121216 – Premier’s approach ostracising all in the push to develop James Price Point: Greens Senator Rachel Siewert

* Greens Senator Rachel Siewert:
Premier’s approach ostracising all in the push to develop
James Price Point
* The West: Wide-ranging rally
[in opposition to the gas hub at James Price Point]
* Background to the Save The Kimberley Campaign:
James Price Point, north of Broome, WA

* SBS World News:
[National Indigenous Television] NITV goes free to air

* SBS World News Video:
National strategy launched to reduce Indigenous suicide rates

* SBS World News Video:
Indigenous Aussies ‘should vote for their own senators’

* SBS Living Black Audio Interview:
More Trouble In Roeburne?:
That’s the prediction of lawyer Kerry Savas
* SBS Living Black Audio Interview:
Why are Yindjibarndi Still Living In Poverty?
* Background to the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (YAC)
* Background to Mabo and Native Title

* Other Articles

* GREENS SENATOR RACHEL SIEWERT:
PREMIER’S APPROACH OSTRACISING ALL IN THE PUSH TO DEVELOP
JAMES PRICE POINT

– Media Release

Greens Rachel Siewert:
Premier’s approach ostracising all in the push to develop
James Price Point
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/premier%E2%80%99s-approach-ostracising-all-push-develop-james-price-point
12 Dec 12: “The Australian Greens say the blinkered vision
of the WA Government in seeking to develop James Price
Point is undermining the project by ostracising Aboriginal
people, community members and Joint Venture partners alike.
“BHP’s sale of its Browse stake is another sign of the toll
this flawed project is taking on all those involved,”
Senator Siewert said today.
“We know that there are other, viable options for
processing Browse LNG that don’t bring with them the
environmental impact and damage to communities, culture
and heritage.
“Despite better options existing, the WA Government is
still more intent on compulsorily acquiring land at James
Price Point than they are on seeing an agreement which
allows processing to occur elsewhere while still ensuring
benefits from the project to flow to the area’s
communities and Traditional Owners. … ”
[said Senator Siewert] ”

* THE WEST:
WIDE-RANGING RALLY
[IN OPPOSITION TO THE GAS HUB AT JAMES PRICE POINT]

– News

The West: Wide-ranging rally – Kimberley
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/regional/kimberley/a/-/news/15632444/wide-ranging-rally/
13 Dec 12: “POLITICIANS, musicians and Australians united
at rallies in Broome, Perth, Hobart, Adelaide, Melbourne
and Newcastle against the proposed gas hub at James Price
Point last Saturday. While crowds braved blistering heat to
march through Broome waving banners and placards, people
gathered at Cottlesloe Beach and were joined by Australian
Greens Senators Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam and
musician John Butler. Senator Siewert said the day was
about sending a “clear message” to Environment Minister
Tony Burke and his fellow Federal MPs … ”

– Event

Event: Sat 8 December 2012:
Broome, Perth, Adelaide & Melbourne
(Inter)national day of solidarity for the Kimberley
Broome No Gas Rally and Concert
– James Price Point: Pristine and Priceless
“On Saturday 8 December, the local community
in Broome, Western Australia, will hold a rally
and concert to oppose the construction of
a giant gas hub on their doorstep.
On the same day, we’ll be holding events
around the country in solidarity with Broome,
and to celebrate a fantastic year’s work
protecting our precious environment!
Everyone is welcome to join in this
(Inter)national day of solidarity for the Kimberley.
If you can’t make it to Broome, then attend an
event in your local area, or join in online!”
The Wilderness Society WA Inc
Event details: http://www.wilderness.org.au/campaigns/kimberley/national-day-of-action-for-the-kimberley
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.respectandlisten.org/kimberley.html
Broome event details – No Gas Rally and Concert: http://www.savethekimberley.com/events/
Broome flyer – No Gas Rally and Concert: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=459967537373977&set=a.348039841900081.71620.146254135411987&type=1&theater
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

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

Last updated: 14 December 2012

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

* SBS WORLD NEWS:
[NATIONAL INDIGENOUS TELEVISION]
NITV GOES FREE TO AIR

– News

SBS World News Special Coverage: NITV News
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/specialcoverage/399/NITV-News

– NITV homepage

National Indigenous Television (NITV)
http://www.nitv.org.au/
“About NITV:
National Indigenous Television (NITV) is part of the SBS
family of free-to-air channels broadcasting across
Australia providing a nationwide Indigenous television
service via cable, satellite and terrestrial transmission
means and selected online audio visual content. The content
for these services is primarily commissioned or acquired
from the Indigenous production sector.”

– Videos

SBS World News: NITV goes free to air
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1719929/NITV-goes-free-to-air
12 Dec 12: “Australian television history has been made,
with the launch of the first free to-air national
Indigenous television network. NITV was switched from pay
TV to free-to-air at noon (AEDT) today, with a ceremony at
Uluru to mark the historic day (12/12/12). NITV now airs
on channel 34 (SBS4) on digital TV. It will also broadcast
on Foxtel on channel 180. Launching in 2007 on pay TV, NITV
struggled to find its feet and funding, but a merger with
SBS earlier this year has seen it make Australian
television history.”

SBS World News: The first storytellers: The history of NITV
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1718359/The-first-storytellers-The-history-of-NITV
12 Dec 12: “History was made this week when National Indigenous Television launched on free-to-air television across Australia, bringing news, current affairs, sport, drama and entertainment from an Indigenous perspective. On Wednesday December 12th National Indigenous Television (NITV) began broadcasting on SBS digital marking a historic step for Indigenous media.
In 2006, it was estimated that less than 2 hours per week
of Indigenous-produced content was broadcast across all
media. Since beginning in 2007, National Indigenous
Television has shown approximately 2,000 hours of content
… ”

SBS World News:
Ban Ki-Moon congratulates NITV on free-to-air launch
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1720007/Ban-Ki-Moon-congratulates-NITV-on-free-to-air-laun
12 Dec 12: “UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has
congratulated National Indigenous Television Network (NITV)
on their historic free-to-air launch. During his message,
Ki-moon applauded NITV for its work in challenging the
stereotypes of Indigenous people. “This is a momentous
achievement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
people,” he said in a video message broadcasted on NITV.
“The establishment of NITV will help challenge the
stereotypes of Indigenous peoples and will empower
Indigenous voices and will influence the social and
political agenda. … “”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
National Indigenous Television SBS Free To Air Launch!
http://caama.com.au/national-indigenous-television-sbs-free-to-air-launch
14 Dec 12

– Related News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Benefits of Aboriginal culture on offer from NITV
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7697-benefits-of-aboriginal-culture-on-offer-from-nitv
14 Dec 12: “Social commentator Eva Cox has welcomed the
launch of NITV as a free-to-air television channel. The
University of Technology, Sydney academic says she hopes
SBS will continue to allow Indigenous control. Ms. Cox says
if treated respectfully, the channel will help spread
Indigenous affairs to a wider audience. “Hopefully it’ll
give a lot more people in Australia a bit more of an
understanding about the benefits of Indigenous culture and
what we can learn. … “”

* SBS WORLD NEWS VIDEO:
NATIONAL STRATEGY LAUNCHED TO REDUCE INDIGENOUS SUICIDE RATES

– Video

SBS World News:
National strategy launched to reduce Indigenous suicide rates
Source: Jeremy Geia, NITV
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1720703/National-strategy-launched-to-reduce-Indigenous-su
14 Dec 12: “Some of the country’s leading healers are
putting together a national strategy they hope will see a
decrease in the tragic suicide rates plaguing black
Australia. They’re promoting community controlled and
operated solutions – it’s an investment governments around
the country are keen to see work. Jeremy Geia reports.
Reducing suicide and distress in black communities is an
arduous task, creating a national policy that has local
control and ticks government boxes can be just as
challenging. But that’s what the national indigenous mental
health advisory group is now working on.”

* SBS WORLD NEWS VIDEO:
INDIGENOUS AUSSIES ‘SHOULD VOTE FOR THEIR OWN SENATORS’

– Video

SBS World News:
Indigenous Aussies ‘should vote for their own senators’
Source: SBS staff
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1720329/Indigenous-Aussies-should-vote-for-their-own-senat
13 Dec 12: “Indigenous Australians should be able to elect
Indigenous senators, human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson
QC told Living Black. … Geoffrey Robertson QC told Living
Black presenter Karla Grant that Australia lags behind
other countries when it comes to recognising the rights of
Aboriginal people. “Other countries have acknowledged
rights of Indigenous people in far more satisfactory ways,”
says Robertson. “I’ve always believed that the best way to
[recognise their rights] is to allow Indigenous people to
vote for their own representatives; to have Australian
senators elected by the Indigenous community.” … ”

* SBS LIVING BLACK AUDIO INTERVIEW:
MORE TROUBLE IN ROEBURNE?
– THAT’S THE PREDICTION OF LAWYER KERRY SAVAS

– Audio Interview

SBS Living Black: More Trouble In Roeburne?
By Michelle Lovegrove
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/245959/t/More-Trouble-In-Roeburne-/in/english
13 Dec 12: “That’s the prediction of lawyer Kerry Savas,
over the continuing battle between the Yindjibarndii people
and FMG, in the Pilbara. … Kerry Savas spent more than a
year representing the interests of a group of Yindjibarndi
people, who broke away from their native title
organisation, Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation. The
fractured community in and around Robeurne, destruction of
land, dozens of court battles, and the intervention of a
multi billion dollar mining company is the living story of
the failures of the native title system, and of a
government publicly ignoring its citizen’s calls for an
inquiry into FMG’s activities in the Pilbara. … ”

* SBS LIVING BLACK AUDIO INTERVIEW:
WHY ARE YINDJIBARNDI STILL LIVING IN POVERTY?

– Audio Interview

SBS Living Black:
Why are Yindjibarndi Still Living In Poverty?
By Michelle Lovegrove
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/245955/t/Why-are-Yindjibarndi-Still-Living-In-Poverty/in/english
13 Dec 12: “A native title claimant group has called for a
federal inquiry into its allegations that iron ore miner
Fortescue Metals “heavied” its way onto land in Western
Australia’s Pilbara region. … Bruce Woodley, chairman
Wirlu-Murra Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (WMYAC),
has supported recent statements made by solicitor Kerry
Savas, to the National Indigenous Times and the ABC. Mr
Savas is a lawyer who worked for WMYAC and whose fees were
paid by Fortescue. He claims that Wirlu-Murra was put
together hastily, to solidify support for FMG’s Solomon
Mine project. … Michelle Lovegrove speaks with Gerry
Georgatos, a journalist with the National Indigenous Times,
about his latest trip to Roeburne, and what he saw there.”

– Related News

Wirlu murra Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (WYAC) News:
Response to Recent Claims in the National Indigenous Times
http://www.wmyac.com/news/
30 Nov 12: “We have only recently been made aware of Mr
Georgatas’ article in the National Indigenous Times and the
purported concerns of our Chairman, Bruce Woodley, which
have not previously been expressed to the Board. The
reported comments do not represent the views of the Board.
For the past week Bruce has been in hospital receiving
treatment. … Bruce Woodley is the Chairperson of
Wirlu-murra but the Board has not endorsed any media
statements. Any public comments need to be endorsed by the
Board.”

See:

Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (YAC): http://yindjibarndi.org.au/yindjibarndi/

Wirlu murra Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (WYAC): http://www.wmyac.com/

* BACKGROUND TO THE YINDJIBARNDI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION (YAC):

Last updated: 5 December 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/27/background-to-the-yindjibarndi-aboriginal-corporation-yac

* 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:

– Analysis / Opinion

On Line Opinion: The answer to Olga’s question?
http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=14477
14 Dec 12: “This past October, Olga Havnen, the Northern
Territory Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous
Services, released her annual report. The response of the
NT Government was to sack her. It’s her story to tell the
reasons why. What is clear from her report is that Olga
doggedly asked government departments what proportion of
their budget was taken up by administrative overheads. Her
requests were “met with a reluctance to comply and, in some
instances, outright hostility.””
By Mark Moran and Patrick Sullivan
* Dr Mark Moran, a governance specialist in Indigenous and
international development
* Dr Patrick Sullivan, a political anthropologist who has
studied the engagement of Aboriginal people with the
Australian Public Sector

– News

Koori Mail: Havnen to head health service
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
14 Dec 12: “FORMER Coordinator General for Remote Services
in the NT Olga Haven has been appointed CEO of Darwin’s
Danila Dilba Health Service. The service’s deputy
chairperson John Paterson said Ms Havnen’s experience at
Aboriginal land councils and various health and support
organisations that would be vital in moving Danila Dilba
forward. She replaces Paula Arnol, whom Mr Paterson thanked
for her tireless work. The NT Government scrapped the
Coordinator General position in October after Ms Havnen
issued a report critical of government expenditure,
programs and service delivery in Aboriginal communities.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Qld Health Minister praises community-controlled model
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7694-qld-health-minister-praises-community-controlled-model
14 Dec 12: “A new Indigenous medical clinic has opened this
week in the outer-northern Brisbane suburb of Morayfield.
Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg attended the
opening. Mr. Springborg told 98.9fm the Institute of Urban
Indigenous Health’s newest facility will be a a positive
for the health of south-east Queensland Aboriginal people.”

Koori Mail: Crossin to chair committee
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
14 Dec 12: “LABOR Senator Trish Crossin will chair a new
parliamentary joint select committee on constitutional
recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
peoples. Senator Crossin said the Committee will inquire
into and report on steps that can be taken to progress
towards a successful referendum on Indigenous
constitutional recognition. It will create an advisory
group to guide its work, including consideration of the
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition
Bill 2012. Senator Crossin said she was proud of bipartisan
support the issue has received.”

– Audio

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

14 Dec 12: “A former Federal Aboriginal Affairs Minister
who also served as deputy chairman of the National Native
Title Tribunal has spoken of an intercultural future for
the Northern Territory one which will see both Aboriginal
people an non indigenous Australians working together to
achieve their objectives.”

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