130102 – Year in review – Indigenous affairs in 2012: SBS World News Audio

* SBS World News Audio: 
Year in review: Indigenous affairs in 2012

* SBS World News Video: 
Black rights campaigners call for more action on social media racism

* Online Save The Kimberley Book: 
Kimberley at the Crossroads – The case against the gas plant
* pindanpost: 
No Gas at Price’s Point, Broome … marching across Australia
* Background to the Save The Kimberley Campaign: 
James Price Point, north of Broome, WA

* Ian Thorpe and Jeff McMullen, SMH: 
As a society we must take action

* Russell Skelton, SMH: 
In spite of Hollows, the dark goes on

* CAAMA: 
Veteran campaigner questions Native Title amendments!
* Background to Mabo and Native Title

* ABC Message Stick: 
Pemulwuy: Australia’s first ever Aboriginal resistance fighter
* Pemulwuy: The Movie Petition

* SBS WORLD NEWS AUDIO: 
YEAR IN REVIEW: INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS IN 2012

–  Audio Reviews

SBS World News Audio: 
Year in review: Indigenous affairs in 2012
Source: Murray Silby, SBS
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1723716/Year-in-review-Indigenous-affairs-in-2012
31 Dec 12: “Stories relating to Indigenous Australians in 
2012 mostly related to a continuing struggle to improve 
their health, to explain deaths in custody and to satisfy 
their desire to be recognised as the first custodians of 
the land. Murray Silby looks back at the past year. … 
A major focus of politicians in 2012 was the building of 
support for a referendum to recognise Indigenous Australians 
in the Constitution, but that plan was put on hold because 
the Federal Government said there was little prospect for 
success. Instead, the Government introduced the Act of 
Recognition in the hope that it could be used to build 
awareness of the proposed Constitutional change.”

SBS World News Audio: 
Year in review: Indigenous affairs in 2012 – part 2
Source: Murray Silby, SBS
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1723718/Year-in-review–Indigenous-affairs-in-2012—part-2
31 Dec 12: “In 2012, Indigenous Australians have continued 
to face a struggle to improve many aspects of their lives, 
including health and welfare. … In this, the second part 
of a two part review of Indigenous issues through the year, 
Murray Silby takes a look back at some controversies, but 
also the tales of achievement and victory. … Forty years 
ago, a group of Indigenous activists established an 
unofficial tent embassy at parliament house in Canberra in 
an attempt to reclaim their sovereignty over Australia. 
Controversial then, the embassy has survived to today and a 
rally on Australia Day, which some Indigenous people prefer 
to refer to as Invasion Day, was no less controversial.”

See: 

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

WGAR News: Act of Recognition “is an absolute insult to 
First Nations Peoples” Michael Anderson (8 Dec)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/08/wgar-news-act-of-recognition-is-an-absolute-insult-to-first-nations-peoples-michael-ander

WGAR News: Amy McQuire: 
Act of Recognition introduced to lower house (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

Background to the Aboriginal Tent Embassy 40th Anniversary, 
Canberra, ACT
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-and-the-aboriginal-tent-embassies

* SBS WORLD NEWS VIDEO: 
BLACK RIGHTS CAMPAIGNERS CALL FOR MORE ACTION ON SOCIAL MEDIA RACISM

– Video

SBS World News: 
Black rights campaigners call for more action on social media racism
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/video/13186115859/Black-rights-campaigners-call-for-more-action-on-s
26 Dec 12: “Black rights campaigners are once again calling 
on the social media group Facebook and the Federal 
Government to do more to tackle racism. The latest page to 
be flagged by Indigenous users, mocks an Aboriginal man, 
who was killed in Brisbane just weeks ago.”

* ONLINE SAVE THE KIMBERLEY BOOK: 
KIMBERLEY AT THE CROSSROADS – THE CASE AGAINST THE GAS PLANT

– Online Book

Kimberley at the Crossroads – The case against the gas plant
Compiled by Murray Wilcox QC, former Federal Court judge
for Save The Kimberley
http://www.savethekimberley.com/site/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Kimberley-at-the-Crossroads_web.pdf

Save The Kimberley: 
Kimberley at the Crossroads – PDF now available!
http://www.savethekimberley.com/2012/09/19/kimberley-at-the-crossroads-pdf-now-available/
19 Sep 12: “In 2010, with the help of Murray Wilcox QC, 
STK published this beautifully illustrated volume, 
‘the case against the gas plant,’ (the work’s subtitle) 
in order to educate our state and federal politicians of 
the values of Walmadan and surrounding areas, which would 
be affected by the proposed gas plant. … 
Now out of print, but still in high demand, Kimberley at the 
Crossroads can for the first time be downloaded as a PDF HERE: 
http://www.savethekimberley.com/site/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Kimberley-at-the-Crossroads_web.pdf

See: 

Save The Kimberley: 
What’s at Stake? Culture and Traditions Under Threat
http://www.savethekimberley.com/whats-at-stake/country-culture/
“The importance of culture: 
Today, more than 30 Aboriginal tribes remain in the Kimberley 
region, each with its own language and many with unique 
cultural practices. Nobody owns culture. It is loaned to 
each generation to preserve and pass on to the next 
generation. Our culture and traditions tie us to this 
country and we are obliged by our ancestors to see that it 
continues. We are obliged by respect of country and the hope 
for a proper life for our children that we honour the 
culture and traditions of our people.”

Save The Kimberley: About Us
http://www.savethekimberley.com/about-us/
“Save The Kimberley is an independent awareness 
organisation. We are a not-for-profit, 100% volunteer run 
group which is made up of a diverse and passionate group of 
individuals – traditional custodians, local Kimberley 
community, and other committed Australians from all parts: 
we are business owners, administrators, entrepreneurs, 
artists, musicians and media professionals.”

* PINDANPOST: 
NO GAS AT PRICE’S POINT BROOME … MARCHING ACROSS AUSTRALIA

– Photos and Videos

pindanpost: 
No Gas at Price’s Point, Broome … marching across Australia
http://pindanpost.com/2012/12/08/no-gas-at-prices-point-broome-marching-across-australia/
8 Dec 12: “A fantastic crowd turned out to march against a 
gas refinery complex at James Price Point this afternoon. 
It was 40.5C at 3.30 pm, but did not deter a good crowd 
from participating.”

– Event

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

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

Last updated: 1 January 2013

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

* IAN THORPE AND JEFF MCMULLEN, SMH: 
AS A SOCIETY WE MUST TAKE ACTION

– Analysis / Opinion

SMH: As a society we must take action
http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/as-a-society-we-must-take-action-20121229-2c0ak.html
29 Dec 12: “Somehow these [Aboriginal] children are missing 
out on most of the building blocks of a happy and healthy 
life, including education, somewhere we can all make a 
difference. It is time for Australians to awaken from our 
complacency over the low literacy standard that has one in 
four primary school children unable to read at their right 
age level. Indigenous children in remote communities are 
often three to four years behind city students. Our nation 
is failing them. If we believe in equality, more of us must 
champion literacy, an essential tool.” 
By Ian Thorpe and Jeff McMullen
“Ian Thorpe was awarded the 2012 Human Rights Medal for his 
personal advocacy and work by his foundation to improve the 
education of Aboriginal children.”
“Journalist Jeff McMullen is the foundation’s honorary 
chief executive.”

* RUSSELL SKELTON, SMH: 
IN SPITE OF HOLLOWS, THE DARK GOES ON

– Analysis / Opinion

SMH: In spite of Hollows, the dark goes on
Trachoma is a blight on Australia, writes Russell Skelton.
http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/in-spite-of-hollows-the-dark-goes-on-20121228-2bz45.html
29 Dec 12: “Hugh Taylor’s war on trachoma began 35 years ago. 
… He sums up the situation this way. Vision loss accounts 
for about 11 per cent of the health gap between mainstream 
and indigenous Australia. ”Closing the gap is a 25-year 
process, yet we estimate trachoma and [related] blindness 
can be virtually eliminated in five years. That would cost 
the community around $90 million.” “If we fail to act now, 
in 20 years the number of blind or visually impaired 
Aboriginal people will double from 15,000 to 30,000. It is 
that simple and that tragic.”” By Russell Skelton

* CAAMA: 
VETERAN CAMPAIGNER QUESTIONS NATIVE TITLE AMENDMENTS!

– News

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: 
Veteran campaigner questions Native Title amendments !
http://caama.com.au/veteran-campaigner-questions-native-title-amendments
28 Dec 12: “Aboriginal sovereignty campaigner Michael 
Anderson says former Prime Minister John Howard amended the 
Native Title Act in 1998 because he was fully aware of the 
inherent power of Aboriginal peoples based on their 
continuing sovereignty. Mr Anderson, leader of the Euahlayi 
nation and spokesman of the Sovereign Union of First 
Nations and Peoples in Australia says In his endeavours to 
protect country for non-Aboriginal people, John Howard was 
unclear and ambiguous as to “which land areas should be 
classified in the ‘national interest’, but (this) was done 
with a clear desire to take away any rights for Aboriginal 
people”.”

See: 

Sovereign Union: John Howard recognised continuing Aboriginal 
sovereignty in his Ten Point Plan for limiting Native Title
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/john-howard-recognised-continuing-aboriginal-sovereignty-his-ten-point-plan-limiting-native

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 TO MABO AND NATIVE TITLE:

Last updated: 1 January 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/02/background-to-mabo-and-native-title

* ABC MESSAGE STICK: 
PEMULWUY: AUSTRALIA’S FIRST EVER ABORIGINAL RESISTANCE FIGHTER

– History

ABC Indigenous: Message Stick: 
Pemulwuy: A War of Two Laws Part 1
http://www.abc.net.au/tv/messagestick/stories/s2893382.htm
9 May 10: “Pemulwuy will chart the history of Australia’s 
first ever Aboriginal resistance fighter. From his first 
encounter with the British in Botany Bay, to his 12 year war 
against the establishment, to his eventual demise in 1802 in 
Parramatta where he was finally beheaded. The program will 
attempt to expose one of Australia’s forgotten histories and 
an unsung hero of the Bidgigal people of the Dharug language 
group of Sydney.”

See: 

ABC Indigenous
http://www.abc.net.au/indigenous/

* PEMULWUY: THE MOVIE PETITION

– Petition

GoPetition: Pemulwuy: The Movie Petition
http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/pemulwuy-the-movie.html
“Petition Background (Preamble): 
In Australia, there exists a general ignorance about the 
Aboriginal resistance against colonial invasion. This 
ignorance is a huge contributing factor in the cultural 
disrespect which results in the shameful inequality of 
today’s Australian population. Pemulwuy’s (c.1750–1802) 
story is an inspirational narrative which permeates the 
malaise of Australia’s national identity/s. This heroic 
saga has been aptly depicted by such works as Eric 
Willmot’s 1987 novel Pemulwuy: The Rainbow Warrior.”

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