121212 – Human Rights Day open letter to PM Julia Gillard: Working Group for Aboriginal Rights

* WGAR Human Rights Day open letter to PM Julia Gillard
* SNAICC News: 10 December 2012
– Human Rights Day focuses on the rights of all people
* SBS World News Video:
Human Rights awards: Indigenous members recognised

* Larissa Behrendt, The Age:
Sadly, the Redfern speech is still the high-water mark
for inclusion
* Let’s Talk interview with Sol Bellear on the
20th Anniversary of Paul Keating’s Redfern Speech
* The Wire:
Redfern speech still inspires hope despite decades of
‘policy failures’ [Featured in story: Larissa Behrendt]
* Greens Senator Rachel Siewert:
Redfern anniversary a time for action
* News re 20th anniversary of Redfern Speech

* Larissa Behrendt, ABC Drum Opinion:
The Indigenous justice divide
* Geraldine Fela, Solidarity:
Taser deaths show why killer cops must face justice

* Other articles

* WGAR HUMAN RIGHTS DAY OPEN LETTER TO PM JULIA GILLARD:

– Media Release

Working Group for Aboriginal Rights
Human Rights Day open letter to PM Julia Gillard
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/10/working-group-for-aboriginal-rights-human-rights-day-open-letter-to-pm-julia-gillard
10 Dec 12: “Prime Minister,
The Working Group for Aboriginal Rights is calling on you
and your government to change direction in your policies on
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs.
We recommend you focus your strategies on the Theo van
Boven principles of Reparation for Peoples who have
suffered gross violations of Human Rights. His extensive
work clarifies the remedial steps needed for people to
recover from Human Rights abuses [UN ECOSOC Resolution
2005/30]. Apology is only the first step and the health and
well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders is
dependent, in our opinion, on all seven steps of the Theo
van Boven principles being implemented: restitution,
compensation, rehabilitation, satisfaction and guarantees
of non-repetition and prevention.
The evidence is clear that Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islanders are still suffering gross violations of Human
Rights and have done so since 1788 and it is now encumbent
upon your government to finally change tack and begin to
deal with the reality of Aboriginal Peoples’ continuing
survival against all odds. … ”

* SNAICC NEWS:
10 DECEMBER 2012
– HUMAN RIGHTS DAY FOCUSES ON THE RIGHTS OF ALL PEOPLE

– Media Release

Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care:
SNAICC News: Media release 10 December 2012
– Human Rights Day focuses on the rights of all people
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a right
to be heard and participate in decision-making.
http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=945
10 Dec 12: “SNAICC calls on governments in Australia to heed
the themes for this year’s Human Rights Day being celebrated
across the globe today: inclusion and the right to
participate in public life.
In 2012, Human Rights Day focuses on the rights of all
people – women, youth, minorities, persons with
disabilities, Indigenous peoples, the poor and marginalised
– to make their voices heard in public life and be included
in political decision-making.
The right to participate is a key ingredient to break the
cycle of entrenched disadvantage and critical to improve
the realisation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
peoples’ rights across Australia, including children and
families.
In the Prime Minister’s Closing the Gap report in February
– which revealed improvements in infant mortality rates and
access to early childhood services but slower progress in
other key areas – Ms Gillard said the foundations for
overcoming Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage
have been laid.
SNAICC strongly maintains that building on these foundations
will require genuine participation and partnership with
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, organisations
and communities. … ”

* SBS WORLD NEWS VIDEO:
HUMAN RIGHTS AWARDS: INDIGENOUS MEMBERS RECOGNISED

– Video

SBS World News:
Human Rights awards: Indigenous members recognised
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1719399/Human-Rights-awards-Indigenous-members-recognised
10 Dec 12: “Three members of the Indigenous community have
been recognised at the Australian Human Rights Commission
awards in Sydney. And the main prize went to an athlete
who’s made it his mission to work with remote communities.
He’s won many golds in the pool. Now Ian Thorpe is the
proud owner of a Human Rights Medal. … Other winners
include Pat Anderson who took home the award for Community
Individual. … The Aboriginal Legal Service of Western
Australia was named best community organisation and 21 year
old Ngoongar lawyer Krista McMeeken won the Young People’s
Human Rights Medal.”

* LARISSA BEHRENDT, THE AGE:
SADLY, THE REDFERN SPEECH IS STILL THE HIGH-WATER MARK
FOR INCLUSION

– Analysis / Opinion

Age: Sadly, the Redfern speech is still the high-water mark
for inclusion
http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/sadly-the-redfern-speech-is-still-the-highwater-mark-for-inclusion-20121209-2b3gd.html
10 Dec 12: “Twenty years ago, Keating offered a national
narrative of genuine recognition. WHEN I was a law student
in Sydney in the late 1980s it was an urban myth that taxi
drivers wouldn’t take you to Redfern. The ABC’s critically
acclaimed series Redfern Now might show how far we have
come from this stereotype; … So if taxi drivers believed
that Redfern was a no-go zone, imagine what it must have
been like to hear 20 years ago that the prime minister was
paying the neighbourhood a visit.” By Larissa Behrendt,
professor of law, University of Technology, Sydney

* LET’S TALK INTERVIEW WITH SOL BELLEAR
ON THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF PAUL KEATING’S REDFERN SPEECH

– Audio Interview

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Let’s Talk – Sol Bellear and Gwen Taylor
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/lets-talk/
10 Dec 12: “* Sol Bellear – Chairperson of the
Aboriginal Medical Service in Redfern on the
20th Anniversary of Paul Keating’s Redfern Speach.
* Gwen Taylor – Queensland Council of Unions talks about
Qld stolen wages.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/sol-bellear-and-gwen-taylor/

* THE WIRE:
REDFERN SPEECH STILL INSPIRES HOPE DESPITE
DECADES OF ‘POLICY FAILURES’
[FEATURED IN STORY: LARISSA BEHRENDT]

– Audio Interview

The Wire: Redfern speech still inspires hope despite
decades of ‘policy failures’
Produced by Tim Roxburgh
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9952
10 Dec 12: “The speech made 20 years ago today by the then
Prime Minister Paul Keating in Redfern is now considered one
of the most significant speeches in Australian political
history. But for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
people the anniversary of the speech is a bittersweet
occasion. The speech inspired much optimism, but some say
that the last 20 years of federal politics has seen more
policy failures than policy successes in addressing
indigenous disadvantage. One person who was there in Redfern
when the speech was made was Larissa Behrendt. Then a
graduate fresh from law school, she’s now Professor of Law
and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of
Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Featured in story:
Larissa Behrendt – Professor of Law, Director of Research
at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning”

* GREENS SENATOR RACHEL SIEWERT:
REDFERN ANNIVERSARY A TIME FOR ACTION

– Media Release

Greens Senator Rachel Siewert:
Redfern anniversary a time for action
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/redfern-anniversary-time-action
10 Dec 12: “Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Issues
The Australian Greens said today the 20th Anniversary of
Paul Keating’s landmark Redfern speech should serve as an
opportunity for today’s politicians to reflect on what still
needs to be done to deliver better outcomes for Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
“There is much to be done by Governments to improve outcomes
for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and reduce
the gaps in education, employment and life expectancy that
continue to exist,” Senator Rachel Siewert, spokesperson on
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues said today.
“The Redfern speech helped put us on a path towards
reconciliation, but this is far from a complete process. It
is important that we continue the spirit of the Redfern
Speech and the Apology to the Stolen Generations, rather
than lose momentum.
“Unfortunately we still see many flawed approaches, this
ALP Government has taken on the interventionist approach of
the Howard Government and continued and expanded the
Northern Territory Intervention through Stronger Futures.
Rather than continued with unproven, paternalistic
approaches, the Greens are looking to deliver the policies
and investments needed to improve outcomes. … ”
[said Senator Rachel Siewert] ”

* NEWS RE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF REDFERN SPEECH:

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Nation celebrates 20th anniversary of Redfern Speech
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7679-nation-celebrates-20th-anniversary-of-redfern-speech
10 Dec 12: “NIRS/ABC/98.9fm
The chairman of the Aboriginal Medical Service in Redfern
says more still needs to be done for Indigenous
Australians, 20 years after former Prime Minister Paul
Keating acknowledged the past wrongs of Australian
governments. Aboriginal elders gathered in Sydney to mark
the 20-year anniversary of Paul Keating’s Redfern speech,
considered one of the most important addresses in
Australia’s history. Speaking to a crowd at Redfern Park on
December 10, 1992, the then-prime minister acknowledged the
impact of European settlement on Indigenous Australians.”

newsTracker: First nations reflect on Keating’s speech
http://tracker.org.au/2012/12/first-nations-reflect-on-keatings-speech/
10 Dec 12: “NATIONAL: Aboriginal community members have
gathered in Sydney to mark the 20th anniversary of Paul
Keating’s historic Redfern speech. The former prime
minister’s speech on December 10, 1992, was the first time
an Australian political leader had publicly acknowledged
the impact of colonial and contemporary government policies
on Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people. The speech
put reconciliation on Australia’s political agenda and is
credited as paving the way for 2007′s formal apology to
indigenous Australians.”

Yahoo!7: Redfern marks Keating speech, 20 years on
http://au.news.yahoo.com/latest/a/-/latest/15587948/redfern-marks-keating-speech-20-years-on/
10 Dec 12: “Aboriginal elders gathered in Sydney to mark
the 20th anniversary of Paul Keating’s Redfern speech,
considered one of the most important addresses in
Australia’s history. Speaking to a crowd at Redfern Park on
December 10, 1992, the then-prime minister acknowledged the
impact of European settlement on Indigenous Australians.
The speech put reconciliation between Indigenous and
non-Indigenous Australians firmly on the political agenda,
and some say it paved the way for the formal apology to
Indigenous Australians.”

Australian: Redfern speech promised much, delivered little
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/redfern-speech-promised-much-delivered-little/story-fn9hm1pm-1226533218407
10 Dec 12: “THEY were a jaded and restless crowd who’d
heard it all before. And when Paul Keating delivered the
opening line of his Redfern Park speech – “I’m very pleased
to be here today” – many saw no reason to listen too
closely. Then with five words, Labor’s treasurer turned
prime minister changed history. “The problem starts with
us,” declared Keating in a historic acknowledgement of past
wrongs.” By Natasha Robinson

Australian:
Call to extend land rights after initial ‘leaps and bounds’
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/industrial-relations/call-to-extend-land-rights-after-initial-leaps-and-bounds/story-fn59noo3-1226533220688
10 Dec 12: “THE nation’s peak indigenous body will today
make a declaration on progress 20 years after Paul
Keating’s Redfern address, calling for an extension of
land rights.” By Patricia Karvelas

* LARISSA BEHRENDT, ABC DRUM OPINION:
THE INDIGENOUS JUSTICE DIVIDE

– Analysis / Opinion

ABC Drum Opinion: The Indigenous justice divide
http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/4419290.html
10 Dec 12: “Can our legal system, which is so quick to lock
up Indigenous offenders, deliver justice for Indigenous
people when they are the victims of crime, asks Larissa
Behrendt. Human Rights Day is a time for reflection on how
we meet benchmarks for human rights protections and where
we can improve our protections; particularly of the
disadvantaged and marginalised. One issue that concerns me,
perhaps due to my background as a lawyer, relates to our
criminal justice system. New data released last week shows
that the incarceration rates for Aboriginal women have
increased.” By Professor Larissa Behrendt,
Professor of Law and and Director of Research,
Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning,
University of Technology, Sydney

– Related Audio

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

10 Dec 12: “A 20 per cent increase in the number of
Aboriginal women being locked up has led to a faster rate
of increase for women being jailed than men according to
new figures released by The Australian Bureau of
Statistics.”

See:

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

* GERALDINE FELA, SOLIDARITY:
TASER DEATHS SHOW WHY KILLER COPS MUST FACE JUSTICE

– Analysis / Opinion

Solidarity: Taser deaths show why killer cops must face justice
http://www.solidarity.net.au/51/taser-deaths-show-why-killer-cops-must-face-justice/
Nov 2012: “Aboriginal people in Australia know well that
there is no justice in the justice system. The police will
not be brought to account without a fight.
Justice for Briscoe:
Right now in the Northern Territory the family of
Kwementyaye Briscoe are showing us how to fight. The
coroner’s report into the Anmatjere man’s death on January
5 this year laid blame clearly on police negligence.
Briscoe’s family has led a strong campaign calling for
charges to be laid for negligent manslaughter.
Demonstrations have taken place across the country, … ”
By Geraldine Fela

– Related Audio

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

10 Dec 12: “Trish Morton Thomas will address a rally on
deaths in custody, policing and justice on International
Human rights Day following the death in custody of her
nephew Kwementyaye Briscoe.”

See:

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

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]

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

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

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Audio

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

11 Dec 12: “* The founder of Australia’s first registered
Aboriginal political party says that he is looking for
candidates to stand for both the House of Representatives
and the Senate and the next Federal election so that all
Australians can have choice in who represents them.
* Peak Aboriginal Organisations in the NT says the recent
mini-budget cuts to Aboriginal directed services are a
false economy that will lead to increased preventable harm
and cost the community more in the longer term.”

The Wire:
Indigenous media suffering from a ‘policy vacuum’ says expert
Produced by Tim Roxburgh
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9953
10 Dec 12: “This week will see the launch of Australia’s
first nationally-broadcast, free-to-air indigenous
television channel. But amidst the launch festivities, one
expert on indigenous media says that the sector is
operating in a virtual policy vacuum. Michael Meadows is a
Professor in the school of Humanities at Griffith
University. He wholeheartedly welcomes the launch of the
national channel, but says that it should have happened
long ago. He says that a lack of a public discussion about
the sector has led to a lack of coherent policy and
insufficient support for community-led media initiatives. …
Featured in story:
Michael Meadows
– Professor in the School of Humanities, Griffith University”

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
City council proposals don’t satisfy Sandon Point mob
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7678-city-council-proposals-dont-satisfy-sandon-point-mob
10 Dec 12: “The chair of the Illawarra Local Aboriginal
Land Council in New South Wales says he rejects the
Wollongong City Council’s draft management plan of Sandon
Point. Roy ‘Dootch’ Kennedy says Sandon Point contains a
sacred burial site and an Aboriginal Tent Embassy was
established 12 years ago to protect it. The Wollongong
Council is calling for comment on the plan setting out how
the land will be managed, which includes four options for
the future of the Embassy. Mr. Kennedy says none of the
options allow for the Embassy to stay in its intended and
desired form.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Jailing people won’t reduce reoffending rates: ALS
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7681-jailing-people-wont-reduce-reoffending-rates-als
11 Dec 12: “The New South Wales/ACT Aboriginal Legal
Service (ALS) says it supports a movement to push
governments to spend more money on crime prevention
programs rather than putting people in jail. A Senate
inquiry will look at the approach of justice reinvestment,
in particular its potential to reduce the
over-representation of Indigenous people in prison. The
Aboriginal Legal Service’s Chief Legal Officer John
McKenzie says high incarceration rates have devastating
impacts on Indigenous communities. Mr. McKenzie says
putting people in jail often doesn’t stop them from
reoffending.”

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