Archive for January, 2013

130128 – Protest over land council mining plans: Mel Barnes, Green Left

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 28/01/2013 by D

* Mel Barnes, Green Left: Protest over land council mining plans

* Brisbane Times: Indigenous rally on Australia Day in Qld
* SMH: Sodden but not sunk: How Queenslanders marked Australia Day
* Sovereign Union: Invasion Day March Brisbane 2013
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement
* Background to Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy,
Musgrave Park, South Brisbane, Qld

* SBS Radionews Audio: Reviewing the MDGs: Pt 2
[Millennium Development Goals]

* Operation Kimberley Miinimbi Update:
No place sacred as Woodside prepares to destroy burial sites
and ancient culture for gas in the Kimberley
* Broome Community No Gas Campaign:
Why is the Broome Community opposed to the development?
* Background to the Save The Kimberley Campaign
– James Price Point, north of Broome, WA

* Green Left: Aboriginal freedom fighters commemorated

* Other articles

* MEL BARNES, GREEN LEFT:
PROTEST OVER LAND COUNCIL MINING PLANS

– News

Green Left: Protest over land council mining plans
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/53154
26 Jan 13: “Members of dozens of local Aboriginal Land
Councils protested outside the office of the NSW Land
Council on January 25. The peak body of Aboriginal affairs
has been criticised for applying for exploration permits
for uranium and coal seam gas in areas throughout NSW.
Chairperson of the Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council,
Roy “Dootch” Kennedy, told Green Left Weekly they were
protesting because of serious concerns about the effects
of mining and the lack of consultation about the decision.”
By Mel Barnes

– Event

Event: Fri 25 January 2013: Parramatta, Sydney, NSW
Protest NSW Land Rights
“Protest 10am 25/1/13 at NSW ALC …
as support to Uncle Dootch Kennedy in Yuin country
& Illawarra in addressing NSWALC move into Mining
exposed by Media in 2012.”
“NSW Land Rights becoming mining operator affects
us all and we have had no consultation or respect
shown to date to local Aboriginal people, comunities
and 1st Nations”
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/408445595901074/

See:

Mel Barnes – Green Left Weekly
http://www.greenleft.org.au/taxonomy/term/967

About GLW – the need for alternative media
http://www.greenleft.org.au/about
“In these days of growing media concentration, Green Left
Weekly is a proudly independent voice committed to human
and civil rights, global peace and environmental
sustainability, democracy and equality.”

– Related Video

NITV News – 25 January part 1
http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/15779907987/NITV-News-25-January-part-1
[The protest is covered first in this news bulletin.]

– Related News

National Indigenous Times:
Geoff Scott’s mining plans facing protest
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2388-geoff-scotts-mining-plans-facing-protest.html
26 Jan 13: “Hundreds of members of Local Aboriginal Land
Councils from the metropolitan regions of Sydney are
expected to converge on the offices of the New South Wales
Aboriginal Land Council on Friday to protest against the
way the NSWALC is seeking to introduce mining operations
into the region. The protest has been called because Local
Aboriginal Land Councils claim they are fed up with the
lack of consultation from… ”

* BRISBANE TIMES: INDIGENOUS RALLY ON AUSTRALIA DAY IN QLD

– News

Brisbane Times: Indigenous rally on Australia Day in Qld
http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/breaking-news-national/indigenous-rally-on-australia-day-in-qld-20130126-2ddq2.html
26 Jan 13: “Australia Day has opened old wounds for
Brisbane’s indigenous population, who say their places of
worship aren’t being respected by authorities. About 300
indigenous Australians and their supporters rallied outside
Parliament House on Saturday, calling for sovereignty to be
awarded to the first Australians. “Only then can we build a
just republic for all who call this place home,” Wayne
Wharton said. Mr Wharton was one of three indigenous people
arrested at South Brisbane’s Musgrave Park in December when
authorities closed down the Aboriginal tent embassy and
extinguished the “sacred fire”.” Kym Agius

– Event

Event: Sat 26 January 2013: Brisbane, Qld
Invasion Day rally and march: 2013, Brisbane
Event summary: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=477882215581619&set=a.470053989697775.98606.469659059737268&type=1&theater
Event summary: http://www.facebook.com/events/539100446101895/
Event summary: http://www.989fm.com.au/events/invasion-day-march-rally-concert/
Event summary: http://nationalcongress.com.au/congress-events/
Flyer: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/images/2013/gatherings/invasion-day3.jpg

* SMH:
SODDEN BUT NOT SUNK:
HOW QUEENSLANDERS MARKED AUSTRALIA DAY

– News

SMH:
Sodden but not sunk: How Queenslanders marked Australia Day
http://www.smh.com.au/queensland/sodden-but-not-sunk-how-queenslanders-marked-australia-day-20130126-2dds0.html
26 Jan 13: “At Southbank, Australia Day has opened old
wounds for Brisbane’s indigenous population, who say their
places of worship aren’t being respected by authorities. …
Mr Wharton was one of three indigenous people arrested at
South Brisbane’s Musgrave Park in December when authorities
closed down the Aboriginal tent embassy and extinguished
the “sacred fire”. … Protesters on Saturday marched from
parliament house to the park, where they re-lit the sacred
fire.” Ellen Lutton and Kym Agius

– Event

Event: Sat 26 January 2013: Brisbane, Qld
Invasion Day rally and march: 2013, Brisbane
Event summary: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=477882215581619&set=a.470053989697775.98606.469659059737268&type=1&theater
Event summary: http://www.facebook.com/events/539100446101895/
Event summary: http://www.989fm.com.au/events/invasion-day-march-rally-concert/
Event summary: http://nationalcongress.com.au/congress-events/
Flyer: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/images/2013/gatherings/invasion-day3.jpg

* SOVEREIGN UNION: INVASION DAY MARCH BRISBANE 2013

– Photos

Sovereign Union: Invasion Day March Brisbane 2013
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/493
“Source & larger collection:
Brisbane Aboriginal-Sovereign Embassy 101 Photo’s”

– Event

Event: Sat 26 January 2013: Brisbane, Qld
Invasion Day rally and march: 2013, Brisbane
Event summary: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=477882215581619&set=a.470053989697775.98606.469659059737268&type=1&theater
Event summary: http://www.facebook.com/events/539100446101895/
Event summary: http://www.989fm.com.au/events/invasion-day-march-rally-concert/
Event summary: http://nationalcongress.com.au/congress-events/
Flyer: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/images/2013/gatherings/invasion-day3.jpg

See:

About ‘Sovereign Union’
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/3
“This is the official website of the Sovereign Union of
First Nations and Peoples in Australia. The Sovereign Union
was first formed at a meeting on 12-14 June 1999 on Mt
Kaputar, near Narrabri, NSW. A delegation was sent to
Geneva to the UN Working Group of the Commission on Human
Rights to take our sovereign voices to the international
community. The Sovereign Union was further formalised with
a Foundation Meeting of the ‘Sovereign Union – interim
Unity Government’ at the Kuradji Tent Embassy, near
Wollongong, New South Wales on May 25 2012.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT:

Last updated: 26 January 2013

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

* BACKGROUND TO BRISBANE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGN EMBASSY,
MUSGRAVE PARK, SOUTH BRISBANE, QLD:

Last updated: 26 January 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/02/brisbane-aboriginal-sovereign-embassy-musgrave-park-south-brisbane-qld

* SBS RADIONEWS AUDIO: REVIEWING THE MDGS: PT 2
[MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS]

– Audio

SBS Radionews Podcasts: Reviewing the MDGs: Pt 2
By Andrea Nierhoff
http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/251350/Reviewing-the-MDGs-Pt-2
27 Jan 13: “As Australia portrays itself as a champion of
the world’s disadvantaged, critics point to the plight of
its own indigenous people. … But there are critics of
Australia’s performance on the MDGs. And there are those
who say Australia shouldn’t be portraying itself as a
champion of the world’s disadvantaged when it has a poor
record of looking after its own disadvantaged – notably its
Indigenous people. Andrea Nierhoff reports. … Anthony
Zwi is a professor of global health and development at the
University of New South Wales. He argues that in
Australia’s case, the way the MDGs are assessed is hiding
the true situation of its Indigenous people. … ”

* OPERATION KIMBERLEY MIINIMBI UPDATE:
NO PLACE SACRED AS WOODSIDE PREPARES TO DESTROY BURIAL SITES
AND ANCIENT CULTURE FOR GAS IN THE KIMBERLEY

– News

Sea Shepherd Australia: Operation Kimberley Miinimbi Update
No place sacred as Woodside prepares to destroy burial sites
and ancient culture for gas in the Kimberley
http://www.seashepherd.org.au/news-and-media/2013/01/25/operation-kimberley-miinimbi-update-1481
25 Jan 13: “As Sea Shepherd’s fleet awaits the whale
poachers in the Southern Ocean, Woodside prepares to attack
our planet’s oldest culture and its largest humpback whales
nursery. … Spokesperson and Goolarabooloo Law Boss
Phillip Roe says he and senior law boss Joseph Roe had not
been given prior notice of the decision but had learnt
about it via the media. “Why do we have to hear on the
radio that Woodside has been given permission to destroy
our Country, Law and Culture. It’s not right. The evidence
from our old people and from us about this Country is
clear and has just been ignored,” Roe said.”

See:

Who We Are – Sea Shepherd’s Mission Statement
http://www.seashepherd.org.au/who-we-are/
“Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
(SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife
conservation organization. Our mission is to end the
destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the
world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems
and species. Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action
tactics to investigate, document, and take action when
necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the
high seas.”

– Related News

National Indigenous Times:
Goolarabooloo Law Bosses lift the ante in
Woodside battle over gas hub plan
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2382-goolarabooloo-law-bosses-lift-the-ante-in-woodside-battle-over-gas-hub-plan.html
26 Jan 13: “Traditional custodians, Goolarabooloo Law Bosses,
Phillip Roe and Richard Hunter have responded to State
Government authorisation of sacred site trespass with anger
and they have declared they will fight them in the courts
and at Walmandan in standing their ground to stop any
desecration of sacred ground.”

* BROOME COMMUNITY NO GAS CAMPAIGN:
WHY IS THE BROOME COMMUNITY OPPOSED TO THE DEVELOPMENT?

– Statement

Broome Community No Gas Campaign:
Why is the Broome Community opposed to the development?
http://www.broomenogas.org/FAQRetrieve.aspx?ID=43947
“The Broome community is opposed to the development because
they believe it will have wide range of environmental,
cultural and social impacts on life in our town and on the
nearby country. Most people have visited the Pilbara and
seen the impacts that major resource development projects
bring. Our concerns include: …
* The development area contains a number of registered
Aboriginal heritage sites important to the Goolarabaloo
Traditional Owners, who are opposed to the project.
* A song line of importance to all Aboriginal people in the
area runs from the tip of the Dampier Peninsula to Broome,
passing through the area of the plant.”

See:

Broome Community No Gas Campaign – About Us
http://www.broomenogas.org/AboutUs.htm
“The Broome Community No Gas Campaign is a coalition of
concerned community members dedicated to stopping the
proposed industrial development at James Price Point
(Walmadany), north of Broome.”

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

Last updated: 25 January 2013

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

* GREEN LEFT: ABORIGINAL FREEDOM FIGHTERS COMMEMORATED

– News

Green Left: Aboriginal freedom fighters commemorated
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/53148
26 Jan 13: “Over 150 people attended a public rally to
demand a memorial and park to commemorate two Aboriginal
freedom fighters, Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner, on
January 20 in Melbourne. Tunnerminnerwait and
Maulboyheenner were the first two men executed in Melbourne
on January 20, 1842. The rally was addressed by various
activists, including anarchist Joseph Toscano and Socialist
Alliance member Davie Thompson. Toscano said the two men
were among 16 Tasmanian Aborigines brought to Melbourne in
1839 to be “civilised.”” By Hashim bin Rashid,
a member of the Awami Workers’ Party in Pakistan

– Event

Event: Sun 20 January 2013: Melbourne, Vic
Commemorating the Freedom Fighters
Tunnerminnerwait & Maulboyheener
Please bring flowers
Lest We Forget
Event details: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/images/2013/gatherings/freedom-fighters.jpg

See:

WGAR News: Joseph Toscano, Anarchist World 3CR:
Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheener
– freedom fighters execution (12 Jan 13)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/11/wgar-news-briscoe-family-condemns-nt-prosecutor-decision-on-anniversary-of-briscoe-death-

See:

Hashim bin Rashid – Green Left Weekly
http://www.greenleft.org.au/taxonomy/term/4563

About GLW – the need for alternative media
http://www.greenleft.org.au/about
“In these days of growing media concentration, Green Left
Weekly is a proudly independent voice committed to human
and civil rights, global peace and environmental
sustainability, democracy and equality.”

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Analysis / Opinion

National Indigenous Times: Editorial: Positive news stories?
http://www.nit.com.au/editorial.html
26 Jan 13: “As a big consumer of the media – both print and
electronic – I find the dearth of news coverage of
successful Indigenous Australians abhorrent. I preface my
comments by acknowledging the enormous work our superstar
athletes such as Thurston (rugby league)”

– News

National Indigenous Times:
Japarta Ryan names Invasion Day for
national launch of First Nations
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2381-japarta-ryan-names-invasion-day-for-national-launch-of-first-nations.html
26 Jan 13: “Maurie Japarta Ryan has nominated Invasion Day,
January 26 to launch his First Nations Political Party
nationally. Mr Ryan will launch the FNPP onto the national
political landscape on the steps of Old Parliament House on
the very spot where former Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam
announced his sacking by the English Queen’s
representative Governor-General, John Kerr.”

National Indigenous Times:
Exclusive: Native Title Tribunal inquiry
http://www.nit.com.au/your-say.html
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2390-native-title-tribunal-inquiry.html
26 Jan 13: “The National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT)
President, Graeme Neate and the Tribunal’s Registrar,
Stephanie Fryer-Smith have launched an external inquiry
into a former State Manager after reports published in the
National Indigenous Times revealed allegations of various
improprieties in reference to undeclared interests by its
employee to the Tribunal. High Court of Australia officers
have arrived in Western Australia as part of this inquiry
and have been interviewing people – with only the notice of
a few hours. The National Indigenous Times was present when
one High Court officer arrived to interview a person
connected with the raising of the allegations.”

National Indigenous Times:
McGlade’s campaign for family violence aid receives a boost
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2391-mcglades-campaign-for-family-violence-aid-receives-a-boost.html
26 Jan 13: “Human rights lawyer and Noongar, Dr Hannah
McGlade said it was 20 years ago in 1993 the West
Australian Supreme Court Taskforce on Gender Bias
recognised Aboriginal women in Perth needed a separate
legal service. Now it looks likely it will become a reality
with the West Australian Government committing $600,000 a
year to establish a metropolitan legal service for
Indigenous victims of family violence… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Helen Milroy appointed to Royal Commission on child sex abuse
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2389-helen-milroy-appointed-to-royal-commission-on-child-sex-abuse.html
26 Jan 13: “Descendant of the Palyku people of the Pilbara
region of Western Australia, Professor Helen Milroy has
been appointed as one of the Commissioners to the Federal
Government’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses
to Child Sexual Abuse. Six commissioners will examine past
and current sexual abuse in organisations, including
archdioceses and their churches… ”

National Indigenous Times: Maralinga compensation disgrace
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2385-maralinga-compensation-disgrace.html
26 Jan 13: “Long suffering Aboriginal victims of the
British atomic tests at Maralinga and Emu Fields have been
told by lawyers a class action for compensation would fail
and the fight in the courts is over because the Federal
Government has claimed it is impossible to adequately prove
radiation from the atomic blasts specifically caused their
illnesses and the premature deaths. Maralinga victim Yami
Lester said the claim was rubbish… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Duffy lashes media for negative portrayal of Indigenous people
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2380-duffy-lashes-media-for-negative-portrayal-of-indigenous-people.html
26 Jan 13: “Mainstream media misrepresents Indigenous
Australians as drunks when the majority live wholesome
lives without alcohol or domestic violence, a senior
Indigenous leader has told the Queensland Government’s
Inquiry into Child Protection.”

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130127 – ‘Tent Embassy’ returns to Heirisson Island: The West Australian

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 27/01/2013 by D

* The West Australian:
‘Tent Embassy’ returns to Heirisson Island
* Background to Nyoongar Tent Embassy,
Heirisson Island, Perth, WA
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement

* Tracker: Mature Australia needs new flag: academic

* SBS Living Black:
Approval Granted to Destroy Aboriginal Heritage Sites
* ABC: Number of land acquisition mistakes unknown
* Background to the Save The Kimberley Campaign
– James Price Point, north of Broome, WA

* SBS Living Black: No Criminal Charges Against Police
* Background to the justice for Kumentjaye Briscoe campaign

* Other articles

* THE WEST AUSTRALIAN:
‘TENT EMBASSY’ RETURNS TO HEIRISSON ISLAND

– News

The West: ‘Tent Embassy’ returns to Heirisson Island
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/wa/15955570/tent-embassy-heirisson-island/
25 Jan 13: “About 60 people have gathered on Heirisson
Island this morning for cultural talks and ceremony.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags festooned the
island, along with signs proclaiming it as the Noongar Tent
Embassy. Noongar Tent Embassy member Helen Corbett said the
group wanted to come to Matagarup, the traditional name for
the island, to “celebrate their rights as sovereign people”
and “educate people about the recognition of our
sovereignty.” … “The 25th was the last taste of freedom.
That’s the theme of today’s gathering. … “”
Rebecca Trigger, The West Australian

– Related Audio

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

25 Jan 13: “Former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
social justice commissioner Tom Calma wants a national
debate on whether Australia Day should be moved to a more
neutral date.”

* BACKGROUND TO NYOONGAR TENT EMBASSY,
HEIRISSON ISLAND, PERTH, WA

Last updated: 20 August 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/02/nyoongar-tent-embassy-heirisson-island-perth-wa

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT:

Last updated: 26 January 2013

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

* TRACKER: MATURE AUSTRALIA NEEDS NEW FLAG: ACADEMIC

– News

newsTracker: Mature Australia needs new flag: academic
http://tracker.org.au/2013/01/mature-australia-needs-new-flag-academic/
25 Jan 13: “Australian National University academic Dr John
Blaxland has revealed a new design that incorporates the
current Australian flag, the Union Jack and the Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander flags. … His design starts
with the black and red of the Aboriginal flag but replaces
the sun with the seven-pointed Federation Star. It is
filled with 250 dots to represent the range of indigenous
languages combined with the native tongues of immigrants.”

See:

About Tracker
http://tracker.org.au/about-us/
“Tracker magazine is a publication of the NSW Aboriginal
Land Council, Australia’s largest Aboriginal organisation.”

* SBS LIVING BLACK:
APPROVAL GRANTED TO DESTROY ABORIGINAL HERITAGE SITES

– Audio

SBS Living Black:
Approval Granted to Destroy Aboriginal Heritage Sites
By Marc Tong
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/251330/t/Approval-Granted-to-Destroy-Aboriginal-Heritage-Sites/in/english
25 Jan 13: “Traditional owners, environmentalists, the
Australian Greens and members of the Broome community in
Western Australia are outraged at the WA government’s
decision to approve the destruction of Aboriginal heritage
sites in the region. The Minister for Indigenous Affairs
Peter Collier has granted Woodside Energy Limited approval
under the WA Aboriginal Heritage Act, Section 18, to begin
investigative works as part of its $40 billion dollar
liquefied natural gas plans. … The traditional owners who
have claimed ownership over the area are the Goolarabooloo
people and the Jabir Jabir people.”

* ABC: NUMBER OF LAND ACQUISITION MISTAKES UNKNOWN

– News

ABC: Number of land acquisition mistakes unknown
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-24/grylls-defends-land-challenges/4481910
24 Jan 13: “The State Government says it still does not
know how many projects are vulnerable to legal challenge
because of mistakes made acquiring land. Late last year,
the Government was forced to restart the compulsory
acquisition of land north of Broome for the Browse LNG
project because the correct process had not been followed.
It was then revealed the same problem, a failure to notify
the Native Title Tribunal of the Government intention to
take the land, had been made on acquisitions dating back to
the 1990’s.”

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

Last updated: 25 January 2013

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

* SBS LIVING BLACK: NO CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST POLICE

– Audio

SBS Living Black: No Criminal Charges Against Police
By Carla Mascarenhas
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/251328/t/No-Criminal-Charges-Against-Police/in/english
25 Jan 13: “The Northern Territory Director of Public
Prosecutions has defended his decision not to investigate
possible criminal charges in the case of Kwementyaye
Briscoe. Despite committing no crime, Kwementyaye Briscoe
was taken into custody for being drunk in January 2012. The
Northern Territory Coroner Greg Cavanagh found that the
probable cause of Mr Briscoe’s death was a combination of
being very drunk, positional asphyxia and aspiration,
which is the act of inhaling fluid into the bronchi and
lungs, that obstructed his airways.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE JUSTICE FOR KUMENTJAYE BRISCOE CAMPAIGN:

Last updated: 15 January 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-the-justice-for-kumentjaye-briscoe-campaign

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Audio

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

25 Jan 13: “A leading Australian human rights advocacy
group says that the federal governments draft Human Rights
and anti discrimination Bill has the potential to make anti
discrimination laws in this country more effective but
government will still have the power to override them if it
sees thee need.”

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Constitutional recognition argued to protect against
discrimination
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7786-constitutional-recognition-argued-to-protect-against-discrimination
25 Jan 13: “The Co-Chair of the National Congress of
Australia’s First Peoples says the recognition of
Indigenous people in the Constitution is necessary to avoid
racially-discriminatory legislation. Les Malezer will
convene a discussion on sovereignty and constitutional
recognition in Canberra tomorrow. A Federal Parliamentary
Inquiry into constitutional recognition began this week.
Mr. Malezer told 98.9fm the Racial Discrimination Act isn’t
enough to protect Indigenous people from raced-based laws
and it must be done in the Constitution.”

newsTracker: Gillard challenged over NT senator plan
http://tracker.org.au/2013/01/gillard-challenged-over-nt-senator-plan/
25 Jan 13: “NATIONAL: Prime Minister Julia Gillard
continues to be criticised for her decision to personally
elevate Olympian Nova Peris to the number one spot on the
Labor Northern Territory Senate ticket. … “What’s in fact
been done is to override the possibility … of a much better
qualified and experienced Aboriginal candidate in Marion
Scrymgour getting the nod in favour of someone who isn’t a
member of the Labor party, doesn’t live here, has never had
any involvement in politics. … ” [said former NT Labor
politician Ken Parish]”

130126 – Day of Mourning protest: The most significant moment in Aboriginal political history: NIRS

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 27/01/2013 by D

* NIRS: Day of Mourning protest:
The most significant moment in Aboriginal political history
* NIRS: Australia Day a “race-based” celebration
* Joseph Toscano, Anarchist World – 3CR Audio:
Inappropriate ‘Australia Day’, Invasion Day
* Peter Gebhardt, The Age: A national day of shame
* NIRS: Treaty demands to be outlined at Melbourne protest
* WGAR News: Aboriginal Sovereignty Day, Invasion Day
and Survival Day Events: Sat 26 January 2013

* Tracker: Win for tent embassy activists
* NIRS:
Court lifts bail conditions for Brisbane Embassy three
* NIRS:
Embassy member disappointed not to be allowed to light sacred fire
* Background to Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy,
Musgrave Park, South Brisbane, Qld

* SNAICC News: The Lowitja Institute needs your support
* The Lowitja Institute: The MCG Congress Lowitja Statement

* SNAICC News:
Campaign aims to reduce high number of our children
in child protection system

* CAAMA:
Central Australian Stolen Generations and Families
have concerns about Royal Commission!
* Background: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander
responses to Royal Commission into child sexual abuse

* Kirk McKenzie, New Matilda: The New Offence And Insult Regime

* Other articles

* NIRS:
DAY OF MOURNING PROTEST:
THE MOST SIGNIFICANT MOMENT IN ABORIGINAL POLITICAL HISTORY

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Day of Mourning protest:
The most significant moment in Aboriginal political history
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7784-day-of-mourning-protest-the-most-significant-moment-in-aboriginal-political-history
24 Jan 13: “An expert in Indigenous political advocacy says
the 1938 Day of Mourning protest in Sydney is alongside the
most significant moments in Aboriginal political history.
The University of Newcastle’s John Maynard will take part
in the 75 year anniversary celebrations of the Aborigines
Progress Association’s protest at the Yabun Festival in
Sydney tomorrow. It’s known as the first national
Indigenous protest in Australia’s history. Professor
Maynard says he hopes the event gains national recognition.”

See:

– Event

Event: Sat 26 January 2013: Glebe, Sydney, NSW
26 January Australia Day / Survival Day
Yabun festival 2013, Sydney
“Celebrates the survival of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander peoples and culture.”
“Yabun is the largest single day Indigenous
festival drawing an audience of between
10,000 and 15,000 and is one of the most
important Indigenous music events in the
country reflecting the huge wealth of
Indigenous creative talent.”
“Alongside all the wonderful music,
you can soak up some culture and area
information from some of the community’s
most influential leaders and informational
booths including:
* The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence,
* The Redfern Legal Centre,
* Wirringa Bay Aboriginal Women’s Legal Centre
* Amnesty International”
“Yabun 2013 will be celebrating the
20th Anniversary of Gadigal Information Service,
10 years of Koori Radio’s Young Black and
Deadly project and the 75th Anniversary of the
National Aborigines Progressive Association.”
Event details: http://www.homeaway.com.au/info/holiday-ideas/events-festivals/new-south-wales-events-festivals/sydney-events/yabun-festival-2013
Event details: http://www.yelp.com.au/events/glebe-yabun-festival
Event details: http://www.pleasetakemeto.com/australia/sydney/yabun-festival-2013-9127032
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/yabun.festival/info
Event details: http://www.sydney.com/events/yabun-2011?gclid=COz5lNrDp7QCFQFKpgodTXoARw
Event summary: http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html#january
Background: http://www.gadigal.org.au/Index.aspx
Background: http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/lryb/resistance/activism.html

See:

About the National Indigenous Radio Service
http://www.nirs.org.au/about-us
“The National Indigenous Radio Service Limited (NIRS) is a
national service provided from a hub station residing in
Brisbane. It networks material for Indigenous media
organisations that don’t have the staffing or capital
requirements to provide a 24-hour high quality broadcast to
their audience.”

* NIRS: AUSTRALIA DAY A “RACE-BASED” CELEBRATION

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Australia Day a “race-based” celebration
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7782-australia-day-a-qrace-basedq-celebration
24 Jan 13: “Leading Tasmanian Aboriginal lawyer Michael
Mansell has slammed Australia Day as a ‘race-based’
celebration and will join protestors as they march through
the streets of Hobart on January 26. The march begins at
Hobart’s Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, finishing with a
series of speeches outside Parliament House. Invasion Day
demonstrations are also planned in Brisbane, Melbourne,
Canberra and several other locations in Australia.”

See:

– Event

Event: Sat 26 January 2013: Hobart, Tas
Aboriginal protest rally on Australia day
“You are invited to attend an invasion day protest
rally hosted by the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre.”
“The rally will finish at Parliament House Lawns
where a commemoration will be held to honour the
lives, land and rights stolen during the white invasion.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/tas/event/30830/

See:

About the National Indigenous Radio Service
http://www.nirs.org.au/about-us
“The National Indigenous Radio Service Limited (NIRS) is a
national service provided from a hub station residing in
Brisbane. It networks material for Indigenous media
organisations that don’t have the staffing or capital
requirements to provide a 24-hour high quality broadcast to
their audience.”

* JOSEPH TOSCANO, ANARCHIST WORLD – 3CR AUDIO:
INAPPROPRIATE ‘AUSTRALIA DAY’, INVASION DAY

– Audio

3CR Community Radio 855 AM – Podcasts
Anarchist World – 24 Jan 2013
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
Listen to this program on-line: http://pod.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2013-01-23-78548.mp3
24 Jan 13: “Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboy Heener memorial,
inappropriate ‘Australia Day’, Invasion Day, fly the
Aboriginal flag on Invasion Day and much much more.”
By Joseph Toscano

See:

Who we are: 3CR Community Radio 855 AM
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.”

* PETER GEBHARDT, THE AGE: A NATIONAL DAY OF SHAME

– Analysis / Opinion

The Age: A national day of shame
Australia Day stands as a reminder of massacres.
Why should Aborigines celebrate it?
http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/a-national-day-of-shame-20130123-2d7b3.html
24 Jan 13: “What might an Aboriginal person say of
Australia Day? Why should the Aborigines celebrate that
day? It was the day that marked the theft of a land (terra
nullius), the day that marked the theft and abduction of a
people, of a culture, the day that initiated the pathways
to the Stolen Children and, to our ultimate shame, the
deaths in custody. It is a day that stands as a reminder of
massacres. The wind-stench of bodies burned in bonfires
hangs heavy upon the nation’s conscience and in the clouds.”
By Peter Gebhardt,
a poet, a retired County Court judge, a former principal

* NIRS: TREATY DEMANDS TO BE OUTLINED AT MELBOURNE PROTEST

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Treaty demands to be outlined at Melbourne protest
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7783-treaty-demands-to-be-outlined-at-melbourne-protest
24 Jan 13: “Melbourne Aboriginal rights campaigner Robbie
Thorpe says any treaty signed between Indigenous and
non-Indigenous Australians must not be on the terms of the
Australian Government. Mr. Thorpe will join protestors as
they march through the streets of Melbourne on Saturday to
mark Invasion Day. The demonstrators will deliver a
proclamation outlining their issues and demands on the
steps of Victoria’s Parliament House. Mr. Thorpe says
treaties in Canada and New Zealand are a benchmark, but
aren’t without flaws.”

See:

– Events

Event: Sat 26 January 2013: Fitzroy, Melbourne, Vic
Invasion Day 26th January Melbourne Rally & March
* Rally on Wurundjeri Country
* Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to country
* Speakers and forums
* March down Gertrude St to Treasury Gardens
for the ‘Share the Spirit Festival
“This is a call out to all people of this land to step
forward and right the wrongs together and build
some momentum against the out of control
machine that threatens our very existence as
the oldest living culture in the world, and
together has human beings.
So bring your flags and banners and come along
and hear speakers talk about the Stronger futures act,
basics card, Native Title, Constitutional reform,
deaths in custody, racism, KODE school closures in Victoria,
Victorian update on N,T, environment, mining, Capitalism
and our black political history and its relevance today.”
Event details: http://allevents.in/events/invasion-day-26th-january-melbourne-rally-amp-march/116674955170738
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/53131
Flyer: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/images/2013/gatherings/invasion-day-melb.jpg

Event: Sat 26 January 2013: Melbourne CBD, Vic
Festival: Share the Spirit Indigenous music festival
Part of Melbourne’s official Survival Day celebrations
75th Anniversary of the Day of Mourning
“This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the
Day of Mourning, a protest organised by the
Aboriginal Progressive Association against the
injustices surrounding the treatment of Aboriginal
People in Australia held on January 26, 1938.
The festival boasts an eclectic mix of established
and emerging local Indigenous artists who will
perform side-by-side to celebrate what Indigenous
people achieved 75 years ago, increase awareness
of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, whilst
contributing to the process of political change,
reconciliation and national excellence.”
Event details: http://www.sharethespiritfestival.com/SHARE_THE_SPIRIT_FESTIVAL/Share_the_Spirit_2012.html
Event details: http://www.onlymelbourne.com.au/melbourne_details.php?id=53446
Event summary: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/52993

See:

About the National Indigenous Radio Service
http://www.nirs.org.au/about-us
“The National Indigenous Radio Service Limited (NIRS) is a
national service provided from a hub station residing in
Brisbane. It networks material for Indigenous media
organisations that don’t have the staffing or capital
requirements to provide a 24-hour high quality broadcast to
their audience.”

* WGAR NEWS:
ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY DAY, INVASION DAY
AND SURVIVAL DAY EVENTS: SAT 26 JANUARY 2013

Last updated: 22 January 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/16/wgar-news-aboriginal-sovereignty-day-invasion-day-and-survival-day-events-sat-26-january-

* TRACKER: WIN FOR TENT EMBASSY ACTIVISTS

– News

newsTracker: Win for tent embassy activists
http://tracker.org.au/2013/01/win-for-tent-embassy-activists/
24 Jan 13: “QUEENSLAND: … Wayne Wharton, Bogaine
Skuthorpe-Spearim and Hamish Chitts were arrested in
inner-city Musgrave Park shortly after midnight on December
12. … The three men were charged with contravening a
police direction and granted bail but banned from entering
the park. They appealed the bail condition, arguing it was
an assault on their religious freedom. Brisbane Magistrate
John Costello ruled on Tuesday the restriction was “unduly
harsh” and allowed them to return to the site on the
condition they did not light a fire or erect a tent.”

See:

About Tracker
http://tracker.org.au/about-us/
“Tracker magazine is a publication of the NSW Aboriginal
Land Council, Australia’s largest Aboriginal organisation.”

* NIRS:
COURT LIFTS BAIL CONDITIONS FOR BRISBANE EMBASSY THREE

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Court lifts bail conditions for Brisbane Embassy three
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7781-court-lifts-bail-conditions-for-brisbane-embassy-three
24 Jan 13: “The three people arrested at Musgrave Park’s
Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy in early December
last year have had their bail conditions lifted. A
Magistrate ruled this morning Boe Spearim, Hamish Chitts
and Wayne ‘Coco’ Wharton will now be able to return to the
park. They’ll now be able to attend Brisbane’s Invasion Day
events this Saturday at the site. But the Magistrate said
the three men won’t be able to relight the sacred fire or
erect tents at the site.”

See:

About the National Indigenous Radio Service
http://www.nirs.org.au/about-us
“The National Indigenous Radio Service Limited (NIRS) is a
national service provided from a hub station residing in
Brisbane. It networks material for Indigenous media
organisations that don’t have the staffing or capital
requirements to provide a 24-hour high quality broadcast to
their audience.”

* NIRS:
EMBASSY MEMBER DISAPPOINTED NOT TO BE ALLOWED
TO LIGHT SACRED FIRE

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Embassy member disappointed not to be allowed
to light sacred fire
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7785-embassy-member-disappointed-not-to-be-allowed-to-light-sacred-fire
24 Jan 13: “The three people arrested at Musgrave Park’s
Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy in early December
last year say they’re pleased to have had their bail
conditions lifted. A Magistrate ruled today Boe Spearim,
Hamish Chitts and Wayne ‘Coco’ Wharton will now be able to
return to the park in time for Brisbane’s Invasion Day
events this Saturday. But the Magistrate said the three
men are banned from relighting the sacred fire or erecting
tents at the site. … defendant Boe Spearim is angered by
the fact he’ll be unable to partake in relighting the fire
on Invasion Day.”

– Related News

Brisbane Times:
Aboriginal activists say a ‘sacred fire’ in a Brisbane park
will be re-lit
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/aboriginal-activists-say-a-sacred-fire-in-a-brisbane-park-will-be-relit-20130124-2d8y3.html
24 Jan 13: “Three aboriginal activists arrested during the
disbanding of the Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy in Musgrave
Park say a “sacred fire” will be re-lit, as they continue
their fight to have their claim over the historical site
recognised. Wayne “Coco” Wharton, Bo Spearim and Hamish
Chitts were charged with contravening a police direction
not to re-enter Musgrave Park, following their attempt to
re-establish a tent embassy on the West End site on
December 12. … ” Amy Remeikis

See:

About the National Indigenous Radio Service
http://www.nirs.org.au/about-us
“The National Indigenous Radio Service Limited (NIRS) is a
national service provided from a hub station residing in
Brisbane. It networks material for Indigenous media
organisations that don’t have the staffing or capital
requirements to provide a 24-hour high quality broadcast to
their audience.”

* BACKGROUND TO BRISBANE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGN EMBASSY,
MUSGROVE PARK, SOUTH BRISBANE, QLD:

Last updated: 24 January 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/02/brisbane-aboriginal-sovereign-embassy-musgrave-park-south-brisbane-qld

* SNAICC NEWS: THE LOWITJA INSTITUTE NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT

– News

Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care:
SNAICC News: The Lowitja Institute needs your support
http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=964
24 Jan 13: “The future of the Lowitja Institute is under a
cloud as it seeks to secure funding from the Australian
Government beyond June 2014. The Lowitja Institute
(National Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Health Research) is an innovative research body
that brings together Aboriginal organisations, academic
institutions and government agencies to facilitate
collaborative, evidence-based research into Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Health. … The Lowitja Institute
currently has CRC funding through till June 2014. As yet,
it has not been able to gain a commitment from the
Australian Government to fund it beyond this time.”

See:

SNAICC Background
http://www.snaicc.org.au/about/dsp-default.cfm?loadref=1
“The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child
Care (SNAICC) is the national non government peak body in
Australia representing the interests of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander children and families.”

* THE LOWITJA INSTITUTE: THE MCG CONGRESS LOWITJA STATEMENT

– Statement

The Lowitja Institute: The MCG Congress Lowitja Statement
http://www.lowitja.org.au/mcg-congress-lowitja-statement
15 Nov 12: “The Lowitja Institute is Australia’s only
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research
institute. It began as the Cooperative Research Centre for
Aboriginal and Tropical Health based in Darwin in 1997. It
then became the CRC for Aboriginal Health and has been able
to secure three rounds of funding from the Commonwealth CRC
program as a public good CRC. This source of funding will
cease from 30 June 2014 but the need for a national
research institute in Aboriginal health funded by the
Australian government remains. There is currently no
commitment for ongoing funding from the Australian
government and the Lowitja Institute has been endeavouring
to secure private sponsorship to make up this shortfall.
While private sponsorship is a valid source of
supplementary income it should not be used to replace the
obligation of the Australian government to ensure there
continues to be a viable, national research institute in
Aboriginal health – The Lowitja Institute. … ”
“192 supporters so far… Please add your support above”

See:

The Lowitja Institute – About Us
http://www.lowitja.org.au/about-us
“The Lowitja Institute, Australia’s National Institute for
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research, is
an innovative research body that brings together Aboriginal
organisations, academic institutions and government
agencies to facilitate collaborative, evidence-based
research into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.”

* SNAICC NEWS:
CAMPAIGN AIMS TO REDUCE HIGH NUMBER OF OUR CHILDREN
IN CHILD PROTECTION SYSTEM

– News

Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care:
SNAICC News: Campaign aims to reduce high number of
our children in child protection system
http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=960
24 Jan 13: “A national campaign is being planned to address
the dramatic over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander children and young people in the child
protection system.
A team of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
organisations, led by SNAICC, has met with representatives
from many major national and state-based peak organisations
from across the sector. … There was overwhelming
agreement at both meetings that a campaign was urgently
needed to break the cycle of persistent and systematic
removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
and young people from their families, communities and
culture.”

See:

SNAICC Background
http://www.snaicc.org.au/about/dsp-default.cfm?loadref=1
“The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child
Care (SNAICC) is the national non government peak body in
Australia representing the interests of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander children and families.”

* CAAMA:
CENTRAL AUSTRALIAN STOLEN GENERATIONS AND FAMILIES HAVE
CONCERNS ABOUT ROYAL COMMISSION!

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Central Australian Stolen Generations and Families have
concerns about Royal Commission!
http://caama.com.au/central-australian-stolen-generations-and-families-have-concerns-about-royal-commission
24 Jan 13: “Central Australian Stolen Generations and
Families are concerned that the Royal Commission into
Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will become
just another report that sits on a shelf and goes nowhere.
Last week Members of the Northern Territory Stolen
Generations in the Top end welcomed the Royal Commission
into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse – but with concerns
that those who may wish to give evidence could be re
traumatized! Jackie Baxter Manager of the Central
Australian Stolen Generations and Families says that the
Stolen Generations and removal of children is a massive
money making venture for any government … ”

See:

About CAAMA
http://caama.com.au/
“The Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA)
began operations in 1980 and was the first Aboriginal group
to be allocated a broadcasting license. The Aboriginal
people of Central Australia own CAAMA through an
association regulated under the Incorporations Act, and its
objectives focus on the social, cultural and economic
advancement of Aboriginal peoples.”

* BACKGROUND:
ABORIGINAL & TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER RESPONSES TO
ROYAL COMMISSION INTO CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE

Last updated: 20 January 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/20/background-aboriginal-torres-strait-islander-responses-to-royal-commission-into-child-sex

* KIRK MCKENZIE, NEW MATILDA:
THE NEW OFFENCE AND INSULT REGIME

– Analysis / Opinion

New Matilda: The New Offence And Insult Regime
http://newmatilda.com/2013/01/23/antidiscrimination-balancing-act
23 Jan 13: “The Government’s new anti-discrimination
legislation is a welcome consolidation of the old laws.
Kirk McKenzie looks at what’s behind Gillard’s changes to
what constitutes an insult. … Last November, federal
Attorney General Nicola Roxon released an “exposure draft”
of the bill intended to consolidate the existing
anti-discrimination regime: the Human Rights and
Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012. … Perhaps the most
formidable critic of the new bill is James Spigelman, the
former NSW Chief Justice who is now the Chairman of the
ABC.” By Kirk McKenzie

See:

newmatilda.com – About Us
http://newmatilda.com/about/
“The Mission
We believe that robust media is fundamental to a healthy
democracy – and there’s never been a more important time
for independent media in Australia. With shrinking media
diversity, and huge changes underway in delivery, there are
fewer and fewer outlets publishing independent-minded
journalism like ours.”

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Audio

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

24 Jan 13: “Growing condemnation of the decision by Prime
Minister Julia Gillard to nominate Nova Peris as Labor’s
number one Senate candidate in the Northern Territory with
claims that the Aboriginal Olympic athlete will be used as
a “show pony” by the government at an international level.”

SBS Radionews Podcasts:
Call for greater focus on prevention in youth justice
By Ryan Emery
http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/251022/Call-for-greater-focus-on-prevention-in-youth-justice
24 Jan 13: “The head of the West Australian Aboriginal
Legal Service says the state’s youth justice system isn’t
working and it’s time to put more focus on prevention.
Dennis Eggington made his comments following a riot at the
state’s Banksia Hill Youth Detention Centre on Sunday. The
detainees have been moved to an adult prison while their
centre is repaired. Mr Egginton says the crucial time for
prevention is from birth up to the age of three. Ryan
Emery asked Mr Eggington if there was still a chance for
rehabilitation when a young person was detained.”

SBS Radionews Podcasts:
Inquiry looks at Indigenous referendum proposal
By Biwa Kwan
http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/251054/Inquiry-looks-at-Indigenous-referendum-proposal
24 Jan 13: “A Federal Parliamentary inquiry has begun to
look at ways of ensuring Constitutional recognition is
achieved for Indigenous people. A referendum on the issue
is now being proposed for 2015. The new date was set after
the federal government shelved an earlier aim to hold the
referendum this year. Advocates say the inquiry is
important step in raising awareness of the issue, but that
there’s still a long way to win enough community support.
Biwa Kwan reports.”

– News

ANTaR:
Jacqui Phillips appeared before the Joint Select Committee
on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Peoples today
http://antar.org.au/news/jacqui-phillips-appeared-joint-select-committee-constitutional-recognition-aboriginal-and
22 Jan 13: “The Joint Select Committee met with key
stakeholders in Sydney today. Jacqui Phillips reiterated
ANTaR’s strong support for Constitutional reform to
recognise Australia’s First Peoples and to remove racially
discriminatory aspects from Australia’s founding document.”
Read Jacqui’s opening statement here:
http://antar.org.au/reports/opening-statement-joint-select-committee-constitutional-recognition-aboriginal-and-torres

130125 – Greens welcome High Court investigations into Yindjibarndi and FMG controversy: Robin Chapple MLC

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 25/01/2013 by D

* Robin Chapple MLC:
Greens welcome High Court investigations
into Yindjibarndi and FMG controversy
* YAC:
Native Title Tribunal inquiry by NIT reporter Gerry Georgatos
* Background to the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (YAC)

* SBS Radionews Audio:
Scrymgour sharply critical of Gillard move
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention

* Let’s Talk’s Tiga Bayles interviews Olga Havnen

* Let’s Talk’s Tiga Bayles interviews Les Malezer
* Background to National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples

* NIRS: Member councils to protest NSW peak land council

* NIRS:
Child expert warns against removing TSI children from clan

* NIRS:
“Sadness and horror” at Woodside’s permission to
work on sacred sites
* Background to the Save The Kimberley Campaign
– James Price Point, north of Broome, WA

* ROBIN CHAPPLE MLC:
GREENS WELCOME HIGH COURT INVESTIGATIONS
INTO YINDJIBARNDI AND FMG CONTROVERSY

– News

Robin Chapple MLC:
Greens welcome High Court investigations
into Yindjibarndi and FMG controversy
http://www.robinchapple.com/greens-welcome-high-court-investigations-yindjibarndi-and-fmg-controversy
23 Jan 13: “Greens member for the Mining and Pastoral region
Robin Chapple MLC has welcomed the news that officers from
the High Court are conducting an investigation into
allegations of improprieties regarding a Former State
Manager of the National Native Title Tribunal.
“I was shocked when last November I saw a 7.30 Report story
that alleged conflicts of interest by both the former NNTT
State Manager and her partner, a former Fortescue Metals
Group employee, in respect of their involvement with FMG’s
bid to mine in Yindjibarndi country. … ” Mr Chapple said.”

See:

Robin Chapple MLC: Aboriginal Issues
http://www.robinchapple.com/aboriginal-issues
“We [Greens (WA)] hold that Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander people have a right to self-determination and
political representation, and must be partners in the
development and implementation of public policies, programs
and services that affect them.”

* YAC:
NATIVE TITLE TRIBUNAL INQUIRY
BY NIT REPORTER GERRY GEORGATOS

– Analysis / Opinion

Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation:
The Connection Of Lillian Maher, Michael Gallagher &
Their Private Companies to FMG Land Access Operations
http://yindjibarndi.org.au/yindjibarndi/?p=2928
23 Jan 13: “The National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT)
President, Graeme Neate and the Tribunal’s Registrar,
Stephanie Fryer-Smith have launched an external inquiry
into a former State Manager after reports published in the
National Indigenous Times revealed allegations of various
improprieties in reference to undeclared interests by its
employee to the Tribunal. High Court of Australia officers
have arrived in Western Australia as part of this inquiry
and have been interviewing people – with only the notice
of a few hours.”
By National Indigenous Times reporter Gerry Georgatos

See:

Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation
http://yindjibarndi.org.au/yindjibarndi/

* BACKGROUND TO THE YINDJIBARNDI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION (YAC):

Last updated: 9 January 2013

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

* SBS RADIONEWS AUDIO:
SCRYMGOUR SHARPLY CRITICAL OF GILLARD MOVE

– Audio

SBS Podcasts Radionews:
Scrymgour sharply critical of Gillard move
By Ron Sutton
http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/250936/Scrymgour-sharply-critical-of-Gillard-move
23 Jan 13: “There’s been uproar following Prime Minister
Julia Gillard’s endorsement of Indigenous former athlete
Nova Peris for the Northern Territory’s number one Senate
ticket spot in the federal election. … The Prime Minister
says she felt it was important for federal Labor to embrace
an Indigenous woman of what she called incredible merit.
But another Indigenous woman, the Territory’s former deputy
chief minister Marion Scrymgour, was already running for
preselection. Ron Sutton asked her how she felt – about Ms
Gillard’s move, and her remarks.”

See:

WGAR News:
Sovereign Union condemns Peris-Kneebone “steamrolling”
(24 Jan 13)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/23/wgar-news-daughter-of-maralinga-test-victim-speaks-out-youtube

– Related News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
I have the experience: Nova Peris
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7779-i-have-the-experience-nova-peris
23 Jan 13: “The recently-endorsed number one Northern
Territory Labor Senate candidate says her experience
working with communities makes her worthy of the position.
Nova Peris was controversially announced by the Prime
Minister this week to take over long-serving NT Senator
Trish Crossin for the spot, with mixed internal reactions
from the ALP. Ms. Peris told ABC Alice Springs her work in
communities around the country with the Indigenous Child
Health Check road show from 2006 to 2008 is an example of
her experience.”

newsTracker: NT Senate preselection to go to ballot
http://tracker.org.au/2013/01/nt-senate-preselection-to-go-to-ballot/
23 Jan 13: “NORTHERN TERRITORY: The Labor Party’s national
executive has accepted Nova Peris as a member in the
Northern Territory and says she can stand for preselection
for first spot on the Territory’s senate ticket. Ms Gillard
made a controversial “captain’s pick” on Tuesday to endorse
Aboriginal Olympian Ms Peris for the number one Senate
ticket spot over incumbent NT senator Trish Crossin. The
ALP’s national secretary George Wright said the national
executive met on Wednesday to consider Labor’s Senate
preselection in the NT.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Last updated: 31 December 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-northern-territory-nt-intervention

* LET’S TALK’S TIGA BAYLES INTERVIEWS OLGA HAVNEN:

– Audio Interview

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Let’s Talk – Olga Havnen
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/lets-talk/
22 Jan 13: Tiga Bayles interviews Olga Havnen,
CEO of Danila Dilba Health Service in Darwin
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/olga-havnen-4/
[Olga discusses funding of services
about 10 min into this interview.]

See:

Let’s Talk:
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/lets-talk/

* LET’S TALK’S TIGA BAYLES INTERVIEWS LES MALEZER:

– Audio Interview

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Let’s Talk – Les Malezer
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/lets-talk/
23 Jan 13: Tiga Bayles interviews Les Malezer,
Co-Chair of National Congress of Australia’s First People
“Les spoke about National congress and Invasion Day”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/les-malezer-14/

See:

Let’s Talk:
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/lets-talk/

* BACKGROUND TO NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AUSTRALIA’S FIRST PEOPLES:

Last updated: 5 May 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/05/background-to-the-national-congress-of-australia%E2%80%99s-first-peoples

* NIRS: MEMBER COUNCILS TO PROTEST NSW PEAK LAND COUNCIL

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Member councils to protest NSW peak land council
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7775-member-councils-to-protest-nsw-peak-land-council
23 Jan 13: “The Gandangara Aboriginal Land Council of
south-west Sydney says it’ll set up an independent review
of the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council. Some member
councils are demanding more consultation by the peak body
on decision-making which affect their lands, especially
regarding its plans for mining industry involvement.
A protest will be held this Friday at the peak body’s
office in Sydney.”

– Event

Event: Fri 25 January 2013: Parramatta, Sydney, NSW
Protest NSW Land Rights
“Protest 10am 25/1/13 at NSW ALC …
as support to Uncle Dootch Kennedy in Yuin country
& Illawarra in addressing NSWALC move into Mining
exposed by Media in 2012.”
“NSW Land Rights becoming mining operator affects
us all and we have had no consultation or respect
shown to date to local Aboriginal people, comunities
and 1st Nations”
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/408445595901074/

See:

About the National Indigenous Radio Service
http://www.nirs.org.au/about-us
“The National Indigenous Radio Service Limited (NIRS) is a
national service provided from a hub station residing in
Brisbane. It networks material for Indigenous media
organisations that don’t have the staffing or capital
requirements to provide a 24-hour high quality broadcast to
their audience.”

* NIRS:
CHILD EXPERT WARNS AGAINST REMOVING TSI CHILDREN FROM CLAN

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Child expert warns against removing TSI children from clan
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7780-child-expert-warns-against-removing-tsi-children-from-clan
23 Jan 13: “An expert on child rearing in the Torres Strait
says authorities must consider cultural complexities when
making decisions on child protection. McRose Elu has an
academic background in child protection and recently
submitted to the Queensland Inquiry on Child Protection in
Brisbane. Ms. Elu says authorities often ‘lump together’
Torres Strait and Aboriginal cultures and must also be
aware of differences between island groups. She says the
removal of Torres Strait children away from their tribal
group should be an absolute last resort.”

See:

About the National Indigenous Radio Service
http://www.nirs.org.au/about-us
“The National Indigenous Radio Service Limited (NIRS) is a
national service provided from a hub station residing in
Brisbane. It networks material for Indigenous media
organisations that don’t have the staffing or capital
requirements to provide a 24-hour high quality broadcast to
their audience.”

* NIRS:
“SADNESS AND HORROR” AT WOODSIDE’S PERMISSION
TO WORK ON SACRED SITES

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
“Sadness and horror” at Woodside’s permission
to work on sacred sites
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7774-qsadness-and-horrorq-at-woodsides-permission-to-work-on-sacred-sites
23 Jan 13: “A Jabir Jabir traditional owner says the Western
Australian Government isn’t justified in giving mining
company Woodside permission to disrupt sacred sites. Last
week, state Indigenous Affairs minister Peter Collier said
Woodside was authorised to access and work on sacred sites
for exploration and assessment at James Price Point. …
Mitch Torres from Broome says she’s concerned selected
traditional owners won’t hold the company to account
because they support the gas hub.”

See:

About the National Indigenous Radio Service
http://www.nirs.org.au/about-us
“The National Indigenous Radio Service Limited (NIRS) is a
national service provided from a hub station residing in
Brisbane. It networks material for Indigenous media
organisations that don’t have the staffing or capital
requirements to provide a 24-hour high quality broadcast to
their audience.”

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

Last updated: 24 January 2013

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

130123 – Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia – 53 events from 25 January 2013

Posted in EVENTS, NEWSLETTER on 25/01/2013 by D

Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia
– 53 events from 25 January 2013

Click on the links for details of the events …

Event: Fri 25 January 2013: East Perth, WA
Nyoongar Tent Embassy: Last day of Freedom
– A ceremony to honour our Nyoongar Yorga Boodja
“Activities at Matagarup (Heirrison Island) hosted
by the Nyoongar Tent Embassy. Includes BBQ
(for donation) and music. …
(Named for being the last day before invasion day.)”
“Preliminary Launch of Curtin University’s
Research on Media Reporting on the NTE”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/13/our-last-day-of-freedom-a-ceremony-to-honour-our-nyoongar-yorga-boodja
Event summary: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/53093
Flyer: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/images/2013/gatherings/25jan-perth.jpg
WGAR Background to the Nyoongar Tent Embassy: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/02/nyoongar-tent-embassy-heirisson-island-perth-wa

Event: Fri 25 January 2013: Parramatta, Sydney, NSW
Protest NSW Land Rights
“Protest 10am 25/1/13 at NSW ALC …
as support to Uncle Dootch Kennedy in Yuin country
& Illawarra in addressing NSWALC move into Mining
exposed by Media in 2012.”
“NSW Land Rights becoming mining operator affects
us all and we have had no consultation or respect
shown to date to local Aboriginal people, comunities
and 1st Nations”
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/408445595901074/

Event: 25 January – 25 May 2013: Canberra, ACT
Centenary of Canberra celebrates First Australians
“As we celebrate Canberra’s 100th birthday in 2013,
we recognise Aboriginal people’s continuing connection
to this place, a connection that spans some 20,000 years.”
Includes Kevin Gilbert (1933-1993) Art Retrospective: http://www.canberra100.com.au/calendar/view/751/i-do-have-a-belief—kevin-gilbert-1933-1993-art-retrospec/
Event details: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/actindnetwork/message/20210

Event: 26 January 2013: various locations in Australia
Sovereignty Day / Invasion Day / Survival Day
“‘Australia Day’, also known as Survival Day,
Invasion Day and Sovereignty Day:
a commemmoration of the day white settlers
landed in Australia and a day to reflect on the
controversial past of Australia and steer
towards a better society.”
“Australia Day – No time to celebrate:
Australia Day is traditionally the most racist
day of the year for Aboriginal people.
When people celebrate on January 26,
there is no escaping the fact they are celebrating
the day that one race of people invaded another
race of people’s country and took control of
Aboriginal lands and tried to dominate Aboriginal
people. Invasion Day, as it should be called,
celebrates the dispossession of land, culture,
and way of life of Aborigines.” Jay McDonald, GLW
“This date is more appropriately known to most
First Nations people as Survival or Invasion day.
It is also a day of mourning, we mourn the loss of land,
culture, languages, we mourn the loss of freedom and
abundance, and we mourn for the people who have,
and continue to suffer under this disconnected,
insatiable, violent and destructive imposed
Capitalist system.”
“To many Aboriginal people there is little to celebrate
and it is a commemoration of a deep loss.
Loss of their sovereign rights to their land, loss of family,
loss of the right to practice their culture.
Aboriginal people call it ‘Invasion Day’, ‘Day of Mourning’,
‘Survival Day’ or, since 2006, ‘Aboriginal Sovereignty Day’.
The latter name reflects that all Aboriginal nations
are sovereign and should be united in the continuous
fight for their rights. “Australia is the only country in the
world that celebrates the coming of one race at the
expense of another-not even the Americans do it,”
says Michael Mansell, legal director of the
Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre.” Creative Spirits
Event details: http://www.atsisupport.org.au/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=223015
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/46475
Event details: http://allevents.in/events/invasion-day-26th-january-melbourne-rally-amp-march/116674955170738
Event details: http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/history/australia-day-invasion-day

Event: Sat 26 January 2013: Hobart, Tas
Aboriginal protest rally on Australia day
“You are invited to attend an invasion day protest
rally hosted by the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre.”
“The rally will finish at Parliament House Lawns
where a commemoration will be held to honour the
lives, land and rights stolen during the white invasion.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/tas/event/30830/

Event: 26 January 2013: Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT
Monsoon Movies Film Festival
Survival Day film screening:
Murundak: Songs for Freedom
Organised by Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition
Event details: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/2013/01/03/monsoon-movies-film-festival/
Event details: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/2012/12/23/survival-day-film-screening-january-26-2013/
Event details: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/
About the film: http://www.murundakdocumentary.com/

Event: Sat 26 January 2013: Perth, WA
Perth Survival Day Concert
Smokefree WA Survival Perth 2013
“Join us for SMOKEFREE WA SURVIVAL PERTH 2013
– an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander concert that
celebrates the survival of the First Peoples and
offers a different perspective to Australia Day.”
“The Survival Concerts are celebrated nationally to
acknowledge the resilience of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander peoples since the arrival of the First Fleet,
which Australia Day commemorates.
The Survival Concerts have been held in Perth
since 2000 and are historically linked to NAIDOC.”
Event details: http://www.naidocperth.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=26&Itemid=43
Event summary: http://nationalcongress.com.au/congress-events/

Event: Sat 26 January 2013: Adelaide, SA
National Aboriginal Cultural Institute Tandanya presents:
Survival Day Concert 2013
Free Event
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=493422470708269&set=a.157835844266935.40248.155133834537136&type=1&relevant_count=1
Event summary: http://nationalcongress.com.au/congress-events/

Event: Sat 26 January 2013: Adelaide, SA
145th Justice and Peace Candle Light Walk
around Government House
“Join us on the Candle Light Walk to
call for a Treaty and Bill of Rights, and
to support the Ngarrindjeri and all other
Aboriginal people and the Stolen Generations,
their families and communities left behind,
in their call for Peace and Justice.”
Event details: http://antarsa.auspics.org.au/category/news/2012/10/candlelight-walk-2/
Event details: http://antarsa.auspics.org.au/
Background to the Candle Light Walk: http://members.ozemail.com.au/~rmclc/CandleLightWalkHistory.htm

Event: Sat 26 January 2013: Brisbane, Qld
Invasion Day rally and march: 2013, Brisbane
Event summary: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=477882215581619&set=a.470053989697775.98606.469659059737268&type=1&theater
Event summary: http://www.facebook.com/events/539100446101895/
Event summary: http://www.989fm.com.au/events/invasion-day-march-rally-concert/
Event summary: http://nationalcongress.com.au/congress-events/
Flyer: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/images/2013/gatherings/invasion-day3.jpg

Event: 26 January 2013: Canberra, ACT
Memorial Corroboree for Isabell Edith Coe
Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Canberra
“The Aboriginal Tent Embassy Canberra will be holding
a Memorial Corroboree that will coincide with the
protest sites’ commemoration of 26 January 1972,
in recognition of the continuous fight for Aboriginal
Sovereignty.”
Event details: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/images/2012/gatherings/coe2.jpg
WGAR News: The Wire: Influential tent embassy activist passes away: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/15/wgar-news-the-wire-influential-tent-embassy-activist-passes-away-isabel-coe
WGAR Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-and-the-aboriginal-tent-embassies

Event: 26 January 2013: Canberra, ACT
Sovereignty, The Constitution and Congress
– Invasion Day Discussion
Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Canberra
“Our members and delegate have determined
Sovereignty is a key concern for Congress.”
“Some initial feedback from community suggests that
Congress should convene a national discussion on
how Sovereignty can be progressed in the struggle
for Aboriginal rights. The way forward for 2013
is to be examined at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy
on 26 January 2013.”
Convened by:
National Congress of Australias First Peoples
Event summary: http://nationalcongress.com.au/congress-events/
Event details: http://bushtelegraph.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/130126-event.pdf
Event details: http://workersbushtelegraph.com.au/2013/01/04/sovereignty-the-constitution-and-congress-invasion-day-discussion/
Sovereign Union: National Congress ‘Tent Embassy’ event on 26th is not ours: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/national-congress-tent-embassy-event-26th-not-ours
WGAR Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-and-the-aboriginal-tent-embassies
WGAR Background to National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/05/background-to-the-national-congress-of-australia%E2%80%99s-first-peoples

Event: 26 January 2013: Frankston, Vic
Survival Day Picnic at Frankston Foreshore
“Whilst acknowledging the pain and trauma associated
with dispossession, Survival Day is also a time to
celebrate the strength, vitality and survival of
Indigenous culture.”
Event details: http://balukarts.org.au/events.php
Event details: http://www.vibe.com.au/newsite/events/frankston-foreshore-survival-day-picnic-concert

Event: Sat 26 January 2013: Fitzroy, Melbourne, Vic
Invasion Day 26th January Melbourne Rally & March
* Rally on Wurundjeri Country
* Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to country
* Speakers and forums
* Noon: March down Gertrude St to Treasury Gardens
for the ‘Share the Spirit Festival
“This is a call out to all people of this land to step
forward and right the wrongs together and build
some momentum against the out of control
machine that threatens our very existence as
the oldest living culture in the world, and
together has human beings.
So bring your flags and banners and come along
and hear speakers talk about the Stronger futures act,
basics card, Native Title, Constitutional reform,
deaths in custody, racism, KODE school closures in Victoria,
Victorian update on N,T, environment, mining, Capitalism
and our black political history and its relevance today.”
Event details: http://allevents.in/events/invasion-day-26th-january-melbourne-rally-amp-march/116674955170738
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/116674955170738/
Flyer: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/images/2013/gatherings/invasion-day-melb.jpg

Event: Sat 26 January 2013: Melbourne CBD, Vic
Festival: Share the Spirit Indigenous music festival
Part of Melbourne’s official Survival Day celebrations
75th Anniversary of the Day of Mourning
“This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the
Day of Mourning, a protest organised by the
Aboriginal Progressive Association against the
injustices surrounding the treatment of Aboriginal
People in Australia held on January 26, 1938.
The festival boasts an eclectic mix of established
and emerging local Indigenous artists who will
perform side-by-side to celebrate what Indigenous
people achieved 75 years ago, increase awareness
of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, whilst
contributing to the process of political change,
reconciliation and national excellence.”
Event details: http://www.sharethespiritfestival.com/SHARE_THE_SPIRIT_FESTIVAL/Share_the_Spirit_2012.html
Event details: http://www.onlymelbourne.com.au/melbourne_details.php?id=53446
Event summary: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/52993

Event: 26 January 2013: Belgrave, Melbourne Vic
Belgrave Survival Day 2013:
A concert to celebrate survival of indigenous
culture locally and nationally
“The sixth annual Belgrave Survival Day
will this year focus on children’s activities,
hip hop and the 150th anniversary of
Cooranderrk as a we again celebrate the
survival of the oldest living culture on earth.”
“The Wurundjeri:
The land that Belgrave Survival Day falls upon
is part of the Wurundjeri nation that lived here
for tens of thousands of years before the
colonial settlers re-named the area
Belgrave in the late 19th century.”
Event details: http://belgravesurvivalday.org/
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/255542414572942
Flyer: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/images/2012/gatherings/survival-day.jpg

Event: Sat 26 January 2013: Brunswick, Melbourne Vic
Anti Invasion Resistance Party (AKA Australia Day)
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.brunswickhotel.net/gigs.html

Event: 26 January 2013: Taree, NSW
Saltwater Freshwater Festival Taree – Australia Day
“Our Festival is a celebration of Aboriginal culture
on the Mid North Coast. Our region, where the
saltwater and freshwater meet, is rich in Aboriginal
music, art, dance and food, all of which will be
on offer in Taree on January 26 Australia Day.
Whitefella, blackfella, we will all come together
to enjoy the excellence of Aboriginal talent,
Aboriginal stories and Aboriginal lifestyle.”
Event details: http://saltwaterfreshwaterfestival.com.au/
Event details: http://www.vibe.com.au/newsite/events/saltwater-freshwater-festival

Event: Sat 26 January 2013: Glebe, Sydney, NSW
26 January Australia Day / Survival Day
Yabun festival 2013, Sydney
“Celebrates the survival of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander peoples and culture.”
“Yabun is the largest single day Indigenous
festival drawing an audience of between
10,000 and 15,000 and is one of the most
important Indigenous music events in the
country reflecting the huge wealth of
Indigenous creative talent.”
“Alongside all the wonderful music,
you can soak up some culture and area
information from some of the community’s
most influential leaders and informational
booths including:
* The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence,
* The Redfern Legal Centre,
* Wirringa Bay Aboriginal Women’s Legal Centre
* Amnesty International”
“Yabun 2013 will be celebrating the
20th Anniversary of Gadigal Information Service,
10 years of Koori Radio’s Young Black and
Deadly project and the 75th Anniversary of the
National Aborigines Progressive Association.”
Event details: http://www.homeaway.com.au/info/holiday-ideas/events-festivals/new-south-wales-events-festivals/sydney-events/yabun-festival-2013
Event details: http://www.yelp.com.au/events/glebe-yabun-festival
Event details: http://www.pleasetakemeto.com/australia/sydney/yabun-festival-2013-9127032
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/yabun.festival/info
Event details: http://www.sydney.com/events/yabun-2011?gclid=COz5lNrDp7QCFQFKpgodTXoARw
Event summary: http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html#january
Background: http://www.gadigal.org.au/Index.aspx
Background: http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/lryb/resistance/activism.html

Event: Sat 26 January 2013: Newtown, Sydney, NSW
Socialist Alternative will be screening John Pilger’s film,
‘The Secret Country – The First Australians Fight Back’
Film introduced by long-time Aboriginal activist Graham Merritt
” … celebrate the proud and continuing history of Aboriginal
resistance to invasion and racism since 1788.”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Redfern-Waterloo/message/7072

Event: Sat 26 January 2013: Enmore, NSW
Reflection – Australia Day Special
Kinetic Jazz Festival
“Wiradjuri elder Ray Jackson will acknowledge the
traditional owners of this land, and reflect on the
significance of this day. As an act of solidarity with
the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island nations of
this stolen continent, patrons may apply for and
be issued with an Aboriginal passport today.
NB: Bring $10 plus a passport photo.”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://kineticjazz.com/Kinetic_Jazz_Festival/Program.html
Event details: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Redfern-Waterloo/message/7073
Article: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/53084

Event: Sat 26 January 2013: Occupy Sydney, NSW
The UnSettlement of Australia Ceremony 26 January 2013
Idle No More Solidarity Sydney
“The Ceremony commences with an apology by
unsettlers of The Stolenwealth of Australia to aboriginal
peoples for past and present injustices by Government
businesses and people including but not limited to the
misappropriation by whatever means of land air water
culture heritage and children and the attempted cultural
genocide perpetrated by past and present Federal
and State Governments.”
Event details: http://idle-no-more.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/the-uncolonisation-of-australia.html
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/483042451737093/
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/IdleNoMoreSydneyAustralia
Video: http://aptn.ca/pages/news/2013/01/18/idle-no-more-stirs-in-australia/

Event: 7 December 2012 to 26 January 2013: Wooloongabba, Qld
Art Exhibition: Claudia’s Story
featuring Claudia Janice Moodoonuthi
Woolloongabba Art Gallery
“Throughout the development of modern Aboriginal
art there are many instances of Indigenous people
reconnecting to their heritage through art. Rarely
though, does one witness this in an artist of such
a young age as Claudia Moodoonuthi. Born on
the small and largely isolated Bentinck Island in
the Gulf of Carpentaria in 1995 Moodoonoothi is
already proving a formidable art talent.” By Susan McCulloch
Event details: http://wag.com.au/
Event details: [scroll down page] http://antarqld.org.au/node/207
Invite: http://wag.com.au/index.php/download_file/view/530/1/
Catalogue: http://wag.com.au/index.php/download_file/view/531/1/

Event: 19 November 2012 – 28 January 2013: Ultimo, Sydney, NSW
Koori Art Expressions
The Spirit of the Tent Embassy: 40 years on
Powerhouse Museum
“A highly imaginative and thoughtful selection of
visual arts works created by Sydney school
students from Kindergarten to Year 12 is
now showing in Koori Art Expressions 2012.
Over 70 works inspired by this year’s theme for
NAIDOC Week and the 40th anniversary of the
Aboriginal Tent Embassy, showcase individual,
class and whole school projects from 26 Sydney
schools.”
Event details: http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/exhibitions/koori_art_expressions.php
Event details: http://www.vibe.com.au/newsite/news/koori-art-expressions
Event details: http://www.liveguide.com.au/Events/809169/Artists/Koori_Art_Expressions_2012
Event details: http://www.dec.nsw.gov.au/about-us/news-at-det/news/powerhouse-of-indigenous-protest-celebrated-in-art
Media Release: http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/media/?p=238
NITV Video: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/video/13115971822/Exhibition-celebrates-Aboriginal-Tent-Embassy
Slideshow of Artwork: http://www.slideshare.net/powerhousemuseum/koori-art-expressions-exhibition-walkthrough
Video Case Studies: http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/exhibitions/koori_art_expressions_education.php
WGAR Background to the Aboriginal tent embassies: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-and-the-aboriginal-tent-embassies

Event: 29 January 2013: Petersham, Sydney, NSW
Invasion Day Special Screening and Fundraiser
The Inner West Film Forum
In the wake of Invasion Day 2013
we present two important screenings …
* The Invasion Continues… Video from the NT Intervention.
Presented by Paddy Gibson
* One People Sing Freedom (1988)
Event details: http://thepbc.org.au/happenings/inner-west-film-forum/
WGAR Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-northern-territory-nt-intervention

Event: Thu 31 January 2013: Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT
Monsoon Movies Film Festival
Mabo film screening
Organised by Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition
Event details: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/2013/01/03/monsoon-movies-film-festival/
Event details: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/2012/12/23/survival-day-film-screening-january-26-2013/
Event details: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/
About the film: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mabo_%28film%29
WGAR Background to Mabo and Native Title: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/02/background-to-mabo-and-native-title

Event: Tue 5 February 2013: West Perth, WA
Kimberley update for new and existing volunteers
– meet our new staff!
The Wilderness Society WA Inc
“The new year has brought with it many changes,
including some great additions to our WA Perth
campaign team. Join us in our offices in West
Perth on Tuesday Feb 5th from 5:30pm to
meet the new team, hear a campaign update and
get involved in exciting actions and events coming up!”
Event details: http://www.wilderness.org.au/regions/western-australia/meet-our-new-perth-team
Event details: http://www.wilderness.org.au/campaigns/kimberley/kimberley-portal-page/2/1/kimberley-events
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

Event: Wed 7 February 2013: Brunswick, Melbourne, Vic
Next Meeting
Indigenous Social Justice Association – Melbourne: http://www.isja-msg.com/index.htm
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm

Event: Thu 7 February 2013: Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT
Monsoon Movies Film Festival
Croker Island Exodus film screening
Organised by Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition
Event details: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/2013/01/03/monsoon-movies-film-festival/
Event details: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/2012/12/23/survival-day-film-screening-january-26-2013/
Event details: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/
About the film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgNTzm1MzVc

Event: 13 February 2013: various locations in Australia
National Apology Day
Event details: http://www.nsdc.org.au/events-info/the-apology-to-australias-indigenous-peoples
Event summary: http://www.atsisupport.org.au/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=223021

Event: Thu 14 February 2013: Waterloo, Sydney, NSW
Rally 9th Anniversary of TJ Hickey’s death:
9 Years Too Long! Re open the TJ inquiry!
Demand justice for TJ and all other Deaths in Costody!
Organised by the Hickey family and the
Indigenous Social Justice Association: http://www.isja-msg.com/index.htm
Flyer: http://indymedia.org.au/files/flyer%20front%209th%20anniversary%20tj%20hickey%20rally%2014%20feb%202013%20raul%20+%20shelly%20with%20changes.pdf
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/9-years-too-long-re-open-the-tj-inquiry
TJ Petition: https://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/re-open-the-coronial-inquiry-into-t-j-hickeys-death-stop-aboriginal-deaths-in-custody-now
WGAR Background to Aboriginal imprisonment and Deaths in Custody: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-aboriginal-imprisonment-and-deaths-in-custody
WGAR Background to the justice for Kumentjaye Briscoe campaign: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-the-justice-for-kumentjaye-briscoe-campaign

Event: Thu 14 February 2013: Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT
Monsoon Movies Film Festival
Kanyini Film screening
Organised by Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition
Event details: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/2013/01/03/monsoon-movies-film-festival/
Event details: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/2012/12/23/survival-day-film-screening-january-26-2013/
Event details: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/
About the film: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanyini_%28film%29

Event: Friday 22 February 2013: Sydney CBD, NSW
The Wilderness Society Sydney Inc:
Festival for the Kimberley
“Calling all Sydneysiders: This is your chance
join us for a fun-filled day to bring the stunning
beauty of the Kimberley region to Sydney,
and to stand in solidarity with the people of
Broome against industrialisation as a result of the
planned James Price Point gas hub.”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.respectandlisten.org/kimberley.html
Event details: http://www.wilderness.org.au/campaigns/kimberley/festival-for-the-kimberley
Event details: http://www.wilderness.org.au/campaigns/kimberley/kimberley-portal-page/2/1/kimberley-events
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

Event: Fri 1 March 2013: Adelaide, SA
146th Justice and Peace Candle Light Walk
around Government House
Gather at dusk on the first Friday of the month
(except January and February)
“Join us on the Candle Light Walk to
call for a Treaty and Bill of Rights, and
to support the Ngarrindjeri and all other
Aboriginal people and the Stolen Generations,
their families and communities left behind,
in their call for Peace and Justice.”
Event details: http://antarsa.auspics.org.au/
Background to the Candle Light Walk: http://members.ozemail.com.au/~rmclc/CandleLightWalkHistory.htm

Event: Mon 18 March 2013: Qld
Annual ANTaR Qld
Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health Award
“We are happy to announce that the
Annual ANTaR Qld Closing the Gap in Indigenous
Health Award will continue to be hosted with a
Parliamentary sponsor and will continue to highlight
the wonderful success stories in health from around
our State.”
“In negotiation with the new Government and Minister Elmes,
the Award ceremony has been rescheduled to
coincide with National Close the Gap Day in March 2013.
Details will be sent out closer to the date.”
Event summary: http://antarqld.org.au/node/207
Event details: http://antarqld.org.au/

Event: Thu 21 or Fri 22 March 2013: various locations in Australia
National Close the Gap Day
“A day for Australians to join together and remind
political leaders to close the life expectancy gap
between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
within a generation.”
Event details: https://www.oxfam.org.au/act/events/national-close-the-gap-day/
Event details: http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/key-resources/conferences?cid=994
Event summary: http://www.atsisupport.org.au/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=223027
Event details: http://humanrights.gov.au/social_justice/health/index.html
Event details: https://www.oxfam.org.au/explore/indigenous-australia/close-the-gap

Event: 21 March 2013: various locations internationally
UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Event details: http://www.un.org/en/events/racialdiscriminationday/
Event details: http://www.un.org/en/events/

Event: Fri 11 January until Sun 24 March 2013: Footscray, Melbourne, Vic
Reflect Exhibition
Koorie Space – Footscray Community Arts Centre
Opening: Fri 11 January
Reflect Floor-talk Sat 12 January: http://footscrayarts.com/1/wominjeka-2013-floor-talks/
“The capacity for art to enable people to reconnect
with their cultural heritage and to assist in their
recovery is central to my philosophy of the
power of art to heal and inspire people to
positively identify with their Aboriginality.” Maree Clarke
Event details: http://footscrayarts.com/access-blog-event/reflect/
Event details: http://footscrayarts.com/koorie-space/upcoming-events/

Event: 28 March to 14 April 2013: Belconnen, Canberra, ACT
I Do Have a Belief:
Kevin Gilbert (1933-1993) Art Retrospective
Location: Belconnen Arts Centre
Producer: Gilbert Family
“I Do Have a Belief is an exhibition and events
celebrating the life of Kevin Gilbert and his contribution
to the local community, advancing human and political
rights and Aboriginal sovereignty at a national and
international level.”
“The showcasing of his creative work includes
unseen oils, lino‑prints, published poetry,
political works, and photographic murals.”
Special events will be held on:
* 1 April at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy and on
* 6 April at the Belconnen Arts Centre
Event details: http://www.canberra100.com.au/calendar/view/751/i-do-have-a-belief—kevin-gilbert-1933-1993-art-retrospec/
Event details: http://www.belconnenartscentre.com.au/
eBooks by Kevin Gilbert (1933 – 1993) launching 2nd February 2013: http://kevingilbert.org/
Other Centenary of Canberra Aboriginal events: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/actindnetwork/message/20210
WGAR Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-and-the-aboriginal-tent-embassies

Event: Easter Weekend Thu 28 March – 31 March 2013: Melbourne, Vic
Marxism 2013 Conference
Featured Speakers:
Gary Foley, Aboriginal activist: http://www.marxismconference.org/index.php/program/featured-speakers/item/107-gary-foley.html
Diane Fieldes, Aboriginal rights campaigner: http://www.marxismconference.org/index.php/program/featured-speakers/item/153-diane-fieldes.html
Allyson Hose, campaigner against the NT Intervention: http://www.marxismconference.org/index.php/program/featured-speakers/item/154-allyson-hose.html
Kim Bullimore, anti-racism campaigner: http://www.marxismconference.org/index.php/program/featured-speakers/item/170-kim-bullimore.html
Event details: http://www.marxismconference.org/

Event: Fri 29 March to Sun 7 April 2013:
Melbourne-Adelaide-the uranium hotspots of SA and back!
Radioactive Exposure Tour 2013
“Friends of the Earth is hosting the annual
Radioactive Exposure Tour. These tours have
exposed thousands of people first-hand to
the realities of ‘radioactive racism’ and to the
environmental impacts of the nuclear industry.”
“After travelling from Melbourne to Adelaide
we will head through Port Augusta and
visit the Aboriginal Tent Embassy. Then we’ll
travel north to the SA desert, we’ll visit BHP
Billiton’s Olympic Dam uranium mine at
Roxby Downs, … we’ll hopefully get to spend
time with Arabunna elder Uncle Kevin Buzzacott, … ”
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/456894601029352/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/radioactive-exposure-tour-0
Tours in previous years: http://www.foe.org.au/anti-nuclear/issues/oz/radtour
Background to Port Augusta Aboriginal Tent Embassy: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/gugada-embassy-be-established-pt-augusta
More about the Embassy: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-08-16/indigenous-protesters-urge-sovereignty-treaty/4203182
WGAR Background to expansion of Olympic Dam mine challenge: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/13/background-to-expansion-of-olympic-dam-mine-challenge-south-australia
WGAR Background to the Aboriginal tent embassies: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-and-the-aboriginal-tent-embassies

Event: Fri 5 April 2013: Adelaide, SA
147th Justice and Peace Candle Light Walk
around Government House
Gather at dusk on the first Friday of the month
(except January and February)
“Join us on the Candle Light Walk to
call for a Treaty and Bill of Rights, and
to support the Ngarrindjeri and all other
Aboriginal people and the Stolen Generations,
their families and communities left behind,
in their call for Peace and Justice.”
Event details: http://antarsa.auspics.org.au/
Background to the Candle Light Walk: http://members.ozemail.com.au/~rmclc/CandleLightWalkHistory.htm

Event: 30 Sep 2012 – 19 April 2013: Qld
State of Emergency Exhibition
“During the Commonwealth Games in 1982,
Brisbane came alive with political demonstrations for
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander civil liberties
and land rights. This incredible exhibition allows you to
relive and reflect on this politically significant time
through original footage and photographs, and
personal stories from the advocates of this
revolutionary movement.”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://antarqld.org.au/node/207
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.antarqld.org.au/node/201
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.antarqld.org.au/node/206
Commonwealth Games Demonstrations- Brisbane 1982: http://www.kooriweb.org/foley/images/history/1980s/82games/gamesppdx.html

Event: 26 May 2013: various locations in Australia
National Sorry Day
Event details: http://www.nsdc.org.au
Event details: http://antar.org.au/
Background: http://www.nsdc.org.au/events-info/the-history-of-national-sorry-day
Background: http://antar.org.au/reports/sorry-day-a-reminder-unfinished-business

Event: 27 May until 3 June 2013: various locations in Australia
National Reconciliation Week
Event details: http://www.reconciliation.org.au
Event details: http://www.reconciliation.org.au/home/projects/national-reconciliation-week

Event: 3 June 2013: various locations in Australia
Mabo Day
Event details: http://www.mabonativetitle.com/home.shtml
NIRS: Sam Watson says Mabo Day a better day for national celebration:
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7719-sam-watson-says-mabo-day-a-better-day-for-national-celebration
WGAR Background to Mabo and Native Title: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/02/background-to-mabo-and-native-title

Event: 4 to 6 June 2013: Cairns, Qld
SNAICC’s Fifth National Conference
For Our Children: Living and Learning Together
Organised by SNAICC:
Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care
Keynote Speakers:
* Marta Maurás Perez (Chile)
* Cindy Blackstock (Canada)
* Assoc. Prof. Cynthia Kiro (New Zealand) – of Maori descent
* Prof. Judy Atkinson – a Jiman and Bundjalung woman
* Kathy Guthadjaka (Gotha) – a Gatjirrk Warramiri woman
living at Gawa (north-east Arnhem Land)
“The SNAICC National Conference is the largest
conference of its type in the southern hemisphere
and provides the opportunity for Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander organisations, policy makers,
researchers, government representatives, other
non-government organisations and industry
representatives to gather and make renewed
commitments to Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander children.”
Keynote Speakers: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=931
Event details: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/dsp-default.cfm?loadref=67

Sat 6 July to Sun 14 July 2013:
North of Broome on the Dampier Peninsula, Kimberley, WA
The Lurujarri Dreaming Trail
Walk the Trail with us in 2013
“In 1987, Paddy Roe initiated the Lurujarri Heritage
Trail as a trigger to encourage the members of the
Goolarabooloo community to be walking the Country
again, as had always been done; to conserve;
renew and stay connected with their heritage and
traditional skills and to keep the same alive for
generations to come. He also sought to wake up
non-Aboriginal people to a relationship with the land;
to foster trust; friendship and empathy between the
indigenous community and the wider Australian
and International communities.”
Event details: http://www.goolarabooloo.org.au/lurujarri.html
Event details: http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/lurujarri-heritage-walking-trail-kimberley.htm
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

Event: 7 to 14 July 2013: various locations in Australia
National NAIDOC Week
The focus city for National NAIDOC celebrations is Perth
Event details: http://www.naidoc.org.au/

Event: 4 August 2013: various locations in Australia
National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day
Event details: http://www.snaicc.org.au/
Event details: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=843
Event summary: http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html

Event: 9 August 2013: various locations internationally
International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2005 – 2015
Event details: [scroll down page] http://australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/indigenous-peoples-of-the-world
Event details: http://www.un.org/en/events/

Event: 10 December 2013: various locations internationally
UN International Human Rights Day
Event details: http://www.humanrights.gov.au/education/commemorate_hr_day/index.html
Event details: http://www.un.org/en/events/

Event: 20 December 2013: various locations internationally
UN International Human Solidarity Day
Event details: http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/un/international-human-solidarity-day
Event details: http://www.un.org/en/events/humansolidarityday/

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130121 – 200 Aboriginal Maralinga victims denied compensation: Gerry Georgatos, Indymedia

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 21/01/2013 by D

* Gerry Georgatos, Indymedia Australia:
200 Aboriginal Maralinga victims denied compensation
* Background to Justice for Aboriginal victims of
Maralinga nuclear tests

* Gerry Georgatos, Indymedia Australia:
Goolarabooloo Law Bosses lift the ante in
battle with Woodside over gas hub
* Background to Walmadan Tent Embassy,
James Price Point, north of Broome, Kimberley Region, WA

* Gerry Georgatos, Indymedia Australia:
Lobby restaurant incident – January 26, 2012
– Will Prime Minister Gillard finally admit the truth and apologise?
* Background to the Aboriginal Tent Embassy 40th Anniversary
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement

* Amnesty:
Plans to toughen mandatory sentencing in WA
a step in the wrong direction
* Background to Aboriginal imprisonment and Deaths in Custody

* Gerry Georgatos, Indymedia Australia:
Murujuga National Park at long last
– however the struggle is not over

* GERRY GEORGATOS, INDYMEDIA AUSTRALIA:
200 ABORIGINAL MARALINGA VICTIMS DENIED COMPENSATION

– Analysis / Opinion

Indymedia Australia:
200 Aboriginal Maralinga victims denied compensation
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/20/200-aboriginal-maralinga-victims-denied-compensation
20 Jan 13: “Maralinga’s and Emu Field’s long suffering
Aboriginal victims of the British atomic tests have been
told by lawyers that a class action for compensation would
fail and that the fight in the courts is over because
apparently it is impossible to adequately prove radiation
from the atomic blasts specifically caused their illnesses
and the premature deaths. Maralinga victim Yami Lester said
this is “rubbish” and that his blindness was caused by
nothing else other than the fallout from the blasts. He was a
young child at the time. Human rights lawyers and advocates
have called for both the Australian and British Governments
to finally take full responsibility and to make ex-gratia
payments or what are also known as grace payments to the
victims.” By Gerry Georgatos

See:

Gerry Georgatos – Indymedia Australia
http://indymedia.org.au/users/gerry-georgatos/track

About Indymedia Australia
http://indymedia.org.au/about
“Indymedia is a collective providing a platform for
grassroots media-makers to create radical, accurate, and
passionate coverage of struggles and movements working for
social, environmental and economic justice.
Everyone is a witness. Everyone is a journalist.”

* BACKGROUND TO JUSTICE FOR ABORIGINAL VICTIMS OF
MARALINGA NUCLEAR TESTS:

WGAR News: Greens Senator Scott Ludlam:
Greens call on British to deliver justice for
victims of Maralinga nuclear tests (20 Jan 13)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/19/wgar-news-alswa-calls-for-bipartisan-commitment-to-justice-reinvestment-aboriginal-legal-

WGAR News: SBS Audio: Maralinga compo hopes dashed (20 Jan 13)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/19/wgar-news-alswa-calls-for-bipartisan-commitment-to-justice-reinvestment-aboriginal-legal-

WGAR News: Government must do the right thing by Maralinga victims:
Greens Senator Scott Ludlam (13 Jan 13)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/13/wgar-news-government-must-do-the-right-thing-by-maralinga-victims-greens-senator-scott-lu

WGAR News: ABC: No way forward for Maralinga victims (13 Jan 13)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/13/wgar-news-government-must-do-the-right-thing-by-maralinga-victims-greens-senator-scott-lu

* GERRY GEORGATOS, INDYMEDIA AUSTRALIA:
GOOLARABOOLOO LAW BOSSES LIFT THE ANTE IN
BATTLE WITH WOODSIDE OVER GAS HUB

– Analysis / Opinion

Indymedia Australia:
Goolarabooloo Law Bosses lift the ante in
battle with Woodside over gas hub
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/20/goolarabooloo-law-bosses-lift-the-ante-in-battle-with-woodside-over-gas-hub
20 Jan 13: “Traditional custodians, Goolarabooloo Law Bosses
Phillip Roe and Richard Hunter have responded to State
Government authorisation of sacred site trespass with anger
and the will to fight them in the Courts and at Walmandan
in standing their ground. Last week Department of Indigenous
Affairs Chief Heritage Officer Aaron Raynor said that the
State Minister for Indigenous Affairs Peter Collier
authorised Woodside access and the right to commence work on
sacred sites as part of its exploration and assessment at
the controversial James Price Point proposed gas hub site.
Mr Roe said Goolarabooloo Law Bosses had not been
forewarned of the Government’s decision and learned of it
from the news media.” By Gerry Georgatos

See:

Gerry Georgatos – Indymedia Australia
http://indymedia.org.au/users/gerry-georgatos/track

About Indymedia Australia
http://indymedia.org.au/about
“Indymedia is a collective providing a platform for
grassroots media-makers to create radical, accurate, and
passionate coverage of struggles and movements working for
social, environmental and economic justice.
Everyone is a witness. Everyone is a journalist.”

* BACKGROUND TO WALMADAN TENT EMBASSY,
JAMES PRICE POINT, NORTH OF BROOME, KIMBERLEY REGION, WA

Last updated: 18 January 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/02/walmadan-tent-embassy-james-price-point-north-of-broome-kimberley-region-wa

* GERRY GEORGATOS, INDYMEDIA AUSTRALIA:
LOBBY RESTAURANT INCIDENT – JANUARY 26, 2012
– WILL PRIME MINISTER GILLARD FINALLY ADMIT THE TRUTH AND APOLOGISE?

– Analysis / Opinion

Indymedia Australia: Lobby restaurant incident – January 26, 2012
– Will Prime Minister Gillard finally admit the truth and apologise?
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/20/lobby-restaurant-incident-%E2%80%93-january-26-2012-%E2%80%93-will-prime-minister-gillard-finally-admit-t
20 Jan 13: “On the 26th of January last year headlines
rocketed around the world out of Canberra from the Lobby
restaurant incident where more than 200 protestors descended
from the nearby 40th Aboriginal Tent Embassy celebrations
and vigil. The Prime Minister’s Office, despite its public
denials, tried to stage manage a confrontation between
Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott and some of Aboriginal
Tent Embassy’s high profile figures, including legendary
co-founder of the Embassy, Michael Anderson. To this day,
the Office of the Prime Minister, and the Prime Minister
herself continue to mislead the nation about the extent of
their involvement.” By Gerry Georgatos

See:

Gerry Georgatos – Indymedia Australia
http://indymedia.org.au/users/gerry-georgatos/track

About Indymedia Australia
http://indymedia.org.au/about
“Indymedia is a collective providing a platform for
grassroots media-makers to create radical, accurate, and
passionate coverage of struggles and movements working for
social, environmental and economic justice.
Everyone is a witness. Everyone is a journalist.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSY 40TH ANNIVERSARY,
CANBERRA, ACT

Last updated: 22 December 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/02/aboriginal-tent-embassy-40th-anniversary-canberra-act

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT:

Last updated: 18 January 2013

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

* AMNESTY:
PLANS TO TOUGHEN MANDATORY SENTENCING IN WA
A STEP IN THE WRONG DIRECTION

– News

Amnesty International Australia:
Plans to toughen mandatory sentencing in WA
a step in the wrong direction
http://www.amnesty.org.au/news/comments/30857/
18 Jan 13: “Amnesty International says comments by the West
Australian Attorney General, Michael Mischin, that he’d
like to toughen mandatory sentencing laws, are
disappointing for the state with the highest Indigenous
incarceration rate in Australia. The organisation believes
the Attorney General is inaccurate when he suggests his
plan to tighten existing WA mandatory sentencing laws will
reduce crime, rather, these laws will result in further
victimisation of Aboriginal children and effectively place
more young offenders in jail. Tightening mandatory
sentencing laws will compound the already discriminatory
impact the laws have on Aboriginal people in WA.”

See:

Amnesty International Australia: Indigenous Peoples’ Rights
http://www.amnesty.org.au/indigenous-rights/?
“Amnesty International is committed to ensuring the United
Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ is
implemented locally and nationally through legislation,
policies and programs.”

* BACKGROUND TO ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT AND DEATHS IN CUSTODY:

Last updated: 20 January 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-aboriginal-imprisonment-and-deaths-in-custody

* GERRY GEORGATOS, INDYMEDIA AUSTRALIA:
MURUJUGA NATIONAL PARK AT LONG LAST
– HOWEVER THE STRUGGLE IS NOT OVER

– Analysis / Opinion

Indymedia Australia:
Murujuga National Park at long last
– however the struggle is not over
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/20/murujuga-national-park-at-long-last-however-the-struggle-is-not-over
20 Jan 13: “The West Australian Government has approved the
creation of the Murujuga National Park on the Burrup
Peninsula, near Karratha, however with a caveat. The
National Indigenous Times has recently visited the site,
twice in the last couple of weeks and it is a historical
preserve that needed to be confirmed. Local Elder Wilfred
Hicks is pleased, however much of the surrounds need to be
preserved as petroglyphs, rock art and other historical
sites need to preserved. “World Heritage listing needs to
be the final outcome to protect our country and its history
for our people,” said campaigner, descendent of the
historical peoples who created the rock art and Elder,
Wilfred Hicks” By Gerry Georgatos

See:

Gerry Georgatos – Indymedia Australia
http://indymedia.org.au/users/gerry-georgatos/track

About Indymedia Australia
http://indymedia.org.au/about
“Indymedia is a collective providing a platform for
grassroots media-makers to create radical, accurate, and
passionate coverage of struggles and movements working for
social, environmental and economic justice.
Everyone is a witness. Everyone is a journalist.”

130120 – ALSWA calls for bipartisan commitment to justice reinvestment: Aboriginal Legal Service of WA

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 21/01/2013 by D

* ALSWA calls for bipartisan commitment to justice reinvestment
* NIRS: WA legal service slams criminal justice system failures
* Background to Aboriginal imprisonment and Deaths in Custody

* Tracker:
Six million to attend “Australia Day” events on Invasion date

* NITV News:
NSW Aboriginal Land Council under fire over CSG permits

* Australian:
Road project may be halted as Aborigines seek burial-ground injunction

* SNAICC News:
Appointment of Professor Helen Milroy as a Royal Commissioner

* ALSWA welcomes establishment of new family violence legal service

* NITV News:
Indigenous health program in NT may lose funding

* Greens Senator Scott Ludlam:
Greens call on British to deliver justice for
victims of Maralinga nuclear tests
* SBS Audio: Maralinga compo hopes dashed

* Other articles

* ALSWA CALLS FOR BIPARTISAN COMMITMENT TO JUSTICE REINVESTMENT:

– Media Statement

Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia (Inc.) (ALSWA):
ALSWA calls for bipartisan commitment to justice reinvestment
http://www.als.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=249:alswa-calls-for-bipartisan-commitment-to-justice-reinvestment&catid=13:media-releases&Itemid=46
15 Jan 13: “It’s time for the State Government to take
action to address the overrepresentation of Aboriginal
children in Western Australia’s criminal justice system.
The Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia (ALSWA)
CEO, Dennis Eggington, has welcomed the completion of a
recent report into Australia’s children’s courts, in the
hope that it will spark a renewed focus on this issue.
“The findings of the National Assessment of Australia’s
Children’s Courts reinforce what ALSWA has been saying for
years: Western Australia’s juvenile justice system is in a
state of crisis,” Mr Eggington said.
Western Australia has the highest incarceration rate for
Aboriginal children in Australia, with close to 75 per
cent of juveniles in custody being Aboriginal. … ”

See:

ALSWA: Our History
http://www.als.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11&Itemid=3
“ALSWA developed from the Justice Committee of the New Era
Aboriginal Fellowship Inc. in the late 1960s. … ALSWA is
currently the largest community based Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander legal organization in Australia.”

* NIRS:
WA LEGAL SERVICE SLAMS CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM FAILURES

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
WA legal service slams criminal justice system failures
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7756-wa-legal-service-slams-criminal-justice-system-failures
17 Jan 13: “The chief executive of the Aboriginal Legal
Service of Western Australia has called for more political
interest in reducing the dramatic overrepresentation of
Indigenous incarceration. Dennis Eggington says WA has the
highest detention rate for Aboriginal children in
Australia, with close to 75 per cent of juveniles in
custody being Aboriginal. Mr. Eggington says money used
for keeping people in jails should be redirected to health
and other programs that address the underlying causes of
offending. … “A Justice Reinvestment approach would
empower local Aboriginal communities and help to
strengthen Aboriginal families. … “”

See:

About the National Indigenous Radio Service
http://www.nirs.org.au/about-us/about-nirs
“The National Indigenous Radio Service Limited (NIRS) is a
national service provided from a hub station residing in
Brisbane. It networks material for Indigenous media
organisations that don’t have the staffing or capital
requirements to provide a 24-hour high quality broadcast to
their audience.”

– Related News

ABC: Call for inquiry into regional sentencing
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-18/call-for-inquiry-into-regional-sentencing/4470618
18 Jan 13: “The Aboriginal Legal Service is calling on the
New South Wales government to launch an inquiry into
sentencing in regional courts. Principal Legal Officer in
the Dubbo office, Stephen Lawrence, says his lawyers have
noticed a trend towards harsher sentences in regional parts
of the state, than there would be in Sydney. In one
example, in the state’s west, Mr Lawrence says a teenage
boy received a one year jail term for the possession of
about a gram of cannabis.”

Australian: Postcode justice has long been a country crime
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/legal-affairs/postcode-justice-has-long-been-a-country-crime/story-e6frg97x-1226556202070
18 Jan 13: “IN western NSW last year, an Aboriginal child
was arrested for stealing a bicycle and taken to court. It
was his first offence and he was no threat to society.
A plea of guilty was entered.”

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

16 Jan 13: “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice
Commissioner Mick Gooda Says youth detention centres in the
Northern Territory are like finishing schools where young
Aborignal men and women actually learn more in there about
crime than they do anywhere else.”

Koori Mail: Juvenile injustice
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
16 Jan 13: “AUSTRALIA is facing a ‘national crisis’ if it
continues to lock up Aboriginal young people at such
alarming rates, according to legal experts and Indigenous
leaders. Across the country, Aboriginal young people make
up 54 per cent of all juveniles incarcerated, with Western
Australia and the Northern Territory leading the pack when
it comes to locking up Aboriginal juveniles. Those
jurisdictions are almost exclusively locking up Aboriginal
children. And the problem is just getting worse, with the
latest figures released by the Australian Institute of
Health and Welfare showing that the national rate of
Aboriginal juvenile incarceration has continued to climb
steadily, rising from 27 times the non-Indigenous rate in
2008, to the current level of 31 times.”

Australian: Call for review of juvenile sentencing
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/call-for-review-of-juvenile-sentencing/story-fn9hm1pm-1226548538532
7 Jan 13: “CRIMINAL lawyers are calling for an urgent
review into consistency in sentencing following the release
of statistics that show juvenile jail terms are handed out
most frequently in NSW by magistrates in country towns,
overwhelmingly to Aboriginal offenders. The NSW Hunter and
mid-north coast regions topped the list for the number of
juvenile jail terms, followed by the northern and
northwestern regions, the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics
and Research figures showed.”

Australian:
Black sentences soar as juvenile jails become a ‘storing house’
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/black-sentences-soar-as-juvenile-jails-become-a-storing-house/story-fn9hm1pm-1226547889340
5 Jan 13: “THE number of Aboriginal children being jailed
is soaring at an alarming rate as the criminal justice
system struggles to contain a rising tide of social
dysfunction in urban and regional centres. Amid concerns
that juvenile jails have become storing houses of
Aboriginal children growing up in squalor and despair, it
has emerged that more than 250 indigenous youth in
northwestern NSW have been sentenced to juvenile prison
terms during the past five years compared with only 12
non-Aboriginal children.”

* BACKGROUND TO ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT AND DEATHS IN CUSTODY:

Last updated: 16 January 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-aboriginal-imprisonment-and-deaths-in-custody

* TRACKER:
SIX MILLION TO ATTEND “AUSTRALIA DAY” EVENTS ON INVASION DATE

– News

newsTracker:
Six million to attend “Australia Day” events on Invasion date
http://tracker.org.au/2013/01/six-million-to-attend-australia-day-events-on-invasion-date/
18 Jan 13: “NATIONAL: More than six million people are
expected to take part in Australia Day activities being
held across the country on the day Indigenous Australians
have traditionally marked as “Invasion Day”. Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander groups have continually called
on the federal government to change the date of Australia
Day. As well as “Invasion Day”, the date has in the past
been seen as a “Day of Mourning”, one of “Survival” or
“Sovereignty” to Aboriginal people. It commemorates the
landing of the First Fleet, and the beginning of European
occupation on this land. … ”

See:

WGAR News: Aboriginal Sovereignty Day, Invasion Day
and Survival Day Events: Sat 26 January 2013
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/16/wgar-news-aboriginal-sovereignty-day-invasion-day-and-survival-day-events-sat-26-january-

See:

About Tracker
http://tracker.org.au/about-us/
“Tracker magazine is a publication of the NSW Aboriginal
Land Council, Australia’s largest Aboriginal organisation.”

* NITV NEWS:
NSW ABORIGINAL LAND COUNCIL UNDER FIRE OVER CSG PERMITS

– Video

SBS World News:
NSW Aboriginal Land Council under fire over CSG permits
Source: Nancia Guivarra, NITV News
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1728090/NSW-Aboriginal-Land-Council-under-fire-over-CSG-pe
18 Jan 13: “The New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council is
under fire from some of its member over wide-ranging mining
proposals for the state. The Illawarra Local Aboriginal
Land Council is planning a major protest at the NSWALC
office next week. Many of the state’s 119 land councils are
angry that they only learnt of their peak body’s coal seam
gas mining plans through media reports.
Nancia Guivarra from NITV News reports.”

See:

NITV News
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/specialcoverage/399/NITV-News
http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/#Menu:News%20&%20Sport.children.6
http://www.nitv.org.au/index.cfm

* AUSTRALIAN:
ROAD PROJECT MAY BE HALTED AS
ABORIGINES SEEK BURIAL-GROUND INJUNCTION

– News

Australian:
Road project may be halted as
Aborigines seek burial-ground injunction
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/road-project-may-be-halted-as-aborigines-seek-burial-ground-injunction/story-fn9hm1pm-1226555407576
17 Jan 13: “AN Aboriginal group is preparing court action to
stop Adelaide’s $407 million Southern Expressway Duplication
project in a bid to prevent further desecration of what is
believed to be an ancient burial ground. More bones were
found on Tuesday, prompting Ramindjeri Heritage Association
chairman Karno Walker’s plans to lodge an injunction
against the state government and construction companies in
the District or Supreme courts to stop construction. Mr
Walker says court action is the only way to prevent workers
damaging the site.” Verity Edwards

* SNAICC NEWS:
APPOINTMENT OF PROFESSOR HELEN MILROY AS A ROYAL COMMISSIONER

– Media Release

SNAICC News: Media release 14 January 2013
– appointment of Professor Helen Milroy as a Royal Commissioner
http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=956
14 Jan 13: “SNAICC welcomes the appointment of Professor
Helen Milroy as one of six Commissioners to the Royal
Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual
Abuse.
“Professor Milroy is a descendant of the Palyku people of
Western Australia who has extensive clinical experience in
working with children and adolescents who have suffered
child abuse and is an expert on trauma and grief. She will
bring great experience and expertise to this important
inquiry,” SNAICC Chairperson Sharron Williams said.
Ms Williams said SNAICC – in a joint submission with
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal
Services (NATSILS) – had called for the inclusion of an
Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Commissioner and was
pleased that the Australian Government had named Professor
Milroy among the Commissioners. … ”

– Related News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Indigenous representation on Royal Commission “important”
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7758-indigenous-representation-on-royal-commission-qimportantq
18 Jan 13: “The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and
Islander Child Care (SNAICC) has welcomed the inclusion of
an Indigenous Commissioner into institutional child sexual
abuse in Australia. The Prime Minister last week announced
Aboriginal medical expert Professor Helen Milroy of the
University of Western Australia will sit on the Royal
Commission. SNAICC CEO Frank Hytten says it’s an important
appointment.”

Koori Mail: Milroy on child sex commission
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
16 Jan 13: “A WEST Australian Aboriginal woman has been
appointed as one of six commissioners to a Royal Commission
into child sexual abuse. Professor Helen Milroy, an
academic and consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist,
was among six commissioners named last week by Prime
Minister Julia Gillard. Prof Milroy is a descendant of the
Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia
but was born and educated in Perth. She studied medicine at
the University of Western Australia, worked as a general
practitioner and consultant in childhood sexual abuse at
Princess Margaret Hospital for Children for several years
before completing specialist training in child and
adolescent psychiatry.”

See:

WGAR News:
NIRS: Indigenous medical expert appointed as
Royal Commissioner (16 Jan 13)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/16/wgar-news-fears-sa-laws-will-cause-higher-aboriginal-incarceration-rates-nitv-news

WGAR News:
Child abuse inquiry lacks Indigenous focus: Greens
(SBS World News Video & newsTracker) (15 Jan 13)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/15/wgar-news-child-abuse-inquiry-lacks-indigenous-focus-greens-sbs-world-news-video-newstrac

WGAR News:
SNAICC News: Royal Commission must ensure the engagement of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (8 Dec 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/08/wgar-news-act-of-recognition-is-an-absolute-insult-to-first-nations-peoples-michael-ander

WGAR News:
SNAICC News: NATSILs and SNAICC joint submission on the
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to
Child Sexual Abuse (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

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

See:

SNAICC Background
http://www.snaicc.org.au/about/dsp-default.cfm?loadref=1
“The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child
Care (SNAICC) is the national non government peak body in
Australia representing the interests of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander children and families.”

* ALSWA WELCOMES ESTABLISHMENT OF
NEW FAMILY VIOLENCE LEGAL SERVICE:

– Media Statement

Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia (Inc.) (ALSWA):
ALSWA welcomes establishment of new family violence legal service
http://www.als.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=248:alswa-welcomes-establishment-of-new-family-violence-legal-service&catid=13:media-releases&Itemid=46
15 Jan 13: “The Aboriginal Legal Service of Western
Australia (ALSWA) has welcomed the State Government’s
announcement that it will establish a new metropolitan
legal service for Aboriginal victims of family violence.
ALSWA CEO, Dennis Eggington, said that it was an overdue
acknowledgment by the State Government of its shared
responsibility to fund legal services for Aboriginal people
in Western Australia.
“For too long, the funding of dedicated Aboriginal legal
services has been used as a political football between
State and Federal governments, to the ultimate detriment
of Aboriginal people
“ALSWA is very pleased that the Barnett Government has
finally moved away from this cost-shifting mindset, and we
look forward to discussing new funding opportunities with
the Attorney General in the coming months.” … ”

See:

WGAR News:
NIRS: New support for Perth domestic violence sufferers
announced (15 Jan 13)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/15/wgar-news-child-abuse-inquiry-lacks-indigenous-focus-greens-sbs-world-news-video-newstrac

See:

ALSWA: Our History
http://www.als.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11&Itemid=3
“ALSWA developed from the Justice Committee of the New Era
Aboriginal Fellowship Inc. in the late 1960s. …
ALSWA is currently the largest community based Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander legal organization in Australia.”

* NITV NEWS: INDIGENOUS HEALTH PROGRAM IN NT MAY LOSE FUNDING

– Video

SBS World News:
Indigenous health program in NT may lose funding
Source: Craig Quartermaine, NITV News
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1727152/Indigenous-health-program-in-NT-may-lose-funding
15 Jan 13: “A charity helping vulnerable young people could
be forced to close its doors for good, because of budget
cuts in the Northern Territory. The Balunu Foundation has
been running for six years. Its aim has been to combat
crime and tackle suicide among Indigenous teenagers.”

– Related News

Koori Mail: NT foundation loses funding
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
16 Jan 13: “THE head of a Darwin-based charity which aims
to keep young people alive and out of jail has described a
decision by the Northern Territory Government to cut its
funding as ‘an absolute disgrace’. Balunu Foundation CEO
David Cole told the Koori Mail he was forced to lay off
eight staff on Christmas eve after being told by a
government bureaucrat that the charity would receive no
further funding to support its programs. He said the
decision was made despite assurances of support from NT
Chief Minister Terry Mills, who once appeared in court to
urge a magistrate to send a young person, who had broken
into his house, to the program.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
NAAJA laments cutting of culture reconnection program funding
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7748-naaja-laments-cutting-of-culture-reconnection-program-funding
15 Jan 13: “The Northern Australian Aboriginal Justice
Agency (NAAJA) is disappointed funding has been cut to a
Northern Territory foundation aimed at helping at-risk
Indigenous youth. The Balunu Foundation youth camp works
one-on-one with disadvantaged Indigenous youth to
re-connect to their culture and identity. NAAJA CEO
Priscilla Collins says the community is alarmed that the
foundation was de-funded due to its many success stories.
She says the Government needs to invest more to help
rehabilitate Indigenous youth rather than putting more
money towards locking them up.”

See:

WGAR News:
CAAMA: Aboriginal owned & operated youth program funding cut
(13 Jan 13)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/13/wgar-news-government-must-do-the-right-thing-by-maralinga-victims-greens-senator-scott-lu

See:

NITV News
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/specialcoverage/399/NITV-News
http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/#Menu:News%20&%20Sport.children.6
http://www.nitv.org.au/index.cfm

* GREENS SENATOR SCOTT LUDLAM:
GREENS CALL ON BRITISH TO DELIVER JUSTICE FOR
VICTIMS OF MARALINGA NUCLEAR TESTS

– Media Release

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam:
Greens call on British to deliver justice for
victims of Maralinga nuclear tests
http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/greens-call-british-deliver-justice-victims-maralinga-nuclear-tests
17 Jan 13: “The Australian Greens have called on visiting
British Foreign Secretary William Hague to give Act of
Grace payments as compensation to the victims of British
nuclear testing in Australia.
Greens spokesperson for nuclear policy Senator Scott Ludlam
wrote to the office of Mr Hague today and also urged
Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr to raise the issue
with his counterpart during Mr Hague’s visit.
“The hopes of Australians exposed to British nuclear
testing were dealt a serious blow by the UK court ruling
against compensation on 10 January this year. British and
Australian veterans of the testing, and now the
Traditional Owners of the areas effected by the testing,
have all been denied adequate compensation on onerous and
fastidious technical grounds. … “”

– Related Video

NITV News – 17 January part 1
http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/14874691568/NITV-News-17-January-part-1
[Features Maralinga in the first part of this news.]

– Related Audio

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

18 Jan 13: “Aboriginal people and other victims of the
British nuclear tests at Maralinga should be given special
discretionary payments by the visiting British Foreign
Secretary according to Greens Senator Scott Ludlum.”

– Related News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
‘No chance’ of compensation for Maralinga residents
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7759-no-chance-of-compensation-for-maralinga-residents
18 Jan 13: “The Australia Greens have called on the
Federal Government to do more for Aboriginal groups
exposed to the effects of British nuclear testing at
Maralinga in South Australia in the 1950s and 60s. Federal
Senator Scott Ludlam says victims of the atomic testing
should be properly compensated. The Aboriginal Legal
Rights Movement hired legal firm Hickman and Rose to
pursue a class action in the British courts on behalf of
Aboriginal people from the area. Christopher Charles from
the movement says the action cannot continue because it’s
been ruled in Britain that it is impossible to prove
radiation caused the illnesses.”

See:

WGAR News:
Government must do the right thing by Maralinga victims:
Greens Senator Scott Ludlam (13 Jan 13)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/13/wgar-news-government-must-do-the-right-thing-by-maralinga-victims-greens-senator-scott-lu

See:

Scott Ludlam: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Issues
http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/portfolios/aboriginal-torres-strait-islander-issues
“All Australians, including those living in remote
communities, have an equal right to essential government
services such as health, education, training, housing,
community infrastructure, employment support, and policing.”

About Scott Ludlam
http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/about
1 Jan 12: “Scott Ludlam is an Australian Greens Senator
for Western Australia. Elected in November 2007, he is
one of ten Australian Greens in the current Parliament
and is the spokesperson for Communications, Housing,
Heritage, Nuclear Issues, Infrastructure and Sustainable
Cities.”

* SBS AUDIO: MARALINGA COMPO HOPES DASHED

– Audio

SBS Podcasts: Radionews: Maralinga compo hopes dashed
http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/249630/Maralinga-compo-hopes-dashed
14 Jan 13: “More than 200 Aboriginal people who say they
and their descendants were made sick by British nuclear
testing in the South Australian outback in the 1950s have
had their hopes for compensation dashed. British law firm
Hickman and Rose was looking to mount a class action on
behalf of people from the Maralinga region. But they’ve had
to tell potential claimants that the case cannot proceed in
the UK courts because medical science cannot prove that
radiation causes illnesses. … A lawyer for the Aboriginal
claimants Christopher Charles told Karen Ashford that the
news has caused great disappointment.” By Karen Ashford

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
No reason to be uninformed: Watson
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7760-no-reason-to-be-uninformed-watson
18 Jan 13: “A prominent Queensland Aboriginal rights
campaigner says Australians no longer have any excuse to be
uninformed on Indigenous issues. Community worker Sam
Watson says it’s especially important for educators to be
informed on Indigenous history and current affairs and
there are now a large number of resources for them. Mr.
Watson says the internet has also now provided the public
with more immediate information.”

The Telegraph:
Inquiry hears media misrepresents Indigenous Australians as drunks
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/inquiry-hears-media-misrepresents-indigenous-australians-as-drunks/story-fndo2iwh-1226555774106
17 Jan 13: “THE media misrepresents Indigenous Australians
as drunks when the majority live wholesome lives without
alcohol or domestic violence, a senior Indigenous figure
says. Shane Duffy, chief executive officer of the National
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, has
told the Carmody Inquiry into child protection the cultural
education of young Aborigines is vital to their success in
life. Commissioner Tim Carmody, examining the massive
over-representation of Indigenous kids in state care, has
told the inquiry he believes cultural education for
Indigenous Australians is important.”
Michael Madigan, The Courier-Mail

The Telegraph:
Culture clash leads to removal of Torres Strait Islander
children by officials, inquiry hears
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/culture-clash-leads-to-removal-of-torres-strait-islander-children-by-officials-inquiry-hears/story-fndo2iwh-1226554336655
15 Jan 13: “A CLASH of cultures often leads to the
unneccesary removal of Torres Strait Islander children by
officials who don’t realise there are a range of
alternative parents available, an inquiry heard today.
Rose Elu, a Torres Strait Elder known as Aunty Rose, told
the Carmody Inquiry into Child Protection, Torres Strait
Islander children have many “parents”. Torres Strait
Islanders do not see relations as uncle or aunt to their
children, but as mum and dad, she said. In her own family
of 14 there were a range of adults who would take care of
children if something happened to the birth parents, she
said.” Michael Madigan, The Courier-Mail