121208 – Act of Recognition “is an absolute insult to First Nations Peoples” Michael Anderson

* Sovereign Union:
Act of Recognition is an insult to First Nations Peoples
* The Wire:
Sovereign group says Act of Recognition is ‘so insulting’
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement

* NIRS: Media coverage influences Indigenous policy: Report
[Demise of bilingual programs]
* Background to the use of Aboriginal languages in NT schools

* NSW Greens:
Ausgrid will “get off with a modest fine” over the
destruction of a significant Aboriginal site
[Source: Tracker]

* SNAICC News:
Royal Commission must ensure the engagement of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

* Brisbane Times: Brisbane tent embassy to be shut down
* Background to the Aboriginal tent embassies

* Other articles

* SOVEREIGN UNION:
ACT OF RECOGNITION IS AN INSULT TO FIRST NATIONS PEOPLES

– Media Statement

Sovereign Union:
Act of Recognition is an insult to First Nations Peoples
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/act-recognition-insult-first-nations-peoples
4 Dec 12: “Sovereign Union spokesperson Michael Anderson,
slams the Act of Recognition introduced by Jenny Macklin as
an absolute insult to First Nations Peoples.
Mr Anderson said in a media release that First Nations
people have been denied human rights since the invasion
under military rules in 1788.
“By not declaring war the invasion developed into a
genocide, in which women, children and non-combatants were
slaughtered and they could avoid taking prisoners of war,”
he writes in his media statement.
“If Jenny Macklin and the Gillard government had any
decency they would withdraw this Act of Recognition
immediately and first consult First Nations people whether
they approve of this type of action. On the other hand,
recognition of our continuing sovereignty is the most
prudent way forward.” … ”

– Related News

Koori Mail: Anderson calls Act an insult
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
5 Dec 12: “ABORIGINAL rights campaigner Michael Anderson
has called on the Federal Government to withdraw the Act of
Recognition, saying it was an insult to First Nation’s
Peoples. Mr Anderson said the Act submitted by Federal
Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin into the Federal
Parliament recently has nothing to remedy the ‘genocidal
and ethnocidal practices being perpetrated against
Aboriginal people’. “If Jenny Macklin and the Gillard
government had any decency they would withdraw this Act of
Recognition immediately and first consult Aboriginal people
nationwide whether they approve of this type of action.
On the other hand, recognition of our continuing
sovereignty is the most prudent way forward,” he said.”

See:

WGAR News: Amy McQuire:
Act of Recognition introduced to lower house (3 Dec 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/03/wgar-news-a-decision-to-discriminate-brisbane-book-launch-darwin-introduction-to-the-book

* THE WIRE:
SOVEREIGN GROUP SAYS ACT OF RECOGNITION IS ‘SO INSULTING’

– Audio Interviews

The Wire:
Sovereign group says Act of Recognition is ‘so insulting’
Produced by Lisa Burns
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9939
6 Dec 12: “It’s been talked about for a long time, but
finally an Act to recognise First Nations Peoples in
Australia’s Constitution has been tabled and was introduced
to Federal parliament last week. …
Featured in story:
* Michael Anderson,
Founder of the Sovereign Union National Unity Government
* Mick Gooda,
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner,
Australian Human Rights Commission”

– Related Audio

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

5 Dec 12: “A veteran Aboriginal human rights campaigner
[Michael Mansell] says the Gillard Labor governments
tabling of a bill as an act of Recognition of his people is
a hollow and meaningless gesture which diverts attention
away from the promise of constitutional recognition.”

See:

WGAR News: Amy McQuire:
Act of Recognition introduced to lower house (3 Dec 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/03/wgar-news-a-decision-to-discrimiate-brisbane-book-launch-darwin-introduction-to-the-book

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT:

Last updated: 5 December 2012

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

* NIRS: MEDIA COVERAGE INFLUENCES INDIGENOUS POLICY: REPORT
[DEMISE OF BILINGUAL PROGRAMS]

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Media coverage influences Indigenous policy: Report
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7668-media-coverage-influences-indigenous-policy-report
5 Dec 12: “A new report shows media coverage of Indigenous
issues can influence the way Indigenous affairs policies
are developed, communicated and implemented. … One of the
chief investigators of the report, Dr. Kerry McCallum from
the University of Canberra, says public discussion of
Indigenous policy is often poor and often doesn’t lead to
good policy outcomes. She says one example was in 2008,
where after intense media coverage of the Northern
Territory’s poor NAPLAN results, the government announced a
controversial policy change – a greater focus on teaching
English in the Territory’s schools, which resulted in the
demise of bilingual programs.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE USE OF ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES IN NT SCHOOLS:

Last updated: 11 November 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/05/background-to-the-use-of-aboriginal-languages-in-nt-schools-bilingual-education

* NSW GREENS:
AUSGRID WILL “GET OFF WITH A MODEST FINE” OVER
THE DESTRUCTION OF A SIGNIFICANT ABORIGINAL SITE
[SOURCE: TRACKER]

– News

newsTracker:
Ausgrid will get off with “modest” fine over Cromer damage: Greens
http://tracker.org.au/2012/12/ausgrid-will-get-off-with-modest-fine-over-cromer-damage-greens/
5 Dec 12: “NEW SOUTH WALES: Ausgrid, formerly Energy
Australia, will most likely “get off with a modest fine”
over the destruction of a significant Aboriginal site on
Sydney’s north shore, the NSW Greens say. Greens MLA David
Shoebridge yesterday slammed the state Office of
Environment and Heritage (OEH) and minister Robyn Parker
over the damaged site in Cromer. In December 2010, workers
for Macaya Electrical Services cut through a large carving
of a footprint, situated on the side of a road while laying
electrical cables. It was one of the most significant
Aboriginal sites on the north shore. It has now been
completely destroyed, and the site has not been preserved.”
By Amy McQuire, a Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman,
editor of Tracker

* SNAICC NEWS:
ROYAL COMMISSION MUST ENSURE THE ENGAGEMENT OF
ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLES

– Media Release

Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care:
SNAICC News:
Media Release – Royal Commission must ensure the engagement
of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=934
4 Dec 12: “National peak bodies SNAICC and NATSILS
[National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services]
have called for the forthcoming Royal Commission into
institutional child sexual abuse to use the UN Convention
on the Rights of the Child as the basis for its work and
ensure the effective engagement of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander peoples.
NATSILS Chairperson Shane Duffy said it was critical the
Royal Commission’s work was framed by human rights
principles “so that the special and unique rights of
children are at the forefront of everyone’s minds
throughout the inquiry and to ensure that well-established
human rights standards are applied.”
According to SNAICC and NATSILS, the Terms of Reference
should specifically include the experiences of Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander children and young people who
were forcibly removed by past policies of state and
Commonwealth governments and placed in institutions, those
in state care and those in detention. … ”

See:

SNAICC News: NATSILs and SNAICC joint submission on the
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child
Sexual Abuse.
http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=932
28 Nov 12: NATSILs and SNAICC have provided a joint
submission on the Consultation Paper on the establishment
of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to
Child Sexual Abuse. This redresses core issues for
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and youth in
the terms of reference and the form that the Royal
Commission should take. … ”

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

WGAR News: Don’t abandon us as you did in other Royal Commissions
(By NIT reporter Geoff Bagnall) (27 Nov 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/27/wgar-news-don%E2%80%99t-abandon-us-as-you-did-in-other-royal-commissions-by-nit-reporter-geoff-ba

* BRISBANE TIMES: BRISANE TENT EMBASSY TO BE SHUT DOWN

– News

Brisbane Times: Brisbane tent embassy to be shut down
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/brisbane-tent-embassy-to-be-shut-down-20121206-2axio.html
6 Dec 12: “The indigenous tent embassy at South Brisbane’s
Musgrave Park is set to be shut down. Lord Mayor Graham
Quirk said the move was supported at “a special meeting of
elders” on Wednesday. … activist Wayne Wharton has
written to Cr Quirk expressing his “absolute disgust” that
the Lord Mayor “would seek to move against the Brisbane
Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy”. Mr Wharton’s letter says
Cr Quirk could not claim any legitimacy or consent based on
the people in attendance at the meeting on Wednesday.”
By Katherine Feeney and Daniel Hurst

– Related News

Yahoo7!: Elders move to pack up Brisbane’s tent embassy
http://au.news.yahoo.com/latest/a/-/article/15575228/elders-move-to-pack-up-brisbanes-tent-embassy/
7 Dec 12: “Some of the protesters at Brisbane’s tent
embassy say they will remain at the site, despite being
told by elders yesterday to leave. A group of elders
yesterday informed the council they would pack up the tents
and protest signs at Musgrave Park in South Brisbane
because of increasing violence and rubbish. … one elder
Judulu Colin, says he is not moving and the site is in good
condition. “There’s no mess or rubbish – there’s a bit of a
thing there that’s reclaimable and reusable, that are
stacked neatly in the corner,” he said.”

ABC Brisbane: Sovereign embassy at Musgrave Park to close
http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2012/12/06/3649152.htm
6 Dec 12: “The Brisbane Lord Mayor says the Aboriginal
sovereign embassy at Musgrave Park will be closed at the
request of Elders. Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says
Brisbane City Council was approached by members of the
Indigenous community to have the site closed amid concerns
over the state of the site and growing violence in the
park. … Judulu, a Woomera man who was at the site on
Thursday told ABC Radio that more people need to be
consulted. “This is a people’s movement, and there’s a lot
more Elders that need to be consulted. … ” By Emma Sykes

Business Spectator: Brisbane tent embassy to shut
http://www.businessspectator.com.au/bs.nsf/Article/Brisbane-tent-embassy-to-shut-2QAT7
6 Dec 12: “Brisbane’s controversial indigenous tent embassy
in Musgrave Park is to be shut down, Lord Mayor Graham
Quirk says. The mayor says the removal of the tent embassy
was called for by elders who unanimously supported the move
at a special meeting at city hall on Wednesday. They were
concerned about increased levels of violence at the site
and an accumulation of rubbish.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSIES:

Last updated: 5 December 2012

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

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Audio

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

5 Dec 12: “National Indigenous Television Australia’s
dedicated Aboriginal and Islander television service will
be available free-to-air for all Australians for the first
time, when it begins broadcasting on SBS from the 12th
December.”

– News

APO NT – Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory:
NT Coordinator-General for Remote Services 2012 Report
http://apont.org.au/index.php/nt-coordinator-general-for-remote-services-report-.html
6 Dec 12: “The Northern Territory Coordinator-General for
Remote Services (NTCGRS), Ms Olga Havnen released her
report into government expenditure, programs and service
delivery on 24 September 2012. A copy of this report can be
found below in PDF format. The report focuses on four major
themes based on the approach taken by governments since the
2007 NT Emergency Response (NTER) and reflects national
partnership goal and proposed arrangements over the next
ten years under Stronger Futures measures. These are: … ”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Uranium spills concern Goldfields traditional owner
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7669-uranium-spills-concern-goldfields-traditional-owner
6 Dec 12: “A traditional owner of Western Australia’s
Goldfields region says she presented a letter to directors
of uranium mining company Toro Energy at their annual
general meeting in Adelaide last week. Vicki McCabe from
Leonora is concerned about the transport of uranium from a
proposed mine at Wiluna to the north because of health and
environmental issues. Toro is waiting final approval from
the Federal Government for the project.”

ABC: Woodside’s fast track application under scrutiny
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-12-05/opposition-to-woodside27s-fast-track-application/4409818
5 Dec 12: “A proposal to fast-track approvals for
Woodside’s Kimberley gas hub development had attracted
1,700 submissions by yesterday’s deadline. The broader LNG
precinct, north of Broome, has already been ticked off by
the Environmental Protection Authority. But, the EPA now
needs to consider whether or not to approve Woodside’s
facility within the hub. Woodside wants its processing
facility to be treated as a ‘derived proposal’, or part of
the already approved precinct project. It is the first
time an application has been made to use the legislation in
such a way.”

The Transcontinental:
Constitution recognises Aboriginal people
http://www.transcontinental.com.au/story/1166589/constitution-recognises-aboriginal-people/?cs=1538
5 Dec 12: “Aboriginal people could be officially recognised
in the South Australian constitution following the
introduction of Constitution (Recognition of Aboriginal
Peoples) Amendment Bill by Premier Jay Weatherill. He said
in state parliament that it would help to “raise the
self-esteem of Aboriginal South Australians”. But Port
Augusta man, Arrabanna chairperson Aaron Stuart says it is
not enough. It is his preference to see changes to the
Commonwealth constitution that would mean recognition for
all Aboriginal people, regardless of which state or
territory they lived in.”

ABC: More prisoners will have to work, says Elferink
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-12-05/elferink-on-prison-work-gangs/4410136
5 Dec 12: “Corrections Minister John Elferink says more
Northern Territory prisoners will be forced to participate
in work gangs under the Country Liberals Government. An
extra $450,000 has been committed to the program as part of
yesterday’s mini budget. It will create two additional
prison work gangs. Mr Elferink says they will help provide
services for pensioners, including the mowing of lawns in
Darwin and Alice Springs. He says he wants convicted
criminals to repay their debt to society.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Alcohol policy should be “based on evidence, not politics”
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7666-alcohol-policy-should-be-qbased-on-evidence-not-politicsq
5 Dec 12: “The North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency
says the Federal Government has expressed support to engage
Indigenous communities to develop alcohol management plans.
The Northern Territory ‘Grog Summit’ was held recently,
where community members and organisations discussed greater
Aboriginal involvement in decision-making to manage alcohol
in troubled communities. NAAJA CEO Pricilla Collins says
there’s no doubt about the harm of alcohol, but governments
must acknowledge cultural complexities.”

newsTracker: Gurrumul refused taxi in racist incident
http://tracker.org.au/2012/12/gurrumul-refused-taxi-in-racist-incident/
5 Dec 12: “NATIONAL: A Melbourne taxi driver’s refusal to
pick up award-winning Aboriginal singer Geoffrey Gurrumul
Yunupingu could only be a result of racism, his manager has
said. Gurrumul’s manager Mark Grose told ABC Radio today
that he had hailed a taxi for Gurrumul and his girlfriend
Bronwyn after the blind singer-songwriter had performed at
the Palais Theatre in Melbourne. Gurrumul was on tour with
singer Missy Higgens. Mr Grose said he then went back to
get Gurrumul. “The taxi driver looked at him, said no,
locked the car and drove off,” Mr Grose told the ABC.”

newsTracker: NSW bowling club’s racist penalty: tribunal
http://tracker.org.au/2012/12/nsw-bowling-clubs-racist-penalty-tribunal/
4 Dec 12: “NATIONAL: A western NSW bowling club racially
discriminated against an Aboriginal woman when it suspended
her for two years for swearing on the phone, a tribunal has
found. Bourke Bowling Club imposed a “harsh” penalty on
Patricia ‘Bo’ Brown for swearing in March 2009, despite the
fact other members freely admitted swearing was “common” in
Bourke, the Administrative Decisions Tribunal (ADT) said.
The tribunal ordered the club to pay $8000 to Ms Brown and
apologise for racially discriminating against her.”

ALS Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT)
ALS News: ALS welcomes government report on NSW Bail laws
http://www.alsnswact.org.au/news_items/67
28 Nov 12: ” Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) is
supportive of the NSW government’s response to the Law
Reform Commission’s report on Bail, released 28 November
2012. John McKenzie, Chief Legal Officer of ALS, says the
time spent preparing their response to the Law Reform
Commission’s recommendations appears to have been worth it.
“This is definitely going in the right direction,” says Mr
McKenzie. “The reforms advocated hit at the heart of what
we at the ALS are concerned about, and that’s the
over-representation of Aboriginal juveniles in detention
and remand. … ”

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