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

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.”

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