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

* 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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