.oxfam.org.au/explore/indigenous-australia/close-the-gap

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
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.antarqld.org.au/node/206
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/

Event: 26 May 2013: various locations in Australia
National Sorry Day
Event details: http://www.nsdc.org.au
Event details: http://antar.org.au/
Background: http://antar.org.au/reports/sorry-day-a-reminder-unfinished-business

Event: 26 May – 2 June 2013: various locations in Australia
National Reconciliation Week
Event details: http://www.reconciliation.org.au

Event: 3 June 2013: various locations in Australia
Mabo Day
Event details: http://www.mabonativetitle.com/home.shtml
WGAR Background to Mabo and Native Title: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/02/background-to-mabo-and-native-title

Event: 9 August 2013: various locations internationally
International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2005 – 2015
Event details: [scroll down page] http://australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/indigenous-peoples-of-the-world

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121122 – Background to the Save The Kimberley Campaign – James Price Point, north of Broome, WA

Posted in NEWS on 22/11/2012 by D

Background info page: 
Walmadan Tent Embassy, James Price Point, Kimberley Region, WA
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-and-the-aboriginal-tent-embassies

Sovereign Union: Walmadan Tent Embassy (James Price Point)
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/walmadan-tent-embassy-james-price-point
[James Price Point, north of Broome, Kimberley Region, WA]

Facebook: Goolarabooloo and Lurujarri Heritage Trail
http://www.facebook.com/Goolarabooloo

Hands off Country:
http://handsoffcountry.blogspot.com.au/

Save The Kimberley: Wilderness. Culture. Heritage
http://www.savethekimberley.com/

Kimberley Campaigner – Background
http://www.kimberleycampaigner.com/about/history/

Repect and Listen: 
Save the Kimberley – Thinking of Walmadan (Christmas Eve 2011)
http://www.respectandlisten.org/kimberley/save-the-kimberley.html

WGAR News: 
Gerry Georgatos: Police amassing at James Price Point (16 May 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/16/wgar-news-brisbane-city-council-to-try-to-forcibly-remove-aboriginal-sovereign-embassy-mr

WGAR News: 
Gerry Georgatos: Woodside and the shire of Broome taken to 
the Supreme Court by Elder (30 May 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/30/wgar-news-ampilatwatja-community-leaders-give-their-full-support-to-yolngu-nations-assemb

WGAR News: 
“James Price Point is simply too valuable to be given over 
to industrialisation” Greens (20 Jul 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/20/wgar-news-james-price-point-is-simply-too-valuable-to-be-given-over-to-industrialisation-

WGAR News: 
“Bob Brown: why I’m leading the Sea Shepherd to the Kimberley” 
Crikey (28 Jul 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/28/wgar-news-bob-brown-why-i%E2%80%99m-leading-the-sea-shepherd-to-the-kimberley-crikey

WGAR News: 
Tracker: WA gas hub proponents try to sway Brown (17 Aug 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/08/17/wgar-news-international-day-of-the-worlds-indigenous-peoples-august-9-2012

WGAR News: 
Greens Rachel Siewert: Senate misses chance to protect 
Kimberley dinosaur prints (24 Aug 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/09/01/wgar-news-what%E2%80%99s-a-group-of-aboriginal-elders-and-community-leaders-doing-in-canberra-thi

WGAR News: 
“Activists shut down Woodside rigs at James Price Point” 
Broome Community No Gas Hub Campaign (13 Sep 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/09/14/wgar-news-activists-shut-down-woodside-rigs-at-james-price-point-broome-community-no-gas-

WGAR News: 
Greens Christine Milne: James Price Point Senate Question 
(13 Sep 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/09/14/wgar-news-activists-shut-down-woodside-rigs-at-james-price-point-broome-community-no-gas-

WGAR News: 
Greens Rachel Siewert: 
WA Govt must ensure social, cultural impact of JPP 
[James Price Point] development is examined (13 Sep 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/09/14/wgar-news-activists-shut-down-woodside-rigs-at-james-price-point-broome-community-no-gas-

WGAR News: 
Greens Rachel Siewert: 
Obligation now lies with Burke to protect James Price Point 
(13 Nov 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/12/wgar-news-council-stops-darug-nation-acknowledgement-sbs-living-black

WGAR News: 
Greens Rachel Siewert: 
JPP [James Price Point] protection relies on Minister Burke 
as the WA Government greases the wheels of industrialisation 
(20 Nov 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/20/wgar-news-mining-deal-bombshell-fortescue-and-the-yindjibarndi-by-gerry-georgatos

WGAR News: 
Tracker: 
Environmental approval granted for controversial gas hub 
[James Price Point, WA] (22 Nov 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/21/wgar-news-the-wire-call-for-indigenous-commissioners-to-head-up-abuse-investigation

121122 – The Wire: Call for indigenous commissioners to head up abuse investigation [Interview with Tjanara Goreng Goreng]

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 21/11/2012 by D

Contents:
* The Wire:
Call for indigenous commissioners to head up abuse investigation:
[Interview with Tjanara Goreng Goreng]
* ABC: Abused Indigenous children ‘must be heard’:
[Tjanara Goreng Goreng]
* SNAICC News:
Royal Commission into institutional child sexual abuse
* Greens Senator Rachel Siewert:
FMG [Fortescue Metals Group] actions warrant further investigation
* ABC 7.30 Videos: Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (YAC)
and Fortescue Metals Group (FMG)
* Background to the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (YAC)
* Tracker: Environmental approval granted for
controversial gas hub [James Price Point, WA]
* Background to the Walmadan Tent Embassy, James Price Point,
north of Broome, Kimberley Region, WA
* Tracker: Deadline looms for Murray-Darling plan
* Background to the
Northern Murray-Darling Basin Aboriginal Nations (NBAN)
* Illawarra Mercury: Sandon Point site to be made permanent
* Background to Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy,
Bulli, near Wollongong, NSW
* Morgan Brigg and Matthew Johnson:
How can we achieve Aboriginal wellbeing?
* National Scorecard on the Stolen Generations Working
Partnership, by the National Sorry Day Committee
* AIHW: Indigenous young people enter juvenile justice
supervision earlier, stay longer
* Other articles

* THE WIRE:
CALL FOR INDIGENOUS COMMISSIONERS TO HEAD UP ABUSE INVESTIGATION

– Audio Interview

The Wire:
Call for indigenous commissioners to head up abuse investigation
Produced by Tim Roxburgh
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9875
20 Nov 12: “A victim of sexual abuse has told The Wire that
male and female indigenous Australians should be among the
commissioners appointed to head up the recently announced
royal commission. Tjanara Goreg Goreng is an Assistant
Professor of Indigenous Studies at the University of
Canberra. As a child she was sexually abused at a convent
in Rockhampton. She took her case through the courts and
one priest was jailed for his crimes. But others haven’t
been able to find justice. Tjanara Goeng Goreng hopes that
the royal commission into child sexual abuse will give
other indigenous Australians who’ve been abused a chance
to tell their stories. But she when she spoke to me a
little earlier today she expressed concern that people
won’t come forward unless the commission provides a
culturally appropriate setting. …
Featured in story: …
Tjanara Goreng Goreng,
Assistant Professor of
Indigenous Studies at the University of Canberra and
National Convenor of the
Foundation for Indigenous Recovery and Development”

* ABC: ABUSED INDIGENOUS CHILDREN ‘MUST BE HEARD’

– News

ABC: Abused Indigenous children ‘must be heard’
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-20/abused-indigenous-children-must-be-heard/4382066?section=qld
20 Nov 12: “An Indigenous woman from Queensland [Tjanara
Goreng Goreng] who was abused by a Catholic priest in the
1960s says the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse
must examine the widespread abuse of Aboriginal children by
members of the Catholic Church. … She fears the
widespread abuse of Indigenous children will not be
adequately investigated unless the victims are given a safe
environment in which to give evidence. “Aboriginal people
would be more likely to come [forward] if there was a
space that was a safe space, that had Aboriginal people in
it, Aboriginal elders, an Aboriginal royal commissioner or
two, or Aboriginal legal people and people from our own
community who could be with us.””

* SNAICC NEWS:
ROYAL COMMISSION INTO INSTITUTIONAL CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE

– News

Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care:
SNAICC News:
Royal Commission into institutional child sexual abuse
http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=927
21 Nov 12: “Prime Minister Gillard has announced the
Australian Government will establish a Royal Commission
into “institutional responses to instances and allegations
of child sexual abuse in Australia”. … Acting Families
Minister said the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander children in federal institutions may be
included for examination by the royal commission. …
“We’re looking at children in state care (and) we’re
looking at religious organisations,” Mr O’Connor told ABC
TV’s Insiders program. “There’s no reason of course that
wouldn’t involve Indigenous children.” … SNAICC welcomes
the announcement of the royal commission and will support
the inquiry in whatever ways it can. SNAICC believes it is
important that the royal commission adopts a child rights
framework, and that its terms of reference specifically
draw on the principles articulated in the United Nations
Convention on the Rights of the Child. … ”

* GREENS SENATOR RACHEL SIEWERT:
FMG ACTIONS WARRANT FURTHER INVESTIGATION

– Media Release

Greens Rachel Siewert:
FMG actions warrant further investigation
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/fmg-actions-warrant-further-investigation
21 Nov 12: “The Australian Greens have called on the
Federal Government to investigate serious claims made about
Fortescue Metals Group and their influence on the Native
Title and heritage processes in the Pilbara.
“The Government needs to take a leading role in regards to
the serious allegations made about FMG around their actions
in relation to the Solomon site and the Yindjibarndi
community,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens
spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues
said today.
“It is the Government’s responsibility to ensure that both
the Native Title Act and Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Heritage Protection Act are used in a correct and
proper manner, not manipulated to deliver benefits for big
business.
“Members of the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (YAC)
have raised serious concerns about damage to sacred sites
within the Solomon lease. They have reported being denied
access to the site and feel as though their interests are
being undermined by FMG. … ” [said Senator Rachel Siewert]”

– Related Media Release

Greens Rachel Siewert:
Action needed to protect Yindjibarndi heritage
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/action-needed-protect-yindjibarndi-heritage
19 Nov 12: “The Australian Greens say the Federal
Government should give some teeth to the Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act in light of
reports of raising concerns around the heritage and Native
Title processes associated with FMG’s Firetail Solomon
site.
“Reports today suggest there have been significant
breakdowns in the assessment and management of this site,”
Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues said today.
“There have been repeated concerns raised about the risk to
and loss of significant sites at this mine.
“Archaeological reports suggest that there are a number of
carvings, rock art, ceremonial stone arrangements, human
remains and other artefacts in the area, and yet the State
Government has already demonstrated that it is incapable
of effectively protecting this area.
“Federal intervention is long overdue and the Yindjibarndi
Aboriginal Corporation have a Section 9 application on the
desk of Minister Burke, seeking to stop work at the area
after sacred burial sites were uncovered. … ”
[said Senator Rachel Siewert]”

* ABC 7.30 VIDEOS:
YINDJIBARNDI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION (YAC)
AND FORTESCUE METALS GROUP (FMG)

– Videos

ABC 7.30:
Conflicting information, interests and land owners dog FMG
Reporter: Bronwyn Herbert; Presenter: Leigh Sales
http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2012/s3637169.htm
20 Nov 12: “KERRY SAVAS [lawyer]: Wirlu-murra was set up by
FMG in order for FMG to have a party to deal with. So, what
they did is created their own. And they created the
Wirlu-murra. …
BRONWYN HERBERT: What’s so controversial about this?
KERRY SAVAS: Controversial is probably not the word, the
word is illegal. The Native Title Act is fairly clear. It
doesn’t give terribly many rights to the Aboriginal group,
but the one thing it affords Aboriginal people is good
faith negotiations. That’s not been interpreted to mean
awfully much in the courts, but what it does mean is that
the company should engage with Aboriginal group in a good
faith manner and talk about possible compensation.”

ABC 7.30: FMG Director responds to accusations around company
Reporter: Leigh Sales; Presenter: Leigh Sales
http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2012/s3637171.htm
20 Nov 12: “PETER MEURS, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, FORTESCUE:
Leigh, thanks for having me on the show tonight and very
happy to respond. Fortescue definitely did not set up a
rival group to YAC. The Yindjibarndi people… they are the
land-owners; YAC is one organisation that represents the
people. And we were approached as Fortescue by other people
from the community, particularly the women of the
community, that really wanted to work with Fortescue. The
women of the community and many of the elders approached us
and said, “What we see is a need for a future for our
families, and what Fortescue offers is jobs and
opportunities for us to grow and develop as a people and to
end the disparity that we’re faced with and the terrible
position that we are here in Roebourne.””

– Related News

Yahoo!7: Fortescue accused of rigging land rights deal
http://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/fortescue-accused-dirty-tricks-land-103003765.html
21 Nov 12: “Andrew Forrest’s mining company, Fortescue
Metals Group (FMG), has been accused of rigging a meeting
with Indigenous stakeholders to win the rights to mine more
than $100 billion of iron ore. Lawyer Kerry Savas says a
meeting in March last year with Indigenous land owners in
the East Pilbara was a sham, and FMG established a group
of land owners who would fight to accept its deal. The
Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (YAC) are recognised
under Commonwealth Law as the native title holders of the
land and they are stridently opposed to the project.”
By Bronwyn Herbert

* BACKGROUND TO THE YINDJIBARNDI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION (YAC):

– Homepage

Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation
http://yindjibarndi.org.au/yindjibarndi/

* TRACKER:
ENVIRONMENTAL APPROVAL GRANTED FOR CONTROVERSIAL GAS HUB
[JAMES PRICE POINT, WA]

– News

newsTracker:
Environmental approval granted for controversial gas hub
http://tracker.org.au/2012/11/environmental-approval-granted-for-controversial-gas-hub/
20 Nov 12: “WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Environmental approval has
been granted for Woodside Petroleum’s proposed $30 billion
Kimberley gas hub at James Price Point in Western
Australia’s Kimberley region. The approval comes following
a review of appeals against a controversial Environmental
Protection Authority (EPA) report which recommended the
project go ahead. State environment minister Bill Marmion
confirmed he had now ticked off environmental approval for
the proposed Browse Liquefied Natural Gas Precinct, north
of Broome – subject to stricter conditions.”

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

Last updated: 20 November 2012

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

* TRACKER: DEADLINE LOOMS FOR MURRAY-DARLING PLAN

– News

newsTracker: Deadline looms for Murray-Darling plan
http://tracker.org.au/2012/11/deadline-looms-for-murray-darling-plan/
20 Nov 12: “NATIONAL: Tony Burke says he still wants to
introduce a final plan for the Murray-Darling Basin by the
end of the year, but admits the power to do so is out of
his hands. The federal environment minister said it’s now
up to the Senate, as it prepares to debate two crucial
pieces of legislation related to the plan this week. The
minister has previously stated that the plan was “on track”
to being finalised by the end of the year. … The
Australian Greens have already signalled they’ll move an
amendment this week calling for “at least” that amount
[3200GL] to be guaranteed for the ecosystem.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE
NORTHERN MURRAY-DARLING BASIN ABORIGINAL NATIONS (NBAN):

Last updated: 10 November 2012

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

* ILLAWARRA MERCURY: SANDON POINT SITE TO BE MADE PERMANENT

– News

Illawarra Mercury: Sandon Point site to be made permanent
http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/1131871/sandon-point-site-to-be-made-permanent/?cs=390
20 Nov 12: “Members of Wollongong’s Aboriginal community
could be allowed to erect a building and camp permanently
at Sandon Point under one option outlined in Wollongong
City Council’s draft land management plans for the site.
The plans, which set out what uses are allowed on the
14-hectare stretch of land, include four options to retain
and formalise an indigenous presence on a section of the
site now occupied by the Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent
Embassy (SPATE). The option with the smallest footprint
would allow for daily use of the site from “sun up to sun
down” for “Aboriginal cultural and heritage activities”,
but restrict overnight stays to a maximum of 42 nights a
year and only six individuals/families at a time.”
By Shannon Tonkin

* BACKGROUND TO SANDON POINT ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSY,
BULLI, NEAR WOLLONGONG, NSW:

Last updated: 13 July 2012

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

* MORGAN BRIGG AND MATTHEW JOHNSON:
HOW CAN WE ACHIEVE ABORIGINAL WELLBEING?

– Analysis / Opinion

ABC The Drum Opinion: How can we achieve Aboriginal wellbeing?
http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/4371096.html
19 Nov 12: “Marcia Langton and Noel Pearson have the right
goals but the wrong method for achieving Aboriginal
wellbeing, write Morgan Brigg and Matthew Johnson. Noel
Pearson and Marcia Langton have made increasingly forceful
statements about how to advance the wellbeing of Aboriginal
people. Most recently, Langton has argued that access to
welfare and other benefits should be linked to need rather
than to race. Langton has a point. But both she and
Pearson operate with an understanding of wellbeing and
European approaches to the economy that deserves to be
challenged.” By Morgan Brigg and Matthew Johnson
“Morgan Brigg is senior lecturer at The University of
Queensland.”
“Matthew Johnson is postdoctoral fellow at The University
of York. … He is currently developing a project examining
welfare regimes, cultural diversity and wellbeing by
organising a cross-cultural exchange between people from an
Aboriginal Australian community and a former coal mining
community in his native North East of England.”

* NATIONAL SCORECARD ON THE
STOLEN GENERATIONS WORKING PARTNERSHIP,
BY THE NATIONAL SORRY DAY COMMITTEE:

– Report

Australian Policy Online:
Scorecard 2012 the progress of the SGWP from May 2011 to May 2012
National Sorry Day Committee (NSDC)
http://apo.org.au/research/scorecard-2012-progress-sgwp-may-2011-may-2012
http://apo.org.au/node/31964
16 Nov 12: “The national Scorecard on the Stolen
Generations Working Partnership, by the National Sorry Day
Committee has been updated and this particular one looks at
the time period between May 2011 – May 2012. The National
Sorry Day Committee (NSDC) was established following the
tabling in Federal Parliament of the Bringing them home
Report on 26 May 1997. Bringing them home documented the
consequences of decades of government policies that saw
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children forcibly
taken from their families and communities and placed in
institutions, foster homes or orphanages, or adopted. …
The SGWP is in its infancy as a model for community
representative bodies and government to work together to
address issues of concern to the Stolen Generations.
However, there has been progress over the past two years.
This Scorecard documents the progress of the SGWP over
the past 12 months, from the NSDC’s perspective.”

* AIHW:
INDIGENOUS YOUNG PEOPLE ENTER JUVENILE JUSTICE SUPERVISION
EARLIER, STAY LONGER

– Media Release

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW):
Indigenous young people enter juvenile justice supervision
earlier, stay longer
http://www.aihw.gov.au/media-release-detail/?id=60129542281
21 Nov 12: “Indigenous young people entered juvenile
justice supervision at younger ages than their
non-Indigenous counterparts, and spent longer under
supervision, according to a report released today by the
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
The report, Indigenous young people in the juvenile justice
system, shows that 58% of Indigenous young people under
supervision during 2010-11 had first entered supervision
when they were aged 10-14, compared with less than
one-third of non‑Indigenous young people.
While Indigenous young people tended to complete slightly shorter individual periods of supervision than non‑Indigenous young people (average period of 62 days compared with 68), they generally spent more time under supervision overall in 2010-11. ‘On average, Indigenous young people spent about 3 weeks longer (200 days compared with 178) under supervision during the year,’ said AIHW spokesperson Tim Beard. … ”

– Report

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW):
Indigenous young people in the juvenile justice system
http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=60129542246
21 Nov 12: “Although only about 5% of young Australians are
Indigenous, almost 2 in 5 (39%) of those under juvenile
justice supervision on an average day in 2010-11 were
Indigenous. There were 2,820 Indigenous young people under
supervision on an average day and 5,195 during the year.
Indigenous young people first entered supervision at
younger ages than non-Indigenous young people, on average,
and spent longer under supervision during the year.”

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Audio

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

21 Nov 12: “In Victoria 97 per cent of Aboriginal people
who participated in a survey in the state say they have
been exposed to racism in the past year.”

The Wire:
‘Racial abuse of Aboriginal Victorians has severe
mental health impacts’
Produced by Biwa Kwan
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9868
19 Nov 12: “A Melbourne University study has found most
Aboriginal Victorians have been the target of racist verbal
or physical abuse in the past year. A survey of 755
Aboriginal adults in four towns in regional and urban parts
of Victoria, showed 97 percent of respondents were subject
to racist incidents including name calling, being spat at
and having property vandalised. The study also highlighted
the dangerous mental health impact of racist abuse. A
number of Aboriginal organisations have welcomed the
findings, saying they hope the research will push local,
state and federal governments to act. … ”
“Featured in story:
* Margaret Kelaher – Associate Professor,
School of Population Health, Melbourne University
* Jill Gallagher – CEO, Victorian Aboriginal Community
Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO)
* Vanessa Harris – General Manager of Research,
Lowitja Institute
* Peter Streker – Acting Manager,
Reducing Race Based Discrimination unit, VicHealth”
“Related Links:
Report, ‘Mental health impacts of racial discrimination in
Victorian Aboriginal communities'”
http://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/Publications/Freedom-from-discrimination/Mental-health-impacts-of-racial-discrimination-in-Victorian-Aboriginal-communities.aspx

– News

National Indigenous Times:
Community mourns passing of warrior Aunty Isabell Coe
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2243-community-mourns-passing-of-warrior-aunty-isabell-coe.html
20 Nov 12: “The Aboriginal community has lost another
warrior with the passing of Aunty Isabell Coe. Aunty
Isabell, a stalwart of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy from its
inception, passed peacefully at home on Erambie Mission at
Cowra in central western New South Wales among family and
friends. Aunty Isabell was born on Erambie in 1951 and as
a young girl excelled at various sports and rose to State
representative… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Adelaide’s eviction plan for homeless just racist: Clark
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2244-adelaides-eviction-plan-for-homeless-just-racist-clark.html
20 Nov 12: “A resolution to be considered by Adelaide City
Council to evict homeless people from the city’s parklands
was discriminatory and targeted against Aboriginal people
and would only force the homeless to exist in even greater
squalor and despair, the Executive Director of South
Australia’s peak housing and homeless care organisation,
Shelter SA has warned.”

National Indigenous Times:
Aboriginal people targetted in WA’s “move-on” policy
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2242-aboriginal-people-targetted-in-was-move-on-policy.html
20 Nov 12: “Western Australia’s Aboriginal peoples are
targeted and victimised with more move-on notices issued to
them than all other ethnic groups combined the West
Australian Parliament has been told and advocates have
called for an end to what they see as racial vilification.
The Aboriginal Legal Services WA Chief Executive Officer,
Dennis Eggington said enough was enough and he urged
parliamentarians to… ”

National Indigenous Times: Anger over Bourke evictions
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2241-anger-over-bourke-evictions.html
20 Nov 12: “Residents of the Alice Edwards Village at
Bourke in the far west of New South Wales, angry and
disillusioned with being forced to live in dilapidated and
dangerously run down houses, have claimed the Nulla Nulla
Local Land Council has now started a process to evict
tenants who have refused to pay rent in protest. The
residents have claimed many of the houses have had no
repair work carried out on them… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Wyatt calls for an end to Native Title litigation
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2233-wyatt-calls-for-an-end-to-native-title-litigation.html
20 Nov 12: “The Federal Court has made a ruling in favour
of Traditional Owners following a five year Native Title
dispute with miners in Western Australia’s Pilbara region
and National Native Title Council Chief Executive, Brian
Wyatt has called for an end to the West Australian
Government’s “wasteful and unnecessary” legal action
against the rights and interests of Traditional Owners.”

National Indigenous Times:
Government failure to act on deaths in custody a
“national shame”: Bonig
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2232-government-failure-to-act-on-deaths-in-custody-a-national-shamebonig.html
20 Nov 12: “The lack of response by Federal, State and
Territory governments to the Royal Commission into
Aboriginal Deaths in Custody was a disgrace, the South
Australian Law Society President, Ralph Bonig said. Mr
Bonig said September marked the 25th anniversary since the
announcement of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal
Deaths in Custody and the final report was delivered in
April, 1991 and it made some 339… ”

National Indigenous Times: Scott declares mining move “bold”
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2246-scott-declares-mining-move-bold.html
20 Nov 12: “The true economic independence of Aboriginal
people in New South Wales is another step closer to reality
following the announcement the New South Wales Aboriginal
Land Council has progressed further with its Petroleum
Special Prospecting Authority Applications or PSPAs, Chief
Executive Officer, Geoff Scott said. Mr Scott described
the decision to move into mining by the Land Council as
“bold”.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Congress members express child protection concerns
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7627-congress-members-express-child-protection-concerns
19 Nov 12: “A Director of the National Congress of
Australia’s First Peoples says its members have identified
child protection as a key area for improvement for
Indigenous Australians. Congress held its annual meeting in
Alice Springs in September, where an open mic session saw
many delegates express concern about the high level of
Indigenous children in care. Director Tammy Solonec told
98.9fm Congress will now look more closely at the issue
and believes the concerning state of Indigenous child
protection is due to socio-economic factors.”

– – –

121120 – Mining Deal Bombshell – Fortescue and the Yindjibarndi (by Gerry Georgatos)

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 21/11/2012 by D

Contents:
* Gerry Georgatos:
Mining Deal Bombshell – Fortescue and the Yindjibarndi
* Chris Graham:
Beer Goggles – The politics of backing grog bans despite
scant evidence they actually work
* The Wire: Aboriginal women who experience sexual violence
have a new support network
* Greens Rachel Siewert:
JPP [James Price Point] protection relies on Minister Burke
as the WA Government greases the wheels of industrialisation
* Graham Lloyd:
New action to stop $35bn gas hub [James Price Point, WA]
* Background to the Walmadan Tent Embassy, James Price Point,
north of Broome, Kimberley Region, WA
* Northern Star:
Byron Bay Tent Embassy challenges legitimacy of land council
* More Tributes to Aunty Isabell Coe,
an elder of the Wiradjuri tribe
* Background to the Aboriginal tent embassies
* Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda calls for the ongoing
debate in the media about the definition of Aboriginality to stop
* Other articles

* GERRY GEORGATOS:
MINING DEAL BOMBSHELL – FORTESCUE AND THE YINDJIBARNDI

– News

National Indigenous Times:
Whistleblower reveals Fortescue’s backing for Wirlu-murra
to undermine Yindjibarndi stand
Indymedia Australia: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/19/mining-deal-bombshell-fortescue-and-the-yindjibarndi
NIT: http://www.nit.com.au/your-say.html
NIT: http://www.nit.com.au/news/2218-mining-deal-bombshell-exclusive.html
19 Nov 12: “A lawyer who spent more than a year representing
the interests of the Wirlu-murra Yindjibarndi Aboriginal
Corporation has claimed the organisation was a “quickly
formed front” to enable the Fortescue Metals Group to
circumvent negotiations with the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal
Corporation to secure mining rights on Yindjibarndi lands
in the Pilbara worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The
allegations are serious and point to the multi-billion
dollar mining conglomerate trying to use its almost
limitless source of funds to create an alternate Aboriginal
group that would comply with Fortescue’s wishes … ”
By National Indigenous Times West Australian reporter
Gerry Georgatos

See:

Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation
http://yindjibarndi.org.au/yindjibarndi/

* CHRIS GRAHAM:
BEER GOGGLES – THE POLITICS OF BACKING GROG BANS DESPITE
SCANT EVIDENCE THEY ACTUALLY WORK

– Analysis / Opinion

agendaTracker: Beer Goggles
http://tracker.org.au/2012/11/beer-goggles/
19 Nov 12: “NATIONAL: The politics of backing grog bans
despite scant evidence they actually work. With changes of
government in both Queensland and the Northern Territory
recently, alcohol restrictions in Aboriginal communities
have been hotly debated in mainstream media. But
ironically, the government’s seeking to relax grog bans
are both conservative, the traditional political home of
those who support government control of black lives.
CHRIS GRAHAM* delves into the politics of grog, and the
reasons why some still support grog bans, despite strong
evidence which shows they don’t work.” By Chris Graham,
the former managing editor of Tracker magazine,
and a monthly columnist and contributor

* THE WIRE:
ABORIGINAL WOMEN WHO EXPERIENCE SEXUAL VIOLENCE
HAVE A NEW SUPPORT NETWORK

– Audio Interview

The Wire: Hey Sis, we got your Back
Produced by Michele Harris
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9864
16 Nov 12: “Aboriginal women who experience sexual violence
in Australia, and the women who care for them, have a new
support network to help them share their knowledge to better
deal with the traumatic effects of the violence. Called
“Hey Sis, We’ve got your back”, the network brings together
Aboriginal women from around New South Wales who are
already supporting women affected by sexual violence in the
state’s cities and towns. Eventually, they hope to take the
program nationwide. … ”
“Featured in story:
Ashlee Donohue – Mudgin-gal Aboriginal Corporation
Related Links:
* Mudgin-gal Corporation http://www.redfernfoundation.org.au/index.html
* “Hey Sis, we’ve got your back” http://www.heysis.com.au/Home.aspx
* NSW Rape Crisis Centre http://www.nswrapecrisis.com.au/ContactUs.aspx

* GREENS RACHEL SIEWERT:
JPP PROTECTION RELIES ON MINISTER BURKE AS THE
WA GOVERNMENT GREASES THE WHEELS OF INDUSTRIALISATION

– Media Release

Greens Rachel Siewert:
JPP protection relies on Minister Burke as the
WA Government greases the wheels of industrialisation
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/jpp-protection-relies-minister-burke-wa-government-greases-wheels-industriali
16 Nov 12: “The WA Government’s predictable approval of the
James Price Point LNG development means final
responsibility for protecting the area’s future sits
squarely with Environment Minister Tony Burke, the
Australian Greens said today.
“It is obviously no surprise that the WA Government has
given the go-ahead to the James Price Point development,
now it is up to the Federal Government to demonstrate the
sound judgement needed to recognise the serious threat
posed by this project,” Australian Greens Senator Rachel
Siewert said today.
“The wheels of this development, which looms as an
industrial gateway for the Kimberley, have been greased at
every stage by the WA Government and today’s announcement
is no exception. … ” [said Senator Rachel Siewert]”

* GRAHAM LLOYD:
NEW ACTION TO STOP $35BN GAS HUB [JAMES PRICE POINT, WA]

– News

Australian: New action to stop $35bn gas hub
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/new-action-to-stop-35bn-gas-hub/story-fn9hm1pm-1226519155914
19 Nov 12: “FRESH legal action has been launched to stop
Woodside’s $35 billion gas hub project at James Price Point,
near Broome, which has divided Aboriginal and community
groups in Western Australia’s far north. The WA Supreme
Court has been asked to overturn the state government’s
second attempt at compulsory acquisition of the site and
rule the $1.5bn compensation deal negotiated with the
Kimberley Land Council invalid.” By Graham Lloyd

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

Last updated: 13 November 2012

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* NORTHERN STAR:
BYRON BAY TENT EMBASSY CHALLENGES LEGITIMACY OF LAND COUNCIL

– News

Northern Star:
Byron Bay Tent Embassy challenges legitimacy of land council
http://www.northernstar.com.au/news/the-byron-bay-tent-embassy-has-challenged-the-legi/1626299/
19 Nov 12: “THE Byron Bay Tent Embassy has challenged the
legitimacy of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, saying local
tribes must be consulted on the future of their land. The
challenge came after the land council recently moved to
apply for a petroleum prospecting licence spanning 900sq km
from Murwillumbah to Mullumbimby. In response to the
application, traditional land owners began camping illegally
last week in Heritage Park and plan to do so for the next
two months.”

* MORE TRIBUTES TO AUNTY ISABELL COE,
AN ELDER OF THE WIRADJURI TRIBE:

– Tributes

Indymedia Australia: Aunt Isabel Coe has died, aged 61
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/12/aunt-isabel-coe-has-died-aged-61
12 Nov 12: “it is with great shock and sadness that i
inform of the death of a warrior, a leader and mentor and
educator to all people, regardless of race or skin colour,
aunt isobel coe. … to the coe and craigie families, to
her very many friends and to her wiradjuri community we
offer our sincerest sympathies to their loss but also the
dreadful loss to the aboriginal movement.” By Ray Jackson

australia asia worker links: VALE Isabel Coe: 1951 – 2012
http://www.aawl.org.au/content/vale-isabel-coe-1951-2012
11 Nov 12: “Isabel Coe is an elder of the Wiradjuri tribe,
one of the biggest Aboriginal tribes in New South Wales.
Isabel is best known for her relentless and determined
struggle at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra, which
has been standing strong since 1972. On 11 November 2012,
we are deeply saddened at the loss of Isabel Coe, and we
extend our deepest condolences to the Coe and Craigie
families. Rest in Peace Aunty Isabel.”

– Compilations

WGAR News: The Wire:
Influential tent embassy activist passes away [Isabel Coe]
(15 Nov 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/15/wgar-news-the-wire-influential-tent-embassy-activist-passes-away-isabel-coe

WGAR News: Update on Aunty Isabell Coe’s funeral … (18 Nov 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/18/wgar-news-update-on-aunty-isabell-coes-funeral-adelaide-book-launch-a-decision-to-discrim

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSIES:

Last updated: 15 November 2012

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* SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMISSIONER MICK GOODA
CALLS FOR THE ONGOING DEBATE IN THE MEDIA ABOUT
THE DEFINITION OF ABORIGINALITY TO STOP:

– Media Release

Australian Human Rights Commission:
‘Aboriginality’ is not a political football
http://humanrights.gov.au/about/media/media_releases/2012/96_12.html
14 Nov 12: “Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda has
called for the ongoing debate in the media about the
definition of Aboriginality to stop.
“It is not up to the media, politicians or academics to
define whether a person is Aboriginal or not.”
“Further, Aboriginality is not defined by the colour of
your skin, or whether you live in a remote or urban
community. These types of classification set up tensions
in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities as
well as often irreconcilable conflicts for many
individuals,” said Commissioner Gooda.
“I live in metropolitan Sydney and I deal with people in
Government, heads of multinational corporations and
Indigenous peoples around the world while my mother was
born on a mission in Central Queensland. We are both
Aboriginal. I am Aboriginal. I am a proud Gangulu,”
Commissioner Gooda said. … ”

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Analysis / Opinion

Australian: Labor loses plot on Aborigines
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/labor-loses-plot-on-aborigines/story-e6frg7ko-1226517739203
17 Nov 12: “LAST week I argued the Republican campaign in
the US elections had been foolish not to try to broaden its
appeal, especially to African-American voters. It will
never win 50 per cent of them, but increasing its share
from 10 per cent to 20 per cent could make a big difference
in tight contests.” By Christopher Pearson

121120 – Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement and the Aboriginal tent embassies

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 21/11/2012 by D

Contents:
* Aboriginal Sovereignty websites
* Foundation Meeting of the Sovereign Union – National Unity Government (MR: 25 May 2012)
* Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Canberra, ACT
* Aboriginal Tent Embassy 40th Anniversary, Canberra, ACT
* Brisbane Sovereign Embassy, Musgrave Park, South Brisbane, Qld
* Bulahdelah Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Bulahdelah, NSW
* Goomeroi Sovereign Tent Embassy, Moree, NSW
* Nyoongar Tent Embassy, Heirisson Island, Perth, WA
* Portland Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Market Square, Portland, Vic
* Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Bulli, near Wollongong, NSW
* Walmadan Tent Embassy, James Price Point, north of Broome, Kimberley Region, WA
* Other Embassies
* Northern Murray-Darling Basin Aboriginal Nations (NBAN)
* Western Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (WANFA)

Click on this link for further details:
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-and-the-aboriginal-tent-embassies

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