Archive for December, 2012

121228 – “Genuine Participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in Child Protection Decision-making”

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 28/12/2012 by D

* SNAICC News:
Genuine Participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Peoples in Child Protection Decision-making

* Leah Talbot & Dave Sweeney, ACF:
Looking to the mining industry to empower Indigenous
communities is a dangerous and fraught path

* Chris Graham At Large:
Is our children learning and are you’re politician’s listening?

* Gerry Georgatos, Indymedia Australia:
Is non-sniffable fuel really the answer?

* Sean Kerins, Crikey:
No room at the inn for Aboriginal customers in Borroloola
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention

* NIRS:
Fears of long-term effect from Northern Territory budget cuts

* CAAMA: Aboriginal young people in detention
* Background to Aboriginal imprisonment and Deaths in Custody

* SNAICC NEWS:
GENUINE PARTICIPATION OF ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT
ISLANDER PEOPLES IN CHILD PROTECTION DECISION-MAKING

– News

Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care:
SNAICC News: Genuine Participation of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Peoples in Child Protection Decision-making
http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=953
19 Dec 12: “The Participation Framework forms part of
SNAICC’s continuing work to promote self-determination for
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in child
protection decision-making. SNAICC believes that through
increased self-determination better outcomes can be
achieved for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
and families who come into contact with the child protection
system. Genuine participation is also key to effective
implementation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Child Placement Principle.”

See:

SNAICC Background
http://www.snaicc.org.au/about/dsp-default.cfm?loadref=1
“The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child
Care (SNAICC) is the national non government peak body in
Australia representing the interests of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander children and families.”

* LEAH TALBOT & DAVE SWEENEY, THE ACF:
LOOKING TO THE MINING INDUSTRY TO EMPOWER INDIGENOUS
COMMUNITIES IS A DANGEROUS AND FRAUGHT PATH

– Analysis / Opinion

The ACF: Looking to the mining industry to empower
Indigenous communities is a dangerous and fraught path
The Age: Green movement is here to help, not hinder, Aborigines
ACF: http://www.acfonline.org.au/news-media/acf-opinion/looking-mining-industry-empower-indigenous-communities-dangerous-and-fraught
Age: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/green-movement-is-here-to-help-not-hinder-aborigines-20121220-2bpim.html
21 Dec 12: “A CONSISTENT theme running through Professor
Marcia Langton’s recent Boyer Lectures is the idea that the
environment movement is standing in the way of indigenous
empowerment and that conservationists are ”new colonisers
under a green flag”. The accusation is way off the mark.
Long ago, the Australian Conservation Foundation recognised
that the best way to protect the environment in this
country was in partnership with those who have done this
for thousands of years, the Aboriginal traditional owners.
We have a positive vision for northern Australia … ”
By Leah Talbot and Dave Sweeney
* Leah Talbot, a Kuku Yalanji woman,
works for the Australian Conservation Foundation
* Dave Sweeney, works on nuclear, resource and Indigenous
issues with the Australian Conservation Foundation

See:

ACF – Australian Conservation Foundation
About us
http://www.acfonline.org.au/about-us
“ACF’s vision is a prosperous society in which the
principles of ecological sustainability, social justice and
human wellbeing are embedded in Australia’s decision-making
processes, in government, in business practices and in our
cultures.”

ABC Radio National: 2012 Boyer Lectures
The Quiet Revolution: Indigenous People and the Resources Boom
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/boyerlectures/
“The 53rd Boyer Lectures will be presented by Professor
Marcia Langton AM, Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies
at The University of Melbourne. The lectures’ subject will
be The Quiet Revolution: Indigenous People and the
Resources Boom. Prof Langton will look at the dependency
of Aboriginal businesses and not-for-profit corporations
on the resources industry and their resultant
vulnerability to economic downturns.”

Indymedia Australia:
Researcher argues new generation of deals can finally
empower Aboriginal communities
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/23/researcher-argues-new-generation-of-deals-can-finally-empower-aboriginal-communities
23 Dec 12: “Lily O’Neill is a PhD student with the
Agreements, Treaties and Negotiated Settlements Project, an
Australian Research project at the University of Melbourne
and she argues the case that agreements such as the
Kimberley LNG deal are the way forward for Aboriginal
communities otherwise languishing in poverty. … Human
Rights Alliance Indigenous spokeswoman Natalie Flower said
the Agreements, Treaties and Negotiated Settlements
Project run a defeatist argument of “get what you can and
work with it and not what you are entitled to.””
By Gerry Georgatos

* CHRIS GRAHAM AT LARGE:
IS OUR CHILDREN LEARNING AND ARE YOU’RE POLITICIAN’S LISTENING?

– Analysis / Opinion

Chris Graham At Large:
Is our children learning and are you’re politician’s listening?
http://chrisgrahamatlarge.com/2012/12/20/is-our-children-learning-and-are-youre-politicians-listening/
20 Dec 12: “ONE of the great ironies of the latest round of
hand-wringing over the results in the National Assessment
Program - Literacy and Numeracy (or NAPLAN) tests is that
while we flog our black kids for not learning fast enough 
- and the schools for not lifting their results - as a
nation we continue to fail to learn the lessons of our own
past. … And therein lies the solution. While there are a
host of factors that affect Aboriginal learning - poverty,
poor housing, home life - the core principle remains:
Aboriginal communities must determine Aboriginal
educational priorities.” By Chris Graham,
former managing editor of Tracker magazine,
founding editor of the National Indigenous Times,
a freelance writer based in Sydney

See:

Chris Graham At Large
http://chrisgrahamatlarge.com/

* GERRY GEORGATOS, INDYMEDIA AUSTRALIA:
IS NON-SNIFFABLE FUEL REALLY THE ANSWER?

– Analysis / Opinion

Indymedia Australia: Is non-sniffable fuel really the answer?
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/23/is-non-sniffable-fuel-really-the-answer
23 Dec 12: “The Human Rights Alliance Indigenous
spokeswoman Natalie Flower said if the best a Government
could do to try and reduce solvent abuse was to switch to
low aromatic fuels then they had not done their job. “It’s
certainly good to remove access to a substance that people
will abuse however the problem is still there, the problem
that someone who is prepared to petrol sniff, well they
will be prepared to find some other abuse to oneself to
stampede their mind into aberration, find relief from their
poverty, hopelessness, and lonesomeness. … ” said Ms
Flower.” By Gerry Georgatos

See:

WGAR News: Greens Senator Rachel Siewert:
Greens Opal Fuel Bill passes the Senate (30 Nov 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/30/wgar-news-grog-summit-outcomes-apo-nt-aboriginal-peak-organisations-northern-territory

Gerry Georgatos – Indymedia Australia
http://indymedia.org.au/users/gerry-georgatos

About Indymedia Australia
http://indymedia.org.au/about
“Indymedia is a collective providing a platform for
grassroots media-makers to create radical, accurate, and
passionate coverage of struggles and movements working for
social, environmental and economic justice.
Everyone is a witness. Everyone is a journalist.”

* SEAN KERINS, CRIKEY:
NO ROOM AT THE INN FOR ABORIGINAL CUSTOMERS IN BORROLOOLA

– News

Crikey:
No room at the inn for Aboriginal customers in Borroloola
http://www.crikey.com.au/2012/12/24/no-room-at-the-inn-for-aboriginal-customers-in-borroloola/
24 Dec 12: “Many Aboriginal people support booze bans in
local communities. But a raid on Chrisco hampers in the
Northern Territory left a bad taste. Sean Kerins of ANU’s
Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy reports from
Borroloola. … This type of activity has the look of
entrapment. It reeks of punishment. Aboriginal people see
it as deeply unfair. … Who is accountable for this
debacle? Perhaps it’s the Aboriginal drinkers, on the
lookout for grog to feed that constant desire, to numb
the pain of existence. But we know that Borroloola has
no dry-out place, no counselling services.” By Sean Kerins

See:

About Crikey
http://www.crikey.com.au/about/
“Crikey is Australian for independent journalism.
Crikey’s aim is very simple: to bring its readers the
inside word on what’s really going on in politics,
government, media, business, the arts, sport and other
aspects of public life in Australia.”

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

Last updated: 22 December 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: 19 December 2012

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

* NIRS:
FEARS OF LONG-TERM EFFECT FROM NORTHERN TERRITORY BUDGET CUTS

– News Analysis

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Fears of long-term effect from Northern Territory budget cuts
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/features/7714-fears-of-long-term-effect-from-nt-budget-cuts-
21 Dec 12: “The Northern Territory Government is being
warned cutting funds for programs for Aboriginal people
will have a long-term negative effect. … A number of
programs directly affecting Aboriginal people have also
had their funding slashed. Child care organisation Stronger
Aboriginal Families, Together (SAF,T) has lost half its
funding and is now having to restructure in order reduce
the scope of the services it provides. A spokesperson for
the group says it’s now expected to be an out-of-home care
provider and not more involved in prevention of children
being removed from their families.”

See:

WGAR News: Government cuts a major blow to the territory’s
vulnerable children and families: SNAICC (19 Dec 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/19/wgar-news-government-cuts-a-major-blow-to-the-territorys-vulnerable-children-and-families
[SNAICC:
Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care]

WGAR News: APO NT: Mini-budget cuts to Aboriginal services
will increase harm and cost more -especially in the Bush
(18 Dec 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/18/wgar-news-brisbane-aboriginal-sovereign-embassy-to-charge-graham-quirk-media-release

WGAR News: Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition has condemned
the CLP’s mini-budget cuts to vital Aboriginal services:
Media Release (18 Dec 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/18/wgar-news-brisbane-aboriginal-sovereign-embassy-to-charge-graham-quirk-media-release

About the National Indigenous Radio Service
http://www.nirs.org.au/about-us/about-nirs
“The National Indigenous Radio Service Limited (NIRS) is a
national service provided from a hub station residing in
Brisbane. It networks material for Indigenous media
organisations that don’t have the staffing or capital
requirements to provide a 24-hour high quality broadcast
to their audience.”

* CAAMA: ABORIGINAL YOUNG PEOPLE IN DETENTION

– Audio

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

24 Dec 12: “A new report says just over half of all young
people being held in detention on an average June night in
Australia were Aboriginal.”

See:

About CAAMA
http://caama.com.au/
“The Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA)
began operations in 1980 and was the first Aboriginal
group to be allocated a broadcasting license.
The Aboriginal people of Central Australia own CAAMA
through an association regulated under the Incorporations
Act, and its objectives focus on the social, cultural and
economic advancement of Aboriginal peoples. … ”

* BACKGROUND TO ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT AND DEATHS IN CUSTODY:

Last updated: 21 December 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-aboriginal-imprisonment-and-deaths-in-custody

121226 – WA govt’s “mean-spirited” refusal to extend Stolen Wages deadline: Tracker

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 26/12/2012 by D

* Amy McQuire, Tracker:
WA govt’s “mean-spirited” refusal to extend Stolen Wages deadline
* Stolen Wages: Many will miss out says ALSWA
[Aboriginal Legal Service of WA]
* Robin Chapple MLC:
Hundreds will miss out as Government refuses to
extend Stolen Wages Scheme
* ABC Indigenous: Payments flow to stolen wage victims
* Stolen Wages offer a ‘slap in the face’ says ALSWA
[Aboriginal Legal Service of WA]
* Gerry Georgatos, Indymedia Australia:
Stolen wages remain stolen with $2,000 offer
* Creative Spirits: Stolen Wages

* Martin Lukacs, The Guardian UK:
Canada’s First Nations protest heralds a new alliance
* Sovereign Union:
Howard recognised continuing Aboriginal sovereignty
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement

* Close The Gap Campaign:
Don’t slash Indigenous health funding: Close the Gap
* Close The Gap Committee: Submission to the
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan

* AMY MCQUIRE, TRACKER:
WA GOVT’S “MEAN-SPIRITED” REFUSAL TO EXTEND STOLEN WAGES DEADLINE

– News

newsTracker:
WA govt’s “mean-spirited” refusal to extend Stolen Wages deadline
http://tracker.org.au/2012/11/wa-govts-mean-spirited-refusal-to-extend-stolen-wages-deadline/
29 Nov 12: “WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Hundreds of Aboriginal
Western Australians who had their wages withheld from
successive state governments could miss out on a
reparations payment, after the Barnett government refused
to extend the deadline. The Stolen Wages Reparations Scheme
was announced earlier this year, offering a $2000 ex-gratia
payment in exchange for the millions of dollars in
Aboriginal wages and entitlements withheld within a system
of trust accounts from 1905 to 1972. The withholding of
wages and pensions compounded the disadvantage and poverty
of Aboriginal people throughout Western Australia.”
By Amy McQuire, a Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman,
editor of Tracker

See:

Stories by Amy McQuire – Tracker
http://tracker.org.au/author/amy/

About Tracker
http://tracker.org.au/about-us/
“Tracker magazine is a publication of the NSW Aboriginal
Land Council, Australia’s largest Aboriginal organisation.”

* STOLEN WAGES: MANY WILL MISS OUT SAYS ALSWA
[ABORIGINAL LEGAL SERVICE OF WA]:

– Media Release

Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia (Inc.) (ALSWA):
Stolen Wages: Many will miss out says ALSWA
http://www.als.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=242:stolen-wages-many-will-miss-out-says-alswa&catid=13:media-releases&Itemid=46
23 Nov 12: “With only one week to go until the Stolen Wages
Reparation Scheme closes, the Aboriginal Legal Service of
Western Australia (ALSWA) is disappointed that the WA
Government has refused to extend the deadline beyond 30th
November 2012.
Last month ALSWA wrote to the Minister for Indigenous
Affairs, Peter Collier MLC, seeking an extension, but the
Minister has refused. “I am so sad for all of the people
who will miss out on making an application, it is really
disheartening that after all they have already gone
through, they will be further disadvantaged through this
exclusionary time limit and limited criteria for
eligibility” said ALSWA CEO Dennis Eggington.
Since the scheme was announced in March this year, ALSWA
has become aware of approximately 1600 people who have
either expressed an interest in applying, or who ALSWA
believes may be eligible to apply for the ex gratia
payment of up to $2000. “Whilst the amount offered is
comparable with tea and flour, or the crumbs off of the
table, it is at least some reparation for those who so
greatly contributed to the economic power afforded to this
state today” said Mr. Eggington. … ”

See:

Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia (Inc.) (ALSWA)
http://www.als.org.au/
“Striving for justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander peoples in Western Australia for over thirty years.”

* ROBIN CHAPPLE MLC:
HUNDREDS WILL MISS OUT AS GOVERNMENT REFUSES
TO EXTEND STOLEN WAGES SCHEME

– News

Robin Chapple MLC:
Hundreds will miss out as Government refuses
to extend Stolen Wages Scheme
http://robinchapple.com/hundreds-will-miss-out-government-refuses-extend-stolen-wages-scheme
28 Nov 12: “Greens Member of Parliament Robin Chapple MLC
has lashed out at the Barnett/Grylls Government’s refusal
to extend the deadline of the Stolen Wages Reparation
Scheme, accusing the Premier and the Minister for
Aboriginal Affairs Peter Collier of being unjust, unfair
and mean-spirited. “The WA Government is very good at
paying lip service to the needs of Aboriginal people but
puts its head firmly in the sand when it comes time to
follow through with practical assistance,” Mr Chapple
said. “The $2,000 payment to compensate Indigenous
workers who had their wages held in trust by successive
state governments until the 1970s is paltry enough.
“But to deny people even that tiny sum by closing the
scheme just 9 months after it was announced is nothing
short of malevolent. … “”

See:

Robin Chapple MLC: Aboriginal Issues
http://robinchapple.com/aboriginal-issues

Robin Chapple MLC: Member for Mining and Pastoral Region
http://robinchapple.com/
“Robin Chapple was first elected to the Western Australian
Legislative Council on February 10, 2001. He is the first
member of the Greens (WA) ever elected for the vast Mining
and Pastoral Region.”

The Greens (WA): MLC – Robin Chapple
http://wa.greens.org.au/content/mlc-robin-chapple
“With a background in engineering, Aboriginal community
development, local government, and mining, Robin Chapple is
well qualified to represent the vast Mining and Pastoral
Region.”

* ABC INDIGENOUS: PAYMENTS FLOW TO STOLEN WAGE VICTIMS

– News

ABC Indigenous: Payments flow to stolen wage victims
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-12-21/stolen-wages-payments-flow/4440398/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
21 Dec 12: “The State Government has begun distributing
millions of dollars to Aboriginal Western Australians who
had wages withheld until the 1970s. The Minister for
Indigenous Affairs opened a nine-month window for eligible
people to apply for a $2,000 ex gratia payment. … There
were almost 700 applicant from the south-west and
Goldfields, 192 Gascoyne and Pilbara applicants and 500
from the Kimberley. About 600 came from the metropolitan
region.”

ABC Indigenous: Compensation for stolen Aboriginal wages
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-12-21/aboriginal-stolen-wage-claims/4440566/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
21 Dec 12: “The State Government has begun distributing
millions of dollars to Indigenous West Australians who had
their wages withheld from the 1900s until the 1970s.
Earlier this year the Minister for Indigenous Affairs,
Peter Collier, created a scheme which allowed eligible
people to apply for a $2,000 ex gratia payment. The scheme
was open for nine months.”

See:

ABC Indigenous – Home
http://www.abc.net.au/indigenous/

* STOLEN WAGES OFFER A ‘SLAP IN THE FACE’ SAYS ALSWA
[ABORIGINAL LEGAL SERVICE OF WA]:

– Media Release

Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia (Inc.) (ALSWA):
Stolen wages offer a ‘slap in the face’ says ALSWA
http://www.als.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=230:stolen-wages-offer-a-slap-in-the-face-says-alswa&catid=13:media-releases&Itemid=46
6 Mar 12: “The Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia
(ALSWA) has slammed the WA State Government’s offer of up
to $2000.00 to Aboriginal workers whose past wages were
stolen by the state.
“This is a slap in the face and a cruel and heartless offer
which offends the very notion of recompense” said ALSWA
CEO Adjunct Professor Dennis Eggington. “This is not just
about stolen wages or pensions that were withheld, nor is
it about coming up with an equitable scheme. This state’s
economic power was built upon the backs of hard working,
proud Indigenous men and women who had their hard earned
wages withheld. To now offer these people such a paltry
amount diminishes the contributions that our people have
made. Any offer made must also ensure that monies are
repaid in terms of today’s monetary value” said Mr.
Eggington.
This offer comes six years after ALSWA’s submission to the
Senate Inquiry into Stolen Wages recommending the just
return of stolen wages to Aboriginal workers. … ”

See:

Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia (Inc.) (ALSWA)
http://www.als.org.au/
“Striving for justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander peoples in Western Australia for over thirty years.”

* GERRY GEORGATOS, INDYMEDIA AUSTRALIA:
STOLEN WAGES REMAIN STOLEN WITH $2,000 OFFER

– Analysis / Opinion

Indymedia Australia:
Stolen wages remain stolen with $2,000 offer
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/08/stolen-wages-remain-stolen-with-2000-offer
8 Mar 12: “The Stolen Wages campaign has taken an almighty
setback in Western Australia when the state government
tossed up a disturbingly paltry compensation offer – and
which requires one to extinguish all rights to any further
claims if they accept the offer. According to the state’s
Indigenous Affairs Minister, Peter Collier, there are at
best only 1,400 ‘legitimate’ claimants and he has ruled out
the right of families to claim or benefit. Minister
Collier, on behalf of the Colin Barnett government has
ruled out 100% redress for the wages withheld by
government agencies from Aboriginal workers, and is
limiting compensation to a one-off maximum cap $2000
payment.” By Gerry Georgatos

– Further Background References

Indymedia Australia:
Stolen wages remain stolen with $2,000 offer
[scroll down page to bottom of article] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/08/stolen-wages-remain-stolen-with-2000-offer

See:

Gerry Georgatos – Indymedia Australia
http://indymedia.org.au/users/gerry-georgatos

About Indymedia Australia
http://indymedia.org.au/about
“Indymedia is a collective providing a platform for
grassroots media-makers to create radical, accurate, and
passionate coverage of struggles and movements working for
social, environmental and economic justice.
Everyone is a witness. Everyone is a journalist.”

* CREATIVE SPIRITS: STOLEN WAGES

– Background Research

Creative Spirits: Stolen Wages
http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/economy/stolen-wages
“From the late 1800s until the 1970s Aboriginal workers
were for all intents and purposes enslaved. They were
denied access to their wages which in many cases were
simply stolen by corrupt officials and employers. It locked
them into a cycle of poverty. Governments and churches have
made it difficult to access records and there is a general
reluctance to pay the monies withheld.”

See:

Creative Spirits – Aboriginal Australia, Photography and Poems
http://www.creativespirits.info/index.html

About Creative Spirits
http://www.creativespirits.info/about.html

* MARTIN LUKACS, THE GUARDIAN UK:
CANADA’S FIRST NATIONS PROTEST HERALDS A NEW ALLIANCE

– News

The Guardian UK:
Canada’s First Nations protest heralds a new alliance
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/dec/20/canada-first-nations-new-alliance
20 Dec 12: “The grassroots IdleNoMore movement of
aboriginal people offers a more sustainable future for all
Canadians … Canada’s placid winter surface has been
broken by unprecedented protests by its aboriginal peoples.
In just a few weeks, a small campaign launched against the
Conservative government’s budget bill by four aboriginal
women has expanded and transformed into a season of
discontent: a cultural and political resurgence. It has
seen rallies in dozens of cities, a disruption of
legislature, blockades of major highways, drumming flash
mobs in malls, a flurry of Twitter activity under the
hashtag #IdleNoMore and a hunger strike by Chief Theresa
Spence, in a tepee minutes from Ottawa’s parliament.”
By Martin Lukacs, an independent journalist,
an editor with the Canadian grassroots newspaper the Dominion

See:

Martin Lukacs – The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/martin-lukacs

Information – The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/info

* SOVERIEGN UNION:
HOWARD RECOGNISED CONTINUING ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY

– Media Release

Sovereign Union:
John Howard recognised continuing Aboriginal sovereignty
in his Ten Point Plan for limiting Native Title
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/john-howard-recognised-continuing-aboriginal-sovereignty-his-ten-point-plan-limiting-native
21 Dec 12: “Michael Anderson, Tamworth, NSW …
With the passage of time it is now painfully obvious that
former Prime Minister, John Howard, fully realised that
Aboriginal peoples maintain a very powerful position in
Australia, so much so, that by amending the Native Title
Act in 1998 he demonstrated the inherent power of
Aboriginal peoples, which stems from our continuing
sovereignty.
Having now reviewed his Ten Point Plan it is important for
us, as First Nations Peoples, to revisit John Howard’s
amendments and what they meant. … ”

See:

Sovereign Union – First Nations Interim National Unity Government:
Asserting Australia’s First Nations Sovereignty into Governance
http://www.sovereignunion.mobi/
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/

About ‘Sovereign Union’
http://www.sovereignunion.mobi/node/3
“This is the official website of the Sovereign Union of
First Nations and Peoples in Australia.
The Sovereign Union was first formed at a meeting on 12-14
June 1999 on Mt Kaputar, near Narrabri, NSW. A delegation
was sent to Geneva to the UN Working Group of the
Commission on Human Rights to take our sovereign voices to
the international community.
The Sovereign Union was further formalised with a
Foundation Meeting of the ‘Sovereign Union – interim Unity
Government’ at the Kuradji Tent Embassy, near Wollongong,
New South Wales on May 25 2012.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT:

Last updated: 22 December 2012

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

* CLOSE THE GAP CAMPAIGN:
DON’T SLASH INDIGENOUS HEALTH FUNDING: CLOSE THE GAP

– Media Release

Close the Gap Campaign:
Don’t slash Indigenous health funding: Close the Gap
AHRC: http://humanrights.gov.au/about/media/media_releases/2012/117_12.html
21 Dec 12: “The Close the Gap Campaign Steering Committee
today called on the Federal Government to maintain
Indigenous health funding, in its submission to the
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan.
The plan, for which consultations have been held over the
past 8 weeks, will replace the National Strategic Framework
for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health which
expires in 2013.
Close the Gap Campaign co-chair Mick Gooda said the
Steering Committee commended the government on its
commitment to develop a long term plan to Close the Gap,
a longstanding call of the Campaign. …
Mr Gooda said the campaign was seeking assurances from
the Government that investment in Indigenous health
funding would continue after this period, given all
parties had committed to the 2030 target to close the
gap on Indigenous health inequality.
“We cannot take our eye off the ball or fall into any sense
of complacency in relation to Indigenous health,” he said.”

See:

Close the Gap – Campaign for Indigenous Health Equality
http://humanrights.gov.au/social_justice/health/index.html
“The poorer health of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander peoples when compared to the non-Indigenous
population is no secret – and something can be done about
it. Since 2006, Australia’s peak Indigenous and
non-Indigenous health bodies, NGOs and human rights
organisations have worked together to achieve health and
life expectation equality for Australia’s Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander peoples. This is known as the Close
the Gap Campaign. … ”

* CLOSE THE GAP COMMITTEE: SUBMISSION TO THE
NATIONAL ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER HEALTH PLAN

– Submission

Submission to the
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan
Close The Gap Campaign Steering Committee
December 2012
AHRC: http://humanrights.gov.au/social_justice/health/20121220_CTG_Health_Plan_Submission%20Final.html
“7 Conclusion:
71. The Campaign Steering Committee believes that it is
critical that the Health Plan demonstrates ambition and
reach befitting the target to close the life expectancy
gap by 2030. It is equally imperative that the Health Plan
continue to be developed in genuine partnership with
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their
representative organisations. Furthermore, for the
implementation of the Health Plan to be effective it must
have a resources strategy and monitoring and
accountability mechanisms.
72. The Campaign Steering Committee will continue to work
with the NHLF as Health Plan is being developed. It will
also actively monitor this process and the subsequent
implementation of the Health Plan.” page 22

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121223 – Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia – 28 events from 23 December 2012

Posted in EVENTS, NEWSLETTER on 24/12/2012 by D

Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia
– 28 events from 23 December 2012

Click on the links for details of the events …

Event: 10 December 2012 to 10 January 2013: Online
Our Generation film
Film released free online
“To mark the International Day for Human Rights
(10 Dec), we have uploaded the original version
of the film to watch for free online.
It will be available to view until 10 Jan 2013.”
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/news/film-released-free-online-1
About the film: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
Film Reviews: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/09/24/our-generation-film-reviews

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 December 2012: Mosman, Sydney, NSW
Sail for a Whale on Boxing Day
“Every year, thousands of Sydneysiders watch
the famous Sydney-to-Hobart yacht race.
This year, we’re inviting you to jump ship
and ‘Sail for a Whale’ instead!
Our inaugural Boxing Day sailing event is
being held in solidarity with the people of
Broome campaigning against the construction
of a gaint gas hub on their doorstep.”
The Wilderness Society WA Inc
Event details: http://www.wilderness.org.au/campaigns/kimberley/sail-for-a-kimberley-whale-on-boxing-day
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.respectandlisten.org/kimberley.html
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: 26 December 2012 – 1 January 2013: Woodford, Qld
Songlines Venue at the Woodford Folk Festival
“Join in the music, discussions and workshops
at the Songlines venue at Woodford this year.
A full program including Sam Watson,
Archie Roach, Stiff Gins and much much more”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://antarqld.org.au/node/207
Event details: http://www.woodfordfolkfestival.com/programme/?genre=34

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.
* 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/
Interview with Curator Keith Munro: http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/keith-munro/

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

Event: 26 January 2013: Belgrave, Melbourne Vic
Belgrave Survival Day:
A concert to celebrate survival of indigenous
culture locally and nationally
“The sixth annual Belgrave Survival Day
will this year focus on children’s activities,
hip hop and the 150th anniversary of
Cooranderrk as a we again celebrate the
survival of the oldest living culture on earth.”
“The Wurundjeri:
The land that Belgrave Survival Day falls upon
is part of the Wurundjeri nation that lived here
for tens of thousands of years before the
colonial settlers re-named the area
Belgrave in the late 19th century.”
Event details: http://belgravesurvivalday.org/

Event: Sat 26 January 2013: Adelaide, SA
145th Justice and Peace Candle Light Walk
around Government House
“Join us on the Candle Light Walk to
call for a Treaty and Bill of Rights, and
to support the Ngarrindjeri and all other
Aboriginal people and the Stolen Generations,
their families and communities left behind,
in their call for Peace and Justice.”
Event details: http://antarsa.auspics.org.au/category/news/2012/10/candlelight-walk-2/
Event details: http://antarsa.auspics.org.au/
Background to the Candle Light Walk: http://members.ozemail.com.au/~rmclc/CandleLightWalkHistory.htm

Event: Sat 26 January 2013: Glebe, Sydney, NSW
26 January Australia Day / Survival Day
Yabun festival 2013, Sydney
“Celebrates the survival of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander peoples and culture.”
“Yabun is the largest single day Indigenous
festival drawing an audience of between
10,000 and 15,000 and is one of the most
important Indigenous music events in the
country reflecting the huge wealth of
Indigenous creative talent.”
“Alongside all the wonderful music,
you can soak up some culture and area
information from some of the community’s
most influential leaders and informational
booths including:
* The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence,
* The Redfern Legal Centre,
* Wirringa Bay Aboriginal Women’s Legal Centre
* Amnesty International”
“Yabun 2013 will be celebrating the
20th Anniversary of Gadigal Information Service,
10 years of Koori Radio’s Young Black and
Deadly project and the 75th Anniversary of the
National Aborigines Progressive Association.”
Event details: http://www.homeaway.com.au/info/holiday-ideas/events-festivals/new-south-wales-events-festivals/sydney-events/yabun-festival-2013
Event details: http://www.yelp.com.au/events/glebe-yabun-festival
Event details: http://www.pleasetakemeto.com/australia/sydney/yabun-festival-2013-9127032
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/yabun.festival/info
Event details: http://www.sydney.com/events/yabun-2011?gclid=COz5lNrDp7QCFQFKpgodTXoARw
Event details: http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html#january
Background: http://www.gadigal.org.au/Index.aspx
Background: http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/lryb/resistance/activism.html

Event: 26 January 2013: Melbourne, Vic
Festival: Share the Spirit Indigenous music festival
Event summary: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/52993

Event: 7 December 2012 to 26 January 2013: Wooloongabba, Qld
Art Exhibition: Claudia’s Story
featuring Claudia Janice Moodoonuthi
Woolloongabba Art Gallery
“Throughout the development of modern Aboriginal
art there are many instances of Indigenous people
reconnecting to their heritage through art. Rarely
though, does one witness this in an artist of such
a young age as Claudia Moodoonuthi. Born on
the small and largely isolated Bentinck Island in
the Gulf of Carpentaria in 1995 Moodoonoothi is
already proving a formidable art talent.” By Susan McCulloch
Event details: http://wag.com.au/
Event details: [scroll down page] http://antarqld.org.au/node/207
Invite: http://wag.com.au/index.php/download_file/view/530/1/
Catalogue: http://wag.com.au/index.php/download_file/view/531/1/

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

Event: Thu 14 February 2013: Waterloo, Sydney, NSW
Rally 9th Anniversary of TJ Hickey’s death:
9 Years Too Long! Re open the TJ inquiry!
Demand justice for TJ and all other Deaths in Costody!
Organised by the Hickey family and the
Indigenous Social Justice Association: http://www.isja-msg.com/index.htm
Flyer: http://indymedia.org.au/files/flyer%20front%209th%20anniversary%20tj%20hickey%20rally%2014%20feb%202013%20raul%20+%20shelly%20with%20changes.pdf
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/9-years-too-long-re-open-the-tj-inquiry
WGAR Background to Aboriginal imprisonment and Deaths in Custody: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-aboriginal-imprisonment-and-deaths-in-custody
WGAR Background to the justice for Kumentjaye Briscoe campaign: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-the-justice-for-kumentjaye-briscoe-campaign

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,
and to stand in solidarity with the people of
Broome against industrialisation as a result of the
planned James Price Point gas hub.”
Event details: [scroll down page] 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: Fri 1 March 2013: Adelaide, SA
146th Justice and Peace Candle Light Walk
around Government House
Gather at dusk on the first Friday of the month
(except January and February)
“Join us on the Candle Light Walk to
call for a Treaty and Bill of Rights, and
to support the Ngarrindjeri and all other
Aboriginal people and the Stolen Generations,
their families and communities left behind,
in their call for Peace and Justice.”
Event details: http://antarsa.auspics.org.au/
Background to the Candle Light Walk: http://members.ozemail.com.au/~rmclc/CandleLightWalkHistory.htm

Event: Mon 18 March 2013: Qld
Annual ANTaR Qld
Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health Award
“We are happy to announce that the
Annual ANTaR Qld Closing the Gap in Indigenous
Health Award will continue to be hosted with a
Parliamentary sponsor and will continue to highlight
the wonderful success stories in health from around
our State.”
“In negotiation with the new Government and Minister Elmes,
the Award ceremony has been rescheduled to
coincide with National Close the Gap Day in March 2013.
Details will be sent out closer to the date.”
Event summary: http://antarqld.org.au/node/207
Event details: http://antarqld.org.au/

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: 21 March 2013: various locations internationally
UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Event details: http://www.un.org/en/events/racialdiscriminationday/

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: Fri 29 March to Sun 7 April 2013:
Melbourne-Adelaide-the uranium hotspots of SA and back!
Radioactive Exposure Tour 2013
“Friends of the Earth is hosting the annual
Radioactive Exposure Tour. These tours have
exposed thousands of people first-hand to
the realities of ‘radioactive racism’ and to the
environmental impacts of the nuclear industry.”
“After travelling from Melbourne to Adelaide
we will head through Port Augusta and
visit the Aboriginal Tent Embassy. Then we’ll
travel north to the SA desert, we’ll visit BHP
Billiton’s Olympic Dam uranium mine at
Roxby Downs, … we’ll hopefully get to spend
time with Arabunna elder Uncle Kevin Buzzacott, … ”
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/456894601029352/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/radioactive-exposure-tour-0
Background to Port Augusta Aboriginal Tent Embassy: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/gugada-embassy-be-established-pt-augusta
More about the Embassy: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-08-16/indigenous-protesters-urge-sovereignty-treaty/4203182
WGAR Background to expansion of Olympic Dam mine challenge: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/13/background-to-expansion-of-olympic-dam-mine-challenge-south-australia
WGAR Background to the Aboriginal tent embassies: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-and-the-aboriginal-tent-embassies

Event: Fri 5 April 2013: Adelaide, SA
147th Justice and Peace Candle Light Walk
around Government House
Gather at dusk on the first Friday of the month
(except January and February)
“Join us on the Candle Light Walk to
call for a Treaty and Bill of Rights, and
to support the Ngarrindjeri and all other
Aboriginal people and the Stolen Generations,
their families and communities left behind,
in their call for Peace and Justice.”
Event details: http://antarsa.auspics.org.au/
Background to the Candle Light Walk: http://members.ozemail.com.au/~rmclc/CandleLightWalkHistory.htm

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://antarqld.org.au/node/207
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: 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: 4 to 6 June 2013: Cairns, Qld
SNAICC’s Fifth National Conference
For Our Children: Living and Learning Together
Organised by SNAICC:
Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care
Keynote Speakers:
* Marta Maurás Perez (Chile)
* Cindy Blackstock (Canada)
* Assoc. Prof. Cynthia Kiro (New Zealand) – of Maori descent
* Prof. Judy Atkinson – a Jiman and Bundjalung woman
* Kathy Guthadjaka (Gotha) – a Gatjirrk Warramiri woman
living at Gawa (north-east Arnhem Land)
“The SNAICC National Conference is the largest
conference of its type in the southern hemisphere
and provides the opportunity for Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander organisations, policy makers,
researchers, government representatives, other
non-government organisations and industry
representatives to gather and make renewed
commitments to Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander children.”
Keynote Speakers: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=931
Event details: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/dsp-default.cfm?loadref=67

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

Event: 10 December 2013: various locations internationally
UN International Human Rights Day
Event details: http://www.un.org/en/events/

121222 – Wilderness Society takes WA EPA to Court [over proposed Kimberley gas hub

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 24/12/2012 by D

* The Wilderness Society:
Wilderness Society takes WA EPA to Court
* ABC AM:
Wilderness Society launches legal action against
JPP gas hub environmental approval
* SBS World News Video:
WA government taken to court over gas hub approval
* Greens MP Chapple calls on EPA Chief to resign
* Hands Off Country: EPA’s Deception of Community
* Law Below the Top Soil, by Dr. Peter Botsman:
a concise history of the flawed proposal to develop
Browse Gas at James Price Point
* News re legal action against approval of JPP gas hub
* Background to the Save The Kimberley Campaign:
James Price Point, north of Broome, WA

* Let’s Talk Tiga Bayles interviews
Aunty Mary Graham & Aunty Lila Watson on the
40th Anniversary of the Canberra Aboriginal Tent Embassy
* Background to the Aboriginal tent embassies

* Graeme Mundine’s speech at Brisbane launch of
‘A Decision to Discriminate’

* Greens Senators Penny Wright and Rachel Siewert:
Time for a new approach to juvenile justice
* ABC PM: Calls for bail reform to reduce juvenile jail rate
* Background to Aboriginal imprisonment and Deaths in Custody

* 3CR Community Radio, Anarchist World:
Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheener [Indigenous Freedom Fighters]

* Other articles

* THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY:
WILDERNESS SOCIETY TAKES WA EPA TO COURT

– Advocacy

The Wilderness Society:
Wilderness Society takes WA EPA to Court
http://www.wilderness.org.au/campaigns/kimberley/wilderness-society-takes-wa-epa-to-court
19 Dec 12: “The Wilderness Society will join with
Goolarabooloo Traditional Custodian, Richard Hunter, in
taking both the West Australian Environment Protection
Authority (EPA) and the state’s Environment Minister to the
Supreme Court over gross mishandling of conflicts of
interest in relation to assessment of the proposed Kimberley
gas hub.
This enormous project, covering an area 20 times the size
of the Melbourne CBD, is a proposal of the West Australian
Department of State Development and is being assessed by
another government agency, the EPA. The West Australian
Premier, Colin Barnett, is the Minister for State
Development, and thus the proponent.
As evidenced by a long list of blunders, the government has
repeatedly failed to display any sense of procedural
competence or scientific rigour in relation to environmental
and cultural assessments of this highly contested project.
One of it’s most spectacular failings has been its improper
handling of conflicts of interest declared by four of its
five board members (dating back to 2009) revealed in mid
2012.”

See:

The Wilderness Society: The Kimberley
http://www.wilderness.org.au/campaigns/kimberley
“The Kimberley region of northern WA is one of the world’s
great natural and Indigenous cultural regions. Its vast
savannah landscapes, wild rivers, extensive wetlands,
spectacular coast and rich marine environments provide a
multitude of habitats that are home to an extraordinary
diversity of species. Incredibly, the far north-west
Kimberley sub-region is the only part of Western Australia,
and one of very few in Australia, that appears to have
retained its complete native fauna species diversity
without extinction since European settlement.”

* ABC AM:
WILDERNESS SOCIETY LAUNCHES LEGAL ACTION AGAINST
JPP GAS HUB ENVIRONMENTAL APPROVAL

– Audio

ABC AM:
Wilderness Society launches legal action against
JPP gas hub environmental approval
http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2012/s3658100.htm
20 Dec 12: “HEIDI NORE: The Wilderness Society and
Goolarabooloo traditional owner Richard Hunter are
commencing legal proceedings against the Environmental
Protection Authority and against the Environment Minister
Bill Marmion for the way they have handled the James Price
Point gas hub assessment.
DAVID WEBER: What are the particular problems with the way
that the EPA and the Environment Minister have handled this?
HEIDI NORE: The EPA has acknowledged that four out of its
five board members had conflicts of interest while they
were assessing the James Price Point gas hub.”

* SBS WORLD NEWS VIDEO:
WA GOVERNMENT TAKEN TO COURT OVER GAS HUB APPROVAL

– Video

SBS World News:
WA government taken to court over gas hub approval
Source: Brooke Boney, NITV News
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1722151/WA-government-taken-to-court-over-gas-hub-approval
20 Dec 12: “A Goolarabooloo traditional owner and the
Wilderness Society are taking the West Australian
government to court over the proposed Woodside gas hub at
James Price Point in the Kimberley. They say approval of
the site was flawed because some of the Environmental
Protection Authority board members, who were a part of the
decision making process, had conflicts of interest.
Brooke Boney from NITV reports.”

* GREENS MP CHAPPLE CALLS ON EPA CHIEF TO RESIGN:

– News

Robin Chapple MLC:
Greens MP Chapple calls on EPA Chief to resign
http://www.robinchapple.com/greens-mp-chapple-calls-epa-chief-resign
20 Dec 12: “”The Conservation Council of WA was quite
correct to criticize WA’s deficient approvals process. I
have many more examples of these practices. One only needs
to look at what has taken place within the EPA this year
regarding approvals for the development of the Browse LNG
processing plant at James Price Point. “If Mr Vogel is
serious about the role of the EPA as ‘facilitating
ecologically sustainable development’ then he has a
completely different idea of this concept than what is
regarded as acceptable by forward-thinking people elsewhere
in the world. … ” … Mr Chapple said.”

See:

Welcome to Robin Chapple MLC’s website…
http://www.robinchapple.com/welcome-robin-chapple-mlcs-new-website
“Robin Chapple was first elected to the Western Australian
Legislative Council on February 10, 2001. He is the first
member of the Greens (WA) ever elected for the vast Mining
and Pastoral Region.”

* HANDS OFF COUNTRY: EPA’S DECEPTION OF COMMUNITY

– Analysis / Opinion

Hands Off Country: EPA’s Deception of Community
http://handsoffcountry.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/normal-0-false-false-false-en-au-x-none.html
20 Dec 12: “What is the purpose of the National Heritage
register? The ‘heritage value of fossilised dinosaur track
sites that occur in Broome Sandstone is recognised and is
listed as a National Heritage site. Who do these faceless
trans-nationals think they are? It is one thing for
corporations wanting to exploit resources that have no
impact in their own back yard, but for the state government
to disregard not only the social mandate of the Broome
community, but also State and Commonwealth laws, treaties
and agreements and are activity aiding and abetting the
wilful destruction of our national heritage. This is
appalling.”

* LAW BELOW THE TOP SOIL, BY DR. PETER BOTSMAN
– A CONCISE HISTORY OF THE FLAWED PROPOSAL TO
DEVELOP BROWSE GAS AT JAMES PRICE POINT:

– Report

Save The Kimberley: “Law Below the Top Soil” – Just Released
Law Below the Top Soil, by Dr. Peter Botsman
– a concise history of the flawed proposal to develop
Browse Gas at James Price Point
http://www.savethekimberley.com/2012/10/11/law-below-the-top-soil-just-released/
“The “Botsman report” explores the interconnected roles of
the WA government, Woodside Petroleum and the Kimberley
Land Council that have resulted in a proposal for a massive
gas hub at James Price Point. The report outlines the major
meetings and dealings of the parties involved, revealing
major flaws in the process. Moreover, the report provides a
compelling case for the proposed development at JPP to be
permanently shelved and for the ultimate protection of that
country.”

See:

About Save The Kimberley
http://www.savethekimberley.com/about-us/
“Save The Kimberley is an independent awareness
organisation. We are a not-for-profit, 100% volunteer run
group which is made up of a diverse and passionate group of
individuals – traditional custodians, local Kimberley
community, and other committed Australians from all parts:
we are business owners, administrators, entrepreneurs,
artists, musicians and media professionals.”

* NEWS RE LEGAL ACTION AGAINST ENVIRONMENTAL APPROVAL OF
JPP GAS HUB:

– Audio

ABC PM: WA Govt cool on Wilderness Society legal action
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2012/s3658768.htm
20 Dec 12: “The West Australian Government has given a cool
reaction to the latest legal challenge to a proposed gas
hub near Broome. The Wilderness Society has launched the
action against the State’s Environmental Protection
Authority and the Environment Minister. The group is
focusing on the EPA’s (Environmental Protection Authority)
approval, which only happened after four of the five board
members were excluded due to conflicts of interest.”

– News

ABC: More legal action launched over JPP
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-12-20/more-legal-action-launched-over-jpp/4437528
20 Dec 12: “A Supreme Court challenge has been lodged
against the Environmental Protection Authority’s approval
of the LNG hub, north of Broome. The Wilderness Society has
joined forces with traditional owner, Richard Hunter, to
allege that the decision making process breached the
Environmental Protection Act. Earlier this year the EPA
Chairman Paul Vogel was forced to assess and ultimately
approve the project on his own, because the other four
board members had conflicts of interest. The Society’s
Heidi Nore has told AM the legal action will allege that
three of the board members still had some input.”

Koori Mail: Court action over gas hub
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
20 Dec 12: “THE Wilderness Society WA and Goolarabooloo
traditional custodian Richard Hunter have launched
proceedings in the WA Supreme Court against the WA
Environment Protection Authority and Environment Minister
Bill Marmion over the approval of the controversial James
Price Point gas processing complex. The parties want a
judicial review of the decisions made around the proposal
to locate the Browse LNG Precinct at James Price Point,
alleging the decision-making process was flawed because of
conflicts of interest and improper delegations.”

The West: Legal action threatens Browse LNG project
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/regional/kimberley/a/-/news/15687273/legal-action-threatens-browse-lng-project/
20 Dec 12: “Woodside’s proposed Browse LNG project has come
under renewed threat with Green and indigenous groups
launching legal action against the approval process for the
controversial gas processing hub at James Price Point. The
Wilderness Society WA announced that the conservation group
and traditional owner, Goolarabooloo elder Richard Hunter,
had commenced Supreme Court legal proceedings against the
State’s Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and
Environment Minister Bill Marmion over his approval in
July.”

Australian: Browse hit by more litigation
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/browse-hit-by-more-litigation/story-e6frgczx-1226540707657
20 Dec 12: “WOODSIDE’S $35 billion Browse development has
been hit with fresh legal action to overturn environmental
approvals for the project because of conflicts of interest
on the West Australian Environmental Protection Agency
board. Traditional owner Richard Hunter and the Wilderness
Society of Western Australia have launched action in the
Supreme Court seeking a judicial review of decisions taken
by the EPA and state government to allow construction of
the Browse gas processing facilities at James Price Point.”

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

Last updated: 16 December 2012

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

* LET’S TALK TIGA BAYLES INTERVIEWS
AUNTY MARY GRAHAM & AUNTY LILA WATSON ON THE
40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CANBERRA ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSY:

– Audio Interviews

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Let’s Talk Tiga Bayles interviews Aunty Mary Graham & Aunty Lila Watson
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/lets-talk/
20 Dec 12: “Also featured audio from the 1982 Commonwealth
Games Documentary, when people took to the streets to
protest against the QLD acts.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/aunty-mary-graham-aunty-lila-watson/
[Includes discussion of the 40th Anniversary of the
Canberra Aboriginal Tent Embassy.]

– Related News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Tent Embassy founder encourages UN registration
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7715-tent-embassy-founder-encourages-un-registration
21 Dec 12: “The head the First Nations Interim National
Unity Government says he’s encouraging Indigenous embassies
around the country to maintain their stand. It comes while
the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy is being subject
to attempts by the Brisbane City Council to be removed.
Founder of the National Unity Government, Michael Anderson,
who also co-founded the original Aboriginal Tent Embassy in
Canberra, says embassies must formally register to the
United Nations. Mr. Anderson says the Embassies are
representing displaced peoples.”

– Related Audio

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

21 Dec 12: “A group of Aboriginal people from South
Australia’s south east, Coorong and River Murray regions
say they have been forced to apply for sovereignty status
in United Kingdom Privy Council because their claims for
recognition are being ignored by the Sate Government.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSIES:

Last updated: 19 December 2012

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

* GRAEME MUNDIN’S SPEECH AT BRISBANE LAUNCH OF
‘A DECISION TO DISCRIMINATE’:

– Speech

‘concerned Australians’: A Decision to Discriminate
– Speeches and pictures from the book launches
[scroll down page] http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/ADTD_launchspeeches.html
Brisbane launch: Graeme Mundine (PDF)
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/ADTD_launch_speech_Graeme_Mundine-Brisbane.pdf
“Executive Officer, ACM Sydney Archdiocese
I am very happy to be here to support this book and to
continue to help voice opposition to what is happening in
the Northern Territory. In doing so I am mindful that it is
not only in the NT that we have issues with the way
Aboriginal people are being treated. … I think it’s a
national shame, for example, that here in Queensland as in
my home state of NSW the rate of incarceration of Aboriginal
people is increasing year after year but hardly anyone seems
to care about that. … In conclusion then I urge you to buy
A Decision to Discriminate it is one of the most accessible
and comprehensive ways to hear the voices of those who are
directly affected by the Intervention.”

– Photos

‘concerned Australians’: A Decision to Discriminate
– Speeches and pictures from the book launches
[scroll down page] http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/ADTD_launchspeeches.html
Brisbane launch:
* Graeme Mundine
* Lilla Watson
* Les Malezer”

– Event

Event: Wed 12 December 2012: South Brisbane, Qld
Brisbane Book Launch: ‘A Decision to Discriminate’
– Aboriginal Disempowerment in the Northern Territory
Launched by: Graeme Mundine, respected Aboriginal leader
and Executive Officer of Australian Catholic Ministry in Sydney
Supporting the launch will be two special guests:
* Aunty Lilla Watson, Birrigubba and Gungalu woman,
leader, teacher and advocate in the Murri community
* Les Malezer, Butchulla and Gubbi Gubbi man,
Co-Chair, National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
“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.”
Sponsored by:
* Amnesty International QLD http://www.amnesty.org.au/qld
* and ANTaR Queensland http://antarqld.org.au/
A ‘concerned Australians’ publication: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/
Brisbane flyer: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/ADTD_launch_flyer_Brisbane.pdf
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/qld/event/30572/
Event details: [scroll down page] http://antarqld.org.au/node/207
Event details: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/ADTD_booklaunches.html#Brisbane
Event details: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/#ADTD
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

* GREENS SENATORS PENNY WRIGHT AND RACHEL SIEWERT:
TIME FOR A NEW APPROACH TO JUVENILE JUSTICE

– Media Release

Greens Senators Penny Wright and Rachel Siewert:
Time for a new approach to juvenile justice
http://penny-wright.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/time-new-approach-juvenile-justice
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/time-new-approach-juvenile-justice
20 Dec 12: “Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Issues …
Increasing over-representation of Indigenous youth in
juvenile detention shows the drastic need for a new
approach to justice in Australia, say Australian Greens
Senators Penny Wright and Rachel Siewert.
New figures from the Australian Institute of Health and
Welfare show Indigenous young people account for 53 per
cent of all youth in detention and were 31 times as likely
as non-Indigenous young people to be in detention, up from
27 times as likely in 2008.
“Locking up young people today will simply condemn many of
them to jail in the future,” Australian Greens spokesperson
on Legal Affairs Senator Penny Wright said.
“Shocking figures like these are why the Greens have been
lobbying hard for a new Justice Reinvestment approach to
crime which emphasises the need to strengthen communities
and invest resources to prevent crime in the first place. …
Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert says the way to
reduce this alarming overrepresentation of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander children in detention is to address
the underlying causes.
“More effective and better resourced investment is needed in
order to improve health services, community support,
education and the provision of employment opportunities,”
said Senator Siewert. … ”

* ABC PM: CALLS FOR BAIL REFORM TO REDUCE JUVENILE JAIL RATE

– Audio

ABC PM: Calls for bail reform to reduce juvenile jail rate
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2012/s3658724.htm
20 Dec 12: “Legal and Aboriginal activists say bail laws
must be reformed to reduce the number of children being
held without being sentenced. The latest report from the
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that each
night, more than a thousand children aged between 10 and 17
are in custody. The new figures also show that Aboriginal
children are 31 times more likely to spend time in jail
than non-Indigenous children, as Jennifer Macey reports. …
JENNIFER MACEY: Former Human Rights Commissioner, Tom
Calma, is an advocate for the Justice Reinvestment Now
campaign. It aims to divert prison funding towards
communities with a high concentration of young offenders.”

* BACKGROUND TO ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT AND DEATHS IN CUSTODY:

Last updated: 21 December 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-aboriginal-imprisonment-and-deaths-in-custody

* 3CR COMMUNITY RADIO, ANARCHIST WORLD:
TUNNERMINNERWAIT AND MAULBOYHEENER
[INDIGENOUS FREEDOM FIGHTERS]

– Audio

3CR Community Radio 855 AM – Podcasts
Anarchist World – 20 Dec 2012
Presenter: Joseph Toscano
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
[listen to this program online] http://pod.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2012-12-19-86092.mp3
20 Dec 12: “Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheener, obituary
Rhonda Jankovic, it’s up to you and much much more”

See:

3CR Community Radio 855 AM – Who we are
http://www.3cr.org.au/about_3CR
“The radio station was established in 1976 to provide a
voice for those denied access to the mass media,
particularly the working class, women, Indigenous people
and the many community groups and community issues
discriminated against in and by the mass media.”

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Lowitja Institute looking for alternative funding
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7716-lowitja-institute-looking-for-alternative-funding
21 Dec 12: “A leading national Indigenous health research
organisation is facing an uncertain future because it says
it can no longer apply for a previous grant. Pat Anderson,
Chairperson at Lowitja Institute, says the organisation has
received three funding rounds, but now has to look at other
sources of funding. Ms. Anderson says the institute has a
unique approach to research that focuses on community
engagement. She says while support is there, no financial
commitment has been secured.”

Koori Mail: Search for new commissioner
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
20 Dec 12: “Outgoing Race Discrimination Commissioner Helen
Szoke. THE search is on for Australia’s next Race
Discrimination Commissioner, with incumbent Helen Szoke due
to take up a post with Oxfam next year. Australian Human
Rights Commission president Professor Gillian Triggs will
act in the position while the recruitment process is
undertaken. Attorney General Nicola Roxon said the position
required a strong advocate for building fair and inclusive
communities that reject racism.”

– Audio

ABC The World Today:
Calls to overhaul Indigenous education after poor NAPLAN results
http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2012/s3657556.htm
18 Dec 12: “The poor results from Indigenous students in
Australia’s latest national education report have prompted
calls for an overhaul of the way these students are taught
in schools. The NAPLAN report shows that the results for
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students haven’t
improved since standardised national testing was introduced
four years ago. Indigenous educators say part of the
problem is that too many schools are segregating Indigenous
children into special education units where they’re not
getting the support that they need. Stephanie Smail has
our report.”

121221 – UN Human Rights Committee asks Australia to explain human rights record: HRLC

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 24/12/2012 by D

* HRLC: UN Human Rights Committee asks Australia to explain
human rights record
* Background: Calls for ‘Stronger Futures’ laws to be
subject to Human Rights scrutiny
* Background to Aboriginal imprisonment and Deaths in Custody

* 3CR Community Radio interviews with activists
Robbie Thorpe and Gary Foley
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement

* Phillip Adams, Late Night Live, interviews
Prof’s. Marcia Langton and Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh
on Native Title 20 years on
* Background to Mabo and Native Title

* Other articles

* HRLC:
UN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE ASKS AUSTRALIA
TO EXPLAIN HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD

– News

Human Rights Law Centre:
UN Human Rights Committee asks Australia to explain
human rights record
http://www.hrlc.org.au/un-human-rights-committee-asks-australia-to-explain-human-rights-record
19 Dec 12: “The UN Human Rights Committee has asked
Australia to explain how a range of laws, policies and
practices are compatible with international human rights
standards ahead of a major review of Australia’s human
rights record. … “The expert treaty body has asked the
government to explain, for example, how Australia can
adequately protect human rights in the absence of a national
Human Rights Act. It has also raised prima facie concerns
with issues such as … the human rights compatibility of
the continuing Northern Territory intervention, … said
Mr Schokman. [HRLC’s Director of International Human Rights
Advocacy, Ben Schokman] … The Committee also expressed
concern about the “disproportionately high rate of
incarceration of Indigenous people””

See:

Human Rights Law Centre: Focus area – Indigenous rights
http://www.hrlc.org.au/category/focus-areas/focus-areaindigenous-rights
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to
experience significant disadvantage, discrimination and
disempowerment. The United Nations Declaration on the
Rights of Indigenous Peoples provides a framework for the
empowerment of Australia’s First Peoples. The Human Rights
Law Centre works with ATSI organisations to ensure that the
principles in this Declaration – including the principles
of self-determination, land and cultural rights, and
participation in decision-making processes – are reflected
and enshrined in Australian law, policy, practice and
institutions.”

Human Rights Law Centre: What we do
Freedom. Respect. Equality. Dignity. Action.
http://www.hrlc.org.au/about/what-we-do
“The Human Rights Law Centre is dedicated to promoting and
protecting human rights in Australia and beyond. We do this
through a strategic combination of evidence-based advocacy,
research, litigation and education.”

* BACKGROUND:
CALLS FOR ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LAWS TO BE SUBJECT TO
HUMAN RIGHTS SCRUTINY

Last updated: 2 August 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/07/background-calls-for-stronger-futures-laws-to-be-subject-to-human-rights-scrutiny

* BACKGROUND TO ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT AND DEATHS IN CUSTODY:

Last updated: 17 December 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-aboriginal-imprisonment-and-deaths-in-custody

* 3CR COMMUNITY RADIO INTERVIEWS WITH ACTIVISTS
ROBBIE THORPE AND GARY FOLEY:

– Audio Interviews

3CR Community Radio 855 AM – Podcasts
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
Earth Matters – 17 Dec 2012
[listen to this program online] http://pod.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2012-12-16-62323.mp3
17 Dec 12: “Dubious as the political motives of self
appointed (ab)Original spokesperson Marcia Langton may be
– it continues to throw the debate on the relationship
between “Greenies” & the Sovereignty movement wide open to a
discourse largely neglected by the middle left enviro players.
Gunnai Sovereignty activist Robbie Thorpe & Clare Land
(3CR’s Fire First Show), Cam Walker (Friends of the Earth)
& Gumbaynggirr activist & scholar Gary Foley discuss this
crucial subject. Also, Miranda Gibson celebrates the one year
mark in The Oberver Tree (observertree.org).”

See:

3CR Community Radio 855 AM – Who we are
http://www.3cr.org.au/about_3CR
“The radio station was established in 1976 to provide a
voice for those denied access to the mass media,
particularly the working class, women, Indigenous people
and the many community groups and community issues
discriminated against in and by the mass media. … Many
3CR broadcasters are community activists and therefore
uniquely placed to present alternative current affairs,
news and views. 3CR stages a number of special broadcasts
annually to promote human rights issues including
Aboriginal rights, women’s rights and worker’s rights.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT:

Last updated: 19 December 2012

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

* PHILLIP ADAMS, LATE NIGHT LIVE, INTERVIEWS
PROF’S. MARCIA LANGTON AND CIARAN O’FAIRCHEALLAIGH
ON NATIVE TITLE 20 YEARS ON:

– Audio Interview

ABC Radio National, Late Night Live: Native Title 20 years on
Producer: Ann Arnold; Presenter: Phillip Adams
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/latenightlive/native-title-20-years-on/4415454
18 Dec 12: “It’s been twenty years since the High Court’s
Mabo judgment. With Professor Marcia Langton from Melbourne
University, and Professor Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh from
Griffith University, we canvass whether this ground-breaking
legislation has delivered on its promise for Indigenous
people. …
Guests:
* Professor Marcia Langton, Foundation Chair of
Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne
* Professor Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh,
Professor of politics and public policy at Griffith University”

See:

ABC Radio National:
In Bed With Phillip – 20 Years of Late Night Live
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/features/inbedwithphillip/
“Phillip Adams has presented Late Night Live on ABC Radio
National for 20 years. To thank our listeners, the LNL team
have revisited the ten thousand interviews in our vault,
and picked out the very best.”

* BACKGROUND TO MABO AND NATIVE TITLE:

Last updated: 5 December 2012

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

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Video

ABC: NAPLAN results show gap remains for Indigenous students
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-12-18/naplan-results-show-a-decline-in-numeracy-skills/4434738
18 Dec 12: “The nationwide NAPLAN test for primary and high
school students shows a decline in numeracy skills and a
wide gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.”

– News

ABC Indigenous: Culture seen as key to Indigenous education
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-12-19/culture-seen-as-key-to-indigenous-education/4435752/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
19 Dec 12: “Indigenous educators say introducing Aboriginal
culture to school curriculums could improve attendance and
learning. The Federal Government is promising to focus on
Indigenous education, after its latest NAPLAN national
report showed Indigenous students were not catching up to
the mainstream. The CEO of the Cape York Aboriginal
Australian Academy, Danielle Toon, says local culture is
promoted and explored in the three schools it manages. She
says this makes parents more likely to send their children
to school.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Anti-uranium campaigners celebrate Wiluna decision delay
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7708-anti-uranium-campaigners-celebrate-wiluna-decision-delay
19 Dec 12: “The Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke has
delayed his decision on the approval of a uranium mine in
Western Australia. Mr. Burke has pushed back the decision
for Toro Energy’s mine at Wiluna in the state’s mid-west
until the 31st of March next year. Co-Chair of the
Australian Nuclear Free Alliance Peter Watts says it’s good
news not just for Aboriginal people who are fighting
against the mine at Wiluna, but those who are opposed to
uranium mining throughout the country.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
“No evidence” of community improvements from income management
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7704-qno-evidenceq-of-community-improvements-from-income-management
18 Dec 12: “A prominent social researcher says there’s no
evidence of a positive impact of income management in
Indigenous communities and questions Government plans to
extend the scheme. Eva Cox from the Junbunna House of
Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney says the
system in the Northern Territory doesn’t improve the
financial standing of Aboriginal people. Ms. Cox says a
recent Government-funded report shows no evidence to
support income management.”

Koori Mail: Stolen pay blow
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
17 Dec 12: “THE Queensland Government says it won’t pay any
more stolen wages, despite claims from hundreds of elderly
Indigenous victims and pleas from unions and others. The
Government’s stance – made clear to the Koori Mail by a
spokesman for Premier Campbell Newman – has come as a blow
to many aged Indigenous former workers in the lead-up to
what shapes as a bleak Christmas. They say they have been
left thousands of dollars out of pocket after their wages
‘disappeared’, and high and dry by a scheme that has paid
some claimants, but denied others.”

Koori Mail: Mental health report recs welcomed
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
17 Dec 12: “ABORIGINAL and Torres Strait Islander
organisations have backed the National Mental Health
Commission’s first national report card into mental health
and suicide prevention, ‘A Contributing Life’. The Lowitja
Institute and the National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples were amongst those that welcomed the report card,
especially a recommendation that the mental health of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples be included
in federal ‘Closing the Gap’ targets.”

Koori Mail: Gooda calls for new approach
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
17 Dec 12: “ABORIGINAL and Social Justice Commissioner Mick
Gooda has used the launch of his annual social justice and
native title reports to plead with governments to give
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians a chance
to ‘take control’. “Effective Indigenous governance must
start with us, with our peoples and our communities,” Mr
Gooda said. However, he said Indigenous communities had not
been properly supported, enabled or empowered in the past
and a new approach was required.”

Koori Mail: Recognition closer
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
17 Dec 12: “LEGISLATION that recognises Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islanders as ‘the first inhabitants of
Australia’ has been introduced into Federal Parliament.
Federal Indigenous Affairs minister Jenny Macklin announced
in September that the Government realised there was not
currently enough community awareness or support for a
successful referendum. Instead, the major parties agreed to
legislate recognition, to keep the referendum process in
motion. On 28 November, Ms Macklin introduced the Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Bill 2012
into the Lower House.”

121219 – Government cuts a major blow to the territory’s vulnerable children and families: SNAICC

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 19/12/2012 by D

* SNAICC News:
Government cuts a major blow to the territory’s
vulnerable children and families

* Jon Altman and Susie Russell, Evidence Base Journal:
Too much ‘Dreaming’: Evaluations of the Northern Territory
National Emergency Response Intervention 2007-2012
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention

* 2012 National Congress meeting in Alice Springs:
Speeches, Videos and Photos
* Background to National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples

* Claire Mallinson, Amnesty:
Talking human rights with the Prime Minister of Australia

* Elizabeth Watt, ABC The Drum Opinion:
Is it racist to ban alcohol from some Aboriginal communities?

* Other articles

* SNAICC NEWS:
GOVERNMENT CUTS A MAJOR BLOW TO THE TERRITORY’S
VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

– Media Release

Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care:
SNAICC News: SNAICC Media Release
– Government cuts a major blow to the territory’s
vulnerable children and families
http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=952
17 Dec 12: “The NT Government’s decision to halve the
budget of the peak body SAF,T (Strong Aboriginal Families,
Together) – set up only a year ago – is a backward step
and a major blow for the territory’s vulnerable Aboriginal
children and families.
Statement by SNAICC chairperson Sharron Williams
The cuts to SAF,T are part of the Government’s decision to
reduce funding in the community sector by nearly $5m,
including the NT Council of Social Service and NAPCAN NT.
SNAICC shares the deep concerns of the Australian Council
of Social Service that these measures will severely
impact on the lives of the most vulnerable territorians.
SAF,T represents something the Northern Territory has never
had before: an Aboriginal voice to advocate on behalf of
our children, families and communities.
In slashing SAF,T’s budget, the NT Government has weakened
that voice, at the same time weakening an important link
between Aboriginal communities and government and greatly
reducing the agency’s capacity to deliver much-needed and
culturally-appropriate family support services. … ”

– Related News

Koori Mail: SNAICC: Cut ‘a backward step’
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
17 Dec 12: “THE Secretariat of National Aboriginal and
Islander Child Care (SNAICC) says an NT Government decision
to halve the budget of the peak body SAF,T (Strong
Aboriginal Families, Together) is ‘a backward step’ and ‘a
major blow’ that will stall progress in child protection
reforms. SAF,T was established just a year ago and SNAICC
chairperson Sharron Williams says the cut will affect the
agency’s capacity to deliver much-needed and
culturally-appropriate family support services. She says
Indigenous Territorians ‘who were instrumental in the CLP
gaining office’ deserved better.”

– About SNAICC

Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care:
SNAICC Background
http://www.snaicc.org.au/about/dsp-default.cfm?loadref=1
“The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child
Care (SNAICC) is the national non government peak body in
Australia representing the interests of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander children and families. … SNAICC
has a membership base of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander community-based child care agencies,
Multi-functional Aboriginal Children’s Services, creches,
long day care child care services, pre schools, early
childhood education services, early childhood support
organisations, family support services, foster care
agencies, link up and family reunification services,
family group homes, community groups and voluntary
associations, and services for young people at risk. … ”

See:

WGAR News:
APO NT: Mini-budget cuts to Aboriginal services will increase
harm and cost more -especially in the Bush (18 Dec 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/18/wgar-news-brisbane-aboriginal-sovereign-embassy-to-charge-graham-quirk-media-release

WGAR News:
Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition has condemned the CLP’s
mini-budget cuts to vital Aboriginal services: Media Release
(18 Dec 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/18/wgar-news-brisbane-aboriginal-sovereign-embassy-to-charge-graham-quirk-media-release

* JON ALTMAN AND SUSIE RUSSELL, EVIDENCE BASE JOURNAL:
TOO MUCH ‘DREAMING’: EVALUATIONS OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
NATIONAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE INTERVENTION 2007-2012

– Article

Too much ‘Dreaming’: Evaluations of the Northern Territory
National Emergency Response Intervention 2007–2012
Jon Altman and Susie Russell
Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
The Australian National University
http://journal.anzsog.edu.au/userfiles/files/2012Issue3Final.pdf

– Abstract

Abstract:
Too much ‘Dreaming’: Evaluations of the Northern Territory
National Emergency Response Intervention 2007-2012
Jon Altman and Susie Russell
Evidence Base 2012, Issue 3
http://journal.anzsog.edu.au/abstract3

– Journal

Evidence Base Journal:
the Australia and New Zealand School of Government
EVIDENCE BASE:
A journal of evidence reviews in key policy areas
http://journal.anzsog.edu.au/
“Welcome to ANZSOG’s newest journal – Evidence Base.
The journal publishes reviews of the evidence informing
decision-making in specific policy areas. The focus of
these reviews is to determine ‘what works?’, based on the
evidence. Designed for public sector decision-makers, this
journal is a ‘broker’ between the public sector, academics
and other policy specialists.”

* 2012 NATIONAL CONGRESS MEETING IN ALICE SPRINGS:
SPEECHES, VIDEOS AND PHOTOS

– Compilation

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
National Congress NC 12 – Alice Springs Convention Centre
http://nationalcongress.com.au/nc12/
“The 2012 National Congress meeting, the annual meeting of
our Delegates and the National Board was held at the Alice
Springs Convention Centre 24-28 September 2012.”

* 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

* CLAIRE MALLINSON, AMNESTY:
TALKING HUMAN RIGHTS WITH THE PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA

– Advocacy

Amnesty International Australia:
Talking human rights with the Prime Minister of Australia
http://www.amnesty.org.au/features/comments/30699/
11 Dec 12: “I marked the day [World Human Rights Day] by
having a one to one with Prime Minister Julia Gillard to
discuss Australia’s human rights and responsibilities
record both at home and abroad. … We finished by
discussing why it’s important for the Australian Government
to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples. This includes prioritising the shocking
overrepresentation of Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander
People in Australia’s prisons. Genuine consultation needs
to occur with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Peoples communities to address the systemic disadvantage
they face.” By Claire Mallinson,
National Director for Amnesty International Australia

* ELIZABETH WATT, ABC THE DRUM OPINION:
IS IT RACIST TO BAN ALCOHOL FROM SOME ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES?

– Analysis / Opinion

ABC The Drum Opinion:
Is it racist to ban alcohol from some Aboriginal communities?
http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/4433434.html
18 Dec 12: “A case in the High Court will test whether
banning alcohol from some Aboriginal communities is racist.
Elizabeth Watt argues it’s the ‘best bad idea we have’.
The great grog battle of Queensland is having its day in
High Court. After being charged with possessing a bottle of
bourbon and rum in a proscribed area in 2010, Palm Island
woman Joan Maloney brought her case before the full bench:
claiming that the Alcohol Management Plans (AMPs), which
have been in place in 19 remote Aboriginal communities
across the state, violated the 1975 Racial Discrimination
Act.” By Elizabeth Watt, a PhD Candidate in
Development Studies, Australian National University

See:

WGAR News: “High Court gives Congress chance to argue
equality before the law” (15 Dec 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/15/wgar-news-high-court-gives-congress-chance-to-argue-equality-before-the-law
[Congress: National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples]

WGAR News: Human Rights Law Centre:
High Court to hear landmark case on race discrimination
and “special measures” (15 Dec 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/15/wgar-news-high-court-gives-congress-chance-to-argue-equality-before-the-law

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– News

Australian: The Lowitja Institute is at risk of closure
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/the-lowitja-institute-is-at-risk-of-closure/story-fn9hm1pm-1226538657036
18 Dec 12: “THE Lowitja Institute, Australia’s only
national research body committed to Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander health, is at risk of closure. Despite the
Gillard government’s commitment to close the gap in health
by 2030, it has not yet committed to fund the institute
beyond June 30, 2014, putting at risk its research program.”

Koori Mail: Inquiry into Native Title Bill
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
17 Dec 12: “THE House of Representatives Standing Committee
on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs will
inquire into the Federal Government’s Native Title
Amendment Bill 2012. Labor MP Shayne Neumann, who chairs
the committee, said the Government was currently working on
improving the native title process and the present Bill had
been through an extensive consultation process. The
committee would consider if a progressive and fair balance
has been struck, Mr Neumann said. Submissions close on 31
January. The committee’s first hearing is scheduled for
Redfern, Sydney, on 8 February.”

Koori Mail: Islands handed over to Meriam people
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
17 Dec 12: “THE traditional island home of the late Eddie
‘Koiki’ Mabo has been returned to his people. On Friday,
the Queensland Government handed ownership of the islands
of Mer, Dauar and Waier -known as the Murray Islands – to
the Meriam people. It was the first Queensland Indigenous
land transfer to include a township. While the Meriam
people have held native title to the islands since 1992, a
Deed of Grant handed to the native title holders provides
them with inalienable freehold ownership.”

– Videos

SBS World News: Mer Island celebrates freehold title win
Source: Nancia Guivarra, NITV
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1721313/Mer-Island-celebrates-freehold-title-win
17 Dec 12: “Celebrations are continuing in the Torres
Strait, for many Meriam people, after the Queensland
government handed them freehold title to the rest of Mer
Island on Friday. It came twenty years after the historic
Mabo High Court decision set the ball rolling for native
title claims. … Three days earlier a group of Meriam
Elders tried to stop it going ahead by seeking an
injunction in the Supreme Court of Queensland. Michael
Passi is a member of the group which submitted the
application. They say not enough consultation occurred
with all Meriam people.”

SBS World News: Cultural tourism to replace Uluru climbing
Source: Ryan Liddle, NITV
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1721281/Cultural-tourism-to-replace-Uluru-climbing
17 Dec 12: “With climbing being gradually phased out at
Uluru, Parks Australia and Tourism Australia are working
with locals to establish new cultural tourism ventures,
NITV News reports. The Uluru climb has been a contentious
topic, but in 2010 the board of management decided access
would be phased out when climbing rates fell below the 20
per cent mark. The number of climbers has fallen since
tourism surveys began in the mid-90s. “Most people say it’s
out of respect for our traditional owners that they choose
not to climb,” said Park Resources Manager, Kerry Benison.”

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121218 – Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy to charge Graham Quirk: Media Release

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 19/12/2012 by D

* Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy to charge Graham Quirk:
Media Release
* Background to the Aboriginal tent embassies

* APO NT:
Mini-budget cuts to Aboriginal services will increase harm
and cost more -especially in the Bush
* Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition has condemned the CLP’s
mini-budget cuts to vital Aboriginal services: Media Release
* Respect and Listen Video:
Adelaide’s book launch of ‘A Decision to Discriminate’
[Speeches by Djiniyini Gondarra, Amelia Pangarte Kunoth-Monks
and Rosalie Kunoth-Monks.]
* Amnesty:
2012 a permanent stain on Australia’s human rights record
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention

* Amnesty:
Indigenous lives lost as Government inaction continues
* Diane Fieldes, Socialist Alternative:
Aboriginal incarceration rates soar
* Background to the justice for Kumentjaye Briscoe Campaign
* Background to Aboriginal imprisonment and Deaths in Custody

* Other articles

* BRISBANE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGN EMBASSY TO CHARGE GRAHAM QUIRK:
MEDIA RELEASE

– Media Release

Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy to charge Graham Quirk:
Facebook: Sovereign Union: [scroll down page] http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sovereign-Union/340478969357448
Facebook: Stand Up for the Burrup: http://www.facebook.com/StandUpForTheBurrup/posts/487207607969347
Facebook: Pangaea Archival Network: [scroll down page] https://www.facebook.com/PangaeArchivalNetwork
14 Dec 12: “A march from the Sovereign Embassy will today
deliver a charge sheet against Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and
council employees that have been accomplices in the attacks
on the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy.
Embassy spokesperson Wayne Wharton says that “Graham Quirk
is unfit to hold office. His actions in attempting to close
the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy over the past
week have been illegal and unethical. We are also calling
on Brisbane City Council to disclose all financial
relationships with the Aboriginal community members they
claim authority from to close down the Embassy”. … ”

– Related Letter

Letter to Graham Quirk
Sovereign Union: [scroll down page] http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/brisbane-sovereign-embassy-be-shut-down
6 Dec 12: “The letter below was sent to Brisbane mayor
Graham Quirk in response to a meeting he convened to
discuss trying to shut down the Brisbane Aboriginal
Sovereign Embassy.
Dear Mayor Graham Quirk,
Firstly I would like to express my absolute disgust that
you would seek to move against the Brisbane Aboriginal
Sovereign Embassy and convene a fake community meeting
just days after I lost my sister and am currently looking
after my family as we go through sorry business. I have
listened to a recording of the shameful meeting you held
in your office yesterday afternoon (December 5). You cannot
claim any legitimacy or consent to take any action for or
against the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy based on
those people in attendance at that meeting. … ”

– Related News

Koori Mail: UN asked to help to protect embassies
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
14 Dec 12: “THE Chairman of the Interim National Unity
Government Michael Anderson has asked the United Nations
(UN) to lobby the Australian Government to ensure
Aboriginal ’embassies’ are protected. Mr Anderson, a
co-founder of Canberra’s iconic Aboriginal Tent Embassy,
wrote to the UN this week after Brisbane City Council staff
and police moved in to close the Brisbane Aboriginal
Embassy. Mr Anderson also wants the UN to ask the
Government about its failure to negotiate a treaty with
Aboriginal nations.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Campaign to keep Brisbane Embassy continues
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7696-campaign-to-keep-brisbane-embassy-continues
14 Dec 12: “The Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy has
continued its campaign to stay at Musgrave Park with a
march to the Lord Mayor’s office this afternoon. Embassy
members and supporters are protesting the Brisbane City
Council’s decision to attempt to shut down the Embassy and
say Lord Mayor Quirk isn’t fit to hold office. About forty
people participated in the rally. Spokesperson Paul Spearim
says it wasn’t justified to shut the Embassy down as it
serves important community purposes.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Brisbane Embassy continues call for treaty
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7692-brisbane-embassy-continues-call-for-treaty
13 Dec 12: “The Brisbane Indigenous sovereignty movement is
continuing its campaign for a treaty despite the City
Council moving in and extinguishing the sacred fire at its
Embassy. The fire was put out on Tuesday night after Lord
Mayor Graham Quirk met with local elders who asked for the
removal of the site. But sovereignty campaigners maintain
they don’t support the removal and say they will continue
to keep a fire burning. Kamilaroi man Paul Spearim told a
community meeting this week that while the Embassy is
calling for a treaty, he also witnessed the positive
impact … ”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Vows to keep sacred fire burning at Musgrave Park
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7689-vows-to-keep-sacred-fire-burning-at-musgrave-park
13 Dec 12: “Brisbane Sovereign Embassy members says they’ll
continue their protest and keep the sacred fire burning
after it was extinguished by the City Council on Tuesday
night. Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says community
elders asked for the fire to be put out and the site to be
dismantled. Embassy members have rejected this and say
those present at a meeting with council didn’t represent
the views of the Embassy. Jagera elder and member Kevin
Vieritz says the Embassy will continue their demands for a
treaty and it was disrespectful to extinguish the fire.”

Brisbane Times: Activists guard Aboriginal tent embassy fire
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/activists-guard-aboriginal-tent-embassy-fire-20121213-2bb2x.html
13 Dec 12: “Two activists have spent the night guarding the
smouldering coals of a fire at the Aboriginal tent embassy
in Brisbane. Protester Gladys Weazel vowed on Thursday to
stay put and continue the vigil with her father in Musgrave
Park. Brisbane City Council evicted people from the site on
Tuesday, three of whom were later arrested in a midnight
raid. Ms Weazel says the council “just doesn’t like
Aboriginal people”.”

– Related Audio

ABC Brisbane Audio:
Breakfast with Spencer Howson: More drama at Tent Embassy
http://blogs.abc.net.au/queensland/2012/12/more-drama-at-tent-embassy-.html
12 Dec 12: “3 protesters were arrested last night at the
Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Musgrave Park, after they tried
to re-establish the embassy, after it had been shut down by
Brisbane City Council yesterday afternoon. Eddie Norbido,
ABC overnight camera man, was there, and he spoke to
Spencer… ”

See:

WGAR News:
Sovereign Union: Michael Anderson’s urgent letter to
United Nations Ambassadors, New York
– Re: 12 Dec 2012 Assault on Aboriginal Embassy in Brisbane
by colonial authorities (14 Dec 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/14/wgar-news-michael-andersons-urgent-letter-to-united-nations-ambassadors-new-york

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSIES:

Last updated: 15 December 2012

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

* APO NT:
MINI-BUDGET CUTS TO ABORIGINAL SERVICES WILL INCREASE HARM
AND COST MORE -ESPECIALLY IN THE BUSH

– Media Release

Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory:
– An alliance of CLC, NLC, CAALAS, NAAJA and AMSANT
Media Release: Mini-budget cuts to Aboriginal services will
increase harm and cost more -especially in the Bush
DARC: http://thna.me/pipermail/darc_thna.me/attachments/20121210/9a4d3e93/attachment-0001.pdf
9 Dec 12: “The Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT says the
recent mini-budget cuts to Aboriginal directed services
like child protection, family and parent support,
homelessness services and youth support are a false economy.
AMSANT CEO John Paterson said the cuts will lead to
increased preventable harm and cost the community more in
the longer term.
“These actions will result in increased avoidable harm to
Aboriginal people in the NT and will contribute to
increasing, rather than closing, the gap on Aboriginal
disadvantage,” said Mr Paterson.
NAAJA CEO Priscilla Collins said that the slashing of the
budget for SAF,T, the Aboriginal child protection body,
will particularly impact on services aimed at supporting
families and parents and preventing children entering the
child protection system.
“Although we recognise the need for a culturally sound
Aboriginal out-of-home care service, prevention rather than
crisis management should be the focus in relation to child
protection, especially given the growing cost of funding
child protection and out-of home care,” said Ms Collins. … ”

See:

Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory:
Welcome to APO NT:
http://apont.org.au/
“Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory-APO NT
-is an alliance comprising the
Central Land Council (CLC),
Northern Land Council (NLC),
North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA),
Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service (CAALAS) and
the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the NT (AMSANT).
The alliance was created to provide a more effective
response to key issues of joint interest and concern
affecting Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory,
including through advocating practical policy solutions to
government.”

* DARWIN ABORIGINAL RIGHTS COALITION HAS CONDEMNED THE
CLP’S MINI-BUDGET CUTS TO VITAL ABORIGINAL SERVICES:
MEDIA RELEASE

– Media Release

Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition – Press Release:
Facebook: Stop the Intervention (Darwin, NT, Aus): [scroll down page] http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-the-Intervention-Darwin-NT-Aus/171500876243363
13 Dec 12: “Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition (ARC) has
condemned the CLP’s mini-budget cuts to vital Aboriginal
services, which it fears will increase the hopelessness
felt by Aboriginal people in Darwin, and could increase the
chances of horrible tragedies like that which took the life
of Kwementyaye Briscoe on January 4.
ARC spokesperson David Suttle said: “The racism encouraged
by policies like the NT intervention and Stronger Futures
have led to more homelessness in the towns of the NT.
Recent studies have shown the psychological impact of these
policies on Aboriginal people.
“The Federal government’s own report, and analysis done by
Paddy Gibson from UTS, paint a terrible picture. They are
available here:
http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/our-responsibilities/families-and-children/programs-services/income-management/evaluating-new-income-management-in-the-northern-territory-first-evaluation-report
and
http://overland.org.au/blogs/loudspeaker/2012/12/income-management-in-the-northern-territory-racism-is-still-the-issue/
“Since the NT intervention was launched in 2007, reported
attempts of self-harm and suicide have risen 500% and
actual suicide by Aboriginal teens has risen 160%. … “”

* RESPECT AND LISTEN VIDEO:
ADELAIDE’S BOOK LAUNCH OF ‘A DECISION TO DISCRIMINATE’
[SPEECHES BY DJINIYINI GONDARRA, AMELIA PANGARTE KUNOTH-MONKS
AND ROSALIE KUNOTH-MONKS.]

– Video Speeches

Respect and Listen:
Adelaide’s book launch of ‘A Decision to Discriminate’
[scroll down page] http://www.respectandlisten.org/nt-intervention/concerned-australians/a-decision-to-discriminate.html
“Adelaide’s book launch, 9 December 2012 …
Video clips from the launch:
1. Djiniyini Gondarra …
2. Amelia Pangarte Kunoth-Monks …
3. Rosalie Kunoth-Monks”

– Photos

‘concerned Australians’: A Decision to Discriminate
– Speeches and pictures from the book launches:
[scroll down page] http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/ADTD_launchspeeches.html
“Adelaide launch:
* Djiniyini Gondarra
* Amelia Pangarte Kunoth-Monks
* Rosalie Kunoth-Monks

– 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 at rear of Pilgrim Uniting Church,
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.”
Adelaide flyer: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/ADTD_launch_flyer_Adelaide.pdf
Event details: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/ADTD_booklaunches.html#Adelaide
Event details: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/#ADTD
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/sa/event/30409/
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/

* AMNESTY:
2012 A PERMANENT STAIN ON AUSTRALIA’S HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD

– News

Amnesty International Australia:
2012 a permanent stain on Australia’s human rights record
http://www.amnesty.org.au/news/comments/30691/
10 Dec 12: “The Government continues to violate the rights
of Indigenous Peoples, excluding Aboriginal homelands from
essential services and implementing a chain of policies
that is further disenfranchising Indigenous Peoples in the
Northern Territory. The passing of the Stronger Futures
Bills represents the Government’s blatant disregard for its
human rights obligations. The legislation package is indeed
a failure to meet international human rights standards, and
continues the disempowerment of Aboriginal Peoples in the
Northern Territory.”

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

Last updated: 14 December 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: 4 December 2012

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

* AMNESTY:
INDIGENOUS LIVES LOST AS GOVERNMENT INACTION CONTINUES

– News

Amnesty International Australia:
Indigenous lives lost as Government inaction continues
http://www.amnesty.org.au/news/comments/30706/
12 Dec 12: “Amnesty International supports the family of
Kwementyaye Briscoe as they continue to call for justice
over his needless death in a police cell in January 2012.
Northern Territory Coroner Greg Cavanagh found Mr Briscoe’s
death was preventable and caused by a lack of adequate care
after the 27 year old died in Police Protective Custody
after his arrest for intoxication. Following on from the
Coroner’s findings the family continues to call for the
police involved to be charged over the death.”

* DIANE FIELDES, SOCIALIST ALTERNATIVE:
ABORIGINAL INCARCERATION RATES SOAR

– Analysis / Opinion

Socialist Alternative: Aboriginal incarceration rates soar
http://www.sa.org.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=7602:aboriginal-incarceration-rates-soar&Itemid=454
10 Dec 12: “The Commission’s key recommendation was to
reduce the rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
imprisonment. Yet the numbers of people locked up – and
dying in custody – has grown. After the death of
Kwementyaye Briscoe in Alice Springs, family spokesperson
Patricia Morton-Thomas said he was “a victim of the NT
Intervention”. … The last year has seen a 20 percent
increase in the imprisonment rate of Aboriginal women.”
By Diane Fieldes

* BACKGROUND TO THE JUSTICE FOR KUMENTJAYE BRISCOE CAMPAIGN:

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-the-justice-for-kumentjaye-briscoe-campaign

WGAR News: Alice Springs Human Rights Day Rally demands
justice for Kumentjaye Briscoe: MR (9 Dec 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/09/wgar-news-alice-springs-human-rights-day-rally-demands-justice-for-kumentjaye-briscoe-mr

Petition: Petitioning Chief Minister of the Northern Territory:
Justice for Kwementyaye Briscoe – lay charges against police
Petition by Trisha Morton Thomas, Alice Springs, Australia
http://www.change.org/petitions/justice-for-kwementyaye-briscoe-lay-charges-against-police

Rollback the Intervention: Lay charges for Briscoe death
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/2012/11/24/lay-charges-for-briscoe-death/

WGAR News: “Coronial report highlights systemic flaws”
ANTaR & National Police Accountability Network (21 Sep 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/09/21/wgar-news-coronial-report-highlights-systemic-flaws

WGAR News: STICS’s response to Coroner’s report about the
Death in Custody of Kwementyaye Briscoe (1 Oct 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/09/30/wgar-news-sticss-response-to-coroner%E2%80%99s-report-about-the-death-in-custody-of-kwementyaye-b
[STICS: Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney]

* BACKGROUND TO ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT AND DEATHS IN CUSTODY:

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-aboriginal-imprisonment-and-deaths-in-custody

Rollback the Intervention: Deaths in Custody
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/deaths-in-custody/

WGAR News: “A mental health crisis behind bars”
Tracker (29 Jul 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/26/wgar-news-a-mental-health-crisis-behind-bars-tracker

WGAR News: Let’s Talk’s Tiga Bayles interviews
Gerry Georgatos on Deaths in Custody (27 Sep 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/09/26/wgar-news-lets-talks-tiga-bayles-interviews-gerry-georgatos-on-deaths-in-custody

WGAR News:
Twenty per cent increase in Indigenous women in prisons:
ABC The World Today Audio (10 Dec 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/10/wgar-news-twenty-per-cent-increase-in-indigenous-women-in-prisons-abc-the-world-today-aud

WGAR News: ISJA – Melbourne:
Build the movement to Stop Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (10 Dec 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/10/wgar-news-twenty-per-cent-increase-in-indigenous-women-in-prisons-abc-the-world-today-aud

WGAR News: ANTaR: Justice Campaign (10 Dec 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/10/wgar-news-twenty-per-cent-increase-in-indigenous-women-in-prisons-abc-the-world-today-aud

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Sansbury slams Labor: Nothing done on Adelaide’s social problems
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7699-sansbury-slams-labor-nothing-done-of-adelaides-social-programs
17 Dec 12: “A South Australian Aboriginal rights campaigner
says a lack of will to address social problems among
Adelaide’s Aboriginal people means Labor is no longer the
party for them. Former Labor state candidate Tauto Sansbury
says he’s quit the party because of their failure to
discuss Indigenous issues at both a grassroots and
government level, mainly for the urban population. Mr.
Sansbury says problems such as poor mental health haven’t
been addressed and many social programs have been defunded.”

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