121113 – Council Stops Darug Nation Acknowledgement: SBS Living Black

Contents:
* SBS Living Black: Council Stops Darug Nation Acknowledgement
* SNAICC: Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service calls on Government
to put a stop to detaining juvenile offenders in adult custody
* Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation:
Yindjibarndi Answer FMG/Wirlu-Murra Weasel Words
* Daily Liberal [Dubbo News]: Activist to speak at school debate
* 9 News: [Isabel] Coe lauded for role in Aboriginal politics
* Map of First Nations Sovereign Embassies in Australia
* Background to the Aboriginal tent embassies
* Greens Rachel Siewert:
Obligation now lies with Burke to protect James Price Point
* Background to the Walmadan Tent Embassy, James Price Point,
north of Broome, Kimberley Region, WA
* Congress: Education Working Group Communique
* Background to National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
* Amnesty International Australia: 5 things Australia
should do with its seat on the UN Security Council
* Senator Nigel Scullion [Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs]:
Labor bureaucracy fails Indigenous Australians
* More ‘Stronger Futures’ Legislation related articles
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles

* SBS LIVING BLACK: COUNCIL STOPS DARUG NATION ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

– Audio

Living Black: Council Stops Darug Nation Acknowledgement
By Michelle Lovegrove
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/241171/t/Council-Stops-Darug-Nation-Acknowledgement/in/english
9 Nov 12: “Blacktown Council in Western Sydney has
officially amended its Acknowledgement to Country, leaving
out the Darug Nation as tradiational owners. For many
generations, the Darug Nation has been recognised as the
traditional owners of a large part of the area now known as
Western Sydney. They were originally large groups of clans
united by the common language, Darug. … One senior Darug
elder, Secretary of the Darug Tribal Aboriginal Corporation
– Aunty Sandra Lee – is publicly bearing the brunt of this
decision, but she is by no means the only person affected.
Aunty Sandra says that the Corporation had no idea about
what Blacktown Council had done, until a Journalist told
them.”

* SNAICC:
VICTORIAN ABORIGINAL LEGAL SERVICE CALLS ON GOVERNMENT
TO PUT A STOP TO DETAINING JUVENILE OFFENDERS IN ADULT CUSTODY

– News

SNAICC News:
Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service calls on Government
to put a stop to detaining juvenile offenders in adult custody
http://www.snaicc.asn.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=918
7 Nov 12: “The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS) has
called on the Victorian Government to immediately put a stop
to the practice of detaining juvenile offenders in adult
custody, and subjecting children to ‘maximum security’
restrictions in adult custody. This follows revelations on
ABC TV that a 16-year-old Aboriginal boy had spent four
months in solitary confinement at the Charlotte maximum
security unit inside Port Phillip Prison while under the
protection of the Victorian Department of Human Services
(DHS). VALS has called for an urgent, independent inquiry
in Victoria into the practice of detaining juvenile
offenders in adult custody. … ”

* YINDJIBARNDI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION:
YINDJIBARNDI ANSWER FMG/WIRLU-MURRA WEASEL WORDS

– Analysis / Opinion

Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation:
Yindjibarndi Answer FMG/Wirlu-Murra Weasel Words
http://yindjibarndi.org.au/yindjibarndi/?p=2811
“A Summary YAC’s response to FMG’s Statement:
Jobs and training are the right of every Australian;
however, under the cover of “welfare-to-work training &
jobs”, Twiggy Forrest and FMG are trying to prevent
Yindjibarndi from ever obtaining fair and equitable
compensation for obliterating irreplaceable aspects of our
cultural inheritance, while highly profitable, unrenewable
mineral resources are ripped from our lands. What FMG are
really saying is, “be a good blackfella; forget your
Ngurra, the foundation of your Law, your language, your
songs and spiritual belonging; forget your culture; and,
in return, FMG will give you a job in one of our mines and
you’ll finally get to be like every other Australian”. … ”

See:

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

* DAILY LIBERAL [DUBBO NEWS]:
ACTIVIST TO SPEAK AT SCHOOL DEBATE

– News

Daily Liberal [Dubbo News]:
Activist to speak at school debate
http://www.dailyliberal.com.au/story/947223/activist-to-speak-at-school-debate/?cs=112
12 Nov 12: “THE ABORIGINAL Tent Embassy will be the focal
point of a debate to feature three Dubbo schools, as they
challenge 11 other schools from the central west today.
Students from Dubbo College South and Delroy Campus, as
well as Dubbo South Public School, will attend the finals
of the Western NSW NAIDOC Public Speaking and Debating
Challenge at the Bangamalanha Centre on Arthur Street. The
last remaining founder and the first Tent Embassy
ambassador, Michael Anderson, will be a special guest.”

* 9 NEWS: [ISABEL] COE LAUDED FOR ROLE IN ABORIGINAL POLITICS

– News

9 News: Coe lauded for role in Aboriginal politics
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2012/11/12/15/02/coe-lauded-for-role-in-aboriginal-politics
12 Nov 12: “Aboriginal activist Isabel Coe was a standout
among her contemporaries, Aboriginal Tent Embassy
co-founder Michael Anderson says. Ms Coe, a Wiradjuri
Ngunnawal woman, died on Saturday. … Mr Anderson said Ms
Coe was there when the idea was born to take a protest to
Canberra, which later spawned the tent embassy. … Mr
Anderson said her death, aged 61, was anticipated. But he
was saddened it coincided with the 40th year of tent
embassy activism. … Ms Coe was also instrumental in
establishing the Redfern Aboriginal Children’s Service.”

– In Memorium

Sovereign Union: Isabel Coe – Lest we Forget
Aunty Isabel Coe – Rest in Peace
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/441
“My name is Isabell Coe. I’m a Wiradjuri Ngunnawal woman.
I’m a mother and I’m a grandmother. Well, when I’m in
Canberra, that’s the only place I stay. It’s always at the
Aboriginal Tent Embassy. Of course, it’s a part of my
traditional country. I’ve got a special obligation to keep
the Aboriginal Tent Embassy going. And I’ll be keeping it
going until I die. Until our Aboriginal sovereignty is
recognised in our country. This country is our birth right.
Always was and always will be Aboriginal land.
… and let’s get it right. We’re protesting. We’re not
there to look pretty for the government. We’re there
protesting because this government won’t do its job. It
won’t end this genocidal war against our people. We’re
dying. We’re dying all over the country. We’ve been locked
up in prisons. Men, women and children. It’s the only
place where we are a majority.” Isabell Coe, 25 November 2005

* MAP OF FIRST NATIONS SOVEREIGN EMBASSIES IN AUSTRALIA

– Map

Sovereign Union: First Nations Sovereign Embassies
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/tent-embassy-map
Updated 20 Aug 12: “Click on Sacred Fire icons for Embassy
Information”

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSIES:

Last updated: 11 November 2012

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

* GREENS RACHEL SIEWERT:
OBLIGATION NOW LIES WITH BURKE TO PROTECT JAMES PRICE POINT

– Media Release

Rachel Siewert:
Obligation now lies with Burke to protect James Price Point
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/obligation-now-lies-burke-protect-james-price-point-greens
30 Oct 12: “The Australian Greens say the obligation to
protect James Price Point now lies with Federal Environment
Minister Tony Burke, after the WA Government accepted the
findings of the Appeals Committee’s report which found in
favour of the original, tainted EPA assessment of the
proposed LNG Hub and industrial gateway.
“It is incredibly disappointing that the WA Government has
backed the findings of the flawed EPA assessment despite
the astounding number of appeals lodged against their
decision,” Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said
today.
“The WA Government, led by Colin Barnett’s narrow vision,
are now taking the next step towards industrialising the
entire Kimberley region.
“The community has raised valid points, and it is
disappointing that the appeals against the EPA
Recommendations have been dismissed in this way. …
“The Kimberley region is too precious to be handed over
to a future of industrialisation and exploitation,”
Senator Siewert concluded.”

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

Last updated: 15 September 2012

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

* CONGRESS: EDUCATION WORKING GROUP COMMUNIQUE

– Communique

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Education Working Group Communique
http://nationalcongress.com.au/education-working-group-communique/
9 Nov 12: “Congress has formed an Education Working Group
[the EWG] to inform on education policy and action plans
for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Its aim
is to reinforce and complement the activities of existing
organisations working in education in order to provide an
effective policy and advocacy approach to Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander education issues. The group is
convened by Congress Director and current Chairperson of
the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body,
Rod Little.”

Read first communique from the Education Working Group here:
http://nationalcongress.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/EducationWorkingGroupCommunique1.pdf

* BACKGROUND TO NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AUSTRALIA’S FIRST PEOPLES:

Last updated: 5 May 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/05/background-to-the-national-congress-of-australia%E2%80%99s-first-peoples

* AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AUSTRALIA:
5 THINGS AUSTRALIA SHOULD DO WITH ITS SEAT ON THE
UN SECURITY COUNCIL

– Analysis / Opinion

Amnesty International Australia:
5 things Australia should do with its seat on the
UN Security Council
http://www.amnesty.org.au/features/comments/30215/
31 Oct 12: “Recently Australia won a temporary, two-year
seat at the UN Security Council – the governing body of the
United Nations charged with safeguarding global peace and
security. … Now that we’ve got a seat at the table, here
are 5 things we think Australia should do:
1. Push for accountability for war crimes and crimes
against humanity in Syria …
2. Stop the crippling veto power of permanent members …
3. Help strengthen the International Criminal Court …
4. Push for real implementation of the Council’s resolution
on women, peace and security …
5. Take a look in our own backyard:
Our seat at the Security Council comes with prestige as
well as responsibility. You’d hope that it compels
Australian politicians to look at improving our human
rights record here at home – from our refugee and asylum
seeker policy, to the treatment of our Indigenous Peoples.”

* SENATOR NIGEL SCULLION:
LABOR BUREACRACY FAILS INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS

– Media Release

Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion:
Labor bureaucracy fails Indigenous Australians
http://www.nigelscullion.com/media-hub/indigenous-affairs/labor-bureaucracy-fails-indigenous-australians
http://www.nigelscullion.com/sites/nigelscullion.com.au/files/mediareleases/ANAO%20%20Indigenous%20cooridnation%20release.pdf
29 Oct 12: “A new report shows Indigenous Affairs Minister
Jenny Macklin and her department have failed to lead and
co-ordinate delivery of more than $25.4 billion of taxpayer
funding meant to close the gap for Indigenous Australians,
Shadow Minister Senator Nigel Scullion said today.
“The report said ‘a more active approach by the department
is required to tangibly address some of the critical
strategic issues in indigenous affairs.’
The Australian National Audit Office report , Australian
Government Coordination Arrangements for Indigenous
Programs, reveals that the Department of Families, Housing,
Community Services and Indigenous Affairs is failing to
adequately perform its lead agency role and needs to be
more proactive in monitoring and reporting on expenditure
Senator Scullion said. … ”

– Related Reports

Australian Government Coordination Arrangements for
Indigenous Programs
http://www.anao.gov.au/Publications/Audit-Reports/2012-2013/Australian-Government-Coordination-Arrangements-for-Indigenous-Programs
24 Oct 12: “Portfolio: Families, Housing, Community
Services and Indigenous Affairs
Department: Department of Families, Housing, Community
Services and Indigenous Affairs
The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness
of FaHCSIA‘s performance of its lead agency role in
coordinating whole-of-government commitments to closing the
gap in Indigenous disadvantage.”

West Arnhem Shire Council:
SIHIP Roads and Other Assets
‐ Considerations for Acceptance of Transfer to Shire
http://www.westarnhem.nt.gov.au/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=%2F4Ew5LqQ%2FtI%3D&tabid=1139
“Background:
… The design standards used for the subdivisions within
the remote communities are of a lower standard than would
be accepted in mainstream communities. The design standards
chosen are likely to result in:
* roads will flood more often – frequency of inundation of
the ‘road reserve’ is greater,
* road pavements will fail – there is little evidence of
managing ground water conditions and only a single coat
bitumen seal has been applied,
* housing could be damaged during wet season conditions
– from a combination of roads flooding and high water
tables.
The early statements from the Australian government was
that the remote communities should have the same level of
services and infrastructure that would be expected in
similar sized mainstream communities elsewhere in
Australia. Shire staff consider that this has not been
achieved, and that the acceptance of these new roads would
only be a liability to the Shire.” page 34

Commonwealth Ombudsman:
Remote Housing Reforms in the Northern Territory
http://www.ombudsman.gov.au/files/remote_housing_reforms_in_the_nt_report.pdf
June 2012: “The Australian and Northern Territory (NT)
governments are undertaking large scale reforms to public
housing in remote Indigenous communities in the NT. …
Over the past two years, concerns about the implementation
of the housing reforms have been a key source of complaints
to our office. Through our investigations of these
complaints, we have identified areas in which further work
by the Australian and NT governments would improve service
delivery in remote Indigenous housing. … ” page 1

– Related News

ABC: Shire shuns roads deemed to be ‘not up to scratch’
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-10-29/council-refuses-to-accept-remote-roads/4339020?section=nt
29 Oct 12: “A Northern Territory council is refusing to
take on responsibility for roads built under the country’s
largest Indigenous housing program because they are likely
to need expensive maintenance. Streets built in two
communities under the Strategic Indigenous Housing and
Infrastructure Program (SIHIP) were due to be handed over
to the West Arnhem Shire. But the shire’s chief executive
Brian Hylands says staff have assessed the roads and
declared them not up to scratch because they only have a
single coating of bitumen and are likely to flood and
fail.”

PS News: Auditor finds gaps in closing the gaps
http://www.psnews.com.au/Page_psn336f2.html
26 Oct 12: “The Department of Families, Housing, Community
Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) has been
insufficiently proactive in its role as lead agency for
Indigenous Affairs, according to the Auditor-General. In
his report Australian Government Coordination Arrangements
for Indigenous Programs, the Auditor-General, Ian McPhee
said this had led to missed opportunities for “closing the
gap” in Indigenous disadvantage. Mr McPhee said the
Department had built good working relations with other
agencies but had been “quite measured” in its leadership
approach.”

Construction Source:
Opposition Says Taxpayers “Ripped Off” on
Indigenous Housing Renos
http://designbuildsource.com.au/taxpayers-ripped-indigenous-housing-renovations
22 Oct 12: “The federal opposition says taxpayers in
Australia are being ripped off, with a large number of
refurbishments completed under an indigenous housing
program in the Northern Territory having mismatched tiles
and “paint jobs a six-year-old would not be proud of.” In
a Senate budget estimates hearing in Canberra on Friday,
Country Liberal senator and opposition spokesman on
indigenous affairs Nigel Scullion said much of the work he
has seen with regard to the NT Strategic Indigenous
Housing and Infrastructure Program (SIHIP) program has
been substandard.”

Age: Indigenous renos ‘grand theft housing’
http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-national/indigenous-renos-grand-theft-housing-20121019-27wft.html
19 Oct 12: “Many refurbishments completed under an
indigenous housing program have “paint jobs a six-year-old
would not be proud of” and mismatched tiles, the federal
opposition says. In a potential repeat of Labor’s
criticised $15 billion Building the Education Revolution
program, which provided schools with new facilities,
Country Liberal senator Nigel Scullion attacked the work
being done by contractors in the indigenous housing
project.” By Lisa Martin

The Monthly: Home Improvement: Indigenous Housing
http://www.themonthly.com.au/indigenous-housing-home-improvement-victoria-laurie-3362
June 2011: “Santa Teresa residents were told their good
fortune was due to the Strategic Indigenous Housing
Investment Program (SIHIP), run by the Northern Territory
government. … With no satisfactory answers, the
community called in Pholeros to inspect some houses. …
Pholeros was appalled by what confronted him at Santa
Teresa, yet he’d seen it many times before in other
communities: so much money spent, so many houses performing
poorly. “We find in our survey work that 55% of houses
have power points that are dangerous,” he says quietly.
“More than half of houses don’t have an active or
effective safety switch; if we go to washing kids, we find
50% of hot water systems work, and 35% of showers.
Fifty-nine per cent of toilets actually work.””

* MORE ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LEGISLATION RELATED ARTICLES:

– Analysis / Opinion

agendaTracker: Speed bumps boost jailing rates
http://tracker.org.au/2011/11/speed-bumps-boost-jailing-rates/
1 Nov 12: “NATIONAL: The NT intervention was targeted at
eliminating child sexual abuse. But extra policing may have
only resulted in criminalising driving offenders, writes Dr
THALIA ANTHONY*. Violent sexual crimes in Aboriginal
communities featured in media and government reporting in
the lead-up to the Northern Territory Intervention. … an
alarming increase in criminalisation has come from minor
driving offenders. If you attend a bush court on any given
day, Aboriginal driving offenders are lined up to receive
their punishment.” By Dr Thalia Anthony,
a senior lecturer in law, University of Technology Sydney

* 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: 11 November 2012

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

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Briscoe family calls for police accountability
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7610-briscoe-family-calls-for-police-accountability
9 Nov 12: “The aunt of a man who died in custody in Alice
Springs says she’s set up a petition calling for the
Northern Territory police to be held criminally-accountable
for his death. A Coroner’s inquest into the death of
27-year-old Kwementyaye Briscoe in the town’s watch house
earlier this year has found the death was preventable. …
His aunt Patricia-Morton Thomas says the Coroner should’ve
recommended for police involved to face charges.”

See:

change.org petition:
Justice for Kwementyaye Briscoe – lay charges against police
http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/justice-for-kwementyaye-briscoe-lay-charges-against-police

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