130112 – Briscoe family condemns NT prosecutor decision on anniversary of Briscoe death: Media Release

* Briscoe family condemns NT prosecutor decision on anniversary 
of Briscoe death: Media Release
* Tracker: Family, lawyers condemn DPP decision over Briscoe death
* Tracker: NT denies closing door on Briscoe talks
* Background to the justice for Kumentjaye Briscoe campaign

* NIRS: Incarceration should be “matter of last resort”
* ABC: Indigenous leader urges action on jail ‘time bomb’
[call for a national summit] 
* ABC The World Today Audio: 
Jobs not jail for troubled Indigenous youths: Mundine
[call for a national summit] 
* ABC: Indigenous youth justice summit call dismissed
* Background to Aboriginal imprisonment and Deaths in Custody

* NIRS: 
Government ‘doesn’t want to hear bad news about income management’
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention

* Sovereign Union: Sovereign Union and Our Political Future
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement

* Joseph Toscano, Anarchist World 3CR: 
Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheener – freedom fighters execution

* NIRS: 
Parties must detail Indigenous policies before election: Congress
* Background to National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples

* NIRS: Illawarra LALC slams state body on mining plans

* Other articles

* BRISCOE FAMILY CONDEMNS NT PROSECUTOR DECISION ON ANNIVERSARY 
OF BRISCOE DEATH: MEDIA RELEASE

– Media Release

Briscoe Family Condemns NT Prosecutor Decision On 
Anniversary Of Briscoe Death
IRAG: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/mr-dpp-re-briscoe-case-8-1-13.pdf
Indigenous Peoples: http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17062:northern-territory-briscoe-family-condemns-nt-prosecutor-decision-on-anniversary-of-briscoe-death&catid=24&Itemid=57
8 Jan 13: “The family of Kwementyaye Briscoe have condemned 
a recent decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions 
(DPP) in the NT not to investigate potential criminal 
charges against the police officers responsible for Mr 
Briscoe’s death. 
The decision to take no further action was made close to the 
anniversary of Mr Briscoe’s death in custody in the Alice 
Springs watch house on 4 January 2012. 
On the advice of prominent barrister Greg Barnes, Shine 
Lawyers wrote to the DPP in December 2012, outlining 
potential charges which could be laid against some of the 
police officer/s involved in the death of Mr Briscoe 
including potential manslaughter and “failure to rescue” 
offenses. 
NT DPP Director Richard Coates has responded to Shine 
Lawyers by ruling out any investigation, citing the 
Coroner’s failure to recommend charges as the reason the 
matter will not be pursued. 
George Newhouse, the head of Shine Lawyers Social Justice 
Team says the lack of action by the DPP highlights 
fundamental flaws in the justice system when it comes to 
dealing with Aboriginal people. … “

See: 

IRAG
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/irag/
“The Intervention Rollback Action Group is made up of 
volunteers from community groups and organisations who meet 
regularly to discuss issues that arise from the impact of 
the Northern Territory Emergency Response 
(Intervention/Invasion). The group supports individuals and 
community groups to deal with those issues and take 
appropriate action.”

Who We Are – Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources
http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=68&Itemid=67
“Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources is a worldwide 
network of organizations, academics, activists, indigenous 
groups, and others representing indigenous and tribal 
peoples.”

* TRACKER: FAMILY, LAWYERS CONDEMN DPP DECISION OVER BRISCOE DEATH

– News

newsTracker: 
Family, lawyers condemn DPP decision over Briscoe death
http://tracker.org.au/2013/01/family-lawyers-condemn-dpp-decision-over-briscoe-death/
9 Jan 13: “NORTHERN TERRITORY: Lawyers for the family of an 
Aboriginal man who died in police custody last year have 
condemned the NT’s Director of Public Prosecutions for 
failing to investigate the death. … The coronial report 
into his death found numerous police errors the night he 
was locked up, stating police care was “completely 
inadequate and unsatisfactory, and not sufficient to meet 
his medical needs”. But the NT DPP has decided it will not 
investigate potential criminal charges for police officers 
on duty on the night of Mr Briscoe’s death, Shine Lawyers 
said in a statement.”

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.”

– Related News

NT News: Compensation offer withdrawn over Briscoe death
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2013/01/09/316537_ntnews.html
9 Jan 13: “THE lawyer for the family of a man who died in 
custody has threatened to sue the police officers on duty 
if the NT Government refuses to give them compensation. 
Lawyer for Kwementyaye Briscoe’s family, George Newhouse 
said the NT Government has decided not to give an ex gratia 
payment until the family had exhausted all civil 
proceedings against those associated with Mr Briscoe’s 
death. But Attorney General John Elferink denied the 
government had refused to negotiate an ex gratia payment.”

* TRACKER: NT DENIES CLOSING DOOR ON BRISCOE TALKS

– News

newsTracker: NT denies closing door on Briscoe talks
http://tracker.org.au/2013/01/nt-denies-closing-door-on-briscoe-talks/
10 Jan 13: “NORTHERN TERRITORY: Northern Territory 
Attorney-General John Elferink says claims his government 
is trying to avoid compensation talks with the family of a 
man who died in police custody may be part of a legal 
strategy. “This looks more like a strategy that they are 
employing to get the government all twitchy about opening 
the doors for negotiation,” Mr Elferink told AAP on 
Wednesday. “Those doors were never closed and even if you 
go through the normal civil process of litigation the 
negotiation door is never closed.””

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.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE JUSTICE FOR KUMENTJAYE BRISCOE CAMPAIGN: 

Last updated: 8 January 2013

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

* NIRS: INCARCERATION SHOULD BE “MATTER OF LAST RESORT”

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
Incarceration should be “matter of last resort”
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7725-incarceration-should-be-qmatter-of-last-resortq
8 Jan 13: “The Indigenous Social Justice Association says 
something must be done about the rising incarceration rates 
of young Indigenous people nation-wide. … Association 
President Ray Jackson says Aboriginal children are treated 
badly within the juvenile justice system. “The magistrates, 
especially out in western New South Wales, are absolutely 
going berserk with their sentences. “Where is the 
understanding that, as the Royal Commission [into Indigenous 
deaths in custody] recommendations stated, incarceration is 
a matter of last resort? “That doesn’t seem to apply to 
magistrates anymore.””

See: 

Indigenous Social Justice Association – Melbourne: 
Who we are and what we stand for
http://www.isja-msg.com/index.htm
“The Indigenous Social Justice Association – Melbourne 
(ISJA – Melb) was established in January 2005 to organise a 
Melbourne rally and march as part of a National Day of 
Action (NDA) to mark the first anniversary of the death of 
Kamilaroi teenager, TJ Hickey in Redfern, and to demand a 
fresh inquiry into the circumstances surrounding his death. 
… ISJA – Melb primary objective is to stop Aboriginal 
deaths in custody and support Aboriginal peoples’ quest for 
justice. However, recognises that the struggle to end 
Indigenous deaths in custody cannot be separated from the 
wider campaign for Indigenous rights. This is why we also 
work to advance campaigns to recognise the Sovereignty of 
Australia’s many Indigenous nations and the negotiation of 
genuine treaties with these nations and why we oppose the 
Federal Government’s intervention into NT Aboriginal 
communities.”

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.”

– Related News

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
Current youth policies not working: Lawyer
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7731-current-youth-policies-not-working-lawyer
10 Jan 13: “President of the Indigenous Lawyers Association 
of Queensland says the rate of Aboriginal juvenile 
incarceration is alarming. The Australian Institute of 
Health and Welfare recently released a report which shows 
the national rate of Aboriginal youth detention has risen 
to a rate of 31 times the non-Indigenous rate, which is up 
from 27 times in 2008. Joshua Creamer says the main concern 
is that as the children get older, they might continue to 
commit offences and move into adult prisons.”

Australian: 
Disparity in black sentences ‘perverse’, says Mick Gooda
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/disparity-in-black-sentences-perverse-says-mick-gooda/story-fn9hm1pm-1226550754153
10 Jan 13: “ABORIGINAL leader Mick Gooda has questioned 
sentencing disparities in the nation’s courts that display 
a bizarre leniency towards violent black-on-black crimes 
yet lock children in juvenile prisons in white-dominated 
regional towns for minor offences. The Aboriginal and 
Torres Strait Islander Justice Commissioner said yesterday 
he despaired at a justice system that seemed to say it was 
“all right for Aboriginal men to bash women but ‘steal 
something (and) we’ll come down on you like a tonne of 
bricks’ “.”

* ABC: INDIGENOUS LEADER URGES ACTION ON JAIL ‘TIME BOMB’
 [CALL FOR A NATIONAL SUMMIT]

– News

ABC Indigenous: 
Indigenous leader urges action on jail ‘time bomb’
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-09/indigenous-leader-calls-for-action-on-youth-jail-rates/4458048/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
9 Jan 13: “One of Australia’s most prominent Indigenous 
leaders is calling for a national summit on Aboriginal 
justice issues to reverse soaring incarceration levels. 
National and state statistics show Indigenous youths are 
being locked up at an alarming rate. Warren Mundine says 
the incarceration rates have doubled in the past decade. 
“You’ve got figures of the Aboriginal population making up 
between 2 to 3 per cent of the Australian population and 
yet it is over 53 per cent of the juvenile justice and jail 
prison rates,” he told The World Today.” By Emily Bourke

See: 

ABC Indigenous – About this Website
http://www.abc.net.au/indigenous/about/default.htm
“Welcome to ABC Indigenous – our new online portal for 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. ABC 
Indigenous has replaced the pre-existing Message Stick 
gateway. The Indigenous portal was ‘soft-launched’ on 
Tuesday 2 June, 2008. The portal is designed to reflect 
current issues in the Indigenous community.”

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: 
http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
http://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/am-10.1.12.mp3
10 Jan 13: “Warren Mundine, prominent Aboriginal leader 
is calling for a national summit to tackle the 
alarming rates of Indigenous incarceration.”

* ABC THE WORLD TODAY AUDIO: 
JOBS NOT JAIL FOR TROUBLED INDIGENOUS YOUTHS: MUNDINE
 [CALL FOR A NATIONAL SUMMIT]

– Audio

ABC The World Today: 
Jobs not jail for troubled Indigenous youths: Mundine
http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2013/s3666476.htm
9 Jan 13: “One of Australia’s most prominent Indigenous 
leaders is calling for a national summit on Aboriginal 
justice issues to reverse soaring incarceration levels. 
Warren Mundine says Aboriginal youths are being jailed 
at double the rate of a decade ago. He says going to jail 
is now a culturally acceptable rite of passage for young 
Aboriginal men and boys. And he’s accused state and 
federal governments of creating a so-called Indigenous 
prison industry. … 
WARREN MUNDINE: You’ve got figures of, you know, the 
Aboriginal population making up between 2 to 3 per cent of 
the Australian population and yet it is over 53 per cent 
of the juvenile justice and jail prison rates.”

* ABC: INDIGENOUS YOUTH JUSTICE SUMMIT CALL DISMISSED

– News

ABC: Indigenous youth justice summit call dismissed
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-11/elferink-on-mundine-indigenous-youth-summit-call/4461082
11 Jan 13: “Northern Territory Attorney-General John 
Elferink has dismissed calls from a prominent national 
Indigenous leader to tackle soaring incarceration levels of 
Aboriginal youth. Warren Mundine, who heads up the 
Generation One Indigenous employment initiative, says more 
diversionary programs and resources are needed to keep 
young people out of jail. He is calling for a national 
summit on Aboriginal justice issues. Mr Mundine has accused 
state, territory and federal governments of creating a 
so-called Indigenous prison industry. Mr Elferink says it 
is not the Territory Government’s responsibility.” 
By Melanie Arnost

* BACKGROUND TO ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT AND DEATHS IN CUSTODY: 

Last updated: 9 January 2013

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

* NIRS: 
GOVERNMENT ‘DOESN’T WANT TO HEAR BAD NEWS ABOUT INCOME MANAGEMENT’

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
Government ‘doesn’t want to hear bad news about income management’
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7729-government-doesnt-want-to-hear-bad-news-about-income-management
9 Jan 13: “A senior researcher of Indigenous policy says the 
Federal Government is ignoring reports about the failure of 
income management in Northern Territory Indigenous 
communities. The University of Technology, Sydney’s Eva Cox 
says the scheme doesn’t improve the well-being of Aboriginal 
people in the NT. She also says the system is financially 
unviable, costing $80 a week per person in administration. 
Ms. Cox says research conducted by a number of organisations 
has shown no positive effects of income management, but the 
Government is looking the other way.”

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 ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ NEW NT INTERVENTION LAWS:

Last updated: 30 December 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-stronger-futures-new-nt-intervention-laws

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Last updated: 30 December 2012

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

* SOVEREIGN UNION: SOVEREIGN UNION AND OUR POLITICAL FUTURE

– Analysis / Opinion

Sovereign Union: Sovereign Union and Our Political Future
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/sovereign-union-and-our-political-future-0
“Sovereign Union of First Nations and Peoples in Australia 
The survival of our Mother Earth and our very right to exist 
is what we have to defend. … 
The Sovereign Union is an organisation that does not accept 
the right of the existing pseudo-government of Australia to 
rule over the rights of our Peoples. We have to understand 
that there are a number of International Court of Justice 
decisions that clearly state that Sovereignty remains with 
the People. (Western Sahara Case and others) The 
international objectives of the Sovereign Union are to have 
our Peoples recognised as ‘Peoples’ under the international 
legal definition. By campaigning to have this recognised we, 
as First Nations Peoples, have the international right as 
independent Peoples to assert the right of 
self-determination under international law.”

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: 4 January 2013

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

* JOSEPH TOSCANO, ANARCHIST WORLD 3CR: 
TUNNERMINNERWAIT AND MAULBOYHEENER – FREEDOM FIGHTERS EXECUTION

– Audio

3CR Community Radio 855 AM – Podcasts
Anarchist World – 9 Jan 2013
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
[download this program] http://pod.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2013-01-08-69660.mp3
9 Jan 13: “Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheener- freeedom fighters execution, 
the earth, direct action and more”

– 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: 

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.”

* NIRS: 
PARTIES MUST DETAIL INDIGENOUS POLICIES BEFORE ELECTION: CONGRESS

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
Parties must detail Indigenous policies before election: Congress
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7724-parties-must-detail-indigenous-policies-before-election-congress
8 Jan 13: “The National Congress of Australia’s First 
Peoples says the major political parties must clarify their 
positions on Indigenous self-determination before this 
year’s Federal election. Congress co-chair Lez Malezer says 
2013 will be an important year for Indigenous Australians, 
with elections to be held for both the Congress itself and 
the Federal Government. … “We will want to know what the 
position of the parties is in relation to Congress and 
particularly about self-determination and decision-making 
about Aboriginal people.””

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 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: ILLAWARRA LALC SLAMS STATE BODY ON MINING PLANS

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
Illawarra LALC slams state body on mining plans
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7727-illawarra-lalc-slams-state-body-on-mining-plans
9 Jan 13: “The chair of the Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land 
Council in New South Wales has described the state’s peak 
land council as going ‘rogue’ on the issue of mining 
industry involvement. The New South Wales Aboriginal Land 
Council is in the process of getting more involved in 
mining, particularly the coal seam gas, uranium and coal 
industries. Roy ‘Dootch’ Kennedy from the Illawarra council 
is concerned about potential environmental impacts of 
mining in his region and says the issue must be discussed. 
… The New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council says it 
does plan to consult with local councils on the issue.”

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.”

– Related News

Koori Mail: Gas protest planned
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
9 Jan 13: “NSW Aboriginal Land Council CEO Geoff Scott is 
unfazed by the threat of an anti-coal seam gas protest 
outside his Parramatta office. NSWALC has applied for 
petroleum exploration licences across much of the state, 
sparking Aboriginal activist Roy ‘Dootch’ Kennedy to plan a 
protest for 25 January. Mr Scott confirmed that NSWALC had 
also taken the initial steps to apply for a uranium 
exploration licence, saying the land council would not be 
digging an open-cut mine but was exploring ways of putting 
money in Aboriginal hands.”

* OTHER ARTICLES: 

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
Demand for language preservation funding ‘not being met’
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7723-demand-for-language-preservation-funding-not-being-met
8 Jan 13: “An Aboriginal language preservation worker from 
northern New South Wales says governments haven’t matched 
the demand for funding for language projects. Gary Williams 
from the Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and Culture 
Cooperative says his group works to protect and revitalise 
a number of languages, including Bundjalung and 
Gumbayngirr. Mr. Williams says while more people are 
getting involved language programs, financial support is 
hard to come by.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: 
What about our heritage?
http://caama.com.au/what-about-our-heritage
9 Jan 13: “Michael Mansell, respected Aboriginal human 
rights campaigner in Tasmania has expressed his 
disappointment at the mainstream media’s failure to report 
on the affects the bush fires have had on state’s 
Aboriginal heritage. The Tasmanian bushfires and their 
devastating effects on the state’s residents have been 
largely reported on in the Australian media…but Michael 
Mansell says of all the media reports on the bush fires, he 
has not heard a word of mention of the fires affects on 
Aboriginal people and Aboriginal heritage.”

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: 
http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
http://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/am-8.1.13-updated.mp3
8 Jan 13: “An Aboriginal human rights campaigner in 
Tasmania has expressed his dissappointement at the 
mainstream media’s failure to report on the affects the 
bushfires have had on state’s Aboriginal heritage.”

– Analysis / Opinion

Crikey: Aboriginal leaders must inspire the nation to recognise
http://www.crikey.com.au/2013/01/09/aboriginal-leaders-must-inspire-the-nation-to-recognise/
9 Jan 13: “The campaign to have Aboriginal Australians 
recognised in the constitution has stalled. Leaders must 
tap into the culture to inspire a nation to say “yes”, says 
former ministerial adviser Rita Markwell. With Australians 
unlikely to vote on any constitutional change to recognise 
Australia’s first peoples until at least 2015, campaigners 
need to take greater control of the issue and its destiny. 
For indigenous leaders it’s probably the greatest test of 
leadership since the native title negotiations over two 
decades ago. They need to campaign, inspire and 
alliance-build in a hazardous environment, where … ” 
Rita Markwell

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