130113 – Government must do the right thing by Maralinga victims: Greens Senator Scott Ludlam

* Greens Senator Scott Ludlam: 
Government must do the right thing by Maralinga victims
* ABC: No way forward for Maralinga victims

* Brisbane Times: 
Aborigines’ claim on Musgrave Park set to be tested in court
* Adelaide Now: 
[Brisbane] Tent embassy land ‘for Aboriginal use’
* Background to Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy, 
Musgrave Park, South Brisbane, Qld

* NIRS: 
Ramindjeri lawman slams SA Government for destruction of burial site
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement

* CAAMA: Aboriginal owned & operated youth program funding cut

* Jepke Goudsmit, Green Left: 
Kinetic Energy brings solidarity with Aboriginal struggles

* Other articles

* GREENS SENATOR SCOTT LUDLAM: 
GOVERNMENT MUST DO THE RIGHT THING BY MARALINGA VICTIMS

– Media Release

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam: 
Government must do the right thing by Maralinga victims
http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/government-must-do-right-thing-maralinga-victims
11 Jan 13: “The Greens have called on the Government to 
ensure victims of the atomic testing at Maralinga are 
properly compensated after a British court decision 
overnight shattered hopes for justice. 
Greens spokesperson for nuclear policy, Senator for Western 
Australia Scott Ludlam, said the hopes of Australians 
exposed to nuclear testing in the 1950s were dealt a 
serious blow by another UK court ruling against 
compensation. 
“In 2010 the British courts ruled British veterans who 
participated in nuclear tests in Australia could not sue 
the Defence Ministry because they could not prove their 
illnesses were caused by exposure to radiation. Now, 
Aboriginal people exposed to the same toxic tests have 
been told their legal fight is over for the same reason. 
“Foreign Minister Bob Carr should be on the phone urging 
the British Government to deal directly with the victims 
– outside of court – and compensate them appropriately 
with an act of grace payment.” 
Senator Ludlam said the veterans have said the exposure 
caused cancer, birth defects amongst their children, and 
other disorders such as anaemia. … “

See: 

About Scott Ludlam
http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/about
1 Jan 2012: “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.”

* ABC: NO WAY FORWARD FOR MARALINGA VICTIMS

– News

ABC: No way forward for Maralinga victims
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-11/fight-over-for-maralinga-victims/4460542?section=justin
11 Jan 13: “Aboriginal people exposed to British atomic 
tests in the South Australian outback have been told by 
lawyers their fight for compensation is over because it is 
impossible to prove radiation caused their illnesses. Seven 
atomic bombs were detonated at Maralinga in the 1950s and 
’60s on land that has since between handed back to 
traditional owners. … The movement’s [Aboriginal Legal 
Rights Movement] director of legal services Christopher 
Charles says the firm is unable to mount a case because it 
cannot prove ionising radiation is dangerous to human 
health.”

* BRISBANE TIMES: 
ABORIGINES’ CLAIM ON MUSGRAVE PARK SET TO BE TESTED IN COURT

– News

Brisbane Times: 
Aborigines’ claim on Musgrave Park set to be tested in court
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/aborigines-claim-on-musgrave-park-set-to-be-tested-in-court-20130111-2ckij.html
11 Jan 13: “Indigenous people’s claim over a section of 
Brisbane’s Musgrave Park could soon be tested in court for 
the first time. The area in question is a small parcel of 
land within the park, listed on Brisbane City Council 
documents as ‘Area C’ in a Deed of Grant in Trust (Dogit), 
which the Beattie government issued in 1999. The small 
area, which is where the Sovereign Aboriginal Embassy was 
established in March last year, is listed as “for 
Aboriginal purposes and no other purpose”. … Wayne ‘Coco’ 
Wharton, Bogaine Skuthorpe-Spearim and Hamish Chitts were 
among those arrested … ” Amy Remeikis

* ADELAIDE NOW: 
[BRISBANE] TENT EMBASSY LAND ‘FOR ABORIGINAL USE’

– News

Adelaide Now: Tent embassy land ‘for Aboriginal use’
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/breaking-news/tent-embassy-land-for-aboriginal-use/story-e6frea7l-1226552058028
11 Jan 13: “POLICE couldn’t legally evict three Aboriginal 
activists from a tent embassy in Brisbane’s Musgrave Park 
because the land has been set aside for Aboriginal use, a 
court has heard. Wayne Wharton, Bogaine Skuthorpe-Spearim 
and Hamish Chitts were arrested at the Aboriginal tent 
embassy shortly after midnight on December 12. The trio 
appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday 
applying to amend their bail conditions, which state they 
cannot return to the park.” Miranda Forster

– Related News

Courier Mail: 
Three men, including Musgrave Park Aboriginal tent embassy 
leader Wayne Wharton, face court over protest with police
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/three-men-including-musgrave-park-aboriginal-tent-embassy-leader-wayne-wharton-face-court-over-protest-with-police/story-e6freoof-1226552082357
11 Jan 13: “THREE Aboriginal men charged when the Musgrave 
Park tent embassy was dismantled by police in December last 
year face an uncertain wait after a Brisbane magistrate 
reserved his decision to grant bail allowing them to visit 
the site. … Barrister Andrew Preston argued the land the 
Aboriginal people occupied at Musgrave Park was freehold 
and granted to the Brisbane City Council in trust for 
Aboriginal purposes on July 29, 1999.” Brooke Baskin

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

Last updated: 4 January 2013

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

* NIRS: 
RAMINDJERI LAWMAN SLAMS SA GOVERNMENT FOR 
DESTRUCTION OF BURIAL SITE

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
Ramindjeri lawman slams SA Government for 
destruction of burial site
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7733-ramindjeri-lawman-slams-sa-government-for-destruction-of-burial-site
11 Jan 13: “A senior tribal law man of the Ramindjeri 
people of South Australia says a failure to recognise 
Indigenous sovereignty in Australia has led to the 
destruction of an Aboriginal burial site. Karno Walker of 
the Ramindjeri Heritage Association says 48 bags of 
Aboriginal remains have been collected on the first day of 
monitoring alone from a Southern Expressway Duplication 
construction site. Mr. Walker says the SA Government failed 
to properly consult with the Ramindjeri people on the 
development which is an insult to their status as a 
sovereign 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 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

* CAAMA: ABORIGINAL OWNED & OPERATED YOUTH PROGRAM FUNDING CUT

– News

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: 
Aboriginal owned & operated youth program funding cut
http://caama.com.au/aboriginal-owned-operated-youth-program-funding-cut
12 Jan 13: “An Aboriginal justice agency has expressed 
discontent at Government funding cuts to an Indigenous 
owned and operated program which works with at-risk youth… 
The Balunu Foundation youth camp allowed disadvantaged 
Aboriginal youths to re-connect to their culture and 
identity by dealing with the underlying issues faced… 
while providing them with the essential skills, knowledge 
and confidence they need in order to make the right choices.”

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.”

* JEPKE GOUDSMIT, GREEN LEFT: 
KINETIC ENERGY BRINGS SOLIDARITY WITH ABORIGINAL STRUGGLES

– Review

Green Left: 
Kinetic Energy brings solidarity with Aboriginal struggles
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/53084
11 Jan 13: “Sydney-based Kinetic Energy Theatre Company’s 
team of six actors performed their show about the 
Australian 1965 “freedom ride” at Sydney University on 
December 14. The performance was part of a conference 
organised by the Aboriginal Studies Association and 
attended by teachers and Aboriginal counsellors from all 
over NSW. The show tells the story of how the freedom 
ride came about, with prominent students such as Jim 
Spigelman and Ann Curthoys at the helm, and how the first 
Aboriginal student ever to enrol at uni and get a degree, 
Charlie Perkins, took on his legendary role as leader and 
activist.” 
By Jepke Goudsmit, co-director of Kinetic Energy and Kinetic Jazz

– Event

Event: Sat 26 January 2013: Enmore, Sydney, 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
Article: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/53084

See: 

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: 

– News

Koori Mail: AIDA backs Milroy appointment
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
11 Jan 13: “THE Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association 
(AIDA) has congratulated its former President Professor 
Helen Milroy on her appointment as one of six members of 
the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child 
Sexual Abuse. Prof Milroy is a Palyku woman with family 
from the Pilbara region, Australia’s first Aboriginal 
doctor, first Aboriginal psychiatrist, and only Aboriginal 
child and adolescent psychiatrist. AIDA President Dr Tammy 
Kimpton said Prof Milroy was an obvious choice for the role 
and would ‘add critical understandings to shape the Royal 
Commission’s deliberations and recommendations to 
government’.”

Koori Mail: Housing ‘ahead of schedule’
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
11 Jan 13: “The Federal Government says more than 5000 
homes in remote Indigenous centres have now been 
refurbished or rebuilt, almost two years ahead of schedule. 
The work is part of the National Partnership Agreement on 
Remote Indigenous Housing.”

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
NRL players camp to focus on learning about culture
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7736-nrl-players-camp-to-focus-on-learning-about-culture
11 Jan 13: “National Rugby League Indigenous player manager 
Dean Widders says a camp for Indigenous players in February 
will aim to connect them with their culture and 
communities. Kangaroos stars Greg Inglis and Johnathan 
Thurston are organising the first ever camp for all 
Indigenous NRL players on the Sunshine Coast in the week of 
the All Stars match. Mr. Widders says the Indigenous Player 
Leadership Camp shows how seriously the players take their 
position as community role models.”

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