121118 – Update on Aunty Isabell Coe’s funeral + Adelaide Book Launch: A Decision to Discriminate

* Funeral Notice for Aunty Isabell Edie Coe:
Mon 19 November 2012
* Adelaide Book Launch – A Decision to Discriminate:
Sun 9 December 2012 (to mark International Human Right’s Day)
* A Decision to Discriminate:
Speeches and pictures from the other book launches
* More ‘Stronger Futures’ Legislation related articles
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles

– MON 19 NOVEMBER 2012

– Event

Event: Mon 19 November 2012: West Cowra, NSW
Funeral Notice for Isabell Edie Coe
“We the Wiradjuri people of the upper Bila Gallari (Erambie)
declare Sorry Business for our well respected Wiradjuri
Warrior, Isabell Edie Coe, Who now travels with our
Ancestors, her husband William Billy Craigie, daughter
Eileen, father Les, sister Mary and the many loved ones who
have also passed before.
Our family will now send her the Wiradjuri way.
We acknowledge all of the lives that Isabell has touched
through her life and the legacy that she has given to many.
We now follow in her footsteps and she will be greatly
missed until we meet again.”
“Funeral arrangements are;
10:30am Monday 19th November 2012
Erambie Mission, West Cowra NSW
The service will be held in the park at the entrance of the
Erambie Mission.
For people who wish to attend, the ceremony will be
conducted under Wiradjuri Lore and practice.”
Event details: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/sites/default/files/sites/default/files/pdf-doc/Funeral%2BNotice%2Bfor%2BIsabell%2BEdie%2BCoe.pdf

– Photo

ABC: Isabel Coe in the Tent Embassy
12 Nov 12: “Isabel Coe, a Tent Embassy resident, at the
Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra on 17 July, 2003.
Ms Coe, who helped launch the Redfern Aboriginal Children’s
Service in Sydney in the 1970s, died on November 10, 2012.”

– Related Compilation

WGAR News: The Wire:
Influential tent embassy activist passes away [Isabel Coe]
(15 Nov 12)

– Related Audio Interview

AudioBoo: Indigenous activist Isabell Coe dies at 61
13 Nov 12: “For decades, Isabell Coe played a key role in
the campaign for Indigenous sovereignty and was
instrumental in keeping the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in
Canberra going. The Wiradjuri woman has died in Cowra at
the age of 61. Lindy Kerin reports for ABC’s ‘The World

– Related News

SNAICC News: Isobel Coe, Wiradjuri Woman, Elder and
life-long activist, passed away on Saturday, 10th November 2012
13 Nov 12: “Australia lost a great Aboriginal leader and
activist with the passing of Isobel Coe on 10 November in
Cowra at the age of 61. Isobel Coe dedicated her life to
the battle for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights
and had a long association with SNAICC, including as a
member of our National Executive in the 1990s. Former
SNAICC CEO Nigel D’Souza has paid tribute to Isobel’s life
and work.”

ABC: Cowra mourns death of Aboriginal elder and activist
13 Nov 12: “The Mayor of Cowra says the death of local
elder and Aboriginal activist, Isobell Coe, will be felt by
the whole community. Ms Coe was an avid campaigner at the
Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra, her husband Billy
Craigie was one of the founders in 1972. The Wiradjuri
elder died in Cowra on Saturday, aged 61. The Mayor, Bill
West, says Ms Coe will be greatly missed by locals. “I
think it’s sad, very, very sad for the Aboriginal
community, and the broader community. … “”

Amnesty International Australia:
The sad passing of Indigenous rights activist Isabel Coe
12 Nov 12: “… Growing up at Erambie Mission near Cowra,
NSW, Isabel travelled to Sydney in the early 1970’s where
she started her life as a young Aboriginal activist. During
this time she met her life partner Billy Craigie, a
co-founder of the ‘Aboriginal Tent Embassy’. … At the
Aboriginal Tent Embassy 40th Anniversary held this year,
Isabel Coe spoke not only to Aboriginal People but to all
Australian’s about the need for a national dialogue on
Aboriginal Sovereignty. “Come in and sit down with an open
heart and open mind, we are not into making people feel
guilty, because guilt is negative, we are into treaty
business,” she stated.”


– Event

Event: Sun 9 December 2012: South Adelaide, SA
(to mark International Human Right’s Day)
Note new date!
Book Launch: A Decision to Discriminate
Aboriginal Disempowerment in the Northern Territory
“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.”
A ‘concerned Australians’ publication
Flyer: http://www.respectandlisten.org/uploads/downloads/ca/ADTD-flyer-final.pdf
Order Form: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/ADTD_Order_Form.pdf
Event details: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/ADTD_booklaunches.html#Adelaide
Event details: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/
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
‘concerned Australians’ Media Release: http://www.respectandlisten.org/uploads/downloads/ca/MR-ADTD-Launch-5-11-12.pdf
Book reviews:
Audio Interviews: http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9818
‘concerned Australians’ Homepage: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/

See also:

WGAR News: Launch of A Decision to Discriminate:
Aboriginal Disempowerment in the NT (9 Nov 12)


‘concerned Australians’:
A Decision to Discriminate:
Speeches and pictures from the book launches

Source: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/ADTD_launchspeeches.html

* Sydney launch:

Graeme Mundine:

Click to access ADTD_launch_speech_Graeme_Mundine.pdf

“”I am extremely happy to be here tonight to help launch
this very important book A Decision to Discriminate. For so
long many of us have been going around trying to make
people understand what has actually happened in the
Northern Territory since 2007. It’s hard to articulate the
impact that the Intervention has had on Aboriginal people
across the NT. There are plenty of Government reports
– which to be honest completely confuse even the most
analytical of minds. There are lots of numbers and dollars
floating around, but little in the way of evidence that
shows us measurable outcomes and improvements. But these
reports mean little if they don’t reflect the experiences
of those who are most affected by the Intervention. There
have been some very strong statements, for example from
the Yolngu Nations Assembly, in recent years and this
book adds to and reinforces those statements.”

Videos … [Jeff McMullen & Graeme Mundine]: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/#ADTD

* Melbourne launch:

Alastair Nicholson:
Audio – part 1 (MP3): http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/ADTD_launch_speech_Alastair_Nicholson_p1.mp3
Audio – part 2 (MP3): http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/ADTD_launch_speech_Alastair_Nicholson_p2.mp3
Transcript (PDF): http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/ADTD_launch_transcription_Alastair_Nicholson.pdf
” … But I suppose I also should acknowledge and give a
very big thank you to, the people who participated in this
book because it’s their voice that you hear, it’s their
voice that you read about. And it’s absolutely essential
that their voice be heard. Unfortunately it’s not being
heard. It’s not being heard, I believe, because of what’s
really an unholy combination of the Liberal and Labor
Governments, both former Liberal and then the Labor
Government, pursuing the same hopeless policies and
seeming to be completely unaware of the need to speak to
the Aboriginal community to actually involve them in
decision making about their matters. … ”

Muriel Bamblett:
Audio (MP3): http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/ADTD_launch_speech_Muriel_Bamblett.mp3

Rosalie Kunoth-Monks:
Audio (MP3): http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/ADTD_launch_speech_Rosalie_Kunoth-Monks.mp3
Transcript (PDF): http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/ADTD_launch_transcription_Rosalie_Kunoth-Monks.pdf
” … It is only Australian people like yourselves that
really can change and assist us but don’t do it in the
paternalistic way that we’ve been doing it for a while.
Let’s do it as equals on the basis of humanity and let’s
not let Aboriginal culture, which brings richness to
Australia, disappear. I’m not going to give you a great big
intellectual talk or anything like that. I’m appealing to
you on a human level to come to us, and let’s be together.
I think Reverend Gondarra when he says “right at this
precise time, really feel our pain” it’s a little bit more
than feeling sorry for us. But we don’t want anyone
feeling pity for us. We’re more than capable of fighting
and we will fight. … ”

* Canberra launch:

John Falzon:

Click to access ADTD_launch_speech_John_Falzon.pdf

” … But we are here because of a decision to resist, a
decision to resist that which dehumanises, a decision to
create a society that celebrates diversity, that begins
with a profound sense of respect, through listening to and
learning from, the First Peoples of this land, a society
built not only on a redistribution of wealth and resources
but also a redistribution of hope. This is the only way to
achieve lasting change. Not by discrimination but by
self-determination. This is the kind of revolutionary
change that lies at the heart of the contradictions that
this book so lovingly documents.”

Janet Hunt:

Click to access ADTD_launch_speech_Janet_Hunt.pdf

“In preparing for tonight I thought I’d also have a look at
the submissions from Aboriginal peoples’ organizations in
the Northern Territory to the Senate Committee, as well as
what this book tells us about what they said at the
Hearings. What was striking, reading them, was how many
referred to the despair and despondency, the sense of
disempowerment that people in the Northern Territory were
feeling. Yes, some women supported income management – but
generally would have preferred that it was voluntary not
enforced. …
I’ll leave you with two words which sum up what
governments and our society needs to do if we are to
change this sad situation- trust and respect. Trust in
Aboriginal people to be able to make good decisions with
the right information and support; and respect for their
right to do so.”

– – –

Respect and Listen:
A Decision to Discriminate:
Video clips from the Sydney book launch

Source: [scroll down page] http://www.respectandlisten.org/nt-intervention/concerned-australians/a-decision-to-discriminate.html

1. Jeff McMullen

2. Graeme Mundine

3. Jeff McMullen – reading the letter from Deni Langman

4. Barbara Shaw

5. Senator Sekai Holland

– – –

See also:

WGAR News: Launch of A Decision to Discriminate:
Aboriginal Disempowerment in the NT (9 Nov 12)


– Video

ABC Lateline:
Grieving bush community fights back against alcohol
15 Nov 12: “The deaths of two brothers near a road-side
drinking spot on a highway in the Top End has shaken an
Aboriginal community south-east of Katherine. Tomorrow
people from Aboriginal communities around the Territory
will meet in Darwin to weigh into the wider debate on
alcohol policy in the Territory.”


Last updated: 11 November 2012



Last updated: 13 November 2012



– News

Koori Mail: NAAJA slams ‘bad laws’
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
16 Nov 12: “THE North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency
has slammed a proposal by the Northern Territory Council
Liberal Party to radically increase mandatory sentences for
violent offences. NAAJA chief executive Priscilla Collins
said the proposed laws were ‘simply bad laws’ and were ‘not
based on any evidence of what works to make communities

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Anger at police compensation for Palm Island death
15 Nov 12: “A national Indigenous reconciliation group says
the Queensland Government’s decision to pay for the legal
fees of police officers involved in a death in custody case
has devastated a community. ANTaR’s Jacqueline Phillips has
strongly condemned the compensation of legal fees, worth
around $660,000, accumulated by police after the death of
Murindji Doomadgee on Palm Island in 2004. Ms Phillips says
while the family of the man has not received any
compensation, police officers involved were found to
misrepresent legal proceedings.”

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