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

* 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.”

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